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New Russia post office to be discussed Nov. 1

The New Russia Post Office has been listed as a potential closure by the United States Postal Service. There will be a meeting Nov. 1 at the Elizabethtown Town Hall to discuss the future of postal service there.

The New Russia Post Office has been listed as a potential closure by the United States Postal Service. There will be a meeting Nov. 1 at the Elizabethtown Town Hall to discuss the future of postal service there. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— With the downturn in the economy affecting the United States Postal Service, many smaller sites have been targeted for closure.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, a representative from the USPS will meet with residents of Elizabethtown and the hamlet of New Russia about the future of the New Russia site at the Elizabethtown Town Hall at 5 p.m.

“The representative is going to be at the town hall specifically to talk about the future of the New Russia Post Office,” Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew III said. “They are coming to talk about the site and also what we can do if New Russia is on the next list of closures.”

Merrihew said that there have been several meetings like this throughout the region, including in Keene, when the Keene Valley Post Office closed its doors after the lease for office space was not renewed. The Keene Valley Village Post Office was later established at McDonough’s Valley Hardware.

Merrihew said that the community of New Russia could also follow a similar route.

“There are options available,” Merrihew said. “If there was someone who had part of their storefront that they wanted to give for that use. There are other options as well, and that is why they are going to be here on Nov. 1 to discuss all of them.”

The USPS has announced potential shutdowns nationally, which could include post office sites in North Hudson, Bakers Mills, Ellenburg, New Russia, Rainbow Lake and Moriah Corners locally.

Merrihew said that the Nov. 1 meeting is open to all residents.

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