Rebates Available for Investing in Energy Efficiency Upgrades from Appalachian and American Electric Power Companies
Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:00

Appalachian Power’s Commercial and Industrial Program helps you manage the cost of energy saving upgrades so you can reduce energy use and lower your energy bills. Rebates of 6¢ per kWh saved are available to help offset the cost of energy efficiency upgrades to:

  • Interior and Exterior Lighting
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Occupancy sensors
  • and more

The program connects Appalachian Power’s customers with participating contractors who are qualified to provide design and installation services for energy-efficient technologies, and gives customers additional technical support with the implementation of efficiency measures in their facilities.

Program incentives are available to non-residential customers that receive their electricity from Appalachian Power or American Electric Power customers in Wheeling in West Virginia.

Details on all available rebates can be found at www.takechargeWV.com/business.

For assistance in planning and applying for a rebate, call Ed Outlaw at 877-428-5427 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . He works with county government and makes it easy and profitable.

 

 
5 Ways to Boost Your Memory and Mental Agility
Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:00

Nurturing Nimble Neurons and staying mentally active throughout your life is essential to keeping your memory sharp and your brain in the best shape possible. There are many activities that can help keep your neurons firing such as reading, crossword puzzles, board games are just a few.

Learn Something New - Research has shown that people who continually learn new things throughout life are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, so kick your mental fitness a step up and go outside your comfort zone.

Challenge Yourself - Games and activities that involve multiple tasks or require interaction and organization appear to deliver the greatest protection against cognitive decline. Brain teasers and strategy games offer your brain a tough challenge and build your capacity to form and retain cognitive associations.

Add Variety to Your Routine - Even mixing up your normal routine gets those neurons firing in entirely new ways. Changing everyday habits on a regular basis creates new brain pathways and strengthens existing connections. It also keeps life fresh, ever-interesting, and uniquely balanced.

Get Your Heart Pumping - A combination of physical and mental exercise is the best recipe for preventing cognitive decline. Research has shown that getting your heart rate up can help aging adults stay mentally sharp.

Commit to Something Every Day - This doesn’t mean you need to finish the New York Times crossword puzzle or practice a foreign language every day. This just means that you should, in some way, get your mental muscles moving every day—even just for a few minutes. There are several apps that will keep you on track, such as Luminosity: This app does a great job of gamifying your brain workout. Check out there numerous apps to exercise the brain waves.

Just a few Free apps to help exercise your mind:

ELEVATE—Brain Training * Mind Games—Brain Training

Lumosity Mobile * Happify: Games * 100 PICS Quiz

 
It's the closest thing to magic you will EVER see!
Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:00

Basement Systems of West Virginia is now using a new technology, called PolyLEVEL, that allows counties, cities, towns, businesses and residential customers to lift sunken concrete sidewalks and slabs back into place quickly and easily -- at a fraction of the cost of traditional repair methods.

“In the time it takes the average person to run to the local hardware store and buy a single bag of concrete, we can lift two or three sunken slabs using our PolyLEVEL technology,” said Ricki Edwardson, President of Basement Systems of West Virginia. “A concrete repair using this proven technology typically costs a fraction of the cost of traditional repair methods.”

According to Edwardson, the PolyLEVEL process is very simple, and it allows concrete to be used within a few minutes after the concrete is lifted -- unlike traditional repair methods or mudjacking. She said that concrete lifting can be done quickly with the PolyLEVEL technology, so it is the perfect solution for cities, towns and businesses that want to minimize disruption to pedestrians.

“The process starts with a very small, 5/8-inch hole being drilled through the concrete slab,” she explained. “Next, a specialized foam is injected into the hole, filling the area under the slab and slowly raising the concrete. After the slab is lifted back into place, technicians fill in the small hole with cement, and we’re done.”

Basement Systems of West Virginia provides free, no obligation estimates, which means that customers don't have to spend even a penny to find out if the company can save counties, cities and towns thousands of dollars on concrete repairs, Edwardson said. In addition to sidewalks, the same technology can be used to lift any concrete slab – from concrete roadways to basement and garage floors, and even driveways, she said.

To learn more about this proven technology, go to the company’s website (www.basementsystemswv.com) or call the company at 1-888-619-1300 to schedule a free, no obligation estimate.

 
Recipe of the Month
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00

8 cups day-old bread cubes 1/2 cup toasted pecans 1/2 cup cinnamon chips 4 eggs 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 cup Half & Half 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/8 teaspoon cloves caramel ice cream topping

Put cubed bread into a greased (4 Qt.) slow cooker. Stir in pecans and cinnamon chips. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, Half & Half, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and spices. Pour over bread cubes and gently stir to coat. Cook on low for about 4 hours or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Serve warm topped with caramel ice cream topping.

 
The President's View
Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

State of the Counties Address, as presented by WVACo President Brenda L. Miller, Ohio County Circuit Clerk

Good Morning. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President for the West Virginia Association of Counties. It has been a good year so far, and previous president, Steve Keadle, said he would be around if I needed any guidance. He forgot to tell me that he was retiring a couple weeks later.

The 2014 election caused many changes in government:

· Leadership in the Senate and House changed from Democratic to Republican;

· Election of Supreme Court, Circuit, and Family and Magistrate court judges changed to non-partisian causing their election in May.

· Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts were approved and funded;

- Many Counties up and running; - President Barack Obama visited WV to discuss drug issues in our State; The State of WV has highest overdose deaths in Country;

· Prescription Drug Regulation - Pills - Harder to obtain

- Over the counter cold medications are now behind the counter medications;

We can only purchase 1-2 medications for fear of producing meth;

- Heroin - Major drivers of increased use - increased accessibility, cheaper and higher purity;

- First Responders - Narcan drug to combat opioid overdoses

· Problems in State: Drugs - Prescription Abuse and Heroin; Babies being born addicted; Obesity; Mental Health, Diabetes; Smoking and Tobacco use in adults and children; Depression (Suicides); Poor Nutrition and Child Abuse.

How do we, as a State, correct these issues?

- We lead the Nation in smoking in adults, teens and pregnant women; - 7 out of 10 individuals say they would like to stop smoking; - Educate our Children and make smoking unacceptable; - As tobacco prices increase, less teens make tobacco purchases; Unaffordable; - This could be addressed by a bigger tax on cigarettes

 

WVACo President, Brenda L. Miller,

Ohio County Circuit Clerk

 
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