(BPT) - One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond.
(BPT) - As colder months roll in, your children will spend more time indoors so you'll need to be equipped with indoor activities that will capture their imagination and foster their creativity. Here are a few activities you can do with your kids and keep them active:
Lake County commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday, with Leslie Campione dissenting, to advertise a public hearing to raise school impact fees up to $7,719 per single-family home.
(BPT) - Fall weather affects pets just like their people. While you are taking precautions to protect yourself from cooler temperatures and environmental changes, you need to safeguard your dogs and cats, too.
(Family Features) Technology seems to evolve at lightning speed, and it can be tough for business owners to sort out the latest tech fads from the tech must-haves. One recent innovation adding new dimensions to all kinds of small businesses is 3D printing. Before you write it off as a fad, read on to find out how it could be just the right fit for your business.
(Family Features) In a variety of situations, portable generators can supply temporary or remote electric power. From emergencies to recreational and construction activities, portable generators become a welcome addition to any instance when power is needed, yet not readily available.
(BPT) - Home Depot announced that personal financial information from 56 million credit and debit cards was at risk following a data security breach in September. Americans were still reeling from the Heartbleed bug, which compromised the security of some of the country’s largest companies in April 2014. Today cyber hacking – a crime that exploits technology to compromise personal information – is all too familiar.
(BPT) - While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler, you may be inclined to increase the thermostat to maintain a warm and comfortable home. However, air leakage, caused by numerous gaps and cracks throughout your home’s infrastructure, particularly the attic, can cause your HVAC equipment to work overtime and place a strain on your wallet every month.
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who love their pickup truck-whether they use it for work or fun.
Mount Dora High School Senior class President Robby Simpson won his fight this week to make sure the National Honor Society and Student Government Association remain curricular clubs, meaning the teachers overseeing the clubs would no longer receive a stipend.
(StatePoint) Have you ever wondered why abandoned or dilapidated buildings lie vacant for years on end, or why traffic patterns isolate people from businesses, or why there is a lack of safe and accessible open space in your community?
(BPT) - A positive attitude is one of the most powerful assets you can have. Positive people find success, good health, happiness, wealth and rewarding relationships throughout their lives. This is not because they are already successful, or because they are more confident, it is simply the attitude. The law of attraction is that positive thoughts lead to positive results. Your thoughts are much more powerful than just electric signals between synapses. They have the ability to define you and affect those around you. However, it’s not easy to summon this way of thinking on command. It may take years of patience and practice to change your overall mentality.
Thieves broke into a construction site for South Lake Hospital’s new skilled nursing unit this week and stole at least $10,000 worth of copper, Clermont police said.
(BPT) - Whether you’re spending quality time with family or entertaining guests, few things compare to the cozy, warm and welcoming atmosphere created by a fire pit in the backyard. In fact, fire pits are among the most popular features for enhancing an outdoor living space, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Even better, with little experience and materials, you can build a fire pit in just a few hours.
Two rather large and emerging issues are facing housing — huge increases in trucking costs and a shortage of skilled craftsmen. Today’s column focuses on the trucking crisis facing America. Next week, we’ll discuss America’s shortage of skilled craftsmen.
(BPT) - Decorating for an All Hallows' Eve monster bash can be frightful ... for hosts. From the invitations and decor to the entertainment and favors, it can be quite an undertaking. But there’s no need to fret. You can haunt your Halloween party with easy do-it-yourself decor and crafts.
The Marion County Commission is preparing to make its last pitch to land a new nursing home to serve former service people within a 75-mile radius of Ocala.
(BPT) - While school prep is normally focused around kindergarten and elementary school students, increasingly preparations are occurring at much younger ages. Enhancing learning-based skills in preschoolers can be invaluable to their development and play is an essential role in early classroom experiences.
Most well-constructed homes in Lake and Sumter counties begin with a strong concrete foundation and slab, built with high-quality concrete by experienced craftsmen. A good concrete foundation has properly sized footers to support the load-bearing points of the home. The concrete slab should be level, with minimal cracking and a finish that is almost chalky white in appearance, and prepped for flooring.
(BPT) - With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it’s easy to add stylish storage to corral extra items. Get organized and keep your home clutter-free with a few smart tips.
Let’s face it, when it comes to home repairs there are some people who are just better and more astute with a do-it-yourself project than others. If you don’t have an inkling of how to tackle a DIY project, then don’t. Instead, hire a professional.
The first Krystal hamburger restaurant in Lake and Sumter counties will open Tuesday in Leesburg, according to the company’s vice president of construction and development.
Home inspections have become an important part of the home-buying process, as insurance companies no longer automatically insure homes constructed with outdated building codes, and financial institutions seek assurances the homes they are financing are free of defects.
(NAPSI)—An increasing number of Americans are taking a shine to the look of metal for their home furnishings.
A sprawling tree farm in Groveland listed by Lake County’s Economic Development office as a major employer has a new boss.