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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.

 

 

SummerTime Weeding

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Basics of Summer Weeding

Summer is here and that means splashing in the pool, kicking back with a tall glass of iced tea and everyone’s favorite activity—weeding! Maybe we are exaggerating a little bit, but weeding is an unavoidable summer chore. The combination of summer rain and summer sun means that every plant in the yard is growing like crazy, so how can you stay on top of weed growth during the warmer months?

Do a Little Bit Every Day

Since everything in your yard grows so quickly over the course of the summer, it’s important to weed every day if possible. Practice taking 10 minutes every day when you return home to weed your yard. Putting in 10 minutes 6 days a week is equivalent to spending a sweaty hour in the sun on Sunday.
 

Get Your Hands Dirty

While there are many different weeding tools available on the market, from devices to chemicals, nothing beats the two hands that you already have. Put on a pair of gloves and weed by hand before they have the chance to flower. The longer that you wait to pull out the weeds, the more likely they are to spread and take over your flowerbeds. The best time to weed is after a period of rain while the soil is damp but not muddy. Pull weeds out from the root to get the entire plant and prevent them from re-sprouting. Weeding in dry soil often breaks the plant off before the root so it will grow right back in a couple of days.
 

Use Mulch If Necessary

Once your garden is free of weeds, mulch can help to maintain it. Weeds prefer bare soil, so a quick layer of mulch will keep weeds at bay and prevent them from popping up again.  

Information supplied by Chesapeake Landscapes

Wealth with Real Estate Rental Properties

Friday, July 07, 2017

Real Estate Corner…

 

Q. How can I build wealth with real estate rental properties?

A.  Before purchasing rental property, consider the following factors to make a good investment:

 

  • Find moderately priced properties, so you can generate more cash flow than higher priced properties.  Your tenant’s rent should cover the mortgage, utilities, and additional expenses in order to produce a cash flow.
  • Get the full cost of owning and repairing the home.  Have a property inspection before you purchase the property to identify any potential repairs.  Also, get written quotes from contractors for repairs you’ll need to make before renting out the home.
  • Carefully select your tenants.  Each time a renter leaves, you have to prep it for another tenant by paying for repairs, possible upgrades, and other costs such as advertising, credit and background checks, plus taking time to show the unit.  Long-term tenants are better for your investment, so choose wisely and treat them well!

 

To learn more, call me to request my Free Consumer Report called
“How to Avoid 8 Dumb Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make.”   

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.    

Winter Lawn Tips

Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Lawn Tips

In the winter months, most people aren’t thinking too much about their lawns and gardens. Instead, many are focusing on putting up holiday lights and staying warm by the fire. Keeping your gardening and landscaping in good shape while it’s cold out will make for an even better looking yard in the spring, though. Continuing our series on tips for taking care of your yard this winter, here are a few more ways to improve your outdoor space when it’s cold out.

Keep the debris under control
If you’ve been keeping up with raking, this shouldn’t be too difficult. You’re going to want to keep leaves and other debris off your lawn and away from your plants. One option is to mulch your leaves with a lawn mower and use the mulch in your flowerbeds. Either way, we recommend leaf removal for the health of your lawn.

Use what you’ve grown!
You spend the year growing beautiful plants and trees – now is the time to bring some of that indoors so you get a little bit of green all year long. If you have a spruce or fir tree, you can always use the clippings to make fresh smelling centerpieces and wreaths. Holly is also great this time of year.

Stock up on kitty litter, sand or sawdust
While salt melts ice efficiently, it’s not great for the environment. Runoff from melting snow can damage your lawn or garden. Avoid this by using alternatives that melt snow and ice just as well without the adverse effects.

Fertilize your lawn for the last time
If you’re trying to get the greenest lawn in your neighborhood next year, you should use winter fertilizer one more time shortly before Christmas. After that, it’s best to let Mother Nature run her course.

Keep watering your plants
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that your plants don’t need water. You don’t have to go overboard with watering, but make sure that you’re helping out, especially during warm periods.

 

Information provided by Chesapeake Landscapes 12.22.16

Save on Home & Auto Insurance

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

How To Save On Home And
Auto Insurance

 

                If you just renew insurance policies each year rather than taking the time to review your coverage and discounts, you’re likely paying too much.  Shop around annually (set a date in your calendar to help you remember) to see if you’re getting the best deal.  You can contact a broker, or use sites like Insure.com or QuoteWizard.com.  Ask your provider if they offer the following deals.

Vehicle Insurance

  • Safety devices:  Providers like State Farm and Geico offer a discount for daytime running lights, while Liberty Mutual and Travelers offer a discount for anti-lock brakes. 
  • Young drivers:  Drivers under 25 in your household can mean your rates skyrocket, but good students usually warrant a discount because they’re often safer drivers.  Insurance companies may want to see proof of a B average in school.

Home Insurance

  • Multiple plans:  If you buy auto and home insurance from the same company, you can often get 5 to 15% off your rate.
  • Land value:  Don’t mistakenly buy coverage for the price of your land in your homeowner’s policy – only include coverage for the price of the home.  Land is not at risk of theft or fire, which is what you’re protecting from. 
  • Modernizing/disaster prep:  Ask your insurer – You may be able to add storm shutters, better roofing material, or modernize your electrical or plumbing systems to help lower premiums.

Consider ways to get lower rates as soon as you purchase a new home or vehicle (homes in areas with lower crime rates or a professional fire department generally have lower rates. Vehicles with certain features like anti-theft devices can usually get a discount from auto insurers). 

Avoid Vlolent Crime

Monday, June 22, 2015

How To Avoid Violent Crime

Incidence of personal violence has dropped to its lowest levels in decades, but you should still know how to protect yourself.  According to the National Crime Prevention Council, there are several strategies to stay safe.  Here are the most useful tips organized around four common life situations:

In your car:

  Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up in stop-and-go traffic and at stoplights.

  Leave space between you and the car ahead when stopped so you can escape the line of traffic if necessary.

Walking around:

  Don’t look like a victim.  Criminals often decide on victims based on body language.  Make direct eye contact with people around you, keep your head up, and your phone in your pocket or purse. 

  If you think someone is following you, cross the street.  If a person is following you, quickly go into an open store or restaurant.  Don’t be afraid to yell for help.

When exercising:

  Don’t walk or jog alone early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.

  If you do exercise alone, let a “safe buddy” know where you’re going, and to alert authorities if you don’t check back in at a pre-appointed time.

At night:

  Of course you should park in a well-lit area close to exits, but also have your key out and ready as you approach your car door or house.

  Carry a bright flashlight, pepper spray, or a personal alarm/whistle.  Websites like www.womenonguard.com and www.tbotech.com sell these types of inexpensive devices to help you stay safe. 

If someone tries to rob you, give up your property and not your life.  If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police.  Try to give a detailed description of the attacker to help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

Life with Music

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Change Your Life With Music

                Music is an important part of life for many people, but did you know it can affect everything from eating to productivity?  Choose your playlist wisely – you don’t want to accidentally listen to “sleeptime” music when you’re completing a big project for work!  The tempo, or beats per minute (BPM) of music can affect your heart rate and brain waves. Find the BPM of songs you like at https://songbpm.com.  Here are the best types to listen to if you are –

  • Eating – Happy songs without lyrics in a slower tempo, according to a study by psychologists, will help you eat at a slower pace and actually take fewer bites per minute, to help you digest and prevent overeating (BPM varies – try around 60).
  • Relaxing – Classical, not jazz or electronic, tends to affect your brain waves to help you relax and slow down, and can even lower blood pressure.  Try listening to music by the composer Vivaldi  (about 90 BPM).  Look for music that relaxes you, then check the BPM.  That’s the number that works best for you.
  • Improving performance – Whether you’re working out or cleaning the house, play your favorite music.  Studies say your favorite music makes you happier, can boost distance/time of workout (or cleaning time), and make the task more enjoyable (try songs over 100 BPM).
  • Waking up/staying awake – Not surprisingly, faster songs can help you wake up or stay awake.  Very fast songs are great for staying awake during long car rides. Think techno or swing jazz (150 BPM and higher is perfect).
  • Saving a life – “Stayin’ Alive” by the BeeGees is a song almost everyone knows, and it’s the perfect tempo for correct CPR compressions!  If you’re ever called upon to perform this life-saving procedure, just sing this song to yourself and time compressions to the rhythm (120 BPM).

Carpet Cleaning

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

4 Clever Carpet Cleaning Tips

                Whether you have a full house of carpet or a few rugs scattered over sleek wood floors – cleaning carpets is always a pain.  Try these cleaning tips the carpet cleaner pros won’t always tell you:

  1. Pet hair problems?  The trick is to dampen the carpet first.  Spray the carpet with a spray bottle full of water, then sweep all of the hair away in one direction.

  1. Rug fringe dingy?  Take a dry scrub brush and brush away from the rug.  Then, vacuum up.

  1. Stains?  Start with seltzer water to loosen dirt.  Blot with a clean towel.  If the stain is still there, try a dab of shaving cream.  Work into the stain, let dry, then rinse with cool water.  Not budging?  After testing on an inconspicuous spot first, try 3% hydrogen peroxide to lift out a tough stain.

  1. Odors?  Dry-clean and freshen carpet by sprinkling baking soda and cinnamon or lavender and letting sit overnight.  Vacuum up in the morning.

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