Sunday, May 2, 2010

Found One!

Does anybody remember Collen Beckman? She went to school with us from third grade to eighth. She found me on Facebook. She's hooked up with most of the classmates that I have as "friends," but she's like to hear from more. She's living in Washington, and believe it or not is a GREAT-grandmother!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lunch With the Girls

Five of us met a Fuddrucker's today to reconnect and also visit with Pam Foster and Helen Moss who couldn't be there this weekend. A really nice visit-too bad Susan and Helen had to go back to work.

Pam Foster Allsop-lives in the area-still a lot of fun!

Helen Moss-still lives here-hasn't changed a bit.

Susan Hampton Fisher-lives here; and Marcy Welz Glenn-lives in Arizona.

The group, plus one five-year-old (my grandson Sydney). He kept them pretty entertained.

You'll notice no pictures of me. That's the beauty of being the photographer! Terry Mitchell wants us to get together again sometime next summer, now that we've renewed our relationships. Susan and I are going to try to keep a database of addresses current so nobody has to work as hard as she did this time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Friday night was a gathering at McKenzie River Pizza. There were 11 classmates there.

Saturday at the Belgrade Senior Center. Checking out the memories.

Brian to Jerry: "It's OK, most of us need glasses these days."

Ted to his new wife: "Yes, honey, that was me when I still had hair."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Here We Are!

Here's a shot of the bunch that made it to the barbecue tonight with the exception of Suzie Curtis Williams-she had left just before we took this picture.

We had a couple of "crashers," underclassmen who were really good friends of ours. It was great to see them.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Oh, the Memories-They're in Our Classrooms!

This year two of my grandkids, Sydney and Gracie, (cousins) started kindergarten. It is so cool because Gracie is in Mrs. Heck's room, and Sydney is in my first grade room. The memories keep flooding over me. We met the principal in our old lunchroom. (How did that room get so small?) Belgrade has all-day, every other day kindergarten this year. I think the big deal was because of day care issues. How times have changed! They're actually going to do every day kindergarten for a few-since she was an extreme preemie, Gracie might be eligible. She's actually thriving in her present schedule, so she might not switch over-depends on their evaluation.

Okay-big question-who the heck was the other first grade teacher? I remember: 2nd-Mrs. Miller, 3rd-Mrs. Wright, 4th-Mrs. Hoagland, and 5th-Mrs. Tavegie(sp). For the life of me, I can't remember my first grade teacher. I transferred from Livingston not too long before Christmas, so my memories are just a bit fuzzy.


See you Friday-be there or be square!

Marty (Quick) Veltkamp

Monday, August 17, 2009

I didn't Want to be First

Okay, I'll tell you a bit about me. After getting married, we moved to the metropolis of Manhattan. Montana, that is. Kind of a boring story, but we've had a good life. We raised three sons, two of which now live in Belgrade and their kids go to Belgrade. I get the privilege of showing the two new kindergartners which classrooms were mine in the Martha Heck building. That ought to bring back memories. Our other son lives in Austin, TX-a fun place to visit.

We have six grandkids, five boys and one girl. We're very involved with them and it's a load of fun. Stan retired from Holcim Cement at Trident, and I mostly worked in banking and have had a custom sewing business for most of my adult life.

Our six-hard to get that many kids in one spot and smiling, too!

We are involved with various ministries in our church, I currently serve as a deacon and Stan has served as deacon and elder. We serve dinners for Celebrate Recovery, a Bible-based 12-step program, and have been part of other ministries, both in and out of the church.

Our favorite retirement activity is travel. We've been to Mexico several times and last spring we finally got a chance to go on a cruise. I'm hooked-trying to figure out how to go on another one as soon as I can. We're also saving our pennies to visit a friend near New York. Never been but it's something I've always wanted to do.

Our last trip to Mazatlan. Here we were celebrating Stan's mom's 93rd birthday. L-R: SIL Irene, Grandma, me & Stan.

Stan and I love to sing-we do lots of singing in churches etc. Since Stan is the "real" Santa, he spends all of December being his alter ego. He visits approximately 200 kids during that time. He visits rest homes, Scout groups, and schools in the area. He won't do malls or most commercial Santa jobs-he prefers to do the personal one-on-one and he especially loves to visit kids who might not otherwise have a good Christmas. He is Manhattan's official Santa as well. We also love to cook, so if you make it to the reunion you'll have a chance to taste our cooking.

Okay, you're it! E-mail me with your story at mrmrssanta(at)bresnan(dot)net (or snail mail-Susan can get info to me too).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hi All You Crazy Guys From 1969

Welcome-let's get started! E-mail me pictures, info, articles and anything else we might want to know about that's happened since good old BHS! Just go to my profile and to E-mail and send the stuff to me.

I might find some good stuff to put in, too.

Get ready for our reunion during the Belgrade Fall Festival.