Prairie’s 32-year postal career is officially in the bag

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ashley Wilson

Janice Prairie at the Ojai post office during her retirement party.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Janice Prairie has been “the mail lady” for the past 32 years. Some residents may remember the turquoise mail truck she drove through town until 2005, others may recognize her from her early morning walks through Libbey Park with her dog, Smokey.

She’s a true Ojai native. Ask her where she grew up and she’ll say, “East Oak Street. My mother was born here when it was Nordhoff!”

As of Tuesday, Prairie officially retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

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