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fessionals. This will pre- vent shocks, injuries and potential fires, while en- suring your home is up to building codes if you even- tually plan to sell. Gas Appliance Repairs Properly cutting off or hooking up gas lines can be tricky, so leave gas ap- pliance repairs to the professionals to protect against potential gas leaks and carbon monoxide poi- soning. KnockingDownWalls If you're looking for an open floor plan, think be- fore tearing down walls yourself. Do you know which walls are load-bear- ing and where plumbing or electrical lines are located? Professionals will know how to best navigate the project from start to finish so you stay safe, and your home stays intact. Pest Control Not all pest-control products should be han- dled by the average con- sumer. Keep your family safe by hiring a pest con- trol company to handle toxic substances properly. More renovations safety tips and information on homeowners insurance can be found at www.Erie- Insurance.com. Before taking on your next big project, think about where you can bring in the pros to save time and money in the long run, and keep your family safe and sound. If accidents do occur during the DIY ren- ovation process, be sure to loop in your insurance claims agent to help assess any damage. DIY FROMPAGE1 Being a volunteer fire- fighter Linnet is able to help cut weeds down or mow a lawn when the de- partment runs across in- dividuals who, due to dis- ability or age, cannot do it themselves. "At the time I started doing cleanups and other community service, my business was finally steady enough that I could take the time to do it," Linnet said. "The main thing is I want to teach my grand kids about doing commu- nity service. I always tell people pay what they can afford and if they can't pay anything then it's just com- munity service." In addition to helping those he's referred to and taking his grandsons on trips around town to pick up shopping carts that have strayed from the businesses that own them, Linnet has a special section of the city in the area of East and So- lano streets that he has ad- opted. Once a year, the city mows it down and then he keeps it maintained. "When I first noticed it while I was out walking, three-fourths of the side- walk was covered there," Linnet said. After being involved in cleaning-up the town for several years, he was ex- cited to see a group of res- idents step up to form Pay It Forward, which goes out to local businesses and did clean-up days every so of- ten. Unfortunately, it is now down to just two members who are both hoping some- one will step forward to lead the group and get it re- kindled, he said. Those in- terested in taking over lead- ership can contact him at Linnets@dm-tech.net. "It's never too late for someone to be involved in their community," Linnet said. "It doesn't have to be something big." In addition to getting in- volved in one's community, his advice for life includes doing items on a person's bucket list. For him, that was a 200- mile trip, averaging about 30 miles a day, from Corn- ing to Fort Bragg over seven days that he took starting on June 19, 2014. "Me and my niece always thought it would be neat to ride a bike to the coast," Linnet said. "I didn't do it for my 40th or my 50th so I decided if I'm going to do it, I'm just going to do it. I think it was harder for my wife who was in the chase car." When Linnet was unable to do the trip by bicycle, he opted to travel on foot. Linnet's wife, Lorie, would get up early because that's when he wanted to get started, drive a few miles and stop to wait for him. While he spent seven days walking, the journey did take a total of eight be- cause he had to stop in the middle to rest his feet due to blisters. He put in several months over an entire winter train- ing with daily 5- to 10-mile walks and at least one walk to Black Butte Lake of about 30 miles to test things out since that was about how long he planned to walk each day. "We took 99W down to Williams, Highway 20 over to Ukiah and eventually came out just south of Fort Bragg," Linnet said. "The last stretch was almost 40 miles so I decided to jog it to get it done." Linnet FROM PAGE 1 DAILYNEWSFILEPHOTO Corning Mayor Gary Strack, le , welcomes Dave Linnet, right, to city council in March 2011. DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO Corning City Councilman Dave Linnet, right, scoops horse droppings at the April 28, 2012centennial parade for the Corning Volunteer Fire Department. COURTESY PHOTO Dave Linnet sits in a fire engine at the Clover Fire in 2013. StatePoint Being a great pet parent can be an expensive prop- osition if you aren't care- ful. The discount experts at Dollar General are offer- ing pet care tips for those on a budget. DIY GROOMING Although it may be tempting to drop your pet off at a profes- sional groomer to be bathed and brushed, you can save a fortune by doing it yourself. Set aside a time each week or month to bathe, brush and pamper your pet. You can even get the kids in- volved! Your pet will love the extra attention, and you will love the savings. WATCH WHAT THEY EAT It's important to find a food that works for your pet's dietary needs and falls within your budget. For great deals, consider shopping at a discount re- tailer. For example, Dollar General offers exclusive pet food and treats brands, For- ever Pals and EverPet. Both offer a variety of choices at an affordable price that will make both you and your pet happy. They also carry a 100 percent satisfaction guar- antee, so it's a risk-free trial if you aren't fully satisfied with the products. QUALITY TIME The most important bond between pets and owners is quality time and love. Spending at least a small part of your day exercising and play- ing with your pets means the world to them and is a great stress reliever for you. Plus, it doesn't cost a cent to shower your pet with af- fection! SMART SHOPPING Some- times the cost of owning and caring for a pet can be stressful when trying to bud- get for the rest of your family. Insteadofshoppingforitems like treats, flea and tick med- ication, petshampoo, leashes and collars at a pet-specific store or your veterinarian's office, consider shopping at Dollar General or online at dollargeneral.com,whichhas a variety of merchandise for your pets' needs at afford- able prices. With more than 11,800 stores nationwide, you're likely to find a store nearby. ANIMALS StatePoint Some say shaving is an art, and achieving the per- fect shave requires a com- bination of time-honed skills and quality tools. While your shaving tech- nique has likely improved since your first shave, it doesn't hurt to learn a few tricks of the trade to en- sure you are always getting the best shave possible. Facial hair styles are al- ways changing and groom- ing tools are constantly be- ing updated; but there are a few fundamental tips ev- ery guy should know to get a better shave. Electric Shave Electric shavers have evolved and are now capa- ble of helping men achieve maximum closeness and comfort when shaving. With certain brands in- troducing innovative fea- tures such as sensors that monitor beard density to adjust cutting power, and the ability to use both dry or in the shower, more men are going elec- tric. Panasonic offers a five-blade shaver that fea- tures a powerful 14 000 CPM Linear Motor, LCD display and a built-in pop- up trimmer. If you do use a foil shaver, keep in mind that long term performance is contingent on proper maintenance. Make sure to clean electric razors after every use to ensure your next shave is free of bacteria and mold. Also, don't forget to replace the outer foil and the inner blades about once a year, depending on daily us- age, to maintain a supe- rior cutting performance from your shaver. Once you find yourself press- ing harder to get a decent shave, it is past time to re- place the foil so you don't irritate your skin. To look and feel your best for years to come, consider the Panasonic shaver and Replacement Blades and Foils which are compatible with select Panasonic Men's Shav- ers and available online at http://shop.panasonic. com/. A steady and confident hand and great shaving techniques are just part of the equation. When it comes to a great shave, maintaining your tools and replacing them when necessary are non-nego- tiable. LIVING Men: Tips for a closer, more 'perfect' shave StatePoint Screening for common cancers is widely promoted by many health advocates. However, for adults at av- erage-risk without symp- toms, it's important to be strategic about such test- ing, according to experts, who say that too much screening can be harmful and provide little benefit. "Numerous studies show that patients and many physicians overesti- mate the benefits of can- cer screenings and are un- aware of the harms associ- ated with them," says Dr. Wayne J. Riley, President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the larg- est medical specialty orga- nization and the second- largest physician group in the United States. In a recent paper pub- lished in Annals of Inter- nal Medicine, the ACP is- sued advice for screening average-risk adults with- out symptoms for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. "Smarter screening does not just mean more of it. High value care involves letting patients know about both the benefits and harms of screening, and encour- ages them to get screened at the right time, at the right interval and with the right test," says Riley. Harms of screening in- clude a high rate of false positives and over-diagno- sis, leading to the need for more unnecessary testing, anxiety, and overtreatment of conditions that will never lead to health problems. Evidence shows that some people have contin- ued psychological effects, such as anxiety, prob- lems sleeping, and intru- sive thoughts months after a false positive. Because false positives are so com- mon, the number of people who have these problems is very large, much larger than the number of people who are helped by low value screening. The ACP's High Value Care initiative encourages physicians to implement a health care strategy that fo- cuses on tests or treatments that improve health, avoid harms and eliminate waste- ful practices. To learn more about your risk for common cancers and what tests are right for you, visit hvc. acponline.org/. Shared decision making is important when decid- ing on any kind of screen- ing. Discuss your goals, val- ues, and preferences with your own health care pro- vider before requesting or rejecting a cancer test. "Although screening leads to important benefits for some cancers and some people, it can also lead to significant harms to many more people than those receiving benefits. Deter- mining the right screening strategy is complex, but not impossible," says Riley. HEALTH What everyone should know about screening for common cancers PLEASE RECYCLE THIS NEWSPAPER. CONTRIBUTED Sometimes the cost of owning and caring for a pet can be stressful when trying to budget for the rest of your family. Save money on pet care CONTRIBUTED Shared decision making is important when deciding on any kind of screening. Discuss your goals, values, and preferences with your own health care provider before requesting or rejecting a cancer test. THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015 REDBLUFFDAILYNEWS.COM | SENIORS | 5 C

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