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Here’s what Link covered March 17-23

A ceremony, a showdown and a spring challenge made news

Three older children wearing light blue shirts play instruments and sing on a stage
Bluegrass Music Academy students perform at the Bluegrass stamp dedication ceremony. From left are Parker Malone, Cruse Edwards and Noah Mason. They are accompanied by Rick Faris on guitar and Randy Lanham on bass.

Stamps made news last week, and Link was there to cover it.

We told you about the dedication ceremony for the new Bluegrass stamp, held at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, KY.

“Millions of people around the world will see this stamp and many of them will want to know more about the music. A huge door has opened up to us,” said Ricky Skaggs, a Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee who spoke at the ceremony.

Link also covered the March Madness-style stamp showdown playing out on the Postal Service’s social media pages, and we told you about the new Celebration Blooms and Wedding Blooms stamp releases.

Other stories focused on Project Safe Delivery, the campaign to protect postal employees and secure the nation’s mail and packages; the retirement of Tom Foti, product solutions vice president, after a 35-year postal career; the launch of the Nourish spring wellness challenge; and the release of a “Mailin’ It!” podcast featuring Heather Dyer, the USPS chief information security officer.

Additionally, we went “On the Job” with Cheryl Robertson, a data conversion operator at the USPS Remote Encoding Center in Salt Lake City, and “Off the Clock” with Dan Hammond, a Winchester, VA, mail handler who is a Hot Wheels enthusiast.

Robertson described one of the unusual perks of her job, which is developing a surprising command over the nation’s ZIP Codes.

“Yesterday, a TV commercial mentioned North Pole, Alaska. I immediately came out with ‘99705!’” she said. “My daughters said, ‘Only you would know that, Mom!’”