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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Service award recipient saves choking colleague

Dodge City, KS, City Carrier Rex Romesburg

Dodge City, KS, City Carrier Rex Romesburg

Dodge City, KS, Postmaster Dorothy Briseno-Bremer recently had the pleasure of presenting City Carrier Rex Romesburg with a 40-year service recognition award and pin.

Romesburg started his career as a part-time flexible employee working 2-10:30 a.m. for three years before deciding to become a carrier. For him, the decision was one of the best career moves he ever made.

“If you like what you do, you will work hard at it,” he said.

Romesburg enjoys what he does for a living, and his customers reap the benefits of his enthusiasm. During an emergency, he’s also a person who leaps to action to protect fellow employees.

When a rural carrier associate (RCA) began choking on a meal last week, Romesburg quickly intervened and performed the Heimlich maneuver on him. The action saved the RCA’s life.

“Rex is a hard worker and takes pride in his job, his customers, and his co-workers,” said Briseno-Bremer. “It’s a pleasure to have him on our team.”

Last delivery

Colorado Springs, CO, Main Office City Carrier Terry Butterfield

Colorado Springs, CO, Main Office City Carrier Terry Butterfield

After a 46-year career, Colorado Springs, CO, Main Office City Carrier Terry Butterfield decided to hang up his satchel and enjoy a well-earned retirement.

To honor their friend and colleague, coworkers gave Butterfield a delicacy-filled potluck and a special cake. They also presented him with a special keepsake item that everyone had a chance to enjoy.

City Carrier Lisa Moran designed a unique Every Door Direct Mail mailpiece that the team sent to Butterfield’s customers announcing his retirement. The celebratory card also detailed a number of historic facts representative of the time when he first joined the Postal Service.

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In addition to the appetizing send-off, Postmaster Sam Reed presented a 46-year award, certificate of appreciation and a Postal Proud T-shirt to Butterfield. NALC Branch 204 President Mark Robbins and Vice President Jon Meyer also presented a certificate of appreciation, while union representative Lisa Childs presented him with a framed flag.

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Call of life

Lincoln, NE, City Carrier Zach Paremske

Lincoln, NE, City Carrier Zach Paremske

Lincoln, NE, City Carrier Zach Paremske was delivering along his route recently when he saw a customer on her porch. As soon as the customer spotted Paremske, she whispered “help me.” The woman looked to be in pain and in need of medical attention.

Paremske immediately called 911 and related the situation to the dispatcher. After the call, he remained with the customer until paramedics arrived. That’s when he discovered the woman had stomach surgery the previous day and was experiencing complications.

“Zach is a very conscientious employee and his quick action in this situation may have saved this customer’s life,” said Lincoln Postmaster Kerry Kowalski.

Safe driving award of honor

Henderson, NE, Rural Carrier Dick Newton

Henderson, NE, Rural Carrier Dick Newton

The National Safety Council recently recognized 75 drivers across all 12 district within the Western Area with an Award of Honor for their safe driving practices. One of the recipients of the award is Henderson, NE, Rural Carrier Dick Newton.

Newton is a 29-year safe driving veteran. His pristine driving record is a both a badge of honor and a reminder to others that the goal of safe driving is an achievable one.

To qualify for nomination, USPS Western Area employees were required to be full-time drivers whose primary responsibility is to operate a motor vehicle on a regular basis in the performance of their normal duties. Nominees must have driven over 15 years or 100,000 miles without a preventable accident.

Wonder Woman

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The Postal Service, in conjunction with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, dedicated four Forever stamps recently that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Super Heroes of all time — Wonder WomanThe first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the DC Entertainment booth at New York Comic Con.

Fans are encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtags #WonderWomanForever and #WonderWoman75.

“Wonder Woman was one of the first female Super Heroes that inspired countless young girls over the past three-quarters of a century,” said Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver. “We salute this heroic role model and her legacy that is sure to continue to span another 75 years.”

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In celebration of the new Wonder Woman stamp collection, employees at the Stanford, MT, Post Office created a scarecrow of the hero’s likeness and participated in the local annual Scarecrow in the Garden event. The Stanford team also shared information about the newly released stamp to appreciative fans.

The Wonder Woman Forever Stamp collection is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

Recognition for safe driver

Coffeyville, KS, Postmaster Curtis Knipe with City Carrier Leroy Bakken

Coffeyville, KS, Postmaster Curtis Knipe with City Carrier Leroy Bakken

Coffeyville, KS, City Carrier Leroy Bakken is an experienced driver who recently reached a significant accomplishment.

Bakken received a National Safety Council Million Mile Award, proudly presented by Postmaster Curtis Knipe. The award isn’t easy to achieve. It requires 30 years of driving without an at-fault accident. Receiving the award is visible evidence of a commitment to safe driving.

“We are proud of Leroy’s accomplishment to join a club for the elite carriers and delivery drivers of the USPS. I hope that all employees strive for the same accomplishment,” said Knipe.

Bitter-sweet retirement

Salina, KS, City Carrier Jimmy Nuss

Salina, KS, City Carrier Jimmy Nuss

When Salina, KS, City Carrier Jimmy Nuss announced his plans to retire, his co-workers experienced a bitter-sweet moment. Though they were thrilled for Nuss’s chance to explore a new chapter in his life, they would miss his exuberant personality.

To honor his time in service at the Salina Post Office and cheer the time they shared together, employees held a memorable office celebration. While co-workers appreciated Nuss’s enthusiasm for his job, his customers are no less energetic about his service.

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As an example of his commitment to customers throughout his career, Nuss related a story during his retirement party about a customer who suffered from cancer. Instead of seeking a cure, she wished to spend a few moments visiting with Nuss. He was moved by the sentiment and granted the customer her request. Later, he received a letter and poem from the customer expressing her appreciation for Nuss taking time to visit with her.

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