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OUTDOOR SUMMER MUSIC IN NEPA

Ledges Hotel_Blues, Brews & BBQ1 resizedIs there anything better than enjoying live music outdoors during the summer? We don’t think so, and luckily for us there are a myriad of great options all around the area.

Let’s start in Hawley with Blues, Brews & BBQ at Glass-wine.bar.kitchen, which started over Memorial Day weekend and continues until Labor Day. Every Sunday check out live blues bands, a featured craft brewery and of course a tasty BBQ menu. Featuring blues artists like Norman Taylor & Blue Soul, Slam Allen, and Merchants of Groove. Reservations are 5 p.m.-9 p.m. with music from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Don’t want to join them for dinner? Grab a drink and head out to the upper deck to enjoy the music filling the gorge and the gorgeous sight of their natural waterfall. Reservations are recommended at 570.226.1337.

New this year is the Summer Blues Bash, presented by Blues, Brews & BBQ at Glass-wine.bar.kitchen on July 8th. This event will feature the Scott Weis Band and American Idol Casey James! Casey James finished 3rd in Season 9 of American Idol and has gone on to make a name for himself with Blues and Country Music. There will be two ticketed seatings available, lawn tickets, and tickets to listen from the Boiler Room. Check out more info at LedgesHotel.com or call to reserve at 570.226.1337.

While in Hawley you won’t want to miss Jazz on the Deck, Wednesdays at The Settlers Inn, which kicked off June 27th and continues through Labor Day. A featured jazz musician will entertain on the outdoor terrace, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., while you can dine on their seasonal farm to table menu or grab a drink in their award winning wildflower garden. Jazz performers include Nancy & Spencer Reed, Nick Niles, Thos Shipley and Mike Casey. Reservations are recommended at 570.226.2993.

Don’t forget about Lakeside Live at The Dock on Wallenpaupack. Sundays they host live music from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on their outdoor deck overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. This music series coincides with buckets of beer, and food specials. This series features Gone Crazy, Kevin Campion, and Eric Rudy.

Last but not least, head on over to Carbondale for a Tribute Band Series on the rooftop at Hotel Anthracite Friday nights starting at 7 p.m. Featuring the Jeffrey James Band, Tommy Guns, Se Acabo and the Mountain Sky Orchestra to name a few. $5 Cover for these great bands while you listen under the stars! Check out HotelAnthracite.com or call 570.536.6020.

For more information, call 570.226.2993 or check out SettlersHospitality.com.

HOW TO PREVENT MOLD IN HUMID SUMMER MONTHS

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While it is absolutely true that mold issues can occur anywhere, humid indoor conditions provide the optimal environment for mold to grow and thrive.

In fact, many of the mold issues we are contracted to resolve are not from water leaks, but rather long term minor moisture issues or seasonal conditions.

Often, these issues can be resolved relatively easily if caught early enough.

Things to look for

Condensation – Do you see water condensing on cold surfaces (pipes, windows, etc.)?  This is a sign of a high humidity issue.  Setting up a dehumidifier can resolve humidity issues, preventing mold problems in the first place.  There are dehumidifier models available that can even drain into a sump pump or drain automatically!

Dampness – Are your foundation walls or floor damp or discolored?  Maybe you get a little water in your basement when it rains?  Even though these issues may not introduce a lot of moisture, they can add enough moisture and humidity to the space to allow mold to grow.  While a dehumidifier may address these issues, it may be necessary to determine and resolve the cause in order to prevent moisture from coming in to the property.  Most often, the cause of foundation moisture issues are things like yards that are graded towards the home, gutters that are improperly installed, or heavily wooded yards (most commonly pine trees).

Puddles – Do you get puddles or standing water in your basement when it rains?  Maybe you have water pooling on a window sill on cool days?  These issues can result in significant mold issues relatively quickly.  While dehumidification is a great first step (as is cleaning up any standing water as quickly as possible), pooling water generally requires additional steps to remedy.  In these cases you definitely want to investigate where the water is coming from and where it could be diverted away from the home.  Consult with a contractor that specializes in this work, who is able to assist you in determining what might be going on and what options may be available to you to resolve it.

Improperly vented appliances and exhausts – Is your dryer vented to the outside?  How about your bathroom exhaust fan?  One of the most common issues we discover in homes are improperly vented exhausts.  Bathroom exhaust fans and dryer exhausts both vent moist air, so if they are vented into another room, a wall cavity, or into your attic, you’re filling those spaces with the ideal conditions for mold to grow and thrive.  While a mold issue may have already developed and may need to be remediated by a professional, it is also important to have a contractor properly vent these units to the outside to reduce further issues and prevent future ones.

Moisture issues aren’t always big.  Sometimes significant damage can result over time from what begins as a relatively small problem.  Hopefully we’ve given you some ideas for things to look for and how you can correct them before you need mold remediation services.  Should you have a mold problem already; however, we are more than happy to help you with the mold contamination as well as the underlying moisture issue.

About Disaster Blaster

Disaster Blaster is an indoor environmental firm serving the Northeastern PA Area.  We have been providing our local area with unparalleled mold remediation, water damage mitigation, asbestos abatement, and radon mitigation services for decades, and 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.

LORDS VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

LVCCPhotosJuly18Lords Valley Country Club has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Christopher Passenti, golf course superintendent, led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on this course. Lords Valley Country Club was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 1996 and is one of 904 courses in the world to currently be designated as such.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

“Lords Valley Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Christine Kane, Executive Director at Audubon International.

“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” explained Kane. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. Courses go through a recertification process every three years.

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.

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