Doll Up Your House: Enter to Win a Free Roof!

Do you despise your old, ugly roof but don’t have the financial means to replace it? The largest roofing manufacturer in North America may have a brand new roof  waiting just for you.

GAF and the Lifetime show “Designing Spaces” are hosting a contest called “Ugly Roof Makeover, A Tribute to the Great American Homeowner.” GAF offers advanced quality roofing and 125 years of expert experience. In addition to roofing, GAF handles decking and railing as well. The corporation has more than 4,000 factory-certified contractors, plus manufacturing locations all across the country.

Children Create Posters for Peace

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When Yennie Shyu, a 12-year-old from San Jose, Calif., tried to visualize peace, she immediately thought of e-mail.

“In this age, technology and computers are very popular, so I thought about combining technology and e-mail with spreading the message of peace and love,” said Shyu, whose poster, which depicts little girls e-mailing olive branch-carrying doves, won the 21st Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest.

Shyu describes the image as “little fingers typing big messages, spreading love and peace worldwide.”

Shyu’s poster, which was selected from 350,000 entries from 70 countries, portrays the theme “Peace Begins With Me.” As the grand prize winner, Shyu received a trip to New York City for a special award ceremony during Lions Day with the United Nations.

“Lions in many nations have embraced the Peace Poster Contest as a hands-on way to promote peace and to support the young people in their communities,” said Lions Clubs International President Al Brandel. “The contest is another example of Lions being everyday heroes in reaching out and listening to the young people of this world.”

During the past two decades, more than 4 million children from ages 11 through 13 have artistically shared their visions for peace through the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions clubs sponsor the contest in schools and organized youth programs. The contest provides an outlet for children and adults to discuss the meaning of world peace while visually portraying their feelings. Now entering its 22nd year, the contest has been held in more than 100 countries.

“It takes energy and even courage to live in peace,” said Remi Delanghe, a merit award winner from Belgium. “It’s something you need to work on every day in order to be able to create and maintain it.”

Winners have come from all across the globe to share their visions of peace. “Peace is something big and marvelous, full of happiness to be achieved from our own homes and in the heart of each human being,” said Ana Stephanie Rosero Morales from Peru, a merit award winner.

The 24 finalist peace posters will be exhibited during the year at children’s museums and various locations throughout the United States. Visit to view posters and send e-cards.

Put Your Lucky Dog on NASCAR’s Raceway

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Avid NASCAR fans should be familiar with the racing term “lucky dog.” During a race, the Lucky Dog Rule allows the driver of the next lapped car behind the leader to gain back a lap during a caution — a time when drivers are forced to reduce speeds due to trouble on the track. But a new contest takes the term “lucky dog” a bit more literally.

NASCAR fans and pet lovers will find much to love in “The Luckiest Dog of NASCAR” Contest, which could put one lucky winner’s pooch on Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry during the Checker Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix on Nov. 15. The winning dog’s owners will receive a three-day, two-night trip to the race.

And what does it take to win? Creativity and a dog unafraid to dress-up. During the entry period, which runs through Sept. 12, 2009, dog-loving NASCAR fans can log onto to either upload a race-themed photo of their dog, or to vote on the other photos. Each voter is automatically eligible to instantly win one of 200 available $25 Pedigree gift cards. There’s no limit to how many times a person may vote.

Every week, the popular vote on will determine a finalist. After voters choose 20 weekly finalists, a panel of judges will select one grand prize winner on or about Oct. 1, 2009. The judging process will be based on creativity, originality and adherence to the NASCAR theme.

“We’re excited to give one pet owner the chance to publicly profess the love they have for their dog,” said John Anton, Marketing Director of the Pedigree Brand. “At Pedigree, everything we do is for the love of dogs, and this contest is really about giving people a platform to celebrate the bond between them and their best friend.”

Couple’s Honeymoon Goes Up in Flames

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Honeymoons are supposed to be a time of romance and moonlit walks, but not for Jeff and Rhonda West of Bessemer City, N.C.

Their honeymoon in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was downright criminal – stolen right out from under them, in fact – which is why they were recently awarded the grand prize in Thrifty Car Rental’s “Honeymoon Disasters Contest.”

Headed for the hotel in Jeff’s mint-condition 1968 Camaro RS, they lost a hubcap. After chasing it down, they resumed their journey until they heard a loud “thud.”

Jeff, still dressed in his tuxedo, got out of the car to survey a blown-out back tire when the car, along with his new wife, started rolling down the hill. He had forgotten to put the car in “park.”

“I could hear my beautiful bride screaming at the top of her lungs,” said Jeff. “Then I started chasing the car until it came to rest in a bunch of bushes. By now my wife is in tears, wondering what’s going to happen next.”

After changing the tire and double-checking the hubcap, the newlyweds were off again.

“We finally get to our hotel, only to find out that it had caught on fire the day before and was completely shut down,” said Jeff. “This almost pushed my new wife completely over the edge – sitting in a parking lot at three o’clock in the morning on our wedding night without a place to bed down for the night.”

So the couple started driving from hotel to hotel, trying to find one with rooms available.

“While we are stopped at this one little hotel/motel outside the city limits, my bride comes in with me,” said Jeff. “When we find out they don’t have any place to stay and head back out to our car – it’s gone! Someone had just stolen our car.”

Taking pity upon them, the hotel finally found room at the inn, and the newlyweds slept until 2 p.m. “Then we got up, got dressed and went back home,” said Jeff.

Thrifty Car Rental is remedying the Wests’ situation by awarding them a second honeymoon. They will receive roundtrip airfare to a destination of their choice in the continental U.S., hotel accommodations for three nights, a four-day car rental and $500 in spending money.

Where does the couple plan to go next?

“Rhonda would like to go to Vegas, if the trip is real,” said Jeff jokingly, as his wife of 16 years still doesn’t believe they have really won the contest. “Vegas would be the perfect place to renew our vows. So ‘Viva Las Vegas’ it will be!”

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