My Beautiful Home Show

April 25, 2015

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.

April 18, 2015

Mary Beth Breckenridge, home and garden writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, is a master gardener.  She said that the voles had taken a toll on her yard. Listeners discovered that while voles look like mice, they taste entirely different. In fact, cats think voles taste terrible. She suggests that you contact your local garden store for advice On getting rid of the voles in your yard. Mary Beth gives readers a lot great tips in print and on Twitter, Facebook and her lifestyle blog on

South Akron Awning's Jack Carroll said that this is the time of year to get your awning out of storage and on to your house. Besides awnings, South Akron Awning makes all things canvas: decorative covers for walkways, boat covers, sand box covers, and anything else that needs a cover. For more information: South Akron Awining 

Dana Zedak, director of The Rape Crisis Center, says that the organization is holding "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event on Friday, April 24, at Lock 3 in downtown Akron. Registration is from 5 to 6 p.m. Teams and individuals are welcome. For more information: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

April 11, 2015

Mother's Day is May 10, and Marie Covington has a great idea for those who want to honor the significant women in their lives in a way that will have lasting value. Marie is one of the founders of the Women's Endowment Fund, which is managed by the Akron Community Foundation and benefits nonprofit organizations that help women and girls in Summit County. Go to the fund's website to contribute to its Mother's Day program to honor your mom, mentor or any woman who is special to you. All gifts stay with the endowment; only the interest is distributed through grants. This year, the fund granted $85,000 to 12 local organizations.

Joyce Pelz is the owner of the local franchise of NaturaLawn of America, which specializes in organic lawn care. With Lyme disease becoming more prevalent in Ohio, the flea and tick spray that Joyce uses on our lawns will be important in preserving our health and welfare. The spray is made with cedar oil, which doesn't have the toxic effects of most lawn chemicals. She has another spray, made of garlic oil, which is good against mosquitos. Both sprays leave bees and other beneficial insects alone. To reach Joyce or for more information on NaturaLawn, call 330.920.9182 or visit her website.

Linda Alexander is a local lecturer who talks about her fourth cousin, Clara Driscoll, who was the chief designer of Tiffany lamps. Clara began working for Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1888 and, over 20 years, designed 125 of his lamps. Books have been written about her -- Linda's favorite is "Noon at Tiffany's" by Echo Heron, featuring a cover photo that Linda provided. Museum exhibitions also have focused on Clara's contributions to the Tiffany legacy. Linda just gave her 67th talk about Clara, who grew up in Tallmadge. Linda has another 10 lectures coming up soon, including at the Hower House and the Peninsula Library. To learn details, email Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (Diane is Linda's middle name, in case you're wondering.)


April 4, 2015

Helen Dauka, communications and volunteer project manager for Keep Akron Beautiful, says this is Clean Up Akron Month. Keep Akron Beautiful has two trailers -- a Community Pride trailer and a Litter and Illegal Dump trailer -- that Akron residents can use for free to clean up and beautify vacant lots and other community spaces. Also, the organization's Dreamscape raffle is happening now. It supports the flowerscapes that dot the city of Akron. For more information or to buy tickets for the Dreamscape: Keep Akron Beautiful

Pam Andrella and her daughter Arica Neil are partners in Alter'd Relics: Design Studio, 554 W. Tuscarawas in Barberton. They sell repurposed and repainted home furnishings and jewelry, purses and other usuable art by local artisans. They'll also do custom work. For hours and more information: 330.620.5914 or their Wordpress Blog

Margaret Marshall is the author of Body, Mind and Mouth: Life's Eating Connection, which gives readers the concepts of weight loss without the use of drugs, surgery or tasteless diet products. Known as Your Personal Eating Expert, Margaret also writes a blog for the Huffington Post. Body, Mind and Mouth and her ebook, Five Finger Food Guide, are available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble and anywhere else books are sold. For more information, visit Margaret's website.

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