By JUDY STARK
© St. Petersburg Times, published June 30, 2001
Briefs and news of note
An era will come to an end soon when Gerber stops using glass jars for its baby-food line of applesauce, bananas and pears. For 60 years, Americans have used those glass jars to sort nails and screws, to store buttons and craft items, or to mix up paint. Readers, tell us how you've used these glass baby-food jars over the years and how you plan to cope without them. We'll share your creativity with the rest of the world. Send your ideas to Baby Food Jars, c/o Home and Garden, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put the words "baby food jars" in the subject line. Let us hear from you by July 13. Include your name and a daytime phone number.
Now that school is out, the summer moving season will get into high gear. About 21-million Americans move each year between May and Labor Day. Tips from Allied Van Lines: Before moving day, return videos and library books, pick up your dry cleaning, get records from the kids' schools, your doctor, the vet. And don't forget to leave the garage-door clicker behind when you drive out for the last time!
On Wednesday on the Discovery Channel it will be all Christopher Lowell, all the time, or at least from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The home decorating and design guru will offer eight hours of advice, on topics ranging from guest bedrooms to personal sanctuaries, from family rooms to bathrooms. From noon to 1 p.m., he'll tell you how to create a welcoming front entrance. From 2 to 3, Lowell will show how to use what you have on hand to create memorable focal points around the house. He'll end the day from 4 to 5 with tips on comfortable family spaces.
Just in time for your Fourth of July cookout: Phillips Lighting has developed a compact fluorescent in its Marathon line called the Bug-A-Way with a yellow filter that blocks the light visible to most insects. Use these bulbs outside where guests gather, and place a standard white light some distance away. The insects will be drawn to the white light, leaving your guests free to enjoy the fun and fireworks rather than slap at skeeters. Suggested retail is $15.99. At Home Depot and other retailers.