Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the natural beauty of Western Maryland. According to weather.com, this year’s fall foliage is expected to peak around mid- to late October. Here are some of the best places throughout Washington County for leaf peepers to experience magnificent fall colors.Photo: Scott CantnerScenic OverlooksWashington County has no shortage of scenic overlooks and those are often the best places for wide-angle views of spectacular fall foliage. Some overlooks require a short walk, while others must be hiked to, but the view is certainly worth the effort it takes to get there. Typical fall weather in Washington County is moderate, making it a great time to enjoy the outdoors.The 34-foot-tall Washington Monument atop South Mountain is a great location to view colorful foliage. Not only are you surrounded by trees on the short hike to the monument, which includes part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, but once you reach the top you’ll enjoy a stunning view of the region. On a clear day, you can easily see three states from the top of the historic monument.There are other scenic overlooks along the Appalachian Trail that offer beautiful views of the fall foliage. The hike to Annapolis Rock is a minimum of 2.8 miles but the stunning view from the rock formation vista is nearly 180 degrees. A bit further north along the Appalachian Trail is Black Rock, also offering amazing views. High Rock is located just off the Appalachian Trail and has much easier access unless you plan to get there from the trail, which has steep sections in this vicinity. The mountain cliff is situated on the western side of South Mountain just below its highest peak. One of the most impressive scenic overlooks in Washington County is Maryland Heights. It is the highest mountain overlooking Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.Photo: Scott CantnerScenic ParklandsWashington County’s local, state and national parks are great locations to view fall foliage. These places are scenic year round but the fall foliage adds to their allure. You can enjoy places like Antietam National Battlefield from your automobile or on foot. Nearby, the towpath at the C&O Canal National Historical Park is lined with trees, making it a beautiful location for a fall walk, hike or bicycle ride. A fall stroll on the Canal is a rich sensory experience with colorful leaves falling around you and a carpet of leaves crunching beneath you. Ferry Hill Plantation, on the bluffs of the Maryland side of the Potomac River, is part of the park and especially scenic in fall.An easy paved portion that parallels the Canal is the Western Maryland Rail Trail, which begins in Hancock, MD and goes 18 miles to Fort Frederik State Park. This recreational, paved, linear trail opened to the public for walking, running, biking, and inline skating. The trail is suited to anyone seeking a pleasant, leisurely outdoor experience. The easy grade and paved surface make this trail ideal for families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The WMRT is wheelchair accessible. Pets are permitted on the trail.Photo: KirkHagerstown’s City Park offers wooded walking trails as well as the new Hagerstown Cultural Trail. A stroll through the park, around the lake, or near the Jonathan Hager House is beautiful during fall. Washington County Park Devil’s Backbone offers a kaleidoscope of color along the Antietam Creek as the leaves change. The dam and stone bridge are especially scenic spots and a footbridge provides for a lovely stroll.Gathland State Park, also along the Appalachian Trail, was once the elaborate mountain estate of Civil War journalist George Alfred Townsend. Though it doesn’t offer broad scenic overlooks like several of the other well-known points along the trail in Washington County, it’s definitely a place where you can enjoy the beauty of the colorful leaves that surround you. Like Devil’s Backbone, it’s the perfect spot for a fall stroll and a picnic lunch!Washington County, Maryland is the ideal destination to enjoy fall foliage. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. There are also a number of fall festivals and events throughout the season. Check out our Calendar of Events to see what’s coming up, or download the Mobile App, Visit Hagerstown, in your mobile app store.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Franklin County Community School bus drivers are asking for your help to “Stuff the Bus” this holiday season.Franklin County bus drivers drive over 2,700 hundred miles of roads every day, and see the needs of many Franklin County children.Bus drivers will have large bags to collect items in need such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry care, and toilet paper.When your kid is picked up now through the beginning of Christmas Break you can put your donated items in the bag on the bus.Last year several thousand dollars worth of toys, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, and personal care items were collected.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley was carted off the field during the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Broncos after accidentally getting hit by a teammate.Raiders coach Jon Gruden said after a 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos he believed Doss wasn’t seriously injured.“I got good word on him that he’s going to be OK. I don’t know his status for the next game, but most importantly the kid is …
28 August 2003The Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, together with the chairman of mining and resources company, Mvelaphanda, Tokyo Sexwale, on Wednesday launched the Ibhubezi Gas at Redisson, Seapoint in Cape Town.The project to introduce natural gas is in keeping with the recommendations of the 1998 White Paper on Energy Policy which propose, among others, the diversification of primary energy supply sources and the development of gas as the least negative environmental impact of the fossil fuels.The minister said the introduction of natural gas into the energy economy of the Western Cape is good news both for the region and for the country. The Ibhubezi gas field is presently the only one off the West Coast with a commercial potential of producing gas volumes.This gas would be supplied to a gas-to-electricity project in the Western Cape and to the PetroSA manufacturing plant in Mossel Bay. The volume of gas already discovered in the Ibhubezi Gas Field is too small to guarantee a production life of 20 years needed to meet market demand.These wells, if successful, will increase the volume of gas found to a level which will begin to match the market demands, and raise the prospect of discovering further volumes of gas.The Minerals and Energy department said should sufficient reserves be discovered, a gas-fired electricity generating station will be established, which would supplement gas supplies to the PetroSA plant. It is hoped that this will lead to other commercial users switching to natural gas as a cheaper alternative to the current energy supplies.The department added, however, that any future gas projects would depend on the discovery of sufficient supplies of gas reserves; sufficient and sustainable market demand, as well as the cost-effective transmission of the gas from the field to the market.With the development of the appropriate infrastructure and the realisation of the full market potential of the gas available to South Africa, the percentage of gas in the energy balance may increase from less than two percent to seven percent, bringing with it investments and economic growth.Sufficient interest has been expressed from the market to justify the investigation of transmission options.The department has also developed a Gas Infrastructure Plan, which will form the basis of a strategy to develop the natural gas industry in South Africa based on the 1998 White Paper on Energy.It is anticipated that there will be four main phases in the gas infrastructure development plan, namely:The first phase will involve the construction of a pipeline between South Africa and Mozambique. The 865km pipeline – from Mozambique to Secunda – will cost $549-million to build. The Lilly 1 gas pipeline from Secunda to Durban may have to be eventually upgraded or replaced.The second phase will be a pipeline in the Western Cape. Two options are being considered: the first is an onshore pipeline from Kudu; or an offshore pipeline from Ibhubezi to Saldanha, proceeding to Cape Town, and eventually to Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth.Phase three will be a pipeline from the West Coast to Gauteng via Sishen in Northern Cape.The fourth phase will involve building a pipeline from Port Elizabeth to Durban via East London.Source: Department of Minerals and Energy
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “I’m not happy we gave up 23 points in the first, 28 in the third, and we limited them to 13 points in the fourth and maybe that’s how we came out with the win.”Matt Nieto led Ateneo with 22 points while Thirdy Ravena put up 12 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.Marvin Lee and Jordan Sta. Ana had 22 and 21 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ateneo’s Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo kept its immaculate slate in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after brushing off University of Santo Tomas, 94-84, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles remained on top a 5-0 record while the Growling Tigers reeled to 0-5 in their worst start in more than a decade.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST, which trailed by as much as 22 points, 69-47, tried to fight back in the fourth quarter with Marvin Lee hitting a transition three to cut the margin to one, 81-80, at the 6:25 mark.Ateneo, however, responded with a 13-3 game-closing run that Matt Nieto capped off with a fadeaway jumper to give the Blue Eagles a 94-84 lead with 32.2 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd as the Blue Eagles lit up in the final five minutes of the game, they also stopped UST from scoring a field goal in the same time stretch.“We’re happy that we won the game, but at the same time we’re not happy with our performance,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “I’m not taking anything away from UST, those guys played well.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Rain or Shine nips TNT, forces do-or-die for semis slot View comments
People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. AFPHouston, United States — The Houston Rockets have donated $4 million to help the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey which has caused devastating flooding in the city, the NBA team announced on Monday.“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” the Rockets said in a statement. “Please stay safe, Houston.”ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—report Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Recently acquired Rockets point guard Chris Paul donated $50,000 to a fund created by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, the defensive end posted on Twitter on Monday.Current and former Rockets players James Harden, Eric Gordon, Patrick Beverley and Paul all took to social media to send thoughts and prayers to the people of Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe storm, now classified as a Tropical Storm, has hammered the Houston area with flooding as a result of massive rainfall totals. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
Vikas Shive Gowda won India its third athletics medal as he bagged the silver in men’s discus throw in the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.India’s Vikas Shive Gowda shows his silver medal won in the discus event of the Commonwealth Games 2010 at the Jawaharlala Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sudnay. Photo: PTIUS-based Gowda, who holds the national record of 64.96m, finished second with a throw of 63.69m, his season’s best, in front of a nearly 50,000 spectators on the fifth day of the athletics events at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.Australia’s Benn Harradine, the season’s leader among Commonwealth discus throwers, clinched gold by clearing a distance of 65.45m, while Carl Myerscough bagged the bronze with an effort of 60.64m.The weekend crowd, who packed all the stands except for the VIP Granstand at the 60,000 capacity showpiece stadium, cheered the 27-year-old Gowda in all his six attempts. He achieved his silver-winning throw in his second attempt.
Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tearsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior has explained his tears after scoring in victory over Osasuna.Vinicius says he cried as being injured it had been a “little difficult” for him to rediscover the form of last season.He said, “I cried because after my injury it was a bit complicated. It was taking a long time to play as before. I was not so happy. “Today I was calmer and nothing better than before a derby. After so many games, I had never been so many without scoring. “I am delighted to have scored again.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say