Paula LaFleur retires from PO

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

After working 23 years for the U.S. Post Office in Ville Platte, Paula LaFleur’s co-workers gathered Thursday, October 23, to recognize her service and retirement.

LaFleur said the one thing she has enjoyed over the years are the customers and working with people. “Mail is important to people,” she said. “A lot of time we take it for granted because it’s our job. But it’s important.”

Now that retirement is here, she said she’ll miss the employees, whom she describes as great.

When asked about the challenges or changes she’s seen in the postal system, LaFleur laughs. She points to the huge carts and explains they used to be smaller. She said now the carts are two-times bigger, and sometimes they have to make two trips to fill the trucks. She said another big change were parcels. Approximately 10 years ago, the post office began accepting packages.

Another big change is the addition of females to the staff. When LaFleur joined the post office in 1983 as a carrier, she was the only female. She waves her finger around the mail room and begins counting. “We have four full-time women today.”

When Lafleur started at the post office, she said they made a ladies restroom for her in the storage room. She said that’s why there’s no vent from the air conditioner in the bathroom. She added there was no door on the men’s restroom either.

Lafleur is married to George LaFleur of Ville Platte. They have two children, Erick and Guy.

“What are you going to do now?” we asked LaFleur and she quickly answered, “travel as much as I can.

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