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Mason Funeral Homes

Mason Funeral Homes offers a full range of funeral services including cremation, traditional visitations and funerals, memorial services, pre-planning and whatever you desire for you and your loved one. Since 1932, Mason Funeral Homes have been locally owned and operated by dedicated, local funeral service professionals.

  • From Alphabet Soup Academy

    What are the fees and weekly rates for you program?

    Click here to see all fees and weekly rates for all ages.

  • From Alphabet Soup Academy

    Do we still have to pay for childcare when we do not attend?

    Yes, you will always pay for as many days as you enrolled for. Remember you are paying for your child’s actual spot. If your child is gone we cannot put another child in their spot. You are, however, allowed to have one week’s vacation per year to use at your disposal. This is the only time during the year you will not have to pay.

  • From Ralph Garber - Garber Heating & Cooling

    What does it take to become a Factory Authorized Dealer?

    To become Factory Authorized, our service technicians and installers must meet continuing training standards, and our sales team must meet criteria established by Carrier to have a greater understanding and knowledge of the products offered by us. We also must maintain a customer satisfaction index of a certain rating that is checked and updated by Carrier who surveys our customers. There are many requirements we must meet and upon doing that, Carrier is willing to go the extra step and provide us with more help in serving our customers and providing them with the best possible experience with Garber's and Carrier.

  • From P&W Builders

    What’s the difference between P&W’s Legendary “Stick Built” Home and the Lightweight Construction methods most contractors are using?

    Approximately 25 years ago, “Lightweight Construction” began to replace the conventionally framed or “stick built” homes in our market. Since then it has become the method used by most contractors in new homes throughout our area. It is easily recognized by the predominance of “webbed roof trusses”, webbed or TGI floor joists, and oriented strand board on the roof, walls and floor sheathing, wrapped by plastic vapor barriers on the exterior. The exterior walls are usually “white woods”(pine or spruce), and may be either 2x4 or 2x6 framing. Lightweight construction homes often have components shipped to the building site already built and ready to assemble. A variation on Lightweight Construction is the “Modular Home, where the entire house is built beforehand, then shipped to a waiting foundation via flatbed trucks. The thought process behind lightweight construction is to build homes with less interior walls; lighter and easier to handle joists and sheathing; and roof systems that can be set in place as a single piece so that little skill is required for completing framing. The primary objective of Lightweight Construction is to build a home as quickly and inexpensively as possible with as little labor as possible. Since many of the products have the word “engineered” associated with their description, the average consumer is convinced that they have a product at least as good, if not better, than the “stick built” homes they grew up in. In reality, the National Fire Protection Association will tell you that the “engineered” products used in today’s homes burn 6 times faster than a conventionally framed home from 25 years ago. Conventionally framed or “stick built” homes utilize traditional methods and materials of homes built over the last century or more in the United States. They incorporate rafters and ceiling joists cut “on site”, exterior walls framed and leveled on the foundation they are attached to, and dimensional lumber throughout. The skill level required by the carpenters to cut roof lines, rafter pitches, birds mouths, and ridges is far above the “assembly” skills required in lightweight construction. Although most “conventional” contractors incorporate some lightweight materials, they can be recognized by the open attic space above the living area. P&W’s Legendary Construction takes the concept of “stick built” to the highest level. P&W uses not only the “dimensional” lumber used years ago, but we have beefed it up. We do not use any “white woods” in our framing. We use strictly Douglas fir materials that we stock in our own lumberyard. Instead of 2”x10” floor joists we used 30 years ago, we’re using 2”x12”, or 16% more wood. Instead of 2x6 rafters, we’re using 2x10’s, or 70% more material. We still use 1x8 pine boards on our roofs, so there are 3 nails every 7 ½ inches on every rafter. We use ¾ inch tongue and groove fir plywood on our floors, and 1” close cell insulation on our outside walls. As we say, if you find any OSB on your P&W home, it blew off the neighbors roof. All of these products are assembled or “stick built” on site by some of the finest carpenters in the area. In addition to our framing, we use copper plumbing supply pipes, 12 gauge electrical wire to all outlets, switches and fixtures, and plaster walls and ceilings. Our basic, legendary construction home has the best framing and mechanicals available, regardless of the budget. In case of disaster, our home will give you and the firefighters at least 6 times longer to locate and extricate your loved ones, pets, and valuables.

  • From Energy Conservation Specialists

    My home is very drafty especially winter time and hard to maintain temperature in two rooms?

    One of the main reasons is missing insulation and excessive air exchange. Have a BPI rated professional evaluate the shell of your home (outside walls and ceiling insulation).