Postmaster Steps Down

CROWN POINT Reality sank in as Sandy Ross prepared for her last day as Crown Point postmaster tomorrow. She had given her retirement notice and was feeling the anxiety of decision. I watched the children grow up here, said Ross, who retired last week. I kept stickers and lollipops in the office for them and I knew most of them by name. Dan Cronin, post office manager from High Peaks Albany District, was there on her last day to present Ross with a 30-year service pin, a retiree service award and a gold watch. It is a great honor to be here on this occasion of Sandys retirement, said Cronin. She has given 30 years of wonderful service to us and Crown Pointers and shell be missed greatly. In 1977 Jimmy Carter was President, it was the first airing of Roots, the last taping of the Lawrence Welk Show and Annie Hall took us all to the movies. The cost of a first class stamp was 13 cents and the cost of a gallon of gas was 62 cents, all in the same year Ross became a postal clerk. Leaving her position at Champlain National Bank to become a part-time flexible clerk was all about money then, but it grew to be a job she loved. Raising two children while working was made a bit easier by living between the post office and the school. I just walked to work on most days and lunch was a full hour, said Ross. It was a Godsend. Ross, who replaced former Postmaster Bernice Ross, remembers all too well the changes and the anecdotes. When I began my career, everything was manual from record keeping to cancelling stamps, said Ross. Now its computerized and presorted mail for the routes and the postal boxes. A deeply-involved community member, Ross remembers all the Christmases that she stayed after work, waiting for late delivery of Christmas packages. When the packages came in, I would call the people and wait for them to come to the post office to pick them up, said Ross. Somehow, Christmas was complete. Ross also shyly remembers her community service on the Memorial Day parade committee, the Crown Point Bicentennial committee, the youth commission and the 911 committee. A member of church choir at the Sacred Heart Church, Ross also was involved in the community food drive, the Christmas toy drive, and looked forward to the postal tours for school children. Ross participated in the Combined Federal Campaign in Albany, worked in Lake Placid during the Olympic Bicentennial in February of 1990, worked on stamp cancellations during the Saratoga Horse Races in Saratoga, and a host of other special assignments including Postmaster Conventions in Hawaii, Nashville and Virginia Beach. When asked what event stood out in her mind the most, Ross explained it was the day an elderly patron drove her car through the post office wall. It shook the lady up so bad that I didnt have the heart to call the press and tell the story, said Ross. It went untold and only those who were here that day or came in for several days after knew of the incident. Ross couldnt help chuckle when she tried to tell the funniest incident at the office. Ill never forget the man who came in chewing gum and asked for a stamp, said Ross. I gave him the stamp and when he licked it, his gum got really stuck to the stamp and then it was a pulling contest, laughed Ross. It has all been wonderful, said Ross. The people of this town (Crown Point) have all been wonderful and have taken the time and effort to fill this office with gifts and food during Christmas. Im going to miss seeing everyone each day but I know Im the better for having served the people. Ross tributes the excellent service of the Crown Point post office to her employees. I have been fortunate to have excellent employees here, said Ross. They have my respect and my gratitude, for without them, it wouldnt have been as enjoyable. Anne Curran of Port Henry will fill in as officer in charge until another postmaster is appointed to the Crown Point office.

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