|DECEMBER 2013 DINNER MEETING
December, here already? Where did 2013 go to while we weren't looking?
Yikes, all of us will be entering the seventh decade next year,
amazing. Man is that hard to believe. Can you not remember back when
someone being 30 was "old"? Perspectives sure have changed huh?
We certainly are glad that you are joining us for news of the December dinner meeting. We would hope more would be here in the physical but we know distance is an ever growing problem for gatherings. We also appreciate those that join us at dinner in the spirit form as we feel their presence whenever we recall incidents of the high school days. We sure were lucky to have lived through those ages while many hopefully will never grow up though. Hope we never forget those memories but guess it only takes one look in the mirror to bring us back to today.
We had 13 at dinner on a very comfortable evening in Moundsville WV on Tuesday. We notice each other taking a glance at the doorway to see if anyone else might drop in and join us. Hope to see you there sometime.
We hope that you will be gifted by the smiles of the classmates as they offered them to you in the pictures. I know that they get tired of Mick and his camera in their face each month but he wants you to look at these faces and see the pure joy conveyed in smiling faces. It is said that a smile can heal a lot of ills. So here is your dose from us this Christmas and may you never grow up out of the joys of Christmas with friends.
|Barb Brown and Bob Stern offering the first
first order of business on Donna's agenda was to recognize Joyce Shaw
and Skeeter Anderson's 50th wedding anniversary last month. Many
remember them dating in High School and that thought is made easier as
they don't seem to have changed much in their looks with
the passing of time. We hope they never grow old and continue to
enjoy life together.
|Joyce Shaw and Skeeter Anderson with a pair
of wonderful smiles.
had ready several caring cards for the classmates to sign and send out
from the dinner gathering. We wanted the cards to spread some cheer to
those receiving them as they also remembered the classmates.
A card was circulated for John "Buster" Hummell as we continue to hold him in our mind as he deals with his health issue.
A card went to Linda McWhortor Tennant as she remains in Reynolds Memorial Hospital.
A card went around for Phyllis Cunningham that resides in Mound View Care facility.
A card was signed for Joe Yourkovich, Sallie Gill's husband, as he recovers from hip replacement.
A card was sent to Roger Wade as he continues his recovery to health.
A card went to Susan Wilson Burk as she continues through her chemo therapy and was not able to attend the dinner this month. Susan has been doing pretty well through the "survival of the cure" procedure but was experiencing a down time this week after a pretty strong therapy session of Saturday of the week before.
Reports of Ruthie Hunter Wilson was that she is "doing good" as she continues to regain strength from her therapy.
|Donna Best and Dave Durbin. Can you even
hear Donna's chuckle from this picture?
reminded us that we had several members of our class pass away in 2013.
May we remember these friends as we call images of them to our mind.
Janice Crow Francis
Bonnie Kearns Yates
Class Advisor Toni Jo Mason.
Mick brought in an Obituary from the newspaper announcing the passing of Paul Crago who was a teacher, wrestling coach and assistant football coach during the Junior and Senior years of our class. Mr. Crago was 92 years old at his passing and was recognized nationally and internationally for his swimming skills. The article said that he held the positions in the swimming community of being in the top ten in the nation for 15 consecutive years, top ten in the world competition for 10 consecutive years, he holds three national titles in the United States Masters Swimming, four titles in Pan Pacific competition and nine national titles in National YWCA competition. When Mick saw him last year, Mr. Crago has a very strong mind as well as they talked of old times and friends in the wrestling teams.
|Louis Howard and Mick Burk offering their
started a discussion that he and Donna had in November after the group
departed the dinner area. The discussion centered around the decline in
service at Perkins even when we asked specifically for consideration.
Some of the group would also like to dine elsewhere sometimes and
perhaps at a different regular time. All these items were brought
before the group for discussion and a preliminary vote to see how
people stood on the matter. The votes were tied with many abstaining as
they would do whatever everyone else wanted to do. So it was determined
to think the matter over and bring it up again in January. The reality
of the matter is that Perkins Restaurant and Young's Cafeteria are the
only two places that offer a room aside from the general flow for
dining without smoke. We also considered the regularity needed to allow
classmates for out of town to know when and where to catch us on dinner
meeting night. The potential of eating before 5:00 pm was presented
since most all have that time "unemployed" these days. So if you
readers from out of town have anything your would like to add to the
discussion, email Mick or Donna before the meeting the first Tuesday,
January 7, 2014.
|Carol Perkins Martin offer her polite smile.
Church offers an "in your face" smile.
|Then Gary offers a dignified smile as he
joined Doris Jean Blake Clark's smile
Notice Doris Jean is trying out her new contacts this month.
|Mick could not get Carol Cunningham Van
Scyoc to stop talking for the picture as son Danny enjoys the
Then Carol would only offer the "dimpled" grin for the next picture as he picked on her.
Danny is loving it from the background. Danny and Mick were good friends when they shared years in the Junior High.
Gary offers a "Scrooge face" for all those that are afraid to smile.
Remember what was said earlier about not wanting you to grow up.
next scheduled meeting returns to Perkins Restaurant
on January 7. 2014 @ 6:00 pm.
We hope to hold to the regular schedule of the First Tuesday of the month
so you will always know when the gatherings are and can join us.
We hope that you stay in touch and visit with us whenever you can in person, online, by telephone, or by snail mail.
|Attending this month: Donna Best and Dave Durbin, Doris Jean Blake Clark, Joyce Shaw and Skeeter Anderson, Mick Burk, Carol Perkins Martin, Barb Brown and Bob Stern, Carol Cunningham Van Scyoc and Danny, Louis Howard, and for sure Gary Church.|
|May you all feel
the loving joy of the
Peace on Earth
good will to everyone!
"Let the Sunshine In"
Don't forget the monthly dinner on the first Tuesday of each month.
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The new feature is an effort for us to catch up on the lives of classmates by way of the Internet. It is sort of like having a “classmate of the month” thing. Please read the articles associated with each photo and consider entering an article of where in the world are you now so we can all catch up on the history of our friends. Simply generate a brief statement of your life history since high school, add a couple pictures in the “jpg” format, and email it to me as I will prepare it to be submitted for posting on our Alumni web site. I think you would enjoy the responses as well as sharing your story with those that still care.
Dianne Hughes Rodgers, and Sidney Dewey McGhee .
Anyone with information of these class members is asked to call
Donna Best Durbin at (304)233-8765
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