The Grafton Homestead, LLC, in Grafton, Vermont has recently expanded its space for guest accommodations, according to Manager Jennifer Karpin. Karpin reports that the Grafton Homestead, which opened in the Summer of 2001, has experienced sufficient bookings this year towarrant the need for an additional guest room, called the Morning Glory room. “With a cheerful yet subtle morning glory theme, this room’s first floor location and private bath make it a good choice for our older guests or those who have difficulty climbing stairs,” says Karpin.The Grafton Homestead’s Guest Suite remains most popular with visitors who enjoy its spaciousness and privacy. Over 1000 square feet, the Suiteincludes a bedroom, living room, bath and full kitchen, all comfortably furnished with country antiques, upstairs in a circa 1800 historic cape.Guests may book the entire suite for a weekend or a week-long getaway, with all the comforts and privacy of a home in the country.Manager Karpin explains that she has used her marketing skills and experience to reach travelers throughout the northeast corridor and as far away as New Mexico, Canada, England and India. The village of Grafton, Vermont, known for decades for its quiet charms and gracious hospitality, remains a desirable tourist destination. Visited regularly by artists,writers and dignitaries, Grafton offers serenity and that “off the beaten path” sensibility for visitors, who enjoy hiking and cross country ski-ing at Grafton Ponds, dining at the Old Tavern, visiting the award winning Grafton Village Cheese Company, or exploring the town’s superb Nature andHistory Museums.The Grafton Homestead is located at 499 Route 121 East on the edge of Grafton Village, and its web site may be seen at www.graftonhomestead.com(link is external).For more information, call 802-843-1111.
The 61-year-old said: “Every player at the football club who is not playing on a regular basis wants to play. Like Jermain said, he didn’t come here to sit on the bench. All the players who are here haven’t come here to sit on the bench. “But when you talk about 22 outfield players in the squad these days, some of them unfortunately don’t play as regularly as others, so what I would say is those who get the chance make sure you grasp it when you get it. “If you grab that chance then and you impress me, it’s going to give you the opportunity to be selected for the first team in the next game.” Sunday’s game sees Allardyce go head to head with Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, the man who denied him Carling Cup glory in 2004 when the pair were in charge at Bolton and Middlesbrough respectively, and then got the England job he coveted a little more than two years later. However, he insists that the derby is not about he and McClaren, nor his brief spell in charge at St James’ Park, although he admits victory this weekend would be sweet as the Black Cats attempt to secure a sixth successive win over Newcastle and in the process, make him the fourth manager in a row to beat the old enemy in his second game at the helm. Allardyce said with a smile: “If history follows itself, it’s what’s going to happen. That’s what I hope, anyway. It’s got very little to do with me, it’s down to fate the fact that this run carries on. “It’s quite bizarre to say that they’ve won five on the trot and telling me the last three managers’ second game was against Newcastle and they had all lost the first one and won the second one. “I’m just hoping that it continues to follow on this Sunday.” Meanwhile, Allardyce confirmed that Nigeria international striker Chinedu Obasi is training with the club after leaving Schalke during the summer following a bad leg fracture. He said: “We’ll make a judgement next week.” The 33-year-old striker admitted earlier this week that he is not happy sitting on the bench for the club he joined from Toronto in January after being named only among the substitutes for Allardyce’s first game in charge, last Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom. Defoe blasted himself into the affections of the Black Cats faithful in April when his stunning volley handed the club a 1-0 derby victory over Newcastle, but while he may find himself outside the starting XI once again as the Magpies return to Wearside on Sunday, Allardyce has told him he could still have a major role to play. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told last season’s derby hero Jermain Defoe to force his way back into his plans by doing the same if he gets a chance this Sunday. Press Association
Ziggy Marley won his ninth Reggae Grammy award on Sunday nightThe eldest son of Reggae King, Bob Marley, has awarded his third Best Reggae Album Grammy in the last five years.Marley won for his self titled album Ziggy Marley on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label.He bested other contenders including Devin Di Dakta & J.L for Sly & Robbie Presents … Reggae for Her; J Boog for Rose Petals; Raging Fyah for Everlasting; Rebelution for Falling into Place; and SOJA for SOJA: Live in Virginia.Marley has now won five Grammys for Best Reggae Album and two Grammys for Best Reggae Recording. That category is no longer awarded.He also won a Grammy in 2009 for his album Family Time, which won in the Best Musical Album for Children category.He has also won as a member of the Melody Makers“Give thanks to the [Academy] for the honor, my family and all the artists keeping #reggae alive and well. LOVE,” Marley wrote on his Twitter page.