Surprise Your Valentine with a Gift from Biris (UB Advertising)

This post was written on behalf of UB Advertising for Biris Jewelers


This Valentine’s Day, express your love by surprising your special someone with something sparkly. Biris Jewelers has been Canton’s premier jewelry store since 1964 and whether you’re looking for a diamond engagement ring so you can pop the question, or you’re simply looking for a unique piece of jewelry to gift, Biris’ knowledgable staff can help you choose the perfect piece that will show your valentine you care.

As you shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, the staff at Biris has some tips for you to make sure you wow your special someone.

When shopping for diamonds, remember the 4 C’s

When you’re shopping for a diamond engagement ring or other diamond jewelry, it’s essential to consider the following factors: cut, color, clarity, and carat. A diamond is an investment, and the 4 C’s will help you select the right piece for your style and budget. Read more about the 4 C’s on our blog post here.

Gift a piece of jewelry that’s as unique as your love.

Biris Jewelers has a lovely selection of vintage jewelry. These antique jewelry pieces are often rare and hard to find. We invite you to come and explore the Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau jewelry designs that we have for sale. Additionally, Biris Jewelers is experienced in creating custom jewelry designs. If you have an idea for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for your one-of-a-kind valentine, ask our friendly staff, and we will help to make your dream a reality.

Visit us in our Canton, Ohio store

Our staff is dedicated to making sure you find the perfect gift for the person you love. Drop in the store Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm or on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. You can also give us a call ahead of time and make an appointment to talk through all the details of your ideal Valentine’s gift. We are located at 806 South Main Street, North Canton, Ohio, and can be reached at (330) 494-8182. 

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Biris Jewelers Team! We hope to see you soon.

Pick the Perfect Holiday Gift for that Special Someone (UB Advertising)

This post was written on behalf of UB Advertising for Biris Jewelers


The holiday season is approaching quickly and it’s time to start shopping for that special someone in your life. Whether you’re planning for a holiday engagement or just searching for something simple that says “I love you,” jewelry always makes for the perfect holiday gift. 

From diamond engagement rings to unique vintage jewelry pieces and everything in between, Biris Jewelers can assist you in picking a holiday gift that will make your loved one’s face light up every time they wear it. Here are a few tips from Biris Jewelers on how to pick the right present for the one you love this holiday season:

  1. Personal Style is Key

Think about your special someone’s taste and personal style. Do they like classic, timeless pieces? Or do they like to express themselves with bold, unique styles? If you’re shopping for engagement rings, you could create a custom engagement ring and wedding band set with Biris Jewelers or shop from our collection of vintage engagement rings.

  1. Consider the Investment

High-quality jewelry is meant to last a lifetime or longer. When selecting a piece of fine jewelry for your holiday gift, make sure that you are getting the highest quality piece for your price range and lifestyle. If you’re buying a diamond, be sure to consider the 4 C’s; you can read more about that here

  1. Customize It

Biris Jewelers can work with you to create a custom piece of jewelry so that the gift you give is truly one of a kind. However, even if you purchase a vintage or pre-made piece from Biris, you can still find creative ways to give your gift a personal touch. Write your loved one a heartfelt note to accompany their new piece of fine jewelry, or put a special touch on your gift by wrapping it with care.

  1. When in Doubt, Give Biris Jewelers a Call.

If you’re still having trouble selecting a holiday gift, give Biris Jewelers a call or come into our Canton, Ohio store. We are more than happy to help you pick the perfect gift for your style and budget.

Making the Most of Your Harvest (UB Advertising)

This post was written on behalf of UB Advertising for Rooster’s Organic


The autumn season is upon us, which means that you’re likely enjoying your harvest. If you’ve been using Rooster’s Organic Compost, you might be experiencing a very successful harvest and wondering how you’re going to eat all of your hard-earned, home-grown fruits and vegetables before they go bad. Here are a few tips on how you can make the most of your harvest:

  1. Celebrate with Friends and Family 

There’s nothing better than sharing your hard-earned harvest with loved ones around the dinner table. Take some time to prepare a few dishes with your homegrown fruits and vegetables, invite your friends and family over and pass the plate.

  1. Save Your Seeds

If your harvest was successful, be sure to save some seeds to use for next year. It’s especially easy to save seeds for your self-pollinating plants like tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas. Do some research to find out the best ways to preserve seeds for your specific crops.

  1. Canning and Pickling

With a little online searching, you can find all kinds of instructions on how to pickle or can your harvest. This process helps preserve your harvest so you can keep enjoying it through the winter months.

  1. When in Doubt, Freeze!

Freezing is the perfect low-maintenance and low-effort method of preserving your harvest. For some fruits and vegetables, the process is as simple as cutting them up, storing them in an airtight freezer bag and placing them in the freezer. Depending on the crop in question, you might need to add the extra step of blanching it before freezing. For all of your frozen fruits and veggies, be sure to list the date frozen on the outside of the bag so you can gauge how long they are good. When ready to enjoy, simply defrost and prepare as usual.

Why Use Organic Chicken Compost? (UB Advertising)

This post was written on behalf of UB Advertising for Rooster’s Organic


At Rooster’s, we don’t use just any material to create our compost; we use manure from our very own, family-owned poultry farm in the heart of Amish Country in Dundee, Ohio. We raise 250,000 chickens every ten weeks, then recycle the manure on our farm into compost by turning, curing, screening, and bagging, finally preparing it to ship to your home. We are dedicated to providing you with compost that will enrich your soil and make your home-grown fruits and veggies strong. Here are three reasons that chicken manure compost gets the job done:

  1. Chicken manure is Rich in Key Nutrients

Chicken manure is naturally full of nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. When Rooster’s Organic chicken manure compost is applied to your soil, these nutrients work their way into the soil, strengthening it along the way. The healthier the soil is, the better your fruits and vegetables will be. 

  1. Chicken Manure on its Own Has Too Much Nitrogen

While chicken manure compost enriches the soil, chicken manure on its own has too much nitrogen which prevents your plants from growing healthy. When chicken manure is composted, the nitrogen levels balance out. 

  1. Rooster’s Manure Also Includes Micronutrients 

While macro-nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are all very important to soil health, Rooster’s compost also includes important micro-nutrients. You can find micro-nutrients such as magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc in our compost. Micro-nutrients are only needed in small doses, like vitamins in our diet, but they play an important role in the plant’s ability to extract nutrients from other foods. In a commercial fertilizer, such as 10-10-10 micro-nutrients are often missing. Our compost is basically a free nutrient boost for your plants.

In conclusion, choose Rooster’s farm-made organic chicken compost for your soil-strengthening needs.

What is Compost? (UB Advertising)

This post was written on behalf of UB Advertising for Rooster’s Organic


Composting is a practice that is both eco-friendly and extremely beneficial for your garden. You know that Rooster’s Organic Compost works wonders for your crops, but you might be wondering what compost is and why it makes your home-grown fruits and vegetables taste so good. There are many different types of compost and composting techniques, but we would like to give you a glimpse into the process.

It Starts With Organic Material

At its most basic, compost can simply be described as organic material that has decayed. As organic material decays, it retains vital nutrients that are vital in strengthening soil. This process happens naturally, but when cultivated intentionally, compost can provide even more nutrients to the soil.

There Are Different Ways to Create Compost 

Any organic material can be composted: fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, manure, etc.). In order to turn these materials into usable, nutrient-rich compost, you can choose the method that works best for you: aerobic, anaerobic, or vermicompost. 

Aerobic Compost

Aerobic composting involves keeping the organic material aerated using a tumble composter to mix up the material. Because the material stays exposed to the air, it breaks down quickly. When using this method, it is important to keep the compost mixture moist. Here at Rooster’s, we use the aerobic method to create high-quality chicken manure compost. 

Anaerobic Compost

Using the anaerobic method of composting is low-maintenance, but very slow. Since air is not introduced into the compost mixture, it takes longer for materials to break down. In this method, organic material is put into a sealed container and left alone for a long period of time. Anaerobic composting is likely to create an unpleasant odor.


Vermicomposting employs the use of worms to help break down organic material. Once set up, this method of composting requires little work as the worms are the ones getting the job done. 

Preparing the Compost

Once the compost mixture has decayed, we at Rooster’s work to cure the mixture, screen it, and package it for your use. We put the finishing touches on our compost to make sure that you are receiving high-quality, nutrient-rich compost that will improve your harvest.

3 Tips for Keeping Your Late-Fall Plants Healthy with Rooster’s Organic Compost Tea (UB Advertising)

This post was written on behalf of UB Advertising for Rooster’s Organic


Fall has finally arrived and, with the change of season, so have, cooler temperatures. October is when pumpkins, hardy autumn squashes, apples and many other plants ripen — you are likely enjoying the rewards of your harvest right now. However, depending on your local weather conditions and other environmental factors, you might find that some of your plants are not yielding as well as you thought they might. 

Rooster’s Organic has a solution for keeping your late-fall plants healthy; our organic Nitro-Boost Chicken Compost Tea provides the nutrients your plants need to grow. Compost Tea helps keep healthy plants healthy and gives an extra boost to plants that might be struggling. 

Here are three tips on how to use our Organic Nitro-Boost Chicken Compost Tea to give your plants an extra boost before the final fall harvest:

  1. Take note of the Outdoor Temperature and Time of Day

For foliar application, it’s important to apply our Nitro-Boost Compost Tea to your plant’s leaves in the morning while their stomata are open. (Stomata are tiny openings in the leaves that helps the plant to absorb nutrients.) For best results, apply Rooster’s Organic Compost Tea when the temperature is below 80 degrees. If you are applying the Compost Tea to the root zone instead of to the leaves, you may do this in either the morning or the evening.

  1. Avoid Contributing to Fungal Growth

If you apply Compost Tea to your plant’s leaves in the evening, the stomata will not be open, meaning your plant won’t be able to soak up the nutrients. This results in your leaves being wet for too long which increases the likelihood of your plant developing a fungus.

  1. Apply Rooster’s Organic Compost Tea Consistently

If you’re hoping to maintain plants that are healthy, we recommend applying Compost Tea once every week or two depending on which kind of plant you’re working with. If you’re hoping to give a boost to a plant that’s not doing so well, apply even more frequently. 

With Rooster’s Organic, your late-fall plants will be strong and ready to harvest! 

Passing It On


Published in the Spring 2017 edition of Asbury University’s Ambassador Magazine

During their freshman year at Asbury, Caleb ‘06 and Christy Lee ’06 Swaringen were strangers who found themselves working together in the Z.T. Johnson Cafeteria. “I worked the salad bar and she worked the sandwich bar,” Caleb said — the ultimate Asbury meet-cute.

Christy & Caleb Swaringen Asbury University Alumni, ’06

A little more than 10 years have passed since their graduation, and the Swaringens are now married and living with their three children in Texas. Caleb teaches sixth-grade reading and writing at a charter school and Christy stays home with the kids while working as a freelance graphic designer.

Caleb and Christy say they were shepherded well while at Asbury. They were able to learn the importance of community while being mentored by the people around them. As alumni, the Swaringens are now interested in making that kind of transformative education possible for future Asburians.

For that reason, they continue to support Asbury through prayer, participation in Reunion, other alumni events and by giving financially. Last year, at their 10th Asbury Reunion, Caleb and Christy contributed to the Reunion Class Gift to help support current and future Asbury students.

“We are glad to give,” said Christy. “Any little thing that we are able to give back to Asbury pales in comparison to everything that it gave us — without a doubt.”

Among the gifts Asbury gave the Swaringens are lifelong friends — many of whom came back for last year’s Reunion. “My Asbury friends just get me,” said Christy. She mentioned that the bonds developed while at Asbury have become friendships that are truthful, loving and free of judgment. Though the years and distance make it difficult to remain in touch with every college friend, Christy described seeing these friends as “picking up where we left off.”

Christy and Caleb also credit their time at Asbury with laying the foundation for Christ-centered community. Christy and Caleb experienced community at Asbury in a way they hadn’t before — dorm life, praise nights, Bible studies and prayer events all played a formative role in cultivating that sense of community. “We can see pieces of our Asbury experience in our lives today,” said Christy.



A creative non-fiction piece

Published in the Spring 2016 Asbury Review Literary Journal

My legs weren’t even long enough to reach the floor of Dad’s red Ford pickup truck. Four-year-old me sat strapped into the middle seat straddling the gearstick while the corduroy seats caressed my spindly legs. My cousin Whitney, younger than me by a year, napped in the passengers’ seat. Her long eyelashes rested on her coffee-colored cheeks and her beaded braids clicked against the car window as she stirred, dreaming.

Mom had borrowed Dad’s truck to run some errands. She was a stay-at-home mom who babysat on the side. On most days we had at least three other kids running around our little rented house, but on this particular day it was only Whit-Whit and me.

I imagine mom blustered through the house that morning—a frenzy of yellow cleaning gloves, the smell of Pine-Sol, and dish suds on her arms. She kept a clean house. After that, I’m sure there was a blur of helping silly little girls get dressed—jumpers buckled over shoulders and shoes velcroed over lace-socked feet.

After breakfast and playtime, she managed to wrangle us into the truck. The cassette deck played some Christian attempt at “contemporary” music styles and Mom hummed along. As we drove, Whitney waded through tiredness and tried to fight off the waves by batting her lashes. She was no match and soon, fell asleep.

Mom pulled into our pastor’s driveway. His family was set up to have a yard sale and mom wanted to stop by to show her support. She put the truck in park; we were on an incline so it rolled back a little before stopping. Mom, her hands still on the steering wheel, glanced over and saw Whitney’s velvet face, sweet in slumber. She looked at me and whispered, “I’ll only be a minute. Can you stay in here with Whit-Whit? I wouldn’t want her to wake up and be all by herself.” I nodded my head. “Be right back,” she smiled, leaving the keys in the ignition and the truck on.

Through the windshield, I watched Mom walk up the driveway as the smiling members of our church greeted her. It was like having my own private T.V. where I could peek into the grown-up world. At first, it was riveting—fascinating to see my mother talking with people other than Dad or the babysitting kids or myself. She was so poised, so confident.

Mom greeted everyone and then delved into conversation. I couldn’t hear what they were saying so my attention waned. I looked at Whitney again and saw how peaceful her nap looked. My eyes grew heavy watching her and I started trying to get comfortable in the cramped middle seat so I could sleep too.

I sprawled out and kicked my legs trying to find a comfy spot. That’s when it happened. Motion. I felt in my stomach first — the truck was rolling backward. I had knocked the gearstick into reverse.

From the omniscient artist’s perspective, my whole life was merely a smudge of red pick-up truck paint smearing down white paved canvas.

I saw my mother getting slowly smaller and further away. She didn’t notice that the truck was on the loose. In the rearview mirror, I saw the street, cars whizzing by, and the little white house across the street. At that moment I knew that the truck would keep rolling backward forever and I clung to fate like a good Catholic clings to her rosary beads in fervent prayer.

In my mind’s eye I saw the truck roll across the street, gain momentum, crash through the house, and keep hurling backward for miles and years.

I would never see my family again.               

I sat and let the truck—my life—roll backward, doing nothing to stop it or guide it, Whitney and I were fated to grow up on the open road, powerless to stop the vehicle or even redirect it. It must have only lasted a second, but I didn’t feel fearful—no, I had already resigned myself to fate.

It wasn’t until then that the grown-ups noticed what was happening. Everyone was wide-eyed, mouths open. My mother was frozen in fear—everyone was frozen except for the pastor’s son. He ran, opened up the drivers’ side door, and slammed the truck into park. We screeched to a stop where the driveway met the road.

After worrying over us and making sure all was well, Mom got back in the truck, buckled in, and, carefully, put the truck in reverse. Whitney woke up, unaware that anything at all had happened.

I told her about the truck, about our fate to roll forever backward, and about our salvation. She sniffed and went back to sleep. I sat in silent reverie.

Then the recurring dreams began. Me. Trapped. Rolling backward. Powerless to stop.

The Speed Art Museum Continues Community Presence With “Wall Together” (Press Release)


The Speed Art Museum 

2035 South Third Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40208-1803 

(502) 634-2700 Fax (502) 636-2899

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Steven Bowling, The Speed Art Museum 

(502) 634-2702 Office, (502) 386-5235 Cell

The Speed Art Museum continues community presence with “Wall Together” 

LOUISVILLE, KY (August 1, 2014)– Local Speed, the Speed Art Museum’s satellite space during the museum’s expansion, is partnering with local nonprofits to serve as a platform for Louisville youth to display their art. 

Local Speed’s “Wall Together” project was developed in late 2013 and has since hosted two exhibitions in conjunction with local non-profit organizations. This project was created with the goals of connecting the Speed Art Museum to other local non-profits and establishing a collaborative community where young artists can share their unique perspectives through visual arts. 

The third installment in the “Wall Together” project was created in partnership with the Little Loomhouse and the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, and is entitled, Working Hands: A Modern Generation Explores the Ancient Craft of Textiles. 

The creation of Working Hands gave youth from the Cabbage Patch Settlement House the opportunity to take classes facilitated by the Little Loomhouse. Participants learned about and created textile arts in the Navajo, Ojibwe and Kentucky quilt and coverlet traditions. Through the artistic medium of textile craft, the artists were able to connect with an often-overlooked artistic tradition that transcends time, language and culture—a tradition that weaves together a diverse range of people throughout history. 

Working Hands: A Modern Generation Explores the Ancient Craft of Textiles, will be on display at Local Speed from August 1 – October 25. Local Speed will host an opening reception for this exhibition that is free and open to the public on Saturday, August 2nd, 1–3 p.m. 

The first two “Wall Together” exhibits were created in collaboration with Americana Community Center and Spot5 Art Center. Students from Americana Community Center created the first exhibition, The Nelson Mandela Project. This project featured creative works of art that were painted in the traditional African Kente Cloth style and then emblazoned with the image of the late Nelson Mandela. 

Presentation of The Neighborhoods of Louisville, marked the second “Wall Together” exhibition and featured art created by students of Spot5 Art Center. These pieces represented a random selection of some of our city’s 60 neighborhoods and highlighted unique aspects of the Louisville culture and community.

Organizations that wish to participate in “Wall Together” can submit a proposal for a series of art classes undertaken through their organization during which students will produce a body of finished artwork created specifically for this collaboration. Selected organizations will then have their artwork displayed at the Local Speed for the duration of the exhibition cycle for which they applied. For more information on how to apply, organizations can visit

About the Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed continues to play an important role in outreach initiatives, workshops, tours and art-related school programs. The Museum is situated at a crossroads between the city and the University of Louisville, adjacent to the busiest pedestrian thoroughfare on the University’s campus. The Speed is currently closed and undergoing a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North and South Building, 150 seat theater, Art Park and a public Piazza. Local Speed – the Museum’s temporary home – was established in downtown Louisville’s trendy Nulu district at 822 East Market Street last summer. Local Speed has 6,000 sq. ft. of special exhibition and programming space as well as administrative offices for museum staff.

To view a virtual tour or for more information visit

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Honoring the Past with Gifts for the Future



Published in the Spring 2015 edition of Asbury University’s Ambassador Magazine

If you’ve seen the films “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Batman Returns,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” or TNT Network’s popular television show “Falling Skies,” you’ve seen Doug Jones. He is a versatile Hollywood actor who often finds himself behind masks or heavy make-up, playing fantasy characters in dozens of films.

Recently, Doug and his wife, Laurie, decided to fund an endowed scholarship at Asbury University in memory of his grandfather, Dr. Ezra “E.T.” Franklin, and Doug’s mother, Miriam. Though Doug and Laurie are both graduates of a different university, his family has a long history at Asbury.

In addition to his grandfather, three great uncles and a great aunt are Asbury alumni. On a visit to campus, Doug sought out their photos in the basement of Hughes Auditorium and recounted the story of how his grandfather graduated from Asbury College in 1903, and after further education returned to Asbury to fill the position of what, today, would be the position of Academic Dean. The great uncles all became Methodist ministers.

In order to honor this family legacy, Doug and Laurie have established the Doug Jones Scholarship for Cinema and Theatre Performance. This scholarship will be awarded annually to Asbury students who dream of acting professionally and who choose to begin pursuing their dreams at the university level. Doug loves to interact with young actors and encourage them in their craft. Asbury students attending a semester in Hollywood have heard him share from his experiences and he hopes to be able to serve as a mentor to the recipients of the scholarship.

When Doug was first starting out, he ran into some challenges. During this time, an actor by the name of Armand Cerami, best known for his role in the film “Blues Brothers,” took Jones out to lunch and picked up the check. Cerami was more experienced and was able to give Jones both artistic advice and encouragement. Jones recounted that during this short lunch meeting, he felt very well taken care of. He would always say, “Whenever I get to that position, I want people who are with me — for even an hour or two — to feel taken care of.”

Through the endowed scholarship, the Jones’ hope to help young actors succeed, but more specifically hope to encourage people of faith to enter the world of media. “It is not only the family legacy that keeps my heart tied to Asbury,” Doug said, “but also the Christian community.” Having witnessed the faith and talent of Asbury students, he believes they are able to become culture-changers for Christ.