Thursday, September 11, 2014

Conquer Chiari - Walk Across America - Coming to a City Near You!

What if you woke up each day not knowing if your body would function normally that day or if you’d be hit with dizziness, debilitating headaches, muscle weakness or severe exhaustion? Chiari patients face these challenges daily.  Chiari Malformation is a serious neurological disorder where part of the brain descends out of the skull putting painful and damaging pressure on the brain and spine.  Symptoms include severe headaches, neck pain, balance problems, weakness in the arms and legs, and respiratory problems. 300,000 people in the US are affected by this condition. 

The Conquer Chiari Walk Across America is a series of local awareness and fundraising walks held across the country on the same day (September 20th, 2014). Join us in Covington, LA on this special day and help the thousands of families struggling with this terrible disease!

All proceeds will be used to fund Chiari research, education and awareness programs.
Participation is free. The deadline to guarantee a t-shirt has passed. However, additional shirts will be available on the day of the walk on a first come...first serve basis. (with a minimum donation of $25.00) Registration is still open.  We ask that if you plan on attending a walk and have not registered, please pre-register at, so that our organizers can plan accordingly. You can also call or email our local contact below.

If you would like to be a corporate sponsor, donate an item to this local walk, or volunteer your time, please email or call Lisa Haley at (985) 264-9197 or    

Hope to see you there!

Walk Details:
WHERE: Covington Trailhead  419 N. New Hampshire Street
WHEN: September 20th 2014
CONTACT: Lisa Haley (985) 264-9197  or pre-register at

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Continuing Education Available!

Well, the year is ending and maybe you just haven't gotten around to attending any continuing education classes. Now's your chance! Check out this link to find out all the details on this upcoming opportunity, especially if you fit the description of residential contractor, remodeler, construction supervisor, HVAC contractor; architect; home designer; building official; home inspector; energy rater or consultant; residential/light commercial material supplier; construction, design and structural engineering student or faculty. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

The speakers are:
Paul LaGrange, LSU AgCenter Building Science Educator
Dr. Claudette Reichel, LSU AgCenter Professor, Extension Housing Specialist and Director, LaHouse Resource Center

The title of the seminar is " Keep It Dry: Moisture Control Flaws and Fixes". 
Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)
LaHouse Resource Center
2858 Gourrier Ave.
LSU campus (near Alex Box baseball stadium)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820

See you there! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Beautiful Recycling - Paper Bag Floors

"Paper or plastic?"
You usually hear this question come out of your grocery cashier's mouth, but what about answering this question when redoing the floors in your home? Yes, you can use brown paper bags to make beautiful floors.

Don't reach for your glasses. You read correctly. Using brown paper bags to cover old floors can make an absolutely beautiful (and resourceful) addition to the decor in your home. Take a look at this DIY blog posting by Ashley from Domestic Imperfections. Who knew that recycling brown paper bags was not just for covering school textbooks back in the 80's?