Home Generators vs. Commercial Generators

Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

There are important differences in generators that people need to be aware of. Often people have no idea what type of portable generator they need. There are important difference in generators designed for personal and commercial use.
 
Residential generators are used mostly as:

  • As Emergency backup in power outages to run appliances, and
  • For recreational events like camping or tailgating
  • Typically, personal use generators run from 1000 to 8000 watts of output, and this is one of the most important considerations.
Commercial generators are most often used:
  • To run power tools on job sites where electricity is not available.
  • Power cords are more likely to be used with commercial generators
  • Commercial generators are used more throughout the year and for longer periods of time
  • Typically, commercial generators run from 3000-17000 watts of output.
But in commercial generators, the biggest concern is output, reliability, durability and ease of maintenance along with a larger fuel tank.

Watch the following video from Generac generators. For information, purchase or service of your generator, contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.


New Tick-Borne Disease Discovered

Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

New Tick-Borne Disease Is Discovered

A new tick-borne disease that may be stealthily infecting some Americans has been discovered by Yale researchers working with Russian scientists.

The disease is caused by a spirochete bacterium called Borrelia miyamotoi, which is distantly related to Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease.

B. miyamotoi has been found — albeit relatively rarely — in the same deer tick species that transmit Lyme, and the Yale researchers estimate that perhaps 3,000 Americans a year pick it up from tick bites, compared with about 25,000 who get Lyme disease.

But there is no diagnostic test for it in this country, so it is not yet known whether it has actually made any Americans sick.

The same short course of antibiotics that normally cures Lyme also seems to cure it.

In Russia, where a team in the Siberian city of Yekaterinburg developed a test that can distinguish miyamotoi from other tick-borne spirochetes, it caused higher fevers than Lyme disease typically does. In about 10 percent of cases, the fevers repeatedly disappear and return after a week or two.

The study by the two teams is to be published soon in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Since the disease was only recently discovered, it is unknown whether it does serious long-term damage, as untreated Lyme disease can.

The Yale medical school researchers — Durland Fish, an entomologist, and Dr. Peter J. Krause, an epidemiologist — have recently won a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the symptoms and develop a rapid diagnostic kit.

Dr. Fish found B. miyamotoi in American ticks 10 years ago, but was repeatedly refused a study grant until the Russians proved it caused illness. “It’s been like pulling teeth,” he said. “Go ask the N.I.H. why.”

The discovery will no doubt add to the controversy surrounding Lyme disease. While most Lyme victims are cured by a two-week course of antibiotics, some have symptoms that go on for years and believe they have persistent infections that the antibiotics did not reach.

Most medical authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Infectious Disease Society of America, take the position that “chronic Lyme disease” does not exist and that those victims either have other illnesses or are hypochondriacs. They oppose the solution demanded by some self-proclaimed victims: long-term intravenous antibiotics.

Dr. Krause said it was unlikely that the new spirochete could be responsible for chronic Lyme, because the symptoms do not match: Most of those who think they have chronic Lyme complain of fatigue and joint pain, not repeated fevers.

But he said doctors might consider the new infection, especially in patients who think they have been bitten by ticks, come up negative on Lyme tests and have recurrent episodes of fever.

B. miyamotoi does not appear to cause the “bull’s-eye rash” that helps doctors diagnose Lyme disease, the Russian team found.

“People shouldn’t panic,” Dr. Krause said. “And they also should not jump to the conclusion that we’ve found the cause of chronic Lyme disease. It’s not highly likely, but it’s possible. We just don’t know.”

The miyamotoi spirochete was discovered in Japan in 1995. It was at first believed to be limited to those islands.

In 2001, Dr. Fish found it in about 2 percent of the deer ticks in the Northeast and Upper Midwest and proved that mice could pick it up from tick bites.

Source = NY Times

George Williams,
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA 


Fourth of July Fireworks around Lexington Park

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There is no better place to celebrate our independence than so close to our nation’s capital and and down the road from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. If you live in an apartment in Lexington Park, MD and you are wondering where to see the fireworks in Southern Maryland this year, here are a few ideas.

Chesapeake Beach Fireworks -Tuesday, July 3 Right in front of the Rod-n-Reel

This is the largest fireworks display on the bay with music, food and games.  The fireworks are discharged right in front of the Rod-n-Reel.  But, any spot along the water in Chesapeake Beach should give you a good view.
 
Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Wm. B. Tennison - Wednesday, July 4 starting at 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum

Come aboard for the best view in town and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Preregistration required.

Solomons Fireworks - Wednesday, July 4 at Solomons Island

In addition to the evening fireworks display, there will also be a street fair beforehand. The street fair will be from 3 to 9 p.m. on the former Lighthouse Inn property, across from the Riverwalk. Activities will include Celebration Tents & Amusements with a Rock Wall and inflatable amusements, as well as food, artisans and vendors.

At approximately 9:15 p.m., the fireworks will be shot from a barge in the Patuxent River and can be viewed from the Riverwalk.

Happy Fourth of July from Abberly Crest Apartment Homes.

More information at SouthernMarylandonline


Fireworks in Raleigh

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The Fourth of July is next week and those of you who live in apartments in Garner, NC can watch the fireworks downtown. This year, Raleigh's annual 4th of July fireworks display is moving from the NC State Fairgrounds to downtown.

"The 'Works: July 4th on Fayetteville Street," will begin at 4 p.m.

There will be eight different bands, the Maximus Circus, a beer and wine tasting tent, a picnic on the street and a kids' zone.

Downtown restaurants will bring their fare to the street and there will even be a watermelon seed spitting contest.

The day will end with a brilliant fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

The City of Raleigh is bringing the 236th national birthday celebration to Downtown Raleigh.

Happy Fourth, from Abberly Place Apartment Homes.

ABC Local


How Important are Business Cards for Real Estate Agents?

Posted: June 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

If you are just getting started in your real estate career, quality business cards are the best investment you can make. Business cards are an inexpensive, effective way to get your information into the hands of existing and potential clients. They also offer an easy way for clients to refer you and your services to others

Of course, if you have been in business for some time, you already know how effective these little cards can be, don’t you?

One of the biggest “rookie” real estate agent mistakes is to stuff your business card full of information, contact numbers, acronyms and anything to help compensate for your lack of experience. People who are established, who are secure in their role in their business and careers, tend to have sparse cards. They don’t feel the need to justify their worth on a business card.

Either way, here’s a quick list of what you should include and what you should avoid when designing your real estate business cards:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Your name
  • Your title (what you do/your area of specialization)
  • Your preferred phone number
  • Your email address
  • Your website

Optional:

  • A physical address
  • A tagline
  • A photo of you (for face recognition)
  • A logo (this may be required by your brokerage)
  • Brokerage information (check to see what’s required by your company)

What to Avoid:

  • Too many phone numbers
  • A string of acronyms your clients won’t understand
  • A cluttered card
  • “Cutsie” graphics
  • Any unnecessary information

A business card has one goal: To encourage people to contact you. Offering too many phone numbers will only overwhelm your potential client. Don’t make them decide which number is the best one to reach you… include only the best way. Avoid visual clutter and make it simple to glance at your card and see who you are, what you do, and how to reach you. Unnecessary information, acronyms, and too many graphics will make achieving your goal more difficult. Less is more.

If you want to include additional information, consider using the backside of the card (link to page on printing double-sided cards) to expand, but keep the front clean and simple.

When you work with a client, don’t forget to ASK them to refer you to their friends and be sure to offer them 4-5 of your business cards when you make the ask. The ask is easy, so don’t be shy: “I enjoy working with you and would be honored to help any of your family or friends who are interested in buying or selling their home. Here are a couple of my cards, in case know of anyone now or in the future. I would appreciate any referrals.”

Keep these tips in mind when you design your real estate business card and you will reap the benefits of a professional, confident image from the first contact.