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Insurance News / 09.06.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] As proud bi-peds in a quadra-ped world, our the feet bear the unusual burden of our entire weight yet allow us to walk, hop, skip, jump and run through life. It’s one of the reasons we need to take care of these two complicated appendages and prevent illnesses and injuries that can disable them. So, let’s take a look at foot pain and how to prevent it. We seldom think about our feet except when they are protesting about...

Insurance News / 30.05.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] “Dopey bit someone?!?” Even though he may usually be gentle, that big, slobbering four-legged goofball of a dog actually might have had a bad day, been provoked or had some other reason to sink his teeth into someone’s hand, arm or leg. More than a third of all homeowner’s liability claims are due to dog bites according to the Insurance Information Institute. About one of every six bites requires medical attention. Though the probability of a bite is...

Insurance News / 19.05.2014

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Insurance News / 12.05.2014

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Insurance News / 05.05.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] During my brother’s respectable forty one years as a Maine banker, he weighed the odds of making loans. He did his home work on the risks facing businesses of every kind, understood the data and researched not just the trends of the industry, he evaluated the financials and track record of prospective borrowers. He made educated decisions before committing the bank’s money. Somewhere along the way, however, this risk-wise sibling became enamored of motorcycles… My brother is highly educated...

Insurance News / 29.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Bikes are back on the road in greater numbers with some of the worst road surface conditions in recent memory due to our hard winter. Swerving around potholes and debris, cyclists and drivers are likely to be in dangerous conflict but the law is on the side of the two-wheelers. That said, everyone wishing to proceed safely on our highways and byways in Maine and New Hampshire need to exercise caution and courtesy. There is nothing more irritating to...

Insurance News / 17.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] It is estimated that in Maine, more than 200,000 people have “some college” education but have not yet attained their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. In New Hampshire, there are approximately 146,000 people in the same boat. Yet, census data says people who have graduated from an institution of higher learning will have lifetime earnings far greater than those who simply have a high school diploma or some college. How much of a difference? The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that...

Insurance News / 15.04.2014

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Insurance News / 08.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The 2014 edition of the Maine Economic Growth Council’s Measures of Growth Report has been released and it’s a mixed bag when looking in the rear view mirror at our economic activity. This report plots movement on 27 indicators of economic and quality-of-life factors. The Growth Council compares data against previous years’ ratings as well as the state’s performance relative to the region and the nation. It also assigns gold stars and red flags to indicate where we ought...

Insurance News / 01.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] An employee, alleging he was fired for being Canadian, took his employer to the Maine Human Rights Commission to contest his dismissal. The case fell flat when the employer produced a file that documented persistent and well-communicated short-comings in the employee’s job performance. The allegation really lost steam, though, when it also was revealed that the employer, himself, was a Canadian. The recent Third Annual Employment Practices briefing, hosted by Pro Search and Clark Insurance, featured Gregg Frame of...

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