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NATIONAL AMERICAN EAGLE DAY

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June 20th is National American Eagle Day.

This day is to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, assist in the recovery of their natural environments and take part in educational outreach.

The Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction in the United States. The species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species in 1995 and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. In 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species. The largest recorded eagle’s nest measured 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep. It weighed nearly three tons.

 

National American Eagle Day is sponsored by The American Eagle Foundation. For more information, visit www.eagles.org.

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Hero Cat

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The human body always has indicators if you’re breathing unhealthy air. That’s why it’s important to listen to your body when you’re constantly sneezing, getting headaches, dizziness and more.

But you should also listen to your pets.

A woman in Wisconsin got up in the middle of the night in horrible pain. She moved to a chair in the bedroom, and after falling asleep, she only woke up because of her cat persistently meowing and rattling the closed door. Her husband soon heard the noise and realized he was not feeling well either. He called their son and the police; His motor skills and speech impaired.

The emergency responders and energy company discovered lethal amounts of carbon monoxide upstairs and found that the vent to their tankless water heater had gotten iced shut. After the family’s showers that night, the gas was pushed right into the bedroom.

If it was not for their cat causing all the commotion, sensing there was something wrong, it could have been a fatal situation.

If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, visit Baxter Group, Inc’s Indoor Environmental Department for IEQ assessments and investigations.

Today is MEMORIAL DAY

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Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday observed each year on the last Monday in May. This day is in honor and remembrance of everyone who has died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Traditionally on Memorial Day, the U.S. flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it remains until noon. At noon, it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the men and women who have given their lives for their country. Raising the flag at noon signifies the nation lives, that the country is resolved not to let their sacrifice be in vain but to rise up in their honor and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.

HISTORY

Memorial Day has been kept in various forms in the United States since the end of the Civil War. General John Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 5, 1968. On May 30th, Decoration Day was first observed.

General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery. Generals Grant, Howard, Logan, Pane, Wool, and Hancock attended the ceremony, and volunteers decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

Across the country, humble tributes occurred on that first Decoration Day. Just outside Fort Stevens near Washington, D.C. there was a small cemetery where 40 soldiers were buried, one of whom belonged to a widow from Northern Vermont. He was one of three sons she lost to the war. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves.

Someone placed a laurel wreath upon the head of a Lincoln statue at City Hall, Washington D.C.

In Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroads transported passengers to the Spring Grove Cemetery.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and now honors all U.S. military personnel who have died during a military conflict. Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30 until Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed the last Monday of May.

Land of the Free

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Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is observed each year on the last Monday in May.

This year, it will be observed on May 29th.

 

And it’s coming up this weekend.

But before bringing out the plastic cups, paper plates, and burgers for the the grill- take some time this weekend to honor everyone who has died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

 

There are several ways to remember those Americans:

 

• Display your American flag.

• Attend a Memorial Day parade – The parade in Washington D.C.
is the nation’s largest Memorial Day event –
http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/parade

• Visit a battlefield –The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in
the Civil War; fought at the local Gettysburg National Military Park –
https://www.nps.gov/gett

• Go to a memorial service organized by a veterans group.

• Observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00pm on
Memorial Day.

• Share photos and memories of your friends and family who have
fallen in battle.

Can I Clean It?

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Seeing mold is not the only way to detect mold. Strange odors can often indicate mold, however, it may not be in the room where it is being smelled. The odors can travel through air vents and infiltrate spaces where there actually isn’t any mold. Where there’s moisture, there could be mold. It’s common knowledge humidity is a molds best friend. But to the untrained eye, rust on pipes and warping drywall or wood may not seem like a sign of mold. And those itchy eyes, runny nose, and headaches have just been part of a cold, but those too are warning signs that there could be mold.

A certified indoor environmentalist has the training and specialized equipment to assess, resolve, and prevent indoor air quality issues, providing the client with the procedures to remove the mold permanently.

Some homeowners try to fix minor house problems on their own instead of calling in a professional. Mold is no different. The homeowner can clean up the mold if it is minimal, but mold is a spore and will spread if not taken care of properly. It can only worsen from there, damaging the house and emptying pockets to continually fight it.

 

For more information, visit our Mold Services page or call Baxter Group, Inc. at 717-263- 7341.

Breathable Poison

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Sanding is a common way of removing old finishes and, according to Better Homes & Gardens magazine – 2017, will move to dark harmonizing colors. So that creamy white cabinetry might be getting a new look. Unfortunately, if a house or facility was built before 1978, there’s a good chance it has lead-based paint. Homes built before 1940 are 87% more likely to contain lead-based paint. Between 1949-1959: 69%, and between 1960-1977: 24%. In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint.

And so the problem lies with the sanding. Lead-based paint is a hazard on any surface, but it becomes inhaled as a poisonous dust. The toxic dust is created when disturbing lead-based paint during renovations and simple repairs, such as sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more. Lead can damage the nervous system and cause brain disorders.  Excessive lead can also cause blood disorders and is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates both in soft tissues and in the bones. While lead is poisonous to both adults and children, it’s especially dangerous to children under the age of six, including growing fetuses. Their growing bodies absorb more lead.

Having non-destructive paint inspections will identify any lead-based paint, giving peace of mind before any renovations. When renovating lead-based painted furniture or building components, it is important to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

For more information, visit our Lead Services page or call Baxter Group, Inc. at 717-263- 7341.