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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)

Meditation

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meditation 101

  1. Sit or lie comfortably.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Breath naturally, and focus attention on the breath.  Clear your thoughts.
  4. Bring attention back to the breath if your mind wanders.
  5. Start with two or three minutes, and work up to 10 or 15 minutes.

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.    

Protect Yourself from Hospital Infections

Thursday, March 24, 2016

How To Protect Yourself From Hospital Infections

 

            People check into hospitals to overcome illness, but these supposedly sterile environments can also expose you to many germs. Luckily, there are several things you can do to protect your health if you happen to land in the hospital:

 

  1. Research your chosen hospital.  Educate yourself about laws in your state designed to create safer, healthier hospitals (hospitalinfectionrates.org), then find out what your hospital has done to control infections.  Your state’s health department can advise where you can find specific hospital statistics.

  2. Practice appropriate hand washing.  Ask that your doctors, nurses, and visitors wash their hands before touching you or items in your room.  Gloves offer a false sense of security and can be contaminated if put on by germ-infested hands.

  3. Eat from clean plates.  Consume food that has only touched the clean plate on which it is delivered.  Don’t set food on a meal tray or any other surface.

  4. Avoid contact with sick people.  This includes not just other patients but also family and friends who may be ill.

  5. Keep tubes to a minimum.  Catheters, IVs, and other tubes offer a direct line into your body.  If possible, skip them; but also ask to have all tubes removed as soon as possible after surgery.

  6. Go home.  The longer you stay in the hospital after surgery, the more likely you are to develop an infection.  Before being admitted, work with your doctor to create a recovery plan you can tackle right away in order to get out of the hospital as soon as possible.

 

Find more information about staying safe at safepatientproject.org.

Roadside Assistance Plas

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Roadside Assistance Plans

 

            Being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire or some other mechanical problem can happen to anyone at any time.  A roadside assistance plan is the kind of purchase you hope you’ll never have to use, but having the right one when you need it most can save hundreds of dollars and a massive headache.  Here’s what you need to know to choose the one right for you:

 

  • Many new cars (and some certified used cars) come bundled with assistance from auto manufacturers.   Though they are often valid for the length of the warranty, check with the dealer when you purchase. 

  • Popular roadside assistance carriers include AAA (aaa.com), Better World Club (betterworldclub.com), AARP Roadside Assistance (aarproadside.com), and Good Sam (goodsamroadside.com).  However, add-on plans are also available from cell service carriers, credit card companies, and insurance providers, though the services they cover vary.  Some may have restrictions on towing distance, the number of roadside assistance calls allowed each year, and out-of-pocket costs you may incur by using these services.

  • Because some coverage plans are for specific vehicles (such as those affiliated with a warranty), you may need additional plans for other family vehicles.  However, other plans, such as cell phone-related assistance, cover certain people.  In choosing coverage, make sure all relevant parties and vehicles in your family are appropriately protected.

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). 

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

Preventing Illness in 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The holidays are now in full swing and most people have been busily preparing for family and friends.  Along with the holidays normally comes along with illness of some sort.  Most people tend to think of the flu.  The flu is manageable for most people however it can be severe or even deadly. It is highly contagious and is spread throughout the air via coughing, sneezing, or talking.  Most people begin spreading the disease about 1 day prior to showing symptoms, and may continue to be contagious up to 1 week after the symptoms have presented.

 

Signs and symptoms of the flu may be mild to severe.  The most common symptoms are fevers/chills, fatigue, headache, body aches, stuffy or runny nose, coughing, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  People who have the flu normally do not have all the symptoms but a combination of symptoms.  More severe symptoms may differ from child to adult.  If you have a child that is experiencing fast or trouble breathing. fever with a rash, lack of interest to play or interact, doesn't want to be touched or held, decreased fluid intake, bluish skim coloration, or mild flu-like symptoms that improve but return with a worse fever and cough take them to the closest ER.  If you experience difficulty breathing, sudden dizziness, confusion, pain/pressure in chest/abdomen, severe or persistent vomiting, or mild flu-like symptoms that improve but return with a worse fever or cough then go to the closest ER. 

 

The best way to prevent getting the flu is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 secs.  Those in the medical field are taught in school to sing the alphabet song while washing.  If soap and water are not available then use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.  The second best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine.  Some people however are not good candidates for getting the flu vaccine, so make sure you consult your doctor before getting one.  The flu vaccine will introduce your body to a non-harmful strain, which will cause your body to build a memory of the strain.  When the body builds up this memory, it will know how to fight against the real virus to prevent getting sick or will prevent the more severe symptoms which could be deadly.  Try to get plenty of rest,drink plenty of fluids, and exercise during the winter months.  This will help keep your immune system in top shape to fight off any infections you may get.  Also, try to stay away from people who are coughing and sneezing.

 

Not everyone may be able to prevent the flu this year.  If you do get sick your best and fastest way to recovery is to stay home from work or school.  That will prevent others from catching it from you.  Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and get lots of sleep.  Take over the counter medicine as needed and as directed by the manufacturer.  Most people can manage symptoms by abiding by those tips, but feel free to consult your doctor if you are concerned or your symptoms get worse.  However, if you do present with mild symptoms and still go into work, make sure you wash your hands often with soap and water.  You should cover you sneezes and coughs.  The most efficient way to do this  is by sneezing or coughing into your bent elbow.  If you use a tissue to cover you sneeze/cough or to blow your nose, wash your hands immediately afterwards.  Disinfect your work area by wiping down your phone, keyboard, doorknobs, and other workplace equipment.

 

If you have any other concerns or questions contact your doctor's office, your local health department, or the cdc. I hope you now have the information needed to keep you and your family healthy.  Have a Happy, Safe, and HEALTHY New Year!


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