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Did you know windshield wipers should be changed 90-120 days? Defensive driving means seeing well

Did you know windshield wipers should be changed 90-120 days? Defensive driving means seeing well

Driving defensively is the best way for motorists to avoid accidents and protect themselves and their passengers from the risks of the road. But the importance of defensive driving is magnified when driving in hazardous conditions, especially when drivers’ vision is potentially compromised. Driving when visibility is poor can test the skills of even the...
Help your aging loved ones get better nutrition by going to this presentation

Help your aging loved ones get better nutrition by going to this presentation

Help your loved one on the path to better nutrition when you join a special presentation related to caregivers of aging parents. Caregivers are invited to Wesley Village on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. for its Sandwiched caregiver education series. The topic for this session is entitled The Path to Better Nutrition: Helping Your...
Topics to discuss before hiring your next mechanic 

Topics to discuss before hiring your next mechanic 

Few decisions weigh as heavily on automobile owners as their choice of mechanic. A good mechanic goes a long way toward ensuring drivers and their passengers stay safe on the road and that those drivers’ vehicles perform at their peak for years to come. That’s an important role to play, and it’s why many drivers...
Upcoming vintage car shows in the area

Upcoming vintage car shows in the area

Some upcoming vintage vehicle shows from Connecticut Seaport Car Club. Stratford The Fly Meet Charity Car Meet is set for July 27, 11-4 p.m. at the Stratford Army Engine Plant, 690 Main Street. There will be vendors, skate ramps, food, cars and more. Cost: cars, $20, and spectators $5. Children 12 and younger are free....
Road trip? Tips for traveling with your pet

Road trip? Tips for traveling with your pet

With the vacation season upon us, many of us have taken the time to make preparations so our trips can go off without a hitch. However, while making these family plans, it’s easy to forget about the four-legged family members who may also be traveling with us. Just like with our kids, a little preparation...
Animals on the roadways cause hundreds of fatal crashes every year 

Animals on the roadways cause hundreds of fatal crashes every year 

Collisions with animals resulted in 2,083 fatal crashes and 2,194 fatalities between 2001 and 2011 nationwide. Whether a deer, dog, moose or even squirrel, animals on the roadway are unexpected and their actions can be erratic and unpredictable, creating a dangerous situation for motorists. AAA encourages drivers to use caution and remain alert to avoid...
We’re in the heat of summer, don’t get your car stuck in it

We’re in the heat of summer, don’t get your car stuck in it

Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can wreak havoc on automobiles. While cars and trucks are designed to be reliable under various conditions, sometimes the weather can get the best of even the most reliable vehicle. Many people associate car troubles with cold weather. However, cars are susceptible to breakdowns when it is hot outside. Extreme heat...
Safety tips for outdoor meals and entertainment

Safety tips for outdoor meals and entertainment

The warm weather is here, so it’s time to for those backyard barbecue bashes. CSA Group, a certification and testing organization, offers these tips for a safe, seamless summer soiree. Outdoor gas barbecues Before firing up the grill for the first time, carefully inspect burners and burner tubes for blockages due to dirt, grease, insects...
AAA survey says: Vacations are now (extended) family affairs

AAA survey says: Vacations are now (extended) family affairs

Archie Bunker wouldn’t be happy with this travel news: more than 36% of traveling Americans say they plan to take a multi-generational vacation in the next 12 months. [wide] [/wide] Who are they going with? According to a National AAA Travel survey, more than 25% say, in addition to themselves, they’ll travel with children and/or...
Tips to help you clean up with energy savings

Tips to help you clean up with energy savings

The weather is certainly reminding us daily that it’s summer. The energy experts at Abest Power want to ensure residents are also adapting their home for warm weather to reduce energy consumption and cost. “Most homeowners think about insulation and heating equipment before the cold winter season, but insulation and a system cleaning also helps...
Building My Passive House — Part 4

Building My Passive House — Part 4

This is the fourth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...

Stratford’s annual car show is Monday

Engines will be roaring Monday at Ryders Landing Shopping Center for the annual Ryders Landing Cruise Nights. The show will be from 5:30-9 p.m. Typically a monthly gathering since 2009, this will be the only show this season. Vehicles on display will be from any year and can range from a vehicle from 1912, to...