Dauphin Island

Mar on Dauphin Island. The ferry will take you to the Florida panhandle. Photo; S. Denton

Dauphin Island, on the south side facing the Gulf. Photo; S. Denton

Marideth (standing on right) with Don Bland (standing on left), Sarah D. right and Lois R. on the left. Photo; A. Denton

Marideth, Dauphin Island near the Mother Tree. Photo; S. Denton

Marideth near the Mother Tree, Dauphin Island. Photo; S. Denton

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7 Responses to Dauphin Island

  1. Tracey Williams says:

    I am re-entering the 4th grade classroom in the upcoming year. I taught 4th grade in the late 80’s/early 90’s and Don Bland did the most wonderful tours of the shell mounds. I understand he has now retired, but would love to make contact with him or with someone that he shared his vast amount of knowledge with. I want my upcoming fourth graders to receive the same benefits when we visit the Island with its rich resources. If you can assist me with this I would be most appreciative.

  2. Michael says:

    Hello!
    I am an old friend of Don. I too am trying to find out a little more information about where he is and how he is doing these days.
    During my search I came across this posting. I wish I would have seen this earlier. You are correct, Don knew everything there was to know about the Indian Shell Mounds.
    As a child we would ride our bicycles all through the area and occasionally we come across old artifacts and he could look at it an give us history on nearly anything.
    Well, I will keep this short, good luck!

    V/r,
    Michael

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    We have our experts who carry special tools to do the tile and grout cleaning; the grout sealing
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  5. There are many types of tiles available nowadays. The method of tile cleaning will depend
    more on the tile type. However there are couple of things to be followed to add the sheen and glow of the tiles.

    Do the regular floor cleaning
    Clean the spills as soon as they occur

    It is very crucial to clean dirt and water too as soon as they are split to prevent the stains.
    Place a doormat which helps in reduction of mud or dirt entering through footsteps.

    There are basically following tile floors where in one will
    use the tile and grout cleaning process, types of tiles
    are as follow –

    Ceramic
    Porcelain
    Stone

    Porcelain Tile cleaning

    Porcelain tiles maintenance is not difficult if the surface is cleaned regularly.
    The surface can be vacuum cleaned every day or just sweep it.
    The wet mopping is required once in a week. Use of mild floor cleaners will
    do for the mopping. One can make it at home by mixing
    vinegar and water.

    Ceramic Tile Cleaning

    The rule is followed here as well; remove the dirt as soon as possible.
    Vacuum clean the tiles every day or a simple
    broom can be used. Plain water or the special ceramic
    tile cleaners can be used for the wet mopping.

    Stone Tile Cleaning

    One need to be careful while cleaning the tiles made of stones as they are natural minerals.
    Never use harsh floor cleaners. Sweep or vacuum clean. After using any floor
    cleaner use a dry mop to soak any type of liquid residue.

    Grout Cleaning

    Along with the tile cleaning it is very important to regularly
    clean the grout, i.e. the lines between the tiles. Hence tile and grout
    cleaning goes simultaneously. Grout is porous in nature and attracts dirt,
    grease etc. The surface looks shabby if the grout is unclean. It can also
    be a cause of mildew or mould in the damp areas like bathrooms.
    It is best to have a seal (colour or clear) on the grout which will
    not only protect the surface but also acts as an anti-fungal
    agent.

    Many a times it gets difficult to maintain the floor due to hectic
    working schedules. Hence we come in picture and provide
    the tile and grout cleaning services to our clients at a very affordable price.
    Moreover the price depends on the type of the tiles, number of tiles and size of the
    tiles to be cleaned.

    Following steps are followed for the tile and grout cleaning after you contact
    us-

    Pre inspection of the tiles and floor.
    Shifting of the furniture, if any, from that space.
    Dry Sweeping of the surface
    Application of the suitable cleaning solution.
    Cleaning the surface with a soft pad.
    High pressure cleaning
    Mopping and drying the surface.

    We have our experts who carry special tools to do the tile and grout cleaning;
    the grout sealing is also done if ordered.

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    Again, not all marketing works for all niches and some can be turned off more easily than others.

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    Second, watch your language. While on the surface, this could be taken as do not swear, on a deeper level,
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    Also, look at the message your words send.
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    Do your words properly convey the message you want people to see?
    Sometimes people get so wrapped up in sending out a strong message that they fail to consider if it is
    the right one.
    Third, don’t verbally tie yourself to a region or company if you
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    If you can’t or think you might have problems with this, hire someone to do it for you or spend a
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    or a new logo, that doesn’t mean that your clientele is paying attention. To build your brand, you need consistency, so
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    you can’t make up your mind about your name. Remember, you’re
    a business, not a rock star.
    LinkedIn Final Thoughts
     
    LinkedIn is a wonderful tool for reaching people in the business world.

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