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  • Blasting at Route 2 Checkered House Bridge project in Richmond continues into Wednesday

    first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has issued a traffic alert to motorists that blasting at the Route 2 Checkered House Bridge over the Winooski River in Richmond will continue into Wednesday, May 25.  This will again require temporary road closings, including Interstate 89, for brief periods.  Two blasts a day will occur ‘ at 11 am and 3 pm.  The blasting is related to preparation for construction of the temporary detour that will be installed so that traffic can be maintained while the bridge is widened. During the blast, no traffic will be allowed into the blast zone.  Flaggers will stop traffic from entering the zone. The State Police will manage a rolling roadblock on the highway. It is anticipated that traffic stoppages will last a maximum of 10 minutes during this period. The following roads will be affected:â ¢             Route 2â ¢             Johnnie Brook Roadâ ¢             Kenyon Roadâ ¢             Route 117 (at junction of Route 2)â ¢             Interstate 89 between Exit 11 (Richmond) and Exit 12 (Williston) The blasting is needed to complete the temporary road detour in the vicinity of Johnnie Brook Road. Work on assembling a temporary bridge over the Winooski River continues. The blasting will not affect the anticipated mid-June opening of the temporary bridge. Work on the project to widen the Checkered House Bridge, including the reconstruction and realignment of Route 2, Kenyon Road and Johnnie Brook Road, began in March and is expected to take approximately three years to complete.  The project is being built by the design/build team of Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. and CHA. The Federal Highway Administration will pay for 80% of the $13.9 million project, with 20% being funded by the State of Vermont. Throughout the project there will be timely communication with the public about conditions that may affect travel.  In addition, VTrans will use www.511vt.com(link is external), its On the Road program and a project website, www.checkeredhousebridge.com(link is external), to post traffic alerts. Source: VTrans. 5.24.2011last_img read more

  • Pilot Cove: A Slice Of Pisgah Paradise

    first_imgLooking up at this mountain, all you see are trees. That’s exactly the way they want it to be. It’s quiet. Granted, there is a humming diesel motor from the guys finishing the new amphitheater bathroom, but other than that, I feel like I’m in the woods. I can throw a rock into Pisgah National Forest from here. I love it!Today I’m at Pilot Cove, just outside of Brevard, North Carolina with photographer and friend, Roman Rusinov. We’re here to meet the owners, take a tour of the property, and god willing, ride some bikes.Upon arrival, we’re greeted by managing partners Collin O’Berry, Lane Lastinger, and his (giant) Great Dane puppy. Aptly named Zilla, she loved to lick your face when you crouched down to take a picture. We get a brief tour of the new amphitheater then hop into the side-by-side to explore the property. It’s a crisp and sunny March day, perfect weather for riding around in the woods.The Birth Of  A DreamlandFormer lawyers, Lane and his wife moved to North Carolina from Florida around three years ago. They wanted to do something different with their time but weren’t sure what. This is when they met Collin, their real estate agent. One year later, Pilot Cove was born.Approaching their second year in business, Collin and Lane are raising the bar for accommodations in the area.The CabinsPut simply, Pilot Cove’s cabins are pretty damn luxurious, but in an outdoorsy way. “We want our guests to have the perfect combination of relaxation and being outside,” says O’Berry. They are rustic and modern, beautiful and rugged. Each cabin was designed with the land in mind. The location, views, and topography were all taken into account during construction.Upon entry, there is a spacious mud room with lockers for gear. Coat hangers made from old spigot handles add to the rustic vibe. A washer and dryer are to your right and the bathroom is straight ahead. Walking into the great room, I was enamored by the natural lighting. Large sliding doors and windows bring the outside in. You feel like you’re in a treehouse. A really, really nice treehouse.Out on the deck, there are a couple of chairs for lounging and hooks to hang your hammock. Every unit has a set of ENO Hammocks to use. Even though highway 280 and 276 are just down the mountain, I can only hear the leaves rattling in the wind.Built on an Air BNB style booking system, guests let themselves in at their convenience. Cabin sizes range from smaller efficiency units to larger one and two-bed units. There are currently 10 cabins on the property with plans to add more in the future.All of the cabins are consistent with design. From the construction to the decor, materials were sourced as locally as possible. Blending into the forest, no one stands out more than the other.When asked about their clientele, “We’ve got a group coming from Barbados and Aruba,” says Collin. Lane adds, “A lot of folks come here from Canada during the winter months because we’re open year-round.” They have also hosted some celebrity guests, but if I told you who they were, you might get a visit from the cleaner.Even the chickens have stellar accommodations here. Their coop automatically closes at night, keeping them warm and safe from predators. Guests are welcomed to pick fresh eggs from the coop for breakfast. There are beehives on the property that provide honey as well, but don’t try and harvest that yourself.The PropertyWhile Pilot Cove is centrally located near infinite recreation opportunities, they have a beautiful property as well (67 acres of it). We were taken on a tour of property’s boundary trail, crossing creeks, bridges, steep climbs, and some fun descents. U.S. Forest Service and state wildlife signs dot the trees along the trail, bordering one mile of Pisgah National Forest.“Our goal was to have a minimal impact on the forested property. Efficient site design was a priority for sustainability and our intended guest experience. Plans at full build out call for only 17% of the property to be disturbed; the rest will remain in its natural state and will include trails.” – Collin O’BerryOn our trip along the boundary trail, we pass several springhouses, Lane drives up a steep and narrow path. After digging through some rocks, Collin pulls up a 50-year-old bottle of moonshine sealed in wax. One of the last remnants of an old still from decades ago.At the top of the boundary trail sits Sunset Point, the only vista on the property. It’s tucked away from the cabins with some picnic tables and a firepit. The perfect place for an evening get-together.Biking Pilot CoveFeeling The FlowAs mountain bikers, Roman and I were pretty stoked to see the flow track and get some tires in the dirt. Pilot Cove’s flow track is a great little session spot to enjoy some beers and biking. The track features whoops, water bars, a wooden berm, and a little tabletop in a continuous loop. It’s fast and fun! Collin and Lane brought in Todd Branham of Long Cane Trails to design and build the track. Todd is responsible for organizing some of the most prolific races in the region (ORAMM, Couch Potato, SWANK), and knows a thing or two about trail building.Exploring Beyond The CoveI spent the last year living in Brevard, NC, so I know the area pretty well. Pilot Cove is centrally located to everything. Literally, right at the entrance, you have a bike shop, bar, ice cream, food trucks, a brewery, bbq, a grocery store, and of course, Pisgah National Forest!The Hub and Pisgah Tavern is a great bike shop with a bar and revolving food trucks. Next door is Dolly’s ice cream. Across the street, you have Hawg Wild BBQ and Ecusta Brewing. About 15 minutes down the road is Dupont State Forest. It’s 10 minutes to Downton Brevard, and about an hour to Asheville.Pilot Cove Amphitheater Lane Lastinger at the newly constructed amphitheaterWhat’s Next For Pilot Cove?Cut into the mountainside sits their incredible new amphitheater. Working with Chris Faulkner of Wheelhouse Builders, the used as much material from the land as possible in the construction. White Oaks felled for the clearing now support the roof. It’s absolutely beautiful. The first event they’re hosting is a wedding in May. After that, it will be open to the public for events like concerts, yoga gatherings, weddings, movie nights and more.Future mountain biking guests will be happy to know that they are also planning to add more trails and tracks to the property.The team at Pilot Cove are great folks. You can tell that their love for the area and passion for the outdoors really shines through in the place. A huge thanks to Lane and Collin for taking the time to show us around, and for the lunch at Magpie!When you come to Western North Carolina, this is a place you want to stay. Speaking of, they offered to put us up for a night. We politely declined since we only live an hour away.We should’ve stayed.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more


    first_imgThe 1st and 2nd year students of Errigal College have soared to the challenge laid down to them by three time Paralympic Gold medallist Michael Mc Killop of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.The students completed their challenge to cycle from Glenveagh National Park to Errigal Mountain and climb Errigal. They set off from Glenveagh National Park into a strong headwind after 10.00am on Tuesday morning in good spirits following the completion of their six “key to success” workshops which included planning for success, mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sport and life knowledge and breaking barriers.These workshops were extremely valuable in their content as the staff and students conquered their individual and collective challenges over the past six weeks in preparing for the event.Michael Mc Killop is one of a team of Sky Sports Athlete Mentors that visit schools across Great Britain and Ireland and use their life story to motivate and inspire students to boost their confidence and develop leadership skills through participation in the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.The challenges and success stories Michael Mc Killop presented to the students and teachers on his first visit to Errigal College were truly inspirational and called upon a few times during the challenge yesterday. Michael Mc Killop will return to Errigal College on May 21st to debrief the students and complete the remaining sections of the Skysports Living for Sport programme with the Errigal College students.  ERRIGAL COLLEGE EXCEL AT SKY SPORTS CHALLENGE was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:errigal collegeSKY SPORTS CHALLENGElast_img read more