Karen Starr and Joanna Wilson are the co-authors of "A is for Akron: An A to Z list of Akron's Places & Things that Make Us Smile." Published by 1701 Press, a local publisher, the book celebrates the gems of Akron, from the Akron Art Museum to the zoo, and everything in between. Signed copies are available at Karen's gallery, Hazel Tree Interiors. Other copies can be found on amazon.com, at the Akron Art Museum store and other places around town. For more information: A is for Akron
Speaking of stores, Rick Thoerig is the manager of ReStore, which is run by Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to building homes and improving neighborhoods. Visit the store at 2301 Romig Rd., Akron. For more information, call 330.745.7734.
Tim Jolly, owner of Tim Jolly Insurance, advises homeowners to read their insurance policy carefully. For example, a lot of policies exclude damage to trees, shrubs and plants in the yard, and a lot of people have been dealing with that lately because of high winds. To reach Tim, visit his website or call 330.896.7777.
In honor of the official start of the grilling season, Dave Halaby from Heather's Heat & Flavor brought in several tasty condiments from the store, including apple smoked spiced rum barbecue sauce, apricot dijon tarrigon dressing, and pineapple sake teriyaki marinade. He says there are samples at the store, which also has a special going on this weekend: buy two salsas, get a sweet apple pie salsa for free. Heather's is located in Hudson in the First & Main shopping area. For more information: Heather's Heat & Flavor or 330.653.5131
Edd Krammer, owner of Krammer Comfort Services, talked about mini split systems, which are more energy efficient and comfortable than traditional heating and air conditioning systems. They're widely used in Europe and Asia and are catching on in this country. For more information: Krammer Comfort or 440.709.HEAT (4328)
Dr. Lori, star appriaser for "Auction Kings" on the Discovery Channel advises that you should be cautious about who you hire to appraise your art and antiques. If you get an offer from your appraiser, it's very likely that the person is lowballing the price. Dr. Lori will return to this area on Nov. 1 to appear at the Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market, where she will offer one free appraisal to each person. To reach Dr. Lori: DrLoriV.com
Stephanie Cherok, CFO of Kemppel Industries, which includes Kemppel Homes, says that her company is building one of the five homes on Broadley Circle that will be featured in the Home Builders Association's Parade of Homes Sept. 12-21. The home will be a French Country design. For more information about Kemppel, a longtime Akron company, visit its website. For more on the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties: Akron HBA
Jeff Tucker, owner of Tucker Building & Design, also is building a Parade home. His will be a Craftsman style. Jeff says that the September event promises to be the biggest Parade of Homes in at least 10 years. Now that the economy has been picking up, builders and remodelers have been trying to keep up with the renewed demand for their services. To contact his company: Tucker Building
Julie Lewis, owner of Lewis and Associates Designs, is partnering with Jeff on the Parade home and on other projects. The Tucker home, along with three others on Broadley Circle, will be for sale, and Julie will be available to help the new owners meld their tastes with the home's design. Visit her facebook page.
Barbara Williams, apprenticeship coordinator for Akron Public Schools, says that the school system, the city's Urban Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties are building their 19th home in Akron. This collaboration gives the students in HVAC, carpentry and other building trades valuable hands-on experience, helps builders identify prospective employees and helps the community by providing affordable, new homes in different areas of the city. Also, Akron Public School students will participate in next year's Recycle-Bowl competition.For more information: Recycle-Bowl
Toronto medium Carolyn Molnar will be in Northeast Ohio next Friday, May 16, to present "An Evening of Mediumship" at Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church Chapel, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. The event begins at 7 p.m. For the cost and other information, visit Carolyn's website. Her books, "It is Time" and "The Compassionate Messenger," as well as her new CD, "Meditations to Deepen Your Spirituality," are available on her website. Carolyn Molnar
Drop off used books, CDS, videos and DVDS at the Akron Main Library, 60 S. High St., next Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information: call 330.643.9070 or visit the website for the Library Shop on Main.