In a press conference on Wednesday, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce unveiled the 2010 Valentine Card and Valentine Cachet as well as a new “Sweetheart City” logo and a line of merchandise.
The winning designs are a combination of efforts by several people.
The designer of the Valentine card is Tracie Jenkins. This was Jenkins first time to enter the contest. The card verse author is Wanda Quist who has entered the contest several times previously.
Teresa Boynton is the cachet designer. Boynton has been both a cachet design winner and verse winner in previous years.
Stan Griep penned this year’s winning cachet verse.
The Loveland Valentine card will sell for $2.25 and will be available at the Visitors Center and at several retail outlets in the area. Visit www.loveland.org for a complete list of retailers.
The Cachet will be hand stamped on each card sent into the Valentine re-mailing program and will be available where the Loveland Valentine card is sold.
The Loveland Valentine Re-Mailing Program, now in its 64th year, is the largest of its kind in the nation, perhaps in the world. The Loveland Valentine Station Post Office expects between 160,000 and 200,000 cards.
Cards can be mailed to:
Postmaster – Attention Valentines
446 E. 29th St
Loveland, CO 80538-9998.
The cards should be sent in a larger envelope and have proper postage. The Valentines will be removed at the post office for re-mailing.
Area residents can also drop their cards into specially marked mailboxes at either of the Loveland post offices.
The Valentines are hand stamped with the Cachet and the special postal cancellation stamp. More than 60 volunteers will spend the first two weeks of February at the Loveland Chamber offices stamping envelopes. The first stamping will take place at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1.
The Loveland Post Office chooses Valentine cancellation stamp
The post office has its own competition to choose a winning design for the cancellation stamp. This year’s winner was seven-year-old Samantha Connolly, a first grader at Stansberry Elementary School. Samantha loves to draw and was outside chalk drawing on the sidewalk last October when her neighbor, Dot Thompson saw her work. Dot’s husband works for the Loveland Post office and he came over to see her work and asked, “Would you like to do something cool?”
Then, according to her mother Tanna, this is what happened. “She said yes and she drew up a bunch of ideas for the stamp. He took them to the postmaster and she liked them. They picked out a couple and Mark’s son Walley put them onto the computer for her. She picked out her favorite.”
When asked what she was going to do next with her talent she responded, “I’m going to do it again.” We look forward to seeing more of Samantha’s work.
In order to insure delivery by Valentine’s Day, foreign mail must be received at the post office by Feb. 3, U.S. destined mail outside Colorado must be received by Feb. 8 and Colorado mail by Feb. 11.
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