Chris Stranahan of Wild Birds Unlimited points out that February not only is National Birdfeeding Month, it's also when the Great Backyard Bird Count happens. That would be next weekend, Feb. 14-17, when birdwatchers in more than 100 countries count the birds in their backyards. For more information: 330.922.4990 or Wild Birds Unlimited
Brian Echols of Echols Heating & Air Conditioning says that his family's business is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, meaning that the Echols experts go through rigorous training before they install and maintain Carrier's innovative line of heating and cooling equipment. Echols, along with other companies, will be well-represented at the Carrier booth at the Great Big Home + Garden Show Feb. 8-16 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Echols will have its own booth later in the month, at the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. For more information about Echols: 330.773.3500 or Echols Heating & Air-Conditioning
Ric SirLouis is the owner of Home Sweet Home Remodeling and the chairman of the HBA Professional Remodelers Council (PRC). You can talk to him and other HBA members at the PRC booth at the Akron Home & Flower Show Feb. 28-March 2. To contact Ric: 330.696.1697 or Home Sweet Home Remodeling
Rosanna Hrabnicky, show manager of the fifth annual Great Big Home + Garden Show at the IX center in Cleveland, says that there will be more than 600 exhibits this year along with a Garden Showcase, the model Idea and Vacation Homes and many other highlights. The show runs from Saturday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 16. For more information and discount tickets: The Great Big Home+Garden Show
Rick Thoerig, manager of Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, gave listeners some tips on how to protect your home and family during the bitter winter weather. For example, Rick suggests opening the cabinet doors under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow heat in so that your pipes don't freeze. And definitely be careful if you use space heaters -- keep flammable materials away from them and always turn them off when you leave the room. Regarding ReStore, Rick says that if you are looking for a great deal on furniture, appliances or building materials, visit Habitat's store at 2301 Romig Rd., Akron. ReStore is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, including how to make donations: 330.745.9098 or Habitat Summit County ReStore
Bob Doherty of Wolff Bros. Supply says that the 20th annual HBA Akron Home & Flower show, which runs Feb. 28 through March 2 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, has an entire area dedicated to environmentally friendly home products and services. The always popular exhibit area is sponsored by Wolff Bros. For more information about the show or discount tickets: Akron Home & Flower Show
Kathleen Crowther of the Heritage Home Program℠ says that the nonprofit organization offers low fixed-interest financing in addition to impartial technical advice. Kathleen and the rest of the staff "believe in old homes" -- houses that are 50 years and older -- and will send a specialist to your home to tell you how to retain the architectural features and increase functionality and value. The Heritage Home Program℠ is based in Cuyahoga County; participating communities in Summit County are Akron, Green and Hudson. For more information: 1.855.897.1949 or Heritage Home Program
Toby Franks is the manager of One of A Kind Pet Rescue Spay and Neuter Clinic. That's his day job. On nights and weekends, he is the trapper extraordinaire and vice president of Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends. Toby has trapped more than 600 feral cats. He says that the only effective and humane way to manage a feral cat population is the TNR ( trap, neuter and release) method. To learn more about feral cats, plan to attend the One of A Kind Pet Rescue Feral Cat Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the One of A Kind Adoption Center, 1929 W. Market St., Akron, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome. For more information: 330.865.6200 or One of A Kind Pet Rescue
Carmine Torio, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Akron, says that the theme of the 20th Annual HBA Akron Home & Flower Show on Feb. 28, March 1 and 2, is "20 Years of Inspiration." With hundreds of home improvement exhibits, flowers and gardens, sustainable eco-friendly products, stage presentations and arts and crafts vendors, there is something for every member of the family. There are discount ticket coupons available. For more information about attending the show or to reserve a booth: 330.869.6800 or Akron Home & Flower Show
It's definitely home improvement season. Visit the NARI Home Improvement Show today until 9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the IX Center in Cleveland. You'll get lots of ideas for redoing your home. For more information: NARI Home Improvement Show
Tim Jolly, owner of Tim Jolly Insurance Agency, says that the beginning of the year is a good time to review your home insurance policy. If you haven't updated your coverage in a while, you may not have enough replacement value. Tim has been in the insurance business since 1970 and can offer you the benefit of his experience. Tim Jolly Insurance is located at 66 S. Miller Rd., Suite 203, in Fairlawn. For more information: 332.869.777 or Tim Jolly Insurance.
Bob Doherty, general manager of Wolff Bros. Supply, the wholesale distributors of plumbing, electrical, cabinetry and solar energy supplies, says that Wolff Bros. also has a showroom that's open to consumers. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you deserve the best professional-grade products. While you're at the showroom, check out the new LED Home Smart Lighting System from Technical Consumer Products in Solon. It allows you to control your lighting from anywhere through an app on your Smart Phone, whether Apple or android. LED lights have a typical life span of 22-plus years. Amazing. Wolff Bros.Supply is located at 1200 Kelly Ave. in Akron. For more information: 330.773.0200 or visit Wolff Bros. Supply.
Sarah Binder, president-elect of NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Northeast Ohio Chapter, says that the 33rd annual NARI Home Improvement Show will give homeowners scores of ideas for remodeling their beautiful homes. The show runs Thursday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 26, at the IX Center. For more information: 2014 NARI Home Improvement Show.
Finally, if you're planning to be in Columbus Jan. 25 or 26, visit the Ohio Designer Craftsmen's Art Studio Clearance Sale at the Lausche Building in the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH. You'll save up to 70 percent off fine craft items for your home. For more information: art_studio_sale