Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Book Browsing In Litchfield County and Western Massachusetts

Litchfield and the surround area has several great used book dealers.

Barbara Farnsworth in West Cornwall is open Saturdays 9-5 and by chance.  Her web site can be found by clicking here.  In Kent, Richard Lindsey is tucked just off Main Street.  He carries, used, rare and out of print books.  Hours of operation are Saturdays 10 am to 5 PM and by chance and appointment.  Please click here to go to his web site.

For a nice day out, consider taking a trip up Rt. 91 to the Pioneer Valley of Massachusettes.  The Town of Northampton is home to a variety of book stores. 

The Odessy Bookstore in just across from Mount Holyoke College, selling new and used books.  You can go to their web site by clicking here . Other bookstores include Gabriel Books, The Old Book Store, Metropolian Used and New Books

After touring the stores, stop at one of Northhamptons many resteraunts and cafes.  You can get more information on the town of Northamption by clicking here for the town web site.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Holiday Flower Sales

The Northfield Fire Department is holding an Easter Flower Sale April 2nd and 3rd at the Fire Department.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Upcoming Events at White Memorial

Upcoming Events at White Memorial for the Remainder of March

20 Robert Messore Coffee House Singer, songwriter, exceptional guitarist, wonderful guy, Robert Messore returns to White Memorial performing a variety of Celtic and original pieces. Food available for purchase will have an Irish flair. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $8.00, Non Members: $12.00...Pre-registration and Pre-payment required.

23 - 29 Museum Kids Free Week in honor of Louise W. Wilson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

24 Take a Walk Series: Explore the Wild Garden with Jeff Greenwood What was the Wild Garden and where was it located? One of White Memorial's forgotten secrets, this area once featured numerous horticultural plantings all under the fastidious care of one devoted volunteer. A wide variety of wildflowers and shrubs were cultivated and nurtured along a winding array of trails. Now the garden is all but gone except that the trails are part of the Little Pond Boardwalk complex. What was planted and who was the caretaker of this gem of earlier times? Come and find out! 9:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M.. Meet at Museum. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Members: $3.00, Non-Members: $5.00. Call 860-567-0857 for more information.


27 Travels with a Porcupine Learn about one of Connecticut's least studied and oh so cuddly rodents! Dr. Uldis Roze, Professor emeritus of Biology at Queens College, CUNY is the author of "The North American Porcupine". Dr. Roze is the nation's foremost authority on the "Quill Pig". Dr. Roze will recount the story of how he rescued a baby porcupine (porcupet) from the side of a highway where its mother had been killed, nursed it back to health, and released it back into the wild. Questions and answers will follow. Copies of Dr. Roze's book will be available for purchase. Rain date for this program is April 17. 12:00 P.M. , A.B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Members: $15.00, Non-Members: $20.00. LUNCH IS INCLUDED. Call 860-567-0857 for more information

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Warner Theather On Line Auction

The 3rd Annual Warner Theater on line auction has begun.  Your participation in the Warner Theatre's 3rd Annual Online Auction will help us to meet our financial and artistic goals. Your ongoing support is essential as revenue from ticket sales is never enough to cover operating expenses. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise.



Online bidding will take place from now until Friday, April 23rd at 8pm.



Let the Bidding Begin!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Checklist to Maintain your Home

Home maintenance fits in nicely with spring projects. Most likely, you are already doing a little spring landscaping. However, it may be time to give your home a little maintenance, too.

The many spring showers can actually cause some damage to your house. Follow this checklist for your spring home maintenance to keep your home in tip-top shape and avoid any possible water damage.

Clean the gutters and make sure that they are in good repair. You can use a ladder, an attachment for your hose, or even a professional. You want them to work correctly and not be clogged, which can lead to water damage.

Check the undersides of the eaves for any rotting. It can lead to water damage in your attic.

Look over the roof for any damaged, missing, or loose shingles. You can improve your home’s maintenance if you repair any roof damage before there is a lot of rain.

Examine inside the attic for any water damage from leaky shingles. You’ll want to repair that before it gets any worse and costs more.

Be sure downspouts carry rainwater at least 5 feet away from the foundation. This is an important for home maintenance. If they drain too close to the foundation, it can result in water damage.

Check your sprinklers as part of your home maintenance. None of the lawn sprinklers should hit the house with water, which can lead to moisture problems.

Examine the weather stripping on your doors and windows. The cold weather of winter may have caused damage. If it looks like there is any damage, caulk it.

Remove any storm windows and replace with summer screens.

Home maintenance also involves checking your heating and air conditioning units. Spring is a good time to have a service check of your air conditioner to head off any problems before the summer heat waves.

Home ownership includes home maintenance. Starting off your spring with a maintenance checklist can correct any problems before they get worse and cost even more money to fix.



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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

House Hold Pests Take a Permanent Vacation

Safe and Natural Products
Pets can be a problem and nuisance when a country home is left unoccupied for any period of time. In as little as one to 2 days, a new family can move in.
The answer is a combination of products readily available in your local hardware store and on line at http://www.victoryspot.com/ ultrasonic rodent repellant and critter ridder at  http://www.havahart.com/


We have found that as quickly as they entered the premises, they will decide to leave on their own just as fast. Here are the products needed to rid the varmints like bats, mice, rats, skunks, squirrels, raccoons, beavers and more.

For Bats; Bat Magic-this combination costs about $45 for the do it yourselfer. 2 Pest Chasers, 1 Critter Ridder and 1 Bat Magic. This combination should handle up to a 2,500 sf home.

*Disclaimer-This message is intended for private use only. The product life has not been determined by the author. No claims of effectiveness for others using these products. Please read labels written on these products by manufacture and follow guidelines.


Stephen M. Drezen
Portfolio Properties Group, LLP
Stephen has been in the Real Estate Industry since 1971

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hudson Valley Resteraunt Week March 15th-28th

During Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, enjoy three-course, prix-fixe lunch for $20 and dinner for $28 at participating restaurants. See list below for restaurants and their meal participation. Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended and required by those indicated. No tickets or passes are required, simply review the restaurant list below. Contact restaurants directly for details and reservations.

Click here to go to the main page for the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day Trip-Olana, the Home of Frederick Edwin Church

Located in Hudson New York, Olana is the home of the painter Frederick Edwin Church.  This Persian Style home is open to the public year round.  Olana offers programs and tours throughout the year. The surrounding grounds, with an extensive system of carriage drives, are open year round for hiking, cross country skiing, picnicking and other outdoor activities. 

Church is best known for his work as an American Landscape Painter in the Hudson River School of painting. 




Click here to go to the March Calander of Events at Olana.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Events At White Memorial

Located in Litchfield, White Memorial has events year round for all ages.  Here is the list of March Events

For More Information on White Memorial, click here to go to their home page.


MARCH 2010

2 - 8 Museum Kids Free Week


Courtesy of Arthur and Tara Stacom Diedrick in honor of Claire and Matthew Stacom. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.


6 Winter Wildlife Tracking Club Primitive skills and nature awareness instructor, Andrew Dobos, leads you on a trek through forests and wetlands. Search for and learn to read tracks and signs of animal inhabitants. Meet in front of the Museum. 10:00 A.M...FREE
6 A Horrible Bore: Asian Longhorned Beetle, Far East Invader Rose Hiskes, a diagnostician and horticulturist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station discusses the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) , a wood boring beetle that kills maples, birches, horsechestnut and elms among other trees. Maples are the preferred host be it sugar, red, Norway or silver. What would Connecticut look like without maples? What would pancakes be like without maples syrup? What would the effect on air, water and soil quality be if we lost millions of trees in our state? Worcester, MA lost 25,000 trees last winter due to the infestation of this beetle. This talk will cover the biology, life cycle, behaviors and hosts of the ALB. The insect passes the winter as a larva feeding on the heartwood of our trees. No winter will be cold enough to kill it. Adults emerge from the trees in early July, feed, mate and lay eggs until they freeze in the late fall. Adults will fly but they prefer to infest the tree they emerged from rather than fly or walk to a new host tree. There will be a lot of 'show and tell' at this program. See actual beetles, larvae, and pupae along with a slice of a damaged tree that looks like Swiss cheese. A diorama box shows native species that can be confused with the ALB or starry night beetle, as the Chinese call it.

CEU¹s available for pesticide recertification. There is no charge for the program but you must pre-register. 11:00 A.M. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room ...FREE

6 Satellite Tracking of Ducks and Geese Around the World– Did you know that the movements of geese from Greenland are currently being monitored via satellites at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, right here in Litchfield? Dr. Sue Sheaffer and Dr. Rich Malecki present an in-depth look at how satellite transmitters are used to monitor movements, distributions, and migrations of ducks and geese. State-of ­the-art technology combines tiny GPS receivers with satellite transmitters that are small enough to fit on the back of a duck. These transmitters provide daily locations of birds that can be used to chronicle migrations and identify the critical habitats used by birds anywhere they go. Sue and Rich will present slides from their recent trips to Greenland and Ireland where they deployed satellite transmitters on Greenland white-fronted geese as part of a collaborative research effort for this population of concern. 2:00P.M., A.B. Ceder Room...FREE

13 Winter Birds and Early Spring Migrants Wildlife Biologist Dave Rosgen escorts you to Bantam Lake and Point Folly in search of Canvasbacks, Scaups, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, and maybe a Bald Eagle or two! Meet in the Museum parking lot at 2:00 P.M...FREE


20 Robert Messore Coffee House Singer, songwriter, exceptional guitarist, wonderful guy, Robert Messore returns to White Memorial performing a variety of Celtic and original pieces. Food available for purchase will have an Irish flair. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $8.00, Non Members: $12.00...Pre-registration and Pre-payment required.


23 - 29 Museum Kids Free Week in honor of Louise W. Wilson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.


24 Take a Walk Series: Explore the Wild Garden with Jeff Greenwood What was the Wild Garden and where was it located? One of White Memorial¹s forgotten secrets, this area once featured numerous horticultural plantings all under the fastidious care of one devoted volunteer. A wide variety of wildflowers and shrubs were cultivated and nurtured along a winding array of trails. Now the garden is all but gone except that the trails are part of the Little Pond Boardwalk complex. What was planted and who was the caretaker of this gem of earlier times? Come and find out! 9:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M.. Meet at Museum. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Members: $3.00, Non-Members: $5.00. Call 860-567-0857 for more information.

27 Travels with a Porcupine Learn about one of Connecticut's least studied and oh so cuddly rodents! Dr. Uldis Roze, Professor emeritus of Biology at Queens College, CUNY is the author of "The North American Porcupine". Dr. Roze is the nation¹s foremost authority on the "Quill Pig". Dr. Roze will recount the story of how he rescued a baby porcupine (porcupet) from the side of a highway where its mother had been killed, nursed it back to health, and released it back into the wild. Questions and answers will follow. Copies of Dr. Roze¹s book will be available for purchase. Rain date for this program is April 17. 12:00 P.M. , A.B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Members: $15.00, Non-Members: $20.00. LUNCH IS INCLUDED. Call 860-567-0857 for more information.