|It looks like eight year old Stratton Waltz (top) is wondering if he will ever get called to perform at this year’s music festival in Provost. But a little later he was in action playing his cello at the New Hope Gospel Church on Monday, March 26. Other members of the family including mom Nikki also performed with her cello, while nine year old Avonlea, 10 year old Chet and 12 year old Drusilla performed on their violins. Nikki, who also plays the piano and violin says she had all four children learning the violin each beginning at age three and they aim for practice five times a week, while “it’s a bonus to get to six.” The mother who also took lessons as a child says all of the children have been in the music festival since they were in pre-school. At this performance each of the students did two violin solos while Stratton also did the cello solo and as a group they performed five selections for the adjudicator. ©Provost News Photos.
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School Mom, Bus Drivers Concerned Over Traffic Infractions
A parent of young children boarding the bus near Hughenden is afraid that there will eventually be a crash if some motorists continue to pass a school bus while loading or unloading is taking place.
Shayna Gernack of Hughenden contacted The Provost News on Wednesday morning just after she took a picture of a truck passing a school bus on Highway 13 as children were boarding.
It is illegal for motorists to pass a school bus from either direction when children embark or disembark.
“This happens roughly once a month or more depending on the season.” There are more motorists breaking this law in the spring, summer and fall when the weather is nicer, she adds.
“They are not slowing down, I saw two of them speed up, one this morning . . .”
Gernack says this is not the first time she has witnessed that situation and has been taking photos when she can of the traffic violations.
The latest incident was directly west of Hughenden between the village and the golf course in an 80 km per hour zone.
‘We (her and her children) walk out there every morning and afternoon” for the seven and eight year old children to get on and off the bus, whom she has also warned about the danger. She says there are approximately 10 people there on the bus in the morning and close to 40 in the afternoons.
There are two bus drivers who share duties on this route.
Gernack says that some busses were equipped with a camera but says they “are never working.”
She’s concerned that someone will hit the school bus and there will be a major tragedy.
“I want more parents to be aware that this is happening and more parents need to stand up for their kids’ safety.”
The mother has been in touch with Provost RCMP over the matter and suggested that not enough people are being charged though she understands licence plate numbers have to be first recorded—something that is not easy to always capture. She adds that the RCMP have been on the scene three times watching this school season (that she is aware of). “I keep taking pictures and sending them in to the RCMP.
One of the school bus drivers was called by The News (who was reluctant to be named) says that he has filled out reports but added that he too can’t always get a licence plate number. He says there have been 10 or 11 incidents this school year where vehicles pass when the school doors are open and letting children on or off.
Full story in April 4 edition of The Provost News.
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