BUCKINGHAM TWP. – The U.S. Post Office on Starlight Lake Road will be going into an “emergency suspension” and will no longer be operating as of Saturday, June 21, said an official Wednesday.
Postmaster Roni Allen is the lease holder of the office, which is located in her house. She won’t be renewing the lease.
The office has been at that location for about 60 years and Starlight has had a post office since 1886.
A community meeting is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Northern Wayne Fire Hall, to see what will be done in the future.
If there is a need the postal service could put another office nearby, said said U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz.
The spokeswoman added that the service wants to continue to serve the community.
Allen and two drivers with delivery routes will work out of the post office in Lakewood, about five miles away, Mazurkiewicz said.
The move will impact the workers who will have the extra drive to Lakewood and the, who also will have to travel to Lakewood, Mazurkiewicz said.
Starlight carriers make about 175 mail box deliveries. Those customers won’t be affected because the carriers’ routes aren’t being changed, Mazurkiewicz said.
The Starlight location has about 40 post office box customers.
Those customers, however, can retain their addresses in Starlight.
“We do what we can to retain the zip codes,” Mazurkiewicz said.
One of those customers is the longtime Inn at Starlight Lake.
Innkeeper Sari Schwartz said she had heard that the resort, established over 100 years ago, would have to change its address from Starlight to Lakewood.
That’s not true, Mazurkiewicz said, noting there will be dedicated post office boxes in Lakewood for Starlight customers who will retain their current addresses “at least in the immediate future.”
Regardless, Schwartz said she has already started plans to have a mail box at the inn rather than have to pick up mail at a post office box in Lakewood.
The innkeeper said she is sad to see the office close.
“I was very happy with the post office. I’m not happy it’s leaving,” Schwartz said.
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