Maintenance Monday – test your A/C now

With temperatures in the 70s, please test your air conditioner now to make sure it works before the real heat is upon us. Set your A/C so it comes on and let it run for a while to make sure everything is working correctly. If there is a problem, please call the maintenance department to get your air conditioner fixed now rather than waiting for the heat of summer when it will be uncomfortable without it.

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St. Patrick’s Day Snow

No one ever sang “I’m dreaming of a White St. Patrick’s Day,” but that is what we woke up to this morning. Please be careful out there. Watch your step on the slippery sidewalks and watch for the plow trucks while pulling out of your parking spot and driving through the courts. We will clear and treat the sidewalks and parking lots. Please remember to stomp your feet outside before entering your building, so you do not track in chemicals. Also, be careful when walking up or down the stairs on the tile so you don’t slip with your wet shoes.

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

When we start clearing the parking spaces, we ask the residents to please move your vehicles in order for us to clear multiple spaces at a time. We also ask you to kindly push the snow & ice off your vehicles onto the drive area, rather then back onto the sidewalks or in between the vehicles. (Even if the drive area has been plowed, we prefer you push the snow onto the drive area).

Please be respectful of the snow plows, and give them ample room to move about in the parking lots. When you are driving toward or behind the plow trucks and tractors, please keep a safe distance. Wait for a signal from the plow driver that it is safe to enter or exit. In return, please give them a warning when you are about to enter or exit. The drivers are multi-tasking with the operation of the plows and salt spreaders along with the driving of the vehicle.

Magnificent March at Century Corp

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There are lots of fun events this March at Century Corp’s Apartments at Old Orchard, Chatham Gardens and Burnam Woods. Now through March 17th, stop by the Leasing Office at Old Orchard Apartments to pick a lucky coin from the Pot of Gold to win a prize. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Chatham Gardens Apartments, stop by the Leasing Office March 17th for some green cookies and Kool-Aid. And by popular demand, Burnam Bingo Night returns to Burnam Woods Apartments on March 21st at 7pm. You must be 18 years or older to participate. Lite refreshments will be provided. Happy March everyone! We are SO ready for Spring!

A New Sidewalk between Winesap and Stayman Courts at Old Orchard Apartments!

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There is something great coming for residents of Old Orchard Apartments who live on Winesap and Stayman Courts: a new sidewalk! The residents of Winesap Court will no longer have to trudge through grass, mud and snow or take the long way around to get to their cars. And the kids of Stayman Court will no longer have to walk around West Geipe Road to get to their bus stop. Now there is going to be a convenient, well-lit shortcut. A sidewalk between Winesap and Stayman Courts will make life easier for the residents of Old Orchard Apartments.

Maintenance Monday – keeping your garbage disposal clean

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Garbage Disposals are a great appliance, but they aren’t so great if you don’t keep them clean. Here are three great tips from our maintenance department on how to keep your garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh:

  1. Ice Cubes - Using ice cubes at least once a month will keep your disposal clean and smelling fresh. Simply fill the disposal/drain with ice cubes and turn the cold water on to a slow steady flow directly into the drain. Then turn your disposal on and let it run until the ice has been ground up completely.
  2. Bleach – Use 1/4 cup of bleach in the disposal during this process which will help clear out stale odors. Simply pour the bleach in the drain before filling with ice (this will prevent splash back of bleach), however it would be wise to wear an old shirt when cleaning your disposal with bleach.
  3. Grease – When disposing of grease from cooking, such as bacon grease, you should turn on the hot water and leave it running while rinsing the grease from you pan and dishes. Leave the hot water running for a suffecient amount of time to allow for the grease to completely clear the drain line.

Maintenance Monday – THANK YOU to our Residents!

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We at Century Corporation / Awalt Builders want to thank our wonderful residents for your assistance and patience during this recent snow storm. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Maintenance Monday – stay warm with humidity

Keep It Humid

It’s true that it’s not the heat that makes you feel warm, it’s the humidity. Humid air feels warmer than dry air, so in the winter, instead of cranking the heat, run a humidifier. This allows you to turn down the heat, save energy, and still feel comfortable. Live, leafy plants also help raise humidity levels.

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Who Wants Hot Chocolate?!

On a cold winter’s night, what is better than a steaming cup of homemade hot chocolate? Not much, unless it’s homemade hot chocolate with lots of candy toppings! That is what everyone at Old Orchard Apartments enjoyed last night at the Hot Chocolate Bar in the Leasing Office. We had homemade hot chocolate and homemade white hot chocolate, which turned out to be the sleeper hit with the Catonsville crowd. To adorn their tasty treat, folks added marshmallows, whipped cream, toffee, peppermints, peanut butter chips and even more white chocolate (chips). Fun was had by all, young and not so young. It was a great evening of Hot Chocolate Fellowship.

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Maintenance Monday – how to dry wood

The Only Way to Dry Wood

If a piece of your wood furniture has gotten wet, resist the urge to dry it out with a space heater or hair dryer. Too much heat will make wood crack and warp. Instead, keep the area at room temperature and aim a fan at it.

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Maryland Wine

Did you know there were over 50 wineries in Maryland with more than 400 different wines to choose from? Having an ideal climate for ripening classical wine grapes, Maryland makes world class wine. “From the mountains of Western Maryland to the Chesapeake plains, from country landscapes to quaint historic towns, Maryland’s wineries provide a wide variety of delightful settings for a family adventure, a gathering with friends, a romantic interlude, or a moment of quiet solitude,” boasts MarylandWine.com.

Most of these wineries are just a short drive from our apartments at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard. The oldest of Maryland’s wineries, and probably the most famous, is Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, MD, which is only 10 miles from Burnam Woods Apartments. Boordy hosts events throughout the year including tastings, concerts and festivals. Another very popular winery in Maryland is Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy, MD, which is within 30 miles from Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments. Linganore hosts many outdoor music festivals, weekend events and picnics. For a full list of the great events at all of Maryland’s wineries, please click this link http://www.marylandwine.com/events-festivals. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!