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Be Safe in Savannah for the Fourth of July Holiday

Fourth of July Safety TipsFourth of July is this Saturday. It will be a long weekend of picnics with friends and family, parades, fireworks and trips to the beach. There are three major annual fireworks events in the Savannah area: The Independence Day Celebration at Hunter Army Airfield on Thursday, July 2nd,  the fireworks at Tybee Island  on July 3rd and the fireworks over the Savannah River from River Street in historic downtown Savannah.

The 4th of July holiday events are always fun, but they can also be very dangerous due to mishandling and misuse of fireworks, improper grilling techniques or unsafe beach-going practices. Stop N Stor  wants to keep your family safe this holiday weekend by sharing a few fireworks, grilling  and beach safety tips!

Beach Safety Tips

Many families will be heading to the many great beaches on Tybee Island or along the South Carolina coasts during the long holiday weekend.  There are a few simple tips to remember when you spend large amounts of time at the beach that even the avid beach goer should always be reminded of:

  • Only swim in a lifeguarded beach within a designated swimming area. These areas are roped off for safety reasons. If there is a rip current warning, do not go swimming!
  • Keep alert for local weather conditions. Storms can move in off shore very quickly.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Young children should always wear a coast guard approved life jacket.
  • Watch out for aquatic life including turtles and turtle nests. Keep an eye out for reports for shark sightings or attacks at the beaches in the Georgia and South Carolina area.
  • Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm. If you are outside during these times, always wear sunscreen starting at spy 15, if you are fairer, then go with higher spas.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol when outside in hot weather as these types of beverages will make you more dehydrated.

Grilling Safety Tips

It is very important to be prepared and safe when using both propane and charcoal grills.

  • Propane and charcoal barbeque grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed away from the home, deck railings and overhanging branches. Clear away any flammable debris that is in the area where the grill is placed.
  • Make sure that the grill is placed in a well-ventilated area and is firmly in place and cannot be tipped over.
  • Never leave a grill unattended when it is in use.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times.
  • If using a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid to enhance or start the fire. Do not add any other flammable fluids to the fire. When you are finished using the charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before deposing them in a metal container.
  • For propane tank grills use, always check the tank and hoses for leaks before each use. If you smell gas while cooking on the grill, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill!
  • Do not use wire brushes to clean your grill.
  • Use long-handled utensils when cooking on a grill to avoid burns and splatters. Do not wear loose-fitting clothing near the open flame of a grill. Use flame –retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents and grills.

Fireworks Safety Tips

It is recommended to attend public fireworks shows put on by professionals.  If you do plan on setting off any type of fireworks, there are important safety tips that should be followed.

  • Obey all local laws pertaining to fireworks and displaying fireworks.
  • Keep pets indoors if you are setting off fireworks. They could become agitated with the sights, sounds, and smells of fireworks.
  • Keep the children and pets at least 500 feet away from where fireworks are being set off.
  • Only use fireworks outside. Point fireworks away from homes. Keep fireworks away from landing in trees and brush as these materials are extremely flammable.
  • Have a hose, a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher on hand for emergency situations. Soak all of the fireworks after use in a bucket of water before throwing them in a metal thrash can.
  • Light one firework at a time. Never relight a dud firework.
  • Make sure to properly dispose of the dud fireworks in water before depositing in a metal container.
  • Supervise children when using sparklers. It is important to hold on tight to the sparklers when in use. Do not use sparklers while sitting down and never throw them when they are lit. Children do not realize that sparklers can get up to 2,000 degrees and can be extremely dangerous.

 

Stop N Stor wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

February is a Busy Month of Events in Savannah

February is a busy month of festivals in Georgia and especially the Savannah area. Nationwide, Black History Month is celebrated and there are many events in Savannah throughout the month. The first two weeks of February also celebrates the founding of Georgia in 1733 with the Georgia History Festival sponsored by the Georgia History Society.

Georgia History Festival

Georgia History Festival Parade

Celebrate Georgia’s History. Photo courtesy of southernmamas.com.

The first two weeks of February celebrates the founding of Georgia (and Savannah) on February 12, 1733, with the Georgia History Festival. There are many events in the festival that brings history to life for the entire family through a variety of programs including school events, craft workshops, living history activities at the Colonial Faire and Muster and a Georgia History Festival Parade.  Lectures and seminars at different sites are also available during the festival.

February 8th and 9th is the Colonial Faire and Muster at Wormsloe Historic Site. Step back to colonial times through living history re-enactments, cannon firings, crafts, music, dance and storytelling. The event is free to the public.

Sunday, February 9th is Super Museum Sunday from noon to 4pm at over 40 attractions in the Coastal Georgia area. The admission to the participating house museums, art museums, cultural institutions and historic sites is free for the day. You can see the list of the museums here.

The Georgia History Festival cumulates with the parade in Savannah on February 12th. Thousands of costumed local elementary school children march in celebration of the founding of Georgia. The parade ends at City Hall with a short event. The parade is based on the weather for the day. If is raining, the parade is canceled and not rescheduled.

Black History Month Events in Savannah

Savannah Black Heritage Festival 2014

February is also Black History Month. This celebration was created in 1926 by Historian Dr. Carter G. Woodsen. He named it “Negro History Week”. Over time, the name was changed to Black History Month and the celebration expanded to a month in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. The month of activities showcases the culture, history, heritage and achievements of African Americans. The City of Savannah sponsors the Savannah Black Heritage Festival  with events running through February 23rd. All of the events, from lectures to concerts are free, open to the public and family friendly.

There are also many other Black History Month events in the Savannah area.  The events include a movie series, performances by the Savannah State University choir, lectures, art exhibits, a fashion fair and plays. The Grand Black Heritage Festival day is February 12th at the Savannah Civic Center. The day features family oriented events such as magic shows, storytelling, music and dance, an African American living and learning village and a parade.

Apartment Hunting Tips

Find your right apartment in Savannah

The apartment rental business has been quite busy the past few years. Occupancy rates are very high with demand as well. . If you are in search for an apartment, it is important to have a game plan in mind for your search. There are many crucial factors that have to be determined before you can then start your apartment hunt. Start searching for your new apartment 30-60 days before you need to move in. If you are now renting and need to be out of your apartment, then you will really need to stick to the 60 day timeline to give you time to see many options for your new home. Also keep in mind the following questions as you start your apartment hunt:

  1. Will you have a roommate?
  2. How much space do you need in an apartment?
  3. Are you looking for special amenities such as a washer/dryer, dish washer, close to transportation?
  4. How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you need?
  5. Does the apartment accept pets and is there an additional cost for that?
  6. What is your budget for the apartment including utilities?

Once you have answered these questions, then you can officially start your search. Once you have set your budget and decided what you really need or want in an apartment, then you can start your search. In most cases, you should be able to do the search on your own. You can also look at many online sites that will help you fine apartment listings in your city such as craigslist or consult a realtor. Narrow your search to your favorite neighborhoods or areas. If you are new to the city, then walk around the neighborhood that you want to live in before you start your search. You might actually come across more rentals walking around the area instead of online. When you are look at the neighborhood, check to see if the apartment is near schools, shopping or public transportation. Make checklists of the various places that you have seen so you can compare them to narrow down your search.

As you look at different apartments, be prepared to ask the landlord or leasing agent’s questions about the rental agreement, additional costs and get your answers in writing. It is okay to look in closets, drawers and in cabinets to check for possible future issues. At this point, rely on your senses by noticing any odors or looking for flaws such as cracks in the walls, windows and floors. Also, mentally take note of the size of the rooms to make sure that your furniture can fit through the doors of your new home. If you really like a place, ask to apply for it right away. Be prepared to fill out applications, have references (if needed) and make a deposit for the apartment.

The Savannah area’s real estate and apartment market is easy to negotiate and most apartments can be rented without a realtor. With college students starting back to school next month, empty apartments will be filling up fast. There are many reliable online lists for apartment hunting in Savannah such as http://www.huntersbluffapartments.com www.apartmentsavannah.com, or www.apartmentlist.com/ga/savannah.

If you are downgrading from a house to an apartment, then you will be in need of a place to put your additional items. Self storage would be a great solution to store larger home items that will not fit in a smaller apartment. Stop N Stor  has 5 locations in Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville to help with all of your storage needs. Students and faculty of area colleges can receive a 10% discount at our Port Wentworth and Savannah locations with your school ID. Good Luck with your apartment hunt!

A Visit to Savannah’s Museums

Savannah is a city full of museums

Savannah-Photo courtesy of www.darrellhuckaby.net

Savannah is a great city for architecture, food  and art. It is also a very historical city with many museums dedicated to historical homes and the history of the city. There are also more modern art museums, children’s museums and more to be found if you are touring the city. From the founding of Savannah in 1733, to today, there is a rich history of people and stories about life in Savannah. The many area museums share in this history.

The Savannah Visitor Center is a great starting point on your tour of Savannah. The Visitor Center at 301 Martin Luther King Blvd is built in the old passenger terminal of the Central Georgia Railroad Complex. The building, dating back to the 1850’s, is the home to the Savannah Visitor Center, Savannah History Museum , and the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. The Savannah History Museum has over 10,000 artifacts and displays about Savannah’s rich history. There are also multiple visitor booths throughout Savannah and Tybee Island. These visitor centers are the best place to go if you are interested in walking, driving, or biking tours of the city.

Many of the homes in the squares of Historic Downtown Savannah have been turned into museums. When you stroll around the many squares in the historic district, it is like a walk back in time. Many of the homes were built in the early 1800’s. Some of the houses were once homes to famous Savannah residents such as Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, author Flannery O’Connor , and musician, Johnny Mercer . The Davenport House Museum is the best example of federal style architecture and life in 1820’s Savannah. The Green Meldrum House Museum represents the Gothic Revival Style of the 1800’s. As a historical note, the Green Meldrum House was given to General Sherman to use as his headquarters during the Civil War. The Owens Thomas House Museum, built in 1819, occupies a full city block and was dedicated by the owners to be a part of the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences where it houses family furniture and other historical items.

There are museums celebrating Savannah’s link to the sea, transportation and military. The Ships of the Sea Museum shows the connection between the city of Savannah and the river and ocean. The Round House Railroad Museum, is located in buildings that are 170 years old with historical displays as well as newer model train exhibits. The Mighty Eighth Museum tells the story of the World War II Air Force unit, the 8th Air Force. Fort Stewart also has a museum on the grounds of the base that is open to visitors.

Savannah isn’t all history, as it celebrates and encourages new artists. The Savannah College of Arts and Design has a modern art museum on their campus which showcases national, regional and student art shows and exhibits. The Telfair Museum, the oldest art museum in the South, is housed in the former home of the Telfair family. The building, constructed in 1819, is currently home to a variety of historical and modern collections of artwork including American and French paintings, German Impressionist paintings, beautifully designed furniture and paintings by Kahlil Gibran. There is also a Children’s Museum  that was recently built for outdoor learning experiences for the children of Savannah.

There are so many things to do and see in Savannah from taking in a baseball game to touring historic homes to relaxing on a beach! Get out there and see all that the city has to offer!

Storage Auction Treasure Hunt

Searching for treasure at storage auctions

Attending storage auctions continues to be a popular past time for many people across the country. There are quite a few experts in the field who have made good profits on items that they have bid on at storage auctions. For the majority of auction goers, the fun is trying to find the next “big” storage treasure. It is important to be fully prepared with a plan when bidding at a storage auction in your town.

When attending storage auctions, there are a few must-haves that need to be properly prepared:

1. Cash-Most storage auctions do not take a check or a credit card

2. Flashlight-A flashlight will help you see inside a dark storage unit.

3. Gloves-When sorting or disposing the items in the storage unit, it is good to wear gloves to protect your hands.

4. Way to remove the items from the storage unit. Most storage operators will allow 24-48 hours to remove the items after a storage auction.

There is a website, Storage Treasures  that gives some great hints about the storage auction process as well as how to turn a profit with items that have been purchased at an auction. One of their tips is not to overbid on a storage unit, especially when you are just beginning to attend storage auctions. If it is your first time bidding at a storage auction, wait to see how others are bidding and then when you feel comfortable enough without going over your set budget, then you can place your bid. The attendees of a storage auction are given a short time to view the contents of the storage unit that is up for auction before an auctioneer starts the bidding process. Once the bidding is complete on the storage unit, then the auction moves on to the next storage unit that is up for auction until all of the units have been auctioned off.

There are certain clues to look for when looking at items in a storage auction to see if they could be valuable. Since there is such a short time to view the contents of the storage unit, you will need to have a keen eye to possible valuable items. Antiques, collectible items, cars and sometimes even money can be found in storage unit auctions, but you have to be able to train your eye to look for clues that could signal higher value items:]

1. Climate controlled storage units usually contain electronics or antiques to protect the items from extreme temperatures while in storage.

2. If the storage unit has a lot of dust or dirt covering the items, then they could have been stored for some time and there could be valuable items hidden in the boxes.

3. Look for electronic brand name boxes, because it means that there could be higher value items in the storage unit.

4. The shape and type of boxes could indicate what the item is inside. If a box is leaning or stacked “heavily” on another, it could mean that there are a lot of items in the box.

5. Look for obvious items such as musical instrument cases, safes or cash registers.

6. For those that are reselling items, larger storage units will usually contain more items, which can turn a better profit.

For a storage unit to be put up for auction, a facility manager or operator will have to have exhausted every possible way to contact the renter of the storage unit before it goes to auction. The storage operators can only recoup up to the lost rent amount during the storage auction. In most cases, the bidding comes well below that amount and the storage operators actually lose money. Keep an eye on this blog and Stop N Stor’s  social media pages:  Facebook and Twitter  for the latest information on upcoming storage auctions at our Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah locations.

Military and Self Storage

Military and Self Storage
Moving is a common occurrence for military personnel and their families. Assignment changes and deployments can happen on short notice requiring the military members and their families to quickly develop a moving or deployment plan. Military families learn to easily adapt and plan for any situation. For new military personnel planning for the first deployment or move can be a challenge. It is important to remember that the more that you can plan ahead, the better it is.

Stop N Stor  has 5 storage facilities in the greater Hinesville & Savannah, Georgia areas located near Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field . Ft. Stewart is the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the largest military base east of the Mississippi River. There are over 20,000 soldiers stationed at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Air Field. Currently, there are 9,000 soldiers from Ft. Stewart deployed to assignments around the world. If these deployments are for up to a year, it is a good idea to put personal items into a self storage unit during the time away. It is a safe and economic option for military personnel. The most important thing to do when you are renting a self storage unit is decide what items you need to take with you during your assignment and what items can stay in storage. If you have to store an entire home or apartment, it might be a good idea to invest in a climate controlled storage unit to protect your electronic items over long-term storage. Placing a car in self storage during deployment is also a great idea. With the proper pre-storage preparations, the car will be ready for use when you return home.

The self storage industry supports many different aspects of military life from sending essential gift boxes to supporting our wounded heroes. Stop N Stor is proud to support Wounded Warrior Outdoors , a non-profit organization that gives therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty service men and women. Stop N Stor also supports “Enlisted Angels”, a group, based at Ft. Stewart to help empower and support military wives.  Stop N Stor also offers a 10% discount to active duty military personnel . Thank you to every member of the military past and present who have fought for and defended our freedoms!

Play Ball-The Savannah Sand Gnats

Sand Gnats logo

Savannah Sand Gnats. Logo courtesy of sandgnats.@tripod.com

The 2013 baseball season kicked off on April 4th for the Savannah Sand Gnats . The Sand Gnats are the Class A minor league team of the New York Mets organization. The team is led by manager, Luis Rojas, the same manager from the 2012 season. The Sand Gnats were 5th in the South Atlantic League for the 2012 season with a 69-67 record. So far, in this early season, the Sand Gnats are looking good with a 21-15 record and the close second in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. The team’s record at home is even better at 14-6!

The Savannah Sand Gnats play at Historic Grayson Stadium , which originally opened in 1926. The stadium has hosted baseball games, football games, concerts and more over its long history. Savannah was hit by a very destructive hurricane in 1940, which caused a lot of damage to the stadium. General William Grayson led a fund-raising campaign and the rebuilding of the stadium occurred in 1941. There have been many renovations throughout the years, with the most current taking place in 2010 with the addition of Land Shark Landing, a 3 level deck and picnic area next to the first base general admission bleachers. The area is great for private parties or just a place to enjoy a baseball game.

The Sand Gnats organization is very involved in the Savannah community by offering many different fund-raising events throughout the season. Every Wednesday at home games, is “Pack the Park for Charity”, where a portion of the proceeds of ticket sales go to a specific non-profit organization. There are Girl and Boy Scout nights at the ballpark, food drives, a Pink in the Park event and a Coastal Health District Healthy Heart Home Run 5K Trot  on June 29th. The team will also give away tickets to non-profit organizations.  There are also special discount promotions sponsored by local businesses and organizations throughout the season as well such as Kroger’s $1.00 Mondays, Natty Light 2 for Tuesdays, Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays, Facebook Fridays, weekend fireworks, and military appreciation events. The team mascot, Gnate the Gnat is a fan favorite at events in the Savannah area throughout the year. You can follow the Sand Gnats on Facebook  and Twitter  for more promotional events and ticket information.

Stop N Stor  wishes the Savannah Sand Gnats a successful 2013 season.

Self Storage for College Students

Students moving-photo courtesy of localmovingcompany.wordpress.com
May and June signal the end of the school year. This also starts the graduation season for high schools and colleges. The graduates are preparing for the next chapters in their lives, while the undergraduates will usually move home for the summer, work for the summer or do an internship. The end of the college school year means that it is also the season to pack up the dorm room or college apartment, pack up the car or van and move it all back home, just to pack it up again and move it back to college in the fall. There has to be an easier way for college students, faculties and their families! Renting a self storage unit is a great option to help lessen the stress of moving the dorm items back home and then back to college again.  Renting a self storage unit is a simple relatively low-cost option to store items when school is out of session.

Many self storage operators realize that college students and faculty members are important to their business, so they offer special incentives for college students. Stop N Stor  offers 10% off of storage rental to local college students and faculty at our Savannah  and Port Wentworth  facilities. The student must present a valid college ID at the time of the rental.

When choosing a self storage unit, make sure that it is close to your college or university, so you can easily access the items. Self storage operations usually are month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for the college student.  Choose the correct size and type of storage unit for your needs. If you are storing electronics or nicer furniture, invest in renting a climate controlled storage unit for the summer. Climate controlled storage units protect items from extreme humidity and temperatures. If you are storing dishes, pots and pans, linens and clothes, then it would be okay to rent a non-climate controlled storage unit.

If you are graduating from college, it is a time of great changes in your life. If you have a job, you could be moving to a new city or state. If you are not sure what sized apartment you will need in your new city, then it would be a good idea to store your college items in a self storage unit until you get settled. You could be living in a micro apartment  in a big city. These apartments will only allow you to have the bare necessities and not all of the “stuff” that you have collected throughout your college years. Once you are settled in your new home, then remove your items from the self storage unit.

Self storage is a great option for the college student and the college graduate. Storing your college items is a much easier task than repeatedly moving them to and from school. Stop in to Stop N Stor  and see how we can help with your storage needs. Stop N Stor congratulates the Class of 2013! Best of luck with all your future endeavors.

2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Tournament in Savannah

Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

 

The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf  Tournament returns to Savannah April 22nd through April 28th. The tournament takes place at the Savannah Harbor Golf Resort . The tournament has been held in Savannah since 2003 and it is one of the founding tournaments of the PGA Champions Tour for players over 50 years old. The Club at Savannah Harbor golf course, which opened in 1999, was designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. The well designed course is a test to skilled golfers, but can be “eased” for golfers at different levels.

This year, two legends of golf, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player,  will be teaming up to compete in the Demaret Division of the tournament. They will be playing on April 22nd and April 23rd. The admission will be free for those two days, so go out and see two golf greats! The 2012 Legends of Golf Tournament winners, David Frost and Michael Allen, will be back to defend their titles. The list of other players is still being determined as this blog is being written.

The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Tournament is split into 3 divisions: Legends, Raphael and Demaret. The Legends Division is the official 2 man team competition that runs Friday through Sunday with a $2 Million prize. The Golf Channel  and CBS affiliates will be broadcasting Friday through Sunday during the afternoon of the tournament. (Check your local listings for time). The Raphael Division is also a 2 man better ball team event that is held Friday and Saturday. The Demaret Division is the 2 man team competition for players that are 70 years old and older. This part of the tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday. There is also a Pro-Am tournament being held April 24th and April 25th.

There are special local events that are held throughout the tournament including a free concert at the Westin driving range on Friday, April 26th, by Lonestar. Military personnel and their dependents will be offered complimentary admission throughout the tournament week. Since 2003, the event has raised over $1.65 Million for charities in the Savannah area.

For tickets and other information go to the tournament websiteStop N Stor  wishes all of the players good luck in the tournament and welcomes the visitors who are in town to enjoy the city and watch a great golf tournament! See you on the links!

Spring Cleaning Time!

Man and woman painting wall.

Spring officially struck on March 20th and finally, the weather is beginning to feel like springtime! Flowers and trees are already blooming in the Savannah area. Now is the time to start working on the spring cleaning and remodeling projects that you started planning in the winter.  Attending the Home and Garden Shows gave you some great ideas for reorganizing or remodeling. After the long winter, it refreshing to open up windows and let the fresh air come in. The warmer weather will give you incentive to start working on all of the projects around the house.

Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, but think of the fresh and clean results of your project! As you go through your spring cleaning projects, include de-cluttering and reorganizing closets, attics, basements and rooms to the list. These rooms have become cluttered with winter and left over holiday items. Tackle your spring projects one room at a time. This makes the project much easier to manage. If you are washing windows and painting walls during your cleaning project, clear out the entire room to make it easier to access.  Before putting the items back in the room, sort them into the following piles: keep, donate, sell, place in storage or throw out. Going through this sorting process will help you eliminate belongings that you have kept, but haven’t used in year. To keep the room organized, purchase or create your own storage accessories. There are so many great ideas online  for creatively organizing and storing items.

As the weather warms up, you will need somewhere to store your winter gear, such as coats, skis, shovels and snow blowers for the warmer seasons. Renting a storage unit is a perfect solution to store these items.  Once you do your spring cleaning and realize that you have a lot of items to sell, you could decide to do a garage sale. Putting the items that you want to have in a garage sale in a self storage unit until it is time for the sale is another great way to help de-clutter your home.  If you already have a storage unit, the early spring months are the best time to switch out your winter items for your gardening tools, lawnmowers, summer clothes and other summer items.

Don’t forget to give your storage unit a good spring cleaning as well. This is one item on the spring cleaning list that is usually neglected. As you are removing summer items from your storage unit and replacing them with winter items, take the time to sweep out your storage unit. Check your boxes for damage and replace any furniture or mattress covers, moisture absorbers and deodorizers for the upcoming summer season. Reorganize your boxes and stored items and then create an inventory list of the items that are currently in storage.

It is a great feeling to accomplish a spring cleaning and project list! Stop N Stor  has a large variety of packing supplies such as boxes, packing tape, and furniture and mattress covers to help you in your spring cleaning projects. Stop by any of our Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah locations  to pick up your supplies and to see how Stop N Stor can help you with your storage needs.