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Spike's Corner - Dog Days Of Summer...

by The Rullo Team

Spike Rullo Here!


Boy, my human parents are sure enjoying the warm, sunny weather! I heard them say these sure are The Dog Days of Summer… Now, this smart pup looked into what this means…

Although "The Dog Days Of Summer" seems to refer to times of persistently hot weather in the summer, this term actually refers to a Star in the constellation Canis Major that is one of the brightest stars in the sky and is approximately 8.6 light-years distant from Earth. The Dog Days is named after Sirius, the Dog Star. The Dog Days come when the Dog Star begins to line up with our Sun. It was thought long ago that when the Dog Star aligned with the Sun, they combined their energy to make the weather even hotter. Even this pooch knows that no other star could warm the earth at even the smallest fraction that the Sun does since stars are very far away!

 I do know that this hot weather does make for some unique summer pet care challenges!

Although wild animals are well adapted to the elements, companion animals like me can be just as susceptible to extreme temperatures as our owners are. When the temperatures get extreme, your pet’s safety should be top priority!

 

 

Here are 5 ways to stay safe while enjoying summer activities with your pet:

1-Respect the heat. Pets just as Humans can find a hot summer day overwhelming. Unlike you, we have limited ability to deal with the heat. Dogs release heat through their paw pads and by panting, while humans can sweat through all of the skin on their body. Also, dehydration can be a big problem. Animals with flat faces—like Pugs and Persian cats—cannot pant as effectively, and are therefore more susceptible to heat stroke. You should also keep an eye on elderly or overweight pets or animals with heart and lung disease. In the summer, make certain that Fido and Fluffy always have access to plenty of fresh, cool water, and avoid letting them run around outside during the hottest parts of the day.

2-Keep bugs away - safely. Another summer pet safety issue is the presence of ticks and other summer insects. Not only can bugs carry diseases, but the ways people try to ward them off can also cause problems for your pet's health. Fertilizers and pesticides may help keep a lawn looking great, but they can be very dangerous. In areas where your pets play, try to keep the grass cut short to reduce the presence of ticks and other insects. Talk to your veterinarian about the best ways to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, and other insects.

3-Beware of antifreeze. In the summertime, antifreeze can leak out of cars when they overheat, leaving puddles on the ground that your dog can easily lap up and swallow. The sweet taste of antifreeze is tempting to dogs and cats, but when this toxic substance is ingested, it's potentially lethal.

4-Find out if your pet needs sunscreen. Some pets, particularly those with short fine hair and pink skin, can be susceptible to sunburn. Talk to your veterinarian about which types of sunscreen are safest on your pet's skin. But be careful! Do not use sunscreen or insect repellents that are not designed specifically for use on animals.


5-Practice water safety. As with other aspects of summer pet care, water safety is all about thinking ahead. It's fun to bring your pet to the beach or pool to stay cool together, but always keep a close eye on your pet when they're in or near the water. Even a strong swimmer could have trouble getting out of a pool, or get trapped by ropes and other obstacles. For more risky summer adventures with your dog, like boating, look into a doggie life preserver.

Well off to the pool, my mom has cool treats all ready for me!

Have fun and stay cool just like me!


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2016 Brush Pickup Schedule

by The Rullo Team

Brush Pick-Up Schedule - 2016

 

CITY OF ST. CHARLES - 2016 Brush Pickup Schedule

The Brush Pick Up program includes the months of April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. Only residents that pay an additional monthly fee on their utility bill are eligible. Review your City utility bill to see if this fee is included, check My Neighborhood or call Utility Billing at 630.377.4426 for verification.

East Side                              West Side

April 18                                 April 25

May 16                                  May 23

June 20                                 June27

July 18                                  July25

August 15                              August 22

September 19                        September 26

October 17                            October 24

*November: No Pick Up

CITY OF GENEVA  - 2016 Brush Program

The City of Geneva's brush program provides monthly pickups from April through November. The collection is intended for the disposal of limbs/branches that are removed by the property owner for normal maintenance and upkeep, not for lot clearing. The City's contractor will not collect material produced by a private contractor.

For more information, please call the Geneva Public Works Department at 630.232.1501

West Side                            East Side

April 4                                   April 11

May 2                                    May 9

June 6                                   June 13

July 4*                                  July 11

August 1                                August 8

September 5*                        September 12

October 3                              October 10

November 7                           November 14

* Holiday observed. Crews will begin the following scheduled workday.

CITY OF BATAVIA - 2016 Brush Collection Schedule 

Curbside residential brush pickup resumes in May for residents that pay the monthly leaf/brush fee on their utility bill.  If your brush was out at 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled collection week and not collected by the end of the workday on Friday, please notify the Street Division at 630.454.2400 no later than the following Monday. 

East Side                              West Side

May 9                                    May 16

June 13                                 June 20

July 11                                  July 18

August 8                                August 15

September 12                        September 19

October 10                            October 17

              November 28 - Citywide

How to Prepare Brush/Limbs

  • Brush should be put out before 7am on Monday of the scheduled pick up.
  • With cut ends facing the street, branches must be at least 3 feet in length and less than 12 inches in diameter.
  • Do not tie bundles of brush with rope or wire and do not pile higher than 4 feet.
  • Branches must be on the parkway, in front of your house or along the frontage where refuse/recycling is collected.
  • Please make every attempt not to park in front of the piles; crews will be unable to pick up the brush.
  • Tree trunks/stumps: If you take down a whole tree, please be aware that the maximum size that the crew has the ability to pick up is 12” in diameter by 12’ long.  Anything larger or longer would need to be cut up or split before pick-up.
  • Small branches, trimmings and leaves: These items can be placed in a generic brown paper yard waste bag and place one refuse sticker on each bag. Yard waste bags will be picked up on your weekly refuse pickup day.
  • Severe storms could delay the timeliness of the pickup due to an extremely large volume of material to be collected. Every attempt will be made to deploy additional staff and equipment if such delays do develop.


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Fall Lawn Care

by The Rullo Team

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather and have a great looking yard in the spring! 

Below are a couple of things you can do now before the snow flies.

 

 LAWN CARE:

Contrary to popular opinion, fall is the best time of the year for lawn care. Fertilization, weed and thatch control, establishment of new lawns, and renovation of poor quality lawns should be done over the next few weeks.  Now is the time to prepare so that you start next spring with a healthy lawn. 

  • Keep mowing until your lawn stops growing.  Don’t mow too short, if anything, leave it a little bit long.
  • Don’t starve your lawn. If you live in the northern U.S., fertilize one more time around Thanksgiving.
  • Kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions and ground ivy. Time your herbicide application around the first time there is frost in your area or when the temperature dips to at least 40°F overnight.

 

SPRING FLOWERING BULBS:

“When fall is in the air, it’s time to put spring in the ground”.  Autumn is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs.  Bulb experts usually recommend planting bulbs when the nighttime temps drop into the low 50’s or 40’s for two weeks, although you can even plant in December as long as you can still dig

 

  • Choose a spot where the soil drains well. 
  • Spring-flowering bulbs like sun, but you can plant them under trees that will still be bare when the flowers bloom. 
  • The rule of thumb is the planting hole should be about 3 times the length of the bulb; dig individual holes or a wider hole that can hold a number of bulbs. 
  • Plant them pointy side up

Sure, it is delayed gratification, but the appearance of flowers and a beautiful lawn at the end of a bleak winter will be worth the wait.

 

  If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in our area please contact a real estate professional with The Rullo Team.

Leaves Are Falling!

by The Rullo Team

                         

2015 Tri-Cities Leaf Collection Schedule   

 

Be sure to check the 2015 Leaf Collection Maps and Schedules for boundaries, schedules and availability.


 

St. Charles

Leaves must be on the parkway by 6:30 a.m. on your area’s designated day even though it may take several days to pick up the piles in your specific area.

This program is funded by a portion of the fee collected on the utility bills of eligible homeowners. Check your utility bill or call Utility Billing at 630-377-4426 with questions about your eligibility for this program.

 http://www.stcharlesil.gov/services/leaf

 

 

Geneva

 Residents must place their leaves on the parkway no later than 7:00 A.M. of the day of your scheduled

pickup period. If leaves are placed on the parkway after the collection crews have gone by, they will not

return until the next scheduled pickup date.

Each year, the order in which the zones are collected is alternated to provide equal service to all residents. Collection this year will require approximately 2-3 work days to complete each zone

 http://www.geneva.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/1063


 

 

Batavia

 Residents are asked to rake leaves to the space in the parkway no farther than 6’ behind curb and not in street by 6 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week.

Leaves will be collected in designated areas, rain or shine.  Crews will not return to an area once they have made one pass during the scheduled weeks. 

 http://www.cityofbatavia.net/581/Leaf-Collection

Another Geneva Commuter Parking Lot

by The Rullo Team

New Fourth Street Commuter Parking Lot Coming This Fall!

A minimum of 70 new commuter parking spaces will be coming to downtown Geneva this fall. Trees and brush have been removed from the future parking lot at Fourth Street and Crescent Place. Construction is set to begin in October and is expected to be completed by mid­-November, weather dependent. The parking lot will be designated for commuter permit parking during the day but will be open for free public parking during the evenings and weekends. The project has been a high priority in the City's Capital Improvement Program. The parking lot and expansion of the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck were needed to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific's future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove 145 existing surface parking spaces. For more information about the Fourth Street parking lot construction, call Assistant Public Works Director Brian Schiber at 630-­232­-1501 or send him an email bschiber@geneva.il.us

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.


Trick or Treating Times

by The Rullo Team

 

It's that time of year again, when little goblins and ghosts will be going door to door trick-or-treating. Children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between their City’s recommended Halloween hours:

  • St Charles recommends that you limit trick-or-treating to 3 to 7 pm on October 31
  • Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 31. **Families also are invited to two additional candy collection opportunities in Geneva. Participating downtown businesses will be offering free Halloween treats to children from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and Geneva Commons will host trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25.
  • Batavia’s suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31

To assure that all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters

have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year, parents should take an active role in this process

by making sure their families follow these safety tips:

 

Young children should be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

 If there is a chance children will be out after dark, at least one member of each group should carry a flashlight.

Teach and stress to children to watch for traffic. Walk only on sidewalks and cross the streets at intersections.
 
Bicycles and skateboards should be left at home.

Use stick-on reflective material generously.

Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

Do not trick-or-treat at a house if there is no light on.

Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping.

If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed.

Stay within familiar neighborhoods.
Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be substituted with soft foam rubber materials.

 

 

For more tips and guidelines on Halloween safety, please visit:

 http://www.halloween-safety.com/


Daylight Savingstime

by The Rullo Team

Spring Ahead ~ Fall Back

 

On Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 a.m., set your clocks back one hour … or you could just turn your clocks back before you go to sleep in order to save yourself the hassle. Don’t worry about your cell phones because they reset themselves. If you’re out still partying for Halloween, many bars and restaurants are staying open that extra hour, which means another hour of fun, but you’ll have to check with your local establishments! 

 

 

 

This is also the perfect time to remember to change the batteries in you smoke and CO detectors!

 

 

 


Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

 The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks). 

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

 

 


FARMERS MARKETS IN THE FOX VALLEY

by The Rullo Team

Geneva French Market
Metra Parking Lot, NW corner of South St. & 4th St.
April 19 to November 15, 2015
Sundays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

French Market Fresh fruit and vegetables, unique gifts for home and family in a Canopy European style Market. You can find everything from French fabrics to produce from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, to fresh roasted coffee, and jams.

Batavia Farmers' Market
N. River St. between Wilson and State St
June 6 to October 17, 2015
Saturdays 8am - 12pm
Come enjoy over 18 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. 3rd Saturdays- shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers.

St. Charles Farmers' Market
Baker Methodist Church, East Main at 4th Ave
June 5 to October 30
Fridays 7am - 1pm

Farmers' Market every Friday, rain or shine, the 1st Friday in June thru October. 7am-1pm. Market includes fresh harvested & locally grown fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, eggs, artisan cheese, garden art and much more.

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July 4th Celebrations - BATAVIA & ST.CHARLES

by The Rullo Team

 

Batavia’s 4th of July Sky Concert

 

Address: Millview Drive and West Main Street, Batavia, IL 

Date & Time: The event begins with our Savor-the-Flavor food vendors which begin to serve an assortment of treats at 5:00 p.m. and continues until the Sky Concert begins at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting). 

Additional Information: There is additional audience space on the Batavia High School athletic fields on West Main Street.

St. Charles' July 4th Celebration

Address: Pottowatamie Park, 8. North Avenue, St. Charles, IL

Date & Time: Fireworks start at dusk, but the concerts start at 4 p.m. July 4

Additional Information: Alternate viewing location: Ferson Creek Park, 300 N. 2nd St (Route 31), St. Charles, IL

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy, winner of this season’s Dancing with the Stars, will be appearing from 4 to 6pm for a trunk show at Aliano’s Ristorante (90 N. Island Avenue) in downtown Batavia.  The show will feature a men’s jewelry line that he has designed.  Tickets are $35 each (reserve by calling the restaurant at 630-406-9400) and include hors d’oeurves and wine.

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