5 Questions for 'Mr. Post Man'
That friendly face behind the mail counter at the local post office has been there for 37 years.
Bill Geary was born on Vinalhaven, where he started his postal career before relocating to Rockland in 1977.
Geary not only services the humans that enter the Rockland Post Office, he takes care of the special packages that can be heard chirping on occasion. Yes, baby chickens, ducks and even roosters come through the United States Postal Service.
The once lead drummer of the Vinalhaven Town Band took a few minutes between customers to answer these five questions:
What is the oddest thing you have seen someone try to ship?
"Last year, a gentleman came in with a set of moose antlers and asked if we could put a stamp on it. We found some cardboard and packaged it so it could be mailed. He came back in later with whoopie pies!"
What is the biggest change you have seen in the postal business over the years?
"The priority flat rate boxes. People really love those."
How has the online postal method changed your flow?
"More people use the online for sure, which decreases our foot traffic. I came in with the Pony Express!"
Have you ever been suspicious of a package?
"I went to lunch one time and locked my tray in the vault. After lunch I went to get it out and was told by someone else, 'You may not want to go in there.' There was a package on the floor. The man said, 'We think it's a bomb.' HazMat came in at that point. It wasn't a bomb, but was scary."
What do you do for relaxation?
"We love to go on camping and fishing trips."
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.