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Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Langelo, Golden Plains Area Extension   

Selections for windbreak trees and shrubs

Variety is the spice of life, they say. In this case, planting a diversity of tree and shrub species adds to the overall health of your landscaped property. According to Morton Arboretum, the more closely related the tree species, the more likely it will attract the same diseases and pests within that species.

So as you look at your windbreak and about your landscaped property, consider what is called the 30/20/10 rule.

The first part of the rule addresses having no more than 30 percent of trees and shrubs within the same family. The next portion of the rule addresses having no more than 20 percent of trees and shrubs from the same genus. The last part of the rule recommends it is acceptable to have no more than 10 percent of trees and shrubs from the same species.

This rule is applicable to a town or community and/or used by residential property owners.

To give an idea of what that would look like, I have provided some examples. Plants have categories and are botanically organized by like features within these categories.

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Holyoke Enterprise January 22, 2015

 
It's the Pitts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lee Pitts   

Pet scans

Our health care system really has gone to the dogs. The latest on ObamaCare is that hospitals and insurance companies are looking to cut costs by using dogs to diagnose patients and detect diseases.

I am not kidding! We already use dogs to sniff for bombs, drugs and missing persons and incoming suitcases for foreign bugs, so why not use dogs to sniff out diseases too?

I’m all for handing off medicine to a bunch of mutts. After all, they can’t be any worse than the surgeon who gave a patient two parallel scars because he had the X-ray upside down. Dogs will no doubt be cheaper, are far more personable and have better bedside manner than most doctors I’ve known.

Ever since 1989 we have known that dogs have a nose for detecting diseases in the human body. In 2003, all five dogs in a study were able to detect cancer with a 98 percent accuracy rate, which is a lot better than my doctor ever did.

The reason dogs are able to do this is because they have between 125 million and 300 million scent glands in their nose compared to humans with a paltry five million. They can smell 10,000 times better than your average human.

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Holyoke Enterprise January 22, 2015

 
Home Connection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Question: Are there tax benefits available to homeowners I need to consider when filing my 2014 tax returns?

With an improving housing market in many parts of the country, many people are becoming new homeowners. Whether this is the first year you own a home or you have been a homeowner for many years, there are a variety of tax benefits you will need to take into consideration when you file your federal and state tax returns in April.

And these benefits are available regardless of the type of home you own — single-family, townhouse, mobile home, condominium or cooperative housing all qualify.

In order to take advantage of these tax benefits, you will need to itemize your tax returns using the longer forms. For most homeowners (as well as those who sold a home in 2014), the extra paperwork should be worth the effort.

Each month your mortgage payment includes a certain amount for interest on the loan you took to buy the home. That interest is all deductible up to $1 million loan value. After that, there is a limit on how much you can deduct. Depending on the size of your loan, this can be a significant deduction.

If you have a home equity loan or a second mortgage you used to withdraw equity from the home, the interest on those loans can also be deducted from your taxes.

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The Home Connection is brought to you by the Colorado Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit www.coloradorealtors.com.



Holyoke Enterprise January 22, 2015