2015-07-24 / Community

ASK THE EXPERTS

Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc of Bartlett Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine is an Expert that You Want To Use!

In October, 2012 a meta-analysis reviewing 29 high quality trials of acupuncture for pain treatment was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The largest analysis of acupuncture ever conducted involved 30-40 researchers from eight universities and hospitals in the UK, US and Germany, studying nearly 18,000 patients.

The data showed that Acupuncture is More Effective for Treating Pain than the standard of care: drugs, surgery and so on. In fact, in conditions such as arthritis and chronic headache, acupuncture was twice as effective as the drugs and exercise recommended by most doctors. This means acupuncture should be tried first for pain treatment.

Results: In the primary analysis . . . acupuncture was superior to both sham and noacupuncture control for each pain condition . . . Patients receiving acupuncture had less pain . . . for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headache, respectively . . .

Maine Shore Mechanical Inc.

Maine Shore Mechanical Inc. prides itself on providing efficient service and quality installations at reasonable rates. We do our best to inform the consumer with accurate information for making smart energy choices. It is important to us that all equipment be energy efficient as well as ecofriendly. We strive for complete satisfaction and a continued relationship with our customers. Contact the experts today for a FREE SYSTEM ANALYSIS! Family owned for over 25+ years Victoria Mansion chose Maine Shore Mechanical to convert their heating system from oil to gas with a high efficiency gas boiler. 24 HOUR SERVICE Serving the Greater Portland area

FROM OUR CLIENTS:

“Paul braved the cold to check out the system he installed. Great service great systems, highly recommend. You all switch to on-demand water heating.” – Will W.

“Very professional and reliable. Paul at Maine Shore is who I call for all my oil service needs. He comes with tons of experience!” – Shylah C.

Over 4,000 Square Feet Of Unique & Quality Items Always At Heirloom Consignment In South Portland

One year ago April, Michelle Raymond opened Heirloom Consignment located on 161 Ocean Street in South Portland. People continue to be very receptive and encouraging, says Michelle. “Items come in and go out at about the same pace which makes an exciting shopping experience for our frequent guests”. “Treasures keep on coming in, items of every style and description, dishes to daybeds, artwork to accessories and everything in between”. Today, Michelle’s store has expanded to include two new retail alcoves and a warehouse/ prep area. “We’ve been so busy. “It’s been very successful not only for the store but for the customer who is coming here to shop! Part of the draw is Michelle’s eye for design. An interior decorator with more than 30 years experience, Michelle is able to pick out items that impress, and display them for maximum effect. “People have very beautiful things. They don’t even know how beautiful their things are,” she says. “It’s just a matter of being able to see it. That’s where my background comes in. An item can be anything, from any decade up to new, it just has to be something that people would want to have in their homes.” We do turn away some offers, “It’s all about what sells and what buyers currently want in their homes. Things change quickly,” says Michelle, who is always trying to stay on top of trends, with her finger on the pulse of what people are going to be asking for. “Heirloom Consignment is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Anyone interested in consigning a larger item, including furniture, can send photos to Raymond by emailing michellea@ HeirloomConsignmentsME.com

ASK MARIAH CALLENDER OF LINSCOTT REAL ESTATE THE “ WHY’S “ OF BUYING A HOME!

1. Why should you use an agent when you are buying a home?

Seller’s list their homes with real estate agents to assure professional representation throughout the home selling process. As a buyer, you deserve the same kind of service.

2. What is the first step when buying a home?

A crucial step in starting your search for a new home is having a clear idea of your financial situation. By getting a handle on your income, expenses and debts, you’ll have a much better idea of what you can afford and how much you’ll need to borrow.

3. Why are there different types of loans?

There are more financing options than there ever have been before. There are financing packages designed to meet the needs of virtually anyone. The overall goal is to find a loan that fits both your current financial situation and your future plans.

4. What are closing costs and what do they include?

They are the bundle of fees associated with the buying or selling of a home. Certain fees are automatically assigned to either the buyer or the seller. Other costs that may arise are negotiable.

P&C Insurance

What is the benefit of an Independent Insurance Agent?

As a locally-owned independent insurance agent, P&C Insurance has strong relationships with multiple insurance companies allowing them to find the right plan for you and your budget. They represent a carefully selected group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies ensuring you get the best coverage at the most competitive price.

With access to the finest national & regional insurance companies they offer personal, business, and employee benefits throughout Northern New England. Technology and products may have changed over the years, but P&C's focus has not. Their commitment is to maintain the highest standard of service and to establish long term client relationships based on responsibility and mutual trust. You can expect a thorough analysis and service second to none. They will guide you through the claim process and be your advocate for a prompt, fair resolution of your claim. For more information and locations visit www.insurancepc.com.

*Insurance products and services offered by P&C Insurance are: Not insured by the FDIC or any other Federal Government Agency • Not a deposit or obligation of, or guaranteed by the Bank • Subject to investment risks, including possible loss of principal amount invested.

S&B Financial Services

Discover the benefits of working with an S&B Financial Services Financial Advisor

Financial planning is fundamental to your future. It can have a critical impact on you, your family and your business.

Today’s chaotic economy and volatile market environment can make it difficult to keep up with the investments available to individuals, and even more difficult to determine which investments are appropriate to your goals and risk tolerance.

Once your portfolio is in place, the work has just begun. Monitoring your investments, their performance, and rebalancing your portfolio can be complex and demanding tasks.

Offering professional advice that is reasoned, rational and objective is how Matt Cyr and Gary Trempe, through Cetera Investment Services LLC, serve their clients.

Finding a financial advisor who you trust has never been more important. Matt and Gary take the time to understand you, your needs, concerns and goals – and only then recommend the appropriate resources, strategies, and investments to help pursue your financial and life objectives. Contact 888.978.7526 for a complimentary appointment. Located at: 252 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072 Securities and insurance products are offered through Cetera Investment Services LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Cetera Investment Advisers LLC. Neither firm is affiliated with Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution where investment services are offered. Investments are: Not FDIC Insured, no bank guarantee, may lose value.

LEGAL-EASE

Mallside Plaza• 198 Maine Mall Road • South Portland, ME 04106

LEGAL-EASE is Maine’s most convenient and only Walk-In Full Service law firm.

Everyone has legal needs of some kind and getting legal help can change your life. At Legal- Ease we’re changing the practice of law to work on your schedule and on terms you won’t find anywhere else. We’re different and we’re here to help all people. Legal-Ease is open 7- days a week 8AM-8PM at Mallside Plaza, 198 Maine Mall Road, South Portland.

Legal-Ease provides the highest quality legal services at competitive rates and convenience to its clients. Whatever one’s legal needs (divorcecustody - wills - DWI - estate plans - evictions - injury claims - incorporations - small business law -wrongful discharge - & more) Legal Ease has the resources, abilities and experienced lawyers to perform the job. Call or visit Legal-Ease for all your legal needs.

We’re Balancing the Scales of Justice for All!
Call 207-805-0055
www.legal-ease.com

Paws Applause

Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

Unlike humans, dogs cannot perspire. The pads of their feet have their only sweat glands. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by convection. These methods cool the body by exchanging the warm body temperatures for the cooler air outside the body. If the air outside the body is hot, like inside a hot vehicle, cooling cannot occur. This is a recipe for heat stroke.

Signs to Watch For:

Increased heart rate • Excessive panting Increased salivation • Bright red tongue Red or pale gums • Thick, sticky saliva Depression • Weakness • Dizziness Vomiting (sometimes with blood) • Diarrhea

In the event of a heatstroke, cool your dog by placing cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, under the forelimbs, and in the groin area. Do not use cold water, as you want to gradually return to normal temperature.

Keep pets cool and in the shade. Normal activity on hot days can be dangerous for dogs. Provide access to fresh water at all times.

Do not leave your pet in a hot parked vehicle. Even in the shade, your car can reach 140 degrees in 10 minutes.

Do not muzzle your dog.

Avoid places where there is no shade, like the beach and especially concrete or asphalt.

Wetting down your dog with cool water or allowing him to swim can help maintain a normal body temperature.

Air conditioning is one of the best ways to keep a dog cool. You may also make frozen toys for your dog to play with.

Common sense will help your pet have a safe summer.

Illusion Hair Salon

Illusions, a full service salon located at 6 Common St. in Saco, Maine is the first location in Southern Maine to offer micropigmentation more commonly known as permanent makeup. Permanent makeup is used to enhance sparse or thinning eyebrows, line eyes for greater definition or line and fill in lips. Permanent makeup is revolutionizing the world of cosmetics. It is a form of cosmetic tattooing used to enhance facial features, helping men and women look their best at all times. Someone with sparse eyebrows no longer has to worry about them rubbing off after working out or swimming. Eye liner no longer runs. Permanent makeup can enhance self confidence and provide peace of mind.

Lindsay Hall, a stylist at Illusions completed her micropigmentation education at the Academy of Cosmetic Arts and Science (ACAS) in Bocca Raton, Florida. ACAS meets the highest standards for education in the industry of micropigmentation. Lindsay has also completed advanced education with Novalash and provides exceptional lash extension services, a great complement to permanent makeup. She has provided hair and makeup services for the local film industry and for photo shoots. She is an artist with the understanding of the art and science behind all aspects of the cosmetic service.

Illusions, owned by Gail Summey, has been providing cutting edge services in the greater Saco area since 1989.

EMBERS STOVES & FIREPLACES “ One Of The Owners Is Always In The Store”

Embers Stoves & Fireplaces is a family-owned business established at the beginning of 2009 by Ernie Stanhope and Peggy Brown. Combined, we have over 25 years of experience in the hearth industry.

Our showroom is designed as a comfortable place to shop for gas. wood or pellet stoves & fireplaces and accessories. We welcome you to come in, browse our selection and allow us to answer any questions you may have.

We want our customers to feel at ease; from selecting the perfect fireplace to fit your home, to your first fire and beyond. We install and service everything we sell. Embers also offers a free in-home consultation to make sure that you, the homeowner, are comfortable with every aspect of its startup and use. We are proud to have grown into the only specialized retail fireplace shop in the greater Portland area.

31 Years Of Customer Service at YANKEE FORD & You Can Still Leave Your Hip Boots at Home!

While a lot has change in the automotive industry since Yankee Ford opened its doors, one thing has not. Yankee Ford is as committed to its customers as it was 31 years ago. Patrick Murray, Yankee Ford’s General Service Manager, said it is this focus on pleasing the customer that sets Yankee Ford apart from its competitors!

“The biggest thing that separates us is the people”, said Murray, who has been with the dealership since it started. “From our owner all the way down, we know the most important person in our store on any given day is the customer! Our main focus is on customer satisfaction.” “We have built some long term relationships with some great people over the years.” “We think of our customers as friends and family.”

Yankee Ford is the one-stop shop for all of your automotive needs and takes the pain out of repairs by offering customers such amenities as shuttle service to and from your home or work, Saturday service, WIFI and free loaners when available while theirs are being worked on.

‘We are a full-service dealership from the sale of new and used vehicles to the service of all makes and models”, Murray said. “We have a State-of-The-Art Collision Center. We have the parts to service not only our in house business, but we supply independent shops and collision centers throughout Maine.” Yankee Ford, Murray said, does everything it can to make sure the prices offered are fair and competitive.

“We mystery shop our competitors to make sure our service prices are competitive”, Murray said. “The perception that the dealer is more expensive just isn’t true”. “We know that to be your service center of choice we have to offer value as well as expert repairs.” Yankee Ford, more than doubles the national average of customers returning to the dealership for service. For more information on Yankee Ford, which is open Monday through Saturday, 165 Waterman Drive, South Portland or visit yankeeford.com or call 799- 5591.

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution

What is a Credit Score?

A credit score is a number used by a lender to help determine whether or not you qualify for a loan. Many lenders use the FICO score – a point system based on your credit history. There are three FICO scores computed using data provided by each of the three major credit bureaus - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. With this information, lenders can predict how likely someone is to repay a loan and make payments on time. Credit scores usually range from 300 (high risk) to 850 (low risk). Typically a score above 680 is considered good. Your score, along with an explanation of how the score was derived, is available from each of the bureaus annually for free. Each may have different information, so your score may vary. You can also ask your lender for your score when you apply for a loan. For more info on credit reports, visit www.maine.gov/pfr consumercredit_ report.htm.

Hour Glass Company ~ South Portland, Maine

Hour Glass Company is committed to providing quality glass products and fast, dependable service at very competitive prices! Keep your money in Maine! We are local, family owned and operated, We love what we do! We give you and your project the kind of attention that you deserve and take a personal interest in your satisfaction.

Friendly service will keep you coming back!

Custom heavy glass shower surrounds and shower doors are one of our specialties.

Call us for ALL your glass needs! We can do anything glass related - from auto glass and windshields, to residential glass replacement, custom mirror work, vinyl windows and doors, to commercial doors and small storefront projects, and everything in between.

We serve: South Portland, Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath, Harpswell, Westbrook, Gorham, Sebago, Naples, Casco, Poland, New Gloucester, Durham, Lisbon, Lewiston, Auburn, Buxton, Hollis, Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard, Lyman, Alfred, Sanford, and yes, we even serve Steep Falls!

Port Harbor Marine

Port Harbor Marine is Maine’s largest marine dealer operating out of 5 locations, South Portland, Kittery, Raymond, Rockport and Holden. We sell and service some of the finest recreational boats offered in the industry from leading manufacturers such as Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Sailfish, Edgewater, Sportsman, Key West, the Tracker family of boats, and Premier pontoon boats as well as Zodiac and AB inflatables. We are also northern New England’s largest Mercury outboard and the 2nd largest Yamaha outboard dealer.

We are also more than just a boat dealer. Each of our 5 locations employs some of the best service technicians in the state. From engine to hull repair we can service every aspect of your boat. Our service department is supported by Maine’s largest parts and accessories department. From engines parts to the latest in navigation equipment we sell and support everything boating related.

Our company also owns 3 marinas and operates another marina location. Our marina located in South Portland is Maine’s largest coastal marina with over 250 wet slips and its concrete docking system helps make it the premier marina facility around. Winter storage and boat transport are also services offered by PHM. Port Harbor Marine is a Marine Industry Certified dealer and has earned Top 100 status by Boating Industry Magazine for 10 straight years, no other dealer in Maine has achieved this status.

HOME SNUGGERS ANSWERS ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT “ RETROFOAM INSULATION” !

1) How much does it cost to insulate my house?

Depends on how much you want done, and how much we can save you with Efficiency Maine rebates. The average is about $4,500.

2) How long does it take?

Usually no more than a day or two, and it’s usually applied from outside.

3) How much will I save on my heat bill?

That varies between different homes. We find 30% - 40% is common.

4) What is the benefit of RetroFoam insulation?

The real benefit to your comfort is the air

sealing, which reduces drafts and cold penetration from outside. Plus, it will keep rooms cooler in the summer too.

5) Are there other benefits, too?

Yes, the RetroFoam is odor free, class 1 fire retardant, and keeps mice and other pests from invading your home, and sound dampening.

6) How can I be assured it’s well sealed?

First, our technicians are highly trained; we check everything with a thermal imaging camera, and the post testing by the Efficiency Maine Certified Energy Auditor gives you and us another level of quality control.

Choose the best food for your dog

(MS) -- Being a dog owner is a big job, and ensuring that your dog receives the correct nutrition is a key part of that job. Here are three quick and easy tips that will help you make the best choice for your pet while they savor their mealtime with you even more: 1. Shop in a specialty pet store that sells premium quality food. Many commercially available/economy brands of dog food are made from inexpensive ingredients, which might not be easily digested due to possible degradation of protein sources or oxidization of fat sources. While the ingredients may technically meet the legal specifications for percentages of protein, fat, carbohydrates, etc., these foods have lower energy values and lower-grade proteins and don’t provide the same quality nutrition.

2. Look at the ingredient panel.
* Look for a species-specific meat or meal as
the first ingredient (e.g. “chicken” or “chicken
meal”, not “poultry meal”).
* Ensure that the product is naturally
preserved with vitamin E (you don’t want any
chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT or
ethoxyquin listed).
* Look for the “extras” (like pre- and probiotics,
digestive enzymes and antioxidant rich fruits

and vegetables).
3. Consider your dog’s activity level, weight
and any specific health needs. Many “all
life stage” products exist. However, some
manufacturers also include life-stagespecific foods that have unique features
and benefits tailored to a puppy or a
senior dog. Also, there are many breed-size
specific diets and diets that are specifically
tailored to unique health needs, such
as allergies, mobility issues or weight
management.
A store expert can help you by asking some
specific questions about your pet or online
food selectors, like that at petcurean.com,
can help you make a good choice.

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