Pete Nowacki with USPS says it is always recommended that you get those holiday cards, letters and gifts sent as early as possible.
Deadlines for Parcel Post: December 15th, Letters and Cards December 20th, Priority Mail: December 21st and Express Mail: December 22nd.
Some letters and parcels sent shortly after these holiday shipping cut-off dates still might arrive before Christmas, if normal holiday conditions prevail. Even so, do yourself a favor and get your holiday mailing done early this year.The USPS places all Air/Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office zip-coded mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines, and military aircraft to reach armed service personnel as quickly as possible.
All military mail, regardless of destination, is sent by domestic mail rate. International rates do not apply to military mail delivery.
Fort McCoy Soldier Dies In Iraq
A solider whose family lives in Tomah is dead and an incident in Iraq has the Department of Defense still investigating. 36-year-old Staff Sgt. Loleni Gandy died November 19th in Balad, Iraq, in what the Department of Defense calls a non-combat related incident.
Gandy was formerly stationed at Fort McCoy.
Rock Slide Shuts Down Portion of Highway 35
Holiday travel has been delayed at least this morning for some in the immediate area. Not ice. not snow. But rocks. Falling rocks. A rock slide has covered highway 35 just south of Genoa. Happened sometime overnight, says the Vernon county sheriff's department. They're detouring drivers onto highway 56 in Genoa, higway 82 in De Soto. They expect the mess to be cleaned up sometime later this morning. No injuries occurred because of the slide.
Oh I Am Full!
Here’s some scary food for thought: to gain five pounds from now to the end of January, all you have to do is eat an average of 200 calories per day more than you need -- an ounce of fudge here, an ounce of gravy there, some pecan pie. If you need to ‘get a grip’ on eating splurges, the winter holiday months are key to your long range planning.
Dietitian Jennifer Wood of Gunderson Lutheran says the holidays typically encourage people to indulge in high-fat, high-calorie foods that are low in nutrients, and this is also the time we’re most likely to make excuses for skipping exercise.
She says you should keep up your regular exercise during the holidays and accept no excuses. When endorphins are high, you’ll cope better with stress, and regular exercise boosts endorphins.
Black Friday is Here!
So.........will you be of those shoppers waiting outside of a store at 3am tomorrow morning? Your not alone. Matter of fact.......some folks have been waiting in lines since Tuesday.
Why? They want the hottest items out there this holiday season.
Valley View Mall Manager, Jeff Odem, says some stores at the mall open at 3am tomorrow...some at 5....and three....all various times. He says call your favorite store first....or you may be waiting for a long time to get what you need........IF....it's still on the store shelf.