The annual Scouting for Food movement brings in goods to help fill the shelves at the local North Platte food pantry. On Saturday, Scouts from the local squad stood guard at Gary’s two locations on East Fourth Street and Westfield Shopping Center. Jace Kackmeister, left, and Jacob Carlson, both 6th graders, are gathering food at Gary’s on East Fourth. Carlson and Kackmeister were members of Squad 293 at North Platte. Scouts will be at both locations throughout the day on Saturday.
Next week we will be in Pennsylvania to visit our daughter who is at school in Erie on Lake Erie This will be one of our most unique trips as face masks are needed for almost the entire trip . Traveling is just not what it used to be. Do you remember when people smoked cigarettes in the middle of the flight? A little light came on to tell the passengers it was time to put out their cigarettes, we were going to land. Smokers who flew on the plane at the time were very upset when new rules banned smoking on board. I have a feeling these same people would be really unhappy with the requirement to wear a mask for the entire flight We received an email reminding us that anyone over 2 years old must also wear a mask at airports except when we were We were also told that we would receive an “ all-in-one ” snack bag that included a wrapped disinfectant wipe, an 8.5 ounce water bottle and two snacks, as well as a sealed drink on flights over 2 hours and 20 minutes. “On flights shorter than that, we’ll have a sealed drink and that’s it. No more friendly flight attendant taking our drink order. Erie is quite close to Niagara Falls. We were wondering if we could see it or not, as people like to go to the Canadian side for a better view, and the border between the US and Canada is closed at least until the end of August. which is the boat that takes you near the falls, was closed in June, it is now open on the US side and available for people in good health, wearing masks and willing to stand at least 6 feet from other people on a small boat .Fort Niagara opened in July and is available for healthy masked visitors, which is the same for all the restaurants we stop at. There won’t be any buffets though, and it looks like food “that requires minimal preparation” will be the rule. Fortunately, Pennsylvania is not on the list of states that require a 14-day quarantine when we arrive home. We were also assured that the plane is cleaned within an inch of its life and that airports will be cleaner than our homes. Still, we have small containers of disinfectant to use liberally when we feel too far away from a sink and soap, and we’ll avoid other people like the plague. our face, and white where the mask was. It’s a strange time to travel. .
“Fiona likes miniatures,” Brandin said. The arrangement is located at the base of classic chrome lights, which illuminate them from above.
He also likes to build big. The blue bench under the mirror with a black and white patterned pillow is one of Fiona’s works. The couple placed small coasters throughout the living and dining areas of artist Debbie Wingate from Dragonfly Studios, which also functioned as mini works of art.
The neutral and calm palette of the living room turns into bold colors in the dining room and the bright outdoor patio and courtyard behind it. A pair of paintings such as graffiti by Brooklyn Mike, aka Mike Wingfield, adds energy to the small dining room and reflects the colors outside the room.
Brandin is a gardener and main cook at home. “Mosquitoes love me so much that I can’t garden,” Fiona said. He planted a kitchen garden with spices, peppers and vegetables that he used for cooking.
During the pandemic, Brandin opened a branch to make masks and worked to transition his fashion business from a storefront that no longer had wide-open traffic to the internet. “I have worked on our website. When people buy from me online, I want that experience to be a good experience. We are working on packaging ideas so when you open the box from me it’s special, “he said.
The forced death also encouraged Brandin to go further with the ideas he had long considered. “I’m working on an idea for a television show,” he said. “I want to be Martha Stewart’s black man,” he said. “I want everything – beds, paint lines, shower curtains, pillows, and even sofas to make the Brandin Vaughn Collection a lifestyle brand that families can rely on for anything.”
At the Dalhousie University School of Resource and Environmental Studies, Tony Walker studies how companies and consumers can more efficiently use valuable and limited earth resources. Disposable water bottles are of particular concern. “Bans often sound like they will be truly successful,” he said. “Oftentimes, it’s more important to educate people about the effects of their choices. When people know the consequences, they often make better decisions. “
However, from his personal life, he knew how difficult it was to maintain strict sustainable principles during the locking of COVID-19. Trapped at home, lonely and worried about the future, many of us look for diversions. Sometimes simple things are enough, like baking more scones and sourdough than might be eaten. But that can also mean scanning the living room, getting tired of looking at the same old sofa and chair, and deciding to go shopping online. “Just last week, my wife got a bug to replace some furniture,” Walker said. “Of course, I don’t want him to do that. So he keeps doing it.”
What’s wrong with splurge for changing rooms (besides the risk of extorting large credit card bills as the economy slides into the abyss)? Potentially nothing. “Intergenerational furniture – the kind of items you plan to give to your grandchildren – is fantastic,” Walker said. “Unfortunately, many things are not built to last long. And like anything we add to the word “fast” – fast food, fast fashion and now the term fast furniture – there is an excessive exploitation of resources, valuable minerals, metals, forestry products, to make products. And then you have another problem at the end of life. Most of it is thrown away. “
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Canada does not track the amount of furniture that ends up in landfills. But in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said that around 9.7 billion pounds of furniture, from sofas to credenzas, are sent to the junkyard every year – roughly the same amount as clothing, and an increase of 38 percent from 2005. “Even if some furniture is recycled, recycling requires a lot of energy, “Walker said.” Moreover, recycling is not always possible. Adhesives that enter the furniture quickly can make such pieces difficult to separate into reusable parts. “
Montana Labelle, a Toronto-based interior designer, understands the desire to renew space now. “I shop online all the time,” he said. That doesn’t mean he spends crazy bills at Pottery Barn and Wayfair. “My favorite is vintage,” he said. “I like to look for extraordinary treasures that have stood the test of time. I recently discovered my own 1960s sofa, Mario Bellini, on the Facebook Marketplace. 60 years old and still looks amazing. I don’t think I can say the same thing in 60 years for something from CB2. “
For Labelle, the benefit of searching for a unique one time is that you will end up with things that aren’t “on 75 other people’s Instagram,” he said.
Another benefit of buying a solid vintage piece is that even if it’s not an addition to your main dream, you still have something that is well-made and durable that has survived many movements, and can usually be transferred to someone else. Conversely, one big problem with ordering fast and low-quality furniture online is that these items can arrive damaged, and broken pieces tend to be discarded by the manufacturer, just because it’s the cheapest and easiest option.
“The average industry of goods damaged in transit is around three to five percent,” said Duncan Blair, director of marketing Article.com, an online furniture retailer that has seen strong demand lately, especially for home office products. “Obviously, that is not good for the customer experience. But there are also enormous environmental costs for shipping, removing and replacing damaged goods.”
Article.com, which does not like to be called fast furniture – “We deliver quickly but are also obsessed with quality,” Blair said – reducing the level of damage to under half by one percent. The company is trying to be more sustainable by offering as many replacement parts as possible, so instead of having to provide an entirely new seat, they might just replace the legs or slanted pillows. “I would say with a balance that helps customer retention,” Blair said. “But unfortunately there is sometimes a cultural expectation that the peak in customer service is to deliver new goods as a whole,”
Maia Roffey, owner and chief designer of Black Sheep Interior Design, suggested that one way homeowners can focus their furniture shopping is by identifying small evergreen trees. “Fast furniture is sometimes good for accents,” Roffey said. For example, now is the right time to refresh your existing credenza by buying new hardware. But be careful that the smaller one is not always the same as the more sustainable one, especially if the item is made of plastic and thrown away quickly. The potential plus is that compared to larger purchases that tend to be occupied, eaten on, scratched and often used, something that mainly won’t pill, break or tear quickly.
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For homeowners who want to reshuffle, Roffey offers a 30-minute e-design session at a price of $ 100 (with $ 50 of the costs incurred for a charity for at-risk youth called Eva’s Initiatives). Recently, a client bought a sofa from CB2. “It is not of good quality and must be sent back,” he said. “Items that are not layered are usually not worth something. The cheap one is always a mess. And they are almost impossible to buy online. I always recommend sitting-testing the sofa before buying it. “
Not all fast furniture is verboten. According to Roffey, “IKEA makes the best carcasses, the best bones in terms of kitchens and large box storage,” he said. Although he recommends upgrading the IKEA cabinet with special doors and counters (“some of their doors are very good at showing finger stains,” he said), the base frame is very durable – the smart way a cash-strapped homeowner can save money. Plus, the structure is made of fiberboard. Although the material is often ridiculed because it is not solid wood, it is relatively sustainable because it consists of pieces of wood and sawdust left over from other industrial processes, remnants that would otherwise end up in trash.
Even Dalhousie’s Walker is impressed with aspects of IKEA’s operations, especially because Swedish companies have committed to becoming what is called a circular business for the next 10 years. By 2030, IKEA intends not to produce waste, reincorporating as much material as possible throughout its supply chain and offering programs for customers to return old items for reuse rather than just throwing them away.
“If IKEA can do it and still make a profit then I’m sure other players in the market can do the same thing,” Walker said. “Until then, I think as consumers, we also have a choice. We can buy goods that are more sustainable. Or we use the absolute cheapest products. But it might be made with less good materials, with very little environmental control, and last longer at landfill than in our homes. “
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VIRGINIA – The Minnesota 4-H Ambassador has served as an example to other young people over the past half decade, stepping into involvement in community service and education projects.
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, Ambassador Young men of St. Louis County 4-H wants to help people who are struggling at the moment.
A group of about a dozen young men in Iron Range, from grade six and above, “want to do something to help the community with COVID-19 and decide on a food trip would be a good opportunity,” said Nicole Kudrle, an extension educator for 4-H and advisor to the regional ambassador.
This group has collaborated with Youth in Action, St. Louis County Extension, the Rutabaga Project and the Arrowhead Economic Opportunities Agency to conduct local food mobilization programs.
Non-spoiled food can be sent through Friday at Super One South in Virginia, all Zup Food Market locations, and at the AEOA building in Virginia.
Donations will be distributed at the Rutabaga Little Free Pantries Project located in Virginia at AEOA, the Savior’s Lutheran Church, and Hope Community Presbyterian Church, and at the Hoyt Lakes Municipal Building.
Pickups throughout the northern part of the county can be scheduled until Friday by calling 218-749-7120.
Little Free Pantries are mini outdoor food racks where people in need can pick up items that are not easily damaged and people can leave things for others.
“Monetary donations will be divided among local food banks,” Kudrle said. Checks can be paid to the Arrowhead Economic Opportunities Agency and sent to Kelsey Gantzer, AEOA, 702 Third Ave. S., Virginia, 55792.
Louis County Food Drive North is dubbed, “a great way to pledge your hands for greater service.”
Kudrle said the 4-H Ambassador meets once a month and serves as a positive representative for others in 4-H.
Youth in Action is a service organization consisting of high school students in the Iron Range. Its mission is to promote youth leadership and produce positive change in northern Minnesota through partnerships with regional businesses, organizations and elected officials.
Kudrle said that young people involved in the food push would transport food to AEOA.
They have been “stuck at home” during the pandemic, and “children are excited to be able to do something during all this.”