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 June 10, 2000

The butterfly brigade
[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
A group of adults with special needs cultivates butterfly gardens as part of its vocational training. Story

The home front
Candle extinguishers with character

Men, pull up a bench and let's talk power tools
Sometimes you need a tool to do a specific task. And sometimes you just WANT it. Is that so bad?

Victorian adventure turns ugly
The 1900 House chronicles a family's attempt to live as people did a century ago. What did they miss most? Cleanliness.

Crocheters, start your engines
Right here in River City a project that promises to be useful as well as fun has sprung up, thanks to Karen Isak of Clearwater. It's one of those ventures that doesn't require a lot of time but does a wealth of good.

The lawn that doesn't run your life
Let's face it: Most of us have a love-hate relationship with our lawns. We slave over them with weed-and-feed fertilizers, fungal and insecticidal sprays, mowers, edgers, blowers and incredible amounts of water. Or we fork over a lot of money to a lawn service that is just as likely to use all those chemicals.

Prepare your garden for your vacation absence
This is the month for sun, fun and vacations. Here are suggested garden activities for the month of June.

Garden calendar
All events listed are open to the public.  

St. Petersburg Times real estate classified ads:

Real estate for rent Real estate for sale Commercial & investment property Manufactured homes

Other recent real estate stories:
Lower your taxes with homestead exemption

A nation of homeowners
How good is your escrow coverage?
Don't ask
To have and to hold a mortgage of their own
A testament to hope (Jan. 23, 1999)
Program can help with down payment, closing costs
From hope to homeowner (Jan. 9, 1999)
Woman's untidiness leads to legal wrangle
Commission add-ons (Jan. 2, 1999)
Children are not to be seen here either

Other real estate links (from Yahoo!):
Cost of Living calculator: compares the cost of living in any two cities. Also includes links to Salary Calculator and Moving Calculator among other tools. From the folks at HomeFair.Com.
Best Places to Live 1997: From Money magazine.
MoveQuest: maps, financing tools, price data, logistical tips.
TenantNet: a resource for residential tenants' rights.
FAQs for Home Buyers and Owners
: From the America Society of Home Inspectors.
Home Buyer and Renter Consumer Information
: From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Home Buying Tips
: from the U.S. Government General Services Administration.
R-Net: Real Estate and the Net
: links and tips for the busy. Of interest to investors, brokers and consumers. Accepts factual ads.
Real Estate Library
: collection of informative articles about buying and selling real estate.
: includes info on buying and selling real estate, allows you to browse property ads in the U.S. and locate realtors.

Regional real estate links:

Florida Home Builders - features Florida developers with Web sites.
Florida Living Network - listing of real estate companies and Realtors in Florida.
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