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Tips to Keep You Safe When Traveling Abroad

by Kelly Bilodeau 15 May 2015 12:20

Planning a trip to another country? Don't just focus on the sites and scenery during your visit. It's also important to focus on safety.

Every day Americans call and visit U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad looking for help, according to the U.S. State Department.

Following some simple tips like the ones below from the State Department will help ensure you're not one of them.

Pack smart. Skip the expensive jewelry and valuables. Pack as light as possible, and avoid attracting attention to yourself with pricey items. If you do bring valuables, store them securely. Tuck a money belt or bag under your clothes instead of toting a purse or fanny pack.

Get educated. It's important to learn about the laws, traditions and customs of the place you're visiting.

Register your visit. Check in with the U.S. State Department so they can notify you if there's a problem at home or in the country you are visiting. Visit

Looking for a professional to help you plan your trip? The Valley Yellow Pages features online, mobile and print listings for travel agencies to help you find a travel expert in your area.

First Major Gift for Storyland – Playland Kicks-Off Matching Fund-Drive Campaign

by admin 15 May 2015 11:57

(FRESNO, CA.) The new Storyland / Playland board announces its first major donation, thanks to an anonymous donor who is giving $200,000 as a matching gift towards reopening the parks.

The gift carries a challenge for the community to also give $200,000, which would ensure the board has over half of the $850,000 needed to not only bring Storyland / Playland back to life, but create a sustainable future for the parks that the community can be proud of.

The matching fund-drive campaign kicks-off today, May 13, 2015, and will continue until the much needed funds have been raised.  The board hopes to acquire the money as soon as possible to start investing 100% of it back into the park repair, rejuvenate and rebuild attractions, restrooms, landscaping and more.

“We’re extremely appreciative of this generous donation from one of our local community members,” said Scott Miller, chair Storyland / Playland, has been undeniable and our hope the community takes advantage of this amazing opportunity.  We’ve made great strides towards our reopening efforts, but still have a long way to go and every dollar helps us get there that much faster.”

This matching fund-drive marks the second major effort to save Storyland / Playland.  Just last month the Valley Yellow Pages donated the cover of its newest edition to encourage recipients to give by including a return envelope with each directory.  Sin then, Storyland / Playland has received nearly $40,000.00 in donations.

“We couldn’t be happier to have helped kick-start the fundraising efforts for reopening Storyland / Playland,” said Sieg Fischer, chief executive officer of Valley Yellow Pages. It’s important that businesses, organizations and the entire community come together to help save the parks so we ensure they will be around for the kids and families to enjoy for the years to come.”

Thanks to the community’s support, improvements to the parks have already begun.  A local vendor has been selected to begin repairs on the train and the landscaping enhancements are underway.  The board is looking forward to its ongoing outreach efforts, continuing to improve both parks and ultimately, reopening one of the Valley’s most treasured attractions.


For more information and to donate, please visit or call 559 486-0516

Save Money on You Next Flight

by Kelly Bilodeau 15 May 2015 11:07

Looking to catch a flight out of town? Experts say when and how you purchase that airline ticket may influence how much you pay.

Below are some tips to help you save money on airfare so you have more dollars in your pocket when you arrive at your fun-filled destination.

Take your time. Airline prices fluctuate a great deal, even in the course of a day. Expect to spend some time checking prices and doing your research to get the best deal, recommends Fox Business. Insider tip: Set up price alerts daily or weekly so you can snag the best price when it pops up.

Be flexible. If you're willing to move your departure date or even to wait on standby for a flight, you're putting yourself in a good position to save, says USA Today.

Fly late at night or early in the morning. Don't like to fly at these times? Neither does anyone else, which is probably why they're a money-saving choice, according to USA Today.

The Valley Yellow Pages can help plan your trip with listings for airlines, hotels and travel agencies in its online, mobile and print editions.



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