Sunny side up

When career opportunities knock, Joshua Snow answers.

Snow is a customer services supervisor in Lexington, KY, where he began his postal career as a city carrier assistant in 2017.

“I have only been at USPS for five years, but I knew what I wanted to do and I kind of knew I could do it, so when I was given the opportunity, I ran with it,” he said.

Before the Postal Service, Snow worked in the restaurant and bar service industry. He was looking for a career change when a couple of his friends who worked for USPS told him about job opportunities.

Snow carried mail for almost a year, then began training in the 204B supervisor program. He spent 18 months on a detail assignment before being promoted to his current position in 2020.

“I have had so much help and great advice from mentors along the way. It helped to have people believe in me,” he said.

Snow is part of the Postal Service’s broader focus on stabilizing its workforce, a central tenet of Delivering for America, the 10-year plan to modernize the organization.

During the past year alone, USPS has converted nearly 63,000 workers with precareer jobs into career employees.

Snow credits his previous work experience with helping his management style.

“I know what carrying is like. Carriers are doing the hard work. They are the face and the feet out there. They do everything and I let them know that,” he said.

Lexington Postmaster Barbara Cardoza said Snow is a good example of the importance of investing in employees.

“He is an excellent role model for new supervisors. He has eagerness to learn and true interest in development,” she said.

‘Shark Lady’

The Postal Service will release a stamp May 4 to honor pioneering marine biologist Eugenie Clark, who worked tirelessly to change public perception of sharks.

Clark (1922-2015), an ichthyologist and oceanographer known as the “Shark Lady,” debunked myths about sharks as vicious, fearsome creatures.

For example, she demonstrated that lemon sharks could be trained to do complex tasks and disproved the notion that some shark species must keep swimming in order to survive.

Clark also made significant contributions to the study of hermaphroditism in fishes, discovered several fish species, and even determined that one fish species naturally repels sharks.

The Forever stamp will feature a collage designed by multidisciplinary artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. The image includes two photographs: one of Clark taken by David Doubilet, and one of a lemon shark taken by Reinhard Discherl.

The stamp will be available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.

Act FAST

May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to learn about the symptoms that occur when blood supply to the brain is blocked, or a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

A stroke can lead to brain damage and death, and it is a leading cause of long-term disability. Any person, including children, can have a stroke at any time.

Common signs of stroke include sudden dizziness; trouble walking; loss of balance; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden severe headache; sudden numbness of the face, arm or leg; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding others.

An easy way to remember the most recognizable signs of stroke and how to respond is with the acronym FAST:

F — Face drooping. Ask the person to smile. Does one side droop?

A — Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?

S — Speech difficulty. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is speech slurred or strange?

T — Time to call 911. If the person shows any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Stroke is a medical emergency, and stroke treatment and outcomes depend on how fast you get to a hospital and the type of stroke you had.

Strokes are largely preventable with healthy lifestyle behaviors. High blood pressure is the single most important treatable risk factor for stroke.

To reduce your risk factors, maintain a healthy weight; eat nutritious food; be physically active; don’t smoke; limit alcohol use; and manage health conditions, especially high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. Consult your doctor for the best ways to reduce your stroke risk.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and USPS Wellness LiteBlue page have additional information.

This information does not constitute medical advice. Individuals should consult a health care professional.