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Get a sneak peek at new USPS delivery vehicles

The Postal Service’s next-generation delivery vehicles, or NGDVs, will begin arriving this summer, The Eagle magazine reports in its latest issue. A detailed graphic in the feature “Vehicle for Growth” shows how NGDVs will offer increased cargo space and enough clearance for a person to stand inside and work. Safety features will include airbags, a […]

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Surprise from the sky

Ware, MA, Letter Carrier Ian McMartin was vacationing with family and friends last summer when he spotted a skydiver in distress. The man appeared to be having a problem with his parachute as he descended into a lake where McMartin and others were kayaking. McMartin and his group, which included Glen Goodwin, a fellow Ware […]

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Royall treatment

It’s only April, but a Wilkesboro, NC, letter carrier has already been named man of the year. Chris Royall received this recognition from a financial services and real estate firm on his route. The company provided him with a certificate that read: “For always giving us more work to do, and making sure our doorbell […]

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Batting order

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. When did Hank Aaron hit his record-breaking 715th home run? a) April 6, 1974 b) April 7, 1974 c) April 8, 1974 d) April 9, 1974 2. When did Betty Ford […]

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‘Step Up to Lexis+’

Postal Service employees and contractors who perform news and business research for the organization can participate in an upcoming webinar on the Lexis+ service. The session, “Step Up to Lexis+ for News and Business Researchers” will be held Friday, April 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern. A LexisNexis government solutions consultant will lead the […]

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Beware of LiteBlue fraudsters

The Postal Service wants employees to beware of fraudulent websites that pose a cybersecurity threat to the organization. To steal money or information, cybercriminals create fake sites that mimic legitimate ones. The organization recently learned of a new fraudulent version of LiteBlue, a website for employees, and took quick action to shut it down. The […]

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Help wanted

Link is seeking subjects for “On the Job,” our column on Postal Service employees and their contributions to the organization. If you have recommendations, email us. A member of our team will get back to you. In the meantime, catch up on stories you may have missed. This year’s “On the Job” subjects have included […]

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‘Emotional Eating and Stress’

Postal Service employees may participate in an upcoming webinar on eating patterns and triggers for overeating. The session, “Emotional Eating and Stress,” will be held Tuesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. Representatives from Kaiser Permanente, a provider of health plans for federal employees, will lead the discussion. Participants must register before the […]

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A new TV drama focuses on Benjamin Franklin

The nation’s first postmaster general is getting the prestige TV drama treatment. “Franklin,” an eight-part limited series starring Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin, will debut Friday, April 12, on Apple TV+. The series will chronicle a secret mission that Franklin embarked upon in December 1776, after he concluded his term as postmaster general. With the […]

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Making her mark

Like other communities in the path of this week’s total solar eclipse, the village of Sycamore, OH — population 800 — took steps to make the most of their moment out of the sun. Residents welcomed eclipse enthusiasts from out of town, including some who arrived in Sycamore a week early to ensure they had […]

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One for the ages

Who says nothing is forever anymore? The Postal Service’s first Forever stamp — the Liberty Bell — was issued on April 12, 2007, and dedicated that day at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. By July of that year, 1.2 billion had been sold. The subject of the stamp was fitting, as the stamp liberated USPS and its […]

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Repeat business

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. True or false: Under USPS ethics rules, employees are permitted to also work for other delivery organizations. a) True b) False 2. Which stamp was the runner-up in the recent USPS […]

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Lightening the load

My name is Cameron Larsen and I’m a distribution operations supervisor at the Salt Lake City Processing and Distribution Center. I’m one of six supervisors at the plant. It’s a big effort. We need to keep on our toes to make sure we get everything processed to go out for delivery. I’m on tour 3, […]

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‘Managing Workplace Conflict’

Postal Service employees may participate in an upcoming webinar on ways to handle any conflicts in their work environment. The session, “Managing Workplace Conflict,” will be held Tuesday, April 16, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Representatives from DeVry University will lead the discussion. Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. Participation is voluntary. […]

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Coming around again

North America will experience its first total solar eclipse in almost seven years on Monday, April 8 — and there will be plenty of opportunities to mark the occasion with mailable mementos. The Hamburg, NY, Post Office is offering a celestial pictorial postmark that includes the words “total solar eclipse overhead path.” “It will be […]

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Betty Ford’s stamp is here

The Postal Service will release its Betty Ford stamp on Friday, April 5. The stamp, announced last month, honors the former first lady, who was widely admired for her support of women’s rights and her candor about the serious health challenges she faced. Born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer in 1918, she married Gerald R. Ford in […]

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Ball in the family

Postal scions played a big role in the Baltimore Orioles’ season opener March 28. Fourth-grader Aubree Singletary, 10, was chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the sold-out crowd at Camden Yards. Aubree is the daughter of Michelle Wright, a city carrier assistant at Baltimore’s Raspeburg station. Retired Oriole shortstop Cal “Iron Man” […]

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Looking back

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. How much did USPS employees pledge during the most recent Combined Federal Campaign, including the monetary value of volunteer hours? a) $2.85 million b) $816,000 c) $409,000 d) $90,000 2. What […]

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The long run

My name is Jeff White and I’m a letter carrier in Oyster Bay, a community on the North Shore of Long Island, NY. I joined the Postal Service 36 years ago. I chose USPS after I talked to my own letter carrier, who persuaded me to take the job for its stability. I love being […]

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Want to be a postal inspector?

The Postal Inspection Service is now accepting applications to fill postal inspector positions. These positions are open to qualified USPS career employees and external applicants. Postal inspectors are federal agents who enforce laws that defend postal employees and the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use. They investigate criminal, civil and administrative violations of […]

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Diving deep with manatees

The Postal Service has released a video about its Save Manatee stamp. The aim of the stamp is to highlight the need to protect manatees, which were reclassified from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2017. The video features Isaac Cronkhite, USPS chief processing and distribution officer; Patrick Rose, executive director […]

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Heimlich hero

Customer Services Supervisor Michael Ray Tibbals saw a co-worker experiencing a medical emergency recently in the break room of the Spokane, WA, Processing and Distribution Center. Daniel Portillo, a custodian, was choking on a piece of ice and was unable to breathe. Tibbals performed the Heimlich maneuver on Portillo and dislodged the obstruction. Portillo declined […]

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First-class teacher

You can’t learn about American history without learning about the Postal Service. Just ask Terri Bertolosso Parker, a Modesto, CA, letter carrier who enjoys spending time in local elementary schools, helping students learn about USPS. During a recent visit to one school, Parker provided each student with a copy of Publication 100-K, A Kids’ History […]

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Conference recall

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. Which USPS employees can participate in this year’s career conferences? a) All employees b) Career employees c) Noncareer employees d) Supervisors 2. What is the name of the spring wellness challenge […]

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It was fast, it didn’t last long but it left a legacy

In the mid-19th century, getting word from one coast to the other was a monthslong undertaking involving stagecoaches and steamships. The Gold Rush, the newly acquired Oregon and California territories, and the Mormons’ flight to what is now Utah created a surge of migration to the West. Yet railroad and telegraph lines reached only as […]

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