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Should civics and government be a mandatory class for High School Graduation?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 74% (276 votes) No 26% (98 votes)


Do you think the weather this year is more severe/violent than it has been in your lifetime?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 21% (219 votes) No 79% (824 votes)


Should people convicted of welfare fraud be made to repay the state?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 97% (370 votes) No 3% (11 votes)


Which do you use more for purchases?

Updated 4 years ago

Credit Card 11% (30 votes) Debit Card 62% (173 votes) Cash 27% (76 votes)


Take This Job & Love It: Housekeeping at The Harborside

Updated 4 years ago

If you have an idea for our next Take This Job & Love It, email Chelsey at canderson@wabi.tv————————A little over a week ago tourism season kicked off in Maine with the arrival of Memorial Day. Hotels, motels and B&B’s were busy throughout the state. Chelsey Anderson checked into a hotel in Bar Harbor. Not to stay, but to work. She’s here to let us know how that worked out. Chelsey?Chelsey: “Jim and Carolyn, The Harborside had a full house for the holiday weekend, and I did my part to get the hotel in ship shape.”————————-“Welcome to The Harborside. How can I help you?”Before you check in there’s a lot that goes on to get your room ready.(knock, knock, knock) Nardia: “Housekeeping.” (card clicks and door opens)Nardia and I had a lot to do.Nardia: “Clear the bed off, because this is a check out room.”I want you to notice how fast Nardia is at stripping her bed. Done in moments. And me….(Nardia laughs) Chelsey: “I’m not as fast as you!” Nardia: “That’s okay.” Chelsey: “Where’s it tucked in? Oh there it is.”Nardia helped me finish taking the linens off and bagging them for cleaning.Nardia: “I’m going to put on the pillow cases over here.”Nardia: “So you set it like this. Make sure the tag is down or the zipper. Okay.” Chelsey: “I can’t even open the pillow case.” Nardia: “Fix. Okay and tuck.” Chelsey: “You make it look easy. So I’m going to give it a try.”Chelsey: “I’m going to fold it down.” Nardia: “No, in.” Chelsey: “I’m going to fold it in. (laughter) I don’t think this is how yours looked. Like that?” Nardia: “Yes. “Chelsey: “I’m on my first pillow. That’s a little better.”I was obviously slowing Nardia down. Nardia: “You have to be fast because sometimes you have a lot of checkouts.”Her supervisor, Erica, dropped in to help me make my bed. And I was doing okay until we had to tuck the foot of the bed in.Nardia: “You’re going to lift everything up. Then you’re going to lift and sweep.”Sounded easy enough, right? Well, I couldn’t get this one… Time after time…Chelsey: “Is that right? Not quite.”Erica helped me finish the bed as Nardia added her final touches.Nardia: “We’re going to dust now.”I took care of the desk while Nardia… Well, took care of the rest of the room.After stocking the coffee and tea tray it was time to take on the bathroom.Nardia: “Glass clean. Garbage out.”We wiped everything down and replaced all the used bathroom essentials.Nardia: “We’re going to the shower.” Chelsey: “Okay.” Nardia: “That’s the hard part.” Chelsey: “Great.”Nardia: “What happens is I scrub my standing shower for soap scum.”Chelsey: “It’s so much more stressful when you’re doing somebody else’s shower. You know!?” (laughter)Chelsey: “Okay.. Now we rinse it off.” Nardia: “Yes.”We scrub for mold, rinse and dry everything.Chelsey: “Oh, your favorite part, right?” Nardia: “My favorite part. It’s the last spot.”Chelsey: (splash) “Oops! Oh geez, watch out. This is dangerous.” (flush) Nardia: “Right, right around. Ok.”Then the floor gets a scrub down, new towels are hung and the bathroom’s done!A quick check under the beds and we vacuum out of the room.Erica comes back in to inspect our work.Chelsey: “Oh. Now she’s calling me out.”So with all the rushing around and slowing Nardia down I definitely needed more work, but would I be hired?Erica: “Sure.” Chelsey: “Really?! Thank you so much.” Erica: “You’re welcome.”—————Chelsey: “It normally takes Nardia up to 20 minutes to clean a room, and that’s when they are really bad. It took us… An hour and a half. Thank you for your patience Nardia and Erica.”

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Should Mainers be allowed to register to vote on election day?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 37% (190 votes) No 63% (325 votes)


Healthy Living

Updated 4 years ago

TV5 Health Expert Dr. Erik Steele joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at 5 to discuss when its time to hang up the keys.


A Look at Social Security

Updated 1 year ago

Social security and the ins and outs of benefits is a tough nut for most of us to crack. Here are some points that may help you.Meant as foundation- The intent of Social Security was to provide some income for retirees. With the absence of pensions it has become the sole source of funds for some retirees.Set at initial withdraw- Benefit amount won’t increase, once you take your Social Security benefit the amount will not increase, except for ‘COLA’ or Cost of Living Adjustments meant to help keep up with inflation. The decision regarding at what age to take the benefit then becomes even more critical.Age dependant- retirement Benefits are available as early age 62, but the longer you wait to take- what will become set amount- Social Security, the higher the benefit will be. At ‘Full Retirement’ the benefit amount is higher and if you wait till age 70 the benefit is higher still.Taking Social Security at age 62 permanently reduces your ‘full retirement’ benefit amount by 20%.Your benefit will increase every year you hold off retiring until age 70. At and after age 70 there is not increase to your benefit amount.You can call the Social Security Administration 800.772.1213It’s such an important, but confusing, topic that I am hosting a Social Security administrator June 21st to help people get a better handle of this really important topic. Citations:The Complete idiot’s Guide to Social Security and Medicare, Lita Epstein, MBAPgs. 36, 43, 73,78 Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Vote Norumbega Financial for Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm at Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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How far will you travel to attend a concert?

Updated 4 years ago

1-10 miles 3% (7 votes) 10-20 miles 4% (10 votes) 20-50 miles 24% (59 votes) The next state 20% (47 votes) I don’t go to concerts 49% (118 votes)


Do you go to church?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 52% (312 votes) No 48% (283 votes)


Should employers be able to take union fees from non-union workers?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 10% (34 votes) No 90% (302 votes)


Coconut Lime Lassi

Updated 1 year ago

1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milkJuice of 1 lime1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt1/4 cup sugar + 2 Tbsp. sugar (more can be added to taste)1 cup iceCombine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy. Serve garnished with slice of lime.Recipe Submitted by: Cathy Speronis

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Watermelon Mint Lassi

Updated 1 year ago

2 cups seedless watermelon, diced6 medium mint leaves1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt2 Tbsp. honey1 cup iceCombine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy. Serve garnished with pieces of watermelon and mint leaves.Recipe Submitted by: Cathy Speronis

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Best Chuck Burgers

Updated 1 year ago

Makes 4 burgersIngredients:1 1/4 lbs. ground chuck, from chuck shoulder roast3/4 tsp. kosher salt1/2 tsp. garlic powder1/4 tsp. ground black pepperDirections:Preheat grill on high.In a large bowl spread out the ground chuck. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder and black pepper evenly over meat. Toss lightly to distribute the seasonings.Divide meat mixture into quarters. Using hands carefully form each into a ball and then press lightly into patties about 3/4″ thick. Patties can be made ahead and refrigerated.Turn grill to low, place burgers on grill, cover and cook flipping about halfway through cooking time.Rare – 3 minutes on each sideMedium-rare – 4 minutes on each sideMedium – 5 minutes on the first side and 4 minutes on the second.Well – 5 minutes on each sideServe with buns and toppings.Recipe Submitted by: Cathy Speronis

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Sweetened Sour Cream

Updated 1 year ago

1 cup sour cream1/4 cup granulated sugar1/2 tsp. lemon zestPinch of saltCombine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.Recipe submitted by: Cathy Speronis


Peach and Blueberry Clafouti

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:2 firm, ripe peaches, washed, pitted and thinly sliced1/2 fresh blueberries, washed1 Tbsp. butter1 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar3/4 cup whole milk1/4 cup heavy cream1 tsp. pure vanilla extract1 1/2 Tbsp. VS brandy3/4 cup all-purpose flour3/4 tsp. grated lemon zest1/4 tsp. salt1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg3 large eggs1/3 cup granulated sugarGarnishes:Powdered sugarSweetened sour cream (recipe follows)Directions:Preheat oven to 375° F.Using the butter grease a 9 1/2″ deep dish pie plate. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar coating evenly. Arrange peach slices and blueberries in bottom of plate: set aside.In a medium bowl combine flour, lemon zest, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg: set aside.In a large measuring cup combine milk, heavy cream, vanilla and brandy: set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment mix eggs and sugar on high speed until eggs are fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes.With mixer on low add the liquid ingredients until just combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Mixture should resemble a loose pancake batter.Pour the batter evenly over the fruit.Place into the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes at 375°. Turn oven down to 350° and continue baking until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 10 – 15 minutes longer.Serve clafouti warm dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop of sweetened sour cream.Recipe Submitted by: Cathy Speronis

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Do you think the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 61% (151 votes) No 39% (95 votes)


Should the state go to a single legislative body?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 64% (149 votes) No 36% (83 votes)


Healthy Living: Binge Drinking and Alcohol Abuse

Updated 4 years ago

When Do You Cross the Line? By- Dr. David PrescottOver half of the adults in America report using alcohol during the past year. Of those, over 14 million people abuse alcohol at any given point in time. One of the most common questions faced by people whose alcohol and drug use is becoming a concern, is when has a person crossed the line from recreational use to problematic drinking? The line between problematic and non-problematic alcohol use is different for each individual, but some common criteria for problem drinking include: · Repeated Binge Drinking Episodes· Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs· Drinking negatively impacts work, health, or important relationships.Binge Drinking: Binge drinking is defined as heavy drinking within a limited period of time: 5 or more drinks for males, 4 or more drinks for females. Obviously, drinking this much puts a person over the legal limit of blood alcohol content for intoxication. Some people who binge drink quickly become dependent on alcohol. In fact, genetics research suggests that certain people are predisposed to develop dependence very quickly. Alcohol dependence involves developing tolerance, where a person needs more and more alcohol to produce the same effect. Tolerance is a sign that drinking is likely a problem. How young do people start Binge Drinking? One of the most startling statistics about binge drinking concerns the early ages at which binge drinking first occurs. One in ten sixth graders report at least one episode of binge drinking. One in three high school seniors have consumed 4 or more drinks at one time in the past month. These statistics highlight that problem drinking begins well before the legal age to purchase alcohol. Early alcohol use is associated with a far greater risk of developing alcohol addiction later in life. Driving After Drinking: In spite of the public education efforts about the dangers of driving after using alcohol, the statistics on this issue are startling. Almost 1 in 7 adults (13.2%) acknowledge having driven after using alcohol. Maine rates are slightly below the national average, but still above 10%. Driving after using alcohol, particularly if this occurs repeatedly, is obviously a sign of problem drinking. Drinking’s Impact on Work, Health, or Relationships: A third way to address the question of whether alcohol use has crossed the line to become a significant problem, is to think about whether alcohol use has had any impact on work (or school), physical health, or important relationships. Without determining whether or not the impact is large or small, it is helpful to objectively determine whether a person’s alcohol use has ever impacted work (such as missing work due to effects of alcohol use), health (such as injury or contribution to chronic health problems) or relationships. Getting Help for Alcohol Problems: People for whom alcohol has become a significant problem often downplay the role of alcohol in their life. Denial is often viewed as a defining characteristic of alcohol addiction. So, if you try to point out to someone that they have an alcohol problem it is likely that they will disagree with you. Nevertheless, overcoming an alcohol addiction is usually very difficult to manage without help. Some simple tips for getting help include: · Talk with a mental health professional. A psychologist, social worker, or licensed professional counselor can help look at whether or not alcohol use is a problem in your life, and can help you understand better the factors that contribute to alcohol abuse. · Talk with a doctor or primary care physician. For some people, talking to your family doctor is more comfortable than seeking help from a counselor. Most primary care doctors have basic training in evaluating alcohol related problems, and can help you decide if you need further help. Recent research suggests that brief screening and intervention from primary care providers (SBIRT) is highly effective in addressing alcohol abuse. · Alcohol Addiction may be masking other problems. People who abuse alcohol may be trying to cope with an underlying psychiatric problem like depression or an anxiety disorder. Or, getting drunk may be a short term way to cope with family problems or a troubled relationship. Usually however, using alcohol makes it more difficult to sort out the original problem. Want More Information? Acadia Hospital: www.acadiahospital.org American Psychological Association Help Center: www.apahelpcenter.org Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/recovery/Maine Office of Substance Abuse: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/osa/

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Business Groups that Help your Business

Updated 1 year ago

When you are a business owner you are absorbed in finding new customers and doing the technical aspects of providing your service or product. Finding groups that offer support or information is time consuming. Let me help!Networking groups – I’m speaking more to formal tip club groups at which a variety of businesses meet weekly and commit to give leads and to promote each other’s business. Realtors, bankers, attorneys, plumbers and the like learn about each other’s business and the services offered and look for opportunities to share what they learn about you and your services with their own customers. Advocacy groups – These groups may be specific to your town, or region, or may be statewide or national merchant groups such as your local Chamber of Commerce, or the NFIB provide advocacy for business. The groups are comprised of retailers, manufacturers, service providers, non-profits and large and small businesses so they don’t always take perfect care of you. But when there are 80,000 members of a group such as NAWBO – the National Association of Women Business Owners- that’s more clout than you have with you 20 employees have on your own.Training groups- SBA and other resources provide free or low-cost training and help for procurement of government contracts, or marketing help, and also help with writing a business plan or securing financing for your business.Trade Associations- May also provide advocacy and training for the specific needs of your business.Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Vote Norumbega Financial for Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm at Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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