Clean Your Roof Now, Save Time and Money Later

(NewsUSA) -For many homeowners, the roof is out of sight and out of mind until a crisis occurs, such as a leak or storm damage.But the roof is subject to general wear and tear as well as environmental factors, and a proactive homeowner can catch problems early and address them effectively to prevent greater damage and create a better-looking roof. What It Is The growth of blue-green algae is a common problem on roofs, especially in areas with hot, humid summers, according to This Old House. Black or other colored streaks on the roof could signal the presence of the algae, and the streaks themselves are caused by the vegetation eating away at the mineral content on most roof shingles. The problem often goes unrecognized, and once it is serious enough to be noticed, it can be more challenging to clean. However, the right products can get the job done and prevent further algae growth. What To Do Take a two-step approach to help manage mold and improve your roof’s overall appearance:-Clean current discoloration. To get rid of mold, mildew, and other stains from vegetation, treat shingles with a cleanser such as Stainhandler Roof & Deck Cleaner to help restore the appearance of a roof that has been infested with excess vegetation.Stainhandler Roof & Deck Cleaner is free of bleach, so it can be used on any areas of the house without risk of damaging adjacent landscaping. To use the cleanser, dilute the solution, place it in a sprayer, and use a hose to hit the affected areas of the roof; then wait approximately half an hour and rinse the area with water.-Fight future problems.Installing roof maintenance products can help prevent the invasion of mold, moss, mildew, or fungi.For example, zinc strips such as those made by Stainhandler offer environmentally safe protection. The strips measure feet in length and apply easily to the roof with clear adhesive caulk. The product is designed to move rain away from the roof so it does not pool and promote vegetation growth.For more information about keeping your roof at its best — and free from mold, moss, and mildew — visit stainhandler.com.              

Possibly the Best Explanation for Today’s Opioid Crisis

(NewsUSA) – How is it possible that 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose? One of the best explanations comes from Ret. Brigadier General Becky Halstead, who — following a tour of duty in Iraq — was told by the U.S. Army that prescription painkillers were the way to go to deal with her chronic pain.Opting instead — on her own — to adopt the "chiropractic-first" approach so many experts now recommend for safer and more effective relief, Halstead today credits chiropractic care for "literally saving my life." Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/m2DPVIOm8z8

Investment Report Sees Potential Value in Colorado Silver Project

(NewsUSA)Viscount Mining Corp (TSX-V: VML, OTCQB: VLMGF) is a Vancouver-based mining project generator. Its strategy is to seek out and acquire properties that have potential to contain large amounts of silver, gold, and other valuable metals. Then it conducts new rounds of exploration to see what’s actually in the ground and to pin down what the property is worth.Now it appears that this approach is paying off big time for Viscount. The company was able to acquire a property in the historic Hardscrabble Silver District of Colorado that had been assessed in the 1980s as containing more than 50 million ounces of silver. The property, named Silver Cliff, hadn’t been mined at the time.Last year, Viscount conducted a new round of test drillings at Silver Cliff. The results recently came in recently and confirmed that the property has some of the highest levels of silver ore ever measured in North America.Stock analysts are impressed. According to a new equity research report from Alex Cutulenco of Ubika Corporation, "the enterprise value of [Viscount] could increase to at least $50 million, about five times today’s enterprise value."Moreover, the company’s potential extends beyond just the Silver Cliff property.As Viscount CEO Jim MacKenzie explains in a recent interview with Stock-Sector, the company also has painstakingly acquired a valuable mining property in Nevada called Cherry Creek. Recent mapping and analysis shows great promise for gold and silver on that property as well.To fully assess the new exploration data and the historical records, Viscount has hired one of the nation’s top mining experts, Dr. Gilles Arseneau. Dr. Arseneau has more than a quarter-century of experience evaluating gold and base metal deposits everywhere from North and South America to China and Europe.Once all of the exploration work is done and the data is fully analyzed, Viscount will be looking for experienced partners to mine the property. 

Volunteer Fire Departments Work to Reach Next Generation

(NewsUSA) – Volunteers make up more than two-thirds of the nation’s fire service and protect their communities from a wide range of emergencies. Yet many fire departments are having difficulty meeting the staffing needs that an all-hazards department requires.Call volumes have skyrocketed in recent years, tripling over the last three decades. At the same time, many fire service veterans are reaching retirement age, while there are fewer new recruits coming into the ranks.Department leaders are looking to recruit the next generation to fill the gap and step up to serve their community in a unique and rewarding way.A survey conducted by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the national nonprofit association representing the volunteer fire and emergency services, found that 44 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 have an interest in volunteering as an emergency responder. A barrier to people taking action on this is awareness: the same survey found that 79 percent of people do not know if their department needs volunteers."Many people don’t realize that their department is staffed by volunteers or that they need more volunteers," says NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn. "We are working to get the word out that we need more people, and that anyone wanting to serve their community can be a fire service volunteer."Millennials, as the 18-34 age group is commonly referred to, are one key demographic that volunteer fire and emergency service departments are trying to reach. With more than 80 million people, this demographic will play a crucial role in the success of the volunteer fire service."Millennials make great firefighters and emergency volunteers. They work hard, learn fast, are technologically savvy, and are used to balancing multiple responsibilities," says Quinn. "It is this generation that is really where the future of the fire service lies. They are our leaders of tomorrow."The younger generation is also finding that there are many benefits to being a fire service volunteer. For one, it provides a meaningful way to give back to the community. Volunteers also learn skills that they can use in many aspects of their personal and professional lives. In addition, many volunteers find the sense of community and family that exists in the fire service to be one of its biggest draws.Volunteer firefighters are a diverse group of people who come from all backgrounds, professions, ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. Anyone with the desire to serve can find a volunteer role in the fire service. It is mainly about having the heart and drive to make a difference where it’s needed most.New recruits are trained by the department. Fire departments typically respond to a variety of emergency calls, which may include fires, medical emergencies, search and rescue, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle collisions, terrorist threats, and other public service calls. Many departments also provide community services such as fire prevention education.The NVFC has created the Make Me A Firefighter campaign (www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org) to help departments with recruitment efforts, educate the public about the need for volunteers, and connect potential volunteers with their local fire department."We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to visit www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org," says Quinn.To view the video, click here.

Lady Gaga Stars in New PSA to Support Education and Inspire Positive Classrooms

(NewsUSA) – Students today face not only academic challenges, but also the emotional challenges of stress brought on by negative classroom environments, according to data from a recent survey by the Sesame Workshop. In the survey, 86 percent of teachers and 70 percent of parents reported worrying that "the world is an unkind place for children."In addition, teachers face financial challenges to making their classrooms places where students can succeed.Data from the Education Market Association show that nearly all public school teachers (99.5 percent) dip into their own money to purchase classroom supplies, and many of them spend as much as $400 per year on basic items.To help ease the burden on teachers and foster an atmosphere of kindness and tolerance in the classroom, Staples, Inc., is partnering with music icon Lady Gaga to create a series of public service announcements.The public service campaign includes 15-, 30- and 60-second TV and radio spots in which Lady Gaga encourages positive behavior and attitudes, as well as support for students and teachers in reaching their educational goals.The PSAs also highlight two charities: DonorsChoose.org, which allows individuals to contribute to more than 25,000 classroom projects for teachers across the country; and the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to support and empower children, teens, and young adults. As part of its mission to support education, Staples announced donations of $1 million each to DonorsChoose.org and the Born This Way Foundation."I want kids to love themselves, fearlessly," Lady Gaga says in a video on the StaplesforStudents.org website.The lack of basic school supplies is a chronic problem that can get in the way of children’s learning and achieving their goals, she adds.For more information about the campaign and fundraising activities, visit StaplesforStudents.org. Visitors to the site have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes and win a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert as part of her 2017 Lady Gaga Joanne tour. Five winners will receive the travel and concert package, and a grand prize winner also receives a $50,000 scholarship, courtesy of Staples. 

More than 20 Years Helping Cancer Patients and Saving Lives

(NewsUSA) – Where can I get good information about my disease and treatments? Is there anyone I can talk with who has been through this? What will treatment cost?These are just a few of the hundreds of questions Blood Cancer Information Specialists at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) answer day in and day out.Because there are so many recent breakthrough discoveries in cancer treatments, patients and caregivers need up-to-date information, education, and support to help navigate these complex diseases, treatments, and financial, emotional, and social challenges.According to LLS President and CEO Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., "There is no other organization that provides the level of patient support and service that LLS?does. Our trained, compassionate Blood Cancer Information Specialists spend hours talking with patients — many of them newly diagnosed — about their disease, clinical trials, how to talk to their physician, and so much more."In addition to our significant investment in research to find cures, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a patients-first organization. We launched our Blood Cancer Information Specialist group in 1997 — this work is in our DNA!"The LLS Information Specialists are social workers and nurses who work one-on-one with blood cancer patients and caregivers, connecting them to free personalized information tailored to a patient’s specific diagnosis as well as to a variety of free resources and services, including:* Clinical Trial Support Center A highly unique and comprehensive service to assist patients in accessing clinical trials.* Financial Support — Assistance with the cost of treatment, transportation and daily expenses.* LLS Community — A free online network providing support and education to thousands of blood cancer patients and their caregivers.* Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program — Peer-to-peer support program to help patients and caregivers cope by matching them with trained volunteers who have also been touched firsthand by a blood cancer.* Co-Pay Assistance — Help for eligible blood cancer patients to pay for prescription drug co-pays and health insurance premiums.* Local Support Groups — A program that gives patients and their families a place to go where they can share information, education and feelings in a comfortable and caring environment."When I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at 38 years old, I didn’t really understand what it was," says survivor Jasmin Egan."My doctor introduced me to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s free patient online support group, LLS Community, which allowed me to connect with so many others who were going through exactly what I was enduring. It was comforting to hear from others about how they were dealing with the effects of treatment and their disease."LLS Blood Cancer Information Specialists are available by phone at (800) 955-4572, and live chat or email via LLS.org — Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. (View a video about the LLS Information Specialists and their work here.)       

Daughters in the Workplace Need More Support

(NewsUSA) – For the millions of women caring for an aging adult while balancing a full-time job, it can be a struggle to juggle conflicting demands.In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, found that one in four daughters in the workplace report that her career growth has suffered because of being a caregiver, feels her supervisor is unsympathetic to her caregiving responsibilities, and feels that there is a negative stigma associated with time off for elder care.There is much that can be done to address this problem.Employers can provide support and resources to help daughters and sons feel empowered at their jobs and working caregivers can educate themselves on the policies and resources available to them. Home Instead created Daughters in the Workplace, available at www.DaughtersintheWorkplace.com, a free resource for working caregivers and their employers.Here, caregivers can test their knowledge on caregiving benefits with the "Can you take time off work to care for Mom?" interactive quiz.Furthermore, working caregivers can use the following tips to help feel more empowered at work:1. Be realistic. Understand how much you can do.2. Honesty is the best policy. Be honest with yourself and your employer about what you need.3. Think creatively. Think outside the box to offer solutions that work for you and your employer.4. Get plenty of rest. Well-rested, you can get more done and be increasingly confident in handling daily challenges.5. Take one day at a time. Caring for an older adult is an unpredictable job and one that often calls for a measured approach.6. Arrange for help including respite care. Check with your Area Agency on Aging (www.n4a.org) for community resources, or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office (www.HomeInstead.com) to learn how professional caregiving could help you.7. Educate your employer. Do what you can to explain the kinds of challenges you are facing.8. Look for ways to give back. If your employer offers flexibility and help, think about ways to pay it forward with your manager and co-workers.9. Be organized. Honing your organizational skills could go a long way toward staying on top of your job and easing your anxiety.10. Find support. Connecting with others going through the same circumstances could be meaningful.To explore additional resources for Daughters in the Workplace and their employers, including the interactive quiz, visit www.DaughtersintheWorkplace.com or find a Home Instead office near you by going to www.homeinstead.com/state

The Cowboy Way Highlighted In New TV Series

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Much of cowboy culture focuses on the more glamorous aspects of riding across the range into the sunset. While the lives of real cowboys in America today retain some of those romantic elements, there’s plenty of daily drama and struggle, as well as friendship and fun.
A new series on family-entertainment television network INSP showcases the lives of three cowboys in Alabama who are maintaining the common cowboy code while trying to make a living building a cattle business in South Alabama.
Today’s cowboys have to cope with long hours, injuries, and uncertain income, but the three men featured in The Cowboy Way: Alabama wouldn’t want it any other way.
Their co-ownership of the Faith Cattle Company is based on unconditional support as well as a work-hard-play-hard philosophy.
The show airs in August, and has already been given the green light for a second season, notes Doug Butts, INSP’s Senior Vice President of Programming, in a statement.
“During post-production, it became clear to everyone that we’ve got a great show on our hands,” he says. “These cowboys are the real deal: down-to-earth, likable and very entertaining. They are a band of brothers, and audiences will love them,” he adds.
Bubba Thompson, a skilled carpenter, brings his charm, integrity, and strong work ethic to his cowboy life. Some TV viewers first met him as a runner-up on a southern-style dating show, although he has since relinquished his bachelor status and is happily married.
Cody Harris is a cowboy with a history on the rodeo circuit, where he won several championships in calf roping. Now retired from rodeo competition, he makes room in his cowboy life for work as a rodeo producer, father, and husband to a champion barrel racer.
Chris “Booger” Brown grew up on his family’s farm, and has spent his life as a rancher. The series also highlights his skill as a horseman and a horse trainer, as well as his sense of humor which helps get him and his friends through the tough days of herding cattle and working fields.
The Cowboy Way: Alabama airs on Thursdays, at 8:00 p.m., Eastern, on INSP.
For more information, visit www.thecowboywaytv.com.

Fire Departments Look to Community for Volunteers

(NewsUSA) – Fire departments across the country rely on the service of dedicated volunteers, but department membership rosters may not always reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.Many departments are now looking to expand their ranks while increasing the diversity of their personnel. Research conducted by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) — the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS personnel and rescue workers — found that there is significant interest in serving by audiences currently under-represented in the fire service, including millennials, women and minority populations. The research showed that the level of interest in volunteering did not vary significantly between women and men, and that minority populations exhibited as much, if not more, interest than their white counterparts.One obstacle to volunteering, however, is awareness.The NVFC research showed that 79 percent of people do not know if their local fire department needs volunteers. The NVFC hopes to help departments expand their reach by encouraging more members of the community to volunteer through its Make Me A Firefighter recruitment campaign. The campaign helps departments fine-tune their recruitment efforts to appeal to a broader range of individuals."The campaign not only facilitates connections between departments and prospective volunteers, but it specifically helps departments reach under-represented groups such as minorities, women, and young adults," says Juan Bonilla, fire chief and vice chair of the NVFC’s recruitment and retention committee."Anyone can be a firefighter. We come from all ages, genders, backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. It is our goal to reach more of the community to increase awareness of the volunteer opportunities available," he says.Volunteers make up 70 percent of the fire service, but many departments are struggling to meet staffing needs. Call volume has tripled over the past 30 years as departments respond to a growing range of emergencies that include fires, emergency medical incidents, hazardous materials response, search and rescue, terrorist threats, natural disasters, and other public service calls. Volunteers also provide additional services to their communities, such as fire prevention and life safety education.Fire service volunteers play a crucial role in the protection and safety of U.S. communities. One third of the U.S. population relies on the volunteer emergency services to be their first line of defense in emergencies. In addition, volunteers save localities across the country an estimated $139.8 billion annually.Departments can use the Make Me A Firefighter campaign to create recruitment materials, manage the recruiting process and post their opportunities in a national volunteer database.Individuals interested in volunteering in the fire service can visit www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org to find a local volunteer opportunity and connect with a department."Our country relies on the dedication and service of over one million volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and rescue workers to protect our communities," says NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn."It takes commitment and dedication to be a volunteer responder, but the rewards are overwhelming. We invite all who may be interested to visit the website at www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org to learn more about the fire service, what it means to join the fire service family and what opportunities are available in your community." 

Fast Facts About Excessive Sweating at School

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s back-to-school and sweat’s happening.
But while it’s “normal” to sweat with heat, exertion or anxiety, 4.8 percent of people — students included — experience sweating so excessive it’s a serious medical condition called hyperhidrosis.
To help these youngsters as they return to school, the International Hyperhidrosis Society, a non-profit that helps improve quality-of-life for those living with hyperhidrosis, is debunking excessive sweating myths with facts:
* Children, teens, and young adults can all suffer from hyperhidrosis that’s debilitating and life-altering.
* Hyperhidrosis often first manifests during school-aged years, bringing with it severe embarrassment due to sweat-drenched clothes and damaged school materials.
* Poor academic performance, social isolation, and depression can happen as a result.
* Individuals with hyperhidrosis sweat about 5 times more than what’s considered “normal” because they have overactive sweat glands, NOT because of moods, poor health, or lack of hygiene.
* Kids don’t outgrow hyperhidrosis; they need help to manage it.
* This condition can make basic school activities, such as holding a pencil difficult.
* Hyperhidrosis is as emotionally damaging as severe acne and shouldn’t be ignored.
* Young people with hyperhidrosis can find support, understanding, and treatment — but they need adults to help.
Learn more at www.SweatHelp.org.