Mary Beth Breckenridge, Home Writer for the Akron Beacon Journal is also a Master Gardner. Mary Beth says that tickets are available for the Master Gardeners of Summit County annual Tour of Gardens. The Tour takes place on Saturday, June 25. There are 6 gardens on the tour. If you are a patron there is a "secret" seventh garden. Tickets are available at the website or at local garden centers. For information about becoming a master gardener, visit the website.
Christian Zimmerman an ordained pastor and retired TWA pilot recounted his days as a hijacked airline hostage for nearly a month in Lebanon in 1985. After an number of trips back and forth across the Mediterranean, from Lebenon to Algeria, the passengers and pilots were help another 16 day before being released. On his return to the United States, Christian was able to meet with then president Ronald Reagan. He received a hero's welcome when he returned to his home town of 1000 residents, with the governor of Idaho and all the major news outlets in attendance. There some copies of his book still available on Amazon
Renee Zumpano, president of Bath Volunteers for Service and her husband, Fred Zumpano owner of Fred Zumpano Design and Construction invited everyone to attend the Bath Home Tour. The home tour is the biggest fund raiser for the Bath Volunteers. There are 6 interesting homes and a bonus 17 acre garden. General admission tickets are $25, admission and lunch tickets are $35. The 39th annual tour begins at 9:30, May 19 at Bath United Church of Christ, 3080 West Bath Road. Reservations are a must. For more information, or to buy your tickets on line, visit the website
Bob Dohrety regional sales manager for Wolff Bros said that not all of the new LED light bulb have the same lifetime. Many of the inexpensive and on sale bulbs are rated at half the life of the more expensive bulb. The original style LED bulbs are rated at 25,000 hours. The new inexpensive LED bulb are rated at 11,000 hours. If you are buying a bulb for an installation that is difficult and expensive, you will want one that lasts a long, long time. Be sure to check the lifetime estimate on the package. Wolff Bros has become a Cambria counter top prefered distributor. Wolff Bros. is a distributor of kitchen, bathroom, plumbing, HVAC and electrical supplies. You can visit Wolff Bros showroom at anytime but to talk to an interior designer it is best to call 330.773.1072 for an appointment or visit the website.
Chuck Buechle of Mouldings One says his company can reproduce just about any moulding needed in a home renovation project. The company also makes new mouldings, doors, butcher block counter tops and even cutting boards out of many different species of wood. The company also has a showroom in Burton. For more information, call 440.834.3420 or visit the website.
Ellen Otto and Farmer Dennis McEndree invited listeners to visit Crown Point Ecology Center during the annual plant sale. These locally raised plants are certified 100% organic. The sale is from May 13 throught May 27. Crown Point also has a Summer Farm & Science Camp for kids. Crown Point is located at 3220 Ira Road in Bath. For more information call 330.668.8992 or visit the website
Bryan Echols of Echols Heating & Air Conditioning says this is a great time to upgrade to a more efficient heating or cooling system because tax credits and manufacturers' rebates will save you money. Echols specializes in educating customers along with providing great service. For more information, call 330-773-3500 or visit the website.
Meralie Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costumes and Magic Emporium, came dressed for celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but that's not the only holiday to celebrate this week. Today is the halfway mark to Halloween, Monday is International Harry Potter Day and next Saturday is the Kentucky Derby. Think hats! Mr. Fun's, which has a wide selection of costumes and accessories for all occasions, is located at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, call 330.923.3339 or visit the website.
Julian Severyn, a painter and the owner of Julian Severyn Studio Gallery in Bath, talked about garden art and all the colorful additions that you can add to make your yard sparkle this season. Julian found great items at the following retailers: Petitti Garden Centers, Furniture Nook of North Royalton and Dimitroff's Furniture & Design of Bath. Julian's gallery, which is open to the public by appointment, is on the second floor of the Garth Andrews Building at the corner of North Cleveland-Massillon and Ira Roads. To reach him, call 330.663.0365 or 440.838.1754.
Demetri Sintsirmas has developed quite an expertise in wine, and he graciously shares his knowledge at The Wine Bar at Solaire, his family's restaurant in Hudson. He also shared three wines on the show: a Greek white and two reds, all delicious. Located in First & Main above the Solaire salon and spa, the wine bar is open for dinner and tastings. You also can rent out the charming space for a private party. To make reservations or for more information, call 330.236.4872 or visit facebook. The Wine Bar at Solaire also has a new website.
Linda Zolten Wood, director of the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project, is a muralist who paints rain barrels and teaches others how to beautify these good-for-the-Earth water collectors. You can attend one of Linda's workshops to learn not only how to paint rain barrels but also how they help the environment and your pocketbook. Plus, they're beautiful additions to your yard. Visit her website and Facebook page for more information.
Andy and Heather Hopp are the creators of Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird, which is a free event happening at the John S. Knight Center next weekend. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oddmall is a celebration of the Hopps' many interests: arts, crafts, comics, games, toys and entertainment. Clearly, a lot of people share their interests because each Oddmall Emporium typically attracts 10,000 to 12,000 people, ranging in age from little children to 95-plus-year-olds. Many attendees wear costumes, but you don't have to dress up as anyone but yourself to have a good time. For more information, visit the Oddmall website or Facebook.
Speaking of oddities, Joyce Pelz observes that the odd weather this year has made dandelion season arrive a month earlier than usual. Joyce's company, the local franchise of NaturaLawn of America, can rid your lawn of dandelions while making it stronger and healthier -- all without harmful chemicals. Believe it or not, grass can become chemically dependent, so don't let your lawn become a junkie. For more information, call Joyce at 330.920.9182, visit her website or check out her Facebook page.
Jack Carroll works for South Akron Awning, which has been in business for 103 years. The company sells and services awnings for homes and commercial establishments, and it also rents tents for events. For more information, call 330.848.7611 or visit the website. South Akron Awning's sister company, Celebrations Unlimited, rents tables, chairs, dance floors and any other party supplies you may need. Call 330.745.1117 or visit the website.