PORTLAND - The Postal Service observes Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 20, 2012 as a holiday. All post offices will be closed. There will be no regular mail delivery, except for Express Mail.
But some post offices which have self-service kiosks Automated Postal Centers (APCs) provide mailing services to customers using a credit or debit card 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
“Customer surveys reveal that many residential customers have never used an APC,” Postal Service spokesman Tom Rizzo said, “so we are making an extra effort to reach out and let them know they can conduct postal business even on the holiday. First-time users tell us that they appreciated a postal employee showing them how easy it is to use and many actually moved from being non-users to frequent APC users.”
Automated Postal Centers are as simple to use as a bank ATM and provide mailing and shipping services as well as ZIP Code look-ups.
In Maine, the South Portland and Scarborough Post Offices have APCs in their 24-hour lobbies.
The lobby at the Portland Main Post Office at 125 Forest Avenue is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to provide access to its APC.
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