Post Office portal in time

Administrative Assistant Wendy Lira leads a tour of a historic courtroom at the Topeka Post Office.

Administrative Assistant Wendy Lira leads a tour of a historic courtroom at the Topeka Post Office.

When the Topeka, KS, Rotary Club made arrangements to celebrate its 100-year anniversary, it wanted a location to showcase a collection of military vehicles for attendees. There was one exhibit location that facilitators had in mind – the parking lot at the local Post Office.

Topeka Postmaster Sheryl Stark was thrilled when she received the request and welcomed the historical display at her facility. The Rotary Club was grateful for the accommodation, but it wasn’t the only request the organization made of Stark that day.

“They also asked if they could give tours of the historic courtroom on the third floor of the Main Post Office,” said Stark. “Many famous cases have been tried in this courtroom, and it is now considered a national landmark.”

Stark embraced the chance to showcase the historical significance of her office. Administrative Assistant Wendy Lira volunteered to give the tours of the courtroom for event attendees.

More than 220 people took advantage of the chance to see a glimpse of history at their local Post Office.

Cougar anniversary

Cougar, WA, former Officer in Charge and current Retail Associate Tina Moir, Current Postmaster Chris Lusk, Postmaster (2001-2011) JoAnn Baker, Postmaster (1989-2001) Warren Moir, and Postmaster (1982-1985) Shelley Graybill.

Cougar, WA, former Officer in Charge and current Retail Associate Tina Moir, Current Postmaster Chris Lusk, Postmaster (2001-2011) JoAnn Baker, Postmaster (1989-2001) Warren Moir, and Postmaster (1982-1985) Shelley Graybill.

To celebrate 75 years of service to the community, the Cougar, WA, Post Office hosted a Customer Appreciation Day on August 4 filled with refreshments and generous portions of hearty smiles.

Retail Associate Tina Moir arranged the essential elements of the engaging event for the community and warmly welcomed appreciative visitors. Her commitment to the Cougar community runs in her family, as her uncle and cousin both served as Postmasters at the facility. They joined Moir, current Postmaster Chris Lusk, and another former Postmaster to celebrate the special occasion.

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“The Postal Service has been ‘in my blood’ for generations,” Moir said. “It was wonderful to celebrate the anniversary and hear customers and former Postmasters from my family share their memories on this special day.”

The Cougar Post Office also made a distinctive postmark available for the event.

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Pickup art on display

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When the Superior, MT, Post Office held an event recently to celebrate the release of the Pickup Trucks stamp set, employees revved up interest by injecting an extra element of fun.

Retail Associates Diane Gaston and Breyanna King, as well as Officer in Charge Liz Asay, spent three weeks before the occasion working on intricate details to make it a success, including a special coloring contest open to all ages.

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Enthusiastic artists in the community submitted 57 entries into the contest. After more than 180 local event attendees perused the talented works, they chose seven winners who reveled in the recognition.

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In addition to the colorful art on display, many visitors also brought their pickup trucks to put on display for the community to enjoy.

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Community Pitches in to Beautify Fairfax Post Office

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Thanks to the generosity of the local community and a little hard work, the Fairfax, MN, Post Office building recently received a nice facelift.

It all started when Postmaster Lori Kiecker (in photo) attended a meeting of the Fairfax Civic and Commerce Association. She asked if the Post Office would qualify for assistance from the association’s Decorate Fairfax Fund.

The fund provided for new plants from a pair of local merchants. Kiecker, her boyfriend and his dad removed the old plants and replaced them. Early this summer, the local Cairo 4-H Club approached Kiecker and volunteered to mulch and plant annual flowers as a community service project.

With the new flower beds in place, things were about to get even better. The local VFW provided new paint for a couple of deteriorating areas on the front of the building.

Kiecker loves the new look, as do her customers.

“It’s just so nice. The community loves all the improvements and we’ve received so many compliments,” she said.

Creative Project Helps Eagle Scout Hopeful Earn Top Honor

Eagle Scout Parker Stoops with the fruit of his hard work.

Eagle Scout Parker Stoops with the fruit of his hard work.

On May 15th, 2014, Parker Stoops, age 16, passed the Eagle board of review making him an Eagle Scout. The project that helped Stoops earn this achievement – building and installing a new sign for the Stilwell, KS, Post Office.

Stoops approached then Officer in Charge Sam Malekyar and asked for permission to work on a project that would provide the Post Office with a new sign in front of the building. The current sign was made of wood and its age was starting to show. Upkeep on the old sign was made difficult by its condition. After consulting with her manager, Sam gave approval to Stoops to work on the project.

Stoops raised money and received donations for his project. He carefully crafted detailed plans, designed the sign, constructed it, and in April 2014, led a group of 7 boy scouts (accompanied by their parents) to remove the old sign and installed the new one. The new sign is made of PVC and the letters on it are engraved into the material. It’s also easy to maintain and will help keep the front of the Post Office an attractive area for years to come. As an additional measure, Stoops decided to plant flowers at the base of the sign.

For their hard work, Stoops and the other scouts were treated to pizza purchased personally by local management at the Stilwell, KS, Post Office.

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