Christmas, many post offices will open again next Sunday, too.
"The service is really great because Monday through Friday I can't make it," Woodlawn resident Sonia Barkley said after dropping a gift for her daughter in Arizona off at the Windsor Mill post office. "And Saturday you end up oversleeping."
Postal service officials said they expect to deliver 600 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, 10.5 percent more than the agency handled during the 2014 holiday season. They expect to deliver 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages altogether.
Several packages containing Nintendo DS devices and games to go with them will be among them, sent from Ellicott City resident Asher Dewhurst to buyers on eBay, the online auctioneer. His two children no longer played the games, so Dewhurst turned to eBay to help finance the kids' next Christmas presents.
"It's all about 300 bucks," he said. "It's all going into Christmas money."
Matthew Cervi and his son Will walked into the Ellicott City post office each carrying boxes stacked to their chins, full of peppermint bark and shortbread cookies being sent to family in North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere. But they didn't even know the post office had special hours — they were just dropping off the parcels, which were already labeled and paid for.
"I will not be getting in that line," Matthew Cervi said.
For first-class mail, items must be dropped off at the post office or mailboxes by Saturday for guaranteed arrival by Christmas, postal officials said. For Priority Mail, one- to three-day shipping that costs at least $5 for a letter or $11 for a medium-sized box, customers have until Dec. 21. Items being overnighted via Priority Mail Express, at least $18 for an envelope and $45 for a box, must be sent by Dec. 23.
Post offices that will open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. include those in Nottingham, Halethorpe, Windsor Mill, Columbia,... http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-postal-sundays-20151213-story.html
Kentucky cousin, measuring 90-by-18 inches.
Above the garland, the Preakness-winning jockey will hold up the silver Woodlawn Vase, designed by Tiffany & Co. in 1860 and valued at well over $1 million.
The final jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, adorns its winner with a white-carnation blanket made of 700 carnations imported from Colombia. The flower, like the Derby rose, has no real connection to the race or the state of New York. The 40-pound blanket is made annually by New York Racing Association florist Tony Green, who glues each of the carnations to seven yards of green velvet cloth. Green says it takes him about five hours to make the blanket – which he assembles on race day after soaking the stems for two days. Green also makes a second blanket that is draped over the Secretariat statue at Belmont.
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