Community Pitches in to Beautify Fairfax Post Office


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.

Seldovia OIC Voted “Citizen of the Year”

Rosanna McInnes 

Seldovia AK OIC Rosanna McInnes has been voted “Citizen of the Year” in her community of about 250 people on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage.

She was cited for her conduct at the Post Office as well as for her numerous civic activities.  As one voter noted:  “She does non-stop volunteerism in school, with the arts, and at community events.  She is the best Postmaster we have ever had.  She sets a wonderful example with her positive energy that she brings to every endeavor.  There is no one like her.”

“I am honored to receive this recognition,” McInnes said.  “I have been in this office for three years and performed all of the duties that are necessary to run a Post Office, which is why many of the people refer to me as the Postmaster, even though I am not.  I hope to someday be the Postmaster which has been my goal since I came here.”

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