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After being grounded for months, we’ve become antsy, craving adventure and escape. But with social distancing recommendations still clipping our wings, plane, bus and train travel seem worrisome.

Home still feels safer than anywhere else. What to do? Why, take that home on the open road. That’s precisely what a motorhome or camper lets us do. It’s no wonder that the RV Industry Association reports a sharp uptick in RV sales and rentals.

“Our inventory is down to a dozen vehicles,” says Autumn Quinn, marketing manager of Dylane RV Center, Denver. “Normally we would have about 80 vehicles on the lot. Spontaneity and freedom are key attractions to travel by RV, and they are precisely what families are looking for after all those COVID constraints.”

Lee Vought of Stoltzfus RV of Adamstown agrees. “We have four RVs in the lot. Normally, we’d have 100.”

Dealers say that RV manufacturers are

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Most popular projects, plus financing tips

With so many people working from home – and opportunities to leave limited by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – many homeowners have found their abodes wanting for more space or amenities. The result is a boom in home renovations that shows no sign of slowing down.

Contractor building a deck

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Contractor building a deck

If you’re thinking of doing some nesting and taking on a home renovation project, you’re clearly not alone. Here are the most popular home renovation trends these days, and advice on how to pay for the projects.


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What kinds of projects are people doing?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the most common home renovation projects were kitchen and bathroom remodels. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), that kind of work is still very popular, but it’s being joined by a new trend that reflects pandemic-related lifestyle changes.

“When we surveyed remodelers, we asked

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Greenwich Library’s renovation work is ahead of schedule

GREENWICH — The doors of Greenwich Library have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. And during that time, a massive renovation project has been underway to rebuild the interior space of the historic institution.

“I am really looking forward to the day we can invite everyone into the building to see how we reimagined, renewed and repurposed the space,” Greenwich Library Director Barbara Ormerod-Glynn said Wednesday.

The library is zeroing in on completion of the approximately $17 million project that will change the look of every floor of the library; add new features including a reading room, auditorium and cafe; and expand the children’s room and more.

Library officials hope all of the construction will be completed by the end of the year. The COVID-19-related closure allowed the library to get ahead of schedule. Under the original plan, the Greenwich Library would have remained open throughout construction

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As downtown renovation continues, Mesquite calls for local artists to submit their work

Downtown Mesquite will look much different in January 2021 than it did in January 2020, and the city is looking for local artists who can help that transformation be even more visually stunning.

With the city nearing completion on its Front Street Station redevelopment, it is putting out a call to local artists interested in producing a work of public art.

Mesquite City Hall, shown in a file photo. Cindy Smith is set to become the city's Director of Finance in October.

Works by artists in Mesquite and the surrounding areas will be considered, according to a city news release, with the art intended to be displayed for at least one year on “four large surrounds built to camouflage dumpsters placed throughout the new Downtown area. Each of these surrounds will have 10′x7′ panels, where the art will be mounted,” according to the news release.

For each work, the city will pay the artist a $500 honorarium. Eight works of art will be selected.

In addition to the new infrastructure and

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Will Soldier Field renovation deal deliver late hit to city budget?

In 2011, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued that Chicago taxpayers are “not an ATM machine” and can’t afford to be the financial backstop for the $660 million renovation of Soldier Field.

The bonds that financed the Soldier Field project are paid off with part of the city’s hotel tax — but that financing package also assumed hotel tax revenue would grow by a rosy 5.5% a year. When it doesn’t, Chicago taxpayers make up the difference.

Emanuel was bracing for a $1.1 million hit that year, though in the end, the city lost just $185,000 of its state income tax revenue. Emanuel dumped three stadium authority board members and ordered their replacements to change the financing structure. But those changes were never made. The city remains on the hook.

Now, it may be time to turn on the ATM machine once again.

The stadium deal, announced in 2001, included a 2-percentage-point

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Priceless artefacts damaged in Indian Museum renovation: CAG

Renovation works at the Indian Museum in Kolkata were carried out without following the necessary conservation process, leading to priceless artefacts being damaged, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found.

A CAG statement on Wednesday said it had tabled its report in Parliament on the compliance audit relating to 37 civil ministries and departments of the Union government for 2017-2018.

Irregularities noted

On the Indian Museum, which functions under the Union Culture Ministry, the CAG statement highlighted irregularities in the modernisation project.

“Indian Museum, Kolkata awarded the modernisation work on nomination basis and executed the work without any conservation plan or preparation of Detailed Project Report and proper planning. Major works pertaining to providing modern storage system, fire-fighting, fire-detection and prevention and HVAC were not taken up though sanctioned,” it said.

The museum failed to ensure financial safeguards and monitoring of quality of work during the initial phases

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Park on Santa Fe River spring gets cleaned and stabilized

A cleaned-up spring and new bathrooms are the highlights of a renovated Rum Island Park that was introduced Tuesday morning ceremony by Columbia County commissioners and others.

The popular park on the Santa Fe River was closed for about a year while the $300,000 project was underway.

Visitors and county parks officials check out the renovations and clean-up to the spring head area at Rum Island Spring and Park during the reopening of the park north of High Springs on Tuesday.

“It looks so good. The (spring) bank looks really nice and pretty,” said Lindsey Garland, spokeswoman for the Suwannee River Water Management District. “They added grass for stabilization, so that looks very good.”

The district kicked in $150,000 for the work. The county got another $150,000 in legislative appropriations and contributed some in-kind services.

One new feature some people might not like is an entrance fee. Rum Island had been free but a $5 per car fee is now charged. Annual passes can be purchased.

The 44-acre park off County Road 138 near Fort White includes includes a boat ramp, picnic area and

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Library remains shut after renovation

The renovations at the White Hall Public Library were started over the winter and wrapped up this summer, but with high covid-19 case numbers in Jefferson County, it remains closed.

The $270,000 revamp of the 8,580-square-foot library included the addition of two four-person study rooms, a lounge and four computers dedicated to teenagers, one family computer and one preschool computer.

The 24-seat conference room was given a face-lift, the old carpet was ripped up and replaced with a hard-surface floor, and new furniture was placed throughout the library.

Fred Reed of the Reed Architectural Firm of Pine Bluff was the lead architect on the White Hall renovation, while East Harding Construction of Little Rock oversaw the work.

Ellen Bauer, the head librarian, said, “I like it. We are looking forward to welcoming our patrons back … as soon as we can.”

The 41-year-old library, at 300 Anderson Ave., is part

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Basement Renovation Now Adds Value and Additional Living Space to Homes of all Sizes

Whether You Live in a Rural or Urban Property, Basement Renovation Now Can Restore All Types of Basement.

The team at Basement Renovation Now recognizes that basements are often dead space in properties, with the space dark, cold and used for storage of unnecessary items and junk. But renovating a basement can bring a variety of benefits to a property and in a very short space of time.

One of the major benefits of renovating a basement is the immediate increase it brings to the property’s value. In an urban location, the basement or the attic are often the only ways of increasing the living space within a home, and the basement often comes with the added benefit of being more accessible by all the family. In addition to this, adding value such as this to a property can really differentiate it in a competitive market, and generate many more

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Hotel Del Coronado doesn’t let a pandemic slow its $400M renovation

Even as hotels confront the new reality of a pandemic that has stifled tourism, San Diego County’s most iconic property, the Hotel del Coronado, is not slowing its yearslong renovation that is expected to cost $400 million.

The latest phase of the project to make its debut encompasses an expansive rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking the hotel pool and beachfront, an updated pool area, and a complete redo of its 97 cabana guestrooms, some of which directly face the ocean.

Shown here is one of the remodeled oceanfront cabana rooms at the Hotel Del Coronado

Shown here is one of the remodeled oceanfront cabana rooms at the Hotel Del Coronado

(Courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado)

The ongoing renovation, billed as the most costly upgrade since the hotel opened in 1888, got under way in early 2019, and a significant portion of it is expected to be completed by April . While all the resort changes envisioned as part of the hotel’s original master plan upgrade

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