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KW ‘68 sets 50th

The Kelly Walsh High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50th class reunion on July 6 and 7, 2018, at the Ramkota. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., on Friday, July 6, and the icebreaker will follow from 6 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a tour of the new high school at 11 a.m., with an opportunity for group photos. A buffet dinner and dance will be held that evening from 6 to 10 p.m. If you have new contact information for yourself or classmates, update it at You can also send the information to Follow the reunion information and updates on Facebook at Kelly Walsh High School Class of 1968. For more information or to ask questions, call Rick Trout at 265-0809 or Peggy Porter at 262-3239.

NC ‘68 gears up

The NCHS Class of 1968 will hold its reunion July 6 and 7, 2018 in Casper. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the Ramkota. The evening ice breaker will begin at 6 p.m. at the poolside and end at 10 p.m. Saturday’s events will offer a tour of the new school and group photos on the steps of the school. A Saturday evening buffet will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. with music and dancing. Sunday will be a free day. Registrations will be mailed to existing addresses. Email or register Find more information on Facebook at Natrona County High School 1968. Contact Rich Roberts, 262-2345 or Bill Schneider, 262-5908.

Troopers seek

HOF nominees

The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame (HOF) annually recognizes individuals for distinguished service, contributing to the health, growth, and advancement of the Troopers.

First presented in 2011, this is the most prestigious honor given by the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps to its former members, administrators, instructional staff, volunteers, and significant supporters.

Anybody may nominate an individual for consideration to the HOF.

The Troopers Alumni Association Committee selects the final HOF honorees annually from the list of nominees, subject to review and final approval by the Troopers Board of Directors.

The Troopers will induct the new 2018 Troop HOF member(s) at a special ceremony in Casper on July 12 or 13, 2018.

The HOF has four categories of members: marching member with at least three competitive seasons, administration/staff, volunteer and special achievement.

The deadline for submission is April 30, 2018. Send nominations to For more information or for questions, call Tony Monterastelli, 773-852-2234.

Diaper Day Sunday

The monthly distribution of free diapers to families in need will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7th and Wolcott. For further information, call the church office at 234-0831.

T-Birds salute military Feb. 21

The Casper College basketball teams will celebrate veterans with a special “Military Appreciation Night” on Wednesday, Feb. 21 beginning with the women’s game at 5:30 followed by the men’s at 7:30 p.m.

The T-Birds will take on the Sheridan Generals.

The evening will feature free admission for veterans and current military and their guest with valid ID. In addition to the free admission, the Casper College Veterans Club will hold a 50/50 raffle to benefit their programs, representatives from different military branches will be in attendance, a color guard will perform, and the national anthem will be performed by Technical Sergeant First Class Brandon Rodriguez.

Admission for nonmilitary to “Military Appreciation Night” is $4 for those 18 and over, $3 for those 60 and over, and $2 for those aged 13-17. Children 12 and under get in free.

Both games will be held in the “Swede” Erickson Thunderbird Gym on the Casper College campus.

County Dems meet

Natrona County Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m., on Feb. 22, at the IBEW Hall, 691 English Dr., with the theme, “Putting the pedal to the metal.” After potluck at 6:30 p.m., the agenda includes putting the strategic plan into action, precinct strategy, candidate committee report and convention planning update. Special guest is activist Dan Cooper. Bring a sweet or a side for the main dish of beans, franks and brats. For more information or to RSVP, leave a message with the downtown office at 234-1992.

Art and music

Feb. 23

A pairing of art and music is scheduled for the Casper College RedStone Recital and Gallery Series on Friday afternoon, Feb. 23. The events are free, open to the public, and are presented in tandem with the 2018 Casper College Humanities Festival.

The event begins with the exhibition titled, “Spooky Action at a Distance” in the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery in the Casper College Music Building. The gallery reception will run from noon to 12:30 p.m. At 12:30 Meghan Rowswell and Maria Rose Wimmer will present an artist talk on their work, inspired by Einstein’s “Spooky Action Theory.”

The music performance begins at 1 p.m. with Colorado lyric baritone Adam Ewing and pianist Adriana Teodoro-Dier in the Wheeler Concert Hall. Ewing has embraced the Humanities Festival theme with a program entitled, “The Fantastic in Poetry and Song.”

Retrospective on civil rights

The first of three films for this year’s 27th Annual Casper College Multicultural Film Festival will be shown at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, with a presentation of the 2014 documentary “Freedom Summer.” The showing is free and open to the public.

“Given recent events and actions such as the Black Lives Matter Movement, the DACA debate, and the 50th anniversary discussions of the loss of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the theme seemed appropriate for this year’s festival,” said Erich Frankland, film festival director and chair of the department of political science, history and international studies.

Each film in this year’s festival, according to Frankland, was chosen in consultation with those who would lead the discussion following each film.

Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, Casper College history instructor, will lead the post-film discussion for “Freedom Summer.”

The Casper College Multicultural Film Festival is free and open to the public. Casper College, the Casper College Foundation, the Casper College departments of political science, history and international studies, and social and cultural studies sponsor the Casper College Multicultural Film Festival.

Bowl for their battle

For Wyoming children fighting a battle with cancer and their families who stand by their side, one special day at a bowling alley will have a tremendous impact.

Organizers for the 20th annual “Bowl for Jason’s Friends Foundation” urge the community to sign up to bowl in the quickly approaching event from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, March 3, at El Mark-O Lanes.

Each team of five will bowl for about an hour and individual bowlers are asked to collect at least $75 in donations. Funds raised through the event will provide financial assistance for families in the community and throughout Wyoming whose children are suffering from life-threatening childhood cancers and brain or spinal cord tumors.

Jason’s Friends Foundation is a non-profit 501©3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible. The Bowl for Jason’s Friends event is run entirely by volunteers, with 95 percent of the dollars taken in going directly to Wyoming families in need.

Team sign-up and Bowl packets are available online at or at any First Interstate Bank location, any Hilltop Bank location, at El Mark-O Lanes, or at Jason’s Friends, 340 West B Street in Casper.

For more information, visit or call Jason’s Friends at 235-3421.

Planetarium gets new projector

The Casper Planetarium will not present any public shows from February 26 to March 2. During that time, a new full-dome projector will be installed. The new projector has twice the resolution of the one that has been in use for the past 10 years. Audience members will see brighter, sharper graphics and more vivid colors on the dome.

Regular shows will resume on March 3, and on Saturday, March 10, a special grand unveiling night will be held with complimentary light refreshments before each show. On March 10, the 7 p.m. show is “Spirits from the Sky, Thunder on the Land,” about how the Native Americans of the Pawnee Nation used celestial observations in daily life. It’s ideal for younger audiences, ages 7 to 12. The 8 p.m. show is “Cosmology,” an original production by the Casper Planetarium staff, narrated by Michael Stevens of Vsauce. Suited for teens and adults, it takes a humorous approach to exploring how the universe was created and how it is evolving. Admission is $3 per person for each show; cash or checks only. For the full schedule of shows, please visit

Intermediate knitting, crochet

Want to improve your basic knitting or crochet skills? Register for the Intermediate Knitting & Crochet class at the Casper Recreation Center beginning March 6, 2018.

Join Nancy Pawlowski and learn more about reading patterns in the six-week class that meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Students will work on a sampler pattern to increase skills and knowledge in either knitting or crochet. Knowledge of the basics is required and participants will need to bring paper, pen, yarn and either crochet hooks or knitting needles to the first class. Fee for the class is $68 for non-members and $56 for those with a Recreation Center pass.

For more information or to register, please call 235-8383, stop by the Casper Recreation Center at 1801 E. 4th St. or visit

Evening in the Word March 13

Evening in the Word women’s bible study will dive into the updated Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 13 in room 1321 at Highland Park Community Church. Learn to recognize God’s character, language, tone of voice and understand the role of the Holy Spirit. Books are $15. Classes involve whole group videos and small group discussion for seven sessions. Contact Gwen at 262.0719 for questions. Bring your bibles and join us.

Family fun at

Werner museum

If you haven’t checked out Casper College’s Werner Wildlife Museum, there is no better time than the present.

In addition to the museum’s two floors of beautiful wildlife exhibits from not only Wyoming but around the world, the Werner features “The Lair” an interactive children’s area; a collection of wildlife movies, documentaries, and books; and a monthly wildlife study session featuring speakers from around the state.

For the art lover, the Werner hosts three annual shows featuring Wyoming artists and artisans.

For more information about the Werner Wildlife Museum, call 235-2108, email or stop by Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum is free and open to the public and is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street.

Town Crier: Sports & Recreation

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Fireball 500 results

Following are results of the Fireball 500 Club 2018 Sweetheart Bowl, held Feb. 10 at Sunrise Lanes. It was a four-person, members only handicapped tournament.

High series, Missy Music, 529. High game, Debra White, 191.

1. Marla Whitaker, LaVone Bachler, Zelda Jensen, Phyllis Rufenacht, 2,269; 2. Kay Griswold, Debra White, Diana Porter, Debbie Carabajal, 2,213; 3. Laurie McNally, Tonya Yelton, Bonnie Wamsley, Debra Zeigafuse, 2,165; 4. Ann Robinson, Pat Jensen, Renae Berlinger, Julie Wamsley, 2,106; 6. Missy Music, Lyla Harmon, Julene Lindberg, Vivian Murphy, 2,103.

Mixed city tournament

Mixed City Bowling tournament for all Casper USBC members is Feb. 24 and 25 at Sunrise Lanes, sponsored by the Casper Women’s Bowling Association. Teams of two men and two women are invited to participate. Cost is $100 per team. Entries close Feb. 19, 2018. Registration forms are available at El Marko Lanes and Sunrise Lanes. Questions can be directed to Janice Cowell at 258-8052.

New session of winter fitness begins

Tone, relieve stress, improve health and overall wellness, or have fun exercising with friends in a class beginning the week of Feb. 26 at the Casper Recreation Center. All of the instructors are certified and have several years of experience.

RIP classes are offered Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. or Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. Weight bearing exercise improves bone health and decreases the chance of developing osteoporosis. This 60 minute barbell workout challenges men and women of all ages and fitness levels by using traditional strength training to tone muscles and burn calories. Evening classes are taught by Amanda Luckenbill and morning classes by Phyllis Pearl-Erk.

Forever Fit is a special comprehensive fitness program designed for the 50-plus crowd, but also great for those just starting a fitness program. Improve circulation, flexibility and fitness level with warm-up, low impact aerobics, weights, resistance training and stretching. Class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 8:50 a.m. and is taught by Patty Kempf.

The new Barre Fitness class will be offered on Thursdays from 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. beginning March 29. Based on the American Barre Technique® this class is a low impact, ballet inspired workout that effortlessly fuses ballet, aerobics and yoga. ABT sculpts, defines and transforms the entire physique while simultaneously increasing flexibility, decreasing body fat and slimming the body’s overall shape.

Come and try out your first class for free; just sign in at the front counter or with the instructor. Register for the full session of classes (the best deal), buy a Fitness Punch Pass ($65 for 10 classes), or pay $7 per class. For further information, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383, stop by 1801 E. 4th Street, or visit us online at See what’s happening on the Facebook page—search Casper Recreation Division.

TaeKwon-Do starts Feb. 27

The next session of the popular TaeKwon-Do classes begins on Feb. 27, 2018 at the Casper Recreation Center. The Korean form of karate is for ages 8 and up (6 & 7 year olds allowed if accompanied by a participating adult).

Improve fitness levels and self-confidence, learn self-defense tactics, and receive instruction in classical TaeKwon-Do under the requirements of US and International TaeKwon-Do Federations (USTF), which involves the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks, and dodges with bare hands and feet.

Beginners meet twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday; the advanced class meets Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Instructor Gerald Sisco is a 7th Degree Black Belt and current USTF State Director.

For further information or to register, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383, stop by at 1801 E. 4th St., or go online at

Badges for boxing

A new program in cooperation with the Casper Boxing Club and Police Athletic League has begun for ages 8 to 18. Badges for Boxing builds strong communities and strong character. Meet once a week for boxing activities, community projects, food, fun and games. Sign up now at CBC, 910 Barbara St., or call 259-3243. Also, check out the Facebook page, CBC PAL.

Family fun night at pool

Bring the whole family for an evening of swimming and fun from 6 to 9 p.m., on Friday at the Casper Family Aquatic Center, 1801 East 4th Street.

Enjoy three hours of water basketball, super slides, floaties, spray features and refreshments. Admission is $4 or the use of a pool pass. Children seven years and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

For more information on this event, contact the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383 or follow the Casper Recreation Division on Facebook.

Register for youth hoops tourney

The City of Casper Recreation Division, in conjunction with the Community Recreation Foundation and the Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, will host the 28th Annual Casper Youth Basketball Tournament for boys’ and girls’ 4th through 8th grade teams on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 2018 at several locations throughout Casper.

The deadline to register a team is March 1, 2018. The team fee of $160 includes a 3-game guarantee, a free throw competition on Friday night, March 16, and admission to a pool party on Saturday night at the Casper Family Aquatics Center.

Over the two-day basketball extravaganza, hundreds of games will be played at gyms throughout Casper. The tournament is bracketed in a modified consolation format; therefore, many teams play more than their three games guaranteed. All tournament games are officiated by experienced officials.

For questions or additional tournament information, call the Casper Recreation Division at 235-8383 or visit the official tournament website at

City needs softball umpires

Spring is around the corner and the softball season is approaching. The Casper Recreational Leagues Association, in conjunction with the City of Casper Recreation Division, is looking for umpires for the upcoming summer softball season. Anyone interested in umpiring adult softball this summer should attend the Umpires Clinic at the Casper Recreation Center, 1801 East 4th Street, Thursday, April 12, beginning at 6 p.m. The clinic will include information about umpire registration, league rules, pay rates, and scheduling. A follow-up meeting and clinic will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Casper Recreation Center. All interested umpires should attend.

Additional information is available at the Casper Recreation Center, 235-8383.

Register for coed volleyball

Coed Volleyball season is quickly approaching. The Casper Recreational Leagues Association (CRLA), in conjunction with the City of Casper Recreation Division, is offering Adult Coed Volleyball leagues that will begin matches in February. Team packets including registration forms, league rules, season dates, fees and other important information are available in the Casper Recreation Center lobby or online at

All adult teams interested in participating in this year’s Coed Volleyball league must register no later than Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Casper Recreation Center, 1801 East 4th Street. The size of the league is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Winter fun while school out

Let the kids have a fun day or evening out at the Casper Recreation Center. During the school break on Friday and Monday, elementary aged children can participate in a variety of activities including sports, arts & crafts, ice skating, games and more. Bring warm clothes for skating and sledding (weather permitting), sack lunch and morning snack. Leaders are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Super Fun Day registration fee of $18 for non-members or $16 for members includes all activities and an afternoon snack.

Parents can take the evening off while the kids enjoy Kids Night Out on Saturday, March 10, at the Casper Recreation Center. Kids age 5-12 are welcome for this fun-filled evening. They will swim, play games, create crafts, enjoy pizza and drinks for dinner and have a great time! Please pre-register for these events as space is limited. Cost is $16 for non-members, $14 for Rec Center members.

The Casper Recreation Center is always offering a number of programs for youth, adults, and seniors. For further information, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383, or stop by 1801 E. 4th Street. Online registration is available at

Register for aquatic center classes

Registration is now open for all aquatic classes and swimming lessons held at the Casper Family Aquatic Center.

Infants and toddlers get acquainted with the water in Parent-Tot classes. Children ages 3 to 5 grow confidence in the water through two Preschool levels. Participants 5 years and older learn to enjoy the water safely through our Learn-to-Swim levels.

Water aerobics is a great way to increase range of motion, improve muscular strength and experience a low impact aerobic workout. Morning Easy Does It is great for seniors or anyone wanting to relieve symptoms of arthritis. Morning Aqua Interval combines high intensity and low intensity work/rest periods in repeated succession for a unique aerobic workout. Evening Fitness Swimmer is for participants who want to improve their fitness through a guided workout; this class covers drills, all the strokes and training techniques.

The Casper Family Aquatic Center is excited to offer expanded Mermaid swimming lessons with weekday evening and Saturday morning options. The mermaid program is broken into three different levels: Merguppies, Merlings and The Mermaids. It is the goal of the mermaid instructors to motivate your child to learn swimming and water safety skills through a unique swimming experience.

Participants interested in developing specific strokes may register in new Swim Clinics. Clinics are designed for adults and participants who have successfully completed Learn-to-Swim Level 4. Clinics will cover elementary backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and sidestroke.

Register online at or contact the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383. For more information on aquatic classes and programs follow the Casper Recreation Division on Facebook.

Burning slash piles on mountain

The Bureau of Land Management will be burning slash piles on Muddy Mountain, Casper Mountain and Bates Creek area.

The slash piles and debris were created from forest health and hazardous fuels reductions projects on BLM-administered lands in the Casper Field Office.

Burning has already begun and may continue until the spring of 2018 as conditions allow. All prescribed burn projects will be conducted in accordance with approved burn plans.

For more information, please contact Craig Short at 261-7698.

Gordon Earl Bowman

Carmel, New York / June 18, 1917—January 13, 2018

Gordon Earl Bowman, 100, of Carmel, New York, passed away on January 13, 2018 at the New York State Veterans Home in Montrose, surrounded by his loving and dedicated family.

Earl, as he was called, was born on June 18, 1917 to Arthur and Nettie (Severcool) Bowman in Hinckley,Ohio. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1935, received a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1939 and went on to receive a Master of Arts in Music Education from New York University in 1966.

Earl proudly served our country in the US Army signal corps during World War II, and participated in the Battle of Okinawa. He was proud to be an American and an advocate for all service men and women. While stationed in Fort Monmouth, NJ, he met Marjorie (Hosmer) Bowman, the love of his life and they were married September 1944. Together they were blessed with four children, Janet, David, Louise and Neal.

After serving in the military, Earl resumed his career as a music teacher, teaching in New Jersey, Florida and Wyoming. In addition, he sometimes worked as the choir director for local churches where his wife, Marjorie, would play the organ. He retired from the Natrona County School System, Casper, WY in 1980.

In 1996, he and his wife moved to Carmel, to be closer to family. During his many years of retirement, he became known and respected as the family historian as he devoted himself to his family and to researching family history. He traveled all over the country to visit places where his and his wife’s ancestors had lived and visited many relatives to get their stories, gather materials and reconnect.

Raised a Methodist, he later became a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship. Earl was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather and was fortunate enough through his longevity to be a great-grandfather.

Earl is survived by his beloved children and their spouses, Janet and Stephen Kreha of Madison, NJ, David Bowman and Jean Richmond of Flagstaff, AZ, Louise and Martin Farber of Carmel, NY, Neal and Patty Bowman of Cranston, RI; his grandchildren, Victoria Kreha, Gregory Kreha, Phoebe Farber, Hallie Farber, Joe Bowman, Kaitlin Bowman, Nicole Bowman, and Samantha Bowman; and three great-grandchildren, Tanner Bowman, Lily Bowman and Sloane Kreha, who all had a special place in Earl’s heart.

Mr. Bowman was predeceased by one grandchild, Adam Bowman, and his loving wife, Marjorie to whom he was married 72 years. Earl will be dearly missed by all who had known and loved him.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will take place on February 17, 2018, 2:00pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship Church, 21 Normandy Heights, Morristown NJ 07960 (973) 540-1177. Earl will be brought to his final resting place at the Hope Memorial Gardens in Hinckley Ohio.

All funeral arrangements are being handled by Cargain Funeral Homes, 10 Fowler Ave., Carmel NY 10512 (845) 225-3672.

Paul H. Bochmann

ROCK SPRINGS -- Memorial services for Paul H. Bochmann, 83, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at the First Congregational Church UCC, 1275 Adams Ave. He died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at his home. Vase Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Sweetwater County, 333 Broadway, Suite 220, Rock Springs, WY, the First Congregation Church UCC, 1275 Adams Ave., Rock Springs, WY or the Cowboys Against Cancer, 1893 Dewar Dr., Rock Springs, WY 82901.