HAGERSTOWN -- Mildred St. John said she nearly burst with joy on Monday when the U.S. Postal Service returned the blue mailbox that it previously had removed from near the intersection of East Avenue and North Mulberry Street.
The Postal Service recently had removed that postal box, which is a few yards from St. John's apartment, along with 12 others in the city to reduce fuel costs associated with mail collection, USPS spokeswoman Yvette Singh said last week.
St. John, 81, said the Postal Service's decision to remove the mailbox made it difficult to send letters because she and her neighbors, who also are senior citizens and find it hard to get around, couldn't walk to the nearest mailbox a few blocks away.
"We're very glad it was put back," St. John said. "That's better than a nice Christmas present ... One woman said she wanted to kiss the man who returned it."