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Know Your Knees 1. Babies are born without kneecaps. True or False False. They are made of cartilage and don’t become bony until later. Girls’ kneecaps start becoming bony when they are about 3 years old; boys’ when they are 4 or 5. 2. How many knees do dogs have? 0, 2 or 4 2. Only the hind legs of dogs have knees. Just like humans, dogs can have knee problems. A dog can tear the tissue that supports the knee by doing something as simple as jumping off a sofa. All it takes is a bad landing 3. Tight thigh muscles can cause knee pain. True or False True. You can help protect your knees by warming up with dynamic stretches or walking before playing sports. If the large muscle in the front of the thigh is tight, the kneecap gets pushed up against the thighbone. Tight muscles on the back of the thigh force your muscle on the front to work harder; that, too, can cause pain 4. If your knee cracks and pops, something is wrong: True or False False. It could be your ligaments tightening as you move, or it could be the sound of rough surfaces gliding over each other. If your knee hurts when it pops, if it locks, or if you notice swelling or loss of function, get it checked out.
5. What does the kneecap do? Protect your Knee Connect muscle Both of the above Both of the above. Your kneecap, also called your patella, is the small bone in front of your knee. It connects the muscles of your thighbone and shinbone. The undersides of your kneecap (and the ends of your thighbone) are covered with slippery stuff that helps your bones glide smoothly as you move your leg. As you bend and straighten your leg, your kneecap gets pulled up and down. 6. If you weigh 150 pounds, what’s the force on your knee? 150 to 300 pounds 300 to 600 pounds 400 to 900 pounds 450 to 900 pounds. Your knees are the largest joints in your body. And they take on much more than just your body weight. Every time you walk, the force on your knees is three to six times your weight. Being overweight increases the stress on your knees. Obese women have nearly four times the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the knee; for obese men it’s nearly �ive times. 7. The expression “to take a knee” is most often used in this sport: Soccer Tennis Football Football. The “quarterback kneel,” the “victory formation,” and “to take a knee” all refer to a play in football. .The phrase
has other meanings and uses; sometimes players will go on one knee as a show of respect to an injured player. 8. How many bones do you have in your knee joint? 2, 4 or 6 4. Your thighbone, your shinbone, your calf bone, and your kneecap come together at your knee. Your kneecap is at the front of your knee joint. It’s held in place by tendons, which are cords that connect muscles to bone or other muscles, and by strong bands of tissue called ligaments. 9. When a doctor taps your knee with a rubber hammer, he’s tapping: Tendon Bone Muscle Tendon. It’s a weird feeling. Your doctor taps your knee with a small rubber hammer, and the lower part of your leg kicks out as if it has a mind of its own. It’s called the knee-jerk re�lex. The tap of the hammer stretches a tendon and the connected muscle in your thigh. The knee-jerk re�lex is important: It helps you keep your balance. 10. Most people who see orthopaedic surgeons have knee problems: True or False True. Knee problems keep orthopedic surgeons hopping. They are the most common reason that people see orthopedic surgeons. Common knee problems include injuries to ligaments known as
ACL, and the less common MCL and PCL. Changing direction quickly, slowing down when running, and landing from a jump can all cause tears in the ACL. MCL and PCL injuries are usually caused by blows to the knee. 11. What the best exercise if you’ve had a knee replacement? Squash Biking Jogging Biking. Doctors perform more than 600,000 knee replacement surgeries a year, and that number is expected to go up to more than 3 million by 2030. If you’ve had a knee replacement, you’ll need to stay clear of exercises that put stress on that joint.Avoid tennis, squash, skiing, jogging, and contact sports like football and baseball. Dancing, gol�ing, and biking on level surfaces are all good options, as are swimming and walking. 12. Which of these job increases your risk of swelling around the kneecap? Plumber Nurse Pilot Plumber. The friction of being on your knees irritates a small sac in front of the kneecap. When that sac becomes in�lamed, it �ills with �luid and causes swelling. Gardeners can have this problem, as can wrestlers, and football and basketball players. If you work on your knees, wear kneepads, and get up often to stretch.
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As part of the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger Walking Tour, Brenda Davis (left), one of the state’s leading end hunger advocates, made a stop at Oxford FCU in Norway, where she received a contribution for her food pantry from Regina Wilson. The stop in Norway was one of three stops in Oxford County, with the other stops being in Mexico and South Paris. A food pantry in each community also received a contribution from Maine’s credit unions. Trees. Sure, they're beautiful and give us oxygen, but some trees are your enemy, just biding ding their time until heavy wet snow and/or ice causes them to come crashing through the living g room window. And don’t forget about those se trees and limbs near your power lines running ing to your house, they are a big reason for power outages – so keep your lights on and your heat going. If you're unsure about a tree's ' health or hazard, call for a free evaluation. Call today because old man winter is just around the corner (shhhh). Tree Pruning, Tree Removal, Brush Control, Hazardous Limb Removal, Emergency Storm Damage and clean up and Utility Line Clearance (power lines)
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New Titles at the Rangeley Public Library
Adult Fiction: Tom Clancy's Commander in Chief (Jack Ryan #16), Mark Greaney; All Dressed in White (Under Suspicion #2), Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke; The Pharoah's Secret (Numa Files #1), Clive Cussler; Secret Sisters, Jayne Ann Krentz; Coal River, Ellen Marie Wise-
man; Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope), Ann Cleeves. The Splendor of Ordinary Days (Watervalley #3), Jeff High; Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22), Janet Evanovich; The Guilty (Will Robie #4), David Baldacci; House of the Rising Sun (Hackberry Holland #4), James Lee Burke; Cross Justice (Alex Cross #23), James Patterson; American Blood, Ben Sanders. Ashley Bell, Dean Koontz; The Bone Labyrinth (Sigma Force #10), James Rollins; Slade House, David Mitchell; The Girl with the Ghost Eyes, M.H. Boroson. Bohemian Gospel, Dana Chamblee Carpenter; The Painter's Daughter, Julie Klassen; Murder under
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Don Yeager; Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. Young Adult Fiction: The Emperor of Any Place, Tim Wynne-Jones. Juvenile: The Wrinkled Crown, Anne Nesbit; A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans, Laurence Yep; Flop to the Top, Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing; I Used to Be Afraid, Laura Vaccaro Seeger; Down in the Jungle 1,2,3, Tracy Dils; Dr. Seuss, Kari Schuetz; Do You Really Want a Snake?, Bridget Heos; Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig?, Bridget Heos. n
The Annual Senior Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Church of the Good Shepherd Undercroft on Sunday November 22, 2015 served 100 seniors (including all the helpers) and 19 meals were delivered to those housebound. Thank you to Bob at the IGA for donating the turkeys, Clyde Chapman, Jr. and the ATV Club for 50 pounds of potatoes and the anonymous donation of enough butternut squash to feed everyone. Thank you to Lincoln Libby who has been involved with
this dinner since its inception in the early 1990’s and his wife and daughters who now take part. Thank you to all the volunteers who cooked, prepared, dished up and served the delicious food. Thank you to The Rotary Interact Club members who volunteered to help serve and clean up. Thank you to all who helped wash the dishes and clean up after the food was eaten and the guests were gone. Have a Blessed Holiday Season. Ivy Berry, Coordinator. n
Winter Windfall Raffle Tickets on Sale Tickets for the Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) 6th annual Winter Windfall raffle are now available until the end of January. The raffle is sponsored by Franklin Community Health Network. By donating $10 per ticket to HCC, the do-
nor will be eligible for 31 prizes to be drawn daily throughout January. Prizes include: a guided drift boat fly fishing adventure; local artisan creations and photography; area business, restaurant and massage gift certificates; ski passes to Sugarloaf and
Sunday River; fitness memberships, and more! The Winter Windfall raffle, a popular annual event, gives a person the chance to win multiple times as all winning tickets are reentered into the drawing daily. Most prizes are valued at
$50 or more. The tickets are the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for those who are hard to buy for. “Proceeds from the raffle will allow HCC to offer services in the community not covered by grants, and allow for the expansion of current pro-
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Plan and Grow your business with monthly Tips on various subjects such as Taxes, Human Resources, and Marketing. Submitted by Rebecca Webber In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in employer policies allowing their employees to bring their own cell phones (or other devices) to work. Coupled with that, there has been a surge of press on employers’ ability to monitor and remotely wipe their employees’ personal cell phones once the employment relationship ends. As more employees bring their own devices to work, employers have largely unfettered access to any given employee’s photos, files, contacts, etc. According to a July 2013 survey by the data protection firm Acronis, Inc., 21 percent of companies perform “remote wipes” when an employee resigns or is terminated. Despite the growing use of cell phone wiping technology, the practice remains in “legal limbo.” At present, there are no federal or state statutes that specifically govern employee cell phone policies (often referred to as “bring your own device” (“BYOD”) policies). To date, the only reported case specifically regarding employer wiping of an employee’s personal cell phone comes from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In that case, Saman Rajaee used his personal smartphone (an iPhone 4) to conduct his business in the home construction
industry for over 12 years. Rajaee’s iPhone was connected to his employer’s Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing him to remotely access email, contacts, and a work calendar provided by Defendants. In February 2013, Rajaee gave his employer his two-week notice, and the employer immediately terminated him. A few days later, Rajaee’s phone was remotely wiped by the employer’s IT department – deleting both personal data and work-related data. Rajaee subsequently sued his former employer, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), and the Texas Theft Liability Act, alleging that the employer’s actions caused him to lose “more than 600 business contacts collected during the course of his career, family contacts, family photos,...business records, irreplaceable business and personal photos and videos, and numerous passwords.” Rajaee’s claims ultimately failed, as the Court found that neither the ECPA nor the CFAA applied to Rajaee’s personal data on his iPhone. While this case is relatively anti-climactic, it nonetheless highlights employer vulnerability to litigation when it remotely wipes an employee’s personal device. Below are some steps that you can take to protect yourself if you choose to implement
a cell phone wiping policy. 1. Get It In Writing: In the above case, Rajaee claimed that he had never read or signed a cell phone wiping policy. When it comes to “BYOD” cell phone policies, an employer should inform its employees of the rule(s), and have them sign a copy of the policy. If the employee does not agree to abide by the cell phone wiping policy, they can choose to not have work email, contacts or other information on their personal device. 2. Be Specific – No Surprises: The cell phone wiping policy should state the following: By connecting the device to the company network or using it for company business, the user expressly agrees that he or she authorizes, and permits, the company to access the device and securely remove its data at any time the company deems necessary, either during the relationship, or after. If the employee does not make the device available within a certain reasonable period of time after demand, the company is authorized to remotely wipe the entire device and restore it to its factory settings in order to ensure that its data was securely removed from the device. 3. Consider “Strategic Wiping”: Many companies have begun to employ improved IT systems which surgically re-
move only employer data from an employee’s cell phone. Although this software is likely more costly, it may prevent employers from the cost of litigation in the long run. 4. Encourage Healthy Backup Use: Encourage employees (perhaps in the text of the policy) to back up their personal information (photos, contacts, songs) to their personal computer or to iCloud once a week in case the employer needs to remotely wipe data for security or other reasons. As this area of the law rapidly evolves, employers must stay ahead of the curve of employee privacy, while maintaining the security of their clients and other employees. This article is not legal advice but should be considered general guidance in the area of employment law. Jordan Payne is an employment attorney; others at the firm handle business and other matters. You can contact us at 784-3200 (telephone). Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals, companies, and municipalities throughout Maine. The firm has been in operation since 1853.
Year-End Estate Tax Planning
In 2015, the federal estate tax exemption is $5.43 million. With little planning, a married couple can pass up to $10.86 million worth of assets to heirs, so no estate tax will go to the IRS. Those numbers will increase in the future with inflation. With such a large exemption, you may think that estate tax planning is unnecessary. However, nearly half of all states have an estate tax (paid by the decedent’s estate) or an inheritance tax (paid by the heirs) or both. The tax rate goes up to 16% in many states, or even higher in some. What’s more, state estate tax exemptions tend to be lower than the federal exemption; in some states, there is virtually no exemption for certain estates. Therefore, you may find year-end estate tax planning to be worthwhile, even if you don’t anticipate having an estate over $5 million or $10 million. Employing the exclusion In terms of yearend planning, anyone with estate tax planning concerns (federal or state) should consider year-end gifts that use the annual gift tax exclusion, which is $14,000 in 2015. That is, you can give up to $14,000 worth of assets to any number of recipients, with no tax consequences. You don’t even have to file a gift tax return.
Married couples can give up to $28,000 per recipient, from a joint account, or $14,000 apiece from individual holdings. Larger gifts probably won’t be taxed because of a generous lifetime gift tax exemption, but you’ll be required to file a gift tax return and there could be future tax consequences. Example: Walt and Vera Thomas have two children. In 2015, Walt can give $14,000 worth of assets to their son Rick and $14,000 to their daughter Ava. Vera can do the same, moving a total of $56,000 from their taxable estate. Similar gifts might be made to parents you’re helping to support. As explained previously in this issue, giving appreciated stocks and stock funds to loved ones may be an effective way to reduce exposure to any market retreat. Whatever your purpose, keep in mind that there is no spillover from one year to the next. If you miss making $14,000 annual exclusion gifts in 2015, you can’t double up with a $28,000 exclusion gift in 2016. Moreover, make sure that gifts are completed—checks must be cashed—by December 31. Therefore, you should put your plans for year-end gifts in motion well before year end. Courtesy of Austin Associates, PA, CPAs. n
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As temperatures decrease during the fall and winter months, energy usage and costs tend to climb. These five energy-saving tips for your home will ensure
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a noticeable difference in the temperature of your home and its energy consumption. A mineral wool product specifically designed for thermal performance, such as Roxul Comfortbatt, is ideal. This type of batt insulation will also provide protection from fire, moisture and unwanted noise. Adding insulation is one of the simplest and mostcost effective ways to increase home energy efficiency. 4. Make use of natural sources of heat. Pull back your curtains to let
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The Texas Example
V. Paul Reynolds By V. Paul Reynolds Recently, in a sweeping, breathtakingly cavalier - if not bizarre - editorial, the Bangor Daily News called for the Maine State Legislature to “eliminate once and for all” the practice of trapping bears or hunting them with hounds. Apparently, the newspaper was moved to take its bold position by an announcement made this fall by Katie Hansberry, the state director of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). This animal rights organization, which has failed twice by referendum in Maine, to ban bear hunting as we know it, says that it
won’t try again by public referendum in 2016. In an email to the BDN, Hansberry wrote “We’re going to give it some time and see if we can make some progress on hounding and trapping via the legislative and/or regulatory process.” The editorial does at least acknowledge that state bear populations aren’t being stabilized even by legal hunting, by whatever means. It suggests spring bear hunts and more liberal bag limits as a way of replacing hounding and trapping as a bear population management tool. These suggestions are not without some appeal and ought to be considered as an addition to current bear harvesting regulations, including hounding and trapping. Most disturbing about this editorial, however, is the unmitigated willingness of a Maine
newspaper, one that serves many in rural Maine where hunting, trapping and hounding is a way of life, to simply throw houndsmen and trappers under the bus with a few keystrokes. Shame on them. There is and should be a larger perspective. It is this: The Humane Society of the United States has outstayed its welcome in the state of Maine. It is time for a pre-emptive strike, time to turn the tables on HSUS. It can be done using the same mechanism that HSUS itself twice invoked in an attempt to ban bear hunting in Maine: the citizen initiative referendum. Until Maine changes its state Constitution as 19 other states have done - including very recently, Texas - HSUS will continue to chip away at Maine’s hunting legacy.
On election day, Texas voters approved Proposition 6 to amend their constitution and guarantee the right to hunt and fish. Proposition 6 amended the Texas Constitution by adding the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife to the Texas Bill of Rights. It also guarantees that wildlife decisions will continue to be based on sound scientific principles and not emotionalism driven by the Humane Society of the United States and other anti-hunting organizations. The measure won
by a margin of 81 percent to 19 percent. The measure swept all 254 counties in Texas. As demonstrated by the Bangor Daily News editorial, hunting is under unprecedented attack and not just in Texas but in our own back yard. Proposition 6 in Texas was another major blow to anti-hunting organizations like HSUS. Before it is too late, Maine needs to take a lesson from the
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Statues John McDonald
All fifty states are allowed two statues of famous persons in Statuary Hall in The U. S. Capital building in Washington, D.C. Can you name Maineâ€™s two famous persons? I bet you canâ€™t. I wasnâ€™t sure, so I looked it up. Maineâ€™s two famous persons are William King, Maineâ€™s first governor and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincolnâ€™s vice president. But they might not be there long. Thatâ€™s because back in February, a state senator introduced a bill that aimed to evict at least one of the statues â€“
the one of William King â€“ with another famous native son deemed more worthy of the space.. Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon,wants to see Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain take Kingâ€™s place in the hall, and he thinks Gov. Kingâ€™s time is up. Itâ€™s not known if Kingâ€™s statue will be returned to Maine or if a suitable place will be found for it. Hopefully it wonâ€™t suffer further indignities by being posted for sale on Craigâ€™s List or eBay. Masonâ€™s bill asks the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine State Museum and the Maine Preservation commission to study the whole question and do a survey and let legislatures know what they rec-
ommend. Fortunately, Gov. King wonâ€™t be offended by his possible eviction because heâ€™s dead. In fact one of the main requirements for getting your statue into Statuary Hall is that you be deader than a doornail. The free-spending legislature ended up funding a study to examine this whole issue â€” like it does â€” to the tune of $3,000. Basically, the question is: Does anybody want to replace one â€” or both â€” of these statues? And if so, with whom should we replace them? So, this week the Maine Arts Commission sent out a survey asking people those exact questions. They worked so fast they even had , time to come up with a list of
10 possible replacements, which are on the survey. You can write in your own suggestions, if you want. The whole thing was done so fast it makes you wonder if theyâ€™ve been looking for an assignment like this for a long time. What if the Arts Commission survey produces so many great replacement suggestions that the legislature decides to ask the Statuary Hall people if we could have a â€œMainer of the Weekâ€? on display in the hall. Then everyone would be satisfied that their favorite historic Maine figure is getting the recognition he or she deserves. If the other 50 states adopted the same plan Theyâ€™d have dozens of different stat-
Candlelight Service at Reeds Mill Church
Reeds Mill Church on Reeds Mill Road will hold its annual Candlelight Christmas Service on Sunday, December 20th at 3:00 in the afternoon. Warmed by the
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ues coming and going every week. All that activity would sure make statuary hall a much more attractive destination. Hereâ€™s the list of favorites so far: â€˘Joshua Chamberlain â€˘Henry Wadsworth Longfellow â€˘Percival B. Baxter â€˘Winslow Homer â€˘Leon Leonwood Bean â€˘Molly Molasses â€˘Rachel Carson
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