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Six Ideas for Spending Your Tax Refund Wisely

February 22, 2017

With tax season in full swing, many people will start receiving their refunds.  The IRS expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers to receive a refund this year.  What will you do with your cash?  Here are a few ideas on how to spend it wisely:


Five Tips for Winter Weather Driving

February 08, 2017

According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 70% of the nation’s roads are located in snowy regions and 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement.  Another 15% occur during snowfall or sleet.   With statistics like these and the potential for a few more months of winter weather, now is a great time to brush up on winter weather driving safety.


How to Prevent, Diagnose, and Thaw Frozen Pipes

January 11, 2017

It’s January, and freezing temperatures are a reality for many across the U.S.  This is the time of year for hot chocolate, sledding…and frozen pipes.  Don’t let this cold weather situation ruin your winter fun; follow these tips for preventing, diagnosing, and thawing frozen pipes.


Prep Your Home and Auto Before Holiday Travel

December 20, 2016

With the holidays just a few days away, many people will begin traveling to see friends and family.  Homes will be left unoccupied, and vehicles will be put through winter weather driving.  Take some time to prepare both your home and your vehicle for your holiday trip.


How to Prevent Package Theft this Holiday Season

December 05, 2016

With Thanksgiving now past and Christmas on the horizon, we are starting to work on our holiday shopping lists.  Many of us know about identity theft concerns with online shopping, but have you considered property theft concerns that come with online ordering as well?

The threat is real, with “porch pirates” stealing delivered packages right off of homeowners’ doorsteps.  What can you do to prevent this from happening to your packages?


11 Safety Tips to Follow When Turning on Your Heat This Winter

November 16, 2016

As the temperatures finally start to fall, most of us will begin running the heat at home.  Now is a good time to prepare your home heating system for increased use in the upcoming months.

You may use a traditional heating system, like a furnace or boiler, to heat your home.  Or you may use an alternative heating source like a pellet/wood stove, a fireplace, or a space heater.  Either way, there are some general steps you can take to protect your home from fire.


Safe Driving Tips for the End of Daylight Saving Time

November 04, 2016

Are you excited for an extra hour of sleep?  With this year’s Daylight Saving Time coming to an end, many of us look forward to getting a little more rest.

However, the end of Daylight Saving Time also brings darker evenings.  Evening drivers could face more night driving, which increases the likelihood of having a motor vehicle accident.  According to the National Safety Council, the probability of having a fatal crash is three times greater at night.  Be prepared for the time change by taking precautions before and during your evening commute.


Fall Home Maintenance

October 19, 2016

With fall weather upon us, it’s time to do some winter preparation on your home.  Follow these tips to keep your home warm and safe during the cooler months.  Some can even be performed as do-it-yourself projects!


Reminder: Hurricane Safety Tips

September 29, 2016

Did you know hurricane season continues through the end of November?  According to The Weather Channel website, the statistical peak in the Atlantic Ocean for this year’s hurricane season came on September 10, but there are still two more months left in the season.  Be prepared and refresh your memory on hurricane safety tips.


Two Goodville Staff Members Earn CPCU Designation

September 28, 2016

On September 17, 2016, two Goodville Mutual staff members were honored for earning the CPCU designation.  Our President and CEO David Gautsche and Phyllis Knape, Product and Compliance Support, attended the 2016 CPCU Conferment Ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii.  This Ceremony honors the tremendous effort and dedication these two displayed in attaining this designation.

David GautschePhyllis Knape


Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

September 20, 2016

According to the National Safety Council, teen crashes spike in September, especially during the times when school begins and lets out.  This is the result of teens heading back to school.  The NSC also states that half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before they graduate from high school.  These are some scary statistics, but you can help prevent crashes involving teen drivers by taking these precautions:


Tips for Protecting You and Your Belongings on Campus

September 01, 2016

Did you know that, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the most commonly reported on-campus crime is burglary?  Motor vehicle theft comes in at third place.  As you’re heading to college, you should consider taking these steps to protect yourself and your belongings from crimes on-campus:


Goodville Mutual's Topping Out Ceremony

August 31, 2016

New Holland, Pennsylvania - On August 30, 2016, we celebrated the final beam being put in place for our construction project.  Employees of our New Holland office joined several Warfel Construction employees to sign the final steel beam of our building’s addition.  Shortly after noon, the beam was then lifted into place atop the second floor of the structure.


What Should I Do After a Tornado Hits My Town?

August 25, 2016

On Wednesday, August 24, a series of tornadoes touched down across Indiana and Ohio.  According to The Weather Channel, only minor injuries were reported as of Thursday.  However, there was significant damage to homes and businesses in the affected areas.


If you find yourself in an area impacted by a tornado, what steps should you take immediately after the storm passes?


Policyholder Claim Story: Rich in Ohio

August 05, 2016

The Fire

On September 20, 2014, Rich and his wife were in the final few weeks of a two-year-long home remodeling. Rich’s home is a 1950’s-style ranch home. The goal of the remodel was to create an open floor plan within the home. This would include removing three walls to combine the sunroom, kitchen, dining room, and living room, followed by extending out a fourth wall and replacing a screened in back porch. Rich and his wife performed nearly all of the work themselves.

On this Saturday, they were finishing up the living room by applying a fresh coat of stain / varnish to the solid wood paneling. The pair finished this task late Saturday night. Rich laid the staining rag over the edge of a plastic trash can sitting in the garage.

The Fire


Policyholder Claim Story: Aven in Virginia

July 13, 2016

The Catastrophic Event

On February 23 and 24 of 2016, according to the Weather Channel website, at least 61 confirmed tornadoes ripped across 10 states on the eastern coast of the U.S.  Aven and her family were among those who witnessed this outbreak first-hand.  She recounts the events of that Wednesday, “We had tornado warnings all day on the 24th”.  This prompted her and her husband to take the kids and the animals to the basement.  “We heard a loud roar, and my husband and I looked at each other and knew it was coming.”  They found the safest part of the basement, the bathroom, and huddled together.