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Home improvements that can sell your home
(BPT) - Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the survey says. If you're selling your home and hope to compete with new construction - as well as set your house apart from other resales - making green improvements could significantly pay off. "Updating your home with green features can attract more buyers and even increase your home's sale price," says Geoff Lewis, president of RE/MAX, LLC. "Buyers are not only looking for cosmetic upgrades, they also want improvements that will help save them money for as long as they live in the home."
Some green projects you can easily accomplish yourself, like replacing less efficient light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs throughout the house, or installing a programmable thermostat. Other improvements may require professional expertise but can result in even bigger payoffs.
Here are five popular green home improvements that could help boost your home's resale value, and save you money until you're ready to sell:
* Windows: Replacing older windows with ENERGY STAR-rated high-efficiency windows could lower your annual energy bill as much as 12 percent, according to the United States Department of Energy. What's more, ENERGY STAR-rated windows may qualify for a tax credit of 10 percent off the cost of the windows.
* Insulation: Most homes in the U.S. don't have enough insulation, according to energystar.gov. Adding insulation and sealing air leaks could reduce annual energy bills by 10 percent. At the time of resale, adding fiberglass insulation in the attic could recoup 107 percent of the cost, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value report.
*Front door: It's a key part of your home's curb appeal and the last exterior feature homebuyers see before entering your house. However, a front door needs to do more than look good. Replacing an older, wooden door with an energy-efficient, secure steel door recoups more than 90 percent of its cost when you sell your home, according to the Cost vs. Value report.
*Landscaping: With warm weather approaching, it's a great time to think about landscaping that has green value as well as cosmetic appeal. Adding trees in addition to flowers can provide shade that will help keep the home's interior cooler in summer months. In fact, according to the National Association of Landscape professionals, planting five shade trees can return up to 100 percent of the project cost when you sell your home.
*Water: Most water heaters last about 10 years, so if your home is older, a new water heater could be a big selling point. A tankless water heater could be even more appealing; because they only heat water when it's needed, rather than consume energy to hold gallons of water at a set temperature for hours, tankless water heaters use far less energy. ENERGY STAR says a tankless water heater could save you up to $1,800 over its usable life - which is twice as long as the lifespan of traditional tank water heaters.
When you're thinking of selling your home, you'll probably invest a lot of time and energy into staging. Consider saving some additional budget for energy-efficient home improvements that may help boost your home's value. A knowledgeable real estate agent can advise you on which green home improvements can get you the biggest return on investment. Visit www.remax.com to find a real estate agent near you.
Open Mic and Karaoke at ShawneeCraft Brewery
Every Thursday through the end of summer the ShawneeCraft Brewing Company will host an Open Mic and Karaoke from 7-10 pm in the Tap Room.
Rhythm & Blues Concerts in the ShawneeCraft Tap Room
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Children’s Day , Civil War Encampment
Stroudsburg (PA) Quiet Valley’s Children's Day will be held on Saturday June 24, 2017. Families will be able to enjoy a variety of old fashion games and activities like relay races, making crafts, playing with old fashion toys, partake in a horse drawn wagon ride, participating in garden-related activities and more. Tours of the historic farmstead will take place as usual. Children's Day is included in the general admission price.
In addition there will be a Civil War Encampment June 24 - 25, also included in daily admission. The Civil War comes to life as the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. G, re-enactors encamp at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. The 142nd portray as accurately as possible the drill and every day life of soldiers in the 1800’s. By doing this they honor those who fought and in turn give us a glimpse into local history.
The militia encampment is from 10:00 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 12PM to 4:00 PM. on Sunday. Visitors can mingle with the re-enactors, who will share information on their lives and times as well as their clothing, their articles of war, and what the daily routine was like for a Civil War combatant. The 142nd encampment is a part of Quiet Valley’s summer “Highlight” program, which are special themed demonstrations that provide an opportunity for visitors to learn more about traditional folk arts, heritage crafts, trades skills and typical activities of the 1800s.
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a non-profit, educational corporation dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage. At Quiet Valley history comes to life on our 19th century farmstead. School and group tours are by reservation from Labor Day until June and tours for the general public run from the third Saturday in June through Labor Day Monday. Period-dressed “family” members reenact the life of the original Pennsylvania German farming family who lived on the farm from the late1760s to 1913. The farm also hosts a number of special events throughout the year. For more information on the museum call (570) 992 – 6161 or visit us online at: www.quietvalley.org.
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Pocono Mountains Wine Tour
Experience a pleasant and refreshing day in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, enjoying some of Pennsylvania's best known wines on the grounds where they are made. Pocono Daytripper has partnered with four of the Pocono's favorite vineyards to take local resort guests for a leisurely day, tasting great wines at The Villas, 5785 Milford Road East Stroudsburg.
Please arrive at 10:45 am, bus leaves promptly at 11:00 am from the check-in center.
The cost is $45.00 per person (1-3 people); $40.00 per person (4-6 people); $35.00 per person (7-10 people); and $30.00 per person (11-14 people). Packages include transportation to and from the vineyards and an afternoon of tours and tasting.
Children under 16 are not allowed on this trip. Sign up in advance by calling 570-977-7731 by 5:00 pm the previous day
Live Eagle Nest Cam
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - June 22
FDR signs G.I. Bill - 1944
On this day in 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill, an unprecedented act of legislation designed to compensate returning members of the armed services–known as G.I.s–for their efforts in World War II.
As the last of its sweeping New Deal reforms, Roosevelt’s administration created the G.I. Bill–officially the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944–hoping to avoid a relapse into the Great Depression after the war ended. FDR particularly wanted to prevent a repeat of the Bonus March of 1932, when 20,000 unemployed veterans and their families flocked in protest to Washington. The American Legion, a veteran’s organization, successfully fought for many of the provisions included in the bill, which gave returning servicemen access to unemployment compensation, low-interest home and business loans, and–most importantly–funding for education.
By giving veterans money for tuition, living expenses, books, supplies and equipment, the G.I. Bill effectively transformed higher education in America. Before the war, college had been an option for only 10-15 percent of young Americans, and university campuses had become known as a haven for the most privileged classes. By 1947, in contrast, vets made up half of the nation’s college enrollment; three years later, nearly 500,000 Americans graduated from college, compared with 160,000 in 1939.
As educational institutions opened their doors to this diverse new group of students, overcrowded classrooms and residences prompted widespread improvement and expansion of university facilities and teaching staffs. An array of new vocational courses were developed across the country, including advanced training in education, agriculture, commerce, mining and fishing–skills that had previously been taught only informally.
The G.I. Bill became one of the major forces that drove an economic expansion in America that lasted 30 years after World War II. Only 20 percent of the money set aside for unemployment compensation under the bill was given out, as most veterans found jobs or pursued higher education. Low interest home loans enabled millions of American families to move out of urban centers and buy or build homes outside the city, changing the face of the suburbs. Over 50 years, the impact of the G.I. Bill was enormous, with 20 million veterans and dependents using the education benefits and 14 million home loans guaranteed, for a total federal investment of $67 billion. Among the millions of Americans who have taken advantage of the bill are former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, former Vice President Al Gore and entertainers Johnny Cash, Ed McMahon, Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood.
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Can You Believe It...
Sold: Apple's first computer fetches $355K
(UPI) -- Apple's first computer -- the Apple-1 Personal Computer built in 1976 -- was auctioned off for $355,000 last week.Christie's New York sold the computer to an unidentified buyer.
The computer was built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in Jobs' garage in the Silicon Valley in Los Altos, Calif.
It launched Apple into the personal computer industry and led to desktops, laptops, tablets, cellphones and watches. Forty-one years later, Apple is the world's most valuable brand at $170 billion, according to Forbes in May.
This auctioned computer was first acquired by Frank VanGilluwe III and sold to Andrew "Zack" Zacharias for $300 on May 1978.
The computer model was originally priced at $666.66. It was advertised a "truly complete microcomputer system on a single PC board... an extremely powerful computer system that can be used for anything from developing programs to playing games or running BASIC. .. Since the Apple comes fully assembled, tested & burned-in and has a complete power supply on-board, initial set-up is essentially 'hassle-free' and you can be running within minutes."
Jobs and Wozniak secured an order for 50 computers from Paul Terrell, owner of the Byte Shop, a small local retail outlet in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Apple-1 systems were sold without casing, power supply, keyboard or monitor, but offered a pre-assembled motherboard, something its competitors did not offer.
Approximately 200 Apple-1s were built, but only a quarter of those still exist, as recorded in Mike Willegald's online Apple-1 Registry. It offered 8K bytes of RAM in 16-pin 4K memory chips.
Jobs and Wozniak officially discontinued the Apple-1 in October 1977. They offered discounts and trade-ins to encourage the owners to return their machines. These were destroyed and only a few Apple-1s survived. Fifteen are in public collections, including the Smithsonian Museum of Art and other museums of technology or science worldwide.
In previous auctions they fetched $671,400 in 2013 and for $905,000 to The Henry Ford Museum in 2014.
Jobs and Wozniak developed the far more advanced Apple-II that first sold on June 10, 1977, with production of more advanced versions sold until 1993. The mass-marked Mactinosh was introduced on1984 with an integral graphical user interface and mouse
A 1944 Four-Rotor Enigma Machine, which was used to decrypt German messages in World War II, sold for $547,500 in a Christy's New York auction that ended earlier this month.
Pocono Arts June 2017 Studio Classes
STROUDSBURG - The Pocono Arts Council will offer the following classes during the month of June. Classes, unless noted otherwise, are held at the PoconoArts Cultural Center, 18, N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg. To register call PoconoArts at 570-476-4460 or register online at www.poconoarts.org.
Instructor Jim Smeltz
One Evening, June 14, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm
This workshop is open to any media, acrylic, watercolor and water based oils. The choice is yours! Light is the focus of this evening.
Pocono Lions Annual Charity Golf Outing
The 18th Annual Charity Golf Outing hosted by Pocono Lions will be held on June 14 from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm at Mountain Laurel Golf Club, in White Haven. The event is a Four Person Scramble. Registration and putting contest begins at 10:30 am with a shotgun start at 12 noon. Dinner will be at Lake Naomi Clubhouse, Pocono Pines. The cost is $115.00 per person by June 9th or $125.00 per person the day of registration. If you'd like to attend dinner only, it is $40.00. For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.poconolions.org.
Tannersville Cranberry Bog Gallery Show
Laurinda Faye Rubin is organizing an exhibition for the Kettle Creek Gallery focusing on the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in all seasons. Interested artists of all mediums are invited to participate. Laurinda is willing and able to take artists on trips to the Bog in order to inspire them to create their artwork. Artists will have from now until Aug/Sep 2017 to create artwork depicting this unique natural land nestled in Monroe County. Specific information regarding submission and show details will be provided at a later date. This notice is to give the artists the opportunity and time to create their artwork. If interested, please contact Laurinda Faye Rubin at 570-236-4752 or email@example.com.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
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Fraternal Order of Eagles - First Sunday of Every Month, Franternal Order of Eagles Aeries 1106. Doors: 5pm Kitchen: 6pm Games: 7pm
East Stroudsburg Elks - Every Wednesday. Doors:5pm Early Birds: 645pm. Bingo:7pm
Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
Power House of Prayer - East Stroudsburg Wednesday and Sunday. Doors: 5pm. Bingo:7pm
VFW Post 2540 East Stroudsburg - Friday Night. Doors, Kitchen: 5pm. Early Bird: 6:45pm
Local Galleries & Museums
Antoine Dutot Museum & Gallery
Holiday Craft Show, Handmade Gifts by Local Artisans, Dec 2-4, 9-11. Fridays, 5-8PM. Saturdays & Sundays, 11AM-5PM. 570-476-4240 or www.dutotmuseum.com.
Holiday Store, (thru Jan 2). 18 North 7th St., Stroudsburg. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, Noon-4. 570-476-4460 or www.poconoarts.org
Auradell Gallery at Stroudsmoor
Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsmoor Rd., Stroudsburg. 570-421-6431 or www.stroudsmoor.com
Findings Jewelry & Art Gallery
Gold, Silver, & Gemstone Creations of Jeweler & Owner Daniel Varipapa. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:30AM-5PM; Sat, 11:30AM-3:30PM, 39 N. Seventh St., Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg. 570-426-1888
Gallery at Liztech
Made in PA. Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat 10AM-6PM, 95 Crystal St. EastStroudsburg. 570-424-3177 or www.Liztech.com
Grey Towers National Historic Site
Holiday Art and Photo Exhibit and Sale featuring scenes of Grey Towers: plein air paintings by artists of Come Paint with Me and a juried exhibition of photographs by members of Pike Imaging Council. 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Miford, Daily 11AM-4PM. 3-floor Mansion Tour available weekends at 4PM. 570-296-9630 or www.greytowers.org
Kettle Creek Art Gallery
Photo Contest Winners. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM, Sat 9AM-1PM, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville. 570-629-3061 or www.mcconservation.org
Madelon Powers Gallery
Gallery Hours: Weds & Thurs: 11AM-7PM. Mon., Tues. & Fri.: 11AM-4PM. Fine & Performing Arts Center, East Stroudsburg University. 570-422-3483 or email@example.com
Miller’s Fine Arts Gallery
Features Contemporary Stone Sculptures from East Africa and other African Artifacts. Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-6PM and Sundays by appointment only. 402 Brushy Mountain Rd, EastStroudsburg. 612-573-6594 or 914-588-6843 or www.cmillersfineart.photoreflect.com
Monroe County Historical Association
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri, 10AM-4PM, First & Third Saturdays, 10AM-4PM. One-hour Guided Tours: 11AM & 2PM daily. 900 Main St., Stroudsburg. 570-421-7703 or www.monroehistorical.org
Hours: 11AM-5PM, M-W; 11AM-7PM, Thurs; 11AM-5PM, Fri; 10AM-5PM, Sat; Noon-4PM, Sun, Route 115, Effort. 570-872-9683 or www.MudWorksPotteryPA.com 10% Discount for PoconoArts Members
Northampton Community College Monroe Campus - Keystone Hall, Dunning Art Gallery, "Flying Free - Birds & the Human Spirit" (thru Jan 13). Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8AM-9PM, 201 Keystone Hall, Monroe Campus, Tannersville. 610-861-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Origins Gallery on Main
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 1-5:30PM. 580 Main St., Stroudsburg, 570-507-7571 or www.originsgallery.org
Créches from Around the World, Pearsall Room, 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Available 9AM-5PM, (thru Jan 2). 1-800-SHAWNEE or www.shawneeinn.com
Wing & A Prayer Chapel
120 Rimrock Drive, Snydersville, Sunday, 1-4PM. 607-644-0596 or email@example.com
Monroe County Road Work