Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Year 2009 Resolutions

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Well here it is December, Christmas 2008 right around the corner and a New Year 2009 about to arrive. It's that time of the year again, time to make your new year resolution.

Lets review some of the classic New Year Resolutions to get an idea for this year:
(1) get out of debt - Wow, we all could use that one in these difficult times.

(2) lose weight and get in shape - I don't know about you but I had a little too much to eat this Thanksgiving. This is a good one.

(3) spend more time with the family - this is a good one for all you workaholics.

(4) help others - this is definitely the most commendable resolution. You can better the lives of other people by doing some volunteer work.

There are many more good ideas for New Years Resolutions - 2009
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This seems like the perfect answer for me. I am going to remember this wonderful discovery of mine for other occasions birthdays, weddings, showers and not just Christmas! They are quick, convenient and can be emailed, so perfect for last-minute shopping!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Do you have Talent - Discover Talent Online

Do you have talent? Well, if you do there are online talent advertiser resources specifically geared towards helping people make their dreams of acting and modeling actually come true!

Membership allows you to have your own presence on the Internet to promote themselves on the World Wide Web! This will be their storefront to the acting and modeling world. Casting directors, agents, photographers, prospective clients, friends, and family will be able to access them on the web.
Online resources of more than 20,000 listings for talent related services such as Agencies, Casting Directors, Photographers, Talent Managers, Coaches, Schools Studios, Make-up Artists, Print Shops, Organizations and more.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

2008 Tax Time is here - Do it FREE online

2008 Property Tax Deduction for Taxpayers Who Don't Itemize Updated: 11/19/2008
Tax break applies to years 2008 and 2009
Property owners who use the standard deduction, rather than itemize their individual deductions when filing their income taxes, will get a new tax break for tax years 2008 and 2009.

A chance to deduct property taxes
Prior to 2008, only taxpayers who itemized their deductions – that is, listed certain expenses such as mortgage interest to reduce their overall tax liability – could deduct state and local property taxes. Those who took the standard deduction, or a fixed amount of income not subject to tax, could not.

Limits set on deduction amount
However, for 2008 and for 2009, non-itemizers will be allowed to take a limited property tax deduction, up to $500 for single taxpayers and up to $1,000 for married couples filing jointly.

A couple in the 25 percent tax bracket would save $250 in taxes, while a single filer in the 25 percent bracket would save $125.

The deduction is determined by whichever of the following is lower:
The amount of property taxes paid, or $500 for single taxpayers or $1,000 for married, filing jointly.

Monday, December 15, 2008

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Sudoku and other brain games

Sudoku is a deceptively simple game of logic, that will get you hooked and puzzle you as well. It is easy to learn but somewhat of a challenge to master.

Sudoku is played over a 9x9 grid that is divided into 3x3 sub grids called "regions".
Sudoku begins with some of the grid cells already filled with numbers. If you are a first time player here are a few playing tips.

1. The game board starts with several numbers already on it. Every time you start a new game there is a different set of numbers.

2. The object of this puzzle game is to fill the empty board cells with numbers from 1 to 9 according the game rules.

3. You need to determine what numbers can be inserted into each empty cell according to the rules of the game.

4. In summary, the Sudoku rule is: Complete the Sudoku puzzle so that each and every row, column, and region contains the numbers one through nine only once.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Screen Protector for ANY device or gadget

I got a new screen protector the other week for my new iPhone, pretty neat. This invisibleSHIELD is made from a unique material originally created for the military to protect the leading edges of helicopter blades. The company states that it offers protection that the other screen protectors, covers, skins, or cases just can not match. So far so good. They have over 2,000 copyrighted, precision-cut designs for a variety of gadgets, including iPods, smartphones, cell phones and more. This should protect my iPone from scratches.

The invisibleSHIELD is a custom cut full body shield, available for many types of devices. It has a patent-pending full-body contour wrap and should keep my phone looking like the day that I bought it.

If you are not completely satisfied with the coverage of the invisibleSHIELD, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund. Lets hope I do not have to use that. Also if the invisibleSHIELD ever scratches, they will replace it for free, for life. So what do you have to lose other than those unsightly scratches?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lehigh Valley Attractions - December 2008

Chirstmas Horse-drawn Holiday Rides in the Country

Dec 1 - 31, 2008

Join us in the Country for a horse-drawn holiday ride. Relax and enjoy the Christmas lights in the quiet, small town of Ironton. Choose either a 15 minute or a 30 minute ride. Rides depart every 20 minutes. Rides by reservation, tickets are non-refundable.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the musical

Dec. 3 - 14, 2008

Based on the book by Charles Dickens.One of the Holiday's most endearing and enduring tales is brought to life for children of all ages in this dazzling musical production. Part ghost story, part parable, this festive show brims with Holiday spirit as a cast of 90 actors, singers, and dancers guides the miserly Scrooge on an unforgettable journey from darkness to light. See Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this heart-warming musical based on the Dickens classic. Performed at Bethlehem's Charles A. Brown Ice House, Tickets: $24 Adults, $19 Children/Seniors Groups 12+ receive a $2 discount per ticket

Public Performances: Fri, 12/5, 7:00pm.Sat, 12/6, 2:00 & 7:00pm. Sun, 12/7, 1:00 & 4:00pm. Thu, 12/11, 7:00pm. Fri, 12/12, 7:00pm. Sat, 12/13, 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00pm. Sun, 12/14, 1:00 & 4:00pm.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem

Dec. 4 - 7, 2008 and Dec. 11 - 14, 2008

Recognized as one of the top holiday markets in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine, Christkindlmarkt is a family holiday marketplace featuring aisles of exquisite handmade works by the nation's finest artisans, the heart-warming sounds of live holiday music, German and Austrian food, St. Nicholas and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $14 for a season pass and free for children 12 and under. Open 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

Christmas City Cirque

Dec. 27 - 28, 2008

Historic District, Spring & Main Streets - Experience an unforgettable evening of high-flying circus performers, music, magic, juggling and comedy. Christmas City Cirque is a spectacular showcase of extreme acrobatic delights. Tickets are $25-$50.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Winter Energy Savings Tips

Heating Tips
Winter Energy Savings Tips

• Try to minimize the number of times that you open your doors to the outside weather.

• When not using the chimney, remember to shut the flue.

• Insulate walls and attic areas properly. Batts of insulation added to your attic is an easy do-it yourself project.

• Lowering your thermostat by 1 degree F. will reduce your heating bill by 2%. Maintaining 68 degrees is an average daily temperature, with lower temperatures at nighttime. Also, lower the thermostat if you will not be home during the daytime hours.

• Use ceiling fans set at slow speed to push the warm air away from the ceiling and move it around your rooms. Everyone will feel the warmth and be more comfortable!

• Try to use the sun when it is out! Open windows on southern and eastern exposures throughout the daytime hours. Remember to close shades before sun sets to keep the heat in the house.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Lehigh Valley Attractions - November 2008

Bethlehem by Night Bus Tours
Nov. 28-30, Dec. 4-6, 11-14, 18-21, 26-30 2008
Presented by the Historic Bethlehem Partnership. Tours depart Historic Bethlehem Welcome Center, 505 Main Street. This is a great way tosee the sites of North and South Bethlehem and reflect on the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Catering Questions to ask the Caterer for your Party or Wedding

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Caterer Tips / Questions
1. Where will the food be cooked?
2. How will the food be transported?
3. How will the food be kept hot or cold during the party?
4. What is the plan for replenishing foods on a buffet table
5. What will be done with the leftovers?
6. Do you have references I may contact?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Flowers are great for all occasions - Are you listening MEN

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You can choose from traditional flowers like long stemmed red roses, orchids, daises, and sunflowers as well as gourmet fruit, wine, cheese, and chocolate gift baskets. No matter what the occasion, this is the perfect place to find great bargains for all your floral needs.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Lehigh Valley Events, Activities - October 2008

Easton Garlic Fest
Oct. 4, 2008
Centre Square - Northampton and 3rd Streets, Easton. Regional and local garlic growers and market vendors will offer specialty garlic foods along with other quality fare to satisfy your cravings for the pungent bulb. Our Chef's Showcase will educate and entertain you with ongoing cooking and garlic gardening demonstrations. Line up early to participate in The Morning Call's Gastric Garlic People's Choice Award contest. (No pets please!)

Masquerade Party for Kids
Oct. 24, 2008
Masquerade Party at The Crayola FACTORY. Join in the fun from 5 - 8 p.m., where children can enjoy music, dancing and a costume contest. Dance to child-friendly music by DJ Mark Sheppard from WLEV. Special Guest Nicholas from "The World According to Nicholas" will be at this fun event. Light refreshments will be available for a fee. Cost of event is $6 per person at The Crayola FACTORY, 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

New York City Attractions - things to see & do

If you are going to board a Trans Bridge bus and travel into the city for the day or perhaps you want to spend a long weekend in the "Big Apple", here are a few suggestions of things to do. Enjoy the indomitable spirit and energy of the city that is like no other in the world and is just a short drive away.

On Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile you can visit the stately Metropolitan or the Frank Lloyd Wright's unmistakable Guggenhiem. There are some smaller jewels also such as the American Folk Art Museum or the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. It's very popular so get tickets in advance. The Museum of Television and Radio is great fun. Uptown you'll find The Cloisters which has medieval art, frescoes and peaceful gardens.

CitySights NY

Bike, blade or stroll on the Hudson River Greenway, a 11 mile path along the West Side from Battery Park to the George Washington Bridge (parks) or visit the Union Square Greenmarket where local farmers sell their wares Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Walk to the secluded Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th. Street and admire the abundant plantings. If you are interested in songbirds, warblers and waterfowl go to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on the border of Queens and Brooklyn.

Soho is a bit pricey as shopping districts go but the Flatiron District from 14th Street to 23rd Street, Sixth Avenue to Park Avenue is gaining favor with a mix of local favorites and national chains such as Old Navy. Head downtown for bargains on designer clothes, shoes and bedding. If you desire a taste of old New York hit the Lower East Side for hundreds of discount apparel and home decorating shops. In Chinatown you'll find Pearl River Mart with its paper lanterns, soup bowls, brocade jackets and much more.

You might want to begin by consulting for reviews of hundreds of eateries in all of the five boroughs.You can also check for some fine selections. When you are in midtown Manhattan around Times Square be sure to stroll over to Restaurant Row around 46th. Street where you'll fine a great selection of eateries.

You can get cheap tickets at TKTS in Times Square or Bowling Green Plaza. Remember that on Wednesday and Saturday there are matinee performances of Broadway shows.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Medicine Tips
• Do not keep medicine in the medicine cabinet! Ironically, the medicine cabinet in a steamy, moist bathroom is not the best place to keep any medication - prescription or otherwise. The room's moisture can make medications less potent. It's best to keep medicines in a hall closet or on a high shelf in the kitchen.

• Remember to keep prescription and nonprescription medications out of the reach of children .

Never repackage medications; keep them in their original child-proof containers so that you'll have the expiration date and instructions on hand.

• Toss medications when they have expired (usually 1 year for pills or sooner for liquids - check the prescription label for the expiration date) or the doctor has told you that your child should stop taking them.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Remodeling - Home Lighting Tips

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Lighting Tips

• Think twice before installing a skylight in a closet area, the UV radiation may damage your cloths much faster that any electric source that will be on for only short periods of time.

• I always recommend the use of dimmers. Dimmers increase our ability to control the light and adjust it according to our specific needs at different times or situations. Did you know that there are small programmable wall mounted
pre-set dimming units that replace wall switches and allow you effortless lighting control?

• In large spaces with high ceilings, pendant
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are a nice addition and help to bring the space into scale.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Lehigh Valley Events - September 2008

• The Chile Pepper Food Festival
Sept. 5 - 6, 2008
6:00 pm. William Delong Park, 233 Bowers Rd. Bowers, PA. Free parking in the park, admission by donation. Featuring Chile Pepper Song Contest Saturday at Noon. Chile Pepper Eating Contest Saturday at 4pm.

• Memory Day
Sept. 6, 2008
1803 House, Emmaus. This favorite community event combines good food, entertainment, time period demonstrations, as well as shopping for jewelry, paintings, antiques, crafts, and more.

• Celebrate Grandparents Weekend
Sept. 6 - 7, 2008
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM. The Crayola FACTORY, 30 Centre Square Easton, PA. Grandparents get in free with child

• Lehigh Valley Hospital Marathon for Via
Sept. 7, 2008
The Lehigh Valley Hospital Marathon for Via presented by 69 WFMZ-TV is a unique five-person team relay, individual run, 20-mile training run and 5K walk. The 26.2 mile course follows the Lehigh River Canal Towpath through Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Runners of all abilities will love the scenic course.

• North Whitehall Township Senior Day
Sept. 11, 2008
Old Packhouse Rd. Schnecksville, 610-799-3411
Seniors come to play bean bags, horseshoes, throw football and baseball, putt golf, and have fun with the ring, tire, and washer toss games. Will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, a terrifice lunch and then in the afternoon play bingo.

• Lehigh Valley Fashion Weekend
Sept. 12, 2008
Allentown Symphony Hall. The opening night of Fashion Weekend will be an exclusive gala event, one not to be missed. Leading into Symphony Hall there wil be a red carpet champagne reception. Then get upclose with the hottest fashions walking down the catwalk from your favorite designers. After the show VIP's escape to the ultra private Rodale Room where you can indulge in the great culinary tastes from local eateries, meet and greet with celebrities, models, and artists all while enjoying chic entertainment, atmosphere, and a premium open bar. Mingle, Dance, Relax, Enjoy. Day two of the LV Fashion Weekend we start off by offering special discounts at local participating retailers, where a percentage of your purchases goes toward Allentown Symphony Orchestra Children's programming for charity. This fun day of shopping is designed to support local business for a charitable cause. Shop in the name of charity!

• Blues in the Barn
Sept. 13 - 14, 2008
Pinnacle Ridge Winery, 407 Old Rte 22, Kutztown, PA. Enjoy our fabulous wines (by the glass or bottle) up in the winery barn while you listen to great music and embrace the scenery of the surrounding vineyards just as we're about to get underway with harvest. Roast pig and bbq will be available for sale by the plate or sandwich. Sunday hours Noon to 5pm.

• Lehigh Valley BrewFest 2008
Sept. 13, 2008
Brewfest returns to downtown Easton for 2008! Sample beers from across the region and even the country. Live music performances too. Check our web site for more details. Benefits Equi–librium's therapeutic riding program. Must be 21 to attend.

• "Hot Blast and Iron Pigs" Heritage Walk in Hugh Moore Park
Sept. 14, 2008
Hugh Moore Historical Park and Museums sponsors a heritage walk on Sunday, September 14, 2008 in Hugh Moore Park. "Hot Blast and Iron Pigs: Ironmaking in Hugh Moore Park" is free and open to the public. The walk is conducted by National Canal Museum Historian Lance Metz, co-author of The Anthracite Iron Industry of the Lehigh Valley published by Canal History and Technology Press. The 1 1/2 hour walk starts at the Canal Boat Store in Hugh Moore Park at 1:30 PM. In the event of inclement weather, the walk is cancelled.

Monday, August 18, 2008

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Friday, August 15, 2008

How to Sell your Home

Tips on Preparing Your Home for Sale
1. Cleaning up the outside of the home • Curb appeal is very important. When the prospective buyer drives up the first impression of your house sets the tone • Make sure the grass is cut and the general yard area is nice and tidy.

• Fresh paint on wood surfaces and washing of exterior siding will improve the appearance • Clean you windows both inside and out • Check that your chimney is in good condition.

2. Touching up the interior of the house • Brighten up your home with a fresh coat of paint in all the rooms that need it. This will give your home a nice clean look • Wash the walls where paint is not appropriate (i.e. wall paper, paneling) • Wax all your hardwood floors • Wash your bathroom tiles • Shampoo any dirty carpets • A general clean up of your closets, garage, basement, attic, etc. is necessary to get rid of clutter and make your home neat and presentable • Be sure to dust.

3. Bathroom and/or kitchen fixtures • Give a new look to the room by replacing these items. You don't want the buyer to notice a leaking or worn-out faucet • Don't forget under the sinks. Fix any leaks and be sure to clean up under the sink with a touch of paint or some contact paper.

4. Remove any interior odors in the home • Pet and cigarette odors must go • Scented potpourri around the house works wonders • When a potential buyer is scheduled for a home visit, bake some cinnamon rolls or apple pie. You'll enjoy them and the aroma will fill the kitchen.

5. Professional help with the closing - Title company • A title company can handle the title search and paper work for a very small fee. It is well worth the cost.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Lehigh Valley Attractions - August 2008

Nature's Greatest Airshow: Autumn Hawkwatch
Aug. 15 - Dec. 15, 2008
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 1700 Hawk Mountain Road Kempton. Hike to the famous North Lookout during this autumn ritual.
Hike to the famous North Lookout to observe raptor migration as part of this ritual of autumn. Bald eagles, kestrels, and ospreys are among the first migrants. A modest trail fee applies.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Bed and Breakfast - Vacation B&B Tips

Bed and Breakfast Tips
• When planning to stay at a B&B it is almost essential to make reservations ahead. This is especially important on weekends and holidays.

• The time you call for the reservation is the best time to make your travel needs, accommodation interests and breakfast desires clear. Allergies to down pillows, a need for extra blankets, or beds for very tall people should be discussed at that time. Inform your host or reservation service of specific health problems, concerns about stairs or special dietary needs.

• Check-in time is usually between 5 and 7 PM. If you need to make different arrangements, make sure you ask ahead. It’s important to inquire about check-in and check-out times when you make your reservation.

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• It’s a good idea to ask your hosts in advance for sightseeing ideas, restaurants etc. They are usually aware of the best around! Let them know the types of hobbies, sports, or food you enjoy, and you’ll be surprised how helpful a host can be!

• Most B&B hosts thrive on providing special touches that hotels just can’t do. Flowers, wine, or gifts can be arranged to be in the room when you arrive for special occasions. Dinner, limousine, or rental car arrangements can be made for you in advance; newspaper articles and brochures on things you are coming to do can be saved and placed in you room etc. Don’t be shy when you book, you’ll enjoy getting to know your host and it will help you enjoy your stay too!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Planning a Wedding ? Need a Photographer

Picking the right Wedding Photographer is one of many important decisions that you need to make so that your special day will be just perfect. Here are just a few important tips and some questions to consider when looking at wedding photographers:

• What is the price and number of pictures in your wedding album?
• Will you get to keep the proofs from your wedding album and is a CD of all your pictures included in the price?
• How many people will work your wedding and how long will they stay?
• How many pictures will be taken during the course of your wedding day and can you add any extras?
• Look carefully through each vendors wedding sample books for originality and a personal touch that will make you day special.
• Is your photographer a Certified Professional Photographer?

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take a Walk, ride a Bike, get Healthy

Summer is here, step away from that computer and head outdoors. Get healthy, ride a bike or take a long walk. It's summer and time to enjoy the great outdoors and get in shape at the same time.
When you go for that walk or ride take along your cell phone but turn it off. We are going to try something new and only use it in case of an emergency not talking to everyone about all those insignificant things. Oh, leave the Walkman home also.
We are out here to enjoy nature and our surroundings not technology. Remember when you were a small child and went for a drive with your family and constantly gazed out the car window and marveled at everything that you pass. We would like to recapture some of that feeling when we go for our walk or ride.
So get off of the couch and get healthy. One last thing, take along a friend or family member. They will enjoy it also, get healthier too and bond a little more.
As Roy Rogers said.... "Happy trails to you"

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Summer Pleasure - Seasonal Salad

Salad, the simple greens are anything but simple. There are basically four types of lettuces:
Lose Leaf Lettuce is probably the biggest category of greens. It can have green or red leaves and tends to be the most bitter.
Iceberg Lettuce is a ball of moist, crisp but not especially flavorful leaves.
Romaine Lettuce is long, moist, crunchy leaves and somewhat bitter.
Boston Lettuce is a well-defined head of leaves that is soft and tender.

I prefer to mix various greens together thereby getting a better texture and taste. There are many different varieties of greens that you can also use such as sweet chard, mustard greens, spicy arugula and radicchio. Of course you will need some extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, or lemons. I really am hooked on balsamic vinegar on my salads.

Besides your basic salads and dressing, you may start building a bigger masterpiece by adding vegetables, or fruits, nuts or croutons, and even meat, fish, pasta, cheese, or whole grains. Salad has no limit.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pet Care - Veterinary Tips

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Many pets are above their ideal weight and the majority of research shows that being overweight can shorten the lives of your precious pets.

The causes of weight gain can be overfeeding, feeding too many table scraps and treats, lack of exercise, and age (older, less active pets are prone to weight gain).

Weight loss will improve your pet’s appearance and health as well as his enjoyment and length of life:

• Feed a low-calorie high-fiber food formulated for weight reduction.
• Divide the total amount of food to be fed each day into 3 or 4 smaller meals.
• Exercise your pet regularly if recommended by your veterinarian.

*** Always check with your Veterinarian about feeding and weight control for your pet.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Binney & Smith Crayola products - crayon trvia

Binney & Smith, maker of Crayola products, produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of twelve million daily. That's enough to circle the globe 6 times.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Walking Etiquette

I thought that as the nicer weather approaches it might be a good idea to talk about general walking etiquette practices. Many people enjoy walking but many people do not display common sense when walking.

If you are walking down the sidewalk and you are slow it would be polite and a good idea to walk close to the buildings or inside and let faster walkers pass on the outside. Just like driving.

When you are part of a big group of people walking shoulder to shoulder and are approaching people coming the other way, please break up into smaller groups or there will be a collision.

For all the couples out there that are so self absorbed and walk in the middle of the sidewalk, please shift to your right and share the sidewalk with that other couple coming you direction. I am sure they will shift to the right also and you both can go on your merry way. Great no collision in the middle!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Lehigh Valley Events - May 2008

Mayfair Festival of the Arts
May 22 - 26, 2008
Lehigh Valley activities such as Mayfair showcase outstanding performers and artisans and puts their talents on display in Allentown's scenic Cedar Beach Park. Performance stages, over a hundred artists and craftspeople, roving entertainers, and more than two dozen vendors offering authentic regional foods.

6th Annual Spring Thaw Rendezvous BIKE SHOW
May 3, 2008
Free Admission. ENTERTAINMENT - FOOD - VENDORS - BEVERAGES - RIDE IN BIKE SHOW - EVENT SHIRTS & PINS - 50/50 DRAWING. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Fire Department.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hit the Road - Planning your Car Trip Raod Trips

Tips - Checklist for that upcoming Car Trip:
• Plan ahead - Pack the night before you hit the road. Try to travel on off peak-times to avoid heavy traffic.

• Safety Concerns - Keep small children off of your lap in the car and always buckle up. Children are safest in the back seat of the car wearing seat belts or in federally approved child safety or booster seats.

• Comfortable is the name of the game - Pack the car before you put the kids in and make sure they have plenty of room. It is a good idea to stop every two hours to let passengers and driver stretch their legs. Keep the kids dressed in comfortable clothes with good walking shoes. Be prepared for weather changes by taking along some sweaters or raincoats. Oh yes, do not forget your small child’s favorite pillow or blankie.

• Be prepare - Keep a photo ID of the kids in your wallet in case they get lost in a crowded area. Children should always remain under direct supervision, especially at rest stops. You know how fast those kids are, it only takes a second for a child to be lost.

• Entertainment for the kids - toys, books, puzzles, portable travel games, CDs and cassettes can help pass the time. Play games to help pass the time. Remeber the classic car game - How many license plates have you seen from different states?

• Bring snacks and drinks. Nutritious snacks and beverages are best. Don’t forget the napkins, wet wipes, travel-size packets of tissue and plastic trash bags.

• Emergency kit is a good idea - pack one first aid kit for the passengers and another for the car. Items to include in your car emergency kit: jumper cables, jack and spare tire, extra motor oil, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, a flashlight with fresh batteries, blanket, small snow shovel, ice scraper, brush for snow removal, de-icer, cell phone, some non-perishable food, bottled water or juices, motor club membership card and a list of emergency phone numbers.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Travel Tip - Luggage Identification Trick

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Travel Tips
Stencil Your Luggage!

Forget the ribbons or tape around the handles of
our luggage, many other people have the same
idea and they are hard to pick out. Purchased a
stencil and a small pot of stencil paint from your
local hardware store and stencil every piece of
your luggage with the same design. On our last
cruise, our various pieces stood out from all the
others. The chance that anyone else will have
the exact same design in the exact same
colors is remote.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

2008 Top Fuel Efficient Cars

I am in the market for a new car so I checked the rankings of some fuel efficient cars for 2008 based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. The EPA has a combined fuel economy formula of 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. The rating for each vehicle is expressed in mpg as a city / highway ratio.

Rank - Manufacturer / Model --- MPG
1       Toyota Prius (hybrid-electric) --- 48 / 45
2       Honda Civic Hybrid --- 40 /45
3       Nissan Altima Hybrid --- 35/30
4       Ford Escape Hybrid FWD --- 34 / 30
4       Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD --- 34 / 30
4       Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD --- 34/ 30
5       Toyota Camry Hybrid --- 33 / 34
6       Toyota Yaris (manual) --- 29 / 36
7       Toyota Yaris (automatic) --- 29 / 35
8       Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD --- 29 / 27
8       Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD --- 29 / 27
8       Mazda Tribute Hybrid 4WD --- 29 / 27
9       Toyota Corolla (manual)--- 28 / 37
10       Honda Fit (manual) --- 28 / 34

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show is a four day automotive extravaganza that features over 110,000 square feet of the best cars, trucks, SUVs and vans the world has to offer. You can save time and confusion by checking out 200 new makes and models in one giant showroom. The show is held every year at Stabler Arena, Rauch Fieldhouse & West Pavilion in Bethlehem, PA.

Ticket prices for the show are: $8 for Adults, $5 for Children over 5 and Senior Citizens (55 +), College Students (with ID). FREE Fire Fighters, Police, & Active Military (with ID). FREE Children under 5 and FREE Parking. The 2009 show well be held on March 26 - 29, 2009 For information go to