Archive for the ‘Repurpose’ Category

Looking for repurposing inspiration?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

by Catherine Haug, January 7, 2012

In researching additional info for yesterday’s Kitchen Hint, I stumbled across a blog with lots of great ideas and information on repurposing – using/reusing an old or familiar item in a new way. Repurposing (and it’s close cousin ‘upcycling’) is the second choice on the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle icon.

Check it out at Repurposeful blog. Here are a few ideas from their archives that caught my eye:

Kitchen Hint: Natural fabric softener

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

by Catherine Haug, January 6, 2013

To see all kitchen hints on this site, see: Kitchen Hints. If you’d like to submit a kitchen hint, send it to me and I’ll publish it. Note that if you don’t want your name used, just let me know.

The following hint comes from a new member of our community, Sheree Tompkins. (more…)

Event Summary: ESP at 2012 Preparedness Fair

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

by Catherine Haug, May 12, 2012

Bigfork Emergency Response Team (BERT) hosted the first Bigfork Preparedness Fair on May 5, 2012. Although the weather was wet, windy and cold, the fair had an excellent turnout: over 300 people signed in and there were many booths both indoors and out, as well as several lecturers.

ESP had a booth in one corner of the main room, featuring a backboard of photos from past gatherings, books on sustainability topics to browse through, and Jeffrey Fund’s pedal-powered grain grinder for people to try out. We had several different grains to grind: spelt, Jeffrey’s wheat and Wheat Montana’s Prairie Gold wheat. (more…)

Back Porch View Magazine, Spring 2012 Issue

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

by Catherine Haug, March 2, 2012

The new quarterly issue of the local Back Porch View Magazine just came out, and is worth a look. And not just because I have a story published in it (The Great Cribbage Tournament of 1958, pages 6-7). There are several articles on sustainability topics, and it has a great local community feel. You can find free copies at various businesses in Bigfork, Somers, Lakeside Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Libby. Or you can subscribe (see their website).

Here are some articles in the Spring 2012 issue, pertinent to ESP’s mission: (more…)

Building Materials Reuse-Repurposing Stores in the Flathead

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

by Catherine Haug, March 2, 2012

For a few years now, we’ve been able to buy reuse building materials at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 215 W Idaho in Kalispell. Now we have a second option as well. The Flathead Recon Repeat Store will feature used doors, windows, sinks, cabinets, lighting and plumbing fixtures, wood products, collectable antiques and more, for sale.

They are having an after-hours grand opening celebration soon:  (more…)

Repurposing Magazine & Newsprint Paper

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

by Catherine Haug, January 13, 2012

Do you have any creative ideas for reusing/repurposing magazine and newsprint paper? Or do you know of an artist or otherwise creative person who does this? Back Porch View Magazine wants ideas for an article in the Spring issue of the magazine.

Contact Chris at 480-6134 or apibooks(at)yahoo(dot)com [Note: address disguised for security.] Or see the magazine’s About Us page for other contact options, or to learn more about the magazine.

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On a related note, one of my memoir chapters will be published in the Spring issue, so be sure to pick one up! For those who don’t know, my memoir is about growing up in 1950s-60s Bigfork, where my parents owned a bar in the village. This chapter is called The Great Cribbage Tournament.