For the last seven years, Tim Kurtz has been the friendly face at counter of the Clark Lake Post Office. More than taking care of mailing customer’s packages, he also has been the person who sorts the mail for those who have post office boxes at the Clark Lake office. Always having time for a friendly hello or conversation, he will be missed as he leaves Clark Lake.
Tim and his wife live in Albion. When he was first assigned here, he had never heard of Clark Lake. He describes his first trip from Albion as a bit daunting. “I took back roads the first time here. I didn’t realize the quickest route was by taking 127.” He was grateful to minimize travel time.
How does he feel about his Clark Lake experience? “The people here are remarkable. It’s a close knit community. It’s also focused.” He points out something you don’t always see at first glance. “I’m amazed at the number of small businesses that operate here.” He would know, as he handles their packages and letters. He also sees many family connections. He could helping someone in the morning, and that person’s mom or sister drops by in the afternoon.
Tim emphasizes how much he enjoys the people here. He adds he will miss colleagues, too, but adds “I don’t get stressed, but the system stretches you.”
What’s ahead? “I look forward to writing.” Before starting with the post office 12 years ago, he was involved with buying and selling real estate. “I intend to return to that, too.”
For those who want to say goodbye and wish Tim Kurtz well, his last day at Clark Lake will be December 23rd.
There’s more on Tim Kurtz and the post office by clicking on these links.
Click this link for more history regarding Clark Lake’s post office in this story by Walt Reed.
This sign hung at the post office for many years. When it looked like it would be scrapped, he helped a Clark Laker rescue it. Today, it is preserved for its historical significance at the Clark Lake Community Center.