making apple cider, love them tell them

Family, Friends and Making Apple Cider!

making apple cider, love them tell themWhen the chill comes into the air in the fall, there is nothing better than a warm cup of homemade apple cider to warm you up.  Making apple cider in the fall  has always been a tradition with our family and friends for many years.  We use local drops and old fashioned cider presses and turn it into a great fall activity.  

Stephen Hughes heads the operation and an assortment of family and friends show up to turn totes of apples into gallons of cider at the MacGregor Homestead.   This week we even tried adding a little fresh cranberries to the mix for a different flavor.  There is usually the same assortment of helpers but every week might find a few new helpers added to the mix.  It’s a great time to chat as you work and catch up with everyone’s week.

The kids fade in and out helping and alternately playing and filling the jugs is usually a favorite job for them.

The gallons of cider are then taken home by everyone and shared with family and friends.  They can even be frozen for a treat later in the season and a few ambitious helpers have turned it into wine  or hard cider.  Cran-applesauce was also a new treat this year.

It’s a great tradition over the years and we look forward to it every year.  Although by the time the last apples have faded off the trees and the season is over, we are ready to call it quits too.  As the kids grow up, they come back from college with new friends to help out for a weekend or two, and give them the warmth of home again.   It really is a great tradition we hope to perpetuate for years to come.  I can’t imagine fall without it!

BOLD Moves Real Estate has quite a few BOLDIES helping out with the operation.  Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more local events and great ways to get into the house of your dreams.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on October 20, 2015.

tri-town, Love Them Tell Them

Back to School in the Tri-town.

 

 

tri-town, Love Them Tell ThemSeptember 1st was back to school in the tri-towns of Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett and also many of the other towns in the Southeastern Massachusetts area.  The day brought heat and humidity as well as a lot of moans and groans from students packing up their backpacks and heading to the bus.

This week promises more higher temperatures making the trek back to school more difficult for students and teachers alike.  The weather does hold some promise toward the end of the week and the weekend for more comfortable temperatures and less humidity.

Many parents are happy to get back into the routine of school and sports, as opposed to  the carefree days of summer.  Labor Day Weekend will be full of cookouts and barbecues to take advantage of the last days of summer.

The housing market has been busy all summer and now is a great time to buy or sell a home.  The temperatures are cooling off, people are back from vacation and ready to look for their dream house, and fall is a great time to showcase the great features of a house.  What house doesn’t look good with pumpkins on the porch and mums decorating the steps.

Take advantage of this great time to look for a great house or put your house on the market.  Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for some great listings and agents.

Also visit www.destinationhometown.com for more local news.

This blog was posted on September 2. 2015 on www.destinationhometown.com

 

 

Back to School, bus schedules

Back to School Bus Schedules!

 

 

 

Back to School, bus schedulesMost of the area children will be heading back to school this coming week.  Refreshing air has changed the hot and humid summer temporarily but it does make it seem more fitting to be starting back to school.

Here is a list of local towns and bus schedules to check out. Click on the link to check out your town.

Old Rochester Regional District Schools:   http://www.oldrochester.org/pages/ORR/Family_Student/Useful_Documents/675265199480769618

Fairhaven Public Schoolshttp://t.co/haM2VZzlbN

Acushnet Public Schoolshttp://www.acushnetschools.us/aps/menusbusroutes.htm

New Bedford Public Schools:  http://www.newbedfordschools.org/files/_HaCgE_/071b550eb79ffe0f3745a49013852ec4/NBPS_Bus_Routes_2015-2016.pdf

Dartmouth Public Schools:  http://dartmouthps.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=131648&sessionid=3a28e7a71f7f639e5c38c0353bad3b6f&sessionid=3a28e7a71f7f639e5c38c0353bad3b6f

Old Colony Voke:  http://www.oldcolony.us/parents/bus-routes/

New Bedford Voke:  http://www.gnbvt.edu/StudentResources/BusRoutes/BusRoutes.htm

Destination Hometown is your hyperlocal site.  Visit us at www.destinationhometown.com for more local news.

This blog was posted on www.destinationhometown.com on August 27, 2015.

adult wharf dance, BOLD Moves Real Estate

Adult Wharf Dance in Mattapoisett!

If you would answer yes to any of the following categories then this event is just for YOU:- Are you trying to relive your junior high glory days doing the cotton eyed joe and cha cha slide on the wharf?

– Are you a parent looking to have a fun night of dancing in the open air

away from your kids?

– Are you just looking for something GREAT to do on August 14th?

THEN JOIN US at the Mattapoisett Town Wharf for the one and only summer event you’ve all been waiting for:
Our 18+ adult wharf dance complete with music, dancing and fun.

SO parents, book your babysitters and grads, take a night off from the job search and boogie with us like it’s the 20th century.

Brought to you by the Mattapoisett Track Club

INVITE ANYONE AND EVERYONE.

$10 tickets to be sold at local entities:
The Slip

www.facebook.com/events/879281065498295/ for more info.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more local events.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com  on August 4, 2015.

making hay, love them tell them

The Art of Making Hay!

making hay, love them tell themThe Art of Making Hay.  We all know cows and horses and goats eat hay and you can buy bales of hay from your local farmer or feed store, but what is involved in making hay?  It’s a pretty arduous task from field to barn.

The whole process starts with cutting the hay.  Most use a tractor and a rotary mower.  Weather plays a big part in making hay.  You’re looking for three days in a row with no rain and hopefully sunny, warm weather.  The less humidity the better.  The goal is to dry the hay as quickly as possible.

After the hay is cut, the next step is to tedder the hay.  This process involves a tractor pulling an implement called a tedder which fluffs the hay and helps it to dry. There are different types of tedders but the idea is the same:  fluff and  toss the hay to get air through it so it dries faster.  A good time to tedder is around 10:30 AM after the dew has dried. Depending on the weather, you may need to tedder the hay a few times.

When the hay is feeling drier, it’s time to rake the hay into windrows.  This gets the hay off the ground to dry better and  gets it ready to be picked up by the baler.  The windrows are long rows of hay down the length of the field.

The tricky part is deciding if the hay is dry enough to bale.  Damp, waxy grass is not a good sign, too wet, it may need another day to dry.  The optimal situation is to tedder and rake the hay until it’s dry and bale it within 2 days.  If you wait too long, it may turn brown and not be as desirable. Baling wet hay can cause it to grow moldy  after  it’s stored.  It can also heat up and cause a fire in the barn.  Making sure the hay is dry is important.

The last step if the hay feels dry is to get out your tractor and baler and finish the job.  The baler basically picks up the hay squashes it together either into a square or round bale and wraps twine around it to keep it together.  The hay is then loaded on a truck to be stored in the barn or sold to hay customers.

There is first cutting hay which is cut and baled around June and is the grass which has grown all winter.  Usually if the weather cooperates, there is a second cutting in August or September.   This cutting is usually greener and a favorite for horses.  First cutting tends to be browner and coarser.  Some animals prefer first cutting and some second.  Second cutting is usually more expensive because it’s richer and there is usually less of it than first cutting.

Weather plays a huge part in making hay.  A hot, sunny, windy day is optimal for drying.  A sudden rain shower can ruin the hay.  Once it’s wet, it loses a lot of its nutrition and needs to be dried again.  Most of the time this hay will be sold as construction hay at a cheaper rate.

It’s a hot sweaty job, but in our family everyone helps and it can be a great family activity.

Visit www.lovethemtellthem.com for more local news and reviews.

Hay making, love them tell themhay making , love them tell them

Rochester Memorial School, Love Them Tell Them

Sixth Grade Activities at Rochester Memorial School!

Rochester Memorial School, Love Them Tell Them

Rochester Memorial School in Rochester, MA had their senior activities last week to send the 6th graders off to the Junior High next year in style.  

The last week of school included a trip to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.  Each year the sixth graders and their families along with the sixth grade staff head to Martha’s Vineyard on the Woods Hole Ferry.  They spend the day on the beach, and spending time in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.  The Carousel is always a popular spot as well as the local ice cream parlors and souvenir shops.  It’s a great day for the students to spend with their family, teachers and fellow students.  Each year a t-shirt is designed for all the students to sign and wear for the outing.

Thursday night was the Sixth Grade dance.  The students have a chance to get dressed up, enjoy some good food and dance to music by DJ Danni Kleiman.  The cafeteria is decorated by the parents and staff and this year was “A Night to Remember’ theme giving the cafeteria a magical look.

The week ended with Graduation on Friday Morning as the Sixth Graders gathered with their families and teachers in the gym to reminisce about the year past and look forward to the year ahead.  Awards were given out and memories of each student shared by the teachers.  

It is a great tradition and a great way to send off the sixth graders to their new adventures in Junior High.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more local news.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on June 30, 2015.

Rochester Memorial School, Love Them Tell Us

 

Rochester Country Fair

Rochester Country Fair!

 

Rochester Country Fair The Rochester Country Fair will take place this year  from August 13 to August 16th on the newly-renovated  Fair Grounds located on Pine Street.  Each year a new theme is chosen.  The fair  this year will be centered around a “Prehistoric ” theme.

The Rochester Country Fair is a unique, country fair.  There will be many fun events such as Tractor Pulling, Woodsman Show, Pie Eating and Pie Bake Off, Dinosaur Dig Hunt, Pebbles and Bam Bam Contest, and the return of the Buana Iguana Reptile Show.  The Committee is also looking into a Highland Games Exhibition and a Lynyrd Skynrd Tribute Band.

The Country Fair is completely funded through local donations from residents and businesses alike. they also sell advertising in the Country Fair Booklet.

The Rochester Country Fair Committee includes: Dave Souza, Julie Koczera, Dianne Wood, Arthur Westgate, Chris Faustino, Duffy Clapp, Pat Lafleur, Slim Bernier and John Lafleur.

Mark it on your calendar for a great time!

Visit rochestercountryfair@comcast.net for more information.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more local news.

This blog was posted on June 22, 2015 on www.boldmovesrealestate.com

Pioneer Basement Visits BOLD Moves Real Estate!

 

 

 

 

 

BOLD Moves Real Estate

 

Pioneer Basement came to visit BOLD Moves Real Estate today during their weekly sales meeting.  Ken Daggett, Project Manager, explained the services that Pioneer Basement offers to homeowners, including those buying and selling a home.

Pioneer Basement has many solutions for all kinds of basement problems, including ground water control, moisture control, air quality, and maintenance to name a few.  They can help your home meet the criteria for a Healthy Basement Certificate and a Nationally Backed Warranty through Grate Products.  This Warranty is transferable to new owners when the house is sold.

The basement is an integral part of your house and a healthy basement environment benefits everyone and makes it possible to expand your living space or simply keeping the quality of the air in your house healthy for all the occupants.

This can also affect real estate sales.  A guaranteed healthy basement is a great reassurance for a buyer looking at a house and can help a seller when they are putting their house on the market.  A transferable Healthy Basement Certificate can add value to a house.

BOLDIES were happy to listen to the presentation by Ken Daggett to pass on to our clients.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for the latest real estate news, trends and listings.

This blog was posted on June 15, 2015 on www.boldmovesrealestate.com

BOLD Moves Real Estate

 

 

 

 

Quick Closings

Which States Had Quicker-Selling Properties?

In What States Did Properties Sell Quickly in Feb-April 2015?

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, NAR asks REALTORS® “For the last house that you closed in the past month, how long was it on the market from listing time to the time the seller accepted the buyer’s offer?”.

The map below shows the median days on market of respondents about their sales from Feb 2015-April 2015.   California and North Dakota were the fastest-selling markets with properties typically sold by 30 days. Properties also sold quickly, typically at 45 in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia. Strong demand amid low inventory has caused properties to sell quickly and driven up prices, especially in the West Coast states.  All real estate is local. State-level data is provided for REALTORS® who may want to compare local markets against the state and national summary.

med days on market

Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research

Visit www.agentrising.com for more real estate news and tips.

This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on June6, 2015

BOLD Moves Real Estate

Summer in the Tri-Town


BOLD Moves Real EstateThere are many events going in the tr-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester this summer.  Mattapoisett will be seeing a new ice cream truck  at the beach and in their neighborhoods.  Chris Johnson and Jaime LeBlanc of Jaime’s Hawaiian Ice will be driving through Mattapoisett with real bells and Nice Songs.  They have promised not to blast the music.  The location of the truck is posted on their Facebook page daily.

Plumb Library in Rochester is launching their Summer Reading Program.  This Year’s theme is Heroes.  Mrs. Lisa, your own Library League Hero will be at the RMS Book Fair to invite all students to join Plumb Library’s Summer Hero Training Camp!  This is for kids of all ages. Every child at RMS will be given a bookmark and an invitation with details on how to join.  Bookmarks will also be available at the Jr. High and the library for older kids and adults.

Plumb’s Hero Training Camp will have a mix of weekly activities, workshops and shows for focusing on sharpening skills needed to be a hero.  Prizes and awards can be earned.

Online Registration opens on June 1st to July 4th.  Programs begin when school ends on June 20th.  Register as a family. 

Elizabeth Taber Library in Marion will be holding The Bubble Show Summer Reading Kick-off Event on June 22, 2015 at 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the Music Hall at Front Street and Cottage Street in Marion.

Visit www.lovethemtellthem.com for more local news and reviews.