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Postmaster requests keep mailboxes clear

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Letters to the Editor

Editor:
Severe wintery weather conditions can create challenges for everyone, especially those whose job requires them to work outside in the elements. Postal letter carriers are among those who brave the snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain to provide service to the community.  
Letter carriers can be the first to visit someone’s home before snow removal or salting begins. That’s why I’m asking Trimble county residents to include the regular upkeep of residential mailboxes as part of any snow and ice removal routine. 
Maintaining a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways and street approach — will help letter carriers get those cards and packages delivered in a safe and timely manner. Residents receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear. 
It is important to note that friends and neighbors will also benefit from clear sidewalks and walkways as they travel to school, go to work, and attempt to shop at nearby businesses. And don’t forget the physical, emotional, and potential financial toll on anyone who slips, trips or falls in the snow or on the ice.
Taking the time and making the effort to keep walkways, steps, and mailboxes clear of snow and ice will help your letter carrier deliver the mail, prevent injuries, and help make you a good neighbor in our community.
Thank you,
Denise Dewitt
Bedford Postmaster