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Flood victims find help in Nescopeck

Flood victims find help in Nescopeck
News from Standard Speaker:

John Franczak, while leading a group of Boy Scouts along Second Street in Nescopeck on Thursday, asked his friend Randall Traugh if the scouts could help clear out his flood-soaked home.

Traugh pointed next door where no one had helped a neighbor since the floodwater also rushed into his home.

The 15 Scouts and six adult leaders from Troop 6 in Berwick went to work.

“The kids did that in one hour,” Franczak said.

The type of thoughtfulness that Traugh showed to his neighbor and the helpfulness that the scouts offered two days earlier remained evident on Saturday along Second Street.

Franczak came back to help Traugh. Elsewhere along the street students, church groups, neighbors, family and friends lugged lumber, flooring, furniture and walls out of homes that the Susquehanna River surged into a week earlier.

Residents counted the loss by the number of Dumpsters they had already filled with wreckage and said someone was always worse off than…………… continues on Standard Speaker
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Super Handyman: Tips to help you adapt your home as you age

Super Handyman: Tips to help you adapt your home as you age
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

More and more, we are seeing people opt to stay in their homes as they age, rather than move to retirement homes and the like. You can do a lot of things to your home to make it more accessible and, in most cases, spend a lot less money than you would if you moved. Here are some guidelines you can use to adapt your home for easier accessibility.

Doorways are the first thing to take a look at. You need a minimum width of 32 inches to get a wheelchair through a doorway. Most entry doors will accommodate this, but many interior doors will not. It is possible you may be able to remove the door and jambs to increase the opening.

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Door handles should be lowered to 36 inches off the floor. You should use lever handles rather than knobs.

Rugs and floor mats are not a good idea, and should be removed. They just get in the way.

Switches and plugs should be moved to the 40-inch level, if possible. Timers and motion d…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald
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101 Ideas: Prepare your house for fall
News from The Seattle Times:

Fall is just around the corner. Use our smart tips to prepare your house for the end of one season and the beginning of the next.

— Create a gallery wall with four to eight simple black frames, where you can switch out the artwork depending on the season. Try using orange and red leaves in the fall.

— With long warm days, late summer is the right time to spruce up the outside of your home. By updating external paint colors, fresh landscaping along pathways and porch accessories, you can increase the value and appeal of your home.

— Walk through the house inspecting all doors, windows, hinges and locks. Replace any damaged hardware and don’t hesitate to call a pro to help with updating locks.

— Clean your shiny surfaces. To clean chrome, glass or stainless-steel appliances, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water.

— Change air filters. It’s a simple but important step to take — every month, in fact; repl…………… continues on The Seattle Times
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Cleaning Tips for those with Flood Damage

Cleaning Tips for those with Flood Damage
News from FOX43.com:

Harrisburg, Dauphin County—

As families clean up the mess left behind from floodwaters, the state is asking everyone to keep safety in mind.

Jamie Legenos with the Department of Environmental Protection says the best thing is to avoid contact with floodwater, because it can contain sewage, fuel and chemicals.

She says to take precaution while cleaning, and to be sure to wear protective gear.

“You want to make sure that any open wounds that you have are completely covered and that you’re constantly disinfecting because you can have an infection from being exposed to the flood waters,” she said.

She says it’s best to throw out what you cannot disinfect. Scr…………… continues on FOX43.com

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Mold cleaning tips
News from Rutland Herald:

Mold cleaning tips

Published: September 14, 2011

FEMA has offered tips on minimizing mold damage and is encouraging those affected by the flood to take quick action.

The elderly, asthmatics and people with allergies of compromised immune systems are more sensitive to mold.

Tips include opening windows and doors and using fans to dry out buildings quickly, using wet-vacs to remove water and using dehumidifiers in closed spaces.

Baseboards and soaked drywall should be removed to a foot above the watermark and discarded. Drain walls by drilling holes or pulling nonporous paneling away from the studs. Check wall interiors for mold.

Remove porous items — carpeting, carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, insulation, leather, wood, paper, food and clothing — that have been wet for more than 48 hours and cannot be thoroughly dried and cleaned. If there is any doubt wheth…………… continues on Rutland Herald
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House Keeping: Clean and comfortable bed linens

House Keeping: Clean and comfortable bed linens
News from The National:

On average, we spend 2,920 hours a year in bed. We all know that a good night’s sleep is essential for our health and well-being, but caring for a bed correctly is easy to forget. When you consider that the average person loses up to a pint of sweat each night and bedding can harbour thousands of dust mites, the importance of a proper bed care routine becomes clear.

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Turn a sprung mattress four times a year, from side to side and top to toe. This prevents damage to the springs and distributes wear evenly. Write four reminders on your calendar so you don’t forget. It’s a good idea to label the head and footer ends of your mattress on both sides with four sticky paper labels: January, April, July, October. Turn your mattress in those months and make sure that the correct date label is at the header of the bed, facing upwards each time.

Vacuum your mattress every month using a brush attachment to remo…………… continues on The National
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Secret cleaning tips from a little brown bottle

Secret cleaning tips from a little brown bottle
News from ABC15.com (KNXV-TV):

We love it when Amanda Thomas with Moxie Girl Household Assistants stops by the Sonoran Living studio, because we always know that she is going to teach us something that we didn’t know when it comes to cleaning and organizing.

Below she shared 10 things that hydrogen peroxide can be used for in the home.

1. Whiten whites – better than bleach because it won’t leave behind that toxic smell, a cup of hydrogen peroxide added to a load of laundry is just as effective at brightening up your whites. It’s also great for removing blood stains if you catch them right away – just be careful as it can fade colors, too.

2. Clean a cutting board – to sanitize a cutting board, after washing and rinsing, pour peroxide on it to kill off bacteria, including that yucky salmonella.

3. Disinfect counters and table tops – dampen a clean rag with a little peroxide and use to wipe down counter tops and tables.

4. Sanitize the bathroom – fill a spray bottle with diluted p…………… continues on ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)
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NC offers clean drinking water tips on Protect Your Groundwater Day, Sept. 13
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By Susan Andrew on 09/13/2011 02:13 PM

From the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Raleigh:

State offering clean drinking water tips on Protect Your Groundwater Day

As part of Protect Your Groundwater Day, state officials are advising millions of North Carolinians who rely on groundwater wells to take special steps to make sure their drinking water is clean.

Nearly 4.8 million people, roughly half of North Carolina’s population, rely on groundwater wells for drinking water and other household needs. Due to the importance of groundwater to Americans, the National Ground Water Association named Sept. 13 Protect Your Groundwater Day.

Officials with the N.C. Division of Water Quality say proper drilling practices are important to ensure drinking water is clean because nearly 9,000 new wells are drilled each year in North Carolina. If groundwate…………… continues on Mountain Xpress
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Tips On Cleaning Up and Insurance Claims Post Flooding In Pennsylvania

Tips On Cleaning Up and Insurance Claims Post Flooding In Pennsylvania
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Posted by Scott CooperSeptember 12, 2011 7:59 AM

If you have been impacted by flooding, especially in Central Pennsylvania, here are some tips for re-entering/cleaning your home or business and also about what may be needed in order to present an insurance claim.

1.Be careful when entering a flood-damaged building. Knock down hanging plaster before moving around. Watch for holes in the floor and loose boards with exposed nails.

2.Make sure the gas and water is still turned off. if not, turn it off. Wear rubber-soled shoes or boots and rubber gloves and turn off the main switch using a piece of rubber, plastic or dry wood while standing on a dry board to avoid electrocution.

3.Do not pump the basement until the water has gone down because pumping a water-filled basement could result in the walls collapsing.

4.Test plumbing and basement drains…………… continues on InjuryBoard.com
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Sharing TV5′s practical ‘Kumare Tips’

Sharing TV5′s practical ‘Kumare Tips’
News from Manila Bulletin:

Christine Bersola-Babao, Amy Perez and Chiqui Roa Puno make up ‘Kumare Klub.’

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MANILA, Philippines — Christine Bersola Back: After a hiatus of a few years, Christine Bersola-Babao is back on cam, hosting a program she has always been identified with. Why, yes, it’s another mommy program!

TV5 has signed up Christine following the expiration of her commitment to ABS-CBN. She now joins Chiqui Roa Puno and Amy Perez as they empower mothers on TV5’s “Kumare Klub.”

The show, aired from 7 to 8 a.m., is actually a spin-off from “Kumare Tips,” a segment on the daily early morning show, “Sapul sa Singko.”

She is Ate Tintin on the show while Amy is Tsang Amy and Chiqui, being the eldest in the triumvirate, is known as, horrors, N’yora Chiqui.

From the time it premiered, “Kumar…………… continues on Manila Bulletin
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Experts Offer Tips on Putting the Garden To Bed
News from Patch.com:

Summer’s blooms have almost all faded away. The tomato plants are nearly done producing for the season. The leaves on trees are beginning to turn. And geese are flying overhead, honking out their goodbyes. For the gardener, those are all signs that it’s time to begin putting the garden to bed for the season. From cleaning out beds to collecting seeds, and spreading mulch and manure to oiling tools, there is plenty to be done. To help with a to-do list, we asked a handful of area garden experts for advice. The work involves a lot of chores, but the best part is, it’s still time spent in the garden.

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Nurserymen and women agree: “The main thing with any garden is clean-up,” says Gordon Kenneson, horticulturalist at Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe & Greenhouses in West Hartford. 

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HOUSE + HOME Washable, durable fabrics can create a pet-friendly pad

HOUSE + HOME Washable, durable fabrics can create a pet-friendly pad
News from Kansas City Star:

By ELAINE MARKOUTSAS

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No muddy paws on this elegant Great Dane, but no worries if there were. All the fabrics in this room are Sunbrella indoor-outdoor, available at Calico Corners.

Every now and then, modernist catalog-retailer Design Within Reach dishes tongue-in-cheek pearls of wisdom. To wit:

“A home is only for show. A home should never be cluttered. If shoes, socks, cups, newspapers, toys, jackets or family photos ever find their way into public view, remove them immediately, or better yet, just throw them away. Never allow children or pets in a home, for they are messy and sometimes emit unwanted odors.”

In spite of such apparent flaws, of course, we do love our children and our pets. And therein lies a real design challenge with a lot of common ground: how to f…………… continues on Kansas City Star
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Waushara County Offers Tips on Storm Damage Clean-up

Waushara County Offers Tips on Storm Damage Clean-up
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(Press Release) As Waushara County works to recover from the severe storms of September 2, 2011, many residents are in the process of assessing damage, cleaning their property of downed trees and limbs, working with insurance companies on claims, and making plans to repair or rebuild their homes and outbuildings.

The Waushara County Land Conservation and Zoning Office would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to be extremely cautious when clearing debris from your property. Severe injuries can occur from falling debris or snapping of trees when pressure changes occur while cutting through the trunk or branches. There are numerous tree removal companies in the area that can be of assistance as well. For large areas of woods that are damaged, a consultation with a forester may be in…………… continues on WSAW


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Church window

Church window
News from Canton Daily Ledger:

Maples Mill United Methodist Church will dedicate its new handicap-accessible fellowship hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
The public is invited to attend regular services that day, with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m.
During the Dedication Service, there will be a blessing of the building, greetings from former pastors, and cake and punch for everyone.
The church is located 10 miles south of Canton on Illinois Route 78. All members, past and present, all former pastors, friends and neighbors are invited to attend.
CUBA ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH TO HOLD GOSPEL JAM SESSION
CUBA — The Cuba Assembly of God church will be hosting a gospel jam session on the first Sunday evening of the month, beginning Oct. 2. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and music will begin at 6 p.m. Local musicians are invited to bring their instruments.
The public is invited to come and join in an evening of southern gospel/bluegrass music.
The church is located at 6…………… continues on Canton Daily Ledger
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