Yankee Home Improvement - March-April 2019


F A M I L Y - F R I E N D L Y A C T I V I T I E S

Exploring Irish Culture Another way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family is to sit down and read about Irish culture with your kids. Learn where the legend of the leprechaun came from or read other stories from Irish folklore. You can also watch videos of Irish dance performances and encourage the kids to make their own. There’s also fascinating history on St. Patrick and why he became the patron of the holiday that your family members can research together. If you have Irish roots, tell your kids about your heritage. Watch Irish Movies For a relaxing activity, settle down in front of the TV for a movie night filled with films related to Irish culture. Try “The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns,” “Song of the Sea,” “The Luck of the Irish,” or “The Secret of Kells.” Make an Impact Teach your kids how to be “greener” this month by doing more for the environment. Discuss ways to save energy and water in the home, and talk about the importance of taking a break from electronics and enjoying the outdoors. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it’s a good start to get your family to create new ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You might even create family traditions that will last for years to come.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to mean heading to the local Irish bar and drinking a large green beverage. If you’re not interested in going out this year and

would prefer to do something at home with the family, here are a few ways everyone can celebrate.

Irish-Themed Food What better way to get festive than by making some St. Patrick’s Day-themed dishes? You can make rainbow cupcakes, green cookies, St. Patrick’s Day popcorn, or — for a more traditional dish — Irish soda bread. You can also cook up an array of greens for dinner on March 17, which could include Brussels sprouts, spinach, cucumbers, green beans, peas, or asparagus. A Mischievous Leprechaun To treat your kids to a fun game, leave green footprints around the house and participate in impish tricks! Empty a tissue box, hide the remote, swap out regular light bulbs with green ones, or draw rainbows on the windows. You’re only limited by your imagination.


Did You Catch Us on the News This Winter?

At Yankee Home Improvement, we never turn down an opportunity to help New England families live happier, healthier lives through our commitment to offering great service and volunteer work in our community. This past winter, Yankee Home Improvement was featured on the news for doing just that — twice! Check out the stories below.

This story was told by reporter Taylor Jacobs on Western Mass News on Jan. 8, 2019.

Giving Back to the Community For the past two years, Yankee Home Improvement has been hosting a home remodel prize giveaway. In 2018, we gave away $15,000 worth of repairs to our first winner, Brenda Dunn, and in 2019, we awarded $18,000 to Laura Fuentas.

From 2-Year Headache to 2-Day Fix Two years ago, Edite Fragoso Sheldon’s mother paid a contractor $9,000 to do maintenance work on her bathroom, but the contractor never finished the job. Meanwhile, the bathroom continued to deteriorate due to a bad leak and mold growth.

Both winners were overjoyed, and this year, our actions were highlighted by reporter Jeff Cramer of Western Mass News in late January. Laura told local reporters that she wouldn’t have believed she was the winner if the news crew hadn’t been there! She added that she will use the money to have a new roof installed on her home. This year, we’re continuing this tradition and upping the ante. Enter to win $19,000 in home repairs, and watch the stories of past winners online at yankeehome.com/winners.

When local electrician Adam Riley heard about Edite and her mother’s problem after they filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office, he personally updated the electrical work in their bathroom. But more help was needed. Eventually, Edite and her family’s story made its way to Adam’s cousin, Scott Riley, Marketing Manager of Yankee Home Improvement, who told owner Ger Ronan. Compelled by personal experience, lessons learned by sitting on the Better Business Bureau Board, and as community members, Ger and the Yankee team stepped in to complete Edite’s mother’s bathroom in less than two days. And they did it all for free.

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