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One of my favorite retail shops in the area is Buddy and Susie Touchinsky's Healthy Habits Natural Market, located on Route 61 near Orwigsburg, PA. Buddy is also the owner and chiropractor of Blue Mountain Family Chiropractic (and his office is conveniently located right next to the store). Susie is an occupational therapist at Seton Manor in Orwigsburg. So they both have health-related backgrounds and the store is a natural extension of their professions. Buddy says, "we are embarking on a mission to make it easier to be healthy. Healthy Habits Natural Market is a health food store, but (3 comments)
Celebrating 2 Years With Active Rain! What a Ride! - 07/27/09 05:06 PM
Today is my 2 year anniversary of being an Active Rain member. I'm approaching 250,000 points, and proud to say that Active Rain has become a daily fixture in my life. Most mornings I get up and read the latest featured posts over a cup of coffee. It's a great way to wake up and get motivated! Some posts make me think, some make me scratch my head in wonderment, and some make me laugh. ALL never cease to amaze me the amount of intelligence, wisdom, and kindness that exists on this forum. I have never met a group that is (15 comments)
Take A Hike! July 26 Trail Walk - 07/25/09 03:52 PM
July 26, 2009 10:00 am Spirit of Tuscarora Trail Dog Walk 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The trail is 4.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This trail will take you through many diverse habitats including places that are just starting to recover from the Flood of 2006. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the summer wildflowers. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Please meet at the upper beach parking lot. Pre-registration is required for this event by calling Robin at 570-467-2404. Shine only. (0 comments)
July 26-August 1 ... Schuylkill County Fair - 07/21/09 02:15 PM
July 26-August 1 Schuylkill County Fair Summit Station at the Schuylkill County Fair Grounds. Food, big name entertainment, & fun! 570-754-FAIR Dan and Galla--Jeremiah James and the Tandem Band--The Return (Beatles Tribute)--Fabulous Greaseband--Shawn Klush--The Association--Eric Church Entertainment is free with the price of admission. No tickets to buy. Senior Citizens (65+) only $5.00 every day Sunday- Preview Evening- Gates, rides and buildings open to the public at 5:00 PM Gates and amusement rides open at 4:00 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Gates and rides open at 1:00 PM on Tuesday and Saturday. Exhibit buildings open at 4:00 PM and close at (0 comments)
Rismedia July Issue: Sellout? - 07/19/09 04:07 PM
I have a background in publishing/pr and have owned 2 magazines in my prior-to-real estate career. So I was intrigued by the cover article "Under One Roof" / Everyone wins when real estate brokerages and banks work together. Realtor magazine a year ago did a one-page editorial piece on in-house lending/title that was a shameless plug for the big box companies that have inhouse everything (title, mortgage, real estate, etc). It read like an AD not editorial and turned me off completely. I personally do NOT believe that having all services under one roof makes the experiece better for a buyer, (8 comments)
Alvernia College Schuylkill -- 2650 Woodglen Road Pottsville, PA 17901 570-628-4011 Empire Beauty School -- 324 North Centre Street Pottsville, PA 17901 570-622-6060 McCann School of Business -- 2650 Woodglen Road Pottsville, PA 17901 570-622-7622 Penn State Schuylkill Campus -- 200 University Drive Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 570-385-6110 Schuylkill Technology Center -- South -- 15 Maple Avenue MarLin, PA 17951 570-544-4748 -- North -- 101 Technology Drive Frackville, PA 17931 570-874-1034 (0 comments)
Affordable Pottsville Single: 26 S Jackson St. Pottsville PA 17901 - 07/18/09 01:57 PM
2 bedrooms + full bath upstairs, and lots of closets for storage. Den or sitting room downstairs could also be a 3rd bedroom, with a half bath available. Some replacement windows, living room has new carpet. Oil/hotwater, with 2 oil tanks. Cute little yard won't take long to maintain. Den has built-ins and would be a great tv room or first floor bedroom. (3 comments)
Advantage XI vs. Top Producer - 07/16/09 07:04 PM
I am trying to decide between a CRM and Transaction Management product. If anyone is using these, can you tell me which one you use and what you love/hate about it? I like that TP is web-based and can be used from ANY computer. Advantage must be loaded on your desktop and you pay per computer you register. I hear Advantage is the better TM program, though. I am looking for first hand experience and advice please! I have a small office and would like to have everyone on the same system. (6 comments)
Sovereign Majestic July/Aug Events in Pottsville, PA - 07/16/09 07:39 AM
Thursday, July 16, 2009 7:00 p.m. M&T Movies at the Majestic—Paul Blart—Mall Cop Free Admission and Popcorn. Hosted by the Pottsville Recreation Commission When a shopping mall is overtaken by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to a mild-mannered security guard to save the day.
Wednesday July 22, 2009 Hosted by Reiley and Friends Lil’ Bits of Broadway A Benefit for St. Joseph's Center in Pottsville Tickets $15.00 For Tickets Call 581-8617
July 31, 2009 – 7:00 p.m. August 1, 2009 – 2:00 p.m. August 1, 2009 – 7:00 p.m. The Town That Was A documentary about Centralia (0 comments)
Via Colleen Craig (Southern California Mortgage Professional): 203k MADE SIMPLE? Ok, maybe not, but I will attempt to make it as simple as possible for the client to understand and want to read on. For many of us in the business who are " in the know" we forget that we need to go back to the basics and spell it out in simple terms for others to understand. So I've compiled some information based on my most recent commonly asked questions just this week. In Southern California, FHA loans were just not utilized over the past 10 or so years because of the FHA Maximum Mortgage (1 comments)
Choosing The Perfect CRM/Transaction Software - 07/14/09 12:54 PM
I am not an indecisive person. I normally find what I like quickly, make a decision, and go for it. But over the past 2 years I've been struggling to find and settle on Customer Relationship Management and Transaction Management software, and I'm no closer to deciding on one. Everything I've tried I am half-satisfied with. 1. I need CRM software so the agents can keep up to date on their clients, and keep in constant touch with them. 2. I need TM software to track the sales! I wanted TM software where we could upload reports, sales contracts etc and (14 comments)
Welcoming Schuylkill Appraisal Services to "The Rain" - 07/12/09 01:37 PM
This morning I set up a new profile for my new company, Schuylkill Appraisal Services. Schuylkill Executives, LLC is the entity that owns Realty Executives, our Pottsville real estate firm. I do business with numerous banks, lenders, attorneys, and other professionals. Realty Executives is constantly getting calls from these professionals asking us to appraiser properties for trusts, estates, divorces, etc. The answer used to be, "We are not appraisers, but I can give you a BPO or CMA." No longer! Now we can say "We are not appraisers. But our sister company, Schuylkill Appraisals, can help you!." Marcy Kleckner, Certified Residential (4 comments)
For details, go to the Lazy Dog's website at http://www.lazydogcoffeehouse.com/
From the website: "Pat Zaharis is a Pottsville native and a retired registered nurse. She is a self-taught artist, who uses her natural talents to create unique and beautiful jewelry. She started by designing and making jewelry for herself and family, but at the request of others who admired her work and wanted to purchase pieces for themselves, formed PAZ Designs. The name reflects the artists’ initials (Patricia Ann Zaharis)and (1 comments)
July 2009: Stuff the Bus - 07/12/09 09:23 AM
In Schuylkill County, July means Stuff the Bus! Companies and individual patrons are asked to drop off back-to-school items in the school vans located inside of the Fairlane Village, Cressona, and Schuylkill Malls running the entire month of July beginning Mon., July 6. Help support over 800 local children and families. Stuff the Bus Community Appreciation Day is on Tuesday, July 14th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Fairlane Village Mall. For every item you bring to Stuff the Bus, you get an entry form to win exciting prizes including: Passes to either H2Ooohh!, The Reading Phillies, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney (0 comments)
FHA loans seem to be one of the main choice of mortgages in the last 6 months or so. There are several reasons for this, which should be spelled out below in my comparison. What I hate hearing is that FHA mortgages have taken the spot of the subprime loans. This is not true by any part of the imagination. This statement is from those that are inexperienced in both the mortgage and the (1 comments)
Editing What info is posted on your wall at Facebook? - 07/10/09 09:07 AM
Does anyone know how to go back and edit so not all your "friends" updates appear on your wall? I have so many friends at this point I only want certain ones with their status updates and posts to automatically feed through onto my wall. Any pointers? I know when you have a NEW friend connection you can choose/not choose to have their stuff feed into your page at that point. How about going back and undoing that? IDeas? (11 comments)
Dreaming of SUMMER Weather & POOLS! - 07/09/09 09:42 PM
All I can say is at least it's not raining. It's JULY and where is the "pool weather?" Come on already! Let's start dreaming ... here's a quick rundown of what you'll find if you're looking for houses with pools in Schuylkill County $129,000 ... Barnesville 4-bedroom home in the country with aboveground pool $132,500 ... West Mahanoy Township single with pool $440,000 you get a classic 6-bedroom Pottsville home with an inground pool $599,000 ... besides a pool you get a 10-car garage in the Tamaqua area $774,900 ... Schuylkill Haven stone farmhouse with pool house on 25 acres $899,000 (3 comments)
Cheesy Realtor Ads - 07/07/09 08:22 PM
I stumbled across this site today that had me laughing ... because this is SO TRUE. There is actually a blog out there dedicated to really bad realtor ads. Check it out! The site is called The Official Real”ad”tor Awards and its webpage states: "Here at the Real”ad”tor Awards headquarters we are working around the clock to showcase the most superb talent from the men and women in the Real Estate advertising world. Together we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve had the best of times and the worst of times. But in the end, victory comes only to those that persevere. (116 comments)
It's Half Time! How are YOU Doing? - 07/05/09 12:01 PM
As the holiday weekend fades and we all get ready to go back to work on Monday (yeah, I know--many of us worked on the 4th--me included) try to carve out a few hours on Monday or Tuesday to evaluate where you are in your 2009 goals/plans. I spent 4 hours this morning doing just that and I was surprised by some of the numbers, and not surprised by others. I evaluated my personal numbers, and those of my company, plus the Schuylkill Real Estate market in general. Now you may or many not be a numbers freak, like I am. (4 comments)
Private Communities -- Double Tax? - 07/05/09 09:12 AM
There is a really interesting article this morning in the POCONO RECORD regarding Pennsylvania's private communities and a movement in Harrisburg to address the situation where homeowners in these gated communities pay state and municipal and school taxes... yet receive less benefits than homeowners NOT in private communities. Read here:
I lived in a gated community, Lake Wynonah, for 11 years and it never occurred to me that I was paying dues to the association + all my other taxes, yet not reaping the benefit of community services such as municipal police, public road paving etc. I wanted (6 comments)
Need Computer Help: I'm in an endless loop! - 07/04/09 10:15 AM
I think my computer is infected with some sort of malware. I have this message that comes up on my screen and will NOT go away no matter what I try! I have scanned my system for viruses and every time I scan, it finds 20+ infections (I use Spyware Doctor + Antivirus) which I then fix. Here's the message:
Anyone else ever see this? Advice?
UPDATE: I FIGURED IT OUT! It was a program that had somehow embedded itself in my STARTUP items. I went to windows defender, and found no infection. Used Spyware Doctor--nothing. Trend (8 comments)
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