Bells ring Monday morning to signal the start of classes in Chugiak-Eagle River schools. Opening day two-thirds of a century ago was about three weeks late because the first local school building was still being finished.It was a happy occasion for both parents and students. Until then a lone bus traveled the unpaved Palmer Highway to pick up children from stops between Eklutna Village and Eagle River and take them to Anchorage. There the elementary and high school were both located on a single block bordered by 5th and 6th Avenues and F and G Streets. Even though there was no rush hour as we know it, the trip still took a whole lot longer than today.