Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Just in time for some spring cleaning, Lisa Loper of the Scott Loper Team reviews which odors will hurt or help with your home sale
Every home has a predominant odor (sometimes there are competing odors) and most homeowners are so used to the odor(s), that they cannot perceive it. However, according to researchers at UC Berkeley, it takes less than 100 milliseconds for a person walking into a new environment to determine if an odor is pleasant or unpleasant. But it then takes a few seconds for a person to determine the nature of the odor (i.e.: sour, sweet, musty) and typically, many people cannot correctly identify an odor. They just simply know if they like it or if they don’t. In our opinion, these are the top ten odors that homebuyers hate: Research has shown that the perception of a smell is universal. Regardless of their culture, most people can agree if an odor…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
This year was the fourth warmest winter in recorded history, and it may not be surprising to say the same for this spring as temperatures soar into the 70s this week
Is it time to open the pools already? That wouldn't be a great idea, but it does feel like they should be. The official pring equinox, or first day of spring, is next Tuesday and I think Mother Nature is trying to skip right over to summer. Temperatures this week will be about 10 to 20 degrees above average. I don't think records will be broken in this area, but several places in the eastern half of the nation will. The region will flirt with the 70 degree mark this week, but can reach as high as the mid-70s. Today will be beautiful with sunny skies and a high temperature hugging the 70 degree mark. A perfect breeze from the west blowing at 5 to 10 mph allows for perfect mid-springlike weather. As the sun sets this evening, temperatures …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Unseasonably warm air will engulf the region this week, as high temperatures may hit records making it feel like mid-spring.
This week may be no suprise to some people, since this winter season has been the fourth warmest in recorded history. That rank may become even closer to number one as the meteorological winter comes to an end next week. The meteorological winter runs from December through February, and depending on how warm the high temperatures reach within the week, this winter may almost be the warmest ever in some cities. Today, expect mostly sunny skies and the start of mild temperatures resulting in a beautiful day. High temperatures will creep into the upper 50s with a south-southeast wind increasing in the afternoon at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight, clouds will increase with the possibility for some isolated showers in spots. The night temperatures will…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Expect to see some sunlight this afternoon before clouds take over, as a storm system from the Southeast will bring rain to the region Thursday
I have to say that this winter is quite fustrating. It is to the point that we have to keep walking outside in order to decide what to wear. One day the high temperatures will barely reach the 30 degree mark, then the next, sunny and mild with temperatures pushing the 50s. For the rest of the week, your thick eskimo-like parka can stay in the closet for now, as temperatures will stay relatively constant in the upper 40s. Today will start out overcast with temperatures in the mid 30s. A slight Northwest wind may make it feel a little chilly during the morning commute. As the sun reaches its peak, it will have enough power to evaporate the low level clouds and help break the gloomy skies. By mid-afternoon, expect partly sunny skies with a …
Friday, January 6, 2012
The new department chief returns to the county detective's office after five years in private practice.
With the retirement of current Chief Detective Oscar Vance coming in the next week, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has picked a familiar name in Ed Justice as his replacement. "His work ethic is incomparable," said Ferman. "He understands the need to do whatever needs to be done to complete a job. He demonstrated-both as a detective and as a leader--the highest level of skill and the most dedicated work ethic." Between 1986 and 2006, Justice served 14 years with the Montgomery County Detective Bureau as a homicide detective, and another six years as deputy chief. Prior to his time with the county detectives, the veteran of the United States Navy had served as a patrol officer with Horsham Township Police Department and a …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners recognized the recently retired Lansdale Catholic football coach for his 44 years of service.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Coach Jim Algeo was honored by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday with a resolution recognizing his "44 years of dedicated service to the students of Lansdale Catholic High School." Algeo retired in November after a 53-year coaching career, the last 44 of them at Lansdale Catholic. Asked by Commissioner James Matthews what he had learned from his student players over the years, Algeo spoke of his 1971 Lansdale Catholic team, which he said had started the season with three consecutive losses but returned to practice each succeeding Monday more determined to win than before. "You can always work harder to make yourself better," Algeo said. The full text of the Commissioners' resolution follows. WHEREAS…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Rachel Rymann's blood-alcohol levels were 0.24 and 0.32 percent following DUI arrests in May 2010 and November 2011. She continues to operate vehicles owned by the county coroner's office.
A medical investigator with the Montgomery County Coroner's Office continues to drive a county vehicle despite two DUI arrests in the last 19 months. Official police crash reports obtained by Patch indicate that Rachel Rymann, 33, was charged with DUI and careless driving following a crash in Lansdale on Nov. 10 in which her 2001 Chrysler Sebring damaged three parked vehicles on East Main Street in the borough. Rymann's blood alcohol level (BAC) was tested at 0.32 percent, four times the state's legal limit of 0.08, according to the police report. That incident followed a May 2010 arrest in North Wales, in which Rymann struck a parked vehicle on East Walnut Street with her 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Rymann's BAC at the time of that crash was…
Saturday, December 3, 2011
While you're busy playing Skyrim, don't forget about these worthy releases on the other side of the holiday rush.
The Fall rush is over and the vast majority of the most talked-about games have seen their releases by now. Many publications have already begun tallying votes for their end-of-year awards. As such, while December seems decidedly quieter than the past few months have been, there are still some major releases trickling through before 2011 is at an end. We kick things off with another major Mario release for Nintendo’s newest portable console. While last month hosted the launch of Super Mario 3D Land to rave critical reviews, Mario Kart 7 is the newest iteration in the popular racing franchise that dates back to 1992 when it made its SNES debut (oh the hours that game stole from us). A major attraction to Mario Kart 7 is the fact that it’s …