SaveThePostOffice.com. He started his site, a clearinghouse of postal news and calls to action, to help save the small post office near his home in Hudson Valley, N.Y. Over time, he realized there was a bigger mission to be had in advocating for the Postal Service as a whole. He worries that post office closings, which will likely number in the thousands, are on a fast track. "Now that they are actually holding the public hearings, sending out the questionnaires and starting a process that really only takes a few months, many post offices are going to be closing before the end of the year," he says. In total, looking at current closings and what will likely follow, upward of 8,400 post offices could be lost during the next two years, he says. "It is not shocking, because the postmaster general himself said that he expects half the nation's post offices to close, 16,000 or the 32,000, over the next six or seven years," Hutkins says. "The post office as an institution is disappearing and will be replaced by postal counters in Wal-Mart ( WMT) and supermarkets. People aren't going to know a post office anymore."