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


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

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University of Florida
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VOL. 41

MARCH 2007

NO. 1

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
Mrs. 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 and Historian
(352) 726-8804


President's M essage................................................................................... ............................
Secretary's M essage.................................................................................. ..............................2
Editor's Corner............... ...................................................................................3
M ears Coupon............................ ......................................................... 3
Reunion Coordinator's Update......................... ... ...........................................................
S suggestion B ox........................................................................................ .............................5
M em bership Contest...................................... ........................................................... 6
April Annual Picnic, Anderson Park.......................... .........................................................8
Insurance Information.................. ........................................................................8
M ay General M meeting, Sarasota, Fla......................................................... ........................ 9
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes.................................................10
Minutes of General Membership Meetings........................... ..... .......................10
Legislative Report.................... ...........................................................12
Septem ber Picnic Pictures.....................................................................................................13
December Luncheon Pictures............ ........................................17
Your Reporter Says:

Alabama........................24 FL South Florida...............34
Arizona.............................24 FL Space Coast..................36
Arkansas..........................26 FL Tallahassee...................39
California.......................26 Georgia...........................42
FL Central Florida.............30 Midwest........................45
FL Pensacola...................32 North Carolina...................47

TX Dallas........................57
TX Kerrville.....................58
Virginia............................ 59

C ongratulations.......................... ...................................................................................... 60
B irths............................................................................ .......................... ...........................66
W eddings.......................... ............................................................................... ............ 67
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................................... ............................. ...............69
Eye Bank Message.................... .............. ........................75
Letters to the Editor................................................................................................. 76
Looking Back.................... ...............................................................85
M museum News..................................... ........................................................................ 87
Announcements........................................................... ................................ ......................89
Advertisem ents................... ..........................................................................92
Membership Application Form...............................................................................96

Cover: SS Ancon making the first official transit through the Panama Canal, 1914.
Photo taken from the banks of Cucaracha slide, facing North.


April 14 PCS West Coast Picnic, Anderson Park, Shelter #9 at Tarpon
Springs, Fla. See page 8 for details. Contact John Gough (727)

May 5 PCS Spring Luncheon, Troyer's Dutch Heritage, Sarasota, Fla. See
page 9 for details. Contact Cheryl Russell (813) 633-8916 or
Joan Ohman (813) 672-4823.

May 5 Gulf Coast No-host Potluck Picnic, Gulf Islands National
Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Miss., 11 a.m. See page 9
for details. Contact Patt Roberson (225) 774-7761.

July 4-8 Annual Reunion, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla. See
yellow pages for information.

SPanama Canal Society, Inc.
ONI (A Not-For-Profit Organization)

"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December
SPeriodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for w2e'v
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 our
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
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PREp _fi sMp&,G

MEMBERS! We are almost three
months into 2007 and already have
/ begun our 75th Anniversary year cel-
P ebrations. Before I give you a few
.a highlights of what has happened
since the last edition of the Canal
Record and what is coming up, I want
to first thank Chairpersons Pete and
l i Marje Foster and Margaret
Bob Russell McLaughlin and their committee
members for all their hard work in making the Christmas
Luncheon at the Wine Cellar such a success. The door prizes
were outstanding with almost all 113 attendees receiving one.
Also, MUCHAS GRACIAS to COPA Airlines for donating
the free airline tickets as the grand prize. The winner Richard
Cahill is looking forward to returning to Panama.
Now, let's return to 2007. If you missed Carnavalito in
February, you missed a good party. The return of our
Carnavalito tradition was welcomed by all 123 who attended
the festivities at the Hilton in Ocala. A special thank you goes
to Tom Wilder, Carnavalito Chairperson, and to his commit-
tee and to Maestro Fran Morrissey in helping make it an
event to remember.
Also, special recognition goes to Terry Deakins for his
assistance in burying the "fish" and to Margaret and Bill
McLaughlin for the table decorations and brochures.
Everyone's efforts helped make the return of our Carnavalito
tradition a success.
Our next event will be on April 14 and will be the annual
West Coast Picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Chairperson John Gough has promised a good time to all
who attend so be sure to mark your calendars. Bingo "Jim"
O'Donnell will be calling our traditional bingo game and

assures us that there will be more winners than losers. That
sure does sound interesting and worth investigating.
May 5th will find us at Troyer's Dutch Heritage
Restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. Chairpersons for this event are
Cheryl Russell and Joan Ohman. If you like Amish cook-
ing, you don't want to miss this event. As one of our regular
attendees has stated, "Be sure to bring your appetite as the
victuals (vittles) are downright good!"
If you have not made your reservations for the annual
reunion, please do so as soon as possible. This year's reunion
promises to be one of the best ever. Reunion Coordinator, Bill
McLaughlin and all the reunion Chairpersons are working
exceptionally hard to ensure that you enjoy your first stay at
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and that the Society's celebra-
tion of its 75th anniversary will be one to remember.
In celebration of our 75th anniversary year, we will once
again have Tito Mouynes y Conjunto providing the music at
our Friday night dance and Frankie Pretto and the
Parranda Band playing for our pleasure at the Saturday
night ball. Both groups promise to provide us with some good
dance numbers and memories.
Our guest performers at the annual Luncheon are Shorty
and Slim, also known as David Seitz and Alex Reyes. They
are very excited about performing at the reunion and look for-
ward to entertaining fellow "Zonians." This performance will
be one of the highlights of this year's reunion so be sure to
make your luncheon reservations as soon as possible. Tickets
to this performance must be ordered in advance and will not
be sold at the door.
Another highlight at this year's reunion will be the
Panama Canal Museum's exhibit commemorating the
Society's 75th anniversary. The Museum's Committee and
the Society's 75th Anniversary Committee have been work-
ing together to present topics that will be of interest to our

membership. In regard to the exhibit, if you have photos that
show schoolmates or friends back in high school days and
more recent photos of some of the same people as adults,
please send them to the Museum. One part of the exhibit will
show how the Society has helped to perpetuate friendships
through the years.
As you can see, the Museum's exhibit promises to be an
exceptional one and one that you will not want to miss see-
ing. A special thank you goes to the members of both com-
mittees for all their efforts, research and hard work.
1 could say more about the reunion Owl Show,
Clubhouse, etc., but will save those remarks for the next edi-
tion of the Canal Record. In the meantime, be sure to read
your yellow pages and to make your reunion reservations.
Also, Class Reunion Coordinators and Vendors who have not
contacted the Mini-Reunion Coordinator or the Vendor
Chairperson, respectively, should do so as soon as possible to
ensure that their event needs are coordinated with the hotel.
Email addresses and telephone numbers for these Society
points of contact are in the yellow pages.
Before closing, I want to leave you with a few historical
facts about 1932, the year our Society was formed. In 1932,
the President of the United States was Herbert Hoover and the
Vice President was Charles Curtis. The average income in
1932 was $1,652. The following are the annual earnings of
certain professions: airline pilot $8,000, civil service
employee $1,284, doctor $3,382, engineer $2,520,
lawyer $4,218, public school teacher $1,227, secretary -
$1,040, and typist $624. The average cost of a new car was
about $600; the average new home cost about $6,500; a loaf
of bread cost $ .07; a gallon of gas was $ .10; and a gallon of
milk cost $ .43. Also, travel by sea from New York to
California via the Panama Canal was $120 a person. I hope
you found these facts as interesting as I did. In the next edi-
tion of the Canal Record I will provide you with a few his-
torical facts about the Canal Zone in 1932.
In closing, thank you for your past support of our Society

events and I look forward to seeing you at future events and
at the annual reunion in July. Hasta Luego

Bob Russell, President



Carol and I hope that everyone had
a happy Christmas holiday. We have
) Vn a S been extremely busy since the New
Nancy Van Sicle ear. We've been updating member-
ship records, inputting dues for 2007, working on the upcom-
ing issue of the Canal Record and processing volumes of
reunion paperwork.
Again, this year, we mailed out over 2,000 "reminder"
postcards on January 2nd to members that had not paid their
dues prior to December 31, 2006. This mailing cost the
Society over $500.00. Please make a note to yourself, that the
membership dues are due prior to December 31st of the cur-
rent year, for the following year.
We are looking forward to seeing you in July at the 2007
Reunion, which this year will be held at a new property,
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., during the peri-
od July 4 through July 8. Also, this is where the Society will
be celebrating its 75th Anniversary.
Remember if you have any questions about your mem-
bership status, please call or email the Society and we will be
happy to help you in any way we can.

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


It has recently come to the attention of the Board of Directors that many of our current members do not know what the
eligibility requirements are for membership in the Panama Canal Society.
In order to assist those of you who have pondered this matter or who are actively recruiting new members in the mem-
bership contest, the Board thought it would be a good idea to publish the eligibility requirements in this edition of the Canal

Article III. Section 2. of the Bylaws of the Panama Canal Society. Inc.. states the following requirements for membership:

"A. Any person 18 years of age or older who is, or was, an employee of the U.S. Government in the Panama Canal
Zone and/or the Republic of Panama or who provided contract support to the various U.S. Government organizations/agen-
cies located there, or who attended U.S. Government schools there, shall be eligible for membership in the Society.
"B. Persons who were or are dependents, or who are descendants, of any individual who is or was eligible for, or
enjoyed, membership in the Society shall also be eligible for membership in the Society.
"C. In order for eligible persons to become members, a Society provided application for membership must first be
completed and submitted (along with the full year's dues and administrative fee and any applicable foreign mailing fee) to
the Society for its consideration."

We hope this has clarified any misunderstandings regarding membership eligibility and wish those of you who are
involved in the membership contest the very best in your recruitment efforts.


I would like to welcome Grace
Shadeckto the Canal Record family! She
has graciously agreed to take on the
reporter's duties for Ocala, Fla. I am sure
we will be hearing from her in the next
Jacque Vowell issue. On the downside...we are saying
goodbye to Clay Wharry, Alaska's
reporter. Clay has moved back to Panama! I am sure everyone wish-
es Clay well and hopefully he will have an extra hammock just for
The majority of the pictures sent in by members are coming to
the office using 300 dpi. It has made a difference in the quality of
pictures in the Canal Record. Keep it up! Also, please remember
when you are sending pictures in the mail printed from a computer
to use high quality photo paper and don't fold the paper. On the same
note...if you can print out a picture, you can send it attached to an
email to me. I can edit the picture much better when it is sent in an
email in ajpeg or tif format at 300 dpi.
The countdown is on for the reunion! I am looking forward to
hearing "Shorty & Slim" at the luncheon and have been listening to
their songs recently. Of course, people who ride in the car with me
just shake their heads when I sing along to "Lico Buay".

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


WANTED: Old photos of friends back in
Canal Zone days and recent photos of the same
friends. For example, the old photo could be a high
school football team and a recent photo of three or four
of the same guys. Or the photos may be a picture of
someone's birthday party at age 10 and now at age 50.
The idea is to show how the Society has perpetuated
friendships through the years. The photos will be used for
an exhibit at the reunion to celebrate the 75th anniver-
sary of the Panama Canal Society. Please send your
photos and an explanation (to include names, dates,
and location of event) to the Panama Canal Museum,
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-

Cheryl Russell, Co-Chairperson
75th Anniversary Committee



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Here we are in March with only a few months to go before our 2007 Reunion. We are all getting very excit-
ed about going to the new hotel. Registration applications are steadily coming in to the office from our mem-
bers and if this keeps up, we will more than likely have a new reunion attendance record. If you have not reg-
istered yet, we encourage you to do so. It's going to be a reunion to remember and one you don't want to miss.
There seems to be some confusion in regards to the connecting guest rooms or bedrooms next to suites. It
states in the Yellow Pages and on the On-Line Registration, that "GUEST ROOM ADD-ONS TO SUITES
ARE EXTRA." If you want to reserve a Grand or Executive Parlor Suite and have the connecting guest
rooms, you will have to pay an additional $121.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax per guest room. This does
not apply to Hospitality Suites, as they do not have connecting guest rooms.

Luncheon this year with 'Shorty and Slim' (Dave
Seitz and Alex Reyes) performing for us. They will
sing their songs from their latest CD "Going Down to
SPanama" and some of their old favorites like "Mango
Street," "Fadda Mudda," "Pedro the Paleta Man," etc.
This will be a great show for everyone. There is a
deadline to sign-up, so don't delay. In January, I was
in Panama and had the pleasure of meeting with Alex
to discuss the show. Alex said that they are very excit-
A ed about performing at our Annual Luncheon.
Also, we welcome back those of you who arefive-
year members members who renew their member-
Sship to attend class reunions. We hope that you enjoy
this year's reunion activities and your class reunion.
That's what our reunions are all about because they
help us perpetuate lasting friendships and our isthmi-
an traditions. We encourage each of you in this cate-
mt gory to consider maintaining your membership on a
Reunion Coordinator Bill McLaughlin met with Alex
continuous annual basis rather than in five-year incre-
Reyes (Slim) in Panama to discuss the upcoming Shorty
and Slim show to be held at the Annual Luncheon. ments. Your continued support and participation are
vital to the Society, as they will ensure its continued
existence for at least another seventy-five years.
On Thursday night, we will be having our new activity "The Owl Show." This is a free activity and we
encourage everyone to come and get SPOOKED by our scary movie. It will be a great time while carrying on
the old Canal Zone Owl Show tradition.
A note about parking: Through negotiations, we were able to get the hotel to give complimentary parking
to all our members attending the reunion who are registered guests at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
Unfortunately the hotel will not provide complimentary parking to reunion registrants who are just visiting for
the day or staying at another hotel.
Just a reminder about Rosen Shingle Creek Resort's smoking policy, there is NO smoking anywhere in the
resort, including guest rooms and suites. As stated in the Yellow Pages in the Canal Record, resort guests will
be fined if this policy is ignored.
Volunteers are needed to help during the 2007 Reunion. If you would like to volunteer, contact one
or more of the chairpersons listed on Page G of the Yellow Pages.

Be on the lookout for last minute changes or information in the June edition of the Canal Record.

Bill McLaughlin
Reunion Coordinator


What are your ideas for future reunions and general
membership meetings? Tell us how we can expand or
improve on the activities, i.e., dances and music,
luncheon, despedida, mini-reunions, clubhouse, golf
tournament, bingo, on-site ticket sales and registra-

Send your Email to office( or
write us at Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th
Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.



Hola Everyone!

At our first Executive Board meeting
last August, President Bob Russell
asked me, as the Past President serving
on the Board, to chair a "Committee on
Membership" whose objective is to
increase our overall membership as
well as "recruit" Zonians from
Generation X & Y who have dropped
off our radar. He said that I showed my
passion for membership at the Annual
Business meeting in Orlando when I so
vividly demonstrated the need to con-
tinuously recruit new and younger
members to keep our Society alive for
another 75 years! As you know, people
are the life of any organization and we
cannot exist successfully without a rock Zonie the parrot says,
solid membership base. Excellence in "Give rour fantil and friends a
membership originates with those of gi membership to the
you who faithfully pay your dues every Panama al
year. Some of you even pay two or Pn C Socit!
three years in advance! This is true
commitment. Now, we face another challenge and the question is: Are there any of you
out there that believe you can recruit five new members by April 30, 2007? Perhaps ten,
fifteen or twenty new members? By saying "new members", I am implying those friends
and relatives who are eligible for membership, but they allowed their membership to lapse
for several years between class reunions, or maybe they just turned 18 years of age and
became eligible to be a member on their own. In other words, they are not current 2006
members of our Society.
Compadres, this is our challenge to each of you, so put on your "thinking caps" and
conjure up all the people you know and encourage them to join the Society between
December 1, 2006, and April 30, 2007. In your conversations, please tell them that when
they pay their dues for 2007 it is necessary to give your name as the impetus to updating
their membership. If you can garner 5, 10, 15 or 20+ members, you can be a huge win-
ner! You also have the option of buying your friend or family member's membership as
Christmas gifts, birthday presents or whatever you wish as long as they are eligible to join
our Society. The choice is yours...
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Past President

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These are the categories, rules and details:

> Competition will begin December 1st and close April 30th 2007. 7
All new memberships must be paid in full no later than April 30th.
If there is more than one member with 20 or more "new recruits" to their credit, the
drawing will take place for the "Top Recruiter Award" at the May luncheon in Sarasota, Fla.
S Complimentary Membership will become effective for 2008.
S If the winner of the "Top Membership Recruiter" award is not able to attend the 2007
Reunion, the one-night stay at the hotel can be transferred to another member of their choice.
If a member is successful at signing up 5 new members:
Certificate of Recognition from Executive Board
. Set of 8 Panama Canal Society Coasters .
A Panama Canal Society Ball Cap
A Panama Canal Society Tote Bag

If a member is successful at signing up 10 new members:
--i '* Certificate of Recognition from Executive Board
Two Complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for 2007 Reunion r
A Panama Canal Society Ball Cap
A Panama Canal Society License Plate Frame

If a member is successful at signing up 15 new members:
Certificate of Recognition from Executive Board
Panama Canal Society Ball Cap
One free family membership in the Society for 2008
,- Panama Canal Society License Plate Frame
Panama Canal Society Tote Bag
Two complimentary tickets to the PanaZonian Dance
Two complimentary tickets to the Saturday Night Ball

If the member is successful at signing up 20 new members:
Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board
A free family membership in the Society for 2008
A Panama Canal Society Ball Cap
A Panama Canal Society License Plate Frame
A Panama Canal Society Tote Bag
Two complimentary tickets to the PanaZonian Dance
Two complimentary tickets to the Saturday Night Ball
PLUS your name is entered into a drawing for:


SAnd you will be able to compete for one free night at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando during the 2007 Reunion!

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Panama Canal Society, Inc.


APRIL 14, 2007

hosted by: John Gough

The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual Picnic
at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Shelter #9 in
A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida.

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

Shelter #9 has ample parking space and is close to

Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish to
share and your own soft drinks. The Park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises. The Society will
provide plastic plates, utensils, cups, hamburgers, hot-
dogs and buns.
Bingo, games and great door prizes are on the agen-
da. Come and join fellow members for a nice Spring
afternoon in Anderson Park. Picnic begins at 11:30 a.m.
with lunch at 12:00 noon. A short business meeting will
be held after lunch.

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


Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the cur-
rent 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 business in English and to expedite the process of
issuing new certificates to policyholders, updating bene-
ficiary designations, and adjudicating death benefit
claims. As a result, CIS is currently encouraging policy-
holders 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 Tuesday after-
noon 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 follows:
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
E-Mail: mgordon(
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, policyholders 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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Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
May 5, 2007

The Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on May 5, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. The food is excellent so come on out and join
us. Our menu will be: Two meats (chicken and roast beef), homemade bread, dressing, gravy, real
mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, tossed salad, slice of pie and beverage. This will be a sit-down
served meal and reservations are required. Cost for the lunch is $18.00 per person, which includes
tax and gratuity. Pre-meeting at 11:45 a.m., lunch served at 12:00 noon followed by our May General
Membership Meeting. The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 27, 2007. For more information
contact our hostesses: Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916 and Joan Ohman at (813) 672-4823.

t Directions: Troyer's Dutch Heritage (the new Der Dutchman
ENoh xit of Sarasota) is located at 3713 Bahia Vista, Sarasota,
2 j Florida. Telephone: 941-955-8007. Take 1-75 to Exit 210 (old
39), Fruitville Road. Go right at the exit and stay on Fruitville
3713 Bahia Vista St BahiaVista Road until the traffic light at Mclntosh Road, go left (South).
Stay on Mclntosh until the next traffic light. Go right on Bahia
I Vista Street. Right after the railroad tracks the restaurant will
be on the right (North). The restaurant is located close to the
Bee Ridge Rd. intersection of Bahia Vista Street and Beneva Road.
Bee Ridge Rd.

Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Reservation Form
Please Print Clearly

Member Name

Telephone Number Please make reservations at $18.00 each.

Names of guests:

(1) (3)

(2) (4)

Total Enclosed $ RESERVATION DEADLINE: APRIL 27, 2007

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

OCTOBER 28, 2006

Absent: two Directors, Bylaws Chairperson and Editor

Actions taken:

Approved the minutes of the September 23, 2006,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of September
22, 2006, thru October 26, 2006, in the amount of
Approved 23 new members.
Approved the transfer of $25,000 from SunTrust to 5th
Third Bank.
Approved the Membership Drive Awards.
Approved Tito Mouynes y Conjunto as the Friday night
Approved purchase of phone card from Sam's Club.
Approved donation in memory of Tom Peterson.
Approved advance of $500.00 to Margot Jordan, Golf
Chairperson for cost of awards and door prizes.
Approved three-year lease agreement with Ross Realty.
Approved bestowing the title of Historian Emeritus,
posthumously, on Thomas C. Peterson in recognition of serv-
ice to the Society in documenting its history.
Approved effective January 1, 2007, an employee 3%
pay raise based on a newly approved pay formula.
Approved payment for reporters.
Approved sending reminders for dues to members.

Reports given:
Caravalito Update
SWristband Control Issue.
SPhone Company Research.
Christmas Luncheon
SDecember Canal Record
SDecember Canal Record Cover Photo
SOctober Legislative Report
SMembership Meeting, November 4th in Titusville

Reunion reports given:
Update 2007 Reunion
Status of Yellow Pages.
75th Anniversary

NOVEMBER 18, 2006

Absent: Sergeant-at-Arms

Actions taken:
Approved the minutes of the October 28, 2006,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of October 27,

2006, thru November 17, 2006, in the amount of $7,253.32.
Approved David Smith as the DJ for the 2007 disco
Approved 20 new members for the month of November.

Reports given:
December Board Meeting canceled
WWII Memorial Letter
Secretary's Office Title changed to Secretary/Office
Employee Paid Holidays
Membership Issue After discussion and reviewing the
bylaws, confirmed that membership is extended to members'
spouses and not unmarried partners.
SWOT Exercise Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses,
and Threats. This exercise will be beneficial in preparing a
Long Range Planning Report and in helping the Society face
future challenges.
Owl Show
Noble Phone Company Research
Phone Card
Titusville Picnic
Christmas Luncheon
October Financial Statement (copy attached to original
December Canal Record
November Legislative Report
Historian Emeritus Tom Peterson
Historian- Bill McLaughlin

Reunion reports:
Vendors cost of electricity at Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort for the vendors.
Yellow Pages

75th Anniversary Committee reports


President Bob Russell welcomed the 46 members in atten-
dance at the General Membership meeting of the Panama
Canal Society held at the Olive Garden Restaurant, Pinellas
Park, Florida.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain, gave the invocation followed
by a moment of silence for members who have recently
passed away.
Tom Spence, Sgt. at Arms, led the membership in the
Pledge of Allegiance.
The president recognized the following past presidents in
attendance: Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Muriel Whitman,

Marje Foster, Jim O'Donnell and Margot Jordan.
The meeting was called to recess for lunch and recon-
vened at 12:45 p.m.
Bob Russell thanked Muriel Whitman and her committee,
consisting of Mary Lou Lang, Anna Collins and John
Whitman, for arranging the luncheon and presented them
with a small token of appreciation from the Society.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary, read the minutes from the
Annual Meeting held at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando,
Fla., on July 21, 2006. Margot Jordan made a motion to
approve the minutes as read; seconded by Mary Lou Lang.
Motion carried.
Joan Ohman, Treasurer, highlighted the July Financial
Statement, which stands for Audit.
Bob Russell thanked everyone for attending and reported
to the membership that on July 24, 2007, the Society will be
celebrating its 75th Anniversary. He also reported that the
board is planning several things during the year in celebration
of this milestone, to include a special ceremony to be held at
the Society office on July 21st and the return of Carnavalito
in 2007. Bob stated that the Panama Canal Museum will be
hosting an exhibit at the Reunion next year highlighting the
75 years of the Society and the SS Ancon.
The president reported to the membership that our first
board meeting was held in August and that he has created
three new committees: Long Range Planning, chaired by Tom
Wilder; Membership Committee, chaired by Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis and a 75th Anniversary Committee, co-chaired by
Margaret McLaughlin and Cheryl Russell.
Bob mentioned to the membership that the Executive
Board will be holding their September board meeting at
Shingle Creek on September 23, 2006, and the board will be
meeting with some of the Shingle Creek staff to go over our
reunion requirements. The location of Shingle Creek is 20
minutes northeast of the Caribe Royale and the information
for the 2007 Reunion will appear in the December issue of the
Canal Record. For the next four years the room rates will be
$121.00 per night plus tax.
Tom Wilder, 1st Vice President, reported to the member-
ship that Carnavalito will be held at the Ocala Hilton on
February 17, 2007, and the cost will be $40.00 per person
which includes your dinner and entertainment. Tom
announced that Fran Morrissey will be providing the music.
The hotel cost is $94.00 per night plus tax and we have
reserved 50 rooms. He also explained that we are hoping for
100 members to attend but the room can hold up to 150. Tom
told the membership that the October Canal Record will have
the reservation form and information on how to make hotel
Tom also mentioned that the Ocala Ditchdiggers will be
having a picnic at the Silver River State Park on October 21,
2006, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Jacque Vowell, Record Editor, reported that the October
Canal Record will be sent to the printer this week and the
deadline for the December issue is October 7th.
Bob reminded the membership that the next meeting will
be on November 4, 2006, in Titusville. It will be held in con-
junction with the Space Coast picnic. Our hosts for this event
are Bob and Kathie McConaughey and Bob and Fran

Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee, reported to the mem-
bership that she has mailed cards to members who have been
Marje Foster, Co-Chairperson Christmas Luncheon,
reported that the luncheon will be held at the Wine Cellar on
December 2nd and the reservation form will be in the
October Canal Record.
Kathy Egolf, Vice President of the Panama Canal
Museum, thanked the membership for their support at the
reunion. She reported that Elizabeth Neily has been appoint-
ed Assistant Director of the Museum; they have negotiated a
new three-year lease with the help of Shawn Rupp; several
new items in the Museum gift shop and a cruise is planned for
February 2007.
Bob thanked the membership for attending the meeting
and wished everyone a safe trip home.
Tom Wilder made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:30
p.m.; it was seconded by Hubert Jordan. Motion carried.

NOVEMBER 4, 2006

President, Bob Russell, welcomed the 102 members in
attendance at the General Membership meeting of the
Panama Canal Society held at Tom Statham Park, Titusville,
The president thanked Bob and Kathie McConaughey,
Bob and Fran Morrissey, and Donita McConaughey for host-
ing the picnic, and presented them with a small token of
appreciation from the Society.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain, gave the invocation followed
by a moment of silence for members who have recently
passed away. Bob Russell advised the membership that Tom
Peterson, Past President, of the Panama Canal Society passed
away on October 20, 2006. He told the membership that Tom
was a great supporter of the Society and that his presence will
be missed by us all.
Bill McLaughlin, Director, in the absence of Tom Spence,
Sgt. at Arms, led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president recognized past president, Bill
McLaughlin, for his dedication and hard work in resolving
several outstanding reunion issues. He also praised Bill for
his efforts in finalizing the yellow pages.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary, read the minutes from the
Regular General Membership Meeting held at the Olive
Garden, Pinellas Park, Fla., on September 9, 2006. Margaret
McLaughlin made a motion to approve the minutes as read; it
was seconded by Jerry Farnsworth. Motion carried.
Joan Ohman, Treasurer, informed the membership that the
Society was in a good financial state. The financial report,
which was not read, supports this statement and will stand for
Bob Russell, President, reported that the Society will be
celebrating its 75th Anniversary on July 24, 2007, and that
the board is planning several activities during the year to cel-
ebrate this milestone. The president also reported that the
Panama Canal Museum is helping the Society celebrate the

75th Anniversary by providing a special exhibit at the 2007
Reunion commemorating the occasion.
Tom Wilder, 1st Vice President, reported to the member-
ship that the Society is bringing back Carnavalito on
February 17, 2007, and Fran Morrissey will be providing the
music. Carnavalito will be held at the Hilton in Ocala,
Florida. The reservation form is in the October edition of the
Canal Record and will appear again in the December edition.
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Coordinator, reported to the
membership that the necessary Convention Center space for
the upcoming reunion has been blocked and all the informa-
tion will be in the yellow pages of the December Canal
Record. He also told the membership that the regular room
rates are $121.00 plus 12.5% tax. He advised the membership
that those members who plan to reserve a room by check
must submit the total amount (room rate plus tax) with their
reunion registration form. Bill also reported that Betty
LeDoux-Morris and Richard Miseyko were able to negotiate
free parking for Society members staying at the hotel. This
was a major concession.
In addition to the previous items, Bill reported that the
Board voted to increase the registration fee from $5.00 to
$7.00 for anyone over the age of 18 and to increase the
Panazonian Dance from $12.00 to $15.00. These increases
were necessary to cover anticipated costs at the new hotel.
Also, the dance increase was necessary because both the
Panazonian Dance and Ball have the same production costs.
Both dances are $15.00 for advance orders and $20.00 for on-
site purchases at the Reunion.
Prior to concluding the meeting, the president again
thanked Bob and Kathie McConaughey, Bob and Fran
Morrissey and Donita McConaughey for their efforts in
arranging and planning the picnic.
Margaret McLaughlin made a motion to adjourn the
meeting at 12:40 p.m.; it was seconded by Joe Hunt. Motion


Employment-related benefits are
worth 36.45 percent of a federal
O'Donnl employee's salary, OMB has said in
updating that amount from the previous
figure of 32.85 percent. OMB made the change in the context
of guidance to agencies regarding cost factors to use during
contracting out studies. However, the number also acts as an
indicator of the worth of employment benefits. OMB raised
the factor for insurance benefits from 5.7 to 6.7 percent and
the factor for retirement benefits from 24 to 26.6 percent,
while leaving unchanged the value of Medicare and miscella-
neous benefits. OMB also told agencies to assume federal pay
raises for 2008 and beyond of 4.2 percent, although that num-
ber is only an estimate based on projected private sector wage
growth and does not mean that the administration will rec-
ommend or support raises of any particular size.

The insurance benefit factor is based on actuarial esti-
mates for the costs of the government paid portion of FEHB
and FEGLI for active employees, taking into account the par-
ticipation rates in those programs-broken out as 6.5 percent of
salary for FEHB and 0.2 percent for FEGLI. The retirement
benefit cost factor includes the government's accruing cost
for pension benefits (Social Security, TSP, CSRS or FERS
systems) and the accruing cost for post-retirement health ben-
efits-broken out as 20.4 percent for retirement benefits and
6.2 percent for retiree health benefits.

The question most often asked is "how long will the
Social Security Trust Fund last". The 2006 Social Security
trustees' report, which comes out around May of each year
says that the trust fund assets along with accrued interests
will be enough to pay Social Security benefits in full and on
time until 2040. Without any changes to the current law, the
assets will be able to pay about 74 percent of benefits for
decades thereafter.

Congress this week will receive from the Office of
Personnel Management (OPM) for legislation to allow Blue
Cross/Blue Shield (BC/BS) to offer Health Savings Accounts
(HSA) in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
NARFE has been saying since 1995 that these controver-
sial plans are a bad deal for federal employees and retirees of
any age who have moderate-to-high health care costs or who
are living from paycheck-to-paycheck and cannot afford to
pay a high deductible or adequately fund a health savings
account. Such concerns were confirmed by the January 2006
report of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office
(GAO), which found that HEALTH SAVING ACCOUNTS
tended to attract younger and wealthier FEHBP enrollees.
NARFE believes if this trend were to continue, and if
HSAs become more popular, premiums for comprehensive
plans could increase and/or benefits could be cut.
BC/BS's brand loyalty and considerable marketing
resources could significantly increase HSA enrollment in
FEHBP if they decided, and were allowed, to offer such an
NARFE urges Congress to oppose any plan to further
expand HSAs in the FEHBP, including the latest legislative
proposal OPM has forwarded to them.

Jim O'Donnell
Legislative Representative

IS APRIL 6, 2007.


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Dave Miller and Ginny Miller

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Jeff Watkins, Louise Hunt, Janet (Hunt) Watkins,
Rebecca Watkins, and Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt.


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(Grimison) Niemeyer and Brianna

Jake DeCaro and Tristan (Morrissey) Adelman

Jim and Pam (Scott) Reid with Kathie McConaughey

Angelica Deluccia, Craig Adelman, and Keri DeCaro

Weir, and Elsie
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Alice Forsythe, Peggy Huff,
Sandra (Hughes) Claflin.

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Donna Mann and Lynda Carol Philips

Deborah Mann and Linda (Woodruff) Weir

Joy and Al Maale


Elaine (vestal) Lewis and K. i. Vestal

Mary and Kathy

Chuck and Sandy Hummer


Blanche Brown, Laverne Larrabee, and

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Anna Collins and Olga Disharoon

Lynn and Richard Cahill

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Joan Ohman and Jason Ohman

Margaret and Bill McLaughlin

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Albert Wilder, Ray Wheeler Jr., and Jo Attia


Carol Masino and Georgia (Howard) Cosman

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AL Allen Cotton (334) 361-2373
AZ Nancy Eide (520) 577-7284
Diane French (623) 546-8624
AR Betty Dunning (479) 633-0612
Lynn Harp (479) 271-8055
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay (707) 887-1015
FL Central Dawn Gressang (386) 441-6595
Ocala Grace Shadeck (352) 347-4141
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig (850) 474-6341
Space Coast Kathie (Nehrir I McConaughey (321) 452-7281
South Florida Tom Pattison (954) 894-1247
Tallahassee Skip Rowley (850)422-2151
GA June A. Stevenson (770) 995-7537
HI Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo (808) 373-4836

LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Howie Laatz
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
Trina Clark
SC George Garcia
TN Lester Oliver
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl

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Deadline for the JUNE 2007 Canal Record is April 6, 2007.


S- Dave (CHS'64) and Jeannine
-- Wilder spent the 4th of July visit-
ing Dave's parents, his brother
Larry (CHS'62) and Larry's wife,
Ruth. Following that visit they
drove to Jacksonville, Fla., to
Allen Cotton spend the night with Tinker
Hollowell (CHS'63) Cooper. Tinker had organized the
evening by inviting Mike and Sheila Bell, Eric and Noreen
Ernest, Cody Hollowell, and her cousin, Ann Patton. It was
a great evening with everyone catching up on each other's

Lave V ulue, I nuK.e1 Iuupler, nVIIKt DeII, u31ncli DVll9, L-uuy
Hollowell, Ann Patton, Eric Ernest, and Noreen Ernest.

The next day Dave and Jeannine drove to Tallahassee to
spend the night with Sue Mitten Corrigan. While there, they
went out to dinner with Sue, Sheila Mitten Stepp, and
Sheila's husband, Terry.

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


Greetings to all of you from the
lovely state of Arizona.
Dick (BHS'67) and Ginger
(BHS'68) Zornes of Prescott
Valley celebrated the birth of two Diane (Sparks) French
new grandchildren in 2006. Ava
Alexander, their first granddaughter, to Joey (BHS'94) and
Meghan Zornes of Columbus, Ohio, in April, and Jamie
Marcus, their third grandson, to Jeff (BHS'90) and Nicki
Zornes of Colorado Springs, Colo., in August. The Zornes
report their move from Florida to Arizona in May was excit-
ing, as when they started out on the first leg of their trip, Joey
called to say he and Meghan were in the hospital awaiting
Ava's arrival. It wasn't soon after that Joey called to
announce that Ava was here! Needless to say, exuberant
Grandpa and Grandma were anxious to get to their new
home, get somewhat settled, and then fly to Ohio to enjoy
their new granddaughter

Ava, Meghan and Joey Zornes
Ava, Meghan and Joey Zornes

The Zornes also enjoyed several trips to Colorado
Springs, and Denver, Colo., to visit with family members: son
Jeff and wife Nicki, with grandsons Chase, lan, and Jamie;
and Dick's brothers, Bob (BHS'72) and wife Gail, and
Chuck (BHS'70) and wife Carmen. Jamie, the youngest of
their grandchildren, arrived with Dick and Ginger on hand to
help celebrate his birth, which was three days after his broth-
er plan's fourth birthday. In fact, Jamie arrived on the day of
plan's birthday party, which was attended by several of their
second cousins, as well as his Great Aunt Gail and Uncle
During their visit to Colorado at Thanksgiving, Jeff,
Nikki, Chase. lan, and Jamie took Grandpa and Grandma on
a trip up to Pike National Forest. The scenic view from where
they stopped was breathtaking, so beautiful, full of majestic
trees, and surrounded by magnificent mountains, and open
plains. Chase and lan enjoyed climbing amongst the rocks;
however, lan was a little disappointed when he was told he
couldn't climb one of the mountains nearby. He absolutely
loves to climb and nothing is too big for him. He will have to
wait until he's a little older, when he can join his older broth-
er Chase and his father on the ski slopes. Chase, the oldest,
has a growing love for the sport.

In December, Dick and Ginger once again left home to
travel to Ohio to spend Christmas with Joey, Meghan and
Ava. Also joining in on all the fun and festivities were mater-
nal grandparents Jill and Tom Carroll of Tampa, Fla. Ava, an
extremely cheerful baby, was without a doubt the "Queen" of
the house, and splendidly spoiled and enjoyed by both sets of
grandparents, and her Great Aunt Pam McCarthy from
Fairborn, Ohio. After celebrating New Year's Eve with the
family, Dick and Ginger returned home full of wonderful
memories of their riveting 2006.

Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
(623) 546-8624
email: DLFrench05(

The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held their Fall
luncheon on October 28th at Marie Callendars in Chandler.
Those attending included: Ellen Altman, Craig and Lisa
Boatwright, Silver Crossman, Darrell and Nancy Eide,
Miriam Hirschl, Leo and Barbara Langland, Warren and
Dora LeGrys, Chester and Mary Grace Oakes, Charles
and Anne Parks, Larry and Judy Parks, and Loring and
Evelyn White.


Back (L-R): Silver Crossman, Loring White, Charles
Parks, Ellen Altman, Craig Boatwright, Lisa Boatwright,
Larry Parks, Judy Parks, Leo Langland. Center (L-R):
Nancy Eide, Evelyn White, Miriam Hirschl, Dora
LeGrys, Warren LeGrys, Anne Parks, Barbara Langland.
Front: Mary Grace and Chester Oakes.

Some of those in attendance shared stories about their
time in the Canal Zone. Leo Langland shared some interest-
ing photos of Portobelo before there was even a road to get
there. Craig and Lisa Boatwright brought their brass seal of
the Panama Canal to show there were only 100 of them
made. Silver Crossman told of how she went to the Canal
Zone and taught at Curundu Junior High School and then she
and her husband sailed around the world on a sailboat. Evelyn
White showed a copy of Life magazine dated January 24,
1964, with lots of pictures of the famous riots.

Craig Boatwright with his brass seal of the Panama Canal

Nancy Eide, Reporter
(520) 577-7284
email: cativarose(


I have very little news to report
from Northwest Arkansas at this time.
My sister Carol and her husband
Roger Schwenke came for a short
S visit in November to go to the
Betty Dunning Arkansas/Tennessee football game.
They came with extra tickets so Jess D. and Jess N. went
with them to the game. Now it's December and my sister
Freda Stohrer is here to spend Christmas with us. Freda's
daughter Carol and family have come and gone for a quick
visit before Christmas.
Harold and Jerry Harp's son Bill and daughter-in-law
Susan came for a visit for Thanksgiving. There were 13 of us
for dinner. Two weeks earlier Jacquelyn and Mary flew in
for a three-day visit and once again we were all together for

-- .

p'I i

Back (L-R): Harold Harp, Jess D. Harp, Bill Dunning,
Paul Grench. Middle (L-R): Lynn Harp, Jess N. Harp,
Betty Dunning, Freda Stohrer, Carol Stohrer Grench.
Front (L-R): Jerry Harp, Cheryl Harp, Samantha Harp,
and Eileen Grench.

My friend, Joyce Engelke May, who lives in Rogers
called with the sad news that her son Bob died on December
18. Such sad news for any time of the year but especially dur-
ing the Christmas season.
I haven't heard from anyone with news from around this
area. I must plead once again for people to call or write or
email me with their news so that we can have a better report
from our northwest corer of Arkansas.

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



We are writing this as we pack for our annual dry season
expedition to beautiful Panama. We already have our reser-
vations mailed in for the grand pingding reunion in Orlando
and if you are considering going do not delay in reserving
your room. Rumors are that the new place will be real snazzy
and not to be missed.
In the reaching out to fellow Califomian-Zonies in our
involvement with the annual Panama picnic in Los Gatos we
get letters and calls from those who cannot attend and why.
Sheila Sheridan (BHS'63) Bowen was on a pilgrimage to
Spain and Portugal, traveling with Bishop McGrath of San
Jose. She wants everyone to know she was there in spirit and
says hello to everyone. Fred and Trudi Mohl flew to Georgia
to attend their grandson's wedding and to see relatives they
had not seen in a long time. Fred spent five weeks as "chief
cook and bottle washer" and Trudi's "contact to the outside
world. Trudi had taken a fall in the garden and did not break
any bones, but had a very painful contusion. He now has a
new respect for "all the things a housewife accepts as a part
of living and caring for their partner." "Yes, it was for better
or worse," Fred says.
The perennial Lorraine Juvet took a cruise in the
Canadian Maritimes and New England. 1 cannot imagine
missing the Santa Rosa chiva for a cruise, but oh well!
John Millar, one of our die-hard pingdingers missed the
picnic to attend a mandatory seminar for his job with the U.S.
Postal Service in Oklahoma. While there he rented a car and
did some sightseeing, including Texas at Dealey Plaza where
JFK was assassinated. He also drove to Austin and visited
Stanley Wright, who shared vintage photos of their old gang
in the Zone during their music days. Yes, those were the
Jean Kaufman (nee Walsh) called. She lives just west of
Stanford University and her brother Jim left Santa Rosa to be
near his children in Florida. Jean and Jim grew up on Colon
Beach, two houses down from where my Dad grew up. She
talked about those wonderful days in paradise, and about the
Griffins and Lynchs on 3rd Street. Jean is 86 and sounds so
young and quick-witted. She confessed she "doesn't feel old,
she just tires easily."
We also heard from John Kaska in Sunnyvale. He is
Anne and Olga Lagasse's brother. We lost Olga to cancer last
year. He is a retired teacher but still does some substitute
teaching. John has all of Lucho's albums. He played timbales
with Ricardo Fabrega's band until his father found out the
gigs were in nightclubs and so sent him to the states "to get
an education." His sister Anne is having chemo and hopeful-
ly is on the upswing like my sister Jan by the time this gets
Jan Steward (BHS'66) Cazden is a hospital chaplain in
San Francisco and on December 7, 2006, celebrated her 15th
anniversary of her ordination to the ciaconate. She is very
active in her church and community, to include peaceful anti-
war protests. She recently served as deacon at a Eucharist in
memory of those who have died in Iraq.

Pat Earl and Marsha Creceluis Kat are planning a 60th
birthday party in Panama in 2007 and 2008. I wonder how
many of us boomers will end up living there full time!!
News out of Sacramento way is the Husted family
reunion. George "The Leaper" Husted (BHS'68) and wife
Martha and daughter Katie traveled from their home in Utah
to Sacramento to enjoy Christmas with their son Keith and
grandson Keith Jr. and daughter Jenny and grandson Isaac.
When not working at Hill AFB in Layton, Utah, George can
be found out in the wilderness fishing and hunting with his
brother Gilbert. Relaxing in the bush and fishing and hunting
is an old family tradition begun by his father George Sr.
(deceased) and his uncles Louie and Albert Husted, deep in
the mighty jungles of the Darien back in the 1940s and '50s.

Back (L-R): Katie, Jenny, George, Martha, Keith, Rueben.
Front: Grandsons Isaac and Keith Jr.

Susan Alves wrote that her son William and daughter-in-
law Laura are living in San Diego and visited her for
Thanksgiving. Her older son Ryan and his wife Christine are
living in Denver. She spent Christmas with them and got to
reconnect with grandchildren Mason, age 2, and the "Diaper
Diva" Lola. This year she will also be visiting the Hunters
and then her family in Kentucky.

Keith Olsen sadly reported the death of his Dad, Philip
C. Olsen. See obits for details on Philip's life.
We had a great time in Los Gatos on October 7th at the
annual picnic. We rented the chiva van again and took a
merry group with us with Isaac Hay at the helm. Connie
Zemer Bumgarner and Marge Cohen Brigadier officiated
the loteria and Panamanian recuerdos were won by nearly all.
Roger Kelley was the fantastic photographer and the group
this year included many in their 20s and then many more of
us of various "mature" vintages. Charlie Belden brought a
Peruvian ceviche that was the best I have ever had. Did not
know that was possible! A lady named Ricky, who owns two
San Francisco salsa restaurants, made her own flan with
Mexican chocolate that was extraordinary. There is a conver-
sion taking place of people who are new to Panama and Ricky
is one of those. These are people who happen to visit Panama,
who love it and plan to live there. They are also all showing
up at the picnic. We also welcomed Adriana Schuler, a uni-
versity professor who lives near us. She visited Panama two
years ago with Ricky, they both loved it, and Ricky bought a
place in Panama City and Adriana in Coronado. Her friend
Georgia, who is a dance instructor and lives just down the
street from us, is also planning on buying her retirement
home there. She is flying down in January, and we will be
meeting up with her to introduce her to friends and show her
around more. She is zeroing in on El Valle for retirement. She
marvels, "I knew within 24 hours of being in Panama that it
was the place for me!" Then there is Kevin Rowland, a phar-
maceutical rep for Aventis, who visited last year with anoth-
er medical buddy and they both loved it. Kevin not only fell
for Panama, but for a lovely Panamanian woman, Dalila
Pinzon, from Chiriqui. He bought his retirement home in the
Volcan. He still lives in Santa Rosa and has to work until he
is 55 and retires. We went out to dinner with him and he
shared photos of his last trip. Dalila is indeed a beauty and it
seems the Panamanian women get more beautiful with each
passing year!
We have set the date for the next Los Gatos Panama pic-
nic: October 6. So mark your calendars!

Los Gatos Picnic Group


Jim Sullivan, Roger Kelley, and Carol Sullivan

Paul Grench and Carol (Stohrer) Grench
Paul Grench and Carol (Stohrer) Grench

Marge Cohen Brigadier and Connie Zemer Bumgarner
showing off a loteria prize donated by Steve Bissell.
1W. F,

Roger Kat, Leo and Annie Montoya, and Phyllis Wright
Roger Kat, Leo and Annie Montoya, and Phyllis Wright

Gilda Layfield, Shirley Harned Kelley, and Lilia Freed

Keith Olsen

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Leslie Dugas Firth with the pollera towel she won at the lot-

Lilia and John Freed with Helen Aanstoos-Hay

Ricky who makes incredible mexican chocolate flan!

I.arr\, Gloria and Peter .James, Connir Zemer
Bumgarner, and Bennie Landof.

This is a list of those who signed in: Larry, Gloria and
Peter James, Bennie Landof, Jehd Webster, Sarah
Pritham, Roger Kat, Leo and Annie Benero Montoya,
Boode Swain, Ryan Sweeney, Gilda Layfield, Leslie and
Dick Firth, Jim and Carol Sullivan, Carol Stohrer Grench
and Paul Grench, Jane Kaufer Cochrane, Rachel Gomez,
Jared and Devon Sprague Holzwarth, John and Lilia
Freed, Fred and Mislaidys Radloff, Nola Swain Boyer,
Louis and Rosa Mason, Kevin Rowland, David Kip Finn,
Phyllis Zemer Wright, Keith Olsen, Charlie Belden, Connie
Zemer Bumgarner, Marge Cohen Brigadier, Roger and
Shirley Harned Kelley, Isaac Hay and Helen Aanstoos-
Looking forward to seeing a fun group next year. It will
be in the same place, Vasona Lake Park. That's all for now.
See you in Orlando, Panama, or Los Gatos! As Rusty Smith
always says, "Love and Peace." Take Care.

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


Central Florida

I received a nice note from Bob and
Lotty Orvis. They celebrated their 50th Dawn Gressang
wedding anniversary on September 1, 2006, in Port Orange,
Fla. Their daughter Nita and her partner Michelle Andrews
planned it. A stretch limo was the transportation for the
evening when Nita and Michelle took them to the Chart
House restaurant for dinner. The food and service was won-
derful! Even the menu was dedicated to their anniversary.
The only downside to this great event was that their two sons
could not attend the party. Carl is on active duty with the
Army and was away at the time, and Bob was unable to
attend. However, there will be a family reunion at a later date.

Bob and Lotty Orvis

It has been a sad and emotional time for this reporter as I
lost my wonderful husband Danny in October. I had a
"Celebration of Dan's Life" party at our home. Bob and
Marguerite Zumbado, Bob and Shirley (Million) Muse
came such a long distance and I appreciated that so much. My
sisters, Bonnie Morrison (BHS'64), Jacque Vowell
(BHS'70) and son Kye, Pam Crowell (BHS'71) and son
Thomas, Janet Stuart (BHS'67), Debbie Bandy, other fam-
ily members and a host of friends and neighbors were also
there. I was so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and
emotional support I received, and I thank you for all the
emails and sympathy cards I received. It did my heart good to
know Dan was loved and liked by so many people.
Bonnie and Michael Morrison both retired in November
and had a huge combined retirement party at their home in
Deland. Food and drink were in abundance and so many peo-
ple came that I couldn't get a good head count! Since retire-
ment Bonnie and Mike say they have been constantly busy
every day. Later in November, my sister Pam hosted
Thanksgiving in her beautiful home. Attending were the usual
family members: Bonnie and Mike with their daughter
Cassie and grandson Zach, my sister Jacque and son Kye,
and my son Scott Parker with his wife Catriona. Pam's son
Thomas was there too.
Janet Stuart traveled with her daughter Lindsay
Willingham to the home of her sister Sally Stuart in
Fredericksburg, Va., to spend Thanksgiving with the family.
Cousins Natalie Selles and Jared Selles were also there. In
December, Janet hosted a fantastic Christmas party in her
home and the usual Crowell clan attended as well as many
local friends. Janet was the hit of the party when she brought
out her bullwhip to demonstrate to everyone she really did
know how to use it! I am sorry I didn't get a picture of that...

Cousins Natalie Selles, Lindsay Willingham, and Jared

I received an email and pictures from Kevin
Brandenburg recently: Jason, Monika, Jacob, and Evan
Gragg made the trip from Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Orlando, Fla.,
to visit with good friends, Kevin and Hunter Brandenburg,
over the Christmas holidays. They made a pit stop in
Tallahassee on the way down and way back to visit with Rich
(Big Ernie) and Angie Linton. While in Orlando, everyone
stayed up late reminiscing of the good ole days and the crazy
things we did in high school. We had a get-together with

Kevin's sister and family who live five minutes down the
road. Friends Pragedis Payne and her family showed up and
fun was had by all. On Christmas morning, Kevin's parents,
Clark (Brandy) and Annie (Jean), stopped by to watch the
kids open up gifts and later that day we all had some won-
derful southern cooking at Kevin's grandmother's house. The
next day we made the trip to Cocoa Beach and RonJon's
along with visiting Kennedy Space Center. You can't go to
Orlando without visiting Sea World. The next day was spent
at Sea World. This was Jacob's and Evan's first time at Sea
World and everyone had a blast. Needless to say, everyone
was pooped after 9 or 10 hours of walking, riding, and seeing
the various shows. It was sad to see everyone leave but I
know Kevin was more restful getting his house back to him-
self. Everyone is highly anticipating our 20-year reunion in

Back (L-R): Steven (Pragedis's fiance), Chuck Jaqueth.
Front (L-R): Pragedis Payne, Cristina (Brandenburg)
Jaqueth, Jason Gragg, Monika Gragg, and Kevin

m a fl

Back (L-R): Hunter Brandenburg, Colton Jaqueth, Colin
Payne, Gianna Payne, Kelsea Jaqueth. Front (L-R): Kaley
Jaqueth, Evan Gragg, and Jacob Gragg.

I had a Christmas open house before the holidays with
Pam, Jacque and their sons Thomas and Kye, with sister
Bonnie and her husband Mike and their family joining in the
festivities. My son Scott and his wife, Catriona, and Janet

Stuart also attended as well as many neighbors and friends.
It's so wonderful to have family nearby. I also had a great sur-
prise, my niece Casey Vowell (Jacque's daughter) drove all
the way from North Carolina for a short visit. It was great to
see her again. Casey said it was too warm for her in Florida
and was looking forward to getting back home to the cold
weather and snow. Missing from the party was Debbie Bandy.
I heard she left town to spend the holidays with her mom.
While Debbie was gone, we had a tornado in Daytona Beach
on Christmas day that created massive damage to Embery-
Riddle Aeronautical University where she works.

Back (L-R): Cousins Cassie Morrison, Thomas Garcia,
Casey Vowell, and Kye Vowell. Front: Zach Morrison.

Danny's son Dan Gressang and family came from
Maryland to spend the Christmas holiday with me. I cooked
a fabulous Christmas dinner. We also traveled to Orlando to
see the Ice Festival at the Gaylord Palms exhibition center.
They keep the place chilly at 9 degrees and winter parkas are
provided by the Gaylord Palms. While parkas are provided,
here are a few more hints to keeping warm. Wear close-toed
shoes, and bring your sweaters and gloves/mittens so you can
enjoy the experience. It is amazing how creative they can get
with a block of ice! There are fluorescent tubing lights frozen
within the ice and there are three different types of ice: clear
"glass-like" crystal ice; white "snowpack-like" ice, and col-
ored ice.

Dawn Gressang with granddaughter Alyssa Gressang

Shirley (Million) Muse called to let me know her younger
brother Gordon passed away in his sleep. Gordon would
have graduated with my sister Pam in the BHS class of 1971.
The end of December found Bonnie and Mike Morrison
heading out to Seattle, Wash., to visit Mike's son Bill and his
partner also named Mike. While in Seattle, they joined Bebe
(Nehring) and Billy DeNike, for dinner. I heard the first
thing Bonnie did when she arrived in Washington was to head
to the closest casino! I am sure she was getting into training
for the next stop on their trip...Las Vegas. After Vegas, Mike
and Bonnie headed to Phoenix, Ariz., to visit Mike's mother.
While they were in Arizona, I am sure Bonnie and Mike
taught everyone in the Phoenix area how to do the "gator"

L-R: Bill Morrison, Bebe (Nehring) and Bill DeNike,
Bonnie and Mike Morrison, and Bill's partner Mike.

New Year's Eve found this reporter and sisters Pam and
Jacque on Main Street in Daytona Beach for a public block
party. I started a group line dancing in the street while Pam,
Jacque with my son, Scott, and his wife were content to peo-
ple watch. I danced my legs off. It was a beautiful night and
the fireworks off the pier were magnificent.
I must admit that I write a lot about my family, but if I
don't hear from you, then I can't write about you and your
comings and goings. So, let me know what is going on in
your life.

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


Another wonderful year has passed
and it seems as though it went by so fast.
One thankful thing is that our Hurricane
Season was uneventful--peace and quiet.
We all hope for many, many more like

Barb Vose-Kulig
Barb Vose-Kulig

October is always a stepping-stone for our family--so
many blessed occasions--Keith and I celebrated our 3rd
anniversary of blissful marriage along with my birthday;
other family birthdays that month were Bob's, Darla's,
Butch's, and Ruby's--we're all another year older, a lot
wiser, and I must say, aging gracefully and beautifully.
Halloween was lots of fun, as usual. I spent days baking
and decorating--everything looked spooky with spiders, lots
of cobwebs, scarecrows and pumpkins. The grandchildren
were dressed in their "scary" costumes--Bobby was a "cop"
with billy club and cap; Isabella was a "ballerina" with a tutu
made by her mom; Jonathan was "Dementor" from Harry
Potter, and Shane was "Dracula." We were all surprised when
Darla and her mother-in-law Maryann dressed as "hobos"
and Darla's husband Jeff was "Freddy Kruger" (Halloween
movies). They all looked fantastic! Keith and I didn't dress in
costumes--Grandpa and Grandma are scary enough--we don't
need masks! We had lots of trick-or-treaters this year com-
pared to the last few years because of "lvan." All the good-
ies were eaten after the grandchildren and parents trick-or-
treated throughout the neighborhood--what wasn't eaten was
taken home--let's just say everyone was sweetly content.

Back (L-R): Maryann Creek, Darla (Vose) Creek, Shane
Vose-Mora. Front: Jeff Creek and Jonathan Creek.

In November Winship Dowell, Rod Snyder, Ed Blount
and family traveled to Pensacola to go off-road riding with
the LaPortas, Gillespies and Jon Dedeauxes, which also
included a weekend of partying at the LaPortas and
Thanksgiving was so relaxing! All the family (with just a
few missing) met at The Angus Restaurant here for a tradi-
tional holiday meal, plus southern, deep-fried turkey (so deli-
cious)--I think we had the largest table in the restaurant. It
was the first time I had ever seen our granddaughter, Isabella,
eat broccoli like it was "candy"--amazing! The relaxing part
was no cooking and no cleanup afterwards. Maybe next year
the whole family can be here together.
Barb and Louie Dedeaux enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner
at the LaPortas along with Rod Snyder, Jon and J Dedeaux
(Deb was home sick with the flu).

Full of Nuts"--he is so much loved by his new family. We also
received a gift certificate for Zea's Restaurant from Darla and
Jeff--we're going there for Keith's birthday. We really missed
not having our son Brent and granddaughter Crystal with us
for the holidays and our son Kevin--hopefully next year we'll
all be able to be together.

Old golf codger Keith Kulig and sidekick caddy, grandson

Deb and Jon Dedeaux had a great Christmas with a visit
from their daughter Sonya and her fiance Dan Sigmond--it
was a short, but well enjoyed visit.

Back (L-R): Rod Snyder, D LaPorta, Terry LaPorta,
Samantha LaPorta. Front: Louie Dedeaux and Jon
Dedeaux, at Thanksgiving.

Christmas was beautiful--my favorite time of year--but, I
got sick with the flu and a sinus infection for about two weeks
(right after Thanksgiving), so 1 got so behind with my annu-
al baking, decorating, cards, shopping, etc. Of course, having
to work didn't help any--I don't know if I want to be working
next year during the holidays--too hectic! I decorated the
inside of the house, the patio, etc., and Keith and Bob did the
outside--how beautiful it was--they did a fabulous job with
lights everywhere--whatever didn't move, got lights on it! On
Christmas Eve we all attended the Children's Mass, then
came over to our house to open stockings (everybody gets a
stocking filled with presents and goodies)--a tradition in the
family since the grandchildren were born. Keith and I had a
quiet Christmas morning, then went over to Darla's for
potluck (another tradition for a few years now) where we
opened more gifts and had a great time. My treasured gifts
were a gold sand dollar from Keith for the gold charm
bracelet he gave me for Valentine's, #1 Grandma gold charm
from all the grandchildren, and a gold butterfly charm from
the grandchildren's godparents--my bracelet is so full of
beautiful memories already. Keith received a "gag" gift from
Darla and Jeff of two "old timers" golf hats--we all got a kick
out of them--he also received a pillow from Bob and Dawn
with trees and acorns with the inscription "My Family Tree is


Sonya and J Dedeaux

Christmas Eve Barb and Louie Egolf celebrated at Jon
and Deb's along with J, Sonya, Dan and the LaPortas. They
gathered on Christmas day at Jon and Deb's for a truly mem-
orable and special family Christmas--memorable as a time to


reflect J's last Christmas living at home since he will gradu-
ate and begin FSU next year, and special because Sonya and
Dan were able to make it here from New Jersey.

ning to attend also!
If anyone has any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please don't hesitate to call or send it to me. Hasta
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
(850) 474-6341
email: czbarb(

South Florida




Jon Dedeaux with Roxy on his lap, Christmas Day 2006

For New Year's Keith and I were going to spend the
weekend celebrating at a resort but decided to stay home,
have a total pig-out session and toast the New Year with
champagne. New Year's Day I made Arroz con Polio (to
remember our good days in Panama), cabbage with smoked
sausage (for wealth), and black-eyed peas and sausage (for
prosperity)--we pray we get it all--including good health!
A lot ofZonians enjoyed welcoming in the New Year with
a party at the Gillespies in Milton. The Gillespie family
included Barb and Louie in their New Year's celebration and
although the Dedeauxes didn't make it to midnight, they did
have a wonderful time with so many friends. New Year's Day
was spent at Orrin and Carol Clement's watching all the
exciting football games, visiting and eating in between.
Barb and daughter-in-law Deb will have traveled togeth-
er on the Panama Canal Museum Cruise by the time this issue
comes out--I'm sure they will have had a great time being
they will be heading to Panama. I'm hoping that I, too, can go
along. Photos and articles will be forthcoming in the next
We really missed all us Zonians getting together to see
Maestro Jim Brooks conduct the Nutcracker--it just wasn't
meant to be this year--the symphony decided to use their local
conductor instead. We pray that next year Jim will be invited
back and we'll all get together again as we did in past years.
So, mark your calendars for the weekend before Xmas to
come to Pensacola. Christmas falls on a Tuesday in 2007, so
it will be the weekend of December 15th and 16th. I'll be sure
to find out if he will be conducting early enough to put a
notice in the Record.
We're all looking forward to the 2007 Reunion at the new
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Darla and her family are plan-

~ q

Mimi and Lucho Azcarraga, T-Bird and Linda Pattison, in

After that we were off to the island of Samos in Greece to
visit one of Linda's friends from her high school days,
Katrina. We rented a minicar and set out to explore. We
found our own secret beach with an outdoor tavern across the
road that had a bottomless keg ofAmstel and a constant sup-
ply of tapa-like snacks...octopus escabeche, tzatsiki, sagana-

Nicht mit der noisemaken .
und der kopf splitten. Bitte ein
aspirin fur das uber-hangen
von die Bensheim Winzerfest.
Bad Lucho! Help us Mimi!
Nicht mit der shoots von
schnapps, NICHT MIT DER
SHOOTS! So ended our trip
in September to Germany to "T-Bird" Pattison,
visit Mimi and Lucho
Azcarraga and sons Andre and Adam. Linda and I had a
great time doing all the touristy things like visiting "de castle
on de hill" and "ein pils bitte." We even visited the famous
Frankenstein Castle and met Frau Blicher (horses whinny)
and Igor in the tower. Highly recommended. GOt pils. It is
truly amazing what they can "schnitzel" and how they can get
the toys into the chocolate eggs. The other thing that was
bizarre was going all the way to Germany only to spend each
evening in a Latino tavern, drinking Cuba Libres, listening to
salsa and eating bocadillos. Ah, nothing like home away from
home. All is well in Dieberg and Mimi and Lucho were the
best of hosts.
** -- i *m*m, m -,m

ki, tiropitas, calamari and on and on and on.
as necessary. At the end of our trip we realized that we only
ate indoors one the airport. The highlight of Greece
was being invited to a real BF Greek wedding. Our hosts'
daughter was bridesmaid and we found ourselves at a 500+
guest list, outdoor in the town plaza, live folk music, endless
food, drink, dancing, Zorba, party that went on for hours. I
should say that we also attended the traditional ceremony,
which was quite long and very interesting. Anyway, back to
the party! So much food, music...OK, you get the picture.
The Rolling Stones, Zilker Park, Austin,
between shows I run into Stanley Wright. He says I never
called him to say I was coming to town. I tell him, "I didn't
need to, I'm talking to you now!" He wasn't convinced. So
goes the ever-ending saga of "who didn't call whom." By the
way, the Stones were great!
The 10th Annual Panamaniac Picnic was held the 2nd
weekend in December as it has been since we had our first
get-together in 1997. The numbers change every year but the
result is always the same: great food, music, cheer and friend-
ly faces. Jaime and Amy want to put together a spring picnic
so keep your ears open. This year we had a Bambito style pic-
nic complete with bajareque created by the freezing wind
blowing through the huge fountain in the lake at TY Park. We
huddled by the bbq pit even when there was nothing being
cooked. Thanks to everyone for all the great food (Marvin
even made corvina ceviche) and Scott Parker as always for
the "next-side fry-fry" machine. He corrected me by inform-
ing me that contrary to popular belief, I lived on the "next
side." When will it ever end? No major incidents at the after
party at TY's bungalow (amazing considering Mikey Young,
Chili MacArthur, and Greg Norton were simultaneously
doing their respective shticks). Hats off, again, to Norton

^i~ab~j' -i--H~

who managed to turn an afternoon picnic into a three-day,
can't miss, degustation worthy of the food channel.
Linda and I took our annual before Christmas trip to
Austin to visit family, wear our sweaters, hear some great
music (this year it was the Resentments at the Armadillo
Christmas Bazaar, $5) and have a festive Mexican martini or
four (very holiday like). We had a great party at Red and
Kat's and had quite the turnout. Linda and I brought some
cool eyeglasses that put an image like a snowflake or Santa
wherever you saw a bright light. What a hit! Albert
Fehrenbach got hooked on trying to get a photo of the effect
by holding the glasses in front of the camera. Oddly, it
reminded me of the time Flake held about four pair of sun-
glasses together to look at the total eclipse in Panama years
back. What a bunch of kooks.

Christmas in Austin, Texas

For New Year's Eve, we hosted a party here at our home
in Pembroke Pines which saw the likes of Bob and Mindy
Dollar, Islay and her daughter Alessa, as well as Mikey Y.,
Islay's sister-in-law Analisa and her daughter Naara. Naira
who we affectionately called "LT Dan" tried to fill Lucho's
shoes by pushing shots of everything from tequila to hon-
eymeister. We all silently cheered when she suddenly went
down for the night. She was shattered to find out she could-
n't keep up with Zonians who got a "Pub" patch at 17, BYC
Thursday night patch at 20, and have seen the sunrise from
the back door at the Elks Club. I don't need to prove nothing'
to nobody. Been there, done that, etc...
The following weekend we met the Dollars in Cape Coral
to visit our mutual friends "Postal" Bob Gruber and "Nurse"
Mary McCaffery, collectively known as the McGrubers (yes
we've given them Canal Zone nicknames so they won't feel
left out). We then went out to Pine Island to visit our friends
Randy Wayne White (RW2) and his lovely fiancee Wendy
Webb. He is a mystery/travel writer and she is an extremely
talented musician. They took us on their flats boat out to
Useppa for the evening to mingle with the rich and famous.
I'm sorry, but not all of us "clean up good." The ladies were
beautiful but after a couple of rum and cokes the guys become
pirates...arrr! Regardless, it was a beautiful night full of stars
and tall tales.
From Carol "Wiskowski" Belok comes this report:
"Steve and I seem to be busier in retirement than when we
were working full time, but now we are doing just what we
enjoy. We just returned from a cruise to Scandinavia and
Russia. We spent about three weeks in beautiful Panama in
April to attend Steve's daughter Carmen's wedding ceremo-
ny, followed by an elegant reception at the Marriott Hotel.
Carmen, who works for Copa Airlines as an architectural
engineer, married Rafael Neira, who is currently working
toward his degree in business administration.

Steve and Carol Belok

"We also enjoyed time with the Wiskowski family and
long-time friends. Trips to Boquete and El Valle were fantas-
tic. Boquete has changed dramatically since we were there,
with many new housing developments being sold to North
Americans and Europeans. We particularly enjoyed staying at
Casa de Lourdes in El Valle. The restaurant is a treat for the

All for now, I need to pack for Panama. Linda and I are
going home for a week (my first in almost five years).
Finally, sometimes I get calls wondering why there is no
SoFla report. Truth is that sometimes I miss the deadline. OK,
I miss it a lot! However, I need material. Linda and I live a
wonderful life full of misadventures and craziness. But I'm
sure lots of other South Florida locals have some stories as
well. Let's mix it up a little!
SO, if you don't call me, write me or invite me...this is
what you get!

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

Space Coast

I'm sure everyone has not only
recovered from the holidays by now
and still enjoying warm memories.
Stanley Wilson (BHS'59), a
"good ole Curundu boy," has moved
to Merritt Island after living many Kathie McConaughey
years in Casselberry, Fla. He is now
just minutes away from his childhood friend, Frank
"Mooney" Stabler. Stanley is welcomed to the Space Coast.
We thank everyone who attended our annual Space Coast
Picnic and Society Business Meeting on November 4th. The
weather was great and we had a wonderful turnout. We also
thank the Society for traveling to our location for their meet-
ing. The PCC Museum display table is always a hit and we
are very glad they were able to be with us again this
Edna and Bill Rogers had lots of activity around their
house. On November 11th, they attended the wedding of Ted
Albritton and Rebecca Gable on the beach at Cape
Canaveral. It was a beautiful day and everyone enjoyed the
ceremony and reception. We were also fortunate to have Ted
and Rebecca at our Annual Space Coast Picnic.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Watkins/Hunt family along
with several friends (23 in all) set sail out of Port Canaveral
for a three-day cruise to the Bahamas. I'm sure the cruise ship
will never be the same!

Tom Frensley, Mark Albritton, Mary Alice Albritton, Gail
Albritton Klingenberg, Becky Albritton, Ted Albritton,
Pat Albritton Henson, Wayne Albritton, Jake Albritton,
Edna Rogers, and Bill Rogers.

Willie Rogers and his daughter Olivia again took first
place in the Melbourne Beach Christmas Parade. Their entry
was "The Black Pearl" pirate ship with sails, cannon, pirates,
and all. Of course, Bill and Edna enjoyed being in the float,

Watkins/Hunt Family Cruise

During the cruise, the cousins took advantage of the
onboard photographer to have a special photo taken.

Christmas Pirate Ship

Edna celebrated her 70th birthday on December 29 with a
wonderful evening at the Continental Flambe restaurant with
her husband, son, daughter, and granddaughter.
Congratulations on her milestone!

Bill Rogers, Olivia Rogers, Willie Rogers, Helen Lang, and
Edna Rogers.

Top to Bottom: Kelly Hunt, Dawn (Bilgray) Watkins, Lisa
(Hunt) Aide, Natalie (Watkins) McClenahan with daughter
Kendall on lap, Wayne Watkins, and Leanne Watkins.

Got a note from Bob and Fran Morrissey with news on
their family's Christmas activities: "Christmas 2006 was
wonderful because all of our family members were together
to celebrate. Usually our son Sean is at sea. Having recently
passed his Chief Mate/Master's License, Sean will be return-
ing to the Patriot as Chief Mate in January 2007. He is
employed by Inter-Ocean America Shipping and is presently
sailing to Belgium; Bremerhaven, Germany; Southhampton,
England; and then to Bayonne, N.J.; Baltimore, Md.;
Charleston, S.C.; and Brunswick, Ga. Christmas Eve was
spent at the home of our daughter Keri's in-laws in Mims,
Fla. Breakfast Christmas morning was at George and Keri

(Morrissey) DeCaro's home with our grandchildren, Jillian
Marie (five years old) and Jake (15 months). During the
afternoon, the whole family gathered at Randy and Joella
Deakins' home in Rockledge for their annual Christmas Day
Open House. New Year's Eve we gathered at the home of our
oldest daughter Tristan in Melbourne. We all enjoyed being
together with Tristan and her husband Craig, along with their
children, Hailey and Alex Roundy. We are anxiously await-
ing a new addition to their family in March 2007. Also in
March, we are going on an 11-day cruise with Royal
Caribbean flying to San Juan, Puerto Rico and cruising to
various ports such as San Martin, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St.
Lucia, Barbados, Curacao, Margarita Island, Granada, Aruba
and back to San Juan. So far, this looks like a wonderful
Two Merritt Island families traveled to "the other side" to
celebrate two birthdays. Dotty Sanders, formerly of
Margarita, Canal Zone, and now residing in Fort 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-nephew Tommy Grimison and their father
Richard Grimison. Their mother, Diana (Huff) Grimison,
is Dotty's grandniece.

Posing after shopping for produce outside the Round
Swamp Farm in East Hampton, Long Island, are Edie (Huff)
(BHS'63) Willoughby, Christine Huff (BHS'60) Fewell,
Donald Huff (BHS'55), and Anna Fewell, daughter of
Christine and Chuck Fewell. Edie flew into New York and
Donald and his wife Laurie Huff drove from Michigan for
the M.B. Huff Family Reunion of 2006 in East Hampton. The
siblings and cousins enjoyed each other and trips to Sag
Harbor, Montauk Point, and seeing the estates of the celebri-
ties who live in the area.

Edie Huff, Christine Fewell, Donald Huff, and Anna

Skeeter Mohl in Albany, Ga., sent a photo of his grand-
daughter Maddie in a Pollera she wore at an international
celebration for her home school association. Maddie present-
ed info and food from Panama.

Dotty Sanders and Carly Grimison

Last year, my daughter Monica (Livingston) Parkhurst
and two high school friends had fun visiting and getting to U
know each others' children. They had not seen each other in
many years.

Maddie in her Pollera

Elizabeth (Flumach) Beers, John Beers, and Monica
(Livingston) Parkhurst.

On a sad note, Alice Daly passed away recently (see Obits
Section) and her husband Ken submitted this poem he wrote

for her on their 60th Wedding Anniversary:
"I remember well the day we met; you smiled, I held your
hand. We walked around and talked a while, that's how our
love began. Somehow, I knew that we would wed and raise a
family, And that's the way that I believe God planned our life
to be.
"The years passed by and our love grew and stood the test
of time. We had our sorrows and shed some tears, but our
love never died. The day we made our wedding vows fulfilled
our destiny. And that's the way that I believe God planned our
life to be.
"Some mornings when I first awake and you're beside me
in our bed, I reminisce about the day when you and I were
wed. I was a private in the Army; our country was at war on
November 25th, 1944. We were apart for eighteen months
when 1 returned from overseas. And that's the way that I
believe God planned our life to be.
"I know some day God's Will be done; we will say our
last goodbyes, But as long as birds fly in the sky and waves
cross o'er the sea, 1 know that we will meet again for all eter-
nity, And that's the way that I believe God planned our life to
I am again asking for a volunteer to take over as Space
Coast Reporter. I am having a difficult time juggling dead-
lines from work, church ministry, and the Canal Record.
"Keep those cards and letters coming!"

Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281
email: Czmac321(


Greetings from the Florida Big
Bend area. As I said in my last arti-
cle, the third annual Halloween party .
was held in the gazebo of Henry and
Sunny Mizrachi on October 28th
and it went off without a hitch. With
the exception of only a few non-cos-
tumed attendees (for which we are
working on for future events), every- Skip Rowley
one's costumes was super, and I
think the majority would agree that the best costumes were
once again worn by Woody and Armie Chase. It's amazing
what Armie can do with a sewing machine, some leftover
material and a few hours of time. Joe Wood limped in as a
wounded patient wearing an old pair of Gorgas Hospital paja-
mas. Now I wonder where he got those. All the decorations
were to die for....ah, later was the smoke and
spooky sounds emanating from the surrounding trees, etc.
There was plenty of libations, food, and of course the FSU
game on TV, for the hard-core fans. A great time was had by
all who attended. Can hardly wait till next year.

Halloween Party Group Shot

Woody and Armie Chase

Bev and Joe Wood

Ed and Kari Mcllvaine

Hugh Thomas and Zory Larrabee

November 9th found the Rowley clan heading to St.
Petersburg to help throw a 90th birthday party for Bev's
mother, Beverly Shircliffe. I refer to them as big Bev and lit-
tle Bev. My Bev had managed to get ahold of all the family
members for the gala event.

Skip Rowley, Adriane, Renee Rowley Friedel, and Bev
Shircliffe Rowley gathered around Mom Mom on her 90th

Since we don't all get together very often any more, I had
forgotten just how large the family has grown. Our daughter
Renee Rowley Friedel had made an excellent DVD of
Mom's life, and when she heard her husband Brown's voice
singing a few of the love songs that he used to sing to her
many years ago, we all broke down and cried along with her.
My father-in-law had a beautiful tenor voice and was always
singing to all of us. Back when we lived in the Zone, he
would talk and sing into a mini reel-to-reel tape recorder, for
which Bev always saved the tapes, and Renee had put them
on her MAC and the finished product was overwhelming.
Lane Thompson wrote that John Marshall had driven in
from Texas for a visit, and the two of them decided to drive
to Pawley's Island, N.C., to see Tom McCullough. Tom had
purchased a boat to catch up on his fishing. His younger
brother Don McCullough and his wife Karen, who also live
there, had promised to teach Tom all he knows about worm-
ing a hook. Time will tell. By the way, Don is quite the wood-
worker. In addition to some clever house additions, he com-
pletely refurbished old family rattan chairs to look like new,
and then built beautifully matched rattan tables for them. To
do all this, he had to track down a rattan source, and then
bend it to match the original stuff. If that wasn't enough, he
even tied them together with his matching homemade rattan
straps--not an easy task. One evening, they all got together at
Don and Karen's house for an enjoyable steak dinner. The
plan was for them to enjoy Karen's great cooking. But since
John bought the steaks, he had to cook them. They are still
waiting to enjoy Karen's great cooking. Maybe next trip.
On December 1st, John Fettler and Chris Mitten
Gibson tied the knot here in Tallahassee. It was such a heart-
warming event to see two childhood sweethearts finally get
together in their later years. It's the sort of thing you only read
about in magazines, and tell yourself that it never really hap-
pens. The reception was held by her sisters, Sue Mitten and
Sheila Mitten Stepp, at the reception hall at Sue's apartment
complex. There were many out-of-town guests, classmates,
cousins as well as a whole host of Tallahasseeans present for
the gathering. (See Weddings section).

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Out-of-town guests at Fettler wedding. Back (L-R): Beth
Lewis Brandenburg, Barbara Wesley Taylor, Darleen
Woodruff Hunt, Janet Hunt Watkins, Fran Stabler
Meyer. Seated (L-R): Christine Fettler, John Fettler, and
Candy Hirsch Yasser.

rry Allen Stepp, Beverly Rowley, and Michael Stepp

Sheila Mitten Stepp, Chris Mitten Gibson Fettler, and Sue

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Courtney Fettler, her father John Fettler, and Chris Fettler

December was a very busy month for this reporter, with
my part-time job as usher at the Leon County Civic
Auditorium, my Barbershop Chorus sing outs at all the
Retirement/Nursing homes and the Mall, plus my Quartet

FOURTUNE sing outs at some of the same places plus other
Christmas and retirement parties. I pretty much had an
engagement every day or night of the month. December 7th
Bev and 1, along with her high school friend Kathy Daniels,
headed out to Atlanta to join up with two of their classmates,
Cheryl Tryon and Charlene Ottem, along with her husband
David, who had driven in from Tennessee for a long weekend
of fun-filled events. They have been close friends for over 47
years and get together every so often just like us Zonians, to
rehash old stories and for the camaraderie. This time we all
went to Callaway Gardens to see all the beautiful Christmas
decorations and lights. Cheryl had already put up her outside
Christmas lights, so we all got together to put up and decorate
her tree. They all plan to meet again in Tallahassee in the


Skip Rowley, Beverly Rowley, Kathy Daniels, Cheryl
Tryon, Charlene Ottem, and David Ottem in Georgia.

Then, Bev, Adriane, and I took a week off at Christmas
and went to Orlando to be with Renee and family. Talk about
a full house!! We all did some whirlwind crash buying at the
Mall, laughed a lot, cried a little, yelled at the kids, ate a lot
of food, and came home tired and in need of some serious
sleep. I have to say, Santa Claus did a landslide business at
the Friedel home.
Ed and Kari Mcllvaine hosted their 8th annual
Panamanian Christmas Party on December 23 at their new
home in Tallahassee. In April they downsized as Sarah and
Nathan had moved on as far as living arrangements, and
everyone was very concerned whether Ed and Kari would
continue with the annual tradition. Not a problem, Ed and
Kari had the party in their smaller home and it was a huge
success and the weather fully cooperated to make it a very
nice evening.

IS APRIL 6, 2007.


Last minute news received from Joe Steuart about his
daughter and her ceramics. "Maria-Elena Ottman (Steuart)
sculptures are featured in a new book released this winter
called 500 Animals in Clay, Contemporary Expressions of the
Animal Form. Out of the 3,000 international submissions,
500 pieces were selected for the book, four of which are
Marie-Elena's. In addition to being selected to be featured in
the book, one of her sculptures made the inside cover."

Angie Linton, Kari
Katherine Heddaeus.

Ed, Sarah, Kari, and Nathan Mcllvaine with Jillian, Mark
and Katherine Heddaeus.

Finally it was the end of the year, and the Mizrachis host-
ed a super New Year's formal dinner and get-together at their
home. Like I have said in other newsletters, when Henry
hosts a party you can bet it will be a good one. Henry is a
gourmet cook, and Sunny is the perfect hostess, and every
thing is checked and rechecked to make sure you have a good
time. The group consisted of Terry and Sheila Stepp, Doug
and Zory Larrabee, Skip and Bev Rowley, Susie Mitten, and
Kathy Daniels, and of course, our hosts.
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One of Maria-Elena (Steuart) Ottman's sculptures

Happy New Year to you all and remember that this Canal
Record is for all of you. Please send me any information on
your happenings so 1 can share them with all your friends.

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

IS APRIL 6, 2007.


Back (L-R): Skip Rowley, Sunny Mizrachi, Henry
Mizrachi, Doug Larrabee, Zory Larrabee, Sheila Stepp,
Terry Stepp. Seated (L-R): Sue Mitten, Bev Rowley, and
Kathy Daniels, New Year's Eve at the Mizrachis.

I received a nice note from Cissy and 7
Gary Collins in Douglasville, Ga., giv-
ing me information on their last three
trips so far this year. In September they
went to Branson, Mo., to see the sights June Stevenson
and shows. Their favorite attraction was
a dinner/show on the Branson Belle paddle wheel boat. They
thought the trip was wonderful and the view of Flat Rock
Lake from the upper deck of the boat was outstanding. While
there they visited with a high school friend, Opal Jaudon.
On their return to Georgia, they arranged to meet Opal,

Nickie and Hank Thompson for breakfast in Harrison. Cissy
says it was a nonstop talking session, catching up with events
of the three years since they had all been together last.

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Nikki Thompson, Hank Thompson, Opal Jaudon, Gary
Collins, and Cissy Collins.

In October Cissy and Gary went to Apopka, Fla., to be
with their oldest granddaughter Sydney while she celebrated
her 7th birthday. The celebration lasted several days to
include shopping trips for new clothes, a special party with
school friends and a special one later with her family. On
their return to Georgia, they repacked and left for Bella Vista,
Ariz., to visit Monica (IAGS) and Larry Milam (Schools
Division). The trip was in response to their invitation to come
for the three days of craft shows that draw hundreds of visi-
tors from all over. Cissy says they even had an ATM machine
on wheels, just in case you ran out of money. In January, Gary
and Cissy plan on driving to San Antonio, Texas, for the wed-
ding of Carlos and Phyllis Pinzon's oldest son, Brandon.

Larry Milam, Monica Milam, and Cissy Collins

I also received an e-mail from Carolyn Holmes Morris
in December and she said: "Ray and I made a trip to Albany,
Ore., to stay with my grandchildren while my son and his
wife spent a week in Hawaii. It was a new, or I should say
renewed, experience of driving kids to after-school functions
and each of them on opposite ends of the town. I now know
why it's best to have kids while young. While we were there

we met with BHS'60 classmates in Portland. That was great
as we had not seen each other in more years than we want to
think about. Hopefully the next time won't be so long."

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Ray Amato, granddaughter Lauren Boyd, Carolyn Holmes
Morris, and son Don Boyd.

I have been almost as busy as Cissy and Gary and Carolyn
and Ray. In late August my daughter Lori and I flew to South
Africa for a photo safari at a private reserve called Makutsi
Farms. It was a dream of a lifetime for me, especially seeing
elephants in the wild. See Letters to the Editor section for a
full report and pictures.
In November Steve and I flew to Carmel Valley, Calif., to
visit with our good friend, Bertha Brown Read. We were
there for a long weekend and managed to have two of my
CHS classmates over for dinner. Donna Geyer Cox and her
husband Larry had been in the area visiting with one of
Donna's daughters and her family for Thanksgiving, and we
were lucky enough to all be in the same area at the same time.
Steve had fixed the dinner (Italian) and we all had a good
time eating and visiting. Bertha showed us some of her Mola
collection and Bertha even gave Donna and me each a beau-
tiful Mola from her collection. While visiting Bertha we also
drove over to Monterey to their awesome aquarium. I found
out later that another friend and classmate of mine, Blanquita
McNatt Schield, lived close by, so next time we are in that
part of the country we will definitely contact Blanquita and
her husband Paul.



Cox, Donna Cox, and Bertha Read with her Mola

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Daiis Stevenson, Bertha Brown Read and June Rowle)
Stevenson. Monterey Aquarium.

Three days after returning to Georgia, Steve and I drove
up to Hendersonville, N.C., for their annual Christmas party,
staying with my BHS classmate, Pat Dunning Hunt. The
Christmas luncheon was wonderful, and seeing friends again
from the Panama Canal Zone made it special. Steve brought
Cafe Duran mugs for everyone, and they all held them for the
photo session. We drove back to Georgia after spending the
night at Pat's, and repacked our bags to head for Ecuador for
10 days. We flew into Quito for several days, taking in some
of the countryside, then went on a four-day cruise around the
Galapagos Islands, a dream trip for Steve (see Letters to the

Kenneth Gerhart, Doroth) Ro"le) Gerhart, Jim
Gerhart, Sean Gerhart holding Sara Kathryn, Suzanne
Gerhart George, Lori Stevenson Snow, and Virgil Snow.

On December 27th, Steve and I will be flying to Hawaii
for a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands, returning to Georgia
on January 7th to start the New Year off at home.
Somewhere in all of the above, I hope to wrap Christmas
presents and get my Christmas cards in the mail. Next month,
January, will be our CHS-BHS 1954 Come Home to Panama
Reunion, so I should have some great photos to send in for
the following Canal Record.
I was unable to get a report in the December Canal
Record as I did not have any news at that time. So please,
please, remember if you live in any part of Georgia and have
some news about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama visitors,
please either call me, or send me an email/letter so I can get
your news in the Record. I honestly love hearing from you,
.--.: : ... .

Panama Canal Christmas Luncheon in Hendersonville, N.C.

Lori Stevenson Snow and her husband Virgil flew to and know other Zonians feel the same way. I do have a new
Washington, D.C., for a long weekend in December and got email address. It is, so please
together with my sister Dorothy Rowley Gerhart and her change your email for me if you still have my old one.
husband Jim, their son Kenneth Gerhart, and their daughter
Suzanne Gerhart George and her husband Sean, and their June A. Stevenson, Reporter
adorable daughter Sara Kathryn. (770) 995-7537
email: junes(


It's January in Chicago as I write this article; the temper-
ature is a balmy 17 degrees, 11 with the wind chill. The only
good thing about winter in Chicago is that it is real easy to
keep your beer cold!
This past year has been a hectic one for us. For starters,
my oldest son Jacob graduated from Lake Park High School
in June; he was one of a handful of kids in his class to be
named an Illinois State Scholar. He is now attending the
University of Illinois.

Enclosed is a pix of Jim, Al, and me at the Reunion, and
just for grins and giggles, there's also a pix of the three of us
in 1977...29 years ago.

Al Saarinen, Jim Parthenais, and Paul Bierman, 2006

Tickets for the actual graduation ceremony were limited
to four per family, so it didn't make a lot of sense to invite a
whole bunch of people into town for that. Instead, we had a
graduation party for him later that month at our home. Among
those able to attend from out of town were Jake's grandfather
Melvin Bierman, his aunt Zoe Ann McGraw, Zoe's daugh-
ter-in-law Rachelle Brown and her daughter Alayna Brown.
And yes, a good time was had by all.
In July I attended the PCS Reunion in Orlando, and as
always, I had a blast. It's always great to get together with the
old gang. This was the first PCS reunion that my sister Susie
(Bierman) (BHS'76) Gorges had ever attended; no doubt
she'll be back for more. I shared a room with Al Saarinen
(BHS'78) and Mark Powell (BHS'79). Al came all the way
from Qatar (via Panama) in order to attend. Among other spe-
cial treats were a dozen or so Napoli pizzas that Al brought
up from Panama....that was really awesome! I also stayed
through Monday, and was put up Sunday night by Jim, Kelly
(Cahill) and Ben Parthenais

Remember you can register for the
reunion, reserve a room, order
luncheon and dance tickets online.

Paul Bierman, Al Saarinen, and Jim Parthenais, 1977

Later in July our family went on a seven-day Caribbean
cruise aboard the Carnival Miracle with four of Jake's high
school classmates and their families...sort of a "last hurrah"
for them. The five boys had known each other since kinder-
garten, and it was the last chance that they would be together
before going off to their respective colleges. They had a great
time, as they were all 18 and were able to indulge "legally" at
some of the ports of call.

Michael and Jacob Bierman, Bannister Caye, Belize

In September we sent Jake off to school; that was a hard
moment even for an insensitive boob like me...boy, does time
really fly! Anyway, with him away at college, we are down to
five in the house (including the dogs), and we don't see much
of Michael. He'll have his driver's license in a month and
then I'm sure we won't see him at all after that.
October was a rough month...on October 5th, my father,
Mel Bierman, passed away in Florida; we will all miss him.
On the same day, we got word that Zoe's son, Sgt. Jason
Brown, was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Baghdad. The
bullet shattered a rib and pierced his lung, but he's OK. He
returned home to the states for a short time, he won his re-
election in November (he's a Missouri state representative),
and then returned to duty with his unit in Iraq the day after
Thanksgiving...with the bullet still lodged in his lung! You
just gotta love our patriots!

Six classmates from BHS Class of 1974 and one from
1973 invaded Chicago from June 28 through July 2nd. These
ladies were in town to celebrate turning 50 years old! They
were Vikki Borell Edwards, Ingrid Errhalt Bryan, Helen
Calvit, Kathy Malin Mclnturff, Nancy Spiros Brady,
Sheila Webb Messmore, and Evelyn White. Rhonda
Wardlaw, a friend from Ft. Lauderdale, attended for the fun
and celebration.
The girls started the celebration in downtown Chicago
with a night of drinking and dancing at the Navy Pier. On the
way back, taxis were scarce, so they "hoofed" it back to the
hotel in the rain (drizzle) for over ten blocks. The next day
with the sun shining, the girls climbed aboard Segways for a
two-hour tour of downtown Chicago. Learning how to
maneuver the segways was an experience but ended up to be
lots of fun. Kathy and Rhonda decided to "play chicken" and
then could not turn in time...a slight crash major
injuries but a good laugh after catching their breaths!! That
night, five of the girls went to see Menopause, what a great
play if you have not seen it! This was followed by a celebra-
tion at a dueling piano bar called "Howling at the Moon."
Evelyn did most of the howling!

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Al Ortero
(BHS'55) obviously doesn't live by that saying. Al sent this
picture to Dr. Richard Sasso (CHS'54) trying to entice him
into coming out and visiting Al in Las Vegas. These beauties
were part of a grand opening at one of the many new hotels
in Las Vegas!

Front (L-R): Evelyn White, Nancy Spiros Brady, Ingrid
Errhalt Bryan. Back (L-R): Kathy Malin Mclnturff,
Sheila Webb Messmore, Rhonda Wardlaw, Helen Calvit,
and Vikki Borell Edwards.

On Friday, the girls "Tasted Chicago" in a food and music
festival; afterwards, they travelled in limo style to Naperville,
Sheila's new home. A two-day slumber party followed with
Sheila's 19-year-old son, Owen Smith, as chaperone.
Shopping was "big" on Nancy's list--so they hit a few too
many shops in Naperville. Nancy had to buy a bigger suit-
case!! Sheila did show them the eateries and river walk in
downtown Naperville. On Saturday evening, the girls were
headed to the Rib Fest to listen to REO Speedwagon. When
they got to the bus loading area, the girls were told the park
was closed because of too many people--a fire hazard! They
headed to a Key West-style restaurant and celebrated there.

Evelyn White, Nancy Spiros Brady, Helen
Webb Messmore, Ingrid Errhalt Bryan,
Edwards, and Kathy Malin Mclnturff.

On Sunday, July 2nd, four of the girls headed home to
recuperate plus Ingrid was excited to get home to see her
four-year-old daughter Karena. The other three stayed on an
extra night with Sheila. Vikki, Helen, Rhonda and Sheila
went back to the Rib Fest to listen to Blood Sweat & Tears
and "One" Dog Night, Chuck Negron. They enjoyed the fes-
tival. Sheila also went to see Doobie Brothers on Monday
These girls had such a great time, they are planning anoth-
er event after the new year what Celebrating 51 ??
Kathy did speak to Nancy Blount (CHS'7?) Olijnyk and
her husband Ted. They did not get to see each other because
Nancy and Ted were heading out to the Huey Lewis concert.
Not much else to say for now...I need to go shovel the
driveway or something.

Paul Bierman, Reporter
(630) 650-5006
email: paul bierman2000(



Happy New Year again--it
seems like I just wrote that a few
days ago. Much has been happen- Pat Hunt
ing here in North Carolina. We
have some new Hendersonville area residents so I will start
with them. Albert (BHS'56) and Lola (Fraunheim)
(BHS'61) Jones left Jacksonville, Fla., to settle in our beau-
tiful mountains. Because of all the moving chores they were
unable to come to the Christmas party but we are looking for-
ward to welcoming them into the group soon.

Jim Bradley has made a marvelous recovery since his
heart attack in August. He has been in rehab since then and on
November 28th he was interviewed on our local ABC TV sta-
tion for his success with the cardiac rehab and heart proce-
dures performed at both Pardee and Mission Hospitals here in
our local area. Diane is trying to cope with living with a
celebrity! Her twin sister Dolores, along with daughter
Debra, came from Tennessee for a three-day visit in
November to celebrate their birthday. I won't say how old
they were but I do know that they were born in 1944 so you
can come to your own conclusion. The Bradleys flew to
Germany on December 11th to spend the holidays with
daughter Eileen and family.
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Calvit, Sheila
Vikki Borell

Dolores (Stephenson) Underwood and Diane (Stephenson)

Willy and Wilma Nowotny returned from their three-
week trip to Hawaii (see Letters to the Editor) in time to pre-
pare for a visit from son Michael Densmore at
Thanksgiving. The visit was short but enjoyable. If I am not
mistaken I think Jim and Diane had dinner with them. Wilma
is still golfing and winning prizes regularly. My sister Garage
Sale Sally (aka Vicki Howe) and I, along with the Bradleys,
spent a wonderful evening with them in early December.
Vicki and Willy talked computer while the rest of us solved
the world's problems.
I traveled to the Washington, D.C., area in October for my
son Jon's marriage to Julie Gurney. I spent the week before
the wedding in Alexandria, Va., sightseeing with my daugh-

ter Terri Rhodes, Bryan Zweiful, and my grandson Michael
Watkins. After finally mastering the metro system we toured
the city, taking in all the sights in Alexandria and D.C. At the
end of the week we drove 45 minutes to Reston, Va., to pre-
pare for the rehearsal dinner. The day was spent "picking up"-
-people from the airport, food for the dinner, ice for the
drinks, decorations, etc., etc., etc. We had a super rehearsal
dinner for about 45 guests, including Aunt Lou Hunt,
cousins Joe and Darlene (Woodruff) Hunt, Janet Watkins,
Tom Hunt, granddaughter Jennifer Watkins and Jon's
"twin" Mark Baker. Missing was the other look-alike twin
growing up--Greg Gramlich, who couldn't make the wed-
ding. On Saturday, October 21st, we all attended the beauti-
ful garden wedding. I sang a very special "Song for My Son"
at the ceremony--very special because at age 39 1 was begin-
ning to think Jon was never getting married!!

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Pat Hunt and Lou Hunt

Michael and Jennifer Watkins

I spent Thanksgiving in Atlanta with daughter Terri and
family. Had a delicious dinner and managed to get in some
power shopping on the day after! I hated to leave my sister
Vicki all alone in Hendersonville, but she celebrated with
daughters Brandi, who drove up from Florida, Nanette and
granddaughter Kaitlyn. She did NO shopping that weekend!

I spent Christmas with my daughters, Lisa, Laurie and fam-
ilies and on New Year's Day the three of us flew to the Virgin
Islands for the January 2nd wedding of my granddaughter
Jennifer Watkins to Jason Surface. I'll have pictures for the
next issue.
Nikki and Ty Erickson have had a busy year. Seems like
they went from the "Atlantic to Pacific" in their travels. They
took an extended vacation trip in the summer, flying out to
Spokane, Wash., where they rented a van and visited relatives
they hadn't seen since the '60s. From there they went "North
to Alaska" by way of Banff and Jasper National Park in
Alberta, the Canadian Rockies and the beautiful Lake Louise.
They boarded their cruise ship, the Sun Princess, in Seattle
and took the inner passage through Ketchican, Tracy Arm,
Juneau and Skagway. They toured the glacier fields and took
the helicopter trip over the Mendenhall Glacier. After return-
ing to Seattle, they headed for Montana and Colorado through
the eastern slopes of the Rockies and the National Bison
Range which was established in the early 1900s. They visit-
ed with Heather and her family, enjoying the grandchildren,
and with Brad and Jennifer in Baltimore. Brad is working as
a director with Affiliated Computer Services. Nicki and Ty
will be spending most of January with Heather in
Massachusetts awaiting the arrival of another grandchild.
Chuck and Alice Latimer flew to Los Angeles to spend
Thanksgiving with son Jim, daughter-in-law Lina and grand-
son Richard. They missed our Christmas get-together as a
result but did have an enjoyable visit. Their oldest, 1st Lt.
Edward Latimer USAF, is now an F15 pilot. He and his
wife Morgan McDaniel were married this year in Panama
City, Fla., on the Latimers' 59th wedding anniversary and are
now on a three-year assignment in Lackenheath RAF base in
England. Alice and Chuck will be visiting in January.
Malcolm and Jean Stone spent the first weekend in
December in Alabama visiting son David and family. It was
a very special occasion as David received a promotion to
Lieutenant Colonel (see Congratulations). As a result they
missed the holiday party also. They spent Thanksgiving with
daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Scott Kohr and grand-
daughter Julia in Virginia, and are looking forward to being
grandparents again soon.
Norma and Sam Irvin spent Thanksgiving in Fallon,
Nev., with son John Robert and grandchildren Patricia and
Robbie. They visited Virginia City, a gold mining town of
150 years ago, and had a whirlwind tour of the area. They
returned after the weekend. We all here extend to Sam and the
family our condolences on the death of his sister Betty
Quintero (see With Deep Sorrow). Betty will be remembered
by all of us here and by the many people who knew and loved
her, especially during the years she worked at Gorgas
I had a Christmas card from Ralph and Joyce Malcolm
who were Atlantic-side residents for many years. Ralph
worked in the telephone section for the Army. They celebrat-
ed their 50th wedding anniversary on October 11th; they were
married in 1956 at Our Savior's Episcopal Church in
Cristobal. Their attendants were Bill and Betty Dunning.
They celebrated the anniversary at Holden Beach, N.C., with
their children: Gregory and his son Forrest, Christopher
and Eileen Malcolm and their children Sarah, Carly and


The 2007 Panama Canal Reunion will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. This is a brand-new hotel
and 2007 will be our first year of four years staying there. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort features spacious King or Queen
Double accommodations themed with the blend of natural charm with a Spanish-revival feel and a jewel tone color palette to
create an elegant and functional setting. Accommodations are warm, inviting and comfortable. All Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
rooms feature amenities that include plush Creek Sleeper beds, 32" flat screen TV, small refrigerator, high-speed Internet capa-
bilities, coffee maker, hair dryers, elegant furnishings and Egyptian cotton sheets to make your stay unforgettable. There are
larger Hospitality Parlor Suites for class/mini-reunions and Executive Parlor and Grand Parlor Suites for large families.

Pricing for guest rooms and suites is as follows:
Guest Rooms Double Queen or Single King are $121.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax.
2 Bay Hospitality Suites $250.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax. (For class/mini-reunions)
3 Bay Hospitality Suites $350.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax. (For class/mini-reunions)
Executive Parlor Suites $250.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax.
Grand Parlor Suites $350.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax.
Add-on guest rooms for Executive and Grand Parlor Suites will be charged the additional Guest Room rate.

If you are going to hold a guest room or suite with a check, the check total should include the cost of one night plus
the 12.5% resort and sales tax, i.e. Guest Room $136.13, Hospitality/Executive Suite $281.25 or Grand Suite $393.75.

A diagram of the layouts of each of the room types is provided to help you with your room selection.

Questions concerning the reunion should be directed to the Reunion Coordinator, Bill McLaughlin, at (352) 726-8804
or via email at Questions concerning the hotel reservations should be directed
to the Hotel Lodging Chairperson, Betty LeDoux-Morris, via email at or call the Society Office toll
free at 1-866-726-2262 or locally (727) 391-4359.

In order to expedite the room check-in process, we are asking that you provide us with an estimated time of your arrival
and whether you are driving or flying to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard would be appreciated. NOTE:

There is complimentary self-parking for overnight hotel guests attending the reunion; however, non-hotel guests will
be charged a self-parking fee of $8.00 daily. Valet Parking is also available overnight at $18.00 or $15.00 per day.

Only registered Reunion guests with the Panama Canal Society will be able to attend Society events. Proper identification
will be provided to each registered guest at Registration and must be worn to gain access to dances, vendors and meetings.

As most of you are aware, the goal of the Board is to ensure that our Society events are cost effective and that our expens-
es don't exceed our revenues that is, our goal is to breakeven whenever possible. As a consequence of the increasing costs
associated with office supplies, support services, decorations, dances and other related expenses, the Board has had to increase
the prices for certain reunion activities. For example, the registration fee has been increased to $7.00 per person for those
members 18 years of age and older; the advance tickets for the Friday night dance are now the same price as the advance tick-
ets for the Saturday night ball ($15.00 in advance) and DJ tickets have been increased to $10.00.

We are hoping that these minimal increases will help defray all or most of our 2007 reunion costs. Your understanding
and continued support of our dances and events are appreciated.

If you require baby-sitting services, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort has an in-house childcare facility called The Swamp.
Children 4 14 are welcome. Children using the facility must be potty-trained. Children using the facility are supervised at
all times by certified childcare professionals. For reservations and fee information, call (407) 996-9939 and ask for the

Transportation from the airport has been arranged through Mears Transportation. Mears will provide service from Orlando
International Airport to Rosen Shingle Creek Resort for a discounted fee. Mears discount coupons will be printed in the March
and June issues of the Canal Record. Also, you may call the Society, office at 1-866-726-2262 and one will be mailed to you.

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
2007 Reunion

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Vendor Setup: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin D (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2 (GRD#2)
Information/Secretary: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Reunion Clubhouse: 3:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Conway

Thursday, July 5, 2007
27th Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course and Clubhouse
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play TBD
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. (GRD#2)
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin D
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin E-1 & E-2
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Conway
Thursday Night Owl Show 10:00 p.m. Midnight Sandlake

Friday, July 6, 2007
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Sandlake
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Conway
Vendors: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin D
Panama Canal Museum: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin E-1 & E-2
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Bingo: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! St. John's 26 & 27
Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. St. John's 28
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin B & C
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin A

Saturday, July 7, 2007
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Information/Secretary: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin D
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin E-1 & E-2
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Conway
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Gatlin A
Bingo: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! St. John's 26 & 27
Religious Services: Catholic 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.; Praise & Worship 4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. St. John's 32-34
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin B & C
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin A

Sunday, July 8, 2007
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin D
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin E-1 & E-2
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Dance Performance will begin at 10:00 a.m. Gatlin B & C

The Lottery drawing will be held on Sunday at Despedida. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

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

Complete both pages, and submit intact.



Receipt Sequence Number:




ANNUAL BALL X $15.00= $
Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "Panama Canal Society, Inc." Checks must be drawn on U.S.
Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.

Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):

Credit Card Number:

Exp. Date

Member/Card Holder Signature:

Visa / MasterCard (Circle

334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4787

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

REUNION REGISTRATION: List each name includingp member's) AS VOTI WANT IT PRINTED ON THE

NAME BADGES and provide age of each attendee. List name of each family member or guest being registered by
the member and include $7.00 for each person 18 years of age or older. Please make sure you list all registered names so they

can receive their name badges.



New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application.

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List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Pan Roasted Chicken (C) or Marinated Sliced Flank Steak (S) by circling one.

Cor S 6.
Cor S 7.
Cor S 8.
Cor S 9.
C or S 10.

Cor S
Cor S
Cor S
Cor S
Cor S

Special seating requests:

GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION: Deadline is June 1, 2007 (See Page I for instructions)

Name (Please Print)_

Phone Number:

NAMES OF TWOSOME OR FOURSOME YOU WISH TO PLAY WITH: Players wishing to make up their own
foursomes should list all information for the four players on this form.
Name Age On Hdcp or Avg Amateur
7/1/07 18-hole score or Pro

Circle category of competition: 1 2 3
1. Men's individual medal play. 2. Ladies individual medal play. 3. Two-Person scramble

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

Luncheon Guest Names

Amount submitted:

# Luncheon Guests Amount submitted:


Estimated Time of Arrival:
Are you Flying or Driving ?

P.M. /A.M. (Circle one)


No Preference
Standard King ($136.13)
__ Queen Double ($136.13)
Accessible Room ($136.13)

Names of other room occupants.


Grand Parlor Suite ($393.75)
Executive Parlor Suite ($281.25)
2 Bay Hospitality Suite ($281.25)
3 Bay Hospitality Suite ($393.75)


HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE: One Night's Deposit (Room/Suite Rate + Resort and Sales Tax)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort) or

Credit Card Number: Exp. Date
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)

Member/Cardholder Signature:

# Golfers


The 2007 Panama Canal Reunion will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. This is a newly construct-
ed hotel and is a great location to have our reunion and celebrate our Society's 75th anniversary. It is nestled along historic
Shingle Creek, headwaters of the Everglades, and has nature trails, inviting swimming pools and tropical foliage to offer a
serene environment, perfect for relaxation.

The many alluring attributes of Rosen Shingle Creek Resort are: An 18-hole, par 72, 7,228 yard championship golf course
on site, designed by David Harman; a full-service, 13,000 square foot Spa, featuring nine treatment rooms; a state-of-the-art
fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, free weights and televisions; four pools zero entry family pool, kiddie wading
pool, lap pool, and a quiet lounging pool conveniently located by the Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grill; two Jacuzzis; two lighted
tennis courts; basketballs available; nature trails; access to guided canoe trips (seasonal); fishing; horseback riding nearby;
Kids Swamp Camp which includes a computer center and a variety of play stations located across from the video game room;
and on-site shopping, including women's and men's apparel, Florida Arts Gallery and Pro Shop.

If dining is your pleasure, there are over nine venues to choose from, including: (1) A Land Remembered a steakhouse
named after the novel by Patrick Smith, (2) Cala Bella and Bella s Bar this is a fine dining Italian Bistro, (3) Cafe Osceola
& Osceola Bar a buffet restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) serving a buffet and a la carte menu, (4) 18 Monore
Street Deli a 24-hour deli and market, offering a variety of items from a quick snack to a quick-to-order meal. (5) Smoooth
Java Coffee Bar a coffee, smoothies and juice bar, serving Starbuck's coffee and an assortment of pastries and snacks, (6)
Head Waters Lounge Lobby lounge bar which is centrally located and a perfect meeting place, (7) Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grill
- is adjacent to the pools and serves a range of food and beverage items in a relaxed outdoor setting, (8) Creek Ice Creamery
- serves a variety of treats, and (9) Room Service 24-hour full-service dining.

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is situated on 230 acres of land in the heart of Orlando. It is within one mile of the Orange
County Convention Center; ten minutes from the Orlando International Airport; ten minutes (4 miles) from the Universal
Orlando theme park and Wet 'n Wild; within minutes to SeaWorld; within ten to fifteen minutes to Disney World; within fif-
teen minutes to all major shopping venues like the Mall of Millenia, Florida Mall and Premium Outlets; five minutes from
world-class shopping at Pointe Orlando; less than an hour from the Atlantic Ocean; forty-five minutes from Cape Canaveral;
and a 90-minute drive from the Gulf Coast.

We held our September board meeting at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and some board members spent the night. The
guest rooms were beautiful and very comfortable. The Creek Sleeper definitely gives you a good night's sleep. We took a
tour of the Convention Center to see the area where our Reunion will be held. The Convention Center rooms are very large
and will be perfect for our event. We will be located in the Gatlin Ballroom area (first level of the Convention Center) with
some activities located on the second level above the Gatlin Ballroom. The distance from your guest room to the Gatlin is a
good walk, but is all under one roof. Bring your walking shoes or rent a scooter if you have difficulty in walking long dis-
tances. Elevators and escalators are available in the Convention Center.

The following special drink prices will be offered to our members throughout our reserved convention space areas and
at Society sponsored events:

Sodas $2.00
Beer (bottle) Domestic $3.75
Wine $4.00
Mixed Drinks $4.75
Beer (12 oz. Draft) $3.00



Refer to the map provided in these Yellow Pages for directions to Rosen Shingle Creek

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

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

Proceed at your earliest convenience after your arrival to the reunion registration room in
the Convention Center to obtain your name badge, information packet, and pre-ordered event tick-
ets. At registration, a volunteer will review with you what is in your envelope and you will be
required to sign the envelope acknowledging that you received the contents and that your order is
correct. Reunion event tickets are NOT PRE-MAILED. Furthermore, only the primary person
registering for the reunion may pick up the name badges and tickets from the registration room.
Be certain that all of your guests are registered for the reunion.

If you are attending a class reunion, information regarding your class reunion event will be
posted at the Information/Secretary desk bulletin board. This is IF your class reunion chairperson
has furnished us with this information. In the event he/she has not, we will do all that we can to
assist you to locate your class reunion activities.
To assist you in making your reunion one to remember for all time, we will be providing you
with more information in each Canal Record between now and the 2007 Reunion.

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

SThe theme for the 2007 Reunion is "Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Panama Canal
Society, Inc."

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida
July 4 July 8, 2007



Reunion Registration Tom and Kathy Wilder
Hotel Reservations Betty LeDoux-Morris
Information/Secretary Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Golf Tournament Margot Jordan
Vendors John Gough
Transportation Bill McLaughlin
Bingo Jim O"Donnell
Dances Dan Norman
DJ Dances Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman
Security Allison McLaughlin
Annual Luncheon Muriel Whitman
Class and Mini Reunions Jim Parthenais
Despedida Lottery Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Skeeter Camby
Despedida Margaret McLaughlin
On-site Ticket Sales Joan Ohman and Tom Spence
Event Decorations Margaret McLaughlin
Owl Show Chris Wilder


The 2007 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from July 4
through July 8, 2007; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for reunion activities, it has
been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a pending file
and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees, are supplied by the applicant. When
put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date will be assigned when the application is finally
completed properly and the correct monies received. PLEASE to avoid delays in processing your application and not
affect your original receipt date for ticket and lodging priority, remit the correct amount of money and be sure that
all necessary information is supplied and correctly stated.


Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member before
May 15, 2007, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the reunion. The annual
membership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remitted with the membership appli-
cation form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only those members who have paid their 2007
annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the membership application form found in the back pages
of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be
contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those
within the local calling area. The Society's web-site at may also be visited for an applica-
tion and information.

The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon, Dance Tickets and the Golf Tournament is June 1. 2007. The
deadline for receipt of hotel room reservations is May 1. 2007, or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are no
longer available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms and
event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines. Note: All rooms and Suites are on a first
come first served basis. Once these Rooms / Suites are full, we cannot accept further reservations. We will have a wait-
ing list, but please plan accordingly.
but instead will be held at the Society's reunion registration area for pickup by the member during registration operating hours.
Please make it a point to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.

Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after June 1. 2007, unless there are extenuating circum-
stances that support doing so. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in order not to lose the
first night's guarantee deposit. Contact the Lodging Chairperson or Society office to cancel your hotel reservations.
NOTE: In accordance with State Law. smoking is prohibited inside Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Also. smoking
is not permitted in guest rooms or suites. Guests violating this restriction will be charged a $500 penalty by the hotel
and the charge will be put on the guest's credit card.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property and at Society functions, to include dances, is limited to bev-
erages purchased at the hotel bars. In accordance with state law, the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is per-
mitted only within the confines of the guest's room. No bottled alcohol will be carried into Society functions.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by under-aged individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated, and will be dealt with
in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance floors at any time.

REUNION REGISTRATION (Gatlin Ballroom Registration Desk #2)
All members and their family members or guests are required to register with the Society in order to attend the Reunion;
and a non-refundable $7.00 registration fee per member and registered guest 18 years of age or older must be paid. For those
choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the Society's website http://www.pananalsoci- at the "Online Services" link.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING (Sandlake Signature Ballroom Second Level)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday. July 6. 2007. Although
all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year for members. This
is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to Society business and partici-
pate in discussions. Please plan to attend this meeting! As a bonus, there are always great door prizes donated by the Reunion
Vendors, to include two free round trip-tickets to/from Panama from/to Miami.

ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Galtin Ballroom A) Deadline to purchase tickets is June 1. 2007
Once again we plan to provide an exciting and entertaining agenda for all attending the annual luncheon. This year we
will have David Seitz (BHS'77) and Alex Reyes (BHS'89), a.k.a. Shorty and Slim, perform for us on stage. The duo's music
is a pleasing blend of Calypso, Reggae, and Caribbean sounds with a touch of Rock-n-Roll. It's the only musical production
of its kind to truly capture the sights, sounds and experiences of living in the former Canal Zone and Panama. It is feel-good
music that will make you laugh, cry and remember the good old days for ALL ages. Shorty and Slim have produced four CDs
of their music.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 1. 2007, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to limited
seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating will be at tables of
10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment preferences, as well as spe-
cial seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket order form and will be honored to the
extent possible.
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of Pan Roasted Chicken w/Sage Reduction or Marinated Sliced Flank
Steak w/Mushrooms. Both entrees will be served with Roasted Red Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable, Mixed Tossed Greens with
Tomato Wedge, Sliced Cucumber and Julienne Carrots, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Old Fashion Chocolate Cake and Coffee,
Decaf, or Herbal Tea.
Luncheon tickets WILL NOT be sold at the reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be strictly
enforced. Entrance for the show only will not be allowed.
See more information about Shorty and Slim in this issue of the Canal Record.

Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until the allowed maximum capacity for the ballroom is
reached. Both dances will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 2:00 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance" will feature Tito
Mouynes y Conjunto. Dress is informal with no shorts or jeans permitted. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not be
allowed into the ballroom.
The Saturday night dance again features the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"; and dress is semi-for-
mal, with no shorts or jeans permitted. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not be allowed into the ballroom.
Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.


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

GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON (Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club)
Margot Jordan will be hosting the 27th Annual AMATEUR Golf Tournament on Thursday. July 5. 2007, at the Shingle Creek Golf
Club. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort will be hosting our Reunion this year so don't miss out playing on their unforgettable 18-hole, par 72,
Championship (7,228 yards) golf course.
This year we will have three categories of competition. When you register you must choose one of these three categories:
1. MEN'S medal play (One overall low gross winner.)
2. LADIES medal (One overall low gross winner.)
3. 2-PERSON SCRAMBLE flight (Handicaps for each team will be determined by one half of the team's combined handicap.
Players who do not select a partner at registration will be assigned a compatible partner based on age or handicap.)
REMIN DER: PROS are welcome to play but cannot compete for prizes.
The awards luncheon will be a buffet with BBQ baby back ribs, pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob and
dessert. Lunch will start IMMEDIATELY after play ends. The name tag you receive at registration will indicate your assigned luncheon
ENTRY DEADLINE: June 1. 2007. The entry fee of $79.00 includes range balls, green fees, golf cart, luncheon, awards, and lots of
door prizes. The field will be limited to 120 players so send in your registration form early. Unless advised by the committee, consider your-
self registered, as no confirmation will be sent out. Players are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon at a
cost of $32.00 per guest. This includes favors and door prizes.
Player's flights and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday afternoon at the Society information desk located at the Gatlin Ballroom
Registration Desk #2.
Collared shirts and soft cleats are required. NO denim pants, denim shorts, or coolers are permitted.
BINGO (St. John's 26 & 27)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of-charge bingo games on Friday from 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.,
and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. with lots of fun and a new structure of prizes to be won.
DESPEDIDA (Gatlin Ballroom B & C)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida which will be held on Sunday, July 8. 2007. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m., and the Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on sale to members by the hotel. Come early
and get a good seat. The Folkloric Dancers, Recuerdos De Mi Panama, will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at
10:00 a.m. The dance group will be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!
Despedida 2007 will also feature the drawing of the 6th Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful and
entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. Tickets are priced at $1.00 and are available at the Despedida Lottery table
located near the Registration / Information area. ALL of the monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky prizewinners.
THURSDAY NIGHT "OWL SHOW" (Sandlake Signature Ballroom Second Level)
Most every Zonian remembers the Owl Shows at Diablo and Margarita Theaters. As part of our 75th anniversary celebra-
tions, we are inaugurating the Owl Show at this year's reunion. It will be held on Thursday night at 10 o'clock in the Sandlake
Signature Ballroom located on the 2nd level. We promise to have a good scary movie for you. There is no charge and every-
one is welcome to attend.
CLASS AND MINI-REUNIONS (St. John's Second Level)
Members desiring to hold a class or mini-reunion while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and receive advance
approval from Class and Mini-Reunion Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or minireunions@pancanalsoci- THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PERSONNEL DISCUSS ANY
ing hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging Chairperson. Coordinators for class
and mini-reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the policies and procedures regarding the
payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to attend Society reunion activities. Coordinators are also
responsible for scheduling their class or mini-reunion activities so as not to conflict with the Society's scheduled activities. In
order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion, class and mini-reunion schedules
of events or notices should be posted at the Society's Information desk and are, by hotel policy, not to be posted anywhere else
in the hotel.
REUNION VENDORS (Gatlin Ballroom D)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2007 membership dues, (2) their $7.00
reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application approved by the Society.
Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are subject to space availability. The
Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any items that are deemed
objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harmless clause that denies any Society responsibility
or liability for items sold by reunion vendors. Deadline for Vendor Applications is May 15. 2007.

Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson, John Gough, by
telephone at (727) 527-2955, or by e-mail at reunionvendors( Printable Vendor Applications are also
available on the Society's website,

INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Gatlin Ballroom Registration Desk #2)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide assis-
tance to reunion attendees. It is the focal point for information and directions for all reunion activities, including mini-
reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a message center through maintenance of a bulletin
board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for "LOST AND FOUND" articles, for the sale of Society license
plates, decals and Canal Records. Members wishing to conduct Society business or having membership-related matters to
discuss are also welcome to visit the Secretary during posted operating hours.


MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by June 1. 2007.
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving about the
rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make available motorized scooters at a
special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Mobility at 1-888-726-6837. They are offering free delivery and pick up and
the daily rate for scooters is $30. Members need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by June 1. 2007.


Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2007 membership dues and the reunion
registration fee.
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson. The
host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates. The
Society's special reunion rate of $121.00/$250.00/$350.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning June 30
through July 12, 2007.
Except in special circumstances, only one guest room / suite reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's spe-
cial reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room.
Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation requests are received and approved, and will be done so until all
available guest rooms / suites are filled. Rooms will be assigned by the hotel when members check in.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose their prior-
ity; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is finally in order. The Society will make every effort possible to
expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging arrangements.

Reservations must be received by May 1. 2007, at the Society Office.
To reserve a guest room or suite, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D must be com-
pleted in its entirety, either printed in black ink or typed, and accompanied by one night's deposit plus 12.5% resort and
sales tax (payable to Rosen Shingle Creek Resort). The form should be submitted to the Reunion Coordinator, and received
in the Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Fl 33772-4787 no later than May 1. 2007.
There are a limited number of "Accessible" rooms available for assignment to persons having "special needs", which will
be assigned in the same order that reservation requests are received and approved. Requests should be noted in the space pro-
vided in the hotel reservation section of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.

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

Note: Upon check-in, the hotel will reconfirm your departure date. Any adjustments to the departure date can be made
then. After the departure date adjustments are made, shortened lengths of stay, thereafter, will result in a $50.00
administrative fee.

There is no smoking in any hotel guest room or suite. Guests violating this restriction will be
assessed a $500 penalty charge on their credit cards.


This year's Annual Luncheon will feature the LIVE musical entertainment of David Seitz
(BHS'77) and Alex Reyes (BHS'89), a.k.a. SHORTY & SLIM, in a unique, "coffee-shop" per-
formance that will captivate the ears and hearts of ALL AGES by bringing back mental
images of everything from Colon Taxi Drivers to Cucarachas to Bass Fishing on Gatun Lake.

SHORTY & SLIM is a pleasing blend of Calypso, Reggae, and Caribbean sounds with a
touch of Rock-n-Roll, and has best been described as "Canal Zone Folk Music"!! Conceived
in a Gamboa living room in 1992 and later captured on four CD productions, (Life on Mango
Street '95, Gone Platano '97, 'Tird One '99, and Down to Panama '06), it is written all about
Panama and the Canal Zone by Panamanian Zonians, and it's the only musical production
of its kind to truly capture the sights, sounds and experiences of living in or visiting the beau-
tiful Paradise of Panama and the Canal Zone. It is original, feel-good music that will make
you laugh, cry and remember the good old days.

Dave and Alex will be throwing out their straightforward, satirical, comical and even tear-
jerking style to the ears of EVERY GENERATION in this special "unplugged" performance,
where listeners will have the opportunity to get to know exactly what SHORTY & SLIM were
thinking, doing, and feeling at the moment each song was written. This Musical Memory
Train will take you from the Construction Era with numbers like "The Rain" and "Gold &
Silver", through the Zonian Heyday with "Reunion" and "You Would Understand", and right
up to the Canal Transfer and beyond with "Patio Sale", "Cold Shiver", and many, many more.

"Playing Zonian Folk music to a room packed full of Zonians who actually have paid for lunch
and HAVE to sit and listen.... To be able to explain the lyrics, memories, and feelings behind
each song... To be able to look out into each Zonian's eyes and say 'this music was writ-
ten for YOU!... To be given this most special opportunity is truly an honor, the experience
will be unforgettable for us and we are so looking forward to this show"

David Seitz and Alex Reyes

("OH Rass, Sharty!! We betta start practicin', Man!!"
"Easy now, Slim. Dems all Zonians, dem. It just gween be a next PARTY, bway!!")

Friday, July 6, 2007

Recuerdos de Mi Panama, the Panamanian dance group that performs at
our Despedida will once again be teaching unique dance steps used in the
"typical" dances from Panama during the reunion. You will also learn the
historical significance behind the different dances. You don't need to be an
accomplished dancer to participate. Beginners are welcome! Join us to
refresh your dancing skills or learn to dance "Tipico" style for the first time.
Cost for this class is $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. Class will be -
held on Friday, July 6, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. in the St. John .\
room #28. Pre-registration is necessary and a minimum of 6 participants is
required to conduct the class. In the event there are not enough participants
to hold the class, your fee will be promptly refunded to you. Complete your
registration now. You don't want to miss this opportunity.
DEADLINE is June 1, 2007.


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Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard just off the
Beachline Expressway (SSR 528 Exit #2) and a half mile east of the Orange
County Convention Center.

From Olando International Airport:

From 1-4 take the SR-528 Toll West
Exit (Exit 1B) toward International
Drive/I-4/Florida's Turnpike.

Merge onto FL-528 West (Portions

Take the Universal Blvd. exit (Exit 2)
toward Orangewood Blvd.

Turn right on Universal Blvd.

From 1-4:
Take exit #72/FL-528-TOLL EAST
onto FL-528 EAST toward CAPE
onto a local road toward UNIVERSAL
Arrive at 9939 UNIVERSAL BLVD,

8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin B C

Friday Night
Join us for the PanaZonian Dance with
"Tito Mouynes y Conjunto"

Featuring: Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz

Saturday Night Ball
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"
8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin B C

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Eligible members of the Panama Canal Society will receive a 10% discount
off published fares. Valid for roundtrip travels from Miami*, Orlando, Los
Angeles, and New York City (JFK). Effective December 1, 2006. Travel must
be completed by December 1, 2007.

Promotional Code: Please call the Panama Canal Society for code.
*Tickets must be issued at Copa Airlines CTO. Discount not applicable to Clase Ejecutiva
(Business Class) Cannot be combined with any other discount.
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Sean. Their third son Gary, residing in Chile, was not able to
attend. Our families shared some great times at the beaches in
Panama as our kids were growing up, and even though they
live in Montana, I'm putting them in my column!!
Our annual society Christmas party was held at
O'Charley's Restaurant on December 2nd. We decided on
late afternoon mainly because we had terrible weather last
year and those members who had to drive home in the dark
vowed they would never again do that. A good time was had
by all--great fellowship, good food and lots of prizes and fun.

Hannah Erickson, Henry Stockwell, Pat Hunt, Lila
Cheville, Dr. Dick Cheville, Kay Rodgers, and Nicki

Ruth Tillman, Jim Crafton, and

June and Dave Stevenson drove up from Atlanta and
spent the night with me, as they had such a good time last
year they decided to make it an annual event. Dave brought
Cafe Duran coffee mugs for everyone. Others attending were
Dr. Henry and Mrs. Stockwell, Dr. Richard "Dick" and Lila
Cheville, Jan and Don Ponder, Shirley and Jim Crafton,
Ruth Tillman, Ron Angermuller, Pat Hunt, Sam and
Norma Irvin, Jim and Diane Bradley, Nikki and Ty Erickson,
Willy and Wilma Nowotny, and Kay and Bob Rogers--who
incidentally has retired again! Jim and Norma Miller would
like to have come but they had to attend a Christmas party at
the hospital in Charlotte where Norma is still working as a
supervisor in the surgical area. We missed a few other regu-
lars for various reasons and we even had an email from Pat

Patino, who is living in Ocala, Fla. He is still on our list and
said he wished he could be here but it was a little too much
for a trip for lunch! One last bit of info about some of our
attendees: Ron and Linnea Angermuller celebrated their
51st anniversary on December 17th; Dave and June
Stevenson celebrated 52 years and Ruth Tillman celebrated
66 years with Bill before he died. Congratulations to all and
to all a good night! Till next time.

June Stevenson is saluting Lila CheI

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995
email: pathunt(


As many of you have heard on the news, we have been
having a series of challenging winter storms here in the
Pacific Northwest the last months of the year. Torrential rain
has been common and produced flooding in early November;
followed by snow the end of November and near hurricane
force winds the middle of December leaving many without
power for extended periods of time. Now that winter is offi-
cially here, we hope the weather improves.
Forty-two former Zonians, spouses and friends gathered
on December 9th at the Elks Lodge 1181 in Bremerton,
Wash., for their annual Christmas Party. As old friendships
were rekindled and some new ones made, many memories
and stories of Panama were shared throughout the evening
including one about "push buttons" which left a few non-
Zonians with questioning looks on their faces.

Remember you can register for the
reunion, reserve a room, order
luncheon and dance tickets online.

Back (L-R): Walter Kleefkens, Connie Ebdon, Connie
(Balmas) Ebdon, Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, Ginny
(Kleefkens) Rankin. Front (L-R): Jim Ebdon, Fred Ebdon,
Beverly Ebdon, and Paul Ebdon before Christmas party.

John and Michelle Bundy at the Christmas party

This annual Christmas party has its roots with one given
by Floyd and Bev Baker at their home in Federal Way,
Wash.; a tradition they started on Floyd's retirement from
PCC and their move from Panama to Washington state in
1981. When the Bakers decided to "retire" from hosting the
party in the late 1990s, Ted Paine and Cecil Caudill took
over not wanting to see the traditional holiday gathering
come to an end. While the Elks Lodge 1181 puts on a great
dinner, we all still miss Floyd's ceviche and empanadas!
While Ted was in rare form as emcee that evening celebrat-
ing his 82nd birthday, Cecil was unable to attend due to
health reasons. We ask everyone to keep him in your

IS APRIL 6, 2007.

F incec Ted Paine a the Christmas party on his 82nd birthday

On December 6, 2006, Kathleen Snider turned 75! Six of
her seven children, along with her husband of 54 years, Lee
Snider, hosted a get-together at the Bremerton Elks Club.
Mike Snider (CHS'72) from Wichita, Kan., brought his wife
Joan and their two sons, Carl and Nick; Patty (Snider)
(CHS'73) Morgan from Topeka, Kan., came with her hus-
band Ken. Four of Kathy's children reside nearby in
Washington State: Beth (Snider) (CHS'75) Hutchinson
came with her daughter Shelly and her two children, Stella
and Rory; Jim and his wife Mary and their two daughters,
Shannon and Kerry; Tom and his wife Dr. Evelyn Barraza
(CHS'75) and their three children, Kristin, Kyle and Ryan
(Tom and Jim are "the twins" from the class of CHS'76);
Theresa (Snider) (CHS'78) Herring and her husband Tim
(CHS'67) with their 13 children: Tom (BHS'98) and his new
bride Carrie, Christopher, Mary, Joe, Monique, James,
Bernadette, Madeline, Angelica, Rebecca, Anna,
Stephanie and Cecilia. Bill Snider of Gilroy, Calif., was
unable to attend but did celebrate Thanksgiving and
Christmas with his family in Washington. In attendance also
were Canal Zone friends, Bob and Ann Best, as well as many
other friends and extended relatives from the Northwest.


Kathy Snider with all but four of her grandchildren and one
great-grandchild on her 75th birthday.

Back I -R) Beth (Snider) Hutchin-on, Part3 (Snider)
Morgan, Kathy Snider, Lee Snider, Mike Snider, Theresa
(Snider) Herring. Front: Jim Snider and Tom Snider.

Not keeping idle after her birthday party, Kathy and Lee
Snider moved from their home outside Kingston, Wash., to a
condo in Bremerton, Wash., the third weekend in December.
Kathy writes that it was not the best time to be moving, right
after the big windstorm, but they wanted to avoid any power
outages at the farm which turned out to be a good idea. They
had great help from family with the move. Tim, Joe, and
James Herring; Tom and Tim Snider; plus Cecil Caudill's
son-in-law, Clancy Parker, who is a professional mover.
They all did a great job and were in the best of spirits, even
though the U-Haul was not returned in time so they had to use
everyone's pickups, vans, etc. Daughter Theresa (Snider)
Herring helped with a great lunch for all while everyone
played some card games between loads. Kathy and Lee write
that it is quite a change for them but are enjoying it very
much; especially watching the kids playing on the sports
fields their condo overlooks. They feel life will be much sim-
pler and easier after they are settled in and want everyone to
come visit them.
Beth (Snider) Hutchison sent a recent photo taken of her
daughter Shelly with Shelly's husband James Barber and
Beth's grandchildren Stella and Rory taken in Shelly's home
in Newport, Ore. The little ones of course are two of Lee and
Kathy Snider's great-grandchildren.
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James Barber holding Stella, Shelly (Hutchinson) Barber
holding Rory.

Tim and Theresa Herring were delighted to have all 13 of
their children home in Silverdale, Wash., for a visit the first
weekend in December. Their son, Christopher, will be
deployed to Afghanistan in May 2007 and their daughter,
Monique, was home on her first visit since becoming
Consecrated in the Regnum Christi Movement (a lay mis-
sionary religious vocation). Their oldest son, Tom, was mar-
ried in July 2006 to Carrie Wigren; she is a beautiful addition
to their family photo.


The Tim Herring Family

More Zonians moving about within the area: Jim and
Noralie (Roche) Shobe write that they have purchased prop-
erty next to their son Steve Shobe and his child bride Debbie
(Rowely) Shobe with plans to move down sometime in the
near future. Steve lives in Wauna, Wash., near Gig Harbor
southwest of Seattle. Jim and Noralie are excited about their
move south from Bellingham, Wash.
Mary and Jim Young spent the Thanksgiving holiday in
Hampton, Ga., with son Jim and family. Their other sons,
Tom, Mike, Frank, and Dave along with his family from
Panama, were also in attendance. After the holiday, Jim,
Mary and son Jim drove up to Virginia to visit Chuck
Soukup at his home in the Shenandoah Valley where the men
spent the week hunting. While away, Mary and Jim missed
the big snowstorm in the Northwest that left 13 inches of
snow at their home. They are leaving the beginning of the
year for six weeks in Panama.
Jim Huffman spent a week visiting family in Arkansas in
October, staying with his parents, Willard and Kathleen, in
Rogers. His brother Will and wife Kathy came up from
Wynne for the weekend and they all went to the University of
Arkansas Razorbacks homecoming football game.
Allen Briem, retired PCC Fleet Master, was with all of
his daughters--Ceci (Anna) Mano (BHS'80), Dede
(Deanna) Evans (BHS'83), and Lesley Briem (BHS'92)--
and grandchildren for the first time in years in Chehalis,
Wash., this past Christmas. Allen and his sister Gerry Briem
have a house outside of Napavine, Wash., and Allen spends
summers and some holidays there; the rest of the year he is in
Panama. Allen's wife Dilsa passed away in September 2006,
so it was especially great to have all his family together this

Back IL-Ri Gerre Briem, Dede (Deanna) E\ans, grand-
children Amanda and Carl Mano, Ceci (Anna) Mano hold-
ing her granddaughter Sarah, and Allen Briem. Front (L-R):
Lesley Briem, Meagan Evans and Bianca Evans.

Randy and Donna Grubbs have sent the following
showing how small the world really is. In 1985 when
Melanie Bales was the president of the Theatre Guild of
Ancon, the idea of a Christmas "Gift" to the Guild members
was born and continued year after year. With the withdrawal
of U.S. Forces in 1999, the Christmas show of 1998 became
the final show for many of us. Several of the cast members of
the final Christmas show of 1998 relocated in Okinawa
including Melanie and Fred Bales, Randy and Donna
Grubbs, Barbara (Kline) Armani, and Ted Turnipseed.
These six became the basis for a new group called the OkiPan
Christmas Troupe and continued the tradition of a Christmas
"Gift" in Okinawa.
Upon their retirement to Sequim, Wash., in 2005, Donna
and Randy of the original 1998 cast decided to keep the tra-
dition going. Several neighbors, friends, and former Zonians
were recruited and the new group named themselves the
DiOkiPan Singers since the show and several of the cast
members came from Panama, Okinawa, and all now reside in
the community of Sequim called Diamond Point, thus
Diamond OKInawa PANama. This group includes Atlantic
Siders Donna and Randy Grubbs, Marty Hoffman, Judy
Palumbo-Gates, and Christine Bru. This Christmas season
the group performed in five retirement centers, an art festival,
and a local community center.

DiOkiPan Singers: Back (L-R): Joe Dieu, Fran Dieu, Marty
Hoffman, Chris Bru. Middle (L-R): Karelene Olsen, Judy
Price, Judy Palumbo-Gates, Sharman Richardson,
Sharon Shenar. Front (L-R): Randy Grubbs, Donna
Grubbs, and John Drummond.

Lavinia (Wink) Greene reports that her brother, former
Panama Canal Pilot Richard Callaway, passed away
November 3, 2006, in David, Panama, after a brief illness.
Richard and his wife Neisy lived in David, Panama, and
Deltona, Fla.
Barbara (Greene) Litchford and family survived the big
December windstorm that rolled through Western
Washington. They were without power for about 35 hours.
Fortunately, Barbara's mother, Wink Greene, never lost
power so Barbara, her husband John and son lan left the cats
with lots of food and headed to Wink's for warmth, hot show-
ers and more importantly COFFEE!! Part of a neighbor's tree
came down on their storage shed and did some structural
damage. They were very fortunate that neither of their big
cedars came down, though one did lose a large limb. All in
all, they came through relatively unscathed. Barbara keeps
reminding John that they really do need to get the generator
out of the box and ready to use the next time there is a storm!
Talk about terrible timing...writes Patty (Walsh) Upton:
We my dad Jac Walsh, stepmom Kimm and sister Sue-
Lynn had a trip planned to Panama, leaving Seattle on
December 15th. My dad has not returned to Panama since he
left in mid-1974. On the now infamous evening of December
14, even BEFORE the real winds started, my dad's roof
developed a good-size leak, dropping onto the bed in the
spare bedroom. By 7:30 that evening we'd lost power and a
half hour later Sue-Lynn returned to her condo to find herself
standing in at least an inch of water! Furniture, rugs, wooden
parquet floor, ceramic tile floor, were all soaked. Needless to
say our vacation in Panama was postponed. Fortunately
everyone we've dealt with has been very understanding
including Panama Vacation Quarters, Alamo Car Rental,
Panama Marine Adventures, and Gold Coast Tours. To date
(December 19) Sue-Lynn still has no power and a very soggy
condo. Just as a side note, a huge tree did fall into Dad's yard,
missing the house by mere inches. We were fortunate, things
could have been a whole lot worse. Needless to say when all
the debris is gone, and the condo is dried out, we will need
that vacation to Panama more than ever! We may not make it
during dry season, which will be disappointing, but we will
get there!
On August 27, 2006, Paul Baker (CHS'75) and I returned
to Seattle after a six-year adventure sailing 42,000 miles
around the world on our 35-foot sailboat Altair It was six
years filled with wonderful adventures exploring many dif-
ferent countries and cultures with the most memorable parts
being the people we met along the way, both locals and other
cruising sailors. We were fortunate to visit Panama twice on
our adventure, meeting up with friends living there as well as
those visiting at the same time. It was very special to com-
plete our official circumnavigation when we transited the
Canal and tied up at Balboa Yacht Club. It was not until we
were well into our adventures that Paul remembered his
father Floyd Baker bringing sailors home for dinner that he
met at Cristobal Yacht Club. Paul figures he must have picked
up more during these visits than he had realized, fueling a
sense of adventure instilled by his parents. Paul is back to
work at The Boeing Company and we are settling back into
life in Seattle but continue to live on board Altair. We are
enjoying spending quality time with family and good friends.

Baker smiling on Altair while

Suzette Connolly Baker
reporting for Howie Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923
email: laatzo(


Jean, Doris and Scott Burns flew to Istanbul in October
2006, where they met up with Bob and Vicki Boukalis. The
group of five boarded the Norwegian Jewel for a 12-day
Mediterranean cruise. They enjoyed stops in Turkey, Greece,
Croatia, and Italy before ending the cruise in Barcelona. The
group enjoyed the many sights and tours, but all seemed to
agree that Izmir, Turkey, was a favorite stop. On a city tour of
Izmir, Jean noticed the tour bus was driving on the street
which he, Doris, Scott, and Laura (Burns) Redemann lived
on back in the early 1960s. All five have great pictures and
memories of the trip.

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The day after Christmas, the Bums and Redemann fami-
lies enjoyed a visit from Bob and Vicki Boukalis. Bob and
Vicki came to Tulsa to take Laura out to dinner to celebrate
Laura completing her bachelor's degree program in business
administration at the Tulsa campus of the University of
Phoenix, back in October. Laura and family, Jean and Doris,
and Scott enjoyed Bob and Vicki's visit, and Laura especial-
ly appreciated their generous gesture.

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


Anna reports:

Starting on a sad note, flags were flown at half-staff here
in Panama in October for a double tragedy, the accidental poi-
soning of 47+ people from tainted medicine, and a tragic bus
fire which killed 18 passengers. Indeed it was a time of
The patriotic holidays in November were barely over
when the Christmas decorations started appearing all over the
city and the ACP always does a good job with the
Administration Building and the surrounding areas.

Main entrance to tne AOmln. Lilmg.

Jean Burns, Doris Burns, Bob Boukalis, Vicki Boukalis,
and Scott Burns in Italy.

My husband Carl went back to Baghdad around mid-
December after spending almost two months working from
home. Unfortunately he had to go back during the Christmas
Holiday Season, which made this our third Christmas apart.
But fortunately his trip there will be shorter than normal and
he should be home by mid-January and working at home
again until April. Traffic has been a real bear in Panama City
the late part of October, most of November, and the beginning
of December with daily tranques (traffic jams) as a result of
the jubilados (retirees) closing some main roads in their

demands for a raise in their annual salaries. Then the bus
drivers, who were protesting the stricter government regula-
tions on their buses after the tragic bus fire, closed other roads
at the same time and made the situation more unbearable. I
now can understand "road rage!" Good thing I take my cross-
word puzzles in the car with me; when a horn honks, I know
it's time to move! Things were settled in the early part of
December, but then came the shopping for Panama's
Mother's Day (December 8th, a national holiday) and then
the Christmas madness at the malls and travel through the
city did not get any better. I found I did most of my grocery
shopping at night just to avoid the tranques.
In late December, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made a
two-day visit to Panama visiting souvenir shops, the Panama
Canal and the construction site of the Biodiversity Museum,
designed by Frank Geahry, at Amador. Rumor has it that they
are considering investing in the museum and buying land in
Panama. They join many other celebrities and retirees in
investing in Panama.
Along with this holiday season came many parties and
since I was home this time I was able to attend Vicki
Sizemore and Ed Wardlow's "How Many People Can You
Fit Into This Apartment" Christmas Party, the Elks Club's Pot
Luck Dinner and New Year's Eve at the Balboa Yacht Club.
All of the parties were great and seeing old and new friends
made it even better. The New Year's Party at the Balboa Yacht
Club was John Wolfs swan song--he finally decided to retire
the DJ business, and made us all appreciate his contribution
to the community. Many "residents" were in attendance along
with some out-of-towners including Howie and Gerry
Laatz--haven't seen them in years so there was a lot of catch-
ing up on our families. Worried me when Howie said she used
to carry me on her hip!!
My friend Anita Seifert came in for a few weeks to visit
her fiance Jack Townsend in Portobelo. Jack proposed to
Anita in October in Okinawa, where she works with DODDS,
and a summer wedding is planned in Boston.

Anita Seifert and Jack Townsend, Las Americas Restaurant

During a recent visit to the U.S., John and Melva
Bowman of Balboa traveled to San Francisco where their son
Steve (BHS'99) works for the Bank of America Securities.
They were joined there by daughter Melissa VanLeeuwen
(BHS'91) and her husband Andy who arrived from Dallas,

and son Christopher (BHS'97) who flew in from Orlando to
spend a long "family together" weekend. In addition to savor-
ing the cool weather, the group took in the many sights in the
city and enjoyed a side trip to the Napa Valley wineries where
this photo was taken.

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Steve, Christopher, Melva and John Bowman, Melissa and
Christopher VanLeeuwen, Napa Valley.

In an email from Penny Canamas, she wrote: "This year
Vincent and I traveled to Ocala, Fla., for Thanksgiving to cel-
ebrate with the family. It has been a long time since all of us
have had the opportunity to be together. Our daughter
Dyonne and grandson Timothy flew in from Virginia Beach
and our son Darrell came up from Orlando. Vincent's broth-
er Eddie and Lesa Stroop with their children, Taylor, Nicole,
Victoria, and Parker, came up from Sarasota. We all met at
my brother Tom and Kathy Wilder's house along with their
children, Samantha, Brittney, and Christopher, on
Thanksgiving day along with Vincent's mother Lilia Stroop;
my father and stepmother, Albert and Aura Wilder. Tom
fried up a turkey, I BBQ'd another turkey, and Lesa cooked a
ham. Of course there were all the other traditional dishes to
go along with the meal. Only the children 18 years and over
were allowed to eat my sweet potatoes as I add a lot of booze

Canamas, Stroop and Wilder Family at Thanksgiving

"After this holiday we returned to Panama with extra bag-
gage, our eighteen-month-old grandson Timothy! Dyonne
was kind enough to let us bring him back with us for three
weeks without her. Timothy adjusted to the Panama life right
away with his Nana (me) always by his side. To keep Timothy
entertained prior to Dyonne's arrival we took him to Summit
Zoo, Coronado (Corrigan's beach house), Causeway for a
bike ride, Friday night at the Balboa Yacht Club where he
danced to the sounds of John Wolf, twice to Extreme Planet,
a birthday party, many outdoor playgrounds, not to mention
all the malls, with Nana of course.

Darrell, Vincent, Penny holding Timothy, and Dyonne

"After being together for Thanksgiving in Florida, we
were fortunate to be able to be together for Xmas in Panama.
Darrell arrived December 16th followed by Dyonne
December 23rd. Christmas Eve dinner was hosted by Dodd
and Tiernan (Corrigan) DuPree along with their parents
Collin and Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan, Frank and Flor
DuPree. Dodd was on the BBQ as well as the smoker cook-
ing up a feast. Again we were not short on food. Vincent
brought over a variety of imported beer. Of course Darrell
and Dyonne wanted Panama and Soberana beer, which fortu-
nately Dodd had on standby. Timothy was kept entertained by
his cousins, Mackenzie and Kyle Dupree, during the
evening. Needless to say we had a very enjoyable Christmas
together once again with family.
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Mackenzie Dupree, Timothy, and Kyle Dupree

"Darrell left December 30th followed on January 1st by
Dyonne and Timothy. We are already looking for a time
frame to bring Timothy back down to spend time with his
Nana and Grampy and hoping to have the family back again
for Christmas."
Vicki Sizemore wrote in another long email: "Christmas

in Panama has come and gone and as usual was an awesome
experience. The decorations in the city are spectacular espe-
cially in the banking district. The annual Christmas parade
down Balboa Avenue was a three to four-hour affair with
bands, floats, civic groups and schools. The Elks BPOE 1414
held their annual Christmas Dinner on December 22nd. It was
well attended with over 80 people. The food was delicious
along with much liquid refreshment and a special Christmas
greeting from Exalted Ruler H.B. "Santa Claus" Twohy. Ed
Wardlow and I had our second annual "How Many People
Can We Fit Into This Apartment Christmas Party" in early

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Back (L-R): Chris Skeie, Margie, Vince and Penny
Canamas, Alejandra, Sid Coffin and Luke Palumbo. Front
(L-R): Nick Jackson, Vicki Sizemore, Ed Wardlow,
Lorraine Chamberlain.

"It was a great time with old and new friends to include
Zonians Nancy Boyd, Doug and Lil Webster, Joe Brown,
Anna Opel, Luke Palumbo, Sid Coffin and his girlfriend
Alejandra, Penny and Vince Canamas, Nick Jackson,
Lorraine Chamberlain and Chris Skeie.

Lil and Doug Webster
Lil and Doug Webster

Nancy Boyd


"The Balboa Yacht Club held a New Year's Eve party
with over 300 people. The music was great along with fire-
works from the causeway. Paula (Kuyoth) (BHS'69) Ayers,
her husband Randy, sister Amy, her husband Scott and their
collective children Michel, Michael and Brie were in
Panama for Christmas. Ed and I enjoyed visiting with them.
Paula and Amy had not been here in over 25 years! Paula has
retired from teaching and is enjoying her time raising organ-
ic sheep in Texas where she and her husband Randy own a

Ed Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore, Andy and Paula Ayers

"There is much development in Panama including new
housing and apartments being built in the Albrook and
Clayton areas. As in all places the development is a double-
edged sword. While we enjoy the close availability of servic-
es the additional traffic is a continual challenge. Lucky for me
Ed enjoys driving in Panama...I think he sees it as a reincar-
nation of his race car driving days! Dry Season seems to have
finally arrived with spectacular blue skies and wonderful
breezes. Like the rest of the world we experienced some
unusual weather in December with thunderstorms and even
"Ed and I are headed to the Volcan and the Trinidad Spa
and Lodge in Cerro Viejo (near Penonome) for a week. In the
Volcan we will stay at a BB owned by my classmate
(BHS'70) Janet Tilley Lee and her husband Glenn Lee. We
are looking forward to our time in the country with nothing
more to do than read and lie in a hammock!"
From Bruce Quinn, a regular for my plea for input, he
sends this: "At the end of January 2007, the combined class-
es of BHS & CHS of 1954 will be holding a Come Back to

Panama Reunion right here in PTY for the period of January
25-28. There will be more than 30 former classmates and
members of their families returning to Panama for the event
joining up with a skeleton crew of BHS-CHS graduates still
living and working here in Panama. The Reunion will culmi-
nate with a BIG dinner dance at the Union Club for our class
members, families, and members of other BHS-CHS classes.
"The package of this Reunion was put together by June
Rowley Stevenson (BHS), her daughter Lori Snow (BHS),
and a crew here in Panama including myself (BHS), Rolo
Linares (BHS), Titina Joyce, Paul and Maritza Smith
(both BHS), Myron and Ytsel Vega Schroeder (BHS), Kurt
(BHS) and Monica Menzel, Cora Adler Cohn (BHS) and
spouse Abdel, and Maritza Tagaropulos Kitras (CHS) and
spouse Pano. 1 feel that it'll be a happy and emotional
Reunion for many. For some it'll be the first time that they
shall have returned 'home'. That is that for some they haven't
been back in 50 years! I have to smile when I go to some of
these reunions in the States and I see all these people eating
arroz con pollo, dying for real ceviche, listening to the music
of Lucho Azcarraga, many of them wearing their montunas,
montunos, polleras, and drinking Panama Beer. The last
Reunion I attended was my 50th high school reunion. I
looked around the 'hospitality room', and said to my former
classmates: 'Why are we here? Why not come back home to
Panama to celebrate and enjoy all that you're doing here
today where you were born, grew up, and left sweet and sour
memories behind. Let's remember the good times at home."

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New York Trip. Back (L-R): Panos Kitras, Kurt Menzel,
Paul Smith, Myron Schroeder, Rolando Linares, and
Abdel Cohn. Front (L-R): Bruce Quinn, Maritza
Tagaropulos Kitras, Cora Adler Cohn, Ytsel Vega
Schroeder, Titina Faraudo Joyce, Maritza Van Horde
Smith, and Monica Menzel.

"I started a campaign for our classes to hold their next
reunion right here in PTY. Of course, some can't make it
because of health or financial reasons, but I know that those
who will be here will remember it the rest of their lives and
all of them will be proud of the work their parents, grandpar-
ents, and even great-grandparents did on the Panama Canal
during the American Era of this marvel. Whenever and wher-
ever possible I'll take some of them to the Panama Canal
Museum on Cathedral Plaza here in San Felipe to see how
much space has been dedicated to the American Builders,
their quality of life, and more in this world class building. For
example: Right now there is an exhibit of some items col-

elected by my friend, Ricardo Gago, of the Gago Enterprise.
There are some 500+ items on display on the top floor of the
Museum. This is just the tip of the iceberg of his collection,
but ALL should see his passion of memorabilia from the
American Era of the Canal. This should be a must on every-
body's itinerary of things to see here in Panama. The exhibit
will run through February 6, 2007.
"Right now work has restarted on the Geahry Museum
near the old Officers Club in Amador. When this museum is
completed it will have the same impact as other Geahry's
works have had in Balboa, Los Angeles, and New York. Wait
until some of my former classmates see the pavilion out at
Miraflores with an equally first-class museum honoring all
the builders...and I hope some of them have a chance to go to
dinner at the Restaurant which is on the fourth or fifth floor
of the Pavilion to watch the ships slip through the locks under
a full tropical moon. It sure beats Disneyland.
"I am not undermining the great work being done by a
dedicated group of people in the States building a Museum
honoring the American Era. Both these centers will honor the
American Era of which we are all part. I'm just trying to
show that energy which is being expended not to forget our
antepasados who worked on and built the American Canal
including my great-grandfather, grandparents, my parents,
myself, my brother, my aunts and uncle, and cousins."
Phew, well, I've had some long articles submitted this
time and I really appreciate the time everyone has put into it.
It's time we share our memories with others--time is too
short. Many blessings to all for the New Year.
Till next Record.

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001
email: acopel(

IS APRIL 6, 2007.

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John Soua. Kar a Sousa. Dehbie (Sholk) Sousa. Michelle
Martinez, Evan Sousa, Janette Martinez, Dorothy Sousa,
and Julio "Chichi" Sousa.

"Gran tourists" Carlton Morris (BHS'79), Kenny
Morris (BHS'79), and Ken Smith (honorary Zonian) spent
Thanksgiving weekend in Panama. This was Kenny's first
trip back since 1982 and he was anxious to see all the
changes. They stayed at the Country Inn & Suites in Amador,
then on to the Decameron Resort in Farallon for some beach
time. They did all the usual must-sees: Miraflores Locks,
Gamboa Resort, El Valle Sunday Market, Summit Golf
course, and of course the Napoli. Feeling vitalized, they even
signed up for the 2007 Cayuco Race scheduled for the end of
March--serious intensive training begins upon their return to



John (BHS'75) and Debbie Sousa
celebrated his ahemm 50th birthday"
with his family in Plantation Estates,
Frisco. His parents, Julio "Chichi"
and Dorothy Sousa came from
Panama for the occasion. Sister
Janette and niece Michelle Martinez
also joined the celebration. This great
family photo was used as their 2006
Christmas card.

Linda Morris

Kenneth L. Morris Jr., Ken Smith and Carlton A. Morris,
Canopy Adventure at El Valle.

A nineteen-day cruise on the Regal Princess from Los
Angeles to Panama and back was enjoyed by Bob and Linda
Morris mid-September/October. Nine ports were visited,
including the Mexican Riviera, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa
Rica and Panama. Each country was fascinating--neighbors

geographically and yet so different in customs, food and peo-
ple. While in Costa Rica, a call to Linda's "Prima Hermanas"
gave an update on family news--some happy and some sad. A
short tour of Puntarenas, a steaming bowl of "Gallo Pinto"
and a pilsner completed the visit.
In Panama, Charlie and Julieta (Garcia) Morris met
brother Bobby Mo at Puerto Amador, where the ship was
anchored unbelievable happening on the "ole causeway".
After a whirlwind tour of the "Zona Antiqua", the phenome-
nal growth of cosmopolitan Panama City was noted and
applauded. A visit to niece Melanie's home in Punta Este
where the rest of the family drifted in "con saludos,
bochinche" and to enjoy the fresh ceviche and chilled white

Bobby Morris, Charlie Morris, Julietta Morris, and Linda

On the return to Los Angeles, the Morrises spent five days
with sister Maria (Reimann) Thomas. Recently widowed,
Maria has just moved to Brentwood from San Francisco to be
closer to only daughter Laura Braunstein and family. Lots
of sightseeing was done as the sisters went exploring new
Sonia (Canas) Valley was in town for Thanksgiving hol-
idays to visit daughter Sandra Fulton in North Richland
Hills. The "Tremendo Sonia" was invited to the Texas-size
birthday bash for Bliss (Morris) Connerton at the posh
Glass Cactus Disco at Gaylord Texan Resort but declined
because of jet lag. She did recover quickly, however, when
the malls opened for the "..after Thanksgiving Day sales". A
weekend trip to Shreveport, La., (Texas residents Casino
heaven) was "great" she said "...relaxing in a suite with all
amenities, room service and family."
At a recent Cocktail/Dinner party at Bob and Angie
Bloemer's home, we met Frank (BHS'78) and Teri
Coroneos who have recently moved to the North Texas area.
Frank amused us with stories of some of his pranks at Balboa
High. We also learned about some of the Morris kids (Bliss'
and Carlton's) antics as well. Parents Col. Paul and Harriet
Coroneos and brother Pete (BHS'77) "Mr. Balboa" and fam-
ily also live in Garland, Texas.
Good friends Mac Lane (BHS'63), Lew French
(BHS'63), and Robert and Maggie (Williams) (BHS'58)
Windle played golf for "bragging rights" on December 15th

in Hurst. The "afterwards party" held at Mac's house includ-
ed: Charlie (BHS'59) and Marilyn (Ermish) (BHS'64)
Chase, Mike and Mamita (Chase) Gordon (New Smyrna,
Fla.), Lew and Elsmary French from "Sun City,"
Georgetown, Texas. Congratulations to Lew on his retirement
from MMM, Austin in January 2007. Robert and Maggie
(Williams-McGlade) Windle (Cibola) and Tom (BHS'64)
and Anita (Eldridge) (BHS'64) Ermish also attended. The
buffet was a foodies delight and the fellowship warm and

Back (L-R): Lewis French, Marilyn (Ermish) Chase, Tom
Ermish, Ellen (Ermish) Lane, Mac Lane, Robert Windle,
Ron Croft, Anita (Eldridge) Ermish. Front (L-R): Charlie
Chase, Maggie (Williams) Windle, Mamita (Chase)
Gordon, and Joanne (Ermish) Croft.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Powell (BHS'79) has been on
active duty for twenty-one months with the U.S. Army
Reserves in Arlington Heights, 111. Mark notes that more than
half of his unit has been sent to Iraq or Afghanistan in the last
year. He thankfully heads home to St. Charles every night.
Mark and wife Lori and four children are our Hometown
George (BHS'75) and Cynthia Soriano welcomed a new
baby boy Roman Alexander born September 6th to their
home in Farmer's Branch.
Art Farrell is at home recuperating from a bout of pneu-
monia. Daughter Kelly (Farrell) Murphy flew in from
Anchorage, Alaska, to visit and daughters Sheila and Dina
kept up spirits with Edie at home in Richardson.
Continue calling or sending in news from North Texas.
Hasta next time.

Linda Reimannn Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400


In August Mary Linda (Wells) Fealey, on TDY in
Columbus, Ohio, from her home in Washington State, took a
quick weekend trip to Kerrville between sessions. Dr. Fred

Wells of Perth, Australia, came by for Thanksgiving and a
week's stay with his parents, Fred and Marion Wells. He
also spent a week with his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and
Guy Fealey, in Oak Harbor, Wash. This visit turned out to be
in the biggest snowstorm in many years in this area. In
October Guy and Jim Fealey came to Kerrville to visit their
Mom, Honey Fealey, for a special birthday celebration. The
ladies in the Canal Zone Canasta Group all brought special
birthday cards for Honey and the boys bravely ate lunch with
the group of ladies. Of course Honey had a list of "Honey
Do's" for them and Marion got in on it too. When the Wells
and Fealeys retired they built their homes back to back as
their children had married. It has really paid off as they get to
easily share whichever of the "kids" come to visit.
Annie Boggs has made a couple of trips up from San
Antonio to visit me. We attended the monthly Canal Zone
Canasta Group in both November and December--not to play
cards, but to sell her embroidery, eat and socialize. We also
attended several bazaars and did some embroidery and
sewing. It seems my sister wants a mola Christmas tree skirt!
I went into San Antonio to eat Christmas dinner with Annie
and Robert (Topper) Boggs and their son Richard. I have
known them since before Richard was in my 7th grade math
Not only did Honey Fealey host her annual Christmas
Canasta and Bridge luncheon, she also had several of us over
New Year's Eve for a Johnny Mazzetti dinner with
empanadas for appetizers and champagne to toast the New
Year. Attending dinner were Honey, her sisters Jean Smith
and Lois Carpenter (from San Antonio), Sue and Bill
Graham, Marion and Fred Wells, and Jo-Anne Fields. There
were even some celebratory 'besitos"!

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


Happy Spring, Virginia Zonies:
So far, winter has been rather mild, or
should I say warm. As I put this article
together, today's date is January 5,
2007. The high temperature today was
Karen Brandl 68 degrees with an expected high
tomorrow of 77 degrees. I'm NOT
complaining. In December, my sister Rosanna Peugnet
(BHS'82) Wilcox and I flew out to San Francisco for a fam-
ily birthday party. What a beautiful city. Christmas was spent
at home this year. It was calm and wonderful. I'm really look-
ing forward to the reunion this year. Please don't forget about
the Membership Contest, which closes on April 30, 2007, and
more importantly, please renew your Society membership if
you haven't done so already.

Congratulations to Ray Bierbaum (BHS'67) who cele-
brates his retirement as of January 1, 2007. Ray was born and
raised in Panama. He is a fourth-generation member of a
canal construction family, the Raymonds. His grandfather is
a Roosevelt Medal holder. Ray left Panama in 1974 and set-
tled in Virginia where he met his wife Martha. Sadly, Martha
passed away unexpectedly two and a half years ago. Ray
worked for the Portsmouth, Virginia Fire and Rescue
Department for twenty years. "I'm looking forward to retire-
ment and playing more golf, fishing and traveling," he stated.
Ray is on his way to Panama for a well-deserved monthlong
vacation in January. He promised to take lots of pictures to
share in our next Canal Record issue.

Ray Bierbaum

Dave Albanese (CHS'66) and his wife Becky are on their
way to Panama as well. They will be staying in Amador and
he, too, promised lots of pictures.

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



Matthew Grimison and Theresa Harnisch are thrilled
to announce their engagement. Theresa is the daughter of Col.
(Ret.) and Mrs. John Harnisch of Santa Fe, N.M., and
Matthew is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Grimison of
Satellite Beach, Fla., formerly of La Boca. Theresa is a grad-
uate of Balboa High School, and Matthew was born and
raised in the Canal Zone.
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Matthew Grimison and Theresa Harnisch

Theresa received a Bachelor's of Art in 1993 from
Fordham University and a Master's in Business
Administration in 2003 from the University of New Mexico.
Matthew received a Bachelor's of Art in 1993 from Florida
State University and recently completed a fellowship in the
United States Congress. The couple met at the Balboa High
School class of 1989 15-year reunion. They currently reside
in Washington, D.C., and will be married on July 21, 2007, in



APRIL 6, 2007.


In October 2006, to celebrate their 25th wedding anniver-
sary, Lori Stevenson Snow and her husband Virgil went on
a Mediterranean Cruise that took in Spain, Italy and France,
and they loved it. It was a 12-day cruise and they highly rec-
ommend it to everyone.
Lori took a photo of the Pieta in Rome that was awesome.
Other photos taken on their trip were of Lori holding up the
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lori at the Coliseum in Rome, and
Lori and Virgil at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

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Lori Snow at the Coliseum

Lori and Virgil Snow at Trevi Fountain


In October, John E. Schmidt Jr., Tallahassee, Fla., came
to Kerrville, Texas, to surprise his brother Douglas C.
Schmidt on his 70th birthday. The boys were joined by their
sister Jackie Bishop, also of Kerrville. The three siblings are
the children of the late John E. and Kitty Schmidt, and have
a total of nine children and 17 grandchildren.

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On November 30, 2006, Samantha "Sam" Wilder was
promoted to Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force. Kathy and
Tom Wilder were able to attend and participate in the pro-
motional ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Dad left
only a small mark on her arm when the stripes were applied!!
Sam is assigned to the 96th Medical Group where she is a
Medical Technician at the base hospital.

John E. Schmidt Jr., Jackie (Schmidt) Bishop,
Douglas C. Schmidt in 2006.

Samantha, Kathy and Tom Wilder


On Cinco de Mayo de 2006, the Lanfranco family cele-
brated the 73rd birthday of Nancy (Kaufer) (CHS'51)
Lanfranco in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Back: Jackie Schmidt and John E. Schmidt Jr. Front:
Douglas C. Schmidt in 1939.

Martin Lanfranco, Ann Motsinger, Jack Motsinger, Jay
Motsinger, LeRoy Leach, Austin Motsinger, Tessa Leach,
and Nancy Lanfranco.


Sheila Dillow (BHS'62) of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., wrote
to inform the Panama Canal Society members of the great
accomplishment of her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and
Yvonne Kuftic. Between the two of them they have lost over
200 pounds and she is very proud of both of them.

football, soccer, track and swimming. He also competed in
three cayuco races. David graduated from Auburn University
in 1991 and went on active duty in 1992. He and his wife
Michelle were married in 1998. Their daughter Amanda was
born in 2002, and their son Joshua was born in 2004. David's
parents, Malcolm and Jean, live in Hendersonville, N.C.
Malcolm is a 1955 graduate of Cristobal High School.

Jean Stone, Michelle, Amanda, Joshua and David
and Malcolm Stone.

Yvonne and Mike Kuftic


On November 30, 2006, David Stone (BHS'87) was pro-
moted to Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Air Force. David
and his family reside in Prattville, Ala., while he attends the
School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) at
Maxwelll AFB. Upon graduation in June 2007, David will
receive a Master of Airpower Art and Science degree.
Following graduation, David will become the Commander of
the 10th Missile Squadron (ICBM's) at Malmstrom AFB in
Great Falls, Mont.
David was born in Gorgas Hospital, raised in the Canal
Zone and graduated from BHS where he competed in varsity


William Garner Morgan, the son of Jack and Debbie
Garner (CHS'69) Morgan, graduated with a Bachelor's of
Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia on
December 16, 2006. He is a member of the social work honor
society. He will continue working towards his masters in
social work beginning in January 2007.
He is the grandson of the late William and Catherine
Garner, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone. His proud fami-
ly attended the graduation and dinner party afterwards. In
attendance were his parents, his sister Stacey and her husband
Chris Lucas and their daughter Kate, his brother Jack D.
Morgan and his wife Beth, and other family and friends.

William Garner Morgan


On January 19, 2007, Sidney and Annabetta Kaufman
celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. In observance of
their 30th anniversary, they reconsecrated their marriage
vows at Fort Amador Officers Club. Their friends from the
Canal Zone and Panama enjoyed the wedding ceremony fol-
lowed by a festive evening.

lectured at George Washington and Georgetown Universities.
They are members of the Panama Canal Society and
retain close contact with their friends in Panama. They now
reside at the St. Andrews Community in Boca Raton, Fla.,
and enjoy life with their daughters, seven grandchildren, and
six great-grandchildren, as well as their friends in New
England, Ohio, Maryland, and Panama.

Sidney Kaufman
Boca Raton, Fla.


Marcia (Coffin) Wheatley was honored as the President
of the American Legion Auxiliary for the State of Virginia.
Five of her siblings traveled to Woodbridge, Va., for the
affair. Jerry Coffin spoke on behalf of the Coffin family and
Marcia's niece, Cari Halliwell, sang the National Anthem.
Unable to attend were Jon (Sid) Coffin of Panama and
Marjorie Coffin of Pennsylvania.

Sidney and Annabetta Kaufman, 1944

tom ana iviarcia (canay cottln) wneatley

Annabetta and Sidney Kaufman, 2006

Sidney was Director of Executive Planning for the
Panama Canal Company when he retired in 1978. Annabetta
spent an active life in the Canal Zone and Panama. She was
Chairperson of the Culinary Committee of the Inter-
American Womens' Club in Panama. After retirement Sidney
served as Vice President of Computer Science in Virginia and

Back (L-R): Kathi Coffin, Jerry Coffin, Tom Wheatley.
Front (L-R): Nannette Coffin, Marcia (Candy) Wheatley,
Lynne (Coffin) Cunningham.


Ellie (Foley) Husum of Tallahassee, Fla., reports that her
grandson Kevin Husum of Panama City, Fla., won in the
Dixie Boys 13 Year World Series in Grand Prairie, Texas, in
August 2006. Kevin was the star pitcher of his Florida team,
the Southport All Stars, beating out teams from Texas,
Alabama, South Carolina and ultimately Tennessee in the
Championship game. Kevin's pitching ability won two of the
games and saved one by striking out 23 players in 12 innings.
Prior to the World Series, Kevin pitched an eight-inning,
no-hitter striking out 15 players in the semifinals held in
Sebring, Fla., that landed his team a spot in the World Series.
Kevin's dad George Husum, Team Coach and Chaplain; and
Kevin's Mom Barbara (Hall), team organizer and #1 Fan,
accompanied Kevin to Grand Prairie and are very proud of
his accomplishment.

Amber Henter at Pony Finals

Amber with Wellington II (Wellie is her equitation horse):
NFHJA 3rd Small and Large Junior Hunter; FSHJA -
Champion Large Junior Hunter; CFHJA Reserve
Champion Large Junior Hunter.

2nd Row, 4th from left: Kevin Husum. Back Row, 2nd from
left: George Husum.


Congratulations to Amber Henter and her horses for a
very successful show year. In addition to the below end-of-
year Circuit Awards, she was Champion in Saratoga and Lake
Placid, N.Y., over the summer and qualified for the Maclay
Medal Finals in New York on her first try.
2006 End-of-Year Awards:
Amber with Cosmopolitan Girl: 2006 National USEF
Medium Green Pony of the Year; RMI Mid-Florida -
Champion Green Pony Hunter; NFHJA Champion Green
Pony; FSHJA Champion Small/Medium Green Pony;
CFHJA Champion Small/Medium Green Pony; CFHJA
(Local Awards) Reserve Champion Small/Medium Green
Pony; 1st at USEF Pony Finals in Model, 5th Overall
Medium Green Pony held in Kentucky.
Amber with Furby: RMI Mid-Florida Reserve
Champion Green Pony Hunter; NFHJA Reserve Champion
Green Pony; FSHJA Champion Large Green Pony; CFHJA
- Reserve Champion Large Green Pony; CFHJA (Local
Awards) Champion Large Green Pony.

Amber Henter on Wellington II

Amber won the 2006 CFHJA Pony Equitation Medal and
was awarded the Audrey Chesney Perpetual Trophy. She was
also 6th Overall out of 206 in the Pony Medal Competition
held at the 2006 Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky.


The Wisconsin Health Care Association honored Nira
Johnson on October 25, 2006, as its Volunteer of the Year, in
Green Bay, Wis. Nira was awarded the 2006 Shining Star
Award for her volunteer efforts at the Grand View Care
Center. She was selected out of many nominations from nurs-
ing homes across the state of Wisconsin. Nira has been an
active volunteer at Grand View since August 1990. She was
the only volunteer honored out of the eight individuals pre-
sented with Shining Star awards.


Shawn Ramsey, Hugh Ramsey, Lisa Ramsey, Ken Rood
and Karen Rood

Lisa Michelle Ramsey graduated cum laude from
Clemson University in South Carolina. She received a degree
in Graphic Communications on December 21, 2006. Lisa is
the daughter of Karen Rood (CHS'74) and Hugh Ramsey
and the granddaughter of Ken and Ginger Rood, fonnerly of
Cardenas and Coco Solo. Grandfather Ken attended the cere-
mony to extend his congratulations to Lisa.


John Arthur Morales (BHS'31) married Margaret
Kuhn (BHS'36) 60 years ago on October 11, 1946, at the
Margarita Court House, Margarita, Canal Zone. After the
wedding and a private reception at the Hotel Washington,
Colon, R. of P., the Moraleses flew to San Jose, Costa Rica,
for their honeymoon. They spent several days exploring the
capital of Costa Rica and also hiked up a dormant volcano in
the area.


Morales are both retired and living in the Republic of
Panama. John in the former Albrook housing area and
Kenneth out near Madden at Chilibre. Daughters Jeanette
and Roseanne live in South Carolina and Florida, respective-
ly. Jeanette is retired and doing volunteer work for the local
hospital in Spartanburg; Roseanne is a social worker and has
a private practice in massage therapy in the Space Coast area
of Florida. Son Lars and his wife Marcela live in the
Boulder, Colo., area where he is employed by NOAA.
Youngest son Roy and his wife Janet live in Moberly, Mo.,
where he teaches high school and is an adjunct history
instructor at the local community college.


Charles William Homa celebrated his 90th birthday at
the Intercontinental Hotel in Panama on July 8, 2006. He was
joined by about 150 of his friends and family members.
Chris and Bruce Homa organized the event along with sib-
lings Dean and Kim (Bender) Homa, Fred and Donna
(Homa) Kunkel from Panama, Diane Homa and Walt
Hardenstine from St. Petersburg, Fla., and Gary and
Patricia Homa from Boca Raton, Fla. He was also joined by
his many grandchildren; Deanne (Homa) Milne, Tiffany
(Homa) Wenzler, Kimberly Homa, Grant Homa, Ryan
Homa, Brandon Homa, Freddy Kunkel, Zachary Kunkel,
Zabrina Kunkel and Kelsey Kunkel. Highlighting the night
was a beautiful DVD presentation of photos of Bill's life.

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Gary Homa, Donna (Homa) Kunkel, C. William (Bill)
Homa, Diane Homa, Bruce Homa, and Dean Homa.

John and Margaret Morales

John and Margaret settled on the Pacific side where they W m H a wh i f a
would William Homa with immediate family and grandchildren.
would raise all six of their children. John Jr. and Kenneth

* Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must include parents or grandparents.


On April 8, 2005, Karsyn Leigh was born to Leanne
(BHS'91) and Timothy Krafft of Port Orange, Fla. She
weighed in at 7 pounds 15 ounces. Anxiously awaiting to
welcome her arrival at the hospital were her big brothers,
Tanner (10) and Brett (8), as well as grandparents Bob and
Pat (Chase) Thrift (both BHS'69).
Welcoming Karsyn at home were her maternal Great-
Grandmother "Yaya" Chase, Tio Rob, Tia Chantal, cousins
Tyler and Haley Thrift.

Number four great grandchild is expected in February
2007 by Dillion and Angie Shobe, youngest son of Steve and
Debbie (Rowely) Shobe, so the Shobe Family awaits the
New Year.

Josh Duffus, Miles Duffus, Jim Duffus


Jack and Debbie Garner (CHS'69) Morgan proudly
announce the birth of their first grandchild, Katherine
Morgan Lucas, on September 26, 2006. She is the daughter
of Chris and Stacey Morgan Lucas and the great-grand-
daughter of the late William and Catherine Garner, former-
ly of Margarita, Canal Zone.

Doting Papa Bob holding 18-month-old Karsyn


Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe are proud to announce
that their daughter Clover (Shobe) (CHS'75) Duffus and her
husband Jim (BHS'72) have just become grandparents, mak-
ing them great-grandparents for the third time.
On December 6, 2006, Clover and Jim's son Josh Duffus
and his wife Rachel became the proud parents of Miles
Gregory Duffus. What a great Christmas present. Clover and
Jim are happy Miles lives only a short drive away making fre-
quent visits easy.

Jack and Debbie Morgan holding Katherine Morgan



Matthew Phillip Tomlet (BHS'88), son of Capt. and
Mrs. Philip Tomlet, and Rebecca Ann (Wilbur) (BHS'88)
Tomlet, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. William Wilbur, with son
Mark Andrew, two years old, joyfully announce the birth of
their little girl Elyse Rebecca Tomlet! She arrived on June
12, 2006, weighing seven Ibs., and born with a smile on her


Wade Carlisle and Jenny Shaw were joined in marriage
on November 24, 2006, in Clearwater, Fla. Wade comes from
a long line of Zonians his parents, Drake and Colette
Foster Carlisle, and grandparents, Peter and Marjorie
Foster, and Lucy Carlisle. Jenny's parents are Rick Shaw,
Carrie and Dean Ballard of DeLand and Orange Park, Fla.
They were blessed to have many friends and family at the
wedding. After a honeymoon at Gamboa Resort and Playa
Bonita Resort, they came back from Panama ready to plan
another trip--this time with family members along as tour

Back: Matt and Rebecca Tomlet. Front: Mark and Elyse
Rebecca Tomlet.


Jeffrey (BHS'90) and Nicki Zornes celebrated the birth
of their third son, Jamie Marcus, on August 19, 2006, at
Evans Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo. Jamie, who joins his
brothers Chase, 14, and lan, 4, weighed in at 7 lbs. I oz., and
was 19 inches long. Welcoming and tenderly showering love
on their third grandson were paternal grandparents, Ginger
(BHS'68) and Dick (BHS'67) Zornes, of Prescott Valley,
Ariz., and maternal grandparents, Debra and Keith Nelson,
of Cut Bank, Mont. Jamie is also the beloved great-grandson
of Herbert Nelson, also of Cut Bank, Mont.

lan, Jeffrey, Nikki holding Jamie, and Chase Zornes

Pete Foster, Lucy Carlisle, Marje Foster, Jenny Carlisle,
Wade Carlisle, Colette Carlisle, and Drake Carlisle.


Michelle Viente Pettit and Gregory Andrew Stillman
were married on October 7, 2006. The outdoor tent wedding
and reception took place on the grounds of Damascus
Wesleyan Church in Damascus, Md. Attendants included
Alexandra and Jessalyn Stillman, sisters of the groom.
Trevor Medinger, nephew of the groom and son of Bob and
Nikki Medinger, was the ring bearer. Out-of-town guests
included Jean (Medinger) McGuire and her daughter Anna
McGuire from Safety Harbor, Fla.; Bob, Nikki, Trevor, and
Alexa Medinger from San Antonio, Texas; Edith Meeker,
grandmother of the groom, from Oldsmar, Fla.; and Nancy
(Boyd) McAleer from Panama, along with her daughter Kate
McAleer of Washington, D.C.
The bride, daughter of Roberta Pettit and Charles
"Skip" Pettit of Gaithersburg, Md., graduated from
Walkersville Family Christian School in 2000. She earned an

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Associate's Degree in Bible and Theology from Faith
Christian University where she is completing a Bachelor's
The groom, son of George and Ann (Medinger)
Stillman, Gaithersburg, Md., is the grandson of Edith
Medinger Meeker and the late John W. Meeker Jr. Greg
graduated from Damascus High School, Damascus, Md., in
2001. He attended Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.,
and Montgomery College, Rockville, Md. He is currently
employed by Superior Electric Co. in Bethesda, Md., as an
Following a honeymoon in MN nle Beach, S.C., the cou-
ple is now residing in the Gaithersburg, Md. area.

Michelle and Gregory Stillman


Sheila Mitten Stepp and Susanne Mitten of Tallahassee
are proud to announce the marriage of their sister Christine
Mitten Gibson of San Diego to John Fettler of Pensacola on
December 1, 2006, in Tallahassee.
A reception followed which was attended by friends and
family. Out-of-town guests included Candy Hirsch Yasser
of New York City; Barbara Wesley Taylor of Baltimore;
Fran Stabler Meyer, Janet Hunt Watkins, Darleen
Woodruff Hunt, Beth Lewis Brandenburg, and Courtney
Fettler of Florida. Chris and John are in the midst of looking
for their future home.

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John Fettler and Chris Mitten Fettler


Ana-Maria Romera and Josh Baker were united in mar-
riage on September 15, 2006, in Dallas, Texas. The outdoor
ceremony was held on the lawn of the Westin Stonebriar
Resort followed by a reception for approximately 100 guests.
The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and will reside in the
Dallas area.
Ana-Maria is the daughter of Ann Leach Romera and
the granddaughter of Nancy Kaufer Lanfranco (CHS'51)
and the late LeRoy Leach of Cristobal, Canal Zone.


Jon A. Hunt and Julie Gurnee were married on October
21st in a garden ceremony at the home of the bride's parents
in Great Falls, Va. Jon is the son of Patricia Dunning Hunt
and the late Jack Hunt. Julie is the daughter of Becky and
Dan Baker of Great Falls and Dan Gurnee of St. Petersburg
Beach, Fla. A reception for approximately 200 guests was
held in the gardens following the ceremony. Relatives and
friends from the former Canal Zone included the groom's
sisters and families, Lisa Johnson, Teresa Rhodes and
Bryan Zweiful, Michael and Jennifer Watkins, Laurie,
Sam and Justin Trinca, the groom's aunt Louise Hunt and
cousins Joe and Darleen Hunt, Janet Watkins and Tom
Hunt, Mark Baker, who escorted the groom's mother down
the aisle, Margaret Bivin Coffin, Carol Brader and
Andrew, Mary Jean and Conner Mayles.
Jon is employed by the Campaign for Labor Rights, a
project of the Alliance for Global Justice. Julie is the
Naturalist at the Broadlands Nature Center in Broadlands, Va.
and presents programs for the Audubon Naturalist Society.
After a two-week honeymoon trip to Peru, the couple will
be at home in Reston, Va.

Joe Hunt, Lisa Hunt Johnson, Janet Hunt Watkins, Julie
Sand Jon Hunt, Laurie Hunt Trinca, Terri Hunt Rhodes,
and Tom Hunt.


"S'tenad Rest gi Ce to tem, 0 doud.
_aed tei aeae 4it pa o ufto tti"em

Joan Delores Bender, 72, passed away October 13, 2006,
after a prolonged illness. She was born in Ambridge, Pa., on
January 21, 1934, to Michael and Sofia Neisnack. She mar-
ried Merritt J. Bender (BHS'48) in November 1952 and trav-
eled to the Canal Zone in December of the same year. Her
husband rejoined the Inter American Geodetic Survey
(IAGS) and between 1953 and 1967 they had different
assignments which were spent in Ecuador, Peru, Haiti, and
Panama. Joan always returned to Panama in order to have her
three children, all born in Gorgas Hospital.
In 1967 her husband accepted a job with NASA in
Houston, Texas, where they spent the next eleven years. They
participated in many splashdown parties while there. In 1978
they returned to Panama, remaining there until 1989 when her
husband retired. They returned to Houston to the home they
had leased while in Panama.
Joan loved to cook and belonged to the officer's wife's
gourmet club. She hosted many dinners for those who visited
IAGS, among which was the yearly conference of the project
engineers. She also liked to work in her garden and received
several yard-of-the-month awards. She was a member of the
St. Mary's Catholic Church in League City, Texas, and the
Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 54 years, Merritt
J. Bender; sons, Michael Bender and wife Cheryl, Steven
Bender and wife Beth; daughter, Kim Homa and husband
Dean; five grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia Deluca and
husband John.

Melvin Bierman, 79, of Juno Beach, Fla., passed away
October 5, 2006. He was born December 29, 1926, in St.
Louis, Mo. A veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II, Mel
came to the Isthmus in the early 1950s with a degree in
Industrial Engineering from Washington University in St.
Louis, a certificate of advanced study in traffic engineering
from Yale University, and was previously employed as a traf-
fic engineer for the city of St. Joseph, Mo.
His first position in the Zone was as a traffic engineer in
the E&C Director's office, and he retired as the Deputy
Director of the E&C Bureau in 1984 after some 30 years of
Canal service. He once joked that, "my first desk in the Canal
organization was about 25 feet from my last desk." In the
years between, however, he held various positions. From
Traffic Engineer, he moved into the Engineering Division
Projects Branch where he was a Project Engineer for such
things as the conceptualization of the marine traffic control
system, and also the new Gorgas Hospital building. He also
served as the assistant Chief of the Specifications &
Estimates Branch, and assistant to the Engineering Division
Chief. Named in 1971 as chief of the Construction Division,
Mel also became the E&C Bureau Contracting Officer; it was
the first time the position had been held by anyone outside the
director's office. Prior to his final appointment as E&C

Deputy Director, he served as chief of the Maintenance
Mel received his first professional engineering license
from the Canal Zone Board of Registration for Architects and
Professional Engineers in 1958, as a charter member.
Subsequently, he also received licenses from the states of
Ohio and Florida, and from the District of Columbia. In 1969
he was appointed to the Canal Zone Board by Governor
Leber, and was later reappointed by Governors Parker and
Parfitt. During the 1960s, Mel hosted a game show on SCN
sponsored by the Canal Zone Society of Professional
Engineers which pitted students from BHS and CHS against
each other, testing their knowledge of math and science.
In addition to his professional contributions, Mel was also
active with various civic organizations in the Canal Zone. He
served on the Board of Directors of the Balboa Armed
Services YMCA for four years, and the USO-JWB for over
20 years. He was also a member in good standing of the
Panama West Rotary Club.
Upon retirement from the Canal Zone, he moved to Ft.
Worth, Texas, where he worked as a project engineer for the
city of Ft. Worth, until moving to Florida in the mid-1990s.
He is survived by his daughters, Zoe Ann McGraw of
Mesa, Ariz., and Susan Gorges of Columbia, Mo.; and by his
son, Paul Bierman of Bloomingdale, Ill.; his brother, Howard
Bierman of Palm Desert, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and
five great-grandchildren.

Peter Bolton, 84, of Osprey, Fla., died December 25,
2006. He was born November 8, 1922, in Oakland, Calif.,
and came to Sarasota in 1975.
He was a pilot on the Panama Canal from 1954 to 1979
and was a Merchant Marine captain in World War 11. He was
a lifetime member of the Council of American Master
Mariners Inc., a member of The Panama Canal Pilots
Association, the Propeller Club of the United States, and the
Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife of five years, Audrey; a daugh-
ter, Dr. Mary of Seattle, Wash.; a son, Jan of Fort Worth,
Texas; a stepson, Samuel Brooke of New York City; and a
brother, Alec of Honolulu.

Adamary Anderson Bright, 96, of Jacksonville, Fla.,
died May 31, 2006. She was born November 11, 1909, in
Jacksonville. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert
M. Bright.
She was a graduate of Florida State College for Women
(1930) and received her Master's Degree from the University
of Michigan (1931). Subsequently, she taught in the Panama
Canal Zone where she was also a Guidance Counselor for 32
years. She retired in 1971 with 35 years of service. She was a
lifelong member of the Arlington Congregational Church,

and a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by a cousin, Jim Larson, and by her very
close friends, Lawrie Nichelson and Larry Stokes.

Genevieve June Burns, 90, of Austin, Texas, a longtime
Kerrville resident, passed away November 5, 2006, at
Cornerstone Hospital in Austin, following a short illness.
She was born on June 1, 1916, to Florence Edith (Barnet)
Fowler and Ruben Alphonso Fowler in Cherry Creek, N.Y.,
and grew up on one of the two dairy farms owned by the fam-
ily. Both of her parents died when June was 16. She ran the
farms, and attended high school until the farms were sold.
She then attended nursing school at the University of Buffalo
in New York. After graduation, she worked as a public health
nurse in Buffalo until accepting a position in Public Health
nursing in the Canal Zone.
June met her husband John "Jack" Teasdale Burs, a
sailor with a Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron stationed in
Panama, they were married on August 9, 1942, and in 1944,
Jack was sent overseas. Their son, John "Jack", was born in
1944 and their daughter, Adele, in 1947. After the war, Jack
and June moved to Buffalo, and then returned to the Canal
Zone where they remained and raised their family. June
worked for many years as a nurse at Fort Gulick Dispensary
for the Army. Much of her time was spent working with the
7th Special Forces Group and many friendships were estab-
lished with the men of this unit. Her husband, Jack, was a tug-
boat engineer for the company. Jack and Adele have many
memories of picnics in Panama at jungle beaches, old pirate
forts, and having their parents put up with frequent and
numerous animals and "critters" they would bring home from
the jungles and oceans.
About 1950, Jack and June bought land and built a cottage
on Drag Lake near Haliburton, Ontario, Canada, and for years
the family spent their vacations in Canada working on the
building of the cottage. Jack and June spent part of the year
at the cottage following retirement, and June continued to
spend time there following the passing of her husband. Many
lifelong friendships were established and are still strong. The
family has many wonderful memories of the trips to Canada,
spending time at and building the cottage.
Jack and June retired in 1966 and moved to San Angelo,
Texas, and after a short stay settled in Kerrville. For a time,
Jack and June ran the Hill Crest Motel and finally moved to
Wilderness Park. June eventually returned to work for the VA
Hospital as a nurse; then moved to the Kerrville State
Hospital and retired from there on December 20, 1989.
June was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Burns,
who passed away in 1976. She is survived by a daughter,
Adele Ward of Austin, Texas; two sons, David John Wells of
Teton, Wash., and her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and
Karen Burns of Aurora, Colo.; a grandson and a granddaugh-

Alma Symonds Burrow, 87, of Gulfport, Fla., died
November 29, 2006, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She was
born in Camden, N.J., and moved to Florida in 1978 from
Albuquerque, N.M. From 1926 to 1965, she lived in the

Panama Canal Zone. She graduated from the University of
Mary Harden-Baylor in Belton, Texas, and was a homemak-
She was a member of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church,
the Panama Canal Society, the Daughters of the American
Revolution and Daughters of the American Colonists.
Survivors include a cousin, Norman Bartlett, of
Wilmington, Del.

Fred W. Chase, 62, lost his battle with cancer on
September 2, 2006. Fred was born on December 6, 1943, in
Colon, Republic of Panama. He was a gifted athlete and
played all major sports in Balboa High School and Canal
Zone Junior College, graduating from BHS in 1962 and
CZJC in 1964. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army
and was stationed in Germany for two years, receiving an
honorable discharge in 1967. He then enjoyed a long career
with Lockheed in Palmdale, Calif. After retiring in 2004, he
moved to Florida to be with his mother and sisters and was
residing with his niece, Rae Catlett, at the time of his death.
He is survived by his mother, Zoraida Chase; brother
Charlie and wife, Marilyn; sister Mary "Mamita" and hus-
band, Mike Gordon; sister Patricia and husband, Robert
Thrift; five nieces; two nephews; and several grandnieces and
grandnephews. Fred was preceded in death by his father,
Charles E. Chase Sr.

Hallis F. Chase, 83, a native of Ohio and a resident of
Foley, Ala., died July 2, 2006, at a local hospital.
He flew with the Eighth Air Force over Europe. He retired
from the Panama Canal as a shift supervisor, where he had
worked for 30 years. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Chase.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Emilia A. Chase of
Foley; two daughters, Susan Slayton of Holmes Beach, Fla.,
and Karen Enfinger of Lake Alfred, Fla.; two sons, Greg
Chase and Hallis F. Chase Jr., both of San Antonio, Texas;
one adopted daughter, Francia E. Wiggins of Foley; one step-
son, Jerry D. Wood Sr. of Foley; 13 grandchildren and 12

Rene H. Conlan, 92, passed away January 20, 2006, in
Ocala, Fla. He was born in Panama City, Panama, on March
16, 1914. A graduate of Balboa High School in the class of
1932, he was employed by the Electrical Division as a
Telephone Installer. Rene enlisted in the Army in 1943,
trained as a paratrooper, was wounded in combat in the
Philippines and was a Purple Heart recipient. After being dis-
charged from the army in 1945, he returned to the Canal Zone
and resumed his job in the Electrical Division.
He moved to the States in August 1951, first to Texas and
then to California where he spent 45 years with the telephone
company as an engineer. He moved to Ocala in 2001. He was
a lifetime member of the Elks Club, Canal Zone Lodge 1414.
and a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Ruth

(Taylor) Conlan; a daughter, Kathleen Conlan of Ocala, Fla.;
a son, Taylor Conlan of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and four

Marie (Kempker) Corrigan, 95, of Deltona, Fla., for-
merly of Clearwater, Fla., died peacefully at home on
October 20, 2006, after having suffered a debilitating stroke
a few days earlier. Marie was born in Burbank, S.D., on May
5, 1911, the youngest of six children and graduated as a
Registered Nurse from Creighton University in 1932. After
several years of working as a private duty nurse, she went to
work as a stewardess for United Airlines when it was a
requirement that they be RNs.
In November 1941 she enlisted as an Ensign in the U. S.
Navy's Nursing Corps and served for five years during World
War II. Upon her release from active duty in 1946, she
applied for a nursing position with the Panama Canal
Company and worked at Gorgas Hospital until she was
recalled to active duty as a Lieutenant, serving two years dur-
ing the Korean War. She returned to her employment with the
Panama Canal Company upon completion of her tour of duty,
working at both Coco Solo and Gorgas Hospitals until her
retirement in May 1966. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
In January 1955 Marie married Jack Corrigan, a
Stevedore General Foreman, who had four children: Jack,
Juanita, Terry and Larry. She was predeceased by her hus-
band, Jack, who died in 1980 and is survived by her four chil-
dren, 18 grandchildren, and 48 great-grandchildren.

Alice Maxine Daly, 84, passed away December 16, 2006,
at Cape Canaveral Hospital. Alice was born to Adolph and
Reke Evenson in Hillhead, S.D.
She was married to Ken Daly and they spent most of their
married life in the Panama Canal Zone where her husband
was employed as Chief of the Fire Division and Alice worked
as a police dispatcher. Her favorite hobby was sewing and she
also loved fishing and swimming. Alice was a member of the
Panama Canal Society and the Divine Mercy Catholic
Church in Merritt Island, Fla.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth T.
Daly; daughters, Patricia Hammond and Darlene Daly. She is
also survived by her brother Arthur Evenson; eight grand-
children; and seven great-grandchildren.

Maxine C. Dixon, 86, of Sarasota, Fla., died October 26,
2006. She was born March 6, 1920, in Reidsville, Ga., and
came to Sarasota 35 years ago from the Panama Canal Zone,
where she retired in 1982 from its schools division. She was
a member of St. James United Methodist Church and a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, William R.; a
brother, Matthew B. Chambers of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.;
and nieces and nephews.

Carmen "Molly" Edmondson, 95, of Jupiter, Fla., died
December 1, 2006. Carmen, known to her family and friends
as "Molly," was born October 11, 1911, in David, Republic of
Panama. She was the fifth daughter of Rafael and Carmen
As a young lady, Carmen was a teacher of 1 st through 5th
grades. She met and married her husband William in Panama
and they settled in the Panama Canal Zone where they raised
their family. In 1965 William retired from the Electronics
Section of the Electrical Division and they moved to Orlando,
Fla., where they lived for 28 years. In 1993 they moved to
Jupiter, Fla.
Carmen was active in the Woman's Club of the Canal
Zone, the Catholic Daughters of America in the Canal Zone
and in Orlando, Fla., and the Woman's Guild at St. Peters
Catholic Church in Jupiter, Fla. She deeply believed the most
important facets of life are faith, character, responsibility,
honesty, compassion, and love. Those were the pillars of her
Carmen was preceded in death by her loving husband of
58 years, William H. Edmondson, who passed away in 1995.
She is survived by her two sons, William H. Edmondson Jr.,
and his wife Linda of Ocala, Fla., and Ralph L. Edmondson
and his wife Cyd of Jupiter, Fla.; two grandchildren, and a
great-grandson. She is also survived by a sister, Elizabeth
Smith, living in Venezuela.

Mary Louise (Pozek) Elbertson, 60, formerly of Citrus
County, Fla., died October 18, 2006, at her mother's home in
Overland Park, Kan. She was born February 7, 1946, in
Kansas City, Kan., graduated from Bishop Ward High
School, Class of 1963, and graduated from St. Margaret's
School of Radiology. She was employed at Gorgas Hospital
in the Panama Canal Zone for more than 15 years, where she
met and married her husband of 33 years, Lowell Elbertson.
Mary Lou enjoyed traveling, received awards and recog-
nition for being a Master Gardener and was an active mem-
ber of the League of Women Voters of Citrus County. She
also loved and trained dogs. She was a former member of the
Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, Kan., and she was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her former husband, Lowell Elbertson,
of Crystal River, Fla.; mother, Sophia Pozek of Overland
Park, Kan.; brothers, Richard Pozek and wife Kathy of
Overland Park, Kan.; Michael Pozek and wife Susan of
Lenexa, Kan.; and Mark J. Pozek of Overland Park, Kan.; and
two aunts.

Edward P. Filo, Jr., 55, of Stuart, Fla., died December
11, 2006, at Bethesda Memorial Hospital Hospice in Boynton
Beach, Fla.
Edward was born December 10, 1951, to Catherine and
Edward Filo in Balboa, Canal Zone. He graduated from
Balboa High School and attended the Canal Zone Junior
College while working for the Canal Zone Police. He gradu-
ated from the University of Florida with a degree in journal-
He worked for The Stuart News from May 24, 1982, until

Feb. 2, 2000, when he retired to accept an editorial position
with LRP Publishing in Palm Beach Gardens. An accom-
plished painter and cook, he was popular among his co-work-
ers. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his mother, Catherine, and his father,
Edward Sr., his sister, Catherine Woods; his brother, Michael
Filo, all of Dothan, Ala.; two nephews; two aunts, Margaret
Janssen of Dothan and Mary Dault of Savannah, Ga.; and his
fiancee, Christina Cashel Reuben, of Stuart, Fla.

Catherine Garner, 87, passed away on December 11,
2006, in McKinney, Texas. She was born on April 2, 1919, in
Scranton, Pa. She married the late William E. Garner in
Lancaster, Pa., on June 12, 1946, and moved to the Atlantic
side of the Panama Canal Zone with her husband and children
in September 1955. She spent the entire 30 years of her time
in Panama living in New Cristobal, Coco Solo and Margarita.
She touched many lives throughout her life and was cher-
ished by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was kind and caring to all those who knew her. She and
her best friend, the late Irene Burza, were wonderful cooks
who were always thinking up new and delicious recipes to
serve their families and friends. She was also a talented seam-
stress and made most of her daughters' clothes throughout
their years growing up in the Canal Zone, especially their
long and short dresses for Rainbow Girls.
While in McKinney, Texas, she lived an active life work-
ing at Luby's Cafeteria and then working in the cafeteria at
the McKinney High School. She loved seeing the students
and staff every day and they loved her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William E.
Garner, and her seven brothers and sisters. She is survived by
her children: Deborah Garner Morgan and her husband, Jack
Morgan, of Columbia, Mo.; Mardette Garner Fitzgerald and
husband, Curtis Fitzgerald, of Lexington Park, Md.; and Paul
Raymond Garner and wife, Alicia Garner, of Piano, Texas;
nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

SPC James Gordon Guhlin, Sr., USA (Ret.), 79, of San
Antonio, Texas, died October 7, 2006, of lung cancer at
Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC). He was born February
18, 1927, in Houston, Texas, to Nils Gunner and Anna
Emanuela Johanson Guhlin. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society. He retired in 1979 with 34 years of service.
James is survived by his wife, Adalgisa Guhlin, whom he
married in 1964; their son, Juan Miguel Guhlin and wife,
Monica, and two children. He is also survived by seven chil-
dren from his first marriage: James G. Guhlin, Jr., Eunice Ann
Guhlin Weede, Darcel Joan Guhlin, Karin Lee Guhlin,
Sharon Lynn Guhlin, Nilsa Pearson Guhlin and Johann
Gustavo Guhlin; numerous grandchildren; and a brother,
Kjall Gunner Guhlin. In addition, he is survived by two
young ladies whom he and Adelgisa adopted, Adelisa Name
and Talsidia Vega.

Edward "Poppa" Hamilton Halsall, 105, of
Gainesville, Fla., died December 20, 2006. An army staff ser-

geant and veteran of World War I, he went to Panama in 1928
and was employed by the Canal Zone Police, where he
attained the rank of sergeant. Later, he transferred to the then
Quartermaster Division, and was placed in charge of the
Cocoli Camp, which consisted of a number of barrack build-
ings housing about 3,600 construction employees. Upon the
conclusion of World War II the camp was closed, and he went
on to occupy several office positions in the Housing Division.
During 1952 he was selected to train and organize a secu-
rity force for the Panama Canal Locks Division, which he
did, retiring from that assignment in 1963 as head of the
Panama Canal Security Force. Upon his retirement, which
totaled more than 42 years of government service, he was
awarded the "Master Key to the Panama Canal" in the grade
of Honorary Lockmaster. After retirement, he moved to Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla., and then to Gainesville; where he dedicated
his life to his family and enjoyed hobbies such as playing gui-
tar and writing poetry. In 1972, his wife of 45 years, Elsie
(Schmidt), died of cancer. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and
Sharen Halsall of Gainesville, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Herbert "Junior" Joubert, Jr., 72, a native of Opelousas
and a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, La., died at
Lafayette General Hospital on December 4, 2006. He served
in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956, stationed in the Panama
Canal Zone. He worked in sales and management in the retail
marine business until his retirement. While employed at
Bonfanti Marine in Baton Rouge, he was an avid boat racing
participant, as well as a fisherman and duck hunter. In later
years, he enjoyed RV camping with the "Camp'n'Cajuns".
He was a member of the Cajun French Music Association and
the Panama Canal Society, and a lifetime member of the
Knights of Columbus and Gonzales Boat Club. Herbert was
also known for his cooking skills.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joyce Dugas
Joubert, of Baton Rouge; his mother, Marie Sonnier Joubert,
of Opelousas; two brothers, Sidney of Opelousas and
Kenneth of Maurice; three sisters, Ruby Joubert Pellerin of
Morgan City, Patricia Joubert Wills of Maurice, and Mary
Ann Joubert Townley of Baton Rouge. He was preceded in
death by his father, Herbert, Sr., and brother, Christopher.

Patricia (King) Klath, 50, died December 23, 2006, at
Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, after a long illness. She
was born in Tarrytown, N.Y., and attended Mahopac Schools.
She is survived by her husband, David; a son, Daniel, and
a daughter, Julie; her parents, Frank and Lori King of Largo,
Fla.; two sisters, Carol Sloan, New York, and Susan King
Klinkenberg, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother, Michael of
Largo, Fla.; and two nieces.

Capt. John "Jack" Frederick McKeen, 80, of Verona
Island, Maine, passed away December 24, 2006, after a five-
year battle with cancer. He was born February 8, 1926, in
Millinocket, to Ora and Bell McKeen. He graduated from

Camden High School in 1943. Jack entered Maine Maritime
Academy in the fall of 1943 and graduated as an ensign with
a 3rd mate commission in the Navy. Beginning in 1945, he
served as a licensed deck officer in the merchant marines
shipping troops and equipment to Europe. He was a veteran
of World War II and of the Korean War. Jack worked for the
American Export and Victory Carriers Lines. In 1945, he
received his coast guard masters license for unlimited ton-
From July 1961 to May 1986, he had a distinguished
career piloting ships in the Panama Canal, which included
piloting nuclear subs, aircraft carriers, super tankers and pas-
senger ships from all over the world. Jack still holds the
record for the fastest transit of the Panama Canal after taking
the U.S. Navy's hydrofoil USS Pegasus through the canal in
two hours, 41 minutes, in 1977.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Klara; sons, Bruce,
Bryan and Mark; their spouses, Karin, Arlene and Debi; a
grandson, and their extended families and numerous nieces
and nephews.

Gordon R. Million, Sr., 54, passed away suddenly at his
residence in Tampa, Fla., on December 29, 2006. Gordon was
born at Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, to Edna and Jim
Million, who preceded him in death.
He attended Canal Zone schools and was active in sports,
scouting and social activities. He graduated with the Terry
Parker High School Class of 1971 in Jacksonville, Fla., after
his parents retired. After serving in the Navy, he settled in
Bradenton, Fla., and eventually owned and operated
Million's Radiator Shop. Ill health forced him into semire-
tirement and he relocated to Tampa to be near a VA hospital.
He is survived by his children, Mrs. Vicki Esaw, Megan
Million, Gordon, Jr., and Greg Million; a brother, Roger
Million; and a sister, Mrs. Shirley Muse; and three grandchil-

Bess L. Morton, 87, passed away November 23, 2006, at
Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. She was born April 15,
1919, in Hattiesburg, Miss., and was one of three children
born to Lackey and Naomi Stapleton.
Bess grew up in the Panama Canal Zone where she met
her husband of 67 years, Walter H. (Walt) Morton, at a dou-
ble-header baseball game in Balboa. While in the Canal Zone,
Bess worked for the Navy Department while raising her
daughter and two sons. The family moved to Southern
California in 1954 where Bess worked for a time for the City
of Monrovia, Calif., before returning to the Department of
Navy in Pasadena, Calif.
In the late '60s, Walt and Bess moved to Prospect, Ore.,
where they lived for 18 years. Upon retirement from the U.S.
Forest Service in Oregon, the couple migrated back to
California, living in Glendora, West Covina, and Palm
Springs before moving briefly to Mocksville, N.C. In 1995,
they came to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where they lived until
their passing.
Bess was a Lioness when she lived in Oregon and a Lion
in the London Bridge Club, where she was known as "Lion

Mom." Bess was an avid Diamondbacks fan and devout USC
football supporter; enjoying many hours watching her
favorite teams on television. Bess loved to dance, play cards
and board games with friends and family; and she especially
loved to visit with her grandkids and great-grandkids. Bess
was a terrific mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, and
friend. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her sister Margaret Dalton of
Pinehurst, N.C.; two sons, Jim Morton and wife Charlene of
Shingletown, Calif., and Wally Morton and wife Linda of
Redding, Calif., and a daughter, Margie Tellkamp and hus-
band Bob of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; as well as six grand-
sons, one granddaughter, five great-grandsons, and two great-
granddaughters. Bess was preceded in death earlier this year
by her husband Walter and their very special dog Sassy.

Philip C. Olsen, 89, died September 18, 2006, in Reno,
Nev. He was born August 20, 1917, in Alamosa, Colo. He
arrived in the Canal Zone in 1953 with his wife Florene, and
daughter Kathy. After a short stay at Ft. Gulick, they moved
to Ft. Clayton where son Michael and daughter Dorothy were
born. After leaving active duty, Philip moved back to the
States to direct the California State Mental Institution in
Porterville. Son Keith was born there. One month later the
family returned to the Canal Zone in August 1956. They lived
in Gamboa until 1961 and in Diablo Heights until 1982.
Philip worked for Gorgas Hospital as a psychiatric social
worker for almost 30 years. He remained in the Army
Reserves attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was an
avid golfer and a member of the Balboa Elks Lodge and the
Panama Canal Society.
His lovely wife passed away in 1999 and he is survived
by his four children and two granddaughters.

Manuel Michael "Mike" Progana, 81, died November
4, 2006. He was a member of the Panama Canal Lodge No.
1414 for 56 years. He was Exalted Ruler for the year of 1988-
89, the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for 10 years, and
was Chairman of the Community Activities Committee of
BPOE Lodge No. 1414 for 46 years. He was also a member
of the Balboa Lions Club.
He is survived by Richard "Jesse" Progana and John
Progana. No further information is available.

Francis F. "Chip" Purdy, 61, passed away on August 21,
2006, in Ft. Worth, Texas, due to complications from
Alzheimer's. Chip was born on December 28, 1944, in
Huntsville, Ala., to Mike and Katherine Purdy. He attended
Ancon Elementary School, Balboa Jr. High School and grad-
uated from Balboa High School in 1962. He continued his
education at East Tennessee State University graduating with
a BA degree. Chip's career was in pharmaceutical sales. At
the time of his disability, he was district sales manager in the
Dallas-Ft. Worth area for Roche Pharmaceuticals.
Chip is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharon; two
sons, Sean and family of Philadelphia, Pa., and Sterling and
family of Baton Rouge, La.; seven grandchildren; a sister,

Sarah Fitzpatrick of Denton, Texas; and his stepfather,
Edward Wilburn, of Clearwater, Fla.

Elizabeth Irvin Brown Quintero, 82, passed away on
December 7, 2006. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, on
October 19, 1924, and graduated from Balboa High School in
1940. She then attended the Women's College of UNC,
Greensboro, N.C.
Elizabeth was the Admitting Department Supervisor at
Gorgas Hospital for many years, and became Outpatient
Clinic Supervisor when the new outpatient section of Gorgas
was completed, She then accepted the position of Hospital
Administrator at Palo Seco until she retired in 1979 with 32
years service. She was a kind and competent administrator
and was well liked by her co-workers, employees and patients
She retired to Clearwater, Fla., but moved to
Hendersonville, N.C., (her family's home), in 1983 where she
spent most of her retired life. Elizabeth loved family get-
togethers, cooking and traveling, and in later life she enjoyed
playing bingo, bridge, and scrabble. She was always an avid
reader. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Rubelio
D. Quintero; her daughter, Carol Brown Manning; and her
grandson, John Oscar Manning. She is survived by two
daughters, Beth Brown Schmidt and her husband Paul, and
Barbara Brown Coleman and her husband Jerry; two grand-
daughters; a grandson; and five great-grandchildren. She is
also survived by her brother, Samuel S. Irvin and his wife
Norma; her sister, Martha Irvin Tanner and her husband
Steve; and their children.

Peter Nathan Riley, 90, of Springfield, Mo., died
November 24, 2006. Pete was born in Oelwein, Iowa, in 1916
and retired to Missouri in 1974. He was employed by the
Panama Canal Marine Bureau and worked in the Port
Captain's Building in Balboa.
Pete was a veteran serving in World War II with the U.S.
Army and was stationed at Fort Amador. He was responsible
for the daily Spanish/English Crossword Puzzles in the Star
and Herald newspaper and was very active in calculating
income taxes for Americans living in the Canal Zone. Like
the rest of the Riley family, Pete was also an avid golfer win-
ning many championships.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of Springfield, Mo.;
brother, Jim, of Cleveland, Tenn.; two sons, Tom and his wife
Kathy of Forsyth, Mo., and Eddie and his wife Maureen of
College Station, Texas; two nephews; three grandchildren
and several cousins and friends. Pete was predeceased by his
brother, George Riley, in 1998.

Diana M. Sheppard, 80, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of
Largo, Fla., died October 31, 2006, following a long struggle
with congestive heart failure. She was born September 5,
1926, in North Bend, Ore., the only child of Joseph and Ida
Doyle. She graduated as valedictorian from Silverton Union
High School in 1944 and married Air Cadet Ralph Sheppard.

She began her life as a world traveler when he made the Air
Force his career during the Korean War.
She lived in Oregon; Oklahoma; England; St. Louis, Mo.;
Tripoli, Libya; Biloxi, Miss.; Sherman and San Antonio,
Texas; and the Panama Canal Zone before she and Ralph
retired to Largo. Together, they visited most of the Americas
and Europe as well as parts of North Africa. Following his
death in 2001, she moved to her daughter's home in
Diana cared most deeply about the welfare of her family.
She attended Harris Teachers College and used her skills to
help educate her children. She was an ACBL Life Master and
bridge club director, and was a member of the Panama Canal
Society. She had been active in the Officers' Wives Clubs and
the Social Order of the Beauceant, and was an elegant host-
ess. Despite the many Air Force moves, she maintained a sta-
ble home life for her family. She combined the best of U.S.
and foreign culture, art, and food. She delighted in taking her
children to museums and historic sites and passed on her love
of learning and reading.
She is survived by her son, Tom Sheppard (Mary) of
Beaver Dam, Wis.; daughter, Marilyn Harmon (Vince) of
Pensacola, Fla.; and son, Larry Sheppard (Vielka) of
Riverview, Fla.; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her parents; her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ralph
Sheppard, and her daughter, Patricia Anderson, J.D.

Robert Daniel Valentine, 82, of Palm Harbor, Fla., died
January 7, 2007, at home surrounded by his family. He was
born in New York City and came to Florida in 1982 from the
Panama Canal Zone.
He was a pilot and ship captain and the first skipper of the
SSAmerican Victory Liberty Ship when it arrived in Tampa.
He served as chief of the pilot training union for the Panama
Canal Commission and formerly was a pilot and towboat
master from 1957-1981.
He was a veteran of the Coast Guard and the Navy
Reserve, where he retired with the rank of lieutenant com-
mander. His papers were published at several maritime con-
ferences. He was a member of Curlew United Methodist
Church, Palm Harbor; a fellow with the Nautical Institute; a
member of the International Maritime Pilots Association,
Alumni Association of Maritime College, Council of
American Master Mariners, Project Liberty Ship, U.S.
Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II, the Coast Guard
Auxiliary, and the Panama Canal Society.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife Peggy of 52
years and his son, Robert J. Survivors include his wife, Edna;
two sons, Jim, Land O'Lakes, Fla., and Dan, Marietta, Ga.;
two daughters, Donna Matthews, Bluffton, S.C., and Patti
Kristoff, Hilton Head, S.C.; 14 grandchildren, and four great-

Eleanor Sullivan Wainstein, 82, died December 11,
2006, of stomach cancer in Alexandria, Va. Ellie went to the
Canal Zone in 1924 as an infant with her parents, James P.
and Eleanor Sullivan, and her two older siblings, Tom and
Margaret. She grew up in Balboa, graduated from Balboa

High School in 1941, Canal Zone Junior College in 1943, and
from Mount Holyhoke College, magna cum laude, in 1945.
She spent several years in Brazil working for Pan
American Airways before returning to graduate school at
Stanford University, where she earned a M.A. in Economics.
She worked for many years as an economist for The Rand
Eleanor is survived by her husband of 53 years, Leonard
Wainstein; daughter Anne Wainstein Bond; sons, Richard and
Ken; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her sib-
lings: Margaret McMillan, Mary Young, Nancy Schorsch,
and Jim Sullivan.

Robert V. Whitehead, 53, passed away on November 27,
2006, in Bonaire, Ga. He was born on May 20, 1953, in
Ancon, Canal Zone, and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1972. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973-1993. He
retired with the rank of Technical Sergeant and was a heli-
copter mechanic. After retirement, he continued his career as

a helicopter mechanic in Saudi Arabia with the Augusta SPA
Royal Saudi Helicopter Company. Robert also worked for
ASA at the Macon, Georgia, Airport as a maintenance
A man of many accomplishments, his greatest joy was his
loving family and he truly enjoyed time spent with them. In
1989, he overcame a bout with cancer. Robert loved being
outdoors, while stationed in Alaska. He enjoyed all water
activities including fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, worldwide
vacation sailing, and surfing. He learned to scuba dive while
he was in Saudi Arabia. He also enjoyed motorcycling and
He is survived by his wife, Katherine M. Mackowski,
Bonaire; children, Mindy Whitehead, Destin, Fla.; SSgt.
Michael Whitehead, Edwards AFB, Calif.; Pvt. Brian
Whitehead, Caserma Ederle, Italy; Ross Mackowski, Atlanta,
Ga.; two grandchildren; a sister, Allison Whitehead Jobin;
and brothers, David and Andrew Whitehead. His parents,
Vernon and Elizabeth Towne Whitehead, preceded him in


I Thanks for donating your used eyeglasses to those in need.

For over twenty years, The Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank
has been facilitating the donation of used eyeglasses to
Central and South American countries. To date this year, at
least 370 pairs of eyeglasses have been given to the Eye Bank
for distribution to those in need.

The Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank wishes to extend our gratitude to those who
donated their used eyeglasses. This kind and simple gesture has helped countless sight-
impaired individuals! Special thanks go to Southern Dames of America, who have
contributed 192 pairs in 2006 and to the Panama Canal Society, who have donated 136
pairs this year.

The Panama Canal Society, which has donated 2,338 pairs of glasses since 1993, is
composed of military and civilian people, who were born, lived, worked, attended
school or stationed in the former Panama Canal Zone. As an added incentive for eye-
glass donation, Patt Roberson, reporter for the Canal Record, automatically renews
membership for the society to the individuals who donate every thousandth pair of



Barbara and David Aycock took their six children and
four spouses on their favorite cruise to Alaska. The weather
was beautiful, especially in Glacier Bay and there was plenty
"calving" at John Hopkins glacier. One of Holland America's
perks was dinner in their exclusive dining room--a very nice
After returning to Seattle their granddaughter hosted a
family get-together at her home on Bainbridge Island. It was
a memorable trip and one they'd like to repeat.


Sid and Jerry Coffin with a peacock bass and snook speared
at Monte Lirio, Gatun Lake.

Aycock family on Alaska cruise

Barbara Aycock
Dunnellon, Fla.



If you ever read The Spillwav or glanced at articles in The
Review when you lived in the Canal Zone, chances are you
read something written by Pandora McNatt and/or Delores
Their friendship has spanned many years. The enclosed
photo shows them rehashing old stories in Sun City Center,
Fla., while Pandora was visiting Dee in August 2006.


Delores Suisman and Pandora McNatt

Jan Farnsworth Thompson (Tampa, Fla.), Patty
Farnsworth (Mesa, Ariz.), and Camilla Farnsworth
(Austin, Minn.) at Margarie Glacier in Glacer National Park,

Cheryl Russell
Sun City Center, Fla.


During a visit to his granddaughter's house in Orlando,
Fla., Walter C. Bottin and family celebrated a four-genera-
tion event. Walter is pictured with his daughter Maria
Lourdes, granddaughter Rachel Bottin (BHS'92)
Grimison, and great-granddaughter MaryJane Grimison.
Rachel is married to Eric Grimison (BHS'88) of the
famous Tom and Nancy clan, formerly of La Boca, Canal


Sis (Paige) Medinger hosted a beautiful Arroz con Polio
luncheon for the Panama Canal Museum's Cookbook
Committee on November 5, 2006. Sarah Finkelstein, Cissy
and Gary Collins enjoyed this delicious luncheon with Sis at
Viewpointe East Club House, Conyers, Ga.

Cissy Collins, Sarah Finkelstein, and Sis (Paige) Medinger

Sarah Finkelstein
Isle of Palms, S.C.


This group of former Zonians now live in Sun City
Center, Fla. There are a total of about 24 of us with the newest
additions being Murry and Margaret Benthall, and
Lambert and Betty Mantovani. There are always a lot of
stories whenever the group gets together. This was a partial
gathering in November, which was a luncheon hosted by
Harriet (Keenan) Serger Wollmers.

Rear: Walter C. Bottin and Maria Lourdes. Seated: Rachel
Grimison holding MaryJane Grimison.


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Will Huffman (CHS'72) and Jim Huffman (CHS'74) at the
University of Arkansas Homecoming Football Game 2006.

Cheryl Russell
Sun City Center, Fla.




From August 22 to September 2, 2006, Lori Stevenson Snow and June Rowley Stevenson went on a long dreamed about
trip to South Africa; flying all night on August 22nd to Johannesburg and then catching a domestic flight to Cape Town for
three days to see the sights there. We went to Boulders Beach to see the African Penguins and also on a Wine Tasting trip in
the countryside. The following day we went to Hout Bay and a park at the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwestern point
of the African continent. There were wild baboons in the Park area, which we were warned to stay away from, so we just
looked at them from our van.
After seeing a lot of Cape Town
and the countryside, we then flew to
Johannesburg to begin our Safari.
We were met at the airport by our
driver/guide and five hours later we
arrived at our privately-owned Safari
Reserve, called Makutsi Farms. It is V
about 22,000 acres of wild bush and..
wild animals. We stayed in private
Rondovals that were round concrete
buildings with thatched roofs. Quite
comfortable and great hot showers!
Ours was on a Hippo path, so at "
night you could hear them by our 1
bedroom window. Naturally, we did
not go outside after dark unless a
ranger with a rifle came to pick us up
to take us to the dining area and
bring us back to our private
Rondoval. Exciting and just a tad bit
scary, hearing strange noises at night
just outside our windows.
While on the Safari, which was a
photo-shooting safari, we saw a herd
of elephants with baby elephants that
were adorable. We were charged by
a young male elephant while we
were in our open Land Rover.
Needless to say, that was exciting,
but our driver/ranger backed up real --
fast and headed into the bush to get
away from that very upset male ele-
phant. We also saw lions, cheetahs,
monkeys, rhinos, impalas, and so
many wonderful wild animals. We
took lots of photos for our memory
books, as this was such a wonderful
trip for both of us. There is one photo
or Lori Snow holding a rifle, but that .... -
was just a photo opportunity, since OEM
the only thing we shot were our cam-
eras! 1. June Rowley Stevenson and Lori Stevenson Snow, Kakusi Lodge. 2. June and
Lori toasting sunset with champagne while out in the Bush. 3. Lori Snow pretending
June Rowley Stevenson to shoot a rifle. 4. Lori and June at Boulders Beach in Cape Town. 5 June and Lori
Lawrenceville, Ga. at Cape of Good Hope

IS APRIL 6, 2007.

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