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The Importance of Social Media for Your Business During COVID-19

It’s no secret that social media is often the first place your customers go to check for updates – whether that be on hours, services, products, or anything else. During this tumultuous time, the importance of social media cannot be understated. Your business needs to be communicating effectively and efficiently to your customers, so you can make the most out of this difficult situation. Communicating Updates The COVID-19 crisis has brought to light a key importance of social media: the ability to communicate with your customers about changes happening within your business. Maybe your processes have changed and you’re acting…

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5 Big Differences Between Rafting on Clear Creek and Upper Colorado River

Are you looking for rapids, thrill, and exhilaration? Are you looking for a slow leisurely float through the wilderness? Here’s a look at the main differences between Clear Creek and Upper Colorado rafting to help you decide which one is better suited for your adventure trip this summer:     A Longer Trip The beginning of Clear Creek beginner rafting is located in Idaho Springs. That makes it a very conveniently located raft location for many people given most places offering rafting are located within 10 minutes of that starting point. But the overall rafting time is also shorter -usually…

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Spotlight Interview: RPM Agency Insurance Brokerage

Below is an extended interview with Michele Robbins, Owner of RPM Insurance Agency Brokerage, from our February 2020 Chamber Newsletter. What type of business form do you have, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation? C-Corp What are the advantages of this form of business ownership? Allows me to have a 401k for employees What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture? Full-service insurance brokerage offering home ins, auto ins, life ins, boat ins, ATV ins, RV ins, motorcycle ins, trailer ins. Do you have employees? How many? 2 but growing to 6 this year What made you choose your current location? Really wanted…

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2020 Honoree Celebration Nominees

Visit the official Honoree Celebration page, linked [HERE] Nonprofit of the Year Nominees Active4All Evergreen Foundation Active4All Evergreen Foundation is the charitable partner of Evergreen Park & Recreation District. The Foundation mobilizes public support and financial resources for recreation activities. They run the Evergreen Lake Plunge. Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity A homeownership program for local, hardworking families in need of a decent and affordable place to live. They build several homes a year with volunteers in spring, summer, and fall. Bootstraps, Inc Since 1945, Bootstraps has served more than 2,000 promising mountain-area students through scholarships and interest free loans.…

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Spotlight Interview: Paul Davis Restoration of the Front Range

Below is an extended interview with Sara Rumrill, the Marketing Manager Paul Davis Restoration of the Front Range from our January 2020 Chamber Newsletter. • What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture? 24/7/365 residential and commercial emergency cleanup and restoration services for disasters of all sizes. Whether it be damage caused by water, fire/smoke, mold or storm, we can help with the cleanup and rebuild. • What made you choose your current location? Centrally located to quickly and efficiently respond to emergencies throughout our primary service areas of Jefferson, Boulder and Denver counties, including. • What inspired you to get…

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2020 Tips: Branding is Key!

You heard Betsy. In a recent Chamber newsletter, she wrote, “January is the perfect time to work on updating your marketing materials. Brush-up your website, get creative with promotional products, and restock your business cards or brochures!” It just so happens, we’re here for all of that. Wander Unlimited specializes in all areas of creative marketing, branding, and promotion, and we know what a difference this attention to detail can make for a business. Branding is key. It isn’t just about creating a new flyer for January, rather designing a piece of marketing that tells the story you put out…

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Skate the Lake FAQ

Skate the Lake 2019 (revised 12.19.19) Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs Q: Is Skate the Lake cancelled? A: No! There is no skating on Evergreen Lake, butNew Year’s Eve still happens and so does our New Year’s Eve Festival. It is just different. It will be a GIANT Street Party with Fireworks at 8. Q: Will there be skating at Skate the Lake? A: No. The Evergreen Lake is closed for skating and will not open until mid January. Q: Why is the Skate the Lake still being called Skate the Lake if there is no skating? A: Since this…

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Why is there no Skating? Staying Safe on New Year’s Eve

A letter concerning Skate the Lake New Year’s Eve Festival, Written by Skate the Lake Event Manager Jackie Mohr.  Hey folks! I am the Skate The Lake New Years Eve Festival Event Manager. As many of you have already heard, the lake is closed for skating at this time. This is my 15th year planning this iconic Evergreen tradition and then add a few more years that I attended as a volunteer and patron! I’ve seen it all over the years. I was there when it was cancelled in 2005 due to a slushy surface on top of 14″ of…

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2019 Sparkle & Shine Annual Business Award Nominess

Business of the Year Award Nominees: Any successful business who is an Evergreen Chamber member that demonstrates a positive impact on the community. Last year’s winner was Anderson Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance. AlphaPixel Reach AlphaPixel Reach specializes in helping businesses reach more potential clients. They achieve this through the use of a variety of media including websites, social media, eBlasts and newsletters. Buffalo Park Dentistry Buffalo Park Dentistry provides comprehensive family and cosmetic dental care in a welcoming, comfortable, private practice environment. They believe in advancing the health of their patients and supporting their community. Evergreen Dental Group Evergreen Dental…

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2017 Sparkle & Shine Business of the Year award Nominees

Congratulations to all of our 2017 Sparkle & Shine Business of the Year Award Nominees! Here is some information about each outstanding business. Alpen Way Chalet Mountain Lodge People’s Choice Business of the Year Award The Alpen Way Chalet is a family-owned & operated Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of Evergreen, Colorado. It is a short, 10-minute walk to downtown or Evergreen lake, 30 mins from Denver & less than an hour from DIA. “This business has worked hard to make their B&B lovely and friendly. They care about their guests and want them to feel at home.…

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2016 Sparkle & Shine Business of the Year awards Nominees

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Business of the Year Award Nominees! Here is some information about each outstanding business. Arbonne International-Arlene Burgess People’s Choice Award Nominee Arbonne is a global company specializing in botanically based detox, weight management, sports nutrition, anti-aging skin care and organic cosmetic lines. One of the most popular programs is Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living, which teaches individuals how to easily and effectively eliminate toxins from the body. Arlene Burgess is committed to helping the community one individual at a time.   Aspen’s Consignments People’s Choice Award Nominee Aspen’s Consignment Store has been in…

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2015 Sparkle & Shine Business of the Year Award Nominees

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Sparkle & Shine Business of the Year Award Nominees! Here is some information about each outstanding business. Benck Accounting & Tax Services New Business of the Year Nominee In Evergreen for two years, Benck Accounting & Tax provides tax and financial support solutions for artists and local small businesses. By providing more than just standard tax and accounting services, Benck Accounting allows business owners to focus on what is important (service, creativity) without worrying about the challenging financial aspects of running their business. Owner Jeannie Benck is an involved Evergreen volunteer with the Salvation…

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2019 Taste of Evergreen One Bite/One Sip Challengers

Who doesn’t like a great party? At our Taste of Evergreen event we enjoy various food offerings from some of Evergreen’s best restaurants and caterers. Each chef chooses something for you to try. We have a contest to determine the Best Bite of the Taste and the Best Sip of the Taste.  Below is a list of out 2019 One Bite or One Sip Challengers! Ameritech Construction We have been providing energy efficient windows and doors to the Colorado Front Range for decades. Our products offer unmatched craftsmanship, beauty, durability, security and value. Blackbird Café & Tavern We are a…

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2018 Taste of Evergreen One Bite/One Sip Challengers

Who doesn’t like a great party? At our Taste of Evergreen event we enjoy various food offerings from some of Evergreen’s best restaurants and caterers. Each chef chooses something for you to try. We have a contest to determine the Best Bite of the Taste and the Best Sip of the Taste.  Below is a list of out 2018 One Bite or One Sip Challengers!   Food Vendors Ameritech Construction We have been providing energy efficient windows and doors to the Colorado Front Range for decades. Our products offer unmatched craftsmanship, beauty, durability, security and value. Blackbird Café & Tavern…

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2017 Taste of Evergreen One Bite/One Sip Challengers

Who doesn’t like a great party? At our Taste of Evergreen event we enjoy various food offerings from some of Evergreen’s best restaurants and caterers. Each chef chooses something for you to try. We have a contest to determine the Best Bite of the Taste and the Best Sip of the Taste.  Below is a list of out 2017 One Bite or One Sip Challengers! Big Chili Cookoff This chili cookoff/music and arts festival is one of Evergreen’s best events!  This year it is held on September 9, 2017, 10:30 am—6:30 pm at Buchanan Park.  Their mission is to raise…

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2016 Taste of Evergreen One Bite/One Sip Challengers

Who doesn’t like a great party? At our Taste of Evergreen event we enjoy various food offerings from some of Evergreen’s best restaurants and caterers. Each chef chooses something for you to try. We have a contest to determine the Best Bite of the Taste and the Best Sip of the Taste.  Below is a list of out 2016 One Bite or One Sip Challengers! A Tavola Specializing in Italian cuisine: appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza for lunch and a huge selection of pasta dishes and other Italian entrees for dinner. And an ever expanding list of great Italian…

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2019 Honoree Celebration Nominees

 This article contains the names and some information about of all of our 2019 Honoree Celebration nominees.    Curran Anderson……………………………………………………… |Youth of the Year| A freshman at EHS, Curran was one of the students chosen by the Jeffco School District to be a Peer Leader for a campaign called Sources of Strength. As a youth at Evergreen Lutheran Church, he participates in youth group, serves in worship & on mission trips around the United States and abroad. He also actively participates in the Mountain Backpack Program, which helps by feeding over 150 hungry kids each week. He has been a…

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2018 Honoree Celebration Nominees

This article contains information about each outstanding business and/or individual from our 2018 Honoree Celebration.   Youth of the Year Nominees   Alexa Brown Alexa is determined to make others happy with a smile, a compliment, or through ‘Moxie and Jr’ – a website and social media movement she launched to combat negativity and bring positive, inspirational messages to her community and beyond. Alexa has been a member of the National Charity League for six years, volunteering with Seeds of Hope, Evergreen Players, Evergreen Downtown Business Association, EAPL, Drive Smart, and Mount Evans Hospice. She interned at the Evergreen Chamber…

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2017 Honoree Celebration Nominees

Cheers to all of our 2017 Award Nominees! Here is some information about each outstanding business and/or individual.    Youth of the Year Nominees Natalie Holley Youth of the Year Nominee Natalie has been working in the Sells Law Firm office for nearly a year and has been a tremendous support to their clients. She demonstrates exceptional professionalism and knowledge and has been a true joy to have in the office. She is graduating from Evergreen High this year and has been an exceptional leader at the school. She leads the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, has been the golf team…

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2016 Honoree Celebration Nominees

Cheers to all of our 2016 Award Nominees! Here is some information about each outstanding business and/or individual.    Wyatt Guernsey Youth of the Year Winner Last summer, the Conifer Interact Club, sponsored by the Conifer Rotary Club, spent 17 days in eastern Nepal performing demolition and distributing medical supplies in the wake of May’s devastating earthquakes. 90% of the expenses were covered by a three year fundraising effort coordinated by President Wyatt Guernsey, including the club’s premier annual event, Conifer’s Run the Ranch 5k. Wyatt is the 2016 Valedictorian of Conifer High School. Augustana Elk Run Assisted Living Community…

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2018 Women in Business Hall of Fame Nominee Quotes

            GAIL SHARP   Tallgrass Aveda Spa & Salon “Stay strong, surround yourself with great business and personal partners, remain open to other’s ideas and focus on win/win solutions.”       GAIL RILEY  – *Inducted into the 2018 Hall of fame* Highland Haven Creekside Inn “Starting a new business is scary, challenging and not always a good idea. Now we are well aware from studies that the emotional and mental elements of women’s work can be daunting. There needs to be support from the ones they love, attention to the balancing act, the gumption and the challenges.”…

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2019 Women in Business Hall of Fame Nominee Info & Quotes

  Rita Felde Felde CPA Group *2019 Hall of Fame Inductee* I am proud to have built a successful CPA practice that has gained the confidence of my clients and my employees. I sold the practice in 2017 and expect the new owner to carry on my legacy. I have a three year exit plan to assist in the transition. I am also proud to have volunteered in the community for over 30 years for multiple organizations. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Evergreen Chamber, Team Evergreen, Blue Spruce Kiwanis, Center for the Arts Evergreen, Leadership…

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From Us To Our Members

For almost 50 years, the Evergreen Chamber has been a catalyst for growth for the business community. We help our members work together to create power partners, learn valuable marketing skills that enhance their operations and provide a place where small business owners can find friends and colleagues. What we deliver to the public is a vibrant economy creating choices of services, adding to our property values and employing local residents of all ages. Research shows that a great community needs a great business environment to thrive. The Chamber staff works every day to make sure that that need is…

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Why Hire an Evergreen Caterer?

Think of the last event you went to that was catered. All the guests gather around the buffet line (or in some instances, the service was table side) chatting and having a good time.  The food was nicely presented, the hot foods were hot and the cold foods were cold.  That’s what the guests experience with an Evergreen caterer. Here’s what we experience on our side: Meeting with the customer Designing a menu for the event Purchase the food and ingredients Preparing the menu items Loading up the Evergreen catering van Delivering the food Setting up tables, chairs, plates, etc.…

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Top Locations for Fall Family Photos near Evergreen Colorado

Summer is still rockin’ in all its glory here in Evergreen Colorado. The wildflowers are amazing, all the warm sun is about the best thing since sliced bread and the kids all go back to school in just two short weeks. Wait, what? Yup. Two weeks. While we are here lounging in our deck chairs, trying to ignore the 89th spat between our kids and contemplating our next margarita, autumn is sneaking up behind us. Before you know it, you’ll be swapping that adult beverage for a Pumpkin Spice Latte on your way to battle the drop-off line at your…

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Bed and Breakfast Evergreen Keeps Your Fires Burning!

We all need a little time to connect with our loved ones. It may be as indulgent as a night at a romantic bed and breakfast Evergreen or it can be a simple quiet evening in. That connection is what keeps your fires burning and is the key to lasting relationships – romantic or otherwise. Gail Riley and Tom Statzell have been creating the ultimate lodging in Evergreen CO for a romantic getaway for the last 40 years. You read that right, the Highland Haven has been owned and operated by the same couple since 1979. That’s longer than nearly…

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Glamping in Evergreen Still Means Doing Dishes

Our annual family camping trips included dishes, stitches, and cinders. Ah, the glorious Colorado summer. Every summer our family would pack up, head out of Evergreen and set camp in another beautiful location. Once loaded, the family station wagon looked like National Lampoon’s Vacation with all our equipment, coolers, and bicycles stuffed in it and on it.  We included one big canvas tent for the adults (family that witnessed it nicknamed it ‘Camp Hilton’) and another dome tent for our two kids. By the time we were set up, our bed looked like an Arabian sheik had settled in. Several…

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Why We Love Evergreen Realtors

Everyone who lives in Evergreen has an opinion about what makes this mountain town so amazing. Survey residents and you’ll probably get a lot of responses about the people, its natural beauty or the small-town feel. We thought we’d ask people who know the area more than anyone to see if there’s a general consensus on the top attributes of the area. Here are what local Evergreen realtors have to say about why Evergreen sells itself!   Andrew McWilliams, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Alliance says there’s “a totally different vibe” living in the mountains. “People are kinder and have a…

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Why Should You Move to Evergreen?

Living in Evergreen is like returning to your vacation home every day. Whether you are a young family, and empty nester or somewhere in between this is the place for you. We have world-class recreation including hiking, biking, boating in Evergreen, fishing, skiing and much more. We have multiple art galleries in Evergreen, sculpture walks, live music venues, fairs and festivals the list goes on and on. 7 Reasons to Make Evergreen Your Next Home Looking to fulfill your dream of mountain living? Evergreen is the perfect place to plant roots, whether you’re single, partnered or raising school-aged kids. What…

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My Top 4 Days on Earth, Biking in Evergreen

You’ll quickly find a theme here; mountain biking in Evergreen is my number one summer fun activity. We are lucky here in Evergreen with places like Alderfer/Three Sisters, Didesse, Elk Meadow and Bergen Peak all within a reasonable distance. My first time up Bergen Peak was back in 1996 or ‘97, and I was on a fully rigid (meaning no shocks or fancy technology) mountain bike. It was love at first ride. Serendipitously, I met my husband-to-be in ‘98, who lived in Evergreen, at a mountain bike festival in Winter Park and we had our first date at Alderfer/Three Sisters.…

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Farmers Market in Evergreen

Shopping with kids can sometimes be a nightmare.  Keeping them entertained and happy while trying to get some things accomplished can be a formidable task.  Finding locally sourced fresh produce and food can also be a challenge.  This time-consuming task can involve running from shop to shop to find the perfect tomato or freshly picked Colorado peaches. A great solution is to visit the Farmers Market in Evergreen on Tuesdays between 10:00am and 2:00pm for great shopping and fun activities for kids. The location at Evergreen Country Day School is convenient for picking up anything from fresh flowers to dinner…

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Summertime in Evergreen

There are few places in America that rival our alluring and precious mountain community when summer is in bloom and folks are out taking it in. One can literally experience a welcomed transformation in body and soul while hiking in our backyard. Even a mere stroll around Evergreen Lake can supercharge a typical day. Without a doubt, we have scored. We do not have to deal with suffocating humidity and shade alone can offset most mountain sun. Our groomed trails come in all sizes, welcoming all levels of hikers. Welcome to summertime in Evergreen.   When reflecting on those treasured…

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Grills Gone Wild in Evergreen!

I love Summer and all the grilling I get to do.  I’m convinced that global warming is really caused by everyone cranking up their Weber’s stoked with charcoal and mesquite. I have no hesitation about grilling year round, but it is the season when 3 out of 4 dinners at friend’s houses are prepared on a grill. There is something both primal and elegant about the BBQ. It’s a ritual enjoyed by a multitude of back yard cooks and foodies around the globe. Beef, fish, seafood, poultry and veggies are all subject to delectable grill marks and that savory smoky flavor…

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Tips and Tactics for Evergreen Fly Fishing During Runoff

Yes, we’re talking about Fly Fishing… much of the Western United States received an exceptional amount of snow this past winter, exceeding 150% of the average in many basins, and the rivers are already starting to swell with what is showing to be a long and intense run-off. With the warmer spring temperatures, the fish are hungry after a long winter, and spring fly fishing in Evergreen can be unforgettable if you are able to adapt to run-off. We wanted to share some tips and tactics with you for Evergreen fly fishing during runoff.   Hug the Edges The high…

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Saddle Up & Go – Things to do in Evergreen

Now that the weather has finally turned to springlike and we are not outside in heavy coats with shovels we can have sooooo much fun here in Evergreen. And…. there are many many neat things to do in Evergreen. Play with the kids, play with the dogs, hike with family as well as the dogs, swim at the pool, play golf, play tennis……I could go on and on.  But one thing stands out for me when the weather is just perfect like it is today. I would say that my absolute favorite activity to do when the weather is just…

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The Perfect Spot To Tie The Knot in Evergreen!

Few places can rival the year-round beauty of Evergreen and the surrounding area, making it the perfect backdrop for a wedding no matter what season you’re tying the knot. Yes, even the colder months have provided a magical setting, offering a snowy glisten to the bride and groom’s Winter Wonderland wedding. If your heart is set on getting married in Evergreen, the following resources can help you plan the perfect event from start to finish. From location and food to entertainment and lodging, find out what Evergreen can offer for that special day.   Venues With 300 days of sunshine,…

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Looking To Tie The Knot in Evergreen?

If you or someone you love is scouting for a location to hold a wedding, be sure to add Evergreen to your list. Whether you’re looking to say your vows in a field of flowers, under a canopy of trees, within earshot of a babbling brook, or even in the glistening snow for that perfect Winter Wonderland wedding, an Evergreen wedding will kick-off of your marriage in a magical setting! “Evergreen’s mountain beauty, combined with its convenience to Denver, is what makes it an ideal wedding location,” says Highland Haven Creekside Inn Marketing Manager Allison Walker. “Guests can soak in…

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Planning an Evergreen Wedding or Reunion

With its natural mountain beauty, central location and variety of professional vendors and accommodations, Evergreen can offer the perfect setting to make your wedding, reunion or special event a day to remember. Whether you’re looking for the intimacy that can be provided by a small private venue or a rustic outdoor feel that provides expansive views in all directions, Evergreen’s local providers can meet—and exceed—your expectations for an Evergreen wedding!   Plenty to keep guests entertained “Nestled in the beauty of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, historic Evergreen is a perfect location for a romantic mountain wedding in…

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Humor and Evergreen Music to Lift Your Mood

/ Pass the Cheese, Please! Let’s face it. Life is tough sometimes. We face challenges every day. How do we get through the challenges and stay motivated to move on? Honestly, humor IS the best medicine, and Evergreen music helps too! I’m not suggesting walking through life with rose-colored glasses, but I am suggesting that a light-hearted outlook on life is better than looking at your glass half empty all the time. Even the most stressful situations have a funny side to them — maybe not at the time, but later and after reflection, you can laugh about the circumstances…

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Be Assured With Evergreen Insurance

While you are away recreating, be sure your home is insured with Evergreen insurance. You don’t want your burglar to suffer from mental anguish. Most people have homeowner’s insurance to cover things like house fires or robberies, but what if your burglar suffers from mental anguish due to a broken garage door opener? This happened to one couple who went away on vacation for a week. While on vacation a burglar robbed their home and tried escaping through the garage. The burglar ended up locking himself in their garage because the garage door opener wouldn’t work. He was trapped there…

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