In recognition of the return of spring sports, the Republican is presenting a spring sport that has a rich history at Rensselaer – boys golf – because of the leadership of lomg-time coach Rich Stefanich. Members of the 1971 team, one of Stefanich’s first at RCHS, included (front, L to R) coach Stefanich, Myles Beeching, Mark Malone, Jim Weinberg, Rich Mangas, and Bob Kurtz. (Back, L to R) Rick Smith, Bill Critser, Tom O’Brien, Jeff Tonner, Chris Zorich, Ed Courtright, Tony Cappuccilli and Bill Holbrook. The Bombers finished 16 – 4 in dual meets in 1971and Rick Mangas, who had the low average score for the team, was match medalist in the Northwest Hoosier Conference Meet as a sophomore. Jim Weinberg was named Most Valuable Golfer. Photo from Chaos. Rensselaer Republican 4/7/03
Charlie Halleck Day - Sept. 13, 1962
In 1962, the former president came to Rensselaer to personally endorse Halleck for re-election. This event is still talked about by residents who remember the visit. The day-long visit included a public speech delivered on the courthouse steps, the dedication of a cornerstone for Saint Joseph's College's Halleck Center, as well as other dinners and revelries that would accompany a visit from such a distinguished guest.
You can read the full text of Eisenhower's speech that day at the National Archives. (The link is to a 190-page pdf of his collected post-Presidential speeches, organized by date. The speech is on pages 66-69.)
Click on the links below to see coverage from the Rensselaer Republican newspaper of the pre-visit preparation and the visit itself. These files were taken from the microfilm records available at the library.