LOSTINE – Former Lostine postmaster Muriel Jones urges all Lostine area residents to attend a meeting with a U.S. Postal representative from Portland to talk about proposed cuts in hours at the Lostine Post Office.

The meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 (today) at Southfork Grange Hall in downtown Lostine.

“They want to cut the post office hours,” Jones said. She retired from Lostine Post Office last summer after 57 years of service but still takes an intense interest in it.

Jones said that proposal of the U.S. Postal Service is to cut the hours from eight hours a day, five days a week, plus two hours on Saturday, to four hours five days a week. Saturday would keep two hours, just for packages, since Saturday delivery all over the country is being eliminated.

“I don’t think people in Lostine want the hours cut that much,” she said. “I don’t think four hours a day is enough.”

Bernice Lathrop, who succeeded Jones with the title “Postmaster Relief,” also encourages people to attend the meeting.

“I think its important for people of the community to give input and ask questions, so we’ll all know how it’s going to work,” Lathrop said.

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