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Carolyn (Woodes) Page, B.Ed., M.Ed. '71 and her husband, Ross Irwin, have a new Maine mystery, Bloodsport at Hiram Bog, by Page Irwin, published in August of 2007 by Hillard and Harris Publishing. The next in this series, Bones of Contention, is due out in August of 2008. An earlier publication, Barn Flight, was published by Negative Capability Press. They have been essayists on Maine Public Radio and were stoneware potters for a number of years. They each have two books of poetry and are widely published in literary arts journals. During the l990s, they owned and operated Nightshade Press and the award-winning literary arts journal, Potato Eyes. For nearly 20 years, Page and Ross have lived in central and coastal Maine in their 1830s farmhouse with three beloved cats, 14 chickens, organic gardens, and their imaginary dog, Sparky. Carolyn's first husband, Nick Nichols, is deceased. Carolyn's daughters, who were both toddlers in the married students' barracks, both live in Arizona. Carolyn claims: "I wouldn't be a writer and essayist today if it has not been for Professor Sprague Drenan."

From Dorothy (Bean) Simpson: "We would like to hear from more of you. Send news to or contact me."


IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis R. Candon '62
November 22, 2007
Lebanon, New Hampshire


IN MEMORIAM: Judith Gilman '63
November 16, 2007
Richmond, New Hampshire


Reverend Ted Poland and his wife, Sally, have four children and five grandchildren. Ted taught school though the 1970s. He got a master of divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology and was involved in pastoral ministry from 1981 to 2003. Ted remembers taking courses from MacKeddy and living in Monadnock Hall. During his retirement, he is managing to keep busy by singing in some choral groups and acting in summer theatres. In his spare time, he serves as a volunteer minister at a retirement center. He also volunteers at the Portland Museum of Art.


IN MEMORIAM: Maureen A. Heikkinen '66
September 24, 2007
Claremont, New Hampshire


Dorothy Riley writes: "I have been in Idaho for two snow-shoveling winters and two hot summers now and am finding more time for gentler action. While in Oregon I did some part-time volunteer work as a tour guide at the historic Hotel Baldwin Museum. It was a good way to learn more about the area and people in the West. Last summer, the large Castle Rock fire was too close for comfort, so I went camping in Montana for a week, hiked in Big Sky, and cooled in the pool at KOA until the smoke drifted in along the I-90 corridor. When I returned to my rented house, the fire had been contained but wasn't finished. We had little water here, so I hauled jugs from the creek and misted the house with a hose until the worst had passed. My nearest neighbors are ¼ to ½ miles away, but the water system is large.

"In other news, I passed the test for U.S. Census Bureau Field Representative, after having worked on Census 2000 in the Bozeman/Big Sky, Montana, area. At home I make crocheted snowflakes and bead jewelry items, knit, and sketch and paint something other than walls. This season I participated in one holiday show/sale in Idaho. I'd be happy to get news from classmates. My address is General Delivery P.O., Fairfield, ID 83327; 208-764-2886."

IN MEMORIAM: Ida K. LaPorte '68
January 21, 2008
Quincy, Massachusetts


Cathy (Derring) Koppang writes: "Russ and I sold Viking House, Inc., the retail store in downtown Concord, N.H., in January after 25 years in business. Russ retired from teaching math at Concord High School in 1996. The years since have been busy with the store. We have two sons. Erik (Bates '97 and Dartmouth Medical School '01) is an anesthesiologist serving in the Navy, currently in Japan. Paul (USNA '99) just completed his tour with the Navy. He piloted P-3s in the Pacific and recently served as a flight instructor at NAS, Corpus Christi. He is headed to graduate school. We are looking forward to traveling and spending lots more time at our house in Moody Beach, Maine, walking the beach and entertaining friends."

IN MEMORIAM: Herbert Armstrong '69
December 6, 2007
Swanzey, New Hampshire

IN MEMORIAM: Doreen A. Patnode '69
December 31, 2007
North Swanzey, New Hampshire

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