Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02)
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced today that following outreach to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, the Etna Postal facility – which has been closed for over two years – has officially reopened.
“Since the founding of our country, the Postal Service has committed to serving every community – no matter how rural,” said Golden. “Mainers count on that promise for everything from paying bills to receiving medications, which makes this reopening so vital and overdue. I’m glad residents of Etna are finally getting their mail again.”
“While we are very pleased that the Postal Service is re-opening the Etna Post Office, it shouldn’t go without notice that this office, along with other small offices in Maine was closed for much longer than necessary,” said Scott Adams, General President, Portland Maine Area Local, American Postal Workers Union. “The Etna office operations were suspended in July of 2021. The West Paris office in May of 2021. The onus is upon the Postal Service to expedite returns to normal operations for public service. The Postal Service’s assurance that there would be “regular and effective service” during these closures is not well represented by the extensive time it has taken to activate or reactivate Postal operations. We are grateful for Congressman Golden’s support and interactions with the Postal Service in making progress on re-opening affected facilities.”
In 2021, Etna’s post office was closed because of structural issues. Despite the construction of a new facility being completed to USPS specifications in September 2022, the agency had not restored operations there through the beginning of this year.
Golden repeatedly requested information from the USPS about the situation in Etna after constituents contacted his office about the issue in June 2023. Following months of no updates, he sent a letter directly to Postmaster General DeJoy in September demanding answers, highlighting other Maine communities, such as West Paris, that face similar situations, and calling for greater accountability and transparency moving forward.
Contact details, hours of operation, and other information for the Etna post office can be found on the USPS website.