Marysville: Vibe Hotels in Australia is Grooving a Little Differently Now

Australian hotel brand, Vibe Hotels, is tackling two things at once–expansion and rebranding–when they open their newest property next year, near the Yarra Ranges National Park, outside of Melbourne.

The new Vibe design is a far departure from the lime green and purple color scheme sported at other properties. Those dated hues are being traded for a more sophisticated and modern blue, which is more reflective of the local surroundings.

Tucked away near the Yarra Ranges National Park, this property will be a sub-alpine retreat that features local artwork and locally sourced seasonal produce in its new signature restaurant Radius Bar & Grill. Vibe’s riverside location will also make for a perfect escape from the city,

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Thieves target Sheboygan disc golf courses – The Sheboygan Press

If someone offers you a good deal on a secondhand disc golf basket, buyer beware.

The basket from Hole No. 6 at Quarryview Park was stolen sometime Nov. 16, and local disc golf devotees are upset.

“A lot of people are kind of mad about it,” said Patti Wield, who with her husband Dennis operates The Shack at Vollrath Park.

The Wields have become the unofficial go-to people for anything related to disc golf in Sheboygan, including at Jaycees’ Quarryview Park.

“There’s a bunch of guys that play every single Sunday morning, they first noticed it,” Wield said. “Then we just kept getting calls all Sunday morning from people who were going there to play. The word does get around.”

The basket, which is worth about $400, was probably hauled out of the ground, pole and all, by a truck that someone drove onto the course just before the big hill, she said.

“We’ve reached over 4,000 people on Facebook about this,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s going to go anywhere or help. We’re just trying to get the word out, if anybody knows anything. Somebody knows something.”

This is the second time this has happened recently. In August of 2013, a disc golf basket vanished from the course at Vollrath Park, Wield said.

In that case, the Wields had a spare basket and were able to replace it right away. There are no more spares, so it’ll be up to the Jaycees and the city to decide what to do, she said.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Sheboygan Police Department at 920-459-3333 or the Wields at 920-208-0208. A reward will be offered for information that leads to the return of the basket.

Wield said she doesn’t know why anyone would want one disc golf basket.

“The only thing I can think of is we’re going to be watching Craigslist to see if someone’s trying to sell it,” she said. “Or, someone has property up north somewhere, and they’re stealing a basket to bring it up there.”

Thieves target Sheboygan disc golf courses – The Sheboygan Press

Volkswagen Golf R Variant ready to haul ass, stuff – Autoblog (blog)

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

Volkswagen seems to be playing a cruel trick on the American automotive public at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s displaying its sexy Golf R Variant with no clear intention of actually selling the model here. The hot wagon launches in Europe in the spring, but the automaker makes absolutely no mention of the model’s prospects in the US. Hopefully, its appearance in LA at least indicates VW is considering bringing it stateside.

The great thing about this wagon is that it has everything that the regular Golf R offers, but there’s even more room to carry stuff. The same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive. Performance is very close, too, with the Variant R taking 5.1 seconds to get to 62 miles per hour versus the 4.9 seconds the standard R needs to read 60 mph. The two of them also have the same tech goodies like ESC Sport stability control and multiple damping modes. The real advantage to opting for the estate is its ability to carry up to 57.2 cubic feet of cargo in the back.

This hot rod wagon would seem to be perfect for the family that needs to haul some extra junk in the trunk, but doesn’t want to sacrifice performance. Whether the Variant R makes it to the US remains a mystery, though. Scroll down to read the specs and feel a twinge of jealousy.

Volkswagen Golf R Variant ready to haul ass, stuff – Autoblog (blog)