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Posted on July 6, 2009 by Kathryn Isaacs- K Teas

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The 3/50 Project – hand-in-hand with I Love Fort Mill?

Have you heard of the 3/50 Project?  In the wake of the U.S. Independence Day holiday is the perfect time to talk about the 3/50 Project, especially during these difficult economic times.  The 3/50 Project is a wonderful idea that would benefit all of us, consumer and small business owner alike, if put into practice in the Fort Mill area.   The basic idea revolves around supporting the locality by supporting the small local businesses that our nation was built on—that is part of their subtitle, in fact.

        You can get the details from their website but I will recap it for you here:

3 is for:  Try to think of 3 independently-owned businesses that you would miss if they weren’t there anymore.  Drop by and say hello. Pick up something there.  Remember that your purchases are what keeps those businesses here.

50 is for:  If only half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.  (Source of statistics given on the website.)  That’s just half of the employed population.  Can you imagine the powerful and positive impact if 3/4 the employed population did that?!

Another number for you:
68 is for:  For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.  If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here.

You might not be surprised to know that we at KTeas Virtual American Tea House are all about the wonders of the Internet and how it helps to shrink the world into one global village.  We are, after all, an online business:  we sell loose teas and tea accessories through our website:   So what are we doing promoting the 3/50 Project whose website has the subtitle “saving the brick & mortars our nation is built on”?  We don’t even qualify as a 3/50 business (on their FAQ page, under questions regarding what exactly is “an independent”).  We don’t see it as a contradiction, however:  we hope to be brick-&-mortar someday.  And we are based in Fort Mill, SC.  And we love Fort Mill.  We want to help out in our local community as much as possible, even if we are a web business that does not currently have a brick-&-mortar storefront. 

Even as we discovered the 3/50 Project, we were preparing to post on our website’s blog and on our Facebook Page that if people like honey to sweeten tea, we recommend they seek locally produced honeys and support their local farmers and apiaries.  We are lucky here in Fort Mill: we, personally, find our local honey at The Peach Stand.  Our website will reach people beyond the local area, however, so we’re looking into other suggestions: look for a similar local store in your area, look for farm stands that sell local honey.  If you don’t have any of those handy, try your local grocery store and failing that, try your local Earth Fare or similar store that carries some local products.  Check on your state’s Agricultural Dept. website for local apiaries.

It is possible to combine shopping our simultaneously-growing-and-shrinking global community with supporting our local community.  In these economic times, you may need to save as much money as you can by buying for your family at WalMart and shopping for bargains online.  No one is saying you shouldn’t do that.  You can still do your part for the local economy.  Pick out those 3 local businesses—and maybe rotate through a number of local businesses as your 3 from month to month.  Try to spend a total of $50 each month at local businesses to contribute to that $68 that will return to the community.

And here’s another number for you from the 3/50 Project website:

1 is for:  the number of people it takes to start the trend . . . you.  You’re #1!       

Kathryn Isaacs

KTeas Virtual American Tea House
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Posted on June 22, 2009 by Chris Cramer - Cramer Pest Control

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Six Steps to Prevent Pests in Your Home
What if you were in a fight where your opponent could lift 1,000 times his own weight, jump 100 times his height, or for every one you handled, another 1,000 took his place? Imagine you were outnumbered 100 billion to one. Is it time to pick a new fight? Welcome to the world of pest control, where control odds can seem astronomical. We live in the land of cotton, tobacco, and bugs; they are not afraid to make their presence known.Every day I am asked, “What is the most important tool that can be used in pest prevention?” My response is always, “A broom, vacuum, caulk gun, and a can of Stuffit®. Nothing is a substitute for cleanliness. Allow for a 6” to 12” barrier of gravel at the exterior base of your home to allow water a place to drain.”Each home is different, but here are some other basic prevention steps that can be used to help pest-proof your home:

  1. Install door sweeps or thresholds at the base of all exterior entry doors. Check for light filtering under doors. Gaps of 1/16 inch or less will permit entry of insects and spiders; 1/4 inch-wide gaps (the diameter of a pencil) are large enough for entry of mice; 1/2 inch gaps are adequate for rats.

  2. Apply caulk along the bottom outside edges and on the door sides of the thresholds to exclude ants and other small insects. Garage doors should be fitted with a bottom seal constructed of rubber. Gaps under sliding glass doors can be sealed by lining the bottom track with 1/2 to 3/4 inch-wide foam weather stripping.

  3. Seal utility openings where pipes and wires enter the foundation and siding, e.g., around outdoor faucets, receptacles, gas meters, clothes dryer vents, and telephone/cable TV wires. Holes can be plugged with caulk, cement, urethane expandable foam, steel wool, copper mesh (Stuffit®), or other suitable sealants.

  4. Caulk cracks around windows, doors, fascia, etc.  Although somewhat less flexible, latex-type caulks clean up easily with water and are paintable. Caulks that dry clear are often easier to use and do not show mistakes

  5. The only way to deny entry to tiny insects is to keep windows closed during periods of adult emergence. Install ¼ inch wire mesh (hardware cloth) over attic, roof, and crawl space vents in order to prevent entry of birds, bats, squirrels, rodents, and other wildlife. Invest in a chimney cap to exclude birds, squirrels, raccoons and other nuisance wildlife.

For more information on how to pest-proof your home, visit our web site at We offer a free pest evaluation.

About Chris Cramer: Now residing in Fort Mill's Baxter community, Chris strives to continue the business he and his father started in 2000 while carrying out the company's mission: To be the best pest control company in Fort Mill and surrounding areas.We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and honor God in all we do.  You may contact Chris at or 803-802-7540.

By: Chris Cramer, Cramer Pest Control

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