Berenice Kleiman is the co-author with her husband Herb of two books, One Stroke, Two Survivors and Lessons Learned: Stroke Recovery from a Caregiver's Perspective. Both offer excellent advice based on the Kleimans' experience and hard-won knowledge gained after Herb had a massive stroke. The books are now available as free downloads from the Kleimans' new website.
Don Brown, owner of D.F. Brown Construction, advises homeowners to consider planning for the future when they're embarking on a remodeling project. That means including accessibility in your plans so that it's possible to stay in your house as you get older or in the case of an injury or debilitating health problem. Don is a certified accessilbility professional who does a range of projects, both large and small. You can reach him by calling 330.815.3688.
Dave Halaby of Heather's Heat & Flavor says that the store has a range of tasty sauces, rubs and other products that will spice up your cookouts over the Memorial Day weekend. Also, Heather's is a great place for Father's Day gifts or presents for anyone who appreciates good food that's bursting with flavor, from mild to extremely hot. Heather's is located at 94 First St. in Hudson's First & Main shopping district. Call 330.653.5131 or visit Facebook.
The Bath Business Association is sponsoring the annual Bath Community Garage Sale on Saturday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bath Township residents who want to participate must pay $10 and register by May 29. For more information, visit the website or call 330.666.3347.
The Metro Parks Ensemble kicks off the park system's "Random Acts of Music" concert series this Tuesday, May 19, weather permitting, from 7 to 8 p.m. on the Onondaga Deck at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. For more about the free performances, call 330.865.8065 or visit the website.
Chuck Buechele of Mouldings One says that the company, which was founded in 1958 and is still family owned, has its own sawmill and can make mouldings, interior doors, railings and spindles out of many types of hardwood and in numerous styles. Mouldings, for example, can really dress up a room in your home. For ideas from the Mouldings One experts, visit the showroom, which is located in Burton, Ohio. For hours and other information, go to the website or call 877.708.4095.
Mary Jo Alexander is the artistic co-director of Actors' Summit, a professional equity theater based in Akron's Greystone Hall. Mary Jo is directing the company's next production, Always....Patsy Cline, a two-woman musical tribute based on a true story from the life of the famous country-pop singer, whose hits include "Crazy" and "Walkin' After Midnight." The show opens May 28 and continues through June 21. To buy tickets, visit the Actors' Summit website or call the box office at 330.374.7568.
Nadine Clar, president of Bath Volunteers for Service, and Don Corbett, founder of ServiceMaster by Corbett, say that the Bath Home Tour on May 21 will feature five unique homes and a garden. ServiceMaster by Corbett is a sponsor of the annual home tour, which also features a fashion show and raffle. Presale tickets, which are $35 and include lunch, must be purchased by Friday, May 15. To order tickets, visit the tour website. Tickets also will be available the day of the tour at the Bath United Church of Christ on Bath Road. Those tickets are $25 and do not include lunch. All proceeds go to scholarships and otherwise benefit the community. For more information about the organization, visit the Bath Volunteers for Service website. For information about ServiceMaster, visit its website.
Tom Lix, founder and chairman of Cleveland Whiskey, had quite a heady experience last month when President Obama visited the distillery, which is located in a business incubator complex in downtown Cleveland. The president was scheduled to make a quick stop but ended up staying to chat for a half hour or so. That was quite a high for Tom, who gave the president bourbon to take back to Washington with him. This month, there's more excitement as Cleveland Whiskey unveils its new line, Cleveland Underground, which is bourbon finished with black cherry wood. This unique beverage is being unveiled today from noon to 4 p.m. at the distillery in the MAGNET Building, 1768 E. 25th Street. The new bourbon hasn't reached stores yet, but it's available for purchase at the distillery. For more information: 216.881.8481, ext. 3484 or clevelandwhiskey
With warmer temperatures looming, Brian Echols of Echols Heating & Air Conditioning advises homeowners to make sure their air conditioning units are free from debris and not touching plants or trees. And schedule your annual maintenance to ensure that everything runs properly. You can sign up for email reminders to schedule maintenance, change your furnace filter and even uncover the air conditioning unit before you use it. For more information: 330.773.3500 or Echols Heating & Air Conditioning
Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, says it's time to put out your hummingbird feeders. Orioles also are winging their way toward us from South America, and they'resugar junkies, too. To find out the proper sugar-to-water ratio and how to keep the solution from fermenting, stop by or call Chris and the other birding experts at Wild Birds, 597 Howe Ave. (330.922.4990). You can get on Chris' email list by signing up on his website. In addition to the e-newsletter, you'll receive a birthday email every year offering a free 5-pound bag of seed.
Andrea Joliet, director of corporate communications for Akron Children's Hospital, says that the 25 wildflower sculptures dotting the Akron area are a fitting way to celebrate the hospital's 125th anniversary this year. That's because art always has been an important part of the hospital's design. Visit the special anniversary website to find the locations of the colorful metal sculptures.
Bobbi Ennett Allen, author of Recipes of Youngstown, was living in California. After her mother died, she no longer had anyone in Youngstown to help her find recipes from back home. So she decided to do something about it. She started a Facebook page, which has grown from 12 followers to several thousand, and she has written two cookbooks. The profits from the first book are being used to partially fund the replacement of the water wheel at the historic Landerman Mill in Mahoning County. The new cookbook will debut at a fundraiser, Recipes of Youngstown, A Taste and a Memory. The proceeds will go to Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. There will be over 30 dishes available for sampling, as well as raffles and other prizes. There is no admission fee for the event, which is from noon to 4 p.m. May 2 at the Tyler History Center, 325 West Federal Street, in downtown Youngstown. For every $5 you spend, you will receive six tasting tickets.To buy cookbooks or for more information: Recipes of Youngstown
Don Corbett, founder of ServiceMaster by Corbett, says that it's important to get expert advice when fire, smoke or water damages your home, and do it quickly because the first steps you take could mean the difference between a small cleanup and a more costly and time-consuming restoration. In the event of an emergency, ServiceMaster by Corbett is available 24/7. One way to prevent water damage while you're on vacation is to shut off your main water supply. For a free yellow tag to put on your shut-off valve, call ServiceMaster at 330.864.7300. For more information, visit the website.
John Delphi is the owner of Snake Creek Construction. His company furnishes handyman services in Cuyahoga, Geuaga and Portage counties. John also repairs and remodels homes and is a cabinet maker who can provide customers with computer renderings of their proposed job. Snake Creek Construction's motto is "Helping you fall in love with your home again." For more information, call 440.708.0444 or visit the website.