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Issue #566

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Laugh-A-Bit with Tidbits Q: Why do dogs dislike computers? A: They can’t stick their heads out of the windows!


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by Samantha Weaver • It was nonviolent Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi who made the following sage observation: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” • Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss had a hobby that few people were aware of: He collected hats. • With the summer holidays approaching, you might want to keep in mind this tidbit: Every year, 75,000 stuffed animals are left behind in hotels. Be sure to check under the bed before you leave! • It was long believed that a single piece of paper couldn’t be folded more than seven times, but in 2002, highschooler Britney Gallivan disproved that notion. She ordered a 4,000-footlong roll of toilet paper and, along with her family, headed to a shopping mall to try to break the seven-fold limit. After seven hours, she and her family had succeeded in folding the paper 12 times, putting an end to the myth. • Ancient Mayan warriors were known to throw hornets’ nests at each other in battle. • At some point you’ve almost certainly heard a coward described as “lilylivered,” but did you ever wonder where that expression came from? It was once believed that the seat of courage in the human body was the liver; therefore, someone who was timid presumably lacked blood in the liver, causing that organ to become white. • If you’re like the average American, you spend 38 hours in traffic every year. If you live in Chicago, you’re stuck for 46 hours. If you’re unlucky enough to be driving in Los Angeles, you’ll be at the mercy of traffic for a whopping 72 hours every year. ••• Thought for the Day: “If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” -Carl Sagan © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Mr. Peanut

Q: I have a Mr. Peanut novelty bracelet made of plastic and metal, probably from the 1960s. Is it worth keeping? -- Rhonda, Albuquerque, N.M. A: Your Mr. Peanut bracelet is valued in the $25 to $35 range, depending on condition and style. There were several designs made of this bracelet, which usually were given away as premiums by the company. Other values include a Planter’s Mr. Peanut display jar, $35; a plastic lapel pin, $15; and a ballpoint pen, $20. ••• Q: I began collecting bottles as a teenager in Nevada. During the past 40 years, I have managed to find more than 400 bottles, many of them from saloons and pharmacies in Nevada. Since I now find myself downsizing, I would like to donate my collection to a museum or institution where it can

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be seen and enjoyed by others. -- Sam, Las Vegas A: I suggest you contact the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson, NV 89701; 775-687-4810. Your collection sounds interesting, and I hope you find an appropriate home for it. ••• Q: In 1937, I visited a relative in Britain and was given a Wedgwood earthenware cup and saucer commemorating the coronation of George VI and Elizabeth. Is it valuable? -- Sue, Waco, Texas A: Commemorative ware has become increasingly popular in recent years. For example, a Royal Doulton bone china cup that was issued to mark the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer has increased in value to almost $700; a plate featuring an image of Queen Victoria from 1887, $400; and an eggcup showing Princess Margaret Rose, $95. Your cup and saucer probably are worth about $50. ••• Q: My granddad worked in a North Dakota assay office during the 1920s and ‘30s. I have inherited his scale, which was used to weigh gold ore during that same period. I would like to find out more about it. -- Rob, Mason, Iowa A: Bob Jibben is president of the International Society of Antique Scale Collectors, and he has agreed to help you. Founded in 1976, the ISASC is an active non-profit group. Contact Jibben at 1821 W. 49th St., Minneapolis, MN 55419; info@ISASC.org; and www.ISASC.org. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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WEDDING TRADITIONS

#5 Then the society families started collecting gifts.

Apparently there’s a whole literature surrounding the recording of gifts, the photographing of gift tables and the praising or humiliation of the gift-givers, based upon the lavishness of their donations. And, well, if it was good enough for the rich, then it was good enough for everyone else, too. So you had to have the invitations. You had to have the catered meal. And, in more modern times, there’s the tip of the hat to your donors in the party favors, which can be incredibly elaborate. So the big wedding originates from perhaps the strangest phenomenon of all -- the consumer society. Conspicuous consumption. The mass messages coming in from advertising and going out through social networking. But, of course, it’s been going on for well over a century now. So perhaps it’s only fair to call it tradition See next issue for tradition #6


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Q: I haven’t seen my favorite actress, Katherine Heigl, in a while. Will she be back on TV soon, or is she a full-fledged movie star now? -- Penny T., via email A: While Katherine is still a big-screen draw -- she has four movies coming out within a year of each other -- she hasn’t forgotten her small-screen roots. Katherine -- who got her big break on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” -- is set to return to series television to star in NBC’s “State of Affairs,” a drama about a CIA attache

March 20-26, 2014 (Katherine) who advises the president on “highstakes incidents around the world” while trying to manage her complicated personal life. The pilot has been shot, and things are looking good for a series pickup. Speaking of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Isaiah Washington is set to Katherine return to the series Heigl as Dr. Preston Burke for an episode in May. The show’s c r e a t o r, S h o n d a Rhimes, told “The Wrap” that Isaiah’s character is vital to tying up the story o f S a n d r a O h ’s character, Cristina Yang. Shonda revealed: “It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should. Burke is vital to that journey -- he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.” ••• Q: Please tell me that the rumors of a Journey reunion with Steve Perry are true! -- Samuel D., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A: Not yet ... but word is that they are closer than ever to working things out. In a recent interview, Steve said: “We’re trying. It’s tough. I’m doing my best in that area, and I can only do so much. The older I get, the more I do realize how important what we had all together and how it worked. ... [lifting] each other to this place that you can’t get to alone. I think that’s probably the biggest chemistry thing I recognize now.” And Journey’s founder, Neal Schon, wrote on his Facebook page recently: “I hope we can reach out to each other and connect once again. We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could ever have. Steve, let’s talk soon.” I have all of my fingers and toes crossed for a reunion! ••• Q: Can you tell me when “Falling Skies” will return? I can’t wait! -- Jimmy F., via email A: The fourth season of TNT’s hit series “Falling Skies,” which stars Noah Wyle and Will Patton, premieres Sunday, June 22, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series is about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Before that at 9 p.m., check out the new action series “The Last Ship,” from executive producer Michael Bay and starring Eric Dane. The series is about a Navy vessel that may be humanity’s last hope in the wake of a worldwide catastrophe. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Spring can’t get here soon enough as far as I’m concerned! Garden beds are eagerly waiting for me to plant my beloved flowers, and my husband is getting itchy to start mowing our lawn again. But by putting this easy lemonade on the menu, we’ll just have to wait until Mother Nature allows the “real thing” to arrive! 1 (tub) sugar-free lemonade mix 6 cups cold water 2 cups diet lemon-lime soda 2 cups fresh strawberries 8 mint leaves 1. In a large pitcher, combine dry lemonade mix, cold water and diet soda. Pour 2 cups of mixture into a blender container.

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Road trips can be great fun, but with fuel prices so high, taking one may not seem like a good idea. Fortunately, there are ways to conserve gas and keep fuel costs down. Here are some tips. Travel light - Depending upon how long you plan to be on the road, you may not need more than a couple of bags. Those bags, however, can weigh a lot, which can create drag and reduce gas mileage significantly. When packing, keep in mind that for every extra 100 pounds you carry, you lower your gas mileage by 2%. Pack as light as possible, and whatever you do, do not carry the load on top of your vehicle. Doing so can reduce gas

mileage by up to 21%. Choose well - If you own only one car, then the choice of vehicle may be a no-brainer. If you own more than one, however, or have access to others, then you should think through the decision carefully. Choose the roomiest, most fuel-efficient model you can find to ensure a good trip for all. If you own a gasguzzler, consider renting a more fuel-efficient vehicle. The savings in fuel and wear and tear on your own vehicle may more than make up for the cost of rental. Get an inspection - Whatever vehicle you choose, have it inspected before you take off. Make sure it is road ready, in particular, the oil and tires. Have the oil changed, the fluids topped off and the tires inflated and rotated.

Double-check that the tread is in good condition and the spare is good to go. If you are traveling in extreme conditions, make sure the heater or air conditioning system is in working order. Go at a good time - Try to travel at nonpeak times. There will be far less traffic to contend with, which will allow you to drive more efficiently and save fuel. If you‘re lucky, the weather will be better and you can shut off your air conditioner and save even more gas. Drive efficiently - Avoid hard braking, excessive idling and constant starts and stops. Keep your foot off the brake until you are ready to use it. Slow down, drive at a steady pace and use cruise control when possible. Fuel up right - Do your homework and know where to get the best fuel prices. Use cash instead of credit cards to avoid extra fees. Use the lowest grade of gas your vehicle can handle. Tighten the gas cap and consider trading it out for a gas cap with a lock to deter thieves. Keeping fuel costs down on road trips is not impossible. Implement the tips above, even on jaunts around town, and you‘re sure to save!


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Detecting Depression With Computer Tablet The day might come when you show up at your doctor’s office for an appointment, hand over your ID card -- and you’re handed back an iPad tablet or similar electronic device. You’ll be asked to answer questions on the screen. Researchers at King’s College London teaching hospital in the U.K. used these devices in their study into whether patients with physical illnesses also had depression. They determined that as many as 30 percent of those with long-term conditions had some type of mental-health concerns as well. The electronic gadgets were a frontline means of screening. The results were instantaneous, and it meant better recognition of patient concerns, as well as actions being taken to address those concerns once the patient got in to see the doctor. In the study, the sets of questions on the device could be geared to the patient’s medical condition, such as heart disease or chronic pain, and covered areas such as adherence to treatment plans, alcohol use and quality of life, as well as depression. The results varied, depending on the illness, but the questions gave doctors information that might not come out in a short office visit. The information could be compared from one visit to the next. The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) also was used in an Australian study, but with a different slant: This research focused on whether doctors in different countries were good at spotting depression. Italy and the Netherlands had good scores; the U.S. and Australia did not. So if you’re handed an electronic device and asked to put in your answers, do it. It might reveal some information that your doctor isn’t likely to spot on his own. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever

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It’s happening! Dementia! The parents, who took care of me, are beginning to slip away. Where are they going? How do I help them? What do I say? How do I keep them from driving the car today? Who comes first, my parents or my spouse and children? If only someone could help me! If you are experiencing any of these questions you are not alone. As our parents age and experience changes in their mentation and health we as their children have to move into the “parenting” role. Before we know it our Mom or Dad or even our Grandparents are slipping into the later stages of their lives. Their once vibrant personalities and quick wit have changed and slowed over the years. The hands that once cared for us are becoming more aged. The lips which gave good night kisses and spoke kind words of love are changing. WHY? Who stole my Mom’s mind from her? As the body ages unfortunately for some, the mind does to. The mind begins to erase in different ways. Some lose the recent memories of Grandkids and Kids, and hold on to memories of old times. Parents once deceased are still alive, or even a town once lived in years ago becomes the here and the now. Hygienic changes occur, refusals to shower or repeatedly showering due to the lack of remembering. Loved ones in a moment of confusion can make poor decisions which can compromise their safety and others. Outings in the middle of the night can occur due to confusion. Even a few calls to 911 may be made because someone has stolen the sheets off the bed or taken the milk from the ice box. All of these things and many, many more are experienced by caregivers. In summary we become caregivers and suffer from caregiver stress and no time to have quality time. So one day it happens! We are placed in the role of decision maker for our parents. We wonder how we can ever make decisions for our parents and how can we plan for our loved ones safety. And most of all how do we explain to Mom it’s time to leave her house because it’s no longer a home. continued oN next page... When we were kids we didn’t know any better, and our parents


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Balancing Work and Life I’m in a hurry to get things done Oh, I rush and rush until life’s no fun All I really got to do is live and die But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why The other day while doing the dishes, the song from Alabama, “I’m In A Hurry” was playing on my iPad. I stopped for a minute as it reminded me of my own life. Juggling two careers, organizing women’s networking events, being a mother, a wife, running a household and still trying to have a life! WOW, how does one actually fit all of this into their day? Balancing work and life can be challenging, but it can be done. I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to figure out a way to do it all. There simply isn’t enough time in the day. Years ago I was guilty of putting work ahead of my personal life and family. I rushed to get everything I needed to do and then came home to give little attention to what mattered most. Why? Because in my mind, the work is never done. I laid my head down at night and asked myself, “What am I doing?” Well, guided us and watched over us because they loved us. Now it’s our turn to keep our loved ones safe. You have heard the saying, “Turnabout is fair play”. It’s our turn to give back. When communication and redirection has been less than affective it is time to involve the Health Care Provider. The Geriatric generation follows the good doctor’s word first and foremost (most of the time). This can be useful when it’s time to hang up the car keys and park the car. Or when safety becomes of utmost importance and it needs to be heard from someone else. Schedule an appointment with your Care Provider and he or she can better assess the ability to drive and can offer further information on what is physically safe for your aged loved ones. A house becomes a “home” when your loved ones live with you and chores and duties are completed as a family. As the children become adults and marry and go on their way they start their own lives with their own “home”. Mom and Dad’s home is no longer a home but becomes a house – a chore. These chores include, cooking and cleaning, shoveling snow and mowing the lawn, paying the bills, picking up groceries and medications, maintenance and the list goes on and on. Now let us say our loved one was living in an area without these worries such as assisted living. Wouldn’t it be nice if family could come over for supper and Mom and Dad didn’t lift a finger? The driving is done by a chauffeur. Just hop in at the front door and you are off. No

first I had to consider what I was going to stop doing in order to spend quality time with my family. The next step was to find out what was going to work for me and recognize the need to be flexible with my schedule. Then I set boundaries. This was one of the hardest things for me to do, but it had to be done. The ability to stay focused on the present rather than worrying about the past or what I had to do next was important for my happiness. I had to create clear set times when I was available to deal with work issues and times when I was solely focused on things at home. Another tip, stick with your schedule. Plan tomorrow today. On Sunday, take a few minutes to schedule the week ahead. My appointment book is filled with work, personal and family. My business appointments, my marketing, my exercise and my play time with my daughter are all equally important, and each “appointment” should be created with that equality in mind. A great business coach taught me to use different highlighter colors to separate your time spent in each day. For example, set one color for work, another for personal, another for spiritual, one for family and one for something else in your life that requires your responsibilities.

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Another great tip is to use a kitchen timer on tasks. Once it starts beeping, wrap it up and move onto the next one. Although this one took me a few years to master, set time out just for you. This is really important for your own happiness and will have a ripple effect on those around you. It doesn’t need to be much. Maybe even 10 minutes of mindful practice or 20 minutes of exercise. This also helps with energy levels and your emotional state. Once you begin to utilize some of these ideas you’ll quickly find your time freeing up. You’ll start slowing down and you’ll be able to focus on your priorities at hand. And always remember, schedules are liberating.

To your success, Amy About the Author

Amy Lund is a wife, mother of 3, realtor and entrepreneur. She is a self employed real estate agent, network marketing professional and leader of a women’s monthly networking event in Casper.

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more worries about warming up the car or shoveling off the snow and possibly falling on the ice. Medications are monitored and dispensed without worry. Medical paperwork and appointments are all taken care of. Social interactions and activities are just down the hall or upon request. People with similar age groups are available to discuss the “remember when” time in history. Singing, movies and popcorn, video bowling, and watching the sunsets are all possible. Even with the Grandkids and the family pets! Special moments need to be important and without having the worries of being a care giver. It’s time to make your whole family comfortable again. Make their house “Home” again. Written by – Kim Hershman, RN and Director of Nursing at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living. For information about these or other concerns call 232-0100, or email me, kim@mountainplazaal.com

Now Offering Respite Care.

Isn’t It Time Your Parents Got the Same Quality of Care as They Gave You? Now that it’s your turn to take care of your parents, what do you look for? A safe place with friendly, on-staff nurses? A balance of gifted care and dedicated friendship? A welcome feeling of home?

At Mountain P laza Assisted Living, you’ll find all of this. And so much more.

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• Protect your broom by storing it handle-side down. You can purchase wall clips at your local hardware store, and then it’ll be off the floor, ready when you are! • The Vision Council offers tips to minimize digital eye strain. Use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

• Use a strip of hook-and-loop tape to secure game controllers to their consoles. This way, you’ll never have to go looking for one when you’re ready to play. • “Fill your sink with soapy, hot water as you are cooking dinner. Your dirty pans and bowls can go right in the sink to soak. After dinner, they will be easy to wash.” -- E.D. in South Carolinan © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 18-month-old Lab mix, “Sadie,” is old enough to go camping and hiking with me, but my two usual hiking buddies aren’t sure. They say we won’t be allowed to hike many trails with her, and that she’ll be a distraction on trips. What do you think? -- Bill in Franklin, Tenn. DEAR BILL: Bringing your dog along on camping and hiking trips does take extra preparation and

planning, but it can be a blast and an important experience for Sadie. If it’s important to you, make the case with your friends to bring Sadie along. While many city, state or national parks don’t allow pets, a large number do allow them, with restrictions that vary depending on the park. Go online and look up the areas you want to visit this year for their rules regarding pets, or call the park directly. List parks that absolutely don’t allow dogs versus those that do allow them. If your friends won’t budge about Sadie, it doesn’t have to absolutely be your dog versus them. Plan some outings with your friends, and some outings with Sadie. If you want to camp or hike with a group,

plan that with others who are open to bringing Sadie along. If you don’t know anyone, look for dog-friendly hiking groups on Meetup.com or at the local campingsupply store’s message board. With that said, remember that Sadie needs to be well-behaved and socialized before taking her camping. Conduct obedience training daily and make sure she responds to your commands promptly. You need to be able to call her back from potentially dangerous situations while out hiking. Learn more about training Sadie and packing for your dog at REI’s website. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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March 20-26, 2014 THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta

Renter Faced With Grimy, Rusty Stove Q: I recently moved into a small apartment, and while the stove is old, it seems to work fine. Trouble is, when I lifted the stove lid to clean it, there was about an inch of greasy grime and rust. It’s impossible to get completely clean, and I’m kind of worried about a grease fire starting. What can I do to get my stove back in shape? -- Clara in Tampa, Fla. A: Talk to your apartment manager or landlord. While tenants are expected to keep the apartment’s appliances clean, it’s neither fair nor safe to deal with a stove that is unreasonably dirty.

The manager may counter that you accepted the apartment with the appliances listed in good working condition, but I know very few people who have the time or wherewithal to pry open the stove hood and check the burners underneath during a tour or a final walkthrough. Review your apartment lease. In managed communities these usually comply with what’s required by state and municipal tenant/landlord laws, and it gives you an idea of how much the management is willing to do in this case. At the very least, insist that the manager help you clean the stove. That doesn’t mean buying you a can of oven cleaner; it means sending a maintenance person to assess the situation and find a safe way to clean it, or scheduling a contractor to clean and maintain the appliance. If the stove is too difficult to clean, if it’s rusting through or otherwise not in safe condition, most leases allow the management to replace it with an acceptable appliance. If the manager agrees to do this, get that pledge in writing along with an approximate date that the appliance will be replaced. What if the manager or landlord refuses to do any of these things? Look up your state’s statute by typing tenant/landlord law and the


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name of your state in a search engine box. The landlord may or may not be required to maintain or replace certain appliances. That said, you can accomplish a heck of a lot just by being polite and working with the manager or landlord to find a solution. It’s hard to react negatively to a

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tenant asking, “Hey, I want to keep my apartment clean and I need some help getting the stove up to snuff, can you help?” Although there are some nightmare landlords out there, most like keeping the value of their properties up and appreciate tenants helping to keep them there.

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If You’re Ready to Put Down Some

s ! WYOMING ROOTS U l l a C 6 Charles Douglas, WY, $259,900

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Have you been looking for a large heated shop? We have found it for you! 3 bedooms, 2.5 bth manufactured home on a permanent foundation. Has been updated with new kitchen, sheetrock, carpet, bathrooms. Kitchen is open and FANTASTIC! Maple cabinets with a glass backsplash. 2.41 acres. Horses allowed. Shop is HUGE, heated and has office space. On side of shop is a covered RV area with all utilities.

100 Boxelder Rd., Glenrock, WY, PRICE REDUCED $449,000

Horses lovers this is your paradise on over 34.777 acres. 100x120 indoor riding arena, garage and 4 bedroom, 3 bath house all connected. An additional building with a studio motherin – law suite and a recreation room. 2 septics and 1 well. Property features its own reservoir with water rights. Most of property is fenced.

705 East Richards Street, Douglas, WY,

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803 W Birch Street Glenrock, WY 280,000

Build Time 90-120 DAYS!!

Build Time 90-120 DAYS!!

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Location, Location, Location…PRIME location on one of the busiest streets in Douglas. Previously used as a restaurant and STILL has the kitchen equipment to start business immediately. Has a drive up window and plenty of parking. Full basement for storage and offices. Dining room for eat-in guests. Two bathrooms on main level for restaurant patrons.

Build Time 90-120 DAYS!!

Tract 13C & 13D Meadow Acres, #3 Evansville, WY - $115,000 Each

Build Time 90-120 DAYS!!

Gorgeous views of the mountain from the highest point of this property. Great location in Meadow acres. Bring your horses and build the home of your dreams. One well has been drilled on each property. Can be purchased separately or together. (Tract 13C and Tract 13D). Road will be installed off of the Old Glenrock Hwy onto property.

1136 N. Glenarm - $84,900

4939 Whitlock Road$465,000

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UPDATED one bedroom, one bath home. Newer carpet and tile. Newer tile countertops and backsplash. Newer hot water heater. Newer high efficiency Gas Renai furnace. Newer paint in and out. Newer windows. Large dining room. Spacious laundry room. One oversized car detached garage.

Desirable hard to find horse property in a private out of the way location close to town. Very open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings, open kitchen with granite counter tops and eating bar, master suite with dressing area, walk through closet and master bath. Family room with gas fireplace and much more. The home has been updated and is in excellent condition. Not a drive by. 60x21 shop with gas heat, two 10' roll up insulated doors, 2 man doors, 110&220 volt electrical. Also double car carport.

1723 Kalina Trail, Bar Nunn $255,000

Stanbury Haven Two Story Model in Bar Nunn. GREAT curb appeal w/covered front porch! All 3 BR on upper floor w/laundry! Large soaker tubs in both master and main bath. HUGE living room that is open to dining & kitchen. Large counter height island w/eating area. Pre-finished hardwood floors in foyer, living, dining & kitchen. Tile on bathroom floors, master bathtub surround & laundry. Carpet up the stairs, upper level hallway & BR. Granite counter tops throughout kitchen & bathrooms.

2243 Kalina Trail, Bar Nunn $247,500

Westport Haven Model in Bar Nunn. Master BR & BA together with 2 other BR and an additional BA. Both BA have large soaker tubs & 2 sinks. Master bath has an additional shower. HUGE living room that is open to dining room and kitchen. Island with stove and eating bar. Pre-finished hardwood floors in foyer , hallways, living and dining rooms and kitchen. Tile on bathroom floors, master shower & laundry. Carpet in the bedrooms. Granite counter tops throughout kitchen and bathrooms

1930 Kalina Trail, Bar Nunn $246,900

Kingston Haven Model 2 Story Model in Bar Nunn! GREAT curb appeal w/shake shingles for accent on the front of the house! All 3 BR on upper floor with laundry! Kitchen & dining opens to large great room. Large counter height island w/eating area. Pantry & desk in kitchen/dining. Pre-finished hardwood floors in foyer, living, dining & kitchen. Tile on bathroom floors, mstr bathtub surround & laundry. Granite counter tops Kitchen.

2143 Kalina Trail, Bar Nunn $249,900

Willow Haven Model in Bar Nunn. Split BR floor plan w/HUGE living room that is open to dining room & kitchen. Large counter height island. Pre-finished hardwood floors in foyer, hallways, living, dining rooms & kitchen. Tile on BA floors, master shower & laundry. Carpet in bedrooms. Granite counter tops throughout kitchen & bathrooms. Covered rear porch off of the dining room. Full unfinished bsmt. 9 ft main floor ceilings. 2 car attached garage. 92% efficiency furnace.

TO BE BUILT on Lot 13C HWY 20/26 (Meadow Acres Area) - $379,900

Rural property to be build w/your likes in mind! 3 BR, 2 BA ranch w/3 car garage. Large living room on main level & a finished family room in bsmt-rest of the bsmt is unfinished. Price includes a 30’x40’ Pole Barn all on 11.32 acres.

3440 Chaparral - $175,900

Like new home with upgrades! Absolutely gorgeous hickory cabinets with a metal-like backsplash. Open kitchen with breakfast bar. Laminate flooring throughout living, kitchen and hallway. Carpet in bedrooms. Tile in bathrooms. Master bedroom has walk-in closet and master bath, 2 additional bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Full unfinished basement including bathroom stub out to finish as you wish.

Carla DeVille & Alisha Collins

307-265-0200 350 West “A” St., Suite 100 Casper, Wyoming

Carla 262-2452

501 N 5th, Douglas, WY - $475,000

Historic remodeled two story with huge log room. Original wood work throughout! Original wavy glass and original door handles. Gorgeous updated kitchen with granite counter tops. Sitting on 5.5 acres in downtown Douglas. Zoned county, but has city water and sewer. Horses allowed. One of a kind. Incredibly private covered porch. Walkout lower basement. Triple car garage. Antelope creek runs through the property. Also has a well on property. WAY TOO many updates to mention!


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