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Weigh costs, plans before knocking down wall

By Melissa RayworthFor The Associated PressIf your home was built within the last decade, odds are it was designed with an open plan. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the family room, and few walls separate the living and dining areas.But what if your home is a bit older? In the 1970s and ...

Monarch Watch unveils new campaign to spread milkweed plants

In an another effort to bolster a declining monarch butterfly population, Kansas University’s Monarch Watch program is unveiling a plan to spread milkweed plants across the country.Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch, said the effort would include volunteers collecting milkweed seeds and ...

PIcking pumpkins: Cooking versus carving calls for different purchases

When picking a pumpkin this fall, look for high quality and consider what the pumpkin will be used for before making a purchase.If you are wondering what pumpkins are used for besides jack-o’-lanterns, let me remind you of pie, soup and many other delicious dishes.Pie pumpkins (the term is ...

Gilding gourds: Fall favorites popular in seasonal decor

Usually when I talk about vegetable gardening, I suggest that people grow things they like to eat. The exception: Grow things you like to craft or use in decorations!Gourds are a popular fall decoration and/or craft item. You have probably seen them in a cornucopia or fall display, painted, ...

Creepy, chic decor adds to Halloween festivity

By Kim CookAssociated Press WriterIf you prefer a contemporary decor style, you aren’t interested in rustic jack-o-lanterns or homespun stuffed witches when Halloween comes around. But fear not: This season you’ll find lots of ghoulish yet glamorous pieces to fete the occasion.l Modern ...