Summer strength

Baton Rouge, LA, Letter Carrier Bezeit Miles delivers mail following an August flood.

Postal Service employees once again demonstrated their resiliency during the summer, a period that brought hurricanes and flooding in the South, wildfires in the West and tornadoes in the Midwest.

PMG Megan J. Brennan praised employees’ efforts “to quickly restore service, even though many of them must deal with disaster-related hardships in their own lives.”

USPS also made history during the summer when its 1991 Pluto stamp was recognized with a Guinness world record for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp. The stamp went more than 3 billion miles when it was affixed to a NASA probe that flew by the dwarf planet in 2015.

In other intergalactic news, the Postal Service dedicated its eagerly awaited Star Trek stamps before Labor Day.

Also during the summer, a labor contract covering 200,000 employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union took effect.

Summer moved into fall with National Postal Customer Council Week, which brought an estimated 12,000 industry executives together with USPS leaders at more than 100 events nationwide.

Coming next: Link’s four-part review of 2016 concludes with a review of autumn activities, including the November elections, Veterans Day and the beginning of peak delivery season.