Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In Memory Eva Specht

Eva Lynn Specht, 68, of Manhattan, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Select Specialty Hospital in Topeka.

Her family provided some of the following information.
She was born Sept. 21, 1940, in Chatsworth, Iowa, the daughter of B. William and Mabel (Webb) Specht. Eva had been a Manhattan resident area since 1963.
Eva graduated from the Burbank High School in Burbank, Calif., and then later attended Manhattan Area Vo-Tech. She worked as a cook for the Manhattan schools prior to becoming an administrative assistant at Kansas State University, retiring in 2006 after 28 years of service.

Eva was a member of First Lutheran Church, Martha Circle, Harmony Rebekkah Lodge No. 689, WELCA, LEA, LAPM, Eagles Auxiliary No. 2468, and RSVP. She taught Special Populations Sunday School at First Lutheran, and helped with the Keynotes Newsletter.

Survivors include two sons, John R. Willms Jr. and James R. Willms, both of Manhattan; and her extended family, Marti and Catie Gilbert of Dodge City.

She was preceded in death by one son, William F. Willms, in 1978; and by her parents.
Cremation is planned with a Celebration Of Life Service to be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the First Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dr. Keith Wiens officiating.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home Web site at
The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502, is helping with the arrangements.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


CONGRATULATIONS! The Burbank High School cheer squad, made up of 20 girls, traveled to Anaheim March 28 and 29 with hopes of qualifying for the finals in the 2009 USA National Cheer competition.

Not only did they qualify, but they took first place. This is the first time Burbank High School has won the event. "The girls had worked very hard this year, with real commitment to excellence," said Coach Heather Riscen. "Everyone was focused on just doing their best."

This year's Nationals had teams competing from Canada, Utah, Washington, Oregon and all of California.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Richard Rutan BHS 64 Passes Away

Richard A. Rutan
March 24, 1946-March 29, 2009
Richard Alan Rutan (Rick), 63, a long time resident of Anchor Point, died at his home on March 29, 2009 of lung cancer.

Richard A. Rutan Richard was born on March 24, 1946, in Shreveport, Louisiana, graduated from high school in Burbank, CA and was in the U. S. Navy twelve years; until honorably discharged in Bremerton, Wash., in 1981. He then followed his dream of moving to Alaska. Rick was well known in the Homer business community as owner and operator of R&R Refrigeration. He is also well known for his love of adventure and travel. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends who loved him.

Richard is preceded in death by his son Glenn Rutan, and father Robert Wilton Rutan.
He is survived by his son Robert William Rutan, mother Evonne Rutan, sisters: Judith Marriott, Robin Rutan, Marcia Rutan, Laurel Tulipano and brother Donald Rutan. Richard also has 4 grandchildren.

Friday, April 17, 2009

BHS & Barnes & Noble Bookfair

SAVE THE DATE: Burbank High School and Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Friday, May 1, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble

731 San Fernando Road

Burbank, CA 91502

All proceeds to benfit the Burbank High School Library

You will need to get the flyer with a voucher on it with a Bookfair I.D. number that you must present prior to making your purchase. A percentage of all the net sale will be donated to your school/organization. They passed the flyers out at the Senior Bulldogs and you will probably be able to pick them up at the school or Barnes & Noble.

Note: The purchase of gift cards, Barnes & Noble memberships, text books and magazine subscriptions are not included in bookfair totals. Our discount purchasing program may not be applied to bookfair purchases.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Local Graduate Receives Music Assn. Honor

Burbank High School graduate Doris Au MacDonald ( Class of 1973) of the songwriting duo "The Braeded Chord, " was handed her third Wammy at the recent 23rd Annual Wammies award ceremony hosted by the Washington Area Music Assn. in Virginia.

The Wammies are a celebration of up-and-coming as well as nationally known musicans from the Greater Washington, D.C., area. The awards were held Feb. 15, 2009 at the historic State Theater in Fall Church, Virginia.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Alumni Beats the Varsity!

Last Saturday on April 4 at 7 p.m. I attended the Burbank High School Alumni and Varsity Women's softball game at McCambridge Park. The alumni won 7 to 6 in a close game. The varsity did not have a chance once the alumni coached by Chris Jones put in the alumni ace pitcher Debbie Day from the 1976 class softball champions and Burbank High Athletic Hall of Famer. She struck out the side the first two innings she pitched. But some field errors by the alumni caused some runs to be scored to make it a close game. Every one had a good time and Outback Steakhouse supplied dinner for $10.oo. If you were on the Burbank High School softball teams over the years they are looking for more alumni players for next years game. You can contact the school.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Burbank On Parade

Burbank On Parade
The theme for the parade is
“Burbank Goes Hollywood”
Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 11am
Olive Avenue from Lincoln to Lomita

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Burbank High 1964 Class Reunion

The Burbank High School Class of 1964 will have its 45-year reunion from 6 p. m. to midnight October 10 at the Burbank Elks Club, 2232 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank.

The theme is "Surfs Up" and it will be luau casual attire with shirts and shoes required. The cost is $75.00 per person or $140.00 per couple and the memory book is included with ticket.

For more information, contact Pam Zipfel Kirkwood at pamkirkwood@yahoo.com.

Judith Rosen Hopper BHS 67 Passes Away

For me this is a sad posting as one of my classmates at Burbank High Class of 1967 has passed away according to her brother. Judith Diane Rosen Hopper passed away on March 12, 2009 in Palmdale, California. At this time there is no other details of her death. I remember her as a very sweet girl that was in some of my classes.

Check out her Find A Grave Memorial at:http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hopper&GSfn=judith+&GSmn=diane&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n&GRid=35357473&