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Change of plans | Preston Citizen

Change of plans

June 5, 2012

Weston Post Office to remain open 


Citizen editor

It appears the Weston Post Office and thousands of rural post offices like it may not be closed after all. The U.S. Post Office is abandoning their plan to close the rural post offices for an option that would keep them open while cutting the hours of operation.

Revenue continues to drop for the post office with the Internet taking center stage in the written communication world. The post office’s snail mail is taking a back seat, which hits the pocketbook of the federal organization which is not funded from tax dollars. In addition, some post offices offer non-postal services such as passport applications and other government forms, car tax purchase, money orders, and banking services.

Chris White, the Postmaster Relief at the Weston post office, takes a break for a photograph while processing mail last month.

Val Porter, postmaster for the Preston post office, said up until recently the bread and butter for the post service was first class mail.

“What we made money on was first class mail. To make the same money for one piece of first class mail, we have to send five commercial pieces,” Porter said.

This story is sponsored by Senator John Tippetts.

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