Archive for December, 2012
In celebration of its 85th year of operation, the Junior League of Oklahoma City Inc. will be offering a grant to two of its community partners in Oklahoma City. It will be a part of its annual program to provide grants and projects, and this year, the grants will be offered to the YWCA and the Myriad Gardens Foundation.
Established in 1927, the Junior League of Oklahoma City Inc. aims to provide training and support for women who are committed to leadership and volunteerism. This group of women desires to enhance the potential of women through various improvement projects and encourage more volunteers. Any woman volunteer is welcome without discrimination based on race or religion.
JLOC is awarding YWCA a grant to improve resources in its Business Technology Center and Hand in Hand Learning Center. YWCA is a nonprofit organization that provides support programs for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Through the $51,000 grant, YWCA will be able to add more computers, books, furniture, and updated technology to their center.
The Myriad Gardens Foundation will also be receiving a grant from JLOC to help expand their resources for their programs. A two-year grant of $34,000 will be given to the “Bringing Books to Life” program of The Myriad Gardens Foundation. New books and interactive programs will soon be available through the grant, and children can enjoy their own book nooks to read their favorite books.
Since pre-holiday shopping encourages major spending among consumers, it is no surprise that the City of Edmond will be collecting more sales tax revenue. Edmond officials recently announced an increase in sales tax revenue by 3.25 percent, and although it’s not entirely credited to pre-holiday shopping, it exceeded expectations with significant growth compared to last year.
An 8.25 percent sales tax is paid by shoppers on each of their purchases with 4.5 percent going to the state and 3.75 percent to the city. There was a $4,439,437 increase in the city’s tax collection in December as compared to last year. That is about a 19.97 percent increase since July, which amounts to $26,669,492.
Of that amount, 2 percent will go to the general fund for operations, amounting to a total of $2,736,018, which is an increase of $652,442, or 31.31 percent, as compared to last year. In addition, $4,102,999 has been collected from the new half-cent sales tax, which is going toward the public safety center.
There are a lot of advantages to easting at home instead of going out to eat. Cooking meals at home generally allows you to provide more nutrition to your family because you know what you are putting into your food and body. In addition, cooking meals frequently can save you a lot of money because you can feed your family for half of what you would pay in a restaurant.
If you plan to stay in and cook a lot of meals for your family this winter, it’s a good idea to keep safety in mind. Cooking in the winter can pose a challenge because ventilation is limited, as are resources like outdoor grills. That said, below are some effective ways to cook safely at home during the winter season:
- Avoid using gas grills or charcoal grills inside the house. These types of cooking devices are meant to be used outside, not only due to the fact that they have open flames, but also because the fumes given off from grills can be harmful to your health.
- Be careful about plugging in appliances. If you need to use an electrical appliance, make sure that your circuit is not overloaded, so you avoid sparks and possible electrocution.
- Install a smoke detector. You may be cooking delicious meals during the holidays when you guests. But, once they arrive, you can become distracted and forget to turn off the oven or stove, which could lead to fire. If that were to happen, a smoke detector would alert you, so you could contain and extinguish the fire.
- Avoid using your gas oven or range for added heat inside your house. Aside from the fact that it’s a costly way to generate heat, it is also unsafe, especially if left unattended.
- Never leave the kitchen when you are cooking your food. The best precaution is to stay in the kitchen, so unwanted disasters like pets or kids knocking hot pans of the stove can be avoided.
- Do not store your gasoline inside your house because you want to avoid inhaling the fumes or risk carbon monoxide poisoning.
Aside from its essential functional role of providing a smooth pathway for your vehicles, a well-maintained driveway can also add more beauty to your property. Just compare two driveways: a driveway filled with cracks and holes and a smooth driveway. Which would you prefer?
One way to maintain your driveway is to add more protection to your asphalt through sealing. Sealing adds a layer of protection to your driveway so it can withstand wear and tear from extreme weather condition, harmful external elements, and continuous traffic. It keeps your driveway looking new despite frequent use.
Here are some specific advantages of using sealant on your asphalt:
- Protects your driveway from harsh weather conditions like extreme heat and snow, which can otherwise cause your asphalt to deteriorate.
- Shields your driveway from oil and gas leaks coming from vehicles. Oil spots on the road can be unpleasant to look at and they also attract more dirt and dust, leaving your asphalt dirtier than ever.
- Prevents your driveway from becoming dull and gray. If you don’t want your asphalt road to look old and worn out, sealing it will help it maintain its look.
- Adds curb appeal to your property. Whether or not you sell your house or property, a well-maintained driveway adds more value to your property.
But, before you seal your driveway, check it first for any possible needed repairs. Clean your driveway thoroughly, so dirt, dust, oil leaks, and stains are not trapped by your sealant. If you don’t, they will make your driveway look old despite fresh sealing. Try to scrub oil stains first and then sweep your driveway thoroughly. Then, look for potholes and cracks and properly fill them. The idea is to smooth out your driveway and make it look like new before sealing it.
If you are ready to seal your driveway, make sure to use the proper sealant for your particular type of asphalt. Read the instructions first so you apply it correctly and know what to watch out for to remain safe throughout the process. If you feel unsure about your ability to seal your driveway yourself, hire an expert.
As part of the city’s annual tradition, Edmond officials are offering a free calendar to local residents who are interested. This year, 10,000 calendars for 2013 have been prepared by the local government to be given away to the public. The calendars include different useful city information like trash collection dates, city council and planning commission meeting dates, holiday office hours, city budget information, and a community directory.
Those who want to get their free 2013 calendar can pick them up at select city offices like Utility Customer Service, Public Works, the City First building, the Municipal Court building, and the Downtown Community Center. Certain select shops in Edmond, as well as the Edmond Public Library, will also have the calendars available for pick up.
When the weather turns cold outside, we like to take shelter in the comforts of our own home and escape the freezing temperatures. The problem is that pests like to take shelter in your home as well and scavenge for food that you may leave behind. As much as you would like to maintain the cleanliness of our home, when this happens, there can be lots of messes to clean up.
So, to help you get rid of pests when winter comes, here are some tips you can follow:
- Seal all entry points. If there is nowhere to enter your home, then the pests will have to go somewhere else. Entry points are areas that allow them to easily access your house, so seal up cracks, crevices, and gaps that you find in your house.
- Check your firewood before bringing it inside. You may never know what’s hiding within your wood that could come out and scatter inside your house. Before you store wood near your fireplace, check for ants and cockroaches.
- Clean your gutters and waterspouts. Dirt accumulated in these areas can serve as a good habitat for pests. So, while you still have the time to clean up these areas, do it.
- Keep your trash cans out. If you need to put a trash can inside your house, make sure to throw leftover foods outside rather than in your indoor trash. Empty your indoor trash can regularly. This will prevent pests from being attracted to potential food sources.
- Keep everything clean. Keep everything sanitized inside the house