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Will you be watching tonight’s Gubernatorial forum?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 29% (68 votes) No 71% (166 votes)


Does where campaign finances come from matter in your voting process?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 57% (123 votes)No 43% (92 votes)


If the election were today, who would get your vote for U.S. Congress?

Updated 4 years ago

Mike Michaud 42.39% (451 votes)Jason Levesque 57.61% (613 votes)


Should people who post comments online be made to post their real name?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 48% (152 votes)No 52% (163 votes)


Do you think nurses at EMMC should go on strike to get a new contract?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 58% (169 votes) No 40% (116 votes) Other: 2% (6 votes)


What is the most pressing topic for you in this election?

Updated 4 years ago

Taxes 13% (25 votes)Jobs 35% (70 votes)Economy 33% (65 votes)Social Services 6% (12 votes)Change 9% (17 votes)Other: 4% (9 votes)


Do you think Tidal Power will be the next big energy source, or a waste of resources?

Updated 4 years ago

Next Big Thing 53% (76 votes) Waste of Resources 47% (68 votes)


Finance is Fun

Updated 1 year ago

Managing Kids and Their Financial ExpectationBy- Marion SyversenIt’s can be hard to say no to people you love. Especially when the things people want is affordable and you can easily buy it. So when you’re in the store and your baby asks for something and they are so cute and so sweet, it is easy to say, sure. But buying things all the time when kids ask will create serious problems for your kids. In real life they can’t have everything they see and want. You don’t want them to become so accustomed to wanting or needing things to the extent that they would forgo real relationships for one in which someone who will buy them stuff. And you want fulfillment in their lives to be more than things.Check yourself- Can you say no? If not, why not? Are you fulfilling needs from your emptiness or pain? This is a common reason why parents can’t or won’t say no. They don’t really need the item for which they may presently be begging. It may very well be in your heart.  Life has rules- Are you being mean when you tell your child that not to stand on a chair because they may fall? Is God being mean because there is gravity? Helping your child be a responsible, charitable adult who works hard and is kind to others that’s your job as a parent. Here are some rules: You can’t have everything you want. Work bring satisfaction and a paycheck. Think of others. Clean up after yourself. It’s not all about you.Find teaching tools- It’s hard for kids to hear you say you don’t have the money when you spend $100 on groceries. I know what it means when you say things about your money, but they only see and hear words that say the opposite of what you are doing.  Teaching budgeting, maybe you need to learn about budgeting, is a way to begin this process.  According to a Wall Street Journal article 24% of parents made back to school budgets WITH their kids which was many more than had done it a few years ago.It’s okay to learn these truths together. We are all on a journey in life and not as smart or as wise today as we will be, hopefully, next week or next year. But please recognize what motivates you and take control of yourself so you can be a better parent for your children.Citations:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704285104575491761014550690.html   

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Do you know who you are going to vote for for Governor?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 73% (158 votes)No 27% (57 votes)


Which would you rather play?

Updated 4 years ago

Board Games 25% (63 votes)Video Games 21% (54 votes)Card Games 54% (135 votes)


Do you think same-sex classrooms would help Maine High Schoolers learn math & sciences?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 30% (53 votes)No 70% (123 votes)


Pie vs. Crisp

Updated 4 years ago

Which do you prefer?Apple Pie 47% (92 votes) Apple Crisp 53% (105 votes)


How do you handle political phone calls?

Updated 4 years ago

Answer Their Poll Questions 23% (36 votes)Ignore, and let the Machine Pick up 77% (123 votes)


Are you working on Columbus Day?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 59% (93 votes) No 41% (64 votes)


Take This Job and Love It: New Balance Shoe Factory

Updated 4 years ago

In this edition of Take This Job and Love It, Chelsey Anderson heads to Skowhegan. There Chelsey hoped to be a shoe in for her new job.Chelsey- “The New Balance Shoe Factory focuses on safety, quality, efficiency and effectiveness. They have to, to put out as many as 42-hundred pairs of shoe a day. So I got right to work and did my best to keep up.”—————Plant Manager Patrick Welch started me in cutting working with Lisa.Lisa, Cutter, New Balance Shoe Factory- “It’s basically like a puzzle.”Chelsey- “So, we’re trying to squeeze as many as these pieces on as possible.”After Lisa helped me punch out a couple more runs it was time to head upstairs, where they were excited to have us.Crew singing- “Take this job and love it!”One of the first things Patrick tried to instill in me was that timing’s everything.Patrick Welch, Plant Mgr., New Balance Shoe Factory- “At 12:04:48 this person right here, will be coming around the corner any moment.”So, I skipped pre-fit, where the fine details are added, and started at the first pass of computer stitching with Judy. I watched and tried my best, but I didn’t have the talent and speed these folks have. I was slowing the whole line down.Chelsey- “Sorry!”Patrick showed me how to do one of the stations…Patrick Welch, Plant Mgr., New Balance Shoe Factory- “I put the wrong one on. That’s why I don’t do this very often!”Chelsey- “Now I spin it?” “Yep.”I had to sew the New Balance N on, and dye out the tongue hole.The next station was a manual sewing station with a lot to it. I wasn’t sure I had the skill for sewing in the box toe, but with an 18 year sewing veteran helping me, I gave it a try.Chelsey- “Rrrrr!””These are fixable. They really are.”She’ll regret saying that.Chelsey- ” This is terrible, you don’t want this one.”Chelsey- “I can not have THIS job.”Patrick Welch, Plant Mgr., New Balance Shoe Factory- “I’ve seen creative stitching but that takes it to a whole new level!”After several more sewing stations it was getting easier and easier to see the final product.Patrick Welch, Plant Mgr., New Balance Shoe Factory- “This, for all intent and purpose, is a shoe, but for insert, lace and sole.” Chelsey- “It doesn’t have a soul yet.” Patrick- “It needs a soul!”I head over to apply the glue cement to the souls with Ray.Ray- “You want to put one in and make sure it’s flat and you want to put it in so it goes all the way back in there.”Ray- “If you look at it you can see it almost looks like a car wash.” Chelsey- “Oh that’s neat.”Ray- “Now, here comes the fun part, because sometimes they get away from you.” Chelsey- “Uh-oh.” Ray- “You’re going to have to hold it tight, and go from one side all the way around to the other side.”Ray- “See it coming up.” Chelsey- “And now I spin it. Oh, oh, oh! I’m losing it!”Like the other stations, Ray was much faster and effective than me, so he cleaned up my mess and I moved onto the final stations.Chelsey- “Wind it up, put it on the inside.”Instructor- “Check the distance here. See if it matches.” Chelsey- “Pretty good.”Now I inspect the shoes and punch them for sale before popping the pair in the box.Chelsey- “Well, there we go. There’s my shoes: not mine because we could not sell those.”So after slowing down the line, and creating a whole lot more work for each of the stations I stopped at, would I get the job?Patrick Welch, Plant Mgr., New Balance Shoe Factory- “You would. I’ll tell you why. Good attitude, you’ve got a good smile, and communicate really well. Those are the things we look for. We can teach you how to make shoes!””We’d love to have you and you’re always welcome.”————Chelsey- “I’d like to thank everyone at New Balance Shoe Factory for putting out a great shoe, made in the USA, by great people. You all have amazing skills.”If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love It email Chelsey at canderson@wabi.tv or the station at wabi@wabi.tv.

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Finance is Fun: Small Businesses

Updated 1 year ago

By- Marion SyversonThis week I and Norumbega Financial celebrate our ninth anniversary. The SBA’s general rule of thumb is that 50% of businesses make it, or succeed. Do you have a plan- or do you just dream of working for yourself? Dreaming isn’t enough. The more detailed your plan, the more likely the chance that you have figured out contingencies for the ups and downs of economic cycles. Persuasive and persistent- Being strongly determined, really wanting to be your own boss as well as the drive to do what it takes are critical traits to longevity. Passion goes a long way in persuading people to work with you. It makes you and your service or product at least initially compelling.Ready to tackle an ‘ongoing puzzle’- actually the business is a series of puzzles. How much has technology changed in the ten years Norumbega Financial has been an entity? A lot! Rules for my industries have changed, employees have changed. Manufacturing methods have evolved. Tweaking delivery or packaging methods, cutting edge communication, staying faithful to great service while developing new business, keeping current with trends in the skill in which you specialize, so many directions you – and your team- need to keep advancing: do you have what it takes?Motivated- Do you have the drive and the desire to push every day- or to push forward most days? No one can be 100% every day but I’m a very high energy person and I wish I were doing more.Capable- If you stink at what you do, having all these other skills or traits will not be enough to sustain any business for the long-term. You have got to be capable, even really good or great, at what you do to have long-term success.Don’t give up the dream of business ownership, but you have the best chance of success if you have more than just a dream.Citations:Business owners Toolkithttp://www.toolkit.com/small_business_guide/sbg.aspx?nid=P01_00017 reasons businesses failhttp://www.businessknowhow.com/startup/business-failure.htmAbout. Comhttp://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/becominganentrepreneur/a/doyouhavewhatittakes.htm 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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Do you think that free speech should be limited in certain circumstances?

Updated 4 years ago

Total Votes: 317No 71% (225 votes)Yes 29% (92 votes)


Do you have an up-to-date resume?

Updated 4 years ago

244 VotesNo – 173Yes – 71


Do you wear a helmet while riding ATV’s?

Updated 4 years ago

116 VotesNo – 62Yes – 54


Would you let your fingerprint be used as a form of payment?

Updated 4 years ago

170 VotesNo – 138Yes – 32


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