Jim Harold, paranormal podcaster, has just published his third book, True Ghost Stories: Jim Harold's Campfire 3. It's available at the Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson and on Amazon. By the way, Campfire 2 reached No. 1 Best Seller status on Amazon's Kindle store in both the Supernatural and Unexplained Mysteries categories in fall 2013. We expect the new book to do the same. For more information, visit his website.
Summit County Sheriff Steve Berry wants everyone to be safe this holiday season. Go Christmas shopping with trusted friends or family because there's safety in numbers, he says. And don't follow predictable patterns. For instance, if you turn on your Christmas lights only when you're home, some nefarious person will know when you're not there. Also, he asks Summit County residents to consider supporting Issue 12, which will allow the Sheriff's Office to rehire deputies back to 2009 levels when there were layoffs and to make improvements to the 911 system. He notes that 92 percent of the funds from Issue 12 will go to his office. For more information, visit the issue 12 Facebook page.
Paul Swan, owner of Swan Plumbing, has been a plumber full time for more than 46 years. Before then, he helped his dad in what is now a fourth-generation business. For much of his career, he has worked to raise the image of plumbers by wearing a tie, dress shirt, jacket and dress pants on the job. This shows a high level of respect for the homeowners he serves. He cautions homeowners to always know the location of their main water shut-off valve. It doesn't take much time for water from a burst pipe or hose to cause extensive -- and expensive -- damage to a home. And this fall, make sure you remove the hose from your outside faucet even if it's the new freeze-proof style because there still will be water that could freeze, and the damage wouldn't be apparent until you use the faucet in the spring. Call Paul, who's based in Richfield, at 330.659.6233, or visit his website.
Tim Jolly, owner of Tim Jolly Insurance, warns consumers about using online services that connect private car owners with people needing rides.Both driver and passenger likely won't be covered if an accident occurs. Also, when you rent a car, know that insurance probably doesn't cover restaurant or hotel valet drivers. You could be on the hook for a lot of money if something happens to the rental car. To reach Tim, call 330.869.7777 or visit his website.
Mary Beth Breckenridge, home and garden writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, is writing about brilliant gifts in her column in next Saturday's paper. She wants reader feedback on thoughtful gifts that they've either given or received. Mary Beth gives readers a lot great tips in print and on Twitter, Facebook and her lifestyle blog on Ohio.com.
Crickett Karson of the Ohio Design Centre, 23533 Mercantile Rd., Beachwood, is looking forward to this year's Entertaining by Design fundraiser for North Union Farmers Market. More than 30 interior designers are creating spectacularly themed tabletop and and entertaining vignettes that will give you plenty of ideas for your own holiday entertaining. A patron party and gala, at $100 per person, kicks off the festivities on Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person on Friday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To purchase tickets, call North Union Farmers Market at 216.751.7656 or you can buy them at the door. For more information about the Ohio Design Centre, visit its website.
Jack Carroll of South Akron Awning says that homeowners are more interested than ever in using their patios and other outdoor spaces year-round. South Akron Awning helps them achieve that goal by installing custom, weather-proof curtains that roll up and down and provide protection from the elements while looking good. The 101-year-old company also creates, installs and maintains custom awnings for homes and businesses. For more information: 330.848.7611 or South Akron Awning
Rick Thoerig, manager of Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, says that the 45,000-square-foot store has a variety of well-priced appliances, furniture, building supplies and other goods for your home. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, a nonprofit that builds and rehabs homes in the area. Rick welcomes donations and will pick them up anywhere in Summit County. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information: 330.745.9098 or Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Ron Lardie and Sarah Binder are the co-owners of Ohio Stone Restoration, which repairs and maintains all types of stone surfaces in your home, making them look new again. Ron, who has 30 years in the business, is the go-to "stone guru" for homeowners and business throughout Northeast Ohio. He even was called to Pittsburgh recently because no one else could fix the problem. To reach Ron and Sarah, call 216.644.4176 or visit their new website.
Dave Halaby of Heather's Heat & Flavor invites listeners to the store's Bacon Party on Nov. 7. The event, in honor of National Bacon Month, will include food and specialty martinis made with -- what else? -- bacon. The party runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the store, 94 First St. in Hudson's First & Main shopping district. It's free to attend, but call 330.653.5131 to reserve a space. For more information, visit Heather's on Facebook. While you're waiting in anticipation of Bacon Month, you can give Bloomin' Bacon Bread a try. It's made with seasonings available at Heather's.
Start with round bread -- sourdough or multigrain
6 T butter
1 T Adobo seasoning (made fresh at Heather's)
1 T chopped greeen onion
3 T cheddar cheese
4 strips bacon
Wrap in foil and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Unwrap the foil and bake another 5 minutes.
Serve with aioli dip (1/4 cup Earth & Vine lemon-dill mustard mixed with 2 T mayonnaise)
The Ohio Design Centre also has a fun event coming up this November. "Entertaining by Design: A Tablescapes Event" is a three-day extravaganza of more than 30 spectacularly themed tabletop and entertaining vignettes presented by talented interior designers in Northeast Ohio. The festivities kick off with a sneak-peek patron party and gala on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by public days Friday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taking place in the Ohio Design Centre's showrooms, 23533 Mercantile Rd., Beachwood, the three-day event is a fundraiser for the North Union Farmers Market. Tickets to the Public Days are $10 apiece and will be sold at the door. Gala tickets are $100 each and must be reserved in advance. The Ohio Design Centre is the largest resource for interior design products -- furniture, wallpaper, rugs, accessories, etc. -- between New York and Chicago. For more information, visit the website or call 216.831.1245.