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01/01/18 01:54 PM #257    


Sheila Hepworth

greatpic Jeff!  hope all is well with you and family


05/17/18 10:47 PM #258    


Jeffrey Carnahan

I guess that there will be

no breakfast at Shannon's on Saturday.



05/28/18 09:45 AM #259    


Jeffrey Carnahan

Be sure to take a moment today and be thankful for the freedoms we all enjoy. We must honor those who've given their life so we can remain free. At any time, anyone who's ever taken the oath to any of the United States Armed Forces understands they may be called upon to go in harm's way, and no matter the conflict or reason for war, they dont hesitate to get the job done. This is why its important to thank those who serve, past and present, but more importantly, to cherish the sacrifice of those who didnt come home. We've got a lot to be thankful for, and even though we've gone through plenty of dark days, we are free... we are America. God bless the USA!

07/02/18 09:38 AM #260    


Jeffrey Carnahan

Fourth of July Becomes a Federal Holiday

The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees.

Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.

Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has since the late 19th century become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues. The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag, and a common musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States.

09/07/18 06:20 PM #261    


Milan Jackson (Class Of '63)

Tonight on PBS is a special on artist Elizabeth Murray, BHS grad and former student of Elizabeth Stein.

10/04/18 02:27 PM #262    


Donna Marquardt (Dearth)

This picture is of property on Breckenridge of Emerson St. in Bloomington, IL.  Below is information (quoted from classmate George O'Neil on 10/03/2018) regarding these beautiful trees.

"I purchased the home in the early 80's.  When the surrounding property was subdivided by Armstrong Realty following purchase from the school board, they sold me an additional strip of land to the east, which would border a new street.  Following this transaction, I purchased Norway Spruce seedlings from Muser Nurseries and fall-planted them myself at six foot intervals down the property line.  Almost all of them survived to produce a beautiful green wall.  My wife and I were in Bloomington recently and were happy to see that those beautiful trees were still there."

Thank you George for these lovely trees.  Jack Secord submitted that, "George should probably get class Forrester Award!." 


10/04/18 08:23 PM #263    


Sheila Hepworth

Beautiful trees!  What a nice thing to do.    Kudos to you George!    Sheila Hepworth


11/10/18 09:41 AM #264    


Donna Marquardt (Dearth)

Thanks to all of our classmates who have served in the military.  We honor them and recognize the gift of liberty their sacrifice has secured for us. 

11/10/18 05:51 PM #265    

Tom Chambers

Donna, thanks for the nice posting. I know we have lot from our class who has served, etc...

and I know they all appraeciate it as well.

11/11/18 12:00 PM #266    


Patsy Whitecotton (Barggren)

We celebrate this day because World War 1 ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day , in the 11th month, now known as Veteran's Day.  Thanks to all my classmates who served.  I know the sacrifices you have paid because I have seen it first hand in my family members who served.  No one who has experienced War ever leaves it behind.  Bless you!




12/04/18 10:16 AM #267    


Donna Marquardt (Dearth)

Classmate Al Carnine, who for 38 years was director of the Missouri Southern State University Choral Society (a mixed 50-voice community choir), which he founded in 1980, stepped down from his position July 29, 2018. 

Taken From Illinois Wesleyan University 2018-2019 University Magazine:

Al Carnine who founded the Missouri Southern State University Choral Society in 1980 stepped down as the chorus' director following the group's annual patriotic concert on July 29, 2018, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Joplin, MO.  "They're really a great group", Al told the Joplin Globe.  "They've been into it all these years, and they've enjoyed it.  And so have I."

Information From Missouri Southern State University Website:

The Choral Society had its first rehearsal in the Spring of 1980.  The idea for the ensemble came from its permanant former director Dr. Al Carnine.  He realized that there were no vocal ensembles available in the area for adults desiring to sing in a secularly-oriented non-professional mixed choir.  Presently the number of singers averages fifty with the national average for community choruses in the thirties.  The choir performs three different repertoires each year covering the Christmas season, late spring, and summer.   A wide variety of literature is covered including both sacred and secular selections ranging from classical to Broadway.

01/01/19 01:39 PM #268    


Jeffrey Carnahan





01/03/19 12:07 AM #269    


Patsy Whitecotton (Barggren)

Thanks, Jeff, hope your New Year is great.


04/30/19 10:33 AM #270    


Milan Jackson (Class Of '63)

Happy Birthday Patsy Whitecotton !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


04/30/19 06:25 PM #271    


Milan Jackson (Class Of '63)

Mary Selk, who just turned 98, is planning a concert for former A Cappella or anyone else who wishes to join us on  Saturday October 5, 2019. Time is still being scheduled. There will be rehearsals on Thursday October 3rd and Friday October 4th in the evenings. Again exact times are still being arranged. Of course John "Jack" Waddell will be singing with us. So please leave your schedule open for this occasion. Please let me know if you are planning to join us.


Milan Jackson

05/01/19 01:08 PM #272    


Patsy Whitecotton (Barggren)

Thank you Milan for the birthdays wishes here and on my facebook page.  I had a terrific 75th birthday.


06/20/19 10:06 PM #273    


Milan Jackson (Class Of '63)

Happy Birthday tomorrow to my sister, Judy Jackson Peavler !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



07/04/19 01:47 PM #274    


Milan Jackson (Class Of '63)

Happy July 4th to my friends from the Class of 1961 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


07/24/19 05:42 PM #275    


Milan Jackson (Class Of '63)

October 5, 2019, Mary Selk needs former chorus members for a concert we will give at Westminster Village. We will practice on Thursday and Friday, 10-3 and 10-4 at 7pm. We will give the performance on Saturday 10-5-2019 at 3pm with a practice shortly before. Let me know if you plan to attend. We need singers. You don't have to have been in A Cappella. Mary is 98 and she is planning to do this one more time in 2021 



04/01/20 01:17 PM #276    

Tom Ogan

Paul Sennewald, president of the class of 1960 passed away on March 31,2020 in Phoenix, AZ.  Paul has been battling poor health for the past year.  I received the call from his brother-in-law Gordon Carlson.

04/20/20 08:32 PM #277    

Linda Buttry (Roberts)


Hi. Your class doesn’t use this forum much. I am Linda Buttry Roberts and our class of 1963 is active on our website. I remember quite a few of you as I had a Brother David in the class of 1959 and a sister Barbara in the class of 1960. 

Are you managing to get through this quarantine period? My son lives in China so I worry a lot about him  


04/21/20 11:41 AM #278    


Patsy Whitecotton (Barggren)

Hi, Linda,  I don't remember your brother and sister but I looked them up in my yearbook and see Davre was active in tennis and Barbara took Spanish.  How are they now days?  I'm in California and we've had many cases of the virus here but nobody I know personally.  I have heard of none of our class coming down with the virus.  So far so good.  I hope your son stays well and I will prayer for him.  You take care of yourself.  Worry is a stress and lowere your health system.  I hope both you and your son stay virus free.  Patsy Whitecotton class of 1961

04/21/20 09:00 PM #279    

Linda Buttry (Roberts)

Hi Patsy. Barbara has lived in New Mexico ever since college. David died quite some time ago. I have stayed in Bloomington all these years with State Farm and Country Insurance. 

My granddaughter goes to pomona college and has fallen in love with California. 

I stay active and still love tennis. 

10/26/20 01:37 PM #280    


Sheila Hepworth

I saw a birthday announcement for Phyllis Foxworthy today. I thought she passed away a few years ago?

06/03/21 01:24 PM #281    


Donna Marquardt (Dearth)

As we think about the 60th Anniversary of our high school graduation, below is an excerpt taken from The Aegis No. 25, May 25, 1961. Hopefully this will bring back pleasant memories of accomlishments made.  Congratulations BHS Class of '61!

The Rev. Harold R. Martin to Address Seniors During Commencement Program in Auditorium

The Rev. Harold R. Martin, minister of the Second Presbyterian Church, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of '61 June 6.  Commencement services will begin at 8 p.m. in the auditorium.  Rev. Martin's address will be entitled "Tomorrow is Today ".  Seniors will open the program with a procession to "March of the Brave," played by the high school band.  Edward T. Harn will direct.  After singing of the national anthem, Rev. Ben Krahn, chaplain of Mennonite Hospital, will give the invocation.  A senior boys ensemble will then sing "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones," arranged by Robert W. Gibb, and "Climbin' Up the Mountain," arranged by Smith.  The 15 boys in the ensemble will include Harold Burgess, Ike Walker, Jim Chestney, Jim Cole, Kenneth Epple, Kent Gummerman, Paul Tepper, and Bob Shipp.  Others in the musical orangization are Bill Brown, Bill Robb, Jack Secord, Steve Short, Bob Kommers, Jeff Leben, and Albert Carnine.  Following Rev. Martin's address, Carolyn Clark will play a piano solo, "Romance," by Sibelius.  Bob Alikonis, President of the Senior Class, will deliver a message from the graduation class before Principal G. Elwood Wheeler presents the class to George N. Wells, Superintendent of Schools.  Following a brief statement by Mr. Wells, Mrs. Arthur W. Tompkins, President of the Board of Education, will award diplomas to the seniors.  After the Rev. Krahn pronounces the benediction, graduates will recess to "Pomp and Circumstance," by Elgar.

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