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Up to 5 NH post offices closing

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 26. 2011 10:30PM

Five post offices in the state are among 3,600 in the country being considered for closure, including what many believe is the nation's smallest post office, South Tamworth.

'We have to adapt to changing times,' Tom Rizzo, spokesman for U.S. Postal Service Northern New England, said of the list announced Tuesday. (See related story, Page A4.)

In addition to South Tamworth, the New Hampshire list includes West Lebanon, the tiny Pike Post Office on Route 25 between Haverhill and Plymouth, with one employee and 100 mail boxes; the Lyme Center Post Office on Dorchester Road near the Dartmouth Skiway, and the Guild Post Office near Newport.

In Maine, 34 are on the list; in Vermont, the number is 14.

Rizzo said the Postal Service has gone from 213 billion pieces mailed in 2006 to 170 billion today, in part because of the Internet and economy. The Postal Service ended 2010 with an $8.5 billion loss.

Rizzo said people would not lose their ZIP codes and any closings would not affect home delivery.

Lois Merrithew of Tamworth said Wonalancet lost its post office several years ago 'and it was a little bigger than South Tamworth.'

The South Tamworth Post Office is the size of a postage stamp, she noted.

'I am kind of surprised they haven't closed it already,' she said.

Rizzo said customers will have 60 days to write to the postmaster in Washington D.C. to indicate what effect a closure would have.

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