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Smithville woman in running for home makeover

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 31, 2012
King house

You can help Smithville resident Erin King win $10,000 toward a home-makeover project in Waverly Home’s Paint for a Purpose contest.

King is one of five finalists in the contest, which will be decided by votes on its Facebook page.

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Historical house up for auction

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 23, 2012

Old-house fans, take note: A 200-year-old home in Tallmadge goes on the auction block this weekend.

The house, once known as the Beach House, was built in 1808 and expanded in 1850. It has its original black walnut and oak floors and some original windows, as well as a post and beam barn on the property.

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Hudson interior designer to appear on MSNBC

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 13, 2012

Hudson interior designer Pamela Bayer will appear this Sunday on the MSNBC program Your Business.

The weekly show focuses on small-business entrepreneurs. According to the show's website, Bayer will talk about her mistake of turning down smaller clients to focus on big projects, only to have those larger jobs cut.

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Original Mattress Factory tops consumer survey

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 10, 2012

If you think Ron Trzcinski's mattress ads about honesty and courtesy are just another cheesy come-on, think again.

Trzcinski's Original Mattress Factory ranked first among mattress stores in Consumer Reports' latest consumer survey.

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Instant waterfall -- well, almost

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 9, 2012
Waterfall class

 Today's mail brought a surprise -- a CD of photos from the waterfall class I wrote about Saturday, courtesy of Brian Esker at Hoffman's Garden Center. Here's a picture of the finished waterfall, for all you water gardener wannabes.

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Read all about water gardens

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 9, 2012

Longing for a water garden in your yard? Whet your appetite for your very own water world with our coverage in this week's Home section. We give you a sneak peek at the Parade of Ponds water garden tour and tell you what's involved in building a simple pondless waterfall.

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Keeping your cool? Thank Willis Carrier

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 5, 2012

Glad you have air conditioning? You can thank Dr. Willis H. Carrier, who invented the technology in July 1902.

In honor of the anniversary of modern air conditioning, Carrier -- the company, not the scientist -- has put together this video recapping 110 years of AC in 110 seconds. 

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In this week's home section

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 2, 2012

 In this week's home section: A unique home created by a couple who was repurposing decades before it became a trend, and an arts program that put Akron students to work creating gates for a community garden.

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