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Hampton volunteer wins 'Unsung Heroes Award'

Barbara King does not consider herself an unsung hero despite winning a distinguished award describing her as such. The humble, 81-year-old Hampton resident is a busy woman. She splits her weeks volunteering at two places locally with only her weekends and Mondays off. King volunteers with Hampton...

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  • Add a central vacuum system

    Add a central vacuum system

    Tired of lugging a heavy canister vacuum up and down the stairs? Well, you're not alone. Many people are switching to a central vacuum system that removes dust and allergens from the air, and it's easier to use. You still have to move the hose and attachments from room to room, but that's nothing...

      • Install beadboard wall paneling

        Install beadboard wall paneling

        Decades ago, beadboard was commonly used on porch ceilings and as wainscoting made of narrow strips of wood with rounded edges that were installed individually. Today beadboard comes in sheet paneling, which means it's much easier and faster to install. Whether painted or finished naturally, beadboard...

          • Add a marble threshold

            Add a marble threshold

            To add a touch of class and finish off a new floor installation, use a door threshold made of marble instead of the traditional metal or wood strip. A marble threshold bridges the gap between unlike flooring materials and provides a handsome transition from one material to another. The long-lasting...

              • Install a solar attic fan

                Install a solar attic fan

                Use the power of the sun to ventilate your attic with a solar attic fan mounted on the roof. It runs entirely on free energy, so it's passive and an investment that will pay off for years to come. When the fan is mounted at a high point on the roof, you get the most advantage of its power to circulate...

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                  • Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                    Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                    Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The best way to keep trees healthy is by planting the right trees in the right places where they naturally grow best. Homeowners see many benefits to planting trees on their property. Trees provide shade, fruit production, spring and fall color, wildlife...

                      • Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                        Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                        Growing your own food is a joy—especially when it's harvest time. Fall is known primarily as the harvest season. But it is also a great time to plant fruit trees and late-season vegetable crops. Trees and bushes planted in the autumn have a chance to set roots before cold winter weather arrives....

                          • Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                            Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                            For thousands of years, drying was the only way to keep herbs from spoiling. Try it yourself—it's easy, inexpensive and, when you do it at home, requires no chemical additives. Getting Started It's important to harvest herbs at the right time. They should be picked before the flowers develop. Harvest...

                              • Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                Over the last 30 years, U.S. floods have caused on average $8.2 billion in damages annually. Wildfire suppression costs in the United States have averaged $1.54 billion annually for the last 10 years. Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $65 billion in damage and economic loss, making it the second...

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