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15 energy-saving tips for winter

Dec 29 2014 “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.” With winter upon us in the Northeast,... more

5 tips for safe winter driving

Dec 15 2014 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 anticipates that the brunt of it will arrive in... more

Making spirits bright: 8 holiday light safety tips

Nov 24 2014 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 displays on a two-acre wooded course dubbed,... more

10 servings of gratitude to go with your Thanksgiving meal

Nov 17 2014 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. Here are some other takes on thankfulness... more

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

Oct 23 2014 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. After all, what's not to like about... more

Here’s how to jumpstart a dead car battery

Oct 19 2014 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 a shovel and snow melt as precautionary... more

15 tips for fall home maintenance

Oct 13 2014 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 and potentially inclement weather ahead.... more

Prevent ID theft with these 10 steps

Sep 22 2014 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 the United States. While consumers can't... more

For Life Insurance Awareness Month, a free life insurance guide

Sep 8 2014 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 she bought the best life insurance she... more

Keep your life above water with flood insurance

Aug 18 2014 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 just three years ago when Tropical Storm... more

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

Aug 5 2014 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 the United States. The number of cases is... more

College students living off-campus should consider renters insurance

Jul 28 2014 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 had a TV. Cordless phones were rare;... more

7 safety tips for bicyclists

Jul 14 2014 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 course. Consider these 7 safe-riding tips... more

Make recycling and reducing routine

Jul 11 2014 "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 recycling a part of our everyday life? At... more

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

Jul 7 2014 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 residential break-ins, according to the... more

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

Jun 26 2014 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, sizzling, bursting sounds and the brilliant... more

Take motorcycle safety in a love embrace: 5 tips

Jun 6 2014 "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 reason why motorcycles are so popular in the... more

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

Jun 4 2014 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 at least once in 2013, according to the... more

7 tips for safe grilling

May 16 2014 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 potentially lethal accumulation of carbon... more

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

May 16 2014 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 - yes, billion - hot dogs, according to the... more

9 spring home-maintenance tips

May 1 2014 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 spring to tend to home-maintenance needs... more

Sinkholes typically not covered by homeowners insurance

May 1 2014 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 Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, on the 1200 block... more

5 things you should know about an independent insurance agent

May 1 2014 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 advertisements for the biggest names in... more

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