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If you were lucky today, you would have been able to experience the first substantial rain we’ve got in our area in quite some time. An asset to our local flora, our yards will green and hopefully our wildlife areas will be less prone to fire if the rain continues.

Also with the rain comes our duty as motorists to use our headlights while driving on our roadways. I know it’s been a while, but please remember to use your headlights in the rain. It’s the law, and it helps keep you safe by allowing other motorists to see you.

Drive careful.

Saying Good-Bye To Mosquitoes

Saying Good-Bye To Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are pesky insects that buzz around, land on you and bite without warning. They can carry diseases and leave red bumps on the body. Short of staying inside all the time, there are a few ways to keep mosquitoes away from the home so that you can stay comfortable while being outdoors.

Saying Good-Bye To Mosquitoes

Candles
Lighting a citronella candle is perhaps the best thing that you could do to deter mosquitoes from the home. You can make candles yourself with a tin can and citronella wax. You can also add other scents, such as lavender, that will also distract the insects, leaving you alone while you enjoy time outside.

Get a few ribbons to hang around the outside of the home. Spray a small amount of lavender oil on each ribbon. This will help to keep the bugs from swarming. It’s best to keep them near windows and near places where you might see moisture or plants that mosquitoes are naturally to so that they smell the lavender and tend to leave instead of stay. Body oil is also an option, especially if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time. Combine about 30 drops of the oil to about two tablespoons of olive oil. Rub the oil onto areas where you’ve been bitten or on the skin where mosquitoes are prone to bite.

Sunscreen
There are some sunscreens that have bug repellent in them. These are ideal for spending time at a pool or at a lake. Make sure you keep applying the sunscreen to the body every hour or as recommended. Not only will the sunscreen help to fight off bugs, but it will also help to keep you from getting sunburned.

One of the times when you might see mosquitoes more often is when you are grilling. One way that you can keep mosquitoes away is to put a bit of rosemary on the grill while you’re cooking. The herb also makes your food taste a bit better along with the charcoal taste or even the flavors from the propane. Another food item that you might want to use is garlic. You can eat garlic by itself or hang it around the house to ward off mosquitoes. If you eat it, then the mosquitoes will sense the odor that is there in the body when they get near you, which keeps them from biting as much as they would.

If you want a more effective method in preventing mosquitoes you can opt in into hiring a professional mosquito control expert like Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill, Durham and Burlington. They can provide all natural mosquito control like barrier spray that kills mosquitoes on contact and works continuously for 3 weeks.

three most common wood treatments

Wood utility poles suppliers provide more than just poles. They also have crossarms and other common objects that you see in your community in our yards and along the streets. It is funny how mow people don’t think about something that is always there. It’s like the expectation and confidence in knowing that no matter what, it is something on which you can depend.

three most common wood treatments

Purpose of Poles and Crossarms

Essentially, the poles and crossarms are used to run and support the electrical lines we need to have electricity inside our homes and businesses. Obviously, these products are vitally important. Without them, it would be very difficult to have light on in the mornings as we prepare for our day.

Without electricity, businesses could not operate and serve customers. Who wants to move around in the dark? If you do, you are among the few. Therefore, it becomes important to prolong the usefulness and life of both items. One sure way is to treat the wood before to installing the poles.

Ways to Treat the Wood

Treatment of wood refers to doing what is necessary to protect the wood from being damaged by insects, decay, extreme weather conditions and fungi. Using the right chemicals on wood poles ensures that their life is extended so the harsh environment does not interrupt our daily lives.

To save time, money and frustration, you should choose from one of the three most common wood treatments.

Pentacholorphenol (Penta) is a preservative that has become a maintenance staple for more than 60 years for the utilities industries in Canada and America. This broad spectrum biocide was used in disinfectant, herbicides and fungicides. Now, it is only used for wood preservation.

Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) is a water-based wood preservative is a mix of copper, arsenic and chromium. Applying it gives wood a greenish tint. CCA is commonly used on Southern Yellow Pine crossarms and poles.

Creosote, known as one of the oldest commercially used preservative, is made from distilled coal tar. Often, light oils like mineral spirits or diesel fuel are applied to thin this preservative before it is used.

Creosote is usually dark brown to black and has an oily odor and appearance from the oils used to treat it. Typically, you will see wood treated from this commercial preservative in railroad crossties, marine pilings and utility poles.

The next time you see a utility pole in your neighborhood remember that it is something you will have a difficult time living without.

What to Know About Financial Expert Witnesses

Just about every lawsuit or litigation proceeding revolves around money in some way. It is interesting that, in spite of this, lawyers don’t use a financial expert witness as much as you might think because they don’t see the true value in them. There are some misconceptions about financial expert witnesses that would increase their use if cleared up.

What to Know About Financial Expert Witnesses
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Common Misconceptions About Financial Expert Witnesses

– The plaintiff understands what they have lost – You would think that the person that has suffered damages would be the best source of information on their own losses but this is not always the case. For instance, can a person truly be rational when they have been wronged in some way? Usually, Plaintiffs think they are owed more than they are.

Also, someone bringing forth a lawsuit is a layman when it comes to finances. They may have lost out on money in ways that they don’t even realize. Because of this, a financial witness can be a benefit to both the plaintiff and the defendant in a lawsuit.

– You can only claim cash losses – You have to consider much more than out-of-pocket expenses when you are entering a lawsuit, especially when it comes to irreplaceable premiums.

– Juries understand losses – Many are under the impression that losses can fully understand in jury trials. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. An expert witness is a great resource for explaining financial losses to a jury in full in a clear way that they can understand. Most people called for jury duty have no experience with finance, so how could they fully understand what’s going on in an employment or personal injury case?

– Experts are partial – Some people don’t trust experts because they feel that they will twist the facts to favor the side that hired them. This is something only a person that has no experience working in law. The only way that an expert could work in favor of their side is by being conservative in their estimations, not by completely changing numbers. This could lead to a huge punishment if caught.

An expert witness can be a vital tool in a legal proceeding because they have the knowledge to accurately assess estimate damages. This is something that most law professionals can’t do. Don’t be misled by the myths you have heard surrounding them.

Suicide – Osowaw Boulevard

On 03-21-17 just after 10 a.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the area of Osowaw Boulevard near Indian Bay Road. The area in question is in proximity to the Aripeka Community Club.

A caller reported observing a male lying on the side of the road with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the male was obviously deceased.

Investigation revealed the male suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Detectives have contacted next of kin in Hudson, FL.

While the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office does not normally offer information on events such as this, we felt it important to let residents in the area know that there was no need for alarm, as there was no random act of violence in the area.

Sheriff Announces Termination for Policy Violations

A Hernando County deputy sheriff was recently terminated for policy violations.

Deputy Jeffrey Lamondra, a 10-year veteran of the agency was terminated on 03-20-17 for violating General Order 4058.00 Preliminary Investigations, General Order 2071.00 Computerized Records Security, and Policy Statement 1023.00 Code of Conduct.

An Internal Affairs Investigation revealed that Lamondra’s inactions during a call for service involving an elderly person are in complete conflict with the basic doctrines of public service. Deputy Lamondra brought significant embarrassment and discredit to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

A summary of the investigation is available upon request.

WAGGITY WEDNESDAY 03-22-17

As you know, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office supports responsible pet ownership. If you are contemplating a new pet, please put a considerable amount of thought and planning into that decision. Consider adopting/rescuing your next pet from a local shelter. Please be sure that all of your pets are spayed/neutered.

With that being said, we support the mission of Hernando County Animal Services to save animals and place them in responsible, loving, fur-ever homes. Today, in keeping with our policy of inter-agency cooperation, we are assisting them with posting their “Pet of the Week” in hopes of finding the pet a fur-ever home.

How to keep your house cool in the hot months

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are a critical part of living comfortably these days. They’re also a part of the house that might fall under the radar until things stop functioning properly and it’s time for replacement. Then comes the challenging part of choosing a new HVAC system. With so many options, technical words, and sales tactics, choosing the best HVAC system can make anyone feel overwhelmed.

About Senica Air Conditioning of Tampa Bay

HVAC systems keep your house cool in the hot months, warm in the cool months, and keep the air clean and fresh all year long. An updated HVAC system will keep you and your family happy and healthy. An efficient HVAC system manages to do all this while keeping your energy costs low. Heating and air conditioning uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your house, averaging about 48 percent of your energy bill. Upgrading your HVAC system and maintaining it properly can save you money and increase your comfort.

If it’s time to replace your HVAC system, then it’s time to learn all the available options, useful information about SEER and AFUE ratings, features and benefits that are available with new high-efficiency systems, and how to choose a contractor wisely. The following infographic, published by DavisAC.com, highlights useful information to help you understand HVAC systems and how to choose the best one for your home, your health, and your budget. Don’t make a decision you might regret, follow these steps to choosing the best unit for your home!

The Best Option Possible

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you might think that your world will come crashing down. After all of the radiation and chemotherapy, it seems like there is nothing left to do but fight until the cancer goes away or spreads to the rest of the body. There are doctors who provide breast cancer surgery near Spring Texas who will go over all of the details with you before performing a procedure that could mean the difference between going on in life and coming to a standstill.

The Best Option Possible

There are at least two types of breast cancer surgery that you want to look at with the doctor. One is a lumpectomy or a partial mastectomy. This is a type that is done to only remove the cancer that is in the breast. The doctor will try to save as much of the breast as possible. Another option is a full mastectomy. One or both breasts are removed in order to get all of the cancer that is present. This is a drastic procedure that will change the way that you look, but there are options when it comes to a prosthesis that can be used to make it look and feel like you have breasts again.

In most cases, a breast conserving surgery is what the doctor will perform so that you can save your breasts. This option usually means that you will need to do radiation. Cancer that is in the early stages where you decide on a mastectomy usually results in no further treatment except to make sure the cancer cells don’t spread in the future. You need to think about the type of surgery that you have done and the medications that you are willing to take and procedures that you’re willing to undergo. The size of the tumor and the placement in the breast are things to consider when you are thinking about surgery. Talk to the surgeon about how long it will take to heal and if there are any options available without performing surgery right away. Your doctor will take into consideration your wishes unless there is a significant chance that the cancer will spread.

About Senica Air Conditioning of Tampa Bay & Spring Hill, FL

August 1992 is where their story begins… Daryl Senica was a service technician / installer for a local air conditioning company. When Hurricane Andrew struck Dade County in 1992, Daryl’s excellent reputation made him the perfect choice to help residents with air conditioning repair and new system installations. Once back in Spring Hill, friends and family urged Daryl to start his own company because of his reputation for quality and fair business practices. Daryl decided to give it a try and on March 12, 1993, Senica Air Conditioning was born.

About Senica Air Conditioning of Tampa Bay

On his second day, the No Name Storm struck the greater Tampa Bay area, sending 12 foot storm surges that devastated the Hernando Beach area. Instead of capitalizing on this catastrophe, Daryl and his team led the area in helping customers get back on their feet by offering fair, reasonably priced air conditioning repairs and new installations. This further solidified his reputation as being fair and honest while offering the highest quality workmanship.

Senica Air grew quickly and soon opened its first location on Commercial Way in Spring Hill, FL. With business booming, Daryl built a 7,000 square foot building on Caribbean Drive in Spring Hill. With growth continuing at a rapid pace, he then purchased a 15,000 square foot building at 16640 Shady Hills Road to handle the continued new construction growth. In addition to Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas customer base growth, he found that his customer base in Citrus and Marion counties were growing as well. In order to better service those customers, he opened a location on US 19 in Crystal River in 2006.

Daryl has always been aware and proactive to industry and economic trends. When he noticed new construction slowing down, he downsized his company to make sure that he was able to keep prices fair to his customers while still offering quality service. He combined the Hernando and Pasco locations into one at 16640 Shady Hills Road and kept the Crystal River location.

For over 22 years, Senica Air Conditioning has been family-owned and operated as they happily serve the Tampa Bay area with quality customer service and expertise. They maintain a high level of quality among their technicians and installers by providing regular, on-going training to ensure they stay current with industry changes and trends. All of their employees are also drug tested and background checked.

License: CAC1815564 — Bonded & Insured

Areas They Service:

  • Brooksville, FL
  • Citrus County
  • Crystal River, FL
  • Hillsborough County
  • Inverness, FL
  • Marion County
  • Ocala, FL
  • Pasco County
  • Pinellas County
  • Spring Hill, FL

They provide natural Air Conditioners , Heat Pumps , Boilers , Ductless Systems , Fan and Evaporator Coils , Indoor Air Quality …