Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Decorating your home for the holiday? Show us your favorite piece!
When we decorate our home for the holidays I remind my family of the story around each decoration. One of my favorites is the very first ornament I received from a friend who told me how important it is to build your own collection of holiday ornaments. I was single and had just moved into my own apartment at the time. I had a little Charlie Brown tree and not much to put on it. The little crochet dove she gave me has a musical box in the back that plays a whiney (albeit not so loudly today) 'It's A Small World.' Another good one is the little house ornament that represented the year we bought our first home in Pennsylvania. We had bought a townhouse and the ornament looked like our home. At the time I worked across from the Moravian Book …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Mixing a concoction of things that can be found at the corner store will extend the life and luster of fresh firs.
Most Christmas trees are expected to live only a couple of weeks after being cut down. But Stow Fire Department Marshall Jim Leidel has a recipe, he says, that extends the life and luster of fresh firs. "No fire-proofing technique works 100 percent of the time," said Leidel. But he believes the following recipe can make a living tree stay green longer. Ingredients: Instructions: So, how does this Christmas tree tea work? "The syrup provides the food necessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water," said Leidel. "As much as 1 ½ gallons of water can be taken up by the tree over a two-week period." The Boron in the Borax allows the tree to move water and sugar out to every branch and needle on the tree, according to the fire marshall…
Monday, December 26, 2011
Christmas tree pickup starts Monday, Dec. 26.
The sanitation department will pick up trees Dec. 26 through Jan. 13. Pickup will be the same day as your assigned trash day, but be with a separate truck. Leave your tree at the curb, and it will then be taken to the city compost for recycling. "They need to remember to remove the stand, the lights and all the decorations," said Becky McCleary, Public Utilities Customer Advocate. If you happen to keep your tree later than the deadline, the trucks might still pick it up. To be sure, call the sanitation department at 330-971-8010.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Take our unscientific poll to let us know which tree you prefer.
Trudging through the snow, mud or rain before Christmas can be a holiday tradition for some. Finding that perfect tree and letting the evergreen smell engulf the house might be a Christmas staple. Others prefer to keep their backs in tact and pull out the artificial tree from the attic for a quick and stunning decoration. Pre-lighted trees leave plenty of time for ornament hanging and family bonding. While artificial and real trees both have pros and cons, Patch wants to know what you think. So, what will it be? Real or artificial? Let us know by taking our fun poll and tell us why in the comments. Once your house is in the holiday spirit, don't forget to enter Patch's Deck the House contest to win $100,000 for Cuyahoga Falls schools!