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Do you think State Furlough days should be continued as a way to save money?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 67% (243 votes) No 33% (118 votes)


How far out of your way will you drive to get $.05 off per gallon of gas?

Updated 3 years ago

Down the street 44% (109 votes) A couple miles 46% (114 votes) 10-20 miles 9% (22 votes) More than 20 miles 1% (4 votes)


Is the current severe weather across the midwest and southeast an anomaly or a trend?

Updated 3 years ago

An anomaly 73% (237 votes) Trend 27% (87 votes)


How often do you go on Facebook?

Updated 3 years ago

All the time 23% (78 votes) Once or twice a day 35% (120 votes) Once a week 10% (34 votes) I don’t have a Facebook account 32% (110 votes)


Online Budget Tools

Updated 1 year ago

I’ve found some online budget tools, worksheets and the like, that may be a help to viewers.There are plenty of budget tools but in most cases the user has to sign in. This sites allow easy access and no sign-in.You can fill this form online or print it as a blank, (it only prints with ads) and then fill it in. Or, fill it in and then print it : ) But it’s a simple way to total your income and spending including savings. The functions are simple and by hitting the ‘subtotal’ button it automatically adds everything for you.Budgets are the story of your money. It is the plan of how your money will be used.And however you manage that, you just need to manage it and to be able to share the information with your partner. A budget is the way to analyze where your money ‘goes.’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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Have you planted your garden yet?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 12% (33 votes) No 88% (232 votes)


Will you miss the MDA Telethon?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 27% (104 votes) No 73% (276 votes)


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Updated 1 year ago

Filling3 C Rhubarb cubed (fresh or frozen)3 C Strawberries quartered (fresh or frozen)1 1/2 C Granulated sugar1/3 C All-purpose flourPinch of salt1 tsp. VanillaCombine all of the ingredients and put in a 9″x13″ baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Top with topping.Crisp Topping10 oz. butter2 C Brown sugar2 C Rolled oats2 C All-purpose flourCombine all 4 ingredients in a stand mixer and mix until combined and crumbly, top the Strawberry mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until the topping is browned and filling is bubbling.Recipe Submitted by: Chef Russ Flewelling

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Summertime Pork Sandwich

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:8 slices good quality bread, sliced ½-inch thick1 to 1¼ pound shaved roast pork, store-bought or homemade2 apples, peeled and julienned2 small-to-medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and julienned2 shallots, sliced thin1 cup water1 cup rice wine vinegar1 cup sugar1 teaspoon red pepper flakes½ cup mayonnaise4 cloves roasted garlicDirections:If you are roasting your own pork, make it ahead of time. If not, slice it extremely thin or, if you have access to a meat shaver, shave it. To make slaw, combine the julienned apple and sliced shallot into a heat-proof bowl. Bring the water, vinegar, sugar and red pepper to a boil, then pour the hot liquid over the apple and shallots. Cover and refrigerate until cool: then add cucumbers. While the slaw is cooling, combine the mayo and roasted garlic in a blender or food processor and puree until fully combined. Spread mayo on both sides of bread, add 4-5 ounces of pork and top with a generous pile of slaw. Serve cold.Serves 4Recipe Submitted by: Russ Flewelling

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Should high school students be allowed to work 6 hours a day during the school week?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 50% (126 votes) No 50% (127 votes)


Do you think Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission is necessary?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 38% (111 votes) No 62% (179 votes)


Are you pleased with the health care reform passed by state lawmakers?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 71% (405 votes) No 29% (163 votes)


Healthy Living: Which Sun Screen is Best?

Updated 4 years ago

By- Dr. Joan Marie PellegriniGiven Chris Ewing’s weather forecast tonight, it may be a bit hard to fathom needing sun screen anytime soon. However, we are all hoping for a great, sunny summer. Since summer is only a few weeks away, this would be a good time to review some facts about sunscreen.First, let’s review what SPF means. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it is calculated in a rather complex way. There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. SPF refers to protection from UVB. UVA is the type of ray that causes aging of the skin and sunscreen does not protect us well against this type of UV ray. UVB is the type that causes burning and is the type that is absorbed by most sunscreens. Also, there is no linear relationship to the SPF number and how much UV rays are blocked. SPF 15 blocks 93% of the rays and SPF 30 blocks 97% (these numbers are from a WebMD article that I have listed below). Guidelines recommend and SPF of 15 or higher. As you can see from the numbers above, buying a higher SPF screen does not necessarily give you much more protection. More chemical must be added to the screens to obtain the higher SPF and there are some experts who feel that the amount of chemicals in the “very high” SPF screens (over 30) may actually lead to more skin cancers (a very controversial topic). These types of sunscreen protect us because they absorb the UV light. Other sunscreens protect against both types of UV because they provide a physical barrier to block UV rays and usually contain zinc or titanium. They are also heavier and more obvious on the skin (think of the white paste that skiers use on there nose and lips). The WebMD article and the EPA article referenced at the end of this article list which ingredients protect against which type of UV ray.Next, let’s review how the screen is supposed to be applied. Sun screen should be applied to all skin because most summer-weight clothes do not fully protect the skin against the damaging effects of UV radiation. Also, sunscreens that absorb light need to be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure because they must be given time to be absorbed into the skin. If you are using one of the sunscreens that provide a physical barrier (they contain zinc or titanium) then you can apply it just before going outside. You will need more than “just a dab” of any of the sunscreens. Sunscreen needs to be applied liberally and often. Therefore, buy a sunscreen that you will not mind using and one that will be easy to apply. The “best” sunscreen doesn’t do you any good if it never gets used.What about vitamin D deficiency? There is some concern that the widespread use of sunscreen may be leading to our widespread vitamin D deficiency however this is quite controversial. I think it is safe to say that the vast majority of national guidelines and experts recommend using sunscreen in an effort to reduce skin cancer rates. If you and your doctor are concerned about your vitamin D level, then it is a pretty simple and safe measure to change your diet to increase your vitamin D intake or to add a vitamin D supplement.Some miscellaneous facts about sunscreen: If you find a sunscreen in your cabinet and you cannot remember when you bought it, it probably is best to throw it away and buy new sunscreen. The active ingredients in the sunscreen may become inactive after 2-3 years. “Water resistant” in a sunscreen means that it will last longer in wet conditions. However, it too needs to be reapplied throughout the day (every 2-3 hours). Sunscreens that contain antioxidants offer advantages for skin healing after injury from the harmful effects of the sun.So, to answer the question of which sunscreen is best: buy the sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 and don’t worry about buying the highest SPF you can find. Make sure you get a sunscreen that is easy to apply. If you have a problem with acne, there are sunscreens made specifically for the face that are not so comedogenic (tending to clog the pores). Wear other protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses and remember that sunscreen does not protect against all of the sun’s damaging UV rays. Don’t forget to reapply. These two articles are excellent resources:http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/whats-best-sunscreenhttp://www.epa.gov/sunwise/doc/sunscreen.pdfThis article addresses the concern of vitamin D levels when sunscreen is used frequently:http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind/

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Got Debt? Let’s Talk About How to Beat it!

Updated 1 year ago

Get organized- Sit down with your past month’s expenses. Review what the heck you have purchased. You may find that you waste more money than you realize. Many tips to the supermarket, lunch, coffee, snacks out many times a week. For most of us with that kind of careless spending using way more money than we can really afford to spend in that way. So, you need to see what you have done that was out of balance, see what you must pay in mortgage, utilities, etc, and make those payments as automatic as possible.Stop spending- Alter the spending that was out of balance. Cut is back. Don’t put anything else on credit. Take a breather for a year, or two, so you can tackle the debt you have already accumulated. If you pay double what your present credit card payment is you will cut that debt down in short order! Be wise- Don’t buy something simply because it was cheap or on sale. LOVE IT before you buy it. Be the picky princess I know you can be and don’t settle for okay even if the item is on sale. Only buy what is wonderful – and on sale.Save- Even when you are paying down debt, save! Even if it’s $5 a week, or $25 a week, the habit is really a great one and will start making you see the savings as the luscious delight that a savings account can be. Learn to love your savings account.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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Do you think that private space exploration would advance faster or slower than government funded expeditions?

Updated 4 years ago

Faster 58% (134 votes) Slower 24% (55 votes) About the same 18% (41 votes)


Should the state cut funding to MPBN?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 75% (617 votes) No 25% (203 votes)


Should you be able to shop across state lines for your insurance?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 96% (320 votes) No 4% (15 votes)


What do you think should happen to the Dirigo Health Plan?

Updated 4 years ago

Save it 12% (32 votes) Reform it 26% (70 votes) Get rid of it 62% (164 votes)


Take This Job and Love It: Apollo Day Spa

Updated 4 years ago

If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love It email Chelsey at canderson@wabi.tvIn many of our Take This Job and Love It segments, reporter Chelsey Anderson is grunting her way through heavy lifting. In this edition, Chelsey went to a more relaxing place. Apollo Day Spa in Waterville.Chelsey: “That’s right. In this job, I wouldn’t be doing any lifting of bagel dough, spawning salmon, or climbing up a telephone pole in lumber jill gear. I would, however, still be getting my hands dirty. It all starts with waxing.”————————-Karen: “We’re going to be demonstrating an arm wax. So kind of load it up and then remove it from the back. And I apply the wax in the direction that the hair grows.”Chelsey: “Like butter. I’m going to grab one of these, and just lay it over the top.” Karen: “Yep. I’ll hold the skin because that’s the important thing, and then you’ll pull in the direction, opposite the direction the hair grows.” Chelsey: “Okay, are you scared?” Karen: “No.” Chelsey: “You ready?” Karen: “Uh-huh.” Karen: “Go that way with it.” (RIP) Karen: “Nice!”Chelsey: “Hey, this isn’t so bad. You’re not even screaming.” Karen: “No, not at all.” Chelsey: “I was afraid for you.”Chelsey: (RIP) “Ooo. That was a slow one. I’m sorry.” Karen: “That’s okay.” Chelsey: “That was like a bad band aid.”Chelsey: “Is that clean enough.” Karen: “That’s perfect.”With Karen’s arms smooth, she moved me on to doing a pedicure on Ashley.Karen: “The first thing you’re going to do is grab her foot.” Chelsey: “Okay.” Karen: “You’re going to take half that.”Chelsey: “Uh-huh.” Karen: “Just to exfoliate the top layer of skin.”Ashley rinses her feet and I dry them.Chelsey: “This is a true pampering here.”Then I removed callused areas with a pumice bar.Karen: “Just file them down a bit.”After a rinse and dry again, I removed Ashley’s old nail polish and filed straight across the nail.Karen: “The file sometimes leaves a little bit of a sharp edge, so you’re going to take a buffing block and just kind of go over like that.”I treated her cuticles with oil and pushed the excess skin back a little. I finish with some lotion and a quick massage before focusing on the polish.Chelsey: “There’s so much concentration here.”And I’m finished.Chelsey: “They’re all shiny.”Ashley: “They’re awesome. She did a really good job.”Next, I did a manicure, which is very similar to a pedicure, except for Karen’s very cool polish choice. Shatter. It crackles right before your eyes.Chelsey: “There. Now it’s pretty.”Finally, I had a clear gloss treatment to mix up with Jess and put on Laura.Chelsey: “There. Is that tight enough? Or is it loose enough, I should say!” (laughter) Laura: “Yeah, I can breath.”Then Jess and I separated Laura’s hair into four sections and glossed down the parts.Jess: “You’re going to start here. Applying at the root and you’re going to work all the way down.”Chelsey: “Should I just take this whole last section?” Jess: “Yep.”I worked my way around Laura’s head and finished by pulling the gloss through the length of her hair.Jess: “You’re doing a great job. It’s easy to have color going everywhere.” Chelsey: “Thank you.” Jess: “You’re being so neat.”When the gloss was finished processing, I rinsed and washed Laura’s hair before it was styled.So after all the yanking, scrubbing, polishing and glossing, would I get the job?Jess: “You could definitely be hired at Apollo Day Spa. You took a lot of care in making sure everybody was comfortable and well serviced. Absolutely.”——————-Chelsey: “Thanks to everyone at Apollo Day Spa for their help and guidance.”

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Should Maine raise the tax on tobacco in order to fund health initiatives?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 49% (163 votes) No 51% (168 votes)


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