Drawing on more than 20 years of cabinet-making experience, founder Paul Akers caters to the unique needs of the modern carpenter by fashioning innovative and timesaving woodworking tools. Akers solicits design ideas from working carpenters to create FastCap's unique wares, including its signature line of self-adhesive screw caps ($2.10+ for a sheet, number of caps/sheet vary based on material). Fine tune drawings with a durable FatBoy pencil ($14.95), build beatific window and door moldings with the Pro Tools reveal square ($5.95), or measure spaces with the FlatBack 16' tape measure ($7.95), which has a blank edge for writing notes and cinderblock-inspired cinquains.
Julia Chapin Bozzo has been on an equestrian crusade for 20 years. She founded NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center in 1993, and has overseen its Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs since day one, fostering a welcoming, nurturing environment for riders with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and brain injuries. Adhering to the strict guidelines set forth by PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), her facility leverages the healing power of horses to enrich the well-being of riders of all ages. Whether they're toddlers or seniors, each participant reaps the physical, mental, emotional, and social rewards of riding with the center’s gentle horses—gaining strength and coordination, interacting with the natural world, and, most importantly, building self-esteem. Thanks to Julia’s efforts and the assistance of certified riding instructors and a 30-strong team of weekly volunteers, the center conducts more than 950 lessons annually, each individually tailored to the rider’s therapeutic goals.
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For nearly 40 years, the expert technicians of West Coast Pool Service have kept things running smoothly in residential and commercial pools, spas, and water features. Beyond installation and maintenance, the team can perform more specialized repairs including liner replacement and leak detection after a pool party is crashed by porcupines. Those looking to buy homes with preexisting pools can commission one of West Coast's experts to inspect them and provide written and verbal reports of any potential hazards.