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From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
December 23, 2016
(
Carolyn’s response to the Happy Holy-Days thoughts I offered in early December)
I have used that in writing and speaking all season long.

Thank you for that.

From Marion (Schmitt) Ellis
December 22, 2016
Hi Joe -- my apologies in being so out-of-it regarding reporting to the class about our Celebration.  As soon as it was over, politics took over, with the election only four weeks later.  We live mostly in NH where elections become everyone’s occupation.  When that was over (? -- it remains to be seen how everything will shake out!), we were on our way to Phoenix for meetings; then Thanksgiving; then our church fair; and now Christmas with decorating, baking, many grandkid concerts, etc. etc.  So in general, it’s been easy to put off the email I promised.  And actually, there isn’t a lot to say.  The good news is that those of us who were there on October 3 had another great time.  Also that we were able not only to cover all of our expenses, but also we could make a nice contribution to you for your favorite charity, as we have in other years, and also to the Belmont Food Pantry, as we did the last time. 

The sad news is that the committee has decided we will not carry on as a formal committee.  This means that from here on, any get-togethers will be self-starters.  It also means that we did not keep any of the funds as seed money for the next reunion as we have before, (thus the contribution to the Food Pantry;) any future informal reunions will have to self-fund.  But because of your terrific contribution to keeping us together, the news of informal reunions will easily be distributed, at least to those who have email, and details about funding will also be able to be distributed on the Chat.  Thanks in advance!  So we hope people will use the Chat and the address list that has been distributed to everyone to keep on getting together; we are an interesting bunch!

In that regard, there is very good news:  Bea Capraro Busa has already moved to bring us together next summer.  She plans to reserve a dining room at her golf club in Lexington on a Monday (when it is normally closed) next summer.  Currently she is looking at the last Monday in July.  Further details will come out closer to the time, but feel free to contact her if you are interested.  Some of you who live a distance away might plan to make a trip then.

However, even though as I write this the sun has just begun to be with us a little longer each day, with snow on the ground and some bitter cold temperatures, it is hard to imagine summer.  So let me just wish all many joys at this time of year and into the next!

Warmly, Marion

PS -- another reminder to email you if there is an address change; or phone me at 617-494-1123.

(Re the “favorite charity”, many may know by now of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew’s flooding in southeastern NC. Our church adopted a ‘sister church' in Lumberton, NC. So, the contribution to me went to a pastor’s discretionary fund in Lumberton, NC. This added to the funds he was able to distribute to those needing clothing, shelter, and food. On behalf of those victims, “Thank you “ - JM)

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
December 15, 2016
Wow! what a great story--anytime, but at this time of year we think about gifts from heaven! My brother had similar surgery while he was in college and spent three months in a cast! What a difference in medical technology has occurred in our lifetimes! thanks for sharing

From Janet (Miller) McKee
December 15, 2016

Joe - that's wonderful  I can't get the message full screen but I gather it's great news.  A Happy Christmas to all.  My husband has a bad case of shingles.  Medical marijuana is available here in the State of Washington.  I've been asking around and am thinking of trying it on him.  He's in a lot of pain which is not relieved being by conventional medicine.  It probably comes as no surprise to you that I never was a hippie nor smoked marijuana.  But in our senior years why not give it a try - at least the external version.  Good for a laugh at least now that e're into our  80's.

All the best to you and yours  

From Fred Merk
December 15, 2016
Hello Joe and Nancy,
  While with you at the reunion I mentioned the back and severe (referred) leg pain that Elizabeth was having and one of the reasons she was not with me.

   Her lumbar spine continued to deteriorate rapidly in Oct and Nov. It became obvious she would soon be wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life.
   She finally agreed to leave her Drs at Lahey and seek help from a prominent neurosurgeon in the Spine Clinic at Tufts Med Center....a former student of mine
   in Anatomy and Pathology at the Medical School. With great angst she decided to go ahead with him. Spinal fusion surgery was done on Dec 6.
   Joe.....I have had the Best (early) Christmas Gift one could ever hope for...little short of miraculous!!

    Eight hours after the anesthesia had worn off they had her up and walking a few steps. Next day she did more walking and was able to climb several stairs.
    She is home now and is able to climb multiple flights of stairs...weakness yes...pain no. Today for the first time she drove her car with no problems.

    Another miraculous thing they did during the operation was to aspirate bone marrow from her...isolate bone stem cells and then inject them back into her lumbar
    spine. These stem cells will grow new bone between the injured vertebrae....the ultimate fusion agent!

   Joe and Nancy enjoy your Christmas with family! Again....thanks so much for acting as the 'glue' that holds us together!
   Please extend to our wonderful class..... Happy Holidays...Merry Christmas and Happiness in the new year!

From John Keane
December 12, 2016

Hi Joe and Nancy,
Thanks to Harley for sending the profound life-view woven around golf.

Geeze, it really has suddenly become the back nine, .....and I thought I was the only one dealing with all this stuff. I'm passing this on to some golfing friends to appreciate. Most have been in denial, like me.  Hopefully we all will stay in the fairway, and avoid the sand traps.

From Rod McElroy
December 12, 2016
(
Rod is commenting on Harley’s email posting —The Back Nine. JM)
Ican relate to the mandatory nap and the "pre-sleep" in the above message.  And several other points hit very close to home.  How many times I say to my sons - or anyone else who will listen - "As your grandfather (or 'my dad', depending on the audience) used to say . . . ."  Things I should not have done (more than likely); things I could have done better (for sure); and things I would have done (if only I'd known then what I know now - sound familiar?)  The old coulda, shoulda, woulda continuum, eh?  Old is definitely good in some things.
Cheers, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all.

Also from Rod:
"I hate it when I see an old person and then realize that we went to high school together!"

From John Keane
December 11, 2016
Don't fall overboard on that cruise Joe. And to all classmates, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Felice Anno Nova from Mr Solano.

From Bob and Maryjayne Kolouch
December 10, 2016
A very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy 2017

From Rob Yacubian
December 9, 2016
A joyous Christmas to you both

From Kathleen (Henessy) Stoll
December 9, 2016
 
Thanks for your thoughtful leadership among us--. I was reminded of one of my favorite poems " The world is so full of wonderful things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." We need more of that optimism!

From Fred Merk
December 3, 2016
Hello Joe and Nancy,
  Happy Holidays to you Both.
  Joe...Thank You for your Great Comments!
           Very well expressed and timely!

From Eleanor (Courier) Chenevert
December 3, 2016

Hi Joe, boy that was very well put.   The world is certainly a lot different than it was when we were running around Belmont with hardly a care in the world.    All of us on this web-site would agree, I think, that we have already beaten the odds.   We are all either 79/8081 depending on when we started school.   I'd say that was pretty remarkable....I love getting your chat up-dates.   We are now a diverse country and in a lot of cases families.   I have the league of nations in my own family as each one of my grand-children and extended cousins, etc.,  marry and I think it's wonderful.   Merry, merry Christmas and the happiest of New Year's to all 1954 Alumni.  May we all continue in good health and enjoy the rest of our journey.... 😊😊😊

From Janice (McKay) Aucoin
December 3, 2016
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY FORMER CLASSMATES AND THEIR FAMILIES BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR,

From Harley Anderson
December 3, 2016
Hi Joe,  
I appreciate your taking  stand regarding the Christmas tree, however, I also believe in tradition.  We are still predominately a Christian nation and have celebrated Christmas as a Federal Holiday and the removal of Christmas as a title from the celebration seems to be an anti-Christian stance and the beginning of a slippery slope to remove everything including the Federal Holiday. Just my thinking as a born again Christian.

From Paul Lucy
December 3, 2016
Joe, lots of good wisdom in your musings. Thanks for sharing. We can claim as one of our class trivia points that the words "under God" were added to the pledge in 1954.
All best wishes to you and your family. 

From Rob Yacubian
November 28, 2016
John Keane does it again with a beautiful painting of Crane’s Beach. Fond memories.

From John Keane
November 27, 2016
Hi Joe, Absolutely great color and shape to your Burning Bush......and did I notice Charlton Heston standing on your porch ?

Absolutely great color and shape to your Burning Bush......and did I notice Charlton Heston standing on your porch ?

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
November 27, 2016
Beautiful picture of "burning" bush! Welcome home!  Always good to hear from  you and other classmates! What a great community Belmont was to grow up in!  

From Joe Mazzei
November 26, 2016
We had just arrived back from South Carolina. As we approached our home, we noticed that our Japanese Maple had the most beautiful color it has had in years
So, here it is, a modern version of a burning bush...

From John Baia
November 24, 2016
Wishing all classmates a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Day.

From Rob Yacubian
November 24, 2016
Harold Robinson:  lived down the street from me at the corner of Franklin and Orchard Streets. We were playmates and went to the same summer camp for two summers in NH.  Camp Takodah.

By the time junior high came, his family moved to Lexington, I believe. Then I lost track of him. He was smart.

From Nicole (Huss) Gastone
November 23, 2016
Hi Joe,
I hope that I am not too late to wish you, your family and our classmates a  happy Thanksgiving...

From Mona (McLellan) Calthorpe
November 22, 2016
Hi Joe& Nancy, we have had a taste of cold weather here in Palmetto, Fl. 60 degrees but the winds were 50 mph this weekend when I went over to Anna Maria Island.

One family had the kids all in Christmas sweaters & hats with a Charlie Brown tree taking Christmas card pictures. So cute.  

I remember Cranes Beach well. ( Love  the painting of Crane's Beach that John did & thanks for sharing.) After we got our license in high school that's where we headed - Beverly Habib, Lorraine Crosby & me. It was a beautiful beach - like Siesta Key here in Fl. Before license it was MTA to Revere beach - arrggghh. I still love the beach & was lucky enough to live on the water when I lived in Maine. I wish everyone a Happy, safe Thanksgiving.

From Joanne (Vernon) Andrellos
November 22, 2016
Very Warm and Most Sincere Wishes for a Happy and Wonderfully Memorable Thanksgiving.

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
November 21, 2016 (Originally October 11, 2016)
(Carolyn sent the collage below shortly after our 62nd gathering.—JM)


Fall in Maine


From Steve Wasby
November 20, 2016
About a Partial Classmate:
By “partial classmate,” I don’t mean only one arm.
I happened to be in the Boston area to hear some concerts, and when I saw a sign for Winchester, It triggered something.

I remember a classmate, name –I am reasonably sure—Harold Robinson—who moved to Winchester, after soph (?) year,

And then played basketball against BHS. Does this ring a bell?

One should tell John Keane that Crane’s Beach is a “peaceful sanctuary” if one doesn’t mind being eaten alive by black flies.

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
November 20, 2016
Great pictures from John Keane! Really enjoy them and their glimpse of New England! And thanks for finding my little story about the hurricane at camp. It seemed appropriate to share. We have our first snow here today--not much snow, but a lot of wind. Our family is coming from Chicago and DC for the week-end, and we are celebrating more than 50 years with the family of a pen pal from Jordan that I began corresponding with when I was 16. His family moved to Akron many years ago. He called one day and said "Hi, my name is Zahie and I am living in Akron. I have a present for you, how can I get it to you?" Thus his first visit for Thanksgiving that year before his family joined him. Now our kids are friends and our grandchildren are friends. It is a small world after all.

From John Keane
November 18, 2016
Hi Joe and All,
Here is an oil of the roadside marsh , just before one arrives at the entrance to Crane's Beach parking lot booth. Many classmates have enjoyed Crane's over the years, and it is still the same peaceful sanctuary.
Happy Thanksgiving  to everyone!



From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
November 7, 2016
I use my 25th reunion BHS paper weight several times a week. It sits on my kitchen counter as a constant reminder of all the people in our class.





(Here’s the reminder which Carolyn mentions. Mine still sits atop my bureau. There are times when it causes me to go to our computer and “beat the drum”.—JM)

From John Keane
November 1, 2013
Hi Joe,
This is for those who missed this year's foliage because of Matthew stealing all the leaves.
Hope everyone had a good Halloween.



“Along the Brook”
John Keane




From Rob Yacubian
October 30, 2013
I wish I had the hair on my head that I had at our 20th reunion. Not a gray hair on the head.
(All I had was fringe back then. Finally, I decided to take it all off… :-(  JM)

From Paul Lucy
October 30, 2016
Hi, Joe. Harley's recent posting with reminiscences of his time at Ft. Bragg triggered some thoughts of my own. After basic officers school at Quantico, Va. I spent two plus years in and out of Camp Lejeune which, as you know, is on the No. Carolina coast. We had a pretty good beach right on the base. My primary duty was as an infantry platoon leader with 1st. Battalion, 8th Marines; and later assistant regimental intelligence officer. I had an additional duty as trial counsel on several dozen special courts martial. During that time, John Payonzeck was stationed at Ft. Belvior, VA in army intelligence and John Lanigan was at Pensacola in a Marine Air Wing. On one occasion the three of us ( all still single ) met up at a party in the DC area; the one and only time we were together after our days at BHS. I think we all really enjoyed our time in the service; as is apparent with Harley.

From Harley Anderson
October 23, 2016
From Harley Anderson
October 23, 2016
Thanks Joe, I spent two years at FT Bragg as a officer with the 5th Logistical Command as part of the 18th Airborne  Corps Headquarters.  Great duty as Signal Core Planner, Escort Officer and Physical Training Officer for all the Colonels and Generals.  I also had the opportunity to teach at UNC State at the time which is now UNC Raleigh.   Great place to live where you are as we did go to the shore several times with little kids, but never saw rain and flooding like you have lived through.
Best

From Fred Merk
October 22, 2016

Joe & Nancy....Hello again, Thank you for your links to news about Hurricane M.
The story seems to go on and on. We feel so sorry for the people especially in Robeson County NC.
To think of all the troubles they faced beforehand and then all storm-related woes adding insult to injury.

Today.... Oct 22 2016 is the exact 50th anniversary of my marriage to Linda Poole.....the mother of John and Dan.
We were married in her church (Methodist) in Lynn and between then and now I have been a regular member.
One of the good things about this church is its charitable wing.... United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
The church pays all  of the operating costs to run the charity so every penny of donation by parishioners goes to the cause!
There have been multiple collections for storm victims in Haiti and NC.

Regarding the photographs your plan is a good one....using the BHS website as prime source of pictures for classmates. However this entails a lot of work for you and will take up lots of space (pixels). Classmates should be able to "rip off" any photo you post. We can let the class know that all the photos have been uploaded to Shutterfly but that obtaining them from your website will be easier and hassle-free.

Yes...Please feel free to post any items I have sent to you.
  Blessings and Regards to you Both,

(A note to our classmates: Anyone wanting a copy of any photos—on any of our web pages - let me know. We can find a way to email copy(s) back to you. JM)

From Gail (Perry) Marshall
October 22, 2016

Grateful Nancy & Joe are safe! What wonderful pics of wonderful folks--we are unique --thanks to all who worked so hard and long- hope you have good feelings about what you do for our peer group!

I am trying to recall the name of the classmate whom I sat next to --they left before pictures -was trying to tell Marie Spadaro because  this girl lived near her but I went into a senior moment ??

Mr Rob -great to share memories with you--do you know her name?

It is pouring

From Carolyn (Whiford) Scott
October 22, 2016
I appreciate your thoughtfulness in sending this info along to us.  We have been glued to the news since Matthew began. It is still amazing and a stroke of good luck that Julie was able to get up here. (and back!!)

The photos she sent of the water in New Bern in the early days were incredible.  I do not know what New Bern was like as the rivers crested.  The hope was that the Neuse would be under better conditions as it got down to New Bern because it is so much wider there.  They did lose school quite a bit.

Anne Marie with the AmeriCorps FEMA teams are going door to door, interviewing the residents, gaining statistics for FEMA to make its decisions around Lumberton.

From Carolyn (Whiford) Scott
October 19, 2016
My daughter Julie's daughter, Anne Marie, and AmeriCorps FEMA will spend the next several weeks on duty in Lumberton, NC where so much devastation occurred.  Julie and her family live in New Bern, NC so they may get a chance to see her.

(Re ID-ing those in the Panoramas)
My sense is that most photos will compare nicely to the large class photo for names. I see Sue Bliss Alden and her daughter Holly at the table with Anne Freeman and her husband.

I think another table is of the same table, actually, looking at the back of heads of Sandy Coit and perhaps Anne Hazen. I see also Nancy O'Neil and her hubby at that table. Another table features Mark d'Andrea and his wife and also Judy Games Wilson and also Jeanne Gallagher.

From Rod McElroy
October 19, 2016
Joe, many thanks for keeping the chat room going.   Thought about you and your bride a lot during the "visit of Matthew" and prayed for your well being.  Good to hear that you were on the higher ground, though as Toledo, OH found out 2 summers ago being without water is a true test of willingness to cooperate with neighbors and others. The reunion photos were a great review of some fabulous memories.  Hard to believe that it was 62+ years ago.  Time sure flies when you are having fun, eh? Cheers,

From Marvin Zonis
October 19, 2016

How fabulous to see our classmates at the reunion and how sorry I am to have missed it. All the women with whom I was then in love and all the men whose talents and looks I envied…Thanks Joe

From Janet (Miller) McKee
October 19, 2016
What great photos.  Many thanks to Fred and Joe.

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
October 19, 2016
Thanks so much! The pictures are wonderful! Everyone looks great. Wish I could have been there. We are looking forward to a big day today--Indians and  another debate--thank heavens it is the last debate. I  will be glad when this election is over. Sorry to hear  about all the damage  done by the storm in NC--But at least you are safe and dry, able to get around a little bit, and still  have water to drink! And the website and chat room are still functional and full of news

From Eleanor (Courier) Chenevert
October 17, 2016
Thank you once again, Joe.  I know this is not the pleasant part of your e-mails, but I am pretty sure that all of the Class of '54 appreciates them.   We are scattered everywhere across the country and otherwise we would never know when one of us has crossed over the rainbow bridge....I don't know that any other class has the "stay together" closeness that we do and that is due to your efforts and many others who pass info on to you.  

From Harley Anderson
October 16, 2016
Thank you Joe.   The Reynolds family was a neat group of real people.  I was fortunate to have known all of them and  have fond memories of several of them.  David was a special friend along with Kate and Phippie as he was called.  I remember David using his fathers big Buick in 1952 to take me for my drivers test on my 16th birthday and visiting them on some island in Booth Bay Maine..  They were all hard working people, but unfortunately we lost contact along about the time of the
Vietnam War.  He was one of those on my bucket list of individuals that I wanted to see again.  now I will have to wait for heaven.

From Rob Yacubian
October 16, 2016
I haven't seen David Reynolds since high school days. He was vivacious and active.

Today I went to Elaine Garoyan Kasparian s birthday party it was very successful. She has some unusually  musically talented grandsons.

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
October 13, 2016

 have been worried about you as I read of the spreading waters in NC, so I am so glad to hear that you are safe and dry, and you have electricity and internet access. It will take years to recover from the damage, I am afraid. It reminds me of an old song I  used to teach and lead in summer camp about Noah's Ark, with chorus of "rise and shine, and give God the glory glory, Children of the Lord." We sang it through a hurricane in NY state  Herald Tribune Fresh Air Fund camp, when we lived in tents, but huddled in the few wood buildings  for safety, and to keep dry.

From Mona (MacLellan) Calthorpe
October 12, 2016
Hi Joe & Nancy, so glad to hear you're going okay. We were ordered to evacuate over here on the Gulf Coast . I am in Palmetto which is just before Bradenton & the forecast was fine for us but they thought  Matthew might turn more inland. A lot came over here for refuge & route 4 was bumper to bumper as well as 75. A lot from the east coast made it here the day before the storm hit & filled up all available hotels, etc. I am in an over 55 community & a lot of my neighbors had their kids arrive here from Georgia & Melbourne, one family arrived at Nana's house with little ones & 4 dogs! We got heavy rains but did not lose electricity. My daughter has a place in Englewood & had schedule a trip to Barbados on Thurs. leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale. She Ended up driving over Alligator Alley with her grammar school buddy from Andover, MA. On Fri. - no tolls & a vacancy in a hotel & no loss of electricity. They flew out to Barbados Friday- talk about the luck of the Irish!! My heart goes out to the folks from Daytona Beach & up that got the brunt of the storm. This is what we deal with in the South & the New Englanders deal with Nor'easters!

Hope y'all had a good time at the reunion. Regards to all.

From Nancy (O’Neil) Eckstein
October 12, 2016
Hi Joe,  Thanks for sending the pictures/stories of what’s happening in your area - you are so fortunate that you did not sustain too much damage.  Not so for my brother, Dick (BHS’58), who lives not so far down the coast from you on Hilton Head Island.

I thought you might be interested in what you missed, thank God.  I’ve attached his latest update on the slow progress happening in his community.  He and my sister-in-law evacuated the day before the storm made landfall.  They are staying with his son and daughter-in-law in Atlanta.  They have been living on HHI for over 25 years and nothing like this has ever come close - although their home is on the end of a cul-de sac facing the ocean. 

Can’t help but think that hurricanes make no distinction.  My brother and his family were prepared and able to recover quickly.  But the situation in Lumberton, NC - so unexpected- is heartbreaking .

It was great seeing you and Nancy again.  We had a great time. Although we’re all getting older, spending time with classmates never gets old; it just gets better!!  Let’s hope it continues - even if it is in some other form.  It’s good to know that you will be doing your best to keep us all on the same page.  

Let us know if you are ever on the Cape - we’ll meet you - somewhere!    

From Betsy (Jason) Phillips
October 11, 2016
Glad you are doing reasonably well!  Just having power is huge

From John Keane
October 10, 2016
Good news Joe.
Glad you did so well. Your house is obviously well built, as well as pretty.

Nice going with your community helpfulness.

Yankee Carpetbagger is a good guy after all !

From Eleanor (Courier) Chenevert, and her daughter Linda
October 10, 2016
I'm so glad to  hear that you and Nancy are safe......clean up is tough job but at least your house is intact. I'd like to think that all of our "heavenly classmates" kept you
guys in a protective circle....it's great that you can help with communications....I'm sure it is greatly appreciated.    Thanks for keeping us up to date.

We were all concerned.   And once again thank you for keeping us all together via the web site.   Without your e-mails and postings and pictures, we wouldn't know
anything about our classmates.   Our 62nd Celebration was wonderful....and I'll say it again...I think we all look just fabulous.

Take good care

 

From Rob Yacubian
October 10, 2016

God bless you both. It's about helping others  with your ham radios.

October 9, 2016
Our event on the third was wonderful. Good to talk with Gail Perry Marshall.  Haven't talked to her in years . Our friendship goes back to Kendall school days. Thanks to all we shared in this preparation.
Management at my condo in Boca Raton Florida said the building was unharmed. Good news. I'm right on the beach.

From Nicole (Huss) Gastone
October 9, 2016
Hello both of you,
I am so glad to hear that you are safe and dry.
Thanks again for everything you are doing. I so appreciate.

All my best.

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
October 9, 2016

My daughter Julie made it up from Raleigh OK. Photos coming in of downtown New Bern also show flooding. Worse today as rivers run high from the rain. Their home is fine. They are out of the downtown area enough.  She went up to Raleigh Friday to stay over for the morning flight Saturday. The day all went fine.

My granddaughter has been with AmeriCorps in Baton Rouge. They have a large number of teams in Vicksburg now awaiting eastern coast assignments.  It has been an incredible experience for a 19 year old.  They will know more on Tuesday where they are being sent.

 

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
October 9, 2016

Stay safe--thanks for the update. We were watching with concern.

From John Keane
October 8, 2016
Been thinking of you and Nancy. Certainly you feel a lot of uneasiness, while hoping for the let up.
Good luck,

From Betsy (Jason) Phillips
October 8, 2016
My daughter was forced to evacuate MB (Myrtle Beach, SC) Thursday.  Glad all is well

From Arlene (Harootunian) Terrasi
October 7, 2016

Hi Joe, due to recent surgery was unable to attend the  BHS gathering....so nice to see the photos.  
Stay dry and safe! (Thanks Arlene. We hope your recovery is swift).

From Harley Anderson
October 5, 2016
Hi Joe, Stay dry and safe.    I had surgery last week and missed the mini reunion. Keep us all posted. Thanks

 (Get well soon Harley. We missed you.—JM)

 

From John Keane
October 5, 2016

A winning picture Fred, and much appreciated by all. You thought out everything, and the chair use in the second row spaced everyone into a nice composition. Bill's assistance was a good contribution to the success.

Many thanks,

From Fred Merk
October 5, 2016
Hello,
Many thanks for all you did to help me during our successful Celebration!

Steve and Carolyn: Your addition of the names-list makes the class picture much more valuable....Thank you!

John and Joanne:   For your continued support and  helpfulness to me!

Bill: You pressed the exposure button at just the right moment!
        ....and of course....
Marion and Joe: You sit at the apex of the pyramid in terms of hours spent for us!

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
October 2, 2016
I don't know whether any members of the class are baseball enthusiasts, but Myron, my husband is, and tells me that as of yesterday, there will be some homefield advantage for Cleveland, and the Boston Red Sox will also be in the play-offs. So in case there are any who would consider traveling to Cleveland for a game or two--Let me just tell  you about a few of the other things you can see or do here. The baseball field itself is in the center of Cleveland, it is well-designed with clear views of the playing field from every seat, and they have upgraded it to include a variety of food venues. It is near downtown hotels, and accessible to to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Science Museum, located on the Lake near the Browns Stadium. It is a bus  ride from the Public Square to University Circle where we have a World Class Art Museum, Natural History Museum, Botanical Garden, Historical Society (good collection of cars) and the home of the Cleveland Orchestra all clustered together. Flights to Cleveland take about an hour and a half, and although the airport is out of the City and under renovation, it is possible to take the Rapid Transit to the Public Square, within walking distance of the baseball stadium, and numerous hotels. East 4th street has a variety of restaurant venues and music. I can provide more information to anyone who wants it, but I can say, that Cleveland is a great place to visit. By the way, if you choose to drive, it is approximately a 13-15 hour drive on Route 90--the New York Thruway and the Mass. turnpike, and will take you right into downtown Cleveland. The Indians have been a fun team to watch, despite its recent challenges of injured personnel. We have a great manager, who has made the best of all his personnel. Welcome to Cleveland!

From Beverly (Habib) Higgins
September 10, 2016
Hi Joe,  Yes, I remember Tony.  Didn't know him well, but think he might of gone to Kendall grammar school, or the Butler.  I think the teacher you were talking about was the gym teacher Miss Meekam, ( however you spell her name) can remember exactly what she looks like, but not how she spelled her name.  Take care

From John Keane
August 29, 2016
Hi Joe,

At  Oakley CC , I  caddied for Robert Welsh, and kept thinking " Wow, he owns a candy company that makes my favorite candy, the Welsh's Fudge Bar ". I remember him as quiet serious person.

Somehow I ended up with an autographed copy of "The Life of John Birch", but being twelve years old I only read Superman comics,and occasionally the intellectual Classic Comics about Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, Captain Blood, etc....actually, I never got beyond those till I started college.

Oh well,

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
August 26, 2016
When I was at BHS, I joined the World Federalist  Organization, led as I remember by students from local colleges. So while we had John Birch and the Communist Conspiracy trials, we also had optimists. And it was only ten years later, 1963 that JFK was asassinated, and in 1968, Martin Luther King. Turbulent times indeed.

My thanks to Bob Yacubian for his encouragement to attend the celebration in October, but four days of travel from Ohio . is a lot. Will check out his cousin on the Smith board of Trustees. My Granddaughter is thriving after two years at Smith. (All A's for two years--just one B last semester.)

From Rob Yacubian
August 26, 2016
Joe, I like your beatitude.

From Carolyn (Scott) Whitford
August 26, 2016
I will be eternally grateful to Carol for her wonderful acting!  Good memories!

From Carol (Shanis) Peskin
August 25, 2016
Joe,

I remember researching my Senior Thesis: The American Communist.

In order for me to examine journals published in the USSR, the librarian at Belmont Public Library had to go to a back room and sign me out to examine the journals in the library. The journals did not circulate and I signed back when done.

I remember my sister, Nancy had a summer job working at the John Birch Society office on Brighton Street.

Reviewing  the political climate of the fifties threatening our constitutional freedoms is a reminder that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, even more now than ever

Maryjayne Kolouch (for Bob)
August 24, 2016
A quick note, Our daughter-in-law Julie Kolouch taught in our old High School, which was converted to an Elementary School – Wellington.  Now our Granddaughter who graduated from Purdue a year ago, has a job at Belmont High assisting with an Autism Student.  She was most excited, as they lived in Belmont when her Dad was doing his Graduate Work.  Small world.  Enjoy all the news, just wish Bob could remember.  Our best to you and Nancy.

Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
August 24, 2016

Jack and I have said so many times how grateful we are to have grown up in the 50's.  They were very, very special.  There is a whole lot of stuff about this world today that we do not like and makes us sad as we look around us, read the news, watch the behavior of people, etc.

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
August 22, 2016
I know the architect that worked on Mass General--he lives on Beacon Hill! He did great work in Cleveland at University Circle, and designed a busline from Public Square to University Circle "a string of pearls" as he called it, that was named the most successful public transportation program in the Country, two years ago. Check out Peter Hopkinson.

From Rob Yacubian
August 22,2016
1. John keep up your excellent work.

2. Kathy you must attend the reunion, get well. When I wear my Smith College t-shirt I think of you. My cousin is the chair of the Board of Trustees for Smith (Betty Ann Mugar Eveillard)

From John Keane
August 20, 2016
Hi Joe ,
Since the Chat has been a little quiet, and the weather so hot, maybe this April composition will cool the atmosphere a little.  I only finished it a few weeks ago. Been goofing off since then.
Thanks for the work you have been doing for the October Celebration 62.




From Beacon Hill to Mass General
John Keane
24” X18 Oil on Canvas




From Kathleen Hennesy) Stoll
August 20, 2016

The summer started with a wonderful trip to the Vineyard with all my family, but when I got home, my computer was hacked, then I was hospitalized with low sodium and low blood cell count, and now after some improvement, I am still struggling with weakness, poor appetite, and I don't know if I will be well enough to travel for our October Reunion. Things happen at this age. Blessings on you and Marion for keeping us all in touch!

From Joe Mazzei
August 20, 2016
Marion, through some “super-sleuthing” by finding her cousin, Lavinia (Lovey LoCicero) Giardina, was able to reach Lorraine (Pizzuto) Hames. We lost touch with Lorraine after she experienced a fire two years ago. The smoke from the fire exacerbated some health issues, and required lengthy hospitalization and rehab.

 

Lorraine had to relocate after the fire, which destroyed most of her clothing and many other things. After some exasperating searching for a place to live, she eventually found a home in Watertown; and – like many of us – she has chosen cellular phone service in place of a ‘land line’. So, relocation and telephone changes put her on our IN (Information Needed) list.

 

In talking with Lorraine, we re-visited our early years in Belmont. Oh would I like to have a memory like hers. She’s looking forward to visiting with us as she attends Celebration 62 with a long time friend, (Oh, by the way Lovey, if you get to Hilton Gardens Inn before Lorraine, save two seats for her).”


From Paul Lucy
July 8, 2016
Hi, Joe. Very sorry to learn of the passing of Bob Oliver. He was one of the really good guys in our class….

From Arlene (Harootunian) Terassi 
July 8, 2016
Joe,
So sorry to hear of another of our classmates passing...I do remember Bob.
Thanks for keeping us updated...  also read the notice Al posted regarding Ned....what a small world indeed. 

Regards,

From Al Beardsley
July 8, 2016
Hi Joe,
On another note,  I frequently attend my Grandson's baseball games in Burlington for Burlingon High.   This past year he completed his Junior year and was one of the starting pitchers for Burlington High.   While I was at one of his games I was chatting with the Mother of one of the other players and she introduced herself as Liz Casey and found out we both grew up in Belmont (A Belmont Connection).  When I told her I went to Belmont High, class of '54' she asked me if I knew Ned Bunyon.   When I told her that I certainly did and that he was a great athlete and captain of the Hockey team and also captain of the BC hockey team.   He was also in charge of all the Hockey East referees after BC.   Then she told me that she was Ned's daughter.   It really is a small world.   At the next game she brought her Mother, Carolyn (Chiofaro) Bunyon and I was able to chat with Carolyn during the game.   Maybe I'll see her at some games next spring when my Grandson (Justin Hurley)  will be a senior and a starting pitcher for Burlington High.   He plays for a local AAU team, the STAMPEDES,  during the summer and is scheduled for tournaments in Florida, West Virginia, and Rhode Island where he knows the College Scouts and Coaches will be watching.

From Al Beardsley
July 8, 2016
Hi  Joe,   I happened to notice the Obituary of Bob Oliver in the Boston Globe Internet postings so you may want to post it on the website.
The link below contains the Obituary.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=robert-j-oliver-bob&pid=180608955&fhid=15235

12/29/16