It's in the mail


October 25, 2023

“Why not write about post offices?” a volunteer asked. She had come across an article about the retirement in 1971 of Russell Avrit from the Foster Post Office. The “out with the old in with the new” party had been held, featuring cookies decorated to look like postage stamps including one with the Foster cancellation mark and another for air mail.

Like J.P. Harrang, who’d been one of the postmasters before him, Avrit also operated the general store housing the post office. In fact, he had built a new combination store and post office across from the location of the old one and...

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