Celebrity Imposter Scams, Unsending an Email, Plus Videos, Recipes, and DIY
Celebrity Imposter Scams, Unsending an Email, Plus Videos, Recipes, and DIY
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  September 2021  
NEW Walk-In Customer Care Open

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The wait is over! Construction is complete on our new ImOn Customer Care Office, now located on the 2nd floor of our headquarters building at 101 3rd Ave SW. We hope this will make access more convenient as we will have both elevator and stairwell access to the 2nd floor for you to use.

The new walk-in customer care office is now open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 am — 5:00 pm. To help protect our employees and customers, anyone visiting the ImOn Customer Care Office will be required to wear a face mask at this time. We also ask that you follow other social distancing practices and Covid safety procedures.

We look forward to seeing you again!
JUST FOR YOU
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September Calendar Photo

Here is a look at the beautiful photo adorning the 2021 ImOn Customer Calendar for the month of September. This photo was submitted by ImOn customer Carl Bracken, and shows fall farm fields in rural Allamakee County.
MUST-SEE VIDEOS
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Toddler Joins Pro Soccer Game
When a 2-year-old boy ran onto the field during a game, his mom had to think fast (and run even faster) to catch him.
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From Wires to "Wow!"
It's mesmerizing to watch artist Andy Elliott transform 600 strands of stainless steel wire into beautiful branches.
NEWS AND VIEWS
Football Season is Here

Download Images to View For some, their favorite time of the year arrives in early September, football season! But with so many networks carrying games these days, it can be hard to find the one you're looking for. Well, search no longer! A website called 506sports.com is a great resource to help you quickly find what teams are playing and on what channel. The website lists the time, network, and sometimes the announcers for every FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) game each week. If the game is only available through streaming, it will provide that information as well.

Make sure you have all the channels you need to watch the teams you want! Many of the top games will be broadcast on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network, and Comcast SportsNet. However, some games may get shuffled to other stations like ESPNU, Big Ten Alternate 1 & 2, Comcast SportsNet Plus, SEC Network, ACC Network, and more.

If you are an NFL fan, consider adding NFL RedZone to your cable package. NFL RedZone keeps fans up to date in real-time, with live look-ins, highlights, and fantasy statistics. That way, you don't miss any of the important plays on Sunday afternoons. The NFL RedZone is now available to ImOn residential cable TV customers for just $62.98 for the entire regular NFL season.

We also know that life sometimes gets in the way of your football viewing. So if you aren't home to watch your favorite team, you can use ImOn TV Everywhere to catch all the action. With ImOn TV Everywhere, you can access the games anywhere on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or any other Internet-connected device. And the best thing is that it is free with your ImOn cable TV subscription! It's easy to get started. Just go to www.MyImOn.com/TVEverywhere for registration instructions and a link to the ImOn Watch TV Everywhere page.
Tech Tip

Have you ever made a mistake while doing work on a computer and wished it hadn't happened? Don't worry, there's an easy trick that can help. Just use CTRL+ Z on your computer or Command + Z on a Mac, and it will undo the last thing you did.

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Meet the ImOn Team

At ImOn Communications, we believe that the people behind our company are just as important as the company itself. Our team is full of great people working hard to deliver the reliable service you deserve. So we wanted to introduce you to some of the friendly, local faces behind ImOn.

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We're Hiring!

Come be a part of the ImOn team! We're growing and have several career opportunities available in the following areas: customer care, construction, sales, technicians, engineering, management, and more. ImOn offers competitive salaries with generous benefits, career growth opportunities, and a fun work environment. Click here to see all available positions and the benefits of joining the ImOn team.

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It's A Good Year For National Good Neighbor Day

Download Images to View National Good Neighbor Day is celebrated yearly on September 28th. National Good Neighbor Day celebrates the importance of being a good neighbor while contributing to one's community. Because good neighbors make great neighborhoods!

To celebrate, do something nice in your neighborhood — surprise an overwhelmed family by dropping off a home-cooked meal, offer to help an elderly resident do yardwork, bring the trash can in for your neighbor, or simply say "hi" to everyone you meet.

Since ImOn Communications is a local provider, our neighbors are also our customers, employees, and friends. We have lots to celebrate and be thankful for, especially after 2020! So as Mister Rogers would say, "Please, won't you be...my neighbor?"
Tech to Keep Grandparents Connected

Download Images to View On September 12th, we celebrate Grandparents Day. It is a day to help us remember the people who spoil us and who are our biggest fans. When we think of grandparents, we don't always think of technology, but there are plenty of apps, websites, and devices that can help grandparents stay connected with their grandchildren, regardless of the distance.
  • Facetime/ Facebook Messenger / Skype / Google Hangouts: Grandparents used to have to settle for an occasional phone call, but with the advent of video calls, the game has changed. This is a great way for grandparents to connect with young grandchildren, even those who might not be able to carry on a traditional phone conversation. But video calls aren't just for young children; video calls give teenagers a chance to show grandparents what they've been up to.

  • Keepy: Keepy is a virtual "photo album," but with a lot of additional features. With this app, parents can collect video and images of grandchildren's artwork, first steps, soccer games, and just about anything else. Unlike social media, Keepy can be shared with specific people, so you can feel secure posting personal content just for grandparents. Grandparents can also comment on any of the uploads, giving them a chance to virtually interact with their grandchildren's achievements.

  • Readeo: Readeo (a mash-up of "read" and "rodeo") lets grandparents read with their grandchildren over the web. This app allows both parties to see each other at the bottom of the screen (just like with video chatting apps), while a digital version of the book takes up the bulk of the screen. You can choose from Readeo's library of 207 children's books, however, there is a monthly subscription cost (after the 14-day free trial). If you want to avoid paying, you can join Readeo's "Book of the Month Club," which allows grandparents to read the selected "book of the month" to their grandchildren for free.

  • NixPlay Smart Digital Photo Frame: This is another great gift to help families stay connected and share memories. Loved ones from around the world can easily upload photos to the frame using the NixPlay App. The NixPlay photo frame then plays an HD photo slideshow of the photos. The frame also features a built-in motion sensor that turns the frame on when you enter a room and turns it off when you leave.

  • The Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger: The Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger can help you connect with grandparents and let them know just how much you are thinking of them. The Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger lets you send messages, pictures, and emojis through the easy-to-use smartphone app. When you send a message, the heart on the outside of the box will spin, alerting the recipient. They just have to open the top of the box to read the message or see the picture you sent.

  • WhatsApp / Talkatone: With more and more grandparents getting smartphones, messaging apps like WhatsApp or Talkatone are a great introduction to texting. With messaging apps, you can send and receive text updates, photos, and videos all in one place. And, when there is time for a longer conversation, you can use these apps to chat for free, as most don't use up cell minutes.
If your grandparents need a little more help with how to use their technology, consider visiting www.techboomers.com. This website offers a variety of free tutorials and "how-to" courses on a variety of topics, including texting, google searches, social media, apps, online shopping, and more.
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Google Search Tips

Long gone are the days of having to look up information in an encyclopedia or going to the library to research something. Now we simply 'Google it'. Google is one of the most used search engines in the world, performing more than three billion searches a day. In a fraction of a second, Google can give you links to hundreds of millions of websites for answers to all of your questions. But did you know there are tricks you can use to help Google narrow down your search to help you find your answer faster? Here are just a few tips to help make your searching more efficient.
  • Use the tabs.
    Across the top of every search page, there are tabs labeled Web, Images, Videos, News, Shopping, etc. While many people already use these search tabs, it is an easy way to help define what kind of search you want to do. You can use the Image tab to search for just image files, or the News tab to look for recent news articles. While these tabs are meant to give you more general search results, they can help reduce your search time.

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  • Use quotation marks to find the exact wording.
    When you are trying to search for something specific, try using quotation marks around the phrase you are searching for. By putting your search parameters inside quotation marks, it tells Google to only look for the words you entered in the exact order you entered them. This helps Google know exactly what you are looking for and narrows down your search results for a better match.

  • Use a minus sign to remove words from a search.
    To help narrow down your search results, use the minus sign to tell Google to omit certain words from your search. This trick comes in very handy when you are searching for a word that may have a double meaning or when you are getting a lot of search results that aren't of interest to you. Simply add the "-" symbol in front of the word(s) you don't want your search results to include. For example, if you search "Mustang," Google will give you results for both the Mustang car and the Mustang horse. But you only want results for the Mustang car. Instead, use the minus sign and search for "Mustang – horse." This tells Google to search for mustangs but to remove any results that have the word horse in them. This tip can save you lots of time when doing searches.

  • Use "OR" to combine similar searches.
    By using "OR" between two different search words or phrases allows Google some flexibility in its search. The "OR" means Google will search and show results for one term or the other, or both. This usually comes in handy when you are searching for two similar words or subjects. An example might be searching for "chocolate" OR "White Chocolate".

  • Use the asterisk wildcard.
    Use an asterisk in your search when you are searching for quotes, titles, expressions, or song lyrics and you are unsure of the exact/entire phrase. Google uses the asterisk as a placeholder for an unknown or variable word. It will then search for all variations of that phrase. It is kind of like a wild card!

  • Use "DEFINE:" to learn the meaning of words.
    Forget the dictionary, Google can also provide definitions for words, including slang words. Just type in "DEFINE:" and a word, and Google will give you the definition, pronunciation, and more.
While these are all tricks to help make your Google searches more efficient, there are also some fun things you can do with Google. It has a host of built-in games, including Pac-Man, tic tac toe, Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Snake. There are also tools like a calculator, metronome, breathing exercises, and more. What can't Google do?
SITES OF THE MONTH
Guide to Apple Varieties  
Guide to Apple Varieties
Learn about popular kinds of apples and the best uses for each — from eating out of hand to making pies or salads.
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DIY and What to Buy  
DIY and What to Buy
Popular Mechanics is a go-to source for how to do all kinds of projects and which products to buy for best results.
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Rolling with Dough Roller  
Rolling with Dough Roller
This isn't about pie crust. It's about learning how to better manage and invest your dough, as in money, to build wealth.
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CUSTOMER ALERT
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COOKING DEMO
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Ina Garten's Chicken Recipes
September is National Chicken Month. If you're bored with your chicken dishes, try these Barefoot Contessa favorites.
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4 Variations of Basic Muffins
Turn this recipe into your choice of muffins — chocolate chip, banana pecan, orange poppy seed, or mango coconut.
DO-IT-YOURSELF TIPS
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10 Easy DIY Projects
Transform an old tire into a storage seat, wine corks into a pen holder, a picture frame into a key rack, and more.
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How to Refinish Furniture
Learn how to turn a flea market find into a piece of furniture you love without the hassles of stripping the finish.
FAQ/TUTORIAL
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