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Michael Benard
Music teacher BHS 1970-1994

My  name is Larry Icenogle, Colonel, USA (Ret.).  I'm a 1967 graduate of Arthur High School in Arthur, Illinois.  Michael Benard was both a 1964 AHS graduate and my musical mentor, vocally and instrumentally.  

I have put my old AHS quartet back together.  All of us were motivated and mentored by Michael.  We spent many happy hours in the Benard home, gathered around the piano, singing and enjoying each other's musical gifts and favorites.  Matter of fact, I was back in Arthur this past weekend, where The Choirboys sang at the Vine Street Christian Church.  We also sang to Sara Lou Benard, Michael's mother and the lone remaining member of that family.  Sara Lou has outlived her husband, Pat, and her sons, Michael, Terry and Marty.

Anyhow, with that as a prologue, here's what I'm after:  I would like to know what honors Michael's students and organizations/ensembles won, and I'd like to know if there was anything done in his honor after his death at such a young age.  I would also like as many anecdotes about Michael as I can get.  Here's why …

For the past 5 years, The Choirboys have saluted the 50-year Class at our high school's homecoming banquet.  This year, of course, that tribute goes to the Class of 1964.  That was a small class of just 30 students, but Michael was the 'one guy everyone knew would do great things musically' when he finished college.  In any event, as I write this multimedia show, which normally runs about 30 minutes, we have about 200 photos, a narrative recapping the Class's 4 years and live tunes from that era performed by The Choirboys.  

What I want to do in the script is to give Michael his due.  I want the make the evening special for Sara Lou, and I want to pay homage to all Michael did for and meant to the four of us.

Please feel free to share this e-mail with as many Bergenfield grads as you'd care to, because the more anecdotes in the show, the better.  Photos would be terrific, too.  

Please send anything/everything to me at this e-address, or to my home via 'snail mail' … I'm at Col. Larry F. Icenogle, USA (Ret.), 5740 Burke Circle, New Albany, OH  43054

My telephone number is (740) 739-3573, and I'm on Facebook.  My wall has a couple o' shots of The Choirboys in action, I think.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your time.


Larry F. Icenogle
Colonel, USA (Ret.)
AHS Class of 1967
Arthur, Illinois

Class of 1964 - 50th Reunion

Our 50 Year Class Reunion is fast approaching and will be celebrated the weekend of September
12, 13, and 14, 2014.  Please mark your calendars and start making plans to attend.  We are working
hard to make this a fun and relaxing reunion and we’d like to see as many classmates as possible!

We are planning the weekend as a “keep it casual” event.  To kick it off we have arranged for an
informal “Meet and Greet” on Friday evening starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Mahwah 
Hotel Atrium Lounge. The hotel is located at One International Boulevard, Mahwah,  NJ .
Even if you cannot attend Saturday night, please feel free to join us here Friday evening.

The Saturday night festivities are also at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel in the Allusions Room
and will begin at 7:00 p.m.  For those of you who arrive earlier, you are welcomed to gather at the Atrium Lounge until 7:00 PM.  Casual attire is also acceptable for Saturday night; please be
comfortable!!  We will have wonderful food and beverages, lots of time for reminiscing, getting 
reacquainted, dancing, and listening to music from our High School years. We will also show
photos from past reunions, etc., and a video from our 25th reunion!

For more information and to pre-register:
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90. 60 , 2012
6th Annual Wrestling Alumni Beefsteak

Friday, June 1, 2012
Time: 6:30 – 10:30
Place: Bergenfield Elk’s
Cost: $55.00

This includes unlimited beef, coffee, desert, beer, wine, and soda
Come out and celebrate Bergenfield’s great season with capturing the League Title for the 3rd year in a row with former Bergenfield wrestlers and coaches!!!

We are unable to pay for the beefsteak through the wrestling account so all checks must be made out to “Cash” and sent to Roy W. Brown Middle School Attn: Kevin Manning, 130 South Washington Avenue, Bergenfield New Jersey 07621

Money is due before May 25th, and due to limited space, walk-ins will not be permitted. Since alcohol is being served no one under 21 will be permitted in.

   for more info:
Kevin Manning
e-mail: Manning2511@hotmail.com

91. 00 - Oct. 07, 2012
Class of 67 - Reunion

The Class of 1967 will hold their 45 year reunion.
Weekend long events are being planned. Visit the webpage to sign up for more info.

   for more info:
Beth Kukkonen Politi

91. 02 , 2012
Bergenfield High School Class of 1977

Bergenfield High School Class of 1977 will be having a reunion at the DoubleTree by
Hilton Fort Lee on November 23rd, 2012 from 7PM to 12:00AM.
Details to follow.
Save the date!!!

   for more info:
Donna Baumuller
e-mail: myjus@yahoo.com

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