Monday, August 31, 2009

Station Fire From Grand View Cemtery

Sunday I volunteered at Grand View Cemetery in Glendale, California. It was 100 degrees and a warm breeze with smoke from the Station Fire. Here two volunteers Lisa Burks and Susan try and stay cool. Lisa is the one fanning herself.

Grand View Volunteers Lisa, Susan and Fran.

View of the Station Fire from Grand View Cemetery.

Another view of the fire.

Here is a view of the smoke almost blocking the large painted "H" on the hill, which is for Hoover High School.

Another view.

There sure was a lot of smoke!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

BHS Class of 1964 45-year Reunion Reminder

The Burbank High School class of 1964 will have its 45-year reunion from 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 10 at the Burbank Elks Club, 2232 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank. The theme is “Surf’s Up,” and it will be luau casual attire with shirts and shoes required. The cost is $75 per person or $140 per couple and the memory book is included with ticket.For more information, e-mail Pam Zipfel Kirkwood at or Tammy Stepanow Klinger at

Hi to all of you planning to attend the BHS Class of 1964, 45th High School Reunion on October 10th of this year...If you are coming from out-of-town and will be needing a hotel, the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel offers acccomodations closest to our Reunion Venue. The hotel is located at
2500 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank.
***Just this morning, Tammy Stepanow Klinger '64 spoke to "Daisy" at the hotel and was able to negotiate a special $95 per night rate for BHS Reunion Attendees. PLEASE NOTE: there are a limited number of rooms offered at this price. All classmates who have already made their reservations at the previous special "BHS"rate of $109, will also have their reservations honored at the $95 rate. Make sure your hotel receipt reflects the $95 rate. ***Also, parking at the hotel is a flat rate of $14 per day***To arrange reservations at this $95 price call the hotel directly. Do not use the 800 number or book your reservations online. Mention the code word "BHS"...Here is the number 818 843-6000...
If you are interested in securing the $95 rate...Do not delay...
We hope you have all remembered to send in your Reunion reservations and checks. This is gonna be SOME Party and we look forward to seeing you all...
Pam and Jon
Karen and Gary

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ready For Some Football!

The new track and football field are almost complete at Burbank High. (Scott Smeltzer/The Leader)

With construction nearly complete, teams waiting to get on new Burbank High football field and running track for the first time.

Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader.

BURBANK — Football players at Burbank High are chomping at the bit to get a chance to practice on their new football field for the first time.However, the Bulldogs might only have to wait a few more days to get their first feel of the new facility.Some final preparations on the field itself were being taken care of on Tuesday, and first-year Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said he hopes to have his squad trying out the field by the end of the work week.However, Valencia said he hasn’t been given a specific date when that will happen.Burbank Athletic Director Fred Cook said the first game on the field could be a freshman nonleague contest at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 against Chaminade.The Bulldogs will not play their home games at the new facility, as Memorial Field at Burroughs is the team’s home field.The Burbank field is, however, the home of the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program, which opens its season Sept. 12.The improvement project is part of an $18-million joint venture to improve facilities at Burbank, Burroughs and Jordan Middle School.The Burbank field and all-weather track installation, which began in the spring, will cost $4 million. The facilities are to be shared for both public and school use, costing the city $13.4 million and the Burbank Unified School District $4.7 million.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Youth Hurt as Rocket Fuel Explodes!

It was March 1964 when this occurred. I checked my 1963,64 and 65 yearbooks and did not find him listed, but because of his injuries maybe he did not graduate?

A Burbank High School student suffered severe injuries Thursday when chemicals he was mixing with his bare hands for homemade rocket fuel exploded in a remote desert area near Pearblossom.

David L. Herman, 18, of 304 Elmwood Street, underwent surgery at Antelope Valley Hospital for hand injuries and face wounds. Deputy sheriffs identified the chemicals as potassium chlorate and phosphorus.

Two campanions, Kenneth Kosnik, 17, of 1412 N. Keystone Street, and Robert Abrams, 17, of 901 Bethany Road, were not hurt.

Friday, August 21, 2009

In Memory Of......

I am sad to report the loss of a few more Burbank High Alumni. They are:

Patricia Bromaghim Hollister, BHS 1946 of San Luis Obispo, CA who passed away on July 30, 2009.

Robert "Bob' Lauble graduated from Burbank High in 1944. He passed away on June 9, 2009. He was a Navy World War II veteran.

Pamela Coyle De Celle, BHS 1944 passed away in June 2009 as a result of an auto accident in Michigan.

Chuey "Jess" Aguirre, BHS 1947 passed away on July 7, 2009 in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. He was an Army Veteran.

Monday, August 17, 2009

1967 Grad Nite at Disneyland Photo

This is a photo of Me (Linda Mustion) at Burbank High's 1967 Grad Nite at Disneyland. I think we all received a coupon to have our picture taken. You could stop by at anytime during the evening. I wonder if any other of my classmates had their photo taken that night and still have them? It would be interesting to see them!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Matt Kurihara - Golf All League Honors

Matt Kurihara a Burbank High Senior tied for second in the Pacific League final with 145 before taking second in a card-off en route to earning all - league honors. Matt helped the improved Bulldogs place second in league and sixth at the CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional. Matt averaged a 78 in four league matches. WAY TO GO! MATT

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Matthew Pavelka Scholarship Fund

Officer Matthew Pavelka

If you are a student of any of the local Burbank high schools you can apply for the Matthew Pavelka Scholarship Fund in memory of Burbank Fallen Peace Officer Matthew Pavelka. To find out more information and to apply click here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Burbank High Class of 1999 - 10th Reunion

The Burbank High Class of 1999 is having their 10th reunion next month and for more information check here

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Mickey DePalo BHS 64 - Veteran of the Year

Mickey DePalo BHS 64 at Burbank's Veterans Day Ceremonies 2009

From Pam Kirkwood's "The Loop"

Over in our "Congratulations Department" we see that our good friend Mickey DePalo '64 was recently honored by the California State Assembly as "Veteran of the Year"...This is an honor well-deserved by Mick. Besides being a Viet Nam Vet himself, Mickey has dedicated countless hours of his own time serving on the Burbank Veterans Commemorative Committee (who each year organize and present the Veterans' Day Ceremony and Memorial Day Ceremony at Mc Cambridge Park, where Mickey emcees the program), Mick also has carried on the "Hands Across the Battlefield" Program that supplies much-needed personal items to our service people in the Middle East and Mick single handedly pushed to get the Larry Maxam Memorial Park program off the ground and approved by the Burbank City Council. As a result, the former Pacific Park will be re-named and dedicated to Burbank's only Medal of Honor recipient, Larry Maxam '66 R.I.P. Mickey never misses an opportunity to "do" forVeterans, whether running a marathon on behalf of them or just stopping to say a kind word...We are PROUD of you, Mickey...Congratulations...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Field Plans Might Not Hold Water...

Field plans might not hold water

By Christopher Cadelago, Burbank Leader
Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009

BURBANK — Plans to use recycled water to cool and maintain new athletic facilities at two city high schools have become ensnarled in a bureaucratic tussle since county officials indicated that the irrigation plans were prohibited under state law.Under a joint spending plan reached between the City Council and Burbank Unified, which last year pledged $13.4 million and $4.7 million, respectively, athletic facilities at Jordan Middle School and Burbank and John Burroughs high schools are scheduled to receive major face-lifts.Both governing boards reached separate agreements at least in part because of the use of recycled water, Burbank Unified School District President Dave Kemp said.Under the plan, the grass at John Burroughs High School’s Memorial Field will be replaced with artificial turf as part of a $12-million project that includes facility upgrades and the installation of an all-weather track. The Burbank High field and all-weather track installation, three weeks away from completion, is expected to cost $4 million.Both fields at the time of approval were slated to use reclaimed water to keep the artificial surfaces cool before games.But plans to use only recycled water at the new Burbank High facility have been shelved while the California Department of Public Health assesses the health implications.County health officials, who recently referred the matter to the state, maintain that the school must use recycled water only between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and that the synthetic surface must be totally dry before each use.“It’s not a water-conservation issue at all because the schools in Burbank already use recycled water,” said Carlos Borja, program director for cross-connection and water pollution control. “This is a health-related issue. Recycled water has inherent limitations.”Title 22 calls for a higher level of treatment and reliability as the potential for human contact with recycled water increases, said Bill Mace, assistant general manager for water systems at the city’s utility.Recycled wastewater goes through three levels of treatment at water reclamation plants. The first treatment removes large solids, the second uses bacteria to remove 90% to 95% of the remaining solids, and the third treatment process includes advanced filtration methods or reverse osmosis.Chlorine is also used to destroy bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.Borja argued that despite assurances, recycled water is not meant for surfaces used for public activities.But long-term studies of viruses in tertiary-treated recycled water verify the absence of pathogens in thousands of water samples, utility officials said.“State law specifies that this water is approved for everything, including swimming,” said Ron Davis, general manager of Burbank Water and Power. “It doesn’t make sense to restrict its use.”Laws also stipulate that potable water should not be used where suitable recycled water is available.The state’s interpretation, which has yet to be delivered in writing, is being rebutted by a growing contingent of city departments.“What we’re trying to do is cut back on expenses,” Mace said, pointing out that recycled water costs roughly 15% less than potable water. “We’re in a water crisis, and the more reclaimed water we can use, the less we rely on potable water.”

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Death of Coach John"Jack" Loutensock

John "Jack" Loutensock
Born - January 16, 1926 - Wilmar, CA (now part of Anaheim)
Passed Away - July 31, 2009 - Orem, Utah

Coach John "Jack" Loutensock passed away suddenly this morning, July 31, at about 9:00 AM at his home in Orem, Utah, at age 83. On July 14, two weeks ago, biopsies were taken from his lungs, which gave the diagnosis of lung cancer in both lungs. On July 22 he went home from the hospital. Being a lifelong non-smoker, it was later definitely determined that the cancer was due to asbestos exposure. This next Tuesday, August 4, Coach Loutensock had an appointment in Salt Lake City at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital for evaluation and discussion of what treatment would be done.

This morning Coach Loutensock was up, and dressed with the help of his wife, Barbara, and son, Brett. His wife suggested he rest on his bed, and as soon as he got onto the bed Barbara and Brett heard him take two deep breaths, and he passed away that quickly.

Jack and Barbara Loutensock both attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Jack held BA and MA degrees. He was also an Air Force veteran. Jack taught in the Burbank Unified School District for 32 years, first at Luther Burbank Junior High, and then for 27 years at Burbank High School, from 1958 until his retirement in 1985. Shortly after retirement he and Barbara moved to Orem, Utah where they still resided. At BHS Jack taught Physical Education, Science, Health and Safety, Driver's Training, and for 17 years from 1958 until 1975 he was the Varsity Basketball Coach.

Until quite recently Coach Loutensock was still very active, and within the last couple of months he and his wife had traveled in their motor home. His passing was sudden and unexpected so soon after his recent diagnosis.

Jack Loutensock is survived by his wife Barbara, of Orem, Utah; son Blyden (BHS '70), of Provo, Utah; son Brett (BHS '79), of Burbank; daughter Wendy Ruff (BHS '80), of Burbank; grandchildren Chelcie, Jason, and Ashlee Loutensock all of Orem; granddaughter London Ruff of Burbank; and great-grandson Landon Loutensock of Orem. Jack was predeceased by his son, Mark, in 1974 at age 20.

Funeral services will probably be this next Thursday, August 6, at the family's LDS Ward Chapel in Orem, Utah. Burial will follow in Lehi, Utah at the Lehi Cemetery.

Mrs. Barbara Loutensock
182 S. 70 West
Orem, UT 84058
Blyden Loutensock