There are more changes coming for Charlestown and other county post offices.
Effective Saturday, January 10, the Charlestown Post Office will provide four hours of window service each weekday, the United States Postal Service announced in December. The facility retail hours will be from 1:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
The USPS said current Saturday window hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change.
Charlestown customers will have access to their mail receptacles from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Post Office Box mail will be available daily for pickup by 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and by 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
The USPS said the changes were implemented following a review process which included customer survey responses, input from the community meeting, and the operational needs of the Postal Service.
The post office changes are once again affecting popular former Charlestown postmaster Lynne Reed.
Reed returned to Charlestown Saturday, December 27, but she will only be there for two weeks. A victim of the USPS's Reduction in Force (RIF), Reed will become unemployed when the changes take effect January 10.
Reed, who was Charlestown's postmaster since 2002, was transferred to Childs in July. She was replaced by Kevin Boyd. Now, Reed said, Boyd returned to Port Deposit, Bill Ferguson of the Rising Sun Post Office, is transferring to Childs, and Susan Driscoll of Elk Mills will be in Charlestown.
That leaves Reed without a job at least for the time being. "Sixteen years down the tubes," she said December 30. "It is what it is."
The USPS is attempting to help Reed find a new position, but she doesn't plan on taking a job far away. "I don't want a job where it just pays for my gas," she said. "Something will come up, but it has to be the right job. At my age of 56 years it will need to be a comfortable fit."