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Save money, prevent pollution

Save money, prevent pollution

Did you know the energy used in the average home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of a car?

There are several ways you can reduce your carbon foot print and September is the perfect time to start making changes.  That is because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is promoting pollution prevention.

The Federal Pollution Prevention Act, passed in 1990, made a declaration that pollution should be prevented or reduced at its source whenever possible.  To honor this anniversary, ADEQ urges the public to prevent pollution in their day to day lives.

How to prepare for autumn insects

How to prepare for autumn insects

It's nearly fall, and the weather's getting cooler. That means all the critters who may normally hang around outside - such as ants, mice and spiders - will be looking to move into warmer spaces. Like your home.

So how can you get make sure these uninvited guests don't just come in and make themselves at home? Terminix has a few tips:

  • Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home’s foundation. Both provide ample sources of shelter for rodents and other pests and could encourage them to live near the home.
  • Seal any holes or cracks in your home’s exterior. Rodents can squeeze through openings smaller than ¼ inch, and spiders, roaches and other pests need even less room than that. Large openings should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk.
  • Ensure attic and foundation vents are equipped with tight-fitting ¼ inch hardware cloth.

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Usually a home repair solves a problem or prevents a hazard.

Farmers Market prepares for season opening

Farmers Market prepares for season opening

SEARCY, Ark. -- Organizers of Main Street Searcy’s Certified Farmers Market are holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Carmichael Community Center (801 S. Elm Street) for interested farmers, volunteers, and community members.

All returning farmers are encouraged to attend to discuss ongoing market activities.  This meeting is also open to anyone interested in participating in the Searcy Certified Farmers’ Market this year.      

The market, located on the south side of Spring Park, is scheduled to kick off the 2011 season on Saturday, May 21.  Operational hours are 7 a.m. – noon on Saturdays and Wednesdays; 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Swap seeds with fellow gardeners

Swap seeds with fellow gardeners

CONWAY, Ark. – UCA’s “Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage” (CAAH!) project hosts Seed Swaps around the state, beginning in February. The first Seed Swap is February 2 at 8:00 a.m. at the White County Fairgrounds, 802 Davis Drive in Searcy.

You are invited to bring some open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds, bulbs, plants, and stories to swap with other seed savers. If you have no seeds to swap, but want to get started, come and mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help.

For more information on the CAAH! project, go to www.arkansasgro.wordpress.com.