The Vermont Chamber of Commerce 2003 Traveler’s Guidebook is the key for a peaceful Vermont getaway as spring, summer, and fall grow slowly into Green Mountain hills and valleys.The 2003 Vermont Traveler’s Guidebook offers listings, a comprehensive resources section, and editorial. Lodging, restaurants, attractions, shopping, and more are listed by town. Extensive lodging descriptions and colorful photos of accommodations will help the most discriminating traveler identify the site of the perfect family vacation or romantic escape.The Guidebook resources section speaks volumes, pointing the way to Vermont agricultural fairs, wineries, and cheese makers. Visitors will easily find the best fishing holes, golf courses, hiking, historic sites and churches, maple sugarhouses, gardens, farmers’ markets, and more.Visitors who are ready to celebrate may want to attend the ever popular Top Ten Summer and Top Ten Fall Events. Another Traveler’s Guidebook annual editorial feature, Mom’s Top Fifty Picks for Kids, may be a lifesaver to families looking to please.Chris Fogg, Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel and Tourism, noted that “Whether people seek a respite from life or an experience of a lifetime, Vermont is the perfect place to find simplicity, security, activity and beauty as well as big-city sophistication, culture, and arts.”Annually the Vermont Chamber of Commerce prints 200,000 copies of the Vermont Traveler’s Guidebook, the official guide of the State of Vermont. The Guidebook and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443 ext. 110, or order the Guidebook online at www.vtchamber.com(link is external). Visitors may also view the Guidebook listings, resources, and editorial at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).
Jun 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza cropped up in a flock of 14 poultry about 4½ miles from where two large commercial chicken flocks were destroyed because of the same virus in May, the Texas Animal Health Commission said (TAHC) yesterday.The flock of 10 chickens and 4 ducks tested positive Jun 22 for an H7N3 virus, the same strain that led to the euthanization of 48,000 breeding chickens in the area recently, the TAHC said in a news release. The small flock was immediately destroyed and burned, and additional testing of flocks in the area will now be necessary, officials said. The birds had shown no signs of illness, TAHC spokeswoman Carla Everett told CIDRAP News.”This turn of events is disappointing to us and the area’s poultry growers, but it demonstrates why widespread, repeated flock testing is necessary during an AI outbreak,” Dr. Max Coats, deputy director of the TAHC’s animal health programs, said in the news release. “This infected flock was one of more than 315 in a 300-square-mile area that tested negative a little more than two weeks ago.”Coats said the second round of testing in the area was nearly finished when the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported the test results on the small flock. Some flocks in the area will have to be retested again to assure trading partners that the disease has been eradicated, he said. In addition, the surveillance area will have to be changed, because the testing protocol calls for testing within 10 miles of an infected flock, he added.Routine blood tests revealed the H7N3 virus in the two commercial flocks, which had not shown signs of illness. No other infected flocks had been found in the area until this week.
The Eastern star was carrying more than 400 people when it capsized on the Yangtze river The capsized Eastern Star has now been completely righted, and the ship’s blue top can be seen above the water surface. Teams are now trying to drain off the water inside the ship to make it float.Two 500-ton lifting boats are being used to lift the capsized Eastern Star, using four iron ropes. In order to carry out the operation, four iron ropes welded on the ship should be lifting the hulk simultaneously.The operation was earlier scheduled for Thursday night. But it was delayed because of three major difficulties in welding a fourth iron rope. One is that the bow is touching the river embankment, the second is the low visibility of the river, and the third is the large quantity of rubble that was used for flood prevention at the contact position.Before the operation, the rescuers had cut holes in the bottom of the overturned ship to give divers easier access inside, in the hopes of reaching anybody who might still be alive. And after three days of divers combing compartments and searching nearby waters, rescuers on Thursday evening decided to hoist and upright the wreckage.The Ministry of Transport’s spokesperson says that there are slim chances that more survivors would be found inside the hull. He says the decision to turn the ship would help find the missing “in the shortest possible time” and “protect the dignity of the deceased”.The passenger ship Eastern Star capsized at around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River. The ship was heading upstream from Nanjing to Chongqing. There were 456 people on board. Most passengers were tourists from Shanghai and its neighboring province of Jiangsu. Their ages ranged from 3 to 83, with most in their 60s and 70s.To help the operation, the flow of water from the Three Gorges Dam, upstream from the site of the incident, has been reduced by more than half, from 17,200 cubic meters per second to just 7,000 cubic meters.The ill-fated ship is owned by the Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corporation, which specializes in tourist routes in the popular Three Gorges river canyon region. The company was founded in 1967 and now has five luxury passenger vessels operating in China.
Investigators in Fort Lauderdale are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who exposed himself and attacked an employee at a massage palor.The incident was reported on Saturday at Angel Day Spa just off of Davie Boulevard.According to the report, the suspect knocked on the door of the spa and once inside, began inquiring about prices. The suspect then exposed himself to the woman working the front desk. The victim ran to the back of the business to retrieve a phone to call 911 and at the point, the suspect chased after her. The employee then ran back to the front of the business with the suspect right behind her.“He grabs her, throws her on the ground and attempts to sexually batter her,” Police Sgt DeAnna Greenlaw said. “She fought her way through. She never stopped fighting. She is profusely screaming.”The suspect eventually stopped and left the business.“This is a violent offender who was physically overpowering a female,” Greenlaw said.The Spa has since handed over all of the surveillance tapes to authorities.Officials say the man was between the ages of 25 and 35 and stands about 5 feet 11 inches. He is said to have dark hair and a full beard and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with a Marlins logo, a black t-shirt, black sweatpants, and a white Louis Vuitton monogram mask.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.