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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
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five issues yearly
completely irregular


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

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VOL. 39

MARCH 2005

NO. 1

Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
(727) 391-4359 (PCS Office)
Mr. Steve Nehring
1st Vice President
(727) 528-6133

Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
2nd Vice President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. John R. Gough II
(727) 527-2955

Ms. Faith Brundage
(727) 527-6925
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
(727) 321-8566
Mrs. Joan Ohman
(813) 672-4823
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Past President
(352) 726-8804
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2498
Mrs. Mary Lou Lang
(727) 787-5519
Mr. Ed Wardlow
(863) 967-2106
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 441-3229
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804

April 2

April 5

May 14

May 21

May 28

June 29-July 3

Sept 10-11

PCS General Membership Meeting, StarShip luncheon Cruise,
boarding at 11:00 a.m. channelside in Tampa, Fla. Hosted by
Maritza Reyes. See page 3 for reservation form and directions.

Ocala Zonian/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers luncheon, 11:30 a.m.,
Florida Buffet, 399 E. Silver Springs Blvd/Hwy 40 East, Ocala, Fla.

PCS General Membership Meeting, Troyer's Restaurant,
Sarasota, Fla. See page 10 for reservation form and directions.

Annual Gulf Coast No-Host Potluck Picnic, Saturday, May 21,
2005 at 11 a.m. at Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at
Ocean Springs, Miss. Contact: Gerda Smith McManus (601) 567-
9870 or Patt Roberson (225) 774-7761.

Panazonian Mini-Reunion in Pensacola, Fla. Contact Barbara M.
(Hall) Vose-Kulig (850) 474-6341for more information.

Royale Resort, Orlando, Fla. See yellow pages for information.

Annual Poconos Reunion, contact Pat Whitam (330) 725-5087 or
Marion Royston (410) 488-3904.

President's M essage................................................................................. ..............................
Secretary 's M essage.................................................................................... ............................2
Editor's C orner.......................................................................... ....................................... 2
April StarShip Luncheon Cruise.......................... .............................. 3
Annual Reunion Luncheon Information......................... .............................4
C clubhouse Inform ation............................................................................. ..............................6
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes....................... .... .................... 7
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings........................ ...................... 8
Panama Canal Society Nominations......................................................... .......................9
May General Meeting Luncheon............................................................. ......................10
December Luncheon Pictures................................................................... ......................11
L legislative R eport.................................................................................... ............................. 14
M military Pride............................................................................................................................15
Your Reporter Says:
Alaska......................1..6 FL South Florida..............27 Northwest.......................35
Arizona..................... 16 FL Space Coast................28 Oklahoma................36
Arkansas.........................17 FL Tallahassee.................29 Panama...........................37
California.....................18 Georgia...........................31 Tennessee...................40
FL Central .......................20 Louisiana.....................32 TX Dallas........................40
FL Ocala..........................24 Mississippi.....................33
FL Pensacola...................25 North Carolina...................33

C ongratulations..........................................................................................................................43
W eddings.............................................................. ......................................................... 48
B irths............................................................... .............................. .......... ............. 5 1
W ith D eep S orrow .................................................................................... ............................53
Letters to the E ditor........................................................................... ....................................57
"L cooking B ack".................................................................................. ...................................67
M museum N ew s.................................................................................. ...................................69
A nnouncem ents.................................................................................. .......................................71
A dvertisem ents.......................................................... ........................ .................... 75
Membership Application Form............................................ ..........................................79

Photo submitted by Carol Kohler, daughter of John S. Kemmerlin who took the
photo while serving in the U.S. Army, 33rd Infantry in Fort Clayton in the early 1920s.
The photo has a caption: Carnival Queen American Legion Balboa Canal Zone


Panama Canal Society, Inc.
SZON I (A Not-For-Profit Organization)

SThe Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, September, and December
/ Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.
SPeriodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for
March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $15.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society. 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, 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, Inc. will become the property of the Society and will be retained in their files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc. assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
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Hola Everyone!

Earlier this year, I had an
opportunity to visit and interact
with a wide variety of Panama
Canal Society members of all
ages who reside in various geo-
graphical locations around the
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis country. Within those groups,
just for fun, I decided to conduct an informal poll on their
Canal Record reading habits. My inquiry consisted of: (1)
How many read the Canal Record from cover-to-cover---not
many; (2) How many looked at photos and captions or maybe
scanned an article or two---most; and (3) How many consis-
tently read the "President's Message", the "Editor's Corner"
or the "Secretary's Message"---very, very few. Some weren't
sure what I was referring to when I asked about the
"President's Message". I have to admit; before I was elected
to the Executive Board five years ago, my main interest in the
Canal Record were the pictures and other Reunion related
highlights. But, as I went on to explain to this "focus" group,
the President, Secretary and Editor put forth great effort in
writing their messages and they contain timely and relevant
information for all Society members. At my encouragement,
most promised they would read these articles in the March
issue-which is now...I wonder how many remembered?
In the event you don't realize it, we have to write our arti-
cles at least 10 weeks before you actually read them in the
Canal Record. It is a challenge to "fast forward" to the month
of March and try to project what will be important at that
point in time, when today is only the fourth day of January.
But, I want to assure you that "planning" for the Reunion is
the number one priority of our Executive Board and Reunion

Chairpersons. We jumped right on it back in August when the
new board took office. We've locked in the complimentary
breakfasts for registered guests on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday mornings in each of the Towers. We will have the
very popular Clubhouse with extended hours, serving those
almost-the-same clubhouse empanadas. We've got arroz con
polio, patacones, and plantanos available in the restaurants---
hum, I wonder if we can get French fries with gravy includ-
ed this year?
We've kept the reunion cost and prices reasonable so
everyone can afford to have fun. At lot of credit goes to the
foresight of the previous leadership in negotiating tight con-
tracts with the Caribe Royale several years in advance. I
know that sometimes it's hard for members to understand that
we have to sign contracts with the hotel three or four years in
advance in order to lock in prices and have a venue that will
meet our needs, given our special circumstances and size of
the group. We'll be at the Caribe for 2005, 2006 and then in
2007, we will venture over to the brand new Rosen property
at Shingle Creek. We currently use their golf course for our
tournament and the hotel they are building there is "primo-
clase" and will far exceed all of our expectations. So, the next
couple of years are looking very promising.
In regard to the photos in the Canal Record...some folks
have been asking why the photos are so fuzzy, which is a very
valid question. When I took office as President, I started mak-
ing inquiries as to what might be the cause. I wondered if the
software we are using could be causing the problem with the
photos. Well, come to find out.....there are several issues,
which Editor Jacque Vowell, with the help of our computer
graphics "wizard", Bill McLaughlin, have resolved. It seems
that some members are sending in photocopies (of the photo)
they want printed in the Canal Record. For obvious reasons,


a photocopy of a photo does not lend itself to a quality end
product. Additionally, there was a misunderstanding of the
process of how to convert color pictures into black and white
without denigrating the picture that appears in the book.
Ultimately, the photos in this issue should be better than what
we've seen since 2003. Let us know what you think.
There will be one more "President's Message" before
Reunion 2005. Watch for updates in the Canal Record from
all your Reunion Chairpersons. If you haven't done so
already, make your hotel reservations and reserve your tick-
ets to the dances and the Annual Luncheon before it's too late.
The guest speaker for the Annual Luncheon is Tom Kenna,
the Marketing Director of the Panama Canal Railway
Company in charge of Marketing for the Panama Canal
Railway. It is the 150th Anniversary of the Panama Canal
Railway and it should be a really great presentation. Don't
miss it!
Hasta luego and be safe.

Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, President
Panama Canal Society 2004-2006

There are only 172 days until the
start of the 2005 Reunion. In the
Society office, we are already back
in full swing and making prepara-
tions for another great year. We are
in the middle of processing member-
ship dues and reunion paperwork,
Nancy Van Siclen which is keeping both Carol
Masino and me very busy. Carol is also working with Canal
Record Editor, Jacque Vowell for this March issue and at the
same time continues her work on processing all the reunion
paperwork that has been coming in the past few weeks.
The office staff would like to remind you that if you are
planning on moving or changing your mailing address at any
time during the year and you want to continue receiving your
copy of the Canal Record, you must notify us immediately
because the U.S. Post Office will not forward your Canal
Record since it is second-class mail. With the October 2004
issue we learned that over 75 Society members had moved
since the mailing of the previous issue and the members
never bothered to notify us of the address changes. The pro-
cedure the U.S. Post Office uses is to tear off the back cover
of the Canal Record and for a charge of $.70 each, returns the
cover with your new address to the Society office. At that
point, there is nothing we can do to help you. We understand
that changing your residence or mailing address can be very
hectic and energy consuming, but please take the time to send
the Society office a post card or e-mail with your name, new
address and phone number. This is the only way we will be
able to help you continue receiving the Canal Record.
As always, if you have any questions about your mem-
bership, please feel free to call or email us at the office and
we will try to help you.

We are looking forward to the 2005 Reunion and going
back to the Caribe Royale.

Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary


I would like to welcome Dawn
Gressang to the Canal Record
family. Dawn has volunteered to be
the Central Florida area reporter.
On a sad note, I would like to thank Jace
Jacque Vowell
Sheila Taylor for her dedication as
area reporter for Tennessee. Due to family obligations and
commitments Sheila has resigned. Anyone in Tennessee or in
other states or other countries interested in volunteering as
area reporter please contact me.
As we look back on the last year's Canal Records, we can
see that some of the pictures that have been printed have not
been of the best quality. We also recognize that we had some
internal deficiencies concerning the quality of the photos as
well. We have tried to include as many as possible and some-
times have included questionable photos that once in print,
came out a lot worse than how they looked when they went
in. This has prompted us to set stricter controls in accepting
photos. We need to get the best quality photos to our printer
so that after printing they come out so that all of our members
can enjoy them. Please take a moment to look at the photo
before you send it in to the Canal Record.
Please send the pictures as a file attached to an email
itself. If you use Outlook or Hotmail, click on the paperclip
icon to attach the file to the email. If you use AOL, click on
the box at the bottom of the email that says attachments. If
you use Yahoo, click on the attach button to browse and
attach the picture you want to send. Typically, you can
browse in your various directories and just double click on
the picture file you want to attach.
We also receive photocopied pictures in the mail.
Sometimes the poor quality of these photocopies prevent
them from being printed clearly. To further complicate the
reproduction in the Canal Record, most of these photos have
been folded and stuffed into an envelope, so there isn't much
of anything we can do to improve the quality.
When sending pictures, we need the original source
(photo) or a very high quality copy of the picture in order to
have it adequately appear in the Canal Record. Of course,
captions with first and last names are always needed to iden-
tify the people in the photo.
We hope these picture restrictions will aid in our ongoing
effort to make the Canal Record the best it can be for our
members. If you have any questions concerning pictures to be
included in the Canal Record, please contact me either by
email or home phone.
Jacque Vowell, Editor
(386) 441-3229

Panama Canal Society
StarShip Luncheon Cruise
April 2, 2005

Come sail away with Society friends on the Yacht StarShip....a beautiful way to spend an April Spring day on a
two-hour luncheon cruise around Tampa Bay with friends and family.

We have reserved the Palm Court on the Yacht StarShip for our April meeting/gathering which promises to be
just the ticket to kick off Spring.

The Yacht Starship is located at Channelside in downtown Tampa. Boarding is at 11:30 a.m., we cruise at noon
and will return by 2:00 p.m.
Lunch will consist of: Baby greens salad and

* Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken with artichokes,
mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives in a parmesan I .i
* Asian Glazed Salmon with a Soy Sauce CI
* Grilled Chicken & Seasonal Vegetables with
Bowtie Pasta in a light cream sauce
* Grilled London Broil
All served with Chef's Choice of Starch and
Seasonal Vegetables, Includes Freshly Baked
Breads, Coffee & Ice Tea; and choice of two desserts.

Don't miss this opportunity to spend the day "cruising" with family and friends from home. Space is limited so we
encourage everyone to register as soon as possible. For additional information please contact Maritza Reyes at
(813) 264-6070. We hope to see you there.
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Panama Canal Society StarShip Luncheon Cruise
Registration Form
Luncheon Cruise date is April 2, 2005

Member Name

Member No. Tel:

Please make Reservations for $35.00 each.

Names of Guests (Please Print):
I1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

Total enclosed $
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal
i Society Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787


Panama Canal Railway Company

Topic for 2005 Annual Luncheon

The New Panama Railroad

It was the second time in nearly 150 years that the
47-mile railway across Panama had been rebuilt. This
time, the rehab came after 20 years of inactivity had
fueled jungle overgrowth and, in some places, missing
track. Neosho Central America was the prime contrac-
tor in charge of the entire reconstruction project. The
company worked nearly two years from January 2000
to November 2001 installing ballast, ties and rail,
specifically handling:

40 miles of track removal, including 115LB
rail and wood cross ties.
44 miles of mainline track
6.2 miles of yard track
16 turnouts
2 crossovers
950 linear feet of direct fixation track in an
existing tunnel
2 container transfer yards
300,000 cubic yards of excavation
325,000 cubic yards of embankment

Today, the Panama Canal Railway provides a logis-
tical solution for ships moving cargo between the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans. By avoiding the Panama
Canal and instead offloading containers onto the rail-
road, ocean carriers save time and money. The railroad
handles about 30,000 containers annually. Additionally,
it carries about 50,000 people each year on its execu-
tive commuter and tourist passenger lines.
Railworks TM

The Panama Canal Society is pleased to present
another great Annual Luncheon program. In celebra-
tion of the 150th Anniversary of the Panama Railroad,
we have invited Mr. Thomas Kenna, Director of
Marketing for the Panama Canal Railway Company
(PCRC) to show and tell us how the PCRC rebuilt the
old PRR line and what the PCRC operations involve.
Topics to be discussed:

The project The owners The re-construction (the
investment) Equipment What the PCRC is doing now
- freight and passenger service and more.

Guest Speaker for the 2005 Annual

Thomas H. Kenna
Director of Marketing
Panama Canal Railway Company

During the past 25 years, Thomas H. Kenna has
worked in various senior positions in effective manage-
ment and marketing of activities related to the maritime
industry and international multimodal transport. He has
worked with Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM and other major
shipping lines as part of the management team of their
local shipping agency, where he held several positions
ranging from Director of Marketing to General Manager
and President. He also served as General Manager of
the Air France Panama office from 1989-2000.
Mr. Kenna holds a Masters Degree in Business
Administration from Nova Southeastern University and
a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State
University, Tallahassee. He attended Canal Zone
College and graduated from Balboa High School in
1976 after attending Curundu Junior High School.
He is now active in many leading organizations of
Panama having served as Director of the Association of
Airlines of Panama (ALAP). He is a member of the
Board of Directors of the United States-Panama
Business Council (USPA) and of the Association of the
United States Army (AUSA). Mr. Kenna is currently the
President of Panama's Chamber of Shipping.
In the year 2000, Mr. Kenna joined the PANAMA
CANAL RAILWAY COMPANY as Director of Marketing
responsible for the implementation of marketing strate-
gy for the railroad's freight and passenger operations.
Mr. Kenna is married to Lottie and they have three

The Panama Canal Railway Company

The Panama Canal Railway Company (PCRC) is a joint venture between Mi-Jack Products, the Kansas
City Southern Railway and the International Finance Corporation. The project involved a complete reno-
vation of the line, involving 280,000 tons of ballast, 150,000 concrete railroad ties, 11,000 tons of contin-
uously welded rail, computerized switching and state of the art intermodal container transfer facilities. The
$75 million dollar first-phase completely revitalized the 150-year-old transcontinental railway.
The rebuilt railway speeds up delivery of container cargo from Atlantic to Pacific ports in two hours,
including the time necessary for transferring containers between ships and the railway. Based on 20 trains
per day and a 365-day/year operation, the railway's first phase transfer capacity is 1,500 containers per
day, or 547,500 containers per year.
In addition, the Panarail Tourism Company provides executive commuter and tourist passenger serv-
ice across the isthmus. The trip takes passengers on the scenic tour we all remember, passing through
the rain forest and along the side of the canal.

Register now to attend the Annual Luncheon while at the 2005
Reunion to find out the whole story about the new and modern
Panama Canal Railway Company.

Photos shown:

Left column Top to bottom

-Atlantic Side Container loading
Inside Passenger Car.
Passenger train on the line.

Right column Top to bottom

Passenger train on Monte Lirio
Bridge. -
Observation car on passenger
Container train crossing
Miraflores lake causeway.

Below Mi-Jack Intermodal crane
transferring containers onto
special designed railroad cars.


by Bill Mc]
Our kick off year at the Caribe Royale in 2004 was a
blast!! After so many years at the Marriott and some grum-
bling from members because of the venue change, we were so
pleased with the many positive comments from our members
about the time they had at the Caribe Royale. The guest
rooms were bigger, and then there were the villas! The villas
were great for large families and groups. The all suite hotel
made everyone much more comfortable than that same old
single room that everyone had in previous years. The very
BEST part of being at the Caribe Royale was the Convention
Center space that we had all to ourselves! After fighting for
space at the Marriott for too long, it was nice to have so much
real estate at our disposal to have our programs and activities.
It was just downright comfortable!!
Because we had the space available, a new incentive was
born at the Caribe Royale. This was the "Reunion
Clubhouse". At first many didn't know about this new attrac-
tion, but as word got out about the place where you could pur-
chase Empanadas, Caramanoles, Ojalda, Cuba Libres made
with Ron Cortez and much more, everyone came to the
"Reunion Clubhouse". Well...this program will continue
again for the 2005 Reunion and probably every year in the
While the Executive Board was negotiating with the
Caribe Royale several years ago, we were on a tour of the
Convention Center when we came to the far end of the
Convention Center near a large outside patio. This end of the
Convention Center had three large meeting rooms as well.
One of the member complaints we heard in the past at the
Marriott was, "There isn't anywhere to sit and talk". Hence,
why not use these three large rooms for an area where tables
and chairs could be set up for our members to sit and relax.
Why not have a "Clubhouse"? Hence the birth of our new
Clubhouse was born. The hotel agreed to make this happen
and also to set up the large patio with tables and chairs so
folks could go outside and enjoy the Florida sunshine or cool
evening air. After more thought, we decided to use one of the
three rooms for a video arcade since members also suggested
having activities for the youth.
The Caribe Royale took on our initial ideas and made a
really super setup for our Clubhouse and video arcade com-
bined. It was perfect and everyone who came there enjoyed
it very much. The guys behind the bar and food stand played
up the whole thing with old photos taken in the Canal Zone,
Panama Music, singing and dancing. It was a very festive
place. The Reunion Clubhouse was open from the late morn-
ing to the late night. I popped in late Saturday night and the
place was packed. Just like the old days at the Yacht Club,
American Legion, Elks Club or any of our old Canal Zone
hangouts. It was like being back home again in the Zone.
I wanted to make sure everyone knows about the Reunion
Clubhouse and comes by to check it out. Empanadas for
brunch, a Ron Cortez Cuba Libre to wash it down or just sit
and talk to friends. THE CLUBHOUSE IS THE PLACE TO
BE! Please look at your reunion layout map to see where the
Clubhouse is. There will also be plenty of signs pointing you
in the right direction.

Below are a few photos taken in the Reunion Clubhouse
during the 2004 Reunion.

The Bar and Food Counter

Pool Tables

Friends relaxing in the clubhouse.

OCTOBER 23, 2004

All board members present with the exception of two
Directors and Chaplin. Also present were Darleen Hunt,
Chairperson of Hotel Lodging and Jim Parthenais, Audit
Chairperson and Chairperson of Mini-Reunions.

The Executive Board took the following actions:
Approved the minutes of the September 16, 2004
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of September
17, 2004 through October 21, 2004 in the amount of
Approved the 22 membership applications.
Approved the purchase of two second-hand file cabinets.
Approved providing the Panama Canal Museum the
membership disc from the Society.
Approved the purchase of flowers to send to the memori-
al service for Dottie Yocum.
Approved the Starship luncheon cruise deposit for April
2nd. A notice for the luncheon will be published in the
December Canal Record. The deadline date for reservations
and/or refunds will be March 22, 2005.
Approved for the "Trollin 69ers" to play at the 2005
Reunion, at no cost to the Society, on Thursday night.
Approved Bylaw change to Article IV -Section 4A
Conditions of Office to be placed in the December Canal
Record for the membership to vote on.
Approved extra signage to be purchased for the
Convention Center during the reunion.
Approved mock-up of the lottery tickets, name tags,
luncheon tickets and dance tickets for the upcoming reunion.

The following reports were made:
Discussed the reception for guest speakers or perform-
ers/speakers at the Annual Luncheon. The people invited con-
sist of board members and spouses, past presidents and
spouses and chairpersons with spouses of different reunion
functions so they can meet the guest speaker and to thank
them for all their volunteer work during the year. After a
lengthy discussion, a motion was made to continue with the
Reported Bill and Jean Muller will host the February 5,
2005 General Membership Meeting in at Ryan's Family
Discussed DJs for Friday and Saturday night for the 2005
Reunion; placed aside until a proposal could be obtained
from Grant Hemmond.
Reported on the 2004 Annual Reunion Cost/Analysis
Reported on 2004 Golf Update Divot Tools/Ball
Reported on Yellow Pages updated for December 2004
Canal Record
Discussed the Annual Luncheon Program
Reported on the October Space Coast Picnic. The atten-
dance was over 75 members and guests.

SDiscussed the Society Honorary Awards for 2005
Reported on the possibility of preserving old issues of the
Canal Record on CDs at no cost to the Society.

The following reunion 2005 reports were made:
* Reported on the meeting with the Caribe Royale on
October 9, 2004. The hotel would be offering the continental
breakfast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings in each
of the hotel towers, and all hotel rooms will be renovated
before our reunion.
Discussion of the "Clubhouse". The "Clubhouse" will be
announced in the Canal Record Yellow Pages for March and
June of 2005.
* Lodging Chairperson reported on hotel-lodging proce-
dures for 2005.
SUpdated Reunion Chairpersons:
Reunion Coordinator
Steve Nehring
Event Consultant /Co-Reunion Coordinator
Bill McLaughlin
Bob and Cheryl Russell
Hotel Reservations
Darleen Hunt
Carol Masino and Nancy Van Siclen
Allison McLaughlin
Golf Tournament
Ed Wardlow
John Gough
Joan Ohman
Jim O'Donnell
Steve Nehring, Bill and Margaret McLaughlin
DJ Dances
Jacque Vowell
Annual Luncheon
Jan and Lou Andino
Class and Mini Reunions
Jim Parthenais
Despedida Lottery
Faith Brundage and Mary Lou Lang
Margaret McLaughlin
On-Site Ticket Sales
Muriel Whitman and Skeeter Camby
Event Decorations
Margaret McLaughlin
Report update from the Mini-Reunion Chairperson.
Report update of the Golf Chairperson.


NOVEMBER 13, 2004

Absent: One Director, Sgt. of Arms, Bylaws Chairperson and

The Executive Board took the following actions:
Approved the minutes of the October 23, 2004 Executive
Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of October 22,
2004 through November 11, 2004 in the amount of
Approved 15 new membership applications.
Approved David Smith as the DJ for the 2005 Annual
Reunion DJ dances
Approved purchasing the balance of the golf ball markers.
Approved Dawn Gressang as the new Central Florida
Approved purchase of new paper shredder for the office.

Approved purchase of 2005 QuickBooks upgrade.
Implemented new business practice/procedure: before
any board member obligates the Society for money or
engages in a contract-for-services in the name of the Society,
for reunion or Society business, they must get a written quote
or written proposal from the vendor and present it to the
board for approval.

The following reports were made:
Reported the Society received a donation from Lucille
Discussion on the Distinguished Service Award.
Discussion on showing a movie, reminiscent of the old
OWL SHOW at the Annual reunion.
Reported 38 members and guests will be attending the
Holiday Luncheon at The Wine Cellar.
Discussion of the Society office two-year renewal lease
Discussion on revisions to the membership/renewal appli-
cation for the Canal Record.
Discussion on generating a small revenue stream for the
Society with new PCS logo items.


This is a link that informs how old cell phones can be recycled to help U.S. soldiers overseas. Old cell phones are recy-
cled or sold and the money is used to buy phone cards for U.S. soldiers overseas to call home. There are drop off points
all over the U.S.

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Come one, come all!

1 BIG party, 2 GREAT bands!

Saribe Royale
Thursday, June 30
9 p.m. 2 p.m.
S10 advance / $12 at the door
Ino: e'S
Having a reunion this year in
conjunction with the Society's 2005 Reunion?
Make this trip back to the 60s and 70s a part of your festivities!

* It is understood that the 69ers are not obligated to play compositions which contain more than three
musical chords. Nor does it imply that their lead singers) will learn or sing the actual lyrics to any
song. The good news is that they might have a drummer.

Nomination for Honorary Membership

The Panama Canal Society Executive Board is honored to
recommend Mr. James Parthenais for an Honorary
Membership. Mr. Parthenais has provided outstanding pro-
fessional service and personal dedication to the Panama
Canal Society and its members.
Mr. Parthenais became active on the Panama Canal
Society's Executive Board in 2000 as the Chairperson,
Budget and Audit for two years followed by two years as a
Director. He is once again serving as Chairperson, Budget
and Audit for the 2004 2006 term.
Mr. Parthenais has exceeded the duties of these positions
held on the Executive Board many times over. Mr.
Parthenais has accomplished the following strictly on a vol-
unteer basis.
Setup and maintains the Computer Network in the
Society office
Works closely with a programmer to design, create and
maintain the Society's membership and reunion databases.
Assists office staff with computer problems both on and
off site.
Created a back-up system to protect membership and
reunion databases.
Created and maintains the annual reunion budget.
Coordinated the hiring of Randy Drake, C.P.A.
1. To do a full audit of the Society's financial
2. Setup Quick Books software as the Society's
financial program
3. Weekly training for the Society Secretary.
The above actions are very significant and have saved the
Panama Canal Society a substantial amount of money and
many staff hours. Mr. Parthenais has been and still is a very
valuable asset to the Panama Canal Society.
Mr. Parthenais should be recognized by the Society for his
outstanding, exceptional and meritorious service performed
for the benefit of the Panama Canal Society.
The Executive Board strongly recommends Mr. Jim
Pathenais for an Honorary Membership to the Panama Canal

Nomination for Honorary Membership

The Panama Canal Society Executive Board is honored to
recommend Mrs. Carol Masino for Honorary Membership
nomination. Carol has provided years of unselfish devotion
and professional service to the Panama Canal Society office.
Over the past 11 years Carol Masino has worked for the

Panama Canal Society in the capacity as assistant to the
Secretary and assistant to the Editor of the Canal Record. She
should be recognized for her outstanding and exceptional
work year after year. She has been a resource of vast knowl-
edge for the Canal Record editor with her years of experience
and organizational skills. Carol's knowledge of proper gram-
mar, organizing articles and pictures, tracking down minute
details to enhance an article, and tracking down the correct
spelling of names and obscure places around the world has
made her a valuable asset. Carol's assistance to the Secretary
has been endless throughout her years with the Panama Canal
Society. From data entry, to processing membership applica-
tions and handling reunion reservations, to answering ques-
tions from members and covering the office during the
absence of the Secretary, Carol's devotion to the Panama
Canal Society has been a testimony to her many years of ded-
ication. Her willingness to learn the different computer pro-
grams implemented in the office over the past few years'
shows how invaluable Carol is to the Society.
The Executive Board strongly recommends Mrs. Carol
Masino for a Panama Canal Society Honorary Membership

Nomination for
Distinguished Service Award

The Panama Canal Society Executive Board is greatly
honored to nominate Mr. James J. O'Donnell for the Panama
Canal Society Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. O'Donnell has served on the Executive Board for
many years and ultimately as President of the Panama Canal
Society. After his tenure as President, he returned to serve on
the Executive Board in several different capacities such as
past president, bylaws chairperson and currently is serving as
the legislative representative. Jim also has volunteered count-
less hours as the official Panama Canal Society "Bingo"
chairperson for many years at the annual reunions and gener-
al membership meetings. Jim has been a strong asset for each
of the Executive Boards he has served on with his vast wealth
of knowledge and history of the Panama Canal Society.
Jim's devotion and dedication to the Panama Canal
Society are unparalleled. He is tireless in his efforts to help
make all Society functions a congenial and pleasant atmos-
phere. He is a great resource person, a very good friend to all
of us and very deserving of this award.
The Executive Board strongly recommends Mr. James J.
O'Donnell for a Panama Canal Society Distinguished Service


Visit the Panama Canal Society web site for online services for membership applications and
membership renewals, annual reunion registration, information on class reunions and basic
information on the Panama Canal Society.

Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
May 14, 2005

Our Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on May 14, 2005 from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota. The food is excellent so come on out and join us.
Our menu will be: Two meats (chicken and roast beef), homemade bread, dressing, gravy, real
mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, tossed salad, slice of pie and beverage. This will be a sit-down
served meal and preregistration is required. Cost for the lunch is $16.00 per person, which includes
tax and gratuity. Pre-meeting at 11:45 a.m., lunch served at 12:00 noon followed by our May
Membership Meeting. The deadline for reservations is Friday, May 6, 2005. Your host is Bob
Russell. For future information, call Bob at (813) 633-8916.



BeR idga Rd.

Directions: Troyer's Dutch Heritage (the new Der Dutchman of
Sarasota is located at 3713 Bahia Vista, Sarasota, Florida.
Telephone: 941-955-8007. Take 1-75 to Exit 210 (old 39),
Fruitville Road. Go right after the next exit and stay on Fruitville
Road until the stop light at Mclntosh Road, go left (South). Stay
on Mclntosh until the next stoplight. Go right on Bahia Vista
Street. Right after the railroad tracks the restaurant will be on
the right (North). The restaurant is located close to the inter-
section of Bahia Vista Street and Beneva Road.

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John Gough, Bobby Hanna and Ed Wardlow

Bob Johnson, Elma Seiferlein, Jean Wheeler, and Carol

Mr. Hanna, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Mr. Vestal

Tom Peterson, David Kelleher, and Rupert Turner

Pete and Mary Lou Lang
Pete and Mary Lou Lang

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Hap and Beth Brandenberg with Elaine (Vestal) Lewis

Marge Sherry and Fran Stock

Shirley Boswell and Sandy Ahlgrim

Frank and Lori King with Lois Jones

Linda Marshall and Shirley Camby

Betty Snow


Kathy Egolf, Cheryl Russell and Joan Ohman
Kathy Egoif, Cheryl Russell and Joan Ohman

John and Jodi Marcum

Anna Collins, Olga Disharoon, John and Muriel Whitman Joy Maale, Pete and Marje Foster, Margaret and Bill

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Jimmy Van Loon and Faye

Jim O'Donnell and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis



The arrival of the new year brings several changes in the
financial pictures of federal employees and retirees, some due
to legislative action and some due to normal adjustments in
benefit levels tied to inflation. For general schedule employ-
ees, of course, the most important change is the average 3.5
percent January 2005 federal pay raise, which was paid effec-
tive with the first full pay period of the new year (which start-
ed January 9 for most employees). In a December 30 execu-
tive order, President Bush as expected designated 2.5 per-
centage points as across the board raises and designated the
remainder to be divided up as locality pay, yielding total
increases ranging from 4.30 percent in the San Francisco
locality to 3.26 percent in the "rest of the U.S." locality.
Wage-grade employees get their raises at varying times of the
year under their locality pay system; they generally will get
the GS raise applying in the locality where they work rather
than having their raises capped at the average GS amount as
in past years.


Retirees have gotten their annual cost-of-living adjust-
ments with their January checks (or direct deposits, for those
who get their payments that way). The COLA for those
retired under the CSRS annuity system will be 2.7 percent.
FERS retirees get the 2.7 percent adjustment on their Social
Security benefits, as well (some CSRS retirees also get Social
Security benefits through employment outside the govern-
ment) while they will get 2 percent on the civil service por-
tion of their annuities, assuming they are eligible for COLAs
(generally FERS does not pay COLAs under age 62). Those
who retired in calendar year 2004 should note that COLAs
are pro-rated according to the month in which their annuities


Also beginning in January are the new premium rates paid
by both employees and retirees under the Federal Employees
Health Benefits program--effective January 1 for retirees and
with the first full pay period of the year for most active
employees. Premiums on average are increasing by around 8
percent in 2005, although within that average is a wide vari-
ation of actual changes, with some plans exceeding that fig-
ure substantially while others had smaller increases or even
lowered premiums.
Also note that coverage changes also take effect at the
same effective dates as the premium changes. Further, any
changes in plans or levels of coverage elected in the recently
concluded FEHB open season also begin. This includes any
elections of plans offering "health savings accounts" or
"health reimbursement arrangements," which are new fea-
tures offered by some plans.


For FERS employees, the Social Security maximum wage
base is rising to $90,000 from $87,900. That is the portion of
their salaries on which they pay the 6.2 percent "FICA" tax--
there is no limit on the 1.45 percent Medicare tax paid by
both FERS and CSRS employees. Also, for those retired
under FERS, the earnings test applying to Social Security
beneficiaries aged 62-through "full retirement age"--for 2005
is 65 and six months--is increasing to $12,000 from $11,640.
Those beneficiaries lose $1 in Social Security benefits for
every $2 in earnings through employment or self-employ-
ment above the limit. A separate earnings test applies only to
earnings for months in the year an individual reaches full
retirement age prior to the individual attaining that age. One
dollar in benefits will be withheld for every $3 in earnings
above $31,800. There is no limit on earnings beginning the
month an individual attains full retirement age.


The monthly premium paid by those receiving Medicare
Part B (primarily physicians' services) benefits have raised to
$78.20 from $66.60. The Part B annual deductible have
raised to $110, the Part A (hospital insurance) deductible is
rising to $912 for the first 50 days per benefit period and the
coinsurance requirements is increasing to $228 a day for the
61st-90th day per benefit period and to $456 a day above 90
days. Those new figures represent increases of several dollars


The interest paid in the voluntary contribution retirement
savings program available to CSRS (but not FERS) employ-
ees raised in 2005 to 4.375 percent, up from 3.875 percent in
2004. That rate also applies to required deposits and re-
deposits into the retirement fund to capture service for which
no contributions were taken or for which refunds were


Reflecting changes in the TSP open season that conclud-
ed Dec. 31, biweekly investments in the TSP can increase by
1 percentage point--to 15 percent per pay period for FERS
employees and 10 percent for CSRS employees. The IRS
imposed dollar limit on allowable individual contributions
into tax-favored plans like the TSP rises to $14,000 in 2005.
That limit mainly is of interest only to highly paid FERS
employees because the percentage of salary limits produce a
lower dollar amount maximum for everyone else. In fiscal
2006, the percentage limits will be abolished, although the
dollar caps will remain. Also, investors age 50 and older dur-
ing 2005 can make special "catch-up" investments over and
above the limits that otherwise would apply to them. The
maximum catch-up investment, which must be made through
payroll withholding, is $4000 in 2005.
New FEGLI Rates Effective with calendar year 2005,

new premiums apply to Option B coverage in the Federal
Employees' Group Life Insurance program, the last of three
annual increases in FEGLI rates. For 2005, those age 65-69
will pay $0.72 biweekly or $1.56 monthly per $1,000 of
Option coverage, and those age 70-74 will pay $1.20 biweek-
ly or $2.60 monthly per $1,000. Those age 75-79 will pay
$1.80 and $3.90, respectively and those age 80 and over will
pay $2.40 and $5.20, respectively. Premiums for any
increased coverage that was elected in the open season that
was conducted in September 2004 will take effect, along with
the new coverage, in September 2005.


If you die as a result of a job-related disease or injury,
your surviving spouse and/or children may be eligible both
for death benefits from OWCP and survivor benefits under
CSRS or FERS, writes benefits expert Reg Jones. "Just like
you, your survivor must elect which of the two benefits he or
she wishes to receive," he writes. You'll find his column at


The international stock (I) fund of the Thrift Savings Plan
was the leading TSP fund in 2004, posting a gain for the year
of 20.00 percent, outpacing the small U.S. company stock (S)
fund and the large company stock (C) fund, which posted
annual gains of 18.03 and 10.82 percent, respectively. The (I)
fund gained 4.38 percent in December while the S fund
gained 4.17 percent and the C fund gained 3.36 percent. Both
the government securities (G) and bond (F) funds gained 4.30
percent in 2004, following gains in December of 0.38 and
0.97 percent, respectively.

James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative



Happy news in San Luis Obispo for Helen Aanstoos-
Hay. Her stepson Sergio Hay has returned safely from
He spent nine months in various parts of the country
with the U.S. Army. Enclosed is a photo of him standing
with some Iraqi men with whom he worked. He has
signed up full-time at the local college, so hopefully he
won't be sent back. Helen and Sergio's father, Isaac Hay
(BHS'66), are keeping their fingers crossed.

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AL Edie (Smith) and Allen Cotton
AK Clay Wharry
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Helen (Aanstoos) Hay
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Ocala Bill Muller
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
Pinellas County Betty Snow
Space Coast Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey
South Florida Tom Pattison
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
Tampa Lynnette "Leni" Stokes Cansler

(334) 361-2373
(907) 339-8067
(520) 577-7284
(623) 546-8624
(479) 633-0612
(479) 271-8055
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(352) 854-7902
(850) 474-6341
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(850) 422-2151
(813) 672-2298

GA June A. Stevenson
LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Howie Laatz
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
Trina Clark
SC Peggy Hutchison
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
VA Evelyn Sellers

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(830) 895-2794
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Deadline for the June 2005 Canal Record is April 8, 2005


The Alaska winter in Anchorage has been pretty mild so
far but that can always change. Solstice has come and gone
and now we are rapidly gaining sunlight and, of course,
Summer is right around the corer. Further north, however,
things are shaping up differently.
Fleeing the Far North's cold spell Michelle (Propst) Das
and her husband Sunit Das left Fairbanks at a bitter -25 on
December 23rd. The wind had picked up and wind chill was
forecasted to be -50. Almost 16 hours later, they arrived in
Birmingham, Ala. The locals complained about the 40-degree
weather. Michelle's mom Patricia (Dempsey) Propst and
dad Charles Propst picked them up from the airport to spend
Christmas with them and Grandma Florence Dempsey in
Oxford, Ala. Temperatures quickly soared to the low 70s, as
Alabama experienced near record highs.
The Dempsey/Propst household filled for the New Year
when former Gamboa girls and husband, Melissa (Webb)
Dickerson and Marianna Webb came for a visit. Melissa
and her husband Matt reside in Savannah, Ga., while
Marianna had traveled from her home in Germany. Renee
(Propst) McDonald, her husband, and two daughters drove
down from Indiana.

(L-R): Charles Propst, Sunit Das, Paul McDonald, Alexis
McDonald, Marianna Webb, Melissa (Webb) Dickerson,
Matt Dickerson, Renee (Propst) McDonald, Morgan
McDonald. Not pictured are Florence Dempsey (sleeping),
Pat (Dempsey) Propst, and Michelle (Propst) Das (taking

The New Year was literally rung in with strings of cow
bells, supplemented with a wind chime and upright bells.
While Grandma had gone to bed early, the nine guests plus
Pat and Chuck Propst made quite a ruckus on the front porch.
On January 8th, Michelle and Sunit returned to Fairbanks,
Alaska. Forecasts showed a heat wave of 20 above for their
As always, if there is anyone who has information they
would like to submit, please contact me at the following:

Clay Wharry, Reporter
(907) 339-8067


The Arizona Panama Canal meeting was held November
23, 2004 at Marie Callendars Restaurant in Chandler, Ariz.
We had eighteen people who attended our Social gather-
ing. People who attended were Adele Adams, Evelyn and
Loring White, Ellen Altman and Allan Pratt, Ann Parks,
Lisa Boatwright, Leo and Barb Langland, Warren and
Dora Legrys, Chester and Mary Grace Oakes, Diane and
Jay French, Carl and Patricia Berg, Miriam Hirschl.
Some of the people at the meeting were interested in hold-
ing our meetings at different locations. Let us know what
your idea is on this subject.
Chester and Mary Grace Oakes just came back from
Panama. They gave us a special slide show of their vacation
in Panama. The slides were excellent and everyone enjoyed
them. Chester and Mary Grace also brought back door prizes
from Panama for our gathering. Lisa (Parks) Boatwright won
a bottle of liquor and Diane (Sparks) French won a beach
towel from Panama. Thanks to Chester and Mary Grace for
making our meeting a great success.
Our next meeting will be hosted by Miriam Hirschl at her

lovely home in Sun City West in March. The lunch at
Miriam's will be a Pot Luck with everyone bringing their
favorite food they used to eat in Panama.
We look forward to seeing all our friends from Panama at
our next meeting. We will send directions out to anyone need-
ing them on how to get to Sun City West and to Miriam's

Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
(623) 546-8624


.. .

Betty Dunning

cancer four years ago and is now 4-1/2 years in remission.
After one year of chemotherapy and 20 radiation treatments,
she had to undergo four years of scans (15 in all). She has two
xrays scheduled during this fifth year, one of which was done
on the 14th, and the other is scheduled for June 2005. We are
thrilled to have this behind us.
Our Pan Canal group met together in October for our fall
luncheon. We have such small turnouts that we have decided
to just meet as friends once or twice a year. Mike and
Henrietta Horoda will keep our flags and Betty Dunning
and Lynn Harp will continue to be our area reporters. Mike
Horoda brought a Palindrome to share with us, many of you
have probably seen this. Palindrome is a word, phrase, sen-
tence or number that reads the same backward or forward. A
man, a plan, a canal, Panama. A man, a p/lan, a c/a/nal,
P/a/nam/a. Mike and Henrietta Horoda, Carl and Petie
Maedl, Kathleen and Willard Huffman, Mary Condon,
Betty Dunning, Lynn, Samantha, Jess N., and Cheryl Harp
were all at our luncheon at The Catfish Hole in Fayetteville,

Lynn (Dunning) Harp

Maxine Wrenn, one of our members has died in Tyler,
Texas. She was 89 years old and had moved to Texas to be
near her son Keith. They never did find out why she had died.
Her husband Earl passed away four or five years ago. I
remember her from Margarita, she was one of Betty's moth-
er's (Lucille Flenniken) friends.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman went on a Caribbean
cruise with a stop in Panama. They were disappointed by the
stop in Panama as it was only for two hours so they didn't get
off the ship, other than that the cruise was great. Their plans
to spend Christmas with their son Willy and daughter-in-law
Kathy were delayed due to the weather but they have
rescheduled their visit for when the weather clears.
Freda (Flenniken) Stohrer came to visit Bill and Betty
(Flenniken) Dunning for Christmas. She was our only out-
of-town visitor this year. Christmas dinner was at Jess and
Lynn (Dunning) Harp's house with Harold and Jerry Harp
joining them. We kept busy and Betty, Freda, Lynn and her
children (Samantha, Jess and Cheryl) even drove to
Lebanon, Mo. to meet Freda's daughter Carol (Stohrer)
Grench, husband Paul and daughter Eileen. Carol and fami-
ly were spending Christmas with the St. Louis, Mo.
We had lunch together and a little shopping before we
both drove back to our respective homes. Halfway point
between St. Louis and Rogers just happened to be in
Lebanon. Eileen, Carol's daughter came from college in
Ohio, and Carol and husband Paul came from their home in
Davis, Calif.
Cheryl Harp, Jess and Lynn's youngest daughter, had sur-
gery to have her port removed on December 14th. She battled

Standing (L-R): Lynn Harp, Mike Horoda, Betty Dunning,
Henrietta Horoda, Carl Maedl, Petie Maedl, Kathleen
Huffman, Mary Condon and Willard Huffman. Front:
Cheryl Harp in her Montuna.

Cheryl Harp and her father Jess Harp at Arkansas
Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. for Cheryl's surgery.

News is quiet in Northwest Arkansas. Please call us, write
us or email us with news.

Betty Dunning
(479) 633-0612

Lynn (Dunning) Harp
(479) 271-8055


It's Christmas Eve as I write this.
I'm reflecting on the past year and
all the changes in so many of our
lives and families. My brother-in-
law Dr. Jim Harrison (who did
his residency at Gorgas Hospital
Back in the early 70s and met his
Helen Anstoos-Hay wife Zella Hay, BHS'68, who
was working at Gorgas also) closed his busy family practice
in Shell Beach after 30+ years to simplify his life and become
a prison doctor in Avenal. It's not the happiest of jobs but he's
enjoying more free time and planning a trip or two to
I'm also marveling at what a small world it is. I had
moved to San Luis Obispo (where Isaac my husband is) and
worked five months in the E.R. at French Hospital there. Two
fellow nurses in that E.R. were born in the old Canal Zone.
Maggie St. Vincent and Vicki Bryant, who left as young-
sters, still have fond memories of their time there. Years later
Vicky met a guy named Greg Bryant (BHS'68) and they've
been happily married for many years now. Greg is a Cal Poly
graduate and hosted that show on TV Junkyard Wars. I was
too homesick for my old job in Sonoma County so returned
to Palm Drive E.R. We just had our E.R. Christmas party and
had fun talking with Dr. John Russell who did his residency
at Gorgas and shared stories with us of his time there. He
lived in Williamson Place and while not pulling his shifts at
Gorgas he got to explore most of Panama and loved it.

and other family members were excited to see her. Helen
Malin Christianson's (BHS'76) daughter Amy (17 years
old) of Jacksonville, Fla. received a high honor last summer
when her painting was hung in the Senate Building in
Washington, D.C. This Little Teapot will be on display for an
entire year so stop by and view it. About 1-1/2 years ago,
Kathy's other sister, Donna Malin Meyerson (BHS'80),
lived in the Bay Area town of Pacifica. Donna and her fami-
ly moved to Palm City, Fla. near Stuart and experienced all
the hurricanes this past season. Donna's husband Adam now
has experience with nailing plywood!

Kathy (Malin) McInturff and Bob McInturff with grand-
daughter Hali Saville.

Early November, Kathy flew to Las Vegas to visit three
Zonians. (Thank goodness her son, Shane, works for
Southwest Airlines -- she can fly frequently and rather inex-
pensively). Kathy met up with Sarah Polite Hughes
(CHS'75) and Sheri Alexaitis Kimball (CHS'75) who was
in town attending a convention with her husband Tom and
their son Tommy. No one hit the "big jackpot" but had fun
trying. Sheri, Sarah and Kathy hooked up with Debbie Cook
from the "other side" who was in town from Melbourne, Fla.
at a Curves convention. They reminisced about another friend
Cathy (who was not from the zone), a Blues Cruiser, who
suddenly passed away in late October. Cathy did attend this
past summer's PC Society reunion with Wilma, Maurie and
Cindy Moore (Atlantic siders). We will miss her companion-
ship at next year's Girls Party we will dedicate a 'shot' to

Dr. John Russell, unidentified, Isaac
Palm Drive's E.R. Christmas party.

Kathy Malin Mclnturff (BHS'74) reported to me that
she was busy at the end of 2004 after organizing BHS Class
of 1974 30th high school reunion this past summer. They had
a tremendous turnout in Orlando with over 90 classmates,
spouses and friends.
After going on an October cruise with her husband Bob,
they had a visit from her son Shane and her pride and joy -
her granddaughter Hali. Shane and Hali were visiting from
Jacksonville, Fla. and enjoyed Halloween in the Bay area.
Hali at 3-1/2 years old has attended all PC Society Reunions
since her birth. Kathy visited Jacksonville in December for
the Christmas holidays. Her parents, Ed and Gloria Malin,

Kathy Malin Mclnturff, Sheri Alexaitis Kimball and
Sarah Polite Hughes in Las Vegas.

Kathy and Bob had Thanksgiving with another Zonian,
Donna Gifford (BHS'74). Donna and Kathy realized they
lived 30 minutes apart after reconnecting at their 30th high
school reunion.
Jane (CHS) and Jim Cochrane reported to me on a mini-
Canal Zone reunion at Mimi's Restaurant in December in
Fairfield. They met with Roger and Lenore Weidoff and Lee
and Willie Doyle. They do this annually in addition to the big
reunions. Of course, they talked about old times in the Zone.
Jane and Lee lived near each other on the Atlantic side while
growing up and Lee was my Dad's (Eddie) buddy in high
school at CHS. Lee and Eddie left the zone and attended
Georgetown University. I was born during their freshman
year and Lee became my godfather. That was 56 years ago!
Jane also reports that she and Nancy LanFranco went to
Florida at the end of October to see their brother Ted and sis-
ter-in-law Onita. They had a good time with them. Sadly, Ted
passed away November 8th.
My oldest daughter Lisa and her husband and kids left
Arizona in December to return to Lompoc, Calif. Their
youngest, Justina (8), is a cancer survivor neuroblastomaa)
and the Flagstaff elevation was too hard on her lungs. They're
happy to be back and I'm glad to have my grandkids closer.
When my three girls were little I took them to Panama as
often as possible. Even got them their Panamanian passports.
They have great memories of the Carnival parades and 4th of
July parades in Balboa. Best of all was at Aggie and Larry
Gramlich's in Diablo, sliding down the hill in their home-
made water slide. They also had a neighbor with a dog and a
monkey who were leashed together and cruised Diablo in
each other's care.

staying at Lance's in San Francisco. Incidentally, Naz dedi-
cated their 2nd CD to Donnie Hughes, Lance's brother who
died in 1998 of an asthma attack. Donnie and Lance were the
raspado-makers at our annual North California picnics. We
all miss Donnie, but Lance is carrying on the tradition now
with the help of Tommy Slice.
Ricky Appin (BHS'67) is excited to report he's leaving
Manhattan after ten years and returning to the San Francisco
Bay area. On December 23rd he bought a car, signed a lease
on his new place and threw his 3rd annual Bay Area Panama
Christmas party -- all in one day. Ricky will be living in
Berkeley and is the editor of a bicoastal financial publication.
Ricky's party was co-hosted with Monica Meyer
iBHS'66) at her lovely home in Novato. About 25 of the
merry attendees were from Panama. Ricky's brother-in-law
Sarr Sheffer along with Johnny DeLaCruz (New Mexico)
provided live music which was a tasty jazz treat. Melissa
Appin Sheffer (BHS'81) and Sarr have three children (Asia,
Blue and Jazz) who also attended the party. Alex Bloise
(BHS'73) and his wife Esther Morales (originally from
Austin, Texas and now a San Francisco architect) have two
children tN icolas and Anastasia) who also were present.
These five kids took over the task of making fresh
empanadas throughout the party and they were awesome.
Their grand finale was an empanada about a foot long!

Ricky Appin overseeing his nephew

My grandkids and kids: Back Lisa Korenko, Helena
Keith, Jared Korenko. Front Justina and Kelsey
Korenko, November 2004, San Luis Obispo.

Talked with Lance Hughes (BHS'68) on December 23rd
who says he's heading back to Panama on Christmas Day.
He'll be visiting his mom Marina Hughes in Gamboa and
catching some waves and fish. He tells me that Mike
Nazarenko ("Naz") from Curundu will be in our Bay Area in
January for a visit. Naz plays harmonica in a blues band
called Elliott & The Untouchables, and they just released
their third CD, VooDoo Stew. The band has been nominated
for the Handy award. Naz lives in Lexington, S.C. and will be

and nieces making

The Grand Finale Empanada

Ray Husum (BHS'78), one of eleven children of a C.Z.
policeman (whom I'm sure many of you remember) was
there too. He's living in San Francisco and is a contract attor-
ney and owner of a "cool bar" across from PacBell Park (for-
merly Candlestick Park). It's called "The Park" so if you're
over in the area, stop in for a cold one.

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Isaac nay, anrs inigsoury, nrelen AansuOs-n-ay, IVIInlca
Meyer, Jan Steward Cazden (BHS'66 classmates).

Alex's brother Jorge Bloise (BHS'79) was there visiting
from Panama. He lives in Clayton and has a plumbing busi-
ness called J.B. Plumbing. He was excited to report that after
17 years he's riding motorcycles again not sure what he
means by that but he said it was important to mention.

Annette Bloise (visiting from Tampa, Fla.), Jorge Bloise,
Esther Morales (Alex's wife) and Isaac Hay.

Registration Bob and Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916

Despedida Lottery- Mary Lou Lang
(727) 787-5519

On-Site Ticket Sales "Skeeter" Camby
(727) 321-8566

Ray Husum, Jan Steward Cazden and Kris Kingsbury at
Ricky's party.

My sister Jan Aanstoos brought her boyfriend, Michael
Costello (Bodega, Calif.), who got his first taste of
empanadas and fried yucca. He said Ricky really knows how
to throw a party and looks forward to attending next year.
Keith Olsen dropped by on his way to Reno to visit sis-
ter Kathy for the holidays.
I am so sorry that the Los Gatos/Northern California pic-
nic did not happen this year. The Sacramento Zonians indi-
cated that they wanted to host it but for whatever reason, it
didn't happen. So mark your calendar for October 1, 2005. It
will be again at Lake Vasona in Los Gatos. It will be another
potluck and loteria and Lucho music of course.
As I close this report I wish us all a happy and healthy
2005. May our brave young military men and women return
home unharmed. I write this with the fear that my stepson
Sergio Hay may be sent back for a second tour of duty. Also
- all you Californians out there send me your news to share.

Helen Aanstoos-Hay, Reporter
(707) 887-1015


Central Florida

Since Vicki Sizemore has
retired from this job; I have vol-
unteered to take over. Thanks to
Vickie for doing such a great job.
Dawn Gressang So, here goes! Last November

my husband Dan Gressang (BHS'54) and I went on a four-
day cruise to the Bahamas. It was a reunion of Dan's flight
school class. A great time was had by all.

Jacque Vowell and son Kye drove to Asheville, N.C. to
spend Thanksgiving with daughter Casey who recently
moved there. They were excited to see snow again, but only
got some snow flurries. Jacque says she received a Christmas
card from Gretta and Joe (BHS'55) Vowell from Rogers,
Ark. Joe, Gretta and daughter Amy were on their way to
spend the holidays in the northeastern part of Arizona with
daughter Ali.

Dawn and Dan Gressang

A great Halloween party was held by Janet Stuart
(BHS'67). Everyone came in costume which made the party
more fun. Joining in the fun were Dawn (BHS'55) and Dan
Gressang, Jacque Vowell (BHS'70), Pam Crowell
(BHS'71), Debbie Bandy (BHS'73) and her friend Ed
Ghandour, Janet's daughter Lindsey, and several others. Of
course, there was plenty of food and beverage for all.
In November Pam Crowell and sister Jacque Vowell
attended the Margarita Ball in Daytona Beach, Fla. to benefit
underpriviledged children at Christmas time by providing
toys. This black-tie affair is one of the highlights during the
holiday season. Jacque reported the margarita fountains were
flowing all nieht lone.

Justin, Casey Vowell and Kye Vowell

Congratulations to Jacque (Crowell) Vowell (BHS'70) for
completing her last college course in November. She will be
graduating in March 2005 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. with a BS
degree in Computer Science. A surprise graduation party was
held at Pam Crowell's with family and friends. Zonians
attending were Debby Bandy, Janet Stuart, Rupert Turner,
Len Wilson, Vicki Sizemore, Ed Wardlow, Dan and Dawn
Gressang. Pam had a cake created with Jacque's senior high
school picture.

Debbie (Beall) Bandy, Vicki Sizemore, Pam Crowell,
Jacque Vowell, Janet Stuart and Dawn Gressang.

Pam Crowell and Jacque (Crowell) Vowell

Len Wilson

Rupert Turner shared with us. These home movies (made in
the 60s and early 70s) were directed and produced by Steve
A- Debby Beall Bandy and her friend, Ed Ghandour, traveled
to Panama from Costa Rica after terminating a 10-day Canal
transit cruise aboard the Radisson Diamond. They visited
with a number of old friends and enjoyed a wonderful lunch-
eon at the home of Dave and Diane Duncan Bishop, where
Martha Duncan was visiting for the holidays with her mom
Dofia Silvia de Duncan. Debby reports that among the high-
lights of the trip was a day at the beach in Santa Clara. On the
way Debby was stopped by one of Panama's finest who was
willing to "make special arrangements" given the fact that
she was leaving the next day. How generous of him! Ed was
Wade Duffy and Rupert Turner duly impressed. New Year's Eve at the Elks Club was a great
way to celebrate. Deb's cousin Rick Wilder was relegated to
house-sitting and didn't make the trip this time.
Vicki Sizemore (BHS'70) and Ed Wardlow left for
Panama right after Christmas. This is what she said about her
trip: We are safe and sound and back home from another great
trip to Panama. Ed and I really have mixed emotions every
time we leave. We had a wonderful visit with many old
friends who were down in Panama for Christmas. We went to
the best New Year's Eve party that I can remember at the Elks
in Balboa with over 200 people. We saw the Hunts, Watkins,
Woodruffs, Mike Albert, Valerie Krueger, Maureen
Carey, Mike Andrews, Martha Duncan, Dave Bishop, Vince
and Penny Canamas, and Jane Huff along with Bob Askew,
Art Mokray and his lovely girlfriend, Luke Palumbo, and
many more. It was like the old coming home from college
Dan and Dawn Gressang with Janet Stuart days. (Though Ed and I had to struggle a bit to stay awake
until midnight).
Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison and her husband Michael
had Thanksgiving Dinner for the family at their lovely home
in DeLand. Everyone brought a favorite dish so the food was
overflowing. Attending were Dawn and Dan Gressang, Pam
Crowell and her son Thomas, Bonnie and Michael's daugh-
ter Cassie, her son Zach, and her friend Dan.
Dan and I held a Christmas open house before the holi-
days with several zonians attending. Bonnie (BHS'64) and
Mike Morrison, Janet Stuart (BHS'67), Jacque Vowell, Pam
Crowell (BHS'71) and her son Thomas joined the festivities
with our friends and neighbors.
Dan's son Daniel S. Gressang IV, his wife Tish and
grandchildren Daniel S. Gressang V and Alyssa K. Bob Askew and Linda (Woodruff) Weir
Gressang drove down from Maryland to visit us over the
Christmas holiday. On Christmas Day we all traveled to Janet
Stuart's for a wonderful holiday feast. Bonnie and Mike
Morrison, Jacque Vowell and Pam Crowell were there to
enjoy the food and the fun of a Chinese gift exchange.
The day after Christmas found Dan and I traveling to
Sarasota with his son and family for three days to watch
Dan's fourteen-year-old grandson play in a huge soccer tour-
nament. Unfortunately, his team only won one of four games
so his team did not make the finals. We had a wonderful time
watching. Those kids have such energy!
New Year's Eve found us at Pam Crowell's home to chow
down on mostly Panamanian food-----mmm good! Sue
(Waters) (BHS'69) and Joe Eytalis, Len Wilson (Boca Janet (Hunt) Watkins, Mrs. Hunt, Linda (Woodruff) Weir
Raton) drove up for the party. We watched old home movies and Darleen Hunt

Ed Wardlow, Tom Carey, Maureen Carey, friends and Joe Hunt, Penn3 Canamas, Chris Honia, Bruce Homa,
Doug Allen. Janet Watkins, Dave Bishop and Doug Webster.

We were also very lucky to share some time with Debby
(Beall) Bandy and Ed from Holly Hill, Fla. We met for din-
ner at Pencas at Amador near the site of my old house. The
service was questionable but the company made up for it.
As most of you know we have been working on our apart-
ment "deal" for six months now. Debby was very helpful in
our meeting with the developer with her excellent Spanish.
All that is left is for the bank to register it with the Minister
of Housing and we will be set. To ensure that happens we
have hired a lawyer who is just wonderful. She speaks fluent
English and will also complete Ed's pensianado status which
will give us legal standing in the country without having to
obtain a paz y salvo. In addition, it gives us 25% off on every-
Rusty Smith and Ed Wardlow thing like lawyers fees, airplane tickets, doctors, restaurants,
Our last night in Panama was spent attending a very inter-
esting meeting of the Panama Canal Historical Society of
which Jon Carlson is the president. They are getting ready to
celebrate the 150th anniversary of the railroad. Chris Skeie
(BHS'63) gave a presentation on the Museum involvement in
the project. It was a delightful mix of zonians, Europeans, and
We had a nice visit with Chris Skeie and Paula Boger in
Rio Mar at Chris' new property. Chris will return stateside in
June. We were also able to visit with dear friend Henry
Twohy who had just returned from his stateside home. A big
thank you goes out to our dear friend Rudy Crespo for tak-
ing on the cat-sitting duties while we were gone. Max, the cat,
was in very good hands.
Doug Webster and ? Dan and I celebrated our third anniversary on January 1st
at a friend's home--and they said it it wouldn't last.
Please get in touch with me about all of your comings and
goings and I will write about it, I promise. Until next time,

Dawn Gressang, Reporter
jr--p.g (386) 441-6595
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Ashby, Elks employee for 37 years
Ashby, Elks employee for 37 years

IS APRIL 8, 2005


The Ocala Zonians/Panama
Canal Ditchdiggers next semi-
annual luncheon meeting is set
for Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at
Florida Buffet (of Ocala) for-
merly Ryan's Family
Steakhouse. Same location and
management: 3933 E. Silver
Springs Blvd/Hwy 40 East in Ocala. Our meetings are infor-
mal and open to all ex-Zonians. The OZ/PCDD group has
been in existence for 30 years. Let's keep it going! Come and
meet some of your old friends from the "good old days"!
The December 2004 issue of the Canal Record announced
plans for the February 2005 General Business Meeting of the
Panama Canal Society to be held in Ocala. We hope you were
able to be there. The PC Society has held their February
Business Meeting in Ocala twice before (2001 and 2002). In
2003, the PC Society held the Carnavalito in Ocala.
Thanks to Jim Wich for his "Weeweechu" story about a
beautiful December Hawaiian evening. We echo the song as
we return the greeting and "weeweechu" one and all a belat-
ed "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".
Jerry and Diane (Hutchison) Cox went up to Aiken, S.C.
and brought Diane's mother, Mrs. M. "Peggy" Hutchison
back to Ocala for Thanksgiving and to celebrate her birthday.
Diane's sister Vicki and her husband Bob Boukalis mean-
while visited with Bill and Geri Foster in Dunnellon, Fla.
before arriving in Ocala in time for the Thanksgiving cele-
brations which included a trip to Largo, Fla. for a visit with
aunt Doris Hutchison later in the day. Dianne's son Wally
also visited during the holidays.

Robert Boukalis, Vicki Hutchison Boukalis, Margaret
Sealey Hutchison, Doris Hutchison, Dianne Hutchison
Cox and Jerry Cox.

Margaret Sealey Hutchison and Doris Hutchison

E-mails sometimes come up with some unique ways to
lose weight. We received one through the grapevine that
revealed the best way "how to weigh yourself". Carolyn
Morris sent an illustration that indicates you should lay on
your back with your feet elevated while balancing the bath-
room scale on the bottoms of your feet with the weight indi-
cator facing you. May not work if you are hyperopic or
Have you heard "The 12 Days of Catmas?" with the cat's
comments? On the first day of "Catmas" my humans gave to
me "A carpeted cheaply homemade cat tree." (Feeble attempt
of the Big Owner to get me off his bed where I take up most
of the space. Sorry, no go!) Second day..."Two catnip toys."
(Destroyed within minutes.) Third day..."Three nuggets of
Pounce." (After they went to bed I knocked the can over and
ate the rest.) Fourth day..."Four furry mice." (Fake! What a
Fifth day..."Five small lattice balls" (They made such an
irritating noise on the hardwood floor the Big Owner took
them away the next day.) Sixth day..."Six floppy stuffed
Beanie Dalmatians." (95 to go Big Whoopee!) Seventh
day..."Seven pet food covers." (Hold on there, Buckeroo! I
eat a whole can of that stuff at one sitting. Covers suggest I
won't be doing that anymore? Over your dead body.) Eighth
day..."Eight hairball toys." (Looks like the real thing.)
Ninth day..."Nine humans dancing." (Trying not to step
on the fake hairballs.) Tenth day..."Ten balls of twine." (Old
reliable Zz-z-z-z-z. I may knit a noose for the Big Owner.)
Eleventh day..."Eleven minutes of scratching." (It's about all
the Big Owner can handle before strands of hair fly up into
his nose and make him sneeze all over me.) Twelfth
day..."Twelve human hugs and kisses." (It makes up for all
the rest.) In conclusion: It was a good 12 days. Not too late to
enjoy a good chuckle!
Talked to Virginia Booth and Patsy and how we all
missed their presence as vendors last year at the Canal
Reunion. Patsy remarked, "Maybe this year!" Also talked to
Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom since she and her mother Virginia
Pearl returned to Ocala from South Florida. Linda had a visit
from her grandson at Christmastime. He came to Ocala and
did some ice skating at the local ice rink. Yes, there really is
one--opens during the holidays.
Some of our Ocala Zonians are still quite active visiting
with their families and friends. Jerry and Carol Coffey left
for Hawaii on February 4 for Jerry's son's wedding. He lives
in Kauai. Carol is planning on attending our April meeting.
Woody and Ruth (Rose) Foster informed us that their oldest
grandson Billy came up from Panama to spend the holidays
and helped Woody and Ruth celebrate their 55th wedding
Roy and Charlene Trullinger of DeLand, Fla. had this
"grand announcement" to make: "We are finally grandpar-
ents! Our son George and his wife Dawn moved to DeLand
in November and Dawn gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on
December 28th. His name is Roy Howard Trullinger.
Although he came a month early, he weighed in at 6 lbs. 1 oz.
and has no health problems." Our congratulations to the new
grandpa and grandma.
Tom Wilder and his family attended a get-together in the
Ocala National Forest with the Panama Canal Zonies over the

New Year's weekend. His Air Force daughter Samantha
joined them (Tom, Kathy, Brittney and Christopher) for the
The Panama Canal "Zonies" are a younger group than the
"Ocala Zonians" who originated as the Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers back in the "70s". The "Zonies" have their own
website posted by Deb Dedeaux. They appear to be a mostly
Atlantic-side group. Deb reports the following:
"We started off the New Year with family and friends that
we love so very much down in Ocala, Florida at a Salt
Springs' resort in the Ocala National Forest. Riding dirt
bikes, ATVs and Jeeps that were brought, we all had so much
fun time passes by so quickly. New Year's Eve was celebrat-
ed in Scott Parker and Rod Snyder's apartment. We had
great food, great company and great fun!
J. Dedeaux managed to cover his ATV in mud. It took
another ATV with a winch (owned by Dave Hannigan) and
a Jeep (owned by Dowell Winship) to get J's out. Some of
the names of others present were: the Wilders, the LaPortas,
the Overstreets, Scott Parker, Rod Snyder, Tracey Scott,
Russell and Leslie Gillespie, Tom and Rochelle Bount, and
Barbara and Louie Dedeaux."
Larry and Edna (Curles) Didier have been busy with
building plans. They are having a larger home built and hope
to be moved in sometime in February. Their recent travels
included a trip to the Caribbean on one of the Holland
American ships. They stopped at Cozumel, Mexico and took
an on-shore excursion to the Mayan ruins. Edna had been
there before but it was a first for Larry. They enjoyed their
stop at Grand Cayman Island, shopped for linens and found a
tablecloth they liked. Edna gained family members as her son
Greg remarried on November 13th. Laura has a son in the
8th grade and a daughter in her sophomore year at the
University of Florida. Our congratulations to all.
My thanks to all of you who contributed bits of informa-
tionn for use in this column. Kudos to all!

William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
(352) 854-7902
email: jbmuller @


This is my first article since
Hurrican Ivan devastated Pensacola--
what a tragedy! I do thank God that
we all are safe. Pensacola is now in
Sthe process of rebuilding and I must
Barbara Vose-Kulig say doing a great job of it. Pensacola
was a "war zone" for quite some time. The I-10 bridge (the
main link for many cities) was totally knocked out by a water
surge. It is now temporarily repaired with traffic very slow
(and I do mean slow it took Keith and I one hour to get
across from Pensacola). Funds have been granted from the
Federal Government to totally build a new bridge, hopefully
within the next few years. We are also in the "rebuilding, fix-

ing" stage because we had quite a bit of damage. By the time
this article comes out, we will have a new roof Hurrrah!
We are now proud grandparents of "two" granddaughters.
On August 13th, our son Bob and daughter-in-law Dawn had
beautiful Isabella Sandra in Pensacola and on September
30th, our son Brent and daughter-in-law Leyna had beautiful
Crystal Viktoria in Houston. We were anxious for a grand-
daughter but two in less than a month was beyond our expec-
tations. Hopefully, there will be articles with photos in the
next issue.
In October, we had lots to celebrate. Halloween, our first
wedding anniversary, my birthday and the almost end-of-hur-
ricane season. Amidst all hurricane debris, everyone still had
time to enjoy Halloween and trick or treating with smiling
children in great costumes of goblins, pumpkins, ghosts,
witches, cats and lots of "spiderman". We had a halloween
fiesta for a crowd of 16 family and friends. Linda (Shumate)
Doege came in from Elberta, Ala. to help us celebrate with a
shrimp boil, Johnny mazetti, jambalaya, lots of sides, delec-
table "death by chocolate" cakes, lots of Halloween candy,
cookies and cupcakes. After dinner, we sat outside and greet-
ed the smiling goblins to give out treats so we wouldn't get
tricked. Everyone went home fully satisfied (at least no com-
plaints about the food) and were happy to take home some of
the leftovers.
Our Thanksgiving was different and so very satisfying--
we went as a family and delivered Thanksgiving dinner (for
the Waterfront Mission) to shut-ins. It really felt good and
was a great humanitarian service to teach our grandchildren
by experiencing it. We spent most of the day out, so decided
instead of the usual "traditional" dinner at home, 12 of us
gathered together and had a very thankful and delicious
Thanksgiving dinner at the Ramada Inn Bayview on Scenic
Highway (overlooking the I-10 Bridge). It was so relaxing
(no clean up or dishes to do) that we might make it another
family tradition. We will certainly make "serving the needy"
a tradition.
A week after Thanksgiving our son Bob and family (wife
Dawn and children, Bobby and Isabella) took a trip to
Whispering Pines in Allentown, Fla. to personally cut down
their own live Christmas tree what a beautiful tree they
selected. Dawn said it was truly a great "family" experience
to see all the live trees and pick out the one for them. When
Dawn related the experience of their trip, it brought back
memories of Christmas in the Canal Zone when we used to
wait for the arrival of the live trees and fight the crowd for a
good one. Back then it was unheard of to have an artificial
tree (today, I even have one). Oh, to remember, with a smile,
the days in the Canal Zone!

Bob Vose holding Bobby and Dawn Vose holding Isabella,
Xmas tree farm, Allentown, Fla., Nov. 2004.

I attended a new home party this December--a Southern
Living Show--it was different but rewarding (I won a prize).
I always had subscribed to the Southern Living magazine, but
had never experienced one of their shows--I totally recom-
mend it for all homemakers.
On December 21st our grandson Shane, a member of the
Escambia County Youth Orchestra, performed in the Silver
Anniversary of their Christmas concert "Angel Sui n !'" in the
auditorium of the Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola. Besides
completely putting us in the holiday spirit, it sounded like a
symphony from heaven. Sometimes it's hard to believe the
age of the young people behind the instruments--just breath-
Pensacola, once again, welcomed back internationally
acclaimed Italian Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese (our
CHS classmate Jim Brooks) the week before Christmas to
conduct the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra at the Saenger
Theater in the holiday ballet of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
This year we attended the Saturday evening performance
(elite seats reserved for us by Jim) with our daughter Darla,
grandson Jonathan and his friend Lily; Charles and Huey
Lee Clark and our friends who own the Victoria Tea Shop,
Jaime and Lucy Lopez. Before the performance we joined
Lucy and Jaime at their shop (next door to the Theater) for a
cocktail. After the ballet we went out for an "early" breakfast.
It was wonderful that Huey and Charles were able to come
from Panama City Beach for a night out with us. During the
intermission, Jim's pianist, Renee LaBonte, ushered the chil-
dren up to the front row--they were in heaven. On Sunday
evening (after Jim's last performance) we met at Skopelos On
The Bay for a late supper (where Keith and I had our wedding
reception and Jim's favorite place to eat when he visits
Pensacola). We had a great time with a nice group of friends-
-this time we had the pleasure of Lou and Barb (Egolf)
Dedeaux's company.

Charles and Huey (Lee) Clark, Maestro James Brooks-
Bruzzese, Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig and Keith Kulig.

Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese signing autographs for
young fans, Saenger Theater, Dec. 2004.

Balk iL-Ri: Keith Kulig. Barb IHalll Vose-Kulig. Barb
(Egolf) and Lou Dedeaux. Front: Maestro James Brooks-
Bruzzese, Dec. 2004.

Jim Brooks and Keith Kulig, CZ duo singing in Spanish at
Skopelos On The Bay, Dec. 2004.

The whole family, once again, attended the Children's
Mass on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day we had our usual
non-traditional brunch at Darla and Jeff's (I made arroz con
polio) along with exchanging gifts.
We were saddened to learn of the passing away of Mary
Taake, Pensacola (a former Atlantic-side school teacher) in
October 2004 and Joel Baldwin (Gulfport, Miss.) in
December 2004--they will be missed by many loved ones and
friends and they and their families will be in our prayers.
If anyone is interested in attending the 7th Annual
Panazonian Mini-Reunion in Pensacola, please contact me as
soon as possible.
If you have any news for my next article, please call or
send to me--no matter how small. Hasta luego!

Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
(850) 474-6341

JUNE 2005 Canal Record
IS APRIL 8, 2005.

South Florida

Can this possibly be my 7th South Florida winter since
leaving Panama? Surely it must be time to return
for...Carnaval...or maybe Semana Santa...or whatever! Of
course as I write this, TY is in Pedasi fishing for tuna. It's not
Back in November Linda and I traveled to Austin to
enjoy Thanksgiving with my family. We stayed with my
brother Jim "Red", wife Kat, and kids Tommy and Megan.
My mom Brickey Pattison was with us and we did all the
usual fun stuff (eat, drink, nap) as well as the Annual Chuy's
Children Giving to Children Christmas Parade down
Congress Avenue in Austin. Instead of the regular "Macy's-
type" floats, you have marching cowboy bands and local rock
music as well as the Blue Santa who collects toys from the
kids to give to the less fortunate. It's always a blast. We
staked out our claim to curbside real estate along the avenue
with Austin regulars Val and Sarah Krueger and a couple
thousand other crazy Austinites. After that it was back to
more eating, drinking and napping.

take its course. By the time they kicked us out we had con-
sumed tons of wontons, yucca, empanadas, patacones, pla-
tanos maduros estilo tuti, rincon, hamburguesas, salchichas,
polio and costillas, ensalada de papas y remolachas, arroz con
polio, postres, cake de yo no se que, cerveza, ron, tuti, Grand
Old Parr...whew! After that we all went over to Mimi and
Lucho's for the annual "after party" which at times is crazier
than the picnic. This was the year of the Ping Pong tourna-
ment. The last time I played was back in the early 60s wait-
ing for the bus in Curundu Heights. Picity, pakity, picity...I
don't remember it being that hard...but after going after the
ball about 50 times (I was playing the reigning champ, T "the
hammer" Y), I suddenly felt the wind go out of my sails and
it was time to leave. Who says we don't get enough exercise

Panamaniac Christmas Picnic 2004, South Flo

Kat, Red, Bricky, T-Bird, and Linda

EUV. 6uMte

Val Krueger and Scrooge

December saw the annual return of the Panamaniac
Christmas Picnic. We gathered early at TY park, hooked up
the tunes, cranked up the BBQ and deep fryer and let nature

Some of the new faces at our picnic this year were Merri
(Bandy) Lewis and Barbara Klipper Miller (BHS'59) who
sent me this note: Folks said I was crazy to head north to
Dayton, Ohio, for the Christmas holidays instead of remain-
ing in sunny Boca Raton. But the lure of spending time with
all my family was too great. My daughter Lisa McArthur
Ward (BHS'81) hosted the get-together along with her hus-
band Kerry and sons Kevin (7) and Kyle (4). My son
Murray McArthur (BHS'83), wife Valerie, and their son
Murray Jr. (5) flew in from Dallas to spend the weekend.
Unfortunately their daughter Haley (12) could not join us.
My youngest son Douglas Miller paid us a surprise visit
when he arrived from Houston to complete our mini-reunion.
The little boys (and the big ones too!) had a blast playing in
the snow with snowball fights, shoveling the snow, and mak-
ing snow angels. Me? I stayed inside by the fire and watched
through the window!

Back (L-R): Murray McArthur, Douglas Miller. Middle
(L-R): Valerie McArthur, Lisa McArthur Ward, Kerry
Ward. Front (L-R): Murray McArthur Jr., Kevin Ward,
Kyle Ward, Barbara Klipper Miller.

As for the final chapter in this report, I'll leave it to my
"cub" reporter, Mimi: Well, this is my last update from South
Florida and the Azcarraga, Martinez, Hoag, Witte, Sousa
zone. We are moving to Darmstadt, Germany for three to five
years at the end of January 2005. Manuel accepted a job with
the U.S. Army and here we come, Europe! We have had
excellent times with the locals at our annual Panamaniac pic-
nics and hangouts with visitors as they came through the
Republica de Miami. We had an excellent time at the last pic-
nic and we hope to be part of the Germany Panamaniac festi-
vals/get-togethers in the future. Speaking of visitors, Mary
Azcarraga was in town after a whirlwind vacation in the
central and eastern states. She was designated our official
decorator for Halloween, creating masterpieces with old rem-
nants of Halloweens of yesteryear, as well as cooking an out-
standing feast for our friends one night. Maria (Martinez)
and Jim Witte came to visit for the holidays and helped to
sort through our seven years of Florida stuff that one tends to
gather around the house.

Andre, Adam, Alex, Manuel (Lucho), Mimi, Reyna our
new puppy, Jim DesLondes, and Teresa Martinez. Our next
picture we will look like Nanook of the North.

Teresa Martinez and Jim DesLondes visited after their
trip to Panama for Christmas. My mom Ann Hoag also was
our staple of stability during our move preparations. Finally,
Mary Katherine (Azcarraga) Hulsebus, Manuel's sister,
was issued a visa to enter Miami from Bemidji, Minn. She
was able to spend time with us during our last days in Florida.
We have had such a great time in South Florida and will miss
our close friends. We will be back one day. Hey, Germany
Panamaniacs, who is your news reporter anyway? We may
have to do something about that! Our email will change to: when we move, so drop us a
line if you are in the Germany area or are planning to visit.
Well, folks, that's all for now. I was supposed to have a
report from the Atlantic "Boca Raton" Siders Thanksgiving
in the Keys, but I guess it'll have to wait. Keep those cards
and letters coming!

Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
(954) 894-1247

Space Coast

Everyone in Florida is glad that hurricane season is over
and life is getting back to normal. Evidence of the destruction
will be with us for a long, long time. Many people won't be
able to get their roofs repaired until the spring or summer--
just too many repairs needed for the amount of roofing com-
panies available.
But in the Zonian tradition, we didn't let a few hurricanes
stop us from too much. We had about 75 attendees at our
annual Space Coast Picnic/PCC Society meeting in October.
A big thanks to Terry Deakins and Bob Morrissey for their
work in putting the picnic together...and to the Society and
Museum members for coming over to attend and hold their
business meeting.
We were all more than ready for a party when Bob and
Fran Morrissey hosted their annual Christmas Party. Not
only was it fun to get together and visit with everyone but it
is always a highlight when Fran plays the organ and we all
sing Christmas songs and lots of other "oldies". There was
even a little dancing and Jerry Cooper entertained us with
some of his "alternative" lyrics.

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Linda Boardman, Fran Meyer, Buddy Dempsey, Sue
Deakins, Jerry Cooper, Earl McMillin, Tom Stoakley,
Brendan McMillin, Nancy Dean, Roger Dean, Nancy
McMillin, Kathie McConaughey, Bob McConaughey. On
couch (L-R): Teresa Rice, Valerie Dempsey, Louise Hunt,
Jerri Farnsworth, Jim Farnsworth, Joealla Deakins, Bob
Morrissey, Frances Morrissey. On floor (L-R): Lew
Stabler, Connie Stoakley, Janet Watkins, Hank


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Randy and Joella Deakins took off in their motor home
and one of their stops was to visit Wayne Bath in Elijay, Ga.
Wayne and Randy were Cristobal High School classmates.

Joella Deakins, Wayne Bath and Randy Deakins

In December, Wil Rogers and his daughter Olivia won
first place in the Melbourne Beach Christmas Parade for the
second year in a row. The float consisted of a bohio with
Santa in the hammock, sand, shells, half a boat, and the
grandparents (Bill and Edna Rogers) and dog. Building the
float was a family effort and now we look forward to see what
they come up with next year!

Monica Parkhurst and Gene Leves

Wiatt Leves and Jennifer Parkhurst

Wil, Edna, Olivia and Bill Rogers, and Elizabeth (family

Cousins Monica (Livingston) Parkhurst and Gene
Leves had an opportunity for a short visit with each other in
December when Gene was on his way to Panama and had an
unexpected lengthy layover in Atlanta. Gene and Monica had
not seen each other in several years and had fun catching up
with each other. The next generation (second cousins?) also
had fun getting to know each other.

JUNE 2005 Canal Record
IS APRIL 8, 2005.

I hope everyone had a happy New Year and we all enjoy
a peaceful 2005.

Kathie McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281


It snowed here in Tallahassee on Christmas Eve! Well,
almost. All the scientific data was there and the conditions
were perfect for it and it was predicted, but all we got was a
little frozen rain. Shucks! Oh, well, better luck next year. It's
been 15 years since we had a semi-white Christmas.
On October 19th, I had the pleasure (if you can call get-
ting up at 3:00 a.m. a pleasure) to drive Henry Mizrachi over
to the Robinson Theater on the campus of the University of

North Florida in Jacksonville to be sworn in as a brand-new
U.S. citizen. It's something we have been working on for sev-
eral months. Neither Henry nor I had ever been to the
University, so we weren't exactly sure where it was, and in
the midst of being caught up in rush-hour traffic and being in
the wrong lane, we managed to get lost three times.
On Halloween night, the Mizrachis threw a fairly large
Halloween costume party in their gazebo. In attendance were:
Rick Williams and his date Cathy (Williams) White, Hugh
and Eileen Thomas, Ed and Kari Mcllvaine, Tom
Robertson, Cathy Daniel, John and Arden O'Daniel,
Doug and Zory Larrabee, Mark and Katherine Heddaeus,
Skip and Bev Rowley and, of course, our hosts Henry and
Sunny Mizrachi. There were several real good costumes for
which you had to ask who was behind the mask. Henry
played some spooky music at first and then put on some good
ole "Lucho" music. There was ample good food and drink.

Back Row (L-R): Mark Heddaeus, Rick Williams, Cathy
(Williams) White (the witch), Hugh Thomas, Ed
McIlvaine, Doug Larrabee. Center (L-R): John O'Daniel,
Katherine Heddeaus, Sunny Mizrachi (the clown), Eileen
Thomas, Kari McIlvaine, Zory Larrabee, Bev Rowley (the
other witch). Front (L-R): Arden (Cooke) O'Daniel, Tom
Roberts, Henry Mizrachi (the Roman emperor), Kathy
Daniel taken Halloween night by Skip Rowley.

On November 4th, the three Mitten sisters (Sue
Corrigan, Sheila Stepp and Chris Gibson) were united
again for a 10-day trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
They met each other at the Mexico City Airport and then were
driven to San Miguel. (Sheila and Sue both live in
Tallahassee and Chris lives in San Diego, Calif.).

Three Mitten sisters: Sue Corrigan,
Sheila Stepp.

Sue planned this trip with her sisters for over a year and
they stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. San Miguel is very pic-
turesque and it offered many opportunities for dining and
shopping of which they all took great advantage. The citizens
of San Miguel were friendly and very helpful. This helped the
girls to meet many American citizens who live there year
round. The consensus was that it was a great place to live and
retire. So much so that the girls are planning a return trip in
the not too distant future.
Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus had a pleasant
Thanksgiving visit by her mother and father, Carl and Tita
Simons, originally from Panama and now living in South

Jillian Heddaeus, Carl Simons and Tita Simons,
Thanksgiving in Tallahassee.

December 4th found Woody and Armie Chase hosting a
dinner party to introduce their new daughter-in-law Kim to
the Tallahassee Zonian family. Their son Michael and Kim
had been married in Miami on October 9th, and this was her
first big introduction to us. For those of you who don't know
Armie, she is a fantastic cook. No one went away hungry. In
attendance were the Thomases, Larrabees, Mizrachis,
Heddeauses, McIlvaines, Rowleys, Tom Robertson,
Katherine Husum, Richard and Angie Linton, and
Woody's neighbor, the Kimbros.

John Husum and his daughter Catherine Husum at her
graduation from FSU on December 11, 2004.

On December llth, Katherine Husum took the long walk
up the short stairway to receive her BS Diploma from FSU in
Business for Risk Management and Insurance. She has been

hired as Marketing Representative for Mercury Insurance
Company in Atlanta. A graduation party was hosted by her
parents, John and Susan Husum, of Panama and
Washington, D.C. and her aunt and uncle, Ed and Kari
McIlvaine of Tallahassee. She followed in the footsteps of
both her granddad Ed Husum, and her father John Husum
who graduated from FSU in 1972 and 1995, respectively.
On New Year's Eve, the Mizrachis held a formal party at
their home. Special printed invitations were sent out which
included the menu and a list of events. A great time was had
by all who were present. Those in attendance were Doug and
Zory Larrabee, Woody and Armie Chase, Kathy Daniels,
Russell Rumenik from New York, Bev and Skip Rowley and
our hosts Henry and Sunny. Russell used to be the Station
Mjanagj'r for PanAmerican Airways at Tocumen Airport back
in the 70s.

New Year's Eve at the Mizrachis. Back (L-R): Russell
Rumenik, Doug Larrabee. Front (L-R): Bev Rowley,
Kathy Daniels, Armie Chase, Zory Larrabee, Woody
Chase, Henry and Sunny Mizrachi. Photo taken by Skip

On January 15th, Tom Robertson will be hosting his
annual Christmas tree burn at his house here in Tallahassee.
If this year is anything like the past few years, we will have
over a hundred trees. We are looking forward to continuing
the Canal Zone tradition. It always brings back many fond

Christmas group photo of the party at Ed and Kari
McIlvaine's house. The group photo includes former Zonians
(too many to name) and some who were not Zonians.

Joe and Bev Wood report that they had their Christmas a
bit early when the family got together for Thanksgiving.
Craig, Heather and Cameron Wood came to Tallahassee
from their home in Pembroke Pines; Brian, Karina, Jordan
and Adrian visited from San Antonio; and Audrey Bowman
visited from New Orleans. Scott, who lives in Tallahassee
with Bev and Joe, also was on hand for the occasion. "It isn't
often that we can get all the family together" said Bev, who
spent the week in the kitchen making all the special recipes
requested by the hungry visitors.
You may think we are a group of party animals and you
are correct, as we are a very active group. But, we promise
not to include us anymore if you only would send us some of
your news and happenings. I would love to hear from all of
you in the Tallahassee area. Please call or email me.

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151


After a wonderful but hectic Christmas holiday, things
have settled down for me. So I am ready to put together my
quarterly newsletter for the Panama Canal Society.
My daughter Lori Stevenson Snow and her husband
Virgil went on another adventure, this time to Lima, Peru,
and then on to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu in the Andes
mountains. They said it was a spectacular sight and highly
recommend it to anyone who has not yet been there. They
also spent time visiting other Inca ruins, including
Ollyataytambo, and found that the shopping in the town of
Cusco was also very nice. While spending a few days in
Cusco, they found a delightful shop selling beautiful alpaca
sweaters, which seems to be the latest rage in clothing, and
which I was a recipient of as one of my Christmas presents.



Lori (Stevenson) Snow and her husband Virgil in Cusco,
Peru, September 2004.

The photo was taken just outside Cusco on the way to the
Ollyataytambo ruins and shows a Peruvian mother and her
two children in typical clothing of that area. The two small
animals in the photo are alpacas which, along with llamas, are
seen all over the area and the Andes mountains are in the
background. Lori came back quite impressed with that part of
Peru and both she and her husband were quite awed by the
ruins of Machu Picchu.
My husband Dave Stevenson and I have also been doing
some traveling. In October we went on a cruise to Canada and
the New England states on the Grand Princess. I think my
favorite was Halifax, Nova Scotia, as they had a lovely light-
house so I just had to have a photo of my husband and me in
front of it.

.- .j

June (Rowley) Stevenson and her husband Davis Stevenson
in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2004.

Prior to the cruise, we stopped to visit my sister Dorothy
Rowley Gerhart and her husband Jim, along with their son
Kenneth. Dorothy and Jim live in Silver Spring, Md. and
have a lovely home. They fixed us a delicious dinner while
there and we had a wonderful time visiting with them. We
also did some sightseeing with a special trip to see the World
War II monument. Jim and Dorothy, along with Kenneth, are
always great hosts when we visit and always take us to see
special events and concerts going on in the Washington, D.C.

Kenneth Gerhart, Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart, Jim
Gerhart, Davis and June (Rowley) Stevenson, Silver
Spring, Md., October 2004.

In November my husband and I flew to Uruguay for two
weeks to visit our leased ranch outside of the capital,
Montevideo. I was able to meet all of the staff who work with
Steve when he takes bird hunters there during the hunting
season and absolutely fell in love with the place and the peo-
ple. We also flew over to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we
went to a dinner/tango show. I have to admit I am envious of
those women who dance the tango. It is a beautiful dance and
I just love to watch it done so beautifully by the "experts" of
the country
Remember, if any of you Zonians out there in any part of
Georgia have some news about trips taken or Zonian/Panama
visitors, please either give me a call or send me an email/let-
ter so I can get your news in the Record. I honestly love hear-
ing from you and know other Zonians feel the same way.
Also, you can reach me at my very own email, which is:

June A. Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537


Barbara McShane Barnickel, Leesville, writes that she
sold her home via the internet, stored all her worldly posses-
sions and moved in with her parents, while her new home is
under construction on two acres. She figures it will be ready
in three to five months, Louisiana weather permitting.
Daughter Corrie and her roommates have moved out of a
Louisiana Tech dorm and into a house off campus. Corrie is
a junior majoring in family and child studies. Barbara's sister
Susie volunteers at a dance studio and is primary caretaker of
their parents. Brother Mike works for Shell in Houston. All
attended BHS.
Mike Keister (CHS'83) spent the Christmas holidays
with Todd Newman (CHS'83) and his family in Monroe.
Christmas night Mike and Todd drove to Dallas, met up with
Keith Schoonover (CHS'85) and saw the Washington
Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game. The three 'Skins fans
stayed in constant contact by cell phone with Wayne Forrest
(CHS'83), Mainor Yocum (CHS'83) and Roland Contero
(CHS'84), determined thay would finally see the Cowboys
fall. And they would have if the game had lasted 59 minutes.
Plans are under way to enter a Canal Zone float in Monroe's
2006 Mardi Gras parade. More on this is promised. Kyle
McQuillen, son of Kurt (CHS'82) and Tracy McQuillen,
finished his redshirt year as a kicker for the University of
Louisiana-Monroe Indians. Kurt and Tracy accompanied
Kyle to Monroe from Jacksonville, Fla. in the fall and stayed
with Todd. Plans are for the McQuillens to spend more time
in Monroe as Kyle's college career progresses.
Joyce Larrabee Russell of Bernardsville, N.J. gave us a
call after seeing the goofy rhino pix in the October Canal

Record. She's made two trips to Kenya and has met Morani,
the world's most celebrated rhino. Joyce (BHS'71, CZJC'74)
visited the Zone in 1996 where brother Douglas Larrabee
(BHS'75) was a welder. Douglas now lives in Tallahassee.
Their mom, Laverne, lives in Tampa and headed up a 2002
family reunion during the PanCanal reunion. Joyce was an
organist at Balboa Lutheran Church and Balboa Union
Church. Today she teaches piano and plays the organ at a
Catholic church in New Jersey.
Emails to John R. Gough Sr., Paige and Kenny Morris
Jr., and Margaret and Clarence Stephens were not deliv-
ered. Anyone having their new email addresses is asked to
notify this reporter. Thank you!

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761

Museum cruise, especially when George and Cheryl Klein
gave them the grand tour of all their old haunts. Bev and Skip
Rowley came for a visit and they attended a
barbershop/Sweet Adeline concert in Mobile, Ala. In
September Lee and Jean worked at the Jackson County Fair,
Pascagoula. Lee provided security for the Arts & Crafts
Building and Jean assisted in registering and displaying
exhibits from adults and children. In October they went to
Fort Worth for the wedding of granddaughter Michelle
Wade, daughter of Hal Wade (CHS'68). Daughter Tracy
Wade Money (CHS'85) is looking forward to her 20th class
reunion in July 2005.
Emails to Delores and Beryl Paul Massey, and Mary
and Jerry Sewell were not delivered. Anyone having their
new email addresses is asked to notify this reporter. Thank

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Sue Halley Epperson, Green Springs, reports that the
Gulf Coast had sleet and a little snow on Christmas Day.
Husband Bill went to Canada in September hunting caribou.
He went with Dean Gibson, formerly of Gatun, and shot two
caribou. At press time the Eppersons were planning a trip to
Humble, Texas, to visit Marcella (Walker) and Ted
Baccigalopi. Bill will continue on to hunt pigs in western
Texas and Sue will fly back to Mississippi.
John Hearne lives in Southaven, Miss., but works in
Memphis. He and his wife Patricia Lee enjoy trips to central
Florida to visit John's father (James Webb Hearne), brother
(Julian), and daughters (Judy and Diane) and their families
in the Eustis area. On John's mother's side (Mildred True
Hearne), her brother (Bill True) and family live in Orlando.
Brother Stan resides in Cape Coral. Mildred, 86, lives in
Pensacola, enjoys traveling, plays keyboard and sings at
church, and walks and swims several miles a week. The
Hearne first cousins, coming from Florida, Mississippi,
Texas, Virginia and Washington, plan to enjoy their first
reunion together with a week's cruise out of Galveston later
this year.
Jimmy McKeown, Diamondhead, says his only news is
that (Bill) Hatchett, who also lives at Diamondhead, is still
beating him in golf, but Jimmy claims to be a "comer". That's
the ole CZ spirit!
Ginger Teer of Gulfport reports that she and Danny went
to Anniston, Ala., for Thanksgiving with her daughter
Tiffany, son-in-law Jonathan, and grandsons Austin and
Nicholas. Others there were Ginger's parents, her son Brian,
ex-husband Roy, and Jonathan's mom Nancy. Before
Christmas Ginger and Danny went to Bellingrath Gardens,
Mobile, to see the Christmas lights. Beautiful but cold and
windy. In March they'll go to the big Pontiac Fiero Car Show
at Daytona Speedway, then on to the Keys if time permits.
The Wades in Gautier enjoyed last year's PanCanal


Hard to believe that 2004 in now "in the books". The year
flew by so fast we missed our annual picnic in the fall. In
October we had a regular meeting at Ryan's with about 18
people attending. Chuck and Alice Latimer came up from
Greenville. They were planning a one-month tour to Europe
via air, car and train. They flew to Europe visiting Germany,
Poland and Portugal, visiting friends and sightseeing. They
took the train to Lisbon and then cruised to Miami. They were
accompanied by Chuck's brother and his wife.
I had a real surprise one Saturday evening after my 5 p.m.
mass. I turned around after talking with a friend and let out a
gasp. Standing in front of me was Patty (Gangle) Harvey
and her son Sam. They had driven up from Dothan during
school break to see the fall colors and for Sam to see where
he lived as a baby. I'm sure Sam is delighted to read this! He's
a very tall, good-looking teenager now. Dad Hugh was hold-
ing down the homefront. It was so nice to see them. Patty, as
usual, looked spectacular.
Jim and Diane Bradley flew to Germany for three weeks
in November to visit daughter Eileen and family. Eileen is
now running a Learning Center and things are moving along
very well. It keeps her busy and, of course, Jim had his usual
"job jar" activities. They may possibly return in the spring but
that is still up in the air. Our condolences go out to Ruth
Tillman and her family on the death of husband Bill. He will
be sorely missed by all our PCC group.
Margaret (Bivins) Coffin and daughter Meg were visit-
ing her mother-in-law in November for a few days and got
together for lunch and a gabfest with Lisa (Hunt) Johnson
and Laurie (Hunt) Trinca. Both live near Margaret's in-laws
and they had a great afternoon Laurie said Meg is an
absolute doll. The Bivins were our neighbors "across the

field" for many years in Diablo.
On December llth we had our annual society Christmas
party at the Blackwater Grill in Hendersonville. We had 26
people in attendance: Sam and Norma Irvin, Malcolm and
Jean Stone, Kay and Bob Rodgers (down from Bakersville),
Wilma and Willy Nowotny, Jim and Diane Bradley, Ruth
Tillman, Shirley and Jim Crafton (Ruth's daughter),
Hannah and Dr. Henry Stockwell (who drove up from
Charlotte), Ron and Pat Nessler from Spartanburg. We were
shocked to hear they had been in an accident earlier in the
year and Pat's arm was broken in six places. Thankfully they
are both doing okay, although Ron seems to have lost all his
hair! Other attendees included Jan and Don Ponder, Ron
Angermuller, Gene Clary who we haven't seen in quite
awhile so it was good to have her there, Doug and Jeanie
Hinek, and me, Pat Hunt, along with a friend Bob Grady,
the only non-Panama person there. He was a little lost in the
conversation about sancocho, yucca and patacones and
seviche; which by the way we enjoyed as an appetizer thanks
to our resident seviche maker, Jim Bradley. As usual it was
outstanding. A few "Panama" prizes were awarded some
mola can holders and PCC Museum coasters. I know Jan
Ponder and Pat Nessler were two of the winners again! I
can't remember who the other two winners were.

Christmas Party, December 11, 2004, Hendersonville, N.C.

I spent Thanksgiving in Atlanta with my daughter Terri
and family. Lisa drove over from Ramseur, N.C. and family
friend Phillip Wilkins joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. We
did some power shopping for our trip to Panama which was
SUPER. Thirty-eight of us, family and friends of family, flew
out of Orlando on Christmas day for a nine-day excursion
arranged for us by Lori Snow of Condor Travel. We went by
bus to the Decameron beach resort where we enjoyed the
pool, the beach, good food and great service. On our day trip
to El Valle, eight of my family went on the "canopy trip" and
called it "the experience of a lifetime". Justin and Zach
Trinca and Jennifer Watkins, three of my grandchildren,
would have gone again right away--if we had had the time
and the money! Terri (Hunt) Rhodes loved it too, however,
it took five countdowns of 1-2-3 before she left the first plat-

FOR THE JUNE 2005 Canal Record
is APRIL 8, 2005.


Zach Trinca, Jason Surface, Jennifer Watkins, Justin
Trinca, Terri Rhodes and Brian Zweifel preparing for their
Canopy tour in El Valle.

Tuesday afternoon we headed for the Gamboa Rain Forest
Resort where we spent two days. It is a beautiful spot but not
operated nearly as well as Decameron. Everyone took the
"tram" trip which I thought was great the view from the top
of the tower was spectacular well worth the ride and the
climb to the top. On to the Country Inns in Amador and the
last three days which were hectic everyone trying to go to as
many places as possible old neighborhoods, the Napoli,
shopping at the "Y" and Avenida Central and a continual
search for our favorite "empanadas". Traffic was horrendous
but we rented a fleet of little cars and got right out in the race!
Our three "designated drivers", Terri, Laurie Trinca and Fred
Watkins, drove like real Panamanians. We spent New Year's
Eve at the Elks Club and saw lots of old friends some visit-
ing and some living in Panama. We saw Richard and Olga
Phillips, Janet (Sutherland) DuPree, David Bivins and his
son Corry, Lynn Saarinen, Dick and Sandi Abell, John
Husum and Henry Twohy. I am sure the "other Hunt side" -
the Watkins and the Woodruffs will send in their version also.
I was also able to see Sister Jane (from Sacred Heart), a
Maryknoll sister who I am sure a lot of people remember. She
came to the airport to see me off and she looked wonderful -
as young as she always looked.

Pat Hunt, Terri Rhodes, Darleen Hunt, Linda Weir,
Laurie Trinca, Louise Hunt, Joe Hunt and Janet Watkins
at El Ranchito.

For my three grandsons, Michael Watkins, Zach and
Justin Trinca, it was a chance to see where they were born and
see all the things and places their mothers talk about all the
time. We saw many more old friends, too numerous to list,
but no less special. We flew home the day after New Year's.
We saw lots of changes but Panama is still beautiful and still
That's is from North Carolina. Happy New Year to all.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995


The annual Christmas party was held in December in
Bremerton and was well attended. The folks had a good time
reminiscing and trading old "war" stories.
Bob Blake (BHS'37) phoned to say he had some good
news and, unfortunately, some bad news. The good news is
that he and Mary Sanford were married on November 18,
2004, in Seattle at the Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church.
Bob's best man was Col. Thomas E. Watson, USA (Ret),
formerly of Quarry Heights and now of Tacoma, Wash., and
Mary's Matron of Honor was Mary Lynne Sanford Finn.
Also, Bob has published another book after his Bayonets and
Bougainvilleas, this one From Belleau Wood to Bougainville
which recounts the oral history of Major General Robert
Blake, USMC, and the travel journal of Rosselet Wallace
Blake, which is available on-line from the publisher. Bob's
bad news is that he had a fire in his house after he and Mary
were married and he moved in with her, and lost many of his
important records. Bob's attitude was admirable in spite of
his loss.

Mary Sanford Blake, Robert "Bob" Wallace Blake, Pastor
Jane Pauw, best man Col. Thomas E. Watson, USA (Ret)
and Matron of Honor Mary Lynne Sanford Blake in the
Pastor's office after signing Bob and Mary's wedding certifi-
cate, Nov. 18, 2004.

Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring's children surprised
them with a 25th anniversary party in September. To get mom

and dad out of the house, the kids gave them some money and
a babysitter (their 21-year-old daughter Mary), and were told
to spend the day doing whatever they wanted. When Tom and
Theresa got home that evening there were about 50 friends
and relatives to greet them. Theresa's brothers Tom and Jim
Snider and her folks, Lee and Kathy Snider, were there.
Other zonies included Bev and Marty Hoffman, Gayle
(Fettler) and Robert Rankin, and Melina, Roy and Mary
Ellen Knoop. One of Theresa's bridesmaids, Judy
Palumbo-Gates, was there also. There was a feast of arroz
con polio, patacones, mangoes, dips and salads, etc. It was
really a delightful evening. They were also given a pleasant
surprise gift of two nights at a Hot Springs Resort in Port
Angeles. The couple feels very blessed. In 1960, Theresa was
baptized at their current parish, Our Lady Star of the Sea, in
Bremerton. The last two kids (Stephanie #12 and Cecelia
#13 were baptized there, too). Tim and Theresa also had their
marriage vows renewed in celebration of their 25th wedding

Angelica Herring (10), Sue Stabler and Theresa Herring in
front of Tim and Theresa's home in Silverdale, Wash.,
January 9, 2005.

Mary and Jim Young wrote that their son Brian and fam-
ily of Panama and daughter Ellie of California came to visit
last summer. And in December Mary and Jim returned home
from a visit to Tennessee with son Mike, and to Georgia to
see son Jim and family. Then in January they leave again for
a six-week stay in Panama. The Youngs do get around.

Mary and Jim Young's summer visitors: daughter Ellie and
son Dave holding his son Brian at Camano Island, Wash.

Ginny Rankin wrote that she survived Christmas and all
the commotion and mess. She didn't have the houseful that
she had at Thanksgiving, but it was good. At Thanksgiving,
she had her brother Walter and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens
and Robert and Gayle Rankin, so that added a few more than
those who came for Christmas. She went to the Bremerton
Christmas Party this year with Walter and Suzanne, Paul and
Connie Ebdon and Jim and Connie Ebdon.

Gail and Robert Rankin at Ginny Rankin's for
Thanksgiving 2004.

Wallace Teal and his friend Bev, and Randy Grubbs
were in Alaska last August and came across Army Engineer
Storehouse Number Four in Hyder. The storehouse was
Alaska's first masonry building, and was built in 1896 under
the direction of Captain Gaillard, who is the same Gaillard
after whom the Panama Canal Cut is named. Wallace and Bev
were in Hawaii in January having a great time.
Kathi Lessiack of Kerrville, Texas and her daughter Sue
Stabler of Panama were in the area in January to visit Kathi's
brother and sister-in-law and Sue's uncle and aunt, Roger and
Katy (Schafer) Adams, and also were fortunate to see
nephew and cousin Roger and his two kids Nina and Adan
who were visiting from Laramie, Wyo. They also visited the
Herring family in Silverdale and enjoyed seeing them and
their brood. Sue says her son Robbie was leaving for
Galapagos with a group from a high school class before she
got back to Panama on January 11th. Lew and kids returned
home from the East Coast before Sue and Kathi left for
Washington. On their holiday visits, Sue and Lew also spent
some great time with daughter Leslie "Pancho" (Griffin)
Robertson and her husband Richard and their two lovely
daughters Ana and Grace in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Pat (Rudge) Nellis has been busy collecting in our area
for the Museum's upcoming cookbook. As of this writing she
had accumulated over $200. Bev Baker went to visit son
Glenn in Houston for the Christmas holidays, had a great
time and made out very well on her trip.
Our son J Reiley Laatz of the Coast Guard Port Security
Unit in St. Petersburg, Fla. returned home from his assign-
ment in Kuwait in October for a two-week vacation. We
joined him and his wife Sunshine (Ray) for several days, and
provided a little help with their minimal hurricane damage. J
has returned home in mid-December after his 11-month
Kuwait stint and we are much relieved. In St. Petersburg, we
also visited Bill and Fran Stock and Charlene DeWitt. Also
in Florida, we visited Cody and Marta Hollowell and
Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper in Orlando and Pat Manning

and friend Diane McCauley in Little Hollywood and did a
bit of hurricane cleanup. Beth (Brown) Schmidt was also
visiting and looks great.
We heard from Paul and Suzette Baker on their round-
the-world sailing expedition. They had been to Reunion
Island in the Indian Ocean and while heading toward South
Africa on the last day, with the Dark Continent in sight, they
had a dolphin escort and whales breeching and tails slapping
a short way off. When they wrote, they were at Richard's Bay
about 100 miles up the coast from Durban. Their current
plans are to be back home around October 2006, but then
cruisers always say their plans are written in the sand at low
tide. They plan to leave South Africa in late February/early
March and head up the Atlantic towards the Caribbean with
stops at the island of St. Helena and in Brazil before making
it to Tobago.
Eileen (Damerau) Semon writes that she and husband
Cal's youngest daughter Selina just finished her Master's
degree. She teaches ESL in a middle school in Beaverton,
Ore., and her next goal is to be a counselor. Their oldest
granddaughter Jessica is now in high school, and having the
time of her life cheerleading for Wilsonville High School.
Youngest granddaughter Roxanne just started middle school
in September and both granddaughters sing and play the
piano and LOVE latin music. Cal is still working (part-time)
as an accountant, and Eileen continues to teach private piano
lessons in her home.
Our deepest sympathy to Spike and Wendy Baldwin,
their daughter Kelly, and son Andrew, on the loss of their
oldest son and brother, Joel, in the attack on the cafeteria in
Mosul, Iraq on December 21, 2004. He is also survived by
Claudia, his wife of over fifteen years, and their daughter
Cali, nine years old.
Hasta la proxima,

Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923
e-mail: laatzo@fidalgo. net


Jimmie Wickham and Betty Spragg, both former BHS
teachers, returned to Panama for the week of Thanksgiving.
They stayed in a charming bed and breakfast inn at Quarry
Heights. They were very impressed with all the growth and
changes going on in Panama. Among the many highlights of
the trip was stopping at Balboa Academy where they visited
with several teachers and some former students they knew.
They also got to visit with former BHS teacher Toni
Sanchez. Betty, who lives and teaches in Georgia, left at the
end of the week. Jimmie stayed on as houseguest of Ethel
Lucas (former CZ school secretary) before spending her last
week in Bocas del Toro and Boquete.
Raylene Aldridge, daughter of Ray and Maria Aldridge,
went to Panama on company business and got to spend the

New Year's holiday there. Raylene lived in Margarita when
she was very young. She now calls Houston home but is
ready to move to Panama if her company sends her. Her dad
is a former CZ policeman, and her mom is a former CZ
Fran and Bob Norman of Tulsa have joined the snow-
birds spending the winter in their new home in Sarasota, Fla.
Fran is a former CZ teacher, and Bob is former Marine
Bureau chief.
Jean and Doris Burns and Scott Burns went on a seven-
night Western Caribbean cruise in January on the Norwegian
Dream. They went along with Bob and Vicki Boukalis and
their contingency of family and friends. The group departed
from New Orleans and hit ports of call Cozumel, Isla Roatan,
Belize City and Cancun. The whole group had a blast!
Aymee (Lugo) Diaz, husband Tomas and children
Michelle and Miguel Angel spent Christmas in New York
City for a third time. Miguel Angel graduated from Oklahoma
State University in December with a degree in Aviation
Manager. Part of his graduation present was a trip to the Big
Apple. While there, they spent Christmas with Titi Conchi
and significant other. The Latin food (mofongo, mondongo,
pasteles, homemade flan, etc.) in upper Manhattan was won-
derful. They spent the 26th at Macy's, where they ate and
shopped until they dropped since it was cold outside. They
enjoyed a drink at the piano bar lounge on the 65th floor of
the Rockefeller Center. Later they visited Nat Sherman's
Cigar Shop on 5th Avenue to purchase and enjoy a cigar.
Overall, they had a great time and they recommend a visit to
NYC at Christmas time.


Anna Reports:

Well, dry season is in full swing here in Panama and the
Goethals Monument and Admin Building green areas are
once again crowded with people playing soccer, croquet, jog-
ging, or just plain enjoying the sunny days, gorgeous
evenings, and fresh breeze. I even saw some hula hoops,
shades of times past!
Definitely a warm respite from the frigid temperatures I
experienced in San Antonio where I spent the better part of
December for my first Christmas in the United States and for
the birth of my first grandchild, Marianna Isabel, born on
December 18th to my son Rick Szymanski and his wife
Terri Miller.

Marianna Isabel with Grandmom Anna Opel

Aymee, Tomas and Michelle Lugo, Rockefeller Center
Piano Bar Lounge, New York City, December 2004.

The next picnic/business meeting for the Oklahoma
Chapter is in early May in the Norman area, exact location to
be determined. Please call or email this reporter for details.

Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
(918) 745-1337

JUNE 2005 Canal Record
IS APRIL 8, 2005.

My son-in-law Doyle Phillips celebrated his birthday also
on December 18th and we enjoyed the evening at La Fogata,
a Mexican restaurant with his wife Trish (Szymanski), Heidi
(Hinz) Schroeder and son Kyle, Stuart Warner, and friends
Maurice and Cheryl Fodera.
My daughter Jenilee Szymanski joined us in San Antonio
on December 22nd to spend the holidays and meet her new
niece, Marianna. Trish and Doyle hosted a Christmas Eve
dinner at their condo in Alamo Heights and included some of
the typical dishes from Panama, pernil (fresh ham), chicken
tamales, and ceviche along with the other standard Christmas
dishes, turkey, party potatoes, sweet yams, Mexican tamales,
and a "killer" sangria! Guests included Michelle Duncan and
daughter Lauren, Stuart Warner, Greg and Diana Norton
with children Stephanie, Gregory and Aaron; Michael and
Karen (Gleichman-Vallarino) Abner and children
Samantha and Mikey along with a large group of friends and
family from San Antonio.
Stuart Warner, as always, filled me in on his recent trav-
els which covered trips to Kauai, Oahu, San Francisco,
Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas, Malibu, Chile, New York, Brazil,
and Monterey, Mexico, to mention a few--he just loves to

travel. And to top that, Stuart was recently selected to attend
a three-month course at the Army Management Staff College
at Fort Belvoir, Va., which starts on January 10th. This was a
very competitive process and applicants go before a world-
wide Selection Board for entrance.

Stuart Warner, Anna Opel, Doyle Phillips, Maurice and
Cheryl Fodera, and Trish (Szymanski) Phillips warming up
the patio of La Fogata Restaurant.

In an e-mail received from Melvyn Oiler: "My daughter
Lili (Oller) Kohr, her husband Archie, children Annalysa,
Gabriella, Jonathan and Maximus came to Panama from
Delaware on December 17, 2004 for a two-week visit. They
stayed with me in La Boca and had a good time with relatives
and friends, returning to the US on December 30, 2004. Lili
graduated from BHS in 1985. Melvyn Oller, PCC retiree and
actually a Tour Guide."
Wallace M. Snyder was the Guest of Honor at the
Memorial Day ceremony for Veterans at Corozal Cemetery.
Four nations, the United States, England, France and Panama,
were represented by their Ambassadors or a representative.
U. S. Ambassador Linda Watt was the guest speaker at the
The Second Annual American Fair is being held on
Saturday, January 22nd, at the Ambassador's Residence at La
Cresta in Panama City. The event being hosted by
Ambassador Linda E. Watt and the American Society of
Panama is for the American community to learn about organ-
izations here in Panama, to enjoy fellowship with other
Americans and just simply to have a good Saturday.
Approximately 45 organizations will have booths set up on
the Residence grounds to provide information on their activc-
ities. Last year's event was a smashing success and we hope
to have some photos of the upcoming fair in the next issue of
the Record.

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001

Trina Reports:

Happy Holiday Season 2004 y Feliz
Navidad...Feliz Navidad to one and all!
m ,i November brought a lot of e-mails and
Trina Clark phone calls from so many friends and

family with that "Holiday Itch" that so many suffer from to
"reach at birds" speed back to Panama for the Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year holidays.
Dry season is upon us and the Northeast winds are mak-
ing work through the "BIG DITCH" difficult for Pan Canal
Captains Pablo Eastham, Tom McLean, Dave Sherman.
No worries though....winds may be raging, the palm trees
swaying, and the oceans have white caps for miles...but it's
my hometown where you drink a sweet, cool "chagres on the
rocks" and forget all your troubles. 2004 is behind us and I
am so blessed to still be here in Panama living the cool and
easy beach life and to "Bochinchar" about all the good times
folks are having being back Panama way. So, let's get to it!
I received an invitation for a Canal Zone Police (CZP)
Reunion that was being organized by Hubert Boyle and
being held at Diablo Spinning Club aka "Picnic Point". They
had lots of food and plenty of liquid libation. The list of atten-
dees included: Louis and Neisler Cooper, Jose Claus, David
Dear, Chuck Robison, Beny Horton, Cecilio Livingston,
Henry Phillips, Alfredo Hector, Frank Dupree, Victor
Joseph, Gerald Graham, Dodd Dupree, and Eddy Dolan
Jr. The group had such a great turnout they are thinking
about making these reunions a frequent event.
Janet Sutherland was in Panama after almost 14 years to
visit her son Dodd Dupree and daughter-in-law Tiernan
(Corrigan) and their two children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle
(4). Janet was able to celebrate her birthday while back in
Panama and ran into a few of her 3rd grade students, Jack
Whitlock, Richard Able and Marco Robinson. She strong-
ly stated that this would be the last time that she waited such
a long time to return back to Panama. She truly misses it and
was ecstatic to be back. She took some time out of her sched-
ule to visit the Panama Canal Elks Lodge and swap some old
stories with everyone's favorite "cantinero" Ashby.

I am happy to report great news. Ed Beasley returned to
Panama from Sudan, Africa to spend Christmas and New
Year with family and friends. Ed has been working for near-
ly a year with a firm that is monitoring the human rights
activity in the Darfur region of Sudan. Ed has traveled quite
a bit throughout Africa, so he returned home with several
native African tribal artifacts and clothing that he has picked
up along the way.....Thus leading up to the picture where his
family and friends had to try everything on and pose for a

JUNE 2005 Canal Record
IS APRIL 8, 2005.

Ed Beasley in warrior headgear, Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley,
Dave Bishop, Martha Duncan, Diana (Duncan) Bishop
and kneeling Chris Homa.

Christmas time in Panama means good times and old
friends visiting but it is also a time for giving to those in need.
The Panama Canal Elks Lodge and our local community of
Zonian friends decided to take on quite a few acts of kindness
this year. The 44th Annual Christmas Party for the Helen
Keller School for the Blind and the LP.H.E was a great suc-
cess. Elks Lodge #1414 under Exalted Ruler Trina Clark
welcomed U.S. Ambassador Linda Watt for the first time
ever to this special event which was highly praised by all
those involved. Members and friends taking part were
George Lopp, Pablo Fenochietti, Billy "Billy D"
DeLaMater, Doug Webster, Peggy Kirkby, HB Twohy III,
Clarence "Bob" Taht, Art Mokray, Luke Palumbo, Sonia
Valley, Gordy Will, Dr. Wallace Snyder, Vilma Snyder,
Carl Tuttle, Marjorie Werlein, Pola Kraemer, Carson
Dolan, Sam Castleton, Jacque Wiese, Mayra Arango, and
Tiernan Corrigan.

U.S. Ambassador Linda E. Watt and Trina Clark

Another project headed by Trina Clark and aided by Sonia
Valley, Peggy Kirkby, Ann and Tony Tiblier, Jodi
Chamberlain and Gordy "Zella" Will was preparing 75 gift
baskets and the purchase of three walkers for the residents of
the Retirement Home, Fundaci6n Nueva Vida located in
Farfan, to spread a bit more Christmas cheer. A collection was
taken up for the local Salvation Army Branch to rebuild the
van they use for their "meals on wheels" program that deliv-
ers food three times a week to needy children at different
churches and shelters throughout Panama. And last but by no
means least, a donation gathered up by Ann Tiblier and given
in the name of the Panama Canal Elks Lodge of $400.00 was

given to Pastor Bill Wilbur and Gamboa Union Church to
help further all of their charitable work that they do (and have
done) for the local and Panamanian communities.
To finish out event was planned to be unleashed
that would leave everyone reeling well into the New Year! worked...the New Years Party in Panama, organized
by Trina Clark and held at the Panama Canal Elks Lodge, was
an awesome event. The setup of three massive tents, tables,
chairs, a stage and several beer stations (courtesy of our good
friends at Cerveceria Panama) was great. Plus Shamrocks
Restaurant served a great BBQ meal and later Trina arranged
for bottomless servings of "caliente y sabroso" sancocho at
2:00 a.m. with toasted was absolutely perfect.

Roland, Alex and Omar at New Year's 2004

The live music from "Slim alone..No Shorty"!...Alex
"Tropo" Reyes, Roland Folse and Omar were the main
attraction, along with another band Amarillo that played some
classic tunes featuring lead singer Daniel and what's a party
in the tropics without some live Calypso music and smooth
Caribbean beats by Tropical Sound thrown in for some added
evening spice. What a show!
I know 3/4 of the 260+ guests will argue that it was see-
ing people they had not seen in 15+ years or the positive
changes that are slowly making Panama the HOT SPOT to
come back and live again or invest in...or maybe...just was the all you can drink ICE COLD Panama and
Soberana draft beer, great family and friends and excellent DJ
service provided by GM Productions to keep everybody mov-
ing and shaking until the wee hours of the morning!
There were so many faces seen over the holidays I know
I am forgetting a bunch of people and I apologize. Faces seen
were: Norman and Janet Watkins, Leanne Watkins and
Richard Lemon, Ken and Natalie (Watkins) McClenahan,
Wayne Watkins and Dawn Bilgray, Joe and Darleen Hunt,
Lisa Hunt and fiance Eddie, Joanne Hunt, husband Kevin
and daughter Dillon, Kelly Hunt, David Lemon and girl-
friend Kristen, "Big" John, Shannon Winters, Craig
Meyer, Conan Herring, Gailan Herring, Jeff and Dawn
(McArthur) Wetherby and daughter Dayton, Ricky and
Brandy (Huff) Cofer, Marco Robinson, Teresa Martinez
and Jim DesLondes, Jimmy and Pam (Snell) Groom, Chris
Bowman and brother Steve Bowman, Sean Williams and
sister Katie Williams, Cathy Bates, Tom "mash-it-up"
Ellis, Gary and Tina Glingan, Kate Keopke-Williams and
brother Ryan Williams, Bill and Jane Huff, Melissa "Mel"
Harvey, Maralisa Samuels, Valerie Krueger and friends,
Maureen (Carey) Domenech.
Upcoming events in Panama are: Feria de las Flores y
cafe en Boquete, Chiriqui January 7-17, 2005; Train Trip to

support the 2005 Cayuco Race January 15, 2005; Christmas
Tree Burn January 22, 2005 (Cardenas Civic Center);
Caraval February 5-8, 2005; Annual Ocean to Ocean
Cayuco Race (lock down in the Canal) March 18-20, 2005.
A small side note as I close, may all who read these pages
find health, happiness and many, many blessings in 2005. I'll
be writing to you next year! Take care and as always...
That's all the news that's Good News from "The beautiful
Motherland" of Panama. If you want to let your extended
family and friends know what's going on with you and yours,
don't be shy and e-mail, snail mail, fax or drop off any and all
information to be submitted for publication.
For the sake of good order, please remember to have your
membership dues paid up before submitting items to the
Canal Record for publication. You may pay on-line via the
web at or you can contact the
Panama Area Reporter(s) for application or renewal forms.

Trina Clark, Reporter
011 (507) 232-7451


I hope 2005 has begun with many good things for all
Canal Record readers, because mine has.
The end of January Phil and I flew to the West Coast for
two very important events. First: to become acquainted with
our very first grandchild, Matthew Allen Taylor, son of our
oldest son Phillip Jr. and wife Anya. Matt was born August
17th and entering the world at 10 lbs. 2 ozs. and 23 inches
long, he was one big bundle of joy. Second: to attend the wed-
ding of two of my favorite CHS classmates. Donna Geyer
Bowman became the bride of Lawrence Carpenter Cox on
February 5th at a lovely ceremony in Monterey, Calif.
In July of 2004 my mother, Kitty McNamee (retired R.N.
Health Dept.), suffered a health setback and moved from
Assisted Living in Chattanooga, Tenn. to here in Crossville.
She is presently at a Skilled Nursing Facility here. This and
other family requirements have caused me to render my res-
ignation as Reporter. Please--is there a Society member here
in Tennessee interested in stepping forward, contact Editor
Jacque Vowell by e-mail at or
by phone (386) 441-3229.

Sheila McNamee Taylor, Reporter
(931) 456-4830

JUNE 2005 Canal Record
IS APRIL 8, 2005.



This news article missed the last deadline. The Fourth
Annual PanaZonian Reunion held in the Dallas residence of
George and Cynthia Soriano was a great success. It was the
largest gathering ever, due to the boundless energy of George
and John and Debbie (Sholk) Sousa, co-hosts.
The Brookhaven Golf Course grounds back up to the
Soriano's patio, which allowed all the visiting kids plenty of
room to play and explore. On the patio the tantalizing smell
of barbecuing caree en palito" had folks standing around -
waiting. The buffet table inside was a gourmand's fantasy--
laden first with steamy hot dishes and later a table of desserts.
Everyone's potluck was eaten with real gusto.
There were lots of new faces: Paco (BHS'75) and Deysey
Alicea drove in from Ft. Sill, Okla. to party; as did Debbie's
brother Richard Sholk, a Political Science Professor in
Michigan. George's mom Noemy Soriano flew in from
Miami, in part to escape Hurricane Ivan, but we think she just
wanted to party. The Bob Donley family drove up from
Houston and Jorge Jimenez and family from Flower Mound.
A new face was Craig Halliday who is principal of JJ
Pierce High School in Richardson. Coincidentally, Victoria
(Morris) Hall, an alumna of JJ Pierce, stopped in before join-
ing friends at their 20th High School Reunion party in down-
town Dallas. She stopped to chat with Craig. Craig graduated
from BHS in 1963. His dad was Bev Halliday who worked
in the Storehouse-Procurement Division. His widowed mom
Hazel lives in Dallas.
Another new face was Gary Hooper (BHS'77) and his
friend Kat Franklin. Gary has a lawn service business in
North Richland Hills. Louis and Vivian Hooper, his parents,
are retired and living in North Richland Hills also. He says
"they are well and send their saludos". Piano policeman Joel
Scott (BHS'82), Colin Creel (BHS'77), and Carlton Morris
(BHS'79) seemed to be enjoying the evening. Colin and Joel
had just returned from a trip to Panama and the talk was "all
Panama". Barry Seldon, watching, joined the group and
mentioned that he was off to Panama the next day.
Pat and William "Scottie" Scott, Joel's parents of
Livingston, Texas were traveling but hope to make the next
get-together. For those Panazonians interested in joining the
next fiesta, email your address to me and I'll pass it on to the
"master list keeper".
Bob and Linda Morris had to travel to New Mexico to
see their McKinney, Texas neighbors, Jack and Jo Ann
(Harte) Morton. They both joined the BHS 1952 and
Friends Reunion on September 22nd in Albuquerque. It was
organized by Louie Celerier and his committee. Attendees
came from as far as Rio de Janeiro in the person of Fred Sill
and Dennis and Sheila (Fearon) Weldon from El Volcan,
Panama. Sheila and her daughter, who joined the group from
Florida, reminded us of all the beautiful spots in Panama.
Bobby Morris was reunited with his Bradley University
roommates, the Reverend Father Fred Raybourn and


The Caribe Royale is a fully suited property featuring King Suites or Double Queen suites at the rate of $115.00.
The Double Queen Suite measures 466 sq. ft. and has two queen size beds in the bedroom and one full size sofa bed
in the living room. Each suite is also equipped with two color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games,
two telephones with data ports, a refrigerator in Towers I and II, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room
safe (fee), iron and ironing board. The King Suite measures 500 sq. ft. and has one king size bed in the bedroom and
one full size sofa bed in the living room. Each King Suite is also equipped with two color televisions with pay-per-view
movies and video games, two telephones with data ports, a refrigerator in Towers I and II, microwave oven, coffee/tea
maker, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), iron and ironing board. In Tower III, the suites have a mini-bar; however, upon
guest request, the contents of the mini bar will be removed at no charge and if available, a small refrigerator will be
provided. Guests in Tower III who wish to have the contents of the mini-bar removed should contact the Guest Services
desk immediately upon check-in and request removal.

ThVillas are no longer av il available. Please contact the office to be pla cd on a waiting list. d h
A diagram of the layouts of each of the room types is provided in order to assist in the selection of roo types.t
Questions concerning the reunion shoulppd be directed to the Reunion Coordinator, Steve Nering at (727) 528-gam
6133 or via email at Questions concerning the hotel reservations should be directed to the Hotel
washer, washcr/dryer, CD/casastto player, video@ eaafctte player, hair dr-yr, in room aafc (fee), full aizt iran and iron
ing board and filing fana throughout.

Villas are no longer available. Please contact the office to be placed on a waiting list.

A diagram of the layouts of each of the room types is provided in order to assist in the selection of room types.

Questions concerning the reunion should be directed to the Reunion Coordinator, Steve Nehring at (727) 528-
6133 or via email at Questions concerning the hotel reservations should be directed to the Hotel
Lodging Chairperson, Darleen Hunt at (727) 507-0132 or via email at

In order to expedite the room check-in process, we have also asked that you provide us with an estimated time of
your arrival and whether you are driving or flying to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard would be appre-
ciated. NOTE: HOTEL CHECK-IN IS 3:00 P.M. Self-parking is free at the Caribe Royale. There is no valet park-

If you require baby-sitting services, please make your own arrangements.

Free continental breakfast service will be provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to all those registered for the
reunion. Breakfast tickets for all REGISTERED MEMBERS will be included in the registration packet which may
be picked up during Registration hours along with any tickets you may have purchased to the PanaZonian Dance,
Annual Ball, Annual Luncheon or DJ Dances. The continental breakfast will be provided at designated locations and
will include a hot breakfast sandwich. You must have your breakfast ticket to participate in the breakfast program; those
without tickets will not be served the complimentary breakfast. For attendees wishing to have full breakfast, it will be
available al a carte or buffet in the restaurants.

Transportation from the airport has been arranged through Mears Transportation. Mears will provide service from
Orlando International Airport to Caribe Royale for a discounted fee. Mears discount coupons will be printed in the
March and June issues of the Canal Record, or call the office and one will be mailed to you.

Special drink prices will be offered to our members throughout the resort as follows:

Sodas $1.50
Beer (bottle) Domestic $2.75
Wine $3.00
Mixed Drinks $3.75
Beer (12 oz. Draft) $2.00

2005 Reunion

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Vendor Setup: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean III, IV, and V (NO SALES)
Registration/Dance Ticket Sales: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk

Thursday, June 30, 2005

24th Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course and Clubhouse
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 2:00-4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Caribbean III, IV, and V
Dance with The Trollin' 69ers and The Castaways: 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Caribbean VI and VII.

Friday, July 1, 2005

Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Caribbean VI and VII
Vendors: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean III, IV and V
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales. 1:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE' Caribbean II
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Caribbean VI and VII
Evening Dance Ticket Sales 8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. in front of the ballroom

Saturday, July 2, 2005

Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 5:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 5:30 p.m. Caribbean Regltration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean III, IV and V
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Grand Sierra Ballroom F-I
Bingo: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean II
Religious Services: 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean VI
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Caribbean VI and VII
Evening Dance Ticket Sales 8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. in front of the ballroom

Sunday, July 3, 2005

Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Caribbean III, IV and V
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Performance at 10:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I

Despedida Lottery drawing to be held at Despedida. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Complete both pages, and submit intact.

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ANNUAL BALL (Saturday 8:30 pm 2:00 am) x $15.00= $
DISCO DANCE (Friday 11:00pm 4:00am) x S 5.00= $
DISCO DANCE (Saturday 11:00pm 4:00am) x S 5.00= $
PANAZONIAN DANCE (Friday 8:30 pm 2:00 am) x $12.00= $

Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "The Panama Canal Society, Inc." Checks must be drawn on
U.S. Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.

Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):

Credit Card Number:

_ Exp. Date

Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)

Member/Card Holder Signature:


Continue below for additional information required to complete Reunion Registration, Annual Luncheon, Golf Tournament,
and to secure your Hotel Reservations. Complete those parts pertaining to your request.

REUNION REGISTRATION: List each name (including member's) as you want it printed on the name badges and
provide age of each attendee. List name of each family member or guest being registered by the member and include $5.00
for each person 18 years of age or older. Please make sure you list all registered names so they can receive complimentary
breakfast tickets.
1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application.


List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Marinated Chicken (C) or Ropa Vieja (RV) by circling one.


CorRV 6.
C orRV 7.
C orRV 8.
CorRV 9.
C or RV 10.

C or RV
C or RV
C or RV
C or RV
C or RV

Special seating requests:


All golfers will compete individually and %w ill be flighted according to age, gender and handicap. Players wishing to make up
their own foursome should indicate whom they wish to play with on the registration form. Players are encouraged to invite no
more than 2 guests to the awards luncheon. The luncheon fee for non-golfer- is $30.00 per person.

Indicate for each player in desired foursome:


Age on

Hdcp. or Avg.
18-hole score

or Pro

Names of golfers paid for w ith this form
Names of paid luncheon guests


Estimated Time of Arrival: P.ML. /A.M. (Circle one)
Are you Flying or Driving ?

SNo Preference Non-Smoking room _
Standard King Smoking room
Queen Double Accessible Room
T____ Tw.o bedr.m V41l4 14 3 .00 per 1igh.l. Pl .t'l

Names of other room occupants: Please make sure you list all registered names so they can receive complimentary
breakfast tickets.

1. 2.

3. 4.


HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE/One Night's Deposit ($115.00 eor 33500)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to: Caribe Royale)
Credit Card Number:
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)

Exp. Date

Member/Card Holder Signature:


Refer to the map provided in these Yellow Pages for directions to the Caribe Royale.

When you arrive at the hotel (CHECK-IN AT 3:00 P.M.), proceed to the hotel registration in
order to check into your room.

Review the hours of operation for reunion registration and other events in these Yellow pages.
Once you arrive at the reunion, a reunion information package will be provided to you at
Panama Canal Society's registration room in the convention center. Registration and other
event hours will also be posted on the in-house television monitors, which may be viewed from
the comfort of your hotel room or from a monitor in the convention center or hotel lobby.

Proceed at your earliest convenience after your arrival to the reunion registration room in the
convention center to obtain your name badge, information packet, event tickets previously
ordered and free breakfast passes. At registration, a volunteer will review with you what is in
your envelope and you will be required to sign the envelope acknowledging that you received
the contents and that your order is correct. Reunion event tickets are not pre-mailed. Further,
only the primary person registering for the reunion may pick up the name badges and tickets
from the registration room. Be certain that all of your guests are registered for the reunion.

If you are attending a class reunion, information regarding your class reunion event will be
posted at the Information/Secretary desk bulletin board. This is PROVIDED that your class
reunion chairperson has provided us with this information. In the event they have not, we will
do all that we can to assist you to locate your class reunion activities.

We will be providing you more information in each Canal Record between now and the 2005
Reunion to assist in making your reunion one to remember for all time.

The theme for the 2005 Reunion is "Wild Wild Tropics". We selected this theme to keep our
attention to our beloved home back in Panama!

Remember, you must be a current paid member of the Panama Canal Society to register for
the Panama Canal Society Reunion, obtain a hotel room at our special rate and purchase
Society event tickets.

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Caribe Royale, Orlando Florida 29 June 3 July 2005



Reunion Registration
Hotel Reservations
Golf Tournament
DJ Dances
Annual Luncheon
Class and Mini Reunions
Despedida Lottery
On-site Ticket Sales
Event Consultant / Co-Reunion Coordinator
Event Decorations

Bob & Cheryl Russell and Joan Ohman
Darleen Hunt
Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Allison McLaughlin
Ed Wardlow
John Gough
Joan Ohman
Jim O'Donnell
Steve Nehring, Bill and Margaret McLaughlin
Jacque Vowell
Lou and Jan Andino
Jim Parthenais
Faith Brundage and Mary Lou Lang
Margaret McLaughlin
Muriel Whitman and Skeeter Camby
Bill McLaughlin
Margaret McLaughlin


The 2005 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Caribe Royale from June 29 through July 3,
2005; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for reunion activities, it has
been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a pending file
and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees. are supplied by the applicant. When
put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date % ill be assigned when the application is finally
completed properly and the correct monies received. PLEASE ensure that all necessary data is supplied and is correctly
stated and that the correct money amount is remitted in order to avoid delays in the processing of your application and
in order not to affect your original receipt date for ticket and lodging priority purposes.


Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member before
May 15. 2005, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the reunion. The annual
membership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remitted with the membership appli-
cation form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from onl\ those members who have paid their 2005
annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the membership application form found in the back pages
of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrati\e fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be
contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those
within the local calling area. The Society's web-site at hltp:// v%\ may also be visited for an applica-
tion and information.

The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon. Dance Tickets and the Golf Tournament is June 1, 2005. The
deadline for receipt of hotel room reservations is May 2, 2005. or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are no
longer available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms and
event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines. Note: All rooms and Villes-are on a first
come first served basis. Once these 4Vills-/ Rooms are full, we cannot accept further reservations. We will have a wait-
ing list, but please plan according.

Tickets purchased for the various reunion activities will not be mailed in advance, but instead will be held at the Society's
reunion registration area for pickup by the member during registration operating hours at the Reunion. Please make it a point
to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.

Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after June 1, 2005, unless there are compelling extenu-
ating circumstances that support doing so. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in order
not to lose the first night guarantee deposit.

The Caribe Royale's smoking policy is in accordance with State Law smoking will not be permitted indoors except in
those sleeping rooms designated as smoking rooms. There are a limited number of smoking rooms, which will be assigned in
the order received.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property and Society functions, to include dances is limited to bev-
erages purchased at the hotel bars, and the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only with-
in the confines of the guest's room, in accordance with State law. No bottled alcohol will be carried into Society func-
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by under-aged individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated, and will be dealt with
in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance floors at any time.

All members and their family members or guests are required to register with the Society in order to attend the Reunion;
and a non-refundable $5.00 registration fee per member and registered guest 18 years of age or older must be paid. For those
choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the Society's web site http://www.pancanalsoci- at the "On-Line Services" link.

All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday, July 1. 2005. Although
all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year for members. This
is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to Society business and partici-
pate in discussion. Please plan to attend this meeting! There are always really great door prizes donated by the Reunion
Vendors as a bonus.

ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Grand Sierra Ballroom F I) Deadline to purchase tickets is June 1, 2005
Once again we plan to provide a very interesting agenda for all of you attending the annual luncheon. This year we are
honored to have Thomas Kenna, the Director of Marketing of the Panama Canal Railway Company. Thomas is a 1976 grad-
uate from Balboa High School and a graduate from Canal Zone College. He now works for the Panama Canal Railway
Company that revitalized our former Panama Railroad. It is our great pleasure to have Thomas speak to us and show us in a
Power Point presentation how the Kansas City Railroad revived what was left of the Panama Railroad into the Panama Canal
Railroad Company. The presentation will cover: The project The owners The re-construction (the investment) Equipment
- What the PCRC is doing now freight and passenger service and more.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 1, 2005, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to limited
seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating will be at tables of
10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment preferences, as well as spe-
cial seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket order form and will be honored to the
extent possible.
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of Marinated Chicken or Ropa Vieja, which will be served with Sierra
Salad (Fresh Mixed Greens, Roma Tomato, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Alfalfa Sprouts, Ranch Dressing), Pineapple Papaya
Salsa, Coconut Rice and Red Beans, Sweet Plantains, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Flan and Coffee or Tea.
Luncheon tickets WILL NOT be sold at the reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be strictly
enforced. Entrance for the presentation only will not be allowed.
See more information about Thomas Kenna in this issue of the Canal Record.

Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt, until the allowed maximum capacity for the ballroom is
reached. Both dances will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 2:00 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance" will once again fea-
ture "Lucho's Friends." Dress is informal.
The Saturday night dance again features the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"; and dress is semi-for-
mal, with no shorts or jeans permitted.
Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.


Dance ticket requests \i1ll be filled in the order of receipt until allowable room capacity is met. Both dances will begin
at 11:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Attire is casual. Children must be at least 15 years of age to attend these dances.

GOLF TOURNAMENT and LUNCHEON (Shingle Creek Golf Club)
The 25th Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course, a
David Harman designed, par 72 (7,250 yard) championship golf course featuring undulating fairways and interconnecting
waterways. The tournament will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2005. with a 7:00 a.m. check-in time and a 7:30 a.m. shot-
gun start. The awards luncheon will be held in the Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse, and %\ ill start immediately after play
ends. The entry deadline is June 1, 2005. The player entry fee includes transportation, greens fees, golf cart, luncheon,
awards, and door prizes. For more information contact Ed Wardlow (863) 967-2106 or email maxgatoblanco@hot-

All golfers will compete individually and will be flighted according to age, gender and handicap.

Players wishing to make up their own foursome should indicate with whom they wish to play on the registration form

Players are encouraged to invite no more than 2 guests to the awards luncheon. The luncheon fee for non-golfers is $30.00
per person. June 1st is the cutoff date for registering.

Soft cleats and proper attire are required (Collared shirts and no denim pants or shorts).

No coolers will be permitted on the course.

Round trip transportation between the Caribe Royale and Shingle Creek Golf Club will be provided to golfers and is
included in the Golf Tournament Fee. Transportation will leave Caribe Royale at 6:30 a.m. and will return immediately fol-
lowing the golf luncheon.

BINGO (Caribbean Ballroom I)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular. free-of-charge bingo games on both Friday and Saturday from 2:00
p.m. 5:00 p.m., with lots of fun to be had and a new structure of prizes to be won.

DESPEDIDA (Grand Sierra Ballroom A I)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida which will be held on Sunday, luly 3, 2005. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m., and The Panama Canal Society x ill furnish free coffee. S\ eet Rolls % ill be on sale to members b) the hotel. Come early
and get a good seat.
The Folkloric Dancers Recuerdos De Ni Panama will perform for our entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance
group will be a% ailable after yards 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!

Despedida 2005 will also feature the drawing of the 4th Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful and
entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. The lottery is priced at $1 per ticket, and is a\ ailable at the Despedida
Lottery table located near the Registration / Information area. ALL of the monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky

Members desiring to hold a class or mini reunion w while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and receive advance
approval from Class and Mini Reunion Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or minireunions@pancanalsoci- THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS. NOR WILL HOTEL PERSONNEL DISCUSS ANY
ing hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging Chairperson. Coordinators for class
and mini reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the policies and procedures regarding the
payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to attend Society reunion activities. Coordinators are also
responsible for scheduling their class or mini reunion activities so as not to conflict % ith the Society's scheduled acti% cities. In
order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion. cla,. and mini reunion schedules
of events or notices should be posted at the Society's Information desk and are, by hotel policy, not to be posted anywhere
else in the hotel.

REUNION VENDORS (Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2005 membership dues, (2) their $5.00
reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application approved by the Society.
Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are subject to space availability. The
Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any items that are deemed
objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harmless clause that denies any Society responsibility
or liability for items sold by reunion vendors. Deadline for Vendor Applications is June 1. 2005.
Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson John Gough by tele-
phone at (727) 527-2955, or by e-mail at Printable Vendor Applications are also
available on the Society's website,

INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Caribbean Registration Desk)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide assis-
tance to reunion attendees in a number of ways. It is the focal point for information and directions for all reunion activities,
including mini reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a message center through maintenance
of a bulletin board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for lost and found articles, for the sale of Society license
plates, decals and Canal Records. Members wishing to conduct Society business or having membership-related matters to dis-
cuss are also welcome to visit the Secretary during posted operating hours.


MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by May 29,2005
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving about the
rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make available motorized scooters at a
special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Mobility at 1-888-726-6837. Free Delivery and Pick up. Scooters are $30.00
per day. Members need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by May 29, 2005.


Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2005 membership dues and the reunion
registration fee.
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson. The
host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates. The
Society's special reunion rate of $115.00/$23500 plus tax is available to registered members beginning June 27 through July
4, 2005.
Except in special circumstances, only one suite/vi4e reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's special
reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room.
Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation requests are received and approved, and will be done so until all
available suites are assigned.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose their pri-
ority; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is finally in order. The Society will make every effort possible
to expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging arrangements.


Reservations must be received by May 1, 2005 at the Society Office.
To reserve a suite or-vi e, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D must be completed in
its entirety, either printed in black ink, or typed and accompanied by one night's deposit (payable to Caribe Royale), to be
submitted to Reunion Coordinator, and received in the Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FI 33772-
4787 no later than May 1. 2005.
There are a limited number of "Accessible" suites available for assignment to persons having "special needs", which will
be assigned in the same order that reservation requests are received and approved. Requests should be noted in the space pro-
vided in the hotel reservation section of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.

Members will lose their first night's deposit and the remainder of their reservation will be cancelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
b. Fail to check into the hotel on the first night for which the reservation was made.
Please Note: No more than five persons are permitted to occupy a single hotel room.


Double Queen Suite

King Suite


Floor Plan and Room Assignments
2005 Panama Canal Society Reunion

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8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
Friday Night Join us for the
PanaZonian Dance with
"Lucho's Friends"
Featuring: Chipi Azcarraga, Tito Mouynes,
Julio Ramon Valdes, Jose Antonio Riba,
Ornelio Cortez and Alex de la Cruz.

Saturday Night Ball
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"

8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I

Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinator

reunioncoordinator @

or call 1-727-528-6133

Driving from the Orlando Airport:

Take 417 (Greenbelt toll road)
to Exit 6, then 536 West.
Toll costs will be $2.00
Hotel will be on the right.

Driving in from Interstate 4:

Take Exit 67, then 536 East.

Hotel will be on the left.

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* After redeeming your coupon below for a round trip ticket, please present your ticket to the Mears "Starter" located on
level one at the curb.
* The starter will then direct you to a designated shuttle servicing the hotel. Our shuttles run 24-hours a day, 7 days a
week, departing the curb approximately every 30 minutes providing shuttle service between the airport and your hotel.
* One day prior to your departure, please make a return reservation by calling our reservation number printed on your
round trip ticket.
* Plan to allow three hours prior to your flight time for your transfer to the airport.
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Herbie Raybourn. A lot of memories were relived over and
over again. Elaine Raybourn (BHS'81) now Dr. Raybourn
- lives and works in Albuquerque and joined the "older
BHSers" in their revelry and she was an enchanting addition.
"Bailando" with Buckeye and Betty Swearingen was enter-
taining. Many of the "weekend honey-do handymen" wist-
fully remembered making calls to the Maintenance Division
for home repairs. Now we all do it ourselves. Weren't those
the days? The Swearingens have retired to Ft. Collins, Colo.
and are still feisty and look fantastic.
The bus trip to Santa Fe for the day was festive and relax-
ing. Most folks had their own agenda and went off in every
direction to museums, art galleries or landmark churches.
The Morrises, Ray Nickisher, Fred Sill and Gilmore Jones
went sightseeing together. During a leisurely lunch, the con-
versation drifted to personal histories and life in the Canal
Zone. We learned a lot about each other reminiscing together
and it was a special time.
I finally met Jay Troup of Parrakeet Voyager fame--a
photo-snapping, note taking dynamo.
Joanne (Sprague) Kilgallon showcased brother Al's
newest endeavor an afghan with a silk screen of a girl in a
Pollera. It was beautiful and has the possibility of being
framed or artfully displayed on a piece of furniture. Joanne,
ever slim and trim, and husband Joe organized a disco
evening for the group after our Saturday evening "Despedida
Mryna (Boynton) Ericksen, author of Onward
Peregrinos, a biographical novel of the Boynton family his-
tory in the Canal Zone, donated ribbon-festooned copies of
her books as door prizes. Mryna later announced that she will
"chair" with her husband Harold's support "The 2005
Reunion" in Sacramento, Calif.
This reporter was not graduated from Balboa High School
and knew only folks met at previous reunions, so excuse any
exclusions. It was wonderful, however, seeing Dick and
Evelyn Becktell, Joan (Gibson) Conover, Jack and Joan
(Van Vliet) Corliss, Henry and Patricia Cruz, Bob and
Sylvia (Swift) Dolan, Esperanza (Lopez) Holford, Gil and
Camille (Ellis) Jones, Joan (Steiner) Robinson, and Vivian
Simmons. I still can't figure out if its the "Chagres Water" or
the Ron Cortez that keeps everyone looking so good.
More Texas news...Bruce and Sandi Sanders spent two
weeks on the island of Crete at a friend's villa in September.
A new Zonian in town, Oscar Roos (BHS'61) has trans-
ferred from FAA (Aviation Safety Inspector-Avionics) mov-
ing from Singapore. He has bought a home in Flower Mound
and will soon join our g~liherint,
Lou Seldon writes that he saw Grandin "Butch" West
in Anchorage in June. They went to school together at Balboa
High School and Bay High in Florida. Butch West has lived
in Anchorage for thirty years including time in the USAF. He
is now semi-retired and still doing contract work for the
Continue to call with news or send photos.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400

by Gay Aquino

Panama, my place of birth, an endless topic
Of life in the sun, the humid tropics

Childhood forts in the Los Rios jungles,
Adventures in rivers, rainforests, waterfalls

Iguanas with tails dragging, clinging to trees
Sloths slow and lazy, monkeys and coatimundi

Palm trees swaying in the dry season winds
The warm moments of happy hours, rum and

The music of salsa, Lucho, memories of the Tivoli
Carimaholas, empanadas, crackers and ceviche

Plantanos fritos, pescado, arroz con pollo,
A drive to the beach for a bowl of sancocho

Hibiscus, ginger roses and the poinsettias at
The imported trees for Christmas on the Isthmus

The low tide smells, the crowded streets of Avenida
Salsipuedes, Chorillo y El Panama

Haggling for chacaras, and buying lottery tickets
The Cunas sewing molas, so calmly they'd sit

Napoli pizza, mystery meat on a stick
Dominoes, baseball, bodegas and pickpockets

Roberto Duran, Willie Col6n, Noreiga
Torrijos, Blades and las comunistas

Crowded streets, horns honking, radios blaring on
Horses on roadsides, mud houses, cocos and pipa

Rio Mar, Las Tetas, Coronado, las playas bonitas
Waterfalls, waves, surfers and cervezas

Saturday fish market, El Valle, bateas
Soap stone carvings, tambores and colorful

Dry season winds, cool ocean, high tides
Cool breezes on Christmas Eve, warm yuletides

Rainy season downpours, then humid hot sun
Sticky weather and sweating-quick run to the air

Politics, dictators, guardias in Volkswagens
Checkpoints and Spanish, and choppy translations

Maids and gardeners, machetes and bohios
Caimin, tiburones, and lots of mosquitoes

The dry season burnings, soot in the air
El Volcan, Las Tablas, and el Boquete fair

The oranges, the ginnups, mangos and yuca
Guacas, montunos, polleras y sus tembleques

Panamefia Panamefia, mi vida mia
Yo quiero que tu me lleves al tambor de la alegrfa

Corbina, Red Snapper, Taboga, Las Perlas
Snorkeling, fishing, islands of San Blas

The modern wonder of engineers, the Panama
The crossroads of the world, military personnel

Zonians, commissary, the PX and military bases
Amador beach, the Officer's club, and MP's serious

Balboa, La Boca, Atlantic, Pacific
Cristobal, Diablo, Fts. Albrook and Gulick

The four day trip on the Cristobal cruise
Deck chairs and bingo, dancing and booze

To New Orleans or New York, we brought our cars
Summers in the U.S., we were the relatives from

Then later Tocumen and plane flights to the States
Coming home from vacation, our friends did anx-
iously wait

Reunions continue, hearts bonded in camaraderie
Zonians and Panamanians sharing Panama's lovely

Our home away from home, 9 degrees from the
Still drawn back to Panama's magical lure

Panama became our home in the hot tropical sun
The Canal Zone was immaculately clean and per-
fectly run

Then came Carter and the Pan Canal Treaty
When it was time to go, we do so reluctantly

But Panama remains in our hearts forever
The beaches, the breezes, the warm lovely weather

The people, the parties, Zonians were status free
Government jobs, rented houses, a socialistic soci-

The clubhouse, the pools, the churches, the schools
Driving in Panama, there weren't many rules

Time has gone on, but Panama has stayed much the
Its jungles unscathed and its beaches remain

The poor there are many, but their faces are happy
Music and dancing and the streets are still lively

Tourists and ships of trade still pass through
A country so rich, diverse with ethnic hue

Panamefia, Panamefia, mi vida mfa
Yo quiero que tu me Ileves al tambor de la alegrfa



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Brian Conard was honored to have two distinguished
speakers during his recent Eagle Scout ceremony. Eagle
Scout and Congressman Pete Sessions was the keynote
speaker. Accompanying Congressman Sessions was the
Chairman, Homeland Security Committee, Christopher
Cox, who also addressed the attendees.
Brian is a senior at J.J. Pearce High School and the son of
Debbie (Mikez) and Tim Conard. Brian is the grandson of
Edna (McArthur) Mikez.


Roberto Rafael Herrera, son of Roberto Bayardo
Herrera Jr. and Mary (Cockerill) Herrera, of Mobile, Ala.
graduated with honors as an Ensign from the Coast Guard
Academy on May 10, 2004 in New London, Conn. He
obtained a B.S. degree in Naval Architecture and Marine
He is presently serving on the Coast Guard Cutter RES-
OLUTE stationed in St. Petersburg, Fla. His sister Katrina
Nicole Herrera graduated with honors from Murphy High
School in Mobile, Ala. on May 19, 2004.
They are the grandchildren of Roberto Bayardo
Herrera, Sr. and Hormecinda (Menchi Schmidt) Herrera
from Panama City, Rep. of Panama.

Congressman Pete Sessions, Brian Conard and
Christopher Cox, Chairman, Homeland Security.

Roberto B. Herrera Jr., Katrina N. Herrera, Ensign
Roberto R. Herrera, and Mary C. Herrera.


Kristen Riefkohl, daughter of Ronald Riefkohl, M.D.
(CHS'65) and Nancy Riefkohl of Durham, N.C., graduated
from Duke University on May 9, 2004 with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Art History.

Tim, Brian and Debbie (Mikez) Conard, and Congressman
Pete Sessions.

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On October 12, 2004, a group of friends gathered togeth-
er at Kally-K's Restaurant in Dunedin, Fla. for lunch. They
were celebrating the birthday of Rita Washabaugh of
Clarendon, Pa.
Rita had come down to Florida to visit her sister Anna
Collins and her other Zonian friends in the Clearwater area.

Front (seated): Fina Attia, Mary Hanna. Middle (L-R):
Anna Collins, Rita Washabaugh, Elaine Lewis, Liz Neal,
Jean Hanna, Tommy Hanna. Rear: Bob Hanna and behind
Tommy, Robert Hanna.


Rob Roy, a former president of the Panama Canal Society
(1977-78), jumped out of an airplane recently at 95 years
Rob retired in 1970 from the Electrical Division of the
Panama Canal Company. He also worked for the Dredging
Division and the Locks Division. He had jumped previously
on his 88th birthday in 1997 and again on his 90th birthday in
He attends every Panama Canal Society reunion and is
still very active at 95 as you can see by the enclosed picture.


Tom Slice (BHS'68), who is a firefighter/paramedic in
Monterey County, Calif. has been promoted to Captain!
When Tom isn't busy saving lives he is fishing in Baja
and off the California coast. He also volunteers with the
Flying Samaritans, providing medical care to the poor people
in the town of San Quetin, Baja California.

Tom Slice (BHS'68) taken at the PanCanal Picnic in Los
Gatos, Calif.


Bill and Margaret (Lowery) McLaughlin are happy to
announce the engagement of their daughter Allison Michelle
to Dustin Paul Green. Dustin is the son of Roy and Cheryl
Green of Floral City, Fla.
Wedding plans will be made after completing college by

Rob Roy on the way down


Kenneth and Alice Daly celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary November 25, 2004 in Jacksonville, Fla. The din-
ner was given by their daughter Darlene Swanson of
Jacksonville. They were married in a Catholic church in
Temple, Texas on November 25, 1944.
Ken was first employed in the Canal Zone Fire Division
in July 1942 then returned to the States in the early part of
1944 to enlist in the Armed Forces. After basic training, he
was shipped overseas to Europe and assigned to a Sherman
Tank with the 2nd Armored Division. After the war, he served
in the Army of Occupation and, upon his discharge in 1946,
returned home to his wife and new baby daughter Patricia.
He was reemployed in the Fire Division and the whole
family returned to the Canal Zone in 1946. He was Chief of
the Fire Division when he retired in June 1976. He is a life-
time member of the Balboa Elks Lodge #1414. Alice was
employed as a dispatcher at the Balboa Police Station.
They have two daughters, Patricia and Darlene, eight
grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. They now reside
in Merritt Island, Fla.


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Ken and Alice Daly on their wedding day in 1944.

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Alice and Ken Daly in 2004.


A celebration of Marcella Heim's 100th birthday in
Redlands, Calif. was hosted by daughters Marcy Ann Heim
and Margo Martin. Son Ralph and his wife Lois,
Fayetteville, Ga., were unable to attend but were with us in

Front: Marcella Heim, Margo Heim Martin. Back: Marcy
Ann Heim.

Marcella was born on Sept. 17, 1904 in Ontario, Canada,
returned to the Canal Zone within a short time and was raised
on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus. She married Ev Heim
who was in the Navy at the time. They lived in Cuba, Boston,
Long Beach and settled in Atlanta, Ga. to raise their family.
In 2002, Marcella moved with her daughter Marcy Ann to

Redlands, Calif.
Family members traveled from across the country to
attend this special celebration. A wonderful time was had by
all with memories to last a lifetime. Family and friends con-
tributed to a Memory Book which was presented to her by
Marcy Ann. Grandchildren, who called their grandmother
Markie, did special presentations. Timothy sang the "Ave
Maria" and "Beautiful Dreamer" (her favorite songs), Chris
created on computer 100 flowers (one for each year of
Markie's life) with a poem he had written, Nick did a power
point presentation "This is Your Life" and Aisling, Patrick,
Matthew with fiance Colleen did Irish Dancing with their
mother, Margo.
Those in attendance were daughters Marcy Ann,
Margo/Ron Martin and children, Chris, Patrick, Nick,
Matthew with his fiance Colleen, Timothy and Aisling.
Granddaughter Susie and husband Patrick Smith
(Connecticut) with children Katie and Nathan. Nephews
John Eberenz (Georgia), Bud Turner (Illinois) with daugh-
ters from California, Maureen, Colleen and granddaughter
CJ. Nieces Patsy (Turner) Thompson with daughter Patty
(Texas), Ruth (Williams) Vafiadis (Texas) with daughters
Katie and Alyssa. Mable (Eberenz) Holiman (Florida) and
Diane (Eberenz)/Ted Wilkins (New Jersey). Nephews and
nieces are original Zonians.
" -- W rMil '"ItMM

The descendants of the Eberenz and Heim families celebrat-
ing Marcella Heim's 100th birthday.

Marcella's brother David Eherenz and wife Helen called
from New Jersey during the party to wish her a Happy
Birthday. It was a delightful evening for all. Marcella outlast-
ed most of her guests and was one of the last to leave the

Diane (Eberenz) Wilkins
Garfield, N.J.


On February 24, 2005, George Scribner had his first solo
art show in the Greenhouse Lounge and Cafe in Panama.
George was born and raised in Panama and majored in film at
Emerson College in Boston. In 1977, George moved to Los
Angeles to join the Walt Disney Company as an animator and
in 1988 directed Oliver and Cr, ,ipran. a full-length animated
film. George's art work is inspired by the people and places
in Panama.


Song House Publishing is pleased to announce the release
of the 'Artist for a Cure' CD. Congratulations go to Eddie
Stroop of Sarasota, Fla. for his latest CD to benefit Cystic
Fibrosis. The first release called "One Step Closer" by Josh
Davis and Eddie Stroop was selected by the National Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation for their 2004 campaign called "Great
Strides". This one event raised more than 20 million dollars
last year for CF.


Allison McLaughlin, daughter of Bill and Margaret
(Lowery) McLaughlin graduated from Central Florida
Community College with honors in December 2004. Allison
graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Business and
is now pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.

Alison McLaughlin


In October 2004, we had a family celebration of Buck
Krueger's 80th birthday with son Marty, Anchorage,
Alaska, daughter Valerie and granddaughter Sara of
Pflugerville, Texas. The rest of our Alaska family, daughter-
in-law Kennet and grandchildren Matthew and Alyssa were
not able to be with us

eligible for this membership.
Needless to say, Mom (Marie) and Dad (Jim) are
extremely proud of John's accomplishment in finding his
niche in such an outstanding fashion. We were thrilled to also
have Cori Wheeler (Morris), her boyfriend Chris, aunt
Marsha and uncle Joe Cicero and cousin Craig Cicero
attend the graduation. John also presented his girlfriend
Denise Morlen (BHS'78) with the "Crystal Apple Award",
which recognizes the most influential and supportive person
during his endeavor.

Marty Krueger, Barbara (Bartholomew) Krueger, Valerie
Krueger and Buck Krueger.

John E. Morris proudly displays his accomplishment.

Sara Krueger and Uncle Marty Krueger

Barbara (Bartholomew) Krueger
Austin, Texas


John E. Morris (BHS'79) is a recent graduate of "Le
Cordon Bleu" program at the Orlando Culinary Academy.
John graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and was one of
ten in his class to graduate Summa Cum Laude. Scholastic
excellence rewarded John with initiation into the Eta Sigma
Delta International Honor Society. This Society recognizes
students for outstanding academic achievement, meritorious
service, professionalism and gives outstanding students the
opportunity to distinguish themselves in the eyes of educa-
tion, recruiters and industry executives in an increasingly
competitive industry. Only 2% of the enrolled students are


Alice and Charles McShane of Leesville, La., renewed
their vows at St. Michael's Catholic Church in August.
A reception well attended by family and friends followed
at the Retired American Legion Hall, New Llano, La. Charles
is a retired sergeant major, U.S. Army.

Barbara McShane Barnickel, her parents Alice and
Charles McShane, and her daughter Corrie Barnickel.



Dodging hurricanes, Don DeStaffino and Beth (Parmly)
Gaul (BHS'65) were married at home in Port Orange, Fla. on
August 21, 2004.
The bride and the groom lost their previous spouses to
cancer. Beth was married to David Gaul (BHS'64). Don was
married to Sharon (Phelan) DeStaffino (BHS'62).
Beth's daughters, LeeChristine (Gaul) Young and
Megan (Gaul) Tragemann, and Don's sons, Lewis, Michael
and Patrick, were witnesses at the ceremony. The four grand-
children rounded out the wedding party: Sarah DeStaffino,
Emily DeStaffino, Zachary Young and Grace Tragemann.
Many former Zonians were in attendance: Jim and
Valerie (DePiper) Boughner, Ed and Bonnie (Davis)
Dolan, Bill Egolf, Joe Garcia and Kathy Ohlin, Mike and
Mary (Chase) Gordon, Ken and Lee (Nickisher) Gaul,
Kurt and Tracy (Spradlin) McQuillan, Jeff Riley, Jim and
Maritza (Serrano) Riley, Tom Robertson, Kathie
(Lavallee) Sears, Lloyd and Margaret (Stevens) Spradlin,
Roger and Florinda (Beechner) Wells, and Leonard

youngest daughter of Gordon P. Humbracht and Linette
Dugas Humbracht (CHS'63) of New Baden, Ill. She is the
granddaughter of the late Ralph J. Dugas (BHS'38) and Ida
C. Dugas of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone and Dothan, Ala.
Lee is the son of Leon and Mary Duis of luka, Ill.
The couple make their home in O'Fallon, Mo., where
Danielle is a Speech Pathologist at a Rehab/Nursing Home.

Danielle Leigh Humbracht and Lee Michael Duis

Back (L-R): Lewis DeStaffino, Michael DeStaffino,
Patrick DeStaffino. Middle (L-R): Megan Tragemann,
Don and Beth DeStaffmo, LeeChristine Young. Front (L-
R): Sarah DeStaffino, Emily DeStaffino.


Danielle Leigh Humbracht and Lee Michael Duis were
married June 19, 2004 at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in
St. Louis. The Gardens were beautiful and the day was per-
The matron of honor was Deborah Humbracht
Randolph, one of the bride's sisters, and best man was Leon
Duis, the groom's father. The reception was held at the
Holiday Inn in Collinsville, Ill. where family and friends
enjoyed a dinner-dance.
Danielle was born at Gorgas Hospital in 1974. She is the

After three years, the Dugas family members enjoyed being
together for the wedding: Leanne Dugas Pennington (born
at Gorgas) of Dothan, Ala.; Ralph J. Dugas, Jr. (BHS'71) of
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Leslie Dugas Firth (BHS'66) of
Danville, Calif., and Linette Dugas Humbracht (CHS'63)
of New Baden, Ill.


Leann McConaughey and Geoffrey Wade Perkins
were united in marriage on June 1, 2004 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
A dinner reception followed the beachfront ceremony at the
Holiday Inn Oceanfront Motel.
Leann was presented at the nuptials by her brother Ryan
D. McConaughey (BHS'94), formerly of Cardenas, Canal
Zone, now residing in Wildwood, Fla. Officiant was Dee
Leann is the daughter of the late David H. (BHS'67) and
Donita L. (Crull) McConaughey (BHS'71), formerly of
Cardenas also. Melissa (Winford) Fannin (BHS'91) was the
matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Tina Maratta and Lydia
Webster. Leann's nieces, Rachel McConaughey and Kayla
Nobles, were flower girls.
Geoffrey is the son of Gerald and Barbara Perkins of
Maitland, Fla. Geoffrey's best man was Keith Holland.
Groomsmen were Scott Kimbrough and Gene Stout.
Gregory Perkins, brother of the groom, played the guitar for
the ceremony.
Leann's paternal grandparents are the late Richard H.
and Juanita (Taylor) McConaughey of Ocala, Fla., former-
ly of Balboa, Canal Zone. Her maternal grandparents are
Donald L. and Ellen L. (Ward) Crull, formerly of Gamboa,
Canal Zone. Geoff's paternal grandparents are O.W. and
Catherine Perkins of Arlington, Texas. His maternal grand-
mother is Mary Cypert of Seminole, Fla.

.:... ... .... ..

Leann McConaughey and Geoffrey Perkins

In attendance were many family members and friends,
with some traveling from Alabama, North Carolina, Texas,
West Virginia, and Panama.
The bride is a 1990 graduate of Balboa High School and

a 1995 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a
Bachelor's degree in Special Education. She teaches middle
school in Oviedo, Fla. The groom is a 1992 graduate of Lake
Howell High School, Winter Park, Fla. He attended The
Florida Culinary Institute and is a chef with Houston's
Restaurant in Winter Park, Fla. The newlyweds honey-
mooned in the Bahamas. They reside in Casselberry, Fla.


Natalie Eve Watkins and Kenneth David McClenahan
were married on October 15, 2004, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The
ceremony was originally scheduled for September 25,
2004.....however, Hurricane Jeanne decided to visit the area
on that day and the wedding had to be rescheduled. Rain is
supposed to be good luck, but not that much rain!
Members of the wedding party included: Leanne
Watkins, Joanne (Hunt) Armstrong, Dawn Bilgray, Dylan
Rae Armstrong, and Wayne Watkins. Natalie is the daugh-
ter of Janet (Hunt) and Norman Watkins, and granddaugh-
ter of Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt and Olga Watkins. Natalie
and Ken reside in Rockledge, Fla.

Kenneth and Natalie (Watkins) McClenahan


Shauna Jean Sears (BHS'96) of Raleigh, N.C. and
Augustin James Ortiz (BHS'95) of Raleigh, N.C. were mar-
ried on October 10, 2004 at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens,
Durham, N.C. The bride is the daughter of Kathleen
Lavallee Sears (BHS'64) of Elon, N.C. and Jeffrey W.
Sears (BHS'65) of Pensacola, Fla.; granddaughter of the late
Mary T. and Wilfred A. Lavallee, and Beatrice B. Sears
McLaughlin and the late Earl W. Sears. The groom is the
son of LTC (USA-Ret) and Mrs. Augustin Ortiz of Stafford,
Va., and grandson of SGM (USA-Ret) Augustin Ortiz-
Perez, Lelis M. Robledo and Marion E. Gillis.
Shauna, given in marriage by her mother, wore a Vera
Wang design gown. The matron of honor was Cindy Quick
of Raleigh, N.C. and the maid of honor was Sarah Petersen
(BHS'96) of New York City. The best man was Carlos Ortiz,
brother of the groom and the groomsman was Clinton
Lectors at the ceremony were "Gus" Ortiz, father of the
groom; Katherine T. Sears Chanas (BHS'93), sister of the
bride; Sarah Petersen, and John Price. The Reverend
Kayelily Middleton conducted the ceremony. A reception fol-
lowed at the Bryan Center at Duke University, Durham, N.C.
The bride is a graduate of North Carolina State University
and is employed by the State of North Carolina. The groom is
a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and is
employed by Simplicti Inc. of Cary, N.C. The couple honey-
mooned in Hawaii and are presently residing in Raleigh, N.C.


Amy Smith and Baryl Martin celebrated their marriage
and reception at the Sheraton Sand Key Beach in Clearwater,
Fla. on October 30, 2004. The ceremony was held on the
beach just before sunset with the reception following at the
Sheraton Hotel.
Amy is the daughter of Jim and Susan Smith of
Clearwater; Baryl is the son of Gerald Martin (Barrel)
(BHS'68) and Paula Kuyoth (BHS'69) and the grandson of
Margaret Martin of Clearwater and the late George A.
Martin, formerly from Balboa, Canal Zone. Baryl is also the
grandson of Jane and Paul Kuyoth of San Antonio, Texas.
The bride and groom are both graduates of Clearwater
High School. Baryl is employed by the state of Florida and
Amy is a nurse and working at a local hospital. They current-
ly reside in Clearwater in their newly-renovated home.
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon on a weeklong
cruise of the eastern Caribbean on the Navigator of the Seas.

Amy Smith and Baryl Martin

Shauna Jean Sears and Agustin James Ortiz

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Brian (BHS'91) and Karina Olivares Wood proudly
announce the birth of Adrian Joseph Wood on July 29,
AJ, as his big brother Jordan Balboa calls him, was
named after his two grandfathers, Adrian Olivares and
Joseph Wood (BHS'55). His maternal grandmother is Perla
Olivares and his paternal grandmother is Beverly Bowman
Wood (BHS'61) and great-grandmother is Audrey Benoit
Bowman (BHS'41).

Karina Wood holding Adrian Joseph Wood and Brian
Wood holding Jordan Balboa.

Effective since the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
will not be accepted unless
they are shown with their
parents or grandparents.


Craig, Tricia (Ward) and Ashley Outtrim announce the
birth of a new member of their family. Taylor Elizabeth was
born on January 23, 2004. Tricia is the daughter of Carmen
Matthews (Valencia) (CHS'65).

Tricia and Craig Outtrim with Taylor and Ashley.


Bob and Kathie McConaughey are happy to announce
(very belatedly) the birth of their ninth grandchild, Kathryn
Bernadette Parkhurst. Kathryn was born on January 12,
2004 and is a constant source of enjoyment and entertainment
to her parents, Dan and Monica (Livingston) Parkhurst,
and her four brothers and sisters.


Dan and Monica Parkhurst with 1
Kathryn, Noah, Kyle, and Zachary.


Craig and Angie (Garcia) (BHS'90) Davis of Dallas,
Texas, proudly announce the birth of their second daughter
Kylie Nicole Davis, born on November 22, 2004 in Dallas.
Kylie weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 19.5 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Tony and Berta (Medina)
Garcia, formerly of Cardenas, Panama. Paternal grandpar-
ents are Raleigh and Sue Davis of Dallas, Texas. Maternal
great-grandparents are Jaime and Margarita Medina of


Penny Catron Lotterhos of Clinton, Miss., proudly
reports the birth of twin granddaughters, born to Karen
Elizabeth and Todd Marcucci at Baylor Hospital,
Grapevine, Texas, on January 5th. Amelia is named after
Todd's grandmother and Karen. She weighed three pounds 11
ounces. Anna is named after Penny's aunt and mother. She
weighed four pounds I ounce.
Karen and Todd hold engineering degrees from Texas
A&M. Karen is with Bell Helicopter and Todd, Teccor.
Everyone is doing splendidly.

Craig and Angie Davis holding Kylie Nicole Davis.


Don (BHS'49) and Geneva Boland are proud to show off
their grandchildren, Alexander (Alex) born on October 26,
2004, and his big sister Rachel Emrick, who turned three on
January 10th.
Don and Geneva moved from Columbia, S.C. to Durham,
N.C. in January 2004 in order to be closer to their daughter
Cathy and son-in-law Mike Emrick, and (at that time) their
only grandchild Rachel. Within a year Alex appeared as their

Grandpa Don Boland with Grandma Geneva Boland hold-
ing Alexander and Rachel.

L-R: Todd Marcucci with daughter Anna, grandmother
Penny Catron Lotterhos, Karen Lotterhos Marcucci with
daughter Amelia. The twins are just hours old here.

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Harold L. (Andy) Anderson passed away on November
24, 2004. Mary Maguire Anderson passed away June 10,
2003. Both were retired employees of the Panama Canal
Mary Maguire was born and raised in the Canal Zone. She
retired as Secretary to the Executive Secretary on December
28, 1974 with over 37 years of service. Andy Anderson start-
ed with the Panama Canal Company upon discharge from the
U.S. Navy in 1945. He also retired as Chief of the
Administrative Division on December 28, 1974 with over 37
years of service.
Andy Anderson is survived by a niece, Jean Hartan.
No further information available.

Edward H. Browder, 71, of Niskayuna, N.Y. died sud-
denly at home on January 3, 2005 of heart failure due to pre-
viously undetected coronary disease..
Ed was born in 1933 and grew up in the Panama Canal
Zone. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and
received his Navy commission in 1955. Twenty-three years
of active duty with the submarine service were hlihli-'hted by
his command of the USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641). He
later earned his MBA at Penn State University while on the
faculty of the Military Science Department.
Following his Navy retirement in 1978 he worked with
engineering and public utility corporations, primarily in the
nuclear power industry. He came to Niskayuna in 1990 to
serve on the staff of the New York State Low Level
Radioactive Waste Siting Commission from which he retired
in 1995.
Ed loved to play golf and tennis and to travel, but his pas-
sion was his family. He and his wife Judy were married for 45
years. Their children, Stephen (Janine) Browder and Ann
(Karl) Schoemer, and five grandchildren were Ed's pride and
He is also survived by his mother, Martha Marie Browder,
his brother Bill and sister-in-law Linda, and his fuzzy friend,

Barbara Ann (LeBrun) Chadwick, 75, of Las Vegas,
Nev., passed away October 28, 2004 after a lengthy illness.
Barbara was born in Gorgas Hospital and graduated from
BHS with the class of 1947.
She is survived by her husband Robert; son Edward
Townsend of Grass Valley, Calif.; daughters Diane Townsend
of Van Nuys, Calif., Patricia Gold of Steamboat Springs,
Colo. and Julie Samuel of Chatsworth. Calif. She is also sur-

vived by two brothers, Charles LeBrun of Riverside, Calif.
and William LeBrun of Wimberly, Texas and five grandchil-

Joseph Connor, 78, Redington Shores, died in his sleep
of an apparent heart attack at home on November 5, 2004. He
retired to Florida in 1996 from the Maryland suburbs of
Washington, D.C., where he had been an executive with the
U.S. Department of Education.
He served two terms as Town Commissioner of
Redington Shores and on the Board of Directors of the Shore
Mariner Condominium Assn.
He was born in Belle Center, Ohio, and after service in
World War II, earned a journalism degree from the University
of Missouri where he met Inez, his wife of 54 years. His jour-
nalism career took him to Sioux City, Iowa, and Lima, Ohio
and eventually to the Panama Canal Zone as press officer for
three years before he transferred to Washington, D.C. When
his wife was transferred to Boston in 1992, he became active
as a real estate agent.
He is survived by his widow, Inez; two sons, Morgan
Andrew of Cooper City, Fla., and Neal Connor of Owings,
Md.; four grandchildren and one great-grandson, and a sister,
Rebecca Herring of Belle Center, Ohio.

John Joseph Fallon, 84, a resident of Dothan, Ala. died
December 4, 2004.
Mr. Fallon was born July 14, 1920, in Washington, D.C.,
and lived the early years of his life in Trenton, N.J. He moved
to the Panama Canal Zone in 1942. Mr. Fallon enlisted in the
U.S. Army during World War II and was engaged in the Battle
of the Bulge campaign. After WWII, he returned to the
Panama Canal Zone and was employed with the Panama
Canal Company, and at the time of his retirement, he served
as chief of payroll branch. Mr. Fallon moved to Dothan in
1978. He was a member of VFW, American Legion and the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Patrick Fallon and his wife,
Lisa, Kerrville, Texas; two daughters, Kimberly Rider and
her husband, Jason, Lexington Park, Md., and Kathryn
Castleman and her husband, Larry, Dothan; five grandchil-
dren; four great-grandchildren; three step-children, Connie
Rosenblatt, Helena, Mont., Carrie Mills, Atlanta, and Cynthia
Rauscher, Miland, Mich.; and five nieces and nephews.
Mr. Fallon was preceded in death by his first wife,
Marguerite Fallon and his second wife, Florence Fallon.

Celeste Powell Fulton, 71, of Playa del Rey, Calif.
passed away on December 8, 2004.
Celeste was born February 22, 1933 in Gorgas Hospital
and grew up living in Pedro Miguel. She attended BHS where
she was very active as a cheerleader, band member, National
Honor Society, GAA, ROTC Sponsor, Student Assoc. rep.,
Parrakeet staff, and played varsity volleyball, basketball and
softball. She graduated in 1951 and then attended college at
Colorado A&M in Ft. Collins for two years, transferred to
Arizona State in Tucson and graduated with a BA in
Education in 1955. She also eventually received her Master's
degree from Pepperdine in California.
After graduation Celeste moved to San Diego, Calif. for
her first of many teaching jobs throughout the state. She met
and then married Donald Fulton on June 30, 1956. After a
long teaching career in the California school system, she
retired from East L.A. Rowan Ave. Elementary School as
Coordinator of Education December 1993.
Celeste was the daughter of Bronson B. and Celeste
Powell and granddaughter of Roosevelt Medal Holder
Samuel N. Powell and Mary M. Powell. She was preceded in
death by her parents, grandparents, ex-husband Donald
Fulton and step-granddaughter Amanda Antonucci.
She is survived by her son Stephen Fulton, one grandson
and two granddaughters of Hermosa Beach, Calif. and daugh-
ter Celeste and husband Rudy Antonucci and two grandsons
of Nevada City, Calif. and three step-grandchildren. Also,
her sister Joan Powell Arndt and husband Rolf of Dunnellon,
Fla., several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Paul Gorin, 83, of Boca Raton, Fla. passed away on
October 15, 2004 at Hospice-By-The-Sea, Boca Raton.
Paul was a native of Boston, Mass. and moved to Colon
in 1926 with his parents, Samuel and Anna Gorin, and broth-
er Jerry. Paul worked with his father in Colchoneria Gorin,
graduated from Cristobal High School, married Clara
Nathanson of Boston, and served in the U.S. Army at Fort
Sherman, Canal Zone.
After years in Colon, he and Clara moved back to Boston.
They then moved to Miami, and opened Standard Mattress
Company in 1958. In 1990 they moved to Boca Raton.
Paul is survived by his wife of 61 years, Clara; daughter
Barbara Sieger of Gainesville, Fla.; a son, Stephen, and
daughter-in-law Diana of Burlington, Vt.; one grandson,
three granddaughters, two great-granddaughters; and his
brother Jerry and sister-in-law Ros, of Providence, R.I., and
three nephews.

Dora Hardy passed away peacefully on February 27,
2004 at her home in Placitas, N.M.
She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February
20, 1915. After moving to Ohio as a young woman, she
attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and received a
teaching certificate. She taught in the Cleveland, Ohio

schools until 1954 when she moved to Panama and taught
special education until her retirement in 1977.
During one of her biennial visits to the United States she
earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of
New Mexico. When she retired she moved to Placitas, a small
town north of Albuquerque.
Dora was active in the community of Placitas and also in
the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She
loved to travel and to play bridge. Dora will be remembered
by her many friends and relatives and former students.

Mildred V. Harris, 81, or Sunshine as she was known by
some, passed away September 1, 2004 in Leesville, La.
She was born in Marshall, Texas in 1922. She lived in the
Canal Zone with her late husband Johnny Harris for over 20
years before returning to the states. She loved to sing and
dance and to spend time with all her grands who called her
their "Little Granny".
She is survived by a son, Joe Dale Harris of Texas; three
daughters, Judy Hill and Jean Burnham of Leesville, La., and
Joe Ann Hoppers of Robinson, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 25
great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She is
also survived by a brother, Vernon Morris of Texas and two
sisters, Winnifred Ferguson of Texas and Nelwyn Collier of
Leesville, La.

Evelyn G. Hayes, 93, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died
September 21, 2004 at Westminster Palms.
Born in Millersburg, Ohio, she came to Florida in 1954
from Ohio. She was a retired accountant for the IRS, where
she worked for 40 years. She was a member of Central
Christian Church in St. Petersburg and the Panama Canal
Society, Inc. She was the widow of the late Troy Hayes, Past
President of the Panama Canal Society (1957-1958).
Survivors include a sister, Catherine Metzler, Walnut
Creek, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Mildred Cochan, and a grand-
daughter, Jennifer Cochan, both of Wyoming.

Lowell R. Jones, Balboa High School Class of 1952,
passed away on October 12, 2004. Lowell was the only child
of Past President Russell M. Jones and Mae M. Jones, who
retired after 30 years of service to the Panama Canal. His
classmates will remember him best as a good-natured, fun-
loving fellow student.
He leaves behind three sons, David, Dean and Dale Jones.
(No further information available excerpted from the
Parrakeet Voyager, November 20, 2004.)

Theodore "Ted" Kaufer, 79, of Tampa, Fla. passed away
on November 8, 2004 at his home after a lengthy illness.
Ted was born October 20, 1925 in Ancon, Canal Zone. He
grew up on the Atlantic side where he graduated from
Cristobal High School class of 1942. Ted was a graduate of
Texas A&M University and then went on to work for Pan
American Airways for a few years.
He then went to work for the Panama Canal where he was
employed by the Mt. Hope Oil Handling Plant for 28 years.
Upon his retirement from the Canal Zone, Ted moved to
Tampa, Fla. where he worked for Busch Gardens for 11 years
before retiring a second time.
Ted is survived by his wife Anita and his children,
Victoria, Sandra, Norine, and Ted Jr., as well as four grand-
children. In addition, he is survived by his sisters, Jane
Cochrane and Nancy LanFranco and 11 nieces and nephews.

Thomas J. LaPatka, 87, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died
December 13, 2004 at Bay Pines VA Medical Center.
He was born in Virginia, Minn. and came to Florida from
the Panama Canal Zone in 1971. He retired as an Army lieu-
tenant colonel in 1970 after 30 years, serving in World War II
and Korea. He was a prisoner of war in World War 1I.
He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Army
Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service with two Oak
Leaf clusters. He was a graduate of the Army Command and
General Staff College. He was a member of St. John's
Catholic Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Doherty,
Williamsburg, Va.; Susan Wolf, Aiken, S.C.; and Elizabeth
Bonnes, Burke, Va.; two brothers, the Rev. Gerald and
George LaPatka, both of Mesa, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; and
eight great-grandchildren.

Yvette Latoree-Kindig, BHS Class of 1974, passed away
in the fall of 2004 after a lengthy illness.
Yvette did have the energy to attend her 30th high school
reunion this past summer in Orlando. She came with her best
friend, Ivette Arnett (BHS'74), and enjoyed reminiscing with
other classmates.
She is survived by her husband Don Kindig and four chil-
dren, Angie, Matt, Justin and Kayla, who live in Macon, Ga.

F. Earl Linkogle, 80, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of
Largo, died December 3, 2004 in Palmetto, Fla.
He came to Largo in 1996 from his native Alton, Ill., and
moved to St. Petersburg in 1998. He retired as a chief
mechanical engineer after 11 years of service for the Panama
Canal Commission. He attended Shurtleff College, Alton, and
graduated from University of Missouri, School of Mines. He
was a Marine Corps veteran, reaching the rank of captain. He

served in the Pacific during World War II and served during
the Korean War.
He was a member of the West Central Florida Boy Scouts
of America, serving on the board of Troop 18 at Highland
Presbyterian Church, and was a member of Northwest
Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg. He was a member of the
Order of the Arrow and earned the Silver Beaver award. He
was a member of the Engineering Society of Pinellas and was
past president of the National Association of Retired Federal
Survivors include four sons, Earl Jay, Asheville, N.C.;
James K., Palmetto; and John S. and Robert L., both of St.
Petersburg; a sister, Jane Reining, La Canada, California;
seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Ida S. Lovelady, born August 8, 1918 passed away
October 27, 2004 in Arizona.
She is survived by her sons, Bruce and Lewis Lovelady of
Tuscon; daughter, Jacquelyn (Michael) Hooper of California;
eight grandchildren and a loving companion, Irma Crabtree.
No further information is available.

Allen Marshall Pool "Gatun Boy", 77, of Sarasota, Fla.
died December 5, 2004.
He was born March 14, 1927, in the Panama Canal Zone
and came to Sarasota in 1965 from Georgia. He retired as
owner of Sarasota Auto Air Conditioning. He was a Marine
Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Toni Lee; daughters Nancy
Bradshaw and Marshal, both of Carlsbad, Calif., Susan of
Encinitas, Calif., and Lisa Devin of Roswell, Ga.; a brother,
Stuart A. of Sarasota; and four grandchildren.

Richard D. Sears, 52, died December 11, 2004 as a result
of a motorcycle accident on December 10th. He was sur-
rounded by family members and friends at the time of his
Born on January 14, 1952 in Ancon, Canal Zone, Rick
was the son of Beatrice and the late Earl W. Sears. He was
educated in the Canal Zone schools before attending OSU in
Oklahoma. Between his junior and senior years of high
school he boarded a tanker transiting the Panama Canal as a
summer job. The ship, under MSTS charter, did not return to
Panama waters for over a year. During that time, Rick served
as a mess man, traveling back and forth between Saudi Arabia
and Vietnam hauling jet fuel. His love for the sea was deeply
embedded by then and directed his career to the Merchant
Marines where he worked on tankers and ocean-going tugs.
His last duty assignment was as Assistant Engineer aboard
the tug Brendan J. Bouchard. For many years he lived on his
sailboat, The Sunchaser, moored in Bayou Chico.

Rick will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He
was a kind, compassionate and giving person with a keen
sense of humor. His caring ways won him the nickname of
"Saint Richard".
He is survived by his mother, Bea McLaughlin; three
brothers, Jeffrey, Gregory, Douglas (Cathy); four nieces and
a nephew. His extended family also included his stepfather,
RADM William H. McLaughlin; stepbrothers and sisters,
Mary Ann Renaud, Suzanne Morandi, Sharon Vogt (Mike),
Dr. William H. McLaughlin (Frosty), and Patrick
McLaughlin; as well as his companion, Susie Shoer.

Mary (Mehle) Taake, a native of Michigan, died peace-
fully at home in Pensacola, Fla. on October 29, 2004 at the
age of 94.
Mary was an elementary school teacher and throughout
her teaching career taught in various community schools on
the Atlantic side. Mary lived in the Canal Zone for many
years and she retired on 5/21/70 after 23 years of service. She
was predeceased by her husband Hubert Taake.
Mary's picture appeared in the October 2004 issue of the
Canal Record twice in a collage of the NW Florida mini-
reunion in Pensacola, Fla.

Robert B. Vache, 86, of Glenmont, N.Y. and formerly of
Leeds, died December 8, 2003 at St. Peter's Hospital in
He was bor July 2, 1917 in Bronx, N.Y., the son of the
late George and Ellen (Bonner) Vache. Robert served in the
United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He
was a powerline foreman for the Panama Canal Company in
Panama from 1951 until his retirement in 1977. A Green
County resident since 1934, Robert was a member of the
Catskill Elks Lodge and International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers.
Mr. Vache was predeceased by his wife, Mrs. Anna
(Ledogar) Vache on February 15, 2001; five brothers,
Charles, George, John, Thomas and Ted Vache.
He is survived by three daughters, Roberta Buono and
husband John of Castleton, Donna Fish and husband Peter of
Glenmont and Pamela Borock of Yaphank, Long Island; eight
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and

Capt. Lloyd B. Van Kirk, 85, of Vista, Calif. passed away
November 4, 2004 under the care of Hospice, after a lengthy
illness with cancer.
He was an employee of the Panama Canal Company
Navigation Division Balboa until 1977 when he retired and
moved to Caliente, Nev. Prior to employment with the PCC
he worked in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska as an U.S.

Maritime Ships Master. During World War II, he was Master
of a War Transport Ship providing supplies to the U.S. troops
in the Aleutian Islands. He lived in Alaska for 33 years and
among his other adventures he and his wife Edith built and
owned a sawmill in Cordova, Alaska.
After retirement he was employed summers on the glass-
bottom boat for Catalina Island Company, Catalina Island,
Calif. During the winter months he and Edith traveled around
the United States in their converted bus/motor homes for 30-
plus years. Finally selling and moving to Southern California
in 1989 ended the nomadic adventurous life he led.
Captain Van Kirk was a member of the Masons, Eastern
Star, Family Motorcoach Association, and the Masters, Mates
and Pilots Association.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Edith C. Van Kirk;
their daughters, Susan Cooke of Vista, Calif. and Linda
Dunmire of Gainesville, Fla. and his daughter from a prior
marriage, LueRae Erickson of Anchorage, Alaska; five
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Capt. George E. Warren passed away suddenly on
December 27, 2004. He was a Panama Canal pilot from 1965
until his retirement in 1989. He and his family lived in
Gamboa, Balboa, Diablo and Corozal during this period.
Following his retirement, he lived in Coral Springs, Fla. and
then Pomona, N.J.
Capt. Warren is survived by his wife Irene and his three
children Pamela DeCicco (Warren), Bruce Warren and Erik

Maxine Elizabeth Luther Wrenn, born July 28, 1916, in
Pueblo, Colo., passed away at Hospice HomePlace, Tyler,
Texas on November 15, 2004.
Mrs. Wrenn, the daughter of the late Leverett Edward
Luther and Agnes Elizabeth Haney Luther, was married to
Earl Walton Wrenn for 55 years prior to his death in 1996.
Raised in Colorado, she received a degree in Arts and
Sciences from The University of Colorado, Boulder in 1939.
During the war years, she was employed in insurance, living
with her husband's parents in Scottsbluff, Neb. Upon her hus-
band's return from World War II, Maxine and Earl resided in
Margarita, Canal Zone where he was with the Canal Zone
Fire Division and she managed the Canal Zone Credit Union
in Margarita. They retired in 1976 and returned to the States.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Dr.
Christopher J. and Nancy Wrenn, Tyler, Texas; and Dr. Keith
D. and Melissa Wrenn, Brentwood, Tenn.; and six grandchil-



Prof. Paul Cawood Hellmund (BHS'73, if his father
hadn't retired in '72) of Colorado State University is working
with the Panamanian Center for Research and Social Action
and the small village of Achiote. Located on the edge of the
new San Lorenzo National Park he is helping to develop a
more "bird friendly, birder friendly' community.
If you are interested in learning more about this project
please visit: in.htm

their spouses and children spent the Thanksgiving weekend
with the Abbotts. Kisa Abbott (Gail and Gary's daughter)
who lives nearby in her apartment also came over for the
weekend celebration, along with her boyfriend Brian. This
was the second year that the Shrader family has been able to
celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with the Abbotts.
Gail and Gary are now getting ready for the Christmas
holidays. Gary's mom (Arlene Abbott, Dothan, Ala.) will be
joining them for the holidays and also Gail's mom.
Gail's mom has been living with Gail and Gary since hav-
ing quadruple bypass surgery in Knoxville in August. She
will be returning to her home the first part of January after
completing her cardio rehab. She is doing great and a won-
derful recovery.

The new community center (Centro El Tucan) in Achiote,
Panama has a new community/ecotourist center for visitors to
the new San Lorenzo National Park.

Back (L-R): Lisa Campbell, Cheryl Mayo, Lois Shrader.
Middle: Jana Ozog. Front: Gail Abbott.

Prof. Paul Hellmund explores new San Lorenzo National
Park to prepare for a work trip there with students.


Gary and Gail Abbott had a house full for Thanksgiving.
Gail's mom Lois Shrader (Amherst, Va.) and all three sisters
(Jana Shrader Ozog, Glendale, Ariz., Lisa Shrader
Campbell, Amherst, Va.; Cheryl Mayo, Amherst, Va.) and

Kisa Abbott and Ashley Campbell

Gail Abbott
Knoxville, Tenn.


Stan and Edna Hart Crandall of Melbourne, Fla. and
Pat and Jill MacKaig Hutchings of California toured Japan
in November 2004. Memorable highlights of the trip were the
Japanese maples at their peak, red and bronze, glowing in the
sun; sake parties on the back of the bus; coming unexpected-
ly upon an awesome 60-foot sparkling Christmas tree (we
had forgotten about Christmas) and watching five Japanese
girls all in a row, using their cell phones to take pictures of
themselves with the tree. Also, having staff and managers
stand outside the hotel and bow and wave to us as we left;
taking Japanese hot spring baths; and dragging Jill out of the
Pachinko palaces.

Stan and Edna Hart Crandall and Jill MacKaig Hutchings
and Pat Hutchings in Japan.

Edna Hart Crandall
Melbourne, Fla.


Ellen Ermish Frels home in Hurst, Texas on Se
23, 2004 celebrating a visit by Fred Chase a

(L-R): Charlie Chase, Marilyn Chase, Fred Chas
Frels, Mac Lane, Tim Corrigan, Anita Ermish a


The picture below was taken at Callaway Gardens in
Georgia where we spent the Monday and Tuesday before
Christmas together.

Hudson family reunion, Christmas 2004
Back (L-R): Scot (CHS'83) and Karen Hudson of
Tallahassee, Fla., Gary and Barbara Hudson of Hyannis,
Mass., Michelle (attended BHS) and David Hudson
(CHS'85) of League City, Texas. Middle (L-R): Katie,
Joseph, Nathan, Joshua and Caleb. Front (L-R): Samuel,
Christiana, Jeremiah and Olivia.
Katie, Joshua and Olivia are the children of David and
Michelle. The rest are children of Scot and Karen. It was a
wonderful family reunion and Christmas celebration. We all
had fun swimming, biking, seeing the lights, sharing gifts and
mainly being with each other.

Barbara T. Hudson
Hyannis, Mass.


ptember It snowed on the day after Christmas in Norfolk, Va, so it
nd Tim seemed a good time to leave. My wife Robin, daughter
Andrea, sons John and Kevin and 1 drove down to Atlanta
that night, staying with a friend and the next day traveled on
to Dothan, Ala. We stopped in Dothan to visit with my child-
hood friend from Coco Solo Steve Saltz, his folks Marilyn
and Clarke Saltz, and his brother Kevin. We took my Aunt
Maria (Urey) Gilbert out to dinner to eat at her favorite
restaurant in Dothan, where we spent the evening talking
about good times.
We traveled on to Biloxi, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge,
visiting with college friends and checking out the homes we
used to have there. We continued to Houston, meeting up
with friends and family and then we moseyed on to Austin,
where we spent the evening with Sandra Chesson (BHS'70)
and Frank Martin. I have enclosed a picture of Sandy and
e, Ellen me (with her grandbaby Jazzy) check out the Mexican
nd Tom Handicapped sign!

Jasmine Sophia Castaneda, Sandra (Chesson) Walker and
Dennis Gilbert.

From Austin we cruised to San Antonio, spending time
with Barry Greer (CHS'69) and Colleen. Faye Weisser
(BHS'70) and her daughter Sarah Finnegan joined us for
lunch one day on the River Walk while we were in San
Antonio. We also met up with John Diaz (CHS'69), wife
Rachel (Rice) (CHS'69), Glenda Kochel (CHS'69) and hus-
band Mike. John and I figured out we had not seen each other
since 1981, so it was an evening of trying to catch up on a
decade or two. At dinner in downtown San Antonio, Glenda
sang along with the mariachis and we had a few spectacular
margaritas and great food

Dennis Gilbert and Faye Weisser

L-R: Rachel (Rice) Diaz, John Diaz, Barry Greer, Glenda
(Lewis) Kochel, and Dennis Gilbert.

Reluctantly leaving the wonderfully warm winter weath-
er of San Antonio, we headed back towards the East landing
in Vicksburg, Miss. to visit family there for a few days and,
of course, do a little river-boat gambling. Staying the eastern
course our final stop was Asheville, N.C., where we made
time to see the Biltmore Estate. It is a truly amazing mansion
on incredible grounds. We plan to go back in the spring or
summer. We finally returned home to Norfolk (and work)
after two weeks and 4,200 miles happy to get home after a
truly memorable vacation for our family.

Dennis Gilbert
Norfolk, Va


The MV Ascension, with a load of five railroad locomo-
tives from Sagunto, Spain arrived at Philadelphia, Pa. on
October 19, 2004. Delaware River Pilot Joe Morrissey, son
of the late Captain Joseph Morrissey, formerly of Los Rios
was the inbound Pilot.

MV Ascension's Capt. Dana "Ted" Haft and Delaware
River Pilot Joe Morrissey.

The captain of the MV Ascension was Capt. Dana "Ted"
Haff, son of the late Captain Daniel Haff, formerly from
Corozal. In the past Dana and Joe were shipmates together on
the Tanker QMI Leader and Kirby Leader and used the six-
hour transit to Penn. Terminals to catch up on past shipmates
and fellow Zonians.

Capt. Dana "Ted" Haff
MV Ascension

Deadline for submitting pictures and articles
for the JUNE 2005 Canal Record
IS APRIL 8, 2005.


During the Easter vacation the Pino family spent two
weeks in Florida after visiting Captain and Mrs. Sam Irvin in
Hendersonville, N.C., Mrs. Sarah Finkelstein in Isle of
Palms, S.C., and Captain and Mrs. Justin Bonanno in
Bradenton, Fla. and other friends in Naples and Venice, Fla.
After this marvelous vacation they were back in
Philadelphia to leave for summer time in Europe where they
took a cruise in the Mediterranean on the Costa Classica.
Roy with his children Nicholas (12), Michael (10) and
Matthew (7) joined his parents, Captain Ron Pino and
Bianca, on the Italian Riviera where they spend every sum-
mer enjoying beaches, the Alps, visiting and traveling.

McArthur. Everyone had a great time and the last taxi left at
4:00 a.m.

New Year's Eve at the Henters

Capt. Ron E. Pino (retired Panama Canal pilot), Nicholas,
Bianca Pino with Matthew, and Capt. Roy Pino (a
Philadelphia/Delaware River pilot) with Michael.

Roy Pino
Newtown Square, Pa.


Mel and Ted Henter had a New Year's Eve blowout that
had lots of former Zonians in attendance as well as their state-
side friends. The theme for the party was black, white or sil-
ver with a "Mask" optional. All the guests got into the act and
brought a mask. There was a DJ, bubble and fog machines,
lots of food tipico including arroz con polio, ceviche,
empanadas, shrimp mold, and drink. Of course, there was a
traditional champagne toast at midnight then on to more
Winners of the mask contest were Bobby and Nellie
(Wood) Engelke; Karl Nehring; Evie Little; and Janice
Foster. The former Zonians attending were: Emley Henter;
Lynn, Butch and Karl Nehring; Norm Little; Steve
Nehring; Jes and Evie Little; Tom, Alice and Eileen
Engelke; Bob and Nellie Engelke; Larry Ainsworth; Al and
Sheila Schonert; Joella and Randy Deakins; Richard and
Diane Grimison; Patrick and Myra Grimison; Paul and
Patty Myers; Russ and Cyndee Bowen; and Dave "Chili"

Mel Henter
St. Petersburg, Fla.


Fourth generation Zonian Brian Gerhart met his boss,
then Secretary of State Colin Powell, during a U.S. Embassy
staff reception last fall in Seoul, Korea. Brian, son of Jim and
Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart of Silver Spring, Md., works as
an Office Management Specialist in the Embassy's
Political/Military Section. He'll be moving to Tokyo this
summer to work in the Economics Section there.

Secretary of State Colin Powell and Brian Gerhart, Seoul,

James Gerhart
Silver Spring, Md.


Russ Herrington, Steve Clarke, Billy Weigle and Dan
DesLondes met up at Steve Clarke's house in Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla. in early December. From Steve's the group drove their
motorcycles down to Key West for a couple of days of riding,
talking Bajan and taking in the sights.
The boys can be seen here enjoying dinner at Jimmy
Buffett's Margaritaville in Key West.

Russ Herrington, Steve Clarke, Billy

Dan DesLondes
Oldsmar, Fla.


After 26 years, Bonnie (Gunn) Abellera finally made it
home to Panama for the holidays. She introduced her husband
Arnold and children--Lillian, Robert and Richmond--to the
home she's talked about for years.
The trip included four days in Decameron and ten days at
the Country Inn & Suites in Amador. Both places were won-
derful as were the tours, staff and travel. The weather coop-
erated for most of the trip with only a few afternoon showers.
During the visit, she first met Suzanne (Call) Margerum
and her family/parents during transport from the airport to the
hotel. As schedules were somewhat similar, both families
continued to see each other during the visit. Other surprise
encounters were with Lupie (Herndon) Pfaff (her Amador
Teen Club Director during the late 70s) and her daughter Eli,
a quick visit with David Young and his family in the parking
lot by TGIF Friday's in Amador, and seeing the whole Hunt
family at the Gamboa Resort. John Husum provided Napoli
pizza for the gang staying at the resort. Upon leaving
Panama, she met Buddy Stock who used to live in Curundu
(1964?). They discovered several mutual acquaintances and
discussed Curundu sites and the "Christmas Tree Wars" that
were popular in the 60s.
Deadline for submitting pictures and articles for the
JUNE 2005 Canal Record is APRIL 8, 2005.

Lillian and Bonnie iGunn .\bellera, Lupie (Herndon)
Pfaff and Eli Pfaff, Niko's Cafe, Balboa, December 2004.

The highlights of the trip included seeing wild parakeets
and numerous tropical birds flying around the hotel, the
Decameron Resort (a big hit with the kids), attending the can-
dlelight service at the Balboa Union Church, a tour of El
Valle and seeing the beautiful mountain ranges, the tour of
Miraflores Locks, Summit Gardens bamboo forest, surviving
the drive to Panama La Vieja (thanks to Chalon and Carlos
Pinzon who are related to Bonnie's first stepmother), a side
trip to Portobelo, exploring Amador and riding bikes down
the Causeway, the Gamboa Resort's canopy tour, and discov-
ering that out of the five homesites she lived in only one was
still a residence. (Three of the sites were completely gone and
the one residence in Amador was now part of a "ghost" neigh-
borhood near the old Amador Officer's Club.) Surprisingly,
there is still a Balboa Yacht Club that services the marina.
Several nights were spent closing out the bar with a late night
Panama beer with the usual view of the bridge. Overall, there
was still enough of the "old" to balance out the "new" so that
you could figure out where you were and contemplate the

S V. R -w1 -
AJ, Bonnie (Gunn), Richmond, Lillian, and Robert
Abellera on pier at Balboa Yacht Club, December 2004.

The whole family had a great visit and is already talking
about when they can go back. There is still a lot to see and do
and it won't be another 26 years before their next visit. But
right now, having just got home, I need a rest.

Bonnie J. (Gunn) Abellera
Tallahassee, Fla.


Phyllis, Carlos and Colin Pinzon from Iowa City, Iowa
spent Christmas and New Year's visiting their son and broth-
er, Brandon, and his girlfriend Laura in San Antonio, Texas.
Brandon is a 2004 graduate of the University of Iowa and is
employed as a computer tech by Southwest Texas Agriculture
Credit Association in Devine, Texas, about 40 minutes from
San Antonio.

Carlos, Phyllis, Colin Pinzon, Laura Gonzalez and
Brandon Pinzon in San Antonio for the holidays.

While in San Antonio a get-together with two fellow
Curundu Junior High teachers was held. Treva and Von
(Pharmacist from Gorgas Army Hospital) Bedwell drove up
from Corpus Christi, where they live, for a visit. Karin
Gabrielson, Special Ed from Curundu JHS, also met with
everyone for lunch. She lives in San Antonio. A great time
was had catching up on the years since we all saw each other.

Basketball game. Santa brought the boys lots of gifts for
Christmas too much! Jason and Kevin spent most of
Christmas day in the cold putting together a massive trampo-
line in the backyard.
Christmas dinner was at Monika's parents, COL (Ret.)
Norman and Trudy Higginbotham. Jason fried a turkey and
Kevin enjoyed eating traditional southern-style cornbread
dressing for the first time.
Life has returned to normal, Kevin and Hunter left for
Orlando on the 26th, Jason went back to work on the 27th and
Monika is starting her first full-time job in two years, teach-
ing nursing at the University of Alabama this spring.

Kevin and Hunter Brandenburg

SKevin and Hunter Brandenburg, Monika and Evan
Gragg, Jason and Jacob Gragg

Karin Gabrielson, Carlos and Phyllis Pinzon, Treva and
Von Bedwell.

Phyllis D. Pinzon
Iowa City, Iowa


Kevin Brandenburg (BHS'88) and his son Hunter
drove to Tuscaloosa from Orlando to spend the week of
Christmas with Jason (BHS'88), Monika, Jacob and Evan
Gragg. They enjoyed golfing and went to an Alabama

Monika Gragg
Tuscaloosa, Ala.


Connie Zemer Bumgarner and Marge Cohen
Brigadier pulled off a wonderful reunion at Asimolar, Calif.
for about 40 or so from BHS, late 60s. The event lasted all
weekend and little sleep was had by all. Some highlights of
events were trips to Big Sur; Bob Howard doing the Hula,
Duke Wilson's and Susan Morris's daughter Jen, who said
we're "pretty much fun for a bunch of old geezers"; hikes on
the beach; shopping in Carmel; the Monterey Aquarium and
meeting the new 4-foot-long baby great white shark; and Jan
Steward Cazden (AKA lona Trailer) in all her wigs and
accessories; lots of California wine and Ron Cortez; oldies

and Lucho music; dinner of bell peppers stuffed with lentils,
arroz con polo, yucca, ceviche, empanadas, and platano
maduro. Mango upside-down cake was the dessert. Noted in
the gift shop were cans of coke with the lime already in it.
Needless to say, it became the Cuba Libre gift shop. True to
good Zonian form, the cops (AKA Guardia, MPs?) had to
close us down every night for being too loud and dancing past
curfew. And dance we did!
Other highlights were polls of favorite teachers at BHS,
crushes in high school and who was known the longest (Pat
Chandler's name came up over and over again on this one).
The spouses of Zonians were asked to share the stories they
had heard over and over the most. One spouse said when he
first met his wife "she sure danced funny". Then he came to
a reunion in Orlando and realized "they ALL dance funin\"'

The Four Susans: Sue Hibbert, Sue Morris, Sue Meeboer,
and Sue Wallace (BHS'66).

Some of those who attended were: Kathleen Chandler
Quinn and friend Carmen; Helen Aanstoos; Eda Beechner
Brann; Florinda Beechner Wells; Eddy Benitez Coy;
Marta Calleja Biggs; Pat Chandler Seawell; Marge Cohen
Brigadier; Leslie Dugas Firth; Keith Griffall; Isaac Hay;
Susan Hibbert Ketner; Ed House; Judy House; Bob
Howard; Tom Howard; Jan Jensen Noethe; Bud Justice
and wife Jane; Kris Kingsbury; Susan Meeboer Mendola
and husband Richard; Monica Meyer; Tom Mitchell and
wife Judy; Sue Morris Wilson; Jim Pickering and wife; Pat
Pratchett; Sarah Runnestrand and husband Mark;
Emanuel Sledge and wife Dorothy; Jan Steward Cazden;
Bettina Torres Johnson; Tanya Torres; Judy Walton
Davis; Duke Wilson; Jennifer Wilson (Duke and Sue's
daughter); Connie Zemer Bumgarner, and Nikki Sabo.

Helen Aanstoos-Hay


On November 29th, representing the Panama Canal
Museum, Jim DesLondes gave a powerpoint presentation
about the Panama Canal to a group of 21 former Zonians,
now living in Sun City Center and Apollo Beach. Since the
last get-together in May for a johnny mazetti dinner, four new
Zonians have joined the group. This second meeting was a
morning coffee. While enjoying coffee, empanadas, cookies
etc., these Sun City Zonians shared memories of their
employment with C.Z. Schools,, Housing Division, Summit
Gardens, Engineering Division, Gorgas Hospital etc. A vari-
ety of items from the museum gift shop were available for
Christmas shopping. Missing from the photo below are: Dee
Suisman, Lois Andres, Vern Christoph, and Roger
Harker. Ken Lowe attended the coffee but left before the
photo was taken.

Emanuel Sledge, Jan Cazden, ?, Marge Cohen at Asilomar

Sue Wallace and Duke Wilson, Asilomar Reunion

Seated: Arlene Osborn, Rae Ebdon, Harriet (Keenan)
Wollmers, Kay Miller, Phylis Miller, and Barbara
Walters. Row 2: Diane Skinner-Snider, Vickie (van't-
Veld) Johnson, Harvey Johnson, Bill Keenan, Roy Sharp,
Charlie Miller, Ed Goodrich, Beverly Ebdon, Fred
Ebdon, and Joe Ebdon. Row 3: Bob Russell, Jim
DesLondes, Linda Deslondes, and Catherine Goodrich

Cheryl Russell
Sun City, Fla.


(What would you do if you had some spare change ($50,000),
extra time on your hands (15 weeks), and a desire to visit
other lands? Leo Krziza came up with the solution but, let's
read Leo's story. Submitted by Bill Muller.)

... ..

Leo Krziza

Many of the P.C. old-timers knew Leo Krziza for his
catching of black marlin at Pinas Bay, Gulf of Panama while
he worked for the Panama Canal from 1941-1973. On this
ocean trip, no rod and reel were aboard the Holland American
Liner Prinsendam, but there were about 750 happy "sailors"
on their way "around the world". It was the second trip for
Leo; his first trip was via PAA, TWA and whatever was avail-
able. This trip was 105 days 46,000 miles. Trip #1 was 101
days and 44,000 miles. He went "solo", did not want to be
bothered taking care of someone else. Rest and relaxation
were his goals. However, he now knows why someone wrote
the song, "On a Slow Boat to China", as he spent seven
straight days on the Pacific Ocean going to China.
Here are the ports, locations, countries he visited. Start
with Ocala, Fla.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Honolulu; crossing the
Equator; Pago Pago; American Samoa; crossing the
International Date Line; Lautoka, Fiji; New Zealand;
Auckland; Port Arthur, Melbourne, Sydney, Great Barrier
Reef, Cairns and Darwin, Australia; Komodo and Bali,
Indonesia; crossing the Equator; Sandakan, Malaysia;
Manila, Philippines; Hong Kong, China; Halong Bay,
Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Laem Chabang, Singapore,
Port Kelang and Langkawi, Malaysia; Rangoon, Burma;
Cochin and Mumbai, India; Muscat, Oman; Suez Canal, Port
Said; Istanbul, Turkey; Pythagorian and Santorini, Greece;
Rock of Gibraltar; Funchal, Madeira; and, at last, Ft.
While the world is no larger, there are many more people
in it. The Dollar doesn't go far and some countries won't
accept them. The Euro is "king" now in the European area.
Carry a couple packets of new U.S. one-dollar bills they
come in handy for small purchases or, you will end up with
50 lbs. of coins in your pockets (men) and your pants will fall
to your knees. Get a new issue Credit Card: Visa is best with
your picture on it. I used mine to buy a 98-cent bottle of club

soda to mix with my Johnny Walker.

10 COMMANDMENTS: (Leo's idea not to be confused
with "Moses").
1. Don't expect something for nothing; you are always
more likely going to be paying double.
2. Take one-half as many clothes as you think you will
need. This trip is not a fashion show.
3. Take double the amount of money you expect to need.
Expenses will usually be double what you think they should.
4. Tour Directors say to wear clothing that will expand
when you expand. They say you will only gain a pound a day
on the cruise.
5. Bring your own supplies of pills/medicines, etc. (also
two pairs of glasses) because new supplies are "out of the
6. Remember that people in overseas countries do not
speak English (American) or have change for American dol-
lars. Bring along several packs of new one-dollar bills so you
have change.
7. Ladies!! Facilities are not available in many places
and towns. Bladders and colons can only hold so much, etc.
(I could expand on this subject and several events that were
disastrous--but they would not be suitable for the Canal
8. Be very careful of cobblestone, brick and broken con-
crete sidewalks. Your doctor could be 15,000 miles away or
worse, it could be local doctors.
9. Do not drink local water. Carry a bottle or, better yet,
drink a beer or a canned soda.
10. Ladies should always be "prepared". There are not
many trees in the desert and the grass isn't very tall.

A. The world is a grand and wonderful place but God
made too much water and not enough land. It is crowded out
B. My figures "for use of planning, etc." the cost of a trip.
My first trip around the world was great. It was fully paid for
by the Panama Canal Vacation Leave Fund and cost me "O".
In fact, Jerry Steiner had a sizeable pile of paychecks wait-
ing when I returned. My present trip is 40-50 years later and
it was on Leo 100% and it cost me Fifty Thousand Bucks
CASH (OUCH)!! Credit cards usually don't go that high.
C. Remember money talks. It provides food and drink
and lots of times opens doors that you could not unlock your-
D. People whom I have given generous tips usually smile
when they meet me again.
This one last item shows how others live. While waiting
on the tour bus for some slowpokes, one tourist asked the
driver how much gasoline cost per gallon (in Muscat, Oman)
- a very rich oil kingdom in Asia. The driver, who spoke very
good English, looked a little puzzled and replied that he real-
ly didn't know. He had never thought about the price. Then
he replied, "Here in Oman we never think about the price of
gas; it's the cost of a gallon of water that concerns us more".
Que sera, sera!
Leo Krziza
Ocala, Fla.


Rachel Fenton, Kelly (Morris) Fenton and Adam Mitts


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R. T. Vestal and daughter Elaine (Vestal) Lewis on a recent


Tyler, Ewald and Ned Wiberg at the Miami Dolphins game
of December 26.


Jayne Yocum and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis in Panama with
Cuna, Chico and Rio.


A 1978 CHS class ring was rescued off EBAY recent-
ly. Initials inside the ring are 0. M. S. Could it be Oscar
Sanchez? It's a man's ring but hanging on a frilly chain
which would lead one to conclude that it was at one time
in the possession of a girl. Should you know anyone fitting
the clues, please contact Greg Rougeau (BHS'78) at home
(318) 442-0880.

In January, Joe Smith (CHS) came through Houston and got
together with Ed McArthur, Chuck Soukup, Chuck
Silverman and Willy McConaughey for a very long lunch
and a lot of hochinche


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(L-Ri Helen Caliit. Linda Rame\. Maar
Llori Kent (missing is Vikki Borell).


First row (L-R): Glenda Snavely, Kathy Malin, Carol Mendenhall, Mary Hayes, Lillian Meyer, Helen Calvit, Helen
Malin, and Terry Leon-Guererro. Second row (L-R): Eve Hutchinson, Anstey Catlett, Linda Ramey, Coach Fernandez,
Liz Simmons, Donna Seeley and Becky Wolf.

submitted by Kathy (Malin) McInturff


1M.rgarnt Ailantic Side Bo\ Scouts dinner gathering at Rancho Rarno' Police Park circa 1958 Seated left to right unknown
man, unknown woman, Ewald Wiberg Cubmaster Pack 1, Henry Carpenter, John Malloy Explorer Advisor Unit 1,
unknown woman, Will Price Scountmaster Troop 1, Mrs. Price.
submitted by Ewald Wiberg

It was 1942 and we were at War. Mom was working for the
Navy at the 15th District. Everyone was issued helmets and
gas masks. The Panama Canal employees were not issued
any. Just built bomb shelters. Who is that? It is little Roger

Billy Joyce, Charlie McArthur, Mandi Calvo, Billy
McKeown, Henry Hansen, Gabby Kourany and Georgy
McArthur enjoying a week at Santa Clara.


A 1978 CHS class ring was rescued off EBAY recently.
Initials inside the ring are 0. M. S. Could this be Oscar
Sanchez? It's a man's ring but hanging on a frilly chain
which would lead one to conclude that it was at one time in
the possession of a girl. Should you know anyone fitting the
clues, please contact Greg Rougeau (BHS'78) at home
(318) 442-0880.

Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785 51oP O
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737 r 1191

Traveling with the Panama Canal Museum
February 2005-As these pages were being prepared, the 2005 Panama Canal Museum cruisers were waiting eagerly for
their February 4-14 cruise and spending time in Panama, Aruba, Costa Rica, and Grand Cayman. Thanks to June Barlow
Riesz and Carlson Wagonlit Travel for coordinating the cruise for us. Chuck Hummer designed this year's special cruise
T-shirts, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel provided them to the cruisers.
Summer 2005 Trip to Panama-Be a participant in the Panama Canal Museum's first land and air trip-to Panama, of
course! Condor Outfitters, on behalf of the museum, will be offering five days at the Decameron All-Inclusive Resort and
two days at the Country Inn-Amador as a round trip package between Orlando and Panama on June 4-11, 2005. This is a
great deal! Contact the museum or Condor Outfitters ( for more details if you would
like to join us!

Summer 2006-We plan to schedule a museum trip to Alaska for the summer of 2006. Although travel agents have not been
able to provide us with prices yet, we hope to be able to provide details in our spring mailing to museum members.

Looking Forward to the Reunion
Panama Railroad Exhibit-Help make the 2005 reunion exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Panama
Railroad our most memorable exhibit yet! If you have Panama Railroad or Panama Line memorabilia you would like to
donate or lend for the exhibit, please contact the museum as soon as possible.
Silent Auction-Some major items have already been donated for the 2005 silent auction, but we are still in need of others
to tempt our eager reunion bidders! Please contact the museum if you have some treasures you'd be willing to donate.
Volunteers-Each year we are finding we need more and more volunteers to staff the Museum Room (right next to the
Vendors' Room this year, too!). Please let us know if you can spare a few hours at the reunion to help in the Museum Room
and greet friends there!

Joining the Museum

Members Needed!-Just as the museum needs more volunteers as it grows, it needs more members/donors to support this
growth. As we begin our search for a bigger facility, financial support becomes even more crucial. We thank all who have
responded generously to the December mailing and hope those who have not yet done so will be able to donate in the near
future. $24 a year-just $2 a month-will help preserve the American Era of the Panama Canal.

Shopping at the Museum Store

Shoppers Needed!-Museum store shoppers are finding the new, updated website store (http://www.panamacanalmuseum
.org) a very convenient way to shop: Add the desired items into your shopping cart and then pay over the internet with
PayPal or by mail with a check or money order. The new mugs and tumblers of various sizes are a popular item. They
contain the museum logo patch that looks like a mola and are much too attractive to resist! The Panama Canal Trivia game
must have been Zonians' most popular gift this holiday season! The museum cookbook and a new tote bag are in the works,
too, so keep checking the website or stop by the museum to see the latest!

Honoring Our Past

Roosevelt Medal Certificates-Those who are descendants of Roosevelt Medal holders continue to order museum-certified
certificates from Dorn Thomas ( More information about the program can be obtained from Dorn,
the museum, or the museum's website.

Wills and Bequests
More good news for the museum: Our first Roosevelt Circle Donor, with
19 transits on the Wall of Honor, Leo Krziza, has indicated that he is
making the museum a major beneficiary in his will. At his request, muse-
um trustees, Kathy Egolf, Paul Glassburn, Dick Cunningham and
Gerry DeTore, traveled to Ocala to review items that Leo has indicated
he will bequest to the museum. The museum's first major bequest came
last year when Anna Werkhieser willed over $13,000 to the museum.
That first bequest to the museum had double impact since Leo's first
$25,000 matching donation served to double her bequest. The museum is
working to establish a defined wills and bequests program which will
accept artifacts and financial donations from those that wish to preserve
the history of the American Era of the Panama Canal.

Richard Bjorneby Collection Major Add

AARP volunteer, Helen Morris, is shown with
a wall full of books donated by the Bjomebys.

The museum's two newest trustees, Dick
Cunningham and Gerry DeTore, surround the
museum's Roosevelt Circle Donor at his
Ocala home.


Dick and Pat (Leach) (CHS 56) Bjorneby recently donated Dick's Panama
Canal book collection to the Panama Canal Museum. Dick started his col-
lection slowly, acquiring books he thought were interesting. However, it
wasn't long before he became an avid collector going in search of anything
and everything having to do with the Canal. Books eventually became his
main focus and although books regarding the Canal make up the majority of
his collection, if there was so much as the word Panama in it he had to have
it also. Dick's collection soon took over all available space in the home. The
collection donated to the museum is in the process of being catalogued at
this time, and the count is now at 800 books and publications.

Dick's books will be appreciated by generations of "Zonians" and people
who share his love of and interest in the Panama Canal the "eighth won-
der" of the world.

This major acquisition by the museum is a significant addition to the grow-
ing museum library. Nearly complete collections of yearbooks, Panama
Canal Reviews, Spillways, Southern Command News, and copies of the
major canal studies, minutes of ICC, Panama Canal Company and
Commission are some of the major publication resources available at the
museum library.

Donations Sought for Mola Exhibit

Do you have a mola that has a personal meaning for you? Although molas are a
unique creation of the Kuna Indians, many of us Americans involved with the
Panama Canal have molas that speak to American subjects or interests either there
in the Canal area or here in the United States. If you have any such molas and
would be willing to donate or loan them to Cheryl Russell for a special exhibit
she is putting together for the museum, please let Cheryl ( or
the museum know as soon as possible. A paragraph giving a little background on
any molas you donate or loan would also be helpful. In addition, we are looking
for various items made from molas: a purse, a case for glasses, a potholder, a vest,
etc. Please help us put together this exhibit showing how the mola was incorpo-
rated into the American era of the Panama Canal.




(How can that be!!)

During the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion at
the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Fla. June 29-July 3,
Contact: Shirley (Smith) O'Connor

BHS 1949/1950


There will be a Hospitality Suite for the BHS Classes
of 1949 and 1950 at the 2005 Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society at the Caribe Royale Resort. The
Hospitality Suite will be open for classmates on
Thursday, June 30th, Friday, July 1st, Saturday, July
2nd, and in the morning only on Sunday, July 3rd.
When arriving at the Reunion, the Villa Number will
be at the Society Information Desk. Your committee
would appreciate any donations to help defray the
expenses of the Hospitality Suite.

George Downing
801 Pine Street
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

William Carson
375 N. Biscayne RiverDrive
Miami, FL 33169-6627

Thomas Peterson
6534 Samoa Drive
Sarasota, FL 34241-5637




Celebration of the 50th anniversary of our graduation will
consist of three days of open house with plenty of food and
drink plus a sit-down dinner. It will be at the Caribe Royal
Resort, Orlando, Fla. June 30 through July 2, during the 2005
PCS Reunion. Magically, a photo/music parade will take us
back to the 50s and a new yearbook will bring us back to the
future in 2005.
All BHS classmates, come join in the fun! Send your 500 to
600 word bios and current photos to Chuck Hummer to make
the new yearbook complete, even if you can't come.
Contacts are:
Bob Zumbado
Joan Hensler Toscar
Chuck Hummer

June 30 July 3, 2005 Orlando, Fla.
Please make sure we have an up-to-date address (snail
mail and email address). Contacts for the event are:
Ruthanne Joy Himes Greenwood
127 1/2 Opal Ave.
Balboa Island, CA 92662
joy78 @

Andra English
36 Yeardley's Grant
Williamsburg, VA 23185 (Andy Nash)

Visit our web site: island/CHS60s.html


We will hold our 45th Class Reunion in conjunction
with the 2005 Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Florida.
Please contact me if you are interested in attending or
would like further information as soon as possible.

Carolyn Holmes Morris
2067 Youngblood Drive
Hephzibah, GA 30815


The BHS Class of 1965 Reunion will be held on the
24th-26th of June in Atlanta, Ga.
Please pass the word to class members and visit the
class web site to keep informed.

Web site:



We are to hold our 40th Reunion for the year 2005 at
the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. during the
annual Panama Canal Society Reunion (June 29-July 3,
Early planning will assure a memorable reunion so
please send in your name, address and email address to
the committee members listed below right away. Also,
start your own search now for your long-lost classmates
and help us build a huge class list for our 40th reunion.
The Castaways will be providing dance music for the
party night of Thursday, June 30, 2005. For more infor-
mation, please visit the class website at www.geoci-
For more information, contact:

Beverly Phillips (Dreyer)
1730 Arbolita Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Sue Lubera (Roscoe)
2155 Matthews Road
Big Pine Key, FL 33043


Virginia D. Austin (McComb)
Vivian Elaine Butler
Daniel Antonio Calderon
neana Del Carmen Cintron
George William Coleman
Sandra Carolyn Conway
Richard Lee Cooper
Jacqueline Ann Denany
Jorge Luis Ferrer
Cathy Fitzsimmons (McDonald)
James Abner Frost
Sharon Harvey
Patricia Anne Hogan
Blanche Elizabeth Jones
Thomas Hillman Jordan
Nancy Ann Klunick
Carolina Ann Lee

Kristin Lee Mallory
Ramon Otero, Jr.
Mildred Marie Payne
Jose Rios
Ramona Rios
Zulma Yolanda Santiago
Ana Delia Santos
Luana Jean Seymour
James Theodore Smith
Robert Barrie Thomson
Lita Sara Tigert
Richard R. Valenzuela
Maria Eugenia Vazquez
Dianne Claire Vick
Vilma Marie Williams
Joel Frederick Yoder


The Balboa High School Class of 1970 will be holding
their 35th class reunion from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on
Thursday night, June 30, 2005 in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Visit the Panama Canal Society information desk in
the Convention Center at the Annual Reunion for the Villa
location of our Class reunion.
Please update your email address with a member of the
committee to ensure you receive the information.

Rudy Crespo, Chairperson

Jacque Crowell Vowell


We will be holding our 35th Reunion for the year
2005 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. During
the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion, June 29-July
3, 2005. (Please be sure to also register for the Society.)
All interested parties please contact Jane (Gabriel) Huff
through any of the below mediums.
Also, please pass on any e-mails, phone numbers or
snail mail addresses of classmates you can get in touch
with to help make this a memorable class reunion. Start
speeding the word...THE CRISTOBAL CLASS OF
1970 REUNITES!!!

Jane Huff
310 Inlet Ave.
Merritt Island, FL 32953
(321) 449-9665


Plans are being made to hold the CHS Class of 1975
30th reunion in conjunction with the 2005 Panama Canal
Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida.

For more information, please contact me with your current
address or e-mail.
Cherie Danielsen Lee
5515 Cactus Forest Dr.
Houston Texas 77088
(281) 999-8368


The Balboa High School Class of 1980 will hold a 25th
Reunion during the Panama Canal Society Reunion to be held
June 29 July 3, 2005. For more information please visit the
class website at or contact one of the fol-
lowing class members:
Richard Grimison
1275 Island Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952
(321) 452-6246

Sue Kelleher White
6210 South Himes Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 835-9493

Carl Orvis
6409 Hunt Road
Port St. John, FL 32927
(321) 632-3866


Due to the successful and outstanding fun time every-
one had when they attended the Health Bureau Reunion
in the Republic of Panama in 2004, another get-together
is being planned from January 26 to February 4, 2006.
Lori Snow, CEO, from Condor Outfitters has a pro-
posed itinerary for the coming trip and it looks superb.
More information will be available as the time draws
nearer for this wonderful opportunity to get reacquainted
with friends and co-workers who worked for the Health

Contacts are:
Jeannine Eggleston
10420 NW 14th Street
Plantation, FL 33322
(954)-260 6822
jeannine_e @

Grace Shadeck
3196 SW 177th Lane Road
Ocala, FL 34473
(352) 347-4141

Lori Snow
Condor Outfitters
1907 De Winton Place
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(770) 339-9961 or 1-800-783-8847
info @


There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern
Star luncheon on Friday, July 1, 2005 at the Caribe
Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., immediately
following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The
cost of the luncheon is $25/meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars,
spouses and friends of the fraternity are invited. Dress
for the occasion will be semi-formal.
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Caribe Royale Resort
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821

Luncheon:12:30 p.m.

July 1, 2005

(A) Beef Burgandy
(B) Penne Pasta with Grilled Chicken

IPlease make
I(A) or (B) below.

reservations and meal selection of

Total enclosed: $ I

iMake U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable toI
IRobert Russell and mail to:
I 2327 Lyndhurst Drive
I Sun City Center
Florida 33573
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SATURDAY. MAY 21. 2005

Same place, different time. Because Hurricanes Georges,
Isidore and Ivan forced cancellation of past PanCanal picnics at
Gulf Islands National Seashore, we wisely took a suggestion
from Richard Dillon to move the picnic to another date.
So the new annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic starts at
11 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2005, at Gulf Islands
National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Miss.
Bring your favorite dish and watch for the Canal Zone banner
at the bohio with the brick fireplace. For overnight
RVing details, contact the Assistant Superintendent, Gulf Islands
National Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

For additional details, contact:
Gerda Smith McManus (601) 567-9870
Patt Roberson (225) 774-7761


During 2004 the membership sent in 195 pairs of eyeglass-
es and lenses. They came from Arizona, California, Florida,
Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
One of the packages was from Louise Bauman of Port
Huron, Mich., and contained the 2,000th pair. Mrs. Bauman
wins the prize -- a one-year PCS membership renewal.
Congratulations, Mrs. Bauman!
We started this project in 1992 and have collected 2,081
pairs of glasses so far. That translates into 2,081 less fortunate
individuals, who you will never meet, being
eternally grateful for your generosity of the gift of sight.
Now, while you're thinking about it, please take a moment
to unearth your old eyeglasses, lenses, frames and cases, and
join us. Please send them to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253


The Chateau Resort and Convention Center,
Tannersville, Pa., is again the location of the annual
Poconos Reunion to be held Friday and Saturday,
September 10-11, 2005. The prices and event rooms will
remain the same as past years, as follows: (per person, per
night, mountainside room, including dinner Friday and
Saturday night, all taxes and gratuities).

Single Double Triple Ouad
$123.95 $75.85 $64.95 $54.95

For reservations, call 1-800-245-5900 and indicate
that you are with the Panama Canal Group. Reservations
received after August 3, 2005, will be on a space avail-
able basis.
For additional information, please contact one of the

Pat Whitam Marion Royston
(330) 725-5087 (410) 488-3904

Bucky Hall
(941) 377-3731



The Balboa High School Class of 1990 is planning a
15th Class Reunion to be held July 1 and 2, 2005, in con-
junction with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
in Orlando, Florida.

For information, please visit the class web site at

or email one of the following reunion coordinators:
Lisa (Deslondes) Rambo
Karen Kirby
Pallas (Burke) Washington
Karla Knox

Due to many requests, plans are underway to have a BHS Class of 1965 mini-Reunion in conjunction with the 2005
Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida. More information will be forthcoming but plan to join us on
Thursday evening, June 30, 2005.
If you have not already received a preliminary email about our plans, please send me your current email address, mail-
ing address and telephone number.
Suzanne Schmidt Goldstein 1720 Virginia Drive, Orlando, Fla 32803 (407) 898-8257

Advertising rates approved at the September 28, 2002 Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The increase in adver-
tising rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which encompasses a charge for each ad
shown in the Canal Record. Commercial Rates are for those who are either non-members of The Panama Canal Society,
Inc. or those who are members but are placing an ad for an established business firm, who wish to advertise in the Canal
Record. All ads are subject to Executive Board approval. All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record
will not compose, design or size any commercial ads submitted. All graphics must be submitted in JPG or TIF for-
mat to All checks or money orders must be payable on U.S. banks.

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Started as a non-profit organization in
1952, the Canal Zone Study Group has 750
members world-wide. We mail a quarterly publication for
a low annual membership fee of only $ 8. To join send a
check or cash to: CZSG. 408 Redwood, Schaumburg, IL
Check out, or contact David


A 1978 CHS class ring was rescued off EBAY
recently. Initials inside the ring are O. M. S.
Could it be Oscar Sanchez? It's a man's ring but
hanging on a frilly chain which would lead one
to conclude that it was at one time in the pos-
session of a girl. Should you know anyone fit-
ting the clues, please contact Greg Rougeau
(BHS'78) at home (318) 442-0880.

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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338
Panama Canal Museum Membership/Renewal Donor Record
(Include maiden name, if applicable. Indicate how you want your name or names to appear on the Wall of Honor.)
Street Address or Box Number:
City: State: Zip:
Telephone: Email:
SI New member Dues For Calendar Year $
I ] Current Member Renewing Annual Dues Calendar Year $
|I Additional Amount to expedite my transit through Canal $
Total Amount Enclosed: $
Museum Annual Dues of $24, plus any additional amounts you may wish to contribute to the Museum will be your name(s) on the Wall of Honor to expedite your symbol-
ic transit through the Panama Canal. In addition, your same donation may be made in memory of deceased persons) or in honor of living persons) to allow them to move
along the Canal on their transit journey. Please indicate below the full name(s) of such persons and the amount of your donation you wish to allocate.
Name: $ In Memory Of In Honor Of
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Street: City: State: Zip:
The Panama Canal Museum is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All contributions may be tax deductible. Florida Law requires
organizations registered to solicit contributions to post the following statement: The Panama Canal Museum does not use a professional fundraising consultant. All donations
are used directly by the Museum for operating costs. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by
calling toll free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. The Department of Agriculture Division has issued the
Panama Canal Museum Registration number SC-09537. Toll-free number in Florida is 1-800-HELP FLA or (859) 488-2221.


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Sam Stone. an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.
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descendant of the former Confederate families from Americana.
Brazil, wants Sam back and launches an international plan of action
to get what she wants. The story carries the reader on a legal
expedition to the former Panama Canal Zone, modern Panama, the
Cayman Islands, and Switzerland. Against this background, Sam
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