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Our guest today were:

Ron Krueger, owner of A Plus Wildlife Control, who's an expert in ridding your home of unwanted visitors like bats and raccoons. He and his team also clean up the mess they make. Visit his website for more information.

Nate Eppink, Chief of Community Engagement for the Summit Metro Parks, talked about some of the great events and activities happening this spring at the parks, including the celebration of World Turtle Day on May 21 and Spree For All, the annual spring hiking series on flat, easy trails. For more informatino, visit the Summit Metro Parks website.

Lisa Ennis, Executive Director of the Kohl Family YMCA, who talked about renovating her nearly 100-year-old home, once owned by Anne T. Case, the first woman president of the Akron School Board. Lisa and her husband are only the third owners of the home.

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The Well Doctor was in today. That would be Bruce Miller, who can diagnose the problems that you are having with your well. He says that lightning season has begun: he's already made two house calls in the past week concerning issues stemming from lightning strikes. Bruce also has a topsoil delivery business called Joe Dirt. To reach Bruce about a sick well, call 330.815.2471. To reach Joe Dirt, call 330.707.5312.

Among many great topics, Jacob Grimm, the owner of Brothers Grimm Landscape & Design, talked about the design trends for outdoor living spaces. He says that backyard pavilions are increasingly popular as extensions of the home. And Jacob helps homeowners make the right choices to create a livable space that fits their budget and lifestyle. Visit the Brothers Grimm Facebook page or the company's website for more information. Or call 330.882.4639.

Deb Yandala, Chief Executive Officer of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, says that 20 percent of the visitors to the park come from out of state. That's one reason that the park is going to build a new visitors center. The Conservancy raises funds and otherwise supports the beautiful 33,000-acre park between Akron and Cleveland. It's a real treasure for our area. You can become a member of the Conservancy by donating $45 a year. Doing so will help ensure that the park will be here for everyone to enjoy for decades to come. For more information, visit the Conservancy's website.

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Happy Earth Day! Bruce Yacko, the creator of JAWS (Just Add Water System), talked about the ways that his cleaning products help the environment. The glass, floor, kitchen and shower cleaners are nontoxic and packaged in cartridges that are inserted into heavy-duty, reusable plastic spray bottles. The bottles are designed to be used 26 times, reducing the impact on landfills and recycling centers. Also, a million cartridges can be shipped in a single truck, so there's less wear and tear on roads and the overall environment in that respect as well. JAWS products are sold at Discount Drug Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond and online.

Russ and Connie Snyder of Woodstone Group LLC are the people to call if you're wanting a secret space built into your home. Connie is the owner and designer of Woodstone; Russ is the one who builds the cool secret spaces. Together, they've created everything from entire rooms hidden from sight to compartments in kitchen cabinets that are used for hiding valuables. They also specialize in kitchen/bath design and home theaters, among other areas of the home. To reach them, visit them online or call 234.571.1108.

Eric Haney, Gwen Newell, Scott Wells and Tony King visited from The Munroe Falls Paranormal Society. They're all volunteers who travel far and wide helping individuals who are afraid of strange events going on in their homes. Most of the time, there are mundane explanations for the events. About 5 to 10 percent of the time, however, there's really something otherworldly going on. Check out their YouTube channel to get a sense of what they do or visit their website.


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Chris Stranahan, the owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, talked about The Joy of Bird Feeding, a new book by Jim Carpenter, the founder of Wild Birds Unlimited. Chris says that it's the most comprehensive book of its kind in the industry, giving readers a step-by-step guide to attracting and feeding backyard birds. Speaking of that popular activity, it's hummingbird season, and now's the time to put out a hummingbird feeder. Make sure you use 4 parts water to 1 part sugar, and skip the food coloring. It's better to attract hummingbirds by tying a colorful ribbon or artificial flower on the feeder. To hummingbirds, bright colors mean sweetness and will draw them to your feeder. For more information, visit Chris' website.

 Nancy Sheeler is the owner of the Transitional Design enterprise, which includes moving and downsizing services, a resale shop and an online auction. Nancy and her team help clients clear out items that they no longer need and sell them either at the store or online. Nancy is offering a one-time 15 percent discount for winning online bidders who mention "My Beautiful Home." The auction site has everything from fine china to collectibles and cars, and many of the items can be seen in person in the showroom that's adjacent to the resale shop. Nancy's business occupies a 15,000-square-foot industrial park space at 601 Towpath Trail in Broadview Heights; her number is 440.627.6390. For more information, visit the Transitional Design site. To bid, go directly to the auction site.

 Antha Poleondakis is co-chair of the Who is Your SHEro? campaign, which is the annual fundraiser for the Women's Endowment Fund. Since its founding in 1993, the Fund has given more than $1 million to organizations in our community that benefit women and children. Recipients have ranged from nonprofits that deal with serious societal concerns like rape and domestic violence to fun but also important endeavors like sending girls to camp or teaching them computer coding. You don't have to spend a lot to support these causes; as little as $25 will make a positive difference. To find out how to participate, visit the Who is Your SHEro? site. That's like hero, but for females. You'll be honoring a woman who's a hero in your life.


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New York Times best-selling author Patricia Falvey‘s third book just came out in the United States. The Girls of Ennismore depicts the intertwining lives of a family of Anglo-Irish gentry and their servants. It’s an Irish version of Downton Abbey, except that Patricia’s servants are more unruly than those in the popular TV show. Patricia also is the author of The Yellow House and The Linen Queen, other works of historical fiction. For more information about her books, visit Patricia’s website.

Joyce Pelz, the owner of the local franchise of NaturaLawn of America, says that while many of us in Northeast Ohio enjoyed the higher than normal temperatures of this past winter, the warm weather wreaked havoc on our grass. The ground, she says, is super saturated, but Joyce has the expertise and tools to help your lawn. To reach Joyce, call her office at  330.920.9182 or visit her website.

Peter Martin of Tower Industries talked about a few of the company’s many products, including solid-surface, worry-free showers that are durable and can be customized. He also talked about Dekton, a  new product that looks like stone and is specifically for outdoor use. It’s heat-resistant and UV stable. You can learn more online or visit the company showroom in Massillon.  Also, while you’re on the website, click on the link to the Dean & Deluca page. Tower Industries is the only manufacturer of the gourmet food purveyor’s new chef-prepared fast food display, which is both striking and beautiful.

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