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6 Steps to Getting Your Home Ready for Summer

After what seemed like the snowiest and coldest, longest winter in many years, summer is finally starting to show signs of appearing.

We know your mind and body are ready for some warmer temps and summer sun, and today we're offering a few tips for getting your house ready as well. 

  1. Tune up air conditioners – experts recommend having the refrigerant checked yearly and changing filters for units monthly while in use.
  2. Gutter clean up – this is that time of year to make sure that all your gutters are free of leaves and debris. A twice-yearly clean out will help ensure that your gutters will work properly.
  3. Ceiling fans – make sure that you switch the direction of your fans so that the air is now pushed down towards you. (In the winter, it’s best to reverse the flow.)
  4. Dryer vent – be sure to check and clean out your dryer vent to avoid a source of potential fires.
  5. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – if you have not changed the batteries or checked your detectors in awhile, now is the time.
  6. Pour a tall glass of iced tea, wine, or crack open a beer, sit back, and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us this time of year here in the Northwest Corner!

Click here to check out some great local events to put a little more spring in your step

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    Salisbury CT Ski Jumps This Weekend!

    Sartre Hill in Salisbury, CT is home to the oldest ski jumping program in the U.S.A.  This weekend, Feb. 8-10, 2019, literally in our own backyard, you can enjoy jumping under the lights, target jumps, human dogsled races, a chili cook-off, meter jumps, the Salisbury Invitational Championships, the annual Snow Ball, and the United States Eastern Ski Jumping Championships.

    There are bonfires burning all three days, and food and beverages are available.

    The 93rd Annual  Salisbury Ski Jumps are a beloved Salisbury tradition. Jumpfest is hosted by SWSA (Salisbury Winter Sports Association), an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has fostered the sport of ski jumping among all ages and generations.

    For more information and schedule details, please visit jumpfest.org.

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      Enjoy Our Farmers Markets!

      Farmers markets are one of the many special perks of living in in the tri-state area.  They offer products ranging from locally-grown fruits and vegetables to organic meat and poultry to vegan food to fresh baked goods to crafts. If you’ve never been to one, there’s still time this summer to check them out!

      Here is a sampling from our area:

      Salisbury - Saturdays, 10am-1pm, Scoville Memorial Library lawn. scovillelibrary.org

      Millerton - Saturdays, 10am-2pm, Millerton Methodist Church at Dutchess & Main. millertonfarmersmarket.org

      Amenia - Fridays 3-7:30pm, Town Hall parking lot, Rt. 22. ameniafarmersmarket.com

      West Cornwall - Saturdays 10am-1pm, Wish House lawn. cornwallfarmmarket.org

      Cornwall - Saturdays 9am–12:30, Town Green on Pine St. cornwallcoopfarmarket.com

      Norfolk - Saturdays 10am-1pm, 19 Maple Ave., live music.  NorfolkFarmersMarket.org

      Stop by, enjoy the freshest food, and support your friends, neighbors, and local farmers!

      Visit our Farmers Market page for a more complete listing of local Farmers Markets.

       

       

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        Habitat Tag Sale This Weekend!

        This very special, annual event is not to be missed! Incredible deals abound on furniture, home decor, tools, sports equipment, and so much more. Better yet, the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut as they promote home ownership by building houses in partnership with residents in need of adequate, affordable housing.

        For 2018, the Habitat Tag Sale is back at The Hotchkiss School’s Mars Athletic Center on Route 112 in Lakeville, CT.  The Preview Sale ($10 donation) takes place on Friday, August 10 from 6-8 pm. There is no admission charge for the Main Sale on Saturday, August 11 from 9 am-3pm or on Sunday, August 12 for the Bag Sale from Noon-3 pm.

        Habitat for Humanity of NW CT has been helping families in our region since 1991. Please help their work continue by supporting this event! For more information, visit habitatnwct.org.

         

         

         

         

         

         

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          Salisbury's Jumpfest This Weekend

          Where else can you find target ski jumping under the lights, human dog sled races, ice carving, and bonfires?

          Salisbury, CT, will once again host the Eastern U.S. Ski Jump Championships and the phrase “Friday Night Lights”  will take on new meaning as Jumpfest weekend begins with a Target Ski Jump Competition at 7pm this Friday night, Feb. 9.

          The 92nd Annual  Salisbury Ski Jumps will be held this weekend, February 9-11, 2018. A beloved Salisbury tradition for more than 90 years, Jumpfest is hosted by SWSA (Salisbury Winter Sports Association), an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has fostered the sport of ski jumping among all ages and generations.

          For more information and schedule details, please visit jumpfest.org.

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