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September 18, 2019 The Julian News 13 Home Weatherization 101: Tips For A Comfortable Home (StatePoint) Do seasonal temperatures sometimes leave you frustrated with your home’s lack of insulation? Staying comfortable indoors is a top priority for most people, and luckily, it’s easy to ensure your home is an optimal temperature. With a few quick tips and home defense strategies, you’ll be on your way to a more comfortable abode in just a few hours. Why weatherize? Preparing your home to combat temperature change is an important task for both homeowners and renters throughout the year. Feel uncomfortable drafts? Notice your heating and cooling equipment is continuously running? Tired of expensive energy bills? You’re not alone: almost two-thirds of American adults live in a home that needs to be weatherized, according to recent research conducted by Duck brand. There are many motivations for weatherizing. In fact, did you know… • 54 percent of people weatherize to save money on energy bills • 44 percent weatherize to make the temperature of their home more comfortable • 22 percent do it for greater energy efficiency Is that a draft? First, you’ll need to identify the source -- or sources -- of leaks. Don’t stress -- it’s easy! Hold an incense stick near potential draft sources, such as windows and doors. If the smoke blows sideways, you’ll know an air leak exists and it’s time to weatherize. But don’t stop there. Areas such as attic access openings, pull-down stairs and exterior electrical sockets are additional, often overlooked sources of air leaks. So, now what? Once you’ve identified the leaks, it’s time to stop them. Window and door seals take a beating from normal wear-and-tear and can be a large source of drafts coming into the home. Replace old, cracked seals with such products as Duck Brand Heavy-Duty Weatherstrip Seals, which are made with durable, flexible material, allowing them to stand up against extreme temperatures that cause other seals to freeze or crack. They help to block cold winter air from entering, as well as dust, pollen and insects during the warmer months. For added protection with older windows, an easy-to-install, crystal- clear option like Duck Brand Roll-On Window Insulation Kits can create an additional barrier against cold air. The pre-taped top and easy roll-on film require no measuring, making installation painless. When applied to indoor window frames, the film provides an airtight seal that’s easily removed once warmer weather arrives. Finally, address the hidden leaks with solutions like Duck Brand Socket Sealers Insulating Seals. Quick and easy to install, they fit behind outlets or light switch faceplate covers. When installed on exterior walls, they act as a buffer between the inside and outside air. Next, attic stairway covers protect against an often-uninsulated area, and offer a flexible, lightweight solution that can be repositioned to maintain direct access to the attic. For more information on increasing home comfort, along with easy- to-follow weatherization installation videos, visit duckbrand.com/ weatherization. With a few key home projects anyone can complete, you can make your home more enjoyable all year long and save on energy bills in the process. Challenged Friendships, Past Secrets And Lies, Touching Animal Tale, Lakeside Tranquility In Four Great Reads “Without Her” by Rosalind Brackenberry An exquisitely written, Ferrante-esque novel, “Without Her” by Rosalind Brackenbury centers around the life-long, enigmatic friendship of Hannah and Claudia, close companions throughout childhood as well as at Cambridge while vying for the same elusive Frenchman who eventually falls into the arms of Claudia, the novel’s narrator. Years later, when Hannah’s husband calls Claudia from the south of France to say that Hannah has gone missing and pleads with her to help him find his missing wife, Claudia begins to suspect that she may be unwittingly involved in a love triangle. “I absolutely loved this book,” says Annie Dillard. Purchase “Without Her” (Delphinium Books) http://bit.ly/2MIYl3G. “Finding Mrs. Ford” by Deborah Royce Susan Ford’s cocoon of privilege is threatened when an Iraqi man from her distant past boards a plane in Baghdad to come find her. Early one morning in the summer of 2014, the FBI arrives to question her about the man from Iraq—a Chaldean Christian from Mosul—where ISIS has just seized control. Sammy Fakhouri is his name and they have taken him into custody, picked up on his way to her house. Why is Sammy looking for Susan after so many years? Buy “Finding Mrs. Ford” (Post Hill Press) at https://amzn.to/2XIMMdu. “Karen’s Heart” by Georgeanne Irvine It started with a murmur and ended with a cheer! This colorful children’s book is the true story of Karen, a Sumatran orangutan who won the hearts of everyone around her while she was growing up. It chronicles her stay in the San Diego Zoo’s baby animal nursery, her reintroduction to her orangutan family and her brave journey through history-making, open-heart surgery and a challenging recovery. Karen’s poignant story includes fun facts about orangutans and is part of the San Diego Zoo Kids Hope and Inspiration Series. Buy “Karen’s Heart” (San Diego Zoo Global Press) at http://bit. ly/2R0t1vr. “Come to the Lake” by Anne Goodwin People seek different means to “rescue” themselves from the hustle and bustle of everyday lives, escape from the hundreds of daily peeks on their smartphones, and find a sense of peace, solitude and tranquility. Rather than preach what may or may not work for somebody else, Anne Goodwin has shared what works for her in her unusual memoir. It contains the experiences and reflections from life on her family’s 1920s lake cottage in southeastern Wisconsin: short vignettes, essays, poems, notes, images, thoughts, checklists, even recipes that are marvelously conducive to lakeside living. Purchase “Come to the Lake” (Pleasurable Pause Press) at https://amzn.to/2KDWZ7w. (NAPS) 5 Ways Technology Is Transforming Hearing Aids (Family Features) Around 37.5 million adults in the United States report some trouble hearing, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, it is an undertreated condition with the NIH also estimating 28.8 million adults with mild to severe hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, devices that improve hearing loss are more user-friendly than ever. Of course, today's hearing aids help people hear better, but technology also is revolutionizing the way people use their hearing aids. For example, people can now use them like a headset to enjoy music, take calls and more, simply by streaming sound directly from their mobile devices. If you're considering a hearing aid for yourself or a loved one, or are just intrigued by how technology is changing the future for those who experience hearing loss, consider these five technology advancements that are helping people connect and hear better: 1) Rechargeable batteries. The tedious chore of changing hearing aid batteries is a thing of the past. Now you can have hearing aids with rechargeable batteries and portable chargers. Recharging at home is simple: an overnight charge is all they typically need to be ready again in the morning. Some models even feature batteries and chargers that can be ready to go another 8 hours on just 30 minutes of charge time. 2) Direct streaming from mobile devices. Until recently, only iPhone users have been able to stream music or calls directly to their hearing aids. Now, using updated Bluetooth Low Energy streaming technology, people with hearing aids such as Beltone's Amaze can stream audio directly from their compatible Android device for more than 12 hours while still preserving 24 hours of battery life before a recharge is needed. Previously, hearing aids that directly streamed from Android devices have relied on "classic Bluetooth, which can cut 24 hours of hearing aid battery usage in half after only 4 hours of direct streaming. 3) More natural sound. The latest microprocessing technology means hearing aids deliver a clearer, fuller and richer sound experience in any listening situation. Now users can hear the textured tones that make everything from a dinner conversation to a quick joke to a theater performance more fulfilling. Technology is also able to help people manage situational changes, make conversations and ambient noise sound more natural and allow users to choose which sounds to focus on. The hearing aids can even make automatic adjustments to account for sudden loud noises. 4) Smartphone apps make it easy. Hearing aid users can use smartphone apps to discreetly manage device functions, such as checking battery status and adjusting volume to using more advanced finetuning features that control speech focus, noise and wind filters. Some apps even offer a "find my hearing aid" feature. 5) Tech-enabled customer care. Working with a hearing care professional is essential in treating hearing loss and maximizing the benefits of hearing aids, but it doesn't mean you have to spend time trekking back and forth to your audiologist's office. For example, Beltone's Remote Care program enables users to connect directly with their hearing care professional via the HearMax app. After submitting a request, users can adjust their hearing aids with a simple tap on their phones without an office visit. To learn more about the latest in hearing aid technology and find a hearing care professional, visit Beltone.com, or take a free online hearing test. years. They can be very slick at hiding things. I recall one fourth- grader who was good at faking everything — he was reading at a first-grade level, but no one knew. There are a lot of cover-up artists out there. A lot of these attractive, personable kids learn how to get people off their backs. [By fifth grade] kids start to have trouble if they haven’t developed persistence. Kids need to know that part of learning means working through hard things. I really can’t emphasize enough how important persistence is. I knew one kid with Down syndrome who was so tenacious — who stuck with it and stuck with it — she ended up reading at the level of her peers. On the other hand, there are kids who have the intellect but give up. Parents contribute to this because they don’t want to let their kids get frustrated — if you have this idea that all learning is fun, then they aren’t going to work through the hard stuff. Parents need to know the benchmarks. By fourth grade most kids can read aloud, and they can do spontaneous writing. If you’re worried that your child has a learning issue but you haven’t heard anything from the teacher, should you assume everything is OK? I don’t know how to say this, but I would not trust any school to give an accurate assessment of your child’s skill. You’re the parent. There are a lot of trained teachers who can miss problems. If it was me as a parent, I would start the process of trying to assess my child, but then I would probably get some outside help. What happens in middle school? What are the signs that your child might be struggling with something beyond the huge transition from elementary school? One major sign is not being able to handle their complicated schedules. At this point, they have multiple teachers, and so this is the time when kids with LD suddenly have trouble with organization and turning in homework. With kids with AD/HD and ADD, you start hearing about social issues. The same goes for Asperger’s disorder, a subtle form of autism. You may notice your child is having a lot of trouble in and outside the classroom. In elementary school you’ve got these nice and gentle teachers who may adapt to your child’s learning style. In middle school they may not be as tolerant, if your child can’t work in groups, for instance, or doesn’t understand nuances of socialization or pragmatic language. It may become a problem for them academically. Of course there’s more social politics, and certain kids may have a harder time with that stuff. There’s less emphasis on “We all need to get along” than in elementary school. Are there really kids who don’t get diagnosed until middle or even high school? Sometimes I see parents who may have homeschooled their kids or may be in denial that something is wrong. Sometimes it’s just that the child is having trouble making friends. Sometimes it’s more subtle problems that finally become apparent. The kids may not test low enough to qualify for services [earlier on], but they are now struggling with writing, organization, and completing things on time. Suddenly they’re under a mountain of work they need to do. In high school sometimes the trigger is the college application process. It’s hard to get into college. Kids start losing interest in school — they get into drugs — and there’s this anxiety around getting into college. Do you see kids in high school coming in for assessment? Definitely. We actually diagnose a lot of people during their first year of college. Theoretically, the first year of college is harder than high school. Certain hardworking kids put all these hours in, so they make it through high school, and then college is more than they can handle. Suddenly they wonder: Do I have a problem? Sometimes they’ll learn that they are slow processors or that they didn’t learn phonics. They managed to figure out content from the context, and they worked so hard — but they don’t know how to sound out or they’ll realize they don’t have the basics of writing down notes. They’ll say, “It’s hard to form things with my pencil.” There are these bright hard workers who can get through high school, but the reality is that they have a learning disability. Carol Lloyd is the executive editor of GreatSchools and mother to two raucous daughters. Learning Issues continued from page 8