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Common Insurance Myths

Editor’s note: A recent study by InsuranceQuotes.com showed that many people have misconceptions about their insurance coverage. For example, most incorrectly believe that comprehensive auto coverage covers car damage from a collision, and many still believe insurance for a red car is higher. … read more

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peaches
In the Market Now

The Versatile Peaches

In the early ’70s, my husband’s job took us to Yuba City, California, which lies at the confluence of the Yuba and Feather rivers. The region is a lush growing area for almonds, walnuts and peaches. Our next-door neighbor’s mother grew several varieties … read more

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Call Before You Dig 811

Save Lives and Money by Calling 811 to Locate Utility Lines for Free

Did you know that if you plan to dig into the ground, it’s the law to call 811? Whether you’re looking to install a fence or mailbox, build a deck, plant a tree or start any other project below the surface, calling 811 … read more

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Heronswood Gardens

Heronswood to Host Summer Nights in the Garden

Heronswood Garden is launching Summer Nights in the Garden, a new concert series that will feature musicians playing against the backdrop of one of the world’s most acclaimed botanical garden. The series kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. … read more

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5 Steps to Prep for Buying a Home

For many Americans, making the jump to buying that first house is a significant achievement that allows them to put their mark on their own space, while creating room for family and pets. But how do you know you’re ready? Americans see home-ownership … read more

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5 Tips for Managing Your Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt is a fact of life for many college graduates and their parents, with borrowers owing approximately $1.6 trillion in federal and private student loans in 2019. While some graduates easily repay their loans, others struggle to manage their debt. Nearly … read more

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Classic Smoked Beef Brisket

Smoking Basics for Mastering the Art of Delectable Beef

Summer weekends are all about the barbecue. Grilling has become an American staple, and many home grill masters yearn to take it to the next level, impressing their friends and families with tasty, mouthwatering smoked beef. Smoking is a timeless technique that elevates … read more

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crab salad

Put a Twist on Your Next Picnic with a Crab Salad

From the trees to the breeze, picnics are a fun way your family can soak up the sunshine while enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal together. “Picnics should be a prescription for health,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and TV host Annessa Chumbley. “They … read more

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