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Mailing tips from the Postmaster

mailing tips Postmaster Keith Parkins and the staff at the Woodinville Post Office offer some information that may make your mailing easier:
   Post office hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon. through Fri. and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
   This week, there will be an extra postal worker added to the staff, and next week a second worker will be added.
   To speed transactions at the post office window, if you are writing a check, have it made out to "Postmaster" in advance so that all you need to do is fill in the amount.
   Parkins also advises that, although during the holidays the post office always seems busy, the best time is usually between 10:15 and 11 a.m. when there are more postal employees available for the windows.
   Special 32-cent holiday stamps available at the post office this year feature Santa Claus going down the chimney, Santa working on a toy sled, children with holiday toys, an angel with a wreath, and the traditional Madonna and Child.
   Further advice:
   Most important: mail as early as possible to ensure timely delivery in the case of bad weather.
   Make sure your cards, letters and packages are properly addressed. Print or type the full address clearly. Include the correct ZIP Code and other important information, such as the name and street, apartment numbers, directionals and city. Also put your return address in the upper left-hand corner.
   For parcels, make sure the contents are properly cushioned inside. Good cushioning includes polystyrene, newspapers, bubble plastic, and fiberboard inserts.
   Seal your package with reinforced packing tape. Do not use string or any kind of wrapping on the outside which can become entangled in mail processing equipment. Include a piece of paper with your return address inside.
   The fastest way to send packages is Priority Mail (2-3 day delivery) or Express Mail, which offers next-day delivery to most larger metropolitan locations including delivery on Christmas Day. Priority costs $3 for up to two pounds, and Express Mail costs $15 for a two-pound package.
   For any other information, call 483-2302.