Andy Cook, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

Fall Overhaul

Fall Overhaul

Your Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist Autumn, with all the changing leaves and cooler temperatures, will soon be upon us. Personally I love this time of year—you may need a light jacket, but you can still drive a convertible with the top down. Here are some easy to-do items to get your place ready for the upcoming season, so it will be easy to break it down into weekend... »

Enrichment Learning

Enrichment Learning

Explore What Northampton Community College Can Offer If you find yourself glued to the cooking channel or home design shows, or just happen to be a perpetual learner, then perhaps some non-credit courses are what you need for new hobbies to take flight. Adult personal enrichment courses are open to learners of all ages and backgrounds. They’re taught by qualified instructo... »

Great Classic Cars: 1957 BMW Isetta

Great Classic Cars: 1957 BMW Isetta

There are those rare classic cars that are total eye-catchers resulting in double-takes. You know the kind,…’55 Aston Martin DB3S, ’63 Shelby Cobra, and ’57 BMW Isetta. The last one, in case you’re not familiar with it, is rather unique, and happens to be locally owned by Marketplace creative director, Scott Westgate of Bethlehem. Scott’s interest in cars started with his ... »

So Fresh and So Clean

So Fresh and So Clean

With warm weather approaching, this is the perfect time to make your list of some essential home maintenance tasks. In fact, experts say that homeowners often miss many of them, which can have serious consequences. Taking the time now to maintain your home, likely your single largest investment, is a lot easier, not to mention less expensive, than dealing with big repairs ... »

Slide  Into the Future with an Electric Car

Slide Into the Future with an Electric Car

Chances are, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about electric cars and might even know a few lucky owners. Does the thought of flying past a gas station while tossing your head back in laughter sound intriguing, but still you resist? Do you have questions of how it will drive or suffer from range anxiety—the possibility of being stranded from the battery... »

Habitat For  Humanity’s ‘Restore’ Store

Habitat For Humanity’s ‘Restore’ Store

A Surprising Source For Your Home Projects As we start a new year (and new decade!), you may already be thinking about getting an early start on your spring house projects. One way to help stretch your budget dollars is to consider buying gently used or new items to help get your project completed. Did you know that we have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore (that’s the name t... »

Books Make Incredible Gifts

Books Make Incredible Gifts

If you are a person of a certain age, then you can remember what it felt like to pick up a book. It was very tactile—you felt the weight of it, and the thickness of the pages. It may have had an interesting book cover, or been on your parents’ nightstand.  Maybe there’s a dog-eared paperback on your bookshelf by J.D. Salinger, Thomas Hardy, or Emily Dickinson that you hang... »

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Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, cooler temperatures will be here before we know it! Given that our homes are typically our single biggest investment, here are a collection of ideas from Consumer Reports, HGTV, and yours truly (having owned homes for many, many years), which you may find useful. Getting your home ready for winter may feel tedious and unnecessary. ... »

Tips for Success when Taking Online Courses

Tips for Success when Taking Online Courses

As someone who has taken online courses as a student, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as an instructor, there are many things which can help you have a successful experience. More colleges and universities are expanding their online offerings to provide you with flexibility in when and where you do your learning. One of the benefits of online learning is tha... »

Guy Style

Guy Style

With summer soon approaching, if you’re like me, you aren’t always sure of what’s in style for guys who are past their college-age years. To shine some light (and some help), we reached out to Santo Napoli, owner of assembly88 (www.assembly88.com) for some tips and ideas. Santo and his team can help you out from the top of your head to the soles of your feet—from hats to f... »

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