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I would like to say thanks to all my wonderful Kirkwood Pioneer friends and colleagues - and even to my favorite adversaries, the Webster Statesmen - for the wonderful retirement gift.
Because of these very special people, my wife Gail and I spent a magical week touring New York City and all the sites. We dined in quaint little restaurants, attended Broadway shows, stood in the bright lights of Time Square and, most importantly, experienced a Yankees/Red Sox game in the new Yankee Stadium.
The week went all too fast, but we could not have had more fun.
Thanks again to everyone who contributed to making this trip possible and to all the Pioneer students, colleagues, parents, and community members who made my 14 years at Kirkwood High School the best.
Jim Velten, Kirkwood High School Athletic Director (Retired)
August 20, 2009