Among the thousands of post offices under review for closure is a cramped branch in downtown Elmira, N.Y., bustling on a rainy summer afternoon. It was, until recently, a place retiree Charlotte Dumas took for granted. She visits the downtown branch about three times a week. "I would hate to see it close," she says. "It's so convenient." And it's a bargain. The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivers an average of 563 million pieces of mail a day, six days a week. For a 44-cent stamp, you can send a letter to the far reaches of the nation. Rain, sleet, and manic dogs don't stop the service, which carries mail by pack mule to the Havasupai Indian reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and operates branches in towns of fewer than 100 residents. Too good to be true? It might soon be. To help close a $20 billion revenue shortfall by 2015, the USPS may be forced to shutter as many as 3,700 post offices nationwide.
FoodLink, a New York food hub, is working on a new approach to distributing local produce across the state of New York. FoodLink has distributed more than $125 million worth of food to communities in western and central New York.
The festival, held in Geneva, N.Y., was held for its fifth year in 2012.
Attending a high school reunion may bring back embarrassing memories, but 30 years after graduation, a new perspective can turn those moments into life lessons and understanding that it's OK to be different.