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  • Our Summer 2018 Charity of the Quarter!

    Summer in the San Juan Islands is rich with historical significance – from our small-town 4th of July to the infamous Pig War. What better way to celebrate than by selecting the San Juan Historical Society and Museum as our Summer Charity of the Quarter? Founded in 1961, the Historical Society and Museum has been […]

    July 2, 2018

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    Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

    If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water — especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of course. But, when you’re boating after dark, you need to think about staying safe, even as you […]

    June 28, 2018

  • Understanding Auto Glass Coverage

    It happens when you least expect it – the sudden CRACK of a rock ricocheting off of your windshield. Whether it’s a fixable chip or a crack that spreads from end to end, it usually means a trip to the auto glass shop, which can cost hundreds of dollars. If you’ve got the minimum required […]

    June 21, 2018

  • Why Renter’s Insurance is a No-Brainer

    If you’re someone who rents – as over a third of the population nationwide does – it’s important to consider what safety measures you have in place if something goes wrong. Say, for example, that a fire severely damages your apartment building. The owner of the building has insurance on the building and will be […]

    June 18, 2018

  • When Travel Unravels

    Imagine: you’ve been planning and saving for a family trip to Disneyland for years. You’ve purchased nonrefundable plane tickets, prepaid for the hotel room, and placed all the required deposits – you’re already thousands of dollars in. Two days before you’re supposed to leave, the flu strikes your household. What do you do? Well, if […]

    June 8, 2018

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    Facts and History Behind Father’s Day

    It’s a bit of a tradition for many fathers to go on and on about the knowledge they’ve gained over the years, whether it’s about history, family stories, financial wisdom, or just plain random facts — like how that building over there used to be the old hardware store. This isn’t a bad thing, of […]

    June 7, 2018

  • Who Will Decide? Advance Directives for Health Care

    It’s never fun to think about, but people get sick and injured – and even the healthiest of us will one day need to consider end-of-life medical decisions. In the event that you are unable to make these decisions for yourself, who will make them for you? Advance directives for health care give specific instructions […]

    May 25, 2018

  • Summer Driving Tips

    Summer’s almost here. The sun will come out of hiding, and people will, too. As crowds swell at the beach, in parks, and even on roadways, it all makes for some challenging driving conditions. More people are out and about, whether on foot, bike, or skateboard, or by car, motorcycle, or RV, increasing the risk […]

    May 24, 2018

  • Tornados and Driving Safety

    What to Do If You’re Caught in Your Car During a Tornado Tornadoes are the most violent storms anywhere, and about 1,200 touch ground in the United States every year, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). They’re as unpredictable as they are violent, most often occurring in the early spring on the Gulf Coast, […]

    May 11, 2018

  • How Would Your Insurance Stand up to a Volcano?

    In light of the recent eruption of Kilauea in the Hawaiian Islands, many people have started reconsidering the threat of a volcanic eruption in Washington. Volcanoes may seem like such a far-off hazard, but did you know that Western Washington has five active volcanoes? That’s one quarter of all active volcanoes in the continental U.S.! […]

    May 10, 2018