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Deborah O’Brien, a sales representative for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, brought two lovely rose wines to the show today. One is brand-new to the Akron market. Now available at West Point Market, this is a South African wine by Rustenberg made from Petit Verdot grapes and costs approximately $13. The other, which is available at Papa Joe’s in the Merriman Valley, is a sparkling rose from Cote Mas in France. It’s a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir and costs approximately $16. Both wines are dry and delicious, and prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to discover great new tastes. Deb does a lot of wine tastings. You can find out about them by getting on the email lists of your favorite stores and restaurants including West Point Market and the Mustard Seed in Akron, and Viva Bene and Solaire Wine Bar in Hudson.

Don Corbett, the founder of ServiceMaster by Corbett, told a fun story about meeting a winemaker who was from Italy. The winemaker noted how attitudes toward wine have changed in the United States. The Italian said he used to be called a wino but is now considered a connoisseur. On a business note, Don said that ServiceMaster has been summoned by numerous homeowners to remove wine stains out of carpets. In addition to routine carpet and furniture cleaning, ServiceMaster cleans up after floods and fires. With the coming of spring, flooding becomes a concern. Don recommends that homeowners add a rider to their insurance policies that protects them if a sewer backs up into their basement. Standard insurance policies don’t generally cover such an occurrence. To stop other water problems before they get out of hand, know where your main water shut-off valve is located, Don says. You can get a free yellow tag for the valve by calling ServiceMaster at 330.864.7300. Ask for Carol. If you tell her you heard about ServiceMaster on “My Beautiful Home,” you’ll get 15 percent off your next carpet or furniture cleaning.

Helen Dauka, Communications and Volunteer Project Manager for Keep Akron Beautiful, and Leah Heiser, the organization’s Flowerscape Director, talked about some of the terrific programs that improve the quality of life for Akron residents by beautifying the city. Thirty-two Flowerscape sites throughout Akron brighten residents’ days during late spring and all summer long. Also, the 64 sites in the Adopt-a-Site program improves area neighborhoods, because Keep Akron Beautiful helps neighbors and other volunteers clean up and beautify what otherwise would be unkempt and littered lots. Also, Helen and Leah are looking forward to the next Dreamscape raffle, a fundraiser that’s held every year. The raffle winner receives a front- or back-yard makeover. More about Dreamscape when tickets go on sale later this year. For more information, visit the Keep Akron Beautiful website.

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