2017-09-24 / Insight

Dryden Post Office was once Looks Corners

BY PHIL FOLEY
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Lisa Helewski has been officer in charge of the Dryden Post Office since June. Lisa Helewski has been officer in charge of the Dryden Post Office since June. DRYDEN — If you got mail delivered in what’s known as Dryden today in 1841 it would have been delivered to Looks Corners.

The post office was named for its first postmaster, Elijah Look, but in 1846, after the community settled on Dryden after first being known at Amboy and later Lombard, the Post Office was renamed to match the settlement.

George Bush was president and Anthony Frank was the postmaster general when the current building opened its doors in 1989.

The Dryden Post Office has been run since June by Lisa Helewski, an Officer In Charge. She came to Dryden after her predecessor, Sandra Glenn, took a promotion as postmaster in Mount Morris.

Helewski noted that Carl Sterner was the last politically appointed postmaster in Dryden. Sterner retired in 1983 and the practice of politically appointing postmasters ended in 1971.

All the postmasters since then have been the product of promotions within the Postal Service.

Helewski, who’s been with the Postal Service 20 years was a supervisor in Romeo before coming to Dryden.

The Yale resident said, “I love it here.” Helewski said. “Everybody here is so friendly. They share their life stories and everyone is on firstname basis.”

Tucked between Almont and Metamora, the Dryden Post Office makes deliveries to 3,600 homes and businesses from Hunters Creek Road south to 32 Mile Road with six rural routes. Helewski said that while Lakeville and Leonard in northern Oakland County have post offices, neither of them have rural delivery.

The Dryden Post Office has 500 lock boxes and Helewski said 375 are rented out.

Helewski has two clerks, six rural carriers and six substitutes, who do Saturday deliveries and pick up extra hours during the holidays.

The Dryden Post Office, located at 580 Main St., is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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