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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 15 - August 21, 1997 - 17 Cape Region adapts as UPS, Teamsters stall Strike delivering economic impact and inconvenience By Rosanne Pack With the United Parcel Service (UPS) strike extending into a sec- ond week, many in southern Delaware are rocked as the ripples extend into the community. How- ever, by most accounts, those on all sides are facing the inconve- nience and changes in schedules with a dose of hope and good hu- mor. As the Cape Gazette went to press, representatives of UPS and the striking Teamsters had agreed to meet for "discussion" on Thurs- day, but those affected by the strike continued to keep shipping options open as they explored oth- er means of getting their goods to and from destinations. Patsy Wells, acting supervisor at Rehoboth Beach Post Office, said that the staff there is dealing with whatever comes along. She said there has been a definite in- crease in parcel shipping via the U.S. Postal Service as well as doc- ument shipping, and most of the new shipping that they are han- dling is business oriented. She said C.O.D. mailings, priority mail and special deliveries are all up as those who used UPS over- night and two-day delivery turn to alternative methods of getting their packages and paperwork where it needs to be. Workers are putting in overtime hours, but Wells said that they are going out of their way to help each other. She said many customers call before they bring in packages to get instructions. She said that saves time for all concerned. Post office adapts "We have phone calls to find out the cost of certain mailings, and we try to help them have everything ready before they get to the post office," she said. "That keeps the lines down. Some busi- nesses mailing packages are di- rected to come right to the back door so they can park and not have to bring a load up our front steps." The acting supervisor said that businesses are asked to limit the number of packages that they mail at one time, and some are making two and three trips a day. It has always been standard pro- cedure for the Rehoboth Beach Post Office to deliver express mail on Sundays, but since the UPS strike, the number of employees who have come in to handle Sun- day deliveries has increased. Wells said that the extra shifts are added on an as-needed basis, but she expects that this Sunday will still see extra workers. "If parcels come down on Sun- day, we will probably deliver them," Wells said. "We don't have room here for storage, so we'll add extra deliveries. "Right now, everything is deliv- surface, but they effect things right down the line. "For example, the McDonald's employee who can't get a replace- ment part for a headset to work the drive-thin. Think how that effects other employees and customers right along the line." Everhardt said that one chamber Continued on page 18 Kerry Kester photo Adan Chaffinch, a UPS manager, is driving delivery trucks in Sussex during the strike. ered every day. If it gets as far as our office, we'll deliver it." Carol Everhardt, executive di- rector of the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce, said that her inquiries to area businesses have all had one common denominator: The Re- hoboth Post Office staff is ex- tremely courteous and helpful during what could be a stressful time. Goodwill aside, Everhardt said that the network effect of the strike is significant. Effects ripple out "of 30 businesses that I called, all but one of them reported that they are feeling ramifications of the strike," she said. "There are some things that are small on the Artistic B. F.A. Danc 3 161 DANCE " Tap STUDIO Karen Baker E.D. Dance Ed. '-2050 , Rehoboth Preview Opening! THE SMART NEW ADDRESS IN REHOBOTH BEACH BEYOND EXPECTATIONS ...... WITHIN REACH Welcome to the Villages of OM Landing ... a planned community of 140 single family homes in a beautiful and serene setting only a few minutes from Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. A fenced community with a gate house entry, The Villages of Old Landing offers many desirable amenities, including lakes, wooded areas with miles of hiking and biking trails, a pool and a pool house, a recreation area and curbed cul-de-sac streets with sidewalks. You can choose from several exciting .and unique designs with 1,250 to 2,300 square feet of living space -- as little or as much as you'll need to accommodate your new lifestyle. All models provide single-floor living with tra- ditional exteriors and open and airy floor plans designed to meet contemporary needs. All feature cov- ered porches, 2-car garages, step-saving kitchens with full appliances, and sumptu- ous baths. Visit our beautifully-fur- nished models soon!