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Get to know: Tracy Hartman, office manager and personal lines agent

Tracy, right, with husband, Chris; daughter, Samantha; and son, Nathan. Where did you grow up? Pine Grove Can you tell us a little bit about your family? I am married to Chris Hartman, 20 years. We have two children,...

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Get to know: Chris Painter, AIS co-owner and commercial lines team leader

The Painter family Your wife, Courtney, and her brother, Doug Erwin, started AIS in 2000. You joined AIS in 2007 after majoring in civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and then working for a...

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Running out of gas could be bad for your car, safety and pocketbook

It's a humbling, maybe even humiliating experience when your car runs out of gas. Having to walk to a gas station, trusting there's a gas can that you can borrow, ought to be lesson enough not to let it happen again....

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College's major problem: excessive drinking and its aftermath

It turns out that the famed "Freshman 15" is fiction, for the most part. Contrary to the notion that the average first-year college student gains 15 pounds, an Ohio State University study found that 2.4 (women) and 3.4...

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Best used cars for teen drivers: IIHS survey

Among "4 ways to save money when insuring young drivers" we identified in a previous blog post, at No. 3 we said don't buy them a new car. In fact, according to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,...

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Permanently attached equipment specifically should be noted when contractors buy commercial auto insurance

If you're a building contractor, your truck is your livelihood. You spend an awful lot of time in it, driving to and from work sites. It's your home away from home, so it's likely you've modified it to accommodate so-...

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If you owe more on your car than it is worth, you should consider gap insurance

A new automobile can be a lot of things: simply a means of getting from Point A to Point B, or a fun, frivolous lifestyle accessory. But a sound investment it might not be. On average, according to Edmunds.com, a new...

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Keeping up to speed on antique and classic auto insurance

For several days each October, the Sweetest Place on Earth becomes the place for eyeing one sweet ride after another. Hershey annually welcomes the Antique Auto Club of America's Eastern Fall Meet, which describes...

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4 insurance tips if your child is going to college

You had a talk with your college-bound son or daughter about making wise decisions in their lives. Now also is a good time to have a conversation with your insurance agent. A child leaving home has implications for his...

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You should spend more than 15 minutes on your car insurance

What's the magic of 15 minutes? There's a famous quote, often (perhaps incorrectly) attributed to Pittsburgh-born pop artist Andy Warhol: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." And, of course, a...

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4 ways to save money when insuring young drivers

When your children start driving, concern for their safety takes a back seat to nothing. And with good reason: fatalities are highest among teen drivers, who obviously have relatively little time behind the wheel....

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Here’s how to jumpstart a dead car battery

There's really no good time for your car battery to die and leave you stranded. But winter weather can be an especially difficult time to leave your headlights or the radio on when the car isn't running. Just as you buy...

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