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Sunday, August 03, 2008

No More Trash-Can Mail Delivery on Sutton Island

Residents of Sutton Island in Cranberry Isles can no longer have their mail delivered to a garbage can.
Residents say that since at least the 1950s, and perhaps longer, mail has been delivered to the island by a private passenger ferry service, leaving packages, postcards, letters, bills, and whatever else had enough postage in a specially marked trash can on the float at the end of the island’s lone municipal dock.
Though permitted by a succession of postmasters in Northeast Harbor, where the ferry service comes and goes from the island, the practice has been put to a sudden stop by the U.S. Postal Service. Now, to get their mail, island residents will have to make the two-mile ocean journey to Northeast Harbor to pick it up themselves. [Link]

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