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BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO PERSONALIZE YOUR ENTRYWAY…

Excerpted from an article by Lisa Frederick for Houzz “….The entry may be the first impression of a home…fortunately, jazzing up a front entrance doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  Try these eight strategies to create a showstopper entryway without blowing your budget. CREATE A MINI-ROOM….maybe a bench with cheery pillows can turn a  plain…

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ORGANIZERS OFFER TIPS FOR OLD PHOTOS

Excerpted from Associated Press/Asheville Citizen Times “Take a survey of your home, and consider all the spots where you have old photos….baby pictures in albums in the living room, vacation snaps in tattered envelopes tucked into a bookshelf, milestone moments in old frames, and older relatives’ fading photos in dusty boxes in the basement or…

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WNC FARMERS OFFER CRUNCHY, JUICY, TASTY, FRESH SNACKS

Excerpted from ASAP article in The Asheville Citizen-Times “Vegetables at market aren’t just good for making meals; they’re also great for snacking.  Stop by farm vendors of area farmers’ tailgate markets to discover your new favorite mid-afternoon bites. Beans are a great snack food that packs protein.  Haricot verts (“fancy”green beans), and similar varieties, make…

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PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON COUNTY GEOLOGY

Excerpted from an article in The Transylvania Times –  July 27, 2017 “The August “Discover Natural Transylvania” program at the Transylvania County Library will explore the billion-year-old geologic  history of Transylvania County.  Geologist Rick Wooten’s presentation, “The Geology of Transylvania County and Vicinity:  Mountains, Faults, Waterfalls, Landslides and More.” will highlight mountain geology within the…

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OVERWHELMED BY SUMMER’S PRODUCE CHOICES? HERE’S A PLAN…

Excerpted from an article in the Asheville Citizen-Times – ASAP “The height of summer at farmers’ markets can be dizzying for a shopper.  So may colors, shapes, sizes, varieties, choices! The list literally ranges from A to Z – apples, beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, flowers, garlic, kale,  kohlrabi, okra,…

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RIVERS ELIGIBLE TO BE “WILD, SCENIC.” ?

Excerpted from an article by Park Baker, Staff Writer for The Transylvania Times “Many local residents will remember the push to save the Horsepasture River from a proposed hydroelectric facility that began in 1984.  The river flows into Transylvania County as it heads towards Lake Jocassee, dropping 1,700 feet over a stretch of four miles. …

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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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BUYING A VACATION HOME: THE QUESTIONS BEFORE PURCHASE

SOURCE:  Amin Dabit for realtytimes. “Whether it’s an oceanside bungalow or a mountain cabin, many people dream of buying a vacation home.  Financial advisors call a purchase like this “lifestyle investing.”  Like any investment, buying a second home comes with both benefits and potential drawbacks, so it’s important to consider how a vacation home fits…

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A FEW ITEMS OF LOCAL NEWS…

The following items are excerpted from recent articles in the Asheville Citizen-Times. “ASHEVILLE NEAR TOP OF BEST SMALL TOWNS LIST….John Boyle for the Asheville Citizen Times. Asheville has had no shortage of tourist s in recent years, and a recent US News & World Report story about the “Best Small Towns to Visit in the…

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CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL…

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes. “Heatwave?  Are you feeling it?  Dreading this month’s electric bill?  Here are a few tricks that can help you keep cool at home without running your air conditioning 24/7… ADD AN AWNING.  If you are able, an awning can go a long way toward lowering the temps on the inside…

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