Utahns line up at test to travel sites


SALT LAKE CITY — Thanksgiving is now just a week away and a lot of Americans are expected to be traveling.

So, Utah Health Department officials are doing what they can to ensure folks are COVID free during this holiday weekend.

NOMI health officials now have two locations established. One in Salt Lake City and one in St. George, for what they’re calling test to travel sites.

Both locations have a fast lane set up that will let travelers know their COVID status before heading off to gather with family and friends.

Hopefully an extra layer of protection to prevent this Thanksgiving from being a super spreader event.

“So if you’re traveling and you want to get that immediate response before you jump on that plane, we will need a boarding pass to prove that you’re traveling and then if you’re a state resident you can just provide us some proof of residency and then it’s completely free,” said Carolina Herrin with NOMI Health. “But if you’re not a state resident we have a minimal fee with that but you’re still able to get it and you’re still able to have that response quickly so you can get on that plane.”

It’s set up to super fast, taking 15 to 20 minutes from start to results.

People can also get a full PCR test which has a 24 to 48 hour turnaround at the very most.

These locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.





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Biden to travel to all three 9/11 sites for 20th anniversary of attacks


Biden will be accompanied by first lady Jill Biden when he visits Lower Manhattan in New York City; Shanksville, Pa.; and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., where planes crashed after terrorists hijacked them Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.



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Field-Tested Travel Tip: Visiting Apollo 11 Sites


This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, where American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on July 20, 1969; Michael Collins remained in the capsule Columbia in lunar orbit.

Here are a few places to take your own small steps to commemorate the event.

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington: Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on temporary display for the first time in 13 years starting July 16. A slate of commemorative activities are planned throughout the year. At the museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, adjacent to Dulles International Airport, you can visit the Mobile Quarantine Facility, a high-tech Airstream camper where the astronauts were initially confined upon their return to Earth. (airandspace.si.edu)

Museum of Flight, Seattle, Wash.: Through Sept. 2, the Apollo 11 command module is on display, along with other rare artifacts, as part of the traveling exhibit “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” which moves into a permanent gallery at the Air and Space Museum in 2022. (museumofflight.org)

Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Fla: There’s lots to see here, so make sure to board the bus for a tour of the actual launch sites where the Apollo astronauts soared out of the atmosphere. (kennedyspacecenter.com)

U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. Home of the famous Space Camp, this museum is a must-see for space buffs. Through December, it’s putting on a special exhibit, “Apollo: When We Went to the Moon.” Artifacts include the hand casts used to create the gloves for the Apollo 11 astronauts. (rocketcenter.com)

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum, Alameda, Calif.: After the astronauts landed in the Pacific Ocean, they were taken aboard the Hornet. As part of its Apollo exhibitions, yellow footprints painted on the deck mark their exact first steps back on Earth. (uss-hornet.org)

Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakonata, Ohio: This museum in Neil Armstrong’s hometown explores his life. Local touches include memorabilia from his childhood supplied by his parents. (armstrongmuseum.org)

Neil Armstrong First Flight Memorial, Warren, Ohio: A quirky memorial (set in a McDonald’s parking lot) that replicates Apollo 11 sitting on the surface of the moon, it commemorates the site where a 6-year-old Armstrong took his first airplane ride and became hooked on the concept of flight. (firstflightwarren.org)

Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz.: For an accelerated course in geology, the Apollo astronauts hiked down the South Kaibib Trail and stayed overnight at Phantom Ranch before hiking and riding mules back up along the Bright Angel Trail. (nps.gov/grca)

Meteor Crater, Winslow, Ariz.: Astronauts trained here to learn more about geology at the best-preserved meteorite impact site on the planet. It’s 120 miles southeast of the Grand Canyon, and visitors can gaze into the void (550 feet deep) or take a hiking tour around the rim (2.4 miles). (meteorcrater.com)

Parkes Observatory and Australia Telescope National Facility, New South Wales, Australia: Fans of the quirky Australian film The Dish will recognize it as the site that relayed the images of the Apollo 11 astronauts cavorting on the lunar surface back to Earth. This immense 210-foot radio telescope in the sparse Bush Country is surrounded by grazing sheep, belying the important scientific mission taking place within it. There’s an on-site museum about its role in Apollo 11. (parkes.atnf.csiro.au)

Philadelphia natives Larissa and Michael Milne have been full-time global nomads since 2011. Follow their journey at ChangesInLongitude.com



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Fake posts on travel sites mean trouble for Cleveland women


Cleveland — The company deleted the post three weeks after a Cleveland woman found her address in a fake post on a national travel site.

Linda Butts is E. I have lived in an apartment on the second floor of my house on 147th Street for 5 years.

She lives there with her daughter and grandchildren.

“For me, the house-it’s your safe haven,” she said, sitting on the steps in front of a white house with a green awning on Sunday night.

The outside of the apartment was cooler than the inside, so I don’t often stay at home on hot summer days, but “that’s the house. It’s your space.”

But recently, after a man appeared at her door, the idea of ​​her home changed.

Two weeks ago, I received an email that looked harmless.

“I don’t have a return address,” she said with an envelope. She thought it was junk mail, but left it. She didn’t know why at the time, she said she was happy with what she did.

The letter was from Booking.com, the travel and hotel website.

Her house on E. 147th Street was on the list and was ready for people to stay.

“I didn’t think about it until someone appeared in my house,” she said.

A man arrived at her side door on Friday, August 13, about 48 hours after the letter arrived. Butts told him he was wrong, and he left without any problems.

When she remembered the letter, she started a Google search and found a fraudulent list on Booking.com.

News 5 contacted the company about the listing, but did not respond before the first talk on Sunday night.

On Monday, August 23, a company representative told News5 that the post had been deleted. The web link to the original post leads to the booking.com search page instead of the fake post.

The company stated in writing: “This is a very rare situation, but if you have any doubts or concerns about a particular property, we will investigate it immediately and remove it from the platform if necessary. In this case.”

In the list, Butts found her address in a photo from an apartment that wasn’t hers. Called “Ohio City Modern Loft Apartments,” this list includes amenities not found in Butts, such as pools and “garden views.” The page at the bottom of the description shows that the list “welcomes Booking.com guests since July 28, 2021”.

“People need to use Google,” Butts said. She thinks if people did their research, they would see the images on the list not match her home.

But people have booked and appeared. Butts or her downstairs neighbor answered the door three times and found people who appeared after booking a room.

“People spend money and they want what they spend their money on,” she said.

At some point on August 22, the website posted a red disclaimer at the top of the misleading list, “Sorry, this property is not currently accepting reservations on our site.”

That’s not enough for the butt.

“They need to say that this isn’t one of our lists,” she said. She wants to mean that the house on E. 147th Street, where her family is, now looks different, so no one else will show up at her door.

“I’m worried because I don’t know if I need to be vigilant to protect myself,” she said.





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Vermonters with travel plans flock to COVID-19 testing sites


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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WFFF) — Vermonters looking to travel are lining up for COVID-19 tests in record numbers.

On Wednesday, Garnet Health, which provides testing services at 17 locations in Vermont, counted 643 tests, including 160 walk-ins, at its Pine Street location in Burlington. Thursday’s numbers weren’t far behind: 635 tests, including 166 walk-ins.

“We are seeing more testing done right now, than we did during the peak of all this last year,” said Norm Nault, deputy director of operations for Garnet Health.

Most of those willing to be interviewed said they were getting tested in order to travel. “Going to Canada on Saturday hopefully,” said Stephen Lewis from Colchester.

One woman was getting tested with her family so she could safely move her daughter back to college. “We’ve been waiting to get up to Canada for two years and my daughter goes to school there,” said Kim Maxwell from South Burlington.

Another mom prepared for her travel plans by going to the site with her daughters, who aren’t yet eligible for the vaccine. “We are traveling this weekend to visit my family, and we’re all going to be staying in a house together. Anybody that is unvaccinated, which are our kids right now, we’re all testing to make sure that we are all safe going down,” said Amy Sheridan from South Burlington.

Nault says the high number of tests aren’t too surprising, calling the combination of increased travel plans, the border reopening, and the delta variant a “perfect storm.” She said, “It’s really great to see people take responsibility and making sure we’re staying safe and getting tested.”

Marcy Webster of Charlotte has decided to get tested every week. “I know someone who is vaccinated and got COVID,” she said.

The Vermont Department of Health reported 114 new cases Thursday. 



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Europe is opening back up to Americans. Here’s how to see some of its most iconic sites. – The Washington Post



Europe is opening back up to Americans. Here’s how to see some of its most iconic sites.  The Washington Post



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Boston Globe Travel Writer On Some Of The Best Sites To Vacation To — And Others You’ll Never Be Invited To


The Boston Globe’s travel writer isn’t saying that you should go against the advice of Icelandic meteorologists, but even though he and his husband were told not to climb a regularly erupting volcano at 2 in the morning, a piece on the very experience was published in the Globe.

Since COVID-19 restrictions have loosened, Christopher Muther has been traveling again. He joined Jim Braude on Greater Boston Wednesday from a cruise ship off the coast of Greece with some travel tips for Iceland, Vermont and right in your Boston backyard.

Muther, in Vermont, recently dined at — or rather, experienced — owners JuanMa Caldéron and Maria Rondeau’s new restaurant Esmeralda, an experimental location that functions more as a dinner party for 24 strangers sitting around one big table.

“What they’ve done is they bought a house in Vermont. This house, that they’ve renovated from nothing, they’ve turned into this restaurant. And the food is amazing,” Muther said. “JuanMa and Maria, as you know, fantastic and loving people, and they really do make you feel like you’re in their home.”

WATCH: Boston Globe travel writer Christopher Muther on returning to travel





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Richard Rico | New life in aging sites – The Vacaville Reporter


ONE of downtown Vacaville’s most storied buildings—from housing several savings and loan branches to a community-connected, iconic travel agency–has itself been launched on a new journey.

Wasserman Travel, wedged by Merchant and Parker Streets since 1994, has been sold by Wasserman family’s Jim Kellogg to Tom Rapisarda, a rising star in Vaca’s real estate firmament. He has a vision for his new site’s new life. “I’d really, really like to bring in a restaurant” to the 3,800 sq. ft. space, Tom said. That depends, of course, on getting a like-minded tenant.

The site includes off-street parking, which could be used for outdoor dining. At the same time, Rapisarda purchased a long-vacant lot next to Merchant & Main on which he plans to build a realty office for his firm. Early Vacans will remember that property as home of Walter Hansel Ford. I can still see Walt pull up at The Reporter in our new-generation ’49 sedan. In recent months, Tom and his family made a personal and historic purchase –the stately Hartley House at 100 Buck, at the corner of West St., a citadel at one end of the so-called Avenue of the Giants.

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WASSERMAN Travel’s web of moving parts includes Central Calif. Federal Savings & Loan; Heart Federal S&L; US Bank; American S&L; Bank of America, Vaca Saturday Club and a time capsule sealed 50 years ago, but never opened.

The first piece in the mosaic was set in place in 1909 when Vacaville Saturday Club was formed, the first women’s civic and social club in Solano. It met in various venues until 1936 when a fire in the Vacaville Inn on Merchant St. caused big damage. Sat. Club took it over. All went well, until BofA decided to enlarge its Main St. branch. It liked the club property and offered to build them a new clubhouse on Kendal St. in exchange for its Merchant St. site. It’s still the club home.

In the 1960s, Central Calif. Federal Savings & Loan sent Obie Ladd here to open its first satellite branch. It opened in a tiny space on Main St. Not long after, the S&L bought the site near the tip of Parker-Merchant, Obie’s son, John, told me. His dad built it, and we all came. In later years, the S&L name was changed to Heart Federal S&L. In 1971, the time capsule was embedded in its walls. One item was a column by me: “Greetings to the people of Vacaville of 1980,” and so on. In 1971, Obie’s branch moved across Merchant, the capsule with it. It’s still there, in the base of a flagpole. The intent was to open it in 20 or 30 years.

SATURDAY Club got its new home and BofA built its new bank. It soon outgrew it, and built its present branch on Parker St. Heart Federal wanted BofA’s vacated site on Merchant, and got that. The building is now home to US Bank. (Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz.) The capsule followed them, and so did Obie Ladd’s name—it’s on the plaque at the base of the pole. Another S&L moved in behind Heart Federal. Then came the Wassermans. They were operating their travel agency in the Cal-Hawaii building on Mason St. In 1994, WWII pilot Morris Wasserman, his wife Betty and daughter Wendy made a bid for the building for a new Wasserman Travel. They got it. In 1982, Wendy and Jim Kellogg were married. He became part of the family, and the company. In the latter 2000s, a dark cloud moved in over them. Morrie died in 2017, Wendy in 2018, Betty in 2021. COVID raged. Travel all but stopped. Jim had to lay off employees, and worked at home. “The agency isn’t closed,” Jim told me this week. “I am taking and making calls–(707) 447-1100–honoring trips contracted but not taken during the pandemic.” I flashed on times when one of my flights to Europe ran into a snag. A frantic call home called Morrie into action. In no time, a new ticket was waiting for me at the terminal. It’s called service.

Weeks ago, Jim sold the building to Tom Rapisarda; he’s on a roll toward his own future. By honoring a past that filled his life, so is Jim. One of these days we’ll explore what’s inside that time capsule. I wonder what I predicted 50 years ago.

The author is former publisher of The Reporter.



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Pure Michigan shows off sites across state, including Grand Rapids, with limited edition prints


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Pure Michigan campaign is celebrating its 15th anniversary with limited edition prints that show off the state’s most popular destinations.

Each picture was created by Ann Arbor artist Brian Walline.

Some of the cities and famous Michigan landmarks showcased in the art include:

  • Mighty Mac
  • Pictured Rocks
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Detroit
  • Grand Rapids
  • Lake of the Clouds

“Summertime in Michigan is a truly wonderful time to get out and explore the Great Lakes state. From unmatched outdoor destinations to bustling city settings, from the northern tip of the Upper Peninsula to the southern border of the mitten, there is something here for everyone to enjoy,” said Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan. “We are excited to collaborate with the Mighty Mitten to showcase the beauty of Michigan and continue inspiring travel to our state for many more years to come.”

Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to Michigan Cares for Tourism, an organization that helps restore historic, cultural, and natural attractions throughout the state.

In 2006, the state launched Pure Michigan to build “pride” among Michiganders and capitalize on the underutilized industry.

According to the agency, in 2019, Pure Michigan brought more than $142 million in tax revenue and encouraged 5.8 million visitors.

Funding for the campaign was cut to $15 million in 2020, but Lorenz hopes to see it restored up to $40-50 million.

Lorenz says the money is needed for the state’s growth over the next several years.

“We need to bring people from other places around the country, eventually places around the world, to come and enjoy what we get to enjoy every day,” Lorenz said. “When they do that, they will have a great deal of fun, they will spend a great deal of money, and they’re going to help retain and build our jobs right here in Michigan.”

To buy the prints, click here.

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