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Aug 24,2007
Q: Enclosed is a photo of a brown colored scarab paperweight. Marked on the bottom is the image of a flower encircled by the words "Grueby Pottery - Boston - U.S.A." The scarab measures 4 inches long and it is in perfect condition. I have found a couple scarabs on the Internet, but they are matte green.   SCARAB PAPERWEIGHT - This scarab was made by W.H. Grueby of Grueby Pottery in Boston and would be ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2007
Q: We have a honeylocust tree that was planted in April 2006. Our tree is about 3 inches in diameter and about 12 feet tall. Last summer and again this summer the tree has been running sap - not just a little, but quite a lot. We tried to get our landscaper to replace the tree last fall; however, he refused. He said that all locust trees run sap. We have had locust trees at ... [full story]
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Aug 17,2007
For many elderly, and especially those with arthritis, the simple task of opening a door or turning on a faucet can be not only painful, but sometimes impossible.   GREAT GRIPS - Available in every color imaginable, Great Grips make it easier for people to grip and turn doorknobs. CNS Photo courtesy of Great Grips.    NIGHT LIGHTS - Great Grips are available in numerous colors, including this glow-in-the-dark version for home and business safety. CNS Photo courtesy ... [full story]
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Aug 17,2007
  Chimney flue – Fireplace dampers that are broken, warped or have a leaky throat can cause energy waste and subsequent higher heating bills. Installing a new top sealing damper to your chimney can easily eliminate air leakage …  [full story]
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Aug 17,2007
Q: We are moving to my late great-aunt's house as newlyweds without much furniture of our own. Auntie had some nice antiques, but her taste was, understandably, not ours. We want to make our home bright, fresh and young, but there are two major problems: We don't have much decorating money; and the rest of the family would be appalled if we just got rid of her furniture. It's an awful bind for a couple ... [full story]
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Aug 17,2007
What could be more '70s than a set of paper dolls displaying Sonny & Cher in matching bell-bottoms or Donny & Marie wearing identical toothy grins? It was the heyday of bickering musical duos on TV, and this pair of pairs, one of them husband and wife, the other a pair of siblings, were the leaders of the pack. The "Sonny & Cher Hour" was the first to debut, in 1971, becoming a huge hit, ... [full story]
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Aug 17,2007
Q: I have an old Elvis Presley 45 RPM record that I purchased in the 1950s. Enclosed is a photo of the paper record cover. One side of the record is the song "Jailhouse Rock" and the flip side is "Treat Me Nice." The corner of the cover is damaged but the record is in very good condition.   KING LIVES ON - Elvis Presley collectibles, such as this 'Jailhouse Rock' album are very desirable. This ... [full story]
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Aug 17,2007
Q: I am trying to find several trees for my yard. I can't find them in the nurseries around town. Can you help me? A: There may be a several reasons why the trees you are looking for are not at the local nurseries. They may not grow well in your region or they may be difficult to propagate, causing the nurseries to have a limited supply. Some trees are hard to grow or transplant, ... [full story]
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Aug 10,2007
If you ask Gale Steves what shade of beige you should choose for your flooring, expect a very long pause. "I never answer that question. I head them toward color," said Steves, decorator and designer.   GALE STEVES - Gales Steves conducts 'Decorating From The Floor Up' workshops for consumers across the county. CNS Photo.    BUILD A BRIDGE - Don't let a hall go bare. Warm it up with a runner, suggests Gale Steves, and help bridge ... [full story]
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Aug 10,2007
It's time for many to move from home to the dorm. And while you can't bring it all with you, you can make the best of it.   EASY FIT - Choosing a Bed in a Bag set, like this one from T.J. Maxx, is an easy way to bring everything you need for a dorm room bed. CNS Photo courtesy of T.J. Maxx.    WALLIES - This hip look from the '60s is a self-adhesive poster from ... [full story]
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Aug 10,2007
  If you’re having carpet installed or you are installing it yourself, don’t make the mistake of choosing carpeting only for its color. Consider the carpet’s fibers and construction, as well as your … fiber density, yarn twist, nap height, cushion or padding.  [full story]
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Aug 10,2007
Q: We have French doors leading to the patio just off our master bedroom. I don't know what to put on them. Sheer curtains would be pretty but you can see through them. Anything else I can think of blocks the light. Suggestions, please! A: Consider blinds - vertical or horizontal, metal or real or faux wood - it's your choice, as long as the blinds open and close to let in the light when ... [full story]
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Aug 10,2007
Where would we be, I ask you, if it hadn't been for Earl Silas Tupper? Would we still be stowing our leftovers in breakable glass containers as our great-grandparents did? Would we have nothing but lingerie to show at our suburban selling parties? Earl Tupper, the man responsible for Tupperware, saved us from all that. Tupper was a New Hampshire tree surgeon who began working for DuPont when the Depression killed off his business. Having ... [full story]
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