Features

Do you think attitude plays a role in your health and well being?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 96% (268 votes)No 4% (10 votes)


Do you think DHHS should go back to two departments?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 68% (222 votes)No 32% (103 votes)


Who should provide tax breaks to facilitate the sale of Katahdin Paper to Meriturn Partners?

Updated 4 years ago

The State 6% (24 votes)The Towns 10% (38 votes)Both 55% (206 votes)Neither 29% (111 votes)


Take This Job and Love It: Beer Brewer

Updated 4 years ago

On tap for this Take This Job and Love It: Chelsey Anderson is brewingbeer.It was brewed locally, and just in time for St. Patty’s Day. In the last couple years The Sea Dog in Bangor has reopened its brewery. It’s a busy job for Sea Dog’s only brewer Brooks Mathews, so he kept Chelsey hoping for hops.——Brooks Mathews, Master Brewer, Sea Dogs Brewery: “This is our grain bill.”Brooks Mathews: “So we’re just going to weigh out the loose ends which is going to add up to about 120 pounds of grain.”Brooks Mathews: “You want to put some scoops in there until we hit 60 pounds.” Chelsey:”Let’s see if I have your kind of precision, right?” Brooks: “Yeah.”Chelsey: “Oh.” Brooks: “Perfect. Look at that. You’re hired!I’m telling you right now!” We finished measuring the grains and moved on to the glacier hops.Chelsey: “It looks like rabbit food.” Brooks: “It does. Doesn’t smell like it though.” Chelsey: “No.” Brooks: “And it definitely doesn’t taste like it I would imagine.” Brooks Mathews: “Now we’re on to willamette hops.”Brooks Mathews: “That’s the big bag.” Chelsey: “Wow! Those are very fragrant!” Brooks: “Yep.” Chelsey: “We need smell-o-vision!” Brooks Mathews: “These are tettnang.” Brooks Mathews:) “You can break them open and you see all the yellow dust down there. Those are called lupulin glands and that’s where you get your hops flavoring and aromas from.”Brooks Mathews: “Perfect! Now that is the shovel of a brewer right there.”Brooks loaded the grains on a cart to take to the mill.Brooks Mathews: “Ugh! These things do not ever get lighter!” I crawled onto the mill staging and did my best to dump 4 bags of malt in.Chelsey: “Wow, they’re heavy!” Brooks: “Yep. 55 pounds.” Chelsey: “55 pounds! Okay. Ugh!”And Brooks and I dumped in the grains we’d measured out.Brooks Mathews: “You want to kind of mix that up just a little bit too.” Chelsey: “This is fun!” Brooks: “Yep. I like to believe that that’s really good for my skin.”Brewing is a long process- we’re talking hours and days- so Brooks hadsome steps already going for us.Brooks Mathews: “It goes through the mill, up the auger and then down into the mash ton here where it rests with treated water.”Chelsey: “So right now it doesn’t smell like beer. It kind of smells like a field.” Brooks: “Like oatmeal maybe?” Chelsey: “Yeah.” Now the mash had to be transferred to the kettle and I had to pull asample out.The sample looked good: tasting of sweet water with an oatmeal finish. Sowe continued on by loading our hops for the sweet water to pass through.From there the liquid goes through a maze of tubes into a vat where itwill ferment, with the help of yeast, making it all bubbly. Then it moves to a tank where the sediment is filtered out as it moves to another tank as a flat beer, and yet again it moves to a different tank where it carbonates.Brooks Mathews: “Now comes the fun part, hauling kegs.”Brooks Mathews: “If you want to grab one of those and just start lining them up in front of that tank there.”Brooks Mathews: “One batch is 14 kegs.”The kegs are pressurized with steam to keep them sterile. So I remove theair before filling. Brooks Mathews: “And now we are ready to start kegging.”We set up 2 kegs for Windjammer beer. One fills while the other catchesthe foam.Brooks Mathews: “Okay, those are locked down. Now you can reach down there and open that valve up.”And we’re filling kegs.Brooks said a major part of his job was clean up. Well, I agree. To removethe sediment everything got a scrub down and rinse off, even if I had toclimb inside.Brooks Mathews: “It’s not cute but you just get right in there.”Brooks Mathews: “All done?” Chelsey: “I think so.” Brooks: “Nice.”So would I be hired as a beer brewer?Brooks Mathews: “Absolutely. Top notch scrubber, and a great keg filler.” ——Chelsey would like to thank Brooks and all at The Sea Dog Brewing Company for letting her lend a hand in the brew process. Just so you know, if you had a Windjammer from tap on the last Monday in February, that was her beer. If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love it, email Chelsey at canderson@wabi.tv

Read more on Take This Job and Love It: Beer Brewer…


Should Maine temporarily lower its state taxes on gas?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 75% (191 votes)No 25% (63 votes)


Healthy Living

Updated 4 years ago

Mainers with antlophobia are especially fearful this time of year. Antlophobia is a fear of floods.TV 5 Health Advisor Dr. David Prescott spoke with Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 about phobias and what can be done about them.————–By: Dr. PrescottPhobias – Some are Rare, Some are Common: Phobias are intense, excessive fears about certain objects or situations. The number of people who suffer from phobias is surprisingly high. Phobias affect around 10 million Americans. Only depression and alcoholism rank higher than phobias in terms of common mental health problemsThere have been names given to dozens of different types of phobias. Some examples include: Triskadekaphobia Fear of the number 13Phalacrophobia Fear of becoming baldAntlophobia Fear of floodsChionophobia Fear of snowThe phobias listed above are relatively uncommon, and they rarely cause serious disruption on people’s lives. However, in some cases, people’s anxiety about a certain object or situation can become debilitating. People with severe cases of phobias such as social phobia or agoraphobia often go to great lengths to avoid such things as social interactions or crowds. Common Phobias Which Are The Focus of Mental health Treatment: Some common phobias that may require professional treatment include: Agoraphobia Fear of being in a place or situation where escape is difficult Social Phobia Fear of embarrassment or how one will act in a social situation. Health Related Phobias Fear of germs or sickness: or fear of healthcare proceduresEnvironmental Phobias Fear of heights, water, or fireSocial Phobia or Social Anxiety DisorderSocial Phobia, or social anxiety disorder, affects about 15 million American adults, and is one of the most common phobias. People with social phobia become overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations. They usually experience an intense fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing things that will embarrass them. They can worry for days or weeks before a dreaded situation. In addition to subjective worry, they often experience physical symptoms of anxiety in social situations such as blushing, trembling, nausea, and difficulty talking. Treatment for Phobias is Highly EffectiveSadly, many people with phobias which negatively impact everyday life never get help for their problem. If left untreated, phobias and other anxiety disorders can become increasingly debilitating, since people’s first response is often to avoid an anxiety producing situation. Without treatment this avoidance can become more and more widespread and lead people to become increasingly isolated. Treatment for phobias may involve changing the way you think about anxiety producing situations, changing how you behave in these situations, or taking medication to alter your brain/body’s response to an anxiety producing situation. Effective treatments include: · Behavior Therapies: Behavioral therapies involve learning a relaxation response, then introducing the person to the phobic object while they are in a very relaxed state. Doing this very gradually allows the person to gradually overcome their fears. New technologies, such as virtual reality helmets, are proving to be highly useful as an alternative to actual exposure to a feared situation. · Cognitive Therapies: Another form of treatment focuses on changing how we think about something we fear. For example, people with social phobia often believe they will say something silly or embarrassing during a conversation. Helping these people change this belief, by perhaps having them practice a brief casual conversation, can help reduce the fear. · Medications: Medications such as anti-anxiety medications or a class of medication called SSRI’s, are often effective forms of treatment for anxiety and phobia. For More Information: Acadia Hospital www.acadiahospital.com American Psychological Association Help Center: www.apa.org/helpcenter

Read more on Healthy Living…


A Look at Financial Graphs

Updated 1 year ago

I like graphs because they provide an image of numerical values and for me help to make things more clear. However in finance, graphs are tell what has ALREADY occurred and not anything about the future. Let’s talk about the graph that we have for the screen. It is the S & P average annual 10-year performance. Viewed in this way we can see how the economy and businesses were doing since 1936 to the end of February 2011. We can see the times when things were rocky and the times of prosperity but we can’t tell the future. We might hazard a GUESS about the future, and isn’t that what we do every day when we enter into a contract, change jobs, marry someone and invest?The very far right of the graph shows the lowest point in 2007 and the improvements since. This information is like looking in the rear-view mirror of your car. It shows the past. But this kind of info, along with other information, helps me as an advisor, help clients. And I thought it would be helpful for our viewers, too.So, graphs, pie-charts and other information like this provides a way to see figures as they relate to a set value, in this case 0% growth. It helps me and may be a good way for you to evaluate your investments.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 AmericaIn 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. We believe the sources of this information to be reliable, however, the accuracy and the completeness of the information is not guaranteed. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Read more on A Look at Financial Graphs…


Should the government mandate the use of CFL lights?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 8% (31 votes)No 92% (336 votes)


Do you think the Bangor Arena should be financed by all residents in surrounding counties?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 18% (137 votes)No 82% (636 votes)


Are you watching Survivor?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 31% (95 votes)No 69% (210 votes)


Zuppa Inglese

Updated 1 year ago

Recipe Courtesy: Cathy SperonisServes 42 cups whole milk1/2 cup sugar1/4 tsp. salt1/4 cup flour3 egg yolks1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract1 tsp. lemon zest1 Tbsp. unsalted butter1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted1 package lady fingers (24 count)1/4 cup raspberry liqueur2 Tbsp. brandy1 Tbsp. white rumWhipped creamSlivered almondsIn a medium saucepan combine 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar and salt. Set over low heat until heated. Combine remaining 1/2 cup milk and flour: Set aside.When the milk/sugar mixture just about comes to a simmer add the milk/flour mixture. Stir to combine and then immediately and gradually pour some of the heated mixture into the egg mixture to temper.Add egg mixture back to saucepan and continue to cook over low heat stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, zest and butter.Pour 3/4 cup of custard mixture into a measuring cup. Add the melted chocolate and stir well to combine.Combine the raspberry liqueur, brandy and rum in a small bowl: set aside.To assemble:Pour about 2 Tbsp. of vanilla custard mixture into each of four bowls. Place 2 lady fingers on top of the custard. Brush the lady fingers generously with the liqueur mixture. Dividing evenly, pour chocolate custard over the tops of the lady fingers. Place two more lady fingers over the chocolate custard and again brush the fingers with liqueur mixture. Dividing evenly, pour the rest of the vanilla custard over the lady fingers. Place the remaining lady fingers on top of the custard and brush once more with the liqueur mixture. Cover bowls with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Garnish with whipped cream and almonds. Serve.

Read more on Zuppa Inglese…


Bab�� Rum

Updated 1 year ago

Recipe Courtesy: Cathy SperonisMakes 18 cakesCake:1 Tbsp. & 1 tsp. instant yeast3/4 cup milk, warmed to 110°3 Tbsp. sugar9 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 tsp. salt1 tsp. lemon zest1 tsp. orange zest4 large eggs1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extractSyrup:2 cups water2 1/2 cups granulated sugar2 strips orange peel2 strips lemon peel1 cup gold rumPinch of saltGlaze:1/2 cup apricot preserves2 Tbsp. gold rumCombine the yeast with the milk in a small bowl along with 2 tsp. of the sugar. Set aside and allow to foam.Cream butter and remaining sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment until just combined.Combine flour, salt, lemon & orange zests in a medium bowl, set aside.Beat eggs with the vanilla. With the machine running on low add the egg mixture and the yeast mixture until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture in three additions. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth, about 1 minute.Butter a large bowl. Transfer batter to bowl and cover with plastic wrap.Allow batter to rest until doubled in size, about 1  hours.Preheat oven to 400°. Grease and flour muffin tins (batter will make 18 medium sized cakes.)When batter has doubled, remove plastic wrap and stir with a ladle. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins and fill halfway.Allow the batter to rest again for about 15 minutes.Bake cakes in oven for 10 minutes and then reduce oven temperature to 350°. Bake for an additional 10 minutes until cakes are golden brown. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool completely.To make the syrup:Place the water, sugar and citrus peels in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the rum and the pinch of salt and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.While syrup is hot, place 3 cakes at a time into the saucepan, carefully turning and allowing them to absorb the syrup. With a slotted spoon, carefully remove the cakes to a serving plate. Allow to cool completely. Brush with glaze and serve.

Read more on Bab�� Rum…


Rosemary-Infused Panna Cotta with Strawberries

Updated 1 year ago

Recipe Courtesy: Cathy SperonisServes 62 tsp. unflavored gelatin1/2 cup milk2 heavy cream1/2 cup sour cream1/2 cup granulated sugar1 medium sprig of fresh rosemaryPinch of salt1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract1 cup fresh Strawberries sliced1/4 cup granulated sugar2 tsp. orange liqueur (optional)Fresh rosemary to garnishIn a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup milk: let stand until the gelatin is softened, about 5 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine heavy cream, sour cream, sugar, rosemary sprig and salt. Bring cream mixture to a simmer stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture continues simmering while stirring. Do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Add the softened gelatin mixture and whisk to completely dissolve the gelatin.Strain hot cream mixture into a large glass measuring cup with a pouring spout. Divide mixture evenly among 6 custard cups. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. To unmold and serve, carefully dip bottom of each ramekin in a baking pan of hot water briefly. Run a thin knife around edge of each ramekin to loosen it from the inside of the bowl. Wipe the outside of the mold dry and place on individual chilled serving plate (topside down). Invert the custard onto the plate and carefully lift off ramekin (shake gently to release). Combine strawberries with sugar and liqueur. Garnish with berries and sprig of rosemary.

Read more on Rosemary-Infused Panna Cotta with Strawberries…


Should smokers be eligible for MaineCare benefits?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 34% (148 votes)No 66% (290 votes)


Should schools use nicknames like Redskins, Warriors, Braves, Indians or are those offensive?

Updated 4 years ago

Offensive 6% (20 votes)Not Offensive 94% (340 votes)


Healthy Living

Updated 4 years ago

Are you at high risk for diabetes?A simple quiz can answer that question.TV5 Health Advisor Dr. Erik Steele spoke to Jim Morris on how to help.


What if you have ten years till retirement and nothing saved?

Updated 1 year ago

You’re certainly not alone. According to one internet site, 39% of those age 55 have only $25,000 saved for retirement.Rethink expectations – Stuff happens and sometimes priorities change. Right now as you look down the tunnel of your life I hope you are able to get the vision for a modest retirement. Not one of poverty, but one of modest means. Postpone retirement- you can significantly increase your social security payout by waiting until age 70 instead of taking money out at age 62. Over your expected lifetime you will still receive the same – and possibly more- by waiting on social security. Postponing also gives you more time to WORK, paying off debt and Save! – Instead of saving 5% for retirement get deadly serious and start saving 15%, 20% or an even larger amount of your income towards your future. (If you plan on increasing your savings in a retirement account, you may have contribution limits. You may want to talk to your trusted tax or financial professional regarding increasing those percentages.) You ‘can’t afford’ to save? What are you going to do when you have to live on a possibly much smaller monthly income? Get serious.Invest wisely- take advantage of any match if a 401k is available at work that provides ‘free money’ if you contribute. Free money is an amount of money and employer is willing to add to your plan if you put in a certain percentage. In addition watch closely your investment options. Make good decisions for your risk and keep careful track of the market. Don’t be lazy with old accounts from former employers. Roll those monies to an account with a financial advisor or into your own care and track that money.It’s not ideal but it’s not too late to have a pretty good retirement if you act now.Citations:My retirement blog – savings figureshttp://www.myretirementblog.com/average-retirement-savings-by-age.htmlHow much to save now- Pullman Motly foolhttp://www.fool.com/retirement/general/2009/10/06/oops-i-forgot-to-save-for-retirement.aspxMarion 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 AmericaIn 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. 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.

Read more on What if you have ten years till retirement and nothing saved?…


Did you go to the High School Basketball Tournament last week?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 19% (81 votes)No 81% (339 votes)


Do you think Unions are to blame for the economy?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 76% (1,280 votes)No 24% (397 votes)


Do you think Maine’s school year should be extended?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 42% (155 votes)No 58% (210 votes)


MENU