4 simple ways to winterize your home
As winter approaches, homeowners know they must do certain things to ready their homes for the coming months. Wrapping up the grill and closing the pool are no-brainers, but homeowners also must prioritize winterizing their homes to ensure homes withstand the winter.
Winterizing tasks range from small to big, but each can protect a home and its inhabitants and some can even save homeowners a substantial amount of money. The following are four simple ways to winterize your home. If your home has a chimney, chances are you have not used it since last winter. During that time, the chimney has likely accumulated some dirt and grime, and may even have served as home to some uninvited critters. As the season for fireside chats approaches, have your chimney serviced by a professional so it’s ready for use and you are not greeted by some un- wanted guests upon ing your first fire. light- Autumn days, particularly late autumn days, can be gusty, and strong winds can cause branches to fall off trees. Branches big and small can cause damage to cars, siding and roofs, and smaller branches can get clogged in gutters, potentially causing gutters to back up and leading to leaky roofs that damage a home’s interior. Take a walk around your property at least once per week during the fall, clearing any fallen limbs and trimming branches that appear one strong gust away from falling off of trees. Remove any branches that are hanging over your home and driveway so they don’t pose a threat to your house or vehicles. When temperatures get especially low, pipes with water still in them can freeze and burst, potentially leading to significant water damage. When you no longer need to water the lawn and when temperatures get too cold to wash your car in the driveway, be sure to shut off the water supply to outdoor spigots and sprinkler systems. Once you do that, drain them so no water is sitting in the pipes when temperatures dip. There are many ways to winterize a home, and homeowners should take every precaution necessary to ensure their homes are safe and warm as the cold weather season approaches.
The Standard Hall was packed on November 11 for the community’s Remembrance Day Service. A beautiful lunch was also served by the Standard Lionettes. Thank you to everybody who works so hard to bring this service to our community, so we can honour and remember those who have served in our armed forces. Thank you especially to all the veterans in attendance.
Ground has broken for the Memory Lane Project! Thank you to the community for their ongoing support of this project.
The Standard Library presents “Story and Craftivity” on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Come and play bingo and make a Snowman Button Family. Registration is required, please. The Standard Cast-Ons meet every Tuesday at 7:30 in November at the library. Bring your knitting or your desire to learn to knit with you and enjoy some good company.
Nazareth Lutheran Church is looking to borrow some scaffolding to reach some interior lights that are burnt out. If you could loan your scaffolding, please call trustee Richard Couture at 587-727-0545.
Nazareth Church is pleased to announce the upcoming baptism of Reid Rasmussen on November 27. Also, that day is their monthly Soup Sunday. Come for the baptism, stay for the soup! A free will offering is taken to support the Nazareth Church Women’s ministry.
The Memory Lane Cash Calendar is off and running! The winners last week were: November 7-Rusty Stromsmoe, November 8- Larry Casey, November 9-Gault Baalim, and November 10 was Elmer Jensen. Congratulations! Check out the Standard Community Facebook Group to keep track of winners!
There will be a Foot Clinic at the Standard Senior’s Centre on November 17 beginning at 9:30 am. Everybody is welcome to come, but please remember to book your appointment through Donna Firkus (403-644-3849) or by calling the seniors during coffee in the morning. The next clinic after this won’t be until December 29.
Need a coat for the coming winter for you or a member of your family? County Coats will be at Standard on December 7 from 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Thanks to the community for supporting this great endeavour.
As always, submissions can be made to standardnewz@ gmail.com or to Pastor Dyanna Couture at 403-644-3848. Please try to have your submissions in by early evening on Sunday!
Trimming hanging branches and removing debris from their yards prepare their properties for winter. is one simple way homeowners can