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LSHS Class of 1957
Vol IX # 7 July 2011
Ed Heinlein, E IC Emeritus
Last month‟s Update from Ed mentioned the 10th birthday of the reuniting of the Class of 1957, which began in the chat room of Classmates.com. We sometimes complain about all this new technology, but we do owe all our fun times and memories of the past 10 years to computers and the Internet … as well as to our “Fearless Leader” Ed Heinlein for getting us all stirred up. In the beginning, there were 16 of us getting together online (naming ourselves the Class of 1957 Chatters), eventually growing into the upper 20‟s before Classmates.com did away with their chat rooms. We met at 7pm Central time every Monday and Wednesday nights, visiting up to an hour each night. We were able to find a replacement chat room to use, but several dropped out … mostly because their computer wasn‟t compatible to the new site‟s requirements. We still have 6 regulars, so if any of you are interested in joining us, let me know and I‟ll get the directions for getting in to you … very simple. And we‟d LOVE to have you there. The photo of the month below pictures most of our Chatters; it was taken in 2005 when we met at Stephenson‟s Restaurant on 40 Hwy . . . looks like we were having lots of FUN! (Especially love Fred‟s expression; got a feeling the joke was on me!)
Photo of the Month
Left to right, sitting: Marilyn (Prewitt) Williams, Janet (Snyder) Marr, Harold Shewmaker, Judy (Yeaman) Detar Hicks; standing: Fred Peery, Margaret (Davis) Offen, Ed Heinlein, Pat (Nesbit) Stevens, Sharon (Barker) Melich, Garry Garrison, Joyce (Johnson) Bailey, Eve (Cook) Hoygaard, Joyce (Slagle) Hitchcock, Pat (Damsgard) Hoglund. Members not pictured: Rowena (White) Garner, Terry Paulson, David Nealy, Vicki (Hurlock) Rittman, Jim Brown, Bobbie (Andes) Monahan, Larry Beary. Also, if any of you are into Facebook and aren‟t aware of it, we have a Group called “LSHS Grads of the „50s and „60s” that was started up by Ralph Carlson (‟59). We have grown to 131 members! If you are interested in joining, let me know. As Ed would say, it‟s a real HOOT!
A site was created on Facebook named “ 95th Birthday Greetings to Mr. Jim Brockman” and our Group from the „50s and „60s was asked to participate by going to the site and wishing Mr. Brockman a Happy 95th Birthday. This was posted for about a month and then printed out and sent to Mr.B in time for his birthday on July 15th. I went in and read thru the comments, and I‟m sure he was thrilled when he received the printed version . . . way too many for me to include here. But here is a message from the creator of this wonderful tribute to a wonderful man . . . Thank you to all of you who took the time to wish Mr. Brockman a Happy Birthday. I had made one mistake; it is his "95th" Birthday, not 90th. Thank God for search and replace. I edited all the greetings and replaced all the 90s with 95. It went in the mail yesterday to him. God bless you all. Paul
Mr. B . . . Hope you had a great birthday, enjoyed all the greetings which were so sincerely written, and continue in good health for many more years to come.
everyone had a fun and SAFE
4th of July !!
LSHS CLASS OF 1957 “Locals” met for lunch on Friday, July 8th, at Neighbor‟s Café, downtown Lee‟s Summit. As you can see from the photos below, everyone had a grand time … as usual. Neighbor‟s walls are lined with old newspapers and military photos, as you can see in the background of the pictures below. AND they serve the BEST cinnamon rolls you ever ate!
Neighbor‟s saved us 3 tables across the front of the restaurant by the window; seating for 20. (we had an overflow of 2!)
LtoR: Dean Pruyn, Carolyn Shewmaker, LeeAnn & Bob Beard, Marilyn Pruyn, & Gene Bailey (Sharon with her back to the camera!)
LtoR: Carl Williams, Nettie Groves, Terry & Lee Ann & Bob Beard, Dee Ann & Ed Herde Sue Reynolds (Terry‟s mother joined us too!)
Dean Pruyn, DeeAnn Herde, Carolyn Shewmaker, and Margaret Offen
Sharon Melich, LeeAnn Beard, Joyce Bailey
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Carolyn Shewmaker . . .
and Marilyn Williams
Now, from Neighbor’s Café to Sharon’s Kitchen . . .
Backyard gardens and farmer’s markets are filled with the fruits of summer. For me, the top spot has to go to homegrown tomatoes. One of my favorite lunches is consumed over the kitchen sink with a tomato in one hand and a salt shaker in the other. If you’re not into juice dripping off of your chin, here are a couple of other ways to enjoy this heavenly fruit.
Fried Tomatoes with Sour Cream Gravy
6 large firm tomatoes Salt & Pepper Bread Crumbs 1-2 eggs, beaten in 1 Tbl. cold water Butter 1-1/4 cups sour cream Minced parsley or chives Dried basil
Remove a very thin slice from top and bottom of each tomato, cutting out any hard material at the stem. Cut ½ inch thick slices. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and dried basil on tomatoes. Coat with crumbs and dip into beaten egg; dip again in bread crumbs, coating well. Allow tomatoes to set for 15 minutes before frying. Fry in lots of butter on both sides until brown and crisp. When all slices have been fried, add sour cream to skillet. Heat gently, blending with butter in the pan. DO NOT allow to bubble. Arrange tomatoes on heated platter and spoon sour cream gravy over them. Sprinkle with chives or parsley. Serve at once. Serves 8
Open Face BCTs (Bacon, Cheese, Tomato)
1 thick slice Italian or French bread Wheat Germ 1 or 2 slices crisp bacon, crumbled 1 slice cheese, cheddar or Swiss Big slice of tomato Sprinkle of dried basil
Lightly toast the bread, if desired. Sprinkle the bread/toast liberally with wheat germ and crumbled bacon. Cover with the cheese and place the tomato slice on top. Sprinkle with a little basil and place under broiler until the cheese melts a bit. (Makes 1 nutritious delicious sandwich) Marilyn said I needed to fill the page, so here’s some “filler”: This year July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This happens only every 823 years. Also, there are several interesting dates this year: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11. But that’s not all. Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born. Now add the age you will be this year. The results will be 111 for everyone in the world.
From Terry Reynolds 6/22 . . .
Everything went fine Tuesday. Had a EKG at 10:30, a TEE (Transesophageal Echocardiography ) test at 12:30 and they shocked my heart after that. The TEE test is where they send a tube down your throat and take pictures of your heart and surrounding area checking for clots. Apparently no clots, I have marks on my chest and back where they shocked me, a very fun day. Since May 31st I have spent more time in the hospital than I did in my past 72 years. Don't figure, this is supposed to be the good times; oh well quit your complaining, it could be a lot worse. The doctors told me to start living life as a 70 year old, not a 30 or 40 year old. Now they're wanting me to start using my brain after all these years, everyone sure expects a lot.
I told Terry he sounds a lot like me … I like to think I‟m still 40, but then I look in the mirror! From Stephanie (Fields) Mahnken regarding Marcia 6/30 . . . I'm leaving in about an hour to go see Marsh. She started walking this week and doing some kind of (I'll call it yoga exercises) for her hand and right arm. She said she hadn't sweated in over a year, and hopes it continues. I think some furniture has been delivered to the house. The garage is full of boxes that Bob is going thru, and they had a lady come in and do some cleaning. Maybe by next week-end Marsh will be mobile enough that she can go home and tell me where to arrange things in the kitchen and bath. Steph FYI Marcia‟s new address is: 2528 Evan Wood Terrace, Joplin, MO 64804-1416 From Karen Atkins regarding Ted on 6/30 . . .
Hi All, Just wanted to give you a "Ted update". Last Friday he experienced severe abd. pain and was taken to Shadyside Hospital via ambulance. Some ulceration formed where they attached the sm. intestine to the stomach in his last surgery and caused a tear. He was taken directly to the OR and after 4 hrs of surg. the tear was repaired. He is still in the ICU but is improving. He has had a few complications this week but nothing life threatening. Hopefully, he will be transferred to a private room soon. I will send updates as he heals. Thank you all for your prayers, Karen on 7/5 . . . Hi Friends, We need your prayers. Ted has been doing well but had a serious setback this morning and had to be put on a ventilator. He is having trouble breathing and, despite regular breathing treatments, his blood gasses are low so he needs help from the vent. He has pneumonia and some fluid around the lungs but not enough to warrant chest tubes to drain the fluid. He is getting massive doses of antibiotics. He also has some excess fluid in the abdomen but no infection. He has been in the ICU for 12 days now and it is taking its toll. He has been thru a lot. He is still critical but the prognosis is "cautiously optimistic" The drs are keeping Ted deeply sedated now which is common practice for anyone on a vent. This has been a long scary day- please say a prayer for him. Love you all, Karen on 7/10 . . . I have been putting off writing this update with the hopes I could give everyone great news. Ted is still on a vent but is holding his own.. He has a nasty strain of pneumonia and with his emphysema it is taking longer than expected to recover. He reached the peak of the infection last week, improved a bit and has now plateaued. He was much more responsive today than he has been since he was put on the vent last Tues. He is aware of his surroundings and squeezed my hand and responded to questions.. He really wants to communicate and is very frustrated that he can't. I saw all of his Drs and the respiratory therapist today and he is not out of the woods yet so I am asking you to continue your prayers. I received several e-mails requesting our home address so here it is: 644 Newport Dr., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15235. Thank you all for your support during this very difficult time. Karen
and on 7/11 . . . “HE‟S BACK!!” What a difference a day makes!!!! (Someone should write a song) The doctors told me that Ted went downhill quickly and when he responds to the meds and therapy he will improve quickly. Well, the tables turned today! The ventilator was removed at 2:00 pm and he is talking and has very interesting things to say about what went thru his mind while he was sedated. I think you will enjoy this dialogue he had with his surgeon this pm. After the drs examined him and assured him that he will be ok and now has to work to make a full recovery this is what he said: TED --"Dr, I had the nurse adjust the TV and it looks like it could fall, will you check it?" DR--(after checking the TV) " It's fine. It's mounted on the wall and is secure" TED--"The bulletin board (under the TV) is crooked as hell" DR--Can't help you with that, we have unions here" TED-- "Damn unions!" All I could do was think HE'S BACK!!! He will be in the ICU for a few more days. He is still extremely weak and will have to work hard to get his muscle tone back so please continue to pray for him. Thank you all for the support you have given to us. We are truly blessed. We love you all!! Karen
From Larry Beary regarding Lee Barrows on 7/11 . . . Just got a call from Lee Barrows in Texas, he was at the entry to the Hospital and they are going to put a pace maker in his chest tomorrow 7-12-11. He said he expects to go home in about 3 days if all goes well. I told him to make sure that he get a pacemaker that is compatible with MRI. Lee will keep me posted, and I will keep you up to date. :-( He really needs are prayers. Thanks classmates. ;-) Larry and on 7/15 . . . Just got off the phone to Lee. He is home and able to walk short distances. His heart beat is perfect now. He is healing good. They have his left arm strapped to his side, I guess because the pacemaker is attached there for healing etc. He is in good spirits and in good hands. I am headed to Granbury the evening of the 16th to visit him. I will be there for a few days before traveling home. I'm attaching a picture of Lee and his family. Kathy is his partner in life and she is a nurse. Thanks :-) Larry
Lee, Kathy, daughters and grandaughters Nice and convenient that both these guys (Ted and Lee) have arranged for their own personal nurses. Should speed up their recuperation time, right?? Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
And from the mailbox . . .
6/19 Update from Karen Winterowd . . .
Hi Marilyn - Waiting on Sandy to come in for lunch. He goes over to the tornado sites daily & puts in a 3 hr. shift in the a.m., even on Father's Day! He is in to this & has a good feeling about helping out. Sandy has been working w/AmeriCorps & it sounds as if they are really organized. The group that cleaned up Marcia's home down to the sub floor is Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief. Oddly enough we met one of the couples from NC w/the Samaritan group that cleaned up Marcia's place! Now how's that for small world? We will go over & see Marcia this afternoon & take the lap top & see if she is up to looking at any pictures & NL. A couple of friends from SFe sent along some $$ for me to give away as needed. So we went over to a distribution center where there were pre-screened shoppers (tornado victims), all kinds of grocery items, baby food/formula, diapers. After talking w/a few of them I was able to give them $20.00, $30.00, $40.00 to go w/their grocery items. Wow! Talk about fun, shocked looks, hugs & genuine feelings of gratitude. I called my friends for more $$$ but they aren't answering the phone. ha Anyway, you know good old midwestern folks are genuine for the most part & feels good to help good people. Sandy was able to down load my camera so I will send a couple pictures of Jerry & Geraldine while I have some time. You know how it is when you get home there are "48 balls in the air" getting settled back in. We will get up to LS in time to see Corin 'fore she leaves for Florida w/girlfriend & her family. Sixteen now & July 9th she leaves w/Dad (John) & Grandpa Bob for Africa, her 2nd trip to Kenya.
Here are the cute Davis' - they are aging beautifully. Jerry has some challenges but sounds as if he is on top of managing them. Geraldine is healthy as a pup & cute as ever! Enjoy your Summer – Karen
Karen and Sandy are back home in Santa Fe now; received this message from her on 7/1…
We got home (SFe) Wed. around 1:00 p.m. Los Alamos has us quite worried. The smoke isn't as bad in SFe as we feared but nonetheless it is present & not very healthy to be breathing. It is so hot - we aren't quite use to this heat + we haven't had rain/moisture since January! xo Karen
Those of us at the Neighbor‟s lunch on Fri, 7/8, have been waiting for a report from Margaret on her first float trip, and here it is . . .
Had an enjoyable time at Neighbors Friday. Was good to see everyone again. Wished I could of stayed longer but had a lot to do before leaving for our first float trip. I made it home in time to get my beans in the oven (just barely got them done before it was time to leave) and went to the store during that time, packed, etc. We got to the camp ground around 8:30 and had a great time around the camp fire. The cabins had no running water, they had a big cooler filled with water outside the door. All it had was twin beds, micro wave, little ref, few utensils etc. Bathrooms were up from us a little ways and the showers (only 2) were on top of the hill. Got to bed around 11:00 and then was up early to venture out on the creek by 9:30. It was so much fun. Tom was in one canoe with someone and I was in another one with someone. The water was ice cold in spots. One couple tipped over twice (thank goodness I didn't) We stopped several times and swam in the cool water. Took us 4 hours but so much fun, so quiet and peaceful. Got back to camp and ate a small lunch and everyone took a nap in the pm. Got up around 5:30 and by 8:00 we were finished with our meal and sat around the campfire again. I finally had to go to bed around 10:00. Everyone else played a little poker and got to bed around 12:30. We left around 9:30 yesterday morning and made it back in time so we could go have our brunch at Ameristar. Tom and I are both sore but all in all it was a wonderful weekend. Getting ready now for my son and Granddaughter from Texas sunday. She is going to stay with us all week while he is in Wichita on business. Trying to figure out what to do while she is here but I'm sure I will think of something. Haven't seen here in 3 years so what do I do with a 15 year old????? Hope all is well with everyone and looking forward to our next GTG whenever that will be. Take care all, Margaret
From the R-7 News Update - July 7, 2011
COMMUNITY INVITED TO LSHS GRIDIRON CLUB DINNER AUG. 20
The Lee's Summit High School Gridiron Club Dinner and Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 in the school's cafeteria. The event is a fundraiser for the LSHS football team. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from any current LSHS football player. Local businesses are also invited to help sponsor the event or donate items for the silent or live auctions. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Dave Aubuchon at email@example.com or call (816) 525-8251. To donate to the auction, contact any current Tiger football player or Laura Lock at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 651-7912.
It‟s almost time for the first kickoff!!!
Carl always told me to roll down the windows when getting in the car, then turn on the a/c and let it cool down, but I never really realized it was a health issue. However, as Paul Harvey says, “here‟s the rest of the story” . . . (sent to me by Patty Coverdell Trogstad, Paul‟s sister)
Car A/C (Air Conditioning) MUST READ!!!
Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car. Open the windows after you enter your car and then turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes. Here's why: According to research, the car dashboard, seats and air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen - take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car). In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage. Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene. If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level. People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin. Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver.. What's worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff. So friends, please open the windows and door of your car - give time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff - before you enter. Thought: 'When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.' This is what snopes.com says. It is not the air conditioning in the car but the Benzene producing agents that cause cancer. http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/benzene.asp
Classmates birthdays coming in August . . .
Aug. 10 – Katherine (Ford) Weinrich Aug. 16 – Betty (Brown) Bolton Aug. 23 – Joyce (Johnson) Bailey Ted Atkins Aug. 27 – Roy Hatfield Aug. 28 – George Luther Aug. 29 – Jerry Weber (deceased) Aug. 31 – Kay (Qualls) Caldwell Charles Gaston
Marilyn (Prewitt) Williams 2813 NE Kendallwood Pkwy #4
Submit your news to . . .
Gladstone, MO 64119 (816)437-9422; cell (620)224-6623 email@example.com
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Mail to: LS Educational Fdn, 301 NE Tudor Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086-5702
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