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Using Natural Remedies to Cure Allergies

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Using Natural Remedies
To Cure Allergies

 

Does spring fever make you sneeze and the family dog make your eyes water?  You’re not alone: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children suffer from allergies.  To curb the effects, though, consider reaching for one of these natural remedies if your doctor gives his okay.

 

  • Butterbur – This root extract is often used to treat coughs, asthma, hay fever, headaches, and stomach ulcers.  Though considered safe, the plant itself contains cancer-causing substances, so it’s important to make sure the specific brand you use has had those substances removed.
  • Neti Pot – Neti Pots are used to prevent and treat upper respiratory conditions, but make sure the water you use is distilled and as sterile as possible.  Tap water contains chemicals that might actually make sinus conditions worse.
  • Raw honey – Eating a tablespoon of local, raw honey every day is supposed to help the body build a tolerance to the regional pollen and allergens in the air.
Quercetin – Naturally found in wine, onions, green tea, and citrus fruit, quercetin is a cell stabilizer, blocking the release of histamine, which causes inflammation.  Some sources suggest this is a long-term remedy, and people who suffer from seasonal allergies should take quercetin in the weeks leading up to spring. 

Winter Lawn Tips

Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Lawn Tips

In the winter months, most people aren’t thinking too much about their lawns and gardens. Instead, many are focusing on putting up holiday lights and staying warm by the fire. Keeping your gardening and landscaping in good shape while it’s cold out will make for an even better looking yard in the spring, though. Continuing our series on tips for taking care of your yard this winter, here are a few more ways to improve your outdoor space when it’s cold out.

Keep the debris under control
If you’ve been keeping up with raking, this shouldn’t be too difficult. You’re going to want to keep leaves and other debris off your lawn and away from your plants. One option is to mulch your leaves with a lawn mower and use the mulch in your flowerbeds. Either way, we recommend leaf removal for the health of your lawn.

Use what you’ve grown!
You spend the year growing beautiful plants and trees – now is the time to bring some of that indoors so you get a little bit of green all year long. If you have a spruce or fir tree, you can always use the clippings to make fresh smelling centerpieces and wreaths. Holly is also great this time of year.

Stock up on kitty litter, sand or sawdust
While salt melts ice efficiently, it’s not great for the environment. Runoff from melting snow can damage your lawn or garden. Avoid this by using alternatives that melt snow and ice just as well without the adverse effects.

Fertilize your lawn for the last time
If you’re trying to get the greenest lawn in your neighborhood next year, you should use winter fertilizer one more time shortly before Christmas. After that, it’s best to let Mother Nature run her course.

Keep watering your plants
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that your plants don’t need water. You don’t have to go overboard with watering, but make sure that you’re helping out, especially during warm periods.

 

Information provided by Chesapeake Landscapes 12.22.16

BelAir Aldi

Monday, January 09, 2017

Bel Air ALDI Announces Grand Opening Date

The ALDI store in Bel Air is opening soon at the Bel Air Plaza, with a ribbon-cutting, giveaways and more planned.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff) - January 6, 2017 6:56 am ET

 

BEL AIR, MD — In two weeks, the anchor space that has been vacant for nearly two years in the shopping center on US 1 at MD 24 will be up and running with a new grocer.  ALDI will open at the Bel Air Plaza on Thursday, Jan. 19.

The anchor space in the Bel Air Plaza has sat vacant since Mars closed in January 2015. To celebrate the new ALDI store, several activities are planned.  First, there will be a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Once the store opens its doors, the first 100 shoppers to enter will receive "golden tickets," or ALDI gift cards of various amounts. On opening day, all shoppers can enter a sweepstakes to win produce for a year. The store is also planning to give away product samples and distribute eco-friendly bags on its first day in business.

Darlington's Independence Day Celebration

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DARLINGTON, MD — The Fourth of July comes early in Darlington, and this year is no exception.

The town's annual Independence Day Parade and Celebration will be on Saturday, June 25.

Here's the schedule:

  • Parade lineup starts at 4 p.m.
  • Parade starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Live entertainment and food vendors will be on tap, and parade winners will be announced.
  • Fireworks begin at dusk.

The parade will begin at the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company, 2600 Castleton Road, Darlington.

Fireworks will be visible from Francis Silver Park, 2124 Shuresville Road, Darlington. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch.

The parade was canceled in 2015 due to rain that was forecast. Check the forecast for Darlington here. So far, the National Weather Service is predicting sunny skies and a high of 83 degrees on Saturday.

Harford County Waste Dispo0sal Center Hours

Monday, May 23, 2016

Harford County Waste Disposal Center Extending Service Hours for

Residential Customers From Harford County Government

                     

BEL AIR, Md., (Feb. 29, 2016) - The Harford County Waste Disposal Center will extend its hours of operation until 7:00 PM on Thursdays from March 17 through June 16, 2016, to improve service and reduce Saturday traffic at the landfill.  The extended Thursday hours are only for residential customers disposing of household waste or recycling at the homeowner drop-off area of the facility located in Street, Md. Operating hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday will remain from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

Maryland Environmental Service (MES) received permission from the Maryland Department of the Environment to expand hours on Thursdays for three months in order to relieve congestion on Saturdays. If successful, MES will request a permit modification to permanently expand operating hours at the landfill. Operating hours for Harford County’s mulch and compost facility and the commercial disposal of waste will not change, remaining Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

For additional information, including acceptable materials for disposal and recycling, please visit

www.harfordrecycles.org or call the Harford Waste Disposal Center at (410) 638-3018.

Protect Yourself from Hospital Infections

Thursday, March 24, 2016

How To Protect Yourself From Hospital Infections

 

            People check into hospitals to overcome illness, but these supposedly sterile environments can also expose you to many germs. Luckily, there are several things you can do to protect your health if you happen to land in the hospital:

 

  1. Research your chosen hospital.  Educate yourself about laws in your state designed to create safer, healthier hospitals (hospitalinfectionrates.org), then find out what your hospital has done to control infections.  Your state’s health department can advise where you can find specific hospital statistics.

  2. Practice appropriate hand washing.  Ask that your doctors, nurses, and visitors wash their hands before touching you or items in your room.  Gloves offer a false sense of security and can be contaminated if put on by germ-infested hands.

  3. Eat from clean plates.  Consume food that has only touched the clean plate on which it is delivered.  Don’t set food on a meal tray or any other surface.

  4. Avoid contact with sick people.  This includes not just other patients but also family and friends who may be ill.

  5. Keep tubes to a minimum.  Catheters, IVs, and other tubes offer a direct line into your body.  If possible, skip them; but also ask to have all tubes removed as soon as possible after surgery.

  6. Go home.  The longer you stay in the hospital after surgery, the more likely you are to develop an infection.  Before being admitted, work with your doctor to create a recovery plan you can tackle right away in order to get out of the hospital as soon as possible.

 

Find more information about staying safe at safepatientproject.org.

Roadside Assistance Plas

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Roadside Assistance Plans

 

            Being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire or some other mechanical problem can happen to anyone at any time.  A roadside assistance plan is the kind of purchase you hope you’ll never have to use, but having the right one when you need it most can save hundreds of dollars and a massive headache.  Here’s what you need to know to choose the one right for you:

 

  • Many new cars (and some certified used cars) come bundled with assistance from auto manufacturers.   Though they are often valid for the length of the warranty, check with the dealer when you purchase. 

  • Popular roadside assistance carriers include AAA (aaa.com), Better World Club (betterworldclub.com), AARP Roadside Assistance (aarproadside.com), and Good Sam (goodsamroadside.com).  However, add-on plans are also available from cell service carriers, credit card companies, and insurance providers, though the services they cover vary.  Some may have restrictions on towing distance, the number of roadside assistance calls allowed each year, and out-of-pocket costs you may incur by using these services.

  • Because some coverage plans are for specific vehicles (such as those affiliated with a warranty), you may need additional plans for other family vehicles.  However, other plans, such as cell phone-related assistance, cover certain people.  In choosing coverage, make sure all relevant parties and vehicles in your family are appropriately protected.

Digital Photo Overload

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Manage Digital Photo Overload

 

            Smartphones have made it easier than ever to shoot photos at a moment’s notice, but with this ease comes a new problem: What to do with all of those images?  Organize them with these simple tips:

 

  • Junk the bad photos as soon as you take them.  Don’t save anything you won’t print, use, or look at later.
  • Upload photos to your computer regularly and sort them into organized folders.  Create folders for each year, and within each year, make sub-folders for specific events or holidays.  Use simple names, like “Family Reunion.”  Move relevant photos into the folders, and delete them from your phone.
  • Share as appropriate.  Don’t overload email messages with data-heavy images.  Instead, upload select photos to a photo-sharing site like Picasa (picasa.google.com) or Flickr (flickr.com) and distribute a link to family and friends.  Continue to print your favorite photos for framing or create an annual photo book.
  • Invest in a cloud service or use an external drive to back up photos.  Services like Mozy (mozy.com) and Carbonite (carbonite.com) automatically backup copies of computer files.

Cheap Airfare

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Find The Cheapest Airfare

 

            With so many airlines, routes, connections, and extra fees, it can be hard to unearth the cheapest airfare for your needs.  Follow these suggestions to book your next flight with confidence:

 

ü  Search far in advance (but not too far).  A study by CheapAir.com suggests that, on average, booking seven weeks out for domestic flights and 11-12 weeks in advance for international flights is best. 

ü  Flights are cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

ü  Be a flexible traveler by searching with a couple extra days or weeks on either side of the preferred departure date.  Many flight booking sites such as kayak.com offer flexible travel as an option when you search for flights.

ü  Delete cookies from your computer before looking up flights online a second time.  Sites store your search data and know you’re a potential buyer, so prices are likely to be higher than originally posted. 

ü  Fly into a different city.  Look at flights into nearby airports or within the destination’s region.  In Europe, for example, it may be cheaper to fly into a nearby city then take the train to your destination.

Solar Panels - Think Twice

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
http://www.joannepoole.com/solar-panels-can-complicate-the-sale-of-a-home/

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