Let us all celebrate Postmaster Culpovich this Thursday, Friday

By Todd Field | Feb 19, 2021

Rockport — Our beloved Rockport Postmaster Stephen M. Culpovich will be retiring next week. Steve served in the U.S. Airforce before serving the State of Maine as a Postmaster for 22 years in Round Pond and the last eight in Rockport.

He was meant to retire last year. However, when the pandemic hit, he made the decision to stay and support our community for what he knew would be a frightening time for all of us. A time when we needed at least one thing not to change. Working long days, and a daily two-hour round trip commute, he met each day and each customer with nothing but a smile and good cheer.

During these trying months for the country and our community, Steve’s personal touch made a world of difference. He set the bar for all of us. At his advanced age, he truly risked life-and-limb to provide a vital service we all depend on for basics, not to mention allowing us to safely vote and participate as citizens in our country’s democracy.

Steve is so loved that each day, people drive from as far away as Union, Lincolnville, Appleton and Hope to say hello and check a P.O. Box in a town that isn’t even their own.

His customers and fellow employees want to give him a warm send-off. There are two events that we hope everyone in the community who loves Steve will join in and participate.

Surprise Drive-By Parade

Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11:45 a.m.

Penobscot Bay YMCA Parking Lot

116 Union St.

Meet at the YMCA parking lot and leave as a single unit at noon for a drive-by of the Rockport Post Office. Amy and Ann Marie will somehow make sure Steve is outside at high noon. Make signs, make noise, honk your horns and let Steve know how grateful we are for his service and how much we’ll all miss him.

Steve's Final Send-Off

Friday, Feb. 26 4:45 p.m.

Rockport Post Office Loading Dock

223 Union St.

Park on Summer Street where you can’t be seen from the Post Office, and make your way directly to the loading dock area. Please mask and socially distance.

Steve is led outside at 4:50 p.m. and met by "Auld Lang Syne" ala It’s A Wonderful Life (lyrics attached). Don’t worry, if you don’t have a printer there will be plenty of copies available.

It goes without saying that the above events are TOP SECRET. How, you may ask, can that be if it's in the Village Soup? Well, Steve is an analogue guy, and this is only running here in the online version. See you all Thursday and Friday.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: RALPH WALLACE | Feb 19, 2021 16:53

Unequivocally, after living in six states, Steve is the best postmaster we have experienced. A real gentleman and a great guy.

.....    Doc & Haunani Wallace

Posted by: Daniel Purdy | Feb 19, 2021 13:28

Steve deserves it. I have known him a little for 32-1/2 years. A fine gentleman.

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