|Resident Appreciation Week
|Get ready for some fun!
|Thank you for choosing The Village of Western Reserve to call home!
Resident Appreciation Week May 28-31
Tuesday 5/28: Pizza Night! Stop by the office from 5pm-7pm for pizza, salad and refreshments!
Wednesday 5/29: Ice Cream – Stop in the office from 4pm-6pm for a cool treat!
Thursday 5/30: Pet Appreciation Day! Bring your furry friend to the office for a special treat!
Friday 5/31: Breakfast - We’ll have a complimentary breakfast in the office from 7:30am-9am!
We hope to see you there!
|The Dos and Don'ts of: Cleaning Up After Your Pets
|A clean home is important -- so is the health of our kids (furry and otherwise).
|The Dos and Don'ts of:
Cleaning Up After Pets
by Allison Lind, Posted Aug 19th 2010
A clean home is important -- so is the health of our kids (furry and otherwise).
Somehow in the midst of cooing and belly scratching, our beloved pets create a consistent mess -- follow these tips to keep on top of it.
No pet owner will argue against the following: Our pets are our children. From the day they enter our homes, they solidify a spot in the family tree. And, of course, like all of us, they can be a bit untidy (and perhaps like some family members super high-maintenance). But, unlike human family members (most, at least), pets are incapable of cleaning up after themselves, often leaving behind a fury, muddy mess wherever they go.
There are cleaning solutions, machines and utensils galore -- and you probably already own a slew of them. But to really keep a leash on your home's cleanliness, read through this guide; we promise it'll help keep your home in purrfect shape. (Yeah, I couldn't help myself.)
Do use a vacuum with brushes, fans and powerful air currents. "These features all combine to destruct fleas," says Jackie Cooper, director of marketing and communications for Electrolux Home Care Products North America. "Research from The Ohio State University shows a vacuum can kill fleas, so use it to your advantage."
Do put a cap on the amount of toys in the house at a given time. Like children, cats and dogs don't rely solely on toys for amusement, so for the most part you're just creating extra clutter. If you have kids, have them help take part in the pet's care by being responsible for putting all of the pet's toys into a basket each evening.
Don't let pets roam free. Limit your pet's play area by blocking off specific rooms you want to keep clean or that are unsafe for them. In the rooms appropriate for pets, minimize the clutter so that there is nothing to be knocked over. Also, install shelves that are fastened to the walls and choose sturdy furniture. Minimize breakables so that your pet can play -- and you can relax.
Don't submerge pets in water for a bath. Instead, try using the minimum amount of water needed, poured over your dog or cat, to cut down on potential mess. Or, if it's warm and sunny outside take your pet outside to speed up drying and reduce clean-up time.
Don't wait to bathe and brush your pets until after several days playing outside. After romping around all those dead leaves in the yard, their coats are often loaded with dirt and dander that scatters around the house and can contribute to poor indoor air quality. To avoid this problem, brush pets' hair before they re-enter the home from outdoors and bathe them regularly.
Do keep the right tools on hand for cleaning up your pet's most common messes, advise the experts at BISSELL, who created an online Pet Lovers Community, which offers tips on cleaning and care and an on-hand expert to answer questions. BISSELL's research shows that about half (51 percent) of dog and cat owners admit to using a "quick fix" like an air freshener or candle to hide odors, throwing away a rug the pet had an accident on instead of trying to clean it, or flipping over couch or chair cushions to hide fur. If you have the right tools, cleaning up after your pet will be simple, and you won't have to resort to those "band-aid" fixes.
Do tackle pet hair with a vacuum with superior suction and specially designed tools for removing pet hair and dander. (Product placement? Of course! Try BISSELL's Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum, $149.99.)
Don't let your pet's potty accidents sit, say the folks at BISSELL. This is especially true if you have a cat, because cat urine is actually more concentrated -- and likely to stain -- than dog urine. Absorb as much of the moisture as possible with old towels -- being careful to blot rather than rub -- before applying a carpet solution. If accidents are common, consider purchasing a portable deep cleaner (like the BISSELL SpotBot Pet Deep Cleaner, $129.99).
Do tackle "recycled meals" (pet vomit) with an oxygen-active formula to remove tough, color-based pet stains – often the result of dyes contained in pet food – along with the odors they create.
Do minimize tracked dirt by quickly rubbing down dogs with a towel after walks, making sure to include their paws -- especially on rainy days when mud, water and who knows what else easily clings to fur.
Do keep cleaning products stored out of reach of children and pets. Vacuum cleaners, sprays and deep cleaning machines can be super enticing to a curious child (or pup).
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|The Akron Zoo is an accredited world conservation zoo.
|A distinction given to only 10 percent of zoos across the country by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. As such, your Akron Zoo participates in breeding programs to save endangered species.
When you visit the Zoo, you’ll come nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, Sumatran tigers, sloth bears, jaguars, snow leopards, lemurs, Komodo dragons and many more
The Akron Zoo is a great place for families with children, and a great place to visit throughout the year. With a zoo membership, you can visit as many times a year as you'd like - all for one low price. The Zoo offers several special events during the year such as Breakfast with the Bunny, Mother's Day Garden Party, Senior Safari, Boo at the Zoo, Breakfast with Santa and the Animals and many more.
Visit: http://akronzoo.org for more information
|If you don’t have a yard, having a yard sale is a bit tricky
If you don’t have a yard, having a yard sale is a bit tricky. The best way to draw customers is to hold a joint sale with other members of your apartment complex. You can probably convince your landlord to let you use the parking lot or other centralized location if you have the camaraderie of other residents. If location really becomes an issue, look for a church or neighborhood sale and join in.
Preparing for the Sale
•Look for other events that bring people to your town (festivals, craft fairs, carnivals) and set the date for your yard sale around the same time.
•Assess the best public area for signage. Look for locations like busy intersections or posting boards in local coffee houses, gyms or other gathering places. Make sure you indicate on your signs: where your sale will be held, what date/s it will be, what time it will be on each date and a brief line that states what type of items you will be selling, (“Kids Furniture!” or “Women’s Clothing Size 10!”). Adding this line to your sign, will draw more people who are really interested in what you have to sell. The more specific you are, the more you’ll be able to only draw the people who really want to help you deplete your stash. When you make signs that will be posted outdoors, get a light (white) or yellow heavy duty poster board, styrene or foam core. Use dark and bold black lettering. Use a permanent marking pen as both your sign and the words on it need to be able to stand up to the elements. You should post your signs and notices at least a week in advance of your sale.
•Check with your local city center to find out if you will need a permit. Your landlord should be able to help you with this as well. Your local town hall may also help you rent tables if you need them. These tables may also be found at restaurant supply stores. Ask your friends and family to borrow any tables they may have available. If you’re selling a lot of clothes, get a portable wardrobe or clothes rack. It’s much easier to look at items of clothing if they’re hanging rather than rummaging through piles set on a table.
|Bugs - Bug Off!
|Warmer weather brings out the birds and the bees—and all sorts of other bugs.
|Bugs - Bug Off!
Warmer weather brings out the birds and the bees—and all sorts of other bugs.
Summertime pests are not only a nuisance; they can also carry and transmit harmful diseases. How can you get these bugs to buzz off?
- If you are stung by a wasp or a bee, carefully remove the stinger if you can see it. Then squeeze the area that was stung to get out any venom, wash with soap and water, and treat with an antibiotic ointment. Ice it down if there is any swelling.
- Use a repellent with DEET to protect against mosquito bites. Caution: Do not use products containing DEET on children under the age of two months; and us only sparingly on kids.
- If you are entering an area with lots of mosquitoes, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Tuck the bottom of your pant legs into your socks.