Anne Nix makes NH's floating postal office run

September 10, 2011 - 8:40 AM
Postal Problems

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe appears before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as the panel examines the economic troubles of the Postal Service, a self-funded federal agency in decline because of the Internet and advertising losses, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is desperate to save dollars. But it may be getting more than its money's worth from Anne Nix.

Aboard the M/V Sophie C. tour boat on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, Nix is a mail clerk, deck hand, tour guide and ice cream vendor.

From a closet packed with canvas bags, a scale and other supplies, she runs the nation's only inland floating post office.

Summer mail service to a handful of the lake's islands began in 1892. There's no indication it will end soon despite the Postal Service's intention to close 3,700 offices nationwide.

Like everywhere else, the volume of mail passing through the Sophie C. has dropped. But residents count on the daily deliveries for social interaction and the ice cream treats.