Thursday, May 16, 2013
If it slithers is it welcome?
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
Thursday, May 16
By Gretchen Voyle, Michigan State University Extension Many gardeners really enjoy being outside and caring for their landscapes. But a certain percentage is very concerned about snakes also enjoying that same landscape. The question which gets asked of Michigan State University Extension Horticulture Educators and Hotline Master Gardeners is, “How can I make snakes stay away from my garden?” There is no magic spray or product that guarantees that snakes will respect your property lines. Some of the snake repellants are just a version of moth balls. They may not be effective and evaporate rapidly in the open air. But what’s a “snake-o-phobe” supposed to do? There are several ideas that can be culled from old MSU Extension publications. All…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Everything you need to know about painting your house: stripping, powerwashing, fixing damaged wood and choosing paint colors. Sponsored by Home Depot.
It’s that time of year in Michigan again and you’re outside, enjoying your yard. Then you start nosing around—maybe you’re inspecting your plants, or reviewing the condition of your lawn or setting up your sprinklers—and before you know it, reality hits. You need to paint the house. A daunting task. An expensive task. A necessary task—because it's not just about how your house looks, it's about your home's value. Neglect is not an option. Take heart, however. Information and resources have never been more easily available to help you through this project. Know Your Options Your options are to either hire a contractor or paint it yourself. Hiring a contractor is an expensive option, but if it's in your budget and you do the necessary …
Howell 's MainStreet Winery will host a day of art and wine, on Saturday, May 18, from noon until 7 p.m.
In need of a new home, or just browsing? Check out this home for sale in Brighton.
Each week, Brighton Patch will feature a different home to give readers an idea of what the local housing market has to offer. Today, check out this five-bedroom, two and a half-bathroom house at 995 Main St East in Brighton listed at $325,000. Find the full listing here. Are you a real estate agent with homes for sale? Email email@example.com and we'll try to feature yours next week.
As part of our new Smart Spending series, Patch wants to uncover the true going rate for various goods and services in town, so you'll know exactly how much you should pay for what you need. Help us out by replying in the comments.
This week: How much do lawn services cost? How much do you pay for your lawn service? And what does that cover - just mowing, or does it cover weeding, pruning, planting? Please share in the comments below - we promise we won't judge you! And if you've got a lawn service you love, tell us that too. Check out a list of lawn services in Brighton in our directory. If you use one of the services, be sure to rate it for your neighbors! This is the first of an ongoing series, "What's the Going Rate for..." where Patch seeks to uncover how much things cost so you never have to ask again.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Routine medical procedures such as colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars in Livingston County.
Prices for common medical procedures at health care facilities in Livingston County vary widely, according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter health care consumers. A colonoscopy, for example, can cost as little as $2,080 or as much as $6,860, depending on where a patient has the procedure done. That's a difference of almost $5,000. The same is true for CT scans, mammograms and MRIs, according to the data for the county which is highlighted in the chart above. These cost disparities have been in the news lately. Last week, the Washington Post highlighted disparaties in medical procedures by different health care providers in the District of Columbia. Using the same data as the Post…
Hornung Elementary Principal Susan Johnson, Maltby Assistant Principal Jeff Eisele
and Brighton Community Education Director Anne Renne are the three staff reductions that will go into effect at the end of the school year.
The filling of three administrative staffing positions at Brighton Area Schools for the 2013-2014 school year were announced in Superintendent Greg Gray’s Friday letter to the community. On April 29, the Board of Education met to discuss the approval of the three staff reductions which were in accordance with the district's deficit elimination plan Replacing current Hornung Elementary principal, Susan Johnson, will be Jack Yates. According to Gray’s letter, Yates, the current grade 11 principal at Brighton High School, has been with Brighton Area Schools since he was 19-years-old and has extensive elementary principal experience. Gray will be assisting at the high school, filling in "the void," however, Gavin Johnson will remain the …
Brighton resident Shanda Willis announced her candidacy for a seat on the Brighton City Council.
Shanda Willis has officially filed to run for a seat on the Brighton City Council. As the result of her experience running for State House, Willis, through engaging the citizens of Brighton, learned of citizens’ concerns literally at their doorsteps. Joining the Brighton Chamber of Commerce has raised her awareness of the local business communities need for responsive and transparent government. Following her appointment to the Brighton Arts and Culture Commission and ongoing attendance at City Council meetings, Willis realized that her desire to serve a community she has been a part of her whole life can be fulfilled as a member of the Council. “My lifetime skills and awareness developed as a nurse, a business person, mother of twins and …
Volunteers are needed to assist riders as horse leaders and side-walkers.
Lisa Williams shares with her high school students what motivated her to never give up and to see each day as an opportunity to heal and move forward. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. Lisa Williams, principal at Ferndale High School, is someone who cares about her students. As leader of the school for just over a year, Williams has already made a big impact by connecting and reaching out to her "community of learners." Williams herself was a student not that long ago who found herself with the weight of the world on her shoulders. But she persevered through the darkest and toughest situations for one thing: her two children. Here, Williams shares how becoming a teenage mother inspired her not …