I spend this past weekend covering a lot of things that were going on in the county and I want to point out once again, what a great community we have.
Let's start with the e-recycle efforts on Saturday morning. We at the Sun Advocate had a whole truckload of old computers, printers and other out-of-date and mostly worn out electronic gear that we needed to get rid of. What a perfect opportunity to do so. I got there a little before 9 a.m. and people were already pulling in and dropping off their materials. The volunteers jumped right in to help unload my truck and others that pulled up. By the time I was done, between what I had brought and others had dropped off, there were a dozen big boxes of electronics full (by big boxes I mean boxes five feet high and five feet square). It was heartening to find that people were concerned about recycling and keeping hazardous materials out of the landfills.
Next I went to two benefit yard sales: One at the Methodist Church on Main Street and the other at the Bryner House Museum on 100 South. The contributions to both these benefit yard sales had been substantial. There were a lot of items to choose from and my wife and I were able to pick up some badly needed grandkid toys for our house and a great puzzle for us to work on, along with a few other items. We should be proud that so many people want to donate items to help benefit these and other organizations in the community.
Also going on was the Home and Garden Show. It was a lot of fun and I know those that attended appreciated the businesses that were involved in putting it on. A lot of good prizes were awarded on Saturday night and some people walked away with some substantial goodies. And of couse we hope it will be beneficial to the businesses that participated as well.
Finally I attempted to go to a joint trail improvement project that was being done by the BLM and some boy scouts. Unfortunately I had a problem with my four wheeler on the way up the trail and had to turn around and load it up and go home, so I didn't make it to where they were working, but based on the number of vehicles parked at the trail head, there were a lot of people involved. It just shows the spirit of volunteerism that is in this community.
As we head into May I know that same spirit will show in our No Graves Unadorned project that takes place the week before Memorial Day. We already have a lot of flowers from people who have been working on them all winter. Each year this unique project seems to grown beyond what we expect it to be. Last year we extended it to Emery County and it was a huge success. I look forward to working with many community members to have this happen again. We have something here that in our research no other area in the country does. Let's be sure we honor all those that have come before us, from those who fought in the wars to protect our freedom, to those that worked in mines to build our economy.
Finally something happened the other day that I have seen often here in Carbon County, but I have never mentioned before. I have lived a lot of places, but I have never seen school bus drivers that are as courteous as the ones from the Carbon County School District.
They have a tough job. Imagine having 90 kids sitting behind you while you try to drive down the road. I have a hard enough time paying attention when three of my grandkids are in the backseat of the car. Anyway, along with that tough job they have to worry about crazy motorists many of which don't know to stop when red bus lights are flashing.
Anyway, they do something here I have never seen anywhere else I have lived. Once they pick up the kids from a bus stop and they shut off the red flashing lights, they pull over to the right to let all the cars that waited behind them go by so they won't have to stop again at the next stop. What professionalism. Thanks to you all in the transportation department at Carbon School District.
No this wasn't a normal column, but sometimes you just have to say it.
What a great place to live!!