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J Demaree Construction: A Builder You Can Depend On

By: Mike Rhodes— When you arrive at the offices of J. Demaree Construction, you’ll see a sign on the wall of Jay’s office that reads,  “Our #1 goal is to provide customer satisfaction.  We provide quality craftsmanship and quality materials to do the job right the first time!” Isn’t that really what you want in a contractor? That’s how Jay Demaree, owner of J.Demaree Construction does business. The construction side of the business includes: Free Consulting for homeowners,  Design, Room Additions,…


Olive & Slate To Offer Unique Home Decor Options in New Downtown Location

By: Mike Rhodes— (See Olive & Slate’s discount offer on “Nest Candles” below. ) On April 14, 2017, Sean and Heidi Hale, owners of the highly successful downtown business, Heidi J Hale Designs, will open their newest venture: Olive & Slate. The business will be located directly across the street from Heidi J Hale Designs at 304 S. Walnut, Muncie. At Olive & Slate, you will find a wide variety of very unique home décor and gift items. If you’ve ever been inside…


At PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union, Stories Matter

Stories like yours. You have goals for your family and your future. Goals that deserve a financial provider who knows more about you than just your credit score. That’s exactly the kind of personal attention you’ll receive at PrimeTrust. We’re a not-for-profit financial cooperative that’s owned and governed by our members. Deposits are used to provide loans to other members and excess profits are reinvested in better rates and low- and no-fee services. PrimeTrust is the largest credit union in…



How to Take Great Pictures of Flowers in Your Backyard

By: Kyla Jo Tighe— Flowers are beautiful in nature as well as indoors. As someone who grew up in the country, I planted, weeded, and watered flowers every year with my step father. His plants were his pride and joy. As we grew up my mom would photograph my little brother and I in front of his flower bed every summer. Flowers are one of the most popular photographed subjects, representing a beautiful still life with stunning colors and a…


Successful Spring Cleaning Tips

By: Maureen Spell — New seasons are great reminders to take care of quarterly tasks. With spring right around the corner, it’s time to focus on our homes. Having a plan, breaking down jobs into doable chunks and utilizing the right tools are keys to tackling and conquering spring cleaning checklists. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” —Alexander Graham Bell  If the thought of doing a complete cleaning overhaul of your home is daunting, choose to work…


Liz Valpatic’s “Quick and Dirty Vanity Revamp”

By: Liz Valpatic— If you’re like me,  you like to craft pretty things that are also useful. There’s nothing worse than your hard work going unutilized! Luckily, I use this project every day and I finally love how it looks in my room after I completely revamped it. And the best part is…drum roll please….it only took me ONE day to do! Without further adieu, let’s get started! The hardest part of this project is getting your hands on one of…


Grilling Tips from WLBC’s Steve Lindell

By: Steve Lindell— Consider it an art form, not a “task.”  Grilling outside is something that I have grown to love, especially in recent years, as my wife Nancy shows SO much appreciation for the efforts!  It is a way for us to be outside, with nature, and the tastes created at the end of the process always make the whole family smile.  Another part of my enjoyment is the tremendous variations and experimentations that are always in play. In…


Get an Online Home Energy Checkup for Free

By: American Electric Power— Check Your Energy Use The first step toward reducing your electricity bill is figuring out how much energy you use. With American Electric Power’s Home Online Energy Checkup, you can quickly and easily calculate your home’s energy costs and find ways to save. The Home Online Energy Checkup is a web tool that uses your billing data and other inputs you provide to generate a printable report that includes: Useful details about your home’s energy consumption…


Attracting Backyard Birds to Your Home

By: Sarah McKillip, Robert Cooper Audubon Society— Muncie, Indiana may not seem like the ideal place to attract beautiful birds, but with a little know-how and a small investment in supplies, I promise you can have colorful, native birds visiting your home year-round. In many ways, birds are like people in their basic needs, which include three things: Nutritious food Water Shelter Nutritious Food Birds eat a variety of foods to make up their daily diet. Seeds form an important part…