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Thursday, July 6, 2006

To Bernice, from strangers, with love

MARLBOROUGH

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Bernice Neuhaus, the 83-year-old "mail girl" at Marlborough City Hall, has become something of a celebrity since she was featured in a Globe West story and slide show on June 25.

Her daughter, Carlene DiDonato of Northborough, writes in an e-mail that her mother has been deluged with fan mail from strangers who read the story and felt inspired by Neuhaus' spunk and determination. (The white-haired octagenarian walks up five flights of stairs multiple times each day to deliver mail and conversation.)

How does Neuhaus handle all the attention? According to her daugher, she walks up to friends and coworkers and says with a laugh, "Touch me, I'm a celebrity now!"

-- Megan Woolhouse

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