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Finally, March has arrived! Will it lead us into spring? It always has — to a greater or lesser degree. Likely our area will continue to experience cold, but not frigid temperatures; storms of snow and rain can be expected, but of less intensity than those of the previous month. However, we do know that the vernal equinox arrives on the 20th, bringing with it a strong sun riding high in the sky, warming the soil and lengthening the days so that by month’s end sunset occurs after 7 p.m.

Posted Mar 2, 2015 at 1:01 AM


Posted Feb 28, 2015 at 10:38 AM

All month I have been writing about February being National Birdfeeding Month. This is the last article in the series to review the pros and cons of using different seeds to attract different birds.The most important thing to know is that...

Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Why settle for boring walls when you can make them wow? Nowadays there are tons of exciting specialty painting and refinishing techniques to create very personal spaces in your home. What follows is a description of some of the trendiest.

Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Reader question: An agent of a real estate firm gave us an estimated price they can get for our home, and we signed on with them on that basis. Now another agent of the same firm brought a prospect through and told them our house is priced too high.

Posted Feb 23, 2015 at 1:01 AM


Posted Feb 21, 2015 at 7:13 AM

I sit drinking a cup of coffee with early morning rays dancing on the wood planks of the deck. I stare, mesmerized by the sights on the other side of the glass: a puffed chick-a-dee sitting on the edge of the porch rail, wind blowing a downy...

Updated Feb 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Pruning is a task that is beneficial for trees and shrubs to keep them healthy and vibrant. This is also a task that many of us, me included, are nervous about performing. The garden is at its most dormant period in late winter, making it a good...

Updated Feb 17, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Late February and early March is the proper time for pruning blueberry plants.

Posted Feb 17, 2015 at 5:18 AM

As many as four senior housing communities are in the works in Blue Springs – and that can be attributed to the city’s growing older population.“It’s beyond a booming market,” said Anthony Taylor of Arrow...

Updated Feb 17, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Clarification: This week’s Home-Selling Tip covers getting your home listed in the MLS database for a flat fee. DIY home-sellers who want their homes listed in the MLS still need to work with a Realtor or other real estate broker to secure their...

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