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COUNTERBALANCED CONNECTING COMMUNITIES, RESIDENTS, AND LOCAL BUSINESS!

Time To Right-Size Signs it may be time to move.

Irrigation Prevent winter damage to your irrigation system.

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Life on the Lake

Road Yachts

Maintenencefree life. page 10

Consider a compact, luxury RV rental. page 12

Education Today

Why Do Trees Fall

Teaching skills for life.

Can we tell when a tree may fall?

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Sugarloaf Market

Earth-Friendly Tips For Autumn S E E PA G E 3

Real estate update. page 14

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utumn is upon us, and with the change of seasons comes the fall to-do list that must be completed before the arrival of winter weather. Many outdoor jobs are best completed before temperatures drop, while others can be tackled indoors to help save energy and prepare for increased time spent inside the home.

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OUTDOOR CLEANUP

Autumn means leaves are falling from trees and littering landscapes. Cleaning up leaves can be a time-consuming task, but it's necessary to promote the health of lawns and other plants. Grass that is completely matted down with leaves can become starved for light and moisture, and lawns may even rot when forced to spend winter beneath fallen leaves. One eco-friendly timesaver is to shred leaves with a mower (a manual mower is preferable) and leave them as topdressing for the lawn. As long as the grass blades can be seen within the leaves, the lawn should be fine. Shredded leaves will decompose and add necessary nutrients and organic matter to the soil naturally. Leaves also can be used in annual flower and vegetable gardens to improve the soil. Mulch made from shredded leaves can be placed on the soil around trees and shrubs. This helps to reduce weed problems and protects root systems from harsh temperature fluctuations. CLOTHING DONATIONS

It's time to pack away summer clothing and once again fill closets and drawers with sweaters and jeans. Before packing away your summer wardrobe, conduct an inventory to determine if there are any items you no longer use. Donate these items or use them as rags when cleaning. Keep some short-sleeved shirts accessible so you can layer them under sweatshirts and sweaters. The heat from layering will be trapped against your body and keep you cozier, reducing your reliance on HVAC systems to stay warm. HOME REPAIRS

Check the roof for any missing shingles. In addition, look for spots where animals or insects may be able to gain entry into your home. Seal these areas and repair any leaks. This will make your home more efficient later on when winter hits its stride. Remove window air conditioners for the winter. If they can't be removed, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket. If you have forced-air systems, move furniture away from the vents so that air can flow better around the home and keep it comfortable. Check weatherstripping around windows and doors and make the necessary adjustments. Installing additional insulation also can help reduce energy consumption.

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SIGNS IT’S TIME TO RIGHT-SIZE Whether it’s retirement, a change in lifestyle, or the desire to be closer to family, rightsizing is a great way to free up time, money, and pursue a home that better fits the needs of the owner. If you’re on the fence about the rightsize process, here are a few signs it’s time to make a change.

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You Want to be Closer to Family

Your Nest is Empty

As families spread out, many homeowners find that the family home is not as close to the children and grandchildren as they’d like. Right-sizing allows for a relocation, and the possibility of owning more than one home to be close to multiple family members.

It can be difficult for parents once all of the children have left the house. And, staying in a big, empty house full of memories can make the transition to full-blown empty nester even harder. Moving to a smaller home not only feels good, it creates a change of pace to start a new life.

You’re Feeling Overwhelmed With big houses come big responsibilities. Feeling overwhelmed by the level of maintenance required to keep up a home, or by the expense of heating and cooling spaces that haven’t been used in months, may signal that right-sizing is the right option.

You’re Facing Lifestyle Changes

You’re Losing Things If things get lost too easily in a house it can be a good indicator that there is too much extra space, not that the residents are getting older. When there are rooms, and sometimes floors not in use, that extra space doesn’t just require extra maintenance, it can act as a little bit of a ‘black hole’ where things go missing.

Whether it’s a health or mobility concern, or simply the desire to live in a neighborhood where neighbors actually know each other, a range of lifestyle changes can make right-sizing an appealing option.

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saving time and aggravation. If your system works with a timer dial, you should unplug it from the power source for maximum energy savings. For either type of system, disconnect the wires that power the pump to prevent damage that can occur if the pump runs when the system is dry.

3. Evacuate To prevent cracked pipes, removing the water from your piping system is critical. You can remove enough water by turning off the water supply and running your system through 1 complete cycle. The water in the system will run downhill to the lowest heads and drain out. The remaining water will not be under pressure and is unlikely to cause damage when temperatures dip since the ground isn’t likely to freeze at the depth of your pipes. An irrigation system blow-out is an advanced do-it-yourself project. Mistakes can damage your irrigation system or cause serious injury. It’s better to leave it to the pros.

You may be wondering… “But, what does my lawn need now?” To help your lawn bed down for winter, you should apply a winterizing fertilizer to give your warm season grass a jumpstart in the spring. Use an 18-1520 mix in September or early October for potassium supplementation. Dormant lawns still need water to stay alive. Aim for at least 1 inch of water every 14 – 21 days. If we experience long periods without rain, you may have to water your lawn. Just be sure to water midday when air temperatures are over 40 degrees to prevent ice from forming. Your sprinkler system is on winter hiatus… so, don’t pack the hose away! You may need it sooner than you think.

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EDUCATION TODAY: Te a c h i n g S k i l l s fo r L i f e By Ellen Adolph

Parents who are interested in learning realize that the landscape of education has changed dramatically since they were in school. Change is a constant in education as in life: I remember my own parents talking at length about the “new” math and hearing my sons’ teachers discuss reading skills in terms of phonics versus whole language. Today’s teachers are talking about learning in much broader terms. In a recent meeting, I heard one of our faculty members mention the fact that many parents often express academic success in terms of a competitive comparison. Does my child have only A’s or B’s? How can my child obtain the highest ERB scores? Does my second grader’s reading range reflect fourth grade skills?

Educators know that success is not determined by a high grade on a test. Instead, future success for our children depends on lifelong learning. As elementary educators, we are committed to teaching children a love of learning and skills that go beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. Of course, basic skills like spelling, grammar, or math fact competency continue to be very important. However, today’s teachers also know that the content of what students need to learn is rapidly changing in our globally connected, technology-driven world. Teachers are focused on fundamental skills. Students need to know how to ask important questions, be curious and excited, and think critically. They also need to learn the social agility to collaborate with others and to appreciate the viewpoints of others different from themselves. They need to learn determination — “grit” in the face of adversity. Additionally, we want to develop our students’ hearts as well as their minds. At my school, we emphasize community service. We believe in education in the arts and music as well as intramurals and co-curricular activities that allow children to explore their interests and talents. We want our students to grow into people who fully develop their own unique potential — to love themselves, to value what only they can offer the world, and to contribute to society. Educators today know that our job is to prepare children for more than success in high school, college, and even the workplace. Our job is to prepare children to lead meaningful, productive, and satisfying lives and to leave their own mark on the world.

Ellen Adolph has been an educator for 24 years. She serves as counselor at Woodward North in Johns Creek, a satellite campus of Woodward Academy.

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Why Do

TREES Fa l l ? This is a common question here in Atlanta. Any time a storm rolls through town, the local news covers fallen tree stories with pictures of damaged cars or homes. So, why do trees fall? For a tree to fall, a weakness, structure flaw or unusual force must exist. For example, why did the tall pine with very few low limbs fall across the back yard? Upon investigation, we discover that this area was heavily wooded at one time. This pine tree is one of a couple remaining, after all the others were removed for development 10 years ago. This tree spent its first 20+ years of life competing with the others for sunlight and root space, therefore it is very tall and its supporting root system is not evenly distributed around the tree due to the intense competition in the woods. Now that it is on its own, it is subjected to full wind forces that all the other trees would buffer. Due to its lack of low, balancing limbs and unbalanced root system it cannot withstand a heavy gust of wind and it falls. Another example; why did the beautiful old oak tree to the side of the house completely uproot? Upon 8

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further investigation we observe that many of the tips of the limbs were dead. This indicates potential root decline. Upon studying the uprooted stump, we discover that half of the root crown (area of attachment with structural roots to the tree trunk) was severely decayed. We observe that the entire rooting area of the tree is ivy covered. The ivy has hidden the decay mushrooms that would have indicated root system decline. Finally, we discover that the sewer line that runs 10 feet from the base of the tree was replaced 10 years ago. This tree’s failure resulted from root damage caused by the sewer line replacement which exposed decay fungi to the root system. Not only did the ivy mask any symptoms, it contributed to the decline by intensely competing with the old tree for water and nutrients.

These are just two examples of why trees fall. What can you do to prevent your trees from falling? Consult with an I.S.A. Certified Arborist regarding your trees and have a detailed inspection performed. Disclose any historical details that you can recall of activities that may have impacted your trees over the years. Act on the arborist’s finding and recommendations. Can all unsafe conditions be diagnosed? Probably not, but as industry research continues, new diagnostic techniques are being developed and improved upon continually. Can a perfectly healthy tree fall? Yes, if exposed to extreme forces like the sustained winds of a hurricane or intense winds of a tornado. However, we can safely coexist in this beautiful urban forest called Atlanta if we just increase our awareness of potential hazardous trees. Chris Heim, District Manager, is a Davey Employee Owner with 30 years of dedicated service and an I.S.A. Certified Arborist. He can be reached at 770-325-2900.


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nvesting in a second home is much more than investing in real estate. You’re looking for a place that will serve as the backdrop to memories made and time spent with friends and family. But, the time and money spent on landscaping, exterior maintenance and any kind of dock maintenance for a traditional lake house can cut into both your budget and your time with those most important to you. If you’ve owned a second home before, being able to drive up after work on a Friday night and ready to get out and enjoy the lake first thing Saturday morning sounds almost too good to be true, right? Maybe not. Like a lake house, choosing a condo as your second home offers a range of features from to-die-for views on private patios and decks, to direct water access, plenty of space for guests and a relaxing atmosphere. But, unlike a single family home, condos have a few more perks that are completely their own. Think community amenities — pools, playgrounds, day docks, and grilling areas — secured access, a vibrant community and, maybe most importantly, an HOA.

Like a lake house, choosing a condo as your second home offers a range of features from to-die-for views on private patios and decks, to direct water access, plenty of space for guests and a relaxing atmosphere.

A Homeowners’ Association brings various benefits to a community, but when that community is a second home community, one of the biggest benefits is maintenance…that they handle. When you own a condo, landscaping and exterior maintenance like the roof, siding, paint, and common areas, are coordinated by the HOA and funded by HOA Dues. Meaning, aside from interior upkeep, all you need to do when you leave is lock the door. And, a condo community may offer services that go above and beyond the standard, like Boat Maintenance Programs and onsite storage, making it that much easier to enjoy more time on the lake and relaxing with family and friends. A Lakeside condo may not be the traditional choice for a second home on the water, but it’s the perfect choice if you’d rather spend more time enjoying your home and less time and money taking care of it. On Lake Oconee, one of Georgia’s favorite lakes, this maintenance-free life can be found at The Waterfront On Lake Oconee. These spacious, 3-Bedroom Condominium homes offer a level of convenience and affordability that can’t be found anywhere else on the lake. With some of the best views on the lake from every home, the community offers a maintenance-free lifestyle unique to condo living, as well as an onsite full-service marina, direct lake access, a gated entrance and private clubhouse, pool and grilling area. And, with 3-bedroom homes starting in the low-$200s, these condominiums offer a lot of fun at a great price. For more on The Waterfront on Lake Oconee, visit WaterfrontOnLakeOconee.com or call 706-991-1919.

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xperiencing the outdoors is one of the very best ways to create long lasting memories. And fortunately, within just a few hours from North Georgia you can enjoy the solitude and scenery of several spectacular national parks or the excitement of fall tailgating at your alma mater, favorite NASCAR track, or professional sporting event. Within just a couple more hours, you can be relaxing in the sand and surf on the Gulf or Atlantic beaches. Unfortunately, the over-stuffed family car is the ubiquitous way to travel or tailgate. Cramped and irritable kids have that special way of turning even Clark Griswold into Atilla the Hun. Thus, the travel to your destination often cuts heavily into your enjoyment. Yet, few people ever consider the possibility of an RV. For those that do, most don’t want to purchase one because of the cost, the fact that large RVs often require special towing vehicles or special driver’s licenses and small RVs lack the comforts many insist on. Class B vehicles, however, like the Airstream® Interstate Lounge EXT, are extremely easy to drive and park, get great fuel economy, and combine the legendary quality and luxury of the Airstream and Mercedes-Benz® brands. They are truly luxurious and packed with standard features like a full galley kitchen, bathroom, awning, self-contained propane generator, shore power hook-up, belted seating for eight, comfortable sleeping accommodations for two, privacy shades and LED lighting. And, since they are a Class B vehicle, like a conversion van, no special driver’s licenses or skills are required. They can park virtually anywhere with at least 10 ft. of overhead clearance. Rental of these vehicles is a great option to their $160,000 purchase price and a creative alternative to the frustrating routine of air travel, boring hotel rooms and crowded tourist destinations. With additional features like in-motion satellite TV, an external TV hook-up, a propane grill hookup and camping gear, you can set up a luxury “home” in the mountains, at the beach, in a stadium parking lot, or even a friend’s driveway. Whether for weekend foliage tours, camping, tailgating or long family vacation trips, renting an RV will turn irritable passengers ordinarily stuck in a cramped car into happy, relaxed passengers that will actually enjoy the travel time. And that is the whole point of a vacation. So consider a luxury RV rental for next road trip and find out why the travel can be as much fun as the destination!

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Housing Market Still Strong In Sugarloaf

HOUSING

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The housing recovery continues across the US, and that includes Sugarloaf Country Club. The current trends show on average that houses in Sugarloaf are on the market less than three months (89 days). Homes for sale are also getting about 95% of the asking price. Realtor Todd Lemoine calls it “a crazy buyer’s market in there.”

Prices Up Across The United States According to an August report from the National Association of Realtors house prices continue to recover across the US. Prices are up 5.6% nationwide over the last year. However, in the southeast the number is even higher at 7.0%. Actual home sales are up as well 9.6% over the last calendar year. It continues to be an active market with higher prices for homes than we’ve seen since before the recession.

Waiting For A Bigger Down Payment? One of the reasons potential home buyers hold off on their purchase is that they worry that they don’t have enough money to put down on their house. Homebuyers are urged to put 20% down on their home to minimize the monthly payment, have immediate equity and avoid PMI. However, this isn’t always the best financial move. For example, if a homebuyer were to purchase an $800,000 home with 20% down vs. 5% down they would save about $925 per month because of the decreased payment and no PMI. That equals over $11,000 per year in savings! Not bad. However, if the house were to increase in value by 4.3% over the next 12 months, which realty data company CoreLogic suggests, that would increase the value almost $35,000 in one year. In other words, maybe it’s not worth the wait to put more money down on the next house.

Mortgage Rates Ticking Up Rates have begun their bounce from the bottom and continue to slowly tick upwards. In fact, Freddie Mac expects the rates to go up an entire point within the next 12 months. So, rates may end up around 5% by this time next year. While those rates still aren’t terrible, it does equate to a big difference in payments. The monthly payment on a million dollar house will, on average, cost about $6,500 more per year if the rates go up 1%!

Is This The Time?

The office for Todd Lemoine’s Team is less than 5 minutes from Sugarloaf Country Club. They have sold several homes across the north metro, and are experts in the Sugarloaf area. Call them with any questions today! 14 C o u n t e r B a l a n c e d // September –  October 2015

House prices continue to rise. That means both the price of your current house as well as the price of your next house. Also, houses are moving in Sugarloaf as buyers are looking to tap into increased value in their current home as well as competitive interest rates to move up in home value. But, the rates continue to go up, as does the price of your next house. If you’ve been looking to invest in your next home, this is as good a time as we’ve seen in several years. You have to ask yourself … is this the time?


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Party Punch

Restaurant-Style Buffalo Wings

Seven Layer Bars

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( Recipe makes 32, 4 oz. servings )

( Recipe makes 10 chicken wings )

( Recipe makes 3 dozen )

IngredIents :

IngredIents :

IngredIents :

1/2 gallon strawberry sherbet

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 (64 fluid ounce) bottles fruit punch 1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage, chilled

1/4 tsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp. salt

10 chicken wings

oil for deep frying 1/4 c. butter

1/4 c. hot sauce 1 dash ground black pepper

1 dash garlic powder

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dIrectIons :

Place sherbet in punch bowl. Pour in fruit punch and lemon-lime soda.

In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Place chicken wings in a large nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.

Garnish as you like.

Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.

1/2 c. unsalted butter 1 c. chopped walnuts 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup butterscotch chips

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 1/3 cup shredded coconut

dIrectIons : Preheat oven to 350˚ F (175˚ C). Line 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper. Melt butter and mix in graham cracker crumbs. Press evenly over bottom of pan. Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts over crumbs. Sprinkle coconut, and pour condensed milk over everything. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

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