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Happy Halloween!
You can make memories as well as decorations
this Halloween season, without breaking your
budget. Halloween comes in right behind
Christmas as the most popular holiday for yard
decorations. A recent survey found that over 73
percent of Americans celebrate, spending a
whopping $1.6 billion on decorations, $2.12
billion on costumes, $35 million on greeting
cards and nearly $2 billion on Halloween candy.
The average adult spends $44 on candy alone.
To create your spooktacular display, first choose
a theme. Ghost party, graveyard, haunted
house are some easy, eerie themes. Ghost
parties are particularly charming and
inexpensive. You can create ghosts with simple
sheets for the bodies and stuffing for the heads. Mount them on garden tools at
different heights: tallest on the shovel; shortest on the a garden fork. Then think of
a story line to enlarge on: ghosts at tea, ghosts at a grave, ghosts carving
October, 2011
In This Issue
Vinyl Siding
New Blinds & Shades
Company Update
Senior Scene
Salmon Steaks
Local Business Spotlight
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Graveyards headstones can be more difficult to make, but search your house for
items that might make a headstone. How about a Christmas wreath box turned
upside down? Or lay out sheets or plastic in the shape of rectangles on the
ground, then use old wood to make spooky crosses. Add carved pumpkins for
light and extra spookiness. Don't forget to check out the Internet for fantastic (and
free) pumpkin carving patterns.
For a hauntingly fantastic front porch, use your garden fall foliage intermixed with
pumpkins, gourds, fall flowers and a few spooky props, such as a scarecrow,
spider webs, and bats. Bats are easy if you look up patterns on the Web. A scissors
and some heavy paper is all you need. Use cotton batting, stuffing from an old pet
bed or pillow to stretch for cobwebs. Construct a few weathered signs from old
wood in your garage with Warning! or Wanted, Dead or Alive! or Open at
Midnight! with the words written in “dripping" black or red paint. Use those
rusted chains from your garage to drape over porch railings, and create a faceless
monster to sit on the porch swing.
Visit our showroom at
1518 Union Blvd. in Allentown
Showroom hours:
Monday — Friday 8 - 5 and Saturday 10 - 2
If you refer someone
(friend, co-worker, relative,
neighbor) and they choose us
to do their project we’ll send
you a $50 Visa gift card!
We appreciate your business!
Vinyl Siding
2011 has been the year of vinyl siding for Penn Windows,
Doors & Siding. A lot of the sales have to do with the hail
damage from last year in various parts of the Valley, but even
still – we've done more siding this year than I can ever
remember having done! All of our siding projects are
installed by brothers Chris & Jack Foltynski (or as they're
popularly known – the Polish guys). They've been working
with us for over six years. Not only does the siding material
come with a lifetime limited warranty, we also warrant Chris
& Jack's workmanship for 10 years!
We've carried Alside brand siding since the 1950's. Alside
offers many levels of vinyl siding quality from new
construction to insulated siding. We focus on the medium
to high levels, starting with Odyssey Plus and going up to
Prodigy (integrated insulation panels). Depending on your
needs and budget, Rick Jr. will go over your options for style,
color, insulation, and installation. For more information
about Alside siding visit our website at
Odyssey Plus siding is
an economical option
with premium features.
It's available in 4" and
5" clapboard and Dutch
lap profiles in 14
popular colors.
Premium panel thickness (.044" nominal) and an advanced
lock design provide superior rigidity so walls stay straight
and smooth. Add Fullback insulation to increase energy
efficiency, dent resistance and sound absorption!
Charter Oak premium siding
gives homeowners beauty and
exceptional product quality.
Charter Oak siding is available in
a 4 ½" clapboard or Dutch lap
profile. You may also choose the
added detail of a wood texture
finish or smooth matte finish.
Charter Oak siding comes in 14 standard colors and 6
premium colors. The unique TriBeam system gives Charter
Oak superior rigidity, helping to ensure straight course lines
and even walls. For added insulation choose Charter Oak
Energy Elite. It has four times the "R"-value of conventional
siding; that's R 4.0 on Dutch lap and R 3.7 on clapboard
profiles. Your energy bills can be as much as 20% lower with
this engineered wall system.
Prodigy is next generation insulated siding. Prodigy is
designed with a system R-value of up to 5.3. The insulation is 1
½" thick and wraps your
home in a blanket of
energy efficiency.
Prodigy breathes freely to
resist water retention and
is designed to allow
moisture vapor to escape.
This siding is available in double 6" and single 7" clapboard
and 5" Dutch lap profiles. Siding panels are 16' 8" long
(standard panels are 12') so there are fewer overlaps and a
cleaner appearance. Prodigy offers 14 standard and 7
premium colors. Innovative, patent-pending panel locking
design creates a tight, secure fit with no insulation gaps.
For a free in-home consultation give us a call at 610-433-4196.
$300/unit Duette
VertiGlide with Duolite
$100/unit Luminette Privacy Sheers
or Modern Draperies
FREE LiteRise cordless
$100/unit Skyline Gliding
lifting system
Window Panels
with purchase of: Duette, Vignette,
Brilliance Pleated shades, Country
$100/unit Vignette Traversed
Woods blinds, EverWood blinds
with VertiGlide
$50/unit Pirouette
FREE UltraGlide lifting system
$50/unit Silhouette
with purchase of: Duette, Silhouette,
Pirouette and Vignette
$40/unit Vignette Modern
Roman Shades
Valid September 13 thru December 12, 2011.
No minimum or maximum purchase required!
$25/unit Duette Architella
$100/unit Duette
You can combine rebate and FREE lift systems to maximize your savings!
*Manufacturer’s rebate offer valid for purchases made between 9/13/11 — 12/12/11. Free Lift System upgrade valid until 11/30/11. Limitations and restrictions apply. All rebates will be issued in U.S. dollars, in the form of an
American Express® Prepaid Reward Card. ©2011 Hunter Douglas. ® and TM are trademarks of Hunter Douglas.
GenX Women Celebrate 40th Birthdays with a Party
You've heard of the coming out party, Sweet 16
and quinceañeras, but GenX women have
come up with something new, and it's
catching on fast. The Big 4-0 party
celebrates age 40 by their proclaiming
vibrancy and the freedom to have a
good time. Many of today's GenX
women see the Big 4-0 as the
midpoint of their lives and they are
celebrating it with zest and fun.
Some gather friends and go on a
vacation together, but whether the
celebration is luxurious or held at a friend's home, it captures
the milestone. One partier emphasizes that they are showing
the world that 40 isn't what it used to be. Now age 40 is still
Online Trading for Moms By a child's 17th birthday, a
parent has spent about $14,300 on clothes, of which 1,300
items were outgrown. ThredUP (thredup.com) launched as a
kid-to-kid service in the secondhand market. Members
bundle about 15 "new to you" items in a box. Other
thredders can then buy the box for $5 plus the cost of
shipping, and must eventually contribute boxes of their own,
says Bloomberg Businessweek. For $30 a year, members can
become premium members with advanced access to newly
posted boxes.
When to Hire a Pro
•Booking a cruise. Travel agents can get the lowest
prices and best accommodations. They put effort into it
because they work on commission.
•Updating your resume. A pro can help with
everything from key words to up-to-date formats. It's
worth the price, especially if you've been out of work for
some time. Cost: $300 or more.
•Installing electronics. Using a pro to put in a
computer, digital TV or entertainment center can save
you time and hassle. The cost is about $50 an hour.
New Hunter Douglas Products for Fall 2011
Designer Roller Shades
and Skyline Gliding
Window Panels
Designer Roller Shades
and Skyline Gliding
Window Panels are
combined into one sample
book with a shared fabric collection featuring NEW fabrics.
Now it's easy to coordinate these two fashionable design
options. Also, there is an expanded roller dual roller shade
program (that's 2 roller shades in one headrail!) and new
Designer Screen patio shades.
Honeycomb Shades
Finally! Battery powered remote control top down/bottom
up and Duolite design
options on all honeycomb
shades! Until now, you
had to choose one or the
other for a remote shade.
Enjoy versatility in your
hard-to-reach windows!
Provenance Woven
Wood Shades
Roller shade style for
woven wood fabrics! A
simple system with
beaded chain operation,
finished off with a 6"
valance. Get the look of a
woven wood with the convenience of a roller shade! Vertical
Drapery, the most requested shade style, is ideal for
horizontal and vertical window openings. Coordinate your
patio door with your windows!
Enhanced fabric collection includes new colors and new
opacity options.
Custom Vertical Blinds
Somner Verticals collection adds 4
new designer fabric styles that are
also available in coordinating
roller/roman shades. Plus 4 new
textured vinyl styles.
Cadence Soft Verticals collection
adds a new fabric in six colors.
Company Update
Why do we say this stuff?
This newsletter is a little later than usual – sorry! We've
gotten very busy these past two months so I'm swamped in
the office (not that I'm complaining!). But there's great
information in this month's issue about vinyl siding and the
new Hunter Douglas updates that I hope you find helpful and
According the phrases.org.uk, most
common expressions arose from
common circumstances that are
sometimes no longer common.
We love testimonials for Penn Windows and Richards
Window Fashions! I publish customer comments from the
satisfaction surveys I mail out after a project has been
completed in this newsletter and on our website. But if
you're a member of Angie's List or you've "liked" our pages
on facebook, you can review us there as well!
customer testimonials are becoming more and more
important to small businesses because they affect the ranking
of websites on search engines. And it's not just us! Any local
small business can use your help with online testimonials! So
if you're happy with us and you'd like to give us a testimonial
– feel free to rate us on any one of many online resources such
as Angie's List, facebook, or even Google!
The Holidays are rapidly approaching – is your home ready for
guests? There's no time to waste of you have projects you
want completed by the end of the year. Call today for a free
in-home consultation from
Penn Windows, Doors &
Siding or Richards Window
See you next month!
Rick Jr., Erin and Rick Sr.
Erin Duffield
Let’s Welcome these new clients into our “family”:
John Corrado, Steve Erney, Denise McCall, Victor & Diana
Kelley, Thomas & Joyce Petrie, Ken & Roseann Knerr, Eileen
Venetz, Taffi Ney, John & Danell Fowler, Mike Curry & Shellie
Shimmel, Adina & Aaron Preis, Holly Marstan, Ed & Jodi
Miller, Bob & Catherine Van Orden, Margaret Herman,
David & Brenda Butler
We’d also like to thank our returning customers:
Dottie Hoimes, Brian & Catherine
DeAngelis, Grace & Frank Stettner,
Dan & Mary Giannelli, Carl Christ,
Robert Graboski, Priscilla Johnson,
Trudy Fearon, Diane & Leona
Gabrielle, Donna Knepp, John &
Kathleen Guzley
"Here comes the bigwig" The
Bourbon kings of France, and in
particular Louis XIII (1601 - 1643) were
prematurely bald. It was Louis who started wearing wigs and
as the king does, so his courtiers. As the custom went on,
wigs became larger and larger until they sometimes required
a scaffold to erect on the head of the victim. Some wigs
housed birds. Eventually, the fashion became so extreme that
it became unfashionable. But in England, British barristers still
wear wigs, making the phrase both ancient and
“Go to pot" One of the earliest references was from 1682
when a writer said a man who was hanged went to pot. The
idea being that it was a one-way trip for a chicken or another
animal bound for the cooking pot.
"Mind your Ps and Qs" At taverns, people drank from pint
or quart containers. The bar maid's job was to remember
who was drinking what. She minded her Ps and Qs.
“Not playing with a full deck” In days past, there was a tax
on decks of playing cards that included the ace of spades. To
avoid the tax, people would buy only 51 cards. They were
thought to be dumb because they weren't "playing with a
full deck."
Thank you for the kind words...
6/27/11 "Very satisfied – product (patio door) looks great.
Everything sales representative said it would be. Now I need
window treatments and may possibly replace some
windows and the front door."
9/3/11 (got shades for that patio door) “Excellent! If we
have window/door/window treatment needs in the future,
you will be our first choice. Thank you for a wonderful job!"
Dan & Mary G. of Allentown
"Rick was very helpful with suggestions in helping us make
our choices. He spent a great deal of time with us and we
didn't feel he was just giving us the typical "sales pitch."
Frank and his son, who did our installation, were awesome.
They did a great job & we are very pleased with the job.
Linda N. of New Tripoli
Smokey the Bear says, “Prevent woodland fires!”
A great, crackling campfire is just what you need for your
fun time out in the woods. But it is also a serious
responsibility. Protect the woods you love by completely
extinguishing your fire.
Maintaining Your Campfire
As you're enjoying your campfire,
remember these safety tips:
•Once you have a strong fire going,
add larger pieces of dry wood to keep
it burning steadily.
•Keep your fire to a manageable size
•Make sure children and pets are
supervised when near the fire
•Never leave your campfire unattended
until they are cool to the touch.
DO NOT merely bury the fire. It will continue to smolder,
could catch roots on fire and eventually start a wildfire.
REMEMBER: If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave!
Don't burn dangerous things
Never burn aerosol cans or pressurized containers.
They may explode. And never put glass in the fire pit.
Glass does not melt away, it only heats and shatters.
Aluminum cans do not burn. They only break down
into smaller pieces. Inhaling aluminum dust can be
Pack it in, Pack it out
Be sure to pack out your trash. Pack out everything
that you packed in.
•Never cut live trees or branches from live trees
Extinguishing Your Campfire!
Here is how to make sure your fire is dead out:
Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just
the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops. Stir the
campfire ashes and embers with a shovel. Make sure
everything is wet and embers are cold to the touch. If you do
not have water, use dirt. Mix dirt or sand with the embers
Senior Scene
A Computer for Seniors
•Develop a strategy before entering a casino. Never go
in and play randomly.
The A-Plus Senior Computer's simple design makes it easy
for anyone, especially senior beginners, to connect with
friends and family over the Internet. It has easy one step
email, Internet, video chat, and many games. And it has easy
picture transfer, plus you can make your own CDs and DVDs
or type a letter. It's powered by Windows 7 and fully
protected against viruses. The A-Plus is secure and
completely maintenance free. You can enjoy the Internet
without worrying about the computer. Just plug it in and
you're ready to go.
•Don't drink while playing. Alcohol undermines your
concentration and judgment.
Smaller RVs Are Hot
Gambler's Checklist
Visiting casinos is a favorite form of
entertainment for retirees. It can be an
adventure, but it can also be dangerous if
you allow yourself to get caught up in a game. Here's some
good advice from gambling instructor Henry Tamburin.
•Slowly increase bets when you are winning. Take
advantage of any streak.
•Never quit during a streak, but quit as soon as your luck
turns bad.
•Never bet more when you are losing. The advice works
particularly well for card games and roulette. But you
have to be very careful and have limits even if you're
just playing the nickel slots.
Got the travel bug? Consider one of the new smaller RVs
that have better fuel economy and space maximizing
features like beds that drop
from the ceiling. Experts at
Fleetwood say older people
don't need as much space.
Health in the News
Decorate your plate and nourish your body
If you regularly eat colorful fruits, vegetables and whole
grains, you've taken a big step toward good health. Here are
a few recommendations by the Mayo Clinic:
Meat: It's nutritious, but plant proteins, such as beans, split
peas and lentils, also have protein and cost less. It's best to
keep meat consumption to about 6 ounces a day. Choose
low-fat cuts like round steak and skinless chicken.
Substituting two servings of fish a week is recommended,
but bake or broil it instead of frying.
Fiber: Foods like whole grain cereal and bread, fruits and
vegetables require more chewing time, making it less likely
you'll overeat. And you'll feel full. Fiber also aids bowel
function, lowers cholesterol levels and regulates blood sugar
The rules of the game are simple: each of the nine blocks
must contain all the numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each
number can only appear once in a row, column or box.
The difficulty lies in that each
vertical nine-square column, or
horizontal nine-square line across,
within the larger square, must
also contain the numbers 1-9,
without repetition or
Potassium: Increasing your intake may reduce your risk of
high blood pressure and kidney stones. It's found in white
potatoes, bananas, dried beans, fish and low-fat dairy
Good fats: Unsaturated fats provide energy and help your
body absorb vitamins. They are found in natural oils, such as
olive, safflower, canola and flaxseed. Avocados, walnuts and
almonds are great sources.
Fatty fish, such as salmon or trout, supply omega-3 fatty
acids. Omega 3s reduce your risk of abnormal heartbeat
decrease triglyceride levels, and slow growth of arteryclogging plaques.
Every puzzle has just
one correct
Balsamic-Glazed Salmon Steaks
6 5-ounce salmon fillets
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon white wine
1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon honey
6 sprigs mint
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat
with non-stick cooking spray. Coat a small saucepan with non-stick cooking spray.
Over medium heat, combine the garlic, white wine, honey, balsamic vinegar,
mustard, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered for about 3 minutes or until slightly
thickened. Arrange salmon fillets on the foil-lined baking sheet. Brush fillets with
balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with the parsley. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 14
minutes or until flesh flakes easily with a fork. Brush fillets with remaining glaze,
and season with salt and pepper to taste. Use a spatula to transfer fillets to serving
platter, leaving the skin behind on the foil. Garnish each with a sprig of mint.
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