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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)


Should Maine get rid of the automatic gas tax increase?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 95% (178 votes)No 5% (10 votes)


A Look at Retirement Plans

Updated 1 year ago

Tax time often makes one think, how can I save some cottin’ pickin’ taxes? Well, retirement plans may save you some tax while saving and investing for your future. And that’s awesome!Plans for businesses can benefit the business entity and the individuals who contribute. Here’s how the most common plans work Because retirement plans are primarily overseen my the IRS because of the tax benefits it can be a confusing maze of information. So you need to speak with your financial advisor or tax preparer to determine what vehicle is best for you. SEP IRA – if you are self-employed, or a corporation with strong profits this might be a great vehicle for you. The money contributed is from the business and not from the individual, unlike a 401k you may have had at another job. When you work my yourself, that distinction may be complicated and confusing but SEP IRA allows up to potentially $49,000 to be contributed pre-tax. Definitely determine your particular situation, but with low administrative costs this is a viable retirement in the right situation.SIMPLE IRA- this plan is set up with the owners and an advisor usually using a single mutual fund company (or a family of funds) for all who wish to invest. SIMPLE plans allow employee contributions and mandate a corporate contribution. They are several options in setting these up but in my experience they are usually set up so that only participating employees get the match. But SIMPLE can be set up so that EVERYONE who is eligible gets a flat 2% corporate contribution regardless of employee participation. At the beginning of each year, the employer determines if they will contribute 2 % of each eligible employee’s earnings or if they will match participating employees’ contributions to 3% of the gross earnings of participating employees will be matched each year. There are details that you should check on before choosing this plan. But it, too, is an inexpensive plan to administer as each employee generally is responsible for their account costs and investment options. I work with my businesses and their employees to help them choose investments that work for their goals and objectives.401(k) + Solo 401(k)- 401k’s allow contributions for employers AND employees but have higher administrative costs. However, SOLO 401ks are not expensive and work better for the self-emploed or single-owner highly compensated business owner. Relatively cheap like SEP’s but may be a better fit depending on your needs.It doesn’t cost anything to ask your advisor about if one of these vehicles would work for you so you can save money on taxes and save for your retirement for a happier 2011 tax time!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 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. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Do you think there’s any hope for the Red Sox this year?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 51% (274 votes)No 49% (264 votes)


Ployes

Updated 1 year ago

Ployes1/2 cup Buckwheat flour1/4 cup all-purpose flour1/4 cup cake flour1 Tbsp. baking powder1 1/2 tsp. sugar3/4 tsp. salt1/2 cup cold water3/4 cup boiling water1) Preheat griddle.2) Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk until incorporated.3) Add the cold water and stir combining with the dry ingredients. Mixture will be very thick.4) All at once add the boiling water and stir with whisk until smooth. At this point the baking soda will react with the hot water and the mixture will foam up.5) Lightly oil hot pan. Pour batter onto pan creating 3” ployes. The batter will create bubbles on the surface. Do not turn ployes.6) Continue cooking until the bottoms are golden brown and the surfaces are dry.7) Remove ployes to a drying rack and keep warm.8) Cook remaining ployes.9) Serve with butter spread, maple syrup or jam.

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Blini with Creme Fraiche and Smoked Salmon

Updated 1 year ago

1 package active dry yeast1/2 cup warm (110°) water 2 tsp. sugar2 cups lukewarm milk (divided)2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted3/4 cup buckwheat flour2 Tbsp. sugar1 cup all-purpose flour1 tsp. salt2 large eggsCrème Fraiche1/2 lb. smoked salmon, thinly slicedFresh dill1) Combine yeast, water and sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside until the yeast has proofed and doubled, about 10 minutes.2) Meanwhile put the buckwheat flour along with the 2 Tbsp. sugar into a large bowl.3) When the yeast has finished proofing add 1 cup of milk and melted butter. Add this to the buckwheat mixture and whisk thoroughly until incorporated and smooth. Cover and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.4) When doubled, stir in remaining cup of milk, all-purpose flour, salt and eggs until smooth. 5) Allow batter to rest.6) Meanwhile preheat griddle.7) Lightly oil hot griddle. Pour batter onto pan creating 3” blini. Cook blini until golden on both sides. 8) Remove blini to a drying rack and keep warm.9) Cook remaining blini.10) Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche, a piece of salmon and a sprig of dill.

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Blintzes with Citrus Berry Compote

Updated 1 year ago

Crepe batter:

2 cups all-purpose flour2 Tbsp. sugar3/4 tsp. salt2 1/2 cups whole milk1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted4 large eggs

Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened8 oz. ricotta cheese1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar1/2 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. vanilla extract1 large egg

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Weight Watchers: Reduced Calorie Cheesecake

Updated 1 year ago

The Easter Bunny is coming to town soon, but with those baskets full of candy might come some extra weight. Jackie Conn from Weight Watchers is here to remind us there are tasty, figure flattering treats.Quick and Easy (reduced calorie) CheesecakeIngredients1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 (6 oz.) pkg. sugar free lemon flavored gelatin 1 cup boiling water 1 (8 oz.) pkg. reduced fat cream cheese 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup frozen light whipped topping, thawed Methods/stepsPreheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and cinnamon. Mix well and press into the bottom of a 9 in. square pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cooling. Dissolve lemon gelatin in boiling water. Let cool until thickened, but not set. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Blend in lemon gelatin. Fold in whipped topping. Pour filling into crust. Sprinkle top with graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate over night. Makes 9 servings, 210 calories per serving (Some cheesecake recipes have more than 1000 calories in a single serving!)

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Do you consider cheerleading a sport?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 58% (197 Votes)No 42% (142 Votes)


Will the Federal Government shut down next week?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 53% (199 votes)No 47% (173 votes)


Take This Job and Love It: Central Maine Motors

Updated 4 years ago

If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love It, email Chelsey: canderson@wabi.tv————–Spring is finally here, and for many warmer weather means spring cleaning and maintenance for their cars. Chelsey Anderson drove to Waterville for this month’s Take This Job and Love It.Chelsey: “The folks at Central Maine Motors were more than happy to take me on in their maintenance crew, because they’re always busy, and, hey, an extra set of hands always helps. Well, that’s what they say at least.”—————-Mark, Central Maine Motors: “That’s an A typical 5,000 mile service that we do a lot of. You bring it in, change the oil and filter, check all your fluids and we top off any fluid that’s low. Rotate your tires, check and clean and adjust your brakes if necessary.”At Central Maine Motors in Waterville a two person team takes care of this in about 30-minutes. So, Chewie and RJ were already changing the oil and filter, and checking all the fluids and the tire pressure when I stepped in just in time to help rotate the tires.Chewie, Central Maine Motors: “They’re heavy. You might not want to.” Chelsey: “Well I can give it a try.”Chelsey: “Okay, so I’ll try and put this one up.” Chewie: “Okay.” Chelsey: “Is there something I should know.” Chewie:”The easiest way to do it is to put it up on your legs like this and pull it up.” Chelsey: “Oh my gosh! Okay.” Chewie: “And set it on those two bolts.”Chewie: “So just reach down and grab her right about there.” Chelsey: “Okay.” (grunting) Chewie: “Or not.” Chelsey: “My shirt’s strangling me. Okay, just a second.”Chewie checked the depth for the amount of brake pad left while I adjusted, and gave it another go.Chelsey: “But I’m so close.”I got the tire set and bolted it onto the wheel.That whole process took me several minutes. The guys showed me how they did it while I timed them.Chelsey: “They’re done. Not even a minute. And they were lolly gagging.”Tightening the bolts still took me longer than the guys.Chelsey: “Does it fit a certain way? Oh no.”Thankfully the tires were finished and all I had left was filling the oil and vacuuming the front floorboard.Chewie: “Okay, grab that.” Chelsey: “Grab what, this?” Chewie: “Yep.” (laughter) “No really, grab it.” (laughter)Chelsey: “Is it going to overfill?” Chewie: “No, because you’re going to stop it when it says 8 quarts.”Once I met my mark I check the dipstick.Chelsey: “Okay. Done?” Chewie: “Yep, shut it.” Chelsey: “Tah-dah!”After vacuuming the floor boards and it evaluation time. But honestly, I had my doubts about getting this job. Not only was it difficult, but I started out on the wrong foot. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, how my shirt was buttoned. Not my proudest moment. Regardless, did I get the job?Chewie: “Probably not.” Chelsey: “Why not?” Chewie: “Because the tires are too big.” Chelsey: “I do agree. Those were really heavy.” Chewie: “And those aren’t the biggest.”————–Chelsey: “Chewie suggested I keep practicing, but I think I’ll leave this work up to the professionals. Thank you to Central Maine Motors for all their help. If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love It, email me: canderson@wabi.tv”

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Do you think Governor LePage should put the labor mural back?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 23% (305 votes) No 77% (1,019 votes)


Fun with Taxes!

Updated 1 year ago

Since I am not a tax advisor but it is tax time and out segment is called Finance is FUN! let’s have some fun with taxes!There is a web site called Fun with Taxes. It surprised me, too.Weird tax facts: (from an article entitled 50 Fun facts about Taxes)There are states that charge taxes for the sale of illegal drugs.Czar Peter the Great taxed beards.In the UK everyone under 75 pays a TV license fee- more for a color TV and less for b + wThe Civil War was the beginning of an income tax in the USThe easiest tax form- according to author Jim Ward, 1040EZ has 33 pages of instructions…The first electronic filing of tax form was Jan. 24th 1986 All Royal Navy ships must pay a ‘barrel of rum’ tax to the Constable of the Tower of London…Citations:http://www.funwithtaxes.com/50 factshttp://www.bargaineering.com/articles/50-fun-facts-about-taxes.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. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated. Please speak with your tax preparer or attorney.

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Is Ice Out the “official” start of spring for you?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 32% (78 votes)No 68% (169 votes)


Which would you rather see:

Updated 4 years ago

Snow in April 41% (227 votes)Snow in October 59% (326 votes)


To balance a school budget, what do you think should be cut first?

Updated 4 years ago

Administrators 60% (533 votes)After School Programs 8% (73 votes)Athletics 9% (85 votes)Custodial 2% (15 votes)Teachers 21% (188 votes)


Do you agree with the firing of U.Maine women’s basketball coach Cindy Blodgett?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 76% (286 votes)No 24% (91 votes)


Do you think Maine’s Clean Election Act should be abolished?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 36% (81 votes)No 64% (142 votes)


Some Smart Shopping Advice

Updated 1 year ago

Financial success is easy to understand, though perhaps not so easy to achieve: spend LESS than you earn. Here are some ways to a help.Stop shopping – If you shop for groceries every other day you are spending too much money. Studies show that each time you stop at the grocery store to pick up a ‘few things’ most people ending up spending way more money than they planned. One blog I checked for this report said they do ‘big’ grocery shopping once every 6 weeks and then stop at the store once or twice a week for the milk or sale items on their list ONLY. And for our kids, the same ‘stop shopping’ mantra. Books like “Born to Shop’ study the time children spend shopping compared to reading or going to church and the trends are alarming. Time spent shopping is far exceeding children’s reading, religious education and other activities. Maybe dropping the kids off at the mall for their all-day hobby isn’t such a great activity. Don’t be a brand snob- use discount outlets like Maine’s own Marden’s and resale shops for many items like clothes. But what about food? Can you trade down in brand at the grocery store and get quality? Certain items of food, or clothing, may be important to you to have as a certain brand. But on less critical items I bet you have some wiggle room for non-brand merchandise. You may save a lot of dough. Look around- In grocery stores eye level is where higher priced items are kept. One blog reminded us to ‘look high and low’ for value. Have you also noticed that beans or cheese are sold in several sections of the store? Find the place where the particular item you want is featured at the best price. With clothing, the sales racks are less difficult to spot, it’s usually in the back of the store.Citations:Shop lesshttp://www.americanconsumernews.com/2008/06/reduce-household-expenses-chop-the-grocery-bill.htmlGrocery bills:off brandMarion 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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Is your pet spayed or neutered?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 89% (211 votes)No 11% (26 votes)


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