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Fact or Fiction? Debunking Deer Collisions

Watching deer in their natural habitat can be an enjoyable, peaceful experience. But encountering one on a roadway? That’s a different story. If it’s happened to you... you’re not alone. More than 1.5 million drivers...

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Deer Deer Everywhere!

The fall season is beautiful, but it also introduces a few different driving hazards... deer collisions being one of them. From October to December, mating and hunting season make deer go on the move. For drivers, that...

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What are you dreaming about over the holidays? How about choosing between 5 great roadsters for under $15,000!

1994 Chevrolet Corvette, Mecum Two-seaters have always been cool, but you don’t have to spend a fortune or sign a 36-month lease to put one in your garage. Many are available for less than $15,000. From British...

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Fall 2018 Newsletter

The Fall Edition of The Quill Newsletter is online! Click here and you are the first to see it before it goes to print and your inbox. This edition features Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill and Royal Motor Company in our...

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The Quill - Summer 2018 Newsletter

Click here to read our Summer newsletter! We have articles about Lime Hollow Nature Center and The Dryden Hotel in our Customer Spotlight.

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Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of course. But,...

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What's Hot June

The June issue of What's Hot is on the newsstand! As always, it is a great issue. Of course, we are a bit biased about our part this month!

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Protecting Your Home: Understanding Your Home Insurance Policy

As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you in more...

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Spring is finally here and so is the next issue of The Quill. The newsletter is packed full of articles on local businesses and people. Be sure to check it out!

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Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster

From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and...

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Bailey Place named 2018 Agency of the Year

Tony DeBreo. Left, and David Schreyack, Right, of Erie Insurance presents a check to Steve Franco, President of Bailey Place; Jamie Yaman from the Cortland Community Foundation; and David Schreyack, Erie VP, right....

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Women's History Month

Bailey Place is proud to partner with the YWCA to celebrate Women's History Month. Stop in today for a quote.

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Bailey Place Insurance is pleased to announce that VP Valarie J. VanGorder and DIO Jessica E. Weaver have earned the CIC designation.

Bailey Place Insurance is pleased to announce that Vice President Valarie J. VanGorder and Director of Insurance Operations Jessica E. Weaver have earned the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) following...

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Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide at Home and at Work

Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning-and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem...

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Insuring Jewelry: How to Know if Your Coverage is Enough

A ring from a loved one. A bracelet handed down through generations. A watch or necklace marking a special occasion. Every reason you treasure a piece of fine jewelry is a reason it should be insured. However, calling...

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Winter 2018 Newsletter

Click here to read our Winter newsletter! Bailey Place Insurance is celebrating 160 years! The roots of this company can be traced back to a Main Street office in 1858. The history of local businesses, Cort-Lanes and...

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This picture was taken from the 1958 Cortland County Sesquicentennial yearbook.

In 1958 we celebrated 100 years on Main Street in Cortland. This year we celebrate 160!

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Tips for Buying a Safe Car

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars - but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely, your phone)....

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Keep Your Home Secure Against Holiday Burglars

Remember the movie Home Alone? Don't let your house be the target of a holiday burglary, especially if you'll be out of town. Keep doors locked. This almost goes without saying, but make sure you keep your doors and...

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Ways to Prevent Porch Pirates from Pilfering Your Packages

There’s almost nothing more convenient than online ordering. But when your work hours don’t align with the delivery schedule, it can leave a nice crime of opportunity for package thieves. One study by InsuranceQuotes....

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

Click here to read our Fall newsletter! Shipwreck Amusement and The Frame Shop are featured in our Customer Spotlight. In this quarter’s newsletter we focus on weather disasters, cyber security and we’ve also addressed...

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What do you have to lose? Would an Umbrella policy make sense?

One of the most certain things in life is uncertainty. Your dog could bite the neighbor’s kid. Your teen driver could hit a cyclist. A guest could fall down your stairs. A rainy morning commute on worn-out tires could...

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Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for many people, and for those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it can be a hassle, too. But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can...

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Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects...

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Summer 2017 Newsletter

Click here to read our Summer newsletter! All-Mode Communications and the Cortland Standard are featured in our Customer Spotlight. There’s some good information on flood insurance, motorcycle season, and a special...

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Special Landlord Edition of The Quill

Bailey Place Insurance is your local agency specializing in rental property policies. Click here for our special edition newsletter, specifically for landlords, and you will find information on:Security Systems Provide...

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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Click here to read our Spring newsletter! In our Customer Spotlights, there are interesting stories about First National Bank of Dryden and Cortland Repertory Theatre. Enjoy the read and take the opportunity to share...

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Myth: You Don’t Need Business Coverage Because You Work at Home

- - Actually, most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover business-related damages that occur in a home office. Too many home based small business owners find this out only after they go to file a claim.Even if...

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What If My Teenager Is Being Bullied?

- Despite our collective efforts to teach teens about cybersafety, they can still be victimized by youth who cyberbully. Moreover, cyberbullying can be an extension of bullying that teens are experiencing in school,...

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Car Safety and your Teen

Talking to Your Teen About Car SafetyWhen teens begin to drive a car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, the sobering statistics start to pile up:Car...

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7 Driving Habits That Are Bad for Your Car

No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you’ve probably done things like: Shift into drive while the car is still rolling backward. Ride the brakes on steep hills. Roll into the gas station on empty. Guilty? If so,...

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Winter 2017 Newsletter

Click here to read our Winter 2017 newsletter! In our Customer Spotlights, there are interesting stories about Melodyland Restaurant and Baker-Miller Lumber Company. Please take this opportunity to check out our...

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Taking Stock in the New Year

I believe that the beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on the past and take stock of the present so we can better prepare for the future. We should consider those aspects of our lives that could be...

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Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon or carbon monoxide — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through...

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Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity — particularly this...

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Fall 2016 Newsletter

Click here to read our Fall 2016 newsletter! In our Customer Spotlights, there are interesting stories about Robbins Vending and The Antlers Restaurant. Please take this opportunity to check out our newsletter, our...

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

Click here to read our Summer 2016 newsletter! There are links in the newsletter to our FB, LinkedIn, and Yelp page, as well as Marathon Boat Company, X101 Always Classic Radio, and B&W Supply in Ithaca. Please take...

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What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?

Summer is around the corner and the sun is out! This means it’s time to clear the cobwebs, organize the closets and so forth. Basically, everything you didn't do in early Spring when it was cold out. While you’re...

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The Type of Fire Extinguisher Every Home Should Have

A fire is a fire, and a fire extinguisher is a fire extinguisher, right? Well, not quite. There are actually different types of fires and different types of extinguishers that respond best to each one. So, which is...

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Navigate Rainy Roadways With Care

It’s just rain — how much impact can it really have on your driving?The answer: a lot. You’re likely to experience lower visibility, reduced traction and increased difficulty in handling your car both during and after a...

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

Click here to read our Spring 2016 newsletter! There are links in the newsletter to our FB, LinkedIn, and Yelp page, as well as Accufab and Dryden Lake Golf Course. Please take this opportunity to look around and share...

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80 Years in Dryden NY

On April 1, 1936 a heating and ventilation salesman quit his job and opened a one-man insurance agency in Dryden, New York. Today, the name George B. Bailey still resonates in the town of Dryden as Bailey Place...

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Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season

What’s the most important number for you this tax season? The amount of your refund? The amount you owe? The number of hours spent poring over all the other numbers? All of those are pretty important, but none of them...

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Winter 2016 Newsletter

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What to Do After a Winter Car Accident

Freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, patches of ice – winter can be a horrible time to be on the road in Cortland, Dryden or Ithaca area. And, it’s an even worse time to get into a car accident. But, with reduced...

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Welcome Cotterill Agency customers!

I am very pleased to welcome you to Bailey Place Insurance. We are deeply honored that Doug and Brad Cotterill chose to transition their business to Bailey Place and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve you....

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Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're away?One way...

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Fall 2015 Newsletter

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Bailey Place Insurance to Acquire Cotterill Agency in New York

Bailey Place Insurance, an independent agency with offices in Cortland, Dryden and Ithaca, New York, announced that it will acquire the Cotterill Agency Inc., an independent agency based in Dryden, New York, effective...

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Bailey Place Insurance announces acquisition of Dryden based Cotterill Agency, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bailey Place Insurance announces acquisition of Dryden based Cotterill Agency, Inc. Cortland – Bailey Place Insurance has announced the acquisition of The Cotterill Agency, Inc. of Dryden...

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

Fall brings more than just changing leaves and shorter days. It also comes with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. And, as if we could forget, winter is right around the corner,...

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Summer 2015 Newsletter

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Protect Your Most Cherished Possessions

If you're like most people, there are certain items you own that you can't imagine ever losing - possessions you deeply cherish or those that would be impossible to replace due to the cost of re-purchasing them or...

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Getting Your Boat Out of Storage and Into the Water

Spring is here, and you're ready to get out on the water. But is your boat ready? Even if you've kept it properly stored for the winter and protected from the elements, there are still a number of things you need to do...

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Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Are you planning your next vacation?

Whether you're planning a trip to a local attraction in New York this summer, or headed all the way across the country, you want your vacation to be relaxing. It's a getaway from work, not to mention your day-to-day...

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Helping Senior Neighbors Stay Safe

Slippery sidewalks. Freezing temperatures. Power outages. Winter isn't always a wonderland. Many of you regularly lend a hand to a senior friend or family member here in New York, it may be a good time of the year to...

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Winter 2015 Newsletter

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What's Hot Article on the Opening of our Ithaca Office

What's Hot Magazine - October 2014 Issue Bailey Place Insurance recently opened its second office in Tompkins County, located on Triphammer Road in Ithaca. Steve Franco, President of Bailey Place, described the new...

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Happy Birthday Steve!!

It's Steve's birthday! Click "read more" to see a couple of pictures and be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday! 2014 - Happy Birthday - still a big kid and still looking good! 2003 - Happy Birthday - a big kid! Go...

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Bailey Place Insurance Growing, to Open 3rd Office

July 25, 2014 - Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Press Release Bailey Place Insurance, a leading Central New York full service independent insurance agency, will soon be opening a new office in Tompkins County....

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Six Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Car Stolen or Possibly Your Home Invaded

Most people would say their car is one of the most valuable assets they own - if not the most valuable. Despite that, however, some people make it downright easy for thieves to drive off in their pride and joy. At...

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Protect Your Family From the "Silent Killer"

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, invisible gas that results when certain fuels do not burn completely. And it can be deadly. That's why it's important to know how to prevent it, detect it, and protect yourself...

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Chamber hands out biz awards. Five area businesses receive annual honors from Chamber of Commerce

Bob Ellis/staff photographer Steve Franco, left, and Chuck Spaulding, owners of Bailey-Place Insurance. The company won Small Business of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner Wednesday night. SOLON...

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Stephen Franco selected as one of Central New York’s “40 under Forty” winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 24, 2013 Syracuse, NY - Bailey Place Insurance President and co-owner Stephen Franco has been selected as one of Central New York's "40 under Forty" winners. This distinction is...

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Flood Insurance - What You Should Know

You've probably heard this horror story before - someone loses a home due to a flood and learns after the fact that standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage. At Bailey Place Insurance we want you to be...

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Do You Own a Classic Car of the Future?

There's nothing quite like driving a speedy, shiny classic car that turns heads and starts conversations. In fact, the beauty and elegance of old collectibles - like the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the 1963 Corvette Sting...

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A Time to Celebrate Mothers

As the second Sunday of May nears, it's time to think of ways to celebrate mothers - although, of course, that's a worthy pursuit at any time of year! At Bailey Place Insurance, we thought it would be fun to give you a...

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Bailey, Place Agencies Announce Cortland Dryden Merger

January 30, 2013 CONTACT: Chuck Spaulding - 607/756-2805 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Stephen Franco - 607/753-9365 Bailey, Place Agencies Announce Cortland / Dryden Merger Cortland, NY - The George B. Bailey Agency...

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Protect Your Motorhome and RV From the Cold

If you're a snowbird and you're headed away from the cold this winter to a sunnier and warmer spot, you can move on to the next article. Just know that we here at Bailey Place Insurance wish you a safe journey - and...

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What's Maggie Been Up To?

I've had a busy summer. A family of ducks on the pond near our house greeted me twice a day on our walks. When we got to the pond, the mom and her 3 chicks paddled furiously to see me. At first it was more than I...

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Hurricane Sandy

**If you've had a claim or are preparing for the storm. Please see http://www.baileyplace.com/service-center/claims for more information. To our Valued Clients, As we all prepare to meet the challenges presented by...

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Halloween Safety: Be Ready When the Little Goblins Come Out

It's a night full of treats for both kids and adults in Dryden and Cortland. But a number of factors - including lots of people walking in the dark, the threat of wet and stormy weather, strangers coming to your door -...

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What I (Gus) Did On My Summer Vacation

Hey there everyone! Gus here. Here is my "what I did this summer" report. I went swimming and fishing most every day. After all, I am a Lab! mmmm yummy My cousin and I like the same bone. Me and my cousins...I am...

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There is Still Time to Get the Most Out of Your RV This Year

There's nothing quite like taking a road trip in an RV. Whether you're headed to somewhere nearby or somewhere farther away, Bailey Place Insurance wants you to get the most out of your travels. We put a few links...

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Pool Safety Tips for the Summer and all Year Round

We've included some Pool Safety tips in anticipation of time with family and friends this summer from www.poolsafely.gov Parents and families can build on their current safety systems at pools and spas by adopting...

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A Home Inventory Will Help You Know What You Own

Why should I have a home inventory? - Your furniture and appliances, clothing, sports or hobby equipment, and electronic goods are all regarded as personal property. Like many people in Upstate New York, you may own...

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Be Safe on Your Motorcycle

To stay safe on streets of the Dryden, Cortland and Ithaca area, you need the right skills to control your ride, and the best safety equipment just in case something happens. Bailey Place Insurance cares about your...

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Boat Insurance Basics

Your boat could be one of the more expensive purchases you'll make, right after your home and cars. So, although boat insurance is not always mandatory, it is important to get your ducks in a row before your launch. Let'...

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Do you have what it takes to be an Independent Insurance Agency Customer Service Representative?

Bailey Place Insurance is a local independent insurance agency with offices in Tompkins and Cortland County. We are searching for a full time Personal Lines Customer Service Representative. If you have what it takes to...

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Gus is on Spring Break!

Gus has been visiting his friend Wesley during spring break and inspecting a new dock at Murray Island on the St. Lawrence River. Yes, he was on an island on the St. Lawrence River on March 18th basking in the sunshine...

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Meet Jake!

Jake is a ten year old yellow lab owned by Sarah and Ryan McKinley, daughter and son-in-law of Chuck Spaulding. Jake was born at Mateer Labs, a Labrador breeder in Slippery Rock, PA. Jake's lifelong passion is...

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Spring is Coming to Central New York!

Yes, we've had a milder than normal winter in the areas around Dryden and Cortland, but with the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, we're starting to think about spring. (Or at least hoping that...

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More Meet Gus!

While I was digging through our pile-o-pics I found another one of Gus...he's the one on the left. His cousin Wesley is on the right. Maybe Wesley will be featured in an upcoming post too. We have such a great group of...

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More Meet Maggie!

Here is picture of Maggie that we missed! It is another of her early photo shoots. Do you have a Westie? In case you missed the first Meet Maggie blog post, here is a link: http://www.baileyplace.com/news/2012/01/meet-...

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Meet Gus

Gus is a 2 year old black Labrador Retriever owned by Chuck Spaulding. He was born in Cobleskill, NY at Four Seasons Labradors. As his breed name implies, he is a retriever.His favorite toys are Frisbees, tennis balls...

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Meet Maggie

Maggie belongs to Hope Cross, Operations Manager at Bailey Place Insurance. Maggie was born in Bethune South Carolina. She is a 3 year old West Highland White Terrier a.k.a Westie. Here are some of her first pictures....

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Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Car

Buying a new car is an exciting time - but it can also be stressful. After all, you're trying to get the best deal on price, while also deciding on the make, model and features you need. We can't really help you become...

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Christmas Cookies

It was just an ordinary day at the office when I received a phone call that would affect my plans for the coming week. The YWCA called and asked I bake 3 to 4 dozen cookies and "please include a list of ingredients." I...

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Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues here in New York, and they're not only annoying - they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher utility bills. Would you like...

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Cyber Monday Safety Tips from Microsoft

The Monday following the Friday after Thanksgiving Day is the seond busiest online shopping day of the year in the United States. For the millions of shoppers worldwide expected to shop online Cyber Monday, Microsoft...

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Shopping Safety Tips for the Holidays and All Year Long

Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season joyous. The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable...

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Thanksgiving 2011 Bailey Place Insurance Recipes

In honor of Thanksgiving our staff has shared some of their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. I suspect if you are at all like me, you'll want some or all of them fixed for you right now! Yum! Brittany's Stuffed Turkey...

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Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Winter

Summer has ended, but there's no need to fret: Fall brings with it crisp, cool days, wonderful colors - and football season! It also brings with it a few maintenance tasks that Bailey Place Insurance recommends to help...

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Understanding Identity Theft

Your identity belongs to you. Here are some suggestions from Bailey Place Insurance to help you protect it. In addition to purchasing insurance which will respond if something does happen, a smart and effective way to...

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Dryden Mutual Recognized for Excellence

There is good news for our Dryden Mutual Insurance Company policyholders. A.M. Best Company has upgraded the issuer credit rating and affirmed the financial strength rating of Dryden Mutual. See the article in Business...

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Time for YOU to go back to school and save money too!

Last week we talked about some discounts you might be eligible for if you had a student in college. This week, we can send YOU, the parents and any driving age kids, back to school without leaving your computer! You...

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Kids Back in School-Time To Save!

I suspect that anyone who has kids of college age has been running around trying to be sure everyone's needs are being met. Between responsibilities with the school, the living quarters, transportation, and shopping......

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Bailey Place Insurance Launches a New and Improved Website!

Welcome to the new & improved Bailey Place Insurance website and blog. We are really pleased to include many new capabilities, including a mobile site that can be bookmarked on your smart phone to quickly access...

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Losses and Lessons: Corvette Catastrophe

In keeping with the theme of recent blog posts, this article by Hagerty seemed timely. Let us know your thoughts or experiences. Thanks! VEHICLE COVERED: 1966 Corvette WHAT WENT WRONG: Sometimes a car is so...

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Saving Money on Collector Car Insurance in Central New York

How much you pay for insurance depends on many factors. Following the suggestions below may help you lower the cost of your classic car or collector vehicle insurance in New York. Before you buy If you're thinking of...

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CNY Mustang & All Ford Club Cruise In & Concert

The Bailey Place Insurance staff was at the car show and the Tribal Revival concert earlier this week. It was great to see a lot of familiar faces! An estimated 75 classic or modern cars were on display at one time or...

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RV & Motorhome Safety Tips

Avoid any delays and unexpected problems when you take your recreational vehicle or motorhome out for what should be a relaxing trip. Follow some of our suggestions below, and consider investing in some maintenance and...

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Summer Means More Teens in the Workplace

Business news often reports that it's difficult for teenagers to find work here in New York but nonetheless, as summer approaches thousands of teenagers will enter the workforce, many for the first time. This is an...

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