Canal record


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

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
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oclc - 13942509
lccn - sn 86040906
issn - 0528-0001
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VOL. 41



NO. 3

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

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

Mr. Dan Norman
(813) 784-3585
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
(727) 321-8566
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Past President
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mr. Tom Spence
(352) 684-7771
Mrs. Joan Ohman
(813) 672-4823
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Secretary/Office Manager
(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................................. ............... ..................1
Secretary/Office Manager's Message...................................................2
E editor's C orner............................................. ............................................... ..... 3
Vendor D isclaim er........................................ ......................................................3
M military Pride......................................... .................................................... ....
M em bership C ontest.................................................................. ..........................4
75th Comm emorative Ceremony............................................................................. 6
November Space Coast Picnic Directions...................................... ..................8
W ine C ellar D irections............................................. ....................................... 8
PCS Annual Christmas Luncheon, Wine Cellar........................ .....................9
Car avalito 2008 D irections........................................................ ....................10
Insurance U pdate........................................................................... .......... ....10
Carnavalito 2008 Information and Reservation Form............................................11
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes..................... ...................12
Synopsis of General Membership Meetings Minutes.....................................12
L legislative R eport.................................................................... ............. ........ 13
Nomination Committee Report............................. ..... ......................14
Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion Pictures..................... .................... 15
Your Reporter Says:
Arizona.....................47 FL Tallahassee............58 Oklahoma...................67
Arkansas.......................47 Georgia....................... 60 Panama....................... 68
California....................50 Hawaii........................62 South Carolina..............70
FL Central Florida........52 Louisiana..................62 TX Dallas.....................71
FL Emerald Coast........52 Maryland..............63 TX Kerrville................72
FL Ocala..................... 53 M ississippi................ 63 Virginia....................... 72
FL Pensacola...............54 North Carolina..............64
FL Space Coast............56 Northwest...................65

Suggestion B ox ........................................................... ..........................................73
C ongratulations......................................... .................................................74
W eddings........................................................ ..... ................ ....................83
B irth s.................... ....................... ........................................ 8 5
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................... ................. ..... .......... ......87
Letters to the Editor............................................... ............ ................... ..93
Stevens and Goethals Family Reunion............................ ......................99
M museum N ew s.................................................................... .................................100
A nnouncem ents......................................... ............ .. ..................... 102
Advertisements............................................... ................ ... ......... 105
Membership Application Form ................................ ... ................... 107

Front cover: Cayucos leaving Pedro Miquel Locks in Ocean to Ocean cayuco race.
Submitted by Pablo Prieto.


November 3 Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near Titusville, Fla.
For more information see page 8 or call Bob and Frances Morrissey at
(321) 639-9092 or Bob and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.

December 1 PCS Annual Christmas Luncheon, Wine Cellar, N. Redington Beach,
Fla. Contact Marje and Pete Foster at (727) 785-8555 or Margaret
McLaughlin at (352) 726-8804. See page 9 for information and reservation

February 2 Carnavalito, Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, Fla. Contact
Randy and JoElla Deakins at (321) 632-4057 or Bob and Fran
Morrissey at (321) 639-9092. See page 11 for more information.

Wow! What a reunion we had.
We exceeded our expectations with a
"registered" attendance of close to
2,800. Our annual luncheon had 750
participants and our dances were
well attended. The majority of the
comments the Board has received
have been favorable with many of
our members looking forward to our
Bob Russell return to Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
next year. As with any new property,
there were a few bumps along the way, but most were
resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
I want to thank our Reunion Coordinator Bill
McLaughlin and all of our committee chairpersons and vol-
unteers who helped make our 75th anniversary reunion a suc-
cess. Their teamwork and tireless efforts behind the scenes
certainly were evident throughout the four days of the
reunion. Registration, lodging, information desk and office
business transactions, vendor sales, on-site ticket sales, lot-
tery ticket sales, luncheon arrangements, decorations, band
setups, DJ dances, bingo, golf tournament activities, religious
services, dance classes, the Owl Show, security, etc., were all
functioning well because of the efforts of our volunteers.
Shorty and Slim, Tito Mouynes y Conjunto and
Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band were all outstand-
ing as were the exhibits in the Panama Canal Museum and the
wares in the Vendor room. In addition to these, the special
75th commemorative magnet ribbons and luncheon coffee
mugs were sought after collector items. The dancers in their
costumes at Despedida were breathtaking and provided many
of our members with some excellent photographs. Our three
lottery winners were Dave McKenna (first prize $345),
Anna Marie Millett (second prize $230) and Raymond
Peabody (third prize $116). Thursday night was extra special
because of the generosity of the BHS Class of'72 in opening
its doors free of charge to all of our members to its "Thursday

night at the Yacht Club" dance. It was indeed a nice gesture
that was enjoyed by many of our members.
The annual meeting was one of the best I have ever
attended. From the beginning welcoming remarks of Mr.
Harris Rosen, the owner of Shingle Creek Resort, to the
grand prize drawings at the end, the meeting progressed well
and member participation was unprecedented.
During the meeting, it was indeed an honor for me to
present on behalf of the Society a certificate to the Peterson
family bestowing the title of Historian Emeritus, posthu-
mously, on Thomas Peterson, Past President, for his work in
documenting and preserving our Society's history. Tommy
may not be with us today but his memory and work continue
to live on in our hearts.
Also, a special thank you goes to Ist Vice President, Tom
Wilder, for facilitating the SWOT exercise at the annual
business meeting. The interactive exercise produced some
very good suggestions on how we can better manage the
Society. This input in addition to the suggestions put in the
Suggestion Box and comments on the Membership Survey
form have been very informative and will provide a good
basis by which the Board can plan future Society events.
Thank you to all who participated in the SWOT exercise;
took time to provide suggestions; and participated in the
membership survey. Your input is important to the future of
our Society.
I would be remiss if I didn't thank our vendors and cor-
porate sponsors Condor Outfitters in conjunction with
COPA airlines, for their generous donations to our annual
meeting. The two grand prizes (each containing land pack-
ages plus two round-trip tickets to Panama) were well
received and coveted by all who won them. It was good to
know that future raffle winners will now contact Condor
Outfitters instead of COPA airlines to redeem their airline
tickets. Congratulations to grand prize winners, Robert
"Bob" McConaughey and Margot Jordan. Also, muchas
gracias to International Spirits for their support in provid-

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

"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
0 The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for w
March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising not in the
best interests of the Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. will become the property of the Society and will be retained in 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: office( Web Site:
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765


ing our membership with the small libation bottle giveaways.
In summary, the reunion was very successful and well
attended. It certainly fulfilled the vision of our charter mem-
bers in preserving Canal Zone friendships. The bond that
binds us together as a result of our experiences on the Isthmus
of Panama with the Panama Canal is as strong today as it was
in 1932 to our founding members.
Now that the fun is over, it is time for the Board to review
its after-action reports, make improvements and implement
necessary changes. Needless to say, the Board has a lot on its
plate to review and that will be the emphasis at the next two
board meetings. You, the members, have spoken and the ball
is now in the Board's court to act upon the suggestions
received. Again, thank you for your input.
Our special 75th commemorative ceremony on July 21 at
the Society headquarters in Seminole was well attended. We
had close to 50 members and guests attend the event.
Proclamations declaring July 24, 2007, as "Panama Canal
Society Day" were read by Seminole's Vice-Mayor Thomas
Barnhorn and Kenneth City's Mayor Muriel Whitman; and
a similar proclamation was read for Orlando's Mayor Buddy
Dyer. Also, letters from Governor Charlie Crist and Panama
Canal Museum President Joe Wood were read congratulating
the Society on its achievements over these past 75 years.
Also, a brief summary of the Society's history was presented
by our Historian, Bill McLaughlin, and the names of the fif-
teen charter members were read by our Office Manager,
Nancy Van Siclen. It was a short but significant ceremony
followed by a champagne toast to the past, present and future
members of the Society. Following the toast, Vice-Mayor
Barnhorn and Mayor Whitman helped your president cut a
special anniversary cake; after which refreshments were
served in the Board room. At the conclusion of the ceremony,
all participants received a special commemorative certificate
acknowledging their presence at the ceremony.
The luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant on September 8
in Clearwater on Sand Key was a success with a good
turnout. It had been almost four years since we last visited
the restaurant. The cuisine was as good as ever and the flan
was outstanding. A special thank you goes to Cheryl Russell
and Margaret McLaughlin for making the event an enjoy-
able one.
Our year-long anniversary celebrations will continue with
the Space Coast Picnic at Tom Statham Park near Titusville
on November 3 and our Christmas party at the Wine Cellar at
North Redington Beach on December 1. Hosts for these
events are Bob and Frances Morrissey and Bob and Kathie
McConaughey; and Marje and Pete Foster and Margaret
McLaughlin, respectively. Please mark you calendars to
attend these events.
As the 2006-2008 Board begins the second half if its term,
it is now time to consider candidates for the upcoming 2008
2010 term. That's right. Election time will be upon us before
we know it. Instructions on how to seek office for the next
term are contained in this edition of the Canal Record. I
encourage those of you interested in seeking a Society office
to do so. The Society is always seeking good candidates.
In closing, I want to thank you again for your support this
past year and ask that you keep your membership current and
continue to participate in as many Society events as possible.

Your continued involvement and timely payment of dues are
important to the future of the Society.
Well, that's all for now. I look forward to seeing you at
one or all of the upcoming Society events. Until then, take
care and be safe.

Bob Russell, President



Secretary/Office Manager


Carol Masino and I are back in full
swing at the Society office after a won-
derful reunion. We would not have been
able to handle the Information/Society
Desk without the dedicated volunteers
Nancy Van Siclen who help out every year. A "big" thank
you to Beth Brandenburg, Marje and
Pete Foster, Lee Grant, Debbie Horter-Watson, and Betty
LeDoux-Morris. We can always depend on these members
every year to volunteer. Thank you again for volunteering.
It has been a hectic month since the reunion. We arrived
back in Seminole with the office opening up on the Tuesday
after the reunion. We were very busy the first two weeks
cleaning up paperwork and putting supplies away that we
take to the reunion every year. Then on July 21, the Society
celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a commemorative recep-
tion at the Seminole office.
Now it is that time of year again, where we start remind-
ing you "the member" that your dues must be paid before
December 31, 2007. You can send the Renewal Form and
your check for $30.00 through the mail or go to the Panama
Canal Society website to complete the Membership Renewal
Form and use your credit card. Please remember that your
payment of dues is what supports the Society. Without mem-
bership dues, we cannot keep the Panama Canal Society func-
tioning nor can we hold the reunions each year that everyone
enjoys so much.
If you joined the Society this year to attend your class
reunion, please keep your membership current. Don't drop off
the "radar screen" by waiting five years for your next class
reunion to pay dues. By keeping your membership active,
you also keep up-to-date on all your friends by receiving the
Canal Record four times a year.
Remember, your dues must be current if you plan on
attending the 2008 Reunion. Thank you again for all your

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

Editor's Corner

What a fabulous reunion! I would
like to thank the area reporters for
attending the Reporters Luncheon. It's
a great way to exchange ideas and to
Jacque Vowell put forth suggestions. A big thank you
goes to Bob Russell for taking the time out of his busy sched-
ule at the reunion to join us for lunch.
I am sad to say goodbye to Howie Laatz, area reporter for
the Northwest. She has been very dedicated for many years to
the Canal Record and she will be dearly missed by her fellow
reporters and especially by the Canal Record staff. But on the
bright side, Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Seattle, Wash. has
graciously volunteered to take over as the Northwest area
reporter. I would also like to welcome aboard another area
reporter, Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, for San Antonio, Texas.
You may notice a few changes to the October issue. The
October Canal Record is the one issue that will have more
than the 88 pages in order to share as many reunion pictures
as possible. Also, to help meet the limitations set by the
Executive Board for the Canal Record, the General
Membership meeting minutes will be condensed. You may
view the complete General Membership minutes by visiting
the Panama Canal Society website: http://www.pancanalso-
Some of you will notice that I have held back several
"Letters to the Editor" and other items of interest that have
been sent to us. So if you don't see your article and pictures
in this issue, it will be in included in the December 2007
Canal Record. You can contact me to double check.
As always, if you need assistance with sending pictures,
articles and items of interest, I am only a phone call or email

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
387-676-5140 evenings

REMINDER: Our Reunions offer a won-
derful opportunity for our members to pur-
chase items from "home" while at the
Reunion. However, please remember that
the Panama Canal Society is not in any way
responsible for the pricing, value, quality,
etc., of the items sold; whether they be T-
shirts, books, land, jewelry, etc. Any and
all issues regarding sales of these items
should be directed to the individual Vendor
and not the Society. The Society is specifi-
cally held harmless from any responsibility
or liability resulting from any promises
made, transactions conducted or items pur-
chased from the Vendors.
[] []



Tom and Kathy Wilder said goodbye to their daughter
Samantha on May 14th before her deployment to Iraq. Sam
is a part of the Air Force EMED which stands for:
Expeditionary Medical Support unit. EMEDs are comprised
of rapidly deployable medical teams that can range from
large tented facilities with specialized services to five-person
teams carrying backpacks. These five-person mobile field
surgical teams travel with 70-pound backpacks which hold
enough medical equipment to perform 10 life-saving surger-
ies anywhere, at any time, and under any conditions.
Sam arrived in Iraq later the same day where she will
spend the next 120 days in Kirkuk North of Baghdad.

Kathy, Samantha and Tom Wilder

Sam Wilder and her EMEDS group unloading a patient



DECEMBER 31, 2007.

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Hola Everyone! *

As we did last year, the Panama Canal
Society is sponsoring another "Membership
Contest" for 2008 whose objective is to increase
our overall membership with new members as
well as attract those members who have allowed
their membership to expire. People are the life
of any organization and we cannot function
without a loyal, dedicated membership base.
You, your parents, your children, grandchildren,
S brothers, sisters, cousins, ex-spouses (!) are all Zonie the parrot says,
needed to keep our Society viable. "Give your family and
friends a gift
We have revised our categories and rules membership to the
from last year which should facilitate your being Panama Canal Society!"
successful and winning the GRAN PREMIO.
you are your class reunion organizer, remember that as you are sending out letters and
emails to former classmates, tell them to mention your name when they apply for mem-
bership and you will get credit for the new memberships and quite possibly put you in
the running to win all the cool Panama Canal Society goodies (listed on page 5), in
addition to the two free room nights (king or queen) at the hotel during the 2008
r* a1 Reunion. Your classmates have to be paid-up members to reserve a hotel room at Rosen As
Shingle Creek Resort, so you and your group might as well take the credit and collect!
To all you folks, parents, and grandparents out there-----LISTEN UP-----giving a
Panama Canal Society 2008 membership to your family, friends and other relatives for
the holidays makes a perfect gift. They will start receiving the Canal Record with the
first issue of 2008 in March, plus the Annual Directory in April, and the June issue
Which comes out just before the Reunion and all subsequent issues for the remainder of
the year. It is never too early to start planning. It's already October and the Society
Office Manager is ready to receive your 2008 membership applications. Don't now for the holidays and give the gift of a Panama Canal Society member-
ship and be a winner. It's a deal.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Past President

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These are the categories, rules and details: ,

Competition will begin November 1, 2007, and close April 30, 2008.

* All new memberships must be paid in full no later than April 30, 2008.
* If there is more than one member with 12 or more "new recruits" to their credit, the
drawing will take place for the "Top Membership Recruiter Award" at the May
Luncheon in Sarasota, Fla. You don't have to be present to win.
* Complimentary Membership will become effective for 2009.
* If the winner of the "Top Membership Recruiter Award" is not able to attend the 2008
Reunion, the two free room nights (king or queen) at the hotel can be transferred to
another member of their choice.

SIf a member is successful in signing up 4 new members they will receive:
o A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board
o A Panama Canal Society embroidered Ball Cap
ot* Two complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for the 2008 Reunion

SIf a member is successful in signing up 8 new members, they will receive:
*. A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board
A Panama Canal Society embroidered Ball Cap
o A Panama Canal Society Tote Bag
Two complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for the 2008 Reunion
4. Two complimentary Saturday Night Ball Tickets for the 2008 Reunion

SIf a member is successful in signing up 12 new members, they will receive:
4. A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board
Complimentary membership in the Panama Canal Society for 2009
o A Panama Canal Society embroidered Ball Cap
o A Panama Canal Society Tote Bag
o Two Panama Canal Society blue and gold mousepads
+ Two complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for the 2008 Reunion
o Two complimentary Saturday Night Ball Tickets for the 2008 Reunion
e PLUS your name is entered into a drawing for:


And you will be able to compete in a drawing for TWO FREE ROOM NIGHTS (king
or queen) at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando during the 2008 Reunion.



President Bob Russell accepts Orlando:'- Nla or Budd, D )rc
Proclamation for the Panama Canal Society from Tom
Wilder, Ist Vice President.

"Panama Canal Society Day" Proclamation presented to ** i
President Bob Russell by Seminole's Vice Mayor Thomas


President Bob Russell presents commemorative batea of the
,- 75th Panama Canal Society Logo to Bill McLaughlin.

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"Panama Canal Society Day" Proclamation presented to
President Bob Russell by Kenneth City's Mayor Muriel

President Bob Russell presents commemorative batea of the
75th Panama Canal Society Logo to Nancy Van Siclen for
display in the Society Office.


Special Guests at Commemorative Ceremony


Seminole's Vice Mayor Thomas Barnhorn, President Bob
Russell, and Kenneth City's Mayor Muriel Whitman slicing
the commemorative cake.
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Rayma and Thomas Barnhorn, Tom Spence, Ed Ohman,
Kathy Egolf, Bob and Marguerite Zumbado, Mary Egolf, Peter Foster, Dan Norman, and Paul Glassburn.
Deb Mann, John Gough, Hap and Beth Brandenburg.
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\nna CollinI, Nanc) \an siclen, iell) Parthenais,
Margaret McLaughlin, Joan Ohman, Marje Foster, and
Donna Mann.


November General
Membership Meeting
and Space Coast Picnic



Saturday, November 3, 2007

Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida

The Panama Canal Society General
Membership meeting will be held on November
3, 2007, in conjunction with the Space Coast
Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, on the
river side of US Highway 1. The picnic will
start at 11:30 a.m. and our meeting will start at
12:30 p.m.
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to
drink. If you need more information, call Bob
and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or
Bob and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-
From SR 50, go south 3.4 miles on US Highway
1; the park will be on the left.

December Luncheon Directions
December 1, 2007

17307 Gulf Blvd.
North Redington Beach, Florida

1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 28
West Gandy Blvd, turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on
Park until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The
Wine Cellar is on the left at 173rd Avenue.

2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit 28
West, and follow directions in No. 1 above.

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

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

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Chairpersons: Marje and Pete Foster and Margaret McLaughlin

The Panama Canal Society, Inc., Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The Wine Cellar at 17307
Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida, on Saturday, December 1, 2007. Social hour is planned from
11:00 a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly meeting will start at 12:00 noon.

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

Monday, November 26, 2007, is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.

The menu will be a choice of Chicken Veronique, served with rice and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak with
rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls and butter, dessert
(macadamia nut sundae), iced tea and/or coffee.

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

This will be a very special luncheon and preparations are underway to ensure you have an enjoyable afternoon. We
have some nice door prizes and we hope you will join in the festivities. SO... mark your calendar for December 1, 2007,
and send in your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 8 of this issue.

SDecember 1, 2007

Member Name Telephone Number:

Please make reservations at $25.00 each Total enclosed

Please indicate preference: New York Strip Steak Chicken Veronique


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

1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772- 4787
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,- February 2, 2008

8298 North Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL 32940
1-95, Exit 191
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Orlando: go West on State Hwy 408 (East oCIRoo1N0 B= cen a
West Expy) Drive. Take ramp and go South '5 20
on State Hwy 417 (Central Florida .
Greeneway) Drive. Take ramp and go East on -. ,'5 Barn c Bd.
State Hwy 528 (Bee Line Expy). Take ramp \-, .utle Crek CGol
and go South East on 1-95 Drive 13.9 miless. VierEas t
At exit 73 take ramp to County Hwy 509 o ll l
(Wickham Rd). Sp -e
Or take 1-95 South, to Exit 75 (Wickham Rd). ,.t, P)
Turn left onto Wickham Rd going under the ; lf
overpass, hotel entrance is at the next signal a. w l
on the left. "95 King Cnter

Tampa: go East on I-4 (Us Hwy 92). At exit ,u Gc Blvd.
28 take ramp and go East on State Hwy 528 .n .So Rd.
(Bee Line Expy). Take ramp and go Southeast -. maoiaNOt
on 1-95. At exit 73 take ramp to County Hwy
509 (Wickham Rd).


Compania Interacional de Seguros (CIS), the current underwriter of the former Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance
Program, has recently implemented a number of changes that are designed to improve their ability to handle business in
English and to expedite the process of issuing new certificates to policyholders, updating beneficiary designations, and
adjudicating death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is currently encouraging policyholders to do their business directly with
the Panama office, but will gladly continue to accept and handle all business of those policyholders who choose to act and
process through the Panama Canal Society office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to be the Society's point of contact
and may be reached on the last Tuesday afternoon of the month at the Society's toll-free number
(1-866-726-2262) for assistance or to obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim forms.
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS office in Panama, the point of contact is: Mr. Miguel Gordon; and
he can be reached as 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 satisfactorily concluded with CIS so that the
Society can drop the policyholder or claimant from its list of pending cases to be pursued.


FEBRUARY 2, 2008
Please join us on the east coast in Melbourne, Florida, on February 2, 2008, for Caravalito 2008. Everyone is
invited to an evening of fun, food and dancing at the Holiday Inn (formerly Imperials Hotel). Music will be
provided by Frances Lindh Morrissey (BHS'62) who performed at the Continental Hotel in Panama and
played alongside Lucho in the early years. Socializing with a cash bar begins at 6:00 p.m. with a short meeting
beginning at 7:00 p.m. and dinner then dancing shortly thereafter.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a limited number of rooms available at the Holiday Inn (former-
ly Imperials Hotel) for this event at the special rate of $99.00 plus tax. When making reservations mention that
you are with the Panama Canal Society. You may call the Holiday Inn directly at (321) 255-0077. The hotel
is located at 8298 N. Wickham Road (1-95, Exit 191 Wickham Road), Melbourne, FL 32940. REMEMBER,
rooms are limited so make your reservations early. The hotel cutoff date will be January 25, 2008, at our spe-
cial rate, if any rooms are remaining. Also, additional nights (before and after February 2) are at the same spe-
cial rate.

COST: $40.00 per person which includes a combination plated sit-down dinner and entertainment (tax and gra-
tuities included). Dinner is Center Cut Sirloin and Chicken Francaise which includes house salad, penne alfre-
do, green beans almandine, fresh baked rolls with butter, key lime pie, and tea or coffee. The deadline to send
in your Carnavalito registration form is January 25, 2008.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call Randy and JoElla Deakins at (321) 632-4057 or Bob and
Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092. See page 10 for directions.
FEBRUARY 2, 2008

Please make reservations for $40.00 each.

Names of Guests (Please Print)
1. 6.

2. 7.

3. 8.

4. 9.

5. 10.

STotal enclosed: $

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

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MARCH 17, 2007

Absent: Bylaws Chairperson, Sergeant at Arms, and
Legislative Representative

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the minutes of the February 17, 2007,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved expenditures for the period of February 16,
2007, thru March 16, 2007, in the amount of $14,530.18.
Approved 60 new members.
Approved Ed Armbruster as area reporter.

Committee Reports given:
Annual Reunion Updates
2006 Financial Report Analysis
July 21st Commemorative Ceremony
Historian Emeritus
Carnavalito 2007
Annual Picnic Anderson Park
January and February Financial Statements
Membership Program.
March Canal Record
Membership Update
April Legislative Report
SWOT Exercise (Part II)

APRIL 28, 2007

Absent: Director, Sergeant at Arms, and Editor

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the minutes of the March 17, 2007,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of March
17, 2007, thru April 27, 2007, in the amount of $30,138.52.
Approved 90 new members
Approved Merchant Account Transfer
Approved CD Rollover

Committee Reports given:
Annual Reunion updates
July 21 Commemorative Ceremony
Copyright Protections Society Logo
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Service Officers Information
Clarification of Eligibility for Military
2008 Caravalito
After-action report on Picnic
Membership Program
Membership update

JUNE 2, 2007

Absent: Past President

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the minutes of the April 28, 2007,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of April 28,
2007, thru May 31, 2007, in the amount of $18,800.33.
Approved 75 new members.

Committee Reports given:
Annual Reunion updates
Revisit Canal Record page limitations (84 versus 88)
Copyright Protections & Articles of Incorporation
2008 Picnic
April Financial Statement
June Canal Record
Membership Update
June Legislative Report
July 21 Commemorative Ceremony:

MARCH 3, 2007

President, Bob Russell, welcomed the 47 members in
attendance at the General Membership meeting of the
Panama Canal Society held at the Zea Rotisserie & Grill in
Pensacola, Fla., on March 3, 2007.

Motions carried by General Membership:
Approved minutes of General Membership meeting
in Ocala, Fla,, on February 11, 2007, in conjunction with
Approved the January 2007, Financial Statement
which stands for audit.
Committee Reports given:
75th Anniversary
2007 Annual Reunion updates
Membership update
Long-range Planning Committee/SWOT
2007 Carnavalito

APRIL 14, 2007

President, Bob Russell, welcomed the 87 members in
attendance at the General Membership meeting of the
Panama Canal Society held at A. L. Anderson Park, Tarpon
Springs, Fla., on April 14, 2007.

Motions carried by General Membership:
Approved to dispense with the reading of the min-
utes from the March 3, 2007, as they had been distributed to
the members upon arrival at the picnic.
Approved the minutes as written
Approved to dispense with the reading of the
Financial Statement for the month of February which stands
for audit.

Committee Reports given:
75th Panama Canal Society, Inc. Anniversary plans
2007 Annual Reunion updates
2007 Membership Drive
May 5 General Membership meeting at Troyer's
Dutch Heritage Restaurant, Sarasota, Fla.

MAY 5, 2007

President Bob Russell welcomed the 59 members and
guests in attendance at the General Membership meeting of
the Panama Canal Society held at Troyer's Dutch Heritage
Restaurant, Sarasota, Fla., on May 5, 2007.

Motions carried by General Membership:
Approved the minutes from the April 14, 2007,
General Membership meeting held at A. L. Anderson Park in
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Approved the March 2007, Financial Statement,
which stands for audit.

Committee Reports given:
2007 Carnavalito
2007 Annual Reunion updates
SWOT Exercises
75th Anniversary Committee
May Legislative Report

In order to help with the recent
Executive Board decision of cost
reduction by limiting the pages of
the Canal Record, the General
Membership minutes have been

Please view the full version of the
General Membership minutes by
visiting the Panama Canal Society


[ Effective Oct. 1, the Tricare Reserve
':. Select health plan will be offered for
Jim O'Donnell purchase by qualified National Guard
and Reserve service members.
Additional coverage also will begin for post-traumatic stress
disorder and mental health conditions. In addition, extended
coverage will be available under Tricare Prime for surviving
children whose sponsor died while serving on active duty for
a period of more than 30 days. Also the Tricare Dental
Program (TDP) survivor benefit will include the surviving
active duty spouse if both spouses are on active duty when
one of the spouses dies, and the surviving spouse enrolls in
the TDP after retirement or separation within three years of
the death. ROTC cadets and midshipmen on orders, who have
not yet reported for their initial period of active duty and are
uninsured, will be covered for medical and dental care the
same as active-duty service members.

Reversing an earlier policy statement, OPM has said that
certain federal retirees are eligible to pay FEHB and FLTCIP
premiums with pre-tax money under the 2006 Pension
Protection Act. In general, while active employees may pay
FEHB premiums with pre-tax-money-an arrangement known
as "premium conversion" retirees can't. And even active
employees can't pay FLTCIP premiums with pre-tax money.
However, OPM in benefits administration letter 07-201 June
20 stated that contrary to its earlier interpretation, federal
retirees deemed to be retired "public safety officers" under
the 2006 act are eligible, effective as of January 1, 2007, to
pay up to $3,000 a year in health and long-term care insur-
ance premiums with pre-tax money, so long as the distribu-
tion is made directly from the retirement system to the
provider--as is commonly done with retiree FEHB and FLT-
CIP premiums. "Public safety officers" for this purpose
include law enforcement officers and firefighters, under the
law. Other retirees are not eligible, OPM stressed.

OPM letter reported, "Retired public safety officers are
deemed to have made a premium conversion election for this
purpose. As a result, retired public safety officers whose
CSRS or FERS annuity payments include a direct premium
payment to a health insurance carrier or long term care insur-
ance carrier may self-identify eligibility for, and self-report,
the tax exclusion" to the IRS in their tax filings. "Since this is
an IRS law, OPM cannot determine whether an individual
meets this definition," OPM said in guidance on the letter.
OPM said potentially affected individuals should check IRS
Publication 721, Tax Guide to U.S. Civil Service Retirement
Benefits. That publication states that "the CSRS and FERS
are considered eligible retirement plans".

Jim O'Donnell
Legislative Representative



Article V of the Bylaws requires that a Nominating Committee be selected within two
months following the Society's Annual Business meeting of the Executive Board's sec-
ond year's term of office. The Nominating Committee will consist of Jim O'Donnell,
Chairperson, and board members Joan Ohman and Muriel Whitman, and members at
large, Beth Brandenburg and Chuck Hummer. Article V also states that the
Nominating Committee shall announce to the general membership in the first issue of
the Canal Record following the annual meeting of the Board's second year's term of
office that nominations are in order. The Nominating Committee responsibility is to com-
pile a slate of officers that, in our collective opinions, would best serve the Panama Canal

Mail-in nominations must be postmarked and received by the Nominating
Committee at least 10 days prior to the scheduled December 1. 2007 general mem-
bership meeting. The Nominating Committee will then present its slate of nomi-
nated officers, along with the list of qualified mail-in and floor nominations (also
in order at the December meeting) to the attendees at the December meeting. All
qualified nominees must provide written consent to their candidacy to the
Nominating Committee and state their willingness to accept the position if elect-
ed prior to the published deadline date of January 4. 2008, for the printing of the
official ballot. Otherwise, the nomination will be considered invalid.

Therefore, anyone wishing to nominate another member, or himself or herself, for an
elected office should do so as outlined above. We urge each nominee to review the
Bylaws and familiarize himself or herself with the duties and responsibilities of the office
for which he or she is being nominated in order to ensure that the nominee can in fact
fulfill the obligations of the position.

If a nominee has any questions, please feel free to contact any member of the
Nominating Committee.
Jim O'Donnell
Nominating Committee Chairperson




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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
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster (850) 897-1330
Ocala Grace Shadeck (352) 347-4141
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig (850) 474-6341
South Florida Tom Pattison (954) 894-1247
Space Coast Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey (321) 452-7281
Tallahassee Skip Rowley (850)422-2151
GA June A. Stevenson (770) 995-7537

HI Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo
LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Barbara (Greene) Litchford
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC George Garcia
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl

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Deadline for the DECEMBER 2007 Canal Record is October 5, 2007.


Hello from beautiful Arizona.
We had our Spring mini-reunion in
March at Miriam Hirschl's lovely
home in Sun City West located in
Surprise, Ariz.
Diane French Everyone who attended our
meeting brought their favorite dish from Panama along with
recipes to share with the group. I think everyone had a won-
derful time eating and socializing during the afternoon. We
always enjoy having a meeting at Miriam's house as she has
so many different items from Panama in her home. Miriam's
mola bedspread always is a big hit with everyone.
In the next year we will be changing leadership as
Chester and Mary Grace Oakes will be leaving for Panama
to live there. I know all of us here in Arizona will greatly miss
them as they have been very dedicated to making our mini-
reunions a success.

Mary Grace Oakes and Miriam Hirschl

People attending our meeting were Miriam Hirschl,
Chester and Mary Grace Oakes, Evelyn and Loring White,
Nancy and Darrell Eide, Warren and Dora LeGrys,

Gladys Myers and Phyllis, Jay and Diane French, Carl and
Pat Berg, Jeff and Melissa Hirschl, Anne and Charlie
Parks, Craig and Lisa Boatwright, and Linda Castellero.
Jay and Diane French brought their friends Jack and
Mary Beers to the meeting. We also had as guests Phyllis
and Carol Johnson.
We hope to see some new faces at our next meeting in the
fall and look forward to seeing everyone else who attends our
meetings. Hope everyone has a wonderful summer and we
hope to see you at the Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion
in July in Orlando, Fla.

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


We were so sorry to hear about the
death of Petie Maedl on May 13,
2007 (see With Deep Sorrow sec-
tion). She was always at our Canal
Zone meetings here in Rogers and, of
Bety D g course, I remembered her from
Betty Dunning Cristobal High School days.
Camille Gibbs sent me the following letter about their
recent trip to Panama.
"In late dry season of this year, Doug and I made our first
trip back to Panama since leaving in June 1999, after the
school closings. We spent our three weeks visiting with
friends, and driving around noting the many changes since
our departure.
"It seems that all Zonians who return to Panama ultimate-
ly drop by the Elks. We saw Vicki Sizemore and Ed
Wardlow, Luke Palumbo, Alan Blaney, Jr. and family cel-
ebrating his birthday on Mongolian night, Capt. Peter Tassell

(who offered his place at Santa Rita, the crow's nest, for
overnights), Pablo Prieto, Carlos Vasquez, Gordy Will,
Natasha Warren (Paul Gibbs, Jr.'s fiancee), and Chris
Skeie (who serves on the Panama Canal Museum Board of
Trustees) who introduced us to the handiness of the internet.
Chris used his laptop to connect us to Joe Brown in Texas.
We talked with Joe for 45 minutes at the rate of a little more
than a penny a minute. Chris said, "buy me a beer and call it
"Others seen at the Elks were: Doug Phillips, Ted
Henter, Jr., Carl Tuttle, Secretary Art Mokray, Past
Exalted Rulers Dave Bishop and Trina Clark, and, of
course, bartenders Ashby, Alls, and Mercedes.
"We refreshed our Panama memories with a trip to Pina
Beach and the beach house of Capt. Jody Chamberlain and
wife Lorraine. The view of the blue Atlantic was a welcome
change from the Ozarks in April. Jody invited us to the horse
races, together with Sonia Valley, Gordy Will, Natasha
Warren, Bob Dunn, and Capt. Tim Kirkabee and wife. At
Jack Saltzman's boatshed in Diablo we ran into Allen
Blaney, Sr., and Bill Hanna and Larry Layman who were
visiting from the states and looking into moving back to
Panama. We spent Good Friday visiting with my nephew, Jay
Gibson and wife Llori (Kent), in their Gamboa house on the
bank of the Canal, very near the old lighthouse. Only the road
along the bank of the Canal separated us from the transiting
ships, a really WOW view. While in Gamboa we went by to
see Andy Hirsch. He showed us his house that he had built
from exact plans of wooden cottages on Amador Road.
Returning from Gamboa to the city, we visited with Carol
Bussiere in Summit. She is very involved with animal rescue
work, working closely with an American veterinarian.
"Many changes are occurring in Panama: there appears to
be a condo construction boom going on, and a new hospital
affiliated with Johns Hopkins being built, plus more. One
thing that has not changed is the abundance of excellent
restaurants serving inexpensive dishes. Rainy season started
the last three days of our visit, accompanied by daily show-
ers, an appropriate ending for our trip." Sounds like a great
trip to me!!!
Tom Rainey writes that: "After 5-1/2 years at the Wal-
Mart home office as the Director of the world's largest pay-
roll, human resources and benefits systems, my wife
Kathy/Kathleen (Hanson) Rainey has accepted an offer
from another company in May this year. She is the new Sr.
VP of Operations at Oasis Outsourcing, located in West Palm
Beach, Fla.
"Currently she is living in Wellington, Fla., and I will fol-
low once the closing on our home is finalized in July, here in
Rogers, Ariz. Fortunately there is already a contract pending
after only listing our home for 13 days on the market. Now
the fun begins. Packing and moving, but fortunately it won't
be us/me having to do it all, especially the dreaded packing.
This time there is a complete and generous relocation pack-
age provided by the new employer."
Talked to Ralph and Joyce Cookson Malcolm of
Lewistown, Mont., on their 50th wedding anniversary. Her
father, The Reverend Milton Cookson, is 101 years old.
Many of you might remember him from his many years of
being with the Episcopal church in Panama.

Our daughter Cheryl and her husband Mark Lowery are
visiting us and keeping us busy this month. This might be
Cheryl's last year of teaching in Germany as her school is
closing as is the base in Hanau. She'll have to wait until the
end of this school year to find out where she'll be teaching in
September 2008.

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

Samantha Harp, daughter of
Jess and Lynn (Dunning) Harp, flew
to Ohio to join Lynn's aunt Freda
Stohrer. Freda was going to Hawaii to
her grandson Andrew's graduation
and asked Samantha to go with her.
Freda's daughter Anne Stohrer Ellis
lives in Kona. Anne was a great tour
Lynn Harp
guide taking them all over. They swam
at Mauna Kea beach, went on a snorkel tour at Kealakekua
Bay, visited the Volcanoes National Park seeing the steam
plume of lava entering the ocean, steam vents, sulfur banks,
and so much more. They went to the Place of Refuge which
is a re-creation of a Hawaiian village on the shore of
Honaunau Bay and saw many turtles in the water and on the
lava. They hiked down and around Pololu Valley. She got to
try new food, musubi Spamm, rice and seaweed), sashimi,
roasted green peas, shoyu chicken, etc. Freda Stohrer is mak-
ing the big move to Rogers, Ark. She has sold her home in
Ohio and has bought a home here. She will be here August

Samantha Harp in Hawaii

Cheryl (Dunning) and Mark Lowery came to visit from
Germany. They were in Arkansas for a month and returned
home via New York. While in New York, they saw the
Broadway musical Wicked. They returned home on the Queen
On July 4th, Cheryl Lowery and Lynn (Dunning) Harp
drove to Tulsa, Okla., to fly to Orlando for the Reunion. We
spent three wonderful days with friends and family. Among
our family were Carol (Flenniken) and Roger Schwenke,
daughter Tracy (Wolf) Dickey and granddaughter Margaret.
Pat (Dunning) Hunt and daughters, Lisa (Hunt) Johnson
and Laurie (Hunt) Trinca. We had dinner together on
Saturday night at the hotel restaurant upstairs.

Chris Malcolm at the Reunion wearing his Balboa Rams
beanie! Next-door neighbors from Corozal were Hubert
Jordan and his son, Keith Jordan. Doug Gibbs was also a
neighbor of ours. He and his wife Camille came in from
Arkansas for the Reunion.

Doug and Camille Gibbs

Back (L-R): Tracy Dickey, Pat Hunt, Laurie Trinca,
Tracy's granddaughter Margaret, Lynn Harp, and Carol
Schwenke. Front (L-R): Lisa Johnson, Cheryl Lowery, and
Roger Schwenke.

Chris Malcolm and Lynn Harp

We also ran into Donny and Linda Stohrer. Their father
Andy Stohrer was a PanCanal Port Captain. It was great to
see them, many of us had not seen Donny since 1975. Among
family friends we saw were the Sherrys (aunt Margie and
uncle Artie), their daughters Karen and Linda and son
Mark and their families. Growing up, the Sherrys, Dunnings,
Malcolms, and Sterns (from the Atlantic/other side) would
go to the volcan during Easter. We would stay at the Swishers
and ride horses and swim in "Rio Frio!" It was great to see

Melanie (Trim) Bales, Susie (Bierman) Gorges, and
Cheryl (Dunning) Lowery.

Lynn Harp, Cheryl Lowery, and Karen, Linda and Margie

If you have any news you would like to share, please
email your news to my email address shown below.

Lynn (Dunning) Harp, Reporter
(479) 271-8055
email: harp.1@


"You Would Understand."
That was a slide that was on the
screen among the myriad slides
of insects, fish, CZ homes, flow-
ers, animals, and smiling, tan,
Helen and Isaac Hay barefooted CZ "brats" in our
green paradise of our past. The screen also had many ships
from all over the world passing through the big ditch that our
fathers and mothers all had something to do with. The slide
show was accompanied by the part Calypso-reggae, part-sort-
of-Jimmy Buffet, but mostly their own style of music with
Bajun lyrics. If you were at the annual reunion luncheon you
know what we're talking about. Our own scions of our former
life in paradise: Shorty & Slim. What a show!! Multi-gener-
ational, they had everyone moving and grooving, a luncheon
lit up like a 4th of July fireworks show from the
Administration Building. I still have "life on Mango Street..."
singing in my head!
It was a terrific reunion and the new hotel seemed to meet
our needs well. Again, the reunion committee deserves a big
round of applause. And thank you too to the many volunteers!
And now for some news from out West. Pablo and
Marisa Prieto were in Santa Cruz last May staying with
Duncan Ballenger and Tom Slice. Marisa's son just gradu-
ated from Virginia Tech (he was there during the shootings)
and has landed a job in the San Francisco Bay area. So Pablo
and Marisa were up from Panama helping him to relocate.
Isaac met up with them in a park in Berkeley where he was
attending a meeting for the Panamanian contingency in the
upcoming San Francisco Camaval parade. Marisa's son got
housing and a car and then was able to get back to Panama for
a short while before starting his new job.
And speaking of graduating, Isaac's son Sergio Hay, after
spending a year in Iraq with the Army, went to Allan Hancock
Collage on the G.I. Bill and just completed his A.S. in com-
puter graphics with a 3.5 GPA. We went to Santa Maria for
the graduation and it was exciting. He is deciding which cam-
pus he will be moving on to next, either in Chico or San

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Helen, Sergio, and Isaac Hay

Our other big family news is my youngest daughter Anna
had a baby boy in April. Jesse weighed in at 9 lbs. 4 oz. Many
family members attended the birth and everything went well.
So I am basking in the joy of another little one to hold. Life
is sweet!
Our friends Wally and Robbin Fernez just moved up to
Fort Bragg. Wally was born in Chiriqui and was a band mem-
ber in Desi Arnaz's band on the I Love Lucy Show. Robbin
was the Minute Maid orange juice lady on the TV commer-
cials several decades ago. They sold their house in Sebastopol
and bought a lovely place with an ocean view in Fort Bragg.
Before they left Sonoma County we joined them for dinner at
Brisas del Mar in Bodega Bay. Also joining us was our new
friend, Elia Cedeiio, of Cotati. Elia and her four siblings
were orphans in the Bella Vista Childrens' Home in Panama
City. At age 13 Elia was adopted by a North American couple
and whisked away to the U.S. She was devastated to lose con-
tact with her siblings but as an adult she was able to track
them all down. They are all alive and well and living in the
U.S. Elia is going on a cruise to the Mediterranean in
September and coming back just in time to meet everyone at
the Los Gatos Panama picnic in October. Elia came to the
U.S. as a child in 1943. She said she didn't speak much
English and it was very hard. A few years ago she returned to
Panama to visit and it was hard again since she had forgotten
most of her Spanish!

Wally and Robbin Fernez, and Elia Cedefio at Bodega Bay

We were happy to see Billy and Thelma DeLaMater at
the reunion in Orlando. Some troubling news from them is
that San Diego and Panama resident Dave Sherman was in
the hospital in Panama with serious injuries. Hopefully he
will recover quickly.
We lost our world-traveling ex-Curundu buoy Ricky
Appin. He moved back to New York City after a couple years
living in Berkeley. Life out here will not be the same without
his exuberance. He was in Las Vegas with family and friends
in May for a birthday bash and then off to London, then back
to New York. Jet lag is not in his vocabulary!
Susan Alves (BHS'66) was recently in San Diego visiting
her son and daughter-in-law. She sent me pictures of her
house and she has an incredible garden. Susan also made it
back to Panama earlier this year.
Lots of news from Joanie Ridge Cameron. She and 18
other Ridge family members and high school friend, Linda
Robles Burow, did a fun trip to Panama. Some had not been
back since the '70s! They had such fun they didn't want to
leave. They arrived on June 23rd, traveling from California,
Arizona, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington,

D.C. They toured the Miraflores Locks, Panama City, had
lunch at the Napoli. While at Taboga they ran into Carl and
Will Hoffman, whose grandfather worked on canal construc-
tion back in the early 1900s. Their parents were close friends
with Joanie's parents, Bob and Pat Ridge. They also stayed
at the Gamboa Resort. They went by canoe to the Embera
Village and the waterfall there. Everyone, especially the kids,
loved the Indians, the dancing, and their beautiful jewelry,
taquas, and baskets. They also enjoyed the aerial tram over-
looking the canal and the Chagres River. After that they head-
ed up to DeCameron and a quick stop at Quesos Chela for
empanadas and other Panamanian delicacies. Then they hit
the market in El Valle, the El Chorro Macho Waterfall, the
zoo, and a great lunch at Los Capitanes before heading back
to Panama City.

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Ridge family reunion, Goethals Memorial, June 24, 2007

Joanie also had a nice visit with her aunt Joan Marie
deGrummond and aunt Margaret (who was visiting from
New Orleans). They spent Memorial Day weekend together
in Valencia, where Joan Marie moved to be across the street
from her son Steve Cartotto, his wife and two kids, Evan
and Tessa.
Isaac, my sister Jan Aanstoos, and I headed to San
Francisco in our camper the night before the big Carnaval
Parade. We had a fun night in the camper in the parking lot
and then woke early and donned our colorful Montuno and
polleras. We found a van with Panama flags on it that drove
us to the Panama contingency of the parade. There were
about 40 polleras and another 75 or so of young people
adorned in flags and flowers and looking very festive and col-
orful. A large group of young people had a huge Panama flag
that they carried to the tune of music. Isaac had the honor of
leading our group, carrying the flag on a pole. We felt sorry
for the Brazilians who wore nearly no clothes. It was chilly
and grey and they looked miserably cold. Of course the men
all enjoyed the show! We had heard that Lance Hughes was
back in San Francisco after a long stay in Panama. And, sure
enough, Isaac saw him in the crowd! It was really neat to look
out at a sea of smiling faces and see pockets of folks waving

the Panama flag and admiring our group. I was the only
"rubia," meaning blonde, but what the heck! Can't wait for
next year.


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Camaval Parade

After the parade we all gathered around and ate tamales,
Panamanian style. There I met Melissa Christy who gradu-
ated from the International School in Panama and was just
starting a new job in San Francisco as a translator. She grew
up in Panama City and her parents have worked for the
Smithsonian Institute for over 30 years. We also ran into
Roger Kelley who was taking photos for the press. You can
view some pictures of the Camaval if you google San
Francisco Camaval online. Hope you enjoy these pictures we

Roger Kelley and Helen Aanstoos-Hay

Got a note from Steve and Anna Bissell. Steve (BHS'66)
is honored to have one of his photos published on the cover
of the magazine, Suifing Journal. I assume the picture was
taken in Panama during one of Steve's visits.
That's all for now, and so glad "you would understand" all

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


Central Florida

Let's start with the important stuff.
My son Scott and his wife Catrina gave
this reporter a surprise 70th birthday
party recently, and I was one over- Dawn Gressang
whelmed girl. It was great!! My sisters
Pam Crowell, Jacque Vowell, Bonnie Morrison and hus-
band Michael, and Janet Stuart were there as well as many
friends and extended family. My late husband's (Dan
Gressang) family were there also. It was so wonderful!!
Recently, there was an Elvis Tribute and a group of Elvis
tribute artists tried for the title of the best Elvis. Being that
Pam Crowell is the biggest Elvis fan I know, she donned
Elvis sunglasses complete with sideburns, and went to this
show and Jacque Vowell and this reporter followed along. It
wna n cyrpat timp1

Janet Stuart sent in two pictures. The first shows Janet
and Jim Cope at the 4th of July race at the International
Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. They had a wonderful
time. The next picture is from the reunion.

Janet Stuart and Jim Cope
Janet Stuart and Jim Cope

Mike Corrigan, Janet Stuart, and Sue Waters Eytalis

I know this article is mostly about me, me, me, but if I
don't know what you are doing in your "neck of the woods"
then I can't write about it. Please contact me with your "com-
ings and goings."

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

Pat (Dunning) Hunt and her daughter surprised me in
July and we went out to lunch. They were on their way to the
Panama Canal Society reunion. We had a great time talking
about old and new times.
My two granddaughters from New Jersey have been with
me for a month and we have been busy doing various things.
One really fun thing we did was to go to Dolly Parton's Dixie
Stampede in Orlando. It's a dinner show and Bonnie
Morrison and her grandchildren, and Dan Gressang IV and
his wife Tish and their children, Daniel and Alyssa, went too.
My granddaughters, Aly and Felicia, will be home by the
time this is printed and I will sure miss them.
Some really sad news, Shirley (Million) Muse's husband
Robert passed away suddenly recently (See Obits). He was a
special man, with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be
deeply missed.

Emerald Coast

Captain Sid Little recently got his iaa
Master's license, and owns and oper- Mr- r
ates a charter service out of the exclu-
sive resort of San Destin in Destin, Fla. Edwin Armbruster
Sid was born at Paitilla Hospital, the
last graduate of Curundu Junior High in 1999 and graduated
from Niceville High in 2003. Sid's dad Mike and sister
Chimere also have Master Licenses. Captain Mike Little
operates a "jack boat" servicing oil rigs off the coast of
Louisiana. Sid lives at home with his mother Elaine, brother
Tommy and dad in Bluewater Bay, Niceville.

Ed and Jean Armbruster received visits from friends
Larue and Lester Hutchinson from Dothan, Ala. (Les taught
Math at Balboa High and Larue nursed at Gorgas) and Dee
and Al Burkette of Holder, Fla. Al retired as a heavy equip-
ment operator Pacific side and Dee worked for the Army at
Ft. Clayton.

lI)A J[

Lester and Larue Hutchinson


I was asked to be the reporter for -
the Ocala, Fla., area when Bill and
Jean Muller moved to Silverdale,
Wash., a few months ago. Tom Wilder
graciously volunteered to continue the
tradition of the Ocala Zonians/Panama Grace Shadeck
Canal Ditchdiggers biannual luncheon which, by the way,
will be on October 13th (Saturday) starting at 11:30 a.m. The
location is at the Sheriff's Office Inmate Work Farm on the
corer of CR 464 and Baseline Road. The farm entrance is
directly across from the Greenways Park on Baseline Road.
The cost for admission is a covered dish Tom and family
will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Farm tours will be
available for those who are interested.
The Zonian Dirt Riders were in Ocala over the Memorial
Day Weekend spending time at Elite Campground in Salt
Springs located in the Ocala National Forest. Over 50 attend-
ed the event riding the trails on their four-wheelers, dirt bikes,
and dual sports. Fun was had by all! On Saturday and Sunday
nights, families served up potluck dinners shared by all. The
food, spirits, and stories were great!

Connie (Armbruster) Dermody, Balboa graduate of
1984, caught the catch of the day in the Gulf 45 miles off
Destin, Fla. Connie was on the 60-ft. charter Hired Gun. She
landed the 50-lb. grouper after a 35-minute unassisted fight.
I encourage any former Zonie who lives in this area to get
in touch with me with their news so that I can keep the rest of
the Zonian world up to date on their happenings.

Zonian Dirt Riders


Connie (Armbruster) Dermody

Edwin Armbruster,
email: edwin2(

Rod Snyder traveled the farthest to attend from Texas.
The Blount family, Ed, Shannon, Carter, Kaitlyn and Colin
plus friends, Raquel Barrionuedo and Jimmy Thomas,
traveled from Alabama. Those traveling from "lower
Alabama" or also known as the Florida Panhandle were: D,
Terry and Samantha LaPorta; Jon, J, and Coach Louis
Dedeaux; and Russell, Leslie, Jenny and Aislynn Gillespie
with friends Cassie Barr and Katie Hardison. From Georgia
the Collins family (Mark, Robin, and Joshua) made the trip.
Those who traveled from South Florida were: Tom
5 Finneman, Rochelle Blount, Dave Hannigan; Kim,
Mickinzee and Jameson Hetrick; and Scott Parker. And,
we were glad to see his sister, Stacy Parker DeRaps, who
stopped by for a visit. Tim Stone, Silke, Ted and Alec
D'Allessandro also made the trip. From North Florida the
Dowell brothers, Winship and Clay and wife Connie kept
things exciting. From the Gulf coast of Florida, the Stroop
troop, Ed, Lesa, Victoria, Nicole, Taylor and Parker, along
with friends Blake Phillips, Colin Burns, and Catherine
Wilson rounded out the travelers. Tom, Kathy, Brittney, and
Chris Wilder were the local hosts for the event. Samantha
Reporter Wilder, who is serving in the U.S. Air Force, was planning to
897-1330 attend until she received orders to Iraq and left just after

Mother's Day. Other than a trip to the Emergency Room in
the wee hours of the morning on the last day by Ed Stroop for
a slight "kidney stone" problem, a good time was had by all.
Next ZDR event is scheduled for Thanksgiving!!
Edna (Curles) and Larry Didier flew to New York City
at the end of May and spent five days at the Renaissance
Hotel in the Theater District with a group of about 100 peo-
ple who attend the plays at our local Ocala Civic Theater.
Their trip included bus transportation to and from the air-
ports, plane fares, hotel stay, dinner, and attendance at three
plays: Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago.
Needless to say they had a wonderful time.
Then on June 27th, Edna and Larry visited Edna's son
Jeff and his wife Mischelle, who live on the outskirts of
Anchorage in Chugiak. Both are doing well. Mischelle was
recently promoted to Principal at one of the local schools. Jeff
has been "working his way up the ladder" at General
Communications Inc. Edna and Larry enjoyed a lot of day
trips and visited their familiar "haunts" like The Moose's
Tooth, a pizza place, and an upscale Italian restaurant called
Orzos where they celebrated their eighth anniversary.
When the Health Bureau nurses had their first reunion in
Orlando in 1995, Sue Cain, former ER Supervisor of GACH,
asked us to fill out a questionnaire which brought back many
wonderful memories of the good old days in the Canal
Zone/Rep. de Panama. I thought it would be a good idea to
start a "feature person" for the Canal Record and sent out
questionnaires to the Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers. I informed them that it will be "first come, first
published." So, I am very happy to present our first feature
person Juanita (Taylor) McConaughey.

Juanita (Taylor) McConaughey

worked in the Administration Building. I attended Junior
College. 2. YEARS IN CANAL ZONE/PANAMA. 35 years
from 1939 to 1974. 3. KEY EVENTS AND EXPERIENCES:
Raising three sons: Robert, David and William. 4. WHAT
DO YOU MISS MOST: The wonderful climate. The wonder-

ful friends we made throughout the years. My husband,
Richard, who was born and raised there and died here in
Ocala in 2004. His family worked in the Canal Zone since
ACCOMPLISHED: Enjoying my retirement. Traveling in the
United States. Visiting family and friends made in the Canal
Juanita also informed me that Virginia Pearl celebrated
her 94th birthday on July 17th!! We sincerely hope her birth-
day was the happiest and best ever.
If you have any news for the Canal Record, please call,
email, or slow mail them to me. Muchas Gracias.

Grace Shadeck, Reporter
((352) 347-4141
email: lvgs6171 (


In April, Barbara (Egolf)
Dedeaux and daughter-in-law, Deb
Dedeaux, along with other family
members sailed with Celebrity il .
Cruises on the Panama Canal muse- Barbara Vose-Kulig
um-sponsored cruise. Stops were made in Jamaica,
Colombia, San Bias Islands, and Panama. Mary Egolfs
birthday was celebrated during the cruise. While in Panama,
Deb fell on the concrete steps at Miraflores Locks breaking
her leg in two places. While the rest of the group continued
on the cruise, Barb and Deb spent the next four days in a
Panama hospital before flying home. Barb says she thanks the
Lord for good friends Charlie and Felisa Hinz, who were
their support system during this difficult time.

Barb (Egolf) and Louie Dedeaux, and Iris (Dedeaux)

While on a bus tour in April, Louie Dedeaux's sister, Iris
(Dedeaux) Hogan, visited the Naval Aviation Museum in
Pensacola. Louie and Barb were able to visit with her before
she resumed her bus tour. It was a short but meaningful visit.
After Iris left, Louie's brother Leon stopped here traveling
from a visit to family in Gulfport, Miss. He stayed only a few
days since Louie and Barb had plans to attend the Reunion.

To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
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October 1, 2007

TO: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society, Inc.
THRU: President, Panama Canal Society, Inc,
FROM: Chairperson, Bylaws Committee

SUBJECT: Clarification of Article III Membership and Dues, Section 2, Eligibility for
Membership, Paragraph A and Correction to Article IV Officers, Section 3, Eligibility for
Office, Paragraph B

1. As the result of several queries regarding the eligibility of service members of the U.S.
Military Services who were stationed in Panama to become members of the Panama
Canal Society, the Bylaws Committee reviewed the existing wording of Article III,
Section 2, paragraph A to see if the wording warranted further clarification.

2. After careful review, the Bylaws Committee noted that service members have been
eligible under the existing wording but that such wording should be clarified to avoid any

3. Accordingly, the Bylaws Committee proposes that the existing Article be amended as
follows to further clarify the already existing eligibility of U.S. Military Service
members, who were stationed in Panama, to membership in the Society.
Proposed Clarification # 1


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.agencies located there, or who attended U.S. Government schools
there, shall be eligible for membership in the Society.

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 agencies located there, or members of the U.S. Military Sern ices
stationed there, or who attended U.S. Government schools there, shall be
eligible for membership in the Society.

4. In reviewing the Bylaws in preparation for the upcoming 2008 Society elections, the
Nominating Committee found an error in Article IX' -- Officers. Section 3. Eligibility For
Office, Paragraph B, and recommends that this oversight be corrected prior to the 2008

5. Upon review, the Bylaws Committee concluded that there was an inconsistency in Article
IV, Section 3, paragraph B with the intent of the changes that were made to that Article in
2002. The intent at that time \vas to extend the terms of officers from one year to two
years in order that they may gain more experience and have more productive time to
accomplish Society business. Unfortunately, one word in Section 3, Paragraph B was
overlooked which resulted in certain positions being restricted by one term (two years)
instead of the intended two year term.

6. Accordingly, to correct this oversight, the Committee recommends that the wording of
paragraph B be corrected to reflect that certain officer positions are restricted to two
consecutive terms and not the restrictive two years (or one term).

Proposed Correction # 1

B. The treasurer, secretary, Record editor, legislative officer, sergeant-at-arms and
chaplain are permitted to serve unlimited consecutive terms in the same office,
with all other officer positions being restricted to two consecutive years in the
same titled office, whether appointed or elected.

B. The treasurer, secretary, Record editor, legislative officer, sergeant-at-arms and
chaplain are permitted to serve unlimited consecutive terms in the same office,
with all other officer positions being restricted to two consecutive terms in the
same titled office, whether appointed or elected.

7. As information, in accordance with Article XV Amendments, Sec. 1 Method of
Amending Bylaws, paragraph H 1, the above clarification and correction may be made to
the Bylaws without a ballot from the membership provided that such are published in the
Canal Record with explanations and that there are less than 25 objections to the proposed

8. Accordingly, the Bylaws Committee recommends to the Board for approval and
consideration by the membership the above clarification to Article III Membership and
Dues and correction to Article IV Officers.

Muriel Whitman
Chairperson, Bylaws Committee

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On May 18th, Sonya Dedeaux arrived from New Jersey
for her brother J's graduation from high school. The evening
of her arrival, her parents Jon and Deb Dedeaux, had a fam-
ily dinner celebration at the Outback Steakhouse for J.
Besides Deb, Jon, J, and Sonya, guests were DeLila, Jack,
and Jack Jr. Hepler, and Louis and Barb Dedeaux. The next
day, J graduated with honors. After the graduation everyone
met at Jon and Deb's for a delicious variety of cheesecakes
and coffee, while J and five good friends had their celebration
(five days) at a beach house on Pensacola Beach (a present
from all their parents).

Sonya Dedeaux and brother J Dedeaux

Barb and Louie stayed busy at the Reunion working at
registration and the museum vendor tables. Barb said the
highlight of the Reunion for them was celebrating Charlie
and Felisa Hinz's 50th wedding anniversary, hosted by their
son Karl Hinz and daughter Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder. You'd

never know it was their Golden Anniversary because every
year when I see them at the Reunion, they seem to be looking

Charlie and Felisa Hinz

Jon Dedeaux's 30th CHS Class of 1977 Reunion was held
at this year's reunion. Barb said it was really great seeing so
many of Jon's friends who they knew while they were grow-
ing up. Jon and his cousin Bruce Egolf graduated in the same
class, and Barb said seeing him was "special" since his son
Scott, who was visiting his grandparents (George and
Bobbie (Williams) Egolf), was there also.
In July our grandsons Shane (19) and Jonathan (8) cele-
brated their birthdays. Shane's gift was his trip to the Reunion
with Grandma and Grandpa Kulig and Jonathan's was a fam-
ily get-together and a day out with Grandma shopping and
having lunch.
The Saturday before the Reunion in July, our son Brent
and granddaughter Crystal drove from Houston for the
Reunion, stopping in Pensacola for a few hours while travel-
ing to Spring Hill, Fla., for a family get-together with Keith's
dad. On Sunday, Keith, Shane, and I traveled to Spring Hill.
We stayed there until heading to the Reunion on Wednesday-
-we had such a good time together--especially spending qual-
ity time with Crystal.
Much to our surprise, the 2007 Reunion was the best ever!
We were expecting the worst and hoping for the best after
seeing so many negative opinions on the web site from peo-
ple who had stayed there--we were amazed at how wrong
they were in their opinions! Our entire family loved it!! We
were treated so well and, contrary to comments, it was a total-
ly "family friendly" atmosphere. The staff was amazing, the
food was affordable and delicious, and the service every-
where was impeccable. The rooms were beautiful--ours was
overlooking a golf course so that put Keith in his glory and it
totally impressed him. The maid service was excellent--no
complaints whatsoever. We had requested that the family all
be put on the same floor near each other and they did just
that! Because of the layout of the hotel, we were convenient-
ly able to spend tons of quality family time together. This

year my brother Butch and sister Ruby were there, along
with our daughter Darla and here husband Jeff; sons, Brent
and Kevin, and grandchildren Crystal, Shane and Jonathan. I
can't even begin to tell you how much everyone enjoyed
Keith and I worked Registration again and I worked again
as a "page" at the Annual Business Meeting with my yearly
sidekick, Shirley (Bonneau) Camby. After the meeting, I
attended the Reporters Luncheon and enjoyed spending time
with my fellow reporters.
The Clubhouse comida was great! The food, once again,
brought back so many Zonian memories. The fried yucca
sticks were delicioso! The atmosphere was so different than
past years--lots of windows to see out and no matter where
you sat, you could see everyone. We spent time sitting outside
where they had tables and chairs set up. The staff seemed to
always do everything according to our needs.
The main restaurant was wonderful and we had many
family meals together there. The Creamery was "oh, so
good," but I managed to limit myself to one time--I can't
speak for the rest of the family though. A lot of our time was
spent at the bar/lounge area near the Java Cafe and saw every-
one. It turned out to be our family meeting place.
A great highlight of the Reunion is always celebrating
Mass on Saturday with all the St. Mary's gang and Father
John Kennedy. The special times we shared in Panama seem
to be relived when we see each other.
On Sunday, we just weren't ready to leave (having with-
drawals already) and decided to stay another day. We would
have stayed longer, but Keith, Brent, and Shane had to get
back to work (I quit working in February-love staying home).
Darla and family stayed a few more days at a hotel near
Disney and returned on Thursday. Brent and Crystal followed
us home and stayed the night before traveling back to
Houston--we surely do miss them and hope they'll decide to
return for Christmas.
Two weeks after they both returned from the Reunion,
Darla (Vose) Creek and Diana (Traugh) Hall (both BHS'85)
met in Atlanta to attend an Advocare Success School togeth-
er. Darla and Diana are building a successful Advocare busi-
ness together--after 22 years of not seeing each other. Darla
calls her team the Advocare Zonian Team. After the conven-
tion, she spent the rest of the weekend at Diana's beautiful
home in Atlanta. They went through junior and senior high
yearbooks and shared lots of memories and tons of laughs.

Diana (Traugh) Hall and Darla (Vose) Creek

Hopefully, we'll have a mini-reunion here next year. We
are still looking for the perfect place, preferably on Pensacola
We're really looking forward to the 2008 Reunion. I know
we'll have an even better time--if that's possible--from the
fantastic time we had this year.
If you have any news for my next article, please send it to
me or call me no matter how small.

Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
(850) 474-6341
e-mail: czbarbv(

Space Coast

Summer is almost over...but there
was lots going on around here. Of
course, we thank the Society for Kathie McConaughey
another successful reunion. I am still
hearing stories and talking to people about what a great time
it was. Those of us who attended the Annual Luncheon expe-
rienced the fantastic entertainment of Shorty & Slim--what a
blast that was. We couldn't stay in our seats. You may have
noticed Richard Grimison and many others dancing at the
end of the show to the theme song Mango Street! During the
song Richard was holding up Nikki Meyer's authentic
Mango Street sign. That last song brought down the house! I
hear through the grapevine that Nikki plays her Shorty &
Slim CDs at her physical therapy sessions and she and the
therapist dance to them. The other therapists also love them,
so Shorty & Slim have new admirers here in central Florida.
Speaking of Richard...he, Diana, and children enjoyed a
trip back home to Panama where Richard participated in the
2007 Cayuco Race in the "Gold Coast" boat with Bill Huff,
Blair Bates, and Piero Reece. After the race, the family went
to Coronado and El Valle. Highlights included catching some
fun surf, the trail and canopy ride at the Chorro Macho water-
fall, El Nispero Zoo, and watching the Good Friday proces-
sion in El Valle, topped off with celebrating Easter Sunday
Mass at St. Marv's Church.

Diane Grinison aind children inh Bruce Quinn aind friend
at Bruce's home in El Valle.

The second Space Coast Bunco Fund-Raiser for the
Panama Canal Museum at the Dog 'n Bone Pub in Cocoa
Village was a great success. Attendees not pictured below
were: Diane Croce, Dawn Watkins, Dee Burkett, Dennis
and Peggy Huff, Donita McConaughey, Louise Hunt, Jerri
Farnsworth, Janet Watkins, Natalie McClenahan, Sheryl
Alberta, Laurie Simmons, Marianne Hockin, Janet
Sutherland, and Grace Barnwell. Contributing but unable
to attend were: Rebecca Pletcher, Tom and Connie
Stoakley, Blanche Stabler, Nancy McMillan, and Kathy
Egolf. Door prizes were donated by Joe and Bev Wood, Joan
and Ed Ohman, and the Panama Canal Museum. A great
thanks goes to Richard Lemon, proprietor of the Pub, who
again was a most accommodating host. Space Coast Bunco
III is scheduled for April 19, 2008. Contact event coordinator
Peggy Huff for further information.
Keeping the Space Coast Panazonian bunco dice warmed
up...Dennis and Peggy hosted the Grimison family for an
evening of bunco. Elizabeth Grimison Fahy was visiting
from Germany and Peggy's brother Doug Hale and his wife
Luz were in town. Also attending were Tom and Nancy
Grimison, Richard and Diana Grimison, Erin Fay and Janice
Scott. The hat was passed and the evening's donation is going
to the Grimison family transit on the Museum's Wall of
Joella and Randy Deakins returned to Panama for the
BHS Class of 1962 reunion which went on for 11
Zonians know how to party, or what!! They went from
Decameron Resort to the Country Inn & Suites, Amador, and
places in between. The photo below was taken at classmate
Yoly Velez Woodman's beach house in Costa Esmerelda
where Yoly and her husband Phil hosted a wonderful party
for the classmates.

RB l
BHS 1962 Class Reunion In Panama

Don and Joyce Humphrey, their granddaughter Cassie,
Jimmy and Ely Palumbo got a treat when they went to the
Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne and saw Maestro
Jimmy Brooks lead a tour symphony from Austria. After the
show the Maestro invited them up on the stage with him.
They also got to meet Zonian Jerry Brees, who is the
Director of the Henegar Center.

Don, Cassie and Joyce
Jimmy Palumbo.

Bill and Edna Rogers had lots of family accompany them
at the reunion. Charlene and Don Rogers came from
Panama; Jeff and Sandi (Rogers) Graves with their children
Chris and Megan came from North Carolina; Charles
Rogers came from Nicaragua. Bill and Edna's son Willie and
his daughter Olivia spent ten days in Panama with Charlene
and Don. Good weather, good company, and good cerveza!
After the reunion they went over to Sarasota while Olivia
attended the Ringling School of Art and Design. What a great
Proving that Zonians can find each other anywhere, the
photo below shows a group that gets together as frequently as
possible while they are all working in Baghdad, Iraq.

Tracey (Phillips) Grimberg, Bonnie (Nehring) Tudor,
Craig Firth, Jack Sanders, and Cynthia Genereas.

We have known for a while that Peggy Huff is an
extremely talented seamstress...but it is especially rewarding
to have her talent recognized. She recently won two awards
in the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs arts and crafts
state competition for 2007. Her counted cross-stitch
Christmas tree skirt won First Place in its category and also
won Best of Division award. Peggy worked on this for an
hour a day almost daily for the past four years!!

Dick and Marcia Barrere and their children Kathy
(BHS'82) and Willie (BHS'79) recently traveled to Europe.
While there, they were houseguests of Billy, Laura, and
Emily McGann, enjoying their gracious hospitality while
visiting Germany before heading to Sweden. The enclosed
photo was taken at Rheinfels Castle at St. Goar on the Rhine
River in Germany after a delightful lunch overlooking the

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Willie Barrere, Dick Barrere, Kathy Barrere, Emily
McGann, Laura McGann, Billy McGann, and Marcia

Don't forget our annual Space Coast Picnic and Society
Board Meeting on November 3, 2007, at Tom Statham Park
in Titusville. We have a good time and love to see new faces.
If you have any questions or need directions, you can call me
or Bob and Fran Morrissey.

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


Jimmy R. Givens announced that
his oldest son John Jake Givens was
recently inducted into the State of '-
Colorado fast-pitch softball Hall of
Fame. The following is a summary of
his career, which was published in the
awards booklet: Skip Rowley
Hall of Fame 2007
"Starting at about 8 years of age, Jake played baseball
with the Canal Zone Little League, High School, American
Legion, Canal Zone College, and then FSU. He even had a
cup of coffee in the NY Yankees Class A camp in 1975. In
1981, Jake started his outstanding fast-pitch career with
Colorado teams, playing out of Boulder and Englewood.
Over the past 26 years, Jake played in 17 state tournaments,
13 regionals, 6 ISC World tournaments, 4 NAFA World
series, and 18 ASA National Championships. In 2005, he
played in the 40+, 45+, and 50+ ASA Masters Nationals,
earning All American in the 50+ tournament. He led his
"Springers" team to a win of the 1991 ASA class A National
Championship and was named 1st team All American. He has
been an accomplished outfielder, but earned his 3 All
American awards with his bat. It is said that Colorado and
National Pitchers know that if they make a mistake with Jake
at bat, the result will most likely be a home run."

Jimmy and John Givens at Lake Yellowstone, Wyo.

This past Memorial Day weekend, Mark and Katherine
Heddaeus hosted a group of "Zonies" for a BBQ dinner. In
attendance were: Jim and Pam Reid, Mike and Elaine
Stephenson, Doug and Zory Larrabee, and Ed and Kari
Mcllvaine. Pam tried to teach them all to play "Bunco," but
no one could remember the rules, so they played the game
using the "Jungle Rules," and had a fun time doing so.

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Memorial Day group at Heddaeus BBQ

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In June, Katherine's parents, Carl and Tita Simons,
along with her sister Liz Simons Grafe and family all arrived
for a visit while checking out the Florida colleges for their
son, Kenny, who will be graduating from high school next
year. Katherine is hoping he will attend FSU. While they
checked out the schools, Katherine and her Mom did their
usual exploring of Tallahassee and Thomasville art exhibits.

Back (L-R): Jillian Heddaeus, Lisa Marie Grafe, Jeanne
(Simons) McNulty, Kenny Grafe, Ken Grafe, and Liz
(Simons) Grafe. Front (L-R): Mark Heddaeus, Katherine
(Simons) Heddaeus, Tita and Carl Simons.

Bonnie Gunn Abellera recently took a trip to Panama
where her class had their 30-year high school reunion cele-
bration. She writes: "We spent a few days in Decameron and
then spent the rest of the week at the Country Inn & Suites in
Amador. I had a great time visiting with classmates Coco
Sutton and Clea Efthimiadis, whom I hadn't seen in years.
Clea had traveled from Kuwait to meet up with us. She took
me to watch the grunion (small fish) spawn at dusk along the
Causeway. It was a very unusual event for me since I had
never seen this occur and I used to live close to the spawning

Bonnie Gunn Abellera, Coco Sutton, and Clea
Efthimiadis, Country Inn & Suites, Amador.

Also in June, our daughter Renee and our four grandchil-
dren, Miranda, Matthew, Brenden, and Bradley, along with
their two dogs, came home for a week. Brian had to attend a
business meeting up in Spokane, Wash. Besides, she was hav-
ing a pool built and her backyard was a mess, so it was a good
time for them to get out of the house. When Renee and her

sister Adriane get together, a lot of activity goes on. It was
never ending. Renee had me digging gardens in my own
backyard that I had no real plans on re-digging. She re-land-
scaped my backyard and even got me to buy a water fountain.
With the four kids and a total of three dogs, it got a bit hectic
at times but I really enjoyed their visit. Then a few days later,
our nephew Ken Gerhart arrived from Virginia for a several
day pre-reunion visit. Ken is a computer guru and reworked
my two computers to the point that when he left, I didn't
know how to work them again. But we did have a lot of fun
and it was great having him here.

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From bottom left: Brenden Friedel, Renee Rowley Friedel,
Bradley Friedel, Miranda Friedel, Skip Rowley, and
Matthew Friedel.

Then it was time for the reunion. It goes without saying
that we had a great time. Walked a few miles, ha...danced a
few miles, spent a few dollars (more than I had planned), and
as usual hugged and kissed a lot of lovely ladies. But never
fear, Bev had an eye on me at all times. We had a family
reunion with the Gerhart, Stevenson, Rowley clans, and all of
our offspring and their offspring, with rooms next to each
other. It is so seldom that we see each other any more, that we
really enjoyed the special time together. Mike and Susan
Jeffers Toal, from Puyallup, Wash. (our babysitter from our
Gatun days) along with their son Steven, also had a room
next to us and joined in with our reunion. Mike is not a
Zonian, but you couldn't prove it by me. He fits right in with
our group. They later came and spent a few days with us in
Tallahassee after the reunion before heading back home, and
we really enjoyed their visit.

Susan and Mike Toal from Puyallup, Wash., at the reunion

It was so good to see Olga Holmes (mother of Carolyn
Holmes Morris) from Gamboa. Her husband Art was my
Sea Scout Leader when I lived out there in the '50s. Beverly
was quite surprised and pleased to see her old friend Barbara
Bonanno Marshall, who was her first supervisor when she
first started working at the Administration Building. It was
also good to run into Maryann Love and her son Eric, whom
we had lost contact with many years ago. She and her
deceased husband Tom Love were our very dear friends in
the Zone as well as in Jacksonville back in the '60s and '70s.


Received an email from Carolyn
Holmes Morris in late July. She wrote
that: "Ray and I headed for Orlando and
the reunion with my mother, Olga
June Stevenson Holmes. She had not been to one in quite
a few years and after seeing that hotel and the distance from
the lobby to the ballroom, took her on a few dry runs to make
sure she could handle the walk. Had a good time with the
vendors and in the Clubhouse eating the Panamanian fare!!
We all went to the annual ball and she ended up dancing the
night away. Mom did see some friends while there, including
Barbara Wesley Taylor and Rose Hensler Crider.

Maryann Love and son Eric Love at reunion

During the week of the Society's reunion, Al and Carole
Thompson Corey accompanied by son Danny, his wife
Regina, and their son Aidan drove to Destin for a week's
vacation. While there, they were joined by her brother Lane
Thompson and his wife Georgia from Shalimar, their son
Lance and wife Julie, and grandkids Mariah, Cole, and
Abby from Murphy, Texas. Later, brother Carl Thompson
drove over with his daughter Shelley, his son Gordy, and
grandkids Ryan, Grayson, Brett, and Emilea.
Joe Wood writes that Panama Canal Museum Trustee Pat
Steiner Kearns recently attended a reunion of the George W.
Goethals and John F. Stevens families at the Homestead
Resort in Virginia. While there Josef J. Goethals, descendant
of George W. Goethals, presented Pat with a book he had
written entitled, "Forgotten" Family--The Flemish Roots of
General George Washington Goethals (1958-1928), Builder
of the Panama Canal. The beautiful, red, hardbound book
with exquisite gold lettering was dedicated to: "Panama
Canal Museum, Goethals--Stevens Reunion, 30-31 Mar 07,"
and autographed by Josef, who lives in Belgium.
While at the reunion, Pat presented the book to Museum
President Joe Wood of Tallahassee, who welcomed the
newest addition to the museum's growing library collection.
Remember folks, this is your magazine. If you have
something to share with all your friends, please send it to me.

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151
email: SRowlev26(


Barbara Wesley Taylor and Olga Holmes

"Ray and I had already found out that quite a few of our
BHS'60 classmates would be there and we had fun getting
together with them. Dinner one evening at Texas Brazilia
brought back memories of our dinner there during our 45th
class reunion and how it took until almost midnight for them
to straighten out the bill (all of which they put on my charge
card heart attack)!! There were almost 50 of us that evening.
A much smaller group went this time which included Doug
Crook, Hugh Harvey, Joe (Maryjane) Lastinger, Jo-Anne
Fields, Kathleen McConaghy (Bill) Campbell, Naomi
Litvin and husband David, Dottie Strumpf (Cesar) Noble,
and Eileen Cox (Geoff) Cowell. No bill problems this time
and we were able to make it back to the hotel in time for the

Ray Amato, Carolyn Holmes Morris, Kathleen
(McConaghy) and Bill Campbell

"Ray reconnected with a lot of his "Curundu Maleantes"
and the stories they told and are still telling are overwhelm-
ing!! We had to alternate between Curundu, Balboa and
Gamboa friends. We'll be talking about this reunion for quite
Received some news from Bernice and Dave Baglien
telling me that they are planning on celebrating their 60th
wedding anniversary in March 2008. I hope they remember to
send me photos for the Canal Record of that wonderful cele-
bration. Dave also says he has ended his "volunteer" career as
an instructor and local coordinator for the Toccoa AARP Tax
Aide, which he did for 23 years. At the last state NARFE
Convention he received the Presidential Plaque for 13 years
of service as the Northeast Georgia District Vice President of
NARFE. They also just returned from Minneapolis where
they celebrated Bernie's mother's 100th birthday. All of their
children, spouses, and grandchildren were there including
Joel Baglien (Minneapolis), Lynn Baglien Hoffer (Texas),
Beth Baglien Williams (Georgia), Julie Baglien (Michigan),
and Bernice and Dave Baglien. As you can see, they did come
from all over the U.S. for the very special 100th birthday cel-
ebration for Bernice's mother. Dave also says he and Bernice
drive throughout the year to visit their children plus an annu-
al trip to North Dakota.

Paul Eberenz

Ray and Pat Burda hosted a party for Ralph Burda's
60th birthday at their home in Ball Ground, Ga. In addition to
many of Pat's family, some of Ralph's BHS classmates were
also present. Camille Hendricks Harrington and her hus-
band Larry; Diane Hindman Wallace and her husband
Dick; and Pat Albritton Henson, who helped Ralph cele-
brate the 25th anniversary of his 35th birthday. Ralph lives in
Houston, Texas.
Prior to the Reunion this year, I had two visitors. One was
my nephew, Kenneth Gerhart, who visited for several days.
My son Davis came over to visit with his cousin, Kenneth, so
I took the opportunity to get a photo of both of them plus my
husband and me in the front of our home.

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Joel Baglien, Lynn Baglien Hoffer, Bernice and Dave
Baglien, Beth Baglien Williams, and Julie Baglien.

I just received an e-mail from Billy Arnold telling me he
was in Chorrera visiting his Mom, who just happened to be a
Spanish teacher of mine when I worked for the Panama
Canal, and Billy says his Mom is doing great! On July 13th
he attended the Eagle Scout initiation of Paul Eberenz, son
of John and Linda Eberenz, of Watkinsville, Ga. Billy said
it was a beautiful ceremony in the botanical gardens of
Georgia, culminating with Paul being awarded the Eagle
Scout rank and medal and both his parents also being hon-
ored. Also received an email from John Eberenz on the same
subject. He forwarded a picture of Paul standing on the bridge
he constructed for his Eagle Scout project at the State
Botanical Gardens.

Davis and June Stevenson, son Davis Stevenson, and
nephew Kenneth Gerhart.

A few days later I had another visit, this time from my
very good friend, Bertha Brown Read, who currently lives
in Carmel Valley, Calif. Bertha and I had worked together for
the Marine Bureau and she had never been to a Panama Canal
Society reunion before, so I invited her to come for a long
overdue visit to me, and then drive down with my husband
and me to Orlando. Happily, she accepted and said she thor-
oughly enjoyed being there and seeing all the "Zonians" get



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together. It was like having a family reunion within the
Panama Canal Reunion, as almost all of my family was there.

Dorothy Rowley Gerhart and June Rowley Stevenson

After the Reunion, Bertha and I stayed on in Daytona
Beach, Fla., with Irene Fennell for a few more days, visiting
and sightseeing in the area. I was able to meet three of Irene's
adult children, plus two of her beautiful granddaughters.
Bertha and I flew back to Georgia from the Daytona Beach
International Airport, which was a breeze to go through after
dealing with the Atlanta Airport. Bertha stayed on for anoth-
er four days, and we drove her around the northern parts of
Georgia which I love. While staying with us in
Lawrenceville, she kept saying, "wow, what a lot of traffic."
Compared to Carmel Valley, we do have a lot more traffic
So please remember, if you live in any part of Georgia and
have some news about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama visitors,
either give me a call, or send me an email/letter so I can get
your news in the Canal Record.

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



Eat your heart out, Zonians; my
Hayden mango tree is set to produce
a second crop of the season!!
Mike Laurenzi (CHS'86) now
working for FedEx at Honolulu Frances Viglielmo
Airport contacted me, thanks to my
first Canal Record report. He was in the Zone from 1981-
1986 when his father was a tugboat captain. He alerted me to
the fact many possible military ex-Zonians here may be
deployed but he's hoping to contact them on their return and
maybe we can arrange for the first Hawaii reunion.

I also heard from Lydia McClelland Alsup, a Navy
daughter (1940-1941) who attended Balboa Elementary,
remembers being evacuated from the Zone soon after the
Pearl Harbor attack via troopship to New Orleans while
bombing and submarine attacks threatened ship travel in the
Caribbean. She was separated from both parents and spent the
war years with an aunt on Long Island. We attend aquaerobics
classes at the YMCA together.
Another voice from the past heard from was Lucille
("Taps") Pratt, an Army daughter from Ft. Amador and
Corozal, who was at Balboa Elementary for 6th grade and at
Balboa Intermediate for 7th from 1934-1936. 1 met her wear-
ing her red hat as a member of the Red Hat Ladies Society
when we were both attending the Windward Community
College Writing Retreat held once a month the final weekend
of the month. She responded with empathy and nostalgia to
the piece 1 wrote "Back Then," a prose-poem tribute to Iris
Johnson, our Jamaican laundress during my childhood and
teenage years. "Taps" now lives with her husband at Arcadia,
a very lovely home for the elderly in central Honolulu. She
returned to the Zone once via a cruise and earlier with her
husband. Of course, she found much changed.
Until next time, aloha and mahalo (thanks) from the

Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo, Reporter
(808) 373-4836


The Rev. Ned and Carol Thrumston Webster, Eros, may
be retired, but are still active. Carol reports from (daughter
and son-in-law) Megan and Keith Charrier's 700-acre farm
in Entist, Wash., where goats and chickens flourish. Fr. Ned
was Dean of St. Luke's Cathedral, Ancon, and now serves
churches in Strambling and Farmerville, teaches Old
Testament in the Diocesan School for Ministry and does
Kairos prison work. The Websters have six grown children
who all attended Canal Zone schools: Jehd, Mary, Edwin,
Richard, Jimmy, and Megan. They also raised two
Panamanian foster children: Fr. Butch Gamarra (Naters)
and Fr. Demetrios Tagaropolus MD.
This reporter recently attended a BHS 51/52 reunion in
San Antonio coordinated by Louie Celerier and attended by
about 118 classmates and spouses. We whooped it up at a
couple of ranches, enjoyed a delicious dinner followed by
line dancing lessons from Arline Schmidt Winerman and
dance music by Panamanian Galo Gutierrez. Arline and I
took dancing lessons from Madge Locke at the Balboa
YMCA before we were 10.
Informal reunion highlights included stories from Shirley
Zemer Swenson on hygiene lessons for rural Mississippi
7th-graders; Marydee Morley Mantle on high-flying adven-
tures with Delta; Wendall Spreadbury's amazing collection
of old cars, especially Packards, and his effort to expose
young people to our rich history of cars; Sam Maphis actu-

ally wearing his old BHS No. 77 football jersey during his
reminiscences of the way it was.
We're talking Puerto Rico for our next reunion.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Robin and Bud Baker took a
great trip to Williamsburg, Va. If one is a
history buff, this is the place to go.
Robn B r Included in the historic atmosphere are lit-
Robin Baker
tle shops with reenactors to tell visitors
about their crafts. When I was a child I remember my moth-
er mentioning the "insane asylum" in the Canal Zone. In
Williamsburg, one of the earliest was the Public Hospital,
built in 1773, located in a well-constructed brick building.
Makes you think that we had it better than the early colonial
patients did.
We managed to spend time with Elizabeth Van Zandt,
who is looking good and working on editing her great
American novel. She hasn't been online for ya'll to write to,
however. The trip was a great relief from the heavy burden of
living with the loss of my son in March.
No further news from other former Canal Zonians.

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



Jimmy and Alice McKeown, Diamondhead, ventured to
Panama in April after many years away. Highlights included
dinner with Chipi Azcarraga, Frank and Angela
Azcarraga, Sandy and Yolanda Hinkle, Rolo Linares,
Tatina Joyce, Charlie Morris and Nina Brown. Another
highlight was their trip to Charlie and Juliette Morris's
beautiful home in Gorgona where they met up with Billy
Coffey for lunch at the Shangri-La de Morris. The company,
the surroundings, the view were awesome.

Throughout the visit the McKeowns were especially
grateful to Sra. Ambassadora de CZ Brats (Nina Brown) who
served as hostess and took them everywhere from Panama
Viejo to Gamboa.

Jimmy McKeown, Charlie Morris, Nina Brown, and Alice
McKeown, at Gorgona.

A happy band of Zonians made it to Ocean Springs this
year for the Gulf Coast Picnic. Carolyn and Richard Dillon
served mouth-watering dishes from their catering business.
Richard had the February Popular Mechanics with lead arti-
cle, "Panama's New Mega Canal: Reinventing the World's
Greatest Engineering Project."
Donna and Don Seitz brought Life on Mango Street,
Gone Platano, and Tird One, CDs of their son David's music.
He's the Shorty of Shorty & Slim fame. The latest CD is
Going Down to Panama. Sue and Bill Epperson are finally
out of the FEMA trailer (hurrah!) and into their new home
where Ann Epperson has a mother-in-law suite. Bill and
youngest son Aaron are planning a bear hunt to British
Donna recently returned from visiting her son Michael,
who teaches at a DOD school, Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.
They went to Beijing where Easter Mass was delivered in
English to SRO at the cathedral. A cable car ride gave them
an idea of the vastness of the Great Wall. They enjoyed river
trips and a craft show with silversmiths and weavers. At a
pearl factory they learned gold pearls are produced when cop-
per is in the water, black pearls when iron is added.
Linda Shumate Doege and Carolyn Dillon ran into each
other at the February Pensacola PCS meeting. They went to
7th and 8th grades together at Cristobal and hadn't seen each
other since. Linda moved to Stockton, Ala., after 8th grade.
Richard and Linda Burchett, Slidell, La., were married
in Gatlinburg last year. They plan a trip to Panama, then back
for the Orlando reunion, Richard's BHS'62 class. They
brought Richard's mother, Lena Woods, Pearl River, La.,
who bowls twice a week and enjoys the Gulf Shores casino.
She plans trips to see her sister, Pat McDowell, Poquoson,
Va., and Sue Evarts, Escondido, Calif.
Next year's Gulf Coast picnic is Saturday, May 3, 2008.
Mark your calendars!

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
email: pattrpan(



1 imagine several reporters will be
starting their articles the same way--
"with tidbits from the Reunion.
Pat Hunt Overall, I thought the Reunion was
great and I had a wonderful time visiting with old friends. I
should have taken my "nursing equipment" with me as the
first thing I heard when I arrived was, "Hey, Mrs. Hunt, do
you want to check my blood pressure?" It was Tom Duncan,
one of my clients when 1 worked at the Maintenance
Division. Also saw the Bierman siblings, Susie, Paul, and
Zoe, who not only were close neighbors on Sibert St. but their
father Mel was one of my favorite bosses when he was the
Maintenance Division Chief for several years. Susie and my
daughters, Lisa and Laurie, discussed everything from A to
Z about living in Diablo. Lisa was there for her 30th reunion
along with Carmen Wanner and Melanie Trim Bales from
the Diablo gang, and Laurie celebrated her 25th. Laurie and
Julie Smith finally found something "toga like" for their get-
together and did have a good time at their party. I crashed the
party for a few minutes and saw Gino Reinhardt, whose
father Erich was good friends with my husband Jack. They
worked together in the Supply Division for many years. Also
saw Cindy Toda, the daughter of Blanquita and the late Tom
Toda. Blanquita was in the Sacred Heart Choir forever and
we had some great parties at their house. Tom tried his best to
teach us the ukulele in the hall behind the church.
Lisa and I drove down to Florida and spent two nights in
Ormond Beach where we had lunch with Dawn Crowell
Gressang and her two granddaughters. I also had my hair
done by the same gal who does Ginger Coffey Young's hair
and talked with Ginger on the phone. Also saw her at the
reunion with husband Bill. I stopped on the way into Orlando
to visit Shirley Million Muse, whose husband Robert had
just passed away. It was so good to see her even though the
occasion was a sad one. At the reunion I also saw a few other
Pedro Miguel friends including Joan Powell Arndt, John
Gary Riley, Jo Hatchett Kent, and Bill and Connie
Glassburn Dawson. Connie was a BHS classmate of mine--
not a true Pedro Migueler!! Sam Irvin was at the hotel for
one day to attend the Bell family reunion. His mother was a
Bell and I found out from Marilyn Bevington Gayer that
they were related. She and Dick and her brother Boyd, whom
I met for the first time, were there for that family reunion
also. Boyd was in my brother Bill Dunning's class. Norma
Irvin was unable to attend because of the loss of her mother.
Also seen at the reunion from our area were Ron and Pat
Nessler, Chris Malcolm, Vaudie Dunning (who isn't relat-
ed to me but 1 claim her as a relative anyway) and her grand-
children, George Garcia from down the hill in South
Carolina, and Chuck and Alice Latimer (I probably should
call him Dr.) who were heading for England shortly after the
reunion to visit, if I am not mistaken, their grandson.
Speaking of calling people by proper names, we ran into
Hubert and Margot Jordan. My daughters, Lisa and Laurie,

and my niece Lynn Dunning Harp all said, "Hi, Mr.
Jordan." Hubert replied, "Don't you think it's about time you
called me Hubert?" and all three at the same time said, "No-
-you're Mr. Jordan and if we called you Hubert we'd get in
trouble. You will always be Mr. Jordan!"
I ran into Betty Barnes and her two daughters, Barbara
and Beverly. And it was nice to see them. All three looked
very good. Betty was the wife of Bill Barnes, who passed
away awhile back. Bill worked for many years in the
Maintenance Division and was the steelworker who actually
connected the final span on the Bridge of the Americas. Betty
is still living in Tampa. I also saw two of my former girl
scouts, Mary Munn and Cheryl Allen, and was told that
Debbie Pollack was there also, but I didn't see her. Jack used
to say he sent me every year on vacation to the "islands"--
Scout Island that is--with my girl scout troop! I talked with a
few of my son John's friends, John Kraemer and his wife
Lori (Chevalier), Lance Klipper, Jimmy and Sherri
(Anderson) Bradley, and had dinner with Mark Baker. Also
saw, very briefly, my dear friend and neighbor from Diablo--
Aggie Gramlich who looks exactly the same, and Terri
Densmore who looked as beautiful as her mother, Wilma
Nowotny. I assume she and Willy are still alive and well and
living in Hendersonville. Larry Gramlich was at home, fish-
ing from his dock.
Back on the home front Malcolm and Jean Stone enter-
tained their granddaughter Julia for five days in July and I
almost forgot--she brought her Mom and Dad, Lynn and
Scott Kohr and her baby sister Caroline with her. I think I
know and they know who is boss in that household. David
and Michele Stone and children Amanda and Josh recently
relocated to Great Falls, Mont., where David is now
Squadron Commander at the Air Force base there. Malcolm
is recovering from recent surgery and we are happy to report
he is doing well. I am sure the visit by Julia and her family
Diane and Jim Bradley and family had a reunion at the
beach in Sea Grove, Fla., for a week. Mike and Kim and fam-
ily came from Texas, Jim and Sherri and girls from
Jacksonville, and daughter Eileen and Per Petzold with their
three from Berlin, Germany. Eileen and family were here for
about three weeks so 1 am sure the Bradley household was a
little more hectic than usual. They managed a trip to
Dollywood--actually two as they went again with grandchil-
dren Candace and Lauren who visited in late July.

The Jim Bradley family at the beach

Linnea Angermuller, wife of our distinguished president
Ron, made the news recently when she was selected as the
League for Women Voters Shining Star for the Henderson
County Association of Volunteer Administrators (HAVA) at a
luncheon in April. Linnea has volunteered for many years and
served as Treasurer, Membership Chair, and as the League's
electronic coordinator. Because of health reasons Linnea was
unable to attend but the award was accepted for her by col-
league Renee Kumor who stated: "We are very proud of the
many years Linnea has given to enrich the League. She has
always been willing to go the extra mile--and always with a
smile. The League of Women Voters thank you for your many
years of volunteering."
By the time this article is out we should be preparing for
a Christmas party get-together. Although I don't have a firm
date now it will probably be Saturday, December 8th, so any-
one who is in the area and might like to come, please give me
a call. We'd love to have you.
One last note--I didn't win the Panama trips at the busi-
ness meeting and that's a real bummer; but if you can't win
that, then hope you win Barbara Vose-Kulig's french fruit
cookies--they're the next best thing.

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


Hello from the Great Northwest. It's finally summer, and
the temperature did get up to 82 degrees one day in July but
is now holding in the high 60's to mid 70's.
On July 20 and 21, 2007, the NW gang gathered for their
annual Potluck and Picnic. The potluck was at a lovely com-
munity clubhouse overlooking Dugualla Bay, where the
camaraderie was great and food plentiful, including lots of
Panamanian dishes. The picnic was held at Deception Pass
State Park in a lovely wooded setting with lots of folks enjoy-
ing the Cranberry Lake water view. The raffle was good but
the highlight of the day was Joan Huffman, auctioneer exce-
lente and unparalleled, who got top dollar on everything. Joan

also made a beautiful, tropical-motif quilt for the auction
which was the major item of the day. Thanks to the Society's
generous donation of their logo coasters, all who attended
received some. Wes Kennedy designed a NW-CZ picnic
logo and had koozies made, a big hit. Next year's organizers
are Jim and Clover (Shobe) Duffus, and it will be down in
North Bonneville by the Columbia River.
After a Caribbean cruise, Bob and Mary Blake grabbed a
flight from Miami to Panama to visit a Panamanian high
school classmate of Bob's, whom he hadn't seen since 1941
as college seniors in New York. They stayed at the Miramar
Intercontinental Hotel, just two blocks from where Bob's
family used to live in 1935. Out their window they found
Paitilla Point, jungle in those days, is now covered with sky-
scrapers. They explored Bob's old neighborhood and colonial
Spanish downtown, and Bob noticed that the "Toonerville"
streetcar he used to ride to the Canal Zone BHS is long gone.
They enjoyed a New Year's Eve dinner on the hotel's outside
terrace then watched harbor fireworks from their bedroom
window. On New Year's Day, Bob and Mary had a joyous
reunion with his pal and three generations of his family. Bob
and Mary also toured the former Canal Zone and visited the
observation deck at Miraflores, Amador Causeway, Balboa,
BHS (later the Balboa Elementary School), Albrook, and the
Gamboa Resort from which they took a boatride through part
of the Canal and into the preserve. They saw a band of
capuchin monkeys and some various birds. Monkeys were
quite brazen: some even jumped to the boat's roof to snatch
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In July Gayle (Fettler) and Robert Rankin had a nice
visit with their daughters, Kindra and her boys, Justin,
Robbie and Clay, and Jennifer and her kids, Ella Kate and
Ian. Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin and her daughter Nancy
Ivory and husband Jake Saunders and their son Mitchel
Saunders, and Sandi (Rankin) McClanahan's daughter
Cassidy went over to see them and while there had a great
time making driftwood forts, fishing, crabbing, and hiking.
They also had a great visit with Renee (Nellis) Wertz and her
sister Stephanie (Nellis) Hayes in July.

Nancy Ivory, Sandi McClanahan, and Karen

... Mitchel Saunders caught his first fish ever in July, a trout
off the dock at Lake Cushman with his little 2-ft. Spiderman
t fishing pole. He was the only person the entire weekend to
z catch a fish off that dock. The Rankin clan were totally
amazed as was everyone else who was fishing there, and so
excited for him as he was absolutely thrilled. And yes, they
cooked it over a fire and he enjoyed every bite! His grandpa
Billy would be so proud.

Family get-together at Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin's
home in July.

Ginny Rankin's daughter Karen Blennerhassett and her
two kids, Ryann and Jason, came up from Panama to visit in
June. In early July Ginny went to the PC Reunion which was
a cluster gathering of hers, her sister's, and Billy's classes.
She had a great time and said the new hotel was very nice and "-
spacious. Ginny and family took in the annual summer fest -
fair in Lakewood in June, and later on she and daughter --
Nancy Ivory will be going to Silver Lake for a weekend for -.
Ginny's grandson, Mitchel's 5th birthday. Ginny and son-in- -
law Jake are planning to attend more Seattle Mariner games
this season.

Mitchel Saunders with his trout

Henry Cruz, Dan Nellis, and Jim Shobe got together
again in June for trout season opening at Silver Lake on Mt.
Baker. Jim, Noralie (Roach) Shobe, Henry and Pat Cruz
have been going since 1999. They would camp out the Friday
before and put the boat in the water so they'd be ready to go
first thing in the morning. The last two years, Dan and Pat
(Rudge) Nellis have joined them, and this time they changed
their MO and waited until Tuesday after everyone else left,
Sand had the camp all to themselves. (You can practically walk
Virginia Kleefkens and four of her grandchildren. Front: across the lake on opening day, there are so many boats.) The
Cassidy McClanahan and Scott McClanahan. Back (L-R): fishing is great and they limit out quickly, but they catch and
Virginia "Jibby" (Sanders) Kleefkens, Ryann and Jason release, so in the photo you don't see them holding any fish.


On March 10th, Jim Huffman scored a hole in one on the
168-yard par-3 10th hole at the Gallery Golf Course. In April,
Jim and his wife Joan went on a 16-day cruise that started in
Fort Lauderdale, went through the Canal, and ended in Los
Angeles. It was their first cruise and really enjoyable. In July
Jim's sister Mary Novak (CHS'69) and her friend Cecilia
Alberga (CHS'69) went over to Whidbey Island for an after-
noon of sightseeing. They visited Fort Casey, Couperville,
Deception Pass bridge, and Mount Eric. Also in July, Jim and
Clover (Shobe) Duffus visited the Huffmans for a few days
and to attend the NW Pan Canal picnic. Of course, the guys
managed to get in a round of golf the day before the picnic.
Anne Grimm recently wrote that she's residing in
Raymond, Wash., not driving any more, but stays active, i.e.,
working on the town's annual Eleanor Roosevelt Day cele-
bration, then a centennial celebration there, then the Pacific
County Fair in her hometown of Menlo where she graduated
from high school. After that, Anne's fifth book Intimate
Reflections: Tales Told Out of School should be out and she'll
be booked for a talk at the library. Her daughter Anne Marie
Richardson, a realtor in Niceville, Fla., has her own website,
and son, Allan Richardson, also in Niceville, does apart-
ment/condo maintenance as a day job, but remains involved
in theater sound and lighting--ever since "La Boca Tech." He
was the theater house manager at Auburn and later Tacoma
and then outside Portland before moving to Florida where he
met his wife Patty when both were involved with little the-
ater. Her oldest son, Alfred Richardson, lives in Seattle with
his wife Robin.
In May to celebrate her 80th birthday, Beverly Baker
reports she gathered all of her kids and grandchildren and
headed out to Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Wash., for a
weeklong celebration (See Congratulations).
Hasta la vista!!

Howie Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923
email: laatzo(



DECEMBER 31, 2007.


A group from the Oklahoma Chapter attended the 2007
Annual Reunion in Orlando, and everyone reported having a
great time. John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler, Tomas and
Aymee (Lugo) Diaz, David Lugo, and Jean and Doris
Burns went to the Reunion. John reports that Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort was wonderful and the Saturday ball was one of
the best dances in years. John and Madeleine celebrated their
wedding anniversary while in Florida and also attended the
wedding of John's nephew. The Lugo family lived in
Curundu while in the Canal Zone, and they enjoyed the
Curundu Gang's reunion. John is not from Panama, but I
think the Curundu Gang and Oklahoma Chapter have adopt-
ed John as one of their own.


(L-R) at table: Tomas Diaz, Jean Burns, Madeleine Raffler,
John Raffler, Doris Burns, and Rita Hannigan. Standing
on Right: Aymee Diaz and David Lugo.

John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler

Jean and Doris flew to the reunion this year, stopping in
Lillian, Ala., for a few days to visit Bob and Vicki Boukalis
and Ray and Forest (Wise) Robberson. Jean and Doris had
a nice visit with the Lillian bunch and enjoyed seeing old
friends at the reunion and hanging out with friends, Tom and
Rita Hannigan.
Jimmie Wickham missed attending the reunion this year.
Jimmie spent a week in Kerrville, Texas, house/dog sitting for
Jo-Anne Fields, who did go to the reunion. Next year Jo-
Anne will be reciprocating for Jimmie when Jimmie attends
the reunion.

The Oklahoma Chapter held their last business meet-
ing/picnic on May 19, 2007, at Andrews Park in Norman,
Okla. Everyone had a nice time together. People in atten-
dance were: Bill McKeel; Harold and Delores Jury; Scott
Burns; Jean and Doris Burns with Doris's aunt Frances
McIntyre; Jimmie Wickham; John and Madeleine Raffler
with granddaughter Reina Knight; Mike, Laura, and
Cheyenne Redemann with Cheyenne's friend, Shadi Nadri;
Toy (Lugo) Barnard; David Lugo with mother Lydia Lugo;
Lou and Suzette Seldon; and Paulino and Julia (Mercier)
Allande. The group missed socializing with Tomas and
Aymee Diaz, who were vacationing in Spain.

good prime rib dinner with Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder, her son
Kyle, and Patricia and Doyle. On my return trip home I
stopped in Homestead for a few days to visit with my daugh-
ter Jennilee Szymanski and granddaughter, Sophia, and was
back in Panama in time for Mother's Day.

Jenilee Szymanski with Sophia

Oklahoma Chapter, Spring Business Meeting/Picnic

The Oklahoma Chapter's next business meeting/picnic is
October 6, 2007. We are meeting at the home of Paulino and
Julia Allande in Tulsa at 11:00 a.m. Call or email this reporter
for more details, if interested.

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


Greetings from Homestead, Fla. This
deadline date finds me again in the
United States, this time babysitting my
granddaughter Sophia Gabriela while
Anna Opel her nanny is on holiday. How different
things are taking care of a "wee" one
without the benefit of a maid. Life was a lot easier when my
children were young--in quiet, peaceful Gamboa and with
Since the last issue I had made another visit to San
Antonio to visit with my son Rick Szymanski, his wife
Terri, grandchildren Brian and Marianna and the new addi-
tion to the family, Elysia Rene, who was born on April 1 th
weighing 5 lbs. 6 ozs.
Rick's dad, Fred Szymanski, Jr., was also visiting at the
same time with our daughter, Patricia Phillips, and her hus-
band Doyle.
As it was a whirlwind trip, I was not able to spend time
with many friends in the San Antonio area but did enjoy a

Doyle Phillips holding Elysia,
Patricia Phillips.

I recently received an e-mail from my surrogate daughter,
Nicole (Profis) Dalven, along with a photo of her and her
new son, Luca Sofianos Dalven, who was born on May 25,
weighing in at 9 lbs. 6 ozs.

Luca and Nicole Dalven

In May John and Melva Bowman of Balboa traveled to
Rome to enjoy a guided tour of Greece and southern Italy.
While they visited numerous interesting sites on the trip, they
were especially impressed by the Acropolis in Athens, the
Centennial-like bridge at Patras, the canal at Corinth, and the
ruins of Pompeii. They reported that the Greek and Italian
food and wine along the route were excellent but noted that
the pizza at the Napoli in Panama is much better than any
they had in both Naples and Rome.

Melva and John Bowman at the Acropolis in Athens

The Elks Club hosted more events this period and includ-
ed a Mother's Day Turkey Dinner, a Pig Roast/Cuban Night,
and a Fish Fry. I attended the Pig Roast/pot luck dinner which
was held on May 26th along with a large hungry crowd. The
pig, which was roasted by Jason Critides and gang, was
cooked to perfection and the evening was a success!
Lew and Sue (Lessiack) Stabler were happy to have
Sue's morn, Katherine Lessiack, with them in Cardenas to
celebrate her 87th birthday in May. Kathy, as her friends call
her, who currently lives in Kerrville, Texas, returned to
Cardenas late this summer to recuperate from a fall...or is it
that Chagres water?
Bruce Quinn directed and produced a program on June
3rd at the National theater for the Panamanian government in
celebration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the
Torrijos-Carter Panama Canal Treaties in 1977. The event
was presented at the plenipotentiary meeting of the
Organization of American States. Ki Ban Moon, the Secretary
of the United Nations, was present at the event attended by
the foreign ministers of the 34 American states including
Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State of the U.S.A.

Uffl. -- --- ** *
CONGA DANCERS (Photo taken by James Malcolm, OBE,
her Britannic Majesty's former Ambassador to Panama.)

Tony Blennerhassett enjoyed a visit home to Panama
with his wife Jen and son Tristan. He was able to see lots of
family and many old friends. He went surfing and fishing at
his old haunts on the Atlantic side and had a great time.
Mike (Mary) and Ned Blennerhassett enjoyed a great
trip to Italy in June with daughter Kathy and I1-year-old
grandson Nate. They went to many lovely places, Nate's
favorites being Venice, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. On their
return they were lucky to be able to attend the Society
Reunion and see many wonderful friends.

Kathy, Nate, and Mike Blennerhassett in Italy

Congratulations to Charlie Hinz who retired on July 18th
with 55 years of Canal service plus one day. The 55 years is
purely Canal service and does not include his two-years mil-
itary service when he was drafted during the Korean War.
Most of his Canal service was spent on the Atlantic side until
he moved to Balboa in 1984 with the Maintenance Division.
Charles and his wife Felisa plan on getting in a lot more trav-
eling time.
On August 17th, Roosevelt Medal Descendants in
Panama celebrated the 93rd anniversary of the opening of the
Panama Canal by hearing a presentation by Charlie Morris
on the history of the defense of the Canal, followed by the
viewing of newly-acquired computerized details on the
Medal and its recipients now on display in the Roosevelt
Medal exhibit at the Interoceanic Canal Museum in Panama
City, Panama.
I was invited to Frank Mitchell's 60th birthday celebra-
tion on July 24th but as I was out of town, my husband Carl
Opel attended for both of us and it was a smash! The festivi-
ty was held at Lums Restaurant in Corozal with the theme of
the party being "at 60 it's time to sing the blues." Attendees
were asked to dress as "the Blues Brothers" and most of the
guests got into the spirit of the costumes. The music was pro-
vided by Panama's Jazz Effects band. Close to 85 people
attended and included "the regulars" from the Balboa Yacht
Club, the Elks Club, and Frank's tennis group, "the Raunchy
& Rancid Ballbangers of Panama." Some of those attending
were Doug Allen, Art Mokray, Herb Clifton, David
Cooper, Ernie and Maritza Dean, Jim Fehrenbach,
Chrisse Harwanko, Lenny Huff, Stan Leon, Larry
Liberty, Mylena and David Roquebert, Olga Lincoln,
Clause Madden, Grover Matheney, Rob McClung, Sandy
Toothman, Sonia Valley, Melanie Blades, Walt
Hardknock, Rudy Smith, Doug and Luz Hale, Brenda and
Joe Hummer, John and Tilly McTaggart, John and Lupe

Morales, Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow, Richard Vizor,
John and Lynn Wolfe, Tony Howitt and Jennifer Jones.



Ed Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore, Chris Homa, Bruce Homa,
and Vince Canamas.

Blanca (Alba) and Frank Mitchell



Hello from South Carolina. This
reporter attended the Panama Canal
Society reunion and had a wonderful
George Garcia
January and February were quiet in
South Carolina. Not much news. But in March, Sarah
Finkelstein had a gathering for a group of Zonians at her
home in Charleston where they reminisced about their days in
the Panama Canal. Among those attending were: Gary and
Cissy Collins, Alice and Chuck Latimer, and Frances (Sis)
Medinger. They were all in Charleston for a visit. Alice and
Chuck had just returned from a trip to England, Italy, and a
cruise down the Adriatic Coast in Italy.
In June, your friendly reporter turned 64. The event went
by very quietly except for the cake and presents that I
received at work. I was also feted at a party with some of my
Upstate colleagues.
Mike Padua (CHS'57) was kind enough to send me some
pictures from the Cristobal High School 1957 Reunion in
Orlando this past July.

Henry Mizrachi, Lynda Geyer, Mike Padua, Carolyn
(Sanders) Falasca, Mary (Coffey) Blennerhassett, and
George Mercier.

Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley and Dave Bishop

Well that just about wraps up my news for this edition--
till next Record. Hasta Luego!

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

Mary (Morland) Coffey, Wendy (Cotton) Corrigan,
Shirley (Peterson) High, Pat (Maedl) Krough, and Mary
(Coffey) Blennerhassett.

George Garcia, Reporter
(864) 801-2072
email: garcial4(




"Rain, rain...go away!," we thought
as we flew from Dallas to Orlando to
attend the reunion. We had endured Linda Morris
forty-one days of torrential rain--three
and four times a day in Texas; arriving in Orlando, we dis-
covered it had followed us.
The Rosen Shingle Creek is an impressive Five-Star
hotel--everything about it is huge and well appointed.
Attendees riding motorized scooters were able to get around
quite easily in the massive public areas. For others, HEELYS
should have been the "Footwear Du Jour."
The low roar in the lobbies and corridors led this reporter
to the general populace where the usual colorful characters
were milling around: Dr. Stan Smith bursting into song at the
hint of a familiar melody; John Gary Riley, ever "the poten-
tial politician," greeting everyone by name and with abrazos
for all; and the ageless Bootsie Leves doing "more talking'
than walking. "
As always the reuniting of old friends is the best. This
reporter finally encountered Sue (Pincus) Smith and John
Martino, after "...just missing them for too many years." It
was great seeing former neighbors, the Husums, with matri-
arch Ellie unchanged, Tom and Nancy Grimison with their
extended families, and the Ed Malin family. There definitely
must be something to the drinking of Chagres Water--folks
just don't change!
The Clubhouse supplied the multitudes with the essen-
tials--hot empanadas, fried yucca sticks, and cold beer.
Needless to say, sales were brisk. Across the hall, the Vendor
area was another congregating spot for "seeing and being
seen." There were lots of new and exciting stuff. Sprague
Artwork was available with Al personalizing the sales.
Family members Joe and Joannie (Sprague) Kilgallon, Bob
and Pat (Meriwether) Sprague, and super salesperson,
daughter Kassie Taylor, were there to assist.
FYI: Al Sprague was recently honored at an OAS
(Organization of American States) Art show in Washington,
D.C., for his work in painting the people of Panama.
Attending the annual Panama Canal reunion is definitely
a must for one's ego and self esteem. It is wonderful hearing
everyone tell you " great you look!" The younger set
are the greatest--they are just too kind!
The annual luncheon with Shorty & Slim was definitely
Zonian folk music. Alex Reyes (BHS'89) and David Seitz
(BHS'77) played to an appreciative luncheon crowd which
culminated with congo lines in every direction. It was good to
see the entire Reyes family: Ramon, Laura, Ramon Jr.
(with a son soon off to West Point), Monica (lovely and
sweet as ever), and Danny enjoying the fanfare. Brother
Louie and wife Sandy Reyes were there too. Sadly, 1 never
had a chance to see Mayra (Linares) Seitz and the family--
but there's always next year.
The Panama Canal Museum exhibit room had some inter-
esting tables filled with memorabilia and the ever-popular

Silent Auction. A favorite dawdling spot was at the Canal
Zone townsite maps posted on the walls. Former residents
were encouraged to affix their family name to the correspon-
ding house numbers. Lots of good memories there.
All the music of Tito Mouynes and his Conjunto at the
Panazonian Dance on Friday night and Frankie Pretto and
the Parranda Band at the Saturday night Ball were loud (like
we like it) and played to a crowded dance floor until the wee
small hours of the morning both nights. Even those not on the
dance floor were tapping their feet. We sat at tables close to
the music with Art and Edie Farrell, Tom and Rita
Hannigan, Doug and Camille Gibbs, and lots of visitors. As
usual the halls in front of the ballrooms were just as crowded
as the dance with everyone talking at once.

Carlton Morris, uncle Doug Gibbs, aunt Camille Gibbs,
and Bliss (Morris) Connerton.

Up from Panama, Billy "D" DeLaMater was zooming
along on a rented scooter. He said "Thelma "D" just returned
from two months in Thailand visiting son Paul and Maria
and loved it." Later he was found relaxing on the outside
patio in the company of Will and Sally Nickisher. Bobby Mo
and I shared a lot of laughs with Billy Morrison (BHS'78)
and Melody. Next year he will be included in my "colorful
character grouping."
On Saturday afternoon, Fathers Kennedy and Pretto con-
celebrated mass to a "full house" of former parishioners of St.
Mary's and Sacred Heart churches. The readings and homily
focused on friendship and it was evident that the message was
well received with the warm "abrazos" extended to one and
all at the sign of Peace. Mass ended with the singing of
"America the Beautiful" and there wasn't a dry eye to be
found as we filed out.
Bobby Mo and I had a moment to chat with Bill and Babe
Kessler, Kelly and John Stromberg, John and Phyllis
McGee from Oceanside, Calif., and John and Bonnie Dolan.
Everyone doing fine and looking good.
Approximately 130 people attended a Balboa High
School 1950 mini-Reunion in San Antonio, Texas, during
May 2007. Many good memories were made and old friend-
ships were renewed (see Letters to the Editor).
Travel News: John and Bliss Connerton spent a week at
the Hilton Cancun in June. Son Jake, home after successful-
ly completing his first year at LSU, and brother Drew
Patrick (10) also enjoyed their time in the sun. Captain
Robert and Angie Bloemer spent two weeks at Hilton Head,
S.C. Golf was on their mind and they played daily. Jack and
Jo Ann Morton and Bruce and Sandy Sanders spent twelve

marvelous days on a river cruise meandering the Rhine River
from Belgium to the Netherlands. Sightseeing a different
town with its medieval flare everyday was especially appeal-
ing. Bob and Flois Carlin flew to Vancouver to connect with
the Diamond Princess and a cruise to Alaska (inner passage).
This is a favorite part of the world for the Carl ins.
Bobby Mo and I sailed the Eastern Caribbean on a char-
tered Celebrity Cricket cruise for twenty-five days in April.
The nine Carib Nations competing in the World Cup
Tournament hosted the competing teams "Brits" "Aussies"
and "'\e, Zealanders" to their glorious islands. They soon
had the Morrises addressing them as "Mate" and "Chappie."
Continue calling or sending in news from North Texas.
Hasta luego!

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(9792) 398-3400


Marilyn Carter reports that Anna Calvit was surprised
with a trip to Kerrville, Texas, for her birthday in May. Her
daughter Helen Calvit and friend Rhonda Wardlaw hosted
a luncheon at the Inn of the Hills. Many of Anna's friends
attended. Included were: Elmer Mahlke, Pidgy Stone,
Bonita Neve, Sue Horstmann, Honey Fealey, Carolyn
Tate, Elsie Larson, Kenneth Horstmann, Chris Stone,
Marion Wells, and Franklin Burgon.


Anna Calvit's birthday party at the Inn of the Hills


The guests were given Anna's delicious "breads." All
agree that Anna is certainly missed in Kerrville since she
moved to Florida. Helen plans to make the birthday visit an
annual affair. Anna likes that idea.

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


Andra Nash writes: A fun-loving
group of BHS'60 and one CHS grad-
uate spent weeks in Panama in
February arriving just before
Carnival!! The group included
Kathleen McConaghy and Bill
Karen Brandl Campbell, Carolyn Holmes, Ray
Amato, Ginny Perra and Stuart
Huseby, Doug Bergere and Mary, and Andra (Andy) Nash
and Ed English. Andy being the lone CHS graduate spent
more time on the Atlantic side and stayed at the beautiful
Melia Hotel at the former Ft. Gulick. We all stayed at the
Miramar Continental, Sapibenega the Kuna Lodge in the
San Blas Islands, the Country Inn & Suites at Amador, Playa
Blanca, Bambito at the Volcan, and the Riande at Tocumen--
so we were really traveling. Had a wonderful time renewing
old friendships with former classmates and colleagues, and
visiting our old "haunts" and visiting places we'd never had
the chance to see before. Ate lots of ceviche, corbina, and pla-


Ginny Perra Huseby, Kathleen McConaghy Campbell,
Ray Amato, Carolyn Holmes, and Andy Nash English,
Coronado Beach.

Ev (Menges) Sellers provided the picture of Elizabeth
Ann Menges, eldest daughter of Bob Menges (CHS'79) and
Patti Menges of Summerville, S.C. Elizabeth graduated on
June 9, 2007, in Columbia, S.C. She is the granddaughter of
the late Melvin L. Menges and Consuelo Menges (formerly

of Margarita, Canal Zone) and David and the late Phyllis
Gillam of Goose Creek, S.C. Elizabeth was home schooled
by her mother Patti from the 4th through the 12th grade and
graduated with Honors. She will be attending Charleston
Southern University in Charleston, majoring in English.
Elizabeth was blessed to have her grandmother, Connie
Menges, and many other family members attend her gradua-

Cassie Herrington, Melanie Herrington, Lori (Matros)
Herrington, Lindsay and Mary Jane.

I also received an e-mail from Dave Albanese (I'm not
sure who Pam is). Either way, I think we can all enjoy the fol-
lowing:. "Good eats from Panama is about a cookbook called
Recetas del (a, i... from when Pam was in the Zone. It was
compiled in 1956 by the Fort Kobbe Officer's Wives' Club,
and has some fascinating, wonderful recipes. Some recipe
images were posted for those interested. Anyone interested in
spiced beef tongue or pickled calf hoof?"
Well, my ankle is much better that I sprained just before
the Annual Reunion, but still no running, just power walking.
Emily Menges, Bob Menges, Connie Menges, Elizabeth From all reports, I missed a good time at the Reunion. There's
Menges, Patti Menges, and Rebecca Menges. always next year. It's hard to believe summer is almost over.
I hope everyone's summer was fun and overall safe.
Lori Matros Herrington provided this picture taken in
Washington, D.C. Cassie Herrington, Melanie Herrington Karen Peugnet Brandl, Reporter
and Lori (Matros) Herrington were heading to see Cats, the (757) 233-6767
Broadway musical, in Washington, D.C., with Melanie's email: kisbrandl(
roommate, Lindsay and Lindsay's mother, Mary Jane.

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 registration.

Send your Email to:

or write us at Panama Canal Society,
Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.



On February 17, 2007, Candida (Candy) and Thurman
Carteret celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with
their children, Liz (Carteret) (BHS'76) Potts, Charles
Carteret (BHS'77), and Gysell Carteret (BHS'83), at the
Decameron Resort in Farallon, Panama. It was their "wish
come true" to celebrate this monumental occasion as a fami-
ly in a private villa at the Resort. Everyone had a superb time
during this mini-family reunion.
The couple renewed their wedding vows earlier in the
week in a private ceremony at the old Sacred Heart Church in
Ancon, Panama, where their children made their First
Communions many years ago. Candy and Thurman are
enjoying retirement from PCC and the Air Force in their
home in Diablo, Panama. But, if they are not there, they are
busy managing Cabanas Gysell Ann in El Valle, Panama.
They look forward to visits with the rest of the family--
Charles' wife, Giselle (Errhalt) (BHS'78) and their children,
Britney and Ryan; as well as Liz's husband, Terry Potts,
and their children, Kayla and Kristen, in the near future.
Candy's sister, Prudy Letourneau, and her son, Abraham
Chandeck (BHS'76) and his family will be celebrating with
them in April.


Sarah Finegan graduated from the Veterinary
Technology program at Palo Alto College, San Antonio,
Texas, on June 11, 2007.
Sarah is the daughter of Fay Weisser (BHS'70) Finegan,
and the granddaughter of Marion Weisser of San Antonio,
Texas, and the late Seymour T. Weisser.

Sarah Finegan


The Davis family enjoyed a cruise to celebrate Thelma's
90th birthday. We sailed from Galveston, Texas, and visited
the ports of Cozumel and Progresso, Mexico.


Candida (Candy) and

(The editor and staff apologize to the Carteret family for not
including the anniversary picture with the article in the June
Canal Record.)



DECEMBER 31, 2007.

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Karin Davis, Ken Smith, Carolyn (Davis) Smith, Ed
Davis, Leon Strawn, Thelma Davis, and Florence (Davis)


Nora Burnette Espinoza was born and raised in the
Canal Zone, attended St. Mary's School, and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1973. She has been married for thirty
years to "Sonny" Espinoza, a New York Life executive and
Investment representative, and council member for the city of
Roswell, N.M. She has a son Andre, who is married and
resides in Lubbock, Texas, and a three-year-old granddaugh-
ter Kylie.
In addition to being a State Representative for New
Mexico, Nora is the President of the Women's Republican
Party of Chaves County, N.M. She is also a volunteer and
coordinator for the National Day of Prayer.


Nora Espinoza


Former Panama Canal Commission employee Thomas L.
Matthews, currently employed by the State of Washington, is
shown here receiving the "Extra Mile Award" from Lt.
Governor Brad Owens. Tom received the award for saving
the taxpayers $1.3 million in water conservation at the
Department of Corrections Cedar Creek Corrections Center.


Family members gathered together to celebrate Tony
Frangioni's 90th birthday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on
March 24, 2007. Included in the group were numerous mem-
bers of both sides of the family and of the blended family
which has come together since Tony's marriage to Dorothy
Sirmon Frangioni on March 11, 1989. In attendance were
family members from Maryland, California, Alabama,
Louisiana, New York, Texas, far parts of Florida, and Dubai
in the Arabian Emirates.
Graciously hosted by Dorothy Frangioni, Ralph K.
Frangioni, Jr., and Kay Frangioni Pierce, Pranzo's Italian
Restaurant was decorated with Italian flags, red and white
carnations with accents of fern and sprinklings of confetti.
Excellent buffet offerings delighted all of the guests who
toasted and roasted Tony. A beautifully decorated cake fea-
tured a photo of Tony when he visited Ellis Island in New
York Harbor in September 2006 while investigating his
immigrant parents' memorial plaques.
Tony's grandchildren, Kathy Pierce Hancock, Jan
Pierce Stallings, Lorie Pierce Band, Greg Frangioni and
Ralph Frangioni, III, presented a very entertaining skit fea-
turing many of the mannerisms and familiar sayings which
have permeated the Frangioni family (and others) over the
years. Dorothy Frangioni's family offered touching, kind and
complimentary words expressing their admiration for Tony
over the years as well. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the
afternoon party which ushered in Tony's 90th birthday on
March 25, 2007.

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Jan Pierce Stallings, Kay (Frangioni)
Frangioni, Sarah Hancock, Kathy Pierce
Lorie Pierce Band.
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Pierce, Tony
Hancock, and

Lt. Governor Brad Owens and Thomas L. Matthews

Jerry Pierce, Greg Frangioni, Tony Frangioni, Ralph K.
Frangioni, III, and Ralph K. Frangioni, Jr.


Alex Scribner and Christie Bremer met in the sixth
grade while attending St. Mary Magdalen School in
Altamonte Springs, Fla. It wasn't long before they learned
that their fathers (and some aunts and uncles as well) had
attended and graduated from Balboa High School. Still
friends, the two are shown in the enclosed photograph after
graduation exercises from Bishop Moore Catholic High
School in Orlando.
Alex is the daughter of John (BHS'75) and Cindy
Scribner. Christie is the daughter of Fred (BHS'71) and
Loly Bremer. Alex will be enrolling soon at the University of
North Florida in Jacksonville while Christie will be attending
the University of Florida in Gainesville.
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Christie Bremer and Alex Scribner


Jean Marie Conner informed the Canal Record that in
March 2007, a PIRATE'S SURPRISE was held in St.
Petersburg, Fla., to celebrate Larry Gramlich's 60th birth-
day. The party was enjoyed by family and friends as shown in
the enclosed photograph.

Larry Gramlich's Pirate's Surprise Birthday group


On August 17, 2007, Leon and Aurora (Lim) Holloway
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. On July 20th,
while they were visiting Panama to attend their niece's wed-
ding, a party was held for friends and family in Panama City
to help them celebrate.
Aurora was born in Puerto Armeuelles, Panama, and
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1954. Later, she met
Leon who was serving with the U.S. Navy's Harbor Defense
Unit in Coco Solo, and they were married on August 17,
1957. Leon later graduated from Kansas State University
with a master's degree in electronics engineering and is now
retired from Texas Instruments in Dallas.
Leon and Aurora currently reside in Sun City, Texas. They
have two children, Craig and Hope, and two grandchildren,
Stewart and Chandler Holloway. The couple eagerly look
forward to another 50 years together.

Leon and Aurora Holloway


Paul Satriano and Chickie Hobbs Satriano are extreme-
ly proud of their grandson, Dean Satriano, who performed in
Guys andDolls at Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge,
Colo. Dean played the role of Nathan Detroit, the part that
Frank Sinatra had in the movie.

Paul Satriono, Dean Satriono, and Chickie Hobbs
Satriano after the performance in March.


Marvin Keenan, 86, of Houston, Texas, recently
returned from the National Senior Games in Louisville, Ky.,
where he placed second in both the 200-meter dash and 400-
meter dash and fourth in the 100-meter dash.

Back (L-R): Cody Keenan, John Keenan, and Maxine
(Swanson) Keenan. Front (L-R): Kathy (Orr) Keenan,
Marvin Keenan with his medals, and Camille Keenan.


Pat Williams, the son of Beverly Williams of Palm
Harbor, Fla., and the late Buddy Williams, is Director of
Marine Technology for LeTourneau Technologies in
Houston, Texas. With more than 30 years experience in
dredging technology, Pat is one of the experts at the compa-
Pat is a graduate of the 1975 class of Balboa High School
and is a product of the Panama Canal apprentice program and
the Panama Canal Dredging Division. He and his wife
Cheryl L. (Allen) (BHS'75) live in Spring, Texas.


Ernest R. and Helen (Alrick) (BHS'49) Barnes of
Knoxville, Tenn., celebrated their golden wedding anniver-
sary on June 17, 2007, in the Russ Fellowship Hall, East
Minister Presbyterian Church.
The couple were wed June 15, 1957. He is owner and
operator of Barnes Barber Shop. She is the retired executive
secretary for C. Andrews Distributing Co.
The couple have two children, Sandra Barnes of
Richmond, Va.; and Deborah Morgan of Knoxville.


In a ceremony on June 22, 2007, Commander Charles
Joseph Newbury (BHS'78), son of Charles and Emily
(Riley) Newbury of Dothan, Ala., took command of the
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One, Cheatham Ames,
Williamsburg, Va. Out-of-town guests were his wife Janice,
daughter Victoria, and his wife's family from Newton, Ala.;
Al Sprague (BHS'56) who lives in Grafton, Va.; and Joe's
former Commander of the Navy Cargo Handling Battalion.
Joe's father could not attend due to health problems. A recep-
tion immediately followed the ceremony at Penniman Point,
Williamsburg, Va.
Commander Newbury recently completed a tour in
Kuwait and Afghanistan and is presently on an assignment in
Kuwait for two weeks. He will return to the Navy Cargo
Handling Battalion for a two-year tour.

Emily J. Newbury, Victoria Newbury, Commander
Charles Joseph Newbury, Janice Newbury, and John G.

Ernest and Helen Barnes


On May 12, 2007, Tom and Rita Hannigan of West
Hartford, Conn. (formerly of Balboa), celebrated their 80th
birthdays with a party hosted by their children. There were 75
members of Tom and Rita's extended family in attendance

and all had a great time helping them celebrate this special
occasion. The highlight of the party was that all of Tom and
Rita's children and seven out of ten grandchildren were able
to attend.
Those present included: son Jim (BHS'72) and his wife
Judy of Rockport, Wash.; daughter Dodie (BHS'74) and her
husband Mike Penda and son Michael Hannigan-Penda of
Tolland, Conn.; son Tom (BHS'77) of Seattle, Wash.; son
Dennis (BHS'78) and his wife Karen, son Steven and
daughter Lilly of West Hartford, Conn.; son Dave (BHS'78)
of Boca Raton, Fla.; son Brian (BHS'83) and his wife
Wendy and sons Kevin and Jeff and daughters Heather and
Debbie of Southington, Conn.

Back (L-R): Dennis, Jim, Karen, Judy, Lilly, and Steve
Hannigan; Michael, Dodie, and Mike Penda; Wendy,
Brian, Tom, and Dave Hannigan. Front (L-R): Kevin, Jeff,
Heather, Tom, Debbie, and Rita Hannigan.


Harvey and Vicki Violet van't Veld Johnson celebrated
their 20th wedding anniversary on August 16, 2006, in Sun
City Center, Fla., with friends. Then in September, they cele-
brated again in Leesburg, Va., with family at the Pergola
Restaurant of Leisure World of Virginia.

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Vicki Violet van't Veld and Harvey Johnson


Robb O'Connor (BHS'83) has been named the new
Superintendent of Schools in Celina, Texas. Robb is a gradu-
ate of Texas A&M, Commerce and has fifteen years of expe-
rience in Education; three as Chief Financial Officer and two
as Superintendent of Whitewrieht. ISD.

Daughter Kristin, Robb O'Connor, wife Kerri O'Connor,
and daughter Carolyn.


Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Pierce ("Jerry" and Kay
Frangioni Pierce) of Corpus Christi, Texas, celebrated their
fiftieth wedding anniversary in June with a cruise through the
Inland Passage to Alaska from Seattle and back.
Accompanying them for a week aboard The Norwegian Star
were their three grown children and spouses, and Kay's dad
and wife.
Leaving from various airports: Lorie Band (youngest of
their daughters) flew into Seattle from Buffalo, N.Y.; Kathy
Hancock (oldest of their daughters along with her husband
Jack) and Kay's dad, Ralph K. "Tony" Frangioni with wife
Dorothy flew together from New Orleans; while Kay and
Jerry and Jan Stallings (middle daughter and her husband
Ben from Dubai, U.A.E.) arrived together in Seattle from
Several other celebratory occasions were also observed
while on board the cruise--the Pierces' two youngest daugh-
ters both enjoyed their birthday dinners with cake while their
oldest daughter and husband shared the happiness of their
29th wedding anniversary!! Noteworthy was the Dungeness
crab supper and the lobster night dinner.

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Jerry Pierce (BHS'53) and Kay Frangioni (BHS'55)
Pierce were married in The Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon,
Canal Zone, on June 15, 1957. James W. "Jim" Suddaby
(BHS'53) was Best Man; Margaret "Margie" Zent
(BHS'55) Garner was Matron of Honor at the wedding.

Back (L-R): Gerald "Jerry" Pierce, Ben Stallings, and
Jack Hancock. Middle (L-R): Kay Frangioni Pierce,
Dorothy and Tony Frangioni. Front (L-R): Kathy Pierce
Hancock, Jan Pierce Stallings, and Lorie Pierce Band.


Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring proudly announce
the engagement of their oldest daughter, Mary, to Thomas
Beuschel, Jr. Mary is one of Lee and Kathy Snider's 25
grandchildren. Thomas is the son of Thomas and Lupita
Beuschel of Margate, Fla.
Mary graduated from Central Kitsap High School in
Silverdale, Wash., in 2001. She currently works as a nursing
assistant for Advanced Cosmetic Laser Center in Tamarac,
Fla. Thomas graduated in 2000 from Pope John Paul II High
School and from Belmont Abbey in 2004 and currently works
as a manager at a Walgreens. In October, Thomas is transfer-
ring to Tacoma, Wash., to manage a Walgreens there. An
October 13, 2007, wedding is planned at Our Lady Star of the
Sea Parish in Bremerton, Wash.


In May to celebrate her 80th birthday, Beverly Baker
gathered all of her kids and grandchildren and headed out to
Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Wash., for a weeklong cele-
bration. We rented a large house with six bedrooms that orig-
inally was housing for an officer's family just after the turn of
the century. All 14 of us just fit, great to have the whole tribe
under one roof.
Glen (CHS'72) came up from Houston with his wife
Diane along with daughters Danielle and Brittany plus
Danielle's boyfriend Jimmy McBee. Danielle and Jimmy
have just graduated from Texas State at San Marcos and
Brittany just finished her first year at the University of Texas.
Carol (CHS'74) flew in from Atlanta with kids Brett and
Leah. Brett has another year at Georgia Tech and Leah has
just finished her second year at Auburn University. Logistics
and organization were handled by the "local kids" -- Paul
(CHS'75), his wife Suzette, Beth (CHS'76) and her
boyfriend Clark. Patricia (Sanchez) (CHS'75) Boniewicz
was a last-minute addition flying in from the Washington,
D.C., area.
Throughout the week we enjoyed visits from other fami-
ly members and a few Zonians including Marti Lohr, Pat
Nellis, Lee and Kathy Snider, Jim (CHS'76) and Mary
Snider. All had a great time and it was wonderful to be
together as a family to mark this special occasion.

Back (L-R): Patricia (Sanchez) Boniewicz, Beth Baker,
Beverly Baker, Brittany Baker, and Glen Baker. Front:
Jimmy McBee and Danielle Baker.

Thomas Beuschel and Mary Herring

Thomas Beuschel and Mary Herring


Alina Boyer and her horse, Um Tesouro, earned the
S.A.H.J.A. Junior English Pleasure Championship for 2006.
Alina, 17, is the daughter of Nola Swain Boyer (CHS'75).
Nola rode for the Gatun Saddle Club from 1969-1975.
Alina and Um Tesouro (Rio) were also the Sacramento
Area Hunter Jumper Association 3rd place winner in
Modified Hunters, and 6th in Equitation. S.A.H.J.A. is com-
prised of several hundred members who live in the vicinity of

Sacramento, Calif., and draws many top-level competitors
and trainers. Alina and her mother, Nola, purchased Um
Tesouro (Rio) in October of 2003. At that time, Rio had been
shown in Watsonville on the Hunter Jumper Circuit with his
previous owner.
Alina hopes to continue working with Rio on Hunter
Jumpers. Rio was born in Brazil, and raced in both Brazil and
at Santa Anita, Calif. Alina aspires to be a horse trainer.


Catherine Henry Wallace celebrated her 90th birthday
in New Orleans, La., surprised with a lovely celebration by
family and friends. Catherine was born in Michigan, the
youngest of eight children and last surviving of the Henry
children. She moved to the Canal Zone in 1942, where she
worked for the Accounting Department of the Panama Canal
Company until her retirement. She moved to Dothan, Ala., in
1979 with her husband Travis Wallace and then in 2003 she
moved to New Orleans, La., to be near family. Catherine lives
at Ville St. Marie, a senior living residence, where she has
made many new friends.

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Alina Boyer and Um Tesouro (Rio)


On April 28, 2007, Carrie Mercier graduated from
Cascade College in Portland, Ore. She received a Bachelor of
Science in Education with a double major in Elementary
Education and Early Childhood Education.
Carrie was born in Panama City, Panama, on September
26, 1981, and was a member of the last graduating class of
Balboa High School in 1999. Carrie is the daughter of John
Mercier (BHS'68) of Panama and Patty Walsh (BHS'71)
Mercier Upton of Salmon, Idaho.

Patty Upton, Carrier Mercier, and John Mercier

Back: Gloria Sigl Maisano. Front: Catherine Wallace

Many people came to celebrate the special occasion from
distant parts of the United States. The family that came from
Michigan was Frank Weber, the husband of the late Judith
Sigl (BHS'57) Weber, and three of their children and grand-
children: Charles Weber, with his son Brandon, Julie
Weber Noonan with her husband Craig and their two daugh-
ters Emma and Sarah, and Stephen Weber. Beverly Welsh,
who is Catherine's niece from Mission, Texas, came with her
daughter Bonnie and husband Paul. Glady (Zeno) Knapp
drove from Panasoffkee, Fla., with her daughter Alice and
husband. Glady had lived and worked in Panama for many
years and was a close friend of Catherine's. Also attending

from the Canal Zone was Audrey Bowman who lives in the
New Orleans area. Audrey and Catherine worked in the same
department for many years.

Audrey Bowman, Catherine Wallace, and Glady Knapp

The party was hosted by Gloria Sigl (BHS'59) Maisano,
her husband Joe, and Frank Weber. Gloria's daughter Page,
along with her daughter Hannah Morris, helped keep the
party going smoothly. Nancy Maisano flew in from Seattle
with two friends, Joyce and Jessica, who helped with the fes-
tivities. Billy Maisano came with his wife Shannon and their
three girls: Lauren, Nicole, and Katherine. Connor, son of
Bo Maisano and Dawn Gemmolva, was present with his
mom. In all, there were 55 family and friends who attended
the celebration that carried over to Mother's Day on the next
It was a great occasion for a wonderful lady who has
many wonderful memories of this celebration.


On January 19, 2007, Betty and Carroll Taylor held a
family BBQ at their home in Dickinson, Texas, in celebration
of their 50th wedding anniversary. Their two sons and daugh-
ter and spouses, Kevin and Diane Taylor, Keith and Gina
Taylor, and Karen and Alan Glowczwski, along with seven
grandchildren joined in a fun-filled evening. Betty (Flatau)
(BHS'54) and Carroll Taylor were married at the Balboa
Union Church on January 19, 1957.
They returned to Panama in late January 2007 to attend
Betty's Back to Panama Class Reunion where they had a
great time visiting with many classmates and friends they
shared as Carroll was stationed at Quarry Heights for two
years. The four-day reunion was packed with many enjoyable
activities and tours in Panama and the Canal Zone.
Next, Betty and Carroll headed to the Volcan and stayed
at the lovely Cielito Sur B&B owned by Janet (Tilley)
(BHS'70) and Glenn Lee for several days. Her sister, Helen
(Tilley) (BHS'55) Martin, who was a bridesmaid in their
wedding, and mother Marjorie Gerhart were also visiting
there. They toured many highlights in the area with their
friends and enjoyed sharing past memories of growing up on

Via Porras in Panama City and attending the Balboa Union
Their trip culminated with overnight stops in El Valle and
San Carlos. A few days in the city with lifelong friends and
visits to San Lorenzo, Colon, and Portobelo rounded out
Betty and Carroll's wonderful anniversary trip down memo-
ry lane!

Carroll and Betty Taylor, January 19, 1957

Carroll and Betty Taylor, 2007, at Balboa Union Church


Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder and Karl Hinz, the children of
Felisa and Charlie Hinz, threw a surprise 50th wedding
anniversary party for their parents at the Italian Restaurant,
Cala Bella, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. They took
advantage of the Reunion in Orlando and hosted the event on
Friday, July 6th, so that close friends of their parents who
were also attending the Reunion could join in on the celebra-
tion. Felisa and Charlie celebrated their actual anniversary on
August 31, 2007.

a and Charlie Hin surrounded by family and friends
a and Charlie Hinz surrounded by family and friends


Fla.; and godson of Russell Michael Gillespie.
J was very accomplished in high school and was recog-
nized at the Annual Pride Program at Pace High School for
his high impressive academic success excelling throughout
high school with all A's. He played Junior Varsity soccer mid-
fielder in his freshman year and Varsity soccer midfielder his
sophomore, junior and senior years. He continued to stay in
great athletic shape with weightlifting, long-distance track,
and adult soccer.
J was accepted to and will attend Florida State University
in Tallahassee in August 2007. At this time, he plans to major
in the Pharmaceutical/Pharmacy Program. J has been a certi-
fied soccer referee since August 2000 and will continue to
referee while at the University. He was employed at Target
this summer stocking inventory and will transfer to Target in
Tallahassee, since they agreed to let him work around his
school schedule.


On May 5, 2007, Stephen Michael Dishong graduated
from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelors
Degree in Forensic Psychology. He is currently teaching
behavioral modification with nonverbal autistic children in
Deveraux-Viera pending the start of the police academy later
this summer in Brevard County, Florida.
Stephen is the son of Chris and Evey (Foster) Dishong
of Merritt Island, Fla., grandson of Josephina Dishong and
the late Carl Dishong; and Harry Foster and the late Mary
Hyde Foster of St. Petersburg, Fla. Attending the ceremony
were his parents, grandfather, and girlfriend Julie
Everingham. His brothers, William and Bryan, were out of
town and unable to attend. After the ceremony, family and
friends celebrated with dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp
Company at Orlando City Walk.

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On May 19, 2007, J Michael Dedeaux graduated from
Pace High School in Pace, Fla. J is the son of Jon and Deb
Dedeaux of Pace, Fla.; brother of Sonya Michelle Dedeaux
and future brother-in-law of Dan Sigmond, both of Rahway,
N.J.; grandson of Jack and DeLila Hepier of Robertsdale,
Ala., and Louis and Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux of Pensacola,

Stephen Michael Dishong



Robert and Maggie (McGlade) Windle, Cibola, Texas,
announce the marriage of Charles McGlade and Donna
Pierson at the Renaissance Fair in Deerfield, Fla., on
February 10, 2007.
Family and friends enjoyed the ceremony and reception
held there. The couple honeymooned on Marathon Key. They
are at home in Margate, Fla.


Stephanie Anne Corin and Jeffery Alan Schmid were
married on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007, at Chapel Dulcinea,
Austin, Texas. Matron of honor was Stephanie Brown
Locklear, of Dallas, Texas, friend of the bride since their
Balboa High School days (class of 1986). Flower girl was
Bailee Brown, her daughter, and ring bearer was Leigha
Schmid of Berlin, Wis., Jeff's daughter. An outdoor reception
followed and among the guests attending were the couple's
relatives from Berlin, Wis., Center Line, Mich., Atlanta, Ga.,
and San Antonio, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. Theodore Corin, former
Assistant Dean of Panama Canal College, and Georgia
Corin, former Art History Instructor at PCC, now residing in
Austin, Texas. Stephanie graduated from the University of
Texas in 2000 with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and is
currently employed as an art teacher at Harris Elementary
School in Austin. The groom is the son of Elmer and Ann
Schmid of Berlin, Wis., and is employed as an auto techni-
cian by Groovy Automotive in Austin.
After a honeymoon this summer on an Alaskan cruise, the
couple will continue to reside in Austin, Texas.


Charles A. McGlade and Donna Pierson

Jeffery Schmid and Stephanie Corin


Marc Deakins and Amy Keith were married June 23,
2007, in Olympia, Wash. Marc is the son of Terry and Sue
(Mathieson) Deakins of Summerville, S.C. Amy is the
daughter of Marilyn Keith and the late Wallace Keith of
Spokane, Wash.
Surrounded by their families and with the backdrop of the
Olympic Mountains, the couple said their vows in a beautiful
garden ceremony which was held at the home of Amy's aunt
and uncle in Olympia. Marc's sister Allison and husband Tim
Blackstone (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) as well as Amy's two
sisters, Karen and Laurie and their families, joined with
their parents and aunts and uncles in celebrating this happy
After honeymooning in Mexico and Costa Rica, the
young couple will be returning to Yokota, Japan, where they
are both teachers with DODDS at Yokota Middle School.


Caroline Bateman and John Sudhoff of Jacksonville,
Fla., exchanged marriage vows on the bridge of the Lightner
Museum in St. Augustine, Fla., on April 14, 2007.
Caroline is the daughter of Bruce (BHS'58) and Diane
Bateman of Green Cove Springs, Fla. She is a graduate of the
University of Florida and Webster University and is current-
ly employed by Bluegreen Corp. in Boca Raton, Fla.
The groom is the son of Rosemarie Sudhoff of Orange
Park, Fla., and is a graduate of Piper High School in Sunrise,
Fla. After serving a tour of duty in the Air Force, the groom
returned to Florida and became a certified fishing guide. He
currently works for Intertek Industrial Corporation in
Jacksonville, Fla.
The bride's mother and father walked her down the aisle
and also served as the couple's matron of honor and the best
man. The ceremony was conducted by Pastor Paul Underhay
of Boca Raton with music by his wife Ester. The couple will
reside in Jacksonville after a short trip to Sebastian, Fla.


Caroline and John Sudhoff

Marc Deakins and Amy Keith


Kimberly Smith and Bryon Egge were united in mar-
riage on July 28, 2006. Kimberly is the daughter of Lester
(BHS'63) and Andrea Byrd (BHS'65) Smith of
Lawrenceville, Ga.
The photograph of the wedding party was taken on top of
a mountain in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Out-of-town wed-
ding guests included Ronnie Byrd (BHS'68) and his wife
Belinda from Panama, Terry Smith (BHS'68) Flynn of
Naples, Fla., and Robert (BHS'62) and Carol (Kapinos)
(BHS'64) Smith of Tucson, Ariz.

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


Jim (BHS'78) and Kelly (BHS'81) Parthenais happily
announce the birth of their daughter and Ben's little sister,
Anabelle Marie Parthenais. Little Annie arrived on April
25, 2007. She blessed the remaining days of her grandfather,
Richard Cahill's life, and continues to bring joy to her
grandmothers. Lynn Cahill and Betty Garrison, grandfather
Dick Parthenais, and her aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Back (L-R): Christine (Smith) Foster, Mike Foster,
Kimberly (Smith) Egge, Bryon Egge, and Lester Smith.
Front (L-R): Jaenon Foster, Walker Foster, Kimberly's dog,
Georgia, and Andrea Smith.

Ben Parthenais, Jim Parthenais, and Kelly Parthenais
holding Anabelle.


Auston Reid Wilkes celebrated his one-year birthday on
July 27, 2007. Auston is the grandson of Brenda Yerxa
Manning and the great-grandson of Betty Yerxa of
Homosassa, Fla. Auston resides in Meridean, Idaho, with his

Brenda Yerxa Manning holding grandson Auston Reid
Wilkes, with great-grandmother Betty Yerxa.

Zonie says....

"Pay your 2008
membership dues
by December 31,
2007, and remember
to give a gift
membership to your
family and friends!"




Noeline Morrissey of East Hampton, N.Y. (formerly of
Los Rios) is pleased to announce the birth of her seventh
grandchild, Kieran Patrick, on January 10, 2007. Kieran is
the son of Anne and Joseph Morrissey (BHS'87) of
Rehoboth Beach, Del., and the brother of Erin (4/2) and
Declan (2).
Paternal grandfather was the late Capt. Joe Morrissey
and maternal grandparents are Anne and Pat Harris of
Rehoboth Beach, Del.


Jim and Marion (Leach) (CHS'60) Papson are proud to
announce the birth of their first grandchild. Dylan George
Fejfar was born on March 31, 2007. He is the son of Jeff and
Wendy Fejfar, currently of Olive Branch, Miss.
Dylan's great-grandparents were John and Dorothy
Leach, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.

Jim Papson, Wendy Fejfar holding Dylan, Jeff Fejfar, and
Marion Papson.

Anne Morrissey holding Kieran Patrick, and Joseph


Donovan Arias (BHS'94) and wife Mary proudly
announce the birth of their son Sergio Miguel, born February
8, 2007, in Dothan, Ala. Sergio was welcomed by his sister
Payton and brother DJ, and by his grandfather Ted Arias of
Panama City Beach, Fla.


Don Bensen (CHS'69), son of Edward and Jeanne
Bensen, and his wife Diane are the proud first-time grand-
parents of twin baby boys! These little bundles of joy arrived
on August 21, 2006, weighing in at 4 lbs. and 4 lbs. 7 oz.,
respectively. Proud parents are daughter Tina and her hus-
band Timmy.
Don went into full retirement so he could watch the boys
and he is enjoying each and every day.

Donovan Arias holding Sergio Miguel and DJ

Diane Bensen holding Christopher and
ing Thomas.

Don Bensen hold-

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Fay Sutherland Bell, 89, passed away on May 9, 2007.
She was born in Jonesville, Va., to Hobert and Manilla
Sutherland. She moved to Des Moines, Iowa, at an early age
where she attended high school and college.
She later moved to the Canal Zone, residing in Gamboa
and was employed in the Finance Department at Fort
Clayton. Upon the retirement of her husband, Paul, from the
Canal Zone Police Department, Gamboa Penitentiary in
1986, they relocated to Gastonia, N.C. She moved to Dothan,
Ala., in 2005 to live with her daughter, Wanda Yost. She
recently celebrated her 89th birthday surrounded by her chil-
dren and their spouses. Fay loved her family, her church,
watching North Carolina State basketball, and playing canas-
ta. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and a
son, Paul, Jr.
She is survived by three sons, Michael and his wife
Sheila, David and his wife Michelle, Daniel and his wife
Margaret; two daughters, Wanda and her husband Buddy
Yost, and Linda and her husband Larry; and several grand-
children and great-grandchildren.

Byron James Boeckel, 65, a 15-year resident of
Friendswood, Texas, died May 31, 2007, after a courageous
battle with brain cancer. He was a Vietnam veteran and
served his country with honor receiving the Distinguished
Flying Cross for outstanding service. After serving in the Air
Force, he went back to school and graduated from West Texas
State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business
Administration. Byron worked at the Johnson Space Center
as a Financial manager in the Financial Management
Division and retired after 29 years of service. He and his wife
June loved to cruise and spend time together traveling, and
planned to see the world. He loved to fish and play Mr. Mom.
He loved spending time with his girls and was so proud of
them. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Byron is survived by his wife, June (Foster) Boeckel;
mother, Chloe Boeckel; daughters, Kim Brennan and hus-
band Mike, Debbie Boeckel, and Jacque Trim; son, John
Trim; and two grandchildren.

Richard "Dick" LeRoy Cahill, 70, of Sun City Center,
Fla., originally from Baltimore, Md., died May 7, 2007. He
worked for most of his career in personnel, arriving in the
Panama Canal Zone in 1977 and retiring in 1987 as Executive
Director of the Panama Area Personnel Board.
He was a local member of the Elks (BPOE), Moose, and
Eagles Lodges, the Panama Canal Society, and loved playing
golf, cards, and pool. He was preceded in death by his father,
Richard A. Cahill, his mother, Mary L. Kain, and his stepfa-
ther, Luther W. Kain.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Billie Lynn
(Witter) Cahill (formerly of New Orleans, La., and Bay St.
Louis, Miss.); four children: Kelly Ann (James) Parthenais,
Robin Leigh Cahill, Richard L. Cahill, Jr., and Gerry Lynn
(Steven) Cox; four grandchildren; a sister, Faye Cobb; and a

Norman E. Demers, 92, of Largo, Fla., died May 22,
2007, at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. Born in
Berlin, N.H., he came to Florida from the Panama Canal
Zone, where he retired as deputy director after 33 years with
the Transportation and Terminals Bureau. He then worked 25
years for H&R Block in Largo, doing income, corporate and
estate taxes.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of
Largo, Knights of Columbus, the Panama Canal Society,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Rotary Club in Panama and
Belleair Bluffs. He received the Presidential Management
Improvement Award. He sponsored the education of Catholic
priests and nuns, and provided scholarships to students at sev-
eral Catholic schools. He was a supporter of the Gamma
Knife Center at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Moffitt
Cancer and Research Institute, Native American schools, and
sponsored the updating of the computer lab at St. Patrick's
School, Largo.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Cecile; and a
brother, Joseph F. Horton of Michigan.

Robert Diaz, 82, of Clearwater, Fla., died March 28,
2007, at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was
born in Mission, Texas, and came here in 1979 from the
Panama Canal Zone. He retired after 20 years in the Air Force
and worked as a personnel administrator for the Army. He
was Catholic, a member of the Elks, the Panama Canal
Society, and was an avid golfer.
Survivors include his wife, Edna; a son, Raul, Los
Angeles; a daughter, Barbara Ritchie, Austin, Texas; a broth-
er, Ralph, Mission, Texas; four grandchildren; and a great-

Lillian "Jean" (Coleman) Dombrowsky, 87, of
Asheboro, N.C., formerly of Hendersonville, N.C., passed
away on April 3, 2007. Jean was born in Stuart, Iowa, on
September 4, 1919, and went to the Canal Zone with her par-
ents in 1933 where she attended and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1935.
On July 8, 1939, Jean married John A. (Jack)
Dombrowsky in the Balboa Union Church. They lived on the
Pacific side in Pedro Miguel, Balboa and Diablo, where Jack
was employed by the Locks Division until June 1972 when
they retired to live in Hendersonville. While living in the
Canal Zone they owned beach property in Gorgona Beach
and enjoyed many summers and weekends in the interior. She
was a homemaker until 1962 at which time she worked for
the Industrial Division until her husband retired. June was an
accomplished pianist and organist. She also loved her Bridge
Club, Sewing Club, Shrine Ladies Club, Pink Ladies, Napier
Lane Gang, and all her friends and family. She was a member
of the Panama Canal Society and a reporter for North
Carolina for the Canal Record, and was the secretary for the
Western North Carolina Canal Society for many years. She
moved to the Asheboro, N.C., area in 2003 to be near her

daughter, Barbara Sanders, and was residing in an assisted
living facility until her passing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, who
died in 1990. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara
Dombrowsky Sanders of Asheboro, N.C., and a son, Dale
Dombrowsky of Lakeland, Fla.; seven grandchildren; five
great-grandchildren; two nephews, Tom Pattison of Florida
and Jim Pattison of Texas; and her sister, Louise (Bricky)
Pattison of Round Rock, Texas.

Barbara Morris Frissell passed away June 11, 2007, in
Portland, Maine. She was born January 29, 1911, in
Washington, D.C., to Matthew Elting Hanna and Helen Dodd
Richards Hanna. She lived a life of privilege and travel dur-
ing her childhood. She lived with her parents for a time in
Berlin, Germany, where her foreign service father was
Military Liaison Officer. Some years later, when her mother
remarried, her stepfather, Admiral Charles Morris, who was
Paymaster General of the Navy, adopted her.
She attended the University of Vermont after graduating
from Gunston Hall School. Her travels continued after her
marriage to a West Point graduate, Lt. Thomas Flynn. First
was Staten Island, N.Y., where her oldest son, Thomas
DeNyse, was born. The family was then sent to Panama,
where Helen Enid and Matthew Edward were born. They
eventually settled in East Barrington, N.H., where they
owned and operated Four Gates Dairy Farm. Life moved on
and there was another marriage and three more children,
Johanna Marcia, John Mark, and Sydney Dodd. Barbara's life
was indeed a long road of many hills and dales, but it was
never dull.
Later, Barbara and her husband, Sydney Dodd Frissell,
moved to South Berwick to a lovely historic center-chimney
colonial. She was active in local garden clubs and often
opened her gracious home to history lovers. After Mr.
Frissell's death, Barbara moved to Freeport to be nearer her
youngest daughter, Johanna. There she lived for many years
in her charming little home surrounded by the fabulous gar-
dens she created. As her health slowly declined, Barbara lived
for a time at Bay Square in Yarmouth, and then finally at
Fallbrook Woods in Portland.
She is survived by her children: Thomas DeNyse Flynn
and his wife Bette of Port Charlotte, Fla.; Helen Enid Flynn
Aldrich and her husband James of Midland, Va.; Matthew
Edward Smith of New Port Richey, Fla.; Johanna Frissell
Butts and her husband Charles of Brunswick; John Mark
Frissell and his wife Elaine of Dracut, Mass.; and Sydney
Dodd Frissell, Jr., of Deep Gap, N.C.

Michael Peter Gordon, 67, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.,
or the "Boopser" as he so often was called by his beloved
wife Mary, or Papa Mike as he was so often referred to by his
six children and 14 grandchildren, passed away July 4, 2007,
at Hospice Care Center, Port Orange. He retired as a pretrial
services department manager at the Volusia County Justice
Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Mike was born May 24, 1940, in New York and spent the
first ten years or so in the Midwest before moving to and call-

ing Florida his home. His teenage years were spent in the
Daytona Beach area.
In 1958, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and moved to
Panama. He was a member of the Canal Zone Police force for
many years. He was active in the community of the Canal
Zone serving as Coach for the Balboa Rams. On weekends,
he enjoyed his passion for fishing. He received his bachelor's
degree in criminal justice from the Panama Canal Zone
extension of Florida State University, and was a graduate of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, Quantico, Va.
He and Mary moved to Florida in 1986; their love for the
Florida State Seminoles soon followed. He was a member of
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and the Panama
Canal Society. He was the best father and husband possible.
He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
The Boopser is survived by his beloved wife, Mary; three
sons, Patrick, Boston; Christopher, Denver; and Brian,
Indianapolis; a stepson, Bill Thrift, Daytona Beach; two step-
daughters, Rae Catlett, New Smyrna Beach; and Kim
Sebring, Margate; a brother, Andrew Mower, Daytona Beach;
a sister, Leslie Parella-Jennings, Boston; 14 grandchildren,
and the Florida State Seminoles.

Diane (Nightingale) Hardie, 58, died May 28, 2007, at a
Bangor, Maine, hospital. She was born March 7, 1949, in
Farmington, daughter of Donald and Erselene (Harris)
Nightingale. Diane graduated from Bucksport High School in
1967 and immediately completed her nursing training at St.
Joseph's Hospital, Bangor, where her lengthy nursing career
began. Following a year of nursing at St. Joseph's Hospital,
she and Edd Hardie were married August 31, 1969. Edd's
military career led them to many places where she used her
nursing skills to impact many. In the Panama Canal Zone,
where their two children were born, she was an emergency
room nurse for four years.
During their three years in Germany, she oversaw the care
of the Recreation Services for Youth Activities Program of
the base, which was a very demanding position. During their
time stationed in Oklahoma, she was in charge of the Unit of
Basic Trainees Minor Medical Difficulties at the military hos-
Following Edd's retirement from the Army in 1983, they
returned to Maine where she cared for geriatric patients for
nearly 20 years at the Penobscot Nursing Home and four
years at Sonogee Estates, Bar Harbor. Diane was a remark-
able woman who always put others before her and did so in a
quiet, humble manner.
In addition to her mother, Erselene Nightingale of Orland,
Maine, she is survived by her husband of nearly 38 years, Edd
Hardie; a daughter, Nanita Hardie and her partner, Roy
Saunders, of Orland; a son, Darron Hardie and his wife, Rose
Anne, of Ellsworth; three granddaughters; a sister, Deborah
Nightingale of Orland; a brother, Gary Nightingale of
Mississippi; and two nephews. She was predeceased by her
father, Donald Nightingale, in 1997.

Harlan David Holmwood, 79, born in 1928 in the
Panama Canal Zone, died in Waikoloa, Hawaii (Big Island).
He was a retired real estate broker. No further details are

Harvey M. Johnson, 79, passed away on April 8, 2007,
in Telemetry Dept. of Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Va., due
to medical complications. He was a loving husband, son,
father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle.
He was born in Long Branch, N.J., on September 8, 1927,
to Milton and Irene Johnson. After graduating from
Lakewood High School in September 1945, he went into the
army. His 21 years of U.S. Army service took him to Ft.
Churchill, Canada; testing winter military equipment; a tour
at the Pentagon-Atomic Department; Army Attach6 offices in
Greece, Taiwan, Finland and Arlington, Va. In 1967 he retired
as a Master Sergeant and went to work with the Cooper-Trent
Printing Co. in Arlington, Va. That company was sold to
Keuffel & Esser of New Jersey in the early 1970s and ulti-
mately closed their operations in December 1983. He was
retired with an award and luncheon. A former colleague heard
about his early retirement and invited him to join him at the
Tax Analysts Office in Falls Church, Va. There he started a
third career. His duties were composition, editing and typing
the weekly magazine Tax Analysts, distributed to tax attor-
neys in the U. S. and worldwide.
On August 16, 1986, he married Vickie Violet van't Veld
of Falls Church, Va. In the summer of 1994 they purchased a
home and moved to Sun City Center, Fla. In August 2000,
they moved back to their Falls Church, Va., home and win-
tered in Florida until they sold the Falls Church home. They
discovered Leisure World of Virginia and bought a condo in
the Blue Ridge Building in Leesburg, Va., in August 2003,
and then spent summers in Virginia. Florida was home and he
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his loving wife, Vickie Violet van't Veld
(BHS'49); daughter Lois Gant of Sterling, Va.; sons Michael
Johnson of Alexandria, Va., and Martin Johnson of Orinda,
Calif.; niece Roberta Drabyk, daughter of Ethel J. van't Veld
(BHS'43), of McLean, Va.; many grand and great-grandchil-
dren, nieces and nephews, and a brother Norman of
Lakewood, N.J.

Captain Frank V. Kerley, 87, passed away on April 12,
2007, after a long illness. He was predeceased by his wife,
Nena, on March 11, 2005. They were married on July 5,
1947, and arrived in the Canal Zone in 1949. They were
members of the Panama Canal Society.

Virginia N. Lyons, 85, died in Jacksonville, Fla., on May
21, 2007. She was born and grew up in Bellaire, Ohio, the
daughter of Clyde and Nellie Keller. She graduated from
Bellaire High School in 1939, and then from Elliott Business
Virginia was working for the Office of Price
Administration during World War II when she enlisted in the
Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) which became the

Women's Army Corp (WAC). She completed basic training at
Daytona Beach, Fla., and was assigned as a flight dispatcher
at Randolph Field, Texas. She was then transferred to the
Pentagon. She vividly remembered the message announcing
the German surrender which could not be released for 24
After the war she was assigned to G2 in General
MacArthur's Headquarters in Tokyo. She left the Army as a
Master Sergeant in 1950 to work as a civilian at West Point.
In 1953 she was employed by the Panama Canal Company
where she worked in the Personnel Bureau and Balboa Port
Captain's Office until her retirement in 1976. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband, William T. Lyons of
Jacksonville, and nephews and nieces in Ohio.

Alfhild (Petie) Maedl, 91, passed away on May 13, 2007,
at the Health Care Center at Butterfield Trail Village in
Fayetteville, Ark.
Alfhild grew up in St. Peter, Minn., the second of four
children of Conrad and Eda Peterson. She graduated from
Gustavus Adolphus College in 1935, majoring in history and
English. Alfhild taught English and social studies in Sauk
Rapids, Minn., from 1935 to 1938. Upon marrying fellow
teacher, Carl F. Maedl, on August 8, 1938, they left for the
Panama Canal Zone where they lived for the next 32 years.
During World War II, Alfhild worked for three years at the Air
Force Station Supply in France Field. She later taught seventh
and eighth grade English at Cristobal Junior-Senior High
School and sixth grade at Margarita Elementary School on
the Atlantic side. She and her family resided in New Cristobal
and Coco Solo while in the Canal Zone.
Alfhild and her husband Carl retired first to Springdale,
Ark., in 1970, and then moved to Butterfield Trail Village in
Fayetteville in 1986. She was a member of the Good
Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Northwest
Arkansas Retired Federal Employees, and was active in the
thrift shop for Northwest Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary
for 29 years. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society
and a former reporter for the Canal Record for Arkansas.
Alfhild is survived by her husband, Carl, of 68 years; and
two daughters, Pat (husband Jim) Krough of Deephaven,
Minn., and Pam (husband Vince) Gutowski, of Charleston,
Ill.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother,
Carl Manfred; and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-
ceded in death by her son, Rick Maedl.

Emily (Wilkinson) McLean, 68, passed away April 22,
2007, in Dothan, Ala., after a lengthy illness. She was born in
Ancon, Canal Zone, in 1938 and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1956. Emily worked for the Panama Canal Supply
Division and later, the Storehouse Division where she was the
Institutional Buyer until she was transferred to the 193rd Inf.
Brigade as a "Transfer of Function" employee in October
1979. She then completed her career as the Chief of
Purchasing for the 193rd Inf. Brigade in Corozal, retiring in
She was always active in community affairs, having

served on the Residents Advisory Committee (RAC) and as
publisher of the Pacific Parrot newsletter. She organized var-
ious community events, including the Pacific Community's
Christmas Party held at the Cardenas Community Center and,
after the retirement of the Pierces as Mr. and Mrs. Santa
Claus, a brief appearance as Mrs. Santa during Santa's annu-
al visits to Pacific-side communities. After her retirement
from the Army, she was a volunteer with the Department of
Defense Dependents Schools. She moved to Dothan, Ala., in
1989 during the Pan Canal's dependent relocation program.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband, Gary; three sons, David,
Dean, and Brian; two stepdaughters, Gail and Janelle; a
brother, Herman Wilkinson, Jr., of Panama City, and 13
grandchildren. Another brother, William "Peewee"
Wilkinson, preceded her in death in 1997.

Melvin L. Menges, 95, of Aiken, S.C., passed away on
June 5, 2007.
Bor and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Mr.
Menges went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1950 and worked
at the Maintenance Division in Mt. Hope before he retired
from the Panama Canal Company in 1980. He relocated to
Aiken in 1981. He was an avid Ham Radio Operator for over
50 years and kept in touch every day with his old friends
where he was known as KZ5EM. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Consuelo (Robles)
Menges; his children, Paul Menges (CHS'67) of Columbia,
S.C., Evelyn Menges (CHS'68) Sellers of Manassas, Va.,
Judy (Menges) (CHS'73) Sigmon of Newport News, Va., and
Bob Menges (CHS'79) of Summerville, S.C. In addition he is
survived by ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Frederick Albert Mohl, 91, died on August 4, 2007, in
Elk Grove, Calif. Fred was born on October 14, 1915, in
Ancon, Canal Zone (shortly after the opening of the Panama
Canal) and is the fifth child of Charles and Violet Mohl.
Fred came to the United States at six years of age with his
mother, grandmother, and brothers and sisters, and settled in
New York City. Shortly both Fred and his mother were strick-
en with pneumonia. His mother died, leaving their grand-
mother to raise six children. He was educated in the New
York schools system. In 1939 he was married to Edna
Lorraine Hobbs. They returned to the Canal Zone where they
lived for the next 32 years. Fred and Edna had three sons:
Frederick Jr. (deceased), Kenneth, and Steven.
Fred has been an active member of the Knights of
Columbus for 62 years. He was knighted by Pope Paul VI in
1969 to the Order of the Knights of St. Sylvester for his serv-
ice to the poor and works within the Church. He attended
Council 7241 in Elk Grove. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society. Formerly for 23 years he was a member of
Council 3358 in Sarasota, Fla., and six years in Council 3607
in Albany, Ga. His originating council was in Balboa Canal
He retired from the Canal Zone Fire Department after 31
years of Government service, the majority as a firefighter. He

and Edna returned to the United States, settling in Albany,
Ga. Edna succumbed to cancer in 1971.
Fred and Trudi were married in 1976, in Rockville, Conn.,
where they lived for a short while before moving to Sarasota,
Fla. In May of 2000 Fred and Trudi moved from Sarasota to
Elk Grove, Calif.
He leaves his wife, Trudi, of 31 years, sons Kenneth and
Steven Mohl of Albany and Leesburg, Ga., respectively; and
a stepson, Donald Langlois, of Enumclaw, Wash. Fred is also
survived by five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren in
the Albany, Ga., area.

Robert L. Muse, 70, passed away June 23, 2007, in
DeBary, Fla. He was born August 20, 1936, in Key West, Fla.,
the son of Lt. Cmdr. L. H. Muse and Adeline (Cullingford)
Muse. He attended Key West schools, and graduated from
Key West High School in 1954.
He participated in the ROTC program and graduated from
Florida State University in 1959 with a business degree. He
married Shirley Million of Balboa, Canal Zone, in 1958. He
served in the USAF for eight years as both a Navigator and
an Electronic Counter-Measures Operator with the Strategic
Air Command in the United States and Guam, and spent the
remainder of his career in government service with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
His years in the Air Force seemed to whet his appetite for
travel, and he spent his retirement years cruising the
Caribbean and touring both the United States and Europe. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; a daughter, Linda
Muse, of Aiken, S.C.; two sons, James Muse of Birmingham,
Ala., and William Muse of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; and five
grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Addie Grace
Alldaffer, of Key West, Fla.

Captain Louis M. Pascavage, 79, of Panama City,
Panama, died July 20, 2007. He was born August 3, 1927, in
He served in the U.S. Navy and also sailed with Sun Oil
Company. He arrived in Panama in 1962 to work for the
Panama Canal Company. Over the years he served as Transit
Officer, Chief Transit Operations, Acting Port Captain,
Acting Chief Pilot, and Acting Marine Director. He also par-
ticipated in formulating many of the rules and procedures still
used today. Throughout his tenure as a Panama Canal Pilot he
was awarded many outstanding awards for his loyalty and
excellence. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he had
accomplished a long career of outstanding service to the
Panama Canal. Through the years, he was a member of the
Panama Canal Elks Lodge #1414, American Legion, and
He is survived by a sister, Sophie Marshalek of Mt.
Carmel, Pa.; his children, Rose Marie Nuetzel, Mary Lou
Pascavage, Louis M. Pascavage, Jr., and Mary Claire
Pascavage Downs; and five grandchildren. He was prede-
ceased by his daughter, Margaret Ann Matthews.

James "Jim" E. Phelan, 64, passed away at the VA
Hospice, Wichita, Kan. Jim was born November 17, 1942, in
the Panama Canal Zone, grew up there and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1960.
After a tour of duty in the Navy, he was a police officer in
Balboa, Canal Zone, then worked for many years for
Continental Airlines before retiring to Port Orange, Fla. His
"retirement" job was working at the Sears Watch Repair at
Volusia Mall from which he officially retired in 2006 and
relocated to be near his children and grandchildren. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed Phelan and
Mary Nagle, and his sister, Sharon DeStaffino, of Port
Orange. He is survived by a daughter Marcy and three grand-
sons of Center Valley; three sons, Kelsay (Wichita), Mat and
Paul of Colorado. Also, a brother, Chuck Phelan (Sharon) of
Pensacola and sister Lisa (Jerry) Lee of Port Orange.

Jimmy Ray Ransom, 67, passed away August 7, 2007, in
Houston, Texas. He was born November 9, 1939, in Cooper,
Texas. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and
Estelle Ransom.
He is survived by his wife Gladys Ransom; children:
Anna Campbell and husband David, Christian Ransom and
wife Tina, and Jenny Barnard; and five grandchildren. He is
also survived by a brother, Jerry Ransom (Glenda); two sis-
ters, Linda Mihalek (Joe), and Myrica Silverstrim (Tom); and
many nieces and nephews.

Mary Combs Schwindeman, 91, of Rupert, Idaho,
passed away June 19, 2007. Mary was born July 7, 1915, in
Branson, Mo., to Enoch and Judy Stamper Combs. When
Mary was 18 months old, her parents moved to Rupert. She
graduated from Rupert High School in 1933. She married
Jack Nelson and had two sons, Dennis and Stanley. They later
In 1962, Mary met her ballroom dancing partner, George
B. Schwindeman, and they were married August 30, 1962.
They danced all over the world, traveling after retirement.
They visited places all over the world including Balboa,
Canal Zone (Republic of Panama where George was born),
and many other destinations. They also attended the Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Florida to meet some of her hus-
band's classmates.
Mary retired from the Public Employees in the State of
California in 1973. She became the secretary for the Melody
Dance Club (Ball Room Dancing) for twenty years and she
also worked on the California Election Board. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
Mary returned to Rupert and became a Senior Health
Insurance Benefits Advisor (SHIBA) for the Idaho State
Department of Insurance working for the seniors and others
for 17 years before coming down with Alzheimer's Disease.
She is survived by her husband, George, of Rupert, Idaho.

Gerald Darte "Gerry" Stroop, 80, of Sarasota, Fla., died
July 1, 2007. Gerry was born in the Panama Canal Zone and

moved to Sarasota in 1958. He worked as a professional land
surveyor in the Bradenton/Sarasota area for 49 years, retiring
last September. He was a long-standing member of the
Florida Surveying & Mapping Society and the Panama Canal
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Leneve
(Dough); his mother, Ruth; a daughter, Leslie Phillips of
Sarasota; three sons, Gerald "Darte" Jr. (Debbie) and Michael
of Bradenton, and Curtis of Sarasota; four grandchildren; and
a great-grandson. He is also survived by two sisters, Karen
Wolfe of Sarasota and Rose Carmody of Gainesville, and
many nieces and nephews.

Bette "Bootsie" (Farrell) Swearingen, 75, died on May
24, 2007, of complications from diabetes. Born September 2,
1931, in the Republic of Panama, she was the only child of
Frank and Alberta Farrell and was diagnosed with diabetes at
12. Her diagnosis never hampered her love of tennis, volley-
ball, swimming, and waterskiing in Gatun Lake. She gradu-
ated from Balboa High School in 1949, and married Richard
"Buckeye" Swearingen in 1952. Despite many complications
and the loss of two infant boys, Gary and Dean; they raised
three healthy boys in the Canal Zone.
In 1980 the family moved to Fort Collins, Colo., and
Bette started work with Western Area Power Authority as an
administrative assistant. Bette often enjoyed commuting the
12 miles to work by bicycle, as well as shopping and attend-
ing the theater with her best friend, Jeanne. In 1992 she
retired to spend time playing tennis and traveling to see her
grandchildren and lifelong friends from the Panama Canal
Bette cared passionately about the well-being of all ani-
mals, especially the many dogs and cats that she adopted. She
was a devout Catholic and active member of St. John's Parish
in Fort Collins. She was a member of the Panama Canal
As her health was failing, she was moved to East
Middlebury, Vt., to be cared for by her children, Jody and
Cathy Swearingen, in conjunction with her husband, Richard,
who gave her constant love and care for 54 years. Her nurse,
Kristin, Addison County Hospice, and all of her wonderful
caretakers have been much appreciated by Bette's family.
Bette is survived by her husband, Richard; her son, Jody
and his wife, Cathy (Ripton, Vt.); son, Paul and his wife, Nita
(Charlotte, N.C.); son, Lee and his wife, Stacy (Eden Prairie,
Minn.); close family member, Debbie Swearingen; and her
favorite four-legged companion, Fulo. "Muz" also leaves
behind five grandchildren.

Arlene McKeown Tochterman, 73, of Seminole, Fla.,
died July 10, 2007, under hospice care. She was born in Long
Island, N.Y., and moved to the Panama Canal Zone at the age
of five and graduated from Balboa High School in 1951. She
moved to Florida in 1992.
She was employed as a secretary with the Joint Military
Command at Quarry Heights, Canal Zone. She was a member
of St. Matthew Catholic Church and the Panama Canal

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, George; two
sons, Gary, New Hampshire, and Steven, Georgia; a brother,
Bill McKeown, The Villages, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, Helen and William, and
brother Tom McKeown.

R. Trendon "Tex" Vestal, 97, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died
July 12, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56
years, Juliana (Garrett) Vestal, who passed away in 1991. In
the Canal Zone, most people knew R.T. as Tex, but in his later
years, he preferred to be called "R.T." which he used to say,
in jest, meant "real trouble."
R.T. was a native Texan and attended Baylor University
and subsequently Columbia University in New York City,
where he met and married Juliana Garrett in 1935. Shortly
thereafter, R.T. and Juliana relocated to the Canal Zone where
Juliana's father, Captain John Garrett, was employed by the
Dredging Division in Gamboa. R.T. began his federal career
with the Treasury Branch of the Panama Canal Company.
In the ensuring years, he held various positions with PCC
and was ultimately promoted to the Executive Planning Staff
as the Long Range Planner. With foresight and vision, realiz-
ing that in the next 20 years, the future of the schools might
end up with the Department of Defense and their dependents,
R.T. became the primary driving force behind obtaining
approval to build the new elementary schools on the military
installations in the Canal Zone.
After he retired from PCC in 1972, R.T. and his wife went
on an extended world cruise. Later, they temporarily took up
residence in Switzerland and then the Costa del Sol in Spain.
In the mid '70s, they moved to San Francisco and eventually
on to Houston, Texas. In 1980, not being able to find another
"Canal Zone," they finally settled in St. .Petersburg, Fla. R.T.
and Juliana were members of the Panama Canal Society for
decades, the Panama Canal Museum, and supported many
charities and other worthy causes throughout their lives.
Survivors include two daughters, Diane Marie Morris, of
St. Petersburg, Fla., and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis of Clearwater,
Fla.; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Rita France Washabaugh, 88, died July 5, 2007, in
Dubuque, Iowa. She was born on October 15, 1918, in
Portsmouth, Va., the daughter of Panama Canal construction
worker John Jacob Kotalik and Susanna Genevieve France.
She married Francis Perry Washabaugh on October 17, 1938,
at Miraculous Medal Church in Cristobal, Canal Zone. He
passed away in November 1990.
While a young girl her family moved to the Panama Canal
Zone where she graduated from Cristobal High School in
1937. After raising six children, Rita and Perry retired to the
U.S. and traveled in their motor home for over 20 years vis-
iting family and friends across the country. Rita treasured
everyone she met. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society and Catholic Daughters of America #8740 in the
Canal Zone where she served as Grand Regent.
Surviving are her six children: Mary Louise (James)
Wagner of Cherry Grove, Pa.; Perry Washabaugh Jr. of
Casper, Wyo.; Theresa (Mel) Harvey of Dubuque, Iowa; Ruth

Macel (Bill) DeSalvo of Glen Burnie, Md.; Paul (Joanne)
Washabaugh of Wooster, Ohio; James (Peggy) Washabaugh
of Rapid City, S.D.; seventeen grandchildren, and 23 great-
grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Helen
Barrett of Jacksonville, Fla., Anna Theresa Collins of St.
Petersburg, Fla., and Sue (Bill) Graham of Kerrville, Texas;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Janet Mendenhall Whitaker of Williamston, N.C.,
passed away April 18, 2007, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born January 9, 1958, in Norfolk, Va., to Ralph and
Louse Mendenhall. Janet went to Panama at the age of three
where her father was a Panama Canal Pilot. She graduated
from Balboa High School in 1976. She attended Canal Zone
College for one year and graduated from USC in 1979 with a
degree in Banking and Financing. Janet retired in 2005 from
Triangle Planning Services as Manager of Customer Service.
She was an active supporter of Relay for Life.
Janet is survived by a daughter, Jami Lynn Wesley, of
Washington, N.C.; a son, Matthew Allen Wesley, of
Greenville, N.C.; her parents, Capt. Ralph and Louise
Mendenhall; a sister, Carol Williams, of Chocowinty, N.C.;
and a brother, Ralph (Skipper) Mendenhall, of Greenville,

Irene Mildred Will, 86, a resident of Halifax Plantation
in Ormond Beach, Fla., died May 27, 2007. She was born on
February 17, 1921, in Ancon, Canal Zone, and graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1939. She worked for the
Panama Canal Company Health Department as an
Admissions Clerk at Coco Solo Hospital until her retirement
in 1972 when she moved to Laguna Niguel, Calif., with her
husband, Raymond Will, who predeceased her in 1988. She
moved to Florida in 2001 to be close to her children. She was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her six children, Bill Will of Lake
Mary, Fla.; Jim Will of San Clemente, Calif.; Lauray Griffin
of Jacksonville, Fla.; Robert Will of Ormond Beach, Fla.;
Darnell Lopez of San Antonio, Texas; Gary Will of Laguna
Hills, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren..

Ruth Curtis Wright Zelnick, born October 17, 1920, in
Ancon, Canal Zone, died June 19, 2007. Ruth was born,
raised and resided in the Panama Canal Zone until 1974.
She was a gifted pianist and organist, an avid fisherman,
bridge player, and wordsmith. She worked for IAGS and
taught piano, but her passion was her family and many
friends. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Ernest W.
Zelnick. Since leaving the Canal Zone, Ruth lived in
Hendersonville, N.C., Grand Isle, Vt., Broken Arrow, Okla.,
and Little Rock, Ark.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses:
Carol Richmond and husband James of Essex, Conn.; John
M. Zelnick and wife Nancy, Houston, Texas; and Dr. Paul W.
Zelnick and wife Jan, of Little Rock, Ark.; and eight grand-



There are many things in Panama that can easily bring
about the nostalgic memories of one's youth. The present-day
Cayuco Race is one such experience. The spirit of today's
Cayuco race reflects the same commitment, hard work, com-
petitiveness, and sportsmanship that was generated by the
first Cayuco Race held the weekend of May 5-9, 1954. The
winner of that first race was Ship 10 out of Gamboa.
Members of that crew were: William Campbell, Stephen
Herring, Jim Richardson, and Jim "Mark" Driscoll. Jim
Driscoll attended this year's cayuco race and was presented a
commemorative plaque for his participation in the first race.
He hopes to return next year as a participant in a cayuco
named Los Viejos.

Jim "Mark" Driscoll
Jim "Mark" Driscoll

Today's record for the Ocean-to-Ocean race stands at five
hours nine minutes and six seconds established by the cayu-
co Chava in 2004. The winning time of Ship 10 in that first
race in 1954 was 10:28.
The present-day race starts in Cristobal on the Atlantic
side and after three days of arduous paddling ends at the
Diablo Boat ramp on the Pacific side. Today, there are three
Regattas before the Ocean-to-Ocean Race. They are: Balboa
Yacht Club Cup in January which starts at BYC down to

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Flamenco Island and then back to BYC. In February the
Melia Panama Canal Cup is held in Gatun Lake, Melia Del
Sol Resorts backyard, which used to be the former School of
the Americas. The Melia sponsors this event. In March the
Gamboa Rainforest Cup takes place. It is a quarter-mile sprint
held at the mouth of the Chagres River at the little beach area,
which was once Gamboa Golf Course. Currently, the Ocean-
to-Ocean race is held on Palm Sunday weekend.
Winners of this year's race were: Trophy Class-Male-
Anacardium 5:18:14; Female-Catalina 6:07:28; and in the
coed category: Rapid Transit with a time of 5:36:41. For
Patch Boats (Adult) Male-Snafi 5:13:34; Female-
HudTaRoCo 6:07:58. In the open coed category: Expresso
Commando with a time of 5:40:12. (It should be noted that
the playing field between the Trophy Class and the Adult
Class is not equal; adults are allowed to use rudders.) Former
Zonians and Pana-Gringos participating in this year's race
were: Ted Henter, Butch Nehring, Katie Hughes, Bruce
Robinson, Bill Huff, Richard Grimison, Blair Bates, Roy
Dalton, Joseph Brock, Brian and Chris Huerbsch,
Maureen and Ruth Kelleher, Karen Dertein and her two
children, Dominique and Rian, Kevin Broussard, Donna
Finlanson, and the winners in the open class Male Adult in
the boat Snafi: Allan Eckle, Tom Eckle, Wendell Sasso, and
David Cohen.
During the Canal Zone Era the Boys Scouts of America
(BSA) sponsored the race. However, in the year 2000 when it
was thought that the race would die, a new club was formed
which basically assumed all of the functions of the BSA for
purposes of keeping the cayuco tradition alive. At that time a
handful of parents, such as John Bates, Sue Stabler, John
Husum, Thomas Morris, Mark Ostrander, Sherry
Heurbsch, and Pablo Prieto organized the Club De Remos
de Balboa (CREBA), Balboa Paddle Club, and chose Marisa
De Arco (wife of Pablo Prieto) as President.
The Cayuco Race would not be possible without the many
volunteers who give significant time and support to help
make the Race an important community event. They include:
Lew Stabler, Rick Doubek, Ted Arias, Reyna Royo, Dave
Bishop, Ed Dolan, Sr. and Jr., Jim Dertien, Sherry and Bob
Huerbsch, Llori and Jay Gibson, and Gary Dalton. Today,
the activity has set its mark throughout the Republic with par-
ticipants coming from as far away as Chitre to include the
international community. This year's foreign participants
hailed from Canada, Argentina, France, Spain, and the United
States. The race continues to gain in popularity to the point
that 86 boats competed this year, up 13 from last year.
Needless to say, the facilities to accommodate the growth are
being outgrown.
Pablo Prieto serves as Coordinator of the Race, a position
he has held since 2000. Pablo coordinates internally with
ACP (Authoridad Canal de Panama) to provide the assets
necessary to conduct a safe event in canal waters and serves
as liaison between ACP and the Balboa Paddle Club. Pablo
works tirelessly to ensure the success and continuation of the
race. I asked him what motivates him to stay involved year
after year; his answer was: "...plain and simple, the kids. It is

well known that the experience gained from this activity are
life experiences which they will carry on into adulthood. The
discipline acquired in this activity will also serve to make
them better citizens as well as parents."
As with all the adult volunteers throughout the history of
the Cayuco Race, Pablo's involvement along with his wife
and the CREBA organizing committee are helping young
men and women forge memories that will last a lifetime. Just
ask Jim Driscoll.

Vicki Sizemore
Republic of Panama


Catherine and Eddie Filo, Sr., of Dothan, Ala., wish to
thank our friends who sent masses, cards, and calls for their
son, Eddie Filo, Jr., who passed away in December in Stuart,
Fla. A special thanks go to the class of 1970 for the beautiful
flowers. And a special thank you for Gary Myers, Gene
Rendon, Everett White, and Joe Cronan for their comfort
and "Just being there for us."

Catherine Filo
Dothan, Ala.


Debbie Garner (CHS'69) Morgan and Linda Burza
(BHS'66) Childs are shown in the enclosed photograph in
May 2007, standing in front of a replica of the Cristobal High
School Tiger Mola that Debbie's dad, the late William E.
Garner, had made for her in the late 1970s. The picture was
taken at the Morgan home in Columbia, Mo.


This trip had been planned for quite a while with travel
companion Roberta Evans (BHS'64) stressing to go "in the
DRY season!" So, we wrote several e-mails to each other, and
agreed to travel in early/mid-March. Our flights met up in
Houston and we arrived together in Panama. To my surprise,
Sandra Roth-Roffy (BHS'64) a classmate of mine from St.
Mary's, was a passenger on the same flight! Ed Fehrenbach
(BHS'64) who lives near Tocumen and an old bud of mine
greeted us at the airport. Roberta and I then took the Country
Inn & Suites of Amador shuttle, and off we went. Our shuttle
driver provided the first of many memories. The driver was
caught by the Guardia at a toll booth speaking on a cell phone
(new law, cell while driving = $150 fine)! The driver tried to
bribe the Guardia with $2. It was amazing, he'd offer this
young cop such a paltry sum after he'd thumbed past larger
bills!! At the Country Inn & Suites, we settled into a room
with a canal view, very nice! There we ran into Bernard
"Bucky" Piaia (BHS'64), an old Curundu bud, and class-
mate from both St. Mary's and BHS.
Our first day in Panama was spent with my old Curundu
buddy, Doug Webster (BHS'64). Doug drove us around to
see potential property and show us the old stomping grounds.
The next day, we were met by Allan Hawkins, a
Panamanian with a great deal of interest in Canal Zone histo-
ry. He took us out to Gamboa, where I found my old Gamboa
house had been converted into a bed-and-breakfast.
Roberta and I discovered Skip Rowley (BHS'59) at our
hotel's business center writing e-mails. He and his family
were also staying there. Roberta and I then became adven-
turesome and walked from the hotel to the old Amador
Beach, the one that used to have the shark net. It's now a nice
restaurant. The walk was about four miles; I think we took a
taxi back.

Debbie Garner Morgan
Columbia, Mo.

Debbie Garner Morgan and Linda Burza Childs

Roberta Evans and John Millar at the Balboa Yacht Club

We rented a car and went to visit Ed's younger brother
Jim Fehrenbach in Cardenas. At the Cardenas entrance, we
met Bill Hanna. He purchased a workshed there, and is in the
early stages of converting it into living quarters. Since we
were near the Corozal cemetery, we decided to find my dad's
grave. He was with the Dredging Division, and died in 1950.

We found help in the visitor's center, and were soon driven to
his gravesite.The Corozal Cemetery has been immaculately
maintained, and the people working there were extremely
friendly and eager to help.
We then decided to drive the new bridge route (atop
Paraiso Hill) up to Arraijan, and take the old road by the
Arizona Bar (aka Monster Room) back to town. Well, we
missed the turn, but decided to keep going and ate lunch in
Chorrera at a place called Pappacita's. Since we were that far,
we kept going towards the beaches, and wound up in Rio
Mar. We lounged around there for a while, and took lots of
beach pictures. We decided to keep traveling to Santa Clara.
The drive down to the beach still snakes down and around,
but it is now paved and wide enough so that you don't have
to beep your horn going up/down anymore!
On our final day, Roberta and I drove around visiting our
old haunts one last time and then headed to the vendor area
next to the YMCA, where we bought molas, Tagua nut carv-
ings, various gifts, and such. As a Zonie, you know the old
saying, "You can NEVER have enough molas!!" Overall, we
had a very enjoyable visit to Panama!

John A. Millar
Rohnert Park, Calif.

Before going to Europe in April, attended a mini-reunion
of my BHS classmates in Panama in January. Met up with
Kurt Menzel (BHS'54), Lou Charles (BHS'54), and
Armando Calvo (BHS'55) when we got together on January
26, 2007, at Diablo Point. For a group of old timers, I think
we're looking pretty good!!!
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Armando Calvo, Lou Charles, Kurt Menzel, and John


John and Paula Riley enjoyed a two-week visit to
Europe in April 2007. Our trip began in Munich, Germany,
where we were met by Paula's sister Iris Roberts and her
family. Iris was our tour guide and took us by car to Venice
and Verona in Italy, and on to Prague, Czech Republic. We
then traveled by train to Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland,
then to Vienna, Austria, and ended our vacation in Germany.
While in Verona, Italy, a one-in-a-million chance
occurred. We ran into our niece Tina (Riley) Maggio and her
family in the town square. Tina is the daughter of William
Riley (BHS'52) of Boston, Mass. What a small world it is!!!

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The Riley family in Italy


After many months of planning by Sue Corrigan, four
amigas got together in Mexico. Sue and Lisa Corrigan,
Charlene Rose Burke, and Debbie Horter-Watson were off
to San Miguel de Allende nestled high in the hills of central
Mexico for two weeks of fun this spring. This charming colo-
nial city with its clean cobblestone streets, bougainvillaea-
laced walls, beautiful churches and parks, was definitely a
great retreat.

Charlene Rose Burke, Debbie Horter-Watson, Sue
Corrigan, and Lisa Corrigan.



Holdup!!! Who's the Masked Bandido??? Would you On June 26, 2007, we were given a lift by Goodyear when
believe it's Charlie Simms (BHS'51) who got carried away they "invited" us to take an afternoon ride in the blimp Spirit
with the thrill of being in an old Western (Texas) town and of America over Southern California. Us included Rod
robbed the bank! Justice was swift--not to worry. He was cap- MacDonell (BHS'63), my wife Crystal MacDonell, and our
tured in a jiffy and put where he belonged--behind bars. And nephew Darren.
here's the picture to prove it!

Charlie Simms

What craziness is this you might ask? BHS Mini-Reunion
San Antonio 2007, May 17 through 21, brought forth this
impetuous urge in poor Charlie. Over one hundred strong, our
group of BHS graduates from 1948 to 1956 got together for a
fabulous five-day blast culminating in a wonderful
Dinner/Dance Lucho Azcarraga style. One of the highlights
that evening was a line dance exhibition and lesson by our
own Arline Schmidt (BHS'53) Winerman.
Anyway, I wanted to share the wonderful fun we had with
those of you who were not able to attend. Hope to see you at
the next mini-reunion.
Esperanza Lopez Holford
Johnson City, Texas


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Jack, Terry and Larry Corrigan returning from a success-
ful day of fishing off the Humps at Marathon in the Florida
Keys with a great catch of Mahi.

Darren, Crystal MacDoneli, and Rod MacDonell

Rod MacDonell
Torrance, Calif.


Noeline Morrissey spent seven days visiting Bianca and
Ron Pino at their homes overlooking the Mediterranean in
Porto Venere, and Imperia, Italy, in late April. She reports that
Porto Venere is one of the most beautiful areas ever visited.
Side trips to Florence, Pisa, and Monaco were included.

Bianco Pin and Noeine Morrissey

Bianco Pino and Noeline Morrissey

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