|KEENE STATE TODAY SPRING 2012|
Jane "Buffy" Buffington Coman wrote from Sapphire, NC. She and her husband, Al, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. This past spring their daughter Cristi gave them a trip to Miami to revisit the places where they met, dated, and got engaged. Included were trips to Joe's Stone Crabs and champagne at the Fontainebleau, where they met at a Frank Sinatra concert. On the actual anniversary date (June 24), their two daughters and a son hosted a party for them in Atlanta. Buffy sent a lovely family photo showing them, spouses, five grandchildren, and their great-granddaughter, Nora, three years old. After the party Jane and Al enjoyed a cruise (their first) to Alaska.
Also enjoying a cruise in January 2011 was Irene Plourde. She visited Mexico, Costa Rica, and cruised through the Panama Canal. Other trips enjoyed throughout the year were to the states of Washington, Idaho, and New Hampshire.
Janis Brackett also had a traveling year. She attended her grandson's wedding in Morehead City, NC, took a cruise to Italian and Greek islands, and enjoyed a week at Disneyland with her grandchildren, niece, and her sister and husband.
Ruth Doan MacDougall's 14th novel, A Born Maniac, has recently been published. It is the fourth sequel to her best seller, The Cheerleader. As the title suggests, the setting is not only in New Hampshire this time but also Maine. Ruth has been signing books in bookstores throughout New Hampshire. Try to visit her!
Nancy Hancock Cross, the wife of Larry Cross '60, died at her home in Nashua on October 4, 2011. Nancy served on our KSC Reunion Committee for 30 years. Nancy enjoyed golf and her seasonal home on Newfound Lake. She was an avid reader; loved her Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins; taught and retired from the Nashua School System; and volunteered for many civic causes. She was loved by all and will be missed.
Dr. Raymond E. Clarke, of Kent County, MD, received the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association 2011 Individual Community Service Award. Dr. Clarke has served on boards of several community service organizations, including the United Fund and the Chestertown Elks. He has been involved with the Kent County Food Pantry and the "Food Packs" program, which supplies needy children with food for the weekends. We congratulate you, Ray, on being so active and contributing to make our world a better place.
Robert Dinwoodie lives with his wife, Sandra, in Manchester, NH. He keeps busy with family, including three grandsons, and continues playing the bagpipes with the Clan MacPherson Pipes and Drums in North Andover, MA.
Priscilla Canney Dutile and husband, Joe '60, keep busy with grandchildren activities, going to the gym four mornings a week, helping Joe (president of the Manchester Teachers Association), activities of the Manchester Women's Club, staying in touch with her friends, and taking care of her garden. We also appreciate her assistance with the KSC Reunion Committee.
Elaine Chicaderis Ellis and husband, Bill '62, keep busy with grandchildren and other family, friends, reading, birding, and church work. She retired from her career as a library media specialist while living in Vernon, VT. She keeps a close eye over Bill, so we really loved having her take time out to come back to our 50th class reunion. She still looks great with that naturally curly short hair.
Jeanne Lachance Erickson and husband, Dennis, travel a lot. They live in Duluth, MN. They enjoy family and friends in between their busy travel schedule. Frequently, they come back to New Hampshire to visit Jeannie's many brothers and sisters.
Susan Freeman is busy scouting antique shops and shows around her home in Ellington, CT. She has three daughters, their hubbies, and six grandchildren. She enjoys journal writing, reading, walking, "Lunch Group Gatherings," and volunteering at children's reading programs. Can't wait to go antiquing with her someday!
Nancy and George Cote enjoyed Golden Circle activities last spring and their lunch at Parker's Maple Barn this fall. They are now looking forward to a three-month winter stay in Englewood, FL.
IN MEMORIAM: Nancy Hancock Cross
We have just one year to go before we celebrate our 50th reunion! It will be here before you know it! Now is the time to:
Carol Hobbs Parkhurst of Rye, NH, reads a book a week when she's not decorating, enjoying her "ladies" and their couples club Bible studies, and antiquing. Two of her grandkids live in Colorado and four live in California, and she makes multiple trips yearly to see them. Carol's four sisters are close to Rye. She saw Mary and Art Nadeau for a day this past summer.
Bill Buckler of Winchendon, MA - a first-time questionnaire responder - taught English for 35 years in Ashburnham, MA, before retiring in 2004. His wife of 33 years, Gail Barlow '66, died in 1997. He married Helen, a retired teacher, two years later and between them they have three children and five grandchildren. Bill and Helen work part-time helping others and enjoy their friends. Bill has fond memories of KSC, especially the Alpha Opera, Mac Keddy, Rev. Fay Gemmell, Dean Fred Barry, Huntress Hall, and the old Spaulding Gym. Great to hear from you, Bill, after all these years!
Carol Jeffrey of Keene likes to partake of senior-citizen discount offerings by taking classes at KSC.
Cathy Gilbert of Keene attended our 45th reunion with Bev Kovacs Spaven and Cathy Ayes Currier. Great to hear that since the registration desk only had Cathy Gilbert as our sole representative! She got a ride in a hot-air balloon as a gift from her husband upon her retirement in 2000. She likes reading, gardening, cooking, and shopping. Last winter she visited Bev Spaven in Virginia, and she went to Nova Scotia recently.
Elaine Tuttle of Quincy, MA, is still working part-time as an adjunct tutor at Quincy Community College. After teaching public school for 15 years and doing social work in Boston for 15 years, this is her third career. Elaine has moderate osteoarthritis, so travel has been very difficult for the past 10 years. She has 10 "baby grands," aged infancy to 22 years! Elaine would like to hear from Karen Tunney and Louise Pederzani Pear.
John Knowles of East Harwich, MA, enjoys shellfishing, reading, and Cape Cod history. John's granddaughter is a freshman at UNH and he has two grandchildren adopted from Kazakhstan by his son. He has been active in "Seniors Helping Seniors," supporting the less fortunate. Mike and Fran Emond visited John this past summer. John would like to hear from Ralph Robinson and Vaughn Mann.
Mike Emond of Granville, NY, has been retired since 1999 but keeps busy playing his baritone sax in a marching band and guitar in church. He also sings tenor and plays percussion in a local chorus as well as guitar, banjo, conga, and tambourine. Mike does a lot of work on his 6.5-acre property, mowing, cutting trees, cleaning up after storms, plus painting and repairing. He and Fran travel to Europe at least once a year and visited Prague, Vienna, and Budapest in 2010, and recently went to Granada and Gibraltar. They winter in Georgia and Florida. Mike serves on the Little League board of directors and parish committee and writes feature articles for a local weekly on Granville alumni and the wonderful things they are doing. He says it is very rewarding for a retired teacher to know that former students are happy and doing well.
Finally, we need to give serious thought to attending our 50th reunion in three years but more important to a class gift to the college to commemorate it. Please let Richard Doyle know your ideas on both issues and spread the word to other '65ers!
IN MEMORIAM: Margery Hanson
Thomas Makela writes: "My wife and I live in Lake Wales, FL in a gated golf community. It has been 11 years since I retired after 35 years of teaching in Mystic, CT. We have not traveled this year, as my wife had major back surgery almost a year ago. We are active here at Lake Ashton for there are many things to do."
Bill Haggerty, co-executive director and producer of the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, is the recipient of the 2011 Miss America Academy of Honor Award. This award was established in 1996 to recognize one individual who has provided outstanding service to the Miss America level at the state or local organization for the year.
IN MEMORIAM: Irene Tucker
Ed Forbush writes that he recently retired after 42 years of teaching in Manchester, NH. He is part owner and bartender at the Breezeway Pub in Manchester, which keeps him very busy.
Cathy Derring Koppang writes: "Russ and I are in Naples, FL. We are in a friendly neighborhood, walk every day, and enjoy great free concerts. We still spend the summer months in Wells, ME, so we have the best weather possible all year. After 25 years in retail, it is nice to be free to enjoy the seasons. Our older son, Erik, is an anesthesiologist and lives with his wife, Susan, near San Antonio, TX. Younger son, Paul, works for Wells Fargo and lives with his wife, Brooke, and children in Charlotte, NC. We try to visit often."
Bruce '69 / M'73 and Linda Cloutier '73 are now permanently residing in Ocala, FL, and enjoying retirement.
Don Nelson went to a KSC alumni get-together in November in Manchester, NH. Don has lived in Manchester since leaving Keene many years ago. He has been retired for seven years and travels most of the year; he recently bought a home in Nokomis, FL.
Mary Ellen Bouchie retired from insurance billing and is now working for herself, sewing for craft shows and sales. Her ninth grandchild was born on July 20, 2011. Emily joins siblings Hannah, Kathryn, Michael, and Nathan and cousins Sara, Guy, Andrew, and Audrey.