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DARLINGTON APPLE FESTIVAL

Friday, October 06, 2017

DARLINGTON, MD - It's fall and that means it's time for the Darlington Apple Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Darlington Apple Festival happens every year the first Saturday in October. It is a rain-or-shine event.

Here are all the things you need to know.

When: The Darlington Apple Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

What: Enjoy a day in the country with vendors, crafters, apples, produce, family activities, live musical entertainment and refreshments. Hay rides will be available behind Darlington United Methodist Church, 2118 Shuresville Road, Darlington, and so will pony rides. A cornhole tournament is also planned.

Live music will be provided by the following:

How Big: About 50,000 people attend the Darlington Apple Festival each year. The festival started in 1986.

What Not To Bring: Neither pets nor alcohol is permitted.

How To Get There

The Darlington Apple Festival is at 2120 Shuresville Road in Darlington.

Shuresville Road will be closed at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Shuttle service to the festival will be available at Chesapeake Harley-Davidson (4600 Thunder Court), the Darlington firehouse (2600 Castleton Road) and the field across from the High's gas station (4585 Conowingo Road).

Handicapped parking is on the grounds of Darlington Elementary School. To get there from MD Route 161/Darlington Road, take a right onto Old Quaker Road and then proceed on School Road. Signs for handicapped parking will be posted.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff)

Paint like a Pro

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Paint Like A Pro

 

      Whether you’re inspired to splash a new hue across a room’s walls or they’re just due for a fresh coat of the same ol’ color, make sure you DIY with these tips in mind.

 

Choose your paint wisely.  It’s important to choose indoor paint for indoor paint jobs.  Water-based paint is easy to use and clean up, while oil-based paint is more appropriate for specialty jobs.  Check with an expert at the paint store to choose the right type of paint for your situation.

 

Prep like a pro.  This may take more time than the actual painting itself, but take your time here to avoid mistakes. Prep work includes:

  • Laying down drop cloths.
  • Cleaning off dirty areas.
  • Filling in holes in the walls with spackle.
  • Sanding any uneven surfaces.
  • Priming the walls, if needed.
  • Taping off non-paint zones like outlets and molding.

 

Do detail work.  Use a thin brush to paint around window and door frames, baseboards, and trim.

 

Use a roller brush.  Roll the full height of the wall and keep a wet edge.  Start near a corner, and move over slightly with each stroke of paint.  Don’t let the roller become dry, and paint so the open side of the roller frame faces the area that is already painted.

 

Let it dry.  Once your entire paint job is dry, make sure everything is evenly coated.  Add a second coat as needed.  Wait at least 24 hours before removing the tape between the painted walls and unpainted places.  Use a sharp utility knife or box cutter to slice the tape; do not just pull it off.

 

 

Student Loans

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beat Those Student Loans!

 

            Even if they’re financially savvy, a lot of Americans continue to carry student loan debt with them for years after they’ve graduated from college.  Use these strategies to shake off that heavy financial burden:

 

  • Make it a priority.  Yes, you have a lot of bills to pay, but focus on paying off student loans so you can turn your attention to saving for retirement.
  • Create a repayment plan that works.  Make sure the date your student loan payment is due works with your monthly budget, and consolidate your loans so you only need to make one monthly payment.
  • Focus on variable private loans.  The interest rates on these loans can quickly change, so pay as much toward them as possible while also putting at least a minimum monthly contribution toward fixed-rate federal loans.

Sign up for auto-deductions.  If you opt for auto-deductions, you won’t accidentally miss a payment date.  Plus, all government and some private lenders charge a slightly lower interest rate if you pay this way.

2017-2018 TAXES

Thursday, July 06, 2017

ATTENTION BALTIMORE COUNTY HOMEOWNERS

URGENT AND IMPORTANT


Baltimore County has sent out incorrect bills for your 2017-2018 Taxes.   This was done in error.   The county has said they will be sending out corrected bills and will be extending the discounted dates.   Please take caution with your bill and make sure you are paying the proper amount.   If you have an escrow and your mortgage company is paying the taxes, please notify them about the error.    

BelAir Aldi

Monday, January 09, 2017

Bel Air ALDI Announces Grand Opening Date

The ALDI store in Bel Air is opening soon at the Bel Air Plaza, with a ribbon-cutting, giveaways and more planned.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff) - January 6, 2017 6:56 am ET

 

BEL AIR, MD — In two weeks, the anchor space that has been vacant for nearly two years in the shopping center on US 1 at MD 24 will be up and running with a new grocer.  ALDI will open at the Bel Air Plaza on Thursday, Jan. 19.

The anchor space in the Bel Air Plaza has sat vacant since Mars closed in January 2015. To celebrate the new ALDI store, several activities are planned.  First, there will be a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Once the store opens its doors, the first 100 shoppers to enter will receive "golden tickets," or ALDI gift cards of various amounts. On opening day, all shoppers can enter a sweepstakes to win produce for a year. The store is also planning to give away product samples and distribute eco-friendly bags on its first day in business.

Digital Photo Overload

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Manage Digital Photo Overload

 

            Smartphones have made it easier than ever to shoot photos at a moment’s notice, but with this ease comes a new problem: What to do with all of those images?  Organize them with these simple tips:

 

  • Junk the bad photos as soon as you take them.  Don’t save anything you won’t print, use, or look at later.
  • Upload photos to your computer regularly and sort them into organized folders.  Create folders for each year, and within each year, make sub-folders for specific events or holidays.  Use simple names, like “Family Reunion.”  Move relevant photos into the folders, and delete them from your phone.
  • Share as appropriate.  Don’t overload email messages with data-heavy images.  Instead, upload select photos to a photo-sharing site like Picasa (picasa.google.com) or Flickr (flickr.com) and distribute a link to family and friends.  Continue to print your favorite photos for framing or create an annual photo book.
  • Invest in a cloud service or use an external drive to back up photos.  Services like Mozy (mozy.com) and Carbonite (carbonite.com) automatically backup copies of computer files.

Cheap Airfare

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Find The Cheapest Airfare

 

            With so many airlines, routes, connections, and extra fees, it can be hard to unearth the cheapest airfare for your needs.  Follow these suggestions to book your next flight with confidence:

 

ü  Search far in advance (but not too far).  A study by CheapAir.com suggests that, on average, booking seven weeks out for domestic flights and 11-12 weeks in advance for international flights is best. 

ü  Flights are cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

ü  Be a flexible traveler by searching with a couple extra days or weeks on either side of the preferred departure date.  Many flight booking sites such as kayak.com offer flexible travel as an option when you search for flights.

ü  Delete cookies from your computer before looking up flights online a second time.  Sites store your search data and know you’re a potential buyer, so prices are likely to be higher than originally posted. 

ü  Fly into a different city.  Look at flights into nearby airports or within the destination’s region.  In Europe, for example, it may be cheaper to fly into a nearby city then take the train to your destination.

TAX FREE SHOPPING IN TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This year, once again, Maryland will offer tax free shopping.  It will start August 9th through August 15th.  See below for more information....

http://comptroller.marylandtaxes.com/Public_Services/Agency_Information/Office_of_the_Comptroller/Comptroller_Initiatives/Shop_Maryland_Tax-free_Week/

Make Money

Friday, June 05, 2015

Your Junk Could Be Worth $$

Ever wonder if your garage or attic might have a treasure you didn’t realize you had?  Here are a few surprise objects you should check the values for before you toss them:

Old electronic game consoles and games:  The ones from the ‘70s and ‘80s are collectible. Consoles can range from $100 to almost $4,000!  Check RarityGuide.com for values for these items.

Rock band posters:  Rare posters from big rock bands from the ‘50s and ‘60s can be worth a lot of money, but even old posters from unknown bands can be worth something if the art is well-done. PosterCentral.com is a good place to start checking.

Empty boxes from collectibles:  It’s well-known that items still in their boxes are worth more, but what if you just have the box?  The iconic blue vintage boxes from Tiffany & Co. can be worth something, and boxes from toys like train sets or Star Wars have been sold for around $100.  Check Ebay.com to see if you can price your prize.

Knowing the Importance of Your Credit Score

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

 

    Credit Score Ranges    300-850

 

 

THE "Y"

    Your credit score is a reflection of your credit worthiness.  It is important to have a high credit score when looking to make a large purchase, a car, a home, etc. Your credit worthiness is reviewed even when applying for employment. 

 

THE "HOW"

        The following tips will help keep your credit score strong;

·         Keep credit card balances under 50% of the maximum limit.

·         Watch out for rebates on credit cards ; ie. gifts/gift cards, air mileage, etc.

·         Avoid activation of overdraft protection on checking account. 

·         Avoid NO payments/NO interest credit on new purchases

What Happens If You Have NO Credit?

    Lenders can use alternative credit ie. rental payments, utilities(cell, BGE, cable) medical, insurance are just a few types of alternative credit.

 

Best Way to Establish Credit?

·         Gas credit cards,

·         Secured credit card

·         Become an authorized user on someone else's credit card

§  BEWARE: Be sure that "someone else" has good credit and pays on time

 

Pull your credit report once a year to make sure there are no mistakes on your report. Be careful when pulling online, this should be a free service...DO NOT give any information for payment, ie. checking account number, credit card number


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