I'm a few hours early, but I'd like to wish all my wonderful Sterling neighbors a happy and healthy New Year.
I hope you all have plans for a wonderful celebration this evening. Let me get up on my soap box for a second and remind everyone to have a designated driver as they head home from their parties tonight.
The only thing I want to see in the upcoming headlines is reports of everyone's New Year's resolutions and the name of the first baby of the New Year, not reports of fatalities from drunk driving accidents.
OK, off my soap box for now.
If you are feeling the need for a bit of exercise after eating one too many sugar cookies, remember that the Sterling Elementary School will be hosting adult volleyball on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Adult basketball is on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both of these events will continue this week even though school is not in session.
When we move from summer to winter, the subject lines for many of the e-mails I get change from things about people's wandering, barking dogs to complaints about snowmachiners.
I got an e-mail yesterday from someone that only identified themselves as "Sterling Jeff." Jeff's subject is a common one: people riding their snowmachines in unsafe ways.
In the Sterling area many people ride their snowmachines alongside major roads like the highway and Robinson Loop.
That means that the riders cross many side roads and driveways. If they slow down and look before they cross, there is usually no problem, but all too frequently that isn't the case. The person on the snowmachine crosses the entrance to the driveway without looking, sometimes at high speeds.
I have even seen folks use the snow berm at the edge of the road as jumps and cross driveways airborn.
That was the subject of Jeff's e-mail. He had a snowmachine come within inches of hitting the side of his truck as he pulled to the end of his driveway.
If folks in vehicles can keep an eye out for the people enjoying the new snow on their snowmachines, and the snowmachiners can slow down and look before they cross driveways, hopefully we can all stay safe this winter.
Do you know that Sterling Elementary School recycles used printer and toner cartridges? When you pull that empty cartridge out of your printer, don't throw it in the trash. The school has a drop-off box in the lobby.
When the box is full they send them to a company that refills them and sends the school a check.
The money that was raised with this project last year was used to help pay for a person to keep the school open for evening activities.
The school is still running its ongoing aluminum can recycling project. You can drop your cans in the recycling box in the parking lot at the south end of the building.
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