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SUM-SUM-SUMMERTIME!

Today is Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year. Pagans believe that the summer solstice holds a special power and many across Britain still celebrate with festivals, picnics and singing. Thousands typically go to Stonehenge to watch the sunrise and celebrate at what they believe to be a sacred site.
If you have the day off I suppose the longest day of the year is a good thing. If not, well…not so much.

NCAA – Celebrate Responsibly. SPRING! SPRING?

NCAA: Play Ball!

It certainly shouldn’t be news by now that Kentucky plays their first game in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen tonight against UCLA. Start time is approximately 9:39 pm shortly after the conclusion of North Carolina vs. Butler and the game will be televised on CBS. Get your popcorn ready and order your pizza!

Reminder: The LFUCG Division of Code Enforcement has been monitoring “areas that have historically experienced an increase in code and safety violations during past NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments”. Residents have been asked to remove indoor furniture from the exterior of their property as well as trash and debris from the front, side and back of the yard. Please – wherever you live – celebrate in an appropriate manner. Enjoy the games but remember that destruction of property and violence are not the way to go. Let’s not have the the rest of the world see UK fans as unruly hooligans who are inconsiderate and lawless.

Spring May Have Finally Sprung!

Dare we believe that Spring has finally sprung? It seems so but if you’ve lived in Kentucky very long at all you know that the weather can turn on a dime! We’ve had snow on Easter before! So plant those bulbs and plants, fire up the grill and hook up the garden hose if you want to wash your car. Just remember that if we have another “cold snap” or freeze warning you’ll need to cover your plants and disconnect the hose again until it’s warm again.

Did you know? According to MentalFloss.com, “Before Spring was called Spring, it was called Lent in Old English. Starting in the 14th century, that time of year was called ‘springing time’—a reference to plants ‘springing’ from the ground. In the 15th century this got shortened to ‘spring-time,’ and then further shortened in the 16th century to just ‘spring’.”

Winter, Daylight Saving Time, St. Patrick’s Day

Winter is Back!

Well, Winter isn’t done with us yet, is it? Hopefully, everyone remembered to leave their faucets dripping last night – again – to prevent their pipes from freezing. We all need to do that again tonight since low temperatures are expected to reach anywhere from 21 degrees to the mid-teens. Yikes! But highs by Monday of next week – the official first day of Spring – are supposed to return to the 60’s. The roller coaster ride continues…enjoy!

Daylight Saving Time

Yes, daylight saving time returned over the weekend and everyone spent their Sunday morning changing the clocks on all of their appliances, gadgets, etc. How’s this working for you? Most of us either love it or hate it. And if you hate it, of course, the tables will turn in November when we turn all of our clocks back again!

St. Patrick’s Day is Coming…

Mardi Gras is over and St. Patrick’s Day will be here on Friday. Do you know who St. Patrick was or why the holiday was started? Celebrated since the 17th century the holiday recognizes St. Patrick – one of Ireland’s patron saints who built the first Irish church. It also celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the culture of the Irish. So don’t forget to wear your best “greens” on Friday and go ahead – tell everyone you’re Irish!

Heart Health Month, Frederick Douglass

Heart – noun \ˈhärt\

The definition of “heart” according to Merriam-Webster: a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood.

Don’t forget that this is Heart Health Month.  Get yours checked if you haven’t recently.  And take time to go to the American Heart Association’s website to learn the warning signs of a heart attack and heart disease.  Did you know that the symptoms of a heart attack are different for women than they are for men?  Know what they are before it’s too late for you or someone you care about.

Frederick Douglass

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. . . . Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery in Maryland around 1818. And although the year and date of his actual birth are unknown he eventually chose to celebrate on February 14. It was likely that his father was the owner of the plantation on which he was born. His mother died around the time that he was 10. He was taught the alphabet by a slave owner’s wife (in defiance of the ban against it). It was through reading that his ideological opposition to slavery grew.

At about 20 years of age, Douglass fell in love with a free black woman named Anna Murray. It was with her help that his third attempt to escape slavery in 1838 was successful. They married, settled in Massachusetts and adopted Douglass as their married name. Douglass became a frequent lecturer and in 1845 he wrote and published his first autobiography. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave became a best seller in the United States. He had to travel overseas to avoid recapture. While there his supporters in Britain raised the funds to purchase his freedom and he returned to the U.S. in 1847 a free man.

Interestingly, Douglass became the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States on the Equal Rights Party ticket in 1872. He was nominated without his knowledge or consent and never campaigned. Still his nomination marked the first time that an African American appeared on a presidential ballot. Frederick Douglass reportedly died of either a massive heart attack or stroke on February 20, 1895.

Susan B. Anthony. Presidents’ Day. Spring?

Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday

This past Wednesday was Women’s Rights Activist Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. Raised as a Quaker, Anthony began working as a teacher in her late 20’s to help her family. She and her family joined the abolitionist movement in the 1840’s. After the Civil War she turned her attention more to women’s rights and helped to found the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. An abolitionist and a suffragist, a journalist, editor and publisher, she was relentless in her fight for women’s rights. She even met with President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 just one year before her death at the age of 86. However, it wasn’t until 1920 – 14 years after her death – when women finally won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Presidents’ Day Holiday

Well, Monday, February 20 is Presidents’ Day and thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act many workers will have the day off. And don’t forget many businesses will also be closed on Monday including the U.S. Postal Service (no delivery, post offices closed); most banks; federal, state and local courts; and many public and private schools.

Welcome, Spring! Uh, well, not really?

No, it’s not spring yet. It just feels like it. High temperatures are going to be anywhere from 60 degrees to record-setting 70’s for at least the next week and lows aren’t supposed to reach freezing at night for the next two weeks. We will probably pay for the warm weather at some point to balance things out. So enjoy it while it lasts! Just don’t rush out and plant those flowers and vegetables yet.

Lincoln’s & Washington’s Birthdays, Valentine’s Day

Happy Belated, Abe!

Yesterday – February 12th – was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Thanks to President Lincoln some of you may have the day off from work today. (That’s always a good thing.) Born in Hardin County, KY in 1809, Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He won the presidency in 1860 but did not complete his first term. As we all know he was assassinated by stage actor John Wilkes Booth while watching a play.  Did you know that it took place on Good Friday, April 14, 1865? He was in office for the duration of the Civil War (1861-1865) and was assassinated less than two weeks after the surrender of the Confederacy. Delivered in November 1863, his Gettysburg Address is one of the most well-known and important speeches in history.

Lincoln stood 6’-4” and the stovepipe hats that were his favorites added another 7 to 8 inches to his already imposing frame. One of the Smithsonian’s most treasured items is the top hat that he wore to Ford’s Theatre the night he was assassinated.

Washington’s Birthday!

We will be celebrating our first U.S. president’s birthday on February 22nd. If you didn’t get the day off today maybe General Washington will give you a day off. George Washington’s birthday is an official federal holiday and is observed on the third Monday of February rather than the actual date. It is usually referred to as Presidents’ Day in honor of all of our presidents in addition to Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday.

Have you done your shopping?

Of course, you should know already that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and hopefully you have done your shopping. Don’t invite a cold shoulder or a night sleeping on the couch! Get off your…couch…and get to the flower shop, candy store, or even the card section of the grocery. Just go somewhere and get something!

Super Bowl Sunday and TGIF!

Super Bowl Sunday – Falcons vs. Patriots

Do you have your Super Bowl Party supplies ready?  Okay then, here is everything you need to know: Super Bowl 51 will take place this Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 PM at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The New England Patriots are favored to win.  It will be broadcast on FOX and available on the Fox Sports Go app.  Play-by-play and analysis will be provided by Troy Aikman and Joe Buck with Erin Andrews and Chris Myers on the sidelines.  Country music star Luke Bryan will get things started by singing the national anthem and Lady Gaga will perform the halftime show.  Remember…no matter who wins YOU still have to go to work Monday morning!

Puppy Bowl XIII – Team Ruff vs. Team Fluff

You say you’re more of a Puppy Bowl fan?  Puppy Bowl XIII will be broadcast before the Super Bowl on Sunday at 3:00 pm ET on Animal Planet.  The starting lineup consists of pups from 34 rescue organizations in 22 states.  Starters include Alexander Hamilpup, Blitz, Buttons, Oliver, Parfait, Peanut, Puddles, Slippers, Squirt, Tucker, Wilma, and more.  Lucky, a three-legged dog, Doobert, a deaf dog and Winston, a sight and hearing-impaired dog are among the special needs pups that will be featured.  There will also be “Back Up Pups” standing by to get in the game!  The halftime show starring the Chicago Rock Cats will be performing “Puparazzi” led by Kitty Gaga.  Good news for the pups and bad news for you: all of the pups will probably be adopted by the time Puppy Bowl airs on Sunday.  You can watch Puppy Bowl on TV via the “puppy cam” on AnimalPlanet.com.

It’s F-R-I-D-A-Y!!!  Where did Friday come from?

We thought it would never get here but it’s finally Friday!  It’s officially the sixth day of the week.   And, in case you are wondering, Merriam-Webster gives the following Origin and Etymology of the word “Friday”.

“Middle English, from Old English frīgedæg (akin to Old High German frīatag Friday), from *Frīg Frigga + dæg day, prehistoric translation of Latin dies Veneris Venus’ day.  First Known Use: before 12th century”

 

Go Red for Heart Health & Phil’s Shadow

National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 3rd!

Why wear red? February, of course, is HEART HEALTH MONTH. The “Go Red For Women” campaign was created to raise awareness by women that they are at risk of heart disease so they will take steps toward protecting their health. Have you had your heart checked lately? Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, however, most people falsely believe that it is a “man’s” disease. As a part of the American Heart Association (AHA), Go Red For Women encourages education and action and provides women with “the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life”. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) introduced the red dress in 2003 as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. The AHA then adopted the symbol for uniformity among the organizations coming together to promote this cause. More information can be found on the website at https://www.goredforwomen.org/fight-heart-disease-women-go-red-women-official-site/about-go-red/. So…do you plan to wear RED on Friday?

Well, Phil saw his shadow…6 more weeks of Winter

Today was Groundhog Day and up in Gobbler’s Knob, PA the little critter saw his shadow! According to news reports Punxsutawney Phil was fairly frisky in the 30-degree air this morning but once he got down to business he saw his little groundhog shadow on his tree stump stage. Of course, this means we have six more weeks of winter to look forward to…or to dread…it’s really a matter of opinion. You might as well keep your winter coat, your snow shovel and a bag of ice melt handy. And don’t forget to put a bag of sand or kitty litter in the trunk of the car in case you need traction on icy roads!

Cold Temperatures…Turn those faucets on

It looks like the temperature will drop into the teens again tomorrow (Friday) night.  Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go to bed and turn those faucets on to drip.

It’s February! Do you know where your groundhog is?

Happy Groundhog Day! Are you hoping Phil will see his shadow?

It’s February already! Tomorrow is Groundhog Day and we’ll find out how long winter is going to last! Punxsutawney Phil sees all and knows all when it comes to winter weather, right? At least that’s what we’ve heard. Did you know that you can actually watch a LIVE stream of Groundhog Day in PA including Phil’s appearance beginning tomorrow morning at6:00 am? Just follow the link below.
http://www.visitpa.com/groundhog-day-live-stream/

To our Valued Tenants: Please let us know if you see water stains.

Many of you are aware of this and have reported water stains in the past. Just in case you don’t know we WANT you to report a water stain on the wall or ceiling – an obviously wet area and/or brown circles or streaks. If left untreated a minor water leak can turn into a major problem and expensive damage. So please call the Repair Line (859-294-2377) or submit a maintenance request online if you see signs of water damage. It will save all of us from a big headache: it will save us from gathering multiple bids from contractors, scheduling the job, and making sure the work in complete and satisfactory; it will save you from the inconvenience of days or weeks of contractors coming and going; and it will save the owner of the property a lot of money!

T.G.I.F.! Whew…finally!

Do you know what a GFCI is, where to find it, and how to re-set it?

Imagine having an electrical outlet stop working on a weekend. You know – the one that you plug your hair dryer into before you go out for a night on the town. Eeek! What do you do? Well, there is one thing that you can do. Look and see if the outlet has a button in the middle that reads “RESET”. If it does – PUSH IT IN! Sometimes this is all it takes to get an outlet back in working order. Why? Because some outlets have a “GFCI” – a ground fault circuit interrupter. This is a safety “device that shuts off an electric power circuit when it detects that current is flowing along an unintended path, such as through water or a person”. It is there to protect you from an electrical shock. If the outlet “resets” you won’t have to wait for a contractor to come and work on the outlet. How great would that be? No appointment necessary!
If you want more information on GFCI devices or to watch a video on how to reset one just click on these links:

http://www.thecircuitdetective.com/gfis.htm
http://home.howstuffworks.com/question117.htm

Have you been paying attention to the weather forecast?

Yes, we know, we are all tired of checking the weather and worrying about the low temperatures. Nevertheless, here we go again! Lows are predicted to be below freezing (32 degrees) beginning tonight and on through the next week or so. If they dip into the teens we will be doing “the twist” – twisting our faucets on to drip so the pipes don’t freeze.

Attention all tenants! We need your email address.

Sometimes we send out important information by email or have documents to send you by email that just won’t wait for good old snail mail delivery. If you have not provided us with an email address – or don’t remember if you have or not – please contact us. This would greatly help to expedite the dissemination of information. And, of course, it is ALL good information!
Also, if you have changed cell phones lately or just changed your number it is very important that you let us know. If you are waiting for a plumber to call and make an appointment to stop that gusher you have spouting from the pipe under the kitchen sink you don’t want to take a chance on having him repeatedly call an old number. Meanwhile, you could be watching the family dog do the backstroke or ride a wave out the back door!

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