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Unusual items can be valuable treasures — for someone

Odd, unidentified or unusual collectibles make every antiques show and shop more fun. How do you use a dog treadmill? Did the dealer say it was an elephant catcher? Is that strange crock really an 1850 chicken feeder? And what is the use for an oversized cardboard top hat covered in wallpaper?

Homes should be modified to suit elderly person

A family tradition as old as the family itself is returning, and it’s changing the look of the family home. Sixty years ago, more than 25 percent of American homes housed several generations of a family. That tradition shifted after the 1950s when rural America moved to cities. That shift produced retirement communities, retirement homes and assisted living.

Earth Day, green movement more relevant than ever

Rachel Carson’s New York Times 1962 bestseller, “Silent Spring,” represented a defining moment for the modern environmental movement. In that celebrated tome, Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health, thus forcing environmental protection onto the national political agenda.