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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Halloween Kills

Universal Pictures, Miramax, Blumhouse Productions, Trancas International Films, Home Again productions and Rough House Pictures present an R rated, 106-minute, Crime, Horror, Thriller, directed by David Gordon Green and based on the characters by John Carpenter and Debra Hill with a theater release of October 15, 2021.

Who Are We...Really.

Thank you for wanting to learn more about who we are. We believe our story is a good one, one based on a passion to help people. This passion has been passed down through the generations of our family as well as our company.

We are a 2nd generation family owned and operated business that has been working in homes with basements and crawl spaces for over 35 years.  We have been waterproofing and sealing about 500 foundations a month during that time as the largest Waterproofing contractor in the Midwest with 15 locations servicing 8 states.

20 years ago we would seal a foundation and recommend a standard dehumidifier to address the additional water vapor (humidity in the air) inherently found in below grade environments, such as basements and crawlspaces.  Back then, dehumidifiers were the industry standard to help with this problem. However, many of our customers were looking to us as the “foundation expert”, asking…

“What else do you have? I really am not getting results with this messy, expensive dehumidifier. My foundation is dry, walls are dry, floor is dry, so why does it still smell and feel like a basement?” 

We needed to find something better. Our company’s core values include offering world class customer service to every customer, every time.   So, we challenged our Research and Development department to find a real solution for our customers to combat not only the moisture, but also the odors, pollutants and unhealthy environment our customers were concerned about. We found, tested and installed a ventilation product for a period of three years. We private labeled that product as the EZ Breathe Ventilation System. The feedback in those first three years from our customers, as well as our installation crews, did not live up to the standard of quality to be included in our waterproofing process that offered a life time warranty. Once again, we needed something better.

We valued not only the results, but what we were learning from our customers. So, we went back to the drawing board, took matters into our own hands and made quality improvements to that first generation ventilation unit.

Our own EZ Breathe Ventilation System was born…reengineered, redesigned and much improved! We quickly learned that our crews were thrilled with the quality improvements, ease of operation and installation, but more importantly, our waterproofing customers loved the new, improved EZ Breathe unit as well.

Their feedback told us the air in their basements and crawlspaces felt better, but their entire home was benefiting from their EZ Breathe as well. We received countless letters thanking us because their whole house felt different, less odors, fresher air upstairs too, family members were feeling better, needing less allergy medicine, husbands were no longer snoring, children were no longer coughing as much, the home and it’s family were living healthier lives!

It was time for us to move beyond simply offering this innovative technology to just our waterproofing customers. Our passion and commitment to helping people improve their indoor air environments is what drove us to incorporate EZ Breathe Ventilation Systems as an independent company in 2003. We strongly believe that homeowners everywhere deserve a healthy indoor air quality.

We have spent the last 15 years dedicated to learning about the relationship between our home and our health; indoor air quality, the home as a system, building science and how it relates to indoor air quality as well as the challenges our modern day practices pose to the quality of air we breathe in our homes.

EZ Breathe staff members hold the following credentials:

  • Healthy Home Specialists – H.H.S. by the National Environmental Health Association
  • Certified Indoor Environmentalist – C.I.E. by Indoor Air Quality Association
  • Certified Residential Mold Inspector – C.R.M.I. – by American Council for Accredited Certification
  • Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge – by Building Performance Institute

EZ Breathe Ventilation Systems and EZ Breathe Healthy Home Solutions is a proud member of the following organizations:

  • Indoor Air Quality Association
  • Ally of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star – Indoor Air Plus Program
  • National Environmental Health Association
  • National Center for Healthy Housing
  • Building Performance Institute
  • Ohio Healthy Homes Network
  • Basement Health Association
  • Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
  • Home Ventilation Institute



Building on our commitment to helping people improve the indoor air quality, our EZ Breathe Ventilation System has evolved through three generations of improvements. Since those early days, we also expanded our product line to include specific products for specific applications such as:

EZ Breathe Ventilation Systems and EZ Breathe Healthy Home Solutions are proud to include over 100,000 (and growing!) homeowners all over North America into our EZ Breathe family. It is that call we receive from a grandmother to thank us for her grandchildren can now sleep over without coughing, or from a husband to tell us that his wife no longer complains about the odors, or from a woman who is so grateful that her basement is truly a healthier space for her children’s playroom that drives us to get up every day and go to work, we know we are making a difference…and who could ask for anything more?

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Instant Family

Paramount Pictures presents a PG-13, Comedy directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris with a theatre release date of November 16, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws

Everything, Everything

Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Itaca Films and Alloy Entertainment present a PG-13, 96 minute, Romance, Drama directed by Stella Meghie, screenplay by J. Mills Goodloe and based on the book by Nicola Yoon with a theater release date of May 19, 2017.

Airfree’s mission is to combine the best technology and design, to turn their clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.

The History of Airfree

Airfree’s technology was developed through the initiative and creativity of a father in an effort to find an effective way to ease his son’s allergy attacks. The Portuguese businessman scoured the market trying to find an air purifier that would help his son’s respiratory issues but found nothing that suited their needs. He then began to develop Airfree. The first prototype Airfree air purifier was developed for a natural way of using heat to destroy airborne allergens. After successful testing at the INETI microbiological laboratory in Portugal, the idea of large-scale production of the devices began to take shape. More families worldwide would be able to enjoy the benefits of a simple, effective concept.

In 2004, after a few adjustments had been made to improve electronics and capacity, Airfree was born, marked by the launch of its P air purifier range, attractive and modern in design. A groundbreaking brand was on its way to conquering world markets. Airfree has continued to grow, manufacturing a variety of models of air purifiers in Portugal, intended for use not only in the home but also geared towards trade and industry.

The Benefits Of Airfree Air Purifiers

Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen, and tobacco odors. SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company,and dozens of other international laboratories have proved the effectiveness of Airfree air purifiers at reducing the amount of microorganisms and harmful substances from the air. The TSS technology used is an exclusive and patented technology used in Airfree’s air purifiers, is established in over 50 countries worldwide, and is completely silent. With no fans or turbines, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed.

Only Airfree combines high efficiency with an award-winning design that beautifully complements the appearance of your home. Airfree air purifiers do not require any maintenance or replacement parts and generates no waste. There is no need to change filters or moving parts. It uses less energy than a 60w light bulb, is easy to transport, weighs less than 5 lb, and takes up very little space.

The Unique Airfree Process

Airfree’s exclusive technology works by eliminating microorganisms and allergens, destroying them in a fraction of a second. Depending on the model, between 4,000 and 6,000 gallons of air pass through the Airfree device every hour, treating all the air in the room in a very short space of time.

The process works in much the same way as sterilising water by boiling it; when water is boiled, the microorganisms it contains are eliminated. In similar fashion, Airfree continually draws in air, heating it to over 390ºF and instantly sterilising it. The purified air is then cooled inside the device before being returned to the room. The entire process is completely silent and requires no maintenance, not even the occasional replacement of parts. All you have to do is switch the device on and leave it to get on with the job.

All tests performed on the Airfree air purifiers are available on their website at

United States Air Purifiers


Airfree P1000

Air purifier recommended for rooms up to 450 sq. ft.


Airfree Platinum 2000

Air purifier recommended for rooms up to 550 sq. ft.


Airfree Onix 3000

Air purifier recommended for rooms up to 650 sq. ft.


Crypton Fabric Technology
Crypton began as a problem-solving idea: creating fabric that was stain, moisture and bacteria resistant, yet soft
and breathable. The only options before Crypton were sticky vinyls and hot, rough, unpleasant-to-touch treated
fabrics. Armed with decades of experience in the textile industry as well as advice and assistance from
researchers, chemists and textile engineers, the Rubins set to work on that clearly defined problem in the
basement of their Michigan home. The eureka moment came in 1993 with the development of Crypton Super
Fabrics, which the Rubins protected with multiple global patents. Fast forward over twenty years, 16 patents
later, Crypton has become a household name. This American Made fabric has been used by top brands all over
the country. From La-z-Boy to ABC Home and Carpet, to Raymour and Flannigan to the Hilton Hotel chain,
Crypton’s innovative fabric has changed the way consumers and families live.
Crypton manufactures textiles through a process that transforms every woven fiber for permanent moisture,
stain, bacteria and odor resistance. It also creates an integrated breathable barrier beneath those fibers, resulting
in a perfect, impenetrable shield. As a result, Crypton Super Fabrics always perform as promised. They feel
wonderful to the touch, and are available in an array of patterns, colors and textures for a wide variety of
interior and exterior uses.
Crypton offers a range of consumer fabrics in textures such as woven, print, suede, leather and velvet, and
products ranging from upholstery to furniture, pillows, Throvers, pet beds, aprons and more. The range of
applications continues to grow, including Crypton Outdoor, an interior/exterior fabric; and INCASE Crypton
Technology, which is a fabric treatment that offers the same stain and odor
protection, but is used in applications where a barrier is not required.
Crypton’s introduction and the Rubins’ marketing savvy have generated an entirely new category of upholstery
options, achieving unprecedented growth. Designers who use Crypton tend to be loyal customers, often giving
Crypton the highest marks for fabric performance. According to a 2009 study conducted by Interior Design
magazine, Crypton increased the brand’s familiarity 28 percent in the contract fabric market and 31 percent in
the residential fabric market from 2008 – 2009.


'Catification': New book shows you how to make your feline feel at home without littering a room

In their new book, cat aficionados Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin explain how to please your pet with cat-tastic additions that match the rest of your house.





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Peek-a-mew! Enno Wolf and Aida Renout of The Netherlands build a kitty playground on their ceiling out of existing cat climbing furniture.Enno WolfPeek-a-mew! Enno Wolf and Aida Renout of The Netherlands build a kitty playground on their ceiling out of existing cat climbing furniture.

It’s time to give your house some cat-titude.

And feline superfans Jackson Galaxy, 48, and Kate Benjamin, 43, know just how to transform your pad into a kitty-friendly paradise without wrecking a room’s aesthetic.

‘Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)’ ($21.95) hits stores Oct. 14.Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin‘Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)’ ($21.95) hits stores Oct. 14.


Their new book is called “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!).”

“We are going to ‘Catify’ the world,” Galaxy told the Daily News of the book, which will be released, claws out, in October. “That is our goal.”

The tattooed rock and roller, who lives in Los Angeles, is the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” program, and he is all about the “cat mojo.”

What makes cats tick, he writes in the book, “is confident ownership of territory and the instinctive feeling of having a job to do in that territory.”

Understanding how your cat sees the world is part one of the “Catification” process.

Avoid cat-tastrophes by giving your kitties plenty of places to perch. This cat tree, which was submitted by Rebecca and Richard Brittain of Clearwater, Fla., is deceivingly simple to build.Rebecca Brittain   Avoid cat-tastrophes by giving your kitties plenty of places to perch. This cat tree, which was submitted by Rebecca and Richard Brittain of Clearwater, Fla., is deceivingly simple to build.Cats like to climb, so it’s up to their guardians to ‘set them up for success.’Mike Wilson   Cats like to climb, so it’s up to their guardians to ‘set them up for success.’  
  • Avoid cat-tastrophes by giving your kitties plenty of places to perch. This cat tree, which was submitted by Rebecca and Richard Brittain of Clearwater, Fla., is deceivingly simple to build.
  • Cats like to climb, so it’s up to their guardians to ‘set them up for success.’
Rebecca Brittain
Kate Benjamin has 11 house cats and takes care of a few more at her Phoenix design studio.Matty Steinkamp, Sundawg Media

Kate Benjamin has 11 house cats and takes care of a few more at her Phoenix design studio.

EnlargeJackson Galaxy has five house cats and ‘four or five ferals that we consider our own.’Russell Baer

Jackson Galaxy has five house cats and ‘four or five ferals that we consider our own.’


Meanwhile, Benjamin, the Phoenix-based founder of feline-focused Hauspanther design site, specializes in the other aspect of Catifying your house — pleasing your pet without turning your home into an unsightly array of cat towers and litter boxes.

Erin Clanton Cupp’s cat staircase was a hit with her kitties.Erin Clanton CuppErin Clanton Cupp’s cat staircase was a hit with her kitties.

“The people have to like it. It has to function for the people as well as the cats,” she told The News. “It has to be easy to clean and something you aren't ashamed of.”

As such, the book is filled with do-it-yourself projects, including kitty hammocks, cat patios (“catios”) and catwalks, but each with its own aesthetic. And many of them were submitted by other cat lovers.

As for the felines, Galaxy said they need to “find their mojo based on vertical access.”

This requires you to “set them up for success,” which can be as simple as clearing off your mantle or book case.

You can also rearrange your furniture or think outside the litter box and repurpose something you already own.

The authors say that compromise is key if you don’t want a sour puss on your hands. They compare Catification to being an interior designer with a furry client.

“Anybody can do it, and you can do in a way that doesn't make you look like the crazy cat lady,” Benjamin said.

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From “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Car (and You!)”

Nico and Katu of Bogotá, Colombia, submitted their design for ‘Catification.’Nico and Katu, Bogotá, ColombiaNico and Katu of Bogotá, Colombia, submitted their design for ‘Catification.’

Arana’s Inside Playground

Submitted by: Nico and Katu of Bogota, Colombia

Materials and Budget

“This was not an expensive project; overall we spent around a hundred dollars. We bought wood from a local store, and the accessories — like screws, wood sealant, shelf brackets, flat braces, rivets and a PVC tube — from a warehouse store.”

Nico’s tips

“The trick for successful construction is having a clear idea of the design before you start.”

The Result

“At first Arana didn’t pay much attention to the playground. It was a strange thing for her, and she wouldn’t go near it, but with a little bit of patience and some food to encourage her, Arana quickly figured out that it was her own special place. Now she uses her playground every single day.”

Galaxy and Benjamin are taking "Catification" on the road and will stop at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on Oct. 22.

A practical guide to repelling indoor and outdoor pests using organic methods, featuring newly updated information on today’s pest epidemics, such as bedbugs, as well as new online resources for finding beneficial organisms that act as predators for specific pests.

Text Box: LOREN NANCARROW is an award-winning television journalist and eco-reporter who has received some of broadcast journalism’s highest honors for reporting on environmental science and nature. He has worked as a founding trustee of the EcoLife Foundation, which sponsors projects aimed at reducing carbon output, reforesting important habitats, and saving valuable species.    JANET HOGAN TAYLOR is an entomologist and former zookeeper who now works as an environmental scientist.  Nancarrow and Taylor have coauthored two other books together, Dead Daisies Make Me Crazy and The Worm Book. Both live in San Diego, California, and are available for interviews.   Dead Snails Leave No Trails, Revised: Natural Pest Control for Home and Garden by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor $12.99 paper, 192 pages, 5 ½ " x 8 ¼ " ISBN: 978-1-60774-319-4  eBook ISBN: 978-1-60774-320-0 TEN SPEED PRESS | Crown Publishing Group |

This comprehensive guide is a user-friendly source

for anyone who wants to control pests in the home and garden without heavy-duty chemical warfare. Educating readers on how to make their own all-purpose (and all-natural) pest repellents with simple household ingredients like chile peppers and vinegar, this newly revised edition of Dead Snails Leave No Trails is the perfect DIY solution for conscientious homeowners, apartment dwellers, and gardeners alike who want to be rid of pests and yet kind to the planet.

Chemical insect sprays not only eradicate unwanted creepy crawlers, but also the beneficial insects and animals that perform the essential work of pollinating, breaking down organic matter, and killing pests. To make matters worse, it’s the pests that return first and in greater numbers once the chemicals wear off. A better solution is to use one of the more effective natural means of dealing with them featured in this book, which shares invaluable information and a host of handy tricks to eliminate pests while keeping oneself, one’s family, and the environment safe.

Readers learn how to:

  • Use companion planting to attract beneficial insects and animals or repel harmful ones

  • Keep four-legged intruders—including squirrels,

deer, rabbits, and skunks—away from prized

vegetables and flowers

  • Eliminate ants, roaches, rodents, and other

unwelcome visitors from the home

With a full chapter on how to protect pets from critters like ticks and fleas, and simple DIY organic pest control recipes throughout, Dead Snails Leave No Trails is the most straightforward guide to indoor and outdoor natural pest solutions.

Fluffy- 8 lb male, 10-12 month old, neutered and vaccinated. He is very friendly, good with kids, dogs and adults. Purrs constantly and loves to be held.
Skinny- 9 lb male, 10-12 month old, neutered and vaccinated. He is also very friendly, good with kids, dogs and adults. He loves to be scratched behind the ears and tummy.
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any interest in giving these brothers a home

Andy in Georgia who has been with a Foster for two months. Saved from Euthanasia the day that he was to be killed. Please don't turn your back on this sweet boy.  Neutered, very friendly, and totally ready for loving, forever homes.


If ANYONE seeing this message can pass along to responsible pet parents this little guy needs a loving home and the foster parent will pay for their transport, and foster parent fully financially sponsors them to a legitimate, honorable rescue group.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any interest in adopting Andy to a good loving home.

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