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What’s In a Name

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What’s In a Name

When you hear a name, it can bring thoughts and memories to mind.  The memory of a childhood friend or beloved family member.  A name has great power, which is why people are named after someone when they are born, or NOT named after someone. There is a thought process the listener has when a name is spoken.  When you hear “Ross Insurance,” we want you to think “family.” Ross Insurance has been operating as your local independent insurance agency since 1925 and we consider you family.  In fact 3/4 of our staff have...

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Grilling Safety Tips

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Grilling Safety Tips

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and with summer comes plenty of grilling and outdoor barbecues. More than 7,000 people are hurt every year while grilling outside, but you don’t have to be one of them. Use our grilling safety tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe this summer. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home, including the garage, carport, or shed. Take it as far away as you can, based on the size of your yard. Don’t use your grill under a wooden overhang as a flare could lead to a fire on the...

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Preparing for Hurricane Season in Massachusetts

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Preparing for Hurricane Season in Massachusetts

The best time to plan for a hurricane is long before one heads your way. Massachusetts might not have the same issues Florida and other hurricane-prone states do, but we are still at risk of the effects of a hurricane making landfall. Before hurricane season arrives on June 1, make sure you, your family, and your home are ready. Getting Your Home Ready Even in a seemingly minor storm, damage to your home is always a possibility. Hurricanes turn that up several notches. The best way to avoid big claims and bigger damage is to get your home...

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Safe Boating and Beach Safety Week

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Safe Boating and Beach Safety Week

The weather is warming up and summer will be here before we know it. That means more time out at the beach and on the water in your boat. Boating and beach safety should always be a priority so that you, your family, and your friends have a good time that doesn’t end badly. Safe Boating and Beach Safety Week is May 22 through May 29 this year. Use this time to check your boating and beach gear and make sure you know how to keep everyone safe on the water and on shore. Follow our tips to keep everyone safe. Boating Safety No matter what kind...

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What You Need to Know About the Massachusetts Automobile Insurance Plan

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What You Need to Know About the Massachusetts Automobile Insurance Plan

If you’re the average driver who hasn’t been in an accident in years, never worries about your driver’s license being revoked, and can get insurance when you need it, you’re probably not familiar with the Massachusetts Automobile Insurance Plan (MAIP). We hope you never need it. But for drivers who have had a lot of accidents, are labeled high risk, and can’t get insurance, the MAIP is a valuable resource to helping you get back on the road. What is the Massachusetts Automobile Insurance Plan? The MAIP is not an insurance provider. Instead,...

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Save Money When Using Your Air Conditioner

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Save Money When Using Your Air Conditioner

We are headed into the heat and humidity that is known as summer.  Part of that preparation is getting out the window AC units or turning on the Central AC.  You may be someone who doesn’t use the air conditioning at all.  You like the heat and don’t mind sweating on your walk from the living room to the kitchen for a snack.  Hey, that’s fine – for you.  For me, at the first sign of sweating while blow drying my hair (ladies, I know you know the struggle)  is when the air conditioning begins.  I do not like sweating...

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How To Deal With Seasonal Allergies

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How To Deal With Seasonal Allergies

Ah, the cinematic signs of spring.  Birds chirping, trees budding, plants flowering, the distant sound of a lawn mower.  All of these things are sure fire signs that spring, is in fact here.  Makes you want to spend as much time outside as possible, soaking up the sun and smelling the fresh air.  Except you can’t. There are some other signs of spring that are just as iconic – pollen everywhere, dirt being turned up, grass clippings flying through the air, lilacs blooming.  Sounds very earthy huh?  Like it should be amazing?  Well,...

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Distracted Driving: Beyond Just Texting

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Distracted Driving: Beyond Just Texting

We hear a lot of news articles these days about distracted driving.  There are commercials, stories on the news, and posts that circulate on social media all reminding youth and adults alike not to text and drive.  I understand the need of this, in fact I wrote a post about texting and driving where I admit to being distracted by it myself.  It is horrible the number of people that are killed and injured in accidents related to texting and driving. While texting and driving is a horrible distraction, it is not the only thing that can cause...

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Mental Health Days

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Mental Health Days

Have you ever heard someone say they need a “mental health day” before?  If you have, it may not be uncommon in your circle to use this phrase. If you haven’t heard it before, allow me to give you some insight.  To me, if someone is saying they need a mental health day, it means they are about to break.  They are stressed, overwhelmed and on the verge of snapping.  They need a day to do nothing, let their mind be still and decompress. We all have those feelings after a long week, or even day, at work where everyone and their...

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Motorcycles Are Everywhere

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Motorcycles Are Everywhere

Motorcycles Are Everywhere! It would be hard to find someone who hasn’t seen that bumper sticker.  While it may seem like a common sense kind of statement, it is one that is needed!  In warmer parts of the country motorcycles can be out and about all year round, making them more common to see.   Here in Massachusetts, we have from about mid-April through mid-October, depending on weather, to keep our motorcyclists out on the road.  That means we typically go about 5 months or so not really seeing any. Here’s the thing –...

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