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Butterscotch Noodle Cookies

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:

1-12 oz package butterscotch chips1-6 oz dry chow mein noodles

Directions:

Slowly melt chips.Place noodles in large bowl.Place melted chips over noodles and mix.On wax paper place tablespoon size cookiesMakes about 12Recipe Courtesy: Vicki Billings-Rowle

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Taffy Recipe

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups sugarPinch of salt½ cup light corn syrup¼ cup water2 tablespoons butter½ teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions:

Butter small cookie sheet.Mix all ingredients into a med sauce pan except peppermint.Cook, stirring constantly until mixture reaches hard-ball stage (255*F)Remove from heat, stir in peppermint.Pour onto buttered pan.When cool enough to handle, pull candy with buttered hands until it becomes white and stiff.Pull into long rope and cut.Cover each piece with wax paper.Makes ¾ lbRecipe Courtesy: Vicki Billings-Rowle

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Should Police Dogs get benefits?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 36% (132 votes)No 64% (239 votes)


Money Does Not Always Equal Happiness

Updated 1 year ago

With commercials starting before Thanksgiving, planning for Christmas can take on a life of its own and consume more than 10% of the year. That sometimes get you think in a grouchy way about your money and possessions. If only you had…blah, blah, blah. How much money would make you happy? Two studies, featured in a Yahoo finance article by Laura Rowley, will give us some ideas.Not feeling it- $ 75,000 has long been stated as the amount of earnings most folks feel maximum happy for income. Really, there after all the money you have does not increase happy ‘feelings.’ Having enough income to have food, buy gas and oil is one important reason for happiness. And according to researchers it is more likely that you will happy if you are wealthy. But another way to measure happiness, measuring lhow many times you laughed or had positive social interactions, has very little to do with money an how much you earn. Were you treated with respect? Do you get to do what you love? Did you get to learn something new or help people? These measures have a more significant impact on happiness than income and earnings. And these measures are consistent across ethnic and geological boundaries. People around the world have similar feelings of happiness for the same reasons.Not much change- Above certain levels of steady income there is more impact because of your personality and decisions than as the result of the increased income. Under certain incomes there is significant stress, but according to one Nobel laureate, going from $100,000 to $150,000 has no significant increase in happiness.Basic needs- when basic needs are not met respondents said they were less happy, as you can understand. But most people in whatever the country judge themselves and their happiness on a ‘ladder’ of comparison to themselves and others and based on their progression from one year to the next. Making some progress is helpful to happiness.. At this time of love and sharing, potentially increase your satisfaction by helping those whose basic needs may not be met and bring joy in your heart this season.Citation:How much money do you need to be satisfied?http://finance.yahoo.com/expert/article/moneyhappy/254377Marion 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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Would it be better if this had been snow?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 39% (127 votes)No 61% (202 votes)


Do you think Maine is too generous in its social welfare programs?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 89% (588 votes)No 11% (70 votes)


Have you noticed a change on Maine roadways since Senator Collins’ Highway Weight Limit pilot program went into effect last year?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 27% (64 votes)No 73% (172 votes)


How would you make Maine more business friendly?

Updated 4 years ago

Better Health Care 7% (13 votes)Lower Taxes 40% (76 votes)Tax Incentives 14% (26 votes)Less Regulation 35% (66 votes)Other: 4% (7 votes)


Take This Job and Love It: Salmon

Updated 4 years ago

In this edition of Take This Job and Love It Chelsey Anderson went up the stream to Bingham.She visited Cooke Aquaculture to help a natural occurrence in life progress a little faster.Chelsey: “That’s right. Around this time of year salmon everywhere are making the big trek to their salmon spawning grounds. But with the large demand for salmon some companies are taking life’s natural process of reproduction and altering it to fulfil the need. So, I hopped into my rain gear and hip waders and got right to work.”—————Chelsey- “Oh gosh! I’ve go to get them out?” Greg- “Yep.”Greg- “So, just try and pick out a fish, you’ve got to lift it and we’ll grab it and put it in.”Clay looked like he was doing a fine job, but I was a little concerned with getting in.Chelsey- “Um. I do not want to fall in this tank. Because I’m not sure in these boots if I could get out.”I climbed in and netted the first female I saw. And she was a biggy.Greg- “Ha! Uh oh! Bring her right over. There you go. Lift her right up. There you go.”The salmon were being put into a drugged bath that relaxes them so we can get the eggs and milt easier.We snagged a couple more.Greg- “Okay. We’ll get you suited up and he’ll bring them around for us.” Chelsey- “Okay.” We grabbed our female, scanned the bellies so their barcode could be recorded, and sat down to begin removing the eggs.Chelsey- “Uh-ew-oop-yuck-oh! There’s stuff going everywhere!”Greg- “Each egg is about five cents.” Chelsey- “Oh no!”Hatchery Manager Brian Wheeler gave me some tips.Brian- “Hold it up like this so that it doesn’t pour all out. Take you towel and wipe all the water off.”Brian- “What you’re going to do is basically twist and drop it in the bucket.” Chelsey- “Okay. Ew. I just wiped my face with my hand.”Brian- “Now you’re going to take your hand and start at the top and work down to the tail. And push in the belly. There you go.”Brian showed me a technique to quicken the process. With this knowledge I was feeling pretty confident.Chelsey- “Are you racing me?” Jeff- “sure!”Chelsey- “Okay. We’re trying technique this time.” Crowd- “Look at that!” “Oh yeah! What are you doing Jeff?” Jeff- “I lost my job!” (laughter) Chelsey- “I think he’ll still beat me though.”And before I knew it, Jeff was done.Chelsey- “Are you serious!” (laughter) “I even got a head start!”But my guide and Production Manager Greg Lambert wasn’t going to let this loss get me down.Greg- “It’s not the speed, it’s quality.”We finished with the females, so Brian went to get the males.Greg- “It’s going to be the same procedure you just saw, but instead of a bucket you’ll be catching in a little styrofoam cup.”Chelsey- “So you realize I couldn’t even get it in that bucket and now you want me to get it in a little cup?” Greg- “We’ll see.”Chelsey- “I’m very nervous about this. This is a little one!” Brian- “Yep.” Chelsey- “He’s moving! He’s moving! Oh no! He’s not going to hit me is he?”Everyone reassured me I was fine, but I have my reservations, and rightfully so.Chelsey- “Now hopefully he’s out… Oh my! Look at him! He’s moving all over the place! AH!” Brian- “Hang on good.” Chelsey- “Okay.” Brian- “Now lay the towel there and drop this down there. Drop it lower. There you go. Now do it slow. Real slow.” Chelsey- “Okay.”{SWIM BLADDER NAT}Chelsey- “Does it usually make that sound?” Brian- “It’s the swim bladder letting air out.” Chelsey- “Okay. I didn’t know if I was breaking something.” (laughter) “I don’t even know if you can do that!” (laughter)I got all that milt out and went back to the bin for my next fish.Chelsey- “What! What in the world! You want me to carry this thing? It’s like an elephant! And he is awake. He is so awake.”But I was able to get all the milt out, without jumping too much.Now it was time to fertilize.In this process Brian will use two eye droppers to drop milt into each bucket containing about eight thousand eggs. Then I’ll help mix them.Greg- “There’s no set pattern to do.” Chelsey- “Okay.” Greg- “You just try and go around and around in a gentle motion trying to get the milt all over the place on the egg.”Greg- “We wait about five minutes for the magic to happen, then we rinse the eggs.”And that’s basically fertilization.The fertilized eggs will be moved into holding tanks where they’ll turn into alevins, breaking out of their eggs. Not long after that, they’ll be real fish.So after all the splashing, dropping eggs, and jumping from waken fish am I hired?Greg- “After careful consideration and consulting Brian here.” Brian- “Sure!” Greg- “I think we’ll give you the thumbs up.”Chelsey- “Thanks! Thanks guys!”—————-Chelsey: “A neat thing about the whole process: every tank is set up to spawn at different times during the month. This is controlled by lights. And about 9 million eggs will be fertilized in one year.Thank you everyone at Cooke Aquaculture for letting us visit your facility.You have great people to work with.”If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love It email me at canderson@wabi.tv

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Are the increased gas prices causing you to do anything differently?

Updated 4 years ago

YES 81% (183 votes)NO 19% (44 votes)


Healthy Living

Updated 4 years ago

By- Dr. Joan PellegriniBody piercing that includes areas other than ear lobes is gaining acceptance. One of the reasons that this is interesting to me as a surgeon is that I am now seeing more patients with complications from these piercings.There are “early” and “late” complications. Early complications occur because of improper sterile technique or improper site selection. Most of these complications can be avoided by choosing a reputable piercer. These complications are usually a local infection around the piercing.Ear piercing: a search of the medical literature does not list many complications. Interestingly, there do not seem to be any more complications with piercing the cartilage (the upper part of the ear) as opposed to the earlobe. Some people form keloids which is a very large scar. If you know you are one of these people, you should avoid piercing all together.Tongue and lip piercing: I suspect that most people who get this type of piercing are not informed about the dental complications. The metal in this type of jewelry can cause gingival recession and tooth trauma. Over time, this can necessitate expensive dental care. The gingival recession will self-correct if the jewelry is removed and good oral hygiene is followed. Trauma to the tooth enamel, however, may be irreversible.Umbilical piercing: The only real complication is infection of the belly button. This can be avoided by frequently cleansing of this area.Intimate piercings: Surprising to me, there are few complications with this type of piercing. A penile ring, although not really a “piercing” can cause a narrowing of the urethra if it is too tight and left on long-term.Nipple piercing: This is the most frequent piercing to cause complications in my practice. I have seen several women with breast infections that have occurred many months after piercing. Some women have even had their piercing removed for months to years before they develop an abscess. A breast abscess is painful. Unfortunately, this abscess is caused by a communication with the duct which can make it more difficult to treat. The mammary ducts all come together at the nipple. A piercing through the nipple can cause an abnormal communication between the skin and one or more of these ducts. Skin bacteria can get into the duct and cause an infection in the breast tissue. Some of these infections can cause breast deformity or may even require surgery to remove the duct and some breast tissue.

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Finding a Financial Advisor

Updated 1 year ago

Finding a professional, such as a financial advisor, who meets your criteria for qualifications, integrity and service can feel overwhelming. Many professionals, attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors, believe you can be enthusiastic about the pros with whom you work. If you type financial advisor into the Bangor region you can find nearly 400 professionals listed. Here are some tips that might help you narrow your search for your financial advisor.Qualifications- What exams are provide the professional you need? Series 7 is a general broker who can help you with individucal stocks and bonds. Series 6 is for those who anticipate only using mutual funds and variable annuities. Some financial planners have neither license and use Charles Schwab to trade all securities. They typically hold a 65 licnse and are investment advisors. About 8% of advisors hold a broker and an advisor lincense. The advisor’s education could be balanced with their ‘designations.’ Designation are achieved through various tests that help advisors’ develop an expertise in particular areas od practice and are sometimes used for those who do not have a finance, or other comparible, education. Vision- How does the advisor run their business? Do you pay an additional fee for a plan? Is the plan so detailed and specific to you that the fee is worth the cost? Would you prefer regular meetings and discussions on many financial topics? Is the advisor a good teacher? Is that what you’d like in a professional? Is the relationship important to you or do you want just the facts? What about ongoing conversations or contact? What would you like and is that this advisor’s vision? Compensation- Everybody needs to make a living and understanding how the advisor you are meeting with makes their living is important. Investment advisors are compensated by a fee that is paid on an ongoing basis. This is an ongoing underlying cost for the money they hold ‘under management.’ Because this can be expensive over several years than front-end charges there is frequently a lower-end requirement, as in you must have at least $250,000 or $500,000 before the advisor can take you as a client. Traditional compensation charge a commission when you buy or sell stocks or bonds, r a front-end charge for mutual fund purchases. Ask about this so you understand the pros and cons of various fees.Team- Most people only provide part of the tax, investment and legal needs that planning can entail. What kind of team has the advisor organized to help meet your needs? How do you feel when you speak with them? Do you undertsad what they are explaining? Do you feel comfortable with their staff? With so many advisors in the region you are certain to find someone who is a good fit for you professionally and personally.Citations:http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/07/rightadvisor.aspMarion 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. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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When traveling in snow, do you follow behind the plowtruck, or pass it?

Updated 4 years ago

Follow Behind: 79% (302 VOTES)Pass: 21% (84 VOTES)


How often do you get a good night’s rest?

Updated 4 years ago

All the time 13% (47 votes)Sometimes 63% (240 votes)Never 24% (92 votes)


Do you think Independents should be allowed to vote in the primary elections?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 79% (105 votes)No 21% (28 votes)


None of the contested races have been overturned in a recount, do you think they are worth the time and money?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 28% (49 votes)No 72% (127 votes)


Now that 96% of the $700B TARP bailout has been returned, do you think that the program was a success?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 12% (57 votes)No 88% (413 votes)


Healthy Living: National Stress Survey

Updated 4 years ago

Recognizing Stress vs. Effectively Addressing StressBy- Dr. David Prescott Stress in America Survey: Each year, the American Psychological Association teams with Harris Interactive Research to conduct the “Stress in America Survey.” This survey helps identify Americans’ current perceived level of stress, sources of stress and ability to effectively cope with stress. The results reveal that, as a nation, most of us live under moderate to high stress and that we recognize stress’s negative influence on our lives and our health. Why is Understanding Stress Important? Short-term stress can actually be helpful in focusing our energy on an important task, like an exam in school or an athletic event. However, chronic, long-term stress is associated with a number of negative conditions including:  Heart disease Depression or Anxiety Disorder Obesity Overall poor health Chronic PainWhat are the Top Stressors for 2010? The top stressors for 2010 were similar to those identified in the 2009 survey, and focus largely on economic factors. They include:  Money (76% of population) Work (70% of population) Economy (65% of population)While these factors were similar from last year, some additional stressors were cited that are higher in 2010 than in 2009. These include:  Job stability is a greater stressor in 2010 (49%) vs. 2009 (44%) Employers are viewed as less helpful in assisting employees in balancing job vs. home stress (only 36% are viewed as helpful in 2010 vs. 42% in 2009).Do Kids Know About Parents’ Stress? Most parents in the survey felt that their stress level has little impact on their children. Our children, however, report otherwise. 69% of parents said that their stress had little or no impact on their children, yet 91% of children said that they know and are affected by their parents’ stress. Most children were very good at identifying signs of parent stress (e.g., more irritable, not being able to spend time with children, reprimand children more). Children, by and large, felt able to tell their parents about their own feelings of stress. Yet, a third to half of children reported problems falling asleep, having physical symptoms like upset stomach, or unhealthy eating as effects of parents’ stress. Good News for East Coast: For reasons that are not entirely clear, people who live in the eastern part of the country reported the lowest average stress levels. On a 10 point scale, east coast residents report an average stress level of 5.2, which is the fourth straight annual drop. 35% of those living in the east reported little or no stress, with the next highest region (midwest) being 25%. Knowing What to Do and Actually Doing It: Most Americans readily recognize that high stress levels are associated with poor physical and mental health, unhealthy eating habits, avoiding regular exercise, and harmful coping strategies like smoking or excessive drinking. However, most people also acknowledge that while they know what to do to cope with stress more effectively, they don’t actually do it. The American Psychological Association identifies some good starting points for putting our knowledge about better coping with stress into action. These include:  Change One Habit at a Time: Start small. Your progress will gain momentum and help you pursue more challenging stress management goals.  Talk About It: Most people are better able to cope with stress when they talk with supportive others Just expressing some of those bottled up feelings helps reduce stress levels.  Create a Health Environment: Our stress level and unhelpful coping strategies are often triggered by things around us. Making your work or living space less cluttered and more comfortable reduces stress. Or, having health snacks available reduces the urge to eat “junk food” when you are stressed. For More Information: American Psychological Association Help Center: www.apa.org/helpcenterAcadia Hospital: www.acadiaohospital.org

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Some Good Online Deals

Updated 1 year ago

I read this article in Kiplinger’s featuring 21 web sites with deals that I thought you might want to check out. Here are some highlights from The article entitled, “21 Web Sites for Finding Deals Online.”Websites:Dealio.comRetailMeNotDealnewsGiftCardGrannyDealio.com- This site is one of several mentioned in the article that compares prices on MILLIONS of products offered through tens of thousands of merchants. In large urban areas where driving from store to store can take many hours knowing the best prioce on your favorite products is a real time saver. Always keep in mind that you aren’t really saving money if you drive 15 miles one-way to save $1. RetailMeNot – This is a coupon site and several other sites are also mentioned in the article such as CouponWinner.com and Coupon Sherpa. A site that specializes in coupons for kids’ things is also featured: CleverBabies.comDealnews- This site and the others mentioned here feature breaking deals happening right now and offer RSS feeds or email notifications to keep you in the loop. Six different deal sites are listed here with descriptions on what they offer to simplify your hunt.GiftCardGranny- Interested in discounted gift cards? Then the site listed in this portion of the article are for you. The site offers this example of possible savings: If you purchase a $100 Gap gift card for $90 you have already saved 10%. You can take advantage of these sites all year but for those of us who have gifts left to buy this article and the many other web sites featured in it could save you money this holiday.Link:http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/21-web-sites-for-finding-deals-online.htmlMarion 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. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated. Wall Street Financial Group is not responsible for information contained on web sites or literature referenced herein.

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Do you fill your oil tank or just buy 100 gallons at a time?

Updated 4 years ago

Fill it 21% (95 votes)100 Gallons 45% (201 votes)I don’t use oil 34% (150 votes)


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