Canal record

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Title:
Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
Physical Description:
v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Publisher:
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
Publication Date:
Frequency:
five issues yearly
quarterly
completely irregular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
serial   ( sobekcm )
periodical   ( marcgt )

Notes

General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
oclc - 13942509
lccn - sn 86040906
issn - 0528-0001
ocm13942509
Classification:
ddc - 972
System ID:
AA00010871:00190

Full Text





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NOT4
NO. 4


VOL.32 DECEMBER 1998
VOL.32 DECEMBER 1998




















OFFICERS
AND
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
FOR 1998-99

Mr. Thomas C. Peterson
President
941-371-7731

Mrs. Faith Brundage
1st Vice President
727-527-6925

Mr. Virgil Camby
2nd Vice President
727-321-8566

Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Director
727-544-0214

Mr. Stephen Nehring
Director
727-522-5369

James J. O'Donnell
Director
727-894-2478

Mrs. Margot Jordan
Past President
813-963-6998

Paul V. Rozmeski
Legislative Representative
813-961-9230

Robert Russell
Sergeant-at-Arms
813-654-9716

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Chaplain
727-595-0846

Mrs. Barbara Green
Secretary/Treasurer
727-391-4359 (Office)
727-319-8593 (Fax)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor
727-391-4359 (Office)
727-319-8593 (Fax)


CONTENTS


President's M message .. ............................................
From the Secretary ................................................
Editor's Corner ....................................................
Legislative Representative ..........................................
Key Museum Meeting .............................................
Vital Statistics Requests Update ..................................
E-mail addresses Update .........................................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...........................
Local Announcements .............................................
News Clips ............................................ ...........
Retirements ............. ....................................
"W here Are You?" .................................. ..........


"And the Melody Lingers on" .................
Your Reporter Says ........................
Alabama .................... 1 ? North
Arkansas .................... 17 Northv
California ................... 1M Oklahc
Florida ..................... 20 Panam
Georgia ................... .. 23 Pennsy
Louisiana ................... 24 South
M ississippi .................. 24 Texas
...... Virgini
Congratulations ...........................
W eddings ...............................
B irths ............................ ......
W ith Deep Sorrow .........................
Letters to the Editor ........................
Announcements/Class Reunions ................
Looking B ack ...............................
For Sale or W anted ........................
A application Form .........................


Carolina ...............
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FRONT COVER: Christmas cover drawing by David Young, teaching Arts and
Graphics at Balboa High School, and graduated there with Class of 1977. Son of James
and Mary (Sullivan) Young of Camano Island, Washington.
BACK COVER: A Panama Canal deckhand comes down a Jacob's ladder as others await
their turn to descend into the launch from the deck of a Japanese ship. Painting by Al
Sprague, World renowned artist of the former Canal Zone.


DATES TO REMEMBER
December 5 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon/Meeting.
December 6 PCSSC Christmas Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn Hotel, Laguna
Hills, CA. For more info, call Harold Wickersham (323) 262-6996
December 12 19th Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party, Bluebonnet Room, Inn of
the Hills, Kerrville. TX. For more info: Call or write Elsie Larson,
(830) 257-4204, 8 Paradise Ave. Kerrville, TX 78028.
January 8 PCSOFL Regular Meeting. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St., St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH. 11:30 lunch 12:30 Meeting.
February 6 Carnavalito, at the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club. Treasure
Island, Fl. Dinner at 6:30 after short meeting. (See Announcements).
March 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St., St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH. 11:30 Lunch. 12:30 Meeting.
April 6 Ocala Zonians Meeting at Maggie's Buffet in Ocala. Lunch at noon.
Contact Bill Muller at (352) 854-7902 for more information.
April 9 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500, 16'h
St., St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH. 11:30 Lunch 12:30 Meeting..
May 1 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting. Further information in March issue.
June 4 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16'h
St., St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH. 11:30 Lunch 12:30 Meeting.






ZONC, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

p0 o (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
S"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" -
0 4 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712


The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $12.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising
not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property of
the Society and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. assumes no
responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
(727) 391-4359 FAX 727-319-8593
E-Mail: pcsociety@juno.com
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765


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The holidays are once again upon us, which makes it
the halfway point of our year. I want to wish our members a
very Happy Holiday Season. May great things come to each
of you and to our Panama Canal Society.
I want to thank Kay Miller and Barbara Peterson
Co-Chairpersons for the Sarasota Luncheon; Steve Nehring
Chairperson for our Annual Picnic; and Muriel Whitman
Chairperson for our Christmas Luncheon. You fellow
Society members appreciate the hard work you did. To each
member of our respective committees, a big thanks also.
I would like to announce again that we are going
back to a covered dish luncheon at our business meetings at
St. Bede's Episcopal Church. Additionally, the time is being
changed to 11:30 a.m. for the luncheon and 12:30 p.m. for
the business meeting.
We are continuing our preparations for the Society's
Annual Reunion in July 1999. This will be the last reunion
held while the United States is involved with the Panama
Canal. We hope you all plan on being with us.


Have you asked yourselves what will happen to our
Panama Canal memorabilia after you pass on? Have you
informed your family what to do with these items? One of the
tasks most Society members either forget or neglect to take
care of in their lifetime is to arrange for proper disposition of
their cherished historical items. If there is no interest in this
memorabilia by family or friends, please arrange to have
them sent to the Panama Canal Foundation or the Panama
Canal Society for the benefit of future generations. You may
even consider having a provision in your Will (or as an
attachment to your Will) about the distribution. If you take
this approach you should notify the Society and/or the
Foundation. Let's keep these irreplaceable and priceless
items for future generations to enjoy.
Have a great Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy
and Prosperous 1999.
Tom Peterson
President


Seasons Oreetings to AlL

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Hi Everyone:
I stopped reminding everyone to send in change of
address as a result, to date we have paid the Post Office the
amount of $28.50 for Canal Record covers that were
returned with corrected addresses. Please remember that we
must have your change of address in time for me to print
your addresses for the books. Your addresses are updated
one month prior to the book being mailed in other words,
I will update your addresses for the December issue by the
first week of November.
Many of you thanked us for sending out the dues
reminders we found that it is very beneficial. The only
problem is that everyone sent dues in at the same time so it's
hard to catch up. If your check has not cleared the bank, just
call me to check on it. Lori and I are working as fast as we
can to get all the dues posted.
I have passed the two year mark since I was diagnosed
with cancer I thank all of you who offered prayers on my
behalf. Thank God my checkup in September was negative.
My best wishes to all of you for a Merry .Christmas
and a Happy, Healthy New Year. Hope to see many of you
at the Reunion in Orlando.
Regards,

Barbara







Editor's


Corner


It has been a very short time between issues of the Canal
Record, and ordinarily I would be hard put to make a go of
it, BUT, I have finally got an assistant who knows more
about computers than I do, and who has had experience in
editing AND she was also a teacher and principal and knows
more about grammar and composition than I ever did. What
moie'c'an I ask for? Her name is Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, and
I'ri thrilled to death that she is going to help the cause. About
this time, I'm usually pretty up tight but now all I can see is
smooth sailing ahead. When she is not working for me, she
will be helping the Secretary, and that's another big PLUS.
The Secretary can always use some expert help.


Jrom


I thought it would be a little difficult for members and
reporters to get a lot of news with such a short time frame
between issues, however, the news keeps coming in. Too
often I'm asked by someone not paying attention to the
deadline date, if they can send their news in late. I used to try
to get their news published if there was any chance, but it
meant clashing with the schedule the printer had given us. I
hesitate to change the deadline date it would make news
that much more stale. After the deadline date, we have about
a week to process all that comes in at that time photos, text,
changes, corrections, etc. Anything additional may very well
bring the book to the printer later than they have scheduled
for us. When that happens, we get put on the back burner.
The printer has a very heavy schedule and when they can get
back to us is uncertain, so we print the deadline date in
several sections in the book to remind members that we must
have their input at that time.
We are looking for another big, if not bigger turnout for
the 1999 Reunion in Orlando from June 30th to July 4th. We
have extra rooms arranged for at the Marriott and some more
at the Holiday Inn close by. We will have free Bingo for two
days and a free DJ Dance for all members, great and small.
Class mini-reunions take note. You could fold that quite
nicely into your program during the reunion, and it won't cost
you a penny. Check out the "yellow pages" in this issue and
make hotel reservations EARLY. You can always cancel
them if things don't work out, and it will save you a whole
pack of worrying at a later date.
Many of you members have asked or sent your e-mail
addresses to be printed. We will be happy to do so,
PROVIDED you print it out very clearly. We hope to have
the complete listing sent us in the Annual Directory issue in
April, so if you have any corrections or changes, please let us
know in plenty of time.
Pat Beall
Editor
727-391-4359



NEXT DEADLINE:
Editor must have by:

January 18, 1999




Legislation


Civil Service employees and retirees have narrowly
escaped a serious attack on Federal Employees benefits.
House and Senate leaders responded to voter dissatisfaction
with managed care health plans, introduced legislation titled
"Patient Bill of Rights" which would have imposed medical
savings accounts (MSA) on the Federal Employees Health
Benefits Plan Program. The bill, HR 4250 was sponsored by
Republican leadership.
The House leadership removed the provisions requiring
MSA's in FEHBP from HR 4250. This provision was
opposed by both NARFE and AARP membership as well as
several congressional members.






According to the Congressional Budget Office, MSA-
inspired adverse selection will result in both taxpayer and
enrollee costs if these controversial plans are introduced into
FEHBP's group health plans.

LAWMAKERS QUESTION FEHBP RATE
INCREASES

The increasing cost of prescription drugs and the aging
of federal employees and retirees are two main reasons prices
in the federal health program continue to rise, according to
witnesses at a congressional hearing. The office of Personnel
Management announced average premium increases of more
than 10 percent for FEHB plans although the out-of-pocket
costs to participants would average 7.4 percent.
Prescription drug costs are the fast-growing component
of the increase, Blue Cross/Blue Shield senior vice-president
Stephen Gammarino told members of the House Government
Reform and Oversight subcommittee. He noted that drug
costs are approaching 30 percent of the total benefit costs and
are increasing at an "alarming" rate.
Individuals' needs for prescription drugs increase as
people age, said Terry Latanich, senior vice president of
Merck-Medco, a pharmaceutical management company.
Noting the average age of a federal retiree is 72, Latanich said
that a 72 year old uses 12.5 percent more prescription drugs
than people who are between ages 65-69.
A second reason for increased drug costs, he said, is
that doctors prescribe drugs more frequently than they used
to. New drugs are being introduced to treat a broader range of
illnesses, and often drug use replaces more invasive forms of
treatment. The fast-track approval of drugs at the Federal
Drug Administration also means more drugs are gaining
government approval each year, and many of these drugs are
expensive. Latanich adds that this trend does not'look any
better in the future.
Finding ways to lower costs, subcommittee chair John
Mica (R-Fla) said the government should revisit the concept
of making medical savings accounts available for federal
employees and enact tort reform. "That is one government
reform that could significantly reduce the cost of health care",
Mica said.
The following plans are dropping out of the FEHB in
1999: Alliance Health Care Network (PA); BACE
(Washington D.C.); BlueChoice Healthcare Plan (Georgia);
CIGNA Healthcare Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C. area);
CIGNA of Ohio (Ohio); Community Blue (New York);
Community Health Plan Plus (South Dakota); Companion
HealthCare (South Carolina); Exclusive Healthcare (Kansas
and Missouri); Exclusive Healthcare (Nevada); Exclusive
Healthcare (Texas); FHP Illinois (Illinois and Indiana);
Foundation Health Oklahoma (Oklahoma); Green Bay Health
Protection (Wisconsin); Harris Methodist Health Plan
(Texas); Healthsource Arkansas (Arkansas); Healthsource
(Georgia); Healthsource Ohio (Ohio); Healthsource TN
(Tennessee); Health Advantage (Arkansas); HMO Maine
(Maine); HMO Blue )Idaho); and HMSA's Community
Health Program (Hawaii).
Also, HPC Health Plans of Georgia (Georgia); Health
plan Southeast (Florida); IHC SelectMed (Utah); Integrity


Health Plan (Mississippi); Matthew Thornton Health Plan
(NH); Maxicare Illinois (Illinois); Maxicare North Carolina
(North and South Carolina); Maxicare Northern California;
Maxicare Wisconsin; MD Health Plan (Connecticut);
Medfirst Health Plans (Louisiana); North Central Health
Protection Plan (Wisconsin); MD Health Plan (Connecticut);
Medica Primary (MN); NYLCare Health Plans of NY (NY,
NJ, CT); Ochsner Health Plan (Louisiana); Oxford Health
Plans-CT; Oxford Health Plans-NYC; Oxford Health Plans-
PA; Physicians Health Services of NJ; Preferred Health
Network (Washington DC and Maryland); Premier Blue
(Kansas); PrimeCare Health Plan (WI).
Also, Southern Health Services (Virginia); Suburban
Health Plan (CT); United HealthCare of AR; United
HealthCare of CA; United HealthCare of IL); United Health
Care of LA; United Healthcare of MS; United HealthCare of
NY; United HealthCare of TN; United HealthCare of TX.

Paul V. Rozmeski
Legislative Representative
813-961-9230


DIC to Be Reinstated After
Termination of a Remarriage, Effective
October 1, 1998
Dependents Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
reinstatement was tacked on near the end of the
Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA-
21).
All Gold Star Wives (GSW's) who have ever
remarried, no matter how long ago, and whose
remarriages have terminated, are eligible to be
reinstated in the DIC program. A spouse had to
have died on active duty or of a service connected
disability to be eligible for DIC. The reinstatement
for those whose marriages terminated after October
31, 1990 is effective October 1, 1998, which means
the first DIC reinstatement checks will have been
issued November 1, 1998.
In order to be reinstated, the widow must apply
for DIC through her local VA office. For the best
information about where and how to apply, call 1-
800-827-1000. You must reapply even if you applied
earlier and were denied. Widows are encouraged to
apply immediately to avoid any delay in receiving
their DIC checks. The amount of the monthly DIC
will be at least $850 per month some widows may
be entitled to more.
The reinstatement includes not only those who
remarried before November 1, 1990, but applies to
all DIC widows no matter when they remarried. The
law will also apply to those who. remarry in the
future.
Newsletter, Gold Star Wives of America
September 1998 Vol. 43 No.3
P.O. Box 361986
Birmingham, AL 35236







KEY MUSEUM MEETING HELD

The Panama Canal Society Foundation, the non-profit corporation established to underwrite the formation
of a museum dedicated to the American Era of the Panama Canal announced some actions that came out of their
meeting in Florida in late October. The board of directors held a two-day working meeting at the Saddlebrook Resort
near Tampa to formulate the policies and plans to make the museum a reality. The board, headed by Joe Wood,
formerly an official of the Panama Canal Commission, heard from the six key committee chairpersons on major
issued such as, the type of museum, the possible locations, the adoption of a draft collections, preservation and
security policies, fund-raising projects and the outline of a public relations program.
Society President Pledges Support
Tom Peterson, president of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and an ex-officio member of the board
of Foundation pledged the full support of the Society in this major initiative to preserve the history of the 20th Century
contributions of the United States in the building, operation, maintenance and defense of the Panama Canal.
Financial Goals and Plans Discussed
Davis Stevenson, the Finance Chairperson, stated that the preliminary fund-raising goal of $10,000 to
underwrite the start up costs has been achieved. With this accomplished, the Foundation is financially able to
proceed in implementing its phased development plan. Stevenson also presented a preliminary budget for the
remaining operating year with a goal of raising at least $100,000 by the end of the fiscal year.
Significant Board Actions
* Approved a major fund-raising project, the minting of a limited edition sterling silver medallion
commemorating the end of the American Era in the Panama Canal at the end of the millennium;
* Search for a secure, climate-controlled space for temporary storage of artifacts that are offered to the
foundation;
* As part of its Public Relations Program, establish an Internet website for the Foundation, a newsletter and
a direct mailing to Society members;
S Create a design and adoption of a new letterhead and stationary;
S Achieve tax-exempt status as a high priority action and approved funding filing fee;
S Approved the retainer of legal counsel for the Foundation;
S Established an artifacts acquisition coordinating committee in Panama;
S Contacted the Commander in Chief of SOUTHCOM, Commander of USARSO and the Department of
Defense Schools, soliciting suitable artifacts for the museum that are no longer needed by the military.
Other Board Members at Meeting
Rounding out the board members present at the meeting were Betty Frassrand, former president of the
Society; Chuck Hummer, former 2nd Vice President of the Society; Marie Gibson, Secretary; Capt. Bill Lyons, chair
of the Buildings and Facilities Committee; Patt Roberson, chair of the Public Relations Committee; Dorn Thomas,
chair of the Development Committee; and Bill McLaughlin, Bob Zumbado and Dick Morgan, directors. Not able to
attend the meeting were Marcus Quinn, Founder of the Roosevelt Medal Descendants who lives in Panama; Harold
Wickersham of Los Angeles; Lou Seldon of Ft. Lauderdale; Kibby Bouche of Utah; and Frank Baldwin of Miami.
Donations and Volunteers Needed
The Foundation will continue its efforts to keep up individual participation and donations as it puts the
finishing touches on a program to secure major corporate and government grants and sponsorship as well as
partnering arrangements witr other organizations. Society members of friends of the Foundation may make tax-
deductible donations to the Foundation by sending their donation to Foundation Treasurer, Jack Hem, at Panama
Society Foundation. P.O. 2179, Zephyrhills, FL 33539
A direct mailing to each Society member is planned. In addition to financial support, the Foundation is
soliciting volunteers from the St. Petersburg/Tampa area to accept, catalogue and store artifacts, people who wish
to participate in an oral history project to record memories of the Panama Canal, and those who may have physical
artifacts, such as books, manuscripts, curios, photographs, cinema and items of historical significance. Katherine
Egolf, former principal of Balboa Elementary School is heading the Conservation and Protection Committee.
New Directors Approved
The board voted unanimously to adopt the recommendation of the Nominating Committee to add Reginald
Hayden and Leslie Hendricks to the board of directors.
Foundation and Society Origins Compared
In his closing remarks to the Foundation board and their guests, Joe Wood likened the weekend meeting
to that pioneering meeting held by the founders of the Panama Canal Society in 1932 in New York Harbor when they
formed the Society to preserve the friendships of the Canal Zone workers and their families. He went on to say, that
we are fortunate to have talented and key people representing a variety of backgrounds and talents from all over
the United States to serve as the nucleus of this huge undertaking. He said that these volunteers, who at their own
expense are willing to come together for a meeting such as this is clear evidence of the dedication, spirit and
camaraderie the museum is seeking to preserve. This museum will allow our children and their children and the
million of United States citizens who were stationed in or traveled through the Panama Canal, to appreciate the value
of the American Era in Panama.








UPDATE ON


VITAL STATISTICS

The Vital Statistics Unit issues only certificates of
births and deaths occurring in the former Canal Zone from
1904 through September 30, 1979. The fee is $2.00 for each
certified copy requested. Money orders only will be accepted
made payable to the Treasurer, Panama Canal Commission.
Requests must be made in writing to the following address:
Vital Statistics Unit
Panama Canal Commission
Unit 2300
APO AA 34011-2300

Marriage records have been transferred to
the following address:
National Archives at College Park
Civilian Records Branch (NWCTC)
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Make your request as follows:

Please furnish certified copies of the following Canal
Zone District Court record found in Accession Number NN3-
185-98-009
DESCRIPTION OF RECORD
Type of Document: (Marriage Certificate)
Name of Parties: (Male and Female)
Date of marriage:
Marriage License No.:
Location of Marriage: (Balboa or Cristobal)
Please forward the requested documents to:
Signed, name and date.

Medical Records are no longer in Panama Canal
Commission custody and have been transferred. Outpatient
and inpatient medical records up to 1982 may be obtained
from the following address:
Federal Records Center (NARA)
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
To obtain medical records after 1982, write to the
following address, making your request under the Freedom
of Information Act.:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
To obtain medical records from either place,
provide enough information to identify requester and medical
charts in question.
All vital records will be transferred before the year
2000. Information for the final destination of these records
will be published and the United States Consulate may also
be contacted for reference.

School Transcripts

School Transcripts must be requested in writing by Fax
(507-272-5060) or by Mail to the following address. There
is no charge at this time:


Balboa High School
Attn: Transcript Clerk
Unit #0925
APO AA 34002

Cristobal High School transcripts must be requested
through the DSO Office:
District Superintendent's Office
Attn: Modesto Van Horn
Unit #0925
APO AA 34002


After Balboa High School closes in June 1999,
copies of transcripts and student records may be obtained
through the following address:
Educational Testing Service
Attn: Rena Karlin
P.O. Box 6605
Princeton, New Jersey o8541-6605




Email Update

Elisa Malo malo @ bellsouth.net
Lil/Paul Rozmeski plrozz@aol.com
Niccole/Tyrone Erickson nickyerick@aol.com
Holly (Richardson) Stock purebs@msn.com
Jeanette (Morales) Keepers czrulz@phoenix.net
Roy E. Howell Royhow@aol.com
Robert Best Bestcz@aol.com
Ann Merlino Richardson annrich@panama.phoenix.net
Ronald E. Angermuller ronlin@brinet.com
Dennis R./Peggy A (Hale) Huff dhuff@pan.gbm.net
June Barlow Riesz Johnriesz@aol.com
Charles R. Salyer Kc4zru@aol.com
Bill Baldwin wbillyb@aol.com
Daniel G. Winklosky winwinwin@mindspring.com
Charles A. Cavanaugh Jr. charlescav@worldnet.att.net
Patsy C. Detamore Pdetamore@aol.com
Ernest Pierce The Golden Parrot gparrot@erinet.com
Bill March bmarch@jersey.net
Jimmy Young jpyoung@whitbey.net
Diane Yost Mason cndmason @ arkansas.net
Iris Remington Gabryelewicz hapybkr@aol.com
George Chevalier chevy43@sprintmail.com
Margaret Briscoe Abel jabell685@aol.com
Tom Orr tnporr@aolo.com
Donna Dickson Dondanville ddondanville@juno.com
Merrylin Brown McQuiston merrylinmc@worldnet.att.net
Phillip/Anne Bennett Annjerry@primary.net
Richard A. Gilman RAGilman@aol.com
Beatrice Hibler bhibler@hia.net
Faith Varrone Aurorazora@aol.com
Richard/Linda Dahlstrom rdahlstron@hotmail.com
Blanquita Schield (McNatt) penonome 1 @juno.com
Katherine Egolf pankee @ aol.com
Jeff Fryer jfreyer@rrpark.org
Howard Clarke WA4KER@aol.com
Cynthia J. Thomas thomascwcj @aol.com
Mark Thomas Ford mtfordpty@aol.com
Theodore Tindall thtindall@7cities.net
Bill McLaughlin billmac@czimages.com
Fred Bremer fpbremer@juno.com






Robert Best
Charles Hal Dayhuff,III
Barbara Dayhuff
Murray Falk
Elaine Vestal Lewis
Phillip Tomlett, III
David J. Leeds
Theodore/Georgia Corin
Barbara Bonanno
Maarten P. Mooldyk


bestcz@aol.com
vmi33859@avana.net
bsd338@sobell.net
pokeytoo@ wa-net.com
ElaineVesL@juno.com
monalouie@juno.com
davidleeds@compuserve.com
corin@jump.net
barbarab@americaspromise.org
mooldyk@sinfo.net


Charles H/Barbara Dayhuff III vmi33859@avana.net
Jack W. Sanders jack.sanders@mci2000
Kathie Sears ksears@panama.c-com.net
Dave/Terry (Rios) Hannigan SUPRDAVE13@aol.com
Michael T. Norman msnorman@panama.c-com.net
Velma/David Reilly VReilly@conninc-com
Thomas Armstrong tga@willapabay.org
Adrien/Jean Bouche KibbyJean@juno.com
Roberta Evans EvansRL@IBM.com
Beatrice E. Lee bealee@webTV.com


Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

August 7, 1998


Meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by the
president, Thomas Peterson, at St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, St. Petersburg, Florida. Invocation and Pledge to the
Flag followed. The president announced that as there was no
quorum, official business could not be conducted. Past
minutes were approved as read and Financial Report stands
for audit.
The president read the list of new Board members
and advised members of the status of the office lease. Mrs.
Huldtquist reported on Bylaws Amendment #11. Mrs. Olga
Disharoon agreed to be Hospitality Chairperson and will
resume covered dish meetings.
The president will recommend to the Executive
Board that time for starting business meetings be changed to
11/11:30 for lunch and 12/12:30 for meeting.
A meeting of Past Presidents is planned for August
24. The president asked for two volunteers from the
membership to serve on the Nominating Committee. There
were no volunteers.
The meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m.

September 12, 1998:

The meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. with
76 members attending at the Forest Lakes Golf Club,
Sarasota, Florida.. Invocation and Pledge to the Flag
followed. A moment of silence, with special tribute to Betty
Malone was observed. Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m. for
lunch, and resumed at 1:20 p.m.
Paul Rozmeski moved to dispense reading the past
minutes. Seconded by Barbara Peterson and passed.
Financial Statement was read and will stand for audit.


Time for business meetings at St. Bede Episcopal
Church has been changed to 11:30 a.m. for lunch and 12:30
p.m. for meeting. All future meeting will feature covered
dish.
Dates for 1999 Reunion will be June 30 to July 4.
A no-charge DJ Dance will be held on Thursday night for all
members; bingo will be played on Friday and Saturday. All
reminded to make reservations early. Hotel reservations will
not be processed without Society Registration fee.
A Survey, published in the September issue of the
Canal Record asking for recommendations regarding
reunions. Carnavalito will be held at the Treasure Island
Tennis and Yacht Club on February 6, 1999. October Picnic
will be held at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs on October 3.
Pending approval of President Clinton, federal
employees will receive a 3.5% COLA in January and 4.4%
in the year 2000, This does not include federal retirees.
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Sarasota Luncheon Commitlee, L-R- Barbara
Peterson, Chairperson; Betsy Noonan, Kathleen
Miller, Marion and Michael Greene..


#1: Past President Bill Wheeler, Aura Erikson, Jeanne Wheeler. #2: Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Russell and President
Tom Peterson. #3: Past President Bob Johnson and wife, Carolyn. #4: Secretary/Treasurer Barbara Green and
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paid. Members encouraged to give gift certificates to family
and friends instead of passing their Canal Records around.
The September issue will be mailed on September
24, which is later than usual due to backlog of Reunion
news. Audit for gap period July 1 through December 1977
published in September issue.
Office lease explained, by Committee of Roy
Culbreth, Virgil Camby and James O'Donnell. The
Bylaws committee of Roy Culbreth, Chairperson, Kenneth
Morris and Jane Huldtquist met to discuss updating, and
modifying the entire Bylaws. Society's Not-For-Profit status
explained. Roy Culbreth proposed we establish a scholarship
fund which would qualify us as a tax-free status. By a show
of hands, several members agreed to idea.
President asked for two volunteers from
membership to be members of Nominating Committee. Mr.
O'Donnell volunteered Nancy VanSiclen, with her prior
approval. Ray Wheeler volunteered. Committee now
consists of Betty Frassrand, Chairperson; Robert Russell,
Margot Jordan, Nancy VanSiclen, Ray Wheeler.
Paul Rozmeski moved to destroy ballots of
Amendment #11. Seconded by Muriel Whitman. Passed.
(Ballots given to Sgt-at-Arms to destroy).
Meeting was adjourned at 2:20 p.m.


NEXT DEADLINE:
Editor must have by:
January 18, 1999
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October 3, 1998
The Meeting of the Annual Picnic held at Anderson
Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida, was called to order at 12:14
p.m. by Faith Brundage, 1s' Vice President, due to
president's absence, with 35 members present. No official
business was conducted due to lack of a quorum. The
Invocation and Pledge to the Flag followed. The meeting was
adjourned at 12:15 for lunch and resumed at 1:03 p.m.
Minutes of September meeting was dispensed with
by members approval. Financial statement stands for audit.
Reunion Coordinator and 1" Vice President Faith
Brundage announced that the 1999 Reunion dates were from
June 30 to July 4. A contract was signed with the Marriott
hotel to increase number of rooms by 100 more, and a
contract has been signed with Holiday Inn SunSpree for 50
rooms to handle overflow reservations. Free Bingo will be
held Friday and Saturday afternoons. A free Disco Dance
will be held Thursday for all members. The Office Lease
Committee has selected the office next door to current office
which has more room to be the new Society's Main Office..
The November Regular Meeting will be a covered dish affair
with Olga Disharoon as Hospitality Chairperson, who
encouraged members to wear clothing reminiscent of
Panama, and if possible. to bring Panamanian dishes.
The Secfetary/Treasurer, Barbara Green reminded
all to pay their 1999 dues and to send gift memberships to
those who qualify, in place of loaning them the Canal
Record..
Steve Nehring, chairperson for the Annual Picnic
thanked all those attending and his committee of Gary
O'Connor, Penny Mackay, Faith brundage, Randy Rios,
Beverly Williams and Barbara Green to whom he
presented tokens of appreciation.
The meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.


Top Row, L-R:(1) Feeding Frenzy (2) Dick Beall and Shirley Camby. Middle Row, L-R: (1) Barbara Green and our Web
Master for the Society Web page, Bill McLaughlin. (2) The Picnic Committee, Back: Gary O'Connor, Penny, Randy Rios.
Front: Faith Brundage, Barbara Green, Bev Williams, and Chairperson, Steve Nehring (3) Jim Slover and Anna Collins.





























L-R: Sharon Glassburn, Betty Frassrand and Juanita Borgis Karst


1998 PICNIC REPORT


The 1998 Annual Panama Canal Society Picnic was
held on October 3, 1998, at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs,
Florida. The weather was beautiful and plenty of sunshine.
The event was held as a covered dish special with
plenty of food available. The turnout of members and guests
was somewhat on the low side, possibly due to the hurricane
that skirted the west coast the week before.
A special thanks to the committee consisting of
Barbara Green, Faith Brundage, Randy Rios, Bev
Williams, Gary O'Conner and his out-of-town friend
Penny.
Bill McLaughlin, web master for the Society web
page, provided a glass framed picture of the Seal of the Canal
Zone matches as one of the many door prizes.
There was fun and activities for all. Birgo- was
played, with yours truly as caller, and I will be glad to chair
.the committee for the Picnic in 1999.

Steve Nehring
Picnic Committee Chairperson

PCSOFL RegIar Meeting


January 8, 1999
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
Covered dish at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting at 12:30 p.m.


DIRECTIONS TO TREASURE ISLAND
YACHT CLUB

FROM THE NORTH: 1-75 south to Tampa (from the
East, 1-4 west to Tampa) then 1-275 to St.
Petersburg and the 5th Avenue North exit. Go
straight ahead to Central Ave. then turn right.
Central Ave. continues onto Treasure Island
Causway. (Approx. 5 3/4 miles) Proceed until you
reach toll booth, pay toll and cross drawbridge and
go 75 more yards. Yacht Club is on your left. To
reach Bilmar Beach Resort keep going on Treasure
Island Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Bilmar Resort is
ahead.
FROM THE SOUTH: 1-275 north across the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge to the US 19 Exit. Go
straight ahead and turn left about 3 3/4 miles, onto
Central Ave. which continues onto Treasure Island
Causeway. (4/2 more miles).Proceed until you reach
toll booth, pay toll, cross drawbridge and 75 more
yards on your left is the Yacht Club. To reach
Bilmar Beach Resort continue on Treasure Island
Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Bilmar Resort is ahead.


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The Annual Carnavalito Dinner/Dance of the Panama Canal Society of Florida will be held Saturday, February 6, 1999 at the
Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, Florida. There will be ample parking
on the premises. Cost of the Carnavalito Dinner/Dance will be $24.00 per person, which includes dinner, taxes, gratuities, music,
decorations and administrative costs.
There will be a choice of three entrees: Roasted Prime Rib of Beef; Horseradish Crusted Salmon; or Roast Leg of Lamb.
Each entree will include Chef's Garlic, Herb Mashed Potato, Vegetable Medley, Chef's Breads, Coffee or Tea, and Cobbler with
Vanilla Ice Cream. A Cash Bar will open at 5:15 p.m. and there will be a short meeting at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30
p.m. and-dancing will be from 7;30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Pully Y su Conjunto, the Latin trio that delighted us at our last
Carnavalito will again provide the music for dancing.
Deadline for reservations to the Dinner/Dance is February 1, 1999. CLASS REUNIONS OR MINI-REUNIONS
ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE DURING THIS CARNAVALITO.. For more information, call the chairperson of the
Carnavalito at 727-894-2478.

Hotel accommodations are available at the THUNDERBIRD BEACH RESORT, 10700 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure
Island, Florida 33706.. Rates for POOLSIDE rooms are $67.00 plus 11 percent tax which features two double beds, view of the
pool and courtyard area, on 1st and 2nd floor. Rooms (Poolside) within added efficiency kitchen are $76.00 plus 11 percent tax.
GULF FRONT rooms are $79.00 plus 11 percent tax which feature two queen beds, small refrigerator, private patio or balcony
facing the beach on Is, 2nd or 3rd floors. GULFFRONT Efficiency rooms with an added efficiency kitchen are $88.00 plus 11
per cent tax. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel at 1-800-367-BIRD or FAX 727-367-1961. Their E-Mail address
is Tbird@atlantic.net. A deposit for the first night's rate, including tax, is required on all reservations. This may be done by check;
money order or by credit card. Deadline for hotel reservations is January 1, 1999. Airport transportation to the Thunderbird,
and return can be arranged through The Airport Connection Limo Service by calling 727-572-1111.


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Directions to the THUNDERBIRD BEACH
RESORT, and to the Treasure Island
Yacht & Tennis Club will be on page 9 of
this issue.


PCSOFL CARNAVALITO
February 6, 1999
Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club
400 Treasure Island Causeway
Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, FL

Member Name

Member No. Tel:

Please make Reservations at $24.00 each

Total enclosed $
Select Prime Rib
Crusted Salmon
Leg of Lamb
Names of Guests (Please print):

1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.
Make checks out to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-
4712 DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 1999







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April 9, 1999
St. J3ede's Episcopal Church
2500 16'h Street
St. Petersburg, c1lorida
Covered .ish at 11:30 a.m.
Regular Meeting at 12.40 p.m.


NEWSCLIPS


Cruise ship breaks own Panama
Canal tolls record during transit

By Teresa Arosemena
The cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas, operated by
the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, broke its own tolls record
on April 15, by paying $165,235.58 for its most recent
south-bound transit through the waterway. Its previous
record was established a year ago when the vessel made its
maiden transit of the Canal.
The luxurious vessel, built in the Kvaerner Masa
Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, was launched in April 1997.
At 915-feet in length, 105.6 feet in beam and weighing
75,000 Panama Canal net tons, the Rhapsody of the Seas is
the largest passenger ship to ever transit the Canal.
During the summer, the vessel, which can carry up
to 2,400 passengers, offers cruises that depart from
Vancouver, Canada, and visits different locations in Alaska.
During the winter, on the other hand, the Rhapsody of the
Seas changes its venue to a totally opposite course and offers
seven-day tours around the Caribbean, including stops in San
Juan, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Cuaracao, Saint Martin, Saint
Thomas, and the Virgin Islands.
Creature comforts offered by this prestigious cruise
ship include a luxurious two-story dining area, a library,
indoor and outdoor pools, casinos and gymnasiums.
C. Femie & Co. Represents the vessel at the Panama
Canal.

The Panama Canal Spillway
April 24, 1998


Last survivor of Panama Canal
construction remembers
endeavor
By Ariyuri H. de Mantovani
Much has been said about the deeds of the Panama
Canal builders and their ability, cunning, leadership and
vision. Stevens, Goethals, Gorgas and Gaillard are only
some of the leaders' names from the Canal construction
period. However, nothing would have been accomplished
without the effort and dedication of the extraordinary work
force that worked on its construction.
More than 75,000 men and women arrived in the
Isthmus from different parts of the world to accomplish a
feat never imagined. Many of these workers came from the
impoverished islands of the West Indies and from Europe
and Asia, while others arrived from Colombia and Costa
Rica with the promise of a steady job and a promising future.
More then 45,000 manual workers were hired for
the excavation of the Canal. To provide these workers with
the best standard of living, it was necessary to build dining
halls, and cafeterias, dormitories and'bathrooms, stores to
buy household items and clothes, post offices, etc.
The Canal construction project was divided into
three parts the construction of the Atlantic side locks, the
excavation of Gaillard Cut and the construction of the Pacific
side locks. Canal constructions brought about widespread
engineering challenges, like the excavation of the channel
through the Continental Divide, the construction of the
largest earthen dam ever seen, the design and construction of
the most gigantic locks and miter gates ever conceived and
the solution to enormous environmental problems.







However, no other phase of the Canal construction
captured as much attention as the excavation of Gaillard Cut
or Culebra, as it was originally called, where armies of
workers and large mechanical shovels opened a path between
the hills. Without a doubt, this was the biggest challenge for
Canal builders.
Building the three sets of locks took four years,
while completing the excavation of Culebra cut took seven
years. It was not uncommon to find that landslides had
occurred in areas excavated the day before, or to find tracks
covered with rock and earth along the 8.75 miles that made
up the Cut, which extends from Gamboa to Pedro Miguel
locks. Nevertheless, the dedicated Canal builders excavated
again, time and time again, without losing spirit or
enthusiasm.
'One of these valiant Canal builders and only
survivor is 104-year old Alexander Bernard Heron. Mr.
Heron arrived in the Isthmus of Panama from Colombia in
1908 along with his father, who was looking for job
opportunities. When he was 16, he heard about the
construction of the interoceanic waterway and went to see
the work. Some laborers asked him if he wanted to work and
he accepted. His first job was with the Construction
Division, as spade and shovel worker, digging out the ditch
for the Canal.
Despite his advanced age, Mr. Heron remembers
those days of the construction. "Excavating Culebra Cut was
a difficult task. We sweat blood while building the Canal,"
he explains. Among Mr. Heron's memories there is much
sadness, as many of his friends died in the attempt to
accomplish this incredible feat. "There wasn't any drainage
or sewage system, not potable water; many people became
ill," he recalls.
Mr. Heron considers himself very fortunate to be
alive and he says he hopes to see the transfer of the Canal to
Panamanian hands. "I never thought Panama would take over
the administration of the Canal," he says, adding, "I want to
live to see how they do it."
When thinking of the amount and characteristics of
the work and the diversity in the composition of the work
force that built the Canal, one must admit that bringing
together and inspiring enthusiasm and team work spirit in
them was maybe one-of the major accomplishments during
the Panama Canal construction. The Canal will always be
considered one of the engineering marvels of the 20th
century. The legacy of all Canal builders, be they supervisors
or laborers, will remain through the years as an example of
their cunning vision and determination to overcome nature to
accomplish an undertaking for the benefit of mankind.

The Panama Canal Spillway
August 14, 1998



Airport makes move from
Paitilla to former Albrook Air
Station

Beginning August 31, operations at the Marcos A.
Gelabert Airport, also known as the Paitilla Airport, will be
moved to the former U.S. Albrook Air Force Station. The
airport is being moved because of the lack of physical space
in its current location, which has impeded expansion of flight
activities. The airport's transfer was made possible after the
U.S. Aviation Management Federation completed technical
studies of approximation and analysis at Albrook.


Construction of all facilities that will house the new
airport was made according to recommendations made by the
Organization of International Civil Aviation (OACI) and cost
$11 million. According to reports, the Panama Firefighters
Corps has been invited by the Panama Civil Aeronautics
Department's Fire Extinguishing and Rescue Service to
become familiarized with the new facilities. The new
airport's runway is much longer than the current one, which
will permit the landing of larger airplanes with greater
capacities.
The Panama Canal Spillway
August 28, 1998



Crossing the Isthmus

Before it slips into total obscurity and is gone from
the American consciousness (as it nearly did in the USPS
"Celebrate The Century 1910" pane of February 3), I call
your attention to the ten years the United States spent
building the Panama Canal, the wonder of its day!
My father Peter G., who worked for the Dredging
Division, and my grandfather Richard Roberts, the builder
who was awarded the Teddy Roosevelt Medal and eventually
died of black water fever, supplied the inspiration for a first
day cover design. Eileen Kelly was the portrait artist.
I designed the Panama Canal cover using various
old Isthmian Canal Commission (ICC-US Government)
photos: The excavation scene of 1912 is the Culebra Cut
(now called the Gaillard Cut) looking north toward
Cristobal/Colon and the two presidents' portraits are from
ICC photos of 1903. The new USPS allows 300 first day
cancels to stamp dealers but only 50 to stamp collectors. Of
the 100 covers I sent in, the USPS returned 75 with the first

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day cancel and 25 without the cancel. The balance I will take
to Panama and cancel at the remaining APOs before the year
2000, when the United States turns over the Canal to
Panama.
Many members of the Canal Zone Study Group and
the Panama Canal Society campaigned for ten years to get
this stamp (Scott 3181f)-the same amount of time it took to
build the Panama Canal!
Jeanne Flynn Stough
San Antonio, Texas
American Philatelist
October, 1998








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Philip L. Tomlet III
Melvin M. Boreham
Timothy J. Corrigan
Gilbert L. Fritts Jr.
Capt. Ove V. Hultin
Capt. Erich A. Kohr
Capt. Daniel H. Macelrevy
Robert A. Mills
Frederick W. Whitney, Jr.
Bernardo E. Archibold
John H. Engelke
Ron A. Farnsworth
Angela Rodriguez-Villafane
Mary H. West


03/01/98
06/03/98
06/20/98
06/29/98
06/30/98
06/30/98
06/01/98
06/03/98
06/03/98
07/31/98
07/03/98
07/03/98
07/03/98
07/03/98


Transit Operations Division
Dredging Division
Public Relations Division
Operations Support Division
Transit Operations Division
Transit Operations Division
Transit Operations Division
Dredging Division
Locks Division
Canal Security Division
Dredging Division
Dredging Division
Personnel Operations Division
Software Engineer Division


23 years 11 months 17 days
32 years 00 months 24 days
32 years 03 months 00 days
26 years 01 months 00 days
35 years 07 months 14 days
27 years 06 months 08 days
23 years 10 months 23 days
28 years 04 months 23 days
31 years 00 months 16 days
41 years 02 months 04 days
37 years 03 months 14 days
27 years 00 months 29 days
29 years 10 months 11 days
23 years 08 months 19 days


WHERE ARE YOUP


SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"

Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
new mailing addresses will be appreciated.


Ralph Hepner
Christian Adauto
Elizabeth Goldstein
H.David O'Malie
Stephanie May
James E. Cook
Joseph Zornes


Dylan P. Denley
Joseph McDonald
Laura McDill
Paula Davison
Michael Coffey
Russell Stromberg
Thomas Benjamin


Col. H. David O'Malie


Doodle a note on your calendar

Make the Secretary's Day



If you are really looking for

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let him tell you about his successes. (407) 668-8249. He may
be able to find your lost and gone high school classmates!


LOST CLASSMATES OF BHS 1949


Acoca, Mary Sol
Andrews, Douglas
Ashton, Jerry
Austin, Robert
Berry, Martha
Berry, Robert
Childress, Jo Ann
Chung, Hanry
Clarke, William
Colombani, Francis
Colombani, Marjorie
Coombs, Corinne
Cruz, Martha
DeParedes, Gaspar


Edwards, Richard
Fabriga, Ernesto
Fuller, Helen
Grimaldo, Estela
Hall, Jackie
Hansen, Jack
Harrison, Robert
Johnstone, Ben
Lawrence, Carol
Lawton, Martha
Marion, Clarise
Matue, Carmen
Miller, Cecilia
Miller, Vera


Murphy, Virginia
Perino, Blanca
Plummer, June
Ponce, Amelia
Rowen, Virginia
Schuler, David
Scott, Nancy
Sierok, Stan
Smith, Palmer
Vigil, Dalila
Watson, Mary
Wright, Howard
Yates, Doreen
Zager, Cecilia


Please advise any of the committee members listed
below of known addresses or telephone numbers of
those missing.
Barbara (Comber) McDougal Tom Peterson
16728 232 Point S.E. 6534 Samoa Dr.
Monroe, WA 98272-9395 Sarasota, FL 34241-5637
(303)922-6187 (941) 371-7731
mcdougal@premierl.net tommypete@worldnet.att.net


Don Boland
728 Shadow Mist Lane
Columbia, SC 29210 Melbourne
(803) 772-8264
dboland@conterra.com


George Downing
801 Pine Street
Beach, FL 32951
(407) 676-0660


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HOW TO FIND THEM:

If you are having difficulty finding the persons you
are looking for, there are two other options you could
follow. (1) Infomax, Inc. Find People Fast, and (2)
How to Locate Anyone Who Has Been In The
Military.







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How To Locate Anyone Who Has Been In The
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lead you in the right direction. Some of the
information covered is: How to locate anyone, (civilian
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reunion, How to locate retired members of the Armed
Forces, and much more.


BHS'48 Still Missing
Wm. O. Alexander Jane N. Hanford. Beatriz Quintero
Fred Aydlett Jean M. Hanford James Russell
James J. Ball Dorothy Harrison David C. Ryan
Dorothy Bower Nancy Heffington Darrel B. Seeley
Ben Burns Barbara Hentgen Marilyn S. Sisson
Homer Min Jen Chen Robert D. Homer Elvia Suazo
Peter Min Chung Chen Fred J. Horton Franklin E. Tillman
Maxine Couchman John E. Johnson III Carlos Tong
Clarence Crenshaw James A. Jolley John L. Toone
Jose M. Garcia DelBusto John D. Landers Aurora Uribe
Wm. P. Edwards Carlos Maldonado Patricia A. Vesser
Genoveva Fonseca Elizabeth L. McNew Audrey Wagner
Beryl M. Garnas Ramona Muller John H. Wallace
Nydia Gonzalez Clifford B. Weaver Isabel Washburn

If anyone knows the whereabouts of those listed above,
please notify either of the following:


Barbara Fritz Reyle
10518 Providence Way
Fairfax, VA 22030-3106
(703) 273-2654


Ruth Rose Foster
10397 N. Ranch Hand Ave.
Dunnellon, FL 34433
(352) 489-3264


THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY -
WHERE ARE YOU?

THE BIG BHS CLASS OF 1950's 50th REUNION IN
THE YEAR 2000 is in the earnest planning stage NOW! We
are still missing many of our buddies like "Bob" DesIslets,
Roy Gaul, Egbert Jones, "Jerry" Kadock, Louis Tinnin,
"Bobby" Leggit, Yolanda Orsini, Marilyn Tekulva,
Eleanor Buel, Perry Robert "Bob" Young, Richardson
"Dick" Selee, Burt Page, Dr. K. Kieth Kreth. If you know
of the where-abouts of these classmates or if you would like
to find one of your old buddies of the Nifty Class of Fifty
please contact us. Let's really celebrate 50 years and the new
millennium.


Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury
BHS Class of 1950 Reunion
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21 E
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599
(409) 564-0620 FAX 409-569-2514
cspreadbury@titan.sfasu.edu


Joan (Powell) Arndt
9770 S.W. 198th Cir.
Dunnellon, FL
34431-4148
(352) 489-3887


Food for Thought:


Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

There was an important job to be done and Everybody
was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was
everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody
realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when
Nobody did what ANYBODY COULD HAVE DONE!


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COCOLI, RODMAN, ROUSSEAU REUNION, held July 3 and 4, 1998

On Saturday afternoon, Cocoli met for our reunion. Bruce and Johnny Bateman, the Karaoke Kings, entertained us
and Johnny as our MC told tales about all of us, but every once in a while someone would say, "Wait a minute, mothers are here
too!" Parents attending were Carlina Bateman, Margarita Berg, Earl and Velma Engel, Peggy Hutchison and Mayno
Walker. Diane Bateman gave a beautiful tribute to Fred and spoke about Circle of Friends, and we remembered others who
had departed and were having a reunion at the Cocoli Clubhouse up above. Carl Berg, another memory bank, and Johnny did
Cocoli Trivia Quiz that brought up lots of discussions and memories. They disclaimed wrong answers but took responsibility
for the right ones. David Rowe had us howling with stories using mixed up words. The Karaoke Kings awarded certificates to
Chris Bateman (Johnny's grandson, age 11) for singing solo, and to the Walkerettes, (Mickey, Jeanne and Carole) for singing
the most popular song. Everyone received a copy of the Cocoli map drawn by Carl and the Cocoli Trivia Quiz. Sunday the
Walkers and Tom and Kathy Rainey enjoyed the Despedida with Tommy interpreting the Panamanian dances for us.
Friends who enjoyed the reunion in addition to the above were Larry "Rousseau" Barkima, Bateman family, Bruce
III, Caroline, Kevin, Mickey, Ryan and Joshua, Charles Bechtel, Franz and Christine Berg, Paul Bonitz, Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis, Donnie Bruce, Richard Burchett, Laura (Laird) Causey, TC Clark, Diane (Hutchison) Cox, Kathy (Jenkins)
Cuartas & Jaime, Tim Days, Bonnie Engel, Dick and Dee Fisk, Joyce Gasing, Dody (Moses) Guinn, Jerry Halsall, Wilma
Hidalgo, Bill & Diane Jenkins, Jack & Sue Jenkins, LaurielJo (Keegan) Kidd & Jim, Lem & Kathy Kirkland, Carmen
Kotalik, Mary (Wilmoth) and Roger Million, Susanna (Kotalik) Morse, "Panama Jack" Jason, Skip Rowley, Ralph &
Basye Shuey, Wendell Spreadbury, June (Rowley) Stevenson, Lorraine (Parker) Stevens, Judy (Days) Swann, Bobby,
Debbie & Candice Wilmoth, Frank & George Wodrazka; and Lee & Ron Wyman.
For a copy of the map & quiz, send $5.00 to Carl Berg, 5925 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283. Send updates and
articles for the next Cocoli Chronicle to Bruce & Diane Bateman, 314 Wesley Rd., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
(BandDBateman @worldnet.att.net)
Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald
1381 Scarlett Trail, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 (mickeyftz@aol.com)


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Your Reporter Says ...


ALABAMA

Karl Austin Basham of Enterprise, Alabama, was
honored on May 12, 1998, as the Distinguished Air Force
ROTC cadet of Detachment 17, Troy State University in
Troy, Alabama. He was honored at the Annual Governor's
Luncheon at Gunter AFB in Montgomery. Karl was later
commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air
Force in Sorrel Chapel at the campus of Troy State
University. He was also honored as the Distinguished
Graduate of the 1998 ROTC program and graduated with
honors (summa cum laude) at Troy State, receiving his
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Karl was
married on June 19'h to Tara Morris, in the Atlanta Temple,
Atlanta, GA. He entered the USAF and reported for duty at
Peterson AFB, CO in August. This duty assignment will
prepare him for a career as a space/missile officer. He will
report to Vandenberg, AFB, CA, early next year for formal
space/missile training.
Dolores Cleveland had a birthday recently and
boy, did she celebrate. Her celebration started with her
"lunch bunch" consisting of Mary Jane, Barbara, Gloria,
Melanie, Celeste and Theresa. They took Dolores to
Applebees where a wonderful time was had by all. Then,
later, unbeknown to Dolores, her children, Sue, Bob and
Dawn had planned a surprise birthday party for her.
Dolores' son, Bob, flew in from California and Dawn and
family, came from Birmingham, AL. Sue and her family
handled all the arrangements in Dothan. Many Zonians were
in attendance and Dolores was happy to have so many dear
friends help her celebrate. We wish her many more.
birthdays!
Barbara (Gangle) Sherer
Reporter for
Dolores Cleveland
(334) 793-4812





ARKANSAS

The Bruce Sanders Memorial fall get-together of the
Arkansas group was held on the 27'" of September at the
Jones Family Center in Springdale, AR. In attendance were
26 former residents of the Panama Canal Zone.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman had a visit from their
daughter, Mary Novak, for two weeks in August. While
visiting, we all drove to Illinois to visit Willard's cousins and
attended a family reunion. Then we drove to Wynne, AR to
visit son, Will and family. Mary's visit went too fast. Labor
Day weekend, we flew to San Antonio to visit Joan and Jim
in their new home. We all had a wonderful time.


Addie Colclasure and her sister, Juanita, were back
home for a month taking care of some house improvements
and to attend the fall get-together. Daughter, Marion, is now
teaching at a middle school in Rogers. Kelsie, son John, and
a friend went to Gulfport, MS and a good time was had by
all. They also took a cruise to the Panama Canal on the SS
Norwegian Windstar and were accompanied by Bill Carlin
and Shirley Whitlock.
Richard Cressey and wife just returned from Tampa,
FL, after attending the wedding of their daughter, Susan.
Hurricane Georges interfered with plans and a second trip
was necessary. A 90'" birthday party was held for Herbie
Engleke at the Northwest Nursing Center in Fayetteville,
AR. The party was put together by Herbies' three children,
Rita Grammar, Herb Jr, and Mollie Williford. Harold
and Jerry Harp had daughter, Mary, and her two children,
Samantha and Rebecca from Bloomfield, CO. for a visit.
Harold spent two weeks in New Orleans with daughter,
Rebecca, helping with some house repairs caused by high


Harold and Jerry Harp were visited by their whole
family the first week of August. Pictured are Bill and
Susan Harp with children Liana and H Tereza,
Jacquely Harp and Rod Walker, Laurie (Harp) and
Brett Morland with children Zeke and Eli, Jess and
Lynn (Dunning) Harp with children Samantha, Jess
and Cheryl, Rebecca (Harp) Sprinkle with daughter
Morgan, Dave and Mary (Harp) Cohen with children
Sarah and Rebekah. The two newest grandchildren
are pictured with Harold.

Mike and Henrietta Horoda had daughter, Pamela
(Horoda) Rogers and grandson, Blaine Rogers, for a four
day visit. After returning home, Pamela and former
classmate, Rosana Boucher, had a group of 80 former
Zonians in the Dallas area for a get-together and dinner in
early October. Sister-in-law, Marion Mooney, from
California, visited with Polly Michaelis. While here they
took in the Passion Play at Eureka Springs and also the arts
and crafts fairs. Maxine Reinhold accompanied by son, Mel
and family, spent a few days back in Bentonville taking care
of local affairs. Then they returned to New Hampshire.





Dorothy Sanders enjoyed a visit from son, Bruce and
wife, Sandy, from Allen, Texas, to help celebrate her
birthday in mid-September. Upon his return from the
reunion in Orlando, Bud Balcer rested up for a while before
going back home to McGregor, IA. to help his step-mother,
Edna Balcer celebrate her 90'h birthday. About 60 friends
and relatives showed up and everyone had a great time. Then
in September, he drove to Bossier City, LA for his son's
Paul's 46"h birthday.
Robert (Bud) Balcer
Reporter
(501)273-3754

N.W. Arkansas

At the time this is being written it is early fall in this
area. It is cooler, the air is crisp and the trees are beginning
to turn colors. Arts and Craft shows abound with several in
each townsite and outlying areas.
Gloria Malsbury, Springdale, will fly to Jamaica in
mid-December to spend a couple of weeks visiting a relative,
Peggy Lanport, who lives in Andrew Parish, a beautiful area
not far from Kingston.-Gloria will celebrate Christmas with
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Mike and Henryetta Horoda, Rogers, were among
those who attended the fall potluck luncheon at the
Jones Family Center in Springdale, 1998.


Sewing Club: Front: Lee Butz, Betty McGilberry,
Glen Conklin, Alice Nail. Back: Petie Maedl,
Kathleen Hoffman, Dorothy Sanders, Mary Condon.
Not shown: Maxine Wrenn, Gloria Malsbury, Boots
Smithson.
Keith York, Fayetteville, continues to spend much
time and effort in his home workshop. He claims he built
their house around the workshop. His latest project has been


to construct a router lathe which will make wooden spirals
for chair legs or other furniture.
Luke Palumbo keeps busy with yard work. He and
betty deliver 10-12 meals each week with the Food for the
Elderly Program. Luke also does some volunteer work for the
Salvation Army.
The "sewing" group originated years ago in the Canal
Zone. It currently consists of about a dozen former Zonian
ladies who enjoy getting together once a month, meeting in
the different homes or going out to lunch somewhere. These
days they don't do much sewing, but they do a lot of visiting,
catch up on family news and the latest news from and about
Panama. In October they met at the Maedl residence at
Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville.

Petie Maedl
Reporter
(501)442-5033





CALIFORNIA

The West Coast Reunion was held in San Diego,
CA, on September 26, 1998. The last reunion in California
was wonderful, fantastic, fabulous. Cannot find enough
superlatives to describe the latest reunion. The group was
small but enthusiastic and TALK, TALK, TALK. Nobody
could get a word in edgewise. The food was delicious and
plentiful and the decorations were out of this world,
compliments of Ted and Beth Sundquist. The dance band
was the best, with 40's and 50's music. The weather
cooperated and with out setting on part of San Diego Bay, it
couldn't have been better. We even had three tables of the
multigenerational "Gatun Gang", organized by John David
and Mary Fisher. To those who donated towards our
memory grab-bag, thank you! Don't forget us in the future.
Sunday morning we were in for a treat. Many, many
thanks to Roger and Rochelle Thompson of Arizona for
hosting and cooking a delicious brunch on the deck of their
condo in Pacific Beach. Nothing could have been more
welcome and appreciated. You missed a wonderful time. To
those who through illness, death and age couldn't join us, we
missed you. We are still looking for a few more bodies to
help on the committee. We have a great time planning and
visiting among ourselves. See you next year.
Kay Argo Taylor


Last June, Joan deGrummond, along-with her
daughter. Tina Ressa. and son, Steve Cartotto, attended the
funeral of Mary (Ridge) Gribbin in Trenton, New Jersey.
"A bittersweet time", says Joan, but so good to be there with
so many of our family.
Joan also attended the PCSOFL reunion in Orlando
along with 25 relatives from all over the U.S. In August, Joan
spent several days in Saginaw, MI, with son, Steve and wife,
Tina (Johann) for the Johann family reunion and spent three
weeks with Vince and Dottie in September. They attended
the Poconos Reunion, Tannersville, PA, and visited brother
Bob and family, Columbus, and Dottie's cousins in Mt.
Vernon. Then to Niagara Falls, Canada, for three days in
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In October, Dr. Fernando (BHS'40) and Emma
Tapia of Scottsdate, AZ, spent ten days visiting their
daughters in New England. Helen (Howie Adams) Laatz
retired from the Panama Canal Commission in August. She
and her brother, Donald, of Stockbridge, GA, recently
visited with their mother, Ruth (Westman) Adams, in
Leisure World, Laguna Hills.


Circus Circus Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 10,
1998 Ken White of Orlando, FL., President of The
Sutherland Clan of North America, presents Catsy
Taylor Schafer, of San Diego, Ca., a prize for being
the oldest member to attend the Annual Clan
gathering.

Bob and Blanca Wolfenstein flew back to the
East Coast last June to visit some cousins that live in
Hackensack., NJ. During the four days on the East Coast,
Bob's cousin, Claire, took them across the Washington
Bridge and down Riverside Drive with an excellent view of
the Hudson River, passing all the docks where the big ships,
the Queen Mary, Normandie, Bremen, Rex. used to berth;
Broadway and 42"d Street, Radio City and Wall Street.
While in Manhattan, they saw the Brooklyn Bridge and they
took the tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and
took the train to Washington and to Arlington, Virginia. They
were glad to have been able to take the tour as it had been 38
years since they were in that part of the good old U.S.A..
Harold Wickersham
Reporter
(323) 262-6996

California Central Coast

This will be my first report from California. I hope
to cover the Central Coast of California and asking that
anyone who has new and items of interest, to submit to me.
Living in California is very nice, with only one exception,
there aren't too many Zonians out this way!
Karyn Dumas-Fish threw a great birthday party
for me, complete with surprise guests from the Zone. I was
having lunch with Bill on Friday and Karyn walked in with
Jim and Kelly Parthenais who had come from Florida.
Needless to say, I was thrilled. We had a great weekend
although our visit was too short.


Jamie Mullins, my niece, (Karyn Newlon and
Jimmy Mullin's daughter) has come to Santa Barbara to
attend college. Jamie is studying Marine Biology and
currently has one part time job and two volunteer jobs as well
as her full time school schedule. She is a volunteer at the
Marine Mammal Rescue Center where they feed rescued
seals and volunteers at the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf.
She loves California and is doing well in school.
Janice Cookie Newlon
Reporter
(805) 965-8160










FLORIDA
Clearwater


Muriel Whitman hosted 13 Brown Baggers and
two guests, Olga Disharoon and Carolyn Johnson at her
home in St. Petersburg on September 16. Since it was Dottie
Yocum's birthday, there was a Happy Birthday banner hung
in the living room. After "Happy Birthday" was sung, a cake
was brought in after lunch. Dottie was very much surprised
and pleased by the surprise.
Recently, Juanita Borgis Karst left Houston to
make her home in Gulfport, Florida. She was elated when
some old Zonian friends offered to paint the inside of her
house. Bill Carlin, Joe Smith and brother Gil got the job
done after getting as much paint on themselves as the walls.
Sorry to hear that Carlie and Jack Taber fell and
now require Home Nursing Care, ably assisted by daughter
Alice. Six Sewing Club members came to visit them on
September 22, each bringing everything for lunch Johnny
Mazetti, salad, dishes, flatware, napkins, etc. Millie Hickey,
Aura Erickson, Elma Scheibe Seiferlein, Dottie Sanders,
Eleanor Buehler and Betty Snow cleaned up after lunch,
and even took out the garbage.
Andy Lowe and his wife Jane came to St.
Petersburg to visit his old Canal Zone College classmate,
Jim and wife, Gemma O'Donnell. Andy received his
second Master's Degree in Systems and Communications.
He spent 12 years in Geneva, Switzerland working for A.T
& T. They now live in North Carolina and would like to hear
from anyone from the former Canal Zone and C.Z. College.
His address is Andy and Jane Lowe, 1070 Seven Lakes N.,
West End, NC 27376.
Early in September, Karen and Billy Coffey were
in the Tampa area visiting Beverly Shirley and many other
friends. While here, they went to Weeki Wachee to find a
possible home for retirement.
Just found out that Dave and Betty Watts Kelleher
have recently moved from Dothan, Alabama to Seminole,
Florida. Betty has already joined the ex-Zonian nurses at
their monthly luncheon get-togethers.

Betty C. Snow
Reporter
(727) 799-4769







Ocala

The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers met
for their 49h" semi-annual meeting on Tuesday, October 6th as
they enjoyed lunch at Maggie's Buffet Restaurant in Ocala.
(Please note that the 50'h semi-annual luncheon will also be
at Maggie's Restaurant on Tuesday, April 6, 1999.) A Silver
Anniversary celebration is being planned for October 5'h,
1999 to honor the original group that had their first picnic at
Lake Waldena, FL on October 29, 1974.
With some 60 people present, we wish to
acknowledge our newest attendees: Jerry and Marcy Fox
(Dunnellon). Carolyn and Jerry Coffey (Weeki Wacheee),
Marion (Smith) Morgan (Inverness), and Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Lattin. Roy's mother, Ann Lattin, taught dance
classes in the Canal Zone. Roy indicated that he had many
photos of her former students.
A moment of silence was observed to honor the
memory of Mrs. Gladys Irene Bissell who was preceded in
death by her husband, Steve Bissell. Steve was an officer in
the Canal Zone Credit Union in Balboa for many years.. She
is survived by her daughter, Rory Sims.
Wesley "Red" and Virgina Townsend are still
attending our luncheons and they are now permanent
residents of The Inn at Surrey Place in Ocala, but they have
moved to Room #340.


L-R: Merritt and Joan (Neisnack) Bender with
Charlene Trullinger.

Margaret (Curles) Maxwell recently moved in
with her mother Marie Curies in Dunnellon after Marie had
surgery. Edna (Curles) Cooley plans to move into her new
home in Ocala sometime before Christmas.
Joan (Powell) Arndt visited with her daughter and
son-in-law, Diana and Brian Carey and their two sons in
Carmel, IN for three weeks after the PCSOFL Reunion in
July. Both boys celebrated birthdays, Patrick's 5'h and Jack
Powell Carey's 4th The Carey family had only recently
moved from Akron, Ohio.
Dick and Elaine Conover had a busy 1998. Their
son, Peter, and wife, Annette presented them with a second
grandson. Another son, Paul, who lives and works in China,
with his wife, Maruca, added a second granddaughter to their
family. A mini-reunion was held in Las Vegas with son,
Mark and his wife, Tara and another daughter, Michelle.
After the PCSOFL Reunion in Orlando, Mark and Tara
visited in Ocala. Bill Lebrun and his wife, Aurora and
daughter Laura went to Sun City Center where Bill played
golf with Bob Suisman. Eddie Robinson and his father


also dropped in from nearby Marion Oaks. Labor Day found
the Conovers in Houston with grandsons Kyle and Kamron
while parents, Peter and Annette hosted the event. This
brought them back to Daytona Beach and a visit with Bill
and Ginger Young.
William A. "Bill" Muller
Reporter
(352) 854-7902


Pensacola


Hola from Pensacola! On Saturday, September 12,
Darla, Dawn, Spy (Bob and Dawn's Labrador) walked
three miles in the Heart Walk to downtown Pensacola along
with thousands of men, women, children, animals and even
babies in strollers. We had a great time. On October 24'h, we
are looking forward to walking in the Diabetes Walk which
is six miles. My son, Kevin, has gone back to school to get
his accounting degree. He seems to be enjoying it even
though it is a real challenge working and going to school.
But, we know he can do it. Keep up the good work, Kev, we
are all proud of you.
My son, Bob, was promoted to Detective last
month after only 18 months with the Santa Rosa Sheriff's
Department as a Sheriffs Deputy. A celebration in honor of
his promotion was held at Steak and Ale. Congratulations to
Bob and we are proud of you. On October 10th, we had
Bob's 28th birthday celebration at his new home. All our
family and Dawn's family attended. We had a great time.
Our family will be attending Don Drummond's
wedding to Jennifer Shepherd on October 24'h here in
Pensacola. I've already spoken to Don and he promised to
give me a picture and article for the next issue.
In August, 1998, Skip and Bev Rowley spent their
vacation at their time-share in Destin and spent a day here in
Pensacola. I didn't get to see them this trip, but they did drop
by Darla's office and had a long chat with her. Hopefully,
we'll get together on their next trip.


Bob Vose's birthday party, Oct. 10, '98. L-R Dawn
Berg, Barb Hall Vose, Darla Vose Creek, Libby
Stough and Kev Vose. Front: Bob Vose.
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My daughter, Darla, had a big surprise when she
woke up on her birthday. There were "Teddy Bears" all over
her front lawn with a gigantic sign and balloons. She was
home recuperating from a tonsillectomy and it really made
her feel good. I had to get her back. She pulled it on me
with "flamingos" all over my front lawn last year. That was
hilarious.


Darla's birthday surprise on her front lawn.


I received a call last week from Janet (Martin)
Slaughter (former Atlantic sider), whom I just discovered
lives right around the corner from me. We had a long chat
about the good old days at the Cristobal Clubhouse and her
trips to China. I asked her to give me a photo and
information about her trip for the next issue. Her sister,
Germaine (Martin) York lives close by in Gulf Breeze.
Hurricane Georges really forced us to revise our
Sept/Oct Gulf Coast Mini-Reunion, but we are rescheduling
for the Nov/Dec time frame. Please contact me if you have
never attended any of our reunions and are interested in
attending.
Barbara (Hall) Vose
Reporter
(850) 474-6341
Sarasota

Sarasota is a great place for renewing friendships and
having family get-togethers. Kay (Mills) Walker of
Riverview, FL and Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New
Smyra Beach, FL, visited with Mayno Walker in Sarasota..
Mayno is the mother-in-law of the two visiting girls. They
attended the Panama Canal Luncheon at Forest Lake
Restaurant.
Mickey thanked the P.C. officers and staff for their
suggestions and help in arranging the necessities for the
Cocoli-Rodman and Rousseau Reunion which was dedicated
to the late Fred Walker. The John and Bruce Bateman
families, Carl and Franz Berg families, and the Walker girls
co-hosted the successful fun affair.


Curt and Emily Bliss of Rockledge, FL visited in
Sarasota with Mayno Walker and families for a Labor Day
picnic and family get-together. Fred and Bev Ebdon are
enjoying a visit with their daughter-in-law, Mrs. James
Ebdon (Connie Pustis), from Washington State. She came
mainly to be with her mother, Mrs. Louise Pustis who is
recuperating from recent surgery. Kay Miller's daughter,
Marge Scheiwe of Monument, Colorado and Martha
Hoskins of Portland, Oregon visited in the summer months
with their parents in Sarasota. Martha later returned to
attend the Memorial Service for their father, Allen K. Miller,
who had been ill for a long period time. Other guests
included Allen's niece and nephew, Nancy and James
Stephens of Danville, Ill to attend Allen's Memorial Service.

Gladys McLain's son, Douglas McLain, wife, Cindy
and their three children arrived from Brussels, Belgium for
a six week visit to the Florida area. Douglas teaches at
SHAPE with the Department of Defense Schools. Their
older daughter, Dee Dee is a recent high school graduate and
is now attending the University of Maryland at SHAPE.
Beautiful cities, wonderful cruising, interesting sights,
a view of home, new friends and fun, fun, fun, describes Al
and Mariam Bissett's 19 day vacation which began with a
two day pre-cruise visit to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Then they boarded the elegant Ryndam (Holland American
Line) to cruise down the California coast with a stop in San
Francisco and on to Acapulco for a day. Next stop was the
port of San Jose, Costa Rica and then a day's transit through
the Panama Canal. All day was spent reminiscing and
wishing they could stop! On to Cartagena, Colombia where
Miriam enjoyed a fantastic shopping expedition. Last port
call was the private island of the cruise line, Half Moon Cay,
where the usual water sports and sun bathing attracted the
passengers.. The ship's final destination was Ft. Lauderdale
and then a short flight back to Sarasota. What a tremendous
way of being lazy and doing as one desired.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Reporter
(941) 955-1900



Tallahassee

This year's FSU's homecoming game against Clemson
saw most of my fellow Tallahasseans attending tailgate
parties, eating wings and enjoying the competition.. Rabid
fans such as Mike and Mary Gordon come to Tally for most
games and stay with Burt and Carol Mead or Joe and Bev
Wood (yes, it is true, contrary to popular belief, Gator fan,
Joe Wood, allows Seminoles in his home!).
I had an email for the Canal Record from Shirley
(Woodruff) Hicks about her musically talented daughter,
Lois. Shirley is also an accomplished musician herself and
taught music at the university level. Shirley's daughter, Lois
Elizabeth Hicks, a professional saxophone player in the
band at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was
recently promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. She is also
the proud mother of eighteen-month old twin girls, Hannah





and Zoe Titlebaum, of whom grandmother, Shirley, is
extremely proud and fond. Besides playing in the band (look
for the smallest saxophonist, if you see the football games on
television), Lois is a member of the internationally known
West Point Saxophone Quartet.
Loretta Date (who lives in Tampa), paid a visit to
Tally and shared a fun time and delicious BBQ dinner with
her deal friends, Bill and Mary Beck, Bud and Nel Green
and Ruth and George Gauger (see photo). Other visitors
included Hugh Thomas, who stayed with Ed and Kari
McIlvaine. Ed and Hugh drove to Alabama for the Gas
House golf tournament which is always a fun time for all.


Davis Stevenson, Gail and Herb Dawson, June
Stevenson, and Bill and Connie (Glassburn)
Dawson in Washington, D.C. August 1998.


Ruth and George Gauger, Bud and Nel Green,
Loretta Date, and Mary and Bill Beck

Michael and I rushed over to Jacksonville for the birth
of our darling granddaughter, Rylie Alyssa Smith, daughter
of Paul and Kerri (Hill) Smith (see photo in the Births
section). Kerri's sweet mother, Alicia (Winberg) Hill,
stayed behind to lend a helping hand for three weeks. What
a dear lady. Guess we'll we burning up the road between
Tally and Jax!
Carol Mead recently celebrated her birthday in North
Carolina with her mother, Virginia Morland and sister,
Mary Coffey (Mary still lives in Panama), Sunny Mizrachi
and Sally Williams. Rumor has it that the women were
having such a great time, laughing and telling stories till the
wee hours, that the neighbors in this quiet town were about
to impose a curfew! (Thanks for the tip, Burt!).
Sharon Smith
Reporter
(904) 668-4121




GEORGIA

Andrea (Byrd) Smith told me that her Mom,
Francis, fell in her home, in Clearwater, FL in September
and broke her hip. Thankfully, she is doing better now.
Andrea said her husband, Lester, has been busy helping
people who were hit by the hurricane in North Carolina
earlier this year. Lester works for FEMA and has been doing
a lot of traveling due to an inordinate number of natural
disasters in the Southeastern part of the US.


Brian and Suzanne Gerhart enjoying a Blue Crab
lunch in Annapolis, Maryland. August 1998.

My husband, Davis, and I flew to Washington,
DC in late August for a long weekend. While there, we had
dinner with Connie Glassburn Dawson and her husband,
Bill. Also joining us for dinner was her brother., Herb, and
his wife, Gail. We had a lovely evening with good friends
and we hope they'll come to Georgia sometime so we can
reciprocate. While in Washington, DC, we also spent time
with our niece, Suzanne Gerhart and her brothers,
Kenneth and Brian. We drove out to the Naval Academy in
Annapolis, MD, for an afternoon, stopping by a naval
museum that contained miniature handmade wooden sailing
ships. After our tour of the Academy, which included the
tomb of John Paul Jones, we went to a small and very
crowded seafood restaurant for some salt water Blue Crab.
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My nephew, Brian and his sister, Suzanne, really enjoyed the
lunch. Our nephew, Kenneth, took us to some very nice
places to eat plus a concert at the Kennedy Center. It was a
very busy weekend and we had a wonderful time.
Our daughter, Lori Stevenson Snow, called to
tell me the exciting news that her AA Alta Tennis Team is
in first place. Playoffs start in November and she is
expecting to be in first place by then. Lori also teaches
tennis at different facilities around Atlanta, so guess all the
time she spent on her game growing up in Panama has paid
off for her.
I want to remind everyone from BHS/CHS '54
that we are having our 45"' class reunion next July, 1999,
during the regular Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando. I am on the committee, so if you are interested in
attending, please let me know.
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. I will
see some of you on one of our trips to Panama in '99. The
last year under U.S. control.
June Stevenson
Reporter
(770) 995-7537




LOUISIANA

Jonathan Green, retired Canal Zone/DoDDS
elementary school teacher, now living in Albert Lea MN,
spent a week visiting, John Gough Sr, of Marrerro, LA.
Jonathan has been appointed the first Minnesota
representative to the Silver-Haired Congress, which works on
legislative issues affecting federal retirees. Jonathan is also
vice-president of state and federal legislative affairs for
NARFE and an organizational development volunteer for the
Exchange Club, whose goal is child-abuse prevention.

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John Gough Sr., Julie Ann
Green.


Brown and Jonathan
Brown and Jonathan


Dusty (Carol) Furlong, who left the CZ in the
early '60's, has emailed John from Clearwater where she
works as a factory representative for computer
manufacturers. The Furlongs and Goughs were neighbors on
Tavernilla St. in Balboa. Dusty's email address is
dfurlong@gte.net and John's email is JRGACE@webtv.net.


Sharon and Austin Moede


A whitewater rafting trip through the Grand
Canyon was September's great adventrue for this reporter.
Among others on the Smithsonian trip were Sharon and
Austin Moede of Alburquerque, NM. In the '70's, the
Moedes lived near Punta Paitilla and Dr. Moede worked with
blood diseases and tropical medicine at Gorgas Hospital.
Son, William, attended Curundu Elementary School and the
family was active in Cub Scouts. William graduated from
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in business management and
currently works for the Nightly Business Report, aired on
PBS.
Patt Foster Roberson
Reporter
(504) 774-7761




MISSISSIPPI

The annual Gulf Coast picnic was postponed until
the first Saturday in October, 1999, "thanks" to Hurricane
Georges. Site of the picnic will be the Davis Bayou
Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ocean
Spring. It had to close for a month this year to clean up and
repair the damage left by the storm. Picnic planners hope no
one made the trip in vain. Hope to see you all next year!
Patt Foster Roberson
Reporter
(504) 774-7761



NORTH CAROLINA

The Western North Carolina Society group held
their annual picnic in September at Jackson Park with an
almost record turnout. Besides all the regulars, those
attending included Brad and Jennifer Ericson with father
Ty, Danny and Betty Howe, along with his parents,
Carmen and Charlie Howe. Brad and Jennifer were
visiting from Baltimore, MD, and were married last April.







Danny and Betty hail from Franklin, VA, where Danny
works for a manufacturing company that makes seat belts.
They have three sons, Michael, Nathan and Nick, all of
whom are older than Danny was the last time I saw him on
Morgan Ave where they lived next door to my parents. Also
attending the picnic was Dino Barkema from the State of
Washington. Dino lived in the old town of Rousseau and his
father worked for the FAA. Chuck and Alice Latimer were
at the picnic and brought their daughter, Mary, with them for
the first time. She was hoping to see an old friend, Mike
Richards, but he wasn't there. Anyway, come again, Mary.
Lori (Ridge) Philyaw and husband Lennie and
their two children, Piper and Zane, came up from
Simpsonville, SC. This was Lennie's first time at one of
functions. Diane and Jim Bradley were there. They also
attended the PCSOFL Reunion in Orlando and Diane's 35'h
high school reunion. Jim was in his glory by babysitting his
youngest grandchild, Candace, the daughter of Jim and
Sherri (Anderson) Bradley. In August, they drove to
Crossville, TN to visit Diane's twin sister, Dolores. They
also hosted a lovely reeption in August for their daughter,
Eileen and new husband, Per. In October, the Bradleys
drove to Dothan for the golf open where Diane was on the
first place team and Jim won for the longest drive closest to
the line. You golfing people will know what that is like. He
also took third place in the putting contest and was beaten by
his good friend, Richard Phillips. I think I heard Jim mutter
something about not asking Richard to go with them again.
After returning from Dothan, they took a short trip to Myrtle
Beach and then drove to Houston to visit Mike and Kim and
the grandchildren.
John Hunt, Jr. of Boone, NC, spent two months
in Europe this summer. He visited Ireland, Spain, France and
Germany, where he stayed with cousin, Cheryl (Dunning)
and Mike Lowery, near Frankfurt for several days.

Pat Hunt
Reporter
(828) 696-3995



NORTHWEST

Sam and Coila (Goodwin) Maphis called Henry
Cruz from Boulder, CO. but Henry missed them because he
was in route from the Reunion in Orlando. Sam and Coila
said they had been at their cabin at Steamboat Springs.
Maybe they will get together at the San Antonio reunion next
'year. Henry Cruz visited with Elaine (Clark) and Warren
Cook and had a delightful brunch together with their two
polite grandsons.
Fellow reporter, Patt (Foster) Roberson, whose
dad passed away recently, said he led a care-free life, spoiled
first by his mother and then by his wife. Patt had been
visiting with an 88 year old aunt who was threatened by the
wild fires near Daytona and was preparing to take her back
to Louisiana, but fortunately the winds shifted and it became
unnecessary to evacuate: Patt was asked to serve on the
Board of Directors for the new Panama Canal Society


Foundation to establish a museum dedicated to the Panama
Canal. She will be Director, Public Relations Committee.
Due to conflicting schedules, she was unable to attend the
Reporters' Luncheon.
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Early Arrivals at Northwest Picnic Ginny Kleefkens
Rankin and Marvella Balmas, Buster Billy Rankin,
Connie Ebdon, Suzanne Kleefeins, Connie Ebdon,
Walter Kleefkins, Paul Ebdon, Jim Ebdon.


Northwest Picnic Reunion, Sequim, WA.


Thanks for great planning and much hard work by
Marti Lohr and son, Neil, our annual picnic reunion went
off without a hitch. We had a great turnout and great
assistance from the weatherman. We had many new
attendees, who also promised to join the Society. We saw
many molas, mangos, papayas, even Seco and Carta Vieja
donated by Dino Barkema. Floyd and Bev Baker donated
two beautiful large bronze plaques for the usual fund raising
auction. One, the Seal of the Canal Zone, the other the
Panama Canal Commission. Others who contributed items
too numerous to mention Jim and Mary Young, Jim and
Noralie Shobe, Marti Lohr (beautiful Guatemalan
backpack). Mike Plucker, Pam and Reid Senical, Bill and
Ginny Rankin, Paul and Connie Ebdon, Walt and Susan
Kleefkens and Dick and Pat Bjornby. Thanks for their
help, we were able to hold a successful raffle for the next
year's reunion. Some out-of-towners. Boode Swain, Julie
Swain, Anna and Marc from Carmichael, Ca; Bill Weigle
Jacksonville, Fl; Judy Palumbo Gates, Fairfield, Ia;
Majorie (Peake) Fransky and granddaughter, Caitlin
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Bland, Las Vegas, Nv; Ellie Yound, Berkeley, Ca. That
evening most attended a no-host dinner at the Red Ranch Inn.
where we enjoyed salmon or beef dinner, in a private room
set aside for our group. After all that work, Marti has gone
East to visit family and will return in December. Murry and
Candy Falk, who did such an admirable job a couple of
years ago, have volunteered again to host next year's reunion
at Ridgefield, Wa.
On September 14, Barbara (Comber) McDougal
hosted a Panamanian dinner at her home in Monroe, Wa., to
both welcome fellow classmate Terry Rumble and wife,
Nita to Washington state. Terry was visiting his daughter
and her family in Redmond, Wa. Barbara out did herself
with delicious arroz con pollo, chayotes and fried plantain.
We all had great time "remembering". In attendance were
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hanner, Jack Wilkinson, Pat and
Scotty Scott and Terry and Nita Trumble, all members of
Barbara's Class of BHS '49. Two other members were
unable to attend were Janet (Kimmel) Kinnier and Peggy
(Veney) Hansen.
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Terry and Nita Trumble, Pat Cruz, Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Hanner, Mac McDougal, Jack Wilkinson,
Barbara Comber McDougal, Scotty and Pat Baron
Scott enjoy a Panamanian dinner at Barbara's home
in Monroe, WA.
Louis Celerier sent an informative letter on a
proposed BHS '51/52 reunion on October 5-8, 1999, to be
held at the Ramada "Emily Morgan" Hotel in San Antonio,
Tx. If you are interested, contact him at (903) 663-4517 or
P.O. Box 310, Judson, Tx 75660.
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Sullivan Family Reunion-Margaret S. McMillan,
Honolulu, HI, Eleanor Wainstein, Alexandria, VA,
Mary Young, Camano Is., WA, Nancy Schorsch,
Ventura, CA. James Sullivan, San Mateo, CA.
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Mary (Sullivan) Young says the Sullivan family had
a reunion at Camano Is., Wa, in September. During the week
former Zonians, Jim and Noralie Shobe, Frank Young,
Mike Jablonski, Dean Young, Florence Gale and Chuck
Soukup visited. The Sulliva ns who were present, formerly
of Balboa C.Z., were Margaret S. McMillan, Honolulu, Hi.,
Eleanor Wainstein, Alexandria, Va., Mary Young,
Camano, Is., Wa., Nancy Schorsch, Ventura, Ca., James
Sullivan, San Mateo, Ca.
Mildred Damerau (BHS '54) called and said she had
been trying to get in touch with ex-zonians but was not
having any luck. Millie moved to Washington, La.., in 1958.
We didn't realize we had been neighbors since I had lived in
Slidell. Millie reminded me that at one time we had ridden
an old gray Navy bus which served as a school bus from
elementary school, when she lived at San Francisco de la
Caleta and I near old Panama.. Millie, an accomplished
pianist and ballet dancer who still dabbles in music, will be
coming to Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in June 1999, on her
way to an Alaskan cruise. Hopefully, we will be able to get
together then.

Henry Cruz
Reporter
(425)774-8947






OKLAHOMA

The Oklahoma Chapter held its spring picnic on May
2, 1998 in Norman, OK at the home of Tomas and Aymee
Diaz. Attendees were Paulino and Julia (Mercier) Allande,
Marisa Fernandez, Toy Bernard, Jean and Doris Burns,
Scott Burns, Bob and Mimi Coffee, Tomas, Aymee,
Michelle, and Miguel Diaz, Tom and Anita Ermish, Sue
Hunt, Bill, Teresa and Kim Keller, Jerry and Lydia Long,
Eli and Lydia Lugo, David and Shirley Lugo, John,
Madeleine and Kristin Raffler, and Mike, Laura (Burns),
Elizabeth and Cheyenne Rademann. A good time was had
by everyone!
Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis (now from
Foley, AL) visited the Burns family for a few days in the
beginning of May. They had been to Waterford, TX to visit
Bob's parents, Jim and Julie Boukalis. The Burns family
look forward to another planned visit from Bob and Vicki
around Thanksgiving.
Doris, Jean and Scott Burns and Laura (Burns)
Redemann spent 5 days at the Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando. They had a wonderful time and had the
opportunity to see a lot of people, attend all the events and
eat a lot of good seafood. Paulino and Julia (Mercier)
Allande of Tulsa also went to the reunion, as Julia attended
her 25'h high school reunion. Susan Hunt of Edmond also
attended the reunion.
Bill and Teresa Keller of Woodward have two new
grandchildren this year. They went to Oregon for two weeks
this past summer to visit their son and his family, including
new grandson (Justin Dwane) born February 11 in Medford,
Oregon. Bill and Teresa's first granddaughter (Payton






Alexia) was born September 11 in Virginia Beach, VA and
they won't get to see her until June 1999. Bill and Teresa's
son (Payton's daddy) is getting ready for another six-month
tour of the Mediterranean, as he is in Naval Intelligence. Bill
and Teresa have another son who just moved to North
Carolina. He is in the Navy and he and his family seem to
like it there. Bill and Teresa's only single son lives in
Oklahoma. He graduated from Panhandle State University in
May and is working at a meat packing plant in Guymon, OK
as a Quality Assurance Supervisor. He has decided to go to
graduate school next semester to get his masters in Animal
Science. West Texas State in Canyon, TX has accepted him.
Bill and Teresa's daughter is sixteen now, has her own car,
is football manager for her high school football team and
teaches Religious Ed. to 61' graders. She was honored as FTA
Sweetheart.


Jean and
Alaska.


Doris Burns at Prince William Sound,


Doris Burns in front of locomotive #1 in Anchorage,
Alaska.


Jean and Doris Burns flew to Anchorage, AK for ten
days in December. They traveled by coach and train from
Anchorage to Whittier and then by boat across Prince
William Sound to Valdez, getting as close as possible to the
Columbia Glacier. They went by coach from Valdez back to
Anchorage and then on to Denali by scenic car train. After
traveling some 124 miles in the Denali Park, they continued
on by scenic train to Fairbanks, there they toured the area and
went on a sternwheeler boat Discovery trip. They flew back
to Anchorage, from where they rode a coach down to Seward
to Anchorage at an average speed of 29 mph. In Anchorage,
they enjoyed seeing the Locomotive No. 1, which was
reportedly used in the construction of the Panama Canal.
They especially enjoyed seeing Mt. McKinley numerous
times, as many tourists have never been able to see it. It is
only visible 20% of the time.


Members attending the Oklahoma Fall Picnic, held on
October 3, 1998

The Oklahoma Chapter held its fall picnic on October
3, 1998 in Tulsa at the home of Paulino and Julia (Mercier)
Allande. Attendees included, Marisa Fernandez Jean and
Doris Burns, Scott Burns, Renee (Carter) Collins, Tomas,
Aymee, Michelle and Miguel Diaz and friend, Francisco
Carranza, Bill, Teresa and Kim Keller, Eli and Lydia
Lugo, David and Shirley Lugo, Bob and Fran Norman,
John, Madeleine and Kristin Raffler, Laura (Burns),
Elizabeth and Cheyenne Redemann, and Louis "Sparkie"
Seldon. The weather and food were great. Everyone enjoyed
the time together and the kids enjoyed swimming in the pool.
New officers were elected. John Raffler is President, Bill
Keller is Vice-President, Jean Burns is Secretary/Treasurer,
and Laura (Burns) Redemann is Reporter. The Spring
1999 picnic will mark the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma
Chapter so there are tentative plans to have the picnic at the
Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City, where we had our first
picnic. Everyone is welcome!

Laura (Burns) Redemann
Reporter
(918) 745-1337


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Atlantic Side

All is well on the Atlantic side, "Gold Coast" of
Panama. Lots of fishing and beaching. The Lake level
climbed to 85ft. by mid September considering some lovely
summer weather.



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Sue Stabler, Jenny Cassulo and Polly Ellner during
Jenny and Polly's visit to Panama.


Ed Stanford with prize-winning 245 lb. Marlin at Labor
Day White Beach Tournament.
The White Beach Labor Day Fishing Tourney
winners were boat captain, Sid Coffin; largest fish, Ed
Stanford with a 245 lb marlin caught off Sid's boat; largest
barracuda, Jeff Cordell with an 18 pounder; ladies, Gayle
Rankin with a 16 lb jack and novice, Catherine Seitz with
a 32 lb kingfish. Lots of kayakers showed up with their gear
to fill in the idle moments. Lutcia (Pederson) Zdanis and
husband John visited Norm and Marixenis Pederson in
September for two weeks and had a great time seeing old
sites. Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford and Camille (Rhyne)
Eastham hopped over to Kerrville in September to surprise
their father, Harvey on his birthday as well as their parent's
54'" wedding anniversary. Polly (Lessiack) Ellner and
daughter,) Cassulo with husband Chris had a superb time
visiting Jenny's aunt, uncle and cousins, Sue (Lessiack)
Stabler, Lewis Stabler and children, Timmy, Robbie and
Tito for ten days.











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The Hoovers: Frank with wife Cherrill, Judy, Chris,
Franf and Frankie on Father's Day at Newport Beach,
California.
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Skip Berger, Hilda Jova, Norm Pederson, and Al
Jova at a recent Gatun Yacht Club get-together.
The Blennerhassetts, Ned and Mary (Coffey),
were again off on a jaunt, this time to Nova Scotia for
serious hiking and eating. Mary then jetted over to
California to see kids and grandkids, who were glad to see
her again so soon. Mary, Kathy, Nate and friend, Mary,
freewayed down to Laguna Hills to do lunch with me. Truly
enjoyed. Roy and Joan Newall were off again to visit
daughter, Susan, husband and granddaughter in England.
Penny (Wilder) and Vince Cafiamas also were on a trek to
see son, Darrell, daughter, Dyonne and Penny's dad, Al.
Collin and Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan are enjoying their
weekends at Costa Abajo and El Valle. Theresa (Synder)
Herring and Sue Stabler showed up in Gatun on a recent
Monday, grabbed Sue's cousin, Howie (Adams) Laatz and
threw a super tuna picnic at the Gatun Locks, north end.
Thanks again, you guys! As a note, this reporter, retired on
September 2 and flew to California on the 26'h to help her
mother, Ruth Adams, get set for the move to Anacortes,
Washington. Keep in touch.
H.A. Laatz
Reporter
P.O. Box 1171
Anacortes, WA 98221






Pacific

The Balboa Union Church Women's Auxiliary is
looking for your best shot for an extra special 2000 Union
Church calendar! Send your horizontal prints or slides of
Panama to: Julie Ford, Dept. PTY2156, P.O. Box 025207,
Miami, FL 33102-5207. The deadline for sending photos is
January 15, and all prints and slides will be returned to their
owners.
George Call (BHS'85) and Darren Knapp (BHS'85)
currently of Dallas, Texas, returned to Panama after a 2-
month tour around the Mediterranean to perform in a six-day
DoD Overseas Show with their band ASKA (Atlantic Side
Kicks A**). Some of those who attended remembered
ASKA's earlier days when they rocked the Canal Zone
playing in such places as the Spinning Club and Frenchys.
ASKA remained in Panama at the end of their Overseas
Tour, which took them all over the world, to perform several
nights in downtown Panama. ASKA have released 3 CD's of
their own original music and are currently being prospected
by Columbia Records. Check them out on their website at
http://www.cyberramp.net/-aska/.
David and Mayra (Linares) Seitz, and their girls
Katherine Stephanie, Melanie, and Sara, together with
Jay and Lori (Kent) Gibson, their sons, Kris and friend
Corin Wilder enjoyed Columbus day weekend in Pedasi.
The guys enjoyed lots of fishing; catching tuna and spotting
a humpback whale! Corin and Chris tried to keep up with the
dolphins, jumping overboard to swim with them. However,
the highlight of their day was getting a view of a Marlin
which came up next to the boat! The two families also
enjoyed snorkeling the crystal clear waters at Isla Iguana
where they saw many beautiful fish. coral reefs and sea
turtles. Chris and Corin even spotted a young white tip shark!
Captain Ove V. Hultin retired from the Panama Canal
Commission after over 35 12 years of federal service, 32
years of which were with the Panama Canal as a Pilot.He
received his retirement clock from the Panama Canal Pilots
Union and received congratulations from Captain Don Kat.


More of us continue to depart Panama. DoDDS
teacher Patricia Cowles will soon be following Darren and
Laura Dean to Wurzburg, Germany. The Deans were
transferred to Wurzburg High School. Patty will be at the
nearby Middle School.
Bob and Martha Dahlstrom visited Panama from
October 1-11, and enjoyed spending time with Bob's son,
Rick and wife Linda (Husted) Dahlstrom. Bob attended
two Bulldog football games, watching Rick coach for the
first time. Bob also spent some time visiting old friends still
working at school sites in the Canal Zone. He and Martha
visited the Rogers' beachhouse in Palmar, where Bob used
to own a house. On October 4, Linda and Rick hosted a
dinner for them at the Las Americas Restaurant. Attending
the dinner were Ramon Reyes, Mel and Fred Bales,
Vanessa DeGracia, Carolyn and Don Miskowski, Fred
Spurlin, Dave Moffitt, Kathy Sears, Ron Bussiere, Ernie
and Sarita Holland, Alex and Rita Sosa Russ and Kathy
Stromberg, Jim and Diane Sweeney, Carmen and Ken
Crowley, Mary and Howard Perkins, Lou and Robin
Husted, Carl Chapman, Ken Anderson, and Berta
Bricefio
It's been a good year of football for the Balboa
Bulldogs! Opening the season on August 28 the Mighty
Bulldogs won their 49'h annual Jamboree in a sweeping
victory, playing against three teams from Panama, the
Panthers, Falcons and Stallions. And on October 16. the
Bulldogs romped the falcons in a 30-0 Homecoming victory!
Congratulations to the players and their coaches, Fred Bales,
Lou Husted, Rick Dahlstrom and Ernest Holland Sr.
Going back to the long time tradition of parading through the
townsite, trucks representing the freshmen, sophomore,
junior and senior classes, the Bulldog cheerleaders, BHS '90
(driven by Trina Clark BHS'87) and an "older" alumni
group: Patty Cowles, Melanie Bales, Kaye Richie, and the
Medingers (driven by George Hovan) paraded from the
Printing Plant to the Stadium A parade of floats circled
inside the football stadium with floats by the freshmen,
sophomore junior and senior class, and for a special treat an
alumni float which took the crowd by a storm is a past and
present trip through the years of BHS, dancing their way
from the 1920's through the 90's with great music. Ernest
Holland Sr, performed the coin toss to begin the last
Homecoming game for Balboa High School. Also mentioned
were some of BHS's older alumni present: Jackie Fearon,
oldest BHS Cheerleader, Bill DeLaMater, oldest football
player, James Duran CHS'27, John Morales BHS'31,
Griselda Dupuis Oler BHS'37, Margaret Williams
Gallardo CHS'44, and Anita Catanzaro Oberholtzer
BHS'47. Halftime entertainment included the Presentation
of the Court, and a fantastic routine by the Bulldog
Cheerleaders. Thanks also go out to the Panama Armed
Forces Athletic Officials Association for the officiating.
Many thanks goes to the alumni who decorated the bleachers
and thanks to Cheryl Williams who created a fabulous
Homecoming program. The Bulldogs have two more games
to go before they can claim the Championship. Let's go
Bulldogs!_


Captain Ove V. Hultin receiving his retirement clock
from Captain Don Kat..






During the week before the Homecoming game, all
BHS alumni had the opportunity to participate in several
events organized by Cheryl Williams and Mary Young,
beginning with a Wine and Cheese party held at Cheryl's
home with about 100 attending. A tour through Balboa High
School was made available to any alumni wanting to
participate. A Flag football game was held at the Cardenas
Civic Center with the Alumni vs Balboa Bulldogs (age and
experience won), followed by a Potluck BBQ, a raffle with
over 30 prizes donated by many of our talented alumni, and
music by the Bohio Boys, Fred Bales, David Seitz, Mike
Erhart and Andrew Rodaniche.
Balboa High School's final graduation will be May
15, 1999 at 7:30 a.m. The BHS Student Association invites
former BHS graduates desiring to participate in this historic
event to respond before February 1, 1999. In order to reserve
your seat and certificate, send your name, e-mail address,
mailing address, and year of BHS graduation to
balbweb@hotmail.com, or address letters to BHS Alumni
Graduation Ceremony, Balboa High School, DoDDS
Panama, Unit 0925, APO AA 34002. To call locally the
number is 272-6789/6788. Limited assigned seating is on a
"first come, first serve" basis Please note that no reserved
seating is available for guests of alumni. Those interested
can find this information posted in the "must read" section of
the web page at http://balboa.odedodea.edu/mustread.htm ,
(the BHS web page).

Eva Anderson
Reporter
011-507-276-6706





PENNSYLVANIA

September 11h our big day was here! The gang
from the Virginia environs (Rosemary Gilead, Norma
Martin, Sarah Storey and Wendell Allen) came to collect
this writer and to make that "Back to the Future" experience.
Our weather was as we might have ordered it. It didn't take
long for us to collectively report our doings for the past year.
Drinks and goodies were brought out to be shared and the
fiesta was on and raring for what would come next. There
were those asking curiously about who planned to go all out
for the anticipated "Twenties" theme Saturday night. It was
hard to tell who would dress for the occasion and who was
just a little shy, and instead preferred to be part of the
audience. Those of us who couldn't wait to don the costumes
like our parents had worn during our childhood, were for the
moment feeling much younger than our years might suggest.
Bob Whitam and Bill March, as head honchos of
our group, welcomed us that Friday night at dinner. Billy and
Mary Michaelsen were their usual energetic selves as they
danced for an appreciative audience. Stella DeMarr in her
exquisite white pollera danced and played her accordion,
with help-mate Rick Nelson. She outdid herself as always so
beautifully.
We were visited by a lovely young lady, Karen L.
Nagy, Class of '71, who grew up in Balboa. She was a
delight and brought youthful beauty to our group, and stayed
for all the festivities.
Saturday morning, those who had line-danced with
Marge Halliday regrouped for further instruction for our
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nights performance. We learned the Chicken Dance, in
which gestures were taught that quickly became our greeting
to one another. I suspect that "flapping of the wings" will be
our way of saying hello and goodbye in the future.
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Four Flappers L-R: Shirley (Jennings) Erickson
(CHS'40), Norma (Stillwell) Martin, (BHS'37),
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, (BHS'41) and Cinco
Allan


Back in time to the 20's, Back L-R: lola (Dilbeck)
Louda (BHS'44), Thelma (Vahey) March, (BHS'44),
Marion (Price) Royston, (BHS'44), Bill March,
(BHS'43), Dottie (Sanders) Ridge, Billy Michaelson,
(BHS'32), Mary Michaelson, Norma (Stillwell)
Martin, (BHS'37), Joan (Ridge) deGrummond,
(BHS'40), Shirley (Jennings) Erickson (CHS'40),
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead (BHS'41), Cinco Allen,
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr. Front: Vince (Machine Gun
Kelly) Ridge, (BHS'37).

That afternoon we went our separate ways on side
trips we have enjoyed. Some hit the shops hoping for
bargains. Rosemary Gilead did the lady bountiful and Mrs
Claus bit, stowing several large bags into an already stuffed
car trunk. Several of us went with Blanche Browne to have
tea in an indescribably beautiful Gothic-looking motel in the
mountains. Blanche's cousin lives there in the area and his
wife entertains us by playing the piano at tea time. Doris
Leeser, Karen Nagy and I were fortunate enough to have
been included in this excursion. We loved it. We rushed back
to get into our 20's finery.






Speaking for this reporter, my room mate (Norma
Martin) and I were as two giggly school girls as we
squeezed into our "Flapper" gowns. We became Joan
Crawford or Clara Bow with our boas, rolled down hose and
feathered head bands. We were "23 skidoo: and "Oh, you
kid" until la belle Gilead made her entrance in her red satin
fringed gown and mesh stocking. TOO MUCH! Can't
possibly describe each costume but must mention the
Ridge/deGrummond family. They located a costumer who
outfitted them authentically. The gals looked gorgeous in
living color and the pin-striped. Tommy gun carrying,
gangster Vince. They were great, as all the others in
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Band in a quite rendition for the members' enjoyment


tinrley "Flapper" Erickson and Vince "Gangster"
Ridqe appear in the 1920's Niaht.


Norma Martin and "Leg Examiner" Billy Michaelson


Flappers all L-R: Shirley Erickson, Marion Price
Royston, Thelma March, Joan deGrummond and
Dottie Ridge.























The biggest Flapper extraordinaire (not bad legs) --
Flapper Rosemary Millett Gilead.
Our B.D. instructor, Marge Halliday called us out
to show what we had learned that morning while husband
Tom manned the tape recorder. We thought we did rather
well. Billy was his usual self-motivator doing his usual thing
- a la Marx brothers. We all really got into the Chicken
Dance and the crowd loved it we think.


The Flappers do their stuff. Photo by Rosemary Gilead.
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The evening went on from there we were ready for
a ball and we had one. Everyone became photographers and
those who weren't became models.
After dinner, Bob Whitam welcomed us again and
introduced this reporter as the instigator for the 20's theme
party and the possible plans for next year, which is now
under advisement, with the possibility of Mardi Gras.
It was then time for the Flappers and their guys to
come forth and do their thing. Charleston music was inviting
and we strutted our stuff we danced and danced, arthritis
and other pains forgotten works every time. Our gal
Rosemary didn't have those tap shoes on for nothing. She
got out and twirled her fringes with all her Ginger Rogers
might. It was all-out fun. I hated the evening to end.
The next morning, after our happy evening, we met
for breakfast and our good byes. No one likes this part, but
we count on the coming of next year to meet again. Meeting
and coming together each year makes us realize how
fortunate we are. We are not just old friends renewing
possibly shared memories, we have become and extended
family that means a great deal to us all. So...we flapped our
wings and did the chicken thing and headed for home.

Shirley Erickson
Reporter
(717) 486-5660


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SOUTH CAROLINA

Our September luncheon at EJ's Restaurant was
attended by Beverly and Oscar Lard who brought a guest,
Peggy Hutchison, Charles Green, Lorena Shore and
daughter Diane LeBlanc, Olga Holmes, Howard Hilborn,
Josie Tilley, Scottie and John Steele, Trudi Clontz and
Tina and Frank Balinski. We missed Sis and Bill York
who were unable to attend due to Bill's recent surgery.
Sandra (Shore) Davis and son Adam, came from
Miami to spend the summer vacation with her mother,
Lorna Shore. After a lengthy stay in Florida, Diane
(Shore) LeBlanc has returned to her home in Aiken.
Blanche Browne, as usual, has kept busy. In
August, upon her return from New Hampshire, she and
Doris Lesser drove to the Mt. Pocono Panama Canal
reunion in Tannersville, PA.. After that, Blanche flew to
San Jose, CA. for ten days. She met Susan (Ewing)
Bishops (BHS '39) at her daughter's home, Jo Anne
Matthews in Los Altos, visited Doris (Brotherson) Hand
(BHS'39) in Walnut Creek and saw her brother, Graham.
She had several phone conversations with Jean (Mitchell)
Holland (BHS'35). At present Blanche is in Dothan with
Doris Lesser and has enjoyed seeing friends who are
attending the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament. Grover
and FreddieAnn Matheny are driving through New
England to see the autumn foliage. Ellen is in Brussells,
Belgium attending a Wings meeting of ex-Pan American
employees.
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Peggy Hutchison on the Sky Princess
In September, Trudi Clontz and Peggy
Hutchison flew to Anchorage, Alaska and boarded the Sky
Princess for a seven day cruise down the inside passage to
Vancouver, BC. They thoroughly enjoyed the scenery,
food, entertainment, land tours and the weather. It was a
wonderful way to cool off during the hot weather in the
southeast.
Trudi Clontz
Reporter
(803) 649-2759


TEXAS

Dallas

Rosana Price Boucher and Pam Horada Rogers
(BHS'75) organized and co-hosted a Zonian-Panama Party
at "Sneaky Pete's" Yacht Club on Lake Lewisville, on the 3"
of October. Greeters, Paul and Maria Price Walker,
dressed in colorful pollera and montuno attire and welcomed
85 anxious-to-party goers.
There was live music which included a vocal duet
by Mike Morris (BHS'76) and Steven Price (BHS'77),
both former Zonian rock band members. There was hot food
and cold beer, with the opportunity to meet and greet old
friends. Out-of-towners included the Geohagen brothers;
Robert and wife Marian, Steve and wife, Mary and Mike
Morris from Houston and Mary Fehrenbach from Austin.
A bonus treat was a recipe booklet of Panamanian favorites
which had lots of good "stuff', like ropa viejo and
carimanolas. Another fiesta has been promised, if interest
continues. Call Pam Rogers for further info on the next
party at (972) 393-1338, Fax (972) 393-4125,
robb_rogers @ prodigy.net.






















Zonian Panama Party Goers, L-R: Edie McNeal) and
Art Farrell, Bob Bloemer, John Connerton, Bob and
Ali,-e Pianialn and Rulan Alves.


Cousins Jimmy Cicero and Mike Morris, George
Soriano and friend, enjoying a laugh, a beer but
where's "Kenny"?
Wallace Woodruff's obit in September's Canal
Record, stirred lots of forgotten memories. Mr. Woodruff
and Maxine were neighbors on Las Cruces St and piano
teachers to the Morris gang, Carlton, Robb, Wil, Bliss and
Victoria. Ever anxious, Carlton, wanted "instant music" so
Maxine cajoled "Mr. W" to teach chords (only) to Carlton.
Guess who plays the best?
A call was received from Iris Ramirez (BHS '75).
Iris is currently working for the Dallas School District as an
English teacher. She could not attend BHS's 20'h
anniversary in Orlando but would love to hear from
classmates and friends.
Bob and Linda Morris spent a month in Costa
Rica and Guatemala visiting family and friends. Do you
remember the distinctive sound of hard rain beating on the
aluminum roof tops? The highlight of the trip to Costa Rica
was the graduation of my 78 year "young" Tio Carlos, who
was awarded a Masters Degree in Gerontology. We also
enjoyed an aerial tram ride over the Braulio Carrilo rain
forest canopy affording us a bird's eye view of the complex
web of jungle life below. In Guatemala, we re-visited Lake
Atitlan in the Guatemalan highlands, a real must-see for
travelers to the area.
Linda Reimann Morris
Reporter
(972) 398-3400


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Kerrville


Some of our Kerrville Zonians found a way to beat
the Texas heat this year. Kathi (Adams) Lessiack spent
several days with son, John and daughter-in-law, in
Columbia, Missouri, and enjoyed being with their two
grandchildren, Lauren and Danny. Then she spent another
few days with granddaughter, Jennifer in Swansea, Ill.
Jenny is the mother of her three great-grandchildren; 5 year
old Melanie and 3 V2 year old identical twins, Adam and
Zachary. Kathi doubts that she will ever be able to tell them
apart. From there she flew to Seattle, WA for a visit with
brother, Roger Adams, and his wife, Katy. Roger has been
ill and still has many health problems, but Kathi was pleased
to see some improvement during her visit. The delightful,
cool weather in the Seattle area was pure joy and quite a
contrast to the dreadful summer heat of Texas.
Honey Fealey flew to Widby island, WA for a visit
with her sons, Guy and Jimmy and their families. While
there, she attended the Zonians annual picnic and saw many
old friends.
Iris (Dedeaux ) Hogan and her sister, Dorothy
(Dedeaux) Poppy spent three weeks in France doing
research on family history. They found a family member
who lived during the French Revolution. They had time to
do some sightseeing and touring the countryside. While in
France, they were joined by Iris' sister-in-law, Claire, and
her two daughters (brother, Louis's family).
Wade and Marilyn Carter drove to the Rockies
for a fall vacation. They visited their daughter, Renee
Collins and her family in Broken Arrow, OK. Next, was
Branson, MO. to see some of their favorite shows and then
to Asheville, N.C. where they toured the Biltmore Estate and
attended the Biltmore Festival. Marilyn was busy along the
way pursuing her hobby photography.
Chris and Pidgie (Byrd) Stone went to Canada to
visit Chris' father. Some of our Kerrvillians had visitors
during the summer. Fred and Marion Wells had their son
and grandson, Allan and Michael Wells, Atlanta, GA visit
them during August. Time was spent on the shooting range
and at Sea World. Guy and Ruth Hall, Panama, R.P.
surprised Marion Wells with a pleasant afternoon visit. They
are in San Antonio visiting and we hope they will have time
to return to Kerrville before leaving for Panama..
Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford and Camille (RhyriC)
Eastham, Panama, R.P. surprised their parents Harvey and
Bea Rhyne for their anniversary and Harvey's birthday in
September. Grandson, Eddie Stanford, and girlfriend,
Wendy Winkler, completely surprised them all by driving
straight through from Tallahassee to Kerrville, a 15 hour trip
to be here for Grandpa's special day. They arrived with big
bows on their shoulders---the biggest gift of all.
Bob Byrd is doing very well following 5-bypass
surgery in San Antonio.





The Nineteenth Annual Hill Country Christmas
Party will be held at the Inn of the Hills Motel in Kerrville,
TX on December 12. Notices have been sent out and
published in the September issue of the Canal Record. We
hope to see all of you there for an evening of fun in the Hill
Country.
I take this time to wish all of you the Season's Best
and a Happy 1999. Also to thank my husband, Harvey G.
Rhyne for the help and support he gives me in writing these
reports. Thanks to Ana Calvit for the help in gathering the "
news.

Bea (Monsanto) Rhyne
Reporter
(830)896-8643

Artist Al Sprague with a Panamanian Dancre's bronze
VIR G IN IA made by him. Al can be reached at
spragueart@aol.com.

Evelyn (Menges) Sellers, (CHS'68) will become the
Virginia area reporter, succeeding Barbara Bonanno.
Evelyn lives in the Manassas area and has been employed
with the U.S. Department of Defense as an Administrative
Officer for 2 years, and is married to Tom Sellers, formerly -K
of Margarita (CHS'59) who is currently employed with the
general Services Administration in Virginia.
Thanks, Pat, for all of your guidance over the years.,
The Record wouldn't be the outstanding product that it is .
without your dedication and concern for a first-rate
publication.

Barbara Bonanno
Reporter May gathering at the home of Burt and Carol Mead in
Alexandria, VA 22310 Tallahassee, Florida. Standing, L-R: Joe Wood, Kim
Mcllvaine, Carol Mead, Burt Mead, Henry Mizrachi,
(Thanks, Barb, very nice of you. We'll be missing your well Ed Mcllvaine, Mike Coman, Seated: Bev Wood,
written articles. Sorry to see you go. Mucho suerte!) Barbara Bonanno, Diane Morris, Sunny Mizrachi,
Cindy Coman, Sharon Smith.







Congratulations


100 YEARS & FIVE GENERATIONS

Mary Ruppel of Margate, Florida (formerly of
Balboa) celebrated her 100Lh Birthday on August 28, 1998.
A luncheon was held at the Carolina Country Club
in Margate attended by her family and friends.
Five generations were in attendance.
Daughter Kathaleen (Tess) Priest of Margate,
(formerly of Balboa), grandson Bob Priest (BH'58) and his
wife Robyn of Dallas, Texas; great granddaughter Jackie
Priest Lyons and husband Rodney of Austin, Texas;
daughter Dona Worstell of Deerfield Beach, Florida;
granddaughter Judie Ambielli and husband Adam of
Califon, New Jersey; great-granddaughter Aimee Ambielli
Scheffer, twin daughters Alexandra and Jocelyn and
husband Wayde and sons Alex and Ben of Califon; great-
granddaughter Elizabeth Ambielli Burns, husband Don and
children Jeffrey and Tara of Califon: great-grandson Adam
Ambielli and children Adam and Courtney and friend Lisa
Bartel of New Hope, Pennsylvania; great-granddaughter
Mara Ambielli and daughter Emily Lowe of Califon.

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Mary Ruppel's 100" Birtiday gathering
Mary and her husband Leonard retired from the
Zone in April 1967. Leonard was an employee of the Locks
Security Division, and he passed away in 1984.
While in the Zone, Mary was President of the
Balboa Woman's Club, active in VFW Auxiliary, member of
Panama Woman's Club, Orchid Chapter #1 O.E.S. and St.
Luke's Cathedral, Ancon.




GOODWIN DAUGHTERS DO WELL

Jack and Nancy (Askew) Goodwin of Ocala,
Florida, (formerly of Balboa Heights, Panama) proudly
announce the graduate degrees and promotions recently
received by their daughters.
Lisa (Goodwin) Stone (BHS'90) graduated from
the University of Mississippi in December 1997 with a
Master of Arts degree in Political Science. Lisa is employed
by the University of Mississippi, managing NASA grants.


L-R: Katie (Goodwin) Dugan, Christy Goodwin,
Lisa (Goodwin) Stone
Kathryn (Goodwin Dugan (BHS'92) graduated
from Texas Women's University in December 1997 with a
Master of Science degree in Nutrition. Katie is currently
employed at Park Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas as a
clinical dietician.
Linda (Christy) Goodwin (BHS'85) was recently
promoted to Sales Manager for Miami Export and Domestic
Sales for Techdata Corp. of Clearwater, Florida.





DONOVAN ARIAS GRADUATES

Jacquelin and Teodoro Arias, Jr., proudly announce
the graduation of their son, Donovan James Arias, from
Troy State University, Dothan, AL on May 3, 1998.
Donovan earned a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice
and had a double minor in Business Administration and
Sociology. He was selected into Pi Gamma Mu Honor
Society.






THE ROSS'S WILL CELEBRATE

Congratulations to Marcus E. Ross and Frances E.
Ross Sutherland on their second anniversary to be
celebrated April 18, 1999. The couple reside in Fran's
hometown of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and both are
pursuing their careers as Audio Engineers. Marc is a
graduate of the Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts and
tours with various musical and theatrical production
companies. Presently he is on a 40 week tour of Troika
F.ntprtainmPnt'Q miirnal "Cirpncp "


Wedding photo of Marcus E. Ross and Frances E.
Sutherland on April 18, 1997
Fran is a graduate of Indiana University. In addition
to working as the Production Coordinator at Clearwing
Productions, she teaches at Columbia College, Chicago. The
couple may be reached at their home, 1622 Marion Ave.,
South Milwaukee, WI, 53172 or through E-mail at
rossound @aol.com.


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Ryan Reyes in Jr. Goodwill Games
In August Ryan swam at the Southern Zone
Championships at the Texas A&M University and
established himself as the top 50 and 100 meter freestyle
swimmer in the Southern Zone of the U.S. The 11-12 yr.
Florida Boys 200 meter freestyle relay team broke and set a
new Southern record. The U.S. Southern Zone is one of the
strongest in the U.S. Ryan is ranked in the top 5 in the
country in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Both Ryan and his sister Rochelle swim for the
Carrollwood Village swim team in Tampa, Florida.





WILES DRUMMOND

Mr. and Mrs. Louis L. Wiles of Fairhope, Alabama,
announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Marie
to William Drummond, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William
Drummond, Sr. of Pensacola, Florida (formerly of Corozal,.
Panama) on September 19, 1998 at their engagement ;party
at the Drummond home in Pensacola.
The wedding is planned for April 1999 in Alabama.


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Ryan Reyes, son of Roy and Charlotte Reyes of
Tampa, FL was selected to swim in the Jr. Goodwill Games
on July 31, 1998 in Long Island, NY. Ryan swam to a first
place finish in the 50 meter freestyle 12-13 year old boys,
and was presented a gold medal by Jennie Thompson, a
U.S. Olympic gold medal winner in Atlanta, 1996.
It was a great experience to be able to warm up and
swim in the same pool with the U.S. and Olympic and World
class swimmers. Ryan's other accomplishments in 1998 are
Florida Jr. Olympic records in both the 50 and 100 short
course yards freestyle. He also set the Florida Jr. Olympic
records in both the 50 and 100 long course meters in the
freestyle.
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Shannon Marie Wiles and William Drummond, Jr.


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THE WOODS OBSERVE 50th

Jeanne A. and William G. Wood of Clarkston,
Washington, celebrated their 50h anniversary with a family
reunion from July 21 to 23 at Lincoln City, Oregon.
Bill married Jeanne A. Abrams on July 23, 1948 at
Cristobal, Canal Zone. He worked for the Panama Canal
Railroad for 16 years before moving to the Northwest where
he worked for the Washington Water Power for 26 years. He
later worked for 3 years at the Grand Coulee Dam, and then
retired 14 years ago..


William G. and Jeanne Wood
Jeanne is a registered nurse who served in the
Philippines during World War II. She later worked in
hospitals and doctor's offices throughout the Northwest.
They are members of Clarkston First Presbyterian
Church and Bill enjoys wood working and cabinet making.
They have three sons, Ernest, Donald and Richard, and seven
grandchildren.
Bill (or Woody) will also be having his 80th birthday
on November 22. He was born in Ancon Hospital which
makes him a real Zonian old-timer. Happy Birthday too!





LIVINGSTON SCHLICHT

Sarah Livingston, daughter of Mary and Val
Lynch, recently became engaged to Donald Schlicht.
Sarah was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and lived
in Panama until age 14 when she came to Florida. She is the
mother of Allen and Jack Hutchings, and works as an
ACTIVITY DIRECTOR in Long Term Care in Plant City,
Florida.


Sarah Livington and Donald Schlicht
Donald was born in Minnesota, lived in Texas and
spent twenty years in Venezuela. He is an electrical engineer
in Lakeland, Florida..
A December wedding is planned.



FARNSWORTH GIRLS GRADUATE

Noelle Shea Farnsworth graduated Magna Cum
Laude from the University of Central Florida, majoring in


Brooke and Noelle Farnsworth


Brooke Anne Farnsworth graduated with honors
from Merritt Island High School and is now attending the
University of Florida Majoring in Engineering.
Noelle and Brooke are the daughters of Jerri
(Hunt) and Jim Farnsworth of Merritt Island, Florida.





KRISSY DERMODY, A
US NAVAL SEA CADET

Krissy Dermody, daughter of Connie
(Armbruster) Dermody, attends an Aviation Pilot training
program at the Naval Air Station, New Orleans. The third
generation Armbruster is following in her grandfather's
footsteps. She attended a two-week intensive Aviation
encampment, sponsored by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
This was phase #1 which consisted mostly of ground school,
preparing the cadets for the FAA Private Pilot Written test,
a prerequisite to getting a Commercial pilots certificate.
Krissy will attend phase #2, flight training next summer.

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Krissy Carmody of U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Besides classroom instruction, the cadets were
given introduction rides in the Navy Flying club aircraft.
They were also treated to an overflight of New Orleans in a
Coast Guard helicopter and flew flight simulators including
the Air Force F-16 and A-10. Krissy's granddad, Ed
Armbruster was one of the staff instructors.
Krissy lives in Lumberton, Texas with her mother
and two brothers. She says she is looking forward to next
summer's training and that she will miss the food in the Navy
chow hall, especially since she doesn't have to wash the
dishes.
These courses are open to young people 14 and up.
They are sponsored by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
Contact Ed Armbruster for more information. Phone number
until December 1998 is 910-864-2184. Ed's Email is
ed@coast.to.





R.W. DONALD P. GARRIDO AN
HONORARY MEMBER IN PANAMA

At the Installation of Officers of the Grand Chapter
and Grand Council of Panama in Panama City, Republic of
Panama, R.W. Donald P. Garrido, Past District Grand
Master, was presented Honorary Membership in the Grand
Lodge of Panama by the Grand Master, Most Worshipful
Daniel Abougamen.
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R.W. Donald P. Garrido and
Bougamen


Bro. Abougamen referred to Bro. Garrido's
invaluable contribution to Freemasonry at the Panama Canal
during his residency there and to his dedication not only to
the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and its Lodges but also to
the Grand Lodge of Panama. M.W. Albert Lalo, Past Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge of Panama was also in attendance
for the presentation.

Reprinted by permission of
Trowel Magazine
Fall Issue.


NATALIE E. WATKINS GRADUATES

i .- Natalie Eve
S" Watkins graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in
Legal Studies from the
University of Central
Florida in Orlando at
graduation ceremonies held
on August 8, 1998.
A joint graduation
party was held for Natalie
and her cousin, Noelle
Farnsworth who also
graduated from the
University of central
Florida on August 8, at the
home of Janet and
Natalie Eve Watkins Norman Watkins in
Merritt Island, Florida.
Among the many friends and family on hand to help
Natalie and Noelle celebrate this special occasion was their
grandmother, Louise R. Hunt of Dothan, Alabama.
Natalie is the daughter of Janet (Hunt) and
Norman Watkins. Natalie has relocated to Boca Raton,
Florida to pursue her career.





BRYAN BRANDENBURG NEW
NAVAL RESERVE ENSIGN

Bryan Brandenburg of Riverview, Florida,
graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy
(Kings Point) on June 15th with a Third Mate and Third
Assistant Engineers Merchant Marine license. He
additionally was commissioned as a U.S. Naval Reserve
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Bryan Brandenburg, Kings Point grad..
Traveling to New York for the event were his
parents, Hap and Beth (Lewis) (CHS'68 and '69), brothers
Todd and Gabe, grandmother, Freddie Brandenburg and
great-uncle Buddy Olsen.
Bryan is the grandson of Capt. Bill Lewis, formerly
of Margarita, the late Elizabeth 0. Lewis and the late
Harold A. Brandenburg of Panama




NORMAN and DORIS DUGAS
CELEBRATE

Doris (Gleim) and Norman Dugas of Spring Hill,
Florida, were given a surprise dinner party to celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary on August 7, 1998 by their
children, Wayne Dugas, Chris Dugas, Paula Thomas, and
Kathy Sherman. There were also three grandchildren and
may friends, and family. Zonians in attendance were Marje
and Pete Foster, Martha Carey, Esther Ahlteen, Ida
Dugas and Isabelle Gibson.


Norman and Doris (Gleim) Dugas
Doris and Norman were married in the Fort Amador
Chapel on August 7, 1948 by Father Wye. Many pictures
were exchanged and lots of reminiscing and a good time was
had by all.




MILLER GETS AWARD



Carole Walker Miller of Tampa, FL received an
award for excellent sales performance for Sun Trust Bank of
Tampa. She works with Telebank Sales and has been a
leader with outstanding results in New Loans, Payment
Protection, New Accounts, Approved Credit Scores and
perfect Shop Scores of 100. Her award was a beautiful
crystal pyramid figurine replica of their lighted office
building and her photo was displayed in their Hall of Fame.
Carole is the daughter of Mayno Walker and the late George
A. Walker of Sarasota, FL.




ROBBIE GARCIA QUALIFIES FOR
NATIONALS

Robert Garcia (BHS'93) has maintained the
winning form by sweeping the Overall Champion Trophy at
the South Texas Bodybuilding Championships held at the
Carver Cultural Center on Saturday, August 15, in San
Diego. The following week Robbie once again placed first at
the Texas State Bodybuilding Championships held at the
Will Rogers memorial Auditorium in Ft. Worth. This latter
victory was extremely important as it qualified him to
compete in the national competitions.
Within bodybuilding circles, Robbie has developed
a formidable reputation as a strong advocate of natural
bodybuilding. He believes that he is genuine proof that one
can succeed in the sport while being totally chemical-free.
Robbie is looking forward to new challenges by preparing for
next year's nationals and has his eyes set on Team Universe.
With the expert guidance of Bobby Warren, owner
of the San Marcos Athletic Club, Robbie feels confident of
achieving victory at the national level.


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1999 REUNION LODGING REPORT

THE FORMS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS ARE CONTAINED IN THE YELLOW PAGES OF
THIS ISSUE. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS THEREIN. YOUR ADHERENCE
TO THE PROCEDURES SET FORTH WILL ENSURE THAT YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION IS MADE
WITHOUT DELAY.


WE HAVE INCREASED OUR ROOM BLOCK AT THE MARRIOTT THIS YEAR. HOWEVER
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH WE HAVE UNTIL MAY 15, 1999 TO MAKE
RESERVATIONS AT THE MARRIOTT, IF OUR BLOCK IS FILLED PRIOR TO MAY 15TH, WE WILL
NOT BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL REQUESTS. THEREFORE, IF THERE IS EVEN
A SLIGHT POSSIBILITY THAT YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE REUNION, PLEASE SUBMIT THE
RESERVATION FORM EARLY. YOU CAN ALWAYS CANCEL THE RESERVATION SHOULD
YOUR PLANS CHANGE. I WOULD ASK, HOWEVER, THAT IF YOU DO MAKE RESERVATIONS
AND IT APPEARS THAT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE NOTIFY ME RIGHT
AWAY. CANCELLATIONS AFTER OUR CUT-OFF DATE PROHIBITS US FROM REFILLING THE
ROOM WITH OTHER MEMBERS WHO MIGHT BE REQUESTING A ROOM.


YOU WILL ALSO SEE THAT WE HAVE CONTRACTED WITH THE HOLIDAY INN
SUNSPREE TO ACT AS AN OVERFLOW PROPERTY. THIS HOTEL IS DESCRIBED IN THE
YELLOW PAGES. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THIS PROPERTY IS EXCELLENT FOR
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. THE AMENITIES PROVIDED FOR CHILDREN ARE FABULOUS. FOR
EXAMPLE, THEY PROVIDE A DAYCARE-TYPE SERVICE FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL MIDNIGHT
FREE OF CHARGE. THIS WOULD ALLOW PARENTS TO TRAVEL TO THE MARRIOTT WITHOUT
THE CONCERN OF THE WELL-BEING OF THEIR CHILDREN.


I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH TO EACH OF YOU TO MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS
EARLY AND INCLUDE YOUR REGISTRATION FEE. OUR REUNIONS WOULD NOT BE AS
SUCCESSFUL AS THEY ARE WITHOUT THE MEMBERS' PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE.
WE DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO ACCOMMODATE EVERY REQUEST WE ASK ONLY THAT YOU
FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES AND MAIL YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!





PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
ORLANDO'S WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
1999 Reunion

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Wednesday, June 30, 1999

REGISTRATION: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM. MARRIOTT CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION/HOSPITALITY 6:00 PM 9:00 PM CONVENTION CENTER, LOWER LEVEL
VENDORS SET UP: 4:30 7:30 PM NO MERCHANDISE SOLD CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND
BALLROOM #9-#14.

Thursday, July 1, 1999

CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. CHECK IN: 7:00 A.M., MARRIOTT GOLF COURSE.
GOLF LUNCHEON: 1:30 P.M. GRAND BALLROOM 3-6.
REGISTRATION: 1:00 4:00 P.M.; 7:00-9:00 PM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION: 9:00-11:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM; 7:00-9:00 PM, CONVENTION CENTER LOWER LEVEL.
VENDORS: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM; 3:00-9:00 PM.- CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM #9-#14.
BHS/CHS ALUMNI AND FRIENDS DISCO, (NO CHARGE) GRAND BALLROOM "G" 8:00- 1:00 A.M.

Friday, July 2, 1999

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: 10:00 AM (Members only).GRAND BALLROOM SECTION 2-6.
VENDORS: 1:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM #9-#14
REGISTRATION: 1:30 P.M. 4:00 P.M. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION: 1:30 P.M. 4:00 P.M. CONVENTION CENTER, LOWER LEVEL.
BINGO: 2:00 4:00 P.M. GRAND BALLROOM 5-6. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 8:30 PM-1:30 AM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
DISCO DANCE: 11:00 P.M. 4:00 A.M. CANARY BALLROOM.

Saturday, July 3, 1999

REGISTRATION: 9:00-11:00 AM; 2:30-4:00 PM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION 9:00-11:00 AM; 2:30-4:00 PM. CONVENTION CENTER, LOWER LEVEL.
VENDORS: 9:00-11:00 AM; Noon-7:00 PM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM #9- #14
ANNUAL LUNCHEON: DOORS OPEN 11:30 AM, LUNCH 12:00 NOON. CANARY BALLROOM.
BINGO: 2:00 4:00 P.M. GRAND BALLROOM 5-6. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
ANNUAL BALL: 8:30 PM 1:30 AM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
DISCO DANCE: 11:00 PM 4:00 AM CANARY BALLROOM.

Sunday, July 4, 1999

VENDORS: 9:00 AM 12:00 AM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM #9 #14.
DESPEDIDA: ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS INVITED FAREWELL TO FRIENDS 9:30-11:00 A.M.
CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
CHECK-OUT TIME: 11:00 AM.


Reunion Coordinator (727) 527- 6925






Reunion Coordinator's Notebook
Faith A. Brundage, 1999 Reunion Coordinator
Tel: 727-527-6925


Members will find that the following "Yellow Pages" have been adjusted refashioned or revised so that members may
become clearer about what is expected of them and are made simpler to follow.
The Registration Fee of $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age is being charged to offset Reunion expenses, which
includes all mailing expenses, telephone and mileage charges, audio set-up at dances, rental of equipment, signs, and
miscellaneous material used during the Reunion.

The volunteer Chairpersons for the 1999 Reunion are listed for your information:


Society Registration
Hotel Reservations
Information
Security
Vendors
Transportation
Finance
DJ Dances


Bob and Carolyn Johnson
Betty Frassrand
Pat Beall
Roy Culbreth
Steve Nehring
Pete Foster
Jeanne Wheeler
Mike Smith


Dances
BHS/CHS Alumni Disco Dance
Golf Tournament
Despedida
Annual Luncheon
Mini-Reunions
Bingo
Equipment Storage


Rupert Turner
Betty Frassrand
Margot Jordan
Olga Disharoon
Muriel Whitman
Paul Rozmeski
James O'Donnell
Pat Beall


PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
FOR 1999 REUNION FUNCTIONS

FUNCTION PAYMENT MADE TO: MAIL TO:

MEMBERSHIP DUES Panama Canal Society of Fla. Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712

REGISTRATION FEE 1999 Reunion Coordinator Reunion Coordinator
TICKETS: ALL DANCES 8050 Seminole Mall Suite 334
TICKETS: LUNCHEON Seminole, FL 33772-4712

NOTE: One check can be made out to cover Registration Fee, Dance & Luncheon Tickets.

CHAGRES INVITATIONAL Margot Jordan Margot Jordan
GOLF TOURNAMENT 16409 Lake Byrd Dr..
LUNCHEON: Tampa, FL 33618-1203

HOTEL RESERVATION Orlando World Center Marriott Reunion Coordinator
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712

1. Lodging is contracted 2 years in advance so it is crucial that members reserve rooms
early, giving us a chance to ask for more rooms if needed. We CANNOT get more
rooms or fill cancellations after the hotel's deadline.

2. Make one (1) night's deposit by check or money order on a U.S. bank or use a major
credit card and include card number with expiration date and signature on Application
Form.

3. Hotel Reservations must be made through the Society Lodging Chairperson, NOT THE
HOTEL, and any changes/cancellations must be made directly with the Society Lodging
Chairperson, BETTY FRASSRAND, (352) 567-5594.

** IMPORTANT: To participate in the above functions you must have paid your 1999
membership dues and the $5.00 Reunion Registration fee (See Page "C").







YOU MUST REGISTER!

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE 1999 REUNION

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SOCIETY REGISTRATION FORM
Chairpersons: Robert and Carolyn Johnson (727) 789-4858

!Office Use Only IDate/Post Dues Paid Check Amount Reg. Fee Lunch Ball PZonian DJ Dance
IPlease register yourself, family and/or guests.
Please print or type: LIST NAME AS YOU WANT IT ON YOUR NAME BADGE:
!Member: Tel.No._
'Address:
City: State Zip
IList the name of each person in member's group and include $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age. LIST NAME AS YOU
WANT IT ON THE NAME BADGES.
!NAME AGE AGE
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i1. A NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE OF $5.00 PER MEMBER AND DEPENDENT OVER 18 YEARS
SOF AGE IS BEING CHARGED TO OFFSET REUNION EXPENSES.
:2. IF YOU ARRIVE AT HOTEL AFTER REGISTRATION HOURS ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY, YOU CAN PICK
UP YOUR DANCE TICKETS AT THE BALLROOM DOOR.
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A. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE AND MAIL TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050
SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712

B. THOSE MEMBERS RESIDING IN THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA AND ABROAD, PLEASE USE
CHECKS ON U.S. BANKS OR MONEY ORDERS OR DRAFTS PAYABLE BY U.S. INSTITUTIONS.

C. REMINDER: TO RESERVE HOTEL ROOMS AND TO BUY DANCE AND
LUNCHEON TICKETS, YOU MUST HAVE PAID YOUR 1999 DUES
AND $5.oo REGISTRATION FEE.




FRIDAY, JULY 2nd, 1999, 2:00 4:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, JULY 3rd, 1999, 2:00 4:00 P.M.

BINGO
Chairperson James O'Donnell (727) 894-2478
Grand Ballroom, Rooms 5-6

Bingo will be called on Friday, July 2"n from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., and on Saturday, July 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in
the Grand Ballroom, rooms 5-6. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE ON EITHER DAY!
Those interested, look us up on Friday, July 2d and Saturday July 3"'. You'll love the prizes!






IMPORTANT NOTICES


1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1999 Reunion, you should submit an application for
membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
Florida 33772-4712, before the June 17, 1999 Executive Board meeting.
2. UNDERAGE DRINKING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED OR PERMITTED AT THE REUNION. HOTEL
SECURITY MAY REQUEST PROOF OF AGE. ANYONE OBSERVED SUPPLYING INTOXICATING
DRINKS TO UNDER-AGE INDIVIDUALS WILL BE DEALT WITH AS DEEMED NECESSARY.
3. STATE LAW FORBIDS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, NOT PURCHASED AT HOTEL BARS TO BE
CONSUMED OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF THE GUEST'S ROOM.
4. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place schedules, notices, pictures, etc.
on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotel. Any schedules or reasonable information concerning your event may be
displayed at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall or Tom Peterson at the reunion.
5. CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED INTO THE PANAZONIAN DANCE OR THE
ANNUAL BALL, AND UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE AT THE DJ DANCES.
6. DRINKS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE DANCE FLOOR AND SMOKING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN
THE BALLROOMS OF BOTH DANCES.
7. REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR REGISTRATION FORM WITH THE NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE, AND
PLEASE LIST ALL YOUR GUESTS, WITH NAMES THEY WANT PRINTED ON THEIR NAME BADGES SO THAT
WE MAY PREPARE NAME BADGES FOR THEM TO HELP US TO OBTAIN A TRUE HEAD COUNT ON HOW
MANY WE CAN EXPECT TO ATTEND AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY!
8. THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA HAS ENJOYED THE REPUTATION OF BEING A FUN-
LOVING, AND CONGENIAL GROUP AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE THIS REPUTATION.
DISRESPECTFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE ACTS WHILE ATTENDING THE 1998 REUNION IS BEHAVIOR
UNBECOMING A SOCIETY MEMBER AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. SOCIETY MEMBERS OR
THEIR GUESTS WHO PERFORM THESE ACTS WILL BE DEALT WITH TO THE FULLEST EXTENT.
VANDALISM OF HOTEL PROPERTY COULD RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
LET'S ALL HAVE A GOOD TIME AND ENJOY FRIENDS!




ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Chairperson Muriel Whitman (727) 544-0214

1. Location: Canary Room Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 10 tickets per member.
3. Seating will be at tables of 10 persons.
4. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. THEY MAY BE PICKED UP AT THE REUNION REGISTRATION TABLES AT
THE LOWER LEVEL.
5. MENU: Choice of entree Grilled Pork Loin Medallions with Mango-Herb Chutney, OR Chicken Alexander Sauteed
Chicken Breast with Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives and Tomatoes. Rolls/Cuban Bread, Butter/Margarine. Garden Salad of
Fresh Greens with Mushrooms, Alfalfa Sprouts, Sliced Radishes and Spring Onion, with Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing. Mashed
Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables. Sugared Apple Strudel Dusted with Confectioners Sugar and Rosette of Cinnamon Cream.
6. NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AND NO REFUNDS MADE AFTER JUNE 5,1999. TICKETS WILL
NOT BE SOLD AT THE LUNCHEON.. Be sure to list who you want to sit with.
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LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Saturday, July 3, 1999

$18.00 per ticket 10 tickets per member. No. of Tickets Total $
Please check your choice: PORK LOIN MEDALLIONS or CHICKEN ALEXANDER


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Make Reservations Early!
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS MAY 15,1999, OR UNTIL ROOM BLOCK IS FULL
Society Lodging Chairperson: Betty Frassrand (352) 567-5594
e-mail: ZONIANBK@AOL.COM

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HOTEL RESERVATION FORM
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Sando od CCntr 1999 Reunion June 30-July 4. 1999
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ARRIVAL: TIME:
For Revisions or Cancellations Please call Requests must be received by May Monthate
Society Lodging Chairperson
at (352)567-5594 CHECK-IN TIME 4:00 PM. CHECK-OUT TIME 11:00 AM. DEPARTURE: ontuTIME:
NAME OF PERSON REQUESTING ROOMS FOR HOTE
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Area Code Phone Number Fax Number Last Name First Name
N Number of People in Each Room_____
No. of Rates
Rooms -ACCOMMODATIONS Single-Double Method of Payment To Be Used at Checkout:
S No Preference $ 99.00 + tax American Express Visa/Master Card
One King Bed $ 99.00 + taxDiners Club Discover
Two Double Beds $ 99.00 + tax -
I_ Accessible Room One King Bed Only $ 99.00 + tax ___Other _
S No Smoking $ 99.00 + tax Crt ___
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For Suite information contact Society Lodging Chairperson at (352) 567-5594 --
Expiration Date [ S]
SPECIAL REQUESTS:
FOR ALL RESERVATIONS
I understand that I am liable for one night's room and tax which will be
deducted from my deposit or billed through my credit card in the event I do
not check in on my scheduled arrival date or cancel my reservation 72 hours
: prior to arrival.

ONLY ONE ROOM PER MEMBER AUTHORIZED si g ture
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1.Members with PHYSICAL DISABILITIES and members needing roll away beds and refrigerators will be assigned on a first
come, available basis.
2.SUITES: Members must contact the SOCIETY LODGING CHAIRPERSON for prices, availability and approval and then
submit their request ON the Hotel Registration Form.
3.FAILURE TO CANCEL reservations 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival, or FAILURE TO CHECK INTO THE HOTEL on
the first night will forfeit your first nights deposit and your reservation will be canceled.
4. A Sales and Resort Tax will be added to your final bill.
5. The State of Florida allows only five (5) people to occupy one hotel room.
6. Only ONE ROOM reservation PER MEMBER is authorized.

SEND HOTEL RESERVATION FORM AND CHECK TO: SOCIETY LODGING CHAIRPERSON,
8050 SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712.














































INFORMATION & HOSPITALITY
Marriott Convention Center, Lower Level
Chairperson: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359

Hospitality was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a little more
pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and surroundings. The Society
Information and Hospitality Desk is open to any member during the published working hours. Our staff is experienced and have
volunteered to serve.
We can: 1. Provide information regarding activities within and outside the Reunion.
2. The center for "Lost and Found" articles.
3. Sell Society license plates, decals, available Annual Directories and Canal Records.
4. Sell Annual Ball, Panazonian Dance, and Disco Dance tickets.
5 Place your message on our bulletin board for friends and/or guests.
6. Guide members to proper channels regarding hotel complaints..
7. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
8. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
9. Advise members of local transportation available for outside Reunion confines.
10. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when what where.
11. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.

We are at your service.






REUNION DANCES
Dances Chairperson: Rupert Turner (813) 877-2703
DJ Dance Chairperson: Michael Smith (813) 933-1339

1. Ticket orders will be accepted only from members who have paid their 1999 dues and have paid the $5.00 Registration Fee.
(See Page "C"). Tickets will not be refunded after June 15, 1999 and will not be resold at the Reunion.
2. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. PREPAID TICKETS WILL BE AT THE REUNION REGISTRATION TABLES ON
THE LOWER LEVEL.
3. CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRANCE TO THE DANCES. NO
EXCEPTIONS.
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TICKET RESERVATION FORM

MEMBER'S NAME:

ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM

Music by: Frankie Pretto Saturday, July 3, 1999 Music by: Leroy Lewis Friday, July 2, 1999
8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8 8:30 p.m.-l:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8

$12.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member $8.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member.

No. of Tickets Total $ No. of Tickets Total $

Special Request: Special Request:


Dress: Semi Formal, NO SHORTS OR JEANS. Dress: Informal or Panamanian attire.
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DISCO DANCE
Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3, 1999
11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
12 oz. BEER SPECIAL $2.00
CHILDREN UNDER 15 NOT PERMITTED INTO DISCO DANCES

MEMBER'S NAME: Age

July 2nd: $5.00/Ticket July 3rd: $5.00/Ticket

No. of Tickets: Total $ No. of Tickets: Total $

Special Requests: Special Requests:




VENDORS
Chairperson: Steve Nehring (727) 522-5369

1. Only paid-up members of the Society and who have paid their $5.00 Registration Fee will be authorized to sell.
2. Vendors MUST submit an application for the 1999 Reunion, which may be obtained from the Vendor Chairperson, Steve
Nehring. Applications will not be published in the Canal Record. The deadline for receiving Vendors applications and for
REFUNDS is June 1, 1999.
3. Approval of the application will be based on whether items for sale are related or compatible to Panama memorabilia.
Authorization will be assigned in order of receipt of Vendor's application and fee of $100.00. Instructions and Restrictions
are completely defined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read the instructions carefully. The Marriott's World Center
have certain restrictions which must be complied with such as attaching anything to walls, etc.
4. Space is available for 25 vendors. Crystal Ballroom "A" thru "F" will provide vendors with a large single room area.. Vendor
tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Chairperson.
5. Vendors hours for selling will begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. PLEASE NOTE AMENDED HOURS FOR SALES
IN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.
6. MAKE CHECK OUT TO, AND MAIL CHECK AND APPLICATION TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE
MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4712.











THOMAS
& ASSOCIATES


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PHOTOS ON LOCATION!

SOCIALS FAMILY REUNIONS
HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
DANCES TOWN REUNIONS
FAMILY & PERSONAL PORTRAITS
MEETINGS FRATERNITIES
CONTACT US TO RESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER
FOR YOUR GROUP ACTIVITIES.
SAME DAY/NEXT DAY DELIVERY OF PHOTOS -





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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1999
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Grand Ballroom
President Thomas C. Peterson (941) 371-7731
This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the membership be
there for the election of Officers and Committee Reports.
1. Grand Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM. THERE WILL BE NO SMOKING AT THE BUSINESS MEETING.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting.
3. Only paid-up members will be admitted.
4. There will be several drawings for prizes donated by Vendors and other contributors. You will be given a lottery ticket as you
enter the Ballroom for the meeting.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER AND YOU MUST ATTEND THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO RECEIVE
YOUR LOTTERY TICKET FOR DOOR PRIZES.
DOOR PRIZES WILL ONLY BE AWARDED TO THOSE MEMBERS PRESENT AT THE TIME
OF THE LOTTERY DRAWING.
GRAND PRIZE WILL BE TWO (2) ROUND TRIP TICKETS TO PANAMA VIA C.O.P.A.
COME TO THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING!






20th CHAGRES INVITATIONAL AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT
AND LUNCHEON THURSDAY JULY 1, 1999
Chairpersons Margot and Hubert Jordan

ALL PLAYERS AND GUESTS MUST PAY THE $5.00 REGISTRATION FEE
TO THE SOCIETY OFFICE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE

Make Reservations Early!
Entry Deadline: June 14, 1999

PAYMENT ADDRESS: Send Golf Registration form, and make check payable to: Margot Jordan, 16409 Lake Byrd Dr.,
Tampa, FL 33618. Tel: (813) 963-6998. Do not send to Society Office..
TOURNAMENT LOCATION: Orlando World Center Marriott Golf Course, 1 World Center, Orlando, Florida.
TIME: Check in at 7:00 a.m.. Shotgun tee off at 7:30 a.m.
ENTRY FEE: $69.00 Includes Green Fees, Golf Carts, Luncheon, Awards, Favors, and Door Prizes. ** Unless advised by the
Committee, consider yourself registered, no conformation will be sent.
AWARDS LUNCHEON: 1:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom Nos. 4-6 at foot of escalator. Golf I.D. tags are required for admission to
the Luncheon.
GUESTS: Cost: $19.00 each. Only one Luncheon guest per player. No children under 12 will be permitted.
COMPETITION: Prizes will be based on Special Events and Medal Play within Flights set up by age for men. Age is not
required for the Women's Flight. You may play with players of your choice, but you will compete within your own age
group. If you do not select anyone to play with, we will place you in a foursome based on your age or your handicap as
indicated on the Registration Form.
BAGGAGE DROP: Golfers may drop off their golf clubs at the Bell Captain's Station or the Pro Shop Baggage Drop. The
Pro Shop will store them for a nominal fee of $5.00 plus tax. This fee is a one time fee for the duration of the Reunion. If
you do not leave your clubs at the Pro Shop the night before the tournament, your clubs must be at the club by 6:30 a..m.
Thursday morning, so they can be placed on the carts prior to play.
SHOES: Soft cleats are required to preserve the new golf course.
COOLERS: No coolers are allowed on the course. Beverage carts will be available on the course.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: Posted in the Registration area of the Marriott Convention Center on Wednesday
afternoon, June 30'".
All Panama Canal Society members can play prior to or after the Tournament for a fee of $45.00 plus tax. You must make
your own tee times.


GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
NAME (Print) MEMBER NO.
ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP
TELEPHONE NO. Age (7/1/98) (Males only)
Atlantic Sider Pacific sider Professional Amateur

NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A HANDICAP, LIST YOUR AVERAGE SCORE FOR 18 HOLES
GOLF AND AWARDS LUNCHEON: $ 69.00 NON GOLFING LUNCH GUEST: $19.00
# GOLFERS
# LUNCHEON GUESTS TOTAL AMOUNT SUBMITTED $

LUNCHEON GUEST'S NAME
Send Golf Registration form, and make check payable to: Margot Jordan, 16409 Lake Byrd Dr., Tampa, FL 33618. Tel: (813) 963-6998. Do not
send to Society Office..


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TRANSPORTATION
Pete Foster Transportation Chairman, (727) 785-8555

**Win a Free Round Trip Ticket between your air Gateway City**
**Within the Continental U.S. and Orlando or Tampa**
*Make your Reunion Travel Reservations through the Society's Official Reunion Travel Agent*
**Bowen-Keppie Travel**
**Fly Delta with Reunion Discounts of 5% and Up**

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 1999 Reunion Coordinator has appointed BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL of
Clearwater, Florida as the Society's 1999 Reunion OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT.
Among its peers, Bowen-Keppie Travel is considered to be one of the most reliable and honest Florida Travel Agencies. Bowen-
Keppie is the oldest Travel Agent in the State of Florida it has been in business continuously since 1924.
The Society's Official Travel Agent will provide Society members with the lowest fares available when making their
1999 Reunion travel arrangements. The membership travel data will be used to determine methods which would be helpful in
determining ways to reduce membership travel costs and improve Reunion /Hotel support activities.
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL has arranged with DELTA Airlines to offer discounted Reunion Fares from June 27, 1999
through July 7, 1999. Delta Airlines was selected as the primary Reunion Carrier due to the fact that it has more flights in and
out of Orlando than any other Air Carrier. Delta is also the designated Air Carrier for Disney's Magic Kingdom. Although Delta
is providing Convention Discounted Rates for Society members, Bowen-Keppie Travel will offer the lowest rates available on
any other Air Carrier if they are lower than Delta's discounted rates. In addition, membership tickets reservations will be
monitored for significant fare reductions in order to provide refunds to members when applicable. This service is not available
when members make their air reservations directly with Delta by using the Delta File number indicated in the Bowen-Keppie Ad
at the end of the Reunion yellow pages. In addition to Orlando, the Delta discounted rates also includes flying in or out of several
other Florida Airports during the Reunion period.
Members are asked to support the Reunion Transportation Program by making their Air Travel Reservations with the
Official Reunion Travel Agency and enter the Society's Travel Contest by completing and mailing in the form in the BOWEN-
KEPPIE TRAVEL ad.
To make your Reunion travel reservations, follow the information provided in the Bowen-Keppie ad and if you should
call after hours, leave your name, phone number and request that the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your call.
Email: bowkep@gte.net Web: http://www.bowenkeppie.com


MINI-REUNION
Chairperson: Paul Rozmeski (813) 961-9230

The Mini-Reunion Chairperson will aid and assist all Coordinators for high school, and ancillary reunions held during
the 1999 Reunion. Coordinators planning a mini-reunion at Marriott's World Center must receive advance approval from the
Mini-Reunion Chairperson prior to making arrangements. He will assist and advise as much as possible while conforming with
the Society's schedules. Those planning their mini-reunion will be responsible to obtain the necessary Society membership
application and ticket forms for those in their group from the Mini-Reunion Chairperson. They will also be responsible for
making their arrangements with the hotel for their function. Upon completion of their arrangements, they must notify the Mini-
Reunion Chairperson, at The Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712.










DESPEDIDA
Chairperson: Olga Disharoon (727) 323-5678

Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Convention Center at
the Marriott's Orlando World Center on July 4, 1999. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. when the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. will furnish free coffee and the hotel will have sweet rolls for sale.
The Folklorico Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure starting at 9:30 A.M. This dance group will
be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!






PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
1999 ORLANDO REUNION
Announces the Appointment of


-, BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL

As the Official Travel Agent for the Reunion 8r .
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9,. The Official Carrier '?

A. DELT
*** FLY DELTA *** D EL El ** 60 DAY EARLY **
UP TO 10% DISCOUNT WeLveToFy'AndItShous BOOKING DISCOUNT

** HELP YOUR SOCIETY **
FLY DELTA TO THE ORLANDO REUNION
** DELTA discounted Air Fares are available from June 27. 1999 through July 7. 1999 for REUNION TRAVEL to or from
ORLANDO, TAMPA and SARASOTA.
JOIN THE 1999 REUNION TRAVEL CONTEST
Send in a completed CONTEST/TRAVEL FORM below. The Contest Drawing will be held during the Annual Reunion
Business Meeting. The winner will be reimbursed the cost of one roundtrip ticket (not to exceed a maximum value of
$400.00 and purchased through the Reunion's Official Travel Agent) between the winner's continental U.S. major Air
Gateway City and Orlando, Florida.
As a service you may phone DELTA at 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservations under FILE No. 122194A
Regrettably, this method does NOT permit BOWEN-KEPPIE to monitor your reservations and fare reductions.
Limo transfers to/from Airport Hotel discounted for Society members and their guests
with Reunion Air Reservations.
Call Bowen-Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Bowen-Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you
to and from Orlando. Bowen-Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation and automatically reduce your travel costs
should air fares go down significantly before you depart.
FOR BEST RATES & FLIGHTS DON'T DELAY CALL TODAY!
Make your reservations early ** Complete this CONTEST/Travel Form and mail to Bowen-Keppie Travel:
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Passenger Names:
Address: City/State Zip_
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CHILDCARE

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Free-Play Time! All staff are certified and licensed by H.R.S. (Health and Rehabilitative Services
of Florida License #488-21.)
*Lollipop Lounge can also be booked by convention groups through advance reservations.
FEE: $6.00 per child per hour
$4.00 each additional child
Please dial extension 8950 or outside hotel (407) 238-8950 for additional information.

INFANT AND TODDLER DAYCARE

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group. This is a special program which takes some planning, so advance notice is required.
Please dial (407) 238-8950 for complete details.
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main lobby. Please dial (407) 238-8897 for details and assistance.
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SHOULD STOP BY TO SEE IF ANY OF YOUR CLASSMATES ARE JUST
HANGING AROUND WAITING TO RUN INTO YOU.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DID NOT GRADUATE FROM CHS OR BHS,
PLEASE STOP BY TO SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL AND JOIN THE
FESTIVITIES.

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ERAS FROM THE 1920'S TO THE 1990'S. DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY
TO SHOW THE YOUNG'UNS HOW THE EARLY CLASSES COULD REALLY
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SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR WHICH WILL ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF
ANOTHER FESTIVE EVENING AT OUR REUNION.





MUSSO CRANDALL
Edna Hart Musso and Stanley Crandall, shown
at her 45th Balboa High School Reunion, are engaged to be
married and plan a Fall wedding.
They are having a home built in Suntree, Florida (a
suburb of Melbourne) and hope to be in by Christmas. Photo


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Edna Musso and Stanley Crandall


GRIMISON NIEMEYER
ENGAGEMENT

Tom and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach, FL. are
pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter,
Melinda Suzanne. to Thomas Albert Niemeyer. son of
Albert and Brenda Niemeyer of Kissimmee, FL. Melinda,
a resident of Orlando, FL. earned a Bachelor's Degree in
Education at Florida State University and a Master's Degree
in Instructional Technology at the University of Central
Florida. She is employed by Interactive Media in Orlando.
Tom, a resident of Merritt Island, FL, earned a Bachelor's
Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of
Florida, a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering at the
University of Central Florida and Master's of Business
Administration at Florida Institute of Technology. He is
employed by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) at Kennedy Space Center. A May
wedding is planned.


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THE SADOWSKI'S CELEBRATE

Marian and John Sadowski celebrated their 50h
wedding anniversary during February at a dinner given by
their son John, which they enjoyed with their children and
grandchildren.


Marian (King) and John Sadowski


RIDGE'S CELEBRATE 50th

Vince and Dottie Ridge celebrate their 50'h wedding
anniversary during the Canal Zone Poconos Reunion in
Pennsylvania this past September. 1998.


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Vince and Dottie Ridge






BAKER'S CELEBRATE 50th

Floyd and Beverly Baker celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary with a family gathering at a beach side
cottage on the coast of Oregon in mid July. Present were
their four children, spouses and four grandchildren, making
thirteen in all. On the last day of their stay, twenty more
relatives joined the group to participate in the formal
anniversary festivities. Paul Baker's announcement of his
engagement and planned wedding to Suzette Connolly in
late November was cause for additional celebration.


Back, L-R: Glen and Diane Baker, Floyd Baker,
Suzette Connolly, Bev Baker, Carol, Leah, and Brett
Goodwin. Front, L-R: Paul Baker, Brittany Baker,
Beth Baker and Danielle Baker.


THE MAEDLS CELEBRATE 60th

Carl and Alfhild (Petie) Maedl of Fayetteville,
Arkansas were married in Minneapolis on July 8, 1938. A
week or so later they were on their way to Panama aboard the
S.S. Cristobal. Carl had accepted a teaching position for one
year. As it turned out, they stayed for 32 years. They always
resided on the Atlantic side.
The Maedls have two daughters and sons-in-law,
Pat and Jim Krough, Mn., and Pam and Vince Gutowski,
IL. They have six grandchildren.


Carl and Alfhild (Petie) Maedl


STRAWBRIDGE JONES

Rebecca Perry Strawbridge and Morgan Thomas jr
Jones were married on June 6, 1998 at the Port of History
Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.
The bride is the daughter of Patricia and Frederick
Strawbridge of Flourtown, Pa. The bridegroom is the son of
Linda and Roger Jones of Westville, NJ., formerly of the
Canal Zone.
The bride is a graduate of Ursinus College and with
a Masters degree from Penn State University in Speech
Therapy.
The bridegroom is a 1986 graduate of Balboa High
School and received a Marine Engineering degree from the
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a M.B.A. degree from J
Penn State University and is presently employed by IBM in
Boulder, Co. His' best man was Bill Winford, also of
BHS'86. Samantha Jones, sister of the bridegroom was one '
of the bride's attendants. Rebecca P. Strawbridge and
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SEARS CHANAS

Katherine Theresa Sears of Diablo, Rep. of
Panama, and Peter James Chanas of Elon College, NC
were wed July 5, 1997 at the Newman Catholic Student
Center at the U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The bride is the daughter of Kathleen Lavallee
Sears of Diablo, and the granddaughter of the late Wilfred
and Mary Lavallee and Mrs. Earl W. Sears and the late
Earl W. Sears of Pensacola, Florida. The bridegroom is the
son of James and Anne Chanas of Elon College, NC.
The bride was given in marriage by her mother. The
maid of honor was Kristine Johnson of Winston-Salem,
NC. Bridesmaids were Trish Shaughnessy of Raleigh, NC,
Jennifer Gierrsch of Chapel Hill and Amy Chanas of Elon
College, sister of the bridegroom. Sergio Miranda of
Charlotte, NC was the best man. Ushers were Brian Chanas,
of Durham, NC., brother of the groom, and Edward Mason
and Michael Mankowski of Chapel Hill. The ring bearer
was Jack Clark, and Alter server was David Bowles, both
nf Chnnol Hill


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Katherine Theresa Sears and Peter James
Chanas
July 5, 1997

The reception hosted by Mrs. Kathleen Sears and
Mr and Mrs James Chanas was held at La Residence, Chapel
Hill.
The bride was a BHS graduate and the U. of North
Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She
received a fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts degree in
Boston College, Ma.
The bridegroom graduated from the North Carolina
School of Mathematics and Science, Durham, NC and the U.
of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Computer Science and is employed as a computer consultant
with IDX Corporation of Boston.
The couple traveled to Disney World, Orlando, FL
for their honeymoon and now reside in Roslindale, Ma.


HOWARD COSMAN

Georgia Howard and Harry W. Cosman were
married in Tampa, Florida on July 26, 1998. Georgia had
lived in the Canal Zone for some 28 years before retiring to
St. Petersburg in 1979 with her late husband, H. Vance
Howard, Jr.
A beautiful wedding and reception was attended by
over 200 friends and family. Out-of-town guests included
Dorothy and Chuck Lavallee, Robert T. Russell Sr. from
Pensacola. Fl.. Robert Russell, Jr. of Valrico, Fl. and
William Homa of Panama Also attending were Cliff and
Billie Beaty, Tom and Alice Engelke and Karl and Lynn.
Nehring formerly of the Canal Zone.
H.V. Howard, III (Tracy) gave his mother away
and daughter-in-law Kay Howard was matron of honor. The
best man was James Adams, son-in-law of the groom.
Bridesmaids were Kristen and Kerry Adams,
granddaughters of the groom. Groomsmen were Kerey,
Jonathan and Karl Howard, grandchildren of the bride;
and James A. Adams, grandson of the groom.


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Georgia Howard, bride, Harry W. Cosman, groom,
Karl Howard, grandson, Johnathan Howard,
grandson, Tracy Howard, George's son, Kay Howard,
matron of honor, Kerey Howard, grandson.

The ceremony was held at Elim Temple Daughters
of the Nile where Georgia is a Past Queen and very active in
the local fraternal order and in the Supreme Temple
Daughters of the Nile.
The groom Harry is formerly of Massachusetts and
is active in masonic orders in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.
The couple will reside in St. Petersburg.






GOODWIN DUGAN

Kathryn (Katie) Michele Goodwin and Brian
Keith Dugan were married on April 25, 1998 at Our Lady
of the Springs Catholic Church in Ocala, Florida. A
reception was held at the Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala
following the ceremony. Family and friends (many former
Zonians) from all over the United States and Panama
attended the ceremony and reception.
The bride is the daughter of Jack and Nancy
(Askew) Goodwin of Ocala. She is the granddaughter of
Ethel and the late Eugene Askew of Largo, Florida., and the
late Dr. Cary and Christine Goodwin of Fayetteville, NC.
The groom is the son Lorraine (Urey) Dugan and the late
Thomas A. Dugan of Balboa, Panama. He is the grandson
of Mary (Gilbert) and the late John Urey of Dothan, AL.,
and Mary and the late Ralph Dugan of Clermont, FL.
The bride's maid and matron of honor were her
sisters, Christy Goodwin and Lisa (Goodwin) Stone.
Bridesmaids were Tricia (Dugan) Margeson, Aileen
Jenkins and Susan Alverio. The flower girl was Caitlin
Askew, the bride's cousin. Yvette Wilde performed
readings during the ceremony.


Katie Goodwin and Brian Dugan.


The groom's best men were Randall Bridges and
Patrick Lincoln. The groomsmen were Christian
Margeson, David Wertz and William Kirkland. The ring
bearer was Stephan Margeson.
Katie and Brian are both BHS'92 graduates and
1996 graduates of the University of Florida.. Following a
honeymoon at the Sandals' resort in St. Lucia, the couple
now reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where Katie is
employed as a clinical dietician at Parkland Memorial
Hospital and Brian is a project engineer with ABCo
Builders.


VOSE CREEK

Darla Susan Vose (BHS'85) of Pensacola, FL,
and Jeffrey Scott Creek of Decatur, IL, were married on
April 25, 1998 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Pensacola.
The bride is the daughter of Barbara (Hall) Vose (CHS'61)
of Pensacola (formerly of Corozal, Panama) and the late
Donald G. Vose. She is the granddaughter of Lucille
(Lyew) Hall of Riviera Beach, Florida, (formerly of
Margarita, R.P.) and the late Julian B. Hall. The groom is
the son of MaryAnn Creek of Decatur, Illinois, and the late
Thomas Creek.
Darla was given in marriage by her mother. The
Matron of Honor was Diana Taylor of Cantonment, FL and
the best man was Tom Creek, father of the groom, who
passed away three months later. Bridesmaids were Dawn
Berg, Libby Stough, Grace Hever and Donna Khork;
junior bridesmaid was Amber Medlock; flower girl was
Rachel Heck; ushers were Robert Vose (BHS'88), Kevin
Vose (BHS'84), Michael Creek, brother of the groom, and
Joe Hever. Ring bearer was Shane Vose-Mora, son of the
bride.


Darla Susan Vose and Jeffrey Scott Creek

The reception was held at the Ramada Inn of
Pensacola. The "Cinderella Fantasy" tiered wedding cake
was made by the bride's mother. The bridal bouquet was
caught by Mallory Khork and the bride's garter by Michael
Creek. Many out of town family and guests attended as well
as many local family and friends.
The bride is presently employed with the
Cordova Medical Center in Pensacola and the groom with
Loomis Fargo of Pensacola. The couple honeymooned at a
hotel on Pensacola Beach and are now residing with their son
in their new home at 6244 Kirsten Dr., Pensacola, FL 32504.






HARRIS MORRISSY

Anne Patricia Harris and Joseph Edward
Morrissy (BHS'87) were married on June 6, 1998 at St.
Augustine's R.C. Church in Larchmont, New York. Anne is
the daughter of Anne and Patrick Harris of Pearl River,
NY., and Joseph is the son of Noeline and the late Capt.
Joseph Morrissy of east Hampton, NY, formerly of Los
Rios, Panama. A reception followed at the Canyon Club in
Armonk, NY.
Susan Judge, the bride's sister was matron of
honor. Bridesmaids were Deborah Haughney, Ridgefield,
Ct., Kathleen Mooney, Mt. Kisco, NY (sisters of the bride),
Noeline Morrissy, Boston, Ma. and Brenda Markovitz, St.
Louis, Mo. (sisters of the groom). Scott Landry, Long
Beach, Ca. was best man. Groomsmen were Andy Hammer,
Boonville, Ca., Tom Ramsden, Port Aranses, Tx., Timmy
Harris, Blauvelt. NY. and Tony Mauro. Commack. NY.


David and Michelle Stone


RIOS HANNIGAN

Terry Rios and Dave Hannigan were married at
the Orlando World Center Marriott on July 1, 1998. The
wedding took place on the balcony of the hotel and was
attended by their families, friends and former classmates who
were at the hotel to celebrate their 20th year class reunion.


Anne P. Harris and Joseph E. Morrissy
Anne graduated from Rockland Community College
in NY and is an operating room nurse at Beebe Medical
Center in Lewes, DE. Joseph graduated from the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy, NY. and is a Delaware Bay
Pilot, bringing ships into the port of Philadelphia and the
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
After a two week honeymoon cruise to Italy, Greece
and Croatia, the newlyweds are residing in Lewes, De.




RADLOFF- STONE

Michelle Lee Radloff and David Alien Stone, both
of Cheyenne, WY, were married on August 15, 1998, at the
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oskosh, WI. The
reception was held in Omro, WI. After the wedding trip to
Saint Lucia, West Indies, the couple will live in Cheyenne.
Michelle is employed by the United Medical Center
as a Radiologic Technologist and David is a Captain in the
U.S. Airforce stationed at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Radloff of
Oskosh, WI, and parents of the groom are Malcolm and
Jean Stone of Henderson, North Carolina, formerly of
Cardenas, R.P.


Terry (Rios) Hannigan and David Hannigan

The wedding ceremony was not only beautiful but
also very unique Terry's three children received rings from
Dave thereby signifying their marriage into the Hannigan
family. The Hannigans reside in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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BRADLEY PETZOLD

Eileen Paige Bradley (BHS'89) and Per Petzold
were married in Bernau, Germany on December 20, 1997.
Jim and Diane Bradley, the bride's parents, treated the bride
and groom to a trip from Germany to North Carolina where
Jim and Diane hosted a small belated wedding get-together
with a typical Panamanian Cocktail-Buffet in their home in
Arden on August 14, 1998. Out of town guests were
Eileen's brother, Jim, Sherri and daughter Candace
Bradley, Jacksonville, FL; Michael and Kim Bradley of
the Woodlands, TX; grandmother Helen Kat, Pam Harbor,
FL and other family and close friends to include Marion and
Greg Linkh, Debra and Donna Vann, Don, Edward and
Betsy Alexander and Richard and Olga Phillips. Friends
in North Carolina included Willy and Wilma Nowotny, Bill
and Betty Dunning, Pat and Sherri Frazier and Pat Hunt.






Nikki Ann Schonert and Edwin Ayer Sheridan



SCHULTE SWORSKI

Stephanie Schulte and Robert Sworski were
married in Alexandria, MN, on June 20, 1998. Stephanie is
the daughter of Mary and Paul Schulte, both of whom were
teachers in the Canal Zone Schools. Stephanie is a Family
Practice physician in Luther Hospital and Midelfort Clinic
in Eau Claire, WI. Attending Stephanie was sister, Jennifer,
who is a medical student in Rochester, MN. Brother, Patrick
was a groomsman in the wedding.
Eileen and Per Petzold
Following all the festivities, Eileen and Per enjoyed
a brief 10-day vacation to Charlottesville, VA and
Washington, D.C., visiting friends and work colleagues
before departing for Germany.





SCHONERT SHERIDAN

Nikki Ann Schonert and Edwin Ayer
Sheridan IV of Alexandria, Virginia were joined together in
marriage on August 29, 1998, at the Saint Mary's Catholic
Church in Alexandria, VA. The reception was held at the
Belle Haven Country Club. Nikki is the daughter of Al and
Sheila Schonert (BHS'67). The couple, both graduates of
Virginia Tech are at home in Richmond, VA, following a
honeymoon trip to St. Lucia. Nikki works as an account
executive for Entertainment Publications, Inc. and her
husband is an account manager for Apex Systems, Inc. Stephanie and Bob Sworski





McNEIL PIERCE

Kelly McNeil and Paul Pierce were recently
married in Orlando, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Sue Marshall of
Orlando and Tom McNeil of Massillon, Ohio.
The groom is the son of Linda E. Pierce (BHS'64)
of West Palm Beach and James E. Pierce of Bloomington,
Illinois. Grandparents of the groom are Norris F. and
Thelma F. Fussell, currently residing in Lake Worth,
Florida.


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Kelly McNiel and Paul Pierce


BIVIN COFFIN

Margaret Leslie Bivin and Major Mark Randall
Coffin, U.S. Army, were married on July 11, 1998 at First
Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Betsy Bivin of
Sarasota and the late Capt. Kenneth Bivin. The groom is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Coffin of Haw River, North
Carolina..
Margaret was escorted down the aisle by her brother
Bill of Diablo Heights, Panama. Her attendants were Lisa
Barrett of Reston, Va., bridesmaid Sara Bivin of Panama
and flower girls Katie Bivin of Panama and Anna Bivin of
Duluth, Mn. Best man was Jay Snead of Haw River, NC.
Groomsman was David Bivin of Duluth, Mn.


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Margaret Leslie Bivin and Maj. Mark Randall
Coffin.
During the ceremony, Ann Bivin, sister-in-law of
the bride sang a solo, "How Beautiful."
The reception held at the church was attended by
family and friends of Sarasota, various parts of the U.S. and
from Panama.
Following a Caribbean cruise, the couple is residing
near Tampa in Valrico, Florida.



Abraham Lincoln's Quotations

1. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the
strong.
2. You cannot help the small man by tearing down the big
man.
3. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
4. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the
wage payer.
5. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than
your income.
6. You cannot further brotherhood of man by inciting
class hatreds.
7. You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
8. You cannot build character and courage by taking away
a man's initiative and independence.
9. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them
what they could and should do for themselves.

Aren't these quotations still valid today?







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Cheryl Renee Harp
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Jess and Lynn (Dunning) Harp are proud to
announce the arrival of Cheryl Renee Harp on April
19, 1998. She joins her sister Samantha Rae (4yrs)
and brother Jess Nathan (3yrs).


Cassandra and Samantha
Coyle
Tom Coyle has twins! Tom Coyle and wife Susan,
of San Antonio, Texas, are proud parents of twin girls.
Cassandra and Samantha Coyle which were born February
12, 1998. Sons Austin and Ethan are their happy brothers.


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Tom Coyle with twin daughters Cassandra and
Samantha
Tom Coyle grew up in Diablo, Canal Zone. Proud
grandmother is Ellen Coyle of Corpus Christi, Texas.


Rylie Alyssa Smith
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Paul and Kerrie (Hill) Smith with new daughter, Rylie
Alyssa.


Rebekah Sydney Cohen


Dave and Mary (Harp) Cohen are proud to announce
the arrival of Rebekah Sydney Cohen on May 12,
1998. She joins her sister Sarah Nicole (3 yrs).


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Mackenzie Rae Dupree


Karen and Steven Armistead proudly announce
the birth of their daughter, Erin Claire, on February 11,
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Tiernan (Corrigan) and Dodd Dupree of
Jacksonville, Florida, are proud to announce the birth of their
daughter, Mackenzie Rae, born on 2"' of December, 1997.


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Karen and Steven Armistead with Erin Claire..

Paternal grandparents are Barbara M. Armistead
and the late Howard Armistead. Maternal grandparents
were the late Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ocheltree, formerly of.
Gamboa, Canal Zone. The Armisteads are residents of
Houston, Texas.

Sean Joseph Markovitz

Brenda and Kevin Markovitz of Wildwood, Mo.
Are happy to announce the birth of their third child, Sean
Joseph, born on July 8, 1998. He is welcomed by brother
Ryan, age 4, and sister Aileen, 2.


Tiernan (Corrigan) and Dodd DuPree with
Mackenzie Rae

Maternal grandparents are Collin and Alberta
(Wilder) Corrigan of Gatun, Panama. Paternal grandparents
are Frank DuPree of Taboga, Panama and Janet
Sutherland of Duneli;l), RForida. Great-grandparents are Joe
and Lucille Corrigan of Orlando and Albert Wilder of
Ocala, Florida.


Brenda and Kevin Markovitz with Aileen Ryan
and Sean Joseph
Proud grandparents are Diane and Joe Markovitz
of St. Louis, Mo. and Noeline and the late Joe Morrissy of
East Hampton, NY., formerly of Los Rios, Panama.


Erin Claire Armistead









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Paul Badonsky, 91, of Aiken, South Carolina, died
August 13, 1998 at Aiken Regional Medical Center. Paul
served in the Army during World War II and worked for the
Panama Canal for 29 years, and when he retired from the
Locks Division, he moved to Aiken. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Societies of Florida and South Carolina
and N.A.R.F.E.
He is survived by his wife, Leona; a daughter, Paula
Leitch of Lexington, S.C,; a son, Leo of Oxford, GA; four
grandchildren; and sisters Catherine Woodward of Irving,
TX. and Olga Fisher on Unionstown, Ohio.


Hayden Filip.Bushong, 84, passed away August 9,
1998 in Port Angeks;-Washington. She was born in Pachuta,
Miss. and married Jan Filip in 1941 in the Canal Zone, who
died in 1982. She then married Lawrence Bushong in 1985
who passed away in 1996. During her lifetime, career
opportunities placed her in the Canal Zone, New York City,
Prague, Czechoslovakia, New Jersey, Monterey, Mexico,
Montreal, Canada and Mexico City. She lived a Christian life
and was a student and teacher of the Bible, and was
concerned about the needs of others..
Survivors include daughters Jana Didrickson of Port
Angeles and Gayle Flowers of Ft. Walton Beach, Fl; brothers
Julien Hearne of Eustis, Fl., and William Hearne of McCalla,
Al.; and nine grandchildren. Brother Webb Hearne died in
1988.



Hugh W. Cassibry, 84, of Ocean Springs,
Mississippi, died May 26, 1998. He retired from the Panama
Canal Company in 1973 after 34 years of service. He was
employed as a rates Analyst in the Budget and Rates
Division of the Office of the Comptroller. He served on the
Governor's Stamp Advisory Committee and was on the
Board of Trustees of the Balboa union Church. He was a
graduate of Mississippi State University and served in the
U.S. Navy. He had been a resident of Ocean Springs since
1973 and was a member and former officer of the
Mississippi Coast Audubon Society.
He is survived by his wife, Chiquita of Ocean
Springs; two daughters, Peggy Vix, Paso Robles, Ca., and
Linda Mack, Chantilly, Va. : a son, Robert of Menominee,
Mi; a sister, Peggy Hinds, Ocean Springs; and six grandsons
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Joyce
Cassibry, and a son, Wilton..



John R. Deckle, 73, of Brandon, Florida, passed
away September 29, 1998. Born in Tampa, Florida, he served
in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received his
Masters degree from Florida State University and left for the
Canal Zone in 1963, where he taught English, Geography
and Art at Balboa High School for 22 years, retiring in 1985
to Brandon, Florida.
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His survivors include daughter Debbie; sons John
and Mark, all of Temple Terrace, Florida and son Allen of
Riverview, Florida.


Ernest E. Faris, 83, died September 9, 1998 in
Kingman, Arizona. He was born in Springfield, Missouri. He
retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1970 with over
35 years of government service and moved to Kingman.
While in the Canal Zone, he was associated with the Union
Church as Sunday School teacher, financial secretary and
chairman of the Church Council. He was also a member of
the Sojourners Lodge AF & AM, the Scottish Rite, O.E.S.,
and the Abou Saad Shrine Temple. He served as Worshipful
Master and Secretary of Sojourners Lodge, High Priest of the
Royal Arch Masons and Secretary of Kingman Lodge #22,
as well as being a charter member of Kingman High Twelve
#612 and was involved with the Order of Rainbow Girls and
DeMolay.
He is survived by Viola Honstien, his devoted
companion for over 11 years; a son, Ernest Jr., Kingman;
daughters, Jane Faris, Colorado Springs, Co, Virginia Angle,
Kingman, and Marie Newcomer, Woodbridge, Va.; nine
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Alyce M. Friedrich, 84 of Winter Springs, Florida,
died September 1, 1998. She was born in New York Cvity
and came to the Canal Zone with her parents in 1920. Her
husband retired from the Industrial Division in 1969 and they
moved to San Diego. They returned to Panama in 1972 and
made their home in Santa Clara, Panama. In 1995 she
accompanied her son to Florida and lived with him for the
past three years. Her husband Eddie passed away in 1981.
She is survived by her son, Louis Tremblay;
daughter-in-law Margot; seven grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren.


Peggy Finnegan of Ventura, California, died
August 26. 1998 at the Ventura Community General
Hospital. Born in New York, NY, she retired from the
Panama Canal Postal Division of the Atlantic side of the
Isthmus.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years,
Howard; sister-in-law Mildred Snowden of Ventura, Ca.; a
niece, Maureen Kivelhan of New Jersey, and a nephew,
Charles Kivelhan of Florida.

Alice M. French, 89, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died October 4, 1998 at St. Petersburg General Hospital. She
was born in New York City and came to St. Petersburg from
Escondido, California. She lived in the Canal Zone for
several years, was a homemaker and an Episcopalian. She
was an avid golfer.
Survivors include a brother, Harry D. Foster of St.
Petersburg and several nieces and nephews.


Marie B. French, 70, of Winter Springs, Florida,
died August 23, 1998 after a long illness. She moved to the
Canal Zone in 1954 and left in 1971. While there she





worked several years as a switchboard operator on the
Atlantic side. Upon her return to the states, she helped her
brother's business get off to a good start and worked as an
office manager for two more companies before retiring.
Marie was a past Worthy Matron of Coral Chapter #3, OES,
Gatun, Canal Zone. She was preceded in death by her
husband Arthur French in 1970.
Marie is survived by her son, Lewis (Gene) E.
French of Longwood, Florida; a sister, Helen Bohannon of
Tampa; a brother, Frank Copeland of Dade City, FL; two
grandchildren, Holly and Mandy and many memories and
friends.


George F. Gercich, 76, died on August 5, 1998,
at Mission Viejo Hospital in Mission Viejo, California after
a long battle with cancer. George was formerly principal of
Coco Solo and Margarita schools on the Atlantic side, and
principal of Los Rios and Howard Elementary Schools on
the Pacific sides. He retired in January 1986 with 32 years
of service. He enjoyed playing tennis and won a number of
tournaments after retirement. He belonged to the Irvine
Tennis Club and enjoyed walking the beaches. On the last
trip he made, he attended the PCSOFL reunion in Orlando
and he was thrilled when his former students made
themselves known to him. He had a special place in his
heart for them, as he had for each of his daughters, sons-in-
law and his grandchildren who were a special joy.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen;
daughters Nancy DeLima of Panama, Catherine Gercich,
Nina nelson and Cheri Gaylord, all of California, and nine
grandchildren.

Gregory P. Gramlich, 75, of Tarpon Springs,
Florida, died October 20, 1998 at home under the care of
Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in the Canal
Zone and retired as Senior Lockmaster from the Locks
Division in June 1978 with over 37 years of service and
settled in Florida.. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy
during World War II and he was a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Gladys F.
of Tarpon Springs; a son, Larry G. of Balboa, Panama; two
brothers, Richard of Largo, Florida and Mark of San Diego;
four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
two brothers,


Corina S. Hinkle, 86, died suddenly on June 16,
1998 in Panama City, R.P. She was born in Colon to Oscar
and Olga Sandberg during the construction of the Panama
Canal. She was raised in Boquete, Chiriqui, where her
parents settled after the construction of the waterway.
Corine was a graduate of Balboa High School and a long
time member of the Balboa Union Church. While her
children were growing up, she was active with the
Brownies, the Cub Scouts and was a founding member of
the Fastlich Teenage Baseball League. After retiring from
the Army, she did volunteer work for the American Red
Cross and the Smithsonian Institution for which she was
awarded the Panama Canal Commission's Silver Honorary
Public Service Award in 1997. Her husband, Jim Bill


Hinkle preceded her in death in 1975.
She is survived by her son, William S. (Sandy)
Hinkle and his wife Yoly; daughter Lacy A. Seppy; brother,
Albert Sandberg, all living in Panama, and four
grandchildren.



William W.E. Hoyle, 84, of Manchester, and
formerly of St. Petersburg, Florida, died September 23, 1998
at home. He retired as Chief Customs Inspector of the
Panama Canal in 1974 after 36 years of service. He was a
member of AARP and NARFE.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rita M.
Hoyle; a son, Richard of Stafford, Va.; two daughters,
Virginia Lankarge of Glastonbury and Catherine Coleman of
Woodward, Ok; a brother, George of Cranston, RI; six
grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.




John William Huson, 78, died September 4, 1998
at Oceanside, California. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone
and he retired from the Electrical Division in September
1974 with over 32 years of government service. He served in
the Navy from 1944 to 1946 as an electrician's mate second
class. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ethel
Huson in 1978.
He is survived by his daughters Nancy Armstrong
of San Diego, Ca., Linda sue Donovan of Colorado Springs,
Co. and Colleen Scholz of La Point, Utah; nine
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Gertrude Norris Jackson Koepke, 84, of Santa
Clara, Republic of Panama, died June 7, 1998 at Santa F6
Hospital, Panama. Born in Culebra, Canal Zone, she attended
school in San Jose, Costa Rica and graduated from Syracuse
University as a member of the Kappa Gamma Sorority. She
married Lt. Henry B. Twohy in Colon, R.P. who was fatally
injured in a plane crash six months later. She then married
Lt. William Robinson at Coco Solo who was later declared
missing in action over the Pacific. Gertrude worked in the
Office of Censorship from 1942-1944 and in 1946 married
Captain Lyle L (Kip) Koepke, USN, later returning to
Panama. In 1953 Kip was awarded the Vasco Nuiiez de
Balboa for meritorious service he and Gertrude performed
while he was Commanding Officer of N.A.S. Coco Solo. He
passed away in 1982 at Gorgas Army Hospital and Gertrude
returned home to Santa Clara where she resided until two
months before her death.
She is survived by her son, Henry Twohy of Tampa,
FL; two daughters and sons-in-law, Taffy and Tim Corrigan,
and Sherry Williams and Steve Helin, a stepson, Larry
Palmer Koepke; and eleven grandchildren, Tracy Helin
Winkler, Stephanie Helin, Kara Twohy, Henry B. Twohy III,
Chris and Colleen Corrigan, Kate and Ryan Williams,
Laurie, Kirby and Kate Koepke. She was preceded in death
by her daughter Gertrude Helin of Los Rios, Panama who
was killed during "Operation Just Cause", and a stepson,
Craig Koepke of Flint, Michigan.





Margaret (Williams) Lawson, 89, of Clearwater,
Florida, passed away September 5, 1998 following a brief
illness. She came to Panama in the early 1900's after her
father, Charles F. Williams was employed by the Panama
Canal Company in 1905. She was married to Colin Lawson,
who passed away in 1972. They resided on both sides of the
Isthmus and last lived in Brazos Heights. She moved to the
U.S. following her husband's death.
She is survived by two sisters, Marie Henriquez and
Anne Williams; a brother, Charles (Buddy) Williams; three
daughters, Patricia Pinto, Colleen Mate and Stephen Menges;
six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Florence E. Mallett, 93, of New Port Richey,
Florida, passed away October 29, 1998 at Forest Glen Lodge,
New Port Richey under the care of Hospice of Pasco-
Hernando. She was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania and left
the Canal Zone in 1968 Where she worked as an accounting
clerk for the Panama Canal Company. She was a member of
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dunedin, Florida, the Suncoast
Camera Club, N.A.R.F.E. and the Panama Canal Society of
Florida.
Survivors include her daughter, Jeanne M. Wheeler
of Bayonet Point, Florida; a son, Richard L. of St. Augustine,
Florida, nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a
great-great-grandchild.


Betty L. Malone, 76, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died August 20, 1998. Born in Ancon, she left the Canal
Zone in 1969 upon retirement of her husband, Walter
Malone from the Dredging Division, who passed away in
October 1973.. She was a homemaker and a member of
Lutheran Church of the Cross and the Panama Canal Society
of Florida where she was recently awarded the Distinguished
Service Award for her dedicated service for the past 17
years.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice Andino, of
Jacksonville, FL., two brothers; Ray N. Norris, Baltimore,
MD. And Jack A. Norris, Jackson, MS.; a sister, Teresa
Sandidge, Entiat, WA; three grandchildren; and a great-
granddaughter.


Lee H. Marks, 65, of Huntsville, Tennessee, died
September 5, 1998 at a local hospital. She graduated from
Balboa High School in 1949. She graduated from South
Eastern Missouri State College with a B.S. degree in
Education in 1964 and lived in Huntsville for the past 30
years, teaching French and Spanish in the school system.
She also made two church missions to Bolivia. She was
treasurer for CASA and worked with Habitat for Humanity.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd B. Marks;
a daughter, Julie Mosby Zimmerman of Grafton, Ill.; three
sons, John Richard of Grafton, Jeffrey R. of Pineville, La.,
and Philip T. of Las Vegas, Nv; two stepdaughters, Sandra
Lance of Atlanta, Ga., and Connie Schmitzer of Huntsville;
a sister, Julie Gondry of Stockton, Ca.; six grandchildren;
three step-grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
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Helen Tripp Mason, 97, of Vancouver,
Washington, died June 8, 1998 at the home of her niece,
Marge French. She was born in Allegan County, Michigan,
went to Normal School and became a teacher. She lived in
the Canal Zone from 1939 to 1948 and was active in the
Rock & Mineral Club. After her husband, Clarence R. died,
she busied herself in making quilts for all her children, did a
lot of hunting, fishing, rock-hounding and gardening. Her
health began to deteriorate in 1997.
She is survived by two sons, Robert L. of Yakima,
WA. and Victor R. of Bullhead City, AZ.; a sister, Marie
Rowe of Allegan, MI: several nieces and nephews, as well as
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Martha J. Matheney, 84, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died September 13, 1998 at home. She was born in
Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from Memphis State
University and received a masters degree in nutrition from
Columbia University. For several years she was a dietician at
Gorgas Hospital and Corozal Hospital in the Canal Zone.
Since moving to St. Petersburg she was active in many
volunteer agencies and was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Angus O. Matheney, in 1996.
She is survived by a niece, Mary Alexander, of
Akron. Ohio.


Allen K. Miller, 85 of Sarasota, Florida, died
October 3, 1998. He was born in Danville, Illinois and
graduated from the University of Illinois. He left the Canal
Zone in 1971 upon retirement as Chief of the Electrical
Branch with over 33 years of service. He was past
commander of the Canal Zone Power Squadron. As a Mason
he was past master of Chagres Lodge and a member of the
Eastern Star in the Canal Zone. He was also a member of
NARFE and of the Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church where he
was an elder.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Kathyleen;
two daughters, Martha K. Hoskins of Portland, Oregon and
Marjorie W. Scheiwe of Monument, Colorado; a brother,
Gordon of Danville and two grandchildren.


Charles E. Oiler, (Uncle Charlie), 88, of Balboa,
Canal Area, died September 16, 1998 in San Fernando
Hospital, Panama City, RAP. Uncle Charlie retired from the
Panama Canal Company, Motor Transportation Division in
1965 after 35 years of service. He also worked at his family
newsstand at the Balboa train station.
He is survived by his sister, Ofelia Ereth, Tacoma,
WA.; his brother, David (Tony) of Balboa; sister-in-law
Stella Oller, and nephews Melvyn, Yolanda, Peggy and
Dennis Oiler of Panama, Rep. of Panama.

Ernest A. Prudhom, 73, of Edmond, Oklahoma,
died July 29, 1998 at his home. He was born in the Canal
Zone, attended Canal Zone schools until he graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1943. He served in the Navy during






World War II, married his wife in 1947 and graduated from
Bryant College in Providence, R.I. with a degree in
accounting in 1953. He joined Sylvania Electric Co. In
Titusville, Pa. And held a number of positions in the parts
division plants in York and Warren, Pa. In 1964 he was in
charge of the sales office in Orlando, Fl. And in 1966 was
named plant manager for a newly re-opened plant in
Shawnee, Ok., and became part owner of the J.A. Runge Co.
In Seminole. He joined the Oklahoma Baptist University in
1979 and upon retirement from OBU in 1989, he was
assistant vice president for business affairs. He was a
member of the State Board of Education and the Governor's
Committee for employment for the handicapped. He was a
member of the Quail Springs United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Esther (Drew) of the
home; a daughter Terri Ritchey of Littleton, Co, and sons
Tom and Ernie, both of Edmond; and six grandchildren.


Ellen "Betty" Mead Robertson, 77, of Stuart,
Florida, died October 11, 1998. She was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone and moved to Florida from California in 1983.
She was a retired Federal employee from the Panama Canal
Zone, U.S. Attorney's Office, Department of Justice; and
was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by two sons, John Lubera, of Big
Pine Key, Fl., and Norman Robertson of Stuart, Fl; two
sisters, Emily Henter and Alberta Smith, St. Petersburg; and
two grandchildren, Katherine and Jonathan Robertson, of
Stuart, Fl.


S. Aileen Salter, 82, of Clearwater, Florida, died
June 16, 1998. Born in Pierson, Florida, she came to the
Canal Zone in 1944 with her husband, Earl Salter and their
three children. Both Aileen and Earl retired in 1968, he from
the Marine Electrical Division and she from the Commissary
Division. Earl passed away in 1970.
She is survived by two sons; Talmadge of
Landsdale, Pa., and Robert of Seminole, Fl.; a daughter,
Colleen Salter of Winter Park, Fl; a sister, Marie Samples of
Lyons, Ga; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



Betty C. Springer, 77, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died August 30, 1998 at home. Born in Portland, Oregon, she
came to Pinellas park in 1984 from Hollywood, Florida, and
was a retired teletype operator for the Federal Aviation
Administration in the Panama Canal Zone.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, John;
four sons, Ronnie Newton and Jim Springer, both of Seattle,
WA., Robert Newton of Melbourne and David Stringer of
Ireland; and six grandchildren.


John Eldon Standefer, 70, a retired nuclear physi-
cist with LTV died October 2, 1998 in Dallas. He was born
in Tampico, Mexico, graduated from Balboa High School
in 1945, attended Canal Zone College and graduated from
Texas Wesleyan College. He was a veteran, serving in
Panama. a past member of the American Nuclear Society,
and Ridglea Country Club. He was a past president of Bols,
Inc. a custom home building company and a past member of


the American Health Physics Society, He was preceded in
death by his wife of 45 years, Kathleen Boling Standefer,
his daughter, Deborah Kathleen Standefer; his parents,
Horace and Jacsie Standefer, and his brother, H.B. "Sandy"
Standefer.
He is survived by daughters Sandra Kay Standefer
and Jana Boswell of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. E.W. McLeod of
Charlotte, NC; two grandchildren; several uncles and aunts,
nieces and nephews and many other extended family
members and friends. Among the pallbearers at his funeral
were Georges Bouche of Wichita falls and Demetrio
"Jimmy" Lakas of Panama.


Carolyn Lucia Holgerson Twohy, 56, of Balboa
Heights, Panama, passed away on August 23, 1998 in
Tampa, Florida. Born in Colon, R.P. she was a 1959
graduate of Balboa High School and earned her Bachelor's
and Master's degrees from Nova University. She retired as
Chief, Administrative Services Division on August 3, 1998
with over 38 years of dedicated service with the Panama
Canal. During this time of service she received 17
Outstanding Service Awards and was presented the Master
Key Award in the grade of Master Record Keeper and
Community Booster at her Memorial.Service on August 26,
1998. Community activities were always a major part in
Carol's life. In 1992, she was presented a Bronze Public
Service Award for her many years of community service,
having served on many and diversified committees, in
church, Scouts, Soccer Leagues, theater, Football Leagues,
Residents Advisory Committee and BHS Red Machine
Booster Club.
Carol is survived by her husband of 29 years,
Henry; daughter Kara; son Henry B III, five sisters, Joan
Collins, Nellie Armstrong, Paula Decker, Jane Thompson
and Judy Dorcey; sisters-in-law Taffy Corrigan, Sherry
Williams; brothers-in-law Jim Collins, Terry Armstrong, Milt
Thompson, Steve Dorsey, Tim Corrigan, Steve Helin, and
Larry Koepke; and 21 nieces and nephews.





Edwin J. Wardlow, Jr., 33, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died on October 25, 1998 at Edward White Hospital.
He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and came to St.
Petersburg in 1983 from Brentwood, New York. He worked
in customer service for Chase Bank in Tampa for three years
and served on the board of directors of the Suncoast AIDS
Network. He was an active member of FACT (For AIDS
Care Today) of St. Petersburg.
He is survived by his parents, Edwin J. Sr and step-
mother Vicki Sizemore of Auburndale, Florida and Dianne
Wardlow of Pinellas Park, Florida; a sister, April Wardlow
of East Islip, N.Y. and his partner, Bryan Lord.



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Elsie Woodruff with daughters Darlene Hunt and Carol (Kapinos) and Robert Smith, Tucson, AZ.
Linda Weir after the Reunion.

McARTHUR FAMILY REUNION


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During the weekend of June 19-21, 1998, forty-four members of the McArthur family gathered in Dallas,
Texas for a memorable Father's Day weekend. The original six, William, Ruth, Bobo, Edna, Charlie and George
were together once again, along with their families. It was a chance to share stories, reminisce about life in Panama,
meet new family members, and allow the grandchildren an opportunity to see what a special family they are part of.
Our theme said it all: "Nothing Beats Family!"





BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Chelsea Rose Grimison celebrated her 2nd bnI-lid
in the midst of family members and friends in her Orlando
Florida home. Chelsea is the second child of Patrick and
Myra (Brannon) Grimison. Her brother Brandon turned
5 this year. Maternal grandparents are Elva and Jerry
Brannon of Bastrop, Texas. Paternal grandparents are
Nancy and Tom Grimison of Satellite Beach, Fl. Chelsea's
godparents are Bill and Laura McGann of Curundu, R.P.


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The "Organizers!" Pam (Horoda) Rogers (BHS'75)
and Rosana (Price) Boucher (BHS'75).


Chelsea Rose Grimison celebrates her 2nd birthday,
with her mother, Myra (Brannon), dad Patrick, and
her brother, Brandon.


ZONIAN SPIRIT ALIVE!
The Zonian spirit is alive in Texas! Eighty-one
Zonians got together in Dallas on October 3, 1998 at Sneaky
Pete's Restaurant & Yacht Club on Lake Lewisville for what
turned out to be a very special -.jilici ii,' Rosana (Price)
Boucher and 1 organized the event after running into one
another in a furniture store at the end of July.
All who attended the get-together were very
complimentary and want more of the same planned for the
future. We currently have a list of 300 interested Zonians!
(Texas is a big state!) Any publicity toward this end would
be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Pam (Horoda) Rogers (BHS'75)
(972) 393-1338
Fax (972) 393-4125
robbrogers@prodigy.net


Festive Zonians! Maria and Paul Walker.






PANAMA RAILROAD COMES TO
LIFE AGAIN!

The American Companies, Kansas City Southern
Industries (KCSI) and Mi-Jack Corp, have purchased the
Panama Railroad concession from the Panamanian
government. What this concession allows the newly formed
Panama Canal Railroad Company (PCRC) to do is to rebuild
and operate the railroad for at least the next 30 years. The
reconstruction project will require removal of all existing
railroad track and ties and replacement with standard gauge
track and new ballast rock. KCSI's part of the deal will be
to rebuild and operate the railroad. Mi-Jack's part of the deal
will be to build and operate the terminal facilities where
cargo containers will be transferred from ships to trains and
from trains to ships. Current plans for the project are to use
the train exclusively for transporting container cargo,
stacked two containers high, across the isthmus on a single
track. Passenger service may be added sometime in the
future, and if the economics can justify it, a second parallel
track will be added.


GRANDPA NORRIS, CYNTHIA
AND CAMERON HODES SEEK
HELP!

Cam and Cyndi Hodes are the son-in-law and
daughter of Charlie Norris, BHS'46 who want to adopt a
baby. They have tried to conceive a child for several years,
including tests and procedures for fertility without success.
They are now more committed to each other for an adoption


Members of Jim Clary's field crew conducting an
Environmental Impact Statement for the Panama
Railroad Reconstruction Project. April 1998.

Panamanian laws require that an Environmental
Impact Statement be prepared for the project, so last April,
Jim Clary (married to Karen Husum) and three of his
associates,, under contract with KCSI, with personnel from
the Panamanian environmental company ANCON, did the
field work for the EIS. The field team was lucky enough to
ride the rail from Balboa to Colon which was a 6 hour trip.
It is not like it used to be. The rails are badly aligned, and
most of the railroad ties have been severely burned from
brush clearing and burning over the years. A normal size
locomotive and train would not be able to travel the entire
distance now, so we were taken across in a small open "cart"
pulled by another small "cart" with an engine (see photo).
We made many stops along the way including the Miraflores
tunnel, Pedro Miguel, Summit, Gamboa, Frijoles, Monte
Lirio Bridge, Gatun and Colon. What a treat it was to travel
the Panama Railroad again! One of the very amazing things
about the trip was the fac that the Canal/Gatun Lake level
was nearly 10 feet lower that its normal level. There were
many broad expanses of beach exposed and the upper parts
of Gatun Lake revealed miles and miles of exposed tree
stumps in the lake.
Construction of the new railroad should be well
underway by November of this year. The engineering design
company, Bridgefarmer, has established a Panama office and
will be letting bids for the construction. Plans are to have the
railroad operational by approximately December, 1999.
Jim Clary
Austin, Texas


Cam and Cyndi Hodes
As you can see in the photo, grandpa Norris likes
the whole idea. He says, "I'm a likeable guy, and babies
love me." Baby Clayton, with grandpa, is the son of
grandpa's other daughter, Carole, born in April 1998.
You can help fill in the empty circle with another
baby if you dial (925) 256-0382 or write the Hodes at 1779
Second Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94596 informing them of
a Possible adoption.


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Grandpa Norris says, "I'm a likeable guy, and babies
love me."




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FOR GOLFERS.....

Florida has added another world-class resort to its
vacation landscape, a dynamic travel destination celebrating
"The Royal and Ancient Game" Golf.
The World Golf Village, located between
Jacksonville and St. Augustine, now open, offering golf
devotees from beginners to professionals an unparalleled
opportunity to experience the history, traditions and grandeur
of this ever-growing sport.
The May grand opening culminated more than 10
years of planning and dreaming. Twenty-six golfing
organizations from around the globe including the U.S
PGA TOUR, USGA, PGA European Tour, PGA of Japan,
Southern Africa Tour, PGA Tour of Australia, Royal
Canadian Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf
Club of St. Andrews joined forces to develop golf's
premier destination and shrine to the game's greatest
contributors.
As a result, golf afficionados from around the globe
will -now be coming to Jacksonville, St. Augustine and
surrounding communities for fun and relaxation.
They won't be disappointed. The World Golf Hall
of Fame, IMAX Theater, first of three championship golf
courses, two resort hotels, convention center and emerging
retail development promise a thoroughly enjoyable
experience.
The resort centerpiece, visible for miles, is the
World Golf Hall of Fame, capped by its dominating 190 foot
tower. While the Hall of Fame includes collections of
artifacts and video tributes to the life and career of its 73
current inductees, the museum serves up a state-of-the-art
presentation of the games history and excitement. Guests can
walk across a replica of the famous Swilcan Burn Bridge
from the 18th hole in St. Andrews or log on to survey
statistics and highlights from tournament action around the
world. This museum includes two outdoor exhibits; a par-3
island challenge hole and grass putting course featuring 18
separate, full size greens.


World Golf Hall of Fame rises majestically over the
Northeast Florida landscape.

Of course, no golf hall of fame would be complete
without a great golf course. The World Golf Village delivers
with "The Slammer and the Squire" 18-hole championship
court and clubhouse, named for Hall of Fame legends and
course design consultants Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen.
Two additional 18-hole courses will soon be built nearby.
While golf lovers can't help but get caught up in the
history and excitement of the game, the World Golf Village


also offers special amenities to relax and refresh non-golfers
while their companions are on the links.
The World Golf Village Resort Hotel and Vistana
Resort at the World Golf Village offer one-of-a-kind vacation
experiences, including fine dining, outdoor pools, exercise
facilities, tennis courts and expansive gift shops. In late
1998, The Shops at World Golf Village will be fully open,
featuring more than 80,000 square feet of stores, galleries,
restaurants and boutiques. Future additions will include the
Golf Library and Resource center, the Golf Academy, Mayo
Clinic facilities, and the World Golf Village Spa.
To learn more about golf's new ultimate
destination, call 1-800-WGV-4746 or visit the World Golf
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Autumn 1998



A FOUR GENERATION PICTURE

Margaret Fontaine, widow of the late Charles
Fontaine is with her son, Charles Fontaine, Jr. who was
born on Gorgas Hospital and grew up in Curundu, Canal
Zone, graduating from Balboa High School in 1966. Charles'
daughter, Christine (Fontaine) Pacquin, and her daughter
Brittany Pacquin which makes for a four-generation team.
Charles Jr., who lives with his family in Coventry,
Rhode Island, also has two sisters, Shirley Jean and Mary
Katherine, also graduates of Balboa High School. His son,
Eric is 17 years old.


Charles Fontaine, Jr., his granddaughter Brittany
Pacquin, his daughter, Christine Fontaine Pacquin,
and his mother, Margaret Fontaine.


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The MURRAY WALKER family, taken in Memphis, Tn.
at Christmas. L-R: Fran Johnson Walker, Clayton
Walker with son Tyler, (and Morgan arrived after this
photo), Murry or M.C. Walker, wife Lessie, daughter
Lesa Walker Hirsch, Cliff Hirsch, and daughter Anne
on post, Larry Walker and wife Deivia Hallet Walker
and son Austin.


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Hello, Red, White and Blue Troupe members! Thanks
to Mr. Greiser for great activity, from the opening of
Madison Square Garden to the Grantland Rice movie
ilm, the Saturday morning crab races, diving and
swimming competition college scholarships, and the
good old days.. By: Vonna Hambelton Huldtquist
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Dear Zonian Members:
I am writing this letter "
to ask you for prayers for
our 61/2year old grandson,
Jared and his family.
jared has a very aggressive
cancer called
Neuoblastoma. In April,
he had surgery to remove
a large tumor and his left
kidney, but now the
cancer has returned, not
only in the cavity where
the kidney was, abut also Jared hael
in his lungs. Jared is now Smith
in a pilot program which
involves treatment with high doses of chemotherapy. This
will be followed by two bone marrow transplants using stem
cells from his own marrow, which will be collected at
intervals during treatment. He will also receive radiation
therapy. The prognosis for this type of cancer is not good, so
we really need a MIRACLE. Please pray that our grandson
survives the treatment and God will touch him with His
blessing.
Gratefully yours,
Gil and Sue Smith
Clearwater, Florida



FIRST ANNUAL FORT AMADOR
OFFICERS CLUB SPAGHETTI
DINNER

Randy and Joella Deakins of Rockledge, Florida,
had the first Annual Fort Amador Officers Club Spaghetti
dinner at their home.
The following 33 Zonians attended: Al and Sheila
Schonert, Dave and Judy Jenkins, Roger and Nancy
Dean, Bud and Val Dempsey, Louis and Sandy Reyes,
Danny and Kathy Donaldson, Norm, Janet, Wayne and
Lee Ann Watkins, Terry, Sue and Marc Deakins, Jim and
Jerry Farnsworth, Bob and Kathy McConaughey, Earl
and Nancy McMillin, Bob and Fran Morrissey, Lauray
Will, Jinjer Jeffries, Janice Scott, Randy, Joella and Tim
Deakins.


The First Annual Fort Amador Officer's Club
Spaghetti Dinner on the Florida East Coast.


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residents), Lorraine Juvet (BHS teacher), Roger Kelley ,
(BHS'51), Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco (CHS'51), John
Lindgren (CHS) and Carlene Lindgren, Noella Lindgren,
John's mother, Flo and Phil Olsen (23 yr. residents),
Dorothy (Olsen) Shelley (BHS'72), Kathy Olsen
(BHS'68), Keith Olsen (BHS'74), Bill Quinn, Hal and
Joann Robinson (pilot), Ted and Ellen (Clute) Starkey,
Jim (BHS & CHS) and Carol Sullivan, Lewis and Sandra
Tabor (CHS), Roger (CHS) and Lenore Weidoff, Beni
Landof, Bob and Alice Forsythe.
The fun went on until about 4:00 p.m. when
goodbyes were said and all promised to meet again next year
at the seventh annual Northern California picnic. Anyone
interested in attending this yearly event please contact Jane
Kaufer Cochrane at 707-537-1924, e-mail
JECVID@aol.com, or Nancy Kaufer Lanfranco at 650-
712-8769, e-mail : nano33@aol.com.


Maria and Tony Ramirez, of Menlo Park, California,
proudly display the Panamanian coat of arms on a
batea while astride their Rolls Royce


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Former Canal Zone residents of Northern California
meet at Rincon Valley Park in Santa Rosa. About 50
attended, who enjoyed culinary delights and
reminiscing.


The O'DONNELS: L-R: Jim, Tom, Maria, Dan, Bob.


NORTHERN CALIFORNIAN'S
GATHER

A group of former residents of Panama and the
Canal Zone living in Northern California gathered on August
23, 1998 at Rincon Valley Park in Santa Rosa, California for
our sixth annual mini-reunion. As usual, we enjoyed talking
about out lives in Panama, the activities and acquaintance we
had shared.
About 50 people attended and we enjoyed cilinary
delights as ceviche, courtesy of Hal Robinson, and "ropa
vieja", courtesy of Leila Hand who learned the recipe from
her maid who lived in the interior of Panama. Those
attending were: Jane Kaufer Cochrane (CHS'40) and Jim
Cochrane, Bill Clute (pilot 30 years) and Cora Clute, Fred
Belend (BHS'52) and Ann Belend, Frank Borsellino
(CHS'64) and Marsellina, Norine (Kaufer) Crnich
(CHS'76), Lee Doyle (CHS'42) and Willie Doyle, Myrna
(Boynton) Erickson (BHS'52) and Harold Erickson,
Bobbie (Styles) Field, (CHS'40), John and Lilia Freed and
daughter, Nancy Gordillo, Tom and Leila Hand (18 yr.


A FAMILY PHOTO

The late Marjorie LeBrun, born in 1893 and
deceased in 1997 (104 years old), has son Charles LeBrun,
(BHS'45) of Riverside. California and daughter Barbara
(LeBrun) Chadwick of Las Vegas. Nevada (BHS'47) at her
side in a treasured family photo..
Photo submitted by Barbara Chadwick


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The late Marjorie LeBrun with son Charles LeBrun
and daughter Barbara (LeBrun) Chadwick,






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L-R: Capt. Bill and Anna Marie Monson, Al Sprague,
Dagny and Marsha Sprague at Key West, Fla.


L-R: Vincent Hammond, Estela (Aguirre) Hammond,
Yvonne (Aguirre) Hammond, Elena Perez. July,1998


Canal Zone friends welcome long time
Cristobal/Balboa/Curundu resident Eric Ernest to
Florida by having a party at Ev White's house in
Davie, Standing, L-R are Everett White (BHS'66,
Angel Vasquez (CHS'66), Eric Ernest (CHS'67)
Milton Leidig, (BHS'67) and Les Leon (CHS'67).
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TAMPA AREA GROUP
GROWING

"Zonians" in the east and northeast Tampa area
(Brandon, Valrico, Dade City, Wesley Chapel and
Zephyrhills) are growing in number.
Weekly rounds of golf, breakfasts at Cracker
Barrel, concerts at the Ice Palace and of course Buccaneer
football games are regular get-togethers.
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L-R: Bob and Vicky Boukalis, (Foley, AL), Bob and
Cheryl Russell, (Valrico, FL), Ed and Joan Ohman,
(Brandon, FL), Jerry and Diane Cox, and Nancy and
Jack Goodwin, (Ocala, FL).
Cheryl Russell
Valrico, FL


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SPRAGUE'S VISIT MONSON'S

Summer '98 brought Al, Marsha and Dagny to the
Florida Keys.
They visited the home of Capt. Bill and Marie
Monson. The Monsons plan to live there full time when Bill
retires from the Canal next year.






























Matthew Armistead at work in "The
Lost Paradise" headquarters. Matt was visited by Lou
Seldon who submitted the photo.

NEWS FROM THE MORALES'
John and Margaret (Kuhn) Morales were visited
during the month of July by John, Jr., wife Lupe and
stepdaugther Lupita. Jeanette Morales Keepers and
younger children, Kendra and Kyle came from the Panama
Canal Society reunion to continue their stateside visits and
to attend daughter Adrienne Oliver's wedding to Justin
Barker on July 25 in Overland Park, KS. Her mother, and
grandfather, John gave the bride away.
The last of the July visitors was Roseanne Morales
of Indiatlantic, FL, where she and husband, Bob Zorie are
buying a home. In early August, son, Kenny and young
daughter, Caroline will be arriving from Balboa for a brief
visit. Caroline, 7, will be visiting her cousin Elizabeth, 8
and daugther of Roy and Janet Morales who lives here in
MO. The weather treated our visitors kindly as the hot days
were tempered with occasional rains.


THE THOMAS' CRUISE THRU
EUROPE

This August, Dorn Thomas and his wife Dolly,
enjoyed an eighteen day cruise down the Great Rivers of
Europe that included a three day visit to Vienna, Austria.
Once aboard our tour chartered cruise river boat M/S River
Symphony, we cruised up the Danube River to the Main-
Danube Canal (106 miles, maximum elevation 1332 feet)
where we crossed over to the Main River and then down the
Rhine River before ending in Amsterdam. With daily visits
to one or more towns and cities along our route, we enjoyed
bus and walking guided tours to the various castles, museum,
historical sites and just streets of Central Europe. While we
touched walls built by the Romans, walked on cobble stones
installed by numerous kings, Bishops and Princes, we also
cruised through 66 locks.


Dorn and Dolly Thomas on their European cruise.

Several of the locks dropped us 80 feet in a single
chamber, (compared to the 35-37 feet of our Canal). In fact,
the upper gate dropped down into a wall for us to pass over
while the lower gate was lifted up for us to pass under after
the water level had been dropped.. Another item of interest
to us was the claim that 60% of the water being spilled to
lower us, was being captured in storage lagoons and would
be used again for another lockage.
All lockage line handling was done by the Cruise Boat
deck crew. Up and down the ladders built into the locks walls
whenever a line had to be taken to the top of the wall or
retrieved. No safety lines, helmets, life vests or other OSHA
required equipment in sight. Quite a change from what I grew
up with.
J.E. Dorn Thomas
October 18, 1998


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The youngest and the oldest Past Presidents of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, at the 1998 Annual
Reunion, Betty Frassrand of Dade City, Fl. (1989-91)
and Rob Roy, of Corpus Christi, Tx. (1977-78).


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MORGANS' TRIP TO PANAMA

Paul (Buddy) and I took a spur-of-the-moment trip
to Panama last month after hearing about Clarence and
Rosita Payne's trip the month before. Clarence is now the
pastor at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church here in
Tallahassee, and going to his services feels like home.
We stayed, as they did, at the pastor's apartment,
across from the Balboa Union Church. Julee Ford -
JLFordpty@aol.com was very helpful making the
arrangements for us on the Panama end. She asked us to pass
on the information that the apartment will be available to
former Zonians on a rental basis. The apartment has three
bedrooms, one bath and a kitchen, as well as a spacious
living and dining room. We found it to be a very convenient
location for our stay.
We were able to get a lot of helpful information
(shopping, rental cars, restaurants) on line at ZoneLink:
zonelink@minotaur.soonernet.com. It has been fun
following the conversations that take place on that site
concerning the Canal Zone ginnups, empanadas, maids, and
lots of other memories.


Fort Amador renovation for resort development.
Of the 150 photos I took while we were in Panama,
the one I have enclosed best illustrates our emotions from the
whole trip. It was taken at Fort Amador. Strung between
three palm trees were signs saying "FORT AMADOR
RESORT DEVELOPMENT." It was sad to see, but we wish
the Panamanian government well.

Stacia (Tess Walsh) Morgan
Tallahassee, Florida




PALO ALTO "MINI" REUNION
After a three year interval, a group of Canal Zone and
Panama City women, who reside in the San Francisco Bay
Area, decided to have a "mini" reunion. On September 21,
1998, they met at the Palo Alton Neiman Marcus store.
Attending the reunion were: Doris Brotherson Hand,
Dorothy Hinds Davis and daughter Dottie McCloskey,
Marge Enright Buniowski, Blanche Adler Brown, Jean
Walsh Kaufman and Anita Mulford Stohl. After a most
delightful meeting, the women all agreed that time was flying
by and they hope to have another reunion next year.
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LANG COMPETES IN IRONMAN
TRIATHLON

Terri (Salyer) Lang competed in the Ironman
Triathlon Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on
October 3, 1998, The Ironman is triathlon's most
prestigious event and consists of a 2.4 mile ocean swim,
followed by a 112 mile bicycle race through the lava fields
of the Big Island, and finishes with a 26,2 mile marathon
run. Nearly 25,000 athletes attempt to qualify for one of the
coveted 1500 entries into the Hawaiian Ironman each year
by competing in designated qualifier events around the
world and the USA. Terri qualified for this year's Ironman
by winning her age group at the Buffalo Springs Half-
Ironman Triathlon in Lubbock, Texas this past June.
This was Terni's third time at Ironman. She
finished the race in 12 hours 8 minutes, a personal best for
her at this event, and beat her previous best time by 31
minutes. She was the 867th finisher of the 1500 in the event.
Terri, and her husband Jeff spent several days on
Maui prior to the race where Jeff competed in the Maui
Half-Ironman Triathlon, and placed third overall. They then
spent a week on the Big Island for Ironman week activities.
The race will be televised on NBC on December 12h. Terri
is a CHS'77 grad and the daughter of Charles and Lois
Salyer of Jacksonville, Florida.

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MELLANDERS LECTURE IN
TAIWAN

Gus A. Mellander, BHS'52, and his wife Nelly
Mellander lectured in several universities throughout
Taiwan during the summer of 1998.
They lectured on such diverse topics as "Distance
Learning", "Higher Education Administration" and "Demo-
graphic Realities that will Affect Education in the 21"
Century".


Participants in this year's event were Kevin
Anderson, Jeff Carl, Mark & Alan Dekle, Jim
DesLondes, Andrew Efthimiadis, Ralf Furlong, John
Hanna, Tom, Richard, Pat, Eric and Matt Grimison,
John Magee, Teresa and Louis Martinez, Brian
Robinson. Will Rouers..lim Waener and Mike Young.


PATRIOTS

L-R: Professor Nelly Mellanger, Dr. P.I. Chang,
President of Tamkang University, Taiwan, Dr. Gus A.
Mellanger, BHS'52.
The Mellanders are professors at George Mason
University and have just completed a manuscript entitled
"Charles Edward Magoon: The Panama Years." Mr. Magoon
was both Governor of the Canal Zone and U.S. Ambassador
to Panama in 1905 and 1906. He is the only person to ever
hold both positions and he did so concurrently. He left
Panama to serve as U.S. Governor in Cuba from 1906 to
1909.


Front, L-R: Jeff Carl, Jim DesLondes, Mark Dekle,
Pat Grimison, Andy Efthimiadis, Louis Martinez.
Back L-R: Alan Dekle, Mike Young, Brian Robinson,
Richard Grimison, Will Rogers and Tom Grimison.

The event was held in the evening after the park
closed to the general public and featured fun-sized waves in
a large fresh water pool. A group of spectators came over
from the Reunion to enjoy the surfing. Anyone interested in
surfing in next year's event should contact Pat Grimison at
(407) 277-0355.


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SECOND ANNUAL ZONIAN
SURF SESSION

The Second Annual Martinez-Payne Memorial
Surf Session was held on Friday, July 3, 1998 at Typhoon
Lagoon, Walt Disney World. Orlando. Florida. This event
was held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion weekend. The Surf Session provided an opportunity
for Zonian surfers to surf together and to commemorate the
lives of Greg Martinez and David Payne, two Zonian
surfers who served as inspirations in their lives and in their
fights against cancer.


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Guess who? Barbara Green, our Secretary/Treasurer,
Paul Rozmeski, our Legislative Representative, and
his son, Joseph Rozmeski, aboard the SS Cristobal
on May 1, 1964.
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THE BAGLIEN GATHERING

The third week in June, Julie Baglien, husband Dr.
Gary Dawson, and the four Dawson-Baglien boys: Evan 12,
Ethan 10, Erik 8, and Easton 5, hosted a Baglien family
reunion at their home in Onondaga, Michigan. Joel Baglien
and children Claire 6, Maya 4, and Koen 3 came from
Maple Grove, Minnesota. Beth Baglien Williams, husband
Carl and children Erika 17 and Jon 12 came from Toccoa,
Georgia. Bernice and Dave Baglien, parents of the gang also
came from Toccoa.
Missing from the family group were Lynn Baglien
Barnes and daughter Jenny from San Antonio and Joel's
wife Jodi.


L-R: Andy Lowe, Gemma O'Donnell, Jane Lowe,
Jim O'Donnell.


The BAGLIENS: The Baglien grandchildren. The
grown-ups: back L-R: Julie, Bernice, Beth. front: Joel
and Dave.


In addition to doing the usual reunion things, Julie
showed the video's and pictures she took on her two weeks
visit to the old Canal Zone and Panama last July. Lots of
reminiscing about old places and old things, but we also had
the opportunity to point out to Julia what she missed and
what she needed to photograph on her upcoming July 1998
trip back to Panama.
We also celebrated the birthdays of Bernice, Julie
and Koen during the week, lots of cake.

Dave Baglien
Toccoa, Ga.


Hasta La Vista, Panama

Amigos mios, tell me how I'm going to get along
Without the cadence of the palm tree, as it songs its plaintive song
The fresh, earthy perfume of the jungle after the rain,
The sensuous rhythm of the rhumba with its throbbing refrain.
The relentless pounding of the surf against the shore,
The soft, purring Castellano when it speaks of El Amor
The feverish search for the number you dreamed of on Monday,
The feeling of surging hope before eleven o'clock on Sunday.
The coolness of the Tropic Bar as you drink a Scotch high,
The disappointment of the Hindu when you pass his shop by.
The babies without pants, who stare, wide-eyed as you pass,
The copper colored Indians, curled sleeping on the grass.
The reckless gaiety of the construction mob on Saturday night,
The thrum, thrum of the low-winged bomber on its flight,
The stupendous fury of the tropical shower
The heady aroma of the ginger flower,
The bobbing tembleques, the swirling skirts,
The handsome men in Montuno shirts,
These are the things I'll keep close to my heart,
When Panama and I, at last, have to part.
And as Nombre de Dios fades from my view,
III keep high faith that the Chagres Legend is true...


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SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENTS


BHS CLASS OF 1949

The will be a 50'" Anniversary Reunion of the Balboa
High School Class of 1949 at the July 1999 Panama Canal
Society of Florida Annual Reunion. Information.may be
obtained by contacting the Chairperson of the BHS'49
Reunion:

George Downing
801 Pine Street
Melbourne Beach, FL 32952
(407) 676-0660

We would appreciate receiving current addresses of all
classmates. The last mailing sent, many letters were returned
marked "undeliverable". If you know addresses of classmates
who are not members of the Society, please include those as
well.


C.H.S. CLASS OF 1949
50th Reunion Plans for 1999

Plans are being made for a 50th C.H.S. Class
Reunion to be held during the 1999 Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando. Please contact one of
the Planning Committee members listed below for
more information or ideas on the type of event that
should be planned.
Jean (Dough) Judge J.E. Dorn Thomas
(813) 577-4976 Brian Albright (804) 745-1754
(813)-530-5691
Jackie Whitlock Werbrouck John (Buddy) Thomas
(219) 255-8279 (850) 235-3519


THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY
Balboa High School
The Year 2000 ....50th Reunion

The 50th Reunion Committee met in full session during this
July 1998 Orlando PC Reunion and we are now well on the
way for a great reunion in the year 2000! We have received
several responses since the notices appeared in the June
Canal Record but we are still missing about 60 of our
classmates. Please check our notice under "Where Are You"
in this issue. Please contact us.


Dr. Wendell N. Spreadbury
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21 E
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599
Cspreadbury @titan.sfasu.edu


Joan (Powell) Arndt
9770 S.W. 198'h Circle.
Dunnellon, FL
34431-4148


ATTENTION
CHS/BHS CLASS OF 1954

What do you think of a 45'" Class Reunion to be
held at the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion, during
June 30 to July 4 in Orlando, Florida? We are considering
having our class reunion on Saturday, July 3rd at one of the
many rooms in the Orlando World Center Marriott. Our
combined class reunion of both CHS/BHS could include an
open bar happy hour and dinner, and the cost would be
approximately $50 per person which should cover the cost of
the dinner as well as door prizes. If you are interested, please
let any of the following classmates know.


Marguerite Neal Zumbado
(407) 282-0715
om (BHS)


June Rowley Stevenson
(770) 995-7537
Email: condor@mindspring.ci
(CHS/BHS)


Sheila McNamee Taylor (CHS)
(931) 456-4830
Email: shephill@multipro.com


CHS '59 40 YEARS!
Celebrate in Panama
BHS'59 Invited!

Contact: Ella Mae (Morales) Didier Conrad at P.O. Box
99, Lineville, Alabama 36266-0099. Tel/Fax 256-396-5032
or Email: condid@ibm.net.




LOOKING FOR CHS CLASS OF '69
Our 30th reunion is coming up sooner than you
think. I need current mailing addresses and e-mail
addresses (if possible) for as many of our fellow
classmates as possible. I even want addresses of those
who did not graduate with us, but left before
graduation. I have the list Maria (Kerley) Hernandez
put together for the last reunion. Some of the
addresses have changed, so send me everything you
have. If you know of someone who may have
information, please call them and get it. The sooner
you can do this, the better. I have a lot of
coordination to do so we can have a wonderful
reunion. Pass the word!
Robert Beall
2816 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 542-0511
rgbeall@pacbell.net







BHS Class of '69-30th REUNION!!

Plans are underway for summer 1999, and we
want YOUR ideas; Stateside or Panama? Daytime or
evening (or both)? Putting together a database and
mailer. Call or e-mail suggestions, etc. ASAP to:


Mel Henter Steve Bristol
813) 821-8181 (818) 386-6888
813) 803-8000 (0)
melh@hj.com


Betsy Vosburgh
(407) 779-3017
voz@ju.net


BHS Class of 1979

Looking forward to our 20th? We need addresses and
phone numbers. Please call, write or e-mail to:

Carlton Morris Will and Kim Hall
1307 Butterfield Rd., Suite 424 1801 Castille Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515 Orange Park, FL 32073-7044
(630) 778-539' (904) 269-2882
Panama99@aol.com "WillCZ@compuserve.com

Mark Powell
(630) 293-7469
PanamaMP@aol.com


Did You Order Pollera Dolls?
Ann Richardson took two orders for
pollera dolls during the Reunion. (One with
a green dress and the other with a red
dress). Dolls are complete for mailing but
have accidentally lost the addresses! WHO
ORDERED THEM, PLEASE, and send me
your address, to: Ann Richardson, PSC 4,
Box 3124, APO AA 34004.


BALBOA UNION CHURCH NEEDS
PHOTOS FOR CALENDARS

The Balboa Union Church asks that if any of the
people who have been making last trips to Panama have
taken pictures which they think would be suitable for the
calendar, the Church would like to get in touch with them.
One of their main stumbling blocks for producing
the calendar.io.a. timely manner is getting enough pictures,
preferably slides, in time to make selections for next year's
calendar. If you have pictures you would like to appear in
next years calendar, please contact Marjorie L. Gerhart,
Secretary, Women's Auxiliary, PSC 04 Box 3214, APO AA
34004, or e-mail: marjorie_gerhart@hotmail.com.
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YEARBOOKS and UPDATES

Old yearbooks and the yearbook updates often
distributed at class reunions in Florida are being collected in
the interests of future historical research and preservation.
They will end up in the Pan Canal Museum. So, if you have
any old yearbooks or if your class prepared an update for
your class reunion, please send them to: Patt Roberson,
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank you!
As for the yearbooks that some of you want, unless
there are duplicates, those I'm collecting are dedicated to the
Museum. However, if you reimburse the cost of
photocopying and postage, you can still get the book,
provided I have the right year. Please include a SASE with
your query. Thanks.



SCUM ROW

Members are requested to attend the 30"h turkey dinner
at the 1999 Reunion.
E-mail your number to Chris #4 chris_pcz@juno.com
or write to Jim Bernard 333 S. Patrick Dr. #27, Satellite
Beach, FL 32937. We need to know how many turkeys to
order.


NORTHEAST FLORIDA RESIDENTS

A spring picnic on April 10, 1999, is in the
making! If you are interested in having this picnic and also in
having an Area Reporter for this area, either call or write
Gloria Malin at 11293 Derringer Circle So., Jacksonville,
FL 32225. Phone number is (904) 642-2386, OR e-mail
Kathy Malin Saville at ssaville@worldnet.att..net, or her
phone number is (904) 642-6835.
The picnic is scheduled to be at Hanna State Park
and Campground, 500 Wonderwood Drive, Atlantic Beach.
The park is off A1A near NAS Mayport. The picnic is
scheduled in the picnic area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Follow
the signs. Bring your own food come and enjoy the day.


"WANTED"

Persons interested in putting together a mini-reunion
(July'99) for all interested former members of any of the
riding clubs of the former Canal Zone (Atlantic and Pacific
side) and downtown Panama; the Canal Zone Horseman's
Association (C.Z.H.A.); or the Isthmian Horseman's
Association (I.H.A.). Additionally, I would be interested in
receiving any kind of correspondence (horse and rider
stories) or mementos (mainly photographs, ribbons and
trophies) from the old days of horseback riding in the Canal
Zone.
For more information please contact Pamela
Weldon @ (954) 964-6832 Home, or (305) 437-1505 work,
or write to 621 N. 69 Ave., Hollywood, FL 33024.


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ST. MARY'S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
TEACHER/ALUMNI REUNION

There are tentative plans for a reunion of St. Mary's
Parochial School alumni. Sisters. Priests and lay-teachers
planned for a 2000 stateside most likely in conjunction with
the Society reunion. If you are interested in further
information and/or attending please send the following
information: NAME (including maiden, adopted if you
attended under another name) FULL ADDRESS,
HM/WK/FAX Numbers, E-MAIL Address. Years attended
and year graduated from St. Marys to Kathleen Welch at:
(813)797-7139, katbrat@juno.com, or 2214 Stacy Ct., Palm
Harbor, FL 34683.


EYEGLASSES

Collection in 1998 totals 287 pairs, bringing the grand
total since we started collecting in 1992 to 1,156 pairs.
Congratulations, PanCanal Society members! As I promised
in the October 1997 Canal Record, a prize for sending the
1,000th pair will be awarded. It goes to Larry McGahhey of
Dothan, Ala. Thanks, Larry. Collection begins at once for
1999. Keep those eyeglasses, lenses and empty frames
coming. You may be our 2,000'h winner! Send them to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.


ANNUAL XMAS TREE BURN

The Annual Christmas Tree Burn will be held on
December 26, 1998 at Eckerd College, 4200 54'h Ave. S., St.
Petersburg, Florida, from 3:00 p.m. on.
Trees and entertainment will be provided. For further
information, contact Steve Nehring (727) 522-5369, Tom
Engelke or Gary O'Connor.


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DEDICATION OF FASTLICH FIELD: Front L-R: Emmett Kiernan, Aida Cajias, Rosita Fastlich Nuiiez, Mrs.
Fastlich, Mrs. DeLaPefa, A.B. Anderson, Jim Brigman. Back L-R: Harry Whitney, Lou Scigliane, B. Everson,
Sgt. Burke, Brogie, Harry Egolf, Moy, George Stanley, Peterson, Billy Silon, George Kapouris. The plaque
reads: Dedicated to the Memory of Adalbert Fastlich, Benefactor of Canal Zone Teenage Baseball.


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Taft's interest contributed to Canal's


successful completion


By Janet G. Len-Rios
William Howard Taft, the 27'h president of the
United States (1909-1913), maintained the longest and most
intense association with Panama Canal construction of any
official associated with it, and by all accounts, his efforts
contributed in great measure to its successful completion. His
interest in the waterway started long before he became
president. Serving as President Theodore Roosevelt's
secretary of war beginning in 1904, one of his duties was to
oversee the Panama Canal project. He made five of his seven
visits to the waterway in that capacity and two more as
president. He was instrumental in hiring John F. Stevens to
replace outgoing Chief Engineer John F. Wallace and in
selecting Col. George W. Goethals as Stevens' successor.
Taft's visits to the Isthmus were filled with activity.
He spoke to community groups, met and dined with
Panamanian officials and inspected every detail and every
aspect of Canal construction from one side of the Isthmus to
the other. The Canal was a project he energetically supported
and continuation of a strong Panama Canal policy was
ensured when he succeeded Roosevelt in the White House.
Speaking of the Canal in his inaugural address, he said, "I
propose to devote all the energy possible and under my
control to the pushing of this work and the plans which have
been adopted and to stand behind the men who are doing
faithful hard work to bring about the early completion of this,
the greatest constructive enterprise of modern times."
On his first visit to Panama in early 1904, there was
little to be seen of the great work that was to come. "There
was a notch at Culebra between Gold Hill, and there was a
cut in the surface of the earth in that neighborhood to show
where the French intended the Canal should be," he said
later, adding, "It was difficult from anything that appeared on
the surface to stir one's imagination and create in his mind's
eye a canal upon the bosom of which should float the
commercial and military navies of the world."
In 1910, he described the Canal project as a "great
creation" and said, "The work has reached a point where the
mere inspection of it rouses the intensest interest, the great
enthusiasm and profoundest admiration for Col. Goethals
and his faithful staff of experts and all the men and women
who, by their work and their presence on the Isthmus, have
made this result possible." With that statement, Taft
recognized what has become the tradition of dedication and
pride that has been carried on by the Canal work force ever
since.
The photos, taken 88 years ago on Taft's November
14 through 17, 1910, trip tp Panama, show some of the
activities of his first inspection of Canal construction after
becoming Chief Executive. The portly president is easily
recognizable in all of the photos, which are from the Hallen
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Historical Collection. (Ed. Note: These photos were copied
from glass plate negatives and provided by Mrs. Carol
Mead in 1993.)
The Panama Canal Spillway
December 4, 1992


The president examines a construction site with Col.
George W. Goethals, the Canal's chief engineer


A confident appearing president negotiating an
elevated walkway.





















President Taft heads out of the rain as Goethals runs The president chats from his seat in the special rail car
to catch up. The apple-eating youngster, left used to bring the party into the locks construction site.
foreground, ignores the rain to get a look at the Goethals stands at far right.
president. .













Light reflects from the bayonets and sabers of his
personal guard as President William Howard Taft and
his entourage head down into the Panana Canal
construction site from Camp Elliott, an early U.S.
Monumental structures dwarf Canal workers and the Marine camp on the Canal's west bank. The bunting-
presidential party during the president's inspection of draped gazebo in the background gives evidence of a
Pedro Miguel locks construction, recent ceremony.












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The Colon Carnival Commissary Float, which won First The Commissary Float at the Colon Carnival, February
Prize. Macel Goulet in pollera on left side and 12, 1929. (Submitted by Macel (Goulet) Thomson)
Kathleen Phillips on the right.






































Cristobal High School Spanish Club (La Pas) Costume Party 1941 (?), Front row L-R: Justina Perez, Opal
Holgerson, Nancy Kaufer, Jean Badgely, Dorothy Anderson. 2nd row: Lee Doyle, Philipia Roulis, Margaret
Considine, Ellis Coates, Warren Stroop, Teddy Kaufer. 3rd row: Gilbert Chase, Barbara Bath. Top
row: Marjorie Gilder, Jean Homelin, Peggy McCleary, Arleen Randall, Ann Williams, Bruce Styles, Bobbie
Styles


DESCENDANTS CELEBRATE IN PANAMA

The 84'h Birthday of the Panama Canal was a
resounding success, thanks to Marc Quinn and the Panama
Canal Commission. Last August 1998, forty descendants of
Roosevelt Medal holders boarded a launch at Miraflores, and
sped to the new majestic scene at Gaillard Cut. There, facing
that dripping black rock wall of Contractor's Hill, in the
wake ot two huge freighters, we said a prayer and tossed
roses on the water for those indomitable grandfathers who
built the Canal.
Bob Medinger, from Florida, read the happy tear-
jerker "A Ballad of the Panama Canal" b y S.W. Perkins. If
you haven't seen it, find it. Sue Adams Stabler read a
touching poem she wrote for her beloved grandfather, Roger
Adams, and I took the mike and read from a script I had
never seen before President Theodore Roosevelt's address
to the American employees of the ICC in 1906. Marc Quinn
read Ecclesiastics XLIV that ended with: "Their bodies are
buried in Peace but their names livith forever."
Others there that day were Otis Pritchett, Bertha
Mayer, Nina Kosik, Louis Caldwell, Cody Hollowell,
David Taylor Hollowell, Richard Grimison, Elizabeth
Grimison Fahy, Dillon Lynch, Dr. Saul Alvarado, Kevin
and Jeanne Bradley, Fred deV. Sill, all with family and
friends.
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Virginia de Soberanis, DRA Angeles Ramos
Baquero, Directora, Museo Interoceanico, and Jeanne
Stough.

Another day during the birthday-week celebration,
the gorgeous new Panama Canal Museum, down on
Cathedral Plaza, dedicated a day of tribute to the "North
American" builders, holders of the Roosevelt Medal Marc
Quinn was the guest speaker and we all attended. Once the
DeLesseps Headquarters, then the Isthmian Canal Con.
Headquarters, this historic old building, refurbished and air





conditioned, now sparkles with new tiles, dedicated
personnel and interesting artifacts. Curators Dra. Leonor
Motta and Dra. Angeles Baquero treated us with such
professionalism and kindness.
I saw a picture of my mother in this museum,
illuminated, she suddenly filled the wall during the slide
show. It was a well-known photo of a 1912 Ancon School
class reproduced in many hard cover books of the day.
Others in the photo were: Catherine Halligan Malone,
Corinne Feeny, Lewis Moore, Dorothy Hamlin, Joe
Udrey, Bill Frasier, James Lluwyn. Little did mama dream
in 1929, as we sat in Santa Ana Plaza on a Sunday afternoon
that she would someday wind up in a museum just a couple
of blocks away. I hurried out of there.














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Gaillard Plaque, now mounted at the base of the front
steps of the Administration Building.

At last I found the Gaillard Plaque. Things keep
moving around in the old Canal Zone. Balboa's statue,
Aspinwall's statue, the Statue of Liberty (now at Ft.
Clayton), and that's life. Now the Gaillard Plaque, down
from the hill, sits at the foot of the Admin Building steps, up
close, restored and beautiful. Some may think only of
Gaillard when they see this shining plaque, but I think of
ALL those great builders of the Panama Canal. Here it sits in
Balboa, a ghost town, quiet, still untouchable, while life
surges and roars just across the line in Panama. Can it be that
before long, there will be no one alive who remembers what
it was like living in the old Canal Zone?
We would like to find all the descendants of the
Roosevelt Medal Holders. Please join and send $5.00 by
writing Marc Quinn, P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Rep.
of Panama. Next year on the birthday we plan a picnic on top
of Contractor's Hill.
Jean Flynn Stough
San Antonio, Texas


He Earned His Eagle

St. Petersburg Times, April 17, 1974 After years
of hard work, dedication and desire, Richard Walter Beall
Jr. was awarded the Eagle Scout Award on April 14, 1974,
in Tampa, Florida. Less than one percent of the Boy Scouts
achieve the Eagle rank, but for Richard it was a feat against
far greater odds. He not only had to complete all the
requirements but had to overcome a disability and have some
red tape snipped. Richard suffered brain damage at birth and
has practically no vision in his right eye. Although
"educationally retarded", through his work at the MacDonald
Training Center he completed the chore of earning 21 Scout
merit badges and carrying out a special service project to
qualify for the Eagle rank. The red tape cutting came as a
result of his age. Scouts now must attain the rank before their
18'" birthday, but Richard is 23. Through the efforts of his
Scoutmaster, he was told that if he could fulfill the
requirements by last December 31". he would receive the
rank.... "it was frustrating sometimes, but I had a sense of
accomplishment when I finally did it," Richard said. On
April 16'h, United States Senator Lawton Chiles (D. Florida)
presented him the Eagle badge at a Court of Honor of Troop
233, making Richard the first mentally retarded Floridian to
reach the plateau.
Richard got his start in Scouting in 1959 when he
joined Cub Scouts in the Panama Canal Zone where his
father is a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Strategic
Communications Command. His mother, Mrs. Elizabeth
Beall flew from the Canal Zone, and his sister, Mrs. Carol
Bell attended the award program.
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The Hotel Washington


DONATIONS FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION
FROM THE BHS-CHS CLASSES OF 1954

THE BHS-CHS CLASSES OF 1954 IS DONATING $250 FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
FOUNDATION MUSEUM PROJECT. THIS MEANS WE HAVE DONATED MORE THAN ANY OTHER
GRADUATION CLASS.
CAN ANY OTHER CLASS TOP US?


June Rowley Stevenson (CHS/BHS) Marguerite Neal Zumbado (BHS)


Sheila McNamee Taylor (CHS)






Panama Canal Society of

Southern California

Past Presidents


1921-22
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930-32
1933-34
1935
1936-38
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944-47
1948-49
1950
1951-52
1953-54
1955
1956
1957-59
1959-65
1965-66
1966-71
1971-74
1974-78
1978-79
1979-81
1981-85
1985-86
1986-91
1991-93
1993-94
1994-95
1995-96
1996-


Walter C. Cousineau
Ray E. Houke
Martin L. Lipsett
Holland Hambleton
Emanuel E. Ploessel
H.A. Miller
George Dehn
Maurice E. Bowlen
Club Inactive
Ray E. Houke
Al McCoy
Everett G. Dauphine
Harry S. Farish
Edward Schildhauer
Fred A. Hess
Ben F. Womack
LeRoy Smith
Hubert H. Hammer
LeRoy Smith
E. Henry Wunsch
Fred W. Bradley
Ellis D. Stillwell
Otis A. Pritchett
George H. Cassell
E. Henry Wunsch
Virginia Winquist Seiler
Ted E. Englebright
David LeRoy Smith
Paul E. Kline
Francis E. Fitzpatrick
William P. Quinn, Jr.
Robert K. Adams
Conrad S. Horine
John R. deGrummond Jr.
Edith H. Wimmer
Joan Ridge deGrummond
George E. Muller
Louise O'Brien Roberts
Dr. John M. Hanson
Bartley ("Bob") Wolfenstein


Commissary Letter


1927

TO THE TRADE HELP OUR SOLICITOR SERVICE:
Please help us speed up our solicitor service. By
having a list of what you need ready when the solicitor calls,
or at least having the items in mind, several minutes can


often be saved, the aggregate of which will enable the
solicitor to cover a larger territory and return sooner,
assisting us generally in putting up the orders.
BRASS SPRING CURTAIN RODS
Being but 4" in diameter they are easily threaded
through a very narrow curtain hem. Their elasticity permits
stretching within considerable limits to fit varying sized
windows. Where the space in which the curtain is to be hung
is narrower than the length of the rod, or where greater
tension is desired, they may be cut to length with ordinary
wire cutters, after which it is only necessary to bend out a
couple of turns of wire for attachment to the brackets.
While brackets are furnished with the rods it has
been found that the smallest size of brass hooks.(/2") are
more secure for the purpose, appearing neater and facilitating
attachment of rods.
Rods are 100 each; cup hooks 80 per dozen.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Our usual shipments from New Orleans will be on
sale Friday & Monday.
SPECIAL FOR FRIDAY
P.C. Menticol A relief for headaches and very
beneficial as a dry shampoo regularly 370 btl.- special
300(30 refund for empty bottle.)
SPECIALS FOR SATURDAY
Fowl, small, 3 to 3V2 lbs.ea. Regularly 40o lb. -
special 35 lb. Single bed sheets, S/N 19513, regularly $1.10
ea. special 95o ea..
OYSTER PIE
Take 1 pint oysters. Line a baking dish with paste
and put in the oysters, together with a small lump of butter
and a teaspoonful of very finely chopped bacon. Season with
salt and pepper, put on a top crust and bake three-quarters of
an hour.
NEW ITEMS RECENTLY RECEIVED & DISTRIBUTED
Dress shields, white or flesh, silk & rubber 250, 280 & 300
each.
Bath mats, assorted colors $1.65 and $2.00 each.
Elastic, pink, for repairing corselettes 3", 45o yd. 6" 850
yd.
P.C. Hair dressing, "Bandoline" 4 oz btl 250(20 refund on
empty bottle)
Brilliantine, Quelques Fleurs, Mon boudoir, La Rose France
- $1.15 bottle.
Lip Sticks, crayon, assorted 60o a stick.
Toothache Gum "Dents" 22o package.
D'Orsay face powder, compacts, perfumes, toilet water, bath
salts, etc.
OUT OF STOCK ITEMS DISTRIBUTED
Electric irons, 3 lbs.- $3.40 Milk boilers, alum. 1 qt. 85
Beverage mixers, alum. 65o Drums, New Perfection stove
$1.75.
Kettles, Alum. Convex, 4 qt. 900, 6 qt. $1.15, 10 qt. $1.50

A.W. GOULET
Acting General Manager

(Submitted by Macel (Goulet) Thomson, Memphis, TN.)








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T E PA N AA CAN AL
A Few Interesting Facts Of The World's Greatest
Engineering Feat.
First survey for an Isthnnan Canal in Panama made by Spain in 1534.
First ground broken by the Frenchman, DeLesseps, in 1881 ai
Pacific entrance.
Real work begun at Culebra, now the famous Gaillard Cut, on Jan-
uary 20, 1882.
In 1887 the idea of a sea level Canal was abandoned and a lock
Canal decided upon.
Two different French Companies made attempts to build Canal but
both failed, one in 1889 and the other 1902.
United States took over Canal construction in 1004 and on* August
3, 1914, or 10 years later the first ocean steamer sailed through.
United States has use and occupation for all time for a strip of land
5 miles on each side of center line of Canal. For this it -paid Panama
$10.000.000 cash and pays annually $250.000. The cities of Panama
and Colon are within the 5 mile limit but are excluded from above
arrangement.
Dry excavation finished when President Wilson pressed the button
in Washington that blew up the Gamboa dike on October 10, 1913.
The air distance between the Atlantic and Pacific is 34 miles.
The Canal Channel is 51 miles. Gaillard Cut was 305 feet above
sea level when work was started by French.
The cost of Canal construction was $388.000.000.
Value of old French property was $42.800.000.
Canal runs from northwest to southeast. Pacific end is 27 miles
cast of the Atlantic end. This is the place where the sun rises in the
Pacific and sets in the Atlantic.
Canal can handle 48 ships per day, if necessary. Channel width at
bottom is.from 300 to 1000 feet. (110 in the locks).
Gatun Lake was formed by building a dam at Gatun. This dam is
1.12 mile wide at base and 100 feet at top. It is 105 feet above sea
level and 20 feet above surface of lake. The building of this dam
eliminated the necessity of making a channel from Gatun to Pedro
Miguel, a distance of 31 and 314 miles. Surface of dam is planted with
grass and. shrubbery and on it is the most expensive Golf Course in
the world. 'It has 18 holes and cost over Ten Million Dollars. Your
dollar gives the privilege of playing 18 holes on this course.
There are six pairs of locks-three pairs at Gatun, 1 pair at Pedro
Miguel and 2 pairs at Miraflores. Each lock is '1000 feet long, 110
feet wide and 70 feet deep.
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Life on Morgan Avenue, Balboa C.Z.

Life on Morgan Avenue as I knew it exists no more.
The French style one-family stilt house that I lived in along
with all the others along the crest of Morgan Avenue that
overlooked the Flats are gone and replaced by the ultimate
ugly concrete block box. My life there extended from second
grade until my freshman or sophomore year of high school.
Memorable years those were.
As children growing up with the true Panama jungle
as our back yard, we built tree forts from lumber taken from
houses going up elsewhere. I remember the ruckus that
caused, and the trouble my brother got into by unknowingly
(or knowingly?) stealing the fort material. That's what the
government thought. The jungle allowed us to be Tarzan and
Jane swinging through the trees; cowboys and Indians in the
New World, whatever our imagination wanted. We had
alligators under our house once as pets (my brother's pets,
not mine) in a bath tub, that one night was stolen by none
other than a black panther seen on the hill. Big paw prints
were the clue.
Our front porch was great for watching Sosa Hill
burn, or the 4'h of July fireworks. The DDT truck would
make its weekly rounds and when my mother was not
looking, we'd join the kids running behind.
My mother had a Cub Scout den who used to meet
at our house and run wild all over the place. I'd come home
to try to find peace and quiet and find these Cub Scouts
running and yelling everywhere. Remember Miss Monroe,
the Home Economics teacher who taught sewing? Well, our
house and Morgan Avenue was used as a back drop for
"Chez Eloise," modeling the clothes we sewed and being
photographed, wearing them for the Balboa High School
year book.
Every morning we'd walk to school picking up
friends along the way. I remember a ginnup tree and a rose
apple tree that we used to eat the fruit from on our way to
school, at that time, you could walk all the way to Balboa
Elementary School via the road that went down between the
school and the Administration Building. One morning on the
way, I saw my mother on her stool with the car hood open,
fixing whatever to get the 1941 Nash running again. She had
driven my dad to work at the Building and...I was mortified.
At the recent Panama Canal Society reunion in Orlando
Jimmy Selby reminded me of that car that he bought from
my dad for $50. It was Jimmy's first car and he said he
wishes he had it today. On the way down to the Reunion,
Jimmy said that when he filled his car up with gas for
$49.63, the Nash came to mind; 50 dollars....Jim also lived
on Morgan Avenue.
Those days only exist in my memory anymore. But
what memories!
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Clearwater, FL




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Producing and I -. iritiunr, the Fine Art ofAl Sprague
P.O. Box 164. Milan, Tennessee 38358
1-800-549-2483 Fax: (901) 723-3871
Pleased to Accept American Express. Mastercard. and Visa


S "Gold Hill Pji'ace'
Open Edition Print,
23" x 17" (approx.)
To be Released June
1999
Prepub Special $25,
Regular Price. 40


Give a little of Panama to
someone special this holiday
season.
Purchase a Gift Certificate for
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"Isabel"
Limited Edition Print,
16" x 22.5", $120

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Mobile (850) 980-0296 Fax (850) 688-4121
Home (850) 668-4121 e-mail ssmith3882@aol.com

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Dear Fellow Panama Canal Society Members,

As the American presence in Panama comes
to a close, you may be thinking about where to
put down permanent roots. Let me suggest a
place many former Zonians have discovered:
Tallahassee, Florida.
Tallahassee will remind you of Panama: rolling hills, lush vegetation, a
sportsman's paradise, and friendly southern hospitality!
Write, call, or e-mail me for information about this wonderful town. I'd love to
call you neighbor!



1999 Annual Dry Season in Panama
Panama has always been an interesting place to visit, and for us old (and not so old)
Zonites, this trip could be your last opportunity to return to your favorite haunts before the
transition is complete. This coming dry season will be your opportunity for a coast-to-coast
/ border-to-border tour of Panama. The tour lasts 10 days and includes the following:


* Airfare from Miami to Panama
(U.S. Exit Fees)
* Tourist Card
* All Meals While in Panama
* Tips & Baggage Handling


* Hotels
* Transportation on Air-Conditioned
Busses
* Dinner/Show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
* Farewell Dinner


Due to Popular Demand We Have Two Departure Dates Available
May 17th and June 9th


Tour will be led and conducted by Davis Stevenson who, be-
side being born and raised in Panama and the Canal Zone, is
completely bi-lingual. We sold out in 1998.
If you did not make it in '97 or '98 we look forward to seeing
you on our '99 all-inclusive tour of Panama. For further informa-
tion and details, contact Davis Stevenson at (800) 783-8847.
Davis Stevenson 1730 Omie Way Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(770) 995-7537 FAX: (770) 995-8017


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