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Dear EarthTalk: I’m planning a major home renovation and want to include as many green-friendly features as possible. Where do I begin to look?
    –Matthew Glaser, Queens, NY

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There’s something for everyone

Art Things in West Annapolis now stocks Canson Infinity brand computer print papers so your vacation photographs will look spectacular.
    If you enjoy old hardware stores, you’ll like Art Things. From screen-printing to gilding, from oil painting to fabric arts, from comic art to clay: Art Things has the tools and the materials.
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Plant natives, reduce maintenance, create an outdoor living space

Don’t miss this great opportunity to enhance your enjoyment of your outdoor living space. Fall is the best time for renovating your existing landscaping. Replace or add trees and shrubs now so they are able to establish their root systems and gain a season of growth. Your watering and maintenance time will be reduced next season, and you will be able to appreciate an established landscape in the spring.
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Raptors now passing through

As fall kicks into gear, our feathered friends will be changing feeding habits and looking for additional sources of food for energy. The coming of fall also signals birds of prey that it is time for their annual southward migration.
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Hang a piece of history on your wall

Wimsey Cove Maps & Art is a map lover’s paradise of beautiful maps of places all over the world. Travel to Paris, London, Munich, Lima, Mexico City and other famous historic cities. Bird’s-eye views of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis, as well as Los Angeles, Fort Worth, New York and Boston allow a glimpse of the houses and buildings of a bygone era.
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Textured wall coverings a popular trend

Textured wall coverings are a popular trend this fall. Options including grasscloths, shagreens and even luxury faux leathers and alligator skins can add the perfect hint of luxe to any room. Use them on an accent wall, on a ceiling or create a sophisticated oasis in a home office or bedroom by applying texture on all four walls. Grasscloths have been the most popular, with an endless amount of weaves and styles to suit any design aesthetic....

Five signs you need to insulate

A cool grand. Nearly half a home’s total energy bill — $1,000 annually — is what the average family spends each year on home heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program.
    Improving your insulation could save you hundreds of dollars.
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And avoid Stormwater Dumb Era

How high is your enthusiasm for celebrating Septic­Smart Week?
    I’ve been celebrating since Monday, when Septic­Smart Week began, because a septic system upgrade is a fix-up chore on my done list.
    My done list is short. Not for want of trying. The got-to-do list at the Martin-Lambrecht household keeps us jumping.
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Now’s the time to get to work, says the Bay Gardener

Feeling less than pride and joy in your lawn?
    September is a great month for establishing and repairing lawns. Here’s how to get started now on growing rich, green, weed-free grass in 2014.

1. Test Your Soil
    How’s your lawn doing?
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Turning Cove Point into an energy exporter is a big deal for Calvert County, and for America

Dominion Cove Point LNG moved a big step closer to an historic transformation last week. The big energy mover on little Calvert County’s southern Bay shore won the U.S. Department of Energy’s approval to export American natural gas, in liquefied form, to any nation that wants to buy.    
    The date was September 11, a portentous anniversary both for the nation and for the LNG terminal’s history.
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