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Home Hunter

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Sunday, April 1 2012

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Entrusted to sell Aiken’s Finest Properties

Hopeland Farms
Incredible custom residence features open floor plan, soaring ceilings, wood and tile floors, fabulous custom kitchen, 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Screened porch overlooks in ground pool, gazebo and pool house with full kitchen, bath and 2 bedrooms. Center aisle 9-stall barn and board fenced pastures on 11 acres. Call Courtney Conger at 645.3308

Lovely views of Aiken Golf Club’s 16th green and fairway from this delightfully renovated downtown cottage. Fabulous new master bath, updates throughout the 4 bedroom home. Call Courtney Conger or Randy Wolcott $399,000

Foxtrot Cottage

Woodside Cottage
Largest of The Cottages available at 2,261 square feet, this recently renovated home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, NEW carpet and hardwood floors, fresh paint inside & out. Call Randy Wolcott $225,000

Kensington Townhomes
Stand alone 3 bedroom, 2 bath townhome is handicapped accessible and maintenance free! Hardwood & tile floors, jetted tub, fresh paint and putting green in the back yard! Call Mike Hosang $184,900

$1 ,500,000

Charming & spacious Dutch Colonial in downtown historic district. The 3,100 square foot home includes formal living & dining rooms, 3 large bedrooms each with full bath en suite plus half bath. Call Courtney Conger $425,000

Fairfield House

Downtown Commercial
Great commercial location on Laurens St. with lots of shopping traffic! 3,500 square foot commercial building for sale with 2 store fronts. Established tenants. Call Randy Wolcott at 507.1142 $430,000

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. 803. 648. 8660 . 800. 880. 0108

NEW PHASE III LOTS now available ranging from 3.5 to 9 acres. Several homes available, starting at $399,000. Riding trails, clubhouse, jump ring, dressage arena, pool. Call Frank Starcher or Jack Roth at 648.9808

Three Runs Plantation

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There’s an Easy and Inexpensive Way to Replace a Worn-Out Lawn
AUTOMOBILE INFORMATION:
DRIVER’S LICENSE •Newcomers have 90 days after establishing residency to apply for a driver’s license. •With a valid out-of-state driver's license, only an eye exam or statement of visual acuity from an eye specialist is required. •Military personnel may operate on a valid driver's license from their home state. For Information Call: 1-800-442-1DMV (1-800-442-1368) www.scdmvonline.com

Zoysia grass plugs can be planted into existing lawn

DRIVER’S LICENSE OFFICES 1755 Richland Ave., Aiken 803-641-7752 1913 Ascauga Lake Road, North Augusta 803-279-6659 TAGS/REGISTRATION
•Newcomers have 45 days after establishing residency to purchase South Carolina license tags. •To purchase license tags, you will need to fill out Form 400, available from any Division of Motor Vehicles office. •Before getting your tag, you will need to pay the property tax on the vehicle at your local tax office. •The South Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles handles vehicle tags. Offices are open Mon.- Fri. 8:30am - 5:00pm.
Zoysia grass lawns are a good choice for anyone who wants a low maintenance, lush lawn that stays green in summer heat and droughts. Zoysia is durable, spreading turfgrass that grows into a permanent lawn that never needs reseeding.

UTILITIES:
ELECTRICITY Aiken Electric Co-op 803-649-6245 or 1-800-922-1262 www.aikenco-op.org Mid-Carolina Electric Co-op 803-749-6400 or 1-888-813-8000 www.mcecoop.com South Carolina Electric & Gas 803-442-2000 or 1-800-251-7234 www.sceg.com/en NATURAL GAS SCE&G Gas Operations 106 Langley Dam Road Aiken, SC 29834 (803) 643-5916 TELEPHONE AT&T Residential 1-888-288-2020 Business 1-866-620-6000 www.att.com Atlantic Broadband 1-888-301-8649 WATER City of Aiken 803-642-7613 www.aiken.net City of North Augusta 803-441-4219 www.northaugusta.net Jackson Water Department 803-471-2229 New Ellenton Public Works Commission 803-652-2862

GOVERNMENT
Aiken Co. Administrative Offices 828 Richland Avenue W. • 642-2012 Aiken City Offices 214 Park Avenue, S.W. • 642-7654 Jackson Town Offices 106 Main Street • 471-2228 New Ellenton City Offices 200 Main Street • 652-2214 North Augusta City Offices 400 Buena Vista Ave. E. Municipal Bldg • 441-4202 VOTER REGISTRATION Voter Registration Office 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken • 642-2030 TAXES Aiken County Tax Office • 642-2081

There’s nothing quite as inviting as a lush green lawn, beckoning like a cool oasis in the midst of summertime heat. Of course, having a perfect lawn that’s the envy of the neighborhood doesn’t just happen by chance. A golf-course-quality lawn typically requires lots of springtime work (and expense) for overseeding, fertilizing and weed control. And then there’s moving, mowing and more mowing throughout the growing season. If you’re looking for a way to energize your tired lawn but want to save time and money, the answer could be as simple as zoysia grass. Rather than ripping out an old lawn or reseeding over it, many thousands of homeowners have planted zoysia grass plugs right into their existing lawns. Zoysia grass is a tough, spreading turfgrass that grows into a permanent, perennial lawn that never needs reseeding. “Zoysia grass is a great choice for anyone who loves the look of a lush, healthy lawn but doesn’t want to be a slave to their lawn,” said John Ridgway of Zoysia Farm Nurseries (www. zoysiafarms.com/tca) in Taneytown, Md. “Most common turfgrasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue, are cool season grasses that look fine in the spring and late fall but get stressed in the summer months when you want your lawn to look its best. However, zoysia grass is a warm season grass that thrives in summer heat and needs far less water during the growing season. Zoysia grass also needs less mowing than most other types of grasses, so it’s much less labor intensive.”

Unlike other grasses, which are grown from seed or installed as sod, the zoysia grass from Zoysia Farm Nurseries (sold under the product name Amazoy) is sold as individual plants. These zoysia grass plugs can be planted into bare ground or in areas where the existing lawn is thin or worn out. Amazoy zoysia grass plugs quickly send out stolons (above-ground sprouts) and rhizomes (underground creeping rootstalks) from which new plants take root. The densely growing zoysia grass spreads outward, choking out all other growth -- including existing turfgrasses, crabgrass and other summer weeds. Within two to three growing seasons in most climates, the grass plugs will spread to completely cover the lawn area. The result is a durable lawn that can handle playground punishment, summer heat and drought while still looking green and feeling plush -- just like a golf course. In areas that get frost, zoysia grass quietly goes dormant and stops growing. It needs no care or maintenance during the cold months. Zoysia grass is cold tolerant, surviving temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. When the weather warms up again the following spring, zoysia grass regains its natural green color and starts growing again. Amazoy zoysia grass is available by mail direct from the grower (www.zoysiafarms.com/ tca). An order of 1,000 plugs (enough for a 1,000-square-foot lawn) and plugger planting tools sell for approximately $50 -- a small price to pay for a lush, professional looking lawn year after year!

INFORMATION SOURCES:
Aiken Chamber of Commerce 121 Richland Avenue E. 641-1111 www.aikenchamber.net Aiken Board of Realtors 648-1891
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Deadlines are every Tuesday at Noon.
Real Estate Sales Rep: Lauren Molony 644-2376 or Kathy Boyette 644-2349. Advertising Director: Dee Taylor

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Outdoor Activities Ideal for Spring
Once winter has come and gone, adults and children alike are typically anxious to get outside and soak up some spring sun. Few things are as rejuvenating as those first few spring days, when the harsh winter weather is instantly forgotten and the smell of fresh grass is comfortably overwhelming. When saying “so long” to cabin fever this spring, consider the following outdoor activities that are sure to put a spring in your step. eventually need to turn around and start pedaling home.

Join a Sports League
Adults can relive the days of their youth by signing up to play in a local sports league. Such leagues are often ideal for young singles, who can team up with fellow young people to play any number of sports, including softball, beach volleyball, basketball, and even the old standby of elementary school, kickball.

Golf
Many golf courses re-open in the spring. Though some public courses stay open throughout the winter, the majority of courses do close once the weather becomes too unbearable for golfers to endure or too detrimental to the course’s landscape. Depending on how harsh the winter was and the forecast for spring, golf courses typically re-open their links as early as the first week of March. Even if your favorite course doesn’t open quickly enough, you can still dust off your swing with a visit to the local driving range.

Run
Winter can test even the most devoted of runners. For those who simply can’t run in the throes of winter, when snow and ice cover the roadways, spring is the first chance to get back outdoors and run in the fresh air. Local road runner clubs are a great opportunity to meet fellow runners or learn of local competitions. When running, be sure to bring along some gear to keep you relatively dry should those inevitable spring showers arrive.

Golfers typically can’t wait for the first warm day of spring so they can return to the local links and play 18 holes.

Fish
Many fishermen feel like fishing season never ends, choosing to simply add another layer of clothing when the temperatures drop rather than pack it up and wait till spring. For the hobbyist, however, spring is typically a time to find a favorite fishing hole and get back to business. How successful a fishing trip will be typically depends on a host of factors, including water temperature. Oftentimes, the local newspaper will list the water temperature of the area’s favorite fishing areas. Once nature decides to cooperate, get outside and enjoy the first catch of the season.

Cycling
Perhaps thanks to seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, cycling has grown increasingly popular stateside in the 21st century. Many communities have cycling groups for riders of varying skill levels, and such groups typically hit the pavement once the spring season arrives. When joining a group, be sure to join one that’s suited to your skill level. If cycling alone, be patient at the beginning and don’t stray too far. Remember, you’ll

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When the warm weather arrives, conscientious pet owners typically reevaluate how to care for their pets. As the seasons change, so may a pet’s needs, and different safety precautions might be necessary. Warm weather seasons are many people’s favorite time of year. Pets, too, enjoy the benefits of the warm weather, including more opportunities to frolic outside. But the sunshine and hot weather that is synonymous with the summer season can prove treacherous to some pets. Although the hot-weather months are sometimes called “the dog days of summer,” that doesn’t mean that your dog enjoys them. According to “Dogs in Antiquity: Anubis to Cerebrus: The Origins of the Domestic Dog,” by Douglas Brewer, Sir Terence Clark, and Adrian Phillips, the term “dog days of summer” was coined by the ancient Greeks and Romans actually to describe the hottest days of summer that coincided with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. It has nothing to do with dogs loving the summer. So keep in mind your pooch and other pets may not be acclimated to hot weather and may suffer for it. Dogs, cats and small animals who are left inside a hot car, even if just for a few minutes, can be susceptible to heat-related illness and even death. Dogs are particularly vulnerable to the heat because they can only cool off by panting and through the sweat glands in the pads of their feet. Animal cruelty laws apply to just about anyone who endangers their animal’s life through negligence. Failure to take weather conditions into consideration may be a criminal act, depending on where a pet owner lives. To avoid heat-related injury to a companion animal, keep these tips in mind. * Even on a day that seems mild, an enclosed car

Protect pets through the dog days of summer
can reach deadly temperatures. A Stanford University study found that even when it was a mere 72 F outdoors, the interior temperature of a car reached 116 F within one hour. Research further indicated that cracking the windows of the car had little effect on lowering the internal temperature of the vehicle. * Pets generally have a higher body temperature than people. A dog’s normal body temperature, for example, is between 101 to 102.5 F. Being outside in the heat or locked inside a hot room can quickly bring that body temperature up. Nerve damage, liver damage, heart problems, and even death can occur if a dog’s body temperature rises just a little bit. * It is important to provide pets with extra water, as they may be more thirsty when it is hot outdoors. If you will be spending a day away from home, leave one or two bowls of water available and put in a few ice cubes, which will help keep the water cooler. * If your pet is outdoors, make sure he has plenty of access to shady areas in which to rest. A child’s wading pool can provide a respite from the heat as well. * Avoid walks and daily exercise during the hottest parts of the day. Try to reschedule these for early morning or early evening when things generally cool down. Remember, pavement and sidewalks can be very hot and burn the delicate pads of the feet. * Discuss pet sunscreen products with a veterinarian. Animals with short hair or with white fur and pink skin may be more susceptible to sunburn and damage from potentially harmful UV rays. * Be mindful of open windows and pet birds. It can be easy for birds to escape when a window is left open in the house, especially if your birds are given daily exercise outside of the cage. On another note, keep in mind that glass is virtually invisible to birds, and wild birds may collide with glass if windows are kept shut while the air conditioning is on. Glass reflects the images of trees, bushes and the sky, so a bird may fly directly into it. The United States. Fish and Wildlife Service offers that one of the greatest hazards to birds is plate glass, with windows in homes and offices killing as many as one billion birds each year. * Stay up-to-date with vaccinations, as biting insects, such as mosquitoes, ticks and flies, are more prevalent this time of year and can transmit diseases. * Avoid toxic gardening products if you and your pet frequently spend time in the yard.

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* Don’t assume your dog knows how to doggie paddle. Despite the name, not all pups have mastered this method of staying afloat. Keep in mind an

unattended dog can drown. The warm-weather season is one in which people enjoy lounging outdoors and soaking up some sun. You can ensure your pets enjoy it, too, by taking precautions and other safety measures.

Don't miss this adorable three bedroom, 2 bath cottage in a great location. Eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar counter-top, large pantry and laundry room. Shadow-box privacy fence and lawn sprinklers in both front and back yard. Rain gutters both front and back, also. Covered patio and one car garage.

$121,900

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Call Brenda or Terry Bland 706-373-6855 or 706-394-8211 • brendabland@remax.net

RE/MAX Masters 706-868-6913

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Clean patio furniture the green way

There are many different environmentally friendly methods for cleaning patios and furniture.
Despite a mild winter for much of the country, many people are looking forward to dusting off the patio furniture and heading outside to enjoy the warmer weather that’s on its way. If only it was as easy as that. Very often decks, patios and outdoor furniture need a little more than a quick clean-up to get them ready for the season. Too often people turn to harsh chemicals that, when washed away, can end up leaching into the surrounding ground and potentially the water supply. There are more environmentally friendly options available to get outdoor items prepped for entertaining. Those who have kids and pets or who are just interested in living an eco-friendly lifestyle, may wonder how to make patio furniture look like new without resorting to harsh chemical cleansers to do the job. Although it may take a little more elbow grease to do it the green way, here are some tips for cleaning up. * Head into the kitchen. People are often surprised to find they have some of the most versatile cleaning products in their cabinets and possibly even the refrigerators. Baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice are good cleansers to try on stubborn stains. Baking soda mixed with a little vinegar will create a foaming action that can help break through stains. Vinegar on its own is a natural deodorizer and can clean chrome and glass without leaving behind streaks. Baking soda mixed with a little water can be used as a scouring paste applied with a stiff-bristled brush, and it has even been shown to remove rust stains on some metal surfaces. The acidity of lemon juice can help cut through oily messes and gummy substances. * Put some pressure behind the cleaning. Don’t underestimate the power of plain water -- especially if it’s being directed at dirt at a high velocity. Pressure washers are ideal for cleaning off mold, mildew and even leaf and bug stains from many surfaces, including concrete. Set the power washer at an acceptable spray size because, if it’s too concentrated, the spray can cause other damage. * Get steamed for cleaning. Steam is a popular and green method of cleaning indoor floors, counters and other surfaces. Steam can also be tried on resin furniture or other materials to loosen debris, enabling the dirt to be wiped off with little elbow grease. Steam can also disinfect surfaces without the need for chemicals. * Look for green cleaning products. For those who prefer the power of a spray-bottle, select products that have been approved for use by notable environmental agencies. These cleaning items will be free from damaging ingredients. Just be sure to check the ingredient list before making any purchases. * Bleach it. Diluted bleach is one of the most effective cleaning and disinfecting combinations around. Because bleach is an organic chemical, it can be introduced back into the environment without doing much damage, provided it is substantially diluted. Check the color-fastness of the materials that will be cleaned in an inconspicuous spot prior to doing the whole surface. * Cover it. Sometimes the stains are so set in that they are not able to be scoured clean. In such instances, consider the use of eco-friendly fabrics to cover patio furniture upholstery. In addition, look for green paints that can be used to go over metal and even plastic furniture for a new look. Get set for the season of entertaining by prepping outdoor items in an environmentally friendly way.

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The Aiken Standard is pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtain housing. All real estate advertising in the Aiken Standard is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discriminations. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate that is in violation of the law.

312 Magnolia Road
Aiken, SC

243 Berrie Road
Aiken, SC

320 Newberry Street SW

La Folie

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Reilly & Cissie Sullivan Meybohm, REALTORS®

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1114 South Boundary

Rosemary Cottage

La Paz at New Bridge Polo
536 McIntosh Loop

The Carriage House on Berrie - 245 Berrie Road

Doug Haley Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS ID: 609887 803.644.3013 douglas.b.haley@bankofamerica.com

Angie Webber Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS ID: 628763 803.644.3012 angela.k.webber@bankofamerica.com
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Reilly & Cissie Sullivan Meybohm, REALTORS®

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458 Whiskey Road
Aiken, SC

111 York Street SE
Aiken, SC

140 Oak Valley Lane
Aiken, SC

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Reilly & Cissie Sullivan Meybohm, REALTORS®

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Williamson and Doris Johnson, Coldwell Banker United

179 Wire Road
Aiken, SC

1554 Citation -Foxchase
Aiken, SC

503 Chime Bell Church Road
Aiken, SC

Reilly & Cissie Sullivan Meybohm, REALTORS®

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Penland The Penland Company

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Aiken, SC

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