2017-09-24 / Insight

Almont Post Office is one of county’s oldest


Cindy Arnold, a second generation Postmaster, took charge in Almont in May. Cindy Arnold, a second generation Postmaster, took charge in Almont in May. ALMONT — The Almont Post Office is in the heart of the village on one of the busiest streets in the county. Main Street (M-53) is known as Van Dyke Road either side of the village.

The Post Office first opened in 1835 and was called Bristol, in honor of the village’s second settler, Oliver Bristol. There’s still a street named after him, but the village changed its name to Newburg in 1836 and was renamed Almont in 1846.

The village has been served by the same building since Dwight Eisenhower was president in 1956.

The current postmaster, Cindy Arnold, is a second generation Postmaster. Her father retired as the postmaster in Mount Morris.

Arnold’s sister is a city carrier in Flint.

Before coming to Almont, Arnold worked in finance at the Mount Morris Post Office. She’s been with the Postal Service since 1994.

“I’m just getting acclimated to the community,” said Arnold who’s only been postmaster since May. But she said she’s really impressed with the sense of community.

The Almont Post Office services roughly from Webster Road south to Bordman Road and east and west between Bishop and Mackie roads, Arnold said.

Four rural carrier service about 1,800 homes and businesses and the post office has 500 lock boxes.

Along with the rural carriers, Arnold has nine employees in her office.

“We provide service, we connect people,” she said.

Arnold said that while she came from a larger post office, this was a promotion for her and an opportunity to learn and grow.

“This is a busy place,” she said.

The Almont Post Office, located at 116 N. Main St., is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Phil Foley

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