A “village post office” is being opened in Deane on Thursday to replace the community’s regular post office.
The Kentuckiana District of the U.S. Postal Service announced this week that its newest Village Post Offi ce (VPO) will open August 14 at Deane Mini Mart, 8989 Highway 317, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.
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 aervice 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 in the Kentuckiana District are located in a variety of locations including grocery, hardware and convenience stores, gas stations, a trophy engraving shop, and a bait and tackle store.
The postal service acknowledges the contributions of storeowner Julie Tyree, who helped to make the Deane VPO possible.