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Postal worker retires after 17 years
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Local area superintendent Keith Turner presenting Rose Gail with a print of an $8 stamp. Sage is retiring after a 17-year career with Canada Post.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Rose Sage, your friendly neighbourhood mail carrier, has many fond memories of working for Canada Post.

Like back during the height of the 2001 anthrax attacks when it looked like the Blairmore Post Office had become the frontlines of the war on terror.

“A few years after I started someone had powder in their mail, right? So they closed down the post office and had people with hazmat suits come in and take out the garbage, it was quite the deal,” said Sage. “I don’t know if they ever did find out what that powder was.”

Another time there was a customer loitering in the post office lobby for the longest time. The man was looking desperate and Sage was going to help him out.

“I felt sorry for him,” she said. “I was about to invite him back home with me but then I phoned the church to come and get him. It turned out he had a warrant out for his arrest. That was scary.”

But there were sweet memories too, like the times she would financially help people out whose cheques hadn’t come in the mail.
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Sage is retiring after a 17-year career with Canada Post. On July 17, local area superintendent Keith Turner, who’d come down from Lethbridge for the occasion, presented her with a print of an $8 stamp.

“We put the cancelation date as the year of her retirement,” said Turner.

She began her career as a contractor and worked as a helper for two years before becoming the only Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier (RSMC) in the Pass.

For her retirement Sage said she plans to visit her grandchildren in Nanaimo, Lethbridge and Fort McMurray and wants to revisit Israel.

“It’s bitter sweet. It really is,” she said. “I’m so sad to leave but its time.”
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