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May 2005 - Get Help From A Professional
Hiring a financial planner, attorney or home contractor can be daunting. Be prepared to do some research before you make a decision. A little time up front can save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run.

April 2005 - Final Wishes (Part 2)
This focus takes a look at how those of us who are close to the dying individual can prepare ourselves to take part in their discussion, and we'll consider the issues that loved ones will face after the passing.

April 2005 - Final Wishes (Part 1)
Death is a natural a part of life. Most of us find that the sorrow of saying goodbye to loved ones, prevents us from discussing our final wishes. This guide will give you items to consider before you sit down with your loved ones.

March 2005 - Caring for Your Pet
Every animal requires proper care and pet owners should be aware of any issues that relate to their specific animal. Keep in mind that a little preventive care can go a long way to maintaining your pet’s health.

February 2005 - How to File A Consumer Complaint
When you have a problem with something you purchased, it is often a daunting task to find out who to contact to report and resolve the problem. But, filing a complaint doesn't have to be intimidating; you simply need to know where to go. This guide will direct you to the resources for dealing with consumer complaints, and give you some helpful tips to help you along the way.

January 2005 - What Men Should Know About Cancer (Part 2)
In Part 1, FCIC discussed things you can do to improve your chances of avoiding heart disease. In this edition, we're discussing the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and other cancers that have high mortality rates among American males.

January 2005 - Men's Health (Part 1)
Affecting nearly 30% of the population, heart disease is the leading cause of death of American males. Cancer accounts for about an additional 25 percent. FCIC has gathered some helpful tips and resources to inspire and inform you. We’ll talk about heart disease in this edition.

December 2004 - Surviving the Holidays
There’s so much to do at this time of year – shopping, mailing cards and gifts, cooking, baking, decorating, and more. Check out these quick tips from FCIC to help you during the holiday season.

November 2004 - Heating Your Home (Part 2)
Read these tips to learn how insulation, weatherization, and use of Energy Star products can save you money. We also have advice what to do if you are having trouble paying your energy bill.

November 2004 - Purchasing Appliances (Part 1)
Purchasing home appliances can be mind boggling. With all the different manufacturers, models, and features offered, it's hard to know where to start. And since appliances account for 20% of your home's gas or electric bill, you have to consider energy efficiency as well. Before purchasing water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, or cooking appliances, read these tips from FCIC.

October 2004 - Democracy in America (Part 2)
The nightly news is filled with stories about the election season. People and parties, programs and promises are being discussed by all of the candidates. FCIC helps you look forward to the election by reviewing the branches of the government and our election process itself.

October 2004 - Democracy in America (Part 1)
Anyone who turns on the TV knows that there are elections coming up this November. So we decided to look back on who we are as Americans, and put together easy facts and useful information for anyone who uses this election season as an opportunity to talk to children about our country.

September 2004 - Tips for Avoiding Food Allergies (Part 2)
Eight percent of children in the U.S. are estimated to be affected by food allergies, along with up to 2% of adults. The eight most common food allergens – milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish – cause more than 90 percent of all food allergic reactions. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

September 2004 - The Basics of Food Allergies (Part 1)
Allergies affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Fresh flowers or a dog can make people itch, sneeze and scratch. But what about that peanut butter sandwich, glass of milk or fish fillet? Learn more about food allergies and steps you can take to reduce your risk of food allergens.

August 2004 - Money and Credit 101 (Part 2)
College students often find themselves in over their heads with credit card debt, or in situations where they’ve been scammed out of money. Avoid these traps by following the advice from FCIC when you “shop” for credit cards, apartments, financial aid, and travel opportunities.

August 2004 - Safety for College Students (Part 1)
Heading off to college this month or next? These tips from the FCIC will help you be safe on campus, as well as in the dorms. We also have safety tips if you plan to study abroad.

July 2004 - Water Safety For Water Craft (Part 2)
For some people, water-craft is where the action really is! You gain the feeling of wind grabbing your sails or propellers shooting you across the waves. Since controlling a water craft compounds the risks and dangers, use the following information to stay safe.

June 2004 - Water Safety For Swimmers (Part 1)
Swimming can be a great way to have fun while getting full body exercise. But, you always have to remember that each year between 4,000 and 6,000 people drown in the United States. Since tragic water accidents happen quickly, we have come up with the following information to help everyone have a safe and fun summer.

April 2004 - Hiring A Mover (Part 2)
Research tells us that moving is usually one of the most stressful events in a person's life. But with planning and care, you can make your move a lot less stressful. Here are some great tips for hiring a moving company.

April 2004 - Moving (Part 1)
There are so many things to do when you are moving. You need to let everyone know your new address, gather boxes, get rid of items - just to name a few. FCIC has lots of helpful tips to make your move easier.

March 2004 - Summer Camp Just Isn't Right for Everyone (Part 2)
Since we know that summer camps aren't for every child, here are some other activities available to keep children busy and help them grow as individuals.

March 2004 - Choosing a Summer Camp (Part 1)
It is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the kids are getting happier, that must mean school is almost out! We at the FCIC have already been thinking about how kids spend those long summer days, and have come up with this handy dandy guide to choosing a summer camp.

February 2004 - Accessing Local Services and Information Using the Internet
If you're prone to putting things off, then the growing prevalence of the Internet is good news for you. Many states and localities offer speedy and convenient access to services and information online, saving you time and money.

January 2004 - Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious disease characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production or insulin action. It is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetes affects over 18 million people.

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