‘We are upset’: Strongstown PA post office closes abruptly


tribdem.com: An emergency decision to close the Strongstown PA post office has residents in the small Indiana County community fuming.

“We just all feel that nobody even asked for suggestions,” Strongstown resident and business owner Cathy Homer said. “We have people who were willing to step in and run the post office for a while.”

Homer said the office closed Monday after longtime Postmistress Helga Krall fell ill over the weekend.

Strongstown customers with post offices boxes are now being handled by the Belsano post office, about three miles to the east on Route 422, Postal Service spokesman Terrence Kelley said.

“Strongstown is a Contract Postal Unit,” Kelley said in an email.  “The owner is unable to fulfill the contract to provide the service. The contract has been given an emergency termination.”

“On Monday morning, there was a sign that said ‘post office permanently closed,’ ” Homer said.

“They took out our mailboxes and took the outside postal box. There is nowhere in town where you can mail a letter or buy stamps.” Read more.

(Photo: Strongstown post office, by K Kindahl, Post Mark Collectors Club collection.) (Also on Google Street Views.)