January 2016

Found 4 blog entries for January 2016.

It's not often you see for-profit companies launching grass-roots volunteering campaigns. 

Sure, you find the occasional business asking for donations for environmental projects or social justice campaigns, but sometimes it's hard to find a business whose campaigns focus on a wide variety of movements happening in their city.

Thankfully, Omaha is home to one of those programs: Commit 20. Commit 20 is a volunteer project led by Sun Valley Landscaping where volunteers are asked to commit 20 hours of their time to a local non-profit organization. 

The project started in 2014  when current general manage Ashly Neneman and her colleagues created "a way for Sun Valley Landscaping employees to become more involved in community volunteer projects,"

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If Cupid's arrow hasn't hit you yet, beware. 

The high holy day of love is just around the corner and that chubby little cherub may very well be pulling a an arrow out with your name on it. And if he does fire that heartward dart at you, there's not much you can do.

Well, there's not much you can do to avoid it (aside from holing up in your bedroom and binging on Netflix), but you can avoid the cardinal sin of waiting too long to choose a spot for Valentine's Day dinner. 

We did a little research and put together a list of four restaurants hosting lovey-dovey dinners for two (or one, if that's your style). This year, we've taken the liberty to create a box-of-chocolates style of list. Over the next few minutes, you'll get rustic, modern,

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D.J. Sokol was an inspiration to thousands of Omaha residents. 

The son of a Berkshire Hathaway exec, D.J. died of cancer in 1999 at the age of 16. D.J. left behind a positive legacy, so much so that Omaha's chapter of the Salvation Army has named a scholarship after him: the D.J.'s Hero Awards. 

That scholarship's nomination window is now open, and is available to "exceptional" Nebraska high-school seniors who emulate D.J.'s life. As the Salvation Army wrote in the scholarship program's info brochure, "D.J.’s positive outlook on life and extraordinary dedication to helping others made him a hero."

Seven winners each will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Many of the students who've won this award went on to do some pretty awesome things. You

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When the forecast for the weekend is 6 degrees like it is this weekend, wintertime temperatures deserve to be called "ice cold." 

As homeowners, we know that temperatures cold enough to bring ice are also cold enough to, ironically, thaw out all those old myths about ice melt. 

Top-5 Ice Melt Myths

We talked with Sun Valley Landscaping's Annie Forsyth about these myths. Over the next few minutes we'll uncover five of these myths, as well as give you a quick guide to some of the top-rated ice melts at Home Depot. 

Myth #1: Wind chill affects the freeze-thaw cycle of ice melt and salt. 

This one was pretty easy. Annie pointed out that only the actual temperature, not the wind-chill temperature, will affect the freeze-thaw cycle of ice

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