Long lines and a backlog of packages have been the main story at Island post offices this summer, as postal workers scramble to keep up with unprecedented demand.

Beginning this weekend, Island post offices will offer expanded weekend hours for customers to pick up packages.


With long lines and delayed mail deliveries, Island post offices have been a scene of frustration this summer.

On Friday, June 1 Paul Leonard retired after 25 years as the Oak Bluffs postmaster. He began his career in Vineyard Haven 35 years ago.

here was a great deal of confusion at the Edgartown Post Office Tuesday morning, where the service windows did not open until after 11:15 a.m.


Forced out of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, John Hirt and his wife sought refuge with family on Martha's Vineyard. Ten years later, Mr. Hirt, the new West Tisbury postmaster, is still calling the Vineyard home.