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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileThe Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) is seeking a performer to step into the oversized shoes of Hunter, the Oilers’ lynx mascot unveiled last year. And according to its Aug. 16 ad, the OEG is not looking for just anybody to step up and raise the roof.Everyone’s a critic as Oilers unveil new mascot, Hunter the Canadian lynxWhy Oilers’ new mascot flirts with ‘uncanny’ line between creepy and cuteCandidates are asked to have a post secondary degree, or to be enrolled in a post secondary program, and have a “keen knowledge of hockey.” Also required is a “minimum of three years’ experience at the collegiate, minor or professional league level.”You would be expected to be Hunter in the suit for up to four hours at a time, never losing your non verbal enthusiasm.Core responsibilities and duties of the new full time Hunter will include “interaction with fans, children and clients while inside the mascot suit” and the ability to “maintain and care for costume, props and signs used during in game or community events.”You would get to be at all Oilers home games, but your view would be somewhat restricted. Overall, you’d be expected to be Hunter at 100 to 150 public events a year.To see if I could make it in the mascot world, I decided to try my skills out by suiting up as Ook,
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mascot for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology sports teams. NAIT is in the process of hiring its own performer.Even though the costume doesn’t weigh very much, you feel the sense of history and school pride as you look out at the world through the mascot’s eyes.”You get to be a big part of all the events and sometimes people just like to be that centre of attention, so I think for certain personalities, it’s a really good job,” said Sam Nahrgang, NAIT’s sports information, promotions and events coordinator.”It just adds to the atmosphere and give the fans something else to cheer about and keeps the energy level high and hopefully the home team, I guess NAIT, will thrive off that and lead to success.”Sam Nahrgang with NAIT Athletics knows what it is like to be the performer in the NAIT Ook at public events. (John Robertson/CBC)The Ook costume is by Edmonton based International Mascot Corp., which produces 1,000 to 1,500 mascot costumes each year at facilities in Edmonton and Atlanta, Ga.
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The definition of claircognizance is clear knowing. If you have this ability you will know things without reading about them or being told. Many people are blessed with this power but do not usually know what it means. They can predict an event long before it has happened and often wonder how they knew.

Spirit guides in the way of thoughts through the crown of life chakra (on top of your head) channel information into your mind. You do not see, hear or feel things as in other psychic abilities you just seem to know. You will most likely be able to make premonitions about other peoples lives, as it seems to only work for others. You may become very popular with friends as they seek your wisdom about up and coming events.

The kinds of people that possess this gift are usually good problem solvers,
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analytical and tend to live in their minds more than others. As children they probably appeared to be incredibly bright and knowledgeable.

When you meet someone new a flood of information may come into your mind even though you have just been introduced. You may immediately know what their husband does for a living and how old he is. You may also know something from their past or a futuristic event yet to happen.

So many people with claircognizance go through their whole lives confused as to why they seem to know so much about things that others do not. It may seem like a curse as they find themselves resembling a fortuneteller from days gone by.

Growing up I seemed to always know things and my friends used to look at me sideways as if I was not really human. When I read about the subject and realized I was not cursed but very fortunate I began my crusade to open myself up to this information with belief and confidence. It is interesting that my astrology sign is Virgo, which is renowned for being mentally orientated and analytical.

I understand why my parents thought I should be on medication because at the tender age of four I seemed to know too much for my own good. That is what my father said anyway. Imagine if my parents had been told I had a psychic gift called claircognizance? Through fear and disbelief they would have sent the bearer of this news packing for sure.

As the world opens their arms to psychics it will become easier for people to recognize that the special ability they have could make their lives fabulous. The fact that psychic powers can be used to help others is truly a wonderful thing and the potential here is enormous.

In order to enhance and develop this ability I have some helpful hints.

1. Find a very quiet space that you feel comfortable in.

2. Light some candles, (blue and white are the best) incense such as lavender along with soft music to set the mood.

4. Focus on the top of your head and imagine you are outside of your body looking down at yourself.

5. Open your mind to all thoughts and ideas that come through. It is so important you have complete faith in the information that you are receiving so that in time you will be able to predict events and happenings with the utmost confidence.
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The Cause of Heel Pain

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fascitis, otherwise more commonly known as heel spur. Basically, plantar fascitis is fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot, all the way from the heel to the toes. If you have plantar fascitis it basically means that the plantar fascia is inflamed.

If you have had the condition for a long time, calcium usually deposits at the point where the plantar fascia meets the heel. On an x ray, this produces an appearance of a thorn like heel spur. The actual spur is not painful; it is the inflammation which makes the condition painful.

The pain varies but generally includes a dull ache felt most of the time, followed by sharp pain in the center of the heel or on the inside margin of the heel. The pain is usually also worse when you have just woken up in the morning and it is not helped by the sufferer wearing thin soled shoes! The main causes of this condition include:

Excessive Force on the Foot

This condition is more common in middle aged and overweight people as they often put a lot more pressure onto the heel. Pregnant women are also at risk of the condition as they tend to put on weight quite quickly, and again there is a lot of pressure on the heel.

Taking The Foot by Surprise

If you are not used to walking very far or for very long, and you suddenly change jobs or your lifestyle pattern to include long periods of walking around, you could easily suffer from plantar Fascitis. Also any problems with walking could also trigger the condition.

Overall, there are many different reasons which could cause the condition. However, none of them help to relieve the pain once it has been triggered!

Ways to Treat Heel Pain

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physical therapy helps a lot with conditions like this one, as does other conservative therapies such as medication and custom orthotics. However, in some cases surgery may be needed in order to remove the bone spur, or to release the fascia away from the heel bone where it was pulling away. If invasive surgery is not your kind of thing, there is a fairly new treatment called EndoScopic Plantar Fasciotomy which helps to treat fascia inflammation. The new technique involves making a very small incision into the heel area, and placing the endoscope into the heel area. This then projects a large image back to a television screen, where the surgeon has a pretty good idea of what is going on within the heel.

The EndoScopic Plantar Fasciotomy is done under local anesthetic and unlike other, more invasive techniques, it does not take as long. Usually straight after the treatment, patients are able to walk normally and they can put pressure onto the heel with no problems.

If missing work is a worry for you, then you will be glad to know that this type of surgery has minimal effects and you should be back to work within three days. You will be given pain control, but usually not much is needed. Overall, most of us leave problems such as heel pain, for long periods of time before getting it diagnosed. It is always better to get these things sorted out as soon as possible. If left, the problem only gets worse and you may end up having surgery when it could have been avoided earlier.
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They sit on shelves in family homes, silently watching the behaviour of the children all day, and then flying back to Father Christmas with a nightly report of who is being naughty and who is being nice.

Yes, Elf on a Shelf is a snitch. How many children can keep their behaviour sparkling throughout the festive frenzy of parties, plays and presents, for the kids, and shopping, spending and stressing for their parents?

And that stress is compounded by Elf because far from being content with his shelf, the tradition is to hide him around the house in ever more hilarious places and poses. Some elves even hide alongside small pre Christmas presents every day. Who needs their children hunting through the house every day in the run up to Christmas? And who is expected to source these extra elfish presents? Not Elf, he is too busy sitting on a shelf, or hiding in a cereal box, or making a trail of sparkly footprints through the house. And spying on the children.

I’m not suggesting going right back to the days when Father Christmas left a few sweets and a satsuma in stockings. I’m suggesting going back to the time when he might have left a lump of coal instead. No, I’m not! Honestly, Elf,
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I love Christmas, I do, and if you wouldn’t mind mentioning to Father Christmas that I’ve been ever so good all year

But creating a magical Christmas for all the family is already as demanding as driving a team of flying reindeer around the world in a single evening.

The ever growing army of elves on shelves is not magically making things easier. While I have managed to buy into the concept that an Advent Calendar has to include chocolate, and decorations are for December, not just for Christmas, I am thankful my children are grown and I don’t have to open up heart, my purse, and everyone’s pre Christmas behaviour to a judgemental Elf.

However, shelve the telling tales, and hold on to a festive fairytale, and this new tradition could become fun again. An elf who draws faces on fruit, makes flour angels on kitchen tables and lines up the family’s shoes like a train, especially if he is in any way related to the wonderfully helpful elves of The Elves and the Shoemaker, could add sparkle, not stress,
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to Christmas.

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KARIBA, Zimbabwe Crocodiles are some of the most feared predators in Africa, ruthless reptiles renowned for tearing their prey to pieces before swallowing hunks of meat raw.

But in the baking sun at Nyanyana crocodile farm on the shores of Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba, feeding time has a surreal edge as the beasts nibble lazily at bowls of vegetarian pellets.

Besides being cheaper than meat, the diet of protein concentrate, minerals, vitamins, maize meal and water is said to enhance crocodile skin destined to become handbags or shoes on the catwalks of New York, Paris, London or Milan.

“We don’t feed them meat any more,” said Oliver Kamundimu, financial director of farm owner Padenga Holdings.

“It actually improves the quality because we now measure all the nutrients that we are putting in there, which the crocodile may not get from meat only,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Four hundred kilometres (250 miles) northwest of Harare, Nyanyana is home to 50,000 Nile crocodiles and is one of three Padenga farms around Kariba, Africa’s largest man made lake.

The company has 164,000 crocodiles in all and started feeding pellets in 2006 at the height of an economic crisis in Zimbabwe that made meat scarce and very expensive.

Initially, the pellets contained 50% meat but that has gradually been phased out to an entirely vegetarian diet.

“We have moved gradually to a point where we reduced the meat to about 15% then to 7% and where we are now there is zero meat,
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zero fish,” he said.

Last year Harare listed Padenga sold 42,000 skins to tanneries in Europe, especially France, where the average skin fetches $550.

Ninety percent of the leather becomes high end handbags, Kamundimu said, while the remainder makes belts, shoes and watch straps for some of the biggest names in world fashion.

“When you hear names like Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Gucci those are the brand names we are talking about,” he said with a satisfied smile.

Having survived economic collapse and hyperinflation of 500 billion percent in Zimbabwe, Padenga then had to deal with fallout from the 2008 global financial crisis, and economic contraction in the euro zone, its main market.

However, while appetite for crocodile meat cooled in Europe and Asia, super wealthy European shoppers shrugged off recession and continued to snap up crocodile skin items, Kamundimu said.

“When you look at people who buy handbags for their wives or daughters that cost $40,000 a piece, even when the euro zone problems came, they could still afford to buy,
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” he said. We didn’t feel a decline.”

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Can you wobble your way to buns of steel?

The popularity of “toning” shoes, whose unstable soles require you to work muscles harder to stay balanced, suggests consumers are banking on it.

Sales of toning shoes, which cost from $70 to upwards of $200 and have enlisted celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Wayne Gretzky to tout their fitness benefits, soared to $736 million in 2010 from $145 million the year before thanks to the entry of more than a dozen brands into the market, according to market research firm NPD Group.

The ads for many of the shoes, showcasing women with enviably sculpted legs (there are toning shoes for men but the customer base is overwhelmingly female), say that wearing them will help you burn more calories, tone muscles and improve posture. Most manufacturers compare the experience of wearing their shoes to walking on sand.

Foot doctors for years have been prescribing shoes with unstable soles to help patients with foot or ankle arthritis, but can they also get you a few steps closer to firmer thighs?

A closer look

Peer reviewed studies on shoes made by Masai Barefoot Technology, pioneers of the rocker bottom shoes that are beveled at the heel and toe, have found that standing and walking in unstable shoes can strengthen neglected foot muscles and provide some knee and low back pain relief, along with other therapeutic benefits. Studies on FitFlops, which use Microwobbleboard technology in the midsole, have found they reduce foot pressure by an average of 25 percent and can absorb 22 percent more shock in the lower legs.

Whether that translates to a better backside is sketchy.

Skechers, whose Shape ups have a rocker sole and an “ultra soft Resamax kinetic wedge” for a squishier cushion, points to a study published last year in the journal Clinical Biomechanics that found that people who walked in MBTs burned more calories than while walking barefoot or in normal walking shoes. Previous news stories have cited studies funded by Skechers that found people lost more weight and body fat wearing Shape ups than flat shoes, but those studies were criticized as being poorly controlled (Skechers declined to provide the studies).

Reebok, whose EasyTones use balance ball inspired pods and “Moving Air Technology” to create instability, commissioned a study that found electrical activity was 28 percent greater in buttocks muscles and 11 percent greater in calf muscles for wearers of EasyTones versus a regular Reebok walking shoe.

Neither company provides guidelines for how long or frequently people should wear the shoes to see benefits. They say the shoes are not meant to replace the gym, but rather help people “get more out of every step,” said Leonard Armato, president of Skechers Fitness Group.

In search of an independent assessment, the American Council on Exercise last year sponsored a study that found that walking in Sketchers Shape ups, Reebok EasyTone Reenspire or MBTs was no more effective at burning calories or working muscles than walking in a regular New Balance running shoe. The researchers, from the Exercise and Health Program at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, tested muscle activity in the calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus, abdominals and lower back.

Even if muscles do work harder at first to overcome the instability, the effect dissipates as muscles adjust, said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.

But there could be an indirect benefit if toning shoes are encouraging people to walk more, Bryant said. Almost all of the test subjects in the ACE study told the researchers that the toning shoes were more comfortable than traditional running shoes, he said.

In fighting form

Toning shoe companies can cite thousands of testimonials from happy customers, but not everyone’s satisfied.

Several lawsuits claiming misleading advertising have been filed against toning shoe manufacturers from Reebok to New Balance, and last summer Skechers was named in a federal class action lawsuit alleging Shape ups offer no health benefit beyond what regular sneakers provide and can cause injury. This February, an Ohio woman filed a lawsuit claiming that wearing Skechers Shape ups led her to develop hip fractures. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Consumer Reports identified 36 complaints between March and May associated with toning shoes. Most of the reported injuries were minor, including tendinitis and foot, leg, and hip pain, but 15 involved broken bones from falls, some requiring surgery.

No studies have suggested that toning shoes are dangerous or cause pain, according to an article this summer put out by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Manufacturers say their shoes are safe if used properly.

“Just as the millions of pairs of high heel shoes that are sold annually aren’t suitable for everyone, Shape ups may not be either,” said Skechers’ Armato. Shape ups come with instructions and users are advised to limit wearing them to 25 to 45 minutes per day for the first two weeks, increasing usage time in 5 to 10 minute increments thereafter only if they’re comfortable doing so. They should not be used for running.

Podiatrist Paul Langer of Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis said that although muscles likely do work harder to overcome the instability of the shoes, he is skeptical that it’s to the extent that it will actually burn fat and boost muscle tone.

What they can do, Langer said, is redistribute the pressure on your foot, alleviating stress and strain on the joints, which is helpful for people suffering from arthritis in the foot. People should treat the shoes like fitness tools, Langer said. The most problems he sees are from overuse.
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MBT trainers seem like an unlikely item of footwear to catch the imagination of the young and trendy. With their thick, curved sole and sensible wide straps, they look like the sort of thing you need to wear if one of your legs is shorter than the other. Despite their distinct un beauty, MBT trainers have, for the last eight years, been cited as the answer to modern day solution for anything from back problems to cellulite on your bum.

As if the company were not doing a roaring trade as it is (MBTs are available in over 20 countries and sell one million pairs each year), they have now re invented themselves as the “anti shoe”, by bringing out a new range that, although unconventional, are designed to look less like something prescribed by your doctor and more like something you might wear out of choice.

MBT stands for Masai Barefoot Technology and the shoes were invented by a Swiss engineer called Karl Mller in the early 1990s. He noticed, on a visit to Korea, that walking barefoot over some soft paddy fields alleviated his back, knee and Achilles tendon problems. He also discovered that the Kenyan Masai tribesmen don’t suffer from back pain and are famous for their perfect posture. Putting these two pieces of information together, Muller reasoned that this was because they walk across ground that yields underneath their feet. Walking on hard surfaces, such as pavements, that don’t have any “give”, he concluded, has done our backs in. Not to mention our knees and ankles.

Muller decided that the answer was a shoe with a curved sole, effectively with no heel, which mimics the rocking motion of a foot walking on soft sand or grass.

The first prototype of the MBT trainer was constructed in 1996 and by 2000 approximately 20,000 pairs were sold in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, home to the ever ugly Birkenstock and even that was eclipsed in hideousness by the MBT.

Since then the shoe has exploded in popularity and despite its ugliness was leapt upon by celebrities such as Jemima Khan, Jodie Kidd, Sadie Frost and anyone else who could afford the eye watering 129 price tag.

In fact, the shoe has been so successful that other shoe manufacturers have taken up the idea. The FitFlop, launched last year, claims to lengthen and tone the leg with the sandal’s built in “micro wobble board”, which means the leg muscles have to work harder to stay balanced.

The claims of the MBT manufacturers are pretty bold. With correct usage, they say, MBTs will activate neglected muscles, improve your posture and gait, tone and shape your body, ease back, hip, leg and foot problems and help with joint, muscle,
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ligament and tendon injuries. There have also been claims that MBTs can help get rid of cellulite and burn extra calories (although these claims are no longer made by the manufacturers, the rumour persists, which may be why MBTs are predominantly bought and worn by women).

So do they really work? A Sheffield Hallam University study concluded that wearing MBTs was better for the knees, hips and ankles than wearing conventional shoes. “There was some reduction in strain on the body while walking in MBTs,” says Tim Vernon, who led the study. “Also, if you walk properly in MBTs you should be making shorter strides than if you were wearing normal shoes and the more strides you take, the more work you’re doing.”

However, recently there has been speculation that MBTs may not be for everyone. “The claims as to assisting posture, back, hip and knee problems are not supported by evidence or any good rational explanation,” says Dr David Johnson, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital in Bristol. “Indeed the instability provoked [by the shoe] will increase the muscle activity and energy required to walk thus increasing fatigue and tiredness. Technically, the increased need for this muscular activity in stabilising is not “natural” or “physiological” and would increase rather than decrease stress and pressure on all these areas of the body which, rather than be helpful, may be detrimental.”

Laura Williams, diet and fitness expert, thinks that while wearing the shoe is better than nothing, nothing replaces learning good posture, permanently. “Of my clients who have tried MBTs, some have had to stop wearing them because they have aggravated bad backs and hips. The problem is that everyone has their own bio mechanical quirks and if you wear these shoes without proper recommendation and instruction, they can make things worse. And then, what happens when you take the shoes off? I always think that if you were to go to a couple of Pilates classes then you would be able to improve your posture yourself, but some people simply aren’t going to do that. And I’ve certainly seen anecdotal evidence that they do work for some people, just not for everyone.”

However, she rejects any idea that the shoes beat cellulite. “I just can’t see how they could help. Cellulite is just the way that women store fat. Specific weight training and some caffeine based creams are the only things that have been shown to do anything to the appearance of cellulite. To make any difference to your muscle tone you have to be lifting quite a lot of weight at 20 repetitions; even if the shoes do, as they claim, activate your glutes [the bottom’s muscles] by nine per cent, I can’t see that making any difference.”

Hannah Snow, 31, an events organiser, bought her MBT trainers five years ago and wore them daily for two years. “At my old job I walked into work four miles each way and I was finding it quite easy in normal trainers. I wanted to step up the work out but I didn’t want to run into work and so these trainers seemed like a good idea and everyone else was raving about them. I wasn’t convinced and they were hideous but I gave them a go. They toned my muscles but they didn’t do anything about the fine layer of cellulite that covered some of the top parts of my leg so I had all these toned muscles but you couldn’t see them!”

Sammy Margo of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists believes that MBTs are not necessarily a bad thing but they’re not for everyone. “They can possibly help people with stiff backs, who do jobs that involve a lot of standing. Ideally, you should get them only on the recommendation of a physiotherapist and should be trained to use them properly. They are not a cure all for modern life.”

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Spring has come and the sun shining, charactering a, is the best time for people to keep fit. As spring temperatures rising blood circulation to speed up, so that each cell, each a part of this new change. Strengthen in spring training, body and mind must be made to keep focused, full of energy, health and disease. Let us walk in the countryside, depression, and physical and psychological burdens are removed, sorrow and trouble shooting of life, to experience fitness brings wonderful.

Importance to warm up: spring weather from cold to warm when the temperature is low, the central body temperature regulation and function of internal organs are reduced to different extents, muscles, joints and organs such as viscosity, therefore, exercise must be done before adequate preparatory activities, in order to avoid muscle or ligament strain and sprain accident.

In spring training, may inhale more oxygen and negative ions, improving the body’s metabolism, with UV disinfection in the spring, could contribute to the formation of human vitamin D, benefit adolescent bone development and growth.

Easy guilty “Chunking the spring, this time to strengthen the positive fitness activities will overcome” Chunking, phenomenon is full of energy.

Children, hobbies, and other select exercises depending on the venue, time project, such as shuttlecock kicking, rope skipping, rubber brand skipping, kite flying, spring is a great kite flying season, kite flying, hands holding the first line as a whole, makes the hand brain coordination. strong physically and mentally.

Spring is also a good way to fitness in spring, weekend outing in the suburb together with friends, fun.

Method many of the young people, such as sports activities such as walking, running, playing, climbing, conditions can also travel.

Movement pattern and weight loss in the elderly for low intensity, low energy consumption, including: fast walking, walking, aerobics, tourism, cycling, entertainment, garden work etc.
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All grass species need to have a friable soil texture to spread roots deeply and prevent drought stress. Because lawns are often high traffic areas, the soil compacts quickly and suffocates struggling roots. Aerating your lawn simply means creating holes in your soil to improve water drainage and fertilizer access to grass roots. Using aerator shoes, however, is not the best tool for a lush lawn.

Solid Vs. Hollow Aerator shoes use solid spikes as a way to create soil holes. Although water can move into these holes, you are actually compounding your soil compaction problem. As the solid tines enter the ground, they push the soil to the sides and downward. Using hollow tines on a manual tool or machine is the better choice for lawn aeration. Hollow tines actually pull 2 to 3 inch long soil cylinders from the ground you decrease the compaction within the soil and also remove some thatch buildup that contributes to a poor soil environment. If you use lawn aerator shoes, you will not see the same turf benefits as when using a hollow aerator tool you should only need to aerate in the spring and fall with hollow tines.

Soil Degradation As you press your lawn aerator shoes into the ground, the compacted soil prevents grass root spread. If you spread fertilizer into the aeration holes, the roots cannot access the nutrients, and it eventually runs off as ground pollution. Aerating with a hollow tine tool provides the ground space needed for ample fertilizer or organic matter distribution. Grass roots easily move underground and reach the nutrient rich amendments. As a result,
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your grass grows vigorously and slowly fills in the aeration holes with loose soil.

Impeding Microorganisms and Earthworms As the aerator shoes compact the soil further, microorganism activity becomes limited or stops altogether. Earthworms and microorganisms such as bacteria consume the soil’s organic matter while providing nutrients to the grass some nutrients cannot be absorbed by the roots until they are processed by microorganisms. Hollow tine aeration improves the soil space for microorganism movement and provides nutrient availability. In addition, the soil cores pulled from the ground actually degrade on the soil surface to add even more nutrients for active microorganism consumption.

Possible Grub Control If you have grub problems but would like to avoid chemical controls, your lawn aerator shoes may help to remove the infestation. As you walk across the turf in your shoes, try to cover the area with two holes filling each square inch. Although this hole spacing is not optimal for soil improvement, you effectively kill the grubs hiding in your lawn. The grubs become organic matter for the soil as they degrade into the ground.

References (4) University of Wisconsin Extension: Lawn Aeration Top DressingNatural Turf: Sparky Safe Lawn Tip Aerate Your Soil to Prevent Weeds and Reduce CompactionWalter Reeves: Lawn Aerator SandalsHome Tips: How to Aerate Mow a Lawn

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Imagine having only one pair of shoes to wear year round. Now imagine you’re also homeless.

In 2012, Justin Johnson had a chance encounter with a man who personally encountered this hardship. His toes had burst through the soles of his shoes, and they were his only pair.

Inspired to help this man and others, Johnson founded nonprofit Kicks 4 the City (K4TC), which offers an approachable way for communities to help improve the lives of homeless people. experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2015. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless reported more than 82,000 homeless Chicagoans, including those who live doubled up in homes with family or friends.

K4TC started in St. The mission: distribute new and gently used shoes to homeless shelters and organizations in these participating cities, while helping communities look at charity in a different light.

“I used to think you had to have deep pockets or gray hair to get into philanthropy, but Kicks 4 the City has made giving back accessible,” Johnson said.

The nonprofit collected 500 pairs of shoes in its first year, but the donations have grown as K4TC’s reach has expanded. In 2016, the organization collected and distributed over 20,000 pairs.

Kicks 4 the City’s annual shoe drive began Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 17. You can donate new or lightly used shoes Johnson said they should be desirable shoes people would want to wear at select drop off sites including WeWork (125 S. Clark St., 20 W. Kinzie St.), Overtime Sneaker Shop (1021 W. Lake St.), Succezz Boutique (1329 S. Michigan Ave.), Villa (5230 S. Lake Park Ave., 112 W. 87th St.) and The Athlete’s Foot in the ‘burbs (see website for locations). Sneakers for kids, women and men in all sizes are in high demand, as are boots as winter approaches.

Volunteers are needed to clean and prep shoes before distributing them to homeless shelters. K4TC also has an ambassador program those who apply and are accepted meet about twice a week in person or over the phone, and are responsible for coordinating the shoe drive.

“What makes it special is this family feel we have. You have people from across the country who unselfishly care about this organization,” Johnson said.
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