On April 22, Mongo enhanced its village status when the 38th Village Post Office (VPO) in the Greater Indiana District officially opened at the Town and Country Market on SR 3. Several USPS and local officials were present at the event.
The location is very fitting for a VPO, as the store once housed the post office when Kenneth Myers was the postmaster for Mongo – as well as the store owner. Now, his grandson, also named Kenneth Myers, owns the store and is opening the VPO. “I live in this community and I want to see it be the best it can be,” Myers said Monday. “This is one way of doing that.”
The post office was located in the back corner of the store until the current post office was built in 1972. The elder Myers served as the Mongo Postmaster for 34 years and retired in the mid-1980s.
Village Post Office (VPO) is the U.S Postal Service’s model for partnering with small businesses to provide convenience and expanded service in rural America. To date, Indiana leads the nation in the number of VPOs opened.
In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service introduced the VPO model as an alternate retail location for postal products and services, especially in rural communities. VPOs are operated by local businesses contracting with the U.S. Postal Service and offer a range of popular postal products and services including stamps and flat-rate packaging.
Officials at the opening Monday said that they are still looking for other locations around the area to serve as VPOs.