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Humbird Post Office just one of 13,000 forced to cut hours

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Humbird (WQOW) - It's symbol of small town America: in every village, town and community, there are typically a few bars, a church, and a post office. But those days are quickly becoming a thing of the past. The post office is losing money, quickly, and now they need to come up with ways to right the ship. A meeting in Humbird took place Thursday night, where the postal service is planning on cutting hours.

 "I mean it's just, I really enjoy it, it seems like a hometown to me," says Vicky Adams, a business owner in Humbird.  

It's a blink and you miss it kind of place.

"It's a nice little town, if it would just stay," says Humbird resident Pat Gerber.

On the main drag of Humbird, just off Highway 12 in Clark County, you'll find two bars, and a post office.

"I've had people from Milwaukee that stop in and compliment on how cute it was and it's a nice post office, and it's handy, and we need it," Adams says.

But the doors to that post office won't be open as long. As part of a plan to cut costs by the U.S. Postal Service, they're trimming the hours from eight a day, down to just two.

"We're losing 16 billion dollars at the end of the year," says Tracy Francine, with the United States Postal Service.

"It won't be long and we won't have anything left," says Gerber.

The gas station closed down last year, and the bank closed down a number of years back.

"When you stop and think of all of the different things we have lost in town, it makes a difference," says Gerber.

This branch is just one of 13,000 post offices across the U.S. that will be facing shorter hours.

And for Humbird, Thursday night's Postal Service meeting was nothing new. 

"Humbird is a very unique office in the fact that about a year and a half ago, we were here talking about discontinuing the office. you guys were this close to closing, as close as you could get," says Francine.

Many say they're glad the one-room post office will remain open, but with all the changes the 300 plus community members have seen over the past years, they remain cautious.

"How much more can they take from us?" asks Adams.

Of the 106 post offices in the zip codes starting with 547 and 548, 61 of them will be reducing hours under the postal services plan. The general manager of those post offices says changes in hours will not happen until next year, sometime around February or March.

 

 

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