Friday, May 23, 2014

Congratulations Aaron

As of today, Aaron is now a high school Freshman.  We were on the wrong side to get a good picture of him getting his certificate but I liked reaction by the presenter, who I think is one of his teachers.   She is a service dog trainer in case you see the dog in the background. 

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There are over 300 8th graders at Shawnee Hts Middle School.  They were quiet and respectful throughout the ceremony.  Aaron got lots of cheers because in addition to his name, they announced that today is his birthday. 

It was chaos afterward but I was able to get this picture.  I might have to frame it.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

One day—New roof

At least three years ago there was a hail storm that the insurance company deemed bad enough for a new roof.  We thought we had someone set up last year, but no show. Finally, we contacted Faith Roofing.  The roof is complete today.

Let me make this clear, this morning at 6:30 AM the old roof was completely in tact.  This afternoon, at 4:00 PM, the new roof is complete.  It took another hour to clean up on the ground but the roof was finished.

I really can hardly believe it.  There were at least seven guys here most of the time.  Only two could speak English.   But, to take off old roof and put on a new in ONE day is working hard. 

At 1:20 PM, they were still removing old roof.

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Here it is completed. 

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I am sure our kids will be glad to know one of the front bushes had to be removed to back in their trailer….

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Class of ‘64 DCCHS (Chapman High School)

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I don’t think we look like we’re 50 years past our graduation day, do you?  We were the first year of Baby Boomers.  Previous years had class numbers in the 80s.  Ours was 127. 

I haven’t counted the picture, but I think there were around 68 class members in attendance.  We met at the American Legion right in Chapman starting on Friday evening and ending late Saturday evening.

We have lost 23 of our graduates.  As a dedication to their memory, we released balloons with their names into a beautiful evening sunset.  Unbelievably, all the balloons stayed together as they floated off.  It was a simple, yet meaningful remembrance

As might be expected, small groups form.    We all attended the one room elementary school, Acker.

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The four of us went all eight grades together – 1st through 8th.  Deanne and Carolyn were with us for a few years as well.  The two guys are twins. 

I always come away with regret at these kinds of gatherings.  It is hard to visit for any length of time with each person there.  Consequently, I missed talking with some I  looked forward to seeing.  Thanks to the planning committee, we each received a booklet with up-to-date addresses and email as well as a paragraph or two about ourselves. 

We are a diversified bunch with people scattered all over, including both coasts.  As might be expected in a rural community, we have farmers, carrying on their family’s tradition.  Actually, many of our graduates still live in the community.  It’s a good area with Midwestern values.  A good place to raise a family.  Both of Dan’s parents, all of his and my brothers and now my nieces and nephews are alumni of DCCHS (Dickinson County Community High School) now Chapman High School.

There was a lot of Irish Pride last weekend.  Rightfully so.  We are the great C’64.