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Visit us at

398 East High Street Carlisle, Pa. 17013 Or on the web at

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3 Bedrooms/ 2 full baths Over one acre country lot Bermudian Spring Schools Priced under $65,000

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2 Properties for one great price Features a 3 BR/ 2 bath home Includes a 1200 sq. ft. building Great business opportunity!

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Located in Historic Boiling Springs 5 Bedrooms/ 2.5 baths All brick home on a ½ acre lot Includes a garage & small barn

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3 Bedrooms/ 2 bath Ranch home 1st floor family & living rooms Gorgeous updated kitchen 2 Car garage & detached 24x36 building

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Affordably priced under $90,000 3 Bedroom townhouse Features newer windows Off-street parking with garage

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Wooded retreat near State Game Lands Features 3 bedrooms Enclosed sunroom w/ scenic views Includes all furnishings

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3 Bedrooms/ 2 full baths Over 4 ½ acre country lot Additional finished space in basement Includes a 30x40 garage

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Very affordable townhouse 3 Bedrooms/ 1.5 baths Features a wood burning FP Finished basement w/ custom built bar

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3 Bedrooms/ 2.5 bath Rancher Newer home with open floor plan Finished basement with game room Over 7 acres at base of the mountain

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Commercial zoning opportunities 4 Bedrooms 2 full baths Attached 2 car garage Highly visible location for a business


Motivated career minded individuals to join our sales team


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Over 2300 sq. ft. home 4 Bedrooms/ 2.5 baths Enjoy lower heat costs w/ 2 fireplaces Long established Carlisle neighborhood

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Possible owner financing!! Brand new 3 bedroom/ 2.5 bath home Off-street parking with a 2 car garage Walk to all that downtown has to offer

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3 Bedrooms/ 2 full baths 1.5 Acre country lot Oversized 2 car garage Easy access to I-81

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Priced at only $65,000 4 Bedroom townhouse Large kitchen & double living room Off-street parking with garage

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2 Bedroom home Bonus room for office/ 3rd bedroom Fully exposed basement w/ garage Nearby fishing in the Conodoguinet

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3 Bedrooms/ 1.5 baths Hardwood floors & pocket doors Entertaining 3rd floor family room Off-street parking with garage

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3 Bedrooms/ 2 full baths Offers new flooring on 2nd level Family room with gas fireplace Located between Harrisburg & York

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Brand new home to be built 1st & 2nd floor master suites Attached 2 car garage Located in Farmington

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2 Bedrooms/ 2 full baths Set on 1.18 acre country lot Laundry area w/ washer & dryer Located in West Perry Schools

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HURRY! Only 4 left to chose from Brand new 2 or 3 bedroom townhomes Over $38,000 grant money available Don’t need to be 1st time home buyer to qualify

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3 Bedrooms/ 2 full baths Features hardwood floors on 1st level Lovely wraparound porch Horse barn with water & electric

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2 Bedroom Cape Cod style cabin Nestled on 15 acres with pond Well & septic for year round use Living room w/ stone fireplace

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Great investment opportunity Duplex located on a main street Corner lot with paved parking area One side currently rented for business

For details contact

Vince Mellott 243-4929


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Bright ideas for outdoor furniture ing vice president for the American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in High Earthy hues that blend Point, N.C. into the landscape tend to Aimee Beatty, in-house dominate the outdoor furstylist at Pier 1, said lively niture market. Understated outdoor pieces give people woods, metals and cushions a way to make a statement: are easy-to-incorporate “Incorporating pops of neutral elements. color with furniture and acBut outdoor spaces also cessories adds personality offer the chance to be more and flare.” adventurous than we are She suggests adding a inclined to be indoors. colorful bench to the patio Maybe bolder balconies to coordinate with a more and peppier patios on your traditional or neutral dinredecorating radar? ing set. “One new piece is “Vibrant color has domi- a simple, budget-friendly nated the home furnishings way to make a big impact,” arena since last fall, and she said. after an unusually cold win“Brightly colored furniter, the time’s ripe for bright ture is also a quick way to color to become a focus for punch up a small space,” our outdoor spaces. Color she said. A bistro table and is a great energizer,” said chairs in playful hues sets Jackie Hirchhault, market- the stage, and you don’t By Kim Cook Associated Press

A Pier 1 Imports Casbah chair in weather resistant rattan that comes in a variety of hues.

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need much more than a few additional pieces to create an inviting space, even if it’s a tiny terrace. Pier 1’s Paris-inspired Neely Bistro Set comes in red or peacock blue rustresistant cast aluminum. Frontgate’s powder-coated aluminum side and bar chairs in fresh colors like aqua and melon come in whimsical designs like curlicues and floral motifs. The Rock Point acacia wood bench can be had in red, marine blue or dandelion yellow, and has the added benefit of being foldable for off-season storage. Synthetic rattan chairs are weather resistant and come in an array of clean, crisp brights like ocean, purple, orange and yellow. (www. )

Z Gallerie’s Madison garden stool comes in gold for a touch of metallic flair. You’ll also find the Mimosa lantern, featuring a filigreed Moroccan motif in mandarin, white, lemon and aquamarine. ( ) A patio umbrella is a quick and inexpensive style changer. Start the party by setting up Hayneedle’s shaggy acrylic Palapa umbrella, a 6-foot-wide hula skirt on a pole with thatched strips of acrylic in lime, whiskey, raspberry pink or lemon yellow. (www. ) Walmart’s got a wellpriced basic market umbrella that can be had in a fresh sunny orange, deep green or See Bright, D14

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Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty 655 Forge Road • Carlisle, PA 17015

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Lot 3, Million Dollar Rd. • 1.14 Acres • Beautiful, green, level • Bring your builder $32,500

506 Maple Ave.


• Susquenita School District • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths • Finished basement with rec room, work area, laundry • Windows, furnace and oil tank less than 5 yrs. old • Sun room • 2- Car detached garage • Fenced back yard $165,000



Lot 4, Million Dollar Rd. • 2.04 Acres • Ready for your new home now! • Bring your builder

246 Forgedale Dr., Carlisle

• Forgedale Crossings Development • Corner lot •1,972 Square feet • Built 2009 • 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath • 2-Car garage • Rear patio $239,900


1722 Susquehanna St.

• 4 Bedroom • 1 Bath • 1,600 sq./ft. • Gas heat • Convenient to Harrisburg Businesses

13 Hidden Noll Rd., Carlisle

• North View Manor • 3 Bedroom, 2 bath • Gas heat with central air • Paved driveway • Rear deck and 2 storage sheds • Refrigerator, washer and dryer convey

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82 Linda Drive, Lot 20

Hodges Mobile Home Park • 2 Bedroom mobile home • 1 Bath with laundry • Covered patio • 2-car insulated garage • Updated eat-in kitchen • Newer replacement windows $22,500


312 Juniper St. • 3 Bedrooms • 1.5 Baths • Full basement • Off street parking • Freshly painted $114,600


142 Henry Rd., Enola

• 3 Bedrooms • Beautiful hardwood floors • 1-car garage • Close to Schools • Central Air • Replacement Windows $157,900

315 E. Louther St., Carlisle

• 3 Bedrooms • 1 Bath • New paint • Gas heat • Private rear yard • Off street parking



735 Sherwood Dr,

• 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths • 2,288 sq. ft. • New heat pump • New carpet • Fenced rear yard • Mooreland Elementary $233,900


414 N. Duke St.

• Welcoming 4-Bdrm Cape Cod • Meticulously kept • Neutral paint, Nice size rooms • Hardwood floors throughout • Back patio • Tasteful landscaping $152,900

29 Walnut St., Boiling Springs

• 2 Bedroom Cape Cod • 2 Baths • 2-Car detached garage • Sunroom • Office • Hardwood floors $137,900


38 Liberty Ct., Carlisle

38 Liberty Ct., Carlisle • Mayapple Village • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Full baths, 2 half baths • Vaulted ceilings • Stainless steel appliances • Natural gas heat and central air $201,000


15 Sandy Bottom Rd., Carlisle

Callapatscink • 5 Bedrooms • 2 full and 2 half baths • Finished walk-out basement • Unfinished walk-up attic • 1.18 Acres • 2,666 Square feet $343,500


109 Hunters Ridge Dr., Harrisburg • Woodland View: 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath • Move-In Ready • Finished Basement • Extended Kitchen w/ Pantry • All Appliances Included • Motivated Sellers $125,900

1024-1026 Lehman St.

• Instant cash flow • Low maintenance 2-unit • Section 8 approved • Stable tenants with good track records • 5% Vacancy rate over 10 year period! • New hot water heaters and newer furnace • Detailed income and expense reports upon request $62,900


120 S. Ridge Rd., Boiling Springs

• 3,235 Square feet • 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths • 10 Acres • First floor bedroom • Oversized 2-car garage • 780 sq/ft Detached garage/workshop • Cumberland Valley Schools • Beside Appalachian Trail $445,000


225 N. Bedford St.

• 1,334 sq/ft • 3-4 Bedrooms, 1 Bath • Hardwood floors • Detached 1 car carport • Granite countertops in kitchen • Oil Heat, Wood-burning fireplace • 0.05 Acres $94,900

216 Swatara Cir.

• Sprawling layout – Lots of efficiently used space • 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath • Vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace • Updated kitchen • Finished walkout basement • Heated 4-season room • Private fenced backyard $212,500


1187 Greenfield Dr., Mechanicsburg

• 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths • Cul-de-sac location • Full bath on 1st floor • 2-Car garage • 1.94 Acres • Cumberland Valley Schools $265,000


14 Deer Dr. • Secluded • Bright & Open • Vaulted Dining/Living Rm Combo • TLC will go a Long Way • Fenced Back Yard • USDA Financing $159,500

51 Courtyard Dr.

• Courtyards of Carlisle • Spacious townhome • 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath • Open floor plan on 1st level • Natural gas heat, central air • One year home warranty $109,000


564 Main St., Harrisburg

• 3 Bedrooms • 1 Updated bathroom with laundry hookups • 1-Car detached garage • 1,304 Square feet • Living room, dining room • Eat-in kitchen $82,000


511 Miller Ave., Mechanicsburg • 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths • Large family room • Partially finished basement with outside entrance • Off street parking $155,000

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Some home improvements are simply worth a larger investment to achieve outstanding results. The extra investment ensures optimum returns in value, beauty and livability. Indoors, kitchens and baths rate that extra attention. Outdoors, decks are the pinnacle of great home improvements. Kitchen or bath improvements must mesh with the quality and decor of the rest of a home’s interior. When it comes to decks, however, it’s perfectly OK to have the ultimate deck — even if you don’t have the ultimate home. If you’re planning to create your own decadent deck this year, keep in mind these must-have upgrades if you want over-the-top luxury in your outdoor environment:

Cable railings Upgrading your deck’s railing

Built-in fire pit Decks can be great to enjoy with friends. from traditional wood to something beautiful and exotic is one of the easiest, most impactful ways to dress up a deck’s appearance. While some alternative railing types, such as glass or metal, come with their own set of issues, cable

railing stands apart for its beauty, versatility and durability. Cable railing provides safety and refined appearance without obstructing the view off your deck. Choose an option like Ultra-tec Cable Railing, which is made in

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Insulation key to ending drafts and cutting bills Brandpoint

Whether it’s the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature so it is comfortable in every season. But if your home has any drafts or air leaks, expect indoor temperatures to fluctuate dramatically. Leaks and drafts can hinder the performance of your heating-ventilationair conditioning equipment and cause your utility bills to skyrocket. Why? Conditioned air continually escapes the home due to the gaps within the building envelope, and HVAC equipment will work overtime to reach the thermostat’s set temperature. What’s more, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that air leakage contributes to potential moisture problems that can affect occupant health and the home’s durability. While traditional stop-gap solutions, such as placing runners by doors, may provide some relief, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends homeowners take a comprehensive approach. First, detect where the air leaks are within your home. A certified Home Energy Rating System Rater will be able to help you identify such areas as well as help assess your ventilation needs for indoor air quality. Once all sources of air leaks have been identified, air sealing techniques and materials can be applied. Caulking and weather-

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Caulking can help save you money on energy bills. stripping are two of the most popular and common techniques that can help address air leaks. However building experts will suggest considering solutions that go further in terms of airsealing. A recent study by the Building Science Corp. showed that heat transfer was much lower in a home equipped with spray foam insulation than with other, more traditional materials such as fiberglass or cellulose. The reduction, about 15 percent, indicates minimal thermal transmission and better block of heat transference, which can have a significant impact on how homeowners heat and cool their home. Installed by professionals, spray foam insulation, such as that available from Icynene, works well in all climates to completely seal the building, filling every gap to stop air leakage and help reduce the strain on HVAC

equipment. Spray foam insulation both insulates and air seals the entire building envelope letting homeowners cut monthly heating and cooling bills by as much as 50 percent in some cases. As a long-term solution, spray foam insulation helps maintain a comfortable temperature year-round while helping to control monthly heating and cooling expenses. Thanks to spray foam insulation’s air-sealing qualities, homeowners can reduce the size of their heating and cooling equipment because less effort is required to heat or cool the home, according to While air leakage can cause energy bills to sky-rocket, a well-insulated home and economical winterizing can help you get through the cold winter months. Learn the five easy steps to choosing the right insulation by visiting

This beautiful executive style home features 4-5 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, a first floor master bedroom suite, dynamic two story living room with plenty of windows and a gas fireplace, formal dining room with wood floors, tray ceiling and wainscoting, and a gorgeous eat-in kitchen featuring windows below the cabinets to bring the outdoors in, skylights and a breakfast area. The 2nd floor offers versatility with an area over the garage that would be ideal for guests with a full bath, bedroom and office area. Enjoy the finished basement with half bath, the 3-car side entry garage, the private rear yard with patio and a covered side patio. So much to see and enjoy!

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For small lawns, choose smart tools Brandpoint Small lawns have many of the same needs and issues as larger lawns, but they don’t always require the same bulky tools to get the job done. A smart arsenal for small lawn care includes some sturdy hand tools and a few small, but powerful, gadgets. If you’re looking to outfit your arsenal, consider these tools. • Easy thatch dispatchers — Thatch is a natural protective layer of debris that forms in lawns at the soil level and helps retain soil moisture. But when thatch gets too thick, matting to half an inch deep or more, it can prevent water, air and nutrients from reaching grass roots. Thatch removal tools slice through and lift thatch. The push-powered, wheeled Combisystem Vertical Cutter by Gardena removes matted thatch and aerates the lawn soil at the same time. For those who prefer manual raking, there’s the sharp-bladed True Temper Thatch Rake. • Lawn care at the flip of a switch — Small lawns need

lost in the garage or shed. • Water the lawn, not the living room — For a lawn, water ranks with sunlight in terms of importance. For a small lawn, often nestled up close to the house and open summer windows, putting water only where it’s wanted is desirable. The Dramm Colorstorm 9-Pattern Turret Sprinkler has adjustable directional sprays in nine different patterns to water small lawns evenly. Durable Use the right tools for lawn jobs this spring. and efficient, it gives the lawn the good, deep soakjust pick it up, flip the switch ing it needs, while leaving fertilizer and treatment for and walk to cover up to the living room curtains dry weeds just like large lawns. 2,500 square feet to fertilize and blowing in the summer But a large awkward push or treat the lawn. To spiff up breeze. spreader can be overkill yards overrun with weeds • Keep the lawn in fightfor a small lawn and take including tough dandelions, ing trim — Mowing a lawn up valuable storage space try the Ready2Go Spreader regularly is more than aesin the garage. The new with Preen Lawn Weed thetic: keeping grass at the lightweight, hand-carried, right length, between twobattery-powered Ready2Go Control. For eco-friendly spring lawn feeding, the Spreader is specifically deReady2Go Spreader with signed to make quick work GreenView Lawn Food ofof small lawns, slopes and fers quick green up plus tight spaces. It comes precontrolled nutrient release loaded with popular lawn over eight weeks. Each unit care products from Preen, is refillable, reusable, and its GreenView and Vigoro. pre-installed AA batteries Each unit is pre-calibrated are replaceable. After use, for its product so no furstore the compact, portable ther adjustments are ever needed. To use the spreader, tool on a shelf, with no space

portable models can go with you when you move some day. Consult a spa professional for help determining the size and type that’s right for your deck.

Outdoor kitchens

Grills and decks go together like cookies and cream, but to take your outdoor cooking to the next level, set aside an area on your deck for an outdoor kitchen. These kitchens not only

ders of walkways, driveways, paths and garden or landscape beds. With only a connecting cord of its own, attach the edger to the grounded outdoor-rated extension cord of choice, up to 50-feet. For those who prefer a manual edging solution, choose an edging tool with a sturdy handle and a strong hand-forged cutting edge such as the English-made Clarington Edging Knife. These are tools that get the job done and done quickly, keeping small lawns trim, tidy and naturally strengthened to fend off weeds. They’re also compact and easy to store and keep until next needed, a boon where storage spaces are also smaller with no room to spare.

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to-four inches, helps grass develop strong roots. The Black and Decker 19-inch cordless electric mulching mower is designed for small lawns. It not only makes it easy to keep the lawn mowed to the correct height, it chops up clippings so they decompose easily, discouraging thatch buildup. • Give a small lawn an edge — By their nature, small lawns are often viewed up close and personal. Edged lawns not only look nice, they help keep garden weeds out of the lawn and vice versa. But edging by hand is hard work. The GreenWorks 12 Amp Corded Edger is sturdy, lightweight, easy to maneuver and ideally suited to creating crisp tidy edges in turf along bor-

incorporate cooking facilities such as gas or charcoal grills, burners and even pizza ovens, they also sport wet bars, sinks and prep areas. Virtually any amenity you would find in a top-quality kitchen can be included in an outdoor cooking area. Your outdoor kitchen is not only a showcase of luxury, it can be the focal point of outdoor entertaining.

Layered levels If backyard space permits, consider adding levels to

your deck. Layering levels of deck adds visual appeal and interest, and also allows you to turn your outdoor “room” into an outdoor house. With multiple levels, you can separate seating and cooking areas, create greater privacy for a hot tub and maximize available space. Whether your home is modest or majestic, your deck can be a showcase of style, luxury and fun — and an investment that pays off in increased value and enjoyment.


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Three new styles to choose from! End units w/2 or 3 BRs & 2 car garage. Economical gas heat/hot water. FHA, VA, Conventional Financing Available. Directions: From Carlisle Square Spring Road (Rt 34N) L/Creek Rd (Turkey Hill) L/Longs Gap R/Lehman’s Crossing.

You will love this immaculate home resting on 3.4 acres. Geothermal heat, 4 season room, gazebo, 3 car gar & so much more. Call today! MLS#: 10243516 Directions: I-81 to Wertzville Rd L/Rich Valley Road.

Hosted by: Ruth Osborne (732) 513-7127

Hosted by: Lawrence Geesaman 717) 574-1752

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Three new styles to choose from! Some with basements & 2 car garage. Economical gas heat/hot water. 100% USDA Financing Available. Directions: From Carlisle Square Spring Road (Rt 34N) L/Creek Rd (Turkey Hill) L/Longs Gap R/Lehman’s Crossing

Hosted by: Ruth Osborne (732) 513-7127

OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 PRICES STARTING IN THE $159,900 The Sadler Model 1600 SF w/3 BRs, 2.5 BAs, open kitchen w/breakfast bar, MBR w/vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet and master bath. All appliances included. Directions: Rt 81S Hanover St Exit left @ redlight by Chili’s straight to R/Brookside.

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Hosted by: Beth Aughenbaugh (717) 574-2616

Paula von schmid 717-497-1487

Dave Walker 717-439-7114

Sue Ruhl 717-269-4557

HOT LISTINGS THE HIGHLANDS $308,000. Beautifully maintained 4 BR home on corner lot. Upgraded ceramic tile flrs in kit, laun, sunrm, foyer & BAs. Lots of space for entertaining. MLS#: 10241917

WHELAN CROSSING $279,500. . Yingst Homes custom ranch. HW flrs, vaulted ceilings, cherry kitchen, Corian countertops, gas FP. 750+ SF of fin exposed LL. All appliances. MLS#: 10241671

CHESTERFIELD $229,900. Spectacular brick front 4 BR trad’l w/many upgrades. 4 BRs, 2.5 BAs, HW flrs in LR & DR, gas FP. Situated on corner lot next to cul-de-sac. MLS#: 10246716

SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE $207,000. 46 acres w/approx 20 tillable acres. Plenty of wildlife, large open field. Excellent for hunting or farming. 70 acre farm also available. MLS#: 10244137

NORTH MIDDLETON $173,900. Immaculate, well maintained split level w/many recent updates. 3 BRs, 2 full baths. LL laundry rm w/storage. Fenced backyard. AHS Warranty. MLS#: 10241443

NEW CUMBERLAND $169,900. Prime location, short drive to all amenities. 3 BRs, 2 BAs, move-in ready. Many recent updates. Inground pool, screened porch & patio! MLS#: 10248277

NEWVILLE $165,000. So much charm & personality in this 5 BR, 2 full BA home. Grand foyer, elegant stairway, detailed wdwrk & high ceilings. Lrg 2 car det gar. MLS#: 10240444

SOUTH MIDDLETON TWP $159,900. Put your finishing touches on this updated cape cod. Fresh paint & HW flrs just done. Lrg LR w/gas FP. Unfin 2nd flr, oversized 2 car gar. MLS#: 10245989

YORK TOWNHOME $149,900. Well maintained, shows like new. Lrg MBR w/full BA & walkin closet. Open flr plan on 2nd flr includes LR, DR & kitchen w/newer appliances. MLS#: 10248385

PATIENCE ECKMAN (717) 571-6591

DON RICKARDS (717) 514-3644

RUTH OSBORNE (732) 513-7127

CHARLES BEAM (717) 884-4692

JANET YAW (717) 385-1196

JEFFERY MILLER (717) 870-7402

SUSAN KENNEDY (717) 254-3205

JEFFERY MILLER (717) 870-7402

JEFFERY MILLER (717) 870-7402

NORTH MIDDLETON TWP $149,900. Nicely landscaped ranch home on over 1/2 ac. Many updates, large den/FR could easily be 3rd BR, walk-up attic, full unfin bsmt. Great home! MLS#: 10243032

EAST BERLIN $149,900. Check out this amazing home w/many updated features. New kitchen, great bath & lrg finished bsmt w/walk-out level to private rear patio. MLS#: 10247794

SOUTH MIDDLETON TWP $149,900. Lovely & spacious home close to Rt 15 & I-81. Charming kit, DR, LR & sunroom. Freshly painted inside, MBR ready to for carpet. 2 lrg sheds. MLS#: 10246113

PRICE REDUCED $149,000. Great cape cod on 3/4 ac lot. 3 BRs, 1st flr MBR, dressing rm & balcony. Lrg workshop. Natural gas heat. Freshly painted, ready to move in! MLS#: 10242436

MIDDLETON ESTATES $134,000. Great end unit townhome in move-in condition. 2 lrg BRs w/private baths, LR & DR, kit w/ pantry. Private deck overlooks woods. AHS Warranty. MLS#: 10242496

COURTYARDS OF CARLISLE $109,900. Great location close to downtown Carlisle. 2 BR, 1.5 BA twnhm w/open flr plan. Formal dining area, kit w/all appliances. Efficient gas heat! MLS#: 10243266

COURTYARDS OF CARLISLE $108,500. Shows like new! Open 2 BR townhome. New flooring in the LR, DR, kitchen & bath. Fresh paint throughout. New roof. Bing an offer! MLS#: 10245175

CARLISLE $84,900. Very nice remodeled 2 BR home on two level & fully fenced lots. Walk to the park & downtown. Great garage. Nice home ready to move into! MLS#: 10240035

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY $47,500. Currently rented for $650/mth. Nice all brick home w/ backyard next to community park. Numerous updates. Approved HUD Rental Property. MLS#: 10237926

STEPHEN WILSON (717) 385-1471

IAN WEWER (717)860-0623

ROBERT WERTZ (717) 574-7528

HANIF AFGHAN (717) 254-0864

JANET YAW (717) 385-1196

SUSAN KENNEDY (717) 254-3205

JEFFERY MILLER (717) 870-7402

TINA KOSINSKI (717) 440-2467

ROBERT FOSTER (717) 512-8430

1068 HARRISBURG PIKE, CARLISLE (717) 243-8080 • OPEN MONDAY – FRIDAY 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM • SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM • SUNDAY BY APPT.

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NL New ranch located in the Netherby Development halfway between Carlisle & Boiling Springs Great open floor plan on a nice corner lot Michael Diehl, 243-1000


NL HSA MBG 1890’s home in Carlsile Historic Dist 3rd flr studio/3rd BR ste Reworked slate roof 100 yr old pine wood flr window seats mahogany deck & more William Rudge, 243-1000


NL HSA This brick & vinyl home is located only a few minutes drive from shopping & major routes New roof counters etc make this move-in ready Doug Heineman, 243-1000


NL New frpl 2BR formal DR attached over sized gar plus detached 2 car gar Nicole Pearson, 243-1000


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Save money with style in kitchen Brandpoint

Home remodel projects don’t have to require an extensive budget, or look cheap when using less expensive materials. If you’re interested in updating the look of your kitchen this year, you can find products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish home without paying a high price. The trick to finding products and materials is an open mind, says Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime.” “Most homeowners are surprised by how reasonable kitchen redecorating can be when they use and reorganize existing furniture and cabinetry in new ways, or

Update the look of your kitchen without paying a high price. by taking a new look at how technology has improved the products their grandmothers had in their kitchens,” Baltzer says. “We can save money without skimping on style, using what is

already there and bringing back what has worked for years with a new look.” For example, laminate was the kitchen countertop surface of choice “back in the day.” Today’s laminate has

evolved to improve its style — looking like real wood, stone or tile. Wilsonart Laminate has many new designs that look and feel like natural stone, like granite or marble, as well as wood, making visitors to the home think they’re seeing the authentic material on surfaces like countertops, tables and even walls. When remodeling your kitchen, consider ways to use what already exists, but upgrade it with a fresh, new look. For example, if your kitchen countertops are faded, covered in stains and worn out, don’t try to replace everything. Instead, consider replacing just the tops with granite-styled laminate — designed to mirror the look of granite, but at a fraction of the cost. Wilso-

“Most homeowners are

the existing cabinets, but change the color and look of the room simply by switching out the countertops. Or consider turning a former countertop or table into a beautiful faux butcher block — without the expensive cost or ongoing maintenance of real wood. From darker oaks to light maples, laminate can transform the look of your kitchen quickly Summer Baltzer, designer and easily. And if you are considering undergoing a “green” renovation, know nart Laminate with AEON that Wilsonart Laminate is Enhanced Performance 70 percent paper — much Technology is designed spe- better for the earth than cifically for use as a coungranite or marble, which tertop, and cleans up easily have to be mined, or wood using a damp cloth and mild that has to be harvested detergent. The laminate is from older, mature trees. resistant to scratching and Another way to give your marring from sharp objects. This way you can keep See Kitchen, D15

surprised by how reasonable kitchen redecorating can be when they use and reorganize existing furniture and cabinetry in new ways, or by taking a new look at how technology has improved the products their grandmothers had in their kitchens.”

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Cold is good news, bad news on bugs Brandpoint

The newest buzz phrase this winter is “polar vortex.” Most of the country has experienced weeks of extremely cold temperatures, and these repeated bouts of ice and snow could have an impact on local pest populations. Rodents and mosquitoes may not be homeowners’ main concerns at the moment, but experts from the National Pest Management Association want to be sure the temperature’s effect on pests is not overlooked. Many pest species have methods for coping with the cold. Some enter an overwintering state called diapause or produce an antifreeze-type liquid to protect their bodies. Others

avoid the cold by finding their way into heated homes, and believe it or not, some insects actually can stay alive and insulated from the freezing cold air by being buried in snow. Especially in areas that have experience with harsh winters, pests have adapted to the cold. Even if the temperatures are detrimental to the adults, they have most likely already laid eggs that will hatch in spring. However, with such extreme temperatures, there is a good chance that summer pest populations could be With extreme temperatures, there is a good chance smaller. This is determined, that summer pest populations could be smaller. in part, by the number and areas of the South that do temperatures for an exlength of hard freezes durtended time are more likely not usually experience this ing the winter. Repeated freeze-thaw cycles are more to reach insects buried deep type of winter weather. To both prevent a pest in the ground. The biggest likely to affect pests than a infestation and curb fudifference could be seen in gradual cooling. Also, low

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ture pest populations, the NPMA has the following tips for homeowners battling the cold: • Watch out for ice dams. Heat escaping from a home can cause snow to melt on the roof. Sometimes the melted water refreezes around the cooler edges of the roof creating an ice dam that prevents water from properly draining. This moisture can seep into the attic and siding causing mold to grow and can attract pests. • Install or repair weather stripping. Windows and doors offer the easiest access into a home. Weather stripping and door sweeps will help keep out the cold, as well as pests. • Manage melting ice and snow. Especially in areas

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Gardening: Buy smart of RHR Horticulture in Shoreline, Wash., a Seattle suburb. Garden centers, with their “Any dead sections that vast collections of plant are beyond just grooming to colors, sizes and shapes, can make it look good should be be intimidating to inexpeavoided,” he said. Also avoid rienced buyers. But you can plants “that may be unusubecome a discerning purally red or sickly yellow chaser with a little homelooking.” work and by quizzing the It’s a good idea to check sales people as you shop. plant roots at the nursery. “Usually, when shopIt’s risky to buy plants that ping, I go early before the are root-bound, too wet or crowds and also before the too dry, although that may staff are worn out,” said Jack mean removing them from McKinnon, a garden coach the pot to examine them. from the San Francisco Bay “If you politely ask a gararea. “I like asking questions den center staff member, like, ‘What are you getting any reputable retail center in next?’ ‘What is new?’ and should stand by their prod‘What is the most popular uct and allow you to do it, now?’ If it is early (in the or they may do it for you,” season), you may learn a Reyes said. lot that puts you ahead of Other plant-buying-likethe masses in designs and a-pro tips: trends.” • Shop by price and shop The most important factor the sales. Find out when in plant shopping, however, new plants are usually delivis the health of the plant, ered and displayed. “Try McKinnon said. to have a relationship with “As one nurseryman I the nursery owner or staff,” trust says: ‘Don’t accept McKinnon said. ugly plants.’ And he doesn’t • Bare-root, container give refunds.” grown, or balled and burHow can you tell if a plant lapped? “Bare-root plats is diseased, pest-ridden or have not had a chance to beyond its prime? get root-bound in a pot, “Look for any unusual and you can see what you’re brown, black or gray spotbuying,” McKinnon said. ting on the foliage,” said “Both are definite advanRizanino (Riz) Reyes, a land- tages.” scape designer and owner • Work from a plan. “I recBy Dean Fosdick Associated Press

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Rizanino “Riz” Reyes, a horticulturist, prunes a rose bush Feb. 12 before putting it in the ground. Avoid plants that need to be pruned for anything beyond minor cosmetic touches. ommend having a general list so you avoid too many impulse buys on plants that may not end up getting planted or worse, get forgotten,” Reyes said. • Annuals vs. perennials: “Perennials come back and can look great the year’round,” Reyes said. “Annuals provide traffic-stopping impact and remarkable color. You save and have the most incredible garden by integrating both.” • Buying tropicals and houseplants: “Take care in transporting these from the

store to your vehicle as some may be very sensitive to the cold,” Reyes said. “Plant them right away or keep them cool but not frozen. Keep them watered and moist.” • Choosing bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes: “Look for plump, firm bulbs,” Reyes said. “Usually, the bigger the better. Hardy bulbs like lilies are ready to plant as soon as possible. For dahlias and other tender bulbs, wait until after frost to plant or pot them up and start indoors.”

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Bright Continued from D3 canary yellow. (www. Grandin Road’s op-arty Lulu planter in a loopy black-and-white graphic would be an exclamation point to colorful outdoor furniture. Their Sea Life collection of outdoor pillows includes stylized starfish and sand dollars in brilliant hues. (www. Usable as either planters or beverage receptacles, LED-embedded resin GardenGlo containers provide glowing illumination in a range of colors. ( Consider adding a few glowing orbs to the garden, pool, pathway or anywhere you’d fancy ambient light. A remote control lets you run through a variety of soft colors or switch to white. They’ll last eight hours on one battery charge. (www. Seattle-based designer Nicole Ketchum creates lightweight acrylic chandeliers in 11 colors that can be hung from trees, deck roofs or anywhere you’d like. Choose a faux ornate pattern or an octopus. (www. Outdoor polypropylene rugs add color and give outdoor spaces a more finished, room-like look. Hor-



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4 tips for healthy lawns on a budget

you can leave the grass clippings on the lawn. The clipAs spring rolls around, it’s pings will serve as a natural time to start thinking about fertilizer. They contain the same nitrogen, phosphorus yard maintenance. If your and potassium as commerbudget is tight, you might cial fertilizer — and they’re be tempted to let the lawn free. care slide, but maintain3. Use common household ing a great lawn doesn’t need to be expensive — and items. Take advantage of items already at your finthe reward for just a small gertips to keep your lawn in investment is a beautiful, tip-top shape. For example: environmentally friendly • Ready the ruler. Mowsetting for outdoor activiing your grass to the right ties of many kinds. If you’re looking to ensure height will help you create a low-maintenance, a healthy natural lawn on a budget, consider these four drought-tolerant lawn. Wait until your grass is 3 easy tips: inches tall before mow1. Water as needed. On average, a lawn needs about ing, and then cut it to 2 inches in height. By only 1 inch of water per week, trimming one-third of the from rainfall or irrigation. blade length, you will avoid This will soak the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches, put- stressing the grass while leaving enough leaf to proting water deep into your lawn’s root system. Letting tect the roots from the sun. • Let a screwdriver be the lawn dry out completely your guide. To see if your between waterings will encourage the grass to grow lawn needs to be watered, test for moisture by pushstronger, deeper roots as it ing a screwdriver into the searches for water deeper ground. If it’s difficult to in the soil. For best results, push the screwdriver in, the water in the early mornsoil is dry and your grass ing when there is less wind needs a drink. If the blade and heat. Put a rain gauge goes in easily, you don’t on your porch to measure rainfall; if you receive 1 inch need to water yet. • Use mason jars, vinegar of rain in a week, skip the and baking soda. Good soil watering and save your iris critical to a healthy lawn, rigation money that week. and most turfgrasses prefer 2. Fertilize naturally. soil with a neutral pH (neiDon’t break your back trying to bag lawn clippings. If ther acidic nor alkaline). For you mow frequently (about a DIY pH test, pull out a pair of pint mason jars. Fill each once a week during the jar about half way full with growing season) and don’t soil samples taken from remove too much height, Brandpoint

Water, fertilizing properly and maintaining your mower will help your lawn. several different locations around your yard. Be sure to remove rocks and other debris from your samples. Add a half-cup of vinegar to the first jar. If the mixture fizzes, your soil is highly alkaline and you don’t need to test the other jar. If you get no reaction, continue the test by adding a halfcup of water to the soil in the second jar. Mix well and then add a half-cup of baking soda to the slurry. If this mixture fizzes, the soil is very acidic. Overly acidic

soil can be amended with lime, while alkaline soil can be amended with sulfur. • Dish soap for the grubs. As your lawn starts its spring growth, watch for brown patches that never turn green. Dead patches could be caused by grubs feeding on the roots in the fall. To determine whether grubs are indeed the problem, dig up square-foot sections of sod to a depth of about 2 inches in several areas in your yard. Next, examine the soil beneath your

grass for short, fat, whitish C-shaped worms. If you find 10 or more grubs per square foot you should treat your lawn. To treat 1,000 square feet of grass, dilute two tablespoons of liquid dish soap in a gallon of water and spray it on the lawn, preferably immediately after a rainfall. This will cause the grubs to come to the surface, where you can collect them if the birds don’t do the job for you. Repeat the treatment weekly until the grubs stop

surfacing. 4. Maintain your mower. Take 30 minutes to service your lawn mower at the beginning of the season. Changing the oil, cleaning or replacing the spark plug and changing the filters once a year will help you avoid repair bills down the road. Also sharpen the mower blade if needed. A dull blade will tear the grass rather than cutting it, which will stress the lawn and leave it vulnerable to disease.

walls. Switching out the fabrics in the kitchen will help you finalize the entire project within a reasonable budget. Keep the counter-height chairs, but add new seat

cushions or replace the current seat cushions for a fresh style. Swap out the curtains in the window to enhance the new color scheme. Hang some new towels — you may

be surprised, but the room will look completely different. As you begin to plan your kitchen remodel, keep an open mind and take a new look at those long-term

products that have improved over the years. Consider how laminate designed to replicate granite, marble, stone or wood could drastically improve the look of your kitchen.

Kitchen Continued from D11 kitchen a fresh new look is modernizing the style. Backsplashes by the sink are very trendy in restaurants and homes these days,

but tiling a large area with stone or granite can be both time-consuming and costly. Instead, consider choosing a laminate that will bring out the colors of the room, and add a bit of patterning to the

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