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SIDNEY HERALD. SUNDAYJUNE 2. 20l9 All YOUR NEWS Day parade patrol PHOTO BY MELISSA MARKWORDT Captain Mark Kraft of the Sidney Police Department helped keep Central Avenue traffic out of the way of the Memorial Day parade Monday, May 27. Memorial 1 DRIVERS FROM PAGE 1’ drive is 69 miles; that includes driving out to pick up the kids, drop- ping them off, then picking them up after school and dropping them off. By the time the last student gets off the bus, it’s about an hour they’ve spent on the bus. Charles Commings, who has been a driver for 30 years, said one of his favorite things is when he gets students who comply well with the rules. ’ “One favorable thing is when I’ve had to talk to a parent, those parents cooperate 100 percent when I’ve done it myself,'because those‘are my beet‘ride ers today and some have been with me all along,” Commings said. Moran, who has been a driver for 37 years, said she has the best route because all her kids are well-behaved and listen. While she said she has so many memorable moments, she could pick just one. “I’d probably have to say the relationship that has turned into friendship with these students over time. Long-lasting relation- ships,” Moran said. Tami Edinger said she has been a driver for almost 27 years and had many stories to tell. “There’s so many of them [memorable mo— ments]. The kids. You know, the relationships with the kids. They be- come watch them grow. You know when their dentist ap- pointments are. You know when their doc- tor appointments are, when they have dance, you know what their schedules are. They’re an extension of you,” Edinger said. ' She said the reward- ing part of the job is ac- tually missing the kids when they are no 10n— ger on their route. “It’s hard when they get their drivers li- cense and they don’t have to ride anymore,” Moran said. “It’s like, when you see them coming at you down the road and it’s like, when did you grow up?” An old student of Moran’s who had gone into the Air Force once came back and stood at his old bus stop and rode the route with Moran. “It’s cool when they stand out there with their kids for their first day,” said Moran. Martin Morales Jr. who is the mechanic, A GOING THROUGH HAIL? STOP AND SEE THE DENT REPAIR SPECIALISTS AT 1ST CHOICE! (406) 433-2277 1st atom Collision Center 615 Cambrian Lane (Hwy 16NW) - Sidney, MT also fills in and drives when needed. He’s been driving for two years. “Iliad a kindergarten girl who gave me Cook-‘ ie mix and a spatula. She drew a picture too that said I wheelie ap- preciate you,” Morales Jr. said. Martin Morales Sr. said he enjoys when they’re out and about and see kids who run up to them yelling that this is their bus driv- er. Morales Sr. has also been driving for two years. “There’s some stuff that I’ve written down that the kids have said that are hilarious,” Mo- rales Sr. said. He also noted the district is in need of drivers. “For myself, when I started driving bus, I had small children and had my family and ‘6725I Are you'seeing at yourbest? The ophthalmology specialists at Trinity Health provide a full spectrUm of eye care. From evaluating vision problems to offering advanced treatment options, we deliver the highest level of personalized attention focused on helping you see more of life. 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And even more gratifying. The E-rase your E-waste Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in our 2019 Spring E-rase your E—waste events in Sidney and Fairview. The official tallies are now in and, altogether, more than 80 MonDak area businesses and residents recycled another 14,385 pounds . (more than 7 Tons) of electronic waste! That brings our grand total to 487,000 pounds recycled since the program's inception 15 years ago. That's more than 243 Tons of e-waste with its toxic substances and heavy metals ' that did not go into our local landfill. Our thanks to everyone who makes this event possible every year: our participants, our volunteers, our local media (both print and broadcast), our sponsors and our e-cycler Yellowstone E-waste Sclutions of Billings, whose participation enables us to supportia Montana business and still provide free e-cycling for our community. The organizers also want to extend a hearty thank you ‘ to the Richland County Solid Waste and Disaster and Emergency Services departments for providing the space along with logistical and financial Support for our 2019 events. And many thanks to our amazing Ameri-Corps volunteers (several of whom are pictured) who braved the cold (and May snow!) to help haul all 14,000+ pounds. Those volunteers included Katie Van Loon, Sunny Asaf, Becky Zanerkl, Molly Brodhead and Caysi‘lohnson.'|t's a group effort every year, and we really appreciate everyone's commitment to keeping our community healthy and safe O through this project. We're also looking forward to our annual fall collection event on Sept. 6-7, where we are planning to unveil a new feature of interest to many. Watch for future announcements. See you then! 2019 E-rase your E-waste coordinators Beth Bedlin and Deb Gilbert