A northeast Indiana town is set to be the latest Indiana community to open a Village Post Office. The LaOtto location will open Tuesday afternoon in a local gas station. August 26, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Now regarded as a bedroom community to Fort Wayne and Kendallville, the small town of Laotto in southeastern Noble County has a distinct history of its own.

It was first established in the 1830s as settlers headed north along the Mongoquinong Trail. Originally named Simon's Corners by the local Postmaster, it became Simonsville, then Grand Rapids Crossing, and finally in 1875 the name “LaOtto” was proposed and petitioned by a local minister and approved by the Noble County commissioners. Now it's known for having its own winery as well as being a destination for paintball enthusiasts.

On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, LaOtto makes a little history again when the 51st Village Post Office (VPO) in the Greater Indiana District opens at the LaOtto Marathon, 6467 Merchants Dr.,

LaOtto, IN 46763. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 11 a.m. and an open house will follow from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST.

LaOtto is known as the “seven-mile” town because it's about seven miles from Fort Wayne and Kendallville, Laotto Marathon owner Adam Dager feels he's ideally placed for a VPO.

“We're the only gas station and convenience store in town, and our customers will now be able to pick up a book of stamps and postal products when they stop in for milk and bread. They will also be able to drop off their mail here,” he said. “I'm also hoping it will bring an increase in traffic to the store.”

The store is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

The new postal center will be opened by New Haven Postmaster Lisa Curlin. Several USPS and local officials will be present at the event.

In 2011, the Postal Service introduced the VPO model as an alternate retail location for postal products and services, especially in rural communities.

VPOs are operated by local businesses contracting with the Postal Service and offer a range of popular postal products and services including stamps and flat-rate packaging.

Additional information about the Village Post Office is available at www.uspsvillagepostoffice.com.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 152 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With more than 31,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private-sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for seven years and the fourth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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Source: The U.S. Postal Service

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