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Diehard Elvis Presley fans gather in the Standard lobby to enjoy a mini concert by Elvis impersonator Chuck Baril. The fun activity was held in conjunction with Customer Appreciation Day on Friday. - photo by Margaret Hobbs

A rocking time was had on College Street Friday, as sounds of Elvis Presley drifted from the Southern Standard building. 

To celebrate Customer Appreciation Day, Elvis impersonator Chuck Baril crooned Elvis songs and shared memories with visitors. 

Guests were able to register for a slate of door prizes, enjoy a complimentary lunch of hot dogs, chips and a drink all while singing along with Elvis. Special subscription rates were available for visitors to enjoy the hometown newspaper that’s been published since 1879.

Baril decided he wanted to be a singer in 1975 after attending an amazing Elvis concert in Michigan. 

“He literally changed my life,” said Baril. “I was so impressed, I knew what I wanted to do.” 

Today the professional singer has performed thousands of shows including corporate events, fairs, trade shows, private events and more. He certainly wowed Southern Standard visitors with his beaming personality and singing abilities. 

Melanie Jones brought her mother Betty Bryan, and granddaughter Lanie Jones to the celebration, making three generations of visitors. 

Five-year-old Lanie is not familiar with Elvis, but her grandmother and great-grandmother sure are, with Bryan remembering seeing him in concert several years ago.  

“I love him,” said Jones. “In fact, I play his CDs all the time, especially at Christmas time. By the time the holiday has passed, my family is tired of hearing it.” 

Several door prizes, including a fireplace heater, boxes of chocolates, Elvis CDs, a basket of Elvis’ favorite foods and other Elvis memorabilia were awarded to lucky individuals. The list of winners are on page 2C.

The announcement of winners will be made later in the week in the Where’s Elvis game.