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Love Skywriting Stamp Reveal At Chino Airport

By Tiana Goegebuerus-stamp

On January 7th, 2017, the United States Postal Service will debut their new postage stamp “Love Skywriting” at the Chino Airport. According to USPS.com, the stamp is not just meant for romantic correspondence, but for friends, family members, or anyone else you love. The new stamp’s description is: “The stamp art depicts the word “Love” written in white cursive script against a blue sky studded with wispy clouds. The edges of the letters are just beginning to blur into the surrounding sky. Underlining the word is a decorative swirl of smoke that emphasizes the message. A small, stylized plane, dwarfed by the giant letters, completes the end of the swirl, with smoke trailing from its tail.” The stamp was designed by Louise Fili, illustrated by Jessica Hische, and directed by Derry Noyes.

Open to the public, the reveal will take place at 10 a.m. at the Planes of Fame Museum, followed by a series of events and activities. According to the Chino Airport website, the events will feature the Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, which will be on display and perform a flight demonstration, a speaker panel of aviation experts and historians, followed by a question & answer period.

The stamp celebrates the history of skywriting as a form of art and expression, so the location of the reveal serves to showcase both aspects and provides an opportunity to see them in action.


USPS Carriers Attacked By Dogs

Photo courtesy: USPS.com

Photo courtesy: USPS.com

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) released its annual Top Dog Attack City Rankings this week, which concluded that a total of 6,549 employees were attacked by dogs last year. Fifty-one cities make up the top 30 rankings, according to a USPS news release.

“Dogs are protective in nature and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo at a news conference in Houston.

Safety is the number one priority of USPS, so they’ve released new safety initiatives that have been put into place in order to keep their employees safe.

Two new safety measures will alert USPS Carriers of dogs on their delivery routes. The first safety measure went into effect on May 13 on usps.com’s Package Pickup application. “Customers will be asked to indicate if there is a dog at their address when they schedule a package pickup,” according to the news release. The second safety measure plans to be implemented later this spring.

“The Mobile Delivery Devices that letter carriers use to scan packages to confirm delivery will include a feature that allows carriers to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address. This is especially helpful to substitutes who fill-in for letter carriers on their days off,” said DeCarlo.

The National Dog Bite Prevention Week was held in Houston from Sun., May 15 to Sat., May 21 in order to bring awareness to the nationwide issue of dog attacks. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance joined forces with USPS to educate the community about this concern.

Of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually, half of all victims are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  “Many attacks to children are by the family pet or a dog familiar to the child, so it’s important to keep children and dogs separate, especially if a dog is known to act aggressively,” according to the USPS news release.

USPS believes that education can help prevent dog attacks to people of all ages. They have released the following tips to help keep our USPS mail carriers safe:

  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
  • Dog owners should keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.


Military Mail Deadlines Announced

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Mailing something to deployed troops for the holidays? You may only have a few days according to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Thousands of troops will still be deployed when the holidays get here. And if you want to send them care packages (check out our “How to Make the Perfect Care Package for Troops” article) or gifts, you need to know the deadlines.
The USPS has issued delivery guidelines for when you should ship your package to make sure it gets to the recipient by Christmas.
According to a USPS release, the postal service will also offer discounts for packages sent to APO/FPO/DPO addresses. A special $15.90 rate will be applied to their largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box and $2 will be discounted off every other standard box shipment.
To ensure delivery by December 25, the postal service recommends the following:

  • Mail all Standard Post Packages by Nov. 7
  • Mail all PAL (Parcel Airlift Mail) by Dec. 3
  • Mail all SAM (Space Available Mail) by Nov. 25
  • Mail all PMEMS (Priority Mail Express Military Service) packages by Dec. 17
  • Mail First Class Letters, Cards and Priority Mail by Dec. 10 for all ZIPs except 093
  • For ZIP Codes 093, Mail First Class Letters, Cards and Priority Mail by Dec. 3