Over the past 17 years, members of the Mills family have performed delivery duty for the Truro Daily News
All in the family
TRURO - Today marks the end of an era for the Truro Daily News and the Mills family.
For 17 years the Archibald Street family has delivered the newspaper to residents in Truro's east end. All seven of Bill and Phyllis' children have worked for the paper through snowstorms and the summer heat waves.
The tradition started in 1992 with Amie and will conclude this morning when Heather makes her final delivery.
"My sister (Joanne) had the paper route before me," said Heather, who is finishing Grade 10 at Cobequid Educational Centre. "Automatically in Grade 3, I just took it over from her."
She now has 24 customers from Archibald to Burnyeat streets.
"When I was younger it used to take me like an hour but now just 20 minutes," she said.
"I liked it just because I felt older, I felt I had responsibilities and the money was good."
Heather will be joining the staff at the Victoria Park swimming pool next week for the summer and has decided to give up the route.
Adam Street resident George Johnson speaks highly of the Mills clan.
"I found all of the children very courteous, on time, very punctual, very happy-go-lucky, just lovely children," he said. "Through snowstorms and all that the paper still got here."
Circulation manager Paul MacDonald said the company is pleased to have such dedicated delivery people such as the Mills family.
"They were always polite and easy to deal with on any issues that arose," he said. "They will be missed by our customers as well as by the staff in the circulation department at the Truro Daily News."
The Mills children range in age from 27 to 16 and the family has had as many as four different routes at one time.
"The kids were looking for something to do and make a little bit of money to supplement their allowance," Bill recalled. "The idea was, you want some money, you do it the old fashion way and earn it."
He said the job taught the children some great life lessons.
"It gave them all aspects of running a business," he said. "Especially when it came down to cash flow and collecting ... I think it was great training for them."
The job was definitely a family affair.
"When the (children) were sick or something their mom would do the papers," said Betty Carrigan. "A lovely family."
Bill, who also has done his fair share of deliveries, said with kids on sports teams and involved with other activities everyone had to pitch in.
"We were able to do everything because we supported one another."
Gregory McCarthy takes over the route on Monday.