PORTLAND — Cliff Island residents can enjoy post-office services six hours on weekdays, rather than the two hours proposed under a U.S. Postal Service downsizing plan, it was announced last week.

Currently, the island’s post office is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 2-4:45 p.m. each weekday.

Saturday hours, from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m, will remain unchanged.

“Slashing hours of operation at post offices in remote communities such as Cliff Island … was a misguided plan by the U.S. Postal Service,” said U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking Republican on the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the Postal Service. “These post offices are not only the very heart of these communities, but a reliable link to the mainland.”

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