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Forty-five years later she says she didn't do it the way they might have expected, but she did it the way that was important to her, and that was becoming part of the community and the friend- ships she had with the people of her community. Powers, 63, who served as Cascadia's postmaster for 17 years and Crawfordsville's post- master for the last eight months, after the Cascadia Post Office burned down last year, retired on July 31. She has worked nearly 30 years for the U.S. Postal Service. "The Post Office has been very good to me," Powers said. She started in Brownsville, work- ing three hours on Saturdays. "I learned so much," she said. "You learn an awful lot in the little offices." If Cascadia Post Office hadn't burned in November, she thinks she might not have retired at all, Powers said. Now she's planning to spend her time volunteering. She loves reading to children, so she wants to volunteer with Kid- Co Head Start, and she also plans to get involved with an organiza- tion like Sweet Home Emergency Ministries, a local food bank. "When I was young, in the neighborhood (in the San Fran- cisco Bay Area) I was in, if you didn't work, you didn't eat," Pow- ers said. "School was our job - It was to do good in school." During high school, Powers saw a lot of students drop out to Support their younger brothers and sisters, she said. She was glad she didn't have to do that. She graduated and was supposed to at- tend college on a scholarship, but she decided to enter the domes- tic Peace Corps instead, working with the Chippewa Tribe in upper Michigan. "It was very similar to Sweet Home," Powers said. "It had been a big logging town." Afterward, she worked and Santiam Feed and Garden 13th & I.ong Across t'rom the Post Ol'[]cc 541-367-5134 Free Pregnancy Tests 367-2447 1344 Main St. V v Open Mon.&Wed. 12-5 www.possiblypregnant.org 1 attended college off and on, Pow- ers said, but she didn't graduate. She held a string of minimum- wage jobs. She was making $2 an hour at a dry cleaner in Eugene. It was never about the al- mighty dollar, she said. Whether Working as a dental assistant or selling "hippie jewelry" on the streets of Philadelphia, "it was my job to support myself," and "I did a lot of different things because nobody told me I couldn't." When she started working at the Post Office though, she knew she would never leave. It offered security that minimum- wage jobs didn't. After her start in Browns- ville, she transferred to Lebanon. "I was distribution and window clerk." As a part-time flexible clerk, she subbed at area Post Offices, she said. "From Lebanon, I heard that Cascadia was open. I was already living up on Quartzville Road, so it was perfect." She put her application in and took a $5,000-per-year pay cut, Powers said. On the flip side, it was regular hours and it became much more. "It wasn't a job," Powers said. "It was what I did. There was a time I realized 1 would do this even if they didn't pay me." She had to balance doing the things the Postal Service want- ed, delivering mail and selling stamps, and her interest in the community and the people. "I enjoy the people," Pow- ers said. "They're what makes it worthwhile." When Cascadia Post Office burned last year and she trans- ferred to Crawfordsville, she found "the wonderful people in Crawfordsville were very similar. It's that small-town feel." She counts her time at Casca- dia as a success, she said. "Yeah, I sold stamps. Yeah, I did every- thing the Post Office wanted me lls it Ruth Powers Crystal Moore to do. But with a small Post Of- postmaster relief in January 2011 rice, it was the heart of the com- when Seandra Reese was post- munity." master. And she enjoyed being able Moore, who grew up in the to share who she was with a com- Spokane, Wash. area, moved to munity, Powers said. At the heart the Halsey area with her husband, of the community, she spent a who is from the local community, year or two writing about Casca- in March 2004. She has a 3-year- dia for The New Era. old son. She wanted to be postmasterHer mother-in-law and sister- in Brownsville, she said. She was in-law are both postal workers, crushed when she didn't get that she said. "It's kind of in the ram- position, fly." "Then you learn that fate "I like Crawfordsville since doesn't always give you what you I've worked here for a year and want," Powers said. In her case, a half," Moore said. "I've gotten it gave her Cascadia, and with- to know many of the box holders out the fire, she doubts she would here. I'm glad to be back. It's a have left, just like Betty Stokes, quiet, nice community." 80, who was still working at the Cascadia Post Office as postmas- ter relief. Stokes worked for three postmasters and is still on the (- ('NbDF("TIC'NIKI books with the Post Office. "If they do reopen Cascadia, she'll be the one there," Powers In a photo of Archie Knowles said. "It's probably really good and Gifford Pinchot sitting on the that I retire now." front porch of the Fish Lake dis- Crystal Moore of Halsey is patcher's caption, appearing in the succeeding Powers at Crawfords- Aug. 1 edition of The New Era, ville. She is serving as officer in the cutline should have said that charge, she said. That's what the Archie Knowles was portrayed Postal Service is doing with a lot by Chad Marks-Fife. Tony Farque of the smaller Post Offices. was correctly identified portraying Moore started working asPinchot. From page 2 Death Notices Gerald W. Johnson, 84, of Lebanon died Aug. 5, 2012. 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