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Do you recycle?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 50% (137 votes) No 7% (19 votes) Bottles Only 43% (116 votes)


Healthy Living: Lyme Disease Awareness

Updated 3 years ago

By- Dr. Amy MoviusHuman Lyme disease was first described in Connecticut in 1975: In 1987 it hit Maine incidence has been rising ever since. Middle-aged persons and school-age children are most often infected. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that usually infect animals, but can also infect people. Lyme disease spreads from animals to humans when a tick bites an infected animal, “picks up” the infection, and then delivers or “carries” the bacteria to a person it later bites. The most common symptom of Lyme disease is an expanding red rash around the bite site. It can occur from days to a month after the bite and is usually not painful. May is the beginning of Lyme disease season and officially Lyme Disease Awareness Month. It is an excellent time to prepare how NOT to become infected with Lyme disease (and other tick borne infections too!) over the coming months. The absolute surest way to prevent Lyme disease is to have no risk of tick exposure. Since this is impossible for many people, preventing and promptly recognizing tick bites is a more practical approach. The Maine CDC recommends following the simple “No Ticks 4 ME” rules:1. Wear protective clothing2. Use insect repellent3. Perform daily tick checks4. Use caution in tick habitatsClothing is our first line of defense. Wearing long sleeves and long pants in outdoor areas where ticks may be present is a good start. If the clothing is light colored, it will be easier to see ticks as well. Pants can be tucked into socks and even taped to prevent ticks from climbing up the inside of pant legs. After clothes are worn outdoors, washing in hot water and drying on high heat should eliminate any ticks you may have missed.Insect repellents containing DEET or picaridin should be applied to the skin. Clothes can also be treated with permethrin, available at outdoors/camping stores, to repel ticks from attaching to them. Treating pets with tick repellents is also very important as they can give a Lyme carrying tick a free ride into your living room.At the end of every day you have been outdoors, take a shower as soon as possible. You should do a tick “body check” looking for any critters who may have attached themselves despite your efforts. Ticks have to be attached for 24-48 hours before the bacteria can be transmitted to a person, so prompt removal is very protective. If you find a tick, you should carefully remove it by gently pulling it straight out with tweezers. Wash the area well and use a topical antiseptic afterwards. Use of petroleum jelly, nail polish and other home treatments are NOT recommended. Be on the lookout for any suspicious symptoms for the next month. Again removing ticks from pets promptly is also very important. Tick habitats include wooded or bushy areas and locations with high grass or lots of leaf litter. Extra care and vigilance in these environments is warranted.If a tick bite occurs, routine antibiotic use is NOT recommended: rather careful watching of the bite location is… for a month! Any rash that occurs at the site should be seen by a health provider, even if you otherwise feel fine, at which time antibiotics can be administered. Many people who receive no treatment for such a rash (because they felt fine) will develop further symptoms, sometimes months later, especially arthritis of large joints. A small number of infected people can develop even more serious symptoms and a few may develop a chronic condition, despite antibiotic treatment.References: www.maine.gov.cdcwww.cdc.govThe Clinical Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Lyme Disease, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2006: 43: (1 November)

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“I Hate Money”

Updated 1 year ago

New book I Hate Money by doctoral student Sarah Morehead will be available for sale May 27th. It has some terrific insight.Sarah theorizes that if you know the key things that help make up the real you can better appreciate what you can do about your money. Because, she says, you can add and this money math isn’t really that hard. Money messages- Do you think money is bad or good? What messages float in your head about money? Is it a tool to create jobs and develop business? Is it evil? Does it corrupt? Is it to be avoided and abhorred? You might want to examine your money messages.Internal or external control- Do you think your life is controlled by an outside force and you just sit on a treadmill? Do you have any power over your life and your future? Are you energized by power, achievement or relationships? Here’s an example to help you see the three elements at work. You are in a competition and part of a team. Your team wins but you won because the other team was really bad.. If you are driven by power you think, “We won! ‘ If you are driven by achievement you think,’ That doesn’t count. I didn’t really win. The other team stunk.’If you are driven by relationships you think,’ I met the best people during that competition. ‘Maslow’s need- Morehead Developed by Abraham Maslow in 1943, this pyramid theorizes that human needs are met in a certain order and that ‘higher’ needs, such as beauty and one’s spiritual life are not sought before the more primary needs, such as food and shelter, are met. And why she delves into this area is to say that we need to use money where we HAVE to use money, like at the grocery store and with our rent payment, and that we need to use non-monetary solutions to fulfill the other needs that can be addressed more creatively. So that you pay your rent and buy your food and wait for a great sale, use Marden’s or Goodwill, or clothing trades with friends, to solve beauty needs creatively.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. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Does the death of Osama Bin Laden change your opinion on the War on Terror?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 10% (30 votes) No 90% (273 votes)


Do you care about the Royal Wedding?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 18% (88 votes)No 82% (409 votes)


Do you think parents should have to give permission for their children to be tested for STD’s or to get contraception?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 58% (239 votes)No 42% (176 votes)


Should people on state aid be subject to random drug tests?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 86% (310 votes)No 14% (50 votes)


Life Insurance and Your Family

Updated 1 year ago

This is a thrilling topic except when you need because a tragedy befalls your family. When that occurs, you are forever grateful or saddened by your planning. Dying ‘too soon’ is the concern of planner sna d the purpose of life insurance is to fill the gaps you want to fill.Purpose- The purpose of life insurance is to protect the way of life for the people who depend on you, relatives you support financially or emotionally who lives will be altered when you pass. Life insurance can be used to leave a legacy and to pay expenses left behind.How much for these situations? If you provide care for parents of other relatives, add up approximately how many years you’d want that funding to continue if something happened now. College for the kids if something happened to you? Mortgage and expenses. Your partner will miss a lot of work if something happens to you. The family is not going to all go to school and work on Monday as if everything is fine. It could take a while a year or two for things to get back to normal. Will your partner work less hours to fill in for the parenting no longer shared? Who will go to all the soccer games and school plays? How much full-time work will get done with single parenting and emotional loss in the lives of these wonderful folks? Will you send the kids to the least expensive childcare provider you can find? Types – Permanent insurance , which includes whole life and variable insurance, and term insurance. Term has a steady premium but is usually less than permanent insurance and covers a specific period in your life, such as 20-years or 30 years. It is often used to of kids being smaller and the possible higher expenses of college and child care. It tends to be significantly cheaper than permanent insurance. But permanent insurance is with you – so long as you pay premiums, all of your life. When the term is done when using term insurance, so is your coverage. Nationwide’s 4 reasons: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. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated. Non-variable insurance is not offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc.

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Do you think the Laptop Program has been beneficial to Maine students?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 68% (323 votes)No 32% (153 votes)


Roasted Pineapple with Ann Marie’s Secret Sauce

Updated 1 year ago

Ann Marie Orr from Ann Marie’s Kitchen joined Carolyn Callahan and Jared Plushnick on TV5 News at Noon with some recipes just in time for Easter.For more information, contact Ann Marie’s Kitchen at www.annmarieskitchen.com

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Fruit Pizza from Ann Marie’s Kitchen

Updated 1 year ago

Ann Marie Orr from Ann Marie’s Kitchen joined Carolyn Callahan and Jared Plushnick on TV5 News at Noon with some recipes just in time for Easter.Fruit PizzaIngredients:Sugar cookie dough¼ cup flour8 oz cream cheese½ cup fruit yogurtFresh Fruit: Strawberries, blue berries, black berries, bananas, kiwi½ cup Orange juice2 Tb corn starchAssembly:Roll out cookie dough—dust counter and top with flour to avoid sticking-roll into a pizza pie shape. Place on a greased cookie sheet or pizza pan. Bake according to package or recipe—Cool completelyBlend cream cheese and yogurt until smoothSpread on cooled cookie pie.Slice strawberries, bananas and kiwi—1/4 in thickArrange on top of cream cheese—-cover surface.In a small saucepan, on low heat, combine orange juice and cornstarch. Stir until cornstarch is dissolved and the juice begins to thicken. Brush on top of fruit. This will add a nice glaze and preserve the color of the fruit.Top with blueberries and blackberries. Enjoy!For more information, contact Ann Marie’s Kitchen at www.annmarieskitchen.com

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French Toast Bake from Ann Marie’s Kitchen

Updated 1 year ago

Ann Marie Orr from Ann Marie’s Kitchen joined Carolyn Callahan and Jared Plushnick on TV5 News at Noon with some recipes just in time for Easter.French Toast Bake1-pound loaf French or Italian bread, cut into cubes (about 15 cups) 3 cups whole milk 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 6 large eggs, lightly beaten The zest of an orangedot with butter Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Place the bread in the baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs. Add the vanilla and the cinnamon to the beaten eggs. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes the zest orange all over. Cover and let stand over night. Dot with butter and toss with berries. Bake for 1 hour, or until set: a knife inserted into the center of the pudding should come out clean. Serve with sour cream sauceFor more information, contact Ann Marie’s Kitchen at www.annmarieskitchen.com

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Should murder cases be exempt from plea bargains?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 72% (164 votes)No 28% (63 votes)


Has BP done enough in regards to oil cleanup and disaster aid in the last year?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 53% (187 votes)No 47% (163 votes)


Do you think corporations are paying enough in taxes?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 60% (231 votes)No 40% (153 votes)


Finance is Fun: Saving for College

Updated 1 year ago

Retirement savings-  According to a 2010 poll 24% of parents plan on taking money from their retirement to pay for their children’s college education. Advisor’s were’ troubled’ according to the article with one advisor saying, “You can borrow for college. You can’t borrow for retirement.” 529 plans- these are the Tax deferred plans for college savings. Money in the plans provide assets for ANY post-secondary educational entity be it trades such a welding or cooking school, two-year certificates of a four-year degree. They can aklso be used for graduate programs in any state. Each state offers their own plans and the benefits of using your state’s plan are costs for residents and / or tax benefits for contributions. But money from any 529 can be used at any school.Strategies- Don’t wait if you plan on helping your kids. Start saving right away. If that opportunity has passed look at less expensive options for schools. Does the baby really need an Ivy league school? You may want them to dream big but who’s going to pay? Will you live with them in retirement? Choose less expensive schools for the first 2 years and then go on to another college.The thing with Ivy League schools – and some others- is that they will not accept any transfer credits. They want your money. Have kids work towards their costs at and set aside some money as far ahead as possible to have some nest egg ready.I would urge you to do what you feel you have to do but please limit removing your retirement.  Try to be practical and not too emotionally torn…Braintrack and the Gallop poll:Your text to link…College board:Your text to link…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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Will the resignation of Dan Demeritt impact Governor LePage’s administration?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 17% (36 votes)No 83% (176 votes)


Have you completed your taxes yet?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 91% (339 votes)No 9% (35 votes)


Should Maine lower its sales tax?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 70% (223 votes)No 30% (95 votes)


Do you agree with the EMMC Nurses voting to go on strike again?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 17% (123 votes)No 83% (587 votes)


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