End of Summer To-Do Lists and Tips!

Submitted by: Hickey’s Greenhouses and Nursery, 782 Conception Bay Highway

To stay ahead of the gardening cycle: 

1. Do an inventory of seeds, organize & label them, and store them in a dry place.

2. Put together a wish list for your garden for next year. Draw it out on graph paper and keep it on your refrigerator to update or make changes to as the months go by. Contact your local garden centre/greenhouse in the Fall, to make sure they order the materials you’ll need for your project.

3. Check out stores for clearance sales on tools, containers, etc.

4. Dump soil out of pots, clean and store them away for the Spring. 5. Start a compost pile using such items as stove ashes, tea bags, coffee grinds, old soil from summer pots, banana peels, etc. NO MEAT SCRAPS!!

Save discarded horizontal blinds to use next spring as plant markers. Save discarded roof shingles to put around hostas and cabbage to keep away slugs. Slugs won’t go over the gritty surface with their soft, slubby bellies.

Decorate your property with Fall designer planters – a burst of style and colour to enhance your real estate investment. It ups the value and curb appeal, if you’re considering selling. If not, enjoy the added colour and style yourself!

Wedding Day Survival Kit

Submitted (with love) by: Ever After Bridal Boutique, 173 Conception Bay Highway

Calling all Bridesmaids! Have you put together the Wedding Emergency kit for your Bride? Wedding days are memorable and hectic. You can be sure that there will be more than a few unexpected moments along the way. A survival kit will be a helpful way to keep everyone calm and prepared.  Here is a list of some much-needed essentials (some of these ideas came from our Brides and their Bridesmaids): Band Aides, Water, Small Snack, Mints, Lip gloss, Small scissors, Travel sewing kit, Tweezers, Tissues, Safety pin, Tylenol, Deodorant, Hairspray, Extra Bobbi pins, Nail glue, Visine, an extra pair of contacts with solution (in case their eyes dry out from tears of joy), Baby powder, Small mirror, Make-up for touch-ups, Flip flops or flats for later in night, Double sided tape comes in handy for the hems if you step on them, Allergy pills, Nail File, Brush, Q-tips.
With help from your Bridesmaids you are now prepared for the unexpected so relax and enjoy “Your Day”.

Celebrate Small Business Week in 2012 (October 14-20, 2012)

There will be many networking events, learning opportunities and socials to participate in. Each event you attend further promotes your business and markets your product. All events will be shared with you through the Economic Development Email List so please ensure you are on that very important distribution list. Email Jennifer Lake today at jlake@ conceptionbaysouth.ca, to ensure you and your colleagues are in the know about current events initiatives! Celebrate, Network, Grow!

What Works When Looking for Work? Are you unemployed? Under-employed? Looking for a new career direction? If so, we are here to assist you with all of your employment needs. Employment Counsellors will work with you one-on-one to help you develop a plan to meet your employment goals. We offer a variety of free services that fit your individual needs. These services include: Access to Resources • Public computer use and faxing/photocopying services • Daily job postings • Access to employment and labour market information

Employment Services

Job Search Assistance • Career decision making • Resume and cover letter writing • Interview skills • Job search techniques Information and Applications for Employment Programs • Skills Development Employment Benefits (training) • Job Creation Partnership • Wage Subsidies (including Apprenticeship) • Self-Employment Assistance • Referrals to Provincial and Federal Government programs
For more information or to take advantage of these services, please call the Manuels Employment Services office at 709-834-8723, visit our website at www.cbdc.ca/celtic or visit us on Facebook (CBDC Celtic).

Renovations Can Be Lengthy and Complex

Submitted by: RONA and The Telegram

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association has some advice to offer home owners who are considering renovations. One of the things the association has learned is that for many home owners, finding the right renovator can be the most difficult problem. Home renovations, particularly those involving extensive changes to a home, can be lengthy and complex projects. A renovator needs to provide expert management that keeps the process under control and one schedule, from design through material selection to directing the work of the various trades involved onsite. This is a demanding profession that requires a high level of skill. Poor management means unnecessary inconvenience to the home owner and his family. If you want the job done right, finding an experienced and knowledgeable renovator is very important. Professional renovators bring skill, judgment and integrity to the job. This will be reflected in both the quality of their work and in the quality of their business relationship with you. Unfortunately, not everyone who offers renovation services has these qualifications. “Non-professionals” cause home owners a host of renovation headaches. They also harm the reputation of professional renovators who are committed to providing customers with high quality service at a fair price. In attempting to find a professional renovator, problems can arise in different ways. Sometimes home owners accept a renovator’s proposal without checking out the renovator’s “track record” first. This process involves a few simple steps to determine if the contractor has the skill and experience needed and a history of satisfied customers. Making sure that a renovator consistently delivers professional results to customers is the best way to avoid hiring someone who “seems like a nice guy” but turns out to be the wrong person for the job. Some home owners, hoping to save money, hire non-professionals who offer to do the work without a contract at cut-rate prices, or to “forget the GST” if paid in cash. Not surprisingly, individuals who operate their businesses this way frequently short-change customers by delivering shoddy or incomplete work and no warranty. And without a written contract, there’s not much the home owners can do about it.

Roses That Last

Submitted by: The Floral Boutique, 119 Conception Bay Highway

Many people won’t buy roses because they say they don’t last long enough. Most roses don’t last because of improper cutting. Roses need to be cut on a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife. This gives the stem the maximum capacity to absorb water to the head. When you cut roses with scissors or cutters it crushes the stem and prevents water from getting to the head of the flower. This causes roses to bend over at the head before they can open up fully. Roses can last a week or more if they are treated properly.

Do the new siding yourself? Gauge your skill level first

Submitted by: RONA and The Telegram

If you’ve decided to tackle your home renovation on your own, you’re not the only one. The do-it yourself market is vast and growing, and this segment of consumers is savvier and more skilled than ever.
A leading North American manufacturer and distributor of premium residential and commercial siding, supplies the ‘do-it-yourself’ market. The company provides the following simple and cost- cutting tips for today’s do-it-yourselfer:

• Identify your project and budget. Sometimes a home needs repair from unexpected weather damage, but many times homeowners are simply seeking an updated look. Determine what you want to accomplish and how much you are able to spend before beginning a project. Mapping out goals will keep your project on time and on budget.

• Purchase quality products. DIY projects will always save you money – if you invest in quality products and proper tools. For exterior projects, research manufacturers who offer siding panels and accessories specifically designed for your type of renovations.

• Gauge your skill level and time commitment. Try not to get in over your head. Make sure you have enough time committed to the particular project and address any issues that may fall outside of your skill set. Research techniques that you are not familiar with, or account for outside help if the need arises.

• Seek advice. Don’t go into your DIY project blind. Make sure you talk to others who are handy around the house. Not every piece of advice is worthwhile, but you can always learn from the experience of others. Ask for advice on brands and techniques, and be open minded.

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