Archive for January, 2014

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Plans a $7-million Renovation Project

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Plans a $7-million Renovation Project

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial alongside the interactive museum commemorate those individuals who died during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995. Five years after the bombing, the memorial was dedicated to honor the victims. The interactive museum was dedicated a few months after to tell stories of each bombing victim.

To further enhance how the museum engages with the public, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will be planning an $7 million renovation project. The museum will be upgraded with expansions including more facilities and added insights.

Renovation is expected to last for 11 month. Currently, the museum is starting with the first part of the five-phase project. Expected completion month will be November 2014.

Based on the master plan, the museum will be expanding the Gallery of Honor to accommodate videos from family members of the victims. Investigation evidence will also be displayed to give insights on how the said bombing happened. Added facilities include an overlook balcony, which provides an added view of the memorial. More artifacts and stories will also be added to the museum.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Garden Boot Camp Offered for Oklahoma Gardeners

Garden Boot Camp Offered for Oklahoma Gardeners

Growing your own garden can reap a lot of benefits. Not only does it provide lovely scenery right outside your home, but you can also save a lot of money and have more control over what you put into your body if you grow your own food.

Soon, the spring season will be here, and it will be the perfect time to begin gardening. In anticipation of that, Oklahoma County Master Gardeners is once again offering a helping hand to gardeners in the community to help prepare them before the growing season starts.

A Garden Boot Camp will be held for three consecutive Saturdays at the Oklahoma County Extension Service, 930 N Portland Ave., starting on January 25. The boot camp will provide helpful information to gardeners to assist them in having more bountiful yields this year. Topics will include soil fertility and choosing the right annuals and perennials for your garden.

The program will start from 9:30 a.m. and last until 3:15 p.m. The registration fee is $35, which includes supplies. The deadline for enrollment is January 17.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Tips for Cleaning Your Chimney

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If you have a functioning fireplace, it is important to maintain it in order for it to operate properly.  If you neglect your chimney, it will gather a lot of trash and tar that can impact the efficiency of your fireplace and even create a fire hazard in your home.   Each year, there are more than 45,000 chimney fires in America that cause about $125 million in damaged property and an average of 30 deaths.

Cleaning your chimney is one of the most important things you can do to keep your fireplace clean and safe. Chimney repair can be expensive and quite troublesome to do, but fortunately  there are several ways you can clean it yourself.

1. One of the easiest ways to clean your chimney is from the roof. Wear pair of sturdy shoes with grippy rubber soles and bring a brush and tarp or drop cloth. Stand on your roof and use the brush to clean the interior walls of the chimney.  Just remember to close off the opening to the fireplace first in order to prevent soot and dirt from falling down and covering your carpets and furniture.

2. If you are planning to clean the flue, you can easily get rid of the ashes by using a flat fireplace shovel to remove stubborn ashes and a high pressure vacuum cleaner to remove dust. Make sure that the ashes do not accumulate more than two inches at any given time.

3. Make sure you have a good chimney cap to prevent moisture from the elements from seeping into the chimney.  That can cause the tiles to dissolve and allow corrosive elements from the exhaust to mix and weaken the liner. If you don’t have a chimney cap, purchase one with screen mesh that has a lifetime warranty. The screen mesh will prevent animals from getting in your chimney and also keep sparks from reaching the roof.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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