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Tuscan treasures: Local entrepreneur builds online business by following dream

Mary Freeland stands behind a solid birch sugar chest FRONT ROYAL -- Like many people, Mary Freeland has been concerned about her financial future. The Front Royal resident worried about whether she would be able to retire, and if she would struggle with money the way her mother, a stay-at-home mom, did as her retirement funding dwindled year after year. comments
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Gutter guidance: Professionals offer advice on when, how to make roof repairs

Steve Smith uses a hammer FRONT ROYAL -- As temperatures begin to inch up and the snow begins to melt, David York is beginning to dig out from the remnants of the blizzard -- not with a shovel, but with a ladder. comments
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Building on history: Couple live in replication of President Tyler's house

Ann and Orville Deming stand outside their home MIDDLETOWN -- One of the first things you will learn about Orville Deming upon meeting him is that he prefers talking while standing up. comments
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Outdoor oventures: Cooking in the backyard is increasing in popularity

Erik Pedersen and Eric Blauch add a brick display WINCHESTER -- In keeping with an increasing demand for moving the indoors outside, a local company has added one of the area's first outdoor wood-burning brick ovens to its display. comments
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Christmas of old: Strasburg glows in light of annual holiday home tour

Kathleen Harmon lights a candle STRASBURG -- The ghosts of Christmas past are alive and well in the Harmons' home. They lurk among the antique dime-store holiday boxes under the reproduction goose-feather Christmas trees; they are hiding within the old-fashioned candy tins. They even appear in the faces of the "old Christmas" Santas who peer down from atop cabinets and shelves and off the living room mantel. comments
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Wallet-friendly winter: Keep home warm without breaking the bank

Bubble Wrap around windows With daytime temperatures still climbing into the 70s, it's easy to forget that winter is just around the corner. comments
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Cleaned out: Professional services struggling in down economy

Patti Pitzzuto recently cleans a picture As more and more homeowners struggle to keep a roof over their heads, fewer are using cleaning services. comments
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The heat is on: Wood-burning stoves help reduce cost of warming home

Elizabeth Charrier lights a fire High gas bills were taking a toll on Elizabeth Charrier's finances. comments
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Persistent pests: Stink bugs are easy to attract, difficult to repel

Stink bugs Stink bugs are about as flattering as you might expect. Disregarding the characteristic from which their name derives, the bugs are equal parts elusive, persistent and annoying. But, who are we kidding -- most of all, they smell, emitting a stink, a la skunks, as a defense mechanism. comments
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State offering deal on energy-saving products

Brian Cline stands beside an Energy Star GE Profile washer WOODSTOCK -- Whether you're ready to replace your dishwasher or just change some light bulbs, next weekend may be the best time to do it. comments

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