(12/16/2011)
Efforts to prevent the closure of the Auburn Post Office have failed, according to Phyllis Groves, former postmaster.

"I expect the office to be closed sometime early 2012. There appears to be a mass closing of offices in May," Groves said, "If it had not been for the community fight to keep it open, it would have already been closed."

Auburn is one of thousands of post offices, many in rural areas, slated for closure because of critical financial problems facing the US Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

The service is expected to default Friday on a $5.5 billion payment to the Treasury and is forecast to lose a record $14.1 billion next year. Set for closure in WV, 150 post offices and eight processing centers.

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Groves said it has been a cause that has brought the community together, as rural communities are continuing to decline.

"We want to thank all the people who have helped to try and save it," she said.

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