Blog :: 03-2017

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

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Mary Kirby

I’ve been thinking about the expansive meaning of “Location, location, location” in terms of real estate purchases. Is it the setting that garners our immediate interest? Is the location of a particular property what I want or need?  Is there enough privacy, does it have curb appeal?  Are there views, and is it close enough to the amenities needed? All of the above are important considerations that relate to setting. Now think about “location” in terms of other important elements like schools, hospitals, and cultural opportunities. The Northwest Corner of Connecticut offers a wealth of possibilities for all ages. 

One unique advantage of our area is the dedicated system of volunteer EMTs, the well-trained emergency medical technicians in each of our towns.They deserve our financial and moral support, especially when a new ambulance is needed, as well as funding for ongoing expenses including training. EMTs give generously of their time, day or night, answering calls and participating in many hours of training. This indeed relates to LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

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    Spruce Up For Spring!

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    Martha Mullins

    The cool and wet of early spring is the perfect time to tend to the less exciting home repair chores.  While you’re waiting for the spring bulbs to pop and trees to blossom, take the time to evaluate any winter damage. Did you notice a draft in the house over the winter?  Check your windows for repair or replacement. Add storms, weather strip or caulk. Change the filters on your furnace.  

    Have your chimneys cleaned. Clean out air conditioner filters and HVAC systems. Review your insulation to see if more might be needed.  Take a look to make sure your roof didn’t sustain storm damage. Check out your gutters and downspouts to ensure they’re attached properly and are guiding rainwater away from the foundation. 

    When the snow melts, prep your lawn for spring work by ordering mulch for your garden beds and pruning your trees. 

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      March 16-18, 2017: The Drowsy Chaperone at Housatonic Valley Regional High School

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      Lori Belter

      The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society at Housatonic Valley Regional High School is proud to present its 14th annual musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. With 90% of the funding for the musical provided through ticket sales, sponsorships, and fundraising events, this year’s show features 30 students onstage, three in the orchestra, and six working backstage, all helping to bring The Drowsy Chaperone to life for four performances, March 16-18, 2017, accompanied by a live, 11-piece orchestra.

      Winner of five Tony Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical. When a diehard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in his living room in this hilarious musical farce, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

      Tickets ($15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/children) may be purchased online at HMTS.org or at the Salisbury, Sharon, and Kent pharmacies.

      Best & Cavallaro has been a proud sponsor of the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society since its inception fourteen years ago.

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        The Dishwasher Broke

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        Martha Mullins

        There is nothing really more inconvenient than an appliance going kaput in the middle or your daily routine. Hot water heater in the middle of a shower.  The oven after you’ve put in a pork roast. The dishwasher at any given point in the day.  

        It might make life a little less frustrating to take a look at your appliances and assess replacing them before they break. Take a look at the average lifespan of each appliance to see if they’re near the end of their useful life and plan a swap out for the older units, one every 6 months, for example. Air conditioners are an easy start. Current energy ratings will show you the relative electricity savings on your unit. The large hot water heater in your basement recycles hot water around coils, constantly using energy. An on-demand, propane hot water heater could save its cost in heating oil over two years. 

        Cleaning filters on your dishwasher could save you some time, but you may want to check with your local shop to see if it should be replaced.

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