Community celebrates new office

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West Plains, MO, Post Office Postmaster JoAnn Carter recently held a Customer Appreciation Ribbon Cutting Day to celebrate the grand opening of her facility in a new location two blocks from the previous building.

Senior management within the Mid-America District joined Carter in the celebration to meet and greet customers and answer any questions they might have. Several retired West Plains postal employees also joined in the celebration, including former West Plains Postmaster Jack McNevins.

“How things have changed in the Postal Service with the scanning devices, terminals and all, but the pleasant postal attitudes remains the same,” said McNevins who was the West Plains Postmaster for 35 years.

Visitors to the grand opening were treated to donuts, coffee and water during their attendance.

“The West Plains Post Office Staff is dedicated to service and will continue to provide the very best service we can, as you deserve it,” said Carter during the ceremony.

Sharing the love

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Luke Frasier, grandson of Downs, KS, Postmaster Wanda Frasier, recently visited the Post Office in Hastings, NE, with his dad. After his father finished with his stamp purchase, Luke told the retail associate that he wanted to hug the Post Office.

The retail associate giggled in response and wished the father and son well.

When they left the Post Office, Luke’s father granted him permission to hug the Post Office.

Ladder slip leads to hospital trip

Clearfield, UT, Rural Carrier Paul Littrell

Clearfield, UT, Rural Carrier Paul Littrell

While Clearfield, UT, Rural Carrier Paul Littrell delivered along his route on Halloween, he thought he heard the faint sound of someone calling for help. When he traveled in the direction of the call, he spotted an older man on the ground bleeding from the back of his head.

Harold was in the process of climbing down the ladder on the side of his boat when his foot slipped through a rung. With his foot trapped in the ladder, he fell backwards, unable to brace himself against an impact with the ground.

Littrell found Harold and immediately dialed 911. While waiting for emergency responders to arrive, Littrell located a towel and placed it against the back of Harold’s head. He then obtained a blanket from the man’s garage and wrapped it around him to keep him warm. Once the paramedics arrived, Littrell returned to his route.

Harold’s wife was grateful for the assistance and sent a personal letter of thanks to Littrell.

“Thank you again for not only your service in delivering daily mail, but for going far beyond your responsibilities to be an ‘angel in the flesh’ in my husband’s time of need!” said Julie.

Technician rescues driver from severe rollover

Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese

Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese

When Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese recently witnessed a vehicle rollover accident while returning from a mail test, he immediately acted to assist the occupant. The task of reaching the driver wasn’t easy.

The vehicle rolled off the road multiple times until it came to a stop upside-down in a field. Boese climbed through rough terrain in the dark to reach the vehicle.

Boese is a National Guard reservist who served two tours in Iraq. His experience allowed him to quickly reach the driver who was bleeding profusely from injuries sustained in the accident. Fortunately for the lone vehicle occupant, she chose to wear a seat belt and avoided a 2-inch steel pipe that had pierced the vehicle and entered the cockpit. Boese called 911 and remained with the woman providing the support he could until emergency responders arrived.

“Kevin is an exemplary individual who always goes above and beyond to do what’s right,” said Central Plains Statistical Programs Supervisor Carleen Currier. “He’s exactly who I’d want to help me if I were in an accident.”

Future career choices

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Salt Lake District Network Specialist Tim Stephan recently joined his granddaughter at her preschool and gave a presentation on the Postal Service to the young audience. To enhance their experience, he also brought props including carrier hats, uniforms, and a satchel, as well as postal coloring books for the kids to enjoy.

The children appreciated the unique postal experience and had fun pretending to be employees for the day.

Deliver cheer

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A convenient, one-stop location for holiday shipping needs is now online.

Customers can visit http://delivercheer.com to order free boxes, buy stamps, schedule a pickup, and review shipping and mailing dates. The website is accessible 24/7, even when the weather outside is frightful.

Driving with safety and pride

Idaho Springs, CO, Rural Carrier Denise Deese

Idaho Springs, CO, Rural Carrier Denise Deese

One million miles is equal to about two trips to the moon and back. Driving that distance over the course of a career is an accomplishment. Doing it accident-free is something special, and a feat achieved by Idaho Springs, CO, Rural Carrier Denise Deese.

For more than three decades, Deese has delivered to more than 500 addresses along the mountain area each day, all without a single at-fault accident. In recognition of her superior driving skills, Postmaster Sandy Weidler awarded Deese with an Expert Driver Certificate issued by the National Safety Council.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Denise, who daily provides excellent customer service, while safeguarding themselves and the neighborhoods and communities they serve,” said Weidler.

Deese said, “I truly enjoy serving my customers and I’m proud to have received this honor.”

Senator gives oath of office to new Postmasters

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Montana Senator Jon Tester assisted in the process of giving the oath of office to 11 newly promoted Postmasters in Great Falls, MT, recently. Family members of the Postmasters had the chance to watch the process and celebrate loved ones as they accepted the appointments. As a thank you for his assistance, Tester was presented with a framed stamp art keepsake from the recently released National Parks Forever stamp series.

Philatelists revel in NM event

Two customers peruse the many philatelic collectibles with Albuquerque, NM, P&DC General Clerk Lori Aldrich and Main Office Retail Associate Cecilia Padilla.

Two customers peruse the many philatelic collectibles with Albuquerque, NM, P&DC General Clerk Lori Aldrich and Main Office Retail Associate Cecilia Padilla.

Philatelists across New Mexico and beyond converged recently at the 11th annual New Mexico Philatelic Exhibition. Held at the Meadowlark Senior Center in Rio Rancho, the event showcased numerous stamp collection displays, tables packed with fun activities for children to spark their interest in stamp collecting, and a special postmark to commemorate the exhibition.

This year’s theme for the show was the National Parks Forever Stamp sheet which includes the Bandelier National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, both located in New Mexico.

The robust turnout not only delighted visitors, it also generated more than $2,000 in revenue for the Postal Service.

2016 Postal Coloring Page

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