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Natural high in new health bars

Two entrepreneurs have studied in Germany to find a new healthy way of providing snacks to their children and the rest of Veliko Tarnovo.  They have learned how to transform nuts, seeds, cracked millet and honey into delicious alternatives to wafers and chocolate.  Many of the ingredients are sourced locally and provide a great source of energy.  The couple studied in a pastry school in Germany which has given them the skills to set up and transform a former bakery and grain store in the village of Musina.  They are adamant that all of the ingredients are natural and the new health bars don’t contain any glucose or other additives to sweeten or bind the mixture.  Other natural ingredients include pistachios, cranberries, almonds, apple, pecan and plum.  They have chosen their current location as it is more cost effective to produce the new healthy bars in Musina rather than in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo.  Similar foods are already produced or imported into Veliko Tarnovo, but this has a negative effect on cost and guarantee about the source of ingredients.

 

 

Lifestyle

Flight of the Storks

Every year we see the storks revisit their nests around the municipality of VT, but do we ever really know where they have been and the distance they travel?  Well now experts of “Green balkans” have placed transmitters and rings on 2 young storks born this year in Polikraishte.  There first few tentative flights tracked them to neighbouring roofs and electricity pylons, but since have flown to Varbitsa, 20km east of their nest.  After this first tandem voyage they have split up opted for completely different routes.  One has headed north, 95km near Rousse and the other south across the Balkan mountains near the town Yambol.

The transmitters will allow the opportunity to follow the path of young storks, witnessing their dangerous and long journey south, and with even greater hopes of their return.  The name of the study is called “White Stork and is funded by the European Business Congress to promote conservation.  This project is being implemented simultaneously in also Russia, Armenia, The Czech Rebulic and Slovenia.

 

News, Transport

Despite oppressive temperatures repairs to the city continue.

The hottest day of the year and Veliko Tarnovo workers continue to improve the city.  They are currently repairing streets and pavements around the city battling the high temperatures.  At a rapid pace they are repairing pavements on ‘Nikola Gabrovski’  and fixing the area around ‘Vasil Nevski (The Palace of Culture and Sport’.

The ‘Road Construction Crew Veliko Tarnovo’  continue to work hard work applying the second layer of asphalt on streets” Ceres “Tver”, “Toledo” and “Asti”.

As many of us flee to nearby swimming pools, air conditioned malls and other shady areas – stop and applaud the hard work from the various construction crews who are helping to make our city look as lovely as possible.

 

Lifestyle, Transport

A blue mood over car parking

Complaints are flooding in about Blue Zone parking in Veliko Tarnovo.  Residents are resenting having to pay for parking outside their own homes.  The largest problems are occurring in the old part of town and directly in the centre.  The local administration explained that tourism brings in trade and therefore tourists must have somewhere to park close to amenities and attractions.

There is a petition from locals demanding that there are alternative solutions as to where to park their cars. There was a possibility of a small parking lot in front of Tsaravets, but there is an ongoing discussion about this issue.  Further to this point is an option to build new underground and surface parking lots, including multi-storey car parking to alleviate problems with the battle for car parking spaces.

Food and Drink

Free bread distribution around VT

A bakery in Veliko Tarnovo is distributing FREE bread to anyone who maybe in need.  The euro initiative project is setting up mobile teams to visit the districts of Veliko Tarnovo and  the villages around the entire municipality.  Anyone can apply to receive the free bread supplies but the main beneficiaries are the poor and those with social benefits.  The initiative will last two weeks starting from today.  There is already an established schedule of locations and times to promote the “Campaign of free Bread”

Lifestyle

Enjoy the summer – stay hydrated

Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated.  The hot weather is set to stay and is already affecting lots of people around Veliko Tarnovo.  The department of cardiology and rheumatology has seen an increase in patients over the last few days.  Those most at risk are those with heart problems and are warned to avoid being in direct sunshine from 10:00 to 17:00 in the afternoon, stay in cool rooms with air conditioning if possible, wear clothes made of natural fabrics, wear sunglasses and a hat.
Enjoy the summer – but do it sensibly.
Lifestyle

New online tax payments

Taxes for property and vehicles can now be paid online here in the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo.  This is also true for municipalities of Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv. This online service was commissioned in May but has currently been upgraded to make life easier, particularly for those living in the villages.  Everything can be accessed through the Revenue Agency website (NRA) and in the coming months the software will expand to other municipalities.

You can obtain a free personal identification code (PIC) from any NRA office to assess your information and make payments.  For further information about this new service phone 18 700 0700 NRA.