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May 18, 2006
The Baltimore Post Office is issuing a commemorative postmark for this year's 131st Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. The postmark features an image of the 2006 Preakness logo. Envelopes with the image will be available at the track. The Post Office will open Preakness Station at the race course from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the grandstand. The postmark will be available free for any item with first-class postage. People also can get a postmark by mailing a request - and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return - to Preakness Station, Main Office Window Services, USPS, 900 E. Fayette St., Baltimore 21233-9715.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
Today is the final day for Maryland homeowners to apply by mail for the Homestead Tax Credit, which prevents property taxes from going up more than 10 percent per year (it's a lesser percentage in most counties and Baltimore). Applications will also be accepted in person on Wednesday (read below for details).  The tax credit could save some homeowners hundreds of dollars on their July tax bill. To learn more about the credit, read the related items to the left of this post. The credit only applies to owner-occupied residences.
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FEATURES
By MICHAEL DAVIS | July 12, 1992
By opening today's magazine you've probably already noticed we've made another content change.After much thought, we've decided to replace "Upfront," the Page 2 cavalcade of celebrity news, with a new series of portraits of rural life we're calling "Postmark." We've asked some of The Sun's finest writers and artists to venture across the region in search of small but important locations, places worthy of your notice on a Sunday morning.Our first author-artist duet features Elizabeth Large, restaurant critic and former editor of Sun Magazine, with Jef Dauber, a lifelong Marylander whose illustrations have enhanced the pages The Evening Sun for many years.
NEWS
By JEAN MARBELLA | May 15, 2007
Brunswick-- --You could probably say this about any day, but yesterday really was the first day of forever, at least as far as the post office is concerned. Yesterday, the home post office of the artist who designed the new "forever" stamp celebrated with a ceremony and commemorative envelopes. The stamp, by Tom Engeman, sells for 41 cents, the new first-class rate that went into effect yesterday, but it will get your bills and birthday cards to their destination forever, no matter how much the cost of postage increases in the future.
NEWS
By Sun Staff Writer | May 5, 1995
A pictorial postmark commemorating the 28th annual Towsontown Spring Festival will be offered this weekend at a temporary festival post office.Fairgoers may create their own collectible by having the postmark stamped on a page of the fair booklet. The cancellation will be applied without charge at the postal site at 101 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson.The festival, around the county courthouse buildings in the heart of Towson, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
NEWS
May 29, 1998
The Hampstead Post Office has issued a special picture postmark to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hampstead Day.Mail order requests for the postmark will be taken until June 22.Requests should be sent to Postmaster, Hampstead Post Office, 4005 Houck Ave., Hampstead 21074-9998, and include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return.The postmark also appears on a commemorative envelope being offered by the Hampstead Train Station Committee.Orders can be sent to the committee at Box 727, Hampstead 21074-0727.
BUSINESS
By Kenneth R. Harney | November 5, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Millions of U.S. homeowners would get a new standard for determining whether their monthly mortgage payment was made on time -- or late -- under a bill that's attracting strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.Known as the "Postmark Prompt Payment Act of 1995" (H.R. 1963), the legislation would establish a simple test for timeliness in payments to creditors: You're on time if the postmark on the envelope containing your check is no later than the due date for your loan payment.
NEWS
June 5, 2001
The U.S. Postal Service will offer a pictorial postmark commemorating Flag Day on June 14 and the 22nd anniversary of the Annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance at 6 p.m. that day at Fort McHenry. The free postmark can be imprinted on any envelope bearing first-class postage at the event or acquired through mail order: Flag Day Station Manager, Main Office Window Services, U.S. Postal Service, 900 E. Fayette St., Baltimore 21233-9715. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return.
NEWS
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1999
The mayor of Annapolis was miffed.A symbol of identity had been taken from his grand city, that hallmark of all things Maryland, while no one was looking. No city with a 350-year history should have to stand for such an outrage.Dean L. Johnson didn't. He picked up the phone yesterday and called the post office.What so inflamed the mayor was a simple postmark. Several weeks ago, the city's postmaster began sending Annapolis-to-Annapolis mail to Baltimore for automated processing. That cost the state capital its postmark, not a big deal to most, but gargantuan to Annapolitans.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2000
BETHLEHEM - Frank and Marjorie McGee didn't need a bright star in the east to point the way last week from their Dundalk home to this rural crossroads with the Biblical name. This is one trip they haven't missed in more than 10 years. Like hundreds of other people who come to this unincorporated Caroline County town this time of year, Frank - a retired steelworker and avid collector of postmarks from throughout the country - couldn't dream up a better way to celebrate the season. Every December since 1938, tourists, travelers and plenty of locals from surrounding counties have jammed the one-room post office about eight miles from Easton to partake in a ritual many say has become as much a part of their holiday as tree-trimming or baking cookies: getting the Bethlehem postmark on their Christmas cards.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun reporter | December 22, 2006
Bethlehem -- Jim Franke isn't sure when it happened. But somewhere along the line, he realized that Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas until his holiday cards bear the biblical postmark and stamped-in-ink nativity scene that draws hundreds to the two-room Eastern Shore post office here each year. "Oh, it must be 30 years now," recalled Franke, 59, a retired research engineer from Easton. "It's such tradition; it's a part of Christmas. I don't remember starting to do it, but I don't remember not doing it. It's really the point of Christmas."
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter | November 14, 2006
Maryland's highest court ruled yesterday that absentee ballots postmarked one day late will not be counted, a victory for state elections officials and a defeat for voters who didn't receive their absentee ballots until the Nov. 6 postmark deadline for returning them. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling came less than three hours after the seven judges held an emergency hearing on a voter appeal of a ruling last week by an Anne Arundel County judge. Elections officials do not know how many people received absentee ballots on Nov. 6 and sent them back on Election Day, Nov. 7. "We will proceed with the counting of the rest of the absentee ballots in accordance with the court order," said Donna Duncan, director of election management for the State Board of Elections.
NEWS
May 18, 2006
The Baltimore Post Office is issuing a commemorative postmark for this year's 131st Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. The postmark features an image of the 2006 Preakness logo. Envelopes with the image will be available at the track. The Post Office will open Preakness Station at the race course from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the grandstand. The postmark will be available free for any item with first-class postage. People also can get a postmark by mailing a request - and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return - to Preakness Station, Main Office Window Services, USPS, 900 E. Fayette St., Baltimore 21233-9715.
NEWS
April 12, 2005
Some post offices plan to help last-minute tax-return filers meet the April 15 deadline by extending their hours Friday. The main post offices in Baltimore and Frederick will stay open until midnight. In Annapolis, the main post office will remain open until 10 p.m. The Glen Burnie, Columbia, Cumberland, Hagerstown, Bel Air, Ellicott City and Easton post offices will be open until 8 p.m. Pikesville's post office will be open until 7 p.m. The Severna Park, Catonsville, Halethorpe, Nottingham, Clarksville, Pasadena and Reisterstown post offices will be open until 6 p.m. The Owings Mills, Havre de Grace, Westminster and Linthicum post offices will be open until 5:30 p.m. The IRS accepts a postmark as a sign of an on-time filing.
FEATURES
By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | December 15, 2001
To: Matt Hamilton From. S. Claus. Dear Matt, Thanks for your Christmas List. It's a powerful thing and well-organized. Mrs. Claus and I particularly appreciate your "Key" because at our age, we are fuzzy on the distinction between Game Boy Advanced and Game Boy Color. It was only last year we decoded "PC." Your third item of importance, "Bike (no front breaks)," does concern us. We assume you want your bike to have a rear braking system. Or perhaps brakes have become too old-fashioned?
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2001
Looking to commemorate his attendance at the weekend's state coin show in Baltimore, Bill Ayres found it in an unlikely source: the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service created a postmark used to cancel mail for the Maryland State Numismatic Association event at the Baltimore Convention Center. Each year, the Postal Service makes 25 to 30 special postmarks for Baltimore-area festivals and activities. On Saturday, postal workers canceled mail at Morgan State University with a postmark for Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery.
NEWS
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun reporter | December 22, 2006
Bethlehem -- Jim Franke isn't sure when it happened. But somewhere along the line, he realized that Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas until his holiday cards bear the biblical postmark and stamped-in-ink nativity scene that draws hundreds to the two-room Eastern Shore post office here each year. "Oh, it must be 30 years now," recalled Franke, 59, a retired research engineer from Easton. "It's such tradition; it's a part of Christmas. I don't remember starting to do it, but I don't remember not doing it. It's really the point of Christmas."
NEWS
By Mike Bowler | September 20, 1991
OTHER VOICES receives a good deal of mail from state prisoners, many of whose essays and poetry we've published over the years. Only recently has this postmark appeared in addition to the regular postmark of the U.S. Postal Service.Greg Shipley, prison spokesman, said there are two reasons for the new stamp. One is that courts have attempted to expedite mail delivery between prisoners and their lawyers. The stamp is required on letters tio attorneys, Shiplkey said, but instead of attempting to segregate such mail, officials decided to stamp all mail.
NEWS
June 5, 2001
The U.S. Postal Service will offer a pictorial postmark commemorating Flag Day on June 14 and the 22nd anniversary of the Annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance at 6 p.m. that day at Fort McHenry. The free postmark can be imprinted on any envelope bearing first-class postage at the event or acquired through mail order: Flag Day Station Manager, Main Office Window Services, U.S. Postal Service, 900 E. Fayette St., Baltimore 21233-9715. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return.
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