Home decor store Swatty Creek Mill opens in Dauphin County

Tiffany Williams launched an online home décor business, Swatty Creek Mill last year. And now Swatty Creek Mill has a place to call home in Hummelstown.

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Swatty Creek Mill opened last month in a former pharmacy at 28 W. Main St.

The store sells a variety of items including seasonal home decor, soap, florals, potpourri, t-shirts, blankets, pillows, rugs, candles, snacks, gifts, apparel and some vintage items in the four-room facility.

Williams said that the new shop will allow her to have all of the of the store’s items centrally located and available for shipping nationally or the items can now be picked up in Hummelstown.

In the future, she hopes to host “do it Yourself” and “how to” classes at the store and she also hopes to have space for local vendors as well.

Previously, Williams was an assistant vice president with Members 1st Federal Credit Union. Last year she started Swatty Creek Mill by selling items through Etsy, Amazon and the company website. She also sold items from the store at a booth in the Palmyra area. And she has a booth at Olde Factory Antiques and Crafts in Hummelstown and she will continue to do so.

Swatty Creek Mill is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Solano County legalized home food popups. But 6 months later, chefs still can’t sell

When Solano County approved a new California law that would legalize home-based kitchen operations in April, it seemed like Cheska Kistner’s plans to open a restaurant in her Benicia home would finally come to fruition. The measure, California’s AB 626, allows for what are known as microenterprise food businesses, which Alameda County also made inroads toward legalizing yesterday. But no Bay Area county has yet fully implemented the 2018 law, leaving entrepreneurs like Kistner in limbo.

Under AB 626, cooks can legally sell up to 30 meals a day or 60 per week from their homes when their counties opt in and they have received a permit; their annual gross sales are capped at $50,000. The law has only been implemented in one county so far, Riverside. In Alameda County, many home kitchen operations have proliferated during the pandemic without the option to get proper permitting, leading to the health department cracking down on some.

Solano County is one of the furthest along in the Bay Area, even though the coronavirus pandemic caused officials to delay in-home inspections and permitting until shelter-at-home orders are lifted. What many people thought would be a short delay has lasted six months – and counting.

For Kistner, a personal chef and caterer on and off for nearly 30 years, that means waiting to expand her business beyond the current small number of carry-out orders she makes for family, friends and clients. She would like to recreate the model of her Philippines restaurant, Bale Ku Café, which means “my house” in her local dialect and is operated out of a home. Her Asian fusion dishes — including japchae, with sweet potato noodles and ribeye steak, and ningnang manuk, a grilled chicken and rice dish — generally cost $25 and feed two to three people.

With so many suffering financially during the pandemic, proponents say there couldn’t be a better time to launch the program.

“There are people who need to work, who want to work,” says Matthew Butler, a Vallejo cook who wants to start a home restaurant business. “This would definitely be a viable option for a lot of people.”

Home kitchen entrepreneur Cheska Kistner makes food at her home in Benicia, Calif., on Monday, October 12, 2020. Kistner is among an estimated 100 entrepreneurs waiting for Solano County to finish implementing a law that would allow them to establish legal home kitchen businesses.

Butler has spent the last 10 or so years catering parties and corporate events after working at restaurants throughout Solano and Contra Costa counties. That all came to a halt once the pandemic hit. While he has found catering work with a chef friend still servicing clients, he envisions creating his own home-based restaurant called Vondi’s, in honor of his late mother, where he would sell his Mediterranean braised beef with garlic mashed potatoes and Korean-style pork chops with bok choy. The only other food options in his neighborhood are fast food and burrito trucks, and he thinks it could represent a new revenue stream, especially with his kids at home distance learning.

To Supervisor Monica Brown, it is this type of caregiver scenario that initially seemed like a perfect fit for AB 626.

“When a constituent came and brought this forward, my first

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State Rep. Brian Elder faces Republican Timothy Beson for 96th House seat in Bay County

BAY CITY, MI – Voters in Michigan’s 96th House District in Bay County will decide the race between incumbent state Rep. Brian Elder and Republican challenger Timothy Beson.

The 96th District covers areas in central and southern Bay County such as Bangor Township, the cities of Bay City and Essexville, Bangor, Hampton, Frankenlust, Merrit, Monitor, Portsmouth and Kawkawlin Townships.

Elder holds a law degree from the UCLA School of Law, according to Vote 411. Elder is Democratic vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee and is a member of the Judiciary Committee. He is chair and co-founder of the Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus.

According to Beson’s campaign website, he is a lifelong resident of Bay County and the owner of Beson’s Market. He holds a degree in business management from Saginaw Valley State University and is serving as a school board member for Bangor Township Schools.

Beson won the right to face Elder after coming out ahead of two other Republican candidates – Allen Bauer and Martin Blank – during the August primary election.

MLive Media Group has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Michigan to provide candidate information and other voting resources to readers ahead of 2020 elections on Vote411.

Each candidate was given a list of questions relevant to the office for which they are campaigning. The voter guide can be accessed at vote411.org.

Beson did not respond to requests for comment by MLive about his candidacy and did not answer the Vote411 questions. According to his website, Beson’s campaign focuses on standing for parents and teachers in regards to a safe return to in-person instruction, supporting law enforcement and expanding skilled trades programs.

Here are the Vote411 responses given by Elder:

What is your position on the role of public funding of education in Michigan? What measures do you support/propose to improve educational outcomes and accessibility for all Michigan students?

Elder: The purpose of public education in the State of Michigan is create citizens who are knowledgeable about their form of government, understand math, science, literature and the arts, and are prepared to live as functioning adults. Preparing our students for their future careers is important, but so is making sure that we have citizens that can think critically and help our democracy thrive. We, as citizens, pay for such a system through our taxes, but we have shifted the tax burden away from the wealthiest and largest corporations onto the backs of average citizens. That is wrong.

What policies do you support to increase jobs and help Michigan residents improve their economic positions, in general and given the pandemic?

Elder: As a two-term State Representative, I have consistently voted for and sponsored legislation to help businesses compete and create jobs. With appropriate benchmarks, like increasing actual payroll and requiring that local dollars be used for local companies when possible, we can and should help to grow our economy here in Michigan. In addition, I have consistently supported policies like Prevailing Wage that ensure that

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Home decor store, Swatty Creek Mill opens in Dauphin County

Tiffany Williams launched an online home décor business, Swatty Creek Mill last year. And now Swatty Creek Mill has a place to call home in Hummesltown.

Swatty Creek Mill opened last month in a former pharmacy at 28 W. Main St.

The store sells a variety of items including seasonal home decor, soap, florals, potpourri, t-shirts, blankets, pillows, rugs, candles, snacks, gifts, apparel and some vintage items in the four-room facility.

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Swatty Creek Mill is located in Hummelstown (Photo provided)

Williams said that the new shop will allow her to have all of the of the store’s items centrally located and available for shipping nationally or the items can now be picked up in Hummesltown.

In the future, she hopes to host “do it Yourself” and “how to” classes at the store and she also hopes to have space for local vendors as well.

Previously, Williams was an assistant vice president with Members 1st Federal Credit Union. Last year she started Swatty Creek Mill by selling items through Etsy, Amazon and the company website. She also sold items from the store at a booth in the Palmyra area. And she has a booth at Olde Factory Antiques and Crafts in Hummelstown and she will continue to do so.

Swatty Creek Mill is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Washington state garden offers useful inspiration for Sonoma County front yards

For Sandra, a “hands-on” person, it was tough to stay out of the way as a contractor and workmen gutted and completely renovated the 1950s house she and her husband, Howard, had just bought in Walla Walla, Washington.

New to the area, Sandra was keen to get to know the neighborhood. So while the men upgraded her new home to a more modern aesthetic and condition, she turned to the front garden. Each day, from a rental house a few blocks away, Sandra would come over and labor in the garden in an effort to make progress on the house and to begin to meet her neighbors.

The garden was not a garden when she started. Her first efforts were directed at a steep bank along the sidewalk, a discouraging mass of rocks knit together by a dense mat of Bermuda grass. She progressed incrementally, each day removing a few more rocks and clearing a little more area.

On the strip of land between the sidewalk and street, sheltered under an old weeping cherry tree, Sandra placed a cheerful red rustic table and chairs saved from her garden at her previous house, in Seattle. She used river-washed natural gravel to cover the soil. A big water dish for dogs and a beautifully planted pot on the table, a garden in miniature, were the finishing touches. In effect, she created a street-side living room, a place to sit and visit. The tables and chairs had provided the same function at her former home, and many conversations, cups of coffee and glasses of wine had passed over its brightly colored surface.

The steep bank took shape with plants Sandra brought from her Seattle garden, chiefly low-growing succulents like groundcover sedums, low-growing grasses like fescues and American millet grass milium effusum ‘Aureum’ — all sparely punctuated with yuccas.

“I’m not a professional gardener, but I know what I like,” Sandra said. She wanted a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant garden with a modern aesthetic that would correspond with that of the house. As the plants grew and spread, she pulled off small pieces of the sedums and planted them around the yard to limit the number of plant species used and the number of others she’d need to buy. The garden is densely planted and the succulents now merge into a solid carpet.

In the winter, the pattern made by the low-growing succulents, gray fescues, golden grasses, lamb’s ears, coral bells and gray yucca is like a soft and vibrant Persian carpet draped over the bank, with the bright and soft greens and gray and yellow hues repeating in a tapestry of color. In early summer the succulents bloom and the bank turns into a miniature meadow of little white and yellow flowers, heavily visited by tiny native bees.

The strip between the sidewalk and street, a very difficult place to garden, has been turned into a gravel garden. Sandra used the same grey-white washed rocks as under the table and chairs to cover the ground,

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Fire Destroys Jefferson County Gazebo, Burns Courage Garden

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Jefferson County authorities are investigating after a fire destroyed a 25-year-old gazebo on Wednesday night. The gazebo was located in the Courage Garden outside the Jefferson County Government Center.



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Golden firefighters rushed to put out the fire about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday but the gazebo, benches and part of the garden were lost.



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The gazebo was built for and dedicated in honor of fallen Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mossbrucker in 1995. It also honored crime victims and Jefferson County employees who have died.



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Those interested in donating to the gazebo repairs are asked to visit JeffCo Courage Garden website and designate the donation to the gazebo.

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Dauphin County hideaway home on wooded lot boasts chef’s kitchen, 3 levels of decks: Cool Spaces

Situated on almost four acres of wooded land, this home sits tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Derry Woods development.



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Every view is one of natural beauty thanks to large windows and three levels of decks and balconies. Natural plantings in the front and back attract wildlife.

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Inside, wooden floors can be found throughout the home. A dining room flows into a chef’s kitchen with two ovens, two microwaves, two sinks, a large island and plenty of storage space.

Counter seating is available in the kitchen as well as in an adjoining great room with vaulted ceilings, skylights and fireplace.

The master suite has its own balcony, large windows overlooking the backyard and a walk-in closet and a master bath.

The finished lower level offers a huge amount of living space with a TV and game areas and large bonus space with a wet bar, bedroom with a full bath and an office.

Located at 479 English Ivy Court in Derry Township, the home is listed at $769,000 by The Judy Stover Team, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty.

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Days before Rose Garden ceremony, Mike Pence met with maskless Republicans in Cobb County

Actually, you shouldn’t.

Perdue had made the same claim the previous day in a national radio interview. This weekend, the Georgia Republican Party picked up the accusation in a flyer apparently aimed at suburban women in metro Atlanta.

“Outrageously false,” ruled the Washington Post in a fact-check published this morning. Perdue and other Republicans are basing their claim on an account of the 2017 race for the Sixth District congressional seat that the CPUSA posted on its Facebook page:

“The Communist Party did not endorse him,” said Roberta Wood, a CPUSA board member. “It does not endorse candidates of other political parties.” She added, “Posting an article on Facebook does not mean it is an endorsement.”

The newspaper gave him Four Pinocchios:

“At this point, labeling a Democrat a “communist” is almost worthy of parody. But it’s especially smarmy when the “endorsement” he claims is based on a three-year-old Facebook post of a news article. Perdue should be ashamed of himself — and he should apologize.”

Perdue and super PACs behind his campaign have also relentlessly — and falsely — claimed that Ossoff wants to defund police, even as the Democrat has denied that’s the case. And we recently told you of a Senate Leadership Fund’s out-of-bounds attempt to portray Ossoff as a terrorist sympathizer.

Never mind the polls. This barrage is all the evidence you need that this U.S. Senate race is a tight one.

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Peach County, Ga., adjacent to both Bibb and Houston counties in middle Georgia, was named as one of 10 bellwether counties to watch on election night in a piece by David Wasserman, an editor at the Cook Political Report. The piece was written for the New York Times:

The population is 52 percent white and 44 percent Black, and its voting is racially polarized. In 2012, Peach County voted by seven points for Mr. Obama. But in 2016, Black turnout dropped sharply, and Mr. Trump won it by three points. Peach County could be a good indicator of whether the addition of Senator Kamala Harris to Mr. Biden’s ticket improves Black turnout.

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About a month ago, the Georgia Forestry Commission announced that Deputy Director Gary White had been appointed interim director by Gov. Brian Kemp, citing the departure of Director Charles Williams. This morning, the Athens Banner-Herald tells us the rest of the story:

The director of the Georgia Forestry Commission was arrested in August on a shoplifting charge in Jones County, the Athens Banner-Herald learned Monday. The Gray Police Department arrested Charles ‘Chuck’ Williams, 64, of Watkinsville on the misdemeanor charge Aug. 13, the day after the alleged shoplifting took place in the Ace Hardware store in Gray.

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Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign launched three separate TV ads in Georgia and five other battleground states on Tuesday, aiming to increase turnout among Black voters in his quest to unseat President Donald Trump.

The spots come as polls in Georgia show Biden with about 85% of support

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Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s 2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company”

Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

Oct 2, 2020 – Anaheim, CA – Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

The annual Best of Orange County readers’ choice award celebrates the area’s most popular attractions, restaurants, and businesses. The Orange County Register asks readers to cast votes for their favorite local businesses who continuously excel in service and quality. A 14-time winner, Mr. Cabinet Care was again named the winner and voted #1 in the “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” category at the 27th Best of Orange County Awards, which reaffirms its commitment to local clients and acknowledges its leadership and exceptional quality and service.

Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s  2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company”

“We want to thank all of Orange County for voting us the winner of this competitive category,” remarked Sid Jaridly, CEO of Mr. Cabinet Care. “It’s truly an honor to be named the best in our industry, particularly during such challenging and unprecedented times. We continue to maintain our commitment to exceptional quality and service, and it is a privilege to have that commitment recognized 14 Times. Each day, we continue to find new ways to get our clients the best value in kitchen and bathroom renovations.”

Hardworking businesses, including winners like Mr. Cabinet Care, continue to come out on top among Orange County Register readers despite such trying times. Each day, Mr. Cabinet Care reins as a leader in kitchen remodeling, kitchen renovation, kitchen design, and quartz and granite countertop installations. Using only the highest quality products and services to give clients the overall best value, Mr. Cabinet Care builds to custom specifications and maintains affordability in custom remodels. In kitchen cabinet refacing projects, various designs, woods, and stain options, with new panels, hinges, and custom milled moldings, are available to achieve a brand-new look.

“The events of 2020 have required us all to adapt to a new environment,” added Ron Hasse of the Orange Counter Register. “The Best of Orange County had to adapt as well as businesses faced unprecedented challenges that required them to excel in newly competitive environments.”

“Considering there are hundreds of contractors in Orange County, winning this award was truly an honor,” added Jaridly.

About Mr. Cabinet Care

Mr. Cabinet Care is a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom company located in Anaheim, California. With over 30 years of industry-leading experience, Mr. Cabinet Care has emerged as an expert in kitchen remodeling, cabinet refacing, quartz and granite countertops, and related services for clients across the region. Satisfying over 20,000 clients, Mr. Cabinet Care has established itself as a dominant and innovative leader by offering unique services that meet client budgets and world-class craftsmanship expectations.

To learn more, please visit MrCabinetCare.com.

For further information about Mr. Cabinet Care’s “Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Company” award, or to schedule an interview with

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Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s 2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” – Press Release

Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

Oct 2, 2020 – Anaheim, CA – Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

The annual Best of Orange County readers’ choice award celebrates the area’s most popular attractions, restaurants, and businesses. The Orange County Register asks readers to cast votes for their favorite local businesses who continuously excel in service and quality. A 14-time winner, Mr. Cabinet Care was again named the winner and voted #1 in the “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” category at the 27th Best of Orange County Awards, which reaffirms its commitment to local clients and acknowledges its leadership and exceptional quality and service.

Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s  2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company”

“We want to thank all of Orange County for voting us the winner of this competitive category,” remarked Sid Jaridly, CEO of Mr. Cabinet Care. “It’s truly an honor to be named the best in our industry, particularly during such challenging and unprecedented times. We continue to maintain our commitment to exceptional quality and service, and it is a privilege to have that commitment recognized 14 Times. Each day, we continue to find new ways to get our clients the best value in kitchen and bathroom renovations.”

Hardworking businesses, including winners like Mr. Cabinet Care, continue to come out on top among Orange County Register readers despite such trying times. Each day, Mr. Cabinet Care reins as a leader in kitchen remodeling, kitchen renovation, kitchen design, and quartz and granite countertop installations. Using only the highest quality products and services to give clients the overall best value, Mr. Cabinet Care builds to custom specifications and maintains affordability in custom remodels. In kitchen cabinet refacing projects, various designs, woods, and stain options, with new panels, hinges, and custom milled moldings, are available to achieve a brand-new look.

“The events of 2020 have required us all to adapt to a new environment,” added Ron Hasse of the Orange Counter Register. “The Best of Orange County had to adapt as well as businesses faced unprecedented challenges that required them to excel in newly competitive environments.”

“Considering there are hundreds of contractors in Orange County, winning this award was truly an honor,” added Jaridly.

About Mr. Cabinet Care

Mr. Cabinet Care is a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom company located in Anaheim, California. With over 30 years of industry-leading experience, Mr. Cabinet Care has emerged as an expert in kitchen remodeling, cabinet refacing, quartz and granite countertops, and related services for clients across the region. Satisfying over 20,000 clients, Mr. Cabinet Care has established itself as a dominant and innovative leader by offering unique services that meet client budgets and world-class craftsmanship expectations.

To learn more, please visit MrCabinetCare.com.

For further information about Mr. Cabinet Care’s “Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Company” award, or to schedule an interview with

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