Post Office announces mailing deadlines

27_hair-8683WOW!  — Lots of hair! Yazmine Peterson shows her long hair. Bottom photo shows Jennifer Hruska and Peterson look at the 16 inches of hair she just had cut.  Peterson, a 12-year-old seventh grade student at Utterback Middle School, visited A Shear Happiness Salon on Friday to have 16 inches of her hair cut for Locks of Love, an organization that accepts real hair donations and makes them into wigs for persons who have lost their hair due to treatment for cancer. Except for trims, it is the first time in six years Peterson has had her hair cut. She did it in honor of Carol Mielke and in memory of her grandmother Eva Spagnoli. She is the daughter of Matt and Allison Peterson of Conrad. On a side note: her mother had a photo cell phone and was giving a snip-by-snip commentary of the cutting to her dad who is presently stationed in Southern Mississippi near the Gulf of Mexico with the Army National Guard Combined Arms Battalion, Alpha Company. His unit is there for two months of training before being deployed overseas to Iraq. Besides learning about a new culture, his unit is training for convoy protection, accident exercise and spotting of  IEDs or improvised explosive devices and how they are made and set, what to look for and how to neutralize them. They are in Mississippi because the heat and high humidity there is close to what it is like in Iraq.  I-O Photos and captions by Buck Traxler





The Conrad Post Office announced this week the recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. military troops serving overseas at APO-FPO zip code addresses.

Holiday mail to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan should be sent by Dec. 4 for arrival by Christmas.

Holiday mail going to other overseas military installations should be sent by Dec. 10

Except for Iraq and Afghanistan, customers can also use Express Mail sent to the overseas military locations until Dec. 16 for delivery by Christmas.

Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes offer the best price and value for shipping. They allow you to ship anywhere in the U.S. to troops overseas for one low rate. The contents for Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes can weigh up to 70 pounds and be shipped at that flat rate.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members by name, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense regulations.

All military overseas units are assigned an APO or FPO zip code. The Postal Service places APO/FPO mail on special transportation to be delivered to military troops overseas as soon as possible.

The Postal Service also offers free Military Care Mailing Kits designed specifically for military families sending packages overseas.

Call 1-800-610-8734 and ask for the free Military Care Kit.

Each Kit includes two America Supports You large Flat-Rate boxes, four medium-sized boxes, six priority mail labels, one roll of priority mail tape and six customs’ forms with envelopes.

The P.O. has not announced the dates for holiday mailing to other international countries or to U.S. locations but will do so shortly.

As a general guideline, holiday mail should be sent by Dec. 20 for delivery to out-of-state locations by Christmas and a few days before Christmas for in-state delivery.

If you have questions or need more information, visit them at 14 5 Ave. SE or call 278-5863.