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Newton Falls honors postal contest winner

NEWTON FALLS –Images of the Newton Falls water tower, the falls and various sports will appear on a new stamp cancellation this month used by the Newton Falls Post Office.

The image was the winning entry of a drawing made by 11-year old Peyton Rapczak to showcase the community. The contest was coordinated by the Newton Falls Post Office and the Newton Falls Youth Baseball and Softball League.

Rapczak, who will be in sixth grade this year, and her parents, David and Jennifer Rapczak, were recognized at a gathering May 30 at the post office where the new postal postmark was unveiled.

The contest had more than 50 local children creating images of the community for the special postmark cancellation.

Postmaster Krista Ayers said originally the cancellation was to be unveiled at the annual Community Day at the park held by the NFYBSL but due to the coronavirus pandemic that event was canceled.

“We had many very creative drawings. The special postage cancellation will appear for the next 30 days on postage. Even though the Community Day was canceled we wanted to do something for her here to honor her hard work,” said Ayers.

The drawing was approved by the U.S, Postal Service in Washington D.C.

Ayers said Rapczak’s picture captures the essence of Newton Falls with images of the water tower, a baseball home plate, the falls and sports leagues.

“This shows Newton Falls through her eyes.” Ayers said.

Jennifer Rapczak said her daughter was so excited to have her drawing selected.

“It was such an honor for her. It made her feel special. Our post office and sports league did such a nice job honoring her. We are a baseball and softball family so we are busy with sports, She and other children want to get back to playing,” Jennifer said.

Rapczak said her daughter learned she is part of history by having a stamp cancellation made from her drawing,

“It will be preserved forever, I don’t think she realized that at first until we explained it to her,” she said.

Rapczak said the family is very proud of Peyton.

“She realized what she has drawn, people will have on envelopes they can keep forever.” Ayers said.

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