More stamps

The Postal Service has announced more of this year’s planned stamp releases.

Here’s what’s coming:

Yogi Berra, which will salute one of the best and most celebrated baseball players of his era;
Ursula K. Le Guin, a Literary Arts release honoring the science fiction and fantasy writer who died in 2018;
Emilio Sanchez, which will feature four of the artist’s colorful architectural lithographs and paintings;
Sun Science, 10 stamps with stunning images of the sun;
Tap Dance, which will celebrate the uniquely American contribution to world dance; and
Mallard, a stamped card that will feature an illustration of a mallard drake.

USPS announced the stamps Jan. 15. The designs are preliminary and subject to change.

Previous stamp releases were announced in November, December and earlier this month.

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Reaching out

The Postal Service is celebrating its lead-sharing program for rural carriers with its third annual Rural Reach Day on Jan. 24.

Because this year’s Rural Reach Day falls on a Sunday, USPS districts will hold events throughout the week to thank rural carriers for participating in the program, which has brought in nearly $728.9 million in estimated annualized revenue since it began in 2008.

Philadelphia Metro District recently held an event to celebrate achieving a 100 percent participation rate in Rural Reach.

The event took place at the Avondale, PA, Post Office, where Rural Carrier Mandy Talley was honored for a lead that brought in almost $431,000 in estimated annualized revenue for USPS.

“Rural carriers are very important to the success of the Postal Service,” said Mary Anderson, small-business engagement director at USPS headquarters. “The small businesses they deliver to know them and trust them. And they are in a great position to help their customers.”

Nationally, Rural Reach has brought in more than $29 million in new revenue since the fiscal year began in October 2020.

The revenue from Rural Reach counts toward the Postal Service’s Power of One campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page is tracking participation in Rural Reach and other employee lead programs: Customer Connect, Clerks Care, Mail Handlers, Business Connect and Submit a Lead.

The Postal Service hopes to encourage as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30.

Gone in a Flash

Adobe is no longer supporting Flash Player, a tool used to bring animation, video and other multimedia experiences to the internet.

Postal Service applications that use Flash, including screensavers and some training courses, may not function properly. Multiple teams are working to determine the best course of action for the affected programs.

Flash debuted in 1996 and became one of the most popular ways for people to stream videos and play games online during the World Wide Web’s earliest days.

Adobe stopped supporting the application after Dec. 31 and began blocking content from running in Flash Player on Jan. 12.

The company has advised users against downloading Flash Player from other websites.

The Adobe website has more information.

Drive safely

The Postal Service wants employees to drive safely during winter, a time of year that presents unique challenges.

Wet and icy road surfaces; longer periods of darkness; and poor visibility from snow, rain and fog create driving hazards during winter. To stay safe, here are some tips:

• Maintain your vehicle and tune up the engine for winter.
• Keep good treads on your tires.
• Make sure your lights function properly.
• Add antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid, if necessary.
• Replace worn wipers.
• Clear ice and snow from windows, headlights and the hood and roof of your car before starting out; repeat as needed.
• Keep an emergency kit in your car with the following supplies: sand or cat litter, an ice scraper or snow brush, a small shovel, extra clothes and blankets, and nonperishable food.

If you plan to travel in bad weather, monitor road and weather conditions by checking local news, traffic or weather stations or websites. Here are some additional tips:

• Leave a few minutes earlier so you have plenty of time to reach your destination.
• Wear your seat belt.
• Avoid distractions while driving.
• Stay alert and calm; keep an eye on traffic farther ahead so you have extra time to react to sudden changes in traffic flow.
• Maintain a safe speed for road conditions and keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles.
• Don’t use cruise control, because touching your brakes to deactivate it can cause you to skid.
• Avoid making abrupt lane changes; use turn signals well before you turn.
• Make room for maintenance vehicles and snowplows.
• Watch for black ice on slippery overpasses and bridges.
• Don’t use alcohol or drugs while driving.

If you get stuck in the snow or skid off the road, stay in your car and wait for help (if your car is safely out of harm’s way). Turn on the car heater to stay warm, but make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow.

The Safety Blue page has more information, including Safety Depends on Me videos on working in winter weather.

Love to save?

USPS is offering a discount on Hallmark greeting cards at select Post Offices.

Through Feb. 14, customers can save $1 when purchasing two Hallmark greeting cards.

This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. A coupon is required for purchase.