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2007 Torres Sangre de Toro White Wine
From Catalunya along the Mediterranean in the extreme northeast corner of Spain, comes this refreshing white wine made from the Parellada grape. I purchased it for $9.99 at Zagara’s on Lee Road. The name means “son of the Bull,” a reference to the Roman God of Wine, Bacchus, and the bottle has a tiny white plastic bull attached to it. I am not sure I get that, but the wine has lovely aromas of cantaloupe, lemons and even some crushed sea shells. Drinking it provides a crisp bite of refreshing lemons and minerals. This would be great as an aperitif or with seafood or rice dishes. I think you will find it an excellent value for a wine of this pedigree.
May is Historic Preservation Month and three free events will celebrate and recognize Cleveland Heights as a special place:
Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to noon
“Lecture & Walking Tour of Grant W. Deming’s Forest Hill Allotment”
Led by Dr. Mark Souther, Associate Professor of History at Cleveland State University.
Meet at Superior School House, 14391 Superior Road at Euclid Heights Boulevard.
Spring time means home improvements and yard projects, which may mean hiring a contractor to help. Hiring a contractor can cause fear, anxiety and increase stress. Who can you trust to do a good job, stand behind their work and do it at a fair price?
The process of hiring a contractor for a project varies on the type and scope of work, as well as the budget. With a deepening recession, homeowners will likely see more offers from unfamiliar individuals and companies. Many unemployed or laid off workers have started entrepreneurial ventures with the hopes of making ends meet. Don’t rule out these newer contractors who may be qualified for your job, but consider the risks. Taking the time to select a reputable and professional contractor may save you time, money, emotional energy, and will dramatically increase your odds for a positive outcome.
Three key points to consider when hiring a contractor:
My good friend Raoul found himself in an elevator stuck between two people wearing wool sweaters. He almost passed out. Why? Because the two people used an outdated and dangerous method to repel moths: they stored the sweaters in mothballs.
You may not know that mothballs contain incredibly toxic carcinogens, such as paradichlorobenzene and naphthalene, that can damage the kidneys, liver, eyes, and nervous system. Children and adults have been poisoned just by wearing clothes treated with mothballs, and children have ingested mothballs, mistaking them for candy.
On a gray, cold day at Seitz-Agin Hardware Store, it’s still too early to tell how business will be for the spring home-improvement season. It’s not the weather that’s the cause of the uncertainty; it's the economy.
“We’re still in unchartered waters,” says Bill Sheck, manager of Seitz-Agin on Lee Road.
Seitz-Agin (www.seitz-agin.com) has been through many recessions and, according to Sheck, homeowners often use an economic downturn as an opportunity to work on their homes. “Hopefully, since people are likely stuck in their homes for the next three to four years, they’ll fix up their houses themselves,” he says. “We’re here to offer advice.”
Burrrr.... who would venture into the cold and snowy weather this time of year to work in the yard? The brave souls that don their long johns, scarves and parkas to do some dormant pruning will be rewarded with healthier landscape plants and less work in the long run. Many people fear damaging plants and avoid pruning all together, but with a little knowledge and practice, anyone can achieve positive results.
Pruning is the removal of plant parts to improve plant health. You should remove dead, diseased or damaged plant material at any time. And, there is no time like the present.
This is the time of year that the true health of a lawn is exposed. If your lawn is a little sadder than you want it to be, fear not! Fall is the ideal time to rejuvenate it. Heights’ yards are often saddled with shade from mature trees. However, turf grass needs at least four hours of sunlight to be healthy. Shade also impacts available moisture, generally contributing to increased drought conditions. In the long run, proper cultural practices will have the biggest impact on the health of your lawn.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Foreclosures in the Heights - League of Women Voters Heights Chapter presents the issue at June 12 meeting
Can you be an environmentally responsible gardener even when yard work is only one of the many tasks to fit into your already busy schedule? Yes, you can. Here are some simple tips for a safer, more environmentally sound lawn.