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January 13, 2013

North Hudson Post Office saved

Hours to be reduced; letters may have staved off closure

NORTH HUDSON — Strong public support has resulted in the continuation of the North Hudson Post Office, according to Town Supervisor Ronald Moore.

The Post Office on Route 9 had been on the local closure list, but it will now stay open for at least four hours a day, Moore said.

He said town officials met with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service to work on the issue.

“A year ago, the closure seemed almost to be a certainty. But, with a strong letter (writing) campaign and contacting our (U.S.) representatives and senators, it appears that it was enough to make them reconsider.”

The Post Office will remain open but with reduced hours, probably from 8 a.m. until noon, but residents will still be able to access the lobby when the window is closed.

“There will be provisions for picking up large packages and access to mailboxes after hours, with the details to be worked out as we move forward,” Moore said. “No timeframe for the changeover has been given as yet.”

He said postal officials told him it would probably take place sometime in January.

“In the meantime, we remain open full time.”

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL

Other items that came before the North Hudson Town Council recently were:

Re-enactment: The Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society is planning to hold a Civil War re-enactment in North Hudson, possibly in the fall.

“This is in the initial planning stages,” Moore said.

Land purchase: The state has officially acquired the former Finch Pruyn & Co. properties owned by the Nature Conservancy. Part of that purchase is the Boreas Ponds Tract in North Hudson, the supervisor said.

“I believe this has the potential to greatly increase tourism in our area. One plan is to connect a snowmobile trail system from North Hudson to Newcomb, which then would allow access to Indian Lake, Long Lake and Old Forge.”

The trail would begin at Palmer Pond Dam in North Hudson, where there will be a bridge installed crossing the dam, he said.

Email Lohr McKinstry:

lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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