Chief photo by Ray Harden

Jim Haas of Perry celebrated his 92nd birthday on Friday by meeting with the Society Of Retired Educators (SORE) coffee group at Hy-Vee. Before retirement, Haas worked at the Raccoon Valley Bank for forty years and was also for many years treasurer of the Perry Community School District. He is a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army Air Corps as a bombardier on B-17 flight over Germany. Haas received well wishes from many old friends and former school district workers, including, from left, Roger Emmert, Phil Stone, Rich Saemich, Haas, Gary Hawthorn, Andy Bambrick, Larry Blaker and Ken Finer. Present but not pictured was Ray Harden.