Vermont predicts excellent foliage season

first_imgVermont tourism officials are expecting a busy foliage season this year and encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek deals being offered through the fall. Dozens of inns, hotels, historic sites and museums are offering a variety of midweek specials during the fall foliage season as part of the statewide Midweek Peek promotion organized by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. Deals range from discounted lodging to reduced admission prices to free Vermont products. For details, visit is external). Foliage season is an incredibly popular time to come to Vermont, but visitors can still find a diverse range of options for lodging, dining and activities, especially midweek, says Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. Fall in Vermont is spectacular any day of the week, and we hope people will take advantage of the special Midweek Peek deals around the state.During fall foliage, Vermont s magnificent countryside shimmers in red, orange, green and gold, drawing millions of visitors here from all corners of the globe. Vermont forestry experts agree with the prediction that a beautiful foliage season is on the way. The trees throughout Vermont received an abundance of moisture this summer, which is one of the key ingredients to a bright foliage season, says Ginger Anderson, Chief of Forest Management for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.  Vermont is currently experiencing a drying trend and will begin to transition into typical fall weather with warm days and cool nights. As that happens, we expect Vermont’s foliage to display magnificent autumn color.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing offers a number of resources on its website at is external) for foliage season visitors. The site includes tips on planning ahead, a Lodging Availability Forecaster, and the Foliage Forecaster, which shows the progression of the colors across Vermont during a typical foliage season. Also included are seasonal stories and 20 different suggested driving tours. Visitors can also access the Vermont Travel Planner, an extensive database of lodging, dining, events, attractions and recreational opportunities. Weekly foliage reports will begin on Sept. 15 and will be available on is external) and also the state s toll-free visitor information line 1-800 VERMONT. Reports will be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of October.Visitors make 14.3 million trips to Vermont each year and visitor spending adds an estimated $1.57 billion to the state s economy, according to VDTM research. The research shows that 23 percent of those visits, or 3.7 million, are during the fall season. Vermont is also the nation s leading producer of maple syrup and attributes much of its fall foliage beauty to the high concentration of sugar maples, the official state tree.Source: Vermont Department of Tourismlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Senate Plan “Crueler” Than House’s for Seniors, Working Families on Medicaid

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Senate Plan “Crueler” Than House’s for Seniors, Working Families on Medicaid June 22, 2017 Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement on the U.S. Senate Republican health care bill unveiled this morning:“The deeper and more devastating cuts to Medicaid in this plan make it even crueler than the House plan. Some politicians in Washington are completely disconnected from the reality of how cutting Medicaid will damage real Pennsylvania families, and communities. Seniors in need of home or nursing care, children with disabilities, and rural hospitals and working families relying on Medicaid will all be left behind. The Senate plan prioritizes tax cuts for the wealthy, modest deficit reductions and achieving a political victory over families who need lifesaving care.“Over the past few weeks, I have joined Republican and Democratic governors in opposing cuts to Medicaid, but we have been shut out of the process and unable to give our residents a voice. It is time for Washington Republicans to restart and begin listening to the patients, doctors, states and communities who will ultimately shoulder the burden of their decisions. We need a legislative process that is patient-focused, inclusive, bipartisan, honest and open. This has been the complete opposite.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Iozzi thrives with left foot, versatile skill set on Syracuse’s back line

first_imgAs a kid, Mario Iozzi learned that you need two good feet to be a dangerous soccer player.So when teaching the sport to his daughter, Maddie, in the family’s backyard, he stressed that practicing and playing with her left foot was even more important than learning to use her once-dominant right. The pair focused on it while she was learning the game with what is now her preferred foot.Now a sophomore defender for Syracuse, Maddie Iozzi’s left foot has become one of her most valuable assets to the team.Iozzi’s become dangerous from the back left for Syracuse’s defense and the team hopes to continue to rely on her versatility in its final four games of the season. Iozzi’s game is strengthened by the use of her left foot, a tool Syracuse depends on for a boost from the back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s definitely my left foot,” Iozzi said, when asked what her most valuable skill was.  “It’s rare to have left-footed players and it’s something that makes me different than any of our other defenders.”Left-footed players are at an advantage on the left side of the field, Iozzi said, because they are able to naturally dribble with their dominant foot and keep the ball away from opponents and toward the left sideline.They also have an edge when delivering services into the box from that left side of the field, and Iozzi is no different.“Guaranteed that 10 times out of 10, her services into the box from the left side are going to be spot-on,” said freshman defender Jessica Vigna. Iozzi stresses that although her left foot is her dominant foot, she is not reliant on it. She is able to cut the ball back from her left side back to her right side in order to make a move and go by opposing team’s defenders. Being able to use both feet and make runs down the left side of the field is what makes her dangerous, Iozzi said.Vigna said that Iozzi is effective when she gets into the attack and makes those runs down the field. Iozzi’s ability to come forward, get shots on goal and push some balls through the defenders to the team’s playmakers makes her so valuable, Vigna added.A consistent player for the defense, the sophomore defender has started in 11 of the team’s 15 games and played in them all, no matter which system the team has used. Her ability with both feet allows her to play effectively in both the team’s 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 systems, which create a tactical advantage for the Orange.“We’ve looked at each game separately and asked ourselves, ‘What’s the best matchup?’” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “In both systems we’ve used this year, she’s been able to play because she likes to push forward.”In the 3-5-2 system SU plays, the team has only three defenders and Iozzi would play as more of an outside midfielder or attacking wing back — playing up and wide, utilizing her speed and athleticism. In a 4-3-3 system she uses her aggressiveness and strong tackling and plays more as a left back, one of the team’s four defenders in that particular set, Wheddon said.Wheddon would like to see his sophomore defender do a better job keeping possession out of the back of the defense and improving her timing of stepping to get pressure on the ball. Iozzi deftly takes advantage of her physical gifts and skills, making her a dangerous player regardless of how or when she is used. Said Vigna: “When she comes in off the bench or when she starts, I don’t think I’ve seen her have a bad game yet.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more