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Celebrate Oktoberfest in Champaign

by Rose Price

Drag out the lederhosen! It's never too early for Oktoberfest, and Destihl in Champaign will begin the party on Saturday afternoon at 4pm.  Champaign Mayor Don Gerard will do the honors by tapping the first keg at 4:30pm. You'll be able to compete in the best dressed and best traditional costume contests, as well as the Stein holding contest. Bavarian cuisine on the menu all day, and you'll enjoy music from the Maria Merkelo Polka Trio, the Peoria Area Accordion Club and the Killborn Alley Blues Band. Destihl is located at 301 North Neil Street in Champaign [map].

Did you know this? Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 and the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in Munich!

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Don't Risk Being Unprepared for Disaster

by Rose Price

It is not something anyone wants to ponder, but the only thing worse than a natural disaster is not being prepared for it.  Not having proper insurance coverage can make a bad situation far worse. Here are some disasters that may require insurance special coverage.

Flood Insurance.  If your house is in a flood-prone area, you may already have flood coverage in your basic homeowners policy. Don’t wait to find out:  Call your agent and make sure. Flood insurance policies are usually inexpensive, unless you are in a flood-prone region.  But even a few inches of standing water in your home can cause enormous damage.

Mine Subsidence.  Sinkholes are rare, and so are the homeowners policies that cover this type of disaster.  More common is minor ground shifting that can damage your foundation and structure. Coverage for this type of damage isn’t expensive at all. You can get coverage for about a hundred dollars a year for a $250,000 home.

Earthquake. Another rarity, but they do happen. You might remember the little quake that shook northern Illinois a couple of years ago.  Typical homeowner policies don’t cover earthquake damage, and it can be expensive. You might also want to read this guide from the Red Cross of Central Illinois!

Tornadoes. Usually a standard part of a homeowners policy, but worth double checking. Tornadoes happen just too often for this not to be a part of your protection. The image above is from a tornado near Secor, Illinois on May of 2004. 

Insurance is vital for preserving the investment you’ve made in your house, furnishing and personal property. If you have questions, talk to your agent, or check out the insurance information website the state of Illinois provides.

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