Reicherts celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary

On Sunday, Sept. 26, 2018, Harry Reichert and Irene Lesser were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo. Harry has farmed in Fort Collins, Loveland, Johnstown and Julesburg areas of Colorado.

He enjoys visiting with family, friends and neighbors and listening to polka music.

Irene was employed at Woolworth in Loveland, enjoyed being a homemaker, raising children, gardening, canning and helping on the farm.

Harry and Irene Reichert celebrated their 70th Anniversary, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at Sedgwick County Fairgrounds Hall in Julesburg, Colo. A buffet dinner and cake was served along with history and story time which reflected their hearts and life experiences.

“We thought raising our children on the farm was the best gift we could give them. To some, it is a lot of work, but it is a labor of love to us. It is the language of family. We mean people, row crops, thinning beets, big gardens, chickens, draft horses, tractors, Hart’s corner, going to church and the big Sunday dinner. Things we both miss.”

The celebration was far too great to measure by the wonderful turnout of 250 guests from: Arizona, California, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Front Range, Colorado Springs and Julesburg.

Their children and their families are: Larry Reichert, Julesburg; Harvey and Karon Reichert, Loveland; Darlene and Tony Meyers, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and Diane and Gary Ray, Bayard, Neb. They have two grandchildren, four step grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.

We say “thank you” to our family and friends for the kindness you have shown us over the many years and sharing your life with us. Thank you for your attendance, fellowship, hugs and gifts as well as those who sent cards, blessings and good wishes. We feel fortunate to share 70 years together and thank you for a wonderful, wonderful day and gift.

These memories will truly be cherished; we feel so richly blessed.

SDA honors Yanchunas with 2018 Board Member of the Year Award

DENVER — Dennis Yanchunas, president of the board of directors of the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District, was named one of three winners of the Special District Association of Colorado’s 2018 Board Member of the Year Award.

SDA presents this award annually to a special district board member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to their district. This year the remarkable contributions of the nominees resulted in a three-way tie for the Board Member of the Year Award.

The awards were presented at the SDA Annual Awards Luncheon as part of the SDA Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 12-14 in Keystone.

Yanchunas, of Longmont, Colo., has served on the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District board for 13 years. Through his leadership, Yanchunas has brought about positive change to the district and has utilized his vast knowledge to improve community relationships.

He has also been instrumental in a number of significant projects for the district, most recently contributing countless hours working one-on-one with members of the board and community leaders to assist the group in their efforts to ask the district’s voters to “de-Bruce.”

The election was successful, and 80 percent of the voters supported a “de-Bruce” for the district.

Yanchunas also serves on the Northern Water board of directors and is the president of the Municipal Subdistrict board of directors. ❖