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Create an inviting outdoor space PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:28
From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, an outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining.
"Try to create a living room for your outdoor space," said Kate Anthony, owner of Kate & Company Design Studio and Interior Design instructor at the Art Institute of California - San Diego, a campus of Argosy University.
Whether it's a small patio or sprawling backyard, design experts from the Art Institutes system of schools have tips for making the great outdoors a great place to eat and play.
• Focal points. Edward Varias, owner of E.V. Design and interior design instructor at the Art Institute of California - Hollywood, said a focal point brings everyone together, and can include furniture, a fountain or a fireplace. An outdoor rug can serve as a focal point and help define an area, and a fire pit makes a great place for guests to gather.
Wild about the windmill PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:22
The windmill apartment on Clough Street in Bowling Green. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Its facade is quickly recognized, but the inside of Bowling Green's "windmill house" is a mystery to many.
The square-footage isn't overwhelming, but the view is unique both inside and out.
The eye-catching windmill house is on the market for anyone looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. But you'll have to pay up for more than just the windmill itself, as it's packaged for sale with several apartment properties across Clough Street.
Built in 1939 from Dutch schematics as an interesting way to conceal an exposed boiler serving those other apartments, the windmill was never meant to function, though the blades were free to turn until being immobilized later, according to Steve Foraker, who said he's managed his family's properties including the windmill for 25 years. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:00
Stock a weather preparedness kit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:04
The American Red Cross recommends each household have an emergency kit in place that you  can reach quickly. With tornado season in full swing, the protection experts at Pelican ( have put together a list of items every household should have in  the event of severe weather this spring and summer.  
• First Aid kit: Having an easy to reach First Aid kit around your home is important. In the event of severe weather, have medicine and medical supplies  that are commonly used for minor injuries requiring first aid. The kit does not have to be  expensive, but it's important to have the basics.
• A self-powered emergency radio: A self-powered emergency radio can quickly provide information, light and power when you need it most.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:05
Save money by unplugging, insulating and gardening PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:45
PERRYSBURG - Visitors to Eric Scott's home shouldn't be surprised that all of the clocks are blinking.
It isn't because the electricity is perpetually out. It's because Scott, who is a stewardship specialist for the Wood County Park District, likes to save electricity.
"A lot of times you leave things plugged in … they call it phantom electricity," he said. "Would you rather reset clocks or pay higher bills?"
Scott gave a presentation on green living last month at the Reuthinger Preserve off Oregon Road.
"Times are getting tough," he said, "and as a community leader, we felt we should put together a program to save money."
Get cracking on that curb appeal PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:22
Workers arrange perennials at Lowe's in Perrysburg. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Homeowners wanting to shake their homes out of hibernation can look no further than their own front and backyards.
After a record-setting winter, homeowners can take easy steps to wake up and dress up the outside of their houses.
The first and most important step - don't wait.
"Get out and check out the damage," said John Krukemyer, Mid-Wood Incorporated's vice president of retail rental. "See if your trees are budding. If you feel comfortable pruning them out, great. If not, get someone out there to help you."
Unkempt and dead landscaping, if untreated, can lead to further damage like snow mold.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:26
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