In Glen Ellen, as in other small American towns, Saturday mail deliveries are often eagerly anticipated, especially by those who are unwilling or unable to venture into the world.
To lose that tradition, that connection, strikes some in this community as a violation of the common good.
"It's another hit to the spirit of public life," Noelle Oxenhandler, a creative writing professor at Sonoma State University, said Wednesday outside the town's post office, which according to a plaque outside the door was dedicated in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan.
Across the nation Wednesday, people absorbed the news that the U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays as a cost-savings measure. The change will take effect in August.
Mail would be delivered to homes and businesses only from Monday through Friday, but still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on that day.