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Parker in the house

A Post Office celebrates a stamp artist and two employees mark milestones

Artist Kim Parker displays her illustrations appearing on the Celebration Blooms and Wedding Blooms stamps to customers at the Huntington, NY, Post Office.
Kim Parker addresses attendees at the Huntington, NY, Post Office last week.

The artist behind the new Celebration Blooms and Wedding Blooms stamps received a hero’s welcome at the Huntington, NY, Post Office last week.

The office held a meet-and-greet with Kim Parker, a Huntington native whose illustrations appear on the stamps.

In addition to customers, the audience included Huntington Postmaster Chris Distl and New York 2 District Manager John Tortorice, who presented Parker with framed artwork of the stamps.

“They were painted with all my heart, I can guarantee that,” said Parker.

Celebration Blooms and Wedding Blooms, released March 22, feature abstract florals in vivid hues of red, yellow, purple, pink, green and blue rendered in ink and gouache.

The stamps are designed for use on special occasion invitations and RSVPs but they are suitable for any correspondence.

Putting Paw Paw in her pocket

Lori Davis, the Paw Paw, WV, postmaster, retired April 19 after 37 years with USPS.

Postal work was a family affair for Davis: Her father, brother and sister are all retired West Virginia postmasters, and her sister-in-law is a retail associate.

“It’s my hometown. I know everybody here,” Davis, a native of Paw Paw, told The Morgan Messenger newspaper. “I’m really going to miss everybody.”

Still getting good mileage

One longtime employee who isn’t ready to retire: Rob Shillington, an Elk Grove Village, IL, vehicle maintenance assistant who recently marked 55 years of service.

Shillington served in the U.S. Navy prior to starting his postal career in 1973.

At a recent celebration, he received a clock and certificate from Central Area Vice President Eric Henry.

“Time goes by fast,” Shillington said. “Some days are a challenge but at the end of the day, all is good.”

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