Since starting the job in March, the postmaster has enjoyed meeting residentsBurns Postmaster George Sieveking moved to Harney County from Alaska with his wife, Donna, and two boys, Tyler and Jason. (Photo by LAUREN BROWN)

By Lauren Brown
Burns Times-Herald

The new Postmaster at the Burns Post Office came to Harney County from Anchorage, Alaska, but considers Oregon his home.

George Sieveking started work at the Burns Post Office on March 5. He and his wife, Donna, moved here along with their two young boys, Tyler and Jason. “Both my wife and I love small towns,” Sieveking said.

When the job opening was posted in Burns, he did his research. “Burns was one of the places I chose to come to because of the sense of community here,” he said. “People help each other. It’s amazing how friendly people are.”

In the news of late there have been murmurs of the post office going to a five-day delivery schedule. Sieveking said that in order for that to happen it has to be mandated by congress, which could take a while.

In the meantime, he said that the price of stamps will likely increase next year. He noted that the post office is not funded by tax dollars. In fact, the post office runs strictly off stamp sales, package fees and P.O. Box rentals. “Of course, the post office is in a budget crunch right now like everyone else,” he said.

Sieveking likes to encourage people to write letters to one another. He explained that a handwritten letter is so much more personal than an e-mail or text message, and it’s something people hang on to as keepsakes. “It’s an art, writing a letter,” he said.

In his free time, Sieveking likes to listen to music —all kinds. When he worked at the post office in Sweet Home, he volunteered to help organize the Oregon Jamboree, a country music festival that draws thousands of people to the small town at the edge of the Cascade mountains.

Sieveking would like to get involved in the community here in Harney County as well, perhaps through civic groups. “ I do enjoy being here in Burns,” he said. “I’d like to meet as many people as I can. I’m here to serve the community.”

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