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02
Nov

From Edison to art

This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The Fox Cities area is full of surprises

Who would have thought that in 1882, the beautiful Victorian Hearthstone home overlooking the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, would be the first home in the world to be lighted by hydroelectricity from a central station using the Thomas Edison system?
The event put the area on the map and launched unimaginable changes in how people cooked, cleaned, lived and entertained themselves in their homes.

Tue
27
Oct

‘Hail to purple, hail to white’

 hail to mom and dad

Wearing her school colors, Pam O’Meara stands in front of her former sorority house, now privately owned.  It overlooks Lake Michigan just off the Northwestern University campus. (Pam O’Meara/Review)
Wearing her school colors, Pam O’Meara stands in front of her former sorority house, now privately owned.  It overlooks Lake Michigan just off the Northwestern University campus. (Pam O’Meara/Review)

I searched my closet for anything purple — my school color — and came up with a few shirts, a jacket, socks and even shoes to wear for my 50th college reunion at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois — the first reunion I’ve ever attended.

Sun
25
Oct

Cost-conscious home upgrades for fall

Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel. (Getty Images)
Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel. (Getty Images)

If you're looking for ways to improve your home but don't have the budget for a full-scale renovation, look at upgrades that add instant value with a smaller investment.

Wed
14
Oct

A birthday party with a twist

Owen, second from right, was granted his wish to see Disney World. His mom, Michelle, said the family trip would not have been possible without Wishes & More. (submitted photo)
Owen, second from right, was granted his wish to see Disney World. His mom, Michelle, said the family trip would not have been possible without Wishes & More. (submitted photo)

Turning 1 is always a cause for celebration.

And celebrate is exactly what a local business plans to do, but with a twist.

Mon
12
Oct

Monsters & ogres in October

Spooky fun for the whole family! Monstrous events provide entertainment for all ages.

Sun
11
Oct

5 tips to keep your yard healthy this fall

Raking leaves can be a fun family activity, and good exercise, too. (Getty Images)
Raking leaves can be a fun family activity, and good exercise, too. (Getty Images)

A beautiful lawn can be the foundation to a happy, healthier life and lead to spending more time outdoors.

In fact, 86 percent of Americans consider their lawn important to their home and life.

Sun
11
Oct

Keeping the character

Lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, according to Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” (submitted photo)
Lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, according to Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” (submitted photo)

Renovation with original charm in mind
Not every home renovation is a complete do-over. In fact, some projects are more about preserving the character and charm of the original structure than making everything shiny and new.
A self-taught home rehabber, licensed real estate agent and designer, Nicole Curtis of Minneapolis, star of HGTV's "Rehab Addict," has made an art of introducing the comforts and conveniences of modern living while restoring homes to their former glory.

Tue
06
Oct

Improve your mental sharpness

Studies show that individuals who get involved in activities such as cards and other group games have increased brain volume in areas that stimulate memory.
Studies show that individuals who get involved in activities such as cards and other group games have increased brain volume in areas that stimulate memory.

Bridge and other activities boost brainpower
Staying active physically is important as you age. But exercising the brain can also have some important health and disease-prevention benefits.

Tue
06
Oct

Study finds cataract surgery leaves patients satisfied

Ninety-six percent of patients reported that their vision was better following cataract surgery. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Ninety-six percent of patients reported that their vision was better following cataract surgery. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

By 2030, 38 million Americans will suffer from cataracts, a number that will increase to 50 million by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Tue
22
Sep

Give your home a quick fall facelift, with fabric, paint and seasonal decor

Whether you just want to add a pop of fall color here and there to be changed out with the season or a new theme entirely, with warm fall tones that will make your home welcoming throughout the year, now’s the time to envision new decor. (submitted photo)
Whether you just want to add a pop of fall color here and there to be changed out with the season or a new theme entirely, with warm fall tones that will make your home welcoming throughout the year, now’s the time to envision new decor. (submitted photo)

(StatePoint) A seasonal home makeover doesn’t need to cost a fortune or be difficult to execute. Quick, easy and innovative ideas can give your home the fall flair needed to celebrate the season.

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