Wednesday, February 22, 2012

This Weeks Green Tip-Your pets!

Make Pet Ownership Green

Green Your Pet
If you’re reading this you’re probably already pursuing a green lifestyle to some degree. But have you ever considered taking a closer look at the eco-impact of your favorite furry friends? There are lots of simple ways to make sure pet ownership is environmentally friendly!

From greener grooming and natural food, to cleaning up after Fido and Fluffy’s “accidents” and ridding them of pests, you can reduce your pet’s carbon paw print and improve their health and quality of life. Here are our top tips for caring for your four-legged family members while also caring for the environment.


  • Number One Tip: If you’re looking to adopt, please visit a local shelter. There are thousands of deserving, adoptable pets at shelters and animal rescues just waiting for the right owner and a loving home. And adopting from a shelter means you won’t be supporting mass-breeding puppy mills, known for housing animals in shockingly poor living conditions and contributing to over-population. If you’re conducting your search for the ideal pet friend online, check out pet adoption site Petfinder, as well as the ASPCA and the Humane Society of America.

  • Speaking of overpopulation, please take Bob Barker’s famous advice: Have your pet spayed or neutered. According to the ASPCA, approximately 3 to 4 million companion animals are euthanized each year and estimates for stray animals living in the U.S. are staggering – upwards of 70 million for cats alone. Pet overpopulation takes a major toll on our environment, too, so do your part by taking this important step for your pet and the planet.

  • Organic for you and Rover, too! Most of us make an effort to buy as much healthy, organic food for our families as we can, so make sure to look for organic options when considering food for your pet. Conventional pet foods have been known to contain some pretty nasty ingredients including pesticides, added hormones, animal byproducts, and antibiotics. You might also remember the massive pet food recall from 2007 that was responsible for killing thousands of dogs and cats. The culprit ingredient, melamine, is more commonly found in plastics, cleaning products, and fertilizer. Yes, organic pet food can get pretty pricey – but healthy pets with healthy diets can have fewer vet visits and medical bills. This easily offsets the expense of better quality pet food.

  • Our walkways and driveways can get pretty icy in the winter months. Instead of stocking up on rock salt to help clear your walking paths, opt for a pet-, kid- and environmentally-friendly de-icing alternative. Safe Paws offers some great salt-free ice melting options that won’t harm pets or kids if accidentally ingested, and they’re recommended by EarthShare member charity Natural Resources Defense Council.

  • Fleas and ticks cause misery to people and animals. On pets they can spread disease and parasitic infections. Then they may decide to feast on you! But you can avoid and get rid of these common pests without harming your pet, your family or the planet. Don't overlook the basics: Keep your pet clean; use a fine-toothed flea comb to remove existing fleas; and don't forget to dust and vacuum regularly--some people use borax to kill fleas by sprinkling it on their carpet, then vacuuming it up. Another way to keep fleas off pets is to add garlic and brewer's yeast to their meals, which makes them taste bad to bugs. Many such products are sold in pet supply stores.

  • Bag your pooch’s poop with biodegradable bags instead of plastic grocery bags. You can find biodegradable options at most pet stores. Remember: plastic bags take forever to decompose in landfills, and many of those bags end up in our waterways and oceans. Want to go the extra mile? Consider composting your pet’s poop in a pet waste composter.

  • Buy in bulk and recycle. This is kind of a no-brainer, but it’s always good to get in a friendly reminder. Buying in bulk the pet supplies you use most often will cut down on packaging waste and car trips. And just as you would recycle your own food containers, make sure to add your pet’s empty cans, bags and bottles to your sorting bins instead of the trashcan.

  • Use natural grooming and pet-care products. Shampoos and other pet products often contain more chemicals than you bargained for, so make sure to read the label before lathering up your furry friends with a mega-chemical-cocktail shampoo. We’re not recommending any particular brand – just apply the same caution about ingredients when purchasing your pets’ grooming products that you would when purchasing your own.

  • We all know that ID tags are an absolute requirement for any pet that will be spending time outdoors. You can even go green with your tags – just opt for a pet tag made from recycled materials like aluminum, steel, or silver. Check out Etsy and Dog Tag Art for some creative eco-friendly tags.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Property of The Week




Well kept year round country home on East Side of Woodridge Lake near East Shore Park.  Walking distance to clubhouse, elevated first floor with garage under.  Great summer home, very private location. Newly stained exterior, many new mechanicals, newer roof, great yard area behind the house, large eat in kitchen. 

Possible Owner Financing.


Woodridge Lake in Goshen, Connecticut Located less than 10 minutes from the Historic Town of Litchfield.  Litchfield is a popular weekend destination spot and hosts the Annual Litchfield Road Race held each year in June.   Goshen is home to the Internationally known Litchfield Jazz Festival, held each year in August and the Goshen Agricultural Fair held over Labor Day weekend.  Located just a few miles away is the family friendly Mohawk Ski Mountain, the Housatonic River (known for world class fly fishing) and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Enjoy Country Club living at its best! Four sandy beaches; marina; boating and fishing; 8 tennis courts; (two Har-Tru courts)  a 12,500 square foot clubhouse with Wi-Fi internet access, meeting rooms, library, fitness center, locker rooms; heated Jr. Olympic pool; playground; organized activities and much more. The community is strategically located to be within an approximate five minute drive of one private and one public golf course. Theater, music, and entertainment are all a short drive away. Famous Lime Rock Race Track is conveniently located 20 minutes from the community. Come and see where the smart money has found a home in Connecticut. Litchfield County is the place to be. It's Connecticut's Hidden Gem.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Property of The Week






This country house offers an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and timeless interiors.  Winter water views from a third  tier lot and  just a minutes walk to West Shore Beach/Park at Woodridge Lake.A stone wall frames the front entrance to the home.  The living room has a stone fireplace and 19 ft vaulted ceiling.   A first floor master suite  with hardwood flooring, walk in closet, separate dressing area  and master bathroom with Jacuzzi and steam shower leads out to a large deck area. The sun room adjoins the dining room space and opens to a center island gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets and two sinks. . An upstairs loft area has use as a seperate space and overlooks the great room.  The lower level opens to a den area,3/4 additional bedrooms with 2 full baths, fitness center and cedar closet.

Woodridge Lake in Goshen, Connecticut Located less than 10 minutes from the Historic Town of Litchfield.  Litchfield is a popular weekend destination spot and hosts the Annual Litchfield Road Race held each year in June.  Litchfiled County is home to the Internationally known Litchfield Jazz Festival, held each year in August and the Goshen Agricultural Fair held over Labor Day weekend.  Located just a few miles away is the family friendly Mohawk Ski Mountain, the Housatonic River (known for world class fly fishing) and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

This Weeks Green Tip-Lightbulbs!

Keep Your Home Performing

CFL Let There Be Light

As the days get darker, we turn the lights on earlier and leave them on more each day. Lighting accounts for about a quarter of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Here are some ways to lighten the energy load while keeping your home bright:
Replacing light bulbs
Regular incandescent light bulbs are inefficient, with 90% of their energy going to generate heat not light. Replace standard lamps with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs -- they cost more per bulb but are far more efficient and last up to ten times longer. Over the life of one CFL, you can avoid replacing up to 13 incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy! Visit www.energystar.gov for more information.
  • Use lighting controls.
  • Photocells turn lights on and off in response to natural light levels - for example, on at dusk and off at dawn.
  • Crank timers, which are spring-driven and similar to old oven timers, limit lights to short durations where the need for light is brief. Occupancy sensors activate lights when you enter a room and turn them off after you leave. They are good for areas of infrequent use, such as storerooms.
  • Dimmers reduce the wattage and output of light bulbs. They also significantly increase the life of incandescent bulbs.Don't overuse kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans. Left on for too long, these fans can pull out much of your heated air. Other lighting tips:
  • Clean fixtures and lamps annually by wiping off the dust (make sure the bulb is cool first).
  • Clean or repaint walls. Dirt on surfaces reduces the amount of light they reflect and make the room feel darker.
  • Turn off incandescent lights when you’re not using them, even if you’re just leaving the room for a few minutes.
from earthsahre.org

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Goshen Players Fool for Love


FEBRUARY 10 & 11, 2012
You are cordially invited to join Goshen Players as they present "Fool for Love", a Valentine Cabaret on February 10th and 11th, 2012. Both performances are at 8:00 pm and feature intimate cabaret seating. Early reservations are strongly encouraged!

Karl Gallmeyer is Musical Director for what has become an annual, hot-ticket event. Hard on the heels of 2011's sold-out  "Cupid 2.0", Gallmeyer is featuring music and talent that is sure to please one and all.
Returning from last year's Cabaret are audience favorites Tony Verrier of Oakville, Lydia Babbitt of Torrington, Payton Turpin of Harwinton and Jeannine Gallmeyer of Riverton. Joining them will be the wonderful and talented Sybil Haggard-Chamberlin, Barbara Salant and Alan Spatafore all of Torrington, Dan Beaudoin of Waterbury, Denise Skelton of Bantam, Brock Putnam of Litchfield, Alex Giacin of Plymouth and Cheyenne Walent of Waterbury

for more information,please call 860.4919988 or go to http://goshenplayers.org/current.html

Salisbury Ski Jump Festival

The Annual Salisbury Winter Sports Association Ski Jump Festival Starts this week in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.  The weekend starts Friday night with Jumping under the lights and the return of the Human Dogsled Race! Saturday we will host our invitational jump with jumpers joining us from across the country. Sunday we will be hosting  the 86th Eastern States Championship!


For more information, please go to the SWSA web site, http://www.jumpfest.org/ or call 860.435.0019

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Property of The Week

An architectural tour de force of 5,200 square feet, this outstanding Contemporary is surrounded by one of northwestern Connecticut's lovliest settings.  The five bedroom home includes three and one half marble baths, two Jacuzzi's, three fireplaces, a walk-through greenhouse on the second floor, and two complete kitchens. Expansive lake vistas unfold from virtually every room, and right outside is an award winning heated in ground pool. 







Woodridge Lake in Goshen, Connecticut Located less than 10 minutes from the Historic Town of Litchfield.  Litchfield is a popular weekend destination spot and hosts the Annual Litchfield Road Race held each year in June.  Litchfiled County is home to the Internationally known Litchfield Jazz Festival, held each year in August and the Goshen Agricultural Fair held over Labor Day weekend.  Located just a few miles away is the family friendly Mohawk Ski Mountain, the Housatonic River (known for world class fly fishing) and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Enjoy Country Club living at its best! Four sandy beaches; marina; boating and fishing; 8 tennis courts; (two Har-Tru courts)  a 12,500 square foot clubhouse with Wi-Fi internet access, meeting rooms, library, fitness center, locker rooms; heated Jr. Olympic pool; playground; organized activities and much more. The community is strategically located to be within an approximate five minute drive of one private and one public golf course. Theater, music, and entertainment are all a short drive away. Famous Lime Rock Race Track is conveniently located 20 minutes from the community. Come and see where the smart money has found a home in Connecticut. Litchfield County is the place to be. It's Connecticut's Hidden Gem.

Friday, February 3, 2012

This Weeks Green Tip-Laundry

GREEN MACHINES
If every U.S. household used the most-efficient washers, it could save the equivalent of up to 40 million barrels of oil a year!
Laundry is no one's favorite chore, but there's no reason to add injury to insult by polluting in the process. There are environmental considerations on Wash Day, including the energy used to wash, dry, and iron clothes, and the products used to make clothes come out whiter, brighter, and smelling like a sunny day in May. Here are some tips to consider:
WashWarm up to cooler water. Using hot water for both washing and rinsing uses three and a half times more energy than washing in warm water and rinsing in cold.
Get efficient.The newest, most-efficient washers use four times less energy than the least-efficient machines, and save up to $70 a year in energy costs.
Don't overheat. Lowering your water heater's temperature to 120 will suffice for most household needs and cut energy costs.
Get loaded. It takes less energy to do one big load than two smaller ones. But don't overload the machine or nothing will get clean.
Go with the flow. Check your dryer's outside vent. Make sure it is clean and closes properly, or it could allow cold air into your house.
Hang it up. Reduce the need for ironing by taking clothes out of the dryer slightly damp and hanging them up. That can save energy - including yours.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Green Your Coffee Break

Tips for Earth-friendly Coffee Breaks Coffee beans

Whether you prefer your java in the morning, at noon or at night, most of us are more interested in getting our daily caffeine jolt than pondering whether our cup of joe is environmentally friendly. But even small changes in our coffee routines can add up to a lot less waste and a healthier planet!
Here are some easy steps you can take to make your next brew tasty, healthy, and earth-friendly.
  • Invest in the perfect reusable mug and kick the Styrofoam disposable cup habit. Polystyrene isn’t biodegradable, and after just one use most cups will end up lingering in a landfill for centuries.
  • Support local brewers and cafes – the less distance your coffee has traveled from farm to mug, the better.
  • Resist the temptation to use individually packaged sugars, creamers, and throwaway stirrers. If your favorite coffee shop doesn’t offer alternatives, consider politely asking them to change their ways.
  • Check for Fair Trade certification. Fair Trade labels ensure safe working conditions and fair compensation for farm workers. Many Fair Trade certified commodities are also grown without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) or pesticides.
  • Go organic and shade-grown. Coffee that has been certified organic is grown and processed without toxic chemicals, and shade-grown or bird-friendly certifications promote the preservation of migratory bird habitats on coffee plantations. Rainforest Alliance’s certification ensures a number of sustainable farming practices including shade coverage, water, and pesticide standards.
  • Be your own barista. If you’re on the market for a new coffee maker, try a French press. Unlike most coffee machines, French presses are manual, don’t require paper filters, and use less water and energy per brew. While you’re at it, choose organic milk and fair trade sugar.
  • Use only the amount of coffee grounds that you really need. If you’re grinding your own beans, use the shortest time possible to obtain your desired coffee consistency.
  • Give your coffee grounds a second life - keep them handy in the kitchen to scrub grease off of pots and pans or try placing them in the refrigerator to absorb common odors. Turns out used coffee grounds also make great plant fertilizer! Toss them in with your compost heap or sprinkle them on soil to add a natural nitrogen boost.

Some things to Do in The Area

Veteran of the Month Ceremony - 10:00 am - Bantam Borough Hall
Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market - 10:00 am-1:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
'Let's Talk About Samplers' - 10:30 am - Goshen Public Library
Super Bowl Lasagna Sale - 11:00 am - Morris Town Hall Community Room
Valentine Tea Luncheon for Dolls and Doll Lovers - 12:00-2:00 pm - Northfield Firehouse
Winter Walk through Five Ponds - 2:00 pm - White Memorial CC
 
Family Swim & Gym - 1:00-3:00 pm - CJR/Litchfield Community Center
 
Monday Afternoon Movie - 1:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
'Great Decisions' - 4:00 pm - Goshen Public Library
John Marshall Hand Drumming Class - 7:00-8:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Audubon Program: 'Enjoying CT Outdoors' - 7:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
 
Pre-School Story Hour - 10:00 am - Morris Public Library
Bouncing Babies (3-24 months) - 10:30 am or 11:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Spiritual Drumming - 1:00-2:30 pm - Wisdom House
Social Time for Seniors - 1:00-3:00 pm - Goshen Congregational Church
Community Writers' Circle - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
 
Short Tales (2-3 year olds) - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Valentine Cards - 11:00 am - Morris Senior Center
Drop-In Half Day Valentine's Workshop - 1:00-3:00 pm - Litchfield History Museum
How to Look At and Understand Great Art - 1:00-3:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
OWL's Half-Day Science Club - 1:30-2:30 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
Emerging Christian Community - 6:30-8:00 pm - Wisdom House
Basic Italian II Class - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Transition Litchfield Film Series - 7:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
 
Tall Tales (3-5 year olds) - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Senior Sweetheart Soiree - 12:00 Noon - Litchfield Community Center
Book Discussion: 'The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family' - 1:00-2:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
How to Look At and Understand Great Art - 1:00-3:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Book Discussion: 'The Subversive Power of Children's Literature - 3:00-4:30 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
Basic Italian II Class - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Shaking off the Winter Doldrums with Feng Shui - 7:00-8:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
 
Grief Support Group - 9:30-11:00 am - Litchfield Community Center
Vintage Cinema - 11:30 am - Goshen Public Library
First Annual Adult Museum Sleep-In - 6:00 pm - White Memorial CC