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Congress Proposing Cluster Mail Delivery in Place of Door to Door Service

The United States Postal Service loses about $25 million a day and in an effort to save the USPS, there had been talk of eliminating Saturday deliveries, but that idea was nixed by Congress, which has control over these matters. So, how does Congress propose to save the Postal Service? One piece of proposed legislation is known as ‘cluster mail’.

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Getty Images, Photo by Richard Heathcote
Getty Images, Photo by Richard Heathcote

Goodyear Getting Away From Blimps and Going to Zeppelins

Goodyear blimps have been around at sporting and other events for a long time and, after decades of Goodyear having blimps in their fleet, a new generation of the Goodyear flying machines is being built. Instead of a blimp, Goodyear is building a zeppelin.

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Why Didn’t I Think of That: The Side Socket

I have been thinking about this for YEARS!

Why didn't I patent this first!

Just another "Shoulda, Would, Coulda" moment...I thought of this years ago!

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Getty Images, photo by Jamie Sabau
Getty Images, photo by Jamie Sabau

Recreation Experts Getting $400 an Hour to Teach Kids to Play

A ‘play date’ is a day set up by parents to have their children play with each other. A day and time are set, even a set time for how long they’ll play, and the kids use that time for play. Remember when you used to go outside during the summer, hook-up with your friends and play until dark? Are those days really gone?

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Justin Sullivan,Getty Images
Justin Sullivan,Getty Images

Maine Gas Prices Rocket Up 16 Cents Per Gallon

In what has been a race of which will go up faster, the temperature or the price of gas, it's been neck and neck, but I think the price of gas wins. The price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reported today that the average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine rocketed up 16 cents in just the past week. The average gallon of gas in Maine is now $3.69.

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Joe Raedle,Getty Images
Joe Raedle,Getty Images

Maine Gas Prices Inching Higher

Maine gas prices rose by just over a penny a gallon this past week to an average of $3.53 a gallon. That's according to the price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com, which surveys more than 1,200 Maine gas stations.

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Getty Images, photo by Jeremy O'Donnell
Getty Images, photo by Jeremy O'Donnell

Pubs Closing in Ireland

In Wales and Northern Ireland the economy is hitting hard as one in three villages are seeing the closing of a pub. Very unusual for Ireland as the Irish are known to love their pubs and visit them frequently.

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Getty Images, photo by William Thomas Cain
Getty Images, photo by William Thomas Cain

Air Conditioning Not Only Cools Us, But It Helped An Entire Industry Too!

We have had a few muggy days so far this year here in Maine but nothing that compares to the temperatures of over 100 degrees in parts of the West and Southwest. I’ll bet, like us, most people are saying, ‘thank goodness for air conditioning’.

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Getty Images, photo by Joern Pollex
Getty Images, photo by Joern Pollex

In Washington State, Pig Farmers are Using Leftovers From Marijuana Maufacturing to Feed Pigs

Since marijuana has become legal in Washington state, pig farmers are taking advantage of the waste from the manufacturing process and feeding it to their pigs. Growers have a problem figuring out what to do with the excess stems, roots and leaves, so one group came up with the idea of feeding it to the pigs.

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Getty Images, photo by Jeff T. Green
Getty Images, photo by Jeff T. Green

Consumer Reports Rates Toilet Paper and White Cloud Comes Out Number (ummm) One

When it comes to toilet paper it appears people want softness above anything else. Consumer Reports, in a study of twenty-five varieties of toilet paper, found the balance of strength and softness were important, but softness was the number one factor. In their study there were only a few brands that stood out with both strength and softness.

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