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Stanley Skamarycz, (Stan the Man), Postmaster Retired of Westminster, MA, recently celebrated a banner day in his retirement life. The special occasion was the donation of his official Congressional appointment proclamation to his local library. The significance of the proclamation and the search for it is a story in itself. Stan was sworn in as postmaster of Westminster in 1965 and retired in 1992.
A thought occurred to Stan recently that he was the last postmaster for Westminster appointed by the President of the United States with the approval of the U.S. Senate. The Postal Reorganization Act of 1971 took the appointments of postmasters out of politics. In trying to find the proclamation, Stan asked for help from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts. Searches were done through the National Archives. The proclamation was finally found on a high microfilm, and was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In donating the framed proclamation to the library for permanent display, Stan proudly noted that not only is it signed by the late president, but also by the only Polish Postmaster General in history, one who shares Stan's heritage, John Gronouski. In driving his automobile around Westminster, Local residents note the odd combination of numbers on his license plates, 01473, which is Westminster's Zip Code.
Reprinted from UPMA Gold
January 10, 2018