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USPS employee marks 50th year

Rochester, MI, Retail Associate Edward Kane
Rochester, MI, Retail Associate Edward Kane, who just marked the 50th year of his postal career, serves a customer recently.

Things were a little different when Edward Kane began his postal career in 1967.

The retail associate used to begin each workday waiting in an alley outside the Rochester, MI, Post Office for a bus to drop that day’s mail for delivery.

“There were four to five people sorting mail in the bus who would drive from northern Michigan dropping mail to each Post Office, heading south to the Detroit area,” Kane recalled. “After they finished dropping mail to the small towns, they would head back up north and do it all over again the next day.”

Kane has been doing a lot of reminiscing lately since a recent Detroit District event that marked his 50th year of service. The celebration was attended by local postal and community leaders, all of whom have nice things to say about Kane.

“He’s like family,” said Postmaster Stacey Isman. “All the customers love him. Some customers even wait at the retail counter specifically for Ed.”

Kane returns the compliment. As far as he’s concerned, he’s just getting started with his postal career — and his customers are one of the main reasons.

“There’s a lot of good people in Rochester,” he said. “That’s what makes it great to come to work every day.”

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