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Get your Rotary / On the Road Collaborative T-Shirt

Get your Rotary / On the Road Collaborative T-Shirt

Rotary / On the Road Collaborative t-shirts are now available for $20. Let me know how many you want!

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“I want to make a difference in the world.”

If you have ever said this but feel like you are limited as to what you can do, maybe you should change your perspective. One person might not be able to change the world, but you can change the world for one person. Hopefully you will decide to change their world for the better. It may be a simple smile but even better if it is an outstretched hand of hope and love.

I believe it is our duty to each day work to serve others. This is my “Why Rotary” story. Why, because we serve others.

Rotary allows me to amplify my efforts and multiply my impacts. I call it the magic of Rotary. This year the Rotary Club of Rockingham County partnered with the Rotary Club of Harrisonburg to write a grant to benefit On the Road Collaborative. We are now selling t-shirts designed by On the Road Collaborative students to help fund the grant. This is where each donation, each community member, each action makes a huge difference. We need you to purchase a t-shirt. We can all come together to help our community by offering students love and support through On the Road Collaborative. Sure the OTRC team offers students exposure to different career opportunities taught by community leaders. They give students strong role models to follow. They show students a path for the future that maybe the students did not think was possible for them. However, what I have seen first hand is On the Road Collaborative staff offers love and support to students in our community that may or may not feel that love and support from anyone else in the community.

So how can you make a difference? Purchase a t-shirt. They are $20 each.

When you purchase one, one will be donated to a student participating in OTRC. That $20 directly supports OTRC efforts. If you get a shirt, it has our logo so you can use it to enter the Gaines Group Architect’s Red Wing Roots Music Festival ticket contest. More than anything, you get a cool t-shirt, designed by students, and you show love and support for a student in our community. Check out the contest HERE.

On the Road Collaborative is a non-profit youth empowerment organization that sets under-served middle and high school youth on the road to college and career by connecting them to dynamic educational experiences and caring adults during the out-of-school hours.

Thanks to Brad Cohen for all his work putting this grant effort together!

A huge thank you to Ted Marrs at Abrahamse and Company Builders in Charlottesville for purchasing the first t-shirt! These guys always go above and beyond for their clients and the community. Thanks Ted!

 

Little Architectural Details that make a place a Home

Little Architectural Details that make a place a Home

The little architectural details that exist in a community, neighborhood, or town are what make a place a home. They are the difference between living somewhere and loving somewhere. The creation of place relies on many different aspects. It is more than just an address. Place is something that pulls at your heart, evokes an emotion, and gives you comfort. Place makes a community more than just buildings and people, it brings vitality and emotion.

On my recent visit to Chicago, I did the normal walking and looking up at huge skyscrapers. They are beautiful and amazing feats of engineering. There are details even in these huge building that are delicate and captivating. You could spend years walking and looking and still find new special things including in these massive buildings.

After hours of walking and looking up, I felt compelled to explore something a little lower. Just outside of the massive structures is a small Cabbage Patch of meaningful and well designed details. Old Town Chicago was developed from swampland by German immigrants in the 19th Century. It became a place for artists in the 1930’s and by 1948 the buildings had fallen into disrepair. In the 1960’s the neighborhood became a place for a hippie culture to thrive (whatever that means). It was at times a center for the folk music scene, Puerto Rican Community, and even a place of racial divide at times.

It seems today, to this outsider to be a place of community. There are layers of history telling a story. The details on the buildings create a fabric allowing for a vibrant community that has experienced good and bad along the way to exist. There are old buildings, new businesses, inventive storefronts, beautiful artwork, and rich architectural details.

There is passion and playfulness.

There is old and new side by side in a well proportioned attempts to coexist.

These layers of history are not always evident in a community. We tend to hide our scars even though they may be beautiful. We sometimes push for things to be “fixed” when they could just as well exist and be beautiful as they are now.

We may even cover them up with new layers of history or literally paint over them.

However, the details all seem to come together to tell a personal story to the one viewing. It is my interpretation of the story. These are my memories of the details and my interpretation of the history. I find beauty in buildings, signs, gates, flowers, and even windows. They exist all over the city not just in Old Town and not just in Chicago.

 

It is important, in my opinion for all communities to empower all those in it to think of themselves as designers. Your simple changes tie into the whole. You are a designer. You are creating a place. Your actions matter. Your changes impact the story for someone else. You voice is important, not just the politicians, architects, engineers, city planners – your voice matters, design matters.

The creation of place is important for your soul and mine.

I just wish I had found this place earlier in my trip. Next time, I am going to find out all about this chicken, burger, italian beef, gyros joint!

And then I am going to follow the advice I once got from a building and go this way.

Contest Alert: Show your LOVE for Gaines Group Architects with SWAG

Contest Alert: Show your LOVE for Gaines Group Architects with SWAG

Want free tickets to Red Wing Roots Music Festival on July 13 – 15, 2018? Show your love by sporting our SWAG.

JMU Dukes T-Shirt

Take a selfie with one of our many SWAG items – perhaps it is a t-shirt, a Bowl for Kids Sake shirt, EMS track and field shirt, Red Wing Academy Shirt, Go Dukes shirt, Glow Run Shirt, Cyclovia shirt – the list goes on and on, or with one of our logo items – pen, mug, tape measure….

Email the selfie to charles (@) the gainesgroup.com or post it to our social media pages (remember to make it public so I can see it).

We will enter all our fans names that play our game in a hat and draw a winner on June 1st at our First Friday Gallery Open House at the Depot. Winners will be contacted via email, but attend our First Friday event to hear it in person.

Red Wing Roots Music Festival is the highlight of my summer. If you have not attended you should. The music is incredible and so are the people attending. It is like a family reunion that drops all the family drama and just focuses on fun and fellowship. The event takes place in Mount Solon at Natural Chimneys. It includes three days of music from bands you probably know and some that you might not have heard of but that are fantastic. It started in 2013 and has grown each year. The food trucks offer so many choices you will run out of time before you sample everything. There are camping options for those that want to enjoy the music late into the night. Bring your instrument and join in the fun!

The highlight of the show for me is of course the Steel Wheels gospel set on Sunday morning! I am also looking forward to Driftwood, Judy Chops, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and Pokey Lafarge.

 

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Gaines Group featured in the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal

Gaines Group featured in the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal

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First Friday Art Opening – This Friday w/ Ellen Vanover

First Friday Art Opening – This Friday w/ Ellen Vanover

Each month we host a new artist in our building’s 2nd floor gallery at the Chesapeake Western Depot at 141 W. Bruce St. (second floor entrance is on Chesapeake). Artwork will remain on exhibit through the month. Come view the show and get a tour the Depot! We will have food and drink available! Click here for the event details.

Also, The Marvin Window and Door Showroom is a stop on the Chocolate Walk again this year. For more information about this delicious event, click the link here.

 

ELLEN H. VANOVER

(Artist: Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil)

I was born and raised in the small town of Hinton, Virginia. Hinton is right smack in the middle of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Growing up, I will always remember the special times I had with my family, Daddy (Harry Hollar) being able to make and fix everything, but always saying he was the Master of None; and Mom (Ethel) for keeping her wits trying to raise five girls, and her sense of humor doing it. Look’in back, they sure were some good ol’ times. Now, I have three super daughters, two great grand kids, and a wonderful Hubby. Their love and support for my art overwhelms me.

Being a country gal and with my family, I enjoy and appreciate the sights of the Shenandoah Valley. I’ve also traveled to and lived in other countries and experience their cultures. Even though I started painting pictures of things you would find here in the good old country days, I’ve grown to include the things you still find in other places around the world.

I like sharing my memories through these paintings and prints. Most include a short story on what inspired me to create them.

Thank You for Your Support!!

Happy Earth Day – we have a lot of work to do!

Happy Earth Day – we have a lot of work to do!

Here we are again, another Earth Day. There is always more to do, but here is some of the projects we have done that are geared towards reducing environmental impacts.

First EarthCraft house in Virginia (one of six built at the same time to pilot the program out of Southface.)

Here is a duplex we designed for Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity. It is Earthcraft certified as well.

This industrial facility produces stairs and doors. It is also the first LEED NC certified industrial facilities in Central Virginia that produces warm air from a transpired solar collector.

Another duplex project designed for Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity. This on achieved LEED for Homes Gold certification.

What a beautiful renovation project. This one is Home Performance with Energy Star certified.

This magnificent home has all the luxury of any vacation destination. It also has two roofs full of Solar PV to reduce the impacts on the environment.

This client wanted to save the trees. Nope the Lorax does not live there, but we were able to save the trees by building a bridge to the front door.

A fast food restaurant, Dairy Queen, with Solar PV on the roof. Yes, this project, Harmony Square DQ, is using clean energy to make their blizzards!

Net-zero before it was cool. We designed this project in 2005 when solar pv was very expensive compared to today. They still wanted to run their home on clean energy.

The first LEED for Homes Certified projects in the Southeast United States. Yes, and it was done in 2005 even though it looks like a 100-year-old New England Farm House.

Sitting on top of the hill, it has amazing views. Even more amazing is the amount of clean energy produced on the roof.

Another farmhouse that is running on clean energy. This one has a porch like no other. Amazing views and right on the edge of town.

 

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Cottage on a horse farm – project update

Cottage on a horse farm – project update

The client asked for a small cottage on their horse farm. The goal was to fit into the landscape, minimize the trees impacted, and tuck it in between the barn and horse rink. There was limited space, but huge opportunities.

horse cottage

horse cottage

On either side of the cottage there are tucked away patio spaces.

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The space for the cottage was wedged into the slope next to the barn. This keeps the cottage in close proximity to the other structures protecting the existing views.

horse cottage

horse cottage

When designing a small cottage, the most important thing is to provide an open floor plan to maximize space.

horse cottage

The second floor of the structure provides a covered space for viewing the riding rink.

horse cottage

horse cottage

horse cottage

horse cottage

horse cottage

Now the other opportunity is the amazing views out over the barn from the second floor space.

horse cottage

horse cottage

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CYCLOVIA Harrisonburg

CYCLOVIA Harrisonburg

We are honored to be part of the first ever Cyclovia Harrisonburg. Please come out and enjoy the fun!

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April 21, 2018

Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

On Earth Day weekend, come on over to Park View to celebrate biking, walking, skating, and healthy, outdoor recreation with family and friends! Inspired by the weekly Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia, Renew Rocktown is putting on a family-friendly event for all. There will be free music, games, bike races, Zumba, yoga, and more!

Decorate your bike, bring your family, enjoy our delicious food vendors or pack a picnic and experience Harrisonburg’s 1st Annual Cyclovia!

Layout of activities.

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Brent Funkhouser will be playing tunes!

 

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Thinking of adding a Solar Array to your home? Get a HELOC!

Thinking of adding a Solar Array to your home? Get a HELOC!

I am asked often about the best investment to make your home more efficient. Well times have changed a bit from years past. Solar is the answer if you have a south-facing unshaded roof. However, most people don’t have an extra bag of cash lying around to pay for their power up front (install solar on the roof). So I asked my friend Duane to tell me about the best way to finance your solar array. Here is his answer:

USING HELOCs TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME

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Have you been considering the addition of solar or other energy-saving modifications to your home?  Are you trying to decide on how best to finance your home improvement projects?  If so, it may be time to consider using the equity in your home to enhance your home.  Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) are a popular and low-cost option for funding special projects.  Most HELOC plans will allow you to borrow up to 90% of your home’s value and provide those funds for you to use however you see fit and because HELOCs are a home loan, the interest you pay on the loan may be tax-deductible.  HELOCs are essentially a 30 year loan with a 10 year draw period.  The payment on the funds borrowed is based on a 20 year amortization so basically, if you borrow the entire limit of the Equity Line on the last day of the 10 year draw period, you still have 20 years to pay it back.

A little about PVFCU

At Park View Federal Credit Union (PVFCU), we are introducing some very special enhancements to our HELOC programs.  First, we are currently paying all closing costs on HELOCs up to $75,000.  Depending on the location of the property, these closing costs usually range from $300.00 to $400.00.  Additionally,  if you decide to use the loan for the addition of Solar to your home, PVFCU will give you a 2% rate discount for the first 2 years on that portion of your HELOC.  Finally, PVFCU also has a title company on site (Member’s Title) which reduces substantially the time between application and closing.

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Should you have further questions about the HELOC option or about PVFCU in general please feel free to contact me.  I welcome the opportunity to discuss any ideas you may have.

Duane Shenk

Business Development / HELOC specialist

NMLS# 1724529

duane.shenk@pvfcu.org

(540)236-5772

 

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Vote for your favorite hat design

Vote for your favorite hat design

We are ordering some hats for our firm. There are two options for design. I like the logo only on the front with name on the back. However, I have heard from most that prefer the name and logo all on the front. Which do you prefer? Comment below or jump to our facebook page and help us make the decision.

Logo and name on front

Logo on front and name on back

 

Man, that is one good looking hat model!

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