Vermont foliage report: Early color tinges hillsides

first_imgThe stage is set for a beautiful foliage season as early fall color begins to emerge across Vermont’s higher elevations and low-lying areas.With the current forecast calling for cool nights through the weekend and the combination of adequate soil moisture and healthy green leaves, Vermont foresters are predicting an excellent fall season. In the early stages of fall foliage, the best color can generally be found in higher elevations, the northern sections of the state, and in low-lying areas where red maples are the early sentinels of the seasonal change.‘The cool nights that are in the forecast may pop a little more color our way by the end of the week,’ says Ginger Anderson, Chief of Forest Management for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Early morning temperatures are forecasted to dip into the upper 30s this week.Forest health aerial surveys over the North East Kingdom revealed that color in the red maple is developing well, particularly in the wetlands, Anderson said.  In general, higher elevations will offer the most panoramic views of emerging color across the valleys, and many swamp or marsh areas will offer some of the most vivid and varied early season change. ‘I am also seeing scattered bits of other color, mostly weather and/or fungal related but overall leaf cover is good and I am anticipating a good color season in my little area,’ said Lamoille Country Forester  Raymond Toolan.To the south, Bennington Country Forester Chris Stone reports that ‘The beginnings for the foliage in Bennington County are now mostly found among the red maples that occupy the wetlands along Route 9 as you pass over the Green Mountains between Wilmington and Bennington, and to a lesser extent in the wetlands along Route 7 between Bennington and Manchester.’Best Bets:  Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge is showing early color, as is Routes 242 and 100 near Jay Peak, Routes 116 and 5A in the Lake Willoughby area.The higher elevations of the Worcester Range and Mount Elmore along Route 12 north of Montpelier are tinged with early color, as are views from Interstate 89 between Barre and Bolton.Note:  Road Conditions Updates ‘ Repairs in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene are proceeding as quickly as possible on the state’s key east-west roads.  Travel time may be delayed as roads open to traffic while construction is continuing in work zones. Travelers will encounter gravel surfaces and occasional one-way traffic on sections of these roads.  Detailed reports on the status of all affected roads and bridges are updated twice daily on:  www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external)The Vermont Hospitality Council advises making advance reservations, especially for weekends, because the most popular lodgings may fill early in late September and the first two weekends in October.  Some innkeepers may require a minimum two-night stay, especially on busy weekends.   Vermont tourism officials encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek specials during the foliage season as part of its statewide ‘Midweek Peek’ promotion.Also available on the website are several tools for planning a Vermont Fall Foliage tour: Fall Foliage ForecasterLodging Availability ForecasterScenic DrivesFall Travel Tips For more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com(link is external).last_img read more

Lakers’ Luke Walton offers stern message to players after 107-97 loss to Nets

first_imgNEW YORK >> The losses have piled up seemingly by the game, leaving Lakers coach Luke Walton increasingly agitated with negative trends that have not changed.So with the Lakers’ 107-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday at Barclays Center marking their eighth consecutive loss, Walton outlined a message that contrasted his normally calm and constructive style.“Just mentally being soft and calling us out,” said Lakers guard Nick Young, who had 14 points, albeit on 5-of-15 shooting. “We have to step up to the plate. I know I’m not soft. I know my teammates aren’t soft. So we have to show it and prove ourselves.”Former Lakers coach Byron Scott routinely offered such critiques last season as they marched toward their worst record in franchise history (21-61). Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. revealed Walton’s latest message is “not the first time we heard it.” But unlike Scott’s honest critiques, Walton’s feedback struck the Lakers’ locker room with a positive reception. “It’s just regular player-coach involvement,” said Lakers veteran guard Lou Williams, who had a team-leading 16 points albeit on 5-of-12 shooting. “They may look at it is they’re getting on him because he’s always such a cool guy. But I’ve had coaches do way worse. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for me.”The Lakers (10-18) sounded unsure about that. After all, the Lakers offered plenty of analysis of their slow starts, poor defensive communications and struggles with a previously injury-laden roster in recent weeks. The latest entailed Walton lamenting how the Lakers fared against the Nets (7-17) in rebounding (61-49), foul shooting (21-of-34) and poor ball movement. Walton only credited Williams for scoring and efforts to move the ball.Although Walton did not disclose his stern post-ame message, he described his team as a “casual group” and said “we have a lot to learn about winning.”“The losses obviously hurt and it’s frustrating. But it’s the fact we haven’t found our way since the injuries hit,” Walton said. “Now we have guys back and are still playing without a purpose for too much.”That contributed to the Lakers struggling in various ways. They shot 38.4 percent from the field. In his third game since returning from his left knee injury, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell had 11 points on 2-of-10 shooting, while posting more fouls (four) than assists (two). The Lakers also closed the final quarter missing their last eight shots.“We’ve been getting mentally outworked. It’s been a lack of focus and knowing our personnel, there’s been a lot of issues we’ve had,” Nance said. “I think the resiliency we’re lacking right now is due to a weakness mentally. I think he’s right.” In recent days, Russell has expressed frustration that the Lakers have not backed up their self-critical analysis with actions. He reiterated that point by saying he hopes the Lakers have a “straight business approach” in Thursday’s practice that entails not talking to each other. “Usually after the game, somebody cusses everybody out and everybody puts their two cents in. Then it doesn’t work,” Russell said. “We come out and still perform the same way.”Walton’s message sounded different, though.“It was the challenge. The best thing about it is we got practice tomorrow and we’ll see who, including myself, takes what he says and goes with it,” Russell said. “Or who takes what he says and it goes one ear and out the other.”Lately, the Lakers have shown the latter. After testing Walton’s patience, though, they vowed to adopt the former. “His coaching staff have been nothing but unbelievable for us. So we have to play our part,” Young said. “Everything is needed right now, whatever it takes to get us out of this. Talking, yelling at each other, everything is needed.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Any sophomore serving at Prom dinner needs to signup by Saturday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, March 30, 2016:Wednesday•Fashion show at 9 a.m.•Lip Dub at 1 p.m.Thursday•JV golf at Winfield Country Club, 3 p.m.•JV tennis at Circle, 3 p.m.•Baseball at Mulvane, 4 p.m.•Softball at Mulvane, 4:30 p.m.Friday •Track at Clearwater 4 p.m.Today’s lunch — Burrito with sauce, romaine and tomato, sweet corn, pears, tortilla chips and milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Tater Tot Casserole, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Peas, Hot Roll, Chilled Peaches and MilkToday’s News: *Work Ethic Program Participants- You may attend the Fashion Show today as one of your sessions!*Any sophomore interested in serving the Prom dinner on Saturday, April 23rd, please sign up in the office.*Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your Senior Orders, please stop by the counselors office. The order will need to be paid in full before you can pick up your items. At this time no personal checks will be allowed- cash or money orders only. If you are going to pay by credit or debit card you will need to contact Jostens. If you have not ordered your cap , gown, stole and tassel and you want to participate in graduation ceremonies, please go to jostens.com to place your order. You will need to do this as soon as possible.* Senior Girls- Reminder- the PEO Scholarship application is due April 1!*Seniors: The Kansas All-Star scholarship application is now available on their website which is www.ksallstarsholarships.com. Those who qualify will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education. Applications will be accepted now through April 15.Guidance news:Wednesday, April 20 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National Little Red Wagon DayNational Doctors DayNational I am in Control DayNational Pencil DayFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more