The small Michigan village that washed away is fighting back
SANFORD, Mich. — The first three days after the flood, after picnic tables and recycling bins went floating past his house, Aaron Lindgren was so broken he couldn’t talk on the phone.“Text me,” he told everyone, because that way a guy who’s spent his life getting things done didn’t have to try to explain the desolation of not knowing how or where to start.Now he’s good. Thursday marked six months since the Edenville Dam breached 10 miles north of Sanford and unleashed millions of gallons of chaos downstream, through Wixom and Sanford lakes and the Tittabawassee River. Earlier this month, his s...
The Detroit News
'70s house gets open floor plan for casual living
EDINA, Minn. — In the Edina home of Kellie and Phil Schechinger, the open floor plan is well suited to their casual entertaining style. Windows let in light and show off backyard trees. A 12-foot-long dining table fits with ease. A large kitchen island provides a natural place to gather. But the 1974 home didn’t always flow with such ease.Though the house is the same one the empty-nesters bought in 2001, when the main level was chockablock with rooms, their space now feels entirely modern. It also fits their lifestyle.“One night, I was cooking in the kitchen, and Phil was sitting at the island...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Steve Hummer: DeChambeau brings bigger-than-life game to this Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The murmuring and the myth-making around Bryson DeChambeau and his plans to do unspeakable things to Augusta National have well and truly begun here.Hey, did you know that Bryson DeChambeau just drove the 350-yard par-4 third hole with his 3-wood?Pssst, someone on Monday swears he saw DeChambeau almost reach the media center from the practice area, a poke of surely 400 yards, or more. So, as I’m writing this, am I in danger here? Do I need a hard hat as well as a mask?By the time the Masters gets here Thursday, they’ll be talking about the water tower out near Washington Road de...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Pandemic creates longer waits for home appliances
ATLANTA — Just a few weeks after closing on a new home in East Atlanta, Amy Miller and her husband decided to purchase a new washer and dryer. They ordered a top load washing machine and a dryer from Home Depot in mid-September, expecting the appliances to be delivered about a week after their scheduled move-in. But upon completing the order, they learned the appliances would take almost a month to get to their new home.“When those dates came up, I was like are you kidding me?” Miller said. “I was taken aback. I was like how do they expect us to wash our clothes?”Appliances are just one of man...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Camping goes mainstream: Glamping and RVs help make outdoor overnights effortless
ORLANDO, Fla. — There was once a time when camping conjured up images of trudging through the backcountry, backpacks slung over tired shoulders while keeping eyes peeled for bears.Some might still argue that roughing it with tents and sleeping bags is the real way to camp, but gone are the days where that’s your only option.Now, glamping has come into the spotlight, with luxurious sites set up in beautiful places from Joshua Tree National Park to Yellowstone, Zion and beyond. It’s a budding industry that’s suddenly exploding and could be worth $4.8 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Rese...
After 71 years, their marriage — and that wedding gift of a toaster — endure
SEATTLE — It was after 3 p.m. and the breakfast dishes had long been put away, but Gloria Witt was happy to make toast. She almost had to.She and her husband, Frank, had spent the last hour talking about their toaster, a 1949 Sunbeam T-20 model; a two-slicer so shiny you can see yourself in it.That’s all it was, really — a reliable appliance — until their daughter, Margaret, took a photo of the couple on their 71st wedding anniversary last month, and had them hold the toaster between them. It had been a wedding gift.But unlike so many that had been spent, lost or broken, this one had been with...
The Seattle Times
Sound Advice: More generator tips
Q. I was very interested in the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 inverter generator that you mentioned in your column recently. Is there something equivalent approved for use in California?— D.K., San Jose, CaliforniaA. The CARB-compliant Champion 6250-Watt DH Series Open Frame Inverter with Quiet Technology sells for around $1,000. It has 6,250 starting watts and 5,000 running watts, about the same as the Q6500. I have not tried it, but the Champion brand has a good reputation and I believe it to be a safe buy. championpowerequipment.comThe generator columns have been extraordinarily popular with read...
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