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July 17, 2003

Putney-- Your small town post office could be shut down. A federal commission on the United States Postal Service is recommending that money-losing locations be closed. Customers who use the small branches don't like the idea, but there might be an even more convenient alternative.

She sweeps, she sorts mail, and she waits on customers.

"Sometimes it's a back and forth suffle game, sorting mail and waiting on customers." Cindy High is numero uno at the Putney Post Office--literally. She's run the tiny post office solo for nine years.

Customers don't like the idea of their hometown post office closing, "If we didn't have this we would have to go all the way to Albany or Baconton." Juanita Wills wouldn't have to go to the post offices in those towns, just to her nearest grocery store, "Well we could do it in the grocery stores, but I wish they wouldn't close it."

At Bruno's in Albany you can pick up a book of stamps while you check out your groceries. But one day you might be able to do more, like send out a package. "I think it would be an excellent idea. I spend a lot of time going by the post office, and most of the time when I go to the post office I'm going out of the way so it would be a good idea," says Theodus Drake.

Shoppers at Bruno's in Albany all liked the idea, but Putney customers don't want their post office at risk for closing. And neither does the Post Mistress, "I've formed personal relationships with the customers, I know about their families and they know about mine. Like I say this is my second home. I would hate to have to find another one, laughs."

A second home for many customers, some who told me they stop by everyday the Putney Post Office is open.

Putney Post Mistress Cindy High says her branch does very good revenue, therefore it's unlikely it would be closed. Under the federal commission's suggestions, mail services could also be available at shopping malls and banks. The U-S Postal Service suffered a 676 million dollar loss last year.

Posted at 5:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com