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Karen Mangine retired after 34 years of teaching grades one and two. She moved to Florida to have summer vacation all the time.


Jane Cappuccio Stauffer writes: "I attended a retirement party in June for Jane McHenry at Beverly High School in Massachusetts. Jane starting teaching home economics there in 1974 right after graduation and is looking forward to the next phase of her life.

"I also heard from B. J. Hickman '75, who was on the schedule for First Night in Boston on New Year's Eve. I remembered his name from the radio show he did on campus and through his website I contacted him and he replied: 'Thanks for the note. That was me! I've been doing Boston First Night for about 10 years. After KSC, I was in radio broadcasting in Dover for 21 years and decided to do magic shows full-time about 12 years ago - lots of travel, school assembly programs, festivals, corporate entertainment, and speaking presentations. We live in Dover and have two children and one grandchild!'

"Here are some more updates about your classmates. I have received more surveys, which I will share next time. It's never too late to send yours in."

Jerry Deschamps writes from Concord, New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife Kathleen. He is an activist for health care reform, and traveled during the year to Washington, D.C., with his wife for an event titled Light the Night. He is also active with the Nashua Historical Society.

Lucinda Arlington and her husband, Charlie, live in Hampton. She is still teaching, and she and her husband are waiting for their first grandchild. She keeps busy with exercising, cooking, and book clubs, and she and Charlie also enjoy traveling and visited Aruba, Orlando, and Boston this year.

David Graves lives in Becket, Massachusetts, with his wife, Mary. He is a farmer and beekeeper. He and his wife, along with their daughter, Heather, all make and sell their products of jams, jellies, honey, and maple syrup at Greenmarket in New York City and other places around the city. David says his work is also his hobby, because he enjoys teaching people of all ages about the importance of honeybees. He has done many radio interviews and has appeared on the Food Network's On the Road with Al Roker. He has also appeared on television in Europe, including German, French, and Swedish TV. David still finds time to run, an activity he's enjoyed since being a member of the track and cross-country team at KSC.

Kathy Graham Lombardi has been teaching for 28 years, and is currently at the Epsom Central School in New Hampshire. She has four grown children, two of which graduated from KSC. Her oldest daughter is married with two children, so Kathy reports she is now "Mimi." She keeps busy with local volunteer work at the Red Cross, local theatre, and soup kitchens. She also travels, and is planning a cruise to the Caribbean. Kathy has many fond memories of Keene State, including the Newman Center, soccer and basketball games, Killington, the Pub, Delta Zeta Sorority, and Fiske Hall. She would love to hear from friends from Fiske such as Missy Finkel Magaletta and Linda from Keene.

Karen Silke lives in Swanzey, and continues to work as the Parking Enforcement Officer for the city of Keene. "As long as I'm outside getting my exercise, I'm happy!" She would love to hear from members of the field hockey and tennis teams.

Rick Smith and his wife, Lynda, live in Merrimac, Massachusetts. He is retired from the U.S. Navy, had a second career in law enforcement and intelligence, and is in his third career as a consultant/adventurer/entrepreneur. His hobbies include finish carpentry and rugby, and he traveled to San Francisco and Yosemite this past year. All four grown children have graduated from college and include a PhD, an actress, an illustrator, and a merchant. Rick has great memories of seeing the Who with Jimmy Dufour in Boston, promoting their now famous album Who Came Next and many other concerts like the Stones, Rod Stewart, and Jefferson Airplane. He would love to hear from Timmy O'Neil and Jimmy Dufour and all the rest of the crew. He writes: "Greetings, I hope you are all happy and successful!"

Diane Lavallee Demers and her husband, Ron, live in Hampton. She has retired from Manchester High School West, where she spent the last 32 years as a guidance counselor. She does volunteer work at her church and travels with family. Now that she is retired she has done quite a bit of traveling with her sister, including trips to Mexico and Florida several times. She will be traveling with her husband to California to visit their son, his wife, and their three children. Last year Diane attended the KSC 100th anniversary and the 35th reunion of our class and wishes more classmates, and dorm friends had attended.

Robert Menko lives in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, with his wife, Theresa. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Robert retired from the Amherst Regional School after teaching technology/industrial arts for 33 years. He is enjoying his time showing his 1930 Model A Ford, as well as doing small woodworking projects and home improvements.

James Johnston retired in June after 35 years of teaching, but continues to teach part-time in Portsmouth. He and his wife, Betsy, took a trip to France in August.

Debbie Newhauser Pipin has moved to Austin, Texas, with her husband, Leo, and is now wearing several hats. She is an education consultant specializing in charter school board of governance. This came after a career that included teaching (special education) and administration, including opening her own nonprofit model school and being a district superintendent. Her other career is as a real estate investor and developer. She also finds time to volunteer with Make a Wish as a wish granter, kayak, and bike. She recently took a Mediterranean cruise, and has traveled to New Zealand, California, New York, and Florida. Debbie has great memories of being a member of the Student Senate and addressing the New Hampshire State Senate on tuition issues. She would love to hear from other Student Senate folks and other classmates from Randall Hall.

Gail Tilford Peach has moved along with her husband, Robert Peach '73, to Pawcatuck Connecticut. Before leaving Massachusetts, she was an office manager at several telecommunications companies. She now does volunteer work at the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration one day a week in an administration capacity. She also enjoys gardening and reading. Her daughter, Kristen, got married in June 2009, and works at VHB in Boston. Her son, Randall, works at World Winner in Newton, Massachusetts.

Nancy Richmond Kelso is still teaching home economics/family and consumer science at Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire, and keeps busy as co-advisor of the robotics team. Even her recent travel has been with the team to the championship and with her husband to the Woodie Flowers Summit. Nancy and her husband, David, have three children. Her two sons are now married. Kevin is the plant manager at Rehig Penn Logistics, and Brian is an accountant with PCC Structurals and has a 6-month-old son. Their daughter, Kristen, is a mechanical engineer with BAE Systems. Nancy remembers her days at the WKNH radio station at KSC, typing the logs, and the streakers we had on campus at the time.

Phyllis Calabrese Kinson is now a licensed nutritionist, and continues to run the nutrition program for the Lynn Senior Service in Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct faculty member at North Shore Community College. She writes that she is "addicted to genealogy. I hope to travel to Italy one day soon to see the hometowns of my ancestors."

Cynthia Atkins Young is still living in Rensselaer Falls, New York, and has been the director of dining and conference services at St. Lawrence University for more than 20 years. She is president of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and this year traveled to Tacoma, Washington, with her local chapter to work on three houses. She also enjoys reading and golf in what little other free time she has. Her son Joshua has completed a degree in criminal justice and is looking for a job in his profession. Cindy also spends time with family at their camp in Vermont.

Pat Sullivan and her husband, Martin Gastrock, enjoy organic gardening on their 250-year-old homestead in Goffstown. She's been an RN and for the last eight years has been working at Health Dialog as a clinical program specialist. Pat would love to hear from Sue Navin '75.


Jane Mather Bourque writes: "I've been teaching in Manchester, Connecticut, for 21 years, after a year in Swanzey, New Hampshire, immediately after graduation. I've been married for 33 years and have three grown children and two new grandchildren. Two of my children are also teachers - one in New Hampshire and the other in Massachusetts. My third has a DPT and works in Baltimore. I'd love to hear from Sharon Johnson, Gayle Granger, Beth Constable, Pam Williams, and others. I keep in touch with Anne McLaughlin. Hope to hear from former friends! Maybe a get together?"

Our condolences go out to the family of Clay Tanner, who lost his battle with lung cancer on July 5. Clay was diagnosed in December 2009. During massive chemo treatments, he picked up the SA bacteria. It weakened Clay, and he got pneumonia. After a week in the ICU, Clay passed away. Clay's wife, Chris writes, "After 35 years of marriage I miss him terribly. But we had a good life with three caring children, and he got to hold three beautiful grandchildren."

IN MEMORIAM: Hart E. Crandall III '75
May 11, 2010
Dothan, AL

IN MEMORIAM: Clay Tanner '75
July 5, 2010
Yorba Linda, CA


Cathy Hancox Racine writes: "After graduation, I married Steve Racine and taught at Monson State Hospital, then at Quimby Regional School in Worcester, Massachusetts, for 13 autistic kids. I took classes at Clark University and even taught there one semester. I took some time off to sing, garden, and start a sewing machine business. My husband and I now own The Charlton Sewing Center. My final teaching position is at an early learning center with 3-year-old autistic children. I also do consultant work with area agencies involving autism. I have a wonderful son. He is finishing this year at UMass Boston."

A movie company came to Stamford, Connecticut, the town of Brian Kane. The film is called We Need to Talk, Kevin. It's about a boy and his bow and arrow and will be released in fall 2010.


Peter Olesen Lund retired from Exeter public schools in 2009. He went to Denmark this summer. Peter is looking for Bill Sheckles and his wife, Karen.

Robert B. Dundas recently performed a recital of art songs by Robert Schumann in Salzburg, Austria. He will repeat the program in several locations around Florida in fall 2010. While in Salzburg, he was also invited to present a master class for college singers attending a summer study program. Over the past few years, Robert has also performed recitals in Italy and presented similar master classes for young singers from numerous EU countries. In November 2010, he will appear again with the Florida Grand Opera in their production of Puccini's Turandot. He is an associate professor of music at the School of Music at Florida International University in Miami, where he heads the Division of Vocal Studies and directs the FIU Opera Theater. He remains active as a teacher, clinician, and adjudicator in south Florida and the region.

IN MEMORIAM: Katherine M. Higgins '77
January 13, 2010
Dahlonega, GA


Sylvia Brink writes: "Hi, everyone! All is well here in New Jersey. I'm still teaching special education. I've been teaching in a first-grade inclusion room for a couple of years now. Retirement won't be for at least four more years as our son is now a freshman at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He's going to be studying aerospace engineering! We have a new e-mail address: I'm also on Facebook as Sylvia Corley Brink, so we can hook up there, too. I'd love to hear from everyone. I look forward to receiving my KSC magazine and reading the class notes. Let's keep in touch!"


Dr. Wendy Elliott Wendover: "I was promoted to dean of curriculum and instruction education at the Colorado Christian University. My job location is nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains, so my family moved into a new home in Littleton, Colorado. Lots of change for us!"

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