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Do you think the addition of charter schools will help or hinder Maine students?

Updated 4 years ago

Help 66% (214 votes) Hinder 34% (112 votes)


Where do you think Rob Lydick is from?

Updated 4 years ago

Blairsville, PA 45% (90 votes) Santa Monica, CA 11% (22 votes) Lynn, MA 25% (50 votes) Waterloo, IA 19% (40 votes)


Do you think enough is being done to protect victims of domestic violence?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 14% (41 votes) No 86% (257 votes)


Will the Bruins win game 7?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 73% (177 votes) No 27% (65 votes)


Healthy Living: Exercise is Medicine

Updated 4 years ago

By- Dr. Jonathan woodWhat does that mean? “Exercise is medicine”…?We think of medicine as something that:• You take to makes you feel better when you are ill (e.g. pharmaceuticals, etc)• You get when pills don’t work to cures illness (e.g. surgery, angioplasty, etc)• You get to prevent or detect illness or disease (e.g. immunizations, mammograms, etc)What if there was something that was repeatedly shown to do all three? Wouldn’t we call it “medicine”?Improving our fitness has been repeatedly shown to do all three! So – – exercise is medicine. This concept is the focus of a recent initiative by the American College of Sports Medicine appropriately called “Exercise is Medicine”. Their goal is to raise awareness of the facts and emphasize the proven benefits of improved fitness on overall health and specifically on the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases. The World Health Organization’s most recent Global Health Risks data (2004) rates physical inactivity at the 4th leading cause of death globally behind high blood pressure, tobacco use, and high blood glucose. Many feel we are in the midst of an “inactivity epidemic”, but few in the USA are truly aware of this.Some facts that you might not know:• Older adolescents and adults spend almost 8 hours/day in sedentary behaviors• 36% of adults engage in no leisure-time activity at all• Low levels of fitness pose a bigger risk of death than mild-to-moderate obesity• Active people in their 80’s have a lower risk of death than inactive people in their 60’s• Low levels of physical activity expose patients to greater risk of dying than smoking, obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol• Regular physical activity has been shown in several studies to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases by alarming amounts:o Colon cancer – over 60% reductiono Stroke – 27% reductiono Heart disease and high blood pressure – almost 40% reductiono Type II diabetes – 58% reductiono Alzheimer’s disease – almost 40% reductiono and there is much more…Additionally, regular physical activity in adolescents has been shown to lead to higher SAT scores and for younger children, it results in improved classroom behavior and less discipline issues in elementary schools.So, again, not only is exercise medicine, it seems to be better than what most of us traditionally think of as “medicine.” Use the medicine! It may not always be easy, but it sure seems to be worth it!For more info and some specific suggestions, please visit the Exercise is Medicine® website: http://exerciseismedicine.org

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Jobs for Kids

Updated 1 year ago

Kids and summer can be a great time for jobs. But what can they do and how much supervision do they need? Here are some ideas that may work at your house.Passion- What do they like? Though we know as grown-up we sometimes have to do jobs we don’t like, that’s not what out goal is for our lifetime work. So, why not try to plug your cutie into something they might really DO because they not only like the extra money but they also like the work?Working for others- Ideas- Pet care (while neighbors are on vacation or for the summer.) babysitting. Red cross offers babysitting training courses through the Bangor Y that would make your little pumpkin well equipped. The kids could do direct sales with a firm you like. Computer skills put to work and tutoring other kids.Working for the family- Are there jobs where your baby could do work above and beyond the usual? Might there be extensive gardening or building projects for which you could hire a kid? Maybe cousins could work a few hours and then send them off for fun? I always found a little work mixed in a summer day gave just enough ‘shape’ to the day, just enough needed focus, that the rest of the day proceeded with very few squabbles. Always an answer to every parent’s prayer… Citations:Red Cross- Bangor Y – http://www.bangory.org/content/4016/Enrichment/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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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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