Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 95 million people worldwide and killed over two million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Jan 18, 7:10 amFrance expands vaccination campaign to 75 and older, anyone deemed high-riskPeople aged 75 and over will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in France starting Monday.Up until now, only residents of nursing homes and medical staff aged 50 and over were able to be vaccinated against the disease.France is also expanding its vaccination campaign to include anyone with high-risk conditions, such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or transplant patients.The move comes after the country’s death toll from COVID-19 topped 70,000 over the weekend.France has confirmed more than 2.9 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least 70,283 deaths, according to the latest data from the country’s public health agency. The Western European nation has the sixth-highest tally of diagnosed cases in the world, after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.So far, the European Medicines Agency has approved two COVID-19 vaccines for use in the European Union — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna.Jan 18, 6:24 amOklahoma school district stops basketball games due to ‘super-spreader event’A public school district in Oklahoma City canceled basketball games on Friday night after witnessing what it called a “super-spreader event.”Millwood Public Schools said it “made the decision to put kids and families first,” pulling its basketball players off the court during games against Community Christian School in Norman, about 20 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City. The school district posted photos on Facebook showing a crowded gymnasium with no social distancing and few people wearing masks.“We will NOT subject our kids and families to a super-spreader event just to compete,” Millwood Public Schools wrote in the Facebook post Friday night.Community Christian School’s athletics director, Mat McIntosh, told Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO-TV that the photos shared on social media showed the home side, which “was three-fourths full.” He said that they “would never put any students at risk.”“During [Friday] night’s game when the decision was made to pull the players off the court, we were caught off guard,” McIntosh said in a statement. “We hated that. It has been our desire to keep things as normal as possible. We have policies in place for COVID during athletic events. As a school, we have listened to the governor’s statement to stay at 50% capacity. We feel even [Friday] night, our overall capacity was under 50%.”Jan 18, 5:25 amGermany has vaccinated over one million peopleMore than one million people have received the first of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in Germany, according to the country’s public health agency.As of Saturday, 1,048,160 first doses had been administered nationwide, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute. So far, the European Medicines Agency has approved two COVID-19 vaccines for use in the European Union — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna.There were 7,141 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Germany on Sunday. An additional 214 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide. That brings the country’s cumulative totals to 2,040,659 cases with 46,633 deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute.Jan 18, 4:19 amUS reports under 200,000 new cases for first time in two weeksThere were 174,513 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the first time in two weeks that the country has logged under 200,000 newly confirmed infections in a 24-hour reporting period. Sunday’s tally is far less than the country’s all-time high of 302,506 new cases on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 1,723 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Sunday, down from a peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holidays followed by a potentially very large backlog.A total of 23,936,772 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 397,600 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before topping 300,000 on Jan. 2.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Decisions rest on final pensions jigsaw pieceOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. After a lengthy gestation period, the Government’s plans for stakeholder pensions are becoming clearer. The recently published Stakeholder Pension Schemes Regulations set out the detailed arrangements for stakeholder pensions and confirm the implementation timetable.The key date for employers is 8 October 2001, from which time non-exempt employers will have to provide employees with access to a stakeholder pension scheme. Exemption will only be given to employers who: provide all employees aged 18 or over with the opportunity to join their pension scheme within 12 months of commencing employment; contribute at least 3 per cent of basic pay to a group personal pension that they offer to all staff; or have less than five employees.Employers without full exemption will have to designate a stakeholder pension scheme for some or all employees, having previously consulted with them and their representatives, and provide them with information about the scheme.The Engineering Employers’ Federation recently held some regional seminars in conjunction with Legal and General to help members understand these new legal requirements during which we identified some practical employee relations issues.First, employers are concerned they will be forced to make a financial contribution to their designated scheme. This is likely to be particularly strong in firms which provide only some employees – typically white-collar staff – with the chance to join their pension scheme. The need to designate a stakeholder pension scheme for the rest of the workforce will inevitably lead to pressure for an employer contribution to members of their occupational pension scheme that matches what they are making.Second, employers believe, in the future, they could face pressure for compensation if their designated scheme underperforms in comparison with other stakeholder pension schemes. Although employers cannot be held legally responsible for the financial performance of their scheme, it seems likely that if an employer’s scheme performs less well than a scheme designated by, say, a neighbouring employer, they will at the very least, face pressure to change their designated stakeholder pension, but could also receive demands for financial compensation.Employers need to start thinking about such employee relations issues. But while they have a “window of opportunity” to plan, one important piece of the stakeholder pension “jigsaw” is still missing. This is whether employees can have a stakeholder pension scheme and, at the same time, belong to either a final salary or money purchase pension scheme. Until the Government resolves this, employers cannot make any final decisions. Related posts:No related photos.
Jeffrey Epstein and Michael Daffey with 9 East 71st Street (Getty)A former Goldman Sachs executive is behind one of the biggest — and most notorious — residential sales this year.Michael Daffey, who managed some of the investment bank’s hedge fund clients, is the buyer of Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse, Business Insider reported. A spokesman for Daffey said he used cash and a bridge loan for the $51 million purchase.Proceeds from the sale will go to Epstein’s estate, which has established a fund for his alleged victims. The disgraced financier and conviced sex offender was facing sex trafficking charges when he died by suicide in a Manhattan jail in 2019.Read moreBrokers vied for Epstein listings. Can they sell them?What happens to Jeffrey Epstein’s properties now?Jeffrey Epstein’s NYC, Palm beach mansions hitting the market Jeffrey EpsteinLuxury Real Estatetownhouse marketupper east side Tags The 28,000-square-foot home at 9 East 71st Street first hit the market last June, asking $88 million. It got a $23 million price chop in January, and went into contract in early March. The final sale price works out to approximately $1,821 per square foot.The townhouse is 50 feet wide, and was built in the 1930s in the Neoclassical style. It was originally a school building before Leslie Wexner, the founder of L Brands and a former associate of Epstein’s, acquired it in 1989. Epstein bought the home for $20 million in 1998.A month prior to Epstein’s death, it was estimated that his properties were worth around $180 million. Developer Todd Michael Glaser recently paid $18.5 million for Epstein’s former Palm Beach mansion, just under its asking price of $22 million. Glaser plans to demolish the home.Epstein also owned homes in New Mexico, the Virgin Islands and Paris.[Business Insider] — Danielle Balbi Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink
The population of Antarctic Fur seals Arctocephalus gazella at South Georgia is increasing rapidly and is therefore of great interest. Investigations of the population depend on two main techniques. (1) Population assessment, because the population size is now too large for direct counts to be completely reliable, and serious underestimates are appearing in areas of high density. Aerial photography was used but needs further refinement before it becomes a consistently useful technique. Marking all pups on sample beaches was largely unsuccessful because pups moved from beach to beach before they could all be marked. A mark–recapture method was finally adopted and indicated that the numbers of pups present may be up to 54% higher than the numbers actually counted. (2) The process of age determination from tooth characters, which is more difficult for Fur seals than other pinnipeds. The preparation and interpretation of the teeth of breeding cows is described, based on eleven specimens of known age. The most accurate results are obtained from whole teeth up to the age of 6, but thereafter interpretation of cement and dentine layers in thin sections must be used. It is concluded that while young animals are aged quite accurately, there is probably a tendency to underestimate the age of seals of more than 9 years.
Previous reconstructions of ice-sheet changes in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea sector since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) at 19–23 cal. (calibrated) kyr B.P. suffered from large uncertainties and were partly contradictory. As a consequence, the contribution of this sector to the LGM sea-level lowstand and post-LGM sea-level rise was unclear. Furthermore, whether and how precursor water masses for Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) were formed in the Weddell Sea Embayment under glacial conditions is unknown, as this today requires the existence of the floating Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. Here we present new marine geophysical and marine geological data from the outer shelf section of the Filchner paleo–ice stream trough documenting that grounded ice had advanced onto and retreated from the outer shelf prior to 27.5 cal. kyr B.P., i.e., >4500 yr before the LGM. The data reveal the presence of a stacked grounding-zone wedge (GZW) just south of 75°30′S. This GZW was formed during two episodes of grounding-line re-advance onto the outer shelf after 11.8 cal. kyr B.P., with data further inshore implying paleo–ice stream retreat from the GZW location prior to 8.7 cal. kyr B.P. Our findings show that (1) ice-sheet buildup in the Weddell Sea sector made only limited contributions to the LGM sea-level lowstand, (2) ice-ocean interaction below an ice shelf in outer Filchner Trough could have contributed to AABW production at the LGM, and (3) numerical models need to take into account a highly dynamic ice-sheet behavior in regions of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and East Antarctic Ice Sheet confluence.
James Johnson of Brasenose said that he wanted to work to make the interface between students and the council more successful. “After living in Oxford for three and a half years, I’ve decided to stand as I feel there is a disconnect between students and the city council.”Aled Jones, running for Labour, wants to use his student political experience on a bigger stage. He told C+, “As a previous chair of Oxford University Labour Club, I’ve seen first-hand the value that the Oxford City Council provide to the city, and it would be fantastic to be able to help provide that support to the students of Oxford as a councillor.”Stuart O’Reilly is running for UKIP. “I’m a second year historian at Pembroke College and I’m standing as a candidate for Hinksey Park as I believe the Labour administrated City Council are making decisions that will prove to be disastrous for Oxford.”Often there is, as James Johnson expressed, a “disconnect” between students and the city itself, so C+ set each of our candidates to the task of explaining why students ought to care about the upcoming elections. Ruthi Brandt began by pointing out, “Students are part of this city. Even if they are in Oxford for only a few years the actions of the city council will have an affect on their lives here. And who knows, they might end up staying here after they graduate, like so many of us seem to do.” Aled Jones agreed, saying that, “Students should vote in these elections because ultimately the decisions that the City Council make affect their lives, and it’s important that they use the voice they collectively possess. From housing opportunities to making cycling safer, students have an opportunity on the 22nd to vote and help to shape those decisions.”A pattern in these responses became apparent as Stuart O’Reilly told C+, “Students should vote in these local elections as we are as much citizens of Oxford as those outside the university. Students make up a significant proportion of the city and are affected by many City Council policies.”Maryam Ahmed turned on the current council, and suggested that students ought to vote in order to change the status quo. “You deserve to be represented by someone who has the courage to speak up for what’s right and actually get things done, rather than the current cohort of ineffectual pen-pushers running Oxford City Council.” Eleanor Law combined these approaches, linking student participation in elections with greater influence in decisions. She told C+, “Students should vote in this election (and the European elections) because unless young people vote, the government has no incentive to deal with the issues and problems that young people and students face. Young people have been hit hard by the coalition government because they think they can get away with it because students won’t vote. Students need to vote to show that we do care, and that we are engaged with politics, and that we will not allow the government to destroy vital services.” C+ then questioned how the candidates would proceed were they to be elected. Maryam Ahmed wants to know “why the Council has capped the number of rental properties in town, making the cost of living out skyrocket”, and “why the Council is planning to build student flats next to a noisy railway line, using us as sound buffers.”In turn, Aled Jones focused on the homelessness issue which blights Oxford. He told C+, “As a local councillor I’d focus upon fighting the cuts to homelessness provision caused by the Tory-led County Council, working with student societies and organisations to ensure a better student experience in Oxford, and ensuring that affordable and quality housing is prioritised.”He said he would also engage with closing the apparent council-student gap. “I would specifically focus on ensuring that the City Council have as close a relationship with students as possible; working with OUSU and other organisations, and would also run regular surgeries in student JCRs.”Ruthi Brandt’s ambitions were, unsurprisingly, eco-friendly, “As a cyclist and an environmentalist, I want to greatly improve the cycling infrastructure in the city. Cycling should be made safer and easier to undertake, and more on-street bicycle parking should be available. She went on to discuss planning projects such as the expansion to the Westgate centre. “I would like to make sure that these projects are properly thought through – that they are indeed beneficial to the city, sustainable (for example – we shouldn’t be building in the city’s green belt!) and connected to the needs of the whole city.”The UKIP candidate Stuart O’Reilly echoed Brandt’s concern for the state of the city, this time focusing upon the Covered Market.“The Covered Market is in real danger of losing its character as a space for local independent traders. He went on to criticise the fact thar “residents’ voices are not being listened to on issues such as the Port Meadow development. Homelessness was an issue which surfaced again, O’Reilly said, ”If elected I would make tackling the issue of homelessness the number one priority – current councillors seem more concerned with blaming each other than sitting down with all parties and coming to agreement on policies.”James Johnson explained that he was concerned with the transparency and effectiveness of the council. “I want the city council to stand up for students, to be a visible and more effective voice for them and their concerns. The other Conservative candidates and I will work to help Oxford students across the board, particularly on housing and rents.”Eleanor Law told us that she feels strongly about the Oxford housing situation. She told C+, “I will campaign for more affordable housing, as Oxford is currently the least affordable city in the country, and the high house prices have a knock on impact on rents, effecting both students and permanent residents. I would also continue to campaign for a living wage across the city, and oppose the cuts the Conservative County Council are making to resources for the homeless.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9723%%[/mm-hide-text] In the survey conducted by C+, one anonymous respondent commented, “I think it is disappointing that many of those running for Oxford City Council have little or no interest in local politics but are motivated purely by ambition”. However, following an in-depth investigation by C+ into each of the candidates’ policies, it would seem that the upcoming elections have much more at stake.Ahmed and Brandt are running in Carfax ward, O’Reilly in Hinksey Park, Jones in Holywell, and Law in Summertown.This article has been amended to show that Labour won a by-election for the North ward of Oxford City Council in September 2013, so they hold both council seats for that ward. On May 22nd, elections will be held for 50% of the seats on the Oxford City Council. A survey conducted by C+ has found that, whilst 61% of students plan to vote in the coming elections, only 15% would consider becoming a candidate. In light of this, and with a considerable number of current or former Oxford students running, C+ spoke to Labour’s Aled Jones and Eleanor Law, along with Maryam Ahmed and James Johnson of the Conservative Party, and Ruthi Brandt of the Green Party to discover why they’re running, and what we can expect from them.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9701%%[/mm-hide-text] Ahmed described herself as a “working class girl from an immigrant family”, going on to say that, ”I studied Engineering at Christ Church and now I’m doing a PhD at Wolfson.” She emphasised that, “I don’t mindlessly tow the party line. I’m a proud Conservative but I will applaud sensible policies and slap down stupid ones, regardless of party loyalty.“Our Labour City Council is seriously lacking in common sense. This makes me angry and it should make you angry, too. I want to stand up for students and be the voice of reason and compassion on our City Council.” Ruthi Brandt told C+ that, “ I came to Oxford to pursue a research degree in animal behaviour and during my time as a student I campaigned on issues ranging from wildlife conservation to climate change.” She claimed to be motivated by love, “I love this city, and have made it my home, but there are many things that need protecting and improving, and I want to be in a position to be able to do that.”Eleanor Law, a third year at Hertford, explained that she was driven by a desire to counter the destructive work of national government. “I’m standing to be a councillor because l’m horrified by the cuts the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government have been making to our services, in particular the NHS, and their divisive, nasty and inaccurate attitude towards unemployed people and those receiving benefits.”
This fall, Saint Mary’s senior Colleen Naumovich will tackle her job as the College’s first senior football manager in the program’s 95-year history.Naumovich said she worked hard to stay on staff throughout the yearly cuts that stop most students from advancing to higher positions. She said many managers join as freshmen, but only 14 are selected to continue as sophomores. By junior year, that number dwindles to seven. And by senior year, it’s three.“After you make it, you’re under scrutiny the whole time,” Naumovich said. “It was a little intimidating because I always knew there was no guarantee I would make it to the next year, but it also kind of made me savor every moment.”Naumovich said she never took her position for granted because the future was always uncertain.“You don’t know if there’ll be a next game or a next year,” Naumovich said. “I always wanted to make the most of it and be on my best behavior.”Naumovich’s role as personnel manager will allow her to aid in the selection process of younger managers, in addition to coordinating everyone’s schedules, helping quarterbacks with their drills at practice and making sure the referees have balls on game day.“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Naumovich said. “You have to be prepared to do a lot of things with little time’s notice. I’ve learned a lot about remaining calm and getting things done and thinking on my feet.”Naumovich said some of her favorite memories involve traveling to away games because she can fly on private planes and explore new cities.“I like going into enemy territory,” Naumovich said. “It kind of puts a chip on your shoulder, not that I’m playing or anything, but it’s still really fun to be part of the environment.”Naumovich said she felt overjoyed to learn she had been promoted to a senior manager.“I was happy to see that someone other than a Notre Dame student could be a leader for the organization even though I don’t go there,” Naumovich said. “I was honored to take on that role and be a role model regardless of what school I go to.”Naumovich said her extensive involvement with the student manager program shows that Saint Mary’s students can serve as valuable assets to the football team.“There has always been a Notre Dame student in this position before, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But now I can show that Saint Mary’s people can be involved at Notre Dame and succeed as well,” Naumovich said. “Don’t ever think it’s a disadvantage to be from Saint Mary’s.”Naumovich said she hopes to serve as an example for the five other Saint Mary’s sophomore and junior student managers who are looking to advance to the senior level.“I think it’s good to have someone who has done it before because you can show others that they can do it too,” she said. “I would be able to offer advice to other girls who might have this position. Being from Saint Mary’s is a little unique.”Naumovich said she looks forward to the future of the student football manager program, for she envisions that even more Saint Mary’s women will secure senior positions.“I think you just have to get one person in there,” Naumovich said. “And then once that happens, many more will come.”Serving as a senior manager is the ideal way to enter her last year at Saint Mary’s, she said.“Being so close to all the action is something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do,” Naumovich said. “It’s a pretty unique way to take part in my last football season as a student.”Tags: football manager, senior manager, SMC football manager, student manager
Sam Rockwell is currently heating up the Great White Way with Nina Arianda, and on October 1 he sat down with Jimmy Fallon to chat about starring in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love. “The play’s short, that’s the best thing about it,” he joked. “You’ll be at the bar by 8.30 or 9.30!” Not wanting to give too much away (if you’ve seen show, you’ll know why), Rockwell went on to say: “It’s kinda of a cosmic love story…a little twisted, funny, a little dark.” Check out the video from The Tonight Show below, which includes Rockwell’s dubious Marlon Brando impression. Fool for Love is playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015 Related Shows Fool For Love View Comments
McDONALDS® RESTAURANTS IN NEW ENGLAND& ALBANY, NEW YORK TOINTRODUCE NEWMANS OWN® ORGANICSCOFFEEFROM GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERSOctober 27, 2005 Boston, MA McDonalds restaurants arepartnering with Green MountainCoffee Roasters, Inc. to source, roast and package NewmansOwn Organics Blend coffee exclusivelyfor more than 650 McDonalds restaurants in Massachusetts,Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, NewHampshire, Maine and Albany, NY. This new coffee will beavailable beginning November 1 st .McDonalds is committed to providing our valued customerswith the highest quality and besttasting products, as we have for the past 50 years, says JohnLambrechts, general manager and vicepresident, McDonalds Boston Region. We are partnering withGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters tointroduce Newmans Own Organics Blend, a unique andexceptional coffee to meet the changing tastesand needs of our customers.Created exclusively for McDonalds, Newmans Own OrganicsBlend, made from Fair TradeCertifiedand organic specialty coffees, will be available as both regularand decaffeinated. The newBlend is a combination of light and medium roasts with a smoothbody and clean finish.We are very excited about the tremendous opportunity thatMcDonalds has given us tointroduce our organic coffee to their customers, says NellNewman, co-founder and president ofNewmans Own Organics.Robert Stiller, president and CEO of Green Mountain CoffeeRoasters says, This coffee is amember of the Newmans Own Organics family of coffees thathas been our best-selling line of newproducts in supermarkets.McDonalds restaurants throughout New England and theAlbany, New York area open at 5 a.m.or earlier, and Newmans Own Organics Blend coffee will beavailable all day.About Newmans Own OrganicsGreat Tasting products that happen to be organic is theslogan of Newmans Own Organics.Founded by Nell Newman and Peter Meehan, they developtheir products from certified organicingredients. We focus on the kinds of products we loved askids, but take them one step further byusing the highest quality of available organic ingredients, saysNell. Paul Newman donates all of hisroyalties after taxes from Newmans Own Organics to charitableand educational organizations. Formore information visit: www.newmansownorganics.com(link is external).About Green Mountain Coffee RoastersGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is aleader in the specialty coffeeindustry and offers over 100 coffee selections including estate,certified organic, Fair Trade Certified,signature blends, and flavored coffees that it sells under theGreen Mountain Coffee RoastersandNewmans OwnOrganics brands. Each year the Company contributes at leastfive percent of its pre-taxprofits to support socially responsible initiatives. For moreinformation visit:www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external).About McDonaldsMcDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider inthe United States serving avariety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients tomillions of customers every day. Morethan 80 percent of McDonald’s 13,700 U.S. restaurants areindependently owned and operated by localfranchisees. For more information on McDonald’s visitwww.mcdonalds.com(link is external).###
Pop into Locke Store in Millwood for a sandwich to go, a slice of pie, or any number of other delicious treats from the deli and bakery. Then it’s just a short drive to the town of Berryville for a day shopping for antiques and hand-crafted goods to remember your trip by. Veramar Vineyard is the perfect place to end your tour of the area with a glass of wine in an idyllic setting. Wandering Main Street With all of these stops and more, you’ll want to keep coming back year after year. Experience WanderLove for yourself when you visit the Shenandoah Spirits Trail. Browse the many delights of Luray’s Downtown Historic District where you’ll find everything from antiques and books to galleries and boutique clothing shops. West Main Market, a full service delicatessen and sandwich shop, features a variety of homemade dishes and specialty meats. Grab lunch or dinner to take with you wherever the day may lead you. Inspired by the farms of Page County, nearby Hawksbill Brewing Company provides a rotating menu of craft beers to choose from. Or try a glass of their Boo Beer, a root beer made from local honey, for a non alcoholic alternative. Take a tour of the contemporary murals and artistic talent at the heart of Strasburg. Along the way, you can learn about the local history or pick up something to take home with you from one of the 90 antique vendors at Strasburg Emporium. When you’re done shopping, The Pancake Underground is a cozy eatery serving delicious comfort foods for breakfast and lunch. Settle in for an evening at the town’s historic theatre, now home to Box Office Brewery, for good food and even better beer. Swing by Heard’s Cedar Hill Farm Market in Bentonville to pick up a variety of local produce, fruits, meats, and more to make a meal on the go. Then make your way into the town of Front Royal to explore the shops in the Main Street Historic District, plus the northern entrance to Shenandoah National Park. Finish up your day at Front Royal Brewing Co. with craft beer, gourmet food, and live music. The small towns of Virginia’s northern Shenandoah Valley offer a quiet getaway just a short drive from many of the East Coast’s major cities. Among the rolling hills, you’ll find welcoming faces and thriving local shops no matter where you stop. Just off the South Fork Shenandoah River, stroll through Elkton as you take in the history and scenery in the shadow of Shenandoah National Park. For a true local experience, order a rack of ribs or pulled pork sandwich from Log Cabin BBQ. Grab a drink from Elkton Brewing Company or head into the city of Harrisonburg for a variety of brewery options nestled together in downtown. As you travel through six counties, several cities, and countless towns, you’ll find some of the finest outdoor recreation and craft drinks Virginia has to offer. Running along the Interstate 81 corridor through the Shenandoah Valley, the spirits trail is a great way to take in the mountain views and delightful downtowns with a drink in your hand. Featuring 23 wineries, 22 breweries, three cideries, and two distilleries, you’re sure to find a drink that satisfies your post-adventure cravings. Discover the best spots for shopping, eating, and drinking in this guide to the Shenandoah Spirits Trail. All photos courtesy Shenandoah Spirits Trail Please check local guidelines and regulations before making plans to get outside. Remember to practice social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and respect others’ health when outside. WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience charming downtowns, delightful eateries, and all of the winding roads in between when you road trip the Shenandoah Spirits Trail through the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.