Flushed away

If you’re used to flushing everything into the sewer, coming to grips with a septic tank can be a new experience.

The things that matter

“I lived through the 1994 earthquake, and almost everything I had broke,” said Jonathan Charles Fox, River Reporter columnist and photojournalist. The Northridge Earthquake taught him that stuff “is not the be-all and end-all of existence.”

Our Country Home Summer 2021

our country home

Editor’s letter:

Welcome to spring! Well, hopefully. There are still early-March snow piles at my house. But I’m sure spring is buried there somewhere. New spring, new ideas. I’m hoping to spend part …
Homesteading. It’s the latest topic for those of us who want a simpler life. We want to get back to basics. But how do we get started and how do we make our homestead successful? How do we …
What do you do when you close a beautiful hotel overlooking a picturesque lake? Why, you live in it, of course. Eddie Dudek and Scott Samuelson have embraced their beautiful, five-bedroom, …
Late summer is upon us. The August doldrums. Everything feels heavy and slow, and the mass of home-repair projects I planned, for when it finally stopped raining… hasn’t …
REGION — Welcome, new residents. Welcome, visitors!  Here are some more suggestions on how to get along, how to settle in and what to watch out for. There’s a lot of wisdom out …
Regardless of my age, size of my property, or financial situation, I plant. It is my therapy. I can talk to plants and they don’t answer, much like many expensive therapists. Gardening …
To have a garden, whether in the ground or in containers, you need soil, says Brenda Miller, environment and natural resources program manager at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Sullivan …
Did you just arrive? Has it been a while? Sit down and rest. Think of this as a beginning, an explanation of who we are, what world you have landed in. Welcome. We’re glad you’re …
This is not about who to contact, who the best contractors are, or how to find great deals. All that information is elsewhere. This is about those secrets to a happy rural life. Here you’ll …
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, …
REGIONAL — Planning your first garden this year? So are a lot of other people. And seeds are in high demand.
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 …
Remodeling ideas

Home Upgrades to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade

Monday, June 14
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
(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
(BPT) - One in three consumers say they have increased their efforts to incorporate environmentally friendly practices, and 70% prefer …
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, …
Upgrade your summer living
How To Have the Perfect Summer at Home

(BPT) - While cookouts and trips to the beach are great, sometimes it’s also nice to spend a hot summer’s day relaxing in the comfort of home. Especially on those break-the-thermometer …

Keep your cool this summer with these energy-saving tips

(BPT) - There's a lot to love about summer. At the same time, the season can run up your electric bill fast, especially for Americans living in places where summer temperatures are reaching record …

6 tips to make your house safer this summer

(BPT) - We all like to think our homes are a safe and secure place to relax and enjoy time with our family. Even though we try to make our homes as safe as possible for our children, accidents and …

7 Tips for Selecting a Remodeler

(Family Features) When planning a potential home remodeling project, the list of decisions to make may feel nearly endless. Ultimately, you may find the most important decision is choosing a trustworthy team of professionals to complete the job. These tips can help guide you through the selection process and assist you in making an informed decision that best suits your needs.

Home Cleaning Hacks for Fall

(Family Features) Cooler fall temperatures mean you're likely to spend more time indoors. Taking time to spruce up inside and out can make you more comfortable and give you peace of mind that your home is tidy, clean and prepared to weather the months ahead.

(Family Features) If your kitchen needs updating but new cabinets are out of your budget's reach, consider a makeover for the cupboards you already have. A fresh coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to transform a tired, outdated kitchen.
(Family Features) Homeowners and renters remodel, redesign and restructure their homes for a variety of reasons.
(Family Features) If you're looking for a cost-effective way to dress up a room in your home, crown molding can be a simple way to add elegance and class with minimal investment.
CME Group to Host 18th Annual University Trading Challenge

(NewsUSA) -High-achieving college graduates are continuing to flock to Wall Street pursuing dream careers in finance. This year, investment banks and other financial firms received record numbers of …

Financial Planning Tips for the "Sandwich Generation"

(NewsUSA) - The "Sandwich Generation" is a term that can be used to describe many adults in their 30s through 50s who support both their children and their parents -- whether financially, …

What Future Grads Should Know About A Career in Financial Planning

(NewsUSA) - With school back in session, now is a good time for college students to consider their potential career options. Unfortunately, many students know little about the financial planning …

(BPT) - Being safe and comfortable at home is a large part of living well. Home modifications and repairs can help everyone prevent accidents and maintain an independent lifestyle, especially older …
(BPT) - Since the start of the pandemic, approximately 12.6 million U.S. households have adopted new pets, according to a COVID-19 Pulse Study by the American Pet Products Association. …
(BPT) - Like most Americans, you've probably been living, learning and working from home more than ever, which means you need power all day long — for your HVAC system to your internet …
(BPT) - When DIY maven Allison Aars purchased a ramshackle Texas farmhouse on a leap of faith, she knew her work was cut out for her. Determined to reveal the full potential of her historic …
(BPT) - Days are beginning to shorten and the evening air has a hint of coolness, which means soon there will be thoughts of planning for the holiday season. Many homeowners saved money during the …
Clean Your Clothes—And The Planet

(NAPSI)—For many families, the cooling weather means a return to routines: work, school, sports practice, meal prep and household chores.  Busy parents have a lot on their plate getting …

If Your Home Survives A Fire, Will It Still Be Safe?

(NAPSI)—Wildfires are burning hotter and moving faster than ever before. They create health and safety hazards long after being extinguished. The residue and small particles carried in wildfire …

What To Ask When Hiring A Contractor

(NAPSI)—With record-high real estate prices, a growing number of homeowners are remodeling or renovating their existing homes rather than buying new. Increased demand and continued supply chain …

(NAPSI)—Nationwide, in both major cities and small towns, neighborhoods with more Black, Hispanic and Asian residents experience hotter temperatures during summer heatwaves than nearby white …
(NAPSI)—You can get away from it all—without having to leave it all behind. Here’s how: Better than camping, even better than glamping, is traveling via recreational vehicle (RV). Don’t worry …
(NAPSI)—Weather today is challenging and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds home and business owners that it’s important to make sure you have the right outdoor power equipment …
(NAPSI)—Communities are more than groups of people who live together in the same geographical area. In their truest sense, communities transcend the physical spaces they occupy to become places …
(NAPSI)—Asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children, reports the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. In addition, more than 50 million …