Your Guide to July

Cool dates for a hot month.

National Postal Workers Day

There’s a lot that goes into delivering each piece of mail to your doorstep. Thank your mail carrier for the important work they do to keep the mail moving day in and day out.

Independence Day

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” — Louis D. Brandeis.


National Video Game Day

Did you know the first video game, Tennis for Two, was created by a nuclear physicist in 1958? Another win for science!


National Kitten Day 

Who can resist the adorableness of a fuzzy li’l kitten? If you’re looking for a purrrfect furry friend to add to the family, consider adopting a kitten today. Share the love with #NationalKittenDay.


Tax Day

The tax filing and payment deadline was extended this year. Be sure to file by July 15 (if you haven’t already).


Harry Potter’s Birthday

Celebrate “the boy who lived” and the magical story that inspired a generation. Disapparate into the wizarding world to explore quizzes, crafts, and all things Harry Potter!.

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In honor of flag day!


As a child of career military father, a flag was always present at our home and I proudly display mine at my home.

People show their love for America by displaying flags along streets, hanging them from porches, and proudly carrying them in the town parade. Old Glory is everywhere. But did you know there are official rules on properly displaying the U.S. flag? This guide from USAGov, based on the Federal Flag Code, can help you show respect for the flag:

  • When: You can display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit. Don’t fly the flag during bad weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • On the porch: The union of the flag–the blue section with white stars–should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended from a rope on a pole extending from a house, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
  • On the wall or the window: When the flag is displayed on a flat surface like a wall, the union should be at the top left.
  • On the street: The flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, so make sure it’s hoisted at the proper height.
  • At the office: Suspend the flag vertically with the union to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north when entrances are to the east and west, or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.
  • On a vehicle: The staff should be fixed firmly on the right side of the vehicle. Do not drape the flag over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or a boat.
  • Half-staff: During periods of mourning, it is common to see the flag flying at half-staff. Only presidents can proclaim such periods for a national remembrance. Governors can also declare mourning periods at a local level. In some cases, heads of federal agencies can order the flag flown at half-staff on grounds under their supervision. Traditionally, states and local governments follow the president’s proclamation during a period of national mourning.

Take care of your flag. Many dry cleaners will clean U.S. flags for free during the months of June and July. Store your flag in a well-ventilated area. If it gets wet, make sure it’s completely dry before storing it. If the flag is damaged or worn out, it should be burned and disposed of with dignity.  Many American Legions will hold a disposal ceramony on flag day if you need a place to drop of your old flags.

This Flag day, show your patriotism by proudly displaying the old Red, White and Blue!

How to fold the Flag

Step 1

To properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

Step 2

Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

Step 3

Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside  .

Step 4

Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

Step 5

Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

Step 6

The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

Step 7

When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible

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Your Guide to June

Summer’s calling.

National Weed Your Garden Day

Here’s a home maintenance job that’ll get you outside in the fresh air, burn a few calories, and make your property look great too!


Flag Day

Fly Old Glory high today as we commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.


First Day of Summer

It’s the longest day of the year, and for some, one of the happiest! Enjoy your summer wherever and however you can.


Father’s Day 

Celebrate what fatherhood means to you and the special men in your life who fill this important role.



National Selfie Day

Celebrate yourSELF(ie) today! Did you know the first selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius, a photography pioneer, in 1839?


Insurance Awareness Day

Contact your agent to review your policies and ensure you have the right coverage for your needs.

Owning your own home offers more benefits than a roof over your head and an address where your packages are delivered. Here are just a handful of reasons homeownership is so awesome!

Building Equity

As you pay down your mortgage and your home’s value increases, you’re building personal wealth.

Stable Payments

Rents generally rise every year, with no way of knowing by how much and what your new payment will be. With a fixed-rate loan, your principal and interest payments stay the same throughout the life of the loan, which helps keep your cost of living manageable.

Tax Benefits

Real estate property taxes, interest, and mortgage discount points may be deductible on your income taxes, saving you money

Flexibility

Paint the walls orange, install green shag carpeting, adopt six shelter dogs, and hang chandeliers in every room! No one is going to tell you No (except your spouse, perhaps). It’s your home, your aesthetic.

Owning a home can still be a great investment, with lots of benefits to enjoy now and in the future.

It’s not just a 3 day weekend

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Fort Devens Post Cemetery

Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity for a barbecue. It’s a day  honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

We all live busy lives and while we know Memorial Day is important, doing even little things to commemorate the day often alludes us.

How can I honor them, you say??? Well this year it will be a little different, Many parades and flag placing have been cancelled due to the current pandemic, however here are a few ideas that you could easily fit into your weekend.

  • In lieu of not being able to attend a parade, visit one of the many memorial sites in your town. (There are multiple in the town of Billerica!)
  • In Lieu of not being able to volunteer at flag placing on graves at the cemetery, you could still visit your local cemetery, walk among our fallen and personally honor and thank them.
  • You could stop what you are doing at  3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day which is the official National Moment of Remembrance.
  • You can wear a red poppy as they are known as a symbol of remembrance and it is a tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war.
  • You can donate to a charity that supports our veterans
  • You could volunteer at a local VA hospital once restrictions allow (Bedford VA is not that far!)
  • Or simply display your flag! Fly our Red White and Blue Banner in pride. The colors are symbolic. The White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and the Blue above the stripes signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.

Freedom and Liberty will always have a price and it has been paid in blood by so many. It continues to cost the lives of those so eager and willing to pay for it. That cost must be honored lest we may each have to pay an equal price.

Your Guide to May

Mark your calendar with these important dates.

Cinco de Mayo

Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? It’s not just an excuse to eat tacos and sip margaritas. Today commemorates Mexico’s victory over French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.


Mother’s Day

Caretaker, problem-solver, everyday superhero: To be called Mom means all this and more. Show your gratitude to the moms in your life today!


International Nurses Day 

Looking for a way to say thank you to all the nurses working so hard during the pandemic? Have lunch or snacks delivered to your local hospital to show your support.


National Barbecue Day 

Fire up the barbie and enjoy a meal on your deck or in your yard. Did you know that grilling means cooking for a short time over high temps, while barbecuing involves longer times and low temps?

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

People with disabilities encounter barriers every day, not just in the physical world, but online too. You can help change that by raising awareness for accessible online design.


Memorial Day

Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.

The month of May is a special time to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Here are four ways you can show your appreciation for active service members, veterans, and military families this month:

From letters to baked goods to personal care products, sending a care package is a way to share a little piece of home with service members who are currently deployed overseas. Check out nonprofits like Operation Gratitude or Soldiers’ Angels to get started.

When military parents are deployed or injured, it can put an emotional and financial strain on the family, especially kids. Consider donating to grant and scholarship programs like Our Military Kids or ThanksUSA, which help military children through these hardships by providing access to sports, arts, and educational opportunities.

Whether it’s cutting the grass or cooking a meal, there are veterans and military families in your community — and possibly in your own circle — that could use a helping hand.

Actions may speak louder than words, but words speak volumes, too. If you know someone who has served or is currently serving, take a moment to say thanks for their bravery and sacrifice

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Today is Earth Day!

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed most of our Spring plans, Celebrating Earth Day doesn’t have to be one of them.

This years Earth Day marks the 50th Earth Day celebration and there are many things you can do by yourself or as a family
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Here are 10 things you can do at home to celebrate and support Earth Day this year:

  1. Get outdoors Working from home is great, but staying inside all day can be monotonous. To help break up your day and boost your mood, breath in some fresh air by going for a hike, walk, or run during your lunch break or in the evening with the whole family.

  2. Work in your garden Digging your hands in the soil is good for not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. Welcome the spring season by planting native plants, fruits, and vegetables.

  3. Start a compost pile Composting your food waste will reduce the amount of waste you send to a landfill, and once it fully decomposes, you’re left with incredibly rich fertilizer you can use in your garden. 

  4. Build or purchase a rain barrel Collecting all the runoff from our many rain showers will give you an abundance of free water to use to water your plants.

  5. Plant a tree Native trees and shrubs help provide food and habitat for pollinators, birds, and other critters. Planting trees can also be a great way to engage and educate the whole family.

  6. Clean up Take a stroll around your neighborhood and take a trash bag and gloves with you so you can clean up debris along the road or sidewalk. 

  7. Stay home and learn Reducing the amount of time we spend running errands, driving to work, etc. plays a significant role in reducing our carbon footprint. While you’re home, learn with www.epa.gov/earthday

  8. Build birdhouse or bird feeder Share your home with all of the Earth’s creatures by building a birdhouse or bird feeder out of recycled materials, such as an old wood scraps or milk jug, to help out your local avian population.

  9. Brainstorm energy-friendly ideas for around the house Cut back on energy waste and come up with a list of ideas that will make your home save energy this Earth Day, such as switching to LED bulbs, turning off the AC when you’re not home and other simple, energy-efficient ideas.

  10. Go on a nature scavenger hunt  Learn about local flora and fauna this Earth Day by searching for flowers, plants and trees native to your region around your neighborhood. Look for a regionalist list of native plants online to help guide your search!