The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan Mel Rulison of Gloversville waves from his vehicle prior to his retirement party at the Leader-Herald offices on 4/10.

Mel Rulison, Jr., left and Mel Rulison of Gloversville pose for a photo with his “Mel Rulison Day” certificate during his retirement party at the Leader-Herald offices Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Mel Rulison of Gloversville cuts his cake during his retirement party at the Leader-Herald offices Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Mel Rulison of Gloversville, center, poses with other carriers and family members prior to his retirement party at the Leader-Herald offices Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Mel Rulison of Gloversville waves from his vehicle prior to his retirement party at the Leader-Herald offices Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
2012 file photo Mel Rulison has been delivering the Leader-Herald since the Kennedy administration. It is estimated he has delivered more than 5 million newspapers during that time and those newspapers, stacked, would be about 16 miles high. (2012 file photo by Bill Trojan/The …
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