Creatures great and small

The Postal Service dedicated its Frogs stamps July 9 in Boise, ID.

“Frogs play an important role, not only in their natural habitat, but to our daily lives,” said USPS Facilities Vice President Tom Samra, who led the ceremony.

Because the amphibians have a permeable skin, it’s easy for them to absorb things in their environment. Scientists routinely turn to frogs to determine the health of ecosystems.

The creatures also help control the insect population, and they’re important to research. The chemical compounds found in the skin secretions of frogs and toads are being studied for their benefits to humans.

Frogs live on every continent except Antarctica. There are approximately 4,800 different species of frogs, including more than 90 species that live in the United States.

The stamps, available in booklets of 20 at Post Offices and, feature digital illustrations of four North American frogs: the Pacific tree frog, the northern leopard frog, the American green tree frog, and the squirrel tree frog.

Other speakers at the ceremony were Ed Schriever, director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game; Elaine Clegg, Boise City Council president pro tem; John Cossel Jr., biology department chair at Northwest Nazarene University; and Victoria Runnoe, conservation education supervisor at the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center, where the event was held.

In his remarks, Cossel recalled how his mother worked as a rural carrier when he was a child.

“I saw firsthand the hard work and dedication and commitment that goes into delivering the mail and doing it well,” he said. “And I appreciate and respect the U.S. Postal Service for committing to perpetuate this service.”

Casting call

The Postal Service is inviting employees to audition for a holiday-themed advertising campaign.

Employees who are chosen to participate could be featured in a variety of different types of USPS holiday ads.

The audition is open to all employees. No prior acting experience is required.

The USPS Holiday 2019 Employee Casting site has instructions on creating and submitting audition videos.

The deadline is Friday, July 26, at 5 p.m. EDT.

All applicants must receive approval from their managers before selection and production begins.

News Briefs

New search tool

Search and find. The Postal Explorer site recently introduced a search tool for Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail.

The tool allows employees to quickly access guidelines for hazardous materials, restricted matter, warning labels and more.

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) and DMM Advisories are also available on the site.

Peace and music. The Postal Service will release its Woodstock stamp Thursday, Aug. 8.

The stamp, which honors the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, will be dedicated that day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

USPS announced the stamp last fall.

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Informed businesses

Here’s Link’s latest “News Quiz,” a weekly feature that invites readers to test their knowledge of recent stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. How many businesses and organizations use Informed Delivery to entice consumers to visit a website or to use a coupon or application?

a) More than 2,000
b) More than 4,000
c) More than 8,000
d) More than 16,000

2. How many sales leads did USPS employees submit during #LEADtheWay Month in June?

a) 19,757
b) 24,054
c) 25,219
d) 32,363

3. True or false: Post Offices accepted 6.8 million passport applications during fiscal 2018.

a) True
b) False

4. Fill in the blank: President (blank) received four memorial stamps within a year of his death.

a) George Washington
b) Abraham Lincoln
c) Franklin D. Roosevelt
d) John F. Kennedy

5. Match the “social engineering” scam in Column A with its definition in Column B.

Column A

a) Pretexting
b) SMShing
c) Spear phishing
d) Vishing

Column B

I) Scammers pretend to be a distant friend
II) Scammers pretend to be from reputable companies
III) Scammers target a limited number of individuals
IV) Scammers use cell phones texts that appear to be legitimate

Answers: 1) a. 2) b. 3) a. 4) c. 5) a. I., b. IV., c. III., d. II.

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