Project: Mailbox

Man places mail inside box

The Postal Service is encouraging customers to zhoosh up their letter boxes for Mailbox Improvement Week, an annual campaign running this year from May 16-22.

“Clean, official and well-maintained mailboxes aren’t only aesthetically pleasing; they help smooth delivery for mail carriers and speed service for an entire route. Mailbox Improvement Week is an opportunity for customers on city, rural and contract delivery service routes to do their part to improve the delivery and collection of their mail,” said Kristin Seaver, the USPS chief retail and delivery officer.

In addition to requiring that all mailboxes be approved by the Postmaster General, USPS urges customers to ensure that their receptacle is fully operational, weather resistant, safe, convenient, neat and sized to support their daily mail and package volume.

Notice 209, Mailbox Improvement Week, should be sent to all rural and highway contract box delivery route customers the week before the campaign.

Postmasters can order Notice 209 through the eBuyPlus ordering system.

Mailbox Improvement Week originated in 1938 as Clean Up Rural Box Week. The effort continued to focus on rural mailboxes each year until 1942, when the program was suspended for seven years because of World War II.

In 1957, the program was widened to include all curbside mailboxes.

Postal Bulletin’s May 6 edition has more information.

May days

The Postal Service wants employees to know about special flag requirements for this month’s holidays:

• Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, is Saturday, May 15.

Postal Service facilities are usually required to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff this day. However, because Peace Officers Memorial Day falls on the third Saturday of the month this year — the same day that Armed Forces Day is observed — flags should be flown at full-staff.

Armed Forces Day honors men and women who serve in the U.S. military.

• Memorial Day, a federal holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, is Monday, May 31.

Facilities that are open on the holiday must fly the U.S. flag at half-staff.

The U.S. flag must be flown at half-staff from sunrise — or the hour when it’s raised — until noon. Then, hoist the flag to the peak of the staff, where it either must fly until the time of closing or no later than sunset (unless the flag is lighted).

When the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff, all other flags must fly at half-staff, too.

Facilities that fly the flag at all times and are closed Memorial Day should lower the flag to half-staff when the facility closes prior to the holiday. Return the flag to full staff when the facility opens Tuesday, June 1.

The USPS Administrative Support Manual has guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

Test your metal

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Which of the following characters is not featured on the new “Star Wars” Droids stamps?

a) D-O
b) K-2SO
c) L3-37
d) R5-D4

2. True or false: Employees who accept the Postal Service’s latest voluntary early retirement offer must submit the completed required documents for receipt at the Human Resources Shared Service Center by July 16.

a) True
b) False

3. During Military Appreciation Month in May, which token of appreciation is USPS sending to employees who served in the armed forces?

a) Badge holder
b) Keychain
c) Lapel pin
d) Tumbler

4. Fill in the blank: From April 24-May 7, customers at select Post Offices received (blank) off the purchase fee of Mastercard gift cards valued at $100.

a) $1.95
b) $2.95
c) $3.95
d) $4.95

5. Who will represent USPS in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellows Program for the 2021-22 academic year?

a) Desiree Manning, national human resources employment policy and programs manager
b) Ashlea Meyer, Human Resources Shared Service Center manager
c) Washington, DC, Acting Postmaster Sherry L. Harper
d) None of the above

Answers: 1) d. 2) a. 3) d. 4) c. 5) b.

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