Kitchen renovations continue to rank as one of the most frequently chosen remodeling projects in homes across America.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, 79% of homeowners seeking to refresh an area are choosing their kitchens, and they are emulating culinary environments that are trending on television shows and in home decorating magazines.  The modern farmhouse trend, with its painted cabinetry, quartz countertops, wood floors and gadgets galore is taking center stage in re-dos that are revitalizing the heart of the home for cooking, entertaining and enjoying life.

Napa Valley, California has a history of winemaking that dates back to the 1830s. The valley is not only rich in the expected vineyards, but also has an abundance of agriculture from livestock, floral, nursery and vegetable producers to the possibly unexpected olive growers. Mountains surround the hilly countryside where varieties of grapes grow in scenic rows, with those varietals of grapes being developed from transplanted species from around the world. Millions of visitors gather yearly in the Napa region to experience the beauty, food and wine. Much fewer numbers call the area their home. Residents with a sense of humor refer to themselves as “Napkins,” while others prefer the term “Napans.” While some are native to the area, like many of the grapes growing nearby, most residents are transplants as well.

Gifts can come in all sorts of ways... as boxes wrapped colorfully in paper and bows, as positive words of praise and affirmation or possibly as a monetary gift. I bet you can still close your eyes and vividly see a gift that you received during your childhood. How about a time someone said something so nice about you that it touched your heart? Did a family member or loved one give generously financially to you on a special occasion? Yes, gifts are given in many ways. Most times they are given individually, but sometimes many people can benefit, especially when it comes in the form of a community gift. In 2016, Ohioans of both land and air received a gift of sorts from the city of Mansfield at the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport.