Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 2/18/2019

Did you know that November, December, January and February are top months for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths in the United States?


home heater furnace

These are the primary months when consumers crank up their furnaces and portable heaters to stay warm. Nearly two-thirds of non-fire related CO deaths take†place in those four cold weather months.


Portable gas generators are also used in the cold months because of power outages, due to snow and ice storms.

Generator scene

CPSC has joined with the National Fire Protection Association this year to warn consumers and firefighters about CO, which kills more than 400 people every year, according to the CDC. CO is called the invisible killer because you cannot see or smell it.

Here is what you can do to prevent CO from hurting your family:

  • Before using your chimney or turning on the furnace, get chimneys and fuel-burning appliances checked by a professional who services those items to make sure they are working correctly and vented to the outside properly.
    • Get a CO alarm. Better yet, install one on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.

CO alarm

  • If you already have CO alarms, make sure they are working properly. Have you changed the batteries this year? If not, replace the batteries.
  • Replace CO alarms every 5 years or as recommended by the manufacturer. Newer CO alarms have end of life indicators that beep when the alarm is at the end of its working life and needs to be replaced.
  • Never use a portable generator inside your house, garage, basement, crawlspace, shed or in a semi-enclosed space, such as a porch close to the house. Generators should be at least 20 feet away from the house when in use.

Freezing weather and snow in the winter are a fact of life. Donít let CO take yours.




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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 2/16/2019

This meticulously-maintained home is located in E. Taunton's premier, sought-after neighborhood minutes to all highway access routes. Some of the many features of this wonderful home include a large kitchen w/granite counters/tile backsplash/stainless steel appliances & dining area leading to a private rear deck, a spacious living room w/new hardwood flooring, three bedrooms & a full bath w/new walk-in tiled shower all on the first level AND a finished lower level w/full windows/atrium door that includes a large family room, game room, both w/new wood laminate flooring, & additional full bath, a perfect set-up for the extended family member! Some additional features include a maintenance-free exterior w/vinyl siding, a large rear yard w/privacy fence, shed, & patio w/pergola situated on a beautiful lot w/mature plantings. Enjoy town water, town sewer, natural gas heat, central air-conditioning, and so much more! First viewing at our open house Sunday, 2/17/19 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 2/15/2019

Step 1

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

A fresh coat of paint is a good start and itís easier to apply once the doors, shelves and countertop are removed. Filling the holes with wood putty, and then sanding gives you a smooth surface to paint. Wire shelving and pull-out storage baskets can be installed to help you get organized.

Step 2

Add a Contemporary Look

To make the job easier, go ahead and install the faucet and sink before lowering the countertop into place. Turn off the cold and hot water supply before you install a new faucet. Adding a new mirror and light fixture will give your bathroom a whole new look without spending a lot of money. Turn off the power at the service panel prior to replacing the light fixture. Painted doors mounted with new hinges and updated hardware will make the vanity look more contemporary.

Step 3

Install a New Countertop

Apply a bead of adhesive to the vanity base before lowering the countertop into place. Caulk around the sink to form a watertight seal with the countertop. Installing a granite countertop will give the vanity a high-end look.





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 2/13/2019

Amesbury Sports Park

12 South Hunt Road
Amesbury, MA 01913-4404
(978) 388-5788
http://www.amesburysportspark.net/

Amesbury Sports Park is open for snow tubing Thursday through Sunday as well as holidays and school vacation. The park features three hills. The main hill with six lanes is open Thursday and Fridays. On weekends, two lanes on a steeper hill open, as well as a special hill for toddlers. New in 2010, you can ďride the frozen rapidsĒ on the weekends, which is group sledding in a rubber boat. On Thursdays and Fridays the hills are open from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m; Saturdays 10 a.m to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Three-hour passes are $22 and all day passes are $30. There are two lifts to get tubers back to the top of the hill.


Nashoba Valley

179 Great Road
Littleton, MA 01460
(978) 692-3033
https://www.skinashoba.com/Articles.asp?ID=340

Not just a ski area, Nashoba Valley also has a tubing park nearby. The Tubing Park has its own dedicated area, entrance and lodge, so be sure to follow the directions. There are 15 lanes and four lifts. The park is open during the week from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. A two-hour ticket costs $25. All riders must be six years old or 42 inches tall.


Ski Ward

1000 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA
(508) 842-6346 ‎
https://www.skiward.com/tubing/snowtubing-information/

Ski Ward has its own tubing park known as TubaSlide and itís open every day with six lanes and two tow lifts. From Monday through Friday itís open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays, holidays and school vacations itís open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays itís open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the week two-hour tickets cost $20, otherwise theyíre $22. All riders must be six years old or 42 inches tall.


Berkshire East

66 South River Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
(413) 339-6617
https://berkshireeast.com/snow-tubing-park/

The Beastly Tubing Park at Berkshire East Ski Area in Charlemont is open on the weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are three lanes, each 450 feet long. A moving ground lift takes riders back to the top of the mountain. Tickets are sold in two hour increments. Tubers 12 and older pay $20, under 12 is $15. Everyone whoís riding must be 42 inches tall and they must be able to get in and out of a tube and carry their own tube while walking.


Bousquet Mountain

101 Dan Fox Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-8316
http://www.bousquets.com/?page_id=313

Located about two hours west of Boston in Pittsfield, Bousquet offers tubing on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There are five tubing chutes and a carpet lift to get you back to the top of the hill. $15 will get you a two-hour ticket. Tubes are supplied, and children must be at least five years of age and able to ride the tube on their own.


Ski Butternut

380 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
(413) 528-2000 ‎
http://www.skibutternut.com

In addition to its ski mountain, Ski Butternut has a tubing center with seven lanes and a handle lift. All tubers must be able to ride alone, sit in tubes alone, and ride in the tube up and down the hill alone. A two-hour ticket costs $18. The tubing center is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 2/11/2019

Did you know that November, December, January and February are top months for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths in the United States?


home heater furnace

These are the primary months when consumers crank up their furnaces and portable heaters to stay warm. Nearly two-thirds of non-fire related CO deaths take†place in those four cold weather months.


Portable gas generators are also used in the cold months because of power outages, due to snow and ice storms.

Generator scene

CPSC has joined with the National Fire Protection Association this year to warn consumers and firefighters about CO, which kills more than 400 people every year, according to the CDC. CO is called the invisible killer because you cannot see or smell it.

Here is what you can do to prevent CO from hurting your family:

  • Before using your chimney or turning on the furnace, get chimneys and fuel-burning appliances checked by a professional who services those items to make sure they are working correctly and vented to the outside properly.
    • Get a CO alarm. Better yet, install one on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.

CO alarm

  • If you already have CO alarms, make sure they are working properly. Have you changed the batteries this year? If not, replace the batteries.
  • Replace CO alarms every 5 years or as recommended by the manufacturer. Newer CO alarms have end of life indicators that beep when the alarm is at the end of its working life and needs to be replaced.
  • Never use a portable generator inside your house, garage, basement, crawlspace, shed or in a semi-enclosed space, such as a porch close to the house. Generators should be at least 20 feet away from the house when in use.

Freezing weather and snow in the winter are a fact of life. Donít let CO take yours.







JoAnn M. Drabble