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Better than moving: Get more space with a basement remodel
Better than moving: Get more space with a basement remodel

Better than moving: Get more space with a basement remodel

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Finishing a basement is one of the most cost-effective remodeling projects, according to Remodeling Magazine?s 2007 Cost vs. Value report.

The day you?ve dreaded has finally arrived?your household is bursting at the seams. You need more space, but you?re not keen on the idea of entering the real estate market right now. And eco-conscious consumer that you are, you don?t relish the idea of increasing your home?s environmental impact with a costly addition.

You?re not alone. The bigger is better mentality that defined the ?moving up? trend of the past 20 years seems to be the latest casualty of the real estate downturn. As a result, many homeowners are opting to stay put and increase their living space by remodeling the homes they have. Many are doing so without the cost and eco-impact of building an addition. Instead, they?re creating more living space by turning areas like basements, garages and even outdoor patios into usable square footage.

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Curb appeal: the ‘arms’ that welcome potential buyers
Curb appeal: the ‘arms’ that welcome potential buyers

Curb appeal: the ‘arms’ that welcome potential buyers

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Edge the driveway with pavers in colors complementary to the home and pavement. Use pavers in different shapes and sizes to create an interesting focal point.

Whether selling a home in today?s tough real estate market or simply trying to beautify and protect your home, curb appeal should be very important to you.

Home selling experts predict that as many as 40 percent of potential buyers reject a home based on their first impression of the front of the home. That makes curb appeal?the general appearance of the front yard?the single largest factor shaping impressions of your home.

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Healthy Geezer- Will my arthritis spread?

?Q I?m pretty sure I have arthritis in my knee. Is there any danger this will spread?

 

First, anyone who thinks they may have arthritis should see a doctor. Self-diagnosis is hazardous to your health.

Now for some information about arthritis all geezers should know.

Arthritis, which comes in different forms, is inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are the three most common forms of arthritis among seniors. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent. None are contagious.

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Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents
Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents

Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents

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In the above photo, Parkside residents Ron Freeman and Francis Kreutziger play a game of baseball on the Wii. Looking on is Jake Wiebe, a high school volunteer who joins in the game from time to time.

Stop by Parkside Homes Inc. and you can cheer on senior citizens who are engaged in a game of baseball or golf?in the middle of their living areas and in comfort of air conditioning.

Ron Freeman and other residents are playing the Nintendo Wii, an interactive video game introduced to Parkside as part of its culture change initiative.

?Our residents want to be in 2008 and this is one way they can,? said Melissa Bartel, life enrichment coordinator at Parkside.

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Hail events prompt re-roofing boom in Hillsboro
Hail events prompt re-roofing boom in Hillsboro

Hail events prompt re-roofing boom in Hillsboro

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Workers with Flory Roofing & Construction, based in Halstead, work Saturday on re-roofing the house in the 300 block of South Washington in Hillsboro. Through June 19, 51 building permits for roofing projects had been issued through city hall. Permits and follow-up inspections are required for each job, according to Hillsboro building code. Photo by Don Ratzlaff

Every cloud has a silver lining. For some homeowners, contractors and material suppliers, that includes a hail cloud.

In the aftermath of a couple of hail incidents over the past month and a half, Hillsboro is in the midst of a re-roofing boom.

From May 12 through June 19, 51 building permits had been issued through the city of Hills?boro for re-roofing jobs, with a total estimated value surpassing $720,000.

And the boom is likely to continue as word of potential roof damage spreads from homeowner to homeowner.

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Hillsboro MB to host Life Line Screenings

  Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will host a Life Line Screening June 23 at 300 Prairie Pointe. Appointments for the stroke, vascular disease and heart rhythm screening will begin at 9 a.m. Baseline screenings include Stroke/Carotid Artery, Atrial Fibrillation, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Peripheral Arterial Disease. Additional screenings include C-Reactive Protein, complete Lipid Panel, Glucose and an ultrasound screening for […]

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Family wins big by losing
Family wins big by losing

Family wins big by losing

MartinBefore.jpg MartinAfter.jpg Testimonies continue to surface about the life-changing impact of the area ?Biggest Loser? weight-reduction contest this spring. Hillsboro resident Cathy Martin and three of her siblings agreed to focus on weight loss prior to their planned reunion on Memorial Day weekend. The ?before? photo (left) of the foursome includes Martin (seated, right) with her sister Anne Morgan of […]

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Environment may contribute to Parkinson’s

Q Is it true that farmers are more likely to get Parkinson disease?

 

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Opportunity, need fuel city forays into development
Opportunity, need fuel city forays into development

Opportunity, need fuel city forays into development

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Traffic flow along U.S. Highway 56 has been key to the city of Hillsboro?s leadership in developing light commerical business parks along the city?s northern edge. The first one was Hillsboro Heights in 1999, currently home to eight businesses, and now the newly platted Hillsboro Business Park, the acreage shown here.

The recent platting of Hillsboro Business Park continues a model of real-estate development that has become increasing significant for the city over the past 15 years or so.

The city?s most progressive developer is the city itself.

?(The city of) Hillsboro really never intended to get into real-estate development, but that decision was made in order to give Hillsboro a chance to grow,? said Mayor Delores Dalke, herself a real-estate broker and developer in the private sector.

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Healthy Geezer- ED No cause for embarrassment

Q I?m embarrassed to admit this, but I?m getting low scores in the husband department, if you get my drift. Is this happening just because I?m getting older?

 

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