RetailMeNot or Not

Everyone loves to save money. Whether it is on clothes, books or other essentials, if possible, people like to pay less than full price. This simple fact is why events such as Black Friday are so highly anticipated and loved. But, Black Friday only comes once a year. So, how do everyday American save money every other day of the year? They turn to sites such as RetailMeNot.

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Ranked Choice Voting

On Nov. 8, 2016, Election Day, the people of Maine will be faced with many different choices and decisions to make. One of these choices will be whether voters wish to enact a ranked choice voting system here in Maine. Ranked choice voting is a system that would give voters the option to rank candidates running for office in order to preference. If none of the candidates receive a majority (more than 50 percent), the candidate in last place is eliminated and those ballots will then count toward the voter’s second choice instead. This process continues on until one candidate receives a majority.

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Geocaching: A Hidden Passion

As a child, did you ever want to be an explorer? Did going on adventures and finding hidden treasure excite you? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then geocaching is the hobby for you. Geocaching is a term that many people have heard spoken in casual conversation, but they may not fully understand what it is. Geocaching is a treasure hunt.

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Playing Waitress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It’s 7:13 a.m. and the line for Dunkin Donuts is longer than Rip Van Winkle’s slumber. Aside from running late for work, you can still feel raindrops trickling down from your head. The man honking his horn behind you is shredding your very last nerve and you’re having quite possibly the most miserable start to a Tuesday morning. You are fully prepared to swallow every ounce of stress in an extra-large cup of hazelnut coffee. As you arrive at the window you are bombarded with a rush of highly unpleasant employees trying to complete their orders in a timely manner. You pause for a moment and recall the days of slinging pizzas, trying to pay off that college tuition. You are reminded of the long shifts and the ache of your feet, or the busiest nights that you ran out of the best items the menu had to offer. Your nostalgic moment passes as the young man covered in cream cheese hands you a cup with an aroma better than grandma’s house after she’s baked her county-wide famous cinnamon rolls. You leave feeling satisfied and make your way to your corner office for the day.

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Northern Maine is famous for its winter. With a ski mountain in our backyard and snowmobile trails, it’s a winter paradise. This year, however, fluctuating weather has given us both rain and snow leading to icy and dangerous conditions. The Big Rock Ski Resort even had to close on Feb. 14 due to the weather being too cold.

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Emergency Preparedness Is Everyone’s Job

Do you remember the ice storm of ’98? If you were living in New England at the time, it was an event that is pretty difficult to forget. This natural disaster left most Mainers without power for weeks. The storm also cost millions of dollars in clean-up and repair to damaged homes and businesses. For the short term, the storm taught many Mainers just how unprepared they were to weather such a storm. It has been 20 years and the ice storm is just a memory but it could quickly become the present. Are Mainers prepared?

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