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Thursday, June 13, 2024

A sea turtle swims in an aquarium
A sea turtle swims at the Texas State Aquarium.

These ‘majestic creatures’ face many threats

USPS celebrates sea turtles with new stamps

The Postal Service dedicated its Protect Sea Turtles stamps on June 11 at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi.

One of the oldest groups of animals on Earth, sea turtles spend most of their lives in the ocean, coming ashore only to lay their eggs, and in some places, to bask. They migrate long distances, sometimes crossing entire oceans.

“Sea turtles are majestic creatures who play an important role in marine ecosystems,” said Texas 2 District Manager David Camp, who spoke at the event.

Sea turtles face many threats worldwide, including being accidentally captured in fishing trawls, nets and lines; habitat loss from development; artificial lighting on beaches; boat strikes; and illegal harvesting. In addition, rising ocean levels swamp nesting beaches and warming sands cause a decline in the number of male hatchlings.

“All sea turtle species in the U.S. are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act,” said Shannon Bettridge, chief of the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources.

Other speakers at the event included Jesse Gilbert, president and CEO of the Texas State Aquarium; Jeff Fleming, deputy regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s southwest region; and Eric Brunnemann, superintendent of Padre Island National Seashore.

Jay Bigalke, editor of Linn’s Stamp News, was the emcee.

The stamps feature the six species that forage in U.S. waters or nest on American beaches: loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley and green sea turtles.

Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the pane of 18 stamps using existing photographs.

The stamps are available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Brief

Central Area, Michigan 2 District lead in scanning

A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.14 percent during the week ending June 7, down 0.27 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected June 12.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.53 percent, while Southern ranked last with a 96.19 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Michigan 2, part of Central Area, ranked first with a 98.41 percent rating, while Georgia, part of Southern Area, ranked last with a 93.19 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

June 20, 2024
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‘Medicare Advantage’

Postal Service employees may participate in an upcoming webinar to learn more about Medicare, including how Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans work with Medicare parts A and B.

The session, “Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Plans for Retirees,” will be held Thursday, June 20, from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern.

Representatives from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) will lead the discussion.

The APWU health plan is open to all eligible postal employees and the discussion is not restricted to bargaining unit employees.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees must be off the clock or on authorized breaks.

Employees who have questions can email the Benefits and Wellness team.

June 20, 2024
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‘Men’s Health’

Postal Service employees may participate in an upcoming webinar on the importance of prevention and early detection in treating heart disease and lung, colorectal, prostate and testicular cancers.

The session, “Men’s Health,” will be held Thursday, June 20, from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern.

Representatives from the Virginia Hospital Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield, a provider of health plans for federal employees, will lead the discussion.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees must be off the clock or on authorized breaks.

Employees with questions can email the Benefits and Wellness team.

June 20, 2024
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Shaker Design stamp ceremony

The Postal Service will dedicate its Shaker Design stamps on Thursday, June 20, in Pittsfield, MA.

The ceremony will be held at noon Eastern at Hancock Shaker Village, located at 1843 W. Housatonic St.

The speakers will include Pittsfield Postmaster Stefanie A. Curry.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP online.

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