Local Eats: Grand Blanc’s Grafted Root Eatery features home cooking and a full bar

GRAND BLANC, MI — For the past six years, Michele Matthews has crafted her business to simulate the same atmosphere of her home: a cozy feel with mix-and-match chairs, hearty meals and an array of alcoholic beverages.

Grafted Root Eatery in Grand Blanc is known for its locally sourced ingredients and meals from scratch.

“It’s basically home cooking,” said Matthews. “I was a stay at home wife and mom before I opened up this. So everything is basically how I cooked at home and I was raised to cook everything from scratch, not pre-processed. I try to buy as much local as I can.”

Related: New restaurant and bar ‘The Grafted Root Eatery’ to open in Grand Blanc

The breakfast and lunch eatery serves up its staple items like banana bread, cherry walnut French toast, bacon and Swiss cheese quiche, salads and soups. It also features a full bar with

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Nextcloud 20: New features and improvements

Nextcloud 20 is now available. The list of features might not be lengthy, but they are important. Jack Wallen has the scoop.


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Normally, I tend to cover the Nextcloud on-premise cloud solution by way of how-tos, because it not only helps admins deploy the service, it also makes users aware of this outstanding solution. However, with the latest release of Nextcloud, there are some important additions to the platform that warrant a bit of a heads up. These new features and improvements should be big enough to have everyone running earlier versions of Nextcloud scrambling to upgrade.

For those of you who have yet to install Nextcloud, I’ll soon be doing a walkthrough of installing the latest iteration (as well as tutorials on how to use some of the new features). Until that time, however, let’s take a look at what Nextcloud 20 has to offer.


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Instagram 10th birthday: Stories Map, anti-bullying features, and more

  • Instagram has introduced a range of new features on its 10th birthday, including a “Stories Map,” two new anti-bullying measures, and custom home-screen icons.
  • The Stories Map shows users when and where their Stories from the past three years were taken.
  • Instagram is also now hiding comments it thinks are similar to ones previously flagged as abusive.
  • As well as these new features, Instagram has started labelling some accounts as “state-controlled media.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Photo-sharing app Instagram is celebrating its 10th birthday with new features, such as one that helps users find old Stories they’ve posted, and another that aims to reduce abuse.

Two new anti-bullying features tie into National Bullying Prevention Month. The first hides comments that Instagram believes are similar to ones previously flagged as abusive. These comments can still be seen if a user taps “View Hidden Comments.”

Instagram is also displaying

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Unassuming Nevada Home Features an Old-Timey Main Street in the Basement

In a Nevada house that is now on the market for $445,000, it’s possible to take a stroll down Main Street without leaving the comforts of home.

The main floor of a home on Cottonwood Drive in Elko, NV, resembles many open-concept tract homes we’ve seen, but the basement is the real showstopper.

“The basement is like a little oasis to entertain people,” explains the listing agent, Gabriella Spring. “It has a fully functioning café, a barbershop, a 13-seat theater, and the walkways are cobblestone. It’s pretty cool.”

The home measures in at 4,116 square feet, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

“You have no clue [the basement is there] until you walk all the way down the steps,” Spring explains. “The upstairs is so nice and luxurious, so when you go downstairs, it’s refreshing. It’s a little escape.”

Exterior of house in Elko, NV

Fawn Leach Photography

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OUR NEIGHBORS | Job Corps kitchen duo says cooking for others can be form of love | Features

Barbara Bishop and Carol Laster believe cooking food for others can be an expression of love, and when you cook for hundreds of people a day, there’s a lot of love to go around.

Bishop, 63, and Laster, 61, both of Manhattan, have each worked in the Flint Hills Job Corps Center’s kitchen for more than 20 years.

Bishop began working part time at the Job Corps, a technical education training program, in 1997 after she retired from the military. She and her husband became stationed at Fort Riley in 1991, though both are from Arkansas, and have stayed in the area over since. Over the years, Bishop eventually worked up to becoming the kitchen manager.

Laster, the lead cook, initially began working at the Job Corps around 1993. The Baltimore, Maryland, native said she initially moved to the area in the early 90s to be closer to a family

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Home remodeling tour features homes in Bexley, Hilliard, Dublin, more

Steve Stephens
| The Columbus Dispatch

After a season in which the most popular home and garden tours have been cancelled or moved online, Columbus-area remodelers have decided it is finally time to welcome the public back to see, in person, some of their best work.

The Columbus chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) will host the region’s first major home tour of the year on Saturday and next Sunday. 

The tour will feature remodeling projects at seven homes, and one remodeler’s showroom showcase.

“The decision to move forward with the tour has been really hard, but we are very excited,” said Pam Patter, executive director of NARI of Central Ohio.

Special pandemic precautions will be taken for the tour, Patter said.

The number of people allowed at one time in each home will be limited, and social distancing and face masks will be required, she 

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New Wilderness Collection of Gas Fireplaces Features World’s Only Realistic Burning-Log Experience

Wilderness Collection fireplaces are also equipped with internal lighting, creating a lustrous glow within the fireplace which adds a sublime ambiance to any room, even when the fire is not turned on. With the natural-looking log arrangement and attractive internal lighting, a Wilderness Collection fireplace elevates the room and becomes its centerpiece.

In addition to superbly-realistic flames, Wilderness Collection fireplaces offer additional conveniences and amenities. Wilderness Collection fireplaces can be managed by phone via Wi-Fi for fingertip control. Ortal’s innovative Cool Wall Technology mitigates heat from the unit, ensuring that the surrounding walls remain cool, permitting hanging of artwork and electronics directly over the fireplace. With Ortal’s unique installation technology, an Ortal fireplace has been optimized for efficiency, making it both beautiful and exceptionally easy to install.  

“The luxury-home market is in a constant search for the best of the best, and our Wilderness Collection fireplaces are the epitome of

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Among Us Reveals New Features, New Stage, and Server Improvements Coming Soon

Among Us 2 has been canceled, and there’s a good reason why. Among Us debuted back in 2018 from developer InnerSloth to little attention. Fast-forward to September 2020, it’s the hottest game on the Internet. Why? Well, it mostly comes down to Twitch streamers and YouTubers who recently picked up the game in a major way starting last month. This led to viewers en masse picking up the game, and because of the game’s quality, it has retained many of these players. And that’s the short version of how we got to today, where it’s dethroned Fall Guys as the biggest game on the Internet.

So, why is Among Us 2 being canceled? Well, according to developer Inner Sloth, it’s to further support the current game. As the developer notes, the allure of a sequel is that the codebase for the current game is a total mess, which makes supporting

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Android 11 TV released, along with privacy, performance improvements and new features

Android 11 TV released

Android 11 TV is arriving on the Android TV platform, enabling many features showcased during Google’s #11weeksofsummer virtual event.

The update to Android TV closely follows the release of Android 11 for phones and tablets. It includes the same core enhancements to performance and privacy, such as how the platform now supports allowing application permissions just once. Android’s developers are also introducing a new, more efficient way to manage device memory with the algorithm based on memory pressure, which should speed up many devices. There’s support for Auto Low Latency Mode, a feature included in display panels using HDMI 2.1 that can improve performance by preventing post-processing features – a handy option for games or video conferencing applications, where performance is more important than visual quality.

Writing of games, there are improvements to the controller or gamepad support, which should be good news. There’s a new TV tuner framework with

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Android 11 for TVs announced with new features, performance & privacy improvements,

Google recently announced the release of the latest Android 11 for the smartphones. In the same vein, the company has now announced the Android 11 update for its Android TV models. The update will bring many of the Android 11 features for mobile to the TV as well as other implementations specifically tailored to TVs.

The new Android 11 features include performance improvements involving memory management as well as improvements in privacy hasn’t been overlooked either as one-time permissions are carried over to Android 11 for TVs. A framework for the physical microphone mute buttons for better integration with TVs featuring far-field microphones has been implemented.

For multimedia improvements, Google is bringing Auto Low Latency Mode and low latency media decoding. Tuner Framework with updated media CAS and extensions to the HAL implementation of HDMI CEC are also new.

Expanded functionality around inactivity prompts, wake keys and silent boot mode

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