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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.

 

 

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.    

Fall Home Maintaince Tips

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

OCTOBER HOME HINTS

October means the weather is about to turn cold, which brings along with it, a number of homeowner tasks.  Among them are:

  • Roof….check for cracked, missing or loose shingles
  • Trees….trim branches from house and/or windows
  • Check weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors, repair or replace if necessary.
  • Store paints, caulk, and liquid material from areas that get extreme cold and sheds
  • Detach and store hoses
  • Open and bleed all hose bibs so they don’t freeze and burst pipes
  • Clean gutters of all leaves and debris and make sure all downspouts are in good repair
  • Set thermostats and automatic sprinklers for the winter season
  • Reverse fan blades for winter settings
  • Ensure your fire extinguishers indicate a full charge.  If not, replace for safety
  • Schedule your HVAC contractor for your routine winter check up before turning on your heat
  • Clean out and prepare your fireplace
  • Professional clean chimney, if you didn’t in the spring
  • Order and stack firewood for the winter
  • Replace batteries in your smoke detectors

Spring Maintenance

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Now that spring has arrived early this year, here are some helpful tips to help you maintain your and help save you some money.
 
Gutters.....make sure you check your gutters for clogs.  They tend to accumulate debris and leaves during the winter so remove them and help your gutters drain properly.  Also, check to make sure they are securely attached to your house.

Shrubs and Trees......Make sure you maintain your shrubbery by pruning and remove any organic debris.  This will help shape and improve their health, which gives your house "curb appeal".

Decks/Patios.....Check your deck for rotting wood and and any boards/rails that may need to be replaced.  Make sure it doesn't squeak when you walk on it.  Also check your patio for cracks that may need to be fixed.

Pipes.....Check your pipes for any leakage that may occurred during the winter.  Check your shutoff valves, for each plumbing fixture, to make sure they function properly.

Sump Pumps........with spring comes April showers.  Make sure your sump pump has a new battery in the backup.  Also look  oil that may present from in the water.  This could mean you have a faulty oils seal, which could ultimately burn up the motor.

Air Conditioner.....Make sure you get a professional air conditioning  inspector out to check this.  They know what is needed to maintain it and keep it working properly during the upcoming hot months!  Nothing is worse than having your AC not work during the hottest day of the year!

Batteries.....Check you batteries in you smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  They should be changed and checked atleast once a year, but a good rule of thumb is to check and change with daylight savings time.  These batteries could ultimately save your life and your home possessions.

Fireplaces.....I know winter is over, but now is the time to get it cleaned and service by a professional chimney sweep.  That will save you the hassle in the fall when everyone is trying to get ready for old man winter.

These are just some minor tips that you can do during these nice days.  They don't take long and could save you a headache in the long run.


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