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|Chalmers new Ferriday postmaster|
The cost of a stamp was 15 cents when Beverly Chalmers of Vidalia began working for the United States Post Office 30 years ago.
A lot has changed. Stamps are now 42 cents and Chalmers is no longer working as a part-time postal worker.
Chalmers began work as postmaster this month at the Ferriday Post Office after Risha Jenkins took the same job in Sicily Island, which created the opening for Chalmers. She has served as postmaster in Clayton and Waterproof, and as Officer in Charge for Ferriday, Jonesville and Jena's post offices.
"I'm glad to be home," Chalmer said. "I've been going off somewhere so many years, it's good to be somewhere and see familiar faces."
Chalmers worked for 22 years at the Vidalia Post Office. She started out in 1978 as a part-time city carrier.
"We were guaranteed two hours for every pay period, which was every two weeks," Chalmers said. "I did that instead of going to college. Those were some lean years, but it turned out okay. The post office has been good to me."
Chalmers is even more excited about her new job.
"We have good employees at the Ferriday Post Office who know what to do and do their jobs well," she said. "It helps me to concentrate on my position."
Which is especially important this time of year.
"It's usually a challenge with last minute gifts, but everyone is in the Christmas spirit, which makes it better because everyone is in a good mood," Chalmers said. "But normally there are just not enough hours in a day to get everything done."
Chalmers said email has affected the post office, but there is still plenty of work to go around.
"Way back when they said the telegraph would be the demise of the post office and then it was the telephone," Chalmer said. "Now it's e-mail. We've felt it like everybody else, but there's something about getting that card or letter, something tangible that you can hold on to and curl up on a couch with a up of coffee and read. You can't do that with a computer."
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