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Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance now Brown & Brown

As of Jan. 1, Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance office at 501 Front St., Lynden, is now Brown & Brown. 

Since 2011, Brown & Brown has owned the agency, which was founded nearly 100 years ago. 

Brown & Brown, Inc. has also announced that all brands under its retail segment have been unified under the brand name Brown & Brown as of Jan. 1. 

By doing business under a single brand name, Brown & Brown will be as connected nationally as it is locally. Customers will continue to receive the same personalized service while being able to leverage the strength of a top-five broker.

The unified brand will help bring clarity to the marketplace and add visibility to its broad range of offerings across commercial insurance, employee benefits, personal lines, dealer services, risk management and other capabilities. 

As part of this change, Brown & Brown will release a new logo for its retail segment and launch a new, unified retail website and LinkedIn page in January.

Washington gas prices up 1.5 cents per gallon in past week 

Washington gas prices have risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.86/g as of Jan. 3, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,666 stations in Washington.

Gas prices in Washington are 1.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.23/g higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Washington is priced at $3.19/g, while the most expensive is $4.58/g, a difference of $1.39/g.

The lowest price in the state today is $3.19/g while the highest is $4.58/g, a difference of $1.39/g.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.27/g.

The national average is down 8.7 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.03/g higher than a year ago.

Nationwide, Oklahoma is averaging $2.84 per gallon, the lowest state average for gasoline prices in the country as of Jan. 3.

At $4.63 per gallon, California’s average gasoline price is highest in the country.

Diabetes prevention: Healthy living classes

Diabetes is the No. 1 cause of kidney disease. This could be the year you change your life. One in three American adults has prediabetes.

Eight in 10 people don’t know they are prediabetic.

Washington State University Extension services is offering an affordable online Diabetes Prevention Program, starting on Jan. 19, Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m.

Contact Diane Smith at or call her at 360-395-2355.