Jacqueline Weaver

Petition Drive Started to Save Birch Harbor Post Office

Jacqueline Weaver
If the U.S. Postal Service decides to close the Birch Harbor branch in Gouldsboro the outdoor mail collection box likely will move to the new replacement village post office.

GOULDSBORO — The post office in the village of Birch Harbor is among the 3,653 the U.S. Postal Service might close to save money, but it won’t happen without grumbling from local users.

A petition began circulating this week asking that the Postal Service spare Birch Harbor because the branch is important and convenient for local residents.

“It’s been there for at least 30 years,” said Gary Grovogel, who rents space for the post office in his small, log-style strip mall. “It used to be a little building by the side of the road. Then this was built and it moved in about 20 years ago.”

Grovogel has a multiyear lease with the U.S. Postal Service, but said he is less interested in the renter and more interested in the service for local residents.

“People in the area feel like they shouldn’t lose it,” he said. “It’s the hub of the town.”

In announcing the potential closures on July 26, the U.S. Postal Service said they are needed to help cope with a $9-billion deficit.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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