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5 ways to save this week

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51 percent off beginners online photography class (through July 5)

52 percent off paintball at Mount Gilead (through July 6)

70 percent off waterproof IPad case (through July 6)

60 percent off roller-skating at Grove City (through July 6)

$20 in food in $10 at Dempsey’s Restaurant in Columbus (through July 8)

Taylor shares insurance claim tips to help those impacted by severe weather

Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is advising Ohioans impacted by recent severe weather on how they should attend to damaged property and offered tips on the insurance claim filing process. Taylor also cautioned residents to beware of fraudulent contractors trying to take advantage of people in need of property repairs.

“We want to provide information to help those impacted understand the insurance claim filing process so they can get their lives back in order,” Taylor said. “Most homeowners and business insurance policies provide coverage for repairing damage caused by a windstorm, hail and tornado after the applicable deductibles are met and up to certain dollar amounts. Your agent or insurance company can help you understand the particulars of your policy while Department staff are available to help consumers experiencing problems with their claims.”

She added that protection for vehicles against damage caused by windstorm, hail and tornado is provided through an auto policy’s “other than collision” or “comprehensive” coverage. The Department has created a Severe Storm Recovery Toolkit under the Featured Links section on its website, It includes claims filing tips, FAQs about windstorms and insurance, and tips on how to avoid a deceitful contractor.

Taylor said that if you have suffered damage from a storm, you should:
• Call your insurance agent or company as soon as you can.
• Be sure your agent knows how to contact you, especially if you have to move out of your home.
• Take reasonable steps to prevent additional damage if permitted by public safety authorities and if you will not endanger yourself.
• Closely inspect property and cars for damage. Note and photograph any damage.
• If required to seek temporary housing, check your policy for “loss of use” coverage.
• Be sure everything is considered in your claim.
• Back up claims with written estimates.
Taylor offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim of contractor fraud:
• Obtain a list of reputable contractors from your insurance carrier, the Better Business Bureau or a specialized consumer organization.
• Contact multiple contractors and obtain more than one estimate.
• Do not allow a contractor to inspect your property when you are not home.
• If you give a contractor permission to inspect your property, personally watch them conduct the inspection.
• Obtain, in writing, the terms and conditions of the project.
• Avoid signing a contract until the document is reviewed fully and/or discuss the terms of the contract with a legal representative or a trusted adviser.
• Pay the contractor by check or credit card, rather than in cash, and do not pay in full until all work has been finished.

5 ways to save money this week

We’re running a new feature on Wednesdays which features money-saving deals each week.

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– Royal Canin is offering a $10 Rebate during the month of June on any bag of Veterinary Care Nutrition Diets. Go to:, fill out the rebate form and mail it in along with the UPC code from the package and a copy of your receipt.

Any season of MASH DVDs for $9.99 (expires June 30)

Save Over 60% on a Custom iPhone 4 Slider Case (expires June 28)

$11 for 4 mini-golf rounds and 6 batting cage tokens at Westerville Mini Golf and Batting Cages (expires June 29)

$10 off $20 order at Buca Di Beppo (expires July 15)

5 ways you can save money this week

We’re running a new feature typically on Wednesdays which features money-saving deals each week.

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50 percent off pizza at Bucci’s Pizzeria in Hilliard

50 percent off Fujiyama Steak House of Japan in Columbus (deal expires June 23)

Scanning and storage of 200 photos for $19 at Photobin in Columbus (expires 6/23)

$6 Spaghetti on June 26 at Spaghetti Warehouse

56 percent off any day grounds tickets to Bridgestone Invitational in Akron (expires 6/27)

Woman of Faith back with larger tour

Women of Faith, the nation’s largest live event for women, will unveil its most transformational tour yet: “Celebrate What Matters.”

The cross-country tour will highlight some never-before-seen elements including a live worship band, a new state-of-the art stage and live ballet, among others.

This revitalized experience features a 4-month, 23-city North American tour launching on Aug. 3 in Columbus with a diverse line up of 27 well-known speakers, authors, musicians and performers spread throughout.

To find a city hosting “Celebrate What Matters 2012” or for more information about the event, go to

THE CHOIR TO CLOSE CORNERSTONE – The Choir is set to play the final day of the Cornerstone Festival on July 7 at Bushnell Campground outside of Chicago, Ill. The Cornerstone Festival began in 1984, and The Choir had the honor to play at that very first festival to a crowd of 5,000.

“Cornerstone Festival is honored to be sharing our final event with a wonderful band like The Choir,” shares Cornerstone Festival Director, Scott Stahnke. “From our first event in 1984 to our last event in 2012, it has been a joy to have them bring their remarkable music to the Cornerstone stage year after year.”

Derri Daugherty, Steve Hindalong, Dan Michaels and Tim Chandler, otherwise known as The Choir, look back over their three decades together as a band and remember how much the Cornerstone Festival has impacted them. Michaels says, “The Choir was the first band to play on the first day of the very first Cornerstone. It is so meaningful to us that we were invited to play the last one.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tuesday’s View From The Pugh column features national pop culture notes with a focus on faith items. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Nationwide Children’s Hospital plans community day Sunday

Nationwide Children’s Hospital will host a Community Celebration Day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10.

The hospital is located at the corner of Livingston and Parsons Avenues in Columbus.

The day will feature hospital tours, interactive activities, storytelling, COSI science kiosks, “Touch a Truck” and animal visitors from the Columbus Zoo.

GET READY FOR SUMMER – With Ohioans eager to enjoy the summertime weather, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is encouraging people to conduct an insurance review of their summertime activities to help prevent against a financial setback if an unfortunate incident were to occur.

“Summer in Ohio is about enjoying all of the great outdoor activities our state has to offer,” Taylor said. “As you plan your summertime activities, you should take time to make sure your insurance needs are met with the policies you currently have.”

Taylor said it is important to talk with your agent and let them know about any lifestyle changes you may have experienced and whether or not your coverage is adequate for your summertime plans.

ASHLAND PLANS PHOTO CONTEST – The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University is hosting a call for entries for a regional juried exhibition of photographs, both traditional and digital, that will be featured in an exhibition titled “Ashland – New Photography.”

The exhibition will feature two categories: photographs taken by artists 18 and over plus a special category for young artists 17 years and younger. Cash awards will be given to Best in Show in each category as well as two honorable mentions.

The exhibition is only open to artists residing in Ashland County. A maximum of two entries for $15 are allowed per artist 18 years and older, while the entry fee is waived for younger artists.

All work must be original art conceived and executed solely by the artist within the last two years. All artwork must be matted and framed properly and work previously exhibited at the Coburn Gallery is not eligible. Entries will be juried from the actual artworks.

The delivery of entries will be on Tuesday, June 19, from 12 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, June 20, from 12 to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs from June 29 through July 31, 2012. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. with the awards announced at 6:30 p.m. Declined artworks may be picked up on Friday, June 22, from 12 to 4 p.m.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday’s View From The Pugh column features upcoming local events. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Five ways to save money this week

We’re running a new feature Wednesdays which features money-saving deals each week.

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Here are deals we found:

2012 Entertainment books for $5 with renewal membership

Free bowling for kids at AMF Lanes

60 percent off four tickets to 40th annual Greek Festival in Columbus

Advertise your business for $5 per month

Eight-pack of AA industrial batteries for $5.24

Kids raise $50,000 for charity at local event

Various elementary and middle school students through Central Ohio made a gallant effort Sunday morning in Genoa Park in Columbus in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for longest penny chain.

“We wanted to do something to show the community what Columbus is capable of and what these kids are capable of,” See Kids Dream Executive Director Bill Grindle told a local reporter. “So this event is really about showing off what these kids have done.”

And although the kids finished a little short in their attempt to break the record, they raised about $50,000 to support local charitable causes.

The event featured over 1,500 students from 47 Central Ohio schools who placed an estimated 6 million pennies in a trail at the park.

PFR IS BACK – On the 20th anniversary of its Grammy-nominated album debut, Pray For Rain, on Sparrow Records, Dove Award-winning Christian rock band PFR has reunited and is prepping for the 12 in 2012…And Beyond Tour, their first national tour since 1997.

Concerts will take the band to Portland, Ore., Kansas City, Nashville, Indianapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and the Arizona cities of Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff. For the tour, the legendary band has partnered with ChildFund International to encourage sponsorship of special needs children throughout the world.

PFR chose to work with ChildFund, in part, because of bass player and vocalist Patrick Andrew’s personal story as the father of two special needs children. Because ChildFund utilizes a unique organizational structure, there is only one donor per child, so each donor is able to build a personal, one-to-one relationship with their sponsored child.

“This is so hard on a family to go through, and we have the best doctors, hospitals and equipment,” explains Andrew, whose youngest son, Samuel, fights an autoimmune disease, and oldest son, Everett, lives with autism. “I can’t imagine what it is like for a family in a less fortunate part of the world to watch their child go through an illness and not be able to make sure that they have the best care. ChildFund has offered us the opportunity to offer sponsorships for special needs kids, and that’s really exciting for me.”

“ChildFund is excited to partner with PFR,” says Anne Lynam Goddard, president & CEO of ChildFund. “This partnership will introduce new audiences to ChildFund’s work in 31 countries and the life-changing impact of sponsorship.”

The new tour is a tribute, the band members say, to their friendships and music of the past two decades.

“It’s been 20 years since we released our very first album, Pray for Rain,” says frontman/guitarist Joel Hanson. “This new tour feels like a really good way to celebrate the music and the bond that has held us and our fans together all these years.”

“We’ve had this conversation about touring again for several years,” adds drummer Mark Nash. “Occasionally we’ve gotten together to do a show. We’re still really good friends, and when we are on stage that same chemistry and energy is still there.”

10 money-saving deals this week

Starting today, we’re running a new feature Wednesdays which features 10 money-saving deals each week.

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A special thanks goes out to Shayla Collins for her help this week.

Here are deals we found:

$49 for refurbished Kindle

Advertise your business/work for as low as $4.95 per month

$4 for a one-year ESPN subscription

$5 with a purchase of $25 or more from Dollar General on Saturday

Save $1 on any Hawaiian Tropic Skin Care product (excluding lip balm)

Get $1 off next Banana Boat skin care purchase (need to take quiz first)

50 cents off tubs of Cool Whip (must like Facebook page)

Breyer’s Blasts Ice cream coupon

Popsicle coupon

$30 for the Ohio State Buckeyehead

Job of the week: Mortgage Loan Officer at PNC Bank in Columbus

(EDITOR’S NOTE: You can apply for the job here).

As a Loan Originator with PNC Mortgage, you be involved in a variety of initiatives and activities supporting our full-service mortgage company that originates, acquires, markets and services residential loans.

Every day you will be proactively involved in originating quality FHA, VA and conventional mortgage and home equity loans; managing customers through the entire loan process, from data collection and analysis through loan conclusion; and maintaining positive client relationships. You will collect and analyze information regarding customer income, assets, investments and debts to include multifaceted or complex borrowers, presenting the advantages and disadvantages of different financial products to determine the best products to meet the customer’s needs and financial circumstances, as well as managing the customer through the entire loan process by setting expectations, taking applications, and, attend purchase closings, etc.

You will also focus on marketing and promotional strategies, to attract new purchase business, promoting a broad spectrum of mortgage products including but not limited to government, conventional, home equity and additional products within an assigned geographical area. This includes building network and community relations, and aggressively promoting PNC Mortgage to real estate agents, builders, developers, financial planners/CPAs, attorneys and other referral sources.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

– Bachelor’s degree in Business or Communication or two years of loan origination experience
– A thorough understanding of underwriting criteria and guidelines
– Mortgage banking background preferred, with a proven track record of success
– Ability to generate annual production volumes of $10-12+ million
– Public speaking skills with the ability to make presentations
– Ability to education borrowers on loan products and process
– Strong relationship-building skills