‘I’ve had an Auto Accident. What next?’

You’re driving to work and you have to brake for traffic. The driver behind you, (who was following too closely), rams the back of your car. The rear end of your car now has significant damage and you wonder what you should do next. Following are step by step instructions on what you should do […]

Local Fall Fairs 2018

Summer’s starting to wind up and back to school shopping has started. That means one thing for many in small towns, its fall fair season! Fall fairs play a vital role in the life of our rural communities. To find out more about why agricultural societies were formed and the reason for putting on fall […]

History of the Butternut Tree

For nearly 90 years, a butternut tree stood on the site of our new office. The exact location is where our lobby is now located.  The tree grew on the front lawn of the property that belonged to the Matthies family at 76 Woodstock Street South for almost 90 years. South Easthope Mutual purchased the […]

Small Home-Based Business Insurance

Do you have a talent or a passion that you’ve turned into a small business you operate out of your home? Or perhaps you run a small business on the side selling something like kitchen containers or clothing. Maybe you are considering starting one because you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, to earn […]

National Drowning Prevention Week

National Drowning Prevention Week (July 15-21, 2018) brings with it the stark statistics of loss of life. The Lifesaving Society tells us that approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many. The Lifesaving Society has provided tips to promote for this year’s Drowning Prevention Week. ‘Watch me, […]

3 Summer Road Trip Experiences to Try

Do you only have a few days to get away this summer, or want to spend your vacation dollars locally? Why not plan a road trip within Ontario? The province has so much to offer.  Here are some experiences I have enjoyed while staying in the province and on budget. Oxford County Cheese Trail Perhaps […]

Protect Your Home While On Summer Vacation

School’s out for summer and the heat is calling you into vacation mode. Vacations should be a time to relax and get out of the ‘everyday grind’ for a while. The goal should be to keep that relaxed feeling for at least a few days after you return back to normal life. To help avoid […]

Barn Fires: What you need to know

It seems throughout the year, every couple of weeks we hear of another barn fire in the media. The often disastrous results can be tragic for farmers, especially if livestock, buildings or equipment are lost. The loss of income is detrimental for farms. Barn fires can also draw the attention of the general public who […]

Local Food Week June 4-10

Since 2013, the first week of June has been designated as Local Food Week. It’s a time to celebrate our farmers and the locally grown food they produce. Some consider ‘local’ as food grown just down the road at your neighbour’s farm or food that is grown or produced in the province of Ontario. However […]

Good driving habits that can reduce accidents and injuries

Summer driving season is here. Holidays, staycations and road trips; all reasons for extra time spent on the road and could make you more relaxed about your driving habits. You need to always be diligent when behind the wheel.  Here are some timely safety topics and tips to help get you from point A to […]