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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

Harford County Waste Dispo0sal Center Hours

Monday, May 23, 2016

Harford County Waste Disposal Center Extending Service Hours for

Residential Customers From Harford County Government

                     

BEL AIR, Md., (Feb. 29, 2016) - The Harford County Waste Disposal Center will extend its hours of operation until 7:00 PM on Thursdays from March 17 through June 16, 2016, to improve service and reduce Saturday traffic at the landfill.  The extended Thursday hours are only for residential customers disposing of household waste or recycling at the homeowner drop-off area of the facility located in Street, Md. Operating hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday will remain from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

Maryland Environmental Service (MES) received permission from the Maryland Department of the Environment to expand hours on Thursdays for three months in order to relieve congestion on Saturdays. If successful, MES will request a permit modification to permanently expand operating hours at the landfill. Operating hours for Harford County’s mulch and compost facility and the commercial disposal of waste will not change, remaining Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

For additional information, including acceptable materials for disposal and recycling, please visit

www.harfordrecycles.org or call the Harford Waste Disposal Center at (410) 638-3018.

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.

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.

Blue Light Affects You

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How Blue Light Affects You

 

            The blue light emitted by fluorescent light bulbs, cell phones, laptops and tablets can affect your body, according to medical researchers.  Here are some interesting ways (that you can use to your advantage):

¨  More than an hour of time in front of your device can delay sleep.  Exposure to all light at nighttime, but especially blue light, can disrupt your body’s natural cycle.  During the day blue light can wake you up immediately upon exposure, too, so use it to your advantage by turning up your screen for 15 minutes to stay more alert if you’re feeling tired.

¨  Blue light during the day can make you happier, but exposure to blue light at night is linked to symptoms of depression.  Turn off all your devices at night to help you sleep better.

¨  It may make you hungrier.  Various studies suggest the level of the hormone in your body that makes you feel full is reduced after exposure to blue light.  Have a romantic dinner by candlelight instead of in front of the TV.

 


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