Casey Rector of Trash Daddy Junk Removal says that his company had a 60 percent recycle rate last year and is shooting for a higher one in 2014. That means that Trash Daddy keeps as much as possible out of the landfills. Even your old TVs will find new lives when you have Trash Daddy recycle them. For more information: 330.571.2879 or Trash Daddy
Heather Jalbert, co-chair of the WITAN Rummage Sale, says that it is not too late to donate to this year's sale. Items can be dropped off on Tuesday, July 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Guardian Self-Storage, 730 W. Portage Trail Extension, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 24 and 25, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market in Akron. For bigger items that need to be picked up, call 330.607.5789 to donate them. The WITAN Rummage Sale will take place Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. WITAN stands for Women In Touch with Akron's Needs, and proceeds from all WITAN events go right back into the community via nonprofit organizations that provide needed services. For more information: WITAN AKRON
Eileen McHale is the co-inventor with her husband, Brian Machovina, of Yonanas, a kitchen appliance that transforms frozen fruit into a soft-serve dessert that has the smoothness and consistency of ice cream but without the added sugar or fat. The healthy dessert maker is now sold all over the world from the Yonanas headquarters in Solon, Ohio. Simply freeze overripe bananas or other fruit for at least 48 hours.Then run the fruit through the Yonanas appliance, and in minutes you'll have a tasty, refreshing and healthy treat. This handy kitchen appliance is available in stores, on amazon.com or on the Yonanas website. For more information: 855.966.2627 or Yonanas
It's grilling season, so you may want to pick up a copy of Chef Steve Petusevsky's new book, Sizzle & Smoke: The Ultimate Guide to Grilling for Diabetes, Prediabetes and Heart Health. Chef Steve, a nationally known chef consultant and author of The Whole Foods Market Cookbook and The American Diabetes Association Vegetarian Cookbook, says that his latest cookbook is the first grilling book designed specifically for people with diabetes and prediabetes. It's available through the American Diabetes Association and Amazon, as well as other book sellers.
People who appreciate fine food and who like to support great causes should know about Veggie U, a national nonprofit based in Milan, Ohio. Its mission is to teach kids about healthful eating, and it fulfills that mission by providing third-grade teachers with classroom garden kits. The schoolchildren who participate, along with their teachers and their families, learn how to grow vegetables and to appreciate how tasty they can be. Nadia Clifford, Veggie U's Executive Director, says that Veggie U has taught 5,000 children in 36 states. It's been in the Akron schools for five years, and is now in all the third-grade classrooms in the Akron system. One fun and tasty way to support this important program is to attend Veggie U's "Tastes of the World" fundraiser on July 19 in downtown Cleveland. For more information: 419.499.7500 or Veggie U
Jodie DeLamatre, Reference and Archives librarian for the Hudson Library & Historical Society, talked about the fourth annual Ohio Author Day, which takes place July 19. There will be a panel discussion from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with children's book illustrators Lindsay Ward and Barry Gott. Then from 1 to 4 p.m., you can meet and greet Ohio authors. For more information: Ohio Author Day
Leianne Neff Hepner, president and CEO of the Summit County Historical Society, invited listeners to attend the society's 90th Anniversary Celebration on July 12 from noon to 4 p.m. The day will include free tours of Perkins Stone Mansion and the John Brown House, free antique appraisals and much more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information: Summit County Historical Society
Joanna Wilson, co-author of A is for Akron: An A to Z list of Akron's Places & Things that Make Us Smile, will be signing books during part of the Summit County Historical Society's big celebration next weekend. For more on the book, visit Facebook: A is for Akron
Zach Goebelt, owner of Complete Outdoor Installations, specializes in creating and restoring dry stone walls. These beautiful installations are durable and useful works of art, and the cost is comparable to manufactured walls. Zach does work for homeowners, businesses and nonprofits. He will be overseeing the restoration of Stan Hywett's wall next spring. To reach Zach: Complete Outdoor Installations
Mary Beth Breckenridge, home and garden writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, talked about the importance of pollinators, specifically hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. For more, you can read her blog on Ohio.com or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Jeffrey Paul is the co-founder of Wigs for Kids, a national nonprofit that provides customized human-hair replacement at no charge for children with hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiation, alopecia, burns, accidents or other medical circumstances. One way to support this Northeast Ohio-based organization is to attend the 9th annual Wigs for Kids Day at the Cleveland Zoo, which takes place July 26 and will feature a 5K run, a "fun walk" and a hair cut-a-thon. You also can build a team online and raise money for the cause. For more information: 440.333.4433 or Wigs for Kids
Carol Mulhern has been a representative for Longaberger for 20 years. Longaberger is known for its line of high-quality baskets, but it also has cookware that's incredibly versatile. Called Flameware, the pots and skillets can be used on the stovetop, in the oven and even in the microwave and on the outdoor grill. Then you can clean it in the dishwasher. Flameware is made of clay and is free of aluminum, lead and other heavy metals. For more information, visit Carol's website.
Veggie U is a national nonprofit based in Milan, Ohio. Its mission is to teach kids about growing food and eating healthfully, and it fulfills that mission by providing third-grade teachers with classroom garden kits. The schoolchildren who participate, their teachers and their families all learn to appreciate how good vegetables can be. Nadia Clifford, Veggie U's Executive Director, and Lynne Eirons, Education Manager, say that Veggie U has taught 5,000 children in 36 states. It's been in the Akron schools for six years, and is now in all the third-grade classrooms in the Akron system. One fun and tasty way to support this program is to attend the "Tastes of the World" fundraiser July 19 in downtown Cleveland. For more information: Veggie U or the fundraiser.