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SOME VINES WILL STAY GREEN ALL WINTER LONG…

EXCERPTED FROM “NATURE JOURNAL”  by George Ellison/Asheville Citizen Times “Even in winter, vines are fascinating – especially those that retain their leaves through a long, hard winter of the kind we’re experiencing this year.  Instead of the showy flowering structures that appear in summer, in winter we can shift our attention to the less showing…

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NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

Excerpted from an article by local naturalist and columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, George Ellison….USA TODAY NETWORK. Our favorite local naturalist/author, George Ellison, used to teach Elderhostel courses, and his niche was Natural History of the Southern Appalachians.  He devised an introductory presentation titled “Where Are We?” for his students, and wrote a recent column…

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SLAYING THAT CREDIT SCORE – TIPS FOR A NEW YEAR

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes. “Getting ready to buy a house or thinking about it?  Where to buy, what to buy, and how you’ll afford it are at the top of your mind.  But if you’re not also concentrating on your credit score – actively trying to raise your scores…

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10 KEY PROBLEMS TO LOOK FOR & FIX IN YOUR HOME

Excerpted from an article by Mitchell Parker/Houzz for realtytimes.com “IGNORE SOME OF THESE SIGNS AND YOU MAY END UP WITH MAJOR ISSUES! Your home is trying to tell you all sorts of things:  the way it sounds…the way it smells.  And there are plenty of visual cues to tip you off to problems.  Everything is…

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FALL COLORS FOR HOME YOU’LL BE SEEING EVERYWHERE…

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Already thinking of how to jazz up your home with the latest fall trends and newest colors?  Even in the dead of summer, it’s hard to keep from thinking ahead, especially because autumn decor can be so dreamy.  This year, get a head start on the new season with the…

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A GUIDE TO HOME INSULATION MATERIALS

Excerpted from an article by Fran J. Donegan for realtytimes.com “Insulation is one of those building products that you never see because it’s usually covered up by something else…but if you don’t have enough, or if it is installed incorrectly, you’re wasting energy and paying more for heating and cooling than is necessary. There are…

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CASTING CAROLINAS HOSTS “TIE ONE ON” TOURNAMENT

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen/Times – “Some of the best fly fishers in the country will compete November 6 in the “Tie One On for Casting Carolinas” Davidson River Team Challenge, presented by Mission Health to benefit the 501(c)3 Casting Carolinas. The non-profit was founded in 2015 to combine fly…

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HIKE NC! ROLLS OUT FALL HIKES IN WNC

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times “Those who hike can’t imagine a fall without at least a few mountain hiking trips…This fall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield ofo N.C. and the NC State Parks, which is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the state parks system, are launching Hike NC!, a…

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TEN THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A COUCH

Excerpts from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “A couch isn’t just a place to sit.  For many of us, it’s the biggest piece of furniture in a room, and also the most expensive.  Get it right and you can set the tone for the rest of the space.  But if it’s the wrong…

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LONG-TERM MORTGAGE RATES LOWEST IN A YEAR~

Source:  Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times/Real Estate “WASHINGTON – Average long-term US mortgage rates slid this week to their lowest level since February 2015, luring prospective purchasers during the spring home-buying season.  Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year,fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.59% from 3.71% last week. The benchmark rate was far…

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