The post office in Aurora, Illinois, has been renamed in honor of letter carrier Ken Christy. The Chicago Tribune reports that Christy worked as a letter carrier in Aurora for 31 years, before retiring in 2011. He was elected as Aurora Township clerk and served president of Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers until his death in March, 2016.
The post office in Lewiston, New York, had to be evacuated Wednesday morning, after a noxious odor appeared. Seven employees had to be hospitalized and reported feeling a burning sensation in their eyes and mouth. WIVB reports that a parcel leaked an unknown material that spread the noxious odor. It’s not clear if the incident was intentional or accidental. Lewiston is located in Niagara County, next to Niagara Falls and 25 miles north of Buffalo.
Stamford, Connecticut is set to get a new post office in the downtown area. The Stamford Advocate reports that the post office, at 550 Summer Street, will open October 19. The previous downtown Stamford post office was shut down in 2013 to make way for a luxury development. The developer, the Capelli Organization, plans to re-purpose the old post office into a food hall.
The post office in tiny Amidon, North Dakota, is closing its doors after its lease was not renewed. The Dickinson Press reports that residents have simply chosen to replace the post office with a collection box, where they can pick up their mail. Amidon is located in southwestern North Dakota and is the county seat of Slope County. With a population of only 20 people, it is the second-smallest county seat in the United States.
The post office in Des Moines, Iowa, has been cited for workplace violations by OSHA after two mail carriers became ill. The carriers were working in 90-plus degree heat over the summer and were reportedly told to continue walking their route. The Des Moines Register reports that OSHA is proposing penalties of $68,000.
Residents of Clifton Forge, Virginia, reported that some mail has gone missing. After an investigation, an “unauthorized individual” was found to have been stealing the mail as it was being transported between post offices. WBDJ reports that 250 pieces of stolen mail have been recovered and criminal prosecution is pending. Clifton Forge is located in western Virginia, in Alleghany County.
Another vehicle strikes a post office building. This time a pickup truck crashed into the post office in St. Agatha, Maine. The Bangor Daily News reports that the building suffered damage and needs significant repairs. The driver reportedly suffered a medical issue, causing the crash. St. Agatha is in the far reaches of northern Maine in Aroostook County, just about 5 miles from the Canadian border.
Napa developer Jim Keller is in talks to buy the post office on Second Street in downtown Napa, California. He is planning to restore it for residential, hospitality or retail use. The Napa Valley Register reports the project could cost about $10 million.
The postal service has temporarily stopped mail delivery to a neighborhood in southside Jacksonville, Florida, after damage from Hurricance Hermine. WTLV in Jacksonville reports that residents in the Sans Pareli community have not had mail delivery for 2 weeks, since the storm blew through. There was a downed tree near the 200 or so mailboxes and the postal service deemed it too dangerous to remove the mail. However, a resident forked over the money to remove the tree and the postal service now says mail delivery will resume immediately.
Security guards at the post office in Eagan, Minnesota, staged a one-day strike. They are upset over losing $4.27 an hour in pay. Twincities.com reports that the employing contractor, Command Security, backed out of a deal to continue paying the extra cash earlier this month.