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General News · 20th November 2020
Mary Clare Preston
Hello Whaletown Post Office users:
Here comes the Holiday Season! Thanks to everyone picking up their parcels in a timely way, so we can make room for the next ones coming in.
We have a few fundraising efforts on the go to pay for the renovations happening at the post office:
Hat Raffle: There are so many talented knitters on Cortes, and many have made generous donations of a hat or two to help with fundraising. Pictured here is a hat by Loretta Tennant. Other contributors included are Helene Racine, Joanne Thompson, and Ayami Stryck and more! Tickets are $5 each and available at Manson's and Whaletown Post Offices. There are 10 hats and 100 tickets so... you've got a pretty good chance to win a one of a kind locally knitted stylish wool hat!
Oak Tree Sale: Bill Wheeler is donating some Oak Trees that he grew from seed - both Garry Oak and English Oak. They range in size and price from $40 - $120. Bareroot, dormant transplant. Connect with me at the post office if you'd like one or six.
Mail Box Sale: I still have some of the old mailboxes for sale. They are great for storage or you could make a lock box from them (they come with keys) - lots of possibilities. Let me know if you'd like more info.
We are working on creating a warm environment at the Post Office. It will also mean more room for the deluge of parcels that is coming through with the covid Christmas season. The biggest part of this change is moving the woodstove out, insulating and putting in electric heat.
Thanks to the WCC we have a connection to hydro so once we install a way to measure the electricity use in the post office, we will use the electric heat and remove the wood heat.
Thankyou Bruce Harrison for insulating the floor from underneath the structure, not an pleasant job. And thanks to Hubert the heater is installed and there is a cover over the front entrance! Carol London has donated some carpeting to put on the floor for more insulation. Due to all these efforts we are well on our way to keeping Whaletown postal workers warm through these cold months.
Again, thanks to everyone picking up their parcels in a timely way, so we can make room for the next ones coming in. We are so happy to be here this Christmas, to help you make the best of the holiday season, and remember how blessed we are.
Mary Clare Preston
Whaletown Postmaster