Friday, September 19, 2008
Meet Greg Lee, Carlisle’s new postmaster
Those who have stopped by the Carlisle Post Office to buy stamps, send off packages to students away at college or collect the mail that was held for summer vacation have had an opportunity for the past several months to meet Carlisle’s new Postmaster Greg Lee. He was appointed in April, when former Postmaster Bill Ponte retired.
Lee has been working for the United States Postal Service for the past 22 years. Most recently, he was the Officer in Charge (OIC) in Littleton for 1½ years; before that he spent 12 years at the Lowell Post Office. Asked why he came to Carlisle, he responded emphatically, “I came to Carlisle because I wanted to be here. It is a beautiful town with a beautiful community and it has a reputation for having outstanding employees working for the Post Office. I jumped at the chance to work here.”
Speaking of those employees, he explained that there are eight rural carriers, three postal clerks, plus the postmaster, which adds up to 12 in all. The rural carriers include John Belleville, Alan Comeau, Dan DeSanctis, Gerry Poitras, John Poitras, Eliza Vaillant and Wendy Wallerstein. There are three postal clerks – Chris Iveson, Kevin LeBoeuf (of Carlisle) and Lorraine Pasquantonio, with Andre Comjean on sick leave.
Many changes at the Post Office
“We are not just a letter-based business, but more of an all-around service for sending packages, offering express and priority mail, providing boxes and labeling,” Lee explained. “And we don’t charge for fuel costs as some competitors do.” To provide more information on the services that the Post Office provides, Lee handed me a “Quick Access Card.” After taking a look at this impressive piece of information, I recommend going to the web siteto learn more about what is available through the postal service.
Postmaster has tips for customers
• Avoid flowers on your mailbox. It may make your mailbox look beautiful, but it attracts bees.
• Look at your mailbox. If it is rusted, replace it.
• Make sure the number is facing the right way and is visible to the carrier.
• Secure dogs; the postal carrier is the one who is always reaching out.
The Carlisle Postal Service wants feedback, Lee explained. “What are customers looking for? What can I do to make the Carlisle Post Office better for customers? How can I help businesses in Carlisle become more successful and lower their costs? “ he asked.
Post Office hours
For those of us who need to be reminded of Post Office hours, Postmaster Lee was helpful in listing the hours. The front door to the building opens at 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and closes at 5 p.m., except for Saturday when it closes at 1 p.m.
The inside door that leads to the counter opens at 8:30 a.m., and closes at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturday, it opens at 9 a.m. and closes at noon.
Our new postmaster would like to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to give him a call at 1-978-369-6820 or e-mail him at Gregory.J.Lee@usps.gov. Better yet, stop by the Post Office and welcome him to Carlisle. He is that new man with a smile on his face who can often be found helping out behind the counter. ∆
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