Today is April 9

Published 8:00 am Friday, April 9, 2021

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Cherish Antiques DayContemplating antiques? Here’s how to buy

Antique furnishings, decor, coins, and toys remain popular among consumers. Unlike the mass-produced merchandise of today, antiques have history, and their endurance through decades, if not centuries, is a testament to the quality craftsmanship and materials used to create these often timeless pieces.

Antiques also might be more affordable than many shoppers think. Savvy shoppers may find mid-range “brown furniture,” which constitutes some antique wood pieces, more affordable than reproductions. Homeowners and apartment dwellers who want their rooms to stand apart often rely on antiques to provide a unique ambiance.

Antique shopping also is a “green” endeavor. Antiquing is an eco-friendly practice, putting to use items that have been recycled and reused.

Antiques also can be a good investment, as they generally retain their value while adding texture, contrast and personality to any room of the house.

Understanding antiques can take time, but even the novice can develop an eye for pieces that strike their fancy. And thanks to the wealth of information about collectibles and antiques available online, shoppers have constant access to information about antiques at their fingertips. Shoppers may even be able to comparison shop on their mobile phones.

Mid-range antiques can be particularly easy to buy thanks to the available inventory. Novices may want to begin by exploring mid-range antiques. As they gain more knowledge and expertise, shoppers who covet antiques can move on to high-end pieces that are more expensive. Some antiques are put in the same category as fine artwork and are considered just as valuable.

Another reason to browse and shop antiques is to learn about the value of similar items homeowners may already own. For those looking to downsize a collection or simply liquidate an estate, antiquing is a great way to get hands-on experience.

Rummaging through antique stores or markets can be a relaxing experience as well. And many antique enthusiasts find shopping for antiques is like a treasure hunt to find that coveted piece and unearth a bit of history in the process.

America’s space age began April 9, 1959 when seven test pilots with “The Right Stuff” were formally presented to the nation as its inaugural astronauts. The “Mercury Project”, as they were known, was composed of Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr. and Donald Slayton.
Their goal was to launch a sequence of successfully manned missions to space.
Two years earlier, the Soviet Union had astonished the world, when it put the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit, but America, resolved to eclipse them, was stunned a second time, when their cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, piloted the planet’s first manned space flight in April 1961–less than a month before Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, went up in his spacecraft, the Freedom 7.
By then, the hustle for celestial superiority was ramped up with a zing, but the U.S. continued to lag–until 1969–when NASA’s Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins took “one giant leap for mankind”—and landed on the moon.
For more information, the Grateful American Book Prize recommends Project Mercury: America in Space Series by Eugen Reichl.

Window Safety Tips for Families With Children

(StatePoint) Windows let in light and fresh air and can provide breathtaking views, but it’s vital to observe window safety, especially when young children are in the home, say experts.

“If you’ve seen my shows or follow my blog, you’d know I’m a designer who loves light, bright, and function-meets-fabulous aesthetic. You’d also know, I am a single, southern California mom of two young kids,” says interior designer, home improvement TV personality, and lifestyle blogger Breegan Jane. “So, it’s probably no surprise that one of the things I think about when I’m redoing a place (which is great timing, as I’m currently remodeling my own home) is the windows. How they function, how they bring the outdoors in, how they change the light in the room, and how they can help keep my family safe.”

National Safety Council’s Window Safety Week, April 4-10, 2021 coincides with the arrival of spring, when homeowners naturally want to open windows and bask in the warmer weather. Unfortunately, without appropriate precautions, open windows can bring potential hazards.

“I have two very active young boys, so I know firsthand that kids can see the world’s wonder before they may see its dangers,” says Jane.

The LookOut for Kids program, brought to you by Renewal by Andersen — the full-service replacement division of Andersen Corporation — is geared toward teaching families key points of window and door safety in a fun, engaging way. Jane is sharing the program’s top tips to help families prevent window and door-related injuries:

1. Be mindful of furniture placement in a child’s room. Avoid blocking windows with dressers or similar items, as furniture could impede a swift exit in an emergency. Don’t place beds, chairs or toy chests under windows in children’s bedrooms, as it could entice curious kids to climb and potentially fall through an open window.

2. When young children are in the home, keep their play in the center of the room and away from open windows, doors and balconies.

3. Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.

4. For greater safety, keep windows closed and locked when not in use for ventilation.

5. When opening a window for ventilation, use only those located out of a child’s reach. For example, if you have double-hung windows with two moveable sashes, close the bottom sash and open the upper sash when ventilation is desired. Or, use upper windows, like clerestory windows, to allow ventilation without the risk of accidental falls.

6. Remember that insect screens are meant to keep insects out, not to prevent falls from windows.

7. Install ASTM F2090-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open, or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or other emergency) to help prevent a fall. This means, for any windows that are 6 feet or higher from the ground, install window stops or guards that meet ASTM standards – limiting windows to opening less than 4 inches. For a double-hung window on an upper floor, install a window guard or stop that keeps children from pushing the bottom window open.

8. Lessen the potential impact of injury from a fall through strategic landscaping. Install wood chips, grass, or shrubs beneath windows.

9. Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

To learn more to download the LookOut for Kids activity book to color with your family, visit:

This Window Safety Week and beyond, be smart and be safe.