DEAR HELAINE AND JOE: I am enclosing two photos of a hand-painted seven-piece pitcher and glass set that was a wedding gift to my Kansas grandparents in 1907. The pitcher is 13 inches tall and the glasses are 6½ inches. All pieces are in perfect condition, and there are no markings anywhere …

Dear Readers: Limiting added sugar is a good idea. The American Heart Association (www.heart.org) advises women should consume a maximum of 25 grams of added sugar per day. And men? Thirty-eight grams. Although grams are a difficult concept to visualize, reading the label on a bag of sugar helps.

The International Home and Housewares Show this month was huge — 16 miles of aisles spread over three buildings at Chicago’s McCormick Place, where more than 2,200 vendors displayed some of the latest tech and great design for home goods, along with updates on old favorites.

DURHAM — Planting grass turf in tilled agricultural soil greatly reduced the ability of new growth of the invasive shrub glossy buckthorn to establish itself in a new area by seed, according to researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.

Still haven’t installed your first smart home product? You could soon be the last home on the block. Nearly 30 million smart home products will be sold in 2019, according to the Consumer Technology Association. That’s a 23 percent increase from last year, signaling a real tipping point for t…


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