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Don’t underestimate the value of a lush lawn

When it comes to selling a home, there are many different strategies and most of them focus on the home’s interior. However, what many sellers fail to realize is that it’s the exterior of the home that often makes or breaks a sale. Curb appeal is necessary for that vital first impression. Much of a buyer’s opinion about a property […]

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Goessel grants support meals, health programs

Goessel grants support meals, health programs

Representatives of healthful programs in Goessel hild their GCF grant awards. Pictured from left are: Kim Funk, Tabor Food Pantry coordina­tor; Laura Dailey, Goessel Library director; Susi Shipp, Goessel Elementary After-School Program director; Eric Schrag, Bethesda Home CEO/administrator; and Steve Banman, Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Board president. Bethesda Home recently received $900 from the Goessel Community Foun­dation Community Seniors […]

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KHA says ‘Celebrate National Hospital Week’

The Kansas Hospital Association invites communities to join area hospitals in celebrating National Hospital Week, May 7-13. This annual observance celebrates hospitals and the men and women who, day in and day out, support the health and wellbeing of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart. Celebrated since 1921, National Hospital Week is a time dedicated to […]

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Pet owners have options for spaying and neutering

Veterinarians in Harvey and Marion counties continue seeing the benefits of a voucher program that helps pet owners defray the expense of spaying or neutering their animals. Mike Jantz, assistant director at Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton, said the program works through donations. “A resident of Harvey County wanted to help residents who could not get their pet spayed […]

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Can you coupon without going to the extreme?

Following the Great Recession, it seemed liked extreme couponing was a competitive sport. You could watch on TV as shoppers armed with binders full of clipped coupons and an in-depth knowledge of stores’ policies would get incredible discounts at the checkout counter. Extreme couponing may not be as popular today, but the recession gave many people an appreciation for living […]

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5 mistakes to avoid when buying a first home

Buying a home for the first time is comparable to the first time you ride a bike. You can learn about how it works from your parents and observe it from a distance, but you really won’t know the ins and outs until you actually sit down on the bicycle and start riding. Like most beginners, first-time homebuyers will likely […]

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Big-impact ideas for those small patio spaces

Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can’t do much with the space due to its size? There’s probably a lot more potential than you think. From the influx of urban dwellers, empty-nesters in transition and even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United States. Contrary to popular belief, you can have an […]

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How to plant a tree for successful growth

More sunlight and warm temperatures frequently inspire homeowners to spend more time in the great outdoors during spring and summer. Outdoor projects often top homeowners’ to-do lists in spring and summer, with gardens and landscapes taking center stage. Planting more trees around the yard is one popular project that can improve property value and benefit the environment. Why plant trees? […]

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Composite decking can be a smart choice

Decks add character and functionality to a home, increasing outdoor entertaining space and oftentimes improving the resale value of a home. Homeowners have various options when choosing decking materials, but one such option, composite decking, is growing in popularity. Decks used to primarily be made from pressure-treated lumber. While lumber remains a popular material, more and more homeowners are opting […]

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Home improvements that increase home value

When granite countertops or shiny, stainless steel appliances beckon homeowners from the display areas of home improvement stores, it’s tempting to gear remodeling thoughts toward the items that will add flair and decorative appeal to a home. Even though most improvements add some measure of value, deciding which are the best investments can be difficult. Return on investment, often referred […]

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