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4 rural Maine post offices spared from USPS cuts

November 22, 2011

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BELFAST, Maine—Four rural post offices in Maine won't become victims of the postal service's financial woes.

A U.S. Postal Service official said Monday that the branches in West Forks, Stoneham, Topsfield and Matinicus have been taken off the agency's possible closure list after a review indicated that customers in those communities wouldn't have "regular and effective" service if they were shut.

That's the good news. The bad news is that 30 primarily rural post offices in Maine still face the ax.

The postal service announced in the summer it would study closing about 3,700 branches across the country in response to a multibillion dollar deficit.

Eva Murray, a year-round resident of Matinicus Island, tells the Bangor Daily News ( that the local post office is a critical component of life.


Information from: Bangor Daily News,