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15 energy-saving tips for winter

“Saturday Night Live” used to have a recurring skit about a pretend local TV program called “Bronx Beat with Betty & Jodi.” When it was cold outside, the heavy-accented co-hosts talked about it being “sweata weatha....

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5 tips for safe winter driving

Winter officially arrives on Dec. 21. The good news is the amount of daily sunlight then will start to increase. The bad news is that winter is just beginning, and another snowy season is expected. AccuWeather...

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Making spirits bright: 8 holiday light safety tips

Forty-five thousand Christmas lights set to the Penn State fight song can't be wrong. Nor can a website called ChristmasLightFinder.com. Of course, Hersheypark's "Hershey Sweet Lights" offers nearly 600 illuminated...

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10 servings of gratitude to go with your Thanksgiving meal

We savor the turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing. We feast on the Macy's parade and football, too. But what Thanksgiving means most of all to us is the blessing of family and friends with whom to share it....

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Treat yourself to these 10 tips for a safe, happy Halloween

Here's a scary statistic: On average, according to SafeKids.org, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Trick-or-treating is a lot of fun....

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Here’s how to jumpstart a dead car battery

There's really no good time for your car battery to die and leave you stranded. But winter weather can be an especially difficult time to leave your headlights or the radio on when the car isn't running. Just as you buy...

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15 tips for fall home maintenance

Spring forward, fall back. It's great advice for remembering seasonal time changes. But it's not so great when it comes to fall home maintenance. Fall is a time for springing into action and getting ready for the cold...

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Prevent ID theft with these 10 steps

You've probably heard about the recent data breaches at Target and Home Depot that put millions of customers' credit card information at risk. Identity theft and information-based fraud is the fastest growing crime in...

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For Life Insurance Awareness Month, a free life insurance guide

Jackie Blanchard's husband died at a young age, his life insurance sufficient only to pay for his funeral. When she died from lung cancer at age 38, Blanchard left her family in much better shape financially. Because...

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Keep your life above water with flood insurance

Pennsylvania has a tragic history with floods. In 1889, the Johnstown Flood claimed more than 2,200 lives; it was the largest single-day loss of civilian life in U.S. history until 9/11. Of course, most of us remember...

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5 reasons to mark National Immunization Awareness Month by getting recommended vaccinations

In spring 2014, the Lower Dauphin and Derry Township school districts each reported cases of pertussis, aka whooping cough. The disease, which a century ago killed 5,000 people each year, has made a comeback across...

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College students living off-campus should consider renters insurance

If you went to college 30 years ago, you might have brought a word processor or typewriter with you. Odds are that you watched television in a dorm lounge, or a group of you piled into the room of the one student who...

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7 safety tips for bicyclists

You've probably heard the expression, "It's just like riding a bike," suggesting that once you've learned something, you never forget it. But when it comes to bicycle safety, it's never a bad idea to take a refresher...

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Make recycling and reducing routine

"Reduce, reuse, recycle." Most likely, you've heard that catchy phrase connected with information about saving natural resources and even saving your family money. But how many of us really make reducing, reusing and...

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6 tips to keep your home safe while you’re on vacation

Swimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Peace of mind knowing that everything is safe and secure at home while you're on vacation? Better double-check. July and August are the most popular months for vacations - and for...

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Red, white and boom! Celebrate the Fourth with these fireworks safety tips in mind

We celebrate the Fourth of July in many ways, from family picnics to parades to baseball games. For our money, nothing captures the spirit and excitement of Independence Day quite like fireworks. The whistling,...

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Take motorcycle safety in a love embrace: 5 tips

"Like a true nature's child/We were born, born to be wild/We can climb so high/I never wanna die" --"Born to be Wild," Steppenwolf As the lyrics to "Born to be Wild" attest, the freedom of the open road is a big...

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7 boat insurance options to protect you on the water this summer

They say a rising tide lifts all boats. The economic recovery has certainly been good to the recreational boating industry. A record 88.5 million Americans - or nearly 37 percent - participated in recreational boating...

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7 tips for safe grilling

When it comes to grilling season, take it outside and keep it there. Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. Never use them in a house, garage, trailer, tent or any other enclosed area because of a...

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Hot dogs are an important link to summer. Here’s how to enjoy them safely.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer - and the kickoff to hot dog season, which runs through Labor Day and includes National Hot Dog Month in July. During the season, Americans typically consume 7 billion -...

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9 spring home-maintenance tips

Spring is a time of renewal in nature - and for our homes, which can take a beating from the cold and bluster of winter. So in addition to getting outside for leisure pursuits, it's important to set aside time this...

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Sinkholes typically not covered by homeowners insurance

In October, nine families in Palmyra were forced to evacuate their homes because of sinkholes on the 300 block of East Cherry Street. In February, another sinkhole caused a building collapse on the property of...

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5 things you should know about an independent insurance agent

Bigger might get more attention, but it isn't necessarily better when it comes to choosing your insurance company. In fact, bigger sometimes translates into fewer choices for consumers. Television is filled with...

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