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Reliable Technical Support and Honest Solutions to Hardware and Software Needs at Kirbtech Reliable Technical Support and Honest Solutions to Hardware and Software Needs at Kirbtech

By Elizabeth Elstien

With years of experience working with computers, including working for a computer shop an hour away from his Carlisle home doing everything from general computer repair to server installs, owner Kirby Witmer of Kirbtech LLC opened his own shop from his home in 2007 offering computer technical support and hardware needs for businesses and homes.

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Domestic Violence Education, Support and Housing at Norristown's Laurel House Domestic Violence Education, Support and Housing at Norristown's Laurel House

By Elizabeth Elstien

Alarming statistics flash through their website. In their 25-year history, Laurel House in Norristown has added multiple programs and truly become a comprehensive domestic violence agency. Helping victims' live life free from abuse while educating the community as a means to prevention, this nonprofit's true goal is to make their services no longer necessary.

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Haggerty Goldberg is Passionate about their Work Haggerty Goldberg is Passionate about their Work

By Elizabeth Elstien

The firm, which has nine locations throughout Pennsylvania, has been around for five decades and prides itself on being "aggressive and compassionate," says Richard Kupersmith, managing partner.

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The Sounds of Music Start with JW Music The Sounds of Music Start with JW Music

By Elizabeth Elstien

Justin Walters' fascination with the violin as a child has lead him to successful 27-year ownership of JW Music, with locations in Carlisle and Lemoyne. From music lessons to rentals and free instruments for those in need, JW Music works to help nurture the desire to play and hear the sounds of music for kids and adults alike.

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More Than Chocolate: Hershey and Harrisburg More Than Chocolate: Hershey and Harrisburg

By Elizabeth Elstien

Nature, classic cars, canoeing, museums, and mansions are just some of the many fascinating things to do and see in the Hershey and Harrisburg areas. The nonprofit Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) helps visitors to the area plan their trip - with or without chocolate.

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Carlisle Road Trip: Western Village RV Park Carlisle Road Trip: Western Village RV Park

By Elizabeth Elstien

Stopping with the family in Carlisle for a collector car and truck show? Why not go camping? With pedal kart rentals, a swimming pool, and even an 18 hole mini golf course, Western Village RV Park offers a unique place to stay on a weekend road trip.

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Appalachian Brewing Company: Where Great Beer, Soda, and Food Come Together Appalachian Brewing Company: Where Great Beer, Soda, and Food Come Together

By Elizabeth Elstien

It all started in 1997 with a brewery and restaurant in Harrisburg. Tour the Appalachian Brewing Company at its original historic location and get a taste of what makes these locally-brewed craft beers and sodas so popular.

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Alvernia University: A Place to Learn, Grow, and Succeed Alvernia University: A Place to Learn, Grow, and Succeed

By Elizabeth Elstien

Begun in 1926 as an orphanage by Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, Alvernia University is a higher-learning institute built upon the premise that "knowledge is love."

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Reading Musical Foundation: Keeping Kids in School in Berks County Reading Musical Foundation: Keeping Kids in School in Berks County

By Elizabeth Elstien

Reading Musical Foundation won't let the music stop. Proving funding and support for music students, schools and organizations in Berks County since 1926, the foundation knows a love of music helps kids graduate, and they have the statistics to prove it. That's music to any parent's ears.

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Prepping For Visiting Relatives Prepping For Visiting Relatives

By Elizabeth Elstien

Holidays are time to relax and enjoy good food and drink with family. But can you withstand the onslaught of relatives sleeping over at your home? Here is my tried-and-true holiday-season advice for maintaining the festive feelings with overnight relatives.

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Tips For Living Better With Dogs Tips For Living Better With Dogs

By Elizabeth Elstien

So, you have chosen a dog and brought the animal home. Dogs can provide protection or be trained to work. Whether a puppy or mature dog, there is much to learn about a dog's life. Inside are timely tips to help you live better with your new dog.

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Creative Ways To Use Extra Space In Your Home Creative Ways To Use Extra Space In Your Home

By Elizabeth Elstien

You've made some extra space in your home, but are not sure how to use it? Consider your hobbies or needs first and get planning. Here are some creative ways to use attic, basement, garage, den or other finished spaces to give your home that one-of-a kind feel.

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Getting The Most From Your Window Space Getting The Most From Your Window Space

By Elizabeth Elstien

Windows of any shape or size can provide a focal point for any room. These glass wonders should be decorated to flow with the rest of the décor, even blocking out undesirable outside views. Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to bring out the best of your window space.

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Harrisburg At A Glance Harrisburg At A Glance

By Elizabeth Elstien

Located on the east bank of the Susquehanna River between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania. This fertile yet industrialized city of 50,000 is known for its dairy and steel production. Inside, we'll see why Forbes magazine rated Harrisburg the second best place to raise a family.

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Selling Your Home As A FSBO Selling Your Home As A FSBO

By Elizabeth Elstien

Selling a home without real estate agent representation is called For Sale By Owner (FSBO). You can save money, but there is a lot more work involved when selling this way. Gain the sales edge you need by using these powerful FSBO pointers.

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Philly's Green Scene Philly's Green Scene

By Elizabeth Elstien

From greening food deserts to creating non-polluting storm-water drainage, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is pushing boundaries in sustainability and environmental awareness. Learn about some important programs and organizations that make Philadelphia a green city.

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The Purpose Of Your Mortgage Insurance The Purpose Of Your Mortgage Insurance

By Elizabeth Elstien

Mortgage insurance is required of any residential homebuyer who has a non-government-backed home loan with a down payment of less than 20% of the sales or assessment price. Find out how PMI works in Pennsylvania and just who it benefits.

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To Rent Or Buy In Pennsylvania To Rent Or Buy In Pennsylvania

By Elizabeth Elstien

To rent or own? Buying a home is a serious financial commitment that some are choosing to forego. Inside, we highlight the pros and cons of renting versus owing a home in Pennsylvania.

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How To Become A Real Estate Broker In Pennsylvania How To Become A Real Estate Broker In Pennsylvania

By Elizabeth Elstien

Making a step up from real estate agent to broker allows you to take control of your career, start your own firm and hire agents to work under you. Although it requires years of work, experience and knowledge to acquire licensing, there is plenty of lucrative potential upsides to working as your own boss.

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Listing Agent vs. Buying Agent Listing Agent vs. Buying Agent

By Elizabeth Elstien

A real estate agent can perform duties for the buyer, seller or both in the sale of a property. Without a written disclosure of just whom the agent is representing, the agent will not be representing your best interests. Follow along and learn just whom you want your Pennsylvania real estate agent to work for.

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Keeping Your Energy Bill Low When Selling Your Pennsylvania Home Keeping Your Energy Bill Low When Selling Your Pennsylvania Home

By Elizabeth Elstien

Homebuyers want to know what the average utility bills are before buying a home. High bills may scare potential buyers away. Find out how to lower your energy costs when selling your Pennsylvania home and keep those buyers interested.

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Buying A Home With Less-Than-Great Credit Buying A Home With Less-Than-Great Credit

By Elizabeth Elstien

While the interest rate is lower for those buyers with great credit scores, that doesn't leave those buyers whose credit is lower than 620 standing on the sidewalk. Read on to find ways to open the door to homeownership for those with less-than-great credit.

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Top 5 Rising Towns in Philadelphia County Top 5 Rising Towns in Philadelphia County

By Elizabeth Elstien

Surrounding the city of Philadelphia are many towns and neighborhoods that have something to offer homebuyers. Find out what it takes to be considered one of the top five up-and-coming towns in Philadelphia County.

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How To Become A Pennsylvania Real Estate Agent How To Become A Pennsylvania Real Estate Agent

By Elizabeth Elstien

Properly prepared in mind and finances, starting a real estate career in Pennsylvania can lead to a long-term, rewarding profession. Learn the steps needed to get licensed and reap the benefits of joining this blossoming industry!

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Responsibilities Of A Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker Responsibilities Of A Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker

By Elizabeth Elstien

A real estate broker and a salesperson -- what are the differences between the two? Inside, we outline the responsibilities of a broker, and explain how they differ from that of an agent.

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Elizabeth Elstien is a Staff Writer at Pennsylvania Homes.