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Title: Canal record
Uniform Title: Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title: Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
Physical Description: v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Panama Canal Society of Florida
Publisher: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication: St. Petersburg, Fla
Publication Date: December (Number 4) 2005 (Volume 39)
Frequency: five issues yearly
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NO. 4


VOL. 39 DECEMBER 2005


















OFFICERS AND
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2004-2006
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
President
(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
Director
(727) 527-2955

Ms. Faith Brundage
Director
(727) 527-6925
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Director
(727) 321-8566
Mrs. Joan Ohman
Director
(813) 672-4823
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Past President
(352) 726-8804
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mrs. Mary Lou Lang
Sergeant-at-Arms
(727) 787-5519
Ms. Margaret McLaughlin
Treasurer
(352) 726-8804
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
Chaplain
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Secretary
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Editor
(386) 441-3229
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804


CONTENTS
P resident's M essage.................................................................................... ............................
Secretary's M essage............................................................................................................ 2
E editor's C orner............... ....................................................................................................... 2
A annual Luncheon Inform ation.................................................................... ..................... 3
March Picnic General Membership Meeting Information.................... ....................4
February M meeting Directions........................... .............................................................4
February General Membership Meeting Information, Olive Garden.........................................5
B ylaw s C om m ittee Letter....................................... ......................................................... 6
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes........................... ....................7
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings..................... ...................9
L legislative R eport........................................................ ................................................... 10
Insurance U pdate.............................................................................. .................................... 12
A ugust G general M meeting Pictures.............................................................. ..................... 13
Your Reporter Says:
Alaska........................14 FL Space Coast..................22 Oklahoma................31
Arkansas.........................15 FL Tallahassee.................24 Panama...........................32
California.....................15 Georgia...........................25 South Carolina...................36
FL Central .........................17 Louisiana......................27 TX D allas.........................37
FL Ocala..........................18 Maryland......................27 TX Kerrville....................38
FL Pensacola...................19 North Carolina.................28 Virginia............................38
FL South Florida..............21 Northwest.......................29

C ongratulations..... ........................................................................... ....................................... 40
W eddings...................... ............................................................................... 43
B irth s.................................................... ............................................................... . ......... 45
Balboa Union Church Calendar Ad......................................................... ....................... 45
W ith D eep Sorrow ...................................................................................... ..................... 46
E m ail A ddresses.................................................................. .......................................... 5 1
L letters to the E ditor.................................. ............... ...................................................52
"Looking B ack".................... ...... ......................................... .........................................68
M museum N ew s............. . ........................................................................................................... 7 1
A nnouncem ents..................................................................... ............... .....................73
A dvertisem ents.......................................................................... ..................................... 76
M em bership Application Form ....................................................... ............................... 79


Cover from the mola collection of Jacque (Crowell) Vowell.




HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

(CLOSED DECEMBER 24. 2005 JANUARY 3, 2006)


DATES TO REMEMBER


January 2006 No PCS General Membership Meeting.

February 4 PCS General Membership Meeting, Olive Garden, 6700 US Hwy
19, Pinellas Park, Fla at 11:30 a.m. Hosted by Faith Brundage.
Call (727) 527-6925 for more information. See page 5.

March 4 PCS Annual Picnic and General Membership Meeting, Anderson
Park, Shelter #9 on Lake Tarpon in Pinellas County, Fla. Hosted by
John Gough. Call (727) 527-2955. See page 4 for information and
directions.

May 6 PCS General Membership Meeting, Troyer's Dutch Heritage
Restaurant, Sarasota, Fla. Hosts are Bob and Cheryl Russell. Call
(813) 633-8916. Information will be in March 2006 Canal Record.






































FELIZ NAVIDAD
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PROSPERO ANO NUEVO

Another year has zoomed by so
rapidly that it is difficult to imagine
the holidays are upon us once again.
S In my President's Message last
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
year, I wrote about growing up in
the Canal Zone and reminisced about the fond memories of
searching for that perfect Christmas tree at the old Annex
building in Balboa. This year, I was able to relive some of
those memories when I went on a short jaunt to Panama to
visit friends, see the sights and dine at some of my very
favorite restaurants. It was rainy season-and I do love the
rain. I remember when I was packing my household goods to
leave Panama 10 years ago, one of the new DoDDS teachers
who had just arrived in Panama to teach at Balboa High
School asked me what I was going to miss about Panama. I
didn't hesitate. I told her I would miss the rains, the corvina,
the Chagres water, and my very loyal housekeeper and
friends remaining on the Isthmus.... needless to say, I still do
miss all those places, people and things and it was wonderful
to get back to my roots. Even though there have been a
tremendous number of changes in recent years, it is still
Panama-- and from a distance, it still looks, smells and feels
the same.
Now we fast forward to the present with the year 2006
right around the comer. Would you believe that our Reunion
is only six months away? We all need to start making our
plans and reservations! The 'Yellow Pages' are printed in
this issue of the Canal Record. If you want to reserve a villa,
suggest you get your reservation in right now, because they


are definitely the first rooms to be requested. We have ample
suites allotted to us in Towers I, II and III. The dates for the
2006 Reunion are July 19 23. Don't procrastinate. Pay your
dues for 2006 and make your reservations for the Reunion as
soon as possible. If you want to be a vendor, you can print a
copy of the Vendor Application from the website or call the
Vendor Chairperson. The same goes for the mini-reunion and
class reunion coordinators. Make your plans early and be
sure you understand the details. The phone numbers and
email addresses for all the Society Committee Chairpersons
are listed in the 'Yellow Pages'.
The guest speaker for the Annual Luncheon on July 22,
2006, will be Rodolfo Sabonge. He is the Director of
Corporate Planning and Marketing for the Panama Canal
Authority/Autoridad Canal de Panama (ACP). The ACP is
the name of the organization that took over the operations of
the Panama Canal in 1999. Mr. Sabonge will provide us an
"insider's" update on the activities of the ACP, the future of
the Panama Canal and how it fits into the new world order.
There is a photo and short biography of Mr. Sabonge on page
3 of this issue of the Canal Record. Lou and Jan Andino are
hosting the luncheon again this year and have selected an
excellent menu of tipico Panamanian entrees prepared by the
hotel Latino Executive Chef. Lou and Jan will also create
some dazzling table decorations that I know will be very
popular door prizes. So, be sure to order your tickets for the
luncheon when you complete the 'Yellow Pages' because
there will not be tickets available at the reunion, unless there
are last minute cancellations. This is a program and event you
will not want to miss.
The theme for this year's Reunion is "Panama
Discovered"! Margaret McLaughlin, the Society Treasurer,
Event Planner and "decorator extraordinaire", has two sepa-


Panama Canal Society, Inc.
SZONE (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
S"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
0 The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, September, and December
A Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for w
March, June, October 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.
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.

(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: office@pancanalsociety.org Web Site: pancanalsociety.org
Hours: 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
editor@pancanalsocietv.org
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765


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rate themes for the Friday and Saturday night dances. Friday
evening will be "School Spirit Night---BHS/CHS" and
Saturday night will be "Discover Panama!" Both dances will
be equally as exciting and I look forward with great anticipa-
tion to the awesome decorations and ambience created by
our talented member.
The music for the Thursday night dance will be The
Castaways (CHS) (yes, they are back again by popular
demand). Tito Mouynes y Conjunto on Friday night; and
Frank Pretto with the Paranda Band on Saturday. So, dust off
your dancing shoes and get ready to rock and roll and "ping-
ding" the night away. We also have the disco dances on
Friday and Saturday with music provided by Society member
David Smith (DJ Blitz). He will rock us into the wee hours
of the morning with assorted tunes from everywhere.
In the interim, I want to give you all a heads-up on our
Society activities between January and July. In February, we
are hosting our Monthly General Membership meeting at the
Olive Garden Restaurant in St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park and
we have an excellent menu from which to choose. In March,
we are planning our Annual West Central Florida Picnic at
Anderson Park on beautiful Lake Tarpon in Pinellas County.
In May, we are returning to the popular Amish restaurant,
Troyer's, in Sarasota for the luncheon meeting so we can get
together with our members to the south. The food is all home
cooked and served "family style". Mark your calendars now
and come join us!
In closing, I want to encourage all of you to join in our
monthly activities and if you're planning to attend the
reunion, get your reservations and payment in early. I also
want to thank you for keeping your membership active from
year to year and for keeping our amazing Society a viable and
everlasting organization that we can be proud of for many
years to come!
Until next time, I wish each of you, your family and loved
ones a blessed Holiday Season and a healthful, prosperous
New Year!

Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, President
Panama Canal Society


SECRETARY'S
MESSAGE


- Happy Holiday to all!!! The year
2005 disappeared in the blink of an eye.
Nancy Van Siclen Where did the time go!
In the September issue of the
Canal Record, we placed several notices that the membership
dues for 2006 were due before December 31, 2005. The way
the post office is delivering envelopes each day, it seems that
these reminders really are helping to get the word out. There
is no reason to wait for the deadline at the end of the year. You
can pay your 2006 dues at any time.
I have also heard a rumor from one of our members in
Panama that ALL Mailing addresses are going to be changing
2


in Panama, effective March 2006. But until then, the old
addresses can still be used. Our members who live in Panama
need to remember to notify the Society office of their new
address as soon as possible. This can be done at any time, or
when they renew their dues for 2006 before December 31,
2005.
Please remember that if you are planning to attend the
2006 Reunion you must pay your 2006 membership dues
BEFORE sending in your Reunion Registration. If for some
reason you forget to pay your dues and send in the Reunion
paperwork, your Registration will be delayed. Don't let this
happen to you!
As a reminder, the Society office will be closed during the
holiday Season from December 24, 2005 and will reopen for
business on January 3, 2006.
Carol Masino and 1 wish each of you a very peaceful and
blessed holiday season.

Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
(727) 391-4359
office @ pancanalsocietv.org


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EDITOR'S
CORNER


I would like to welcome the latest
addition to the Canal Record family,
Jacque Vowell George Garcia (BHS'61). George
will be reporting for South Carolina. I would like to encour-
age all members to support the area reporters. These devoted
members volunteer their precious time to be reporters and
help create a membership magazine for everyone to enjoy. On
a sad note, the Canal Record is sending Bill Muller heartfelt
"retirement" wishes. This issue will be his last article for the
Canal Record. Bill has dedicated many years reporting for
Ocala, Fla. sending us the latest news from the
"Ditchdiggers". Thank you Bill.
Please contact me if you ever need help sending items and
pictures. The best time to contact me is after 6:00 p.m.
All the area reporters join me in wishing you all a joyful
holiday season!


Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
editor@ pancanalsocietv.org
cell: (386) 451-4779


HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
CLOSED
DECEMBER 24, 2005
THROUGH
JANUARY 3, 2006







Panama Canal Authority
Topic for 2006 Annual Luncheon


Guest Speaker for the 2006 Annual Luncheon


Mr. Rodolfo Sabonge
Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing
Panama Canal Authority


Mr. Rodolfo R. Sabonge is the Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing of the Panama Canal
Authority. Prior to this appointment he served as Marketing Manager, responsible for market and eco-
nomic research, competitive intelligence, and customer relations. Mr. Sabonge has worked with the
Canal organization since 1986 holding several key management positions in various divisions of the
agency.

In the private sector, Mr. Sabonge worked in the electronics industry in the United States for four years.
After returning to Panama, he held the position of General Manager of the Panama Railroad. He later
worked as assistant to the president for Panama's largest cement and concrete products manufacturer.
Mr. Sabonge has also been a professor of post-graduate studies at two private universities in Panama.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame, he did post-graduate
studies in Business Administration at the University of Miami in Florida, and in 1996 he obtained a
Master's degree in Maritime Development from the School of Law at the University of Panama. He is
also an alumni of the 1997 International Program for Port Planning and Management sponsored by the
Port of New Orleans together with the National Institute of Ports and Waterways of the George
Washington University, and in 1998 he participated in the National University of Singapore (NUS) -
Stanford University Executive Program.

Mr. Sabonge has participated as speaker in numerous maritime related courses and conferences both
in the United States and abroad.







Panama Canal Society, Inc.

ANNUAL PICNIC










MARCH 4, 2006
Hosted by: John Gough

The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual Picnic
at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Shelter #9 in
A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Anderson Park is located 7/lOths of a mile north of
Klosterman Rd. or 9/10ths of a mile south of Tarpon
Springs/Keystone Rd. on the east side of Highway 19.

Shelter #9 has ample parking space and is close to
restrooms.


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Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish to
share and your own soft drinks. The Park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises. The Society will fur-
nish plastic plates, utensils and cups. A ready-to-cook
BBQ grill will be available for those who would like to
grill burgers or hot dogs.
Bingo, games and great door prizes are on the agenda.
Come and join fellow members for a nice Spring after-
noon in Anderson Park. Picnic begins at 11:30 with lunch
at 12:00 noon. A short business meeting will be held after
lunch.

For more information contact John Gough at:
(727) 527-2955


Panama Canal Society, Inc.
February General
Membership Meeting

February 4, 2006

Olive Garden Restaurant
6700 Highway 19 North
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
727-525-4339

Directions


From Tampa:


1-275 S toward ST. PETERSBURG.
Merge onto GANDY BLVD N / FL-694 W via EXIT 28
toward PINELLAS PARK / SEMINOLE.
Take the US-19 N / SR-55 N ramp.
Turn SLIGHT LEFT to take the US-19 S ramp toward
ST. PETERSBURG.
Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
Turn LEFT onto US-19 S.
End at 6700 Pinellas Park, FL 33781-6242

From Bradenton (South):

1-275 N (Portions toll).
Take the 54TH AVE N WESTBOUND exit- EXIT 26B.
Merge onto 54TH AVE N.
Turn RIGHT onto HAINES RD N / FL-689.
Turn LEFT onto US-19 S.
End at Pinellas Park, FL 33781-6242.











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4 Panama Canal Society, Inc.
February General Membership Meeting

Olive Garden Restaurant
6700 Highway 19 North
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
JJ 727-525-4339 ,

February 4, 2006

Our first general membership meeting for 2006 will be held at the Olive Garden Restaurant in
Pinellas Park, Florida on February 4, 2006 starting at 11:30 a.m.
a Entrees: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Lasagna Classico, Eggplant Parmigiana, Fettuccine Alfredo, a s a
SRavioli Di Portobello. All entrees include: Freshly baked bread sticks, your choice of homemade soup 6v, "
or garden salad; soft drinks, milk, coffee, tea or juice (complimentary refills) and Vanilla ice cream.
The cost is $14.00 per person. Your Hostess for the luncheon is Faith Brundage. For more infor-
mation, call Faith at 727-527-6925. Deadline is January 25, 2006.
2 There will be no refunds after January 25, 2006.
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There will be no refunds after January 25.2006.
Total enclosed $ DEADLINE: JANUARY 25, 2006

IMake checks payable and mail to:
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DATE: October 1, 2005


TO: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society, Inc.

THROUGH: Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, President, Panama Canal Society, Inc.

FROM: Muriel Whitman, Chairperson, Bylaws Committee, Panama Canal Society, Inc.

SUBJECT: Correction of minor errors in the Society Bylaws.

Providing the basic context is not changed, Article XV, Amendments, Section H, 1, permits
correcting minor technical and conflicting errors without having the membership go through
the formal Amendment process. There is duplication in the Bylaws concerning Article V -
Nominations and Election of Officers paragraphs D through F in Section 2 and Section 3.

Eliminating Section 3 paragraphs D, E and F of the duplicate Nomination and Election of
Officers paragraphs, correcting punctuation marks and paragraph lettering in the current
Bylaw outline will correct the Society's Bylaws.

The proposed Correction Authorization to the Society's Bylaws will be published in the Canal
Record for membership consideration. Rejection of the Proposed Authorization requires at
least twenty-five members submitting their objections within thirty days following the Canal
Record, which has the published Correction Authorization. Members who object must mail
their objections, in writing, addressed to the Chairperson, Bylaws Committee. Adoption is
automatic if less than twenty-five objections are received, in writing, prior to the thirty day
deadline.


PROPOSED AUTHORIZATION FOR BYLAWS CORRECTIONS:

Without changing the basic context of the Society's Bylaws, The Executive Board is
authorized to delete the duplicate paragraphs D, E and F in Article V Nominations and
Election of Officers, Section 3.




Respectfully submitted,

Muriel Whitman Mary Lou Lang Robert Johnson
Past President (Committee member) Past President
(Chairperson) (Committee member)







PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SOCIETY HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
JUNE 11, 2005

Absent: one Director, Treasurer and Editor.

Actions taken:
* Approved the minutes of the May 21, 2005 Executive
Board Meeting.
SApproved the expenditures for the period of May 21,
2005 thru June 10, 2005 in the amount of $9,499.58.
SApproved 18 members who joined during the first week
of June.
* Approved equipment purchase for office use.

Discussions:
SBoard Meetings and General Membership Meetings -
2005-2006.
* Pre-Con meeting June 29th at 10:00 a.m. at the Caribe
Royale.
Transportation of Items to/from Reunion: each chairper-
son is responsible to take and return their items.
SHoliday Luncheon will be held at The Wine Cellar and the
menu is the same as last year. The cost of the luncheon will
be increased to $23.00.
*2005-2006 Executive Board Photo.
Treasurer Report the May Financial Statement was high-
lighted.

Reports given:
Mini Reunions
Office Computer System upgrade operating software
and Microsoft Office software for the Society office.
* Rob Thrift
Nominating Committee
SAugust 6, 2005 Kally K's Luncheon
SFebruary 4, 2006 Olive Garden Restaurant
March 4, 2006 Picnic Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs
May 6, 2006 Luncheon Troyer's Restaurant in Sarasota
Canal Record June issue is at the mailer and the dead-
line for submitting articles for the September Canal Record is
July 8th.
* Bylaws Bylaw change was passed, the bylaw and the
vote count will be read at the Annual Business Meeting.
SLegislative Report: proposed changes in Social Security
and COLA are up to 2.8% increase.

Reunion Update Reports:
Hotel -83-84% of attrition concerning room block.
SFiscal Overview: Randy Drake, resident CPA, will give
the Treasurer's report at the Annual Meeting and will answer
any questions the membership might have on society finan-
cials.
SOY Thomas class reunion photos will be taken in the
Caribbean II after 6:00 p.m. each evening on Thursday,
Friday and Saturday night.
*Battle of the Bands
Flyers, Placemats and Extra Breakfast Tickets Breakfast
will be available in Tower II and the Convention Center.


* Tito Mouynes cancelled COPA flights
*2006 Security Contract
*Volunteer Letter and Pins
SNextel Radios
Lottery Ticket three chairs needed
Society Items for Sale
Vendors 96 vendor tables (44 vendors) and a table for
the ELKS and the Panama Consulate.
*Computer Printer for the reunion exchanged
Lodging Update confirmations have been mailed by the
hotel.
SRefunds
Ticket Sales seeking more volunteers.



PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SOCIETY HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
AUGUST 20, 2005

Absent: one Director and Bylaws Chairperson

Actions taken:
* Approved minutes of the June 11, 2005 Executive Board
Meeting.
SApproved the expenditures for the period of June 12,
2005 thru August 18, 2005 in the amount of $78,888.01.
SApproved 62 new members for the months of June and
July.
Approved refund requests after the cutoff date.
Approved donation to the Lake Magdalene United
Methodist Church in memory of past board member, Paul
Rozmeski.
* Approved new reporters for Virginia, Karen Brandl and
for Northeast Florida, Lisa Barrett.
* Approved the Service Award Certificate and $200.00 for
Society secretary on completion of five years of service.
SApproved David Smith as the DJ for 2006, at a cost of
$1,000.00 for the two nights.
Approved purchase of a tablecloth with Society logo.
Approved Golf Tournament Trophy 2006 in memory of
Jane Huldtquist.
SApproved decoration proposal for 2006 Reunion dances.
Approved purchase of Holiday Luncheon decorations.
Approved recurring expenses for the coming year.
Approved AXSA maintenance invoice for payment.
Approved purchase of shelving at a cost of $100.00
Approved the disposal of obsolete office equipment.

Discussions:
* Calendars/Day Planners scheduled dates of board meet-
ings and membership meetings for 2006.
Updated Board Member Contact Sheet
2006 Reunion Assignments
Plaque donated to the Panama Canal Society by David
Jones, grandson of Society Past President, Russell Jones.
Change in October Board Meeting
Letter from Doris Steele
Team in Focus a fundraising proposal denied.







*Space Coast Picnic October 22, 2005
*2006 Annual Luncheon Guest Speaker Mr. Rodolfo
Sabonge, Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing of the
Panama Canal Authority has agreed to be the guest speaker at
the Annual Luncheon.
*Complimentary gift for membership for 2006 reunion.
* Volunteer Recognition for Reunion 2006
Items to Sell
*Holiday Luncheon the Wine Cellar on December 3,
2005. Skeeter and Shirley Camby will host the luncheon.
Margaret McLaughlin will create the decorations.
SDecorations 2006 Dances proposed theme for the dances
at the 2006 reunion is "Panama Discovered". The theme for
Friday night is based on the two conquerors Vasco Nunez de
Balboa and Cristobal Colon. The Saturday night dance theme
will be "School Spirit" night.
* Membership dues yearly billing, multiple years pay-
ment.

Reports given:
* Reunion Report Income/Cost Analysis almost complet-
ed.
SGolf Tournament
Mini-Reunions
*Caribe Royale Hotel Invoice final cost of the hotel bill
to the Society was $33,747.14.
*Yellow Pages for 2006 Board review
Nominating Committee Margot Jordan and Roberta
Evans, from the membership, volunteered to serve on the
Nominating Committee. With these additions the Nominating
Committee is complete. From the board Steve Nehring and
Faith Brundage will serve along with the two members from
the membership.
* Friday and Saturday Dance concerns
Security Invoice
Friday and Saturday Night Dances Ticket Sales
* Registration suggestions stock for the name badges and
alphabetical list of attendees
Breakfast Tickets
*Liability insurance and bonding for board members and
office volunteers.
STreasurer highlighted July Profit and Loss Statement
* Holiday Luncheon December 3, 2005 the Wine Cellar.
Society Picnic on March 4, 2006 is confirmed.
September Canal Record change the September issue
back to October since the reunion is in the middle of July in
2006.
Reporter meeting
* Band for Reunion member asked about playing at one of
the dances for the 2007 reunion. A proposal needs to be in
writing and sent in to the office.
SArea Membership Listing even numbered years, it is an
alpha listing and in odd numbered years, it is by state.
SBingo at Reunion Saturday during the reunion the Bingo
should start at 3:00 p.m. instead of 2:00 p.m.
* Legislative Report cost of living increase is now at
3.2%.
* August 6th General Membership Meeting 52 members
attend the luncheon at Kally K's.


PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SOCIETY HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
SEPTEMBER 17, 2005

Absent: Treasurer and Chaplain.

Actions taken:
* Approved minutes of the August 20, 2005 Executive
Board Meeting.
Approved expenditures for the period of August 19, 2005
thru September 16, 2005 in the amount of $11,854.54.
Approved 7 members for the month of September.
*Approved donation to the American Cancer Society in
memory of Carolyn Johnson.
*Approved purchase of Panama items for door prizes.
Approved to give a complete schedule of all events taking
place at the reunion to each member as they register.
Approved George Garcia as a reporter for South Carolina.
Approved new deadline dates for the Canal Record for
2006.
SApproved new advertising rates to be published in the
December Canal Record effective January 1, 2006.

Discussions:
October 22nd Picnic in Titusville
Pledge of Allegiance
Lapel Pin Re-design
* Alan Ford to be featured in October by the Canal Zone
Study Group.
Hurricane Katrina
SSchedule of Events
Membership Dues

Reports:
* Reunion Giveaways
PCS Logo items
STable Cover
SCastaways Proposal
SInsurance/Bonding for Society
*Christmas Holiday Closing the Society Office will be
closed from December 24, 2005 and reopen on January 3,
2006.
*August 2005 Profit and Loss Comparison
SDecember Canal Record 'Yellow Pages' changes and
additions.
*Owl Show
Friday Night Dance
*February Luncheon the Olive Garden, Pinellas County.
* Christmas Luncheon the Wine Cellar December 3, 2005.
Honorary Membership
SMembership Invoices/Notices The cost to the Society
would be approximately $2,000 to send out invoices based on
4,000 members instead of approximately $450.00 for mailing
approximately 1,800 post cards.
September Canal Record
SRoberts Printing
*Directory Reimbursement
Review of Bylaws
Legislative report






Pages
Missing
or
Unavailable







AUGUST GENERAL MEETING


Jim O'Donnell, Kathy Egolf and Mary Egolf


Laverne Larranee, vary Lyncn, netiy nnow, netty
Bev Williams, Margot and Hubert Jordan.


Jeanne and Bill Wheeler, Rupert Turner,
and Cheryl Russell.


Lori King, Lois Jones, Norman and Cele Demers


k rU l1 l II I ,ld nl)erlI J.lllll )mln, iIU1fIt I I I Illllnl I, r;llIII
Brundage, Shirley and Skeeter Camby and Linda
Marshall.


Georgia Cosman and Jeanne


Wheeler.


Vera Ryan, Darleen Hunt, Linda Weir, Jim Hall, Charles Roberta Evans, Bill and Margaret
and Florida Rheberg and Elsie Woodruff. Hanna and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis.









YOUR REPORTER SAYS


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
Northeast Lisa Barrett
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


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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 George Garcia
TN Lester Oliver
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
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Deadline for the March 2006 Canal Record is January 6, 2006.


ALASKA


The Alaska summer has come and
Gone and I did not have an opportunity
to leave the state during the summer.
While I am still planning a trip to
Clay Wharry
Panama in January or February, others
have already beat me to it.
The Forbis family (Mark, Dawn (Wharry), Stephen
and Nicholas) enjoyed ten days in Panama visiting Richard
and Bonnie Wharry. They went in the early summer after the
kids had finished school. They spent several days at the beach
at the Decameron, which has nice outdoor facilities, but they
did have to drink a million tiny pina coladas to make the
rooms easier to be in. A trip to El Valle was in order and it
seems it never changes. Nicholas loved eating ginnups, a new
treat for him.


many Peacock Bass, but felt they were not as big as they used
to be. They were, however, plentiful practically jumping in
the boat. Mark and Stephen, and Dick Wharry also went
deep-sea fishing with Lou Cooper in his panga, and caught
several Dolphin.
Amador Causeway looks nothing like it used to look, with
nice walkways and bike paths along the side. Also many new
restaurants and more being built all the time. This area looks
like it will be quite nice when it is done. They went to the
Elks Club and enjoyed dinner and seeing old friends.


Amador Causeway


One of the Forbis boys at Decameron


They also spent several days at the Gamboa Rainforest
Resort with a beautiful pool area, and of course it is very
quiet in Gamboa. They went fishing in the lake and caught


This has been the first trip back in about five years and
much has changed.
The Alaska Panama Canal Society members are trying to
organize a get-together before Christmas so hopefully next
issue we can publish a group meeting photo and information.
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
email: claywharry@yahoo.com

REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR 2006 DUES.







ARKANSAS


Our daughter and husband,
Cheryl and Mark Lowery, were
here in Arkansas from Germany
for the summer. We loved having
them but sure hated to see them
Betty Dunning leave. They never stay as long as
we would like.
How pleasantly surprised we were to hear that Joyce
Engelke May and Cathy Glass Mika live in Rogers. Joyce
and Cathy were classmates of Bill, class of BHS 1950. We
had them over for dinner (Johnny Mazetti) and had a pleasant
time reminiscing about old times.
This news came from Joe and Gretta Vowell who report
that they went to the reunion in July and met up with old
friends, most notably Russell Favorite and John and Doris
Ruble. Amy and Ali Vowell took a trip to Panama. Both
loved it there and felt that there were some changes that were
positive. They lamented the increase in traffic in the once
called Canal Zone.
Some of you might know that Bill's sister Vicki Dunning
Howe has relocated to North Carolina (as reported by Pat
Hunt in the September Canal Record). She also has opened
a new business there.

Betty Flenniken Dunning, Reporter
(479) 633-0612
email: bdunning@att.net





CALIFORNIA


Out here in Kahleefornia the days
are getting shorter and the nights are
getting colder. There's a big push on to
get the grapes harvested before any
Helen Aanstoos-Hay rain arrives. "The crush" is always a
frenzied time of year here in wine
country. And, speaking of wine biz, Lori Knapp (BHS'86)
quit her job as the winemaker at St. Francis Winery to strike
out on her own. She's currently doing consulting and hopes to
start up her own winery. Maybe it'll be the Red, White and
Blue Paradise Winery, or the Balboa Clubhouse Winery. I'm
sure we all could give her plenty of name suggestions!
Kathy Saville Mclnturff (BHS'74) got a job in Florida
so moved from California. She was so happy to be living
close to her darling granddaughter. Then after passing lots of
security clearance, she moved again this time to
Washington, D.C. for a better job. Her husband Bob will be
joining up with her there. He's a talented musician and he and
his band played in the Danville Art and Wine Festival in June.
Jimmy DeLaPena (BHS'66) had a nice trip up to
McMinnville, Ore. in May. He visited his daughter Dana and
granddaughter Maddy. Jimmy, who works for the Post Office


in San Diego, spends his off time hiking. He recently hiked
Yosemite and Black Butte (near Weed).


Yosemite National Park: Jimmy DeLaPena (on right) and
friends Shane, Tasha, and Andrea.


Jimmy DeLaPena, daughter Dana and granddaughter
Maddy in Oregon.


Jimmy DeLaPena on "Potato Chip Rock"







Myrna Erickson put on a four-day reunion in the
Sacramento area from September 8th through the 11th for
BHS classmates of the early '50s. I made every effort to get
off work and get over there, but was not able to cover my
shifts. Darn nursing shortage! They toured Old Town
Sacramento, the Military Museum, Discovery Museum
(depicting 1849 Gold Rush) and a Napa Valley Wine Tour,
just to mention a few of the highlights. Approximately 50+
classmates and spouses attended.
In the course of planning the annual Los Gatos Northern
California Panama picnic I've heard from many of us.
Perhaps the most troubling are the announcements that I got
back stamped "Return to Sender". I know we're an endan-
gered species and that change is inevitable, but it's still sad.
On the flip side, the phone rang nonstop with friendly
Californian ex-Zonies who are doing well.
Dirk and Donna Jane VanLoon were unable to attend
because they were heading back to their soon-to-be retire-
ment home in Mississippi that was spared by Hurricane
Katrina. Neal Benson was recovering with a nice new hip.
Alex Bloise missed out because he was on a plane enroute to
Panama. My sister Jan Aanstoos is undergoing chemo and
radiation for colon cancer and we anticipate a positive out-
come. "Miz" Lively (BHS'43) is on the mend with a knee
replacement. Ginger and Fred DeGregory just got back
from three weeks touring the wine country of Italy. Ginger
said she had just attended her first Orlando reunion and loved
it. Her grandfather Harold Stevenson was a tugboat captain
and her parents were Major George and Virginia Glines, sta-
tioned in the Zone on military duty.
Since fifteen of us up here in Sonoma County were plan-
ning on going to the picnic, we decided to carpool together. I
called up Enterprise Car Rental and inquired about the avail-
ability of a chiva. The dummy on the phone not only didn't
know what a chiva was but didn't have any to rent out either.
Raz mon. So we settled for a big long stretch van.


tie pine-scented cardboard trees you hang on your rearview
mirror. When we got to the picnic we found two tables full of
Panamanian food. There were three different kinds of
ceviche. Boode Swain (CHS'69) used sole for his and it was
deelish! Three different platters of empanadas disappeared
readily. Marge Cohen Brigadier made her ceviche with
scallops and shrimp. I used ling cod. There were about 47 of
us in attendance.


Keith Olsen and Lilia Freed bailando. John Freed in back
ground.


Roger Kelley (BHS'51) and Donna Gifford (BHS'74)


Sonoma County folks in Chevy Chiva. Front: John and Lilia
Freed. Next seat: Frank and Marcy Borsellino (CHS'64)
and Beni Landof (from Veraguas). Out of view in back: Jim
and Jane Cochrane (CHS'37) and Lorraine Juvet, Lance
Hughes and John Miller.

Isaac Hay was the taxi driver and we all piled in to the
tunes of Celia Cruz. Lilia Freed's and Beni Landaf's
empanadas filled the air in the van better than one of those lit-
16


Tom Slice, Keith Olsen, Isaac Hay and Roger Kat frying
yucca and patacones.























Part of the CHS Contingency: Bob Beall, Sarah Pritham,
Boode Swain, Ralph Morales.

Marge had recently visited Panama and brought back a
mother lode of cool Panamanian treasures for our loteria
prizes. Connie Zemer Bumgarner and Duncan Ballenger
officiated the drawings and Tom Slice was giving hilarious
commentary on the side. He could easily be the next Billy
Crystal or Robin Williams hosting the Oscars.
A tall, dark handsome fellow came walking by and heard
the Panama tipico music, with the pumping accordion. He
saw the Panamanian flags and came over and introduced him-
self. He's Tomfs Martinez from Panama and happy to meet
us all and wants to come next year. He said he wondered who
"all those white guys were playing music from my home-
land!" It amazes me that there is now a whole generation of
Panamanians who know a Panama with no "Canal Zone"
presence.
Well, that's all I can think of for now! Take care.

Helen Aanstoos-Hay, Reporter
(707) 887-1015
email: Haanstoos66@comcast.net





FLORIDA



Central Florida

There was excitement at our home
for ten days when two of our grandchil-
dren from New Jersey came to visit in
August. We enjoyed every minute tak- Dawn Gressang
ing them to various places and events.
The house was so quiet when they left and we were tired out,
but the girls were a joy and loved Florida. We hope they can
visit again next summer.
Pamela Crowell (BHS'71) celebrated her birthday at
Bennigan's with Dawn and Dan Gressang, Bonnie
(BHS'64) and Mike Morrison with grandson Zach, Jacque
Vowell (BHS'70), Janet Stuart (BHS'68), Dawn and Dan's


two granddaughters Alyssa and Felicia and Dawn's son Scott
Parker and his wife Catrina. Scott and Catrina's son Kyle
and his friend Brian who were visiting from New Jersey also
attended the party.
I also had the chance to celebrate my birthday not once
but twice in July. Dan and I were joined by my sisters Jacque,
Pam, and our "adopted" sister, Janet Stuart, at the Olive
Garden for a fabulous dinner. On another night closer to my
birthday, a group of us traveled to Flagler Beach for dinner by
the Halifax River. I was entertained by an Elvis tribute artist
who serenaded me with "Happy Birthday" and gave me a
rose that lit up! I was so impressed!
Bonnie Morrison reports she recently traveled with her
friend Nancy on a "girls only" trip to Las Vegas. I hear they
hit every casino on the strip and managed to come home with
some money in their pockets. They traveled as VIPs, com-
plete with a limo ride to and from the airport. When she
returned home she spent time with her grandchildren.


Du IIIIan IviIUim a lda
Zach and Savannah.


Janet Stuart traveled to Ft. Payne, Ala. in August for her
granddaughter Haleigh's fifth birthday party. She was joined
by her son David Willingham (Raleigh's dad) and daughter
Lindsay Willingham. It was great to all be together. She also
got to spend time with her best friend Janine who is in the
National Guard and just returned from Iraq after a year. Janet
also traveled to Mike (BHS'67) and Marge Corrigan's love-
ly home in Chattanooga, Tenn. where the highlight was
attending the TGIF's Bartenders contest. In September Janet
visited Joe (BHS'67) and Sue (Waters) (BHS'69) Eytalis in
their new home located at The Villages near Ocala, Fla. Sue's
brother Mike Waters was visiting as well. The four went for
a midnight golf cart ride and tried not to wake up the entire
neighborhood. Later that weekend they met with Jimmy Van
Loon (BHS'67) and Rick Walsh for lunch at Crystal River
and toured their new home in Dunnellon, Fla. They had a
great time filled with lots of laughter and reminiscing.

PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OFFICE
WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
FROM DECEMBER 24, 2005
AND WILL REOPEN
ON JANUARY 3, 2006.























David Willingham, Janet Stuart and i.iIdjjdughel r
Haleigh.


Mike and Marge Corrigan with Janet Stuart


Jacque Vowell had a quick visit from her daughter Casey
who lives in North Carolina the end of August. Casey flew
down to Florida for a weekend and drove back to North
Carolina taking her brother Kye with her as her navigator.
Jacque still hasn't heard all the tales from that "road trip", but
at least she wasn't called for bail money. She also has been
spending time with Rudy Crespo (BHS'70) and raves about
his cooking.
I received an e-mail from Marilyn Stevens who lives in
Washington State. She just got back from a wonderful trip to
London, and saw Eleanor Van Zandt (BHS'55) who lives
there. Marilyn said she hopes to travel to Africa next year.
Well, that's all for this time. Please let me know of your
comings and goings, so I can include them in my next article.

Dawn Gressang, Reporter
(386) 441-6595
email: dawnthedancer @ aol.com




Ocala

The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers met at the Florida Buffet
restaurant for their semi-annual luncheon
meeting on October 4th. Bill and Jean Bill Muller
Muller hosted the group of 39 in attendance


and announced the need for others to take over. The Mullers
will continue to meet with the new group in the future. Tom
Wilder offered to host the next meeting in April 2006 with
the time and place to be announced later. Anne "Rusty" Lo
Franco and Irene McCracken were also planning for the
future of the Zonians.
Katherine Egolf reported on the activities of the Panama
Canal Museum. They are interested in biographies of some of
the older families involved in the building of the canal and the
Canal Zone. She and her mother Mary Egolf stopped by on
their way north to Vermont. They plan to do a lot of sightsee-
ing of the fascinating autumn foliage in bloom this time of
year.
John Balshun was busy planning a December trip to
Panama to visit friends and family. Newcomers Elaine and
Charles Rheberg were introduced to the group. They drove
over from New Port Richey.
Dave and Barbara Aycock continued their travels as they
cruised to Alaska from Seattle and then spent time with their
daughter Kathleen. She had booked a stay on Orcas Island in
Puget Sound where they did a "whale of a lot" of whale
watching. Barbara said the trip "was spectacular" and added
that "there are resident Orcas (killer whales) in the area and
one was feeding as they approached." The Orcas outdid the
Humpbacks that they had seen in Alaska. The Aycocks also
visited a granddaughter on Bainbridge Island. Great-grand-
son Zack turned six while they were there. His sister Zoe is
three. They are very active campers and like to kayak.
Captain Albert and Mrs. Aura Wilder brought their
daughter Penny and her husband Vincent Canamas for a
visit. Some others present were: Juanita McConaughey and
her sister Ruth Conlan; John Muller from DeLand; Elaine
Austen (OTOW); and Joan and Rolf Arndt; Betty
Blanchette and Jerry and Marcy Fox from Dunnellon;
Virginia Pearl and Linda Dahlstrom; Jim and Ethel Wich;
Ted Norris; Leo and Grace Shadeck; Dianne and Jerry
Cox; Leo Krziza and Ruth and Woody Foster.
......- il-


Anne "Rusty" Lo Franco and Joan (Powell) Arndt

Larry and Edna Didier are the distinguished authors of
the children's story, How Christmas Came to the Ghetto. In
2001, it was published and accepted by Barnes & Noble and
put on their website. After winning several awards, including
a National Award (Second place--Silver--out of 2,000
entries), it was critiqued and approved by Oprah Winfrey.







The Didiers are now realizing their biggest success. A
playwright and two composers have asked permission to
recreate the story into a children's musical opera. They were
to meet in October and be presented a rough draft, including
some of the music, for their approval. It is scheduled to be
presented to the public at the Crosstown Repertory Theater in
Gainesville during December 2006. It will then be presented
to the Meriwhether promotion and clearing house and, if
accepted, they will take over promoting the production
throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas. Last line in the
book asks, "Do you believe in magic?" The Didiers emphat-
ically answer, "We do!" They hope, with magic, that all their
dreams may come true. The OZ/PCDDs applaud them on
their efforts and wish them every success!
Bill and Jean Muller recently visited their daughter
Beverly in Bremerton, Wash. Her husband Joe Brunson had
just undergone by-pass surgery and has been going through
the mending process.
This will be our last column reporting on the activities of
the OZ/PCDD group and their luncheon meetings, etc.
Others, we hope, will continue with reports of this active
group. But, there comes a time to pass the baton to younger
and fresher minds to continue the memories of our times as
Zonians.


44l


Bill and Jean Muller, OZ/PCDD


We moved to Ocala in May 1990 from Irving, Texas as we
reached retirement age and chose Florida so we could be
closer to my brother, John, in DeLand and become a part of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. It was a blessing for us
to learn of the existence of the Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers and Harry Pearl and Wesley "Red"
Townsend. Our first reported luncheon meeting by Mr. Pearl
was in October 1991 at the Holiday House in Ocala although
George Booth invited us to the October 1990 get-together.
As we got more involved, I started writing "Letters to the
Editor" to report on our activities. I asked Pat Beall about
writing an Ocala column and he told me they had enough
reporters. Imagine my surprise when I opened the February
1997 issue of the Canal Record and found my "letter" pub-
lished as "Your Reporter Says...Ocala, Fla." Well, I've been
doing it ever since--maybe forty columns or so.
I have helped write up "Weddings", "Congratulations",


"With Deep Sorrow" and Leo Krziza's exploits. It has been
fun, at times, but it does require a lot of effort on the part of
the Reporters and they are willing to do whatever it takes to
make your Canal Record the publication it is. Write a "Thank
you!" letter to the Editor Jacque Vowell and tell her your
thoughts and comments. Jean and I have hosted over a dozen
meetings and did receive "thanks" for our efforts.
We hope several people will work together to continue the
arrangements so we can just be a part of the group and enjoy.
This is a great group and has a great reputation for supporting
the society! Being a reporter and providing some "chit-chat"
on the doings and whereabouts of our group has been a pleas-
ure more so than a duty and we thank those of you who read
and commented on our "scribblings" and applauded our
efforts.
May we sign off with a wish for all to enjoy a MERRY
CHRISTMAS and a most PROSPEROUS AND HAPPY
NEW YEAR! With an especially big THANKS! to Jacque,
Nancy and Carol for all their help -- and to my faithful con-
tributors of information and photos for my column, Barbara,
Dianne and Edna, etc.


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





Pensacola

Not much happening here on the
Gulf Coast except for "hurricanes"!
Everywhere you go, it's the main topic
of conversation. Since Hurricane Ivan
last September, we've had Dennis, Barbara Vose-Kulig
Katrina and Rita. Dennis was damaging
and destroyed our beaches again; Katrina had lots of wind
and tree damage: Rita just lots of wind, rain and tornadoes.
We lost six days of power from Dennis, two days from
Katrina, nothing from Rita. As I write this, there's more trop-
ical depressions out there--hopefully, we won't get hit again
this year. We're more prepared now because we purchased a
generator, chain saw and window a/c right after Dennis.
We're slowly repairing our property--it's going to take lots of
time, patience and much prayers. Lots of evacuees from
Katrina are here in Pensacola from Louisiana and Mississippi
and they will probably be here for quite some time. The chil-
dren have started school and the parents are working while
staying in shelters, hotels, friends or family.
In spite of missing the Society Reunion this year (first
miss since 1982), Barb and Louie Dedeaux had a busy and
fun-filled summer--Neal Compton's visit and two road
bike/ATV trips in July/August and September.
In June, Neal Compton (CHS'65) came to Pensacola from
Idaho to spend time with his daughter Cassie and his in-laws
(his wife Sue's parents, the Gabriels). Cassie bought her first
home and dad was called to help with remodeling, which he







came to do in a flash. While Neal was here, his older daugh-
ter Shane (Compton) Pierard along with her daughter Lily,
and niece Amaya Compton, arrived from Idaho for a mini-
reunion. Neal went to his first ever Society Reunion and 40th
class reunion and had the time of his life to put it mildly, and
is quite anxious to go again next year. After the reunion, he
stopped here in Pensacola again to enjoy a week's visit with
Lou and Barb Dedeaux--then headed back to Idaho. Barb said
he really enjoyed himself in Pensacola.


Phil and Betty Gabriel, Shane (Compton) Pierard holding
daughter Lily, Cassie Compton with Amaya Compton, and
Neal Compton.

In July/August timeframe, Lou and Barb took an off-road
bike/ATV trip to Ocala along with a group of about 35 other
Zonians. Everyone stayed in Ocala but had their biking fun in
Silver Springs.


Back (L-R): Victoria, Lisa, Ed Stroop. Front (L-R): Nicole,
Parker, Taylor Stroop, Ocala Bike Trip.

In August, Keith went to Orlando for special training
classes and he took me along just in case "he got lonely". We
spent a week there and while he was in class, I got the oppor-
tunity to spend a few days with my friend Rosa Fishbough
from Oviedo--we went shopping, shopping and more shop-
ping--had a great time! We got back to Pensacola on
Saturday, August 27th and were welcomed by Hurricane
Katrina on Monday, August 29th.
In September (Labor Day weekend), Barb and Lou went
on another bike/ATV trip to the mountains of Georgia and
stayed at the High Valley Resort in Suches. Barb said they
really enjoy these trips and intend to enjoy them for as long
as they can.


D LaPorla, Carter Blouni, toni Finneman, Tim Stone, -
Coach Lou Dedeaux, Dave Moochler, Tom Gabriel, Ocala, Back (L-R): Alan Dowell, Dave Hannigan, J Dedeaux, D
Fla. and Terry LaPorta, Danielle Dowell, Kathy (Danielsen)
and Winship Dowell, Lou Dedeaux. Seated in Front:
S'"-1 I Richard Danielsen, Georgia Bike Trip.


Tom Finneman, Chris Wilder, Dave Hannigan, Phil
Gabriel, Tom Wilder, Silver Springs Bike Riding.
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All five of our grandchildren celebrated birthdays from
July-September. Jonathan (6) and Shane (17) in July
(Pensacola); Bobby (4) and Isabella (1) in August
(Pensacola) and Crystal (1) in September (Houston). It has
certainly been quite an expensive summer, but well worth it!
Crystal and Isabella are both walking and talking; Jonathan is
in kindergarten; Bobby is in pre-school and Shane is a Senior
at Washington High School, still an honor student and hold-
ing down a part-time job. Grandchildren keep us young and







very busy. If you have any news for my next article, please call or
In one of my past articles, I mentioned the LaPorta fam- send to me no matter how small. Hasta luego!
ily moving to Pensacola. While they were waiting for their
new home to be ready, they rented a condo on Pensacola Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
Beach and threw a tipico Zonian "Welcome to Pensacola" (850) 474-6341
party for themselves and invited many of their Gulf Coast and email: czbarbv@cox.net
Florida friends and relatives.


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Keith has been working at NAS Pensacola for almost four
months now and seems to be enjoying the work. I met some
of his co-workers while in Orlando and really enjoyed their
company lots of young folks. Linda (Shumate) Doege also
works at the base and has for many years.
Hoping to hear from lots of Zonians regarding attending
Jim Brooks' concert in December. This article should be out
the beginning of December and if anyone still wants to come,
but haven't called me yet, don't hesitate to call--hopefully, we
can still get reservations at a hotel and the concert. Possibly
everyone can stay at the same hotel (quite a few nice ones are
being built nearby as I write this) please let me know. Ann, Ma


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Don't forget, the Eighth Annual Panamaniac Picnic is at
TY Park on December 3rd. Give me a call and I'll fill you in
on the details.

Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
(954) 894-1247
email: curundu @ bellsouth.net





Space Coast

The summer has been good to us here on the Space
Coast...no hurricanes and many visitors...very good for our
economy which needed a boost after last year's hurricanes.
We can certainly sympathize and empathize with all of the
Gulf Coast residents who have been through such heartache
and loss.
Locally, our Zonian gang has been very busy with travel,
visitors, babies, weddings, and get-togethers...and I think the
Grimison family takes the prize for the busiest of all!
In June, four of the Grimison siblings traveled to Panama
with their families. Highlights of the trip included visiting
sites around the old Canal Zone the new visitors center and
Miraflores Locks, a boat ride on Gatun Lake with an
encounter with Cariblanco monkeys, trips to Gorgona,
Decameron Resort, El Valle (including Chorro El Macho
waterfall and the El Nispero zoo and gardens). Of course,
there were also visits with many friends still living in
Panama--and frequent trips to the Napoli restaurant. While at
Decameron, the group ran into several other Zonians who
were also visiting Panama: Randy and Joella Deakins and
their family, and Craig and Ann Fishbough with their baby
son Alex.


Grimisons and Deakins at the Decameron Resort

On the second day of the trip, Tommy (son of Richard
and Diana) was introduced to a large rock on the beach by a
wave and required a visit to the San Carlos Medical Clinic


where the highly professional staff, including the Cuban-
trained doctor, sewed up his head with eight stitches. Total
cost of the hospital visit, including x-rays and medicines, was
$27.50. Also at Gorgona, the group was interested to see the
new high-rise condo built on the Arias property which was
formerly known as "Jesseaside:", the beach house of Thomas
I. and Jesse Grimison, great-grandparents of the Grimison
siblings. When the old house was torn down, neighbor
Charlie Morris managed to get hold of the cornerstone
which has the inscription "Jesseaside, 1936". Other high-
lights of the trip included a party for Megan Grimison's third
birthday at the beautiful Vera Cruz beach home of Mel and
Ted Henter with many close friends, and celebrating the 25-
year reunion of the BHS class of 1980 with a party featuring
a live performance by Alex "Slim" Reyes (of Shorty and
Slim fame) playing all the favorites accompanied by Roland
Folse on the bass.


Descendants of Thomas and Jesse Grimison on the beach at
Gorgona. Back (L-R): Brandon Grimison, Dylan Pletcher,
Carly Grimison, Chelsea Grimison. Front (L-R): Tommy
Grimison (with bandaged head), Ryan Pletcher, Samantha
Grimison, Rachel Pletcher, Megan Grimison.

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Neatec on couch (L-K): KeDecca, Melinda Nlemeyer,
Richard, Elizabeth, Christine Volonnino, and Patrick. On
Floor: Matthew and Eric.

Later on in the summer, the family continued to celebrate.
All eight Grimison children were together for the July family
birthday celebration held in the new home of Rebecca







(Grimison) and Geoff Pletcher, Cocoa Beach, Fla. The cel-
ebration included welcoming Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy
and daughters Colleen and Shannon, who were visiting from
Germany.
Randy and Joella Deakins were back home for a short
time, and are now traveling all over the United States and
Canada. While in Madison, Wis., they attended the wedding
of Yoli (Velez) Woodman's (BHS'62) daughter. Janice Scott
also attended. In Garrison, S.D., they visited Judy (Buehler)
(BHS'62) and Sid Williamson.



Back (L-R): Bill and Patty Benny, Donita McConaughey,
Kathie and Bob McConaughey. Front (L-R): Ron, Nikki,
and Fran Meyer.

Frances Morrissey and Tristan Roundy held a baby
shower on August 6th for daughter, and sister, Keri DeCaro.
Many Canal Zone friends attended the event and a great time
was had by all. On September 10, 2005 Jake Morrissey
DeCaro arrived at 10:04 a.m., weighing in at 8 lbs. 14 oz., 21
inches long. He joins his sister Jillian Marie and parents Keri
and George DeCaro. He is the second grandson of Bob and
Frances who now have four grandchildren. Uncle Sean
Morrissey is due to get off the USNS Samuel Cobb in
Mobile, Ala. on September 30. He is looking forward to see-
ing his new nephew Jake. He is also a new home owner and
looking forward to making some renovations and moving
into his own home.
The Watkins younger generation is continuing to travel
Judy Buehler, Charlie Cross and Joella Deakins in Canada
and having a great time. In September, ten people headed to
the all-inclusive Royal Solaris Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Of
course, the five days proved to be way too short.





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Woodman wedding

A group of us set sail on a Caribbean cruise to celebrate Ken McClenahan, Richard Lemon, Natalie (Watkins)
Nikki Meyer's birthday on August 20 (her actual birthday). McClenahan (BHS'93), Wayne Watkins (BHS'95), Liz and
We had a great time...ate too much and came home tired. One David Anders, Trey Arias (BHS'92), Leanne Watkins
of the highlights of the trip was my husband Bob (BHS'91), Dawn (Bilgray) Watkins (BHS'92), Brandy
McConaughey winning a free cruise. We are already plan- (Pollard) Arias (BHS'90).
ning when and where to go next time.


Support your Area Reporters and send them news items and pictures.
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After the trip, the family gathered to take Louise Hunt to
dinner before her trip to New Jersey. It was an opportunity for
a four-generations photo.


Janet (Hunt) Watkins, Natalie (Watkins) McClenahan
with daughter Kendall McClenahan, and Louise Rathgeber
Hunt.

Patty and Bill Benny had visits by their daughter Tricia
and her fianc6 John along with grandchildren Laura and
Jonathan from Louisiana, and granddaughter Shelby Benny
from Dothan, Ala. We had a nice dinner with John and
Jeanne Fitzgerald while they were visiting here right after
the reunion. We also enjoyed a short visit by my sister Bebe
(Nehring) Denike, Bonnie (Nehring) Tudor, and brother
and sister-in-law, Tim and Lily Nehring. Soon after that two
granddaughters, Summer and Savannah Peyton, came for a
week from North Carolina; and then three grandchildren,
Zach, Noah, and Jennifer Parkhurst, from Atlanta. While
the last three were here we spent a week at the Ron Jon Resort
in Cape Canaveral. It is a beautiful resort with tons of activi-
ties for kids. If you ever get an opportunity to stay there, we
highly recommend it...and the food in their restaurant is deli-
cious.
Keep sending me your news. Next deadline is the first
week in January 2006.

Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281
email: CZMAC321@aol.com


Tallahassee


Gee, it's that time again to share
with you any and all information of
what's going on in our great city of
Tallahassee. Skip Rowley
Every year during the third week
in August, Bev and I head out to Destin, Fla. (or wherever
else we want) for a week of relaxation at one of our time-


shares. Between hanging out at the local Destin Airport,
(81J), going to the beach, and eating dinner either at restau-
rants or with friends in the area like Lane and Georgia
Thompson, Bob and Helen Kirby, along with Tony and
Dorothy Frangioni, we had a full week, and I do mean full.
For the second year in a row, Georgia had volunteered to
baby-sit our cocker spaniel Sadie. She loves dogs and works
with lost and injured animals around the Eglin AFB area.
Lane has a wood shop in his basement that puts many pro
shops to shame. Only thing is, I keep telling him to get a big-
ger Shop Vac. Man, can that guy make some sawdust. Lane
went with us when we drove out to Navarre to see the dam-
age from the previous hurricanes (Opal, Ivan, and Dennis).
What we saw was unbelievable to say the least.


Dinner at the Kirby home: Dorothy and Tony Frangioni,
Helen and Bob Kirby, Bev Rowley.

Bob and Helen are among the top of the line when it
comes to barbequing, not to mention good at bartending too.
Bob did not know Tony and Dot, but called them on the
phone and invited them to dinner, mainly because I had talked
about our long friendship, and met them when they arrived.
We all had a good time, and Bob and Helen were such good
and considerate hosts. Tony (what can I say about my "ole
Goombah" Tony) other than he is a good old friend who loves
to eat and tell jokes in "Bajun". When Tony gets going, you
can only sit back and laugh and laugh, we all did that night.
Being an "Airport Bum" is one of my enjoyable relax-
ations, and I think I've released more about building and
maintaining aircraft in the past several years than I remember
from my Navy days. Usually, I used to just fly them. Now I
look at the inner workings of the new Carbon Fiber construc-
tion, as well as structural parts of older airplanes. Building a
Carbon Fiber airplane from a kit is far more complicated than
it looks. What a great way to spend time.
As you know, this past year has been a disaster for the
Gulf Coast, and many of our old friends from the past have
been affected. One of those families is that of Lee and Jean
Wade of Gatun, who now live in Gautier, Miss. Gautier is
just west of Pascagoula and it took a beating. When I realized
that Katrina was going to hit their area, I called them and told
them to pack up their bags along with the Panamanian Parrot
Polly, and come over and bunk with us in Tallahassee until
the danger was over. Once here, Jean couldn't wait to get
home to see if they still had a home. Upon returning to







Gautier, they found that even with their home being 10 feet
above sea level, between two to three feet of Bayou water had
inundated their home, and basically everything below the
level of the kitchen countertops had been destroyed. Just last
week, Lee called and said that they were finally spending the
first night in a dry home that had no inside walls. They had
managed to clean everything out and had torn the walls and
insulation out and heaped it up on the street side. All things
considered, they were among the lucky ones who survived
the storm.


Lee (on the phone) and Jean Wade in the Rowley kitchen
checking on their home in Gautier, Miss.

During September 3rd through the 5th, Rick Williams
and son Ryan got together with their old standby crew, and
went to Hartsville, S.C. for their annual Dove hunting trip put
on by Press Beattie and his son James. I've been told that the
group consisted of Jimmy Young, Tom Ellis and son
Tommy from Atlanta, Dr. Randy Robertson and son Matt,
Pat Williams and son Sean, all of Florida. Rick told me the
bag limit was ten birds per person per day and they shot
between nine and ten birds each, so they just about got their
limit which isn't too shabby. Knowing that gang, like I do, it
must have been one super trip. How much sleep they got will
forever remain a secret.
In October, Michael and Kimberly Chase celebrated
their first wedding anniversary. They were married on
October 9, 2004, in Miami, Fla. by Rev. Carole Chase, who
just happens to be Michael's aunt. (See Weddings section of
this Record). They will celebrate their anniversary in Raleigh,
N.C., where they plan to relax, sightsee, and spend time with
Aunt Carole.
Most of you know by now that my hobby is Barbershop
singing. Now, after almost six years of not being in a quartet,
I finally found three other guys with great voices and a neat
blend and formed another quartet. For the time being, we are
calling ourselves "Modern Rendition" and are still looking
for a permanent name. After just four weeks of being togeth-
er, we went to Niceville, Fla. on Sept. 16th to attend the annu-
al Barbershop retreat, which is a combination show and com-
petition. We came in a close third for the Panhandle area. Not
bad at all considering that two of the guys are brand new to
Barbershopping. After the competition and show portion of
the program, we all attended the bonfire on the north bank of
the Choctawatchee Bay just opposite San Destin, where we


sang with other quartets until the wee hours of the morning.
Any time you attend a weekend barbershop type get-togeth-
er, you wind up having to come home just to get some sleep,
and this was no exception.


The Barbershop Quartet "Modern Rendition": Skip Rowley
(tenor), Kevin Higley (lead), Richard Dezego (bass), Sean
Stock (baritone), at Barbershop retreat just east of Niceville.

I still need more input from all you folks out in the
Tallahassee and adjacent areas. If you live in the "Big Bend"
area of North Florida, and have no reporter, PLEASE let me
know what you're doing so I can share it with all your
friends. If you don't, I'll continue to blow my own horn and
you all know that no grass grows under my feet.

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151
email: SRowley26 @ comcast.net





GEORGIA


I spoke over the phone and then
received an email from a former Zonian,
Billie Sue Spencer, who had recently
moved to Savannah, Ga. and found a lit-
June Stevenson tle bit of Panama there. She says she
was driving on Tybee Island looking for
some seafood when she saw a sign saying "Las Palmas
Restaurant Authentic Panamanian and Mexican Food". She
immediately went inside and found a map of Panama, Molas,
Panama Canal posters hanging in the entrance of the restau-
rant and decorated with Panamanian treasures. The menu
consisted of empanadas, ceviche, coconut rice, yucca chips
and fried plantains. The owner is Karinthia Erika Harmon
and she had lived in the Darien and goes home every year.
Billie Sue says the empanadas and ceviche sell out fast. For
further information on location, etc., call this reporter.
My daughter Lori Snow and I flew to New York City in
July to take her daughter Sara Snow to a dance competition







class. Sara's class was for one week, so while she was stay-
ing with the other dancers from Gwinnett County, Ga., Lori
and I went by train to Quogue, Long Island to visit the ceme-
tery where both my parents, Sara and Sam Rowley, are
buried in the Rowley family plot. We also visited my grand-
mother's old home, and then drove out to Montauk Point to
see the lighthouse. It was a lovely trip and a beautiful day.
After three days of just enjoying Long Island, we returned to
New York City where we explored Central Park and went by
Fox News Studio where I had my photo taken with Steve
Doocy, one of the three early morning TV newshosts.


June Stevenson with Steve Doocy of Fox News in New Yor]
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We looked up Jim Belzer, a BHS classmate of my daugh-
ter's and a friend, and Jim treated us to a very nice dinner,
right on Broadway. While in New York City, we also saw two
plays: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Wicked. Both were very
good. New York City was fun with good weather every day.
At the end of the week, my granddaughter Sara danced on
stage with other dancers from all over the United States, and
we naturally were there to cheer her on along with the other
dancers.
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Lori Snow, Jim Belzer, June Stevenson and Jim's friend in
New York City.

The following week my husband Davis and I flew to
Washington, D.C. to help celebrate the 50th birthday of my
nephew Kenneth Gerhart. Kenneth is the son of my sister
Dorothy Rowley Gerhart. Again, we spent a few days in the
D.C. area enjoying our "Northern" relatives.


Sean and Suzanne George, Dorothy, Jim, Brian and
Kenneth Gerhart, Washington, D.C.







In September my husband and I flew to Tampa, Fla. to
attend a Museum Board Meeting, and for the dedication of
the Chuck Hummer Library in the Panama Canal Museum
office. It was wonderful seeing Chuck and his wife Sandy
and there were lots of members and guests there for this spe-
cial dedication ceremony for this very special man.
My last photo is of my niece Suzanne Gerhart George
and her husband Sean. They came for a visit here in Georgia,
and we were happy to see them.


Sean and Suzanne George in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Betty Flatau Taylor (BHS'54) and her husband sent me
an email to tell me the good news about them and their home.
Betty said they and their home were just fine after Hurricane
Rita came to visit their area in Galveston, Texas. I was
relieved to hear they suffered no losses. Hopefully, all the
other Zonians in the hurricane's path were as lucky.
Remember, if you live in any part of Georgia and have
some news about trips taken or Zonian/Panama visitors,
please either give me a call or send me an email/letter so I can
get your news in the Record. I honestly love hearing from you
and know other Zonians feel the same way.

June A. Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537
email: Panamajune@condoroutfitters.com





LOUISIANA


The Baker (La.) Charitable Foundation received a $570
donation from a high-school reunion in Sacramento, Calif.
The money was earmarked for evacuee school children.
About 40 former BHS classmates, with wives and friends,
from several states across the country and the Republic of
Panama enjoyed a river cruise and visits to Old Town, Napa


Valley, the state capitol and several museums.
Louise Glud Maher (BHS'51) served as their docent for
an extended, behind-the-scenes tour of the old governor's
mansion. Arnold and Maria live elsewhere.
During the business meeting Baker resident Patt
Roberson (BHS'52) was asked to speak on the effects of
Hurricane Katrina where she lives. She told of storm damage,
the opening of five shelters and a distribution center, housing
and assisting Hurricane Katrina evacuees and Red Cross
workers, and the need to prepare Baker's 400 new school
children with uniforms, book bags and school supplies.
Members of the group had brought items for an auction
which was expertly emceed by Sam Maphis (BHS'52), a
civil engineer living in Colorado.
Others who spoke during the meeting were Father Fred
Raybourn (BHS'52), Elias Entebi (BHS'51), Irwin Frank
(BHS'52), Roger Kelley (BHS'51) and Joanne Steiner
(BHS'51).
The reunion was hosted by Myrna Boynton Ericksen
(BHS'52) ably assisted by her sister Rena and husband
Harold.

Patt Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
email: pattrpan@yahoo.com





MARYLAND


SPat Stilson Van Newkirk and
husband visited her cousin Gilbert and
S Sue Pincus Smith in Clearwater, Fla.
While there, they visited the Panama
Robin E. Baker Canal Museum.
"The Museum was extremely
interesting with many things from the (former) Canal Zone.
In fact, there were many items located there that could not be
displayed at this time due to lack of a larger place to display
them." She told this reporter that she would be eager to return
once the Museum expands to a larger venue. Gil and Sue
came to Maryland for a visit with the Van Newkirk family a
few months ago.
Charissa Huie (Pretto) contacted me with some tidbits
of news: Her CHS'83 drama teacher, Mr. Serle Wise, lives in
Baltimore City and works in Fort Meade. Charissa returned to
Orlando this year with a cousin (BHS'84) and had a great
time. She stated that most of the volleyball team was there.
Another former "other sider" Pat Marek is well. She
states that we were "lucky to have lived in the Canal Zone".
Presently, she lives in this reporter's neighborhood and accli-
mated from Kerrville, Texas to her life in Maryland.
Charles and William Clarke, brothers from the "mani-
cured" Canal Zone, live in respective retirement communities
in Sykesville, Md. and southern Pennsylvania.
Present at the 2005 50th Reunion of BHS was Robin
Harrison Baker and her husband Bud. Many of the mem-







bers of the Class of '55 were present. It was remarkable to see
so many full of life and enjoying all to do there in Orlando.
Following the reunion, Bud and Robin then traveled through-
out Florida visiting with friends and relatives.
At present, Robin is recuperating after undergoing spinal
surgery to correct a long-standing problem.
Our Maryland group of former Zonians is growing. Let's
hope that they will continue to keep contributing.

Robin E. Baker, Reporter
(410) 654-2351
email: robinbaker@comcast.net





NORTH CAROLINA


Greetings from North Carolina where fall is definitely in
the air! The leaves are turning and the tourists are flocking in.
Hopefully lots of them will be PCS members and will give us
natives a call.
In July, my sister Sandi (Dunning) Ingle and her grand-
daughter Kelsey stopped in on their way back from
Pennsylvania just in time to help our "baby sister" Vicki
(Dunning) Howe move into her new home here in
Hendersonville, along with her daughter Nanette and grand-
daughter Kaitlyn (this is a correction to my last article). I
love having them here, especially now as I am recovering
from joint replacement surgery in my hand and can't drive or
wash my back! Vicki is working hard getting her online busi-
ness started, so take a look at her advertisement in the
Advertisements Section.
My son Jon Hunt has recently moved to Pennsylvania.
He spent a good deal of the summer working at music festi-
vals in New York, Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida, for
The Sugar Shack, which specialized in maple syrup products.
He's a little too far to handle my "to do" list for me now!
Lisa (Hunt) Johnson and I spent a week on Jekyll Island,
Ga. in August, before she had to go back to school. What a
beautiful, relaxing place that is, with a very interesting histo-
ry. Vicki and I went to see Lisa play the piano for a produc-
tion of Fiddler on the Roof. This was Lisa's 18th year as the
piano accompanist for the Asheboro Summer Theater. She
and the entire cast did an outstanding job. It ranked right up
there with our Pan Canal United Fund plays!
Our North Carolina group had their annual picnic at
Jackson Park in August. There were 23 of us and about 750
high school cross-country runners at the park. They had
coaches stopping traffic on the road to allow runners to cross
without stopping....and they never stopped coming! We had
some "first timers" at the picnic this year. It was a pleasant
surprise to welcome Steve Thompson, son of Judy and the
late Bert Thompson, the BHS Music Director. Steve lives in
Asheville and a group of "rowers" from this area went to
Panama for the Cayuco races in March. Anyone interested in
kayaking or white-water rafting or other "rowing type sports"
should contact this reporter for Steve's email and he will be


glad to set things up. The other first timers were Vicki,
Nanette and Kaitlyn. The "old" gang members present were
Ron Angermuller, Dick, Lynn and Janet Cunningham,
Malcolm and Jean Stone, Kay and Bob Rodgers, Al and
Anne Johnson, Nicki and Ty Erickson, Pat and Ron
Nessler, Priscilla and Katrina Dunn, and Maxine Sanders,
a friend of Janet Cunningham's who isn't a Pan Canal person,
she just likes this group so much she comes as often as she
can. We'll make her an honorary member after she attends 10
meetings--unless, of course, Malcolm charges her the $1
annual dues the real members pay! Missing this time were
Willy and Wilma Nowotny and Jim and Diane Bradley.
Dick Cunningham gave a short plug for the Pan Canal
Museum and had a number of items for sale to support it. The
items sold out rather quickly! Dick plays softball in the
Henderson County Senior Leagues and their team recently
won the Gold Medal in the State Tournament in Raleigh. The
league is for 65 and up--so I guess Dick is at least 65! I heard
tell from my "undisclosed source" that he made some incred-
ible catches in the tournament.


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Marge and Jack Ruoff stopped on their way home from
the reunion for a few days to visit Willy and Wilma Nowotny
and me. It was great to see them and both looked wonderful!
Next time--and I say it every time--they'll have to stay longer.
Jim and Diane Bradley are in Germany as of this writing
to meet first hand their new twin granddaughters, Mia and
Pia! Will get all the details for next issue.
I received a note and a couple of pictures from Danny
Winklosky (BHS) in High Point, N.C. He and his group are
in the planning stages of the '56 and '57 50th Reunions com-
ing up (hope he sends me more updates for the next issue).


Front (L-R): Janet (Stockholm) Reese ("Flash"), Marla
(Martha Hackett) Cramer, Helen (Nita) Hotz and Tim
Hotz. Back: Jim Reece and Danny Winklosky.


Granddaddy Danny Winklosky with granddaughters Katie
(standing) and Nicole Danielle (sitting) Winklosky.


Just a little personal note about the pictures Danny sent. I
used to play "dress up" with Janet Stockholm when we lived
across the street from each other in Pedro Miguel. Janet's dad
Roy was superintendent of the locks at that time. Janet looks
just like her mom as I remember her! And Tim Hotz looks
just like his dad--only better! If any of you guys get this way
to "leaf watch", give me a call.
That's it for this time, keep your news and pictures com-
ing. Give me a call or drop a note in the mail.

Patricia (Dunning) Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995





NORTHWEST


Greetings! Once again the fall has brought some rain,
lower temperatures and some colors (we mostly have fir
trees).
Vicki and Larry Ahlemann went to McMinnville, Ore.
from Albuquerque for a month to housesit for some friends
and to see Vicki's Mom who lives there, then returned to
Albuquerque the 1st of October to housesit for friends there
for about four weeks. Those two sure get around.
Bee Bailey mentioned that his home in Port Townsend
was flooded with sewage a month after the 2004 PC picnic.
He and David had to move out for six months while a whole
half of the first floor was gutted and rebuilt. City paid for it
thankfully. They also did a two-week cruise on the boat, the
last Bee hopes, since he is hoping to sell it. (He says he is
feeling his age these days.)
In May, Gerry Briem went to San Francisco to meet her
new grandson David Thomas Smith, son of Monica and
Allen Smith of Brisbane, Calif. Gerry had tons of fun play-
ing with Alexander, now two years old. Also, Mary Lou
Hartshorn visited them all while Gerry was there. When
Gerry wrote, her brother Allen Briem was coming from
Panama for a short visit.
Dona (Jones) Brophy of Castine, Maine writes that she
was expecting Charlotte (Herr) Murphy and Joanie
(Lawler) Harris for a visit in early October.
According to Theresa (Snider) Herring, her and Tim's
son Tom makes routine trips from Bellingham to Anacortes
on Sunday to attend Mass there. The Snider family had a
wonderful Snider mini-reunion a few months ago.
Bernie and Christie Mann of North Carolina stopped by
with their motorbikes and trailer, had dinner with Gerry and
overnighted at our house in July (I was still in Florida). The
next day the Manns took off on their motorbikes to
Bellingham to catch the ferry to Alaska, where they met up
with Larry and Linda (Clark) Layman and another friend
from Florida to tour for two to three weeks.
Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin writes that her grandson
Mitchel celebrated his third birthday in August. Nancy had a
pirate-theme party for him at American Land Park. They all
decided to dig through closets and find something to dress up






as pirates and make it a fun party. She enjoyed a day trip to
Sequim to the Lavender Festival and to see Jennifer
(Rankin) Lewis and her family who were visiting Gayle
(Fettler) and Robert Rankin. Labor Day weekend found
them taking in the Annual Bumbershoot music and arts festi-
val in Seattle with some friends Nancy and Jake had visiting
from England. Later in the month they went to the Western
State annual fair in Puyallup. They went to a few Mariners
baseball games, with Robert and Gayle coming over from
Sequim to join them. This summer Nancy graduated from
Capella University with a Masters of Science Degree in psy-
chology. The family is proud of her for that accomplishment
(see Congratulations). Ginny and family are looking forward
to seeing Karen (Rankin) and John Blennerhassett and
their kids who will be coming up from Panama for
Thanksgiving.


Grandma Ginny, Cassidy McClanahan, Seth McClanahan,
Autie and Sandi (Rankin) McClanahan, Nancy Rankin
Ivory, her stepdaughter Coraleigh who was visiting from
England, Jake Ivory and their son Mitchel.

Jim and Noralie (Roach) Shobe and Dan and Pat
(Rudge) Nellis had a fantastic trip to Quesnel, British
Columbia, for a week of the best fishing Jim's had since he
left Panama. Both Dan and he loaded up on three and four-
pound Rainbow Trout. They all had a ball. The weather was
perfect and the fall colors were out.
The annual Pot Luck (Friday evening) and Northwest
Picnic (Saturday) held in late July was a great success thanks
to Jim and Noralie Shobe and Henry and Pat Cruz.
Attendees really enjoyed the pot luck spread and much
camaraderie, and those who remained Saturday evening got
another taste of the gourmet feast leftovers. The picnic was
held at Lake Padden Park near Bellingham and the weather
was beautiful. Lots of good gifts were donated for the raffle
and auction.

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Hansen, Jim Shobe, Lou Womack and Camille (Ellis)
Jones (Gamboa Gang) at the Northwest Picnic.

Jim Shobe also reports that a group of Northwest CZers
took a motorcycle trip on Washington Pass Highway 20
through North Cascades National Park. The group included
Jim, Steve Shobe, Debbie Rowley Shobe, April Shobe, Jim
Duffus, Clover Shobe Duffus, and Harry Townsend.


Steve Shobe, Harry Townsend, Jim Shobe, Paula ?,
Debbie Rowley Shobe, April Shobe, Jim Duffus and
Clover Shobe Duffus, Washington Pass.

A recent trials gathering at some friends' house included
the CZ contingent of Michelle (Green) and John Bundy,
Mary (Wells) and Guy and Guy Ethan Fealey, Mellie
(Turner) and Ed Kennedy, and Howie (Adams) and Gerry
Laatz. The fellas had a blast running their off-road bikes up
and down the grassy hills overlooking the beautiful Dugualla
Bay.
Also, Guy and Mary Fealey recently hosted a BBQ at
their home the day before the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Club did a vintage ride up to Mt. Baker. Bill Weigle was vis-
iting the Northwest after attending the 100th Anniversary
Velocette Six Day Rally in California.







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Ethan Fealey, Wesley Kennedy and Jimmy Fealey.

Wallace Teal and Beverly Jones were planning a trip to
Colon in early November to spend two months with Sister
Barbara Ozelski at the Sisters of Mercy Center on Second
Street. The Center is a shelter for abused women and under-
privileged children of Colon. Wallace and Beverly will be
assisting in any way that they can.
Ciao for this time, and may you all have a very Happy
Holiday Season!

Howie Adams Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923
email: Laatzo@fidalgo.net





OKLAHOMA


Teresa Keller writes that daughter Kimberly graduated
from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in May 2005
with a Bachelor's in Communication Arts, emphasis in Mass
Communication, and a Minor in Business Management.
Much to her parents' surprise, Kimberly re-enrolled this fall
and is planning to complete another major--in Radiology. In
June 2005, Teresa, husband Bill, and Kimberly drove to
Oregon to visit son Michael Wasemiller, wife Casey, and
sons Cole and Justin. The group had a wonderful visit
together. Bill, Teresa, and Kimberly enjoyed their vacation,
and they visited Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, and the Grand
Canyon on the way home to Oklahoma. In October, Bill and
Teresa drove to Rogers, Ark. to visit Bill's 91-year-old grand-
mother Alice Keller. Alice lived in Panama City and worked
for the French Embassy from 1946-1950. She married Bill's
grandfather William Keller in 1950, and moved to the Canal
Zone where William worked as an electrical supervisor. Due
to bad health, William retired in 1952, and William and Alice
moved to Rogers, where William died in 1989.

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Bill Keller, Casey Wasemiller, Cole Wasemiller, Justin
Wasemiller, Michael Wasemiller, Teresa Keller, and
Kimberly Keller in Oregon.

George Dany enjoyed meeting up with friends Hugh
Harvey and Doug Crook at the 2005 Orlando Reunion. The
"tres amigos" enjoyed playing pool together, renewing mem-
ories of the competitive pool matches the three friends used
to enjoy so many times at "Harvey's Pool Hall" in Balboa,
some 30+ years ago.


George Dany, Hugh Harvey, and Doug Crook at Orlando
Reunion.

Mary Ann Casaus regrettably informed this reporter
about her husband's passing. Phillip "Lucky" Casaus
passed away August 20, 2005, after a two-year battle with
cancer. Lucky and Mary Ann drove to the 2005 Orlando
Reunion where Lucky attended his 45th class reunion. Lucky
and Mary Ann had a memorable trip--one which Mary Ann
will treasure for the rest of her life.
Scott Burns writes about the Eastern Caribbean cruise
that he, his parents Jean and Doris Burns, and sister (this
reporter) and family enjoyed in August 2005. The cruise was
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to commemorate Doris' 75th birthday which was September
3, 2005. The group of seven had a most enjoyable time on the
cruise ship, and at the ports of call which were St. Thomas,
St. Martin/St. Maarten, and the Bahamian island of Princess
Cays (Princess Cruise Lines' private island). Scott especially
enjoyed the ship's great shows, good food, pools, outside
movies, cork running track and the beach volleyball at
Princess Cays.


and restaurants, drinking our biers and people watching. Then
back to the real world, me to Panama and Carl to Baghdad.


Carl and Anna Opel sipping biers


Cheyenne Redemann, Laura Redemann, Elizabeth
Redemann, Mike Redemann, Doris Burns, Jean Burns
and Scott Burns aboard the Caribbean Princess.

At the end of August 2005, Jean and Doris Burns enjoyed
a visit from Vicki (Hutchison) and Bob Boukalis from
Lillian, Ala. After a one-night stay the four drove to Estes
Park, Colo. by way of Nebraska where the group picked up
Doris' sister Lorene LaBass. They met up with Doris' other
sister Vera Garrett at Vera's cabin in Estes Park. The group
enjoyed seeing many elk, deer, and mountain sheep. They
also enjoyed the walks around Bear, Sprague, and Lili Lakes.
In October 2005, the Oklahoma Chapter held its business
meeting and picnic at Chandler Park in Tulsa. More news and
a picture from that event will be in the next issue. Please note
this reporter's new email address.

Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
(918) 745-1337
e-mail: llbpanama@cox.net





PANAMA


Anna reports:

Well, as I left off in the last Canal
Record, Carl and I were in
Amsterdam where we had an
absolutely fabulous trip. We enjoyed
visiting the museums, old churches,
open-air markets and like everyone Anna Opel
else, just sitting at the sidewalk cafes


On my return home, I had houseguests, Anita Seifert vis-
iting from Okinawa and her niece Kim Leckey (BHS'90),
who both spent more time in the San Bias, Portobelo, and La
Guaira than in Panama City itself. However, there were a few
crazed shopping trips to the local artisan shops.


Carole Lightell, Kim, Anita getting ready to kayak at La
Guaira.

Ron and Belinda Byrd hosted a christening
ceremony/housewarming party in August for the new con-
struction of a second floor on their house at Punta Raton.
Approximately 50 of their family and friends which included
Stan and Maureen Leon, Lou and Angelica Dominguez,
Charlie and Julieta Morris, Anna Opel, and Ruth Kelleher
and daughter Alison attended the celebration which included
a delicious lunch of roast pork, arroz con polio, platanos,
salad and various desserts.






W stripes of the U.S. flag with images of the Roosevelt Medal
Ssuperimposed flanked by two panels (one in English and one
.in Spanish). The panels describe the creation of the medal by
President Teddy Roosevelt during his 1906 visit to the
Isthmus, the physical characteristics of the medal itself, and
the composition of the U.S.-citizen Construction-day work
force (identifying the various types of skilled positions they
occupied). Also, there is a scroll that lists, by name, some of
the 7,300+ medal recipients. The museum intends to add
computer software that will provide the names of all of the
Roosevelt Medal recipients.
Melvyn Oiler (PCC retiree) wrote in that he and his wife
Elizabeth traveled from Panama to Orlando, Fla. on
September 21 to accompany their daughter Itzel (Oiler)
Bruno (BHS'88), her husband Giovanni Bruno and her
daughter Graciela (Lita) for the first anniversary of Lita
Divine Creamery (homemade Ice Cream shop) on September
30th. It was a very nice anniversary party with music prizes
and a lot of customers. All had a very good and exquisite ice
cream time.
John Husum sent in pictures of his recent trip to the
states this past summer, with the first one being on his stop to
visit with Father Jack Kane, C.M., formerly of St. Mary's
Parish in Balboa, and now in Opelika, Ala. near Auburn. John
visited with his daughter Catherine and enjoyed a delicious
lunch with Father Kane at his home.


Ruth and Alison Kelleher at Punta Raton


















Catherine Husum with Father Kane in the church, which is
also called St. Mary's.

Charlie and Julieta Morris, Belinda and Ron Byrd holding
Charlie's book Guarding the Crossroads. PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR
A small group of Roosevelt Medal descendants, accom-
panied by U.S. Embassy officials, met at the Interoceanic THE HOLIDAYS FROM
Canal Museum in downtown Panama City on the afternoon DECEMBER 24, 2005
of August 12 to commemorate the 91st anniversary of the AND WILL REOPEN ON
opening of the waterway. The event was centered around the
unveiling of a handsome exhibit prepared by the museum JANUARY 3, 2006.
staff consisting of a large backdrop featuring the stars and







The second picture is from a birthday celebration for his
sister Karen that they held at the Panama Canal Reunion in
Orlando. Karen was also there for her 35th class reunion.


Back (L-R): Jim Cronan, Catherine Husum, Dylan Lynch,
Maureen Husum, Thomas Lynch, Rebekah Husum, John
Husum, John Cronan, Zorie Larrabee, Jim Clary, Janet
(Husum) Herrington, Karen (Husum) Clary, Barbara
Hall Husum. Sitting (L-R): Mel Fields, Dillon Lynch and
Ellie Husum.

The last picture he sent is of Ellie Husum's grandchildren
who were at the CZ Reunion in Orlando.


Well, for my last item and something of Panama, here is
a photograph of the second bridge over the Panama Canal,
which was recently opened for traffic in early September. I
have seen a lot of photographs of the new bridge, which is
also spectacularly lit at night, but this by far has to be my
favorite.


Puente Centenario, Photo provided courtesy of Alan
Hawkins, Panama City, Panama.

For a while there I was worried that I didn't have enough
to report and to my surprise ended up with quite a bit to share
with you all. Thanks to those members here in Panama who
continue to share their stories and pictures with us. Till next
Record!

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001
email: acopel@c-com-net.pa


Trina reports:


Thomas Lynch, Kevin Husum, Rebekah Husum, Patrick
Husum, Catherine Husum, Dylan Lynch and Daniel
Husum.


I can't believe that the end of
the year is finally upon us.
Christmas and New Year's in
Panama...there's nothing like it!!
Let's catch up since August.
I do have to make a photo
submission as it was not in the
last issue. Daniel Hannah and Trina Clark
Jorge Bloise out on the
Motorcross Race Track circuit again from Santiago to
Chorrera to Chilibre. These guys are animals out on the track.


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I also received a great story from Phil Sanders from his
and Doug Phillips' great fishing adventure out of Pifias Bay's
Tropic Star Lodge in September. On a recent trip to Panama,
Phil invited longtime Gold Coast buddy Doug Phillips to fish
a few days with him on his 35' Bertram, The Miss Florida.
Doug was wanting to do a fish fry at the Diablo spinning
club, so he definitely needed the "supplies". Phil had flown
down to Pifias prior to Doug and fished five wahoo, tagged a
small black marlin and an average blue. After Doug's arrival
he had the chance to boat four wahoo. On the last day the fish
action slowed but as Phil recalled earlier fishing in the week
at Pifias' famous reef, they pulled lines and headed out. The
first minute was productive as Doug hooked a wahoo big
enough for his fish fry and a cooler full for Phil to take back
stateside.
Doug really wanted to get a chance at a marlin, so the
conditions looked good enough with pretty water and some
live bait caught and rigged. At about 2:30 p.m., Doug hooked
on something big and it took most of the line but it didn't
jump. Well, after about an hour Doug figured it was a shark
and wanted to give up. The mate and Phil told Doug not to
give up, that it had to be a marlin. Sure enough a half hour
later a beautiful 500+ lb. black marlin blasted out of the
water. The crew was screaming "marlin grande", "marlin
grande"! After 3 hours and 45 minutes and a spectacular
show of jumps, Doug tirelessly fought and finally started to
get a foot at a time to get him. The marlin jumped a few more
times at the transom of the boat and the swivel was in plain
view 25 ft. down. Everyone on board was ready to see him
bagged but he finally broke the 300 lb. mono leader and got
away before getting tagged. In the dark, you could hear the
screams and yells of the crew on board....another true, solid,
black returns to the great depths of the ocean. After heading
back to the Tropic Star Lodge, an exhausted Doug had a good
dinner, recounted the experience with his good buddy Phil
over a few cold beers and happily collapsed asleep. Another
day in Paradise, folks! As Phil says, "This is why we fish."


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500+ Black Marlin


A recent visit from John Magee brought everyone togeth-
er at our local watering hole, "the Elks Club", to celebrate his
40th B-day! "Uncle" John was bestowed with a Birthday
sombrero that was lovingly made by Eddy and Carson
Dolan's girls, Madison, Mackenzie and Morgan. The
evening had great munchies like Shamrock's aranitas, chick-
en wings and deditos de corvina. Andrew Efthimiades rolled
into the parking lot with his mobile pizza grill for some hot,
homemade pan pizza. The rest of the partygoers included:
Eddy and Carson Dolan, Dodd and Tiernan (Corrigan)
Dupree, Andrew Efthimiades, HB Twohy, Trina Clark,
Chris Skeie, Art Mokray, Lucas Palumbo, Carl Tuttle,
Jodi Chamberlain, Tommy and Zenia (Neely) Morris,
Henry Joseph, Sammy Castleton, Pedro Penalver, John
III and Lucy (Lincoln) Haines.

















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Efthimiades, Eddy Dolan, John Magee, Dodd Dupree,
Tiernan (Corrigan) Dupree, Henry Joseph.

As I just mentioned Shamrock's great food....let me be the
first to tell you to stop by on your next visit home to experi-
ence a bit of Zone nostalgia. Picture it: Monday night, driv-
ing through Albrook; an aroma permeates the night air, so
much so that you could almost eat it! That's right. Mongolian
BBQ! Shamrock's has done it again. The custom making of
the special grills, the table with all your favorite toppings,
that ever-famous scale next to the cashier. I mean they even
have the same cook who used to do the honors at the
grill....how's that for perfection. It is a big hit and has yet
again added to the great thing about being home in Panama.
I pray that you all have a great Thanksgiving and
Christmas Holiday Season with your family and friends. May
we continue to be blessed with the ability to share the mem-
ories that made our childhood and lives in Panama so rich in
spirit!
As a side note----at the time this article has gone to print,
the Panama Canal Elks Lodge #1414 and their members are
hosting a Hurricane Katrina Relief Fundraiser. A New
Orleans-style evening with a Cajun dinner menu, mardi gras
theme and jazz, blues and zydeco music is planned. All pro-
ceeds from this event, plus private contributions, will be
donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Until next time, I leave you with the following dates of
special events in Panama, so mark your calendars according-
ly to plan your next visit home. Upcoming events in Panama
are: December 8, 2005, Mother's Day in Panama; December
8-11, 2005, Penonomd Fair Cocl6 Province; December 8-11,
2005, Fair in the Highlands of Volcan Chiriquf Province;
December 25, 2005, Christmas Day; December 31, 2005,
New Year's Eve Party at the Elks Club; January 1, 2006 -
Happy New Year!!


Take care and 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 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 www.pancanalsociety.org or you can contact the
Panama Area Reporter(s) for application or renewal forms.
Saludos y abrazos.

Trina Clark, Reporter
011 (507) 232-7451
email: solidcz@hotmail.com





SOUTH CAROLINA


Hi, I am your new reporter
for the great state of South
Carolina. My name is George
Garcia and I live in Greer, S.C.,

and have been working on a proj-
ect in South Carolina for 10
years. So, here goes.
George Garcia After 47 years, and just a few
months of correspondence I flew
to Fayetteville, Ark. to visit my 10th grade English teacher,
Mrs. Mary Condon (nee) Stindt. Mrs. Condon lives in a
great retirement village complete with pools, dining hall and
other amenities.


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I was given a tour of Eureka Springs, Beaver Dam, the
Pea Ridge Battlefield Museum and the statue of Christ of the
Ozarks. Best of all was an exquisite dining experience at
Brioso Brasil in Bentonville. Although the visit was short, it
was quite enjoyable and brought back many memories for
both of us. I hope to visit Mrs. Condon again in the future.


George Garcia (BHS'61) and Mary Condon


All of you members out there in South Carolina (and I
know there are members out there), please send me your
emails, letters, or call me with any news that you want me to
put into my reports for the Canal Record.

George Garcia, Reporter
(864) 801-2072
email: garcial4 @charter.net





TEXAS


"Rita" veered eastward. They did, however, experience the
strong winds and eerie sounds from the gathering storm. They
will be picking up debris and tree branches for awhile and
experiencing three weeks of blackouts. Needless to say, they
are thankful.
John and Joan Long spent two weeks in Oregon during
July. They had many friends and neighbors to visit as they
lived there for seventeen years after leaving Panama. They
really enjoyed the cool weather.
Esperanza (Lopez) Holford (BHS'53), Johnson City,
Texas just returned from the annual BHS'49-'54 Reunion
held in Sacramento, Calif., September 8-12. Chairperson
Myrna (Boynton) Erickson had a very busy agenda
planned, which included a river cruise on the Spirit of
Sacramento, a bus trip to Napa Valley, Tahoe and Reno, and
the Despedida Banquet. There was still plenty of time for
renewing old friendships and bochinche.
Espi especially enjoyed the auction of Panama handicrafts
provided by Sheila (Fearon) Weldon, who attended the
Reunion from her home in El Volcan. Dick and Marilyn
(Bevington) Gayer, Connecticut, also attended and enjoyed
a visit with brother Boyd and wife Lucille who live in
Sacramento.
A weekend in Boquete was enjoyed by BHS'63 class-
mates Bob Singleton, Carla (Elich) Revell and Dan and
Marnie (Morris) Hanesworth in April. They reveled in the
fresh cool air and beautiful scenery. Later a visit to brother
Charlie and Julieta (Garda) Morris' beach home in
Gorgona coincided with first cousin Patrick and Lesley
Brooks' visit from Tennessee. It was a fun mini-family
reunion.
Newlyweds Charlie (BHS'79) and Kristine Thrush vis-
ited Frisco, Texas for a fun weekend with classmates in
September. One evening was "Boys Night Out" spent on a
Lewisville Lake cruise. The following night the classmates
partied. The Thrushes live in Denver, Colo. Charlie has a
position as a Human Resource Manager and Kristine is a
CPA.


Dallas


you will be home soon facing a Linda Morris
cheerier future. Captain Bob
Bloemer, who worked ten years at the Loop Corp platform
located on the deepest U.S. Port in New Orleans, followed
hurricane Katrina's path with keen interest and dread. He was
aware of what the damage could do to the oil industry.
In October, Angie Bloemer and son Donald will fly to
Madrid for a three-day "cultural tour" and then fly to
Marabella for a week. Capt. Bob will stay at home and do his
thing.
An e-mail from Charlie and Norine (Dillman) Simms
relates that their home in Marshall, Texas was spared when


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Holly (Richardson) Stock, Teresa (Garber) Corbit,
Carlton Morris, Charlie Thrush, Paul Morton and
Richard McArthur.

Continue sending your photos and news. Hasta luego until
next time.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400
email: LrMoplano@aol.com
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Kerrville

Kerrville is only five hours west of Houston and some
people told of taking 12 to 28 hours to make the trip as they
evacuated in the face of Hurricane Rita. We also had evacuees
from New Orleans, some of whom are still here.
Honey Fealey was visited by Ed Kennedy of Anacortes,
Wash., as he was returning home after dropping his son at
Louisiana University. Honey also had a visit by Sandy and
Don Nungester as they evacuated Houston. The Nungesters
enjoyed visiting Kerrville and Fredricksburg before returning
home to find that all was well at home. Honey went to San
Antonio to help her sister Lois Carpenter with a weeklong
celebration of her birthday.
Iris Hogan was visited by her daughter Lois Healan of
Deltona, Fla. Her brother Leon Dedeaux of Henderson, S.C.
spent two weeks in Kerrville, and Leon's daughter Debbie
Kreifel and Kyna Larsen came to Kerrville to celebrate
Kyna's 50th birthday. They did the tourist sights like Camp
Verde, Fredricksburg, and San Antonio.
Sue and Bill Graham entertained their daughter and son-
in-law, Donna and Rodney Elliott, along with grandson
Jeffrey, from Townsend, Ga. for the Labor Day weekend. To
add to the fun, Bill's nephew Col. (Ret.) Scott Graham and
wife Lucy joined the gathering from Omaha, Neb. Sue and
Bill enjoyed the four-day visit and especially the Mexican
cuisine at our famous Mamacita's restaurant. Lucy and
Donna had a great time shopping the mall and stores for the
Labor Day sales. The end of September Bill and Sue had a
surprise visit from their nephew John Kotalik from the
Tacoma, Wash. area. He was in the area visiting friends in
Georgetown, Texas. It was great to see everyone, as they had
not seen each other in a while.
I accompanied Annie Boggs, of San Antonio, to Ft. Worth
to attend The Imprinted Sportsware Show. Annie has an
embroidery business and I dabble, so we enjoyed ourselves.
On the way home we stopped in Austin where I adopted a res-
cued dog (Lhasa apso mix) named Kayley.

Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
(830) 895-2794
email: jofields @ maverickbbs.com





VIRGINIA


Hola from the Old Dominion. I'm the new Virginia
reporter. I live in Virginia Beach with my husband Steve and
two children. Laura is in tenth grade and Alex just left for
Charlotte, N.C. to attend Johnson & Wales University, where
he aspires to be a chef. As always, the annual reunion was ter-
rific! It was wonderful to meet new Zonians and see old
friends. It was a special reunion for me as it was my 25th
(BHS'80) and my daughter's first time at a Zonian reunion.
Yes, she wants to go again. The class of 80 sure put on a great
party. Thanks go to all who worked so hard, especially
38


Richard and Diana Grimison, Carl Orvis and Sue
Kelleher White. There are much Zonians in Virginia. For
those who don't have e-mail, please write me, although I'll be
sending out a letter soon.
Dennis Gilbert (BHS'69) had a BBQ on August 05,
2005. In attendance were Billy Gilbert (CHS'77), William
Gilbert (BHS'50), Penny Wilder Cafiamas (CHS'70),
Susan Gilbert DeAbate (CHS'75) and her husband Tito
DeAbate. Dennis promises to invite me next time. Penny was
visiting from Panama to be with her daughter Dion for the
birth of their grandson in Virginia Beach.


silly JiiDert, wvviam tllert, tennis illDert, renny
Wilder Cafiamas, Susan Gilbert DeAbate, Tito DeAbate.

Dave Albanese (CHS'66) reports that while at this year's
reunion he won the low net in the golf tournament in the over-
50 age group. Dave spent February down under visiting his
son David and wife Amy in Melbourne, Australia.
Mark Maravilla (BHS'72) and wife Patrice Valle
Maravilla (BHS'72) visited the Florida Keys and met with
Bob Nossov (BHS'72) who took them out for a sunset cruise.
Upon returning to Virginia, they saw Richard Dolan
(BHS'72), aka Dee-Dee, who announced he is now the Fire
Chief for all of Baker County, Fla. Some may recall that Dee-
Dee's dad was the Fire Chief for the Canal Zone for many
years. Also, while in Florida, Mark and family celebrated the
83rd birthday of his dad Joseph R. Maravilla at his sister
Kathy Maravilla Wilczynski's house and Nancy Maravilla
Flora (BHS'73) was there with her family. Mark wants to
know where and when is the Virginia/Zonian ping-ding. Any
volunteers?
Rae Donaldson (BHS'66), one of the Albrook Divas,
reports that over the Labor Day weekend she traveled to
Tampa and attended the second reunion of the Albrook Divas.
The Divas are Zizi Jones MacKinnon of Springfield, Va.;
Victoria Churchville of Washington, D.C.; Caron Adair
Seebaldt of Shalimar, Fla.; Susie Cashman Hello of Round
Rock, Texas; Mary Lou Rogers of Winter Park, Fla.; and
Rae Donaldson of Arlington, Va. They are all from BHS class
of 1968. The Divas' previous reunion was held 23 years ago
in 1982. Both reunions were hosted by Mary Lou Rogers at
her brother Woodie's home in the Old Hyde Park section of
Tampa. Mary Lou was a terrific hostess. Not only did she
design and make reunion T-shirts for all of them, she planned






a variety of activities, which were fun and relaxing. These
activities included a home-cooked spaghetti dinner, shop- THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
ping, a trip to Treasure Island Beach, and dinner at a wonder-
ful French restaurant. It was great to see everyone and to visit T E IT
with all of them. ON THE ISTHMAS
*song to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love
gave to me ... pico feo in a mango tree

SOn the second day of Christmas my true love
gave to me ... two crocodiles

4S On the third day of Christmas my true love
gave to me ... three kinkajoos

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love
gave to me ... four screaming buzzards
Albrook Divas in 1982: Susan Cashman Hello, Victoria
Churchville, Zizi Jones MacKinnon, Mary Lou Rogers, On the fifth day of Christmas my true love
Caron Adair Seebaldt. gave to me ... five coconuts


On the sixth day of Christmas my true love
gave to me ... six gato solos

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love
gave to me... seven golden frogs

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love
gave to me... eight boa constrictors

One the ninth day of Christmas my true love
gave to me... nine armadillos

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love
gave to me... ten green iguanas

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love
Albrook Divas (plus one) in 2005. Top Step: Mary Lou gave to me... eleven traipsing tapers
Rogers, Zizi Jones MacKinnon. Lower Step: Rae
Donaldson, Susie Cashman Hello, Caron Adair Seebaldt, On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love
Victoria Churchville.
gave to me... twelve fat conejos

Karen Peugnet Brandl, Reporter
(757) 233-6767
email: kisbrandl@aol.com


REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR
2006 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
MEMBERSHIP DUES
BY DECEMBER 31, 2005.







CONGRATULATIONS


GALLARDO 50th BIRTHDAY

On June 10, 2005, at the Texas de Brazil Steakhouse in
Fort Worth, Texas, a surprise 50th birthday party was hosted
for Robert Gallardo (BHS'73). Close-in relatives were wife
Linda (Long) (BHS'73-CZJC'75), daughter Tiffanie, and
John and Joan Long. From the East Coast came brother
Derek Gallardo and niece Audra (Matheney) Fitzgerald.
Huge surprise for Rob were his parents, Carlos and
Margaret Gallardo, and sister Freddie Ann and brother-in-
law Grover Matheney from Panama. There were 28 in atten-
dance and all had a great time. One of his gifts, which will be
treasured(?) by Rob, was a paid-up membership in AARP.


SURPRISE!! Robert and Linda Gallardo, Tiffanie
Gallardo in back.


MAESTRO
JAMES BROOKS-BRUZZESE
2005 HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARD


Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese


The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced
Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese as the 2005 Hispanic
Heritage Award Honoree for the Arts in recognition of his


lifelong work as a world- renowned conductor as well as ded
ication to promoting classical music to youth as an educator.
Maestro Brooks-Burzzese will be celebrated along with four
other Honorees at the 19th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards
on October 24th, 2005 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts.
Recognized as an "Ambassador to Latin America" for his
exceptional musical talents and diplomatic skills, Maestro
Brooks-Bruzzese is the first Hispanic to successfully tour the
former Soviet Union, conduct at the famed Vigado Theater in
Budapest, the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and
Teatro Col6n in Buenos Aires. He is also the first Hispanic to
bring music education programs from the United States to
young children in Latin America. His special recognition by
President Ronald Reagan attests to his outstanding musical
talents as well as his diplomatic skills. He is currently the
Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Symphony
of the Americas, which is celebrating its 16th season.
Dr. Brooks-Bruzzese, who resides in South Florida home,
has carried the fine artistic reputation of the symphony to the
great cultural capitals of the world as well as to rural areas,
schools and conservatories-bringing the highest quality live
music and interpreters to diverse audience. Dr. Brooks-
Bruzzese was born in Panama in a bilingual home. His moth-
er was born in Colombia and his late father was a member of
the United States Armed Forces. He received his doctorate in
Opera Conducting and Musicology from Washington
University in St. Louis and coached with the great Pablo
Casals.
Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees are nominated by
more than 30 of the top national Hispanic organizations,
which also co-host the program, and include: National
Council of La Raza, National Association of Hispanic
Journalists, National Association of Hispanic MBAs,
National Hispana Leadership Institute, ASPIRA, National
Alliance for Hispanic Health, US Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, MALDEF, LULAC, and NALEO, among others.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony takes place in front
of a black-tie influential audience of 1,000 in Washington,
D.C.
Honorees are selected in various categories and past
Honorees include cultural icons such as Gloria Estefan, Ricky
Martin, Placido Domingo, Celia Cruz, Sammy Sosa, Isabel
Allende, Anthony Quinn, Rita Moreno and Andy Garcia, in
addition to educators, activists and community leaders such
as Raul Yzaguirre, Delores Huerta, Henry Cisneros, Juan
Gonzalez, Dr. Antonia Novello, and even an astronaut, Dr.
Ellen Ochoa.


REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR
2006 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
MEMBERSHIP DUES
BY
DECEMBER 31, 2005.







REUNION COORDINATOR COMMENTARY
CARIBE ROYALE GENERAL INFORMATION
PLEASE READ PRIOR TO COMPLETING REGISTRATION FORM


The Caribe Royale is a fully suited property featuring King Suites or Double Queen suites at the rate of $121.00. 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 liv-
ing 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 tele-
phones 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 a small refrigerator will be provided if available. Guests in Tower II who wish to have the con-
tents of the mini-bar removed should contact the Guest Services desk immediately upon check-in and request removal. The
mini-bar cooler is only a cooler and not a refrigerator. It will not maintain temperatures sufficient to keep food, milk
or medicine cold.

There are also a limited number of Villas available at the rate of $241.00. Each villa measures 1,260 sq. ft and has one
king size bed in the master bedroom, two queen size beds in the second bedroom and one full size sofa bed located in the liv-
ing room. Each Villa is equipped with three color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games, two bathrooms,
two telephone lines with data ports, a screened-in balcony, a whirlpool bath, a full kitchen with dishwasher, washer/dryer,
CD/cassette player, video cassette player, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), full size iron and ironing board and ceiling fans
throughout.

A diagram of the layouts of each room type is provided (see page L) in order to assist in the selection of room types.

Questions concerning the reunion should be directed to the Reunion Co-Coordinator, Bob Russell at (813) 633-8916 or via
email at reunioncoordinator@pancanalsociety.org. Questions concerning the hotel reservations should be directed to the
Hotel Lodging Chairperson Darleen Hunt, at (727) 507-0132 or via email at reunionlodging@pancanalsociety.org.

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 appreciated.
NOTE: HOTEL CHECK-IN IS 3:00 P.M. Self-parking is free at the Caribe Royale. There is no valet parking.

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 dur-
ing 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 a la 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 Society 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







PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
CARIBE ROYALE RESORT
2006 Reunion

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Vendor Setup: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean III, IV, and V (NO SALES)
Registration: 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
Reunion Clubhouse and Video Arcade: 3:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Boca V VIII

Thursday, July 20, 2006

26th 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 and Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Caribbean I, II, IV, and V
Reunion Clubhouse and Video Arcade: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Boca V VIII
Thursday Night Dance with the "Castaways": 9:30 p.m. 1:00 a.m. Caribbean VI VII

Friday, July 21, 2006

Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Caribbean VI and VII
Reunion Clubhouse and Video Arcade: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Boca V VIII
Vendors and Panama Canal Museum: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean I, IIm, IV and V
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean II
Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Caribbean VII
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 22, 2006

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 Registration Desk
Vendors and Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean III, IV and V
Reunion Clubhouse and Video Arcade: 10:00 a.m 2:00 a.m. Boca V VIII
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Grand Sierra Ballroom F-I
Bingo: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean II
Religious Services: Catholic 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Praise & Worship 4:45 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 23, 2006

Vendors and Panama Canal Museum: 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.

Note: Please check with the Society information desk and/or our bulletin board at the reunion for other
scheduled events, class and mini-reunions and last minute changes.






2006 REUNION
RESERVATION, ORDER AND PAYMENT FORM
Complete both pages, and submit intact.




PLEASE USE BLACK INK WHEN COMPLETING FORM. Receipt Sequence Number:


THIS FORM WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL 2006 ANNUAL DUES ARE PAID, COMPLETE INFORMATION IS
PROVIDED AND CORRECT FEES ARE SUBMITTED. NEW OR REINSTATED MEMBERS SHOULD REFER TO
THE GENERAL COMMENTS IN THESE YELLOW PAGES AND ATTACH A MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION, WITH
THE APPROPRIATE FEES, FOUND IN THE BACK OF THIS ISSUE.


MEMBER NAME
ADDRESS
CITY
E-MAIL ADDRESS


MEMBER NO.


_STATE ZIP
TELEPHONE NO.


ACTIVITY QUANTITY FEE TOTAL VALUE
REUNION REGISTRATION FEE X $ 5.00= $
ANNUAL LUNCHEON X $30.00= $
ANNUAL BALL X $15.00= $
DISCO DANCE (FRIDAY) X $ 5.00= $
DISCO DANCE (SATURDAY) X $ 5.00= $
PANAZONIAN DANCE X $12.00= $
GOLF TOURNAMENT PLAYERS X $79.00= $
GOLF LUNCHEON GUESTS X $32.00= $
TOTAL FEES $
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


Member/Card Holder Signature:


Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)


MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH PAYMENT TO:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC., 7985 113th STREET, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4787

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 reg-
istered names so they can receive complimentary breakfast tickets.
NAME AGE NAME AGE
1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.
New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application.







ANNUAL LUNCHEON

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


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


Special seating requests:


GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION: Deadline is June 22, 2006 (See Page H for instructions)

Name (Please Print)

NAMES OF TWOSOME OR FOURSOME YOU WISH TO PLAY WITH:
Name Age On Hdcp or Avg Atl or Pac Amateur
7/1/06 18-hole score Sider or Pro

2.
3.
4.
4._________ ____ _________ _______ ______


Circle category of competition: 1
1. Men's individual medal play.


2 3
2. Women's individual medal play.


3. 2-Person scramble (team prize)


Cost: Golf and Awards Luncheon: $79.00 per person - Non-Golfing Luncheon Guests: $32.00 per person

Luncheon Guest Names


# Golfers Amount submitted: # Luncheon Guests Amouni

Number of golfers taking the bus to Shingle Creek Golf Course

HOTEL RESERVATION CHECK-IN 3:00 P.M.


t submitted:


ARRIVAL DATE:
Estimated Time of Arrival:
Are you Flying or Driving ?


DEPARTURE DATE:
P.M. /A.M. (Circle one)


TYPE OF ROOM REQUESTED RATE FOR SINGLE/DOUBLE IS $121.00 per night, plus tax.
No Preference Non-Smoking room
Standard King Smoking room
Queen Double Accessible Room (King Only)
Two bedroom Villa ($241.00 per night, plus tax)


Names of other room occupants: Please make sure you list all registered names SO THEY CAN RECEIVE COMPLI-
MENTARY BREAKFAST TICKETS.
1. 2.
3. 4.
SPECIAL NEEDS REQUESTS:

HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE/One Night's Deposit ($121.00 or $241.00)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to: Caribe Royale)
Credit Card Number: Exp. Date
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)
Member/Card Holder Signature:


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


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HELPFUL REUNION INFORMATION


SRefer 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 com-
fort 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 badges, information packet, pre-ordered event tickets
and free breakfast passes. At registration, a volunteer will review with you what is in your enve-
lope 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 IF your class reunion chairperson
has furnished us with this information. In the event he/she has not, we will do all that we can to
assist you to locate your class reunion activities.

We will be providing you with more information in each Canal Record between now and the
2006 Reunion to assist you in making your reunion one to remember for all time.

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.

The theme for the 2006 Reunion is "Panama Discovered". We selected this theme to keep
our attention on our beloved home back in Panama! While at the Friday and Saturday night
dances enjoy the decorations. Friday will be "School Spirit Night" and Saturday will be our
"Panama Discovered Night" with a nautical theme.


















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2006 ANNUAL REUNION
Caribe Royale, Orlando, Florida
July 19 23, 2006

REUNION CO-COORDINATORS: BILL McLAUGHLIN AND BOB RUSSELL

VOLUNTEER CHAIRPERSONS

Reunion Registration Cheryl Russell and Joan Ohman
Hotel Reservations Darleen Hunt
Information/Secretary Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Security Allison McLaughlin
Golf Tournament Margot Jordan
Vendors John Gough and Muriel Whitman
Transportation Bill McLaughlin
Bingo Jim O'Donnell
Dances Bob Russell, Bill and Margaret McLaughlin
DJ Dances Jacque Vowell
Annual Luncheon Lou and Jan Andino
Class and Mini-Reunions Jim Parthenais
Despedida Lottery Faith Brundage and Mary Lou Lang
Despedida Margaret McLaughlin
On-site Ticket Sales Steve Nehring and Skeeter Camby
Event Consultant Bill McLaughlin
Event Decorations Margaret McLaughlin

NOTICES CONCERNING REUNION ACTIVITIES

The 2006 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Caribe Royale from July 19 through July 23,
2006; 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 will 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.

GENERAL NOTICES

Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member before
May 15. 2006, 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 only those members who have paid their 2006
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 administrative 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 website at http://www.pancanalsociety.org may also be visited for an application
and information.

The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon, Dance Tickets and the Golf Tournament is June 22, 2006. The
deadline for receipt of hotel room reservations is June 1. 2006, 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 Villas are on a
first come first served basis. Once these Villas / Rooms are full, we cannot accept further reservations. We will have
a waiting list, but please plan accordingly.
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 22. 2006, 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. Contact the Lodging Chairperson or Society office to cancel your hotel
reservations.
The Caribe Rqyale'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 beverages
purchased at the hotel bars, and the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the confines
of the guest's room, in accordance with State law. No bottled alcohol will be carried into Society functions.
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.

REUNION REGISTRATION (Boca I Im)
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 website
http://www.pancanalsociety.org at the "On-Line Services" link.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING (Caribbean Ballroom VI & VII)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday. July 21, 2006. 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 22. 2006
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 Mr. Rodolfo R. Sabonge, Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing of the Panama Canal Authority. Prior
to this appointment he served as Marketing Manager, responsible for market and economic research, competitive intelligence,
and customer relations. Mr. Sabonge has worked with the Canal organization since 1986 holding several key management
positions in various divisions of the agency. It is our great pleasure to have Mr. Sabonge as our guest speaker this year. Come
join us for this informative talk about the Panama Canal today.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 22, 2006, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to limit-
ed 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
special 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 Breast with Pineapple Papaya Salsa, Coconut
Rice with Red Beans and Sweet Plantains or Ropa Viejo with Coconut Rice with Red Beans and Sweet Plantains.. Both will
be served with Sierra Salad (Fresh mixed greens, Roma tomato, Cucumber, Red cabbage, Alfalfa sprouts, Ranch dressing),
fresh rolls and butter, Flan and Coffee, Tea, Decaf.
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 Mr. Rodolfo Sabonge in this issue of the Canal Record.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DANCES (Grand Sierra Ballroom A I)
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 feature Tito
Mouynes y Conjunto. Dress is informal. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not be allowed into the ballroom.
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. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not be allowed into the ballroom.
Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DANCE TICKETS PURCHASED AT THE REUNION WILL BE AT THE RATE OF $15.00
FOR THE PANAZONIAN DANCE AND $20.00 FOR THE ANNUAL BALL. THEREFORE, ADVANCE PUR-
CHASE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.







FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DJ DANCES (Caribbean VI and VII)
Dance ticket requests will 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 (Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club)
Margot Jordan will be hosting the 26th Annual AMATEUR Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 20, 2006, at the Shingle
Creek Golf Club. It is an 18-hole par 72 Championship (7228 yards) golf course that provides an unforgettable golf experi-
ence. **Collared shirts and soft cleats are required. NO denim pants, denim shorts, or coolers are permitted.**
This year we will have three categories of competition:
1. MEN'S medal play flighted by age. (compete for individual prizes)
2. WOMEN'S medal play flight. (compete for individual prizes)
3. 2-PERSON SCRAMBLE flight (compete for team prizes)
REMINDER: PROS are welcome to play but cannot compete for prizes.
When you REGISTER you must choose one of the above three categories. Two person scramble teams will be flighted by
one-half of their combined team handicap as determined by the golf committee. If you don't select anyone to play with in the
competitions the golf tournament chairperson will place you with a partner or in a group based on your age, handicap and
whether you lived on the Atlantic or Pacific Side.
ROUND TRIP TRANSPORTATION between the Caribe Royale and Shingle Creek Golf Club will be provided and the
cost is included in the Golf Tournament Fee. Transportation will leave Caribe Royale Convention Center at 6:30 a.m.
and check in will be at 7:00 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. The awards luncheon (barbequed ribs, chicken and pulled
pork buffet) will be held in the Shingle Creek Golf Clubhouse and will start IMMEDIATELY after play ends.
ENTRY DEADLINE: June 22, 2006. The entry fee of $79.00 includes transportation, range balls, green fees, golf cart,
luncheon, awards, and lots of door prizes. The field will be limited to 120 players so send in your registration form early.
Unless advised by the committee, consider yourself registered, as no confirmation will be sent out. I.D. tags, given to you
when you check in at the golf club are needed for admittance to the awards luncheon, so please display on your person. Players
are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon at a cost of $32.00 per guest. This includes favors
and door prizes. Regrettably transportation to and from the golf course cannot be provided for guests.
Player's flights, tee assignments, and Thursday morning bus pickup schedule will be posted on Wednesday afternoon by
the Society information desk across the halt from the vendors.

BINGO (Caribbean Ballroom II)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of charge bingo games on both Friday from 2:00 p.m. 5:00
p.m., and Saturday from 3:00 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, July 23. 2006. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m., and The Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on sale to members by the hotel. Come early
and get a good seat.
The Folkloric Dancers Recuerdos De Mi Panama will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance
group will be available afterwards for photographs. What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the
Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!

DESPEDIDA LOTTERY
Despedida 2006 will also feature the drawing of the 5th 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 available at the Despedida
Lottery tables located outside the Society Registration Room. ALL of the monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky
prizewinners. A WORD OF CAUTION YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT THE DESPEDIDA IN ORDER TO WIN. NO
REFUNDS

CLASS AND MINI-REUNIONS
Members desiring to hold a class or mini-reunion 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-
ety.org. THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PERSONNEL DISCUSS ANY
ARRANGEMENTS, UNTIL THE ADVANCE APPROVAL PROCESS IS COMPLETE. Class and mini-reunions requir-
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 with the Society's scheduled activities. In
order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion, class 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 2006 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 22. 2006.
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 reunionvendors@pancanalsociety.org. Printable Vendor Applications are also avail-
able on the Society's website, http://www.pancanalsociety.org.

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. 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 discuss are also
welcome to visit the Secretary during posted operating hours.

***THE SOCIETY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE 2006 REUNION DATES.***

MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by June 22, 2006
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 June 22, 2006.

NOTICES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS

GENERAL COMMENTS
Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2006 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 $121.00/$241.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning July 17 through July
24, 2006.
Except in special circumstances, only one suite/villa 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.

SUBMISSION OF HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION FORM

Reservations must be received by June 1. 2006 at the Society Office.
To reserve a suite or villa, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D must be complet-
ed 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, Fl
33772-4787 no later than June 1, 2006.
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.

HOTEL STIPULATIONS
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.









BAILE PANAMENO CLASS

Friday, July 21, 2006

Recuerdos de Mi Panama, the Panamanian dance group that per-
forms at our Despedida will once again be teaching unique dance steps
used in the "typical" dances from Panama during the reunion. You will
also learn the historical significance behind the different dances. You
don't need to be an accomplished dancer to participate. Beginners ate
welcome! Join us to refresh your dancing skills or learn to dance
"Tipico" style for the first time. Cost for this class is $15.00 per person
or $25.00 per couple. Class will be held on Friday, July 21, 2006 from
3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Caribbean VI. Pre-registration is
necessary and a minimum of 6 participants is required to conduct the
class. In the event there are not enough participants to hold the class,
your fee will be promptly refunded to you. Complete your registration
now. You won't want to miss this opportunity.

DEADLINE is July 1, 2006.













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Registration deadline is July 1, 2006.

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Panama Canal Authority

Topic for 2006 Annual Luncheon


Guest Speaker for the 2006 Annual Luncheon


Mr. Rodolfo Sabonge
Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing
Panama Canal Authority


Mr. Rodolfo R. Sabonge is the Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing of the Panama Canal
Authority. Prior to this appointment he served as Marketing Manager, responsible for market and eco-
nomic research, competitive intelligence, and customer relations. Mr. Sabonge has worked with the
Canal organization since 1986 holding several key management positions in various divisions of the
agency.

In the private sector, Mr. Sabonge worked in the electronics industry in the United States for four years.
After returning to Panama, he held the position of General Manager of the Panama Railroad. He later
worked as assistant to the president for Panama's largest cement and concrete products manufacturer.
Mr. Sabonge has also been a professor of post-graduate studies at two private universities in Panama.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame, he did post-graduate
studies in Business Administration at the University of Miami in Florida, and in 1996 he obtained a
Master's degree in Maritime Development from the School of Law at the University of Panama. He is
also an alumni of the 1997 International Program for Port Planning and Management sponsored by the
Port of New Orleans together with the National Institute of Ports and Waterways of the George
Washington University, and in 1998 he participated in the National University of Singapore (NUS) -
Stanford University Executive Program.

Mr. Sabonge has participated as speaker in numerous maritime related courses and conferences both
in the United States and abroad.






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Saturday Night Ball
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"

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


THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
IS PROUD TO PRESENT TWO EVENINGS OF EXCITING
ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR PLEASURE!
8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
Friday Night
Join us for the PanaZonian Dance with
"Tito Mouynes y Conjunto"

Featuring: Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz






Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinator

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50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

On August 27, 2005, Tom and Barbara Peterson cele-
brated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a dinner party for
family and friends at the Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club
in Sarasota, Fla.
They were married August 27, 1955, on Governors Island,
N.Y. Tom and Barbara are the proud parents of Carol, Diane
and Elaine, all of whom live in Florida. They also have nine
grandchildren.
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Back (L-R): Jason, Eric, Christy and Carol (Peterson)
Heintz, Diane (Peterson) Pearson, Elaine (Peterson),
Mike, Tom, Chimere and Sid Little. Middle (L-R): Kristle,
Timmy and Michelle Pearson. Front: Tom and Barbara
Peterson.


FARNSWORTH PETERSON

Jim and Jerri (Hunt) Farnsworth proudly announce the
engagement of their daughter Brooke Anne to Mark
Howard Peterson of Minneapolis, Minn. Brooke is the
granddaughter of Louise Hunt and Camilla Farnsworth.
Brooke and Mark's wedding ceremony will be held in
Merritt Island, Fla. on February 4, 2006. They will reside in
Minneapolis, Minn. where they are both employed as actuar-
ies.


NANCY IVORY

Nancy Ivory earned a Master of Science Degree in
Psychology with a specialization in counseling psychology
from Capella University, an accredited online university
headquartered in Minneapolis. She maintained a grade point
average of 4.0.
Nancy is the daughter of the late Billy Rankin and Ginny
(Kleefkens) Rankin of Lakewood, Wash. She resides in
Lakewood with her husband Jake Saunders and son
Mitchel.


Nancy Ivory


ANDREW KOZAR WINS "EMMY"

The family of Andrew Kozar, the son of the late Andrew
Kozar who was a police officer on the Atlantic side from
1950-1968, is proud and excited to announce that Andrew
won an "Emmy" for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Non-
Fiction Program, an award of excellence in his profession.
Andrew edited the episode entitled "We're Moving Up the
Food Chain" which won the award for the television show of
"The Amazing Race".


Brooke Anne Farnsworth and Mark Howard Peterson Andrew Kozar (pictured on the right) with his Emmy award






After earning a degree in Communications from UMass
Amherst in 1984, Andrew worked in the television and video-
editing fields in Massachusetts and Connecticut before mov-
ing to Los Angeles in 1992. Since that time, Andrew has
worked on such programs as "Hard Copy", "The Jaime
Kennedy Experiment" and most recently "The Amazing
Race".
Andrew lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and
two daughters. He is currently starting his own video-biogra-
phy business as well as working on the next series of "The
Amazing Race".

Joan Kozar-Murphy
Trinity, Fla.




BOTZENMAYER BIRTHDAY

Bob Botzenmayer celebrated his 89th birthday in March
2005 along with his daughter Lynne Botzenmayer Armfield
of Hilton Head, S.C. Bob worked in the Canal Zone from
1945-1973 when he retired as Chief Engineer for SCN. The
Botzenmayers retired to Bradenton, Fla. where his wife
Frances Botzenmayer passed away in June 2001. His
daughter Sharon resides in Topeka, Kan., and son David
Botzenmayer resides in Ft. Mill, S.C. In 2003 Bob moved up
to Hilton Head where he lived close to his daughter Lynne.
While in the Zone the Botzenmayers lived in Cocoli,
Rousseau and Curundu. Bob, along with his partner Cleve
Soper, recorded records for Lucho, Leroy Lewis and the first
record of The Lancers. Bob passed away on July 24, 2005.


HENRY V. ROSS TURNS 90


Henry V. Ross "Hank", of Panama City, Fla. and for-
merly of Margarita, C.Z., turned 90 years young on July 25,
2005. Family members who could make the trip got together
at the last minute and made a surprise visit. Martha kept the
secret, and Hank was surprised.
Son, Capt. Don A. Ross (BHS'64), presently of Austin,
Texas drove in. Son J. Michael Ross of Chicago, ll. flew in,
as did daughters Karen (Ross) Gelinas of Grand Forks, N.D.
and Carol (Ross) McBride (CHS'72) of Wilmington, N.C.
Don's son, Marcus E. Ross (BHS'86), flew in from New
York City and Lauren McBride (Carol's daughter) drove
down from Atlanta.
After opening his train set, everyone in the room said,
"Next B-day, let's get him more track!" The entire group
went to a dinner at the Boar's Head Restaurant in Panama
City Beach, hosted by Don Ross. Complete with a wine tast-
ing, Hank celebrated in style, dining on Oysters Rockefeller
and fresh Mahi-mahi. Hank said that he had a wonderful time
and was looking forward to another 90 years and more track
for his train set.


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Hank Ross on 90th birthday


Bob Botzenmayer with his daughter Lynne Botzenmayer
Armfield.


ZONIAN OPENS BUSINESS

Jean Medinger McGuire, a 4th generation Zonian,
proudly announces the opening of her new business, McGuire
Professional Services (McGuire Pro), in Safety Harbor, Fla.
Jean is a Virtual Assistant offering administrative, cre-
ative, and marketing services to businesses nationwide.
McGuire Pro also provides graphic design services including
new logo design and art creation for print media.
A member of International Virtual Assistants Association






(IVAA), Jean also specializes in PowerPoint presentation,
customer contact, internet research, and data gathering. To
round out the marketing portion of McGuire Pro services,
Jean joined Geiger as an independent representative for
advertising specialty and promotional product sales. Jean's
husband Gary is an integral part of the business, providing
expertise in multimedia presentations and graphic design.



ALLISON McLAUGHLIN
GRADUATE


WEDDINGS


WILSON CHASE

Michael Chase, son of Constant (Woody) and Armenia
Chase, and Kimberly (Wilson) Chase were married in
Miami, Fla. in the Macarthur Presbyterian Church on October
9, 2004. The wedding service was performed by Michael's
aunt, Rev. Carole Chase (Woody's sister).
The newlyweds took a delayed honeymoon to Panama for
a week so that Kim could see Panama in all its splendor. They
have since moved to Tallahassee and recently purchased a
townhouse there.


Rev. Carole Chase, Kimberly and Michael Chase,
Armenia and Constant Chase.


Allison McLaughlin graduates from the Withlachoochee
Technical Institute's Criminal Justice Academy. Allison is
now working on her Bachelor's Degree.

PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ONLINE SERVICES

Visit the Panama Canal Society website for online servic-
es for membership applications and membership
renewals, general membership meetings and minutes, and
Canal Record area reporter information.

http://www.pancanalsociety.org/







AHLSTROM BERTO

Aaron and Jodi Ahlstrom are happy to announce their
marriage which took place on May 20, 2005, at Lalati Resort
in the Fiji islands. The tropical setting created an enchanted
wedding site. They reside in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Aaron's grandparents, Erwin and Dorothy Ramsey,
deceased, and mother Diane (Dee) Ramsey Ahlstrom, were
former residents of Margarita; his father and stepmother,
Arlen and MaryLynn Ahlstrom, live in Vero Beach, Fla.
Jodi's parents, James Berto and Diane Berto reside in
Atlanta, Ga.


bridesmaids in long dresses of sage color. The band played a
rousing rendition of "La Bamba" as the bride and groom
returned down the aisle as man and wife.
After the Ciepiela family left the Canal Zone in 1980,
Celia went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree from Williams
College and postgraduate Master's degree from Columbia
University. Among other things, she lived and worked in
Russia for four years and now owns her own business in
international development (AIS Development) in partnership
with her husband. Andrew managed a shrimp farm and pro-
cessing plant in Aguadulce from 1983 to 1989 and has done
extensive work in fisheries and aquaculture for the World
Bank and USAID since then. He recently returned from Sri
Lanka where he conducted an assessment of the fishing
industry to identify opportunities for recovery activities and
is headed to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to conduct a similar
assessment.
Celia and Andrew met while both were working on an
international development project in Uganda. Many of their
friends, made during various periods living abroad and on
international business travels, attended the wedding, includ-
ing guests from Canada, China, Panama, Russia, and
Singapore. The Kaelins reside in Taos where their home and
business offices are located.


Aaron and Jodi Ahlstrom


CIEPIELA KAELIN

Celia Ciepiela (BHS'80) and Andrew Kaelin, a former
resident of Panama for six years, were married in Taos, N.M.
on August 27, 2005. Members of the wedding party were
Celia's two sisters--Catherine (BHS'79) and Marie (a 1980
graduate of Curundu Jr. High School)--along with Andrew's
sister Barbara. Andrew's two sons, Andres and Anwar,
were groomsmen and his Chinese business partner Lucky
Liu was best man. Jack Gaughan, the ring bearer is Marie's
five-year-old son and Ava Hunter Kaelin, the one-year-old
daughter of Celia and Andrew, was flower girl. The bride was
dressed in a long, strapless gown of ivory satin, with the


Celia Ciepiela holding Ava Hunter Kaelin and Andrew
Kaelin.


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

DECLAN JOSEPH MORRISSEY

Anne and Joseph Morrissey (BHS'87) of Rehoboth
Beach, Del. proudly announce the birth of their son Declan
Joseph, born on June 11, 2005. Declan was welcomed by sis-
ter Erin.
Grandparents are Noeline and the late Capt. Joseph
Morrissey of East Hampton, N.Y., and Anne and Pat Harris
of Rehoboth Beach, Del.


Joseph Morrissey holding Declan Joseph (3 months) and
Anne Morrissey holding Erin (2-1/2 years).


FREDERICK DAVID
HENRY RAMBO IV


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Frederick D. H. Rambo IV and grandmother Linda
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Jeremy Carter-Pinson, 26, of Seminole, Fla. died
September 16, 2005 at home.
He was born in Panama City, Panama, and moved to
Seminole in 2003 from Atlanta. For two years he owned and
operated All Times Audio in Largo.
Survivors include a daughter, Zoey Elizabeth Carter-
Pinson, Atlanta, and a brother, Jamison Carter-Pinson,
Seminole.


Phillip "Lucky" Casaus of Broken Arrow, Okla. passed
away August 20, 2005 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Phillip had recently attended his 45th high school reunion
from Balboa High School at the 2005 Orlando Reunion. He
is survived by his wife Mary Ann Casaus (BHS'60). No fur-
ther information available at this time.


Lois Ruth Hohmann Engel, 78, died August 14, 2005, in
Delaware, Ohio.
She was born on March 8, 1927, in the Republic of
Panama to Kathryn (Gardner) and Frank Hohmann, Canal
Zone government workers. She started elementary school in
Balboa but then moved to Cristobal continuing her education
through two years in Cristobal High School before moving
back to the Pacific side. After graduating from Balboa High
School in 1944, Lois attended college in West Virginia and
Virginia and graduated from the Richmond Professional
Institute of the College of William and Mary and the Physical
Therapy School of Virginia Commonweath.
She married Lewis Engel, a cargo specialist for the
Military Sea Transportation Service, in 1949 and moved to
Queens, N.Y.; upon his retirement in 1969, she and her fami-
ly moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. where she continued her
career as a physical therapist at St. Anthony's Hospital. She
was a member of Central Bible Church. Her husband passed
away in 1986. After retiring in 1990, Lois moved to
Delaware, Ohio, where she lived for the rest of her life.
Lois had a lifelong love for the piano, from playing in a
Canal Zone USO during World War II to playing for elderly
homebound friends. She enjoyed classical music and reading.
She had many warm memories of growing up in the Canal
Zone and spoke of those days often to her family.
Lois is survived by two daughters, Diane Engel and
Laura Slider and her husband Jeff and two grandchildren, all
of Delaware, Ohio; a brother and sister-in-law, Roy and
Marlys Hohmann of St. Cloud, Minn.; nieces and a nephew;
grandnieces and a grandnephew; and many friends.


Charles Clayton Fears II, 90, of Blairsville, Ga. died
August 15, 2005 at San Fernando Clinic in Panama after a
lengthy illness.
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He was born February 19, 1915 in Ossining, N.Y., the eld-
est of seven children, and was raised in Asheville, N.C. and
Waterbury, Conn. before moving to the Canal Zone in 1942,
where he began his career with the Canal Zone Police. His
wife, Betty, and children joined him in 1944. He retired in
1972 as Captain; District Commander of the Pacific side.
They retired to St. Petersburg, Fla. He was preceded in death
by his first wife, Betty Saffo Fears of Ansonia, Conn., in
1977. He resided with his wife of 27 years, Joyce Fears, in
Blairsville, Ga. where they have lived for several years. Prior
to that they lived in Dothan, Ala.
Charlie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where
he served as a past Grand Knight. He was a lifelong member
of the Elks Club, the National Police Chiefs Association, the
National Rifle Association and the Columbus Catholic
Church. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
Mr. Fears was an accomplished tenor and sang profes-
sionally and non-professionally during his lifetime. Singing
gave him great joy, and to his audience, great pleasure, up
until the time of his death. Charlie had many hobbies and
played the cello, organ and harmonica. He was an accom-
plished cook, his favorites being ceviche de corvina, southern
fried chicken, peach cobbler, and making then bottling his
own root beer. He was an announcer for St. Mary's radio sta-
tion HOLY in Panama City for several years. He was on a
bowling team, played tennis, was an avid fisherman, once
catching a baby shark in his own hands (he let it go)! He par-
ticipated in the C.Z. Police Pistol Competitions. He built his
own 35-foot recreational boat from scratch to finish. Charlie
loved travelling and got his pilot's license in 1960. He flew
throughout the country of Panama, visiting friends in the
Volcan on several occasions. He owned several motor homes
and drove between Panama, Central America, Mexico, the
U.S. and Canada on four occasions. He and his wife traveled
in Europe, Canada and Hawaii, and enjoyed visiting the great
cathedrals of the world during their travels.
He leaves behind his wife, Joyce of Blairsville, Ga.; his
son, Charles C. Fears of Scotch Plains, N.J.; his daughter,
Elizabeth P. Goldstein of Panama; sister, Elizabeth Lucid of
Naugatuck, Conn.; brother, James Fears of Tacoma, Wash.;
stepson, Randy Emmons of Woodbury, Conn.; stepdaughter
Sharron Emmons of Meriden, Conn.; six grandchildren and
11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.


William Robert Gamble Jr., 46, died following open
heart surgery on July 3, 2005.
He was born at Gorgas Hospital in 1959. He was com-
missioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon grad-
uation from Texas A&M and later served in Panama as the S2
of the 4th Battalion, 10th Infantry, stationed at Ft. Davis,
Canal Zone. He received a MS in computer science from
George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and







worked with GE, Lockheed Martin and Arion Systems, Inc.
He is survived by his parents, William and Arlene (Lim)
Gamble; his sister, Michelle Van Gilder and his very signifi-
cant other, Karen Uhlir; his aunts and uncles, Alex Lim, Alvin
Lim, Aurora Lim Holloway, Alice Lim and Sandra Lim
Aubrey. He was predeceased by his son, William R. Gamble
III; his aunts, Pauline Lim Golding, Angelica Lim Wong, and
his uncle, Andy Lim.


Jimmy I. Gewin, 50, died suddenly in Pompano Beach,
Fla. on August 6, 2005. Jim was born in Cleveland, Texas on
October 12, 1954. He moved with his family to the Canal
Zone in 1965 where they resided in Gatun. He graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1972.
Jim graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
in 1976, then served in the U.S. Air Force for two years. After
leaving the Air Force, Jim worked in computer programming
in Washington, D.C., in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and in
Pompano Beach.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Gewin, of Pompano
Beach; his sister, Becky Gewin and brother, Mark Gewin, of
San Carlos, Costa Rica; and his brother, Douglas Gewin, of
Austin, Texas.


Shirley Ann Beasley Carlson Givonetti, 77, passed
away September 23, 2005 in Sandy, Utah.
She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on June 2, 1928.
She was the daughter of the late Dick Beasley, and Rachel
and Harry Carlson. She graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1946. While attending a USO dance, she spotted a
tall man playing the trumpet (he was in the Army), and deter-
mined that's who she was going to marry. So she and Paul
Givonetti were married in the Canal Zone in 1948. He took
her to New York where they lived until 1965 when they
moved to the Canal Zone with their two daughters, Terry and
Patty. They retired in 1976 and moved to Kerrville, Texas.
After Paul's death, Shirley moved to Charlotte, N.C. and then
to Austin, Texas where she lived for the last 13 years. In
March 2005 she moved to Sandy, Utah due to failing health
and to be with her daughter Terry and older grandchildren.
Shirley will be remembered through her accomplishments
in the 1970s on and off stage at the Ancon Theatre Guild,
Surfside Theatre, United Way Productions and Balboa High
School Drama/Thespian Club supporter. She would want us
all to remember a famous line from the musical Mame,
"Life's a banquet, and most people are starving to death". She
was also a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include daughters Terry Carroll, Patty Gaston
and son-in-law Robert Gaston; brothers Herb Carlson and
Jack Carlson; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;
nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Mary E. Kutzbach Hanna, 86, of Clearwater, Fla.
passed away on September 23, 2005 after a period of declin-
ing health.
Mary was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1919. At
the age of nine, Mary and her family moved to Kenmore,


N.Y. and remained there until she finished high school and
business school. In 1939, she visited her sister, Ruth, and hus-
band Lloyd Peterson, who lived on the Atlantic side of the
Isthmus. While there, Mary applied for a civil service posi-
tion and began working for the Army in France Field. Then
she met Robert K. Hanna who worked for the Panama Canal
Company in Cristobal. They were married in 1941, and had
four sons: Bob, Bill, Tom and John.
After holding various positions on the Atlantic and Pacific
sides, Mary retired as the Gorgas Hospital Cashier in 1971.
Following Robert's retirement, they moved to Clearwater,
Fla.
Mary was active as a Scout Den Mother, a member of the
First Baptist Church of Balboa Heights, the Diablo Camera
Club, and the TOPS Club. She was also a member of the
Panama Canal Society for many years.
Mary is survived by her husband, Robert K. Hanna, of
Clearwater, Fla.; her sons, Bob of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; Bill
of Mary Esther, Fla.; Tom of Clearwater, Fla.; and John of
San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren; and four great-grand-
children.


Sara Ann "Sally" Hickman, 67, of Largo, Fla. died
August 2, 2005 at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, of can-
cer.
She was born in Westfield, Mass., the daughter of the late
Charles D. McConnell and the late Doris M. Liswell
McConnell. She spent her early years in the Panama Canal
Zone, returning to Westfield where she lived most of her life.
She moved to Largo in 2001. She worked for Columbia
Bicycle in Westfield and was a homemaker. She enjoyed arts
and crafts and spent many hours surfing the net with WebTV.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Billy J.; a
daughter, Bonnie Taylor, Westfield; three sons, Donald,
Westfield, Dwayne, Clearwater, and William, Florence,
Mass.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Carolyn (Glenn) Johnson, 77, passed away in
Clearwater, Fla. on September 9, 2005 after a lengthy strug-
gle with heart and lung problems.
Carolyn was born in Hildreth, Neb. on July 18, 1928, the
eldest child of Clifford and Edna Glenn. She went to the
Isthmus of Panama with her family in January 1940. Her
father was employed at the Maintenance Division in Balboa.
She graduated from Balboa High School in 1946.
In December 1946, she married Owen W. Smith. She was
employed by the U.S. Air Force at Albrook AFB for many
years. One of the high points of her work for the Air Force
was being able to accompany the A.F. Inspector General on a
tour of South America.
With her marriage to Robert L. Johnson in 1965, she
moved to the Atlantic side of the Isthmus and was employed
by the Panama Canal Company at the Industrial Division and
Housing Branch. During the course of her career, she
received many outstanding awards. She retired from govern-
ment service under the early retirement provisions of the
Treaty of 1979. When her husband, Bob, retired in 1980 they
made Kissimmee, Fla. their home. They moved to the Tampa
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area in 1988. Carolyn was an active member of the Panama
Canal Society, Inc. She chaired the registration responsibili-
ties for many reunions. She was a member of the Brown
Baggers and the Red Hat Society. Some of her many other
activities included traveling, bowling and doing various
crafts.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert; their
five children: Carol Dixon, Russell Smith, Teresa Dodson,
Patricia Zigenhagen and Judith Carrasco; two sisters, Lois
Brown and Hallie Witcher; and a brother, Stan Glenn. She is
also survived by eleven grandchildren and eight great-grand-
children.



Mary H. Kelly, 89, of Liberty Township passed away at
home October 2, 2005 under the loving care of her family and
Great Lakes Hospice. She was preceded in death by her hus-
band Herbert G., who was an electrician for the Panama Canal
Company from 1939-1964.
She is survived by her son, Herbert C. Kelly of Tamarac,
Fla.; six daughters, Jean Wells of Canyon Country, Calif.,
Patricia Richardson of Front Royal, Va., Mary Goode of
Houston, Texas, Ruth Kelly of Clarklake, Mich., Sharon
(Gerry) Zacharski of Niles, Mich., and Karen (Robert) Judd
of Oliver, Mich.; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchil-
dren; and special sister and friend, Marjorie Weeks of
Clarkdale, Mich.


Gladys Esther Dean Lasher, 85, of Vancouver, Wash.,
died August 18, 2005 following a long illness.
Gladys was born April 24, 1920, to Ira P. and Elizabeth
Dean in Overview, Pa. She attended school there and gradu-
ated from Enola High School after which she attended
Wheaten College. In 1938 she married Glenn Lasher and they
moved to the Canal Zone where she was very active in the
Gatun Civic Council, Margarita Baptist Church and later the
Coco Solo Community Church. She also worked in the Fort
Davis Library, Gatun Library and Coco Solo Library.
In 1977 she and Glenn moved to Vancouver, Wash. There
she was active in the Northside Baptist Church and working
in the library at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary. She also
enjoyed traveling, reading, quilting, and showing off the
Northwest to family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband and son Tim
and is survived by daughters Connie Pennington of
Hermiston, Ore.; Betsey Curtin of Spokane, Wash.; daughter-
in-law Coylene Lasher of Clarkston, Wash.; son Chris of
Cartersville, Ga.; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchil-
dren.


Dona R. LePage, 77, of Manchaca, Texas, died August
18, 2005 at South Austin Hospital in Austin, Texas.
Born on October 1, 1927 in Kenosha, Wis., Dona was the
daughter of the late Leith C. and J. Ruth (Loomer) Timme. In
1949, she graduated from Downer College in Madison, Wis.
On December 2, 1951, she married Gerald J. LePage in El
Paso, Texas and the couple celebrated their 50th anniversary
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in 2001.
Dona was an Occupational Therapist and served in the
U.S. Army from 1949 through 1952. Later, she worked at
Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C. from 1959
through 1965. She continued to serve as an Occupational
Therapist at the Corozal Mental Hospital in the Canal Zone,
Panama, until her retirement in November of 1981. Her hus-
band Jerry taught history at Balboa High School before he
and Dona retired and left Panama. Both of their children
graduated from BHS. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society, Inc.
She enjoyed a lifetime of traveling and living abroad with
her husband and family. She had a great love for the arts,
wildlife and caring for her pets.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald of Manchaca; son,
Christopher LePage of Ft. Worth, Texas, and daughter,
Tammis Lewis of Allen, Texas; sisters, Margaret Farr, Letha
Hopkins and Mary (Lib) Hartnell; four grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren.


Eleanor (Ellie) Mayo, 77, of Palm Bay, Fla. died
September 15, 2005 at Palm Bay Community Hospital
She was born in Elizabeth, N.J. and was an accomplished
musician. After graduating from Battin High School, she
attended Juilliard School of Music and Syracuse University.
She taught piano and organ, remaining active in the music
field throughout her life.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Lt. Col. Ret.
Frank Mayo (BHS'51); her son, Major Ret. Colin Mayo; two
daughters, Erin Fletcher and Colleen Friedman; and seven
grandchildren. (Excerpted from the Parrakeet Voyager.)


Mathilda Heckman McConaghy, 93, of Clearwater, Fla.
passed away September 12, 2005 at Mease Countryside
Hospital, Safety Harbor, Fla.
Mathilda was born in Mahanoy City, Pa. on October 26,
1911. She was a registered nurse, a graduate of the School of
Nursing of Plockley, the Philadelphia General Hospital. After
duty as a staff nurse at the U.S. Veterans Hospital in
Aspenwall, Pa., she received a transfer to Gorgas Hospital,
Ancon, Canal Zone.
After their retirement in 1975 she and her husband, John
J. McConaghy, came to Clearwater, Fla., to make their home.
John passed away in 1985. While in Panama, they were active
members of the Amador Yacht Club, owners of the sturdy
boat Viking. John's catch of a 901-lb. Black marlin in the
vicinity of the Perlas Islands was a Panama Bay record.
Mathilda was a member of the Parish of St. Michael the
Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater, Fla., the Panama
Canal Society, Inc., and of NARFE.
She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen M. Campbell,
who after a long term of duty in South Korea, is now settled
in Suffolk, Va.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchil-
dren; and a great-great-grandchild.


Donnalee Marie McHenry died suddenly at home in
Brentwood, Calif. on March 8, 2005. After World War II her







family moved to Panama, where her father was employed by
the Glidden Paint Company. Donna graduated from high
school and attended college in the Canal Zone.
She returned to California in the early 1950s and worked
for the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Lawrence
Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. In 1968 she married Patrick
McHenry and the couple bought the Brentwood Funeral
Home in 1969 and operated it until 1993. Donna was an avid
animal lover and worked as a volunteer for the Contra Costa
County Animal Control Department for over 10 years. She
was a member of the Brentwood Womens Club and the East
Contra Costa Historical Society.
In addition to her husband Patrick, she is survived by her
daughter, Erin Meredith Tiras (Richard) of Pleasant Hill,
Calif.; her sister, Meredith Gonzalez (Jorge) of Panama City,
Panama, and two nieces, a nephew and a great niece, also all
of Panama City, Panama.


Fred A. Newhard Jr., 61, died of cardiopulmonary dis-
ease and leukemia on September 9, 2005 in Pleasant Valley,
N.Y. He was surrounded by his wife and family, and his close
neighbors and friends.
Fred was born on August 20, 1944, at the Margarita
Hospital, Canal Zone. He was preceded in death by his par-
ents, Fred and Loretta Newhard, and infant sister, Fredda.
He grew up in Gatun, Canal Zone, enjoying "The Bush",
and was graduated from Cristobal High School in 1963. He
graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in West
Haven, Conn., and was a chef by trade employed by Vassar
College. He also was a salesman for Magurnos and Taconic
Wholesale in New York. He retired from the Highway
Department of La Grange, N.Y. He enjoyed their cats and
dogs, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of the White
Tail Archery Association, the National Turkey Federation,
Canal Zone DeMolay, and the Verbank Methodist Church in
Verbank, N.Y.
Fred is survived by his wife of 25 years, Hope Ann
Newhard, mother-in-law Patricia Kosinetz, sister-in-law
Patricia R. Kosinetz; his sisters, Carol Bleakley and her hus-
band Andy (of Cristobal) who live in San Diego, Calif. and
Ann Franklin and her husband Omar who live in Visalia,
Calif. and by nieces and nephews.


Willie James Pope, 74, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed
away February 15, 2005 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice
Home.
He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp during the
Korean Conflict and was stationed in the Canal Zone, where
he met and married Margaret Howell. They returned to
Winston-Salem and in 1983 he retired from Southern Bell
with over 30 years of service. He was an avid golfer and the
coach and manager for 25 years of the men's softball team at
Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church where he was a very
active and lifetime member. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society, Inc.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Margaret; three
daughters, Deborah Reeps and husband Wes of Winston-
Salem, April Moffett and husband Colin of Albemarle, N.C.


and Sherri Dyer and fiance Chuck of High Point; four grand-
children; three brothers, three nephews and two nieces.


Jackie Carl "Jack" Prather, 69, a resident of Dothan,
Ala. died August 29, 2005 in Biloxi, Miss. as a result of
Hurricane Katrina.
Jack was born April 8, 1936, in Centralia, Ill., and lived
the early years of his life there. He was a veteran of the
Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Army for 20 years
prior to his retirement in 1976. He was later employed with
civil service for 20 years as a manager of commissaries in
various locations.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie N. Prather of Dothan; a
son, Maurice Prather of Seattle; a brother and sister-in-law,
Jerry and Andra Prather of Centralia, Ill.; sisters and brothers-
in-law, Norma and Don Cerni of Florida, Doris and Tommy
of Texas, Carol West of Illinois and Marilyn and Earl Snyder
of Illinois. Two of his wife's sisters and their husbands, four
of his wife's brothers and their wives, and several nieces and
nephews also survive.


Daniel Bryant Rambo, 96, passed away July 24, 2005 in
Kingman, Ariz. No further information is available.


Father Paul (Carlos) Bogart Rankin, C.S.C., 92, passed
away on August 2, 2005 at the Holy Cross House, Notre
Dame, Ind.
He was born on July 4, 1913 in Ancon, Canal Zone. His
parents were Alvin M. and Agnes Walker Rankin. Father
Rankin attended elementary school in Cristobal, Canal Zone;
Cartago, Costa Rica; Tela, Honduras; and New Orleans, La.
His secondary education was in Cristobal, Canal Zone. He
graduated with a BA degree from Wittenberg College in
1934. He also earned an MA in English from Northwestern
University in 1937. He entered the novitiate at Rolling
Prairie, Ind. on August 15, 1942 and professed his first vows
on August 16, 1943. Father Rankin studied philosophy at the
University of Notre Dame and theology at Holy Cross
College in Washington, D.C. He was ordained a priest on
June 5, 1948 at St. Mary's Church, Balboa, Canal Zone, mak-
ing him the first priest to be ordained in Panama or the Canal
Zone.
Father Rankin was superior at Moreau Seminary at the
time the existing seminary was built. He was much loved by
many of the seminarians who were there at the time. He also
served Christ, the Church and the Congregation of Holy
Cross in Chile, Texas and Florida.
He is survived by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.


Carl O. Riggs, Jr., 86, a retired naval officer and profes-
sional engineer, died September 29, 2005.
He was born December 4, 1918 in Norfolk, Va. After
graduating from Las Vegas (Nevada) High School, he attend-
ed Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and graduated in
1940. He then joined the Naval Reserve and was called to
active duty to serve in World War II. After his release from
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active duty in 1946, he attended Virginia Tech to study civil
engineering for three years. He then moved on to pursue a
master's degree at Harvard only to be called back to active
duty for the Korean Conflict. During his military career Carl
attended Drexel University where he received an MS degree
in engineering mechanics in 1956. Carl was released from
active duty in 1961 as a Commander.
Carl spent the next eight years in the aerospace industry
working on engineering problems for the Saturn launch vehi-
cle. In 1969, he was employed with the Panama Canal
Company, first as a shipyard manager, then as a staff engi-
neer. He retired to Clearwater in 1979.
He was a past Master of Chagres Lodge in the Panama
Canal Zone, a member of the Shrine, and an active member
of the Masonic Order. Since retiring to Clearwater, he was a
member of St. John's Episcopal Church, serving the church in
various capacities including Lector.and Eucharistic Minister.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Amy Palmer-
Riggs. Other survivors include two sons, Lee (wife Carolyn)
of Tallahassee and Steve (wife Kathy) of Novi, Mich.; two
daughters, Anne (husband Mike) of Panama City, Fla., and
Susan of Atlanta, Ga.; nine grandchildren; six great-grand-
children; a brother, Howard (wife Ellen) of La Habra, Calif.,
a niece and nephew; two stepchildren, and four step-grand-
children.


James E. Stuart, 98, of Overlook Masonic Health Care
Center, Charlton, Mass., formerly of Widnoon, Armstrong
County and the Panama Canal Zone, died December 25,
2004.
He was employed in the Panama Canal Zone from 1940
to 1968 as an engineer on the locks and dams. While living in
the Canal Zone, he was a member of the Canal Masonic
Lodge, where he served as worshipful master in 1958. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
Surviving are four nephews, two nieces, and a brother,
David Stuart of Hawaii.


Eleanor Jane Sykes, 76, of Diamond City, Ark. died
peacefully on September 23, 2005 at her home with her fam-
ily by her side. She was born on February 28, 1929 in
Scranton, Pa. She was preceded in death by her parents and
brother Lewis Davies.
Clarence Sykes lived in Pedro Miguel as a young man and
attended the Canal Zone schools before joining the Navy
from there. He loved living in the Canal Zone where he had
fond memories of growing up there and decided to take his
family there when he was hired on as a machinist in 1960.
Eleanor along with her two children, Eddie and Sue, took the
long boat ride from New York stopping along the way in Port-
au-Prince, Haiti enroute to Panama where they joined
Clarence "Chick", who was already working at Pedro Miguel
Locks as a machinist. They lived in Gamboa until retirement
in December 1980. She was very active with the Order of the
Eastern Star and loved living in the Canal Zone. Upon retire-
ment Eleanor and Chick moved to Diamond City, Ariz. in
1981. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
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Eleanor is survived by her husband Chick of 55 years; a
son, Edward C. Sykes and his wife, Debbie Ocheltree Sykes
of Lead Hill, Ariz.; a daughter, Susan J. Paradise and her hus-
band, Thomas of Lead Hill, Ariz.; four grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren.


Heywood Bridger Tatem Jr., 86, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
died October 4, 2005.
Mr. Tatem was a graduate of the University of Virginia,
Virginia Poly Tech and Wharton's School of Business. He
spent most of his career as an Investment Advisor. He was a
World War II veteran who received two Purple Hearts and the
Silver Star while serving his country in the Army. He was a
member of the Ft. Lauderdale Yacht Club, Ft. Lauderdale
Museum of Art, Gold Coast Jazz Society, Jamestown Society,
the Panama Canal Society and Mensa.
Preceded in death by former wives, Ann Cobb and Lori
East. He is survived by his wife, Lee VanSiclen Tatem
(CHS'48); son Heywood Bridger Tatem III of Ft. Lauderdale;
stepchildren Timothy C. East of Idaho, Jeff East of Pompano
and Beverly East of Texas, Wm. Kim (Susan) Lloyd, Mark
(Natasha) Lloyd and Van Lloyd (Michael) Lebhaft all of Ft.
Lauderdale; three grandchildren; and four cousins.


Alice (Westman) Betancourt Weigold, 91, of Sanibel
Island, Fla. passed away on September 12, 2005.
She was born in Kansas and her family moved to Panama
when she was a toddler. She went to Canal Zone schools then
worked for several years at the Panama Hospital, then for the
Navy in Ft. Amador.
She was married to Sergio Betancourt who predeceased
her in the '60s. She later married Donald Weigold, and after
living in Panama for several years, they moved to Sanibel.
Donald died in February 2000.
She is survived by her nieces Louise (Tate) Schlegel and
Howie Laatz; nephews David Tate, Robert Adams and Donny
Adams, and stepsons Sergio and Richard Carlos Betancourt
and Donald and Curtis Weigold.


Jeanne A. Wood, 83, of Kennewick, Wash. passed away
on August 7, 2005 at Rosetta Assisted Living Center.
Jeanne was born in Great Falls, Mont. on July 8, 1922.
She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane
and attended Gonzaga in pre-nursing. She earned her RN in
nursing from St. Luke's in 1944. Jeanne joined the Army
Nurse Corp where she worked at Hoff General Hospital in
Santa Barbara, Calif. In March of 1945, she was shipped to
Manila, Philippines to the 313th General Hospital where they
were preparing for the invasion of Japan. In December, she
was shipped back stateside.
After leaving the Army, Jeanne traveled to the Panama
Canal Zone to work. While there, she met and married
William G. Wood on July 23, 1948. In 1953, with two young
sons, the family moved to Spokane, Wash. In 1962, they
moved to Clarkston, Wash., where they lived most of their
lives.
Jeanne kept active in the Presbyterian Church and various







clubs, volunteer positions, and part-time work at a doctor's
office. She was a lifelong contributor to many charitable
organizations. She was an avid reader and loved all forms of
sewing and needlework. Jeanne and Bill were Panama Canal
Society members and enjoyed many trips to Florida for Canal
Zone reunions and trips to California via Nevada to gamble.
Jeanne was preceded in death by William, her husband of
55 years. She is survived by three sons: Ernest J. (Alison) of
Pflugerville, Texas; Donald B. (Monica) of Antioch, Calif.;
Richard W. (Kathy) of Kennewick; five granddaughters, three
grandsons, and one great-granddaughter; her sister Mary J.
Rizzo (Harry) of Livermore, Calif.; brother-in-law Herb
Vonhof of Shelton, Wash., and three nieces and three
nephews.


E-MAIL ADDRESSES

The Panama Canal Society is not responsible for the accuracy
of the following email address directory. These addresses are
considered correct at the time of this printing. It is the
responsibility of the individual member to insure his/her email
is updated in the Society's database.

Aanstoos, Helen......................Haanstoos66@comcast.net
Adams, Catherine Ann (Ridge)..catheyradams@hotmail.com
Ahlstrom, "Dee" Ramsey.......deegypsy@unicom-alaska.com
Arsuaga, Lucy Munoz..................Lmunoz@centennialpr.net
Blake, Robert/Mary Sanford..seattlebob41@mailstation.com
Bliss, Emily.......................................... ebliss@ bellsouth.net
Bock, Richard W/Norma...mrbockl234@wmconnect.com
Brassey, Wayne........................webrassey@sbcglobal.net
Braswell, Helen...................... hbraswell@nc.rr.com
Brown, Terry A..........................czonianintx@sbcglobal.net
Burgoon, Richard and Sofia (Hilbert)...........risof@aol.com
Collins, Kimberly and Brad.........CZBratBMW@comcast.net
Cunningham, "Mickey"Virginia .....cunningm80@msn.com
DesLondes, James L and Linda...powersourcegolf@aol.com


Detamore, Patsy..............................pdetamore@aol.com
DeTore, Charles E and Nina...nldetore@mar.med.navy.mil
Eisenhauer, Albert and Marilyn............menike28@aol.com
Evans, Roberta....................evans_roberta@hotmail.com
Falasca, Carolyn Sanders/Angelo.....falascacs@hotmail.com
Garcia, George .......................................garcial4@charter.net
Geisel, Elizabeth (Hulloran)/Fred ....QVCL12421 @aol.com
Gerhart, Dorothy R and Jim..........gerhartjnd@verizon.net
Gibbs, Lois L...................................lois@freyinsurance.com
Gonzalez, Sharon (DeVore)/Frank..frankandsharong@att.net
Green, Rebecca A..........................greenbecky@webtv.net
Hardwick, Roger G and Margaret..........rogerh305@aol.com
Hatgi, John N....................jhatgi@verizon.net
Hayes-Garza, Linda..................lindamongirl@hotmail.com
Hernandez, Marie (Kerley)/Miguel......mammy291 @aol.com
Herold, Pam (Rowe) and Joe.............pherold@herolds.com
Hickman, Jeannie and Ernie.......................ehic@aol.com
Holmes, Paul H. and Eileen.......pholmes9@tampabay.rr.com
Horter, Tommie and Debbie...djhwatson0312@austin.rr.com
Howe, Vicki (Dunning)........................vhowe@mchsi.com
Hutch Jr, Aram H..........................ahatch7@yahoo.com
Johnson, Don/Barbara (Gillick)........bjohn713@comcast.net
Johnson, Nira Reyes.................. niradonjohnson@triwest.net
Kariger, Lee and Marian...................vyq.vyq@verizon.net
Kimball Sr, John T/Donna...........czjohnt@tampabay.rr.com
King, Lori and Frank...............................misty@verizon.net
Knoop, Roy.......................................royknoop@comcast.net
Lamkin, "Jodi" (Baron) and Jack.........lamkin@overland.net
Leavy, Tom and Marge....................... leavyone@aol.com
Marcum, John and Jody..........................jgmjad@msn.com
Martin, Billie B............................funfrogfarm@comcast.net
McNamee, Brian E............brianemcnamee@peoplepc.com
Morales, John A/Margaret (Kuhn).....jmoralessr@socket.net
Nespeca, Virginia L.............................jnespeca@aol.com
Oller, Melvyn and Elizabeth.............meloller@pa.inter.net
Parvin, Jane (Wilson).......................parvinjane@aol.com
Petrosky, Robert and Karen.....................petro50@cfl.rr.com
Ransom, Jerry/Glenda (Kent).........jerryransom@verizon.net
Rebennack, Bobbie Jo Oglesby/Al....rebennack@comcast.net
Seeley, Glenn and Christina............glennseeley@comcast.net
Sellers, Ev (Menges).......................evsellers@comcast.com
Spector, Norman and Dawn.............nspectorl968@aol.com
Sprague, Pat Meriwether/Bob...robertsprague@hotmail.com
Stinnett, Reid.................................... stinnett05@charter.net
Sturges, Jeff and Maribel...................sturgjd@webtv.net
Szymanski, Frederick F and Ana............szymn4@msn.com
Tindall, Theodore T/Hilda (Nufiez)... .thtindall@earthlink.net
Watson-Kaplan, Audrey........................audwat@aol.com
W illiams, Vivian...................................... vilola@aol.com
Williamson, Judy (Buehler)/Sid.....judnsid@alliancecom.net
Williford, Molly (Engelke)..............czmolly4ever@aol.com
Woodrow, Diana and Paul.............pwoodrow@bellsouth.net


Remember to pay

your 2006 membership dues

by December 31, 2005.







LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


ANOTHER PANAMA TRIP


In June 2005 Todd Mendenhall, Felicia Martinez-
Mendenhall, and Samantha Mendenhall of St. Petersburg,
Fla.; Kevin Byvik and Christina Martinez-Byvik of San
Diego, Calif.; Christy Goodwin of Tampa, Fla. and Simon
Mendenhall enjoyed a fun-filled trip to Panama.
Most of the trip was spent in Sea Cliff at the home of
Herb Mendenhall with many side trips for surfing, swim-
ming and shopping to Pal Mar, El Valle and Venao. The group
is pictured here at the Bay View Resort in Pal Mar.


Irvin, Gus Miskovsky, Carl Orvis, Billy O'Sullivan, Mark
Pescod, and Eva Roman. On both nights many alumni went
on to enjoy the Society dances and late night disco following
the class activities.


Suzanne Dolan, Michele iOwenI Pepe, Rebecca I
Mary (Thompson) Snavely, Linda (Cruz) Corrigan.
-I 90


Linda C. Goodwin
Tampa, Fla.




BHS CLASS OF 198o
25 YEAR REUNION

The Balboa High School Class of 1980 held a 25 Year
Reunion in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal
Society reunion on July 1 and 2, 2005 at the Caribe Royale
Resort in Orlando, Fla. The class had a casual get-together in
a Hospitality Suite on Friday night that featured Panama and
CZ style food including Johnny Mazetti, empanadas, and
ceviche de corvina brought direct from Panama. The evening
also featured a DVD of photos from High School and the
suite decorations included a turntable and a record collection
from the '70s and '80s. Many alumni had fun explaining to
their kids that this was how they used to listen to music!
On Saturday night the Class held a dinner-dance with
music provided by Jaime Niedda's band from south Florida.
The dance floor was packed and friends and family from
other classes joined in the festivities. Many unique awards
were presented and special recognition was given to members
of the Class of 80 who are serving or previously served in the
U.S. military, including John Bokor, Roger Forbes, John
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Eva Roman, Roger Forbes, Marcette (Benard) Kilgore


Gus Miskovsky, Roger Forbes, John Irvin, John Bokor


Richard Grimison, Bosco Hoyte, Carl Orvis



Richard Grimison, Bosco Hoyte, Carl Orvis























Standing (L-R): Lynn Quast, Stephanie (Nellis) Hayes, sue
(Kelleher) White, Michele (Owen) Pepe, Rebecca Harp.
Seated (L-R): Shirley (Garza) Wickery, Donna (Malin)
Meyerson.


Eva Koman, Lorl Allcea, Lournes tKoyo) tender,
Marcette (Benard) Kilgore. Front: Karen (Peugnet)
Brandl.


Roy Vazquez, Karen (Peugnet) Brandl, Terry Brown,
Yvonne Cooper, Darcy McTaggart.


Eva Roman, Margaret (Bivin) Coffin, Kaye Richey, John
Irvin, Carl Orvis.


DCI-IucI (.aoseuC (Iy) rari K III,
Pescod, Margaret (Bivin) Coffin.


The Class of 80 also sponsored a party in Panama on June
10, 2005 at Lum's that featured the music of Alex "Slim"
Reyes of Slim & Shorty, accompanied by Roland Folse on
bass and Omar on drums. They played all the Slim & Shorty
favorites!
Many thanks to the organizing committee for the Class
Reunion including Margaret (Bivin) Coffin, Danny Coffee,
Yvonne Cooper, John Corrigan, Richard Grimison,
Rebecca Harp, Sue (Kelleher) White, Donna (Malin)
Meyerson, Kathy (Newbury) Collins, Carl Orvis, Michele
(Owen) Pepe, Kaye Richey, Bernadette (Valle) Laug, and
Bobbee Sue (Weigle) Tyson.

Richard Grimison
Merritt Island, Fla.




EASTER VISIT


I celebrated a wonderful Easter in Mission Viejo, Calif.,
with my grandson Chris Hebble and his family. Chris is the
son of Judy (Oberholtzer/CHS'68) and Rich Hebble of
Highland Park, N.J.
While there, I met my one-year-old great-grandson Colin
for the first time.















Kerry Hebble (wife of Chris), Anita Oberholtzer, Chris
Hebble holding Colin.
Anita Oberholtzer
Clearwater, Fla.
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MORRIS VISIT

Will Morris (BHS'78) and kids passed through Frisco,
Texas on their way back home to San Antonio. Passing
through at lunchtime and giving the Frisco clan one hour
notice....brother Carlton and sisters Bliss and Victoria
grabbed (available) kids and met the travelers at Randy
White's BBQ joint.


This past winter it received a complete restoration.
For the trip to Orlando Nick Lancaster was Mario's nav-
igator and assistant driver. These two guys have known each
other since seventh grade at St. Mary's. Endless windshield
time was spent remembering growing up in Panama and the
Zone. There are so many memories of fun times growing up
in a land full of life and most of the time not too many wor-
ries.


Mario Jones and his Old Chevy


Back (L-R): Carlton Morris (BHS'79), Jake Connerton,
Carlton Jr. Front (L-R): Alexandria and Robbie Morris,
Drew Connerton, Will Morris and Victoria Hall. Photo
taken by Bliss Connerton (BHS'80).

This was the first time in several years the four Morris
kids were together at the same time. Since Will's family has
recently relocated from Virginia to Texas....more get-togeth-
ers will be planned.

Carlton A. Morris
Frisco, Texas





WHAT A TRIP!

This year Mario Jones (BHS'69) opted to use a different
means of transportation to get to Orlando from Moline, Ill.
and attend the Reunion. Many of you probably saw the Street
Rod that was parked in front of the convention center. Yes,
this is what Mario drove to the reunion.
He bought this 1940 Chevy Coupe Special DeLuxe with
a missing engine and transmission in Panama December
1967. Three months later, sporting a Chrysler Hemi and only
one seat, the car was used as transportation to Balboa High
School. Eventually a set of Corvair seats was installed so pas-
sengers could enjoy the ride. Many miles were logged taking
trips to Goofy Falls, Rio Mar, Santa Clara, The Causeway,
The Lighthouse, Gaillard Cut, El Rancho, other party loca-
tions and even a few trips to Costa Rica.
After college graduation, starting a family and relocating
to the U.S., Mario brought the car to the States. Once the kids
left home, the '40 Chevy regained its status in the family.
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What a wonderful trip in the Old Chevy....one that
brought two old friends closer together after so many years.

Mario Jones
Coal Valley, Ill.



PARRANDA '75

The group that came together for the BHS'75 reunion
began individual journeys from points around the world. It is
amazing how many classmates are still residing in our high
school paradise.
After a day of leisure Friday, the reunion was kicked off
that night with Happy Hour at the Country Inn & Suites in
Amador. The first sight of faces remembered and essentially
unchanged by time was remarkable. The meet and mix was
the icebreaker to get everyone reacquainted. After an hour or
so of "How've you been?" and "How are the kids?" the class-
mates moved on to dinner for 30 in the Casco Viejo area. The
old French quarter of the city was reminiscent of New
Orleans. The cobbled streets, small balconies, and ironwork
held such charm and grace. At that time of night the air was
soft, with cooling breezes coming off the bay. The restaurant,
Manolo Caracol, served French cuisine, primarily seafood.
Each dish was served with a flourish, each bite memorable.
Attendees sat down to what seemed like a 30-course feast,
carried on with an endless supply of wine.
Fellow out-of-town classmates included Dorothy
Culberson, Michelle (Hutchings) Humphrey, Sandra
Lord-Drakes, Noreen (Hanson) and Mitch McGaughey,
Roy Powell, Leslie (O'Brien) Sanders, Grace (Vogel) Seth,
and Cassandra (Lane) Zupancic. The local classmates were
Bill and Ana Bivens, Maribel Corco, Janice (Kunkel) and
Rick Doubek, Connie (Carrasquillo) and Roland Folse,
Kim (Atkinson) and Jim Ganser, John Husum, Ruthann
Kelleher, Kathy (McClain) and Jim Reid, Brenda (Scott)







and Joe Hummer, Sandy Toothman, Sol Torres, Georgina
Young and her fiance. There were a few others not in our
class who enjoyed the evening with us: Art Mokray and his
friend Mayra Arango, Diana (Duncan) and Dave Bishop,
Stephanie (Nellis) and Barkley Hayes, and statesiders:
Steve Gilbert and Marc Malavasic.
After this sumptuous meal, accompanied by many laughs,
exercise in the form of dancing was required. Some of us who
were jet-lagged and unused to that much fun decided to call
it a day and retreat to recover our energy. Some of the more
hardy and resilient of us went on to a neighboring bar to lis-
ten to local jazz artists, where we met up with a couple more
zonies, Jorge Bloise and Jay Hughes. From all accounts it
was a great start to the weekend.
Saturday started off with a bus tour to Miraflores Locks.
For those who have not been there for a while, the observa-
tion complex now includes a tower with rooftop viewing of
the ships traversing the locks. A three-story museum dedicat-
ed to the history and building of the canal is also housed in
the tower. From the observation deck, it was possible to see
ships transiting into the locks and onto the lake, great for tak-
ing photos. We continued the day with lunch at the old
Napoli's on J Street. The tour participants Joanie (Ridge) and
Scottie Cameron, Dorothy, Connie (tour guide), Michelle,
Sandra, Noreen and Mitch, Roy, Leslie, Grace, and
Cassandra.


Noreen (Hanson) McGaughey, Joanie (Ridge) Cameron,
Grace (Vogel) Seth, Cassandra (Lane) Zupancic, Connie
(Carrasquillo) Folse, Dorothy Culberson, Michelle
(Hutchings) Humphrey, Leslie (O'Brien) Sanders and
Sandra Lord-Drakes. Miraflores Locks.

After leaving the locks, we rode through Quarry Heights,
Diablo, Clayton and Albrook, touring past some of our old
homes. Many were still standing, but some had bowed to the
needs of progress. We stopped by the Panama Vacation
Quarters (owners: Colin Creel, Bill LeBrun, Ed McArthur,
and Bob Medinger) and took note of how the quarters could
be renovated into a cozy retreat for a family of four or five. It
was then on to the Causeway.
The city actually has a skyline similar to New York's with
an extensive financial district and towering apartment com-
plexes. The ride on the causeway finished with a stop at the
souvenir hut. Dangling from the supports of the hut were all
types of molas, necklaces, bracelets and souvenir shirts.


Saturday night was a bit quieter with 15 of us going to dinner
at Las Tinajas to see the folkloric dancers. We were up bright
and early on Sunday for the bus ride to the El Valle market to
satisfy the shoppers in the group. The market was packed
with shoppers and vendors. The rain poured down on the
market shortly after arriving, encouraging the need to shop.
We then went to Rio Mar for lunch, enjoying a typical
meal of corvina, patacones, ensalada, washed down with your
choice of cerveza or soda. We enjoyed the view of the beach
from the casino. Standing at the edge of the cliffs, looking out
to sea was spectacular. It was a spot begging to be pho-
tographed; the sea in its emerald tones, the blue sky and white
sand, the drowsing palm tree that defied gravity and clung to
the last bit of earth before the land disappeared into the cliffs.


Front (kneeling); Leslie and Noreen. Seated (L-R):
Cassandra, Grace, Michelle, Roy Powell, Maribel Corco,
Connie. Standing: Sandy Toothman. Rio Mar.

We finally arrived at our destination, the all-inclusive
beach resort, the Decameron, in time for drinks by the pool.
After check-in, we all met at the beach for a great swim in the
ocean especially for those of us who no longer live near the
ocean. Tequila shots and ceviche were enjoyed by all. Dinner
was at the Club Med with Mediterranean cuisine, then listen-
ing to the guitarists in the patio area of the restaurant. It was
so relaxing sitting on the lounge chairs next to the patio, hear-
ing the ballads of Latin America sung beautifully to acoustic
guitars. We were covered by a canopy of stars overhead, with
the sea lending its special rhythm and beat to the songs. A
storm far out to sea provided the light show to accompany the
evening.


Kneeling: Connie and Michelle. Standing (L-R): Dorothy,
Grace, Roy Powell, Noreen, Leslie, Maribel, Sandy, Mitch
McGaughey, Cassandra, Sandra. Decameron.







Some of us could not give up the night. There was a show
to be enjoyed with dancers and music in front of the disco. A
walk along the beach carrying your shoes, looking for more
music. The last three of us found salsa to dance to in a bohio
which was pounding out fevered music to restless feet. Inside
were the young and young at heart, celebrating this gem by
the sea.
The next day, with fabulous weather, we basked in the sun
with more swimming and badminton on the beach. The ride
home was pretty subdued as we recuperated from the week-
end's activities. We began the process of waking from a beau-
tiful dream, remembering the sights and sounds and tastes
that brought such enjoyment, such pleasure. Monday night's
"Despedida" dinner was at Mi Ranchito, where the old Fort
Amador Beach Club used to be, out on the causeway with
tipico food. After dinner, we went back to Dorothy and
Sandra's suite for a nightcap and visit with classmate Debbie
(Kuyoth) and Dave Ward who happened to be in the coun-
try at the same time.
The reunion ended with so longs, not goodbyes. We
shared treasures discovered at the market. We celebrated
Maribel's birthday, with the guitarists serenading her with a
medley of songs in English and Spanish, finishing with Las
Mananitas. We remembered classmates gone before, and
marriages started at prior reunions. And we ended with the
promise to keep in touch. Many thanks go to the gang in
Panama: Connie (Carrasquillo) Folse (who worked really
hard putting it all together), Sandy Toothman, Maribel Corco
and John Husum for making the mini-class reunion for the
BHS class of 1975 so memorable.


Ph Ilis Pinion, (
Gabrielson.


Carlos and Phyllis Pinzon, Treva, Von and Aaron Bedwell.


Phyllis (Miller) Pinzon
Iowa City, Iowa


Noreen McGaughey
Castle Rock, Colo.


PINZONS VISIT TEXAS

Carlos and I spent ten days in Texas in July. We went to
San Antonio to visit our oldest son Brandon who lives and
works there. It was super hot, 103 and 105 on a couple of
days, but the guys went golfing anyway and had a good time.
Carlos and I took two days in the middle of the week to
drive to Corpus Christi to visit the Bedwells. Treva taught
with me at Curundu Jr. High School and was my matron-of-
honor in our wedding almost 33 years ago and also made my
wedding dress. Von, an usher in our wedding, was a pharma-
cist at Gorgas. Both Treva and Von are very busy with lots of
activities, including volunteering and some part-time jobs.
We also got to visit with their youngest son Aaron who is
working as an electrician and will be a journeyman in a year
or two.
When we returned to San Antonio, I met up with three
other former Curundu Jr. High School coworkers: Karin
Gabrielson, Special Ed. teacher, Clare Coleman, Counselor,
and Jo-Anne Fields, math teacher. Karin and Clare both live
in San Antonio and Jo-Anne drove down from Kerrville. We
met at a wonderful restaurant and got caught up on our lives
since the Canal Zone days. It was a great trip.


TAMMY GRAMLICH WRITES


Gladys Gramlich enjoyed a visit from all of her great-
grandchildren at her new home in Daytona Beach, Fla. in July
2005.


Back (L-R): Devin Reed, Jason Gramlich, Gladys
Gramlich, JC Conner and Jamie Lynn Conner. Front: Rex
Bianchi and Emma Reed.


Tammy Gramlich
St. Petersburg, Fla.







NINTH ANNUAL SURF SESSION

The 9th Annual Memorial Surf Session was held at the
Typhoon Lagoon wave pool at Disney World on June 30,
2005 during the Panama Canal Society Reunion. Canal Zone
surfers and family members gathered to honor the memories
of four fellow surfers, Greg Martinez (BHS'78), Neil
Norton (BHS'82), David Payne (BHS'83) and Mike Scott
(BHS'80). The Reverend Clarence Payne opened the event
with a memorial liturgy. Family members or friends of each
surfer being honored added a few words of remembrance.
The first waves were left unridden for Greg, Neil, David and
Mike.
Surfers participating included Jim DesLondes, Mark
Dekle, Andy Efthimiadis, Ralph Furlong, Brandon, Eric,
Matt, Pat, and Richard Grimison, John Magee, Teresa
Martinez, David McArthur, Erica Menendez, Brian
Robinson, and Rudy Waller.


Family members attending included Greg's sister Teresa
Martinez; David's parents, the Reverend Clarence and Rosita
Payne; David's sister Anita Miller and children Rosie and
Paul; David's cousins Kelly and Erica Menendez; Mike's
parents Ken and Nancy Scott; and Mike's brother Jeff Scott.
Friends in attendance included Tom and Nancy Grimison,
Paul Smith, and Robb Weldon.
This year the group welcomed the Scott family and the
Norton family into the extended Surf Session family. Next
year will be the Tenth annual event and the surfers and fami-
lies would like to extend an invitation to everyone to come
and join us at the wave pool! The event is scheduled for the
Thursday night of the Pan Canal Society Reunion week and
the group will meet in the main lobby of the hotel before
heading over to Typhoon Lagoon. For more information
please email Richard Grimison at czgrimi@bellsouth.net.

Richard Grimison
Merritt Island, Fla.


Attendees at Surf Session 2005 group photo
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Rudy Waller


Memonal liturgy (L-K): Paul smith, Andy hIthimiaads,
Richard Grimison, Rev. Clarence Payne, Teresa
Martinez, Jim DesLondes.







AFRICAN SAFARI

I joined a group of friends from New Jersey in July for a
two-week safari in east Africa. My daughter Barbara, who
lives in Israel, met us in Nairobi. That time together will
probably have to suffice for her annual "home visit" for this
year.
We didn't spend much time in Nairobi, traveling by a
chartered bus to Arusha, Tanzania, and then in 4WD vehicles
to tour the national parks of Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti
and Oidovai. We had been told that July is midwinter in lands
south of the equator and that we might encounter cool nights.
But since Tanzania is close to the equator, I made the mistake
of assuming that "cool" meant the same thing to New
Jerseyites as it does to Floridians. Bad idea! Most of our
nights were spent at high altitudes, and I nearly froze.
We spent many of our nights at Serena lodges (with Class
A accommodations) high in the mountains before descending
to the game preserves in the morning. The open-top vehicles
allowed us wonderful views and picture-taking opportunities
of the animals. We saw huge herds of zebra, wildebeest and
gazelles, and smaller herds of giraffes, elephants and hippos.
There were also numerous sightings of lions, cheetahs, hye-
nas and jackals, baboons and monkeys, as well as a multitude
of smaller critters. I added 84 new birds to my life list!
Unfortunately, my enjoyment of the trip was slightly
marred by a cold (when I left home) that turned into pneu-
monia. I had to visit a doctor in Arusha, who wanted to admit
me to the hospital. I talked him into giving me an infusion of
antibiotic and some antibiotic to take by mouth. That kept me
going (but still coughing a lot) for the rest of the trip. (Note:
The total cost for doctor visit, medicines and nurse's admin-
istration of the infusion $29.00).
I also had a fall while in one of the lodges missed the top
of four stone steps and did what my daughter assured me was
a "perfect judo rolling fall" down the remaining three. I
scraped my arm on the sharp edge of one of the steps on the
way down, scraping off about a six-inch-long section of skin.
Otherwise, I was unhurt. I thank those 15 years of judo for
giving me strong bones and the ability to fall without break-
ing anything. Although I had to wear a bandage for several
weeks, now I'm left with only a "conversation piece" scar. I
like to tell people I got it defending my friends from an angry
lion.

Patsy (Clemens) Detamore
Plant City, Fla.


PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY

OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED

FOR THE HOLIDAYS FROM

DECEMBER 24, 2005

AND WILL REOPEN ON

JANUARY 3, 2006.


SPA R&R TRIP

In June 2005, a group of Canal Zone friends met at the
Roman Spa and Resort in Calistoga (Napa Valley), Calif. for
a little R&R and lots of catching up. We had a wonderful time
at the Spa and eating and eating at the great Calistoga restau-
rants and drinking lots of famous Napa Valley wines!


Ann Wood Suescum, Ann Keller Daykin, Maggie Knapp,
Diane Staples Backowski, and Sue Knapp Light.

Sue Knapp Light and her sister continued their vacations
with a visit to the Sorrels in Sacramento and with Ann
Keller Daykin and her hubby Jerry in Walnut Creek, Calif.
We are all planning on meeting again at the Orlando Reunion
in 2006 where Ann Daykin, Diane Staples Backowski, and
Sue will celebrate the BHS 50th class reunion. Of course,
Ann Suescum and Maggie Knapp are also invited to partic-
ipate and hopefully keep us oldtimers in check.

Sue Knapp Light
Harvest, Ala.




SCHONERTS VISIT GREECE

Al and Sheila Schonert of Debary, Fla. recently made a
three-week trip visiting Istanbul, Greece and the Greek
Islands. The enclosed picture was taken at their last stop in
Prague.


teila and Al Schonert posing by the River Vitava in Prague







STEPS TRAVEL

Terry and Sheila (Mitten) Stepp traveled to Italy and
Mexico this summer and visited many of their favorite places.
In June they visited the Tuscany region of Italy with a
University of Florida alumni group and stayed at the ancient
walled city of Cortona. Additional trips were made to a win-
ery, and the cities of Assisi and Florence.


Terry and Sheila Stepp in Italian winery


On returning from Italy, Sheila and Terry went to San
Miguel De Allende in Mexico and attended a Spanish lan-
guage institute for a month. It was a Spanish learning experi-
ence they had always wanted to do.

Terry Stepp
Tallahassee, Fla.



PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
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SOUTH CAROLINA REUNION

While the men attended the annual Labor Day CZ Dove
Hunt in Hartsville, S.C., the wives and girlfriends of the
hunters had a CZ Girls' Hunt Club reunion on Johns Island,
S.C. at the home of Susie Beattie.
The girls spent three days touring historic Charleston,
Kiawah Island, and the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Shopping, touring, dining, laughing, and catching up on the
old days in the Canal Zone made the weekend fly by. The
antique shops on King Street will never recover. The girls are
already planning their next Labor Day adventure. Attending
were Linda Campbell, Katie Williams, Camille
Robertson, Susie Beattie, Cheryl Williams, and Sarah
Beattie Carper.


Front (L-R): Linda Campbell, Katie Williams, Camille
Robertson, Susie Beattie. Rear (L-R): Cheryl Williams,
Sarah Beattie Carper, Kiawah Island.


Susie Beattie
Johns Island, S.C.


1964 GRADS MEET IN VIRGINIA

Three classmates from the CHS class of 1964 met recent-
ly at Ford's Colony in Williamsburg, Va.
Naomi Kuntz Schmigel and her husband Pat from
Pennsylvania were staying at this resort. Nancy Hopkins
Booth and her husband Wayne came from Hampton, Va. and
Nina Chappell DeTore and her husband Charles came from
Chesapeake, Va. The day was beautiful, the company was ter-
rific, and the food and spirits made the day.


Naomi Kuntz Schmigel, Nancy Hopkins Booth and Nina
Chappell DeTore.







ANNUAL FALL WEEKEND

Lynn Saarinen (BHS'74), Julie Boos (BHS'75) and
Pam (Thompson) Langston (BHS'76) got together in
September for their annual Fall weekend. Lynn traveled from
Austin, Texas and Pam traveled from Harrison, Ark. to
Nashville, Tenn. to spend the weekend with Julie in her new
home, Hillstar House.


Julie has recently located from Memphis, Tenn. The girls
spent their time catching up on the latest news, shopping and
exploring Nashville. They had a great weekend and look for-
ward to many more Fall get-togethers.

Pam (Thompson) Langston
Harrison, Ark.





POCONOS REVISITED


Arriving in the parking lot of the Chateau Resort was nos-
talgic. We had missed the reunion in 2004 due to unforeseen
circumstances and were looking forward to seeing everyone
again plus enjoying the ambience of the resort.
Gordon Davis and Eddie Doran undertook the job of
stocking and managing our hospitality room. Open all day
Friday and Saturday, early for coffee and Danish and late in
the evening for aperitifs. They were excellent hosts.
Arriving early in the week were Bob and Pat (Heitman)
Whitam along with Bob's daughter Robin Mannila. Our
purpose was to celebrate Robin's big 50th birthday. We had a
sumptuous dinner at the Smuggler's Cove Restaurant where
fresh seafood is trucked in daily from New York City. What a
treat. A wonderful dinner and to be with Robin on this special
occasion.
The following day (Thursday), Marion (Price) Royston,
Thelma (Vahey) March, Bob Harvey, Bill and Gwen
Logston, and Suzie (Thelma's daughter) and Tommy
Staszewski arrived. An impromptu celebration followed by
dinner ensued in the Mountain View Bar and Grille at the
Chateau.
Friday, the official opening day of the reunion, brought
Mike and Melina Newlin, Vince and Dottie Ridge, Bob


Fredette, Gordon Davis, Eddie Doran, Mannie Quintero
and his bride Shirley, and Kathie Grimm Schultz.
Shirley is a gracious and attractive addition to our group
and it is hoped that she and Mannie join us in the future.
Updates, visiting, etc., ensued throughout the day. Evening
brought a cocktail hour in the hospitality room followed by a
bountiful dinner in the hotel's Normandy Ballroom. Our
compliments were sent to the new chef on the beautifully dis-
played and delicious buffet (especially the dessert table).


Bob Fredette, Robin (Whitam) Mannila and Eddie Doran


Saturday brought Bob Whitam's sister Patricia
Copeland and Paul Taravella from Long Island, N.Y. That
evening, a wine and cheese party preceded our dinner which
turned out to be just as delicious as the evening before.
Thelma March christened the dessert table "Death by
Chocolate". The entire group repaired to the hospitality room
for aperitifs. None of us wanted the evening to end.
Sunday we said our reluctant goodbyes and promised to
meet again in 2006. A final note: Our reunions in the Poconos
Mountains have been indeed gratifying. However, over the
years the number of attendees has dwindled to the point that
perhaps a change in the location to a more accessible area is
needed. An area within one hour of the DC Metropolitan area
is being currently investigated. Any ideas are welcome. Call
330-725-5087 or email: BNPWHITAM@aol.com.

Patricia Whitam
Medina, Ohio






POCONOS REUNION


Gordon Davis and Marion (Price) Royston


Bob Whitam and Vince Ridge


Pat (Heitman) Whitam and Bob Harvey


Pat (Peter) Copeland and Robin (Whitam) Mannila







AND THE ADVENTURE BEGINS..
AGAIN

Two years ago, after a seventeen-year absence, my hus-
band Ed Wardlow and I decided to return to Panama for a
two-week vacation. We had such a wonderful time that we
decided to visit again six months later. On the third trip we
decided to buy a condo in Albrook to use as a "vacation"
home. Sometime during the next year we came to the realiza-
tion that we were happier in Panama than we were living in
the United States. Truly committed to the idea that life is
short and you need to do what makes you happy, Ed and I
decided to move to Panama on a full-time basis. In June I
obtained a teaching position at the International School of
Panama and in July we sold the house, the car, Ed's business,
packed up the household goods and with Max our cat
returned home to Panama. Along the way we have gathered
quite a bit of information.
If you are considering returning to Panama, you will need
to obtain legal residency in the country. If you were born
here, you will have no problem obtaining a Panamanian cedu-
la. If you were not born here, you can obtain pensionado sta-
tus if you (1) present documentation that you are retired and
receive an income of at least $500 per month, (2) show evi-
dence of no police record, and (3) have a certificate of good
health. If you are a pensionado, you receive many benefits
among them reduced rates for doctors, medication, dentists,
attorneys, airplane tickets and discounts in all restaurants. It
takes from six to eight months to obtain this status and we
strongly advise you get a good attorney to complete the
process. Immigration officials in Panama change frequently
and you will need someone to keep up with the constant
changes in the laws. Cost for this runs around $1000 for your-
self and one dependent. I have a work permit, which I
obtained through my school. Working in Panama can be
tricky if you are a foreigner. Only Panamanian citizens can
practice professions such as architects, dentists, doctors or
attorneys. If you have training or skills in a specialized area
that is not readily available in the country, it is easier to obtain
work.
If you have pensionado status, you can bring household
goods in duty free. Four pallets of household goods shipped
from Tampa and delivered to your door in Panama will run
around $1500. Leave your car in the U.S. It is difficult to get
parts for some cars in Panama and since cars in Panama do
not have American specs it may be difficult to find someone
to work on it. You can buy a brand-new Toyota Yaris (a real-
ly SMALL car) for about $10,000. There are plenty of used
cars for sale. You do not have to pay duty on a new car if you
are a pensionado but you will need to use an attorney to
process the paperwork. That will run around $500 but duty on
a new car runs around $3,000 up. We pass on our friend John
Wolff's advice that you buy an SUV. Streets in Panama do
flood and an SUV comes in handy if you need to jump a curb
to avoid your garden-variety protesters.
Available real estate in Panama comes in all shapes, sizes
and prices and is comparable to what Florida prices were
about 6-8 years ago. Mortgages are given in the number of
years you are away from age 75. For example, if you are 50
62


you can receive a mortgage for 25 years. Of course if you are
young enough there is the standard 30-year mortgage.
Panama believes that by the time you are 75 you should have
no debts. You will need to obtain life insurance on any mort-
gage you take and the beneficiary is always the lending insti-
tution. Interest rates can run from 4.9% and up depending on
your immigration status and your talent for negotiations. It
can take anywhere from 30 days to six months to obtain a
mortgage. If you want to live in Panama part time, a
condo/apartment is your best bet for security purposes.
A word about buying homes in the former Zone. Homes
in the old zone vary greatly in price range depending on their
condition and how much they have been remodeled. There
are still a few in Gamboa, Clayton and Howard that have not
been occupied since the "turnover". Those would require a
great deal of work to make them livable. On the other hand
there are many homes in the old Zone area that have been
given considerable care and remodeling and those would cost
a great deal more. Plans for former Zone homes are available
at the Administration Building. My classmate Andy Hirsch
has built a beautiful new home in Gamboa using "old" zone
house plans.
Most anything that you purchase in the U.S. you can
probably purchase in Panama. You just have to figure out
where to go to get what you want. Prices in Panama are con-
siderably less for just about anything except many products
imported from the U.S. I am not a fan of local cleaning prod-
ucts so I purchase U.S. products that run about 25 cents more
per product than the states. However, my maid who uses them
twice a week costs about one third of what a "cleaning lady"
in the states costs and she works twice the amount of time.
She even cleans Ed's golf shoes! Going out to eat is consid-
erably cheaper. Ed and I can eat breakfast out for about $6.
Dinner can run anywhere from $8 to $50 depending on your
choice of restaurants. Seeing a Doctor runs $10 per visit at the
Walk In Clinic in Albrook. The National Hospital is excellent
and takes Ed's Blue Cross & Blue Shield and will also take
Tri Care for retired U.S. Military. The National Hospital also
takes U.S. insurance to cover costs of prescriptions. There is
an International Insurance Office at the National Hospital;
they speak perfect English and are extraordinarily polite and
helpful. John Hopkins is building an affiliated hospital here in
Panama, which should be completed shortly. The U.S.
Embassy has a Retired Federal Employees Assistance
Program; they are building a new U.S. Embassy on the back
road to Clayton. In addition, the new Russian Embassy is
going up on a hill in Albrook not far from our apartment.
Word of mouth is still the best information source in
Panama. There is a group of retirees who meet for coffee
every day at Niko's in Balboa (the former Bowling Alley).
They not only provide the "what's new in town" but also
directions, advice and information covering a wealth of sub-
jects. If you are in town join them for a cup of Caf6 Duran!
Ed and I brought our cat "Max" with us from the states.
He flew in the cabin with us under the seat in front of us in a
cat carrier. There is no longer a quarantine period in Panama
if you have the correct paperwork and have followed the pro-
cedure that is in place. If you want to know about moving a
pet, email me and I will provide you with that information.
Banking is pretty much the same as in the U.S. There are







"Clave" (ATM) machines everywhere and your ATM card
from your stateside bank will work in them. Using a credit
card in Panama usually comes with a fee and all merchants
may not accept traveler's checks.
Driving in Panama City can be a real challenge and many
people prefer a taxi, which is a very inexpensive way to trav-
el. (Ed loves driving downtown, it reminds him of his
Isthmian Autosports Association days). If you do choose a
taxi be picky, do not take one that has its doors hanging on for
dear life or whose bumper clearly indicates numerous fender
benders. The roads to the interior are in great shape; the same
cannot be said for the road to the other side. The new bridge
is finally open and the road completed to Arraijan.
Ed and I used to think we had a social life in the States. It
pales in comparison to our activities here. Ed has joined the
Elks, Summit Golf Course and the Panama Senior Golf
Association. I swim, work and have joined Phi Delta Kappa
International. In addition, we belong to the Panama Historical
Society and attend St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon. We have
attended a play at the Theater Guild in Ancon, a Bach concert
at St. Luke's, a local craft fair in Atlapa, gone to a few par-
ties, had dinners with friends, visited with our Santa Clara
amigos at the Beach and taken many "rides down the cause-
way". Life in Panama can be as busy or as inactive as one
chooses.
Living in Panama is not for everyone. If you are looking
for the old Canal Zone you will be very disappointed. Panama
is greatly changed; however, we find many of the changes
have created opportunities for new adventures and new
friends. Panama has become very international; there are
many Asians, Europeans and people from other Latin
American countries who now make up the population. If you
are contemplating a move to Panama, be aware that doing
business here can be "slow and challenging" so remember to
bring your patience.
Ed and I do find that our lives are a lot less stressful and
a whole lot more fun. The beauty of this country, the kindness
of its people, the sights and sounds of the Canal and the
camaraderie of our friends have given us an opportunity for
adventure that we might have otherwise missed. We feel very
privileged to once again call Panama home.

Vicki Sizemore
Panama, R. de P.
email: maxgatoblanco@hotmail.com


RANDY PHARES

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Randy Phares and Eric Milton, pitcher for the Phillies, hang
out at Port Sanibel Marina, Fla.


ITALIAN HIKING TRIP

For the past several years, Mary "Mike" (Coffey)
(CHS'58) and Ned Blennerhassett, my wonderful sister-in-
law and brother-in-law, have asked me to join them on their
hiking expeditions, which they arrange through a company
based out of California called Backroads. For one reason or
another I was not able to join them; however, when they
asked me early this year to join them on an eight-day hiking
trip through the Dolomites region of Northern Italy, I accept-
ed--and for that I will be forever grateful!
Briefly, the Dolomites owe their name to a French geolo-
gist, Dolomieu, who "discovered" the chemical composition
(stratified calcium magnesium carbonate) that renders this
rock different from anything else. Depending on the evening
shadows, the rock faces take on a beautiful pink glow, which
is quite extraordinary.
On July 28th we flew to Bolzano, Italy, where we met up
with Martha Brumfield, Ned and Mike's good friend from
New York, who has hiked with them for the last three years.
Together we spent three fun-filled days exploring that area.
The highlight of those three days was our visit to the South
Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. This museum has on display
Otzi the Iceman, one of the world's best-known mummies.
Visitors can see him up close in his unique temperature-con-
trolled icebox, which is ingenious in itself. We are so fortu-
nate to have seen this phenomenal discovery and learned the
history, thanks to the relentless work and passion of scien-
tists, archeologists, doctors, etc.
At noon on the 28th we met up with the rest of the
Backroads group, all of whom turned out to be the greatest
people! We were a total of 12, which included two of the very
best Leaders from Backroads, Lara and Antonio. Our bus
drove us to the charming Romantik Hotel in the beautiful
mountain town of Fie allo Sciliar.


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That afternoon we "enjoyed" a 5.36-mile hike mostly
UP. Although somewhat grueling at times, it no way prepared
us for the following day. The trails, although well marked,
consist mainly of crushed rock, which can make for a precar-
ious hike up and down. Our walking poles became good
friends!


Ned, Jan, Mike, Tomis and Mary arriving at one of the
Summits.

The following morning we shuttled to the trailhead and
took the ski lift up to our starting point at 6,300 ft. Three
hours later we were at the very top where an enormous steel
cross was planted at 8,332 ft. No doubt about it, we were
exhilarated to have reached the top and very proud of our-
selves as well! Following lunch at a Refugio, which are fam-
ily-owned rustic hotels dotted throughout the mountain
range, we began our descent, which we quickly learned was
more challenging on the body than the ascent somewhat
hard on the knees. Around every turn we were hoping (pray-
ing!) to see the trail going up, but that was not to be. Took us
3-1/2 hours to get down. Truthfully, it was easy to put aside
any discomfort as the scenery was incredibly breathtaking a
combination of majestic mountains, gorgeous cloud layers,
quiet pine forests, running streams, and alpine meadows. We
stopped and enjoyed every second of it and took tons of pho-
tos. Ned, Mike, Tom Restaino and Jan Becker (new friends
from California) and I were known as the "Pianolas", which
is an Italian expression for "The slow ones". Ned and Tom
would normally have been way ahead, but they were sweet
and stayed with us. Our distance that day was 12.1 miles!
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The following days took us over the Crespeina Pass
(8,350 ft.), down to the town of San Cassiano (10.5 miles hik-
ing); Santa Croce (4.7 miles); Valle di Fanes, St.
Vigil/Enneberg (7.3 miles); Cortina d'Ampexxo (8.8 miles) -
a beautiful town where the first Italian Olympics were held in
1956; and, lastly, to the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) area (3.5
miles). Between 1915-1917, the Dolomites were the stage of
one of the most horrific moments in history. In an exhausting
war of attrition, the Italian and Austrian Armies fought out
World War I battles in these mountains. The Cinque Torri is
an open-air museum which commemorates the Italian,
Austro-Hungarian and German soldiers.
On our 8th and final day we regretfully said goodbye to
our group of new friends. To ease our "separation anxiety",
Ned, Mike, Martha, and I spent three wonderful days in
Venice, a beautiful, fascinating, and fun city. Gondolas
abound to take you on romantic rides through the many
canals, and the water taxis transport you to the mainland
where you can catch your train, plane, or bus orjust spend the
day.


Rear (L-R): Mike and Ned. Front (L-R): Mary and Martha
in gondola.

This was an awesome trip in every respect and highly rec-
ommended. Some consider the Dolomites as being the most
spectacular mountains in the world. For the less adventurous,
there are options for different trails, so don't be discouraged
in thinking that the less hearty would not enjoy it. You will






LOVE it!
This was Mike and Ned's 10th trip with Backroads. As I
write this they are on their llth Zions in Utah! So, if you
have the inclination, I strongly encourage you to contact
Backroads in California.

Mary (Morland) Coffey
Panama, R. de P.




POST REUNION VISITORS


Post reunion visit to the McLaughlin house by the Sykes
Family. L-R: Bill McLaughlin, Eddie, Brittany, Debbie
and Lindsay Sykes, Margaret McLaughlin, Dustin Green,
Allison McLaughlin.


Cody's Roadhouse in Crystal River
L-R: Tom and Linda Pattison, Allison McLaughlin,
Dustin Green, Bill and Margaret McLaughlin


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50TH BIRTHDAY REUNION

In late July, four longtime friends met in California to
explore the wine country and celebrate their 50th (ouch)
birthdays this year. Sandy Tompkins Eudy hosted Balboa
High School buddies Patty Farnsworth, Jean Medinger
McGuire, and Tina Schroeter-John for four days at her
homes in Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara, both with views of
the Pacific Ocean.


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Jean Medinger McGuire, Patty Farnsworth, Sandy
Tompkins Eudy, Tina Schroeter-John in coonskin hats.

The four alumnae from the 1973 class of BHS spent the
first night in Santa Barbara sharing laughs, wine and remi-
niscing about the past. Sandy and Jean had not seen each
other in 32 years, so they had a lot of catching up to do. Jean
had recently been to Panama Vacation Quarters, so she filled
everyone in on Panama's changes.
The next day they drove to Sandy's beachfront condo in
Pismo Beach with a stop at Fess Parker's Winery (remember
Daniel Boone) for a wine tasting. After pictures in coonskin
caps, they headed to Sycamore Mineral Spring Spa for
facials, massages, yoga and the hot tub.


Sandy Tompkins Eudy, Jean Medinger McGuire, Tina
Schroeter-John, Patty Farnsworth in hot tub.

Sandy's daughter Dixie came to Pismo Beach and per-
formed a private Fusion belly dance routine for them. Fusion
combines regular belly dancing with new body movement
and is very sexy and cool.






The next morning they walked on the beach and reached
a rocky area with hundreds of beautiful, colorful starfish, sea
anemones, and sea urchins--they were everywhere and really
breathtaking. Of course, it was the only moment during the
entire stay that no one had their camera with them. They
headed back to Santa Barbara, stopping at Letitia Vineyards
for another wine tasting, of course!
The four BHS grads planned to rock the night in Santa
Barbara, for a night on the town (okay, they were looking for
'70s music). After having dinner, they were walking along the
main drag in downtown Santa Barbara trying to find a local
club. Not sure where they were going, Patty stopped some
locals to ask for directions. It turned out to be Quentin
Tarantino, Darryl Hannah, and two other friends, who direct-
ed the party girls to the right spot.
Sandy and her husband own a large metal company in
Bakersfield specializing in insulating large metal storage
tanks. Patty teaches biology to 8th grade students in Mesa,
Ariz. Tina is busy with her two young children in Austin,
Texas. Jean just opened her own virtual assistant company,
McGuire Pro, in Safety Harbor, Fla.
Sandy, Patty, Jean and Tina realized that the passing years
had not affected their close friendship and plan to meet again
next year. Once a BHS girl, always a BHS girl!

Jean Medinger McGuire
Safety Harbor, Fla.


REUNION PICTURES


Back (L-R): Kassie (Sprague) Taylor, Joanie (Sprague) and
Joe Kilgallon, Pat (Merriweather) Sprague. Front (L-R):
Al Taylor, Braden Taylor, Bob Sprague, Kendall Taylor.


49-50 Hospitality Suite: Larry and Mary Ellen (Stacy)
Horine, Joe and Joanie (Sprague) Kilgallon, Kay (Cross)
and Bill Carson.




GATUN FRIENDS







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Friends since kindergarten: Diana (Huff) Grimison and
Paige (Barriteau) Worrell spend time together at the Annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion.


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COFFIN BROTHERS


Jerry and Sid Coffin diving at the Darwin Arch, Galapagos
Islands, Ecuador, September 2005.


BUDDING CHEF

An article was written about the cooking talents of Jared
Sheets and published in John Kelso's weekly column in the
August 2005 AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.


WALKING THE WALK


Five Tampa Bay area Zonians, Felicia Martinez-
Mendenhall (BHS'81), Christy Goodwin (BHS'85), Lisa
Sasso-Eckel (BHS'91), Aileen Jenkins (BHS'92) and
Maritza Reyes (BHS'81), participated in the Breast Cancer
3 Day, in the Tampa Bay area. Felicia, Lisa and Aileen par-
ticipated as part of Team Zonian Cure, while Christy and
Maritza participated as part of Team Pink with a Purpose.
Funds raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast
Cancer Fund. This was quite an experience, from the efforts
that went into fundraising to the many hours of training in the
months leading up to the event. Despite the blisters, tears,
dehydration, heat rash and rain, everyone was in agreement
that this was a great event and a great cause.


REUNION MEMORY


Jared Sheets


Jared is the son of Jeanne (Bishop) and David Sheets of
Austin and the grandson of Dale and Jackie Bishop of
Kerrville, Texas.


Steve Gilbert, Beth (Baglien) Williams and Mark
Malauasik enjoying the 2005 Annual Reunion in Orlando.


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7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785
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MUSEUM LIBRARY FORMALLY DEDICATED

In an impressive ribbon cutting ceremony held on September 24, 2005, the museum formally dedicated its library in honor
of President Emeritus, Charles W. "Chuck" Hummer. A special plaque, designed by museum trustee Joey Zornes, was
placed at the entrance to the library, with a duplicate plaque being presented to Hummer as part of the ceremony after he
cut the ribbon to officially open the library. The plaque reads as follows:

CHARLES W. HUMMER, JR., LIBRARY FOR HISTORICAL RESEARCH

This library is dedicated to Mr. Charles W. Hummer, Jr., who, through his foresight, determination and intelli-
gent guidance of the Panama Museum from its inception through its formative and most difficult period, trans-
formed a dream into a reality by creating the museum as a lasting monument to the preservation of the history
of the American Era of the Panama Canal. As a founder of the museum, and in his various roles as Executive
Vice President, President and President Emeritus, he was a major catalyst in the development of the museum and
this library, which houses an extensive collection of documents and other materials in the furtherance of histor-
ical research.


Museum President Joe Wood welcomed the many guests in attendance, including several officers of the Panama Canal
Society, members of the Board of Trustees of the Museum and special invited guests Pat Bjorneby and Kristie (Bjorneby)
Vanella. Wood spoke of the significant contributions made to the museum by Hummer over the past eight years and the
esteem in which he is held by his friends and colleagues.

Following the dedication of the library, Dr. Paul Morgan, Chair of the Museum's Collection Committee, presided over
another ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate a collection of books and research materials donated to the museum by Dick
and Pat Bjorneby. A special plaque was placed in the library to acknowledge the collection and a similar plaque was pre-
sented to Pat Bjornby and her daughter, Kristie, in grateful appreciation for the donation of this outstanding collection. This
plaque reads as follows:

THE DICK BJORNEBY COLLECTION

In grateful acknowledgment and appreciation to Richard "Dick" and Patricia (Leach) Bjorneby for the generous
contribution of their extensive collection of books, pamphlets and other historically significant library materials,
which will be housed in the Charles W. Hummer, Jr. Library for Historical Research and will henceforth be
described, referred to and known as "The Dick Bjorneby Collection."

MUSEUM RECEIVES ANOTHER MAJOR GIFT

On the very day the Museum recognized the huge donation of books and memorabilia from Dick and Pat Bjorneby in an
emotional ceremony at the Library dedication, another large unrestricted gift from Elizabeth Brooks Stergion of Coming,
NY, was delivered by Board member Bob Karrer. This donation encompassed several large boxes of wonderful items such
as books and handbooks on a variety of isthmian topics, an exciting group of 1915-era commemorative plates with Panama
Canal motifs, clippings from many old magazines on the Canal, and a baker's dozen of other pieces of memorabilia. Betty,
whose father arrived in the Canal Zone as a civil engineer on June 3, 1917, was born in Ancon Hospital and attended Balboa
High School until the end of her sophomore year, when she transferred to Cristobal High School, graduating in 1937.
Beginning in 1932, the family lived in Madden while the dam was being constructed. Her father worked on the Pan
American Highway; one of the people he worked with was Lt. Albrook.

This is the second large donation that Betty has made, and she tells us there will be more. It is through passing along of
such things for all of us to enjoy that our Museum continues to grow.







Don't forget to make your reservations for the museum's February 16-23 land-air
trip to Panama with Condor Outfitters by calling Lori at 1-800-783-8847.


MUSEUM STORE MAKES GIFT SHOPPING EASY

Some of us have begun to notice the last few years how much easier holiday shopping has become with all that is now avail-
able through the Panama Canal Museum's store. If you're still looking for gifts for the 2005 holidays or want to find some
for other occasions for friends, family, or even yourself, be sure to consider the following:
* our annual collectible ornament. The 2005 ornament features both the 299 locomotive and the Panama Railroad emblem.
You haven't yet started your collection? Now's the time to do so as all four of the ornaments are available for a special price
when bought as a set.
* our annual calendar-in 2006 featuring some of the molas from our 2005 exhibit showing the American influence on the
Kuna Indians' molas.
* our mola hibiscus absorbent coasters. The lovely rose hibiscus coaster was so popular that it will probably be sold out
by the time you read this. A beautiful yellow mola hibiscus coaster is the next coaster we are offering. Don't miss this oppor-
tunity to buy these coasters that our early buyers claim are not only a work of art, but also the most absorbent coasters they've
ever had.
* our new line of Zarah ("Bringing You Jewelry That Is Fun to Wear") jewelry. Dolphin pins, macaw pins and earrings,
toucan pins and earrings, an orchid pin, a hibiscus pin and earrings, a poinsettia pin and earrings, hummingbird pins and ear-
rings, a butterfly barrette and bobby pins, and even a Panamanian golden frog pin all serve to remind us of the beauties of
nature we enjoyed in Panama. The colorful enamel on sterling silver jewelry is designed by a number of talented artists.
the Panama Canal Trivia game-fun and learning for the whole family!
Sthe wonderful Panama Canal-related books, the newest of which include Robert Apold's The Sage, Hindi Diamond's
Gringa, and Lauren Coffey's How the Toucan Got Its Long Beak. This last book can also be bought as a package with a stuffed
mola toucan included.
* and last, but not least, our very special Panama Canal Museum cookbook! It was so popular in its first printing of 500 that
we had to place another order for 500. One of the early buyers told us, "I have never seen a cookbook put together so well!"
The book is filled with terrific recipes, personal notes about the recipes, information we never knew about some of our favorite
foods, and fascinating tributes and ads. The Cookbook Committee was right: "It's more than a cookbook!"

SILENT AUCTION

It is never too early to earmark items to support the Panama Canal Museum's Silent Auction. This important function of the
Museum is a very popular fund-raising event at the annual Society Reunion. The Auction continues to grow every year with
Canal Zone related items as well as other items of interest and value to members and non-members alike. Artifacts, books,
coupons and cruise tickets; wine, pictures, molas and coins: If you even think someone else will get use or pleasure from such
items you have, please consider donating them to the Museum for next year's Silent Auction. Not only will you get the sat-
isfaction of knowing you are helping preserve the American Era of the Panama Canal but your gift may qualify for tax deduc-
tion under IRS rules. That's a win-win situation for sure. So go ahead, clean out the drawers and closets, change out the pic-
tures on the walls and the items on the mantle and send those items to the Panama Canal Museum, attention: Silent Auction.
Make it possible for future generations to learn about and be inspired by what our generation and those before us did during
the American Era of the Panama Canal.

MILITARY IN THE CANAL ZONE EXHIBIT PLANNED FOR '06 REUNION

Uncle Sam called for our assistance in years past and many of our grandparents, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters
answered the call. Today your Museum is putting out the call for items showing and documenting the service rendered by our
military and civilian members in defending the Panama Canal and the Canal Zone. We are planning an exciting and inform-
ative exhibit that showcases what was done to ensure the security of the Canal. If you have any photos, documents or arti-
facts pertaining to the military in the Canal Zone, please consider loaning or donating them to the Panama Canal Museum,
attention: Military Exhibit. Items on loan will be returned at or after the Society Reunion. Also requested are the names of
Society and Museum members that served in the armed forces in the Canal Zone with the name of the unit and a brief descrip-
tion of where and when they served. It's a good bet that many CHS and BHS class members were connected in one way or
another with the military in the Canal Zone. Maybe your class Secretary or President could poll class members and submit a
consolidated list to the Museum. Our exhibit is planned to inform, interest and amuse you--and we would appreciate your
help in doing just that.

Now is the time to sign up for the museum's June 2006 Alaska trip by calling
Carlson Wagonlit Travel at 1-888-652-1365!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINI-REUNIONS CONTACT: MINIREUNIONS@PANCANALSOCIETY.ORG


HEALTH BUREAU REUNION BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1954
in THE REPUBLIC of PANAMA "COME HOME TO PANAMA REUNION"
JANUARY 24-29, 2007
The second Health Bureau reunion to be held
The second Health Bureau reunion to be held Yes, we are planning another reunion of our class-
January 26 to February 4, 2006 is progressing extreme-es, n AN
mates, but this time in PANAMA! Bruce Quinn and
ly well. The itinerary for the trip is being finalized. e in r
Our friends and co-workers in Panama are planning Rolo Linares have kindly offered to orchestrate a great
Our friends and co-workers in Panama are planning
time for all who come. Bruce and Rolo will make sure
another special Health Bureau Gala for us. The time is
g n t t a o t w you have a terrific time while in Panama. Since this return
drawing nearer to take advantage of this wonderful
to Panama is not until January 2007, you all have plenty
opportunity to visit beautiful Panama, to have fun, and to
of time to save your pennies so you can join us in a fun-
become reacquainted with our extended "family."
packed four-day weekend. Details of the Panama
Contacts are: Reunion are in the planning stage and further details will
Contacts are:
Jeannine Eggleston be given as soon as we have them in place.
Jeannine Eggleston
10420 NW 14th Street Contact June Rowley Stevenson at 800-783-8847
Plantation, FL 33322
(954)-260 6822
jeannine e@hotmail.com BHS CLASS OF 1956

Grace Shadeck
3196 SW 177th Lane Road Celebrating our 50th Class Reunion to be held in conjunc-
Ocala, FL 34473 tion with the 2006 Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion in
(352) 347-4141 Orlando, Florida. Please spread the word and come join the fun.
We will have a hospitality suite available for informal gather-
Ivgs@worldnet.att.net
t ings as well as a main event (cocktail party or dinner). We are
producing a CD to be shown during our get-together and copies
Lori Snow may purchased. Please send a recent photo of yourself as well
Condor Outfitters as other interesting photos to Don Rentfrow. And, everyone
1907 De Winton Place wants to know what you have been up to so please rush your
Lawrenceville, GA 30043 250 word bios to Ida Straus Gifford. Submission must be
(770) 339-9961 or 1-800-783-8847 received by March 1st of 2006 to be included. You must be a
info@condoroutfitters.com member of the society in order to stay at the hotel or to partici-


FOR INFORMATION ON HOLDING

MINI-REUNIONS IN CONJUNCTION

WITH THE 2006

ANNUAL PANAMA

CANAL SOCIETY REUNION

CONTACT:


MINIREUNIONS@PANCANALSOCIETY.ORG


pate in society functions/dances, etc. Membership is highly rec-
ommended. Watch for our class website in the near future at
Czbrats.com.

Bill Hatchett (Chairman) Wjhhammer@aol.com
678 Alewa Place
Diamondhead, MS 39525

Sue Knapp Light (Co-Chair) Sklight@knology.net
109 Merge Avenue
Harvest, AL 35749

Ida Straus Gifford (Bios) Igifford@msn.com
383 North 100 East
Orem, UT 84057-4751

Don Rentfrow (Photos for CD) Donrntfrw@aol.com
110 10th Street North
Naples, FL 34102

Bev Boyette Hayden (Main Event) Regbev@webtv.net
5915 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Ste 63
Miami, FL 33146







BHS Class of 1961

We will hold our 45th Class Reunion in conjunction
with the 2006 Panama Canal Society's Reunion in
Orlando, Florida at the Caribe Royale from July 19-23.
If you have any info or questions, the following can
be of assistance:
Bill Thrift
Jbthrift @ bellsouth.net

Jackie Ashton Wagner
CZJackie529@msn.com

Bev Bowman Wood
joebev @ comcast.net

Didi Bremer Rogers
dialdidi@aol.com

Mary Simpson Francis
mfinboca @bellsouth.net

LoisThompson Gibbs
Lois@freyinsurance.com




CHS CLASS OF 1966
40TH REUNION

We are to hold our 40th Reunion for the year 2006 at
the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. during the annu-
al Panama Canal Society Reunion ( July 19 23, 2006).
This is a BIG one classmates! Planning early will
assure a memorable reunion so please send in your name,
address and email address to the committee members list-
ed below right away. REMEMBER.....YOU HAVE TO
BE A MEMBER OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCI-
ETY.... in order to register for our 40th!
The Castaways will be jammin' for us all night on
Thursday, July 20, 2005. This may be the last time we get
to hear this GREAT band, so don't miss out!

For more information, contact:

Becky Brenner Neal
8665 Florin Road, #25
Sacramento, CA 95828
cz66@hotmail.com

For email updates, contact

Rich Hull
ricomantwo@aol.com

Visit our class website for up-to-date information
regarding our 40th Reunion at
www.geocities.com/czone66


Class of CHS 1961

We will be having our 45th Class Reunion next year
in conjunction with the Society Reunion in Orlando. A
committee was formed at this year's Society Reunion and
details are being finalized. It would be wonderful to have
the best Class Reunion ever please try to attend!

For more information, please contact:

Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig
(850) 474-6341
czbarbv@cox.net






BHS Class of 1971
35th Class Reunion

Calling all classmates from the BHS'71! We're gathering
names and contact info. so we can plan our 35th Class
Reunion. Please contact:

Katie (Olliver) Haas
katieolliver71@hotmail.com
(719-592-0560 or 719-388-4917)

Glenda (Scanlon) Mecca
tbretreat@msn.com
(360-990-0132)





CHS Class of 1971

Cristobal High School Class of 1971
celebrates!

CHS 1971, 35th Class Reunion will be held
at the 2006 Panama Canal Society Annual
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. Please contact the
following to update your address.

Jane Paulson Martin
twilightjm @ yahoo.com
850-926-7390







CHS CLASS OF 1976

Cristobal High class of 1976 will hold its 30th Class
Reunion during the 2006 PCS Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Fla. We need to finalize our plans so please
contact either D LaPorta or Tom Wilder if you are
needing information and/or plan to attend.

D LaPorta
850-995-4342
terry @ laportafamily.com

Tom Wilder
352-694-2211
wildtomkat @ yahoo.com



CHS Class of 1986

The CHS Class of 1986 will hold it's 20th Class
reunion July 19-23, 2006, in conjunction with the 2006
Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando,
Florida. If you would like to help with organizing the
class reunion, please contact either person below.

Warren Bell (909)880-0747
bell.warren @ charter.net

Kimberly A. (Phillips) Collins
(352)281-0721 or (501)920-8341
CZBratBMW @ vahoo.com
CZBratBMW @ hotmail.com



BHS Class of 86

The BHS Class of 1986 will hold it's 20th Class Reunion
July 19-23, 2006, in conjunction with the 2006 Panama
Canal Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida.

If you would like to help with organizing the class
reunion, or have any questions about the reunion, please
contact either person below.

Kimberly (Phillips) Collins
(352)281-0721 or (501)920-8341
CZBratBMW@yahoo.com
CZBratBMW @ hotmail.com

Paul Wright
leviathan @ mail2eat.com


GULF COAST PICNIC
Saturday, May 13, 2006

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the
decision to hold the Gulf Coast Picnic is
pending waiting word from the park.

Pavilion 5 at the end of Boat Launch Road has been
reserved for the annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Gulf
Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs,
Miss.

Bring your favorite dish and watch for the PanCanal
Picnic signs. For overnight RVing details, contact the
Assistant Superintendent, Gulf Islands National
Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

For other information, contact:
Patt Roberson
(225) 774-7761



ANNUAL REPORT

EYEGLASS COLLECTION







During 2005 members of the Panama Canal Society
sent in 121 pairs of eyeglasses and lenses. They came
from Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida,
Michigan, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, Texas and Washington.
We started this project in 1992 and have collected
2,202 pairs of glasses so far. Donors at the 1,000 and
2,000 marks were rewarded with a one-year PCS mem-
bership renewal. They were Larry McGahhey of
Alabama and Louise Bauman of Michigan.
Now we're striving toward the 3,000 mark. Please
join us by taking a moment to unearth your obsolete
eyeglasses, lenses, frames and cases. Giving away your
discarded glasses is a small act on your part yet grants a
less fortunate person the incredible gift of sight.


Please send your old eyeglasses:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253






2006 ADVERTISEMENT RATES
Advertising rates approved at the October 8, 2005 Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The increase in advertising
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 com-
pose, design or size any commercial ads submitted. All graphics must be submitted in JPG or TIF format to
editor@pancanalsociety.org. All checks or money orders must be payable on U.S. banks.


Advertisement Size
7" wide x 10" high
7" wide x 5" high
3 1/2" wide x 5" high
7" wide x 2" high
3 1/2" wide x 2" high
(Business Card Size)
3 1/2" wide x 1" high
(1/2 Business Card)


Commercial
$315.00
$158.00
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$32.00

$16.00


Non-Commercial
$215.00
$108.00
$54.00
$43.00
$22.00

$8.00


Send all ads and make all checks or money orders to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787
2006 DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ADS, ARTICLES. NEWS OR PHOTOS FOR EACH CANAL RECORD:
MARCH 2006 Canal Record Deadline, January 6, 2006
JUNE 2006 Canal Record Deadline, April 7, 2006
OCTOBER 2006 Canal Record Deadline, August 4, 2006
DECEMBER 2006 Canal Record Deadline, October 6, 2006

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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 60193.
Check out www.czsg.org, or contact David
Zemer, SOSAHILL@HOTMAIL.COM




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The Devil's Key

Panama Jihad

By Roland Basmeson


This Action Novel Follows an Al-Qaeda Plot
to Destroy the Canal


Orlando, Fla. The next terrorist attack could be anywhere and at any time. In The Devil's
Key: Panama Jihad (Now Available from Author House), or ordered from Amazon.com a
new suspense thriller by Roland Basmeson, the terrorist have set their sight on one of the
western world's most important waterways.

This edgy thriller transports readers across the world, as a band of terrorist linked to an Al-
Qaeda plot to destroy the Panama Canal. Basmeson trots the reader from Manila, Phillipines,
to Panama, as the plot unfolds. The Novel opens in the Phillipines as a group of Phillipino
Nationals from a "Morro" faction related to Al-Qaeda, prepares for its mission. They board a
container ship destined for the Panama Canal, and their presumed destinies.

Nick Savage has been assigned as a sleeper agent for the CIA, to keep an eye on the Canal
for any suspicious activity. Through his work, he uncovers the Al-Qaeda plot to destabilize
the western world using the vital waterway. However, the terrorist are already en route, so
Nick must step into the fray if he hopes to save the Canal from destruction. He has been
thrust into a world of action as he clamors to put an end to the plot and preserve the peace.

With an in-depth expert detail of the inner workings of the Panama Canal, coupled with a
riveting climax, The Devil's Key: Panama Jihad is a heart pounding suspense novel that
could easily be tomorrow's headlines.

Born and raised in the former Canal Zone of Panama, Basmeson worked for the United Fruit
Company at Puerto Armuelles Chiriqui province, after high school. He decided to enlist in
the U.S. Air Force, during the Korean War. His Military service took him all over the world.
After his discharge from military service, he returned to the Canal Zone, where he worked
for the Electrical division before moving to the Locks Division. Now retired, he lives in
Orlando, Florida where he worked for Universal Studios as a show control technician,
assisting in the setup of numerous amusement park rides. The Devil's Key/Panama Jihad is
his first novel. This book may be acquired from Amazon.com., Barnes Noble, Walden books,
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