Mother's Day is May 10, and Marie Covington has a great idea for those who want to honor the significant women in their lives in a way that will have lasting value. Marie is one of the founders of the Women's Endowment Fund, which is managed by the Akron Community Foundation and benefits nonprofit organizations that help women and girls in Summit County. Go to the fund's website to contribute to its Mother's Day program to honor your mom, mentor or any woman who is special to you. All gifts stay with the endowment; only the interest is distributed through grants. This year, the fund granted $85,000 to 12 local organizations.
Joyce Pelz is the owner of the local franchise of NaturaLawn of America, which specializes in organic lawn care. With Lyme disease becoming more prevalent in Ohio, the flea and tick spray that Joyce uses on our lawns will be important in preserving our health and welfare. The spray is made with cedar oil, which doesn't have the toxic effects of most lawn chemicals. She has another spray, made of garlic oil, which is good against mosquitos. Both sprays leave bees and other beneficial insects alone. To reach Joyce or for more information on NaturaLawn, call 330.920.9182 or visit her website.
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Helen Dauka, communications and volunteer project manager for Keep Akron Beautiful, says this is Clean Up Akron Month. Keep Akron Beautiful has two trailers -- a Community Pride trailer and a Litter and Illegal Dump trailer -- that Akron residents can use for free to clean up and beautify vacant lots and other community spaces. Also, the organization's Dreamscape raffle is happening now. It supports the flowerscapes that dot the city of Akron. For more information or to buy tickets for the Dreamscape: Keep Akron Beautiful
Pam Andrella and her daughter Arica Neil are partners in Alter'd Relics: Design Studio, 554 W. Tuscarawas in Barberton. They sell repurposed and repainted home furnishings and jewelry, purses and other usuable art by local artisans. They'll also do custom work. For hours and more information: 330.620.5914 or their Wordpress Blog
Margaret Marshall is the author of Body, Mind and Mouth: Life's Eating Connection, which gives readers the concepts of weight loss without the use of drugs, surgery or tasteless diet products. Known as Your Personal Eating Expert, Margaret also writes a blog for the Huffington Post. Body, Mind and Mouth and her ebook, Five Finger Food Guide, are available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble and anywhere else books are sold. For more information, visit Margaret's website.
Rholanda Rance is the owner/operator of Petite Sweets, which specializes in mini pound cake treats. She'll pack them up and ship them anywhere for you. For more information: 888.868.4381 or Petite Sweets Now
Teena Angellique, a parapsychologist who gives insightful readings, is available for private consultations or events of all kinds, from small parties to weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. Teena can be reached at 330.928.6739.
Rosanna Hrabnicky is show manager for the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, which opens Friday, March 27, at the Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland 44113. There will be celebrity guests, more than 300 exhibitors and flowers galore. The show runs Friday from noon to 9 p.m., next Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, go to the website: Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo
Paul Swan, owner of Swan Plumbing and Heating, has been a plumber full time for more than 46 years. Before then, he helped his dad in what is now a fourth-generation business. For much of his career, he has worked to raise the image of plumbers by wearing a tie, dress shirt, jacket and dress pants on the job. This shows a high level of respect for the homeowners he serves. Call Paul, who's based in Richfield, at 330.659.6233, or visit his website.
Margie and Ray Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeastern Ohio, clean your home the way you would clean if you really wanted to clean. But who does? It's so much better to spend your time doing what you want to do. Maid Brigade employees are all thoroughly background checked, so you can feel comfortable and secure letting them into your home. For more information: 330.453.6000 or Maid Brigade