2017 NARPI ATLANTIC/NATIONAL REUNION
PITTSBURGH, PA
October 5 - 8, 2017


HOTEL & REUNION REGISTRATION CUTOFF August 31, 2017

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The NARPI Reunion will be hosted by the National & Atlantic Region on October 5 - 8, 2017. The hotel for the reunion is the Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township PA 16066 in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. The NARPI Reunion rate is $119.95 plus taxes per night. The room rate includes a full breakfast buffet in the Marriott’s River City Grille Restaurant for up to two adults and two children per guest room. Reservations must be made directly with Marriott by calling (800) 228-9290 or (724) 772-3700 or online at:

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Callers must ask for rooms for the National Association of Retired Postal Inspectors-NARPI group for the discounted rate and breakfast. Pets are welcome; however, there is a non-refundable fee of $75 for up to 2 pets/room. Complimentary self parking is on the premises and high speed internet is also provided.

The NARPI Room Rate is available from Monday 10/2/2017 through Tuesday 10/10/2017 for those who may arrive early and/or stay for other tours. FYI, Monday 10/09/2017 is the Columbus Holiday.

This contemporary hotel is 5.5 miles from Cranberry Highlands Golf Course and 9.2 miles from North Park and 20 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, near the Cranberry Twp exit #78 off of I-79. Super-Shuttle service as well as Limo and Taxi service are available from the Pittsburgh Airport to the hotel.

The modern rooms have flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, desks with ergonomic chairs, and coffeemakers. Some rooms have access to a lounge with free continental breakfast and evening appetizers. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas, mini-fridges and additional TVs. The property offers a restaurant serving American cuisine, a lounge/coffee bar, a heated indoor pool and a fitness center.

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The first two days will take you on guided tours of Pittsburgh and many of its sites. An optional third day tour will take you south of Pittsburgh to experience the Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater and the Flight 93 Memorial.

The Sewickley Room and the Adams Room in the hotel will be utilized for our Hospitality rooms. The Hospitality Rooms will be available for members after returning to the hotel from our tours; specific hours to be determined.

The Cranberry V Room will be available for business meetings scheduled on Saturday after the tours.

Friday, October 6, 2017 (8:30 PM - 5:00PM)
Deluxe Motorcoach will take us on a tour of the Frick Art & Historical Center, The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum at the Frick Estate. The home is located on five acres of beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens in the city’s historic East End. Tour the Henry Clay Frick family home, Clayton—one of the best preserved Gilded Age mansions in America . . . enjoy masterpieces of European art and changing exhibitions in the art museum and explore the collection of historic cars and carriages. All large groups are divided into subgroups of 8 to 10, which depart at 10-minute intervals to begin the tour. When groups are not touring Clayton, they may visit The Frick Art Museum, Car and Carriage Museum, Grable Visitor Center, Greenhouse, or Museum Store.

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Among the great fortunes of Pittsburgh’s Golden Age (1870–1910), that of Henry Clay Frick stands third, bested only by Andrew Carnegie and the Mellons. A.W. Mellon and Henry Clay Frick were lifelong friends. Henry Clay Frick was the grandson of a rich miller and whisky maker, and had little formal education, but with financial backing from millionaire Thomas Mellon he began buying coal mines at the age of 22. During the financial panic of 1873, Frick bought out most of his competitors, and by the early 1880s he was a multi-millionaire, controlling about 40,000 acres of productive coal land and operating 12,000 coke ovens. In 1882 he entered a partnership with steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, giving Carnegie a controlling interest in Frick Coke Company, for which Frick received a minority interest in the Carnegie Steel Company. When Carnegie retired in 1889, Frick became chairman of Carnegie Steel, and under his management it became the world's largest coke and steel operation.

The Carnegie/Frick partnership was strained over actions taken in response to the Homestead Steel Strike, an 1892 labor strike at the Homestead Works of the Carnegie Steel Company. In 1892, Frick unilaterally lowered wages by more than 20% and refused to negotiate with union representatives, moves met with a strike of the Amalgamated Iron and Steel Workers Union at his mill in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Frick hired hundreds of strikebreakers and Pinkerton thugs, triggering riots in which at least ten men were killed, dozens seriously injured, and the town was placed under martial law. On 23 July 1892, would-be assassin Alexander Berkman shot and stabbed Frick in his office, but an employee fought off the attack. According to dubious but widely-circulated reports at the time, Frick remained at his desk until the end of the work day, while doctors removed the bullets and Frick refused anesthesia.

After a falling out with Carnegie in 1899, Frick was replaced by Charles M. Schwab as chairman of Carnegie Steel. He was paid $15M for his interest in the Carnegie and Frick companies, which soon merged with J. Pierpont Morgan's Federal Steel Co. and eight other competitors to form US Steel Corporation. In Carnegie's last months, he sought rapprochement, and Frick replied "I will see him in hell, where we are both going." At his death from undiagnosed syphilis, he left most of his huge fortune to various charities, and he is now best known as the namesake of Frick Park and the Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh, and the Frick Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library in New York City. For more information, visit http://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org/visitor-information/ website.

From there we will travel to downtown Strip District where you will have time to explore and have lunch on your own at this historic area filled with shops, eateries and the Heinz History Center. The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This Smithsonian affiliate has six floors of historical exhibits, archives and a separate sports museum. The large museum covers everything from Western Pennsylvania Sports History to Lewis and Clark. Visitors can take the stairs or an elevator between floors; and if you walk up all 5 flights, you earn a free gift-- a pickle pin!

In conjunction with the history center, a walk to the junction of the three rivers finds yourself at the Ft. Pitt Museum where Pittsburgh started in 1753.

The Heinz History Center is located on the edge of the Strip District and is just a short walk to the original Primanti Brothers on 18th Street as well as other restaurants and shops.

The tour will conclude at the Heinz History Center and the bus will load at 4:15 PM to transport everybody back to our hotel.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017 (8:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Our motor coach will take us to the Oakland area of Pittsburgh to tour the Heinz Memorial Chapel and the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. The Cathedral of Learning, the Nationality Rooms, and the Commons Room have been designated Pittsburgh Historic Landmarks. Approximately 30 classrooms in the Cathedral of Learning were adopted and furnished by other countries to reflect their culture and the ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County; these classrooms are supported by those cultural groups and governments. The rooms function as University classrooms and are not open for tours when classes are scheduled.

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For more information, see http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/about/cathedral-learning.

The Heinz Memorial Chapel is located next door to the Cathedral of Learning, which is a nondenominational chapel given by the H.J. Heinz family to the University of Pittsburgh. Dedicated in 1938, the chapel hosts approximately 1,000 events annually including religious services, weddings, classes, lectures, concerts, memorial services, and guided tours. Sometimes students are practicing on the organ when services are not scheduled. There are four weddings scheduled at the Heinz Memorial Chapel on Saturday, October 7, 2017; therefore we must tour the Chapel early in order to see it.

Additional sites to tour in the nearby area are the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Phipps Conservatory, as well as many restaurants to curb your appetite.

See the best views of downtown Pittsburgh from one of the few remaining inclines in the country. Opened on May 20, 1877, the Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of local residents in 1963 and still delights residents and visitors with its original, elegant, wooden cable cars. Now you can visit the interior of the incline and watch the machinery while it operates. The Duquesne Incline's upper station houses a museum of Pittsburgh history, including photos and a storehouse of information on inclines from around the world. Unusual Pittsburgh souvenirs, maps and photos can be found at the gift shop.

The Duquesne Incline has been part of Pittsburgh's transportation system (not an amusement ride) since 1877 like a trolley or the cable cars of San Francisco.

Seniors, 65 and older ride free. The Duquesne Incline is required to request either a Pennsylvania ID or medicare card as proof of age, no exceptions, in order to be reimbursed by the Commonwealth of PA.

Our tour on Saturday will take us to the top of Mt. Washington to see the views of the city and look at the historical information and photos in the Duquesne Incline upper station. There are numerous steep steps at the bottom of the Incline; therefore we did not arrange for members to take the Incline up or down the mountain. However, riding the Incline is something members are welcome to do on their own. Also, many restaurants are available for tourists to make reservations for dinner at the top of Mt. Washington.

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From there, we will head back to the hotel for business meetings and to prepare for the Reunion Banquet. A cocktail reception (cash bar) will be open from 5:00 6:00PM to 6:00 7:00 PM in the Cranberry IV Room where hors d’oeuvres will be served by the wait staff. Dinner will be from 6:00 7:00PM to 10:00PM. The Banquet Dinner price of $57 includes the serving of hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail reception. Please note the time changes for the evening.

Hors D’oeuvres include spinach and Boursin stuffed mushrooms, coconut shrimp with plum sauce, and chicken cornucopia. Choices for the Banquet Dinner include 1) Chicken with Tuscany salsa, 2) Atlantic Salmon with teriyaki sauce, and 3) Roasted Vegetables & mixed rice in Phyllo dough with roasted red pepper sauce. All entrees include salad with baby field greens, Roma tomato and english cucumbers; asparagus spears; garlic roasted red bliss/fingerling potatoes; assorted bread basket with sweet creamery butter; hot coffee/tea and iced tea. Tiramisu will be served for dessert

Sunday, October 8, 2017 (7:30 AM - 5:00 PM)
Our Deluxe Motorcoach will take us to Fallingwater on Sunday morning. Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family. Fallingwater was built between 1936 and 1939 and is a National Historic Landmark.

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Voted the most important building of the 20th century in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, this masterpiece was entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy by Edgar Kaufmann Jr. in October 1963. Fallingwater is the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright house with its setting, original furnishings and artwork intact.

We have obtained a great rate for the tours on Sunday to Fallingwater and Flight 93 Memorial. For comparative purposes, a similar tour of Fallingwater named “Wright Kind of Summer” through AAA Tours and Packages in 2017 costs $175 and does not include our tour of the Flight 93 Memorial.

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Our next destination will be the Flight 93 Memorial. Box lunches will be provided to everyone prior to leaving Fallingwater. Each box lunch consists of a Sandwich (either Ham, Turkey, or Vegetable), Fruit, Chips, Cookie, and water, which is pr\ovided by Monteverde Catering. The lunches can be eaten on the bus on the way to the Flight 93 Memorial or eaten at the Memorial if desired.


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September 11, 2001 began as an ordinary, late summer day. With fair weather and blue skies over much of the country, thousands of commercial airliners prepared for flight. But in less than two hours’ time, this ordinary day was transformed as 19 terrorists boarded four airplanes, hijacked them, and used them to attack America. Nearly 3,000 people were killed when the hijacked planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon near Washington, DC and when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside.

Flight 93 National Memorial is a place to learn about the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 whose actions thwarted the hijackers’ plan to fly this plane to a target in Washington, DC, most likely the US Capitol. It is a place to walk beside their final resting place and honor the extraordinary courage of those who fought back against the terrorists.

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We will board the motor coaches at 3:15 PM to leave for our hotel.

ADDITIONAL REUNION INFORMATION

HOTEL PARKING:
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ADDITIONAL REUNION INFORMATION


AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION
Air transportation is available to the Pittsburgh (PIT) International Airport.

TRANSPORTATION FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL

SuperShuttle discounts are provided to NARPI members; the rates are described below.  Members must book online for a van or bus to get the discounted NARPI rate. Taxi service and Uber service are also available from the airport to the hotel.

SuperShuttle (shared ride van service)
BOOK ONLINE USING EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE: F739H
Airport to Cranberry Township hotel:   Regular price is $44.00 one way first passenger; $9.00 each additional passenger on the same reservation/same bill.  NARPI discount rate is $4.00 off round trip SuperShuttle.

ExecuCar (luxury private sedan-seats up to 3 passengers)
Airport to Cranberry Township hotel:  Regular price is $102.00 one way per sedan; NARPI discount rate is $7.00 off round trip ExecuCar (Sedan). 

To book either service, go to:  www.supershuttle.com or use the SuperShuttle app and enter your discount code or copy this web landing page where the code is pre-loaded: http://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=F739H

Discount valid via web or app only / Gratuity not included.


DIRECTIONS TO HOTEL
The Pittsburgh Marriott North hotel is located at 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania 16066 USA.

If traveling north on I-79, take Exit #78 (Rt. 228) and Turn Right. At the next stop light on Rt. 228, the hotel is visible on the right. Turn right onto Cranberry Woods Dr to the hotel.

If driving a rental vehicle from the Pittsburgh International Airport, take I-376 East to I-79. From I-79, follow the above described exit to find the Marriott North. When returning to the airport, take I-79 South, exit 59B (Pittsburgh International Airport), to I-376 West toward airport. Travel approximately 12 miles to Airport Exit 53.

FURTHER INFORMATION will be updated on the NARPI web site at www.NARPI.ORG - click on the “Reunions” button and scroll down to the Pittsburgh reunion. If you need more information, please see the contact information at the bottom of the registration form.


HOTEL & REUNION REGISTRATION CUTOFF August 31, 2017

Click here to view the Registration Form
Click here to view the Attendees List








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