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Spring Into Better Health

Spring is coming, it doesn’t have a choice! Daylight will last longer and milder temperatures will be here. Many of us get set in our ways and settle into less healthy routines during the winter months. We go to work, we go home, we sit to eat and watch TV....

Merriam Rises: Giving Back to the Community

For almost 125 years, Merriam Insurance has been part of the Schenectady, New York community. From the very beginning, the founders were involved in many local charitable endeavors. As the agency has grown and our reach has spread, so have our fundraising activities to support those we serve locally, nationally...

The Day Someone was Shooting at My Family

Not long ago my family and I were hiking in the national forest, a short drive from Colorado Springs. As we hiked, we could hear some locals practicing their firearm marksmanship skills, which was not unusual, until my wife noticed that the gun shots sounded like they were “zzzzrrrrp” shooting...

Mr. Merriam Goes to Washington

When you hear the word “lobbyist” do you have a negative impression? Perhaps you think of hired attorneys from large law firms who represent national oil companies, or you think of unions with busloads of their members all wearing identical, loud-colored T-shirts using bullhorns, chants, and placards touting some particular...

The Value of an Independent Insurance Agent

There are several different types of insurance agents, divided between independent agents and captive agents, and divided into groups based on the type of insurance being sold. There is tremendous value brought to the consumer in the relationship with an independent insurance agent. Independent agents, like ourselves, represent a large group of companies. This allows us to provide the best rates and coverage available to all our clients. Upon reviewing