My Beautiful Home Show

June 20, 2015

John Sharp of River Valley Paper Company says that his company has 1,300 recycling bins throughout Northeast Ohio, many located in the parking lots of schools, churches and even fire stations. A portion of the recycling proceeds are given to those who host the bins -- to the tune of $911,000 in the past four and a half years. You can recycle junk mail, magazines, newspapers, clean pizza and cereal boxes and anything else that can be torn. Look for the distinctive green bins with the flowers painted on them. There are tips and a bin finder on the website along a list of the charities that River Valley supports with this program. Also, River Valley will shred documents for free on Saturdays -- while you watch -- from 8 a.m. to noon at 131 N. Summit St. in Akron.

Helen Dauka is the communications and volunteer projects manager for Keep Akron Beautiful. She talked about Beautification Watch, which is a summer program that has been in existence for 34 years. Basically, volunteers canvas Akron streets looking for residences and businesses that keep their properties well-maintained and looking great. The lots can be any size. Last year, more than 3,000 people received certificates lauding them for their beautification efforts. For more information about this and other Keep Akron Beautiful projects, visit the website or call 330.375.2116.

Janet Harrington of J.R. Shoup Locksmith says to be wary of scams perpetrated by those pretending to be legitimate locksmiths. Get to know a locksmith before you need one, she says. Make sure the person gives you a written estimate on company letterhead and shows up in a vehicle with the company name on it. She has other tips that will help you avoid being squeezed by someone who lowballs an estimate and then overcharges after taking your lock apart. J.R. Shoup has been in business for 108 years. It's located at 572 W. Market. You can visit the website or call 330.434.4026.

June 13, 2015

Nancy McClenaghan, president of Goodwill Industries, invited our listeners to visit the new closeout store at the Arlington Plaza where customers can buy clothing, fabric and other items at a per-pound pricing. Bigger items like TV's and furniture are priced as marked and cost much less than at  traditional Goodwill stores. Katie Plato, the Goodwill blogger, has great ideas on home decoration with repurposed items. Visit Katie's Blog, Something to be Found, to see the cute items she discussed on the show. Nancy announced that Goodwill Industries has a new pick-up program. If you have one piece of furniture and three bags of household items, call 330.786.2576 to schedule a pick-up appointment. For more information, visit Goodwill Akron.

Master Gardeners of Summit County is presenting the Tour of Gardens on June 28. Jackie Springer said the driving tour has six gardens in the Summit County area. Tickets are $20 and are available online or at these local garden centers: Dayton Nursery, Donzell's Flower and Garden Center, Graf Growers, and Suncrest Gardens. If you would like to visit the "secret garden" and have breakfast, you can become a platinum or gold patron. To register or for more information, visit Master Gardeners' Tour of Gardens or call 234.525.8278. Master Gardeners of Summit County also has a gardening hotline. Call any Tuesday after 9 a.m. for answers to your questions: 330.928.GROW (4769).

Christine Benedict, author of the novel Anonymous, says the story revolves around Debra Hamilton, who confronts the fear of inheriting mental illness from her mother when she moves into a 100-year-old house where the disappearance of objects can be blamed on ghosts or on schizophrenia. The character's neighbor and new best friend has a shaky marriage that becomes worse when she begins receiving letters from a stalker. To buy the book or get more information: Christine Benedict


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June 6, 2015

June is National Garage Door Safety Month, so it's a perfect time to go to LiftMaster's website to learn a three-step process for checking to see whether your garage door opener has the latest safety features. Todd Wilkinson, field manager of safety for LiftMaster, notes that garage doors can be surprisingly dangerous when they malfunction.

Joy York, formerly of Northeast Ohio, has written a book that takes place in her native South. It's called The Bloody Shoe Affair: A daring and thrilling adventure with the jailer's daughter, and it's available online at amazon and other book retailers in e-book form and print on demand. For more information, visit Joy's site.

Grzegorz Waloszczyk called in from London. He's the international sales manager for Thumbs Up UK, and he talked about his company's line of Zombie Garden Gnomes, which are available in stores and on amazon. The company makes gifts and novelty products that are sold throughout the world.

May 30, 2015

Joyce and Rob Bailey of Holland Remodeling are looking forward to Fairlawn's Fourth of July parade. They'll be showcasing seven company vehicles in the parade, including a dump truck filled with candy to toss out to the crowd. Call the experts at Holland for everything from small handyman jobs all the way to custom homebuilding. Call 330.576.3895 or visit their website.

Ron Lardie and Sarah Binder own Ohio Stone Restoration, a company that makes marble countertops and floors look like new. Ron also repairs granite and other materials. Sarah is the president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Greater Cleveland Chapter. The NARI Remodeling Home Tour, Sept. 26 and 27, is a first for Northeast Ohio. A dozen remodeling projects will be on the self-guided tour. Details will be available later this summer on the NARI website, but homeowners interested in remodeling will want to save the dates. To reach Ohio Stone Restoration, call 216.644.4176 or visit their website or Facebook page.

Frank Satullo started Ohio Traveler a dozen years ago in Cleveland. He now lives between Cincinnati and Dayton, and he remains an enthusiastic chronicler of the events, acitivities and other attractions of the state. You can sign up for a free monthly e-newsletter by visiting his website. A couple of highlights from this month's issue: Avon's duct tape festival and the washboard music festival in the Hocking Hills of southeast Ohio.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue is having a Country Barbeque at Crown Point Ecology Center, Bath, Ohio, on Sunday, June 7, 4 to 8 pm. Proceeds benefit One of a Kind Pet Rescue. For more information: Country Barbeque




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