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Rev up your engines!  This month’s issue is for all you enthusiasts out there; car, golf, hiking, running and travel.  We’ve got lots of stuff for you to check out, like the car cruise schedule,  the great golf courses in our area (miniature ones too!), Gouldsboro State Park, MuckStock, the area’s newest and hottest obstacle course race, pet travel safety, awesome area events and so much more!

We’ve given you lots to do this month, so get outside and enjoy!

This month and always… please join us in saluting and thanking all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

CM Team

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YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR GOLF

JuniorGolfPageGetting your child involved in a sport at a young age keeps them active, social, and confident.  Golf is the perfect sport for young children, adolescents, and teenagers.  It is gaining in popularity as a fun and exciting sport for youngsters for several reasons.  They are able to be outside among nature in beautiful surroundings, and the sport requires concentration with little intimidation. It is also a sport where children can develop and improve in their ability.

It is never too early to expose your child to golf.  If your child has an interest in golf already, encourage that interest and make golf available to him or her.  If your child isn’t familiar with the sport, talk to your child about golf and try motivating them onto the green.  Practice together at home and have fun hitting balls and enjoying the exercise.  You can also take them and some of their friends to a miniature golf course or take them to a driving range where a professional can teach them everything there is to know about the game.  You can also expose your child to the game by watching tournaments together on television.

To get your child started in this unique sport, locate a local golf course that offers a junior program for them with an emphasis on fun and one that nurtures their interest.

Many local golf courses offer affordable junior programs for beginners that will teach them everything from what equipment and dress they need to how to actually play the game, complete with rules of conduct.  Some programs even provide free golf equipment.  These programs usually run through the summer months, and one of the advantages of these programs is the social interaction with peers to which your child will be exposed.

The important thing to remember when teaching youngsters the name of the game is to keep it fun and simple.  When children start learning the game around the age of five, it’s easier for them to gradually evolve with the sport.

Showing your child that golf is a fun sport begins at home, so bond with your children over the game first and then introduce him or her to a golf professional who will broaden their horizons and further their interest in the game.  So get out on the green and have fun this spring with the classic game of golf!

 

TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR SUMMER

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These harsh NEPA winters can take a toll on your home, which can result in significant damage over time.  Here are some tips to help your home recover from the cold and get it ready for summer!

Check the roof

When your roof is doing its job, it’s easy to forget about it.  Now that the snow is gone, it’s a great time to check your roof for any signs of damage!  Get a pair of binoculars, and walk around your house looking at the roof from different angles.  Do you see any missing, cracking, or curled shingles?  Are there any signs of damage to flashing around chimneys, skylights, or vent pipes?  Contact a qualified roofer to address any damage immediately to prevent moisture intrusion.

Clean out the gutters

If you have trees anywhere near your home, it’s likely that your gutters are full of leaves and dirt.  These remnants of fall have spent the last several months packed under heavy snow, potentially clogging your gutters and downspouts.  Heavy rains, if not provided a place to go, can come into your home through your roof or foundation.  Take advantage of the nice weather to clean out your gutters and avoid these issues.

Redo / reseal the driveway

Winter can be especially harsh on blacktop and concrete driveways.  Sweep and / or powerwash your driveways and, once dry, seal any cracks that you find.  Blacktop / asphalt driveways should be sealed every two or three years to protect them from weather damage and wear.  Concrete driveways should be sealed every four or five years to prolong their life.

Tidy up landscaping

One of the best parts of summer is seeing the green yards and colorful flowers.  Start off right, by clearing weeds and cleaning up any fallen twigs.  You can fill in any bald patches in your yard by sprinkling some grass seed.  If flowers are your thing, now’s the time to get your new plants established so you can enjoy them throughout the summer.  If you have plans to add any trees to your yard this season, it’s important to start early so they can be well established before fall, so take some time to pick the perfect spot and get your tree planted right away.

Clean up outside

Your walkways, decks, and even siding, may require some TLC now that winter is over.  Take some time to powerwash these areas and assess any parts that may need some additional work.  Decks are commonly forgotten, but they require annual staining / sealing to protect the surfaces from the elements.  Siding, likewise, may require touchups (for wood siding), or replacement of a section or two (for vinyl siding that may be cracked or damaged).  Take a walk around your property, looking for any issues that need to be addressed, and check them off one at a time.

We hope everyone has a wonderful summer, full of sun and fun!  Hopefully with these tips, your home will be just as prepared for the change of seasons as you are!

About Disaster Blaster

Disaster Blaster is an indoor environmental firm serving the Northeastern PA area.  Having provided our local area with unparalleled water damage mitigation, mold remediation, asbestos abatement, and radon mitigation services for decades, we are proud to have been recently named The World’s Greatest company providing such services.  For more about Disaster Blaster, as well as more helpful tips, please visit our website at: www.disasterblaster.com or call our office at (570) 963-1123.

IT’S NOT JUST FOR THE PROS… GOLF FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

It’s a typical weekend in spring, and you’re wracking your brain for something different to do with the kids that won’t break the bank.  Miniature golf is a fun and inexpensive activity the entire family can enjoy.  It’s even cheaper than an afternoon or evening at the movies.

If you’re not an avid golfer but still have an interest in the sport, then mini golf is the next best thing.  As we all know, miniature golf is the smaller version and is designed for people who don’t want to take it too seriously but want just enough of a challenge to keep the game interesting.  Plus, the kids love it.  There’s something about hitting those shiny colored balls through windmills, crocodile mouths, tunnels, ramps, waterfalls, and elevated greens that gives the game a fantasy-like appeal.

The continued popularity of miniature golf probably has something to do with the fact that anyone, regardless of age or ability, can play and with a little perseverance and luck, maybe even win.

Now that the weather is warm, outdoor mini golf is probably preferred over indoor miniature golf, but both provide a complete fun family experience.  Also, indoor mini golf courses are perfect for those rainy days when you still want to play but the weather isn’t cooperating or if you live in a climate with a limited outdoor activity season.

Places to Play Mini Golf

RedCircleWithNumberCosta’s Family Fun Park
Route 6, Hawley

Costa’s is three miles east of Lake Wallenpaupack and offers many things for the young and young at heart to do all day long.  Some of the fun includes a 1,200 foot go-kart course, water slides, 18-hole miniature golf course and the 19-tee golf driving range, bumper boats, and batting cages complete with an open field, a home run fence, dugouts, and hardball and softball arm-action machines. Costa’s also has a Kiddie Land area where kids can go through tunnels, swim in a sea of balls, climb web ladders, and more. There is also an arcade with numerous video games and a restaurant.  The restaurant features seating inside and outside on the wraparound deck with fantastic views of the park.  For more information, call (570) 226-8585 or visit www.costasfamilyfunpark.com.

RedCircleWithNumberCarousel Water and Fun Park
Route 652, Beach Lake

Spending an afternoon at the Carousel Water and Fun Park is a great way for the entire family to have fun on a summer day.  Carousel has large water slides, bumper boats, go-karts, kiddie kars, a landscaped 18-hole mini golf course, game room, and snack bar.  The game room offers skeeball, basketball, air hockey, skill cranes, and video games.  In addition, there are two waterslides for the adults and older children and a frog slide, Mother Goose slide and wading pool for the younger children.  For more details, call (570) 729-7532 or visit www.carousel-park.com.

1956 CHEVROLET 210 2 DOOR SEDAN

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After an exceptionally long and snowy winter, we deserve and are ready for some warm spring days. As nature finally awakens with longer days, budding trees and green fields, it’s an exciting time for us car enthusiasts.  A time to renew old friendships, see our old favorite collector cars, meet new enthusiasts and get our first view of the newest cars completed by dedicated car lovers who worked throughout the winter in their home shops to complete their latest vision.

One of the new cars being debuted this show/cruise season is a gorgeous black & white 1956 Chevrolet 210 two-door sedan, owned and built over last winter by Gerry Milidantri.  The 1956 is the middle year of one of Chevrolet’s most popular body styles ever introduced and is often referred to as the “Tri Fives” (1955-1957).  It is safe to say if you are a “baby boomer” you, a family member, neighbor or friend owned a “Tri Five” Chevy, and it is not easily forgotten!

Background

Between 1950 through 1975, the Chevrolet division of General Motors produced the full size Chevrolet Bel Air in the United States. The 1949-1952 hardtops in the Chevrolet Deluxe Styleline model range were the first to carry the Bel Air name.  In 1953 Bel Air became one of three new distinct series introduced.  The other two series were the 150 and 210. The 210 was the midrange model from 1953 to 1957 that replaced the Styline Deluxe model available the previous years and was discontinued after the 1957 model year to be replaced by the Biscayne model.

The second generation of the Bel Air is categorized as the 1955-1957 (“Tri Five”) model years. The 1956 model year, the year of this month’s featured car, was the center year of Chevrolet’s three-year market share growth, fueled thanks to buyers’ enthusiasm for the new style Chevrolets and the new optional V8 engines. The ’55, ‘56 and ‘57 Chevy’s looks, power and engineering made them among America’s most popular cars in the mid- fifties during a time in which consumers bought cars as never before.  The fresh styling and updated design provided great market flexibility across a broad spectrum of the car market in response to the needs of both personal and business vehicles.  Unique grilles, “wrap around windshields” and a beltline dip below the rear side window added to the “Tri Five” Chevy’s new “longer-wider-boxier” style, which was somehow magically fitted on the new 115 inch wheelbase frame.  The Bel Airs came with the same features found on cars in the lower model ranges (150 & 210) plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, stainless steel window moldings and full wheel covers. Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering later in the year.

The true catalyst for the consumer excitement was the introduction of Chevrolet’s first modern V8 engine, the 265 cubic inch “Turbo Fire” (the start of Chevrolet “Small Block Dynasty”).  The new engine was lighter than the six cylinders and much more powerful, rated 162 horsepower with a standard transmission and 170 horsepower when equipped with the PowerGlide automatic transmission. An optional 180 horsepower version tagged “Power-Pak” featured a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts.  The reliable 235 cubic inch six cylinder rated at 123 horsepower was still available, but the V8 was what people wanted.  In support of the V8 option Chevrolet introduced an updated chassis with new ball-joint front suspension and standard tubeless tires.

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The 1956 Chevy was purchased in October of 2016 from the estate of its past owner by Gerry Milidantri. The car was rust free, had its floors and rocker boxes replaced, had a beautiful body and the original 6 cylinder engine with a manual three speed transmission. Gerry’s vision for his “Tri Five” project was to create an all stock looking 1956 Chevy, but update the engineering and mechanical to the speed and performance level of a modern muscle car.  By starting with a beautiful original car, Gerry saved months if not years of build time, thousands of dollars in sheet metal work, (smartly avoiding the one area of automobile expertise he doesn’t do which is “body work”) and was able to focus on the car’s transformation from a “Granny special” to truly something very special!

Once home, Gerry removed the original engine, transmission, differential, front suspension, interior and wiring. The now shell of the 1956 was pressure washed, all undercoating was removed, the chassis painted and the following activities competed;

  • Installed new front suspension with Heidt tubular control arms, new spindles, coil springs and shocks.
  • Installed new steering box with CPP power assist unit, new tie rod links and   idler arm.
  • Modified the rear chassis and relocated the leaf springs to facilitate wider tires.
  • Installed new high performance fabricated 9” Ford rear equipped with adjust-able Cal Trac traction bars.
  • Installed Wildwood Disc Brakes all around.
  • Wanting an old style gasser engine for  his ’56, Gerry started with a 1966 Corvette 327 block that was modified and rebuilt with the best of new components into a 430 Hp “tire spinning beast”.
  • To get the power to the rear, Gerry installed a Hay’s steel flywheel, a Center Force clutch, a pressure plate, aluminum titanium lined blow proof bell housing and a Tremec 5 speed manual transmission.
  • Installed all new wiring harness, MSD distributor and digital ignition control.
  • Interior floors were insulated with Dynamat and new carpeting installed.
  • Replaced all window crank handles, door levers, and outside door handles.
  • All of the cars bumpers, emblems, tail lights, grill, parking and headlights (over $4,000.00 worth) was replaced.

Gerry’s painstaking effort, commitment to detail and quest for perfection has created another timeless beauty destined to be one of this season’s newest head turning, smile generating crowd pleasers!

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Gerry is now semi-retired and living in Durham, Connecticut running his own consulting company providing managerial and technical support to the aircraft and industrial turbine marketplace. When not in his office, he can usually be found in his huge barn (garage/workshop) doing what he loves, tinkering.  Whether he is working on his latest car project, planning his next, fixing his tractor or grandkids’ quads, as long as it has an engine he is happy. When most kids are young, they played with cars pushing them around making noises, building models, eventually got bored, lost interest and stopped playing with cars and trucks.  Gerry hasn’t stopped yet. He loves cars, always has and always will!  He has owned and built numerous great cars across the spectrum of the car hobby including Corvettes, muscle cars, antiques, race cars and street rods starting back to his early teens.

He is a perfectionist who enjoys the challenge and restoration/build journey as much as the final product.  He is unselfish in giving of his time and expertise to help a fellow hobbyist.  He continues to host Tuesday night barn nights where his friends gather to share their projects, knowledge and camaraderie.  So if you happen to be cruising in Connecticut and see a bunch of kids eating ice cream in a beautiful black and white 1956 Chevrolet 210, honk and wave, the big kid’s name is Gerry!