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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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  • Remove paint

    Remove paint

    Removing paint from wood can transform woodwork or piece of furniture, uncovering its natural beauty, but it's not a pleasant task. It takes time and lots of hard work, but if you're up for the challenge, it's a job worth doing. For woodwork pieces and furniture you have the option of having it...

      • Install a fireplace

        Install a fireplace

        In most rooms a fireplace is the focal point that adds character and ambiance with an undeniable appeal of a crackling fire on a cold night. Realtors tell us it can also add to the value of the home. While a large masonry unit won't work in many homes, a prefabricated metal zero-clearance fireplace...

          • Install pegboard molding

            Install pegboard molding

            Classic Shaker-style wooden pegboard molding can be a solution as well as an enhancement to a room. Whether you stain or paint it, installing the molding becomes a permanent improvement to the wall of any room. The clean simple lines of Shaker design make it a popular choice in today's country...

              • 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...

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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...