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OREM POST OFFICE EXPANDING HOURS THROUGH DEC. 17

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To enhance customer service during the holiday period, the Orem post office has expanded Saturday hours through Dec. 17.

Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Postmaster Wally Adams said the already expanded hours of 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday will continue indefinitely.He said customers are asked to separate holiday cards from other letters before putting them in the mail to speed sorting. Most mail is sorted on automated equipment, but handwritten addresses, especially those written on dark-colored envelopes are often difficult for the machines to read.

"If customers separate holiday cards from the rest of the mail, we can immediately get them to the right sorting location, which saves time and provides faster service," Adams said.

The post office will have a separate collection box in the lobby for handwritten cards. "If you mail from your home, just make sure your holiday cards are separated from your other mail," Adams said.

Adams also reminds those sending parcels to mail early and use good mailing tape to assure that they will stay sealed. String and twine are not allowed.