Pictures are perhaps our most treasured possession. Tangible memories, they tell our stories, capture the moments of our lives and document our histories. They, of course, deserve proper and safe storage.
Photographer and album designer John Porter couldn't agree more, having just created John Porter Everyday Archives, a comprehensive line of albums and photo storage tools to safely keep and protect photos up to 200 years.
The line of products, which meets or exceeds preservation requirements set forth by the Library of Congress, includes a 9-by-7-inch or 5-by-7-inch Easy Archive Album ($10.99-$13.99), a 12-by-12-inch Expandable Post-Bound Album ($39.99), Post-Bound Album Refill Pages ($12.99), Archival Envelopes ($5.99), Photo Corners ($3.99) and Easy Mounts ($6.49).
Albums feature acid-free and lignin-free, slide-in pages and write-in spaces, as well as high-quality bookbinder's cloth and reinforced binding. The paper will never yellow and will prevent future acid formation, the company says.
John Porter Everyday Archives products are available at Target. Visit www.johnportereverydayarchives.com or call 866-823-8445.
Salute to garage remotes
Show off your patriotism with the new colorful flag-designed garage door remote controls from the Chamberlain Group. The three new mini remote controls are available in an American-flag design, a Mexican-flag design and a Canadian-flag design. The easy-to-program remotes, compatible with any Chamberlain or LiftMaster garage door opener, allow users to control as many as three garage doors and to turn garage door opener lights on or off. The remotes also feature anti-burglary technology that generates a new code with each use.
Remotes sell for $34.99 at Fred C. Johnson Co. in Elkridge, Overhead Door Co. of Baltimore and other area garage-door dealers. Call 800-528-5880 or visit www.liftmaster.com for more dealers.
No spray, no mosquitoes
These days mosquito bites can be more than just annoying and itchy. They can be downright dangerous due to the threat of West Nile Virus. With upcoming Fourth of July parties and a summer of other outdoor activities, it's more important than ever to protect yourself and your family with a mosquito repellent. Aerosols and pump sprays work well for some, but many are discovering the ease of wipes. Cutter has just introduced its new DEET-formulated Backwoods Cutter Mosquito Wipes, which repel mosquitoes for up to eight hours, reduce the risk of inhalation, cut the risk of spraying in the eyes and allow for controlled application over the entire body, including the face.
Backwoods Cutter Mosquito Wipes are available in 20-count resealable canisters at drug, grocery and home stores. Call 800-242-1166 or visit www.skeeterbites.com.
* Take a guided garden walk at 7 p.m. Friday at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. $5 per family. Call 410-367-2217 for reservations.
* See the exhibits Barry St. John Hawkins: The Wood Sculpture and Jack Eisenberg: Photography, Thursday through July 25 at Resurgam Gallery, 910 S. Charles St. Pictured is Hawkins' 2-foot-high basswood work "Zack." Reception 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Call 410-962-0513 for hours.
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