Lose Yourself In These Portland-Area Corn Mazes

The air is getting colder, the leaves are turning, and the sun is setting sooner—telltale signs that it’s fall. Celebrate by navigating your way through the dead ends, endless circles, and random pathways of Portland’s hyper-designed corn mazes, then treat yourself to seasonal favorites like apple cider donuts or caramel apples. (Pro tip: If you’re headed to Sauvie Island, beat the crowds and the traffic by getting an early start.) 

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch

16511 NW Gillihan Road, Portland
Price: kids and seniors are $6, and adults are $8

The 2021 theme of the 8-acre “Maize” is Bridgetown, celebrating the bridges that connect Portlanders to one another. Fuel up for the maze at the Pumpkin Patch’s café with burgers and German sausages, and make sure to grab some of their caramel apples.

Bella Organic Farm

16205 NW Gillihan Road
Price: kids, seniors, and adults on weekdays are $8; on weekends adults are $10. Fast passes are available to skip the lines for $45.

This 7-acre maze features the timely theme “United Against Hate.” On Fridays and Saturday nights throughout October, the maze is transformed into a haunted attraction for the bravest groups. Important note: vendors and ticket booths only accept cash.

Topaz Farm

17100 NW Sauvie Island Road
Price: ages 6-12 are $5, and $10 for ages 13 and up.

A special end of season haunted maze and family friendly hoe-down/bonfire on Friday, October 29 is $15 for kids, $35 for adults. Tickets need to be bought in advance for this event.

Topaz Farm made two mazes to better serve all age groups: one short path for the younger ones, and a larger and more challenging maze for the rest that becomes haunted on Halloween weekend. The farm worked with six local artists, including Jack Kent from Sketchy People, Stephanie Choi, and Jason Walton, to showcase their art within the 7-acre maze. Guests can also visit some of the farm’s animals, including mini donkeys, goats, and a dwarf cow, or load up on seasonal foods like house-made ice cream and pies.

Fazio Farms

9028 NE 13th Ave
Price: $5

Fazio Farms is making their maze as COVID-friendly as possible by reducing corn stalk height and making the paths 6 feet wide. Although the stalks are shorter for COVID safety and increased ventilation, they promise that the height of the maze doesn’t change the level of difficulty. Young ones can also check out the hay maze and a large slide while parents grab popcorn and pickles to fuel up.

Liepold Farms

14050 SE Richey Rd, Boring
Price: ages 2-13 are $15, ages 14 and up are $20.

Established in 1952, Liepold Farms works all year round to provide fresh and local produce such as berries, sunflowers, and pumpkins. Their corn maze takes up six acres, and this year’s theme is “Pollination Party” (Look for decorative Easter eggs that echo this theme throughout the farm). While working through the maze, try and find all the dead ends to win a prize, or stay until night to work through the maze in the dark. Reward yourself for making it through with some of their specialty donuts, including apple cider mini-donuts served on weekends only.

French Prairie Gardens

17673 French Prairie Road, St. Paul
Price: admission $12 on weekdays, $20 on weekends.

French Prairie Gardens goes above and beyond the average corn maze by adding three other kinds of mazes. Besides the four-acre corn maze, guests can also find an in-bloom sunflower maze, a hay maze for the kids, and finally a challenging rope maze. They just opened their newest attraction, the 150-foot-long Super Mega Ride ‘n’ Slide, (must be at least 42 inches tall to ride) so slide over to check that out as well.

Hoffman Farms

22242 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton
Entrance to farms is free; corn maze is $6

The largest maze on our list belongs to Hoffman Farms, spreading across 10 acres. On weekends, you can also fuel up at their BBQ truck, and relax after you make it through the maze by listening to live music.

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FT readers: your favourite restaurants in Singapore

The Coconut Club is a cheap, cheerful and colourful restaurant with a spotlight on the classic street-food nasi lemak. Several versions are on offer but the best is the original ayam goreng, or spiced fried chicken, which comes with coconut rice, fried egg, crispy anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and sambal. Fill your spoon with little bit of each and take a big bite. There are cocktails and mocktails, but I would go for a bottled beer from Singapore or an iced calamansi (lime) with sour plum to take away some of the spice. Afterwards, take a walk around one of Singapore’s prettiest preserved neighbourhoods and its original shophouses. (Website; Directions)

— Roselyn Helbling, gourmet traveller, Dubai

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NYC Passes Landmark Laws to Protect Delivery Workers

Members of the grassroots organization Los Deliveristas Unidos

Today’s vote is an expected victory for delivery workers.
Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

The City Council has passed a historic slate of bills meant to improve working conditions for New York City’s delivery workers. It’s a big deal: The package — a direct response to the activism of Los Deliveristas Unidos, a group of mostly immigrant delivery workers — ensures delivery drivers bathroom access and minimum pay per trip, among other long-overdue protections.

“We’ve seen them face everything from COVID-19 exposure to waist-deep flood waters to violent attacks, all in a day’s work,” Councilmember Carlina Rivera, who’s worked closely with Los Deliveristas, told Grub via email before the vote. “The package of bills passing today marks a critical first step toward securing rights, protections, and justice for our delivery workers.”

The measures even had support from at least one major delivery platform: a spokesperson for GrubHub told The City that the company “supports the proposals … that would provide a number of new protections.”

So what are those proposals, exactly, and how do they affect delivery workers? Here’s a breakdown of the basics:

Delivery workers will (finally) be allowed to use the bathroom
During the pandemic, the right to pee became a hot-button issue. Most other bathroom options had evaporated, and yet many restaurants wouldn’t let delivery workers use their bathrooms (even though, one might note, those same delivery workers were a lifeline for restaurants, which for months were prohibited from serving on the premises at all). New York City still won’t have an actual public-bathroom infrastructure, but a bill from Councilmember Rivera requires restaurants to allow delivery workers to use their restrooms as long as they’re picking up an order. Restaurants caught denying workers access will face fines — $50 for the first offense and $100 for every violation after.

There will be minimum per-trip payments
On average, delivery workers earn $7.87 an hour before tips, or about half of the city’s minimum wage, according to a recent report from the Workers’ Justice Project and the Worker Institute at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. With tips, that goes up to $12.21 — still well below the minimum. This bill changes that by establishing minimum per-trip payments independent of tips.

Apps will have to tell customers where their tips go
Any app that solicits tips will now be required to disclose to customers exactly where that money goes. That means laying out how much of each tip goes to the delivery worker, in what form it gets to the delivery worker (is it cash?), and whether the tip is paid out immediately.

The apps will also be required to extend that kind of transparency to delivery workers, who will be immediately notified if they’d been tipped, how much they’d been tipped, whether a customer had made changes to an existing tip, and, if a reason was provided, why. Every day, the platforms will now be required to alert workers of their total earnings — in both compensation and gratuities — from the day before.

Payment — and payment schedule — will be more regulated
This one is relatively straightforward: Delivery platforms will no longer be allowed to charge workers any fees to receive wages and tips, will be required to pay workers at least once a week, and are required to offer at least one payment option that doesn’t require a bank account.

Delivery companies will have to provide workers with insulated bags
Those ubiquitous thermal delivery bags? They’re an unofficial job requirement, workers say, and could run them up to $60 out of pocket. Now, though, food-delivery apps will be required to make the insulated bags available to any courier who has completed at least six deliveries for the company, and are prohibited from charging any money for the bags.

Workers can limit their personal delivery zones
The most controversial of the bunch, delivery workers will now be able to set limits on how far they’re willing to travel for a delivery. The’ll also be able specify whether or not they’ll accept trips over bridges and tunnels — known danger zones for e-bike couriers — without penalty.

For Sergio Ajche, a Guatemalan food-delivery worker and organizer with Los Deliveristas, this is only the beginning. “These six bills will help workers, but they’re not enough,” he told The City yesterday. “Only time, each passing day will inform us what else we should change and demand. Every day more delivery workers are getting together and the movement grows. We’re making progress.”

The package now goes to de Blasio — a supporter of the measures — to sign.

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Why Newsom Is Telling California Voters to Leave Half the Ballot Blank

Unlike the sprawling forms Californians usually contend with in the voting booths, the ballots for the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom ask only two questions:

Should Newsom be recalled? And who should replace him?

But, if my inbox is any indication, the short ballot is far from simple.

I’ve gotten questions from opponents of the recall who want to know whether answering the second question will invalidate their “no” vote on the first (it won’t). Some Democrats are looking for guidance on choosing the least conservative Republican replacement, in case the recall succeeds. And many voters are befuddled as to why Newsom has been telling people to ignore the second question all together.

“The single greatest confusion of this election is what your rights are in participating in the replacement election,” Raphael Sonenshein, the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, told me. “Voting should be simple, and this is not so simple.”

California’s peculiar recall laws dating back to 1911 shoulder most of the blame for this mess.

Recalls here are a two-step process: Voters decide whether to remove a candidate from office, and also who should be the replacement. (There are some states where the lieutenant governor automatically takes over for a recalled governor, but most states have voters select the replacement.)

What’s unusual about California’s law is that it requires both elections to happen on the same day, on the same ballot. And the incumbent, in this case Newsom, is barred from running in the replacement election.

So that leaves Democrats to negotiate a tricky political calculus: How do you endorse a replacement candidate when you don’t want the governor to be replaced at all?

Well, there’s Option A: Support a politically aligned Democrat in the replacement race and hope the candidate isn’t so popular that people vote to recall Newsom because they’d prefer the backup. Or, Option B: Ignore the second question and focus on the first.

The latter seems to be Newsom’s strategy. “One question. One answer. No on the recall. Move on. Send in the ballot,” the governor said recently.

In the 2003 recall election of another Democratic governor, Gray Davis, the party went the other route. Cruz Bustamante, the popular Democratic lieutenant governor, ran as a replacement candidate. Yet when Davis was ousted, he was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican candidate.

Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, said there’s no evidence that having a prominent candidate from your party on the replacement ballot increases your odds of staying in office. In other words, Newsom’s strategy may be the best way for him to win the recall.

“When you’re in the majority, it makes a lot of sense to have a stark choice, and having two different people to vote for is not a stark choice,” Spivak said. “The optics of saying ‘Ignore the second question,’ I think that’s particularly bad, but not necessarily the logic behind it, which makes a lot of sense.”

Bustamante himself, who now runs a consulting firm, told The Los Angeles Times last month that he supported the party’s decision not to endorse a replacement. On his own ballot, he said, he left the second question blank.

Still, confusion reigns.

In a poll released Wednesday, 49 percent of likely voters said they either wouldn’t fill out the second question or didn’t know who to vote for. Some California newspapers that have endorsed voting against the recall have recommended leaving the second question blank, while others have urged the opposite.

I’ve gotten a handful of emails from people who said they wrote in Newsom’s name for the second question, even though they knew it wouldn’t count. They just didn’t know what else to do.

Jessica Levinson, who teaches election law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said it was a “disaster” that members of the Democratic Party, who are supposed to be champions of voting rights, are advising people to leave parts of their ballots blank.

“Why would you say don’t even exercise your right to weigh in for who the next governor could be?” she said.

Levinson added that it was strategic for the Democratic Party not to endorse an alternative to Newsom. He will most likely run for governor again in 2022, she said, and it would be easier to win against a Republican, especially one who secured only a small fraction of votes in the recall election.

For more:

  • The New York Times has answers to your frequently asked questions about the recall election. Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to endorsements by California newspapers.

  • Democrats are hoping the new Texas law banning most abortions will motivate voters to support their party. Newsom warned on Twitter this week that the Texas ban “could be the future of CA” if the recall were successful. Read more from my colleague Reid J. Epstein on the political ripples of the Texas legislation.

  • In case you missed it, a poll released on Wednesday shows strong support for Newsom, with 58 percent of likely voters saying they would reject the recall. Read more from Politico.

  • In 1911, California voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that made the state the third to allow recalls. I wrote about the history of recalls this week.

  • More than five million ballots have already been turned in. Keep track here.

In her latest newsletter, The Times’s California restaurant critic, Tejal Rao, shares panzanella recipes, which give a second life to stale bread.

Today’s travel tip comes from Mackenzie Skye, a reader who recommends visiting Mendocino, which she calls “truly one of the most beautiful places.”

Tell us about the best spots to visit in California. Email your suggestions to [email protected]. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.

This week I finished reading “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by the journalist James Nestor. It’s no easy feat to write about biology and medicine in a breezy, even funny way, but Nestor pulls it off.

The Dapper Dans, the pinstripe-suit-clad, straw-hat-wearing, a cappella singing group, is returning to Disneyland on Friday.

The barbershop quartet is set to return to Main Street U.S.A. as part of the next phase of the park’s reopening, reports The Orange County Register.

The group had its first rehearsal last week after the pandemic kept it apart for 17 months. The Dans are prepping Halloween dance numbers and songs, plus a bonus.

“We’re working on one little extra thing,” John Glaudini, a Disney Live Entertainment music producer, told the newspaper. “A little gift.”

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back on Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Beach house support (5 letters).

Steven Moity and Miles McKinley contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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Manitoba to lift last of fire and travel restrictions amid rainy weather

The last of Manitoba’s travel and fire restrictions are being lifted thanks to the recent rainy weather.

In a release on Tuesday, the Manitoba Wildfire Service said the last restrictions which had been in place in Area 4 are being lifted at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

“Manitobans are reminded there are still some areas where the risk of wildfire may still exist even after the rain, therefore caution is required,” the province said in a release.

Manitobans in this area will once again be able to get burning permits through local or regional Manitoba Conservation and Climate offices. The province said campfires are permitted only in approved pits.

All trails in provincial parks have been reopened.

The province said as of Monday, 115 fires were burning in the province. Of these fires, 10 are out of control, four fires are being held, and 11 are under control. There are 81 fires that are being monitored by the province.

The largest of Manitoba’s out-of-control fires is more than 10,800 hectares in size. The fire is burning near the Bloodvein First Nation, and has been since July 16.

Manitobans are reminded to check with local municipal offices for more information about burning restrictions, as many municipalities have implemented their own restrictions. More information can be found online.

Manitobans can report a wildfire by calling 911 or the toll-free tip line at 1-800-782-0076.

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MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: James Halstead’s divi record raises floor


MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: Our tip James Halstead’s dividend record raises the floor

The last time flooring group James Halstead failed to raise its dividend was when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister. That was in the mid-1970s, some 45 years ago. 

The board juggled payments last year in response to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, but was ultimately able to raise the dividend to a new record of 14.25p, marking almost half a century of unbroken growth. 

The decision reflects Halstead’s culture as a family-style business that combines financial conservatism and product innovation. 

Founded in 1915, the business is still run by a scion of the original family, Mark Halstead, and still operates out of Greater Manchester. 

Set in stone: The last time flooring group James Halstead failed to raise its dividend was when Harold Wilson (pictured) was Prime Minister

Set in stone: The last time flooring group James Halstead failed to raise its dividend was when Harold Wilson (pictured) was Prime Minister

Today Halstead’s floors are sold to customers right across the globe, all the way from Scott Base in Antarctica to Svalbard Hotells in northern Norway. 

The company invented vinyl sheet flooring, known as Polyflor, in the 1940s and this remains the cornerstone of its success, used in schools, stations, offices, shops and homes in 180 countries worldwide. 

Hospitals are major customers too. About a quarter of Halstead’s revenue comes from the healthcare sector and virtually every NHS trust uses its flooring, as do hundreds of Covid-care and vaccination facilities worldwide. 

A focus on healthcare helped Halstead to withstand the worst effects of the pandemic, while its ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances allowed the firm to gain market share from larger rivals. 

In a trading update earlier this month, Halstead said he expected record results for the year to June 30, 2021, with analysts looking for a 7 per cent increase in sales to £255million and an 11 per cent rise in profits to £49million. 

Further growth should be forthcoming this year and beyond. The group has been making strong gains in America, with medical facilities particularly attracted to the firm’s hard-wearing and well-priced vinyl flooring. 

Other international markets are in Halstead’s sights, too. Overseas expansion was curtailed during the pandemic, but is gradually regaining momentum and should deliver results as travel becomes less challenging. 

Closer to home, Halstead’s luxury vinyl tiles, which look like wood or stone, are increasingly popular among homeowners, not just in kitchens and bathrooms but also in home offices and gyms. 

Like most manufacturers, the group has been hit by a shortage of raw materials, as well as higher shipping costs and absenteeism among employees exposed to the coronavirus. 

While these may create some short-term issues, the firm’s long-term prospects remain robust. 

Midas verdict: Midas recommended James Halstead shares in November 2018 at £3.72. They have risen 55 per cent since then to £5.50 and should continue to gain ground. A proud British business with a global reputation, Halstead has repaid shareholders handsomely. A strong, long-term hold. 

Traded on: AIM Ticker: JHD Contact: or 0161 767 2500 

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