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What the cluck?

If you have been paying attention to recent events this past year, you’ll know that chicken-keeping is the newest back-to-basics obsession. In fact, I’m not sure which is the hotter item, …
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Seeds of something greater

REGIONAL — Planning your first garden this year? So are a lot of other people. And seeds are in high demand.
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Get ready for spring

This is a perfect time to prepare for spring. Here is a to-do list that will keep you on track as the weather gets warm. Call your plumber or licensed heating contractor and have your furnace …
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New resident 101

By ANNEMARIE SCHUETZ LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There’s talk that Sullivan County land is being bought up for development. Cochecton’s planning board approved a major subdivision. …
I turned 65 this past February, which makes this summer my 65th in the Catskills. Yeah, we missed one. My father was a public school teacher, later guidance counselor in the NYC system. Dad was a …
LONG EDDY, NY — Linda English is telling me about her life here, but let’s begin this story with her second tale: the one about the house. Linda Doyle English was born and raised in …
In the summer of 1996, my sister, Janet, and I rented a house in Callicoon. I was such a city girl at that point that it took me a while to realize more than a few facts of country life. One of …
The stick doesn’t talk, the person holding it does. The stick gets passed around the room and each person gets a chance to be heard without interruption. Wouldn’t that be grand? I once …
The house may have taken almost two years start to finish, but done it is, and veterinarian Dr. Joe D’Abbraccio can finally relax and enjoy his home... When the pets and farm animals and their …
This issue of Our Country Home is different from, well, all the others. This spring, driven by coronavirus, one of the usual fault lines here re-opened. There’s always been a split …
NEW YORK — It wasn’t one particular incident that drove New York City-based artist Bernard Solco to think hard about leaving the city for the country. It was changes piling on and …
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — When designing a kitchen or bathroom, everything comes down to choice. Whether you’re undertaking a remodeling project or new construction, Linda Lee Babicz and …
Comfort: a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. To comfort: to give solace or to soothe, to ease a person’s feelings of grief or distress, to shore up the mood or …
There’s a warm humming sound coming from inside my wall. I find it comforting but my husband is completely freaked out. We investigate by looking out of the window because that’s where …
COCHECTON, NY — How do you know when you’ve come home? Not the house you were raised in, but the house you were meant to have. For Rachelle Carmack, the flat tire might have been a …
Welcome back for the fall edition of Our Country Home! It’s been a year, all right. Let’s just leave it at that. We decided that what everyone needed right now was a little comfort. …
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A professionally cleaned heating and cooling system can save you money.

Quality HVAC Cleaning

3 days ago
(NAPSI)—You could be more comfortable at home for less money. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, cleaning a HVAC …
A chainsaw can help protect your home and family from falling tree limbs before a storm and clean them up after one.

Today’s Weather Is Unpredictable: Keep Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready

Wednesday, May 26
(NAPSI)—Weather today is challenging and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds home and business owners that it’s …
Power equipment makes it easier to have a neat, attractive yard that turns the neighbors green with envy.

Powering Up Your Backyard: The Right Equipment

Thursday, May 13
(NAPSI)—Backyarding—the trend to move all sorts of indoor activities outside—has become a permanent part of many people’s …
The worst of times can bring out the best in people, as many Texans discovered during a terrible winter storm.

Apartment Living Fosters Much Needed Sense Of Community

Tuesday, May 11
(NAPSI)—Communities are more than groups of people who live together in the same geographical area. In their truest sense, …
Try the connected Bowflex T22 treadmill, which offers a 22-inch console with an adjustable HD touchscreen, plus engaging content and custom coaching with the JRNY digital fitness platform.

Goodbye Gym Membership—The Reimagined Connected Home Gym Is Here To Stay

Tuesday, May 4
(NAPSI)—After nearly a year at home and with access to more exercise resources and choices, including online workouts and classes, …

Safety fur-st: Pet safety and fire prevention tips

(BPT) - Pets nationwide are considered beloved members of the family. In fact, pet ownership throughout the U.S. has skyrocketed, with approximately 12.6 million Americans opening their home to a new …

Carpet helps you create a healthy, stylish, comfortable home

(BPT) - Being at home more often has inspired many people to make changes in their favorite spaces that focus on health and comfort. You might be surprised to learn that carpeting a room supports …

Home cleaning tips you were afraid to ask about

(BPT) - Open the windows, ready the broom and get out the dust cloths — it's time for some deep house cleaning! The benefits of a clean home go beyond simply eliminating clutter and dirt. The …

5 simple tips to extend the life of your clothing

(BPT) - Your clothing is an investment. You want your favorite items to look good for a long time, and being eco-conscious, you want to ensure your clothes don't end up in a landfill when you're done …

Home power preparations for severe weather

(BPT) - Tornados, floods, hurricanes and more — severe weather is increasing around the world. Are you ready if a threatening storm hits your home?“Storm frequency and intensity is …

4 essential tips for preparing for power outages

(BPT) - Natural disasters like hurricanes, severe storms, tornadoes and wildfires are forces to be reckoned with. Not only can they bring high-speed winds, heavy rains and roaring flames, they can …

Transform your old, cracked or weathered concrete patio into a backyard oasis

(BPT) - After being cooped up inside your home for over a year, you and your family are probably more than ready to get together outside to eat, have fun and just enjoy the warmer weather. Whether …

3 dreamy deck building products that sidestep sky-high lumber prices

(BPT) - According to a recent survey on the latest outdoor living trends, home improvement pros and deck building specialists tell Qualified Remodeler magazine that, “everyone is thinking about …

Did you know? Smoke alarms don’t last forever

(BPT) - When is the last time you replaced your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms? Smoke and CO alarms are critical elements of home safety. Yet, many people overlook replacing their batteries …

COVID-19 led to homeowners prioritizing outdoor living

(BPT) - Green spaces have always been a welcome addition to a home, but the COVID-19 pandemic elevated people's view on these areas from a nice-to-have to a necessity. Accessing a lawn or patio area …

Refresh your kitchen with an easy DIY tile countertop that requires no demolition

(BPT) - The kitchen is the heart of the home and many people have been spending much more time at home. If you look at your laminate countertops and long for something new, consider a refresh rather …

Spring project inspiration: A bidet leaves you and the bath clean and refreshed

(BPT) - There’s nothing like the arrival of warmer weather to get you energized to pick up some home improvement projects.If you’re feeling a bounce in motivation for a bath update, …