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The 84 degree weather yesterday had me thinking of all the things I’d like to get out and do this season. We live in such a beautiful part of the country and state and there is so much to pick from and see even if we have lived here most of our lives. I’ll share with you my experiences from these places as I visit them over the summer, but here are a few great place to start your own journey!

Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
306 Congress Street – Boston, MA 02210 – 617-338-1773
How great might it be to hop aboard a replica of one of the ships engaged in the Boston Tea party on December 16, 1773 and dump some British tea overboard? Your one hour tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will take you through the authentically restored tea ships themselves as well a series of traditional and interconnected exhibits. You’ll explore and learn about the people, events, and consequences that led up to the American Revolution in the order in which they actually occurred more than 230 years ago. Take your class on a field trip and participate in a raucous town meeting, storm one of our replica vessels, and discover the many things you may not know about this history-changing event.

The Berkshires of Western MA – TOP THING ON MY LIST THIS YEAR!
Less than three hours from New York City and Boston, the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts offer culture and adventure year round. The allure of the Berkshires in spring is a savory blend of sweet mountain air, migratory birdsong; rare wildflowers found in forests and open fields, and the return of locally grown foods to our tables. Nature, like us, sheds its winter coat and greets the season with a warm welcome. Journey here as a couple or pack up the entire family, get out & about in the Berkshires. Whether you choose to spend your time indoors or out, the Berkshire region comes alive in spring. Come discover all the possibilities the Berkshires has in store during the most-welcomed season of all. To learn more visit us at berkshires.org or find us on Facebook at Visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

The Irish Heritage Trail
The trail meanders among landmarks that honor and celebrate the contributions of Irish people to the story of Massachusetts. It is a great walking lesson in history, for descendants of the Emerald Isle and anyone else interested in U.S. history. If you get tired, sit and chat with the late Boston politician James Michael Curley. Sites include the Rose Kennedy Garden, City Hall, the Irish Famine Memorial, Old Granary Burying Grounds, the State House, and much more. Phone: 617-696-9880

Charles Riverboat
Tour Cambridge from the comfortable seat on boat cruise with the Charles Riverboat Company, traveling the historic river that winds through this city. Sightseeing cruises offer views of Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston and Harvard universities, lots of sailors and rowers. Another narrated tour specializes in explaining old and contemporary architecture like Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building, and the Hancock tower. Tours leaves from 100 Cambridgeside Place, easily accessible to the T trains. Phone: 617-621-3001.

Boston Food Tours
They offer expert guidance to walk you (literally) though the restaurants and food shops of Boston's North End (its Little Italy) and Chinatown. The North End tour unveils the cuisine of America’s oldest Italian community, colorful sights, tantalizing aromas, and authentic tastes. On the Chinatown tour, a guide leads you through this vibrant village and teaches the differences between regional Chinese cuisines. Tours offered regularly; book through the company website. Phone: 800-979-3370

Laugh Boston
Enjoy this vibrant center of comedic culture where teens and adults will delight in a full schedule of year-round events, including weekly special shows, comedy festivals and free showcases, big-name comedy acts and blooming local stand-up comedians! Located at 425 summer Street, Laugh Boston is one of the city’s big and cozy hubs for comedy performance. Click the above link to find more special events and festivals for this summer and fall. Laugh Boston is home to all kinds of comedians, from dorky improv players to tricky hypnotists. Phone: 617-725-2844

Garden in the Woods – THIS IS A MUST SEE
180 Hemenway Road in Framingham is the headquarters and botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society. This living museum — New England's premier garden of native plants — has more than 1500 kinds of native plants, with many rare and endangered native specimens throughout the gardens. People who enjoy flowers, which or without expert knowledge of them — love wandering these expertly tended gardens. Special weekend activities are scheduled. A tour map with descriptions is available in several languages and in large type. Books and gift items at the museum shop.

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Spring cleaning continued! Let’s keep at it with part 2!

The Garage

Before you start organizing, you'll need to assign and arrange areas: Perhaps there's a hobby area in one corner and workshop equipment in another. Decide where these will go, then move on to figure out how to store everything. The biggest necessity for many families is storage space. Installing cabinets, shelves, racks and hooks may help immensely. Use boxes, baskets and old plastic storage containers from the kitchen to organize – adhesives in one box, paints on the shelves, etc.

Clear the weeds

After you've spent a whole day sorting screws in your garage, start yanking up the weeds. There's something very satisfying about ripping up a weed before it has the chance to terrorize your lawn and garden. Tired of yanking up the weeds? Pull out a sharp blade and prune your overgrown shrubs. Snipping off the dead bits makes way for new growth. Some people wait until after the flowering shrubs have bloomed to do the pruning, but that may not be healthiest for the shrub (even if the flowers are easy on the eyes). Consult your local gardening center if you need more pruning advice.

Re-seed bare patches in your lawn

First, loosen the surface to a depth of 2 to 4 inches, then level the soil by using the back of a garden rake. Next, spread a mixture of grass seed and compost or fertilizer over the bare spot. Tamp the surface with the flat end of a rake to firm in the seed, then water as needed.

Clean out the shed

If your shed is overcrowded or full of cobwebs, it’s time to have a clean out. After removing unwanted products and tools (usually Father’s Day presents!), it’s time to rework the space. Storage shelves are available in various sizes and can be freeform or fully installed. Wall-mounted cupboards, hooks, baskets and boxes are available and, depending on the space, a workbench and stool is a dream come true for any home handyman or woman. Remember, make sure there’s enough room to store larger equipment such as the mower, pool gear, paint cans and even an esky (a necessity if the workbench is regularly used!).

Clear away yard waste

Leaves and twigs may have accumulated during the fall and winter months. Also, harsh winter winds may have blown unwanted debris into your yard. It’s a good idea to set aside a day prior to when you plan to start working on your spring garden to clean-up and organizing.

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Spring has sprung and with it Spring Cleaning! Spring cleaning isn’t only for the inside of the house, the outside of your home needs the same, if not more attention.
While cleaning out the closets, washing rugs and windows are important, some outside maintenance is necessary to preserve the outside of your home.

Don’t worry, we’ll take it step by step!

Gutters

Gutter’s work best when clean and cleared of any debris. We’ve had a heck of a winter and due to all the ice and snow, I doubt many houses aren’t in need of some gutter care. Frozen water pulls gutters away from the house so most need to be re-attached. So first things first, make sure your gutters are properly attached. Next, be sure to clear any leaves, twigs, etc.. lying in the channels. Your gutters won’t drain if there is a ton of junk up there. After they are clear, run the hose through the channels to ensure they are clear and to make sure you have proper distance from your house for drainage. You can also ass gutter guards and splash blocks to make yearly maintenance a lot easier.

Screens

Opening your windows to let in the warm breeze is one of the first things people do when the warm spring air hits. Are your windows ready though? Screens really need to be cleaned yearly and checked for holes or cracks. To clean, place the screens on a flat surface (such as the driveway) and use mild soap and water with a soft brush to remove dirt and grime. Do not try to power wash your screens while they are on the windows because the force of the water can damage the units. Make sure to clean both sides of the screen as well as the interior and exterior of the frame. Allow the screen to dry completely before reinstalling. The best things you can do is to remove your screens in the fall and store them in an upright or flat position with nothing

Carpenter Ants

Spring means ants. They emerge in early spring and show up in most households. When inspecting your home make sure to clear areas of clutter around or near the home. They love debris and warmth. You can get rid of small infestations by simply applying insecticide, spray, powder or gel. If you feel the problem is too big for you to handle on your own, call the pros. They can eradicate the problem in one to two visits depending on the size of the crisis. These insects are very destructive so make sure to take care of them if you find any.

Inspecting Sprinklers and Spigots

Turn on your sprinkler system and check for any damage that could have been done to the plumbing due to winter ice. Inspect all the sprinkler heads that could have been affected by snow and ice. A dry pipe is an issue and could mean that your pipe is blocked. If it is, your pipe needs to be flushed. Replacing a sprinkler head is easy and inexpensive. Once the repairs have been made, allow a couple of hours to check the system. A spigot left un-drained or unprotected during the winter months have been known to freeze and crack, creating a leak inside the wall. If this happens you must repair the pipe and install an inside shutoff valve for drainage.

Repainting and Fixing the Fence

No one likes to do it, most people pay their son or the kids next door to do it, but maintaining the fence takes a lot more than that. Once the cold weather has passed, fences need to be checked for damage in the stiles and pickets. All fasteners used should be made of galvanized metal that does not disintegrate. Do not forget to push and pull on each post for signs of rot at its base. If the post moves, make sure to add extra soil around the post and firmly pack it around the post. Repainting may also be necessary to ensure your fences life.

There is a lot more to spring maintenance than this, but this blog would last for days. We’ll take it post by post. Stay tuned for more spring cleaning tips!

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Relieving Arthritis Pain

Do you know that your everyday activities could be making your arthritis pain worse? From weight gain to not getting enough sleep, your lifestyle choices could be doing more harm to your joints than you realize.

Take charge and follow these simple tips to improve your quality of life.
 

Weight Gain –
Being overweight can cause a significant amount of pressure on your joints. If you are overweight, one of the best ways to reduce pain is by taking off excess pounds. Having extra weight increases the load that you put on your joints with every step you take. Over time, that extra weight makes you much more prone to developing pain and can cause your arthritis to progress more rapidly, leading to more pain once it has developed.

Repetitive Motion –
The tasks we do throughout the workday can make it hard to control pain. This is especially true when those tasks involve repetitive joint motions. If you find yourself stuck in the same spot for more than an hour, get up and move around for a minute or two. If you are typing on the keyboard, give your fingers a break every few minutes. Don’t let your muscles get used to what you are doing, shake it up and decrease the pain.

Increase your Vitamin D –
You may not be avoiding vitamin D, but if you religiously wear sunblock and don’t eat a lot of eggs and dairy, you probably aren’t getting enough. Research shows that if you don’t get enough vitamin D, you are at greater risk for joint pain and arthritis. Consider taking a supplement as well as increasing it in your daily diet.

Get Good Sleep –
Seems like an easy one, but most people young to old, simply don’t get enough. A lack of sleep and arthritis make a terrible combination. Studies show that people who are sleep deprived are more likely to report all kinds of pains. For people with arthritis, sleep is a challenge as joint pain can wake you up. Talk to your doctor about a mild sleep aid to help you get much needed Zzzzz’s.

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Easter is nearly here and with it comes family dinners, egg hunts, and Easter Mass. Take a look below, head on out, and enjoy the warmer weather!

Easter EggZOOberance
Saturday, April 4 at 11am

Cost: Zoo Members: $20/person; Non-members: $25/person; Children under one are free

Back by popular demand! Hop over to the Buttonwood Park Zoo to meet the Easter Bunny! Enjoy an egg-cellent breakfast buffet, meet and greet with some of our animal residents and head out into the Zoo for an egg hunt. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture your Easter Bunny visit. Zoo admission and free rides, weather permitting, are included in the program price. Participants must pre-register online or by calling (508) 991-4556 ext. 10

 

Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 2015
March 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and April 4th and 5th (Easter Sunday is the 5th) from 12 noon to 3 pm.

Admission to this is event is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children [All admission fees go directly to the care and feeding of our animals]

Our annual hunts are a favorite with children and parents. We offer a relaxed, non-competitive hunt, for ages 1-8, where each child can find colorful eggs at their own pace in our Playground Area*. (Please, only 10 eggs per child.) Then bring the eggs to our volunteers to get your candy surprise! We expect to have Easter Bunny Sightings! Also, before or after the hunt, you can tour the entire sanctuary and meet all of our wonderful animals, or simply sit by the fire, chat, and enjoy the day. Come celebrate Spring with all of us at Winslow Farm! It has been a long, cold winter, and the animals are looking forward to better weather and your visits! *Please be aware this is an outdoor event and is subject to changing weather conditions. Please bring your favorite basket!

 

Easter egg hunt
Library Lawn, Falmouth Village, MA.
The Saturday before Easter, Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm. 

Meet for pictures with the Easter Bunny at Margaret E. Noonan Park at 12:00 pm. Then head over to the Library Lawn for an Easter Egg Scramble at 1:00 pm. Children 9 and under with an adult, please. Village Merchants open their doors to hand out Easter Eggs to the children as they pass by. This event, a Falmouth Village Association fixture for more than twenty years, is free to children 9 and under who are accompanied by an adult. Directions: From the Bourne Bridge go south on Route 28 to the Village of Falmouth. Go left on Palmer Avenue, which will merge with Main Street. Peg Noonan Park and the Falmouth Library are on the left. 

 

Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish Eucharistic Adoration
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Celebration of the Lord's Passion Friday, April 3rd: 3:00 PM
Stations of the Cross: 7:00 PM
The Easter Vigil  Saturday April 4th: 7:30 PM

19 Kilmer Avenue, Taunton, Massachusetts 02780

 

St. Ann’s Catholic Church Mass Schedule

Lenten Schedule of Activities
Thursday April 2 begins the Sacred Triduum. No morning Masses allowed.
Parish Penance Service:
Sunday, March 29th at 6:00pm
Daily Mass schedule:
Monday through Wednesday at 7:00am
Confessions:
Wednesday, April 1st, 6:30 to 7:30pm
Stations of the Cross:
Friday, April 3rd at Noon

Lenten Daily Masses in the area:
St. Anthony’s, Taunton 8:00am Monday to Saturday
Holy Family, E. Taunton 8:00am Monday to Saturday
Holy Cross, So. Easton 9:00am Monday to Friday
St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater 7:00am & 9:00am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00am Saturday

660 North Main St. Raynham, MA 02767

 

Easter Dinner – Stoneforge Grill
Join us on Sunday, April 5th at Stoneforge Grill for our Chef’s delicious
Easter Dinner Specials or choose a dish from our full dinner menu.
Reservations begin at 11:30 am, call today 508-238-0550.

Stoneforge Grill Easter Dinner Specials

 

Bittersweet Farm Easter Sunday
Special Easter Dinner Menu
Reservations Required – 508-636-0085
http://eventsbylhc.com/assets/Uploads/Easter-2015.pdf

 

Happy Easter Everyone!

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