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The USPS Will Issue New 2021 Stamps for Price Change

by Gino Devaney on January 22, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service will release three new stamps as part of 2021 price change: Barns, a 36-cent postcard stamp; Brush Rabbit, a 20-cent additional ounce stamp; and Castillo de San Marcos, a $7.95 Priority Mail stamp. The stamps will be available beginning Sunday, Jan. 24. There will be no national first-day-of-issue ceremony for these stamps.

 

The U.S. Postal Service has four new postcard stamps that celebrate the beauty and history of American barns. The artist created digital paintings of four types of iconic barns found in the rural American landscape. With differing qualities of light and color, each piece reflects one of the four seasons: a round barn surrounded by the hazy light and warm colors of fall; a gambrel-roofed barn in summer; a forebay barn in early spring; and a Western barn on a winter’s night. Ashley Walton designed the stamps with original artwork by Kim Johnson. Greg Breeding was the art director.

Along the bottom of each stamp is the word “postcard,” to indicate their usage. These stamps will always be valid for the rate printed on them.

 

The U.S. Postal Service features a brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani) on this additional ounce stamp, available in a pane of 20 or a coil of 100. The brush rabbit is a small brownish cottontail rabbit of the U.S. West Coast and Baja California, Mexico. It lives mostly west of the Sierra Nevada range and south of the Columbia River, which defines the coastal Oregon-Washington border. The adult is about a foot long and generally weighs between 1 and 2 pounds.

The pencil-and-watercolor illustration is from preexisting artwork by designer and illustrator Dugald Stermer (1936-2011). Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

The words “additional ounce” on this stamp indicate its usage value. This stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it.

 

The latest Priority Mail stamp, which bears the new price, celebrates the oldest masonry fortification in the United States, the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL.

The stamp art features a digital illustration of the fortress based on a contemporary photograph. With a view toward the northeast corner of the fortress, the artwork captures it in the golden glow of sunrise over Matanzas Bay. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with art created by Chicago-based graphic illustrator Dan Cosgrove.

This stamp provides  a convenient way for customers to pay for Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping with a single stamp. Priority Mail is the Postal Service’s bestselling mail service. Domestic deliveries arrive in 1-3 business days depending on where a package starts and where it’s going. Tracking and insurance are included, and shipping boxes and envelopes are free.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Information for ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shop.

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The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local ski and snowshoe members to offer Family Fun Snow Days, sponsored by Chalmers Insurance Group. All Chamber members and their family members are encouraged to plan in advance, download the participation form (see links below) and bring forms with them to enjoy a free day of skiing or snowshoeing and half-priced rentals (while supplies last).

“Family Fun Snow Days is an opportunity to offer a great way to get out on the ski trails and spend some time outside. We are extremely grateful for this partnership with our member ski areas and appreciate the work they are doing during this time to continue offering outdoor adventure,” said Michelle Cruz, Events Manager at Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and coordinator of the program. “Our first Family Fun Snow Day at Great Glen Trails last weekend was a success, and many chamber members enjoyed the chance to get out on the trails, including my dog, Jack, and I!” finished Michelle.

The Chamber is still organizing additional Family Fun Snow Days for 2021.  Here are two events coming up in January and February.

January 24 & 25, 2021: JACKSON SKI TOURING FOUNDATION – Click here to print, and sign form to receive special offer
Join us at Jackson XC Touring Center on January 24 and 25 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Jackson Ski Touring will offer free access to ski trails for all Mt. Washington Valley Chamber members (employees & family members included). Rentals will be available at 50% off on a first come first served basis.

January 31 & February 1: BRETTON WOODS NORDIC CENTER – Click here to print, and sign form to receive special offer
Join us at Bretton Woods Nordic Center on January 31 and February 1 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Bretton Woods will offer free access to Nordic ski trails for all Mt. Washington Valley Chamber members (employees & family members included). Rentals will be available at 50% off.

All chamber members and their family members are required to download the participation form, obtain their employers’ signature and bring the form with them to the Family Fun Snow Day to participate in the event.

This program is brought to you by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce with support from Chalmers Insurance Group.

Look for additional Family Fun Snow Day events to be added to the schedule.  You’ll find complete information, links to participation forms and updated schedules at https://mtwashingtonvalley.org/members/index.cfm.  For questions, please call Michelle at 603-662-4984 or email [email protected].

Tune in tonight at 5pm to Drive Time: A Community Connection to the Valley where Michelle will be featured and will be talking all about Family Fun Snow Days.

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Send A Message to YOUR SWEETHEART… ON THE AIR!

by Gino Devaney on January 20, 2021

The Mount Washington Radio Group has created an opportunity for you to SHARE “YOUR” LOVE ON THE AIR!

Because of COVID-19… We’ve all been apart through so many milestones, holidays, and more…

Isn’t there someone you’d like to reach out to? We can shout out YOUR MESSAGE as loud as your speakers can handle!

Are you in LOVE? Do you have a CRUSH on someone? Do you want to send out some LOVE to your family?

It’s THE VALLEY LOVE RADIO HOTLINE!

Call 913-356-9145 and we will get your message ON THE AIR for all to hear!

Much like our Class of 2020 Shout Outs, let’s SHARE THE LOVE through our airwaves!

913-356-9145 – Leave Your Message NOW!

It will air at random times on ALL 3 of our Stations from NOW throughout February!

Plus! As an added incentive… You’ll be entered to win a $200 HIS & HERS GIFT CERTIFICATE BUNDLE from The White Mountain Independents!

The winner will be selected at random as we get closer to Valentine’s Day. Feel free to leave as many messages as you’d like but each person will only be entered once for the prize.

Keep checking back here and on our Facebook Page for more details to come!

Special Thanks to Fields of Ambrosia, Poppy and Vale, Designed Gardens Flower Studio, and Hilary McCloy Physical Therapy!

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Photo courtesy of WinterKids

 

January 14, 2021 – WinterKids kicks off the 4th annual Winter Games this week across the state and in New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, and Canada!  In Maine, kids, teachers, and families in nearly 100 communities are participating in the Games. Teachers and families receive a Playbook, resources, and incentives to complete a 4-week series of fun outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges. There are over 6,000 kids participating this year.

“We are thrilled to offer a fun, active way to engage all kids in outdoor learning throughout the winter,” says Julie Mulkern, WinterKids Executive Director. “This year, the Winter Games is focused on resilience, inclusion, community and service within the context of celebrating winter through outdoor physical activity, nutrition, and family engagement,” says Mulkern.

WinterKids’ Winter Games allows kids to participate, whether they are receiving in-person education or learning at home. Embracing outdoor learning helps to avoid the pitfalls of online learning and the negative effects of excessive screen time – particularly for those in elementary school. WinterKids provides resources for both teachers and parents to get their kids outside and active. There is also a WinterKids Winter Games Facebook group for resource sharing, and downloadable activities on the organization’s website.

The Winter Games resources are designed to be used in the winter and beyond for outdoor, active learning.

For teachers, parents, and community groups who want to join the fun, please visit www.winterkids.org today to request materials while they last.

WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. The organization delivers innovative outdoor programs for families, schools, and communities. WinterKids’ Major Community Sponsor is Hannaford.  WinterKids’ Supporting Sponsors are Agren, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, L.L.Bean, Portland Glass, WEX, and WMTW 8 and The CW. The WinterKids Winter Games are made possible with support from Bingham Program, Hydro Quebec, Backyard Farms, MMG Insurance, University of New England, Johnny’s Select Seeds, Hannaford SnackPals, Playworks, Aroma Joe’s and Subway of Maine. Learn more at WinterKids.org

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Take The Penguin Plunge and Raise Funds for Special Olympics New Hampshire!

by Gino Devaney January 13, 2021 Front Page News

Pictures Courtesy of Special Olympics NH – At the 2020 Winter Games   Special Olympics New Hampshire is excited to bring you a brand new Penguin Plunge in 2021, aimed to offer everything you love about the Plunge, while encouraging you to participate safely wherever you are.  You’ll still be able to get cold and […]

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Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Receives National Recognition for Simultaneous Accreditation

by Gino Devaney January 13, 2021 Front Page News

Photo Courtesy of Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office   Under the leadership of Sheriff Kevin J. Joyce, who took office in 2010, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office became one of four Sheriff’s Office’s nationwide to be awarded the National Sheriff’s Association Triple Crown Award in 2020. The Triple Crown Award was established by the National Sheriff’s […]

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