Flight of fancy

The Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope was unveiled in a First-Day Ceremony as part of the American Philatelic Society (APS) AmeriStamp Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on March 3, 2017.

Attending the unveiling were American Philatelic Society Executive Director Scott English, American Philatelic Society Leadership Fellow Sommer de Rudder, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Michelle Hunt, and  Reno Manager Customer Services Karen Little.

Preschool kids eager to learn about their carrier and USPS

Henderson, CO, Rural Carrier Shauna Galicia

Henderson, CO, Rural Carrier Shauna Galicia recently helped coordinate a visit to a local preschool. The kids at John W. Thimmig Elementary School displayed both awe and curiosity when Galicia showed them a rare look inside a postal vehicle and her USPS satchel. The youngsters also enjoyed talking with Galicia about her duties as a carrier.

“The Henderson Post Office is proud to have such a generous and thoughtful employee on its staff and admires this contribution to the community,” said Postmaster Crystal Gutierrez.

A rewarding career that almost wasn’t

Peyton, CO, Rural Carrier Karen Lash with Post Office Operations Manager Tim Huskey

Peyton, CO, Rural Carrier Karen Lash recently received the prestigious Million Mile Award from Post Office Operations Manager Tim Huskey. Her dedication to safe driving for the Postal Service almost never came to be without the urging of a trusted family member.

Lash started her postal career as a rural carrier associate in Canon City, CO, in 1981. When her brother, a rural carrier, suggested she apply for the job, she wasn’t certain it was for her. After no small amount of coaxing, she relented and joined the Postal Service soon thereafter. Nearly 36 years later, Lash is grateful her brother convinced her to apply to the organization where she’s enjoyed a rewarding career ever since.

“Karen is giving and kind to everyone, but goes above and beyond in customer service for her patrons,” said Huskey.

Pre-kindergarten students recreate Post Office in class – carrier impressed

Omaha, NE, Saddle Creek Station City Carrier Lisa Tosone

Each year at the Brownell Talbot School, pre-kindergarten students have a chance to enjoy learning about the mail as part of their curriculum. During the educational process, children write a letter to their carrier asking her to visit the classroom. When Omaha, NE, Saddle Creek Station City Carrier Lisa Tosone received their letters, she was eager to oblige.

While visiting the class, Tosone taught students about delivering the mail, shared some of her favorite books about the mail, and presented kids with USPS activity books. In return, students showed her their classroom Post Office which they created to simulate operations at a real unit.

Terry Nelson, the student’s teacher, appreciated Tosone’s visit to her classroom and thanked her for taking time out of her busy schedule to share her knowledge and experience with the kids.

Carrier credited with saving community from dangerous gas leak

Salt Lake City, UT, Murray Branch City Carrier Brian Whipple

While Salt Lake City, UT, Murray Branch City Carrier Brian Whipple was on his route recently, he noticed a familiar odor. The rotten egg smell infused into natural gas filled the air, and he knew it could spell trouble if not addressed immediately.

Whipple picked up his phone and called the local natural gas company. A company representative thanked him for the information and Whipple continued on his route.

When the company investigated the leak, it discovered a break in the main line. The company evacuated three nearby homes and placed their occupants in a hotel until the situation could be resolved.

Soon after residents were allowed to return to their homes, one customer sent a thank you card to Whipple for his conscientious actions.

“Thank you so much for sniffing gas!” the letter stated. “It’s not much, but I wanted to get you a little something for being alert and preventing my house from blowing up.

“Thanks again! You do a fantastic job and always go above and beyond. I appreciate it!”

Uncle Sam’s Hat


The Postal Service celebrates one of our country’s most popular patriotic characters with the release of Uncle Sam’s Hat. Uncle Sam has represented the bravery and fortitude of the American spirit for more than 150 years.

The stamp features eight graphic top hats in Uncle Sam’s signature style, with red and white vertical stripes above a blue band with a white star and a gray brim. Beneath each hat is an oval shape representing a face, each in a different shade, meant to suggest the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States.

The creation of Uncle Sam as a popular icon in American culture is associated with a businessman named Sam Wilson of Troy, New York. Wilson, who was often called Uncle Sam by his devoted workers, operated a successful slaughterhouse and meatpacking business for decades. When war broke out in 1812, he signed a contract to become a supplier of canned beef and pork for the American troops stationed in New York. Stamped with U.S. by the Army to denote their provenance, his cans became known as Uncle Sam’s meat by the soldiers. Uncle Sam soon turned into a nickname for the United States. By the 1830s, the character began appearing in cartoons and advertisements.

Many artists have depicted their own versions of this important figure throughout the years. Uncle Sam’s dress and appearance have evolved since his first iteration, but certain distinguishing elements help make him instantly recognizable and timeless: a dress coat with long tails, red-and-white striped pants, white whiskers, a stoic expression, and a top hat. Looking like a wise, flinty old uncle not to be crossed in his patriotic uniform, Uncle Sam represents our nation’s values of liberty and strength.

The words ADDITIONAL OUNCE on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it. The Uncle Sam’s Hat stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

Notes of appreciation

Distribution Clerk Irene Wilcox, Rural Carrier Associate Jake Duncan, Distribution Clerk Kevin Peterson, Rural Carrier Traci Peterson, Rural Carrier Associate Bo Elkins, Postmaster Scott Christensen, and Retail Associate Sue Prestwich. 

Distribution Clerk Irene Wilcox, Rural Carrier Associate Jake Duncan, Distribution Clerk Kevin Peterson, Rural Carrier Traci Peterson, Rural Carrier Associate Bo Elkins, Postmaster Scott Christensen, and Retail Associate Sue Prestwich.

When a customer recently sent notes of appreciation to the Snowflake, AZ, Post Office, the team was eager to share the positive messages.

“Thank you for all you do and for working on holiday!” the customer wrote in one note. “Also for serving our community! We appreciate you delivering our mail even though the weather is bad.”

The words of praise now adorn the lobby of the Snowflake Post Office for all to see, rain or shine.

Mount Pleasant celebrates success


Employees at the Mount Pleasant, IA, Post Office recently celebrated the many accomplishments of team members who demonstrated outstanding efforts.

When a 4-year-old boy went missing, City Carrier Betty Lutz found him a few blocks away from his home. Lutz contacted the authorities as well as the boy’s parents, and waited with the boy for help to arrive. After the boy’s parents appeared on scene, the curious child was more interested in asking for a ride in Lutz’s LLV than in going home.

City Carrier Toi Mills noticed one of her customers hadn’t picked up mail from the previous day. Out of concern for her elderly customer, Mills contacted the police and asked them to perform a welfare check. When law enforcement arrived, they found the customer on the floor where he had remained for two days. He was taken to the hospital shortly thereafter.

Acting Supervisor Heather Trimble observed that one her rural carriers seemed ill before going out on the route one morning. She monitored his condition and became concerned that he was in more trouble than he realized. Trimble stopped him from going out on his route, and soon thereafter, it became clear he was having a heart attack. Taking advice from a 911 operator, Trimble performed life-saving actions until the paramedics could arrive. The carrier made a full recovery.

Dennis Coberley, Michael Reschly, Bill Hassenfritz and Shirley Hecker each received a National Safety Council Million Mile Award for their dedication to safe driving for at least 30 years.

National Consumer Protection Week

Scammers are on the lookout for new deceptive tricks to line their pockets with your cash, and they’ll use every technique in their arsenal to lie, cheat, and bully their way into your pockets. It’s up to you to protect yourself and loved ones from these criminals, but you’re not alone in the fight.

This week is National Consumer Protection Week, a time dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the tactics scammers might use to steal your hard-earned money, and how to prevent them from doing it.

The Postal Inspection Service has developed the website http://deliveringtrust.com to provide you with the tools you need to defend yourself against fraud. The website contains detailed information on a variety of fraudulent schemes including foreign lottery and sweepstakes scams, elder fraud, and how to report fraud.

The Federal Trade Commission also has a website at http://ncpw.gov that contains free consumer protection education materials, articles on the latest scams, and links to helpful resources.

Safe drivers celebrate success

Twin Falls, ID, City Carriers Rod Huber, Dean Ambrose, Dick Walker, and Doug Ahrens

Twin Falls, ID, City Carriers Rod Huber, Dean Ambrose, Dick Walker, and Doug Ahrens

Few things speak more highly of a person’s dedication to safe driving than the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Award. This prestigious honor is granted only to those who have driven for 30 years or one million miles without an at-fault accident. Recently, four drivers in Twin Falls, ID, accomplished this remarkable success.

City Carriers Rod Huber, Dean Ambrose, Dick Walker, and Doug Ahrens were each presented with the Million Mile Award by Postmaster Wendy Eckler. The Twin Falls team cheered the success of their coworkers with a donut celebration.

“I am extremely proud to have such safety-conscious drivers on my team,” said Eckler. “Their dedication is a great example for others to follow because at the end of the day, I want everyone to be able to go home safely to their families.”

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