James Mellon of Effort is the "new face" behind the Kresgeville Post Office counter as the OIC, Officer In Charge. But he's not new to the area. He and his wife, Aileen, moved to the West End 30 years ago. Their two sons graduated from Pleasant Valley and played soccer in the West End soccer league. Mellon was one of the WE soccer coaches for many years. So he says that many of the folks that come into the Kresgeville Post Office will be very familiar faces and he's looking forward to serving them.
Mellon has assumed the duties of Larry Kachmar, who retired from the postal service last Monday.
Mellon, a graduate from Liberty High School, served four years in the United States Marine Corps. After he was honorably discharged, he accepted a position in the United States Postal Service in Bethlehem in 1983.
"It was supposed to be a temporary job but I've been with them for the last 28 years," he says.
Mellon is a third generation postal worker. His grandfather was a mail carrier in Bethlehem, his father was a letter carrier and then a supervisor in Bethlehem. Mellon began as a mail handler in Bethlehem, became a city letter carrier and then also a letter carrier in Stroudsburg. He was an OIC a couple of times before becoming postmaster at the Bartonsville post office, a position he held for 21 years before coming to Kresgeville.
The Mellons' sons, James III and Timothy, are serving in the United States Air Force. The Mellons have two granddaughters.
Mellon and Larry Kachmar met in the Bethlehem post office years ago. They both moved to Effort where they built homes and have been neighbors all these years. Kachmar was only too happy to see his friend become Kresgeville's new OIC.
Mellon is thrilled to be here.