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If the Shoe Fits

They carry you all day. When they hurt, you feel it all over. Proper care of your feet is essential for overall health. With 33 joints, 26 bones per foot, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments, foot care is essential for overall health. Walking bare feet puts the force of 1 ½ times your body weight on your feet with running being 2 to 3 times more force. Proper shoes are necessary for foot health. Replace your athletic shoes every 6 months. Ballet flats and flip-flops are terrible for your feet, lacking support while causing your toes and muscles to strain to grip the shoe while walking. High-heeled shoes over 3 inches strain the front of your foot, as well as your knees, and lower back. Opt for a heel 2 inches or lower. If you have noticed, tired achy feet try rolling each foot over a chilled golf ball for 5 minutes. Soaking your feet in warm water mixed with a ¼ Epsom salt may help as well. To remove dead skin while moisturizing, mix a ¼ kosher salt and ½ olive oil into a paste, then rub on feet. You may rinse of if desired. Rub honey on your feet for 10 minutes, then rinse, to soften your feet. Having proper shoe fit and foot care can make a world of difference in your health. Aches and pains will disappear as well as over all energy levels.  

Be Cold Temp Ready

With winter fast approaching, here in Central Pennsylvania, it is time to get ready for those fast dropping temperatures. From your car, home and yourself we will give you some tips on how stay safe, snuggly and warm.

If you have notice, your car has been slow cranking it is a sign of a weak battery. Always unplug a phone charger when not in use. A battery loses 35% of its efficiency when the temperature is below sixty. During cold temps avoid short trips that can diminish the amount of reserve capacity of a battery. Using a car battery charger may preserve the life of your battery, however, if the battery is more than three years or older it is time to replace it. Keep washer fluid full and the gas tank at least half full during the winter. Always clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the car. Its always a safe bet to mount winter tires on your car.

Before winter, check all fixtures and appliances using water for leaks, look for any rust or erosion. Make sure your water pressure is between 50 and 75 psl. Soft spots, discoloration, warping or cracks near or around sinks, toilets, showers, etc. are signs of seepage that will require a call to the plumber. Check your furnace filter before use. Insulate pipes and hot water heater to conserve energy. In addition, setting thermostats at the same temp day and night will keep pipes from freezing and bursting. Check, for drafts and insulate to help keep heating costs down.

Don’t forget about yourself when cold temperatures return. Bundle up, three layers will keep you toasty warm, and eat warm foods. Mittens keep hands warmer than gloves. Make sure feet are warm and dry by wearing boots. Drinking water will help to maintain body heat. Always before driving check to see if roads are safe before heading out. 

Be Back to School Prepared

It’s now September and it is time for the kiddos to go back to school. Schedules may become hectic this time of year however if you read below you will find some easy tips to help with the chaos.

Plan your children’s outfits for each day of the week. This will make everyone’s life easier. No more wondering what am I going to where today five minutes before you have to leave the house. Take time every Sunday evening to plan then stick to this plan. A little tip, check the weather forecast for the upcoming week to decide how to properly dress for the week ahead.

Prepare lunches the night before to prevent the mad rush of the morning. Let the kids help pack their own lunches. This is a great way for kids to learn to be more health conscious about what they eat while saving you some time. Some key components for a healthy lunch are protein for a steady stream of energy throughout the day, Fiber that sustains hunger and good carbs that can be found in whole grains, fruits, and veggies.

Organize a closet with a dedicated space for backpacks and homework. Have a specific time everyday for homework. Adjust this according to the child. Some kids can come home right from school and dive right into their books. While others may need, a little breather and then they can start on homework.

Keep a calendar, you can purchase one or print one from the internet. Plenty of sites offer free printable calendars. Hang the calendar where everyone can see it. Place every event that is coming up in the near future. This way everyone will know where they need to be and when they need to be there. For the more tech savvy family, you can use an App that links to the rest of the families devices.

For after school activities keep a bag handy already packed with all the necessities you may need. For the after school munchies throw in some of your kids favorite healthy snacks. Don’t forget the water and juice bottles too. Prepare for unsavory weather by making sure to have ponchos and umbrellas. Pack some coloring books, crayons, and puzzles in case the siblings get bored watching their brothers and sisters at practice.

With a bit of organization and planning this year you should be off to a great start.

Mishler Theater

Isaac Mishler, father of the Mishler Theater, was born in Lancaster on September 30, 1862. When he was 18 years old, he moved to Altoona to work on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Isaac worked for the P.R.R. for several years then he opened a cigar store on 11 Avenue in Altoona. In 1893, he took over the Eleventh Avenue Opera House. On February 5, 1906, owned and managed by Isaac Mishler, the Mishler Theater opened. However, devastation came a short nine months later. On the evening of October 19, 1906, the neighboring Rothert Building caught on fire. The fire spread to the Mishler Theater destroying the interior. This didn’t defeat Isaac Mishler from his dream. He rebuilt and reopened the theater in 1907.

In the early days, many great performers of the Vaudeville Theater made an appearance at the Mishler. This was mostly due to the location of the theater and the P.R.R. Altoona was the first stop for acts travelling from New York and Philadelphia on tour. Sadly, the theater fell into neglect and in the 1960’s it was considered for Demolition. The Altoona Community Theatre and The Blair County Arts Foundation saved it from this fate by purchasing the building and renovating. In 1969, The Mishler Theater once again reopened. In 1973, The Mishler was placed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places.

Today the theater has been restored too much of its original appearance. The Mishler Theater hosts numerous community events as well as other notable entertainers.

Porch, Deck & Patio Spring-cleaning Tips

Not that you would need an excuse to go outside to enjoy this beautiful spring weather, spring-cleaning the porch, deck, or patio is a perfect one to use. To help you out we have provided some helpful tips to get the job done. 

Start by sweeping the porch clean of any debris. Use a putty knife to loosen dirt that may have fell in between the floorboards. Rinse the ceiling, walls and floor with a hose. You may use a bristle brush with some soapy water to help with dirty patches. If there is a stubborn stain, you may have to upgrade to a commercial cleanser. Light fixture shades that are removable can be washed inside in a sink bath. If you are unable to remove a light fixture then vacuum it out bugs and dirt. After this is done wipe with a soft cloth and some glass cleaner.

To stain or not to stain your hardwood flooring, a simple test, pour a small amount of water on the floor and wait five minutes. When you come back to check if there are small beads of water then there is no need to restain. If there are no beads of water then it is time to stain. A tip before you stain make sure to power wash the flooring allowing it to dry thoroughly before you start staining.

Don’t forget to clean your chairs and other outside furniture. All it takes is some mild oil based soap, warm water and a soft brush to clean wooden chairs. For metal chairs use some soapy, warm water and wipe. Touch up bare or damaged spots with paint specially made for meter. Make sure to coat with a clear protectant. Wicker is easily cleaned with a vacuum, after wipe with a wet, soapy sponge. You may have to use a toothbrush for tricky spots. Fabric furniture or umbrellas need to be dry scrubbed with a soft bristle brush then wiped with a soapy sponge. If mildew is present, place a half-cup of bleach and a gallon of water in a sprayer. Spray on the mildew spot, wait fifteen minutes and rinse.

Finally, after all this is done, sit back and relax on your spring clean porch.
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