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With respect for the village where I live and have lived for 84 years, and having researched and read everything I can find on the subject, I thought this might be an appropriate time of year to give a picture of the village and its people back around the year Pineville was in its prime around 1820 or thereabout.

Exactly why folks don’t talk and act as they did in that early day and time is probably way more numerous and detailed than what I’d like to blame it on. Still, when one learns how people acted toward their neighbors and the relationships shared, you can see it was a way of life that, for the most part, no longer exists but could easily be desired. I, for one, would absolutely love to be able to participate in these early practices. Doing for your neighbor as you’d like done for yourself, dedicating your time to helping, serving, and just enjoying others’ busyness of life, enjoying, socially, each other.

I hope this might make a difference; we should have learned, but so far, we haven’t; the decimation of the family, or brokenness of the family, has been and continues to be the ruination of our country. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve added to the problem by failing to communicate with each other. Yes, we’ve quit talking. Unfortunately, we are continuing with this madness. How utterly ridiculous can we be? (I’m included in this; I just texted my daughter a few minutes ago.) Can you imagine what our ancestors would have thought?

OK, let’s learn more about the Pineville people socially. The time is around the early 1820s, and all the objects that were hoped to result from the founding of Pineville have been accomplished. The people were blessed with health,

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Two thirds of buyers deterred if property lacks kerb …

Two thirds of buyers deterred if property lacks kerb appeal - survey

Kerb appeal is often cited as an important factor if agents and sellers want to impress buyers and now research suggests 60% of property viewers make their minds up within one minute of seeing the outside.

Analysis by landscaping brand Marshalls suggests planters, trees, driveways, front doors and bin storage all playing a key role in the decision making.

It helps that these are all products it helps supply but the research among 2,001 people across the UK found 68% would be put off wanting to buy or live in a property if there were big design flaws with the front garden that they didn’t like.

Looking at the features that appeal to prospective buyers, those supporting biodiversity top the bill. Planters, hanging baskets and real grass areas (21%), as well as trees (20%), wildlife gardens (17%), raised bedding areas (15%) and bird baths (14%) were the top responses, followed by new driveways (14%), bin storage (13%) and privacy screening (12%).

Almost half (43%) said they care more about the appearance of the front of their home now – including their garden, driveway and features like the front door – than two years ago. 

People’s top reasons for caring about their home’s kerb appeal include improving its appearance from the outside (44%) and improving its value (29%).

One in ten want to keep up with their neighbours, while others take inspiration from family and friends (20%), social media (15%) and magazines and TV shows (15%) on how to style the outside of their homes.

Ben Warren, managing director of landscape products at Marshalls, said: “This year has been slow for the property market, with many sellers finding it’s taking longer than usual to get interest in their

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Richmond school joins global flower planting competition

The Bulb4Kids project teaches students about nature and how to grow a beautiful garden.

A Richmond elementary class is taking part in a flower planting competition alongside more than 2,000 schools around the world.

The Grade 5 and 6 split class at Blundell elementary, under the guidance of resource teacher Lyllia Smith, joined the Bulb4Kids project for the first time this year.

Bulb4Kids is a program for students to become familiar with flower bulbs and the world of nature in a fun way.

Blundell elementary is one of 150 classes in Canada and among more than 2,000 classes from the Netherlands, Germany, England, France and Sweden taking part in the project and competition for the Golden Bulb Prize.

The prize is given to classrooms with the most beautiful flower bulb garden.

Smith said the project is a great way for students to spend more time outdoors and engage with nature.

“Not only do the students get to spend some time outdoors, but they need to work together to plan out and plant both garden beds,” said Smith, adding the class received the bulbs and growing kits and started planting in November.

They will continue to care and watch over the flower beds filled with tulips, crocuses, daffodils and grape hyacinths at school in the spring.

“All of these activities involve community building within the classroom while caring for our school. Finally, it’s very exciting for the students to be a part of a worldwide competition,” said Smith.

She added they plan to plant different fruits and vegetables in their school gardens to use for healthy meals as well.

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Early spring best time to prune, repot house plants

In a perfect world, every gardening project will be accomplished at the most favourable time. But no busy gardener’s world is perfect.

Dear Helen: Some of my house plants are in great need of repotting and trimming. Is this a good time to renovate them? I’m never sure how crucial it is to address various plant projects at the very best time.


This is probably the worst possible timing for repotting and pruning house plants. As days darken and become shorter, plants in general slow down any active growth. For many, it’s a matter now of reducing their watering and just getting them through the winter.

Though this is the general wisdom on the question, I must admit to recently defying it. The very best time for pruning and repotting house plants is at winter’s end, as plants begin sending out fresh growth. At that point, the plants respond most easily to the changes and quickly re-grow.

In a perfect world, every gardening project will be accomplished at the most favourable time. My world is not perfect. From late winter, as indoor seeding starts, through spring planting and summer outdoor garden care I struggle to find time to wash my hair, much less to renovate house plants.

That is why, a few weeks ago, I finally got around to surveying the indoor plants at the large dining room and living room windows. The windows badly needed washing, and the plant collections at both windows had turned into jungle-like muddles.

A variegated umbrella tree was overgrown to the point of toppling. A Marble Queen pothos was creeping across the living room floor, headed for the kitchen.

Both snake plants (Sansevieria, mother-in-law’s tongue) had become infested by stray plantlets shed from a “Friendship Plant” (Bryophyllum) that was a long-ago gift

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More Eagle County homes and public buildings are using heat pump technology

A condenser sits on the roof during the installation of a heat pump on Jan. 20, 2023, in Denver. A bipartisan coalition of about 25 governors and the Biden administration announced a pledge Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, to quadruple the number of heat pumps in U.S. homes by 2030.
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As electric vehicles and solar energy panels become more common, heat pumps are another step on the road to “beneficial electrification.”

Heat pumps aren’t really furnaces, but can heat buildings. They aren’t air conditioners, but can cool a building. Those pumps have compressors that exchange indoor and outdoor air. According to an explainer in Popular Mechanics, heat pumps in the winter take outside air and heat it with the compressor, providing heat to an interior space. In the summer, the compressor absorbs heat from inside a building and releases it outdoors.

According to Nikki Maline, the Energy Programs director at Walking Mountains Science Center, those units in the winter are three times more efficient than electric baseboard heat.

Maline said about 35 local homeowners this year will take advantage of various rebate programs to install heat pump units.

Maline said Holy Cross Energy has “very generous” rebates and tax credits available.

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Depending on where a building is, those rebates can make heat pumps “worth considering,” Maline said.

Those units come with a pretty significant caveat: Efficiency plummets as temperatures drop. Maline said technological improvements have made cold weather-rated units more efficient in colder climates. Still, she said, many systems installed locally have various kinds of backups, ranging from electric heating units to keeping an old gas furnace on hand.

Already in use

Eagle County has already installed heat pumps at its vehicle maintenance facility in Gypsum. County Facilities Director Jesse Meryhew

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Not merely functional, doors offer a way to inject personality into any home

Fanciful doors make a statement about the character of a home.
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Though rooflines define the character of a house, it’s the front door that captures attention. As one of the first elements guests notice, the front door makes a powerful statement, and sets the tone for the rest of the house.

While front doors can be showstoppers, it’s important to ensure they don’t completely steal the show and diminish architectural design. Instead, doors should match and complement the style. For example, an arched door constructed from reclaimed wood set vertically on a log home adds interest to the entryway, while still blending in. Similarly, an arched, smoothly finished wooden door contrasts rough exterior stone, yet still “fits” the overall design.

Local firm Beck Building has worked on a plethora of local projects, from ultra-traditional to downright fanciful to cleanly contemporary. One particularly whimsical project embraced a bit of a hobbit feel, with its warped-looking rooftop and wooden shack shingles set above exterior stone. Yet, the finished circular-looking door, and clean and smooth stone frame around it, added a sophisticated appearance, which communicated to guests something to the effect of, “Though I may look whimsical, I am actually a very intentional home.” Of course, the circular door was simply an illusion; the Beck team set a rectangular door into matching rounded, finished wood — and by placing the doorknob smack, dab in the middle of the circle, a unique entryway was born.

Interior doors bring a sense of wonder throughout the house.
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On the inside

While front doors wow guests, homeowners shouldn’t forget to carefully consider their secondary entrance, which they use on a more regular basis, as well as interior doors. After all, a home should elicit pleasure from homeowners just as

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