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Superior Shield will keep silver polished for many months

About this time of the year I get many emails about polishing silver. I always ask if the silver is plated or if it is sterling, because it does make a difference. Polishing silver actually removes a small amount of the silver to reveal clean metal underneath.

Plated silver is not all created equal. Some décor pieces are lightly plated, and if you use polish too much, you will remove the silver plating. So always know what you are working with.

A safe cleaner is one that says “mild.” If you have silver plate, look for a cleaner that lists that specifically on the label. I like Wrights’s and Howard’s Silver Polish. Both of these products mention safe on silver plating. If you have sterling, you can use a stronger formula. But those smell so bad. If polishing silver is not your favorite job, let me remind you about Superior Shield.

Superior Shield was invented by Robert Diffendorf. He revolutionized the marine industry by inventing a superior coating for the teak on his boat. What is great is that you can also use that product on metal, like your silver décor pieces. Spraying those pieces with Superior Shield will keep them looking polished for many, many months.

We have a silver-plated piece that we polished at the store. On one side we sprayed it with Superior Shield. The other side we didn’t. In a couple of months, the unprotected side was tarnished. The side that was sprayed with Superior Shield still looked like it had just been polished. That protection lasted for several years.

But what about other uses? If you have a front door handle that you have to polish, protect it with Superior Shield. And older brass bed, trays and lanterns are all protected with a coat of

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The Latest: Pennsylvania sees most confirmed cases in months | National News

ROME — Italy has added Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to its list of countries at risk for the coronavirus.

Visitors from the four countries, as well as previous list members Spain and France, must be tested on arrival in Italy or show proof of a negative test in the past 72 hours.

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed the ordinance on Thursday, the same day Italy’s new confirmed caseload passed 4,400, the highest levels since April.

Italy still has one of the lowest infection rates in Europe, at 52 cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. By contrast, the Czech Republic counts 374 per 100,000, while Spain has 303, the Netherlands 285, France 257, Belgium 246, and the United Kingdom 201 per 100,000.

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar reported 1,012 new cases of the coronavirus a day after setting a record daily total of 1,400.

Authorities implemented a tight lockdown measures in Yangon, the country’s largest city with the highest number of infections.

Myanmar’s leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, says the government had acquired antigen test kits to quickly detect positive cases. She acknowledged a shortage of beds in hospitals in some areas to treat patients but said the health ministry was arranging more facilities.

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Enthusiasts suffer cooking burnout 6 months into stay-at-home life, look for fresh ideas | Pune News

Pune: After participating in various social media challenges that gained momentum when the lockdown began, enthusiastically baking, plating and taking ‘Insta-worthy’ images, people are at their wit’s end trying to keep things interesting in the kitchen.
Six months after staying home, people are going through a cooking burnout. “I love to cook, but thinking of what to make has become frustrating of late. We’ve tried many different recipes from various cuisines — Mexican, Spanish, African, and so on, to shake things up between regular Indian home food. But even that has become boring now,” said a cooking enthusiast in the city.
Chef and restaurateur Rachel Goenka said, “It’s unfair to burden one person with deciding what to cook. We usually plan a menu in advance for the week. We think about splitting up the week into vegetarian and non-vegetarian days or deciding on what day you would like to cook certain protein. At my house, Sundays is always about biryani.”
A meal plan can also help a person alternate between carbohydrates — rice and roti. Introduce variety by adding ground oats, ragi, buckwheat, grated paneer or vegetables to the dough, the play of colours and textures could spruce up a meal.
Chef Irfan Pabaney added that sticking to a weekly meal plan takes effort. “And the family isn’t helpful at all,” he said, adding, “The key is to be fairly well-stocked so you can wing it. Challenge yourself to make three things a week that you’ve never made before. Make a heavy-ish lunch with Indian food and a lighter dinner that could be anything from a stir fry, pasta or a salad. Cold cuts, sausages and eggs help tremendously. Finish your dinner prep between 4-6 pm so that putting everything together doesn’t take time,” he said.

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Traton Homes Sells 22 Townhomes in under Five Months

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Traton Homes has set a brisk sales pace at Grammercy Park, selling 22 townhomes in less than five months. Now, only nine two-story townhomes priced from the low $300,000s remain in this sought-after in-town Marietta community.

“We are proud of how quickly this community is selling, but not surprised because of it’s fantastic location walkable to the Marietta Square and its attractive price point,” said Kimberly Garwood, Director of Marketing for Traton Homes. “Marietta is our hometown and we are delighted to offer such a wonderful lifestyle and location to homebuyers.”

Grammercy Park’s location walkable to the Marietta Square offers easy access to a wide array of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation destinations. Both Atlanta and north Georgia are also easily accessible thanks to the community’s location near I-75. The community is also located just minutes from the Wellstar Kennestone Hospital district.

The nine remaining townhomes at Grammercy Park feature charming exteriors and open concept interiors with elegant owners’ suites and stylish island kitchens. Luxury finishes and appointments such as quartz or granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwoods, upstairs loft area (per plan) and airy 9-foot ceilings add to the desirability of this community.

Grammercy Park also allows for a low-maintenance lifestyle, giving homeowners more time to enjoy the community and local amenities including a neighborhood dog park and a firepit ideal for gathering with neighbors.

Interested home buyers are encouraged to tour the decorated model home, which is open Monday – Tuesday and Saturday – from 10 a.m. – 6

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Warrensville Heights contractor sentenced to 15 months in prison for bribing Cleveland official

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A contractor from Warrensville Heights was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday for bribing a Cleveland official.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko also ordered Eric Witherspoon, 56, of Arick’s Environmental Services and Arick’s Services, to pay a $5,000 fine for bribing Rufus Taylor, the former chief of the city demolition bureau.

Witherspoon pleaded guilty to charges in September 2019 involving the payment of $3,000 in cash to Taylor for helping the contractor get on a bid list for a demolition job on Parkwood Drive in Cleveland.

That enabled Witherspoon to win a roughly $147,000 contract and a quick inspection, according to court records.

Federal prosecutors said Witherspoon paid Taylor “for non-public information about an upcoming demolition job with the city and for Taylor to use his official position to ensure that [Witherspoon] would have the opportunity to bid on that job.”

Witherspoon is the second contractor to be sentenced in the case.

Martin Fano, the former owner of ABC Construction, pleaded guilty in June 2019 to bribery-related charges involving Taylor. Fano paid $460 to Taylor to finalize paperwork more quickly and provide Fano with the necessary signed permits. Boyko fined $4,000 and placed him on probation for a year in September 2019.

Taylor worked for the city for 30 years and retired in 2018. He pleaded guilty in September 2018 to charges of extortion and bribery in a federally funded program. He admitted to taking thousands of dollars in bribes from two contractors and gave them preferential treatment for government-funded demolition and abatement projects.

The judge set his sentencing hearing for November.

Witherspoon’s attorney, Andrea Whitaker, said Taylor sought out Witherspoon.

“Based on all of the facts that we now know, it is apparent that Taylor was a rogue city official who was perhaps in need

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