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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.    

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.

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.

Real Estate Corner...

Friday, May 01, 2015

Real Estate Corner…

 

Q.  How can I secure a low mortgage interest rate?

A.  Securing a low mortgage interest rate helps make your monthly payment more affordable and saves money over the life of your loan.  Besides using a larger down payment, here are three things to do to secure a low mortgage interest rate:

  1. Compare multiple lenders and meet with your top three.  Review the application process and your credit report to start working on any issues you may have.  The higher your credit score, the better borrower you will become.  Lenders will review the various loan programs with you.

 

  1. Your debt-to-income ratio should be below 36 percent before you apply for a mortgage.  The lower it is, the greater your eligibility for a higher loan amount.

  1. Don’t make any drastic changes such as changing jobs or making large purchases on credit cards.  You want lenders to see you have a stable job history and ability to make the payments.

De-cluttering your Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

De-clutter Your Home Fast

                Whether you are planning to sell your home or just would like to be more relaxed and enjoy spending time there, here are some quick ways to start the de-cluttering process – and keep it clutter free:

  • Use the three-box method.  In the room you’re de-cluttering (try to focus on one at a time), set up 3 boxes and a trash bag for trash.  Label the boxes “Put Away,” “Give Away,” and “Keep” and go through every item in the room to decide which of the 4 spots the item is placed in.

  • Try the closet hanger experiment.  Put everything in your closet in with the hangers facing backward.  When you wear an item and return it to the closet, face the hanger the right direction.  After 6 months or a year, get rid of everything still facing backward.

  • Give away one item every day.  You don’t have to throw out everything at the same time.  Find one thing each day to donate, and make it fun by thinking about which charity or friend could most benefit from the item.

Mobile Device Fixes

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DIY Mobile Device Fixes

 

            The smaller and slimmer laptops and cell phones become, the more easily they can be damaged.  Before you spend too much on repair for your cracked screen or the key on your keyboard that doesn’t work anymore, it could be worth taking a crack at it yourself.  

Drop your phone in a puddle? – Quick, stick it in a jar of rice!  No, really!  You may be able to absorb the moisture before it does damage.  First, power the phone off.  If you can, remove the battery and towel it and the phone dry.  Fill a jar with regular dry, uncooked rice and leave it for up to 2 days to pull the moisture from the electronic parts.

Cracked screen? – If you’ve ever dropped a device and picked it up only to see the cobwebs of cracks, you know this can be a very pricey repair.  Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy a new phone.  Depending on the model of the device you have, it might be something you can do yourself. Visit www.ifixit.com/Device/Phone to see if there is a guide for your model and to see what replacement screen parts cost.

Does your laptop battery no longer hold a charge? – Rather than take your computer to a repair shop, see if you can find a replacement online.  Most laptop batteries can be replaced easily.  Remove the battery from your laptop and find the manufacturer and model number, then purchase a replacement from the original manufacturer to make sure the battery is compatible and high-quality.

Flickering laptop display?If your screen is giving you a headache because it’s flickering rapidly, you may have a loose wire.  If closing and opening the screen partway makes the flicker better or worse, that’s likely the problem.  First determine how to open your laptop (search Youtube.com for “open laptop + your computer model”).  Most laptops have a wire that runs through the hinge and plugs into the display.  The other end connects to the circuitry: try disconnecting and reconnecting to see if that fixes the issue.


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