Are You Prepared to Handle a Personal Financial Crisis?

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Are You Prepared to Handle a Personal Financial Crisis? Individuals who are married or in a committed relationship face the possibility they’ll end up managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many experience handling complicated financial matters alone is during a personal crisis […]

Fishing for Holiday Gifts?

By Steve Chaconas Fishing for Holiday Gifts? Shopping for anglers is frustrating; but for the person on the receiving end, there’s a guaranteed stint in the return line! Choose gifts for on and off the water! Football players wear gloves for better grip. Fishing gloves must enable finger use for knot tying and sensitivity. Fish […]

On the Road- November 2018

Cathy with a “C” and her husband Brad Bradford, longtime friends and clients (they are the proprietors of the popular King’s Jewelry in the heart of Old Town Alexandria) of the OTC took a few minutes out of their fabulous trip to Athens, Greece to snap this picture of them with the October issue. This […]

Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage

By Melinda Myers Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage It’s a jungle in there. Every window, surface and brightly lit corner is filled with decorative or edible greenery.  There is no doubt what to gift this person for the holidays. More of the same. A lack of outdoor growing space, […]

Finding Wildlife and What to Do

By Jason Berger We all love our dogs and cats – but pets are not the only animals we come into contact with – or the only animals we may want to help. What should you do if you come across wildlife that you think might be in danger? Although your initial urge may be […]

November 2018 Pets of the Month

Calypso – Adult, Spayed Female, Brindle and White Boxer Calypso is a fun dog about 2 years old who loves people, rolling in the grass and running zoomies in the yard! She can get a little over excited so a home without small children would be best. She loves to go for walks and she […]

The (Sweaty) Seasons of Life

By Lori Welch Brown The (Sweaty) Seasons of Life I swear—I think I write the same sentiment every year, but it bears repeating. Summer is really hard to say ‘goodbye’ to, but look what we get on its heels—F A L L!!!  The first chilly, fall evening and I’m like “summer, who?” I mean who […]

Lunker Learning

By Steve Chaconas Lunker Learning To become a better bass fisherman there’s no substitute for time on the water, except for Robert Montgomery’s new book Kickin’ Bass. Writing for Bassmasters Magazine, Montgomery has covered bass fishing for several decades. He’s written many books offering tips for catching bass. His recent offering boasts to make the […]

10 Reasons Why Beneficiary Designations Are Important

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce 10 Reasons Why Beneficiary Designations Are Important Beneficiary designations can provide a relatively easy way to transfer an account or insurance policy upon your death. However, if you’re not careful, missing or outdated beneficiary designations can easily cause your estate plan to go awry. We often complete these designations […]

Savings Strategies for the Gig Economy

Financial Focus By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Savings Strategies for the Gig Economy If you’re one of the growing legions of gig workers, freelancers, or commission-based employees, your income stream might feel a bit like a roller coaster. And that can make it tough to save for retirement. “More and more people are participating […]