Many years of systematic investment in the tourist infrastructure of the Papuk Nature Park is finally coming to fruition

first_imgMOUNTAIN AND ELECTRIC BICYCLES FROM NOW ON OFFER IN PAPUK NATURE PARK THE GEO INFO CENTER IN VOĆIN IS OPENING WITHIN PP PAPUK Papuk is proud of its unusual natural beauty, which stands alongside the most beautiful areas in Croatia, as evidenced by the title of the first UNESCO geopark in Croatia. This is a year of great ascent for Papuk Nature Park and most importantly, the success of PP Papuk is reflected in all places that gravitate and touch the nature park. Slowly, but surely, the tourist economy is starting to move more and more, which is the most difficult step. Thus, on booking portals day by day you can see more and more offers of phenomenal villas and houses with swimming pools, which few would expect in this area. Along with Požega and Kutjevo, as well as many other cities bordering the Papuk Nature Park, we have an excellent rounded tourist content, which is located in Slavonia, among others. Already at the very beginning of 2019, she announced that this will be a year to remember in the Papuk Nature Park. Many years of systematic investment in the tourist infrastructure of the Papuk Nature Park is finally paying off through a significant increase in the number of visitors. Thus, the first 8 months of 2019 are more successful than the entire previous year. RELATED NEWS: THE GEO INFO CENTER IN VOĆIN IS OPENING WITHIN PP PAPUK As part of the project “Geopriče UNESCO geopark”, a Geo Info Center is being opened in Voćin, an investment worth about 40 million kuna, which covers over 800 square meters.center_img The Geo Info Center, conceived as a starting point for introducing visitors to the characteristics of the Papuk Geopark and the nature protection system in general in the Republic of Croatia, essentially modernizes the geological, biological and cultural heritage of Papuk. More attached. But the excellent news was provided by Camp Dubište, which records an increase in the number of arrivals from even 86%  compared to the same period in 2018, and the number of overnight stays increased by 80% compared to the previous year. Otherwise Camp resting place Duboka it opened last year, and this data proves to be a great move and content that Papuk chronically lacked.  “Although the data on the increase in the number of visitors is really fascinating, we must emphasize that no success, not even this one of the Papuk Nature Park, happens overnight. This is the result of many years of systematic investment in the tourist infrastructure of the Nature Park, cooperation with the local community and finally the belief that even the smallest personal contribution can do a lot to make Papuk an unavoidable tourist destination on the map of this part of Europe. I would like to point out and thank the tourist boards of both counties from the area of ​​the Nature Park who do not miss the opportunity to tirelessly promote our Park wherever the opportunity arises.Said Alen Jurenac, director of the Public Institution Papuk Nature Park. PP PAPUK INTRODUCES HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT IN ITS TOURIST OFFER Jankovac Forest Park never ceases to intrigue visitors, so it was visited by them until August this year 28 367, what is 44% more compared to the same period in 2018 when there were 19 649. Namely, it is about the number of individual tickets, and if the statistics include educational programs that the Papuk Nature Park has been implementing for many years, last year in August there were a total of about 25.000 visitors, while this year it is about 31.500 visitors.last_img read more

Chester the Therapy Dog makes debut at Oscoda Area Schools

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — An unsuspecting therapist will be doing all he can to build morale at Oscoda Area Schools. He’s a 9-month-old puppy named Chester who will be working with students one–on–one.The golden labradoodle is on track to being a certified therapy dog. On Monday, teachers met Chester for the first time a week before classes start.Charlotte’s Litter and PAWS for People, two pet therapy programs, say dog therapy is beneficial. Chester has the capacity to build self–confidence and social skills. He can also decrease anxiety at the same time, especially among students on the autism spectrum.Special education teacher Ellen Doherty said, “we have students that experience trauma that Chester could be influential and help them.”Doherty hopes to interact with her students on a deeper level. As tempting as it is to pet Chester on the belly, students and staff are advised not to do it. Interacting with him in certain ways can compromise his training. All paws must be on the ground when anyone is petting Chester.“Chester goes through a whole process where he’s desensitized,” said Valerie Thomas. She is Chester’s trainer. Therapy dogs can start training as early as seven weeks of age. From that time on, Thomas has been exposing Chester to as much as possible to elements such as large crowds and sudden noises.Rebecca Brooks, assistant principal at Richardson Elementary in Oscoda, said “consistency is key to success.” Staff will be following Chester’s success. “I think they understand how much he can help the students.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Chester the Therapy Dog, Oscoda Area SchoolsContinue ReadingPrevious Local and state agencies partner to increase recyclingNext City of Alpena Risk Reduction Officer, Andy Marceau, selected for state fire safety boardlast_img read more

UCF Announces Lazy River Next to Stadium, As Team Drops Game to Pitt

first_imgA slow start, combined with penalties and mistakes, sealed Number 15 UCF’s fate for the game. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett caught a 3-yard touchdown pass during a trick play called the “Pitt Special,” with just 56 seconds left in the game, causing UCF to drop the game to the Panthers (2-2), 35-34. UCF is now 3-1 on the season. The University of Central Florida is planning to take tailgating to a new level in time for next year’s football season, with the introduction of a lazy river to be located outside the school’s stadium.Officials say they will be offering 250 memberships to what will be called McNamara Cove for $2,500 each. The all-inclusive package will cover “covegating” leading up to all regular-season home games.Guests will be able to enjoy the lazy river, in addition to a pool, sand volleyball courts, lounge chairs, a bocce ball green, and a service cabana.Outside of game days, McNamara Cove will be open to student-athletes, as part of the university’s $30 million Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village.The lazy river is named for Tom and Stacey McNamara, who made a naming gift commitment of $1 million last year.Meanwhile, the national champion UCF Knights’ winning streak came to an end on Saturday against Pittsburgh.last_img read more

Lacey Engineer Wins State Excellence Award

first_imgFacebook120Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceQuoting Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”And that habit of excellence, cultivated over his decades-long career as an engineer, has earned Scott Sawyer a prestigious award from the state’s American Public Works Association (APWA).Scott Sawyer was presented the Roy Morse Award for outstanding technical and professional accomplishments in public works by the Washington state chapter of APWA. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceScott, a principal at SCJ Alliance, was presented the Roy Morse Award for outstanding technical and professional accomplishments in public works by the Washington state chapter of APWA. As the APWA state winner, he will now be considered in the National Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year Award.A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, Scott moved to Washington 17 years ago and has been in the industry for more than 25 years. “The opportunity to serve is what drives me,” Scott shared. “In my profession, I get to serve people, communities and my colleagues, all in the context of solving problems.” His work on the Port Townsend sidewalk tunnel reconstruction and downtown streetscape is a standout example of both his engineering acumen and people skills, and he considers it the most rewarding project of his career. “I was fortunate to develop a close relationship with the downtown merchants,” he said. “Working with them during design and construction ensured we followed through on our commitment to keep them viable during and after the project. I’m proud of both the friendships made and the work we did to refurbish the downtown core, while preserving its unique charm and historical significance.” From left: Kirk Holmes, Director of Central Washington Services at Perteet, Inc. , Scott Sawyer, transportation design manager at SCJ Alliance, and Debbie Sullivan, deputy director of Public Works for the City of Olympia. Photo courtesy: SCJ Alliance.When Scott heard the news of the APWA award, he said he was blown away …but his colleagues were not. “The people who do this work every day see Scott as a mentor and a leader in the field. This award honors his contribution not just to the work, but to the people who work alongside him,” said SCJ President Perry Shea. “There’s something special about being recognized by your peers.”SCJ is a nationally-recognized, multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. The company, celebrating a 10 year anniversary this year, has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of more than 80 employees in five locations: Seattle, Vancouver, Lacey, and Wenatchee, Washington and Denver, Colorado. The privately-held, majority women-owned firm recently expanded into the Seattle-area market and is the recipient of two top places to work awards in the last 12 months.last_img read more