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Why get an umbrella?

posted Mar 9, 2016, 6:08 AM by jon curtis   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 6:09 AM ]

Safeco explains the value of an umbrella liability policy with examples from real customers.

Vermont ranked #1 State for Seniors

posted Aug 31, 2015, 1:13 PM by jon curtis   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 1:14 PM ]

Travel Insurance Pays

posted Aug 19, 2015, 9:29 AM by jon curtis   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 9:35 AM ]

Recently I visited Chile to ski and got dumped on, 8 feet of snow closed the road! I had to stay an extra day and had additional expenses. My luggage was late arriving and I had to rent skis for two days and purchase some outerwear. Good thing I took out travel insurance! Offset some of your risks while traveling with insurance here at Travel Insurance

Handheld use in vehicles now subject to fines

posted Oct 2, 2014, 6:21 AM by jon curtis

The ban took effect October 1, 2014 and covers all portable electronic devices, including, music players, laptop computers, and cellular telephones.

Hands-free use is permitted under the law, and hands-free means without the use of either hand and outside the immediate proximity of the user’s ear, by employing an internal feature—such as Bluetooth, for example—or as long as the device is in a cradle or otherwise securely mounted in the vehicle.

Note that the ban is lifted when the driver needs to communicate with law enforcement or emergency service personnel under emergency circumstances.

Know the consequences.

A person who violates this section commits a traffic violation and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100.00 and not more than $200.00 for a first violation, and of not less than $250.00 and not more than $500.00 for a second or subsequent violation within any two-year period.
A person convicted of violating this section while operating within a properly designated work zone in which construction, maintenance, or utility personnel are present shall have two points assessed against his or her driving record for a first conviction and five points assessed for a second or subsequent conviction.
A person convicted of violating this section outside a work zone in which personnel are present shall not have points assessed against his or her driving record.

Smart phone images of auto insurance proof now accepted.

posted Aug 7, 2014, 6:17 AM by jon curtis

During the last legislative session, the Vermont State Legislature approved electronic proof of insurance during the last legislative session under Act 189. 

No 189. An act relating to miscellaneous amendments to laws related to motor vehicles

Title 23 V.S.A 800 (c) Maintenance of Financial Responsibility  (excerpt)


(c) Every operator of a vehicle required to be registered shall have proof of financial responsibility...A person may prove financial responsibility using a portable electronic device...


Signed by the Governor on June 12, 2014 


This law took effect July 1, 2014. 


The Department of Financial Regulation recommends that insureds also have proof of insurance in paper copy available in the event that a driver cannot produce proof electronically. 

The Ice is out! Summer comes, have you got your motorcycle insured?

posted Apr 16, 2014, 7:03 AM by jon curtis

Well, the ice went out on the Summit Pond on April 14th in the early evening.  If you had a ticket for Monday, stay tuned as the Rotarians comb through the pile of tickets to see who won the big prize!  As we head into warmer weather now is a great time to get your insurance in order.  If you've been with your current home or auto carrier for a while it's a great time to get a new quote to see if you can do better.  Give us a call or use our online tool on this web site to get an instant quote from several carriers.

Janina stars in ICE OUT film

posted Feb 5, 2014, 7:04 AM by jon curtis
Janina's first feature film debut in our local Rotary Ice Out promotional film by Boss Office Works.  Can Hollywood be far behind in offering a contract?  As they say in the business, "Don't quit your day job!"

New Peak Lodge opens on schedule (photos)

posted Dec 26, 2013, 10:22 AM by jon curtis   [ updated Dec 26, 2013, 10:22 AM ]

New Killington Peak Lodge opens

We were treated today to a passholder appreciation sneak peak at the new peak lodge.  Open to the public tomorrow, this looks like the new "in" place to do lunch at Killington.

Community Grant made to Vermont Adaptive

posted Feb 15, 2013, 11:36 AM by jon curtis

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports received a $1,250 gift from Curtis Insurance Agency and Co-operative Insurance Companies on February 6, 2013. The gift, awarded as part of Co-op’s Community Grants program, will be used for the new Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge at Pico Mountain, the new permanent home of Vermont Adaptive and the Pico Ski Education Foundation.  

“We think Vermont Adaptive provides tremendous opportunities to people with disabilities,” said Janina Curtis of the Curtis Insurance Agency. “We’re proud to support their efforts.  We were excited to learn that we could leverage our donation by applying for a community grant from Co-operative on behalf of the organization.” 

”The community has played an important part of making this state-of-the-art facility a reality,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive. “We’re thankful to Curtis Insurance and the Co-operative Insurance Companies’ generous donation.”

Bringing opportunity and accessibility to all, the 6,000 square-foot building will be a year-round hub of activity for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and the Pico Ski Education Foundation. Committed to empowering individuals with disabilities, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round organization in the state to offer daily adaptive programs to people with disabilities. Celebrating its 26th year, the organization has more than 400 highly-training active volunteers and six full-time staff members, serving more than 2,000 adults and children annually. The fundraising campaign still has approximately $300,000 more to raise for the new facility, which is expected to open in late summer 2013. More information can be found at 

Co-operative Insurance Companies’ Community Grants Program was established in 2004 to assist with community projects across Vermont and New Hampshire. Through this program, Co-op partners with its local agents and directors to provide funds for capital campaigns throughout the two states.

“Groups like Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport are meeting needs in the same communities that Co-op serves,” said Brad Fortier, Co-op’s Director of Marketing. “We think it’s important to do our part as neighbors to help them out, and this grant program is one more way we can do that.”  Vermont Adaptive is one of a number of projects slated to receive a Community Grant from Co-operative Insurance Companies in 2013.

Co-operative Insurance Companies has been meeting property and casualty insurance needs since 1915, offering farm, home, auto, business, and other insurance to people in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is owned by its members and committed to protecting them with fast and fair claims service, loss prevention expertise, and local operations. The company has headquarters in Middlebury, Vermont, with regional claims offices and more than 50 agencies across Vermont and New Hampshire.

Jon Curtis inducted into Paul Harris society

posted Oct 11, 2012, 6:38 AM by jon curtis

Jon Curtis was inducted into the Paul Harris Society by Steve Goldstein at the Killington Pico Rotary meeting on October 10, 2012.  Paul Harris society members are chosen from among club members and embody the ideal of "Service above Self."

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