On the morning of Monday, Aug. 1, Larry Kachmar opened the window at the Kresgeville Post Office just like he has for the last 27 years, with a smile and a pleasant "Good morning."

But he knew the day was going to be emotional as he prepared himself to say "Good-bye" to all the customers he has been faithfully serving as the Postmaster.

It marked the mailing of his last letters and selling his last stamps because he was retiring after 38 years with the United States Postal Service.

Larry began working at the Lehigh Valley Post Office in April 1973. He then became the postmaster at the Kresgeville Post Office in July 1984.

After 27 years in Kresgeville, he says the highlight has been "getting to know all these great people, meeting them and serving them every day. They're like family. I'm really going to miss them."

His customers feel the same way.

"I've known Larry from the time he became our Kresgeville Postmaster. He always had a smile and a story to tell you, so when he told me Monday was his last day, I just thought that he was telling one of his stories. Larry would brighten my day, even if I was in a bad mood. Larry will be missed by all," says Alice Ginder of Kresgeville.

"He always made picking up your mail at the post office an adventure. It was never dull! Nothing was too much trouble for Larry. He went above and beyond for everyone. We'll sure miss him," says Richard (Butch) Strausberger, Jr. of Strausberger Insurance, Kresgeville.

How will Larry be spending his retirement?

"When I get up tomorrow morning, I hope to figure it out," he chuckles.

He plans on doing some home improvement projects to his Effort home and spending more time with his wife, Debbie and his three sons, Robert, Larry and Sammy.

The new postmaster will be James Mellon.