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‘Growing Orchids Indoors’ set for Feb. 6 in Oregon, Ill.

Staff Report OREGON, Ill. — Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Candice Miller to learn how easy it is to
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U of I Extension fruit and vegetable school starts Jan. 27

Staff Report University of Illinois Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Grant McCarty and Horticulture Educator Candice Miller will be
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Apply now for U of I Extension Master Gardener Training

Staff Report University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Training will be held in Boone, Lee and Stephenson counties in 2014.  Interested
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Spurred by low interest rates and attractive prices, home buyers buying bigger homes

By RE/MAX Northern Illinois CHICAGO — The small-home trend seems to be waning. A growing number of today’s home buyers are
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Tips to help enhance your holiday landscape

By Melinda Myers Gardening Expert, TV & Radio Host, Author and Columnist Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you
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Junior League of Rockford fund-raiser offers inspiration for your home

Staff Report The Junior League of Rockford, Inc., will hold its annual fund-raiser, Unique Spaces Home Tour, from 10 a.m. to
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Allstate: Holiday hazards hit close to home for Illinois residents

By Allstate NORTHBROOK, Ill. — New insurance claims data from the Allstate Insurance Company show theft poses as a threat to
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Tips to make your holiday celebration more eco-friendly

Staff Report STOCKTON, Calif. — Heralded as the most wonderful time of year, the holidays are filled with traditions many anticipate
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Use caution in holiday decorating, entertaining

By Grassroots Newswire Brightly-lit decorations, elaborate meals and large gatherings are all part of traditional holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, these seasonal traditions
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Tips for properly preparing your fireplace for fall and winter use

By University of Illinois Extension One of the joys of the fall and winter season is curling up in front of
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U of I Extension master gardener training begins in January

By University of Illinois Extension University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for the master gardener training course, which is set
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If your home didn’t sell this summer, don’t despair: Fall and winter are great times to sell, too

By RE/MAX Northern Illinois CHICAGO — If your house didn’t sell this summer, look at its asking price. That’s the advice
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‘Holiday Gifts from Your Kitchen and Garden’

• Pre-registration required by Nov. 18 for Nov. 21 event at Ogle County Extension office; learn fun, easy gifts to
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Nov. 20 program offers tips for feeding birds during the winter

By University of Illinois Extension OREGON, Ill. — As the snow started flying in October, one couldn’t help but be extremely
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‘Horticulture for the Holidays’ at Klehm Dec. 7

Staff Report University of Illinois Extension brings its annual winter event, “Horticulture for the Holidays,” to Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden,
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Tips for preserving ornamental gourds

Staff Report Ornamental gourds add color and interest to fall arrangements and decorations. Children, as well as adults, take great interest
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Illinois housing market gains extend into fall

• Home sales up 19.8 percent, median prices rise 12.9 percent in September in Illinois Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Momentum in the
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Protect your winter landscape from hungry wildlife

By Melinda Myers Gardening Expert, TV & Radio Host, Author and Columnist There’s no doubt that managing critters in the landscape
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Fall lawn care tips: Controlling weeds and mowing frequently

Staff Report The summer of 2013 was much better for lawn care than 2012, considering the amount of rainfall this spring
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Whimsical Fairy Gardening class May 4 at Rockford’s Klehm Arboretum

Online Staff Report University of Illinois Extension is offering a Whimsical Fairy Gardening class at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden from
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March 1 deadline for ‘Ready, Set, Grow’ Gardening Workshop

By Lisa Valle University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, Extension Program Coordinator Garden enthusiasts are wanted for the 2013 “Ready, Set, Grow”
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U of I Extension to offer spring sustainable landscaping series

Online Staff Report University of Illinois Extension is offering a spring sustainable landscaping series beginning March 12. Classes will meet from
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Efficient ductless split heating systems

Staff Report There’s no worse time to experience a problem with your furnace than in the middle of winter. Whether it’s
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‘How To Grow Great Lilies’ topic of Feb. 9 event at Klehm

Staff Report Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden will host the Wisconsin Illinois Lily Society’s “How To Grow Great Lilies in the
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2012 Rockford housing sales hit five-year high

Staff Report Rockford Area Realtors sold 3,815 homes and condos in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties in 2012, the highest total
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Real estate trends to watch in 2013

Staff Report The year 2012 was a significant growth period for the real estate industry. After five grueling years, Americans are
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Rockford, Freeport housing nonprofits merge

Staff Report Two area non-profit agencies with deep roots in helping the northern Illinois region merged Jan. 1. Neighborhood Housing Services
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Winter gardening-type activities for kids

Staff Report Winter gardening-type activities for children can make gardeners for life, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Gardening activities
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Five steps to extend the life of your holiday trees and plants

By Melinda Myers Gardening Expert, TV & Radio Host, Author and Columnist The holidays can be a wonderful, yet stressful time.
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Tips to have a safe, happy holiday

Staff Report The holiday season is a magical, festive time — filled with decorations, gifts and fun for people of all
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Local November housing sales reach four-year high

Staff Report Rockford Area Realtors sold 325 properties in November, the highest November total in four years and up 15.7 percent
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A tale of three cacti: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Staff Report Inquiring horticultural minds want to know if there are differences among the plants we refer to collectively as holiday
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Tips for selecting the perfect holiday plants

By Candice Miller Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension Ogle County With the holiday season fast approaching, do not forget to purchase
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Trying to sell your home during the holidays? Hold an open house

Staff Report CHICAGO — Is holding an open house during the holidays a waste of time, or can it really help
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Evergreen and Poinsettia Workshop set for Dec. 12

Staff Report Evergreens are a traditional decoration for the holidays, and that’s for good reason! They smell great, they look great,
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Sales, median prices show gains in October in Illinois

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois home sales soared 37.3 percent over previous-year levels in October, and median prices increased 3
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Local Servpro restoration specialist offers tips for preventing holiday fires

Staff Report The approaching holiday season brings traditions, parties, shopping, entertaining — and potential danger, according to Charles Hare of Servpro
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Real Estate News: Monthly housing sales reach 40-month high

Rockford Area Realtors sold 416 homes in October, the highest monthly total of the year and the highest total in
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Metropolitan Title Agency expands following housing market recovery

Staff Report Following the lead of a recovering Rockford-area housing market, locally-owned Metropolitan Title Agency announced it is expanding through the
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‘Prettiest Painted Places’ include colorful, hidden gems

• Galena, Ill., and Aurora, Ill., were finalists in North Central U.S. By Paint Quality Institute If you want to see the prettiest
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‘Horticulture for the Holidays’ at Nicholas Conservatory Dec. 1

Staff Report University of Illinois Extension presents its annual “Horticulture for the Holidays” at the Nicholas Conservatory Saturday, Dec. 1. The
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Preparing your trees for winter

By University of Illinois Extension — Boone, DeKalb and Ogle Counties “This drought-ravaged summer was extremely hard on our trees,” said
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Selecting deer-resistant plants

By Susan Jongeneel Media/Communications Specialist, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA, Ill. — Selecting plants that are
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Choosing the right plants and herbs for your pollinator garden

By Susan Jongeneel Media/Communications Specialist, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA, Ill. — Bumblebees, honey bees, butterflies,
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Real Estate News: Illinois home sales, median prices show gains in September

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Home sales increased 15.9 percent over previous-year levels in September, extending a run of more than
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Gardening News: Utilizing dried flowers from your garden topic of Oct. 30 U of I Extension program

Staff Report OREGON, Ill. — “Just because the end of the gardening season is approaching doesn’t mean the time for enjoying
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Galena, Aurora still in running for ‘Prettiest Painted Places’

By Paint Quality Institute The search for the “Prettiest Painted Places in America” is narrowing, with 10 finalists from the North
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Don’t be alarmed by fall needle drop

By University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties Does the white pine in your yard look brown
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Lawn Care: Fall care tips for healthy lawns

By Melinda Myers Gardening Expert, TV & Radio Host, Author and Columnist Summer can be hard on our lawns. With much
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Gardening News: ‘Putting the Garden to Bed’ workshop Oct. 17

Staff Report OREGON, Ill. — “What you do in your garden this fall can greatly affect your harvest next year,” says
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