Craig briefs for Nov. 13

The Moffat County High School swimming pool is now open for public swimming. Lap swimming takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Recreational swimming will immediately follow lap swimming. The pool closes at 8:15 p.m. weeknights and at 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 826-6557.

Pet therapy group meetings in December

Yampa Valley Canine Connection pet therapy group meetings are scheduled to begin Dec. 1. Meetings are intended to help dog/handler teams prepare for Delta Pet Partners evaluation. To find out more about becoming a volunteer or for information about Yampa Valley Canine Connection, call 824-6364.

Emergency preparing fair is Friday

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Fair from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church at Ninth and Finley streets.

The fair will include displays and demonstrations of what someone needs for food storage, earthquake kits, water storage, breadmaking, 72-hour kits and much more.

The fair is free, and everyone is welcome to join in getting prepared for a disaster.

Craig Ducks Unlimited hosting 28th banquet

The Craig Chapter of the Ducks Unlimited will host its 28th annual banquet Saturday. Mike and Mardi Anson are the co-chairpeople this year.

The evening event will start at 5 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The auction will start at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $75 for a couple, $50 for one person, $25 for a child and $500 for a corporate table of 10.

For tickets or information, call Mike or Mardi Anson at 824-0382.

U.S.D.A. commodities distribution scheduled

U.S.D.A. commodities will be distributed by the Moffat County Department of Social Services in Craig from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at 595 Breeze St., (northeast alley entrance only). Distribution takes place from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Maybell Community Center.

Distribution in Dinosaur takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dinosaur Social Services building.

All households that receive commodities must be recertified each year. A picture ID, proof of address and income or current eligibility is required.

For more information, call Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282.

DAR informational meeting Saturday

There will be a Daughters of the American Revolution informational meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig. Anyone interested in joining the chapter that is forming in the Yampa Valley is welcome. For more information, call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.

Postal Service: Send mail to troops ASAP

The U.S. Postal Service recommends anyone sending mail to troops overseas do so as soon as possible, the Postal Service announced Monday in a news release.

The earlier mail is sent, "the more you save according to the overseas military mail holiday deadlines," the Postal Service reported. Today is the deadline to mail using the lowest rate Parcel Post service.

Holiday mail for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan should be sent by Dec. 4 for arrival by Christmas. Holiday mail going to other military overseas locations should be sent by Dec. 11. Except for Iraq and Afghanistan, Express Mail also can be used to mail packages to other overseas military locations until Dec. 18 for delivery by Christmas.

As for domestic deadlines and using regular mail, send holiday cards, letters and packages going to U.S. destinations out-of-state by Dec. 20, and in-state by Dec. 22 for delivery by Christmas. Using Express Mail, you still have time to mail packages to certain U.S. locations until Dec. 23.

The general deadline is Dec. 11 to send holiday letters and packages to most international destinations including Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia/Pacific Rim. The general deadline is Dec. 4 for mailing to countries in Africa and Central and South America. Customers can still mail to most international countries up to about Dec. 19 using Express Mail.

Mail sent to overseas military addresses is charged at domestic mail prices. The domestic mail price for the largest Flat Rate Priority mail box is $12.95, but for packages sent to military APO/FPO addresses overseas the price is reduced to $10.95.

Flat Rate boxes are free at any Post Office, or can be ordered online at usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online any time using Click-N-Ship at www.usps.com/clicknship.

The U.S. Postal Service also offers a free Military Care Kit. Each kit contains Priority Mail boxes and Flat Rate boxes, Priority Mail labels, a roll of Priority Mail tape and customs forms with envelopes. Kits may be ordered free by calling 800-610-8734.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members by name, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense regulations. All military overseas units are assigned an APO or FPO zip code and, in many cases, that zip code travels with the unit.

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