Head to Vermont’s towns and mountains this fall for a slew of seasonal “Bests.” The state is proud to celebrate harvest season over several weekends packed full of events. Come enjoy crisp mornings with warm cider next to fiery red and orange mountainsides. Customize your trip with family events, Oktoberfests or romantic concerts and dining. Here are some crowd pleasers: Tunbridge World’s Fair, Tunbridge September 15, 2011www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com/(link is external)Colors of the Kingdom Festival, St. JohnsburySeptember 17, 2011www.vermont.com/events.cfm?eventId=3258(link is external)Stowe Rotary’s Oktoberfest, StoweSeptember 23, 2011www.stoweoktoberfest.com/(link is external)Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival, Woodstock September 24, 2011www.vermontwoodfestival.org/(link is external) Burke Foliage Festival and the 5th Annual Burke Mountain Music FestivalSeptember 24, 2011http://skiburke.com/main/?p=938(link is external)Pumpkin & Apple Celebration at the Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock October 1, 2011www.billingsfarm.org/programs-events/special_events/pumpkin_apple.html(link is external)Killington Brewfest, KillingtonOctober 1, 2011www.killington.com/summer/activities/mountain_events/Killington_Brewfest(link is external)Trapp Family Lodge Oktoberfest with the Chad Hollister Band, StoweOctober 1, 2011www.trappfamily.com/activities/special-events(link is external)Green Mountain Foliage Festival at Sugarbush, WarrenOctober 2, 2011www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain/htm/greenmountain/links/press/doc…(link is external)Columbus Day Weekend & 50th Anniversary Kick Off, Stratton Mountain ResortOctober 7-9, 2011www.stratton.com/events/columbusday_50thkickoff.htm(link is external)Discover Wine and Food, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, JeffersonvilleOctober 8, 2011www.smuggs.com/pages/universal/press/discoverfoodandwine.php(link is external)Mount Snow Oktoberfest, West DoverOctober 8-9, 2011http://mountsnow.com/events/event-calendar/(link is external)Take Time for Ongoing Foliage Activities:Apples to Ipods: Go apple picking at any of Vermont’s 15 orchards. Find the wooden apple hidden in the trees and win an Ipod. www.applestoipods.com(link is external)Head to the Fields: Corn Mazes are open in Danville, Stowe, Williston, Weybridge, Colchester and many more. The Hathaway Farm in Rutland has dubbed their 12 acres of corny meandering the ‘Celebrate 250 Years’ Corn Maze, honoring the town’s birthday: www.hathawayfarm.com/corn-maze/(link is external). Get Lifted: Foliage chairlift rides are all across the map, at Vermont ski resorts.
FARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 19) – A season that’s seen its share of highs and lows saw another high spot Saturday for Troy Cordes.Cordes topped the 30-lap Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway. The win paid $2,000 and put him on the ballot for next September’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.“I’d started second but fell back to about fifth. The car was too tight at the beginning,” he said. “The track was slick, which was unbelievable for the amount of rain they’d had.”Cordes got back to third following a lap 18 restart, then passed Jason Schueller and Kyle Brown for the lead and eventual checkers.Brown hung on to the runner-up position and became the sixth different driver to win the tour title in as many years the series has been held.He’d started the night with a four-point advantage over defending champion Mike Van Genderen, who finished 11th.Schueller, Justin Kay and Matt Gansen rounded out the top five.“This was definitely an up and down year for us, for sure,” said Cordes, who had won for the 100th time in his IMCA Modified career in May and clinched his sixth Benton County Speedway title with a top five finish on Sunday. “We struggled some early in the season and didn’t win as many as we’d have liked. The rainouts didn’t help, either.”Different drivers won each of the eight HDT events held in 2015, making for a second consecutive season in which no driver could win more than once.Feature results – 1. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 2. Kyle Brown, State Center; 3. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 4. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 5. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 6. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 7. Chris Zogg, New Liberty; 8. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 9. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 10. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 11. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 12. Zach Less, Manchester; 13. Carter Van Den Berg, Oskaloosa; 14. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 15. Dan Roedl, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 16. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 17. Kyle Neels, Freeport, Ill.; 18. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 19. Brian Webb, Davenport; 20. Milo Veloz Jr., Colona, Ill.; 21. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 22. Jed Freiburger, Dubuque; 23. Tyler Madigan, Dubuque; 24. Brad Dierks, Clarence.
Arsene Wenger has described reports that Arsenal are closing in on a £37million move for Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler as an “illusion”. The Gunners are said to have made a renewed bid for German international Draxler as they seek to complete a deal before the transfer window closes. But Wenger, speaking after Friday night’s 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Coventry, denied a deal will happen. “That is an illusion. There is nothing happening, honestly no,” Wenger said. “We don’t need to take players on the flanks – we have 17 players on the flanks.” Wenger responded to criticism from Jose Mourinho on Friday by stating the Chelsea boss is entitled to his opinion. Mourinho declared that Wenger “complaining is normal, because he always does” after the Frenchman described the Blues’ sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United as unfair. The Portuguese also highlighted what he views as the Gunners’ favourable fixture list. “Look at Christmas and you tell me who had the best fixtures,” Wenger said. “We played on Sunday against Everton, on Wednesday in Naples and on Saturday morning at Man City. So we do have not the same assessment on that front. “What I said was not a complaint, it has nothing to do with Chelsea. It was just a suggestion of do you think it is right or wrong. “Everybody is free in life to have his opinion about people. I never speak about people. I speak about facts and ideas. Never about people.” Wenger had previously suggested Mata’s transfer was unfair as Chelsea have already played United twice this season and will not have to face Spaniard this term, unlike other title contenders. Wenger said on Friday night: “If we have a chance it is down to our performances. Only about that. That is what we have to focus on. “I was asked a question, I gave an honest answer. I am still naive enough to believe people are more interested in the ideas than about creating conflicts. But no, this is an illusion.” Lukas Podolski struck twice as Arsenal cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Coventry, while Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla also scored. “Podolski can score goals. When you have a good chance you want him to have it because he is a clinical finisher,” Wenger said. “He has an unbelievable short and quick backlift and he is very accurate in his finishing. “He can score goals when he starts, when he comes on he is always dangerous.” Coventry manager Steven Pressley felt his Sky Bet League One club acquitted themselves well in defeat “I was exceptionally proud of that performance. I asked the players to be brave in possession and they truly were,” Pressley said. “Being 2-0 down at the Emirates it’s easy to go under, but we got after them and forced them back and were the more likely team to score. “In the end Arsenal’s quality shone through, they tired us out in the last 10 minutes. In the end 4-0 was harsh. We left nothing out on the pitch.” Press Association
* Injured Etebo, Junior Ajayi also to miss the match in WroclawDuro IkhazuagbeUnless something happens between now and Friday morning, Nigeria is going to play the international friendly with Poland in Wroclaw without her inspirational skipper, John Mikel Obi. The former Chelsea player who moved Far East to team up with Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Teda last season, is believed to be battling hard to renew his work permit in China.With 22 players already in Eaglesâ€™ Radisson Blu Hotel camp in Wroclaw yesterday, training began in earnest ahead of the Friday friendly with the Polish senior national team.Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, confirmed yesterday that Mikel is not likely to be available for the Friday game.â€œWe all had been hoping that the renewal (of Mikelâ€™s work permit) would come in good time for him to fly to Poland.â€œAs it is now, it is not likely that he would make the trip here,â€ stressed the Super Eagles administrator.Apart from Mikel, two other invited players, Oghenekaro Etebo and Junior Ajayi are also not in Wroclaw.Etebo who plays for struggling LaLiga club, Las Palmas is injured while Egypt-based Junior Ajayi, is also unavailable because of his inability to secure visa into Poland.Ajayi who earned his first senior call-up to the Super Eagles after a number of impressive displays for Al Ahly in the Egyptian league and the CAF Champions League is now expected to link up with his teammates in London this weekend for the Super Eagles second friendly game against Serbia next week Tuesday at The Hive, Canons Park.Eagles camp for the friendly opened on Monday with six players namely, Williams Troost Ekong, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun and Brian Idowu as the early birds.However, full training began with the arrival of goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielders Joel Obi, John Ogu, Ogenyi Onazi, Uche Agbo and Wilfred Ndidi, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses yesterday.Nigeria-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi are expected to arrive camp today.The team trained twice yesterday, with the same schedule for today, before Thursdayâ€™s training at match time inside the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw.The match kicks off at 8.45pm (Nigeria and Poland are on same time zone) on Friday.Fridayâ€™s showdown inside the 43,000-capacity stadium formally opens the first phase of the Super Eaglesâ€™ preparation for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals, taking place in Russia between June 14 and July 15 this year.After Tuesdayâ€™s game with Serbia in London, the three-time African champions will play a send-forth match against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Nigeria, before flying back to London for a prestige clash with Englandâ€™s Three Lions at Wembley on June 2.Four days later, Eagles come up against the Czech Republic at their final training camp in Austria, with another friendly game on the cards before the squad jets out to the World Cup finals on June 11.Nigeriaâ€™s team base camp at the FIFA World Cup finals is located in Yessentuki, Stavropol territory in the southern region of Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share It makes sense that a football team will function better if the head coach and general manager get along, but that doesn’t mean they always do.Take, for instance, what is apparently happening in San Francisco with head coach Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke. That’s not the case in Arizona, though, as Bruce Arians and Steve Keim appear to be very much on the same page after just more than one year together. It’s a team effort, really.“Everything we do is a Cardinal decision,” Arians said. “Michael Bidwill is fantastic and we have a great three-way conversation about all the decisions that go on in this organization. It’s fun to work here.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. “I think you set your ego at the door,” Arians told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday when asked what the key to having a good relationship is. “You know, this is a team game. It’s not about individual accomplishments.”You’d think that would be the mindset every coach/GM combo would have, given the symbiotic relationship the two have. If the GM gets good players, the coach looks better. And if the coach can get the most out of his players, the GM looks better. It’s really a win/win situation.“The best thing, and when I came to Arizona for the interview, the thing that struck me most was Steve had a plan,” Arians said. “It was the same type of plan, if I were a GM, I would have. So we had the same philosophy.“It’s not about who gets what credit; give him all the credit, he’s young and he deserves it. I don’t need it.”The Cardinals made 193 roster moves in 2013, and of the 53 players who finished the season on the active roster, 28 were not with the team the season before.The team won 10 games — double the previous season’s total — and you could point to both coaching and personnel moves as reason for the improvement. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact