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


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

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University of Florida
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VOL. 40


NO. 3

Mr. Robert Russell Jr.
(813) 633-8916
Mr. Tom Wilder
1st Vice President
(352) 694-2211

Mr. John R. Gough II
2nd Vice President
(727) 527-2955
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804

Mr. Dan Norman
(813) 784-3585
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
(727) 321-8566
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Past President
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mr. Tom Spence
(352) 684-7771
Joan Ohman
(813) 672-4823
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 676-5140 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804

President's M essage...................................................................................... ................ .........
Secretary 's M essage............................................................. .................................................. 2
E editor's C orner....................................................................... ......................................... 3
L ost and F ound.................................................. ............................................................ 3
December General Membership Meeting, The Wine Cellar.......................... .....................4
November General Membership Meeting and Space Coast Group Picnic.................................5
February Carnavalito Registration Form..................................................... ..................... 6
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes................... .... ..............7
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings....................... ................. 8
L legislative R eport......................................................................... ..................................... 10
M ay L luncheon Pictures............................................................................... .......................... 1
V ital In fo rm action .......................................................................................... ......................... 14
R union C coordinator R eport....................................................................... .......................... 15
Insurance Inform ation................................................................................ ...........................53
Your Reporter Says:

Alabam a...........................54
A laska............................. 55
FL Central ........................60
FL Pensacola....................62
FL South Florida...............64

FL Space Coast..................64
FL Tallahassee...................67
Georgia............................ 71
Mississippi......................... 74
North Carolina...................75

Panam a............................ 79
South Carolina..................83
TX Dallas........................85
TX Kerrville....................86
Virginia............................ 87

C o ngratulation s..... ............................................................................ ........................................88
W eddings............................................................ ....................................... ............ 93
B irths............. ........ ........................ .... ..... ...................... ..............................................96
W ith D eep Sorrow ........................................................................................ .................... 98
L cooking B ack............................................................................................................................ 106
E m ail U pdates........................................................................................................................... 108
Letters to the E ditor.................................................................................. .................... 109
M museum N ew s.......................................................................................................................... 117
A nnouncem ents......................................................................................... ................. 19
Advertisements ............................................. ....... 121
Membership Application Form............................ ...............127

Cover: Robert (Bob) Russell Jr., Panama Canal Society President 2006-2008.


October 21 Ocala Zonian Ditchdiggers Biannual Gathering, 11:30 a.m. at
Silver River State Park at Pavilion #2, 1425 NE 58th Ave., Ocala,
Fla. See page 120 for more information. Call Tom Wilder (352)
694-2211 (evenings) if you have any questions.

November 4 Panama Canal Society General Membership Meeting and
Space Coast Group Picnic, 11:30 a.m. at Tom Statham Park
Pavilion, near Titusville, Fla. Call Bob and Kathie McConaughey
at (321) 452-7281 or Bob and Fran Morrissey at (321) 639-9092
for more info. See page 5.

December 2 PCS General Membership Meeting, Christmas Luncheon at the
Wine Cellar Restaurant, North Redington Beach, Florida at 11:00
a.m. See page 4 for form and page 5 directions.

December 9 9th Annual SoFla Panamaniacs Christmas Picnic at T.Y. Park. Call
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison at (954) 894-1247.

February 17 PCS CARNAVALITO 2007, Ocala, Fla. See page 6 for details.

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

4t# "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
1 .ion 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
0 The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June,October, and December
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for
*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: Web Site:
Hours: 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765

PRvf/Dk'f'gS ME-1^

Thank you all for the privilege of
serving as your Society's President
during the 2006 2008 term. It is
indeed an honor to serve in that
capacity and I look forward to work-
ing with the new Executive Board
and with you these coming years;
especially, during the 75th anniver-
sary year (2007) of our great Society.
Yes, that's correct, almost seven-
Bob Russell ty-five years ago on July 24, 1932,
on board the SS Ancon, a group of
fifteen passengers consisting of a few retirees and employees
going on home leave, met in the lounge and established the
forerunner of our Society The Association of Ex-employees
of the Panama Canal and the Panama Railroad Company.
From this small group we have evolved into the organization
that we are today, with 3,576 active (dues paying) members.
The goals of our Society remain basically the same as they
were in 1932: (1) promote the welfare of its members; (2)
perpetuate lasting friendships; (3) arrange social affairs and
meetings; and (4) inform members of Federal legislation and
regulations that may affect their welfare.
Your incoming Board is excited about the opportunity of
commemorating the 75th anniversary and with your contin-
ued support we will plan several events, which will highlight
this major milestone. Two such activities are Carnavalito and
a special 75th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony.
Also, we have asked the Panama Canal Museum to assist us
in our celebration this year by displaying an historical exhib-
it at the 2007 Reunion, which will highlight the Society and
the SS Ancon.
Your Executive Board for this coming term consists of

members with a wide range of experience and represents a
good cross-section of our membership. In our elected posi-
tions we have Tom Wilder as 1st Vice President; John
Gough as 2nd Vice President; and Directors Margaret
McLaughlin, Skeeter Camby and Dan Norman. Our
appointed officers are Bill McLaughlin, Director; Joan
Ohman, Treasurer; Tom Spence, Sergeant at Arms; Jim
O'Donnell, Legislative Representative; Muriel Whitman,
Bylaws Committee, Chairperson; Cheryl Russell, Chaplain;
Jim Parthenais, Budget and Audit Chairperson; Anna
Collins, Sunshine Committee Chairperson; Society
Historian, Tom Peterson; Beth Brandenburg, Insurance
Liaison; and Jim O'Donnell, Nominating Committee
Our Society Office is once again staffed by our knowl-
edgeable Secretary, Nancy Van Siclen and her capable assis-
tant, Carol Masino. They are the oil behind the scenes that
keeps our Society's engine moving forward. Last, but not
least, Jacque Vowell, alias "the Disco Queen", continues her
important role as the Editor, Canal Record. Jacque is the
Society's liaison with our Area Reporters the eyes and ears
of our Society. If you have some news or photos you want to
share, please contact your Area Reporter or Jacque. Your
news is important to us.
In addition to these positions, I have also established three
new committees. They are the Long-Range Planning
Committee, Membership Committee and 75th Anniversary
Committee. The Long-Range Planning Committee has the
task of preparing a report which will highlight goals and
objectives for the future of our Society. These goals and
objectives will take into consideration membership projec-
tions, dues, society activities, reunion costs, etc. This
Committee will be chaired by Tom Wilder and will have as its

members Joan Ohman, Jim Parthenais, Bill McLaughlin and
Jim O'Donnell. The second Committee is the Membership
Committee. The purpose of this committee is to develop a
campaign and programs that will increase and sustain our
membership. I have asked that they set a goal of increasing
our membership over current levels by at least 75 to com-
memorate our 75th year. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis will chair
this important committee and its members will consist of Dan
Norman, Tom Spence and Muriel Whitman. The third
Committee is the 75th Anniversary Committee and will be
co-chaired by Margaret McLaughlin and Cheryl Russell and
will have as its members Tom Peterson, John Gough, Jacque
Vowell, and Skeeter Camby. The purpose of this Committee
is to discuss and present programs which will enhance our
celebration of this great milestone.
We will continue to have our "traveling" general mem-
bership meetings throughout Florida. The Olive Garden in
Pinellas Park was the site of our September 9 meeting and all
who attended seemed to enjoy the luncheon. A big Thank You
goes to Muriel Whitman and her committee for all their hard
work in making the event such a success. The Space Coast
picnic will be on November 4 this year at the Tom Statham
Park Pavilion near Titusville. The event will be hosted by
Bob and Kathie McConaughey and Bob and Fran
Morrissey. The hospitality of the Titusville group is second
to none. On December 2 our Christmas luncheon will be held
at the famous Wine Cellar in North Redington Beach. Our
hosts for this gala event are Marje and Peter Foster and
Margaret McLaughlin. Be sure to bring your holiday spirit,
as this is always an awesome event.
We will start 2007 with one of our oldest traditions -
Carnavalito. It will be our first meeting in 2007 and will be
held on February 17 at the Hilton in Ocala. The event will be
hosted by Tom Wilder and should be a good one. On March
3, we will head to the Panhandle to attend a meeting in
Pensacola hosted by Barbara and Keith Kulig. As far as I
know, this will be the first such meeting in that area and I am
looking forward to it. On April 5 we will journey to one of
the Pinellas County parks to attend the ever popular West
Coast picnic. John Gough will host this event. Who knows,
chef Jim O'Donnell may have something special on the grill
this year! Our last membership meeting before the reunion
will be on May 5 in Sarasota at the Troyer's Dutch Heritage
Restaurant. The hosts for this event are Cheryl Russell and
Joan Ohman.
As most of you already know, our 2007 reunion will be
held from July 4 July 8 at a new property Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. We are looking forward to
this event; especially, since it will be during the month we
will be celebrating our 75th anniversary. Your reunion com-
mittees will be working hard to make the transition from the
Caribe Royale to Shingle Creek a smooth one. In that regard,
I have appointed Bill McLaughlin as the Reunion
Coordinator and Betty LeDoux-Morris as the Lodging
Chairperson. They are both experts in their fields and I know
that our membership will benefit from their collective expert-
ise. Be sure to look for the yellow pages in the December edi-
tion of the Canal Record.
While on the subject of reunions, I want to thank Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis, her Board members, office staff, reunion

coordinator, all the committee chairpersons and all the volun-
teers who made the 2006 reunion a success. It was through
your collective efforts, working as a team that made the
reunion a success. Thank you for your dedicated service to
the Society. Volunteers, such as you, are who make things
As you can see from the above, your new Board has an
active schedule. However, with your continued support of our
Society by attending activities, keeping your membership
current, and volunteering spirit, I know that, together, we will
meet all of our and your expectations and have a good term.
We look forward to seeing you at our scheduled meetings and
events and in celebrating together our Society's 75h
Anniversary next year.

Bob Russell, President
Panama Canal Society 2006-2008




Carol Masino and I are back in
the Society office after another won-
derful reunion. We met with many of
our members who paid their dues for
2007 and several new members who
joined during the reunion. We would
be remiss if we did not thank Beth
Brandenburg, Marje Foster, Lee
Grant, Debbie Horter-Watson,
Betty LeDoux-Morris, and Linda Marshall who volun-
teered at the Information Desk during the reunion. Thank you
for all your help.
Several personal items belonging to Society members
were turned in at the Information Desk, "LOST & FOUND".
We have eyeglasses, earrings, t-shirts, pictures, camera, etc. If
you lost anything at the Reunion, please call the Society
office at 1-866-726-2262, and claim your item. We will be
happy to mail it to you.
With this issue you will see several highlighted boxes
reminding the members that your dues for 2007 are due by
December 31,2006. Remember without your continued sup-
port with your payment of dues we could not keep the
Panama Canal Society functioning or hold the reunion each
year that everyone enjoys so much. Mark your calendar for
sometime in November to mail your $30.00 to renew your
dues and also think about giving a membership to your chil-
dren as part of their Christmas gift if they are not members
As Carol and I say farewell to Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and

her board we thank them for a wonderful two years and wish
Bob Russell and his new board success for the coming two
Again, please remember that your membership dues for
2007 should be received in the Society office no later than
December 31, 2006. Thank you again for all your support.

Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
(727) 391-4359; 1-866-726-2262


I would like to welcome the lat-
est addition to our area reporter
family, Frances (Farrell)
Viglielmo who lives in Hawaii.
Please look on page 54 of this issue
to find all the area reporters phone
Jacque Vowell
numbers and give them a call to tell
them about what is going on with you and your family. They
would love to hear from you!
First, I want to thank those members who sent in articles
and pictures that are not in the October issue. We were so
overwhelmed with emails and letters I couldn't find space for
all of them. But the good news is....they will be published in
the December issue!
I would like to thank all of the area reporters for their time
and effort they give the Canal Record with each issue. They
help make the Canal Record a great joy to read with their arti-
cles and pictures. I would also like to thank the
volunteers/friends that stayed up late on Friday and Saturday
night working the DJ dance; Anita Garcia, Barbara
Litchford, Bonnie "Cokie" Chevalier and Shane Vose-
Mora. They worked hard and made the night so enjoyable.
They have the routine down pat so I can get to do the fun stuff
like food runs, drink runs, money runs and my
favorite...sweeping up in the bathroom! Thank you all for
I am excited about Carnavalito in Ocala, Fla on February
17, 2007. I have missed Carnavalito these past few years and
I can't wait to dance the night away. Just hope I can stay
awake to bury the fish! I will be making reservations and
sending in my registration form as soon as I receive my copy
of this issue.
As always, I am only an email or phone call away if you
ever have any questions about how to submit news and pic-
tures. Please remember that all digital pictures have to be
submitted in a jpeg or tif format at 300 DPI resolution.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
home: 386-676-5140 (evenings)


The Nominating Committee consisting of Bill
McLaughlin, Chairperson, Margot Jordan, Steve Nehring,
Roberta Evans and Faith Brundage convened early on
Friday morning to start the count of the 241 ballots that were
received. Our task was completed shortly before the com-
mencement of the Annual Meeting with the following results.
Of the 241 ballots received, 6 of them were invalid.

President Bob Russell 235
1st Vice President Tom Wilder 235
2nd Vice President John Gough 235
Director Skeeter Camby 225
Director Margaret McLaughlin 230
Director Dan Norman 231

Bill McLaughlin
Nominating Committee Chairperson







Please call the Society Office at


Chairpersons: Marje and Pete Foster and Margaret McLaughlin
December 2, 2006


The Panama Canal Society, Inc. Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The Wine Cellar at 17307 Gulf
Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida on Saturday, December 2, 2006.

Social hour is planned from 11:00 a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly meeting
will start at 12:00 noon.

The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities.

Monday. November 27, 2006 is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.

The menu will be a choice of Chicken Marsala, served with pasta and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak with ris-
sole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls and butter, dessert (ice cream with
puff pastry with chocolate syrup), ice tea and/or coffee.

When completing your reservation form, be sure to list with whom you would like to sit. Tables will be set for eight peo-
ple. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Marsala or New York Strip Steak.

This will be a very special luncheon and preparations are underway to ensure you have an enjoyable afternoon. We have
some nice door prizes and we hope you will join in the festivities. SO... mark your calendar for December 2, 2006 and send
in your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 5 of this issue.
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Member Name

Please make

Telephone Number:

reservations at $25.00 each

Please indicate preference:

New York Strip Steak

Total enclosed

Marsala Chicken


Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)

i1. 5.
S2. 6. _
3. 7.
4. 8.

Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
I 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772- 4787



December Luncheon Directions

17307 Gulf Blvd.
North Redington Beach, Fla

1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 15
West Gandy Blvd, turns into Park Blvd. Proceed
on Park until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left.
The Wine Cellar is on the left at 173rd Avenue.

2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit 15
West, and follow the above directions.

3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to
Park Blvd. and follow directions as in No. 1 to the

4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd.,
which runs into Bay Pines Blvd, bearing left to
cross Tom Stuart Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Then
right and proceed North to 173rd Avenue. Wine
Cellar is on the right.

November General
Membership Meeting
and Space Coast Picnic

November 4, 2006

Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership meet-
ing will be held on November 4, 2006 in conjunction with
the Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion,
on the river side of U.S. 1, adjacent to the Space Center
Executive Center. The picnic will start at 11:30 a.m. and
our meeting will start at 12:30 p.m.
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to drink. If
you need more information, call Bob and Kathie
McConaughey at (321) 452-7281 or Bob and Fran
Morrissey at (321) 639-9092.
FROM SR-50 go south 3.4 miles on US Hwy 1, the park is
on the left.


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CARNAVALITO IS BACK! Join us in Ocala, Florida on February 17, 2007 as we commence our
yearlong celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Panama Canal Society. Everyone is invited to an
evening of fun, food and dancing at the Ocala Hilton. Music will be provided by Frances Lindh
Morrissey (BHS'62) who performed at the Continental Hotel in Panama and played alongside Lucho
in the early years. Socializing with a cash bar begins at 6:00 P.M. with a short meeting beginning at
7:00 P.M. and dinner then dancing shortly thereafter.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a limited number of rooms available at the Hilton for
this event at the special rate of $94.00 plus tax. When making reservations mention you are with the
Panama Canal Society. You may call the Hilton directly at (352) 854-1400 or (877) 602-4023. The
Hilton is located at 3600 SW 36th Avenue, Ocala, Florida just off 1-75 and SR-200. Visit their web
site at REMEMBER, rooms are limited so make your reservations
early. (Hotel cut off date will be January 27, 2007 at our special rate if any rooms are remaining.)

COST: $40.00 per person which includes a sit-down dinner and entertainment (tax & gratuities
included). Dinner is a choice of Prime Rib or Chicken Maison which includes vegetables, a fresh
garden salad, Chef's specialty Dessert of the Day, warm rolls and butter. Tea or Coffee. (Deadline
to send in Carnavalito registration form is January 27, 2007)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call the Carnavalito Chairperson, TOM WILDER, at
(352) 694-2211 (evenings).

FEBRUARY 17, 2007

Member Name: Member #:
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STelephone #:

Please make reservations

INames of Guests (Please Print)

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for $40.00 each.

Circle one choice: Prime Rib or

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ITotal enclosed: $

Make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787

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MARCH 18, 2006

Absent: Bylaws Chairperson

Actions taken:
* Approved the minutes of the February 4, 2006 Executive
Board Meeting.
* Approved the expenditures for the period of February 3,
2006 thru March 17, 2006 in the amount of $20,724.01.
* Approved 82 new members.
* Approved Carl Orvis could sign up for golf this year and
only pay the difference of $4.00 since he was unable to attend
the golf tournament last year due to military obligations.

Reports given:
* Picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs had 50 mem-
bers and guests attending.
* April Board Meeting moves to April 22nd.
* Guest Speaker for Annual Luncheon Mr. Sabonge..
* Cafe Duran
* COPA Correspondence
* Corozal American Cemetery in Panama.
* Brenda Furlong Elaine read a note from the Furlong
Family thanking the Society for their kindness after the death
of their son, David.
* Al Cooper
* Orange County Library
* Financial Report
* Event Plan
* Security Contracts
* Contracts for Tito Mouynes and Frankie Pretto
* AV Status
* Tickets and Name Badges
* Reunion Coordinator Update
* Nominating Committee
* Lodging
* Computer Update
* Finance Report
* 990s Tax Filing
* Mini-Reunions 15 mini-reunions are planned.
* Troyers' Restaurant
* Vendors 20 vendors signed up for the Annual Reunion.
* Ball Caps
* CDs
* March Canal Record
* Photographer
* Reporters Luncheon
* Roberts Printing
* June Canal Record
* Annual Directory
* Membership Update
* Purchase of New Phones
* March Legislative Report
* Lottery
* Registration
* Volunteers

New Business:
* Panama Canal Museum would have a tribute to the
Military at the Reunion.

APRIL 22, 2006

Absent: Editor

Actions taken:
* Approved the minutes of the March 18, 2006 Executive
Board Meetings.
* Approved the expenditures for the period of March 18.
2006 thru April 20, 2006 in the amount of $20,489.22.
* Approved 52 members.
* Approved Office Insurance

Reports given:
* Panamanian Attorney Inquiry
* Guest Speaker Update
* Cafe Duran
* COPA Update
* July 4th Holiday
* Financial Report
* Schedule of Events
* Frankie Pretto
* AV Status
* Reporters' Luncheon
* Vendors Reception
* Letter for Volunteers
* Certificates
* Reserved Tables
* Invitations for Guest Speaker Reception
* Nominating Report
* Profit & Loss Analysis
* 2006 Annual Reunion Income/Cost Analysis
* Mini-Reunions
* Dance Ticket Sales
* May Luncheon
* Vendors
* Ball Caps
*June Canal Record
* OY Thomas Update
* Disco Dance Information
*Overseas Brats
* Membership Update
* Transportation of Reunion Materials
* Volunteer and Vendor Ribbons
* Legislative Report
* Lottery Tickets



MAY 20, 2006

Absent: 2 Directors and Bylaws Chairperson.

Actions taken:
* Approved the minutes of the April 22, 2006 Executive
Board Meeting.
* Approved the expenditures for the period of April 18,
2006 thru May 19, 1006 in the amount of $10,358.17.
* Approved 42 members.
* Approved Frances Viglielmo as the Hawaii Area

Reports given:
* Panamanian Attorney Inquiry
* Corozal Cemetery
* O Y Thomas
* Susan Sandberg
* Annual Luncheon
* Financial Report
* Signs
* Flyer
* Band Members
* Reserved Tables
* Vendor Reception
* Guest Speaker Reception
* Caf6 Duran
* Recuerdos De Mi Panama
* Ticket Sales
* May Luncheon 56 members and guests attended the
luncheon at Troyers' in Sarasota.
* Ball Caps
* Golf Towels
* Visors
* Vendors
* June Canal Record
* Photographer for Reunion
* Membership Number Update
* List of Items from Chairpersons
* Reunion Money Advance
* Legislative Report
* Registration

MARCH 4, 2006

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 50 mem-
bers and guest in attendance at the General Membership
Meeting held at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida at
12:10 p.m.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain gave the invocation followed by
a moment of silence for members who had recently passed

away. Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. At Arms led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
December 3, 2005 meeting held at the Wine Cellar, North
Redington Beach, Florida. Skeeter Camby made a motion to
approve the minutes as read; seconded by Margot Jordan.
Motion passed.
Margaret McLaughlin, Treasurer highlighted the
December Financial Statement, which stands for Audit.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis recognized the following past pres-
idents in attendance: Bill McLaughlin, Jim O'Donnell and
Margot Jordan.
The president reported that we have approximately 900
members and guests signed up to attend the reunion and 15
vendors signed up and this is only the first week of March.
Bill McLaughlin, Co-Reunion Coordinator reminded the
members that the dance group (Recuerdos de Mi Panama)
will again be holding a dance class on Friday afternoon and
the sign-up sheet is in the yellow pages. Bill reported to the
membership that the same group is participating in an
Orlando festival during the reunion. The cost to each person
would be $20.00 and transportation will be provided to the
festival to see the show. The tickets can be purchased at the
reunion in the Convention Center.
Bill informed the membership on the following pertaining
to the reunion:
Hotel confirmations will not be sent out until May. If
you are concerned, call the office to make sure your papers
were received.
Continental Breakfast will be served on Thursday,
Friday and Saturday mornings.
Information flyer will be available at the Registration
area and Information.
*We will have the Clubhouse at the Convention Center.
*This year the Annual Business Meeting will be on
Friday, July 21st at 10:00 a.m. The new officers for 2006-
2008 will be installed.
Mr. Rodolfo Sabonge, Director, Corporate Planning and
Marketing of the Panama Canal Authority, will be the guest
speaker at the Annual Luncheon on Saturday and his presen-
tation should be interesting.
Elaine reminded the members that if you plan on attend-
ing the Annual Luncheon you need to purchase your tickets
in advance.
Bob Russell, 2nd Vice President advised the membership
that the May luncheon would be held at Troyer's in Sarasota
and forms are available to sign up.
Steve Nehring, 1st Vice President said that the reunion
committees are still looking for some volunteers to help out
at the reunion.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative highlighted
the February Legislative Report.
Margot Jordan, Golf Chairperson reminded the members
to get their golf reservations in as soon as possible.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum reported that the potluck lunch in January
held at the Museum office was well attended; the Museum
has already received some nice items for the silent auction
which is held during the reunion; gifts are available today
with some brand-new items. She encouraged the members to

The president thanked the picnic committee consisting of
John Gough, Steve Nehring, Margaret McLaughlin, Jim
O'Donnell and Tom Hanna and presented each with a small
token from the Society.
Skeeter Camby made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
12:35; seconded by Bob Russell. Motion passed.

MAY 6, 2006

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 57 mem-
bers and guests in attendance at the General Membership
Meeting held at Troyer's Restaurant, Sarasota, Fla. at 12:00
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain gave the invocation followed by
a moment of silence for members who had recently passed
away. Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. At Arms led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance.
The meeting recessed at 12:00 Noon for lunch and recon-
vened at 12:45 p.m.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis thanked Bob and Cheryl Russell for
hosting the luncheon and presented them with a small token
from the Society.
The president recognized the following past presidents in
attendance: Bill McLaughlin, Jim O'Donnell, Faith
Brundage, Tom Peterson and Anna Collins. Elaine also wel-
comed new members in attendance Ginger and Dan Teer and
Jim and Julie Lovejoy.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
March 4, 2006 meeting held at Anderson Park, Tarpon
Springs, Fla. Skeeter Camby made a motion to approve the
minutes as read; seconded by Barbara Peterson. Motion
In the absence of Margaret McLaughlin, Treasurer, Jim
Parthenais highlighted the March Profit and Loss
Comparison, which stands for audit.
Bill McLaughlin, Past President and Co-Reunion
Coordinator reported to the membership that the cut-off date
for room reservations is June 1st and June 22nd will be the
cut-off date for registration and purchase of tickets. Bill
informed the membership that if you arrive late on Friday and
Saturday night and if you purchased tickets for the dances
they would be available outside of the room where the dances
are being held for members to pick up between the hours of
8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Bill advised the membership we
will have a Reunion flyer that will be distributed at
Registration and available at the Information Desk.
Bill also reported that the dance group, which performs at
the Despedida, is participating in a special cultural event to be
held in Orlando at the same time as our reunion. Tickets can
be purchased at the reunion, in the Convention Center.
Steve Nehring, 1st Vice President along with Skeeter
Camby, Director are co-chairs of Dance Ticket Sales at the
reunion. At the present time, Steve reported that they have
about 11 volunteers to sell dance tickets during the reunion.

Faith Brundage, Director and Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. At
Arms are responsible for the Despedida Lottery and will be in
operation during the same hours as Registration and if anyone
would like to help sell tickets please notify them.
John Gough, Director and Muriel Whitman, Bylaws
Chairperson will be handling the Vendors this year and John
reported that as of today we have 35 vendors signed up. John
also asked that if anyone is interested in helping out in the
Vendor room to please see him or Muriel.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain and Joan Ohman, Director are
co-chairing Registration. They reported that they are in the
process of stuffing the envelopes with name badges and tick-
ets and will be sending out the confirmation letters to each
volunteer confirming the date and time that they will be help-
ing out in registration.
Bill McLaughlin reported that the on-line registration for
members is working out very well and so far this year 389
have registered for the Reunion, 216 have submitted new
membership applications and 465 have renewed dues.
Elaine reminded the members that if they are not signed
up for the Annual Luncheon on Saturday, July 22nd there is
still time. The guest speaker this year is Mr. Rodolfo
Sabonge, the Director of Corporate Planning and Marketing
for the Panama Canal Authority.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative highlighted
the May Legislative Report
Jacque Vowell, Editor reminded the members that if they
are sending in pictures via email to be published in the Canal
Record the pictures must be 300 dpi or higher. If you don't
have a computer you can send the picture and article into the
office by regular mail.
Elaine reminded the membership that the ballots for offi-
cers are in the March Canal Record and to please remember
to vote. The term of office is 2006-2008 and the slate is as fol-
lows: President, Bob Russell; 1st Vice President, Tom Wilder;
2nd Vice President, John Gough; Directors are Skeeter
Camby, Margaret McLaughlin and Dan Norman.
Barbara Peterson, Secretary reported for the Panama
Canal Museum that the Museum will have an exhibit at the
Reunion in honor of the U.S. military life in the Canal Zone
from 1939 1999; the museum is seeking donations for their
annual silent auction; the Museum cookbook is in its third
printing and announced the fundraising cruise that is planned
for February 2007.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee suggested that mem-
bers who know of someone that is ill to please call the office
with the information and Anna would send a card.
Elaine announced that every year the Society member
who attends the most General Membership meetings is
awarded a small prize. She announced that Betty Boyer and
Tom Hanna attended all five General Membership meetings.
Skeeter Camby made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
1:30 p.m.; seconded by Faith Brundage. Motion passed.


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Federal retirees approaching age 65
Jim O'Donnell are faced with a decision about enrolling in
Medicare. A number of questions arise, such as: Am I eligible for
Medicare? Should I enroll in Part A (hospital) and Part B (doctors
and other providers)?


Public Law 97-248, enacted in 1982, provides Medicare Part A
coverage at age 65 without cost for all Federal employees actively
employed during and after January 1, 1983. You are deemed to have
the coverage if you were employed on the day before and day after
January 1, 1983,when Medicare deductions began. Therefore, any-
one who qualifies for premium-free Medicare Part A should enroll,
since it is without cost. Those who retired before January 1, 1983,
must either be eligible for a Social Security benefit based on their
non-federal employment, or have a spouse with coverage, to obtain
Part A without cost.
A person is eligible for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) at
age 65, if: 1. He or she is eligible for benefits from the Social
Security or Railroad Retirement systems (or could receive those
benefits if he or she applied); or, 2. He or she paid Medicare taxes
for ten years while employed by the Federal government; or, 3. He
or she paid a total of ten years Medicare with the Federal govern-
ment and/or other non-Federal employers; or 4. He or she was
employed by the Federal government on January 1, 1983; or, 5. His
or her spouse is eligible for Medicare Part A.


Part B is available to anyone age 65 who is either a U.S. citizen
residing in the United States or a lawfully admitted alien who has
continuously resided in the U.S. for five years prior to filing an
application. You do not have to be eligible for monthly Social
Security benefits or Part A in order to obtain Part B.
When deciding whether to enroll in Medicare Part B, which is
available at a current premium of $88.50 per month for 2006, you
should take into account your FEHBP plan enrollment.


Medicare eligible retirees enrolled in fee-for-service plans (e.g.,
Blue Cross-Blue Shield, GEHA, NALC, APWU, Mail Handlers, or
PBP, etc.) would find that Medicare pays first for most services. The
FEHBP plan picks up the difference, or in some cases, pays for the
services not covered by Medicare. Because the services are provid-
ed by physicians or others providing services, Medicare and the
FEHBP plan combine to provide nearly complete coverage for all
expenses, except prescription drugs. Fee-for-service plans waive
most of their deductible, coinsurance, and co-payments (except for
prescription drugs) for Part B enrollees. As a result, FEHBP fee-for-
service plan enrollees with Parts A and B find that they have little or
no out-of-pocket expenses.
Generally you should elect Medicare Part A as soon as you are
entitled since the coverage is at no cost to you if you are eligible
based on the above criteria. However, you may want to weigh the
cost against the benefits with Medicare Part B since the current price
is over $1,000 per year for each enrollee. This involves considering
your current medical condition, and future medical condition as well
as you may be able to predict it. You should review your Federal

Employees Health Benefit brochure as a starting point. Under
"Coordinating Benefits With Other Coverage" your brochure will
explain any extra benefits you will receive with Medicare Part A and
Medicare Part B. With fee for service plans this will often be an
excellent coverage. If you are covered by Blue Cross-Blue Shield,
for example, all of your medical costs will generally be covered,
except for prescription drugs where there is no change. Then con-
sidering your present and future health you can evaluate whether to
enroll in Medicare Part B. You should be aware of any special pro-
visions in your plan. For example, Mail Handlers requires enroll-
ment in both Medicare Part A and Part B to waive their considerable
prescription drug deductible. You should also consider that if you do
not enroll in Medicare Part B when first eligible, you will generally
be subject to a 10 percent penalty for each 12 months you are not
enrolled. There is an Open Season enrollment for Medicare Part B
from January 1 to March 31 of each year with coverage effective
July 1 of that year. Some retirees with Medicare Parts A and B enroll
in their fee-for-service plan's standard option. The high option usu-
ally does not cover enough additional services to justify paying the
extra premium, especially with high option plans that have experi-
enced dramatic premium increases. Please note that the GEHA stan-
dard option has a 50 percent co-payment on brand name prescription
drugs obtained through the mail order prescription service. (Generic
drugs are $15 per prescription by mail order). If you (or your
spouse) use several brand name drugs, you will need to consider the
cost of the drugs by mail order against the lower premium for the
GEHA standard option. Also, Blue Cross Blue Shield standard
option (now their higher option) provides mail order prescription
services, reasonable prescription drug co-payments, and wider
provider choices than their basic option, which may not be the best
choice for many retirees who have Medicare Parts A and B as their
primary insurance.


Neither Medicare nor the FEHBP plan can refuse to pay for, or
reimburse, an enrollee for benefits provided by their respective cov-
erage(s). While the amount of payment to a provider is usually more
limited, by law, under Medicare, than under an FEHBP plan, the
benefits are not reduced under either coverage. Keep in mind that
Medicare is the primary payer (pays first) and FEHBP is the sec-
ondary payer. Each FEHBP fee-for-service plan brochure contains
an explanation of the relationship between the plan and Medicare
benefits. For details, see the section titled "Coordinating benefits
with other coverage" in your brochure. If the physician charges the
Medicare assignment amount or up to 115 percent of the Medicare
limiting charge, FEHBP and Medicare will provide very good cov-
erage. However, if you are asked by the physician to sign a "private
contract," you may have to pay significant charges. This is because
Medicare will not pay anything when a person signs a "private con-
tract," and FEHBP plans will not increase their payments beyond
what they would have paid if Medicare had paid.


We now have three more months to go before we have the final
figure of what the COLA will be. The June figure brought the total
COLA to 3.1 percent. The next cola will be reported on August 19th.
Inflation rose in the three months ending in June. Members are feel-
ing the affect of higher energy prices and interest rates. Consumer
prices have shot up above 3.1 percent and that is more then last year.
The United Sates economy is slowing sharply and inflation is going
higher, therefore; the COLA may reach 4.0 percent next year.

Jim O'Donnell
Legislative Representative


Jim O'Donnell and John Gough

Jim and Kelly Parthenais with Elaine (Vestal) Lewis

Dan and Ginger Teer

Laverne Larrabee and Blanche Browne

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Jim and Linda DesLondes

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Faith Brundage and Linda (Brundage) Mars

Betty Boyer and Mary Lou Lang

Bill Keenan and Vannie Jones

Billie Hultin and Fi Everson

Barbara Slover


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Outpatient and inpatient medical records up to
1982 may be obtained from the following

Federal Records Center (NARA)
4712 South Park Boulevard
Ellenwood, Georgia 30294

Contact: Gladys Mitchell at 404-736-2850.

Outpatient and inpatient medical records after
1982 can be found at the following:

9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63132


All Canal Zone schools, Canal Zone College and
Panama Canal College transcripts are located at:

Department of Defense Education Activity
Records Center
7201 Custer Road, Bldg. 2670
Fort Benning, Georgia 31905-4300



Click on alumni then click on the area that
applies to you.


Another fun filled reunion has come and gone. The 2006 reunion was another very successful reunion. The hundreds of
hours of preplanning and coordination by the Executive Board and Reunion Committee members insured that the event was
a success. Over a hundred volunteers helped with registration, information, ticket sales, etc. A heartfelt thanks to all you vol-
unteers. Without your help, the reunion could not be held.
This was our last year at the Caribe Royale and I, for one, am going to sure miss the Caribe. The Caribe has a great bunch
of people working there and the staff made sure we had everything we needed to have a good event for all our members. The
Reunion Clubhouse was once again a big hit providing a great gathering place for attendees. To give you an idea of how busy
the clubhouse was, here are some sales statistics I got from the banquet manager: 2,818 drinks, 2,725 beers, 303 glasses of
wine, 2,947 Empanadas, 340 orders of Patacones, 608 plates of Ropa Vieja and 589 orders of Yucca Frita were sold. Between
the clubhouse and the bar in the foyer by the Society Information Desk, they had an income of $36,680.50 for the four days
we were there.
Another interesting number was the amount of money the hotel brought in from the guest rooms. Society members stayed
a total of 2,596 room nights at $134.92 per room night. This equals just over $350,000. No wonder these hotels like a big
group like ours.
Goodbye Caribe Royale and onward to Shingle Creek. The Rosen Shingle Creek is a brand new property that opened in
September of this year. The Executive Board will be having a preliminary meeting with the hotel the end of October to dis-
cuss our 2007 reunion. Detailed information about the 2007 reunion, yellow pages and registration forms will be in your
December Canal Record.
We have had a few reports of anxious class/mini reunion coordinators already contacting Shingle Creek and get-
ting incorrect information concerning menu pricing. The Society has negotiated contract menu pricing that will be
used by our class/mini reunions. I urge those class/mini reunion coordinators not to contact the hotel directly but to
contact our Class/Mini Reunion Coordinator Jim Parthenais at MINIREUNIONS@PANCANALSOCIETY.ORG. It
is very important that you deal with the Society Chairpersons, Reunion Coordinator or the Society office when you
have questions about the new hotel. If you call Shingle Creek directly the staff may not know our contract details.
In closing, I would like to urge everyone that attends the reunion to please pay the $5.00 reunion registration fee. We had
many attending the reunion this year that didn't do this and this only hurts us when it comes to paying our expenses. Our goal
is to at least break even each year at the reunion. The $5.00 registration fee is very important to meet this goal. We estimated
that close to 3,000 people attended this year's reunion with only 2,241 actually paying the $5.00 registration fee. Dependents
under the age of 18 years old don't have to pay the $5.00 fee, but there were many others who should have registered and did-
n't. We may have to enforce the rule that all attendees wear their name badge in order to enter reunion dances, discos and other
events. Oh yes, don't forget to pay your 2007 dues. You have to be a paid up member to register for the reunion. Once again,
there will be more information in the December Canal Record.

Bill McLaughlin
Reunion Coordinator


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Randy Deakins registering members. Ed Ohman and Bob Russe

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Jim O'Donnell, Mary Lou Lang, Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
and Muriel Whitman.

Randy Drake, CPA, addresses the membership at the Annual
Business Meeting.

Linda Marshall, Barbara Vose-Kulig, Shirley Camby and
Lori King.

Marje Foster and Joy Maale



Joe Wood. Panama Canal Museum President

Audience members

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Lou and Jan Andino wait for the lucky number to be called
for the grand prize.

Audience members

Elaine (Vestal) Lewis presenting Lou and Jan Andino
Honorary Membership.


Installation of the newly elected Exceutive Board members 2006-08: Elaine (Vestal) Lewis) swearing in John Gough,
Margaret McLaughlin, Dan Norman, Tom Wilder, Bob Russell and "Skeeter" Camby.

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Stabler Meyer, Terry Smith Flynn, Patty Siravo Smith, Janet Hunt Watkins, Valerie DePiper Boughner, Gerald
Martin. Standing (L-R): Alfred Creque, Bob Hughes, Martha Velez Hausmann, David Bishop, Ginger Wertz Zornes,
Kurt Muse, John Disharoon, Ellen Ermish Lane, Jeanne Jensen Lampe, Tom Duncan, Barbara Wesley Taylor, Tammy
Schick Dougherty, Darleen Woodruff Hunt, Chris Mitten Gibson, Mike Chavez. Present but not pictured: Duncan
Ballanger, George Husted, Chris Small, Karl Marohl, Peggy McDowell, Bob Petrosky.


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Bircher, Chris Hare. Middle (L-R): Ann Bowen, Cindy Copeskey, Mike Coman, Debbie Fulton, Diane Newlon, Anne
MacDonald, Sherry Payne, Janie Souder, Gina Ridge, Tom Strider, Evelyn Tiencken, Glenda Scanlon, Pam Crowell,
Madeleine Lugo, Karen Lowande, Vanessa Wilson, Dennis Clark, Willie Robles, Joyce Larrabee, Barbara Stolts, Fred
Bales, Debbie Horter, Bob Baldwin. Front (L-R): Sheila McCauley, Diana Jacks, Louis DeArmas, Buddy George, Lynn
Little, Tom Engelke, Katie Olliver, Martha Duncan, Linda Sorrell, Debbie Dekle, Mitzi Trahan.



Front (L-R): Tom Wilder, Russell Gillespie, Tom Snider. Middle: Ed Blount, Vonnie Smith, Donna Deaton, Janet
Katsumoto. Back: Reid Stinnett, Will Cronan, Jim Snider, Zip Barriteau, D LaPorta, Ed Stroop, John Davison, Jim
McCarrick. Missing from picture: Sandi Lewis Griffin, Didi Ruoff Heimberger, Priscilla Husband, Alicia Agostini,
Mike Collins, Walter Collins, John Collins, Mary Blanchette, Kay Housley.












L-R: Bill McLaughlin (Co-Reunion Coordinator), Karen Brandl (Va.), Diane French (Ariz.), Patt Roberson (Miss. and
La.), Skip Rowley (Tallahassee, Fla.), June Stevenson (Ga.), Barbara Vose-Kulig (Pensacola, Fla.), Steve Nehring
(Director), Jacque Vowell (Editor), Carol Masino (Assistant to the Editor), George Garcia (S.C.), Helen Aanstoos-Hay and
Isaac Hay (Calif.).


Back row (L-R): Elaine (Vestal) Lewis (2004-06), Bill McLaughlin (2002-04), Faith Brundage (1999-2000), Margot
Jordan (1997-98). Front Row: Anna Collins (1983-84), Pete Foster (1985-86), Muriel Whitman (1987-88), Marje Foster
(1994-95), Jim O'Donnell (1996-97).







Gaynor Branstetter, formerly of Gatun, Canal
Zone, attended CHS and departed from the
Canal Zone in 1946 for the area of Los Angeles
where she completed high school and college.
Gaynor would have been a member of the CHS
class of 1948 had she remained in the Canal
Zone. Any information is appreciated.

Please contact:

Sam Blackburn
850 Horizons East, Apt 201
Boynton Beach, Fla 33435
Jim Forester (nee Fernandez)
881 Devenwood Trail
Marieta, Ga 30064
(770) 419-2541

Museum Calls for Panama

Canal Artists

The museum is again looking for former Canal area
artists who would like to participate in a museum project.
In line with our mission to preserve the history of the
American Era of the Panama Canal, we have been pub-
lishing a series of calendars. The 2007 calendar showcas-
es colorful artwork from 13 former Canal area artists. It is
beautiful and has been a very popular item in the museum
store. If you would like to take part in a similar project,
you are invited to send a color photograph of one or two
pieces of your artwork to the museum as soon as possible
but no later than January 2, 2007. Please indicate the medi-
um/technique used and a little background information
about the painting.
To ensure quality reproduction, please submit the art
via hard copy photograph (glossy no bigger than 8" x 10")
or on a CD. The image size should be saved at 300 dpi, as
ajpeg. Mode RGB or CMYK. Please pass this information
on to other Canal area artists and thank you for supporting
the museum in this way.
Send to Panama Canal Museum, 7985 113th Street,
Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785, or email as an
attachment to


Compania Interacional de Seguros (CIS),
the current underwriter of the former Mutual of
Omaha Life Insurance Program, has recently
implemented a number of changes that are
designed to improve their ability to handle busi-
ness in English and to expedite the process of
issuing new certificates to policyholders, updat-
ing beneficiary designations, and adjudicating
death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is current-
ly encouraging policyholders to do their business
directly with the Panama office, but will gladly
continue to accept and handle all business of
those policyholders who choose to act and
process through the Panama Canal Society
office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to be
the Society's point of contact and may be
reached on the last Wednesday afternoon of the
month at the Society's toll free number (1-866-
726-2262) for assistance or to obtain Change of
Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim forms.

For persons choosing to deal directly with the
CIS office in Panama, the point of contact is: Mr.
Miguel Gordon; and he can be reached as fol-
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Apartado 0833-0084
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Fax: 011-507-210-1605

Policyholders or claimants dealing directly
with the Panama office should advise the Society
office of the particulars if they would like for the
Society to monitor CIS progress and intercede
with CIS on their behalf. Likewise, policyhold-
ers and claimants should notify the Society
office when their business has been satisfactori-
ly concluded with CIS so that the Society can
drop the policyholder or claimant from its list of
pending cases to be pursued.


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AK Clay Wharry
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
FL Central Dawn Gressang
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
GA June A. Stevenson

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MS Patt Foster Roberson
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Northwest Howie Laatz
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Panama Anna Opel
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VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl

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Deadline for the December 2006 Canal Record is October 6, 2006.


Jeannine (Hebert) Wilder
(BHS'62) reported that she enjoyed
the company of Tinker
(Hollowell) Cooper (CHS'63),
Sheila (Mitten) Stepp (BHS'62),
Allen and Edie Cotton and Sue (Mitten) Corrigan
(BHS'62). Tinker, who lives in
Jacksonville, Fla., traveled to Tallahassee to spend the night
with Sue. The three gals then drove from Tallahassee to
Guntersville, Ala. to spend Memorial weekend with Dave
and Jeannine Wilder. Tinker and Jeannine knew each other in
Diablo Elementary School and had not seen each other in 33
years! Sue and Sheila visited Guntersville over Labor Day of
2005, departing earlier than planned due to a hurricane threat
in Tallahassee. Sue has visited Dave and Jeannine every year
for the past five years. The Memorial Day visit was non-stop
talking for Tinker. Sheila. Sue and Jeannine (noor Dave-Ha!).

Back (L-R): Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper, Sheila (Mitten)
Stepp, Sue (Mitten) Corrigan. Front: Jeannine (Hebert)

I traveled to Peoria, Ill. over the 4th of July weekend for
the christening of my granddaughter Chloe Nichols. Chloe

was baptized by her great-grandfather Reverend Ronald
Hawkins of Omaha, Neb. The ceremony was conducted next
to the lake in the backyard at my daughter Heather Nichols
and son-in-law's, Tracy Nichols, new home in Metamora, Ill.
The weather was beautiful and so was the ceremony. While
visiting in Peoria, Chloe had to take Grandpa Allen to the
Peoria ice rink to show off her ice-skating skills.

Ron Hawkins, Heather Nichols, Tracy Nichols holding
Chloe Nichols.

On a sad note, I traveled to San Antonio, Texas for the
memorial for my sister-in-law Patricia Sue (Trim) Cotton
(BHS'65) who passed away on July 24th after a long coura-
geous battle against cancer. She was remembered for her
work in the Public Affairs Office at Fort Sam Houston in San
Antonio. She was honored with a service conducted inside
the Quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston, an honor that until now
has been reserved solely for military personnel. Sue was fur-
ther honored with the naming of Fort Houston's highest civil-
ian service employee award as the Patricia Sue Cotton Award
and was posthumously awarded the Army's second highest
award for civilians. A memorial oak tree will also be planted
within the confines of the Quadrangle in Sue's honor.

On a lighter side, Edie and I will be leaving for a 25- day
vacation in Panama. We plan on looking at several communi-
ties in the interior as possible retirement home locales. This
trip will either reinforce our desire to retire to Panama or con-
vince us that is not really as great an idea as we think it is
right now. Watch for our trip report in the December issue of
the Canal Record!

Allen Cotton, Reporter
(334) 361-2373
email: ahcotton@


I was able to return to Panama during
July on my long-awaited trip. I had a
wonderful time and was able to visit with
some old friends and see some of the
Clay Wharry sites. Much has changed over the years as
it had been about ten years since my last visit.
I arrived in the afternoon after a long flight from
Anchorage (14 hours) so decided to take it easy for the first
day. On Friday, my mom and I went shopping primarily in the
Albrook Mall and a few other sites in the former Canal Zone
area. Over the weekend, my parents and I went up to El Valle
and took in the central market and visited with some friends
up there. A wonderful lunch was had at the Los Capitanes in
El Valle and I was able to snap a quick picture of my parents,
Richard and Bonnie, afterward.


On Monday and Tuesday, my dad and I went up to David
and Boquete area and I again noted how much had changed
over the years. We were able to stop off in Santa Clara on the
way back and visit with my friend Pat Lehman, who still
lives in the area. We had an enjoyable time visiting and Pat is
doing well for all of those who knew her.
On Wednesday my mom and I drove out to Gamboa and
went out to Barro Colorado Island, where we did the tour
with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. While the
island is an amazing place, we were most amazed at the old
Las Cruces lying at anchorage in their small harbor. While we
are unaware of the future for the vessel, it was amazing to see
it still around the Canal area. The name had been removed
from the ship, but the life rings still bear the familiar name.
At lunchtime, we were served in the second floor lunch room
which provided an excellent view of ships transiting the
canal. The trip out there is almost worth it just for the
lunchtime entertainment alone.

Las Cruces

As time on my trip was quickly closing, I spent the next
two days visiting with my dad and taking care of some other
business in the area. All too quickly Saturday arrived and it
was a trip back to the airport to leave. Another long trip back
to Anchorage brought me home safely but with a yearning to
return to Panama again soon.

If anybody in the area wants to have a get-together or con-
tribute any information for the Canal Record, please contact

Clay Wharry, Reporter
(907) 339-8067


In June, my husband Darrell and I, plus my daughter
Britta Piotrowski, her husband Joe and their two girls, Lee
and Lacey, from Cypress, Calif., and my son Lars Jorstad
from Poulsbo, Wash. all enjoyed a trip to Panama.

Nancy Eide, Darrell Eide, Lee Piotrowski, Britta
Piotrowski, Lacey Piotrowski and Joe Piotrowski.

Neither Britta (46) nor Lars (44) who were both born
there had been back since 1969. We stayed at the Panama
Vacation Quarters for a week, which was WONDERFUL!!
Very centrally located on Ancon Hill and the amenities were

We did the usual tourist things: the visitor center at
Miraflores with a great restaurant, Gamboa Rainforest tram
(it poured the whole time we were there--very apropos for the
rainforest). We spent a day at Santa Clara visiting with my
friend Pat Lehman, who is retired up there. She and I went
to college together. We all enjoyed the beach at Santa Clara -
we were the only ones on the beach!
We went to Las Tinajas Restaurant and enjoyed the folk-
lorico show. We drove around Balboa, the Causeway, La
Boca and reminisced. We did the French Quarter and the
Museum there that is very well done. We flew to Bocas del
Toro and stayed there for four days, snorkeling and enjoying
the beaches. That place is really booming, lots of Europeans
and Americans building homes and retiring there. Plus they
are building condos and resorts.
Ginger (BHS'68) and Dick (BHS'67) Zornes moved
from Zephyrhills, Fla. to Prescott Valley, Ariz. in May. The
appeal of four seasons, a drier climate, and a higher, cooler
altitude in Northern Arizona brought the Zornes out West.
The beauty of the mountains, lakes, and the surrounding sce-
nic areas to include Sedona, and Flagstaff, were exceptional-
ly impressive. Furthermore, there were the historic towns,
national monuments and wildlife which captured their inter-
est, and kicked off their desire to make a permanent move.
During their move, their first granddaughter was born,
Ms. Ava Alexander Zornes, to their youngest son Joey
(BHS'94) and wife Meghan. Within days of her birth they
were off to Columbus, Ohio to shower her with their love.
Ginger and Dick also made several trips to Colorado Springs
to visit their oldest son Jeff (BHS'90), his wife Nicki, and
grandsons, Chase and Ian. Jeff and Nicki are expecting their
third son in August and Dick and Ginger will be there to
bestow their support and love on the newest member of the
Zornes family.
Ginger and Dick welcomed their first guests in their new
home her classmate Patty (BHS'68) Siravo Smith and her
husband Gary. Patty and Gary drove from their home in
Mesa, Ariz. to Prescott Valley to join Ginger and Dick on an
outing to the Granite Creek Vineyard in Chino Valley where
they enjoyed wine tasting, and a delicious box lunch out in
the vineyard's garden with a special bottle of wine, courtesy
of the Smiths.

Zornes and Patty and Gary Sn

Lars Jorstad in Bocas del Toro

The Zornes report that their adventures in the West are
just beginning.

Nancy Eide, Reporter
(520) 577-7284


My news is that my sister Freda
Flenniken Stohrer took me on a
cruise around the Horn on the MS
Rotterdam. Sister Carol and her hus-
band Roger Schwenke were also on
Betty Dunning this cruise. We had a great time being
together, seeing the sights, being on the ocean, and eating,
playing, and doing all the great things that one does on cruis-
es. Our trip was probably the smoothest ever experienced by
any sailor around the Horn. The sea was like glass, even as
we entered the Falkland Islands. We Flenniken sisters were
wishing for some of that weather we remembered from our
trips to and from New York on the Panama Line.

Betty, Freda and Carol in Montevideo, Uruguay

In June and July our daughter Cheryl and husband Mark
Lowery came for a visit from Germany. Cheryl's school in
Germany has closed down and if I'm not mistaken this
school, Sportfield Elementary, was designed by Dr. Latimer.
She was fortunate to have been transferred to a school in the
same town. They are thankful for that as many of the DOD
teachers were transferred to other countries. While Cheryl
and Mark were here, we stuck close to home enjoying each
other's company. Lisa Hunt Johnson came from North
Carolina to be with us while Cheryl was here and that made
it even more fun.
Sharon DeVore Gonzalez reports that she is showing her
paintings at the Art Emporium in Fayetteville, which was
voted the best art gallery in Northwest Arkansas. She is a self-
taught artist who started painting three years ago. The woods,
rivers, mountains, and seasons of Arkansas inspired Sharon to
pick up a brush and start painting in acrylics. Then a year ago
while Sharon and her husband Frank were in Florida, she
started painting in watercolors also.

Though she has sold quite a few paintings, this is the first
time Sharon has displayed her paintings in an art gallery. Her
paintings have been so well received (one sold within the first
two weeks), she was chosen by the gallery to be their quar-
terly featured artist for May. "Al Sprague encouraged me to
get my paintings in a fine art gallery", Sharon says. Sharon
has donated one or two of her paintings to the Panama Canal
Museum's silent auction each of the last three years. Panama
is a popular subject for her.
I was not able to attend the annual Reunion in Orlando,
Fla. this year but my daughter, Cheryl, represented our fami-
I must make a plea to all our members of Northwest
Arkansas to send me some of their news so that all of us can
be represented instead of just a few.

Betty M. Dunning, Reporter
(479) 633-0612


Our good friend Everett White
summed it up pretty well. He said that
the Orlando Reunion was so good that
it would sustain us through the year
until the next one. Once again many
Helen Aanstoos-Hay thanks to all the wonderful volunteers
and Society planners who pulled off another great reunion.
There were also several class reunions going on as well as a
villa filled with Curundu folks, who REALLY had too much
fun. Hopefully next year at the new place we will not be
spread out all over the place like these past two years.



Enclosed are two photos taken of some of our beautiful
ladies in their gorgeous Montunas sent to me by Carol Fritz.

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In June we had a nice week in our camper down to Santa
Barbara for my grandson's high school graduation. While
there we visited my brother Peter Aanstoos and his wife
Sharon who were visiting her family there. We gave Steve
and Anna Bissell a call and joined them for omelets up on the
Mesa near their house. Imagine our surprise to pull up in our
camper with our five chihuahuas, only to walk into their yard
and find out they have five chihuahuas too! We got all ten
poochies together and everyone had a great time. Steve and
Anna are doing well. We had not seen them in over ten years.
Also, Steve gave us some beautiful prints of photos he took
in Panama. We will use some as prizes in la loteria in October
at the Los Gatos picnic.

We got together in Healdsburg with Oran and Terry
Appin who were visiting from Panama. The entire clan had
met in Las Vegas to celebrate Pat's fiftieth birthday. From
there Oran and Terry came to Berkeley to visit and on a
sunny, beautiful day they drove up to Healdsburg for lunch
with Keith Olsen. We walked into the restaurant looking for
them and ran into Manny Fernandez, one of the local anes-
thesiologists I worked with, who is from Panama. Manny was
introduced to the gang and it was a bit of Panama all over the
place! Oran and Terry are world travelers. In October they
traveled to Peru and climbed Macchu Picchu. Word has it that
Chagres water keeps these two going like the Energizer bun-
nies. Oran worked in Ft. Clayton at Building 519 for the
Provost Marshal. Terry was assistant cultural affairs officer
for the American Embassy.

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We got a letter from George C. Zidbeck, born at Gorgas
75 years ago, now residing in Atascadero on our Central
Coast. George and his family lived on both "sides" but most-
ly in Balboa on Barnaby Street. George went on to graduate
from UCLA and worked as a probation officer in Los Angeles
until his retirement in 1985. Seven years ago George under-
took writing a family saga loosely based on some of his own
family history. George sent me a copy of Ladv Gemini, Book
One, the Panama Years. I am enjoying his book especially in
relation to the geographical and historical threads that we all
grew up with in our paradise.
We got a nice e-mail from Pat Quinn (BHS'55) who with
her 12-year-old grandson Marley spent Semana Santa in
Panama City visiting brothers Marc and Bruce and other rel-
atives. It was a great joy showing Marley his great-great-
grandfather's name (Patrick J. Quinn) listed in both the
Miraflores Locks canal museum and the Panama Canal
Back (L-R): Bob, Rick, Melissa, Carol, Oran, Terry Appin. Museum as a Roosevelt Medal holder. He was a builder of the
Kneeling: Ron and Pat Appin. canal from 1907 to 1914. He also met his Panamanian fami-
ly, the Garcia de Paredes clan, of which there are many,
including the current mayor, Juan Navarro. The highlight of
the trip was spending Easter weekend at Pat's brothers' beau-
tiful El Valle finquita, "Casa Q".
Jane and Jim Cochrane hosted their annual Santa Rosa
Panama picnic at the St. Francis Winery a few weeks ago. We
all got a kick out of finally meeting Jan Cazden's husband
Burt. You see, Jan attends many Panama-related events and
Burt usually doesn't. Since no one had ever met or even seen
Burt we wondered if indeed Burt really existed! Well, he was
there, alive in the flesh and most charming indeed. We called
it his coming-out picnic. Some of the happy faces at the pic-
nic were: Carol Stohrer Grench, Paul Grench, Wally and
Robbin Fernez, Roger Kelley, Lenore and Roger Weidoff,
Oran, Rick3 Ind Tserr3 \ppin, Keih )lsen, Isaac .nd Lorraine Juvet, Helen and Isaac Hay, Jan and Burt Cazden,
Helen Hay, Healdsburg. and Jane and Jim Cochrane.

Boode and Julie Swain held a festive barbeque in their
Sacramento backyard in June. Boode played tipica music and
nearly had to call the fire department when his barbeque got
a little too serious. Boode served rum cake to celebrate his
birthday. His new grandson was there and everyone remarked
that he is the spitting image of Boode in his younger days.
Annie Benero Montoya sent in this picture of them at the

Annual Santa Rose Panama Picnic group

Fran Stabler Meyer reports that their son Craig Meyer
lives in North Beach in San Francisco. Also her niece Leslie
(aka Pancho), another Zonie, is now living in Half Moon
Bay. She is the daughter of Sue and Lew Stabler of
Cardenas. She grew up on the Atlantic side. We look forward
S' to meeting both of them on October 7 at the Los Gatos
Panama picnic.
Boode Swain, Annie Benero Montoya and Julia Swain Back in April we got a call from Susan Arnold who now

lives in Westminster. She works as a real estate agent. She
used to be married to Tom Arnold, brother to Pat and Billy.
She lived in Balboa near the post office. She worked at the
Electrical Division and was able to walk to work. Both her
children, Michael and Patsy, were born at Gorgas and now
live near her. She also has five grandkids. Hope to see her in
Los Gatos too.
Another Californian Zonie who called is Debra Balint
Houle (BHS'75). She recently joined the Canal Society and
is now living in Riverside. We will look for her too in Los
Tom Slice reports that Mike and Pete Young's mom Jo
died in April. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetery
on April 27. We just missed him by a few days as we buried
our mom with dad on May 3.
Keith Olsen invited us over to his place in Santa Rosa to
watch Mexico play during the world soccer tournament. He
grilled up hamburgers and I brought my ceviche. He has a
small t.v. and so the following game Keith came to our house
to watch the game on our HD screen. He brought along his
cousin Harriet Diwan, who was visiting from Arizona. Keith
has beautiful artwork all over his house and I especially liked
the painting of St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon that one of his
students painted for him. Keith is now enjoying a month in
Hawaii along with his brothers and sisters.


Keith Olsen and cousin Harriet Diwan

Winding this up, we want to send a special thank you to
the folks who gave us another great Orlando ping ding and
especially to the generous donors of all the great prizes we
bid on in the silent auction fundraiser for the Panama Canal
Museum. We won ten nights at five resorts in Panama for our
next visit in January. There were dozens of lucky winners.
That's all for now. Remember to pay your dues! Here is
my last picture of fellow Sonoma County neighbor, ex-
Curundu-buoy John Millar. He was waving hello at the
Friday night Panazonian dance, but it looks like he's saying
"adios!" for this report.

Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
(707) 887-1015
email: Haanstoos66 @


Central Florida

Another Panama Canal Society
reunion has come and gone. This reporter
and her husband Dan did not go this year,
but we have gotten reports that it was a
huge success as usual. We have two of Dawn Gressang
our granddaughters (ages ten and eleven)
visiting us for the summer and have been doing lots of great
things with them and have enjoyed their visit. They will be
leaving us soon to return to New Jersey, and this house will
be much too quiet!
I recently heard from Ginger Young and she informed me
that Armenia Cecilia Metzger, 92, passed away on February
27, 2006 in Ormond Beach, Fla. She was an avid bowler and
was predeceased by her husband George in 1983, her daugh-
ter Dorothy Stumuell, and two sons, Michael and Richard.
She and her husband retired to Ormond Beach in the 1960s
and were active in AARP and NARFE. She was a member of
St. Brenden's Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening and
fishing. She is survived by a son George, Port Orange, Fla.,
three grandchildren, a niece and nephew.


Ginger and her husband Bill recently visited with the At the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion Pam and
Swearingens in Fort Collins, Colo. Ginger said that Bette has Jacque had the chance to get reacquainted with Greg Smith
had some health problems and the family will soon be relo- (BHS'71). Greg lived across the street from them during high
cated to Vermont to live near their youngest son Jodi. school on Morgan Avenue in Balboa.

from Seattle to join us. We all stayed at Mike's mom's home,
iwas their son Nick who graduated. This was the first time
these Pam Crowell and Greg Smith

Bette Swearingen Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison writes: In early May, Mike
and I along with our youngest daughter Cassie and her son
cZach (age 9) flew to Phoenix to our nephew's graduation
'- from Arizona State. A special bonus was our son Bill, flew in
from Seattle to join us. We all stayed at Mike's mom's home,
right next door to his sister Sheila and her husband Marc. It
was their son Nick who graduated. This was the first time
these three cousins had been together and the first time we
had seen Biand is active in Community Theater productions
catching up in person. Bill teaches high school drama in

throughout the year.

Dick "Buckeye" and Bill Young

A birthday party was given for Vicki Sizemore (BHS'70)
in Orlando, Fla. It was held at Rudy Crespo's home where he
cooked a fabulous dinner. Those attending were Ed
Wardlow, Debbie Bandy (BHS'73), Mike Perry (BHS'70),
Janet Stuart (BHS'67), Jim Cope, Pam Crowell (BHS'71),
Faye Weisser (BHS'70), and Jacque Crowell Vowell
(BHS'70). Faye flew in from Texas just for the occasion.
_-- -- Cassie Morrison and Bill Morrison

(L-R): Janet Stuart, Faye Weisser, Mike Perry, Rudy
Crespo, Pam Crowell, Vicki Sizemore, Debbie Beall,
Jacque Vowell and Ed Wardlow. Cassie and Zach Morrison at the Grand Canyon.

We had dinner one night at a great old West style restau-
rant, eating burgers and listening to the one-man band. Of
course we had to take another night to hit the Casino Arizona
and within five minutes I was collecting my first jackpot. A
profitable night for me!
Over Memorial Day we celebrated our oldest son Paul's
40th birthday. It was a weekend of parties every night Mike
is known for his neighborhood cookouts and Friday and
Saturday different friends and neighbors stopped by and of
course, out came the grill! The big party was on Sunday.
Attending were Paul and his four children; Jackie,
Savannah, Garrett and Cooper, daughter Cassie, her Dan
and son Zach, daughter Jennifer, Sistahs Pam and Dawn and
even brother Rick happened to be in town with his wife
Linda. Also Dawn's son Scott and his wife Catrina, along
with a myriad of other good friends and neighbors. Paul was
a good sport, wearing his tiara while opening his presents and
cutting the cake. After spending the day in the pool, all the
kids presented a play, The Headless Horseman. However, it
was their version which included actually a two-headed
horsemen, CPR used to bring his victim back to life and an
impromptu performance by the youngest grandchild, Cooper,
who decided in the middle of Act 1, he needed to go sit on
Zach's face, while he was getting CPR from Savannah and
Garrett. We laughed till we cried every time they continued to
try to finish the play. Finally the kids announced they had
decided to have a dance contest, which was handily won by
Grandpa Mike. We won't even mention Catrina fishing in my
large fish tank, trying to agitate my angelfish. Yes, everyone
slept late the next day and applied ice packs as needed to var-
ious cabezas.
We did it all again over the 4th of July weekend, with Paul
and his "Thundering Herd" returning. Cookouts, golf and
pool time was the daily agenda. Then we went into Camp
Grandma 2006 with Savannah (10), Zach (9 at the time) and
Garrett (7). We started off at Dinosaur World on the 4th, then
to the Fairgrounds for all the evening activities and fireworks,
a day of painting ceramics and movies, a night at the Pirates
dinner show in Orlando, plenty of pool time and other activ-
ities. Grandpa was working most of the week so was unable
to sneak them into the railroad yards and onto one of his loco-
motives for a photo op! But we had plenty of other things to
keep us all occupied. A good time was definitely had by all
and surprise, surprise, the kids even wore their 'specially
made Camp Grandma 2006 shirts on most of our excursions.

"Camp Grandma" Bonnie Morrison with Savannah, Zach
and Garrett.

Dan Gressang will be admitted to Shands Hospital in
Gainsville in the near future. He will have various tests done
to see if he can receive further treatment of his congestive
heart failure. Please keep him in your prayers.
This reporter had a wonderful birthday party recently ( I
refuse to say my age. Vanity, I guess). My sisters, Jacque
Vowell, Bonnie Morrison, Pam Crowell and her son Thomas
were there. My son Scott, and his wife Catrina and my grand-
daughters along with a surprise guest Dennis Gilbert plus
my wonderful husband Dan, joined in the fun. It was great
seeing the expressions of everyone when I wore the grass
skirt and coconut bra. Lots of laughs. I gotta be me!

4.J "

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That is all I have to report this time. Keep me informed of
your comings and goings. I love to hear from you.

Dawn Gressang, Reporter
(386) 441-6595
Email: dawnthedancer @


In May our grandson Shane gradu-
ated from Washington High School,
Pensacola. Soon after he was promoted
to Supervisor of the Utilities
Department at JC Penney (after being f, '
there approximately six months). On
July 12th he turned 18 and we celebrat- ~
ed his birthday at Logan's Roadhouse Barbara Vose-Kulig
restaurant (our family's favorite Friday
In May Bob, Dawn, Bobby and Isabella Vose finally
took a long-awaited family trip to Disney World. They
received an offer of a free stay at a time-share and took full
advantage of it. They all had a good time--even better not
having to pay for their stay.

Pooh Bear, Dawn and Isabella

We were so sorry to hear of the loss of a friend, Sue
Cotton. We were anxious to see her at the CHS'61 Class
Reunion with George, but it was not meant to be.
On Easter Vigil our daughter-in-law Dawn (Berg) Vose
officially accepted the Catholic faith. All her family and
friends attended Mass to congratulate and welcome her into
the Church. She is a diamond among many gems and makes
us so proud.

Keith Kulig, Bob Vose, Fr. John Licari, Dawn Vose, Barb
Vose-Kulig, Easter Vigil.

In May our grandson Bobby Vose graduated from
Preschool. His family proudly watched as he walked across
the stage and accepted his diploma--in 12 more years he will
be accepting his high school diploma in the same manner. He
is growing into a fine young man.

Bobby Vose and Urandma Barb Vose-Kulig

My 45th Class Reunion (CHS'61) was held this year at
the Panama Canal Reunion. We had a great time as usual at
the 2006 Reunion. We really enjoyed seeing all our friends
and my brother Butch (CHS'58). Many of Keith's class-
mates (CHS'59) showed up (about 23).
Traveling to the Reunion from Pensacola along with our
grandson, Shane, was fun because we were on the road (sep-
arate cars) with Huey (Lee) Clark (CHS'59), Patsy (Lee)
Moore (CHS'63) and Tula Brown (CHS'63) traveling from
Panama City Beach. They departed about an hour before us
but stopped for lunch. So, we ended up connecting along the
way (usually side by side). We kept in touch by cell phone
and took a break at a Dairy Queen for a delicious "Moolatte"-
-just the thing to make the trip better!
Keith and I worked at Registration Thursday morning
(my 6th year) and are looking forward to working a full day
next year. I worked again (my 6th year) as a "page" at the
Annual Business Meeting--that experience is always enjoy-
able. On Friday I attended the Reporter's Luncheon (hosted
by our Editor Jacque (Crowell) Vowell) and really enjoyed
spending time with my fellow reporters.
A great highlight of the Reunion is always celebrating
Mass on Saturday afternoon with all the St. Mary's gang and
our hometown priest, Father John Kennedy. It brings back
so many happy memories each year we get together.
Since there were so many of my CHS'59 classmates at the
Reunion, we decided to meet on Saturday evening for cock-
tails and dinner--had a wonderful evening! It was great see-
ing so many friends--some I knew were there, but never had
the chance to see. Beth Bialkowski and I enjoyed reminisc-
ing about our many great adventures while in high school --
good days!!! Spent lots of time walking, walking and more
walking. I missed seeing many friends because I had too
much on my plate this year--next year I hope to relax more.
One of the most enjoyable pleasures of the Reunion was
having our son Brent Kulig and granddaughter Crystal (2)
join us. They arrived on Wednesday from Houston and left on
Sunday when we did. We hadn't seen either of them since
March 2005 and we really enjoyed getting to know Crystal all
over again (she was only six months old when we saw her
last). We hope they'll get to the Reunion again--we had such
a great time together. We hope to take a trip to Houston soon
to visit them.
Shane really enjoyed working at the Disco Dances on
Friday and Saturday nights--he looks forward to that every
We enjoyed the comida again at the Clubhouse. We
weren't going to leave the Reunion without eating there at
least once--so, on Wednesday evening, Huey, Patsy, Brent,
Crystal, Shane, Keith and I had our fill of Ropa Vieja,
empanadas, fried yucca and patacones--oh, so delicious--
brings back so many wonderful memories of the Zone!
At my class reunion, I won a gift certificate from Al
Sprague (I never win anything). Keith and I came home with
a beautiful, framed and signed painting of the Prado in
Balboa. We will treasure it always!
The 2007 Reunion will be a new experience (hopefully, a
pleasant one), at the new resort, Rosen Shingle Creek. Even
though most of us enjoyed our stay at the Caribe Royale, I
believe everyone is ready for a new change!

Bob Vose, Bo
Disney World.

On the way back to Pensacola, we took a side trip to
Spring Hill to visit Keith's dad. Had a short but enjoyable
visit. We always have a great time whenever we visit him.
Spring Hill is growing by leaps and bounds.
We're really hoping to have a Gulf Coast mini-reunion
next year sometime. Bob Russell (our new Society President)
told me at the Reunion that he was interested in having one
of the Society's business meetings here in Pensacola--we
hope it does happen and we get the opportunity to host one!
If you have any news for my next article, please send to
me--no matter how small. Hasta luego.

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

South Florida

The remnants of the SoFla
troublemakers got together in June
to celebrate TY's non-birthday
Flag Day party. The Semi-
Centennial event drew a crowd
from the far reaches of the state.
Wayne "Jr." Bryant, his wife
Cyndi and their young ones were
down from Palm Coast; The "Total Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
Norton Experience" aka Greg Norton, was in from
Jacksonville with his kids in tow; Manuel "Lucho"
Azcarraga was in town for a conference from Germany (No
Mimi again!); and filling out the gang locally were Theresa
Martinez and Jim DesLondes and the main guy Tom "TY"
Young and his girlfriend Karin. I almost forgot to mention
Marvin "Cannonball" Wright who went swimming with
his cellphone. I know what you think M.C....but no, Lucho
did not push him in nor was there a divine wind...although I
thought I heard him yell "Banzai" as he was flying towards
the pool. All in all, the food was great and we had a blast.
Debbie Erhart of Doral, Fla. reports that the BHS Class
of 1986 reunion was a big success. The turnout was excellent
and many old friends got together. It was great to see Stacey
Keith-Casteel, Robin Mitts, Lisa Bonk, and Steve Mallia.
Some non-Florida residents also made the trip for the
reunion: Ivette de la Reza-Connell, Karla Wall, Kassie
Sprague, Didi Parrilla, Mike Woerner, Ron Lytle, Pieter
Canters, Neil Goldfarb, Joey DeAbate and Raul Morgan.
We all partied it up! Debbie is a 2nd-grade teacher in Miami
and is getting ready to begin a new school year. Her brother
Michael Erhart and his wife and two daughters from Japan
were here to visit Becky Abell-Erhart and Lillian Abell
(Becky's 91-year-old Mom) in Miami. Michael is a teacher in
Japan with DoDDS schools. The family went down to Key
Largo to swim with the dolphins while they were visiting.
David Erhart and Herman Erhart are the West Coast crew
of the Erhart family and are doing well in the San Jose. Calif.

Back iL-Ri Slace3 Keith-Casteel, Robin Mills, Melinda
Grimison-Niemeyer. Front (L-R): Didi Parrilla, Debbie
Erhart, Ivette de la Reza-Connell.

Back (L-R): Karla Wall, Robin Mitts, Steve Mallia, Wain
Casteel, Stacey Keith-Casteel, Pieter Canters, Paul
Wright, Mike Woerner. Middle (L-R): Debbie Erhart, Neil
Goldfarb, Ivette de la Reza-Connell, Mitchie Hern. Front:
Roy Lytle and Roby Royo.

That's all for now....I've got to pack for Europe! by the
way, the 9th Annual SoFla Panamaniacs Christmas Picnic
will be on December 9th at T.Y. Park.
Hasta luego!

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

Space Coast 'I

Hope this finds everyone fully
recovered from the Annual
Reunion...our reunion attendance was
a bit abbreviated this year so missed
Kathie McConaughey
seeing a lot of people, but I'm sure we
will make up for it next year.
Don and Joyce Humphries got us into the proper frame
of mind with their annual barbeque and potluck the weekend

before the reunion. There were people from all over and it
was fun and relaxing to sit and visit and talk. As usual, Don's
barbeque was awesome...he seems to outdo himself every
year. What a "grillmaster" he is.
At the reunion Frances (Stabler) Meyer and Janet
(Hunt) Watkins (both BHS'68) enjoyed getting together
with 20 other classmates to cheer on Kurt Muse at his auto-
graph session for his book Six Seconds to Freedom. Kurt was
in the Vendors room on Saturday and we all enjoyed chatting
with him and hearing that his book is doing so well. If you
haven't read it yet, do so as soon as you is fantastic!
Fran and Janet also participated in the "Bling Shoe"
extravaganza (led by Carol (Beall) Fritz) at the Castaways
dance on Thursday night, along with about 20 other "bril-
liantly" attired women. They each wore their special "light
up" dancing shoes and other "electrifying" accessories. Hope
you got to see them "blinking" away on the dance floor.
Thanks to Audrey Bowman we were again honored to
have Father John Kennedy saying Mass on Saturday after-
noon. We not only enjoyed reuniting spiritually, we were fur-
ther blessed to have the praise music provided by the very tal-
ented Grimison family choir.
It is nice to have friends who come to the reunion stay on
in Florida a little while and visit. The Meyer/Stabler family
were thrilled to have Cindy (Becker) Stabler visit with them
immediately following the reunion, and Barbara (Taylor)
Wesley spent a few days with Bill and Patty (Bittel)
Benny...I think everyone spent most of their time catching up
on sleep! Sue (Lessiack) Stabler also spent a couple of hours
in this area; but if you blinked, you missed her. She was off
to see her son Tito Stabler in Gainesville.
Edna and Bill Rogers were not able to make the reunion
this year, but did have a nice visit from Joe Brown of Ovilla,
Texas. Joe was a DOD teacher at Balboa High School from
I got a note from Skeeter Mohl in Albany, Ga. His grand-
daughter Maddie asked him to help her put together a project
for her home school association. The students had to pick a
country and Maddie chose Panama (wonder why!!). Skeeter
introduced her to the many web sites and they worked togeth-
er for about a week. Skeeter happened to mention that it
would be neat if the girls could wear Polleras. Skeeter's
daughter surprised him the next day when Maddie was wear-
ing a Pollera sewn together the night before.
Bill and Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy were guests of
honor at a party celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary
on July 4th. Family and friends gathered at the home of Geoff
and Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher in Cocoa Beach for a day
of great food, company and memories sparked by copies of
original wedding photos. Highlights of the party included Liz
and Bill cutting the two-tiered anniversary cake and a typical
Panama hat dance led by the "bride and groom" and continu-
ing as others "cut in" to dance with the honorees and then oth-

ers joined them on the dance floor. Everyone enjoyed the rol-
licking beat of musica tipica" (courtesy of Richard

Bill and Liz (Grimison) Fahy

Celebrating with the happy couple were their daughters,
Erin (21), Colleen (18) and Shannon (10). Others enjoying
the festivities were Tom and Nancy Grimison; the Pletcher
children, Dylan (8), Ryan (6) and Rachel (4); Christina
(Grimison) Volonnino; Richard and Diana (Huff)
Grimison with children Carly (9), Tommy (7), Samantha
(5) and Megan (4); Myra (Brannon) Grimison with chil-
dren Brandon (13) and Chelsea (10); Tom and Melinda
(Grimison) Niemeyer with children Breanne (3) and Alison
(1); Eric and Rachel (Bottin) Grimison with daughter Mary
Jane (1); cousin Janice Scott and her children Trina
Herring with daughter Catherine, and Brian Herring and
his wife Samantha. Also participating in the celebration
were Dennis and Peggy (Hale) Huff, Louie and Robyn
(Patton) Husted with daughter Colleen; and Bob and
Kathie McConaughey with their granddaughters, Summer
and Savannah and David McArthur. Brothers Patrick and
Matthew could not attend but sent their love and congratula-
tions from Kuwait and Washington, D.C., respectively.



Two Merritt Island families traveled to "the other side" to
celebrate two birthdays. Dotty Sanders, formerly of
Margarita, Canal Zone, and now residing in Ft. Myers, Fla.,
and Carly Grimison of Merritt Island, share the same July
13th birthday. It was Dotty's first meeting with her great-
grandnieces, Carly, Samantha, and Megan Grimison; and her
great-grandnephew, Tommy Grimison, and their father,
Richard Grimison. Their mother, Diana (Huff) Grimison, is
Dotty's grandniece. Phil and Debbie Sanders hosted the
event at their Ft. Myers (Shell Point) canal-front home.
"Cousin Phil" kept the kids entertained fishing from the dock
while the adults enjoyed a poolside barbeque. Also attending
were Dennis and Peggy (Hale) Huff (Dotty's niece), Bob
Sanders, Sue Salvatore, Terry Webster, Shirley Boswell,
Caitlin Sanders, and Jenna Hogg. The Huffs and Grimisons
continued the gulf coast trip with a day at Busch Gardens and
St. Pete Beach. Diana and Richard attended the wedding of
Elizabeth Henter, daughter of Ted and Mel (Little) Henter,
and the group enjoyed another family barbeque at the
Henters' home in St. Pete, which also included Pablo and
Marisa Prieto, Jess Little, Al and Sheila Schonert, and
members of the wedding party.
Over the July 22nd weekend Edie (Huff) Willoughby
attended the M.B. Huff Family Reunion 2006 at the vacation
home of Chuck and Christine (Huff) Fewell in East
Hampton, Long Island. Siblings and cousins met and enjoyed
weekend activities such as the 100th Annual Fair of the
Ladies Village Improvement Society of East Hampton.
Everyone also enjoyed a visit to Sag Harbor for shopping,
swimming in the large pool with meals grilled and served
deckside; a scenic day trip to Montauk Point; and the fun of
sightseeing the village and looking at nearby estates like
those of Martha Stewart, Stephen Speilberg, Kelly Ripa, Sara
Jessica Parker, and others. Friends from the Canal Zone who
visited Edie, Christine and Chuck during the week following
the reunion included Grace (Mullaney) Roth, Marijane
McNamee, Nancy Krawiecki, Celeste Mullaney, and Joel
Roth. Grace and Marijane taught at St. Mary's School for a
number of years in the late '60s. The family reunion became
an opportunity to enjoy time with these friends on Long
Island. Both Grace and Marijane have retired after many
years in education. It was a real treat when Marijane and
Nancy made it possible for Christine and Chuck to have their
first adventure in a kayak. A 30-minute trek around the pond

was followed by another scrumptious meal on the deck by the
Got a note from Ken Karpinski in Liberia, West Africa.
Ken is serving as a senior ports advisor to the National Port
Authority of Liberia, as part of an international effort to help
that country get back on its feet after 14 years of civil war. He
is working under the auspices of a USAID (United States
Agency for International Development) project, and expects
to be in country for 2-3 years. Also working alongside the
World Bank, which will fund a lot of the needed infrastruc-
ture, both in the ports and in the country in general.
Ken wrote: "Things are difficult there, with all municipal
services nonexistent. No running water, no safe water supply,
except bottled water, no electricity anywhere except by indi-
vidual generator, no garbage collection, and the roads leave a
lot to be desired. The traffic is like Panama City at 5 PM. Lots
of bullet holes in all the buildings downtown. But the people
are friendly and are looking forward to positive change for
their future. Climate, plants and fish are the same as Panama,
and I have already hooked a 350-lb. Blue Marlin. I am look-
ing for big Tarpon, and know they are here, found the scales
on the beach. I am just waiting for my fishing tackle to arrive
so I can get after them."
I am always glad to hear of more Zonians moving into the
area and am happy to welcome Dick and Marcia Barrere.
Dick was the Commander of Tropic Test Center in Corozal
for several years. Marcia and Dick were great diving enthusi-
asts and have many Canal Zone friends. We are enjoying
chatting and spending time with them. Marcia says their new
condo overlooking the Indian River is like being on vacation-
-except when she realizes that they have to clean it them-
selves! Their two children, Kathy and Willie Barrere, had an
impromptu get-together with two other BHS grads at an
Italian restaurant in Cocoa Village.
Bob and I have done a little traveling--went to Houston in
April and had a chance to have dinner with Bob and Mary
(Rainey) Nooney, and Fred and Gwen Huddleston. Our
small group was rounded out with Bob's brother Will
McConaughey, who lives in Houston, and our sister-in-law
Donita McConaughey, who was passing through on her way
to Oregon.

Gwen and Fred Huddleston

In May, we met my sister Bebe (Nehring) Denike and her
husband Bill down in Ft. Lauderdale for a few days...had a
good time relaxing in the pool and sightseeing.

s e

Bill Denike, Bob McConaughey, Kathie McConaughey,
Bebe Denike.

Also in May, I flew to California to surprise our son Cliff
Livingston for the opening of his new venture--a wine bar in
Capitola, Calif. He and his business partner, Zach, have been
working on this for quite a while and have finally seen their
efforts come to fruition. Thanks to lots of hard work and
"sweat equity" by Cliff, Zach, their girlfriends, friends and
families, Cava has now been open for several months, and its
success and popularity have exceeded all their expectations.
They not only have wine by the glass, bottle, and case, but
also feature local artists and musicians at different times dur-
ing the month. If you are in the area (between San Francisco
and Monterey), stop in and see them and enjoy some of the
best wine in the area.

Cliff Livingston at Cava, Capitola, Calif

Mark your calendars for the annual Space Coast Picnic,
Saturday, November 4, 2006. Once again the Panama Canal
Society will be joining us for their general membership meet-
ing--as long as a hurricane doesn't prevent their travel as it
did last year.
Please keep in touch.

Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281


Welcome once again to Party Town,
Fla. For all you South Florida Zonians
who never wanted to live in Tallahassee,
I'm here to tell you that springtime in
Tallahassee is something to behold with
all the beautiful flowers and flowering
trees that we have here. Now, of course, Skip Rowley
along with all that beauty comes the pine and oak pollen,
which can make a red, blue, or white car look sort of puke
green. But that only lasts between two to three weeks. Traffic
here in Tallahassee is mild by comparison to other parts of the
country. I just got back from Atlanta recently, and there isn't
enough retirement pay to make me want to live in that much
Earlier this year I was honored by my Barbershop
Harmony Chapter and the Harmony Society by being award-
ed "Barbershopper of the year" or "BO-TY" for 2005.
Singing on stage and doing tons of backstage and chorus
work is not what I consider work at all but rather enjoyment.
So to be given this prestigious award for having fun, is just
too much. In the meantime, my beautiful plaque hangs on the
wall next to my computer along with several photos of my
various Chorus/Quartet functions and sing outs.
Ellie (Foley) Husum informed me that she has not been
home for much of the last six months. Last September she
attended a beautiful retirement luncheon for her daughter
Janet (Husum) Herrington in Atlanta, who recently retired
after 30+ years of federal service. Janet is planning on mov-
ing to the Tampa/St. Pete area in the near future. Ellie can't
believe she is old enough to have a retired daughter! Then it
was off to St. Pete, Fla. for Thanksgiving with her daughter
Mary (Husum) Toston and son-in-law Bill Toston. A great
time was had by all with homemade empanadas and ceviche
to go along with turkey. The turkey feast was also enjoyed by
other Zonians and family including Bill's mother Elsa
Toston; his sister, "the other" Mary Toston and her sons
Tyler and Kyle and their father Mark; Bill's brother Ed
Toston and his wife Trina; Bob and Dot Herrington, Keith
Herrington's grandparents; Janet (Husum) Herrington;
Lorrie Husum Allen, husband Tod, and daughters Caitlin
and Kelsey; Mike Husum; Ed Husum, wife Ruth and son
John; and Anne Barca (Ellie's niece and daughter of Larry
Barca) and her friend Paulev.

Daniel Husum, Kevin Husum, Catherine Husum, Ellie
(Foley) Husum, Anne Clary, Kelsey Allen, Patrick

Later, Ellie again traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to spend
Christmas with Janet and other family members. Daughter
Karen (Husum) Clary, husband Jim and daughter Anne,
flew in from Austin, Texas. They enjoyed sightseeing
Underground Atlanta, Stone Mountain, Gone with the Wind
museum in Jonesboro, Ga.; and Lenox Square. Son George
and wife Barbara (Hall) and sons Patrick, Daniel and
Kevin joined the festivities after a ski trip to Breckenridge,
Colo. Daughters Mary (Husum) Toston and Lorrie (Husum)
Allen and family, son Michael Husum, and granddaughter
Catherine Husum, rounded out the family gathering.
Granddaughter Rebekah Husum made a brief visit with
Catherine on her way to spend the holidays with their moth-
er Susan McIlvaine Leferriere in Baltimore, Md. Uncle Jim
Clary described the holiday week as one big pajama party!
With a desire for warmer weather, Ellie then flew to Panama
to spend three weeks with son John and his family (wife
Lorena, daughter Valerie, and stepchildren Patricia and
Javier) in Cardenas. The warm weather was so welcoming
and Ellie relaxed and truly enjoyed her visit. Ellie also visit-
ed her mother Mary Dean Foley's and brother John Foley's
graves at the Corozal cemetery. She spent New Year's at
John's condo in Playa Blanca with him and his family. In
May 2006 Ellie was off again to Austin, Texas, to attend the
graduation of her granddaughter Anne Clary (Karen Husum
Clary's daughter) from Southwestern University in
Georgetown, Texas.

Janet (Husum) Herrington, Mary (Husum) Toston, Ellie
(Foley) Husum, Karen (Husum) Clary, Lorrie (Husum)
Allen, Barbara (Hall) Husum.

Clarence and Rosita Payne along with their two oldest
grandchildren (18 and 16), Morris and Rosie, traveled to
Panama for a two-week vacation and wrote that it is: "A great
joy for us grandparents to be able to take our grandkids on
trips. We will remember these trips with grandkids for the rest
of our lives, and our hope is that they will too. They were in
such high spirits. Morris already speaks a good deal of
Spanish, having taken several years of Spanish instruction in
high school, and was eager to converse with people there. The
delightful surprise is that Rosie was really turned on to
Spanish and was eager to learn. We stayed with our good
friends, Claudio and Carmen Betts, and they went out of
their way to make us feel at home. Anita and her husband
better watch out as Morris and Rosie are saying they want to
return and stay in Panama: they love the place so much. Since
there is a satellite campus of Florida State University located
there and they are both interested in attending it, we may have

to go back and see if Balboa Union Church will take me back
on as a pastor.
"We visited the French Plaza where Panama has a statue
in honor of DeLesseps. I have never been able to figure out
why he and the French get a Plaza and statue even though he
failed to build the Canal and there is no tribute to the
Americans who completed the job. We took the kids to the
street called "Sal Si Puedes" or, "Get out if you can". It's a
narrow street in a rather poor section of town filled with street
stalls of people selling all kinds of stuff. You have to walk in
narrow paths between the stalls, often crowded and crunched
by people on either side. That's why you are lucky if you can
get out, especially with pocketbook and wallet. We managed
to escape with no problem.
"We traveled to El Valle, a little village nestled in the bed
of an extinct volcano. I was refreshed by the information that
the volcano was formed 1.3 million years ago, give or take a
couple of years, and last erupted about 10,000 years ago with
a lava flow down into the Pacific, the remains of which can
still be seen in the nature of a long open slide down the south
side of the mountain. The crater of the volcano was at one
time a lake, which later filled in by sedimentation. They say
you can jump on the ground and feel the vibration or give,
because the ground is not on solid rock. We had a super ter-
rific time when the kids and I went, minus one smart young
Colombian lady, on a treetop cable sliding adventure. We first
walked about a half hour up and down jungle hills until we
arrived at the highest point, about three hundred feet up. We
had to walk up and down several hills to get to that point.
Then we put on a harness and slid down cables, four in all,
one at a time, sliding very briskly on some. You have to brake
yourself, with your right hand in a heavy glove, which you
keep on the horizontal cable at all times. You are sliding at
treetop canopy level. A super experience and we have won-
derful pictures of it. The kids behaved themselves but I had to
shout like Tarzan. The young Colombian, my wife, stayed
down and enjoyed the experience by just watching. We then
headed off to a resort on the Pacific coast for three days of
John E. Schmidt Jr. (BHS'50) says that: "this past May
he and his son John traveled and spent a week in Germany,
researching and visiting with the Schmidt family and rela-
tives in the towns and villages of our ancestors. We were
thrilled and pleased to be able to hold in our hands, books,
documents and many records of the births of the Schmidt
family, showing our ancestors going back to 1595. This was
my sixth visit to Germany and meeting with our many
cousins...but the first time for my son and now he has made
the connection, met with his cousins and can continue the
genealogical search and contacts I started with my original
visit in 1985. My search and documentation now has 10.870
individual names of members of my family which include the
Schmidt family of Canal Zone fame, such as Carl, John,
Louis, Theodore (Ted), Marie, Ruth, and Iris. Suzanne and
Karen who are also Schmidt family have that wonderful
"Coffee from Panama" vendor's booth at the reunions. This
group of Schmidts is cousins and our families all originated
in Baltimore. Md. before coming to the Canal Zone and share
grandparents. I also have a family connection on my mother's
side with Kaye Richey (5th cousin). This is what makes for

excitement and fascination with genealogy. Another trip to
Germany just has to be as there is much more of that won-
derful beer and schnitzel awaiting!!!"

John Schmidt (CZJC'75) and John Schmidt Jr. (BHS'50)

Everybody likes to take a cruise now and then and the
three Mitten sisters are no exception. Terry and Sheila
Stepp, Susanne (Sue) Corrigan, and Christine Gibson all
joined the Panama Canal Museum sponsored trip to Alaska in
June aboard the Celebrity cruise ship Summit. They traveled
up the inside passage and enjoyed the stunning beauty of
Alaska's snowcapped mountains, glaciers, forests and pictur-
esque small towns. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to
socialize with many old friends from the Canal Zone. While
Sue and Christine were flying back home after the cruise,
Sheila and Terry continued on the land tour and saw even
more of the beautiful state.

Rear: Sheila (Mitten) Stepp and Terry Stepp. Front Christine
(Mitten) Gibson and Susanne (Mitten) Corrigan.

Joe and Bev Wood along with Burt and Carol Mead,
Jim and Marie Morris, Mike and Mary Gordon also had a
great cruise to Alaska, departing from and returning to San
Francisco. There they spent four days seeing the sights, and
loved Alcatraz! While there they connected with Jeannette
(Read) Dudley and her husband Tex who showed them all
around, including a zigzag ride down Lombard Street
crookedestt street in the U.S.), Ghirardelli Square where they
ate sinful chocolate sundaes, Fisherman's Wharf and other

On June 17th Mark and Katherine Heddaeus drove
down to south Florida to attend a 50th wedding anniversary
dinner for her parents, Carl and Tita Simons. I've known
Carl for most of my life and it's hard to believe that he has
been married for 50 years. How time flies when you are hav-
ing fun. Upon returning from the Reunion, Katherine held a
dinner for George and Katie Nufiez who live here in
Tallahassee, along with Andy Smith and son Ian who were
visiting from Washington State.

Liz (Simons) Grafe, Ken Grafe, Carl Simons, Kenny
Grafe, Tita Simons, Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus, Mark
Heddaeus, Lisa Marie Grafe and Jeannette (Simons)

The last weekend of June found Bev and me in Atlanta
along with all the rest of the extended family to attend my sis-
ter June's 70th birthday party. In attendance were: June and
Davis Stevenson, Lori and Virgil Snow, Allie, Nick and
Sara Snow, Davie and Linda Stevenson and son Jonathan,
Dorothy and Jim Gerhart, Ken Gerhart, Suzanne and
Sean George and their new daughter Sara, Bev and Skip
Rowley, and Adriane Rowley.

Front (L-R): Nick, Sara, Allie Snow, Sean and Sara George,
Skip Rowley. Second Row (L-R): Dave and June
Stevenson, Suzanne (Gerhart) George, Bev Rowley. Third
Row (L-R): Virgil and Lori (Stevenson) Snow, Dorothy
(Rowley) and Jim Gerhart, Adriane Rowley. Back (L-R):
Ken Gerhart, Davis and Linda Stevenson and Jonathan.

Joe and Oty Steuart are taking a long vacation to
Louisville, Ky. to visit with their two daughters, Kathy
Steuart Crowl and Marie-Elena Steuart Ottman, and the
older grandchildren while they await the arrival of their first
one for Marie-Elena. Sometime during the first week in
August, Marie-Elena is expecting her first child...or as she
would have you believe, "it is my latest art creation" (for
those folks who were wondering why I did not do the vend-
ing booth this year at the reunion). Also, four of my sculp-
tures will be featured in an upcoming gallery book called 500
Animals in Clay. This is a juried international competition
and over 2000 slides were submitted worldwide and 250 were
selected, four of which are my sculptures. I did a television
interview talking about my art, my inspiration (all about
Panama, of course) and the process in which I create my
pieces for a television program called Kentucky Bluegrass
and Back Roads which will air nationwide sometime in
January 2007. This program features various artists, writers
and musicians around the state of Kentucky."
John Marshall drove from Texas to help Lane
Thompson with some serious chores around the house. The
first was finishing the trim for the flooring that Lane already
had put down. The second was cutting dry hickory log pieces
into veneer for Lane to reface his kitchen cabinets later. Even
with Lane's 3-hp bandsaw, the dry hickory was extremely
tough to cut from the 6-inch high pieces. John kept saying
that Lane was killing him. I'm not convinced that Lane was-
n't trying to commit suicide and tried to take John out with
him. John finally admitted that he sure was glad that Lane
quit first. The two compadres drove to the reunion with
Lane's wife Georgia who is still angry with John for intro-
ducing Lane to him. They have been married since 1962.
Once at the reunion, John hooked up with some old Cristobal
High buds. They had a mini-reunion dinner. Lane and cousins
also had a mini-reunion of sorts. His cousin Fran Thompson
Clinton with her husband Dick and their daughter Pam with
her husband Kyle were there as were cousins and sisters
Eddie Lowande Lam and Karen Lowande Nagy with her
husband John. This was Pam and Kyle's first reunion. Kyle
must have Zonian blood, because as soon as he stepped onto
the dance floor, he proved that he is a natural. The day after
the reunion, Lane put John back to work cutting veneer.
l C -

John Marshall's mini-reunion. Front (L-R): Tom Sellers,
Alice Taber, John Marshall, Diane Hickey Irvine, John
Boseman. Second Row (L-R): Keith Kulig, Huey Lee,
Martha Johnson, Herb Spector. Third Row (L-R): Russell
Favorite, Beth Baikowski, Katie's husband, Katie
O'Brian, Gene Owen, Mickey Cunningham.

Lane Thompson and his extended family at Reunion

The past two weeks have been a very busy time for Bev
and me. We managed to secure a time share in Orlando for the
week of the Reunion, and kept busy doing the tourist thing as
well as visiting with our daughter Renee and Brian Friedel
and four grandkids. Then of course the nonstop long weekend
at the Reunion with all my good old friends and all the great
old stories that we swap. Upon returning to Tallahassee, we
brought our oldest grandson Matthew with us for a week of
vacation from his younger brothers, Brenden and Bradley.
That made Miranda very happy to have peace and quiet for
a week. Matt kept me hopping. He got to go wall climbing
with his cousin Ritchie Abellera. I took him shooting at a
range and he got to shoot several different guns, so now he
doesn't like his BB gun any more. We had target practice with
the sling shots, BB and pellet guns in my backyard, cleaned
the Jacuzzi and got to use it, and he got to stay up late with
Grandpa watching the Discovery Channel (Shark week), and
all the good things that Grandpas do with their grandsons.
Then on Friday night, Renee and family came up for the
weekend and to take Matt home. While here Renee talked me
into buying a new iMac OS-x Computer. Brian transferred
most of my programs over before he left, but...if you think I
was inept on a PC, you should see me now. Now I'm totally
lost in cyberspace. I'm writing this report on my PC before I
give it to our daughter, Adriane.

Miranda, Renee, Brenden, Brian and Matthew Friedel;
Adriane, Beverly and Skip Rowley; Bradley Friedel.

Also received an email from Pablo Prieto about the lat-
est cayuco race in Panama along with a bunch of photo-
"Attached is a photo taken by Adrienne Caston as we
were preparing for the start of the 53rd annual Ocean to
Ocean Cayuco Race at the Cristobal Yacht Club. Ted Arias,
Race Master, is reviewing the first stretch map prior to the
Captain's Meeting. The first stretch of the Ocean to Ocean
race starts at the Yacht Club and ends at the north end of
Gatun Locks. Over eighty cayucos participated in this year's
race, the largest number ever. Crews came from as far as
Argentina and Great Britain and included several crews from
the United States."

Ted Arias, Race Master, Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race

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


Received an email in May from
Carolyn Holmes Morris and Ray
Amato who reported that in April a
group of BHS graduates got together at
June Stevenson their home for the Masters Golf
Tournament in Augusta, Ga.
"We had a great time and it was like a revolving door the
way people were coming and going. Ellen (Wilson) and
Gary Anderson, Fran (Yost) and Jack Hern arrived on
Sunday and spent the week. Bud and Ellen Batcheldor
arrived on Tuesday and we all met at the practice rounds. We
all played golf on Wednesday. Doug and Mary Bergere
arrived on Wednesday evening as Bud and Ellen departed.
Wednesday evening saw us all at a friend's house where
Ray's and two other friends' birthdays were celebrated.
Kathleen (McConaughey) and Bill Campbell arrived on
Thursday. Joyce (Herring) and CH Stewart arrived on
Friday. Saturday we had a Low Country Shrimp Boil and
Chuck and Brooksie Rentz arrived for that. Saturday was

nasty and rained but there were some that braved going out to
the tournament. Not me!! Sunday Kathleen and Bill, Ray and
I shared badges for the tournament. Beautiful day. Bill's part-
ing words as he told me the damage they did in the pro shop
were, 'Kiss, kiss, love you, love you, BYE!!' We have all year
to recover til next time!!!"

Some of the Georgia "Zonies" got together recently for
dinner at a local restaurant for no special reason than just to
"party", which we did. In fact, one of our Zonies, Billy
Arnold, was having a birthday (one that required black bal-
loons), so we had a delicious cake for him plus the black bal-
loons, and he never made it to the restaurant, so we all decid-
ed to sing Happy Birthday to all of us who were there, and, of
course, ate that delicious cake. Sorry Billy was missed but we
each thought of him with every bite. Maggie Knapp was the
coordinator in getting everyone together, even Sandy
Wallace coming from Alabama and Bill and Diana
Hattabaugh, guests of Ray and Pat Burda, visiting from
Gorgona, Panama.
I received a note from Cissy and Gary Collins in
Douglasville, Ga. letting me know that they had an unexpect-
ed visitor in May. Their friend, Juliee Ford, on her way home
to Panama, came to spend the night with them when she
missed her plane in Atlanta on her return to Panama. Seems
Juliee was flying home from Charleston, when her flight was
delayed due to the Blue Angel's practice session at the
Charleston air field. This was a blessing for Cissy and Gary,
and they stayed up late into the night catching up on the hap-
penings of Juliee's family and theirs. They called Juliee's
husband Tom in Panama to let him know what had happened
so he wouldn't worry. The following morning Cissy and Gary
took Juliee around Douglasville to show her the extensive
growth of the area since her last visit. After lunch, they took
her to the airport so she could get home to her family in
Panama. All in all, an unexpected but a very pleasant visit.

Cissy and Gary Collins with Juliee Ford

Lori Stevenson Snow spent a week in New York City
with her daughter Sara Snow where Sara enrolled in the
Broadway Dance Center to work on her dancing skills. It was
a long and hard week for Sara, as each class was about one-
and-a-half hour long and she was bone tired after each dance
session. While in New York, they did manage to take in some
sights (Statue of Liberty, etc.) and also had their photo taken
at the Fox News Building with Edie Hill from Fox and
Friends. If you were watching Fox and Friends on your TV
on Friday, July 14th, you would have seen both Lori Snow
and her daughter, Sara, dancing outside the studio with other
dancers. It was quite a thrill to see them. Lori also got to visit
with Jim Balzer, her classmate from BHS. Jim works for
Harpers Bazaar magazine, and Lori says he has a very nice
office with a view of Central Park.

Sara Snow, Edie Hall of Fox News, and Lori Snow

The Panama Canal Reunion is now but a memory, and
I've included a collage of photos that I took. Donna Geyer
Cox and her husband Larry had a few of the CHS classmates
over to their room for a get-together, and it was wonderful
seeing everyone once again. I stayed busy, busy, busy since
we had a Condor Outfitters booth in the Vendors room, but I
did manage to see lots of friends while there.
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 @


Barbara Barnickel of Leesville is finally in her new
home and wants everyone to know her new address and her
new home email address. Please call this reporter if you

would like to have them. Not only has she moved into a new
home, but she also has a new job so things are a bit crazy. She
spends her free time unpacking boxes at home and work. It
may be Thanksgiving before she's settled.
An exhibit in honor of Col. George W. Goethals opened at
the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site, across the
Mississippi River below Baton Rouge. While his direct con-
nection with Plaquemine Lock has yet to be proven, there is
ample evidence of his influence in the innovative design used
there and later in the Panama Canal design. When completed
in 1909, the Plaquemine Lock had the highest fresh-water lift
of any lock in the world (51 feet) and a unique engineering
design that utilized a gravity-flow principle. The lock served
as a commercial shortcut from the Mississippi River through
Bayou Plaquemine and the Atchafalaya Basin to Lousiana's
heartland. The structure is on the National Register of
Historic Places. Inside the lockhouse is a working model,
complete with tiny ship. Stan Richardson is the site historian.


This reporter enjoyed a first trip to Costa Rica this sum-
mer, especially to see the active Arenal Volcano, most spec-
tacular at night. Then a canopy cable ride high in the treetops
among the white-faced monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds,
other flora and fauna was a thrill. There were 15 cables
looped to tree platforms through the jungle, one was a quar-
ter mile long. Later we swam in steaming hot springs and
under waterfalls in a river cascading down the side of the vol-

Patt Foster Roberson's Canopy Cable Ride

Your reporter looks forward to getting news from
Louisiana members, especially those she hasn't heard from
lately. Are you all right?
Having missed several Orlando reunions, I was pleased to
attend this year, and note some welcome additions. The club-
house with empanadas and modern "pinball" machines was
new for me as was the exciting dance lesson, followed by an
invitation to join the dancing at despedida. The museum's
silent auction, the door prizes and the vendors were great fun.
It was especially heartwarming to visit with old friends.
On the way home I stopped in to see former Diablo neigh-
bor, Bev Phillips Gross, and husband Henry in Niceville,
Fla. Bev and I will try to sprout papaya seeds from the lunch
she prepared for us. It was fun playing catch-up with Bev,
who is like a little sister to me.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Robin Harrison Baker (BHS'55)
and her husband Bud Baker spent a
-. -- week in Texas with Robin's son and
Robin Baker family. David R.H. Walker, his wife
Cheryl and four grands live in the Austin area. He works as
a commercial artist for HC&B advertising.
Visits with Robin's son David and wife, Cheryl,
Kristofer, Riley, Tyler and Hailey (the grands), yielded valu-
able family time and enjoyable grandparent pleasures of
attending softball and baseball games and family together-
ness. While there, they had taken a side trip up to the Hill
Country to see the bluebonnets. Alas, there were none to be
seen. A short trip to Fredericksburg, Texas via Burnet waving
at an imaginary Dale Cockle, was the best we could do with
the limited time available. I will plan better next year.
We celebrated Fourth of July, complete with fireworks
displays, in honor of the ability for a huge extended family to
gather at the home of Robin's daughter Beth. Beth announced
that her wedding to Jerry Nachtigal will be held in October
of this year. The Texas son, David R.H. Walker and his son,
Tyler Jacob Walker, came to see the sights and get to know
There weren't any empanadas this time as Robin was
recuperating from sinus surgery. Good news, though. She is
breathing properly again! Ceviche recipes were recently
received from other Zonians and Red Snapper Ceviche was
created and enjoyed by many.
Other former Zonians were heard from. Pat Stilson Van
Newkirk's daughter Tammy provided pictures of her two-
week stay in the former Canal Zone. She announced that she
hopes to buy a home there and retire "when the time comes".
This reporter wishes that I could do the same.
Kathy Malin (BHS'74) and Bob McInturff moved from

the San Francisco bay area to the DC area at the end of last
year. Kathy transferred with the federal government. She has
wanted to move to the east coast to be closer to her grand-
daughter Hali in Jacksonville, Fla. Kathy works in Arlington,
Va. but they live in Rockville, Md. She would love to relocate
to the Florida area with the federal government.
This year Kathy has been busy contacting friends and
classmates. She has had lunch with Rae Donaldson
(BHS'70) and Lorraine Lamer Lowrimore (BHS'74).
Lorraine is now retired from the Air Force and getting ready
to be a first-time grandmother. Kathy also had dinner with
Gloria Dahlstrom Potocek (BHS'74). Gloria and husband
Rick just returned from a trip to Australia to visit one of their
sons. Kathy did see another Zonian, Bobby Dollar (BHS'68),
at Thurgood Marshall (Baltimore-Washington) Airport.
Bobby lives with his wife Mindy in Annapolis. They travel to
Florida often to attend the Panama Canal Society reunions
with her family.
At the reunion, Kathy spent time at the pool with her
granddaughter, Hali, while Bob golfed for three days with her
brother Ed Malin (BHS'72). Their parents Ed and Gloria
Malin returned from a 13-day European tour of Austria and
Switzerland on July 19. They had a great time but the day
after they flew in, they drove to Orlando for the reunion!!
Other family members attending the reunion were Helen
Malin-Christiansen (BHS'76), a vendor, and her daughter
Amy and friend Gerald. Amy and Gerald went on an Airboat
ride with Kathy, Bob and Hali across a lake and grasslands in
St. Cloud. The only family members missing from the
reunion were Dottie Coleman Malin (BHS'72), who is
working on her doctorate, her son and nephew; Shane Saville
(Kathy's son); and Donna Malin Meyerson (BHS'80) and
her family who spent the week in Key West. The Malins are
planning a family reunion this year--hopefully Labor Day
weekend in St. Augustine

Amy and Gerald in front seat, Kathy, Bob and Hali in back

Robin Harrison Baker, Reporter
(410) 654-2351
email: robinebaker @




Bill Hatchett, Diamondhead, chaired his BHS'56 reunion
in Orlando this year during the big reunion and looked for-
ward to seeing many old friends.
Penny and Joe Lotterhos, Clinton, are home from their
European travels and out on their bicycles. Penny has a spe-
cialized road bike that is mostly carbon. She uses clip-on
shoes like the pros, but they can be tricky in a blowout. She
averages 16 mph, which sounds just right to pedal and enjoy
the scenery.
I recently received an email from Joe saying that: Two
weeks ago in Dayton, Ohio, Joe and Penny and their daugh-
ter's family and the Richardsons of Canton, Ohio all stayed
in a hotel in Dayton so we could have a mini-reunion and visit
with our son Ed. He is in his fourth year of medical school
and was doing a rotation at Wright Patterson Air Force
Hospital. Paul Richardson and I were neighbors many years
ago in Gamboa. He left Gamboa in Junior High. We had not
seen each other until our BHS Class of '62 Reunion in


Paul Richardson and Penny Lotterhos

Helen Roth-Roffy of Fayetteville, N.C. recently spent
three weeks visiting her daughter Sandra Roth-Roffy in
Greenville. They drove to Jacksonville where they were invit-
ed on a family cruise and barbecue aboard the U.S. Navy ship
where Sandra's son, Shane, will serve for the next five
months. Sandra thought it was really cool for Shane that the
ship went through the Panama Canal after leaving
Jacksonville. The cruise reminded her of the old Panama Line
docking in New Orleans. At presstime, Sandra was looking
forward to the BHS'64 reunion in Charleston, S.C.
The group attending the annual Gulf Coast Picnic was
small this year, thanks to Hurricane Katrina and it being
Mother's Day weekend. Next year the picnic will be
Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, so please mark your calendars. The
campground at Gulf Islands National Seashore was closed,
reserved for hurricane workers and evacuees in FEMA trail-
ers. While I couldn't pitch my tent there, I was lucky to find
a room available at a nearby motel.
Jean and Lee Wade, Gautier, regret having missed the
picnic this year. They had almost two feet of water in their
house after Katrina and were just about back to normal.
Cdr. Steve Edson, 80, of Gautier in a "Katrina Survivor"

T-shirt, saw the picnic sign and dropped in all excited to talk
about the Canal Zone. He lived in Panama City December
1935-December 1937 and attended Ancon School. He was
accompanied by a Polish engineer off a ship that had just
gone through the canal. They would have joined us but were
on their way to a party in New Orleans. We promised to be in
touch, especially since Cdr. Edson wanted information to join
the Society.
Carolyn and Richard Dillon, Grove Hill, Ala., brought
wonderful empanadas, yummy chili and a delicious Hawaiian
carrot cake. Hawaiian because it contained pineapple.
Carolyn's empanada recipe in the museum cookbook won a
blue ribbon at the last reunion. Let me tell you about her
gourmet candied apples: Granny Smiths on dowels, rolled in
melted caramel, refrigerated to set, rolled in melted choco-
late-almond bark, then toasted chopped pecans, then refriger-
ated. Just call me when they're ready!
Linda Calhoun came to the picnic with Charles
Yardley, both of Ocean Springs, bringing macaroni salad and
cole slaw and regrets that her parents were unable to join us.
Don and Donna Seitz of Purvis brought a delicious gua-
camole dip. Sue Epperson came with her stepmother-in-law
Annie Epperson. Sue's husband Bill arrived later following
a competition archery shoot in Laurel. They are looking for-
ward to moving back to Biloxi after their loss in the hurri-
After the picnic this reporter drove along part of the dev-
astated coast--shells of buildings, collapsed roofs, piles of
debris, American flags, "Got Mold" ad signs with a phone
number, street numbers spray painted on upturned founda-
tions, sand everywhere. Beautiful old Beauvoir, Jefferson
Davis's home on the coast, is a skeleton.
Shortly after the picnic, Don and Donna Setiz left for a
month in Germany where their son David and wife Mayra
teach at Giessen High School. They have four daughters:
Katherine, 18; Melanie, 15; Stephanie, 12, and Sarah, 9.
Son Michael works for DoD, Sassabo Naval Base, Japan.
Son Mark is with the Corps of Engineers, Tuscaloosa. Mark
and wife Kristy have Chelsea, 14; Christopher, 13;
Courtney, 11; and Matthew, 6. Daughter Danielle and her
husband Mark Kellum live near Don and Donna in Purvis.
The Kellums have Allison and Jessica. Jessica has two chil-
dren: Jonathan, a 4th grader, and Kaitlyn in 1st grade.
David, Michael, Mark and Danielle graduated from Canal
Zone schools. All the families were planning a July reunion
in Purvis.
Your reporter looks forward to getting news from
Mississippi members, especially those she hasn't heard from

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761





Greetings from North Carolina!
Summer's over and it is beautiful here
Pat Hunt in Western Carolina. Great time to
visit the mountains!! I've got lots of
news this time so I will start with our luncheon meeting in
May which was held at the Golden Corral in Hendersonville.
Our guest of honor was George Garcia, the new South
Carolina reporter. I said "guest" but he did have to pay for his
own lunch! He drove up with Ron Nessler--Pat was unable
to attend. Also present were Jim and Diane Bradley, Gene
Clary, Dick Cunningham, my sister Vicki Howe, myself
and our president Ron Angermuller. On my dessert run to
the buffet table I saw Jack and Emmy Dover having lunch.
They didn't know about the meeting but did come in and chat
with everyone. They still spend much of their time traveling
and playing golf--or is that traveling to play golf. It was good
to see them and Emmy is as beautiful as ever. Ron N. and
Vicki spent a little time reminiscing about their high school
days--spent mostly at the old Metropol with their drinking

Our special guest George Garcia, new South Carolina

Jack and Emmy Dover

In June I flew out to Rogers, Ark. for a short visit with my
brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty Dunning. While
there I talked to Mary Lou Engelke, who was in my Sacred

Heart choir for years. Also made my first visit to Branson,
Mo. and saw Spirit of the Dance, which was wonderful. Since
it was a day trip I will have to go back and see more shows.
The shopping is great too, not that that would influence my
decision. I also had a visit here from Dr. Don Bravin and his
son Michael. Don was an ophthalmologist at Gorgas in the
early '80s and sang in the SH choir and played the flute. He
married Bob Hassler's niece, "Cuqui". Bob ran the optical
shop in Balboa for years and was a good friend of my hus-
band Jack. On his way from Louisiana, Don stopped in
Tallassee, Ala. to see Father Francis Lynch. They spent a
few enjoyable hours remembering old times.
At the end of June my daughter Laurie Trinca threw a
big bash birthday party for me in Hillsborough, N.C. and I do
mean BIG (see Congratulations). Daughter Lisa Johnson
also hosted a dinner for me at her home. I guess when you
reach my age it takes more than one cake to hold all the can-
dles. It was a great party week in true Zonian style with all
my family.
Jim and Diane Bradley had an exciting summer. They
drove to Jacksonville, Fla. to visit Jimmy and Sherry
Bradley and the girls, then flew to Houston to visit Mike,
Kim and family in their new home in The Woodlands. While
there they saw an Astros game; unfortunately the Astros lost.
They returned to Florida and picked up Candace and Lauren
for their annual two-week visit with Gramma and Grampa,
which included a trip to Dollywood and the Bele Cher festi-
val in Asheville. By the time Jimmy came to collect the girls
Jim and Diane were ready for "a long winter nap"!
Willy and Wilma Nowotny report "they haven't been
anywhere or done much of anything" this quarter. Now, that's
a first!! Actually they did have a visit from Gerald, Adrian
and the girls at Easter time and they are busy planning their
next BIG trip, which I will save for the next time. Wilma's
daughter Linda Densmore and husband Emilio Garza are
now in Conyers, Ga. where Emilio is the principal of
Rockdale Middle School. That's just a short shopping trip
away. Sam and Norma Irvin have stayed close to home also.
Norma can't make her every few days trip to Asheville any-
more since son Tom and his wife Kathi moved to the
Raleigh/Durham area AND took her two grandchildren with
them. How inconsiderate! Their granddaughter Jessalyn
graduated from high school in June and is attending Brevard
College on an Art scholarship. Jessalyn is the daughter of
Sam and Jenny Irvin.
The Stone house (aka Malcolm and Jean) has had three
little visitors recently--all under the age of four. They were
delighted by the visit of four-year-old Amanda and her 2-
1/2-year-old brother Josh from Montgomery, Ala. They
joined 18-month-old Julia who arrived from Virginia. The
kids had a fun time together, jumping on air mattresses, being
entertained and spoiled by their grandparents, and generally
filling the house with joy--and noise. By the way, Amanda
and Josh belong to David (BHS'87) and Michele Stone.
David is attending the Air Force College in Montgomery and
will be promoted to Lt. Col. in December. Julia is the daugh-
ter of Lynn (BHS'84) and Scott Kohr. Lynn now oversees all
the new teachers and student teachers at her school and is no
longer in her 5th grade classroom. She is now the Academic
Dean and Facilitator in Westminster, Md. Lynn and Scott and

Michele actually brought the kids to Hendersonville but
somehow the parents seem to have moved to second place in
the hierarchy.

Head Stones (Malcolm and Jean) and three little pebble
grandss", Josh, Amanda and Julia.

Bob and Velma Flumach of Houston, Texas spent a few
days here in the mountains in July. They visited my sister
Vicki, who gave them a tour around Hendersonville, Brevard,
Pisgah Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway. I joined them for
dinner the day they arrived. Bob and Velma were married in
January and I believe this was their first trip as a married cou-
ple. They went on to Black Mountain, Asheville and then to
Gatlinburg, Tenn. to attend a very big craft show, for which
Gatlinburg is famous. It was a fast trip but enjoyable--we

Bob and Velma Flumach

I had a call from Bill Fishburne, a former Special Forces
Green Beret, who was stationed at Ft. Gulick from '68-'70.
He is currently living in Asheville and is the editor of the
Hendersonville Tribune, a weekly newspaper. He planned a
trip to Panama (his first) in August and we talked about the
changes to the various places he remembered. He is good
friends with Leslie and Skip Berger and one of his most

vivid memories is that the "military guys" had to date the new
CZ schoolteachers because the PC parents wouldn't let their
daughters date the soldiers. How well I remember. I will be
anxious to hear how he liked his trip. Well, unless I get any
last minute calls, this will be it for this time. I appreciate all
the info I receive for the article--it makes it so much easier for
me. I hate making up stuff!! Till next time.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995


Our greetings to all from the GREAT Northwest where
sun and some warmth have prevailed for over a month.
In March Jim and Joan Huffman of Oak Harbor, Wash.
traveled to Reno for a weekend getaway where Joan bowled
in the Women's National Tournament and did well for her
first national. They spent the 4th of July weekend in North
Bonneville visiting fellow Zonians and good friends Jim and
Clover (Shobe) Duffus. Both Jims enjoyed golf while the
ladies went fabric and, no doubt, other shopping in Portland.
Evenings were nice and relaxing with everyone sitting out-
side and having a couple of "boat" drinks.
In late July Clover and Jim jumped on their motorcycles
and headed to Bellingham, Wash. to take the Alaska Ferry to
near Anchorage. They plan to ride back down through the
Yukon and British Columbia. Jim Shobe sure wishes he
could have tagged along. The Duffuses promised to send a
writeup of their trip and some photos for the next time.
Jim Shobe of Bellingham, Wash. wrote he's been busy
with family. He spent two days traveling to California to visit
his grandson Dillion Shobe and his new bride Angie. They
are stationed at Beal AFB near Sacramento. He then went on
to Santa Barbara to spend three days with his brother Dick
and his wife Linda. After that he went on to Laguna Beach
for three days with his brother David. Jim stopped off again
at Dillion's on his way back home. He said, "All in all it was
a neat trip on the Beamer." On returning home, Jim found out
that he and Noralie (Roche) Shobe will be great-grandpar-
ents again. Jim and Clover's son Josh and his wife Rachel
are expecting around December. He also found out that Steve
and Debbie's son Dillion and his wife Angie are expecting
around February. Steve and Debbie and their oldest boy Scott
and his family visited for two weeks so Jim and Noralie had
a chance to spoil their two great-grandchildren while they
were there. After the Northwest picnic on August 19, the
Shobes and Dan and Pat (Rudge) Nellis plan to head up into
Canada for a week of fishing.
Paul Baker and his wife Suzette were in Honolulu in
July on their 35-foot sailboat Altair enjoying the excellent
hospitality of the Hawaii Yacht Club. They left Panama the
beginning of April, spent three weeks in the Galapagos
Islands then sailed 3,000 miles to the Marquesas in the South

Pacific before heading north 2,300 miles to Hawaii. They
planned to leave Hawaii the beginning of August for Seattle
on their last ocean passage of a five-year adventure-filled cir-
cumnavigation. They hoped to be in Seattle by the end of
August. Earlier in their trip on their stop at Floreana in the
Galapagos, Paul and Suzette took pictures of a 1959 entry
into the Wittmer's Log of Marti and the late Bill Lohr and
Bill and Ginny Osterholt. They sent the photos to Marti
recently. Marti still hears from Ginny who now lives in
Florida. Paul and Suzette and Marti think it is amazing that
the log is still all intact.
Bob Geddes said he was looking forward to his 45th class
reunion at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in July.
Vicki (Harrell) and Larry Ahlemann are alive and well
and had a great trip around the states. We've reported some of
their adventures touring here and there working at fairs and
festivals over the years. They're settled for the time being, but
we wouldn't be surprised if they finally got to Washington.
News from Ginny (Kleefken) Rankin. She just got back
from the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando and had a great
time seeing faces from the past. There, she had a mini-fami-
ly reunion visiting with cousins from both her and Billy's
sides of the family. Her youngest daughter Karen
Blennerhassett and her two kids were up for a visit in June.
Ginny even ventured to take all five grandkids to the movie
one day. She said "Try keeping an eye on kids ranging from
ages three to eight, getting all the pre-movie drinks and
snacks, toilet visits and finding seats so everyone can see--
makes for an interesting afternoon." She took in a Seattle
Mariner's baseball game with daughter Nancy Ivory and
Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin, and did the grandma
thing in attending the YMCA dance recital in which both of
her daughter Sandi McClanahan's kids participated. They
had a great 4th of July old-fashioned picnic with family and
friends, topping off the evening with son-in-law Autie
McClanahan presenting a fantastic fireworks show.
On July 22nd at a very lovely and touching mid-afternoon
ceremony, Tom Herring, son of Tim and Theresa (Snider)
Herring, was married to his lovely betrothed Carrie Wigren
at the St. Mary's Church in Anacortes, Wash. The mass was
graced with lovely music by a group of wonderful singers
accompanied by the organist, a very moving bugle proces-
sional, and scripture reading by Tim. Some of the present and
former Panama personae attending included Tom's sister
Mary from Houston, Texas and brother Joe from Bremerton,
Wash., and his brother and sisters still at home in Silverdale,
Wash., James, Bernadette, Madeline, Angelica, Rebecca,
Anna, Stephanie and Cecilia. Also there were Christopher
Herring from Phoenix, Ariz.; Phillip Herring and his wife
Roxanne and baby Sean from Jacksonville, Fla.; Renee
(Rivet) and her daughter Rachel Herring from Niceville,
Fla.; Mike and Anne Herring from Panama City, Fla.; Judy
Palumbo-Gates and Marti and Bev Hoffman from Sequim,
Wash.; Sue (Lessiack) Stabler from Cardenas, Panama;
Katy Adams from Kirkland, Wash.; Ann and Bob Best from
Poulsbo, Wash.; Lee and Kathy Snider and Beth (Snider)
Hutchinson from Kingston, Wash.; Phil and Weulcia
Wilkins and Bill Snider from Gilroy, Calif.; and Gerry and
Howie (Adams) Laatz from Anacortes, Wash. A gala recep-
tion in the beautifully-decorated Church Hall/Gym was held

after the ceremony with delicious eats, good music and lots
and lots of camaraderie.
On our recent visit to Florida, we were pleased to see that
Pat Manning had contracted out an almost completed new
"hangar" for some of his many machine tools and rolling
stock. One weekend, Pat, his good friend Diane McCauley,
and we met up with Cody Hollowell, who jitneyed Gerry and
I in his pickup--Pat and Diane in another vehicle--for a lunch
stop at Beth (Brown) Schmidt's in Mims where Barbara
(Brown) Coleman and her and Beth's mom Betty Quintero
tried to keep us in line. Steak and fixings were on the menu.
We won't mention dessert (or lack of for some of us). Then
we headed north to Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper's new home
in Jacksonville and were served (no, not Tinker's homemade
beans) but a delicious noodle, chicken and artichoke dish
which her daughter Gwen and her husband David guided to
Also, while we were in Florida we were fortunate to be
able to attend the promotion ceremony of our son J Reiley
Laatz to Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard. J is a mem-
ber of the Port Security Unit in St. Petersburg, Fla. where
reservists were in for their monthly duty weekend. After the
collar pinning by J's wife Sunshine and J's former Exec
Officer, and hat pinning by Gerry and I, the couple dozen
reservists in attendance gave J a standing ovation. The night
before the ceremony, J and Sunshine hosted a party which
was attended by J's Coast Guard pals and former Zonies,
Janis, Joann, and Jennifer Eckel, and Jose and Joanna
(Cantu) Alvarez and their son Joselito. "Twas a night to

J Laatz promotion to Chief Petty Officer: J is 4th from left
and his wife Sunshine is pinning on his new insignia.

Ed Kennedy and Gerry Laatz attended the Mt. Vernon,
Wash. Speedway Races recently. As of this writing, Ed,
Gerry, Joe Wallace, Guy Fealey, Jim Fealey and his friend
Michelle, and John and Michelle (Green) Bundy were in
northern California and southern Oregon for a motorcycle
escapade with the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts for a week
of touring the countryside, sightseeing and who knows what
all else.
We were all saddened at the passing of Jack Rocker's
wife Abbie "Anne" this June, and extend our sympathy to
Jack and the family. Anne will be missed.
We are all looking forward to the Annual Panama Canal
Society Northwest Picnic and pre-picnic Pot Luck. Barbara

(Green) Litchford and her brother Tom Sheppard are the
arrangers this year. The picnic will be held at a Deception
Pass State Park picnic facility in Oak Harbor, Wash. (a love-
ly spot), and the Pot Luck will be at Tom's very nice place in
Mt. Vernon. We are looking forward to seeing everybody
Hasta la proxima!

Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923


The Oklahoma Chapter's Spring picnic/business meeting
was on May 6, 2006, at Lions Park in Norman, Okla. The
turnout was small, yet the group enjoyed their time together
as usual. The day was a bit chilly so a fire prepared in the
park's fireplace was appreciated by all. Some of those in
attendance were Paulino and Julia Allande, Tomas and
Aymee (Lugo) Diaz, John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler,
Jimmie Wickham, Scott Burns, and Jean and Doris Burns.

John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler made a trip to Panama
right before the Orlando Reunion. Madeleine had not been
back since the whole Lugo family left in 1971, and the visit
was John's first. From the moment they set foot in Panama,
they were constantly on the go. The first night they dined at
Mi Ranchito and went to the Panama Hotel Casino for
Dancing with Samy and Sandra. John and Madeleine stayed
at the Albrook Inn which turned out to be a very nice place to
stay. Their newly-found Panamanian friends Allan and Zoila
Hawkins were gracious hosts who showed John and
Madeleine more in one week than some visitors could dis-
cover in a month. John and Madeleine also ventured out on
their own visiting the metropolitan area and the Interior in
their rental car. The two are planning another visit to Panama
to visit the Boquete, El Volcan, Bocas del Toro, and Chiriqui
areas, for a possible retirement home. From Panama, John

and Madeleine flew to Orlando for the Reunion. They had a
blast at the Reunion with the whole Lugo clan and Curundu
gang. John met up with all of his family from Orlando, and he
and Madeleine had a wonderful time with all of their long-
time friends and new ones. They also ran into Madeleine's
former high school buddies as this was the year of her 35th
High School reunion.

Madeleine (Lugo) and John Raffler, Pedro Miguel Locks

The Lugo Clan: Back (L-R): Lydia (Lugo) Long, Madeleine
(Lugo) Raffler, Toy (Lugo) Barnard, Aymee (Lugo) Diaz.
Front: David Lugo.

Jean and Doris Burns made their annual trek to the
Reunion. They decided to fly this year instead of driving.
Tom and Rita Hannigan graciously picked up Jean and
Doris at the airport and took them back when Jean and Doris
returned to Tulsa. Jean and Doris had an enjoyable time see-
ing friends and reminiscing over old times.

Other Oklahoma Chapter members who attended the
Reunion were Tomas and Aymee (Lugo) Diaz, Toy (Lugo)
Barnard, Lydie (Lugo) Long, David Lugo, and George
Jimmie Wickham was also among the revelers at the
Reunion this year. She enjoyed all the activities and especial-
ly enjoyed seeing so many of her friends and former col-
leagues whom she had not seen in years. One of Jimmie's for-
mer students, Priscilla (Paul) Whitford and her husband
Bill, drove from Nashville, Tenn. for the Reunion. Prior to the
Reunion, Jimmie was the guest of Amparo Paul in Tampa.
Amparo's 96-year-old mother and sister were also visiting
from San Francisco. The group went together to the Reunion.
Two of Jimmie's friends who teach for DoDDS in Japan were
both in Florida while she was there. Jimmie also had a chance
to visit with Jeanne Shoemaker who joined her for the
Reunion. Following the Reunion, Jeanne and Jimmie went to
visit Raejeana Lacy who was in her new home near
Leesburg. Both Jeanne and Raejeana plan to retire in Florida
when they decide to leave the classroom. Jimmie also went to
St. Augustine for a day trip following the Reunion.

Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter


Anna reports:

Saludos de Panama with lots of
news for you all. Returning visitors
to Panama can tell you that the
coastal skyline on the Bay of Panama
is ever changing. Driving down Anna Opel
Balboa Avenue toward San Francisco today, 1 counted 20+
high-rise cranes indicating new construction. In a few years
the coastline should rival that of Miami. Construction on a
93-story building on Balboa Avenue started in July which
will include apartments, hotel and casino and office space.

Panama Skyline

I was in the States again during April-May time frame to
visit with my children in San Antonio and Florida. My hus-
band Carl met me in San Antonio on his R&R and fortunate-
ly for us it was Fiesta Week so we were able to enjoy the
Fiesta Week activities and enjoyed the Riverwalk Parade.
After a few days' visit with our daughter Patricia
(Szymanski) and husband Doyle Phillips, and son Rick
Szymanski, his wife Terri and children Brian and
Marianna Isabel, we headed off to Virginia to attend Carl's
30th Class Reunion at Virginia Military Institute in
Lexington. Unfortunately this was one of the few times I was
totally unprepared for cold weather and suffered during a cold
snap--April is not a good time of the year to buy cold weath-
er clothes! The parade held for the alumni on the reunion
weekend was awe-inspiring.
Our last week in the States was spent in Homestead with
our daughter Jenilee Szymanski and beau Robert Herrera.
There is nothing like sunshine to warm up my tropical blood
so Florida was a welcome respite.

Robert and Jeni

Jenilee and Robert came to Panama at the end of May to
leave Muffin, her Yorkie, here while they were both off to
Germany to work with their Spanish language television sta-
tions on the World Cup. They were able to travel around on
their few days off and stayed an extra week after the soccer
matches with Ivan and Lisa Klasovky in Viernheim for more
sight-seeing. They were able to visit Salzburg and Innsbruck,
Austria; Mannheim, Nuremberg and Heidelberg, Germany;
and Strasbourg, France.
John and Melva Bowman of Balboa, RP (shown here
dining in an underground restaurant in Antwerp) recently
enjoyed an 11-day guided tour of Holland, Belgium, and
Luxemburg which included a cruise down a stretch of the
Rhine River to Frankfurt, Germany. Enroute back to Panama,
they spent a pleasant "family together" weekend in Orlando
with their three children: Melissa VanLeeuwen (BHS'91)
who arrived from Frisco, Texas; Christopher (BHS'97) who
had earlier relocated to Orlando from Raleigh, N.C.; and
Steve (BHS'99) who traveled from San Francisco.

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va Bowman in Antwerp restaurant

Lou "Sparkie" Seldon visited Panama in the first part of
June. Lou stayed at the Marbella Hotel in El Cangrejo and
was able to attend an Ex-Pat Social, the U.S. Navy League
Meeting, and joined the DEH (Directorate of Engineering and
Housing) Breakfast at Lung Fungs. He also enjoyed visiting
with his "old CZ friends", eating at some of his favorite
restaurants, and twilight "traigos" at the Balboa Yacht Club.

(Mcllvaine) and Bruce Laferriere of Forest Hill, Md.
Jason's father John was the best man and Jessalyn's sister
Janica was the maid of honor. Jason is the brother of
Catherine and Rebekah Husum of Tallahassee, Fla. and
Patricia, Javier and Valerie Husum of Cardenas. Jason's
paternal grandparents are Ellie Foley Husum of Tallahassee
and the late Edward J. Husum, and his maternal grandpar-
ents are Sandra Hammond McIlvaine of Clearwater, Fla.
and the late Edwin C. McIlvaine. Shortly after the wedding
the couple took a road trip from Anchorage to Salt Lake City,
Utah, where Jason will be stationed as a jet propulsion
mechanic with the Air Force. They are planning a honeymoon
trip to Panama in January. In the Utah area Jason will try to
continue doing his favorite pastime of fly-fishing, something
he did to perfection while catching salmon around the
Anchorage area, only now he will have to find where the trout
are while Jessalyn will continue her university studies.


Janica, John and Julie Blasko, Jessalyn Blasko and Jason
Husum, John Husum, Jessalyn's brother-in-law Kevin and
her sister Jaquel.

Lou Seldon at Pedro Miguel

Tom Herring and his bride Carrie Wigren, currently of
Port Orchard, Wash., spent their honeymoon in Panama the
latter part of July with hosts Sue and Lew Stabler of
Cardenas and Bob and Nikki Medinger of Panama Vacation
Quarters in Quarry Heights. Tom is the son of Tim and
Theresa (Snider) Herring, formerly of Balboa, who now
reside in Silverdale, Wash.
Jason Husum and Jessalyn Blasko were married on July
22, 2006 at the Snow Goose restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska.
Jessalyn is the daughter of John and Julie Blasko of
Anchorage. Jason is the son and stepson of John and Lorena
(Moreno) Husum of Cardenas, Panama and Susan

John Husum and Jason Husum going fishing near

In this issue, Trina Clark also reported on the recent visit
to Panama by El Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese (CHS'58)
and members of his symphony orchestra. However, the
evening of August 5th held an additional treat for the former
"Atlantic Siders". They were delighted to see and visit with
Jim's wonderful mom, Elvita Brooks 92-years young and
looking fabulous! She promised to bring Jim and his orches-
tra back next year. Former Gold Coast attendees included:
Kaiser Bazan and his wife Maribel; Margie (Borden)
Werlein; Robin Morland, Mary (Morland) Coffey,
Stanley Motta and wife Linky (Fidanque); Windy Sasso;
George and Ida (Arosemena) Mercier; Donnie Pierpoint;
Paul Leignadier; Carmen Calonge; Lynda Maduro and
daughter Gina; Karen (Mizrachi) Atkins and husband

Father John Kennedy, former priest of St. Mary's
Church in Balboa during the seventies, returned to Panama in
July for a few weeks vacation. Father Kennedy made sure he
told us all that he came to visit AFTER the Canal Reunion.
He was a welcome sight at mass and I took this photo of him
and Mrs. Rose Hannaman outside of the church this last
e .g a-- -,

Father Kennedy and Rose Hannaman
Father Kennedy and Rose Hannaman

George Mercier, Windy Sasso and Ida (Arosemena)

Back: Margie (Borden) Werlein, Robin Morland. Front:
Todd Atkins, Karen (Mizrachi) Atkins.



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Members of Roosevelt Medal Descendants met in
Panama on August 15, the 92nd anniversary of the opening of
the Panama Canal to world commerce. This year's gathering
was held at the Roosevelt Medal exhibit in the "American
Canal" section of the Interoceanic Canal Museum (Museo del
Canal InteroceAnico), downtown Panama City. The
Descendants organization is conducting a campaign to raise
funds to purchase a computer to be incorporated into the
Museum's Roosevelt Medal exhibit, containing a listing of all
Medal recipients and pertinent data relating to them. To date,
approximately one-half of the cost of the computer has been
collected. Roosevelt Medal Descendants notes that the Medal
exhibit in Panama is visited by persons from around the
world who gain a greater awareness of the Medal's existence
and the workforce of over 7,300 U.S. citizens who were
awarded the Medal for their participation in the construction
of the Panama Canal.
Till next Record....

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001

Trina reports:

All right! What a summer! I mean,
between what was for me one of the
best Reunions that I have been to in a

long time and seeing so many faces back in Panama, it has
been crazy!
I have to again say, Thank you! to all the readers and sup-
porters of the Panama Canal Society's Canal Record. I have
received more compliments and "shout outs" from the
younger generation as well as the jubilado crowd!
In June I met up with John David Dear (BHS'88) and his
sister Christie (Dear) Knight (BHS'88) on a quick visit with
their pops, David John Dear. We spent a great night out at
The Wine Bar downtown and then off to the Bar Traffic on
Flamenco Island, 'til the wee hours of the morning, singing
hits of the '80s with the bartenders and waiters. Note to self:
Big No-No...on a work night! Anyway, the next day (as I sur-
prisingly "called in sick") we headed off to the medicinal
shores of Santa Clara Beach for some sun, fun and LOTS of
cold beer, for a bit of "the hair of the dog" remedy, for some
serious hangovers!
HB Twohy III (BHS'94) and his aunt Joan (Holgerson)
Collins (CHS'54), visiting from Dothan, Ala., and cousin
Julie (Collins) Blanchard visiting from Arlington, Texas
met up at the Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort and Spa.
They were in Panama doing Missionary work in Chiriqui,
handing out medicine and handling free dental checkups for
the Ngobe Bugle (or Guaymi Indians) of the region.
Ff ''

Penny and Vince Caiiamas passed along that they will be
spending some special vacation time with their daughter
Dione and their first grandson Timothy. (Side note to Darryl
Cafiamas (CHS'88), your friends and family wish you con-
tinued blessings!).
After some long days working for the U.S. Embassy in
Bogota, Colombia, Jeff Naum (BHS'91) found some "down
time" and was able to go Tarpon fishing and pulled up a
whopper--a 202-lb. Tarpon!

Jeff Naum with his 202-b. Tarpon
Jeff Naum with his 202-lb. Tarpon

My sister Pamela Clark (BHS'86) recently finished up
touring on her 2006 Notes & Hopes Tour from her 4th CD -
Ethos 7. She currently has a production company in Panama,
GM Productions, and runs her recording studio, Salt Mine
Studios, when she is in Panama.

Joan Holgerson Collins, HB Twohy III, Julie Collins

HB also spent some quality time with his goddaughter
Isabella Victoria Haines (daughter of John Haines III
(BHS'91) and Lucy Lincoln Haines (BHS'94) and took a
great photo! Isn't she gorgeous? I am a bit biased, as I am her

HB Twohy and Isabella Victoria "I.V." Haines

Notes and Hopes Tour 2006 Pamela Clark

A beautiful night of music was had at Panama's presti-
gious National Theater in conjunction with Empresas Bern,
the U.S. Embassy, INAC, American Airlines, the Office of
the Mayor (Panama), the Florida Arts and Culture Division,
under the Symphony of the Americas "Summerfest 2006" I
MUSIC ESTENSI OF ITALY (Italian Symphony Chamber
Musicians). The Italian chamber was under auspices of
Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese (CHS'58). Among the
guests in attendance to enjoy an evening with the Symphony
were a bunch of CHSers and "Gold Coasters". Former Vice
President of the Republic of Panama Kaiser Bazan and his
wife Maribel, Stanley Motta, Robin Morland, Wendall
"Windy" Sasso Sr., Mary (Morland) Coffey, Marjorie
Werlein, Paul Leignadier, George Mercier, Gus and Mary

Former Vice President to Panama Kaiser Bazan, Maribel
Bazan and Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese.

I just wanted to pass on information for those who want-
ed to purchase a copy of the DVD Pilot Reality Show
Panama Big Game starring Jorge "J.B." Bloise, Al
Livingston, Tom Giles and Carlos Lampas at the reunion
from me. I apologize as I didn't have enough time to get to
everybody. They will be made available by mail while sup-
plies last and you will see them advertised SOON in the back
of the Canal Record.
I leave you with the following dates of special events in
Panama, so mark your calendars accordingly in order to plan
your next visit home. Oct. 7, Anniversary of the founding of
the University of Panama (71 years old); Oct. 13-15, Tiger
Island Fair for Kuna Yala, San Blas; Oct. 18-22, March of the
Black Christ, Portobelo; Oct. 23-29, Panama Canal Area
Firefighters Reunion for their 50th Anniversary; Nov. 3,
Panama Independence Day (national holiday); Nov. 4, Flag
Day; Nov. 5, First Cry of Independence, Colon; Nov. 10, First
Cry of Independence in Los Santos Province (national holi-
day); Nov. 28, Independence from Spain (national holiday);
Dec. 1-2, TELETON 20-30; Dec. 8, Mother's Day (national
holiday); Dec. 22, Panama School year for students ends.
Take care and as always...That's all the news that's Good
News from "the beautiful Motherland" of Panama. If you
want to let your extended family and friends know what's
going on with you and yours, don't be shy and e-mail, snail
mail, fax or drop off any and all information to be submitted

for publication. For sake of good order, please remember to
have your membership dues paid up. You may pay on-line via
the web at or you can contact the
Panama Area Reporter(s) for application or renewal forms.

Trina Clark, Reporter
011 (507) 232-7451



Hello from South Carolina! The
PCS Reunion is finished for this year
George Garcia and time for this reporter to let you
know what's happening in South Carolina. I didn't think that
this position was going to be exciting; but my fellow Zonians
in South Carolina really made things happen.
On May 6, 2006 Sarah Finkelstein hosted a patio party
at her home on the Isle of Palms (near Charleston). The group
was small but very lively. Linda and Danny Badger came
early and I'm sorry that they missed the group picture. Linda
brought some yucca for the party. Charlie Giavelli (retired
after 44 years service in the Canal Zone), his daughter Ann
Gardner and her son Andrew were among the guests. Bob
and Sara Karrer were also there. They have an entire room
of CZ memorabilia in their home and brought some to show
at the party. Press and Susie Beattie arrived just after the
party started. Press was a dentist at Gorgas and Susie was the
last Principal of Balboa Elementary School (quite a distinc-
tion). Friends of the Canal Zone people included Roz
Karesh, Liz Crocker and Gary Lamberson. My photogra-
pher David Long enjoyed the party as well.

Front (L-R): Ann Gardner, Charlie Giavelli, Sara Karrer,
Bob Karrer. Middle: Andrew Gardner (Ann's son). Back
(L-R): Gary Lamberson, George Garcia, Press Beattie,
Sarah Finkelstein, Susie Beattie.



The weather cooperated very well--a cool breeze let us
enjoy the outdoor dinner. Sarah made Arr6z con polio and
Johnny Mazzetti. The Beatties brought tropical fruit and Ann
Gardner brought ceviche. It was all very tasty.
Lynne Botzenmeyer Armfield (BHS'61) wrote to tell
me that she ran into Allison Scrabis at a bowling alley in
Hilton Head Island. Allison's father was the Head of Civilian
Personnel at Amador. Lynne said she was taken totally by sur-
prise to find someone from the Canal Zone in a Hilton Head
bowling alley.

Allison Scrabis and Lynne Botzenmeyer Armfield

June 1, 2006: I attended a luncheon in Hendersonville,
N.C. Canal Zonites from North and South Carolina were
there. Your reporter and Ron Nessler (BHS'62) drove up
together. I'm sure Pat Hunt (N.C. Reporter) will have more
on this luncheon. Ron Angermuller was the host for this
occasion. In August there will be a picnic and we hope to get
together again.

Ron Nessler and Ron Angermuller
Ron Nessler and Ron Angermuller

and Vicki King, and Ollie McDaniel came to wish me a
happy birthday. Arr6z con polio, Johnny Mazzetti, plAtanos
maduros and a variety of other latin dishes were served.
In July at the PCS Reunion, your reporter attended his
45th Class Reunion; 49 classmates were in attendance. Some
had come to the reunion for the first time this year (Duncan
Brown, Bill Browder and Louise Peters to name a few). The
group had a hospitality room where people talked about BHS
and what happened to us in the past 45 years. Empanadas and
other goodies were served in the hospitality room. Each class-
mate received a CD that contained greetings from some class-
mates who could not attend. We decided to attempt our 50th
Reunion in Panama. I'm all in favor of that.

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Seated (L-R): Marion Bradley Linkh and William "Bill"
Browder. Standing (L-R): Mimi Stratford Collins, William
"Billy" Arnold, George Garcia and Rita Jones Fenwick.

June 17, 2006: Your South Carolina reporter celebrated
his 63rd birthday. Ron Nessler and his wife Pat attended.
Rita Jones Fenwick (BHS'61) flew in from Miami to attend.
She and I have been friends forever. My other friends, Julie
Snyder and Phillip Lis, Tony and Debbie Oakley, Ronnie

George Garcia, Reporter
(864) 801-2072



"The Share a Smile" Foundation
was started in the Fall of 2002 by Blake
and Holly Stock (BHS'79) with the
assistance of Dr. A. Jay Burns and his
staff at the Fogelson Plastic and
Craniofacial Surgery Center for children Linda Morris
Lnda Morris
in Dallas. One of the Stock's twin
daughters was diagnosed with a nasal tip hemangioma as an
infant, and required years of treatment and surgeries. Today
she is a happy well-adjusted ten-year-old with no sign of her
previous malformation. This year's Fund-Raisers, "Putt for a
Hummer" and a day at the Polo Grounds at Las Colinas have
also been very successful.
Francis (Duke) and Elizabeth Boyd greeted Bobby and
Linda Morris at the Honolulu airport, orchid leis in hand. It
was a long-awaited reunion, and the crash course in "Hawaii
101" was a whirlwind. A drive around the entire of Oahu
vouched for the beauty of the island. Francis pointed out
favorite surfing beaches, coral reefs, and even the former set
of Magnum PI along the way--private glimpse rarely seen.
Touring the many landmarks and eating at interesting restau-
rants strengthened the warmth of the renewed friendship.
Francis represents CROCS in Oahu and gifted us with a
pair. He and Elizabeth wear them color-coordinated to match
their wardrobe. If you haven't tried them--do--they are the
most comfortable sandals ever. The Morrises left Honolulu
on an eleven-day cruise, which included stops at four more
islands with the final port in Ensenada, Mexico. It was then
on to San Diego with visits to friends from their longtime res-
idence there.
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rambling San Antonio market area, strolling the River Walk,
and even had time to squeeze in a round of golf. They had so
much fun they planned to do it again at the reunion in

Donna Pierson, Charles McGlade (BHS'60), Maggie
McGlade-Windle, Cathy White, Joannie Larson, Auther
Auger, Robert Windle, San Antonio.

"Keeping up with the Jones", Granbury, Texas: Matriarch
Marcia Jones writes that her grandson, Dr. Benjamin Jones,
was graduated from the University of Texas Medical School
in Houston in June. He will intern at Hershey Medical Center,
Penn State University, with a specialty in Emergency
Medicine. Dr. Ben is the son of Dr. Daniel and Pamela
Jones. Grandparents Bob and Marcia Jones, retirees from the
Railroad and Health Bureau, now reside in Pecan Plantation
in Granbury, Texas. Bob and Marcia recently celebrated their
sixtieth wedding anniversary.

Bob and Linda Morris, Francis (Duke) and Elizabeth
Boyd in Honolulu.

A gathering of the McGlade-Windle clan of San Antonio
met everyone's expectations and more. Hosts Maggie and
Robert entertained the whole clan. Son Charles (BHS'80)
and fiance Donna Pierson, and daughter Cathy White flew
in from Tallahassee; and daughter Joan Larson and Auther
Auger arrived from Lewiston, Maine. They had a grand time

L.nrs jones ana ur. Den Jones on graauauon uay.


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in July. Marianna plays keyboards for the funk band "Funk
Mob" from Austin. When living in the Canal Zone, Marianna
was the keyboardist for the band "Omega". Her parents,
Major General and Mrs. Tanguy, are enjoying an active retire-
ment in Indiana.
Latest info on North Texans: Lee and Annette Morton,
Mark and Dena Cicero and Charlie Reiss and Liz all
attended the Orlando Reunion. Ken Morris (BHS'79) has
moved back to the Dallas area. He has a position with a divi-
sion of Brinks, Inc. Paul Williams was in town and shared a
few beers with friends Dicky McArthur and Carlton Morris.

School, Houston, Texas, June 2006.

A housewarming party was held at Jody De St.
Germain's (BHS'80) new house in Frisco on July 1st.
Partygoers included Dicky McArthur, Bliss Connerton,
Kenny Morris, Terri Garber Corbit, Charlie Reece,
Victoria Morris Hall, and Colin Creel. It is reported that
"...a fun time was had by all."

Housewarming party

The McArthur annual family reunion in Plano, Texas turned
out to be a "colossal ping-ding". All of the senior McArthur
clan: Georgie, Bobo, William, and sisters, Ruth Ingram and
Edna Mikez, were in fine spirits as were all their sons,
daughters, cousins, and friends who joined to celebrate
togetherness. Next year's gala has already been "penciled in".
A group of Zonians were present when Marianna
(Tanguy) Hetrick (BHS'80) played at a local club in Dallas

A "Gracias a todos" for the many cards and stuff received
after Bobby Mo's triple-bypass surgery in July. He is doing
great and anxious to get back to 'GO". Keep the photos and
news coming this way. "Mas tarde" then.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400


Well, I missed the last issue as I was "held hostage" in the
"frozen north". My two dogs and I drove to New Jersey to be
with my sister Janet Fields Himes and her husband Ray
Himes when she turned the big 6-0. We only had two days of three inches and the other sixteen inches. I
remembered why I am living in Texas!! We went to birthday
parties, wedding and baby showers, shopping, and eating,
eating, and more eating. Then two days before we were ready
to start for home I found a spider bite which had become
infected and the doctor said three more weeks in New Jersey.
Honey Fealey; Marion and Fred Wells; Fred Wells Jr.;
Allan, Kathy Jane (Melanson) and Michael Wells; and
Lynn Orr (Mattes' son) attended the beautiful memorial
service for Jamie Laurayn Fealey in Oak Harbor, Wash. on
April 6. Jamie was the daughter of Mary Linda (Wells) and
Guy Fealey. She was killed instantly in a one-car accident
which police believe was caused when a deer crossed in front
of her car.

In June Marion and Fred left for Atlanta, Ga. to celebrate
Father's Day with Alan and Kathy Jane and their family
(including three great-granddaughters and KJ's mother,
Katherine Melanson).
Iris Hogan was visited by her grandson and his wife,
Greg and Amy Richmond, and two great-grandsons, Westin
and Garret, of Minot, N.D. They spent one day in
Fredricksburg with Iris' daughter, Mary Chiles, of
Fredricksburg. Greg has recently returned from Quatar, his
third visit "over there".
Wade and Marilyn Carter were rejoicing with grand-
mother Renee Collins over the birth of her granddaughter,
Taylor Renee. Parents are Rob and Beth Christenson of
Provo, Utah.
Peter Copeskey of Tucson, Ariz. met his parents, Bob
and Maureen Copeskey, of Nashville, Tenn. in San Antonio
for an Albrook reunion. They made a day trip to Kerrville to
visit Anna Calvit and pick up some mementos. The Albrook
reunion is mostly made up of IAAFA families and there is an
IAAFA school and museum at Lackland AFB (Kelly). While
in Kerrville the Copeskeys joined Bea Rhyne, her daughters,
Barbara Stanford and Camille Eastham, and my humble
self for lunch and a chatty visit.
My friend Annie Boggs of San Antonio called from the
reunion where she was selling her embroidered items to tell
me what a WONDERFUL time she was having. I have prom-
ised to save my dollars and join her next year, so hope to see
you there.

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


As I write this article, the sun is shin-
ing and it's another beautiful day in
Hampton Roads. Alex is home for the
summer, working at a local restaurant at
Karen Brandl the beach and Laura has her first job--
she's not'oo happy about that. Her vol-
leyball season ended well except that she injured her knee,
partially from PCL, ouch! My brother Freddy Peugnet and
wife Traci welcomed their first child, Isabelle, on May 28th
of this year. Dennis Gilbert and I are planning a Zonian
Reunion sometime in September in Norfolk. So, by the time
this issue is published, we will have had our gathering with
plenty of pictures and stories to share.
Bonita Leavitt (BHS'64) writes that her husband Chuck
and sister Juanita (BHS'64) are planning to attend their
"60th BHS Birthday Bash/Reunion celebration" from August
24-27, with about one hundred or so other BHS'64ers.
Coincidentally, Chuck's birthday is on the 28th and Juanita's
and her sister's birthday are on the 30th. We look forward to
pictures for our next Canal Record!

In May Barbara (Bonanno) Marshall (BHS'71) and Jay
moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. Let's hope they keep in touch
even though they are in Florida.
Ev (Menges) (CHS'68) wrote that she and husband Tom
Sellers (CHS'59) recently traveled to Seattle, Wash. with
Dorothy (Maguire) and Mark Isaacs of Fairfax, Va.
Dorothy is the niece of the late Gladys (Watson) McLain,
formerly of Margarita, CZ. After spending a few days in
Seattle, they traveled to Anchorage, Alaska where they spent
a few days soaking in the absolute beauty of the area. From
Anchorage, they traveled by Alaska Railroad to Seward.
After a few nights they boarded the Royal Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas for a delightful seven-night cruise of the
Inner Passage. On board they met up with numerous friends
and relatives from St. Thomas, V.I. Ev writes they panned for
gold, went dog sledding, whale watching, and everything
they could pack into tours while in port. The trip wound up in
Vancouver, B.C. and after a few nights in that beautiful city,
they returned to their home in northern Virginia. Next on the
agenda, Ev and Tom will travel to Aiken, S.C. in early July to
visit with parents, Connie (Robles) and Mel Menges (for-
merly of Margarita, CZ). After that they will spend a few days
at the Reunion in Orlando before heading to Sarasota near the
end of July to celebrate the birthday of Thelma (Watson)
Maguire (sister of the former Gladys McLain of Margarita).
Time permitting, Ev writes they would like to visit some
other Zonian friends in the Florida area before heading back
to northern Virginia in early August.


Ev and Tom sellers in Vancouver, B.C.

Karen (Peugnet) Brandl, Reporter
(757) 233-6767



Congratulations to Firefighter Ian Haas, son of Chuck
and Katie Haas, who graduated from Falcon Firefighting
Academy in Falcon, Colo. on June 23, 2006.
He was also awarded the Academy's Leadership Award
and offered a position with the Falcon Fire Department that
evening. Ian began his new job July 24th.


Katie, lan and hnucK Haas


Chuck and Cynthia "Thea" Thomas of Mandeville, La.
proudly announce the engagement of their son Chad
Thomas (BHS'86) of Tampa, Fla. to Fiorella Sacconi, also
of Tampa, Fla. The wedding will be celebrated on June 17,


On May 19, 2006, Kenneth Morris III graduated from
Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, La. Kenny was original-
ly attending Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, La.
until the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Kenny and his sister
Hannah Morris evacuated to Shreveport to continue their
high school education. Kenny decided to remain in
Shreveport to finish his high school education while his sister
returned to New Orleans to complete her sophomore year.
Kenny was given a wonderful compliment by his princi-
pal, Frank Israel, when he asked Kenny to speak to his grad-
uating class at the Baccalaureate Mass, which was attended
by all the students, parents and extended family, faculty and
guests, on his experiences as an evacuee of Hurricane Katrina
and graduate of Loyola College Prep. Kenny's speech
brought a standing ovation as well as tears to the eyes of
many, including his grandfather and father. Kenny Morris
Sr. and Jr. Also in attendance at Kenny's graduation were his
mother Page, his sister Hannah, Uncle Joe Maisano and his
New Orleans grandparents, Joe and Gloria Sigl Maisano.
Kenny will be attending Louisiana Tech in Ruston. La.
this fall. He said he is excited about this wonderful opportu-
nity and plans on trying out for the school's golf team. Kenny
recently placed third in a statewide golf championship.


Kenny Morris III and Kenny Morris Sr.

Fiorella Sacconi and Chuck Thomas

Kenny Morris III and Kenny Morris Jr.

Geneva Boland Nowanna and Hugh Durrett, Don Boland
Geneva Boland, Nowanna and Hugh Durrett, Don Boland

Three generations of Morris golfers

Donald H. Boland
Durham, N.C.


On June 25th, Don and Geneva Boland had an early cel-
ebration of their 50th wedding anniversary in Geneva's
hometown of Soper, Okla. where we were married.
About 50 friends and members of her family were gath-
ered, as were Hugh and Nowanna Durrett, old Canal Zone
friends of ours, now living in Tulsa. Hugh and Don were co-
workers in the Office of the Comptroller. This anniversary
was one day after Geneva's family had their annual reunion
on Lake Hugo, with close to a hundred people present.
We will also have a delayed celebration, along with Bill
(BHS'49) and Beryl Clarke, also celebrating their 50th
anniversary with the four of us visiting Panama for a couple
of weeks in late September. The Clarkes now live in a beau-
tiful retirement community in New Oxford, Pa.


On May 13, 2006, Texas State University at San Marcos
conferred the degree of Master of Arts in Literature, Summa
Cum Laude, on Carol Lynn MacDonell..
Carol Lynn was born in Ancon, Canal Zone on August 20,
1964, to Roderick Norman MacDonell, Sr. and Virginia A.
Dixon MacDonell. In 1985 she earned a B.A. degree in
History from the University of Texas at Austin. During her
nineteen-year hiatus from academics, she was variously
employed at U. T.'s Benson Latin American Collection; the
Resolution Trust Corporation; Woodard, Hall & Primm, P.C.;
Baker & Botts, L.L.P.; Nescor Energy; Gray Cary Ware &
Friedenrich, L.L.P.; and Drake Beam Morin. She entered the
M.A. in Literature program at Texas State University-San
Marcos in January 2004.

Following the graduation ceremony, family and friends
celebrated with dinner at Palmer's Restaurant in San Marcos.


Gladys Gramlich celebrated her birthday in New Port
Richey, Fla. Gladys visited Larry and Aggie Gramlich for a
Thanksgiving/Birthday party with the grandkids and great-
She also went for a birthday ride with her grandson
Gregory Gramlich (BHS'85) of St. Petersburg, Fla. on his

JC Conner, Jamie Lynn Conner, Gladys Gramlich, Jason

Carol Lynn MacDonell receiving her M.A. in Literature


Teresa Maria Ramos, employed by the Panama Canal
Company/Commission for 28 years (retiring in 1968), will be
celebrating her 101st birthday on October 18, 2006.
Born in Gorgas Hospital in 1905, she is the grandmother
of Marbella Melody (Ramos), who has been married to
William Melody for 33 years. They lived in Cardenas, Canal

Teresa Maria Ramos

Gregory Gramlich and Gladys Gramlich


Sam and Laurie Trinca hosted a weekend-long 70th
birthday celebration for Laurie's mom Patricia Hunt at their
home in Hillsborough, N.C. Guests at the celebration includ-
ed Pat's children, grandchildren, sisters and great-nieces:
Terri Hunt Rhodes and Brian Zweifel; Lisa Hunt
Johnson; Jon Hunt and fiance Julie Gurnee; Jennifer
Watkins and fiance Jason Surface; Vicki Dunning Howe
and granddaughter Kaitlyn Runion; Sandi Ingle and grand-
daughter Kelsey Ingle; Zachary and Justin Trinca and
April Robertson (Zach's girlfriend).
While the weekend seemed to revolve around eating,
drinking and music by Lucho, the big celebration on Saturday

night included platanos con salsa, ceviche, empanadas, arroz
con pollo, ensalada, micha, guinnups, mangoes, and Sangria,
topped off with a vanilla flan. After dinner, the party moved
outside to break open a pifiata and win some great prizes and
enjoy a spectacular fireworks show put on by Sam and Justin
Trinca. The weekend was a huge success and Pat's kids are
already olannine her 75th birthday party.


Eric Grimison (BHS'88) and Rachel Bottin Grimison
(BHS'92) celebrated their daughter's first birthday in June
along with her 14 cousins, family, and friends.
Mary Jane Elena is the 15th grandchild of Tom and
Nancy Grimison, formerly of La Boca, Canal Zone. She is
the first grandchild of Maria Lourdes Bottin, also formerly
of La Boca, and the first great-grandchild of Walter Bottin,
who still resides in Panama. The celebration was in the fam-
ily's home in Orlando, Fla.
Mary Jane was born June 19, 2005 at Arnold Palmer
Hospital for Women & Children in Orlando, Fla.

Pat Hunt


Brandon Pinzon and Laura Gonzales, both of San
Antonio, Texas, announce their engagement and upcoming
Brandon is the son of Carlos and Phyllis (Miller) Pinzon
of Iowa City, Iowa. Laura is the daughter of Val and Sylvia
Gonzales of San Antonio. The wedding will take place
January 20, 2007 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in
San Antonio.

Mary Jane Elena Grimison


Robert and Margarite (Williams-McGlade) Windle of
Cholo, Texas proudly announce the engagement of their son
Charles A. McGlade Jr. to Donna Pierson.
Charles is the son of the late Charles A. McGlade Sr.
Donna Pierson who lives in Margate, Fla. is a retired Law
Enforcement Officer from Broward County. They are plan-
ning an October wedding.

Brandon Pinzon and Laura Gonzales


Mike Duenaz of Port Huron, Mich. would like to
announce the engagement of his daughter Melissa P.
Haggerty to Todd L. Bauman, both of Kimball Twp., Mich.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mike Duenaz, Robin
Haggerty and Kellie Rathburn. She is a student and will be
transferring to Wayne State's School of Social Work. She is
also employed as a waitress at The Red Pepper, her father's
The groom-to-be is the son of Eugene and Louise
(Scigliane) Bauman. He is a graduate of Port Huron High
School and is employed at Daimler-Chrysler in Marysville,
Mich. A wedding date has been planned for November 11,

Tom proposed to Carrie on Christmas Eve 2005 at
Carrie's home parish in front of the statue of our Blessed
Virgin Mary at the St. Michael Catholic Church in Olympia,
Wash. They promptly set a date with their pastor in
Anacortes, Wash. for July 22nd. After their honeymoon to
Panama, they will reside in Port Orchard, Wash.

Todd Bauman and Melissa Haggerty

Carrie Wigren and Tom Herring


Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring proudly announce
the engagement of their oldest son Tom to Carrie Wigren.
Tom is one of Lee and Kathy Snider's 25 grandchildren.
Carrie is the daughter of Mark Wigren and Suzanne
Wilfong of Olympia, Wash.
Carrie graduated from Olympia High School in 2000 and
from Western Washington University with a Spanish/English
major in March 2006. Tom graduated in 1998 from Balboa
High School and from Western Washington University in
June 2006 with a physics degree. Tom will be employed at the
Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. as a health physicist.
This is the same shipyard where his grandfather, Lee Snider,
worked and where two of his uncles, Tom and Jim Snider,
currently work as well.


Harold Sorrell celebrated his 70th birthday party at the
Caribe Royale Resort villas. Food galore was served with
special Empanadas and Ceviche and a Taboga Shrimp Tree
along with 70 Red and White balloons with door prizes
inserted and a great singing telegram about his life.
Sixty five of his family and friends attended with '50s
music playing during the red-and-white decorated party. The
villa was decorated with 18 posters with items from 50 years
ago with many old photos of classmates and dance programs
and football history of four years at BHS. A real museum dis-
play that many came to see and enjoy.




Needless to say this was a 70th party to be remembered
not only by Harold--but by the many friends who attended.
NOTE: Surprising but true--the "starting" Football BHS
Lineup for the LAST game played during their Senior Year
(1956) attended Harold's memorable party!

Ginny DiBella Osborne (BHS'56), Charlie Morris
(BHS'56), the "Birthday Boy" Harold Sorrell (BHS'56),
Patty Hattler Schultze (BHS'56) and Ann Wood Suescum


Life has its measures of setbacks
Some are small, some are large in size.
There are portions of every existence
Which clearly we'd like to revise!

But, stresses and problems are normal
Disappointments are part of the game,
If we let these moments control us
We must assume part of the blame.

It's how we react that's important
We mustn't distort what we feel,
Let's work with what life has to offer
And never begrudge a bad deal.

Depression can never assist us
In weathering woes on this earth.
We shouldn't let each disappointment
Give rise to more grief than it's worth.

Indeed we should try to discover
As life in intensity mounts
A way to place things in proportion
You see, it's how we cope is what counts

Ray Wheeler Sr.



Chad John Thomas (BHS'86) and Fiorella Sacconi
Avellan were married on June 17, 2006 at the Palma Ceia
Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Fla. Chad is the son of
Cynthia "Thea" and Chuck Thomas of Mandeville, La.
Best man was Andy Thomas (BHS'90).
A lovely reception was held after the ceremony at The
Rusty Pelican in Tampa. After a honeymoon in Guatemala
and Costa Rica, the couple returned home to Tampa.

Chad and Fiorella Thomas

Andy Thomas holding son Stephan, wife Karen holding
daughter Elizabeth, Fiorella Sacconi Thomas, Chad
Thomas, Cynthia Thomas, grandpa Chuck Thomas Sr. and
Chuck Thomas.


Barry D. Greer III (CHS'69) and Colleen R. Keith are
happy to announce their marriage on April 29, 2006. Barry is
the son of Mary Lou Bargnesi (Parker/Farley). The couple
were married in the backyard of their home in San Antonio,
Texas. Barry's mother, his brother Dean and wife Linda; his
children Kevin and Kelli; and Colleen's mother and father,
Shirley and James Smith; and her sister Wanda and hus-
band Steve completed the wedding party.
An outdoor party followed the ceremony complete with
Texas Bar-B-Que and our favorite local band. Among the 150
or so guests, we were lucky to have many Zonies attend, from
both near and far, including Dennis Gilbert, Glenda
(Lewis/Dempsy) and Michael Kochel, John and Rachel
(Rice) Diaz, Sarah Pritham, Frank and Barbara Martin,
and Sue (Hirams) and Albert Fehrenbach.


Dayanna P. Riley and Thieman L. Watkins were mar-
ried on May 27, 2006 at St. Columbia Church, Dothan, Ala.
The reception was held at the Elks Lodge in Dothan.
Dayanna is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Riley
(BHS'54) of Dothan, Ala. Thieman is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Thieman L. Watkins of Caddo, Okla.
The maid of honor was Rebekah Husum and brides-
maids were Lauren Lenard (cousin) of Dallas, Texas;
Catherine Husum and Sara McIlvaine of Tallahassee, Fla.,
and Carol Long of Birmingham, Ala. The junior bridesmaid
was Loraine Roberts (cousin) of Germany. The best man
was Billy Watkins, brother of the groom, and the brother of
the bride, Patrick J. Riley, was one of the groomsmen. The
ring bearer was Andrew Paul Jeane (cousin) of Beaumont,
Texas. The flower girl was Madison Franks of Dothan, Ala.
Dayanna graduated from Troy State University, Troy, Ala.
on May 5, 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Languages; she
also received a scholarship from Troy State to Paris, France.
Thieman recently graduated from flight school. Fort Rucker.
Ala. as a Chief Warrant Officer.
The Rileys had an open house pool party and barbecue the
following day for family and friends.

Rarrv and Cnlleen Grper

Wedding Party: Wanda and Steve Glock, Shirley and James
Smith, Barry and Colleen Greer, Dean Greer, Mary Lou
Barenesi, Kevin and Kelli Greer, Linda Greer.

Thieman and Dayanna Watkins

Zonies Attending: Glenda Kochel, Dean Greer, John Diaz,
Sarah Pritham, Rachel Diaz, Mary Lou Bargnesi, Dennis
Gilbert, Barry Greer, Sue and Albert Fehrenbach.


Watkins-Riley wedding party


Samantha Susanne Jones and George Logan
Damminger III were married at the Venice Plaza in Berlin,
N.J. on August 13, 2005.
Samantha is the daughter of Roger C. and Linda T.
Jones of Westville, N.J. Roger worked for the Panama Canal
from 1967 to 1988 at the Dredging Division of Gamboa,
Locks Division, Pacific and Atlantic Maintenance Division,
and retired from the Marine Risk Management Division.
George is the son of George and Maryann Damminger Jr.
of Thorofare, N.J.
The man of honor was Michael Goldstein, college friend
of the bride. Bridesmaids were Rebecca Jones, sister-in-law
of the bride; Elizabeth Damminger, sister of the groom;
Carrie Beauchemin and Kathy Eisenhardt. The groom's
best man was his brother Christopher Damminger.
Groomsmen were Morgan Jones (BHS'86), brother of the
bride: Michael Bittner, Michael Ueblacker, and John
Friends from the Canal Zone who attended the wedding
were Jean and Ernie Hickman, now residing in Ormond
Beach, Fla., and Frank and Barbie Follett, now residing in
Lyndon Center, Vt.
Samantha is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University
in Providence, R.I. and is currently a Family and Consumer
Science teacher at Clearview Regional High School in
Mullica Hill, N.J. George is a bartender at the Colonial Cafe
in West Deptford, N.J.
Samantha and George honeymooned on a Royal
Caribbean cruise starting in Puerto Rico, then on to St.
Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. They
are residing in West DeDtford. N.J.

Samantha Susanne Jones and George Logan Damminger


Jim and Jerry (Hunt) Farnsworth are very happy to
announce the marriage of their daughter Brooke Anne
Farnsworth to Mark Howard Peterson on February 4,
2006 in Merritt Island, Fla.
Brook is the granddaughter of Louise Hunt and Camilla
Farnsworth. After a honeymoon cruise, Brooke and Mark
settled into their new home in Hopkins, Minn.


Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting sun
When the day is done
God bless our love
Spending our lives together
Man and wife together
World without end
Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
John Lennon

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


Andy Thomas (BHS'90) and his wife Karen of Culver
City, Calif. proudly announce the birth of their daughter,
Elizabeth Catherine Thomas, born on November 22, 2005.
Elizabeth was welcomed by big brother Stephan (2-1/2).
Grandparents are Chuck and Cynthia "Thea" Thomas
of Mandeville, La.

Daniel Jay French was born March 18, 2005 in
Palmdale, Calif. to Frank and Lyahn French. Daniel joins
his big sister Lyah.
Paternal grandparents are Jay and Diane French of Sun
City West, Ariz. Maternal grandparents are Sinh Parker of
Palmdale and the late Ronald Parker. Great-grandparents
are the late Dr. Willard and Marjorie French and Lee and
Myrtle Sparks, formerly of the Canal Zone.


Sophia Ann French was born June 30, 2005 in Castle
Rock, Colo. to William and Trisha French.
Paternal grandparents are Jay and Diane French of Sun
City West, Ariz. Maternal grandparents are Lelyn and Jessie
Peters of Hesston, Kan. Great-grandparents are the late Dr.
Willard and Marjorie French and Lee and Myrtle Sparks,
formerly of the Canal Zone.

Karen, Stephan, and Andy Thomas holding Elizabeth


'risha, Sophia Ann and William French


janet Keece ano jim Keece nOlaing


James W. Reece and Janet (Stockham) Reece (both
BHS'66) of Charlotte, N.C. announce the birth of their first
grandchild, William Polk Reece. "Will" was born June 27,
2006. His parents are Douglas and Laura Reece of
Greenville, S.C.
His paternal great-grandparents are the late Roy and
Lucille Reece and the late Roy and Geneva Stockham, all
previously of the Canal Zone.


Please meet Ms. Ava Alexandra Zornes. Ava is the pride
and joy of Joey (BHS'94) and Meghan Zornes of Columbus,
Ohio and is their first child. Ava made her arrival at The Ohio
State University Medical Center in Columbus on the 28th of
April 2006, and weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20 inches long.
Greeting and showering love on their brand-new grand-
daughter within days of her birth were her exuberant mater-
nal and paternal grandparents, Jill and Tom Carroll of
Tampa, Fla., and Ginger (BHS'68) and Dick (BHS'67)
Zornes of Prescott Valley, Ariz. Ava is also the beloved great-
granddaughter of Dr. Phillip and Stella Carroll (Columbus,
~ ~ lmll

Meghan, Ava, and Joey Zornes


Phil and Debra (Boswell) Sanders' first grandchild was
born in Houston, Texas on December 20, 2005. Ainsley
Michelle Stonebarger is the daughter of Maria (Sanders)
Stonebarger, eldest of Phil and Debbie's three daughters.
The Stonebarger family recently visited Phil and Deb in
their home in Fort Myers, Fla. where a picture of the four
generations of females was taken. The four generations are
great-grandmother Shirley (Harrington) Boswell, grand-
mother Deb (Boswell) Sanders, great-grandmother Doris
(Hale) Sanders, mother Maria and new arrival Ainsley.

Back (L-R): Shirley (Harrington) Boswell, Deb (Boswell)
Sanders, Doris (Hale) Sanders. Front: Maria (Sanders)
Stonebarger holding Ainsley Michelle Stonebarger.

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issue, 1993, baby pictures

will not be accepted unless

they are shown with their

parents or grandparents.


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Roger W. Adams, 87, died suddenly at home in Kirkland,
Wash. on January 24, 2006. He was born at Ancon Hospital
in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in
1936. He attended Iowa State University on a swimming
scholarship and graduated as a mechanical engineer, and also
had training as an electrical engineer at Yale.
Roger served in England, France, and Germany in World
War II as an Air Force pilot. After the war he returned to
Panama, was employed by the Panama Canal Company, and
joined the Air Force Reserves. He retired as Superintendent
of the Motor Transportation Division in June 1972 and served
as a Reserve Lieutenant Colonel before retiring after 34
years. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Roger is survived by his wife Katy (Schafer) Adams; a
son, Roger S. Adams and his wife Mary; two grandchildren;;
and sister Kathleen (Adams) Lessiack. He was preceded in
death by his older brother, Robert K. Adams.

Marguerite "Babe" Arens, 87, passed away October 25,
2004 in Des Moines, Iowa due to heart failure. Marguerite
was born in Judith Gap, Mich. Following the death of her
father in 1922 Marguerite, along with her mother and broth-
er, moved to Green Bay, Wis. where she graduated from high
school. She married Herbert T. Arens in 1938.
In 1947 they moved to the Panama Canal Zone where she
was an accountant/administrative assistant with the Canal
Zone libraries. Following their retirement in 1968 they built
a home in Balsam, N.C. In 1985 Herb passed away and
Marguerite continued to live in North Carolina until 1989
when she moved to Des Moines to make her home with her
cousin, Louise Salstrom. She was a member of the Roman
Catholic Church, Quota International of Des Moines and
Wesley Acres Guild.
She is survived by her cousins, Louise Salstrom, Sr. Mary
Louise Gagnon, Margaret Schandorff and John Wilson; a sis-
ter-in-law, Virginia Riedeman; two nieces and a nephew.

Kaiser Bazan, former 2nd Vice President of Panama
under Mireya Moscoso, was killed on August 8, 2006 in a
tragic car accident on the Corredor Norte during a heavy rain-
storm returning from the Inauguration of the new board of
directors of the Colon Free Zone.
Kaiser was a graduate of the Cristobal High School class
of 1956 and the West Point Military Academy. He is survived
by his wife, Maribel Kodat de Bazan, sons Kaiser Antonio,
Bill, and Gabriel, and a daughter, Maria Isabel.

Edward Capp, 89, of Largo, Fla. died May 3, 2006 at
Palm Garden of Largo Nursing Home. He was born in New
Haven, Conn., and came to Florida in 1976. He retired from
the National Guard in 1961 after 21 years and was an Army

veteran of World War II. He served in Taiwan, Costa Rica and
the Panama Canal Zone and was on the advisers staff in
Vietnam. He then worked 10 years for the federal government
in Hawaii and California. He was Catholic.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ruth; sons,
Edward, Largo, William. Odessa, and Richard, Las Vegas: a
daughter, Carole Castillo, Orange Park; several grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren.

Roland C. Casanova, 81, of Brooksville, Fla. formerly
of Hudson, died April 22, 2006 at Hernando Pasco Hospice
Care Center Brooksville. He was beaten to death with a metal
cane by a fellow Alzheimer's patient.
He was born in Panama and was an Army veteran of
World War II. He was a carpenter for the Panama Canal
Company for many years. He managed the Cristobal Gun
Club after retiring from the Maintenance Division in 1980
after 30 years of service, and was an avid hunter. He came to
Florida in 2003 from Slidell, La. He was a member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Panama Canal Society, and was
Survivors include a niece, Jean Casanova, of Brooksville,

Ellen P. Castles, 88, died February 23, 2006 in Falmouth,
Mass. after a brief illness.
She was the wife of Francis A. Castles, who died in April
2000. Mrs. Castles was born and raised in Brookline and was
a 1939 graduate of Emmanuel College. She and her husband
Frank lived in the Panama Canal Zone until his retirement in
1976 and were active in government, Knights of Columbus
Society, bridge, garden and other clubs. She enjoyed gourmet
cooking, needle arts and painting. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society and a museum donor. In Falmouth, she
was active with the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include a daughter, Anne Barnes of East
Falmouth; three sisters, Nancy Davin of Vero Beach, Fla.,
Marie Lynch of Cotuit and Sarasota, Fla., and Brenda Burke
of Falmouth; a grandson: and several nieces and nephews.

Patricia Susan Cotton passed away July 24, 2006 in San
Antonio, Texas. She was born in the Panama Canal Zone on
May 9, 1947. She graduated from Balboa High School in
1965. On April 15, 1966 she married George H. Cotton, a
Canal Zone policeman. Their union brought four wonderful
children into the world Bob, Carrie, Tim and Shannon. All
her friends and family called her "Sue". Her grandchildren
knew her as "Oma". Seven awesome grandchildren continue
the Trim/Cotton legacy.
Sue worked as a stay-at-home mom until 1974 when she
began her civilian career working for MEDDAC in Panama.

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