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NYCxDesign 2018: At ICFF, Metropolis Will Host a Full-Day CEU-Accredited Conference

Metropolis’s “ICFF Perspectives: Design/Democracy” will be one small part of ICFF, which has doubled in size over the past three years.

At ICFF, Interiors from Spain pavilion promises pieces like the Plec table from RS Barcelona, pictured in rose marble. Courtesy Interiors from Spain

The commercial heart of NYCxDESIGN and the launchpad for innumerable design talents over the years, ICFF will present its 30th edition this month. Mirroring the growth of the U.S. design industry, the show has doubled in size over the past three years and this year will take over the entire main floor of the cavernous Javits Center.

ICFF has emerged as the premier platform connecting American architects and designers with what’s happening worldwide: Nearly 900 exhibitors will show furniture, textiles, materials, kitchen and bath products, lighting, and interior accessories, and more than half of these will come from outside the U.S. New this year will be Handmade in Germany, a showcase of artisanal masterworks from that country, and No Taste for Bad Taste, an exhibition organized by the French nonprofit VIA to demonstrate the inventiveness of contemporary French design.

ICFF will also launch a number of initiatives to celebrate its anniversary. Collective Design will present Collective Concept at ICFF, where Allied Maker, Fort Standard, RUX Stickbulb, Crosby Studios, and others will present thought-provoking design proposals. “This special feature is positioned at the front of the fair,” says show director Kevin O’Keefe, “and is an ideal segue between the main ICFF exhibition and ICFF Gallery, a new area of the event that features art and art objects.”

No Taste for Bad Taste, the French design exhibition, will make the sixth stop on its world tour, showing iconic pieces like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Ploum sofa. Courtesy No Taste for Bad Taste

Metropolis returns to the fair in this landmark year with a full-day CEU-accredited conference titled “ICFF Perspectives: Design/Democracy.” The day of talks will explore how designers can work toward inclusivity in product design, architecture, and urbanism.

In another first, the fair is collaborating with the IIDA Foundation to host a silent auction with proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and the Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Education Fund Award. To honor the memory of Hernandez, Luna’s founder, who succumbed to complications from Alzheimer’s in 2016, the auction will match the first $5,000 raised to present a $10,000 award to an up-and-coming female designer. “How wonderful it is that ICFF, together with the architecture and design community, can give back and help to cure this crippling disease,” O’Keefe says.

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How to clean your Instant Pot (and make it smell new again)

If you own an Instant Pot, you probably use it a lot. The addictive all-in-one electric pressure cooker is so easy to use, you might find yourself turning to it for many weeknight meals. The result? An Instant Pot that needs to be cleaned — badly. 

This guide lays out the tips and tricks every Instant Pot owner needs to know. We’ll cover everything from removing stuck-on food from its stainless-steel cooking pot to keeping its lid nice and clean. We’ll even tackle ways to remove stubborn smells likely coming from the silicone ring. 

Read more: What all the buttons on your Instant Pot mean and Instant Pot safety tips

Step 1: Clean the base

The first step is to clean the base — the heaviest part of the Instant Pot that houses the stainless-steel tub. For obvious safety reasons, start by unplugging the Instant Pot. 

Now remove the inner cooking pot from the base and set it aside. Now use a clean, damp (not wet — you don’t want to drench it) cloth to wipe the inner base area, heating element and its rim. Bits of food debris can collect inside this recessed rim, too. One handy method is to use a pastry brush or even a foam paintbrush to clean this crevice. 

Once you’ve done that, go over the rim again with a dry cloth. This will help prevent that area from forming rust.

Step 2: Scrub the cooking pot

Instant Pots come with an inner pot made of stainless steel that can handle a lot of cooking methods — even searing and browning meats. The drawback, though, is that bits of food and char can really cling to it. Rice can be particularly stubborn. Here are a couple common scenarios.

Blueish stains. The Instant Pot is like any stainless-steel cookware and can develop blueish stains caused by minerals in water and food. To remove these stains, simply soak the pot in white vinegar for about 5 minutes and rinse away. If there’s more, soak a sponge in vinegar and use a little elbow grease. 

Stuck-on food. To get rid of any build-up or food stains, first try soaking the pot with a little dish soap and warm water. The treatment significantly softens stuck-on junk that should then scrub away easily. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to try Bar Keeper’s Friend, which is safe for stainless-steel cookware like the Instant Pot’s pot. Sprinkle a little bit on the affected area, then use a soft, damp sponge to work away the grime. Rinse thoroughly, and you’re set. 

The pot is dishwasher-safe, too, so you can pop it in on the bottom rack for deep cleaning.

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Instant Pot lids have many parts that can get dirty or clogged.

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Step 3: Cleaning the lid and its parts

Oils, aromatic seasonings, fats and liquids tend to settle into the Instant Pot’s seals and gaskets. Here’s a checklist for keeping it clean:

  • Check the steam release valve and red float valve. You’ll want to make sure they’re both free and clear of any food deposits or debris. 
  • Remove the anti-block shield, a silicone nub that covers the float valve from the inside. With the shield off, you can get a better look at the float valve to confirm any blocks or clogs. It’s a small part, so take care not to misplace or lose it.
  • Remove the silicone sealing ring. This part easily picks up strong odors. One method to rid it of any unwanted smells is to wash it separately in dishwasher. Make sure to select a high-temperature cycle such as sanitize. The combination of high heat and detergent should remove most of the unpleasant odors present.

The silicone ring found in the Instant Pot’s lid tends to attract odors quickly.

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Step 4: Put that ring through the ringer

Smells lurking in the Instant Pot’s silicone ring are tough to banish. Trips through the dishwasher help, but you might still notice a lingering sweet or savory smell. If that’s the case, try this. 

Add 2 cups of water or white vinegar to the Instant Pot plus a roughly chopped lemon rind. Next run the steam program for 2 minutes. Then, remove the ring and air-dry it. If that doesn’t work, try soaking the ring overnight in vinegar, which is a natural odor eliminator. Just remember to run the ring through the dishwasher or thoroughly hand-wash before using.

Some home cooks don’t bother with eliminating the odor and opt to buy an additional silicone ring. One ring is used for sweet dishes and the other for savory dishes. In any case, Instant Pot recommends that you swap in a new ring at minimum every 6 to 12 months.

Step 5: Wipe down the outside

Don’t forget to clean the outer body of Instant Pot — it needs love, too. For general cleaning, use a very damp sponge; for blueish hard-water stains, use a sponge dampened with white vinegar, followed by a damp (water) paper towel. 

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Large Moving Sale in Lewisburg

The Derr’s / Perfect2Perfect are getting ready to host a wonderful sale in the Lewisburg Area. The dates of the sale are Wed – Fri May 16-18 from 9am – 5pm (2018). We are starting later because of the street cleaning schedule out front of the home on Wednesday. While the parking is marked no parking from 6am-12pm, it is usually ok to park in those spaces once the street cleaner has been through. In the meantime, we have permission to use one side of the parking lot adjacent to the home in the back. We also are advising people to park out by the old high school and walk the short block to the home. You can enter through the rear door of the home or garage. We will not have the front door open during the sale. The address is 47 S. 7th Street, Lewisburg, PA – Google Map Link.

We invite all to come to this sale since it will be loaded with a lot of quality antique furniture, tools, toys, books and so much more.


When approaching Lewisburg from the North you will want to turn at Rt 45 and 15 to proceed East on Rt 45 (Market Street). Go past the old high school and turn right at the red light at 7th street. The home is on the right hand side of the street and parking is on the left (going the other way), DO NOT PARK opposing traffic in this area as you will receive a ticket! We are going to be limited to signs just outside the house in the front and the back so please look for them first before parking. If parking up front and in the back is full, please respect the owners of other properties and do not block their garages, alley, or driveways. There is plenty of parking within a short walking distance to the home either by the old high school or at the Catholic church parking lot by the old high school on 8th street.

If you are approaching Lewisburg from the east on 45, proceed through Lewisburg and turn left at 7th Street. Once again, the same applies, the home is on the left and follow the parking instructions above.

We have lots of quality Antique furniture and here is a partial list:

Antique Oak Washstand, old Victorian Chest with Walnut Carved Handles and hidden compartment, Oak Dresser w beaded molding, Empire style Chest with Dark Walnut Stain, Lots of Bentwood oak Chairs, Antique Plank Bottom Chairs, Beautiful Victorian Eastlake style Walnut Full Size bed with Matching Dresser with marble top and brass drawer pulls, Eastlake style rocker, quilt rack, hall stand, Vintage Glass Enclosed Bookshelf with old wavy glass, Clothing Tree, White Painted Oak Entertainment Center, Maple Butcher Block table with Shelf, Maple Butcher Block Table with Leaves, Other Butcher Block pieces, Cane Recliner, Cane Rocker, Old Maple Chairs, Oak Stands, Bar/Counter Chairs Upholstered Chair, Leather Ottoman, Old Leather furniture including Chair, Ottoman, and Sofa, Oak Desk, Antique Oak Pie Safe, Mahogany Governor Winthrop Desk, Jacobean Oak Table with 4 benwood chairs.

We will have a number of beautiful wool area rugs available throughout the home!

Other items include the following items:

Old Lanterns, Oil Lamps, Floor Lamps, Table Lamps, Pottery, Old Sessions Horse Clock for Parts and Repair,

Jewelry including Rhinestone Vintage Jewelry, Sterling, Gold Jewelry, and costume Jewelry

Huge selection of Cookbooks

Stereo Equipment as well as a Hitachi Boombox, Advent series A3 Speakers, Criterion 77 Speaker set, and bookshelf Optimus Speaker pair.

Huge selection of books in the upstairs Library including a great collection of old children books.

Vintage Poster from Hamlet starring Laurence Olivier (a Two Cities Film) Limited printing with serial number 15/49 dated 1949 Licensed as property of the National Screen Service Corp.

Other older prints and etchings throughout the home including a studio Proof by Justin Walsh, Old reproduction of 1864 Lewisburg Map, several Eric Bealer Alaskan Print Artist with numerous Limited edition prints, Kathleen Cantin Starry Night Lithograph,

Clean Room Coveralls like new, Professional Womens Clothing Size Small, Some Men’s Clothing,

Christmas Décor, Indoor and Outdoor Holiday Lights, Ornaments, and More

Linens, Bed Linens, Quilts, Hudson Bay 4 point blanket at least 60 years old,Vintage Woolrich blanket with Moose, elk and deer scenery, pillows,

Vintage Mandolin and Acoustic Guitar

Model Trains: Lionel Pullman cars 603,604, loco, and Tanker No 804 and other train/scenery accessories

Baskets and more baskets

Stained Glass window lights

Ladders, step ladders, and more ladders

Huge Selection of Albums from the 70’s and 80’s of popular artists!

1963 Ford Galaxy Convertible Dealer Promo Car in great condition!

Vintage 1967 ford mustang hardtop screw base model kit

Precise Scientific Industrial Scale will measure to 1/10000 of a gram by Authur H Thomas CO

Tools by Craftsman, Metric and SAE Sets in immaculate condition, deep socket and standard socket size, Open End Wrenches, Box End Wrenches, Amp Probe, Hammers, Wrenches, Pliers, Craftsman Large Storage Toolbox and much more.

Vintage Toys and board games including Matchbox Cars IOB and in unused condition, Tiny TONKA Snapdragon Vans NIB, APBA Cards from 1971, Bumper Pool and Card table combination unit in nice Mohagany finish, older Hubley metal cars, Lincoln Logs, Cork Deco Baseball Dart Board,

Flatware, Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne Dinnerware, Cookie Cutters, Old Tins, Sterling Spoons, Bavarian Sandwich Plates, other fine china and bone china for the last century, Vaseline and Cranberry Glass, Viking Glassware, 2 pc Bennington Pottery Spongeware,

Old Canning Jars, Snap Lid Glass Canister storage canisters, Assorted Silverplate, Revere Cookware and assorted stainless cookware, JC Penney Home Collection Green Dinnerware service for 12, Assorted Crocks, Brown Drip Pfaltzgraff Plates and bowls, Assorted Cutlery and fine Gourmet cooking accessories, coolers, fine cast iron cookware, Corning Cornflower Patter Cookware, Pyrex,

Numerous Appliances including Freezer, Dorm Fridge/Freezer, Sunbeam Deluxe MixMaster Mixer set, Cuisinart Microwave, Flatscreen TV, Nesco Style Cooker, juicer, A/C Units in good condition, Fans, Heaters, Montgomery Ward Dorm Size Refrigerator,

Walk Behind Self Propelled Mower, Gas Powered Mulching Chipper, Hedge Trimmers, and gardening tools.

Boats include a Scanoe 16’ with 4hp Outboard Johnson Motor, Inflatable Catamaran, Inflatable Boat,


We also have a garage loaded with box lots and lots of cleaning supplies, paints, cleansers and much more!

We will be listing much more as the sale approaches and we continue to uncover some great items! Well worth the trip and the first day is the same day as the farmers market in Lewisburg! Be sure to visit us first!

Please visit the Perfect2Perfect website to see more than 180 pictures of items in this sale! 

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In Wisconsin, businesses find success in keeping it local and made in America

In Madison, Wisconsin recently, the line was out the door at Mickies Dairy Bar, as college graduates and regulars tried to squeeze in a meal before the day’s festivities.

The diner was built in 1946 and its menu still hails from the 1950s with burgers going for just 30 cents, but it’s the ice cream shakes that make the eatery famous.

Whether they’re vanilla, chocolate or strawberry, the shakes share the same special ingredient: Schoep’s ice cream, which is produced in Madison and has been around since the 1930s.

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The shakes made at Mickies Dairy Bar share the same special ingredient: Schoep’s ice cream, which is produced in Madison and has been around since the 1930s.

Mickies owner, Janet Thongnuam, told ABC News that she’d been working at Mickies since 1991 with husband Payow.

As ABC News traveled around Madison, Wisconsin, the theme of the visit was locally made products sold in the state’s capital.

Across town, dozens of small-business owners, from around the state, gathered for the Madison Mini Maker Faire last weekend at Monona Terrace.

Vendors sold soaps, candles and even handsewn stuffed animals and toys from PlushZilla and Inkies.

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At the Madison Mini Maker Faire in Wisconsin, vendors sold soaps, candles and even hand-sewn stuffed animals and toys from PlushZilla and Inkies, seen here.

“I have over 60 different kinds now so — and I’m still designing,” said Laura McGarvey, the owner of Inkies. “All original designs.”

“I’ve been knitting and crocheting for over 40 years,” McGarvey said.

McGarvey of Burlington, Wisconsin, said that it took her usually between 45 minutes to an hour to make each Inkie.

Also at the fair was FeLion Studios, which makes cast-iron skillets in the shape of states. The company will be 6 years old in August.

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Alissa Toninato said that she and her team make skillets in the shape of the United States in addition to New York, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas.

Alissa Toninato said that she and her team make skillets in the shape of the United States in addition to New York, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas. She said the company decided on which state to make by fans’ votes online.

“People can just place their vote and tell us which ones we should make next and then we look at that. … That’s how we decide,” Toninato said. “It’s democratic.”

She said the company started making state-shaped skillets as an art piece. Then, a Kickstarter campaign was started. Donors requested their state skillets and, she said, Cracker Barrel and Martha Stewart started calling.

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The team at FeLion Studios in Wisconsin makes cast-iron skillets in the shape of states. The company will 6 years old in August, 2018.

Back at Mickies, Thongnuam said it was very important to her family that the diner use local products.

“It’s part of what America’s about,” she said.

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The Best Hiking Accessories of 2018

We’re all for traveling light—just make room for these.

(Courtesy Gossamer Gear)

Gossamer Gear Liteflex Hiking Umbrella ($39)

At the risk of inviting Mary Poppins jokes, some thru-hikers use umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun and thin out their rain gear. This one uses ultralight fiberglass to cut weight and Teflon-coated polyester for water repellency.

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Epic Wipes Shower On the Go Wet Wipes ($2 and up)

Short of bathing in a wilderness spring, there’s no fresher feeling after a few days on the trail than a wipe-down with one of these large eucalyptus-infused towelettes. Epic Wipes’ detergent is all-natural, and each cloth is big enough to clean your whole body.

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EnZees Foot Soother ($15 for 15)

Duct tape is good for preventing blisters, but foot sweat tends to break down the adhesive. Use this wool instead—it reduces friction just as effectively but stays in place better when it gets wet, thanks to natural fibers that cling to the inside of your sock, no stickum required.

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Omeals Chicken Creole ($8)

You can leave your stove at home when you pack one of these self-heating meals. A few ounces of water set off a chemical reaction that rapidly generates steam around the sealed inner pouch. It’s ready to eat in under five minutes. (And yes, if you’re out of water, pee works, too. Let us know how it turns out.)

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Avalon7 Bandaril Bandana ($20)

No pack list is complete without head protection, especially if exposure to harsh summer sun is likely. The Bandaril is made from a fast-drying mesh fabric that vents breath and sweat vapor equally well, so you can wear it up on hot days and around your face on cold ones.

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Counter Assault Bear Bells ($3 and up)

Bears don’t like surprises, and generally speaking, hikers should go with what bears prefer. Attaching these bells to your shoes or pack will announce your approach. The jingling is pleasant enough, and if you need a break, magnets silence them for easy peace and quiet.

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18 things new college graduates should invest in now instead of buying the cheap versions — according to a recent grad

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that deserves a post-grad update.

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When you were still in school, you were probably able to get by with cheap products that did their job but didn’t always last for more than a year. Whether you had more pressing financial concerns like rent, textbooks, and tuition, or you couldn’t put in the time to shop more consciously when you were so busy living the life of a college student, you probably weren’t married to your belongings, and that’s completely understandable.

Now that you’ve graduated, however, it’s a good time to take a step back and reevaluate the way you shop and live. You likely have more time and more disposable income, meaning you have the opportunity to make changes to your quality of life. They don’t have to be monumental — we’re not asking you to buy a car or home — but they can help you approach your post-grad life with renewed gusto by improving how you cook, sleep, dress, manage your personal finances, and otherwise take care of yourself.

The shift to higher-quality brands and products doesn’t only improve your life in the short-term. Because they’re made with better materials and processes, they’ll last for years (yup, in the plural) and will stick with you even through other major life transitions.

As a recent grad myself, I know it can be difficult to stomach a purchase over $100 and break the habit of only buying the cheapest option available. However, having tried many of the products below, I now understand the value, both financial and emotional, of investing in long-term solutions rather than wasteful and unsustainable quick fixes.

If you’re a new college graduate, you should invest in these 18 things.

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Meth lab discovered on Conn. River

HINSDALE, N.H. — A hazmat crew spent late Monday night into the early morning hours of Tuesday cleaning up a suspected methamphetamine lab on the banks of the Connecticut River.

According to Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner, law enforcement first heard about the lab from crews cleaning up campsites for the summer.

“We coordinated with New Hampshire Fish and Game and located the meth lab on the riverbank, quite a way into the woods,” he said.

The campsite is one of the sites made available by TransCanada for people traveling the Connecticut River on multi-day trips, said Faulkner, and each year around this time, TransCanada hires crews to cleanup the sites and get them ready for visitors.

“It was what is called a ‘one-pot lab,'” said Faulkner. And even thought it was just a couple of plastic bottles and some tubing, he said, the chemicals needed to make methamphetamine, when combined, can be very volatile and dangerous. “This is the first lab we have found along the river. It was created within the last 20 days or say.”

“We contacted the N.H. State Police Bomb Unit which put us in contact with the Drug Enforcement Administration that dispatched a hazmat team from the Seacoast area,” said Faulkner.

Faulkner also told the Reformer that evidence left at the scene has helped his department and the DEA develop some leads on a couple of suspects. Faulkner said law enforcement is aware of a significant population of transients and drug users who hang out along the river during nice weather. “We are going to increase patrols along the river this year,” he said. “We’ve been in training with Fish and Game.”

Faulkner said despite the discovery of the meth lab, local illicit drug use is predominantly heroin and cocaine.

“We have made arrests of people using methamphetamine,” he said. “We know it’s in the area.”

According to the U.S. Forest Service, meth labs are often found in remote areas and can contaminate their surroundings with harmful fumes and highly explosive chemical compounds. “Abandoned meth labs are basically time bombs, waiting for the single spark that can ignite the contents of the lab. In the hands of the untrained chemists simultaneously using meth and working with the flammable chemical components, a working meth lab is just as unsafe. … Meth cookers dump battery acid, solvents and other toxic materials into rivers or the ground. Much of the waste is highly flammable and explosive.”

“If you find something like this in the woods or in a car — yes, people are building meth labs in their cars — get away and call law enforcement and get GPS coordinates or make sure you provide us with good directions,” said Faulkner.

The Forest Service website also notes that methamphetamine waste residue can burn skin and eyes, and breathing in the gases can send a person to the hospital. The signs of a methamphetamine lab include: Unusual, strong odors like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals; coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, a dark red paste, or small amounts of shiny white crystals; glass cookware or stove pans containing a powdery residue; shacks or cabins with windows blacked out; open windows vented with fans during the winter; excessive trash including large amounts of items such as antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, engine starting fluid cans, HEET cans, lithium batteries and empty battery packages, wrappers, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape; and unusual amounts of clear glass containers.

According to the Forest Service website, methamphetamines stimulate the central nervous system, producing excess levels of neurotoxins the brain cannot handle. “As a health concern, meth eliminates brain functions and leads to psychosis and, in some cases, deadly strokes. Other long-term effects of meth use include respiratory problems, irregular heartbeat, extreme anorexia, tooth decay and loss, and cardiovascular collapse and death.”

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or

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