Briefs: Wheeled shovel takes strain out of snow removal
It's hard to get past the appearance of the Wovel, which looks a little like one of those weird high-wheel bicycles from the 19th century. But there's nothing old-fashioned about this snow-removal device.
The Wovel, or wheeled snow shovel, puts physics to work to make clearing snow easier and less strenuous. The design uses leverage to allow the user to throw three times as much snow as a traditional shovel with less stress on the heart, joints and muscles.
It can be adjusted to the person's height and the snow conditions, and it breaks down for off-season storage.
The Wovel is manufactured and distributed by Structured Solutions II in New Canaan, Conn., and has a suggested retail price of $119.95. It can be ordered online at www.whovel.com .
150-year-old house dressed up for holidays
People looking for ideas on how to decorate their houses for the holidays can catch a shuttle on Nov. 19 to a 150-year-old family farmhouse, which will be decorated by five local floral designers and two nurseries.
Shuttle buses will regularly depart from the Greensburg Garden Center, 951 Old Salem Road in Greensburg, to take ticket-holders to the seven-room house on Martin Road near Hannastown from 2 to 6 p.m. The tour will take people from the outside entryway, spruced up by the nurseries, through the first floor of the home that the floral designers will decorate.
Music will be provided by a piano soloist and an antique music box.
Tickets to the tour cost $20 and are available in advance at the Greensburg Garden Center.
Daffodil variety can be forced into bloom
The tazetta is the easiest of all daffodils to grow, and is especially suited to forcing. Forcing the flowers to bloom is simple.