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

Should government lawyers be exempt from the pro bono plan?

first_img December 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Should government lawyers be exempt from the pro bono plan? Associate Editor What about government lawyers? Should they continue to be exempt from pro bono representation of the poor?Yes and no, were the mixed answers during oral arguments November 7 (in case No. 02-1050) regarding a petition to modify Rule 4-6.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.Natasha Permaul, chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, petitioned the court to modify the rule to remove the deferral of government lawyers from the pro bono plan because she said it would remove confusion.Anthony Musto, on behalf of the Government Lawyer Section of The Florida Bar, asked the court to deny that petition. Instead, he asked the court to encourage the Bar to lobby the legislature for statutory changes to lift the prohibitions altogether for government lawyers. Otherwise, Musto said, pro bono service would become so broad it would lose its original mission to provide free legal representation for the poor. He warned it could actually result in all lawyers doing less actual representation of the poor, as they would instead take pro bono credit for general community service, like coaching Little League.Buddy Jacobs, general counsel for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, reminded the court why the deferral is necessary for assistant state attorneys, who are not equipped to handle civil cases for poor people.“We have substantial evidence that government lawyers who are prohibited by statute, rule, or regulation are providing pro bono legal services to the court,” Permaul told the justices. “Government lawyers with legal prohibitions have determined that there are ways to provide pro bono legal services to the poor and not violate the statutes, rules, or regulations that apply to them.”Justice Peggy Quince asked: “But aren’t there some government lawyers who are, in fact, not providing these kinds of services, based on the statutes and rules and regulations?”Permaul answered: “Your honor, I believe that there is confusion as to what the definition of legal services to the poor includes. The choice has been made that, to be careful, not to step across the line. But what the regulations actually say is that the attorneys cannot engage in the private practice of law.”In her petition, Permaul said, she asks the court to add to the definition of pro bono service that it is “overall a public service.” An example Permaul gave of acceptable legal service for government lawyers is handling the closing paperwork on a Habitat for Humanity house, knowing that house will benefit the poor. She said the court has given direction to government attorneys in the comment to Rule 4.6-1 and the activities listed in Rule 4-6.5. In Orange County, she said government lawyers help the elderly in nursing homes fill out public benefits assistance paperwork or help poor people apply for earned income tax credits. She stressed that the court had wanted to encourage more attorneys to participate in improving access to justice for the poor and working poor.“By removing the deferral for government attorneys, those who are somewhat hesitant about participating now know that the court is encouraging them to participate in the program,” Permaul said.But Musto warned against broadening the narrow definition of what a lawyer’s obligation to pro bono service should be all about.“We, as lawyers, are in a unique position. We are the only people who can walk past that bar and come into a courtroom and represent people. And, therefore, we have a unique obligation,” Musto said.The types of activities that Permaul’s committee has listed in its report, such as gun safety education and Teen Court, while worthy community service, Musto said, is “not what the purpose of the pro bono rule is all about.“You go down a slippery slope, because how do you say ‘no’ to the lawyer that coaches the Little League team and says, ‘Hey, I talk to them, I keep them off the streets, I tell them not to take drugs.’”Musto reminded the court that in the original opinion adopting pro bono rules, “you said specifically that although other public service by the legal profession is important, no authority exists for this court to address uncompensated public service not directly related to the needs of the poor. You already held you do not have the authority to do it.”Most importantly, Musto said, is that “what you may get is an increase in the number of public service hours performed by government lawyers, but you are also going to have all of those nongovernment lawyers, the 50,000 or 60,000 out there, who say, ‘Oh, I can meet this requirement in this manner or that manner,’ instead of actually handling cases. And I submit to you that, if you expand it that way, the bottom line will be an overall reduction in the number of hours spent actually handling cases for the poor.”Jacobs, speaking on behalf of Florida’s prosecutors, told the justices: “I submit to you that our people are involved in helping people around the state. We render service to the poor every day, by the nature of what we do as prosecutors. Unfortunately, because of the demographics of our state, a lot of poor people are victims of crimes.”Prosecutors are a lot like judges, Jacobs argued, and while they are involved in bettering their communities, they can’t take cases on behalf of poor people.“We are supposed to be seeking justice. We are not supposed to just prosecute everybody,” Jacobs said.“We are the chief law enforcement official in each circuit in Florida. And we have to be impartial. And so, to have us involved in representing people in civil cases, which we are prohibited to do anyway, I believe is a wrong thing.” Should government lawyers be exempt from the pro bono plan?last_img read more

Real Salt Lake teen Taylor Booth follows Chris Richards, Alphonso Davies from MLS to Bayern

first_imgTaylor Booth has become the latest MLS teen to join Bayern Munich, putting pen to paper on a 3 1/2-year deal.The 17-year-old attacking midfielder moves from Real Salt Lake, after Chris Richards from Dallas and Alphonso Davies from Vancouver in signing with the Bundesliga champions. Newcastle pulls off club-, MLS-record deal for Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron “Being here in Munich at the Bayern campus and taking the next steps in my development makes me very proud.”Booth is a United States Under-18 international and Bayern campus manager Jochen Sauer expects him to have a bright future.”We see a lot of potential in Taylor,” he said. “He is a talented young player, and we look forward to working with him to develop his talent further.” USMNT 2019: Goalkeeper Zack Steffen fueled by more than determinationcenter_img Welcome to the #FCBayern family, Taylor! #MiaSanMia    pic.twitter.com/NGaGlMIEAC— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) January 31, 2019Bayern boss Niko Kovac confirmed earlier Thursday that the club’s pursuit of Chelsea teen Callum Hudson-Odoi has been paused.”We will no longer be active in the transfer market,” Kovac told a press conference. “The teams do not want to let their players leave. We have a good and big squad.”Franck [Ribery] and Arjen [Robben] have been training, so I have to leave one, two at home anyway. That’s why it does not make sense for us to get three or four more players.” Booth will be selected for Bayern’s Under-23 training camp in Dallas before linking up with the club’s Under-19 squad.”I’m very happy with this next step in my career,” Booth said. “Bayern are one of the largest clubs in the world. Related Newslast_img read more