by JUDY REED From the time the first U.S. Post Office was established in Cedar Springs on February 4, 1857, mail carriers have always worked out of the local office. As of January 16, 2010, that will no longer be the case. Instead, they will work out of the larger Rockford location. “The U.S. Postal Service has been looking at their finances and what would be a more efficient use of space in post offices all across the nation,” said Sabrina Todd, communications specialist for the Greater Michigan District of the United States Postal Service. “Rockford is larger. If you are not utilizing all the space, you are wasting space.” Todd did not have any numbers on whether it would save them any- thing financially. The Cedar Springs Post newspaper has received several calls and letters about other possible changes occurring, but according to both Todd and Matt Dykema, acting postmaster at Cedar Springs, no other services will be affected by the move. Window operations and hours and the location of the Post Office boxes will all stay the same. Mail is still expected to be in the PO boxes by 10 a.m. each day. For questions about the move, call the Post Office at (616) 696-1230.
Rockford Post Office
Noon set as day’s final mail collection Rockford’s Post Office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2009, to allow retail employees to spend more time with their families. Noon will be the last collection for mail deposited in blue collection boxes that day. All collection points that have a regularly scheduled collection time prior to 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, July 3, will be collected as scheduled. Regular mail delivery for July 3 will be unaffected by the change. “As many businesses close early on July 3,” said Postmaster Fred Farage, “the number of customers visiting our lobbies greatly diminishes. We view this as an opportunity to afford retail employees more time with their families by closing retail operations in most of our locations early on July 3.” Commercial customers are asked to check with their Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit for July 3 hours of operation. To obtain the phone number of a specific post office, customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS. Post office retail counters will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2009 (Independence Day-a federal holiday), and there will be no mail delivery. Post offices’ retail counters will resume regularly scheduled hours of operation on Monday, July 6. An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The U.S. Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.
by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Andrew Shears has been going to work to the Rockford Post Office everyday for the past 30 years But come Friday, April 3, Shears will don his postal blues for the last time. Shear’s supervisor, Fred Farage, said that the person who replaces Shears will have some very big shoe’s to fill. “One of the things about Andrew is he is an extremely organized individual,” Farage said. Approximately nine years ago the post office downtown split into two operations, with the Annex located just north of Rockford. Farage spends most of his work-day at the Annex. “Andrew has done an amazing job organizing and keeping up with the paperwork and the financial aspect of the Rockford office. In a sense, he’s run that whole place. I knew things would be done right,” Farage said Farage went on to say that in the past year the post office has lost 1/3 of their more experienced employees through early retirement. “We will have major changes going on with staffing, as we replace them with transfers from other offices,” Farage explained. Farage said that Shears is looking forward to working in his garden after he retires. We wish Andrew all the best.