Since the Dust Has Settled



I have started this post about 100 times without much success.  I can’t believe that after all of the planning and preparation, it is all over!  Wow!  What a great time.  I really don’t know how to thank all of the volunteers that made this reunion possible.  Everything went rather smoothly for the most part, (I won’t get into the dirty details) and I think many of us enjoyed catching up with so many friends we hadn’t seen in such a long time.  The meal was fantastic, the music….even better!  The parade was even better than the fair’s parade (sorry fair board…you’re going to need to pick up the pace), and the photo booth….well, it was a PHOTO BOOTH.  If you can’t have fun in a photo booth, then you aren’t looking very hard for some fun.

I have so many people to thank, but right now I just want to bask in the glow for a little longer.  Please check out the photo library.  There are many, many pictures to look through.  (Thank you Mary Hartman.)  Feel free to print these off if you like them.  Be looking for more pictures from the photo booth.  And thank you to everyone who made it back to enjoy the reunion.



Venue Change!

Due to unforeseen construction delays we have changed the venue for the Reunion Dinner banquet (Sat eve, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ) to the Catholic Church Hall.

Registration will be held at the Lane County Museum on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you don’t pick up your wristbands at registration before the banquet, just pick them up at the banquet we will have them there.

At this time we have not found another location for the worship service, but we will keep you updated.

For full schedule details you can click on the following link,

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

A Smaller Purse

Recently I changed to a smaller purse.  It may not seem like a very big deal, but it has completely changed my life.  I was really beginning to lose it  become very frustrated with my gargantuan, size of Texas, purse.  It completely dominated my life.  I was constantly digging around in it, I could never find anything, and the straps were constantly digging into my shoulder and giving me headaches.  It was supposed to carry my knitting in it too, but that never worked out.  Either my yarn was snagging on the bulging contents of the suitcase purse, or all of my needles would just, flop out of their special little needle holder, inside the special knitting purse/bag/suitcase.  Add to that carrying a diaper bag and an 18 month old, and you can see how I was constantly flipping my @#%%.  So, I downsized…in a big way.  I ordered a special wallet, small enough to fit in my new, changing my life, purse.  I took everything out of Texas knitting purse/bag and reassessed.  Why do I need 14 pens and 3 travel containers of hand lotion?  Oh wait, I know.  BECAUSE I COULDN’T FIND ANYTHING!!  So, I just kept putting more and more stuff in the stupid thing, until I couldn’t ever find the stuff that was in there.  So, I stopped worrying about the latest fashion statement bag, and instead, got out an old trusty travel purse.  The small kind, filled with places to put everything.  And a strap that goes across my body.  Hands free!  Now I only have one lotion in my purse, and I know exactly where it is.  Oh, and two pens…in their pen holders.  (Why two you ask?  Well, there are two pen holders.  And what if one runs out of ink?)  My knitting has its own bag, with no Velcro, and nothing randomly falls out of it either now.

So, how has this changed my life you ask?  Well, to put it simply, my life is now….simpler.  I know where my keys go, and my phone.  I have two hands available to carry my baby, and sometimes my 3 year-old too.  But on a bigger scale, it has had a much needed trickle down effect.  I started reassessing everything in my house and the other house I live in my vehicle.  I took a whole pickup load of stuff, just stuff, that I wasn’t using, and who knows what I was saving it for, to the thrift store.  I bought organizational cubes and shelves.  I organized my cabinets, underneath sinks, in the linen closet.  I am in the middle of organizing the laundry room.  Get. Out.  Who am I?  I love this new me.  Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved organizing my life.  (I am the by-product of two hoarding parents.  The kind where you opened cabinets very carefully, or everything would just fall out.)  But I would always just reorganize all my junk.  I never really stepped back, and said, do I really need this?  Can I live without it?  It turns out I can live with a lot less than I thought.  And I’m just getting started:)


An Interesting Trip to the Grocery Store

dance team flip pic
DHS Dance Team 2014

It was a day, not unlike any other day, when a quick grocery store stop was necessary.  I happened to run into Bonnie Venters outside in the parking lot.  Now, thinking back, if I could take back that day, I probably would.  But, I blindly asked politely when the next Dighton All School Reunion  was happening, because you see, they are incredibly fun.  And in my mind, I needed to prepare for that fun.  I wanted to know when I was going to get to kick up some dirt with my old high school buddies.  “Would you like to help?”  Bonnie timidly asks me.  “Sure!  I’d love to!”….Uh, what she meant was, “Do you want to be IN CHARGE of the whole event?”  WHAT?  I didn’t find that out until the first meeting, and now, a year and a half later, here we are!  So after a mild panic attack and many, many hours of planning, we are closer than ever to the 2015 All School Reunion.

I am excited to share a few things with those of you who haven’t been around Dighton for a while.  There are 27 campsites available at the fairgrounds.  They are equipped with full hookups including water, and they run just $18 per night.  They are first come, first serve.  This is an excellent option for those of you who don’t have any arrangements made yet.  I would also suggest Scott City as an option, as they have seen a recent hotel boom.

We are going to have a few new things available this year including, but not limited to:

Horseshoe Tourney

Kickball Tourney

Event Photographer

Photo Booth

Class Pictures

Just a few things to look forward to.  Many people ask what their registration fees cover.  It covers all of the Saturday events including the evening meal, band (lighting, sound, stage), dance, parade, free parking, campsite contest, and the pancake breakfast and worship service on Sunday.  This is definitely not a for profit venture!  In addition, the ASR committee gives out scholarships to local graduating seniors EVERY year.  If we have any money left over, we are giving it back to our community by investing it in our youth.  Certainly in the hopes that some of them will return to raise their families here.  We appreciate everything all of our alumni have done over the years, and we look forward to seeing everyone this summer!

Jenny (Linden) Tracz

2015 ASR Chairperson