The Spring Valley Post Office recently honored three longtime employees; they’ve worked 96 years among the three of them.  From left are Jerry Cleveland, Postmaster Bill Bires, Helen Domasky and Jerry Olson.  PAULA VAGTS/ SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Spring Valley Post Office recently honored three longtime employees; they’ve worked 96 years among the three of them. From left are Jerry Cleveland, Postmaster Bill Bires, Helen Domasky and Jerry Olson. PAULA VAGTS/ SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Spring Valley Post Office honored three employees for their years of hard work and dedication, on Thursday, Aug. 8.

Postmaster Bill Bires recognized Jerry Cleveland, who retired in March after 28 years, Helen Domasky, who retired in February after 33 years, and Jerry Olson who has been with the post office for 35 years.

Though Cleveland and Domasky are now retired, they say they are still keeping very busy. Cleveland has been able to do more biking and canoeing, volunteering throughout the community and more work with his energy projects. In fact, he made time to take in a Monolithic dome convention in Texas where they built a dome in five days.

Domasky has been enjoying her extra time with her dogs, whom she says finally realize she is part of the family now that she is home more! She's also able to savor more time with the wind in her hair as she rides her Harley, though she does make sure to stop in to the post office from time to time just to keep everyone on their toes.

The great customers, friends and coworkers are the reason Olson says he takes joy in coming to work every day even after 35 years. He recently switched to a different route and though he misses the people he used to see on his old route he appreciates working around 41 hours a week instead of 50 hours.

In case you're wondering who the new faces are delivering your mail, Paul Main is now delivering on route 1, Olson is now on route 2 and Jim Halla is on route 3.

All three, alongside the rest of the post office staff, enjoyed chocolate cake, fresh fruit, pizza and quite a bit of laughs on Thursday morning.