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Happy Halloween from the Nancy Jenkins Team!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Glowing Jack o Lanterns! Black cats! Witches hats! Spider webs! Spooky Goblins! Gravestones! Piles of Candy! King Kong-sized Sweet Tooths. It's almost that thriller night, Halloween!

Catch the Halloween spirit!  Visit a local Vermont pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. Make your own Halloween costume. Bake scary tasty Witch Finger Cookies. Decorate your house for trick-or-treaters!

Here are some of our favorite Halloween events happening around the Burlington and Chittenden County Area this weekend:

Remember, some simple planning and common sense can help keep your superheroes, ghosts, and goblins in tip-top shape right through Halloween:

  • Eat a good meal before trick-or-treating to discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween candy.
  • Ask kids to wait until they're back home and have checked through candy before eating any. An adult should examine all treats and throw away spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

 

Homeowners, It's Chim Chim-in-ey Sweep Time!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

October is the chim-chiminey-est time to prep your chimney for the chilly Vermont months ahead.

The National Fire Protection Association recommeNational Chimney Sweet Guild Logonds an annual chimney inspection and sweep for your home. This is because soot builds up on the inside of your chimney over the course of normal use, restricting the flow of heat up and out of your chimney.

More dangerously, though, soot can catch on fire, causing significant damage to your chimney and general property.

An inspection and sweep generally takes 60-90 minutes and costs up to $300.

You can find a certified chimney sweep here in Vermont through the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

We recommend local chimney sweep David Kehoe, of Artful Chimney Services -- (802) 658-3253.

PIECE OF TRIVIA: Did you know that in parts of Great Britain it's still considered lucky for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day? Many enterprising British sweeps still hire themselves out at weddings.

National Chimney Sweep Guild Logo.

We Had a Blast at the Boys & Girls Club!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS


Four fabulious kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, sporting Prudential
Cares t-shirts, on "Dinner and Internet Essentials Night," on Sept 29, 2011.

On Sept 29, 2011, the Nancy Jenkins Team organized a fun-filled "Dinner and Internet Essentials Night" for kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. The event was organized as part of Prudential's 2011 Global Volunteer Day. We had a blast!

We started our event on September 27 with a trip to a local apple orchard, Shelburne Orchards, where children picked apples and completed a treasure hunt. Each child took home apples—and picked apples for our main event on the 29th. Delicious!

The dinner was a huge success, with over 130 children served. A local prizing-winning BBQ team, Sweet Breathe BBQ, headed by one of our former clients, helped us to make a nutritious dinner of pulled chicken, pasta salad, green salad, and vegetables with dipping sauce—as well as cake and apples for dessert. The kids loved the BBQ! Of the 40 pounds of chicken made, none was left by the end of the night.

The highlight of our event was a Computer Give-away. Our team donated 11 gently used Dell desktop computers that were raffled off during dinner. Eleven happy children took home a computer to share with their family, perfect for doing homework, writing e-mails, surfing the web, and more.

This is our third year at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. It's a terrific way to support children in the community.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our event a success:

Carol Blouin, Russ Cooke, Jason Gerlack, Diane Handy, David Miner, Cindy Warfield-Sowalskie, Maggie McEntee, Eric Gray, Chris Mazur, Sweet Breathe BBQ, Mark Benton, Gabe Handy, Eileen Casey, Laura Ludlum, David Cooper, Pamela Hunt, Alison Barges Derouchie, Meredith Barges, Jennifer Cassani, Ruth Hamilton, Patti Brinckerhoff, Nancy Cathcart, Benton Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Brianna Sibley, Bryan Jackson, Alison Card, David Card, Glenn Sowalskie, Tuck Rainwater, Nick Cowles

Check out the full photo album on our Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150335243703893.352009.206999083892&type=3. Please "Like" us while you're visiting!

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