Archive for February, 2018

On-going List of Responders for BAR48

February 14, 2018

Here’s a so far list of responders for BAR 48:

Simonson, Curt – Barb 2
Smoller 1
Carroll, Dee – Pat 2
Flippo. Sam – Janelle 2
B J Pfeiffer 1
Hoben, Ed – Kathy 2
Larry & Jenny 2
Rodgers – Mike 1
Crandall, Jim – Mimi 2
Cotler, Heidi 1
Stemple, Mike – Sherri 2
Gitt, Doug – Anne (?) 2
Shea, Bill-Susan (?) 2

Housing is secured, still working on pricing.

If you don’t see your name on the list, I either screwed up or you didn’t send in a response. Let’s try again.

More to follow, I’m sure.



Phil Swank obit

February 14, 2018

From a posting by Kerry Vandergrift on the Balta Facebook page for January 4, 2018:

Kimberly messaged me with this.

Phillip E. Swank’s Obituary on Hartford Courant

BAR46 and BAR47

February 14, 2018

I neglected to post anything about the Balta reunions from 2016 and 2017, so this is a marker about them for future reference.

First is the announcement of BAR46, hosted by Pat and Dee Carroll:

Hope everyone got home safely from Watsonville, and we’re grateful for Heidi Cotler’s hard work, excellent cooking and logistical skills.

For 2016, we are making reservations at a campground in Bar Harbor, Maine. The dates are September 15 through 17, 2016.

The Campground:

Reviews here:…

BH Pix here:
Why are we telling you this now? In October 2015?
1. It’s a small coastal resort in New England on the edge of leaf-peeping season, with a great national park next door. Busy.
2. The campground has two levels of cabins: Renovated and 1940s. First money gets the renovated cabins.

So time is a factor. We’ve made a deposit. Give it some thought and tell us if you’d like to come. (Deposits $100 per person by January 1, 2016.)


Next is info about BAR47 hosted by Larry Wilhelm and Jennie McElroy:

There will be another BALTAfest!

Thanks to Larry and Jennie, we are going to the Plimpton Lodge in Sevierville, Tenn., near to Dollywood, Gatlinburg and Smoky Mountains National Park. Look it up on VRBO! Or here’s a site for the lodge that I found using Google.

Dates are Thursday, Sept 28 through Sunday morning, Oct. 1.  Be there.  No early arrivals, but it might be possible to arrange a later departure day if Larry knows soon enough.

Nearest major airport is in Knoxville, 45 minutes.


2018 Balta Reunion Info BAR48

February 14, 2018

Hoben say, “Subject: Reunion 2018 – BAR 48

As threatened at BAR 47. Hobens have found a site near Louisville, KY to host this year’s get together.

We’ve located a group of 2 and 3 BR rental units in a group. located on a bluff above the Settlers Trace Marina on Taylorsville Lake. This is about 20 miles outside Louisville; near Bardstown and bourbon country, not too far from Mammoth Cave and all of cave country, and a day trip away from the Corvette museum in Bowling Green (which may or may not sink while you are there).

Rental is assured for the first weekend of October (Thursday 10/4 thru Sunday 10/7). We are still getting prices and need to know HOW MANY PEOPLE TO PLAN for. I think that there are weekly rates available if anyone wishes to extend the stay, let us know.

We do need a handle on the number of attendees so we can get to a realistic number of beds and a likely cost.

Let me know as soon as possible if you have any interest in attending. It makes it easier to negotiate when you have some reasonably firm data to work from.

I am certain that I’ve missed some people in the distribution list for the group. If you note someone missing, please pass this on to them and let me know to add a name.

Again, if you have any interest in attending, let me know now. If your situation changes (or you just come to your senses) later and can’t make it, so be it. I’d rather have a bed too many than me end up sleeping in the back yard.

hope to hear from everyone shortly.

The Dancing Bear

Ed Hoben
502 432-5176″