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NARI Jan `13 w/ED
January 2013
www.milwaukeenari.org
WASHINGTON COUNTY DAILY NEWS • WAUKESHA FREEMAN • OCONOMOWOC ENTERPRISE • OZAUKEE NEWS GRAPHIC • MILWAUKEE POST • HARTFORD TIMES PRESS
Milwaukee/NARI Presents Annual Wisconsin
Remodeler of the Year Awards
T
he Milwaukee Chapter of the
National Association of the
Remodeling Industry (NARI), the
area’s leading home improvement and
remodeling industry resource for more
than 51 years, presented Local Achievement Awards and the Wisconsin
Remodeler of the Year Awards Friday,
January 18, at the Milwaukee/NARI Home
Improvement Council, Inc. Awards Night
held at The InterContinental Hotel in
Milwaukee, Wis.
Local Achievement Awards are presented
to association members in recognition of
their achievements and commitment to
the organization. Several of the awards
are presented in honor of former
Milwaukee/NARI members who had
significant achievements within the
industry and community. The winners of
the 2012 Milwaukee/NARI Local
Achievement Awards were as follows:
■ Affiliate Organization of the Year:
AmeriSign & Graphics, Milwaukee
■ Bill Bobrowitz Image Award: Jack
Loppnow, Robertson Ryan & Associates,
Milwaukee
■ Certified Professional of the Year:
Chris Egner, MCR, UDCP, Chris Egner
Design-Build-Remodel/Four Seasons
Sunrooms, New Berlin
■ Distributor of the Year:
A. Fillinger, Inc., Milwaukee
■ Mary Fox-Hagner Lifetime
Achievement Award: Jim Klappa, CGR,
jdj builders, Inc., Greenfield
■ Marvin Johnson Meritorious
Service Award: Ronna Bromberg
Pachefsky, Plaster Gallery, Milwaukee
■ Media Outlet of the Year:
JSOnline.com, Milwaukee
■ Professionalism Award: Tom Callen,
Callen Construction, Inc., Muskego
■ Gordy Ziglinski “Spirit of
Education” Award: Ken Connor, CR,
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER
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A. Fillinger and Gabor Design Build
Whole House Remodel $500,000 $1,000,000
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AB&K Bath & Kitchen Residential Kitchen
$20,000 - $40,000
Bronze; and Remodeling Innovations
Group, Brookfield: Bronze
The awards program also featured the
presentation of the 2012 Wisconsin
Remodeler of the Year Awards to
Milwaukee/NARI members in the
following categories:
Residential Kitchen $40,001 - $80,000:
AB&K Bath & Kitchen: Silver; Brillo Home
Improvements, Milwaukee: Silver, Callen
Construction: Silver; Pitzen Design,
Brookfield and Owner Assisted
Remodeling, Elm Grove: Silver; Heather
Scott Designs, Brookfield, and Bunker
Construction, Pewaukee: Silver; Cream
City Construction, Milwaukee: Bronze;
Design Tech Remodeling, Milwaukee:
Bronze (2); Urban Herriges & Sons,
Mukwonago: Bronze; JM Remodeling &
Construction, Brown Deer: Bronze;
Kitchens By Design, Elm Grove: Bronze;
Mukwonago Remodeling: Bronze; Quality
Remodeling Specialists, Pewaukee: Bronze
(2); S&K Remodeling, Brookfield: Bronze;
Remodeling Categories
Residential Kitchen $20,001 – $40,000:
AB&K Bath & Kitchen, Greenfield: Gold;
AB&K Bath & Kitchen: Silver; Joseph
Douglas Homes and Remodeling,
Menomonee Falls: Silver; Kowalske
Kitchen & Bath, Delafield: Silver (2);
Renovators Ltd.: Silver; Story Hill
Renovations, Wauwatosa: Silver;
Mukwonago Remodeling, Mukwonago:
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BEFORE
Connor Remodeling & Design, Inc.,
Menomonee Falls
and Jim Wirtz's Woodworks, Milwaukee:
Bronze
Residential Kitchen $80,001 – $120,000:
AB&K Bath & Kitchen: Gold; Callen
Construction: Gold; AB&K Bath &
Kitchen: Silver; S.J. Janis Company,
Wauwatosa: Silver; Kitchens By Design:
Silver; Renovators Ltd., Elm Grove: Silver;
and Jim Wirtz's Woodworks: Silver
Residential Bath $15,001 – $30,000:
Design Group Three. Glendale: Gold;
AB&K Bath & Kitchen: Silver; Dwelling
Renovations, Grafton: Silver; JM
Remodeling & Construction: Silver; AB&K
Bath & Kitchen: Bronze; and Paul Davis
Restoration & Remodeling, Milwaukee:
Bronze
Residential Bath $30,001 – $60,000:
AB&K Bath & Kitchen: Silver; Brillo Home
Improvements: Silver; Design Tech
Remodeling: Silver; Kowalske Kitchen &
Bath: Silver; AB&K Bath & Kitchen:
Bronze; and Carl Krueger Construction,
Milwaukee: Bronze
Residential Bath Over $60,000: AB&K
Bath & Kitchen: Silver; Cream City
Construction: Silver; S.J. Janis Company:
Silver; AB&K Bath & Kitchen: Bronze; and
Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource,
Delafield: Bronze
Lower Level Under $50,000: Joseph
Douglas Homes and Remodeling: Gold (2)
Lower Level $50,001 - $100,000: AB&K
Bath & Kitchen: Gold; Brillo Home
Improvements: Gold; Mukwonago
Remodeling LLC: Gold; Story Hill
Renovations: Gold; and Mukwonago
Remodeling LLC: Silver
AFTER
Lower Level $100,001 - $150,000:
Refined Renovations: Gold
Residential Addition $60,000 –
$100,000: Callen Construction: Silver; and
JM Remodeling & Construction: Silver
Residential Addition $100,001 –
$250,000: J&J Construction Lake Country,
Dousman: Gold; Kerzner Remodeling &
Construction, Oconomowoc: Gold; Wade
Design & Construction, Mequon: Gold;
Dimension Design, Build, Remodel,
Brookfield: Silver; Dwelling Renovations:
Silver; Urban Herriges & Sons: Silver;
Owner Assisted Remodeling: Silver; and
Nehmey Construction, Oak Creek: Bronze
Residential Interior Under $50,000:
DG Remodeling, Pewaukee: Silver
BEFORE
Residential Interior $50,001 – $100,000:
Wade Design & Construction: Silver
Residential Interior Over $100,000:
Brillo Home Improvements, Inc.: Gold;
Carmel Builders, Menomonee Falls, and
Blue Hot Design, Glendale: Gold; Paul
Davis Restoration & Remodeling: Gold;
and S.J. Janis Company: Gold
Remodeler of the Year Continued on page 4
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Remodeler of the Year Continued from page 2
Residential Exterior Under $100,000:
Callen Construction: Gold; J&J
Construction Lake Country: Gold;
Mukwonago Remodeling: Gold; Allrite
Home & Remodeling, Milwaukee: Silver;
and Cream City Construction: Silver
Landscape $30,001 - $60,000:
Wandsnider Landscape Architects,
Menomonee Falls: Silver
AFTER
Landscape Design Over $60,000: KD
Poolscapes, Franksville: Gold;
LandCrafters: Gold; and Swimming Pool
Services, Waukesha: Silver
Advertising/Marketing Categories
Entire House Under $250,000:
Mukwonago Remodeling: Gold
Entire House $250,001 - $500,000:
Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource: Gold;
Cream City Construction: Gold; and
Mukwonago Remodeling: Silver
4-Color Brochure: Callen Construction:
Gold; A. Fillinger: Silver
30-Second Television Commercial:
Owner Assisted Remodeling: Silver
Entire House Under $500,001 $1,000,000: A. Fillinger, Milwaukee and
Gabor Design Build, Mequon: Gold
BEFORE
Disaster Restoration – Fire: Bartelt. The
Remodeling Resource: Gold; Paul Davis
Restoration & Remodeling: Silver; and
ServiceMaster Recovery Services, New
Berlin: Silver
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Kerzner Remodeling & Construction Residential Addition $100,000 - $250,000
Disaster Restoration – Water: Carl
Krueger Construction: Bronze
Landscape $15,000 - $30,000:
LandCrafters, New Berlin: Gold
MILWAUKEE/NARI Helps Homeowners
Freeze the Effects of Ice Damming
MILWAUKEE, WI – Snow, icicles, and
frost – winter comes with beautiful
scenery and fun activities. But once
there is a slight increase in temperature,
the aspects of winter that people love
most can become damaging and messy.
Ice damming is a common issue
in Wisconsin. How can a homeowner
avoid this threat? Members of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., celebrating 50 year’s as the
area’s leading home improvement and
remodeling resource, explain the triggers for ice damming and the steps homeowners can take to prevent or reduce its
effects.
degrees, it refreezes. This creates the ice
dam, which continues to expand as it is
fed by the melting snow above it. When
the ice dam gets large enough, the water
becomes backed up behind the ice dam,
remaining a liquid.
A major cause of the roof’s temperature increase is a lack of insulation
and ventilation. “Warm air escapes from
the home and leaks into the attic,” said
Rick Burback, CR, of Burback Builders
in Muskego. The attic becomes significantly warmer than the outside temperature, heating the roof and melting the
snow. In rare instances, the sun can
cause the heat.
What is an ice dam?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that
forms at the roof’s edge. This build up of
snow and ice prevents water from draining correctly. “The gutters fill up with
ice and snow, and the melting snow has
nowhere to go,” explained Christopher
Wittmann, CR of Callen Construction in
Muskego. “To identify an ice dam, look
for a buildup of ice by the eaves or gutters.”
What damage can it cause?
The standing water on the roof
can leak into the home, which damages
the drywall and insulation. “It may
cause mold, mildew, and discoloration,”
explained Burback. The moisture can
also make a home’s insulation inefficient
and cause odors and serious structural
damage if left unattended. “Discoloration where the wall meets the ceiling
and around chimneys is often a sign of
ice damming,” continued Wittmann.
What is the cause?
Ice damming occurs when there
is snow on the roof, and the temperature
of the highest point is above 32 degrees.
The snow melts and flows down. Once it
hits the area of the roof below 32
How can it be prevented or
managed?
Short-term Measures
A homeowner can remove snow
from the roof, which eliminates one factor of ice damming. “Use a roof rake to
get rid of the snow,” said Wittmann.
“People may also fill a nylon stocking
with salt and put it on the roof.” If water
is leaking into the home, individuals can
make channels through the ice, allowing
the water to drain. This can be accomplished by hosing the roof with tap water.
“Although it may be tempting, people
should not go on the roof and chop the
ice. It can damage the shingles or gutters
and should be left to professionals, from a
safety and knowledge standpoint,” said
Burback.
Long-term Measures
The quick fixes can be effective,
but it’s important to repair the source of
the problem. “Homeowners should contact a qualified professional to inspect
the attic and determine if additional
insulation is necessary. An expert will
also be able to identify if there are ventilation issues,” advised Wittmann. The
ceiling should be air tight, so warm air
cannot flow from the home into the attic.
The attic should also be well ventilated to
keep the space cool.
The Milwaukee/NARI Home
Improvement Council was chartered in
July 1961, as a Chapter of the National
Home Improvement Council. In May of
1982, the National Home Improvement
Council merged with the National
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Remodelers Association to form NARI the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
The Council's goals of encouraging ethical conduct, professionalism, and
sound business practices in the remodeling industry have led to the remodeling
industry's growth and made NARI a recognized authority in that industry. With
over 800 members, the Milwaukee Chapter is the nation's largest.
For more information or to receive a
free copy of an annual membership roster listing all members alphabetically
and by category, and the booklet, “Milwaukee/NARI's Remodeling Guide,” call
414-771-4071 or visit the Council’s website
at www.milwaukeenari.org.
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2013 MILWAUKEE/NARI HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW SCHEDULED
MILWAUKEE, WI – The 51st
annual Milwaukee/NARI Home
Improvement Show will be held
Thurs., Feb. 7 – Sun., Feb. 10, 2013
at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West
Allis, Wis.
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Council, Inc., and
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Milwaukee
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the 2013 Show
will provide Milwaukee/NARI,
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resource for more than 51
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have its members demonstrate
for consumers how they are
“Your Source for Inspiration,”
the theme for the Show.
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In addition, the Show will also
feature an Outdoor Living Area,
an Interior Design Room Display
contest between area college students,
the
Schlossmann’s
Automotive
Group
vehicle
display, the Milwaukee/NARI
Foundation fundraising raffle,
and manufacturer displays.
Hours Thurs., Feb. 7, Fri., Feb.
8, and Sat., Feb. 9, are 10 a.m. – 8
p.m.; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun.,
Feb. 10. Admission is $6 in
advance, $8 at the door. Tickets
for seniors 60 and older are $5.00,
with a special price of $4.00 at Bonnie
Schne
the door on Thurs., Feb. 7, for
ider
Senior Day sponsored by
Callen Construction, Inc.
Children 12 and younger and
all military personnel with
a military ID card will be
admitted free.
ture providers of thousands of
home improvement products and
services, including kitchens,
decks, cabinets, windows, bathrooms, siding, lighting, landscaping, media rooms, wall coverings,
lower levels, roofing, fireplaces,
and much more.
During the Show, educational
demonstrations and seminars by
home improvement experts and
media celebrities will be held,
including presentations on the
Renewal by Andersen and Mukwonago Remodeling Seminar
Stage by Bonnie Schneider,
CNN/HLN
Meteorologist,
presented by Allrite Home
&
Remodeling,
discussing
“Extreme Weather,” Melinda
Myers, The Plant Doctor, Gus
Gnorski, Lis Friemoth, “The
Garden Hoe”, and Tom Feiza, Mr.
Fix-It,
presented
by
J&B
Construction.
The Cooking
Demonstration Stage will feature
area chefs and national cooking
celebrities, including Mad Dog &
Merrill and Patricia Katopes,
Food Network “Cupcake Wars”
Winner.
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Renewal by Andersen and Mukwonago
Remodeling Seminar & Demonstration Stage
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
11:00 a.m.: Gus Gnorski
1:00 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It, presented
by J&B Construction
3:30 p.m.: Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor”
5:30 p.m.: NARI Member Presentation
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
11:00 a.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN
Meteorologist – “Extreme
Weather”, presented by Allrite
Home & Remodeling
1:00 p.m.: Lis Friemoth, “The Garden Hoe”
3:30 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It, presented
by J&B Construction
5:30 p.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN
Meteorologist – “Extreme
Weather” ”, presented by Allrite
Home & Remodeling
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
10:30 a.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN
Meteorologist – “Extreme
Weather” ”, presented by Allrite
Home & Remodeling
12:30 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It, presented
by J&B Construction
2:30 a.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN
Meteorologist – “Extreme
Weather” ”, presented by Allrite
Home & Remodeling
4:30 p.m.: Lis Friemoth, “The Garden Hoe”
6:00 p.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN
Meteorologist – “Extreme
Weather” ”, presented by Allrite
Home & Remodeling
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
11:00 a.m.: Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor”
12:30 p.m.: Gus Gnorski
2:00 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It, presented
by J&B Construction
Cooking Demonstration Stage
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Noon:
Mad Dog & Merrill
2:00 p.m.: Kevin Sloan, Riverside & Pabst
Theater Chef
4:30 p.m.: Pastry Chef Annie Ghobral,
Bartolotta Restaurant Group
6:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Noon:
Patricia Katopes, Food Network
“Cupcake Wars”
2:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
4:30 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
6:00 p.m.: Patricia Katopes, Food Network
“Cupcake Wars” Winner
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
11:30 a.m.: Patricia Katopes, Food Network
“Cupcake Wars” Winner
1:30 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
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5:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
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Tips to Prepare Homes for Winter Weather
MILWAUKEE, WIS. – With winter
in full swing, it’s essential that
homeowners prepare for the plunging temperatures, snow, and other
seasonal threats. Snow accumulation and winter storms can cause
unexpected problems, such as power
outages, frozen pipes, and more.
Being proactive as the cold and snow
season approaches can reduce
homeowners’ concerns.
Members of the Milwaukee/NARI
Home
Improvement
Council, Inc., celebrating 50 years as
the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry
resource, offer tips to keep the home
safe, warm, and efficient during the
winter months.
HOME MAINTENANCE
Clean and inspect the furnace.
Having a professional inspect
heating systems helps to ensure that
a home stays warm and safe. “It’s
important to have your furnace
inspected yearly. Every year it isn’t
tuned up, it loses about three percent
of its efficiency,” said Wayne
Abendschein of 1st Choice Heating
& Cooling, Inc., Waukesha.
Keep the attic well ventilated.
This will reduce the probability of
ice dams, which are caused by
melted snow that refreezes on the
roof’s edge.
Examine the chimney and flue.
Homeowners should have their
chimney and flue inspected before
they use the fireplace. “Chimneys
can be checked year-round. Inspections prevent blockages or chimney
fires, which occur more often than
people think,” said Howard Rowell of
Royal Chimney Service, Inc.,
Milwaukee.
Focus on your windows. To
save money and energy, make sure
heat isn’t escaping. Install storm
windows or cover the windows with
plastic.
SURVIVAL GUIDE
Install
carbon
monoxide
detectors. Carbon monoxide is a
lethal, colorless, odorless gas that is
the natural byproduct of burning
fossil fuels. Carbon monoxide
detectors should be installed on
every level of the home and in the
mechanical room, according to
Abendschein. Test the detectors
frequently.
Trim trees. Cut branches that
are too close to the house or electrical wires. If tree branches are out of
reach, consider contacting a tree or
landscape service.
Prevent frozen pipes. Disconnect garden hoses and shut off and
drain water from pipes leading to
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Prepare an emergency kit.
Plan ahead and have extra batteries,
a flashlight, first aid supplies, extra
medications, and non-perishable
food in case a winter storm leaves
individuals stranded at home or
without power.
Ensure that vent pipes are
clear. “During a winter storm and
after, make sure there is no debris or
snow blocking the vents outside of a
home,” advised Abendschein.
Understand the ins and outs of
the fireplace. It’s essential to
comprehend the proper use of a
fireplace.
“Make sure that the
damper is open before striking a
match to avoid smoke. Also, it’s
helpful to bring the wood inside at
least one day before burning it. This
allows the wood to get to room
temperature and produce more
heat,” explained Rowell.
Make sure snow removal tools
are accessible. Arrange your
garage or shed so the snow blower,
shovels, rock salt, sand, and other
gear are easy to find and ready to
use.
Have useful numbers handy –
plumber, electrician, and others. If
there’s a problem during a winter
storm,
it’s
helpful
to
have
contact
information
readily
available.
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National
Home
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May of 1982, the National
Home
Improvement
Council merged with the
National
Remodelers
Association to form NARI –
the National Association of
the Remodeling Industry.
The Council’s goals
of
encouraging ethical
conduct, professionalism,
and sound business practices in the remodeling
industry have led to the
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recognized authority in
that industry. With over
800
members,
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nation’s largest.
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roster listing all members
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Curing the
Winter Blahs
MILWAUKEE, WIS. –
Bare branches and gray
skies can leave individuals
feeling glum during the
winter months. Homeowners who are susceptible to
minor blahs during this
season can use simple
home design strategies to
keep their moods high and
improve their spaces.
Members of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., celebrating 50 years as the
area’s
leading
home
improvement and remodeling industry resource,
offer home tips to cure the
winter blues.
BRING THE
OUTDOORS IN
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Indoor garden – It’s
dreary outside, so create
an indoor garden to bring
some life into the home.
Many plants purify stale
air and add humidity to a
dry winter space. If you
don’t know what to grow,
try herbs such as basil or
mint.
Patio enclosures and
sunrooms – Patio enclosures and sunrooms let
natural light into the
home, which can help battle the winter blues.
Outdoor retreat – It
may be cool outside, but
there are plenty of ways to
enjoy outdoor spaces. Consider having a gas fire-
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BONNIE
SCHNEIDER,
a national television
meteorologist
and
the
author of “Extreme Weather,” appears on the various
platforms of CNN and
Headline News (HLN). She
is the co-executive producer and extreme
weather expert for “Last House Standing,”
a television special that has aired on the
DIY Television Network. The show, which
was shot on location in California, Alabama, and Florida, provides homeowners
tips on how to storm-proof against earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
A native of Jericho, New York, Schneider earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University. She pursued
her meteorological studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and
Hunter College in Manhattan. She started
her career as a weekend meteorologist at
KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Schneider debuted on CNN in June of
2005, covering the 2005 hurricane season,
which included in-studio analysis of Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, she contributed to
CNN International's coverage of Cyclone
Nargis and the earthquake in China's
Sichaun Province. In 2012, she covered
Winter Blahs cont. from previous page
place or installing an overhead heater, so
people can enjoy the patio or porch yearround. Add fleece blankets and hot
cocoa to further warm up outdoor areas.
JUST ADD COLOR
Paint color – Paint can add warmth
to a home during the winter months.
Use earth tones – greens, browns, and
yellows – to brighten the different rooms
in a home.
Accessories – Accessories can help
brighten a room. Consider hanging a
mirror opposite a window to open up the
space. Use blinds or curtains instead of
heavy draperies to allow light to filter
into the room. Add some color to the
space with pillows, tablecloths, bedding,
or area rugs.
Hurricane Isaac for HLN and talked about
safety tips mentioned in her book. She
recently covered Hurricane Sandy for
BLOOMBERG TV from their world headquarters in New York City.
Prior to CNN, Schneider worked as the
Weekend Meteorologist/Special Assignment Reporter on WLVI-TV WB56 in
Boston. While in Boston, she also provided
entertainment and lifestyle reporting as a
special assignment reporter. Prior to
WB56, she was the weekend meteorologist
at WFOR-TV in Miami.
Schneider was awarded the American
Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval
for broadcast meteorologists who achieve
the highest standard of excellence in both
technical weather knowledge and communication skills.
MAD DOG &
MERRILL What once started as
a couple of pitch guys
for a national grill
company has turned
into a cult following
that has swept the Midwest. For over 30 years, self-proclaimed
“Grillologists,” Mad Dog & Merrill, have
entertained and educated thousands of
grilling enthusiasts. Mad Dog & Merrill
not only travel the country performing in
front of live audiences, writing cookbooks
and making videos, they also host the TV
series, Mad Dog & Merrill's Midwest Grill'n airing throughout all of Wisconsin and
Minnesota.
Behind the comedy and entertainment,
the duo recently applied their years of
grilling experience to create authentic
blends of sauces and spices produced locally and distributed throughout the Midwest.
“We want nothing more than to make
everyone a better griller and show how
easy it is to be creative and entertain in
their own backyard,” said Gary Merrill.
PATRICIA
KATOPES In 2011, Patricia Katopes
began a new chapter in her
life. Inspired by her love of
all things creative and her
passion for baking, she
decided to pick up the whisk
and start her own business, Patty Cakes
Cupcakes. She held fast to the belief that if
you “Do what you love, do what you're good
at, and allow the rest to fall into place,”
things would turn out for the best.
At an early age, Katopes had the curiosity for learning how to bake. She took
classes as a child and decided that cake
decorating was her favorite. After graduating with a degree in journalism, Katopes
studied two years towards a master's in
fine art from Georgia State University. Her
educational foundation gave her a strong
creative base with which to pursue her passions. Now, she continues to explore her
creativity through her business, providing
LET THE LIGHT IN
Lighting
– Adding lamps or
installing track lighting can bring more
light into a room. It’s also important to
consider the color of the bulbs. Warm
whites give the room an amber glow,
while cooler lights give the room a blue
tone.
Skylights – Skylights allow natural
light to saturate spaces lacking windows, such as hallways, stairways, laundry rooms, or bathrooms.
Solar tubes – At a lower cost than
skylights, solar tubes provide warm
light to a room. It is a 10- to 14-inch
diameter sheet metal tube with an interior that acts like a mirror. It captures
daylight at the roof and distributes light
to a home’s interior.
Windows and doors – If there is
enough wall space, think about
installing new windows to let daylight
into the home. Homeowners can also
replace smaller windows for a bay or
bow window. Consider replacing a solid
exterior door with a partial-glass door.
top-quality cupcakes and a sense of community to sweet-toothed customers all over
Atlanta.
On a whim, Katopes wanted to test her
skills against the best in the business. She
auditioned for “Cupcake Wars” in January
of 2012 and was accepted for Season 6.
After battling against more experienced
bakers, all of which were judged by a panel
of experts, Katopes was declared the winner of The Food Network's “Cupcake
Wars.” As the winner of the competition,
Katopes received $10,000 along with showcasing her winning creations at the
Wildaid black-tie gala held in San Francisco in May 2012.
Katopes is also hoping to compete in the
upcoming season of “Cupcake Champions,” which pits 16 “Cupcake Wars” winners against each other for a chance to be
named the Ultimate Cupcake Champion.
The winner will receive $50,000 and showcase his or her creations at a high-profile
event.
TOM
FEIZA A NARI Certified Professional,
Feiza's
public
appearances combine downto-earth information with a
dash of humor, while his
radio call-in show on AM620
WTMJ, which draws over 45,000 listeners
each hour, allows him to provide practical
solutions to callers' questions on home
repair and related projects.
A writer of a weekly question and
answer column that appears in over 80
newspapers with total circulation reaching
more than 600,000 homes, Feiza has also
written two books on home repair. In addition to radio and print, he regularly
appears on television talk and news shows,
where he shares his Mr. Fix-It tips.
A registered professional engineer with
over 30 years of building management
experience, Feiza obtained a Bachelor of
Science degree from Marquette University.
He consults in the area of home remodeling and construction, and he performs
home inspections.
GUS
GNORSKI Considered Milwaukee's
best-known handyman, Gus
Gnorski began his broadcast career in 1966 on
WTMJ-AM 620. The Milwaukee area first saw FOX 6's
“Ask Gus,” his weekly television show, in
1992. More than 700 original episodes were
produced and aired, and Gnorski in 2010
retired as a regular on “FOX 6 Wake-Up
News.”
MELINDA
MYERS Melinda Myers, “The
Plant Doctor,” is a gardening expert, TV/radio host,
author, and columnist, with
more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She has
written over 20 gardening books, including
Can't Miss Small Space Gardening and The
Garden Book for Wisconsin. She hosts the
nationally syndicated “Melinda's Garden
Moment” segments that air on 89 TV and
radio stations throughout the U.S. and
Canada, including Today's TMJ4 and
WMYX-FM 99.1 in Milwaukee.
She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and
writes the twice monthly Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Gardeners' Questions” newspaper column.
Myers hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio
program for over 20 years as well as Great
Lakes Gardener on PBS. She has a master's degree in horticulture, is a certified
arborist, and was a horticulture instructor
with tenure at Milwaukee Area Technical
College.
LIS
FRIEMOTH Best known as “The Garden Hoe,” Friemoth has
been passionate about and
gaining
knowledge
of
plants since childhood.
According to Friemoth,
she's been “rolling in the dirt since she was
six months old.” She fondly recalls her formative years spent in the home garden
planting, growing, and maintaining lots of
flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
Her interest in the business side of life
originally led Friemoth to the University
of Wisconsin - Whitewater, where science
lured her away, resulting in a Bachelor's of
Science degree. She then pursued and
achieved a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's School of Architecture and
Urban Planning.
Friemoth's love of healthy plants, her
science background, and the alluring smell
of wet dirt led her on a plant disease quest
to expand her knowledge, understanding,
and expertise. That quest resulted in a
desire to work in the discipline she knows
and loves, took her out from behind a desk
in corporate research, and put her behind
a shovel. More than 10 years ago, she
applied that burgeoning knowledge and
expertise into the community service field
as a county horticulturist. She then took
her love of healthy plants, the lure of science, the pleasant challenges of analysis,
and the risk of business, and put them all
together to create and launch her own
endeavor - The Garden Hoe.
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