TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME SAFE ON VACATION

VacationImageThe Murphy’s Law of homeownership dictates that, if something is going to happen, it’s probably going to be when you’re not home.  While this thought can be scary, it doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t leave your house or go on vacation.  With a little advanced planning, you can dramatically reduce the likelihood of arriving home to a disaster.

Turn the water off.

A broken pipe can cause a lot of damage in a relatively short period of time, so just imagine what you could come home to after being gone for a week or more.  Turning the water off at a shut off as close to the main as possible can dramatically reduce the potential and likelihood of damage occurring while you’re away.  Always inspect shut off valves to ensure that they are in good repair and not leaking, and have valves in poor condition replaced immediately.

If traveling during the cold winter months, it’s important to take steps to prevent frozen pipes before you go.  Homes that are left unheated, or that run out of heating oil or gas, are some of the most common causes of water damage that occurs while the homeowner is away.  To make matters worse, there often is no insurance coverage for claims that result from heat not being maintained at a property.  If you will be gone for an extended period of time, you may want to winterize the property before you leave.

Make it look like someone’s home

Thieves often look for homes that look unoccupied, as they are less risky targets.  One of the best ways of making your home look less desirable to criminals while you’re away is by making it look like someone is still home.  Take a moment to consider the tasks you generally perform around your home such as getting the mail and mowing the lawn.  Interruptions in these tasks may draw unwanted attention to your home.  Here are a few tips to prevent your home from appearing unoccupied.

– To prevent your mail from piling up at your mailbox or front porch, consider having it held at the post office or collected by a friend or neighbor.

– Since your grass will continue to grow while you’re gone, you may want to ask a friend to mow the lawn a couple of times, or hire a professional service to care for your lawn while you’re away.

– Setting a couple of lights on timers will make it look like someone is home and cause most burglars to think twice.

– Asking a friend or neighbor to check on the house periodically will mean that people will be in and out of your house, making it appear more active.

Don’t post detailed trip plans on social media

With the size of some friend lists and the potential for some posts to be public, you never really know who may see your travel plans or pictures.  While we can completely understand your desire to tell everyone about your amazing vacation plans, it’s much safer to save those pictures and stories for after you return.

Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house

Your neighbors are more than happy to keep an eye on your place while you’re gone, after all, they don’t want problems in their neighborhood either.  Don’t hesitate to ask, you’ll have a much greater sense of peace of.mind knowing someone is keeping an eye on things while you’re gone!

 

Memories of your vacation should be about beaches, sights, and time with your family, not the mess you found when you returned home.  Hopefully, these tips will not only allow you some peace of mind while you’re gone but reduce the chance of anything happening while you’re away.

We hope you found this information helpful.  If there’s something that YOU want to hear about, please e-mail us at news@disasterblaster.com.

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PEEC

On Tuesday, October 24th, Harmony Presents is producing a benefit concert for Pocono Environmental Education Center. The concert features five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Mary Chapin Carpenter at Lackawanna College Theater.

“We’re thrilled to have some exciting new developments for this concert. We’ve introduced an enter-to-win sweepstakes, which will award two random participants a grand prize of a pair of Gold seats to the concert. We’ve also announced the supporting artist, Emily Barker, a fantastic country-soul singer-songwriter from Western Australia,” says Jill Carletti, Managing Director of Harmony Presents. She continues, “We’re so thrilled with how all the pieces of this concert are coming together, and we’re thrilled to help make it happen for a worthy organization like Pocono Environmental Education Center. Mary Chapin Carpenter is one of those artists who has seen the sun rise and set on various trends in Americana-Country music. She is loved by fans and critics alike, and it’s simply an honor to feature her in this benefit concert. We hope to see a strong representation of Northeast Pennsylvania folks at this exciting, one-of-a-kind event.”

Mary Chapin Carpenter will be performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record, “The Things That We Are Made Of”, released May 6, 2016. Beloved by fans and critics alike, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. Previously, in 2014, Carpenter released her debut orchestral album, “Songs From The Movie”, which was arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner, Vince Mendoza. Since its release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others.

The Mary Chapin Carpenter benefit concert for Pocono Environmental Education Center takes place at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017. Tickets are $50, $60, and $70 and are available online at www.harmonypresents.com or www.peec.org or by calling (570) 588-8077. The Lackawanna College Theater is located at 501 Vine Street in Scranton, PA. Those interested in participating in the sweepstakes for a chance to win a pair of Gold level seats may learn more and enter at www.harmonypresents.com/ mcc-sweepstakes. Entries must be submitted by September 9th at 8 p.m.

Foundation for Harmony Presents strengthens regional charitable organizations while enriching our local community through discovery of diverse, engaging, imaginative, and truly exceptional performing and fine artists.

 

 

Local-Themed Double Header

BigEddy_2017GraphicLocal-Themed Double Header at the Sixth Annual Big Eddy Film Festival September 15 – 17 in Narrowsburg, NY

The Big Eddy Film Festival (September 15 – 17) will showcase two new dramatic films shot in Sullivan County as a centerpiece event on Saturday, September 16, at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY. ‘So B. It,’ directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, and ‘Halfway to Zen,’ directed by Toby Poser and John Adams, will be presented as a double header on Saturday night.

“Over the past six years, we’ve noticed more and more movies are being shot in Sullivan County, thanks to our varied landscapes and locations, proximity to New York City, and the New York State Film Tax Credit Program. Last year, Liberty, NY, was used as a setting for two exciting narrative feature films, and it’s fantastic that they are both ready to premiere in Sullivan County at this year’s Big Eddy Film Fest,” says festival director Tina Spangler. “We’re thrilled that the creative talents behind both films will be in attendance and will conduct Q&As with the audience.”

SO B. IT

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Cast: Alfre Woodard, John Heard, Cloris Leachman, and newcomer, Talitha Bateman

Screens: Saturday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.

“So B. It” follows a 12-year-old girl named Heidi (Bateman) as she embarks on a journey across country to uncover the story of her mother’s past and discovers herself along the way.

Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, the movie is based on the New York Times best selling book of the same name by Sullivan County-based young adult writer, Sarah Weeks. Filmed in part in and around Liberty, NY, this is a special advance screening. “So B. It” premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released in theaters in October 2017. The film is rated PG-13 and is appropriate for families.

Sarah Weeks will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film.

HALFWAY TO ZEN

Directors: John Adams & Toby Poser

Cast: Zelda Adams, John Adams, Toby Poser, Robert Lund, Claire Denis

Screens: Saturday, September 16 at 9 p.m.

After release from prison, Nick (John Adams) is trying to walk a straight line, flipping burgers and taking care of his father, Pop, who’s forgotten what a terrible dad he once was thanks to the onset of dementia. When Nick is reintroduced to his daughter Edie (who announces she’s now a boy) and his ex-wife, Vick (Toby Poser), who recently experienced a stroke, this ragtag team of misfits joins forces to relearn everything they know about what makes a family. The road to peace is rugged, but the first step will get you halfway there.

John Adams and Toby Poser are Sullivan County residents and have produced several films in the region through their production company, Wonderwheel Productions.

Filmmakers and cast will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

Attend the Festival

Individual film tickets are $10. All-Access Festival passes are $100 (a $60 savings), and include a guaranteed seat at all screenings, including opening night, admission to the Saturday evening “Meet the Filmmakers” cocktail party, and a complimentary BEFF tote bag. Six-Packs of tickets are available for $40 (which does not include opening night, nor the cocktail party). Tickets go on sale August 18.

The sixth annual Big Eddy Film Festival takes place September 15 – 17, showing two dozen brand new feature films, documentaries, shorts, and videos for kids.

All screenings take place at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street in Narrowsburg, NY. For more information and tickets, visit BigEddyFilmFest.com or call 845-252-7576.

About the Big Eddy Film Festival

Produced by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance of Narrowsburg, NY (DVAA), the Big Eddy Film Festival aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world and our own backyard. Visit www.BigEddyFilmFest.com.

About the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, founded in 1976, serves as Arts Council for Sullivan County, NY. DVAA’s mission is to advance the arts in the region through support and encouragement of artists, innovative programs, advocacy, and alliances with arts organizations, business, and government. DVAA also produces the Tusten Theatre Cultural Series, Alliance Gallery exhibitions, and Riverfest. Visit www.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org.

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HAWLEY HARVEST HOEDOWN

HHHoedownPAGESept17On Saturday, October 14th, families, friends and visitors will gather in the charming town of Hawley, PA, for the town’s longest running seasonal festival, the Hawley Harvest Hoedown. This event has something for everyone, including cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, and local business specials.

New to this year’s festivities is a fall crawl beer tour which will take place over the entire Hawley Harvest Hoedown weekend. Participants win a commemorative beer mug upon completion of the fall crawl. Fall Crawl Beer Tour cards will be available at participating bars and at the Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center.

This year also marks the third annual Hawley Hoedown Bluegrass and Folk Concert at the Ritz Company Playhouse produced by the Downtown Hawley Partnership. Headlining this year’s talent is Driftwood, from Binghamton, New York, a bluegrass fusion band with a rock ‘n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Showcasing their unique version of bluegrass music will be Mountain Ride from Great Valley of south-central Pennsylvania, and Colebrook Road, winners of the 2016 D. C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid Atlantic Bluegrass band contest. Christopher Kearney, lead vocalist and guitarist from the recently departed Coal Town Rounders, will emcee for the evening.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this year’s concert featuring the region’s favorite bluegrass bands,” says concert organizer, Jill Carletti. She continues, “I expect the whole day to be fantastic. Our charming Hawley, PA, is a perfect place for a fall festival and a foot-stomping bluegrass-folk concert.”

Many other Hawley Harvest Hoedown favorite activities will also be returning this year, including the petting zoo, fall craft vendors, and popular food vendors. For years, visitors and residents have enjoyed the beautifully decorated streets, the festive shop fronts, all against the backdrop of Hawley’s mountainous fall foliage. This not-to-be-missed event starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

For more information on the festival or to purchase concert tickets, please visit www.hawleyharvesthoedown.com. For help purchasing tickets, please call (570) 588-8077.

The Downtown Hawley Partnership is comprised of area businesses, organizations, and individuals working together to bring cohesiveness, aesthetics, and structure to the growth and development of downtown Hawley.

SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUE

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HAWLEY HARVEST HOEDOWN

On Saturday, October 14th, families, friends, and visitors will gather in the charming town of Hawley, PA, for the town’s longest running seasonal festival. This event has something for everyone including cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, and local business specials.  Read full article here

 

LOCAL-THEMED DOUBLE HEADER

The Big Eddy Film Festival (September 15 – 17) will showcase two new dramatic films shot in Sullivan County as a centerpiece event on Saturday, September 16, at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY. ‘So B. It,’ directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, and ‘Halfway to Zen,’ directed by Toby Poser and John Adams, will be presented as a double header on Saturday night.  Read full article here

 

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PEEC

On Tuesday, October 24th, Harmony Presents is producing a benefit concert for Pocono Environmental Education Center. The concert features five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Mary Chapin Carpenter at Lackawanna College Theater.  Read full article here

 

TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME SAFE ON VACATION

The Murphy’s Law of homeownership dictates that, if something is going to happen, it’s probably going to be when you’re not home.  While this thought can be scary, it doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t leave your house or go on vacation.  With a little advanced planning, you can dramatically reduce the likelihood of arriving home to a disaster.  Read full article here