Draft horses, they are the gentle giants built to work. A draft horse is a large horse bred to be a working animal doing hard tasks such as plowing and other farm labor. There are a number of different breeds of draft horses with varying characteristics but all share the common traits of strength, patience and a docile temperment. They were invaluable to past generations of farmers and loggers.
Today, draft horses can serve a number of functions, such as farming, logging, maple syrup production, and recreation. They are also commonly used for breeding to lighter riding breeds such as the thoroughbred for sport horses. Most draft horses are used for driving but they are also great riding horses due to their gently nature.
Draft horses are generally taller and have an extremely muscular build. They tend to have broad, short backs with powerful hindquarters best suited for pulling. Draft breeds range from 16 to 19 hands high and from 1,400 to 2,000 pounds. They are costly to feed because of their size, but do well on good quality grass.
There are many breeds of Draft horses. Belgians are the most popular breed of draft horses. They are big, strong, kind-natured and beautiful. Some other breeds include: American Creams, Brabants, Clydesdales which we all know from the Budweiser franchise, Percherons who are generally black or grey, Suffolk Punch, Shires, and Halflingers to name a few.
They are truly beautiful, gentle giants in the horse world and very loyal animals to own.
Beyond BOLD Media was graciously offered a relaxing sailboat ride on Wednesday night by Bob Silva and Roberta Murphy of Septic Preservation. The weather was perfect, winds were steady and the sunset was beautiful. Kate Lanagan MacGregor, Sonia Amaral, Kevin Thompson and Marie Greany of Beyond BOLD Media joined Bob and Roberta for a great night together. They left from the Cove Restaurant in Fall River and sailed under the Braga Bridge headed to the Mt. Hope Bridge. It was truly a fabulous night and Beyond BOLD Media is grateful to Bob and Roberta for the opportunity to spend some great time together out in the harbor on a beautiful night.
Beyond BOLD Media and Septic Preservation have enjoyed a great business relationship, but it was nice to enjoy some casual time together. It truly was a magical night!
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Feast-goers of all ages are drawn by the wonderful aromas wafting through the air to our giant outdoor Carne de Espeto barbecue pit. Do it yourself!
LOCATION, DATE, AND HOURS
Feast of the Blessed Sacrament
Madeira Field, 50 Madeira Ave New Bedford, MA 02746
101st Annual Celebration - July 30 – August 2, 2015
FEAST 100 ADDS NEW HOURS
FEAST 100 ADDS NEW HOURS
The 2014 Feast of the Blessed changes history by adding hours.
For those who have stayed away from the annual Feast saying, “Oh,
it’s toocrowded and noisy for me” . . . the Feast will now be open
on Fridayafternoon from 12 Noon to 6 PM in additional to all other
hours. Feastcommittee members have dedicated even more time
to make sure allof the food and beverage outlets will be open and
serving the foodsthat make the Feast such a great success. With
Friday night feastgoers still at work, parking will be easier, lines
will be short or none at all . . . and the live entertainment will reflect
a quieter atmosphere.
OPENING DAY OF THE FEAST
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.
The sincere best wishes of the church are then bestowed upon the Festeiros and the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento, Inc. for hosting the Feast and for contributing to the well being of the entire community. The Festeiros also receive the church’s blessing and are reminded to pay homage to the Feast’s religious origins honoring the Blessed Sacrament. Following the Benediction, the Festeiros march to the memorial area at Madeira Field where they honor the original founders of the Feast and initiate the opening ceremonies. Since its beginning in 1915, this feast has celebrated the rich culture of the Portuguese people and in particular the heritage of the people of Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean.
Continuous live entertainment on three stages featuring top
name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in
the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of
Madeiran Heritage. Full entertainment schedule will be posted
soon on the website www.PortugueseFeast.com
FOOD & DRINK:
Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion. Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.
Kids day and half-price senior specials on Saturday afternoon- Saturday, Free admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, 5K road race (cash prizes- entry form on website), largest and longest parade in New Bedford starting at Brooklawn Park, traditional folk dances, family oriented carnival midway, street vendors and much more!
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will host its annual parade on Sunday, in the City of New Bedford. The parade will start at 3 p.m.
Over forty different organizations will march the one mile route
from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds at Madeira Field.
It’s a great time of year! There are so many vegetables that are ready fresh from the garden right now. Buying vegetables in the right season is a good idea. There are many local farmer’s markets which are brimming with summer vegetables. Buying from your local farmer’s market will help the local farmers and will assure that you are buying vegetables that are in season and fresh out of the garden.
Right now zucchinis and summer squash are plentiful. Cutting them into spears, drizzling with olive oil and parmesan cheese and grilling is a great way to enjoy these vegetables.
Tomatoes are also in season as well as green beans, cucumbers, lettuce and kale. There is no better way to eat healthy than salads incorporating all these vegetables. All kinds of peppers will soon be ready for harvest, such as bell peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, and chili to name a few. Sweet corn is also a great treat that is available now and who doesn’t love watermelon.
The next stage of vegetables will ripen more toward the end of summer. These include butternut squash, potatoes, gourds, and of course pumpkins.
Visiting your local farmer’s market will keep you well supplied with the vegetables and fruit of the summer as they become available. It’s also a great idea for gifts. A basket full of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great gift for a family member or friend or even a client.
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Before you start cooking up a kitchen remodel plan, consider these helpful suggestions.
When it comes to making magic happen during a kitchen remodel, there are oodles of options you can cook up. Which means there is a lot that can go wrong.
1. Don’t overspend
Consider the market and decide whether a low-, medium-, or high-end kitchen remodel makes the most sense. Costs can run the gamut from $2,000 for a simple paint-and-hardware upgrade to $50,000 if you’re installing expensive countertops and luxury appliances.
Evaluate neighborhood comps to keep from overspending (or underspending). You may not get your investment back installing travertine in your tiny starter, and let’s face it, you’ll never see Formica in a high-end home. So check out for-sale properties in your area before shelling out for high-end upgrades.
2. Avoid an identity crisis
Don’t try to remodel a ’50s ranch-style kitchen into a contemporary cooking space. All homes, however humble, are built in a certain architectural style. Work with it, not against it. Otherwise, you’ll spend too much money and time on a complete overhaul, and you’ll likely end up with a kitchen that looks out of place.
3. Keep the plumbing where it is
Moving water and gas lines to reconfigure sinks, ovens, stoves, or dishwashers is extremely costly, especially in older homes. So keep any pipe-connected elements where they are — and keep some extra cash in your pocket.
4. Watch out for the wrong floor plan
If you do have the budget to rearrange appliances, make sure to keep your floor plan in mind. Does it follow the natural triangular traffic pattern between the refrigerator, stove, and sink? Is the dishwasher next to the sink? It should be. Otherwise, you create a mess every time you walk across the room with a dripping dish in your hand.
5. Don’t trash existing cabinets
If your old cabinets are quality wood and still in good working order, you’re in luck. This is one of the first things to check when sizing up a pre-remodel kitchen, since cabinet frames are the most expensive component of the entire space.
It’s quite simple to give salvageable cabinets a face-lift. Three common ways to repurpose cabinets include: adding new doors and drawer fronts, relaminating fronts and sides, or repainting.
6. Never DIY spray paint
Have the cabinets cleaned and lightly sanded, then hire a professional painter to spray them. Don’t try to DIY this one; a couple of cans of spray paint from the hardware store just won’t do the trick. A professional spray job can make ugly cabinets look factory-new. You can’t get the same look by painting or rolling the cabinets yourself.
7. Don’t scrimp on new hardware
Home remodeling superstores carry a great selection of door hardware. Choose knobs and pulls that complement your architectural style, and don’t cut corners. It’s like a nice piece of jewelry — an added touch that makes the whole outfit (or room) work.
Don’t forget to remove and replace any old, painted-over hinges with shiny new ones. It may be time-consuming, but it’s very inexpensive, and it makes a huge difference.
8. Take advantage of free advice
Check out large home improvement centers for free, computer-based design services that help lay out your kitchen. Their professionals are at the leading edge of today’s decorating trends, and their services include one-on-one client assistance as well as in-home consultations, complete project management, and installation services.
9. Don’t mismatch appliances
When buying new fridges, ranges, and dishwashers, stick with the same brand. Fortunately, appliance manufacturers have begun creating good-looking, low-priced lines with matching sets — giving your kitchen a designer look for much less. With a little research and some smart shopping, you can find affordable appliances that look very high-end.
10. Don’t forget to budget for sinks and fixtures
Get the best possible faucet, one with a pullout spray attachment or a gooseneck with detachable head. It’s a necessity — and the difference between good and great is only $50 to $75. Stick to one consistent fixture finish since mixed finishes can look patchwork.
What’s the one thing you’ve done in a kitchen (past or present) that really gave it that “wow” factor? Share in the comments below!
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Posts, hashtags and hot topics can be great ways to engage in current events on social media. However, the wrong innocent comment or share can cost you clients if you’re not careful.
Real estate agents carry the tough burden of being both people and brands. That means that a share is not just a share, and you need an extra filter to make sure your social activity doesn’t damage your business.
Here are social media trending moments that may have a negative effect on your brand if you’re not careful:
1. Half-Baked Story
Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn can be great places to keep up with breaking news, but before you share stories on your business or personal pages, be sure to check the facts. Sharing false or half-baked stories could brand you as an unreliable source for information. Here are a few tips to keep you from falling into the half-baked news pothole:
Search for similar stories. Real big stories will be covered by multiple outlets
Investigate the source. There are junk news sites that run off of ad revenue and will do anything to get it. Make sure the news you share is from a reliable and trusted source.
2. The Comment Conflict
Your perspective is valuable, but it doesn’t always need to be shared. This is especially true when it comes to comment sections or debates online. Sometimes it’s better to silently disagree than to attempt to correct or argue a point on a feed. Every time you comment, you produce content. That content is attached to your name and brand in Web search results. Your SEO energy is probably better spent on promoting your business or sharing content related to the dangers of buying and selling without an agent instead of a reality star’s dangerous decisions.
3. The Fair Housing Foes
The hard call for many agents is knowing “what not to talk about.” While your personal views are definitely your personal views, if you need a guide on which shouldn’t be shared, your fair housing education is a great place to start. If a post, comment, or story might be construed as sensitive or stereotyping the categories found in The Fair Housing Act, you should reconsider.
4. The Edgy Image
Photos rule today’s social media timelines, but before you reshare, make sure it won’t damage your reputation. The dirty joke, reality TV moment, or shocking medical discovery seems interesting in the moment, but when someone’s sizing you up to be their agent, these can be a little risky. Share with Care.
5. The Business Body Slam
We’ve all had a bad business experience somewhere along the way. Today, the way many react is to take to Facebook or Yelp to body slam the business and share the bad news with the world. This social media post can go either way. If done right, you show up as an educated, community-savvy expert. If done wrong, with expletives and unhelpful detail, you can look like just another a crazy customer.
Have you seen an agent get it wrong?
Divisive headlines, happening hashtags, and simple social media posts can be dangerous when you are your business. These are five of our social media trending moments that could endanger your reputation and future client pool. What would you add to the list?
The Fourth of July is fast approaching and Wareham and Fairhaven have many events planned to celebrate the holiday. Onset will be having a spectacular firework display over Onset Beach and Bay, Onset, MA. The fireworks will be set off at dusk on Saturday, July 4th.
The Blessing of the Fleet will take place in Onset at 10 am on Saturday at Onset Pier. This is the second year the Blessing of the Fleet will take place in Onset. The event had been put on hold since the 1990’s. Twenty vessels are expected to take part in the boat parade, many dressed up for the Fourth or any other theme.
At 8am is the 39th Annual Antiques Faire hosted by the Wareham Historical Society. The Antiques Faire will take place on the Village Green on Main Street from 8am to2pm. From 10am to 2pm, Frank McNamee will be giving appraisals for a fee. One item is $5, three items for $10. The Wareham Minutemen and Militia will muster at noon.
There will also be a “Bicycle Pet Doll Carriage Parade” from 1 to 3 pm in Onset Village. Children can decorate their bike or pet or doll carriage for this free event.
End your evening finding a great spot to watch the spectacular Fireworks display at Onset Harbor!
Fairhaven, MA has some great events to celebrate the Fourth of July! The Fourth of July Car Cruise will take place on Saturday. The event takes place at Fairhaven High on Huttleston Ave. The gathering for the Flag Raising starts at 8:30 AM at the school. Classic and antique cars and vehicles will then depart at 9:00AM and cruise through town and stop at Fort Phoenix for the Annual Independence Day Ceremony.
The Fort Phoenix Independence Day Ceremony and Cannon Salute takes place on Saturday at 10 AM. A program at the historical , Revolutionary War era fort will feature a brief history of Fort Phoenix, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances by The Showstoppers, and the singing of the National Anthem followed by the firing of the fort’s five 25-pound Seacoast Defense cannons. This free event is sponsored by the Town of Fairhaven and the Fairhaven Village Militia.
Fourth of July is looking to be a spectacular day in Wareham and Fairhaven.
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.
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1.5 Million Homeowners Could Re-Enter Housing Market in Next 3 Years
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According to a new study from TransUnion, more than 1.5 million homebuyers negatively impacted by the financial crisis could potentially re-enter the mortgage market in the next three years. This population of consumers negatively impacted by the financial crisis – commonly known as boomerang buyers – was defined by TransUnion as being 60+ days delinquent on a mortgage loan, having lost a mortgage through foreclosure, short sale or other non-satisfactory closure, or having a mortgage loan modification.
TransUnion’s study found that approximately 700,000 boomerang buyers might be able to re-enter the housing market in 2015. Over the next five years, TransUnion anticipates 2.2 million boomerang buyers could re-enter the market.
The study analyzed the overall U.S. credit-active population at the end of 2006 (the end of the mortgage Bubble), the end of 2009 (the end of the Burst) and in 2014 to determine consumers’ ability to re-enter the mortgage market.
“Based on our study findings, the Burst had a significant and dramatic impact on many consumers’ ability to re-enter the mortgage market after suffering through the downturn,” says Joe Mellman, vice president and head of TransUnion’s mortgage group. “It’s been over seven years since the beginning of the mortgage crisis; this is significant because many derogatory items, such as foreclosures and short sales can prevent consumers from qualifying for a new mortgage for a period of time. As consumers responsibly manage their credit and pass these milestones, we anticipate a tide of newly mortgage-eligible consumers entering the market.”
TransUnion analyzed every consumer it could track between 2006 and 2014, which came to 180 million consumers. During the mortgage Bubble in 2006, 43 percent of that population, or 78 million consumers, had a mortgage. 42 percent of the recovered consumers currently have a mortgage, while 58 percent of the recovered consumers have not yet re-entered the mortgage market.
“As boomerang buyers who experienced foreclosures or other negative impacts become eligible to re-enter the mortgage market, they may not immediately do so if they are not aware they are eligible again, or feel daunted by their prior experience,” Mellman says. “Lenders can help consumers ease this transition with credit education programs addressing consumer eligibility, and help them better understand their borrowing options.”
Credit Score Impact
The study also looked at how big of an impact the mortgage crisis had on consumer credit scores. Between the Bubble and the Burst, 39 million consumers dropped at least one credit score tier. As of 2014, 16 million of these consumers had recovered sufficiently to reach at least the risk tier they were in before the Burst.
Despite the significant impact on consumer credit scores, a marked improvement in scores has also been observed for certain credit score risk tiers. The study found that 7 million more consumers have moved into prime or better risk categories (VantageScore® 3.0 credit score of 661 and above) between the Burst in 2009 and the close of 2014. Additionally, 8 million consumers left the subprime risk tier (VantageScore® 3.0 credit score of 600 or below) to enter higher risk tiers during the same timeframe.
“An important question lenders face is when to re-engage with consumers who have been challenged managing credit in the past. Despite the negative impact of the mortgage crisis on many consumers, we’re seeing promising recovery as consumers shift to lower risk tiers,” says Ezra Becker, vice president of research and consulting in TransUnion’s financial services business unit. While some lenders may be hesitant to offer loans to these impacted consumers, our data show these consumers are becoming better credit risks. Our study puts a framework around the re-engagement question relative to the mortgage crisis, and that’s good news for both lenders and consumers alike.”
For more information about the study, visit www.transunioninsights.com/boomerang.
This Blog was posted on June 24, 2015 on The Real Estate Book Blog Spot.
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.