On the Light Side
BETHLEHEM, Md. (AP) _ It’s an understatement to say that the post office in this small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has a Christmas rush - but it there’s a dividend.
Postmaster June Wagner, who works out of a country store and usually handles about 25 to 50 pieces of outgoing mail per day, gets between 2,000 and 3,000 pieces daily at this time of the year.
The letters have been mailed or brought to this outpost from around the world, to be hand-stamped with the special Bethlehem Christmas postmark, which shows the Three Wise Men following the Star of Bethlehem.
Ms. Wagner may sometimes feel that she could use a workshop full of elves to help with the crush, but it’s worth it: she says Christmas season mailings help pay Bethlehem’s post office expenses for the rest of the year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Not every traveler passing through the Big Apple en route to Europe gets this kind of hospitality: coordinated efforts by city officials to make their stay comfortable, and even access to a heated swimming pool.
Then again, these travelers were a little out of the ordinary. They’re three dolphins heading for a Swedish marine park.
The three, having traveled to New York from Miami, waited to catch a plane to Stockholm, but there’s a little turnaround time between the cargo flights.
The travelers couldn’t very well book a suite at the Waldorf.
So, along came Deborah Bernstein of the city Office of International Buisness Development and Louis Garibaldi of the New York Aquarium.
They arranged for the animals to be put up in comfort - in a saltwater pool at the aquarium in Coney Island.
Actually, these dolphins are used to special accommodations. During Hurricane Elena in September, they were taken from an aquarium in Mississippi and put in hotel swimming pools until the rough weather passed.