COMMUNITY EVENT SCHEDULE — OCTOBER

The weather is starting to cool off, and outside activities are plentiful in and around Dublin during the month of October.  Here are just a few events to put on your monthly calendar that all can enjoy!

4th-14th– Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA

5th- 1st Friday featuring “Hocus Pocus” at Market on Madison

8th- Columbus Day

13th- Pumpkin Patch at Market on Madison 10am-6pm

16th-20th- Dublin Fall Fair 6pm-10pm @ Civ tan Fair Grounds

20th- Monster Dash Run

20th- Movie on the Lawn featuring “COCO” by Fairview Park Hospital

27th- Howl-a-ween Dog Costume Contest Downtown Dublin

31st- Halloween

FALL IS ALMOST HERE!!!

 To help get you in the mood for Fall, here are some activities at Moore Station Village for you and your loved ones to enjoy!

Enjoy a morning jog around the manicured walking trails

Catch dinner in one of the stocked fishing ponds

Plant a new batch of seasonal crops in the community garden

Have dinner al fresco with friends at the Village Center grilling station

Sharpen your short game golfing skills on the putting green

Watch the kids and grandkids play in the tot-lot

On cooler evenings, use the fire pit and enjoy telling stories around the fire

Tailgate and watch the big game with all your friends on the TVs in the Village Center

Sit back, relax and enjoy the changing of the leaves without having to worry about lawn maintenance

Call Christi Caneega @ 478-272-2335 to inquire further!

Are You Ready for Some Football!!!

Football is back!  Full 2018 schedules for our four area high schools, Dublin, East Laurens, Trinity Christian, and West Laurens, are attached. Be sure to come out on Friday nights and show support for these students, coaches and volunteers. Good luck to all during your quest to bring a state championship home to Dublin/Laurens County!

Looking for an Activity this Saturday?

Don’t forget to visit the Farmers Market Downtown on Saturday morning.  The market is always a great place to get together and enjoy a nice morning out with friends and family of all ages.  Also, this is a wonderful opportunity to support vendors located throughout middle Georgia. It is always a treat to see what new and exciting items arrive as the season’s change, so do yourself a favor and join the crowd at the Market this Saturday!

The Pros and Cons of Renting and Home Ownership

When searching for a place to call home, one of the most important decisions is whether to rent or to put down roots and purchase a home.  This article aims to point out some key differences between the two and to provide insight on which option might be right for you.  Key considerations that may influence your home search process include recurring expenses, access to amenities, and whether you prefer living in a community atmosphere or in a single-family home.

For most, the largest portion of the household budget is spent on either the mortgage or the monthly rental payment.  So, it follows that expenses will be a big factor in deciding between leasing or home ownership.  Specifically, how taxes and insurance, and maintenance of a purchased home differs to the relative flexibility of a leased property.

A stark difference in cost when comparing leasing to ownership is the amount you pay in taxes and property insurance.  Traditionally, property taxes and insurance are paid by the owner of the property. In this instance renters are spared this expense except for being required to provide renter’s insurance for the personal property in their unit.  Another important distinction involves maintenance requirements.  Since tenants do not have ownership of a unit, the owner has certain responsibilities to keep the property in repair.  The landlord, or property manager, oversees most major maintenance expenses including roof repairs, structural problems, and preventative maintenance, whereas homeowners are responsible for these costs themselves.  Since most residential leases are one-year terms, those who need flexibility may prefer this option to the alternative.  One of the major benefits of ownership is that it allows you to build equity in your home with each payment made and reduce the amount owed, until the property is owned free and clear.

Available amenities are another factor to consider while making the decision to rent or purchase a home.  Pools, fitness centers, media rooms, and resident clubhouses are oftentimes what makes living in apartment communities desirable.  Because the costs associated with using the amenities are included in rent, residents can enjoy the luxury of having these amenities at their fingertips without the added stress of upkeep.  On the other hand, homeowners can enjoy their amenities such as a pool or back-yard privately rather than having to share with neighbors.  While they can enjoy this privacy, they are also responsible for the routine maintenance associated with these features. Homeowners are also able to use the amenities without any rules or restrictions often enforced by an apartment community.

                Finally, you may want to consider the amount of freedom allowed to make changes to your living space while deciding whether to rent or buy.  Many landlords are very strict when it comes to renters making significant structural changes, renovations, or décor changes to the property.  Bound by the terms of the lease, tenants are often unable to make changes as they would like while in their rental home.  Homeowners, however, legally own their home and can decorate, renovate, and make changes at their desire. To some, the freedom to express themselves is a very important part of transforming a living space into a home.

There are many factors that play into making housing decisions.  It is recommended that you consult with a REALTOR® when deciding which option is best for your current situation.  Happy house hunting!

FIRST FRIDAY CONCERT SERIES

Come join the fun at the Farmers Market in Downtown Dublin! June brings the musical talents of the group Maples Crown.  Did we mention that there will be free craft beer (while supplies last).  Thanks to all the folks with the Downtown Development Authority and the sponsors for putting together this great event.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY TO ALL

Happy Memorial Day 2018 to all!  We wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday weekend surrounded by family, friends, fun times, and hope that you make some great memories together.

We also wish to extend a very special thank you to all U.S. servicemen and women past and present.  Thank you for providing each of us the freedoms that the citizens of this great country enjoy each and every day.  God Bless America!!!

Photo courtesy of the Western Journal.

2018 DLC Chamber “Hot Topics” Legislative Update

Thanks to Oconee EMC and Altamaha EMC for sponsoring this year’s legislative hot topics event hosted by the Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.  State Representative Matt Hatchett and State Senator Larry Walker spoke and provided an update on the recently ended congressional session.

Topics discussed were the new distracted driving initiative, the increase in revenue across the state, and the status of several capital projects in and around Laurens County, among others.

Thanks Rep. Hatchett and Sen. Walker for your service to our district!

Photo by Payton Towns, Courier Herald