Weather-perfect leaves

first_img“A wet spring and early summerfollowed by dry late summerand early fall are ideal for nature to paint a beautifulfall landscape,” said David Stooksbury, University ofGeorgia state climatologist. “Early cool weather in Octoberwill add more accent to nature’s pallet.”Historically the peak leaf color isreached between the 15thand 25th of October in the Georgia mountains. In thestate’spiedmont area, the peak color is usually reached between the20th and 31st of October.With cold fronts from Canada and theassociated windexpected to be more numerous this October, the date of peakcolor may be a little early this year because leaves arebeing blown off trees, Stooksbury said.last_img read more

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Rodgers: U21s good for Sterling

first_img Former Uruguay midfielder Poyet said he has “no doubt” Black Cats star Connor Wickham would want to play a part in the Czech Republic tournament. “Yes he would, I have no doubt,” said Poyet on Wickham. “And if on top of that you have got a chance to win something with your national team, that’s the maximum you can aim for as a football player. “I don’t think the debate here is if the Under-21s should play with the Under-21s or the first-team, it should be: do you want to win the tournament? “That’s up to you. I know what I would do.” Ex-Manchester United defender Bruce said England must start picking from strength at Under-21 level in a bid for global success at senior level. “There will be managers jumping up and down that they don’t want their young players having a summer of all football again which you can understand as a manager,” said Bruce. “However tied with that is the international scene and we’d love to see the Under-21s team lift a trophy, the international team do well. “We have to start putting things in place that we are going to play our best Under-21s team, that’s the way forward for me. “I would like to see our international team progress. “We haven’t won a tournament in years. We (Hull) have got one or two now, Tom Ince in particular, around the U21s, and I can’t see any reason why you’d want to not let him play. That would be totally selfish but we are like that as managers. “But if we want our international team to succeed we have to let our young players play in the big tournaments. Every other country seem to do that, so why can’t we?” Brendan Rodgers believes Euro 2015 duty with England’s Under-21s would not dent Raheem Sterling’s long-term development. The Liverpool manager will reserve judgement until the end of the Premier League season on whether the England wing will be fresh enough to compete in the Czech Republic with Gareth Southgate’s side. Roy Hodgson came under fire for deciding to use 19-year-old Sterling sparingly across the England senior side’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, prompting widespread inquests into player burnout. Anfield boss Rodgers said England should take their strongest-available age-group side to next summer’s European competition – full caps like Sterling included – fitness and freshness permitting. “We assess that come the end of the season,” Rodgers said. “I think it is a relevant point for England: If they are going to improve internationally there has to be more focus given to the Under-21s team. “I think Gareth is doing an excellent job there, allowing the players to develop and hopefully getting into the first team. “Raheem is still eligible to play but I think there are a number of young players that break through that can fit into that age group and I don’t think it would do them any harm at all if they went and experienced a competition like that surrounded by top players. “If they were good enough to go on and win that tournament that would not hold back their development.” Jose Mourinho pledged Chelsea’s support for any player heading off for any level of international duty, a day after Everton boss Roberto Martinez questioned the wisdom of heaping extra duties on young stars already involved in England’s senior set-up. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet and Hull manager Steve Bruce challenged England’s hierarchy and players to put politics aside and mount a serious title bid next summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Medallion Hunt Clue No. 3 – Wednesday, June 29

first_imgClue No. 3 — Wednesday, June 29You know, the bronze third place medal isn’t always bad.Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, June 28That Stinks! PU!Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27Glad you’re with usWe’re 30 this year and excited to have you join us.Diana Page was a sponsor and co-conspirator of the Medallion Hunt for 15 years;this year’s event is dedicated to her.GO!last_img

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Chryst optimistic but realistic about Pitt’s path

first_imgby Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP)—Paul Chryst never said it was going to be easy.The Pitt coach knew there would be growing pains for a team in desperate need of stability. Halfway through his first season, Chryst’s players aren’t the only ones learning on the job. PRIZED FRESHMAN—Pitt’s Rushel Shell somersaults into the end zone for a two yard touchdown but it was not enough as Pitt blew a lead and lost to Louisville 45-35. (Courier Photo/William McBride) The Panthers (2-4) were trailing unbeaten Louisville by 10 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday when Pitt faced fourth-and-8 at the Louisville 22. Even though Pitt trailed by two scores and had a full complement of timeouts, Chryst opted to go for it, and the comeback attempt died shortly thereafter.Looking back, Chryst allows kicking it may have been the better option.“It’s hard to sit up here knowing the result that we didn’t get it to say that ‘Yeah, I feel great about that,’” Chryst said. “I don’t feel that’s one where you’re sitting there and say, ‘Geez, if I had to do it all over again I absolutely would do that.’”Yet Chryst is hardly despondent even though the Panthers remain winless (0-3) in their final season in the Big East. Pitt steps out of conference on Saturday to face struggling Buffalo (1-5) hoping to build some momentum that will carry them to the finish.“I’m encouraged that a lot of things that need to be fixed are fixable,” he said.Don’t mistake Chryst’s optimism for satisfaction with his team or with himself. Progress is great. Wins are better. When asked to gauge his own performance Chryst shrugged his shoulders.“Yeah I’d say it’s 2-4 so that’s 33 percent,” Chryst said. “You know I don’t get into that.The Panthers have already shown the ability to bounce back under Chryst, rebounding from an 0-2 start to stun then 13th-ranked Virginia Tech. They’ll have to do it again if they want to keep any sort of bowl hopes alive.Chryst insists there’s no magic elixir. The Panthers simply need to start playing better and eliminate the kind of mistakes that have cost them at crucial moments.The Panthers have been productive. Quarterback Tino Sunseri is on pace for one of the best seasons in school history, Dan Marino included. Sunseri leads the Big East in quarterback efficiency and has completed 74 percent of his passes with just one interception over his last four games.Freshman running back Rushel Shell continues to flourish, shaking off back spasms that sidelined him during a 14-13 loss at Syracuse to rush for 96 yards and a touchdown against Louisville while adding five receptions for 34 yards.Despite Shell’s precociousness, Chryst refuses to say Shell has supplanted senior Ray Graham as the team’s No. 1 tailback. Chryst has never felt the need to put together a defined pecking order in the past, there’s no need to start now.“When both are playing at a high level, which I think they’re both capable of playing at a high level, I think the stat line can be different, but the impact can be the same,” Chryst said.Halfway through his first season in charge, he knows time is running out.We’ve got to get things going,” Chryst said. “I still think winning is a by-product of doing everything the right way. I think we’ve got to take some steps forward.”last_img read more

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Medicine Creek Winery : Friday Night Flights at the Winery!

first_imgFriday, June 24th – Live Music by Austin Radio!Angie Ward and Mark Medalen of Austin Radio will be rocking the house from 4-8pm. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0We know the sunshine is coming so we have our NEW garden area ready for you to enjoy! Beginning Friday June 10th and June 24th Medicine Creek Winery will be extending their hours of operation to include Fridays from 3PM to 8PM. Starting in July, we will be open every Friday night. You can enjoy a glass of your favorite wine or try a flight of three wines while sitting in our new outdoor garden area. The perfect way to unwind from the long work week!MORE UPCOMING EVENTS: Sunday, June 19th – Father’s Day at the Winery!Mother’s Day was so much fun we have had requests to do something just as special for Father’s Day.  So, bring DAD on Sunday June 19th         to taste his favorite wines.  Dads are free. Danny James will be playing live at the winery. Danny is a great performer and loves to play to an audiance.  Plan to hang out as long as you would like and enjoy the atmosphere & music.center_img Friday July 1st – Live Music by Danny JamesSaturday July 23rd –  Italian wine makers dinner at the winery.  Stay tuned for more information soon.Check the website for special events such as music, BBQ, Etc. over the summer.  We will be posting details very soon!We look forward to seeing you there!Thank you,MCWlast_img read more

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