Investing in Your Neighborhood & Community

community workA recent post on social media site Facebook today got me to thinking about how investing in your community means the community will invest in you. A homeowner was talking about the condition of her home, the neighboring houses, and the neighborhood as a whole; what could she do to improve it. She has hired a property management company to manage and rent out her home.

My first thought was that the property management company is responsible for hiring, scheduling, and supervising any needed repairs or remodels to the property, with the homeowner’s approval, cooperation and prompt communication.

My second thought was why not talk to the neighbors and see what their viewpoint and ideas are? After a time, homeowners who have lived in a property often get used to the way it looks, and don’t see it through a neighbor or potential tenant’s eyes. They also might be financially or physically incapable of doing any needed or wanted repairs or updates.

Invest in your community! Barter and trade services with each other and do it as a community. Lending a helping hand up will reap rewards far greater than being concerned with only your own little world. Offer to pull someone’s weeds in exchange for them mowing your lawn. Offer to repair a fence in exchange for them painting your garage door. Form a group of neighbors who will watch out for each other, offering help when it is needed. The possibilities are endless!

Do you see my point?

If we all do our part, we can make our neighborhoods and towns places to be proud of, to show off, that people will want to move to and visit. What you put out in the Universe will come back to you, so why not put out the best you’ve got?

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Summer Child Safety

As I sit here, caught up in my morning work, I am listening to the breaking news in the background. Another school shooting, this one just 60 miles or so from our town. Children just a little bit older than my own 14 year old daughter, my heart sinks with a mix of fear and anger. 35 school shooting across the United States in 2014 alone….when will this all stop? When will school safety become a priority with our elected officials and society?

With summer vacation nearly in full swing, many children will be home alone or out with friends during the working day. How can you prepare your child to be aware of their surroundings, and what safety measures can youth take to be prepared in an emergency situation?

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community around Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR, and their students, families, teachers and employees.

 

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5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300

  • Looking for some DIY projects for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend?  Here are a few you can get done for under $300!
  • 5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300

    Just another weekend? Not if you take advantage with one or more of these 5 great projects you can easily pull off for under $300. Read

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11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100

The weather is warming up and buyers are out and about driving by homes.  Make sure your Front Door is welcoming and attractive to get those buyers out of the car and through the Front Door!

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While You’re Away on Vacation …..

My best friend, who’s like a sister to me, is obsessed with Lilo & Stitch (Disney movie). One of her favorite quotes is, “Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” There isn’t a better time for family than the summer; a time for fun, family & friends, and new adventures.

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to start planning those fun, family-filled summer vacations, to create memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some great summer vacation tips for while you are away from home.

Home Safety While on Vacation

Summer is rapidly approaching, which means your vacation plans are right around the corner. You don’t have to find a house sitter to keep your home safe

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Spring Updates for the Kitchen, under $100!

The warm weather reminds us Spring is almost here!  So if you are itching to do a little Spring Cleaning or Sprucing up, here are some ideas that can be done in a weekend and under $100 to make a big change in your kitchen!

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Depending on the day and our crazy weather, when the sun does shine, it reminds us that Spring will come!  I have noticed that when I’m out driving around some lawns are nice and green, then I drive home to my green/yellow/brownish lawn.  While not mowing your lawn in the winter months, it is still a year round maintenance project.  I found this season by season maintenance calendar and article and thought it might be useful to keep handy and remind myself of what I should be doing to make sure that my lawn is nice and green, year round!

 

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Bring Back Downtown, Revitalize The Dalles

As you drive through downtown The Dalles, you are struck by the lack of people walking between the stores and offices. If you look closer, you see that many of those windows stare vacantly onto the street, with no life in their depths. At one point in the last two to three years, there were over 40 empty storefronts and offices in downtown The Dalles. With the popularity of online shopping and big box stores, small town America is becoming a thing of the past.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We need to look into ways to bring life back to our streets both day and night. We need to make downtown The Dalles more pedestrian and bike user friendly. If we also start to see the trend of Vertical Housing take hold here, we need to make parking available for not only downtown commerce, but also for residents of those buildings.

If we take a look at downtown, what does it have to offer? We have everything from a department store to music stores, restaurants/bars to bistros, realtors to lawyers, automotive repair/sales to utility trailer sales, and so much more! With all of these great businesses, why are businesses vacating downtown?

Because the people aren’t coming downtown as much. Take a look around you at the next parade (which is April 26th, I’d love to see you there), notice how there is a lack of people, sometimes empty stretches going on for blocks. Earlier this month, the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association announced that the Fort Dalles Parade was cancelled this year because of the lack of public interest and involvement. In all my 30+ years of living here, I don’t remember it ever being cancelled!

Step One is easy: Keep it Local! Shop local! We’re your neighbors, classmates, employers, friends. We help support each other by keeping our business and trades local. The Dalles can only stay alive if we bring life and business to her streets.

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HVAC Maintenance

This crazy weather has your HVAC system in overdrive, read here for maintenance tips to make sure it stays running in top shape and you are not stuck in the cold!

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Bringing Back Tradition to The Dalles

fireworksNearly thirty years ago, The Dalles was our local go-to spot for watching the spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. Due to the costs and fire hazard, there is a whole generation after mine who have been traveling to other locations to watch a display of our Nation’s Independence.

A dedicated group of community individuals have begun a grassroots effort, Fort Dalles Fourth, to bring the fire in the sky back to The Dalles residents, hopefully with this year’s upcoming holiday. Not only are they wanting to bring fireworks back, but also a variety of other community events that honor and celebrate those in our community and our nation who have given their most for all that we have today.

On February 15th they held a community fundraising event at the Farewell to the Armory, to help bring much needed funds to the project, as well as donations to the Family Readiness Committee for local military families. The community responded with enthusiasm and support, bringing in over $17,000!

Check out their Facebook page Fort Dalles Fourth to receive updates on your Facebook feed. Spread the word to family and friends, and encourage local businesses to get behind this worthy community celebration. Let’s bring the Fourth of July, and all it stands for, back to The Dalles, OR!

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