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Postage Stamp Increase Requested to 49 Cents in 2014 (Why Not 50 Cents?)

The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday that it has proposed increasing the price of first-class mail to 49 cents from 46 cents, beginning in January, to help raise revenues for the cash strapped service.  The Postal Service said the new prices would take effect on Jan. 26, 2014. The increase must be approved by the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.

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Firefighters Shirt, Jeff Dorsey
Firefighters Shirt, Jeff Dorsey

Firefighters Selling T-Shirts For Blessing Cancer Center

The Quincy Fire Department is again selling commemorative t-shirts to raise funds for the Blessing Cancer Center's Financial Assistance Program. This year the shirts are pink in color and the design features a full back logo with the breast cancer ribbon, dressed as a firefighter, opening a fire hydrant.

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Sprouts - Quincy, Illinois
Jeff Dorsey

Sprouts Restaurant to Re-Open Soon

It looks like the newly refurbished Sprouts Restaurant will be opening within the next week or two, as many of the hired employees were told they could give their two week notices to their current employers a few days ago. Sprouts, a very popular restaurant for years, burned down in a fire on June 14th, 2012.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Look for Cluster Mailboxes in Your Future Instead of Home Delivery

A lot of things get done in Washington.  Some get the headlines and others get swept under the rug. One such piece of information came from a recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that approved a plan to phase out door to door delivery of mail.  The proposal is to move closer to cluster boxes and curbside delivery instead of the way it is now, door to door.

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Sprouts/Jeff Dorsey
Sprouts/Jeff Dorsey

Soon to Re-Open, Sprouts is Hiring People

One of  Quincy's long standing restaurants will soon be reopening after a fire last year. Sprout's Restaurant is in the finishing touches of their rebuilding process and has been holding a job fair this week to hire employees to work in the new facility on North 12th Street.  

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Three Lions/Getty Images

How Would You Like to Turn Your Boredom Into Bucks?

OK, so you have been out of school for about a week now and you are already bored. Well, turn that boredom into cash. How? With all the rain we have had lately, the grass is growing faster than most people can keep up with. You might be surprised if you knocked on a few neighborhood doors and offered to mow the grass just how much money you could make this summer.  

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Today is National Waitress/Waiter Day. A $2 Tip Ain’t Gonna Cut It.

The rules of tipping in restaurants vary depending on what nation and culture you are a part of. Here in the United States 15% is considered an average tip for average service.

What most people don’t realize is that waitresses and waiters are NOT paid minimum wage. This is a fact that restaurants rarely publicize but they should.  

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Getty Images

Proposed Westview Golf Course Changes to be Discussed Tonight in a Public Forum

Matt Burry, the golf pro at Westview Golf Course, has the job of making Westview a profit center for the Quincy Park District.  To his credit he has produced a plan to help the public golf course find a way to make additional revenue.  

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Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Forget the .9 on Gasoline. You’re Not Fooling Anyone.

Ok, it is time for the "I'm as mad as Hell and I am not gonna take it anymore" yell to be heard throughout the area as we all watched our gas prices go up some 65 cents a gallon last week. How does gas go from $3.35 a gallon to $3.99 in four days? 

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Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Farmer’s Market Begins 31st Season Today

The season opening Farmer's Market begins this morning at Washington Park in Quincy.  Today's opening marks the 31st year for the event which feature fresh vegetables, fruit and plants provided by local farmers in the area.

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