Volunteering is such a good thing. It's something I often promote. So let me congratulate Bill and Susan Carlsten for receiving one of the 2017 Senior Service Awards given by Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson last week in Jefferson City.

Volunteering is such a good thing. It's something I often promote. So let me congratulate Bill and Susan Carlsten for receiving one of the 2017 Senior Service Awards given by Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson last week in Jefferson City.
 The Carlstens were nominated for this award by Rep. Bill Reiboldt.
I know the Carstens are very dedicated people who give great amounts of time to our community. Susan and Bill are very active in the Methodist Church. We often see Bill next door at the parsonage if there is work to be done there. And they both do uncounted amounts for the local hospital and the senior center. The resolution they received stated some of these activities.
But there is more
I work most closely with them at the fish hatchery. Susan is our "personnel" department. She keeps all the workers straight, finds substitutes when necessary, and works a shift in the gift shop. Bill is always there working on special occasions, helping out in other ways.
So, many congratulations are in order. If you want to give Susan a hand, why not offer to volunteer at the gift shop. She always need regular and substitute clerks. Susan is great to work for and, I must say, the other clerks are great to work with. There is a great relationship among the volunteers, why not give it a try. We would love to work with you. If you just can't do it, why not stop in the gift shop and say thank you to the volunteers and maybe do a little shopping. Mother's Day is coming soon and I'm sure you can find something there for your mother or wife that you can find no other place in town. Come take a look.
Am I the only one who thinks the new school buildings look like prisons?
Schools used to be open and friendly. Every classroom had big windows that let in lots of light and let kids look outside. The natural light was good for your eyes and the windows were good for taking a daydream break.
To this day, I like natural light, and when I am writing with a pen or pencil, I want the light to come from the left side. My teachers always had the room arranged in such a way that the students got light from the left side, unless they were left handed. If a kid was left handed he or she got sit backward in the class if they wanted to and they usually did. No one thought a thing about that since we were so schooled about getting good light on our books and papers.
So much has changed since my grade school years. People came and went on the school grounds and even in the building. No one had to report to the office to be allowed in the building. We never had to get hall passes to visit the restroom.
I don't ever remember anyone coming in the building unless it was a parent or a delivery person.
It was a much simpler time then and those days will never come again.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.