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Happy Labor Day from Mercury Broadcasting!

Labor Day PicSNAP will return next week, when we will continue with Positive Thinking, Part 2.  Today we’re celebrating Labor Day, so we searched for some fun facts about what Labor Day is & why we celebrate it!

Here are some fun & interesting facts we learned:

Labor Day celebrates the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.

In the late 1800’s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living.  

President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.

By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.

When the idea for Labor Day first started, most workers only had every other Sunday off, as well as two holidays a year: Christmas and Fourth of July!

Traditionally people did not wear white after Labor Day since Labor Day was the unofficial the end of summer! (Are you still wearing those white shoes???).

These days many Americans celebrate Labor Day in the backyard, firing up the grill, camping in the park or a having day at the beach.  However, AAA estimates that nearly 35 MILLION people in the United States will travel on Labor Day, and those that do travel, will  go at least 50 miles from home & most will use the 3-day weekend for a road trip, instead of flying on a plane!

The 8-hour day was firmly established in 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act.  This was the first federal law regulating the hours of workers in private companies.

There is disagreement about who actually proposed Labor Day as a holiday.  Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Others believe that it was Matthew Maguire, who was a machinist.  More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers!

But no matter who proposed Labor Day as a holiday,  we’re sending our Happy Labor Day wishes to you, no matter who first proposed this holiday!

Happy Labor Day from Mercury Broadcasting!


Kimberly Yates of Virginia is our WINNER!

Kimberly Yates of Virginia is our WINNER!

Today is the day we announce the WINNER of our Mercury Broadcasting $100 giveaway… Drumroll please… CONGRATULATIONS KIMBERLY YATES from Virginia!! WINNER of the $100 GIVEAWAY!!

Kimberly, please e-mail me, Dr. Bunny Vreeland, at BunnyV123@yahoo.com and give me your mailing address so I can send you the $100 check!

We would love to see a pic of you with the check when you get it so we can post on Mercury Broadcasting Facebook page!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!  Mercury Broadcasting appreciates everyone’s questions!

Q&A with CIPCUG: Round 3

Welcome to the 3rd round of Q&A with CIPCUG.

Listen to Toby Scott answer the following submitted questions from CIPCUG’s Facebook Group Page in the player bar at the bottom of this page.

Question from Sue Nethercott: Do you know of any free software that will produce a decent stab at transcribing an audio or video (other than Youtube close captioning)? I’m not after perfection, just something to considerably reduce the amount of typing I need to do, and the time taken.

Question from John Weigle: What’s a virtual desk and why might I want it?

Another question from Sue Nethercott: Which is the hottest social media platform these days, and are they used by different groups (e.g. generations) for different purposes?

Question from Tony Pizza: What’s the purpose of Homegroup? Doesn’t it do the same thing as a Workgroup?

Question from Sue Nethercott: What can I do with my old iPad 1?

Another question from Sue Nethercott: Which is the best antivirus, and should you have more than one?

Thanks, Sue Nethercott: What are the pros and cons of switching away from Windows to something else?

For further questions about CIPCUG, Toby Scott, or this podcast, please visit the Mercury Broadcasting Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/mercurybroadcasting/?fref=ts

Also, please explore the following links:

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

For more information on Toby Scott, please visit: www.vccomputers.com

And please visit the Mercury Broadcasting website to read our bio and get updates:


The CIPCUG club meets every last Saturday of the month at 8:45 a.m.:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Mailing address of the club is:


P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Handy phone numbers:

The Outer Edge (Newsletter)         805-485-7121

General Info                                 805-289-3960


Welcome to Mercury Broadcasting, Toby Scott, Computer Expert and Host of CIPCUG!

Toby Scott and Dr. Bunny

Toby Scott and Dr. Bunny

Listen in while I interview Toby Scott, Computer Expert and Host of the NEW Q&A with CIPCUG (The Channel Islands PC Users Group).

Do you own a computer? Have you ever had a problem with your computer and didn’t know where to turn for help? Well, now you will have help!  Toby Scott and CIPCUG (that’s, Channel Islands PC Users Group) will be on board at MercuryBroadcasting.net to answer your computer questions, every Tuesday, starting June 28. Just leave us a question on this page or the website page MercuryBroadcasting.net. You will be entered to win $100.00 for each question you ask. One drawing per month but you can ask all the questions you want to. Here is Toby Scott to tell you all about it.

The Channel Islands PC Users Group (CIPCUG) was founded on the principal of users helping users. Have a computer problem stumping you? Bring it up at the Q & A session (held at every meeting) and you will probably find another user who stumbled over the same problem and figured out a solution. We have members whose experience runs all the way from absolute beginner to professional experts. You will be able to connect with other users whose experience level and interests match yours. Networking with peers is the best way to grow.


Victoria Van Allen and Gary Ackerson discuss Event Planning, small and large

Gary and Victoria

Gary and Victoria

Gary Ackerson joins Victoria Van Allen on ‘Simply Entertaining with Victoria’ http://mercurybroadcasting.net/?page_id=582

Together, they discuss event planning as well as the mutual training both have had in this exciting field. Listen to this fun show from a male and female point of view as they discuss  future plans together.  It’s an entertaining, informative show you won’t want to miss!
They may even have to do a part 2 for a detailed follow up.

Contact Gary at gmalogos@yahoo.com

Contact Victoria Van Allen by e-mail at: victoriavana1@gmail.com

Also visit Simply Entertaining with Victoria on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/Simply-Entertaining-with-Victoria-811720412258485/
She welcomes your feedback and suggestions!!!

Dr. Bunny

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