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A rescued blue jay at Virginia Aquarium meows like a cat

VIRGINIA BEACH It's no wonder Chi is confused. The bird was just a hatchling when an elderly woman took him into her home thinking he was a cockatoo. She raised him as her pet with her vocal cats. But as time went on, the woman was unable to care for her feathered friend, said Jackie Rushley, who...

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  • Make a fabric cornice

    Make a fabric cornice

    A fabric cornice is a stylish way to top off a window treatment, whether yours is a casual setting with blinds or a shade or a more traditional style with draperies. Whatever the design, a fabric cornice adds a custom touch to any window. You can have a cornice made of wood and upholstered with...

      • Replace a garbage disposer

        Replace a garbage disposer

        Out of sight, out of mind -- that is, until it stops working. It's easy to forget about the little workhorse under the kitchen sink that chews, cuts and grinds food waste, and flushes it down the drain. But when the disposer stops operating, you realize just how often it's used for cleaning fruits...

          • Install a hands-free bath faucet

            Install a hands-free bath faucet

            Now you can have a no-touch faucet in your home and enjoy water efficiency and convenience in the bathroom with a hands-free faucet. These high-end accessible faucets are designed with proximity sensors that make it easy for everyone in the family to use. Installing one can be a safety measure...

              • Add cork to a wall

                Add cork to a wall

                Today cork is much more than a display area for a kid's poster and artwork, and the 12-inch square tiles with a protective wax finish are easy to work with. Call attention to a wall with the tiles to enhance the room and make a dramatic statement that adds texture and depth, or use the material...

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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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