Governor dedicates new park station in Jamaica State Park

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas ton Friday joined the dedication of Jamaica State Park s new park station, which blends the heyday of local railroads with the modern conveniences of today. The depot-style construction with its arrival window and other amenities is a nod to the railroad history of the area of our state and a creative way to preserve our cherished culture, the Governor said. When the park staff built the station, they turned their eye to local heritage while improving the park s services.The new park station replaces a 5-foot-by-8-foot closet in the ranger s quarters and incorporates many of the design elements common to those early railroad stations high ceilings, over-door transoms for lots of natural light, long roof overhangs as well as the ticket sales bump-out. It is built only a few feet from where the original Jamaica train station used to stand.The station construction was part of a large overhaul of the entire entrance complex at the park, including an ADA-accessible bathroom, new underground utilities for all the structures, a sewage pump station and replacement sewage disposal facility, a park volunteer site and a new RV/travel trailer sanitary dump station. The pavement was recycled and the entire area repaved.This work involved several contractors and local suppliers including local plumbers, excavation contractors, concrete contractors, a local countertop fabrication shop, lumber and building materials suppliers, electrical and plumbing supply houses, even a local sawmill (logs from State Parks land were sawed two years ago and dried for use as trim lumber for this project). Parks capital construction projects have been an extremely important component for the local community s contractors and suppliers. This project was no exception, the Governor said. True to the Vermont State Park experience, this new station is built for durability, longevity and good value, the Governor said.The open house and dedication were held in conjunction with the annual Jamaica Old Home Day festivities; the state park also offered free admission and hosted the Kamper s Kettle Potluck Social after the town parade. For more information about any of Vermont State Parks, visit online at www.vtstateparks.com(link is external).About Jamaica State ParkJamaica State Park, comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through the park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.The area at Salmon Hole, now used as the swimming area, was the site of a famous Indian Massacre in 1748.Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.Every spring and fall, on one weekend in late April and late September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam. This is a semiannual event for many kayakers and canoeists from all over New England.The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.There are 41 tent and trailer sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Two rest rooms, complete with hot showers (for a fee), are located in the campground. A picnic shelter and nature center is located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

The Best Summer Ever at the Springs

first_imgOther spas and healing centers are located on streets surrounding the park lending credence to claims that there are three times as many massage therapists as lawyers in town. All use the famed spring water as they offer menus of facials, massage, steams, scrubs and other bodywork treatment.   George Washington who wrote that “the waters will make a cure of me” would be amazed at what experiences are available three centuries later. For travelers in the metro area, Berkeley Springs’ proximity to the city lets families avoid air travel, and enjoy outdoor activities that allow for social distancing amid lush mountain scenery. Centuries of visitors coming to take the famed healing warm spring waters provide a well-earned aura of health and wellness; all local attractions and businesses are committed to uphold that tradition with appropriate safety precautions. Cacapon has also been ramping up its mountain biking terrain, recently becoming the first destination east of the Mississippi River to receive a Trail Accelerator grant from the International Mountain Biking Association. The park now offers about 20 miles of single-track mountain biking trails, as well as a three-mile course aimed at beginners, but with some technical features for moderate-level riders. Coolfont Resort, located about 10 minutes from Cacapon State Park, reopened in fall 2019 with renovated buildings and new amenities. New suites look out over Coolfont Lake, where Craft’s Adventures offer a slew of new water sports this summer, including kayaking, canoeing, fishing and stand-up paddleboarding. Wooded hiking trails and picnic areas create an altogether serene resort experience. This resort experience at Coolfont also includes a rustic themed restaurant overlooking the lake and a legendary bar keep. Cross the road and discover Berkeley Springs Brewery and Cold Run Valley Winery.  Discover everything you need to know at berkeleysprings.com or call 800-447-8797. Other outdoor activities at Cacapon include a sand beach lake, wobble clay shooting, horseback riding, fishing and an excellent 18-hole golf course.  Classic cabins at Cacapon State Park, newly renovated with Gat Creek furniture. Photo courtesy Travel Berkeley Springs. All of this eating, bathing and playing outside requires more than a quick drive through.  Berkeley Springs encourages visitors to stay for the night or two or longer. There are numerous cabins, cottages and fully equipped vacation homes from which to choose, many handled by Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals. The historic Country Inn adjacent to the springs has spa and lodging packages, a chef-operated restaurant and live entertainment on weekends. Visitors to Cacapon State Park can enjoy a stay in the recently-renovated historic park cabins outfitted with local Gat Creek furniture and impressive new kitchens. By summer’s-end, Cacapon opens a new 78-room lodge with swimming pool and indoor/outdoor dining area with a fire pit. Set in the ridge and valley section of the Appalachians, Berkeley Springs offers easy access to two rivers and two state parks with ample hiking trails, peaceful lakes and historic springs. Come summer, urban families in need of some fresh air will find more activities available than ever before. Soak up the healing waters in the historic Roman Baths. Photo by Robert Peak One of the best ways to see all that the area has to offer in natural and historic wonders is to drive the 85-mile Washington Heritage Trail through the county. One of the most splendid sights along the trail is Panorama Overlook just three miles west of town. Upstairs in the Roman Bath House is the Museum of the Berkeley Springs open daily in summer and highlighting the geology and extraordinary social history generated by the springs. Local historian and Museum President, Jeanne Mozier says that “throughout its long history, Berkeley Springs has experienced periods of boom and decline. With new places opening and reopening, we’re booming and looking forward to a most memorable summer.” Panorama Overlook Along the Washington Heritage Trail. Photo by Robert Peak. Quilt Show and Sale at Ice House Art Center All Summer Long. Photo courtesy Travel Berkeley Springs Cover photo courtesy Travel Berkeley Springs Historic streets are also lined with distinctive shops and eateries for every taste from gourmet to country. Tasty shops offer everything from cheese and vintage candies to gourmet oils not to mention a dazzling array of art, antiques, a century-old hardware store and even a year ‘round Christmas boutique. This summer the Ice House Gallery is filled with the annual Quilt Show and Sale and a Yard Square Quilt display that spills out into store windows throughout the town. An auction of the yard squares will be held during Labor Day weekend. Riding mountain trails at Cacapon State Park. Photo courtesy Travel Berkeley Springs Craft’s Adventures also offers two-to-four-hour tubing trips down the nearby Cacapon and Potomac Rivers, where guests can spot deer, abundant waterfowl and the occasional shoreline bear. A different view of outdoor fun is pursued in the historic town. Berkeley Springs State Park has the largest public array of thermal spring waters in the Blue Ridge and the springpools and channel are open 24/7 for toe dabbling and child-scale paddling. There is also a more traditional public swimming pool. Most unique are the spa attractions. Tubs in the 200-year-old Roman Bath House have been newly updated to meet accessibility standards, and historically-accurate white octagonal tile has been installed. The water in all tubs is heated to between 102 and 104 degrees. It’s easy to feel the water exert its healing powers in these tubs. Cacapon State Park is a 6,000-acre haven located about 20 minutes from town, with a variety of options for outdoor adventure. Visitors can walk or hike along 23 miles of mountain trails, ranging from easygoing Piney Ridge to the more strenuous Ziler Loop. Berkeley Springs has been a choice summer destination since George Washington started visiting in the 18th century. But this summer in particular, the area is gearing up for the season with new outdoor adventures, from paddleboarding to mountain biking, as well as new lodging. Several new restaurants and a new brewery join longtime favorites.last_img read more

Denmark’s AP Pension boosts China exposure to 5% of equities

first_imgDanish pension fund AP Pension has boosted its investment in China and now has more than DKK1bn (€134m), or 5% of its equities allocation, held in Chinese stocks, in the expectation the market will rebound from its current lows.Many investors are steering clear of the Chinese market right now, with some having suffered losses over the last few years.Since the spring of 2011, the Shanghai Composite Index has lost around 23% of its value.Søren Dal Thomsen, chief executive of the commercial mutual pension provider, told IPE: “We were overweight Asian and Chinese stocks over the last 24 months, so now we have increased our position in Chinese equities.” The pension fund, which had around DKK94bn in assets under management at the end of June 2014, now has 5% of its equities investments in Chinese companies.“We’ve done that because it seems to us Chinese stocks have become very cheap compared with other markets and also to developed markets,” Dal Thomsen said.AP Pension’s analysis of price/earnings ratios in markets around the world has shown that while equities in the US and other developed countries have risen strongly over the last few years, the ratios of Chinese shares have remained stable, making current prices there 42% cheaper than those of US equities on this basis.“The market focus is that there might be a bubble in Chinese banks and in the building of residential property in China, and that is keeping a lot of investors away from the country,” Dal Thomsen said.But he said it was possible to have investments in Chinese equities without having exposure to those sectors.“We don’t have exposure to banks, for example,” he said. “We have exposure to every sector except banks and residential property.”Dal Thomsen said AP Pension was now hoping Chinese equities prices would rise from their current low levels.However, more weakness in Chinese stock markets will be no deterrent to AP Pension’s strategy.“If the market drops further, then we’ll buy some more stocks,” said Dal Thomsen.last_img read more

Women’s Golf Finishes Tied For Eighth At MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial

first_imgSophomore Aimee Gerschke led Drake on the final day, shooting a 76 for a final score off 232 (76-80-76). Junior Grace Dunn posted a total score of 229 (77-72-80) to lead the team overall and finished tied for 32nd-place. Freshman Sam Paulak went on to finish with a score of 233 (77-75-81), while Sigurlaug Jonsdottir recorded a 234 (80-74-80). Senior Madison Glennie carded her best round of the tournament with a 77 for a total score of 236 (81-78-77). Final Results SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University women’s golf team settled to eighth-place at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Tuesday at the Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield, Mo. The Bulldogs headed into the final round tied for fifth-place and ended the 36-hole event with a total team score of 922 (310-299-313), tied for eighth-place with UMKC. Memphis took home the team title with a score 874, followed by Murray State (888).”We’re disappointed with our round today. We didn’t hit it well or convert on as many putts as we need too. Overall, we improved from last week and we will get back at it and bounce back stronger next week,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett.center_img Story Links Drake travels to Muncie, Ind. on Sept. 18 for the Cardinal Classic.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more