Play Ball!

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The official start of spring was March 20th, but to baseball fans, the real start of spring is opening day for baseball! Most major and minor league teams will be starting their season on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 or Thursday, April 5, 2012. There is always excitement in the air on opening day for baseball. Hope springs eternal for every team to have a successful season and to make it to the playoffs in September and October. Savannah’s very own Sand Gnats, the Class A minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, will open up their 2012 season on Thursday against the Augusta Greenjackets at 7:05pm at The Historic Grayson Stadium.

Baseball has been a part of the history of Savannah dating back to 1886! The teams played in various places around town until Municipal Stadium was originally built in 1926. The Savannah teams played in the Southern League. However, the league was suspended because of The Great Depression. The South Atlantic League started again in 1936. The current stadium was re-built in 1941 after sustaining heavy damage during a hurricane in 1940. General William Grayson, a Spanish American War veteran, led the rehabilitation of the stadium and in 1941 the stadium was renamed after General Grayson. There have been many changes in teams, names and major league affiliates for Savannah teams over the years.  The Savannah Sand Gnats were created in 1996 as an affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The mascot of “Gnat” was created from a contest by the citizens of Savannah. The mascot and logo still continues to be popular today, even being worn by many celebrities and being shown on television shows. In 2007, the Sand Gnats became a Class A minor league team for the New York Mets.  Today, the Sand Gnats play in Historic Grayson Stadium. There have been a few more renovations over the years, but now the stadium can hold over 4000 fans.

This year’s team is hoping to repeat the trip to the Southern Atlantic League playoffs in the fall. The Sand Gnats were in a 3 way tie for top in the Southern Atlantic League Southern Division in 2011 but lost in the playoffs to the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The New York Mets announced new management to the Sand Gnats earlier this month. The new head coach is Luis Rojas, pitching coach is Frank Viola with additional coaching from Joel Fuentes.

The Sand Gnats are very community oriented with events helping local organizations throughout the baseball season. Every Wednesday is designated Pack the Park for Charity  to help local Savannah area organizations raise money. There is entertainment and fun for the entire family including kids running the bases after selected games.  There are fireworks after every Saturday night game. Each day during the week offers some special discount or give-away to attend the games. Check the promotions schedule  for all of the details. Also, the Sand Gnats are on Facebook  and Twitter. Go Sand Gnats!!

Happy Spring Cleaning?

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Happy Spring! It’s finally here, the first day of spring! Before you know it, it will be opening day in baseball, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July….Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself! The weather has been mild all winter, so an early and long summer is forecasted. The changing of the seasons means that it is time for cleaning and reorganizing! You have visited the Home and Garden Shows  to get ideas for remodeling, reorganizing or just de-cluttering your home. Now it is time to put these ideas into action! It’s time to open the windows and let the fresh air and fresh ideas in!

Self-Storage and reorganizing/cleaning a home goes hand-in-hand! You need space to store items when you are painting a room or even just shampooing the carpets. Store your furniture in a storage unit to protect it from damage during your spring cleaning. Plus, storing furniture gives you extra room to make needed repairs as you do your cleaning! TLC is offering spring cleaning tips via their website.  Stop N Stor  offers a variety of both climate controlled and non-climate controlled storage unit sizes, for all your storage needs.

With the change in the seasons, it is also time to store your winter items such as snow blowers, shovels and winter toys such as skis, sleds and snowboards. Bring out the summer items like lawn mowers, patio furniture and garden tools. Switch out winter clothing and coats with spring and summer clothing.  Store the winter sweaters and coats in sturdy wardrobe boxes. When you remove your spring/summer seasonal items from storage, don’t forget to check them for needed repairs or oil changes for the machinery. Plus, don’t forget to wash down patio furniture. The same cleaning process would go towards RV’s and boats in storage. Make sure that you change the oil, clean the upholstery, check for damage and wash the exterior of your RV or your boat before use.

Spring cleaning is also the opportunity to de-clutter your home. Go room by room and use a sorting system of: need to keep, donate, put in storage and throw away. This system will help you de-clutter your house of unimportant papers, clothing and collectibles. If you use this system the daunting task of re-organizing will go much smoother. If you have family heirlooms or antiques that you just don’t have the room to properly display, consider storing them in a climate-controlled storage unit for safe keeping.

If you currently have a self-storage unit, don’t forget to include that in your spring cleaning to-do list. Go through your items in your storage unit with the same system to de-clutter your home. Throw away or donate items that you just don’t need any more. Make sure that you sweep out the storage unit, change moisture collectors and vermin traps, place new protective covering on the floor of the unit and repackage items in sturdy boxes that are the same size. Move around items in your storage unit that you will need to use the most during the warm months and move the cold weather items to the back of the storage unit. Also, store your seasonal items together for easier access in the future.

Now that you are armed with spring cleaning for your home and storage-unit tips, go out and get cleaning! Renting a self-storage unit is a great option to help protect your belongings as you organize and clean for the spring. Stop N Stor also offers moving and packing supplies to help you de-clutter and reorganize! Happy Spring Cleaning!

Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah!

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Savannah plays host to one of the biggest celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day in the United States (and maybe even the world!) Even an Irish news site  named Savannah in the Top 10 places in the world to spend St. Patrick’s Day! US News & World Report places Savannah in the Top 10 top St. Patrick’s Day parades in America. Up to half a million or more people, locals and tourists alike, come to downtown Savannah every year to celebrate this holiday dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1813, when the Hibernian Society of Savannah marched down Savannah streets to celebrate the life of St. Patrick. The Irish immigrants arriving in Savannah during the late 1800’s kept the tradition alive and the parade has been getting bigger and better ever since. The history of St. Patrick’s Day goes back centuries to 400AD. Originally, the day was a sacred holy day for the Catholic Church. However, today, it has turned into a more secular holiday and a celebration of Irish tradition and culture.

There are quite a few activities in the week before St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. The celebrations started off on March 9, 2012 with the “Greening of Forsyth Fountain”. The Tara Feis was held at Emmet Park on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  This was a free family friendly festival featuring music, Irish dancing, crafts and food. You can find information for all of the events on the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade site.  The biggest event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2012.  The day starts with a mass at the Cathedral of St. John’s. The parade kicks off at 10:15am on Abercorn Street next to Forsyth Park and ends near Liberty Street. The parade is over 3 hours long with over 350 participants including floats, military divisions, marching bands, pipe & drum corps and even The Budweiser Clydesdales! Once the parade is over, you can head to the St. Patrick’s Celebration on the River  on historic River Street. The street is shut down for this festival, which actually starts on Friday, March 16, 2012. There is lots of music, food and entertainment on River Street where the party continues to the wee hours of the morning.

Everyone becomes a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Savannah is the perfect place to become a little bit Irish for the day! Slainte!

Rainy Auction Day!

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Rain, lightning, thunder and a tornado warning were all a part of the storage auction experience at Stop n Stor’s  recent storage unit auction! The auction was held at our Hinesville locations  on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The weather was ominous with rain being predicted all day. These were the storms that caused such tragedy and damage in the Midwest all day Friday. The crazy weather didn’t deter some of our hearty and dedicated auction participants! They came prepared for the inclement weather wearing boots, raincoats and carrying umbrellas!

Stop N Stor auctioned off a total of 37 storage units during Saturday’s event. The proceedings started at 9am at our General Screven location. Our auctioneer, Terry, kicked off the auction by telling the attendees the rules to the day’s event. Once the attendees got a peek at the contents of the storage units, the bidding process began. After the nearly 20 storage units at this location were bid on, the auction moved to our Highway 84 location. The weather started to turn for the worse during bidding for the last few units at this location. By the time that the auction moved to our Kacey Drive location, there was a tornado warning! The tornado sirens were going off in nearby Fort Stewart! There were just a few units to bid on at the Kacey Drive location, but the bidders continued to take part until the last unit was bid on at 1pm.

Stop N Stor would like to thank the participants, including our regional manager, Lisa, facility managers and our auctioneer, Terry who stayed through the end of the auction through the terrible weather! These people are truly dedicated to storage auctions! We are already making plans for the next auction for our Hinesville locations. This would be at the beginning of May. We are also planning a storage auction for our Savannah and Port Wentworth locations in mid-May. Keep up with the latest auction information for Stop N Stor via this blog, our Facebook page  and our Twitter page.