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After flood waters recede, dangerous mold often is left behind

Sep 18 2017 Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 established itself as the worst rainfall disaster in American history. It dumped some 33 trillion gallons of water along the Gulf of Mexico. The Washington Post illustrated the enormity of the situation, plopping a giant cube... more

Can you dig it? Call 811 before any digging project

Sep 5 2017 It might be as simple as planting a tree or something a little more involved, such as building a deck. Whether you're a homeowner or professional contractor, if you're digging with powered equipment, you first must call 811. It's also not a bad idea (though... more

Disability insurance can replace income, cover overhead expenses

Aug 21 2017 Benjamin Franklin famously said, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." While we can't always agree on taxes, there's no denying that each of us will die eventually. Because this is accepted fact, people tend to be receptive to having a conversation... more

College's major problem: excessive drinking and its aftermath

Aug 7 2017 It turns out that the famed "Freshman 15" is fiction, for the most part. Contrary to the notion that the average first-year college student gains 15 pounds, an Ohio State University study found that 2.4 (women) and 3.4 (men) pounds were more typical. Heavy... more

Don’t get distracted by the drive toward autonomous vehicles

Jul 24 2017 In the movie "Anchorman 2," four members of the KVWN-TV Channel 4 news team are riding in the back of an RV, reminiscing about times spent together. "Hey, Ron, who's driving?" asks reporter Brian Fantana. "Oh, it's OK, it's on cruise control," says anchor... more

Here's how to get a healthier lawn with less effort

Jul 10 2017 Like the chirping of birds and the spinning of fan blades, the humming of lawnmower engines is part of the soundtrack of summer. We're a little obsessed with our lawns, yet sometimes to the detriment of their health and our leisure time. Here's a thought:... more

Get to know: Doug Erwin, AIS president and personal lines team leader

Jun 26 2017 When you and your sister, Courtney, started AIS in 2000, what opportunity did you see? We saw the chance to be different. Our dad was also an insurance agent, but he was an agent with a specific company and tied to their products. We knew that by being... more

Beware the lint trap: clean regularly to avoid dryer fires

Jun 12 2017 A Google search of "dryer fire" readily yielded three incidents that occurred within one month of each other: In Lock Haven, Pa., a dryer fire destroyed the home of a 34-year-old man who had lived there most of his life; In Newport News, Va., a dryer left... more

Soaking up our Guide to Summer Safety

May 30 2017 Summer means fun and sun, but that doesn't mean that we can throw caution to the warm breeze. Some of our favorite summer activities also come with significant safety or health risks, especially to children. We can teach them to be careful, but ultimately it'... more

Best used cars for teen drivers: IIHS survey

May 15 2017 Among "4 ways to save money when insuring young drivers" we identified in a previous blog post, at No. 3 we said don't buy them a new car. In fact, according to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 83 percent of parents of teen drivers... more



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