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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 - 17 Long Neck Post Office [ ranch moves to Neighborhood Store By Rosanne Pack In Long Neck, some residents were con- cerned that their post office branch had gone to the dead letter file, never to be seen again; however, the mail will continue to go through, just from a different location. The Long Neck branch of the Millsboro Post Office recently relocated to Your Neighborhood Store on Massey's Landing Road, and it will operate year-round. Store owner David Perry felt that his complex, which contains the convenience store, a bait and tackle shop, and Creamy Cone ice cream shop was an ideal location for the small post office. A branch office such as the one in Long Neck handles only out-going mail, but most other postal needs can be met there. Millsboro Postmaster Marilyn Benson said, "Stamps, money orders, priority mail, all of those can be taken care of in Long Neck. We don't deliver mail there; there are no post office boxes. "The previous contractor gave the branch office up, so we put out a bid notice and the owner of Your Neighborhood Store entered a bid. I passed all the information on to the office in Philadelphia that handles that process and the Massey's Landing Road lo- cation was chosen." Benson said that the bidding consists of the prospective post office contractor sub- mitting an amount that seems necessary and fair for providing the postal service with lo- cation and staff for a branch office. In his case, Perry said the bid was based primarily on costs of preparing the post office counter area and the salary for staff. "We gave them a bid for how much we wanted to run it for them, and it basically came down to labor," Perry said. Your Neighborhood Store employee Mary Chapman is now behind the post of- fice counter much of the day. She has been employed at the convenience store for sev- eral years, so Perry is familiar with her "Forgotten Mile" Much progress has been made since Seabreeze resident Joanne DeFiore first shown the spotlight on the "Forgotten Mile" a couple of years ago. Having met with Delaware De- partment of Transportation (Del- DOT) officials in late spring to voice their concerns and offer suggestions on improving safety along the strip of Route 1 between Dewey Beach and the park-and- ride lot, concerned ci{izens re- ceived a.progress update at a meeting held Thursday, Sept. 18, at Rehoboth Elementary School. Liz Holloway, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Del- DOT, reported that the state is re- searching the possibility of in- smiling a traffic light in the Eliza- beth, Dodd, Bayard avenues vicinity. First, Holloway noted, DelDOT's traffic section will sur- vey that strip of road just north of the Dewey Beach town limits for traffic flow. There were proposals years ago to take Bayard Avenue, which presently runs at a distinct angle down to the Bay Resort Motel in Dewey Beach, and turn it so that it funnels into Elizabeth Avenue, not out to Route 1, she said. If Ba- yard were chosen for the light, then Elizabeth Avenue would be- work habits and dependability. To prepare for their new venture, Chap- man and Perry went to the Millsboro Post Office to train, and they had the benefit of a Millsboro employee spending some time with them once they were open in Your Neighborhood Store. Chapman said that in- formation of th/: new branch office location is slowly circulating, and business is steadi- ly growing, but she thinks that many people assume that the branch closed for the sea- son. The former location was In Full Bloom Florist in another shopping center. "We know that some people think that the Long Neck branch is gone, so we want everyone to know we're here," she said. "I don't think that there is a sign up, so it's im- portant that we get the word out." As Chapman explained her new duties re- cently, a customer brought in a letter on its way to Scotland and another inquired about priority mail. Overseas postage and two- day delivery services are available at the PR IMES00 : LR" M/A Telecommunications, Inc. 302-628-9830 1 -800-680-0981 II receives lo :s of attention; come a one-way street leading in- to Seabreeze Development, with no egress to Route 1. "We don't know exactly how Bayard functions as another en- branch. There are plans to add photocopy- ing and faxing services. Perry said most customers seem to be pleasedwith the new location. He said the development in the area has steadily grown at Massey's Landing Road, so that the post office branch is situated almost midway in the population served. He said the ease of getting to the store and the large parking lot are all assets for the postal customers. "We have a lot of traffic through our store, and we felt it would just make it more convenient for everyone. Here, they have the store and deli, the ice cream shop and the bait and tackle shop," Perry said. "It can be an all-in-one experience, like one-stop shopping. We're really pleased to have the post office branch here." The Long Neck Post Office branch hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Satur- day, 9 a.m.-I p.m.; the phone number is 945-9050. l light .t I1C trance and exit to Dewey and how changes in routing would affect traffic on other streets. We'll have to have the traffic section run some numbers and look very to sm up Your Own Home Oltlee. Bookcase with1 shelf - whitewash finished, 30x30x10.5, in stock only. Swivd desk chair- handcrafted solid oak finished. Secmkx'y w/laid up desk top- $359 Butler, chestnut finished. striping in sigl:tt closely at the circulation pattern there," Holloway said, unsure as yet of the time frame for the pro- ject. Continued on page 18 OCT. 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