Is There a Post Office Closing Near You?
Today's headline came from our hometown weekly - "The Vermont Journal". A few days I reflected on technology's impact on television. But few institutions are being impacted nearly as much as the US Postal Service. I was an early adapter of email and successor technologies (social media, texting) but I admit I do not like seeing small communities lose their post office. In Ludlow I like going in and saying high to Diane and asking about her husband whom I fly fish with on occasion. And I miss Dave, our mail carrier, who once showed up at our house at 7P, Christmas Eve to make sure a package from my sister was delivered. I know the $ and cents involved and time moves on, but we are losing something. The first image I shot in the small, charming village of Belmont in the town of Mt. Holly (towns in VT are like townships or counties). Mt. Holly (pop. 1200) has had a post office since 1808 and the building pictured her was built in 1843. The post office is attached to the Belmont General Store, which is exactly what it's name implies. The second image is of the post office in East Wallingford, VT (pop. 450) and the post office was established in 1851. This is not the original post office building as the elderly woman I talked with explained - "it was here before my father died in 1943, but it used to be in the building, down by the bridge, that burned...". All this reminds me of the lyrics from the Joni Mitchell song, "Both Sides, Now" - 'Well something's lost but something's gained in living every day'. Both pictures shot with Tamron 10-24mm. Fisrt image 3 shot HDR, f22, 1/125 sec +/- 0.3 ev. Second image shot at f22, 125 sec.
Post Script: temperature for the mail carriers in VT today anywhere from -5 to 5 with wind chills appropriate to wind gusts of 20 mph.