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The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday morning that it plans to reduce mail delivery to five days a week.

Beginning in August, the agency, which has been struggling financially, will cut its Saturday deliveries and only operate during weekdays, according to a USPS press release. However, because package delivery has seen a 14 percent increase in volume since 2010, package delivery will remain at six days a week.

In Charles County, the hard times the USPS has fallen on are evident in the recent reduction of hours and closures of branches in the area. In July, the Independent reported that the Ironsides post office was closing its doors. In October, reductions in hours of operation were announced at the Bel Alton, Mount Victoria and Faulkner branches.

A village post office opened last month at the Red Top convenience store in Faulkner to accommodate the town’s citizens. Last month, USPS representatives announced that the Nanjemoy post office would see a reduction in hours.

The change in delivery will take effect the week of Aug. 5, according to the release.

lrenner@somdnews.com