Blog :: 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day

St. Albans Recreation Department's 7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Parade starts at 5:00 pm Saturday March 16 at the Court House parking lot on Lake Street

and heads up Lake, Over Main Street to St. Albans City Hall Auditorium! Click Here for more info.

Burlington Irish Heritage Festival Ceili     Sunday, March 17   1:00-3:00 pm

* Location: Contois Auditorium, City Hall, 149 Church St., Burlington             * Admission: Free! Donations welcome

* ‘Ceili’ is the Irish word for a music, dancing, hand-clapping good time!

* The annual Festival Ceili, co-sponsored with Young Tradition Vermont, is fun for the whole family with Irish step dancing and some fine traditional musicians.

* Area musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and join in for a lively seisiún.

* Bake sale; display tables with information on Irish language, culture and other events.

* Grand Prize drawing for “Luck of the Irish” raffle at the end of the Ceili.   Click Here for more info.

The Annual SD Ireland Cement Truck Parade

The parade will make it's way down Church St. on Sunday March, 17th arriving at 12:15pm. 20 Cement trucks will roll through parts of Williston, So Burl, Winooski and Burl as a fundraiser for cancer research.

Click Here for more info.



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    TMT Spring Newsletter - Smart Home Technology

    All of the new smart home technology

    offering conveniences, energy savings and safety are tempting, but it is important to do your homework.  Assess your need, understand the cost, system requirements, compatibility among devices and most of all- follow these Safety Tips.

    Home Security Tips for Smart Home Technology Users

    (These tips were pulled from 2 different articles, click below to read more.) &

    Use a hard-wired internet connection instead of a wireless connection.

    Use of strong passwords.

    Secure your smart phones and computers.

    Increase your home's physical security. 

    A few things you may consider doing to get the most out of your home assistant while staying safe include:

    Using the remote feature instead of the voice activation mode for better control.

    Disable the voice order feature and allow purchases via pin-activation only.

    A few key ways to stay ahead of identity theft risks include:

    Regularly updating your devices and apps.

    Choose your Apps wisely.

    Investing in high-quality identity theft protection. 


    Spring is the perfect time to get your home on the market. 

    Let Us help you, by offering you a Free Market Analysis, Our “Big List of Things To Do When Getting Ready to Sell Your House!” handout, and Share our generations of knowledge with you.  



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      Spring Forward March 10th!

      This year Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday March 10th, when the majority of the USA will be “springing ahead” as they change the clocks. 

      DST has and continues to be a topic of discussion by

      states and countries, should we still do it?



      *  “Summer time” was Englishman William Willett’s idea. He published “The Waste of Daylight” brochure in 1907 campaigning for the change.  Willett died before his idea came to fruition.

      *  In 1916, Germany adopted the British idea in hopes of conserving energy for its war effort. The rest of Europe, along with the United States and other nations followed. 

      Sites to read more history of DST;, article 2, &


      *  Reduces crime during the summer.

      *  More time to exercise outdoors during the evening.

      *  Children would go to school in complete darkness all winter long in areas of the Northern Hemisphere.


      *  The original reason for DST, to conserve energy, has not worked out.  We actually use more energy due to being active longer.

      *  There is evidence that switching sleeping schedules twice a year screws up our circadian rhythms leading to adverse health effects. 

      *  Not everyone in the US and only about 25%  of  nations observe DST. (In the US, each state currently decides whether to use DST though the start and end dates are set by federal law.)

      What do you think? Keep DST or ditch it?


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        VT Homestead Declaration & Property Tax Adjustment Claim

        This form must be filed each year by every Vermont resident whose property meets the definition of a homestead. 

        A Vermont homestead is the principal dwelling and parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, owned and occupied by a resident individual as the individual’s domicile on April 1. If your homestead is leased to a tenant on April 1, you may still claim it as a homestead if it is not leased for more than 182 days in the 2019 calendar year.

        What you will need to file:

        In addition to the property owner’s basic information, you should have the following available when filing:

        · The property’s School Property Account Number (SPAN) printed on the property tax bill

        · The property owner’s Social Security Number

        · The code of the Vermont school district in which the property is located, which may be found on the property tax bill (the school code is the middle three digits of the SPAN).

        How to file:       

        Send the HS-122 form to the Vermont Department of Taxes OR File your claim online at

        (NOTE: Form may be included in your tax return.)

        If you need assistance filing this form, please consult your tax accountant.




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          Got Winter Blues?

          10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues and Feel Great

          By Madeline R. Vann, MPH    Medically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD

          To view this article; CLICK HERE


          1. Lace Up Your Running Shoes and Get Moving

          2. Set Your Alarm Clock and Stick to a Sleep Routine

          3. Queue Up a Stream of Laugh-Out-Loud Films

          4. Warm Yourself Up With a Mug of Real Hot Cocoa - See recipe we found below! 

          5. Host a Festive Party-But Don’t Stress

          6. Give Yourself a Manageable Task to Accomplish

          7. But Don’t Let Your To- Do List Get Too Out of Hand

          8. Book a Staycation- Even if It’s a Mini One

          9. Consider Light Therapy if You Can’t Get the Sunshine You Need

          10. Don’t Hesitate to See Your Healthcare Professional

          Simple Hot Cocoa for One

          CLICK HERE for the link.


          As with hot chocolate, use any milky liquid you prefer, whether it's from a cow, nuts (almond milk), beans (soy milk), or grains (rice milk).

          For sweeteners, feel free to substitute maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar for sugar, but start with less, about 1 tablespoon, and taste the combination before adding more.


          2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

          1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

          Pinch of salt

          1 cup milk or any combination of milk,

          half-and-half, or cream

          1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


          Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and about 2 tablespoons milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved.  Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve. If you like it frothy, blend it in the blender. This recipe multiplies easily. When you get up to a quart of milk, use 1/4 teaspoon salt.



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            School Break - Why not a kids room makeover?

            School Break could be a great time to do a kids room makeover. 

            Below are highlights from a couple articles with great tips and ideas. 

            We also recommend visiting & - search “Kids rooms” as additional great sources.

            ROOM TO GROW:



            Fortunately, switching up a kid’s bedroom doesn’t have to be a budget-breaker. If you plan ahead, you can come in under budget and accomplish a lot in just one weekend. Plus, when we work together and tap into our family’s

            creativity—it can be a lot of fun!  When we get our kids invested in the process, they not only love their new room, but oftentimes they also gain a renewed commitment to keeping toys off the floor and school supplies organized.


            2. PLAN IT OUT FIRST




            6. CREATE ZONES

            7. ADD PERSONAL FLAIR


            9. DIY



            5 Tips for a DIY Kids' Room Makeover


            The Statement Wall- This big-scale design makes an impact, but easily changes over time: We can hang art inside the shapes or add decals on top.

            The Storage Plan-  I floated crates on the wall to create the illusion of more space. Inside them, bins corral smaller toys.

            A Cozy Corner- Tossed all their stuffed animals into a hardy laundry bag. When it’s totally full, it works as a big floor pillow, but it’s easy to dump out when it’s time to play. 

            Easy Seating- Now I want to make a whole forest of critter stools.

            The Lighting- Blocks and a big shade? Perfect!

            We'd love to see your before and after photos if you take advantage!



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              Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2019

              Few people are predicting that 2019 will be a record-breaking year for home prices.  

              But if you're weighing your options to sell, considering selling this year or 

              maybe the year after, don't play the waiting game.

              Here are four reasons to sell your house in 2019.


              New buyers are still entering the market.

               As interest rates rise, some buyers will hesitate to make an offer on a home or

              apply for a mortgage, so be ready to see occasional drops in buyer activity. 

              The bottom line: While houses may sit on the market for a few more days on average

              compared with 2017 when the market was white-hot, buyers remain active and

              it's still possible to profit from your home sale.


              Interest rates are still low-ish. 

              While rates are at their highest level since February 2011, they remain much lower

              than the historic high of more than 18 percent in 1981.  If you're looking to get the lowest interest rate possible on your next house, try to make a deal sooner rather than later.


              You have high equity.   

              Homeowners who bought during the recession or shortly after benefitted from

              historically low interest rates and, up until around 2015, lower home prices that were

              still in recovery mode.  The higher your equity in your home, the more you net from

              the sale, which can easily go toward the down payment on your next house.


              Selling in 2019 vs. 2020.   

              If not selling your home in 2019 means putting your house on the market in 2020,

              the sooner option is the best one.  Whether you believe the recession is imminent or

              a long way off, current real estate patterns indicate a sudden upswing

              in activity or prices is unlikely in the near future. 

              For more information from this article CLICK HERE!



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                Make your own Valentine Scratch Cards

                Want to put a little twist on your

                Valentine’s Day card?


                How about making it a scratch off.



                Supplies Needed

                Store Bought Card or Homemade Card

                Clear Contact Paper

                Metallic Acrylic Paint

                Dishwashing Liquid

                Small Paint Brush

                Shape to trace around

                Decide what’s under the scratch off part...

                Scratch off to reveal who it is from.

                Scratch off to reveal a Valentine message. Scratch off to reveal what their Valentine is.    

                So many options.


                Make Scratch Off Solution

                Mix 2 parts Metallic Acrylic Paint and

                1 part dishwashing liquid.


                Trace shape(s) onto card and fill in with written message(s).

                Trace same number of shapes onto front of contact paper.

                Paint Contact Paper shapes with a thin layer of solution,

                let dry and repeat 2 more times.

                Cut shapes out, peel off backing and apply over shapes on card.

                Tape a coin to the card to use to scrape with.

                35 Cute Valentine's Day Cards to Give to Your Sweetheart

                Valentine Sayings


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                  Groundhog Day

                  Prospective Sellers

                  If you are Planning to Sell- Groundhog Day Reminds Us

                  It’s Time To Get Started

                  Call us today for FREE Market Preparation Tips!

                  CLICK HERE for Groundhog Day: History & Facts from the History Channel


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                    February is the BEST Food Month!

                    Why February is the Best Food Month Ever…

                    By Sara Cho    Yale University

                    February is literally the best month ever for foodies because it is host to the best National Food Holidays every. single. day. 

                    Want Recipes?    Click HERE the full article and it’s recipes.



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