Peebles has a new Postmaster.
On Wednesday, June 4, a small induction ceremony was held for Patricia Niswander at the Church of Christ in Christian Union in Peebles with representatives from local businesses, family members, friends, and fellow postmasters.
Niswander began her career as a casual clerk in Mason, a city carrier in Xenia, and a rural carrier in Manchester. In 2003, she became a PTF city carrier in Cincinnati, before becoming an acting supervisor that same year. Niswander was promoted to Customer Service Analyst in 2005 and Operation Support Specialist in 2006.
Niswander states that her most special achievement is being the mother of her young daughter Isabella. She also serves as the pianist at the Frog Hollow Church.
Niswander thanked the many people who helped her throughout her postal career. Of note, she thanked her aunt that she is named after for pointing her to a job opening at the Post Office. Her career grew from there.
Kathleen Patrick-Marchi, Manager of Post-Office Operations for the Ohio Valley District served as the master of ceremonies and keynote speaker. She welcomed the participants and led the pledge of allegiance before giving the stand to Rev. Rick Howard of Frog Hollow Church who gave the invocation.
Patrick-Marchi took the podium once more for her keynote address, discussing Niswander’s contributions to the Post Office and how the Post Office serves the local communities. At one point she asked the audience how much funding the United States Postal Service receives from the federal government. When no one answered, she replied that the Postal Service receives no funding from the federal government. The federal government only serves to regulate the prices the postal service charges.
For those who have never attended the induction ceremony of a Postmaster, one would see a similarity to the Presidential Inauguration. Niswander raised her right hand, while placing her left hand on the Bible held by her father, and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.
With the ceremony ended, participants enjoyed the refreshments offered and congratulated Niswander on her achievement, looking forward to the work she will do for Peebles as Postmaster.
Paul Hannah is a writer for The People’s Defender. He can be reached at (937) 544-2391.