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Delivering a bit of history

A rural carrier associate helps promote a stamp and a Detroit technician marks 50 years with USPS

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Chester, CT, Rural Carrier Associate Jaysen Tyrseck shows the greeting card he recently delivered to the former summer home of Constance Baker Motley.

A rural carrier associate made a special delivery on Jan. 17 when he dropped a greeting card adorned with last year’s Black Heritage stamp into a residential mailbox in Chester, CT.

The card was addressed to the current owners of a house that Constance Baker Motley — the legal pioneer who will be featured on this year’s Black Heritage stamp — used as a seasonal home for 40 years.

The card was mailed by employees at the Chester Post Office to help promote the Black Heritage series.

“I am excited about the new stamp coming out,” said Jaysen Tyrseck, the rural carrier associate who made the delivery. “It makes me proud to work in Chester.”

Motley chose the town of about 3,700 residents for her vacation home because it offered some tranquility from the fast-paced judicial work she was doing in Manhattan.

The current owners purchased the house, built in 1745, nine years ago.

The stamp featuring Motley will be released Wednesday, Jan. 31.

A golden run

Placida “Cid” Arthur, a business mail technician for Michigan 1 District, recently celebrated a half century of civil service.

Arthur began her government career in 1973 working for the Internal Revenue Service in Detroit. She next applied for a job at what was then a new entity, USPS, and eventually became a letter-sorting machine operator at the Detroit Processing and Distribution Center.

“We were offered extra incentives to learn schemes for delivery offices and I saw this as another good opportunity,” she said, leading to stints at several stations in the Detroit area.

In 1990, she moved to the Detroit Business Mail Entry Unit and has been there since.

“It’s been a good career, but I do plan to retire in February,” she told family and co-workers at a recent ceremony to toast her impressive run.

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