Kids’ Well-Being Slipping In Pennsylvania, Nonprofit Says

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The well-being of children in Pennsylvania is 17th best in the nation, but that’s down from 14th a year ago, according to a study released today.

A lack of gains in health care and early learning caused the slip, according to the study by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore nonprofit for helping children.

The best-ranked states: New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. The worst: Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico.

It’s a warning sign that Pennsylvania was one of only five states to fall three or more spots, said local professionals who deal with children.

Read more:  http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=486933

Trees To Table: Maple Sap From Penn’s Woods Makes Serious Syrup

The view up the muddy, puddled, tree-lined lane could be a scene in Vermont. In the 1950s.

But it’s northern Allegheny County, this past Sunday morning.

Here in rural West Deer, the still, snow-pocked woods of evergreens and naked hardwoods seems much farther away from metro Pittsburgh than a mere 15 miles.

Hanging on some of the trunks on either side of Tree Haven Lane are curious metal buckets, like things you’ve seen in old books.

And near the far end of the lane is a rough-hewn wooden shed.  Blue smoke pours from a pipe on top, and from an opening in the green metal roof rise puffs of steam.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/food/penns-woods-shares-some-of-its-sap-so-you-can-put-it-on-pancakes-waffles-and-more-679277/#ixzz2NedAYoPP

Irene Damage Causing Tourist Cancellations For New England Fall Season

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Vermont’s Governor says the state is open for business and large parts of Vermont were unaffected by Irene.  Cancellations are coming in from tourists concerned about damage from the storm.  A few September festivals were cancelled and a few inns closed due to storm damage.  Otherwise, Vermont is ready for tourists.  The fall leaf season brings in $300 million in business each year.  Next door neighbor New Hampshire brings in $1 billion from fall tourism.

Vermont resorts are hoping their ski season is unaffected.  That will depend on how fast some roads are repaired.

Best bet is to research the situation before cancelling your plans.  You can check out this website for a starting place if you have plans to travel to Vermont this fall, http://travel-vermont.com/