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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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  • Paint vinyl siding

    Paint vinyl siding

    The key to painting old and weathered vinyl siding is to use a good-quality, acrylic latex exterior paint that will be flexible and withstand climate changes, and still provides a good bond to the vinyl siding. A water-based acrylic exterior paint is a good choice because it goes on easily and...

      • Add a washer safety valve

        Add a washer safety valve

        Did you know your washing machine can cause considerable water damage? The problem is actually the hose that connects to the water system. The hose can rupture or split, and if the hose is left under pressure and it lets loose while no one is home, water will flow through the house for hours, creating...

          • Build a window screen

            Build a window screen

            When bug season is in full force, a window screen is essential protection to combat unwanted pesky insects from getting inside the house. The onslaught of bugs is bad enough outdoors, but when they infiltrate inside it's unbearable. When an old window screen fails and becomes brittle and torn it's...

              • Paint a metal railing

                Paint a metal railing

                A metal railing provides a sturdy barrier and firm gripping surface that assures safe footing on the exterior stairs of a home. But when the painted surface of the railing becomes chipped at high-use areas or rust forms from corrosion, the metal needs a good paint job to restore its appearance....

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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...