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Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Reap the benefits of a well-insulated home

(MS) — By Scott McGillivray

Many of us know that insulation plays a key role in keeping our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But did you know the benefits can go well beyond achieving basic R-value requirements? Quality insulation can…

Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Plant now for a beautiful garden

By Melinda Myers

Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are a few ideas for adding immediate and long term beauty to your garden.

Add cool season annuals like pansies, snapdragons, ornamental kale and stocks to brighten…

Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Grant provides free upgrades

Last month, the Southwest Vermont Council on Aging announced receipt of a grant from Efficiency Vermont to help seniors over the age of 60 (and eligible younger disabled folks) save energy and money in their homes through home energy visits.

First, SVCOA’s volunteer coordinator Aaron…

Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Creative ways to recycle leaves

Leaves cascading down from trees indicate the arrival of autumn. However, colorful and awe-inspiring autumn leaves can be a hazard if left to lie on the ground too long.

Fallen leaves form a dense insulator to protect trees’ roots and prevent competing plants from growing….

Heating homes more efficiently
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Heating homes more efficiently

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It is time to switch to a programmable thermostat to heat a home more efficiently.

With colder weather right around the corner, many homeowners are once again giving thought to their home heating needs and if it is possible to…

Exterior painting pointers
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Exterior painting pointers

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Experts say autumn is fine time to paint your home’s exterior,  but  do your homework!

A fresh coat of paint on a home’s exterior can give a property a vibrant new look. Whether you decide to go with a bold…

Kubota business gets new owners
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Kubota business gets new owners

Courtesy of Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce

The ribbon cutting at Townline Equipment in Pittsford included: Tom Donahue, EVP/CEO, RRCC; Rep. Butch Shaw, Vt. House of Representatives; Bob Giddings; Jacob Holzwath, Townline Equipment; Hank Pelkey, Pittsford Select Board chair; John Haverstock,…

Amendments can help produce healthy soil
Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Amendments can help produce healthy soil

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Help boost your soil with compost and other amendments, to get the most out of your edible or visual garden.

Mother Nature provides plenty to grow healthy lawns, gardens and landscapes. But as many homeowners know, some lawns sometimes need…

Secrets to keeping an organized shed
Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Secrets to keeping an organized shed

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Hanging items vertically frees up more space in a shed or garage.

Despite other intentions, homeowners often turn their garages into storage centers for random, little-used items, leaving little to no room for the tools and even…

Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Pet owners: beware of poisonous gardens!

As Memorial Day approaches many in Central Vermont are getting excited about putting in gardens and planting flowers, ‘tis the season, and after a long cold winter we are all ready for some flowers! The Rutland County Humane Society would like to remind gardeners…