|KEENE STATE TODAY||VOLUME XXI NUMBER 2 Winter 2006|
Patricia Avery Haselton of Swanzey, N.H., still subs at Keene Middle School. She enjoys taking piano lessons, the usual church activities, and her grandchildren who range in ages from 13 to 21.
From Susan Campbell: This is a good news, bad news story. First, let me begin by thanking everyone who responded to the questionnaire. If you came to alumni weekend I am sure you enjoyed reading all of the responses from the class of 1970 that were posted in the Student Union. I really hope you read them because somewhere between my posting them and the Sunday of alumni weekend they disappeared. I am truly sorry and hope that those who are not represented here, but replied to the questionnaire, will write again and I promise that the responses will not escape.
Susan Barrett Olsen who lives in Carlisle, Pa., writes that she retired from earning a paycheck after 21 years of teaching in New Hampshire and eight years at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Some things you never retire from, like homemaking and meal preparation. A memory shared was looking back to our concern about student behavior and study habits as the dress code of 1970 allowed student women to wear pants! For a while, "slovenly" dress did show in sloppy work. The newness wore off. Today, students can be an asset to the school and community in spite of their dress. And look at some of today's teachers! What's really important is education.
Roxanne Billings Fox who lives in Peterborough has spent 15 years as a teacher, 10 years as assistant principal at Conant High School in Jaffrey, and five years as a part-time career counselor at Conval High School in Peterborough. Regarding retirement she says, "Retirement comes on 11/30/05. YAHOO!"
Lois A Bradstreet is living in Clifton, Ohio, during the school year and on Spofford Lake, N.H., in the summer. She is a science teacher in an inner-city school district and has served in curriculum educational administration. Lois was formerly in education and was the 1998 Ohio Environmental Educator of the year. When thinking of retirement, she is looking at a number of years more in the classroom due to a career change and is green with envy of her friends who have retired. A shared memory from 1970 would be "cruising down the road in my '50 Jeepster with its top down and a bunch of biology folks hanging onto pond nets on the way to a field trip location."
Lyn Vanni Lambert writes from her home in Peterborough, N.H., that she is a library media specialist at the Rindge Memorial School, a K-5 school in Rindge, N.H. She plans to retire in July 2008. Her memories are of the first floor of Monadnock Hall in her freshman year.
Marilyn Moran Norton lives in Hudson, Ohio. She is currently a teacher at the Hudson United Methodist Preschool.
Ernest Stone lives in Burbank, Ohio. He is the director of ESGR (Dept. of Defense). He recently returned from Kosovo. Not only is Ernie retired, but he is retired from three different occupations ranging from Wetterau, Inc to USAR.
Bruce Watson lives in Pleasanton, Calif. He has made a career in the point-of-purchase advertising industry. He is currently the president of Rapid Displays in the San Franciso Bay area. His love of cars moved him to purchase a 1962 Austin Healy 300 back in 1981. After much restoration, he still owns it today and is active in the Austin Healy Club of America. A memory to share is barefoot skiing down snowdrifts at the end of Surry Dam in the spring.
I just retired from teaching after 35 years, 32 of them at Keene Middle School. I plan to do nothing for a very long time before entering the next phase of my life. My memories all center around the theater in Drenan and the literary magazine. All the memories make me smile.
From Maureen Sheehan Hall: Fellow Classmates, YES, I have been receiving some mail from KSC classmates of 1971. Thank you to the following:
Herb Czarnosz wrote to me from Florida and had the following news. "After 24 years on active duty with the NH Army National Guard, I retired in August '04. Gloria and I moved to Venice, Fla., just in time to catch all four hurricanes. This is a wonderful choice of a retirement home. Our daughter, Robin, works at Sea World in Orlando, which makes it nice to keep in touch with her. Robin was a 2002 graduate of UNH. Son, Chris, is a senior master sergeant in the Air Force, stationed in Oahu. Also nice." Herb and I went to high school together and it was so nice to be in touch.
Bill Lekebusch wrote to me initially searching for the whereabouts of Betsy Kazakis Vinciguerra and Jim Vinciguerra. The last known address of the Vinciguerra's was in North Carolina. So, where are you two? If anyone knows the whereabouts of these two missing classmates, please contact me through my e-mail address. Bill would be so happy to get this information. Bill gave the details of his life and here it is. "I suppose you could write that for the past four years I have been living in the small town of Rapidan, Va., in the middle of horse country about 70 miles too close to Washington, D.C. (Twice a day, I go by the very spot where Christopher Reeves broke his neck.) It's been a great place to live, reminds me of a lot of N.H. small towns except lately my next door neighbor has been buzzing my house with his CIA helicopters every weekend. Oh yeah, his name is Porter Goss, the new director. I have a 15-year-old daughter who came back from her annual summer vacation in Albany, N.H., with dark purple hair instead of her natural blonde only because "they didn't have dark blue, Daddy." (That was a shock.) She lives in the town of Culpeper with her mother (yeah, we split up) and I do get to see her a lot because now I'm suddenly the good guy due to that mother versus daughter thing. I work as the purchasing manager for a world-leading aerospace composites manufacturer (lots of secret military stuff) at the other end of Culpeper County. Ironically, the plant is actually situated on a Civil War battlefield about where Colonel Cross and the New Hampshire Fighting Fifth took part in the Battle of Brandy Station."
Linda Waldron Romanello gave an update on her very active life. "I am ashamed to say I have not been good about writing to update in the past, but with e-mail and being inspired by the number of people writing for the latest issue, here goes. I began teaching in 1971 after graduation from KSC. I got my master's degree from Suffolk University in Boston in 1979. I recently retired (June 2004) after 33 years teaching elementary school in Manchester, N.H. I was the cooperating teacher for 11 student teachers. In September 2004 I began working at Southern New Hampshire University as a college supervisor of student teachers. I have been married to John Romanello since 1984 (previous to that married to James Fleming). Our hobbies are traveling, hiking with our dog, and kayaking."
Your class secretary, Maureen, has been enjoying the joys of being a grandmother one more time. Our daughter, Sarah, gave us our third grandchild, Nathan, in October 2004. It's so much fun for Colin and I to be grandparents and now that he is retired, we can spend just that much more time with them. We also have many travel plans for the year 2005: A Royal Caribbean Cruise in March on the Navigator of the Sea, a week to Cape Cod in April, two weeks in Florida for May and a September trip to California to visit our son, Doug and other relatives.
Classmates: Please try to find the time to send an e-mail to your class secretary so others will know of your whereabouts. You may be surprised that others DO CARE what you are doing.
Dorothy Ann Lacerda Cummings of East Falmouth, Mass., writes, "With both daughters now graduated from college and married, my husband and I are enjoying our 'second honeymoon.' We love to travel, mostly to California to visit our oldest, and attend dog shows. We raise Scottish terriers and have just finished showing our second champion. I loved my years at KSC and often say to my dear friend and Randall Hall roommate Pamela Covey Manninen that I would repeat those years in a heartbeat." Dorothy is a special needs teacher at Falmouth High School.
From Kathleen Pickford Stacy: I recently heard from Beth Edelberg-Cardillo, who resides in West Springfield, Mass., with her husband Wayne and their three sons. Beth is the director of a residential program for persons with head injuries who were previously homeless. She also mentioned that she has had a book published entitled The Miracle of Max. This book is the story of her ten-year-old son, Max, who was born four months prematurely and weighed only 1 lb. 4 oz. The book is geared to the siblings of preemies. She went on to say that Max has overcome all the odds and is "quite a skier and just a normal kid." Beth would love to hear from other members of our class!
Jim Johnston writes, "I'm starting my 30th year of teaching and my 23rd in Portsmouth, N.H. Currently, I teach English at Portsmouth High School. I attended the Summer Institute for Holocaust Studies offered by the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at KSC in 2003. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it for teachers. Since then, a colleague and fellow KSC alum who also attended the Institute, Fay Montelione '79, and I developed an in-depth course in Holocaust Studies for juniors and seniors. The course has grown by leaps and bounds over the past three years. The next Institute will be offered during the summer of 2006.
"This past July I met Joan Margolis '76 in Sturbridge Village and had a great time catching up and enjoying the historical sights. Joan is the assistant director for Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford and in her spare time works as an antiques dealer. In August, on our way back from picking up our daughter Emma at a National Student Leadership Conference in Law and Advocacy at American University in Washington, D.C., we were able to visit good friends Robin '75 and Perry '74 Weidman and their wonderful, but practically grown-up children in Haddonfield, N.J. Needless to say, an outstanding time was had by all! Our eldest daughter, Liza, is attending nursing school at Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing in Lewiston, Maine, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her mother, Betsy, who is an oncology nurse at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H. In July, on one of our college visiting trips, we stayed at the Alumni Center at KSC on our way to UVM. What a great place! I highly recommend it. We have been living in South Berwick, Maine, for almost 20 years now and enjoy the close proximity to beaches, Boston, the White Mountains, and all that the beautiful city of Portsmouth has to offer."
Diane Cloutier, MEd, a special education teacher who first joined Crotched Mountain School in 1978, received a Fellowship Award of $5,300 to develop a monthly student news program to be video-streamed through the organization's intranet. The funds will purchase equipment and training. "In addition to building language skills," she states, "this project will enable students to learn about the filming and editing processes and the creative arts." Crotched Mountain, in Greenfield, N.H., is a charitable organization employing more than 900 people. Its mission is to serve individuals with disabilities and their families with specialized education, rehabilitation, community, and residential support services.
IN MEMORIAM: Christine Johnson Holmes M.Ed. '75 died Aug. 3, 2005, in Westmoreland, N.H. A bench at KSC has been dedicated in honor of her teaching career. She taught at every elementary and middle school grade level and lived in New Hampshire, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas, Massachusetts, and Arizona. She once taught at an American Indian Reservation in Gallup, N.M. She taught music, German, Latin, English, Spanish, special education, and typing.
From Phil Bellingham: "Well, here it is - reunion time, once again. 2006 is Reunion Year. 2006 minus 30 years equals 1976. How's that? I'm hoping we can get a few of the 76ers to party hardy at the reunion weekend for 2006. If you want to attend, you should know where to find us. Right? I know I'm planning on going. We had a pretty good turnout five years ago. So, see what you can do to keep the good times rolling at KSC's Reunion Weekend 2006.
"The school is growing by leaps and bounds. Somebody is doing something right. KSC now has a strong liberal arts education curriculum in the arts, humanities, sciences, and professions. Tell your children and friends. They just might want to experience a KSC education."
Jill "Skye" King Druhl of Bradford, Vt., writes, "I have often wondered what happened to many of you in the '75 and '76 years. I am married and have a 17-year-old son. I worked in bio tech for a number of years. Took some time away to help raise my sister's adopted children when my sister became ill with a rare disease. Currently I am a 3D medical modeler with Medical Metrx solutions in Lebanon, N.H. I would love to hear from all my long lost friends."
IN MEMORIAM: Catherine A. Stauffer '76 died in December 2004 in Concord, Mass. She was director of special education in the Lee (Mass.) School System. She received a master's degree in guidance and CAGS in special education and administration from Westfield State College. She began her career in 1976 as a first-grade teacher at Lee Central School. In 1978, she entered the special-education field and was appointed director of special education in 1998.
Steve Cunningham was named director of development at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. He and his wife, Bonnie Lawson Cunningham, relocated to New Fairfield, Conn., this summer.
Roxanne Stevens Wilson is the new assistant superintendent at School Administrative Unit 28, Pelham and Windham school districts, overseeing curriculum, professional development, and grants. Roxanne spent 20 years at Southeastern Regional Education Service Center as a program facilitator. Windham and Pelham are two of the school districts that she served.
Her background includes two years working as a consultant and nine years as an assistant superintendent in Henniker. She has a master's degree in human services from Southern New Hampshire University and is working toward a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study at Plymouth State University.
Melinda Purcell Byrd of Woodbine, Md., writes, "After working for 20+ years in environmental education, I am now self-employed as an artist doing shows, gallery exhibits, teaching children and adults, and doing commission work. My focus is art inspired by nature. See my work at www.byrdcallstudio.com. Long lost friends, contact me!"
Barry Beckett recently moved from Sand Point, Alaska, to Los Alamos, N.M., to take on a full-time music teaching position at the Los Alamos Middle School. Barry had been teaching in the remote island town in the East Aleutians. His wife, Gayle Knapp Beckett '83, will also be teaching in Los Alamos.
IN MEMORIAM: Mary Lou "Brownie" Brown '78 died June 15, 2005, in Windsor, Vt. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a paraprofessional in Keene.
Lisa Sylvester is executive vice president at Palace Playland at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. She writes, "Believe it or not, 31 years at the amusement park! Lots of changes over the years, but I haven't been one of them. Get together at the 'Big E' every fall with Cindi Shanley-Dykstra and Mark 'Too Tall' Halverstadt and their families. Cid and I visited campus for a Surry picnic, too. Sad to see Doyle House gone."
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