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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:15 pm

Put away the car. Sell the lawnmower. And walk.

Joan Walters has been around the world, and it shows in her spacious downtown apartment. Nearly every square foot of wall, door or floor features a different artifact – perhaps a tribal mask, a ...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:14 pm

Straight talk about solar, wind and geothermal

“A lot of people tell me they’d like to get off the grid,” says Bob Croteau, renewable program coordinator for City Water, Light and Power. “That’s really one of the wors...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:11 pm

Swimming is just the beginning

With the passage of Labor Day comes the end of sizzling heat, but never, it seems, exactly on time, at least if you have a swimming pool in your backyard.Our pool closed one week after the summer-endi...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:55 pm
Most tree and shrub species can be successfully planted in the fall, from October until the ground freezes, or in the spring. At these times of the year the tree is dormant or going dormant. Before yo...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:50 pm
Homeowners hoping to spread their wings around the house are increasingly heading downstairs to create more living space. Whether it’s for a home office, a home theater room, a playroom for the ...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:42 pm
Smarter use of existing space can transform a home into a more pleasant living area. Combining smaller rooms or areas, dividing larger rooms, finishing an attic or basement, converting one room into a...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 04:16 pm
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, lawn and garden watering makes up nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer. One way to reduce outdoor water usag...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 12:24 pm

Beautify your landscape while supporting wildlife with native plants

Early in the 20th century, Jens Jensen, the landscape designer of Springfield’s Lincoln Memorial Garden, and groups such as the Friends of Our Native Landscape and The Prairie Club, began extoll...

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