What could be a better location for an antique store than an old historic church. The St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church recently transformed into a store featuring antiques and art. The owner of the store is working with area artists to offer local talent including art, wood carvings and paintings, stone and sculptures.
Bay Shore’s historic St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church recently has been transformed into a store featuring a variety of antiques and art.
Launched last year, Bay Shore Art and Antiques is scheduled to reopen for its 2013 season onWednesday, May 1. Owner Roger Waldron is confident Bay Shore Art and Antiques will bring a distinctive flair to the area.
“From a 90 year old sculpture artist to an incredibly rare Wequetonsing icebox, this store has items that will intrigue everyone,” he said. . . Continue Reading
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The world of antiques has changed over time as people no longer have collections, such as baseball cards or books. Now they obtain antique furniture because it is unusual or unique. Previously the items would be stripped and refinished but now they are just painted, however antique store owners feel the trend will reverse in years to come. The owners of Riverwalk have just expanded their business and have an antique mall of sorts with cooperative style vendors and are excited about the increased interest in antiques currently.
Riverwalk Art and Antiques opened Monday its second expansion since starting in July 2011, adding 600 square feet of space to its lower-level retail area inside the building at 127 N. Main St.
The hobbyist pottery studio, Kinni Clayworks, moved two doors down to 126 N. Riverwalk and will continue to offer group lessons, parties and demonstrations of pottery making. The move means extra space for Riverwalk, which now occupies the entire lower level.
Riverwalk founders Mary Jo Nelson and Pat and Dan Nistler worked on the latest expansion for about a month, removing walls, cleaning, painting and re-arranging. . . Continue Reading
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Despite a serious drought over the summer months with record low lake levels it is spring which means flooding in the plain states. Rivers filled with water, the Mississippi rose ten feet in one day, and the ground is frozen which means more run off. Spring often brings flash floods which Chicago residents are all too familiar with. The storm drain system in Chicago is combined with the sewer system and often leads to messy backups. There are a few things that can be done to protect your home but for Chicago residents the biggest help will be the new drainage system, but it won’t be ready until 2029.
After a frighteningly dry summer, record-low lake levels over the winter and a near shut-down of the Mississippi river due to low waters, it’s flood season. This week there were flood warnings in Lake County to the north of Chicago and in parts of the Illinois River to the west, and numerous rivers and streams hit flood or near-flood levels near the Quad Cities, Cairo and St. Louis.
The sudden flooding may be hard to absorb, but it’s a fact of living in a floodplain state. Illinois’ low lands and abundant rivers mean many parts of the state are liable to flood on a yearly basis, and the Chicago area’s history is marked by almost countless catastrophic floods.
So, is anything special about this year’s flood warnings? Well, yes and no.
“Typically, our flood season for the larger rivers is in the early spring,” said Bill Morris, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service. But this year, he said, areas north of Chicago had a frost depth down to ten inches during the melt and precipitation. “So when we had additional rainfall…that water basically hit a solid surface and just started running off into the streams.” . . . Continue Reading
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How do you determine your route to a destination? A new app is being developed that will let you determine your route based on air quality. The app provides real time data based on sensors that are placed on public trams. It will then allow you to choose the route with the best air quality, which would be most helpful to those with respiratory illnesses. It would also be helpful to know what areas have the best air quality when purchasing a home or running outdoors.
What if you could choose your commute based on the air quality en route? This is what a new smartphone app, “Mobile Observatory,” developed by EPFL’s Distributed Systems Laboratory, is proposing. Currently still in the prototype stage, the invention could be available to the public in the near future.
Recently tested in Zurich with a group of volunteers, the application allows users to consult, with a single click and in real time, the levels of certain pollutants in specific areas of the city. The information comes from a network of sensors installed on the roofs of several trams, in the context of a project called OpenSense that has been conducted over the past three years in Lausanne and Zurich by four EPFL and ETH Zurich laboratories. Public transportation is the ideal platform from which to collect this kind of data: it provides mobile, reliable, predictable, and complete coverage of a given area. In addition the system gives the application another advantage by providing data that are more precise and targeted than those based on fixed stations. Its operation in real-time also makes it possible to give instantaneous warnings when pollution levels change unexpectedly. . . Continue Reading
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A bill is being proposed that would decrease the Florida catastrophe fund by $3 million over the next three years. This fund has been an important source of cash for claim payments in past natural disasters. If they fund is diminished is could cause homeowners insurance companies to raise premiums to make up the additional claim payments they would undoubtedly be responsible for. Previously reform packages similar have been eliminated but it is still a possibility in the near future.
A new bill in the state of Florida could have homeowners insurance customers in the state paying more for their coverage as it aims to make the hurricane fund smaller than it currently is.
Florida’s catastrophe fund has been an important source of cash for making claims payments in the state following severe disasters. Should this bill pass, it would bring it down from its current $17 billion to $14 billion in a period of three years. This could mean that homeowners insurance companies will find themselves charging more in order to compensate for the smaller size of that fund.
The bill was filed by Rep Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton), and is quite similar to one that was filed in the senate (SB 1262), by Senator Alan Hays (R-Umatilla). This will likely generate business for private reinsurance companies, which often consist of foreign and offshore organizations that typically charge rates that are about twice as high as the state’s Catastrophe Fund. . . Continue Reading
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Twenty inches of rain have fallen in Worth County, Colorado in the past week and there is potential for more rain. 28 roads remain closed including all dirt roads which are all just about washed out. Officials are asking residents to be aware and prepared and to get out of their homes before it is too late.
Worth County officials are doing all they can to make sure residents are prepared for potential flooding.
Worth County experienced localized flooding Saturday after 8 inches of rain fell on top of the 12 inches they had last week.
And more rain could create more problems for folks in the area. 28 roads remain closed in Worth County after Saturday’s rain. . . Continue Reading
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Retiring at 60 or 65 years old is no longer a financial reality for many people. 57% of employees who are planning on retiring in 2013 would consider working past the state pension age mostly to increase their retirement fund. Some are considering continuing with full time employment but most are looking at part time. There is also a benefit to continued employment in keeping your brain and body active and healthy.
Nearly six in ten (57%) employee respondents retiring in 2013 would consider working past the state pension age, according to research by Prudential.
Its Class of 2013 research found that 40% of these respondents would want to work in full-time employment and 60% would consider working part-time.
It also found that 55% of those considering continuing to work were motivated by keeping their minds and bodies active and healthy, while 40% were motivated by boosting their retirement income. . . Continue Reading
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Lansing city employees are at risk of getting their benefits cut in favor of balancing the budget and reducing an $11 million deficit. An independent team is reviewing the city’s financial situation and where cuts can be made to balance the budget. The goal is to give the city a better position in the future and for the long run but will require some financial pain in the short term.
The independent team formed to review the city of Lansing’s finances could recommend privatizing services and cutting employee benefits when it issues a report to Mayor Virg Bernero in March.
The team, led by former Mayor David Hollister and consisting of members of the public and private sectors, will hold a public hearing this week to get input from city residents.
Recommendations haven’t been finalized, and many still are being analyzed for potential cost savings. But Steve Liedel, senior counsel with Dykema Gossett PLLC in Lansing and a review team member, said some long-term suggestions receiving serious consideration include . . . Continue Reading
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Decaying of uranium in the earth’s soil causes the emission of radon gas into the air. This gas can enter your home and cause potential harm to residents. One in 16 homes is found to have high levels of the dangerous gas. The gas can be mitigated to reduce the harm. Exposure to high levels of radon has for an extended period of time is known to cause lung cancer.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. To talk about what is radon, it is an odorless and invisible gas which has no taste. Its common source of origination is the decay of uranium in soil.
Therefore, it becomes quite feasible for the gas to enter one’s house. As per the estimation of the EPA, one in 16 homes has been found to be having high levels of radon levels. Experts said that it is a high time now that people should get their homes tested for the presence of radon.
According to official statistics, approximately 22,000 people get killed due to radon every year. Therefore, it gets all the more important to get homes checked for the presence of radon. Experts explained how people come in contact with the gas. They affirmed that the gas starts collecting in voids as well as in air space and then it makes its entry in homes through cracks and drainage pipes. . . Continue Reading
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