Mr. Ferebee goes to Washington to fight for Valley Post Office

"The Postal Service is at a critical financial crossroad," Marion said. "We can't afford to build new buildings, and we can't always find a local business partner (to lease post office space)."

In all these cases, the Postal Service is looking to make their operational "footprint smaller while offering the same services," she said. As they work to streamline all phases of mail service, that may also include closing some postal processing facilities.

The Postal Service is faced with a similar situation in the Hamilton County hamlet of Sabael, south of Indian Lake, where the building that housed the post office was destroyed by fire on Jan. 28. The 79 box holders from Sabael are now being serviced at the Indian Lake Post Office, and prospects for a lease agreement in Sabael appear slim at this time, Marion said.

Keene Valley residents wishing to express their thoughts about the Keene Valley Post Office can send their comments to the Albany district manager of Consumer Affairs and Claims: David Desrosiers, 30 Karner Road, Albany, NY, 12288-9631 or e-mail him at david.h.desrosiers@usps.gov. Additionally, they can be sent to Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee at P.O. Box 89, Keene, NY 12942 or by e-mail at billtown@kvvi.net. Phone calls to the town office (576-4444) are also welcome.

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