Know anyone who holds a Guinness World Record?
In 2008, Idaho Press-Tribune carrier Darlyne Markus broke the world record — 50 years — for delivering a newspaper for the longest stretch in the world. She’s delivered the Idaho Press-Tribune — and the Idaho Free Press — since 1958. She was 79 years old when she broke the record and she didn’t quit.
I had the honor of riding with Markus in 2004 when she delivered the newspapers. She explained to me then that she had nearly died when she was 28 years old. The young mother of three had a mental and physical breakdown. The newspaper route and her customers ended up being her saving grace.
But today, 54 years after starting her job as a contract carrier, Markus delivered her last newspapers. Some of her customers along the 50-mile route that she drove each and every day have been there just as long.
That’s quite a feat.
Her grandson, Matt Salisbury, posted a tribute on Facebook Saturday night. Here’s how he ended it: “I’m proud of you Grandma, I will never be able to match your effort but you have given all of us the highest standard to aspire to. I love you.”
We’ll have a story in Monday’s paper about her last day. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Two pre-election forums set
Any election is important, but the outcomes of Election Day in November will be significant for the future of education in Idaho. With the controversial propositions – 1 – 2 – 3 – on the ballot and Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna’s reform plan on the line, it’s important to fully understand the implications of your yes or no votes.
A “yes” vote means that you support the reforms and a “no” vote means you want the laws repealed.
The barrage of campaign information has just started and both sides will work overtime to win your vote.
The Idaho Press-Tribune will examine the issues for three consecutive Sundays, starting Oct. 7.
We’re also proud to team up with Caldwell and Nampa Chambers of Commerce to host a forum on Oct. 23 where spokesmen for both sides will outline their case. That will be held on the College of Idaho Campus.
There are several contested legislative races in Districts 10, 11, 12 and 13 and there will be another forum on Oct. 16 at Nampa City Hall so you can learn more about the candidates. The two men running for sheriff will also be featured at that forum.
As always, the Press-Tribune will also provide ample information about the candidates and issues during the next five weeks in both the print and online editions.
* Tuesday, Oct. 16, Nampa City Hall: Candidate forum for contested candidates in Legislative Districts 10, 11, 12 & 13 and sheriff’s race.
* Tuesday, Oct. 23, College of Idaho: Propositions 1-2-3 will be discussed in a forum.
* Monday noon, Oct. 29, Idaho Press-Tribune’s deadline for election-related letters to the editor. Letters that exceed 200 words or do not include name, address and phone number will be rejected along with letters sent in all capital letters. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Tuesday, Nov. 6, Polls are open, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.