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Tips for getting the most from your vehicle tires

A tire’s tread depth significantly affects driving safety. In fact, to ensure a vehicle drives safely, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommends a tire be replaced once its tread depth reaches 2/32nds of an inch. Winter tires should be replaced even sooner. Worn tires cause more than just headaches for drivers. Less tread means longer braking distances and […]

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Stop drafts, save money and improve your home

Can you imagine keeping your windows open all winter long? The heat loss, cold drafts and all that money spent on wasted energy would be staggering. But if your home has folding pull-down attic stairs, a whole-house fan, a fireplace or clothes dryer, you may be doing the equivalent of leaving the windows open every day. Drafts from these often […]

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Seniors: Eight steps to feeling more self-assured

Virtually everyone struggles with a lack of self-confidence at some point in their lives and it’s perfectly normal to feel unsure of yourself in certain situations. However, if you find a lack of confidence is holding you back from fully enjoying your personal life, or achieving your professional goals, it may be time to take action. “There are actually steps […]

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Six ways to save money on your next car

by Nathaniel Sillin Practical Money Matters Looking for an eco-friendly subcompact or the thrills that come with a sports car? Perhaps the practicality of a sedan or a spacious SUV better fits your needs? No matter what type of vehicle is calling your name, planning your purchase can help you save as much money as possible. Consider these six savings […]

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There’s lots companionship in senior pets

Every day, in shelters all across the country, senior animals are passed over by prospective pet owners. Why? Some people are looking for the energy of a new puppy or feel older dogs offer families too little time. But the truth is, providing a new home for an older animal may bring you a level of companionship you never imagined. […]

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Planning a move? Six tips for a stress-free time

Does the prospect of moving have you buzzing with excitement? Or are you left with worries about packing and clutter? This moving season, an estimated 40 million Americans will move or relocate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Whether you’re moving by yourself or uprooting your entire family, moving presents a number of stress-causing challenges. Staying organized and planning ahead […]

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At 94, senior swimmer still strong in the water

At 94, senior swimmer still strong in the water

Jean Beauchamp, 94, has been one of the regular early morning swimmers at the Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center all summer. A swimmer since age 6, Beauchamp says she enjoys exercising in the pool. Most weeks this summer, one will see regulars at the Hills­boro Family Aquatic Center for an early morning swim. “I have probably six regulars that swim every […]

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Talking to your kids when hard times hit

by Nathaniel Sillin Practical Money Skills Kids are surprisingly resilient in the face of a crisis. But even so, serious family money troubles can potentially affect a young person’s home life, education and outlook on money management down the road. While my wife and I don’t have kids, children under the age of 10 who are particularly mature—and particularly observant—often […]

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Tiny living means normal living for this couple

Tiny living means normal living for this couple

Kyle and Danae Schmidt live in their customized tiny house located on a farmstead near Marion Reservoir. “One of the plusses for us is—and we’ve heard this before as we were building and we’ve found it to be true—that our house draws us outside and invites us inside,” Danae said. Kyle and Danae Schmidt have found that living in the […]

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Protect yourself from overexposure to the summer sun

I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include: hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat. While none of these possibilities is pleasant to contemplate, the […]

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