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Friday is last day for Youngstown postmark

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - More changes are coming to the U.S. Postal Service and this time the changes hit closer to home.

A small detail in your everyday mail will no longer be there beginning Saturday. It's the Youngstown cancellation, or postmark.

Instead, mail collected in the Youngstown area will be sent to Cleveland for the postmark stamp. The main reason is the overall decline in mail.

And while some collectors say the postmark is nostalgic, some customers 21 News spoke with at the downtown post office simply want to know if their mail will be delivered on time.

"If it has to go that way and then come back, it's a waste of time," says Youngstown resident Kenneth Ledinko.

According to U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Van Allen, the change will not slow the process.

"We have more capacity for processing mail than we have mail to process," Van Allen says. "So what we're doing is consolidating these operations in order to basically save money."

Another change coming to the downtown post office will happen sometime next year when its processing center closes.

The changes are all part of an effort being made by the postal service to consolidate and save money across the country.

According to our paper partner, The Vindicator, the president of the local American postal workers union previously told commissioners that moving Youngstown's mail processing to Cleveland, delivery of benefit checks and medications would be delayed.

The U.S. Postal Service said that's not the case.

"Right now, if you mail across town, it's over night most of the time and that will continue," Van Allen says. "People shouldn't notice it at all."

After the downtown mail processing center closes next year, the post office itself will remain open with all the common features you recognize, such as post office boxes and clerks.

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