Regarding live entertainment, five performances will also be held at The Highland Center. The Little Switzerland Cloggers kick off the shows with a free performance at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14th. Then, award-winning banjoist and dancer, Tyler Hughes, presents old time music at 3:00 p.m. To round out the night, Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys perform folk music of the Appalachian Mountains at 7:00 p.m. The Highland Center in Monterey will have an expanded presence at the festival this year, hosting the Highland County Visitor Center for festival information, children’s activities, vendors, and a “Maple Taproom,” featuring a place to sit down and enjoy an adult beverage, including the 2020 Daylight Cravings: Maple Bacon Breakfast Stout from Brothers Craft Brewing. On Saturday, March 21st, John Bullard plays classical banjo at 3:00 p.m., followed by the all-female trio, The official maple festival of Virginia returns with new experiences After Jack, with their popular “hot folk” performance. Admission to the Saturday 3:00 p.m. shows is $3, or a maple leaf keychain, and the Saturday 7:00 p.m. shows is $10. These four performances are brought to the public by the Highland County Arts Council and are made possible in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. In addition, Hull’s Hideaway Restaurant and Tavern in Monterey will host the acoustic blues trio, Delta Junction, in a 21+ show on Saturday, March 21st at 9:00 p.m. for $10. The tradition of the annual Highland County Maple Festival returns March 14-15 and 21-22, 2020. Since 1958, visitors have been drawn to Highland County to tour real maple sugar camps for a cultural and culinary adventure. All-you-can-eat pancake and buckwheat cake meals, over 100 arts & crafts vendors, and live entertainment make this county-wide event a fun outing with lasting memories for the entire family. Many additional activities can be found on stops while driving around the countryside that features expansive scenic views. These activities include feeding of live fish at the Virginia Trout Company north of Monterey, reliving history with a Highland Museum exhibit at The Mansion House in McDowell, viewing additional vendors at The Church at the Old Oak in Meadowdale, experiencing a local restaurant or store, or enjoying hard craft cider at Big Fish Cider Co. in downtown Monterey. Local civic clubs and organizations feature delicious food, including those famous fresh maple doughnuts, pancake and buckwheat meals with sausage and gravy, trout sandwiches, pork rinds and just about anything maple-flavored! Additional food vendors on Water Street in Monterey offer treats like maple-bacon cupcakes, maple fudge, maple-bacon dates and brewery crafted nachos with maple. Traditional hours of the festival include Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., though visitors can get a jumpstart to the day with an all-you-can-eat pancake meal as early as 7:00 a.m. More details on all the festival happenings can be found at www.highlandcounty.org/events/maple-festival or www.facebook.com/HighlandCounty. This year, the Maple Festival features nine unique camps open for the public to tour at no charge. Visitors have the chance to view traditional and modern techniques for creating maple syrup from tree to bottle. In addition to pure maple syrup, some local camps offer a variety of flavored maple syrups infused with native plants or aged in spirit barrels, as well as hickory syrup. New for 2020, Tonoloway Farm is a walk-in, first-generation syrup operation on the wooded slopes of Bullpasture Mountain, just east of McDowell. In addition to wood-fired maple syrup, Tonoloway Farm plans to offer walnut syrup for yet another diverse taste of the Appalachian forests. Over 100 juried arts & crafts vendors will be available in Monterey and McDowell, providing one-of-a-kind treasures, tasty treats, and special gifts. Browse and shop with new and returning vendors for a seemingly endless variety of handcrafted items, from exclusive artwork to exquisite jewelry. Admission to access vendors at the Highland High School and Elementary School gyms remains at $3, which comes with a collectible 2020 maple leaf keychain that also provides entry to both Saturdays’ 3:00 p.m. entertainment. In 1999, the Library of Congress designated The Highland County Maple Festival a “Local Legacy,” and in 2014, the Governor of Virginia signed a bill into law designating the festival as the “official maple festival of Virginia.” Tens of thousands of visitors arrive in the rural mountain community annually to enjoy the event. The Highland County Maple Festival is coordinated by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce and made possible with the help of countless volunteers and organizations.
An aerial view of part of Cairns CBD. Picture: Skystock.CAIRNS real estate remains some of the most affordable in the country, in contrast to major metropolitan centres, says Real Estate Institute of Queensland zone chairman Tom Quaid.Mr Quaid’s comments came after a recent report revealed an improvement in housing affordability in Queensland.The 2018 March quarter edition of the Adelaide Bank/REIA Housing Affordability Report also showed the median family income required to meet loan repayments had decreased.The proportion of income required to meet loan repayments dropped from 27.6 per cent in the December 2017 quarter to 27.5 per cent in this year’s March quarter.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“Cairns still remains relatively affordable in the scheme of things, both from the perspective of its median house price of just north of $400,000, and in real terms,” Mr Quaid said. “It all comes down to what people are looking for though and whether they are realistic in their expectations. If you are looking for brand-new property with all the mod-cons, then expect to pay more in most cases. “It’s the same when it comes to location, with certain suburbs attracting a premium that can make them feel out of reach. For those that look at property as a building block however, there is still good choice to be had in housing in the $300,000s, particularly when you look at the south side of Cairns and some of our city fringe suburbs.”REIA president Malcolm Gunning (pictured above) said the report found the proportion of median family income required to meet average loan repayments decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 31.3 per cent. He said rental affordability declined in all states and territories except for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, with the proportion of median family income required to meet rent payments increasing by 0.1 percentage points to 24.8 per cent. Mr Gunning said the number of loans also decreased across the country by 16 per cent.“Since the last edition of this report, the east coast residential property market has moved … from a seller’s to a buyer’s market,” he said.
Authorities are reporting that students at Grassy Waters Elementary School in West Palm Beach were fingerprinted after school administrators found a kitchen knife in a student’s backpack.According to the report, the incident occurred earlier this week in a 5th grade classroom.Officials did not say how the knife was discovered, however, they did report that none of the students in the classroom would claim the backpack or the knife.Authorities then circulated small pieces of paper to students in the classroom and had each student put their fingerprints on the paper.Officials say those fingerprints have since been destroyed and that police had no true intention of using the fingerprints as part of the investigation.The Principal of the school has since sent out a notice to parents apologizing for the incident and saying it is “not something that the school district condones.”The police department is currently investigating both the discovery of the knife and the handling of the situation.
The Treasury Department loaned the U.S. Postal Service $10 billion in emergency coronavirus relief funding in late July of 2020 in exchange for proprietary information about the mail service’s most lucrative private-sector contracts.The Postal Service, subject to confidentiality restrictions, will provide Treasury copies of its 10 largest “negotiated service agreements,” or contracts with high-volume third-party shippers such as Amazon, FedEx and UPS, and receive a crucial injection of cash that postal officials say will keep the debt-laden agency solvent for at least another year, according to a copy of the loan’s term sheet obtained by The Washington Post.The Postal Service contracts with private-sector shippers for “last-mile” delivery from distribution centers to consumers’ homes, and it offers those companies small discounts because of the volume of packages they provide.Democrats are also encouraged by the Postal Service reporting better-than-expected financial results in May. The black ink is attributed to surging package volume which is eclipsing Christmastime levels. Currently, the USPS now has close to $14 billion in cash on hand.That is enough money to sustain the agency through the 2020 Presidential Election and right on through till October 2021, if package volumes remain high. The loan from Treasury will buy the Postal Service at least five more months of liquidity, but perhaps as much as a year’s more cash if package revenue continues to make up for declines in first-class mail, the agency’s most profitable product.Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says President Trump will sign a bill that includes funding for the Postal Service if Democrats negotiate a stimulus bill.Meadows added that sorting machines will not be taken off-line between now and the election. There were reports that 10% of machines were being decommissioned.