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Salisbury Artisans Group Market 2019

Mark your calendars for the first ever Spring Artisans Group Market, May 18 - 19!

It's going to be a busy weekend with Trade Secrets and all of the excitement that surrounds it, but our community is also going to be buzzing with action over at the White Hart Inn for the first ever Spring Artisans Market, too! The Artisans Group is a collective of artists  and crafts people from the Tri-State Area.  This is a gathering to show and market their work in the Northwest corner of Connecticut.

Event Details:

Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19 | 10pm - 4pm

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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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