Local Places to Dispose of Batteries

Local Places to Dispose of Batteries

We use batteries for so many reasons in our homes: television remotes, smoke detectors, clocks and flashlights, just to name a few. In fact, three billion batteries are purchased yearly in the U.S. Imagine how that affects our landfills! Small AA or AAA batteries do not take a lot of room in a trash bag, but now may be the time to think about disposing of your batteries in an eco-friendly way.

Alkaline batteries consist of common metals and have no health or environmental health risks. They can be thrown in the trash, but since they are made of 100% recyclable materials, a better way to get rid of them is to take them to special recycler. (Your normal recyclying bin does not usually permit batteries.)

Other types of batteries can post a potential danger if left in the trash. They can contain many chemicals (lead, cadmium, zinc and lithium, etc…) By sending them to a landfill, these chemicals will seep into the ground and can be a fire concern.

Here is our list of local places to take batteries in a clear, sealable bag:

Call2Recycle – This website has a great map that helps you find nearby drop-off locations.

Lowe’s 
Some of these stores will accept batteries. Check first because not all stores offer this service.

Batteries Plus Bulbs
There are various regional locations. There is a small fee for disposing of batteries.

  • 7850 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45255 – 513-474-0895
  • 9810 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45251 – 513-246-4139
  • 12131 Royal Point Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45249 – 513-683-6300
  • 123 W. Kemper Rd., Springdale, Ohio 45246 – 513-453-4080
  • 7657 Mall Rd., Florence, KY 41042 – 859-371-2288
  • 7431 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, Ohio 45069 – 513-456-7778
  • 4887 Princeton Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 – 513-737-2444
  • 206 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45449 – 937-668-8285
  • 4496 State Route 725, Bellbrook, Ohio 45305 – 937-668-8257
  • 3510 York Commons Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45414 – 937-668-9021
  • 4496 SR 725, Bellbrook, Ohio – 937-433-9222

Apex Technology Solutions
7930 Kentucky Drive, Florence, Kentucky
859-485-4444
Small fee for disposing of batteries

Oil Express

  • Eastgate (Cincinnati): 4468 Gleneste-Withamsville Road; 513-943-1755
  • Mason (Cincinnati): 5240 Kings Mill Road (Route 741); 513-704-0041
  • Springdale (Cincinnati): 165 W. Kemper Road 513-671-8810
  • West Chester (Cincinnati): 7479 Tylers Corner Drive 513-777-8669
  • West Chester (Cincinnati): 8578 Princeton Glendale Road 5130-874-409
  • Cincinnati: 11843 Kemper Springs Drive 513-825-2660

Cohen
538 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; 513-321-3218
5038 Beech Street, Norwood, Ohio 45212; 513-731-7222
3120 S. Verity Parkway, Middletown, Ohio 45044; 513-425-6911
Small fee for single-use batteries
Cincinnati Region
There are other local businesses that will accept your batteries, including Pep Boys, AutoZone, Advanced Auto and Walmart. Go here for more information for map locations.

See more information about batteries (including lithium) with the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

Interested in places that will recycle your electronics? Cincinnati region – Look here.

Dayton Region
Montgomery County residents can drop off many items including batteries to the  Montgomery County Solid Waste and Recycling Facility at 1001 Encreate Lane, Moraine, Ohio. You must have proof of residency.

Green County residents will accept household batters (alkaline) from residents. Learn more here.

Green County Environmental Services
2145 Green Way Boulevard
Xenia, Ohio 45385
937-562-5925

Other local places in Dayton that accept batteries:

  • Advanced Auto Parts – 34 North Allison Ave., Xenia, Ohio – 937-376-4313
  • Battery Warehouse – 44100 Industrial Lane, Beavercreek, Ohio – 937-426-2525
  • Walmart and Sears Automotive Centers

 

 

Eight Tips to Help Sell Your Home as Fast as Possible

8 tips to help sell your home quicklyYou want to sell your home and are hoping for a quick sale. Follow these eight tips to help get your home sold – fast:

1. Price It Correctly
Pricing your home competitively from the beginning could help it to sell more quickly and possibly for more money. Home buyers are probably less likely to want to get into a bidding war for a newly listed home. Remember, the first 30 days on the market is the best activity for your home. Talk to your real estate agent about a pricing strategy.

2. Photos and Staging of Your Home
Most buyers conduct their initial home search online, so having great photos is very important.

Make sure your home is prepared for its photo shoot. Have your home cleaned, decluttered and staged to sell to draw the interest of buyers.

3. Curb Appeal
The first thing buyers see when driving past your home is its front exterior. Make sure your curb appeal is so strong they want to come into your home to see more!

4. Paint
Fresh paint makes your home look – well, fresh! Select colors carefully and choose ones that will appeal to most buyers. Think about how colors will look in relation to others. (For example: Tan next to pure white will look beige. But, if you place tan next to dark green is will look off white.)

5. Remove Personal Items
Photos, collections and personal knickknacks can distract buyers. Your goal is to have buyers think of having their own belongings in your home. You do not want them gazing at yours.

Decluttering your rooms will make them look larger. Another benefit of decluttering is that you will have less items to deal with when it comes time to box up and move.

6. Showings? Yes, Please
A buyer needs to personally tour your home in order to make an offer. Be flexible about showings. Have your home “show ready” at all times and be ready to vacate for a showing appointment with little notice.

7. Your Pet
A majority of homeowners have a pet. Please realize the love you have for your dog or cat will not be shared by others. Therefore, it’s important to remove your pet, food bowls, toys and other items from sight for all showings.

8. Lighting Tips
Natural light gives a very positive impression. You may need to add some light to make your home look airy.

Ready to sell your home? Talk to a Sibcy Cline agent!

 

 

What Millennials Look For when Buying a Home

What Millennials Look For When Buying A HomeDid you know 66% of Millennials (born between 1981-1996) plan on buying a home within the next five years? This home-buying generation makes up 34% of all current home buyers and 66% of first-time buyers.

Having your home “Millennial ready” is a very good idea for this large buying group. Here are some tips on making your home more appealing to them:

Everything Needs to be Just So
Millennials prefer homes in top shape and move-in ready. Have your home up-to-snuff with all repairs and upgrades completed. If you cannot have update your baths or kitchen, consider at least replacing the fixtures in those rooms.

Open Kitchen Floor Plan

Millennials prefer homes with open plans flowing from room to room. Almost 50% of them desire a luxury kitchen. Dining rooms are not a top priority, but a home office is appealing.

These buyers are looking for low-maintenance features. Wood floors and granite countertops are viewed as hassle-free.

Stage Your Home for that Generation
Most of Millennial home buyers do online research for hours ahead of time. They are going to look at your home’s photos online – on their mobile device. The decor in your home should be appealing to them.

Staging your home for this generation could work to your advantage: Statistics indicate 76% of Millennials drove by a home they saw on the Internet and 60% had personal tours of homes based on photos they viewed.

Staging a home is helpful because it makes a buyer feel at home right away. Mid-century decor is very popular right now with clean lines and edited accessories.

Location
Most Millennials (65%) will select their home based on how close it is to work. Walkable neighborhoods are also appealing, so if your area has a good walking score, play it up.

Technology and Energy Efficiencies
Millennials value strong wireless and Internet service. Land phones are not necessary. Smart home features are also attractive to them.

Homes with green features are appealing to these buyers. Although this is not a top selling feature, if your home is efficient, it could draw more interest. Think about upgrading old appliances for Energy-Star versions.

Statistics source.

 

Sibcy Cline Insurance Services Ranked Among the Largest Property and Casualty Insurance Agencies in the Region

Business Courier Sibcy Cline Insurance Services

Sibcy Cline Insurance Services ranked number 18 on the Business Courier list of largest regional property and casualty insurance agencies.

Says Ben O’Brien, Vice President of Sibcy Cline Insurance, “It is exciting to make this list once again. Our team has worked really hard to provide great  service and forge strong relationships with our Realtors. In the past year, we have had a 12% percent increase in new business.”

Sibcy Cline Insurance Services was founded in 2000. The company represents many insurance companies including: American Modern, ASI, Chubb, Travelers, Safeco, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, Progressive, State Auto and Foremost. The company provides homeowner and renter insurance as well as auto, life, umbrella and business insurance services.

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Hampstead Park in Mariemont Celebrates with a Topping-Out Ceremony

Patti Sibcy, Rick Greiwe and Elaine Greiwe  at Hampstead Park

Patti Sibcy, Rick Greiwe and Elaine Greiwe in front of Mariemont’s Hampstead Park.

Hampstead Park, a new condominium development in Mariemont (Cincinnati, Ohio), celebrated the completion of the building’s framing with a “topping out” ceremony. This Scandanavian tradition dates back to 700AD when a fir tree was placed on top of a completed framing to bless the building and give thanks for nature’s materials. The ceremony was held on May 29, 2018 and included words of appreciation shared with all tradesmen involved with the project.

Hampstead Park rendering
The new Hampstead Park building is taking shape now that framing has been completed. The luxury condominiums will offer two- and three-bedroom plans as well as a study. Residences will have two assigned parking spaces and a storage locker in the garage. An elevator will service all three levels. The main-floor lobby will have a living area with fireplace that extends into a covered front porch.

The English-cottage inspired facade of the building will fit in well with nearby Mariemont homes. In the final phase of construction, half of the 18 condominiums have already been pre-sold. Patti Sibcy and Elaine Greiwe of Sibcy Cline Kenwood are selling the condominiums.

Hampstead Park is located one block from the village square. Residents will easily be able to walk and enjoy dining, shopping, ice cream at Graeter’s or a movie at the Mariemont Theatre.

This is the fifth Mariemont condominium development for Greiwe Development, North American Properties and Sibcy Cline Realtors. Other projects include: Jordan Park, Emery Park, Nolen Park and Livingood Park. (2770 Observatory is another lifestyle condominium building located in Hyde Park.)

Prospective home buyers can visit the nearby Livingood Park residences by appointment to appreciate the craftsmanship and value that Hampstead Park will bring.

Read an Enquirer article or Business Courier article about Hampstead Park.

April 2018 Home Sales Report for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

Amphitheater Stubbs Memorial Park Centerville OH

Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana all had increases in home sales during April. Many homes are selling quickly due to a lack of enough homes for sale on the market. Limited inventory of homes has led to rising home prices. Here is our report for the month:

Cincinnati
The average sale price set a record in April 2018 for the 22nd consecutive month. 

April 2018 vs April 2017

  • 4.0% Increase in homes sold (2,210 homes vs 2,125 homes)
  • 4.83% Increase in average sale price ($214,972 vs $205,089)
  • 7.36% Increase in median sale price ($175,000 vs $163,000)
  • 9.01% Increase in gross sales volume ($475,087,148 vs $435,815,185)

January – April 2018 vs January – April 2017

  • -.72% Decrease in homes sold (7,142 homes vs 7,204 homes)
  • 5.69% Increase in average sale price ($202,893 vs $191,970)
  • 7.29% Increase in median sale price ($164,150 vs $153,000)
  • 4.93% Increase in gross sales volume ($1,449,060,590 vs $1,381,031,404)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors April 2018 Home Sales Report

Dayton
Sales volume increased over 10% in Dayton in April!

April 2018 vs April 2017

  • 7.52% Increase in homes sold (1,415 homes vs 1,316 homes)
  • 2.67% Increase in average sale price ($161,363 vs $157,161)
  • 7.68% Increase in median sale price ($139,985 vs $130,000)
  • 10.40% Increase in sales volume ($228,328,419 vs $206,823,500)

January – April 2018 vs January – April 2017

  • 2.50% Increase in homes sold (4,473 homes vs 4,364 homes)
  • 3.90% Increase in average sale price ($154,096 vs $148,309)
  • 3.45% Increase in median sale price ($132,000 vs $127,600)
  • 6.50% Increase in sales volume ($689,272,372 vs $647,220,075)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Area Board of Realtors April 2018 Home Sales Report

Northern Kentucky
Home sales were strong in Northern Kentucky in April: sales units, average sale price, median sale price and sales volume increased.

April 2018 vs April 2017

  • 3.31% Increase in homes sold (625 homes vs 605 homes)
  • 9.22% Increase in average sale price ($191,854 vs $175,664)
  • 7.74% Increase in median sale price ($167,000 vs $155,000)
  • 12.83% Decrease in sales volume ($119,908,785 vs $106,277,275)

January – April 2018 vs January – April 2017

  • -2.42% Decrease in homes sold (2,019 homes vs 2,069 homes)
  • 9.37% Increase in average sale price ($185,622 vs $169,720)
  • 9.16% Increase in median sale price ($163,200 vs $149,500)
  • 9.61% Increase in sales volume ($384,882,161 vs $351,151,017)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors April 2018 Home Sales Report

Southeastern Indiana
Indiana had an increase in the number of homes sold, sales volume as well as median sale price in April.

April 2018 vs April 2017

  • 15.4% Increase in homes sold (105 homes vs 91 homes)
  • -26.2% Increase in average sale price ($162,052 vs $128,371)
  • 20.0% Increase in median sale price ($150,000 vs $125,000)
  • 45.7% Increase in sales volume ($17,015,485 vs $11,683,753)

January – April 2018 vs January – April 2017

  • 6.6% Increase in homes sold (354 homes vs 332 homes)
  • 9.7% Increase in average sale price ($159,609 vs $145,549)
  • 3.8% Increase in median sale price ($138,750 vs $133,700)
  • 13.0% Increase in sales volume ($54,617,810 vs $48,322,161)

Statistics courtesy of Rick McMillin – Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors MLS Homes Sold Report dated May 1, 2018.

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Local 2018 Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies

Memorial Day 2018 Local Parades

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to make plans with friends and family. And, be sure to honor those who have served and protected us by attending a local Memorial Day ceremony, parade or fireworks display.

Here is our list of local Memorial Day events for Cincinnati and Dayon, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana:

Amelia Memorial Day Fireworks
May 27, 2018
Odd Fellows Cemetery in Amelia Village, Ohio
Enjoy the fireworks

Anderson
May 28, 2018
Remembrance Ceremony at 12pm at the Anderson Center, Anderson Township (Cincinnati), Ohio

Beavercreek
May 28, 2018
Ceremony at 2pm at Veterans Memorial Park at 1911 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio

Centerville
May 28, 2018
Ceremony at 9am at the Veterans Memorial at Stubbs Park at 255 W. Spring Valley Road, Centerville, Ohio

Dayton, Kentucky
May 28, 2018
Parade begins at 10:30am at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets in Dayton., Kentucky

Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Concert
May 28, 2018
Downtown Blue Ash, Ohio
Enjoy the parade in the morning and the concert at 6pm at Blue Ash Towne Square

Cheviot
May 28, 2018
Parade is 11am-12:3pm

Colerain Township
May 28, 2018
The memorial ceremony will start at 10am at the Colerain Gateway Memorial at the corner of Colerain Avenue and Springdale Road, Colerain Township, (Cincinnati), Ohio

Dayton, Kentucky Memorial Parade
May 28, 2018
6th Avenue in Dayton, Kentucky
A yearly tradition starting at 10:30am

Delhi Township
May 27, 2018
Memorial Day ceremony at 1pm at Veterans Memorial Park, 934 Neeb Road in Delhi Township (Cincinnati), Ohio
Patriotic songs, color guards, a bagpiper, grilled food and drinks

Dayton, Ohio
May 26-27, 2018
Patriotic Freedom Festival
Dayton VA Medical Center at 4100 W. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio
Live music, historical tours

Edgewood
May 28, 2018
Ceremony at 10 at Freedom Park

Evendale
May 25-27, 2018
U.S. Army photographer (and Sibcy Cline agent) Ken Williamson’s  “Saying Goodbye to Vietnam” photography exhibit at the Evendale Recreation Center at 10500 Reading Road, Cininnati, Ohio
May 25-28, 2018
Eyes of Freedom traveling memorial located throughout the village at 10500 Reading Road.
May 28, 2018
Memorial Day ceremony  at 4pm at the Evendale Veterans Police and Fire Memorial

Fairfield Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
May 28, 2018
Parade at 10am starting at Express Scripts parking lot at 4865 Winton Road and ends at Veterans Memorial Park at 701 Wessel, Fairfield, Ohio
Parade and brief ceremony at the park

Fairfield Township
May 24-27, 2018
CommunityFest on the lawn at Bridgewater Church at 3100 Princeton Road.
Games, food and vendor booths. The fire department will also bring its smoke house to teach fire safety for children.

Florence
May 28, 2018
Parade at 10 and memorial service at 11am at the Boone Count Veteran’s Memorial, Florence, Kentucy

Fort Mitchell
Wall of Honor Ceremony
May 28, 2018
Fort Mitchell City Building, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Honoring those who have served Fort Mitchell

Fort Wright 
May 28, 2018 
10am-11am service held at theFort Wright City Building at 409 Kyles Lanes, Fort Wright

Green Township
May 28, 2018
Memorial Day ceremony at 2 pm at Green Township Veterans Park at 6303 Harrison Avenue in Green Township (Cincinnati), Ohio

Hamilton
May 28, 2018
Parade at 10am starting at Monument Avenue

Harrison
May 28, 2018
Parade begins on Broadway and end at Glen Haven Cemetery with memorial service.Harrison, Indiana

Hidden Valley Lake
May 27, 2018
Ceremony at 12pm at the HVL memorial. Parade follows at 12:45pm

Independence
May 26, 2018
Veteran presentations at the Kenton County Public Library William E. Durr branch from 1-3pm at 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence, Kentucky

Lawrenceburg
May 28, 2018
Parade at 10am starts at Walnut Street in downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Mason
May 28, 2018
Parade at 10 starting at the American Legion Hall at 401 Reading Road. Ceremony at the Mason Veterans Memorial at 11am. Public luncheon following.

Miamisburg 
May 28, 2018
Parade at 11am at 10 North First Street and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, Miamisburg, Ohio

Middletown
May 28, 2018
Parade at 10am starts at Smith Park and ends at Woodside Cemetery. White dove release following a ceremony.

Mount Healthy
May 28, 2018
Parade starts at 2pm at Hill and Hamilton avenues and ends at the Veterans Memorial on McMakin Street for a flag-raising ceremony and brief program in memory of all veterans. Cincinnati, Ohio

Newtown
May 28, 2018
Parade is from 10-11am starting at the Miami Valley Christian Academy at 6830 School Street, Newtown (Cincinnati), Ohio

North College Hill
May 26, 2018
Parade at 11am at Goodman Avenue to right onto Hamilton Avenue, left on Marilyn, left on Ellen, right on Bising, left on Gilbert and left on Galbraith Road.

Park Hills Memorial Day Parade
May 28, 2018
Starts at Dixie Highway and ends on Park Drive, Park Hills, Kentucky
Show your patriotism!

Silverton
VFW Memorial Day Parade
May 28, 2018
Silverton Veteran’s Memorial Park, Silverton, Cincinnati, Ohio

Springboro
May 28, 2018
Parade at 2pm at S. Main Street and ends at Wade Field. Ceremony follows.

Spring Grove Village
Spring Grove Cemetery
May 24-28, 2018
Live music, tributes, memorial ceremony and Civil War performance.

Springfield
May 28, 2018
Parade at 9am and concert at the Veteran’s Park (Cliff Park) at 7pm., Springfield, Ohio

Springfield Township
May 24-27, 2018
Arlington Memorial Gardens and Cemetery
May 24: Parachute team and live concert
May 25: Lunch with a vet
May 27: 1,000 flags on display

St. Leon
May 28, 2018
Ceremonies at various cemeteries starting at 7:30am., St. Leon, Indiana

West Chester
May 28, 2018
Parade begins at 10am at the intersection of Aviation Way and Dimmick Road and ends at Brookside Cemetery, 6425 West Chester Road. Ceremony following at the cemetery.

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