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Ellicott City letter carrier finds solace in holiday hustle and bustle

Ellicott City letter carrier finds solace in holiday hustle and bustle

Mail never stops moving at the Ellicott City post office. Letter carrier Dave Colbert began his shift last week on a windy, 21-degree morning inspecting his van before loading it with boxes and bins. The 58-year-old said he was “in for a cold one” and climbed into the driver’s seat, a holiday workload of 648 deliveries stacked behind him.

As one of Howard County’s larger post offices, the Ellicott City office handles between 150,000 and 200,000 pieces of mail every day, according to postmaster Howard Hines, and averages between 5,000 and 7,000 packages, also known as parcels – a number that triples over the holidays.

“This time of year, we have 15,000 to 18,000 parcels per...

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