Communities compete for ‘Prettiest Painted Places’ honors
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Two area communities — Millersburg and Wooster — are among five from Ohio competing for “Prettiest Painted Places” honors, a national competition sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute.

“I am thrilled, but not entirely surprised,” said Tara McCullough, director of the Historic Downtown Millersburg organization. “Millersburg is such a picturesque place, and we have so many beautiful buildings and homes dating to the Victorian era.”

Millersburg and Wooster, along with Cambridge, Peninsula and Yellow Springs, will compete with nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors. Judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting and home improvement will review all of the entries, conduct additional research and make selected site visits.

The nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” will be revealed in mid-October.

“Something like this is always nice,” said McCullough. “We here in Millersburg already know that our town is a great place to live, but it’s always nice to receive that validation and I’m thrilled to see it.”

A business which has been a part of Wooster since 1851 provided the inspiration for that city’s entry into the contest.

“When I learned of the competition, I figured that as home to the Wooster Brush Co., Wooster needed to submit an entry,” said Jeff Griffin, president of the Wooster Chamber o…………… continues on New Philadelphia Times Reporter

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Home improvement sales on the rise
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A new report shows people are spending more money on home improvement goods.

A study by IBM Smarter Commerce shows just as home prices are beginning to rise, home improvement sales are growing as well.

“I think it’s just a philosophy change for home owners,” said Walter Vossberg who is renovating a house in Myrtle Beach. “People want to make a home their final home and want to make their home exactly what they want it to be without regard as to what the value is going to be.”

Vossberg said people used to think more about how much a new improvement to a house would increase the value of a home. He said now people aren’t planning to move.

“People are asking what am I going to get back, am I going to get back what I put into the home?” added Vossberg. “Now they say this is the place we want to stay in so we want to make it personalized.”

The increase in spending on home improvement project brought in some good business for Lacy Paulussen’s home supply store in Myrtle Beach.

“We’ve sold a lot of bath and kitchen hardware,” said Paulussen. “A lot of the remodelers are redoing what’s existing so they’re redoing a lot of cabinets and refreshing hardware.”

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