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“A Walk Through Ten Mile Lowlands in Cheshire”

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

For those who love spring hiking and taking in the gorgeous Connecticut scenery, a walk through the Ten Mile Lowlands is a must!

This winter in My Record Journal Christopher Zajac wrote an article titled “A Short Walk Through Ten Mile Lowlands in Cheshire.” The Ten Mile Lowlands has always held a special place in the hearts of Cheshire Connecticut residents, and I don’t know about you, but we sure are ready for a nice scenic walk this summer!

 

The 146 acre Ten Mile Lowlands property, operated by the Open Space Ordinance, was acquired by Cheshire in 1993 and is named after the river that shares the same name which flows on the north side of the property.

While the walk along the trail may be very short at only a half mile, the scenery experienced is vast. The trail is unblazed, giving visitors a true nature feel. Wildlife habitat is widely present in the ten vernal pools and within them you will find wood frogs, spotted salamanders, turtles, birds, and of course tons of bugs! For all of the nature lovers out there, you will love seeing a variety of trees including maple, oak, beech, short mountain laurel, and birch.

 

Dust off those hiking shoes and get ready to enjoy a beautiful Cheshire summer!

 

If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the Cheshire Community, give Sally Bowman Real Estate a call or visit our website at: www.sallybowmanrealestate.com




Cheshire Then and Now...A Look Back in Time!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The Cheshire Historical Society presents...CHESHIRE THEN AND NOW!

As part of their Annual Meeting the Cheshire Historical Society with host a Round Table Discussion of Cheshire Lore and Nostalgia. The best part? Audience participation is encouraged!

Do you remember the Movie Theater? Skating Rink? How about when Cheshire had trains instead of roller bladers through the town or when there was only one traffic light on Route 10? When our town was primarily the farming community and everyone knew everyone else?

Also up for discussion are the influential people who made such an impression on Cheshire; Dr Leonard and Doc Moore.  Our great teachers like Mrs. Kurtz and Mrs. Clark from Darcy School. There's so much to talk about when it comes to the history and lore of our great town of Cheshire! Come share your memories and Cheshire nostalgia!

Everything takes place at the Hitchcock-Phillips House, 43 Church Drive at 7:00 pm tonight. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a pot luck dinner.  It's all FREE and open to everyone.

If you'd like more information just call 203-272-2574. 

Cheshire Half Marathon and 5K this Sunday!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

One of our favorite Cheshire Community events of the year is THIS WEEKEND! The Cheshire Half Marathon, Relay, 5K, and Kids Fun Run is this Sunday, April 24th at Cheshire High School beginning at 8:30am.

The Cheshire Half Marathon/5K Foundation has a mission of increasing the acceptance of individuals with intellectual developmental, and physical disabilities, while also advocating healthy lifestyles for all. Race charities at this years event include Abilities Without Boundaries, Best Buddies Connecticut, Cheshire Lions Club, National MS Society, and the SARAH Foundation.

Early Packet Pick-Up:

  • Make sure to check your bib numbers which have now been posted.

  • Early packet pickup will be Friday, April 22nd from 11am-6pm and Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-5pm at Cheshire Nursery, located at 1317 South Main Street, Route 10 in Cheshire.

Post Race:

  • Kick back and relax after completing the race at the POST RACE PARTY! Yummy food, refreshments, kids activities, and live music from Run from Cover will be provided for all. There will also be an awards ceremony, so make sure to stick around!

  • Don’t forget to stop by the UnitedHealthcare Healthy Living Festival either before or after the race to check out a variety of health and nutritional services.

Important Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to REGISTER for the race if you have not already done so.

  • Remember to view the TRAFFIC ADVISORY before you head out on Sunday morning.

Course Map:

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE RUNNERS  and a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful Sponsors and Volunteers for their tireless efforts throughout the year and of course, on this incredible weekend!

5 TIPS for Maintaining a Good Lookin’ Yard this Spring!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

SPRING IS HERE!

 

The weather is finally starting to warm up, the sun is shining, the snow is gone, and your Cheshire lawn is starting to show its true colors---which may not be good. If you are looking for some ideas on how to get your lawn back in top shape for the spring, here are some great tips for you.

  1. RAKING: Remove any leftover winter debris and allow matted wet grass a chance to dry out by fluffing it up a bit with a rake. But please make sure to be gentle, as you do not want to pull out the grass roots with a hard raking.

  2. LIMING: You may or may not be aware that soil in Connecticut is more acidic than other regions, and lime can correct this and make your grass much happier.

  3. MOWING: Try to get your first mow in early and try not cut less than 3 inches, as this can stress the grass and make it easier for those pesky weeds to grow. Make sure to leave the clippings on the lawn after you mow, allowing nutrients to go back into the soil. Also always remember to keep your mower blade sharp!.

  4. AERATE: Help your soil allow nutrients and water to absorb within it properly with aeration.

  5. FERTILIZE:  Wait until after your first mow to put down fertilizer and keep it light with a slow release or organic fertilizer.

If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the Cheshire Community, give Sally Bowman Real Estate a call or visit our website at: www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

Tax Day 2016! Not Ready...Filing an Extension Can be a Great Idea!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year...TAX DAY!!!

Ehh, not so much….

For all of you stressing over today, Marketwatch has some awesome advice. File an extension!! In an article posted by the news source, there are 7 excellent reasons why many people should consider an extension. And news flash....it doesn't automatically raise a 'red flag' to the IRS. So if you're really in need of more time, or have any of the following situations that apply to you.... FILE AN EXTENSION!

1. You have a balance due and need more time to save up money to cover it. Give yourself that extra 6 months. You'll you'll avoid paying the 5% per month non-filing penalties.

2. Made charitable donations over $250 to one or more charities and don’t have the proper receipts (which must include the name of the charity, address, taxpayer ID number, and a statement that you did not receive any benefits or items of value for your donation) to submit with your taxes? The IRS is very strict on submitting the required documentation so an extension would give you an extra 6 months to get everything in order.

3. Have you recently moved homes? Or are you planning to move within the next few months? If yes, it benefits you to submit an extension because the IRS may need to follow up with you on your taxes and they send all correspondence to the address you have on file.

4. If you are waiting for K-1 forms from partnership entities, S-Corps, estates, or trusts you should file an extension.

5. Sometimes rushing through your personal or business bookkeeping can cause sloppy or incorrect taxes. Don’t rush and do it right. File an extension to give you that extra time.

6. Have a large balance this year? Making contributions to your 2015 retirement plan can help reduce that balance. File an extension if you would like to benefit from this. You have until October 15th to open or add to your retirement fund.

7. And finally…. You still have questions regarding your taxes that you have not had answered. Give yourself some time to get everything settled.

Best of luck this tax season!

It's Spring Break in Cheshire!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The kids have been crabby, whiny and restless for weeks building up to this long awaited event. It's finally.....Spring Break in Cheshire, CT!

Whether you're taking a family vacation to an exotic locale, the southern beaches of the U.S. or hanging around our wonderful state of Connecticut, giving yourself and the kiddies a breather from the day to day demands of life is a welcome reprieve. Now...what can you do? If you're doing a Stay-cation we're here to help you out! First of all, our terrific Cheshire Park and Rec is once again doing their Spring Break Week fun! 

  • Tuesday, April 12- FISHING DERBY at Mixville Park
  • Wednesday, April 13- MUCK RUN at Mixville Park. This used to be Fly a Kite morning, but Park & Rec are trying something new...and it sounds like tons of fun!
  • Thursday, April 14- the hugely successful and highly anticipated...TOUCH A TRUCK at Bartlem Park!Creat
Remember, spring break is an amazing time to build awesome memories with your kids that truly last a lifetime! Let them blow off a little steam the first day or two, and then give one of these ideas a run....you'll have a great time!  Don't forget to take lots of photos and video so you can embarrass them in their later years!

  • Explore one of CT's Spectacular State Parks! Connecticut is blessed with an outdoor wonderland. Go on a weekend camping trip in one of our State Parks. Go hiking, cook over a campfire, sings songs....show the kids what life was like in simplier times (without the phone attached to their ear or hand).
  • Take in a Baseball Game- Whether it's a college, semi-pro or professional game, a family day at the ballpark still reigns supreme. Hot dogs, Popcorn and a day at the stadium...doesn't get a whole lot better than that!
  • Check out one of our Beaches! Our favorite beach...Hammonasset or Silver Sands, and their relatively close. Pack up the car and the kids and celebrate your week off in style (weather permitting of course)
  • Hit the Road for a few days in a ....BIG RIG! We've all seen the decked out RV's passing us by on the highway...well surprise the kids by renting out a cool, every possible amenity RV and head out to the open road for a few days in style! It doesn't even matter where you're headed! Your family will be so immersed in their new mode of transportation that everything else will pretty much come in second place.
  • Create a Backyard of Fun! If you can't go TO the fun destinations you would have liked this year...bring the fun to YOU! Turn your backyard into your very own resort. Divide each part of your yard into sports areas: volleyball, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball. Add in a Slip n Slide and cool Water Sprinkler with a rocking water fall and you've just created a Resort-Style area for the family!It'll be hours and hours of backyard fun!
  • The Outdoor Project- Is there an outdoor project that both you and the kids have wanted to work on?  Say a "Treehouse"? Now is the PERFECT TIME to get your supplies and build it together!
  • Choose a WACKY destination- Every state has odd, strange or just plain weird and wacky attractions!! Connecticut included! Choose a day and find your "Wacky Destination" and have some fun!
Whatever you choose to do with your family during this spring break, have a wonderful time and build lots of fantastic memories!
Visit our Facebook Page and Blog throughout the week for more ideas on things to do in and outside of Cheshire, CT!

The Wonderful Golf Courses Around Cheshire CT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

In honor of Golf's biggest event and the millions of us who love to find ourselves on the deeply bunkered greens and rolling fairways, we wanted to feature some of the fantastic Cheshire, CT area Golf Courses and Country Clubs. Hopefully our weather will start cooperating and we'll all find ourselves out doing our favorite activity very soon! 

Highland Greens Golf Course- Prospect, CT

This is Connecticut's only full length, Par 3 facility that is lighted for nightime play! Considering it's in Prospect, it's close enough to catch a game at the end of your long work day! The grounds crew at Highland is meticulous so you can expect the greens, tee's and approaches to be mowed and groomed to precision without exception. Learn all about this wonderful facility at www.highlandgreens.com


Sleeping Giant Golf Course- Hamden, CT

Opened in 1924, this course is a regulation size nine hole course, and is 2671 yards from the back tees. This is a wonderful walking course as it is relatively flat. Learn more about the Sleeping Giant at www.sleepinggiantgc.gotdns.com

Southington Country Club- Southington, CT

This public, 71 par golf course is beautifully located in the amazingly picturesque Apple Valley, between Meriden and the Waterbury Mountain Ranges. Golfing the front 9 holes you'll find a hilly, open terrain leading into a much flatter back nine. Southington also offers a fully stocked pro shop, full service restaurant, sports bar and banquet facility. It's also home to the Back Nine Tavern...a favorite among many golfers.


Lyman Orchards Golf Club -- Middletown, CT

Lyman is one place, but there are 3 different courses there.  Designed by the legendary Hall of Fame architect Robert Trent Jones and Hall of Fame Golfer Gary Player, Lyman's championship courses are ranked among the best in the Northeast.  Not feeling like a Hall of Famer yet?  Then head over to the Golf Center and Apple Nine course and work on your game!


The Course At Yale -- New Haven, CT

The Yale Golf Course is recognized as one of the best examples of early American golf course design.  Large bunkered greens and narrow rollwing fairways are the highlights and core of Yale.  It has been ranked 71st of the 100 most difficult courses in the world.  Oh, and it was voted #1 College Golf Course in America!

 

Great River Golf Club -- Milford, CT

Theres something for golfers of every level to enjoy at Great River Golf Club.  5 sets of tees ranging from 4,997 to 7,060 yards from the tips and if you play from the back tee, you'll be playing a slope of 146, challenging even the most seasoned golfers.  

Though the course is amazing, it's more than the game that bring people here.  Great River may be the prettiest course of all, offering some of the best scenery Southern Connecticut has to offer.  Though its worth mentioning, 12 of these beautiful holes involve water, six of which run along the Housatonic River.  River play presents a few challenges, most notable are the unpredictable winds, which guarantees a challenge unlike any of the other courses.  

For more information on golfing in the Cheshire area visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com.

Cheshire Food Pantry: Breaking Ground

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The New Cheshire Food Pantry Will Be Here Soon!

Breaking Ground Saturday!!!

This is an epic project for the Cheshire Food Pantry, as this new building will more than triple the amount of space for receiving clients, storing food and hosting volunteers. 

Patty Hartmann, the pantry’s executive director, is super excited, as the current space feels cramped.  

Paul Bowman, pantry president, said the new pantry is planned to open in November. Construction will take place simultaneously with a capital fund drive to raise about $600,000. The building, which is expected to cost $1.1 million has already been partially funded thanks to a state grant providing $465,000.

The current pantry, located in a 1,700-square-foot building on Railroad Avenue, is adequeate enough for storage only. Bowman and Hartmann saidthe space doesn’t have enough room to host the volunteer groups that want to help the pantry. 

Bowman says the new building will increase the freezer and refrigerated storage space ten times what there is now and obviously with the increased size, there is more space for storage, allowing the pantry to accept donations from food distribution companies like Whole Foods and Bozzuto's. 

Hartmann sees alot of possibility from these places, describing a common occurance of the wrong food being delivered.  He said one time a hauler from Arizona asked to donate a palate of cantaloupes.   

“We can’t accept it because we don’t have the physical space to store it,” Hartmann said.

There is also no loading dock at the current building, which makes big deliveries even more difficult.

Thanks Jesse Buchanan of the Record Journal for the great information. 

Don't Wait to Buy Your Dream Home...Move Up to It NOW!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Don't Wait to Buy Your Dream Home, Move Up to it NOW!


Many homeowners are contemplating moving up into the dream home they've always wanted. Prices are still below those of a few years ago and interest rates have stayed near historic lows. NOW is the time to make that move, and "Move UP" into the home you've always wanted.

Read why by clicking here: Don't Wait to Buy Your Dream Home

Yes Cheshire, 2016 Home Sales are Doing Fine!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

2016 HOME SALES ARE DOING JUST FINE!

Some of the housing headlines have caused some concern for a few consumers who are in the process of either buying or selling a home. Pundits are concerned over the lack of new construction or the month-over-month sales numbers. Let’s set the record straight; 2015 was a good year for residential real estate in the United States and 2016....has started out even stronger!

To view the graph of home sales and the rest of the story, click here: Home Sales Are Doing Just Fine! 

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Sally Bowman Real Estate, LLC
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Cheshire CT 06410
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