Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 23, 2011

Celebrate patriotism on Memorial Day

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Keeping our neighborhoods clean and updated helps deter crime, increase property values, and increases neighborhood pride, which will spur further growth and cleanup.

It is interesting to see how different people value the exterior appearance of their home.  On the one extreme will be the beautifully landscaped home with stone-edge planters, a meticulously manicured lawn and gorgeous flowers.  On the other side will be the house with un-mowed grass, beds full of weeds and overgrown shrubs and trees.  Perhaps the trim needs painting or windows or doors need replacing.

Sometimes there is a good reason an owner lets his property go; a serious illness or death in the family or severe financial problems come to mind.  But often, the curb appeal of their home is just not a priority – until they go to sell their house.

Unfortunately, their lack of attention to the outside of their property is affecting everyone else’s property. If you are one of those people who procrastinate on your front yard and home exterior, here is what you should do.  Stand across the street (maybe with a friend or a neighbor) and take a critical look at your home.  Make a list of everything that needs to be done and decide who can do it.  If it seems to be too much for you or your children, consider hiring a local gardener or even a teenager in the neighborhood.  Keeping the lawn mowed and water, the beds weeded and edged and the bushes and trees trimmed will go a long way to improving the overall appearance of your home.  And don’t forget to paint the woodwork – maybe update the color of the trim or the front door.

If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your neighbors!

Memorial Day – May 30, 2011

Memorial Day is a day to celebrate and remember the lives that have been lost at the service of our nation.  While you might not know someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our civil liberties, you probably have come in contact with someone who has.  Here are a few ways you can celebrate the patriotism of the day:

• Have a picnic with family and friends and talk about what Memorial Day means to you.

• Venture to a parade or memorial service locally. 

• Throw an informal barbecue with all the fixings.  Have guest wear patriotic gear and fly the American flag.

Phyllis Wilburn,