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Aven’s Vintage Bedroom. Super Value. Two Finishes!


We are constantly looking for the absolute best values in better quality home furnishings. When we find it we instantly know.

How do we know?

Our customers tell us by instantly ordering more product than we can keep up with!

This is the case with the Vintage Bedroom from Winners only.

The Vintage Bedroom offers great traditional styling.

Features include:

  • Ball-bearing drawer glides.
  • Rich hand rubbed lacquer finish.
  • Storage beds in all sizes, twin thru king.
  • Drawers with cedar bottoms.


Vintage is available in two great finishes:

Oak Finish


And a rich Cherry Finish:



While we’re on the subject the Vintage Dining Set is also a super value!



December 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Santa and Kitty visit Beltone

December 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Landing the FAA’s top job

Who will be the next pilot of the Federal Aviation Administration?

Former chief Randy Babbitt’s drunken driving arrest — and subsequent resignation several days later — caught the aviation industry by surprise. Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta was immediately named to replace him in the interim, but a permanent nominee might fall prey to 2012 politics.


After being confirmed by the Senate, FAA administrators serve a five-year term. Republicans have their eyes firmly on the prize of taking back control of the Senate and White House, leaving them unlikely to sign off on a nominee from President Barack Obama. The GOP doesn’t want to let Obama choose an agency head who will serve the entire first term of who they hope will be a Republican president.

The president, too, may not want to risk another nomination being rejected. His picks for ambassador to El Salvador and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals failed Senate cloture tests in December.

“I doubt that the Senate will approve any of President Obama’s nominees next year,” said Illinois Rep. Jerry Costello, the top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s aviation panel. “So I think it’s very likely that the acting administrator will stay in for all of 2012 through the end of the president’s term.”

Following an administrator’s resignation, the president has 210 days to make another appointment, which on the surface, places the decision in summer 2012. But reality is murkier. The president may be able to punt — sources say Obama could appoint Huerta with no intention of getting him confirmed or even maneuver in a manner to restart the 210-day clock.

Still, the FAA — which now has a void at the top spot in addition to being subject to more than four years of stopgap authorization bills from Congress — will eventually need someone who can replace Babbitt’s expertise on both aviation and unions.

Conventional wisdom is that Huerta will stay on through Obama’s first term. But savvy politicos can’t resist a game of “what if?” So here are five names to watch:

Deborah Hersman

The National Transportation Safety Board chief was mentioned by several industry sources for her strong safety record — and her career aspirations. There’s precedent for the transition: Marion Blakey jumped from the NTSB to head of the FAA in 2002.

It helps that Hersman went through a rigorous Senate confirmation process when she was approved for the NTSB in 2004. Since then, she has been an outspoken voice for the NTSB and is especially familiar to Washingtonians who were glued to TVs after a devastating Metro crash in 2009 spurred an investigation into the city’s subway system.

She has also played a key role in several major aviation safety investigations, including the fatal crash of Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y. That commuter plane crash killed all 49 on board — in addition to one death on the ground . Some of the agency’s subsequent recommendations made it into a pilot safety measure that sailed through Congress in 2010.

If she becomes FAA administrator, the loss of her star power could decrease the NTSB’s visibility — and there may be something bigger out there for her, anyway. Hersman has been mentioned as an option to replace Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood when he steps down after Obama’s first term.

Michael Huerta

Huerta is the safe pick within the aviation community, should Obama decide to name a permanent replacement. Huerta has already won the support of many on Capitol Hill — nobody even asked for a roll call vote on his nomination for deputy administrator when it hit the Senate floor.

He also has a fan in Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Finance Committee ranking member, who knows Huerta from his work during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

“He’s a fine man. I was aware of his experience, and he’s a fine man,” Hatch told POLITICO recently. “If the president nominates him, I’d be in support of it.”

Picking Huerta would not signify any particular bold stroke by the administration, as questions remain on whether his laid-back public persona is what the agency needs right now. The flip side of that is that he may be a good selection for morale within the FAA: Staffers would be happy to see the elevation of one of their own, and his work on NextGen showcases his embrace of the wonky details.

Duane Woerth

Woerth, a pilot, has been in aviation his whole life. And he was reportedly on Obama’s short list for FAA chief back in 2009.

Woerth has served on the boards of directors for several major airlines, and soon after Sept. 11, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta named him to the Rapid Response Team for Aircraft Security. The Nebraska native also co-chaired the Next Generation Air Transportation System Executive Council, a private-sector group that worked with the DOT and FAA on a plan to modernize the national airspace system.

Woerth has strong union ties, acting as head of the Air Line Pilots Association from 1999 to 2006 — the same organization that Babbitt once helmed. Republicans could make a fuss about Woerth’s labor ties, especially if large unions support him.

He currently serves as U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. body that oversees international aviation agreements and disputes.

Robert Herbert

Herbert, a staffer for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), was also rumored to be a finalist in 2009. He even met with LaHood the same day the former congressman won Senate confirmation to DOT’s top job.

He’s passionate about his job and is regarded as sharp within aviation circles.

The longtime Reid aide currently serves as senior policy adviser and director of appropriations. He advises Reid on transportation and defense issues, among other things.

He’s a recent graduate of the National War College and is a colonel in the Nevada Army National Guard. He also served as directorof aviation for the Nevada Army National Guard for six years.

But Herbert’s ties to Reid could hurt him: Does being one of Reid’s guys carry baggage that Senate Republicans would have difficulty handling?

Jim Oberstar

Oberstar is considered a long shot, but that won’t quell the speculation.

Oberstar knows the issues, knows how Congress works and cares about aviation. Those factors would outweigh any age concerns for the dark horse candidate should Obama target him for the job. The big question is whether Obama has forgotten some of Oberstar’s pointed critiques of how the administration has handled transportation issues.

The former House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman and longtime lawmaker doesn’t have the best relationship with the administration, LaHood or Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), whose support is critical for any FAA candidate.

Those frosty relations with the White House stem from the summer of 2009, when the administration caught him off guard by requesting an 18-month extension of a surface transportation policy — putting the kibosh on his carefully crafted six-year proposal.

Still, Oberstar said he’d listen if the White House called him about the job.

“If the president of the United States asks you to serve in public office for the good of the country, you have to hear him out,” he told POLITICO. “That call has not been made, but of course, I would listen to the president or the secretary. … I love aviation and invested some 30 years of my service in Congress in that arena.”

Some have also speculated his age, 77, could be a disqualifying factor. But age isn’t a huge factor with Leon Panetta running the Defense Department — a more rigorous job, noted an insider — at age 73 and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) winning reelection in his mid-80s.


December 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FAA Issues Final Rule on Pilot Fatigue



Contact: Brie N. Sachse or Alison Duquette     

Phone: 202-267-3883                                            


FAA Issues Final Rule on Pilot Fatigue




WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Michael Huerta today announced a sweeping final rule that overhauls commercial passenger airline pilot scheduling to ensure pilots have a longer opportunity for rest before they enter the cockpit.



“This is a major safety achievement,” said Secretary LaHood. “We made a promise to the traveling public that we would do everything possible to make sure pilots are rested when they get in the cockpit. This new rule raises the safety bar to prevent fatigue.”


“Every pilot has a personal responsibility to arrive at work fit for duty. This new rule gives pilots enough time to get the rest they really need to safely get passengers to their destinations,” said FAA Acting Administrator Huerta.


The Department of Transportation identified the issue of pilot fatigue as a top priority during a 2009 airline Safety Call to Action following the crash of Colgan Air flight 3407. The FAA launched an aggressive effort to take advantage of the latest research on fatigue to create a new pilot flight, duty and rest proposal, which the agency issued on September 10, 2010.


Key components of this final rule for commercial passenger flights include:


Varying flight and duty requirements based on what time the pilot’s day begins. The new rule incorporates the latest fatigue science to set different requirements for pilot flight time, duty period and rest based on the time of day pilots begin their first flight, the number of scheduled flight segments and the number of time zones they cross. The previous rules included different rest requirements for domestic, international and unscheduled flights. Those differences were not necessarily consistent across different types of passenger flights, and did not take into account factors such as start time and time zone crossings.

Flight duty period. The allowable length of a flight duty period depends on when the pilot’s day begins and the number of flight segments he or she is expected to fly, and ranges from 9-14 hours for single crew operations. The flight duty period begins when a flightcrew member is required to report for duty, with the intention of conducting a flight and ends when the aircraft is parked after the last flight. It includes the period of time before a flight or between flights that a pilot is working without an intervening rest period. Flight duty includes deadhead transportation, training in an aircraft or flight simulator, and airport standby or reserve duty if these tasks occur before a flight or between flights without an intervening required rest period.


Flight time limits of eight or nine hours. The FAA limits flight time – when the plane is moving under its own power before, during or after flight – to eight or nine hours depending on the start time of the pilot’s entire flight duty period.


10-hour minimum rest period. The rule sets a 10-hour minimum rest period prior to the flight duty period, a two-hour increase over the old rules. The new rule also mandates that a pilot must have an opportunity for eight hours of uninterrupted sleep within the 10-hour rest period.


New cumulative flight duty and flight time limits. The new rule addresses potential cumulative fatigue by placing weekly and 28-day limits on the amount of time a pilot may be assigned any type of flight duty. The rule also places 28-day and annual limits on actual flight time. It also requires that pilots have at least 30 consecutive hours free from duty on a weekly basis, a 25 percent increase over the old rules.


Fitness for duty. The FAA expects pilots and airlines to take joint responsibility when considering if a pilot is fit for duty, including fatigue resulting from pre-duty activities such as commuting. At the beginning of each flight segment, a pilot is required to affirmatively state his or her fitness for duty. If a pilot reports he or she is fatigued and unfit for duty, the airline must remove that pilot from duty immediately.


Fatigue Risk Management System. An airline may develop an alternative way of mitigating fatigue based on science and using data that must be validated by the FAA and continuously monitored.


In 2010, Congress mandated a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) for all airlines and they have developed these plans based on FAA guidance materials. An FRMP provides education for pilots and airlines to help address the effects of fatigue which can be caused by overwork, commuting, or other activities. Airlines will be required to train pilots about the potential effects of commuting.


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December 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What do you do with your Christmas tree when the holidays are over???

Rebecca Wier

City of Lancaster




City of Lancaster Residents Encouraged to Recycle their Christmas Trees

Holiday Tree Recycling to Begin December 26th

December 20, 2011. Lancaster, CA. — Waste Management will provide free Holiday Tree Recycling services for City of Lancaster residents from December 26, 2011 – January 13th, 2012. 

Citizens residing in a single-family dwelling may simply place their undecorated tree at the curbside on their regular trash collection day.  A separate truck will collect holiday trees, so please do not place the tree in front of the regular refuse/recyclable carts. In addition, all tinsel, ornaments, stands, and nails must be removed from the tree.

Those living in a multi-family residence can call Waste Management to arrange for their Christmas tree to be picked up and recycled, or drop it off at a local Waste Management collection site.  For more information, you may contact Waste Management at 661-947-7197.

December 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Aven’s Thomasville Year End Clearance…H eld over until January 4th 2012!


We have been offering Thomasville products at the “Thomasville Minimum Retail Price” for years. While a lot of stores offer 30% or 40% or 50% off some imaginary retail price, we have chosen to cut to the chase, and just offer the lowest price on all Thomasville products… day in and day out.

That being said…Thomasville is offering a break to us, so we are passing the savings on to you. That means that some of the Most Comfortable, Best Designed, and Best Built Furniture and Upholstery in the country is now available at the very best prices we have been able to offer all year!

December 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas to All. All of us at Aven’s Thanks You for all your support this year!


Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the video below. It will be worth the 8 minutes. And…it doesn’t involve Furniture or accessories in any way!

Not that there’s anything wrong with that…



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Enter to win a $250 Gift Certificate at Aven’s! Merry Christmas to All, and to All…you know the rest!



Our most recent winners have been shopping at Aven’s for years! They decided to enter our drawing when they were in last month…and Won!


It’s nice to see people we have known for years win these things, but whether you have shopped here all your life; or are new to the area and this is your first time in the store…Please remember to enter our monthly drawing to win a $250 Gift Certificate!

Also…be sure to “Like” our Facebook Page! They is always a good deal, one day sale, or drawing to enter!


Thanks and Merry Christmas!

December 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment