GOING ON VACATION – IS YOUR HOUSE SAFE?

School’s Out For Summer, what a great song by Alice Cooper. It also marks the beginning of summer vacation. I thought I would give you a few tips on keeping your home safe while on vacation.

The best way to safeguard your house while you’re away is having a friend and family member stay in your home. Make sure they follow your routine putting out the trash and cutting the grass etc.

If you can’t arrange for a house sitter then be sure to take some of the following steps:

  •  Have the post office hold your mail. If your mail box is overflowing this is a dead giveaway that you are not home. And don’t forget to stop the newspaper delivery.
  • Get a neighbour or family member to check on your house every couple of days to pick up any flyers and water the plants.
  • If you are diligent about your landscaping and cut your grass weekly make sure you continue that routine. Hire a service to take care of that as an unkempt yard is a definite sign of an owner’s absence.
  • Try to make your home look lived in. Put interior and exterior lighting on timers. Also get a neighbour to put out your garbage cans and bring them in after they are emptied. This will make everything appear as normal.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked. You should also disconnect the auto garage door opener so it can’t be opened with a universal remote control.
  • In the age of modern technology many home owners tell the world they are going on vacation on facebook etc. You never know who is reading your posts so be careful about what you say.
  • You could always have a security system installed to protect your home which is a good investment at any time.

I hope these tips were helpful. Please take the time to secure your home while on vacation as this will greatly reduce the opportunity for someone to break into your home. Happy vacation everyone!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY?

Every once in a while Ann and I talk about what’s going on in our community. Well, this weekend we have one of the great summer festivals happening. The Locke Street Festival takes place this Saturday, September 7th from 10AM until 9PM.

Something that I find interesting this year is the festival is featuring the music of Westdale High School. If you didn’t already know, Westdale High has a great history when it comes to Rock and Roll music. Groups such as Teenage Head and Harlan Pepper had their roots at Westdale.

While you are exploring at the Locke Street Festival be sure visit all the unique shops on the street. They range from antiques to gifts to spas and more. You won’t be disappointed.

One more thing I would like to remind you about is the FOOD!! It is impossible to go hungry on Locke Street. There are great places to eat on both sides of the street from end to end. There is fine dining, pub and diner style food, gourmet burgers and pizza, just to name a few.

So if you have never been to the Locke Street Festival before and you don’t have anything planned for Saturday then I highly recommend you check it out. You won’t be disappointed!!

 

SUMMER FESTIVALS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Yes I know summer isn’t here yet, but its’ coming, I think. After the mild winter and early summer we had last year people seem to be a little impatient this year with the slow arrival of the warmer weather. You should take this time and start to plan which of the great summer festivals in our area you would like to attend this year.

One of my long time favourites is the Festival of Friends held in August each year. They have great artisans selling their creations, many different food vendors to satisfy any appetite, and let’s not forget the stellar line-up of entertainment. Over the years I have enjoyed the likes of David Clayton Thomas, Lighthouse, Randy Bachman, Eric Burden and the Animals (they we fantastic), to name but a few. And don’t forget, IT’S FREE.

Another favourite is the Dundas International Buskerfest in June. The wide range of entertainment is astounding. And we must not forget the Dundas Cactus Festival in August. Again, there is great entertainment, crafts, food, and more.

I have not been to the Winona Peach Festival or the Oh Canada Ribfest in Waterdown but I have heard great things about them so I am adding them to my summer to-do-list.

So, if you’re looking for some great family fun this summer, go to one of the many summer festivals in the Greater Hamilton Area.

For a list of festivals, dates and places, go to

http://tourismhamilton.com/events/events.php?sub=*Festivals&offset=10

I invite you to share your favourite festivals with our readers, so they too, can enjoy a great festival experience.