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Jerry Kopke, "What do you spend you time doing these days?"

Still working.  Since 1988 I have been working for a non-profit community development organization assisting small towns and rural communities with environmental issues related to drinking water, wastewater and solid waste disposal.  It’s interesting and rewarding work.  I travel throughout the state and have developed many friendships over the years. Since the start of the pandemic I’ve been able to work from home and the change has been good.  I anticipate working for as long as I’m able.  Keeps me out of mischief.  Mostly

My wife Taunya and I live east of Fayetteville, Arkansas on a 25-acre farm on Round Mountain.  We built our home in 1994 and now lease out part of the pasture to our neighbor’s Katahdin sheep.  Another neighbor cuts the remaining pasture for hay so no need to bush hog.  hobby is gardening and mine is woodworking so we keep busy.   My mom passed back in April so my sister and I are taking care of my mom’s affairs and preparing the home for sale.  We were very lucky in that mom was mentally sharp and active until the end.  She lived by herself on 75th street (since 1959!), drove, and was active in church. 

A few weeks ago Taunya had a hard fall (no breaks) but recovery has been slow and I’m staying close to home.  I’d like to make it up for the reunion but it largely depends on how our health.

Best wishes and happy trails to all.