Preserve your prized jewelry and watches

Jewelry and watches have a strong appeal to many people. They can represent sentiment, personal adornment, private assets, family heirlooms and collectible works of art. Because of their unique value, jewelry worn today should be preserved for tomorrow. Consider the following tips to help protect your jewelry: Store jewelry in a clean, protected location, such as a jewelry box. Place jewelry in separated compartments because some metals and gemstones scratch or chip more easily than others. Some boxes include individually padded slots for rings and provide posts for hanging necklaces and bracelets. Consider installing a secured safe within your home to prevent theft. Keep your most precious items or items you wear infrequently in a bank vault or safe deposit box. In addition to preventing theft or misplacement, you may also save on insurance premiums. Prepare an inventory of your watches and jewelry, just as you would all of your property. Take photos and keep purchase receipts. Store a copy offsite. Take extra steps when traveling: Photograph jewelry you plan to take with you in case an item is lost or stolen. Pack jewelry in your carry-on bag, not in checked luggage. Keep your most expensive items with you at all times. Place unattended jewelry in a locked safe or vault under hotel management supervision rather than in your hotel room safe. Examine the condition of each item on a regular basis. Check for loose settings, weak clasps and worn strings. Have any weaknesses or damage repaired as soon as possible. Visit a professional about every 6 months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected. Schedule a jewelry...

Mike Sandrock: Tempo Runs can help Bolder Boulder wave qualifiers

The following articles was published in the Daily Camera, April 17, 2017 Mike Sandrock: Tempo Runs can help Bolder Boulder wave qualifiers By Mike Sandrock,  Boulder Daily Camera While only one runner out there is going to win the Memorial Day Bolder Boulder 10K —- and no, it is likely not going to be me or you —- the rest of us can “win” by reaching our own personal goals that provide a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. These can range from simply covering the entire 6.2 mile distance for the first time to setting a personal best on the course. One key goal for many Bolder entrants is qualifying for one of the first 32 “waves,” or starting groups of the 100 total that will set off at varying time intervals Memorial Day morning. Non-runners might ask, “What difference does it make if someone starts in the ‘C’ or the ‘EE’ wave?” I can say it makes a big difference. The last time I raced the Bolder Boulder, I felt first-hand how good it felt to get the “AA” qualifier, meaning I could run on the Boulder Road Runners team. The most important reason for training for and getting a wave qualifier is what Todd Straka calls the “Goldilocks” effect. “It is like Goldilocks,” said Straka, an “A” wave qualifier who puts on the weekly Tuesday night Dash & Dine 5k race series at Boulder Reservoir. “You are running with people who are not too fast for your pace and not too slow so that you have to move around them. Everyone (in a respective wave) is around the...

Help your employees fight distracted driving

Every business owner wants to see that employees get safely to the jobsite or that cargo or products are safely delivered to their customers. Every year, distracted driving becomes a bigger barrier in the way of that goal. The primary task of anyone behind the steering wheel of a car or truck is to safely control that vehicle on and off the highway. All too often we see a news report that starts with something like, “This morning’s fatal auto accident on the inbound expressway was caused when a distracted driver…” Driver distraction is anything that diverts the driver’s attention away from the driving task onto another activity. In 2014, 10 percent of fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) figures. That year, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and 431,000 people were injured, the agency noted. Distractions can come from many sources – both inside and outside the vehicle. It used to be that the biggest concern was distractions from outside the vehicle. That is changing. Along with driving the vehicle, drivers are often trying to perform secondary tasks such as texting and talking on cellphones, monitoring GPS systems, tuning the radio to another station, or interacting with passengers. These secondary activities can all take the driver’s eyes off the road and mind away from attentive driving. Automobile and mobile device manufacturers are continually coming out with new equipment that they say will help reduce these driver distractions. New hands-free and voice...

Caring for your collection: Preventing loss

Caring for your collection: Preventing loss Collecting can be an enjoyable hobby, an educational pursuit or even a financial investment. So how do you look after a collection now that you’ve assembled one? While every collection is unique and has its own specific needs, you can take some simple loss prevention steps to help protect yours from loss or damage. A good place to begin is creating and maintaining a current inventory of your collection. For each item in your collection, your inventory list should include: artist/maker, title, date, type of object, materials used, any inscriptions or markings on the object and its value. Be sure to include photographs to document the condition of each item and store a copy in a secure, secondary location such as a safe deposit box. Theft and fire are two of the most common causes of loss involving collections. Consider installing centrally monitored burglar and fire alarm systems. Not only will this help keep you and your family safe while deterring loss or damage to your collection, it can sometimes result in savings on your insurance policy. When choosing how to display or store your collection, consider the following suggestions: Hire a professional art handler to ensure objects are properly installed. Avoid hanging objects behind doors, in narrow hallways or in close proximity to furniture or shelving. Do not hang objects above a working fireplace or in close proximity to other heat sources such as radiators. Keep objects out of direct sunlight, as UV light can cause severe damage, specifically works on paper, photographs or textiles. Do not store objects in basements or...

Position Yourself for Workstation Comfort

Position Yourself For Your Workstation Comfort Are you Positioning yourself correctly at your workstation? Millions of workers spend their days in front of a computer screen. To stay comfortable and prevent strain or injury, make sure your chair, desk and screen are arranged to fit your needs. Read our infographic for suggestions to help you stay comfortable and productive. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has additional resources to help you make sure your head, feet and body are correctly positioned.  ...

Bolder Insurance Opens Office on Pearl Street in Boulder

http://bizwest.com/2017/02/23/bolder-insurance-opens-office-pearl-street-boulder/ Bolder Insurance opens office on Pearl Street in Boulder By Doug Storum — February 23, 2017 BOULDER — Louisville-based Bolder Insurance, an independent personal and business insurance agency, has opened a new office in the Cox Corner building on Pearl Street in Boulder. Bolder Insurance, based in Louisville, has opened an office at 2575 Pearl St., in Boulder. Courtesy Bolder Insurance. Bolder Insurance will maintain its office in downtown Louisville at 800 Jefferson Ave., where it moved to five years ago from Boulder, where it had been operating for 22 years. The company is going through a growth spurt, said owner Brent Friesth. He said the company, which provides insurance to more than 2,500 clients, needed more room and staff. “When it came time to expand our offices, we decided to go back to where we began to better serve our customers and be more accessible to the community,” he said. The family-owned business has 15 employees, including owners Jackie Friesth and Brent Friesth. Four employees will occupy the 1,000-square-foot office at 2575 Pearl St., and nine work out of the 3,100-square-foot office in Louisville. Bolder Insurance provides options in personal and business insurance from over a dozen companies...