Homework: Hard-to-recycle items accepted at event
Westmoreland Cleanways is sponsoring a hard-to-recycle collection event from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 13 at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood.
All computers and computer-related equipment, televisions, stereos, microwaves, VCR/DVD players and Christmas lights will be recycled at no charge.
There will be a fee for Freon-containing appliances ($20), fluorescent and CFL bulbs (first four free, $1 each after that) and passenger-car tires ($1.75 off rim and $2.75 on rim). The cost for heavy truck or tractor tires will be determined at the collection.
For a complete list of items being accepted, go to www.westmorelandcleanways.org.
Spring brings home shows
The weather is finally feeling like spring, so the thoughts of homeowners turn to repairs, renovations and remodeling. Two local home shows next weekend will be full of ideas.
• The 18th annual Westmoreland County Home Show is April 13 and 14 at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant Township. The show will have 150 vendors in six buildings. In addition to landscapers and contractors, the show will feature an appraiser of collectibles and antiques, a Pennsylvania Wine Pavilion with more than 75 wines to sample and a pet-adoption area. Admission is $5, but bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Westmoreland County Food Bank for a buy-one, get-one free admission. Children under 12 are admitted free. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• More than 100 vendors and exhibitors will be on hand at the Butler County Home Show, April 12 to 14 at the Family Sports Center in Butler Township. Show highlights will include hands-on demonstrations, organic-gardening demonstrations and remodeling advice. The show will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. April 12; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 13; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14. Admission is free on April 12 and is $5 the other two days with children 12 and younger free.
Details: 724-482-2199 or www.butlercountyhomeshow.com
Guide teaches gardening basics
Garden guides often teach people how to deadhead and treat for pests, but they don't always share all the fundamentals beginners need — how to buy a shovel, for example, or where to buy plants.
Jim Fox covers those basics and more in “How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies.”
Fox, a horticultural consultant who also works in the retail nursery business, based the book on the questions he's been asked over the decades. The book helps readers understand the conditions they're growing in and teaches them how to plant properly.
“How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies” is published by Timber Press and sells for $14.95 in paperback.
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