From the miscellaneous drawer - Going postal

For many years there wasn’t Postal delivery to homes where I lived as a child. Six blocks away there was a one story brick building with Postal boxes inside. Mother pulled me on a sled or wagon and my older siblings walked there. We also picked up the mail for elderly residents in our neighborhood.
These days the US Postal Service is in financial trouble. According to its Nov. 24, 2018 report: There was an overall volume decline of 3.2 billion pieces and a net loss of $3.9 billion. Its only good news was in its Shipping and Packages business, where revenue increased $2.0 billion, or 10.1 percent.
A lot of the loss, it is said, is because people rarely write personal letters as once was done.
I so much treasured letters, that I still have a large box of personal letters I have received since I was a child. Mostly they are ones from family members. Fewer yet from good friends. The trouble is, although I plan to drop a line to someone, I put it off.
My job with the Ely Echo circulation involves several thousand names and addresses. Many subscribers have become friends over 40 years.
Because we live in a climate where some folks seek warmer climes, they need to know: Newspapers and magazines will be forwarded for up to 60 days by the Post Office. Better yet is to also let me know you are leaving and will have a new address for a while. Then also let me know when you return to the area.
We get return mail for UTF (Unable to Forward) and must pay 59¢ or more to be notified.
Another notice we receive is NSN (No Such Number). That one gets to me in that it sometimes is sent for an address we know is valid and has been valid for some time.
If you have a problem with delivery of your Ely Echo, the best thing is first to check with your local Post Office. Each week, the printed Echoes are delivered to the Ely Post Office on Friday morning to start on their way to subscriber homes. If delivery for you is inconsistent, you may want to try the Echo’s email edition by pdf. This is especially good if you’re traveling around, moving from place to place. We can switch your home delivery temporarily if that works for you.
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In the Ely Echo for February 12, 1979, 40 years ago, the headlines included:
• 59 compete at Ely Ski Championships;
In the Ely Echo for February 8, 1999, 20 years ago, they were:
• Big turnout expected for Arctic Blast; 25 Vikings coming north;
USFS moves to restore Jeep portages;
• Implementing chain of lakes ruling baffles Forest Service;
• Schnitzius named VP of range lobbying group.