The coconuts are in the mail: Citizens challenge proposal to close the Lihue Post Office (video)


The Postal Service is planning to close the post office in Lihue, Hawaii, and to sell the building, a historic structure built in 1939 during the New Deal that is on the Hawaii State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.  The Postal Service plans to relocate retails services to a USPS facility at the airport.

This video  features the public meeting on the proposed closure, as well as Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho delivering coconuts to mail to USPS real estate specialist Dean Cameron. (Mailing coconuts is not unusual in Hawaii thanks to the Post-a-Nut program, begun in 1991 by Hoolehua Postmaster Margaret Keahi-Leary.)

The video was put together by Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students.

There’s more about the closing of the Lihue post office here and here.

Architect Palmer Hafdahl with Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho delivering coconuts to mail to USPS real estate specialist Dean Cameron (Photo by Pat Griffin)

(Photo: Coconuts signed and ready for mailing, by Pat Griffin)


Rep. Adrian Smith weighs in on Grand Island post office relocation proposal

SteveBlog A controversial proposal to move the downtown post office in Grand Island, NE to the city’s west side is getting a lot of attention.

Just weeks ago, residents voiced their frustrations with the change at a public forum and now that discussion is continuing in our nation’s capital.

A controversial proposal to relocate the only post office in a town of 50,000 residents is on Congressman Adrian Smith’s radar.

“I have heard from Nebraskans specifically folks from around Grand Island,” Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) said.

The U.S. Postal Service may relocate its only office in the heart of downtown to a postal owned facility over three miles away. According to the USPS, the reason for the move is to save money.  Read more.

(Photo credit: News Channel Nebraska)


Congressman wants fair warning of closure of historic Richmond CA post office


Richmond Standard: An announcement by the U.S. Post Office earlier this year that it intends to close the 1025 Nevin Ave. branch and sell the property has prompted action by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).

DeSaulnier is demanding that the U.S. Postal Service provide at least 10 days advance notice to Congressional offices if and when it decides to close, sell, move or reduce operations at any branch.

The congressman introduced the advanced-notice measure in the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 756). The measure is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives in the near future and was unanimously adopted by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

DeSaulnier has expressed an intention to fight to keep the 1025 Nevin Ave. branch open. He said with advance warning of a branch’s closure or sale, the public has a chance to share thoughts and concerns. He wasn’t happy that he learned about the impending closure the same way the public did: Via a paper notice posted at the branch on Jan. 25.  Read more.


Community upset over Whitehaven post office closing in Memphis, TN


WMC Action News: Some people in the Whitehaven community in Memphis, Tenn. [a predominantly African-American community], are boiling mad about plans to close a longtime neighborhood post office.

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and some Memphis City Council Members are calling for the Postal Service to reconsider plans to relocate the Louis Carruthers Post Office from Whitehaven to Hacks Cross Road.

Spencer Green said he has used this post office frequently for years–sometimes several times during the week.

“The next one that I know of is kind of down Winchester, so that’s a little ways away so this way is real convenient,” Green said.

Now the U.S. Postal Service wants to relocate the Louis Carruthers Post Office that’s in Whitehaven right by Memphis International Airport.

“That’s crazy…that’s crazy,” Green said.  Read more.


Fire Destroys Winthrop ME Post Office and Its Contents


Maine NewsOfficials say a fire swept through the post office in downtown Winthrop, destroying both the building and the pieces of mail that were inside.

Crews say the blaze began around 9 a.m. Tuesday. A clerk saw a ceiling tile fall and smoke began spreading through building.

Everyone safely evacuated, but fire officials say flames consumed the building within minutes.

Town Fire Chief Dan Brooks says faulty heating equipment in the ceiling may have started the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

The U.S. Postal Service says there is no timetable for resuming operations.

Source: Read more.

(Photo credits: Fire at Winthrop PO; Winthrop PO)