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Celebrating Student Art

For the second year – The Wayne County Arts Alliance along with the sponsorship of AMSkier Insurance would like to invite our community to enjoy and celebrate the creative spirit of our youth.

Artworks by students from Wallenpaupack, Wayne Highlands, and Western Wayne schools will be on display at the Dorflinger Factory Museum at Rt. 6 and Elizabeth St. in White Mills, PA.  Come join in the celebration on Friday, April 5th from  6 - 8 pm and Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th from 11 am - 5 pm.

Ellen Silberlicht, the chairperson of this event believes, “The Arts play a strong part in the development of our children along with keeping them engaged in healthy activities.  They are the future of our community, engaging their creative spirit will certainly move us all forward.  Giving these young artists an audience acknowledges their hard work, just as attending a sports function supports those players.”

AMSkier Insurance has generously sponsored this show and will be providing awards to the most outstanding artworks to be judged by several of our local talented working artists.  There will also be an opportunity for the public to vote for the People’s Choice award.  Please come out and see what our youth creates with a pen, paper, paint, clay, and other materials.  Each person has their own way of seeing and expressing themselves.  Guaranteed, you will see some incredible artwork from our local students!

 

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Giving Thanks | Happy Thanksgiving

In this season of thanks, we have many reasons to be grateful.

Our relationship with friends and clients like you is one of the reasons why we are so thankful, and there are so many more...

"I am thankful for so many things, but especially for my entire family including my grandchildren whose smiles can brighten any day. Always thankful to have a warm place to sleep and plenty of food on the table!" - Carol Morgan, CISR, Service Director and Certified Safety Director

"I am so thankful for my family, friends and coworkers, every day!" - Karen Gillmann, Claims Coordinator

"I am thankful for my children and my family. I am grateful for all I have been provided with and given, our home, my animals, and our health, Today, and every day, for the joy and grace that life brings." - Jennifer Fountain, Personal Insurance Agency Partner"I am thankful to have a loving family and a close-knit group of friends, I know not everyone gets to have that and I really treasure mine. I am also so thankful for my husband Vince who is my best friend and our son Teddy who makes me laugh every single day." - Rachael Galea, Business Insurance Agency Partner

"I feel very fortunate and am thankful for so many things, but mostly for my family and friends, especially my grandson, Raymond.  No matter how stressful things might, he can always make me smile." - Dianne Hoffman, Senior Account Manager

"This time of year always makes me thankful for my parents adopting me. They took me in and made a warm home for a boy stuck in foster care. No matter the arguments we get into, I know they care for me and I’ll never be thankful enough to have them." - Monir Bruckner, Information Technology Intern

"I am so thankful for my family, the best family I could ever want. My two little granddaughters are so sweet, I am so lucky!!! I recently saw a sign: Together We Have Everything! So true! And I also am thankful for my co-workers, I have made such good friends! Life is Beautiful!" - Kim DeEsch, Accounting & Payroll Specialist

"I’m thankful to finally get to spend the holidays with the love of my life after waiting 6 years." - Michael Harrill, Account Manager

"I'm blessed with a loving family and meaningful relationships. I'm grateful for great friends and co-workers, and the caring network of people in my life who are always there for me. I am fortunate for the opportunity to continue learning and loving, for the richness that my work, music and art bring into my life." - Jill Carletti, Design & Communications Director

"During the holidays I am always thankful for time to step away from the chaos of daily life. Time to reflect, to create sweet memories and surround myself with the love of my beautiful family and amazing friends." - Nicole Bolduc, Business Insurance Agency Partner

"I am thankful for the love and support that I receive from cherished family and friends. I am thankful to live in the United States, the freedom it affords me, and the people who defend it. I am also thankful that I have a new ‘home’ here at AMSkier." – Nicol Triano, Business Insurance Agency Partner

"There are so many things in life that I am thankful for.  Most importantly…my beautiful family, wonderful friends and my entire team at AMSkier.  I am truly blessed." - Gretchen Ruddy, Business Insurance Agency Partner

"I am thankful for my entire family, far and near, for friends, old and new, for my co-workers, who, no matter how busy work can be, will always make time to make each other smile." - Fili Schariest, Account Manager

"I’m thankful for the time that we have with loved ones.  Listen to stories of their adventures and remember, a hug goes a long way. " - Ann E. Cosgrove, CISR, Service Director

"At this special time of year, I am thankful and blessed to have my amazing husband, children and grandchildren to spend it with." - Mary Butler, CISR

"I am thankful for a loving and supporting family along with the opportunities I have been blessed with." - Julie Gardas, Personal Assistant

"I feel that I am blessed in every aspect of my life.  My family, my friends, and my work.  I am truly thankful." -  Kim Latsch, Agency Vice-President

"I am thankful for my entire family, and for the relationship I have with each one of them.  I am also very grateful for my health, and the warmth of my home." - Peggy Olson, CIC, CISR, Program Underwriting Manager

 

Sincerely,
Henry, Jeffrey, Aimee
and all the staff at
AMSkier Insurance

 

 

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Campsickness: 10 Tips for Easing the Re-entry Home

Campsickness: 10 Tips for Easing the Re-entry Home

Author at Sunshine Parenting, Owner and Director of Gold Arrow Camp and friend of AMSkier, Audrey Monke writes about a lot of compelling topics for parents and camps. We felt that Audrey's recent article on 'campsickness' is especially important at this time of year. We hope you enjoy "Campsickness: 10 Tips for Easing the Re-entry Home" as much as we have.

From pictures posted on Instagram in the days following camp (and for the rest of the year), the message is clear. Some kids really miss camp after they get home — a lot. The feeling of missing camp is so intense for some kids that it leads to moping and sadness that perplexes parents. This post-camp phenomenon is aptly diagnosed as “campsickness.”

“Much like homesickness, campsickness is a natural response to the sadness and loss that may accompany the end of the camp season or session.” Camping Magazine

The end of camp, and being apart from a group the camper has grown close to, can lead to a time of grief similar to other changes and losses people experience in life.

Years ago, the mother of a 12-year-old camper called to complain to me: “I’ve raised and loved her for 12 years and you had her for two weeks, and now she wants to be at camp more than at home.”

It’s an interesting paradox to think about how something we do that is good for our kids — building their independence, friendships, and happiness by sending them to camp — can lead to some negative feelings as a parent. There’s something nice about feeling needed, and as our kids get older, even though we want them to be independent, it can be sad to realize that they really don’t need us as much and, in fact, may have been happier without us.

Think of campsickness as the exact opposite of homesickness. After the intense fun and bonding of camp, being back home — for many campers — can be a sad time. The routines, friendships, and all-out fun of camp are impossible to replicate at home. For many campers, going home and being in their own room, without their 10 BFFs constantly nearby, can be an adjustment. Many kids take to social media and Skype to keep their friendships going. Some parents are at a loss for what to do.

“As is the case with separation from the comforting, nurturing routines of home — not to mention the support and affection of family members — exiting the camp community can elicit many of the same feelings of sadness and loss. Paradoxically, these emotions may be most intense among older kids, suddenly cognitively capable of abstract thinking — delving deeper into their emotional world — and more focused on peer relationships than their younger campmates. And these strong feelings may emerge regardless of the length of the campers’ stay.” American Camp Association

Other kids, especially younger ones, may not be openly “campsick,” but they may just not seem like themselves, or they could exhibit some undesirable behavior. This week, a parent sent me the following email: “I’m wondering if any of your past blogs have talked about how to manage re-entry to normal life for campers after they come home? My daughter [age 9] and a couple of her friends who’ve been away at camp for a week or more are having some significant challenges adjusting to being home. We anticipated a couple days of getting used to old routines, but after five days, the girls are still really out of sorts.”

Her email got me thinking — and researching — the topic of re-entry after camp.

Here are some tips to help ease the re-entry home if you have an out-of-sorts or “campsick” camper:

    1. Let your camper rest! Camp is such a busy, active time and campers need lots of rest after they get home. Make sure they don’t have much on their schedule when they return and let them have several days to “chill” and get caught up on sleep. Many emotional and behavioral issues can be solved by a good night’s sleep.
    2. Encourage your camper to talk about camp and share stories. Ask open-ended questions about camp (if they seem open to your inquiries).
    3. Have them teach you a camp song or game.
    4. Use the photos on the camp’s website to spur conversation and help them remember. Print some photos and make a collage or album with camp memories.
    5. Encourage your camper to keep in touch with camp friends. Some campers like to write “real” letters to each other to keep the communication “campy.” Phone calls and video chats are also a great way to continue the more “face-to-face” connections they made at camp.
    6. Help your camper make plans for a visit or reunion with camp friends (or a video chat if that’s all that works).
    7. Suggest your camper write a thank you note to a counselor at camp who made their stay especially fun. Doing something kind for someone else, like writing a thank you note, will make your camper feel happier.
    8. Have a “campfire” in your backyard and roast a s’more.
    9. Plan and do a family outdoor activity together.
    10. Talk about camp plans and start a count-down calendar to next summer!

There are about a billion different ways you could have spent the last five minutes, and you spent them reading my post. Thank you! If you like Sunshine Parenting, please subscribe to get an email update each time I post (use box in right column). Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter for links to articles and ideas about camp and parenting. Have a happy day!

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Commercial Insurance Renewal Checklist

Do you have a commercial insurance renewal coming up? Small business owners can keep life simple with a commercial insurance renewal checklist.

Your Commercial Insurance Renewal Checklist

The first thing you’ll need to do is review any changes that were made to your business since you last checked in with your insurance agent. If the name of your business has changed, you’ve opened new locations or moved locations, or you’ve made changes to the amount of staff you employ, then let your agent know.

Next, you should check your liability insurance coverage. To have the proper coverage, it is crucial for you to complete your quarterly reports, and that your payroll figures are all up to date. The company’s assets are most effectively protected if they are properly reflected in your business’ numbers.

Additionally, it’s important that your insurance agent determine whether or not you have more than one kind of income or operation, that way we can get you the coverage you need if it’s not on your policy already.

It's also important that you check your workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Business owners can offer their staff protection through this coverage, but it’s important that your insurance coverage on your policy properly reflects your company. Your payroll needs to be properly divided into the right class codes, and all of your class codes need to be correct as well. This is also a good time to check to see if your business qualifies for drug-free workplace or safety discounts.

The last thing you should check on before your commercial insurance renewal is your commercial auto insurance coverage. As a business owner, you should check the driver's license information for those in your business who are operating your company vehicles to ensure that the DMV states they are qualified to operate your vehicles.

To learn more, or see how we can assist you in your Commerical Insurance Renewal, contact us at amskier@amskier.com!

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