Postal official likes small town's atmosphere


January 08, 1998|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DAN JEFFERS is adjusting to his new job as Taneytown's postmaster.

The job is a step up for the Laurel native, who was formerly a letter carrier in his hometown post office and then a supervisor at the College Park station.

But those were large suburban offices. The Laurel post office had about 80 routes and the College Park post office had 29 routes. College Park also handled mail for the main campus of the University of Maryland.

Taneytown has seven routes, 12 employees, and a steady stream of familiar faces who visit the lobby every day.

"They know everybody," Jeffers says of his employees. "It's a small office and a small community. That's something I wanted for my family."

While postal service policy prevents supervisors from sorting or delivering mail in large offices, he has no such restrictions in Taneytown. If a worker is sick or busy with another task, Jeffers can -- and does -- pitch in.

"A few of the people [who visit the lobby] I know by name and face already," says Jeffers, 35.

Jeffers, a former Air Force mechanic, and his wife, Karen, have four children and hope to move to Carroll County in a year or so. Until then, he'll commute about an hour from Laurel to the county, while most of the traffic is headed toward Baltimore, Washington and Columbia.

Jeffers has no plans for major changes and says the facility should be able to handle planned growth in the community. Two routes are only part time, and they will expand as construction continues at several housing developments.

"I'm still in the sit-back-and-observe mode," Jeffers says.

Runnymede winners

Several Runnymede Elementary School students won recent contests.

Kaitlin Muller, Justin Bintz and Jessica Harley were winners in Westminster Police Department's "Safety Is Only a Click Away -- Buckle Up" poster contest.

Other students were honored for their submissions in the Random House Summer Writing Contest. Third-grader Scott Davis had a winning short story; second-grader Ian Ferrell was a poetry winner; and third-grader Terri Elgersma received honorable mention.

Building available

The community building at Roberts Mill Park is available for rent for social and business events, family reunions, dinners and parties.

The city also offers pavilion rentals at Roberts Mill and Memorial parks.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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