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October 2, 2004


Leigh DeBiasse has been named to the dean's list with distinction at the University of Arizona. She received a 4.0 grade-point average for the fall and spring semesters of her freshman year. DeBiasse, a Lawrence High School graduate, is the daughter of David and Trish DeBiasse.


Rebecca Bennett, Lawrence, has earned a diploma in the computer aided drafting program at Vatterott College in Kansas City, Mo.


Jill Cochran Carraher has been chosen as an Aase George Scholar by the School of Social Welfare at Kansas University.

Carraher is quality improvement supervisor in Lawrence for The Farm Inc., a child welfare and behavioral health agency. The award carries a $1,000 scholarship that Carraher will use to continue work on a master's degree. Carraher received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Wichita State University in 1995. She served in Honduras in the Peace Corps and began employment at The Farm Inc. in 1999. She was named Employee of the Year in 2002.


Stuart Bell, Lawrence, attended the 2004 Presidential Youth Leadership Conference, sponsored by LeadAmerica, in New York City. The conference corresponded with the Republican National Convention Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Bell, a junior at Lawrence High School, was selected as a student who has demonstrated academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and strong leadership.


Mable Seele, Lawrence, celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 25. Cards may be sent to her at Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold Drive, 66049.


Eric and Kelly Ahlander, Hinesville, Ga., announce the birth of their son, Andrew Ahlander, born on Aug. 18, 2004, at Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Grandparents are Tim and Linda Bonebrake, Eudora, and Tim and Cathy Ahlander, Lake Elsinore, Calif. Great-grandparents are Bob and Betty Bonebrake, Lanagan, Mo.; Charlyne McDaniel, Eudora; and Richard and Flora Walters, Fort Worth, Texas.


Lawrence Memorial High School's Class of 1944 is having its 60th reunion Wednesday and Thursday.

The following activities are planned:

  • Registration with snacks, beverages and conversation, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Hampton Inn, 2300 W. Sixth St.
  • Registration with coffee, pastries and conversation, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Hampton Inn.
  • Box lunch, noon, Thursday, Dole Institute of Politics, Kansas University's west campus.
  • Bus tour, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, departs from the Dole Institute of Politics.
  • Banquet, social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Terrace.

For more information about the reunion, call Dick Wagstaff at 843-4864.


Lawrence High School's Class of 1974 is having its 30th reunion Oct. 8-9. Class members will gather at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Johnny's Tavern before the LHS football game against Olathe South High School and again after the game.

A tour of the high school will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.

A party will be from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 9 at Circle S Ranch. The cost is $40 per person. There will be a dance and food. Billy Spears and Lee McBee will provide music.

If you are a member of the class and have not received information, contact Elaine (Grob) Creasey at 749-0215.

Members of the reunion committee are Kimberly Williams Kirkendoll, Joanna Miranda Glaze, Matt Price, Linda Sheppard, Wendy Francis Clay, Elaine Grob Creasey, Carmen Bamber Hocking, Lee Ice, Terry Keefer, Mary Frances Lee, Valerie Farley Moreau, Pat O'Toole, Randy Sneegas, Ruth Anne King Sneegas and Sean Williams.


Sixty members of the Charles and Magdalena Schwarz family gathered Sept. 19 for a reunion at the Wingert Barn, south of Lawrence. Those present were from Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, Kansas City, California and Colorado.

Next year's 50th reunion will be Sept. 18 at the Wingert barn. Committee members for the 2005 reunion are Cathey Nealey, Marsue Frame, Lorene Reetz, Janet Seele, Jerry Seele, Darlene Bard and Debbi Wedel.


An open house will be given to celebrate the 90th birthday of Lorena Abbott, Lawrence, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 in the dining room in Babcock Place, 1700 Mass.

Lorena Shoup Abbott was born Oct. 11, 1914, in Hoyt. She is the daughter of Chester and Lilly Renfro Shoup. Lorena and her husband, Winfred Abbott, lived in Eudora, for most of their married life before moving to Lawrence five years ago. There children are Donald Eugene Campbell, Virginia Lee Bourgeault, Geraldine Faye Coleman, Gerald Ray Campbell and Norma "Jeanne" Torneden.

Hosts will be her children and grandchildren. She requests no gifts.


Jennifer Jenks graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master's degree in social work in May 2004.

She received the Jane Addams Scholar's Award for outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to the college's mission to serve disadvantaged urban populations. She is the daughter of Nora and Beju Benjamin, Lawrence.


Kalli Keen, Baldwin, plans to enter three dairy cows in the 31st annual North American International Livestock Exposition. The largest purebred livestock show will be Nov. 6-19 in Louisville, Ky.

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