My Beautiful Home Show

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.

March 28, 2015

Rholanda Rance is the owner/operator of Petite Sweets, which specializes in mini pound cake treats. She'll pack them up and ship them anywhere for you. For more information: 888.868.4381 or Petite Sweets Now

Teena Angellique, a parapsychologist who gives insightful readings, is available for private consultations or events of all kinds, from small parties to weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. Teena can be reached at 330.928.6739.

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