3. December 2013 11:16
Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 2013
Saturdays from 5:00pm-9:00pm & Sundays from 4:00pm-8:00pm
34th Annual Candlelight Stroll in the Holiday Capital of North America
Stroll through life in a simpler time as 350 years of American history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations unfolds around you in New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighborhood.
- Historic houses from four centuries with decorations hand-crafted from natural materials
- Hundreds of wood and glass candle boxes lighting the lanes and landscape
- Live music and holiday entertainment for all ages
- Horse-drawn carriage rides
- Holiday decoration demonstrations
- Traditional barrel making demonstrations
- 18th century holiday hearth cooking
- Tinsmith demonstrations... and so much more!
Avoid lines by purchasing tickets in advance! Tickets can be purchased in advance in person at the Strawbery Banke Visitors Center at 14 Hancock Street up to the date of the event.
To purchase tickets in advance, click here . Tickets are $22/adults, $11/children (ages 5-17), and $55/family. Group and corporate rates are available.
November discount: $2 off the ticket price on all tickets purchased by November 30, 2013.
Strawbery Banke Museum Celebrates 34th Annual Candlelight Stroll “Once Upon a Winter’s Eve” Portsmouth, New Hampshire (October 16, 2013) - Strawbery Banke Museum celebrates “Once Upon a Winter’s Eve” during the 34th annual Candlelight Stroll, December 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, 2013.
The event takes place from 5 to 9 pm on Saturdays and 4 to 8 pm on Sundays.
Showcasing 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of wood smoke.
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. A toasty bonfire crackles throughout the event to warm frosty fingers and toes. Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. The White Apron Café at Strawbery Banke offers light meals and serves a pub menu in Pitt Tavern -- visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.
“Candlelight Stroll is a cherished holiday tradition that offers a charming setting for children and adults to enjoy America’s multicultural holiday activities and customs,” said Strawbery Banke Museum president and CEO Lawrence J. Yerdon. “Candlelight Stroll is a magical event at an enchanting time of year. We are delighted to anchor the city-wide Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth celebration with this authentic and unique experience.”
Highlights this Year
The theme for this year’s Candlelight Stroll is “Once Upon A Winter’s Eve” and visitors will experience a variety of holiday preparations across cultures and across time:
ALDRICH HOUSE -- 1908 Pineapples & Posies with Mrs. Lillian Aldrich
CHASE HOUSE -- 1818 A Mid-Winter Wedding
GOODWIN MANSION -- 1870 T’was the Night Before Christmas
MARDEN-ABBOTT HOUSE & STORE - 1943 Dreaming of a White Christmas
SHAPIRO HOUSE -- 1919 Fourth Night of Hanukkah
SHAPLEY-DRISCO HOUSE -- 1795 Snowy Days on Puddle Dock and a 1958 Holiday Avon Party.
- Live music, cookies & hot cider at the Cider Shed.
- Horse drawn carriage rides - bundle up on Puddle Dock and enjoy this age-old tradition.
- Families learn wreath-making and create handmade holiday decorations in the Jones House.
-Savor 18th century holiday hearth cooking and tinsmith crafting handmade lanterns and tin star ornaments in the Wheelwright House.
Parking Other Information
There is ONLY handicapped parking available at the Museum for Candlelight Stroll. All other visitors should utilize the free Vintage Christmas Trolley and public parking areas. The City of
Portsmouth provides the free Vintage Christmas trolley, which runs on a 20-minute loop, from 1:30pm - 10:30pm on the first three Saturdays and Sundays in December*. The heated and
decorated trolley will pick up and drop off visitors at parking lots, hotels, and other sites around town. There is a trolley stop right at Strawbery Banke Museum as well as The Music Hall.
Please click here for a map for the free Vintage Christmas Trolley . Please click here for a map with additional parking information.
* The free Vintage Christmas trolley will be in the City of Portsmouth Holiday Parade on
Saturday, December 1 and will not be available from 5-7pm.
The trolley is generously provided by the City of Portsmouth as part of a Vintage Christmas in Candlelight Stroll Portsmouth. The Vintage Christmas collaboration aims to highlight the rich seasonal programs
of Strawbery Banke Museum and The Music Hall, and is the result of a fruitful collaboration among the City of Portsmouth, Strawbery Banke Museum, The Music Hall, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, and local hotels and retail shops. For more information on scheduled activities and participating hotels, visit www.VintageChristmasNH.org .
Guided Holiday House Tours, weekdays, Dec 26-30
Guided tours of five decorated historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum offered on the hour, 10am to 2 pm. Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free. Candlelight Stroll is a signature event of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth . Travel + Leisure says Portsmouth has good reason to claim the title of "Christmas Capital of North America" and the Boston Globe says Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is "One of the top ten holiday things not to miss in New England. " For complete details of the Vintage Christmas events please visit the Vintage Christmas website.
Event Parking Information:
Weather Information: Candlelight Stroll will be held regardless of weather conditions. Tickets are nonrefundable and non-transferable.
3. December 2013 07:08
New Castle Village Christmas Fair
On Saturday, December 7, get in the holiday spirit at the New Castle Village Christmas Fair. Start the day off with steaming coffee and delicious homemade baked goods, then check out the great selection of wreaths, greens, boxwood trees, and centerpieces. Highlights include: Craft table, candy store, the famous New Castle Cookbook, jewelry and red elephants, gift baskets, and silent auction. Santa Claus will also be visiting! Enjoy fish chowder for lunch, followed by some incredible desserts. The folks in New Castle really know how to cook. New Castle, New Hampshire. For more information, call (603)436-1776.
2. December 2013 12:28
The Winter Home Buyer Report conducted in the second week of November by REALTOR.com®revealed the sentiments of current home buyers expecting to buy a house during the winter months. It appears that there is pent-up demand with buyers who were unable to purchase a home recently.
Most cited as an impediment to purchase was the challenge of low inventory. Strong demand coupled with short supply explains why home prices have been increasing.
"This summer and spring home buying season was particularly challenging for buyers, especially first-time home buyers trying to compete with all-cash offers and bidding wars because of reduced inventory. In fact, a quarter of the winter home buyers revealed they are in the market now because they were unable to find a home during this last home buying season," said Alison Schwartz, vice president of corporate communications at REALTOR.com®. "While buyers are still experiencing challenges with inventory and approximately one in five buyers plan to put down all cash, there are advantages to looking for a home in the winter. Motivated sellers, better prices and less competition between buyers are some of the top reasons winter home buyers are interested in purchasing a home during the colder months of the year."
Some interesting statistics taken from the report are:
Biggest challenges when searching for a home during winter:
• 34 percent shared that there is not enough inventory on the market
• 29 percent believe that winter weather makes house hunting unpleasant
Traditionally, the industry has found that the fourth quarter of the year has a lower sales volume and is generally attributed to distractions from the holidays and not wanting to make a move during consistently inclement weather. Even in areas that are not affected by extreme winter weather, there seems to be a mindset about moving in the winter.
Indications are that it may be advantageous for sellers to put their home on the market now rather than wait until after the first of the year.
28. November 2013 04:46
The Museums of Old York will hold its annual Christmas Tea at Jefferds Tavern from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, to coincide with the town’s Festival of Lights. This year’s fund-raising event will feature a traditional English-style tea including fresh-baked scones, served with jam and clotted cream, assorted shortbreads, and a variety of homemade sweets. Scones baked and donated for the event by St. Joe’s Coffee of York. Tea will be served in historic Jefferds Tavern, an authentic 18th-century setting, with fireside tables and festive decorations. Built in 1750 in Wells, just north of York, Jefferds Tavern was originally located on the King’s Highway, a stage and mail route between Portsmouth and Portland. In 1941 the building was moved to York and restored to create an idealized version of a true colonial tavern. As part of the festivities, silhouette artist Leona Hosack will be on hand from 12 to 3 p.m. to cut silhouettes for $10 per person (cash only). Using just a pair of scissors and black paper, Leona can hand cut an accurate likeness of you or your friends and family. Tickets for the tea will be available at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children between ages 5-14 (free for children under age 5). For information, call 363-4974 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
27. November 2013 08:54
Most school children would probably say that Thanksgiving dates back to the Pilgrims at Plymouth as early as 1621. By the late 1660’s, it had become traditional to hold a harvest festival in New England.
President George Washington declared the first nation-wide thanksgiving in 1789 “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.”
One hundred fifty years ago during the Civil War, in October, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first national day of Thanksgiving.
William Seward, Lincoln’s secretary of state, drafted the proclamation: “No human counsel hath devised not hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God…they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.”
Even though the country was in the middle of the costly Civil War, the people of America started an enduring tradition to give thanks. In 1941, Congress determined that Thanksgiving will be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
26. November 2013 10:06
Sunday November 24, 2013
ILHM Luxury Housing Report
The ILHM National Report this week looked at 21558 luxury homes on the market. The ILHM Luxury Composite
Price this week is $1,276,810. These homes have been on the market for an average of 158 days.
CLHM National Luxury Composite Price $ 1,276,811
ILHM Luxury Market Profile
Total Inventory 21,558
Average Days on Market 158
Asking Price per Square Foot $ 349
Percent of Properties with Price Decrease 38 %
Percent Relisted (reset DOM) 21 %
Percent Flip (price increased) 9 %
New Listings 1,070
Absorbed This Week 1,386
0.50 - 1.0 acre
Altos Research Value Statistics Market Action Index
Median House Size (sq ft) 3,616
Median Age 29
Cool. Buyer's Market 28
The Market Action Index measures available supply relative to the current level of demand. Index value
above 30 indicates conditions favor the seller. See the section below for full details.
Luxury home prices across the ILHM National sample have stayed relatively stable in recent weeks. This week
median price is $1,276,810.
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT
Price per square foot gives us a view to changes in how luxury homes are valued as well as how they're being
constructed. Currently median price per square foot in the luxury homes is $397.
Institute for Luxury Home Marketing | www.luxuryhomemarketing.com | (214) 485-3000
SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Residential prices are a function of supply and demand, and market conditions can be characterized by
analyzing those factors. Watch this index for sustained trends and an early view on coming price changes.
The Market Action Index (MAI) illustrates the balance between supply and demand using a
statistical function of the current rate of sale versus current inventory.
An MAI value greater than 30 typically indicates a “Seller's Market” (a.k.a. "Hot Market")
because demand is high enough to quickly consume available supply. A hot market will
typically cause prices to rise. MAI values below 30 indicate a "Buyer's Market" (a.k.a. "Cold
Market") where the inventory of already-listed homes is sufficient to last several months at
the current rate of sales. A cold market will typically cause prices to fall.
The ILHM National market is currently in the Buyer's Market zone (below 30), though not strongly so. The Market
Action Index stands this week at 28 so luxury buyers should expect to find reasonable levels of selection.
23. November 2013 09:05
- INN ON THE BLUES: www.innontheblues.com.
- SHIP'S CELLAR PUB: 363-5119 / yorkharborinn.com.
- AMERICAN LEGION PUB Club 56: Open Mic with Alan Taplin and Wayne from Maine every Tuesday; drums are available. Club 56 is located inside the Legion at 9 Hannaford Drive. 363-0376 / www.ramsdellrogers56.com.
- HOLIDAY CONCERT: Maine songwriter and stringed-instrument virtuoso Harvey Reid and singer/fiddler/songwriter Joyce Andersen will appear in two Seacoast area holiday concerts this December. The first concert will be held at the First Parish Church in Dover, N.H., at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Visit www.seacoastguitar.org for details. Their sixth annual holiday concert is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Museums of Old York's Parsons Center. Tickets $15/$8 students. 363-1886.
- THANKSGIVING MEAL: Shore Road Restaurant & Market will host a free community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Nonperishable food and donations will be collected to support Eva's Food Pantry. For information, call 363-6533.
- KNITTING BOOK AUTHOR: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Gina House will visit The Yarn Sellar to discuss her newest knitting book, "Wonderlace." The store will have copies for sale. Free and open to the public. 264 Route 1, York. 351-1987 / www.YarnSellar.com.
- Make Your Own Holiday Chocolate Bar Fundraiser: The International Women's Club of New England will host this special fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Lindt Chocolate Shop on Route 1 in Kittery. The event is open to the public. $12. Call 239-0263 to make reservations. www.iwcne.net.
- "CHRISTMAS CAROL": The York Recreation Department will y present its fourth annual production of the Christmas classic "A Dickens Christmas Carol," adapted and directed by George Hosker Bouley. Performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the York High School Auditorium, Long Sands Road. Tickets are $5 general admission and can be purchased at the door. 363-1040.
- HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Center for Wildlife's Annual Holiday Bazaar will run from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 22. The raptor enclosure becomes the entryway into a magical shop in the woods, where visitors are welcomed for hot cocoa and cookies while they shop for local crafts, artwork, Center for Wildlife merchandise, and more. Peruse small gifts, stocking stuffers, and unique, nature-inspired items such as beautiful crocheted owl ornaments, cranberry conserves and pear preserves, nesting balls, beaver carved walking sticks, wildlife watercolor notecards, and much more. Guests may also tour the center and meet the staff, board, and wild animal ambassadors. All proceeds support the center's work healing injured wildlife and spreading awareness and stewardship. Free admission.
- YORK ELKS LODGE EVENTS: 1704 Route1, York. 361-2788.
- VFW POST 6977 EVENTS: Sunday morning breakfasts served every week from 8 to 11 a.m.; Public welcome at all social events. 75 Cape Neddick Road, Route 1A. 363-9827.
- YOGA FOR MATURE ADULTS: With BodySense for Health, un-learn a lifetime of bad habits as you remove stress and strain from every joint, improve balance and equilibrium, experience increased energy and endurance. Invite the power of breath and alignment into your daily routine. Offering private and group sessions. 361-4131 / www.sue.luby.com.
- CURVES: A proven and complete 30-minute workout for women that includes strength training and cardio. Also, CurvesSmart, Curves Circuit with Zumba, and weight management. 363-9637.
- YOGA ON YORK: Drop-in style classes for all levels, no need to pre-register. Classes include Gentle Yoga and Meditation (from 6-7 p.m. Tuedsays), Speciality (pre-registration) classes include: TRX Suspension Training, Parent and Toddler Yoga, YogaMOVES (for ages 3-5), YogaKIDS (for ages 6-10), and YogaTEENS (for ages 11-15). 363-9642 / www.yogaonyork.com.
- AEROBIC CLASSES: Yogalates classes and weight-training classes available at York Fitness Center, Route 1, York. 363-4090.
- BALANCE PROGRAM: "Elemental Balance Works" is a Tai Chi-based approach to balance, as well as lifestyle education for fall prevention that is offered at York Hospital's Heart Health Institute in the Long Sands Plaza on Long Sands Road. The program is facilitated by a certified Tai Chi instructor. Call the Heart Health Institute for more information and class times at 351-3700.
- OUTDOOR CIRCUIT TRAINING: and women's beginning weight-training class are offered by certified health and fitness instructor Heidi Oliver at York Fitness Center. Call 363-7340 or e-mail email@example.com.
- WEEKLY YOGA AND MEDITATION: Taught by Paramhansa Yogananda at York Cottage Place, Suite 208, Unit F, Route 1. 361-2124 / www.anandamaine.org.
- YORK PADDLE TENNIS CLUB: Welcomes interest in or application for membership. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.yorkpaddletennisclub.org.
- GEORGE MARSHALL STORE GALLERY: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment. 140 Lindsay Road. 351-1083 / www.georgemrshallstoregallery.com.
- THE CLOWN: Store/gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 659 U.S. Route 1 in York. 351-3063 / email@example.com.
- VILLAGE GALLERY: 244 York St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday by chance. 351-3110.
- RIVER CURRENT STUDIO/ART GALLERY: Open daily at the corner of Lindsay and Mill Dam roads. 351-3262.
- THE SEA ROSE GALLERY: 325 Long Beach Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 363-4014.
- POWDER HOUSE GALLERY: 276 York St., presents watercolors by Joanne Campbell. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 351-2979.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
- KNIGHT'S QUILT SHOP: A working quilt and gift shop, Knight's offers private and semi-private quilting classes. 361-2500 / www.mainequiltshop.com.
- POTTERY CLASSES: River Arts in Cape Neddick offers adult and teen clay workshops, as well as, ongoing classes. Call 351-5155.
- PHOTOGRAPHY FORUM: Held 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, York Art Association, 394 York St. 361-4288.
- KNITTING LESSONS: Group and individual lessons are held at The Yarn Sellar at 264 Route 1. 351-1987.
- chicks with Sticks: Each Tuesday from 6-9 p.m., chicks with sticks gather to knit at The Yarn Sellar. Knitters, crocheters and spinners all come to craft, talk and relax. Free, fun and open to the public. Also, a casual group of knitters gathers at The Yarn Sellar from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday. Meet some fellow knitters, chat and knit. Free.
- knit helmet linings for soldiers: The Yarn Sellar is supporting a local mom with a deployed soldier knit up helmet liners for the troops. Those interested may print off the pattern at http://knitting.about.com/od/hatpatterns/a/helmetliner.htm or come into The Yarn Sellar for a free pattern. The liner needs to be knit in 100 percent wool because it's non-flammable, and be made in only colors of tan, brown, black, or charcoal. Bring the liner into the shop and it will shipped out by the local family. The Yarn Sellar, 264 Route 1. 351-1987.
- YORK ADULT EDUCATION: Classes are held at York High School unless otherwise noted. 363-7922.
- ACTING CLASSES: Taught by Lisa Stathoplos, classes are private, for beginners to advanced actors. 646-3389 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MRS. MURPHY'S KITCHEN: Offers cooking classes and parties for adults and children. 363-4217 / www.mrsmurphyskitchen.com.
- YOUNG AT ART: Registration is open for after-school art classes. Fine art instruction in watercolors, drawing and sculpture. Small classes, home studio in York Harbor. Please call Kathryn Carter at 363-6381 to register.
- LEARNING EXTENSIONS: The program is an extended learning experience for children ages 4 and 5 with classes from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Class sizes limited. 351-3274.
- THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER at Landmark Hill: Located at 518 Route 1, Kittery, the center has weekly programs that include Drop in and Play, Toddlers Morning Out, Messy Art, Movers and Shakers, and more. All programs are free. 451-9291 / www.connectingfamiliestogether.org.
- FESTIVAL OF FOSTERING TREES: In anticipation of a banner year due to its new location at Foster's Clambake, organizers are recruiting more volunteers. If you're interested in participating by donation and decorating an artificial tree, or if you have a few hours to spare to help with the countless behind-the-scenes activities, contact Janalee at 351-1988 or email@example.com.
- York Community Thrift Shop: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 1320 Route 1 in Cape Neddick. Donations of clothing, shoes, housewares/small appliances and books are welcome. All proceeds go to fund aid to York families through York Community Service Association Family Services and the York Community Food Pantry. 363-2510 / www.ycsame.org.
- ROAD TO RECOVERY: The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to their doctor's appointments. (800) 227-2345.
- HOSPICE OF YORK: The hospice needs men and women to become volunteers. 363-7000.
- MAINE MENTORING PARTNERSHIP: The partnership promotes and supports child and youth mentoring programs throughout Maine. Ethel's Tree of Life Inc. serves those 14-25 who live with disabilities. 451-3041/e-mail LHigg93409@aol.com. or visit www.ethelstreeoflife.org.
- THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF MAINE: The agency needs caring volunteers, called wish granters, to help bring magic to children living with life-threatening medical conditions in York County. Wish-granting volunteers work in teams of two and act as the primary contact between the "wish children" and the Make-A-Wish office for the duration of the wish process. Each wish takes an average of 10 to 20 hours over an average of a four-month time period. 221-2306 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MENTORS NEEDED in York schools: The goal of the mentor program is to build students' self-esteem, inspire hopes and dreams, and help increase academic achievement. Mentors are asked to provide guidance and support to students one-on-one for an hour a week during school time. Training given. 351-3016.
- WRITERS WANTED: Fifth-grade teachers at York Middle School are seeking a few good writers. Units of study will focus on different, real-world genres of writing. It doesn't matter what you write, but that you want to share your experience with students. email@example.com.
- BAHA'I FAITH: Sunday morning devotional meetings and fellowship. 363-4591 or 361-1722.
- CAPE NEDDICK BAPTIST CHURCH schedule: Sunday worship service and Junior Church at 10:15 a.m.; choir rehearsal, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Bible study, 2 p.m. Friday. 34 River Street, Cape Neddick. 363-3566 / www.cape-neddick-baptist.org.
- FIRST PARISH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 180 York St., offers thought-provoking sermons, special music and child care and church school for all ages. Sunday worship services are held at 9:30 a.m. Call 363-3758.
- St. Peter's By-the-Sea: 535 Shore Road, Cape Neddick, just south of the Cliff House.
- ST. GEORGE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Holy Eucharist Rite II spoken at 8 a.m. Sundays, Spiritual Formation & Church School at 9:15 a.m. Sundays, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with choir at 10 a.m. Sundays, "Gather & Connect" Holy Eucharist service at 5 p.m. Sundays; and Holy Eucharist with optional laying on of hands for healing at 10 a.m. Thursdays. 407 York St., York Harbor, 363-7376 / www.stgeorgesyorkharbor.org.
- Trinity Episcopal Church: Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Corner York Street and Woodbridge Road, York Harbor. 363-5095 / www.trinityyorkharbor.org.
- YORK-OGUNQUIT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 1026 Route 1, York, is a Reconciling Congregation. Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m. Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m., with refreshments and fellowship afterward. Nursery care provided. Handicapped accessible. The Light, a contemporary worship opportunity, begins at 5 p.m. Sundays. The Light combines contemporary music and praise in a less formal setting.
- YORK STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: 61 York St., holds its Sunday morning service at 9 a.m.; Sunday School (for all ages) begins at 10:45 a.m. 363-2177.
MEETINGS / CLUBS
- Old York Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution: Next meeting is from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Parsons Education Center, 3 Lindsay Road. The program will be Native American Heritage. 650-1866.
- york AREA HIKING, DINING, AND PICNIC ASSOCIATION: Make new friends and meet neighbors with similar interests at this new York-based hiking, dining and picnic group. Visit www.meetup.com/York-Area-Hiking-Dining-And-Picnic-Association/. No membership charge to join.
- AMERICAN LEGION POST NO. 56: The post holds bingo at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. 363-0376.
- THE DIVERSE BUSINESS ADVANTAGE CHAPTER OF BNI: The chapter meets every Thursday at the York Golf & Tennis Club, 62 Organug Road. Meetings run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. All visitors welcome. 363-2418.
- MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS): The group meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at York Street Baptist Church, 61 York St., York. 363-2177.
- THE NUBBLE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB: All dances are held at the Wells Activity Center, Sanford Road, Route 109, off Route 1, Wells.
- THE TEN NO TRUMP DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB: The club meets at the Masonic Temple on Long Sands Road (located next to the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home). 363-7415.
- Seacoast Ruggers: All rug hookers are invited to a general "Hook-In" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month (October through May) at the York Public Library. Jan Smith, (603) 431-8894.
- THE YARN SELLAR: The store, located at 264 Route 1, hosts Chicks with Sticks from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday. Also, there is now a Sunday Sit & Knit group that meets from noon to 5 p.m. every Sunday. Just drop in, it's free. All experience levels are welcome. 351-1987.
- THE YORK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE: The committee meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Alfred Parish Church on the Alfred Village Square. 284-2953 / www.yorkcountymainedems.org.
- THE YORK DIVERSITY FORUM: A grassroots organization formed to honor, protect and defend the growing diversity of the York community, the group meets at 9 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at York Public Library. New members welcome; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- THE YORK LIONS CLUB: The club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Grant House on Route 1. All are welcome. We serve. If you would like to meet new people and help others, call 363-7382.
- THE YORK KIWANIS CLUB: The club meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the York Harbor Inn. Guests welcome. 363-5110.
- THE YORK ROTARY CLUB: The club meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at the York Harbor Inn 363-5110.
- York Hospital's Breast-Feeding group: The group is offered every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hall House on the York Hospital campus. A lactation consultant is always available for consultations and families can weigh their babies at this weekly session. The group is free and all parents with babies are welcome. Call 351-2129.
- VOLUNTEER REIKI PRACTITIONERS wanted: York Hospital is looking for Level II Reiki practitioners to provide Reiki services to oncology patients at the hospital. 351-2224 or e-mail email@example.com.
- FREE MAMMOGRAMS AND PAP TESTS: For women ages 40 to 64, the tests are administered by the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program. (800) 240-2407.
- HOME HEALTH VISITING NURSES: The nurses offer skilled foot assessment and nail cutting at community health clinics throughout York County each month. Blood pressure checks are free; skilled foot care is $15; toenail cutting is $3. 284-4566.
- ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Open meetings are held in York at the Methodist Church on Route 1 at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and at 8 p.m. Tuesdays; at the Union Congregational Church on Church Street at 7:30 a.m. Mondays; at St. George's Episcopal Church on Route 1A at 6 p.m. Mondays, at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at noon Saturdays; and at York Hospital Hall House at 8 p.m. Saturdays. Anyone is welcome to attend.
- ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP: Meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Meadowbrook Plaza, Suite 209, Route 1. 363-7142.
- BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: York Hospital Hospice is offering a new bereavement support group, The Grief Journey, facilitated by Jessica Sharpe. The group will meet the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the York Senior Center, 36 Main St. (behind the Police Station). Register for this free group by calling (800) 933-5593, ext. 4904. www.yorkhospital.com.
- CAREGIVERS FOR ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT: Group meets every third Tuesday of the month at Sentry Hill at York Harbor. The meetings run from 3 to 4 p.m. Come to the main entrance. 363-5116.
- THE CELIACS TOGETHER: Support group meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Senior Center in York Beach. Celiac is an intolerance of wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. All are welcome. 363-1036.
- The Cottage Program: York Hospital's substance abuse program offers a support/educational group for family members of addicts. The group meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 351-2118.
- GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Group meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays in the Hall House, a gray building next to York Hospital. Meetings are open to any person with a gambling problem or seeking help for someone with a gambling problem.
- NAMI CONNECTIONS: Support group is open to York residents and meets weekly on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Eliot United Methodist Church, Route 236, Eliot. This is a recovery program for adults living with mental illness that is expanding in communities throughout the country. These groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. Each group meets weekly for 90 minutes; is offered free of charge; follows a flexible structure without an educational format; and does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies. All groups are confidential; participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish. 363-3429 or 363-2450.
- NAMI Family—York: The group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Eliot, Route 236. Meetings are open to anyone who has mental illness or any family member, friends, professional or caregivers who need support with the challenges of mental illness. Call Kim Perham 363-3429.
- OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: Group meets from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays at the First Parish Church Parish House, York Street, and from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturdays in York Hospital's Ellis Conference Room, 15 Hospital Drive. Baby-sitting available. (603) 433-5464.
- THE PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUPPORT: Group is for individuals with Parkinson's disease and their families. Offered at 2 p.m. the first Sunday of each month, this group meets in York Hospital's Ellis Conference Room, 15 Hospital Drive. 363-6039 or 781-1735.
- THE POSTPARTUM SUPPORT: Group is for the immediate postpartum period for mothers and infants. Group meets at York Hospital through the Wellness Center and the Parent Resource Center of Sanford. 351-3402.
- SEACOAST POSTPARTUM ADJUSTMENT GROUP: A new, six-week series for women who have given birth within the last year, this peer support group offers a caring, nonjudgmental space to share stories, challenges and concerns. Participants are encouraged to give and receive support from other group members. Led by women trained and experienced in birth and postpartum, the group meets Tuesday mornings at Whole Life Health Care, Newington, N.H. Pre-registration required. 363-1379.
- smoking cessation program: The "Freedom Clinic" runs from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday night at York Hospital's Heart Health Clinic at the Long Sands Plaza on Long Sands Road. This program focuses on education and support to help individuals achieve their goal of being tobacco-free. The program is facilitated by a registered nurse, registered dietitian and a certified hypno-therapist. 351-3700.
- A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF INFANTS AND TODDLERS: Group meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at York/Ogunquit United Methodist Church, 1026 Route 1, to facilitate handling and socializing toddlers. 363-2749.
- THE TABLE OF PLENTY in York Village: Free weekly meals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at First Parish Church Fellowship Hall on York Street. There's no paperwork and no questions are asked.
- THE WOMEN'S PROJECT: A People's Regional Opportunity Program, the project provides nurses who offer free and confidential statewide services for women affected by substance abuse. (800) 611-1588 or use TTY line 874-1013.
- THE YORK HOSPITAL BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR GROUP: Group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month in the Ellis Conference Room. New members welcome. Friends welcome.
21. November 2013 17:56
Homeowner associations wishing to renovate in an environmentally friendly, green and sustainable way need to know if the renovation will provide the
desired results. The easiest way is to fulfill the requirements of a green building certification program. There are over 30 active green building rating
systems in the U.S. today used to set performance goals for buildings, old and new. Five of these have gained national attention:
1. The US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) www.usgbc.org/LEED
2. ICC 700 National Green Building Standard developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NGBS) www.nahbgreen.org/ngbs
3. Green Globes from the Green Building Institute www.thegbi.org
4. Passive House from the Institute of the same name
5. The Living Building Challenge (LBC), the building certification program under the umbrella of the International Living Futures Institute. www.ilbi.org/lbc
LEED, Green Globes and NGBS have entire programs or credit categories tailored to existing buildings focused on improved operations and maintenance.
In addition, the NGBS focuses primarily on single and multifamily residential homes. Passive House and LBC could be applied to existing buildings but may miss out on the advantages gained by the
integrative design process now becoming a requirement of new construction with informed clients. With the exception of Passive House and its energy focus, the rating systems address all of the following
categories to some degree:
Site and Communities
Water Use and Conservation
Energy Use and Conservation
Indoor Environmental Quality
Two additional categories (Social Justice & Beauty) have been added by the LBC, leading to its claim to be the greenest building standard today. All programs but the LBC use a credit points system to
define successful achievement. Compliance and performance is proven either by engineered models or by actual metered results. The trend is towards requiring a
year of measured analysis that defers certification until final performance is verified by the organization or a third party review. Importantly, four of these programs offer a limited vision of sustainability.
LEED specifically says it is not attempting to offer a definition of sustainability but set the bar for "leading edge" technology and best practices. Green Globes and the Green Building Certification are
alternative market responses to some of the more contentious issues embraced by LEED such as the credit requirements focusinon FSC certification for wood products.
Passive House is all about limiting energy consumption with exceptional insulation and air infiltration standards. Each program has strengths and weaknesses, but all are intended to advance the science
and thinking behind green building. The fifth and newest program, the Living Building Challenge, offers a integrated, sustainable approach to the design of buildings and communities, clearly stating on its
website that it provides a "framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment." Using the metaphor of
the flower, it envisions building design and function that is "informed by its local environment, generates all of its own energy with renewables, captures and treats its own water, and operates efficiently."
Petals for Site, Energy, Water, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty organize 20 Imperatives (no credits, just do it) that must be met and proven by the actual performance of the building. Some buildings
may achieve a few petals, others will successfully become full Living Buildings. HOAs can apply any one of these green building programs to their existing facilities with beneficial improvements
in operation costs, resource consumption, occupant health and environmental responsibility. But existing conditions may present challenges in meeting all requirements of certification without careful
planning, integrative design and budgeting. Community awareness, involvement and enthusiasm is key to success. With the right design tools and advice your HOA can make great strides in achieving
sustainability goals within a given budget.
By Logan Cravens, AIA LEED AP
BD+C - Neumann Sloat Blanco
19. November 2013 15:56
Flood Insurance Issues Could Sink REAL ESTATE Sales
The Problem: Congress provided a 5-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but severe implementation problems threaten to undermine real estate transactions where flood insurance is required to obtain a mortgage.
- New NFIP rate structures have caused serious confusion and hardship for property owners.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to delay and miss deadlines.
- The legally required transition to true risk rates has plagued consumers with increases in rates beyond what anyone imagined possible.
The Solution: A four-year time-out. Congress has legislation in the House, H.R. 3370 and Senate, S. 1610, to delay changes to the NFIP.
- The bills would prudently defer rate increases until FEMA completes the affordability study mandated by law
- The bills would create a system for targeted rate relief.
- The bills would create an office of the Advocate for flood insurance rate and mapping concerns.
Please Take Action today and tell your Member of Congress and Senators that NAR supports the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.”
Message Subject: REALTORS Seek Immediate Action on H.R.3370/S.1610
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to you as a member of the National Association of REALTORS, to urge immediate Congressional action on the "Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act." This bipartisan, bicameral legislation takes the crucial first step of delaying further implementation of some rate increases contained in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthorization known as the Biggert-Waters law (BW12).
Calling a "time-out" will enable the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete the affordability study already mandated by BW12, propose targeted regulations to address affordability issues found in the study, and give Congress adequate time to review these regulations.
The "Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act" prudently defers rate increases until FEMA can complete the affordability study mandated by BW12 and propose regulations to target affordability relief. The bill would also create an office of the Advocate for flood insurance rate and mapping concerns. We believe that this is a necessary provision. Other than insurance agents, property owners and real estate professionals do not have an effective avenue to pursue concerns regarding flood insurance rating errors and discrepancies.
REALTORS support the "Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act," and urge its immediate consideration.
647 US Route One PO Box 393
York ME 03909-0393
18. November 2013 14:10
The charts below show the 7-day and 90-day rolling averages for list price, days on market, and inventory for the metro area's luxury market (e.g. top 10 zips with median prices above $500k)
ilhm-boston vs National
The charts below compare the ilhm-boston luxury market with the ILHM National Luxury Market Index and show 90-day rolling averages for Median List Price and Days on Market.
The chart below shows the Altos Market Action Index for the metro area's luxury market and the National Index.
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