Halloween Howl

While driving through the city, I’ve noticed that many more people are into decorating for Halloween compared to previous years.  Some homes have put up orange lights, used caution tape, carefully strung spider webs, and have added scary and/or entertaining displays.  I really appreciate how the details in the pumpkin carvings are getting more intricate. Is your home decorated for Halloween? Do you have a Jack-o-Lantern carved?  Lets be social and share these decorations together! I will be posting decorations throughout the rest of this week on Twitter and Instagram using #HamOntHowl and would love for you to join in on the fun! Show me your favourite Halloween pumpkin carving, decorations or costumes. Share this with your friends and get them to join in too. Happy...

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Ancaster Village Fare

Come one, come all!  The Ancaster Village Fare is a family community event in support of the Ancaster Community Services Food Bank. Join us on Saturday, September 14th from 12-4pm in the parking lot behind 231-259 Wilson St E in Ancaster for food sampling, live entertainment, children’s entertainment and face painting, and more. Admission is with a non-perishable food item, or by donation to Ancaster Community Services. The event is coordinated by Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage, and local participants include Earthbound Organic Food Market, India Village Restaurant, Purple Pony, Rousseau House, Southcote 53, Sweetness Bakery, Trattoria Cavallo Nero, The Tipperary Bog and F1rstOntario. Come out and support this great organization and help out those in our community who rely on its services! Check out the poster: Village Fare 2013...

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Ancaster Heritage Days 2013

Ancaster Heritage Days 2013 runs from June 4th to 9th and is a celebration of the history and community of Ancaster.  There are numerous events going on in town during the event including a parade, soap box derby, movie night, live music, kids world, and fireworks.  For a complete list of events please visit: http://ancasterheritagedays.com/wp/events/ or http://www.ancaster.com/tags/ancaster-heritage-days/ Also happening this weekend is the Ancaster Riblicous rib fest at the Ancaster Fairgrounds (http://ancasterriblicious.ca/). The Ancaster Soccer Club’s Heritage Days Soccer Tournament is June 14-16th (http://ancastersoccer.com/en-us/tournaments/heritagedaystournament.aspx)....

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Food Truck Eats at Peller

Delicious food trucks and wine – what a great pairing!  Last year was the first “Food Truck Eats” event at Peller Estates Winery (you can read all about it here: http://www.gourmetontario.com/2012/05/30/food-truck-eats-at-peller-estates-winery/#.UZZDiuTD_IU), and the event is back this year, bigger and better than ever. Want 2 FREE tickets to the event on May 19th from 6-10pm, all you need to do is visit my Facebook page and submit your contact info.  Rules and regulations are listed on the Facebook page. What are you waiting for? Click here to...

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Mowing for a Greener Yard

It’s spring and the grass is certainly growing. Fast. To avoid being one of “those” neighbours who has the yard resembling a cow pasture, I pulled my old electric lawn mower out of the garage and initiated the season of lawn maintenance. The issue for me was that the on/off switch on the mower was failing, and I wasn’t comfortable operating it. Plus, towards the end of last summer, the mower missed cuts even though the blades were sharp. Unhappy with tripping over cords all the time, I decided it was time for a new mower. After reviewing the local ad flyers in the paper, I saw a sale on a fully manual reel mower. I’ve seen other people on my street use them, and the price was right for me, so I took the plunge and purchased it. I’ve been warned by others “Oh, you don’t want a reel mower – they’re too hard to push.”. Well, after 10 minutes of assembly, I was about to find out. I set the height of the mower and started pushing. To my surprise, it was fairly easy to push, and did an amazing job at cutting. Also, instead of the loud humming of a motor, the reel mower sounded more like the scene from Edward Scissorhands when Johnny Depp’s character was sculpting the hedges. I must admit, it did take longer to cut the lawn than it did with the powered motor mowers, but the unit was light and easy to maneuver. Plus I feel like I got a descent workout. After my first use, I did some more research to look up care and maintenance of my new mower and found some more benefits to using a reel mower that I had never previously considered. Besides the savings in costs of gas or electricity, experts say that the cutters of a reel mower cut the blades of grass using scissor action, whereas the rotating blade of a powered mower...

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Pay off mortgage or invest your cash?

A recent article published in the Vancouver Sun outlines how paying off your mortgage quicker is safer than investing your cash. The summary of their example calculations says that if the return on investment is lower than the interest rate of the mortgage, it is better to pay off the mortgage. Do you agree? Read the original article here:...

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Scott Alexander, BSc, MSc
Real Estate Sales Representative
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
253 Wilson St E
Ancaster, ON L9G 2B8
Office: 905-648-6800
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