Postal Service shelves sorting consolidation

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The name of Vermont’s largest city will continue to be printed on letters mailed from a variety of towns around the state.

The U.S. Postal Service has shelved a plan to consolidate operations of two “sorting” centers.

It called for all first-class mail to be sorted in White River Junction. Third-class would have been sorted in Essex Junction.

Under current practice, mail sent from ZIP codes starting with 054 and 056 are stamped with a Burlington postmark.

The proposal would have all but eliminated that postmark, except on letters mailed from the local slot at the Burlington post office.

The Postal Service says that’s no longer being pursued so the Burlington postmark will remain.

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