The things that matter

“I lived through the 1994 earthquake, and almost everything I had broke,” said Jonathan Charles Fox, River Reporter columnist and photojournalist. The Northridge Earthquake taught him that stuff “is not the be-all and end-all of existence.”

Our Country Home Summer 2021

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Editor’s letter:

Welcome to spring! Well, hopefully. There are still early-March snow piles at my house. But I’m sure spring is buried there somewhere. New spring, new ideas. I’m hoping to spend part …
our country home

‘The beauty of this place’

Did you just arrive? Has it been a while? Sit down and rest. Think of this as a beginning, an explanation of who we are, what world you have landed in. Welcome. We’re glad you’re …
Now that most of us are spending more time at home, we are beginning to notice areas of the house that need freshening up. Rather than feel overwhelmed, the best way to tackle these projects is to …
I turned 65 this past February, which makes this summer my 65th in the Catskills. Yeah, we missed one. My father was a public school teacher, later guidance counselor in the NYC system. Dad was a …
LONG EDDY, NY — Linda English is telling me about her life here, but let’s begin this story with her second tale: the one about the house. Linda Doyle English was born and raised in …
In the summer of 1996, my sister, Janet, and I rented a house in Callicoon. I was such a city girl at that point that it took me a while to realize more than a few facts of country life. One of …
The stick doesn’t talk, the person holding it does. The stick gets passed around the room and each person gets a chance to be heard without interruption. Wouldn’t that be grand? I once …
The house may have taken almost two years start to finish, but done it is, and veterinarian Dr. Joe D’Abbraccio can finally relax and enjoy his home... When the pets and farm animals and their …
This is not about who to contact, who the best contractors are, or how to find great deals. All that information is elsewhere. This is about those secrets to a happy rural life. Here you’ll …
If you have been paying attention to recent events this past year, you’ll know that chicken-keeping is the newest back-to-basics obsession. In fact, I’m not sure which is the hotter item, …
REGIONAL — Planning your first garden this year? So are a lot of other people. And seeds are in high demand.
This is a perfect time to prepare for spring. Here is a to-do list that will keep you on track as the weather gets warm. Call your plumber or licensed heating contractor and have your furnace …
By ANNEMARIE SCHUETZ LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There’s talk that Sullivan County land is being bought up for development. Cochecton’s planning board approved a major subdivision. …
Remodeling ideas

Home Upgrades to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Sunday, June 20
When most people think about air quality, they’re typically thinking about outdoor pollution.

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade

Monday, June 14
A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make …

Four simple DIY tips to spruce up your home

Thursday, June 24
(BPT) - After spending more time than normal in our houses this past year, a home décor refresh can be both tempting and …

5 simple, sustainable backyard improvements

Friday, June 11
(BPT) - One in three consumers say they have increased their efforts to incorporate environmentally friendly practices, and 70% prefer …
Try the connected Bowflex T22 treadmill, which offers a 22-inch console with an adjustable HD touchscreen, plus engaging content and custom coaching with the JRNY digital fitness platform.

Goodbye Gym Membership—The Reimagined Connected Home Gym Is Here To Stay

Tuesday, May 4
(NAPSI)—After nearly a year at home and with access to more exercise resources and choices, including online workouts and classes, …
Upgrade your summer living
How To Have the Perfect Summer at Home

(BPT) - While cookouts and trips to the beach are great, sometimes it’s also nice to spend a hot summer’s day relaxing in the comfort of home. Especially on those break-the-thermometer …

Keep your cool this summer with these energy-saving tips

(BPT) - There's a lot to love about summer. At the same time, the season can run up your electric bill fast, especially for Americans living in places where summer temperatures are reaching record …

6 tips to make your house safer this summer

(BPT) - We all like to think our homes are a safe and secure place to relax and enjoy time with our family. Even though we try to make our homes as safe as possible for our children, accidents and …

How to Create a More Functional Laundry Room

(Family Features) Eliminate the excuses and get your laundry room under control with these tips to add function to your washing routine.

4 Home Improvement Ideas

(Family Features) Whether you're thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or any other type of home improvement project, these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and eLivingtoday.com can help you get started.

(Family Features) Renovating your home's outdoor spaces not only enhances the aesthetic but can also provide a host of recreational benefits. Taking a look at award-winning projects like these can help many homeowners draw inspiration while also identifying capable, reputable contractors to take on the project.
(Family Features) Family photos, vacation pictures, candid snapshots of friends and family – they're often visual representations of some of your most treasured moments, so it's likely you'll want to give them some special treatment.
With its rich tones and distinguished style, hardwood flooring can be a beautiful design element of your home.
The kitchen is the heart of many homes, and careful planning is a necessity when it comes to redesigning this essential living space.
Whether you are just beginning to take a stronger safety-first approach or looking to upgrade existing home safety equipment, keep these tips in mind as you spruce up your home for the season.
Wanted: More Female Financial Planners!

(NewsUSA) - Female financial planners, (specifically, CFP® professionals) are in need, and provide a pivotal role to wealth management firms in serving diverse client bases and delivering …

Donate Cash for Greatest Disaster Relief Impact

(NewsUSA) This past year, back-to-back hurricanes in Central America, the COVID-19 pandemic, and ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Ethiopia have increased the need for international aid as …

Small Music Stand Makes a Big Difference

(NewsUSA) -With the reopening of in-person events and activities comes a reassessment of how to carry the necessary gear for those activities. For performing musicians or kids taking music …

(BPT) - After spending so much time indoors, are you ready to get outside to enjoy Mother Nature, mingle with neighbors and celebrate with loved ones again? Summer is here and many people are more …
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(BPT) - More than ever, today’s homeowners are placing high value on outdoor living, investing in exterior spaces where they can relax, entertain, play and enjoy Mother Nature. Seeking not just …
(BPT) - Home improvement projects and repairs increased during the pandemic, and demand is expected to continue with permanently transformed work schedules and remote telecommuting here to stay. …
(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself rearranging the dishwasher after a family member, roommate or partner loads the dishes? One of the great household debates is how to properly load the dishwasher, …
Across The U.S., Non-white Neighborhoods Are Hotter Than White Ones

(NAPSI)—Nationwide, in both major cities and small towns, neighborhoods with more Black, Hispanic and Asian residents experience hotter temperatures during summer heatwaves than nearby white …

Ten Reasons An RV Will Level-up A Camping Trip

(NAPSI)—You can get away from it all—without having to leave it all behind. Here’s how: Better than camping, even better than glamping, is traveling via recreational vehicle (RV). Don’t worry …

Today’s Weather Is Unpredictable: Keep Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready

(NAPSI)—Weather today is challenging and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds home and business owners that it’s important to make sure you have the right outdoor power equipment …

(NAPSI)—Communities are more than groups of people who live together in the same geographical area. In their truest sense, communities transcend the physical spaces they occupy to become places …
(NAPSI)—Asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children, reports the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. In addition, more than 50 million …
(NAPSI)—Backyarding—the trend to use the backyard for everything from tele-working to working out to relaxing—has a different purpose for each person. Identifying your backyard’s role in your …
(NAPSI)—Just as people across the country celebrate Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program celebrates all the ways people collectively act to protect the planet …
(NAPS)—More Americans suffered extended power outages in 2020 than any year since Superstorm Sandy struck the New York area in 2012, according to Generac, owners of Power Outage Central, a …