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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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  • Replace a fence gate

    Replace a fence gate

    A gated fence encloses a home and yard, creating a sense of privacy and security. But there's nothing more unattractive and annoying to use than a fence gate that droops and won't open or close properly. After continued use and weather abuse a gate can become a nuisance when it sags on its hinges...

      • Install a retractable screen door

        Install a retractable screen door

        Nothing beats a screen door for keeping pesky bugs out and nice cool breezes coming in. Traditionally screen doors swing on hinges or slide in a track, a newer version is a screen door that retracts and blends into a door frame housing, providing a clear, unobstructed view. Just think of it as...

          • Install a backup sump pump

            Install a backup sump pump

            If you've ever experienced a flooded basement because of a power failure, you know it's a good idea to have a backup sump pump that operates on batteries and does not rely on the local electric utility company for power like a pedestal or submersible pump. A backup pump uses a 12-volt battery kept...

              • Tuckpoint a chimney

                Tuckpoint a chimney

                Exposure to weather extremes on a chimney is easy to spot if you see loose, crumbling mortar between the brick joints. If left unchecked and the mortar continues to disintegrate, you'll need expensive replacement work down the road. So if you see signs of loose or decaying mortar, don't hesitate...

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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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