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April 28, 2005

Math teachers to hold

reception for Herpich

The Baldwin High School math department invites family, friends and alumni to a retirement reception honoring C.R. Herpich at 2 p.m. on April 30 at the BHS commons area.

Herpich has been a math teacher at BHS for 38 years and will be retiring at the end of the school year. He was the cross country coach for 17 years and helped coach track for 30 years. He also taught photography and astronomy at BHS.

The reception will last two hours and is open to the community.

"It's an opportunity for past students and parents of students to come and say thank you for the past 38 years," BHS math teacher Mike Curran said.

Fire hydrant testing

to continue in Baldwin

The Baldwin City Fire Department will continue testing fire hydrants in the city limits this next weekend.

Fire Chief Allen Craig said the work would continue south of U.S. Highway 56 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"Yes, will be testing the hydrants again," said Craig. "We'll be testing south of highway. We're finished to the north of the highway.

"Yes, there will be problems," he said.

The problems associated with the testing south of the highway result from old cast-iron pipes that are in place, rather than the PVC pipes to the north.

When the hydrants are open full for the testing, it "mixes up" the water in the lines. Customers may experience cloudy or rusty water or a decrease in pressure.

It is suggested that water be checked for rust before washing, drinking or cooking. The purpose of testing the hydrants is to possibly lower the city's overall fire insurance rating and could be beneficial for everyone. If there are questions, contact the fire department at 594-3678 or public works at 594-6907.

It is unknown how long the testing will take. There are several factors involved.

"We'll be testing, weather permitting," said Craig. "If it's raining, we won't be testing. It won't matter if it's cold. It was cold Saturday."

Baldwin native Castle

to deliver faculty recital

LAWRENCE -- The works of composers such as Sondheim, Bernstein and Ives are the focus of a faculty recital by mezzo soprano, Joyce Castle, Professor of Voice at the University of Kansas. The recital will take place May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall on the first level of Murphy Hall, corner of 15th and Naismith Drive. Mark Ferrell will be at the piano.

Castle hails from Baldwin and is a graduate of the University of Kansas. This Spring Miss Castle performed the role of "The Mother" in Menotti's "The Consul" with Arizona Opera Company and is just back from New York where she sang a benefit performance for Glimmerglass Opera Company in N.Y.C. singing French cabaret songs.

New York City Opera recently presented her with the Christopher Keene Award recognizing her performances this season of "Madame de Croissy" in Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites."

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