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Arbor Day Foundation offering free trees

| Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005

The National Arbor Day Foundation is offering 10 free autumn-classic trees to people who join as members during October. The free trees are part of the Nebraska City, Neb.-based, nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign.

In exchange for a $10 membership contribution, new members will receive two sugar maples and two red maples. They also will receive one scarlet oak, sweet gum, red oak, silver maple, white dogwood and Washington hawthorn. The six- to 12-inch trees should be planted between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10.

To receive the trees, send the contribution by Oct. 31 to Autumn Classic Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410. Details: www.arborday.org.

Fall garden workshop slated at Old Economy

Old Economy Village in Ambridge, Beaver County, is hosting a fall garden workshop on Oct. 15.

"Creative Ways to Use the Bounty From Your Garden" aims to show participants how to obtain more from their fruit, herb and flower gardens, and provide home and holiday decorating ideas.

Registration for the workshop -- which costs $30 for Harmonie Associate members and $35 for nonmembers -- is required by Wednesday. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Details: 724-266-4500, ext. 101.

Fractional calulator helps with remodeling

When it comes to figuring out how much of something you will need for a given project, it can be confusing.

Now there is a simple solution. It is a new breed of calculator -- the "fractional" calculator made for builders and remodelers. Fractional calculators add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.

However, builder and construction calculators are fractional calculators that take the next step. These units enlist the use of dedicated function keys to make construction specific calculations that would otherwise be difficult to perform on any kind of calculator, including the most sophisticated of fractional calculators.

For example: At the press of a button one can figure how many rolls of wallpaper, or how many yards of carpet will be needed. Here are Web sites for several companies that make the various units and the part number that will have to be used to find the item within that site:

  • www.calculated.com part .8525
  • www.woodworker.com part .104-642 or part .949-811
  • www.craftsman.com part .39749 or part .39785
  • www.leevalley.com part .86K78.07 or part .86K78.10
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