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P&G hiring at Pineville plant – WFMJ

P&G hiring at Pineville plant – WFMJ
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Laurel House Receives a Donation of Comfort

Laurel House Receives a Donation of Comfort
News from Patch.com:

There may not be another symbol of comfort more basic than a pillow. It signifies rest, calm and serenity.

As women and children flee their homes for the safety of Laurel House in Norristown, few likely consider rest in the forefront of their minds. But thankfully, the area shelter from abuse thinks of all of that for them.

The shelter, however, cannot do it alone. As holiday donations dwindle, they were in need of charity from the surrounding community. The Rachel and Troy Foundation stepped right up.

The Lafayette Hill-based foundation was started by friends and family members following the tragic deaths of Rachel Engle and her three-year-old son Troy in 2009.

According to the foundation’s website, the organization’s mission is “to assist and support agencies that are educating, supporting and caring for children and families who are the victims of abuse.”

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Changing Tide: P&G Listens to the People
News from Triple Pundit:

In David Korten’s 1995 classic book, When Corporations Rule the World, he talks about the three-legged stool of people, government, and business and how an ideal society is the one that achieves a working balance between the interests of these three entities (parallels to the triple bottom line should be clear). To allow any one of the three to achieve dominance is to tilt towards anarchy, socialism, or some kind of feudal hyper-capitalism that subverts the needs of the many to the whims of the privileged and well-connected few.

I don’t think I need to point out which of these states of imbalance we are closest to today, though there are forces at work, pulling on each of these legs, vying to readjust the balance, or, as it were, to tilt it even further.

I found a relatively minor news item last week encouraging as an example of how things actually could work in just such a balanced society. It involved a major multinational corporation, a state government and a number of citizens groups and individuals in an incident in which an agreement was reached that resolved a conflict between the interests of the corporation and that of a group of people, who, as it happens were concerned about protecting the env…………… continues on Triple Pundit

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Easy carpet-cleaning tips and tricks

Easy carpet-cleaning tips and tricks
News from Times Herald-Record:

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Are your carpets looking a bit drab? Keeping them clean, especially in this season of snow, mud and rain, might seem like a daunting task, but with some tips from the experts, it’s quicker and easier than you think.

Carpet provides good traction, absorbs noises and saves homeowners money because it naturally insulates a room. And, contrary to popular misconceptions, carpet that is cleaned regularly is fine for people with allergies, and even asthma. The best practice for keeping carpets consistently clean is having a regular maintenance routine.

Refreshing carpets after a special event, season of tough use or simply any time of year is easy with these tips from…………… continues on Times Herald-Record

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Donate all year-round

Donate all year-round
News from Foster’s Daily Democrat:

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays past, Foster’s is continuing the publication of a list of nonprofit organizations needing help throughout the year.

The list is intended to help organizations in the Seacoast and Tri-City regions.

Organizations wanting to participate in the list should complete the attached coupon. Submissions can be mailed to Rod Doherty, Executive Editor, Foster’s Daily Democrat, 150 Venture Drive, Dover, NH 03820 or emailed to donations@fosters.com.

Below is the new list that includes food pantries and other help groups.

Farmington Art Boosters is seeking musical instruments donations. Instruments will be provided to children who would like to participate in band, but cannot afford to rent or purchase the instrument. Farmington Art Boosters provide support to the music, art and drama programs K through 12. Contact is Kathy King, 603-978-5741, kathykinghn603@yahoo.com. Deadline: June 1.

SHARE Funds Community Clothing Shop of Rochester area needs winter coats and warm winter clothing/boots for adults and children — all sizes needed. Drop off at the Community Clothin…………… continues on Foster’s Daily Democrat

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‘I glide about fearlessly, like Spiderman’
News from Hindustan Times:

Sriram Agre rides an elevator to the ninth floor of the glass-and-chrome IL&FS Financial Center building in Bandra-Kurla Complex and takes a winding staircase to the terrace. On the roof, the 28-year-old straps on an elaborate body harness, dons a yellow helmet and fastens a thick

rope to a water pipe. Then he reaches into his tool chest for bucket, brush and detergent, and steps out on to the ledge.

Facing the sky as he leans backwards 110 ft off the ground, he mumbles a short prayer and kicks off into thin air.

Over the next three hours, he and a team of three colleagues will rappel their way across and down the glass façade, mopping and cleaning as they go.

“I was very afraid the first time I did this,” says Agre. “My heart was racing, my palms were sweaty. If I looked all the way down, I couldn’t move.”

Two years on, Agre says he feels like Spiderman. “I glide fearlessly as I chat with my fellow cleaners.”

Born to a farmer and a homemaker in Chiplun in Ratnagiri district, Agre dropped out of school in Class 6 to help his father till the family’s small fields.

At 19, he left home in search of better-paying work and found a job as a cleaner in a Jalgaon lodge, earning

Rs 1,300 a month. Three years later, a cousin advised him to move to Mumbai, where he could earn Rs. 4,300 a month with a…………… continues on Hindustan Times

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CHECKOUT LANE: Grooming tips for cleaning up dirty dogs

CHECKOUT LANE: Grooming tips for cleaning up dirty dogs
News from The Patriot Ledger:

Peter Dassau, the owner of Quincy pet grooming shop Dog Dew’s, sees one pooch more often than the others. The golden retriever enjoys walks on Wollaston beach – which means he’ll regularly roll around in seaweed and need an emergency trip to the groomer.

If your dog likes to get dirty, he or she too might wind up spending a lot of time with his groomer. But in most cases you’ll want to set up an appointment every four to eight weeks.

Dogs who shed regularly, like huskies or retrievers or German shepherds, can go closer to eight weeks between sessions, according to Rachel Chrisman, the owner of Serenity Dog Spa in Norwell. But dogs who are considered nonshedding (but actually just shed much, much less) like poodles, need to go in for a groom more often, she said.

Daussau said owners of non-breed dogs risk seeing the dogs’ hair matte by waiting too long to bring the pet in. This isn’t just a bad look for the dog; it also causes discomfort.

Some owners of showy dogs like poodles bring their pets in as often as every two weeks, Dassau said. There is no downside to doing so, aside from the cost. A dog can be bathed weekly without experiencing discomfort, Chrisman said.

Waiting too long for shedding breeds comes with its own risks, according to Chrisman. Skin irritation, yeast infections and hot spots can form under the coat, she said, beca…………… continues on The Patriot Ledger

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How to paint a kitchen counter

How to paint a kitchen counter
News from News & Observer:

Q: We have a plastic laminate kitchen counter that is an ugly yellow color and has some stains I can’t remove. Can the counter be refinished? – L. Gray

There are several ways to refinish or resurface the counter, ranging from painting to adding a layer of ceramic tiles. These makeovers can range from $ 50 to $ 250 or more.

Some of the finishes claim to give the appearance of stone or granite, and the finishing process can be quite elaborate. Even for basic painting, to change the color and cover the stains, plan on not using the counter for several days to allow for adequate drying of the multiple coats you’ll need.

To paint, clean the surface with a detergent solution and rinse. Then sand lightly but thoroughly with 150-grit sandpaper, which will help improve adhesion of the finish. Remove all dust with a vacuum or sticky tack rags. Next, mask the sink and wall joint with painter’s tape.

Two coats of primer are usually recommended. Good choices are Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3 or B-I-N. Both adhere well to glossy surfaces and both have short drying times (B-I-N dries fastest, but is flammable and has a shellac odor; Bulls Eye 1-2-3 is water-based and less smelly.). Sand the primer lightly with 250 or 300 grit sandpaper and c…………… continues on News & Observer

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What detergent to use? Get Be-BN-Gone
News from Malaysia Kini:

YOURSAY ‘There is no known worldly detergent that can clean what you have done to the election roll by registering hundred of thousands of illegal immigrants as voters.’

‘What detergent do I use to clean electoral roll?’

Not Confused: I just cannot believe that a supposedly professional head of an important national agency like the Election Commission (EC) can make such an empty headed and insultingly flippant statement as this.

EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof epitomises the quality (or lack of it) amongst the country’s leaders and civil servant heads. It’s an utter disgrace that this over-the-hill individual is still allowed to totter on in his important position.

The electoral roll should be squeaky clean, not just “as clean as it can be.” With all the recent revelations (and some older ones), his credibility is now non-existent.

He is still in his position because he is a card-carrying Umno member and is carrying out Umno’s orders.

AnakBangsaMalaysia: The arrogance and mocking tone of Abdul Aziz’s comments are typical of one so steeped in Umno culture that he can no longer remember what his pro…………… continues on Malaysia Kini

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Cleaning A Hamster Cage

Cleaning A Hamster Cage
News from SmallAnimalChannel.com:

Posted: March 20, 2012, 3:50 p.m. EDT

You can keep your hamster’s cage looking good and smelling great with frequent cleaning, the right tools and a little bit of elbow grease.

Tip 1: Cleaning a hamster cage isn’t a dirty business if you do it often. Don’t wait for your hamster’s cage to get really foul before you clean it. Make spot cleaning a daily task, with a complete cage cleaning once a week, according to hamster breeder Cindy Norman of Summerset Angels in Rockford, Illinois.

Tip 2: The best way to clean the cage is to use a product that will kill bacteria but won’t be caustic to the hamster.
“When cleaning the hamster cage once a week, use a disinfectant such as an antibacterial dish soap, a m…………… continues on SmallAnimalChannel.com

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