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Life Changes!

By Doug Harsany

Over the past three years, my life has changed dramatically. My youngest daughter got married and left home for Boston, where she is studying to become an Optometrist. My wife and I became empty nesters. However, that was short lived. Within months, my oldest daughter became divorced, and came home to live with us, bringing along her infant daughter. As humans we learn to adapt. Though there are certainly challenges to living with three generations under one roof, there are also rewards. I benefit from this great opportunity to know my granddaughter, in ways that I could not if she didn’t live with me. I am also discovering, in ways that I did not before, the beautiful young woman that my daughter has become.

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How to Prepare a Disaster Kit for Your Home

By Doug Harsany

As we get into what is a stormy season in much of the United States, it is a logical time to think about our disaster preparedness. In addition to other preparedness guidance about evacuation routes, shelter locations, and the like, it is often suggested to have a disaster kit in your home (a similar kit may be useful in your car and office). Here are a few suggestions for what to put into such a kit.

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Greater Challenges, Fewer Resources

By Doug Harsany

man-briefcase-chasmIt seems that the needs in our communities continue to grow, even as our means of addressing those needs is diminished. We need to shift our thinking in order to reach beyond the traditional methods of doing business. Early in the recent recession here in the United States, the federal government recognized that we were facing a crisis that demanded additional resources for housing and community development. Programs like The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 were created to address this crisis. Those resources are now largely gone, but many challenges still face our states and communities, including a scarcity of decent affordable housing, a surplus of abandoned buildings, a crumbling infrastructure, and a shortage of good jobs.

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