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Mitchell Post Office extends Saturday retail hours, Sunday package delivery for holidays
MITCHELL – Shipping and receiving holiday gifts just got more convenient. The Mitchell Post Office at 1441 Center Avenue will extend its retail window hours to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Dec. 16, and beginning Dec. 3 packages will be delivered in the Mitchell area every Sunday through Christmas, Mitchell Postmaster Debbie Wademan announced.
“As we count down to the holidays, we know how demanding the season can be as we rush to get everything done on time,” said Wademan. “Extending our Saturday retail hours will help our customers’ check holiday mailing off their to-do list, and Sunday package delivery will make receiving those packages more convenient as well.”
USPS employees will be available to help customers ensure their holiday packages are packed, tracked and delivered with ease. In addition to holiday Forever Stamps, Post Offices offer Priority Mail supplies and other packing items to provide customers with added convenience. These include bubble mailers, shipping boxes, bubble wrap and packaging tape. Also available are a selection of greeting cards and gift cards, making your Post Office a one-stop shop for holiday gift giving.
A reminder that stamps and packaging supplies are available via your computer 24/7 at usps.com – where customers can also use their credit or debit card to purchase mailing labels for packages and then request a free carrier pickup of those packages the next business day.
“Customers can count on the Postal Service and our more than 640,000 dedicated employees to deliver their holiday gifts, cards and letters on-time this holiday season,” said Wademan.
The Postal Service will deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season, and a record 850 million packages, which is more than a 10 percent increase compared to 2016 holiday season. A similar increase is expected locally.
The USPS has expanded its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes. The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 6 million packages every Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.
The Postal Service offers a new service this year called Informed Delivery, which allows users to interact with their incoming mail and packages in one convenient, online location. Informed Delivery is an optional notification service for residential consumers that sends an email to users containing images of the outside of letter–sized mailpieces that are arriving soon. Users will also be able to view delivery status of packages, provide Delivery Instructions, manage their notifications, and schedule redelivery – all from their smartphone, tablet or computer. Go online to informeddelivery.com to sign up for the free service.
The Postal Service recommends the following Christmas mailing and shipping deadlines:
• Dec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail & First Class Mail
• Dec. 16 – APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail Express
• Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
• Dec. 19 – First Class Mail
• Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
• Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express
Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom at usps.com/holidaynews
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Mitchell wrestlers hit the mats
MITCHELL – The Mitchell wrestling team began its season with a pair of competitions last week.
Last Thursday, the Tigers lost a dual with Cozad 57-24.
On Saturday, Mitchell competed at the Broke Bow Invite.
Hadley Markowski at 106 placed third, Jake Chasek at 132 placed third and Lane Chasek at 195 placed fourth.
Markowski (4-1) defeated Logan Peterson of South Loup by pin at the 1:00 mark.
Jake Chasek (3-2) won a 7-1 decision over Austin Cole of Broken Bow.
Lane Chasek (3-2) got pinned by Noah Carlson of Central City in 41 seconds.
“The boys did really well in their first tournament of the season,” Mitchell head coach Anthony Chancellor said. “Cozad has a more experienced line-up and with our high numbers of freshmen they turned out to be more than we could handle this time around.
“However, the boys performed very well in Broken Bow. We found out that we have some really tough young wrestlers that just need to gain some more mat time. They learned that high school is a little different than junior high but we now have a new drive and sense of where we need to be to be successful. I would say that our boys will be kids to look out for here as the season progresses and we gain a better understanding of the game.”
Mitchell heads to Banner County on Saturday.
Tiger boys basketball team starts 0-3,
looks for improvement from last year
MITCHELL – The Mitchell boys basketball team began the season 0-3 at the Western Conference Tournament last weekend.
The Tigers started the tournament with a 78-34 setback against Sidney last Thursday followed by a 70-44 loss to Alliance on Friday and a 55-44 loss to Chadron on Saturday.
In the Sidney loss, Blake Thyne had 10 points while Keaton Reichert and Riley Dupre each scored five and Dylan Lower, Hunter Fegler and Riley Reisig all scored four points.
Against Alliance, Mitchell fell behind 15-9 after one quarter and trailed 29-15 at halftime.The Bulldogs used a 19-9 run in the third quarter to blow things open. No individual stats were available as of press time for the Alliance or Chadron games.
The start wasn’t quite what head coach Jayson Gregory was hoping for his team, which is coming off a 6-16 season.
“We are looking to be much improved this year,” said Gregory, who is entering his fifth year at Mitchell.“We gained some valuable experience last season playing underclassmen. We saw growth throughout the entire season and really started to play better basketball the last couple of weeks. We need to progress from that late season momentum.”
Mitchell has three returning starters in sophomore Reichert, Lower,who was honorable mention Western Trails and Western Conference as a junior, and Reisig, who was also honorable mention Western Trails and Western Conference as a junior.
Sophomores Thyne, who averaged 8.9 ppg as a freshman, and Jonathan Pieper and junior Dupre also are back after lettering last season. Sophomores Fegler and Angelo Ramirez are expected to contribute this season.
“Overall we have some length and athletic ability,” Gregory said. “I believe our offense will continue to progress but we will need to get better on the defensive end. We are hoping to see our win total improve, along with competing for the WTC and Sub-District titles. But overall I would like to see our boys improve on the day to day aspects of playing sports. If we can take care of those we will see improvement as the season progresses.”
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