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Brandon and Marcy Ware recently traded life in the city for green acres. Pages 8-9 We're going to wake up soon to find frost on the garden, but there are many plants that will not only tolerate a little frost, they’ll thrive. Page 3

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Gardener Within

Pick some annuals for their frost hardiness

dark bands that accentuate the flower’s flat central disc. Thick, fuzzy gray leaves have silvery undersides. They can take several Joe Lamp’l hard frosts. Most African daisies only open in full midday sun, but breeders have developed the Daybreak Series that blooms in lower-light conditions. (Orange, yellow, violet, pink and red blooms summer to frost; close down around 15 degrees.) If it hasn’t happened already, you’re ■ Kale (Brassica oleracea). This edible going to wake up some morning soon to a shimmering coating of frost on the garden. relative of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower makes a colorful statement in the That usually signals the beginning of the autumn garden. The showy, ruffled and annual fall ritual of “garden cleanup” — fringed leaves hate the heat, but will thrive and the end of the flowers. in cold weather. Temperatures below 50 But there are many plants that will not only tolerate a little frost, they’ll thrive in the degrees intensify the color and the peppery chill. Avoid exposure by planting away from flavor. Wait to set out full-grown plants until fall, when the worst of the summer windy areas and low spots where cold air heat is past. (Pink, cream, white, red and tends to pool, and keep plants healthy and vigorous to handle the stress of cold weather. green leaves early spring and fall; full sun; Here are some annuals that love the cold closes down below minus-10 degrees.) ■ Pansy (Viola hybrids). One of the weather: most popular winter annuals in the South, ■ African daisy (Gazania rigens). This colorful ground cover is easy to grow and a profuse bloomer in the spring and fall in the North as well. Their facelike and very drought-tolerant once it’s established. African daisies come in many color flowers, held above shiny leaves, make a combinations, but usually always show off great front-of-the-border plant. Cut back


minus-20 degrees if heavily mulched.) ■ Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis). This proven garden favorite makes tons of blooms, and with some deadheading will flower to frost. Pot marigolds wilt a bit in the high heat of summer, but cut them back by half in early fall and they’ll perk back up again when the weather cools. (Cream, apricot, orange and yellow blooms summer to fall; full sun to part shade; close down around 30 degrees; the seeds can survive the coldest winters in the soil and rebloom next year.) ■ Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus). Timeless garden favorite with a variety of flower shapes, including traditional, butScripps Howard News Service terfly and doubles, and sizes from dwarf to tall and even a few trailing varieties. After Pansies are among the best annuals they flower, shear back by half to get a for long blooming seasons. second bloom and to keep them bushy and full. (Bloom in nearly every color in early summer and again in fall; full sun to part by one-third when they start to stretch in shade; close down at minus-20 degrees if the heat. Keep deadheaded to prolong flowering. (Flower in most colors and fas- mulched with dry leaves or straw.) cinating combinations and patterns in early Master Gardener and author Joe Lamp'l writes for spring to summer and again in fall to win- Scripps Howard News Service. For more information, ter; full sun to part shade; close down at go to

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Small shops thrive in modern environment

Jennifer Forker

Below’s just a small sampling, culled from the Fab design realm and elsewhere, Associated Press of the variety of small startups carving out niches in home decor: Art of Board: Launched in 2004, it recycles colorful skateboard decks into “skate tile.” Owners Bruce Boul and Rich Moorhead also make a ceramic tile onto which high-resolution images of skate tiles For small mom-and-pop shops that proare imprinted, and peel-and-stick wall duce goods for the home but don’t have graphics. “Every scratch, scrape and gouge big advertising budgets, the Internet helps is kept intact, making each piece unique level the playing field, bringing customers and just as original as the skaters who who are looking for something different. destroyed these decks,” Moorhead says. Many small design shops rely on word The partners also launched a skate-deck of mouth, or websites like Fab, which fearecycling effort — I Ride I Recycle — to ture smaller collections. get broken decks into their hands and out “I don’t think the old models of distribuof landfills. (, tion are the only ways to play anymore,” says Tracey Reinberg, whose year-and-aHousefish: Scott Bennett is the mad scihalf-old company, Kismet Tile, provides entist behind this Denver furniture compaMoroccan-made cement tiles. She works ny, launched in 2008, that offers storage directly with customers, she says, instead of Associated Press and shelving pieces with a nod toward the trying to get showrooms to carry her goods. Vahallan Papers of Lincoln hand-paints its specialty wallpaper. automotive industry. A former Indy-car More traditional methods also help get designer, Bennett automated the manufacthe word out: Vahallan Papers, a purveyor “We usually go to the same trade shows owner Dan Nelson. “As long as we have a of hand-painted wallpaper based in LinContinued on next page that (the big companies) go to,” says great product to show, we can compete.” coln, swears by trade shows.


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Art of Board constructs sink backsplashes from skate tile, which is handcut from recycled skate decks in Los Angeles.

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ture of his furniture to keep costs down. Housefish furniture is made from birchand-alder plywood and finished with nontoxic, zero-VOC paint. “Housefish is my experiment in using American high-tech manufacturing to produce innovative, environmentally responsible furniture,” says Bennett. ( Kismet Tile: Reinberg founded this cement tile company in 2010, inspired by the Spanish-revival architecture of her San Antonio, Texas, childhood. “I had always loved the material,” says the longtime designer of textiles and wall coverings. The company offers dozens of designs and color combinations, and recently expanded into small runs of digitally printed, metallic wallpaper. Reinberg’s next step: creating a line of ceramic tiles. (www.kismet Mediterra Tile: Founded in 2007, this Tumacacori, Ariz., company creates decorative ceramic tile in hundreds of designs and several finishes. Husband-and-wife designers Morgan and Julie Ringer work

with Oscar Carrillo, who oversees the tiles’ creation at the company’s studio in central Mexico. The patterns come from architecture and traditional crafts. “We hope to use pattern boldly and playfully, and we ask that our customers take some measured risks with their living space,”

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print their own fabrics for window treatments and home accessories such as pillows. Spoonflower uses nontoxic ink to digitally print on 10 types of fabric. Customers can create original designs or choose from an inventory of more than 100,000. Owner Stephen Fraser says Spoonflower also will soon be able to print eco-friendly — and removable — wallpaper. “All along the novelty of Spoonflower has been the novelty of making customization available to regular people,” says Fraser. ( Vahallan Papers: Two friends launched this hand-painted wallpaper company in a garage 15 years ago. “I will never forget making paper in the winter and having to go inside between (finishing) sheets of paper and having to run our hands under warm water to get the feeling back,” says Nelson. The product line is sold through interior designers and at wallpaper retail stores. “When I say ‘hand painted,’ I truly mean it,” Nelson says. “We use our fingers to do almost all of our painting.” (

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Mulch volcano a big no-no for tree health

water will not run off. The mistake landscapers make is to build a small “volcano”shaped mound around the base of the tree Providence (R.I.) Journal trunk. According to the society’s pamphlet: ■ Continuous moisture around the trunk base causes cankers and splits and lets disease and pests attack. ■ Excess moisture in the root zone stresses the plant and causes root rot. Landscapers do good work on lawns. ■ Thick blankets of mulch become matHowever, they kill trees by using too much ted and prevent water and air from getting mulch around the base of trunks. The to the roots. International Society of Arboriculture says The society recommends: that “North American landscapes are Keep mulch flat, not mounded, so that falling victim to a plague of overwater will not run off. Apply a 2- to 4mulching.” You see it everywhere: trees University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources inch layer. Do not mulch near the trunk. sitting in tidy mounds of mulch, dying. A circle of mulch around the base of a tree is OK if it’s kept away from the trunk. If mulch is piled against the trunk or The society says 2 to 4 inches of mulch Two to 4 inches of depth is OK. Keep it flat so water will not run off. The mistake stem, pull it back several inches so that in a cone is “over-mulching.” It publishes the base of the trunk and stem crown are landscapers make is to build a small volcano-shaped mound around the trunk’s base. a pamphlet with drawings illustrating exposed. proper mulching, urging property owners years ago. My neighbor has two of them; I tree trunks. My tree now looks flush with The town arborist thinks that my neighto “tell your landscaper.” health while its two sisters next door are bor’s trees can recover in four or five years It’s astounding that landscaping “profes- have the other. They are the same species, planted the same day. They grew up lookstunted and losing leaves too soon. Barafter the mulch is removed. For more sionals” don’t know these facts. Are they ing alike through the decades. When a new rington’s town arborist explained why. detailed information, Google “mulch volblinded by the point that mulching earns neighbor bought the house next door a few A circle of mulch around the base of a tree canoes.” Or consult the book “How Trees them extra income? years ago, he also brought in a landscaper is OK, if it’s kept away from the trunk. Two Die,” by Jeff Gillman. I was clueless until I noticed three trees Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service. to 4 inches of depth is OK, but keep it flat so planted by the Town of Barrington, R.I., 30 who piled mounds of mulch around the

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Little bulbs make big splash

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While students back in the Stone Age, we rented a century-old shack because it was the cheapest house we could find. Though incredibly cold and uncomfortable, I will never forget that first spring when the lawn burst into bloom. Yes, I said the lawn. Out of the dormant turf rose swaths of blooming crocus before the grass had begun to grow. It was a blessing on those cold days to discover the remnants of someone’s great idea, one that went out of fashion with the invention of chemical lawn fertilizers. The neglect of that rentalproperty lawn was probably why the colorful odes to spring survived. Is your lawn a glorified patch of grassy weeds? Have you converted to a chemicalfree turf? Are you pondering a naturalistic

meadow? Are you a renter looking for a fresh idea for a worn-out front yard? Repurpose that monoculture with an injection of diversity that doesn’t cost nearly as much as you may think. Since those early days in horticulture school, I have sought out examples of ways to integrate bulbs into lawns. Those crocuses were just one way to do it, but there are other opportunities, too. As a small-budget gardener, this idea is appealing because it breaks the rule of only buying large first-class bulbs. In lawns, small bulbs sold cheaply in bulk because they are immature are the best buy for spicing up your lawn. Very young bulbs are easier to drop into a hole poked in a less-than-lush lawn. You can use a piece of repurposed metal pipe to make holes after watering the lawn to soften the soil in fall. A good source: Michigan Bulb Co. ( The company sells a Crocus for Naturalizing Super Bag at $20 for 50 mixed-color bulbs. For more variety, try a Wildflower Bulb Garden Super Bag, which holds eight kinds of bulbs, 100 in all, for just under $30. At

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these prices you can stud an entire small lawn for an awesome early spring show. Another way to use bulbs in a lawn is to dedicate a portion of it to a meadowlike planting. Once you set the dividing line, the only difference between this and the rest of the lawn is how high you set the mower. On the high-mowed side, add your bulbs into the lawn area where they blend into the taller grass come spring, creating a rather dramatic difference from the low-mowed turf. Here you can add later bloomers like anemone and wild bulb varieties. A more highbrow approach and one appealing to modern-design lovers is to create squares in the lawn where you cut out the grass and plant dwarf tulips and other bulbs. These squares or circles become permanent island planters that can be planted in the fall, then over-seeded with wildflowers to fill out the space after the tulips fade. For summer, install some annual color masses where the wildflowers have gone to seed. The way you organize these circles and squares in the space of the lawn has a lot to do with how dynamic the results will be.

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An ordinary lawn becomes a modern design statement with squares cut from the turf and planted with spring bulbs. Growing things is one of the most rewarding low-cost lifestyles when you’re under a strict budget. Necessity is still the mother of invention, and now there’s a good reason to buy too-small bargain bulbs. Why not rethink your lawn today and invest a few dollars in an experiment that may surprise the heck out of you at the end of a long, cold winter? Maureen Gilmer is an author, horticulturist and landscape designer. Learn more at Contact her at or P.O. Box 891, Morongo Valley, CA 92256.

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Brandon and Marcy Ware recently traded life in the city for green acres — 17 acres of grassland northwest of Kearney near the intersection of 56th Street and Evergreen Road. The acreage provided a site for a new home for the couple and their three daughters, Bayleigh, 12, Addison, 8, and Haidyn, 4. Marcy said the girls love horses, and the Wares wanted to build a home in a place that would allow them the opportunity to work with them. The Wares also said a comfortable master bedroom suite and a bedroom for each of the girls were also among the factors that motivated them to leave their home in Kearney and build in a more rural setting. The Wares purchased their acreage in fall 2011 and on Sept. 28, 2011, began the building process. Acting as their own general contractor, Brandon and Marcy lined up subcontractors and tackled some of the work themselves, such as installing tile and building a deck. Brandon, an operator team leader for Nebraska Public Power District, is working on his bachelor’s degree in business management, and Marcy is pursuing a career in nursing in addition to being a homemaker. The two are partners in a home-based business, Ware It’s At Renovation and Repair, which specializes in radon measurement and mitigation. By March 2012, the Wares’ new home was move-in ready. The exterior of the home is clad with fiber cement siding and Heritage-style asphalt roofing. A 10-foot by 54-foot covered front porch combined with three decorative dormers and five large multipane windows on the home’s façade create an architectural style that the Wares call Southern-inspired ranch. Brandon is origi-

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The front entrance of the home has a 36-inch entry door with leaded glass half lite and two 12-inch leaded glass three-quarter side lites. It opens to a traditional-style foyer with tile floor and Persian-style area rug.

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ultipane windows create an architectural style that the Wares call Southern-inspired ranch. It’s a nod to Brandon’s roots in Louisiana.

Addison, Marcy, Haidyn, Brandon and Bayleigh Ware enjoy their new home near 56th Street and Evergreen Road northwest of Kearney. The Wares’ taste is eclectic and relies on neutral wall colors to allow bright accents to pop.

id maple cabinetry, granite countertops with contemporary glass tile backsplash steel-finish appliances including built-in double wall ovens.

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nally from Louisiana, and the Wares said they wanted to include several elements of Southern-style architecture into their new home. The front entrance of the home has a 36inch entry door with leaded glass half lite and two 12-inch leaded glass three-quarter side lites. It opens to a traditional-style foyer with tile floor and Persian-style area rug. The Wares’ new office, accessible through 60-inch double French-style doors off the foyer, provides space for Brandon and Marcy’s business. The couple chose solid oak flooring in gunstock finish and a mallard green color for the walls — both reflecting Brandon’s love of hunting — and a 10-point mule deer trophy is displayed on one of the office walls. The kitchen is furnished with solid maple cabinetry, granite countertops, an 18-inch contemporary glass tile backFrench doors and a 10-point buck welcome visitors to the Wares’ home office. splash, and stainless steel-finish appliances including built-in double wall ovens. Other a peninsula that provides additional dining special kitchen features include 16-inch by full-lite pantry door. Xenon undercabinet lights brighten and food prep space. Marcy said they 16-inch ceramic tile laid in a brick-lay pattern and a walk-in food pantry with frosted work spaces, and pendant lights illuminate chose neutral wall tones throughout the

house to provide a backdrop for more dramatic accent colors in their furnishings. The dining space employs a five-lamp chandelier, traditional-style furnishings and a Persian-style area rug to evoke a formal feel in the space even though it is fully open to the kitchen and living areas of the home. The Wares have an eclectic sense of style. “We just like what we like,” Marcy said. Seventy-two-inch double sliding glass doors provide access to outdoor living space from the dining and living rooms. The Wares constructed a 16-foot by 45foot treated lumber deck with a railing. The main floor living space, with 13foot cathedral ceilings, measures 20 feet by 31 feet, creating a spacious area for the family’s frequent gatherings of friends and family. A corner gas fireplace with stacked-stone façade, rough cedar log mantel and black granite hearth provides a focal point for the room. A rectangular recessed area above the fireplace, with textured surfaces and copper-metallic finish, is home to a flat-panel television. The Wares chose high-efficiency Gerkin

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with an 8-foot maple vanity with an Onyx double-sink lavatory top and an acrylic tub with custom tiled surround in a separate room. The main floor also has a laundry room, half-bath and access to a 32-foot by 40foot three-stall garage. Bayleigh’s bedroom on the lower level of the home shares a bathroom with a guest bedroom. The 3,040-square-foot lower level also features 9-foot ceilings and has a family room and exercise room. The 30-foot by 40-foot family room

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exterior doors and casement windows and Mastercraft solid oak six-panel interior doors for the entire home. All are trimmed with wide colonial-style solid oak moldings in an English Walnut stain. The main floor of the home has 3,040 square feet in an open design with 9-foot ceilings. Brandon said they used R-50 insulation in the attic of the home and 6inch spray foam insulation in all of the exterior walls. The master suite design incorporates a designated sleep space with wall-to-wall carpet, a 6-foot by 12-foot walk-in closet and a full ensuite bath furnished with a 7foot maple vanity, Onyx double-sink lavatory top and matching maple linen tower. The Wares recessed a 24-inch by 72-inch acrylic jetted tub into a nook alongside a 4-foot by 8-foot walk-in custom-tiled shower with ½-inch glass door and dual control valves with rainfall-style shower heads. Bedrooms for Haidyn and Addison, personalized according to the girls’ tastes, are also on the main floor. The rooms are linked by a shared bathroom furnished

Addison’s, top left, Haidyn’s, above, and Bayleigh’s rooms have sturdy, basic furnishings, and the girls started personalizing their spaces with bright curtains and bedding.

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has space for television viewing; a place to play pool, foosball and board games; and an L-shaped beverage bar with seating for four. Bayleigh’s unique shared bathroom has a central shower room with acrylic tub and custom tiled shower surround. It is accessible from an adjoining half-bath on either side, each furnished with a 60-inch maple vanity and Onyx lavatory top. Also on the lower level is a computer room for the Wares’ three daughters to use and a mechanical room which houses an open-loop geothermal water source heat pump and dual 200-amp electrical panels. Brandon said the entire house is on electrical service except for the gas service to the main-floor fireplace. The Wares included a storm shelter next to the mechanical room, directly beneath the concrete front porch of the home. That front porch has a southern exposure and plenty of room for enjoying the span of all 17 of their green acres and the surrounding grassy rolling hills. “We like the views,” Marcy said. “We are glad to be done with the work so we can enjoy them.”

A 30-foot by 40-foot family room on the Wares’ lower level provides space for television viewing, game playing and entertaining at an L-shaped beverage bar with seating for four.

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Richard Williams, 301 First St., Gibbon, $24,000. Laurel Ingraham to Shawn Ingraham, 202 E. 28th St. No documentary tax. Eli and Mindy Fichtner to Cory Soejoto, 4410 Ave. E, $138,500. Jeffrey and Victoria Houston to Matthew and Alicia Walter, 5309 Ave. E, $226,500. Roberta Moore to Rosario Baxter, 6804 Ave. M, $192,000. Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity Inc. to Robert and Christina Bahde, 808 Ave. B, $62,000. Patrick and Jennifer Kelly to James and Jeanne Bogner, 6303 Ave. P Place, $242,500. Stefan and Tiffany Kegley to Kegley Vineyards LLC, 7155 Pawnee Road, Gibbon. No documentary tax. J&D Three Inc. to Kenneth and Donna Miller, 324 Grand Ave., Ravenna, $53,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Jeffrey and Megan Arnold, 1425 W. 112th St. No documentary tax. Doris Classen to Lonnie and Cassondra Kvasnicka, 1314 10th Ave., $186,500. Lonnie and Cassondra Kvasnicka to Bryce and Corey Urbanek, 1326 12th Ave., $132,000. Rachel and Jason Thron to Brent Kreutzer, 92 La Platte Road, $162,000. Nancy Williams to Jim Pedersen, 158 Lincoln Ave., Shelton. No documentary tax. Norman and Doris Peterson to Gregory Peterson, Eugene Peterson, Jody Peterson and Jeffery Peterson, 17 W. 17th St. No documentary tax. William and Susan Smith to Bryan and Caitlyn Messbarger, 3708 Ave. G, $113,000. Richard and Helene Greenwood to Clinton and Barbara Martin, 315 Alba Ave., Ravenna. Tax assessed on a value of $44,000.01 to $45,000. Christine Stephens to Noah and Julie Maulsby, 924 Verona Ave., Ravenna, $83,500. Nicholas Luhrs to Roger and Julie Sheckler, 1211 Ave. B, $179,639. Ron and Pamela Blessing to Dean and Catherine Reicks, 9025 Sixth Ave., $361,500. Melissa and Scott O’Rourke to Thom and Cynthia Schneider, 2213 Ave. B, $110,000. JETT LLC to TEK Rentals LLC, 308 E. 30th St. No documentary tax. Larry and Terri Winters to Brian and

Nichole Malicky, 1709 Eastbrooke Drive, $218,000. David and Sharon Dudrey to Sharon Pelc and Rita Pelc, 1704 W. 49th St. Place, $174,000. Mary Elizabeth Slack to Mary Jane Hackley, Douglas Slack and John Slack, 1508 E. 42nd St. No documentary tax. Richard Leisinger, personal representative of the estate of Rozella Leisinger, to Doyle and Mary Jane Watson, 2 W. 46th St., $138,000. Fannie Mae to Larry Jacobson and Colleen Jacobson, trustee under the Larry Jacobson Revocable Trust, 1416 Ave. A. No documentary tax. Federal National Mortgage Association to Red Brick Investment Co. LLC, 207 E. Railroad St., Shelton. No documentary tax. David Croissant to Joshua and Rachel Weinberg, 203 Elm St., Riverdale, $79,900. Patrick and Jenna Breitkreutz to Linda Steele, 3815 13th Ave., $157,500. Joshua Gesell to Scott and Melissa O’Rourke, 807 Ave. D, $162,500. Nicholas and Amanda Shoemaker to Alan Wedige, Lot 2, Clifford Estates, $43,000. Collene Henninger and Steven Henninger to Collene Henninger, part of Section 28, Township 10 North, Range 13 West. No documentary tax. Collene Henninger and Steven Henninger to Collene Henninger, 6112 Ave. R. No documentary tax. Kristen Florell to Arlin and Sally Florell, 1423 Fourth Ave., $88,993. Tamara Lawter to Kdiver LLC, Lot 5, Block 4, Lake Villa Estates, $17,000. Tamara Brandt, trustee under the Tamara Brandt Trust Agreement, to Luke and J.B. Investments LLC, Lot 2, Block 1, Brandt Second Subdivision, $25,000. NP Land Development Inc. to Griffiths Construction Inc., 6215 Ave. M. No documentary tax. Griffiths Construction Inc. to Mitchell and Sharon Woeste, 6215 Ave. M. Tax assessed on a value of $219,000.01 to $220,000. Holly Valentine to John Valentine, 27050 Imperial Road, Ravenna. No documentary tax. Wendy Shingle, successor trustee of the Wayne and Mary Foote Family Revocable

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Teddy Sup, trustee of the Teddy Sup Revocable Trust, and Kathryn Sup, trustee of the Kathryn Sup Revocable Trust, to Jordan and Desiree John, Lot 1, Northwoods Administrative Subdivision. No documentary tax. Amy Everhart to Martin and Connie Scherzberg, 1421 Fifth Ave., $102,000. The following real estate transfers from Aug. 15 to Amy Franzen to Luke Franzen, 5990 Sept. 15 were compiled from deeds recorded at the Evergreen Road. No documentary tax. Buffalo County Register of Deeds Office. Addresses Delynn Swinkey to Shelby Treffer, 508 and prices are public record and are provided when available from the register’s office. If prices were not Padua Ave., Ravenna. Tax assessed on a available, the equivalent based on the Nebraska Docuvalue of $43,000.01 to $44,000. mentary Tax paid on the full amount or the current Michael and Marta Meier to Marta market value is listed. Dennis Clabaugh, personal representaMeier, trustee of the Marta Meier Revocative of the estate of Jean Clabaugh, to ble Living Trust, 2905 E. 39th St. No docDennis Clabaugh, 1513 Fourth Ave. and umentary tax. 2713 Ave. G. No documentary tax. Platte River Whooping Crane MainteKatheryn and John Rickard to Tyler and nance Trust Inc. to Larry Woitaszewski Lauren Brandt, 66 La Platte Road, $158,000. and Anne Bohan, Lots 5 and 6, Section 24, Jester Farms to Jon Jester, Ronald Jester Township 9 North, Range 13 West. Surand Elizabeth Jester, part of Section 35, vivorship warranty deed was re-recorded Township 9 North, Range 17 West. No to correct a spelling. documentary tax. KWS Development LLC to State of Eric Lindquist, successor trustee, to Nebraska Department of Roads, part of Federal National Mortgage Association, Lot 1, Block 56, Perkins and Harfords 2205 Ave. C, $83,015. Addition. No documentary tax. LaDene Blevins to David and Virginia Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Klingelhoefer, part of Section 22, TownKenneth and Maureen Marisch, 6715 58th ship 10 North, Range 17 West, $28,000. Ave. No documentary tax. Dorothy Duerfeldt, trustee of the Dorothy Justin Broadfoot to Eli and Mindy Duerfeldt Revocable Trust, to Michael Fichtner, 81 La Platte Road, $160,000. Gleason, 1510 E. 42nd St., $154,500. Delazon Teel to Deborah Best, Tami US Bank National Association, trustee Maruska, Roger Teel and Kathy Hunt, Lot for Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust Inc., to 14 and part of Lot 15, Block 5, Plainview Roger Torske and Kelsey Torske, 1115 W. Subdivision. No documentary tax. 35th St. Tax assessed on a value of George and Margaret Joy to Pamela Tref$124,000.01 to $125,000. fer, 612 Sicily Ave., Ravenna. Tax assessed Beverly Wolf, trustee, and John Wolf, on a value of $31,000.01 to $32,000. trustee, to Thomas Tye and Gloria Tye, Brenda L’Roy to Jerry L’Roy, 5812 O trustees of the Thomas and Gloria Tye Ave. Place. No documentary tax. Family Trust, 12 W. 48th St., $300,000. Dustin and Janelle Parker to Phillip Susan Dixson to Terry Grossman, 1212 Niedbalski and Daneil Hunt, 517 W. 26th Ave. B. Tax assessed on a value of St., $79,000. $18,000.01 to $19,000. Clifton and Marilyn Foster to Charles Thomas and Margaret Treffer to Tyler and Jo Ann Devine, 4022 21st Ave. Place, White, 215 Verona Ave., Ravenna, $95,000. $245,000. Bonnie Pabian to city of Ravenna, Lot Tony and Kelli Bober to North Shore 2, Brickyard Hill Administrative SubdiviMarina LLC, 1140 E. First St., $178,000. sion. No documentary tax. Recontrust Co. to Bank of America, Dennis Joslin to Cynthia Peterson, 523 1804 Eighth Ave., $85,971. Verona Ave., Ravenna. Tax assessed on a William Ross, successor trustee, to Judie value of $49,000.01 to $50,000. Carpenter, 111 N. McComb St., Elm Theodore Henderson to Lonna Creek, $24,140. Gronewoller, 4435 Ave. P, $132,700. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to

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Dale and Marilee Kabes to William and Anne McCracken, Lot 7, Block 1, Fountain Hills First Addition, $44,200. US Bank National Association to Federal National Mortgage Association, 2525 Ave. I. No documentary tax. David Favinger and Carol and Curt Wegner to James Farris and Dustin Cash, 811 E. 37th St., $119,900. Samuel Pearse, sole trustee under the Samuel Pearse Living Trust, to Christopher and Jennifer Drew, 6307 Ave. O Place, $239,000. Patrick and Jennifer Slack to James Jr. and Cathy Finney, 49420 Highway 30, Gibbon, $115,000. Virginia and Jerrold Pawley to Heath and Tracy Schake, part of Lots 1 and 2, Section 5, Township 9 North, Range 16 West, $200,000. Griffiths Construction Inc. to Brandon and Lisa Wyant, 6202 Ave. R. Tax assessed on a value of $13,000.01 to $14,000. The corporation joint tenancy warranty deed was re-recorded to show correct purchase price and revenue due. Ana Beerman to Kenneth Beerman, 701 W. 29th St. No documentary tax. Dennis Clabaugh, personal representative of the estate of John Clabaugh, to Dennis Clabaugh, 2713 Ave. G. No documentary tax. DT Development Inc. to Curtiss and Carol Stade, Lot 5, Block 3, Spruce Hollow Estates Second, $95,500. Fredrick and Cynthia Krause to Steven and Jill Swenson, 408 W. 39th St., $390,000. Sandra and Lynn Tacha to Gregory McCollough and Peggy Vavricek, 4100 Country Club Lane, Unit A-2, $184,500. Betty Hagan to Connie Thomazin, 4803 Ave. K, $219,900. Erma Meier to Patricia Smith, Michael Meier, Martin Meier, Paula Montgomery, Pamela Harrington, Morgan Meier, Mark Meier, David Meier and Andrea Quadhamer, co-trustees of the Meier Family Trust, 4420 Ave. P. No documentary tax. 1733 Holding Co. to Larry Kirschner, trustee of the Larry Kirschner Revocable Trust, and Vicki Kirschner, trustee of the Vicki Kirschner Revocable Trust, 5415 W. Highway 30, Unit 20, $25,500. Edward Brink, successor trustee, to CitiMortgage Inc., 318 W. Elm St., Pleasanton, $69,394.

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Trust, to Kristine Swanson, trustee of the Kristine Swanson Family Irrevocable Trust, 1215 E. 33rd St., $115,000. Janet Vicario and Danelle Daubendiek, trustees of the Janet Vicario Family Trust, to Lindley and Judy Thatcher, part of Section 32, Township 9 North, Range 17 West, $300,000. Michelle and Dustin Westerbeck to James and Christine Cleveland, 403 W. 23rd St., $132,000. Buffalo County School District 10-0007 to Victor and Eleanor Karg and Darrell Karg, 123 First Ave., Riverdale, $91,500. McCracken Construction Inc. to Todd and Carla David, 1108 W. 45th St. Place, $196,000. Principle Partners LLC to Central States Investments LLC, 3802, 3804, 3806 and 3808 22nd Ave., $745,000. Kelly Rapp and Laureen Striker-Rapp to Tami Moore, Lot 11, Block 1, Parkview Estates Fifth Addition, $36,900. Wayne and Michelle Cross to Broc and Erin Howard, 1006 Ninth Ave., $227,500. Joan and Gary King to Marcella Mangers, Lot 1, Richter Hills. No documentary tax. Courtney Wozniak to DCC LLC, 1510 Ave. C, $42,500. Patty Shumate to Joshua and Jessica Treadway, 202 E. 27th St., $81,500. Darlene Poulson to Sean and Vanessa Anderson, 4425 Parkwood Lane, $189,900. Kearney Realty LLC to Jeremy and Angela Armagost, 109 E. 52nd St., Suite 1, $325,200. Victor and Eleanor Karg to Jamie and Diane Carlson, Lot 4, Block 2, Eagle View Estates, $32,000. James and Suzanne Petersen to United Campus Ministry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Inc., 811 W. 26th St., $135,000.

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Betty Ladehoff to Doran Swartwood, 215 W. South Ave., Elm Creek. No documentary tax. Ronald and Beverly Jester to Jester Farms LLC, part of Section 35, Township 9 North, Range 17 West. No documentary tax. Jon and Mickey Jester to Jester Farms LLC, part of Section 35, Township 9 North, Range 17 West. No documentary tax. Elizabeth Jester to Jester Farms LLC, part of Section 35, Township 9 North, Range 17 West. No documentary tax. Sally Bryson, trustee of the Sally Bryson Revocable Trust, to Martin Bros. LLC, Lot 1, Bryson Estates, $300,000. Loewenstein Enterprises Ltd. and Carroll Sheldon, trustee, to MINE LLC, 218 W. 25th St., $490,000. Timothy and Casey Smith to Kassy and Brock McDonald, 1514 11th Ave. Tax assessed on a value of $144,000.01 to $145,000. Sandra and Allen Kelley to Andrea Kelley, Lot 1, Block 2, Hidden Valley Estates. No documentary tax. Andrea Kelley to Laurie Riessland, Lot 1, Block 2, Hidden Valley Estates, $20,000. Teddy Sup, trustee of the Teddy Sup Revocable Trust, and Kathryn Sup, trustee of the Kathryn Sup Revocable Trust, to Jordan and Desiree John, part of Lot 2, Section 4, Township 9 North, Range 16 West, $90,000. Dennis and Connie Larsen and Scott Morris to James Joseph Signature Homes LLC, Lot 4, Block 1, Larsen and Morris Subdivision, $40,000. John and Connie Allan to Bradley and Marissa Parman, Lot 7, Block 1, Windy Meadows Second Subdivision, $19,600. Roberta Slaughter to Thomas Murray and Grete Sandberg, 401 W. 27th St., $125,000. Robert and Muffy Gregg to Scott and Alicia Bauer, 3212 Ave. E, $144,000. Noah and Lerrin Rowe to Dean and Diane Tickle, 410 N. Mill St., Elm Creek, $134,900. James Burchell by Jessica Messenger, his attorney in fact, to Noah and Lerrin Rowe, 5 Blue Mill Road, $256,500. Arnold Jr. and Linda Peterson to Harold and Margaret Klinginsmith, 210 E. 29th St. Tax assessed on a value of $99,000.01 to $100,000.

Fracisco and Nora Garcia to Loewenstein Enterprises Ltd., 211 E. 48th St., $231,000. Randall and Debra Alexander to Jeffrey and Tiffanie Bullock, Lots 2 and 3, Block 2, Bridle Acres Fourth Subdivision. Tax assessed on a value of $41,000.01 to $42,000. Jeffrey and Cindi Richter to Aaron and Meghan Sindelar, 29770 115th Road, $271,900. Jennifer Krusemark to Boots LLC, 32 E. 48th St., $128,500. Blake and Erica Covey to Michael and Julie Shuler, 214 W. 21st St., $91,800. Mary Achterberg to David and Virginia Klingelhoefer, 21190 Custer Road, Amherst, $300,000. Shannon Smith to Lanny Gerdes, trustee, and Cheryl Gerdes, trustee, 2213 12th Ave., $86,000. Johnson Imperial Home Co. to Chad and Jami Beezley, Lot 20, Block 1, Imperial Village Seventh Addition, $40,000. Fannie Mae to Allen Schirmer and Tara Schirmer, 32775 Poole Road, Ravenna. No documentary tax. Steven and Collene Henninger to Steven Henninger, part of Section 22, Township 10 North, Range 13 West; part of Section 21, Township 10 North, Range 13 West; part of Section 10, Township 9 North, Range 13 West; and part of Section 23, Township 9 North, Range 13 West. No documentary tax. Roger and Julie Sheckler to Ashley Sheckler and Jonathan Altmaier, 1406 14th Ave., $130,000. Daniel Roeder to James and Nancy Graham, 4116 22nd Ave., $186,900. Anthony and Kimberly Porter to VIE Co., 1325 Eighth St., Gibbon. No documentary tax. Starostka Group Unlimited Inc. to Brent and Kelly Cacaro, 2605 W. 35th St., $270,000. Griffiths Construction Inc. to Mitchell and Sharon Woeste, 6215 Ave. M. Tax assessed on a value of $15,000.01 to $16,000. Robert and Brenda Lavington to Lawrence Nickman and Sheila Nickman, trustees of the Lawrence Nickman Revocable Trust and the Sheila Nickman Revocable Trust, part of Section 21, Township 10 North, Range 14 West. Tax assessed on a value of $1,062,000.01 to $1,063,000.

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Use dry ice or soda blasting to strip cedar


Home Maintenance

Dwight Barnett


We are negotiating to buy a house with cedar siding. It has a fairly new paint job, but the paint is peeling badly. What’s the best way to remove the peeling paint? The siding appears to be in good shape. We have heard that you never should pressure-wash cedar siding. Any truth to that? This dilemma will slow down the buying process until we learn how much it will cost to fix and are satisfied it can be resolved. Cedar is an excellent choice for appearance, ease of maintenance and longevity. Cedar contains natural oils and acids to protect the wood from insects and the weather, so although there are chemical strippers available for use on



cedar, I do not recommend using them for paint removal. Your problem is caused by accumulated dirt and grit that should have been removed before painting. Power washing can be used to clean cedar as long as the sprayer is set at a low pressure to prevent damaging the wood’s soft surface. Once cleaned and allowed to dry, the wood can then be painted using a urethane-acrylic house paint. What you are likely seeing are long strands of dried paint that did not adhere to the wood but rather to the grit in the wood’s grain. As the paint dries, it curls in long strands until they are long enough to break off under their own weight or a strong wind tears off the loose strands. It is unsightly, but the cedar has not been damaged. This also means some of the paint did adhere to the cedar and will have to be removed before painting. For cedar siding with a smooth surface, scrape the paint and clean the cedar before painting. For rough-sawn cedar, you can try to remove the paint using a stiff wire brush, being careful not to damage the cedar. If you are not successful, you will



need to have the paint removed by a professional using either a dry ice blaster or a soda blaster. Both systems are copied after the sandblasting method is used to clean steel and other hard surfaces. Sand blasting removes the surface paint and some of the substrate. Soda or dry ice


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