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Ohio as smoking culture evolves video

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

own cigarette stores emerge in Northeast Ohio as smoking culture evolves video

MEDINA, Ohio Virgil Waggaman drives 20 minutes in search of the perfect smoke, a cigarette that tastes smoother and costs less than half of what he would pay in a store.

He buys his tobacco and pours it into a machine that resembles a large, wooden cabinet and waits. In eight minutes, the roll your own machine produces 200 cigarettes, or enough to fill a carton.

He pays $23.43 for them the equivalent of $2.34 a pack. In a store, he would pay about $57, or $5.70 a pack, a difference based primarily on manufacturing costs and taxes.

“They’re way cheaper, and they’re better,” Waggaman said outside Medina Smokes, a two year old business that has three machines. “They’re basically renting you their machines to roll your cigarettes.”

As society pushes cigarette smoking to the margins, stores like Medina Smokes serve a growing number of people who have grown tired of tighter restrictions on smoking and higher taxes on cigarettes. Across the country, the businesses have created a small, but profitable niche in a market saturated by massive tobacco companies.

The development of the niche comes as cheap jerseys the culture of smoking continues to evolve in the United States. The mountains of serious healthcare data related to smoking have driven anything about the practice somewhat underground. And with that pressure has come change: people who once lit up in the office 25 years ago must now, in some cases, walk off the property to smoke.

“We’re a minority,” Waggaman said of smokers.

View full sizeScott Shaw, The Plain DealerA cigarette comes out of the machine as Nancy Stann of Medina makes her own at Medina Smokes in Medina.

And there is a push for greater restrictions. House and Senate sponsored legislation this month that would force businesses such as Medina Smokes to be classified as tobacco manufacturers, a move that would hit the shops with higher taxes, according to interviews and published reports.

“This isn’t about taxes; it’s about market share,” said Phil Accordino, a co owner of RYO Machine, a business in suburban Youngstown that makes the machines. “It’s not about anything but the majors trying to force the little guys out of business.”

Accordino said the tobacco shops with roll your own machines in them are similar to grocery stores that offer customers the chance to grind their own coffee or gas stations that offer hot dogs with various toppings.

“Does that make a gas station a manufacturer of hot dogs?” Accordino said. “It’s absurd.”

But Nancy Stann and others like her aren’t interested in a political fight.

View full sizeScott Shaw, The Plain DealerSmokers who roll their own cigarettes can considerably cut their costs.

On Tuesday afternoon, Stann, of Medina, went to Medina Smokes, chose her tobacco and filled the machine. The difference between the roll your own tobacco and the kind bought in stores can be felt in one’s hands: the tobacco sold at the businesses is pipe tobacco; it appears fresher than the tobacco in cigarette packs.

In minutes, the machine churned out a container of cigarettes, each weighing about 1.3 grams, where as most brand cigarettes weigh about 0.9 of a gram.

“It was painless,” Stann said. “In a matter of minutes, I just walk away.”

Waggaman, of Chippewa Lake, drives to Interstate 71 and Ohio 18, where the Medina shop sits.

“It’s worth it,” he said, even with high gas prices.

By rolling their own cigarettes, customers don’t have to pay taxes on the manufacturing of the cigarettes; but they do have http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ to pay on the loose tobacco used to make the cigarettes.

Store employees said they have customers drive as far as Mansfield to buy tobacco and use the rolling machines. But the store and others like it have been busy. Customers have had to wait as long as a half hour or more to use a machine.

“This has gone on forever, people rolling their cigarettes,” said Al Ross, an owner of Medina Smokes. “The only thing that has changed is that we made the process easier.”.

Own a Pool Cheaply

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Own a Pool Cheaply

I already given some thoughts on how local weather conditions effect the design of a pool. The pool experience can be dramatically altered by wind, temperature and cloud cover. However there are other factors of your specific pool environment that effect design. Here are a few.

Shade. This is the most obvious factor. Shade on the pool means less heat in the pool. However, people may need shade when sitting by the pool. Shade changes over the years as plants grow or neighbours build houses. In my case some plants have grown considerably in a few years and are now causing shade on the pool area. I will remove them.

Debris. Leaves, petals and so forth. Plants may be a very pretty surround to a pool but they can cause a lot of extra work for pool maintenance. A natural look pool does not mean you want to swim in rotting vegetation.

Insects. I once placed lights above a pool. Pretty as it was, each morning the pool was covered in insects that I had to clean out. Think carefully about lighting if you have an insect prone area. It may not be your best option. I hard blue lights and red lights are less attractive for insects.

Roads. My house has cracks in it due to heavy trucks on the road next to the property. Finally noise is a factor and walls that block noise may be a good choice. Its hardly relaxing to surface in the water and have traffic noise everywhere.

Access, A pool near the house gives an altogether different pool experience than one far away. Nipping in for a drink is easy, or to get the sunblock you forgot. If the pool is easily accessible by children, you will want to consider a fence. If the pool is hard to access, how will you build it in the first place?

Ground water. Ground water can affect what materials you use (special concrete), when you build the pool (when its drier) and even for above ground pools on a slope, how you construct retaining walls. In my case there is a local ground water problem but I on a slight hill so I have no issues.

Animals. Do you or your neighbours have pets? What about hedgehogs or even frogs. Its very disturbing http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ to find a dead animal in your pool in the morning (or alligators for that matter). You may want to consider a special design of pool to save animals.

I sure there are other factors (privacy?) that effect the pool experience. Its very important to think it all through and decide what you can and can control and where to spend money to get the pool experience you want.

Granite decking? For an in ground pool? Well, the quest for cheap decking takes me down strange routes. The lady of the house has banned wood. I have priced concrete blocks for decking but hate the way they feel (in varying temperatures). Natural stone is my first choice but its so expensive.

Last weekend involved a trip to a local lake to see if we could find natural, “free”, stone cheap jerseys to use. The trip was pleasant but not fruitful.

So I started researching mines and quarries in Poland. There are two major stones mined in Poland: travertine and granite. Travertine varies in price and quality enormously but for outside use its very expensive. That leaves granite. Granite turns out to be mined locally to Wroclaw (in a place called Strzegom). I have found granite tiles and done some research on cutting and treating them (flaming is recommended for pools).

Better I have reports from colleagues that granite blocks from Strzegom are well within my price. I waiting for a quote now and I crazily excited. Who knew granite was this exciting. Here is how awesome some granite looks

I really hope I can afford granite tiles for my in ground pool project, though colours will probably less spectacular than those above.

This is the budget for my in ground prefab swimming pool (6mx2.75m). This budget includes a property wall, large decking (not wood), two types of pool heating, an in ground pool, pool cover and even heating for bathers exiting the pool. So its a lot for the money but still the budget is too large! The pool budget is based on a few assumptions:

This years prices are next years prices (i be buying when I save)

Wind breaks can be bought off the shelf and installed (doubtful actually)We need a wall along one side of our property to keep noise/dust/wind to a minimum

No pool contractors are used but builders and handymen are used and I manage the project and do the buying.

Now so what can we say about this pool budget? The pool itself with equipment and delivery is less than 2500 Euros but the total for the whole budget is 8500! Thats more than 3x! At the moment the only way I can hope to do this project is credit (no thanks) or spread it over two years:

Year 1: Pool, concrete deck, heating systems

Year 2: Wall (hmm no wall for a year?), decking, wind breaks

There are lots of guesses and unoptimised numbers in there so lets hope I can get the costs down some. The heating lamp, for the observant squirrels that read this blog is an idea to keep bathers warm when they step out of the pool at air temperatures of 10 15 degrees. The target running temperatures of the pool can be seen in my article on local weather conditions and swimming pool design.

I hit a snag in my project. Whilst the pool and equipment can be had for around 2000 Euros (8000 PLN) and delivery is around 200 (800 PLN) which is all very reasnable, decking is proving more of a problem. I have vastly underestimated its cost, and my wifes tastes.

If we aren careful we will blow our budget right here. Decking costs should not be underestimated in your pool project.

Many pools have wooden decking. This is the cheapest option but frankly does not look so good and takes maintenance. My wife has banned wooden decking. Polish weather (which reaches between 35 and +35) is not very suited to wooden decking anyway.

Worse my wife has asked that the decking cover the existing terrace AND I want to leave enough space for a future enclosure (one of the sliding glass house types) which means at least a metre of decking everywhere round the pool.

Owasso firefighter is fighting for his life but he

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Owasso firefighter is fighting for his life but he

TULSA Firefighter Barry Ingram loves showing off his life saving equipment at the Owasso fire station.

he hasn’t used any http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ of it in almost five months because this man who’s used to helping others now needs help himself. Barry is battling cancer. He says “Frustrating. Very lonely. Very depressing. Feel like I’m missing out on life.”

cancerous mole on his back led to a cancerous tumor in a lymph node which led Barry to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas for a high voltage jolt of chemotherapy. He shares “It was very miserable.”

also wasn’t cheap. The costs for his flights cheap jerseys to Houston were piling up. Then Amy Bell, founder of ‘

Go Bald or Go Home’ brought some help.

explains the name of the cancer support charity “We just decided to insert bald instead of big.”

Bald or Go Home is one of

Turn Tulsa Pink’s sponsored charities this year.

Bald holds various sporting events to raise money for people battling cancer. For Barry they put together a charity basketball game. Barry says it was impressive “Tons of people there. They all clapped for me.”.

Overspend at council building renovation From Hereford Times

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Overspend at council building renovation From Hereford Times

Yet again it’s Councillors and officers who have no clue in this field, but it’s not their money so they couldn’t give a monkeys. Heads should roll!This building should have been demolished or sold for redevelopment, it been deteriorating since the council took it over with no maintenance. Yet again it’s Councillors and officers who have no clue in this field, but it’s not their money so they couldn’t give a monkeys. Heads should roll!

Someone should add up the total they have wasted in moving offices cheap jerseys in the last 10 years. I understand they have cut adult care contributions by 50%!! Their overspend would have covered this for about 8 years! I would like to know how much that renovation cost in total and why it was necessary.

Bob Davies

Someone should add up the total they have wasted in moving offices in the last 10 years. I understand they have cut adult care contributions by 50%!! Their overspend would have covered this for about 8 years! I would like to know how much that renovation cost in total and why it was necessary.

Hmmm i wonder how it will be funded. Oh yes by the tax payers of herefordshire. Because Herefordshire council gets away with it time after time after time. And why? Because the people of herefordshire keep voting the same councillors in time after time after time.

Just think about what else that money couldve been spent on! We are told there has to be cuts to social care etc and yet they can keep renovating their offices and overspending on that! ITS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING, HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL YOU ARE SCUM.

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Hmmm i wonder how it will be funded. Oh yes by the tax payers of herefordshire. Because Herefordshire council gets away with it time after time after time. And why? Because the people of herefordshire keep voting the same councillors in time after time after time. Oh yes by the tax payers of herefordshire. Because Herefordshire council gets away with it time after time after time. And why? Because the people of herefordshire keep voting the same councillors in time after time after time.

Just think about what else that money couldve been spent on! We are told there has to be cuts to social care etc and yet they can keep renovating their offices and overspending on that! ITS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING, HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL YOU ARE SCUM.

It’s not a problem WE will pay for ther mishaps it happens all the time We being tax payers should have a say on it 1,000.000 over spent and it not even near completion my comment would be to stop this project and sack the idiots on the council that caused itIt’s not a problem WE will pay for ther mishaps it happens all the time We being tax payers should have a say on it 1,000.000 over spent and it not even near completion my comment would be to stop this project and sack the idiots on the council that caused it

It was nice of them to tell us this,what about the amount of money just spent in the Plough Offices fitting new light sockets that was not cheap teams working night s to fit,ref Nelson block only a few years spend million refitting that and only last month another major refit money to the council has no value cos they get it off us. The New this morning stated that Hereford is the second slowest city/town in the http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ Uk for traffic, and the top cat in the council is on 165,000 people of Hereford are on a no winner unless you work in stables in plough as they all wear blinkers

It was nice of them to tell us this,what about the amount of money just spent in the Plough Offices fitting new light sockets that was not cheap teams working night s to fit,ref Nelson block only a few years spend million refitting that and only last month another major refit money to the council has no value cos they get it off us. The New this morning stated that Hereford is the second slowest city/town in the Uk for traffic, and the top cat in the council is on 165,000 people of Hereford are on a no winner unless you work in stables in plough as they all wear blinkersIt was nice of them to tell us this,what about the amount of money just spent in the Plough Offices fitting new light sockets that was not cheap teams working night s to fit,ref Nelson block only a few years spend million refitting that and only last month another major refit money to the council has no value cos they get it off us. The New this morning stated that Hereford is the second slowest city/town in the Uk for traffic, and the top cat in the council is on 165,000 people of Hereford are on a no winner unless you work in stables in plough as they all wear blinkers

Oh its just a little over spend.

Im sure the council will cut back on fancy biscuits for its meeting for a few weeks and the overspend will be soaked up.

Overseas Visitors Flock to San Francisco

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Overseas Visitors Flock to San Francisco

California is more popular and accessible than ever, say global online travel agency Jetabroad, as new figures reveal that San Francisco welcomed a record number of visitors in 2011. These numbers are expected to increase after three theme parks opened new attractions this summer, and airlines have announced new routes to the Golden State to accommodate eager travellers.

San Francisco saw a nearly 30 per cent increase in international visitors between 2009 and 2011, for a total of 2.87 million visitors in 2011. Statistics from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries show that 22 per cent of these visitors were Australian, with Oceania serving as San Francisco’s third largest overseas market.

The city may see even higher visitor numbers in 2012 as a result of new attractions which opened at three of California’s largest theme parks. Disney California Adventure re opened to rave reviews in June after a 1.2 billion dollar revamp, and Universal Studios in Los Angeles revealed a groundbreaking 3D Transformers ride. SeaWorld San Diego also unveiled the thrilling Manta roller coaster in cheap jerseys May.

New flight routes will soon make San Francisco easier to reach than ever. The super jumbo Airbus A380 will fly daily between San Francisco International Airport and Hong Kong from this winter, and direct flights to Copenhagen have been announced from April 2013. Jetabroad brings the cheapest flights together in one site, so travellers get the best deal on flights to California.

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Overseas Calling Card Caution

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Overseas Calling Card Caution

People with family or friends overseas spend more than $2 billion per year on prepaid phone cards. They look like a cheap way to make international calls. But a Consumer Reports investigation finds it’s buyer beware.

Consumer Reports analyzed more than 130 prepaid phone cards, most costing $2 to $5. Consumer Reports found lots of problems. Three quarters of the cards didn’t have information telling you how much it cost to make a call. You usually never found out untilyou were on the phone.

And Consumer Reports found the amount of calling time varies tremendously. For example, one $2 card gave 200 minutes to call Mexico City. Another $2 card gave only 5 minutes.

The cards also can have lots of fees, including a fee for connecting or disconnecting or calling on a cell phone or calling from a pay phone. There can even be a daily maintenance fee.

The fees can really eat into the value of the cards. Several were completely drained before Consumer Reports ever made an international call. In some cases, Consumer Reports was cheap jerseys able to get the fees reversed, but only after calling customer service.

Consumer Reports says that if you frequently make http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ calls overseas, there are better alternatives. You can use Skype on your computer or smart phone to call overseas for modest rates, which are clearly spelled out on Skype’s website. And if you and the person you are calling both use Internet service, the call can be free.

Another option for people who regularly call overseas is to use an international calling plan through your cell phone or landline provider. For a small monthly fee you can get calls for pennies per minute. And unlike many prepaid phone cards, the charges are clearly spelled out.