The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 31, 2014

Loup Creek VFD to the rescue for postal patrons after cutbacks

By Steve Keenan

KINCAID — It won’t be making deliveries, but a local fire department has stepped in to help make it a little easier for residents to get their mail.

According to Susan Hannah, postmaster of the Kincaid Post Office, a representative of the Loup Creek Volunteer Fire Department has been given the go-ahead to lock up the post office at night. A member will lock the outer door at 8 p.m. nightly on weekdays, she said. In the past couple of months, the office lobby has been locked in the afternoons, making it difficult for residents to retrieve their mail.

Since U.S.P.S. budgetary issues nationally have led to a reduction in hours, the current window hours in Kincaid are 7:45 to 11:45 a.m. on Mondays to Fridays and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and that will remain the same, Hannah said.

The fire department’s assistance will be a big boost, according to Hannah, who says she realizes the hours have been an inconvenience for customers

“I have so many people who still work, and I’m not open when they leave and closed when they get home,” she said. “We appreciate the guys on the fire department.”

Eddie Cochran, the training officer with the Loup Creek VFD, works a split shift at Gatewood Elementary School and says he sometimes can check his mail just once a week, usually on Saturdays.

Cochran volunteered to lock the doors at a later hour to make it more convenient for himself and local residents.

“I said I’d be more than glad to volunteer,” he said. “I can secure the window and door and lock the lobby door and turn out the lights.”

“Anything to help the community,” said Robert Johnston, the LCVFD chief.

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Hannah said that Shirley Wriston, a 10-year employee of the Kincaid office, will retire. Her last day will be April 4.

“I know the community will miss her,” Hannah said of Wriston, a relief postmaster.

Local residents can say good-bye to Wriston during office hours on Saturday, April 4. Light refreshments will be served.