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Zelienople Postal Carrier Wins Award
"Western Pennsylvania Postal Carrier of the Year" Awarded by Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Contact: Lynn Vroblick
Publicity Liaison
412-687-2440 or 800-242-0586
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
4724 Baum Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For Immediate Release

(Pittsburgh, PA-February 17, 2006) Zelienople Postal Carrier Ann McNulty has been named the 2005 "Western Pennsylvania Postal Carrier of the Year" by Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH). The award will be presented Friday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m. at the Zelienople Post Office by LBPH Director Kathleen Kappel.

Ms. McNulty was nominated for the award by Keith Stratton, a Zelienople resident and Library customer with severe multiple sclerosis, for her exceptional consideration when making Mr. Stratton's mail deliveries. Ms. McNulty is voluntarily sharing the award with Laura Lively, another carrier serving Mr. Stratton.

LBPH provides audiocassette books and magazines, large print books, and described videos by mail postage-free to readers with visual and physical disabilities in 36 counties of Western Pennsylvania. Braille is also part of the program. Reading materials are sent via the U.S. Postal Service and accurate, timely mail delivery is a critical component of the Library's service. The award was given for outstanding service in delivering LBPH materials to customers.

The nomination, written by Mr. Stratton's wife, Lisa, read: "My husband, Keith, has severe multiple sclerosis and there are only a few things he can still manage to do. One of them is get the mail. We live in a rural area so he needs to get on his scooter (with assistance), go down a long driveway, get the mail and manage to get back to the house without dropping it all. There were many times he would drop it on the driveway or down the porch slats. He would be so frustrated. A couple of years ago our carrier, Ann, noticed the difficulty he was having and she started rubber (gum) banding the mail (in both directions). She would also inform her subs so they would do it for him too. What a difference this made for Keith! Her simple [gesture] made a world of difference for him. If a package comes with our mail she'll bring it in the house so he doesn't have to worry about balancing everything. Her smiling face and friendly ways have certainly brightened many of his days."

LBPH is part of a nationwide network of libraries, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, that provides reading materials by mail to visually and physically disabled individuals throughout the United States. March 3, 2005 marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Pratt-Smoot Act by Congress which established NLS. Containers with books on audiocassette, Braille, and large-print books are marked "Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped" and circulate to virtually every part of the United States. Together NLS and the Postal Service form a partnership to ensure that readers with disabilities have access to a large selection of books and magazines.

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