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  1. 7 Things to Do in Peters Township this Summer

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    “There’s nothing to do!” and “I’m bored!” won’t work this year in Peters Township.  Community leaders and organziations have lots of great activities planned for the summer. Here are 7 people and places with ideas of things to do in Peters Township.

    1. Peters Township Public Library kicks off its children’s Summer Reading Program “Fizz Book Read” with a sign-up party on Saturday, June 14. The program runs for 8 weeks through the summer. The library offers daily activities for teens including open gaming sessions in the Teen Room, crafternoons, movie nights, and monthly book clubs. Adults can participate in the many clubs offered at the library – from cooking, couponing, stamp collecting, writing workshops, Go Green, and a variety of lively book groups.

    Coming this summer we will present screenings of environmentally-focused films, programs with Civil War-related themes, and weekly computer classes on a variety of topics. We can also help with technology questions at our drop-in service on Monday evenings or Saturday afternoons. To learn more about all that your library has to offer, visit us at, like us on Facebook, check out our mobile app on your phone, or stop by in person and speak with a staff member. Our hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm. We are closed on Sundays from May 25 through September 1. We look forward to your visit!

    - Pier Lee, Peters Township Public Library 


    2. Summer Fun and Academic Fitness Classes from the Peters Township School District are offered for students during the summer break. Classes range from ceramics to sports fun and are available for a variety of age groups. Details on course offerings, costs and registration information can be found on the District website.

    - Shelly Belcher, Peters Township School District



  2. 8 Spring Cleaning Tips for Every (Heartland) Home

    make the interior shine with a seasonal spring clean

    Let’s face it: spring cleaning is not a popular subject.  No homeowner counts the days until they can shake the carpets and wipe down the walls.

    But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important.

    Several areas around the house go relatively untouched during the colder months.  That’s why it is time to give them a bit of TLC now.  This post will help you welcome the warm weather by reviewing eight spring cleaning tips that will (hopefully) put the long winter behind us.

    Tackle the closet.  One staple task involved in annual spring cleaning is tidying up the bedroom closet.  Throughout the year, we accumulate more things, add seasons and wear our clothes out.  Get a trash bag (or two or three) and head into the closet to sort through items like clothing and shoes.  There are at least a few things everyone could stand to kick to the curb—a pair of jeans that are too tight, a t-shirt with a small hole in the arm and much more.  These are the things we can’t really use anymore, so why not donate them to someone who could?

    Change the drawers.  Some people, especially when they have large collections of clothing, organize dresser drawers according to season.  Doing this involves leaving out the items that are likely to be worn and putting those that will not in plastic storage boxes or in the closet.  Just remember to keep a few long-sleeved items on hand for the occasional cooler days and evenings.  This is Pittsburgh, after all, and spring is chaotic.


  3. 7 Spring Lawn Care Tips to Start the Season Right

    Preparing the yard for spring.

    The windows are not yet open at our house to hear the birds chirping , but I am told that they are out there and that warmer weather is on the way.  With green grass around the corner, now is the perfect time to prepare our yards for spring sun.

    Here are a few key steps that will put your yard (and its owner) on its way to enjoying both the lovely weather and a gorgeous lawn.

    1. Rake it. The universally-agreed upon first step in lawn preparation is to get your rake out.  When autumn came around, so did falling leave and twigs.  Odds are pretty good that even with thorough raking throughout that season, new debris gathered throughout the winter.  Wintertime means that grass dies out and clumps up in the yard, which is also problematic for promoting a healthy lawn.  So, before you do anything else to the yard, get out that rake.

    2. Test it. During the winter months, pH levels in the ground go through significant changes.  Sometimes, harsh winter conditions can throw the yard’s soil out of whack, causing highly acidic pH levels.  This is problematic because acidic soil hinders healthy grass growth.  So, head to the home improvement store for a home pH testing kit.  If your test shows acid level problems, spreading a thin layer of lime (as in limestone) will neutralize it and permit grass to thrive.


  4. Emerald Fields Preview Party

    Clifton Park II

    Emerald Fields is nestled within a cozy location, right off Mt. Pleasant Road, in Pine Township near Gibsonia – roughly 30 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. The beautiful forest surroundings present a secluded and enchanted setting, yet Emerald Fields is only a few minutes from major transportation routes like the PA Turnpike and I-79, and commercial arteries like Perry Highway, Wexford Road and Babcock Boulevard.

    The luxurious homes of Emerald Fields come with an array of luxury features. The homes sites are spacious and feature magnificent homes with natural masonry fronts and HardiePlank® Siding. Emerald Fields homeowners will also enjoy an upgraded landscaping package, concrete driveways, lawn sprinkler systems in front yards and stone address markers. Well-equipped homes in this community start in the $500s.

    Clifton Park II KitchenWith six luxury home designs available to build (including two estate homes), the home of your dreams can easily be made a reality at Emerald Fields. All new homes built will include 9’ ceilings on the first & second floors, side entry two-car garage, built-in GE stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, kitchen island, maple kitchen cabinets, crown moulding, fireplace in family room, hardwood flooring in the kitchen, foyer, powder room & first floor hall and much more!

    The Preview Party will be held at our The Village at Camp Trees model home on Thursday, March 13th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Receive exclusive information including timeline for development work to be completed, site map layout, home site release date and pricing!

    Click here for door-to-door directions to The Village at Camp Trees.

  5. 5 Green Staging Tips You Can Apply This Weekend

    Nest products for green staging

    Home buyers have returned to the market early this year, likely eager for spring after a long winter, and green has been a popular color. If buyers want green homes, sellers must find ways to provide.

    There are some green home certifications, but the best advice for any seller is to highlight a home’s greener side with features and fixtures that are cost efficient and environmentally friendly.

    Green staging should not lead to excessive green spending. There are simple and effective ways to furnish an environmentally smart home without spending a fortune.

    Green Staging Lessons

    It is best to begin with the little things and work your way toward the larger and more complicated tasks. We recommend starting with the light bulbs.

    Swapping incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lights (CFL) is a 10-minute task, depending on how many family members it takes to change a bulb. CFL bulbs are a fantastic way to conserve energy and save money over the long run. While CFL light bulbs initially cost more than incandescent light bulbs, they use 25% of the energy of a regular incandescent bulb to deliver the same amount of light. Plus, they last 10 times longer. Compact fluorescent light bulbs also emit less heat, while incandescent bulbs spend 90 percent of their energy giving off heat and 10 percent giving off light, so incandescent bulbs actually waste more energy than necessary.  Showing potential buyers a low electric bill might be enough to inspire an offer.


  6. Best School Districts in Pittsburgh

    kids at school
    Finding the best school district in or around Pittsburgh can result in information overload. Test scores, graduation rates, extracurriculars, school budgets and much more is all out there for analysis. But who has the time to research every district in Western Pennsylvania?

    This article makes that process a lot easier. We set out to determine the best school district in Pittsburgh by asking the residents of the communities themselves. Who better, right?


  7. 5 New Home Upgrades that Should Be Standard

    Kitchen upgrade options that most families demand in their home

    Add-ons add up quickly. Whether shopping for electronics online or cars on the lot, there always seems to be a big difference between the sticker price and final sales price. Shipping costs, preferred seat assignments, warranties. Enough!

    The same things often happen with new homes. The base price sounds great, but each little upgrade comes at a cost. Enough!

    This is a list of the top 5 things that should be a stardard feature of every new home. Some are qualities found in every Heartland home and while others are things that we simply could not imagine family life without.

    Top Upgrade Standard Features for Your New Home

    Kitchen islands have become a mandatory fixture for many busy families. They allow dinner prep, homework help and light snacking to all happen at the same time in the same place. Like immersion blenders and stand mixers, once you have them, it’s hard to imagine a kitchen without them.

    Wood and ceramic floors are timeless investments because they always look nice, regardless of seasonal styles. Unlike the earth-toned shag carpeting that can still be found in many 70s era homes, prospective buyers will never gawk wood floors or question seller sanity.


  8. Over 6,000 Square Foot Model Home to Open in Southpointe

    The Remington Place model home features three levels of living and a finished basement

    The Overlook at Southpointe is one of Pittsburgh’s most highly anticipated communities.  Located off Angerer Road, The Overlook at Southpointe has beautiful forest area views with lit sidewalks in the community.  The Remington Place model home, at Overlook, is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, February 15th from noon – 4pm.

    The Remington Place model home features 6,090 square feet of living space, including a third floor bonus room and bathroom.  The home has four bedrooms, five and one-half bathrooms and a three-car side entry garage.  The kitchen has a large granite top island with a morning room set to the side.  The second level has a gorgeous master suite with sitting area and porch and a must-see master bathroom.

    The basement of the home is finished and includes a recreation room, wet bar, home office, media room and full bathroom.

    This master planned community features spacious home sites and a variety of home types to fit any lifestyle.  The community is located in the heart of Southpointe and is minutes from I-79 and Downtown Pittsburgh.  Golf, ice skating, walking trails, fine dining and shopping are just a few amenities and activities nearby to The Overlook at Southpointe.

    Inside each home at The Overlook at Southpointe includes a gourmet kitchen island as standard inclusion.  Other included features are: granite kitchen and master bathroom countertops, built-in GE stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets, 9-foot ceilings on 1st & 2nd floors and a high-end trim package. Also, hardwood flooring is featured in the kitchen, foyer, powder room and first floor hall. Ceramic tile floors are found in the master bathroom and all secondary bathrooms.

    Click here for turn-by-turn directions to The Overlook at Southpointe.

  9. Quick Move-In Homes Available in Allegheny, Butler and Washington Counties

    If you can’t afford to wait for your ideal new home in one of our 21 communities throughout Allegheny, Butler & Washington Counties, browse through our full selection of new homes that are under construction and near completion.

    Quick Move-In Homes

    Currently there are five quick move-in homes under construction and available to be purchased.  Two are available in South Park, while the others are available in Oakmont, Adams Township and South Fayette Township.

    In addition to the quick move-in homes, ten model homes are available for sale.   For many of the models the process is slightly different than the standard quick move-in homes – You purchase the home, we rent it back from you while we sell the community out of the model.  Once the community is sold out, the home is yours to sell, lease or live in!


  10. Decorated Kingsmill model home to open at Stafford Park in Robinson Township

    Stafford Park, centrally located in Robinson Township, offers home sites up to ½ acre in size and six unique floor plans to choose from.  The community is located across the street from Clever Park & Pool and has top shopping centers nearby.  Robinson Town Centre, offering familiar hot spots such as IKEA, Settlers Ridge and the Mall at Robinson, are all within 10 minutes from Stafford Park.Kingsmill Model

    Clever Park also has a playground and a ball field along with volleyball, basketball and tennis courts.  Several golf courses, fine restaurants and superb entertainment options are in the area as well.

    The decorated Kingsmill model home will have its Grand Opening at Stafford Park (101 Stafford Drive – McKees Rocks, PA 15136) on Saturday, February 8th from noon until 4pm.

    The decorated Kingsmill model features 4,062 square feet of living space, 5 bedrooms and 4 and one-half bathrooms. Step into the dramatic two-story entrance foyer and prepare to be impressed by this remarkable home. A formal tray ceiling dining room, home office and laundry room are on the main level. An expansive center-island kitchen with an eat-in dinette is adjacent to the family room – enhanced with a cozy fireplace. The luxurious master suite includes two oversized walk-in closets and a spa-like personal bath featuring a dual-sink vanity along with a separate shower and a corner soaking tub. The lower level features a finished basement with a media room, wet bar and a full bath.

    Buyers in Stafford Park will benefit from standard features including 9-foot ceilings on the first and second floors, hardwood flooring in kitchen, foyer, powder room & 1st floor hall, ceramic floors in master bathroom, granite countertops in kitchen and crown moulding for an extra touch of luxury.