2003 Vermont Country Inns and B & B’s Guide Available

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce 2003 Vermont Country Inns and B & B’s Guide is here.Panoramic mountain views from a gazebo, peaceful walking trails, antique furnishings, gardens bursting with color, outdoor jacuzzis, in-room fireplaces, working farms, fresh local food and wine. Vermont country inns and B & B’s offer hundreds of choices, captured in just a few words: history, romance, fine food, and family.The 2003 Country Inns and B & B’s guide contains listings in towns from Andover to Woodstock, offering valuable information about accommodations, from intimate to stately, located in secluded villages or in busy downtowns. The Top Ten Summer Events and Top Ten Fall Events are also listed.Chris Fogg, Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel & Tourism, noted, “Vermont country inns and B & B’s are not far, but their unique style and atmosphere puts them a world away.”Couples will find a romantic respite while families will savor getting back to basics with modern amenities.The 2003 Vermont Country Inns and B & B’s guide and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443 ext. 110. The country inns and B & B lodging listings are also available online under the “lodging” search at the Vermont Chamber website: www.vtchamber.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Four Corners: Dogs – From Rescuer to Walker

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York THE GROOMERIf doing what one loves for a living were a contest, Olimpia Anzalone would be a top contender. For the past 13 years, she’s trimmed, styled, washed and dried, on average, more than a dozen doggies, daily, at her Northport shop Olimpia’s Dog Grooming Parlor. “These guys are my other family of animals that I’ve known through the years since they were puppies,” Anzalone—who has dogs, cats and birds at home—says, while drying a fluffy, freshly groomed, white Samoyed. “I’m happy to come to work every day.” She also grooms cats and sells pet clothing, costumes, supplies and even freshly baked food for animals. Anzalone prides herself on helping clients understand why sometimes their dogs need a “smoothie”—having their coat shaved to get rid of badly knotted fur—and explaining how to keep their pets well-coifed between monthly appointments, which run from 90 minutes to three hours. “It’s basically like a child going to the dentist for the first time sometimes with dogs, so you got to put on good face and make sure that it’s a happy atmosphere,” she says. “After they get to know us, they love us. The dogs come running in!”THE WALKERFor pet sitters such as Tiffany Elliot, the dog days are every day. After her last job cut her hours two years ago, she founded Tiffany’s Pet Sitting & Dog Walking, serving her hometown of Massapequa and surrounding areas—and business is howling. “I’ll take care of ’em like my own,” says Elliot, jingling a janitor-esque keychain of clients’ house keys while walking Blueberry, her sweater-wearing Beagle. “It’s a lot of fun, I’ve always liked dogs.” Unlike city dog walkers who juggle 10 leashes, Elliot visits one pup at a time, and sometimes a cat, rabbit or lizard, too. Most clients are commuters who work in the city and can’t take Fido for a walk during the day, but she sees a spike during summer and school vacations when families go away. Conscious of canine loneliness, well-behaved client-dogs spend time in Elliot’s home, as long as they pass the personality test. It’s not all petting, treats and fetch, either. She’s pet-sitter insured, trained in canine CPR and has references to vouch for her trustworthiness. The fresh air, exercise and generally easy-going company proved unplanned perks. “This is the type of job where even if I’m sick…they don’t care what you look like.”THE RESCUERMatching families with a new four-legged furry friend is all in a day’s work for Lisa LaValle, a volunteer with Last Chance Animal Rescue, a Southampton-based nonprofit animal adoption agency. When she’s not fostering dogs that need to be socialized or coordinating child volunteers as heads of the group’s Rescue Rangers Program, LaValle is shuttling between PetSmart and Petco stores that host adoption events each weekend on eastern Long Island. “We’re just a small group of dedicated volunteers trying to make a difference,” says LaValle, whose daughter also works with the group. Since it was established in 2008, Last Chance has found homes for more than 6,000 dogs and cats rescued from being euthanized in rural shelters. Each animal is vaccinated and spayed or neutered before adoption. Applicants are also screened first. It can be heart-wrenching work at times. “Some come to us broken and scared and some come happy and healthy,” LaValle says, recalling a Puggle—a beagle-pug crossbreed—named BossMan, that she wrapped in an Islanders shirt because he was shaking “like a leaf” before finding a new home. But the good days outweigh the bad. “I feel like we put families together,” she says.THE INVESTIGATORAfter responding to countless cases throughout the past 30 years, Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA says that dogs are the most frequent subjects of abuse, neglect and abandonment investigations, followed by cats and horses. The worst of the roughly 3,000 cases annually was a dog so emaciated it couldn’t stand when officers found the pup in a foreclosed home. “This dog stood up and fell right over it was so weak,” he recalls. Once the animal was nursed back to health, an officer adopted him and named him Justin, “Because he was found just in time,” Gross adds. Justin’s Law, a Suffolk law that established the nation’s first animal abuse registry four years ago—it still hasn’t been set up, however—was named after the mutt. Gross, who spent two months at Ground Zero with his therapy dog, Cody, assisting search-and-rescue canines, notes that his officers can’t simply seize animals from homes on a whim—unless blatant abuse is caught in the act. He also reminds people that the nonprofit agency is funded by private donations and relies on anonymous tips via 631-382-SPCA. “An animal cannot pick up a phone and call us,” he says. “We are the voice of the animals that can’t speak for themselves.”last_img read more

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Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy: Third Base

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: 2019 ultimate cheat sheetAs we’re doing with every position, we’re breaking down our 3B rankings into what we call “True Tiers”, which group players based on their type of production. If you’re looking to draft a 3B in the seventh round but you already have a bunch of sluggers, that could change your target to more of a power-speed  threat than just another low-average masher.Fortunately, this is a position with options, so let’s look at how you should approach it depending on your overall draft philosophy. 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Who are the best fantasy baseball 3Bs?Eligibility based on Yahoo default settingsYou can make a strong argument that all of the players in Tier 1 should be first-round picks, but at least a couple will likely fall to at least the second round. Manny Machado might be the biggest worry because of his new home park and sub-par career splits away from Baltimore, but his talent and age make him tough to write off as anything less than a top-tier talent.As we always note, Tier 1B is not “worse” than Tier 1A — it’s just different. In this case, we’ve put Jose Ramirez and Javier Baez in their own group because they’re likely to steal 20-plus bases. Kris Bryant, Alex Bregman, and even Machado could steal 10-15 bases themselves, but their overall SB upside is below that of Ramirez and Baez. Overall, all are good fits as cornerstones of your team. Obviously, we’re expecting a bounce-back in the power department from Bryant, and you know what you’re getting there from Nolan Arenado. Baez won’t give you the average of the rest of these guys, but his eligibility at three premium infield positions gives you invaluable roster flexibility. The real question is if you’d actually play any other than Arenado and Bryant as your primary 3B. Even if you target and nab one in the first two rounds, you might still be looking for someone to man the hot corner. That’s a good problem to have.TIER 1AJose Ramirez, Indians (also eligible at 2B)Javier Baez, Cubs (2B, SS)TIER 1BNoland Arenado, RockiesKris Bryant, Cubs (OF)Alex Bregman, Astros (SS)Manny Machado, Padres (SS)More Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Short | Outfield | Starter | Closer2019 Fantasy Baseball 3B Rankings: Tier 2This is a relatively small tier, and whether that speaks to the abilities of these players or the uncertainty of the players in Tier 3 is open for interpretation. Anthony Rendon seems to be the consensus No. 7 3B, and while he doesn’t really steal bases anymore, he’s arguably the best bet after the top six to hit .300. That will likely come with around 25 HRs, 90-plus runs and 90-plus RBIs. He’s a solid player to target in the early middle rounds, as he’ll help balance out any type of team, but he’s not the type of player you need to reach for. There are a couple “middle-class versions” of Rendon available several rounds later. If you’re low on steals, then Myers is a solid target, though early mock draft trends suggest you can wait a bit. Health and batting average are concerns, but you’re not going to find any other legit 25/25 candidates at 3B. We seem to be alone in ranking Myers ahead of all the players in Tier 2B, but, again, if you have steals already and are looking for power, then Travis Shaw, Miguel Andujar, and Eugenio Suarez probably make more sense.Admittedly, we’re higher on Shaw than most — and he’ll likely be drafted as a 2B anyway — but he still fits the bill as a consistent medium-average slugger. Andujar hit .297 last year and Suarez posted a respectable .282 mark, so it’s possible both exceed our expectations in that category, though Andujar seems like a better bet. Because of his relative lack of experience, we’re grouping him in this tier for now, but his upside is undeniable.TIER 2AAnthony Rendon, NationalsTIER 2BMiguel Andujar, YankeesEugenio Suarez, RedsTravis Shaw, Brewers (1B, 2B)TIER 2CWil Myers, Padres (OF)SLEEPERS & BUSTS: All-Breakout Team | All-Overrated TeamFantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: Middle-round 3Bs to targetLet’s just get this out of the way right now — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. isn’t going to be available in the “middle rounds”, or perhaps even the “early middle rounds”. We’ll get back to him in minute.Matt Carpenter will also likely be gone, but the rest of these guys are targets to come off the board around the ninth or 10th round of a 12-team draft. We’ve broken these players down by low- to mid-average power hitters (with question marks), mid-average power hitters who score a lot of runs, and higher-average, medium-power hitters. Just to reiterate: The players in Tier 3C aren’t “worse” than those in Tier 3A, just different.The sluggers in Tier 3A all offer production but with questions: Can Josh Donaldson stay healthy? Is Mike Moustakas guaranteed to play every day? Will Rafael Devers take the next step? Was Max Muncy a one-year wonder? Moustakas won’t be eligible at 2B on draft day, but if he plays there like Milwaukee is saying, both he and Muncy could get scooped up as 2Bs, further limiting the 3B player pool. Watch for that as you’re tracking 3Bs and who needs them during your draft.Carpenter seems like a “sure thing”, but his 36 HRs last year were by far a career high. At 33, it’s tough to expect him to do that again, but he’ll get on base and score a bunch of runs while at least hitting around 25 HRs. Chapman looks to be built in the same mold, though he still has some HR upside in him. Both make for solid additions to teams that have loaded up on big-time RBI producers early. We think Carpenter is going off the board a little early, but given his versatility, it’s easy to see why he’s coveted.Guerrero is even more coveted, and his minor league track record speaks for itself. While he figures to make an instant splash, there are two reasons we’re not ranking him quite as highly as many: He could easily miss more time than you think in the minors (i.e. a month as opposed to two weeks), and he’s only played 30 games above Double-A. An adjustment period is to be expected. It’s tough to rank him ahead of such proven producers at the position, but we don’t blame anyone for jumping on him early.Justin Turner is one of those “middle-class man’s” Rendons we mentioned earlier. He’s older and has injury issues, but he’s going to hit .300 and have similar counting stats if he stays healthy. You get a four-round discount because of the extra risk, but that might be worth it if you get good value on another position earlier in the draft.Ultimately, you can live with anyone from Tier 3 as your starting 3B, and there’s a case to be made it’s a better strategy than splurging on Rendon, Andujar, or Suarez.TIER 3AJosh Donaldson, BravesMike Moustakas, Brewers (2B*)Rafael Devers, Red SoxMax Muncy, Dodgers (1B, 2B)TIER 3BMatt Carpenter, Cardinals (1B, 2B)Matt Chapman, A’sTIER 3CVladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue JaysJustin Turner, Dodgers2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamFantasy baseball breakouts and bounce-backsThe difference between some of the players in this tier compared to those in the tier above is negligible in many ways. Those in Tier 4A are very similar to those in Tier 3A — low-average, 25-plus-HR upside. They come with even more questions, though, namely age (Carlos Santana is almost 33, Kyle Seager is 31), injuries (Jake Lamb missed most last season because of a bum shoulder, Miguel Sano will miss at least the first month of this year because of a heel injury), and limited upside (Maikel Franco, Eduardo Escobar). You’re better off with these guys as backups or CIs, but if you really want to wait at 3B, you can get good value with these players in the middle rounds.Tier 4B is the better group to mine from if you’re looking for a backup. All four players can steal some bases, which is tough to find at 3B, while also giving you 20 HRs. Yoan Moncada has the most upside, but he won’t be eligible at 3B at the start of the year. Nick Senzel likely won’t have a starting job on opening day, making him more of a long-term investment (but one that could really pay off). Ian Happ will also be a utility player, but he has major power and could finish 30/10, albeit with a low average. Jurickson Profar has post-hype appeal, but he struggled away from Texas last year, giving us a little pause, at least as a 3B.Guriel is a high-average, low-power guy, but he should get everyday at-bats and can play three positions, so he’s not a bad guy to have around, especially in deep leagues.TIER 4ACarlos Santana, Indians (1B)Jake Lamb, D-backs (1B*)Miguel Sano, Twins (1B)Maikel Franco, PhilliesEduardo Escobar, D-backsTIER 4BYoan Moncada, White Sox* (2B)Nick Senzel, Reds (OF*)Ian Happ, Cubs (OF)Jurickson Profar, A’s (1B, 2B, SS)TIER 4CYuli Gurriel, Astros (1B, 2B)Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: 3BNot all of these guys are “sleepers”, namely Evan Longoria, Jed Lowrie, Zack Cozart, and Todd Frazier, but all might be undervalued. Tier 5A features guys with 20-HR upside, with Wilmer Flores (new hitting environment) and Renato Nunez (32 HRs in Triple-A in 2017) standing out as the biggest breakout candidates.Tier 5B is high-OBP guys who should score runs. Daniel Robertson will have to battle for at-bats, but he has more homer upside than Brian Anderson. Consider these guys poor-man’s Carpenters/Chapmans.Tier 5C features guys who can steal bases and play all over the field. Hernan Perez and Joey Wendle aren’t guaranteed at-bats, but if they play, they’re not bad guys to have on your bench. All are capable of popping around 10 HRs, too. A few guys in this tier might be worth investing in in the late-middle rounds, but for the most part, these are late-rounders in deep leagues.TIER 5AWilmer Flores, D-backs (1B, 2B)Asdrubal Cabrera, Rangers (2B, SS)Kyle Seager, MarinersJung Ho Kang, PiratesJeimer Candelario, TigersEvan Longoria, GiantsJed Lowrie, Mets (2B)Ryan McMahon, Rockies (1B, 2B)Renato Nunez, OriolesZack Cozart, AngelsJohan Carmargo, Braves (SS)Todd Frazier, Mets (1B*)TIER 5BBrian Anderson, Marlins (OF)Daniel Robertson, Rays (2B, SS)TIER 5CHernan Perez, Brewers (2B, SS, OF)Joey Wendle, Rays (2B, SS, OF)Niko Goodrum, Tigers (1B, 2B, SS, OF) Fantasy Baseball Deep Sleepers: 3BIt’s going to take some injuries or surprise breakouts for any of these guys to be worthy of a fantasy roster spot, even in deep leagues, but Hunter Dozier is still young, Jedd Gyorko has hit 30 HRs in a season before, and Eduardo Nunez is two years removed from an All-Star appearance, so don’t completely ignore them.TIER 6Eduardo Nunez, Red Sox (2B)Hunter Dozier, Royals (1B)Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox (2B*)Tim Beckham, Mariners (SS)Martin Prado, MarlinsJedd Gyorko, Cardinals (2B)Matt Duffy, Giants (2B)David Fletcher, Angels (2B)Brandon Drury, Blue Jays* = Not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there throughout the season Third base looks absolutely stacked, so you might be thinking you don’t really need a draft strategy for the position. Even if you don’t get one of the top studs — which you might not since all but one are eligible at another position in many leagues — there are plenty of solid “consolation prizes” a little further down in the 3B rankings. Even dropping a tier or two on your cheat sheet could yield 30-plus HRs or 25/25 production (or top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who could outproduce even the most generous projections). But any seasoned fantasy owner knows it’s not just about production — it’s about the type of production. Third base is a position where a lot of the production seems the same, but because of multi-position-eligible players, you can shake it up a bit if you’re really hurting in steals or another specific category. Regardless of what you’re looking for, there will be viable options throughout the draft — the key is knowing who to target and when to target them.last_img read more

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