Power player

One title that William “Butch” Lyle goes by is that of Postmaster in Mary Esther, FL.

Another title he has is perhaps a bit more impressive: powerlifter world record holder.

Lyle recently participated in the master’s division of the U.S. Powerlifting Association’s National Championship in Columbus, OH.

At the competition, he was given three attempts to squat, deadlift and bench-press. Lyle’s 341-pound bench press broke the world record by 30 pounds.

“I had lifted that weight several times before in the gym,” he said. “Being at the meet with the excitement and adrenaline, it fuels you, but it makes you nervous as well.”

He also broke four Florida records, in addition to two state records he already held, during the meet.

Lyle, who is 53, has been lifting weights since he was 15 but didn’t start competitively until 2014. He trains five days a week.

Lifting is a family activity for Lyle. His wife, who also holds a national record for bench press, and son lift competitively.

Lyle joined the Postal Service in 1986 as a letter carrier in Nashville, TN, and worked his way up to Postmaster, first in Old Hickory, TN, before moving to Florida in 2015.

He says his powerlifting comes up in conversation with customers sometimes, but it is his colleagues who take advantage of his strength.

“I get called up to the front a lot to lift heavy boxes,” said Lyle. “Anything heavy that comes in, they come looking for me.”

His next lifting competition is this fall in Orange Beach, AL.

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Helping hand

The Postal Service is implementing Office 365, an advanced version of Microsoft Office that will provide employees with new tools and help keep USPS competitive in today’s rapidly evolving business world.

Users will have secure access to Office 365 from any Postal Service-issued device, including workstations, smartphones and tablets. Users will be able to access all applications — including Word, Outlook, Teams and SharePoint — anywhere, anytime.

“Our goal is to equip employees with modern technology and empower them to use it,” said Chief Information Officer Pritha Mehra. “We’re already seeing positive results from the increased collaboration made possible by these new tools.”

The Office 365 support team has migrated more than 10,000 ACE users so far to Office 365 and additional users will be migrated throughout the year.

As part of these modernizations, Outlook users will receive up to 100 gigabytes of email storage space, plus unlimited archiving.

USPS is also providing users with OneDrive, which operates as a cloud-based “My Documents” application. This allows users to access, edit and share files, and any changes are automatically synced across their postal-issued devices.

Microsoft Teams is the featured platform of Office 365, allowing members of a work group to store, access and coedit files and collaborate in real time. To use Teams, users must request access in eAccess.

Regular help sessions called O365 Office Hours are available every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. EST so users can receive tips and tricks and ask questions.

Office 365 is a cornerstone of the Postal Service’s Office Workplace Modernization Program, which equips ACE users with the technology they need to excel in the workplace. The program’s Blue page has information on Office 365 training, the Office Hours help sessions and more.

August in season

Stages around the country may be shuttered at the moment, but you can still experience the artistry of playwright August Wilson, the latest Black Heritage stamp honoree.

Two new films on Netflix reflect Wilson’s legacy: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” an adaptation of his 1984 Broadway hit of the same name; and “Giving Voice,” a documentary about student actors involved in a national competition devoted to his monologues.

Monologues, in fact, are a Wilson hallmark — searing poetic soliloquies that have shaped his reputation as an American Bard.

A pivotal speech in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is delivered by the late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, who portrays an ambitious trumpeter in the screen version of Wilson’s dramatization of a 1927 recording session by real-life “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey (Viola Davis).

“These few minutes are the most gripping of the film,” wrote Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones, who praised Boseman for “an astonishing, revelatory performance” made even more powerful because he gave it during his cancer battle that led to his untimely death last year at age 43.

Jones admires “Giving Voice,” too, as “a celebration of Wilson’s work and of the young people who strive to find themselves in his characters.”

In addition to chronicling the journey of high schoolers in the August Wilson Monologue Competition, launched two years after the playwright’s 2005 death at 60, also from cancer, “Giving Voice” features interviews with actors closely linked to his work — including Davis, Denzel Washington and Stephen McKinley Henderson.

In a critique for The Atlantic, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner observed: “The students find their own courageous voice onstage in speeches that play like earthy arias, revealing Black experiences in richly textured, everyday language.”

Through the interviews with professional actors, he added, “the documentary also insists on the universality of Wilson’s writing, putting him alongside Shakespeare as a poet of human experience.”

As Henderson says in the film: “August belongs to everybody.”

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Masked and answered

“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: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should wash your hands before putting on a face mask.

a) True
b) False

2. Which HERO feature allows users to showcase their talents and learn more about their colleagues?

a) About
b) Career Preferences
c) HEROProfile
d) Resume

3. Fill in the blank: The Postal Service’s limit on business-related travel has been extended until at least (blank).

a) Jan. 15
b) Feb. 28
c) March 22
d) April 1

4. What does the latest Informed Delivery improvement allow users to do?

a) Check the delivery status of packages and when they’re scheduled to arrive
b) Leave delivery instructions if the user won’t be home to accept a package
c) Schedule packages for redelivery
d) Set a primary residential address and a secondary PO Box address under one account

5. Match the employee in Column A with the heroic act he or she performed in Column B.

Column A
a) Miami Mail Handler Equipment Operator Luis Artaud-Lopez
b) La Grange, IL, Letter Carrier Joseph McDonald III
c) Petoskey, MI, Retail Associate Luisangela Mejia
d) East Berlin, PA, Rural Carrier Melissa Melhorn

Column B
I) Administered CPR to a collapsed co-worker
II) Lifted a man who fell
III) Performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking co-worker
IV) Stopped a child from running into traffic

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

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