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  • 60th annual Colorado Springs-area Parade of Homes starts Aug. 1

    Colorado Springs' Parade of Homes will mark its 60th year next week - a period over which homebuilding has changed almost as much as the community. Sixty years ago, smaller, ranch-style homes of roughly 1,000 square feet dominated many post-World War II neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, with traditional floor plans offering homeowners a...

  • Finding bargains in people's garages

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jacki McHale looked at the fabric lying at the end of a Joliet driveway and thought, "Gold mine." McHale, a Channahon resident who has been going to garage sales since she was a kid, has learned to find value in the things people want to get rid of. Like fabric, she said. "Fabric is super high-priced in stores right...

  • Hidden in cracks and crevices, Miller moths once again invade Colorado homes

    For my middle-of-the-night visits to our home's smallest room, I'm usually alone. But not lately. Nocturnal moths have invaded our home. Sometimes hidden in a hung towel or closet crack, these inch-long moths are everywhere. Yesterday one burst upward at my son from beneath a closed toilet seat lid. Yikes! Well, at least he was lifting the...

  • Grow from cuttings, but do research first

    Take your gardening efforts to the next level and propagate plants from stem cuttings. Stem cuttings can be taken any time the plant is healthy and actively growing. If you have a favorite plant, one of the advantages of growing from stem cuttings is you will have a new plant that's identical to the parent. Also, the stem cutting plant may...

  • Floral aromas a lure for insects

    Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring. Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant and now dame's rocket, pinks and roses. Of course, it's not for us that flowers waft those sometimes delectable aromas. Evolutionarily speaking, we don't return the favor with...

  • Ken Moon: Don't bother to replace 21-year-old furnace; it's still a youngster

    Dear Ken: I have a 21-year-old furnace. We are getting new central air, and I want to know if I should replace the furnace at the same time? - Dave Answer: I would not. A furnace of that age was built under guidelines - promulgated in the early '90's - that require at least 80 percent efficiency. So a new one wouldn't gain you anything in...

  • Pikes Peak Permaculture endorse designs by nature

    Permaculture is all about channeling Mother Nature. The practice is more than 40 years old, said Becky Elder, owner of Blue Planet Earthscapes and co-director of the Pikes Peak Permaculture guild, and was developed in the 1970s by Bill Mollison from Tasmania and David Holmgren from Australia. Its name comes from the idea of permanent...

  • The local farmers markets schedule

    Farmers markets Monday - Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Sept. 29, springsfarmers markets.com. - Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., noon to 6 p.m., through October, wmmi.org. Tuesday - Fountain City Hall, 116 S. Main St., 3 to 7 p.m., through Sept. 30, 551-0801....

  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of...

  • Garden tour a chance to learn

    The activity: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2-3, El Paso County Friends of eXtension (FOX) Open Garden Tour. Why: Gardening in Colorado Springs is a challenge for most of us. And the challenge can be different based on where we live within El Paso County. But we can all be successful when armed with good information and the desire and time to spend...

  • The art of shutters

    Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they're still popular for decoration. "They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house," says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C. But to get the right look, you still have to consider function when choosing and hanging shutters, experts...

  • Knife block? Waffle maker? How to tackle those little dirty jobs

    Housecleaning chores are all done and everything is shipshape. But we're guessing you, like probably everyone else, forgot to clean what Dr. Travis Stork on TV's "The Doctors" calls, "the dreaded knife block." Or, have you ever even thought about how to get those last crispy crusties out of the waffle-maker corners? And, my oh my, did...

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