Braun, ACRA recognized by gov’s office; COVID messaging, outdoor recreation opportunities kept Aspen open, safe | News

Debbie Braun, president and CEO of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Colorado Tourism last week.

Additionally, the ACRA team was given the Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative Award for achieving gold-level status from the International Mountain Bike Association for mountain bike routes throughout the valley.

The awards were announced at a governor’s tourism conference at Red Rocks Amphitheater with attendees logging in virtually from throughout the state. The announcement of Braun’s achievement came as a surprise to her, when a video rolled showcasing Aspen and her team.

“It is a lot to surprise me,” Braun said.”I cried. And I don’t cry over stuff like that.”

The state tourism office cited her “swift and ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis” in contributing to the recognition, as well as ongoing procurement of marketing funding for Aspen, her her 20-year career with ACRA and overseeing

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A look at fall recreation programs in Dover, Sherborn and Medfield – News – Dover-Sherborn Press

The scramble continues.

After canceling and changing programs for the spring and summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, recreation department directors continue to keep one eye on the pandemic while staging programs for the fall.

“We want to make sure we do it correctly and safely,” said Medfield’s Recreation Department director, Kevin Ryder.

For the fall, Ryder said he and his staff are offering programs suitable for those working from home, as well as students in remote learning.

“We’re trying to navigate through all this,” he said.

Most of Medfield’s programs will be offered outdoors, with the Pfaff Center available in case of rain.

This includes morning yoga at Hinkley Swim Pond and a fitness boot camp, both led by local fitness instructors, as well as Puddlestompers nature exploration classes for toddlers, soccer leagues, after-school and music classes.

In all cases, face masks and social distancing will be required.


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NH virus updates: Fall tourism and latest numbers for state, UNH and Durham – News –

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s Division of Travel and Tourism Development is emphasizing that visitors to the state this fall “Know Before You Go” online with regard to coronavirus-related requirements and restrictions.

Visitors can educate themselves while looking at the fall foliage tracker and at suggested scenic drives in the state, Lori Harnois, director of the division, said during a meeting on fall tourism hosted by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan on Monday.

Another campaign in the works is “Leave No Trace” to honor New Hampshire’s natural resources and be responsible travelers, Harnois said. This summer, New Hampshire received its share of visitors who wanted to take advantage of parks, forests, and other outdoor destinations. However, some also left an increase of roadside trash.

In spite of the visitors, it’s been a difficult season for the travel and tourism industry, with many events and planned excursions, such as leaf-peeper bus tours, canceled.

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Pierre recreation head highlights new facilities, new fees for fun and games | Local News Stories

The newly expanded and remodeled Boys & Girls Club now can provide Pierre residents with some room for indoor recreation, a civic element said to be long in short supply since the downtown City Auditorium was closed in May 2011, just before the historic flood.

The need for such space was the topic of city government for several years under former Mayor Laurie Gill, who ramrodded a plan — through a task force, then through the commission and a public hearing process — to build a $14.5 million recreation and events center on 16 acres of donated land off Garfield Avenue in the northeast corner of town and have it open in 2019.

Gill often cited the need to replace the recreational space lost when the 80-year-old City Auditorium went dark. It was demolished in 2014, leaving the green acreage between the old City Hall downtown and Sioux Avenue.


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Shawnee County Parks and Recreation pulls the plug on Spirit of Kansas fireworks display – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

After delays and continued hope that they would still be able to hold the annual Spirit of Kansas fireworks display, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation officials on Monday announced that plans for the public event have ultimately fizzled out.

“We did our best, working with the county commissioners and county health officials to schedule the event safely, first on July 4 and then again in the fall,” said Tim Laurent, Parks and Recreation director. “However, an increase in COVID-19 cases each time made canceling the event in the interest of public health the prudent decision.”

County officials had held off on canceling the fireworks display, and the Shawnee County Commission voted 2-1 to postpone the aerial fireworks shortly before its regular Fourth of July date. Commissioners had suggested Sept. 11 as a new date and

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Coronavirus: Singapore, Brunei launch green lane for essential travel, applications open from Sept 1, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Essential travel between Brunei and Singapore has been made possible following agreements by both countries to establish Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) facilities at both ends.

Applications open on Tuesday (Sept 1), with travellers required to observe some restrictions including controlled itineraries, a negative Covid-19 test prior to the trip and a swab test on arrival at their destination.

In a joint statement, Brunei’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Both sides have agreed on an arrangement to allow the safe resumption of cross-border movement of a limited number of people, with necessary safeguards in place to ensure the public health concerns of both countries are addressed.”

How to apply

For those travelling from Brunei to Singapore, a Singapore government agency or the company sponsoring the travel will apply for a SafeTravel Pass on their behalf.

When the SafeTravel Pass is approved, an approval letter

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Travel bans prompt Wizz to freeze capacity ramp-up plans | News

Central European budget carrier Wizz Air is no longer expecting to further increase capacity between October and the end of the year as fresh travel restrictions in Europe temper demand.

Wizz has been among the most aggressive carriers in returning capacity since travel restrictions began being lifted after the coronavirus crisis hit, including opening a number of new bases across Europe. It expects to operate capacity at around 60% of originally planned levels for the three months between July and September. 

Wizz Air Airbus A321

The airline had been expecting to lift capacity to around 80% in the last quarter of the calendar year. But in an operational update today, noting renewed travel restrictions across Europe – notably in its home market of Hungary where new measures enter force today – it says that if mobility restrictions across its network persist, capacity will remain at about 60% for the quarter.

It adds: ”Further capacity

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Winston-Salem recreation director accused of leaving child unattended in car | Crime News

The city’s director of recreation and parks is facing a citation alleging that he left a 5-year-old girl in his car outside a Sam’s Club at night without adult supervision for over 20 minutes, according to court documents. 

William Lenard Royston, 47, and his wife, Saroya Rachelle Roberts, 33, of Old Hollow Road, have both been charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. 

Roberts also works for the city.

The citations stem from an incident on Feb. 29. The citations allege that Royston and Roberts neglected a 5-year-old girl by leaving her in their 2019 Hyundai Station Wagon in the parking lot of Sam’s Club off University Parkway for over 20 minutes at night “without an adult present or able to be summoned in case of emergency for over 20 minutes.”

The girl is Roberts’ daughter from a previous marriage, according to divorce papers. 

The citations don’t

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Three groups submit proposals to operate north Lafayette recreation centers | News

Three non-profit agencies have submitted proposals to Lafayette Consolidated Government to operate recreation centers in north Lafayette.

The Acadiana Advocate obtained copies of proposals submitted in response to a request by Mayor-President Josh Guillory for outside entities to operate the centers after he laid off 37 parks and recreation employees and cut funds to the department.

37 parks, recreation workers laid off Friday; LCG cut 138 workers since June

In July, Guillory announced, in order to cut costs, he was closing four recreation and activity centers: the Domingue Recreation Center, Heymann Park Recreation Center, J. Carlton James Activity Center and George Bowles Activity Center. All are located in economically-challenged, minority-dominated neighborhoods. He suggested selling naming rights or public-private partnerships to keep them open and issued a request for proposals

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