That organic label on your produce doesn’t mean no pesticides. That’s why John Porter, the urban agriculture program coordinator for the Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties, cautions grocery shoppers about abandoning produce listed on the Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen. Strawberries and spinach hold the top two spots, with more than 98 percent of samples testing positive for pesticide residue. Instead, Porter offers another option: local produce.

Ever think about what goes down your kitchen sink drain? When you consider all the food scraps and grease alone, it’s enough to make you shudder — and worry about clogged pipes somewhere down the road.

It’s more than a home base for your grill and garden hose. It’s beyond an elevated stage for eating and entertaining. It’s a principal platform for al fresco enjoyment and an extension of your living space into the great outdoors. And it deserves greater priority, say the pros.

In basketball, every position on your starting five plays a major role. Your point guard sets up the offense. Your center serves as a pivot and low post threat. And your power forward is often a key defender and rebounder. But it’s your go-to scorer whom you typically rely on to rack up the points and win the contest.

Dawn Thrapp plans to bring some of her favorite four-legged friends to the Omaha Home Show this weekend. Thrapp is a behavior specialist for the Nebraska Humane Society, and she’ll be sharing some training tips at the event Friday thought Sunday at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The next exciting bird display will soon be underway. Every spring, male sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie-chickens perform a mating “dance” to attract their respective females. The areas where the birds perform this ritual is called a lek.

If you think climate change and extreme weather conditions have been tough on human beings, just imagine being stuck outdoors, naked to the elements 24/7. Such has been the lot of landscaping staples like grass, trees, shrubs, plants and flowers, which have had to withstand the fury of Harvey, Maria, La Niña and other bullies in recent years.

The kids are out of the house and you’re ready to downsize. Maybe you want to stay put and simply desire an upgrade that will pay off down the road. Whether now is the time to stick your “for sale” sign in the grass or you want to remodel for your benefit, take a good hard look at the outside of your home. What would a potential buyer see? If your home is more fixer-upper than move-in ready, it’s time to spruce it up. But where should you put your money to get you the biggest bang for your hard-earned bucks?

Disasters always happen at the most inopportune moments; a pipe bursts while you’re on vacation or the heat goes out in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, many of us wait until something goes wrong to start looking for a contractor, which means we’re stuck with whoever is available at that moment — no matter their price, reputation or workmanship.

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