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10/24/17 12:56 PM #8586    


Rick Houchin

This would be a good time of year for a bonfire!


10/25/17 12:15 PM #8587    


Randy Brown

I will talk to Painer. Bonfire and pizza with a side or two of bacon.

10/25/17 05:10 PM #8588    


Barb Franz (Meyer)

Ran into Painer today in Kearney, no I didn't hurt him! One of the first things he said was" need to have a bonfire! " So good visiting with him. It was so weird, because I was thinking he may be at funeral I went to this morning, he wasn't, but we collided carts at Dollar store. Meant to be! Radio out!

10/25/17 05:11 PM #8589    


Randy Brown

Just called Painer. He was talking with Barb F. M. About having a bonfire. Hmmmmmmmm. Must be in the fall wind. He is going to pick a couple dates and will put the info out with invites. Hope for warm calm evenings!

10/25/17 06:33 PM #8590    


Martha Rivero (Helton)

I’m also guilty of checking the site once in awhile but not posting. Think of you guys all the time❤️  Today grateful for the cool mornings!!! This Texas heat is awful!!!  Wally will be retiring on Dec 31st so preparing for that. He’s been in the theatre biz for 52 years!  I have about a years worth of “honey do” list waiting for him so I don’t think he’ll be missing work much😂.   Wally is looking forward to the 69er reunion (since he doesn’t think his class will have one) coming soon... see ya’ll then (swear I’m not a Texan) just love the ya’ll and fixing to do lingo. ❤️

10/29/17 10:11 AM #8591    


Randy Brown

How about those Huskers. I suffered through the whole game . . . . we beat a bad team . . . . 

10/30/17 02:46 PM #8592    


Barb Franz (Meyer)

Weather not good for bonfire, cold wind blowing last 2 days. I feel liked shirked my duties here.Been busy, living in my car! 2 weekends ago drove to Minneapolis, 1 day training and drove home.Past weekend, drove to Johnson, NE. 400 miles round trip. Almost 2,000 miles total. Had 2 funerals last week.Saw Mr. Shafer, Fran Wilson and Coach Boroff.They had to be underage when taught us.Signing off,take care my friends Radio!

10/31/17 10:17 AM #8593    


Kathy Hiner (Woodard)

Well, it is cold here in St. Louis too, although not like Nebraska.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!  Taking the grandkids out for trick or treating tonight (well, I am the driver, their parents walk with them).  One dressed up like a werewolk, the other like a scary clown (the six year old girl - I'm afraid of her), Thomas the Train for the 3 year old and the 13 year old - a combination of a ninja in black tights and a Greek tragedy figure (a white mask).  Me - I am the Screamer out of that painting (sorry, can not remember the name of the painter).   

10/31/17 10:19 AM #8594    


Kathy Hiner (Woodard)

Funerals for me too Barb, too many, my stepdaughter passed at age 50, and my grandson's other grandma passed at 65, from diabetes/heart failure.  From dust we come, to dust we return - or all we are is dust in the wind. Sorry, just feeling so damn sad today. 

10/31/17 10:55 AM #8595    


Mary Louise Steffens (Nelson)



Don't Worry, Be Happy!  

I, too would like to burn my funeral clothes! I figure we owe it to those who have passed before us to enjoy life today. So I say don't look at the dust on your doorstep, go out screaming like the painter whom I can't remember either! It's snowing here and I truly love snow!  So you can be the screamer today and I'll be the crazy lady who runs outside to smell the snow!

Mary Louise





10/31/17 11:11 AM #8596    


Janet Browne (Rose)

Squeeze, don’t smell the yellow snow!

Edward Munch: “The Scream”.  


10/31/17 11:16 AM #8597    


Janet Browne (Rose)

10/31/17 04:56 PM #8598    


Kathy Hiner (Woodard)

Thanks Janet and Mary Louise, appreciate the sentiments!!  You are so right, enjoy the time we have now.  I will enjoy the grandkids tonight in their Halloween outfits, it looks like a riot on the street we go to - there are so many people, cars and kids, so it is fun seeming the teeming mass of humanity bumble up and down the street. 

10/31/17 11:00 PM #8599    


Randy Brown


News Flash !

Pass the invite to those you know that are not reading the site. Painer has plans for a bonfire this Friday. Nov. 3rd, 5 P.M.  BYOB, we are having hotdogs. Call your friends. If you have never been to one, come see what you have been missing. 


11/01/17 01:22 PM #8600    


Randy Brown

Candi's photo art of a bonfire from the past !


11/03/17 10:44 AM #8601    


Rick Houchin

Very much looking forward to seeing some old and good friends tonight!


11/03/17 03:46 PM #8602    


Terry Yost (Westing)

Hello Hometown Friends!

These recent posts have prompted me to come out of the shadows and make a few comments. Many thoughts come to mind, but will try to keep it under a ten point dissertation.

1. If I lived closer, (Wisconsin is a long way from Kearney) I would be at the campfire and other events...have a great time everyone! I hope someone posts some photos.

2. I feel a strong kinship with you all, the older I get. Our shared common experiences of growing up in Kearney and graduating from the same high school give us a lot in common. I value this connection even more, now that none of my family live in Kearney, except at the cemetery.

3. So that is why I am an occasional checker of the message forum. It is inspiring and fun to hear from and about people who have known me, and who I remember from way back. I am very grateful for those of you who stay in touch and to find you are dealing with the similar aging issues I am!

4. Which brings me to the recent posts about funerals. Not long ago my husband and I went to the local funeral home and pre-planned and paid for our funerals. I found the experience to be emotionally satisfying. First I was tearful, then more rational as we chose the details of our services together, then relieved knowing our kids won't have to deal with all those decisions. And it felt like a gift from my spouse, knowing exactly what he wanted, and vice versa, and who to call!

5.  Since taking a close up look at the last day, when we need to call a funeral home, I have found that each day has become more meaningful and I try to pack as much in each day as possible. We are spending time writing books together. Hope to have one published by the end of the year for gifts for the grandkids!

6. Seize the day!

11/04/17 09:17 AM #8603    

Dick Garrelts

Great night for a fire!  Much obliged for the efforts of Painer, Bix, and Brownie for the usual good food and good company. There is nothing like warm friendships around a warm fire on a cool evening. The 69ers always make the 70's feel welcome. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of it.

Happy Birthday, Bix!

11/04/17 11:08 AM #8604    


Rick Houchin

Last night it became even more apparent to me the meaning of long-time friendships, as well as new ones. It's incredible to me the impact that people have on who you become, and what you are. Even though many years passed by without their company, I realize that they have always been a part of my life in subtle ways. Values, honesty, humor, and all that contributes to what life is about.

Growing up in Kearney may have seemed lackluster at the time, but classmates who had the same experiences and commonality augment the feeling of belonging to a community, both literally and figuratively. I wouldn't trade a second of it.

It may seem like a trivial thing, a small group of people gathering around a fire for a few hours, but it is a primal, powerful feeling of bond and love. I thank all of my friends, past and present, for showing me this again. The laughs, the stories, even the tears, are invaluable. I love you all, and I guess I always have.

11/05/17 08:59 AM #8605    


Tom Bixby


11/05/17 10:24 AM #8606    


Kathy Hiner (Woodard)

Wow, some really meaningful posts in the last week, and I can truly say I feel exactly the same way -  the friendships forged in Kearney will always be with me as I traverse the sometimes rocky life I live now. The one thing I can be secure in knowing?  That the love of God and the lessons I learned in Kearney are truly the rocks that I stand on each and every day.  Along with the friendships, there were the Sunday schools, the church camps, the confimation classes.  As a group, we have been truly blessed with the loving families, the great schools, the mostly crime free town, and churches that taught us the values we live by today.  God bless all of you today and always!!

11/08/17 04:09 PM #8607    


John Divan

I received word through our church prayer chain, Eric Blume passed away last night!  His brother Fred is a church member. I don’t have any details but am hoping there is an obituary in the Hub.  Eric attended Kenwood and lived a block east of us growing up!  I’ve often wondered what became of him!  Susie

11/09/17 09:27 AM #8608    


Kathy Hiner (Woodard)

I am so sorry to hear about Eric Blume, I was just thinking about him last week.  When I was going to marry in 1975, Eric and I were good friends, we used to listen to music together.  As a pre wedding gift, he gave my to be husband and I his stereo system.  He was one of the sweetest people I have ever meant.  He always had this touch of melancoly about him though, and I was always trying to cheer him up when we listened to music together. 

11/09/17 10:50 AM #8609    


John Wolf

I'm sad to hear about Eric.  He was a good classmate and friend.  We last talked while he was working at the Comfort Inn one morning.  He seemed happy and content.  I hope many of his classmates will attend his funeral and give his family much needed support.   

11/09/17 09:44 PM #8610    


Roy Nagakubo

We saw The Graduate together, twice in 1968; he totally identified with Dustin Hoffman, as Benjamin Braddock.  

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