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  An antiques-loving Illinois collector with a house full of flea-market treasures invites the Country Sampler stylists to give her primitive porch some patriotic punch.

Primitive porch gets a patriotic punch with flea-market treasures

Updated: 7/2/2011 11:56 PM

  Cool and moist conditions throughout spring have been great for the early flowers and have brought on lots of tree and shrub growth. Early July is a good time to prune your shrubs to control their size and shape.

July in the garden: Moist spring makes July good for shrub trimming

Updated: 7/2/2011 09:40 PM

  Q. Enclosed are photographs of a bride doll I purchased years ago at a yard sale. It is marked "Made in Germany Armand Marseille 390." It has a closed mouth, pierced ears and glass eyes. Are you able to tell me the value?

Treasures in your attic: Bisque-headed doll's value hinges on size, clothing

Updated: 7/2/2011 09:38 PM

  Q. Seventeen years ago I divorced the mother of my four children. After a heated divorce lasting several months, we agreed on things and split up legally. Throughout the proceedings, my wife used my children as weapons against me, and I spent the...

Absent dad feels slighted by Navy daughter

Updated: 7/2/2011 09:36 PM

  Q. My central air conditioner is 16 years old, noisy, and probably inefficient. I want to replace it with a quiet, efficient model. What are the best ones available for 2011 and which provide the best comfort?

The Sensible Home: Select air conditioner carefully

Updated: 7/1/2011 04:50 PM

  Q. I have a plumbing issue that has been driving me crazy since I moved into my present home. My hot-water heater is in the garage, and my master shower is on the opposite side of the house. I end up running the shower and waiting about three...

Ask the plumber: A recirculating water pump will ease shower frustrations

Updated: 7/1/2011 04:50 PM

  Q. My house is over 100 years old. I've lived here for 35 years. Lately, my downstairs toilet won't empty out. Is there a reason it flushed OK sometimes and not others?

Home repair: Older home may need larger plumbing vent

Updated: 7/1/2011 04:49 PM

  This summer Illinois is filled with a number of family friendly theater shows. Everything from classics, like "The Wizerd of Ozz" to new comidies such as "Pinkalicious."

Summer fun with family-friendly shows

Updated: 7/1/2011 01:46 PM

  There’s no need to wait until next March to celebrate all things Irish. The 26th annual Irish American Heritage Festival celebrates the best in Irish music, dancing, food and culture July 8-10.

On the road: St. Patty's Day comes early

Updated: 7/1/2011 12:17 PM

  Last week, a Southwest Airlines pilot reached record heights with his language. In case you missed it, the captain was ranting to his co-pilot about the poor quality of flight attendants Southwest Airlines hires. Oops.

Pilot's comments won't fly with co-workers

Updated: 6/30/2011 05:20 PM

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