“I sit behind a desk all week,” said Matthew Mead. “This is an opportunity for me to get away from my email, get away from my phone — to recharge. I get down on my hands and knees and play in the dirt.”

Since buying it 13 years ago, Lori and Bill Cain have worked steadily on their home. 

The question of whose grave lies in the Cains’ backyard remains a mystery. 

With the cost of most things knowing only one direction — up — local municipalities have the opportunity to help their residential electricity customers slash their bills by, perhaps, two-thirds.