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September 19, 2013

Fly Creek postal plan sparks backlash

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Gibson spokeswoman Stephanie Valle said the congressman’s staff has been delving into the issue and wants to make sure that rural residents have “easy access” to a local post office.

As the postal system seeks to makes its operations more efficient, she said, “Ensuring that rural communities aren’t unduly hurt in this process is a priority.”

Two other post offices in rural communities that have been mentioned as potential targets for reduction in hours, in Hartwick and Schuyler Lake, are now not facing any cuts to their hours, postal officials said.

Marion said patrons of the Fly Creek post office will still be able to access their postal boxes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. even during those hours when there is no window service.

“That’s an important point for people to chew on in this entire process,” Marion said. “People might not mail a letter every day or buy a stamp every day, but they like to check their mail every day.”

Beginning Oct. 5, window service at the Fly Creek Post Office will only be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Saturday service will not be affected, with the facility’s retail operation open from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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