| Jan 12, 2015
| 9:49 AM
Brian died peacefully in his home in Newport Beach.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Margaret and Leonard Loftus. He was an only child whose father died shortly after his 15th birthday. Brian took it upon himself to help his mother through this...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 12:16 PM
When all is dormant and brown outdoors, moss can be very much alive and green.
Look around moist spots in your yard or nearby woods and you will likely find a patch of bright green moss.
Gently lift some of that pretty patch and transplant pieces into...
| Jan 8, 2015
TAVARES — Gardening is something all ages can receive satisfaction from, but it can be challenging for those who use a wheelchair.
A new raised-bed wheelchair-accessible herb garden at the Lake County Agriculture Center shows how gardening can...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 7:20 PM
Across the country this holiday season, families and friends will gather around fires in woodstoves or fireplaces. But how you build that fire – and what you burn – can have a significant impact on air quality and health, both inside your home...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 9:56 AM
The Chicago Bears’ search for a new general manager soon could come to a close, with former Bears staffer Chris Ballard the presumed front-runner to succeed Phil Emery.
Here are eight things you should know about Ballard.
-- He played football...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 8:01 AM
It started as a hobby, but soap making is quickly becoming a flourishing business for Columbia resident Wing Pokrywka.
When she was diagnosed two years ago with eczema — a medical condition that causes the skin to become inflamed or irritated...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 12:39 PM
Sand, sun and seashells decorate the corners of Chris Beeman's ocean photographs, which he captures every morning when the sun is an orange pinprick above the horizon. Beeman brings his longboard to Boynton Beach Inlet, or Pompano Beach behind the...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 5:36 PM
"Gardening Freedom!" is the theme for the 2015 Home Gardener Day workshop being held next month at the Marriott City Center in Newport News.
The annual workshop gives home gardeners a full day of workshops, classes and events with arborists, professional...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
It was a strange number ringing my cell phone a couple months ago that I hadn’t seen before. As I was loading my youth soccer player and his backpack full of gear into the car after practice, I was tempted to let the call go to voicemail, but...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 8:00 PM
After spending much of his young life shying away from swimming in the open sea, Ryan Lawler now makes a living leading adventures along the coast of Orange County.
The Newport Beach native has had a love of fishing from an early age, but when it came...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 2:34 PM
When you have a question, you ask an expert. That's why people contemplating starting community gardens would come to LaManda Joy. Community gardens — where a group of gardeners tend their respective plots on a single piece of land — have a...