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Kinney Pike E-Newsletter                   December 2016
Winter weather has finally arrived in Vermont. The cold weather and snow associated with the holidays here can be beautiful, but also bring some dangerous conditions. 

We want to remind everyone to take the necessary precautions when driving, shoveling, and walking in wintry conditions Read up on some winter driving tips, invest in some good snow tires, and allow yourself extra travel time when driving. Slippery road conditions cause traffic to move much more slowly, so plan accordingly. 

Don't forget to go out and enjoy the fantastic winter activities our region has to offer, like skiing, snowmobiling, and sledding! 
Community Events 
Kinney Pike is getting into the holiday season by donating to various charities and organizations to spread the season's cheer. 

Our Williston office has come together to raise money for a donation to the Socks For Seniors charity. Every year around the holidays, the Socks for Seniors nonprofit works hard country-wide to gather warm socks to donate to financially challenged seniors. 40 pairs of socks will be donated to the cause this year, helping The Williston Observer to reach their goal of 200. 

Socks for Seniors 2016

Kinney Pike is partnered with the Champlain Valley Association of Insurance Professionals, which annually donates to a selected non-profit organization around this time. This year, the December Giving Project Recipient is The King Street Center. The King Street Center aims to promote wellness through educational, recreational, and social programs. It is a non-profit organization located in Burlington that provides children and families with valuable life building skills for a bright future. This year, we will be donating various school supplies to the children there.
School Supplies for King Street Center

2016 King Street Center School Supply Donation

Our St. Johnsbury Office participated in a holiday toy drive for the local area Salvation Army. The employees donated money to purchase new toys to donate to the event held by the local Safelite Auto. 

St. Johnsbury Toy Drive

In Rutland, the employees held a luncheon and a pie eating contest to help raise money for the Adopt-A-Family Foundation. This foundation provides donors with a wish list of gifts for families in need. This year, the office filled the wishlists of two families!

Rutland's Adopt-A-Family Donation

In White River Junction, Kinney Pike employees donated their time preparing a dinner for members of David's House. David's House is an organization that gives housing to families who need to be close to their loved ones battling cancer at the nearby Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital   in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Each year, employees from Kinney Pike travel to David's House to prepare a dinner for the families staying there. Morgan, Jess, Ryan, and Tina all donated their time to give those families a good meal. 

2016 David's House Dinner

The ladies in our Swanton office donated to the Abenaki Nation at Missisquoi. They helped to sponsor their annual Christmas party event for the whole community. Santa and Mrs. Claus even made an appearance and gave every child a gift! Community partners in the area came together to help fund the event and purchase the gifts for the children. 

Abenaki Christmas Photo

The Randolph office made a huge donation to the local food shelf. They gathered an impressive amount of non perishable food items to donate. In addition, they purchased 10 hams and turkeys and enough food to prepare dinners for 10 families! 

Randolph Office Food Shelf and Dinner Donation

Our Poultney office made a donation this year to the Tree of Giving organization. Every year, the Tree of Giving takes donations from all over the local area and gives gifts to needy children during the holidays. This year, the Poultney office sponsored gifts for two children. 

Visit our Facebook page for more information on these charities as well as other events and non-profits that Kinney Pike is currently working with.  

Featured Client
Lost Nation Theater 

It's winter in Vermont, and that means it's time for some classic "Vermont Made" activities such as skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing. But when the sun goes down, (and it goes down early these days), the fun doesn't have to stop. Why? Because when the sun goes down, the curtain comes Lost Nation Theater.

Located at City Hall in downtown Montpelier, "Vermont Made" Lost Nation Theater has been wowing audiences for nearly 40 years with plays, musicals, concerts, and documentaries from Broadway to Barre.

Founded in Bristol, VT back in 1977, Lost Nation's vision was to create a theater program that would not only contribute to the vitality of the community, but also produce stimulating drama in original and innovative ways; as well as provide a year-round professional performing arts ensemble and quality-oriented theater training programs.

The ensemble took up permanent quarters in Montpelier in 1986, and today puts on scores of events every year, including five mainstage shows, two to three "theater for kids" shows, radio plays, cabarets, concerts and more.

If it's been awhile since you've treated yourself to an evening of theater - or if you've had it on your list but haven't yet found the time - now is the time to reserve your seat. Upcoming shows include the Dave Keller Band; Judevine, a Tribute to Vermont by David Budbill; Into the Woods, a Tony Award winning musical from Stephen Sondheim; and Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days.

"From the beginning, Lost Nation has been dedicated to staging about the hopeful possibilities of human interaction," says Artistic Director Kim Bent, "as well as realizing and unleashing the powerful potential of theater to transform people and communities. If you've never experienced a Lost Nation Play, I invite you to round up a group of friends, dine in one of Montpelier's outstanding restaurants, and then join us for an evening you'll never forget." 

Coming up on the Mainstage in 2017:

David Budbill's Judevine: Vermont original (Apr 20-May 7)
Into the Woods: Tony winning musical (June 1-18)
Around the World in 80 Days: zany comedy (July 6-23)
Kate-the Unexamined life of Katherine Hepburn: star power (Sept 7-17)
Will: world premiere about The Bard (Oct 5-22)

LNT is also committed to Education and offers a host of first-rate education programs for ages 6-21 from 1 week skill development camps to productions. LNT's Theater FOR Kids BY Kids shows in 2017:

Song of the Sea (Fri Mar 3)
Fractured Fables (June 20)
Alexander & the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (Aug 4-5)
Mary Poppins (Aug 18-20)

Find out more, buy season tickets, or sign up for Theater Camp:

39 Steps at Lost Nation Theater

For our business clients, Northern Safety Solutions is here to help you minimize your risk.   
Managing risk effectively, keeping employees safe, and maintaining a good reputation are critical components of being a successful business. Business leaders appreciate knowing their insurance professionals are looking out for them.

Our Northern Safety Solutions professional, Ryan Wilson, is well positioned to offer access to a wide range of insurance services, including in-house risk management and loss control expertise.

Northern Safety Solutions aims to help clients minimize loss, protect their assets and make them overall better companies. Through targeted programs, Northern Safety Solutions offers many services as well as practical advice to support your company's risk management needs, resulting in well-managed loss control programs. Ryan works closely with Kinney Pike business clients to review exposures and loss histories, identify important claims trends and risk areas, and develop the appropriate resources and tools to reduce the potential for loss.  He can also set up your business on our comprehensive Succeed Risk Management platform which helps reduce risk, save time and promote employee safety by creating effective risk mitigation programs.

Click here to contact Ryan Wilson for more information on Northern Safety Solutions.

A reminder for our P&C clients: The Succeed Platform is available to your business free of charge.  

Exclusively for our business insurance clients, the Succeed Risk Management Center is a comprehensive risk management, employee safety and compliance platform you can utilize to protect your company at any time. In one easy location, you can easily manage your Certificates of Insurance, Safety Data Sheets, Incidents and Claims, and much more! 

Succeed has implemented many new services on their platform over the past few months to help improve tracking risk, OSHA compliance, and company safety. Users can now update electronic 300A data forms which fulfill new electronic submission requirements. There are also increased analytics capabilities which allow for tracking risk and incident reports within your company. Graphs can be created to show trends and easily identify workplace risks. As a Kinney Pike business insurance client, you have access to this platform at any time. 

Log into the website to learn more about Succeed Management Solutions.  Click here  to contact Ryan Wilson with any questions you may have about Succeed.   

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2016

Safety and Health  Magazine has compiled a list of the top 10 OSHA violations recorded for 2016. The data collected over the year was used to create 3 different infographics outlining the most common cited violations, willful violations, and serious violations. Please review the list in the link below to see if any of these violations pertain to your company. 


Featured Testimonial

"A short note to thank the exceptional and professional work of Morgan.  
I was shopping my home and auto insurance after 31 years,  
Morgan handled the whole process seamlessly and it was great.
She earned and secured our business for both, much to her credit.
Kudos for having such a great staff."

- Tim F
Recent Contest Winners

Here are the winners of our various raffles and contests over the past few months!

*Facebook Halloween Photo Contest Winner - Tiffany Lasnier from Waterford, VT won a $50 Visa Gift Card.

*Commercial Lines Survey Drawing Winner 
- Jennifer Blair from Burlington, VT won a $100 Visa Gift Card. 

We wish you all a very happy New Year! 
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