Summer Vacation Photos

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Wheaton, MO, Postmaster Markeeta Harvey and her husband had the opportunity visit Duluth, MN, for a vacation in September. On the way back, they stopped in the town of Wabasha, MN, where local residents celebrated “SeptOberfest.”

Unique decorations were displayed across town, including wheat stalks made with plastic water bottles and eagles made from pumpkins & squash that adorned the National Eagle Center.

“We were able to enjoy a presentation about eagles and the rescued eagles they have there,” said Harvey. ”They brought one of the rescued eagles in for us to observe them feeding it. The view of the Mississippi River was grand! I had the opportunity to stop in and mail a package from the post office there and it was a very nice place.”

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Summer Vacation Photos

A Post Office exhibit inside a museum at Crazy Horse National Monument, SD.

A Post Office exhibit inside a museum at Crazy Horse National Monument, SD.

During her summer vacation, Phoenix, AZ, City Carrier Chris James visited a variety of locations across the Western Area with her husband.

Besides the panoramic views of majestic landscapes throughout the land, James also took the opportunity to visit many interesting and historic postal-related locations.

A mail coach located inside the "Days of '76" Museum, Deadwood, SD.

A mail coach located inside the “Days of ’76” Museum, Deadwood, SD.

Outgoing mailbox located at The View Hotel in Monument Valley, AZ, the only hotel located inside the Tribal Park. All views face east with views of the Mittens Buttes.

Outgoing mailbox located at The View Hotel in Monument Valley, AZ, the only hotel located inside the Tribal Park. All views face east with views of the Mittens Buttes.

Outgoing box at the 76,000 square foot Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.

Outgoing box at the 76,000 square foot Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.

A "mile high" mailbox located near Custer State Park, Black Hills, SD.

A “mile high” mailbox located near Custer State Park, Black Hills, SD.

Summer Vacation Photos

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In the photo above, Sioux Falls, SD, Operations Support Specialist Keith Young along with his wife Carol and daughter Jessica visited Glacier National Park and went horseback riding up sleeping man mountain during the 4th of July week.

In the photo below, Seattle District Operations Program Specialist Steve Arstad and wife spotted this interesting tree on the side of Highway 395 in California while returning home from a driving trip to Reno. There was no explanation for the shoes at the site.

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Summer Vacation Photos

Customer Service Programs Manager Julie Jeffrey at Cape Elizabeth, ME.

Customer Service Programs Manager Julie Jeffrey at Cape Elizabeth, ME.

This photo collection was snapped by Central Plains Delivery and Customer Service Programs Manager Julie Jeffrey at Cape Elizabeth, ME. She and her husband enjoyed picturesque sightseeing, whale watching, sailing and sea food.

“Breathtaking view and I especially like the colors reflected by the sun on the building and in the clouds,” said Julie.

The experience was an inspiring one, and Julie highly recommends adding Maine to anyone’s bucket list.

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Summer Vacation Photos

Jordan, MN, Postmaster Karen Keller on her recent trip to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO.

Jordan, MN, Postmaster Karen Keller on her recent trip to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO.

Hello all, Benny here.

I received some amazing photos many of you took during your vacations this summer, and I wanted to share some of these beautiful scenes with you.

The images here are from Jordan, MN, Postmaster Karen Keller during her journey to Colorado Springs, CO. I think they’re fabulous and show some of the true beauty this nation has to offer.

I’ll post more photos during the next few days. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

 

Benny

Keller also visited Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.

Keller also visited Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

 

75 Years of Heroism

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For 75 years, Batman has protected Gotham City from the forces of evil. Since his debut, he has become one of the most iconic super heroes in history. This year, the U.S. Postal Service chronicles the evolution of the character, from his origins to present day.

This new stamp issuance showcases eight unique designs in a sheet of 20 stamps. Four versions of the DC Comics superhero are depicted from four eras of comic book history. In addition, there are four incarnations of the Bat-Signal.

The Batman Forever stamp set is now available by clicking here or by going to usps.com.

Happy Columbus Day!

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Happy and Safe Trails to You

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On September 17, Mid-America District Area Maintenance Technician Ken Blankenship, domiciled at Springfield, MO, received the prestigious National Safety Council’s Award for 1 Million Miles or 30 Years of driving without a preventable accident.

The award was presented by Field Maintenance Manager Michael Fisher while Field Maintenance Supervisor Joe Murphy looked on. On September 26, Ken retired with 35 plus years of government service.

Farewell Salute to 57-year Employee

NALC Branch 79 President JoAnn Pyle congratulates Jerry Jonason, second from the right, on his retirement after 57 years as a Letter Carrier in Seattle. To his right is his wife and to his left is their son.

NALC Branch 79 President JoAnn Pyle congratulates Jerry Jonason, second from the right, on his retirement after 57 years as a Letter Carrier in Seattle. To his right is his wife and to his left is their son.

Fifty-seven years ago, Jerry Jonason walked into a Seattle post office to begin a new job as a letter carrier with no thought in his mind about how long he might remain.

“I was 18 at the time and needed a job,” Jonason explained. “I passed the test and got hired. I had no idea about how long I would stay with it. I didn’t like walking so the first chance I had after making regular I bid onto a mounted route.”

Jonason was saluted by his fellow employees at Seattle’s Bitterlake Station, where he finished his career, and many people who retired ahead of him.

“I will miss these people as well as many of the customers on my route that I’ve gotten to know over the years,” he said.

Jonason said he has no special plans for retirement other than to visit the Philippines where he owns a house.

Catalyst for a New Career

James Hansen

James Hansen

The opportunity to enjoy a long retirement after a distinguished career is a goal to which many aspire. For one retiree, however, unforeseen circumstances transformed retirement plans into the birth of a new career.

James Hansen worked for various businesses throughout his youth until he found a permanent home at a long-haul trucking company. After spending 21 years at the firm, he retired at the age of 64 to enjoy his golden years. Three years after his retirement, however, his former employer filed bankruptcy and ceased operation.

Initially, Hansen’s retirement wasn’t effected by the unexpected development. Six years after the company dissolved, however, he became concerned that his retirement could be reduced. To avoid losing needed income, Hansen made the decision to return to the workforce.

He tried his hand at working for a hair salon company for six months and then spent another six at a major retailer until he finally obtained employment at a company he truly desired.

When he received the news that he had been selected to become a casual mail handler at the Postal Service in 2008, his hope to become a USPS employee was fulfilled.

“I envied people working for the Postal Service,” said Hansen. “The carriers looked to have wonderful jobs, as well as the clerks and mail handlers from which I observed.”

In addition to working as a mail handler, Hansen also worked as a clerk and a custodian. In early August of this year, he received some welcome news.

“I had been with USPS for slightly more than six years when I was made a career employee just 18 days before my 79th birthday,” said Hansen.

Though his retirement income from the trucking company was never reduced, Hansen enjoys working as a career custodian for the Postal Service in Salt Lake City and has no plans on retiring again anytime soon.

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