Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Lane named postmaster of Upper Lake

Maria Lane officials became postmaster for Upper Lake, Calif., on April 10, 2010. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE – On April 10, 2010 the U.S. Postal Service named Maria Lane as the new postmaster of Upper Lake, Calif.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Lane was a former Postal clerk in Upper Lake. She is returning to Upper Lake after a serving the community of Hopland as its postmaster.

“I love my job at the Post Office,” Lane said. “I’m extremely happy to be back here in the Upper Lake community with all of my customers and co-workers.”

She said the Post Office belongs to the community and is glad to be able to once again serve Upper Lake. Lane said her first priority as postmaster will be service.

“I plan to continue the long tradition of excellent customer service here at the Upper Lake Post Office,” Lane said.

Lane joined the Postal Service as a part-time letter carrier in Lakeport in 1995. After a brief break, she began her career in earnest as a full-time clerk in Clearlake Oaks in 1997.

Her first tour of duty in Upper Lake began in 2000 and continued until 2008 when she became the postmaster of Hopland. She returned to Upper Lake late last year to replace former postmaster Marilyn Bryant, who moved on to the Clearlake Oaks Post Office.

Lane jokingly said work is her hobby. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at various schools for children’s sports activities. She has also been a soccer coach and helped with many team-mom positions including snack shack worker, team videographer, team shuttle driver and “just about every other duty that goes with being involved with your children’s sports activities.” Lane has also been a Brownie leader.

Married to husband Randy, Lane has four children, two girls – Erin 23 and Jessie 19 – and two boys, Terry 17 and Ootie 14. She has been a resident of Lakeport for the past 18 years. She attended the College of San Mateo where she studied aeronautics.

Lane is responsible for 916 deliveries. With four employees she serves two carrier routes and 955 Post Office boxes.

The Upper Lake Post Office was established in 1858 and Lane is the 23rd postmaster to serve the community.

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