Skeeter Beater

first_img In the time-honored tradition of long-haul truckers and cheapskates road tripping across the United States, the backseat of my car has long served as an ad hoc bed for covert slumber away from home and on an adventure. Pull over, crack the windows, grab a fleece jacket for your pillow, and goodnight.Employed carefully — and legally — sleeping in a car makes a lot of sense for a quick night’s rest at a mountain trailhead before a climb or in a campground when you pull in too late to erect a tent. Drive a truck or a van and you can unfurl pads and blankets in back to convert your Ford into a makeshift motorhome.Timco Industries LLC of St. Louis Mo., makes a product to “turn your vehicle into a tent in seconds.” Essentially square sheets of netting with magnets stitched on the edges, the Skeeter Beater window screens attach on a car’s exterior to create instant screened window openings.Made of polyester no see-um mesh, the Skeeter Beaters can keep out mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs.In my test, the magnets snapped tight to the car’s metal and held the screen in place with no gaps. Strong wind might move the Skeeter Beaters, though in a windy setting gnats and mosquitoes — not to mention in-car ventilation — won’t be an issue.In the past, lack of ventilation often hampered my nights sleeping in a car on reclined bucket seats. But with the Skeeter Beaters air flows freely through the mesh-covered open windows, granting easy warm-weather slumber.Since they attach around the windows on the edge of a door, you can go in and out of a vehicle without removing the screens.The company ( sells the Skeeter Beater for about $30 a pair. They come in several colors and eight sizes to fit dozens of vehicles, from a Chevy Suburban to a Ford Focus.(Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at read more

Niamh’s ‘spec-tacular’ project to benefit hundreds in developing countries

first_img14-year-old Niamh Coyle from Raphoe is helping give the gift of sight to those in developing countries with her unique project.As part of her Chief Scout Award and Gaisce, Niamh has come up with the ‘spec-tacular’ idea of collecting glasses for the Lion’s Club International to donate to those with limited vision in developing countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and India.Niamh explained to Donegal Woman that eye care is something we take for granted and that we often forget that those in developing countries may not have access to opticians. “I wear glasses myself, and I think it’s a privilege that when we need to, we can go to the opticians and get a pair of glasses.“I had some spare glasses at home and thought about how I could give them to others as I know how difficult it is to be without glasses.”Niamh says that the support from the community has been overwhelming since she began her project.“The house is coming down with glasses! The boxes in the shops are overflowing. We have a couple of hundred pairs already.” A busy woman, Niamh is a scout in 3rd Donegal (Raphoe) Scout Troop, and recently completed the adventure part of her Chief Scout Award by leading a group of younger scouts on the Burtonport Railway Walk before embarking on an overnight expedition to Arranmore – covering 26km on foot during the trip!If you have some spare spectacles that could be useful for Niamh’s project, you can put them in one of her collection boxes at Coyle’s Centra Raphoe, Louise Masterson’s Opticians Raphoe, Raphoe Pharmacy, and Simple Simon’s Healthfood Shop in Donegal Town.The glasses must be in good condition for people to wear and you don’t need to send the case.Niamh is hoping to collect as many glasses as she can for her project and assures you that your glasses will make a huge difference.Niamh’s ‘spec-tacular’ project to benefit hundreds in developing countries was last modified: August 20th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lions club internationalniamh coyleprojectRaphoelast_img read more