A cold and drafty attic housing mice in the insulation changed how Robert Brierley thought about home heating, insulation and sealing homes. In 2004, after sucking out the insulation and closing up the holes to improve a vintage home's warmth, the homeowner told Brierley the house was warmer and more comfortable since his company, Revival Energy, had "fixed" the problem. Brierley was confused, because he hadn't blown any insulation back in yet. An engineer by training, he didn't believe there could be any improvement. After all, it was the insulation that kept the heat in the home, wasn't it?
By Sharon Royle, North Garrison Heights
August 20, 2014 6 a.m.
School was out, and we were getting ready to take a road trip to California. Our brand new Plymouth Satellite station wagon was big enough to hold all seven of us: two young boys and a toddling girl, two grandparents, me and my husband, Walt.
I was looking out my bedroom window the other day, watching the birds hanging out at our bird feeder, when I noticed a cat — a cat that was intently monitoring the feathered activity around the feeder.
By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
August 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Why: After spending many years at its previous location, Dulin's Village Cafe & Espresso Bar has relocated just north of its former digs to a newly renovated space. The menu has a few new items on it but remains true to its Irish roots, with selections that include corned beef, Irish stew and Guinness stout.
That was a pretty bad sentence Vancouver's Damian Alabakoff wrote about twitchy knees and steam engines, but it wasn't the worst opening sentence of the year. That gem introduced a seafaring saga featuring a dead moose.
By Alan Sculley for The Columbian
August 15, 2014 6 a.m.
On March 3, Future Islands performed the song "Seasons (Waiting On You)" on the "Late Show with David Letterman." It was standard operating procedure in music biz promotion. Get on a high-profile TV show before or shortly after a new album is released and hope to make an impression that lasts beyond the moment when the show credits role and it's on to the next program that day.
In the last few weeks, I've had the pleasure of visiting a few neighborhoods new to me in the Vancouver area. I see a common thread in the most intriguing local gardens. The key element that draws my interest is the use of a distinct mix of trees, shrubs, vines and other woody plants to provide a solid, year-round framework.
What do the Rotary Club, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Vancouver Renters' Association, churches, neighborhood associations, and the AARP have in common? All have invited a Clark Public Utilities energy counselor to present useful tips and info through the utility's neighborhood speakers program.