Mail moments of nostalgia and networking

Left: Elena Heer (L), daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer and Guernsey Postmaster  Curt Artery saddled up under the light of a full moon during a recent Pony Express ride  reenactment. Right: Author Laura Vanderkam uses personalized stationery when keeping in touch with friends and contacts.

Left: Elena Heer (L), daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer and Guernsey Postmaster
Curt Artery saddled up under the light of a full moon during a recent Pony Express ride
reenactment. Right: Author Laura Vanderkam uses personalized stationery when keeping in touch with friends and contacts.

Get an audio peek behind the scenes of a Pony Express ride reenactment on the new edition of Your Postal Podcast, online now.

You’ll also hear from the author of a recent Fast Company article on how to network with others through the mail.

The podcast is optimized for mobile listening – just go to YourPostalPodcast.com/mobile on your personal mobile device. You can also listen to the program by searching for “Your Postal Podcast” on iTunes or YouTube.

Both the audio and transcript versions of this month’s edition and an archive of previous shows are also available at YourPostalPodcast.com. If you have questions about how to access the podcast, please email us at yourpostalpodcast@usps.com.

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Son thanks North Bend team on behalf of deceased mother

North Bend, NE, Retail Associates Cindy Madsen and Michelle Hoyt with Postmaster Sherry Carmichael

North Bend, NE, Retail Associates Cindy Madsen and Michelle Hoyt with Postmaster Sherry Carmichael

When a long-time postal customer recently passed away, her son wrote a letter to North Bend, NE, Post Office employees expressing his thanks for providing exceptional service that spanned 50 years. Here’s an excerpt from that letter:

“As you no doubt know, my mother Mildred Emanuel recently passed away. She had mentioned to me how you went out of your way to help her pick up her mail. I wanted to express my gratitude for all the many kindnesses you and others in your office had extended to her.

I started writing letters to my mother 50 years ago this fall when I went off to school. For the past several years, I’ve tried to write to her weekly, each letter with a different stamp design. After two years she asked, ‘Where do you get all those different stamps?’ I wrote back, ‘Stamps by Mail.’

Please give my compliments to all in your office, and if it were possible, to all the men and women of the U.S. Postal Service for the reliable service you provided (and at bargain rates!). My mother was the type of person who didn’t want flowers or knickknacks or other things for gifts. What do you give to someone who wants nothing? Answer: a handwritten letter – always a welcomed gift for a loved one who has everything. Thank you for making that possible 52 weeks a year for over 50 years.

Sincerely, Eric”

An unforgettable 20th birthday

Customer Services Supervisor Leon Hernandez shows Andra, Sarah, and Sarah’s sister-in-law how the mail is sorted each day.

Customer Services Supervisor Leon Hernandez shows Andra, Sarah, and Sarah’s sister-in-law how the mail is sorted each day.

The birthday surprise began at the De Soto, KS, Post Office where Postmaster Luke Grant joined with employees to sort through hundreds of letters all addressed to one girl, Sarah Fugate, who recently turned 20.

Sarah was diagnosed with autism as a child, and although doctors said she wouldn’t live a long life, she defying the odds. Opening letters from the mail, in addition to collecting baby dolls, are among Sarah’s favorite hobbies. Sarah’s mother, Andra, wanted to give her daughter a special birthday treat, so she set up a Facebook page and asked if anyone would be interested in sending a card to Sarah for her birthday. More than 300 individuals from around the world responded by sending cards, letters and packages.

Sarah’s story also reached the desk of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, who all mailed her a special birthday letter.

“Dear Sarah, congrats on celebrating your 20th birthday,” Senator Moran’s letter read.

Knowing how much the mail meant to Sarah, Luke arranged a postal party and invited the entire Fugate family to the Desoto Post Office the following week. The party consisted of a personal tour of the Post Office and a postal vehicle, a gift of a new baby doll, a birthday card signed by De Soto employees, and lunch which included her favorite red velvet cake.

Andra was overwhelmed by the outpouring of birthday wishes for her daughter.

“This is the most special birthday ever,” said Andra. “Except for the first one because they told us we would never have a first one. So for it to be 20 is pretty awesome.”

Acting Manager Post Office Operations Tom Flynn shared his appreciation for the De Soto team in making Sarah’s 20th birthday a special one to remember.

“I would like to give special thanks to Postmaster Luke Grant and the entire De Soto Post Office staff for honoring a young girl’s wish and making her birthday an unforgettable one,” said Tom.

Postmaster shares value of the mail with the next generation

Norton, KS, City Carrier Chris Noel taught visiting kindergarteners how to be safe around postal vehicles.

Norton, KS, City Carrier Chris Noel taught visiting kindergarteners how to be safe around postal vehicles.

Kindergarteners in Norton, KS, recently had the chance to see behind the scenes activity at their local Post Office. In addition to touring the facility, kids also learned more about the Long-Life Vehicle and the importance of keeping a safe distance from postal vehicles from City Carrier and Safety Captain Chris Noel. Noel asked the kids to be safe and not approach or play around mail trucks in their neighborhoods.

Norton Postmaster Gail Brandyberry appreciated the children’s interest and enthusiasm for the mail.

“These children are America’s future,” said Brandyberry. “I’m glad I had the chance to show them how mail is an integral part of this country’s core value system.”

Kindergartners in Norton, KS, visit their local Post Office

Kindergartners in Norton, KS, visit their local Post Office

Postmaster gives students the gift of knowledge

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Students at the Geraldine High School in Geraldine, MT, typically study subjects such as math, history, and English in a given day. On one special day earlier this month, they had the chance to learn more about a skill that will help them communicate with the world.

Lita Buck is the Postmaster of the Geraldine Post Office. She recently visited students at the high school to educate them about the mail, including the details of preparing and sending mail.

“I explained to them the importance of properly addressing an envelope and what happens to it if it does not have a return address on it and cannot be delivered to the addressee, and that proper postage is also important,” said Buck. “I also informed them that if they wanted a certain stamp on their announcements, that they should let me know ASAP so I could get them ordered, and reminded them that they will need stamps for thank you cards also.”

In addition to the valuable information she provided, Buck also brought handouts and other material for students to peruse.

The information-rich session was an eye-opening experience for the young minds in attendance and will give them the knowledge they need for a lifetime of mailing.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards, letters and packages no later than the dates listed here.

Deadlines for holiday domestic mail delivery:

  • Dec. 15 Standard Post
  • Ground service for less than urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
  • Dec. 19 First-Class Mail
  • Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
  • Dec. 21 Priority Mail
  • Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent – variety of Flat Rate options.
  • Dec. 23 Priority Mail Express
  • Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply.

The Cycle of Life

Boulder, CO, Valmont Station City Carrier Tim Mctearnen.

Boulder, CO, Valmont Station City Carrier Tim Mctearnen.

When 79-year-old Jane Norton passed away in her home recently, her usual routines were no longer maintained. That included collecting her daily mail.

When Boulder, CO, Valmont Station City Carrier Tim Mctearnen noticed that Norton hadn’t retrieved her mail for a few days, he knew something was wrong. The customer usually picked up her mail promptly and didn’t allow it to sit in her mailbox for long. Mctearnen tried to reach the customer, but she didn’t answer her door. That’s when he approached Norton’s next door neighbor Kate Hallberg and asked her to look in on Norton.

When Hallberg investigated the situation, she discovered that Norton had passed away. Later on, Hallberg contacted the Valmont Postmaster to express her thanks for Mctearnen’s concern and for watching out for the neighborhood.

World Post Day

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Traditionally observed every year on October 9, World Post Day was created back in 1969 by the Universal Postal Union as a way to create awareness of the Postal Service, its people, and the impact it has on the lives of citizens around the globe. This Friday, people from around the world will celebrate the day, and postal organizations world-wide will engage in activities and promotions to increase awareness of the Postal Service and the impact it has on the lives of the world’s population.

For individuals who’d like to join in on the fun, mail a special letter or card to a friend of family member, even if it’s just to say hello and let that person know you’re thinking about them. Besides enjoying a surprise message from you, they’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness of the unexpected arrival in the mail, and it might also encourage them to reciprocate.

Mail continues to have a meaningful impact in society, even in a digital age. Besides its tactile and visual appeal, no message creates as much joy, wonder, and intrigue than those lovingly sent and eagerly received in the mail.

To learn more about World Post Day, click here.

“The Inspectors” Debuts Tomorrow

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“The Inspectors,” a new CBS dramatic series about the Postal Inspection Service’s efforts to fight crime and protect the mail, will debut Saturday, Oct. 3. Most stations will air it at 10:30 a.m., although times may vary.

The half-hour show aims to educate viewers on how to guard themselves from identity theft, email scams and other mail crimes.

The series stars Jessica Lundy and Terry Serpico as Inspectors Amanda Wainwright and Mitch Ohlmeyer. Other characters include Amanda’s teenage son Preston (Bret Green), an intern in the crime lab, and Georgia Darby (Charmin Lee), a forensics expert.

Each episode will conclude with a crime-prevention message from Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, similar to the messages Efrem Zimbalist Jr. delivered on the 1960s series “The F.B.I.”

Preview videos from “The Inspectors” are available on the show’s Twitter feed.

Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Moose Can Stop the Mail

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Though the moose in this photo wanted to travel his own way across the road, it didn’t stop Victor, MT, Rural Carrier Linda Stone from delivering to her customers.

A customer recently sent a card to Postmaster Jason Uskoski praising Stone’s unwavering dedication to her job:

“Not snow, not rain, not wind nor moose can stop USPS Mail Carrier Linda Stone from delivering the mail on Bear Creek Trail in Victor, Montana.

“Jack and Jane H.”

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