TICONDEROGA - Linda Osborne has retired, but she's still busy.
"They say you're never more busy than when you retire," she said. "I believe it."
Osborne retired June 1 after 12 years as postmaster at th Ticonderoga post office. Before that she was postmaster for seven years in Port Henry as part of a 28-year postal career.
A reception in Osborne's honor will be held at Ticonderoga Country Club Sunday, June 28, 4-6 p.m.
"It's been a great career," Osborne recounted. "When I started everything was manual, now everything is computerized. There have been a lot of changes."
The highlight of Osborne's career has always been the people.
"I've loved meeting all the people - my postmaster peers and the customers," she said. "I've worked with and served some wonderful people."
Osborne is proud of her work, particularly in Ticonderoga where the local post office has routinely received the postal service's five-star customer service award and the post office building has been returned to its historic, original condition.
"This building has been a highlight of my time in Ticonderoga," Osborne said, standing in the lobby of the Ti post office. "When I got here there was old carpet on the floor. We worked hard to make it the beautiful building it is."
Built in 1937 by the federal Works Progress Administration, the building now looks as it did 72 years ago.
Osborne is also pleased the Ti post office has played a role in the community, helping local organizations develop special postal cancelations to mark significant events.
In her retirement Osborne intends to remain active in the community. She is on the board of directors at the Ticonderoga Country Club and Ticonderoga Heritage Museum. She is also chaplin for the Ti Elks.
"Now I'll have more time for my family and friends, golf and travel," she smiled. "I'd also like to take a more active role in the community."
The postal service is now in the process of finding a new Ticonderoga post master. In the interim the office is being managed by Paul Zimolka as officer-in-charge - although he's presently in Greenland on a military assignment.