After several weeks of negotiations and following an abrupt closure of their longstanding facility, the historic Knights Ferry Post Office was reopened with many happy citizens in attendance.
The grand re-opening was on Tuesday, May 31 and included special guests Congressman Jeff Denham, with two of his district staff, Bob Rucker and Wendy Rodman, on hand as well. A flag which had flown over the nation’s Capitol was presented to Lee Shearer, President of the Knights Ferry History & Museum Associates, owners of the building, Miller’s Hall, where the post office is located. Also a certificate from the House of Representatives to celebrate the reopening was presented.
Special commemorative certificates were presented by California Senator Tom Berryhill’s representative and State Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s representative.
USPS Marketing Manager, Susan Donaldson of Sacramento, was on hand for the celebration and was instrumental in arranging the post office contract, the same service as had been in effect for 25 years before the unexpected passing of Sherron McCarthy. After her passing, the office was abruptly closed and it took several meetings before the details were finalized to reopen the small, historic rural location again.
Dolly Haskell will be the new Postmistress and the hours will be noon until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Residents can purchase stamps and mail packages from the local post office.
The walls of the post office were decorated with posters made by the Knights Ferry Grammar School and the framed certificates as well as local art work will now be displayed.
Following the grand reopening, a tour of the historic upstairs museum was given by Sharon Page, who arranges the displays.