November 2014

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for November

If you’re traveling through Southeast Alaska this month, we invite you to join us for the many events held throughout the region.

November 6th – 9th | Sitka: Sitka Whalefest  |  www.sitkawhalefest.org

November 8th | Juneau: Veteran’s Day 8K Run  |  www.juneauserr.wix.com

November 8th | Coffman Cove: Holiday Bazaar  |  www.ccalaska.com Continue reading

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Winterizing your Pets

cat_1 cat_2By Anna Hoke, Publisher  |  November is all about the start of winter for me. The beginning of the snowy season means spending time winterizing various things and necessities. We do our vehicles by replacing our regular tires with studs, we also prepare by digging out the snow shovels and snowblower. We shut house vents and dust off our winter clothes and gear. Another thing that we do in our household is brainstorm alternative things for our cat to do when he cannot adventure outside for as many hours as he does the rest of the year. First of, I must make an apology if I write about my cat too often. I certainly have been told that I post too many photos of him on Facebook and that I don’t deny, nor am I that sorry for. I’d probably be a crazy cat lady if I wasn’t married and busy, I kind of already am but with only one cat. Continue reading

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Heirlooms, Artwork, and Handicrafts for the New Homeowner

By Peter Metcalfe  |  Moving into a house, whether newly constructed or new to you, requires the personal touch to make it feel like a home. Impersonal scenics and curios can be found in any bed and breakfast, but a new home needs your own selection of artwork, photos, wall hangings, and heirloom quality items to add warmth and personality — and there are plenty of choices to be found at the 32nd annual Alaska-Juneau Public Market. Continue reading

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The Benefits of Buying At the End of the Year

sell_winterBy Amanda Pilley  |  The end of the year is upon us, marked by shorter days, colder (and wetter) weather, and dropping home sales.  For many Alaskans, this is a time to rest and, it would seem, the housing market appears to follow suit.  It is common to assume that houses don’t sell in the winter months. However, while it can be more challenging, this is the time of year when the Real Estate market sees the serious buyers. Whether you are buying or selling, here are a few reasons to brave the cold and take the plunge into the housing market: Continue reading

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October 2014

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for October

By Amanda Pilley  |  If you’re traveling through Southeast Alaska this month, we invite you to join us for the many events held throughout the region.

October 1st – January 30th | Haines

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Gathering  |  www.haines.ak.us Continue reading

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Tile Tips & Trends

tile_leather tile wall tile_ogeetile2By Randi Wilson | Tile has always been a popular material for walls and flooring because it is durable, easy to clean and moisture resistant, but it’s also versatile, beautiful and offers infinite design possibilities.  As with any material, there are pluses and minuses to installing tile. When used on floors, tile can feel cold and become slippery underfoot.  The thought of scrubbing grout can also be a deterrent. These issues can be easily resolved by using tiles with a textured surface and sealing grout for ease of cleaning.  Radiant heat can be installed beneath floor tile to keep feet warm in the winter. Continue reading

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Contractor Camp

SEABIA Work Party 022 SEABIA Work Party 026-1 By: Greg Stopher  |  What happens when you ship a bunch of contractors/builders, a developer (who also builds) a realtor, an executive officer, an office manager, and a biologist off to camp? Sounds like a reality television show worth watching to me. Although there was a grand entrance and exit (there were actually many), there was no drama! There were no television cameras, only a good time in which all these great people came together to fix and repair cabins at the Boy Scout Camp. Continue reading

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The Family “norm”…

491963813By: Dr. Summer Beattie  |  I love it when I get feedback on an article I’ve written – good and bad… Just something to let me know you all are actually reading what I’m typing. So to say “thank you” to one of our readers, this month I’m going to share a story that was told to me by someone who enjoyed the article from the July issue, “Home – Where Your Story Begins…”  She said she loved it because it made her think about how differently each home functions, each story happening within its walls shaping our own version of normal.  She told me how this article brought up a childhood memory for her that I can in turn share with you. Continue reading

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