Sept. 15 2017
My stepdad was king of doing things ‘the lazy man’s way.’ A full decade before coffeemakers came equipped with clocks, he plugged our electric percolator into a lamp timer so he could ...
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Sept. 15 2016
Have you been thinking of adding holiday lighting to your landscape business? If you haven’t, maybe you should. The demand is there; besides that, you already have your customers, you have the trucks, ...
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Sept. 16 2015
Who doesn’t want to do something special for the holidays? For many property owners that means long strings of bulbs festooning their rooflines, trees, and shrubs. Shopping centers and retail stores ...
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Sept. 15 2014
In the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase nearly pulls his hair out trying to get his Christmas lights to work. He grows so desperate for a solution ...
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Sept. 16 2013
"It's time to put the holiday lights!" That statement either warms the cockles or chills the spine, depending on your point of view. Whether it's uttered by the owner of a home or a business, it signals ...
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May 15 2013
When Texas-bred Brandon Stephens, 38, signed on with The Décor Group in 2003, little did he realize that he would one day end up as president of the company. Stephens is not one to dwell on accolades; ...
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Sept. 1 2007
I used to watch my father spend countless hours stringing and stapling lights around the gutters, chimneys, rooftop and trees, only to watch him struggle to take them down a few weeks later. That part was ...
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Sept. 1 2006
It’s a time of year when people see smiles everywhere they go, when everyone makes an effort to be friendlier. The holiday spirit gives us warm, fuzzy feelings inside, like a hug from grandma, or ...
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July 1 2007
While still quite young, Blake Smith and his brother were instilled with a very strong work ethic by their father. That work ethic, combined with passion, has driven Smith to exceed the goals he set for ...
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Sept. 15 2009
The holiday season is approaching with the speed of Santa’s sleigh. Before you know it, the sound of carols will fill the crisp winter nights, and the familiar smell of Christmas trees will permeate ...
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Sept. 15 2011
In the middle of winter, landscape contractors across the country typically hit a big freeze. As temperatures dwindle downward, they frequently take landscapers’ revenues with them. Clients have ...
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