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Mail Delivery in Town

Postby curt » Sun Feb 19, 2006 9:34 pm

What do you think of mail delivery in town?

I just kind of miss the days when we had RFD addresses, made it seem more rural. There didn't use to be delivery out of the Danville PO. So if you lived more than a short walk from the PO, your mail was delivered from a different town. Sandown Road was served by the Chester PO, then, when mail delivery was started from Sandown, they switched over there.

If you wanted to send a letter to somebody in town, you had to call them first to find out what town and zip code to put on the letter.

Did you know that we are still officially "rural", according to the USPS? That means you can transact all postal business from your mailbox, including buying postage. Once in a while, when I have been in a rush, I have paper-clipped a dollar bill to a letter, or taped coins to it.
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Re: Mail Delivery in Town

Postby Len Mullen » Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:25 pm

curt wrote:What do you think of mail delivery in town?

I only keep my mailbox for rebates ;)

My important transactions are electronic, so the box tends to be full of crap (between rebates). Used to get a lot of other people's mail. Makes me wonder what I lost that way.

What does it cost for a PO box?
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Postby shawn_oneil » Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:52 pm

Michelle and I use Electronic payment. We have a checkbook for other transactions like to the Danville PTA. It is avery efficient. The bank has your returned check (that was cleared) in PDF form for you to view. Besides the runway that I need to have to my mailbox for them to deliver my mail (in the winter), I get my mail. I do wish my paper would be place in our mailbox. I understand that they can not legally put the paper into your mailbox. Some Federal Regulation that probably has no merits.
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Postby curt » Mon Feb 20, 2006 12:11 am

I only write paper checks for deductible stuff, just so that it is easy to scan through the register at tax time.

They can put your Sunday paper in your mailbox.

Speaking of mailboxes, has anybody moved theirs in compliance with the new town regulations?
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Postby shawn_oneil » Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:04 am

Curt,
Why just Sunday and not the reset of the week. Is it due to USPS not delivering mail on Sunday? I own the box. I should be able to tell who can place stuff in it.
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Mailbox Etiquette

Postby Len Mullen » Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:10 am

shawn_oneil wrote:Curt,
Why just Sunday and not the reset of the week. Is it due to USPS not delivering mail on Sunday? I own the box. I should be able to tell who can place stuff in it.
Shawn

I think this is primarily a revenue issue -- if you want something to go in the box, you need to put a stamp on it. I was not aware papers could be put in the box on Sunday. I don't think anyone is allowed to put stuff in there except the USPS.
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Owning the box

Postby Marion » Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:13 am

shawn_oneil wrote:Curt,
I own the box. I should be able to tell who can place stuff in it.
Shawn


Even though you may have bought the mailbox, I believe it is technically property of the US Postal Service. This is why it is a federal offense when criminals steal items out of your mailbox. However, if this is just an old wives tale, please let me know. I would hate to think I was an old wife. :wink: Marion
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Postby curt » Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:01 am

I think you own the box but you assign your rights to the USPS. It is a revenue issue. I was looking up regulations a while ago when the selectmen were voting on the new mailbox standard or regulation or whatever they called it. That's where I found the exception for Sunday newspapers. Probably William Randolph Hearst invited Herbert Hoover to San Simeon for the weekend and lobbied him. :D

There used to be a community newspaper in town known as the "Danville Gazette". They have bound volumes at the library. When I first moved to town, I delivered it on my bike. My route was Sandown Road thence Main Street as far as Long Pond Road. Somebody told us that it was OK to put them anywhere but inside the box. So I would roll it up and put it in a support bracket. But, at least according to today's regulations, that was illegal.
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Postby safety frog » Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:18 pm

Part of the town is 03819 and part is 03826. If someone gets the zip code wrong, the two post offices typically do not forward to the other, so the mail gets returned to sender or forwarded after a long delay. This has created issues with notifications in the past.

On our route the mail used to come around 3:30, now most afternoons it is at or after 5:00, new driver I guess or maybe 03819 did not tell 03826 there was a new development in place and many more stops to make????
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Re: Mail Delivery in Town

Postby curt » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:19 pm

A friend passed on a rumor that the Danville PO is slated to be closed. Has anybody heard anything about this?
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Re: Mail Delivery in Town

Postby curt » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:05 am

An email I received wrote:From what I know the Danville PO and Hampstead PO will be closing. Our mail will come out of Atkinson.
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Re: Mail Delivery in Town

Postby curt » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:48 pm

Will anybody care if the PO closes? I just thought there would be some responses by now.
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Re: Mail Delivery in Town

Postby Patricia » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:07 pm

East Hampstead, I believe.
I feel it is a blow to both communities.
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Re: Mail Delivery in Town

Postby shawn_oneil » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:16 pm

curt wrote:Will anybody care if the PO closes? I just thought there would be some responses by now.


It will not bother me. Letters can be picked up at your mailbox, and you can purchase stamps on-line. Bill paying can be done on-line. I think the entire postal system should be reassessed. I truly believe that the private sector can do a better job but there are federal laws preventing full competition with the USPS.
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Re: Mail Delivery in Town

Postby Sheila » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:09 pm

I see we are concerned for the "good of the town" on here by some people. Not all are fortunate to have computers. There are some in town who still walk to the PO everyday. There are alot of people who meet other towns people getting their mail this is and always has been a place where people catch up on town's going on and other intersts. Not to mention loss of jobs here folks. This is sad to see this going away.

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