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From Jean L. Cotti-Johnson :
"I wanted to take the time to say how pleased I am to be part of KSC once again, even if it is only through the alumni magazine. It still conjures up some great memories. I taught elementary school in the same school district for 28 years. I got my master's degree in special education, concentrating on children with emotional disabilities. I worked in grades 4, 5, and 6 and found it rewarding and challenging. I have been retired for several years and now have no idea how I once fit work into my day. Those of you who are now retired understand I'm sure, and my advice to all of you rounding the corner to retirement is to 'rest,' since retirement will be the busiest job you'll ever have! I look forward to hearing from more classmates."

Shirley Keefe Barron retired in December 2005 after serving for 33 years as a professional librarian in New Hampshire. She received her MLS in 1971 and upon her retirement, was director of the Bedford Public Library. She is now following her lifelong dream of retiring to Cape Cod.

Lyn Vanni Lambert says that she does not live in Peterborough, as reported in our last issue, but she lives in Jaffrey, N.H., and has for many years.

Sue Moran VanDerBeken retired two years ago from West High School in Manchester, N.H., after teaching there for 33 years. She has two grown children who are both in education. Sue had a chance to see several of the first floor Monadnock group from freshman year. Last summer, she and some of the group got together with former "proctor" Betsy Richardson Coll at Betsy's vacation home in Whitefield, N.H. At that reunion, a few of those attending were Linda Couture, Nita Frangos Stewart, Sue Yeaton Bailey, and Connie Arvenitis Dockham.

Sue Yeaton Bailey is now living in Boscawen, N.H., and after 36 years of teaching elementary school, she is looking forward to retirement. Sue loves to travel and has children and grandchildren who love to share time with her. She still has lots of KSC friends she keeps in touch with, but would like to hear from more.


From Maureen Sheehan Hall:
"Classmates, Janis Stone was nice enough to e-mail me an update about her life, filling us in on friends she has seen since graduation. Our 35th is coming up, so please save June 2-4 for our Class Reunion. Looking forward to seeing many of you there for a fun-filled time!"

Janis writes: "It had been a long time. Hope you are doing well. After reading the Fall 2005 issue of Keene State Today I thought I would respond and tell you what I have been up to since I was at our 30th KSC reunion. We (Jim O'Connor and I) had the grand opening of our business, 'Interiors by Janis Stone,' 179 Northport Ave., Belfast, Maine. We sell wallpaper, fabrics, furniture, accessories, and custom-made window treatments, as well as consulting. In October 2004 we bought a run-down, circa 1783 Cape-Cod style house and barn, then spent a year bringing it back to life (the money pit), so we could open our business in it. The location is great, because it is on the coastal Route 1 highway. I moved up from Orange, Mass., this past spring to a home we purchased on Belfast Harbor in 1998. We really like it here and business is great. Our daughters have all left the nest, except for Abigail (Abby) Dwinnells who is 21 and a senior at UMass-Amherst. She wants to be an elementary school teacher. My oldest, Emily Dwinnells, 26, lives in New York City and works at the NY Stock Exchange (Kellogg Group). Jim has two daughters, as well: Chrissy is a teacher in Hingham, Mass., and Lindsay works at New York University. They get up to visit us in Belfast once or twice a year, even though they say it is so far away.

"Ron and Cindy Comeau were up to visit us this past October. Betsy and Vinnie Vinciguerra, now residents of Ormond Beach, Fla., were here this summer. It was great seeing the four of them and laughing over old times at KSC. My sister, Jean Stone '74 , is living in Orange, Mass., and selling real estate in Athol. We get in a few days of skiing and hiking together each year.

"Life is good, we all have our good health, love the area we now live in, and count our blessings. So if you or anyone else who reads this ever get up to mid-coast Maine, please stop in to say hi and visit. New address is 3 Steamship Point, Belfast, ME 04915. 207-338-2204 (store) or 338-0618 (home)."

IN MEMORIAM: Herbert Czarnosz '71 of Venice, Fla., died Feb. 2, 2006, from injuries sustained in an accident. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as a finance officer for the N.H. Army National Guard. While in college, he was a member of the Alpha Pi Tau Fraternity.

IN MEMORIAM: Gerard P. "Jerry" Knights '71 died Dec. 29, 2005, in Nashua, N.H., at the age of 56. Jerry was a member of Alpha Pi Tau fraternity. During his junior year at KSC, he and his wife Glenna Cleveland Knights lived in Keene on Court Street, as caretakers of the Senior Citizen Center. Their son, Jason, was born in what was then the Elliot Community Hospital, now Elliot Hall. Jason graduated from KSC in 1992.


IN MEMORIAM: Marilyn Longa Johnson '72 died Sept. 25, 2005, in Merrimack, N.H. She worked for Matthew Thornton Health Care and managed Johnson's Photography.


Claudia Borden is outreach coordinator for Barnstable (Mass.) Support Services. She writes: "Life is good. I have mostly found an easy-going lifestyle and a very rewarding job. I'm interested in hearing about old friends and teachers. Do you know where Frank Campion, a teacher in the '70s, is? Or Frank Feraco, a classmate?"

Rich Hamilton writes: "After more than 12 years at DSC Logistics, I made a change in April 2005. I am now working for a wonderful new company, ProLogics, the largest real estate investment trust focused on industrial/distribution facilities all over the world. It is an opportunity to learn a new industry and work with a great group of people. On the family side, our daughters both graduated in May, Lauren from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in accounting, and Erin from the University of Chicago with an MA in philosophy. Marie and I celebrated 28 years of marriage in June. Several years ago we purchased land in Southport, N.C., at St. James Plantation and plan to build a home there some day. If any of you are living in that area, we'd like to hear from you."

David Wallace writes: "Heard from Brian Kane '76 and he is looking to get in contact with Nancy Sroka Hagelberg."

From Jane Capuccio Stauffer:
"First I want to thank all of the people who responded to my questionnaire, and those who sent e-mails. I have heard from quite a few of you and I have lots to report. A special thanks to those who helped us find some of the lost classmates. Please keep it up.

"Several groups of classmates had mini-reunions. Suzanne Lindsey Jarvis reports 'I have been in touch with Kathy Smart, my roommate for three years. We have remained close friends for the entire 32 years. She comes up to New Hampshire a couple of times a year from Long Island. We got together with Michele Chapman, Cindy Cutts Putnam, and Lisa Landry in fall 2004 and spent a weekend in the Keene area. We took a tour of the campus and had a great time. We would like to do it again. Michele is married and lives in Canada now, so we thought maybe we'd go up sometime in the future - if life allows.'

"Tina Cahill Swett organized a group during alumni weekend last June. She reports that '11 of us girls attended and we stayed in Huntress Hall. It was memorable.' In attendance from the class of '74 were Nancy Conant Frost, Karin Stenbery Leyton, Laurie Myer Daily, and Sherry Briscoe Strickland. From class of '75 were Anne Robitaill e, Cindy Godin, Janet Chamberlain Ernest, and Wendy Lehman Paterson. They were joined by Robin Weiss '73 and Julie Fleuriel '76 .

"Suzanne Daley Quigley lives in her hometown of Marblehead, Mass., and works for the school department there as a special tutor in the Wilson Reading Program with elementary students. Her three children are keeping her busy; her youngest is a senior at Marblehead High.

"There has been no slowing down with many in our class; I have been quite impressed with all the physical activity. Karen Sielke lives in Swanzey, N.H., and has been working as a parking enforcement officer for the city of Keene for the past 14 years. She reports that mountain climbing and being outdoors are her pastimes. In 1983 she biked across the U.S. (4517 miles) with Heather Colson '83 . She has also climbed the New England Hundred Highest Peaks.

"George Allen who lives in Hampton Falls, N.H., with his wife, Kathy, plays tennis at least three times a week, and has traveled to Australia this past year. He has worked in sales at R.B. Allen Co., Inc., for the past 20 years.

"Tina Cahill Swett, who has been an avid downhill skier since her KSC days, also finds time for power walking. She and her husband, Jeffrey, live in Goffstown, N.H., and traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in October. She highly recommends this spot to others. Tina has been working as a customer service representative for Public Service of New Hampshire in Manchester.

"Judy Mitchell, who lives in Hinsdale, N.H., reports she referees both basketball and soccer while teaching physical education, as well as being athletic director in Hinsdale. She has been a teacher since we graduated, mostly at Hampshire Regional High School in Massachusetts. It was there that her girls' basketball team won the state championship four years in a row.

"Speaking of coaching, it has been keeping Ron Manseau very busy. He and his wife, Marcia '72 , live in Bedford, N.H. Ron teaches health at Pinkerton Academy and has spent the past 24 years coaching varsity baseball. He has also coached varsity football for 20 years at several schools, including Milford High, Manchester West, and Pinkerton. As if that weren't enough, he started a hockey program at Pinkerton and coached that for three years. Athletics run in his family as his son, Matt, graduated from Wesleyan University where he played varsity football, and his daughter, Melissa, graduated from Bryant College in Rhode Island where she was two-time All American in field hockey. His most recent trip was to San Francisco to see his son.

"Nancy Powers Graham and her husband, Kevin, live in Billerica, Mass. Currently she is a commercial lender at the Reading Co-operative Bank and has been in banking for 30 years through many bank mergers. She loves to cross country ski and took up kayaking last year.

"Being a home economics major, I was very happy to hear from this group. Suzanne Lindsey Jarvis writes that her husband, Michael, has had his own business since 1982. 'We sell the Elna Brand of Sewing Machines. He thoroughly loves repairing machines and does a lot with old machines, especially the old treadle machines. Our daughter, Andrea, lives in the area and we enjoy having her nearby.'

"Nancy Richmond Kelso has been teaching family and consumer science (the new name for home economics) at Manchester Central High since we graduated. She lives with her husband, David, and three children in Candia, N.H. Two of her children have finished school and are on their own; one is currently a student at UNH. She is the assistant advisor for the Central High robotics team C.H.A.O.S. In the past year she has been to two national robotics competitions with her students, in Atlanta and Indianapolis. She reports that Sandy Chapman works with her at Manchester Central, and Susan Scram Sokul is teaching family and consumer science in Hookset, N.H.

"Cindy Young Atkins lives in Rensselaer Falls, N.Y. She is director of dining and conference services at St. Lawrence University in Canton, and has been doing this for 17 years. She too has been traveling for work this year; she was in New Orleans in July prior to Katrina, and Palm Springs, Calif.

"Phyllis Calabrese Kinson lives in Lynn, Mass., where she is director of the feeding program for the Greater Lynn Senior Services. She keeps in touch with Gail Tilford Peach who lives in Wilmington, Mass.

"Jane McHenry is still teaching family and consumer science at Beverly High School in Massachusetts where she has been since we graduated. She recently bought a condo and moved to Andover.

"I have taught in several schools over the years, always in home economics/family and consumer science. I have been at Danvers High School in Massachusetts for the past 22 years. Three years ago they dropped the program and now I teach health education. This past December my husband, Rich, and I traveled to Pasadena, Calif., to see the Danvers High Band march in the Tournament of Roses Parade. If you saw it on TV you know that for the first time in 51 years it 'rained on the parade.' We had a great time anyway, enjoying the sights and warmer weather.

"I have lots more from our class, so watch for it in the next issue of the KSC magazine."

IN MEMORIAM: David C. Hill '74 died Oct. 19, 2005, in Hinsdale, N.H. At KSC he was president of Kappa Delta Phi. He earned a master's degree at the University of Connecticut and was assistant superintendent of business at School Administrative Unit 29 in Keene. He later worked at Markem Corp. and then in Scituate, Mass., as business director for the schools. He returned to New Hampshire to work for SAU 27 in Hudson and Litchfield.


Michael R. Dodge writes: "It's been quite a while since I've been in touch with anyone from KSC, but the great memories are with me almost daily. A friend at work sent me a copy of the KSC magazine, which has prompted this note. My partner of 14 years, Joe Bernier, a fifth grade teacher, and I were officially married in June 2004. It's great living in a progressive state! I continue to work as a nurse, and have been in the nursing field for almost 26 years now. A BSN from UMass-Boston is looming on the very near horizon. Perhaps an MSN will follow. We've lived on Cape Cod now for 8 years, after having spent six years in Albuquerque, N.M. Should any of you find yourselves on Cape Cod, please drop by. We have a wonderful house and a very friendly 13-year-old pooch named Rosie. She's never been to college, but she's remarkably bright! My best to you all."


Philip Bellingham writes:
"Hello 76ers. Here's another pitch for attending our Class Reunion! Okay, all you math buffs out there, how many years has it been?

"For those who don't care, we are still having the reunion anyway. For those who do care, let me just tell you, KSC does know how to throw a party. So it's your choice.

"On another note, thanks for sending in some info for our 1976 class notes section of Keene State Today magazine. Now don't you wish you kept the yearbook so you would know who these people who write in are?

"Keep the good times rolling, Keene Staters."

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas A. Annis '76 died Oct. 31, 2005, in Langdon, N.H. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was a computer programmer for JVC Electronics.


Betsy Rounsefell Morris of Southborough, Mass., writes: "After receiving my associate in arts degree from KSC in May 1978, I will finally be graduating from Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass., with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology in May 2006."

IN MEMORIAM: Charles F. Powell '78 died Sept. 13, 2005, in Hinsdale, N.H. He taught physical education at Mount Caesar School in Swanzey and at Westmoreland School, both in New Hampshire. He was married for 32 years to Laurel Manning Powell. '73 .


Peter Miller writes: "As an alumnus, it's always a great feeling to read Keene State Today a few times and connect to the past experience of college. I returned with my family for my 25th reunion a couple of years ago. It made me proud to share the impressive scale of changes to the town and campus. We also spent some time with David Leinster (my favorite professor) whom I have kept in touch with for over three decades. My kids played with his grandchildren at his home in Westmoreland.

"Every year since getting married in January 1997 my family and I have gone to southern Brazil to visit my wife's family in the state of Rio Grande do Sul which borders Uruguay. My wife Fabiane and our children Max, 8, and Lauren, 6, all enjoy the annual journey to Brazil. We currently live in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago in Skokie, Ill."

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