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What’s PARS?

The Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS) intercepts mail identified as undeliverable-as-addressed during processing by matching a change-of-address record in the national database with the name and delivery address on the mailpiece. After the new address is applied to the piece, the piece is sent to the appropriate operation for sortation. […]

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Steven Finkel, Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Letter Carrier Steven Finkel became concerned when he noticed mail accumulating in a customer’s mailbox. He alerted a neighbor, who entered the woman’s house and found her lying on a floor where she fell three days earlier. The neighbor credited Finkel with saving the woman’s life. “He’s the kind of mailman you can […]

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Cards for Chloe

Chloe Fuller is only 6 years old, but she’s already learned about the power of mail. When Chloe was diagnosed last year with a life-threatening illness, her neighbors in Luray, VA, began sending her cards to show their support. Before long, she was receiving mail from across the nation. Now Chloe stands on her porch […]

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North of the border

Mexican postal officials visited Dallas recently to learn how USPS technology has improved mail processing and delivery in the United States. The delegation came from Correos de México, which serves about 96 percent of the country’s population. Dallas District Manager Timothy Costello took the officials to the Carrollton, TX, Post Office, where they saw how […]

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Reducing eye strain

Adjusting the resolution on your ACE 3 computer monitor can help reduce eye strain. Click on the Windows icon on the lower left side of your screen. Type “clear type” in the search box and hit enter. Follow the prompts after the ClearType Text Tuner window opens. […]

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Writes of spring

April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, a time to celebrate the tradition of handwritten correspondence. This year, the Postal Service will celebrate by issuing From Me to You stamps that promote letter writing. Throughout April, Link will publish stories about letter writing. You can also catch up with recent reports, including articles about […]

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Heroes’ corner

Rochester, NY, Letter Carrier Richard Barbarita entered an apartment building recently and knew something was wrong. There was mist in the air and Barbarita developed a strange taste in his mouth. He began knocking on the apartment doors to notify residents and encourage them to evacuate. Barbarita then went to a nearby home and asked […]

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Postal Pulse update

All employees are encouraged to take the Postal Pulse survey before Friday, April 3, Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Williamson said. “We thank everyone who has submitted their responses,” said Williamson. “If employees haven’t completed the survey, we encourage them to do so before April 3. Their feedback is very important.” USPS also wants employees […]

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Heroes’ corner

Colorado Springs, CO, Letter Carrier William Searuggs was delivering mail to a home recently when he spotted blood near the front door. “As I proceeded to put mail in the box, that’s when I heard [someone] scream, ‘Help, help. Come in, come in,’” Searuggs told the local CBS station. Searuggs, who has been delivering mail […]

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Green appreciation

The Postal Service is doing its part to protect the environment, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reported last week. In a March 9 blog post, the OIG highlights the Postal Service’s progress in boosting recycling rates. In 2013 alone, USPS recycled 228,000 tons of wastepaper, cardboard, cans, plastics and other reusable materials. The […]

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Letters of note

Letters have fueled love affairs, severed friendships and altered the course of history, an essay in this week’s edition of Parade magazine notes. The piece cites Albert Einstein’s 1939 missive to President Franklin Roosevelt urging him to start a nuclear program. Einstein later said he regretted sending the note, which inspired the Manhattan Project. Other […]

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Board of Governors nominations

President Obama has nominated Stephen Crawford and James Miller III to the Postal Service Board of Governors. Crawford is a research professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Miller, a senior advisor at law firm Husch Blackwell, previously served as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Miller served on the Board of […]

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