Now's the time to make sure that your heating system is up to par. Brian Echols of Echols Heating & Air Conditioning advises homeowners to make sure that their yearly furnace inspection includes a combustion analysis. Also, check out the Rembrandt and Tucker houses in this year's Parade of Homes, which concludes tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Echols installed the heating and cooling systems in both of those homes, using top-of-the-line Carrier equipment. To reach Echols: 330.773.3500 or echolsheating.com. For information on the Parade of Homes: Akron Parade of Homes.
Don Corbett, founder of ServiceMaster by Corbett, says that homeowners can prevent flood damage by making sure that everyone in the household can locate the main water shutoff valve. ServiceMaster by Corbett will send a bright yellow tag to place on the valve to anyone who calls the office at 330.864.7300. For more, visit the website.
Joann Montgomery is the co-owner of Gilmores Treasures in Hudson, a boutique that also offers manicures and pedicures, shopping trips to New York City (the next one is on Nov. 29) and catered parties that combine everything that we love: food, drink, shopping and nail services. For more information, call 330.650.0005 or visit the Facebook page.
Joyce Pelz of NaturaLawn of America says this is aeration season. Aeration brings all the natural nutrients that are locked in your soil to the surface. This promotes immediate growth throughout the fall until the ground freezes. In the spring when the thaw comes, your lawn is ready for fantastic growth. For more information: 330.920.9178 or NaturaLawn-Summit County
The Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties, began this weekend at the King's Ridge neighborhood in Green and at various sites around the area. The single site features five homes on one street and one around the corner on Caston Road. Fourteen other homes, in locations ranging from downtown Akron to Hudson, Medina and Ravenna, will be part of the Parade as well. It continues through Sunday, Sept. 21. Hours are: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit the HBA website.
Carmine Torio, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties, and Stephanie Cherok, CFO of Kemppel Homes, talked about the Parade of Homes, which starts next weekend at the King's Ridge neighborhood in Green and at various sites around the area. The single site features five homes on one street and one around the corner on Caston Road. Fourteen other homes, in locations ranging from downtown Akron to Hudson, Medina and Ravenna, will be part of the Parade as well. It starts Saturday, Sept. 13, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 21. Hours are: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, pick up a Harmon Homes magazine or visit the HBA website.
David Giffels, former columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, is the author of "The Hard Way on Purpose," about growing up -- and most significantly -- deciding to settle in Akron at a time when many of his peers were leaving the area. He will be part of a "Community Conversation" at the Akron Art Museum this Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. He'll sign books beginning at 5 p.m. His book also is available in bookstores and online. For more information, visit David's website.
Helena Larios says that the Global Village Festival of Greater Akron is a celebration of the ethnic diversity in our region. The festival, which takes place next Saturday, Sept. 13, from noon to 9 p.m. at Locks 3 and 4 in downtown Akron, features music, presentations, food and much more. For more information, visit akrongvf.org.
Julian Godbarge of Safer Brand says that fall is the perfect time to give your lawn the help it needs. Safer Brand is an affordable organic lawn care program that homeowners can use themselves. For more information: Safer Brand
Helena Larios is the coordinator of the Global Village Festival of Greater Akron, which takes place from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Locks 3 and 4 in downtown Akron. Go for great ethnic food, live performances, interactive and educational international exhibits and more. For details, visit Facebook.