Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 19, 1984, Image 72

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    YORK Spring thaws bring
thoughts of new and new-old
houses to many would-be
homeowners. Realtors, con
tractors and home improvement
specialists are stepping up then
visibility to capitalize on the
seasonal interest. According to
Joan Lamberson, Extension home
economist, this year, the home
improvement field may be more
active than new home buying.
“If the trend to improve includes
you, evaluate your neighborhood,
your home, and your skills before
you join the ranks of the im
provers,” says Phyllis Marcus,
Extension housing specialist at
Penn State.
Investing $lO,OOO in an older
home with a current market value
of $40,000 makes little sense if most
of the homes in your neighborhood
are valued at a lower figure.
However, if the neighborhood
shows signs of change and some
residents are making home im
provements, investing in an older
home could be a wise use of
housing dollars.
Ask a reputable contractor to
evaluate your home for
remodeling possibilities and costs
before you begin. Check wiring,
plumbing, heating, and op-
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Home improvements may be wave of the future
portunities to make the house more
energy efficient. These may not be
the glamorous changes you have in
mind, but there is no point in
having the latest kitchen or the
perfect family room if the working
parts of your house do not function
as they should.
Once you are ready for the
changes you can see, concentrate
LANSDALE All pygmy goat
breeders and fanciers are invited
to attend a special organizational
meeting for the Mid-Atlantic
Pygmy Goat club and an area 4-H
Pygmy Goat Club. The meeting
will be held Thursday, May 17th at
7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery
County 4-H Center in Lansdale.
The goal is to establish a
National Pygmy Goat Association
affiliate club for adults and a 4-H
club program for youth ages M 9.
According to Montgomery County
4-H Coordinator, Nancy Kadwill,
these groups will help breeders to
provide and share information on
goat management, encourage the
breeding and sale of goats that
conform to breed standards and to
promote the joy of pygmy goat
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first on those that add value to your
home such as a modern kitchen or
a second bath.
You might even take a hint from
the great room of the New
American home and convert
several small rooms into one large,
airy, multi-purpose room for en
tertaining and comfortable living.
And then there’s the question of
skills. If you have home-building
Mid-Atlantic Pygmy Goat Club to organize
ownership. Future aims include
educational programs,
promotional efforts and possible
local NPGA sanctioned shows.
A 4-H project book has been
developed in Montgomery County
and is currently being used in 16
states. Kadwill says that pygmy
goats can be an excellent 4-H
project since they help young
people learn the responsibility and
fun of animal ownership. In ad
dition, pygmy goats are smaller
and therefore easier to handle and
require less room than larger
livestock. Through 4-H in--
volvement young people also learn
self-confidence, leadership and
management skills.
Penn State Extension Service
offers programs on a non
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discriminatory basis to all persons
without regard to race, color, sex,
creed, National origin or age.
The 4-H Center is located near
Lansdale on Snyder Road off Rt •
363 (Valley Forge Road) between!
young women between the ages of
16 and 22 and from a farm
background are eligible to com
pete for the title of 1984 Franklin
County Dairy Princess.
The winner of the Dairy Princess
pageant, to be held June 9 at
Kauffman’s Community Center at
7 p.m. will be eligible to vie for the
title of Pennsylvania Dairy
Twenty-six state princesses and
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abilities or the time and interest to
learn them, by all means follow the
wave of the future and do it
yourself. However, if your
schedule is busy, if you have health
problems, or if you are not
“handy” you’ll need help.
Home contracting has turned
into big business. Not all firms are
large, but more and more of them
Franklin County seeks contestants
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are entering the field all the time.
Ask your friends and neighbors for
names of reputable builders and
contractors. Ask for references
and take the time to see samples of
their work before you sign on the
dotted line. Always put
agreements and costs in writing. It
is important for both you and the
contractor to sign the agreement
before any work begins.
Allentown Road and Sumneytown
Pike. For more information or
directions please contact Nancy
Kadwill at the Cooperative Ex
tension Service office (215-277-
hundreds of county princesses
have served as spokesmen for the
dairy industry in Pennsylvania.
They appear in shopping malls,
fairs, supermarkets and on radio
and television to educate con
sumers about the dairy farmer’s
Young women interested m
entering the Franklin County
contest should contact Phil
Wagner at Franklin County Ex
tension Office by May 25.