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Teacher of the Month for February 2020: Mrs. Melissa Angelo-Kuzar – 2nd Grade Teacher – Spring Cove Elementary School

Another wonderful morning visiting a local elementary school! Teacher of the Month for February 2020: Mrs. Melissa Angelo-Kuzar – 2nd Grade Teacher – Spring Cove Elementary School, Roaring Spring!

WALY 103.9 On-Air Personality; Bill Kurtis with Mrs. Angelo-Kuzar Roaring Spring along with Eva Strang; Education Coordinator with The Allied Milk Producers, Pennsylvania Alternate Dairy Princess; Vannika Rice and Connor, one of Mrs. Angelo-Kuzar’s 2nd Grade Students.


The Happiest Moment of Your Workday Is at 3:25 PM


Most people look forward to five o’clock on Mondays.  But according to this, the ACTUAL best part of your workday will happen about 90 minutes before that.

A survey found 3:25 PM is when we’re the happiest.  And on average, we have eight happy moments on any given day, plus five low ones.  Obviously we’re happier when we’re NOT at work though.  Here are the ten happiest moments of the day overall . . .

1.  Waking up after a great night’s sleep.

2.  Eating a great dinner.

3.  The moment you sit down in front of the TV at night.

4.  Your boss showing you some appreciation.

5.  Getting home after work.

6.  Getting a compliment from someone.

7.  Getting a hug from your child.

8.  Having a late-night snack.

9.  The moment you take off your work clothes.

10.  The moment you take your shoes off after work.  Some of our worst moments of the day including being stuck in traffic, spilling food, and realizing you slept through your alarm.



There’s a One in Four Chance You’re Having a Bad Hair Day

How often would you say you have a “bad hair day”?  Well, according to this, there’s a 25% chance you’re experiencing one right now . . .

The average American has 96 bad hair days a year, according to a new poll.  That’s about one every four days.

Apparently a lot of us really do find bad hair days crippling.  80% said they’ve had to stay inside at least once before, because their hair looked so bad.  And a third of us have used a sick day.

Here are the top five things that can cause a bad hair day . . .

1.  Your hair just looks thin or lifeless in general.

2.  There’s a weird cowlick.

3.  You slept on it funny.

4.  You notice some hair loss, and it rocks your self-esteem.

5.  You put too much product in it.

The survey also looked at our top strategies for making it through a bad hair day.  The top five are:  Wear a hat . . . put your hair in braids . . . use extensions or a hair piece . . . throw some dry shampoo in it . . . and AVOID washing it.


The Groundhog Did Not See His Shadow, Which Means Early Spring

Yesterday was Groundhog Day.  I hope someone told Punxsutawney Phil about climate change so he could calibrate accordingly.

Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow this year, which means an early spring.

That would be good news . . . except that lately, Phil has been wrong more often than he’s been right.  Over the past decade, he’s only predicted correctly 40% of the time.

Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting the weather since 1887 and this is only the 20th time he’s predicted early spring.  (Well, at least, various groundhogs who’ve been called Punxsutawney Phil.)

He’s seen his shadow and predicted a long winter 104 times. And 10 years of records are missing.

(The Weather Channel / NOAA)


The Head of PETA Says You’re Walking Your Dog Wrong

If your dog goes to the bathroom in under five minutes, you might consider it a successful walk.  But have you actually been walking your dog WRONG this whole time?  According to the head of PETA, it might be true.

And her main critique is stop RUSHING them.

Here are four tips to make trips outside a little better for your dog . . .

1.  Realize what a big deal it is for them.  Going for a walk is a major event for a dog, especially if you don’t have a yard.  So stop thinking of it as something you HAVE to do, and think of it as something they look forward to.  Quote, “It’s more than a bathroom break, it’s an excursion.”

2.  Give them more time to sniff stuff.  You don’t have to let them smell the same tree for 20 minutes.  But don’t constantly yank them along with you.  Think of it like this.  Sniffing things is your dog’s way of reading the news.

3.  Be more involved, not so distracted.  Dogs are smarter than we realize.  And they can sense when you’re not truly present with them.  So don’t stare at your phone the whole time.  Try to be more involved in their walks.

4.  Stop walking them with just a leash and collar.  A harness is better and won’t hurt their neck as much.  Especially when they lunge at stuff.


Teacher of the Month for January 2020 – Mr. John Wessner – Foot of Ten Elementary School

Teacher of the Month for January 2020
WALY 103.9 On-Air Personality; Bill Kurtis with Mr. John Wessner – 4th Grade Teacher – Foot of Ten Elementary School, Duncansville along with Eva Strang; Education Coordinator with The Allied Milk Producers, Pennsylvania Alternate Dairy Princess; Vannika Rice and two of Mr. Wessner’s 4th Grade Students.


A Guy Found $43,000 in a Second-Hand Couch and Returned the Money

An older guy in central Michigan named Howard Kirby recently paid $70 for an old couch set at a second-hand store, and set it up in his man cave.

Then a few weeks later, he noticed one of the cushions had a lump in it.  So his daughter opened it up.  And inside was a small fireproof safe filled with $43,000.

His first thought was he could pay off the rest of his house and add a nice chunk to his retirement.  He even talked to a lawyer who said he was legally allowed to keep it.

But it just didn’t feel right.  So he got in touch with the store, and they tracked down the family that dropped the couch off.

It turned out they donated it after their grandfather passed away.  And they had no idea he was stashing cash in it.

Howard surprised them with the money last week, and they were blown away.

He credits his faith for leading him in the right direction.  Adding that even though he legally could have kept it, quote, “The lawful thing is not always the moral thing.”

(WJRT / MLive)


A Six-Year-Old Kid Finishes Chemo and Gets a Standing Ovation at School

There’s a six-year-old kid near Cleveland named John Oliver Zippay.  But he goes by the nickname “J.O.”

He was diagnosed with leukemia at age three.  So he doesn’t really remember a time when he didn’t have cancer.

But two days after Christmas, he went through his final chemo treatment.  And on his first day back at school last week, he got a STANDING OVATION.

All the kids and teachers lined the hallway and cheered for him as he walked in.

His dad says J.O. asked him if he thought the school might make an announcement or something.  But he never expected anything that big.

In the video, he’s got a huge smile on his face as he walks in, which his mom described as, quote, “pure happiness.”

(ABC News / CNN)


A Small Plant on Your Desk Really Does Help with Stress

There are a ton of apps, articles, and new-age ways to deal with stress now.  But it’s nice to know a few old tricks still work . . .

If you’re stressed out at your job, a new study found keeping a PLANT on your desk really can help.

Researchers in Japan had about 60 people take small, three-minute breaks at their desk whenever they felt stressed.

First, none of them had plants.  Then each person got one small plant to put next to their computer screen where they could see it.  And once the plants were there, the short breaks helped even more.

Their heart rates were lower, and they scored better on anxiety tests.

Apparently just seeing the plant over and over all day made a difference.  But watering it and having something to care for also played a part.

The great thing is the plant doesn’t have to take a up a lot of space.  The ones in the study were tiny.  So even something like a small succulent works.



Abbreviating “2020” as “20” Could Open You up to Scammers

It sounds like the chances of this are pretty low.  But you can’t be too careful these days.

Apparently, you shouldn’t abbreviate the year “2020” by just writing “20” on checks and documents.  Because if you do, it could open you up to SCAMMERS.  Here’s how . . .

If you write today’s date as “1-6-20,” it’s easy for someone to change the year by adding two more digits at the end.

For example, you could write a check with today’s date on it, and someone could deposit it electronically.  Then they could add “21” to the end of the year, so it says, “1-6-2021.”  And they could attempt to cash the same check NEXT year.

Be careful with any contracts you sign too, because they could be doctored to make it look like the contract began sooner than it did.

Here’s another example:  Say you signed a contract today for a loan, and wrote “1-6-20” as the date.  If you end up missing a payment, the lender could theoretically change the date to “2019”, and claim you owe an extra year’s worth of fees.

Again, it probably won’t happen.  But just to be safe, you might want to take the extra half-second to write all four digits this year.  Then you can go back to using two digits in 2021.


Originally posted on January 6th, 2020