DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Friends and co-workers gathered at the Dover-Foxcroft post office last Thursday to say goodbye to Rita Page, whose retirement as postmaster took effect on Dec. 31.
Page was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for nearly 27 years and had worked at the Dover-Foxcroft post office since 1995.
She originally worked at a processing plant in New Hampshire before taking a clerk position in
Somerset County. In 1995, she started out in Dover-Foxcroft by delivering mail and then working as a window clerk before becoming postmaster.
Advances in technology have changed postal work since Page first started. Window clerks now use computer systems and customers are able to purchase postage labels online. Since 2002, due to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Page was required to fill out reports on mail volume and window transactions. Reports also were made for how much mail arrived per truck, the total amount and the amount of time it took to sort it.
Page said that what she enjoyed most over the years was working with people both inside and outside the post office.
Now that she has retired, Page said she’s going to enjoy not having to get up early the most, but plans to remain active in volunteer programs she takes part in. Page enjoys working with service dogs at the Tail Waggin’ Training Center in Levant. She has also recently become the president of the Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft and will travel with other Kiwanis members later this year.
One of the places Page thinks will be the most interesting to travel to is Mumbai, India, where her daughter will be getting married in February.