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STONEY FORK — The Kentuckiana District of the U.S. Postal Service will welcome its newest Village Post Office (VPO) today in Stoney Fork.

The latest VPO is located at Baker’s Country Store, 9502 Highway 221, Stoney Fork, KY 40988, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.

The Stoney Fork VPO is another opportunity to make postal services and products more readily available to customers with convenient hours, according to postal service officials.

VPOs are operated by local businesses and provide a specific range of services and products such as first-class postage stamps and Priority Mail products. VPOs also accept mail.

The postal service unveiled the VPO concept in Summer 2011 for consideration in communities where there is no existing post office or where the post office will have reduced hours.

VPOs were established in response to the changing mailing needs of the American consumer as more and more customers demand easier, more convenient access to postal products and services where conducting business in their communities.

VPOs are designed for non-postal service establishments and are a throwback to post offices of old where local shops housed them and patrons would do one-stop shopping and postal services under the same roof. VPOs in the Kentuckiana District are located in grocery, hardware and convenient stores, gas stations, a trophy engraving shop and bait and tackle store.

The postal service acknowledges the contributions of store owner Jamie Baker who helped to make the Stoney Fork VPO possible.

Business establishments interested in applying for a contract with the postal device to start a Village Post Office in their local community should contact: vpo.inquiry@usps.gov.

More information about the Village Post Office initiative is available on www.usps.com at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/welcome.htm.

The postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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