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Wealth Insurance (NYSE: HRTG – Get an Appraisal) was downgraded by from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report released Thursday.

Other stock analysts have also recently published research reports on the company. TheStreet upgraded Heritage Insurance from a ‘c-‘ rating to a ‘d+’ rating in a Tuesday, May 3 report. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Heritage Insurance from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a Wednesday, May 4 report. Two analysts gave the stock a hold rating and two gave the stock a buy rating. According to data from MarketBeat, Heritage Insurance currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $9.50.

NYSE HRTG opened at $3.34 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $88.41 million, a PE ratio of -0.91 and a beta of 0.80. Heritage Insurance has a fifty-two week minimum of $2.85 and a fifty-two week maximum of $9.20. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $5.68 and a two-hundred-day moving average price of $6.02. The company has a quick ratio of 0.62, a current ratio of 0.62 and a debt ratio of 0.44.

Heritage Insurance (NYSE:HRTG – Get Rating) last released quarterly results on Thursday, May 5. The insurance provider reported ($1.15) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analyst consensus estimates of $0.13 per ($1.28). Heritage Insurance had a negative return on equity of 10.95% and a negative net margin of 15.61%. In the same period a year earlier, the company posted ($0.19) earnings per share. Sell-side analysts expect Heritage Insurance to post -1.35 EPS for the current year.

Institutional investors have recently increased or reduced their stake in the company. Marshall Wace LLP acquired a new stake in the shares of Heritage Insurance during Q1 worth approximately $389,000. Morgan Stanley increased its position in Heritage Insurance shares by 572.2% during the second quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 71,528 shares of the insurance provider valued at $614,000 after acquiring an additional 60,887 shares last quarter. Millennium Management LLC increased its position in Heritage Insurance shares by 31.5% during the second quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 18,655 shares of the insurance provider valued at $160,000 after acquiring an additional 4,474 shares last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new stake in the shares of Heritage Insurance during Q3 valued at approximately $137,000. Finally, BlackRock Inc. raised its position in Heritage Insurance shares by 0.3% during the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,566,357 shares of the insurance provider valued at $17,478,000 after acquiring an additional 7,212 shares last quarter. Institutional investors hold 59.33% of the company’s shares.

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Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers personal and commercial home insurance products. The company offers personal residential property insurance for single family homeowners and condo owners, as well as rental property insurance in the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia; commercial residential insurance for properties in Florida, New Jersey and New York; and licensed in the State of Pennsylvania, as well as residential property and personal wind insurance.

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Mariam Issoufou Kamara will design a museum and a cultural center in Senegal Wed, 18 May 2022 17:02:53 +0000

In Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, Bet-bi means “eye”.

From 2025, Bet-bi will also refer to a new museum and community center built near the historic town of Kaolack, Senegal, when that open their doors.

Comprising exhibition spaces, community rooms and a library, the nearly 3,300 square foot museum is envisioned as a cultural liaison between West African and international art institutions while remaining sensitive to local communities – a place to celebrate the culture of sub-Saharan Africa and facilitate global initiatives for the return of objects of West African origin. Based in Connecticut Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and The Korsa, the affiliated non-profit organizations that will operate the museum plan to harness the talent of local curators for exhibitions of contemporary and historical African art. Bët-bi will also host African objects repatriated from Western collections.

On May 10, the Josef and Anni Albers/Le Korsa Foundation announced that Mariam Issoufou Kamara, founding director of the award-winning Niger-based architecture and research practice masomi workshop, was selected to lead the design of Bët-bi. It was a unanimous decision taken by a jury made up of close partners of the association, as well as design and conservation professionals from all over the world. The panel chose from an impressive shortlist of four candidates, all with offices in Africa. Shortlisted alongside the masōmī workshop were Aziza Chaouni Projects (Toronto and Fez, Morocco), MASS Design Group (Boston, Kigali, Rwanda and other localities) and the team based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, composed of curator and anthropologist Meskerem Assegued and artist Elias Sime.

Aerial rendering of the future Bët-bi museum and community center. (© masomi workshop)

“It is a great honor and privilege to have been selected to lead the design of Bët-bi. For too long, our region has been a place where cultural wealth is plundered for the benefit of museum collections,” Kamara said in a press release. “This project is an opportunity to design a new type of space that draws inspiration from the region’s roots and spiritual heritage. It’s a chance to push the boundaries of what defines a museum in the 21st century.

Such sentiments echo the values ​​of public spirit that are at the very heart of the Nigerian architect’s practice. the mission statement of atelier masōmī, which Kamara founded in 2014 after studying architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, says his work “investigates the power of design to elevate, dignify and improve the quality of life people “. These efforts can be found in several company projects, including the Niamey Cultural Center. Located in the Nigerian capital (where the company is also based), the building draws inspiration from local needs, culture and tradition in its program and design. Kamara designed the cultural center under the mentorship of David Adjaye through the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiativean international artistic program that combines young people and young talents with the masters.

atelier masōmī employs a similar approach in its proposal for Bët-bi, bringing the famous ancient stone megaliths of the Senegambia region of West Africa into the present. The company’s design is an ode to Senegal’s cultural history and a mosaic of traditions that preceded it.

Portrait of the architect Mariam Issoufou Kamara
Mariam Issoufou Kamara, architect based in Niamey, Niger. (©Rolex/Stephane Rodrigez Delavega)

“We looked closely at the Kingdom of Saloum and were fascinated by its origin story as a place founded jointly by the Serer and the Mandinka, which other ethnic groups later joined,” Kamara said in a statement. . written statement. “The Mandingos have historically been a people of empire and monumental architecture, which naturally provided us with direct references for construction. The Serers, on the other hand, had a deeply mystical indigenous religion that had an intimate relationship with the natural elements: the sun, the wind, the water, the ancestral spirits.

atelier masōmī wants Bët-bi to become a point of cultural intersection, starting with the way the museum is built. It will use sustainable and traditional construction methods and will involve exchanges of expertise with local craftsmen. Once complete, the studio hopes the museum will showcase the heritage of the site and provide accessible common areas where all are welcome.

Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Founder and President of its Senegalese philanthropic subsidiary Le Korsa, added in a statement: “Bët-bi will be an institution where everyone, regardless of background, can celebrate and discover the unparalleled wonders of visual art. People who may never have entered a museum as well as international visitors will have the chance to appreciate the art linked to the culture of the Sahel and to experience it as an essential respite from the inevitable difficulties of life.

Canadian tourists return to Vermont after years of pandemic precautions | Tourism | Seven days Wed, 18 May 2022 14:07:10 +0000

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  • Pamela Roberts at the Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant

It’s been a long time since Sue Blouin counted on Canadian customers to stop by her farm and store in Enosburg Falls for baked goods and goat cheese. Before the pandemic, Canadians accounted for 15% of traffic there. But over the past two years, that has shrunk to almost nothing.

Although the Quebec border is only 10 miles north of the Boston Post Dairy and its small store, the rigors of COVID-19 testing requirements to cross have all but stifled the flow of Canadian shoppers.

“They just didn’t bother,” Blouin said.

More than one million people crossed into Vermont through the state’s 15 Canadian border crossings during the federal fiscal year that ended September 30, 2019; just 437,000 did so in 2020, according to US Customs and Border Protection. In 2021, the number fell to 82,000, the agency said.

But they started to come back. On April 1, Canada dropped its testing rules for people entering or returning to the country. Since then, Blouin has experienced a change. “There was definitely a pickup,” she said.

It’s too early to tell if visitor numbers will return to pre-pandemic levels ahead of the busy summer tourist season, but people operating businesses in northern Vermont say Canadians are trickling in.

“People who have summer homes on the lake that we haven’t seen in two years are now starting to show up at my store again,” said state Rep. Mike Marcotte (R-Coventry ), longtime gas owner Jimmy Kwik. train station and convenience store in Newport. Many Canadians own second homes in Vermont, especially along Lake Memphremagog.

“And we’re starting to see more Canadian plates,” Marcotte added.

Kevin Mack, chief operating officer of the Burke Mountain Resort, noted an increase in hotel bookings in Canada through Tuango, a Canadian app similar to Groupon that offers its members deals on getaways and events.

“In six days it’s available, we’ve sold dozens of packages to our guests in Quebec,” Mack said in late April.

Data from AirDNA, which tracks the short-term rental industry, shows how much Canadians’ travel to Vermont fell in March 2020. Canadian short-term housing reviews in Green Mountain State fell about 90% in June, July and August 2020. compared to those months in 2019. The pattern also happened last summer. And in the first two months of this year, reviews are again down more than 80% from 2019.

Vermont has a long history of close economic relations with its northern neighbor. The state shares its two largest bodies of water, Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog, with Canada. Vermont has a trade office in Montreal, and there are dozens of Canadian-owned businesses in the state, including two of Vermont’s largest maple syrup companies, Highland Sugarworks and Sapjack. Canada is Vermont’s largest trading partner.

Canadian tourists typically make up about one-third of visitors to the Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant, a North Hero resort. Some of the guests who have canceled reservations for the summers of 2020 and 2021 are calling to say they are coming this summer, said Pamela Roberts, the resort’s assistant general manager.

After the border testing requirement was dropped on April 1, “We got a flurry of calls, ‘We’re going to do it this year,'” Roberts said.

Many Vermonters have family members on both sides of the border, and in some northern communities, like Derby Line — where the international border crosses the Haskell Free Library & Opera House — towns were once virtually merged. Over the decades, border residents have grown accustomed to crossing small, rural U.S. Customs and Border Protection outposts for groceries, work, or family matters. Canadians who lived near the border often headed south to buy gasoline, which was generally cheaper in the United States.

When the border closed abruptly in March 2020, business and essential travel continued. But family visits have come to an end, as has tourism. Jay Peak Resort, which attracted 50% of its visitors from Canada, saw those customers disappear in 2020.

COVID-19 safety measures shut down most resort operations in the early weeks of the pandemic, and although Jay Peak began to reopen that summer, business at the resort – which also has a water park and an 18-hole golf course – looked terrible.

“Our Canadian business wasn’t broken; it was non-existent,” said JJ Toland, director of communications for Jay Peak.

Travel restrictions kept some foreigners away; many local customers were hesitant to venture out for security reasons; and complex social distancing rules for hotels, restaurants and shops limited the number of people who could stay or dine.

The guidelines for shopping, recreation and travel were even more confusing for Americans trying to enter Canada. And they still confuse. Gillian Sewake, who runs the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, said she had recently struggled to understand the rules as she planned a family trip to Canada this fall. Sewake, whose office is located at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, said locals sometimes come for help with the Canadian app ArriveCAN.

Although the testing requirement is gone, anyone traveling to Canada by road must still use the app to enter their proof of vaccination. Some who return to Canada are subject to random PCR testing.

There is no such requirement for those heading south into the United States

“There’s a fair amount of confusion left,” Sewake said.

Even before the recent relaxation of border testing requirements, things had started to look up at some Vermont tourist attractions. The missing Canadians were replaced by American travelers, who postponed their vacations abroad and instead drove to destinations such as Vermont. Many of the state’s restaurants, stores and other attractions saw very heavy traffic during last fall’s foliage season — much of it from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey — and expect a busy summer.

Jay Peak posted its highest-ever revenue in the fiscal year that ended in April, Toland said.

“We came in 32% better than we thought,” Toland said. “And it was 99.99% domestic. It more than made up for the loss to the Canadiens.”

Reservations for season passes and weekend stays are already up sharply at the golf course, where 70% of visitors came from Canada before the pandemic, Toland said.

“This year we expect a return to close to normal,” Toland said. “We are seeing a lot more Canadian postal codes.”

A similar phenomenon occurred on the shores of Lake Champlain. Jack Wallace, the co-owner of the Burlington Harbor marina, relied on the Canadians for about half of his business before 2020. They have largely stayed away over the past two years, but domestic boaters have filled the 180 marina slips, lured by an activity that trade groups say has become more popular.

“So the US client, luckily for us, met some of that demand that we lost,” Wallace said.

Wallace rented nearly all of his full-season briefs for this summer. It’s also leaving 40 slips open for short-term bookings, and Canadian bookings for those stays are increasing.

The recent increase in travel goes both ways. In mid-April, Marcotte, the owner of the Jimmy Kwik gas station, visited his in-laws in Canada for the first time in two and a half years. The family lives about an hour and a half north of the border in Valcourt, Quebec. Before COVID-19, Marcotte and his wife used to visit at least once a month and stop at a Quebec grocery store to buy French cheeses, sauce and smoked meats.

Since their last visit, Marcotte’s mother-in-law had moved into an assisted living facility.

“It was nice to have a meal with them and sit and chat,” Marcotte said.

Weekly analyst rating updates for Heritage Insurance (HRTG) Tue, 17 May 2022 20:51:15 +0000

Wealth insurance (NYSE: HRTG) recently received a number of price target changes and rating updates:

  • 05/11/2022 – Heritage Insurance has been upgraded by analysts from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 04/05/2022 – Heritage Insurance has been downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a ‘buy’ rating to a ‘hold’ rating. According to Zacks, “Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a property and casualty insurance holding company. Through its subsidiary, Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company, the Company provides personal home insurance to single family homeowners and condominium owners. Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is based in Clearwater, Florida. “
  • 05/03/2022 – Heritage Insurance has been downgraded by analysts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 05/03/2022 – Heritage Insurance has been downgraded by TheStreet analysts from a ‘c-‘ rating to a ‘d+’ rating.
  • 03/31/2022 – Heritage Insurance is now covered by analysts. They set a “buy” rating on the stock.

Shares of HRTG traded up $0.25 at midday on Tuesday, hitting $3.44. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 12,861 shares, compared to an average trading volume of 325,711 shares. The company has a debt ratio of 0.44, a quick ratio of 0.62 and a current ratio of 0.62. The company’s fifty-day simple moving average is $5.80 and its 200-day simple moving average is $6.05. The company has a market capitalization of $91.06 million, a PE ratio of -0.94 and a beta of 0.80. Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. has a 52-week low of $2.85 and a 52-week high of $9.20.

Heritage Insurance (NYSE:HRTG – Get Rating) last released its results on Thursday, May 5. The insurance provider reported ($1.15) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analyst consensus estimates of $0.13 per ($1.28). Heritage Insurance had a negative net margin of 15.61% and a negative return on equity of 10.95%. During the same period of the previous year, the company posted an EPS of ($0.19). On average, stock analysts expect Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. to post -1.35 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, July 5. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, June 14 will receive a dividend of $0.06. The ex-dividend date is Monday, June 13. This represents an annualized dividend of $0.24 and a yield of 6.98%. Heritage Insurance’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -6.54%.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently changed their positions in the stock. Acuitas Investments LLC increased its stake in Heritage Insurance by 76.0% during the first quarter. Acuitas Investments LLC now owns 830,310 shares of the insurance provider valued at $5,928,000 after buying an additional 358,603 shares last quarter. Marshall Wace LLP increased its stake in shares of Heritage Insurance by 202.0% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 225,794 shares of the insurance provider worth $1,327,000 after purchasing an additional 151,029 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its position in Heritage Insurance shares by 47.5% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 458,199 shares of the insurance provider valued at $2,694,000 after buying an additional 147,468 shares last quarter. Pacific Ridge Capital Partners LLC increased its stake in Heritage Insurance by 15.5% in the fourth quarter. Pacific Ridge Capital Partners LLC now owns 834,956 shares of the insurance provider valued at $4,910,000 after buying an additional 112,331 shares last quarter. Finally, Millennium Management LLC increased its stake in Heritage Insurance by 526.0% during the 3rd quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 116,789 shares of the insurance provider worth $795,000 after acquiring an additional 98,134 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors hold 59.33% of the company’s shares.

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers personal and commercial home insurance products. The company offers personal residential property insurance for single family homeowners and condo owners, as well as rental property insurance in the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia; commercial residential insurance for properties in Florida, New Jersey and New York; and licensed in the State of Pennsylvania, as well as residential property and personal wind insurance.

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East Haven hosts Italian-American Heritage Parade, for the first time since 2015 Mon, 16 May 2022 19:44:00 +0000

EAST HAVEN, CT – It’s been seven years since East Haven hosted the parade that honors Italian-American heritage. That changes on October 9.

Since 2003, the parade has grown into a regional event held on a rotational basis among six communities in the region, including East Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Branford, New Haven and North Haven.

Now, City of East Haven and Greater New Haven Italian American Heritage Committee Chair Laura Florio Luzzi has announced that the 2022 Parade Kick-Off Party will take place Thursday, May 26 from 5-8 p.m. . The event, scheduled to be held at Beachside Restaurant, Silver Sands Beach Club, 640 Silver Sands Road, East Haven, will feature a buffet dinner, coffee, dessert and door prizes, including airfare. By bike. Cash bar available.

“On behalf of our entire committee, we cannot express our thanks enough to Silver Sands Beach Club for generously offering to host this launch event and the support of the entire community,” said President Michelle Benivegna. “The occasion is a major fundraiser for the committee, as all proceeds will be used for this year’s Italian American Heritage Parade.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Presidents Benivegna at 475-227-4711, Robert Bonanno at 203-645-4162 or Robert Parente 203-675-1588 or at City Hall.

Tickets are $35.

Volunteers will also be needed for parade planning and coordination. Please contact the City of East Haven if you would like to attend the parade. To participate in the parade, any group or organization must complete the parade request form which can be obtained on the web: or by email: Benivegna at or by calling Mayor Joseph’s office A. Carfora at 203-468-3204

Museum Makeover Grant Helps Renew 15 Connecticut Exhibits Mon, 16 May 2022 15:05:14 +0000 The program, titled “Museum Makeover,offers recipients up to $3,000 plus free visits from museum curators to develop a plan to improve certain areas of the museums and the visitor experience, according to a press release.

“Helping these institutions know how to share other stories is also very important to us,” said Kathy Craughwell-Varda, director of Conservation ConneCTion.

Conservation ConneCTion, a Connecticut State Library program founded in 2008, provides training and resources to cultural heritage organizations in Connecticut, according to their website.

A key element of the award is the expertise provided by the program’s “traveling curators,” which is a team of 11 professionals who have worked with cultural heritage organizations in Connecticut, according to the announcement.

“Conservators go out and meet with them for a planning session, and then they work with them to develop how this implementation will unfold,” Craughwell-Varda said.

Another important aspect of renovating local exhibits will be to present more inclusive stories of Connecticut’s ancient history, according to Craughwell-Varda. For example, the Trumbull Historical Society is looking to update its permanent exhibit to include stories of Indigenous people and slaves, according to the program’s website.

Other “Museum Makeover” recipients include the Wilton Historical Society, Danbury Railway Museum and The Dudley Farm Museum.

Hello Kashmir: The Valley is experiencing a tourism boom : The Tribune India Sun, 15 May 2022 02:51:00 +0000

Rohit Bhan and Samaan Lateef

LONG queues of tourists at Srinagar airport, crowded restaurants, families waiting their turn at Dal Lake shikara boarding points, couples posing in traditional dress at Nishat Bagh, bustling markets, fully occupied hotels – Kashmir is back in the big league of tourism, with a bang. Last month, the valley welcomed nearly 2.8 lakh tourists, the highest in April for three decades, officials said, who expect the rush to continue throughout the year. The first week of May alone saw an influx of 33,000 tourists.

The 100ft tall tricolor atop Hari Parbat Fort, overlooking Srinagar.

Even last year, when the whole country was under strict Covid restrictions, Kashmir continued to receive tourists, mainly young people, who had received the vaccine or were open to mandatory quarantine before going travel to their destinations – for trekking and other adventure tourism trips. “The adventure tourism boost has sent positive word across India and we have followed it up with an aggressive promotional campaign,” said deputy director of tourism, Ahsanul Haq.

Tourists at the world’s tallest igloo restaurant in Gulmarg.

Official data reveals that 6.6 lakh tourists visited Kashmir last year, bringing the hospitality industry back to life after it remained closed following the repeal of Section 370 in August 2019 , followed by the pandemic. Tourist attendance for 2020 was just 41,000.

All of Kashmir’s top hotels are booked through June and Gondola, Asia’s largest and highest cable car in Gulmarg ski resort, through May 18.

Aggressive selling

Officials attribute the tourism boom to effective management of Covid, aggressive campaigns across India and support from tour and travel agencies in the country.

Nearly 2.8 lakh people visited Kashmir last month, the highest for April in three decades.Tourists flock to Gulmarg Srinagar. Photos: PTI, Reuters

In pre-Covid times, Kerala was ahead of Kashmir by a mile as the top tourist destination in India. The pandemic devastated tourism in the coastal state, and it did not recover until late December 2021, providing a window for the J&K administration to attract tourists to the valley.

In September last year, when several states started to lift Covid restrictions, Jammu and Kashmir tourism officials aggressively promoted in all towns and cities.

Several groups visited Kolkata, Mumbai and other prominent cities for promotional events, touring and travel associations, high officials and media.

Tourists flock to Nishat Bagh Srinagar. Photo: Amin War

Assurance was given of Covid protection, packages were incentivized and most attractive of all offers was the opening of restricted or closed tourist destinations.

Major Bollywood production houses and filmmakers have been asked to rekindle their ties with Jammu and Kashmir. In September, the authorities also launched a film policy aimed at providing a one-stop mechanism for film shooting, listing various incentives for producers. A generous provision was a special grant of half the production cost for any film based on J&K or Rs 5 crore, whichever is less.

Likewise, an exhaustive subsidy provision for TV shows, web series, original shows on the OTT platform, and documentary films to be shot in J&K has been specified in the policy. Films based on patriotic, child development and women’s development themes have also been awarded grants of up to Rs 50 lakh.

Tourists invade Dal Lake in Srinagar.

“It was a well thought out plan to reach tourism stakeholders across India before the country opens up post Covid. We went to almost every major city to seek support from stakeholders,” says Haq.

Some tourists say they have barely heard bad news about Covid’s handling in Kashmir and for others the repeal of Section 370 has instilled confidence.

Authorities have also used social media extensively to attract tourists. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah shared social media posts about tourist destinations in Kashmir, which boosted the promotional campaign.

Visiting Kashmir after 40 years, MV Nair, a retired bureaucrat from Kerala, said earlier he felt it was a risky and hostile place. “That fear is gone. I have found Kashmir to be a safe tourist destination and I pray that it will move towards permanent peace,” he adds. During his week-long stay, he remembers meeting a local family who offered him lunch. “They invited us to their house and we had an amazing wazwan there. Can you see this happening anywhere else in India?” Nair asks. A lot has changed, he says, “but the infrastructure needs to be improved”.

Nitin Ahuja, 50, a healthcare worker from Connecticut in the US, had come to visit his mother in New Delhi last month but the heatwave forced him to plan a solo trek to Pahalgam in the south of Kashmir. “I had heard of violence, of bombings, but things have changed a lot on the ground.”

New destinations

Given the affluence and tourist interest, 75 new destinations have been opened to diversify the choice of tourists. This claim is backed up by numbers as thousands of tourists flock to Bungus, Lolab and Gurez in North Kashmir and Dodipathri in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Young girls can even be seen in groups camping in Bungus and Gurez, reflecting the improved security situation in the region.

Smita Pujari, 42, from Mumbai, came to Kashmir for the first time after visiting her friends in winter. “They gave great feedback and we booked our tickets online.” His group went to Gurez and Bungus. “We fell in love with the place. Gurez and Bungus have breathtaking beauty and serene surroundings. It’s an out of this world feeling,” she says.

The pick-up in economic activity has been a boon for many, but local tour operators are upset as there are no hotel rooms available until June, which has driven prices up around 200%. “Online travel sites have blocked all rooms in top hotels. Our agents in different cities are looking for rooms and we are unable to help,” says tour operator Sajad Ahmad.

“We all suffer from unethical excessive prices in hotels, non-availability of rooms and the link between local hoteliers and online travel agencies. The government must regulate fares, otherwise it will seriously harm us in the future,” says United Tourism Forum spokesperson Farooq Kathu. Non-local travel agencies and online companies have seized 90% of inventory, it claims, leading to hotel rooms being blocked until June 20.

Next Amarnath Yatra

With Kashmir raising the tag of an insecure tourist destination, the next challenge is Amarnath yatra safe passage. More than eight lakh pilgrims are expected for the annual pilgrimage to the southern Himalayan holy shrine in Kashmir, starting June 30.

A senior military official said authorities are keeping their fingers crossed that a single incident can derail all the hard work that has been done to make Kashmir a safe tourist destination.

As former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said, reacting to the murder of a Kashmiri Pandit employee in Budgam, “Tourism is not normal, it is a barometer of economic activity. Normalcy is the absence of fear.

On August 15 last year, authorities hoisted a 100ft tall tricolor to the top of the 19th century Hari Parbat fort built under the Durrani Empire, with CRPF personnel to secure it. As it attracts the attention of thousands of tourists, the fort reflects Kashmir’s centuries-old tradition of religious tolerance as it is surrounded by a temple, mosque and gurdwara.

“I like the national flag the most flying high. It is a sign of integration, a testimony that peace and normality have returned to Kashmir,” says Mahesh Chauhan, 49, a tourist from Mumbai. Fascinated by the beauty of the Valley, he wants to send his relatives to the region. Inshallah!

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Growing farms through agrotourism; grant to strengthen Fri, 13 May 2022 20:39:34 +0000

PRESTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Half a million dollars is being distributed to 33 farms across the state. The grants are intended to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives.

Although not a grant recipient, a Connecticut farm is thriving thanks to agritourism.

Gorgeous yellow, pink, purple and white tulips paint the grounds of Preston. In two years, Wicked Tulips has become an economic generator and amplifier for agrotourism.

“We actually, during the week, we have a little low number, but [that] could have to do with high gas prices, et cetera. But overall we are very happy to be here,” said Jeroen Koeman, Wicket Tulips.

The farmers left Holland and moved to the United States, bringing their love for tulips to Rhode Island and Connecticut.

“Yeah, we doubled. We doubled our acreage from last year to this year, so there are 600,000 blooms here, and so it’s much, much bigger,” said Kerriann Koeman, Wicked Tulips.

“We talk a lot about how agriculture needs innovators and entrepreneurs, and so finding a way for farmers to do something a little different. It was a former dairy farm,” said Agriculture Commissioner Brian Hurlburt.

The current owners lease the land to Wicked Tulips. This is where agritourism comes in. People come until two o’clock. Once they are done hanging around the tulips, they eat at local restaurants.

“We employ about 50 people a day and it feels good,” Kerriann said.

The family business has taken root in Milan, Italy and Texas. The tulip farm in eastern Connecticut is said to be the largest in New England.

The first 10 tulips are free, after that it’s a dollar per bud. Every dollar of consumption keeps the farm alive.

The Bristol Press – United Way of West Central Connecticut turns 100 Fri, 13 May 2022 14:16:43 +0000 BRISTOL — United Way of West Central Connecticut is celebrating 100 years of supporting nonprofits in the region this year, starting with a “community chest dinner” on June 3.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 100 years of serving the community,” said Donna Osuch, president and CPO of United Way of West Central Connecticut.

United Way of West Central Connecticut serves the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth.

Osuch said the 100th anniversary celebrations will kick off with “The Community Chest Dinner” on June 3 at Farmington Gardens at 999 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner from 7 to 10 p.m.

Over dinner, Osuch said, there will be a brief program in which she will discuss the history of United Way of West Central Connecticut and recognize those who have been involved with United Way of West Central Connecticut over the years.

United Way of West Central Connecticut will also participate in a poker race with LAMA, the Latin American Motorcycle Association, on June 18. They will meet at Agape House at 9:30 a.m. and from there travel to organizations other than United Way of Support for West Central Connecticut. Stops will be made at BARC, EdAdvance in Plymouth, Elton Tavern in Burlington and the Plainville Food Pantry before ending at Powerhouse Motorsports in Plainville. There, an award ceremony will take place.

United Way of West Central Connecticut will also host its 48th annual golf tournament at Chippanee Country Club on September 13.

Additionally, United Way of West Central Connecticut will be participating in this year’s Mum Festival September 23-25.

Later this fall, they will be attending Plainville’s Pumpkin Fest in October and also plan to bring back their wine tasting on November 4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

“This is the first time we’ve had it in person in three years,” said Judi Ann Lausier, resource development coordinator at United Way of West Central Connecticut.

Lausier credits the longevity of United Way of West Central Connecticut to people who have served on the staff and board of directors over the years.

“Our mission from day one has been to help organizations in need,” she said.

Osuch added that United Way of West Central Connecticut has adapted over the years to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

“Over the past two years during the pandemic, we realized there was a lot of food insecurity and worked to help bring more food to people,” she said.

When the organization that would become known as the United Way of West Central Connecticut was founded 100 years ago, it was created by the local chamber.

“They brought together the chairmen of the board of directors of several not-for-profit agencies, including Bristol Hospital, the Boy Scouts, the Boys Club, the VNA and the American Red Cross, to try to raise funds for support their agencies together,” Osuch said. “That first year, they raised $20,800.”

The organization was first known as “The Bristol Community Chest, Incorporated” and later became known as “The United Fund” before becoming “United Way”. It has always been located downtown, either on Main Street, North Main Street or Riverside Ave.

Community Chest dinner tickets are $125.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Judi Ann Lausier at 860-582-9559, EXT. 407 or visit

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, May 13, 2022 10:09 AM. Updated: Friday, May 13, 2022 10:12 a.m.
Heritage Foundation preservation winners include a wide variety of individuals, organizations | Brentwood homepage Thu, 12 May 2022 21:48:00 +0000

The 2022 Preservation Award winners were announced recently at the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s Fifth Annual Preservation Symposium at the Williamson County Enrichment Center, according to a statement.

For 46 years, as part of its nonprofit mission, the Heritage Foundation has recognized preservation projects and individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of historic preservation. The Preservation Awards recognize the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation and craftsmanship of residential and commercial structures that complement the historic character of Williamson County, the release said.

The winners for 2022, which were announced at the May 7 symposium, include the Hard Bargain Neighborhood Association, the Town of Thompson’s Station and McLemore House, as well as a residential and commercial recipient for excellence in preservation through rehabilitation.

“Each year, we are proud to recognize individuals and organizations who, through their commitment, dedication and hard work, complete projects that complement and contribute to the historic preservation of our county,” said Rachael Finch, Senior Director preservation and education. Release.

The price lists below are courtesy of the Heritage Foundation.

Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation (residential): Résidence Faup-Salazar, 1371 Columbia Ave. (nominated by 906 Architects)

In 2016, Dianne Faup-Salazar and Patrick Salazar purchased a Victorian folk gem from the late 1890s at 1371 Columbia Avenue. in back.

The original porch, removed by a previous owner, has been researched and recreated using details from an existing original side porch. The original windows were kept and new windows were customized to match the originals. Additionally, the original wood siding has been restored, the lead paint has been reduced, a new roof has been added, a cut stone foundation has been designed to be consistent with the new addition and the exterior colors of the house. Benjamin Moore’s historical collection complements the original.

The owners also restored the original door handles, sash locks, pocket door hardware, hinges and window handles. Research identified much of the material as being manufactured by Mallory Wheeler & Co. of Connecticut. The Faup-Salazars said finding artisans and sourcing new and historic ones was a challenge during the pandemic, but preserving a home in downtown Franklin was important to the family, which has multigenerational roots in the city.

Excellence in Preservation Through Rehabilitation (Commercial): LeHew Mansion / Franklin Innovation Center (nominated by 906 Architects)

The LeHew Mansion and Franklin Innovation Center project, by 906 Studio Architects, is a partnership between Williamson Inc. and the Heritage Foundation to transform the historic 1889 Haynes-Berry House at Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens into a co-working space designed for promote local entrepreneurs.

Designed by Nashville architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson, the Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne House still retains much of its historic integrity: original newel post, interior doors, transoms, windows, and Eastlake hardware. 906 Studio Architects’ plans prioritized preserving the historic integrity of the house while making the building functional with private offices, a conference room, a break room, an additional bathroom and two cabins. private telephones.

To protect the original material and create intimacy, innovative solutions have been found; for example, the original pocket doors connecting the salons were embedded in false walls but can be easily removed in the future without damage. New interior finishes have been carefully crafted to create comfort and connection, combining late 1800s design with today’s functionality. The Franklin Innovation Center serves as a landmark where stories from the past inform future design, and future design inspires impending innovation.

Infill Excellence in a Historic Neighborhood: 502 11th Ave. N., Hard Bargain Neighborhood Association

The Hard Bargain Association preserves the historic Hard Bargain neighborhood by renovating existing homes, building high-quality affordable housing, and enriching the community spirit of the neighborhood. In 2020, the Association began work to fill a vacant lot at 502 11th Ave. N. where one of the Polk Row houses once stood. Completed in 2022, the home is the same award-winning design featured in southern life magazine in 2015. Completed this month, the house is ready for occupancy.

Excellence in Preservation through Restoration: McLemore House, African American Heritage Society of Williamson County

The 1880 McLemore House, located in the historic African American neighborhood of Hard Bargain, opened in 2002. The house, owned and operated by the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County, tells the story of Harvey McLemore and of his family’s journey from slavery, Reconstruction, and their life in Franklin and the Hard Bargain neighborhood.

During its renovation in 2002, the house needed repairs and restoration by 2020. With a $56,000 grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission and additional community support of $78,000, the society was able to rebuild a period-appropriate porch, replacing the aging roof, replacing modern flooring with materials salvaged from a circa 1880s home, repairing fireplaces and fireplaces, and bringing period furniture into the house.

Excellence in Heritage Preservation: Preservation Park Historical Panels, Town of Thompson’s Station

The town of Thompson’s Station’s preserves the area’s natural beauty with the 207-acre Preservation Park. Purchased in 2013 and placed in a conservation easement with the Land Trust for Tennessee and the Civil War Trust, it protects southern and northern development while connecting to the city’s regional network of trails and greenways.

The park also preserves part of the battlefield for the March 5, 1863 engagement at Thompson’s Station during the Civil War. To tell this story as well as a larger story of the city – people, places, events and cultural history – the Thompson’s Station Parks and Recreation Board has partnered with Civil War Trails, the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Heritage Foundation to place a series of historic markers along the trail system in Preservation Park. The seven panels provide park guests with an in-depth and grounded history of the surrounding landscape, people and culture.

Click here for more information on the 2022 winners, and go here to see former winners.