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The Idyllwild Town Crier’s Annual Guide to Better Living

2011 Edition Plant an Idyllwildperfect flower garden .. 5 Improve your curb appeal: Easy homesell fixes ...... 3 Keep your fireplaces & woodstoves clean ...... 4 The virtues of a tankless water heater ........ 10 Chief Walker’s perspective of life on the Hill ........... 5 Water conservation is a constant must .............. 11 What is a Disaster Aid Station? ....................... 8 Cartoon by Ernie Maxwell, published in the July 23, 1949, edition of the Town Crier


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Homes & Land Improvement 2011 edition

Index Grace’s greetings ............... 2 By Grace Reed, Idyllwild Town Crier Publisher

Low cost tips to sell ......... 3 By Marshall Smith, Town Crier Staff Reporter

Clean your fireplace and wood stove .......................4 By Jerry Holdber, retired chimney sweep

Chief’s Corner: Fire Abatement on the Hill ........................................ 5

Grace’s greetings

Whether you are visiting for a weekend or live here year-round, Jerry’s warnings about cleaning your chimney and how to dispose of ashes and Chief Walker’s abatement admonition need to be heeded. By Grace Reed Living in a forest, as we do, is quite special, and Idyllwild Town Crier Publisher Harold’s tips on how to plan a flower garden will make your verdant green view spectacular with the Homes and Land is one of our added color. special publications. Special in Disaster Aid Stations, not decorations. Veronica exthe sense that its content is not plains their purpose and use. Idyllwild Water District news. Long-time residents may be incorporates a sewer district. Terry discusses that and very familiar with these ideas and the future septic systems. suggestions. New residents and Conservation — energy and water — is important prospective residents will learn something about our special life on the Hill. And the on the Hill. Marshall has investigated the tankless contents’ value will not fade with time. This informa- water heaters and Vicki discusses water conservation. Remember, when in doubt, hire a professional. tion will be just as important next month as next fall. Finally, I’d like to thank our contributors and The real estate market may be gradually improvadvertisers that make special publications like this ing, but Marshall’s tips on preparing your home for possible. sale will help.

By Norm Walker, Idyllwild Fire Protection District

Planning a Hill flower garden ........... 6-7 By Harold Voorheis, Idyllwild Garden Club

What’s in a DAS? ............................ 8 By Veronica Alt, Mountain Disaster Preparedness

Sewers and septics in Idyllwild .............................. 9 By Terry Lyons, Idyllwild Water District

Virtues of tankless water heaters ..................... 10 By Marshall Smith, Town Crier Staff Reporter

Water conservation

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Town Crier staff who compiled “Homes & Land” are: Publisher Grace Reed; Editor J.P. Crumrine; Staff Reporter Marshall Smith; Production Manager Halie Johnson; Advertising Sales Rep Shane Fender; Production Assistant James Larkin; and Copy Editor Beth Nottley. Cover image and cartoons throughout: Ernie Maxwell; cover design: Halie Johnson PADGETT DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

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Low cost fixes

“Don’t spend much, because there is no guarantee that you will get it back,” he said. Taylor believes that exterior “curb appeal” first impressions may be most important with many buyers. “I feel most buyers make up By Marshall Smith their minds before they get in the door,” he Staff Reporter observed. Taylor notes curb appeal fixes may also be the most cost effective — shutters In normal housing markets, there is conventional wisdom about what “fixes” can help on a plain house, decorative split rail fences, hanging flower baskets, and staining of woodsell a home. There are also generally agreed en front porches or front decks. Taylor talked approaches on how best to stage or prepare about the psychology of a buyer. “Even in the your home to create a positive emotional remost high-end house a buyer will rememsponse in potential buyers. In housing markets in which prices are static or falling, how ber that chip in the bathroom sink or that small hole in drywall,” he said. “Get rid of all much a seller spends to make a home more attractive to buyers becomes a carefully calcu- distractions. No one notices a clean floor or carpet, only the dirty floor or carpet.” lated decision. Veteran real estate broker Marge Muir According to real estate agents, the first step in selling a home is to set a competitive price. agrees. “It doesn’t hurt to do a few things,” said Muir, “but putting a lot of money into it Recent comparable sales within a specific — no!” geographic area are used by banks to deterWhen considering a home’s interior, Taymine market value of a home for purposes of how much a bank might lend. Your home lor recommends installing new light fixtures. might be worth more in your eyes because of “It makes a house look new and they’re not high-end features, but comps may not support [comparably] expensive,” he said. Muir said that if one is selling in the low your price. end of the market, they should just do minor “Generally Idyllwild and Pine Cove are maintenance. If selling in the higher end of considered one market,” said Steve Taylor, real estate agent and current president of the the market, she recommends maximizing the emotional appeal of both exterior and inteIdyllwild Board of Realtors. Once a price is set, the seller needs to look at rior. For exterior fixes, clean windows, paint or what likely profit they will get from the sale replace a front door and install new hardware; before deciding how much money to spend to facilitate the sale. Taylor cautions restraint. replace older exterior light fixtures, espe-

cially those near the front door; power spray the house to remove dirt and cobwebs; and hang baskets of yellow flowers (why “yellow”? Because it is a motivational color that supposedly sells, according to Elizabeth Weintraub, About.com). For interior fixes: thoroughly clean the house before putting it on the market — clean carpets, they may not need to be replaced; dust tops of doorways and window frames; polish all interior wood and ceramic flooring; wash or clean all light fixture coverings and ceiling fan blades. Because a kitchen is the “heart” of a home, and if one has the budget: re-grout kitchen counter tiles; strip and re-stain or paint kitchen cabinets; replace all cabinet knobs or pulls with new hardware; replace worn kitchen faucet and hardware; buy new sink basket strainers; consider new and up-to-date lighting in the kitchen over counters and sink. Real estate professionals agree that it is important to eliminate clutter and make the house “neutral” when staging it for sale. Remove family photographs so that a buyer can imagine the home as theirs; pack up your bookcases (you’re hoping to move anyway); clean your closets, make them look orderly, and store non-essential items; tidy up kitchen pantries and cabinets. Muir has some encouraging words for sellers. The Idyllwild market is unique.“We’re a jewel in the world,” she said. “The desire to live here may not be quantifiable.”

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Clean and maintain your fireplaces and woodstoves

house. They will help the soil to retain moisture and add vital nutrients as they compost down into the soil. A qualified chimney sweep or a licensed There is nothing like sitting around a toasty, heating contractor should inspect all woodwarm fire while the snow gently falls outside. burning appliances yearly. Don’t wait until winHowever, it is imperative that you keep your woodstove or fireplace in peak operating condi- ter weather has arrived to have your inspection done. The warm weather, when you are not tion so that you can enjoy the warmth of a using your appliance, is the best time to have it wood fire safely. inspected. The two most important tasks to perform Below are some key indications that your when using a woodburning appliance are to properly dispose of the ashes you remove from woodstove or fireplace needs to be cleaned. • You smell smoke or your fireplace stinks. the appliance and to have yearly inspections • It is hard to start a fire. done. • When you do start a fire, it continues to When disposing of ashes, always remember to discard them properly. Never use paper bags, smoke back into the room. • Smoke comes out of the woodstove when wood or paper boxes to remove ashes. Use a good quality metal can to place ashes into and you open the door. • The fire just doesn’t seem to get hot or then put it outside. It is best to wet down the ashes with some water. Do not place a can full put out much heat. • Black stuff comes out of the stove pipe of ashes on a wood deck. They can stay hot for days, so you must be careful storing them. joints. • When outside, you can see ashes falling on After the ashes have cooled, the best way your deck or you can’t see thru the spark arto dispose of them is to properly mix them into the soil in the planting areas around your restor screen. By Jerry Holldber Retired Chimney Sweep of 25 Years

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• You see sparks coming out of the top of your stove pipe or chimney. All these points are signs and indications that your chimney or woodstove needs to be cleaned. Once your stove or fireplace has been inspected and cleaned, you are ready to start using it. However, it is very important to burn good, dry, seasoned firewood. Use a softer wood, such as pine or avocado, during daytime operations and then load up at night with harder woods such as oak, citrus or eucalyptus. If your firewood is not seasoned, you can create problems in your fireplace or woodstove within weeks or even days. It is also very important that all installations are properly and legally done to meet fire safety codes and manufacturer’s recommendations for safe operations. Only use qualified heating contractors to install, replace or repair heating units as well as pipe and/or spark arrestors. You can now enjoy your woodburning appliance with peace of mind. After all, wood heat is the best heat to have when the weather turns cold.

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Chief’s Corner: Living on the Hill

ers and fire engine 10 feet away from when trying to all structures. This decide if your home is something the is defendable or not. homeowner should Are you considering purchasing a house in The key to success expect to do reguthe beautiful San Jacinto Mountains? Whether is that all of the larly (or pay to have you move up here permanently or purchase survivability factors done) whether you a weekend cabin, you won’t be disappointed. must be in place are a full-time or This mountain is a sparsely populated island Town Crier file photos before the wildland part-time resident. surrounded by a sea of humanity in Southern The difference between a property that has not been abated (left) fire starts! On this mounCalifornia. The air is clean here and the scenery and has been (right). In my career, I compares to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. tain, the risk of a large wildland fire is real and presents itself ev- have literally seen people destroying their entire Mountain communities have a different lifestyle than the cities have. In the winter, residents ery year. Even with three fire agencies here, the yard with a chainsaw just prior to evacuating in front of an oncoming fire. This effort does no survivability of any home is mostly dependent should be ready to shovel snow, drive in snow good and puts your life in danger in the proand ice, be prepared to spend some time with- on the owner. cess. There will never be enough fire engines to out electricity and generally live in very cold It may seem like odd timing to be talking station one at every house during a wildland winter weather. For most folks who have lived about fire season when the San Jacinto Mounfire. Therefore, the more preparation the owner up here for a while, this is part of the fun and tains are covered in snow, but the wildland fire takes in advance, the more likely the structure not the burden it may appear to be at first will survive a fire. Wooden shake shingles should agencies are already preparing for the 2011 fire glance. be replaced with composition, cement shake or season. Fire Management Teams are filling their In the spring it’s cleanup time in the comvacancies and seasonal firefighters are being munity. Fire abatement is very important to all tile roofing. Old-style vents should be replaced selected. with new ember-proof vents. properties and inspectors from Idyllwild Fire Being prepared for fire season is part of the If you are in the market for a home in the Protection District, Riverside County Fire Delifestyle for people living in the wildland or wildland urban interface (WUI), be on the partment and the U.S. Forest Service will be the WUI. The fire departments and the Mouncoming around (in their jurisdictions) to enforce lookout for these and other fire resistant featain Communities Fire Safe Council are here tures: Is there room for a large fire engine to PRC 4291 (fire abatement) requirements. to help you be successful. The extra steps that After passing an inspection, the home owner access your house and is there anywhere for it is still responsible for keeping pine needles and to turn around? An engine captain will certainly must be taken are a small price to pay for the leaf litter off of the roof, deck, rain gutters and be considering the safety of his or her firefight- privilege of living on this beautiful mountain. By Norm Walker Idyllwild Fire Chief

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How to start a flower garden Practical tips from the Idyllwild Garden Club

By Harold Voorheis Idyllwild Garden Club Starting your first flower garden or a new flower bed can be a little challenging to some of us, but it is both an exciting and positive experience. Here are some practical guidelines for where to put it, how to begin and what to plant. First, your flower garden does not exist in a vacuum. It grows in and as a companion to your landscape. It should serve a function and complement existing features so it fits seamlessly into the scene. For example, plant flowers to: • provide a focal point adding curb appeal • bring fragrance and beauty to a seating area • pretty up a blank garage wall • highlight an entry area • surround a flag pole, bird feeder or bench • soften the edge of a path, walkway or driveway California The flower garden should be integrated into the landscape so it seems to belong there naturally.

Size, location and preparation The flowerbed size and shape should echo or balance the dimensions and proportions of the dominant features in your landscape. For example, a flower bed along the garage should run the length of the garage and the

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bed along your patio should extend the entire length of it. If the patio is huge, make your flower bed deep enough to visually balance the expanse of patio. A flower bed along a walk should be wide enough to look pleasing. Too narrow and it will look skimpy, like a skinny row of marching soldiers. Its size should be appropriate to the proportions of the overall space, so it neither overwhelms nor looks so tiny it is lost. If you are just starting out on your very first flower garden, a modest sized flower bed is probably better than too big. An area about three or four feet wide and eight or 10 feet long is manageable yet will give you lots of room to play with. Equally important, how much time do you have weekly to maintain your flowers? (Even low maintenance plantings require regular care.) Think carefully about where you locate your flowerbed. It will draw the eye both winter and summer. In winter, bare soil topped with mulch can Fuschia look bleak. In summer, colorful flowers will pull the eye right to a not so-attractive storage area or log pile. Existing plantings can suggest a flower bed. For example, if you have a small tree or shrubbery, plant flowers beneath or in front. Select flowers that reflect a quality or characteristic of the woody plants, perhaps a woodland theme or a color theme. They could all bloom at once, or extend the display by using only

flowers that peak at a different season than the shrubs. For your first beginning flower garden, try to pick a spot that is in full direct sun. It should be sunny all day long or for at least half the day including noontime. Shady gardens can be terrific, but for a first garden with lots of flowers, a sunnier spot is better. For a beginning gardener, a relatively flat area of ground is best because it is the easiest to manage. A slight slope will also work, but the steeper it is the more difficult it is to garden on. First, remove any existing grass or weeds, including the roots. The more thoroughly you do this chore now, the better your results will be later. Next, loosen the soil and mix organic matter into it. Organic matter is a catchall term for decomposed materials such as compost, old rotten leaves, well-aged stable manure/bedding, spent mushroom soil, or

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Mediterranean varieties) or native Californian varieties that are already adapted to our type of soil and dry summers. You’ll have the best chance for success if you start by understanding the concept of Right Plant, Right Place and select plants accordingly. This means you should match your plants to the growing conditions that exist in your garden, rather than vice versa.

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whatever materials you have available locally at reasonable cost. For a first flower garden try starting on the small side. This way you are less likely to become overwhelmed by the preparation phase and won’t be swamped by the maintenance as the season progresses. You can always build on your success and expand it later!

Plants have needs: hot, cool, dry, wet, humidity, sun, shade

Experienced gardeners recognize that plants have needs. If you meet their needs, they will be healthy and grow well with few problems and minimal care and maintenance. Here are some examples: Lilacs and peonies need a certain amount of cold winter chilling in order to bloom, so it’s not surprising they don’t Selecting flowers to grow grow well in the valleys but love our moun“What should I plant?” is the big question tains with a winter season. and every gardener will have their own perSome flowers need a long, hot extended sonal answer to it, depending on the growsummer season. Tropicals that grow in the ing conditions where the garden is and other valleys such as mandevilla may not bloom in practical considerations, plus the style of a cooler clime with a short summer season. A garden, and of course based on personal taste. semi-tropical plant like lantana is not going to Do you like a formal or informal style? What make it through an Idyllwild winter outside. color(s) do you like? What mood? What kind Plants that need a rich organic soil with of backdrop will it have? steady soil moisture and high humidity won’t Practical considerations suggest that we thrive in the dry, warm summer months. A should select low-water usage plants (like plant that requires “perfect “drainage and

loves a sandy soil, such as lavender or penstemon or sages, will not accept an area that holds too much moisture.

Research your plants With a little research and observation of gardens near yours, and an awareness of the growing conditions in your garden, you should be able to make educated guesses about what will thrive for you. Look for plants that grow well in a spot similar to where your flower garden is located. Visit web sites of native garden plant nurseries or search for draught tolerant varieties. Your local garden club’s website will offer many suggestions about what works well here (www. idyllwildgardenclub.net). Don’t hesitate to ask more experienced successful gardeners about how they select, site and nurture their plants.

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existing septic systems. IWD is responsible for the existing sewer plant and collection system. The IWD sewer district has worked with the community and suppliers to find a solution to address failing septic systems. In the event a property with a failing septic system is not within the IWD Sewer District boundaries there are alternatives. An advanced “Advantex” Residential On-Site Wastewater Treatment Unit is available as a replacement for failing systems. Currently this is the only alternate system approved for use by Riverside County. These packaged systems are expensive and access, terrain or subsurface rock obstacle fixes can add to the cost of installation. In the future, you will see similar sewer treatment packages designated as small community units that can collect and treat entire housing tracts.

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The virtues of tankless water heaters

inches high by 14 inches wide gas-fired storage tank models. and weighs about 50 pounds. That translates into energy Tankless heaters use highsavings of around $70 to $80 per year based on 2008 Tankless or “on-demand” water heaters have powered burners to quickly heat water as it runs through national energy costs. the virtues of being space saving, energy effiCR advises that the energy cient (use of less propane or gas), Energy-Star a heat exchanger to the place of use, i.e. a shower or dishsavings could take longer than qualified, quick to produce a virtually inexwasher. Until hot water 10 years to recoup the cost haustible supply of hot water and have in a shower or appliance differential over standard storfewer corrosive leaks than standard is needed, no water is age tank heaters. CR compared storage tank heaters. They use less enheated. Water is heated average storage tank heaters ergy because the cache of water, stored only on demand. costing from $300 to $500 in the standard water heater, does not A consideration for with on-demand heaters from exist. The supply of 30 to 50 gallons prospective purchas$800 to $1,200. Jim Adams of water is not being heated constantly. ers is that on-demand Tankless water heaters also can funcAppliances have come a long way since at Forest Lumber in Idyllwild this advertisement for a Westinghouse believes the local propane costs tion at a variety of temperatures that A tankless water heaters are also more home freezer was published in the heater expensive than tradiare likely to reduce the recovery an owner can set depending on perTown Crier in August 1949. tional water heaters time to less than 10 years. sonal preferences. They can be installed Forest Lumber, Village Hardware and Comto heat separate parts of a house and different and, as a result, it could take years to recoup the difference in price from energy savings munity Lumber all stock or can order on-desets of appliances. Manufacturers claim they alone. In a 2008 series of tests and a subsemand water heaters and can advise prospective maintain their efficiency throughout the lifequently published report, Consumer Reports buyers which models might best suit their needs. time of the unit, whereas storage tank heaters Marshall Smith can be reached at decrease in efficiency over time due to mineral (CR) found that on-demand heaters proved, marshall@towncrier.com. build-up inside the tank. Average unit size is 26 on average, 22 percent more efficient than By Marshall Smith Staff Reporter

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Water conservation on the Hill is important By Vicki L. Jakubac Conservation Specialist Here at the Pine Cove Water District (PCWD), General Manager Jerry Holldber feels that conservation should be a part of our daily lives, whether or not we are in a drought situation. And this winter has produced a variety of weather patterns that raise the question, “Are we still in a drought?” December brought a significant amount of rain in a very short span of time. January brought some warmer, dry weather. February brought a large amount of snow and so it certainly seems like we are having a wet winter. Regardless of what weather conditions we are experiencing at any point in time, the real issue is how long it takes to recharge ground water deficits resulting from years of drought. When you are sitting in your home with snow piled up to your windowsills, it is hard to imagine that we are actually still in a drought situation. But it is important to remember that while the precipitation totals might look impressive, they can be deceiving. Recharging the water table takes more than one wet winter. And Town Crier File just because we may appear to have a sufficient water supply at a particular point in time, it doesn’t mean we should use that supply with reckless abandon. Water conservation, along with tapping

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into alternative water sources such as rainwater harvesting, helps to assure that there will be a consistent supply of fresh, clean drinking water for years to come. Water is a precious commodity everywhere, but especially here on the Hill. By making water conservation part of our daily lives, we are being good stewards of the resources we have available here on the Hill. At PCWD, we believe it is best to practice water conservation on a daily basis, rather than waiting until the situation gets desperate. PCWD has three water conservation stages. Each stage has specific water-use requirements that Holldber said he feels are important for maintaining an adequate water supply for residents in Pine Cove. Town Crier File We are currently in Stage 1, which is the least restrictive and calls for voluntary compliance. And the simple fixes,

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