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  • Seashore Ramble

    Posted Under: General Area in Wellfleet, Home Buying in Wellfleet, Property Q&A in Wellfleet  |  August 21, 2013 4:57 AM  |  415 views  |  No comments
    Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the sanctuary's beach at low tide. Our walk to the beach will take us through five different Cape Cod habitats. We hope to see crabs, turtles, fish, and much more!

    We'll begin our walk at the nature center, and continue down the Robert R. Read All Persons Accessible Pathway on the Goose Pond Trail. When we reach the salt marsh, we'll be walking in sandy or muddy areas, then proceed to the boardwalk out to the beach. At the beach, we'll explore independently and gather together again to take a closer look at all of the animals we've caught. You are welcome to stay at the beach with your family to continue exploring, or join the naturalist for the return walk to the nature center.

    We invite children as young as four years old to join us on this excursion. Parents, please note that we rely on your judgment of the suitability of this walk for your child(ren). We encourage you to consider your child's previous experiences in the conditions described above.

    Event Dates
    August 24, 25
    Cost:    Members: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00, Nonmembers: Adult $10.00, Child $10.00

    Times:   9:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: 291 State Hwy. Rte. 6 S Wellfleet, MA (view map) Contact:  508-349-2615

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  • Save Gas

    Posted Under: General Area in Hyannis, Home Buying in Hyannis, Home Selling in Hyannis  |  August 21, 2013 4:42 AM  |  245 views  |  3 comments

    When times are tough you look to cut back anywhere you can. The price at the pump can be a real budget buster. There are ways to save on gas and get better mileage from your dollar.

    Slow down
    Speed is the biggest factor on fuel economy. Driving at 55 mph instead of 65 or 75 will save on gas. Tests have shown increasing speed from 55 mph to just 65 mph dropped fuel economy from 40 mpg to 35. While driving at 75 mph can cost the car another 5 mpg.

    Go smooth
    Keep a steady pace; avoid hard acceleration and braking if possible. Frequent acceleration and braking can reduce mileage by 2 to 3 mpg. Driving with smooth acceleration, cornering, and braking will also extend the life of the automobile.

    Don’t be a drag
    When driving on the highway, more than 50 percent of engine power goes to overcoming aerodynamic drag. Carrying large items such as luggage racks and top-carriers reduce fuel economy.

    Warm Up
    Take the time to warm up the engine before taking off. Cars run most efficiently when they’re warm. Stopping and starting the car several times is a big factor, try to combine several short trips into one so that the engine stays warm.

    Pump up
    Check your tires. Underinflated tires compromise handling and braking which in turn can reduce fuel economy. Check the pressure of your vehicle’s tires to make sure they are correct.

    Keep moving
    Idling is one of the worst things your car can do, when idling your car is getting zero miles per gallon. Turn off your engine if you expect to sit for more than about 30 seconds.

    Practicing these simple tips should have you putting less money in your gas tank in more in your wallet in no time.

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    Kriss 508-648-0013  or Scott  508-360-1771
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  • Free Summer Sounds entertainment series at Aselton Park

    Posted Under: General Area in Hyannis, Shopping & Local Amenities in Hyannis, In My Neighborhood in Hyannis  |  August 11, 2013 5:14 AM  |  255 views  |  No comments

    Enjoy a beautiful view and take a picture under the colorful public art installation Buoyed Coast, on display from May- November. In July and August relax and listen to music featuring local bands, every Friday and Sunday from 6-7:30PM.  August,11,16,18,23

    Full schedule at www.HyArtsDistrict.com

    Contact Information

    Melissa Hersh melissa.hersh@town.barns table.ma.us

    Additional Details

    This event is free

    For more information, visit


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    Kriss 508-648-0013  or Scott  508-360-1771
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  • Air Conditioner Tips

    Posted Under: General Area in Centerville, Quality of Life in Centerville, Property Q&A in Centerville  |  August 11, 2013 4:57 AM  |  241 views  |  3 comments

    Although more and more homes have central air conditioning, about 6.5 million window units are sold each year. Here's how to find the right one for you.


    Before going to the store, determine the size of the space you need to cool and where you'll place the unit. An air conditioner that's too small won't cool the room. One that's too big will cool so quickly that it won't have time to remove enough moisture, leaving your room cold and clammy. (Click here for Consumer Reports' Ratings of window air conditioners.)

    Calculate the optimum machine size. Take into account not only the size of the room to be cooled but whether the unit will be placed in a window that gets shade or direct sunlight, the height of the ceilings, and even the part of the country where you live. Click here for a worksheet from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers that will help you make the right determination. All you need to get started is a tape measure, a scratch pad, and a calculator.

    Assess the airflow. Air conditioners generally do a better job blowing air in one direction than the other. To uniformly cool a room, you'll need to ensure that air is distributed throughout. When the window air conditioner is located near a corner, it must be able to direct air to the center, so check whether your air conditioner needs to blow air to the right or to the left.

    How quiet? If the unit is going to be placed in a bedroom or another quiet area, consider a model quiet enough that the only sound you might hear is the fan running. Too much noise could disturb light sleepers when set on low and are distracting on high. (Click here for Consumer Reports' Ratings for window air conditioners. Our latest tests of almost three dozen room air conditioners include an $550 model that cools superbly and quietly, and even comes in colors that match the drapes. Other top performers start at $175.)


    If you're planning to install the air conditioner yourself, consider buying one with a slide-out chassis. That way you can attach the cabinet and adjustable side curtains to the window before sliding in the heavy working parts of the machine. One person can do it, but it's easier with two.

    Check the electricity. Before installing an air conditioner, be sure that the electrical circuit to the room can handle the electrical load of the unit. Read the owner's manual; larger models usually need a dedicated circuit. Never use an extension cord with an air conditioner.

    Secure the unit. Always use the manufacturer's safety hardware, such as sash locks and mounting brackets. Unless the manufacturer's directions say otherwise, the window air conditioner should be level from left to right and pitched slightly toward the outdoors so water that condenses on the evaporator drains properly to the rear of the unit and doesn't leak into the home. Seal around the perimeter of the unit with new weather-stripping.


    A clean machine will keep you cool and cost less to run. Plan on a thorough cleaning before and after the cooling season and regular filter checks during the season.

    Clean or replace dirty filters. You'll need to clean the filter regularly. Depending on how much time the unit is actually operating and how clean the air is, cleaning may be needed every few weeks to monthly during the cooling season. With that in mind, make sure you determine how easy it is to remove the filter when selecting a new unit—some are trickier than others. Remove debris with a vacuum then wash the filter in warm, soapy water; be sure filters are dry before you reinstall them. Replace damaged filters.

    Vacuum coils and fins. When the filter is removed for cleaning, it's also a good time to check the surface of the evaporator coil, which will now be visible. If there is dust or debris on the surface, gently remove it. Taking care not to deform the soft fins, use an upholstery-brush attachment to vacuum the coils. If your unit has a slide-out chassis, you will usually have good access to the condenser coil when the chassis is removed from the cabinet. That's a good time to inspect and clean any debris off that coil.

    Seal the perimeter. Be sure to seal any air leaks around the unit.

    Avoid "short cycling." Though most models with electronic controls now have built-in timers to prevent the unit from restarting immediately after shut-down, those with the "old-style" mechanical controls may not. Wait 5 minutes after shutting off the unit to restart it. That allows pressure in the refrigeration system to equalize, avoiding stress on the compressor.

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  • West Barnstable Village Festival

    Posted Under: General Area in Barnstable County, In My Neighborhood in Barnstable County, Property Q&A in Barnstable County  |  August 7, 2013 10:54 AM  |  227 views  |  No comments

    Whelden Library lawn activities-White Elephant, handmade crafts, soaps, jewelry, garden art and produce, jam, book and bake sale. Food, games, music other activities throughout the day. visit westbarnstable.org to view list of activities. Free  8/17/13 from 9-3

    Brought to you by~ Stevens & Manley RE

    Kriss 508-648-0013  or Scott  508-360-1771
        View all cape cod homes for Sale & Sold visit: 

      Visit Stevens & Manley Blog

  • Open House Saturday 11-1

    Posted Under: General Area in Plymouth County, Home Buying in Plymouth County, In My Neighborhood in Plymouth County  |  August 7, 2013 10:45 AM  |  193 views  |  1 comment

    Short walk to local ocean beach! Lovely Colonial with flair and style on quiet cul-de-sac. Offering 3 bedrooms, 3 baths with over 2000 sq ft. This home is spacious featuring an inviting kitchen with recessed lighting & dining area. The large comfortable living room has a gas fireplace and wood floors. Formal dining room. Master bedroom with private bath, Jacuzzi tub, shower and walkin closet.Central air. New Exterior lighting, professionally landscaped, shed & irrigation. Attached garage 2 car and full basement complete the package of this desirable property!

    Brought to you by~ Stevens & Manley RE

    Kriss 508-648-0013  or Scott  508-360-1771
        View all cape cod homes for Sale & Sold visit: 

      Visit Stevens & Manley Blog

  • Saturday August 3th Open House on 119 Service Road, Sandwich

    Posted Under: General Area in Sandwich, Home Buying in Sandwich, Property Q&A in Sandwich  |  July 30, 2013 8:34 AM  |  157 views  |  No comments

    Many details for the lover of a true colonial home. This wonderful home is filled with charm including the “good luck” pineapple balustrade from the main “Good Morning” staircase that enhances the formal dining area, living room and den area, wood floors. This unique home consist of 3115 sq ft. w/4 bedrooms, library, 3 full baths & 2 powder rooms & large red wood sauna in the bright whirlpool-master bath area. 4 magnificent brick fireplaces. Detached 3 car garage/workshop. A/C, Setback on .99. Call Team Stevens & Manley for more information or a private showing. Kriss 508-648-0013 www.Capehomesunlimited.com

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