Seasons Greetings

In observance of Christmas and New Year’s holidays, our office will be closing @ noon (MST) on Thursday, December 24, 2015 and on Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The office will be closed all day on Friday, December 25, 2015 and on Friday, January 1, 2016.

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“May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” from the Long’s Insurance Family – Terri, Cheri, Jim and Deanna

 

 

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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As the rain keeps coming and more water continues to collect we thought we’d share a few facts with you.

  • Did you know that in the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods?
  • Did you know that new land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths?
  • Did you know most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage?
  • Did you know that in most cases it takes 30 days after purchase for a flood insurance policy to take effect?
  • If you live in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or high-risk area and have a Federally backed mortgage, your mortgage lender requires you to have flood insurance.
  • Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars of damage.
  • Anyone can be vulnerable to floods, people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas file nearly 25% of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding.

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Long’s Insurance and it’s employees are proud residents of Frederick and the Carbon Valley area and the 2013 flooding hit close to home. If you have questions about if flood insurance is right for you or your business please call, write or drop in.  We are happy to talk to you today.

April 10th is National Golfers Day

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Yesterday was the Rockies opener but it was also a day to appreciate golf.  In honor of that we thought we share one of our games with you.

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Being insurance professionals we thought we would share some trivia that interested us:

The chance of an average golfer making a hole in one has been calculated with odds of approximately 12,500 to 1.  Professional golfer have a little better chance at 2,500 to 1.  (Insurance actuaries)

Whether you like golf or not it is a great workout.  Assuming the golfer walks rather than rides, a typical golfer weighing about 190 pounds will burn 431 calories an hour in addition to building greater muscle mass. (Health and fitness website ShapeFit.com)

It is almost 70 degrees today…are you sure it’s February?

As we enter into the month of love with record high temperatures Longs Insurance wants to remind you that while it might be hot for this time of year there is still plenty of winter fun to be had.

While today is the last day of The Steamboat Winter Carnival there are plenty more events planned for people who enjoy winter in the mountains. http://www.steamboat-chamber.com/info/events/sbcccalendarevent.winter.carnival.item.asp

If you haven’t had a chance to throw on your ice skates this winter there is still time.  Enjoy the excitement of the city while gliding with your friends around the ice rink.    http://www.downtowndenver.com/southwest-rink-at-skyline-park/rink-hours

If ice palaces are more your speed then don’t slow down, head on up to Cripple Creek Colorado for the Ice Festival coming up next weekend.   http://www.visitcripplecreek.com/events/cripple-creek-ice-festival-february-13-15-21-22-2015

And for those of you who are less traditional in your Valentines Day activities there are plenty of great ways to spend this special day.  For the runners among us, nothing really says I love you like a 5 or 10K.  The course of love is a local favorite, check out all the runs going on at:  http://www.coloradorunnermag.com/colorado-running-event-calendar/

If the only heat you are looking for on the 14th is from a piping hot bowl of gumbo then you are all set with a short trip to Manitou Springs for the Mumbo Gumbo cook-off.  http://manitousprings.org/events/

Whatever you choose to do, be safe and enjoy the unseasonable weather and this fantastic state!!!

In my next life I want to be a cork

C & J
We had the opportunity to go to a wine tasting in Larimer Square. During the Valentines Day season does anything say love more completely than a nice bottle of wine?
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“Age appears to be the best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” – Francis Bacon

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Here is to good food pairings….

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new friends…
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and old ones!

Road Trip!!!!

“As we crossed the Colorado-Utah border I saw God in the sky in the form of huge gold sunburning clouds above the desert that seemed to point a finger at me and say, “Pass here and go on, you’re on the road to heaven.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road

 

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I think it only takes one trip to Colorado to catch the bug and like most people who are from this area we can’t wait for the weekends to get out and experience all of the beauty that Colorado has to offer. In about an hours drive we can be in parts unknown and like Kerouac bite off our little piece of heaven.
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The Jamestown Mercantile Co Café is the place where people come to gather. We enjoyed the outrageously good food, friendly people and wonderful music. If you are ever close to this fun little place it is worth the drive to check it out
 
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While out taking a break in the fresh air sitting by James Creek (don’t worry the name wasn’t lost on us either) suddenly we had cell phone service…ah the insurance agents job is never done.

Steering in the right direction

If you remember our blog back on August 19th about our shared purchase of a prize steer at the 2014 Boulder County Fair Junior Livestock sale to support to support 4-H and FFA youths in their future endeavors.  The added bonus of buying a steer was the ability to help out Carbon Valley Meals on Wheels (MOW) and provide fresh quality meat to folks who are homebound and may not be able to shop and prepare nourishing meals for themselves.

We wanted to share this photo of the cuts of meat being dropped off at MOW for distribution.

Off to the Rodeo

The Stock Show in one form or another has been present in Denver since 1899.  We can’t say we have been attending it for that long but nevertheless it has become a tradition in our family.  A rodeo uniquely an American invention has its origins in the daily chores of cattle and ranching.  Today it has widely become a sporting event which is televised creating world famous cowboys and cowgirls.

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There are few things at the Rodeo so entertaining as the clowns.  Rodeo Clowns date back to the 1900’s providing both distraction and protection for bull riders sometimes known as bullfighters as well as comic relief and entertainment for the crowd sometimes know as barrelmen.

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How fun it is to see the lights of the Rodeo and to live in a state that has such wonderful diversity to support all varieties of sporting activities.  http://www.nationalwesterncomplex.com/default.aspx

Here we are at the Rodeo

Next stop: Professional Bull Riders World Finals in Las Vegas…well we can dream can’t we?

http://www.pbrworldfinals.com/

Miner’s Day is coming

Jim and Cheri take a break at last years Miner's Day in Frederick, Colorado
Jim and Cheri at last years Miner’s Day in Frederick, Colorado

Pictured above, Jim and Cheri take a well deserved break from volunteering at last year’s Miner’s Day Community Celebration.  In 1930 Weld County had 14 of the 318 coal mines in located here in the state.  While this represented only about 4.5% of the mines they managed to produce nearly 25% of all the coal mined in Colorado.  Frederick was founded in 1907 as a mining town.  Although the last mine closed in the 50’s the town has held onto its proud history and in 2003 Frederick hosted the first Annual Miners Day celebration.  The preparation for this year’s event began as soon as the last one ended and Long’s Insurance Agency has been heavily involved in the planning and is proud to support the city that supports us. This daylong event offers live music, dancing, a parade, a car show, exhibitors, history, food, contests, fireworks and lots of family fun. Come and join us this year at James M. Crist Park 105 5th St. Frederick, CO 80530 on September 20th for the 12th Annual Miners Day celebration.  We look forward to seeing you there!!