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Using climbing spikes when pruning can be harmful to trees PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 09:09
Is your tree care provider using spikes to climb while pruning? Ouch!
Climbing spikes are sharpened steel spikes attached to the climber's leg by leather straps and padded supports. These spikes are traumatizing to a living tree and create unnecessary damage, according to the Tree Care Industry Association.
Each puncture produces a certain amount of tree tissue death around it, varying from tree to tree. In most cases isolated wounds will seal, but over time, groupings of spike holes can cause the entire area on the trunk to die.
The likelihood of piercing the cambium (living tissue beneath the bark) is high, even with larger trees and thick bark. If soon after the work is performed with spikes there is sap oozing, the tree is responding to damage. Repeated damage of this type is harmful to the tree.
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Trace house's history at Hayes PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:14
FREMONT - You probably have heard the expression, "If these walls could only talk." The Hayes Presidential Center can help you give voice to the walls of your home with its class "Tracing Your House's History."
Head librarian and veteran genealogist Becky Hill is instructor for the 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 6 class in the Hayes Museum. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Call (419) 332-2081, ext. 231, or e-mail bhill@rbhayes.
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Flood insurance may be worth investigating PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:06
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Great Ohio Flood of 1913, the state's most devastating weather disaster, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is reminding Ohioans the importance of evaluating their need for flood insurance and understanding how to secure it.
Taylor said that financial protection against flood damage is not included in a standard homeowners or renters insurance policy. Coverage has to be purchased separately and there is a 30-day waiting period before it becomes effective. She also pointed to the past to remind people just how unforgiving Mother Nature can be.
"Whether 100 years ago or today, flooding can be devastating on a personal and material level," Taylor said. "Work with your insurance agent to ensure you have the appropriate financial safeguards in place to protect you and your belongings."
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Yo! You can live like Rocky PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:56
Want to live like Rocky Balboa? The Italian Stallion's house is on the market.
The home in South Philadelphia was featured in the 1979 movie "Rocky II."
In the sequel to the Oscar-winning smash, the fictional boxer played by Sylvester Stallone buys the house after he loses a bout to Apollo Creed but gains renown for his toughness.
The 1,036-square-foot row house has three bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms.
Asking price: $139,000.
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The many benefits to owning a home PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:28
Search online for the topic "benefits of home ownership" and you will find many related articles. Sources range from the National Association of Realtors, economist commentaries and Habitat for Humanity.
They all list the many benefits to the individual and society that result from home ownership.
Following are just a few of those benefits:
• Homeowners take on a greater responsibility in the community, such as home maintenance.
• Membership in voluntary organizations and church attendance increase.
• Civic participation in both local community and national issues (including voting) go up.
• Homeowners have been shown to have a greater attachment to the neighborhood and neighbors, and increase their charitable activity.
• Homeowners are three times likely to own a business than renters.
The financial benefits to home ownership are huge. Putting money into something you own rather than giving it to a landlord, as well as the tax deduction, have great benefits.
Homeowners also support many businesses in the course of maintaining their homes, which is good for the economy in general.
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