Foundry seeks to replace carpet, flooring

Replacing the carpet

REYNOLDSVILLE — The carpet and flooring in The Foundry in Reynoldsville is experiencing some wear and tear.

Judy Dickerson, center director of The Foundry, is seeking to do something about it.

According to Dickerson, the carpet is worn and soiled, and the laminate floor is chipping and coming up in places.

She noted that an effort is underway to raise money for new carpeting and a new floor.

The fundraising includes a lasagna benefit dinner that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23.

The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children six years old and under. There will be a carry-out, which is a dollar more.

According to Dickerson, a well-known Italian cook, Judi Anderson of Brookville, will make the meal.

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Starting a food business? 3 things to look for when choosing appliances

When you are looking for a business partner, the qualities that you want to see include trustworthiness, reliability, and efficiency.

Likewise, your choice of equipment is fundamental to the success of your business, especially in the food industry. Because it functions 24/7, it needs to come from a trustworthy brand that delivers reliable equipment.

Let us break down to you the important qualities of the equipment you need for your food business:

1. DURABILITY. For a thriving food business, durability is an essential quality in any kind of appliance. Equipment failure could result in a major setback in your business — if your freezer fails to function for one day, imagine how much profit you could lose. Your equipment should therefore be easy to maintain, and built to last.

2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY. Your equipment will most likely need to run continuously. Aside from being smart about the way you use energy, an appliance’s energy consumption factor contributes largely to energy efficiency. To maximize your investment, look for appliances that combine energy efficiency and outstanding performance.

3. REPUTATION. Food business owners are likely to stick to one brand when it comes to their equipment. Consequentially, this is how a brand establishes its name in the market. If a brand has earned a favorable reputation in the market, it means entrepreneurs trust the company and are positive about purchasing its products.

Fujidenzo Home & Commercial Appliances combines durability, performance and energy efficiency to meet the high demands of a thriving food business or a fast-paced living.

Packed with a 5-year warranty on compressor and a 1-year warranty on service and parts that is valid for commercial and home use, Fujidenzo offers refrigerators, washers, cooking ranges, range hoods, and air-conditioners.

Fujidenzo understands that in order to get your business running smoothly, it is important to have a reliable partner; this is why it has over 100 service centers nationwide, making parts more accessible, and a dedicated service Facebook page: Service Excellence Helpdesk.

Fujidenzo Home & Commercial Appliances is available in all leading appliance centers nationwide and has a wide network of service, parts and showrooms located in Quezon City, Cebu, Bacolod, and Davao.

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Report: 94-hour workweek required at minimum wage to afford 2-bedroom apartment in Utah

Larry Darden poses for a portrait in his home at the Lowell Apartments in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Darden, who has been in his current apartment for a year and a half, had issues previously with finding affordable housing and suffered from unsafe living conditions.

SALT LAKE CITY — Before Larry Darden moved out in early 2016, he “was afraid to go to sleep at night” in his downtown Salt Lake apartment.

Roaches infested the place. There were attempted break-ins. Darden never felt comfortable or secure.

“It was very, very unsafe at my last address,” Darden says.

Despite the deplorable conditions, Darden was hundreds of dollars per month short of being able to consistently afford his apartment.

But after his applications for a place elsewhere were met with repeated rejections due to his prior criminal record, Darden was given a lifeline. He was able to get in at the Lowell Apartments, a low-income affordable housing complex at 233 E. 700 South managed by the Utah Nonprofit Housing Corp.

“Once I moved from there into here, it was like moving into paradise,” Darden told the Deseret News while proudly giving a tour of his one-bedroom apartment.

Larry Darden looks on while in his home at the Lowell Apartments in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Darden, who has been in his current apartment for a year and a half, had issues previously with finding affordable housing and suffered from unsafe living conditions. | Alex Goodlett, Deseret News

But even the Lowell Apartments took nearly a year to get Darden in — largely because of the overwhelming demand in Salt Lake City for affordable housing for low-income residents. Darden knows how fortunate he is.

“Here, it’s quiet, it’s respectful. There’s no problems, it’s a great place to lay your head in,” Darden said. “It’s very, very hard to find a place like this.”

The standard rent at the Lowell Apartments is a below-market rate of $575 per month — a few hundred dollars less than he was paying — and there is flexibility on top of that. Darden works as a residential assistant there to earn the remaining amount he cannot pay.

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Many other Utahns who could use affordable housing are not as lucky. Officials estimate the state has a shortage of 43,000 affordable units. For those who simply can’t get in, the mainstream housing market has their way with them.

And that market has not been kind to low-income Utahns.

According to new data published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a person or household earning minimum wage must work 76 hours per week in order to reasonably afford a one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rate in Utah.

By the same metric, affording a two-bedroom apartment in Utah would require working 94 hours per week at minimum wage, the organization reported.

At just 40 hours per week, the lowest wage that could afford a two-bedroom apartment in Utah is $17.02 per hour on average, states the report, published June 8 and titled “Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing.”

That places Utah near the middle of the road in the United States, with the 25th lowest such required wage, the National Low Income Housing Coalition said. Minimum wage in Utah is $7.25.

The findings indicate that minimum-wage workers must choose between working exorbitant hours or spending a very high and exceptionally risky portion of their income on housing, the report authors believe.

“A severely (rent) cost-burdened household is often one unexpected bill away from losing their home,” housing coalition spokeswoman Lisa Marlow said in an email, citing a medical bill or a car repair as examples. “One emergency puts them behind in paying for their housing. Families in this situation are likely to experience greater stress (and) poorer health.”

There are 276,708 renter households in Utah, accounting for about 31 percent of all residences in the state. According to the report, at 40 hours of work each week, the household earning the average wage of a Utah renter — $13.26 per hour — could reasonably afford $689 per month in rent. The average fair market rate for a two-bedroom apartment in Utah is $885 per month; it’s $716 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

The housing coalition based its findings on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s calculation of fair market rent rates in every American county and metropolitan area. The fair market rate is considered “what a family moving today could expect to pay for a modest apartment or rental home in the area,” Marlow said.

Following the same methodology of the federal government, the organization defines housing as affordable when household members use less than 30 percent of their income to pay for it. Households above that threshold are considered significantly cost-burdened by housing, while those who pay for it with more than 50 percent of their income are considered severely cost-burdened.

A factor in homelessness

Unaffordable housing strongly increases the chances of a minimum-wage worker being evicted and potentially becoming homeless, according to Marlow.

“Homelessness is the direct result of the affordable rental housing shortage,” she said. “We have learned from a growing collection of studies that stable, affordable housing has positive outcomes regarding health, education and employment.”

Glenn Bailey, executive director of the Crossroads Urban Center, which runs a food pantry and thrift store serving needy populations, said a clear line can be drawn between a lack of affordable housing and homelessness.+

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How to create a year-round garden:take a tour of the ultimate ‘outdoor room’ designed by Abigail Ahern

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With a coffee table overhung with a chandelier, a snug two-seater and curvy armchairs ranged around a fireplace, as well as a kitchen and dining table, Abigail Ahern’s back garden has to be the ultimate outdoor room.

When she moved to Hackney with husband Graham 13 years ago, Ahern, an accomplished interior designer but a self-confessed non-gardener, approached the outside space with caution. “At first I did what everybody else did, and had stuff down the perimeter and nothing in the middle,” she says, “but as I became more confident, I realised the same principles I applied to inside could apply to the outside.

“One of these is that you never have everything on the perimeter. I like to design interiors so you can’t walk in a straight line from one end of the room to the other, because there’s always something in your way. It’s the difference between walking in a field, where you can see all around you which is really boring, or in a forest, where you’re not sure what’s around the next corner. That’s what I wanted to do here.”

This atmospheric retreat, with weathered decking, leafy tree canopies and stashes of logs for fires indoors and out, looks like it was built in the heart of a forest. That is, if it weren’t for the cowboy cacti — realistic fakes that Ahern sells in her Islington shop and has tucked in among the hydrangea bushes, adding a touch of Santa Fe to the patio — and the petrol blue cabin at the rear, a £100 eBay find upcycled by Graham.

The roomy patio with York stone paving looks as cosy as the living room on the other side of the huge, two-storey glass doors. Another Ahern design principle is to supersize features and furniture to make a space look larger, so naturally, as well as chandeliers in every room of the house, an outsize chandelier of tiered driftwood pieces hangs over the black lacquer coffee table.

Lighting is a game changer, indoors and out, says Ahern. “I have a problem finding outdoor lights I like, so I put indoor lights outside, and have them professionally rewired.” These include a standard lamp and a Sixties pendant shade, while the bonus of overhanging electric cable is that the mile-a-minute vine scrambles along it, creating playful garlands of green above the patio.

To the right of the patio-cum-sittingroom is the dining area, defined by an Indian zinc-topped table from Petersham Nurseries and a customised concrete kitchen from Dutch company WWOO.

“The company customised the kitchen to fit around the Big Green Egg, a barbecue cooker I’m obsessed with ever since I designed a set for a TV programme with Heston Blumenthal, who uses it all the time. You can bake on it, roast with it and it’s all temperature controlled. We put something in on a Saturday morning, slow cook it for 10 hours and come back in the evening and supper’s ready. We even cook the Christmas turkey on it.”

Playing with different textures is a big part of Ahern’s design philosophy, and is apparent in her choice of materials in both hardscape and planting. The decked garden path that leads down to the cabin is a clever fake from Millboard that resembles old, weather-worn oak timber, and is edged down either side with a deep ruff of variegated tufted grass Carex oshimensis Everest.

Pebbles — another textural contrast — are her choice of flooring on either side, giving Ahern the freedom to gradually plant both areas over time. On one side is a wall of rustling bamboo, which she planted so she could look down from her bedroom window and enjoy the constant movement, and on the opposite wall, a sheet of evergreen jasmine. “We planted about 20 tiny plants and now the scent of the flowers in summer is beautiful,” she says. “I’m mad about watering all the time to make them cover the wall.”

 

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Sharp is bringing a ninja-fridge to Europe, and I am so jealous

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People often ask me if it’s boring writing about refrigerators. I think it’s a silly question. After all, pretty much everybody has a fridge and uses it every day — how many other product categories on CNET can claim that? I get to write about tech that’s relevant for everybody.

But, I will confess that I do get bored with seeing the same old features and the same old designs trotted out with fresh coats of polish year after year. I like seeing new features, new designs — the stuff that I didn’t know I wanted in my own kitchen instead of the stuff I already know I don’t.

That’s why the new Sharp Karakuri fridge/freezer caught my eye. It’s a European fridge that doesn’t look anything like most of the fridges I write about, thanks to a nifty, asymmetrical design and a hidden water dispenser that spins into view whenever it senses you reaching for it.

Sharp claims that the revolving water dispenser design was inspired by the “Karakuri” doors ninjas allegedly used to conceal themselves, according to this very academic source.

Historical accuracy aside, it’s patently pretty cool as far as refrigerator PR pitches go. And it’s not just a gimmick — hiding the water dispenser makes for a clean, seamless design, and one that protects it from dust and allergens.

On top of that, the Karakuri fridge offers the ability to customize the size of your ice cubes, and promises to make that ice up to 45 minutes faster than the competition. There’s also an “Express Cooling” mode that claims it can chill a drink down from room temperature in 30 minutes or less.

Size-wise, the refrigerator’s 758 liters (roughly 27 cubic feet) offers plenty of storage space even when compared with American fridges, which tend to be a lot bigger than European models.

Sharp tells us that the Karakuri fridge will make its debut in the final months of 2017 at an asking price somewhere around €3,700 — or about £3,230, AU$5,250, or just a little under $4,000 in the US, converted roughly. All in all, it’s a fridge that looks and sounds like something I’d want to consider for my own kitchen — a shame, given that it’ll only be sold across the pond.

Pay attention, US manufacturers

The Karakuri fridge is a stark difference from the “me-too-ism” that runs rampant in American appliance design. Samsung has a smart fridge with a big ol’ touchscreen on it? Oh great, now LG has one, too. People seem to like door-in-a-door fridges? Oh great, now Whirlpool and GE are jumping in with copycat models of their own. See-through doors were all the rage at CES? Oh great, now Frigidaire has a see-through fridge, too.

At times, US manufacturers seem to spend more creative capital on coming up with unique-sounding names for copycat features than they do on the actual features themselves. Just consider Whirlpool’s “Infinity Shelves” (sliding shelves) or Samsung’s “CoolSelect Pantry” (drawer). At least GE was honest enough to call its clone of the LG Door-in-Door fridge the GE Door-in-Door fridge (though, given that LG has “Door-in-Door” trademarked, I have to believe the moniker won’t stick).

And sure, it’s hard to fault major manufacturers for playing it safe. After all, no one wants to miss out on the next big market mover, that new feature or style that makes everything else look obsolete and compels people to upgrade. It happened with French door refrigerators nearly 20 years ago, and with most of those models starting to get pretty long in the tooth, a lot of experts think the time is ripe for it to happen again.

Still, it won’t happen without innovation, or without risk. It’s why I tend to give manufacturers a little bit of leeway when they go out on a limb and try something different — that’s the only way we’ll ever find the appliances we didn’t know we wanted. So, to that end, good on Sharp for making a weird-looking fridge with unique features.

 

 
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How to change Alexa’s name

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By default, saying “Alexa” near an Alexa speaker will activate the voice assistant and it will begin listening for your requests or commands. It takes some getting used to, but after a while, talking to a speaker and calling it by a human name begins to feel fairly natural.

That said, if you have someone in your household by the same name or your television constantly activates your speaker, you may want to consider changing its name. Here’s how you can change the wake word of your Alexa device.

Changing the wake word

If you have multiple Alexa devices around your house, you may notice that they all activate when you say the wake word. You don’t need to assign a different wake word to each speaker, as the Echo Spatial Perception feature ensures only the closest speaker will respond.

However, if you’re having unwanted activations changing the wake word will certainly help. To change the wake word of your Alexa device:

  • Go to alexa.amazon.com or open the Amazon Alexa app on iOS or Android.
  • In the Android or iOS apps, click the hamburger button in the upper left corner to expand the side menu.
  • In the side menu, select Settings.
  • Click on one of the devices under Alexa Devices to open the settings specific to that device.
  • Click Wake Word.
  • Click to open the drop-down menu and select either Amazon or Echo.
  • Click Save.

Now, instead of saying “Alexa” to activate the speaker, you will have to speak either “Echo” or “Amazon,” depending on which wake word you choose. Some users on Reddit have discovered a fourth wake word option, Computer, appearing after a recent firmware update.

Changing the device name

In addition to inadvertent activations, with Alexa starting to pop up everywhere, it’s likely that your list of Alexa devices in the Alexa app or web client will get out of hand rather quickly.

With different settings for each Alexa device, it’s important to differentiate them in the app to avoid confusion and for easier troubleshooting, should something go wrong. Here’s how:

  • Go to alexa.amazon.com or open the Amazon Alexa app on iOS or Android.
  • In the Android or iOS apps, click the hamburger button in the upper left corner to expand the side menu.
  • In the side menu, select Settings.
  • Click on one of the devices under Alexa Devices to open the settings specific to that device.
  • Beside Device name click Edit.
  • Type in a new name and click Save Changes.

Unlike changing the wake word, changing the device name will not alter how you interact with the Alexa device in any way. What it will do, however, is make it easy to tell multiple Alexa devices apart within the Alexa app.

Setting a personal name to your Alexa speakers will also make it easier to select the correct one to play music with using Spotify and other connected apps.

Changing the name of an Alexa speaker won’t change how it appears as a Bluetooth device. The Bluetooth name will stay in its original format (e.g. Echo-XXX) even after you change the device name. Fortunately, you can often change the name of the Alexa device in the Bluetooth settings of the device you pair it with.

 

 

 

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How to care for houseplants in winter Follow these expert tips

African Violets Blooming In Potted Plant On Window Sill

During winter months the growth of most houseplants slows down and, apart from plants that keep growing, it is best to reduce watering until the spring.

Let the compost dry out before adding tepid water and drain away the excess so the pot doesn’t stand in water. There is no need to feed a plant that is resting.

Houseplants like an even temperature and not an overheated room that drops dramatically overnight. For this reason, avoid putting plants on a window sill that will become very cold at night. If possible, move plants away from radiators and draughts as both will cause damage.

Knowing the original environment the plant came from will help you recreate the best conditions. Add more moisture to tropical ones by misting frequently or stand the pot on a saucer filled with gravel and a little water.

Keep temperatures warmer for desert plants. Cyclamen and Azaleas are not happy in high temperatures, though African violets, Steptocarpus (Cape primrose) and Poinsettias are. Tough foliage like Yucca, Palms and Aspidistra are better in cooler rooms.

Keep leaves looking their best by removing dust gently with a soft cloth or brush and then wipe with a moist cloth.

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Work Smarter: 8 Ways to Boost Focus in a Home Office

Work Smarter: 8 Ways to Boost Focus in a Home Office

Hardly anyone has enough willpower to completely ignore what’s going on around them. That’s because paying attention to anything that might endanger or otherwise affect our lives in any way was vital to humans’ early survival. Even today our biology prevents us from completely focusing on a task when others are in view or earshot. Unpredictable noises or sights (even a random reflection from a shiny wind chime outside) decrease our concentration.

As an environmental psychologist, I help people understand how to make their spaces work to their advantage by tweaking their environments, even in minor ways. I recently wrote about a few ways you can make your office work better for you, which looked at ways to design a space to help you stay relaxed and focused. Here I’m going to discuss ways that sights and sounds (and the lack thereof) can help you think more creatively and more efficiently. After all, who wants to spend more time working than necessary?

Choose an isolated spot for your office. Put your home office as far away as you can from your home’s social areas — family room, kitchen etc. It may sound like a no-brainer, but sometimes we want to be in the center of the action and think we can still get work done. Sure, you may think you’re an expert at working, carrying a conversation and watching TV all at the same time, but the truth is you’re not working efficiently.

When you can’t hear or see conversations and activity, your mind won’t divert its active capacity to listening or looking — and you’ll work better.

Add walls and doors to cut distractions. This office may not have everything going for it — there’s no sunlight, for example — but being able to close doors and block sound is important for preserving creative energy. Closed doors also signal that work’s in progress and only important interruptions are acceptable.

If traditional walls don’t work, try something else. Not every environment can support new walls and a door. Maybe you want an open flow throughout an entire floor when you’re not working, or walls and a door would cost too much to install. If that’s true, add something like these sliding doors and wear headphones playing white noise.

 

 

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Gardening in January/February: It’s time to prepare for the year ahead

Hedges

  • This is a good month to plant hedges. It’s worth looking out for bare-root plants as they’re cheaper than pot-grown ones. They’re dug up from the field and posted directly to you so they miss out on all the costs of watering and re-potting that bump up the price of container- grown plants. The availability of bare-root plants depends on the weather but they should be around until the end of February and into March.

Roses

  • If you didn’t do it in autumn, this is the time to prune roses and other summer-flowering shrubs such as late clematis and buddleias. This pruning is for flowers and there’s a simple way to approach it; every time you make a cut, and always cut just above a bud, imagine a new stem coming from that bud with a season’s growth with a flower on the end of it. So if you want your flowers dotted around the plant, prune as far down to the ground as you can get.

 

 

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Your guide to creating the perfect garden gym

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The number of health conscious people in the UK is on the up and commercial gyms can be incredibly busy at peak times. With costly memberships and families trying to juggle the demands of modern life, more and more are creating their own workout space at home. As garden rooms can be installed within 15-20 days, don’t usually require planning permission and can be built to a bespoke design, they are becoming popular solutions for home gyms, and over the past two years, we have noticed a rise in the number being installed.

The key to creating a productive and practical space in your garden is to carefully consider the room’s features at the design stage. This includes:

THE EQUIPMENT

When designing a gym, the first thing to consider is the equipment you are looking to install. Certain items, such as cross trainers and running machines, elevate the user and can be a real issue if you’re tall, as your head can touch the ceiling. The permitted development height of a garden room is 2.5m, however, there are no height restrictions or planning permission requirements if you simply build more than 2m from the property’s boundary. In most cases, it is beneficial to do so as higher ceilings ensure you don’t feel restricted when exercising.

As with many garden rooms, wall space is of a premium. Many customers love to have a lot of glass and it’s tempting to install wall-to-wall glass to let in as much natural light as possible, but the design and layout of the doors and windows is key to creating a functional workout space, and too many windows may limit where you can place equipment. You also need to consider privacy, especially if your garden is overlooked.

Equipment will also determine the type of flooring required. If you will be using free weights, it’s important that you select a specific rubber gym matting. Otherwise, a sturdy wood or laminate is great as they are easy to clean – especially important after an intense, sweat-inducing workout!

CHOOSING YOUR UTILITIES

Although it might not be the most exciting part of the design process, it’s really important to consider the final layout as this will determine the placement of sockets and the type of lighting and heating.

Many of the gyms we build have sockets in the floor to avoid untidy cable runs. Also, spotlights are very popular and I would always recommend considering LED lighting. Not only will this prevent your garden room from getting too hot, but it will also give you enormous savings on your energy bills. Plus, dimmers or even multiple circuits are a good option, so that certain parts of the room can be lit while others aren’t.

The other utility to consider is an entertainment system. For most, a TV and sound system are a must when working out. When designing your gym garden room, it is worth considering recessed speakers in the ceiling as this allows for more floor and wall space and will offer much better sound quality. A Bluetooth device will enable you to connect your phone or iPod so you’re able to play your favourite music through the speakers.

Also, there is the potential to incorporate plumbing if you fancy installing a bathroom or if you’re a personal trainer and are looking to use the space for clients, shower facilities could be a selling point.

THE EXTERNAL LOOK AND FEEL

A lot of the time, people focus on how they want their garden room to look on the inside and don’t consider how it will look from the outside. We encourage homeowners to really think about the external look and how this fits within their garden. The finished room is likely to be visible from the house and the last thing anyone wants to look at is a box that starkly contrasts with the rest of the garden!

Many of our customers love the idea of bi-folding doors, as they can open up directly into the garden and create the illusion of a huge space, which is great in the summer. However, it does limit the amount of wall space for gym equipment.

We also recommend landscaping and using planting to soften any straight lines in the design, this is especially good for blending the building into an established garden.

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