Tuesday, May 19, 2009

April 2009 Recognition for Oklahoma

NewsOK.com was honored earlier this month as one of the top 12
newspaper media websites in the world by the International Digital
Arts and Sciences. The Washington Times, the New York Daily News,
USA Today and The Wall Street Journal were also nominated.

More than 667,000 visitors attended 50 events at the Ford Center
during the first quarter, according to SMG, which manages the
facility owned by Oklahoma City.

Bob Howard Toyota, 12929 N. Kelly Avenue, received Toyota Motor
Sales U.S.A. Inc.’s President’s Award for outstanding sales and
service. The dealership has received the award five times.

Four energy giants from Oklahoma earned spots on the annual Fortune
500 list of the country’s 500 largest publicly traded companies.
Oneok Inc. was 159th, Devon Energy Corporation placed 163rd, Williams
Company was 218th and Chesapeake Energy Corporation came in at 230th.

Baptist Medical Center and Oklahoma Heart Hospital were among the
top 125 hospitals in the nation on a list published by AARP The
Magazine. (The Journal Record, 04/01/2009)

Tulsa and Oklahoma City are among a select group of metro areas that
as of January hadn’t succumbed to the recession, according to
msnbc.com. (Tulsa World, 04/09/2009)

Oklahoma City is the winner of the “Mission:Orange” campaign by the
American Society for the Prevention to the Cruelty to Animals which
provides additional money and staff to shelters in the fight against
pet overpopulation. (The Oklahoman, 04/14/2009)

The number of visitors to the state’s tourism information centers is
up by 12% compared to last year, despite the economy. (Tulsa World,

Chesapeake Energy Corporation of Oklahoma City ranked 12th on Outside
magazine’s second annual “Best Places to Work” list. (The Journal
Record, 04/27/2009)

Monday, May 18, 2009

"Summerize" Your Home with These Spring Projects

It's hard to believe, but the official start of summer is just a few weeks away! Here are some spring cleaning projects you should definitely consider tackling before the hottest days of summer descend upon us.

Air Conditioning
It's important to have your air conditioner in perfect working order before summer starts. Taking care of any issues after the summer heat hits can potentially result in an increase in price, as well as an increase in the time it takes for a technician to visit your home. You should also replace any filters now. Simply remove the old one and take it to your local home improvement center. Sales representatives should have no problem finding its replacement.

Clean out your garage
Organizing a garage can be an excruciating experience during the hot summer months, so if that's something you need to do, don't put it off any longer. Once you clean out your garage, either donate any unwanted items or sell them.

Late spring is the perfect time to paint the interior of your home since the weather best lends itself to keeping your windows open, allowing the fresh air in and the paint fumes out. If you decide to paint the inside of your home, think about lightening the existing color as opposed to darkening it. Lighter colors are not only inviting, they create the illusion of a bigger, more open space.

Buy fans
Installing ceiling fans and using portable fans are great methods for cutting the heat inside your home. They are also far less expensive to use than an air conditioner. Using fans of any kind also enables you to keep windows open at night, allowing fresh air to circulate throughout the house.

Install dimmer switches
Dimmer switches not only add ambience, they also cut down on energy and the unwanted heat given off by brighter bulbs. Another tip is to use low-wattage light bulbs whenever possible.

Good luck and happy "summerizing!"

Monday, May 4, 2009

The EDGE Takes Malibu Home Battle Online

The Edge has taken to the WWW to give his side of the story in the ongoing battle over his plans to build a series of homes high in the Malibu hills. The web site is called Leaves In The Wind, and you can check it out via the link below.