Blog :: 12-2019

Happy New Year 2020

Highlight New Year’s Eve Burlington

Highlight is Burlington’s new citywide New Year’s Eve celebration, produced by Signal Kitchen & Burlington City Arts. The festival brings Vermont’s leading artists, doers, and thinkers together to showcase our community’s creativity through lively festivities for all to enjoy.


Wishing you and your family a healthy, prosperous, and happiest 2020 New Year ahead!!


The Marcelino Team




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    TMT 2019 Winter Newsletter


    One in seven Vermont homes has elevated levels of radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no color, smell or taste. Radon comes from the decay of uranium, which is a radioactive element found naturally in the Earth’s crust. Over billions of years, uranium decays into radium, and eventually, radon. Radon is present in outdoor air, and radon levels can build up inside people’s homes. Unless you test for it, there is no way of knowing if radon is present in your home.



    Everyone is exposed to some radon in indoor and outdoor air. Breathing air with radon increases a person’s risk of getting lung cancer. A person’s lung cancer risk due to radon depends on the level of radon in the air they breathe, how long they are exposed, and whether or not they are a smoker. Radon decays into radioactive particles that damage lung tissue and can lead to lung cancer over the course of a person’s lifetime.



    The use of a long-term radon in air test kit is best because radon levels can change daily, weekly and seasonally. We recommend that you test your home for 3 to 12 months (ideally including a heating season). Longer test periods ensure the most accurate measure of actual exposure. Free long-term radon in air test kits are available to Vermont residents.


    You can request one from the Radon Program by:

    Calling 800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont) or Emailing


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      Upcoming Holiday Activities & Events

      Upcoming Holiday Activities & Events

      Below is a list of a few local activities & events that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.


      Colchester Community Chorus Holiday Concert

      Colchester High School Performing Arts Center

      Friday  12/13/19  7:30-9:00pm


      Holiday Ice Skating Show: The Gift

      Leddy Park Ice Arena in Burlington

      Saturday 12/14/19  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


      Flynn MainStage

      VSO Holiday Pops  -  Saturday  12/14/19  7:30 PM

      Vermont’s Own "Nutcracker" -  Saturday 12/21/19  2 & 7 pm

                                                        Sunday 12/22/19  1 & 6 pm


      THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

      Adventure begins in the Wing Building lobby at the bottom of King St., (just South of Union Station), in Burlington, Vermont.

      Saturday 12/14/19 & Sunday 12/15/19   Eight trains daily: Noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7pm


      Horse-Drawn Rides

      Shelburne Farms Welcome Center

      Saturday, 12/21/19 to Tuesday, 12/31/19   

      11:00AM–2:00PM, every half hour.




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        Looking for a new way to display holiday cards?

        Looking for a new way to display holiday cards?

        Who doesn't love good DIY projects and some that can repurpose items you're no longer using.

        Check out these great DIY ideas!

        This article

        “32 DIY Christmas Card Holders That'll Display Your Season's Greetings in the Prettiest Way”

        BY HERRINE RO   08/29/19


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          Tips & Tricks to make your holiday prep easier!

          Tips & Tricks we hope will make your holiday prep easier.




          From: check out these

           9 Handy Holiday Decorating Tips

          1) Hang a Wreath on a Door without leaving an ugly nail hole.

          2) Easy-Clip Tree Ornaments - use plastic-coated paper clips.

          3) Use a Christmas Light Tester to Check Holiday Lights

          4) Holiday Light Hangers - clip the wires to the bottom lip of the fascia with clothespins.

          5) Lighting Tips - coil them into a 5-gal. pail to keep them tangle-free.

          6) Zip-Tie Your Decorations - a simple way to string holiday lights on banisters and fences.

          7) How to Repair Christmas Tree Lights - find out how to diagnose and fix common problems.

          8) Hang Lights from Gutters - how you can hang lights from them without leaving the ground. 

          9) Easy Outdoor Light Control - use an outdoor remote control switch.


          From: check out these

          12 Genius Hacks That Will Make Christmas So Much Less Stressful

          1 DIY Gold Christmas Lights - Just be sure to follow the directions.

          2 Décor Hack - Fill a vase with a toilet paper or paper towel tube so you don't have to use all of your ornaments to create this centerpiece.

          3 Christmas Tree Light Hack - Use two different sizes of lights to make your tree more magical.

          4 Repurposed Gift Tags - Repurpose paint chips into gift tags by cutting them into holiday shapes.

          5 Wreath Hanging Hack - Use an upside-down Command Strip to hang your wreath from the other side of the door.

          6 Christmas Tree Light Hack - For a corner tree, try stringing your lights in a zig zag pattern down the front to use fewer strings.

          7 Wrapping Paper Storage - Store your wrapping paper in a garment bag & hang up. 

          8 DIY Gift Wrap Hack - using kraft paper, an ink pad and a pencil.

          9 Outdoor Christmas Light Hack -Try this tip at your own risk.

          10 Cookie Decorating Hack - place icing in squeezable ketchup bottles.

          11 Repurposed Christmas Cookie Packaging - Clean out used Pringles containers, cover them in festive paper.

          12 Tomato Cage Christmas Trees - How to make.




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            DIY Holiday Ornaments

            The Holiday Season is upon us and a lot of people like to make their own ornaments and gifts. Here are a couple festive ideas!



            It’s a cute little felt gingerbread house Christmas ornament. But WAIT, there’s more!  The roof comes off and dun da da duh……it’s the home of some cute little gingerbread people!!!

            You will need:

            * felt (the type and colors I used are listed on the pattern)

            * embroidery floss in white, beige, red, and dark brown

            * tiny buttons for gumdrops (I got these at Michaels. I included a small circle on the pattern if you would rather cut them out of felt)

            * Tape

            To stiffen felt, you will need:

            * felt

            * white school glue

            * warm water

            * old container

            * wax paper

            * iron and ironing board

            For the detailed instructions on how to make - CLICK HERE!

            Note-Try making the gingerbread house ornament with colored paper, markers and glue for the younger ones. Just cut out the floor and walls as one piece then fold up and glue corners with the white strips.                            


            How to Make Bird Seed Ornaments from


            Gelatin Ornaments

            1/2 cup (125 milliliters) water

            2 1/2 tsp (11.75 g) unflavored gelatin

            3 Tbsp (45 milliliters) corn syrup

            3/4 cup (175 g) flour

            4 cups (900 g) bird seed


            Coconut Oil Ornaments

            1 cup (250 milliliters) coconut oil

            1/4 cup (56.7 g) chopped nuts

            1/4 cup (56.7 g) birdseed


            Other Items Needed

            Larger holiday shaped cookie cutters

            Non Stick Spray

            Non Stick Cooking Foil



            For the detailed instructions on how to make - CLICK HERE!

            Then decorate your outside trees for a festive look that makes the birds happy at the same time. 



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