Carrier Jennifer Simon of Ripon sorts mail Monday morning at the Ripon Post Office.
Carrier Jennifer Simon of Ripon sorts mail Monday morning at the Ripon Post Office.

   Jeri Jewel, supervisor at the Ripon Post Office, was worried.

   It had been cold — very cold — for days. Last week Wednesday and Thursday were forecasted to be even worse.

   While many could hunker down inside the relative safety of a home or office, her carriers had no such luxury ...

   Then Jeri got a text from the Ripon postmaster last week Wednesday at about 4:30 a.m.

   “[He said] ‘Call all carriers; they’ve suspended delivery,’” she said, and thought, “Thank goodness.”

   And that kicked off what has been a wild, unprecedented week for the Ripon Post Office.

   You see, no protocols exist for shutting down delivery in Ripon ...

   Without question, Jeri was relieved when she didn’t have to send her carriers out during the worst of the weather last week.

   “I was very thankful,” she said.

   But ... that's had a cascading effect on local post offices such as Ripon. Just because the carriers stop delivering doesn’t mean the mail stops being generated.

   So when mail delivery resumed last week Friday ... things began to get interesting ...

Read the full column in the Feb. 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.