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The staff of the Oswego County Office for the Aging (OFA) will schedule appointments at locations around Oswego County this month to help seniors apply for assistance paying their fuel bill through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

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(Family Features) Outside of the home itself, remodeling is typically one of the largest investments you can make as a homeowner. While some projects can be tempting to tackle yourself, many larger-scale projects may require hiring a qualified professional.

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From the face scanner that will check in some attendees to the cameras-everywhere array of digital products, the CES gadget show is all-in on surveillance technology — whether it calls it that or not.

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(Family Features) Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too.

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Pending sales and new listings rose year-to-date in New York state compared to this time last year, according to the housing market report from the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR), released earlier this month.

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(Family Features) Each new year gives you the chance to reset and start new routines. When you’re considering new approaches to healthy living — whether eliminating or adding habits to improve your daily life — beginning with your home is an optimal choice.

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(Family Features) The holidays are typically a time for lots of merriment and cheer. They also often include an abundance of guests visiting your home, which means it’s time to get the guestroom ready for family and friends who’ll be spending time with you this season.

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OSWEGO — For area residents looking to gather around the holiday tree this winter, environmental advocates and New York tree farmers advise choosing a natural spruce over a plastic evergreen this holiday season.

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(Family Features) Blustery winds raging outdoors may leave you struggling to find a balance between making sure your family stays warm and maintaining an earth-friendly home. Keeping your home cozy and honoring your sustainable sensibilities can actually go hand-in-hand.

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OSWEGO — More than 120 foreclosed properties were sold at the Oswego County Tax Auction held in Mexico earlier this autumn, garnering $1.5 million.

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FULTON — From a group of 14,000 applicants, Fulton Block Builders founder and Administrative Director Linda Eagan has been selected as one of nine AARP Purpose Prize fellows, granting her a slate of resources from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit to support her local development initiative.

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(Family Features) Winters with heavy snowfall can be magnificent, but they can also be challenging for homeowners. Accumulated snow and ice have the potential to damage many aspects of your home and property, including exterior components of your propane system.

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International water regulators overseeing Lake Ontario want to know how the recent record-high water levels in the Great Lake have impacted homeowners along the shoreline.

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(Family Features) Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home.

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OSWEGO COUNTY — Lakeshore property owners have until the end of the month to apply for relief funding if their properties were damaged by flooding and record-high water levels from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River this summer. 

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OSWEGO — Geothermal energy advocates, state energy consultants, and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) contractors gathered at SUNY Oswego Wednesday for a tour of the Richard S. Shineman Center. There, they were briefed on potential savings on their annual heating and cooling …

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(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy home is a goal most Americans share, but not all are confident they’re doing the best job they can to protect their home’s health.

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OSWEGO — Oswego County’s historical housing stock is one of the most attractive features to investors and homebuyers who are considering investing in local real estate or moving to the county. But it also puts property owners on guard for signs of lead contamination in their houses’ pipes an…

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OSWEGO — Katie Pagliaroli, a beneficiary of the Paint Oswego grant program, said her 1923 Gregorian colonial revival home was “plain cream-colored” when she and her husband Steve moved in 10 and a half years ago. Pagliaroli was surprised, she said, when a color consultant said the exterior w…

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(Family Features) — When it’s hot outside, heat can seep into your home and make it unbearable. However, there are sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to maximize comfort and cooling when the thermometer creeps upward without racking up an outrageous electric bill or large carbon footprint.

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If you own just the one house that you and your family are living in, then it is, in all likelihood, the most valuable asset in your name. And for an asset with that much value to you, you are expected to protect it to the best of your ability. So you put up security fences, a home alarm sys…

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(Family Features) — Even if you don’t own the house you lease, there’s no reason you can’t make it feel like home by taking a creative approach to designing and decorating your space.

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FULTON — The Fulton Community Development Agency is set to bolster its staff numbers and strengthen its code enforcement efforts in relation to vacant properties thanks to a state grant, according to agency executives.

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As students finish the last days of school and parents are looking to burn some of their vacation days, people of all ages have their eyes on a splash in the pool to escape the summer heat.

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OSWEGO — Five foreclosed property parcels scattered throughout the city of Oswego have officially been sold to a local developer with the confidence he’ll turn them around in the next year and put them back on the real estate or rental market and municipal tax rolls.

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(Family Features) From dark and moody to vibrant and bold, colorful design is gaining favor among homeowners ditching safe, neutral palettes to create more daring, dramatic spaces.

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(Family Features) Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul, or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible.

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SCRIBA — Nearly seven months after breaking ground, property managers are reviewing tenant applications for a $13.5 million, 56-unit supportive rental housing complex — Champlain Commons — located on City Line Road in Scriba.

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OSWEGO — Found in public parks and homeowners’ front yards all over the city of Oswego, and with an estimated population of 300, according to city officials, ash trees have steadily become an emblematic part of the flora in the city.

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OSWEGO COUNTY — Major changes are coming to Oswego County residents who benefit from the state’s popular School Tax Relief (STAR) program in the 2019-2020 school year.

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In efforts to help mitigate fire damage and casualties because of faulty or poorly maintained smoke detectors, New York lawmakers have passed a bill that will require going forward that new residents and homeowners buy a long-lasting smoke alarm with an extended battery.

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(Family Features) While spring naturally means it’s time for a refresh for many homeowners, it doesn’t mean you’re limited only to a cleaning party. Take advantage of the season by using it as an opportunity to upgrade different areas of your home for reasons ranging from energy efficiency a…