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Everett Insurance Agency Unveils Own Mobile App

March 23, 2014

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McClain Mobile App

Click to learn more about McClain’s new App.

Editors Note: While there are many mobile apps from big national insurance companies, (including those they represent), McClain Insurance in south Everett has unveiled its own local app. After seeing the announcement of the app I had some questions for agency owner Claudia McClain. While McClain Insurance is a long time advertiser of this is not a paid advertorial or “native ad”. is interested in how Everett based companies are adapting big business technology to small business solutions. If you know of an Everett company who is doing something unique to better serve their customers and you’d like us to ask them about it, send an email to

Q: Why would a local agency develop an app when I can download one from my carrier?

A: As an independent agent, our clients have the benefit of choosing from multiple companies to “custom fit” their insurance needs and budget. So, there will be times where a client has their auto with one company and their home insurance with another. It would be a hassle for them to have to download multiple company apps. Our agency app allows them to maintain all of their insurance information in one place, regardless of their choice of company. Also, should they choose to change companies in the future, they can still keep their McClain Insurance Agent app and simply update their company information. And quite frankly, our app has more robust capabilities especially on the home inventory and accident reporting features than most of our insurance carrier apps.

Q: How easy is it to build a home inventory with the app?

A: Personally, I think that the home inventory on the app is very simple because it integrates with your smart phone camera. You can build the inventory gradually over time. Sitting in the family room watching TV? Snap a photo of the TV and other electronics, assign them a name and room! You don’t need to fill out every field at once. You can always come back and fill in the details, if you want, at a later date. Completing a full household inventory in one day, or even one week, is a daunting task. With our app, you can add one or two items a day and you’ll be amazed at how quickly and easily you’ve inventoried the majority of your home!

Q: Is there a cost for the app and can anyone use it or only paying customers of McClain?

A: The app is available to anyone who would like to use it. No need to be a McClain Insurance client! The app is free! We are providing it to all clients and friends of our agency because we realize that folks need to be able to access their insurance information quickly in times of loss. Whether it is a house fire or a car accident, it is likely that most everyone will have their smart phone with them. We want to make it as simple as possible for folks to get the help they need quickly.

Q: What’s your favorite feature?

A: I think that one of the most valuable features of the app is the car accident tab. It utilizes all of the great tools available on a smart phone: geo-location, camera, microphone, email, etc. If a person has an accident, it walks them through what to do, what photos to take, and allows them to dictate (depending on the smart phone) a description of the accident which then becomes text. There are quick-links to call 911 or find a nearby towing company. A map can be accessed to show actual location. There is time/date stamp created in the report, and the report can be emailed to the client which can then be forwarded to an insurance agent or company.

Again, if you know of an Everett company who is doing something unique to better serve their customers and you’d like us to ask them about it, send an email to

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Everett Police Investigate Curious Cat Caper on Casino Road

March 19, 2014


Cat glowing eyes

So far the cat in this case is not talking.

Every once in a while we run across a strange post on the Everett Police Facebook page that we just have to share with those who don’t follow on Facebook…

Suspicious Incident in the 500 block of Casino Rd

A female reports something suspicious is happening with her cat and tells an officer that her male cat came home one night smelling of perfume. Since that time, the cat will not eat its normal dry food. The female believes the cat goes to a neighbor’s house each day but returns at night and the neighbor is using the cat to “keep track” of her. There is a court order restricting the female and neighbor from contacting each other.

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Everett Animal Shelter Offers Rooster For Adoption (Really!)

March 4, 2014


Herald the Rooster

Look, an organic alarm clock! Now available for adoption at Everett Animal Shelter.

Here’s an adoption ad you don’t see every day, courtesy of the Everett Animal Shelter…

Come meet Herald! We believe he is a Barnevelder Rooster and is looking for some ladies to watch over. He does not have spurs and seems very healthy. Heralds adoption fee is $10 dollars please check your city ordinance before adopting as he crows very loudly.

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Everett Residents Invited to Tour Indonesia With Everett Community College

February 7, 2014


Java temple

Candi Singosari Temple on east Java in Indonesia is one of the locations visitors will see during a two-week visit to Indonesia through Everett Community College, a trip that includes cultural, language, economic and history lessons. Photo courtesy of EvCC Anthropology instructor Cynthia Clarke; taken during a 2013 visit.

Everett Community College is hosting an informational session later this month for those who may want to travel to Indonesia this spring…

Learn about an opportunity travel to Indonesia with Everett Community College at an information session at 3-4 p.m. Feb. 19 at EvCC’s Gray Wolf Hall, Room 276.

The trip, June 14-28, includes a tour of ancient Javanese temples, swimming in the Indian Ocean and learning about culture and history.

“This trip isn’t your typical vacation,” said EvCC anthropology instructor Cynthia Clarke, who is coordinating the Indonesia trip. “We’ll have a candlelight dinner inside a temple, match travelers with local guides and learn about the area while we explore one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

To participate, contact Clarke at or 425-388-9382. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by March 14.

The cost is $2,300, plus travel expenses, such as airfare and travel insurance. The cost includes hotel, transportation, lectures, language lessons and almost all meals. Participants can earn 1-5 college credits.

“Compared to the cost and depth of other tours, this is an affordable option for an adventure for travelers interested in more than tourism,” Clarke said.

See the full travel schedule at

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Everett’s Boeing Paint Shop Rolls Out Seahawks 747 Livery

January 29, 2014


Seahawks 747-8

Click graphic to enlarge the fun facts provided by Boeing Airplanes

Got this release and a few fun facts on the 747-8 that was painted in a special Seahawks livery at the Everett Boeing Paint Shop. Here are the details courtesy of Boeing…

Seahawwk 747 in paint hanger

photo courtesy Boeing Airplanes

Boeing (NYSE: BA) today revealed a 747-8 Freighter painted in the livery of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The livery commemorates the team’s National Football Conference Championship and upcoming appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks and has partnered with the team for more than a decade on programs in the Puget Sound area.

“The Seahawks have been an inspiration to our entire community throughout this incredible season,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We’re honored that we could join together two Northwest icons, the Seahawks and the 747, for this special salute from the entire Boeing team.”

This 747-8 is owned by Boeing and currently being used for flight testing. The special livery features the distinctive Seahawks logo and a “12″ on the tail to salute the team’s fans. The airplane will make its first flight in its new livery on Thurs., Jan. 30.

“The 747 team is proud that one of our airplanes could be used as a tribute to the Seahawks’ success this season and a rallying cry for the team as they prepare for the Super Bowl,” said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager, 747 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The partnerships we have with the Seahawks and others are making a positive difference in the communities where Boeing employees live and work. We join with all Seahawks fans in wishing the team success on Sunday.”

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Everett’s Madison Elementary School Wins National Recognition

December 31, 2013


Madison Elementary staff

Staff members from Madison Elementary School in Everett, WA

Great news for another school in Everett…

Madison Elementary ELL, Special Education, Hispanic and low-income students are learning especially well. In fact, the school met all federal Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Maintaining student academic achievement growth from one year to the next shows intentional, strategic instruction to meet individual student needs. That kind of work, demonstrated by sustained student success, caught the attention of education analysis at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Olympia.


OSPI officials saw that Madison’s student achievement and staff work deserved special recognition and named the school as one of only two Title I schools in Washington state as a National Title I Distinguished School. Students at Madison far exceeded the AMO targets for Special Education and ELL students – even though nearly one-third of the students qualify for ELL. Hispanic students showed strong growth in reading – as did students from low-income families.


The award brings with it the opportunity for representatives of Madison’s staff to take part in the National Title I February conference in San Diego – to share with and learn from other nationally recognized, high achieving school staff.


Madison staff also have access to an online professional development tool where other nationally recognized educators will share ways they have helped all students achieve to high standards.


“A day in the life of … ” Madison students and staff will be among documentation available at the National Title I website, and the school’s demographics and success story will be featured among the other nationally recognized Title I schools.


Title I background information:

·         Title I was started by the federal government in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty

·         Today it serves more than 18 million students nationwide in grades Pre-K through 12

·         Title I is the single largest pre-college federal education program

·         Students qualifying for Title I services attend almost every public school in the country

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Fundraiser For Dad Who Dropped Son Out 2nd Story Window of Burning Everett Home

December 17, 2013


A father in one of the families affected by a fire on December 7th in north Everett has started an online fundraising campaign to try to recover from losing most everything they own. If you’d like to contribute you can do so by clicking here. Contributed funds go directly to the family and are not tax-deductible. Here, he says, is a bit of his story…

Rainier Fire 1

Rainier Fire 2 Nguyen Phong Trinh was born in Vietnam, his mother passed away giving birth to him, he never got to meet his father. So at the start of his life he lost everything he had, but thankfully his aunt was there to take care of him and raise him. In Vietnam they had hardships and had to make a choice to try and have a second chance in life and chose America. When Nguyen Phong got to America his family did not have much, they lived in government subsidized housing and needed assistance.They worked very hard and finally things were looking up for him. His Aunt got out of subsidized housing and into a better neighborhood. He graduated from school, fell in love and got married. He and his wife decided to rent a room at our mutual best friends’ dad’s house. They also have been working diligently, trying to get his wife’s paperwork with immigration sorted so she can get her green card and continue working toward citizenship. About six months ago he had a baby boy, this pushed him work even harder to make more cash to pursue the dream of owning a home. They were doing fairly well and had accumulated some funds as well as some creature comforts such as TV, laptop, and everything that their baby boy would need.

On Dec 7th 2013 just after midnight a tragic event occurred; A fire broke out on the first floor of the home. They managed to escape with their lives and little else. Nguyen Phong had to go out of a second story window, holding his six month old child. He saved his son first. Luckily, someone was outside to catch his son. Unfortunately, Nguyen Phong was not so lucky. He broke his leg when he jumped down. He caught his wife when she jumped anyway, and she was not hurt. Sadly, his family lost everything (other than the keys, phone, and wallet he had in his pocket) including close to $1000 cash which they had squirreled away. His young family and their house mates had to stand outside in the cold and watch the house burn while fire crews tried to extinguish it. EVERYTHING was consumed in the fire, including his roommate’s 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 snakes.

Editor’s note: I spoke with Nguyen Phong Trinh by phone and he told me that to top everything off, last Friday his wife’s car was totaled in an accident as she was coming home from work. They do have car insurance but it will be a while before their claim can be handled. Again this fundraiser is an online direct plea for funds by this family and is not through any charitable organization.

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