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Self Storage Facilities Target E-waste in New Recycling Programs

by John Stevens August 24, 2010 7:13 AM
Self storage facilities interested in “greening” their properties have begun to offer e-waste recycling, in addition to ordinary recycling of paper products, glass, and aluminum cans. E-waste refers to electronic waste. It can include computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, printers, laptop computers, fax machines, copiers, VCRS and DVD players, stereos, or any other electronic device. [More]

NY Self Storage Operator Caught in the Middle in Financial Records Lockdown

by Kim Kilpatrick August 23, 2010 11:19 PM
A New York state self storage operator is caught in the middle of a lock down of financial records stored by the Albany brokerage firm McGinn, Smith & Co. McGinn Smith is the subject of an SEC investigation for financial fraud. The self storage operator, Mark Rekucki of Clifton Park Self Storage, initially agreed to allow McGinn Smith to rent 11 units free of charge for the month of April, while the firm was looking for new offices. The units were used to store McGinn Smith’s financial records. But late in April, the SEC formally charged McGinn Smith with securities fraud, and the storage units were raided by federal agents. Since then, no one has paid any rent on the units, and Clifton Park Self Storage alleges that it is owed more than $5,000 in back rent. [More]

Kind Strangers Rent Storage Unit for Evicted Missouri Family

by Holly Robinson August 23, 2010 11:25 AM
Gladstone, Missouri citizens gave new meaning to the term “good Samaritan” this week. On Thursday, Gladstone city officials told a family that they would have to leave their home, not because of foreclosure -- but because the home was not safe. Early this summer, the home had begun to slide down a hill. The house belongs to Russell and Roberta Sitzman, who had lived there for 35 years and were surviving on disability payments. Yesterday, Gladstone’s city engineers condemned the house, telling the Sitzmans that they would have to leave the house by 6 pm Friday. After the Sitzmans’ story was broadcast on a local news station Thursday night, strangers began showing up at the house to help the Sitzmans to move and pack. They took up a collection and rented a storage unit for the family. [More]

Self Storage Companies Plant Trees for Customers

by Kim Kilpatrick August 6, 2010 10:26 AM
Two self storage companies are planting trees in an attempt to cause reforestation of areas of the world that are suffering from deforestation, such as Haiti, the Amazon basin, and tropical rain forests around the world. Watson & Taylor Self Storage, of Addison, Texas, announced this week that it will work with Trees for the Future to plant ten trees for every new self storage customer to rent a unit at their facility in the month of August. Likewise, iStoreGreen of Brooklyn, New York, plants a tree for every tenant through the Nature Conservancy. [More]

Return of Futurama Begs Question: Where Do You Store Old Seasons?

by John Stevens June 29, 2010 9:11 AM
Futurama is back! Last broadcast in 2003, the sci-fi cartoon television series brainchild of The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen returned to Fox last week with all new episodes set in the year 3000. Futurama fans can get their fill of Fry, Leela, Bender, and Professor Farnsworth every Thursday now.

But while Futurama was off the air, has the future changed? In the seven years since 2003, the nature of television has changed profoundly. Many fans of Futurama and other hit television series now buy their shows a season at a time, in DVD form, and watch the shows at their leisure on DVD players, computers, and, if they choose to digitize the episodes, on iPods and other MP3 and MP4 players. Many choose not to watch network or cable television at all. [More]

Is Physical Storage Safer than Digital?

by Kim Kilpatrick June 1, 2010 9:43 AM
When it comes to information and images, it almost goes without saying, for most people, that digital storage must be safer than relying on a physical copy. After all, digital copies can be backed up almost instantly, with several copies stored in different locations. If you are worried about losing information, having several digital copies of it seems like the safest thing to do.

What if, however, you are not worried about losing information, but are instead worried about keeping private information private?

It’s starting to become clear that hard paper copies, although they are vulnerable to destruction or to getting accidentally lost or thrown away, are more secure when it comes to guarding private information such as physical home addresses, financial information and identification numbers, and medical records. Putting archived hard copies of medical records and other private information in secure physical facilities, such as self storage units, where they can be kept safe behind fences and gates that can only be accessed in front of security cameras and using biometric technology, may be the only way to keep private information safe. [More]

24 Beloit College Students Trained in Storage and Conservation

by Holly Robinson May 28, 2010 8:20 AM
Thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), 24 students at the Beloit College Logan Museum of Anthropology have been trained in how environmental conditions affect the storage of anthropological and archival materials. Students learned about how temperature, humidity, and pollutants in the air can affect collections in storage. IMLS provided a $3,000 grant to pay for an April 22 workshop on how environmental conditions affect the storage of collections.

The workshop was conducted by conservator Neil Cockerline, of the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was attended not only by Beloit College students, but also by professors and by Michael Brady, the college’s Physical Plant Director. Beloit College is installing heating, cooling, and ventilation devices in its anthropology research labs this summer, so the workshop was viewed as particularly apropos. [More]

PA Self Storage Owner Recognized for Preserving Historic Coca Cola Plant

by Kim Kilpatrick May 25, 2010 2:28 PM
Historic York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic architecture in York County, Pennsylvania, has given Ken Snyder, the owner of Capital Self Storage of Springettsbury Township, an award for preserving the building that used to house the Coca-Cola Bottling Works. Snyder converted the building to use it as a self storage facility. The Capital Self Storage conversion was one of four building projects to be honored with a 2010 Historic Preservation Award by Historic York. [More]

Hair and Storage Space Donated to Oil Spill Cleanup in Gulf

by Kim Kilpatrick May 20, 2010 12:04 PM
Matter of Trust is making hair booms and mats in temporarily donated storage spaces and warehouses all along the Gulf Coast. So far 25,000 square feet of space have been donated. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of hair has been sent to 13 locations along the Gulf Coast. Matter of Trust is not picky about what kind of hair it uses -- it will take human hair from salons, dog and cat hair from pet grooming salons, fleece sheered from alpacas, and any other kind of hair or fur that you can think of. Volunteers in warehouses, storage spaces, and in some cases, garages, are stuffing the hair into nylon pantyhose to contain it. [More]

Missouri Self Storage Owner Runs for County Commissioner

by Tony Gonzalez May 4, 2010 1:11 PM
Andy Sodano, the owner of Missouri's Houston Self Storage and Licking Self Storage, has announced that he is running for the office of presiding commissioner of Texas County. The primary election will be held on August 3.

In the primary, Sodano, who is a Republican, will run against Fred Stenger. Democrat David "Mike" Impey will run unopposed. Republican incumbent Don Shelhammer has chosen not to seek reelection. [More]
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