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Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time. This post was originally written on another blog site several years ago. I thought it was cute and thought I would re-share on WordPress.

Shayna was a kitten (SPCA Suncoast alumni) back a few years ago. And, there were many firsts for her. It was fun watching her react to them. She discovered all kinds of weird and wonderful things; now, of course, they are simply the known and familiar so she sleeps through it all.

We always have a Sandhill Crane family or two around so every year we see them with their youngsters. The Sandhill Crane family includes Mom, Dad and 2 kids wandering around the Timber Greens golf course. One day, Shayna and the Sandhills got up close and personal. Maybe it’s not only beauty that is in the eye of the beholder? 

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time.

Shayna: Whoa, what are those really strange creatures? And why are they coming over here?

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Shayna: They are so weird looking.

Papa Sandhill Crane: She thinks WE’RE weird looking? Somebody get this kitten a mirror!

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Sandhill Cranes are about 3-4 feet tall when fully grown. The families stay together and usually have 2 babies. Mom and Dad split the child-rearing duties between them. Sandhill Cranes mate for life and if one dies or is killed crossing the busy roads around here, the other mourns for a few weeks by making very loud calls and wandering all over looking for the missing one. If a baby is lost/killed, the whole remaining family mourns.

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Babies are born with bright yellow feathers and after a couple of months go brown, then develop the gray coloration like their parents; except for the red spot on the head. That doesn’t show until they are 8-9 months old. They grow rapidly from tiny bundles of fluff, and babies stay with the parents until they can fly which takes about 8 or 9 months.

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Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

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Coastal CleanUp Day 2016

Coastal CleanUp Day 2016 is Saturday, Sept. 17. 8 am to 12 pm (noon).

Keep Pasco Beautiful is partnering with Pasco County to organize the annual International Coastal Clean Up. Each year, volunteers band together to pick up trash along fragile coastal waterways and in Pasco County streets.

There will be teams participating in locations throughout Pasco County. Sites include Anclote Gulf Park and Strauber Memorial Highway in Holiday, City of New Port Richey, Werner-Boyce State Park in Port Richey, Hudson Beach in Hudson, Lacoochee, City of Dade City, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Crystal Springs. Supplies such as trash bags and water are provided.

To find out how you can volunteer with the Pasco County Coastal Cleanup call (727) 856-7252 or email kking@pascocountyfl.net .

Coastal CleanUp Day 2016

Coastal CleanUp Day 2016

In fact, Coastal Clean Up Day has been happening since 1985 when a group of volunteers met at beaches and coastal waterways to take part in Coastal Clean-up Day by the Ocean Conservancy. Beach clean-up is necessary to our health, our wildlife, and the economy. You can take a look at my 2015 Coastal Clean Up post for more information.

Florida does it’s part;  in 2014, 23,000 volunteers picked up 285,000 lbs. of trash from beaches and waterways in the state. Furthermore, if you wish to participate in the clean-up; click here to visit the Ocean Conservancy website.  Most state parks waive entrance fees for clean-up volunteers. 

To quote Ocean Conservancy:  Three decades of Cleanups have yielded more than 210 million pounds of trash being collected and saved from polluting our ocean. Over 11.5 million volunteers have covered more than 360,000 miles of coastlines across the world.” “More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800, 000 volunteers during the 2015 clean-up”

Keep Our Oceans Clean

Finally, help keep our oceans clean and healthy for us and all the ocean creatures. Two things you can do is skip the straw when you order beverages, and use reusable water bottles instead of throw-aways. 

Toni Weidman, GRI
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American Heroes Car Show 2016 Dunedin

American Heroes Car Show 2016 Dunedin is really named American Classics, American Heroes Car Show but that ‘s too long for me to use as a title so I’ve amended it a bit.

American Heroes Car Show 2016 Dunedin

On Saturday, Oct 8. starting at 9 am to 2 pm. On Main Street and Broadway in downtown Dunedin, FL., the classic and custom vehicles will start to arrive to show off their stuff.

American Heroes Car Show 2016 Dunedin

In the first place, this great car show always starts with a special veterans ceremony in Pioneer Park. Representatives of Veterans organizations will be there too. Items will be available for purchase to benefit non-profit veterans  support organizations. The car show is FREE to register. For more info, or click here for their website.

 

American Classics, American Heroes Car Show, The event features a wide variety of classic & custom vehicles; including trucks and motorcycles from all over the area, bringing in over 175 auto enthusiasts and attracting over 3,000 happy spectators. There will be food, vendors, and entertainment

Entertainment Includes: The Alex Lopez Xpress, Gloria West, Big Jim, DJ Fader,  and more.

Again, all brought to you by the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association and The City of Dunedin in partnership with CMJ Productions.

To register your car for the show please Visit This Link

As  there were over 175 cars at last year’s show. I’m sure there will be even more this year. Our car club, AACA-Richey Region, is always well-represented. We all enjoy going to this show. And downtown Dunedin is so interesting with its quirky and varied shops.

Hope to see you there.

***please contact the organizers of the show if you have questions, Posted by Toni Weidman for your information. You can also go to our Classic Car Shows Facebook page here for all the lastest car show info.

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Why Does Lightning Change Colors

Why Does Lightning Change Colors. After Storm Hermine in New Port Richey FL things are much quieter. Last night, well it was early a.m. today, the storm was spectacular. Noisy, and full of lights and colors.

Why Does Lightning Change Colors

The lightning during that storm was red, yellow, orange, blue or plain old white.  I thought I imagined it (the effect of not enough sleep and too much storm) but I searched Google and, yes, lightning does appear as different colors depending on the atmosphere.

Why Does Lightning Change Colors

 

From Dan Robinson,  Storm Chaser/Photographer

 Lightning traveling through open air emits white light, but can appear in different colors depending on local atmospheric conditions. Distant lightning can appear red or orange the same way the setting sun does, due to moisture, haze, dust, etc in the lower levels of the atmosphere. Light emitted by lightning has a similar visible spectrum as sunlight (white light), so the atmosphere should shift the colors of both the same way – given there is enough distance between the lightning and the observer.
Since shorter wavelengths are scattered more, red light is more likely than blue light to reach your eyes directly from the source, and blue light is more likely than red light to reach them after being scattered.

Hurricane Hermine is gone from here now.

 
It was a very exciting show of lightning and I hope I get to see it again sometime. I even woke my husband who said (grumpily, I thought), “Oh, nice” and promptly fell asleep again.
Hurricane Hermine did lots of damage to our area but no loss of life. Flooding is a big problem in some neighborhoods. Trees fell down like matchsticks. The trees roots and the ground around them become 
saturated and cannot support the tree so down it goes. Unfortunately, they tend to target cars, roofs, and screen structures around pools.  The insurance companies will be busy. What a disastrous start to the Labor Day Weekend. 
In the meantime, I have a closing today in Timber Greens Country Club (where I live) where there is no flooding, no trees down. 
Have a wonderful holiday weekend and stay safe and dry.
Toni Weidman
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Why Does Lightning Change Colors

Pasco County Schools Closed Thurs Sept. 1

Pasco County Schools Closed Thurs Sept. 1 As a result all Pasco County schools and Government Offices will be closed. All after school activities today are cancelled.

Pasco County Schools Closed Thurs Sept. 1


That means all public schools. If you’re child attends a private school, be sure to get their plans for tomorrow.

Sandbags can help keep water out of your home, here are some places you can find them. Best to bring your own shovel, it will go faster that way then waiting for one to become available.

Sandbags are available at the following locations from 7 am to 8 pm

West Pasco Government Center, 7356 State Street, New    Port Richey
 C-Barn, 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio (self-serve)
 Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson     (self-serve)
Mitchell Park, 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey (self-  serve)
Land O’ Lakes Rec Center, 3032 Collier Pkwy, Land O’    Lakes
Fire Station, 6907 Dairy Road, Zephyrhills
6240 Pine Hill Road, New Port Richey (self-serve)
38042 Pasco Ave., Dade City (self-serve)
Port Richey City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road, Port Richey  (self-serve)

Pasco County is under a Hurricane Watch at this time.

Pasco Country Schools Closed Thurs Sept. 1

TS Hermine may bring flooding to our low-lying areas so please drive carefully. If a street looks flooded, do not drive onto it. 6 inches of fast moving water can knock an adult down and carry them away. 12 inches of fast-moving water can carry away a small car.

Remember: when flooded, turn around. Don’t Drown.

Pasco County has dealt with some flooded streets and subdivisions during previous storms. Some have been upgraded but some have not. 

Those of you who are new to our area, don’t panic. Most areas do not experience flooding. Hopefully, when you bought your Florida home, you checked out the Florida flood zone maps before purchase.

Finally, if you are heading for a shelter, be sure to ask if you can take your pet(s) with you prior to heading over there. Or find a boarding kennel that is accepting pets for the storm period.

Toni Weidman, GRI
Broker-associate
Florida Luxury Realty
727-237-0083

Pasco County Schools Closed Thurs Sept. 1

 

Timber Greens Home Under Contract

Timber Greens Home Under Contract and will close very soon.

Now you all know that Timber Greens Country Club is a golf community. Do you also know residents must be 55 plus to buy a home or villa there? It is one of the top 10 golf communities in Tampa Bay. You can enjoy the fabulous pool, the clubhouse with many activities, the restaurant/bar, the dining room, and the pro-shop if you are a golfer (many of our residents aren’t; they bought here because it is such a great place to live.

Timber Greens Home Under Contract

In short, it’s also one of the prettiest places to live. The challenging golf course surrounds the area with many conservation settings. I live on a part that backs to the wooded area behind the golf course. The deer, foxes, raccoons, sand hill cranes, ibis, and all kinds of friendly creatures visit daily. Our pond is always full of waterbirds.

Timber Greens Home Under Contract in New Port Richey.

In fact, the neighborhood is gated and has 24/7 guards. And is conveniently located for trips to Tampa, Clearwater, and Tarpon Springs, and other destinations.

For your information, this home now pending is 1,776 square feet with a 2 car garage. It has a lovely, open floor plan and 2 or 3 bedrooms (depending on how you choose to use them). Lot of tile flooring in the busy areas. And, a huge enclosed lanai to sit and enjoy the flowers and garden. There’s also an open patio.

Timber Greens Home Under Contract

Overview
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Features
Description
Neighborhood
Market Stats
$189,900
Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 1,776 sqft
Lot: 7,149 sqft
Year Built: 1995
MLS #: W7612698
Location
Timber Greens
New Port Richey, FL 34655
USA

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Port Richey Home Sales 2nd Quarter 2016

Port Richey Home Sales 2nd Quarter 2016 shows a significant decrease of homes on the market at 139. Inventory keeps slipping away. 1st Quarter 2016  totaled 172.  You can view last quarter’s post here.

To clarify: What does this mean? The buyers are looking for the right home to buy within their budget. However, homes come on the market and are sold within a day or two before most of the buyers are made aware of them.  Sooner or late, prices rise due to the shortages which eliminates some buyers who qualified for a lower amount.

Port Richey Home Sales 2nd Quarter 2016

Port Richey Home Sales 2nd Quarter 2016.

Currently Active on the Market totals 139. 
Lowest list price: Regency Park, $45,000 for 744 sf. A 2/1 built in 1979.
Highest list price: $2,699,999 for $6337 sf with 2.29 acres. Located on waterfront of the main channel to the Gulf.

Active With Contract and Pendings Total 156. 
Active With Contract 68
Pending 88
These are under contract and will be closing in the near future.

Solds between April 1 and June 30, 2016 totals 284.
Lowest Sold Price $26,000 in Brown Acres for 1,040 sf built in 1967. It is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath.
Highest Sold Price: $675,000 at Paradise Estates. A Gulf-front home of 3,723 sf built in 2008.

Sold Averages
List Price: $98,376
Closed Price: $92,935
Days On Market Prior to Contract: 61
Sold Price/List Price Ratio:97%

Days on the market  have risen from 47 1st Quarter to 61 this Quarter. Consequently, this is an indicator of a slow-down in sales but not always. It may be that summer is here and everyone has things to do with their kids now that school is back in session as of today.

*Statistics are courtesy of MLSMFR for Pasco County.

Formerly, the two most popular subdivisions in Port Richey are Embassy Hills and Regency Park. These were started in the early 1970’s and built for the more affluent Northern buyers; mostly retirees. They tended to have Spanish exterior styles, barrel tile roofs, and small backyards.  Today, these homes sell from the $40’s and up.

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Toni Weidman, GRI
Broker-associate
Florida Luxury
727-237-0083

Port Richey Home Sales 2nd Quarter 2016