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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!

Need a Good Roofer? We Know the Perfect Guy

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

When you buy or sell your home with the Nancy Jenkins Team, you don't just receive professional care from our award-winning team.

You also connect to a group of tried-and-true local professionals who will provide you with superior services, before and after your move.

Need a good furniture cleaner? Try All Seasons. Need a roofer? We know the perfect guy!

Take, for instance, the exceptional team of accountants at Angolano & Company. Not only is this business family owned and operated, they know the value of community. Since Hurricane Irene devastated parts of Vermont, they've been collecting donations for Vermont flood victims.

They get our very highest seal of approval.

Let us introduce you to some more of our local favorites!

A Home Isn't a Castle Until It Has a Man Cave

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS


A "Man Cave" housing vintage motorcycles. Courtesy of Jeffery M. Dean.

Man Cave could be the latest must-have feature on the sophisticated homebuyer's wish list...or at least, a good basement for building one.

Snug, masculine, plastered with music and sports memorabilia, often subterranean, and smelling of beer, a man cave is a place where a man can retreat and do guy things, in his own home.

According to the Man Cave Site, a man cave is "A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends."

Homeowners are known to make considerable investments in these testerone-conentrated areas, some spending up to $50,000 furnishing and decorating their Man Caves to their unique taste. 

But most Man Caves are probably built on a more college-aged budget.

Does your home have a man cave? How is it decorated? Can you imagine life without the man cave?

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Watch "America's Man Caves", a short news story from BBC News.

Check out some interesting Man Cave incarnations.


Manning the grill: from left, Dave Bessery; Nancy Jenkins and Cindy Warfield-Sowalskie
of the Nancy Jenkins Team; Eric Gray, of Sweet Breathe BBQ; and Marc Benton,
of Regency Mortgage Corp.

On September 29, The Nancy Jenkins Team and our clients will host a BBQ dinner for kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, prepared by Grill Master Eric Gray, of Sweet Breathe BBQ. Our team of 15-20 volunteers will plan, cook, and serve a nutritious 3-course meal for nearly 100 kids.

But that's not all!

In conjunction with the BBQ, ComCast will host an informational event for parents about its Internet Essentials Program. Through the program, qualifying families can purchase fast, reliable internet home service for just $9.95 per month. As ComCast explains, “If your child receives free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program, you may qualify.”

To top off the night, The Nancy Jenkins Team will raffle off twelve "gently used" Dell computers, loaded with basic software and ready to go.

In volunteering during this week, the Nancy Jenkins Team and our group of client and vendor volunteers join forces with thousands of Prudential associates and volunteers around the world participating in Prudential’s 2011 Global Volunteer Day. Held every year near the first weekend of October, this initiative encourages Prudential associates to get more involved in their communities.

Last year, over 25,000 associates, their families, and friends made a difference in 7 countries, 41 states, and over 800 projects. With your help, we can make this year’s event an even greater success!

Shifts are available between 2:30 and 6:00pm, with food prep, serving, and clean-up.

Based on our participation, The Prudential Foundation may also provide a generous $1,000 grant to our nonprofit partner organization, the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington.

Join us! Join in the fun! Meet the fabulous kids of the Boys & Girls Club.

For more information or to register as a volunteer, e-mail meredith(at)nancyjenkins.com.

Vermonters Help Neighbors After Massive Storm Irene

by Bryan Jackson

 

Vermont National Guard delivering aid, Hurrican Irene
Adam Gerlack of The Vermont National Guard delivering food aid in Pittsfield, VT. 

We send our best to all affected up here in flood-ravaged Vermont, which now has been declared a Federal Disaster Area. Tropical Storm Irene has caused devastating damage to our area in the worst flooding since 1927. Nancy and I and our families are all safe, and we have power, water, food, and shelter, but many have lost their homes or their homes have suffered major damage.

Towns and cities are cut off as bridges are lost, roadways have been affected, some for many miles. On NBC news this morning, it was reported that the town of Killington is opening a road temporarily so tourists, who have been stranded on the mountain since Saturday, can get back home (some to flood-damaged homes in NJ and elsewhere).

Nancy and I have always supported the American Red Cross in times of national disaster, and now we will be doing the same for our own Vermont state chapter.

Donations can be made to the Vermont and New Hampshire Valley Red Cross.

Many have seen the passionate video on the storm from Jim Cantore, of The Weather Channel.

Our entire state thanks all who have volunteered. There are many people stranded, with no access to food or water. FEMA is here and we are also being helped by the Ohio National Guard, which has sent 10 helicopters to assist in evacuation and emergency supply distribution. More helicopters and assets are being sent here today. 

There is ongoing national coverage of the effects we have from Irene.  

Grab Your Backpacks and No 2 Pencils. It's Time to Head Back to School!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Vermont heads back to school this week. Get ready to see kids gathering at the bus stop, their backpacks filled to the brim with new pencils, erasers, and notebooks. Rows of shiny yellow school buses. A layer of summer dust blowing off the school bell with that first morning ring.

The rush and excitement of the first day of school.

Many in our area mark the start of the school year with the arrival of the Champlain Valley Expo, which runs frrom Aug 27-Sept 5 this year. With Hurricane Irene mostly behind us, the Expo still stay open all week. There's still time to savour that last 3,000-calorie taste of summer

Here are back-to-school dates for many local schools:

Champlain Elementary School: September 1

Mallets Bay School: August 31

Essex Elementary School: August 31, Sept 1 (kindergarten)

Milton Town School District: September 1

Orchard and Chamerlain Schools: August 31

Renaissance School: September 6

Shelburne Community School: August 31

Williston School District: August 31

Winooski School Distrcit: September 1

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2011 - First Days of High School

Burlington High School: Sept 1 (9th graders), Sept 2 (grades 10-12)

Champlain Valley Union HS: August 31 (9th graders), Sept 1 (grades 10-12)

Colchester High School: August 31

Essex High School: August 30 (9th graders), August 31 (grades 10-12)

South Burlington High School: August 31

Before Irene Arrives, Review Your Hurricane Preparedness Plan

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

noaa hurricane path hurricane irene

Hurricane season is here, and the first major storm of 2011 is anticipated to reach Vermont in the next few days. You may aleady have noticed stronger winds and rain here in the Chittenden County area today.

It’s hard to say what we should expect from Irene, but most forecasts predict tropical storm activity, heavy rain and 50-mph winds. You can track the path and intensity of Hurricane Irene at Weather.com -- http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker.

Remember, during a hurricane, keep family and pets indoors. Bring inside loose outdoor objects, like trashcans, potted plants, and lawn furniture. And wait to call 911 to report power outages until service has been restored to your service area.

Here is a Hurricane Preparedness Guide with helpful tips from our friend Jack Cotton, at Sotheby’s International on Cape Cod -- vt-homes.com/pdf/Jack_Cotton-HurricanePrep-Aug2011.pdf

Our friends at Point Bay Marina, in Charlotte, also shared this Vessel Prep Guide.

IRS Publishes Tax Tips for Home Sellers

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

It's summer, and who's thinking about real estate sales taxes? Who else but the IRS -- and probably new home sellers.

The IRS has just published new and helpful information for individuals selling their home, to help ensure they file taxes correctly and can determine their eligibility for special real-estate-related deductions.

For example, did you know that a home seller is eligible to exclude the gain from income if he or she has owned and used a home as a main home for two years out of the five years prior to the date of its sale?

Find about more by reading the IRS's "Ten Tax Tips for Individuals Selling Their Home": www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=243682,00.html

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