FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Postal Cancellation Commemorates Bridge Burning

Available at Columbia and Wrightsville Post Offices

February 23, 2003 --

Rivertownes PA USA, in cooperation with the Columbia and Wrightsville Post Offices, are making available to the public, free of charge, a unique postal cancellation on Saturday, June 28, 2003.  In conjunction with the 140th anniversary observance of the Civil War burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, the cancellation will feature a line drawing of the burning bridge, created by Mark Zeamer, a Columbia artist, along with the inscription, Flames Across The Susquehanna, the title of the event borrowed from the novel of the same title written by former Columbian, Glenn Banner.  The Columbia cancellation will read: Commemorating 140 Years - Columbia Station - June 28, 2003 - Columbia, PA 17512.  The Wrightsville cancellation will read: Commemorating 140 Years - Wrightsville Station - June 28, 2003 - Wrightsville, PA 17368.

This is a community service offered by the Postal Service to commemorate local events celebrated in communities throughout the nation. People attending may obtain the cancellation in person at a temporary Post Office station.  In Columbia, the cancellation will be available in the lobby of the National Watch & Clock Collectors Museum, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, and in Wrightsville at the Historic Wrightsville Museum, 309 Locust Street, Wrightsville.  The cancellations are available only on June 28 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.   Commemorative post cards will be available, for a nominal fee, for the cancellation; however, you must provide your own First-Class Mail postage.   You may bring your own stamped envelope or stamped post card which will be canceled free of charge.

Those who cannot attend the event, but who wish to obtain the cancellation, may submit a mail order request.  Requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial cancellation date.  Customers should affix stamps to any envelope or postcard of their choice, address the envelope or postcard to themselves or others, insert a card of postcard thickness in envelopes for sturdiness, and tuck in the flap.  Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to: PICTORIAL CANCELLATIONS, followed by the NAME OF THE STATION, ADDRESS, CITY, STATE, ZIP + 4 CODE, using all capitals and no punctuation, except the hyphen in the ZIP + code.  Customers can also send stamped envelopes and postcards without addresses for cancellation, as long as they supply a larger envelope with adequate postage and their return address.