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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Easton post office changes hours, consolidates operations

  • Though Congress denied this week a United State Postal Service proposal to end mail deliveries on Saturday, two area post offices are undergoing some other changes to their service.
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  • Though Congress denied this week a United State Postal Service proposal to end mail deliveries on Saturday, two area post offices are undergoing some other changes to their service.
    New hours at the Easton and Linwood post offices were implemented earlier this year as part of USPS's broader “PostPlan,” under which post offices serving smaller populations are seeing their hours and services modified as a cost-saving measure.
    “Back in January we changed our window hours,” said Dennis Gardner, postmaster for the McLouth Post Office and overseeing the operations in Easton.
    The Easton Post Office is now open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, he said, and 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday. The lobby and its 24-hour access to post office boxes will not be affected, Gardner said.
    The Linwood Post Office's window hours are now from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, according to the USPS.
    On May 4, Gardner said another change goes into effect.
    “The routes will be heading out of the Oskaloosa Post Office instead of the Easton Post Office,” he said, meaning the Easton branch will become a remotely managed post office.
    That means the carriers for the Easton routes will be heading out of the Oskaloosa office. Similarly, according to a spreadsheet from the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission on the changes, the operations of the Linwood Post Office will be administered from the DeSoto Post Office.
    Easton and Linwood are two of a number of more than a hundred small post offices across the country undergoing similar consolidations as part of the USPS plan that is expected to save the organization more than $1 billion.

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