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A refresher on water sport and boating safety

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Boating activity rose significantly during the pandemic, based on increased boat sales, new insurance policies and increased claims and calls for towing assistance. With more people on the water comes more potential for injuries.

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Tips to protect yourself from tax season scams

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Taxpayers, beware of fraudsters out to trick you for your information. The IRS continues to urge Americans to be vigilant to tax return identity theft threats during the pandemic and its aftermath in its annual list of Dirty Dozen Tax Scams.

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Feeling stressed? Go easy on yourself

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Change can add stress to any family routine, but change amid a pandemic can bring stress to a whole new level. Make sure you recognize signs of increased tension and address it before it impacts your life or health.

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Back to school: Some things don’t change

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Continued effects of the coronavirus pandemic seem to assure that this will be a back-to-school season like no other. While every community and school district is likely to have its own protocols to cope with the threat of COVID-19, other experiences are universal and unchanging. Review our blog posts from prior years for safety and insurance tips that are especially important as school resumes.

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International travel is back, but extra steps needed

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International travel is once again a possibility for many people. While it is always exciting to visit new countries, you must heed some key tips before visiting, and the global pandemic has added to the list.

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Contractors caught in post-COVID volatility

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Whether you are a homeowner building a deck or a commercial contractor building multimillion-dollar projects, the soaring costs of construction materials is not new news. Even as lumber prices begin to retreat, what might be surprising is the length of time it might take for prices to stabilize overall or at least become more predictable.

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The Three Little Pigs and the price of a stick house

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Growing up, I loved reading the tale of “The Three Little Pigs,” never thinking much of how the story could ever relate to my adult life. As an occupational hazard, I often think now of the second little pig: “How is he going to rebuild his house of sticks that the wolf blew down?”

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