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Editor's Letter: Of trees and wood

Dear readers, It seemed spring was an eternity of cool, damp weather, and now—bam!—here we are in summer already. Summertime, to me, means poking around in my gardens, walking along …
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Welcome to spring

I haven’t seen flowers yet—it’s a bit early—but the ice is melting and the earth is muddy with promise. The news is not good but we can step away from the headlines, look …
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Renovating your home

REGION — Remodeling your home can be an expensive undertaking, but overspending can be avoided if you can stay within your budget. Despite the belief that every remodeling project will exceed …
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Bees, please

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — “Oh, I was always interested in bees,” said Art Riegal. “I saw the beekeepers in their white hooded suits and gloves. To a nine-year-old they looked like …
IN OUR GARDENS—Why prune at all? Because it helps trees become stronger and healthier.  Foliage becomes more lush.  Leaves grow bigger.  Flowering bushes produce more flowers; …
REGION — An unexpected effect of the coronavirus pandemic was a massive leap in the local real estate market. According to local real estate agents and brokers, that wave of homebuying …
For years, right after celebrating the New Year, my sister Janet and I would have the pipes drained, take down the bird feeders and wind chimes, clear out the fridge and freezer, and close our little …
There are many things to love about living in the Upper Delaware River Valley: fresh air, mountains, farmland, lakes, majestic rivers, big skies and plenty of natural light all year …
When my family and I went on vacation, a good friend volunteered to water my garden while we were away. On our trip, she texted me a photo of one of the plants, asking, “What are those …
Dear reader, we’ve discussed a lot of things here in Our Country Home these past few months: chickens, homesteading, what not to do on a homestead, how to get your homestead started. And today …
Autumn, when the air turns cooler, is when I think of adding potatoes to our meals. Growing up, we rarely had the starchy goodness of potatoes or bread. The occasional exception was rich, eggy …
I’ll thank our Stone Age ancestors, Homo erectus, for taming fire to warm their caves—with wood! It’s now 1.4 million Septembers later, here in the Upper Delaware River Valley …
EQUINUNK, PA — Looking for a private oasis? This cheery home is tucked in among the trees and lies not far from the Delaware River. Drive up a long country lane that’s pretty in the …
Dear reader, When you think of the Catskills/Upper Delaware, what comes to mind? This time of year, it’s probably flannels, knit hats, warm boots… but really, what makes our area so …
Anyone can make a home look like a million—if you have a million dollars. The reality is that most homeowners tend more toward a beer, rather than a champagne, budget. Here are some …
Hey, chicken tenders! It’s Kristin, from the Chicken Librarian, here to tell you all about feeding those beautiful birds. If you caught us in the last Our County Home, you learned all about getting started with keeping chickens. This time, let’s dive in to discussing how to feed your birds. You’d think it was pretty straightforward, and it is, but there are a few things you need to know.
Remodeling ideas

Home Upgrades to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Sunday, June 20, 2021
When most people think about air quality, they’re typically thinking about outdoor pollution.

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade

Monday, June 14, 2021
A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make …

Four simple DIY tips to spruce up your home

Thursday, June 24, 2021
(BPT) - After spending more time than normal in our houses this past year, a home décor refresh can be both tempting and …

5 simple, sustainable backyard improvements

Friday, June 11, 2021
(BPT) - One in three consumers say they have increased their efforts to incorporate environmentally friendly practices, and 70% prefer …

On-Trend Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Deck

Sunday, January 30
(Family Features) Installing or updating a deck can transform your outdoor living area. If you're planning a deck build or …
Upgrade your summer living
4 Ideas to Upgrade Backyard Kitchens

(Family Features) Backyard kitchens allow you to entertain and dine outside with ease. Whether modest modern or full-service functional, consider these ideas for integrating or updating backyard kitchens.

Award-Winning Inspiration for Exterior Home Upgrades

(Family Features) From decks and outdoor kitchens to guest houses and whole-home makeovers, there are a variety of ways homeowners can enhance the look and feel of their outdoor spaces while also creating new ways to enjoy time outside with family and friends.

Increase Your Home's Value

(Family Features) Whether you've purchased a new house or are just looking to invest in what is likely your largest asset, home improvements like these can make your living space more comfortable, functional and stylish as well as increase resale value down the line.

(Family Features) Home upgrades are necessary for a variety of reasons, but many homeowners look to update their homes to add comfort and beauty. Consider these DIY ideas to spruce up your home's aesthetics and create a more attractive place to live.
(Family Features) When you're sitting down to plan out a remodel, you don't typically start with a designer lamp or a sleek lounge chair - you design your spaces from the floor up. Consider these reasons to opt for resilient flooring during your remodel.
(Family Features) Spring is an ideal time to make functional and aesthetic updates to your home, including surfaces in oft-used rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. Get started on your home upgrade with these ideas.
(Family Features) Designers from coast to coast are cooking up fresh ideas for kitchen upgrades. If you are planning a kitchen upgrade, take inspiration from these on-trend elements spotted by the design experts at Wellborn Cabinet.
(Family Features) Spring is the perfect time to clear out unused items and give forgotten corners a good scrub. To help you reach every nook and cranny, consider this handy checklist.
Smart Strategies for Choosing Your First Apartment

(NewsUSA) - Whether you are a recent college graduate, a grad student in a new city or a young professional shifting gears into a new job, finding your first home as an independent adult can seem …

12 Things You Need to Know Before Betting The 2022 NBA Finals

(NewsUSA) - The matchups are yet to be decided, but here are 12 facts you should know before placing your NBA Finals bets. Some of these little-known facts and figures can be the keys to placing …

NFL Week One Odds Released: Bronco's Host The Seahawks

(NewsUSA) - The 2022-23 NFL season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 8, as a marquee matchup headlines several intriguing matchups. Here is a look at what you can expect. Game of the Week Buffalo Bills …

(BPT) - Gutters provide important protection for your home and its foundation. Modernize Home Services consults with experts at LeafFilter …
(BPT) - Allergies and asthma are serious public health concerns. In the U.S., approximately 25 million people live with asthma, and more than 50 million people experience various types of allergies …
(BPT) - Summer is here, and people are getting out of the house — hanging by the pool, at the beach or in parks — to enjoy the warm weather. All that time outside is fun, but you …
(BPT) - When it comes to concrete repair, the right tools make all the difference. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced DIY-er, working with the essential materials will set your project …
(BPT) - Home renovation can be tricky, especially if you want to add a bathroom or kitchen to a part of a home where plumbing doesn't exist. Adding on to basements, attics, garages and unfinished …
Prepare Now For ‘Above Average’ Hurricane Season

(NAPSI)—The 2022 hurricane season is underway, with the Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project Team forecasting an above-average storm season for the Atlantic basin. Emergency …

Access Free/Low-Cost Internet Through New Federal Program

(NAPSI)—A fast, reliable Internet connection has become a critical part of our daily lives. From remote learning and working to networking and searching for jobs, Americans everywhere felt an …

Preventing Dog Bites

(NAPSI)—More than 5,400 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2021. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal …

(NAPSI)—For years, people have been told by brands and influencers to be “body positive” and embrace the way their bodies look—no matter the shape or size. Sounds good, right? Well, the …
(NAPSI)—The joys of warm weather are somewhat reduced for the more than 50 million Americans who have allergies or asthma.  The Problem When it comes to allergies, most people consider …
(NAPSI)—If you have 30 seconds—and a free new app—you can save yourself time, money and trouble, and help preserve the planet at the same time. The app helps people tackle and reduce home …
(NAPSI)—Warm weather is here, and you are ready to get outside and make your yard both beautiful and functional. Maybe you’re aiming to have the best yard on the block, want to install an outdoor …
(NAPSI)—Before you spring into action cleaning your home this season, you may want to consider a source of dirt you can’t see but do need to deal with: air ducts. Your home’s heating and …