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3 things you should know before installing a fireplace

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Are you thinking about installing a fireplace or wood-burning stove in your home? Before you do, you should be familiar with the following three things.

1. The local regulations
Many municipalities have bylaws regarding wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. Check with the city to make sure you’re allowed to install one in your home. If they’re prohibited, gas, electric and pellet stoves are excellent alternatives that may be allowed.

2. Your insurance obligations
You must inform your insurance company before installing any type of permanent auxiliary heating appliance. Failing to do so could mean you’re not covered in case of a fire. What’s more, many insurance companies may require your unit to have specific safety features or ask you to perform regular maintenance to continue your coverage.

3. The installation requirements
In order to meet the building code requirements in your area, you need to make sure your fireplace is installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. It’s best to hire a certified professional to ensure that everything is done correctly. Not only will your home conform to local regulations, but your family will be safer.

By being aware of these things, you’ll be able to enjoy your new fireplace with the knowledge that you’ve done your due diligence to keep your family, home and community safe.

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The best place for your space heater

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An auxiliary heating appliance can help you heat your outbuildings and parts of your home during a cold spell. But where should you put it? Follow these tips to choose the best spot for your space heater.

• Establish a three-foot safety zone. Keep the space heater away from flammable materials like curtains, bedsheets and furniture. Make sure that kids and pets can’t get near enough to touch it.

• Keep it away from the wall. This is both safer and more efficient. Maintaining a small distance between the space heater and the wall allows heat to circulate freely and therefore warms up the room more efficiently.

• Avoid damp locations. Moisture can damage most electric heating appliances. Unless it’s rated for use in bathrooms or kitchens, keep your space heater away from damp locations.

• Put it on the ground. Heat rises, so placing your space heater on a table or shelf won’t make your room much warmer. Keep it on the floor instead.

Space heaters aren’t meant to heat your whole home, so keep them where you need them the most. And be sure to get one rated for the size of the area. One that’s too small won’t heat efficiently, and one that’s too large will waste electricity.

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Starting your teen off with banking

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What’s almost as scary as your teen learning to drive? Your teen with money.

Maybe scary is too strong a word. But as with most endeavors where our children move into independence, there’s some trepidation. Have they learned the lessons we tried to teach them? Will they be mindful?

One rite of passage includes the teen checking account, their first foray into handling money on their own … or semi on their own. If your child is under 18, you’ll likely have to be a joint owner; you’ll be able to monitor transactions and access accounts.

Other options include getting your teen a prepaid debit or credit card.

You could set up an allowance in a checking account into which the teen can also deposit income from work. They can then use a debit card to pay their expenses.

A prepaid credit card will avoid the need for a checking account, but also not teach a teen how to use an account.

Some of the things you’ll have to teach your teen.

* How to write a check. We all sometimes need paper. Still.

* Interest rate and monthly fees.

Some accounts have fees and if your account has them, teach your teen when they apply.

* Overdraft fees and overdraft policy.

Teens must not overdraft their account and, if they do, fees will quickly eat up a teen paycheck. You might want to monitor a teens checking account to make sure they haven’t overdrawn.

Teens have to understand that overdrafts and fees can’t be ignored.

* Mobile Banking. Teens are going to use their phone.

* Text alerts and email can be sent to both the teen and parents.

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Velvet revival: bring fall’s trendiest textile into your home

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Velvet enthusiasts rejoice: home design’s lushest material is en vogue and cropping up on upholstered furniture, accessories and decor pieces across the country.

Once considered difficult to care for and easy to stain, today’s velvets come with a number of low-maintenance characteristics, from machine-washable to fade-, stain- and abrasion-resistant options.

Surprisingly, velvet is versatile. Not only does this plush textile looks fabulous in a range of colors and styles, it also works well in both contemporary and traditional homes.

While velvet has a reputation for being dark and moody, you don’t need to stick to dark hues. Velvet’s lavish texture is well suited to jewel tones like emerald, amethyst and sapphire. However, if these tones are too bold for you, neutrals like grays and creams are more refined but just as stylish.

While it’s easy to fall in love with a velvet sofa, headboard or armchair, not everyone is in the market for new furniture. For a touch of the trend, add cushions and throws made of the fabric to your existing living room furniture. To bring it into the bedroom, choose velvet curtains or a quilt.

Whether you pair this textile with brass and wood for a mid-century touch, or go ultra-modern with clean lines and complementary pieces made of chrome and glass, velvet can fit easily into any home’s decor.

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What you need to know about geothermal heating and cooling systems

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No matter how much the weather might fluctuate on the earth’s surface, if you go deep enough underground, the temperature stays stable at around 50 °F. Geothermal heating and cooling systems tap into this constant source of heat to keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round.

How it works
Geothermal heating and cooling systems use indoor heat pumps combined with a series of pipes buried deep underground to regulate the temperature in your home. A fluid, usually made of water and methanol, continually circulates through the pipes.

When the system is heating, the liquid in the pipes extracts the underground heat and carries it to the heat pump. The pump then compresses the air to the desired temperature and distributes the heat through the home’s ventilation system. During the cooling cycle, the process is reversed and the heat in the air is removed and stored underground.

This type of system requires electricity to run the heat pump, but you can expect heating and cooling costs to go down by 50 to 70 percent.

Installation
Installing a geothermal heating and cooling system involves digging trenches to accommodate the required pipes. These can be buried horizontally or vertically, making this type of system suitable for both rural and urban developments. However, retrofitting an existing house may be costly and difficult as it requires digging into your existing landscaping.

If you’re building a new home or renovating, consider installing a geothermal heating and cooling system. It will provide an eco-friendly way to heat and cool your home, last generations and permanently reduce your energy bills.

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Remove your cabinet doors for an instant kitchen upgrade

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Do you love the airy look of open shelving in a kitchen? If so, removing your cabinet doors is an easy way to modernize your space without making a huge investment in time or money spent.

To get the look, remove the doors, fill in any imperfections and paint the interiors of the cabinets. Choose a color that contrasts the rest of the kitchen or the dishware you plan to store inside. Bright jewel tones, pale pastels or dark hues can all provide visual impact. If you’d like to make even more of a statement, use wallpaper instead.

Keep in mind that daily cooking can cause grease and dirt to accumulate in the kitchen faster than in any other room in your house. If you take the doors off your cabinets, only store items you use regularly to make sure everything stays clean.

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Advantages of oil-filled space heaters

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Oil-filled space heaters have a series of joined metal columns that are attached at the base of the unit. These columns (also called fins) are filled with diathermic oil, which serves as the heating element. The oil isn’t used as a fuel, so you’ll never need to refill it.

Here are some advantages of choosing this type of space heater over others.

• They’re energy efficient. Unlike other types of heaters, the entirety of the power used to run an oil-filled space heater is converted into heat.

• They’re comfortable. They don’t dry out the ambient air in a room like other heating systems do. Oil-filled space heaters also make virtually no noise when running.

• They retain heat well. Because it takes a while for the oil to cool, they continue to warm up a room even after they’re turned off.

As with any other heating appliance, safety is of the utmost importance when running an oil-filled space heater. Never use an extension cord to plug it in, don’t leave it unattended and, as the metal body can get very hot, be sure to keep it away from children and pets.

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1:30 pm Botanical Drawing II: Drawing in... @ Art in the Valley
Botanical Drawing II: Drawing in... @ Art in the Valley
Nov 19 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Botanical Drawing II: Drawing in Color @ Art in the Valley
Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing in colored pencil with local artist and instructor Elena Maza. This four week course will focus on continuing to build drawing skills as applied to botanicals: students[...]
4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, November 5: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will do some taffy pulling and have a[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 20 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7: It’s playtime! Come in for stories, songs, and a craft about our favorite toys, games, and imaginings! Siblings welcome.[...]
1:30 pm Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Nov 20 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
This four week course with instructor, Elena Maza, will deal with the basic three-primary color palette, different pigments and how they interact, how to mix all colors from three primary colors, how to apply washes,[...]
7:00 pm Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drama Performance: "Loserville" @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
On Wednesday, November 20th, and Thursday, November 21st, Randolph-Macon Academy’s Performing Arts Department will present its 2019 fall production of Elliot Davis’ and James Bourne’s musical, Loserville. The musical, which will take place in Melton[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 21 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7: It’s playtime! Come in for stories, songs, and a craft about our favorite toys, games, and imaginings! Siblings welcome.[...]
7:00 pm Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drama Performance: "Loserville" @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
On Wednesday, November 20th, and Thursday, November 21st, Randolph-Macon Academy’s Performing Arts Department will present its 2019 fall production of Elliot Davis’ and James Bourne’s musical, Loserville. The musical, which will take place in Melton[...]
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9:00 am Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
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Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
Able Forces will once again be hosting a visit by Andre Miller, Resource Specialist, Virginia Veteran and Family Support, Department of Veteran Services, Commonwealth of Virginia this Friday 22 November from 9AM to Noon. As[...]
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10:30 am Children’s Class: Drawing A Self... @ Art in the Valley
Children’s Class: Drawing A Self... @ Art in the Valley
Nov 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Children's Class: Drawing A Self Portrait @ Art in the Valley
In this class students will learn how to draw facial features and the proportions used for placement of features on a face.  They will complete a self portrait using graphite. Classes are designed for the[...]
2:30 pm The Princess & the “P___” @ Samuels Public Library
The Princess & the “P___” @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Princess & the “P___” @ Samuels Public Library
Lyla sees no purpose to princes. They’re ugly, stupid—and obnoxious! Why can’t Hagabah see that, and why must the master insist that she keep the prince around three more days? The world would be a[...]