For nearly 20 years, neither rain, nor snow, nor fog — not even a train collision — could keep Hastings resident Carolyn Brouillette from delivering the Hastings Tribune to carriers, post offices and homes each day.
Brouillette, 56, a wife and mother of four grown daughters, serviced three different routes during her lengthy run as an independent contractor for the paper, logging well over 100 miles each day delivering the newspaper through fair weather and foul.
In sickness and in health, she answered the call faithfully each day with few exceptions, navigating Tribland roads through such towns as Minden, Wilcox, Hildreth, Upland, Franklin, Bloomington, Naponee, Republican City, Macon, Riverton, Inavale, Red Cloud, Ayr and Hastings.
Her last day on the route was April 19.
"Some days you didn't feel good but you still had to go, unless you wanted to pay a sub," she said. "I had to do that occasionally — I'd take a couple days off here and there — but there were years where I never took any days off."