Long Ball Does in SteepleCats in Double-Header Sweep

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LACONIA, N.H. -- The Winnipesaukee Muskrats earned a double-header sweep of the North Adams SteepleCats in New England Collegiate Baseball League on Sunday.
 
In Game One, Winnipesaukee hit three home runs Sunday to earn a 5-3 win.
 
Shane Muntz homered and drove in three runs for the 'Cats, who got a pair of hits from Andrew Pedone.
 
In the nightcap, the Muskrats got a couple more homers in a 9-8, come-from-behind win.
 
Winnipesaukee scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Jake Coro scored the winning run on a stolen base.
 
Joseph Porricelli hit his fourth homer of the summer in the loss, which also saw Matt Koperniak double in a run.
 
North Adams (20-14) visits the Valley Blue Sox on Monday.
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Be Creative When Withdrawing from Retirement Accounts

Submitted by Edward Jones

Like many people, you may spend decades putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But eventually you will want to take this money out – if you must start withdrawing some of it. How can you make the best use of these funds?

To begin with, here's some background: When you turn 70 1/2, you need to start withdrawals – called required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from your traditional IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 457(b) or 403(b). (A Roth IRA is not subject to these rules; you can essentially keep your account intact for as long as you like.) You can take more than the RMD, but if you don't take at least the minimum (which is based on your account balance and your life expectancy), you will generally be taxed at 50% of the amount you should have taken – so don't forget these withdrawals.

Here, then, is the question: What should you do with the RMDs? If you need the entire amount to help support your lifestyle, there's no issue – you take the money and use it. But what if you don't need it all? Keeping in mind that the withdrawals are generally fully taxable at your personal income tax rate, are there some particularly smart ways in which you can use the money to help your family or, possibly, a charitable organization?

Here are a few suggestions:

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