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Get to know: Chris Painter, AIS co-owner and commercial lines team leader

Nov 16 2017 Your wife, Courtney, and her brother, Doug Erwin, started AIS in 2000. You joined AIS in 2007 after majoring in civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and then working for a decade in the engineering and construction field. How did that... more

Running out of gas could be bad for your car, safety and pocketbook

Oct 30 2017 It's a humbling, maybe even humiliating experience when your car runs out of gas. Having to walk to a gas station, trusting there's a gas can that you can borrow, ought to be lesson enough not to let it happen again. Yet you do, or come darn close, more than... more

Making a case for stockpiling drinking water

Oct 16 2017 Water, water, every where,/Nor any drop of drink That's a line from a 220-year-old poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge called "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In it, a sailor is surrounded by salt water that he can't drink safely. But those same words ring... more

Saying ‘I do’ to wedding insurance

Oct 2 2017 Wedding plans can make life plenty stressful under the best of circumstances, whether they involve choosing the bride's gown, winnowing an invite list, or deciding on a menu. But at least the planner has lots of say in those decisions. At other times,... more

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



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