March 2019 Newsletter

March Newsletter

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Staff Spotlight – Paula Cobbs

Paula is one of our cheerful, friendly and knowledgeable Insurance Service Representatives. She has been with us for almost 20 years! Chances are that if you have an insurance policy with us and have had any changes or updates in the last 19 years that you have probably spoken with Paula. And that’s not all, Paula has been lucky enough to work every day alongside her twin sister.

When Paula isn’t on the phone helping you with your insurance needs, she’s usually enjoying her time reading Crime Drama novels and cuddling up with her 9 year old Maine Coon, Jasper. When out and about, Paula loves walking and checking out antique shops to hunt for an unusual find at a bargain price.

Paula is also very happy when she’s with her extended church family and enjoys spending quality time with this close-knit group of people who all support each other.

If you haven’t already met Paula, we hope you get the opportunity to speak with her soon!

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All about Mardi Gras!

Mardi is the French word for Tuesday, and gras means “fat.” In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.”

Traditionally, in the days leading up to Lent, merrymakers would binge on all the rich, fatty foods—meat, eggs, milk, cheese—that remained in their homes, in anticipation of several weeks of eating only fish and fasting.

The word carnival, another common name for the pre-Lenten festivities, also derives from this feasting tradition: in Medieval Latin, carnelevarium means to take away or remove meat, from the Latin carnem for meat.

New Orleans Mardi Gras

The first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville landed near New Orleans. They held a small celebration and dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras.

In the following years, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners. However, when the Spanish took control of New Orleans they abolished these rowdy rituals, and the bans remained in force until Louisiana became a U.S. state in 1812.

On Mardi Gras in 1827, a group of students donned colorful costumes and danced through the streets of New Orleans, emulating the revelry they’d observed while visiting Paris. Ten years later, the first recorded New Orleans Mardi Gras parade took place, a tradition that continues to this day.

In 1857, a secret society of New Orleans businessmen called the Mistick Krewe of Comus organized a torch-lit Mardi Gras procession with marching bands and rolling floats, setting the tone for future public celebrations in the city.

Since then, krewes have remained a fixture of the Carnival scene throughout Louisiana. Other lasting customs include throwing beads and other trinkets, wearing masks, decorating floats and eating King Cake.

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Family Spring Break Travel Tips

After a long, cold winter one of the most exciting times of the year is getting ready for spring break vacation. It’s the perfect way to start the new season with your family, and to unwind and have some fun. Traveling with your family can be tough – so we wanted to provide you with a few tips that will make sure your travel plans go a little bit smoother this year.

Research before you book

You may have an idea about where you and your family would like to visit during spring break, but make sure you research the area ahead of time. Certain locations are known to be party spots while others are made to be family friendly. Make sure you are booking your location based on what will work best for your family. Also be sure to ask what type of atmosphere a hotel has before you decide to book a room.

Book plans early

Spring break is one of the most popular travel times within the entire year and no matter the location you’re planning on visiting, it will most likely be busy. Make sure to not only book your airfare a great deal ahead of time but also your hotel accommodations and rental car. Also look into pre booking any activities you are interested in so you can plan an itinerary and make sure you are able fit in something for everyone.

Take safety precautions

Before you go, make sure your home is safe and securely locked. Be sure to let a close friend, family member, or neighbor know the dates you will be traveling and has your phone number in case of any emergencies. While you are on your trip it’s important to remember that such a popular travel time can also put you at a greater risk for travel scams. Make sure to shy away from wearing flashy clothing and jewelry and always leave your valuables locked away safely in your hotel room.

Make it educational

If you are traveling with children, spring break can be a great way to find educational activities that are also fun. Before you leave, research where the best parks, museums, tours, libraries, and zoos are so that you can incorporate learning and having fun.

Prepare for the weather

Before you leave make sure to look up what the weather is expected to be at your destination. If you’re traveling to a tropical location be sure to pack lightweight clothing, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen. Pack appropriate footwear that is comfortable for all activities. Also remember that even if you’re going somewhere hot, to pack pants and a sweatshirt or jacket for cooler nights.

Invest in travel protection

Purchasing a travel protection plan can help de-stress the trip, just by knowing you have coverage for your family if any unexpected travel disruptions do in fact happen along the way.