Ken Hammonds has a five-acre outdoor showroom with about 25 small and large structures, any one of which could be moved to your property. Or, you can have one custom built to your specifications. Ken's business, K.C. Hammonds Building Solutions, offers both steel structures and Amish-built wooden buildings ranging from 6-by-6 sheds to full-size houses. The business, located at 8880 Norwalk Road in Litchfield, is open by appointment, but the great thing is that you can visit anytime and go through the structures on your own. And each building has the price clearly displayed. You can even pick up a copy of the catalog that Ken gives out. The catalog is created by JDM Structures, and it shows many of the beautiful and appealing buildings that this Amish company makes. Ken is offering some discounts this month. For more information, call him at 330.631.7690 or visit him on Facebook.
Renowned metal artist Don Drumm is the inspiration behind Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, which is operated by his wife Lisa. Don's pewter pieces, including Christmas ornaments, as well as his line of cast-aluminum leaves, which make beautiful wall hangings, are all for sale at the gallery. Also available for ogling and buying are glass pieces, ornaments and miniatures by the Drumms' daughter, Leandra, and a huge array of other gorgeous works by artists from all over North America. Don is consistently busy and always creative. One of his new endeavors is making pewter plaques for the tops of cremation boxes. And again this year, he made ornaments that are for sale at One of A Kind Pets. Sample his creative genius at his namesake gallery, 437 Crouse St. near the University of Akron. Call 330.253.6268 or visit the website for more information.
Cleveland fabric artist Liz Sabo of Liz Sabo Handmade creates small batches of distinctive and colorful purses and wallets out of canvas and other soft fabrics. She draws the patterns by hand and pairs colors in unusual ways. She also has a new line of home decor that includes pillows that will brighten up your rooms. Liz has a couple of shows coming up right after Thanksgiving in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and she has a robust website on which you can get information on her shows, place orders and find her contact information.
Kucko-Anthony Funeral home has been in business 100 years starting back on November 6, 1917. Things have changed since then. Dave Anthony, owner, said that when his grandfather was in embalming school in Cincinnati, his job was to feed and tend the horses that were used to pull the hearse. One of the recent changes in the funeral business is the increased number of cremations, which Anthony's provide at their own facility.
Dave also gave some advice regarding grieving during the holidays. If you are the one who has experienced a recent loss, even more than a year ago, Dave suggests changing things up during this year's holidays. Have your get-together in different surroundings, rearrange seating at the table, and don't stop the discussion of your late loved one. All if this helps with the grieving process. According to Dave,Thanksgiving actually can be harder than Christmas, and the anticipation of the holiday is actually worse than the holiday itself.
If you want to help others who are grieving, remember birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other significant days to the family of your late friend. You can say, "I know today is a difficult day for you. I am checking in and thinking of you."
Kucko-Anthony is located in three neighborhoods in Summit County. For more information, call 330-724-1281 or go to the website.
Liz Lenke and Heather Jalbert, co-chairs of the 36th Annual Holiday Tree Festival, talked about the event that they described as Akron Children's Hospital's gift to the community. This extraordinary gift, made possible by more than 1,400 volunteers and community members, kicks off with a gala on Friday, Nov. 17, and continues Nov. 18-26 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. in downtown Akron. In addition to 165 decorated trees -- the most ever in the history of the event -- the Holiday Tree Festival features wreaths and other holiday decorations, a gift shop for kids, plenty of opportunities to meet Santa and all kinds of festive ways to support Akron Children's Hospital. The festival is free. For hours, tickets to the gala and other information, visit the website.
Bruce Yacko, creator of J.A.W.S. (the Just Add Water Cleaning System), says that he reads all the testimonials his company receives and they warm his heart. Here are just a couple: The kitchen cleaner "cleans the microwave, stovetop, counters, barbecue grills -- just about anything you can think of. I will never buy anything else." Another happy customer says this about the J.A.W.S. shower product: "Finally a nontoxic bath cleaner. Works great on tub and shower walls. I also use it on the large shower head to remove buildup, and it looks new. It is nice to use a cleaner in a small space and not die from the fumes." Bruce is running an online promotion today and tomorrow during which you can buy all four products in the J.A.W.S. line for $19.99 and get free shipping by using this code: Andy. Also, J.A.W.S. products are available anytime at Discount Drug Mart locations and online.
Greg McNeil, founder of Cover2 Resources, started his foundation after the death of his son Sam, who used heroin for the last time on Oct. 23, 2015. Greg and his wife created the foundation to help educate and advocate for communities and families dealing with the opioid epidemic, which claimed the lives of 64,000 people in the U.S. in the last year alone. Greg has a series of 141 podcasts on this subject. The series is called Cover2PPT, for people, places and things making a difference in the opioid epidemic. For more information, visit his website.
Akron Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Michael, who runs the court's domestic violence docket, talked about the importance of stopping the cycle of domestic violence. Judge Michael notes that domestic violence runs across all lines. While some offenders may have mental health or addiction issues, for example, the one commonality is that they witnessed domestic violence as children. That's why she's passionate about helping people stop the abuse cycle now, to prevent future violence from occurring.For more information, visit her page on the court's website.
Michael Savene and Bob Jenkins, founders of the Akron Comicon, are looking forward to this year's edition of the popular event, which celebrates the comic book industry. It takes place next weekend, Nov. 4 and 5, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Doors open both days at 10 a.m., closing at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. This year is the 40th anniversary of Black Lightning, the first African-American D.C. superhero, created by Akron's own Tony Isabella. The entire Black Lightning creative team will be at next week's Comicon, along with more than 100 booths. Fans can bring their favorite comic books and even have them signed by the creators in attendance. Tickets to the family-friendly event cost $10 for one day and $15 for both. Kids 13 and under are free, and there's free parking in downtown Akron on the weekends. For more information, visit the website.
The Munroe Falls Paranormal Society helps countless families who think they're experiencing paranormal activity in their homes. Nearly 99 percent of the time, the investigators -- including Eric Haney, Scott Wells and Jessica Toth -- can find earthly and rational explanations for the goings-on. But the tiny percentage of incidents that can't be explained rationally are truly spooky. Eric and his team do the investigations for free. You can contact them by visiting their website. And you can tune in to their Mysterious Midwest series on YouTube or visit their Facebook page.
John Trunk, superintendent, Summit DD, talked about the importance of Issue 3 to the more than 4,700 adults and children served by his organization. This is not a new tax but a renewal that will continue great programs that fund athletes who compete in the Special Olympics; assist teens as they transition to adulthood; and help individuals of all ages with day-to-day living. For more information, visit the website.
Ken Hammonds, owner of KC Hammonds Building Solutions, has the solution if you're looking for a wooden or steel structure for your property. Ken has five acres of buildings that can be finished to your preferences, from a 6-by-6 shed to a grand guesthouse and everything in between. KC Hammonds Building Solutions is located at 8880 Norwalk Rd. in Litchfield, Ohio. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and anytime by appointment. For more information, call 330.631.7690 or visit the Facebook page.
Kally Vernon, co-owner of West Point Market, said that the store's open house next week is going to be a great big thank-you to all the customers who have waited patiently as she and her husband Rick rebuilt and recreated the well-loved West Point experience. Come hungry, she says, because there will lots of samples of food and wine on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 33 Shiawassee Ave. in Fairlawn. The store will be decked out for Halloween, and Kally promises she'll be in costume, too. West Point Market is open seven days a week. For more information, call 330.864.2151 or visit online.
Dermatologist Gary Lichten, MD, is the developer of the CompariSkin app, which is probably the best $1.99 investment that you can make for your health. The app allows you to take a picture of any moles on your body and then compare the pictures over time. The photos present objective evidence of whether a mole is changing. The app is available for iPhones and iPads. Dr. Lichten practices in Akron. He can be reached at Allied Dermatology, 866.337.6631. More information about the app, go online.