Popcorn Balls

Updated 1 year ago

12 cups of popped popcorn1 cup sugar½ teaspoon salt2/3 cup water2/3 cup light corn syrup½ cup butter1 teaspoon vinegar½ teaspoon vanillaPlace popcorn in very large bowl, In medium saucepan, combine remaining ingredients except vanilla.Cook uncovered stirring occasionally until soft-crack stage (270*F.)Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Slowly pour syrup over popcorn, tossing until coated. With buttered fingers, quickly shape into ballsMakes 16 ballsRecipe Courtesy: Vicki Billings Rowle

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Healthy Living: Winter Storm Preparedness

Updated 4 years ago

By- Dr. Amy MoviusWe are on the threshold of a major winter storm, one accompanied by frigid temperatures. Many people (hopefully most) will be hunkering down and riding the storm out at home. Essential workers and others will have to venture out. Everyone needs to be prepared to stay safe from hypothermia and frostbite. It is recommended that people stay off the roads if possible during a major winter storm. However, it is still important to be prepared for the possibility of power loss at home. The following lists necessities for such an event:1. Have a back up heat source such as a wood stove or generator.2. Emergency supplies to have on hand include extra blankets, flashlight, matches, first aid kit, manual can opener, show shovel and rock salt.3. Drinking water, nonperishable food, and medication to last a few days are essential.4. Dress in several layers and wrap in blankets to conserve heat.5. If you are worried your environment isn’t warm enough, go elsewhere (friends, neighbors, shelter) until your home is safe again.People who must venture out in their cars need to be especially careful. Anyone involved in a car accident or breakdown can be very susceptible to hypothermia/frostbite. If you must drive, first and foremost, go slowly and let someone know where you are going and what route you are taking. In addition, follow the guidelines below.1. Be sure your vehicle is in good working condition for storm driving. 2. Have emergency gear with you at all times. This includes a cell phone, flashlight, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter (for tire traction if needed), ice scraper, small shovel, blankets, warning devices such as flares.3. Extra warm clothing and hand warmers in your emergency supplies may also be useful.4. If you are taking a longer trip bring some drinking water, food, and any medication as well.5. IF YOU GET STUCK ON THE ROAD, place a flare in front and in back of your vehicle. While awaiting rescue, stay inside with a window slightly open for air circulation. Also, wrap yourself in blankets and run the heater for a few minutes each hour.Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature is abnormally low. It can happen to anyone though some people are more susceptible to it than others. The poor, elderly, those with substance abuse problems, and children are groups particularly at risk. Hypothermia can happen suddenly or more gradually, and is affected by how cold it is, how long a person is exposed to the cold, and each person’s general health. Hypothermia can kill. The first sign is often some confusion or sleepiness which might not be obvious. Slow/slurred speech can follow as well as excessive shivering or NO shivering at all. Hypothermic people will have slow and clumsy body movements. If you think someone is hypothermic, seek medical attention immediately. If this isn’t possible, move them to a warmer location, wrap them in blankets or lie close to them. Do not rub someone with frostbite or hypothermia – this will cause more damage.

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Finance is Fun!

Updated 1 year ago

More and more is being learned about how men and women vary in their methods of thinking about and handling money, Financial Advisor Marion Syversen joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at Noon to talk about it.Salary negotiations- Men are eight-times more likely to ASK for higher salaries. In one study a researcher promised to pay participants a range of money from $3- $11 for participants to play a game. They were then given $3 and asked if that was okay. 8x’s as many men asked for MORE money than women.Indulgences- Men lead women in the purchasing of entertainment items such as video games, sporting event tickets, DVDs , even hobbies, alcohol and cigars. Women lead men in grocery purchases, skin care and baby products and premium care products. More women are making big ticket purchases such as cars and TVs. And 80% of all spending decisions are influenced by women. Feelings- Men generally save more for themselves than women, making personal savings a priority. Women are not saving as much. One author suggested that women are ‘present thinkers’ consumed with concerns about their family’s present and immediate needs and less focused on a distant goal. Men pay themselves first, women practice that trait less often spending money by shopping during their 20’s and 30’s while many men are saving more. Don’t shoot the messenger.Women also prefer holistic information about money and personal finance as I show in the research for my book while men prefer stock picks and more specific investment information.If you’re training for a skill or a race and you find that you have a natural area that hinders you toward the goal, what would you do? You’d face the problem and work diligently to compensate and fix the lack. See these differences and fight back to make needed changes.Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Updated 1 year ago

1 Cup(2 sticks) butter, softened 1 Cup brown sugar(firmly packed) 1/2 Cup white sugar 2 eggs 1Tsp vanilla 1 1/2 flour 1 Tsp baking soda 1 Tsp cinnamon 1 Cup raisins 3 Cups Oatmeal quick,uncooked Mix butter and sugars, add eggs, vanilla mix again, add dry ingredients. stir in Oats and raisins. Bake @350 10-12 min Bar cookies 13×9 pan Bake 30-35 minutes Recipe Submitted By: Sandy Gerard 

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Do you use a lot of salt on your food?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 22% (70 votes)No 78% (249 votes)

Do you think the Governor should roll back current Maine standards to the lesser Federal standards on Environmental issues?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 81% (653 votes)No 19% (151 votes)

How do you think welfare should be reformed?

Updated 4 years ago

Leave it as it is 8% (25 votes)Set up a Need-based Tiered System 72% (213 votes)Scrap it altogether 20% (59 votes)

Do you think it’s good for Maine to have huge chunks of forest land in the hands of single owners?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 34% (130 votes)No 66% (258 votes)

Quick Cherry Dessert

Updated 1 year ago

1 Cup(2 sticks) butter 1 1/2 Cup sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 Cup flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 Can(21oz) cherry pie filling In lg bowl mix together butter, sugar and eggs. Add extract, stir in flour and baking powder. mix until smooth. Butter 13×9 pan. turn the mixture into pan. Spoon the pie filling into the cake, in 16 spots,spacing 4 spoonfuls evenly in each direction. Bake @350 45-50 min filling will sink into cake while baking (for blueberry dessert substitute blueberry pie filling) Recipe Submitted by: Sandy Gerard 

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Is the State of the Union address as important as it used to be?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 15% (56 votes)No 85% (311 votes)

Healthy Living: Hospitalization

Updated 4 years ago

Improved Communication = Improved CareBy- Dr. Jonathan WoodBeing admitted to the hospital is can be scary and traumatic… for the patient and for the patient’s family.Being critically ill, needing invasive procedures or having a hospitalized child all accentuate these feelings The medical lingo is difficult to understand, the issues discussed often carry great importance, and there are often unanswered questions. What’s more, caretakers often seem to be overworked or in a hurry. And then money is invariably an issue: missed work, inadequate insurance, childcare needs, day-to-day living away from home, etc. More stress.In the end, many people report a sense of “loss of control”. What can be done?Arrgghhhh!While I cannot offer a fix for the sometimes beleaguered state of modern medicine, I will suggest one central thing that can help with all the above: improved communication. And much of it is within your control.Some suggestions:• Ask questionso Who are you? Insist that people introduce themselves and explain their role in your care. Where do they fit in the lists above?o Why are we doing this? Insist on understanding why tests are being done and what is going to happen with the information.o May I speak with my doctor? Ideally there is one doctor orchestrating all of your care. Ideally there is excellent communication between doctors and amongst all the participants in the care team. Insist on a team and a good leader.• Learn the system (i.e. who are all these people?)Hospitals depend upon a complex system of personnel that is often very confusing and very difficult to understand. Examples:o Primary Care docs (e.g. Internist, Family Practitioner, Pediatrician)o Inpatient Specialists (e.g. Hospitalist, Intensivist)o Specialists (e.g. Surgeon, Psychiatrist, OB-Gyn)o Sub-Specialists (e.g. Cardiologist, Neurologist, Orthopedic surgeon)o Midlevel Providers (e.g. Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant)o Nurses (e.g. bedside nurse, charge nurse)o Ancillary Personnel (e.g. Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutritionists, Social Workers, Care Managers)o Trainees (e.g. residents, nursing students, medical students)• Tell your caretakers your worries – don’t be afraid to tell people what concerns you or what would make you more comfortable. Nothing is off limits!• Leave your biases at homeo Believe in the system – Much of believing is understanding. Work to understand the system (see above) and increased confidence will follow. o Don’t worry about offending – Doctors are people – – you can talk to them like you talk to anyone. Sometimes people feel intimidated, but it is important to move beyond this. Be yourself. Remember: you are the consumer. Be polite and expect the same in return.o Gender – The days of female nurses and male doctors are long over. Do not make assumptions based on gender and treat all your caretakers with respect. Insist on the same in return.o Teaching Hospitals – Much of the best care in the US is delivered in teaching hospitals. No one is experimenting on you. On the contrary, these are often very concerned, very smart, and often less busy students or residents who can be very helpful in you quest for quality healthcare. Take advantage of the opportunity!o Culture Differences – Maine attracts caregivers from all cultures. These people are invariably well trained and very caring. Treat them with respect and expect the same in reverse. If accents are difficult to understand, be frank, polite, and patient.• Know what is expected of you and your family when you are dischargedo Ask questionso Get to know your “care manager” or “discharge planner”o Be sure you understand your medications and doses (including changes from when your arrived)o Have instructions repeated as many times as it take to understando Know who you need to see after leaving and where and when.While these suggestions won’t make being hospitalized fun, they may take some of the unnecessary fear and anxiety out of the process. In the end, remember… communication is the key!

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Helpful Money Math

Updated 1 year ago

Rule of 72- This rule is an easy way to figure out how many years it will take for money saved to double at various rates of interest. The quick equation is an estimate of the time it takes for money to double. Divide 72 by the projected interest rate. So if I think I’ll earn 10% the equation is 72/10 = 7.2 years for money to double. If I think I will earn 6% the equation is 72/6 = 12 years for the money to double.Rule of 114- this quick estimate will tell you how many years until your money triples. Divide 114 by you projected rate of interest. So if I earned 10% the quick equation would be 114/ 10 = 11.4 years. At 6% the equation is 114/6 = 19 years for money to triple.Future Value of MONEY- Just add a zero- This quick estimate may help make your spending plan a savings plan! When you are thinking of buying an item, perhaps one you are trying to talk yourself out of, wouldn’t it be great to know how much you might have saved if you had socked that money away and saved it? What might that money be worth 30 years from now at earning 8% interest? Just add a zero to the cost of the item! So, you want a new computer and it’ll be $1200. You don’t really need the computer but you have the money…According to this money estimate, If you saved that $1200 for 30 years and earned 8% you’d have $12,000. These quick tips are little tools to help give you the incentive to save for your future. Try them out and pass them on!Citations:Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008, 2009 & 2010 by 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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Where do you park your car?

Updated 4 years ago

Street 0% (1 votes)Driveway 62% (171 votes)Garage 31% (86 votes)Parking Lot 5% (13 votes)I don’t own a car 2% (5 votes)

Molasses Whoopie Pie

Updated 1 year ago

1/2 c. butter, at room temperature 3/4 c. sugar 2 eggs 2/3 c. molasses 1/2 c. milk 2 3/4 c. flour 1 t. baking soda 1/2 t. salt 1/4 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. ginger Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and mix well. Add molasses and milk Mix dry ingredients and add mixing well. Chill for two hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes Filling In a small mixing bowl combine. 1/2.c softened butter 3 c. confectionary sugar 1. t. ginger 1/4 c. molasses 2 – 3 T milk Beat until smooth and spreadable. Filling 2 4 oz. cream cheese, softened 4 T. butter, softened 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 t. ginger BEAT cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, and ginger until light and fluffy. Pair cooled ‘cookies’ top one with filling of your choice. Top with the other cookie. Recipe Submitted by:Linda Agren 

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Which would you prefer; a major snowstorm or a major heat wave?

Updated 4 years ago

Snowstorm 54% (334 votes)Heat Wave 46% (281 votes)

Zucchini Bread

Updated 1 year ago

2 C sugar 3 Lg eggs 1 C veg oil 3 tsp vanilla 3 C flour 1 tsp baking soda 3 Tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp baking powder 2 C zucchini raw peeled & cut small Bake 1 hour @350 Recipe Submitted by: Sandy Gerard 

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Updated 1 year ago

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 4 eggs 1 1/2 c. sugar 1 1/4c softened butter 2 c. canned pumpkin 3 c. flour 5 t. cinnamon 1 t. nutmeg 1/2 t. ginger 1 t. salt 2 t. baking powder 2 t. baking soda Cream butter and sugar, add egg and pumpkin. In another bowl mix dry ingredients. Combine the two. Here you can get creative. Add 1 c. of whatever. Raisins, chocolate chips, mini chips, white baking chips, walnuts, pecans, Drop (t. for small ones, T. for larger ones) onto a lightly greased pan. Try to be consistent as you are looking for tops and bottoms that match. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the top springs back when touched and ‘cookies’ are lightly golden Filling 1 Shake: 1/2 c. milk 2 1/2 T flour pour into a saucepan and cook over medium heat, until thickened. Remove from heat and add 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 c. room temperature butter (one stick) 1. t. vanilla Beat until fluffy. Filling 2 4 oz cream cheese, softened 4 T. softened butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar BEAT cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Select similar pairs, spread filling on one place the other on top. Recipe Submitted by: Linda Agren

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Lemon or Chocolate Lush

Updated 1 year ago


2 cups flour, 2 sticks butter(softened)Mix together until crumbly press in greased 13×9 pan (bottom only) bake 15-20min or until golden brown @350


3 pkgs instant pudding(lemon or chocolate) 3 cups milk Whip until thick pour into pan once crust is cooled down.

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Are you in favor of Maine joining a federal lawsuit challenging the health care reform law?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 81% (633 votes)No 19% (144 votes)

Should CPR training be mandatory for Maine students?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 51% (199 votes)No 49% (191 votes)