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Clear Spring's postmaster achieves her 'ultimate goal'

Lori Kriner-Lesher does i tall in her position as postmaster of the Clear Spring Post Ofiice

Lori Kriner-Lesher does i tall in her position as postmaster of the Clear Spring Post Ofiice

October 15, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring-area native Lori Kriner-Lesher has achieved her "ultimate goal" of serving as postmaster in her hometown post office, she said.

Kriner-Lesher in July was appointed postmaster of the Clear Spring Post Office on Mulberry Street. She is the first Clear Spring resident to hold the position in about 25 years, she said.

"It's like coming home," Kriner-Lesher said. "I worked here for 15 years. I grew up with these people. I hope to be here until I retire."

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A graduate of Clear Spring High School, Kriner-Lesher in 1985 began working as postal clerk - helping customers and ensuring that mail was collected, sorted and paid for - at the old Clear Spring Post Office on the town's main street, she said.

Her mother, Jo Kriner, served as a rural mail carrier for the local post office, Kriner-Lesher said.

She remain assigned to the Clear Spring office for years while training to be a postmaster by serving as an officer-in-charge at various post offices in the western part of the state, Kriner-Lesher said.

An officer-in-charge is a career postal employee who is appointed temporarily to fill a postmaster vacancy.

Kriner-Lesher left the Clear Spring Post Office three years ago when she was promoted to postmaster in Rohrersville, she said. She applied for the head job at the Clear Spring Post Office in May when she learned that Postmaster Jim McCoy was retiring, she said.

"It's the best job I've ever had," Kriner-Lesher said. "Everyone seems to be happy that I'm here."

As postmaster, Kriner-Lesher is responsible for ensuring that all mail is delivered every day, she said. She handles administrative duties and helps with customers when needed. If a rural carrier can't make it to work and there is no available substitute, Kriner-Lesher delivers the mail.

"In small post offices, postmasters are responsible for doing it all," she said.

The Clear Spring Post Office handles an average of about 9,000 pieces of mail each day, Kriner-Lesher said. In-town residents receive their mail in the office's 465 postal boxes, and rural carriers covering four routes make about 1,745 stops, Kriner-Lesher said.

Her familiarity with the area is an added bonus because she can often fill in the blanks when a envelope arrives for delivery without a complete address, she said.

Kriner-Lesher and her co-workers are now gearing up for the busy holiday season - a "hectic" time in the post office, she said. Clear Spring residents, however, shouldn't worry about delayed delivery of their holiday packages and cards.

The Clear Spring postmaster expects smooth sailing through December because the town's postal employees work well together, she said.

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