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Harriet Richardson Ames, always cheerful, attended the Golden Circle gathering held at Heritage Heights last November. She helped sort and hand out nametags to alumni and guests. This very special alumna is adjusting to her new home at Havenwood and has made many friends already.


Four beautiful cards were received from members of the 1932 class. Claris Head Lacey lives in Portsmouth, N.H., and is looking forward to seeing alumni at Warren's Lobster House on Sept. 8.

Clarice Zanes Constant from Epsom, N.H., is hoping for a snowy winter.

Charlotte Davison Hamm always finds the cutest cards. Last year her Christmas card showed a bird that had its own Christmas tree on the same limb as its nest.

Olive Ames Edmund's lovely card was from a painting of a snowfall by Nataline Marcontoni. Olive attended the Golden Circle gathering held at Heritage Heights as a guest of Harriet Richardson Ames '31.

IN MEMORIAM: Anna Kandilis Newton '32 passed away Feb. 24, 2005, in Manchester, N.H. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Pembroke and in Henniker, N.H., as well as Albany, N.Y.


Marion Knucky Pauling wrote about the wonderful Thanksgiving she enjoyed last fall with her daughter and family in Scituate, Mass., where she spent several weeks. It was extra special because four generations of her family were there. Marion recently moved to Franklin, N.H. She always has a jigsaw puzzle on the dining room table, so when company drops in, they can help put it together. Barbara Sullivan Brooks '51 is a neighbor and stops by to visit often.

Frances Shaughnessy and her sister Mary are regular attendees at the Cheshire County Retired Educators' Christmas luncheons; however, this past holiday they picked the wrong day to attend!

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Helen Freeman Rogers on the news of her death. She had written to Norma Wright Walker '51 in December that she was able to read the newspaper without glasses after having cataract surgery to both eyes. Her letters will be missed.

It is always nice to have Margaret Newman Chickering at the Cheshire County Retired Educators' meetings. She often brings Clara Giovannangeli with her.

A lovely note arrived from Marion Lathe Lewis of Gainesville, Ga. She always sends kind thoughts.

Olive Milligan Smith never forgets the holidays. We hope to see her again at Cabot's Inn in July for a Golden Circle luncheon.

Nathalie Scott Tisdale still attends luncheons with friends. Recently she and Norma Walker '51 shared stories about teaching. They decided their era was the best time to have been in the classroom.

A special card arrived from Martin Heffernan's daughter Gail and her husband, Joe. The alumni staff appreciates the efforts of the children of alumni to keep in contact with the office.


Barbara Auderer Goodridge helped sort and hand out nametags at the Golden Circle gathering held at Heritage Heights in Concord, N.H. Always nice to have her with us because it was her idea back in 1997 to gather for lunch. Thank you, Barbara. Now we are up to 64 luncheons.


Louise Tewksbury Bennett wrote a wonderful letter to classmates encouraging them to attend their 70th reunion.

Alberta Cushing Patch-Slegaitis was looking forward to being in Keene for the Reunion celebration. She will be traveling from Durham, N.C.

What a pleasant surprise to receive a long letter from Donald Chamberlain. One of the schools where he taught was in Jaffrey, N.H. After that he went into the Army where he spent four and a half years attached to the field artillery. Don attended Boston University and received his bachelor's degree in education, then taught for 26 years in Cranston, R.I. When Don was a student at Keene, he was a member of Kappa Delta Phi.

Edward Farrar served in World War II as a Navy chef. At one time he lived in Keene and now he lives in Florida.

Janet Whitcomb Morrison lives in Florida. She has two children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Janet taught grades five and six in Unity, N.H., grade five in Keene, and grades five and six in Laconia, N.H. She enjoys reading, golf, and bridge.

Bernice "Bunny" Adams Michael enjoys attending the Golden Circle luncheons held at Walter's Basin in Holderness, N.H. She keeps her Golden Circle medallion hanging in sight so she can wear it to KSC functions. Bunny's granddaughter graduated from KSC this year, 70 years after Bunny's graduation.

Alta Perkins Jursa enjoys activities with her family and her church. She also likes to read and do puzzles. During her teaching and working career, she was in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.

IN MEMORIAM: Marjorie Armstrong '35 died Feb. 7, 2005, in Vero Beach, Fla. She was a teacher for many years.


Ellen Hartshorn Grauer invited Judy Kalich, director of advancement, and Norma Wright Walker '51 to a Christmas tea at Rivermead in Peterborough, N.H. Barbara Butterfield Carll '39 joined them. It was a delightful party, with beautiful background music and delicious refreshments. Barbara and Norma taught together at Peterborough Elementary School.

Helen "Peg" Szalajeska Raymond writes that she has been raking leaves, picking up branches, and cleaning the lawn after four hurricanes. She lost two sisters last year, one in January and one in November. Irene Birch Szalajeska Cid had lived in Massachusetts and was a 1936 classmate. Peg's son Don (George) Raymond '68 lives in Ocala, Fla.

Ferne Coffin Fogg enjoyed a holiday last Thanksgiving in Tucson, Ariz., with her daughter Judy. They also visited her grandson's family in Globe, Ariz. Ferne keeps busy with letter writing to friends and helping Judy care for the house. She writes: "Became a great-grandmother for the third time, this time a girl! Had a wonderful 90th birthday surprise party, given by the people for whom I volunteer on Thursdays and Fridays. My grandchildren from Arizona were here for that week and knew all about it! Planning to go fishing in May with daughter Judy."


Wonderful holiday greetings were received from Helen Berry Haubrich, Stanley Johnson, Blanche "Scottie" Bean Smith, Dorothea Ryans Somero, and Katherine Lynch Herrick. Dot Somero and Norma Wright Walker '51 taught together in Peterborough.

We are sad to hear that Dot Somero passed away May 11, 2005, in New Ipswich, N.H. She taught for more than 30 years in New Ipswich and Peterborough elementary schools. After retirement, she assisted her daughter in a private kindergarten for nine years. Among her survivors is her sister Barbara Ryans Brackett '57.

Marion Truell Sabin and her husband moved to Christmas, Fla., after 47 years in Keene to live closer to their daughter. Marion is looking forward to spending time with her two-year-old great-granddaughter.

Elsie McConnell Underwood writes that she moved to Sartwell Place, Whitefield, N.H. Classmates Edie Rich Sias and Barbara Gardner Cox are there, also.

Luther Preston is still active in the Oceanside Grange, the Greenland Historical Society, and the New Hampshire Farm Museum. Luther's photo, showing him teaching a youngster how to use a bucksaw, was in the New Hampshire Sunday News and in the spring issue of Keene State Today. Last summer he traveled to see his sons - Allison in Texas and Eugene in South Dakota - and do some sightseeing.

IN MEMORIAM: Stanley A. Johnson '38 died March 1, 2005, in Keene. He served in the U.S. Navy and was plant superintendent of A.E. Martel Co., Inc., a printing company in Keene. He was a member of the KSC alumni board and president of the Alumni Association in 1959.

IN MEMORIAM: Dot Ryans Somero '38 passed away May 11, 2005, in New Ipswich, N.H. She taught for more than 30 years in New Ipswich and Peterborough elementary schools. Among her survivors is her sister Barbara Ryans Brackett '57.

IN MEMORIAM: Elsie McConnell Underwood '38 passed away March 24, 2005.

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