Cupcakes don’t just look pretty and taste good – they are also a barometer of political opinion judging by an unexpected twist in the Scottish independence referendum.Edinburgh’s Cuckoo’s bakery has been selling Opinion Poll cupcakes adorned with either a Union Jack, Scottish flag or a question mark since March and has monitored sales to get a steer on the outcome of today’s highly anticipated Scottish referendum.As it stands the ‘no’ cakes have outsold the cakes striving for independence, though not by much. Of thousands of cakes bought and eaten 47.7% were ‘no’, 43.5% were ‘yes’ and the remaining 8.8% were question marks as people failed to commit – or just wanted a cake. The cakes are raspberry and white chocolate-flavoured and cost £2.50 to take away or £3 to eat in.Co-founder Graham Savage told Edinburgh Evening News: “We have seen an increase in sales generally and some big orders have come in from both sides.“Our poll has been conducted professionally throughout the campaign and we are delighted that the results have shown to be so similar to the official results.“We have calculated that since the campaign was launched, we have sold 80,000 cupcakes from our full range, including the Opinion Poll cupcake.”Today’s referendum, bang in the middle of National Cupcake Week, will reveal whether the cupcakes were right.
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announces the highly anticipated 2012 Top Ten Summer and Fall Events. Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont’s best activities, selected for their diversity, wide appeal, and consistency with Vermont’s brand. Vicky Tebbetts, Vermont Chamber Senior VP, noted, ‘Vermont is known for being a destination in which to relax, reconnect with friends and family, get outdoors, and get back to basics. This year’s Vermont Chamber Top Ten Summer and Fall Events feature time-honored traditions as well as contemporary experiences from all regions of the state.’The Vermont Chamber Top Ten Summer Events take place from April through August 2012, and the Fall Events take place September through October 2012.The winners in chronological order include:Top 10 Summer Events:46th Annual Vermont Maple FestivalSt. Albans, April 27 ‘ 29, 9 am ‘ 5 pm with some evening events.As winter ends, it’s time to celebrate Vermont’s signature product: pure Vermont maple ‘ the sweetener with health benefits! The Official Vermont Maple Festival is three exciting days with something for everyone from preschoolers to seniors! Enjoy Main Street entertainment, maple exhibits and education, antiques, crafts, food, youth talent, and fiddlers’ shows. Check out the cooking demonstrations, sugarhouse tours, face painting, maple buffet, pancake breakfasts, carnival, Sap Run, historical museum, delightful shops, maple treats, and of course, the Grand Parade. Free admission for most events. www.vtmaplefestival.org(link is external), 802-524-5800.Strolling of the HeifersBrattleboro, June 1-3, Fri. 5 ‘ 10 pm, Sat. 7:30 am ‘ 6 pm, Sun. 7 am ‘ 3 pmThe Strolling of the Heifers is a three-day family-friendly celebration of family farmers and local food built around a unique parade that features beautifully groomed heifer calves led by future farmers and followed by other farm animals, tractors, bands and floats. The Live Green Expo, follows the parade, and the weekend includes many other events ranging from a Friday evening street fair to Sunday cycling tours and farm visits. A great free event. www.strollingoftheheifers.com(link is external), 802-258-9177.Burlington Discover Jazz FestivalBurlington, June 1-10Celebrating its 29th year with the sounds of jazz, blues, funk and Latin music. For 10 days over 50,000 people enjoy a mix of concerts, street parties, Lake Champlain cruises, and workshops. Meet the artists and experience live recording sessions and fantastic music all around Burlington. Past headliners include Sonny Rollins, Diana Krall, and countless other artists. See website for schedule and fees. www.discoverjazz.com(link is external), 802-863-7992. Tickets: 802-86-FLYNN.Vermont History ExpoTunbridge, June 16 & 17, 10 am ‘ 5 pmA two-day summer festival where Vermonters and visitors experience the state’s living history. The Expo features distinctive exhibits from the collections of 150 local historical societies, museums and heritage attractions in a country fair setting. Now in its 11th iteration at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds, visitors will be immersed in Vermont history in the spirit of fun and discovery. History Expo 2012 will also focus on Vermont’s role in the Civil War. Adults $8 for both days, students under 18 $4 for both days, children 5 and under free. Weekend family pass $20. www.vermonthistory.org/expo(link is external), 802-479-8500.Vermont Summer Festival Horse ShowEast Dorset, July 4 ‘ August 12, Wednesdays through Sundays, 8 am ‘ 4 pmThe Vermont Summer Festival attracts the best show jumping athletes, including Olympic medalists, from across the country and internationally. Show jumping is a spectator-friendly sport that is easy to understand and exciting to watch! Enjoy food and shopping concessions in the show grounds. Wed.’Fri. Adults $5, children $3; Sat. – Sun. Adults $7, children $5. www.vt-summerfestival.com(link is external), 802-496-9667.Stoweflake Annual Hot Air Balloon FestivalStowe, July 6 ‘ 8, Fri. 4 ‘ 9 pm, Sat. (launch only 6:30 am), 4 ‘ 9 pm, Sun.6:30 am launch onlyThe 26th Anniversary Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival is held at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa. This popular summer celebration includes a children’s corner, live music, great food, a beer and wine garden, and of course, balloon launches and tethers! Twenty-eight of the country’s most prominent balloon experts will launch Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 6:30 am. Adults $10, children under 12 free. www.stoweflake.com/balloon(link is external), 800-253-2232 or 802-253-7355.Vermont Festival of the ArtsMad River Valley: Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, Moretown, Middlesex, Granville, and Rochester, August 1 ‘ Labor Day WeekendA month-long celebration of the arts occurs at various locations throughout the Mad River Valley. The Festival is comprised of more than 125 different events; from exhibits and performances to lectures, tours, a full moon celebration, and culinary extravaganzas! The center of the state is the center for the arts in Vermont. August is Art in the Mad River Valley! Fees vary. www.vermontartfest.com(link is external), 802-496-6682.Lake Champlain Maritime FestivalBurlington, August 9 ‘ 12, Thurs. 6 ‘ 10 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 am ‘ 11 pm, Sun. 11 am ‘ 10 pmFeaturing hundreds of exhibits at various venues on the Burlington Waterfront and musical performances on three separate stages, this Festival is a four-day celebration of Lake Champlain! Activities include local and regional live music, ticketed national and international artists, free sailboat, canoe, and paddleboard rides, an Antique Boat Show, ALS Silent Auction, a Showcase of Vermont Wineries and Food, and craft and international food vendors. Check out the interactive children’s activities and and the Eco-Zone with ecological/environmental exhibits and organizations. Admission for select events. www.lcmfestival.com(link is external), 802-482-3313.Summer Art in the Park FestivalRutland, August 11 & 12, 10 am ‘ 5 pmArt in the Park is a fine art and craft festival featuring 100 juried artists and craftsmen. The festival includes demonstrations, food, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Held rain or shine, Art in the Park draws artisans from all across the northeast and beyond who ply their craft in wood, stone, clay, fiber, metal, glass, with cameras, or on canvas. Art in the Park is Vermont’s Oldest Continuing Arts Tradition. Free admission; donations appreciated. www.chaffeeartcenter.org(link is external), 802-775-0356.Champlain Valley FairEssex Junction, August 25 ‘ September 3, 10 am ‘ midnightThe Champlain Valley Fair has delivered fun, food and entertainment to families for nearly 90 years. The Fair combines Vermont’s agricultural roots with educational exhibits and some of the biggest names in entertainment. Topped off by more than 40 carnival rides, free shows and some of the best fair food in the northeast, Vermonters and visitors alike celebrate a summer of fun for ten days at the Champlain Valley Fair! Adults $10, children ages 5 -12 $5, kids 4 and under free. www.cvexpo.org(link is external), 802-878-5545.Top 10 Fall Events:Plymouth Folk & Blues ConcertsPlymouth Notch, September 1 & 2, 2 pm ‘ 5 pmMusicians from across the country and throughout Vermont team up for a two-day festival of folk and blues music performed in the pure country air of beautiful Plymouth Notch, the historic birthplace of the 30th U.S. President. Free Admission; donations appreciated. www.plymouthfolk.com(link is external), 802-672-3773.New World Festival at ChandlerRandolph, September 2, noon ‘ midnightChandler’s New World Festival celebrates the vitality of a small Vermont town and the Celtic and French Canadian heritage of Northern New England through music and dance. At the center of the historic village are six continuous performance stages featuring music, storytelling, and dance. The festival includes children’s activities, unique crafts and great food. Performances take place in all-weather tents, at the Bethany Church and at the Chandler Music Hall. Profits support youth programming at Chandler. Adults $37 ($32 in advance), students $11, children $5. www.newworldfestival.com(link is external), 802-728-6464.17th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb FestivalBennington, September 2 & 3, 10 am ‘ 5 pmThe festival is held every Labor Day Weekend at Camelot Village in Bennington. Enjoy live music all weekend, chair massages, kids’ activities and maybe even try to solve the popular hay maze! Over 100 vendors include garlic growers, food vendors and wonderful local restaurants featuring garlic ice cream, wood fired pizza, garlic pesto, herbal products, a signature garlic cocktail at the beer tent, organic honey, pickles and more. The Southern Vermont Garlic Festival has something for everyone. Adults $5. Free parking www.bennington.com(link is external), 802-447-3311.20th Annual South End Art HopBurlington, September 7 & 8, Fri. 5 ‘ 10 pm, Sat. 10 am ‘ 10 pmCheck out Vermont’s largest visual arts exhibition, featuring more than 500 artists exhibiting their work in over 100 Burlington businesses and studios. The mission of the event is to highlight the connection between culture and commerce: art is good for business and business is good for art. This is an inclusive, all-ages community event expressing the best of Burlington! Exhibits are free, Fashion Strut shows are $12 (see website). www.seaba.com(link is external), 802-859-9222.Killington Hay FestivalKillington, Labor Day ‘ Columbus Day 2012A five-week celebration of autumn in Vermont that shouldn’t be missed, the Festival showcases a collection of 40 giant hay animals (the ‘Grass Menagerie’) on display at businesses throughout the town as well as a variety of daily and weekly events and activities. The event also includes an educational scavenger hunt around the 40 giant sculptures! Free admission. www.discoverkillington.com(link is external), 802-422-2146.The World’s FairTunbridge, September 13 ‘ 16, Thurs. 8 am ‘ 9 pm, Fri. 7 am ‘ 9 pm, Sat. 7 am ‘ 10 pm, Sun. 8 am ‘ 6 pm.Vermont family farms preserve tradition and educate the next generation. Tucked away in a charming valley, the Tunbridge World’s Fair is a blend of active livestock shows, beautiful farm animals, competitive harvest and crafts exhibits, tractor pulling, free entertainment, an expanded midway and a superb Antique Museum with live re-enactors! Both the fairgrounds and the village of Tunbridge form a designated Historic District. Thurs. $8, Fri. $10, Sat. $12, Sun. $10, children under 12 free every day. www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com(link is external), 800-889-5555.Stowe Rotary’s OktoberfestStowe, September 28 ‘ 30, Fri. 7 ‘ 11 pm, Sat. 10 am ‘ 8 pm, Sun. 11 am ‘ 5 pmDon’t miss this weekend celebration of the harvest and fall foliage. Events include a free, Friday night ‘Rocktoberfest’ kick-off concert, a Saturday morning grand parade, and two days of oompah bands, authentic Bavarian food, Vermont microbrew beer, and lots of singing and dancing! With silent auctions, raffles, a ‘bouncy-haus’ and other games for kids, there is something for everyone, young and old, to enjoy. www.stowerotary.com(link is external), 802-253-4788.9th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking FestivalWoodstock, September 29 & 30, 10 am ‘ 5 pmAdd life to your home or office with the warmth of wood. Watch traditional woodworking demonstrations, purchase products, and see why Vermont woodworkers are some of the best. Entries from the Vermont Woodworking Design Competition will be on display at the festival. Don’t forget to explore the forest at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park nearby. Local food, live music, kids’ activities and more! Bring home your piece of Vermont! Adults $10. www.vermontwoodfestival.org(link is external), 802-747-7900.Northern Decadence VermontBurlington, September (see website for details), Fri. cruise 9 pm ‘ midnight, Sat. Food Expo 11 am ‘ 5 pm, Dance 9 pmA great celebration of Vermont’s diversity and culinary tourism, the weekend includes a culinary cruise on Lake Champlain, a food, art & travel expo, and a dance party that shouldn’t be missed! Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, Northern Decadence promotes Vermont’s natural beauty, farm-to-table culture and welcoming attitude to LGBT travelers, groups and families from around the country. See website for admission fees. www.northerndecadence.com(link is external), 802-244-6828.Dummerston Congregational Church Famous Apple Pie FestivalDummerston, October 7,10 am until sold outCome see Vermont at its best ‘ choose from 1,500 pies made in the historic Dummerston Congregational Church, homemade ice cream, fresh donuts, hot cider, Green Mountain Coffee, and Grafton cheese. Or maybe have some of each! Pies available whole or by the slice. Worship at 9 am surrounded by pies. 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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police have released surveillance photos and identified the type of truck that a hit-and-run driver used to critically wound a 43-year-old bicyclist this week in Holbrook.Investigators believe that the suspect was driving a 2012 or newer Hino Series 200 or Series 300 box truck when the driver struck the victim shortly before 9 p.m. Monday on Veterans Memorial Highway and fled the scene, police said.The passenger-side view mirror glass insert was found at the scene, but the mounting bracket and mirror housing may still be on the truck, police said Friday.The victim, Bradley Samuel of East Patchogue, is still in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital. Both he and the truck were heading eastbound when the victim was hit.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed or has information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.Police said the truck involved in the hit-and-run looked like this.
After a successful takedown of No. 2 University of Minnesota, Duluth, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team can officially call themselves the best in the nation.The Badgers (27-2-2-0, 22-2-2-0 WCHA) welcomed the Bulldogs (20-5-5, 17-5-4 WCHA) for a battle between the best teams in the nation. With WCHA playoffs looming right around the corner, this weekend was a critical test for Wisconsin.Saturday’s game was a matchup between two great teams, and it took almost 50 minutes of play before either managed to score. Both Ann-Renée Desbiens and Duluth’s Maddie Rooney held of many great attempts from opposing teams to keep the game tied up.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Minnesota Duluth in battle for top spotThis weekend showcases a matchup between the two best teams in the nation as the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Read…It was Wisconsin’s own Sarah Nurse who managed to get the first shot of the night in. Nurse’s victory was short lived, with Duluth netting a goal a mere five minutes later.After an overtime period that resulted in no goals, the Badgers and the Bulldogs headed into a shootout for the ages. It took a grand total of 12 skaters from both teams to finally decide who would be the victor of Saturday’s game.It was Wisconsin’s MeKenzie Steffens who finally managed to slide the game ending goal past Rooney. With one more shot, Desbiens waited to see who Duluth would send out with hopes of continuing the game.Surprisingly, with all the pressure on her, Desbiens actually felt more relieved after Steffens tallied her point than before. The ruthless goaltender mentioned in a press conference after the game that knew she had the game the minute Steffens managed to find the back of the net.Ben Pierce/The Badger Herald“I feel like this one was less stressful than the 10 before it,” Desbiens said. “That one was the easiest for me. I was like ‘we got it, we need to end it here.’”Sunday’s game was more somber, with fans saying goodbye to the graduating class of 2017. Nurse, Desbiens, Sydney McKibbon, Jenny Ryan, Mellissa Channell and Mikayla Johnson were all joined by their families as they looked back at their careers at Wisconsin.Sunday’s game was dramatically different than Saturday’s, with the Badgers managing to find a rhythm quickly and shut out the Bulldogs early. Wisconsin was able pull out a fantastic win, outscoring Duluth 8-0 and earning the WCHA regular season title.Women’s hockey: Roque takes home Rookie of the Week honors at right timeThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team just keeps collecting regular season accolades as freshman forward Abby Roque earned Rookie Read…With an eventful weekend behind them, the Badgers now shift their attention to another Minnesota team, the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. This border battle will be the final game in the regular season for UW.The Badgers and the Gophers hit the ice Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. in what is sure to be a grand finale to an amazing season.