2018-06-21 / Outdoors

Postage stamp celebrates Lakeshore


THE SLEEPING BEAR Dunes stamp was dedicated last Thursday at a ceremony held at Empire Beach. Pictured (from left) are Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Scott Tucker; Brad Walworth, post office operational manager for the “496” zip code; Empire postmaster Linda Gurka; and Village Council trustees Sue Carpenter and Soni Alysworth. THE SLEEPING BEAR Dunes stamp was dedicated last Thursday at a ceremony held at Empire Beach. Pictured (from left) are Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Scott Tucker; Brad Walworth, post office operational manager for the “496” zip code; Empire postmaster Linda Gurka; and Village Council trustees Sue Carpenter and Soni Alysworth. The new stamp which features a scene within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was dedicated last week in Empire.

Officials from the Park Service, Postal Service and Village Council gathered at Empire Beach last Thursday for a commemorative dedication of the stamp that will be used exclusively for Priority Mail Express.

“When we saw (the stamp) was from our beach, we had to have it here,” Linda Gurka, Empire postmaster said. “We had a great turnout.”

In addition to Gurka, others participating in the ceremony were Scott Tucker, superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; Brad Walworth, post office operational manager for the “496” zip code; and Empire Village Council trustees Sue Carpenter and Soni Aylsworth.

The stamp, designed by art director Greg Breeding, is based on a rendering of the public beach with Sleeping Bear’s perched dunes in the background. The illustration was done by artist Dan Cosgrove.

The poster unveiled at the dedication was purchased by Tim Barr and Bonnie Nescot of Empire and donated to the Empire Area Museum.

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