Noon Nibbles

Mary Virginia Boutwell  |  7/10/2010 2:29:53 AM

Noon Nibbles is a lunch and learn program on various topics of interest held once a month at the Franklin Parish Library.

DIY Home Improvement Tax Credits

Improving the energy efficiency of your home is an important and responsible step. Being energy efficient can save you up to one-third on your annual energy bills. Improved energy efficiency also has a positive effect on the environment.

Energy-efficiency improvements can be made to an existing home, even when you're not renovating. You can start by simply replacing old light bulbs with newer compact fluorescent bulbs. When remodeling, you can improve energy efficiency by selecting energy-efficient fixtures and/or Energy Star appliances. Energy Star is a non-regulatory, government-supported program that helps protect the environment while saving money for the individual. Appliances and household products marked by an Energy Star have met strict guidelines created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy.

There are also larger energy-efficient measures related to lifestyle choices. These include choices you make for the type of heating and cooling systems used at home and the type of car you drive. Energy-efficient products or buildings are often referred to as “green” products or “green” buildings. For more information on improving the energy efficiency of your home go to Guide to Energy Efficiency Improvement Resources.

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?

Everyone has personal belongings such as wedding photographs, a baseball glove or a yellow pie plate that contain meaning for them and for other family members.  Paring down and transferring such items is inevitable when a family member moves or dies.  This is an issue impacting families regardless of their financial worth, heritage, or cultural background.

It is an issue that affects everyone.

Organizing and Replacing Your Important Papers

Have you ever experienced the hair-pulling, nerve-wracking frustration of trying to find an important record when you need it on short notice?

You and your family go through many stages. Each change brings the need to add, delete and update family records. If your basic records are well-organized, changes are easy to make.

Organize Your Important Papers: What to Keep and Where is a guide to record keeping that will help you work out a personalized and efficient system for preserving and safeguarding important family papers. Moreover, it will provide a handy reference for deciding what items to keep, why you need to keep them, how long to keep them and where they should be kept.
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