Tuesday, March 12, 2019

ETA Partners with iFinancial Services

L - R: Joe Betten, Joe Pilla, Adam Kearns
Nesquehoning, Pa - ETA Insurance Group, one of the leading and trusted insurance and benefits agencies, announced a strategic partnership with iFinancial Services.

In their never-ending commitment to customers and community, ETA Insurance Group (formerly ETA Benefits Group) is expanding their lineup of financial services in order to further strengthen customer relationships.  The partnership with iFinancial Services will offer guidance and support to households and business owners with IRAs, 401(k)s, CDs and investments such as mutual funds and annuities. This mission is to help clients protect and improve their futures by offering a more comprehensive set of strategies which support their financial goals.

Joseph A. Pilla, President of ETA Insurance Group, commented on the announcement: "Our partnership with iFinancial Services adds an important dimension to our services to continue efforts to move our clients ahead in life."

iFinancial Services and their team of professionals bring over 60 combined years of experience in wealth management, investments and insurance. "We are pleased to partner with ETA Insurance Group and believe we will provide significant value to their customers" said Adam Kearns, Wealth Advisor and Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) at iFinancial Services. "We want to stay in the forefront and provide options that fit their lives. Adam will operate as the dedicated, licensed representative to the community.  Adam Kearns is a FINRA and LPL Registered Representative and Wealth Advisor. In 2012, Adam achieved the designation of Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) from InFre. He holds insurance licenses in the states of PA, WV, NC, FL, and TX.

About ETA Insurance Group
ETA Insurance Group is an independent, locally-owned, full-service insurance agency and employee benefits consulting firm comprised of dedicated and experienced insurance advisors. Since 1999, we have proudly served businesses, families, and individuals throughout Pennsylvania, with a strong presence in the Northeast, Central, and Lehigh Valley.

About iFinancial Services
At iFS, we get to know and understand our clients through a comprehensive analysis of their personal financial situation and offer our Wealth Management, Insurance, and Retirement services. We strive to simplify the client experience and will always put the client first. We don't put all our clients in the same model/portfolio, a "one size fits all" model. Every client receives a custom experience with a portfolio suited to each individual, tailored to address their concerns and goals.

ETA Insurance Group and iFinancial Services and LPL Financial are separate entities.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor, member FINRA/SIPC.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tips for Safe Snowmobiling

January 13-19, 2019 is International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week. This is the perfect time to talk about smart snowmobiling habits so you can have a safe, fun time in the great outdoors all season long.

Below are a few safety tips to follow when you’re out on the trail:

·     Don’t drink and ride. You wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) drink and drive a car, and you shouldn’t consume alcohol if you’re going to operate a snowmobile. You need to keep your full attention on operating the machine. Drinking dulls your senses and reflexes, which increases the likelihood of an accident. Don’t put yourself or any other riders at risk—leave the alcohol at home. (Many states have laws prohibiting alcohol consumption when operating a snowmobile).

      Dress appropriately.  Like any sport or activity, wear the proper equipment for riding—suit, helmet with eye protection, gloves, and boots. You should also layer your regular clothing under the gear so you stay warm and dry.

Avoid private property.  When you get out on the trail, stay on designated snowmobiling paths only. If you venture onto private property, you could get cited for trespassing.  
Go slow. Speeding is the number one cause of snowmobiling accidents. It is recommended to keep your speed at or under 40 mph, especially at night. It’s also not advisable to cross bodies of water on a snowmobile, even if it appears to be frozen. You can never be sure of the ice’s thickness, and you have less control of your snowmobile on ice, so it’s harder to get and maintain traction on a slick surface.

      Don’t ride alone. Snowmobiling is better with multiple riders in a group. Not only is it more fun, but it’s easier to keep track of each other when you’re on the trail. It all comes back to having a safe, fun experience in nature.

Snowmobile insurance is another way to protect both yourself and your snowmobile. At ETA Insurance Group, we work with several carriers that offer plans for riders’ various needs and budgets. Contact us for more information about this valuable coverage and to learn more about the carriers we work with.

Are there any other tips you’d add to this list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Recipes for National Mocktail Week

January 13-19, 2019 is National Mocktail Week, so it seemed like a great opportunity to share a few tasty drink recipes that don’t include alcohol.

Whether you’re abstaining from alcohol because of diet or other lifestyle changes, you’re pregnant and must abstain, or you’re just looking for some new drinks to try, the recipes below can help get you started.


Photo: Pinterest

  • 1 ounce grenadine syrup
  • 4 ounces ginger ale
  • 4 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish
How to Make It
Fill a glass with ice and add the grenadine. Add ginger ale and lemon-lime soda. Stir, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.


Photo: Pinterest


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups lime sherbet, softened
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 cups club soda
  • Lime slices for garnish

  • How to Make It

    • Combine 2 cups water and the sugar in a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave on High for 5 minutes. Stir the mint into the water; let stand for 5 minutes. Strain and discard the mint leaves from the syrup; set aside.
    • Stir the lime sherbet, lime juice, and 1 cup water together in a large pitcher until well combined. Pour the mint-infused syrup into the mixture. Add club soda and stir. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices.


    Photo: Kenilworth and Co.

    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
    • 2 cups crushed ice
    • 1/2 cup prepared lemonade
    • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
    How to Make It

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and 1 tablespoon of chopped mint. Stir and bring to a boil. Cook until sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat and set aside to cool. After about an hour, strain out mint leaves.
  • Fill 2 cups or frozen goblets with crushed ice. Pour 1/2 of the lemonade into each glass and top with a splash of the sugar syrup. Garnish each with a mint sprig and a straw. Serve on a silver platter.


    Photo: Recipes Hubs.com

    •       ½ cup tart cherry juice
    •          Juice of 1 lime
    •          1 packet granulated sugar substitute
    •          Club soda
    •          Lime wedge for garnish (optional)

    How to Make It

    • In a measuring cup, combine the cherry juice, lime juice, and sugar substitute. Stir to dissolve the sugar substitute.
    • Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the cherry juice mixture. Top with the club soda. Serve with a straw, garnished with the lime wedge, if desired.
    What are some of your favorite alcohol-free mixed drinks? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    Winter Car Care Tips

    Photo: OpenRoad Auto Group

    The holiday season is usually a bright spot in what is typically a cold, gray, dreary time of year. Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year’s is over, unfortunately we still have a few months of cold, gray, and dreary weather to get through!

    Winter can definitely be a tough season, and the harsh elements can take a toll on both your home and vehicle (especially your vehicle) if you don’t do some preventive maintenance first.  There are a few simple steps you can take to get your vehicle road-ready for winter driving.

    Install winter wiper blades. If you’ve never had winter wiper blades before, you’ll notice a difference the first time you use them. They’re heavier than regular blades and contain a special rubber portion on them that keeps ice from collecting. Like regular blades, make sure you buy a set of winter blades that are the right fit for the size and shape of your windshield so they work properly.

    Check your tires. Most vehicles come with all-weather tires, but some older models still need to have the tires switched over to the winter ones. According to the PepBoys’ corporate website, winter tires are made of soft rubber that won’t harden in the cold, and their tread is typically deeper, which give them a better grip and allow them to pass through snow easier. And don’t forget to check your tire pressure! Cold weather can cause the pressure to decrease slightly, which can impact how well your tires handle winter driving. Check your pressure regularly throughout the winter and fill them as needed.

    Keep your wiper fluid full. Anyone who has driven in a full-fledged winter storm knows how quickly the visibility can change. Your wiper blades work overtime on these occasions, and at the same time, you likely use quite a bit of your fluid. Check your wiper fluid well often—there’s nothing worse than driving in poor conditions and not being able to see, and as a bonus, having a splattered windshield and nothing to clean it with! It’s wise to keep some extra fluid in your car, as well.  Be sure to use all-season fluid so it doesn’t freeze in the line (note that “summer” fluid will freeze once the temperature drops below 32 degrees F).

    Check your brakes. Sailing over a patch of black ice is not the best time to discover your car needs new brakes. If they’ve been showing signs of wear and tear or you’re nearly pushing the brake pedal to the floor, don’t wait to take your vehicle in for service. You don’t want to take any chances with your vehicle when driving in winter weather, so winter is not a good time to put off any kind of vehicle maintenance.

    Pack an emergency kit. Winter can be unpredictable at best, and you never know when you might be stuck on the road for an extended amount of time. Be prepared with an emergency kit for your car. It should include blankets, at least one extra set of clothing, candles, extra cell phone charger, nonperishable food (protein bars and/or trail mix work great), road flares (in case your vehicle is in distress), first aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries, jumper cables, and bottled water.

    Being proactive with preparing your vehicle both inside and out will go a long way towards staying safe on the roads this winter. But the best way to protect yourself and your car is to watch the weather forecasts and don’t go out if you don’t have to!