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Just released from the congress on safety, Each day, more than 16 people are killed and more than 1,300 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.1 Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving; these activities can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash. There are three main types of distraction: Visual—taking your eyes off the road; Manual—taking your hands off the wheel; and Cognitive—taking your mind off what you are doing.1 Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone, texting, eating, drinking, and talking with passengers. Using in-vehicle (12 comments)
Watering plant correctly can save money and plant life. - 08/29/10 11:32 PM
Everyone knows that water is essential for healthy plants. But just how much is enough? How much is too little? Learning some basic garden practices can make watering foolproof for both potted plants and garden plants. The Effects of Improper Watering While water is essential for plants, too much water can be deadly. Plants roots need oxygen which they get from tiny air pockets in the soil. If the soil is constantly wet, the plant will actually drown. Many plants are susceptible to root or stem rot from a too wet environment. Over watered plants won't grow a healthy root system (2 comments)
Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club will have its Annual Past Presidents' Tea at Avon Lake Public Library Gallery, 31649 Electric Blvd on Wednesday, Sept. 1st at noon. The program "Landscaping with Roses and Putting Roses to bed for Winter" , will be presented by Anita and Bill Solarz, Rosarians.
Changing out door locks yourself - 08/29/10 11:02 PM
Replacing a worn or broken doorknob is not a task that requires special skill or even a large chunk of time. In order to avoid leaving your home unlocked (or without an external doorknob), it's best to choose your replacement hardware ahead of time. Doorknobs are sold in standard sizes, so finding an exact fit for regular sized doors won't be a problem. So, if you have your tools in hand, let's get to work. TOOLS Phillips screwdriver New doorknob and hardware Screwdriver OUT WITH THE OLD First things first, you'll need to remove your existing doorknob and all its hardware. This (1 comments)
Building the perfect landscape to increase the value of your home. - 08/29/10 10:43 PM
Many who have know me over the years have known that I have a bit of a green thumb and enjoy spending time designing and keeping up with my yard. I learned many of htis as a young adult workign fro an landscape business while an undergrad in college. I worked with a senior named Alfonse who taught me a thing or two. I am going to share who he has shared with some current trends. By using your imagination and creating a plan, you will be well on your way to having a beautiful landscape. Drawing out the design of (0 comments)
Keeping up with the following areas will keep you away from paying outrageous bills and repairs. And not leave you stranded in some dangerous location or situation... This info I have from ehow that I have posted in my garage as a reminder. Fluids Check all of your fluids regularly. You may need some assistance from a friend, parent or mechanic to show you where to check if you are unfamiliar with the process. You should check your oil, antifreeze, steering fluid and brake fluid regularly. It's also a good idea to check your wiper fluid. It is of the utmost importance (4 comments)
Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within 3 hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. tPA is the only FDA-approved medication for the (4 comments)
What makes a good home inspection in your Avon Lake area home. - 08/26/10 12:16 AM
1.) A good home inspector is one who works to reinforce the buying decision with honesty. While any deficiencies are certainly to be noted, a good inspector is not an alarmist. 2.) A good home inspector is insured (liability, E&O, Vehicle, Business), professional, well equipped and well trained. 3.) A good home inspector is certified by at least one major association or trade organization. 4.) Good inspectors are professional in appearance including their tools and what they drive to inspections. 5.) Good home inspectors are friendly and personable. Not pushy or arrogant. 6.) A good inspector actively participates in continuing education to stay informed of construction and code changes. (2 comments)
Avon Lake Library Event - 08/24/10 06:15 PM
Avon Lake Public Library will have the United States Fleet Forces Band - Four Star Edition in concert on Monday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. on the south lawn. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by Friends of Avon Lake Public Library. http://www.avonlake.lib.oh.us/navy.pdf
Here’s the lowdown: On the field: It’s the Eagles vs. the Shoremen, the Purple and Gold vs. Maroon and Gold. Off the field: It’s Reitenbach for Avon, Scott for Avon Lake and CRS holding the line for both cities.
Community Resource Services (CRS) is hosting the first “Souper Bowl” this Friday, Aug. 27 as Avon andAvon Lake’s high school football teams compete in the first football game to be held (0 comments)
Avon Lake Schools starts classes tomorrow. - 08/23/10 10:32 PM
I cant believe it is already here. School for our kids starts tomorrow. There will be mothers dancing in sprinklers. Fathers relieved that they can go work without worry about a possible broken arm. And children, well the children counting to summer again. It was a great summer here. We had our new pool open. We watched a new high school stadium be built, which will be put to the test for a home game this upcoming weekend. Our family joined 4 others on a trip and vacation to Hilton Head that was incrediable. Just a very memorable summer. How was (0 comments)
Lorain County Fair - 08/22/10 11:20 PM
This picture was sent to me from the Lorain County fair. Kids just have to love going out there.
Wind Energy in Lorain county...ohio - 08/22/10 11:12 PM
Wind Turbine Being Developed for Northern OhioThe Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation(LEEDCo), recently met with representatives from three organizations who submitted proposals to install the first five turbines which are 20 megawatts (MW). LEEDCo is a regional economic development corporation, leading efforts to build, install, and deploy an offshore wind farm on Lake Erie while spurring economic development in Northern Ohio's wind energy industry. Founding partners include theCleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland,Cuyahoga County, Lorain County, Ashtabula County and NorTech.The LEEDCo goal is to install 1,000 MW by 2020.General Electric (GE) and LEEDCo has recently announced a long-term Partnership at AWEA for Great Lakes Offshore Wind. GE is now in the process of (0 comments)
Lorain County APL Cat Adoption Event - 08/22/10 12:19 AM
The Great Cat Adoptathon at the Friendship APL The Lorain County APL will be holding the first annual Great Cat Adoptathon on Sunday, August 22 thru August 29. All cats will be only $5.00 during this event. Help find homes for these wonderful cats! All cats are spayed or neutered and have their initial shots. Currently, Friendship is operating at 60% above capacity for cats. We have 200 cats in a shelter built for 120, and we have hundreds more waiting for our help! Please pass the word along so we can provide new homes for these cats and kittens! Friendship (5 comments)
Sunday 8/22/10 From 12-2 406 Long Pointe Dr, Avon Lake, OH 44012 Price : $334,900 (LP) 4 Bedroom, 4 bath(3 full, 1 half bath)
Extra large 4 bedroom home for a small price! Not bank owned just a price you can't beat....nothing is for sale less than this in the Westwinds Subdivision!! Owner wants sold! Extraordinary colonial with first floor master bedroom. Newly finished basement with stone wall, granite dry bar, refrigerator, wall speakers and large rec room. Spacious kitchen with huge pantry, center island, and NEW granite countertops! Study conveniently located off the foyer and includes a wall of built (0 comments)
Oh I wish I could do this job every day. Probably would if I could. Nothing is more satisfying than giving a young couple the keys to their new home.
This couple, like so many have worked the last 3-5 years to put enough money aside to buy their first home. Some live in apartments, rented smaller homes, had a modular home (this couple had just that), and some have even lived under their own parent’s roof (talk about stress).
It is these times I wonder who is more excited them or me.
VA Vendee closure may be my easest close so far. - 08/18/10 12:55 AM
I have been working with a buyer on a VA foreclosure. It looked rough from the begginig as the options were to with rehab loan (which my buyer did not have the funds for) or go with this product that was new to me referred to as a VA vendee loan. Since plan A was not going to work. I jumped into this VA vendee loan and I have to tell you it is one well kept secret. First of all it is unique in that it only applies to VA foreclosed homes like this. But on the other end it (3 comments)
Opens Houses in Avon Lake Ohio 8/15/10 - 08/14/10 11:57 PM
Open House in Avon Lake Ohio 8/15/10 is looking good. We have in the community a great mix of homes in different price ranges and styles to see. Come on out and meet a some great Realtors in the area.
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION(Admission is Free)When: August 12 - 15, 2010Location: Little Italy’s Murray Hill neighborhood in Cleveland, OhioPhone: 440-391-0386or e-mail email@example.com Whether you’re Italian or not, this festival is popular for all walks of life. There is a traditional religious processional through the ethnic neighborhood streets following a mass at the church. Crowds are enormous as it seems all of northeast Ohio ascends on this little Italian-American community making it “Big Italy” if only for a few days. There is plenty of music, dancing, artwork, rides, and yes, great food. The area definitely is filled with an “old-world” atmosphere. The (0 comments)
North Ridgeville Ohio Corn Festival is this weekend!! - 08/14/10 12:32 AM
Yes it is time for the North Ridgeville Ohio Corn Festival is this weekend!! It did start Friday but dont loose any sleep over it. Get your kids together and few bucks in you pocket and head down route 83 for a good old time. Here are some of the events for the next two days. Saturday, August 14th Matinee Rides (12:00 - 6:00 P.M.) $12Evening Rides (5:00 - 11:00 P.M.) $14 Get out here and have some fun!!! (1 comments)
Some great park areas in Lorain County Ohio to consider!! - 08/11/10 11:25 PM
Common Ground - The Cindy Nord Center for Renewal 14240 Baird Rd.Oberlin, OH firstname.lastname@example.orgMon-Fri 9am-5pmCommon Ground, located on 21 acres in the Vermilion River valley, is a holistic education and retreat center. We offer a variety of programs for adults and youth including a diverse environmental summer camp, holistic health services such as massage therapy, life coaching, and kinesiology, wellness workshops and retreats, walking trails, gardens and barbeque and picnic areas.Public RestroomsSecured parking area Community Park 609 Harris RdSheffield Lake, OH 44054 Findley State Park 25381 State Route 58Wellington, OH email@example.comBeautifully wooded Findley State Park has over 900 acres (3 comments)
This past Sunday’s Americans with Disabilities Act picnic at American Legion Post 211 was celebrating a special anniversary. It was the 20th picnic in honor of the 1990 establishment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which enshrined into law civil rights protections against discrimination for people with physical and mental disabilities. About 150 people were present for the event. Several of the guests were from Our Lady of the Wayside, Beach Park Tower and Guadalupe House. Cleveland Indians mascot Slider made an appearance, posing for photos with guests. American Legion members grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, baked pizza and served food including ice cream (0 comments)
Extra large 4 bedroom home for a small price! Not bank owned just a price you can't beat....nothing is for sale less than this in the Westwinds Subdivision!! Owner wants sold! Extraordinary colonial with first floor master bedroom. Newly finished basement with stone wall, granite dry bar, refrigerator, wall speakers and large rec room. Spacious kitchen with huge pantry, center island, and NEW granite countertops! Study conveniently located off the foyer and includes a wall of built in book cases. Generous sized LR (4 comments)
Avon Lake Schools jump on available government funds and get paid - 08/07/10 12:56 AM
Only a year ago the school board was considering whether to place two bond issues on the ballot. Those issues now are funding construction projects at every district property, and soon will cover the costs of a new bus garage on Pin Oak Parkway.
The bids that the board accepted last week were not the only phase of the project that came in over budget, the city’s improvement projects received about twice as many federal funds as expected, ultimately saving taxpayers millions of dollars. “It could not have worked out better in our favor,” Superintendent Bob Scott said. The district’s investment (2 comments)
Avon Lake Hailstorm Damage has Roofers busy - But who to trust on your roof - 08/06/10 07:20 PM
In Avon Lake there are a number of roof repairs going on as a result of a severe hailstorm that occurred on May 7th of this year. Rick Hemmer wrote a great article in the Avon Lake Press titled “What the hail is going on” and I want to give him some credit here because he brought up similar reactions. However, people have asked me about the different roofers and with questions to like of: 1. How do you know if they are true skilled roofers? 2. Why do some roofers from so far out of the way? 3. Some of these (0 comments)
Avon Lake Plastics Firm shows growth and more potential job growth in the area - 08/05/10 11:36 PM
Fear and loathing be damned -- from buying land to investing in new equipment and workers, some of the area’s strongest manufacturers are plugging money back into their businesses. “You have to invest,” said Matt Hlavin, CEO of Thogus Products, a plastic molding and design company based in Avon Lake. “By the time the year’s over, we’ll probably have put $1.5 million of new investment into the business.” It has been a good year for Thogus, which has seen profits rise more than 80 percent so far in 2010 from levels during the like period last year, and Hlavin wants more good (1 comments)
We have decided to participate in the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Networks (FAAN) Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure event on September 19, 2010, at Progressive Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, OH. Please join my team! The more people walking and fundraising, the more we can help those who have food allergy. I need people like you on my team. Walk events are a fun, family-oriented way to raise support for organizations like FAAN. The funds raised for FAAN assist in research, education efforts, and public awareness of food allergies. FAAN needs your support, (2 comments)
The Avon Fire and Police Breast Cancer Benefit will kick off their 2nd annual charity softball game August 14, 2010 at All Pro Freight Stadium. Gates open at 4 p.m. Celebrity Softball Game at 5 p.m. Police vs. Fire Department Softball Game at 7 p.m. It will be a day of family fun, with a fireworks show to end the evening. For ticket information, call (440) 934-1248 or (440) 934-1234. All proceeds will benefit breast cancer patients at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, Fairview Hospital, and (0 comments)
Here is some sound advice for getting your child ready to relocate to na ew school in a new town. Talk It Out When you find out that you're moving, a million thoughts may race through your head. The next place those thoughts should go is simple: out of your mouth! If you're afraid that you won't make new friends, nervous about riding the bus with 30 new kids, or upset because you have to give up your position as captain of the soccer team, don't keep it to yourself. Whatever you're feeling, talk to your mom or dad about (4 comments)
It’s time for a new roof. The old one is looking shabby, with damaged shingles or dents from hail. You pick up the yellow pages, call a few roofing companies, but the question lingers in your mind. What is a fair bid? How do I know what I should pay? And most of all, is there anything that I, the homeowner, can do to bring the price of the bid down? As a professional roofer, I will be answering these questions in this article.
First, it is important to understand how a professional roofing company makes a bid (2 comments)
Cleveland Food Allergy Walk is coming!! - 08/04/10 12:56 AM
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Walk Date: Sunday, September 19, 2010Time: Check-in begins at 2:00 p.m.; Walk begins at 3:00 p.m.Location: Progressive Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians, 2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44115Distance: 1 mileRestrictions: No pets, glass bottles, bikes, roller skates, or skate boards. Baby strollers and wagons are welcomed. Why do we walk:
We walk to find a cure for food allergies. We walk to increase awareness of food allergy and the effect it has on a community. We walk to provide understanding, hope, and an opportunity for a child with food allergy to simply be a child. We walk to (1 comments)
One Light Bulb At A Time - 08/04/10 12:48 AM
I thought Connie made a good point here about buying American but at the same time looking at what value may mean is not necessarily buying from a different country, value can be buying here in the USA. Read on, I am taking away from what Connie was trying to say.... Via Connie Lou Barnett GRI,CRS,CRB,SRMM,ARA,PRS,SFR,QSC (Real Living/Home Realty): One Light Bulb at a Time A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously (4 comments)
Have you ever known someone that uses a garage just for storage? Instead of parking the car inside for shelter, those people leave the car exposed to the weather's elements in order to keep a roof over boxes, equipment, and assorted odds and ends. If you are planning on selling that home, a cluttered over filled garage is a big turn off to a potential buyer. They will look at that home and remember what you had in the garage and forget everything about the home. 1. Remove everything from the garage. Get rid of trash. Call the salvage store to (4 comments)
Best Trees in Ohio to plant that will get the curb appeal - 08/03/10 11:25 PM
I was curious as to what the best trees are in the area that will punch out some curb appeal and this is what I learned from ehow. Credit goes to Irum Sarfaraz for a great article. The best type of trees to plant in Ohio are shade trees. The best trees for any region are the native trees, since they are most adaptable to the growing conditions and are low maintenance. Native trees also have greater resistance to diseases and pests. Juniper Juniper (Juniperus) is an evergreen shrub or tree with thin, shredded bark. The foliage is short, needle-shaped or scalelike, and rough to (2 comments)
Preparing Children for Job Relocation - 08/03/10 11:16 PM
Here is some advise I give parents for preparing their child for relocation Tell your children why you are moving. Have a family discussion concerning what you are sad about leaving and what you are looking forward to once you move. Ask children what they would like to know about the new area - don't make assumptions. Plan a party to say good-bye to friends; develop ways to stay in touch. Utilize a calendar to explain what will happen in what order during the moving process. Read your child stories about moving. Take a camera on your house hunting trip. (6 comments)
Brake ahead when driving - 08/01/10 04:28 PM
I have had more than one person rear end me in the last 20 years. While driving back to Ohio in West Virginia area I started thinking again about about safe braking while in those turning steep mointains. So I have found this great ehow tips info on safe braking. Pay attention when driving. One of the leading causes of fender benders is a driver being distracted. This situation takes the driver's attention away from the road and, even for a mere second, this can be disastrous for a moving vehicle. The faster the car is going, the longer distance it (0 comments)
Keeping pets safe in extreme heat - 08/01/10 03:58 PM
According to the American Humane Society, animals suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke just like humans. These conditions can lead to death very quickly. Keep an eye on your pet in the warm weather and watch for symptoms such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, temperature more than 104 degrees, stupor, or a deep red or purple tongue. You know your pet better than anyone and know if something is wrong. It's better to call the veterinarian and be safe than sorry. If you think your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion or (0 comments)
Places to fish in Ohio - 08/01/10 03:50 PM
Ohio fishing offers some of the best fishing to be had with a diverse range in the area. Small-mouth Bass, Walleye, Crappie, Panfish and Stripers are all plentiful while trout is harder to find. Reservoirs, large lakes, streams and ponds all offer sport fishing for keen anglers. Great Ohio fishing can be found at Buckeye Lake in the central region and provides 3,600 acres of prime fishing water and 32 miles of shoreline about 120 miles south of Cleveland and Cincinnati. Ohio fishing here can end up landing Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, Channel Catfish, Bullheads, Yellow Perch and more! Boat rental is (0 comments)
How to get better rest at night. Besides reading active rain posts... - 08/01/10 03:46 PM
Here is some sound advise to help you you get to sleep. No TV right before bed. Even better, get the TV out of the bedroom or even out of the house, completely. It is too stimulating to the brain and it will take longer to fall asleep. Also disruptive of pineal gland function for the same reason as above. Listen to white noise or relaxation CDs. Some people find the sound of white noise or nature sounds, such as the ocean or forest, to be soothing for sleep. Avoid before-bed snacks, particularly grains and sugars. This will raise blood sugar (4 comments)
Helping Children Understand and Prepare for Bad Weather - 08/01/10 03:37 PM
Many parents struggle perparing their kids for bad weather when it is about to hit. Here is some sound advise to follow: Thunderstorms - Lightening stormsThunderstorms can rumble through any part of the country at any time, sometimes without a lot of notice. The crackle of thunder can be especially frightening for young children. It's important to talk to children about what to expect when a thunderstorm rolls through their community. They should be secure in their home and stay away from windows. A neat way to see how far away a thunderstorm is can be done when you see the flash (0 comments)
Relocation - Packing for your move. - 08/01/10 03:31 PM
Here is some simple advise to help with your moving and packing Pack Heavy - Pack Light Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. Give out your Number Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence, give him a phone number where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to provide him with an alternate contact in case you can't be reached. Protect Your Memories If it's irreplaceable, take it with you in the car (you don't want regrets later). But if you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place (0 comments)
Job relocation: Preparing kids for travel - 08/01/10 03:12 PM
Preparing your Kids for the Trip You may be in a situation to look for a new home in a new location because of work. It's important to recognize that you'll be changing your child's routine, and while they may be excited about the trip, not knowing what to expect can be scary. With very young toddlers and babies, starting to talk about the trip the night before is fine. With older kids, start earlier, telling them about the destination, what you'll do there, and perhaps teaching them some of the local language (or learning it together). You can find books about (0 comments)
Home Repair Rip-Offs Being Avoided by Home Inspections - 08/01/10 02:52 PM
This is a great post by Brandon Clark. I am reposting it. The information Brandon you provide here is gold. Via Brandon Clark (Power Check Home Inspections): Home Repair Rip-Offs Being Avoided by Home Inspections Having a quality Home Inspection can often save you a bundle. Your home inspector is one of the few people hired to inform and educate you on the condition of your home WITHOUT any intentions of trying to sell you something. Just like when we take our cars in for a check up, we generally expect to hear what our car "really needs". A qualified tradesmen can nearly (0 comments)
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