What is LEED®? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:39
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, operation and performance of commercial buildings as well as homes.  It was developed almost ten years ago by the United States Green Building Council ( www.usgbc.org )and is rapidly becoming the Green Building Rating system that many progressive US  government municipalities from state to local level, as well as international, are requiring their buildings to be built to these exacting sustainable standards that reduce site disturbance, and energy and water consumption while using local and sustainable building practices and no-toxic materials, creating a healthy indoor and outdoor environment for all.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 14:41
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An Old Farmhouse Gets a Fresh Start PDF Print E-mail

In a time when consumers have started to become more environmentally responsible and think in terms of recycling and reusing, at least one home in Pike County evokes an era when people thought that way out of necessity and frugality.  Currently a llama farm, Foster Hill Farm in Milford Township was established in the 19th century and has undergone several interesting transitions.

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Romancing the Planet PDF Print E-mail

You’ve all heard about Global Warming and other environmental problems, but what are you actually doing to help improve our precious planet?  If you think you are too small to help, you are so wrong.

Greenhouse gases aren’t just coming from big factories; they are coming from all of us.  The US generates over seven billion tons per year; that’s twenty tons per American.  Did you know that 51% of our nation’s energy still comes from coal?  Did you know you could source out cleaner energy, like wind power, and choose where your electricity comes from?

When you go to run errands, you can start contributing less to greenhouse gases by trying to get everything you need in one big trip rather than several small trips all week long.  Do we really need that gas guzzling SUV for running to the grocery store?  Did you know that only 10% of SUVs capable of four-wheel drive ever need or use it?  It always amazes me that my ice fishing friends complain about global warming and the fact that the lakes don’t freeze over for them to fish anymore as they drive around town in their large trucks and SUVs.

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Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allison Mowatt   
Monday, 01 March 2010 15:19

As beautiful and magical the crisp, clear air may seem, it's also the time of year many people fall victim to colds and viruses that knock us down when we least expect it and especially when we don't have time for it!

 

There are ways to battle these pesky infections naturally and in the comfort of your own home if you'd rather not use over the counter medication.  Natural remedies have been helping people feel better for generations.  There is some truth to the old adage that chicken soup is good for the soul and is one of the leading "cure alls" for colds and other infections.

 

Follow these tried and true natural home remedies for relieving cold and flu symptoms and you'll soon be out of bed and back in action in no time:

Last Updated on Monday, 01 March 2010 15:26
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Natural Stain Removers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Alexander   
  • Beer (or most liquors): For washable fabrics, pre-soak in cold water, then wash in natural soapy water like castile soap.
  • Blood: For a little spot, you can actually spot treat with your own spit. For bigger stains, rinse with cold water, then soak in a solution of 3 Tb of ammonia to 1 gal of cool water for an hour. Then wash as normal.
  • Candle wax: Let the wax cool and remove with a dull knife. Place a paper towel on either side of the stain and press with a warm iron. Wash away any color stains with natural castile soap and baking soda in hot water.
  • Chewing gum: Apply ice until the gum hardens and then scrape the gum off with a knife. Next, soak the stain in a mixture of water and liquid detergent.
  • Chocolate: Soak the stain in a mixture of 4 Tb of borax and 2 1/2 cups of warm water.
  • Coffee or tea: Stretch the fabric over a bowl. Pour boiling water (use your coffee maker or hot pot) through the stain from a height of about 3 ft.
  • Lipstick: Rub with white vinegar and rinse.
  • Sweat: Soak the stain in salt water for an hour. Next, rub a half and half solution of white vinegar and water on the stain. Rinse well and wash.
  • Tomato sauce: Soak in cool water for about half an hour. Apply a salt and let set then rinse, then apply clear vinegar and rinse.
  • Wine: For white and red wines, soak the area with sparkling water as soon as you can. Pour salt over the stain and then stretch it over a bowl. From a height of about a foot, pour boiling water through the stain.
 
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