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Oldies Night in Lancaster, PA - 06/30/08 11:56 AM
Friday night, June 27 was the first outdoor concert of the year at the Greenfield Business Park on William Penn Way, Lancaster, PA. Gary Lewis and the Playboys were the featured band, and they did not disappoint! When asked for the secret of the band's longevity, Lewis thanked the audiences who have been listening to the music of the '60s for the last forty years.
The first set of the evening was almost rained out for the first half hour, but the rain didn't dampen anyone's spirits, and soon the weather cleared up.
Gary still looks fit (4 comments)
The Story of the Pledge of Allegiance - 06/30/08 09:03 AM
As we get closer to the Fourth of July, Americans are in a patriotic mood. Joan Mirantz wrote a blog about a program in New Hampshire that has put 4,000 flags in classrooms in 400 schools. In the comments, I wondered whether the kids really understand what the words to the Pledge of Allegiance mean, and Joan wondered how many people know the story of how the Pledge originated. In the years following the Civil War, wounds were still fresh from a war that had been fought to keep the country united. Great strides were being made in the industrialization of the United States - (8 comments)
Lancaster PA This Weekend - 06/27/08 03:36 PM
Summer time in Lancaster County, there is always something interesting scheduled! Friday evening June 27 at the Greenfield Industrial Park, off Greenfield Road, is Oldies Night and a free concert. Gary Lewis and the Playboys will be playing. The first set starts at 6:30 pm. There will be a half hour intermission from 7:15 - 7:45, and a second set from 7:45 to 8:30. Weather permitting, there will be classic cars on display. The concert goes on rain or shine. Turn off Greenfield on William Penn Way and follow the signs. There will be parking attendants directing. Plan to come early to (7 comments)
Sellers - Disclose Everything! - 06/24/08 06:11 PM
In Pennsylvania there is a Seller Disclosure law that requires sellers to provide prospective buyers with fairly extensive information about the home they are selling. Among the types of information required: How long you have owned the properrty Whether you live in the property Whether pets have lived in the property Condition of the roof, whether there has been any leaking, repairs or replacement, and if you have documentation of such repairs or replacement Condition of the heating, plumbing and electrical systems Whether there has been any water, mold or mildew in the basement If there are underground tanks, settling or (7 comments)
A Comedic Icon Is Gone - 06/23/08 07:34 PM
Yesterday the world lost one of the iconic comedic observers of the boomer generation of the 1960s. George Denis Patrick Carlin passed away of heart failure at the age of 71. Carlin was perhaps most famous for his routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television", protesting censorship. A lawsuit against Carlin went all the way up to the Supreme Court, which upheld the FCC's right to regulate the content on the air waves. Carlin's hippie clothing and pony tail kept him from getting many bookings in the early days, but eventually became accepted as his signature look. One of his popular (26 comments)
What Really Motivates Buyers? - 06/22/08 01:09 PM
In a previous post, I wrote about sellers who inadvertently blew their chances for a sale by following showing agents and their buyers around the home. In this post I want to discuss what really motivates buyers, and how you as a seller can make the most of it. Too many sellers, (and too many real estate agents for that matter), don't really understand what motivates buyers to make a purchase. The results of this misunderstanding can easily be seen in classified ads that merely recite a laundry list of features - beds, baths, square feet, gas heat. Buyers don't buy features (22 comments)
Things To Do in Lancaster, PA This Weekend - 06/20/08 06:54 PM
There's lots to do in lancaster, PA this weekend! In Long's Park this Sunday, June 22, 2008, there will be a free concert by Blue Highway, a Grammy nominated bluegrass band. Long's Park is located at 1401 Harrisburg Pike, just up from Park City Shopping Center. The concert starts at 7:00 pm, but come early to find parking and get something to eat at the concessions! Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Sunday June 22, 7:00 pm, Musser Park, 135 N. Lime Street, will feature an American Wind Symphony Orchestra concert. Friday night June 20 from 5:00 -9:00 pm is Music Friday (9 comments)
Nationalize Our Refineries? Are You Kidding Me? - 06/20/08 05:21 PM
Right now the United Sates is reaping the very predictable rewards of our misguided energy policy for the last 30 years. This should be no surprise. Why are we dependent on foreign oil for 60% of our needs? Let's look at what we've been doing. It has all the ingredients of a perfect storm... 1) Environmentalists have forbidden drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve (ANWAR) even though present technology can explore ANWAR, which has 19 Million acres, with a footprint of only 2,000 acres. This is the equivalent of the size of one letter on the page of a full size newspaper! 2) Drilling (48 comments)
How One Seller Blew a Sale - 06/19/08 07:27 PM
Here's a true story of how a "helpful" seller lost a serious buyer because they didn't leave me alone to do my job! I was showing a nice 1950s vintage ranch house to my buyers. The house was in good condition, with an average size rear yard. However, behind the house, with no fence separating it, was the vast rear lawn of an adjacent church. My buyers were a young couple, both of whom were employed. They had no children. They were looking for a home with low maintaince to match their lifestyle. The seller, who should have been absent for (23 comments)
Lancaster PA's Penn Square to Get a New Look - 06/18/08 07:23 PM
By the time the new Lancaster, PA Convention Cention Center and Marriott Hotel is finished in 2009, Lancaster's historic Penn Square will be getting a bit of a face lift as well. Plans include new trees and plantings. New lighting will be standardized. Chairs and tables with protective umbrellas will be placed in the square, giving the area an outdoor cafe atmosphere! New transportation routes are being planned in and out of the city, and the many art galleries, cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood are gearing up for the increasing number of visitors. The First Friday of each month is a great time to (6 comments)
Get This Song Out of My Head! - 06/16/08 02:15 PM
At the tender age of seven, I was sent away to a summer camp in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. It was the first time I had been without my parents for any extended period of time. Every Wednesday was hike day. Our bunk, consisting of six or seven campers plus our counselor, would usually go for a hike in the mountains, or farmland, or spelunking in a cave. However, one hike day it was decided that we should be taken into Pittsfield, the largest local city in the area. for a shopping excursion. We all piled into the ancient (20 comments)
Its Art Deco marble interior is reminiscent, on a small scale, of Grand Central Station in New York City. Lancaster is the third busiest train station in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
The main lobby features a soaring ceiling with art deco lighting fixtures and a magnificent glass paned ceiling insert.
Over the past decade, restoration has been ongoing, including painting and improvements to the heating system.
The building will now be air conditioned. Shops and (10 comments)
Six-Pack of My Favorite Blogs - 06/12/08 04:38 PM
It's been a while since I've seen anyone do a "Six-Pack" blog of their favorite posts. Since I've posted well over 200 blogs, it's hard to pick favorites, but many of my blogs do bring back pleasant memories of the days I visited and photographed them. These six blogs were picked because they contain some of my favorite photos, taken on beautiful days... Chickies Rock County Park shows some of the natural beauty of Lancaster County, not much changed since the days that Native American tribes lived in the Susquehanna Valley. Lititz Springs Park has been the site of art shows, parades and fireworks for (3 comments)
The Focus of Lancaster County Tourism Is Changing - 06/11/08 01:47 PM
Years ago, when I was a child, my family used to vacation to Lancaster County for the country scenery and the hearty Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. To be sure, Lancaster County today has one of the more enlightened agricultural preservation policies in the country. There is still much beautiful farm land in Lancaster County. The Amish community is still a healthy and vital one. Still, when farms go up for sale, the buyers competing for them are not only farm families, but residential and commercial developers. If you look at the hotel and restaurant parking lots on routes 30 East and 340, many (7 comments)
Our Photos Are What Bring Us Together - 06/10/08 08:04 AM
This morning when I went to my home page, I was shocked to find my photo gone from my profile. Then I realized that no one else had their profile photos up, either! As I read through the morning's posts, I saw that photos and graphics were missing from our blogs, too. I wasn't sure if it was an Active Rain problem or something wrong with my own video card, until I started reading comments from other rainers having the same problem. Throughout the morning, as the graphics have appeared and disappeared, an epiphany has occurred to me. Our photographs are the (12 comments)
Open House "Tire Kickers" - 06/08/08 10:00 AM
I haven't been a big proponent of open houses for a long time. It seems to me that open houses have become less and less effective as a marketing tool. However, when I did do open houses - and for a while I used to hold open houses fifty Sundays a year - I noticed a very consistent phenominon. The very first and the very last visitors were invariably not serious buyers! The very first visitor would be waiting on the doorstep before the house was even open. They would be wanting to get in before I was even set up. (22 comments)
On October 15, 2007 I posted an article about the major expansion of the Weis Market at the Manor Shopping Center, Route 999, Lancaster, PA. Construction had just begun.
Now, finally, the supermarket is ready for a grand re-opening this weekend!
The supermarket has been expanded to 52,000 square feet from its former 46,000 square feet. There has been a major upgrading inside, too, with an exceptionately nice salad bar, and expanded meat market, seafood department and bakery. This weekend (June 7 & 8) there will be 48-hour sales, and some free giveaways. Check it out - you'll appreciate (6 comments)
Sellers: Please Keep Your Utilities On! - 06/04/08 06:25 PM
Have you ever looked at a home for sale that was unbearably hot because it had been locked up over the summer with no ventilation or air conditionng? Have you ever tried to go into the basement of an investment property only to find that it was pitch black and no lights were available? Have you ever left a home tour before really getting to see all its features because you were shivering too violently to stay and there was no heat? If so, you already understand the point I am about to make! Sellers often have to leave a home (13 comments)
Is Carpeting Investment Properties a Good Idea? - 06/03/08 09:56 AM
Is carpeting your investment properties a good idea? There really isn't one answer that covers all situations. There's no question, though, that tenant abuse and damage to carpets exceeds all other costs to landlords, and is a major factor in whether landlords realize a profit or a loss over the years. Carpeting was originally introduced in depressed rental markets by some landlords as in incentive to differentiate their apartments from the competition. Slowly, competing property managers began offering carpeting as well, until by the 1960s it was pretty much the norm. But worn and damaged carpets had to be replaced so (10 comments)
Serving as "Dutch Uncle" for First Time Home Buyers - 06/02/08 07:54 PM
Years ago when I was a young sales engineer for an energy corporation, there was an older engineer who had a great "bedside manner" with both our corporate customers and the newer sales people. When problems arose, he would come out from the regional office to our areas, and counsel us as to the best ways to handle any situation. He would joke that he was playing "Dutch Uncle" as he listened to our problems and suggested solutions. As a young employee, I always enjoyed Bill's visits because of his vast knowledge and his understanding ways. In my career as a REALTOR, I have (6 comments)
New Pedestrian Crossing at Lancaster General Hospital - 06/02/08 05:33 PM
Hospital personnel will soon have an easier time crossing busy North Duke Street to get to Lancaster General Hospital. Additionally, traffic on North Duke Street will no longer have to be delayed by crossing guards.
A new pedestrian crossing is about to connect the hospital to Lancaster General's new Outpatient Services building, now under construction to the right of his photo, taken on North Duke Street facing south.
The pedestrian crossing will connect two levels of the Outpatient Services building directly to the Hospital, at left, which is itself undergoing major improvements. The emergency room and main entrance have been moved around the corner (6 comments)
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