Federal, state, and native authorities incentive packages for home remodeling are aimed at helping homeowners improve the worth of their properties, which in turn supports the economy and helps strengthen communities. These are official applications that provide tax reduction, low-interest loans, and different incentives, but they are often hard to search out. For instance, you may find a notice of a program on a postcard for a property tax enhance. Currently, three major packages could also be available in your space. While owners might proceed to do more initiatives all through the fall, some experts predict spending will fall.

Is it worth it to renovate my house?

With a full kitchen renovation, homeowners can recoup about 59% of the cost, and a new master suite will typically return 50%, according to a study from the the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. But the

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Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy-reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!


Into the Wild with India’s Snow Leopard ManThe Vibe

Ismail Shariff is a wildlife and nature photographer from India specifically interested and even obsessed with the elusive snow leopard.

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5-Minute Sunday Interview:

Phil Mistry: What is the secret to successful snow leopard photography?

Ismail Shariff: It’s knowing and studying them in the field, which means you must spend hours in harsh temperatures. It’s easier to spot them in the winter because of the ease of seeing and following their pugmarks (footprints). Once you see the pugmarks, you can ascertain whether it’s male or female and possibly from which direction it can come out. Snow leopards take their time navigating through the snow and looking for

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North Charleston Arts Fest

The annual North Charleston Arts Fest is set to take place April 28-May 2.




NORTH CHARLESTON – The annual North Charleston Arts Fest is  set to take place April 28-May 2. The celebration of arts and culture returns for its 38th year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlighting the talents of regional and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and literature, the event features performances, activities, and exhibits presented in a variety of venues throughout the city of North Charleston.

Virtual programming has also been added to this year’s festival schedule. The majority of festival events are free. Complete details about the five-day event are available at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.






Arts Fest’s Judged Art & Photography

Exhibit Hall A at the Charleston Area Convention Center hosts the Arts Fest’s Judged Art & Photography, South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft, and Tri-County Youth Art

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Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy-reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!


Photographer Sarah Wilson Honors Front-line Women Workers in Austin, Texas with ESSENTIALS, an Interactive Public Art Project – Austin Monthly

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5-minute Sunday interview:

Phil Mistry: How did you think of this project?

Sarah Wilson: When the pandemic set in, I quarantined with my immediate family. I started to think about the women workers, many of whom were juggling responsibilities at home while facing this public health crisis due to their “essential” work. I felt an overwhelming need to recognize their courage and say thank you in the best way I knew how – through portraiture.

I photographed first responders, women in food service, a park ranger, a police officer working with people experiencing homelessness, and more. I submitted

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