Fraternal Order of Eagles
Big Walnut F.O.E. #3261
1623 Brice Road
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
(614) 861-9073
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Boy Scout Troop #279
Boy Scout Troop #279 meets at the Big Walnut F.O.E. each week. We are proud to help our local scout troop with a place to meet!

  • Troop Meetings every Monday night 7-8:30 pm
  • Crew Meetings 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month 7-8 pm

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Smart technology in the modern bathroom

Mirrors with bad news. Light shows. Music. Here's a technology idea: A mirror with an opinion. It's not as if the HiMirror screams when you stagger in first thing in the morning, but it can helpfully point out dark spots and monitor your aging. Is that smart technology, or don't-get-smart technology? In any case, bathrooms are going high tech with voice control, personalization, and new features.

Riding the wave of Alexa-powered gadgets and gizmos, traditional bathroom suppliers like Kohler have developed the Kohler Konnect platform that allows showers, toilets, and mirrors to operate by voice. Set the shower temperature with a word. Order the coffee maker to turn on (you still have to put coffee in it yourself). Dim lights. Brighten lights. Set your mirror for different lighting situations.

Duo AI is developing mirrors (actually computer monitors) that will let you control household appliances from its touch screen and turn on weather, news, and other information.

Shower singers will also appreciate new options for playing music in the bathroom ranging from the inexpensive Moxie showerhead with built-in Bluetooth speaker from Kohler to the $2,998 Stratum-N base unit that comes equipped with a Bluetooth-enabled speaker system installed under sinks and countertops.

Digital shower valves, by Crosswater for example, provide a visual indicator that the water is heating, cooling, or has arrived at the preset temperature. Chromotherapy, meanwhile, can infuse lighting into showerheads, mirrors, and other light fixtures to help provide energy in the morning with bright yellows and oranges along with a calming influence at night with cool blues and greens.

For the environmentally conscious, several bathroom sink and shower fixtures, such as Grohe's Eurocube E taps, help conserve water and energy by automatically shutting off the water when not in use.
Christmas delivered

If you hate debating over Christmas trees at the local lots, Amazon has an alternative. According to the Associated Press, Amazon will deliver North Carolina Fraser firs for $115, with Prime shipping and pre-ordering. They promise that all live trees will be shipped within 10 days of being cut down and will survive the trip to your door.

Despite the convenience, the National Christmas Tree Association is skeptical that buyers will want a tree sight unseen.
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Horror films stream in the profits

Low-budget, high-profit horror films have made a killing in the movie industry, even though they have been considered low-brow entertainment. But the genre is in a critical and profitable renaissance thanks, in part, to streaming services. Higher quality horror movies have powered major box office successes, gaining a wider audience.
In 2011, James Wan's Insidious became the most profitable movie of the year, and some studios jumped at the chance to replicate that success. Films such as Green Room, The Witch, Creep, and It Comes at Night all garnered critical acclaim, and in 2017 Jordan Peele's Get Out was nominated for four Academy Awards, the first such nominations since The Silence of the Lambs in 1992. These successes showed that the horror genre didn't have to rely on chain saws to please an audience.

For every mainstream hit, there are many more that have been relegated to a video-on-demand or DVD release to avoid the costs of a theatrical run. Now, streaming services like the horror-centric Shudder provide access to old-favorite horror films as well as up-and-comers that are more art than gimmicks on a low budget, according to Syfy.

Netflix, meanwhile, has entered the genre with its highly-regarded films, The Ritual and I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. The service has also given independent releases like The Babadook a second chance, exponentially increasing their exposure.