The United States Postal Service has announced that the proposed reduction in hours of operation at the Slayden and Cumberland Furnace post offices will take effect May 18. Late last year, postal officials announced a plan to reduce the Slayden Post Office retail window hours to 2-4 pm weekdays and 8 am-noon Saturdays. The Cumberland Furnace hours are to be reduced to 9 am-4 pm weekdays with the office closed 12-1 pm for lunch and 7-11 am Saturdays. At announcements at both offices in December, a postal official said the changes were likely to be made after the first of the year. But the changes have been held up after Congress ordered a moratorium on closing facilities in an effort to try to work out a solution to the postal service losing billions of dollars a year. Notices from Manager of Post Office Operations Monty Hyder are now posted at both offices notifying the new hours will begin May 18. The postal service had originally announced plans over a year ago to close the Slayden Post Office due to a decline in business before Congress stepped in to stop the closing of over 500 rural facilities. While the retail window in Slayden will only be open two hours each weekday, the service said changes will be made to the facility to allow 24-hour access to post office boxes. The postal service has been losing billions annually due to increased usage of Internet-based communications and had proposed to close hundreds of facilities and stop Saturday home mail delivery.