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Check this site before hiring movers

Before hiring a mover, make sure you know your rights and responsibilities! Learn to spot the red flags of moving fraud and make your next move a success by downloading a free Moving Fraud Prevention Guide. Interstate movers must comply with federal rules and regulations, which include registering with FMCSA. Search for registered movers and view their complaint histories before selecting a mover here:

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Avoid Cord Spaghetti

During your packing before you unplug electric cords for things like computers and electronic setups, be sure to document what goes where. Snap some pictures or draw out a quick diagram. You can also mark each one by making a little flag using packing tape and writing where it goes with a sharpie. It's worth it to take the couple extra minutes during packing than to spend hours reconstructing when you arrive for set up.

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BEWARE OF THIEVES POSING AS MOVERS!

This story aired last night about one homeowners' belongings that are now GONE. It's just over one minute long so please take the time to watch. We can all learn from this. Get recommendations from friends, check references, read reviews online, look at BBB ratings, as well as directly supervise the loading, transport and unloading so something like this doesn't happen to you or someone you care about.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/movers-allegedly-rob-family-belongings/story?id=38883956

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10 facts about the Chesapeake Bay

Today is Earth Day, so here's 10 interesting facts about our Chesapeake Bay (from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation):

 

1. The Bay holds about 18 trillion gallons of water. That amount of water would fill more than fifty billion bathtubs to the brim.

 

2. Only about half of the water in the Bay comes from the ocean. The rest comes from the 64,000 square mile watershed, which extends approximately 524 miles from Cooperstown, NY to Norfolk, VA.

 

3. Roughly 51 billion gallons of water enter the Bay each day from the 100,000 streams, creeks, and rivers that feed it.

 

4. A person 6 feet tall could wade through more than 700,000 acres of the Bay without becoming completely submerged. The deepest part of the Bay, called "The Hole" is more than 170 feet deep.

 

5. Every year, new parking lots, driveways, roofs, and other hardened surfaces from development convert land in the Chesapeake Bay region from great green filter to hard grey funnel. Every four years, an area of land the size of Washington, D.C. is lost.

 

6. Most sewer drains don’t go to the sewage plant – polluted runoff from your street runs into local waters and ultimately to the Bay. Your crabcake used to swim through that.

 

7. The Bay produces about 500 million pounds of seafood per year.

 

8. Seventy to ninety percent of all striped bass, known locally as rockfish, were spawned in the Bay.

 

9. The Bay's fishing industry used to harvest tens of millions of bushels of oysters. Today, harvests have fallen to less than one percent of historic levels.

 

10. Seventeen-million people live, work, and play in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

 

[Shared on Facebook by Kent Island Online with Mary Neely.]

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