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Donna Adams of Level Cross designed this year’s Star cancellation. Last year, Star’s post office hand-canceled more than 25,000 cards and letters during the holiday.

Star cancellation has Randolph roots this year

STAR — Donna Adams of Level Cross is the winner of the Star Post Office Christmas cancellation art contest. 


She described her artwork as “something simple to represent the Town of Star.” It’s a closeup of a Christmas tree limb with a star ornament with “Star Station” as well as came candy canes.


Adams said she is retired from Dart Container, where she designed several safety, employee appreciation and holiday T-shirts for employees. She won a company-wide safety slogan contest with a design promoting the Dart family of products promoting safety.


She said she considers herself an amateur artist, creating simple designs and making crafts for family and friends. Adams is also a writer and has just published a book of inspirational poetry titled “Sunrises, Mockingbirds and Grits,” which is available on Amazon. She is working on five children’s books.


“It is such an honor to win the Star Stamp Cancellation Contest and I can’t wait for my family and friends to see the stamp I designed,” she said.


The Star Post Office, located in Montgomery County, will begin using the cancellation art on Dec. 1 and continue through the month, according to Kirk Kern, action postmaster in Star.


“This will be the 36th consecutive year for the cancellation in Star,” he said. “The tradition invites members of the public to design the holiday postmark. Customers view entries and vote to pick one of them.”


The tradition started in 1987, Kern said, “when the Officer-in-Charge Kay Brakesfield decided to develop a holiday pictorial cancellation after receiving numerous requests from customers. We hand-canceled over 25,000 cards and letters last year. We meet so many new people and customers who we only see this time of year, who are so excited to have their cards canceled.”


One of those customers this year is sure to be Donna Adams: “I will take all my cards to Star to mail,” she said.