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According to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index report, here are America’s favorite stores:– Favorite Department Stores (in order):


JCPenney, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Target, Sears, Walmart– Favorite Specialty stores (in order): Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale, Barnes & Noble, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works– Favorite Supermarkets (in order) Trader Joe’s, Publix, ALDI, H-E-B, Wegmans, Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, Kroger, ShopRite, Meijer– We like Home Depot only slightly more than we like Lowe’s– We like Staples just a little bit more than Office Depot (*’cause Staples’ name is a pun!)– We like Petco, PetSmart, Best Buy, Big Lots and Toys “R” Us all equally

Don't forget!  Our Rockin' and Reelin' Seafood Festival is THIS Weekend!  Here's a sampling of some of the musical entertainment you're likely to see!

Eddie and the Edsels!


The Rockadiles!


Charlotte Country's own:  The Boogiemen!


The Platters revue:  featuring Al Holland!


Rosebush Theory!


A shop owner went above and beyond to look out for one of his regulars who suffered a stroke.

When Irene didn’t show up as usual to get her daily newspaper from the Lifestyle Express store in Grangetown, England, owner Ali Aktar got worried. He says the 87-year-old woman is always outside when he opens his shop in the morning, so he knew something must be wrong when she wasn’t there.

So Aktar sent someone to check on his regular customer, and he came back saying no one answered Irene’s door. Knowing the elderly woman lives alone, he sent someone to her back door to knock again, but still no answer. So that’s when he called the police and they broke down Irene’s door when she didn’t open it.

And thank goodness Aktar was concerned because Irene was on the floor and police say she had been there for about 11 hours after suffering a stroke. She’s still in the hospital recovering, and locals are calling him a hero for checking on her. Neighbor Debbie Tweddell says, “If it wasn’t for Ali, then who knows what would have happened.”

Source: Gazette Live

I wish they would have had these when I was in school...Come to think of it, they should have it at work!

New Mexico high schools are using high-tech sleeping pods for students and teachers who are overtired.

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Teens need between nine and 10 hours of sleep a night, according to the National Institutes of Health, and only about a third of them are getting even eight hours. So some high schools in New Mexico are testing out high-tech sleep pods that let students nap for 20 minutes and then head back to class refreshed and restored.

"It really was beneficial, educationally, to put them in the pod for 20 minutes and send them back to class, rather than have them miss half a day," explains school nurse Sandy Peugh. "And it wasn't just kids who had sleep issues. It worked on kids who had anxiety - extremely gifted kids who might have test anxiety. Teachers came in, stressed out, and we'd put them in the pod."

Students say the quick visits to the pod help them focus and manage stress. And while some parents question if napping is a good use of school hours, sleep researcher Linda Summers points out that tired kids can sit in class, but can’t listen and pay attention as well when they’re overtired. So a fast cat nap can help them learn, and that’s what it’s all about.

Source: Good Housekeeping

Joseph explains a trick to getting every last bit of ketchup out of the container.

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