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6 Tips to Reduce Waste that are Better than Recycling

Ideally, yes, you are recycling everything you can.

However, there's something you can do that will have a heck of a lot more impact: don't buy things in plastic in the first place! The news that China is no longer purchasing our recycling is prompting folks to think about their recycling load. Here are some ‘non use it’ opportunities.

1. Take your own tote bags to the store, (not just supermarket!), is one obvious no brainer.  

2. Straws: maybe not using that ubiquitous straw isn’t just a symbolic gesture for sea turtles.

3. Say "no" to extra packaging: Do you need a bag to carry your takeaway sandwich? Maybe not.

4. Plastic free reusable wrap is an easy switch from saran wrap or a zip loc.

5. When’s the last time you actually used the yellow pages? Opt out at YellowpagesOptOut.com.  

6. Cut down on direct mail paper in your post box for $2.00 for 10 years of service at DMAChoice.org.

Some of these options will save you money as well as the reduced onus recycling. Find out more tips and tricks here

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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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      Village Houses are Hot: Why You Want to be Close to Town

      Village houses in the tri-corners area are commanding higher prices, with sales records being set for walkable centers like Millerton, Salisbury, Great Barrington and Millbrook.

      The demand is fueled by weekenders and older couples who value being able to walk to the coffee shop, post office, bank, library or the movies over the privacy of more rural country properties. These buyers also are interested in becoming an active part of the community, and in having friendly neighbors who help watch over their homes and maybe water plants while they’re away. No security systems are required. There are other pluses, like municipal water and sewer systems, streetlights and sidewalks.

      Village homes situated on small lots are often less expensive to buy, with lower tax assessments than rural properties. Village houses can be easier to maintain, with less snow plowing and grass mowing, but there's still room for a vegetable garden and even a swimming pool. Older village homes with charm also are valued by many buyers even if renovation may be required.

      Check out one of our favorite recently sold village listings in Millerton (photo above)

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        Summer Fun: Sharon Playhouse 2019

        One of our favorite things about summer is that our local theater schedule picks back up. 

        The Sharon Playhouse draws crowds from near and far to see their impressive performances. It's time to mark your calendar for 2019, see what's coming up, below: 

        Crazy For You | June 21 - July 7: Crazy For You is a zany rich - boy - meets hometown-girl romantic comedy.  It tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. 

        Beauty & The Beast | July 19 - August 4: Beauty and the Beast is the classic story that tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed to remain enchanted for all eternity.

        Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | August 9  -25: Audiences around the world adore this first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar).  And 2019 celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary! With dazzling sets and costumes and rock concert lighting, this high energy sung through tour of the famous bible story is full of catchy songs, from a parody of French ballads “Those Canaan Days”, to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven” and even calypso “Benjamin Calypso”, along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door” and wildly entertaining dance numbers “Go, Go, Go, Joseph.”

        Nunsense | August 30 - September 4: Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining "Little Hobos" parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried.

        And don't miss a very special Divas event, July 13 - 14!  Click here for tickets and more info on all the shows

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