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Group rallies to reopen post office

May 18, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A spokeswoman with the U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that the postal service plans to resume operations at the Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., post office as long as the owner of the building makes needed repairs to it.

Postal operations at the post office on First Street were halted April 17 and about 300 post office box holders had to start going to the post office in Kearneysville, W.Va., to get their mail, said Herb Snyder, a local resident and former state senator who has been helping the community reopen its post office.

The community received no warning that the post office was going to be closed and patrons did not know about it until a notice was posted on the door of the building, Snyder told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday.

"The public was extremely inconvenienced by that," Snyder said.

Snyder is heading a group that is working to reopen the post office, and about 60 people attended a meeting at the Shenandoah Ruritan Club in Shenandoah Junction last Saturday, Snyder said.

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Snyder said repairs need to be made to the building, including replacement of floors. The building was built in 1896 and is owned by the Elk Branch Masonic Lodge, Snyder said. The lodge is responsible for the repairs.

Snyder asked the commissioners to sign a resolution in support of reopening the post office and the commissioners agreed.

Snyder said his group hopes the post office can be reopened by June 15.

Patricia Jessee, acting manager of postal operations for area post offices, said the postal service will resume service at the Shenandoah Junction facility if needed repairs are conducted by the owner.

"We do have every intention of going back in," Jessee said.

County Commissioner Dale Manuel said he heard that some people were in "mail limbo" because they have not been able to get their mail.

"That's a pretty bad situation for a person," Manuel said.

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