Umbrella Coverage because you do need it

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We are bombarded with messages or ads about Umbrella Coverages. Everyone should have an Umbrella Coverage because you do need it in today’s litigious society. But do we really need it? The answer might surprise you. Most of us have a basic understanding of what an Umbrella Policy is and most of us might think we […]

Feeling the Chill

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Winter is usually mild for us in the Skagit Valley and Anacortes. We watch from a distance as white covers the hills and the mountains, our temperature ranging in the 40’s. But, occasionally, a little winter cold will come down from the Frazier river, plunging the temperature into the 30’s or below, bringing biting cold […]

How to stay safe this Holiday Season

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It’s cold outside. Tis the season for temperatures to drop and for the space heaters to warm our toes. “The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that more than 20,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of room (space) heaters.” Our friends at Travelers has some advice on how to be safe […]

Today’s consumers are losing touch, the human touch.

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You can buy just about anything online today. It is convenient, usually costs less, and sometimes, but not always, painless. One thing you cannot buy online is the personal touch (customer service) based on a mutually beneficial relationship between the company and the customer. Sure you can ‘call’ some online businesses and actually ‘talk’ to […]

Experiencing Summer in Anacortes

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We are finally experiencing summer in the Pacific Northwest and Anacortes. Summer temperatures have finally hit the summer heatwave, though we are still cooler than others in the U.S. Summer means vacations, picnics, visit to the beach, playing on the water, BBQing on the deck, and just chilling. Here are some reminders for keeping it safe […]

Maneuvering through a Roundabout

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It seems that roundabouts are all the rage, even here in Anacortes and Skagit County. The state recently completed a two-lane roundabout on Highway 20 at Sharpes Corner. They also installed one at Gibraltar Road on Highway 20. Add this to the roundabout at Commercial Ave, just as you turn into Anacortes. In town, the city […]

Preparing for Summer

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The last couple of weeks have been sunny and glorious, reminding us it is almost summer. We find ourselves outside more and gearing up for summer fun. Here are some activities and things to think about as you head into the summer season. 1. Most of us in the Pacific Northwest do not have swimming pools, but […]

Distracted Driving – It’s Not Just a Law

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Distracted Driving–you hear this term all the time. You see it on the roads. And Washington State passed a law against it. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert your attention away from the main task of driving, according to Travelers Insurance. In this article Travelers talks about it being dangerous and yet still […]

Getting Ready for Boating Season? Some advice in being prepared.

Boating season is fast approaching and boaters are ready to hit the high seas. But, before you do, prepare your boat for its first voyage. Travelers has some advice in this article on what to do to prepare for boating season. Our friends at Travelers Insurance have some great advice in this article, Emergency Preparedness Tips […]

What to Watch for In this Digital Age

Our lives revolve around passwords, electronic devices, email accounts, Social Media, etc. Privacy is an issue, identity theft is an issue, electronic crashes and failure is an issue. Today, more than ever, we need to be vigilant and pay attention to what is going on. Here are a few articles to help: From the FTC […]