Is It Too Early To Start Planning Your Fall Getaway to Allegany County, Maryland?

first_imgWhile the summer heat kicks up, it seems like a good time to start planning your next mountain escape. Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is the place to go. The beauty of Allegany County is unparalleled and region features 60,000 acres of public wildlands- one in four acres is public land. Enjoy ample hiking, biking, fishing, and kayaking/canoeing opportunities in Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest (largest contiguous forest in the State!). You’ll quickly find that Allegany County provides captivating landscapes and some of the most gorgeous fall foliage seasons you will experience.Rocky Gap State ParkThe two Trails Towns in the county- Frostburg and Cumberland are positioned along the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile bike trail that runs from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cumberland, MD, before connecting to the C&O Canal Towpath, a bike trail that runs from Cumberland, MD, to Washington, DC. The towns boast small town charm yet yield big-time adventure. The have walkable shops, outdoor dining, and wineries! It’s a quick 16-mile bike ride between them. Hop off your bike in Cumberland for a Beer at 1812 Brewery. Beer not your thing? Check out the Ice Cream Trail instead! 1812 BreweryAlthough not in the fall, let’s not forget DelFest, a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury Music and the second largest bluegrass festival in the country, which calls Allegany County home. Mark your calendar now for May 24-27, 2019.Brad Kuntz-DelFestToday, the mountains are full of stories rich in history and heritage. Once the westernmost outpost of the British Empire in America, walk the remaining tunnels of Fort Cumberland, where a young George Washington led troops after Fort Duquesne. Climb aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to appreciate the region’s rich coal heritage and westward expansion. Stroll along the Potomac River. Cycle and hike the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath, and you’ll actually be on the historic routes that marked the end of the canal era and the dawn of railroads. This summer Allegany County is celebrating a Summer of Heritage with special events including River and Rails Festival September 7-9 and Appalachian Festival September 15. Great Allegheny Passage Brush TunnelLet Allegany County serve as a home base for exploring attractions and the great outdoors. The accommodations include a handful of charming and historic bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels, a large selection of chain hotels, and beautifully set campgrounds.So, what are you waiting for? The mountains are calling!last_img read more

Why Germany’s coronavirus strategy doesn’t appear to be working

first_imgA medic administers a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test on a motorist at a drive-thru coronavirus testing center at the Talavera car park in Wuerzburg, Germany, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images In the first wave of the epidemic, the country built on existing local infrastructure to get ahead of the virus. Analysis published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found Germany’s intensive system of testing, contact tracing, and quarantine were all critical to its “successful control” of the outbreak. Dr. Hajo Zeeb, head of department for Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, told CNBC via telephone that the country’s public health offices tracing system was now being “challenged to its limit.” With this second round of lockdown restrictions, the German government said its aim was to push the number of new infections down to about 50 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, so that local public health offices could once again trace all contacts. According to Thursday’s daily situation report by German federal government agency the Robert Koch Institute, there were now nearly 127 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img LONDON — Germany was lauded for its initial response to the coronavirus pandemic, but a four-week long return to strict public health measures has raised questions over the effectiveness of its strategy second time around.Germany started its “lockdown light” on Monday, which is set to last for the month of November. The new restrictions include the closure of bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and gyms, as well as the re-introduction of physical-distancing measures. Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Monday that Germany “must get the situation under control to a point where the local public health offices can trace contacts again — otherwise the exponential growth will simply spiral further upwards.” – Advertisement – The government said it was currently unable to trace 75% of new cases. ‘Major workload’Zeeb said a combination of factors had led to the latest upsurge in Covid-19 infections, including a relaxation of restrictions over the summer period. It was people returning to Germany from vacation, however, that was the main driver to the start of another wave, Zeeb said. This resulted in a “major workload” for local public health offices, as they then also had to test these returning citizens. “I wouldn’t say it was uncoordinated but there were some strange decisions taken in Bavaria and other places to test people even on highways and in different situations,” he said. Bavaria, Germany’s largest state, has had the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, at 119,505, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute.It is the only federal state in Germany to have rolled out free coronavirus testing for everyone. The move raised concerns it would overwhelm testing centers when it was introduced in June. Indeed, Bavaria has experienced testing blunders since it introduced the policy, with backlogs and data entry issues. A spokesman for the Bavarian state ministry of health and care told CNBC via email that both of theses issues occurred once and “could be solved quickly.”“The causes were clearly identified and solved,” he said. “The reasons were in one case a technical defect in a computer system and in the other case a process error or an error during the takeover of the test stations on the freeways by a new supplier.”Nationally, Zeeb said the spread of the virus had now gone beyond clusters of cases into wider communities, making it harder to pinpoint the source of infection. The German government said on Monday that while 21.5 million people had downloaded its Corona-Warn-App, “regrettably only 60% of people testing positive pass on their contacts.” The first time round, Zeeb said Germany’s effective handling of the virus was helped by the fact that its epidemic “started in a young age group, which didn’t lead to a lot of severe cases right from the beginning,” giving it more time to prepare its health care system. Clear communication of pandemic science, helped by Merkel’s training as a scientist, has also been said to have contributed to its effectiveness. While the historical investment in Germany’s health care system and the rapid response in providing extra intensive care facilities, meant its hospitals didn’t become overwhelmed. ‘Victim of its own success’Dr. Mike Tildesley, an associate professor who specializes in infectious disease control at the University of Warwick in the U.K., told CNBC that in some ways Germany, might be seen as a “victim of its own success.”Having a smaller first wave meant there were likely to be more people still susceptible to the virus, he explained, making a larger second wave possible.For Germany, he said the decision to impose another lockdown could be considered “brave,” and may be viewed as Germany acting pre-emptively once again.Dr. Rowland Kao, a professor of epidemiology and data science at the University of Edinburgh, told CNBC that unless a country manages to get rid of every single case of Covid-19, there’s still a chance of a resurgence when restrictions are lifted.As such, Kao said it might not be that there’s anything wrong with Germany’s strategy. “It could be that it’s impossible to do it right,” he said, as there are only so many tools at a country’s disposal for containing the coronavirus. Kao added that part of what makes the coronavirus so difficult to control is the fact that people are infectious before showing clinical signs. So mildly symptomatic and asymptomatic people contribute to the spread of the disease, meaning “it’s always going to be harder for test and trace to work.”A spokeswoman for Germany’s federal ministry of health told CNBC via email that there is “an increase in the number of cases when the infection rate generally increases (because of local accumulation of infections, family celebrations or leisure activities).”“Naturally, more tests are then carried out — without the test strategy changing,” she added.She said that “shutting down public life again is necessary in order to be able to track infections again.”last_img read more

Top names make big cutbacks on office space needs in Guildford

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Local Woman Wins Nearly $70,000 on “Wheel of Fortune”

first_imgA North Palm Beach woman recently won some “big money” on the popular television game show, “Wheel of Fortune.”Marci Hyland accumulated more than $69,000 in cash and prize winnings on an episode that aired Wednesday but was recorded early last month.“I like game shows, so that’s kind of my thing,” Hyland says. “But I never would’ve dreamed in a million years this would happen.”Her winnings included $37,000 from the show’s bonus round.Host Pat Sajak said “Oh boy” as the 65-year-old Hyland started guessing the answer to the final puzzle.Hyland got it in about six seconds: “Jot down a few words.”Photo courtesy: Facebook/Marci Hyland“I was just like, ‘What is this?’ because I didn’t have a whole lot to work with,” she adds. “It just clicked.”She started a series of audition tests last fall when the show was looking for contestants in Miami.There was no audience due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Sajak did not shake hands with contestants.“Right after we left, I think they shut down,” according to Hyland.Hyland expects to receive her winnings, which include a trip to Aruba, within a few months.“You saw the outcome,” she adds. “I just had so much fun.”last_img read more


first_img:10 Ok. “Sir Charles” Barkley, I know you’re a Hall of Fame basketball legend … and I know you’re a select member of the 20,000 point and 10,000 rebound club (and for that matter, you did it at 6’5″ not 6’6′ as listed) … hell, for what it’s worth, you know I got your back because you were a guest speaker at our Willie Stargell M.V.P. Awards Banquet a few years ago, but when you said Blake Griffin’s jumping over a car to win the slam dunk contest was not impressive, I can only say two things to you, #1- Shut up and #2 – C’mon Man!! BILL NEAL :09 Pitt hits the “three” with eleven seconds on the clock to take the lead against St. John’s (the latest edition of “D.C.” Clay’s Giant Killers) Coach Dixon calls time out … why? You got the team on their heels. Don’t help them get re-set. That said and done, you let them walk the ball up … why? Put token pressure on the ball, break his focus and concentration and take away his vision and ability to create. Last but not least, drop back into a zone. Tall guards up front, make them beat you with a jump shot, not a lay-up! That said, the player did step out of bounds before he made the lay-up. (If you think I am wrong, ask Eddie Jefferies what he would have done with “The Rankin Gangsters”!):08 Reporters … Those of you who have never played anything but checkers all your lives, let alone big time football … and especially you old White guys … stop trying to predict what the new age Black athlete can do. You did it with “Vick” and you were wrong, you did it with “LeBron,” you were wrong. Now you’re trying to do it with Cam Newton … and you will be wrong again. He will be a Top 5 pick. He will be a great NFL quarterback, and he will be a starter in two years. Good Lord … he’s 6’5″, 250 pounds, and won the NJCAA National Title and the NCAA National Championship on a broken ankle. Take it to the bank.:07 I told you “Gibbs” could shoot. 26 points at the Garden after a two-week lay-off, that’s a shooter.:06 Don’t be surprised if you see “Wannamaker” in NBA camp. He seems to have … IT!:05 Big McGee will have a good career in Europe. His improvement has been impressive.:04 Alright, you asked for it, here we go, the top 10 best “2” guards. The players that are really special. They can run point, shooting guard and play small forward if they have to:1. “Rockin Ron” Carter2. “Flyin” Myron Brown3. Billy Varner4. Kirk Bruce5. Hosea Champaine6. “Magic Mike” Williams7. Nathan “Sonny” Lewis8. Leroy Freeman9. Tom “Bum” Coates10. Darryl GissendannerYou got a problem with this list? You know the drill…call me…412-628-4856!:03 It’s show time baby. Don’t be left out in the cold, get with the “In Crowd.” The Champions Tip-Off Reception is March 3 at the brand new Cambria Suites Hotel on Centre Avenue next to the Consol Arena from 5:30-9 p.m. There is a cost. Reservations must be made in advance. No exceptions!! Call 412-628-4856. Special guests include, Leah Williams Duncan, Larry Richards of KDKA radio, Shirley Douglas, host of “P.l. Talk,” light heavyweight world boxing champion Rayco “War” Saunders, former Boston Celtic B.B. Flenory, Alex Matthews, NBA legend Armon Gilliam and The Diamond Models.IT’S THE FIRST BIG EVENT OF THE NEW YEAR:02 It’s that time again. The 36th Annual Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic returns April 9 in memory of Pittsburgh’s greatest ever high school/school yard legend. City vs. WPIAL senior boys and girls. For information call 412-628-4856.:01 Best NBA All-Star game in years. And yes, Kobe was MVP…and yes, LeBron is the truth…but Kevin Durrant is a scoring machine.~GAME OVER~last_img read more

Mountain Goat Relocation Efforts to Temporarily Close Mt. Ellinor trails

first_imgFacebook48Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National ForestThe Mount Ellinor trails system and Forest Road 2419 to Mt. Ellinor will be closed to the public starting the evening of August 18 until the morning of August 30. This closure is needed to assist mountain goat relocation efforts of the Olympic National Park and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.Mountain goats are not native to the Olympic Peninsula, and captured goats will be relocated to augment low populations In the Washington North Cascades where they are native. The relocation effort, begun in 2018, has so far removed 115 goats from the Olympic National Park. This summer’s effort will also include capturing animals on the Olympic National Forest.An earlier goat capture taking place on the Olympic Peninsula in mid-July will not impact the Mt. Ellinor trails system.For more information about the Olympic National Forest, visit read more