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Another rarity shows up: A roseate spoonbill

Mecklenburg County is on a bird-listing roll! For the third time in a little over three months a new species has been added to the county list. Last Sunday I received photos of a roseate spoonbill from a small, non-descript pond right in town in Davidson, NC. I was out of town, but I immediately alerted the local birding community, and many were able to get over to Beaty Road the same day to enjoy the bird.

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Design Recipes: Transform your space with these low-cost refreshers

Whether you are looking to sell or to dwell, there is always room to infuse a fresh, new look into a space that may be perceived as tired, worn or outdated. While a full renovation may be an option, it doesn't have to be. With a bit of creativity, planning and perhaps a bit of do-it-yourself work, making your home feel inviting and refreshed doesn't have to break the bank.

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Style at Home: The art of welcoming guests

When my sister, Judy, comes to visit us in a few weeks, she will be lucky if I have stocked the guest bath with toilet paper and put a few scraps of food in the fridge. But if Judy (or I!) had been lucky enough to have my friend Marsee as a sister, she would have had a different experience. Very, very different. Marsee is the Queen of Hospitality, making her guests feel like visiting royalty, whether they are there for a few hours or a weekend.

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Yardsmart: How to salvage shade structures

In the desert, shade can be hard to come by. Trees for shade demand water throughout their entire lives, so growing for shade becomes difficult and costly. It also takes a lifetime to achieve. In the Southwest's extremely dry climate, Native Americans built shade arbors to allow outdoor activity on unshaded sites. They used what was available: found wood, natural dead limbs, palm fronds, reeds and twigs.

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Interior painting: What you need to know

At one point or another, every homeowner needs to apply a fresh coat of paint to their home's interior. But just when to do it, how to do it and whether to do it yourself can be unclear. Then, when you add unknowns like cost and color, things can get really confusing. Fortunately, there are some guidelines to follow.

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CNET: Best home security cameras for 2018

Ever have the urge to see what your kids (or pets) are doing at home when you're at work? Or perhaps you want to see who just rang the doorbell as you got into the tub? These four home security cameras, each reviewed in depth by CNET, can help you do just that.

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Ask Angie's List: What should I know when planning a party?

We're coming up on the season for birthday parties, barbecues, weddings, anniversaries and retirement celebrations. Whether you're putting together a small event or a huge event, some planning tips can keep your big day from turning into a big disaster. Rental companies and professional party planners in particular can play a major role in pulling off a successful event.

Want to see an amazing sight? 10,000-15,000 gulls Winter roost on Lake Norman

Each winter gulls flock to Lake Norman every night for a safe place to roost. Mostly they're ring-billed gulls but others like herring gulls also spend the night on the lake.