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Profile: The Baroness who championed compulsory Client Money Protection

first_imgHome » News » Profile: The Baroness who championed compulsory Client Money Protection previous nextProfile: The Baroness who championed compulsory Client Money ProtectionFour years after the campaign to make CMP mandatory for agents came to fruition, we profile the Lords’ peer who helped make it happen.Nigel Lewis6th November 20170965 Views The news that the government is to introduce compulsory Client Money Protection (CMP) for agents made the national newspaper headlines recently. But the strenuous attempts to have it introduced have been in full swing now for over three years.And it’s 68-year-old Diane Hayter (pictured, right), or to use her Lords title Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, who has been instrumental in persuading the current government to bring in CMP. So how did it all happen?After a distinguished career in the Labour Party, her unexpected involvement began when she chaired the now-defunct Property Standards Board, which was set up in 2009 by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with several other industry organisations including the NAEA and ARLA.It tried to bring in initiatives including proper regulation of agents but was disbanded a year later when it was clear the government was reluctant to get involved in regulating the industry. How times have changed.David Cox (pictured, left), Chief Executive of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, says he first came across Baroness Hayter at a lobbying meeting during the 2014 Labour Party conference in Manchester.“We were sat around on plastic chairs and I began my spiel on why the industry needed CMP, and she stopped me within a few seconds and said I needn’t worry – she was on board – which was pretty amazing,” he says.After that meeting, Baroness Hayter then launched her first attempt to bring in compulsory Client Money Protection via the Human Rights Act in the Lords, but this was then rejected by MPs in the House of Commons.A second attempt, this time through the Housing & Planning Act, also nearly succeeded after gaining support from Labour and the Lib Dems in the Lords, but was subsequently thrown out.“Baroness Hayter was able to put together a mini-coalition to support the introduction of the amendments which was invaluable for us – as outsiders it’s just not possible to have that influence,” says David Cox.“She recognised that CMP was a huge consumer step forward and she tried pushing it through any way she could, until the government listened.”And her work finally shone through just after the then housing minister Gavin Barwell spoke at last year’s ARLA conference in London.“At the conference the minister said they weren’t going to mandate CMP and then eight working days afterwards, he did an entire U-turn and announced that it would be introduced,” says David Cox.“He would have received a standing ovation is he’s done it eight days earlier.” Baroness Hayter would no doubt agree. baroness hayter client money protection CMP November 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Poultry/Avian Scientist (Assistant/Associate Professor)

first_imgPosition Details Working TitlePoultry/Avian Scientist (Assistant/Associate Professor) Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Job Posting Date02/05/2019 About the University of Georgia All applicants must possess a Ph.D. in poultry/avian science or aclosely related field.To be considered for the rank of Associate Professor, candidatesshould demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of emergingstature as a regional or national authority as appropriate for theposition.To be eligible for tenure on appointment, candidates must beappointed as an Associate Professor, have been tenured at a priorinstitution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to theinstitution. Any request for tenure upon appointment must beapproved before hire. Additional Requirements UGA is located 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. The Department ofPoultry Science has exceptional research and live bird facilities,including a hatchery, feed mill, and pilot-scale poultry processingfacility. Opportunities for collaboration exist within thedepartment and across the University of Georgia with units such asecology, engineering, and veterinary and biomedical sciences, aswell as local USDA and EPA scientists.The University of Georgia began offering specialized study in thepoultry sciences even before creating the Department of PoultryScience in 1912. In the years since, many students have receiveddegrees in poultry science. The department is proud of the factthat most graduates enter poultry professions after graduation.Poultry production is Georgia’s largest agricultural industry, andagriculture is Georgia’s largest industry. Undergraduate studentsmay prepare for a career in the poultry industry or for furtherstudy in various graduate programs. Students study the genetics,embryology, and physiology of the bird, nutrition, diseases,poultry and poultry products, economics and business. Thisknowledge may be applied to the management of flocks and themanagement of poultry firms.The poultry science major offers flexibility in preparing for acareer. Certain courses must be in the poultry sciences, but, withcareful planning, the student may incorporate courses inaccounting, economics, or statistics into the program of study.Students may also take courses in finance, marketing, management,or agricultural economics courses such as farm management oragricultural marketing. Many students now support their businessinterests with computer training.Students often take otheragricultural courses, such as the animal sciences, agronomy,entomology, horticulture, or plant pathology to broaden theiragricultural understanding. Students expecting to enter graduateprograms will expand their knowledge in mathematics, statistics,chemistry, biology, microbiology, physics and computerscience. Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?No Position Summary Contract TypeAcademic (9 mo.) EEO Statement Anticipated Start Date08/01/2019 Job Closing Date Special Instructions to Applicants Retirement PlanTRS or ORP The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Posting Details Does this position require a P-Card?No Tenure StatusTenure Track or Tenured Is this a Position of Trust? UnderutilizationMinorities & Females Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. FLSAExempt Minimum Qualifications DepartmentCAES Poultry Science Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Is driving a responsibility of this position? Physical Demands Posting TypeExternal The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currentlyranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News &World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campusesin Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-charteredUniversity in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-timestaff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 studentsincluding over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate andprofessional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools andcolleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta Universityhoused on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Credit and P-Card policy Open until filledYes The Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgiainvites applications for an academic year (9-month) tenured ortenure-track faculty position. The position will have a research(75%) and instruction (25%) appointment. Successful applicants willbe expected to establish innovative, nationally-recognized researchand teaching programs that complement existing disciplines andfaculty within the department. Potential research foci for thisposition could include poultry welfare, ethology, and/orneurobiology/stress physiology. The successful candidate will beexpected to obtain extramural funding related to their researchand/or teaching interests, and to develop strong graduate programsthat produces leaders and innovators that advance subsequentpoultry/avian science research, education and poultry sectorinnovation. Teaching responsibilities could include departmentalundergraduate and graduate courses in the area of the candidate’sexpertise and may involve contributing to existing courses orcreating new courses. Additional duties include undergraduatementorship, student recruitment and professional service. TheUniversity of Georgia is a preeminent Land Grant university withopportunities for collaboration with faculty that have diverseresearch interests. Furthermore, the University has core facilitiesand service laboratories, including Functional Genomic andProteomic centers, Sequencing and Synthesis facilities,Ultrastructural and Flow Cytometric facilities as well theAgricultural Service Laboratories that are available for researchendeavors. Advertised Salary College/Unit/Department websitehttp://poultry.caes.uga.edu/ Duties/ResponsibilitiesPosting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover LetterOther Documents #1Resume/CVList of References with Contact InformationUnofficial TranscriptsOptional Documents Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Success in obtaining extramural funding, and in program developmentcontributions that integrate basic, applied and pedagogicalsciences are preferred but not required. Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications) Applicants should submit: (1) letter of application; (2) a summarythat addresses teaching and research interests; (3) curriculumvita; (4) provide at least three names as references; and (5)Graduate School transcripts. Applicant screening will beginimmediately. Candidates are encouraged to· submit their materialsby April 1, 2019; however, screening will continue until theposition is filled. Questions regarding the position should beaddressed to Dr. Todd Applegate, Department Head,[email protected] Posting NumberF0277P Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No Location of VacancyAthens Area Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care? Employment TypeEmployee About the College/Unit/Department Classification TitleOpen Rank Faculty RankOpen Ranklast_img read more

Where in O.C.?

first_imgA quick test of observation and memory:Where in Ocean City can this makeshift marker be found? Tell us in the comments section. And try your hand at more “Where in O.C.?” challenges.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img

Thursday Presentation: History of Ocean City Real Estate

first_imgA town with a year-round population of just 11,701, Ocean City has the fourth highest combined real estate value of any municipality in New Jersey.Ocean City real estate agent and historian Ken Cooper will present a history of local real estate, “Ocean City: 135th Year, My how you’ve changed,” at 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 7) at the Ocean City Historical Museum.The lecture is free and open to the public.  The museum is part of the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue.A longtime resident of Ocean City, Cooper will review his years in real estate and his observations about the historic changes in the city.Cooper started his real estate career in Atlantic City more than 25 years ago and continues to work locally.  He also serves on the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission, the Ocean City Environmental Commission, as chairman for the Ocean City Community Center Association, director on the Ocean City Board of Realtors, First Night Ocean City Committee, Community Emergency Response Team Member, New Jersey Association of Realtor’s Communications and Public Relations Committee Member, and was treasurer of the Committee to Preserve Ocean City.Ocean City Historical Museum has an extensive collection of memorabilia from residences and businesses in Ocean City, dating from the first regular vacationers tenting at the “Camp Meeting” to the present busy and extensive properties.Visit ocnjmuseum.org for more information.last_img read more

Independent bakery start-ups rise 20%, claims study

first_imgThe number of independent bakery start-ups has increased 20% in the past year, according to research by insurance brokers Simply Business.The study – based on requests for insurance quotes from bakery owners – also found that the number of independent bakeries across the nation has grown 1,500% in the past five years.Looking at the UK’s 10 largest cities, Simply Business found Liverpool and Manchester had the highest growth of new bakeries, while London and Sheffield had the lowest.“Rather than mass production, the public may now be looking for artisan treats made with natural ingredients and personality by local entrepreneurs,” said Simply Businesses chief customer officer Fiona McSwein.The data also showed that men were more prominent as bakery owners than women, with a 75% increase in the last two years compared to a 4% decrease in women over the same period.UK cities ranked in order of growth in new independent bakeries:1. Liverpool2. Manchester3. Bradford4. Edinburgh5. Leeds6. Glasgow7. Birmingham8. Bristol9. Sheffield10. Londonlast_img read more

Rodrigo Y Gabriela Share Thrilling Video For Title Track From Forthcoming Album, “Mettavolution” [Watch]

first_imgNuevo Flamenco guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela have shared a new video for the lead single and title track from their forthcoming studio album, Mettavolution. The video showcases members Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero furiously playing their latest tune on their nylon-strung guitars in the recording studio, and certainly acts as an entertaining follow-up to their previously-shared cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Echoes”.“Mettavolution” is one of seven new recordings which will appear on their sixth studio album when Mettavolution arrives on April 26th via ATO Records. From the opening notes, the two talented guitarists are locked in with each other while playing away each of their stringed instruments to combine for a creative fury of music inspired by Mexican folk styles. Both Sanchez and Quintero explore nearly every inch of their fretboards while performing the uptempo tune, which runs at a nearly-exhausting 4:04 minutes in length. The video’s setting within the intimacy of a recording studio only adds to the strength of the song, as seeing and hearing the two guitarists perform while standing face-to-face in a smaller, controlled environment really allows the listener to soak in all of the energy captured on the recording. Fans can watch the video below to hear the new song be played out in full.Rodrigo y Gabriela – “Mettavolution”[Video: Rodrigo y Gabriela]“Since the ‘official audio’ was gonna be out before the ‘official video,’ we wanted to share with you the way we are practicing and getting ready for the ‘Mettavolution’ tour which is us playing to our own album in our studio,” the band mentioned in a statement to go with the video’s arrival on Wednesday. “This way we get used to the original tempo and the dynamics etc.”The band also stated that the audio heard on the album comes out of the same Genelec studio speakers being used in their new performance video, which is why it is labeled as saying, “Official Album Audio.” According to the band, an even more thrilling music video for the album’s title track will arrive in the near future.The two will hit the road for a run of global concert dates this spring beginning on April 13th in Munich. The North American leg of their 2019 tour is scheduled to start on May 4th in Austin, TX, and continues into the summer months before wrapping on July 9th with a performance in Bayfield, WI. Fans can head over to Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s website for more ticket info to all their upcoming shows.last_img read more

From Russia, with love

first_imgIf you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected] In November I spent a week away from classes to participate in the first official American student government delegation to Russia since the fall of the Iron Curtain. The U.S. Congress brings about 700 young emerging Russian leaders to the United States every year to explore American culture, civil society, and politics. But there hadn’t been a reciprocal program. The trip, in short, was extraordinary.The point of the trip was to bring 15 American college student body presidents to Moscow to meet Russian leaders as part of a new diplomatic “reset” in U.S.-Russia relations. It was organized by the Open World Leadership Center of Congress and the Russian Federal Agency on Youth Affairs. The organizers put together an ambitious agenda. According to schedule we were to meet with John Beyrle, the U.S. ambassador to Russia; Svetlana Zhurova, the vice speaker of the Duma, or assembly; Arkady Dvorkovich, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s top economic adviser; Viktor Vekselberg, one of Russia’ wealthiest billionaires; and Vladislav Surkov, who is first deputy chief of staff to Medvedev and is considered the Kremlin’s leading ideologist.The highlight of the trip came with our meeting with Surkov and Vasily Yakemenko, the head of the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs and the former head of Nashi, a state-sponsored youth movement. Oleg Kashin, a prominent journalist for Kommersant, had repeatedly criticized Nashi protests where demonstrators violently stomped on portraits of “enemies” of the Russian state. Two weeks before our trip started, a surveillance video was released of two men beating Kashin with steel rods, resulting in the amputation of one of his fingers, a broken leg and jaw, and several cranial wounds. We asked Yakemenko about it. I can sum up his reaction by saying he was visibly irritated and denied any wrongdoing. While nothing has come from a government investigation, Kashin has since written that he believes Nashi was behind the attack.Then Surkov, an even more controversial figure in Russian politics, entered the room. That very day Boris Nemtsov, a leader of a Russian opposition movement named Solidarity, was speaking at the U.S. House on imposing an American travel ban on Surkov, whom he deems responsible for Russia’s compromising of elections and intolerance for dissident journalists. Nevertheless, Surkov spoke very thoughtfully on political theory and revealed Russia’s leaders’ mixed feelings toward political reform.On one hand, Surkov stated that he wants Russia to “become one of the Western democratic countries” through a strengthened Liberal Party to oppose the ruling United Russia party. On the other hand, Surkov emphasized that the most important reforms in the short term are best done under single-party rule. He mentioned that in Germany, one political party ruled for 18 years after World War II, and that Harvard historian Samuel Huntington said this was ideal for building nation states. While Surkov recognized that the ’90s are seen as the heyday for democracy in Russia, he said it was a “paralyzed democracy” because of the lack of effective legislation.My favorite aspect of Surkov, however, was his bluntness. In his opening remarks, he suggested that one of us will rise to become U.S. president and will remember how we sat in front of Surkov and asked “stupid questions.” Far later in the discussion, we asked him what his and Russia’s concept of failure was and if that would affect Moscow’s ability to be an innovation hub. As if to prove his point, Surkov’s immediate answer was, “Failure is failure. It’s when we fail.”But if I took away one thing from the trip it was this: Russia’s government leaders are extremely eager to welcome American students to their country. Not only did politicians and business leaders who have far better things to do than to talk to a group of 22-year-olds meet with us, but they made us their priority. The Duma officials, Dvorkovich, and Surkov all either rescheduled or extended their meeting times with us to make sure our questions were answered.When I thanked Dvorkovich via Twitter weeks later for meeting with us, he tweeted me back “:)”.  I cannot wait to get back to Russia.last_img read more

Good to know

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaHere’s a collection of winter landscape facts. I think I’ll titleit “Things you may not know, but it might be good if you did.”One bale of pine straw will cover about 50 square feet ofplanting bed if you spread it 3 inches thick or about 150 squarefeet if you apply it to a 1 inch deep.Roots grow throughout the winter in our warm Southern soils. Falland winter planting is best.Do major pruning on deciduous plants (plants that lose theirleaves) during the dormant winter season, before the springgrowing season. There are fewer pests to invade wounds in winter,and it’s easier to see the branches when there are no leaves.Delay major pruning of broadleaf evergreens until mid to lateFebruary.Fertilizer factsPlants growing in shade generally require less fertilizer thanthose grown in sun because they have a lower metabolic rate.Plants growing in sandy soils usually require more frequentfertilization than those in clay soils. The nutrients leach fromsandy soils.Fertilizing during the winter does plants little good becausethey’re not actively manufacturing food through photosynthesis.Much of the nitrogen and potassium applied in the winter willsimply leach from the soil.Roots of ornamental plants don’t go dormant as the tops of theplant do and are more easily injured by cold. So protect plantsin containers during subfreezing weather.That reminds me: I’ve got five plants in containers that I needto do something about. I’d better be paying attention to thismyself.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Learning styles

first_imgDaniel Morris stood impatiently by the stove, anxiously stirring a pot of boiling pasta. “Will this ever be done?” he asked his mother, Pam.Morris, a 10-year-old fifth-grader, first became interested in cooking when he won a free cooking lesson at Young Chef’s Academy in Roswell, Ga. “It was so much fun,” he assured. “When can we go there again?”Cooking can be fun for kids. And University of Georgia experts say the things children do for fun can be educational, too.Knowing how your child learns is key to selecting meaningful after-school activities that reinforce classroom lessons.”Most children have some combination of different learning styles,” said Diane Bales, a UGA Cooperative Extension child development specialist. “They can learn in different ways in different situations. But most of us do have a ‘preferred’ style in which we feel most comfortable and learn most easily.”Know styleThere are three basic learning styles: visual (seeing, watching, reading), auditory (hearing, listening) and kinesthetic (moving, touching, doing).”There are some simple quizzes and charts that spell out the different styles,” Bales said. Online self-assessments can help reveal a child’s learning style, too.Once you find how your child learns best, select activities that cater to his preferred style.Pick proper programsVisual learners may prefer reading books about their interests or visiting museums, zoos or historical sites. Auditory learners may benefit from attending plays, watching educational television or taking guided tours. And art or cooking classes or discovery museums are helpful for kinesthetic learners.These types of programs are in great demand. Parents flock to the Red Door Playhouse in Roswell, Ga., for after-school and summer programs for children.”When I was kid, we’d spend summers riding bikes,” said Red Door’s co-owner Leah Decker. “Today, parents look for programs that keep their children’s minds engaged.”Decker, an artist with a degree in early childhood development, runs Red Door with her husband Seth, who graduated from the Boston University Theatre Conservatory. The couple averages 160 students ages 5-14 per semester in art and drama after-school programs. More than twice that attend summer camp programs.”We try to open their minds and just let their ideas fly,” Decker said. “We tap into their creativity and help them think through stories so they have a beginning, middle and end.”Students practice language arts skills learned in school by creating characters and plays. They work on social skills such as teamwork, listening and problem solving as they write plays, design costumes and create sets. They practice speaking in front of people, too, when they perform their play.”No matter what you do in life, you need to be able to speak before a crowd,” Decker said.Focus on funAcross town at the Young Chef’s Academy, dozens of children like Daniel Morris put their math and science skills to work in fun-filled cooking classes.”It’s the practical application of math and science skills that they work on here,” said Leticia Baeza, Young Chef’s general manager. “They’re already learning fractions as early as first grade now, but only the theory of what a faction is. Here they measure in fractions and really get to see what a fraction looks like. We teach the ‘why’ of the facts they learn in school.”Cooking helps kids learn about plants and other cultures, too. “Every week we explore a different country or a different region of this country,” Baeza said. “We learn about the culture, the foods they eat, the spices and herbs they use and even a few words of other languages.”Traditional after-school programs such as 4-H and Boy and Girl Scouts offer school children hands-on applied education in a wide range of interests, too. To find out more about 4-H, contact your county UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

Vermont Foliage Report: Vibrant color on display across state

first_imgFoliage in the Green Mountains is near or at peak color this week, and the leaves will continue to brighten in the lower valleys over the next several days into Columbus Day Weekend. Fall color that is near or at peak can be found in many areas of Vermont, especially in the Green Mountains and in higher elevations throughout the state. Meanwhile, lower elevations and the foothills are showing mid-stage color with pockets that are close to peak.“Peak color is rolling over the Green Mountains from the eastern slopes to the western ridge,” says Tom Olson, a foliage spotter for Rutland and southern Addison counties. “Trees, particularly soft maples, along rivers and marshy areas are displaying bright reds and oranges.”Best Bets: Route 100 in the Mad River Valley between Warren and Moretown is showing incredibly bright shades of red and orange this week, and state Forester Russ Barrett says foliage in this area is the best he has seen in years. In this area, also try Route 100 through Granville Gulf Reservation and Route 17 from Waitsfield to Starksboro.In the Northeast Kingdom, color continues to shine on Route 2 between West Danville and Concord, Route 5A from West Burke to Westmore, Route 5 from Barnet to Barton, and Route 114 from Lyndonville to Island Pond.In central and north central Vermont, try Route 12A from Roxbury to Northfield, Route 12 from Randolph to Northfield, Route 100 from Waterbury to Stowe, Route 302 from Barre to Groton, Route 110 between Washington and Chelsea, and Route 108 from Stowe to Cambridge.Look for shades of gold, orange and red along Interstates 91 or 89, and then explore from there. “I would recommend a drive on either I-91 or I-89 to get an overview and then strike off on secondary roads,” said Windsor County Forester Jon Bouton.  “The key is finding a vista where you can see up or down a valley or across a field at mountains.”In the Rutland/Killington region, higher elevations are at peak, particularly on Route 100 between Killington and Stockbridge, Route 73 between Rochester and Brandon, and Route 4 from Killington to Rutland.  Vibrant color can also be found on Route 125 from Hancock to Middlebury, and Route 7 from Middlebury to Rutland.“For those of us located west of the Green Mountains in south central Vermont, this means peak color in the higher elevations this week and in the foothills and river valleys thereafter,” Olson says. “With just a mild frost thus far in the lower elevations, great color could extend past the third week in October in the lower Champlain Basin and north along the lake to St. Albans.”Foresters and foliage spotters also recommend Route 12 from Woodstock to Bethel, Route 107 from Stockbridge to Royalton, Route 131 between Brownsville and Ludlow, Route 106 between Reading and Woodstock, and Route 100A through Plymouth Notch.Colorful foliage can also be found in the higher elevations of Route 9 between Brattleboro and Bennington, and Route 100 between Wilmington and West Bridgewater. Also try Route 35 between Chester and Grafton, Route 11 between Manchester and Londonderry, Route 30 from Jamaica to Manchester, and Route 7 between Manchester and Rutland, and Route 7A from Manchester to Bennington. Additional suggested routes include Route 140 from East Wallingford to Poultney, Route 30 from Castleton Corners to Sudbury, Route 53 around Lake Dunmore, and Route 22A from Fair Haven to Shoreham.While foliage is still in the early to mid-stages in the Champlain Valley, the contrast of the green meadows, brown corn fields and marshy areas is very colorful.The Vermont Hospitality Council advises making advance reservations because the most popular lodgings may fill early on busy weekends. Some innkeepers may require a minimum two-night stay, especially on busy weekends.  Vermont tourism officials encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek specials during the foliage season as part of the statewide “Midweek Peek” promotion. Deals range from discounted lodging to free Vermont products. For details, visit www.VermontVacation.com/midweek(link is external).Also available on the website are several tools for planning a Vermont Fall Foliage tour:Fall Foliage ForecasterLodging Availability Forecaster20 Scenic DrivesFall Travel Tips For more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com/fall(link is external)last_img read more