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Longtime Post Office Closes in Wayne County

STARLIGHT — A longtime post office in rural part of Wayne County may have seen its last piece of mail.

It closed over the weekend and now people have to go several miles away to the next post office.

The tiny post office at Veronica Allen’s home in Starlight had been open for nearly 60 years. This weekend was its last.

The U.S. Postal Service planned to cut back hours at the post office and the postmaster, Allen, chose not to renew the lease, said a spokesperson. That means customers like Jerry Fay who runs Starlight Lodge, a nearby bed and breakfast, will have to get used to going farther to send mail.

2 miles to the Preston Country Market which may have its postal hours cut back as well or five miles to Lakewood’s post office.

“It’s been around here forever, we’ve grown accustomed to it. The personalized service, it’s going to be missed,” said Fay.

Fay said the small post office down the road in Starlight was convenient for business as well as guests. Now the future of any post office locations is in the hands of the U.S.P.S. which has been looking for ways to cuts costs to stay in business. Faye wishes his local post office would do just that.

“We would like to, all of us understand restrictions, go to the grocery store and things cost more, so what are you going to do?,” he said.

“It’s a shame because the post office is a part of the community. It’s where you meet neighbors, find out news,” said Sari Schwartz, owner of The Inn at Starlight Lake.

Schwartz the post office is a big part of Starlight. Postal customers filled out surveys this month and will have their say at a meeting next month with post office officials, however the U.S. Postal Service will have the final say.

8 comments

  • thetruthaboutthepostoffice

    This is ridiculous that USPS is closing more post offices. It is unnecessary. Congress needs to repeal the heinous prefunding mandate from the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act that forced USPS to prepay its health retiree pensions 75 years in advance in only 10 years starting in 2007. No public or private entity has ever had to prepay pensions for people not even born yet!

  • gramj56

    As a person that grew up in a small village, the post office was the hub of the community for your mail and local news. It’s sad, but with cut backs the owners of the buildings make the choices not to renew the lease. End. There’s all kinds of expenses to house the PO and if the lease isn’t covering it, who can blame them.

  • Christopher

    The house pictured was the location of the Post Office. The mail boxes were only put up because the office was closed and those customers do not choose to drive several miles to another office to get there mail. This office was very highly supported by its customers but the Postal Service seems to be to far gone to keep these small offices going.

    • SallyH

      From what I read, Allen chose not to renew the lease. Also curious as to how many people responded to the letters sent out and/or how many showed up to the meeting that every community was invited to. Everyone wants to blame the Post Office, many people want their mail delivered directly to their door and many choose to buy their stamps online.

      • crackers81

        It’s a typical American behavior that repeats itself through the years.

        In the 1980′s there was an aggressive ad campaign sponsored by numerous US manufactures to “Buy American Made”. We didn’t, but then we’re happy to complain when US industry leaves the nation.

        People will sell out almost anything in their lives for the convenience of two extra dimes in their pockets and then pretend it’s the government, or those evil corporations who are to blame. And indeed, poor leadership and hyper aggressive capitalism does own its share of the culpability for this scenario. But ultimately the exodus of US industry was not the result of a law or a greedy Washington Lobbyist; it was the result of US citizens en mass deciding that spending a tiny bit less on foreign made goods was more important than having a strong domestic industrial base to prop up our economy and provide ample jobs.

        So you see, a bargain isn’t always a bargain and can bite you in the rear many years after you thought you’d gotten away with something. It happened with US industry and it is again happening with the US Postal service. E-mail is convenient and cheap. That’s fine, but then so too then are the consequences of those actions.

  • Lenny

    By looking at the picture shown here I see 2 RD mailboxes in the front of the place, meaning that there are at least 2 people right there that are not getting their mail at that small office and instead are getting it delivered from another office. Sure having the mailbox in front of your house is more convenient, but having a post office box at those small offices are the best way to support them. So if you are not going to support the small office by getting your mail there, then you can’t complain when they go to close it. Buying stamps helps, but te way the USPS calculates things, the PO Box counts much more.

    • crackers81

      As a small town resident myself I wouldn’t go quite that far. There are more considerations to the matter than distance alone that people from more developed areas may not consider. Having said that, I’m also inclined to agree with you a bit. Part of living in a rural area is understanding the burden of being separated from modern conveniences. This isn’t a new thing and frankly a 5 mile drive for someone in the country isn’t somehow out of the ordinary.

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