HAWLEY HARVEST HOEDOWN

HHHoedownPAGESept17On Saturday, October 14th, families, friends and visitors will gather in the charming town of Hawley, PA, for the town’s longest running seasonal festival, the Hawley Harvest Hoedown. This event has something for everyone, including cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, and local business specials.

New to this year’s festivities is a fall crawl beer tour which will take place over the entire Hawley Harvest Hoedown weekend. Participants win a commemorative beer mug upon completion of the fall crawl. Fall Crawl Beer Tour cards will be available at participating bars and at the Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center.

This year also marks the third annual Hawley Hoedown Bluegrass and Folk Concert at the Ritz Company Playhouse produced by the Downtown Hawley Partnership. Headlining this year’s talent is Driftwood, from Binghamton, New York, a bluegrass fusion band with a rock ‘n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Showcasing their unique version of bluegrass music will be Mountain Ride from Great Valley of south-central Pennsylvania, and Colebrook Road, winners of the 2016 D. C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid Atlantic Bluegrass band contest. Christopher Kearney, lead vocalist and guitarist from the recently departed Coal Town Rounders, will emcee for the evening.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this year’s concert featuring the region’s favorite bluegrass bands,” says concert organizer, Jill Carletti. She continues, “I expect the whole day to be fantastic. Our charming Hawley, PA, is a perfect place for a fall festival and a foot-stomping bluegrass-folk concert.”

Many other Hawley Harvest Hoedown favorite activities will also be returning this year, including the petting zoo, fall craft vendors, and popular food vendors. For years, visitors and residents have enjoyed the beautifully decorated streets, the festive shop fronts, all against the backdrop of Hawley’s mountainous fall foliage. This not-to-be-missed event starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

For more information on the festival or to purchase concert tickets, please visit www.hawleyharvesthoedown.com. For help purchasing tickets, please call (570) 588-8077.

The Downtown Hawley Partnership is comprised of area businesses, organizations, and individuals working together to bring cohesiveness, aesthetics, and structure to the growth and development of downtown Hawley.

…BECAUSE I AM AN ADULT

HypoParentAug15You are your child’s first teacher.  You teach them to talk and walk, what to eat, how to read and how to bully other children.  Wait, what?  Children will do what they are taught, and the most powerful parenting doesn’t come through a parent’s words; it comes through the behaviors of the parent.

Children observe how the adults around them behave, and they take on and repeat those behaviors, even when they have been instructed NOT to.  Lead by example.  If you don’t want them to hit, don’t hit.  If you don’t want them to curse, don’t curse.  If you don’t want them to quit, don’t quit.  If you want them to be kind to others, be kind to others.  Teach them to rise above adversity and animosity and to have a positive outlook when things are bleak.  Don’t be a hypocrite.  So, are you a hypocritical parent?

Arguing/fighting:

If parents argue and fight with each other, with others and/or with their children, this is the exact behavior the children will repeat back to the parent and/or others.  If handling conflict in this way is the norm for the parent and is justified to the child as ok because they are the adult, the message being sent is “the parent can have the tantrum; the child has to be the adult.”  When a child is being attacked in any way, it immediately puts them on the defensive.  Emotions are contagious so the child will take on the energy of the parent to defend themselves, and then get in trouble for it.  If parents do not want their children to fight and argue, then the parents cannot show them this method of behavior as a viable option by using it themselves. They must demonstrate how to solve their problem without fighting about it.

Appearance:

All parents, male and female, have a responsibility to dress like adults and model adult behavior, responsibility, elegance, and dignity if these are qualities they want to see in their children.  If parents, especially women, are over-sexualized, they cannot expect their children to do, be, or think any differently about themselves.  Likewise, boys should dress with pride.  If they want to be perceived as a slob, then dressing like a slob is okay.  Perception is reality.  Have confidence in your appearance.

Partying:

When the teens are getting grounded for drinking or smoking, this becomes confusing when they witness these same behaviors in their parents.  If parents are partiers, the children will see drugs and/or alcohol as feasible options for coping with stress and/or for having fun.

Procrastination/laziness:

Being a parent includes being a working part of the family when it comes to household duties, chores, and other upkeep issues.  If parents are lazy on their time off and are not being a participating member in the household, children will model this laziness and rebel in having to be responsible in and around the house as well.  Parents must demonstrate there is time to rest/play when work (household chores) are done.

Breaking commitments:

Most parents expect their kids to follow through on their commitments, and yet many parents back out on commitments made to children.  When parents don’t keep promises to show up and take part in a child’s life, this teaches children they are not worthy. This lack of commitment can also be demotivating for children and could also elicit rebellion in important areas such as school, sports, chores, and friendships.

Values:

When children get the message from their parents, “You can be whatever you want to be as long as we agree with it,” this mixed-message interferes with the child’s desires for personal growth.  Parents who encourage independence and self-expression need to do that without, then, preferring their child’s preferences to be the same as theirs—from political beliefs, extra-curricular interests, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, passions, or big picture view-points.  Parents are to be guideposts on these real-life matters, but they need to trust that experience is the greatest teacher.

Many parents believe that certain behaviors are exclusive to them because they are the adults.  Think about how your actions influence your children and remember that children do what parents do, not what parents say.  I’ve seen an amazing amount of anger and resentment occur in children when they are corrected or get in trouble for doing the things the parents are doing, or act the way the parents act.  So, my advice is: Let your children inspire you to be person you want them to be.  It’s not too late; you can change, learn and grow together!

Sherrie Campbell, PhD is a veteran, licensed Psychologist with two decades of clinical training and experience providing counseling and psychotherapy services to residents of Yorba Linda, Irvine, Anaheim, Fullerton, and Brea, California.  In her private practice, she currently specializes in psychotherapy with adults and teenagers, including marriage and family therapy, grief counseling, childhood trauma, sexual issues, personality disorders, and illness.  She has helped individuals manage their highest high and survive their lowest low—from winning the lottery to the death of a child.  Her interactive sessions are as unique and impacting as her new book, Loving Yourself : The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.

She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003 and has regularly contributes to numerous publications, including Intent.com, Beliefnet.com, DrLaura.com and Hitched.com.  She is also an inspirational speaker, avid writer and proud mother.  She can be reached at Sherriecampbellphd.com.

Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person is available on Amazon.com and other fine booksellers.

HOT STUFF TO DO THIS SUMMER

WCFairpicThe Count Down Begins to Opening Day –August 4 The 155th Wayne County Fair Where Farm Meets Fun!

Creating lasting summertime memories are part of the planning, and the Wayne County Fair has gone above and beyond, both in terms of its variety of quality entertainment, food, and agricultural opportunities for many area residents but also in its status as a “local” fair. “Its market and reach is much larger than anyone could imagine. People come to the fair from all over the world by way of area camps and vacation destinations,” says marketing director Deborah Milliron. “The entertainment and economic value literally extends into three states (NY PA and NJ), 6 counties and 165 zip codes.”      This year’s fair is no exception to the event’s growth either; with over 2 million visitors in the last 25 years alone, the Fair shows no signs of slowing down. “Some of the vendors and food merchants will secure their spots on the midway for next year before they leave the fair this August, which speaks volumes to the stability the Fair provides to the Northeast economy.”  With long-time favorite stands such as Bethany United Methodist Church Ice Cream stand and new vendors who will be put to the test as they offer products or food on the midway for the first time, the return of popular attractions like the Monster Truck Freestyle Event and Wild About Dinosaurs’ T-Rex wandering dinosaur, and performances by country music star Granger Smith and Jake Worthington from the Voice, the Fair is guaranteed to “wow” all who pass through its gates. “It is no secret that in recent years the WC Fair’s concert venues have proven to be the launching pad for some very famous country music stars like Justin Moore, Jake Owen, Chase Rice and Craig Campbell,” says Milliron. “The fair is proud to offer these rising artists who want to perform on our stage for our visitors.”        And of course, the Wayne County Fair exists “because of the agricultural community to exhibit products, agriculture and machinery and has since 1862.” Livestock are registered and judged in competitions just prior to the fair, and agricultural organizations such as 4-H consider the Fair to be a highlight of their year. Harness Racing and a Horse Pulling, Tractor & Truck Contest are also mainstays each year at the Fair.    Above all else, the Wayne County Fair can’t be beat for its quality and affordability; free parking, free rides, free featured grandstand events and admission is only $10.00 per person which includes a parking and rides. “People have been coming to the fair since they were kids,” says Milliron. “It’s a family tradition.” For more information visit www.WayneCountyFair.com.

 

HonesdaleSteampunkThe Greater Honesdale Partnerships Steampunk Honesdale Friday, July 21, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Saturday, July 22, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Greater Honesdale Partnership, The Dime Bank, and all of Honesdale’s diverse merchants invite you to attend Steampunk Honesdale on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, sponsored by The Dime Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.        Historic Main Street will be filled with a variety of great merchandise offered by its fine local stores, area vendors, Steampunk artists and vendors, and area non-profits. You are all invited to come and explore all that Honesdale has to share.         Come to Honesdale and browse through the great variety of stores, learn about the wonderful local history and services, and dine at one of the many area restaurants and cafes. Honesdale has great shops on every block, so wear your walking shoes. For a full list, stop by one of the shops in Honesdale and pick up our brochure, complete with a colorful map, list of events and historic walking tour, or go to visithonesdalepa.com.             We invite you to visit the past and enjoy the great exhibits at the newly expanded and remodeled Wayne County Historical Society, located at 810 Main Street. The Historical Society is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year with a new exhibit called History of Wayne County in 100 Objects. An exhibit not to be missed! The Museum will be open both days from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.         Steam returns to Honesdale with rail excursions aboard a real steam locomotive on the Stourbridge Line both days, as well as on Sunday. Please go to www.stourbridgeline.net or call 570-470-2697 for ticket information and departure times. Enjoy the Wayne County Farmers Market, on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (located in front of Dave’s Food Town, 220 Willow Ave.) featuring many items made and grown locally.         While Honesdale is an extremely accessible town, scooter rentals will be available at Stephens Pharmacy/NE Med-Equip, located at 1101 Main Street for your shopping convenience. Full day rentals are available for $25.00 per day and hourly rentals begin at $15.00 for the first two hours with $5.00 for each additional hour up to $25.00. Please call 570-253-7700 for additional information.     There will be many fun activities during this new event! Enter the Beards and Gears contest at Chyle’s Classic Cuts. Deck out your favorite pet in its finest Steampunk attire and have a photo taken for posterity at Fins and Feathers. Make a pair of Steampunk earrings at Bloom, or get a Tarot reading from Madame Savoir tout cela at Honesdale Green House Flowers. Need a new book to read? Join the fun at the Wayne County Public Library and participate in their Blind Book Sale. Don’t forget to visit Steampunk Commons (Central Park) on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to see the Steampunk artwork and creations brought to you by the Wayne County Arts Alliance and enjoy the classic car cruise beginning at 5:00 p.m. Make sure to purchase your Coal Drop raffle ticket for your chance to win one of seven great prizes!           The fun doesn’t stop at 5:00 p.m.! Have fun at the “Green Hour” Absinthe Party from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Wine Room on both Friday and Saturday, or dance the night away at the Steampunk Contra Dance, Saturday night, at The Cooperage.     Many more events are in the works! Stay tuned for details. Go to VisitHonesdalePa.com often for more updates.

audubon-artcraft-festivalNEPA Audubon Festival

Bringing People & Nature Together!

For 32 years, the Audubon Festival has been bringing many of America’s finest nature and wildlife artists, craftsmen, nationally-acclaimed wildlife presentations, and children’s hands-on learning activities to Hawley every July. Envisioned to bring awareness of our natural treasures in our area, the funds from this event have underwritten over 100 environmental scholarships for children and teachers, as well as providing books and research materials for all of the area schools and public libraries. The tireless efforts of its volunteers, as well as the collaborative efforts with its partners, have made this annual event one of the foremost leaders in Environmental Education and Awareness in the Pocono Region today.

Designed originally to bring awareness of Nature’s wonders through art and close up encounters with our region’s wildlife, its efforts are now being emulated across the country. For 32 years, the Festival has been enticing many of the most acclaimed wildlife artists in American and Canada to be a part of this two day celebration. Its reputation is such that now many of the top American nature artists are present year after year.

The Festival expanded to include many of the area’s best craftsmen, encouraging demonstration and explanations about techniques, especially for children. This year will feature not only many of our regions local craftsmen, but from twelve different states, as well.          The real jewel of the event, however, is its wildlife and nature presentations. These exhibits and presentations have always been designed for kids, yet, the audience is filled with fascinated adults, as well. Through the years, children have been able to look eye to eye with some of North America’s most unusual creatures and have the animals look back… alive, curious, and…well fed.

Over the years, many different animals have been featured up close and alive – Black Bears, Cougars, Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Vultures, and even the American Condor have all been visitors to the Festival, not to mention, all of the opossums, skunks, raccoons, and the wide variety of snakes, turtles, frogs, and even a wide variety of strange insects. All of these creatures have been accompanied by top experts from around the country, ready to answer any questions and to bring to life what it is like to live the life of these animals.

This year is going to be no exception to this long history of eagerly awaited NEPA Audubon Festivals. Among the 2017 Festival highlights are hands-presentations by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show, an award winning children’s presentation on wildlife. Second Chance Wildlife Center will be presenting on the rescue and rehabilitation of native PA wildlife as well. In addition, there are presentations and exhibits by a variety of other environmental groups.

“While the festival is designed for people of all ages, education and fun for the younger set is especially appropriate. Proceeds help to fund scholarships and literature for children and teachers to learn more about nature and protecting the environment,” Festival Coordinator Dave Fooks said.          Some of the finest Nature and Wildlife Artists in the country from fifteen different states will exhibit and sell their original paintings, sketches, photography, and serigraphy.  Eighty-three craftsmen, both local and regional, will exhibit their work, all of it selected for its interrelationship with themes of nature.

The dates of the Audubon Festival this year are July 22 & 23. The Festival is held at the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School, an in-door, air conditioned facility, on Route 6 in Hawley, PA. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Plenty of delicious food is available at the event. Admission is $5, and children under the age of 12 years are admitted free.

 

Wally-Lake-FestWally Lake Fest 2017 Returning Events August 25-27, 2017 This year marks Wally Lake Fest’s eighth year and it’s widely known as the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season.

Residents and visitors flock to the shoreline and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and also have a blast on dry land.

On Friday, Wally Lake Fest officially kicks off in a celebratory way as the local restaurants, pubs and other establishments feature a variety of live entertainment.  Live music is also scheduled for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, The Open Market Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center as local artisans and crafters showcase their wares and handmade products from maple syrup to soaps.  There will be 100+ vendors located at the Wallenpaupack HS, Hawley Silk Mill and Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center which can all be visited using the FREE shuttle bus service. Shuttle bus capacity has been doubled from last year due to the demand.

Both days, the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show at the Wallenpaupack Area High School allow boat enthusiasts the opportunity to view beautiful boats and other watercraft.  People can enjoy vendors and food stands in between browsing.  Also, free face painting and live entertainment add to the fun.  In addition, many local marinas display some of their products. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of the most popular Wally Lake Fest events is the sailboat rides, which are offered on Saturday. People who always wanted to sail but may not know how to themselves can experience this thrilling sport at Lighthouse Harbor Marina from 12p.m. to 4 p.m.  The lake is appreciated in all its glory as the wind whips the sails and the boats glide through the glistening water.  The sailboats depart approximately every hour for a one hour sail.  Members of the Paupack Sailing Club enthusiastically volunteer their time, boats and skill to give people a one-of-a-kind experience on the lake. Reservations are required and start on July 31st at 10 a.m.   Call the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at (570) 226-2141. Voice messages are NOT accepted. Boats fill up quickly so be sure to reserve your spot early!  A $10 donation per person, $5 for children 13 and younger will go to support Lacawac Sanctuary.

The boat parade is another boating event people love whether they enter and decorate their own boat or watch from the shoreline.  Boat registration is free and entrants can win thousands in cash in prizes for the best “dressed” boats with the first place winner receiving $2,000. Have fun and get creative! The parade line-up begins around 11 a.m. and judging at the Wallenpaupack Dike at approximately 2 p.m.

A returning crowd pleaser is Wallypalooza. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., two bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage near the Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Iron Cowboy and The May Babies. People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, sit on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes or stroll along the walking trail, which spans a mile and a half from the Dike to the dam.

On Sunday, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride takes off from the Visitors Center for a beautiful 16-32 mile road ride to the Zane Grey Museum along the Lackawax-en River. A $5 shuttle service is provided from Zane Grey or cyclists can bike back.  There is a $25 registration fee and participants can pre-register online www.Bike-reg.com/tdtp. Bike rentals are available for $35.

These favorite events and more are making a comeback for another weekend of Wally Lake Fest fun. Be sure not to miss out on these exciting activities!

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.  Additional details and daily updates are posted on the website, http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.   Pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center or other area businesses.

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ROOTS & RHYTHM HEADLINER: LARKIN POE

Headliner Set For Honesdale Roots & Rhythm
Music & Arts Festival – June 17th

 

LarkinPoePageJune17According to the sisters themselves, 2015 was a defining year of growth for Larkin Poe, an Atlanta-based Roots Rock’n’Roll duo, comprised of Rebecca and Megan Lovell: “We feel lucky to have experienced a year of life-changing moments that shaped and crystallized our artistic direction. We’re entering our mid-twenties; we’re coming into our own. We’ve lost love; we’ve found love. We’ve lived loud, leaving little pieces of our hearts in every club we’ve played around the world – and we are really proud to have come out of 2015 with new songs that speak to that change.”

This “change” they speak of is their second album, “RESKINNED,” a re-release follow-up of the critically acclaimed debut album, ‘KIN’. Voted as one of the Top-Ten albums released in 2014 by Huffington Post, Larkin Poe toured the world supporting the November 2014 release of ‘KIN’.  Rebecca states: “As musicians, singers, songwriters, and performers, we learn something new with every show we play; last year we played hundreds of shows from big festivals to tiny radio stations, from backing Elvis Costello to backing Conor Oberst. We’ve learned to stay on our toes and keep our artistic approach fresh.” This perpetual innovation fueled a writing spurt that the sisters felt compelled to immediately record and share with their fans.

A Brief History of Larkin Poe: “We have a very colorful family history,” explains lead singer/guitarist Rebecca, referencing the sisters’ familial connection to tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe: “There have been a lot of creative, hotheaded, mentally unstable branches in our family tree. Growing up in the midst of their crazy stories has definitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those eccentricities, passed down from generation to generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!” Megan, who contributes lapsteel to the lineup, chimes in: “As sisters, we wanted to pick a band name that had familial significance, so we decided pay tribute to our ancestors by taking on the name of our great-great-great-grandfather, Larkin Poe.”

The sisters celebrate that unique genealogy, and their own eccentricities, with their new release, ‘RESKINNED,’ on Restoration Hardware’s label RH Music. Produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles, this fresh version of the original album ‘KIN’, includes new productions by Justin Warfield (She Wants Revenge, Nico Vega) and Wax LTD (Muse, Bon Iver, Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5) who produced the new single “Trouble In Mind.” A sassy nod to the sisters’ southern heritage, “Trouble In Mind” features sassy, homegrown lyrics: “I’m a bad little angel. I fell from grace, a Georgia Peach gone bad, yeah, you know the taste.”

“As Georgia girls, we came up listening to and soaking in the source music of the south: the blues, country, Americana, and mountain music; classic rock, and southern rock. That deep and gritty heritage has seeped into the bloodstream of our music,” explains Megan, “We’ve reached a point in our lives where we no longer care to be quite so polite, so “nice,” so perfectionistic. Now is the time to be raw, unapologetically overdriven Larkin Poe. Deep in our bones, we are rockers. We’re ready to let the tiger out of the cage.”

The sisters’ southern identity was picked up and echoed by Huffington Post in a recent tagline: “These Gals like their Gritty Southern Heritage with a Cosmopolitan Twist.”

‘RESKINNED’ marks Larkin Poe’s second release with RH Music. After years of fierce independence (i.e., five self-released EPs and three years of international and domestic touring, without label support), the sisters decided to sign with RH Music. “We signed with RH Music because they wholeheartedly believe in our authenticity. They understand that we make music because we inherently need to make music, and they want to support that need,” explains Megan, “They’re a 21st Century patron of the arts.”

This new release will also be the first for their new relationship with Vertigo/Capitol/ Universal Germany in Europe. Rebecca comments: “We are honored to be working with Vertigo/Capitol/Universal in Europe. In the music industry, where “industry” sometimes takes precedence over “music,” the folks at Vertigo are tastemakers who still love music as much as we do.”

“Larkin Poe is our heart and soul, mashed up into a musical form. We live and breathe Larkin Poe,” says Megan, “Supercharged on that life commitment, we’ve been able to record music in studios across the country, to play our songs around the world, to perform onstage with our heroes – all of these experiences are deeply valuable to us and have built a strong foundation. Standing strong on that foundation, we are so proud to release ‘RESKINNED’ and see what 2016 has to bring.” These sisters continue to create their own story; written their way; played and sung by them.

REMOVING UNWANTED ODORS FROM YOUR CLASSIC CAR

UNWANTED ODORS

You never know where you may find that restorable classic car of your dreams. Unfortunately, however, many times these cars have been stored in less than optimal conditions. Quite often, they have been exposed to the weather and even to small rodents and other wildlife! This can result in interiors that may exhibit foul odors such as musty or even barnyard-like smells.

In some cases, getting rid of these odors may require the costly removal and replacement of all the soft goods within the interior of the vehicle, such as the carpeting and upholstery.  Often however, this may not be required.  In this article, we address some of Disaster Blaster’s recommendations for odor removal techniques you can try first before you go to the expense of replacing those carpets and upholstery.

The first step to getting rid of odors is to remove the source of the odor.  To do this thoroughly clean the vehicle, both in and out.  Don’t forget the engine and trunk compartments. Pay particular attention to the soft goods in the vehicle such as the carpets, upholstery, and headliner.  It is these areas that tend to hold most of the odors.

These soft goods should first be vacuumed thoroughly.  After vacuuming, inspect these areas for any staining that is apparent.  Any stained areas should then be pretreated with a professional grade stain remover.  After allowing the stain remover to sit the length of time suggested in its instructions, then shampoo these soft goods very meticulously.  We suggest adding a professional grade deodorizer to the shampoo solution during this process.  Next, allow the vehicle to completely dry out.  Keep the vehicle windows and, if possible doors, open during the drying and may want to use some fans to speed up this process and help blow residual odors from the interior.  If it is a sunny day, it helps to let this drying occur outdoors. After the vehicle is dry, inspect the vehicle for any further staining and odors that may still be present. It may be necessary to repeat the process above numerous times before you reach a point where you are satisfied.

If the odor still persists, another method that has worked is using bicarbonate powder to help remove the odors.  While dry, sprinkle this powder liberally on the carpets as well as the upholstered seats and allow it to sit for a several hours.  Then vacuum up the dust and ventilate the car for at least an hour.  Again, this may need to be repeated for optimal results.

Often, the odor may be coming from the vehicle’s air-conditioning or heating system.  This is usually caused by bacteria or mold growing within these systems.  To take care of this, use a liquid antimicrobial product, which can be purchased at most cleaning product stores or online. You will want to spray this product heavily on the floor of the car by the front doors with the door open. Once applied, first run the air-conditioning system for at least five to ten minutes followed by running the heating system for that same period of time.  Make sure to set the system so that air is running through the entire system and all vents to ensure all internal areas are being treated. You may need to complete this treatment multiple times.  We also recommend that you add a deodorizer to the antimicrobial liquid for better effect.

Another way to reduce odors is to use a bar of scented soap in the vehicle.  This will serve to mask the odor by substituting it with a more pleasant scent for the short term until you can determine the odor’s source and remove it through proper remediation.  This soap often works better than car deodorizers.  Be sure to place this bar of soap in a place where it cannot move and get lodged near the brake or gas peddles.

While we are on this subject, we do want to comment on the use of ozone as an effective way of ridding vehicles of odors.  Disaster Blaster, Inc. owns a number of professional grade ozone machines that we use from time to time to remove smoke odors from fire or smoke damaged buildings.  These machines are very effective in oxidizing and removing odors.  We do not, however, recommend their use for removing odors from vehicles.

The reason for this is that ozone has been found to cause premature disintegration to some vital components in a vehicle, particularly those consisting of rubber.  While not all rubbers are affected by ozone, elastic rubber (elastomers) can be damaged and often destroyed by a relatively short exposure to these high levels of ozone.

Ozone causes cracks to form in these elastomers, which is appropriately known as ozone cracking.  It can occur in many safety-critical items such as fuel lines and rubber seals, such as gaskets and O-rings, which will ultimately lead to failure.  While ozone concentrations can be rather high when using an ozone generator, it is thought that only a trace amount of the ozone gas is needed to initiate this cracking.

It is often difficult to remove odors completely, but don’t give up!  Often a series of treatments are needed to see results.

Have fun cruising!

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