EASTHAM — A mail carrier at the Eastham Post Office has recently quit, resulting in service lapses for many residents, according to numerous sources. In recent weeks, mail trucks have been seen making the rounds on Sundays, presumably to catch up with the backlog of deliveries. Despite that effort, many customers are still missing their mail.
Elke Brueckner, who lives on Weir Road, said she received her copy of a newspaper that would normally have been delivered on Oct. 7 a week later, on Oct. 14. She received the Oct. 14 issue on Monday the 18th.
Brueckner said she spoke last week to the mail carrier, whom she did not recognize. She discovered he was a substitute from Forestdale, a village in Sandwich. The driver showed her a box of mail that had come in the week before but had still not been delivered.
“I hope they get things sorted out,” Brueckner said. “I just know it’s a mess in there.”
Brueckner’s problems with the post office are not limited to the past few weeks. Before the previous carrier left, she said she would often have to walk up and down the street redelivering mail that had been mistakenly put in her box.
Ben Parsons, the newly appointed Eastham postmaster, gave no reason for the delays. “I can’t comment on that,” Parsons said when asked about a driver leaving. He provided the name of a U.S.P.S. media representative in Boston. That representative also did not respond to requests for comment. —Cam Blair