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USPS Notifies North Country Post Offices About Closures

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The U.S. Postal Service notified post offices in Hailesboro in St. Lawrence County and Fisher's Landing in Jefferson County Tuesday that they will close.

Postal spokeswoman Maureen P. Marion originally thought the offices would close Sept. 10 but later amended that date to no earlier than Oct. 10.

Final notices remain up for 30 days to allow the filing of a last appeal. An office cannot close any sooner than 60 days from the first date of that posting, she said.

Hailesboro and Fisher's Landing were the first among a lengthy list of north country post offices considered for closure to receive official notification that their customers will have to go elsewhere .

Hailesboro patrons may use Gouverneur while those at Fisher's Landing will likely go to Clayton, Ms. Marion said.

Other post offices under review by the Postal Service are Parishville, West Stockholm, DePeyster, Ellisburg, Lorraine, Thousand Island Park, Cranberry Lake, Dickinson Center, Fine, Newton Falls, Piercefield, Pyrites, Rainbow Lake, Brier Hill and Wanakena.

Fisher's Landing has 69 postal box customers but no direct delivery. It averaged 13 window transactions daily, Ms. Marion said. The nearest post office is Clayton, five miles away.

Hailesboro serves 133 customers with post office boxes but has no rural delivery. Box holders may use the Gouverneur Post Office or put up a mailbox, Ms. Marion said.

Hailesboro formed a community committee to keep its post office going and is not ready to give up yet.

"I would imagine we will regroup our forces and go back at them," said David L. Spilman, who rents the post office its space. "You can't roll over and play dead."

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