Northeast Wisconsin
July 2011

July 2011

Let's face it. No one gives a thought to the roof over their head until there's a problem with it. I haven't had any problems in my current abode (thank goodness), but in my previous house... eesh. Built in 1923, it was basically an overpriced sieve. It had tons of "character," which in realtor parlance means "expensive problems that are not easily corrected."

There's nothing as disheartening as seeing water marks on the newly-reworked plaster ceilings you ordered to the tune of umpteen thousands of dollars. And the marks are just a symptom of the problem — who knows what lies beneath? To the layman, it's a vexing mystery.

That's where the professionals like Josh Ostrowski can be invaluable resources. Where you and I see water marks, he spots a miniscule entryway between the exterior and interior of your home and figures out how to fix it. Just as important, he's a roofer with a conscience — recycling asphalt shingles to be added to pavement for roads. Check out what he has to say about it on pages 50-51.

Not unrelated, we're running an article from the Better Business Bureau on the dangers of unreliable, traveling home improvement contractors such as those who work on roofing, painting, asphalt work and installing security systems. Complaints about these types of individuals and companies, many of whom sweep into town after damaging storms occur, are on the rise. That's why it's so important to do your research and choose a local contractor you can trust. Look for a contractor with an established business in the area, ask for references and check them out. Also, look into the contractor's standard of work and his professional affiliations; verify his insurance; and check to see if he needs to be licensed. Check with the BBB for a report on the contractor. Sound advice for anyone who needs work done.

Finally, you hear a lot about gluten these days: it's "bad" for you, how so many people can't tolerate it, how to avoid it, etc. But unless you've been properly diagnosed with Celiac Disease — a condition in which gluten is treated like an "invader" by the immune system, resulting in damage to the intestines, low energy levels and emotional ups and downs — what do you really know about it? Dan Stearns explains it all in his article on a gluten-free diet. Be sure to check it out because there's lots of valuable information.

The Wautoma, Wis., motto a few years ago was "Small Town, Big Dream," when the high school football team set out for the state competition. This hymn is still relevant in Wautoma and other small communities found in key people and businesses striving to make a difference. Cathy Favelle, of…
Recently I went to Deer Park Buddhist Center. It is a beautiful center established in Oregon, Wis., by people committed to practicing Buddhism within the tradition developed by Tibetan spiritual masters and scholars. It is named after the place near Benaras, where Buddha Shakyamuni gave his first teachings after attaining…
What could be the difference between feeling great vs. feeling run-down and even depressed? Can you believe it might just be gluten? Gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley, is essentially indigestible for individuals with Celiac Disease, a condition in which gluten is treated like an "invader" by…
This scenario unfortunately hits home for many of us at some point in our lives: the frustration of losing our hair and the psychological aspects that go hand in hand. Hair loss is disturbing as it can greatly affect our appearance, but as important our perception of how we feel…
Participating in the 2011 Money Smart Week Fox Cities Financial Makeover Challenge was a life-altering experience for Melanie Marasch of Combined Locks, and all of her hard work paid off when she was named this year's winner. She also received further recognition when named the "Outstanding Achiever for June" by…
Breast cancer, the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women, has received considerable attention in medicine. Saving lives, reconstructing the breast and getting patients on the physical and emotional path to recovery have been the highlighted priorities. One area that needs more focus is the subject of nerve health…
Cancer is such a frightening word, but it can absolutely terrify us when linked with someone we love. When it strikes, there is a lot to consider. How advanced is the cancer? What are your treatment options? Which treatment should you ultimately go with? Will it be all right to…
A friend of mine recently shared her story with me. Her daughter was preparing for her junior prom. Her date arrived to pick her up for the evening ahead. As he politely smiled at the girl's mother she became concerned. His teeth were covered with plaque and blood was visible…
The concept in its entirety is about changing our mindset, developing a new relationship with food and forming new lifetime habits. Hypnotherapy introduces a new way of thinking; not only about food and your relationship to it, but about yourself, too. By addressing our emotional health and eating habits and…
The dangerous chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) continues to make headlines (at least within the circles of the green and health communities) these past few years and in recent months with discoveries that BPA is present in 95 percent of U.S. $1 bills and on many thermal-printed cash receipts. BPA has gotten…
With warm weather and all of the recent damaging storms, the Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners to be on the lookout for less-than-reliable traveling home improvement contractors. This is the time of year when less-than-reputable or unqualified contractors breeze into town promising a variety of services at cut-rate prices.…
Asphalt shingles have been the main roofing option for many years due to ease of application, low cost, excellent performance and attractiveness. These types of shingles constitute nearly two-thirds of the roofing market for both new homes and roof replacements, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Unfortunately, they…
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