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Mail delivery resumes for most area residents

February 20, 2003|by TAMELA BAKER

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor dark of night - the operative term this week being snow - stopped local post offices from at least trying to deliver the mail Tuesday.

But those whose mailboxes were still blocked by the snow may have missed their mail.

"Please make sure your sidewalks are clear and your mailboxes are cleared out," said Hagerstown Postmaster Richard Sheffield.

Martinsburg (W.Va.) Postmaster Tom Barberi said his workers were "hitting about 60 percent" of their deliveries Tuesday.

"That's better than I expected," he said.

But some residents who had roadside mailboxes were asking mail carriers to get out of their vehicles to reach snowbound mailboxes, requests that had to be denied, he said.

"The carriers are instructed not to dismount their vehicles," Barberi said.

Waynesboro (Pa.) Postmaster Larry Wells said his carriers were having similar difficulties.

"We're having problems with mailboxes being accessible," he said.

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All three postmasters reported their carriers were ready to deliver the mail Tuesday despite the snow.

"We had everybody show up," Sheffield said.

"All the carriers went out" in Waynesboro, Wells said, and Barberi said "about 98 percent of the staff made it in" in Martinsburg.

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