Online reports update N.C. fall foliage

RALEIGH, N.C. — A combination of summer rainfall and cool September nights have helped bring out the colors in the higher elevations of western North Carolina, and people who want to see them can get the latest updates online.

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation says travelers can keep track of peak color through park ranger reports available online at www.visitnc.com. Updates will keep visitors posted on how fall color is progressing across North Carolina.

The fall season lasts from late September into December.

Western state parks will immediately join a list of sites reporting peak color to the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development, which features a fall foliage travel section on the website. As the season progresses, rangers in other regions of the state will submit similar reports.

Steggy statue gets fashion makeover

— Steggy, the model dinosaur outside the Cranbrook Institute of Science in suburban Detroit, is sporting a few new fashionable touches.

The museum staff arrived to find the Stegosaurus statue clad in leggings, an eye patch, spike and plate scrunchies, tail bracelets and an orange cap with a pompom on its tail.

A woman identifying herself only as Jenn said in a letter that she undertook the project to thank Steggy for inspiring her childhood love of science.

In her letter, Jenn said that Steggy gave her a place to be herself.

“As a girl, I was teased for liking paleontology and wanting to play dinosaurs with the boys,” she wrote.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ heads to Wright State

— A taste of 19th-century England is coming to Ohio as Wright State University hosts a conference and celebration marking the 200th anniversary of publication of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

“Pride and Prejudice: The Bicentennial,” running Oct. 10-12, will feature presentations by scholars from around the world, theatrical performances, an English tea party and a formal Regency Ball.

The three-day event is open to the public. It also includes displays of student research, discussion groups and opportunities for workshops.

It was conceived by Crystal Lake, an assistant English professor at the university.

Lake was a visiting fellow two summers ago at the Chawton House Library in England, near the house where Austen lived while she was writing the book.

Discussing the experience with faculty and students when she returned persuaded her there’s an enduring love for the story of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, morals, manners and marriage.

Associated Press