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[SEPT. 8, 2004]  URBANA -- With temperatures cooling, leaves falling and autumn coming on, the traditions of the season -- apples, pumpkins and fall color -- come to mind. And up-to-date information in all three areas is only the click of a computer mouse away on websites created by University of Illinois Extension.

"As families start to think about a Halloween pumpkin or where to get the best fresh apples or plan a trip to see beautiful fall foliage, three Extension websites can be very helpful," said Jane Scherer, U of I Extension urban programs specialist.

All three sites -- "Apples & More," "Pumpkins & More" and "The Miracle of Fall" -- are offered via Extension's urban program resources Web page at http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/.

"The three sites are in the 'Hort Corner' section," said Scherer.

The "Apples & More" site has information about apple varieties, nutrition, recipes, apple cider, apple orchards and apple festivals.

"The location of area pumpkin farms along with information about nutrition, recipes, and the selection and use of pumpkins can be found on the 'Pumpkins & More' site," Scherer said.


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"The Miracle of Fall" site has been consistently rated as one of the top websites for information about fall color and has been singled out by the New York Times newspaper.

"The site has regular updates on foliage -- where the leaves are turning or are expected to turn," Scherer explained. "It features a live foliage camera so you can actually see what the fall colors look like in a given area.

"Festival and events connected with fall foliage are noted. There are also links to various tours and fall foliage events in several states."

[University of Illinois news release]

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