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Mark and Ed Salvestrin

After 35 years of service with the United States Post Office, Mark Salvestrin, left, retired on Jan. 26. He is joined by his father, Ed, who retired from the St. Helena Post Office in 1992, also with 35 years of service.

Many friends, family members and U.S. Postal Service customers and employees attended the retirement party for Mark Salvestrin on Jan. 25, who served the USPS for 35 years, most recently serving as postmaster in Oakville for the past 10 years.

The party was put on by the Oakville Vintners and catered by the Oakville Grocery.

Salvestrin literally followed in his father’s footsteps, since Ed worked for the St. Helena Post Office for 35 years before retiring in 1992.

After graduating from St. Helena High School in 1981, Mark Salvestrin worked for Steves Hardware for two years, then went to work at the Calistoga Post Office for 21 years. For the next two years, he was at the Pope Valley Post Office. In 2006, he was sent to be Office in Charge at the Oakville Post Office and was promoted to postmaster in June 2007.

Both Salvestrins were born at St. Helena Hospital and Ed graduated from St. Helena High School in 1954.

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