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Homefront: 'Tis the season for holiday open houses

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:55:00 -0600

It’s that time of year when retailers open up their stores, decked out from top to bottom for the holidays -- never mind that we are several weeks from Christmas.

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Homefront: Neighborhood gift updates Woodsdale Boulevard landscaping

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:55:00 -0500

Sometimes, giving back to the places we know best, or the ones that are close to home makes the most sense.

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Taking note of what’s under foot

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:54:00 -0500

Taking it one step at a time, a walking tour of the green infrastructure of the Railyard in the Haymarket and the P Street project, got a closeup look at what’s below the surface -- and how important that is…

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Homefront: Using chalk paint to transform a mid-century desk

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:04:00 -0500

Reinventing a piece of furniture is always fun and also can be an adventure, especially if you are trying a new DIY technique.

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Homefront: 4-H State Fair entries are ready to go

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:15:00 -0500

Before the vendors begin selling pineapple whip or fried food on a stick, thousands of 4-H entries begin arriving in Grand Island to the State Fair. County extension educators from across the state load up boxes and carts and whatever…

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Homefront: Slow start for vegetable gardens, but finally some progress

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:15:00 -0500

It’s past mid-summer and since spring got off to a late and soggy start, some gardeners never did get all of their planned plantings in the ground.

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Homefront: Ideas from the Home and Garden show

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:34:00 -0600

Nothing signals the edge of winter like the Nebraska Builders Home and Garden show. Held last weekend, it was filled with all kinds of enticements for homeowners who were happy to get out of the wind and freezing temperatures and…

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Homefront: Last minute things to do to winterize

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:59:00 -0600

No one can complain about our warm extended autumn with one of the best shows of leaf color in recent memory.

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Homefront: Sneak peek at Lauritzen’s new Conservatory

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:35:00 -0500

It doesn’t officially open until this weekend, but yesterday I got a sneak peek at the Marjorie K. Daughtery Conservatory at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha.

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Girl Scout study finds outdoor adventures build stronger girls

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Wondering if Girl Scouts is right for your daughter?

From Pulpit to Pew: Faithful called to pray for leaders

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Christians of all denominations and backgrounds are invited to gather Monday in the Capitol Rotunda to pray for all of Nebraska’s governmental leaders.

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Fireworks tips for keeping Fido and his furry friends safe

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

With each boom and pop, our dog barks and goes on alert.

Homefront: Serviceberries are in season right now

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:14:00 -0500

After trying two different redbud trees in our front yard -- or “dead buds”, as many local horticulture folks called them -- we opted for a native tree. Serviceberry trees, also sometimes called Juneberry trees, are smaller and more suited…

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Homefront: Spray paint is the DIYer’s best friend

Tue, 20 May 2014 11:07:00 -0500

It only took a few minutes and two cans of spray paint to transform my black wrought iron tea cart with spots of rust to a lime green stunner that will brighten my patio.

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Homefront: Container planting alternatives and upcoming events

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:15:00 -0500

This week, lots of people will be filling containers with plants for the summer season. Lincoln’s frost-free date is around May 10, and garden centers are busy selling a myriad of colors and varieties of annuals to brighten backyards.

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Homefront: Birdhouse thief strikes Lauritzen Garden in Omaha

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:56:00 -0500

Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha is looking for a birdhouse thief. Between March 22 and March 24, someone broke into an off-site storage unit and stole 51 birdhouses made from license plates the garden uses for a yearly exhibit.

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Homefront: Flowers on a winter's day

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:00:00 -0600

At this time of year, there isn’t much gardening going on, unless you count scouring every page of seed catalogs.

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Homefront: Autumn leaves and holiday seminars

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:49:00 -0500

Today I saw a tree stop traffic. On the way to work, a silver sedan in front of me quickly pulled to the curb and the driver jumped out, phone/camera in hand. She proceeded to stand in the middle of…

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Homefront: Lincoln’s 'worst' kitchen wins DIY contest

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:13:00 -0500

The votes are in and Pawl and Carla Tisdale’s kitchen won the “worst” designation in the DIY network’s contest, which is the best-case scenario for the Tisdale family.

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Homefront: Things gardeners are thinking about right now

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:23:00 -0500

Nothing offers up an earful of green thumb chatter like sitting at the “Ask a Master Gardener” table at the Sunday Old Cheney Farmer’s Market.

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Homefront: At a big time tent sale, going, going, gone

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:13:00 -0500

I have gone to all kinds of sales -- estate sales, after Christmas sales, garage sales and the “extra 30 percent off” sales. Usually, it’s fun and sometimes you pick up a few bargains, but for me it is usually…

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Homefront: Check out Lincoln's public gardens on national "holiday"

Thu, 09 May 2013 14:43:00 -0500

Nobody gets the day off to celebrate National Public Gardens Day on May 10. But if there was ever a made-up holiday that could use a full day away from work to wander, enjoy and appreciate your surroundings, this is…

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