FYI July 26, 2021

On This Day

1775 – The office that would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress. Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania takes office as Postmaster General.
The United States Post Office Department (USPOD; also known as the Post Office or U.S. Mail) was the predecessor of the United States Postal Service, in the form of a Cabinet department, officially from 1872 to 1971. It was headed by the postmaster general.

The Postal Service Act, signed by U.S. president George Washington on February 20, 1792, established the department. Postmaster General John McLean, in office from 1823 to 1829, was the first to call it the Post Office Department rather than just the “Post Office.” The organization received a boost in prestige when President Andrew Jackson invited his postmaster general, William T. Barry, to sit as a member of the Cabinet in 1829.[1] The Post Office Act of 1872 (17 Stat. 283) elevated the Post Office Department to Cabinet status.[2]

During the American Civil War (1861–1865), postal services in the Confederate States of America were provided by the Confederate States of America Post-office Department, headed by Postmaster General John Henninger Reagan.

The Postal Reorganization Act was signed by President Richard Nixon on August 12, 1970. It replaced the cabinet-level Post Office Department with the independent United States Postal Service on July 1, 1971. The regulatory role of the postal services was then transferred to the Postal Regulatory Commission.



Born On This Day

1926 – Dorothy E. Smith, Canadian sociologist[5]
Dorothy Edith Smith CM (born July 6, 1926) is a Canadian sociologist with research interests in a variety of disciplines, including women’s studies, feminist theory, psychology, and educational studies, as well as in certain subfields of sociology, such as the sociology of knowledge, family studies, and methodology. Smith founded the sociological sub-disciplines of feminist standpoint theory and institutional ethnography.




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HALO, Huffman/O’Malley & Rabbit Creek Community Councils Present
Firewise Saturday
11AM-3PM July 31, 2021
Trinity Presbyterian Church
12310 Lorrain St., Anchorage (Huffman & Lorrain)
Team Rubicon
A national volunteer organization active in Alaska wildfire response designed by our nation’s Veterans who unite in response to wildfires, disasters and humanitarian crises across the nation.

Mini Seminars, Demonstrations and Displays including:

AFD Firewise Program
DIY Firewise Home Evaluation
Team Rubicon Alaska
Chainsaw Techniques, Care and Maintenance
Home Evacuation Preparation
Alaska Division of Forestry and “Spruce the Moose”
AFD Brush Fire Apparatus
Tree Care & Pruning
Chugach Electric’s Dangerous Trees Program for Homeowners

Demonstrations and Displays including:

Alaska Division of Forestry and mascot Spruce the Moose
AFD Brush Fire Apparatus
AFD Station Crew
Tree Care & Pruning
Chugach Electric’s Dangerous Trees Program for Homeowners

Thank You to Participants, including:
Spruce the Moose from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Forester John See (Ret.), Paul’s Tree Service, Anchorage Fire Department, Tall Trees, State of Alaska Department of Forestry, Greatland Trees, Rabbit Creek Community Council, Huffman/O’Malley Community Council, and Team Rubicon

For more resources, visit, or join us at Firewise Saturday. For more information about this event, contact Katie Nolan at or Ky at (907 727 2735).





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