Hope Evans of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary told the story about Vernon, a pot belly pig from Lancaster, Pa., whose previous owner abused him. Vernon's life was saved by Happy Trails, and he now lives happily with new owners who love and care for him. Happy Trails rescues, rehabilitates and provides adoption services for abused, abandoned and neglected farm animals like Vernon. One way to support the nonprofit organization is to attend its "Night of Hope and Inspiration" gala on Saturday, April 2, at Todaro's Party Center, 1820 Akron Peninsula Rd. For more information, visit the Happy Trails website.
Chris Baumgardner, owner of Renewal Handyman Services, excels at everything from small jobs such as room painting, basic plumbing and yard cleanup to bigger projects such as remodeling a bathroom or kitchen. He's efficient, reasonable, environmentally conscious and has a great aesthetic sensibility. And he always shows up when he says he will. Visit his website for pictures of previous projects and testimonials. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call Chris at 330.319.4435.
Phillip and Sherrie Bearden are the owners of Suburban Sit, a furniture and accessories store that has been receiving accolades since it opened a little less than a year ago. Located at 98 N. Main St. in Hudson, the store carries unique items, reclaimed wood pieces, a line of upholstered furniture made in the U.S. and many other great home decor offerings. It also holds classes in lighting, table scaping and other decorating topics, and offers complimentary design consultation. For more information, call 330.342.4128 or vist the store's website.
Tim Reinhart, owner of Santangelo's Catering, is gearing up for the 10th Annual Grand Buffet, which is taking place on Easter Sunday at Santangelo's Party Center, 1008 9th St. SW, Massillon, Ohio. Expect an amazing spread of food, including prime rib, salads and an array of desserts. Santangelo's also is well-known for its crispy baked chicken and pasta sauces, which are popular menu items for wedding receptions and other significant events. Call 330.456.1556 to find out more about Santangelo's catering services or to make reservations for Easter brunch. For more information, visit the website.
Marilee Pocock brought St. Paddy's day cheer to our show from Mr. Fun's Costume and Magic Emporium. In addition to St. Patrick's Day, Mr. Fun's can help you be ready for all the holidays and special occasions in your life, including April Fools' Day, Easter, birthdays and even school presentations. For parents with kids who announce at the last minute that they have to dress up like the person in their history report, Mr. Fun's is the place to go for costumes and accessories that can be rented or purchased. Mr. Fun's is located at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, call 330.923.3339 or visit the website.
Toby Franks, a volunteer at One of a Kind Pets, is an expert in the art and science of trapping feral cats. He advocates T-N-R, which stands for trap, neuter and return. One of a Kind is a no-kill shelter that hosts feral cat seminars from time to time, including the next one on March 26 at 11 a.m. For more information, call 330.865.6200 or visit the website. One of a Kind is located at 1929 W. Market in Akron.
Nancy Sheeler helps senior citizens downsize their homes. Nancy has four related companies: Transitional Design, a senior moving company that offers sorting, packing and settling-in services; Transitional Treasures, a resale shop; Auctions by Transitional Design, an online shopping experience; and Transitional REdesign, an art gallery and studio specializing in original painted furniture and accessories. To reach Nancy or one of her team members, call 440.627.6390 or visit her website.
Artist Jim Rehmus has a month-long show opening Friday, March 18, at the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron's Pilgrim Square. The show will feature two dozen of Jim's pastels and acrylic paintings. His 2008 book, The Valley in Pastel, which features beautiful scenes that Jim painted of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, also will be for sale. The opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 18. For more information, visit the gallery's website.
Bob Gaither is the owner of Quality Carpet, which his father started in 1953. Over the decades, he has worked with many repeat customers, including some who still had carpeting that his father stitched by hand. Quality Carpet belongs to a buying group of independent carpet companies, so Bob can offer pricing that is competitive with chain stores. For more information, visit the company's website.
Kim Nickerson is chair of the WITAN French Market, a juried artists and craftsmen show taking place March 4 and 5 at St. George's Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Rd. in Fairlawn. The show features 67 artists, raffles for jewelry and gift baskets, gourmet lunch items, baked goods for purchase from West Side Bakery and, new this year, a cookbook created by WITAN members. Also new: food vendors and Chardonnay and WITAN-tini's. All proceeds benefit good causes in the community. WITAN, in fact, is an acronym for Women in Touch with Akron's Needs. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, visit the website.
Rocco Sattulo is the creator of OhioTraveler.com, which features interesting, unusual and fun sites and events around the state. He's also the author of a new book based on his deep knowledge of the places and people in Ohio. Earth Things is the story of a group of teenagers who discover secrets and wisdom in a shipwreck, an old prison and an abandoned amusement park. The book is available on Amazon in paperback and digital form. To sign up to receive the monthly OhioTraveler e-newsletter, visit Rocco's website.