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Senior Watch: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

Updated 1 month ago

Lee White from Eastern Area Agency on Aging, was in for this week’s Senior Watch to tell us about the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment.

Open enrollment starts on October 15th to December 7th. At this time you can join, switch, or add a Medicare Drug Plan. Also during this time you can join, switch, or drop a Medicare Advantage Plan.

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Should service dogs be exempt from leases stating “no pets allowed”?

Updated 1 month ago

Yes    77% (550 Votes)

No     23% (167 Votes)

 

Total: 717 Votes


Kitchen Bytes: Frisee Salad

Updated 1 month ago

For this weeks Abby’s Kitchen Bytes, Abby Freethy,  showed Joy how to make a quick and easy corn salad, now that it is in season.  If you have any questions for Abby about this segment or you would like to know how to make the dish, you can email her at abby@northwoodsgourmetgirl.com.

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Local Author Talks about “Mainers on the Titanic”

Updated 1 month ago

The Titanic was a ship that was deemed unsinkable yet sunk on its maiden voyage a century ago.

But, do you know about Maine’s strong connection to the ship?

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Red Cross: National Preparedness Month

Updated 1 month ago

 

September is National Preparedness Month: Are You Ready if an Emergency Happens?

Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages Mainers to mark National Preparedness Month by creating a household disaster plan to keep you and your family safe in an emergency.

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Do you think Brewer’s new ordinance to meet with owners of problem properties will improve neighborhoods?

Updated 1 month ago

Yes      55% (157 Votes)

No       45% (126 Votes)

 

Total: 283 Votes


Bangor Humane Society: Paws on Parade

Updated 1 month ago

Stacey Conventry from Bangor Humane Society, was on the Noon Show this week to talk about their upcoming Paws on Parade event.

Paws on Parade is taking place Saturday, October 4, 2014 on the Bangor Waterfront. The event starts at 8:30 am.

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Gardening with Bob Bangs

Updated 1 month ago

 

To learn more about any of the topics discussed on this gardening segment, visit, windsweptgardens.com. If you have a topic you’d like to see discussed with Bob Bangs, send us an email at wabi@wabi.tv.

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Wellness Wednesday: Chicken-Apple Sausage

Updated 1 month ago

Mary Lavanway was in for this week’s Wellness Wednesday, showing us what else can be made with apples other than desserts and sweets.

Below you will find the recipe to the Chicken-Apple Sausage that Mary showed on air:

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Searsport Fling into Fall: Tonka Challenge

Updated 1 month ago

 

Joe Plummer with the Searsport Fling into Fall festival was in the studio on Wednesday to tell us more about the festival’s Tonka Challenge. In the challenge, kids are invited to find an old beat-up Tonka truck and restore it, with prizes going to the top entries. Joe also mentioned there will be Tonka workshops around the Bangor area leading up to the event that will act as tutorials into how to rebuild and refurbish the trucks into your own custom toy.

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Senior Spotlight: Senior College

Updated 1 month ago

 

Nancy Daisy-Hunter was in the studio Wednesday morning for this week’s Senior Spotlight. The Penobscot Valley Senior College is a great option for seniors who are looking to try something and learn something new. Classes run Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM and 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Registration for the upcoming term ends this Friday, so be sure to act now if a specific class sparks your interest.

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Should all pharmacies in Maine be required to have guards?

Updated 1 month ago

No        58% (255 Votes)

Yes        42% (184 Votes)

 

Total: 439 Votes


Finance is Fun: The Simple IRA

Updated 1 month ago

Marion Syversen was in for this week’s Finance is Fun to let us know what a Simple IRA is.
SIMPLE IRA – SIMPLE plan is an abbreviation for Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees available to employers with less than one hundred and it may be a great way for your business to provide benefits to your people.
 
What is it? – A SIMPLE IRA is one of many IRA’s available. It’s specific purpose is as a less expensive option than 401(k)s and 403(b)s. The SIMPLE plan is comprised of a company agreement (a plan document) and then employee accounts that those eligible employees manage and control. SIMPLE plans can be opened through financial institutions, with an advisor, through mutual fund companies, etc. Should you choose to use an advisor that person assists with required forms and notifications.
 
Who can use it? –Any business with 100 or less employees. Employees must have earned at least $5,000 in compensation during any 2 years before  the calendar year and expect to receive at least $5,000 during the current calendar year. It’s not really complicated but there are conditions (as this is only a brief overview, please speak with a financial professional for guidance on your specific circumstances).
 
What’s it cost? – If you use mutual-fund direct plans with which I am familiar setting up the plan has no cost. Each participating employee has annual fees on the account, in my experience from $10 to $50. Then there are mutual fund costs. The only cost to the employer is the match. Remember the SIMPLE plan is an abbreviation for Savings Incentive Match Planfor Employees. The employer must choose annually to either match 2% on each eligible employee’s compensation- regardless if they contribute to the account OR employers may match the elective deferrals of those eligible employees dollar-for-dollar up to 3% of compensation.
 
What’s the benefit? – For example, ithe employer chooses the dollar-for-dollar match, foran eligible participating employee who makes $20,000 a year, the employer’s contribution is $600. Compared to the costs of other benefits you may find that a SIMPLE IRA is a very good value for your quality employees.
 
SIMPLE Plans can be open January 1st through October 1st  if you don’t have a plan and think this would be a good fit for your business, you need to act soon as the last quarter of the year is a blackout for opening a plan.
 
 
 
 
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Healthy Living: A Look at Enterovirus

Updated 1 month ago

Enterovirus – D68
Amy Movius MD

By now, almost everyone has heard of the virus that is making children sick in pockets around the country. These reports are scary and it is important to pay attention – but not panic. There have been no cases of this virus in Maine. Yet. The outbreaks in other parts of the country may (or may not) foreshadow similar outbreaks in Maine, so the knowledge of what is happening elsewhere is a great opportunity to educate ourselves on the situation. This can help families and health personnel act quickly should this virus make its way to our state. In this vein, the Maine Public Health Alert Network System issued an advisory to health care workers yesterday.

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Pet of the Week: Bangor Humane Society

Updated 2 months ago

Kristin Harmon was in the studio again for this week’s Pet of the Week. She introduced Wayne to Brody, a young and energetic male beagle mix. Brody is two years old, and has already been neutered. Kristin says Brody would do well in a house with other dogs, or even young children; however, she said in a house with cats, Brody has been known to get excited and chase the cats without knowing when to stop.

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Would you like the ability to block political phone calls?

Updated 2 months ago

Yes       97% (544 Votes)

No          3% (19 Votes)

 

Total: 563 Votes


Penquis: Health Care Coverage Options

Updated 2 months ago

Sarah Dubay, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, at Penobscot Community Health Care stopped by  the TV5 studio to talk about Health Care Coverage Options.

Wednesday, September 17 at the Old Town YMCA from 9:00 – 11:30 am Health Care Options Session. Representatives from the following organizations will be invited to talk about your current health care needs, your future health insurance options, and other resources you might qualify for.

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I Love My Pet: Monday, September 15, 2014

Updated 2 months ago

On Monday’s I Love My Pet,  we met Shnookie.

Shnookie belongs to Samantha.

She has been with her owner for 15 years.

Shnookie is very loveable and sweet.

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Senior Watch: Seniors and Substance Abuse

Updated 2 months ago

Dr. Vijay Amarendran from Acadia Hospital, was in for the this week’s Senior Watch to talk about the serious issue of seniors and substance abuse.

If you would like more information on this topic you can call Acadia Hospital at 973-6100 or go online to The Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration at samhsa.gov

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Who do you think will win the Governor’s race?

Updated 2 months ago

Paul LePage          59% (728 Votes)

Mike Michaud      29% (356 Votes)

Eliot Cutler            12% (141 Votes)

 

Total: 1,225 Votes


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