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Muskegon, Marquette, Grand Traverse counties win big in state outdoor recreation funding

Michigan’s outdoor recreation is expected to get a boost of nearly $37.8 million in 2021, and Muskegon County is the biggest winner of funds with a single grant for $5 million.

Marquette, Grand Traverse and Ottawa counties are also raking in big bucks from the state for recreation development and land acquisition. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board this week recommended grants totaling $37,789,600 for 76 recreation projects and land acquisitions with the goal of further access to public outdoor recreation.

Muskegon County is a clear winner this year with a $5 million grant to acquire a former sand mining property for park development. Ottawa County is in line to receive nearly $1.5 million for five different projects. Park improvements and lakefront property acquisition are on deck in Grand Traverse County with nearly $1.2 million in state funds coming their way. In Marquette County, over $700,000 will help build playgrounds and trails.

RELATED: Former Nugent Sand property eyed for park development by Muskegon County

“Easy access to the beauty of Michigan’s natural places and open spaces during a challenging, uncertain year has been a source of comfort and connection for residents across our state, and the Trust Fund is a major part of making those opportunities available,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement.

Trails, parks and the state’s forest lands – often developed or acquired with Trust Fund grants – and other “outdoor recreation resources like these are big contributors to each community’s quality of life and unique appeal,” Whitmer said.

This year, the board recommended $27,289,600 for 30 acquisition grants and $10.5 million for 46 development grants. Most of the funding is going to local governments while eight grants worth about $7.7 million will back Michigan Department of Natural Resources projects.

Development grants are expected to fund projects in Antrim, Benzie, Berrien, Calhoun, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Eaton, Genesee, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Huron, Ingham, Iosco, Jackson, Kent, Leelenau, Livingston, Mackinac, Marquette, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Find out what’s coming to your county here.

Land acquisition grants are expected to fund projects in Benzie, Berrien, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Eaton, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Huron, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lapeer, Lenawee, Macomb, Midland, Muskegon, Oakland, Ontoganon, Ottawa, Saginaw and St. Clair counties. Find out what’s coming to your county here.

This year’s projects “will make a real difference,” said DNR Director Dan Eichinger, noting the overwhelming success of Proposal 1 on the November ballot as proof of Michiganders’ support for the grant program.

RELATED: Both Michigan ballot proposals on pace to pass by record margins

Established in 1976, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is a restricted fund aimed at public acquisition of lands for resource protection and outdoor recreation, as well as for public outdoor recreation development projects. It is funded through interest and revenue from state-owned oil, gas and minerals. To date, the Trust Fund has granted more than $1.2 billion to state and local governments

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Win a stay at a UK hotel in 2021

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Bowser defends trip to Delaware to celebrate Biden win, despite travel advisories

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Tuesday defended her decision to travel Saturday to Delaware, a state with significantly higher coronavirus risk than the District, to celebrate president-elect Joe Biden’s victory and meet with his staff.

The trip, which comes as the mayor attempts to discourage interstate travel because of the pandemic, prompted questions from reporters, and derision on social media from some residents and Bowser critics.

The mayor said she was “very proud” to attend the celebration in Wilmington, and that the trip “absolutely” qualified as “essential travel” — which is exempted from Bowser’s quarantine order — because she was conducting government business on the road.

“I do a lot of things to advance the interests of the District of Columbia. Some of them are formal and some of them are informal, but all of them are necessary,” she said.

It remained unclear Tuesday whether the mayor was tested for coronavirus after returning from her trip and before appearing in public, which her office advises for people who have come into the city from a high risk state.

[In Maryland, local officials ask governor to reimpose restrictions as cases spike]

Bowser and members of her staff, including deputy mayor John Falcicchio, conversed in Wilmington with Biden strategist Symone Sanders, along with watching the outdoor speeches by Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. Bowser posted a photo of herself celebrating while wearing a mask — like everyone around her — and a “We are D.C.” scarf.

“We congratulated [Biden] team members that we saw,” Bowser said on Tuesday when reporters asked about the purpose and nature of the government business she conducted on the trip. “I congratulated the people that I saw. I had, recently, conversations with the transition team itself.”

She said that the District government will need to coordinate upcoming events with Biden’s staff. “Building a relationship with the new team is going to be important for all of us.”

The trip triggered immediate criticism from conservative media: Fox News’s headline, for example, was “DC mayor disregarded own COVID restrictions to attend Biden victory speech, defends ‘essential travel.’”

After NBC4 reporter Mark Segraves tweeted Bowser’s photograph at the celebration, a flood of residents and others responded, most of them accusing the mayor of following different coronavirus safety protocols than what she preaches for residents.

“I cancelled Passover seders and haven’t seen my friends and family in months,” reporter Jon Steingart responded.

WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle posted that Bowser’s description of her trip “might be stretching the definition of ‘essential’ just a touch/whole lot.”

[D.C. eases travel restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving holiday]

Until last week, Bowser’s mayoral order on interstate travel would have required anyone who visited Delaware (and other states with more than 10 new daily coronavirus cases on average per 100,000 residents) to quarantine at home for two weeks upon returning to the District, except those whose travel was for essential purposes.

Last week, however, Bowser replaced that order with a new one, getting rid

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Preston travel well and pull off decisive win at top-of-the-table Reading

Reading’s indifferent form continued as they were thrashed 3-0 at home by Preston, though they remain top of the Championship, three points clear of Swansea.

Scott Sinclair holding a green ball: Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

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Although the visitors dominated the first half, Reading went close to breaking the deadlock through a header from top scorer Lucas João. Preston’s Daniel Johnson missed a penalty soon after half-time but two goals in a four-minute spell – from Scott Sinclair and Emil Riis Jakobsen – put paid to the home side’s hopes. Preston added a third through Brad Potts in stoppage time to confirm their superiority.

Preston have failed to pick up a point at home this season but this was a fourth successive win in an unbeaten five-match run on their travels. “This seems to be quite common for us on the road,” their manager, Alex Neil, said. “I’m delighted with the win but I’m still a bit perplexed at how poor we’ve been at home in comparison to being away.”

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Watford were forced to come from behind to beat Stoke 3-2 in a thriller at Vicarage Road. Steven Fletcher had put Stoke in front after two minutes but Tom Cleverley restored parity just before the half-hour mark. A João Pedro penalty on 61 minutes put Watford in front but Nick Powell’s fine goal, with nine minutes left, looked to have sealed a share of the spoils. However, in stoppage time Ismaïla Sarr pounced for a dramatic winner.

Scott Sinclair holding a green ball: Scott Sinclair celebrates after scoring Preston’s first goal in their comfortable win at Reading.

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Scott Sinclair celebrates after scoring Preston’s first goal in their comfortable win at Reading.

“We didn’t feel [Watford’s first] was a goal,” said the Stoke manager, Michael O’Neill. “I’ve seen the replays and it’s clear the initial shot did not cross the line. The technology was triggered by the Watford player’s contact with [our goalkeeper] Angus [Gunn] that puts the ball over the line. We felt the referee missed a handball in the buildup to the third goal as well.”

Sheffield Wednesday were not in action but they briefly moved off the bottom after having their points deduction reduced from 12 to six. The club were hit with the deduction in July for the 2020-21 season after an independent disciplinary commission, appointed under EFL regulations, deemed they should not have included profits from the sale of Hillsborough stadium in statements for the period ending July 2018.

An independent league arbitration panel did not agree with Wednesday’s claim that a points deduction should not have been imposed but the punishment was halved, effective immediately.

However, Wycombe’s comeback win at Birmingham sent Wednesday back to the foot of the table. Gareth Ainsworth’s side were trailing 1-0 to Marc Roberts’ 40th-minute header but Scott Kashket equalised with 14 minutes to go and they secured a deserved winner in the second minute of injury time as Fred Onyedinma’s header went in off Kristian Pedersen. It takes their undefeated run to three

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How to buy 2020 World Series tickets, travel, lodging | Tampa Bay Rays win American League pennant

The Tampa Bay Rays punched their ticket to the 2020 World Series on Wednesday, and their fans can follow them to Arlington, Texas.

MLB is allowing fans to attend the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Park after doing so during the National League Championship Series in the same venue.

Fans interested in attending can buy tickets to the games at TicketSmarter or StubHub and book travel to Arlington via Trip Advisor, Expedia or Priceline, and lodging via Hotels.com or Choice Hotels.

MLB is allowing 11,500 fans into the stands at Globe Life Park — about 28% of its total capacity.

Tickets will be sold in “pods” of four contiguous seats, with each pod distanced by at least 6 feet and placed in a checkerboard pattern, with alternating rows of seats in the middle or rows and at the ends, according to ESPN. Unsold seats will be tied back.

Other than while they are eating or drinking at their ticketed seats, fans will be mandated to wear masks.

The decision to play in Arlington — a result of the coronavirus pandemic — marks the first time in history the World Series will be played on a neutral field.

The Rays advanced by defeating the Astros in the American League Championship Series in seven games. It is the second World Series appearance in Rays franchise history.

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