Milford crossing guard Larry Lowther enters his 12th year on the job – Milford Daily News

MILFORD — School is back in session, and that means Larry Lowther has returned to his role helping students arrive and get home safely each weekday.
He started his 12th year as a local crossing guard last week.
It’s his second job.
Lowther, 61, works in maintenance at the Milford Town Library. Several years ago, he was looking for extra work when he met the crossing guard who worked in front of the library.
“I saw her doing it one morning and I approached her and she told me about it,” Lowther recalled. “She told me how to apply and I went to the high school and they hired me.”
Lowther spent two years as a part-time crossing guard, but he’s been full time — he has a spot both in the morning and afternoon each school day — ever since. After many years on Main Street, he is working at the intersection of Congress and Walnut streets for a second straight year.
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Lowther is on the job from 7-8 a.m. and again from 2:10-3:10 p.m. He said things sometimes get busy.
“It all depends on what spot you’re at,” he said. “If you’re closer to the school, there’s more kids — kids start to come out of the woodwork. And if it’s a four-way intersection, you have to watch every kid. You have to keep your ears and eyes open and make sure they get across safely. Don’t walk away and turn your head until they safely make it across the street.”
Several athletic fields separate Lowther’s post from both the Memorial Elementary School and the Stacy Middle School. 
Lowther is able to weave in his crossing guard duties with his job at the library. He works from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the library, so he take an early lunch break at 7 to get to his morning crossing guard duties about a quarter-mile away. He completes his shift at the library, at 80 Spruce St., in time for his afternoon crossing guard work.
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While he generally enjoys working as a crossing guard, Lowther said there are times it is not so fun standing on the side of the road for two hours each day.
“There are times when it’s pouring (rain) or the sun is beating down on you — that makes it a little rough sometimes,” he said.
Lowther has helped many children cross the road on their way to and from school, but said he keeps things strictly professional.
“I tend to keep the personal stuff out of it,” he said. “Most of the time the kids are very nice and say hi. Sometimes, the parents will drive by and thank me for keeping their kids safe, which is very nice. I got to admit, I really enjoy helping the kids.”
Norman Miller can be reached at 508-626-3823 or [email protected] For up-to-date public safety news, follow Norman Miller on Twitter @Norman_MillerMW or on Facebook at facebook.com/NormanMillerCrime.

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