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Rachel Dove-Baldwin

Staff Writer

NAUGATUCK - Citizens from the Naugatuck area of Mingo County met with officials from the United Postal Service (USPS) on Tues., Oct. 30, to address the concerns of local residents concerning the possibility of their post office being closed.

The USPS recently sent notices to area residents asking for their input regarding the closing or restructuring of the Naugatuck Post Office. The USPS reviewed the surveys of the residents, along with the financial statements of the Naugatuck office. They then send letters to the residents informing them that their post office will be changing hours of operation.

After the first of the year, the Naugatuck P.O. will only be operational on Mon. through Fri., between the hours of 12:15 to 4:15 pm. Saturday hours will be from 10:00 am until noon.

Many residents attended the meeting and voiced their concerns. WV House of Delegates member Justin J. Marcum was also present at the meeting, and spoke in favor of keeping the post office open.

“The residents of Naugatuck feel like they are losing their identity if we close this post office. That is why we must do everything in our power to keep the office open for the community,” stated Marcum.

Numerous residents agreed with the delegate and spoke in favor of retaining their local post office.

“We need to tell all our friends to open a post office box and to always buy their stamps here in Naugatuck,” stated George McCallister, a member of the Naugatuck community.

The Post Office at Breeden also had a hearing concerning the restructuring of their hours. Furthermore, citizens of Chattaroy should be aware that a similar hearing will be held there in mid-Nov. regarding the restructuring of hours at their post office.

The United States Postal Service is running record deficits. According to the postmaster from Charleston who spoke to the residents, the web world is killing the bottom line of the postal service.

“The postal service needs to take lessons from the State of West Virginia on balancing their budget,” stated Marcum. “Many seniors rely on the postal service and it is important that we do everything in our power to save the Naugatuck, Breeden, and Chattaroy post offices.”

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