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Light up patio for after-dark enjoyment

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Posted on Jul 22, 2020 in Features

Get more use out of your backyard deck or patio by lighting it up after dark. You’ll find an array of low-voltage deck lighting fixtures that are as eye-catching during the light of day as they are at night.  Installing low-voltage deck lights can be a do-it-yourself job. But if you want an elaborate spread,… Continue reading.

Frightful fridge? Take time to toss

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Posted on Jul 22, 2020 in Features

Food spoils quicker during warm weather, so keep your leftovers wrapped up tight and refrigerated — but not for too long. If you notice any odors at all when you open the door of your refrigerator, chances are it’s coming from long-ago leftovers lurking in the back of the shelves. And who knows which of… Continue reading.

Use less water, heat less water

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Posted on Jul 22, 2020 in Features

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that heating water for use in your home accounts for 12 to 18 percent of your energy bill. Here’s how to lower that number: The simplest way to use less hot water is to take shorter showers.  Do take showers, though; you’ll use a lot more hot water filling… Continue reading.

Shopping the sales

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Posted on Jul 22, 2020 in Features

You can save a bundle on major appliances during Labor Day sales.  At this time of the year, stores are making room for next year’s models of refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, microwave ovens, and washers and dryers, which they introduce in September and October.  So, they offer deep discounts at end-of-summer sales.  Look on retailers’ websites… Continue reading.

Haute Dogs

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Posted on Jun 28, 2020 in Features

Humble hot dog no more! Celebrate National Hot Dog Month by upgrading everyone’s favorite summertime staple. Set up a toppings bar of creative extras to bring out the best in the wurst. Turn the page to find out how. By adding a few tasty extras, your dog can explode with flavor. First step in setting… Continue reading.

Nurtured by nature

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Posted on Jun 27, 2020 in Travel

The restorative power of nature is a recurrent theme in literature, music and art. And if ever Hoosiers could use a little restorative power, it’s right about now. If you are looking to get away this month, but maybe not to a crowded or far away place, Indiana offers a diverse group of public campgrounds…. Continue reading.

Here’s to you

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Posted on Jun 27, 2020 in Features

By Richard G. Biever As president of her graduating class, Abby Bannon was expected to deliver the traditional speech welcoming classmates, family, faculty and friends to the 2020 Crawfordsville High School commencement in May. Instead, in a year that’s been anything but traditional, the talented singing/songwriting senior penned an ode for her classmates filled with… Continue reading.

County Profile: Perry County

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Posted on Jun 27, 2020 in County

Tucked along the state’s southern contours amid the rolling hills of the Hoosier National Forest and the Ohio River, Perry County is one of Indiana’s best kept secrets. Almost three quarters of the county is within the southernmost boundaries of the National Forest which offers Perry County residents and visitors a variety of outdoor activities… Continue reading.

Plant for beauty and energy efficiency

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Posted on Jun 27, 2020 in Features

You might plant shrubs and bushes to make your yard look nicer. They might also lower your energy bill.  Careful landscape planning can help protect a house from summer’s hot sun and winter’s cold winds.  Here’s a quick guide to saving energy through smart planting: Determine the climate in your community and even in your… Continue reading.

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