Overheated furnace caused explosion in Waterville home

Gloria Porter said her red-faced nephew handed her the dog and told her his furnace had exploded and it was “a hell of a mess.”

Living two houses down from her nephew’s home, Porter said she didn’t feel the ground shake or hear anything that sounded like an explosion early Feb. 24, but she did hear sirens and see flashing lights when emergency crews arrived on scene.

“Everybody got out good. Thank God,” she said.

Broken windows and doors hanging off hinges were signs something went very wrong overnight at a one-storey home.

“What you can see outside really doesn’t tell the tale,” Waterville and District Fire Chief Wayne Johnstone said just after 9 a.m.

“It’s devastating… It rearranged the structure of the building.”

An explosion ripped through the house, accompanied by a small fire and a large amount of smoke, Johnstone said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and evacuated six people: three adults and three children.

They were fortunate to escape, Johnstone said, adding he was surprised the outcome was not worse than it was.

“I’ve been firefighting for 40 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

All six people were sent to hospital – four by ambulance – but, as of 9:30 a.m., RCMP Const. Kelli Gaudet says, five people have been released. One adult male is still in hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, she said.

Around noon, provincial fire marshal Harold Pothier arrived on scene to assist the fire department with the investigation.

Although he originally believed that the explosion was gas related, he said the investigation determined a combination oil and wood-burning furnace had overheated and ruptured due to human error.


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Homemade Present Ideas for Men and Women: DIY Craft Gift Tutorials

Creative Gift How-Tos From Around The Web

If you bake, love crafts or are in any way practical, homemade gifts are a great option for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s day and other festivities—not only because people will appreciate the extra effort you’ve made, but because it’s fun to make the gifts and it can usually save you money too.

On this page I’ve compiled lists of the best and most unusual how-tos and ideas for making your own gifts, from edible items to wall art, coasters and much more. The tutorials cover a range of prices and recipients, from fathers to friends and co-workers.

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Why Make Your Own Presents?

Apart from the practicality of actually saving yourself some money (usually), the best thing about giving and receiving home made gifts is the thoughtfulness behind the idea and the obvious time and effort spent on it, plus the fact that it is unique and personal.

A lot of people seem to think of DIY gifts as cheap, naff, or things that only kids make, like macaroni necklaces, but please take a look at the amazing things on this page and you will completely change your mind! You won’t believe what you can make with basic materials.

If you are crafty or you can sew, then the world is pretty much your oyster with regards to what you could make, and bakers or cooks have a huge array of treats and goodies to choose from too. If you’re neither craft-minded nor a fan of cooking, then don’t despair; most ideas on this page come complete with step-by-step tutorials which guide even total beginners to victory! If you don’t have time for making something from scratch, then embellishing or personalizing store-bought products is a great idea too, whether it’s with personal photos in a photo album, a journal with added decoration by you, or even fun gift wrapping. OR perhaps you could buy multiple gifts with the same theme (e.g. golf, movie night, chocolate, puzzles, spa day) and make up a surprise gift box!



Walking on Hot Concrete Pavement

All about Concrete Pavements

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What can happen along concrete pavements. (Photo Credits) 

Concrete can be really hot in the summer, hence stepping barefoot, or even sitting on it can be very uncomfortable, even unthinkable to some.

Pet owners should also be extra mindful about this situation. The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reminded pet owners to be conscious about the temperature of concrete pavements when walking their dogs in the summer.

“On an 87-degree day, asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees, hot enough to cause burns, permanent damage and scarring after just one minute of contact. Rapid burns and blistering can occur at 150 degrees. Hot sidewalks, pavement and parking lots can not only burn paws, they also reflect heat onto dogs’ bodies , increasing their risk of deadly heatstroke. If you wouldn’t put your dog in a frying pan, please don’t make him or her walk on hot pavement. Always test the pavement with your hand before setting out (too hot to touch is too hot for Spot), walk early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler, carry water and take frequent breaks in shady spots and never make dogs wear muzzles that restrict their breathing.”

Read the rest of PETA’s reminders here.

A Good Example

This pet owner featured over at Examiner.com has been sensitive enough to protect his dog from the dangers of walking on really hot concrete pavement.

“A homeless man in Glendale, Arizona, was recently on the receiving end of help after a good Samaritan noticed him struggling to care for his dog. Lisa Peterson spoke to the man and learned that the pavement is so hot that he was carrying his dog, “Roger,” around-the-clock, in order to spare him from burning his feet.”

Check out the photos and read the rest of the post here.

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LittleThings meantime featured an inspiring story about a teenager who hit her head in the pavement, was pronounced brain dead, and suddenly became conscious following a pray over session. “That’s when Jeff Stickel entered her life and changed everything. A chiropractor and devout Christian, Jeff heard Taylor’s story and had wanted to visit her. But when he walked into her hospital room and saw her condition, he decided against working on her. But before leaving, he asked the Hales if they would join him in a prayer. Jeff placed his hand on the unconscious teen’s neck, and the family bowed their heads. That afternoon, Taylor’s life support was going to be turned off.”

Read the rest of the post here.

Have you ever heard other stories about concrete pavements?


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Sidewalk Stories

Random Stories from the Sidewalk

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Tales sidewalks tell. (Photo Credits)

Sidewalks have stories to tell. There are a lot of daily occurrences that happen by these concretized pathwalk that some may be amusing, some may be sad, some even weird or at times tragic. American Society of Concrete Contractors

Just like the story of this dog featured over at Pet Plus. “In what can only be described as a miracle, earlier this week a Portland resident, Ted Nelson, managed to save a 5-year-old Bichon Frise named Mordy from plummeting to his death off a 14-story balcony – by catching him! The whole thing started when Ted, looking out his window, noticed that there was a small dog out on the balcony in the apartment building across the street. It appeared that the dog had slipped through the railing and was trapped on the outside ledge, with nothing between him and the sky.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Sidewalk Advocacy

Video Sharing site Vimeo.com meantime featured a story about finding love, peace and prayer in the sidewalk. Cemented A mother, Lizanne, shares her story of choosing life, and encountering love, peace, and prayer on the sidewalk. For more inspiring stories of life, and to learn more about Sidewalk Advocacy, go to SidewalkAdvocates.org.”

Watch the video here.

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A photographer meantime shot photos of sidewalk skateboarders, the photos of which have been featured over at sidewalkmag.com.

Ever since I’ve met Mike he’s always been smashing it but this year he has fully caught people’s eyes and he is blowing up. This photo was definitely a favourite of mine from the past year as we’d always shoot photos in the past and joke about it being a cover…we’d say ‘Could be covers’ but this time it actually happened!”

See the photos here.

Do you have a sidewalk story?


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Art in Graffiti

All About Graffiti

Grafitti in Berlin

You can ether be happy or annoyed with it. (Photo Credits) 

For some, Graffiti can be a work of art expressed in concrete. Zelda fans for instance will surely like this feature from the website Zelda informer. www.nrmca.org/

“The wall-merging mechanic introduced in A Link Between Worlds is possibly my most favorite mechanic in any Zelda game, and it sure does look good in amiibo form. The details are just right; Graffiti Link is even wearing Ravio’s mysterious bracelet.”

Check out the photos here.

Not so happy about it

The website Hyperallergic.com meantime pointed on the graffiti written in the wall of a set used by a TV series. Concrete https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concrete  “Viewers able to read Arabic who caught last Sunday’s US airing of the award-winning television show Homeland may have noticed something bizarre about the graffiti lining the walls of the Syrian refugee camp: Splashed across the fictional set were messages in Arabic that read, “Homeland is racist,” “Homeland is a joke, and it didn’t make us laugh,” and more blatant criticisms of the program, which is now in its fifth season. “#blacklivesmatter,” too, appears on one brick wall in green paint. The words are the work of “The Arabian Street Artists,” a trio that Homeland itself hired to adorn the set with “realistic” street tags. The artists revealed the ruse — which they label a “hack” on the series — yesterday, explaining that they had conceived of it as an intervention to protest their discontentment with the show’s political messages.”

Read the rest of the article here.

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NOLA.com meantime published a story that tells about a local restaurant offering a thousand friend chicken pieces for anyone who can help catch Graffiti vandals in their outlet in New Orleans.

“A reward of 1,000 pieces of hot chicken out of the deep fryer at Melba’s Po-Boy could be yours if you can help the restaurant’s owner, Scott Wolfe Sr., find out who covered part of the building with graffiti.”

Know more about the story here.

Have you ever written on a concrete wall?


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Concrete Path Walks

Random Tales on Concrete Path walks

Rarely there is a straight way.

The many stories path walks tell. (Photo Credits)

If path walks can just talk then these are the stories that they will tell. Concrete

In Brazil, a man lifted a car that is blocking the pedestrian way, as featured over at Mashable.com. “This mysterious pedal-pusher, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, has had enough of car owners who don’t respect cyclists, so he simply lifts a parked car out of his path. Reddit did some investigating into the car (as per usual) and found it was a Fiat Uno, a car known to be relatively light. The vehicle boasts a curb weight, or the total weight of a car without occupants, of approximately 1,600 pounds, according to auto-data.net. So this particular strongman cyclist was most likely deadlifting a couple hundred pounds.”

Watch the video here.

Newborn along a path walk?

CNN featured meanwhile, a story on a newborn who have been buried alive in a walking path in California. American Society of Concrete Contractors   

“The crying coming from under a block of asphalt sounded like it was from a cat to Angelica Blount. But it turned out to be an abandoned baby that police say was deliberately buried under debris along a Los Angeles area walking path.”

Check out the news report here.

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Turning into something more pleasant, Mid West Living meantime shared ways on how to make a path walk in your own home’s garden.

“A garden path can issue an enticing invitation to backyard visitors, or just provide a convenient route for plant maintenance. Whatever its use, a well-designed and well-built path will enhance the livability and functionality of any home garden, says Steve Rodie, landscape horticulture specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”

Know about the many ways here.

Do you have a path walk story?


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Ways to Enhance Interior Design with Modern Wallpaper Murals and Digital Print Art

Modern wallpaper murals bring spectacular digital prints and surprising ideas into interior design, blending contemporary technology with traditional wall decorating ideas. Modern wallpaper murals are an excellent way to create accent walls, add stunning focal points to interior design and create unique atmosphere that reflect owners personality.

Modern wallpaper murals are wonderful for personalizing wall decorating with favorite images, scenes, landscapes and colors. Digital prints look bright and captivating, bringing high-quality and creativity into modern interior design. Photo wallpapers give a distinct look to any room, offering versatile and stylish wall decorating ideas to make a statement.

Modern wallpaper murals are very popular. They allow to create amazing home interiors, add adventurous or romantic mood to room design, enhance vintage decor with nostalgic images or create futuristic environment, emphasizing innovative and contemporary interior design ideas.

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