Wishing for Wheels: Local NAPA AutoCare Centers Join Forces

CulverBOISE, ID: In what ways could we come together and have a positive impact in our community? What could we accomplish together that we could not do alone? Those questions and others were discussed and answered at a recent meeting of the NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group. The coalition of nine auto services providers, including Garry’s Automotive, Christian Brothers, State Street Auto Repair, Dr. Floyd’s Garage, Maz-Tech Automotive, and Heritage Auto Repair, has participated in Wishing for Wheels projects in the past.

These projects look different each time, but have a common thread. “We combine our resources to reach beyond what any one of us could do alone, to help a person or group in need that could not afford the repairs required to stay on the road,” wrote Tony Zanders of Heritage Auto Repair in Meridian. Zanders was recently presented with such an opportunity. Travis Culver is a local media personality who worked for a time at 89.5FM KTSY. He was a worship pastor at a local church, and recently has been developing a cable TV program called Love Where You Live. His livelihood is directly connected to his skills as a communicator. In September, at 39 years old, he heard these words, “It doesn’t look good. It appears you have cancer.”

“As a young father and husband, Culver is now faced with the traumatic realization that the tumors found in his brain after multiple MRI’s will affect his career, his family and his very life. He has been diagnosed as Stage 4,” Zanders said.  “He has been subjected to extensive procedures, chemotherapy, and surgeries; as well as the resulting physical challenges each of those present. Last week Culver brought his truck over for service with these instructions: Let’s go ahead and fix all those things you mentioned a while ago.”

NAPA Right SizeCulver’s vehicle had multiple maintenance concerns and necessary repairs. “He wants to fix them all,” Zanders said. “Having a personal relationship with him, I asked him what his goal was for this repair.” Through tears, Culver said he just wants to take his family camping again, and not have to worry about his truck. The cost was more than $4000, and members from NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group donated all of the necessary work.

The community is also pitching in to help the Culver family:

How can you help? Donate today at the GofundMe page for Travis Culver at: https://www.gofundme.com/2s4mjpx8?ssid=805926671&pos=1. The Boise NAPA AutoCare Centers are a group of independent and family owned businesses. They co-op the cost to market together and bring you special offers available at their select autocare centers.  More information about NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group is available at http://napaautorepairboise.com/

Travel with Your Camera and Digital Devices with Voltaic Solar Backpacks

Voltaic Solar Backpacks are rugged and meant to last and be easy to use, but what happens if you have a problem? If your solar charger isn’t working perfectly, it is frustrating to you and a waste of resources. We’re committed to getting your system to run smoothly and will work with you to resolve the problem no matter where you are in the world. Our customers are often as likely to be in Malawi as Manhattan so we’re used to working globally.

1029-s_sm_1Stop in today and ask one of our experts about one or more of these great options:

OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack will provide some serious power to your smartphone, tablet, and other USB devices with all the same great storage features of our old model. A padded laptop sleeve, dual side pockets, and specially lined sunglasses slot will make sure all your gear is in order before you head out the door. Better yet, the front solar pocket is still removable letting you take this 6 Watt system anywhere.

REVIEWS:

“It has adapters for almost everything! nice sturdy panels, plenty pockets and lots of space. Works awesomely under the scorching Panamanian sun, finally getting something back out of all that sweating. This backpack is light, carrying the battery and all of the extras it has. You can separate the panels from the bag and put the panels where they can get more sunlight.”

“Very happy with my purchase! Great quality pack, excellent construction and the solar panels and battery are top quality. my only complaint is it needs more internal space a 15″ macbook in neoprene skin only just fits into the rear laptop compartment, and I regularly carry 2 plus other items.”

 

 

Indow Windows is on This Old House & YOU can qualify for federal tax credit!

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Indow inserts will appear in the Feb. 18 episode of This Old House! Katherine and Murat Bicer needed interior storms for some unusual arched windows and decided to use Indow window inserts since we make just about any shape! We’re thrilled we could be a part of bringing this 1895 Victorian in Belmont, Massachusetts back to its former glory.

A federal tax credit gives you money back on Indow inserts!

Great news: Indow has been approved as an air sealing measure in a federal tax credit that will give you 10% of your order back, up to $500! All purchases made in 2015 and 2016 are eligible. It’s uncertain if this tax credit will be extended in 2017, so now is a great time to order. Learn more here.

Indow is featured in a new book.

We’re proud to be a Portland maker along with other businesses taking pride in creating quality items, generating jobs and building a more robust local economy. We were featured in the recently published book, Portland Made: The Makers of Portland’s Manufacturing Renaissance by Kelley Roy, who founded the Portland makerspace ADX in Southeast Portland. An urban manufacturing renaissance is taking place across the country, an encouraging trend we detailed in our Huffington Post blog.

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SuperGreen Solutions-Boise is proud to offer ground-breaking award-winning Indow window inserts

SuperGreen Solutions is proud to offer ground-breaking award-winning Indow® window inserts in the Boise, Treasure Valley and South West Idaho areas. Indow window inserts are similar to interior storm windows except they install easily without a mounting bracket.

Indow window inserts are made to fit in your existing windows where they are held in place with the company’s patented Compression Tube. It’s a truly simple way to upgrade your windows so they function like double-panes. This is a cost-effective solution for window insulation and costs 15-25% of the cost of window replacement.

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Double-pane window performance has never been easier. You’ll insulate your windows increase your savings and quiet your home all without damaging or removing your existing windows. A pilot study showed Portland-area homes saved almost 20% on their heating bills after installing Indow inserts.

Why Choose Indow Window Inserts

SuperGreen Solutions is excited to offer Indow inserts in the Boise area because they provide replacement window comfort, window energy efficiency, sun/UV protection and quiet windows, but not window replacement cost. Indow inserts also provide superior window noise reduction, outperforming the performance of many noise reduction windows.

If you are looking for storm windows , Idaho homeowners, then consider the Indow solution. Indow storm window inserts are an interior storm window that is easier, more attractive and provides greater performance than traditional storm windows.

Indow window inserts also provide excellent window noise reduction. Learn more about Indow window noise reduction.

Indow’s elegant, sleek design has earned recognition as a Top 10 Product of the Greenbuild Show by Dwell Magazine and a 2014 Product of the Year award by Environmental Leader Magazine. That’s just one of the many of the national accolades Indow has received. We are so delighted to now offer them in the BoiseAtlanta area.

To keep the heat out, some will draw the curtains, while others will invest thousands of dollars in thicker windows. SuperGreen Solutions is proud to offer Indow Window inserts for your window insulation. Indow Window inserts are thermal panels that fit inside your window frames, providing double pane comfort – at a fraction of the price. They are composed of a sheet of acrylic glazing edged with aour patented Compression Tube. Seven specialty grades and three tubing colors are available. All grades provide the same draft blocking and noise reducing window benefits. There is no visual difference between theour Standard, Acoustic, Commercial and Museum grades. These highly rated, cost-effective inserts give the homeowner or business owner comfort and peace of mind.

USING INDOW WINDOW INSERTS

The Indow Window insulation panels are easy to use, with no installation required. Simply press the Indow Window inserts inside your already installed window frames. Made of acrylic glazing edged with aour patented compression tube, Indow Window insulation inserts won’t damage your existing window frames. They are also customized to fit your window’s exact dimensions to ensure an easy fit. Do you want to open a window? Simply remove the insulating window panels from inside your window frames. The thermal insert will provide you and your family with the kind of comfort that usually costs thousands of dollars. Instead, the Indow Window inserts can transform either a home or office to a tranquil, sound-blocking oasis that instantly protects you from the drafty winter or the hot days of summer. If you’re living in a noisy area and want to reduce sound transfer without spending a great deal of money, these energy efficient window inserts are cost-effective and easy to use.

HOW INDOW WINDOWS WORK

Indow window inserts are made of acrylic and edged with aour patented Compression Tube. When pressed into place, the silicone tubing compresses, holding the Indow insert securely in place while sealing out cold drafts or hot summer air.

Each window is measured by taking six precise measurements providing a custom fit for each window. The window is factory marked and identified to allow easy removal, storage and re-insertion.

HOW THEY PERFORM

Indow Window inserts give you energy-saving insulation equivalent to double-pane windows, and they are  even better at insulating sound. Plus, you do not  havenot have to worry about any lead contamination that can occur when your old windows are ripped out of the walls.

HOW THEY FIT

Each Indow window insert is laser-measured and custom made to fit your window precisely, making them easier to use than storm windows. Read more about product options and our laser tailoring system.

PRODUCTS

Seven specialty grades and three tubing colors are available. All grades provide the same draft blocking and noise reducing window benefits. There is no visual difference between their Standard, Acoustic, Commercial and Museum grades.

standard-grade-390x182Standard Grade – Standard grade Indow inserts offer a great balance of comfort, energy efficiency, and noise reduction at our entry level price. The inserts are made out of acrylic glazing and edged with their patented Compression Tube. The tubing compresses when pressed inside your window, holding the insert securely in place while sealing out cold drafts and hot air.

Indow Windows are like inside storm windows, but easier to use and non-damaging tubing_samplesto your window frames. You can easily pop your Indow Windows out whenever you want to catch a fresh breeze. Their inserts can be customized to just about any shape – rounds, arches, octagons, batwings, odd angles, rounded corners or frames with multiple angles.

 

Stock colors (shown at right) are brown, warm white and black. Pantone’s full color range is available for large commercial orders.

Acoustic Grade – Want to block the noisy outside world? Acoustic Grade reduces noise coming through operable single pane windows by 18.9 dBA, according to the Green acoustic-grade-390x182Building Research Lab. An 18.9 dBA reduction “feels,” subjectively, like a 72 – 75% reduction in noise. Available in all types except Sleep Panels and Museum & Shade Grade.

You can also choose Acoustic Indow inserts that dampen noise by 10 dBA, which is up to a 50% sound dampening performance when placed over operable single pane windows,  

In addition to window noise reduction, Indow window inserts also provide excellent thermal insulation and save you money on utility bills. To learn more about the thermal and energy saving benefits please read about our performance metrics.

corner-detail-shade-grade-small-1-rgb-mh-03-14-640x380Shade Grade – Shade Grade Indow window inserts shield searing summer sun from coming through your windows to keep you cooler and more comfortable.

By reducing solar heat gain, Shade Grade window inserts boost home comfort and energy efficiency. Simply press inside your window frames to cool down your house and give that air conditioner a break.

Sunlight through a home’s windows can dramatically spike temperatures. Shade Grade inserts have a soft green tint and still let in plenty of light while reducing solar heat through your windows by almost 50%. Enjoy bright summer light without sweltering heat.

Like all Indow window inserts, Shade Grade inserts are custom-fit using our laser-measuring system and have an airtight seal. This can dramatically reduce outside noise by up to 50% when placed over single-pane windows.

Sleep Panels – Indow Sleep Panels create darkness, quiet, and comfort for night-shift workers, paleo lifestyle followers, and home theater enthusiasts. No other solution blocks 100% of light and more than 50% of noise.

Sleep isn’t a luxury. It’s essential to your health and well-being. Your creativity soars and you make fewer mistakes when you’re well rested. Blackout windows give you the quiet, dark environment that is often crucial to making sure you get that good sleep you need. If you need blackout windows, Indow Sleep panels are an elegant solution that provides more darkness and sound dampening than any alternative.

installation-gif-for-product-pageIndow Sleep Panels block 100% of the light and more than 50% of the noise coming through your windows. Night-shift workers, those who live a Paleo lifestyle, parents of young children and others seeking undisturbed sleep can finally get it.

People desperate for sound sleep have tried everything to create blackout windows: blinds, blackout curtains and drapes, all of which still let in light and require mounting and track systems. Some have even tacked heavy blankets over their windows! Indow’s Sleep Panels are so simple: they just press into place with theour patented Compression Tube and can be easily removed to let in natural light.

No blackout curtain blocks 100% of light: Indow’s Sleep Panels do. “No light gets through them at all,” said Brad of Portland, OR. His wife, Lauren, is a night-shift nurse and they had Sleep Panels installed to improve her sleep during the day. But the panels also block street lights and city noises that bothered Brad at night. “It’s like sleeping in a soundproof box,” he said.

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Privacy Grade – Elegant window privacy; these Indow Windows are made from translucent white acrylic that allows diffused light transmission while blocking out details and defined shadows. Great for bathrooms and  bedrooms.

Sometimes you don’t want curtains or a view outside. Our Privacy Grade Indow Windows iw-window_privacy_4-630x250provide window privacy while allowing pleasing diffused light and improving your window efficiency. Indow Windows have the added benefit of reducing or eliminating condensation on single pane windows, which can be a real problem in bathrooms.

Window privacy combined with draft and noise reduction can also be a major benefit in bedrooms or offices. Confidential meetings can remain truly private with the noise reducing and detail blocking of Privacy Grade Indow Windows in offices and conference rooms.

Museum Grade – Protect your furniture, carpets, and artwork by blocking 98% of all UV 504x288_museumrays from sunlight coming through windows. There is absolutely no visual difference between the Standard and Museum Grade acrylic. Both are crystal clear.

And speaking of museums, Indow Windows recently opened up greater public access at Alcatraz by shielding broken gun gallery windows at the former federal penitentiary in preparation for an exhibit by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei. Organizers chose Indow Windows because the inserts will preserve and protect this National Historic Landmark without leaving a mark.

s395758305384410927_p150_i10_w504Commercial Grade – Commercial Grade gives you an extra abrasion resistant coating to provide additional protection against scratching from moving & frequent cleaning. There is absolutely no visual difference between the Standard and Commercial Grade acrylic.

FINANCIAL AND ENERGY BENEFITS OF INDOW WINDOW INSERTS

The U.S. Department of Energy and Portland State University conducted a series of independent tests on these inserts. According to their results, the Indow Window inserts reduced noise by an estimated 50%-70%. Of course, by using these window insulation panels, you’ll save energy and money. Similar tests showed that the panels decreased energy use by more than 20%. Not only will the Indow Window inserts shave 20% off of energy bills, but the inserts compare favorably to double-pane windows, with almost the exact level of insulation. The Indow Window insulation inserts prevent icy drafts and blazing heat from seeping into your home, protecting your family or coworkers from the untempered impact of weather.
Stop in or call us today for your windows to have maximum energy efficiency!

SolaRight Lighting’s LED lights can be used in any outdoor landscape

Designed with both decor and safety in mind, SolaRight Lighting’s LED lights can be used in any outdoor landscape.

SolaRight Lighting offers the first patented, construction-grade LED solar paver tiles and street safety markers in the world. Softly-lit or brilliantly glowing, our lights generate 100% of their energy from the sun—no batteries, wires or maintenance needed.

SolaRight Lighting’s solar LED products charge in less than three hours on a sunny day and about seven hours on a rainy or cloudy day. Operational for a minimum of 16 hours, our lights do not lose any light intensity overnight—regardless of rainy, cloudy or other adverse charging conditions. This is especially crucial for roadway installations, where every second of visibility and reaction time counts.

Our lights come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes for safety and beauty in any type of evening landscape,or highway setting. SolaRight Lighting also offers custom styling options, and free professional design services to help you make the most of our lights.

                         

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Join #idleg candidate Travis Manning @ManningforIdaho and gubernatorial candidate @AJforIdaho Balukoff this Monday #Caldwell

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Join Travis Manning and Idaho gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff this Monday, 4 to 5 pm in Caldwell.

All political parties are invited.

Feel free to bring questions for us. Free Mexican food!

Travis Manning:

For over 20 years, Travis Manning’s honesty and hard work have helped thousands of kids and made his communities, and Idaho, a better place.

Travis, 43, and wife Ann moved to Idaho 9 years ago because they thought it was the best place to raise a family.  Travis and Ann have 3 children, the twin boys, Cael and Whitaker age 4, and their adopted daughter from China, Eliza, 3, adopted during his first run for the Idaho House in 2012.  He is an Eagle Scout and former high school wrestling standout from Tacoma, Washington who has deep Idaho roots, and graduated from now BYU-Idaho in 1993.

As a teacher and community builder, Travis is active in his teacher organization serving on numerous committees.  He has been a Scout leader for much of his adult life.  And he has helpedsmallmug watchdog our democracy as Executive Director of The Common Sense Democracy Foundation of Idaho, enabling parents, teachers and community members to learn and speak out about our public schools and how we can better protect them.  He has been a voice for those who were afraid to speak out.

Travis has worked to shape the character of Idaho’s greatest natural resource: our kids.  He has been a public voice of reason with the op-eds he has written in newspapers statewide.  He has worked with legislators from both parties to make sure the voices of Idaho citizens are heard at the statehouse.

Travis Manning applies the same basic values to everything he does:  Act responsibly.  Speak truth to power.  Put other people first.  Support fair treatment and respect for all Idahoans.  As a principled leader, it is why he has been able to make such a difference in the lives of thousands of kids he has worked with over the years and it is why he will be able to make such a difference for Caldwell, and why he will be able to do even more as the next Representative in Caldwell’s District 10 seat A.

SOURCE: http://votetravismanning.com/

 

A.J. Balukoff:

AJ writes: More than 30 years ago, my wife Susie and I moved to Idaho because we believed it was the best place in the country to raise our children. Over the years, our family has enjoyed Idaho’s natural beauty and its culture, and I’ve had the good fortune to build a successful business and serve on the boards of several organizations. We have proudly watched our family grow to eight children and 30 grandchildren.

But now I see how our state government has neglected our public schools for far too many years and the toll that has taken on our great state, and I worry about the future facing my grandchildren and all of Idaho’s children.  And state economic policies are making it harder than ever for families to make ends meet.

That is why I’m running for governor.

While traveling around Idaho, I have heard from many Idahoans who are deeply worried about critical issues like our education system and economy. I’ve heard people talk about the urgent need for transparency, balance, and accountability in state government.

Unfortunately, Gov. Otter and other state leaders continue to focus on issues that polarize and divide people rather than bring us together. Many of these issues have no impact on most Idahoans. But they take time, energy, and resources away from the important issues: education and economy.

Idaho ranks 50th in the nation in the amount we invest in each student. We rank 47th in the rate of high school graduates who go on to college. State cuts in education spending have forced 40 districts to hold school only four days a week.

Education and our economy go hand in hand. We are  50th in the nation in per-capita income, and second in minimum-wage jobs. Idahoans are commuting out of state or working two jobs to make ends meet. The lack of good-paying jobs is undermining ourwonderful quality of living.

This is unacceptable.

balukoffimageAs a certified public accountant for many years, and a businessman, and as a member of the board of several organizations, including St. Luke’s Treasure Valley, the Boise Philharmonic, and Boy Scouts of America, I have always recommended actions and policies that are fiscally sound.

As governor, I will use those same values and priorities to set policies that make sense for Idaho—not just fiscally and economically, but also for the people of Idaho. I will focus on the concerns of hardworking Idahoans, and listen to the public and key stakeholders rather than signing laws that ignore important voices. I am running for governor to restore balance, transparency, and accountability to our statehouse.

My father had only an eighth-grade education, but he insisted that each of us kids get a good education. I was the first of my grandfather’s descendants to obtain a college degree. I want to ensure that every Idaho child has an equal opportunity for a quality education.

With your support and our shared vision, we will restore the greatness of the beautiful state of Idaho.

SOURCE:  http://www.ajforidaho.com/about-aj

College of Idaho Planetarium hosts November public show

Planetarium_4The recently renovated Whittenberger Planetarium reopens Friday, November 7, 2014 with its second public show of the school year inside Boone Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. The Planetarium, which now has new cove lights and handicapped access, will feature comets and comet landing for the 7 p.m. show in anticipation of the Rosetta mission’s plan to land on a comet in November. The show, which costs $5 for adults or $2.50 for children ages 4-17, also includes an overview of the current constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky.
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Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. Free parking for Whittenberger Planetarium patrons is available in the lot between Boone Science Hall and Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street.  For more information, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/planetarium.