Thursday, September 30, 2010

Waterways And Local Parks Provide Family Fun

(StatePoint) Year round, more families are taking to the great outdoors for fun activities. Whether for economic reasons or a desire to unplug from the world of computers and video games, parents are increasingly turning to local parks, wildlife outings and outdoor sports.

While children are born with a curiosity about the natural world, more and more, digital media is absorbing young peoples' time, say experts. In fact, research from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates kids are absorbing more than seven hours of media content daily.

"We need to capitalize on the latest digital trends to help us spark a curiosity among students in outdoor activities," says Mary Rollins, vice president of educational partnerships of Discovery Education.

Parents who want to encourage natural curiosity need to stimulate children's interest at an early age. Exploring nature can be done inexpensively and close to home.

Local Wonders

One of the great beauties of America is its geographical diversity: from mountains to lakes, deserts to waterfalls, and canyons to plains. State parks abound with diverse wonders and offer many activities for youngsters, such as boating, fishing and camping. You can search locations online at,, or

"Parents and teachers need to stimulate children's natural interest in the outdoors and lead by example. Simply getting outside together to explore can inspire a new generation of boaters and anglers," says Frank Peterson, President and CEO of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.

Actively Involve Kids

Once you get kids outdoors, here are some ways to stimulate curiosity:

* Let them lead. You may be tempted to lead explorations of the woods, but children are more likely to enjoy the outdoors if they have some say in their experience. Whether for exercise or quiet reflection, let them choose and develop their own relationship to nature. 

* Create maps. Have kids create a map of your outdoor excursion area and track where you go and what you see along the way to compare different habitats within an ecosystem.

* Enter contests together that encourage outdoor activities. For example, and Discovery Education have launched a digital program called "Explore the Blue" and an essay contest for elementary schoolchildren. Kids need to write a short essay describing their favorite fishing or boating experience and submit a picture or photo for a chance to win a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park and a $250 gift card. 

* Encourage kids to draw or write about what they see in a journal. Or create a scrapbook to categorize your adventures on land or water, and have children research their floral and animal spotting.

* Build boats. Create model boats using different materials, then test them out on the water for a fun activity that will teach the basics of buoyancy, water displacement, surface area and boat design.

For more information on the contest and ideas for fun outdoor activities for kids, visit

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Leaf Watch 2010

Park Rangers Anticipate a Vibrant Autumn:
Website Highlights Best Leaf Color in Georgia’s State Parks

For many people, the perfect autumn weekend includes cozy campfires, gooey s’mores and fiery-hued forests. To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia’s state parks will soon launch “Leaf Watch 2010” in partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Whether heading north for hiking and waterfalls or south for canoeing and camping, “Leaf Watch 2010” offers advice on where to find the best color at Georgia’s state parks. Found at throughout October and November, travelers can get updates on fall color, learn safe hiking tips, and make reservations for the many campsites, cottages and lodge rooms offered at Georgia’s state parks. New this year is a partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission and a webcam at Black Rock Mountain State Park near Clayton, Ga. Expert foresters will advise travelers about overall color, specific tree species and even the weather’s effect on leaf watching. The webcam will provide a glimpse of color progressing across the Blue Ridge Mountains.

"Fortunately, there are no 'bad' years for fall foliage in Georgia," said Ken Masten, Gainesville District Manager for the Georgia Forestry Commission. "With moderating temperatures and sufficient rainfall in the next weeks, sunny and cool fall days should set the stage for the best showing of autumn color." Typically, Georgia’s mountain parks peak in late October; however, color can be seen as early as September and throughout much of November. Some of the most popular parks for leaf watching include Amicalola Falls, Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain, Moccasin Creek, Smithgall Woods, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi and Vogel.

Since some of these parks are crowded on the prettiest weekends, visitors may want to explore lesser-known parks, which can be vibrant. Providence Canyon State Park, also called Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, has hiking trails that highlight sweetgums and sassafras. Hardwoods and mossy rock gardens can be found on the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in near Columbus. “We are excited to partner with Georgia Forestry Commission this year,” said Georgia State Parks Director Becky Kelley. “They can offer expertise on the most colorful trees in Georgia, and we can provide easy ways for visitors to get out and enjoy this beautiful season.”

Park officials advise visitors to make overnight reservations as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for mountain cottages and yurts to be reserved nearly a year in advance, and many campgrounds fill up on pretty weekends. Amicalola Falls and Unicoi state parks offer hotel-style lodges with restaurants. To make a reservation, call 1-800-864-7275 or log onto

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Train Excursions: Day Trips To Roanoke, Va. and Asheville, N.C. Scheduled for October 30 and 31

The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society will host day trip train excursions to Roanoke, Va. October 30 and Asheville, N.C. October 31. These excursions, now in their fourth year, allow travelers to see beautiful fall foliage, experience a great destination and enjoy the romance of riding the rails.

The N.C. Transportation Museum and Watauga Valley NRHS revived fall excursions in 2007, offering trips to Charlottesville, Va. Sell out crowds and satisfied passengers made those excursions incredibly popular. Last year’s addition of Asheville, N.C. as a destination created an even greater demand for tickets. The trips sold out in record time, with dome car tickets selling out in mere minutes.

This year, the “Virginia Autumn Special” will travel to Roanoke, Va. Saturday, Oct. 30. The “Blue Ridge Special” will travel to Asheville, N.C. Sunday, Oct. 31. More dome car tickets have been added but the demand is expected to be just as strong as years past.

Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., Saturday’s Virginia Autumn Special” will offer additional passenger pick-up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station at 8 a.m., allowing those in the Triad a more convenient boarding opportunity. The train will travel through the northern portion of the North Carolina Piedmont, including the cities of High Point and Reidsville before crossing into Virginia. The western part of central Virginia offers spectacular views of the fall foliage, crossing the Dan and Roanoke Rivers. Moving onto the old Virginian Railway line, passengers will travel westward, passing through several tunnels and enjoying the rolling Virginia countryside.

The train will arrive in Roanoke, the “Star City of the South,” at noon. Passengers will have nearly three hours to enjoy the attractions offered. Downtown Roanoke offers an array of dining experiences, shopping and sightseeing opportunities.

Passengers will depart the train at the old Norfolk and Western Passenger Station, home of the O. Winston Link museum. The museum offers a grand photographic and auditory history of 1950’s steam engine locomotive history. Advance tickets to the museum are available to excursion passengers at the discounted group rate of $4 per person.

Meals will also be available at the famous nearby Hotel Roanoke

The nearby Taubman Museum of Art features a permanent collection of 19th and early 20th Century American art, while the Historic Roanoke City Market has fresh food and handmade crafts.

Passengers can also take a drink from the historic Dogmouth Fountain, constructed in 1898. Legend says those drinking from the fountain will always return to Roanoke.

Departing Roanoke at 3 p.m., the train will arrive back in Greensboro at 6:45 p.m. and Spencer at 8 p.m.

During Sunday’s trip, the “Blue Ridge Special” will travel through the western Piedmont into the foothills and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., the train will roll through the cities of Statesville, Hickory, Morganton, Marion, Black Mountain and Swannanoa. The train will climb the famed "loops" of the Blue Ridge Mountains and pass through several tunnels before arriving in Asheville at noon. Passengers will have nearly three hours for an outing at Biltmore Village.

Established in the late 1890s as a planned community near the entrance of the Biltmore estate, Biltmore Village stands near the entrance to Biltmore Estate. Shopping will be available in unique, locally-owned boutiques. Passengers can dine in restaurants and take walks along brick sidewalks that parallel tree lined streets. All of this will be enjoyed alongside spectacular views of the North Carolina mountains.

Departing Asheville at 3 p.m., the “Blue Ridge Special” will return to Spencer at 8 p.m.

Dome Tickets offer the best views of passing scenery with two levels. Windows stretch across the walls and ceiling on the second level, providing a panoramic view of the entire ride. Dome tickets are available for $280 per person.

Premium First Class fare includes continental breakfast and newspapers on the journey to both Roanoke and Asheville, plus dinner on the return trip served in vintage lounge and dining cars. Premium First Class tickets are available for $245 per person.

Deluxe Coach Class tickets feature spacious seating with large windows, lunch on the dining car and light snacks during the trip. Deluxe Coach tickets are $175 per person.

Coach seating, featuring wide windows, adjustable seats and convenient access to the commissary car, are also available for $145 per person. All cars feature air conditioning, heat and rest rooms.

For those wishing to eat on the train to provide more time for sightseeing, an optional box lunch will be offered. The $14 meal, served in a souvenir lunch tote, includes include a half turkey wrap, pasta, chips & salsa, a cookie and drink.

Tickets will be available online at or by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 232. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24.

The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Visit for more information. For information on the Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, visit
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Allegiant Announces Nonstop, Low-cost Jet Service Between Savannah and Fort Lauderdale With Introductory $29.99* Fares

/PRNewswire/ -- Allegiant (NASDAQ:ALGT) today announced new, nonstop jet service between Savannah, Ga., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will begin Nov. 18. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service to the greater Savannah and Hilton Head Island areas with fares as low as $29.99* one-way.

"We're pleased to bring an affordable and convenient travel option to Savannah," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. "We are confident the residents of greater Savannah and the Hilton Head Island areas will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to Fort Lauderdale and the great deals we offer on hotels and car rentals. We look forward to a very successful partnership with the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and community officials."

"We are excited to add Allegiant as our newest airline partner," Patrick Graham, Executive Director of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, said. "Passengers from Savannah, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Low Country will now have nonstop access to Fort Lauderdale's many attractions as well as its maritime businesses. Our customers will once again benefit from low-cost airfares as well as Allegiant's affordable travel packages."

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Savannah/Hilton Head at 11:05 a.m. arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 12:30 p.m. Flights leaving Fort Lauderdale will depart at 9 a.m. arriving in Savannah/Hilton Head at 10:25 a.m. (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route.

Fort Lauderdale offers the ultimate escape to sunny South Florida, with miles of blue waterways, soft golden sand and gentle ocean breezes. Located in the center of South Florida's Gold Coast, 40 miles from Palm Beach and 25 miles from Miami, Fort Lauderdale stretches from Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach in the north of Hollywood and Hallandale Beach in the south. The area offers 300 miles of navigable inland waterways and 44,000 resident yachts, making it recognized as the "Yachting Capital of the World" and the "Venice of America." From the Blue Wave beaches, to the yacht-filled waterways, to the exotic Everglades, every visit is a fresh taste of Paradise.

Allegiant is more than an airline, it is a full-service travel company that offers great value to its customers through its hotel and car rental packages. The company partners with more than 40 of South Florida's most exciting hotel properties, including: Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa, Hollywood Beach Marriott, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Hyatt Place Miami Airport. Allegiant provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car.

Allegiant's $29.99* one-way introductory fare is limited, must be purchased by Oct. 5, 2010, and is valid for travel through March 8, 2011. Introductory fares are not available on all flights. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares on the route start as low as $39.99 one-way. Reservations can be made on the company's website at or by calling the company's travel experts at 702-505-8888.

About the $29.99* one-way fare:

* Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Oct. 5, 2010 for travel through March 8, 2011. Offer not available: Nov. 20-30, 2010, Dec. 18-31, 2010 and Jan. 1-3, 2011. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.70 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $14.99 per passenger will apply when booked on A convenience fee of $14.99 per passenger, plus $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant Air call centers. Purchases made at any Allegiant Air Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call-center fee. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of $14.99-$29.99 per bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.

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Delta Air Lines Welcomes China Airlines' Decision to Join SkyTeam Alliance

/PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today issued the following statement in support of China Airlines' decision to join the SkyTeam global airline alliance by mid-2011.

"China Airlines' extensive network and growing hub in Taipei will complement Delta's existing service to Taiwan and improve our customers' access to destinations across one of the world's fastest-growing regions," said Delta Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson. "We are honored that China Airlines, an outstanding global carrier with a proud history of customer service, has chosen to link its future growth and success with Delta and our SkyTeam partners"

Headquartered in Taipei, China Airlines is the largest airline of Taiwan, home to one of the world's most dynamic technology-driven economies. The China Airlines network will complement those of Guangzhou-based China Southern and Shanghai-based China Eastern, current and future SkyTeam members. Cooperation between these three airlines will further enhance SkyTeam's industry-leading position in Greater China. China Airlines' route network covers Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, and will help customers connect to flights of SkyTeam partners worldwide.

More information on China Airlines' application to join SkyTeam is available at

About SkyTeam

SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive global network with more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem frequent flyer miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers over 420 lounges worldwide. The 13 members are: Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, TAROM Romanian Air Transport and Vietnam Airlines. SkyTeam offers its 385 million annual passengers a worldwide system of over 12,500 daily flights to 898 destinations in 169 countries. SkyTeam celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010.

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 354 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Governor Signs Proclamation for 39th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day

In celebration of the passion for the outdoors that you share with 64 million other Americans, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages you to get out and participate in one of the many FREE celebrations that will be held in honor of the 2010 National Hunting and Fishing day.  Governor Sonny Perdue recently signed a proclamation in honor of the conservation efforts led by America’s hunters and anglers, recognizing Saturday, Sept. 25 as NHF Day in Georgia, noting the plans underway for a statewide celebration. 

Events that will be offered in Georgia include seven kids’ fishing events and five Outdoor Adventure Days (activities will differ at each event – but some highlights include archery and air rifle shooting, trout fishing, hunting dog demonstrations, wildlife programs, exhibits and more).  These events are spread out across the whole state – meaning that one is probably near you!

In addition to these events, a FREE fishing day is offered to all Georgia residents on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.  On this day, residents do NOT need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas.  In addition, residents do not need to obtain a wildlife management area license to fish on a PFA, WMA or on Waters Creek on this day.  

And if you thought the day could not get better – it just did.  Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are offering a FREE day on Sept. 25, 2010, which means no parking or admission fees. 

CHANCE TO WIN! As part of their partnership with National Hunting and Fishing Day, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. has donated an all-new 2011 Grizzly 450 with Electric Power Steering (EPS) that one lucky outdoorsman will win. The sweepstakes is being promoted at NHF Day events nationwide, and anyone can enter to win by simply registering online at through the end of November.

The U.S. Congress and President Richard Nixon established National Hunting and Fishing Day 39 years ago to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money – more than a billion dollars each year – they donate to wildlife conservation programs.  According to the proclamation signed by Governor Perdue, conserving the state’s natural and wildlife resources is one of the most important responsibilities for this and future generations, and the conservation programs supported and financed by Georgia hunters and anglers have benefited hundreds of wildlife species, including deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and songbirds for all Georgians to enjoy.

For more information on NHF Day in Georgia – including a complete listing of all events, click here.   For more on NHF Day across the nation, visit .

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Free Day: Sept. 25, 2010

Put away your wallet and pull out your fishing pole or hiking boots. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is offering free admission on Saturday, September 25 as part of National Public Lands Day. The statewide celebration is a way to thank park visitors and volunteers for their support of outdoor recreation and historic preservation.

“Georgia’s state parks and historic sites wouldn’t be here without our visitors and supporters,” said Parks Director Becky Kelley. “Free Day in the Parks is our way of thanking the thousands of people who volunteer their time, spend their vacations in the parks, or even just visit for the day. We are waiving the parking fee, but of course voluntary contributions are welcome because they help us preserve Georgia’s public green spaces.”

Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, the celebration includes dozens of family-friendly events, such as outdoor adventure day at Unicoi, a children’s fishing rodeo at Indian Springs and pioneer harvest festival at General Coffee. A full calendar of events is posted at and selected programs are listed below. Numerous volunteer projects are being coordinated by the non-profit Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites with nearly 50 chapters across the state.

On Free Day in the Parks, the regular $5 parking fee will be waived, historic sites will open their doors for free, and even anglers will not need a fishing license. September 25 is also National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at many events and locations.

“For less than a tank of gas, families can enjoy a full day of ranger programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, birding and more,” said Kelley. “All visitors will pay for are rental facilities, some events or programs, activities such as canoe rental and mini golf, and accommodations like cottages, lodge rooms or campsites.”

Modern campsites, fully equipped cottages, unique yurts and hotel-style lodge rooms provide overnight accommodations for outdoor enthusiasts who want to stay for the weekend. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-864-7275. To learn more, visit

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hawaiian, Delta Sign Codeshare Agreement

/PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Airlines (NASDAQ: HA) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced the signing of a new codesharing agreement that will offer Delta's customers access to connecting flights within the Hawaiian Islands for the first time.

Beginning Sept. 15, customers will be able to connect between their Delta flights and 70 daily inter-island flights operated by Hawaiian Airlines on a single ticket. Hawaiian flights will connect Delta customers between Honolulu and Kahului, Lihue, Kona and Hilo, as well as between Kona and Kahului. Fares will be available for sale at and other ticketing channels Sept. 12.

"While Delta is already a leader in service to Hawaii, with flights between the islands and 9 cities in the U.S. and Japan, this new codeshare agreement with Hawaiian Airlines will allow customers to connect beyond our main Hawaiian gateways to 5 popular vacation points beyond," said Charlie Pappas, Delta's managing director - Alliances.

Delta this fall will offer nonstop service between Honolulu and Atlanta; Detroit; Los Angeles; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; Seattle; San Francisco; and Salt Lake City. It also offers nonstop service between Los Angeles and Kahului airport in Maui, Lihue and Kona, and daily nonstop flights between Honolulu and Tokyo-Narita and Osaka, Japan. Delta also has announced plans to add new nonstop flights between Honolulu and Nagoya, Japan, effective Dec. 22.

Hawaiian and Delta's new codesharing agreement expands on an earlier frequent flier agreement between the two carriers that allows their respective frequent flier members to earn and redeem miles for travel on either carrier. Delta and Hawaiian have also agreed to enhance award availability by allowing SkyMiles members to book additional redemption awards on inter-island flights operated by Hawaiian. SkyMiles members will now have access to enhanced availability of awards within the islands of Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines, now in its 81st year of continuous service, is Hawaii's largest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian provides more than 150 daily narrowbody jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands, as well as daily nonstop widebody service to Hawaii from 10 U.S. gateways. It also serves the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, Tahiti, and, in the coming months, Japan and South Korea. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA) . Additional information is available at

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 354 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Celebrate National Grandparent's Day Like Never Before at the Atlanta History Center

What better way to celebrate National Grandparent’s Day than by sharing a day of fun activities and free giveaways designed especially for GrandParents and GrandChildren to enjoy together?

GrandCamp Adventures is hosting a day of special activities from noon to 5:00 pm at the Atlanta History Center to make this year’s Grandparent’s Day, Sunday, September 12th, something to remember. The History Center, featuring With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition, is offering one free youth ticket for every paid adult so everyone can come and participate in this wonderful event.

GrandCamp Adventures is hosting fun activities especially created for Grandparents and Grandkids:

- Family Treasure Hunt — Discover hidden clues and treasures throughout the Atlanta History Center’s 33 acres featuring interactive exhibitions, a discovery trail,, historic houses and gardens.

- “Here We Go!” Storytelling — Atlanta’s renowned actor and storyteller, Rob Cleveland introduces GrandCamp Adventures’ storybook Here We Go! Help Grammie, Papa and the grandkids use a quirky magic compass to find their lost family treasures.

- Live Concert and Sing-along — featuring silly and heartfelt songs from the new GrandCamp Adventures’ CD. Atlanta’s newest up and coming artists will come together in song to celebrate the special bond between grandparents and grandkids.

- Pictures — Become a meerkat in pictures from the GrandCamp Adventures storybook.

- Laugh-along Program – Loosen up and laugh with Atlanta’s own Laughter Yoga leaderd, Celeste Greene and Jean Woodall.

- Free Giveaways and Prizes – Win T-shirts, hats, buttons, CDs and GrandCamp Adventures first storybook, “Here We Go!”, and more.

GrandCamp Adventures, launching this Fall, is a company for a new generation of grandparents and grandkids who want to connect deeper, have more fun together and generate memories that will last a lifetime.

“Indoors, outdoors and online, helping grandkids and grandparents grow closer and have more fun is at the heart of everything we do,” adds founders, Patricia Babuka & Scott Schaefer.

“Whether it’s a child and grandparent connecting through stories and backyard adventures, families connecting online, or grandparents connecting through shared values and the desire to help their grandchildren become happy, engaged members of our global community, GrandCamp Adventures’ goal is to make magical moments and relationships flourish.”

Both founders share a deep commitment to family and see building the bonds between generations as a way toward making the world a better place. “We want to share and live out our belief that the most precious gift Grandparents can give their Grandkids isn’t a toy, its their time.”

“We invite you to come out to the Atlanta History Center and experience what GrandCamp Adventures is all about.”

For more information on National Grandparents Day and the GrandCamp Adventures event, visit

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Delta Offers Travel Assistance to Customers Affected by Hurricane Earl Along the U.S. East Coast

/PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) is offering customers whose flight plans may be affected by weather from Hurricane Earl the ability to make one-time changes to their travel schedules without fees. Delta's weather advisory encourages customers to consider postponing or re-routing their travel to avoid possible inconvenience from expected East Coast flight delays.

Customers booked on Delta-ticketed flights to, from or through the following cities, on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 3-4 may make a one-time change to their travel schedule without fees. Customers may immediately rebook for travel before or after their original travel dates as long as new flights are ticketed by Sept. 11, 2010.

-- Baltimore
-- Bangor, Maine
-- Boston
-- Charlottesville, Va.
-- Hartford, Conn.
-- Jacksonville, N.C.
-- Manchester, N.H.
-- Nantucket, Mass.
-- Newark, N.J.
-- New Bern, N.C.
-- Newburgh, N.Y.
-- Newport News / Williamsburg, Va.
-- New York (JFK/LGA)
-- Norfolk, Va.
-- Philadelphia
-- Portland, Maine
-- Providence, R.I.
-- Richmond, Va.
-- Washington D.C. (DCA/IAD)
-- White Plains, N.Y.
-- Wilmington, N.C.

Flight delays are possible Sept. 3-4 as a result of Hurricane Earl, and Delta may proactively reduce flight schedules to minimize delays. All customers should check their flight status at before arriving at the airport.

Travel for changed itineraries must begin by Sept. 11, 2010, and changes to origin and destination may result in a fare increase. Any fare difference between the original ticket and the new ticket will be collected at the time of rebooking. Customers whose flights are cancelled may request refunds.

Delta will continue to monitor the weather situation and provide the latest updates at

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Frontier Airlines to Provide Travelers With Flexibility in Advance of Hurricane Earl

(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to the potential impact of Hurricane Earl along the East Coast of the United States, Frontier Airlines has put the following travel policy guidelines into place for customers scheduled to travel too /from or through Newport News, Va. (PHF) or Raleigh/Durham, N.C. (RDU) on Sept. 1-4, 2010, and who purchased tickets on or before Sept. 1, 2010.

Customers who have already started their travel may make one itinerary change. Rules and restrictions regarding standard change fees, advance purchase, day or time applications, blackouts, and minimum or maximum stay requirements have been waived. Origin and destination cities must remain the same. Changes must be made by midnight, Sept. 4, 2010, and travel completed by Sept. 18, 2010.

Customers who have not begun travel may make one change to their travel plans by Sept. 4, 2010, without a change fee. All rescheduled travel may be subject to higher fares if it does not meet the original rule or booking class.

For more information regarding this weather policy or to check the status of your flight, please visit the weather updates page on

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