Nearly 40 years in the same profession is certainly a proud accomplishment these days.
In a changing and oftentimes unstable economy, an employee with decades of time with the same company is becoming less common.
With that said, we commend longtime Steubenville Postmaster Anita Petrella for her almost 40 years with the U.S Postal Service and wish her well in her retirement, which begins at the end of the month.
She recently was recognized by family, friends and current and former co-workers during a ceremony at the North Third Street post office.
For Petrella, the postal service is a family affair, as her father was a postal supervisor for 37 years and retired as superintendent of mail. And her husband, Craig, has nearly 30 years in the business, as well. He'll retire at the end of this month, too, from the Mingo Junction postmaster position.
Petrella said she got her start at age 17 as a clerk at the old Franklin Avenue post office. Little did she realize at that young age that she would go on to be the first female postmaster at the Steubenville office.
We certainly have seen, through the years, her dedication to the Steubenville community and surrounding areas. Even retired Postmasters Bill Martin and Tony Lonetta mentioned Petrella's determination to make sure mail was delivered when she, some years back, personally offered to take late Social Security checks to recipients in another community.
Mayor Domenick Mucci has said that July 31 will be Anita Petrella Day in Steubenville. We hope area residents who run into Petrella in the coming weeks will congratulate her on her retirement and great career, to which she was so dedicated. There's no denying that she's a part of Steubenville's history and a great success story. We wish her nothing but the best.