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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Turbo Sale

Really ready for sale.

Really ready for sale.

A repossessed property was listed and exposed to the market on January 31, 2014.  The cash sale of that property closed February 14, 2014 just 15 days from when it was first available on the market.  Why would a property in the possession of a financial institution be able to close so quickly when the usual institutional transaction can easily take up to 5 times that long?  Several factors made the transaction happen fast, smooth and efficiently.

  1. The institution in title had an in state person empowered to make decisions.
  2. The institution’s contact practiced excellent communication skills.
  3. Calls were taken in person when possible, voice messages and emails were returned quickly and decisions came swiftly.
  4. Documents were ready when needed.
  5. The property was priced appropriately.
  6. The institution allowed the property to be prepared properly for sale prior to offering it ‘As Is’.

The real question is, “Why don’t all institutions use this service model when disposing of acquired properties”?  There is no good excuse why they don’t.  This is the third transaction I have have represented this institution and the experience has been the same each time, a relatively quick sale for a reasonable price.  It is sad that there is only one institution that exhibits common sense behavior.

If ALL sellers, lenders included, concentrated on the six factors mentioned above their transactions would happen with much faster with much less stress and net them more dollars.

 

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Insulation Tips

While the temperatures are warming up, you might be bracing for the shock on your power bill from last week when our temperatures were frigid!  It might be time for an energy audit.  Contact your local power company(Northern Wasco County PUD, or Wasco Rural Electric) to schedule an energy audit.  You might be surprised to learn where you are loosing heat and how you can save money by upgrading insulation or windows and there are several incentives to help you do that!   If you are tackling re insulating your self, how do you know what to choose?  Here are some tips on just that.  Stay warm!

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Which Light Bulb to Choose?

I had to go in search of a 25 watt G9 Light Bulb over the weekend.  It was a bit overwhelming with the wall of light bulbs to choose from, and of course no flashing arrow to a 25 Watt G9 bulb.   That was for a specific bulb, however when I need to replace any bulb I get confused as to which one would be the best.  Here are some tips to help you navigate the wall of Light Bulbls the next time you find yourself searching for the “light”.

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Preparing your home for sale!

Thinking of selling your home?  Read for some tips to get it ready to sell.  The more you prepare, the less surprises you will have.

 

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Organize your Garage

What a concept.  If you are feeling like getting a jump start on Spring Cleaning, here are some idea’s to get your Garage in tip top shape!

 

  • Organize Your Garage for Under $50

    If clutter trumps cars in your garage, get organized (and make room for your vehicles) with these smart garage storage solutions, each costing less than $50. Read

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