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December Events  
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Orlando, FL - December 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2017, FLOREX, 
The Florida State Stamp Show will be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial dr. (SR 50). Bourse Hours: Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Show Theme is JFK 100 Years. 180 Frames of exhibits. For further information contact Mr. Francis Ferguson, Telephone Number 407-493-0956, Email: or visit the website:
Hallandale, FL - December 3rd, 2017, The Gold Coast Coin & Collectible Show will held at the Mardi Gras Casino (Second Floor), 831 North Federal Highway, Hallandale, FL. Bourse Hours are Sunday 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Free Parking and Free Admission. For further information please contact Mr. Bill Sanders, Telephone 305-389-5847ere to add text.
Melbourne, FL - December 10th, 2017, The 2nd Sunday Best One Day Coin, Stamp & Collectible Show will be held at the Azan Shrine Center, 1591 West Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, Florida. Bourse Hours are 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. For additional info, call Ms. Alysha Wilson at 321-428-5850 or email
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - December 17th, 2017 Third Sunday Coin & Stamp Show will be held at the Volunteer Park Community Center, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauder dale. Bourse Hours: Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Joe Marshall at 954-802-4967 or email at:
The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the Holiday season with four  Forever stamps featuring images that illustrate the themes of four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.”
The stamps were dedicated October 5th, 2017,  at the American Stamp Dealers Association Fall Stamp Show in New York City. 

Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. The shades of blue in the backgrounds of the stamps evoke the evening scenes from the four carols. This booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was the art director. Artist Steve McCracken of Winchester, VA, created original art for the project. 

“We’re excited to continue one of the Postal Service’s long standing traditions — celebrating the holidays with new stamps,” said U.S. Postal Service Brand Marketing Executive Director Christopher Karpenko.
“This year’s selections were inspired by some of America’s favorite Christmas carols, sung and adored by children and adults alike since the 18th century. Translated into dozens of languages, these timeless classics are so recognizable. When holiday items arrive in mailboxes with these stamps, we expect recipients will be humming the tune of the carol lyrics they see — either in their heads or out loud.” 

“The popularity of Christmas stamps is something celebrated and shared by both stamp collectors and the general public,” said Bigalke. “It’s an honor to be a part of this moment in history introducing a new set of stamps to the nation.”
The Christmas Carol stamps are being issued as Forever stamps that are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

BALTIMORE — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan dedicated a stamp fund research to help find a cure for one of the top 10 leading causes of death — Alzheimer’s.
The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising stamp took place at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. 

The price of the stamp includes the First-Class Mail single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research. By law, revenue from sales of the Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp — minus the postage paid and the reimbursement of reasonable costs incurred by the Postal Service — will be distributed to the National Institutes of Health, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“The Postal Service is proud to issue this stamp today to help raise public awareness of Alzheimer’s,” said Brennan. “Proceeds from its sale will help support urgently needed medical research into this incredibly debilitating disease.”
Joining Brennan in the ceremony were National Institute of Health Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging Dr. Marie A. Bernard and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center President Dr. Richard Bennett. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center Director Dr. Constantine Lyketsos served as master of ceremonies.
“We’re in a new age of Alzheimer’s research with a number of efforts underway,” said Bernard. “NIA is working to identify new genes that affect Alzheimer’s disease and their role as risk factors or protective factors, to explore imaging techniques and ways to detect development of the disease well before symptoms appear, to develop and test new therapies, and to test and implement new approaches to providing care and supporting caregivers. The new semipostal stamp will both raise awareness of Alzheimer’s research and care, as well as contribute to the search for effective ways to prevent and treat this heart-breaking disease.”
“Johns Hopkins Bayview has a long history of geriatric care and research,” said Bennett. “We are honored to host the dedication of the United States Postal Service’s Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp. Proceeds from the sale of this beautiful stamp will benefit the next generation of research at the National Institutes of Health. We hope this research will lead to new answers for our patients and their families who live with the everyday realities of Alzheimer’s disease.”

The artwork is an illustration that first appeared on the 2008 42-cent Alzheimer's Awareness stamp. It shows an older woman in profile with a hand on her shoulder, the suggestion of sunlight behind her, and clouds in front of and below her. On the 2008 stamp, she was facing left; the artwork for this stamp shows her facing right to help differentiate between the two stamps. Stamp artist Matt Mahurin of Topanga Canyon, CA, worked under the direction of art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD.
A Heart-Breaking Disease Affecting Millions of Individuals and Caregivers
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. It destroys the minds of those affected by it and poses challenges for family members and caregivers. It is the most common form of dementia, but is not a normal part of aging.

The disease is named after Alois Alzheimer, the German physician who in 1906 discovered and described two hallmark signs of the disease in the brain — clumps of amyloid protein fragments and tangles of tau protein fibers — and linked them to observable symptoms.
Symptoms can include:
loss of memory;
problems with speech and language;
inability to perform familiar daily tasks;
trouble interpreting visual images, spatial relationships, and other sensory information; and changes in personality and behavior such as depression, apathy and agitation.
While there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s or a way to prevent it, public support has intensified the search for ways to treat its symptoms, slow its progression, and care for those who live with the disease. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” that addresses the many challenges faced by patients, researchers and caregivers. The plan offered a coordinated effort to prevent and effectively treat the disease by the year 2025 and called for improvements in clinical and long-term care.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5.3 million Americans age 65 and older are estimated to have Alzheimer's disease, a number predicted to rise as the population ages. Net proceeds from this stamp will be distributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, all part of a national effort to find ways to prevent, treat, and someday stop this disease.