December 30, 2013JEFFERSON — Earl Brooks of Jefferson has filed the paperwork for his retirement as a USPS employee. Since 2006, he has been Postmaster of the Jefferson Post Office.
When asked what he expects to do with his leisure time, Brooks said that his first retirement project would be to completely repaint the interior of the house in which he and his wife, Sally Corrigan Brooks, live.
"There's a pretty big 'Honey, do' list," Brooks chuckled.
The couple has three adult children and one grandchild: Sharon Brooks Tobyne of Lyndonville, Vt.; Melissa Brooks of Lexington, Mass.; and Steven Brooks of Jefferson.
Their 12-year-old grandson, Arizon Tobyne, is in his last year at the Lyndon Town School.
Apparently Jefferson is one of the 13,000 post offices nationwide that will be "downgraded" or "right-sized" in an attempt to bring costs in line with revenues.
A public hearing is expected to be scheduled this month to discuss with town residents and patrons from neighboring towns, such as Randolph, how they would react if a proposed plan to have counter service at the post office be reduced by two hours a day, Monday to Friday were to be put into effect.