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All fired-up about an outdoor fire pit?

All fired-up about an outdoor fire pit?

One of the most popular additions to the backyard is the outdoor fire pit with seating around it. Having an area for entertaining that is separate to the patio table has been featured in magazines, websites and all types of social media. Even the designs that I’ve been doing for homes in downtown areas seem […]

County hydro bills at least double rest of Canada

County hydro bills at least double rest of Canada

How do Ontario’s electricity bills compare with the rest of Canada? Using Ontario’s average monthly consumption of 750 kWh, I calculated post-tax electricity bills for several areas of Ontario, and for the nine other provincial capitals. In Ontario: Ottawa $134 monthly, Toronto $150, Hydro One medium-density areas (e.g. Picton) $161, Hydro One low-density areas (e.g. […]

Embrace the power of paint for your home

Embrace the power of paint for your home

We’ve all heard that freshening up the paint can help you sell your home, but now we actually have numbers that back it up! I am a firm believer in the concept that you only get one chance to make a first impression. When it comes to your home, the first impression is made the […]

PECI Girls Basketball Team slam dunks Grapes of Wrath extreme fundraiser

PECI Girls Basketball Team slam dunks Grapes of Wrath extreme fundraiser

More than 300 participants on 62 teams in the third annual Grapes of Wrath tested their mettle over five mud-filled kilometres of rugged terrain and obstacles to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, Prince Edward County Memorial and Trenton Memorial hospital foundations. Tallied up, $60,000 was raised for patients receiving cancer care. “The influx of […]

Come sit awhile! Welcoming front yard key to maximum home value

Come sit awhile! Welcoming front yard key to maximum home value

All of the studies on housing have shown that creating a front yard that is inviting and welcoming is key in achieving the maximum value for your home. Companies like Century 21 and Realestate.com stating that curb appeal and first impression can swing a home’s value from between 8 per cent to 15 per cent. […]

Too much noise about nothing?

Too much noise about nothing?

One more kick at the Special Events Bylaw, just in case this devil-spawned document manages to survive the outrage of the County community, and comes back to life like the killer in a bad horror movie. I finally received a response from my event liability insurers for my fake Country Jamboree – one-day event, 100 […]

Moving - the big investment

Moving – the big investment

In 2013, the Bank of Montreal went on record stating that almost 50 per cent of Canadians would be moving in the next five years. Officially, I’ve joined that half of the population. We sold the cottage and bought a farm! Now I use that term very loosely as it doesn’t have a barn (but […]

My Mixed Bag Column

My Mixed Bag Column

As I come off my own deadlines, it’s time once again to meet the Times deadline. Here’s a collection of things that have happened since my last column. Special Events Bylaw Wanted, dead or alive. Mostly wanted dead. But probably still alive. Since my last column, there was a groundswell of panicked social media response, […]

Three simple changes to save water and money on your lawn and garden

Three simple changes to save water and money on your lawn and garden

I was recently asked at a speaking event why I’ve been so vocal about not liking grass in the yard. The reason I’m not a fan of grass is not the plant, but the homeowners that care for it. Grass requires more time, money and resources than anything else we can have in our outdoor […]

Drought draining funds at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre

Drought draining funds at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre

Letter To the Editor: This severe drought has had an impact on our local wildlife and Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre is feeling the strain. Our native wildlife are struggling to find food and water which leads them to be hit by vehicles, and easier prey for cats and dogs. We have exceeded the number of […]

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