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AYER — Postmaster Edmund W. Potas has asked postal patrons to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 15-21.

While encouraging customers to take part in the program, he said repairing suburban and rural mailboxes “improves the appearance of our community and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers.”

The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year. “This is especially important after the effects of last winter,” he said.

The postal official said some of the typical activities that may need to be done include replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door, repainting a mailbox that may have rusted or started peeling, remounting a mailbox if loosened and replacing or adding house numbers.

In another area of safety concern, he asked parents to caution their children about not playing near or gathering around mailboxes. “It is extremely important that children keep away from mailboxes until after the letter carrier has completed delivery and driven away,” he said.

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