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Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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VOL. 44

JUNE 2010

NO. 2

Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
1st Vice President
(352) 726-8804
Mr. Tom Spence
2nd Vice President
(352) 684-7771
Ms. Shirley Avery
(813) 831-4114
Ms. Pamela (Scott) Reid
(407) 375-5407
Mr. Mike Coffey
(813) 948-3007
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
(214) 697-0034
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Past President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mr. Chris Wilder
Sergeant-at Arms
(352) 207-6755
Mr. Jim Parthenais
(727) 892-9994
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Office Manager/Secretary
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 451-4779 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804

Mr. Chris Wilder
Web Master

President's M essage.................... ............................................................1......
Office Manager/Secretary's Message....................................................................... I
E editor's C orner................................. ........................................................................... 2
PC S July 3rd Pool Party.................................................................... ......................2...
Thursday N ight Yacht Club Dance................................................. .........................2...
M em bership N ew s................................................................................ ....................3...
PC S C ayuco Experience.................................................................... ......................4...
November Space Coast Picnic and Membership Meeting.... ................... .......... 4
Panama Canal Society 2009 Financials............................................................... 5
2010 Annual Reunion Coordinator Report.................. ......................................6...
A annual Reunion Schedule Events..................................................... ......................7...
A annual R union Layout............................................................... .....................8......
September Ocala General Membership Meeting.....................................................9...
C am avalito Pictures............................................................................. ..................... 10
M arch P icnic P ictures......................................................................... ...................... 15
Synopsis of Minutes Executive Board Meetings...................................................18
L legislative R eport............................................................................... ..................... 18
Your Reporter Says:
Arizona.................... 19 FL Pensacola...................28 North Carolina................36
Arkansas......................... 19 FL Space Coast................30 Northwest..................37
California........................ 21 FL Tallahassee................. 32 Panama..................... 39
Colorado.......................... 21 Georgia....................... 33 TX Dallas....................... 42
Europe........................... 23 Louisiana........................ 34 TX San Antonio................ 44
FL Central Florida.............23 Maryland.................36
FL Ocala.......................... 26 M ississippi..................... 36
Congratulations......................................................... 46
W eddings............................................................................................ ...................50
B irths............................................................................................... 51
W ith D eep Sorrow ............................................................................... ...................... 53
L cooking B ack......................................................... ................................................ 58
L letters to the E ditor............................................................................ ...................... 60
Panam a C anal M useum .................................................................... ...................... 68
A nnouncem ents................................................................................. ..................... 70
A dv ertisem ents............................................................................... ..................... 73
Membership Application Form............... .....................................................79
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form.............................................................80

Cover: Darien Panama Canal Tugboat. Year built / Builder: 2006, Hin Lee, Zhuhai,
P. R. China (yard no: 111). Details: 327 gt. Dimensions: loa: 27.40 m b: 11.50 m
draught: 5.00 m. Main engines: 2 Caterpillar 3516 diesels, 2 Schottel-type SRP 1215
Rudderprops. Power: 3730 kW Speed: 12.7 knots. Bollard pull: 70.1 t. (ahead); 60.2 t


June 30 July 4 PCS Annual Reunion, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939
Universal Blvd., Orlando, Fla. Visit
to view yellow pages and register online or see the December 2009
Canal Record yellow pages or call (727) 391-4359, 1-866-PAN
CANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free) for a copy of the yellow pages.
September 18 September General Meeting, Ocala Elks Lodge, 702 NE 25th
Ave., Ocala, Fla. From 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. See page 9 for details.
November 6 Space Coast Picnic, Tom Statham Park, Titusville, Fla. For infor
mation, call Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob
and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-7281. See page 4.

Only a few more weeks until it is
reunion time again! The committees have
been working hard all year to prepare for
another great annual reunion of Zonians at
Tom Wilder Rosen Shingle Creek Resort! I'm happy
to report the venue is back on the pool
side of the convention center cutting down on the walking
distance, a bit! I hope many of you are taking advantage of
the offer to stay four nights and get the fifth night free. This
is a great benefit offered by the hotel to the membership and
gives us all one extra night to recover before returning to our
normal lives! Please remember to wear your society badges
to take advantage of discounts offered throughout the hotel as
well as to identify you to fellow Zonian friends. Also be sure
to pick up the "events" brochure at registration to ensure you
don't miss anything. In closing, please join me in thanking
the many volunteers who pitch in and help during the annual
reunion at registration, ticket sales, information, etc. Without
their dedication and commitment it would be difficult to have
such an event.

Tom Wilder, President
President 2008-2010


It is that time of year again, and the
Society office will temporarily move to '
the Information/Society Business Desk
in the Convention Center of the Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort for the 2010 Nancy Van Siclen
Annual Reunion. Please check our hours
of operation in the Schedule of Events.
At the reunion, why not avoid the rush during the
Christmas holidays and pay your dues early for 2011. This is
a wonderful way to stay current and not have to worry about
your membership dues during the busy holiday season.
Since we will be in Orlando for the Reunion, please
remember that the Society's main office in Seminole will be
closed from Monday, June 28, 2010 through July 5, 2010.
The office will open for business on July 6, 2010.
We hope to see you at the reunion and look forward to
your stopping by to say hello.

Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
Email: office(

Panama Canal Society, Inc. E
o^Ne \ (A Not-For-Profit Organization)

"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
17985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
0 The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida, and additional entry for
March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $40.00 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 the Society files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.

727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: Web site:
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday

Printed by North Florida Graphics, 19566 SE Institution Dr., Blountstown, FL 32424

Your ballot needs to be received by the Panama Canal Society office by June 22th.
See March 2010 Canal Record.


I would like to encourage the member-
ship to take a few minutes to vote and mail
in your ballot!. Ballots need to be received
by the Panama Canal Society office by
June 22nd. You can find the ballots for the
Jacque Vowell
2010-2012 Executive Board in the center
of the March 2010 issue.
I can't believe the reunion is just a few weeks away. The
Annual Luncheon featuring Fran Morrissey and accompa-

nied by Mike Young and Jaime Rheberg will be a wonder-
ful tribute to Lucho. Of course, I am looking forward to vis-
iting with my classmates from BHS'70!
I want to remind members to send news items and pic-
tures one at a time to keep from overloading the editor's
email. As always, I am available by email or phone to answer
any of your questions about how to submit items to the Canal
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
(386) 451- 4779, evenings


We are happy to announce the pool party is back! The Panama Canal
Society along with Panama Vacation Quarters, Cebaco Bay and Rosen
Shingle Creek will sponsor the reunion pool party on July 3rd from
1 p.m. 'til 5 p.m. with DJ music.

You MUST be a current PCS member, be REGISTERED with the
Reunion and WEAR your name badge to obtain
the Panama Canal Society wristband to participate.


You MUST wear the wristband
to take part in the Pool Party!

Come and join us poolside
for a fun filled afternoon!


Sponsored by BHS Class of '75

Come and rock the night away at the
"Thursday Night at the Yacht Club" dance.

The fun begins at 9:00 p.m. and will last until 2:00 a.m.

A special thank you goes to the BHS Class of '75
for sponsoring this event and for continuing the
Thursday night dance tradition.

There will be an entrance fee (Butler Ballroom).

Your Membership Committee has been busy signing up Rebecca was in Panama for the race with her family and
new members and working on new ways to add value to has provided us some great pictures and an article on the
your membership. events. Rebecca also signed up 14 new members. Thank
In March, for the first time ever, the Society sponsored you Rebecca!
two cayucos in the annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco race.
There was a great turnout in Panama and the Society also
sponsored the Saturday Night Cayuco Race Party featuring
Shorty&Slim at the Balboa Yacht Club.

New members of the Panama Canal Society

The Panama Canal Society is on Linkedln! As a fol-
low up to our release of the Panama Canal Society
Facebook Group, the Society has now created a network
group on LinkedIn. For those of you who may not be
familiar with LinkedIn, LinkedIn is the world's largest pro-
fessional networking group with over 65 million members.
Start of the Cayuco Race Our Facebook group now enjoys over 1700 members and is
continuing to grow. While Facebook is a social network,
LinkedIn connects people professionally. In today's world
many professionals are doing business by means of net-
working. Professionals network to find new customers,
find a job, hire a new employee, research companies, and
much more. Membership in the Panama Canal Society
LinkedIn Network will be exclusive to members of the
Society. Our goal is to connect our membership profes-
sionally in hopes that members will network to enhance
each other's businesses and professional careers. In only a
couple of weeks our LinkedIn network is up to almost 50
members and growing quickly. Here is a comment from
Shorty&Slim band with Rebecca Pletcher one of our recent members Lisa (DesLondes) Rambo:

On behalf of the Committee and the Board I want to "Mike, this is a great way to stay connected with
express a huge "THANK YOU" to committee member Society members and network. One of the things I learned
Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher for taking the lead in mak- growing up in Panama is that Zonians take care of each
ing this event happen. other whenever possible. If I can help promote the society
to the younger generations) I will. And I am always will-
ing to help."
What are you waiting for? Find us on LinkedIn and
Our membership numbers are still off from last year as
A many who joined last year did not renew this year. Your
membership is essential to preserving the Society and we
thank you for maintaining your membership each year. If
you know someone who qualifies for membership and has
not joined or renewed, please encourage them to do so. See
you at the Reunion!

New members sign up at the Saturday Night Cayuco Race Mike Coffey, Chairperson
Party. Membership Committee


In the words of Shorty&Slim, "Take it a stroke at a time."
The Panama Canal Society made their first appearance in
Panama as a proud sponsor of Annual Ocean-to-Ocean
Cayuco Race.

Panama Canal Society Cayuco Race T-shirt and computers
ready for the webcast of PCS Saturday Night Cayuco Party.

The race was held the last weekend of March, Palm
Sunday weekend, as it has been since its inception years ago.
The Panama Canal Society sponsored two boats this year.
The boats included the MOAB, crewed by Richard
Grimison, Scott Roche, Guillermo Payne and Geoff
Pletcher; and the NIC, crewed by Diana Grimison, Karen
Coffey, Trina Herring and Cassie Corrigan.


The crew of the NIC had an impressive race, finishing in
5th place in the Open Female category. The MOAB had some
challenges which resulted in losing Guillermo Payne to
injury. They finished the lake and paddled most of the last
day with a crew of three.

Families of the crews sported their Panama Canal Society
T-shirts throughout the race, cheering on the boats. The
group was even identified out on the lake the second day of
the race by another spectator boat as the Panama Canal

Society boat!
The highlight of the weekend was the Panama Canal
Society Party featuring Shorty&Slim. Shorty, aka David
Seitz, and his family traveled from Holland for the party.
Shorty was reunited with Slim, aka Alex Reyes, for the first
live performance together in a few years. The party started a
little before 6:00 PM at a favorite Zonian hangout, the Balboa
Yacht Club. Over 30 Panama Canal Society members and
their families joined us for the party. Everyone enjoyed the
sounds of Shorty&Slim, dancing and singing along. I was
happy to have fourteen people signed up as new members
through the course of the party. We hope this becomes an
annual event for the Panama Canal Society!

November General Membership
Meeting and Space Coast Picnic

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida

The Panama Canal Society General Membership meeting
will be held on November 6, 2010, in conjunction with the
Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, on the
river side of US Highway 1, adjacent to the Space Coast
Executive Center. The picnic will be held from 11:00 a.m.
until 4:00 p.m. The General Membership Meeting will start
at 12:30 pm.

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)


Profit & Loss
January through December 2009

General and Operational Income
Membership Dues
First Class Postage
Contributions Income
Canal Record Advertisements
Canal Record Sales
Interest Income
Total General and Operational Income
Society Function Receipts
Reunion Receipts
Total Income
General and Operational Expense
Payroll Taxes
Bank & Credit Card Expenses
Equipment Rental
Monthly Meetings
Other Taxes & Licenses
Postage & Delivery
Products for Resale
Professional Fees
Reserve Fund Allocation
Canal Record Printing
Canal Record Postage/Mailing
Canal Record Reporters
Total General and Operational Expense
Society Function Expenses
Reunion Expenses
Total Expense
Net Income

Jan Dec 09


$ 280.68

Balance Sheet
as of December 31, 2009

Current Assets
SunTrust Business Checking
SunTrust Trust Fund
SunTrust Inv Services
CD's & Bonds
Total Checking/Savings

Other Current Assets
Petty Cash
Total Other Current Assets

Total Current Assets

Fixed Assets
Depreciable Assets
Accumulated Depreciation
Total Fixed Assets

Other Assets
Reunion Expense Deposits
Prepaid Other Expenses
Total Other Assets


Current Liabilities
Unearned Revenue
Reserve Fund
Total Other Current Liabilities

Total Current Liabilities

Total Liabilities

Beginning Fund Balance
Net Income
Total Equity


Dec 31, 09

$ 42,818.27

$ 100.00


$ 1,598.49

$ 4,114.74


$ 840.00
$ 28,124.98

$ 28,124.98





Here we are in June with only a couple of weeks to go before our 2010 Reunion. We are all getting very excited as this
special time of year is quickly approaching. The 2010 Reunion Committee is working hard with final preparations. It looks
like we are going to have a great reunion again.
You will notice that there are no registration forms in this issue of the Canal Record. This is because reunion registra-
tion and hotel reservations will be closed by the time this issue gets delivered to your home. You can still do late registra-
tion for the reunion in our registration room in the Convention Center during the reunion.
The Thursday Night at the Yacht Club dance has now been firmed up. The BHS Class of 1975 will be hosting a Rock
and Roll dance in conjunction with their 35th Class Reunion. The dance will be held with a live band in the Butler
Ballroom starting at 9:00 p.m. July 1st. A fee will be charged.
We have cancelled the Zonians Can Dance Contest event due to no registration. This event was to be held on Thursday
Don't forget to mark you calendars to attend the Cultural Seminars on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Smithsonian
Tropical Research (STRI) to have Dr. Stanley Heckadon, STRI Staff Scientist who will present these two very interesting
presentations. Friday's topic will be "The Smithsonian's Castle in the Tropics: The History and Work of the Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute" and Saturday's topic will be "Turning Swords into Plowshares: the Galeta Marine Education
We are trying something new this year what we call "Friday Family Night Dance". From 8:30-9:30 children under
12 will be allowed into the PanaZonian dance for free, but must be accompanied by a parent. Those children over 12 and
adults must purchase tickets. This will give the children a chance to hear the music and dance if they would like. At 9:30
we go back to the no children 12 or under and those that entered must leave.
Check your schedule in the Reunion Flyer that will be given to you at registration for all other events, times and
A note about parking: Through negotiations, we were able to get the hotel to give complimentary parking to all our
members attending the reunion who are registered guests at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Unfortunately the hotel will not
provide complimentary parking to reunion registrants who are just visiting for the day or staying at another hotel.
Just a reminder about Rosen Shingle Creek Resort's smoking policy. There is NO smoking anywhere inside the resort,
including guest rooms, suites and Convention Center. There are limited smoking areas in the swimming pool areas as well.
As stated in the Yellow Pages in the December Canal Record, resort guests will be fined if this policy is ignored and smok-
ing is detected in guest rooms.
As always, volunteers are needed to help during the Reunion. If you would like to volunteer, contact one or more of the
*** Don't forget to have your reunion name badges with you to participate in the Pool Party and get hotel restau-
rant discounts.
If you have any questions, please contact Mike Coffey or myself.

See you at the reunion!

Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey
Reunion Coordinators

S'- 01. Front D esk

2. Lobby
3. Guest Room Elevators
S4. Guest Room Elevators
2 5. Bell Captain Desk
5"G liA 6. Coffee Shop
7. Gift Shop
8. Bar
.' ."", -9. Transportation Desk
S / "10. Rotunda
... 0 '- do n 11. Reunion Information
12. Reunion Registration and
Ticket Sales

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
2010 Reunion Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Vendor Setup: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin B (NO SALES)
Registration: 5:30 8:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Information/Secretary: 5:30 8:00 p.m Gatlin Registration Desk #1

Thursday, July 1, 2010
29th Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course and Clubhouse
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Sandlake (Level 2)
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m. Conway
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin A2 & A3
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Al
Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Foyer
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Thursday Night at the Yacht Club Dance Sponsored by BHS Class of 75: 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Butler
Thursday Night Owl Show 10:00 p.m. Midnight Sandlake (Level 2)

Friday, July 2, 2010
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. Conway
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Sandlake (Level 2)
Cultural Seminar: 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Vendors: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom B
Panama Canal Museum: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom A2 & A3
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Foyer
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Bingo: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Gatlin Ballroom A4
Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. St Johns 30 & 31 (Level 2)
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom C & D (Family Dance Time 8:30 9:30)
After Hours Night Club Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom El E3

Saturday, July 3, 2010
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. Conway
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin A2 & A3
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Panzacola F
3rd of July Poolside Party: 1:00 5:00 p.m. Rosen Shingle Creek Pool
Cultural Seminar: 2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Foyer
Information/Secretary: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Bingo: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Gatlin Ballroom A4
Religious Service: Catholic Mass 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom C & D
After Hours Night Club Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom El E3

Sunday, July 4, 2010
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin Ballroom B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin Ballroom A2 & A3
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Dance Performance will begin at 10:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom C & D

Notes: Please check with the Information Desk and/or our bulletin board at the reunion for other scheduled events,
class and mini-reunions and last-minute changes. The Despedida Lottery drawing will be held on Sunday at Despedida.



September 18, 2010
Please join us for the first general membership meeting after the 2010 Reunion in Ocala at the Ocala Elks Lodge on
September 18, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Our luncheon will be a buffet, which includes a choice of chicken marsala
or roast beef; salad, twice baked potato, grilled mixed vegetables, served with rolls, butter, coffee and iced tea. There will also
be a cash bar available.

The cost of the luncheon is $15.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, September 10, 2010.

S.. .e -- Directions: From 1-75 take SR40 East
: (Silver Springs Blvd East) to NE 25th
Avenue. Turn left on NE 25th Avenue.

From the West take SR40 West (Silver
c Springs Blvd West) to NE 25th Avenue.
40 Turn right on NE 25th Avenue.

On NE 25th Avenue, the Lodge is about 1/2
e ..2nd St mile on the left. (Go past the 1st red light
Sand travel for 2 more blocks. You will see
the Lodge on the left side of the road.)
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September 18, 2010


Member Name Telephone Number

Please make reservations at $15.00 each.

(1) ______________________ (3) ________

(2) _____________________ (4) ___________
STotal Enclosed $ ___

The deadline for reservations is Friday, September 10, 2010.

Please return this form along with your check payable to: I
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Fl 33773-4787





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FEBRUARY 6, 2010

Actions taken:
Approved the October Executive Board minutes.
Approved expenditures for the period October 22,
2009 through January 31, 2010 in the amount of
Approved 13 new members.
Please review the full versions of the minutes of these meet-
ings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at


Top-Level Pay Freeze Effect Could
Trickle Down

.White House recommendation to freeze
pay of political appointees in January
2011 which could have a trickle-down
effect if past practices were followed,
Jim O'Donnell according to an analysis done for
Congress. Federal Retirees may also be
affected. For example the COLA is halfway through the
count toward the January 2011 federal retiree COLA, the
count remains in negative territory at minus 0.9 percent fol-
lowing a gain in March of 0.5 percentage points in the infla-
tion index used to set the adjustment. If the COLA count fin-
ishes negative as it did for the count toward the January 2010
adjustment, benefits would again be frozen. Several propos-
als are pending in Congress to freeze congressional pay again
in 2011, including one sponsored by the chairman of the
Senate appropriations subcommittee for the legislative
branch the count toward the January 2010 adjustment, bene-
fits would again be frozen but not reduced.

Social Security and Medicare is easily the two most misun-
derstood benefits that federal employees, postal workers and
retirees have. Federal employees and retirees have a large
stake in the outcome, even though they have separate retire-
ment and health insurance programs. Those programs are
intertwined with both Social Security and Medicare. Social
Security functions in a very different way than does the civil
service retirement program, with many traps lying in wait for
the unwary.

Also, the introduction of the Medicare prescription drug ben-
efit also raises new questions for federal employees and
retirees regarding whether they should keep coverage under
both programs in retirement--as most have traditionally done-
-or whether they should instead place all their eggs in the
Medicare basket, saving on the cost of maintaining FEHB

This "Brand New" Third Edition Social Security/Medicare
Handbook for Federal Employees & Retirees. Such develop-
ments show that with Social Security and Medicare playing
so important a role in their financial futures, federal employ-
ees and retirees must understand just what types of benefits
they are accumulating, what level of benefits they might
stand to receive and what provisions might reduce their ben-
efits, and how those benefits interact with their other benefits-
-in sum, how to best position themselves to get the most out
of the programs and how to protect themselves for the future.

In years past, these employees didn't really need to know too
much about these programs because they were under a sepa-
rate retirement and disability benefits package, the Civil
Service Retirement System, and didn't stand to get benefits
from Social Security. Social Security and Medicare largely
were for somebody else--not them.

NOT ANYMORE. All that changed several years ago and
these big changes in the benefits picture are just now hitting
home for many federal employees and postal workers--great-
ly because the "baby-boomers" are approaching retirement
now. It's vital that you understand just what types of benefits
you're accumulating, what level of benefits and when you
stand to receive them, what provisions might reduce or even
eliminate them, and how they interact with your other bene-
fits-in sum, how to best position yourselves to get the most
out of these two key programs.

Until now, there has never been a comprehensive, easy-to-
understand handbook for federal employees and retirees that
fully explains not only those programs but also how they
dovetail (and, in some cases, conflict) with the federal gov-
ernment's retirement and health insurance programs.

Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representitive






MONDAY, JULY 5, 2010.



TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010.


AL Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
CO Lars Morales
Europe Mary Lou Pascavage
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster
Ocala Grace Shadeck
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Janice Scott
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
GA June A. Stevenson

(334) 361-2373
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(386) 441-6595
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LA Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
MD Robin Harrison Baker (410) 654-2351
Midwest Paul Bierman (630) 650-5006
MS Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
NC Patricia Hunt (828) 696-3995
Northwest Barbara (Greene) Litchford (206) 334-3359
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann (918) 745-1337
Panama Anna Opel 011 (507) 262-1001
SC George Garcia (864) 801-2072
TX Dallas Linda Morris (972) 398-9744
Kerrville JoAnne Fields (830) 895-2794
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers (830) 632-9498
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl (757) 233-6767
NW Va Kathleen Sheridan (434) 295 6648
Younger Generation Britton & Ruth Coffman (281) 752-8446


Pat and Peggy McCarragher
(California) hosted a weekend-long
lobstering excursion with Dick and
Ginger Zornes (Arizona) in October
Diane French 2009. Dick and Ginger were new to
this "bug" catching phenomenon and
were not skunked, as they went home with 19 tails, courtesy
of Pat and Peggy. It was a great experience for the Zomes
who were also extremely happy to be once again on the water.
The peacefulness of the nights, plus the San Diego skyline
was breathtaking.

ful displays of art work and unique foods to purchase. Lastly,
both Zomes and McCarraghers enjoyed an evening dining at
Jake's at Del Mar where the service and food were sensation-

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


Mary Condon invited a
group of us gals (Freda Stohrer,
Henrietta Horoda, Marilyn
Annen, and Betty Dunning)
over to Butterfield Trail for
lunch, cake and champagne to
Betty Dunning help Carl Maedl celebrate his
and Lynn Harp 101st birthday. We had a great
time being together. Freda and I had Mr. Maedl as a teacher
in Cristobal High School when it was located in New

Dick Zornes and Pat McCarragher

In addition to the wonderful scenery, sea lions make up
part of the natural wildlife in and around the bay waters. Now
while Pat was not thrilled with their attempts to steal his bait
on previous occasions; they seemed to listen to Ginger who
asked them to leave and they did! The entire lobstering expe-
rience was exceptional, for which Ginger and Dick were
greatly appreciative. In addition to the lobstering, there was a
trip to the Del Mar Harvest Festival where there were beauti-

____________ -. -w '.- -
Back (L-R): Freda Flenniken Stohrer, Henrietta Horoda,
Betty Flenniken Dunning, Marilyn Annen. Front: Mary
Condon and Carl Maedl.

Art and Margie Sherry came for a visit in March. We
played lots of pinochle and visited mostly, enjoying being
together. I had all the family (Freda Stohrer, Lynn, and
Cheryl) over for dinner one night; the rest of the Harps were
sick in bed. They had to miss out on all the fun.
Amanda Ellis (Anne Stohrer's daughter) visited her
Canal Zone relatives in March. Her grandmother, Freda
Stohrer, was delighted with her visit as were the rest of us.
This was her first trip to Arkansas and the first time the
Dunnings and Harps had met Amanda. We really had a great
time getting to know each other. All the girls (Lynn,
Samantha and Cheryl, Freda, Amanda, and Betty) went to
Branson to take in the shows. We went to Dixie Stampede and
to the Titanic museum. We really had a great time being

Back (L-R): Lynn Dunning Harp, Amanda Ellis, Freda
Flenniken Stohrer, Betty Flenniken Dunning. Front:
Samantha Harp and Cheryl Harp.

Gretta Vowell reports that Doug and Camille Gibbs
stopped by to help her get some things done around the
house. This was greatly appreciated as she had a water pipe
break during one of the many freezes this winter. Gretta met
Mary Condon for lunch one week in the beautiful new restau-
rant called the Lodge at Butterfield Trail where Mary lives.
Also, Gretta says she just got back from Kearney, Neb.,
where she watched the sandhill crane migration at the Rowe
Sanctuary. This is a wonderful experience for both birders
and non-birders as 500,000 cranes stop over there to rest
before continuing their migration north.
Camille and Doug Gibbs also sent in the following note:
"Last year, you might remember, the Ozarks had the big ice
storm, followed by months of cleanup, chain sawing and
hauling debris to the FEMA dumpsite. There was no way,
2010 could compare. WRONG! Our new year started out
with a two-day snowfall January 2nd and 3rd, leaving behind

11+ inches of snow...couldn't leave the property for two days,
waiting for the road crew to clear the road. When the second
snowstorm arrived on the 22nd of January, there were still
piles of snow in the Walmart parking lot and in our yard. We
have a lot of shade. The temperature stayed below freezing
forever, it seemed. The tropical blood in our veins had turned
to molasses.
"With snow still on the ground on the first day of
February, we were really suffering from cabin fever. Any
place would be better than the Ozarks! My thoughts turned
southward, thinking what a great time to escape the COLD
and celebrate Mardi Gras at the same time. I was feeling
summer already just thinking about Palm trees, sun, and sand.
Making reservations for February 13-19 in Gulf Shores, Ala.,
made me giddy just thinking about it. I was so busy for the
next few days choosing shorts, swimming suits, goggles,
beach towels and hat, and planning for fun in the sun, that the
time flew.
"We left the snow and the Ozarks and headed south with
a song in our hearts. We made our first stop for a couple of
nights in Tunica, Miss. We had already delayed leaving
Arkansas a couple of days due to another snowfall in
Mountain Home, knowing that the winding roads through the
Ozarks would be dangerous driving on the long hills.
"The second day in Mississippi, while watching the
weather, we couldn't believe our ears: another snowstorm
was moving from the west, heading through Texas, passing
through Jackson, Miss., Atlanta, Ga., and further east.
Unbelievable!! Leaving Mississippi was impossible now.
There was now snow behind us and another snowstorm mov-
ing across our path. After a call to the Highway Patrol Station
the following morning, after the snowstorm had passed, we
were assured that Jackson, Miss., was impassible, with the
traffic stopped for miles, car wreck, and 18 wheelers unable
to move.
"Finally, after three days, we were on the road again,
arriving in Gulf Shores after dark. Everyone in Gulf Shores
vowed that this was the coldest February in 30 years. We
walked on the beach ONE day in goose down, gloves, and
warm hats and warm shoes and socks. We never wore our
swimsuits, flip-flops, shorts, nor beach hats. My suntan lotion
was never opened. We went to a couple of Mardi Gras
parades, caught a sack full of beads, drove along all the
beaches, went to some tourist spots, in the COLD weather.
The temperature went over 60 degrees the day we left. So
much for our Escape to the Sun! All in all we had a good time,
as we had invited a couple to go along on our search-for-the-
sun adventure.
"Has the temperature ever been below 70 in Panama in

Betty Dunning, Reporter
(479) 633-0612
email: bdunning3(




Hello from California.
Let's start with some exciting
and proud news from Irwin
Frank (BHS'52) from Granada
Hills. His grandson Paul Frank
Helen and Isaac Hay is graduating from the University
of Southern California with double Bachelor of Science
degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics with a GPA of 4.0.
Paul has received the University's Trustees award for the
highest male GPA in the graduating class of 2010. Next, it is
on to medical school in the fall.
Paul is also the great grandson of Ruth and Fred Frank
(Roosevelt Medal Holder) and the great, great grandson of
Fred Frank who ran Pier 18 in Balboa until he retired in
1952 after 40 years service with the Panama Canal Company.
Paul's great uncle was Norman Frank (BHS'47).

Paul Frank and Irwin Frank

Joanie Ridge Cameron writes from the Sacramento area
that she had dinner on February 1st with John Husum and
Anita Garcia in Old Sacramento. They had a great time and
will meet again soon in Orlando celebrating their 35th class
reunion in conjunction with our big reunion pingding. John
was in Sacramento for a work-related seminar and Anita lives
in nearby Winters.

Anita Garcia, John Husum, and Joanie (Ridge) Cameron

Got an email from old BHS friend Linda Cassady-Sims,
who is trying to get in touch with our friend Bernadette
McNamee in Monterey (done!). Linda is still in central
Georgia but spends several months a year at home in
Lexington, Ky. She can't move home full-time yet since her
husband Dan's job is in Georgia and he won't be retiring for
another 10 years. "That's what I get for marrying a younger
man!" Reminds me of the TV show about "cougars" with
younger men. But if we're from the Zone, does that make us
ocelots? Just kidding. I'm about three weeks older than Isaac
and he calls me his "older woman." Linda is busy enjoying
the grandkids and taking good care of her health. "I'm thin
Lance Hughes called a few days ago from San Francisco.
He is just back from Panama from his annual dry season surf-
ing and family visit trip. Isaac's dad, who spent many years
of his youth in the Canal Zone, recently got a pacemaker and
is kicking his heels and talking about taking a trip back to
Panama after so many years away. He built the flag pole in
front of the Cocoli VFW and last time we went by there it was
still standing, sans Old Glory, of course. Anyhow, we look
forward to seeing everyone in Orlando in July. Be good.

Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
(707) 887-1015
email: haanstoos66(&,


It's springtime in the square state, and I'm sure there's a
ton of Zonian news to share. I ended our last report with a
request for news and happenings from Zonians in Colorado,
so please share your bochinche with me. The biggest news to
report from the Morales family is that my son Daren got
married in February to Dominique Rahey. They bought a
lovely starter home with a view of the Rockies. Daren pro-
posed while they vacationed in Bocas del Toro over the New
Year's holiday. Before they left for Panama, Daren and
Dominique hosted a German-style Christmas Eve dinner.
Partygoers included the Morales clan, except for Eve who
was in Panama; my niece Adrienne Oliver and her husband
Randy; my nephew Kyle Keepers; and Charlie and
Kristine Thrush.

(L-R): Kyle Keepers, Lars Morales, Marcela Morales, Ian
Morales, Daren Morales, Dominique Rahey, Kristine
Thrush, and Charlie Thrush.

While most of us froze over the holidays, Daren,
Dominique, Eve and Brett Leutweiler, a buddy of Eve's
from CU-Boulder, toured sunny and warm Panama in a
whirlwind fashion.

liUal c IMuIfaIC, ODreFit utMwllCcr, iVc 11iuraF1s,
Dominique Rahey, and Monica Webb, Rio Mar.

Back in November my buddy Stuart GR. Warner visit-
ed me and my family for a couple of days. The Director of the
National Business Center, Department of the Interior, invited
Stuart to be the keynote speaker for the annual Hispanic
Heritage Program. We had a great time and we visited the
Continental Divide (11,990 feet altitude) and Breckenridge
Ski Resort.

Stuart Warner and Lars Morales at Loveland Pass

My family and I were in Breckenridge earlier in the year
when we visited for Oktoberfest. The whole experience
reminded us of our six years in Germany. We feasted on brats,
sipped steins of Paulaner draft and enjoyed live Bavarian
music. It was all very authentic, down to the fest tables!

(L-R): Daren Morales, Dominique Rahey, Marcela
Morales, and Eve Morales, Oktoberfest.


Camping and the great outdoors are among the many
things that we enjoy here in Colorado. We managed to
squeeze in a last-minute camping trip over the Labor Day
weekend. My niece, Adrienne, and her husband, Randy,
joined me and Marcela in the Roosevelt National Forest near
Allenspark. We lucked out and found the perfect campsite
next to a stream, and the departing campers even left the fire
stoked for us. From the campfire we had a great view of
Long's Peak, one of the many 14K peaks in Colorado.

Chola the Chow, Lars Morales, Adrienne Oliver, and
Marcela Morales (happy campers).

Most recently we spent a cold Sunday evening at the
Paramount Theater in downtown Denver. Joining Marcela
and me were my son Ian; my niece and her hubby, Adrienne
and Randy; and Charlie and Kristine Thrush. We took in the
tour called "A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix." This is a tour going
on right now and is being played by some of the best musi-
cians in the world. Joe Satriani, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,
Jonny Lang, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Billy Cox of Band
of Gypsies, Susan Tedeschi, Ernie Isley, Eric Johnson, Doyle
Bramhill (Living Color), Chris Layton (of Stevie Ray Vaughn
& Double Trouble), Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo (Los
Lobos), headlined this wonderful show. If you get a chance to
see this experience, it would be highly recommended. A great
time was had by all, as we gathered at a local pub by the
Paramount Theater for pre-show refreshments and a warm
lounge atmosphere. The concert venue is a bit more elaborate
than the Balboa Theater, in that Art Deco style, and the
acoustics were outstanding.
That's it for this report. Looking forward to hearing from
other Zonians in Colorado.

Lars Morales, Reporter
(303) 953-0711
email: larsmorales(



Well I hear it is spring
time...somewhere, but it's still a little
cool in Germany Haven't heard much
Mary Lou from anyone, so I am guessing they took
Pascavage-Croft to the road for warmer weather.
When I moved to Germany last year, my youngest son
Caleb came with me. Changing schools at the end of his jun-
ior year wasn't much fun. He adjusted well to his new high
school in Kaiserslautern, where he played varsity football and
was also on the wrestling team as a point getter. Wrestling at
152 lbs. and his season record was 15-2, which placed him on
the team for the European Wrestling Championship with
DODDS schools in Eurove. He placed 4th in his weight class.

Caleb Burford, 4th place European Wrestling Championship

The Seitz family, David (Shorty), Mayra, Stephanie and
Sarah, traded the cold of Europe for two weeks of Easter hol-
idays in sunny Panama. Shorty & Slim and the Panama Canal
Society hosted a Cayuco Race party at the Balboa Yacht Club
on Saturday, March 26. This was the first time that the entire
Shorty & Slim band has played together since 2008. There
was a huge crowd of Zonians in attendance, many of whom
traveled from the States to compete in or to support friends in
the Cayuco Race. It really was like a mini-reunion, and there
is talk of trying to make this an annual event. Alex (Slim)
Reyes was able to get David and Mayra aboard the tug Rio
which was used as the official timer's boat at the finish of the
race, and afterwards, the three of them joined in the festivities
at the Tibblier's shed at Diablo for a jam-packed, rocking,
cayuco after party. Other highlights of this vacation were
shopping at Albrook Mall for the best deals in town, eating at
Pizza Italia, bird-watching on Pipeline Road, visiting the
Gibsons in Gamboa, attending Mass at St. Mary's, eating
fresh mangos and avocados, ceviche and empanadas, hitting
the beaches and seeing family and friends. And they already
have another trio planned to Panama over the summer!

As for myself, I was able to schedule a business trip to the
DC area during the Cherry Blossom Festival. My daughter
Cristina lives in Virginia and we were able to hang out most
evenings for dinner. The weather was perfect, so we dodged
the crowds and headed down to the Tidal Basin to see the
cherry blossoms. I had a nice afternoon visiting with my sis-
ter-in-law Debi Croft-Chaffin and her husband Chris. I am
still trying to get Debi on a plane to visit us in Germany. It
was nice to be back in my old stomping grounds, but I defi-
nitely have NOT been missing the traffic around there.
Some of us are already counting down the days to the
Reunion in Orlando. See you there!

Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft, Reporter
(49) 6371-404566
email: maryloupasc(



Hi to all!! Spring has finally come to
Florida--wow, did we have a cold winter!
It's nice to feel warm again.
I received the following email from
Nancy and Ken Scott from Deland, Fla., Dawn Gressang
but it came after the January Canal
Record deadline.
"On August 29, 2009, Nancy and Ken Scott of DeLand,
Fla., observed their 50th wedding anniversary. They were
married August 29, 1959, in the Chapel at Barksdale Air
Force Base, La. In 1967, they were stationed at Quarry
Heights, Canal Zone, and continued to remain in Panama
until retirement in 1999. Ken retired from the Air Force and
continued to work as a contractor for the Army. Nancy retired
from the Panama Canal Fire Division. Upon retirement they
relocated to Deland, Fla.

Ken and Nancy Scott

"A reunion was held on the weekend of August 29, 2009,
celebrating their anniversary. They are the parents of four
boys, Jeffrey, Waco, Texas; Michael (deceased); Thomas,
Hickory, N.C.; and Randy, Piscataway, N.J. All four boys are
graduates of Balboa High School."

Just got a nice call from Forrest Wise Robberson
(BHS'57) and we had a great chat about our high school
Bonnie (BHS'64) and Mike Morrison announce the
addition of two grandsons. Their son Bill and his partner
Michael have adopted Nathan and Logan, ages 3 and 4,
after fostering them since last summer. The entire family is
ecstatic about their new cousins/nephews/grandchildren and
Grandma and Grandpa are planning a trip to Seattle in the
near future to welcome them into this crazy family. Nathan
and Logan are siblings who have been through difficult times
and are now savoring a warm and safe family with their Dads.
They join Jackie, Savannah, Zach, Garrett, and Cooper,
aka "The Thundering Herd" of the Morrison grandchildren!!

Nita Fisher, Gamrnboa Rainlforest

"Now after 49 years I took my wife back to show her the
best place on earth. A lot has changed but the trip was well
j. worth it. The golf we played was same course Teddy
Roosevelt played on and it was fantastic. Allen Hawkins
took us to the Atlantic side and every house we used to live
in is still standing. I took 906 pictures! We went to Balboa
Yacht Club and had cerveza and corvina. So, so good. Next
time I want to go to San Blas Island. We drove to Boquete and
what a beautiful place it is! I fell in love with it and so did
"I wish I had gone back sooner but I will be going back.
Yes, a lot is different but it is still a wonderful place to visit
or live. God bless our home. I must say, Allen Hawkins is a
Bill holding Nathan, Michael holding Logan great tour host and we were very thankful for his time."

Received the following email from Dennis Tully (aka
Dennis the Menace) and Nita Fisher of Sebring, Fla. "My
wife Nita won a silent auction at last year's reunion for a trip-
to Panama and stay at Summit Radisson Golf Resort in
Summit Gardens. I looked forward to it as I was born in
Margarita and had to leave in December of '61 when my
father George Tully had to retire medically from Canal Zone ..
Police. I did not want to leave before my senior year--but had
no choice!

Allen Hawkins and Nila Fisher

Janet Stuart had recent foot surgery and is now on the
road to recovery and is back to work. Janet also recently
attended an 81st birthday party for her mother Judy Stuart in
Fredericksburg, Va. Janet, Jared and Natalie Selles, and
Sally Stuart were among those who helped her celebrate.

Nita Fisher and Dennis Tully at Summit


Your ballot needs to be received by the
Panama Canal Society office by June 22th.
See March 2010 Canal Record.

Janet stuart, Jarea a
Natalie Selles.

A big family gathering at Bonnie and Mike Morrison's
home was held recently for a surprise 40th (could it really
be?) birthday party for their daughter Jennifer. Pam
Crowell, Dawn Gressang and her son Scott and his wife Cat
and Dawn's grandson and his girlfriend from New Jersey
were there. Janet Stuart, Bonnie and Mike's children and
grandchildren were there too. Plus friends and neighbors--a
great time was had by all.
My sister Jacque Vowell visited Rudy Crespo and Joe
Wyatt in March. Rudy took Jacque to the opening night of
the play Superior Donuts written by Tracey Letts. Joe played
the part of the Russian and learned to speak some of his lines
in Russian in three weeks. What an accomplishment! His
character enhanced the humorous parts of the play and Jacque
really enjoyed the show!
Jacque also received an email from Ewald Wiberg
(CHS/BHS'64). He wrote: "Recently I was in Panama. My
boss, Allen, who I've worked with and for on and off for 20+
years (since he got out of college!) was the one who set it all
up. Here's the background--he flies all the time but apparent-
ly doesn't like to go the first time anyplace without someone.
He knew I was from Panama so he asked me to travel with
"I had to fly to Atlanta to join him Thursday afternoon and
on the way down realized that we were really meeting a group
of homeschooled kids at the end of a weeklong adventure trip
to Panama. They had been up in Bocas del Toro and were
coming back to Panama City (Albrook) on Friday for a tour
of the Canal areas. I was along as Allen's companion and a
person with a different local color than the guide. Allen's two
teen girls and his wife were with the group.
"So, we got in about 10 and stayed at the Radisson
Decapolis. Since we didn't have to meet the group till 9 we
ate early and got a cab to visit some places I wanted to---
Curundu Junior High, the Prado/Admin Bldg, my old house
in Los Rios and the causeway. Funny I couldn't even tell
which house we lived to live in lol... Got some good pictures
and left Allen's luggage at the Country Inn and Suites where
the group was staying Friday night (there was no room at the
inn, so I had to stay at the Decapolis).
"Then we went to the airport and had coffee and
empanadas nearby while we waited for the flight. Then we
boarded a bus, drove to Gamboa and got on a yacht-like boat
for a partial transit back to Amador. It was very cool actually.
Traffic was very light in the Canal and we had each of the

locks to ourselves and were tied loosely to the sides--you
could actually reach out and touch the walls. We also saw the
widening taking place and the prep work for the new locks.
"By the time we got back to their hotel it was pouring
(typical rainy season day). It was early so I called Vicki
Sizemore to cancel the pickup at the Country Inn we had
arranged and to get directions to the Elks Club from the
Decapolis. Turned out she and Ed had 4 PM dermatology
appointments so they picked me up and we drove through
rush hour traffic (a little scary but Ed is one great driver!) to
the Elks.
"After a couple of beers we went to dinner at Lenos y
Carbon on the causeway with Randy and Paula (Kuyoth)
Ayers (BHS'69). It has to be one of the best meals I can
remember. The corvina was huge and wonderful. Dinner, a
beer and coffee with tip cost about $20!!! Can't wait to go

Randy Ayers, Paula (Kuyoth) Ayers, Ed Wardlow, Vicki
Sizemore, and Ewald Wiberg.

"Then they dropped me at the hotel--I got up at 5 and we
left Tocumen at 8:30....
"Way too short but wonderful to be back.
"When I go back with my wife Suzy and the boys (some-
time in the next 18 months--no joke) we will definitely stay
in the old Zone and not downtown Panama--pretty much
everything I want to see is in the Zone and I could still drive
"I'm also attaching a picture of my son Tyler and me on
the jumbotron at the Marlins stadium in our Panama shirts."

Ewald Wiberg and son Tyler on jumbotron
Ewald Wiberg and son Tyler on jumbotron

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


Al fin! Spring is in the air! When's
it April in Ocala, there is the Panama
Canal Ditchdiggers biannual luncheon
which was held at the Piccadilly
Cafeteria. As my husband Leo
Shadeck, John Balschun, and I
entered the room, Tom and Kathy Wilder were there arrang-
ing some chairs and tables to accommodate the group. After
a few minutes of chitchatting, Ruth Conlan and her sister
Juanita McConaughey came in and sat down. Then the
room started to fill up with more wonderful people: Joan
(Powell) Arndt, David and Barbara (Curles) Aycock, Betty Standing: Ru
Blanchette, Larry and Edna (Curles) Didier, Jerry and Joyce Hudso
Marcia (Rudge) Fox, Rusty LoFranco, Ted Norris,
Captain Albert and Aura Wilder, Brittney Wilder, Danny
Garretson, Chris Wilder, Dona Helmerichs and her guest
Joyce (Curling) Hudson. Eventually Kathy Egolf and her
aunt and uncle, George and Bobbie Egolf, arrived. Kathy
said the traffic was bumper-to-bumper and took them longer
than usual to reach the restaurant.

Juanila McConaughe%, Ruth Conlan, Tom Wilder, Kath
Wilder, Leo Shadeck, and John Balschun.

isty LoFranco and Barbara Aycock. Seated:
n and Dona Helmerichs.

Jerry Fox and Ted Norris

Chris Wilder

Danny Garretson, Brittney Wilder, Kathy Wilder, Tom
Wilder, Chris Wilder, Albert Wilder, and Aura Wilder.


standingg): Ietty Blancilette, Jerry Fox,
Didier, Marcia Fox. Seated: Joan Arndt.

Jerry Fox, Marcia Fox, Ted Norris, and Rusty LoFranco

George Egolf, Kath \\ ilder. Tom %I
and Kathy Egolf.

Found out it was Joan Arndt's birthday, April 10th, and
what a coincidence as the Feature Person of this Canal
Record is Joan Arndt! The group sang "Happy Birthday"
and wished her many more fantastic years to come.
I asked Joyce Hudson to introduce herself to the group
since this was her first time at one of the Ditchdiggers lunch-
eons and hopefully not her last. She gave us a bit of informa-
tion which some of us did not know--that she was the first
woman in the history of the Canal organization to break the
all male precinct of the Governor's Office by becoming the
Secretary to the Lt. Governor in 1950 and two years later
Secretary to the Governor.
Dona Helmerichs visited Panama in January and shared
with us the latest on what is happening in our beloved coun-
try. She brought pictures of what the Third Lock will look like
when it is finished. Once that project is completed, there are
plans to make Gatun an island. A bridge will be constructed
to connect Gatun to the main area. Dona went on to say that
on the Pacific side there are so many beautiful homes and
buildings being built and that a Panama museum is being
constructed near the Causeway.
Tom mentioned that this will be the last year the PCS
Reunion will be held at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Next
year the Reunion will be returning to the Orlando World
Center Marriott. He also told us that the next Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers luncheon will be held on September 18, 2010, at
the Elks Club in Ocala in conjunction with the PCS General
Membership meeting.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum, informed us of the following: that volunteers
are needed to share their Panama Canal memories for
University of Florida oral history interviewers. Please contact

the museum before July 1, 2010 if interested. There will be
two upcoming cruises--a 14-day cruise to Canada and New
England starting September 26, 2010 and a 7-day cruise to
the eastern Caribbean beginning March 6, 2011; and among
several other exhibits to see are about the famous people who
visited the Panama Canal; Canal Zone and Panama Health;
and the Panama Canal pilots.
Numerous door prizes were handed out to those lucky
people with the winning numbers.
And last but not least, many thanks to all who came to the
luncheon as all of you made it possible to continue a tradition
that was started so many years ago by "Red" and Virginia
Townsend and Harry and Virginia Pearl.
April 12th will be 41 years of wedded bliss for Leo and
me. Our daughter Karen (Shadeck) (BHS'93) Young and
her husband Jeremy gave us the best anniversary gift by tak-
ing us on a dinner cruise on the Yacht Star Ship out of Tampa,
Fla. What more could we ask for as the cruise and cuisine
were outstanding, the service was top-notch, the weather was
perfect, and being with our daughter and son-in-law was
immensely enjoyable.

Wi -f

Grace Shadeck, Leo Shadeck, Karen Young anac Jeremy

Our feature person for the
Canal Record is Joan
(Powell) Arndt.
What brought you to
Panama: I was born in
Gorgas Hospital, April 10,
1932. My parents Bronson
B. (Bunny) and Celeste
Clark Powell came to the
Zone as young children. My
dad worked for the Pedro
Miguel/Miraflores Locks
after completing his appren- Joan (Powell) Arndt
tice training as a machinist.
My grandfather Samuel H. Powell was a Roosevelt Medal
Years in the Canal Zone: We lived in Pedro Miguel. I
attended Balboa Junior High and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1950--The Nifty Class of Fifty! My husband
Rolf and I left the Zone in 1955 and moved to Connecticut.
Key Events: I was very active in all sports--swimming,
baseball, and football. In high school I played volleyball,
softball, and basketball. I was on the Varsity team in my
Junior and Senior years. I was a member of the GAA, gradu-

ated with honors (top 25 of our class), made the National
Honor Society, and was the Girls Sports Editor for the Zonian
yearbook. I was elected President of my Sophomore Class
and was Student Association Representative the other years. I
really enjoyed my school years.
What do you miss most: I regret the fact that I ever left
there--always wished I could have returned and lived there as
an adult. The Panama Canal Society Reunion has been a god-
send as it has given me the opportunity to re-connect with my
friends. Even if we haven't seen each other in years, there is
always that very special connection--that is what I miss most.
My daughter came with me to one of the reunions and after-
wards she said, "Mom, why on earth did you ever leave the
Zone--those are the most fantastic people I have ever met."
That says it all!
Accomplishments since Panama: Been back to the Zone
only twice. In 1962 my children and I went to visit my mom
and dad in Diablo Heights, and in 1999 went with a huge
group of Zonians on one of the Davis Stevenson's trips. It
was the best!
We have three children and four grandsons. The oldest
Jim received his PhD in Chicago and is now a psychologist
with the Dept. of Navy in Norfolk, Va. He and his wife
Martha have one son, Max, who is a Junior in high school.
Our daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Brian Carey, have
two sons, Patrick and Jack. Diana worked at Medical
College of Ohio and then Akron Children's Hospital. Our
youngest son Rolf graduated from Colorado School of Mines
and has been with NALCO Chemical since 1981. He received
his Master's degree at Southern Illinois University. He and
his wife Crystal have one son, David, who is attending the
University of Montana in Missoula on a football scholarship.
After working for 37 years for American Cyanamid, my
husband Rolf retired in October 1993 and we moved to
Joan brought some vintage pictures of her family that
were taken in the 1900s.
Joan also mentioned that her uncle John Powell married
Ruth Hutchinson who was related to Dianne (Hutchinson)
Need volunteers to be the Feature Person for the Canal
Record. Also, if you have any news you want to share with
the members, please let me know.

Grace Shadeck, Reporter
(352) 347-4141




FOR 2011



The weather here has been the
coldest in many years. We're in April
and the nights and early mornings are
still at 40 degrees--of course, I love it!
We did have flurries of snow in
January as predicted. Some areas here
had two inches or more. I'm sure it Barbara Vose-Kulig
will warm up--too soon for me, ugh!!
Keith had a super birthday in January--the kids took him
out to Olive Garden (he loves the food there) and showered
him with delicious Italian food and gifts; of course, they
allowed me to tag along.
On January 20th, Barb (Egolf) and Louie Dedeaux,
along with nine family members, left Fort Lauderdale aboard
the second of the Celebrity's large new ships, The Equinox,
for two weeks of fun and excitement with this year's Panama
Canal Museum Cruise. The cruise included sightseeing (and
lots of shopping) in George Town, Grand Cayman;
Cartagena, Colombia; Colon and Panama City, Panama;
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatan, Honduras; and Cozumel,

Bev (Bowman) and Joe Wood, Museum Cruise

The two most significant highlights of the cruise were the
tour of the Atlantic side in Panama and the Museum cocktail
party aboard ship.

Katherine Egolf, Louie and Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux,
Carol and Orrin Clement, Donna Helmerichs (front),
Steve and Mary Vaughn, Museum Cruise.

Louie and Barb (Egolf) Dedeau\, Diane and R
Carol and Orrin Clement, Museum Cruise.

While touring the Atlantic side with their very profes-
sional guide Burt Berger (son of Skip and Jill (Paulson)
Berger), along with Orrin and Carol Clement, Barb and
Louie enjoyed driving through Gatun, visiting the Spillway,
and seeing first hand the beginning of construction around
Gatun in preparation for the 3rd set of locks expansion, which
is scheduled to be completed in 2014 (this was the part of the
trip Louie was really looking forward to). From there, they
drove through Margarita (checking out old homesites and
changes) then on to Portobelo, where they spent a few hours
walking through the church, admiring the Black Christ and
learning the history of the town. Before returning to the ship,
they stopped at the Bergers for a short, but enjoyable visit.

Barb's niece, Katherine Egolf, had mentioned there was
a couple from Pensacola aboard the cruise who they finally
met at the party, Russell (BHS'48) and Diane Drew. Maybe
someone in that class remembers him.
Barb enjoyed going down memory lane with Karen
(Stroop) Wolfe who was traveling with her sister-in-law
Lilia (Tanzi) Stroop. She and Karen laughingly recalled see-
ing Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip on their visit to the
Canal Zone in the '50s. Karen, Barb and Leneve (Dough)
Stroop were roommates, living on Balboa Road. At 3 a.m.
one morning they heard sirens and ran out to see what was
happening--later realizing they were the only three people
standing on the curb in their bathrobes. As the entourage
drove by, the young ladies were greeted with a friendly
"royal" wave--quite as surprised seeing the three girls stand-
ing out in their bathrobes as the girls were to see the royal
One of the fun activities on the cruise was their Dancing
With The Stars performance--where professional dancers
danced with passengers. One dancer invited Orrin to dance
with her, along with four other couples. Orrin had the largest
cheering section since so many from the Museum group were
there watching. There were other competitions, but a note-
worthy one was when Steve Vaughn, Debbie (Egolf) Lane
and Bill Egolf played cards together--much to their surprise
and total shock, Debbie won!
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%arol element, nauve ooy, urran aileiCnlt,
and Louie Dedeaux, Portobelo, Panama.

At the Museum cocktail party given for the group, Barb
found there were other friends in the group they hadn't seen
in a long time. Donna Helmerichs and her daughter Suzie;
and Betty (Barr) and Bob Ausnehmer who were part of their
Gatun community, were among some they enjoyed visiting.

(L-R): Dwight and Ruthie Ruelle, Carol Clement, Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux, Bobbie (Williams) Egolf, Steve Vaughn,
Katherine Egolf, and Debbie (Egolf) Lane, Museum

Barb and Louie really enjoyed their sea days with so
much to do aboard ship. Some passengers even chose to
remain aboard rather than tour the countries visited.
Barb said it's always good to return home, but all too soon
the cruise was over and the reality of being back quickly set
in. I know they had a wonderful time and I hope Keith and I
will be able to join them on a future cruise (once he retires)!!
It's about time for Keith to get his garden ready--peppers,
peppers, and more peppers of all varieties, and tomatoes!! I
use peppers in almost everything I cook, but they multiply
from the garden so fast that we end up sharing with family
and friends--anyone for peppers??
Our daughter Darla (Vose) (BHS'84) Creek, finally got
the opportunity to travel to Panama--she's been dreaming
about returning "Home" for many years, but just never had
the chance. Well, as I write this (April), she is there enjoying
the cayuco race (she and her brother Kevin won the coed one
year), her friends and former classmates, munching on
Napoli's pizza, seviche, empanadas, michitas, etc. She's sup-
posed to take the time to call some of her relatives still living


in Colon and Panama, especially our empleada of 30 years.
Hopefully, Keith and I will get the chance to return to Panama
in the near future--his Godmother and my aunts keep begging
us to come!! I'll get all the juicy details when Darla returns,
along with great photos for my next article.
Easter is this Sunday and I just finished my baking. I had
a disaster with my oven (the worst thing that could happen to
a cook and baker). It just totally gave up after all the workout
it has been through all these years, so I'm really behind. We
plan to all go to 9 a.m. mass so the young ones can participate
in the church Easter egg hunt and then head to the Scenic
Hills Golf and Country Club for breakfast/brunch. Should be
a great day!!
I'm sure this year's Reunion will be more full of fun and
enjoyment than ever before, but a little sad being it's our last
year there (for now)! Most of our family will be there, so it
will be like a "family" reunion! It'll be a first, so hopefully
we can get some awesome "family" photos. Keith and I still
hope to enjoy Shingle Creek's golfing packages later this
year. See everyone at the Reunion!!
So sad to hear of Tula Brown's passing away in
December. She will be greatly missed by many Zonians.
If you have any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please call or send it to me. Hasta luego!

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

Space Coast

Once again a successful
Carnavalito was held the weekend of
February 5th and 6th in Melbourne,
Fla., as everyone got their feet moving
to nostalgic Lucho music played by
Frances (Lindh) Morrissey of -
Rockledge, Fla. Zonians reminisced, Janice Scott
enjoyed old friends and renewed the camaraderie upon which
the Panama Canal Society was founded. Frances is pictured
with fellow grads of BHS Class of 1962 which was the largest
alumni aroun present.

Back (L-R): Bonnie (Davis) Dolan, Bill Benny, Frances
(Lindh) Morrissey, Janice Scott, Karen (Schmidt)
Deming, Sue (Mitten) Corrigan, Toni (Fisher) Millard,
Eddie (Huff) Will. Front (L-R): Ellen (Phillips) Anderson,
Skeeter Camby, JoElla (Jenkins) Deakins, Kay Hamilton,
Jody (Davies) and John Marcum.


JoElla and Randy Deakins of Rockledge, along with
Terry and Sonja Judge of Melbourne, headed out in their
RVs to Fort Meade, Fla., for their third "cow pasture trip,"
which is really the Florida Flywheelers Association annual
flea market and tractor show. They parked their RVs awning
to awning, a la Canal Zone breezeway, and enjoyed gathering
around their fire pit both morning and evening for breakfast
and happy hour. Sonja was the only one in the group daring
enough to ride in a homemade contraption with two big
wheels, a motor and ferris wheel-type seat that tilted back as
it was driven around the pasture spinning round and round in
what Sonja attested to is at least 3Gs, and provided loads of
entertainment for spectators and the other three less daring.


Terry and Sonja Judge and JoElla and Randy Deakins

Fly wheeling contraption at Fort Meade, Fla.

During a recent visit to Florida, Bruce Quinn, well-
known Theater Impresario of the former Canal Zone now
residing in Panama City, hosted a sumptuous dinner at
Melbourne's Chart House restaurant for several of his special
friends who live in the Brevard area.

Nancy and Tom Grimison, Toni (Fisher) Millard, Bruce
Quinn, George Childers and his mom Arlene, Melbourne,

The Panama Canal Cayuco Race renown Due Process is
at its new home at the Cocoa Beach Surf Company (intersec-
tion of SR A1A and SR 520). Its former owner Paul
Broussard is also a resident of Brevard County. As word of
this event hit the local newspaper, many former Zonians ran
into each other creating an impromptu photo op with
Grimisons, Huffs, Bradleys, and Scott Roche, who was
instrumental in the cayuco being displayed here.

Due Process comes to rest at the Cocoa Beach Surf Company,
Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Don and Joyce Humphrey of Valkaria, Fla., celebrated
Easter dinner with Jim and Ely Palumbo, where Don was
asked to hang the Quince Letras batea on Jim's patio. The
room number was given to him by the owner of 15 Letters
Motel, where they (and many other generations of Zonians)
stopped for refreshments when driving across the Isthmus. If
at no other time, when Jim dropped Ely off to shop on
Saturday, they always got together to have "tragos" there.
Luke and Alba Palumbo visited from Panama for a couple
of weeks, with their son Kenneth and Laura and two daugh-
ters from Fort Myers. It was a great visit for all ending at
Disney World. Luke and Alba also went to Gainesville, Fla.,
to visit Luke's daughter Lisa and Dirk and family.

Ely and Jim Palumbo

The 57th Annual Cayuco Race held on the Isthmus had
approximately almost 100 entries. The second day of the race
from Gatun to Gamboa was described as one of the roughest
lake crossings in many years. The continued popularity of the
tour d'cayuco brought both women and men crews of former
Zonians from the U.S., as well as several international partic-
ipants in the three-day challenge, paddling from the Atlantic
to Pacific Oceans.

Brevard paddlers especially thank all organizers, particu-
larly CREBA (Club de Remos de Balboa); and ACP
(Authoridad Canal de Panama) personnel who volunteered
their time meeting throughout the year to make this event
possible. It is indeed a tremendous cooperative effort, appre-
ciated most by observers who see the vast contrast in size
between the dugout cayucos and ocean-going ships (cruise
ships, tankers, and container carriers) moving through the
canal at the same time, accompanied by tug operations, and
some of the world's largest floating cranes. The founder, the
late Harry Townsend of the Balboa Maintenance Division,
would be very proud to know the enthusiasm continues to
embrace his novel idea in creating this race for Explorer
Many cayucos maintain traditionally recognizable names
like Snafu, Due Process II, Almost, Utmost, Foremost, and
Rio Teta. It is noteworthy that some of these seemingly odd
names are acronyms or nicknames. For example, MOAB
(mother of all boats) and NIC (non illegitimi carborundum),
which according to Wikipedia is a mock-Latin aphorism
meaning "Don't let the bastards grind you down."
The crews of the MOAB and NIC, no longer the teenagers
that some were when they first participated in the cayuco
race, practiced in wet suits for several months in the Banana
River, despite a record cold winter here. The crews of the
MOAB and NIC from the Space Coast had a photo op with the
Choco Indian guide at the Gamboa public boat ramp while
there for the 2010 Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco race.

(L-K): Kicnara tirmison, scott Kocne, juuinermo rayne,
(MOAB), Choco Indian guide, Geoff Pletcher (MOAB); Tina
Herring, Karen Coffey, Diane (Huff) Grimison (NIC).

Fifteen members of the Grimison-Scott family combined
their travel to Panama for the cayuco race into a wonderful
extended family vacation that included too many social activ-
ities, people seen and places to visit that one would not nor-
mally try to fit into just ten days. The group included:
Rebecca (Grimison) and Geoff Pletcher and their three chil-
dren, Dylan, Ryan, and Rachel; Richard and Diana (Huff)
Grimison and their four children, Carly, Tommy,
Samantha, and Megan; Trina Herring and her two daugh-
ters, Catherine and Sofia; and her mom, Janice Grimison

See page 2 for information.

The trip began at the comfortable Panama Vacation
Quarters (also home to other visiting paddlers) in Quarry
Heights, where one could enjoy the dry season breezes while
lying in a hammock and watching those incredible high-fly-
ing buzzards over Ancon Hill, while monitoring kids in the
The first day of the race we went to Porto Bello on our
way to Gatun to see the cayucos arrive from their first stretch.
Day two we watched the race end at Gamboa. It was just awe-
some seeing the canal shipping activities continue on while
the cayuco race was in progress. Thanks to Andy
Efthimiadis, now a canal pilot, for taking us in the lake to see
this leg of the race. Saturday night the Panama Canal Society
sponsored a Shorty&Slim (in real life Alex Reyes and David
Seitz) party at the Balboa Yacht Club bohio. David Seitz trav-
eled from the Netherlands with his family especially to be
here this weekend. Jason Critides was also seen catching up
with his family especially with all the Zonian visitors.
The race ended Sunday at the Diablo Spinning Club; it
was so hot and crowded most folks had to park somewhere in
Diablo and walk down to the ramp. That night we walked to
Mi Pueblito (the lower side of Quarry Heights) for the cayu-
co race awards. The MOAB was able to finish the race despite
multiple swampings in the rough conditions and finished
minus one injured paddler. The NIC placed 5th in the
women's division, and everyone seemed to know that Diana's
paddle broke just at the finish line in Diablo!
After three days of race activities, some of us including
Karen Coffey and Scott Roche spent part of the day visiting
the old Balboa High School library, looking at their old BHS
yearbooks, including those of parents and grandparents. Ours
began with great-grandmother Janice C. Grimison, BHS
Class of 1927, followed by her brother Richard Grimison,
BHS Class of 1928. Richard, Diana, Trina, and Janice (all
BHS grads) enjoyed laughs with the high school yearbooks.
The Miraflores pavilion and museum was next; a very worth-
while visit. That evening we enjoyed the hospitality of Mel
and Ted Henter at their beachfront home in Majagual.

iucnaru ana uiana Jrimison, irmna

The next day a several hour jaunt was made to the end of
the Azuero Peninsula and Playa Venao. After several days
surfing and snorkeling, it was back onto the Pan-American
Highway to El Valle to see the golden frogs, square trees, and
the Friday night Easter procession. We also visited Bruce
Quinn at his lovely El Valle home, where he told us that his


next play will be an anniversary production of South Pacific
in Spanish. South Pacific was Bruce's very first production at
the Ancon Theater Guild in the early sixties. The zip line in
the canopy tree jungle preserve and trail was fun, but special
thanks to Tomas Arias for his vision in preserving this beau-
tiful land as there are few such rustic places to safely experi-
ence a tropical jungle.
It was fun, covered many miles, fun seeing all the former
Zonians who have stayed, and those who have returned to
live. There's something poignant just about how it feels. Yes,
we would do it again in a heartbeat! One can never eat too
many Napoli pizzas or corbina al ajillo!

Janice G. Scott, Reporter
(321) 783-4316
email: pcsocietv(


Since I mentioned the upcoming
Christmas Tree Burn in my last arti-
cle, I can now report that Tom
Robertson hosted another great
Tree Burn. Tom opens his home to
all of us and supplies the Ham and
Turkey, along with the libations, and Skip Rowley
even has a very good Bartender, whom we all have indoctri-
nated into the Zonian party mode. Everyone brings a covered
dish of sorts and there is always some ceviche and more food
than one can eat. The dessert table is a sight to behold. The
crowd was not quite as large as in the past, but those who
were there had just as good a time (have you ever known a
Zonian to not enjoy a good party?), and got to throw more
trees on the fire than they usually did. Our faithful water hose
fire guard, Doug Larrabee, was on duty to insure that all the
kids were safe and no extra fires would get started. Thanks to
several individuals like Mark Heddaeus, Hugh Thomas,
Tom, myself, and a host of other persons, we were able to
gather over 100 trees again this year, though it seems like
more and more people are using artificial trees. It's also a
challenge to find spent trees and drag them home behind the
van. It seems that the average North American driver has no
concept of what dragging trees home means, and get a little
impatient when I'm not going over the speed limit, with from
four to eight trees behind my car. I'm already looking forward
to next year's bum.
February for me means only one thing. Valentine's Day
sing outs, and this year was no exception. My Barbershop
Chorus chapter president asked me to head up the committee,
which I did and between all the five quartets that we organ-
ized, we sold a total of 89 singing Valentines all over town.
Since I'm retired and have time to do it, I got out and sold the
most Valentines and raised the most money for our chapter.
It's a long day, but it's a fun day. Every year for the past 18
years, I have managed to get all our flowers and heart-shaped
boxes of candy donated by florist shops and various stores.
For my efforts, I was awarded the Barbershopper of the

akip Kowley, steve jaconsen, singing
Marvin Mick, and Ivan Roberts.

The Overstreet family gathered in Tallahassee on March
12th to celebrate the life of their mother Mary who passed
away on February 23rd (see With Deep Sorrow). Her seven
children were joined by their spouses and Mary's 16 grand-
children for a total of 29 Overstreets. As with all Overstreet
gatherings, laughter and jokes were the predominant theme
with plenty of hugs to go around. Richard Holt was also in
attendance and can testify to all the crazy Overstreet stories
and laughter that went on. Terri is a nurse in Charleston,
S.C., Eddie works here at the airport with TSA, John is in
Boise, Idaho with the FAA, Paul is in Maryland and is a
Captain in the Navy, Kathi works as a nurse in Scottsdale,
Ariz., Tom is an Executive Chef in Spring Hill, Tenn., and
David (Tater) lives here and works for the state of Florida.
-- W<^ *

Tom, John, Paul, Eddie, Kathi, David (Tater), and Terri

For the past year, Adriane Rowley has been working for
a law firm in Huntsville, Ala., but just this past week was
hired as an Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Pediatrics
of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and has just moved to
Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Renee Rowley Fried
Renee's 40th birthday.

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151


Lester Smith told me that he and
Andrea went camping on a beach in
Carrabelle, Fla., at an RV resort, and
loved the warm weather. They then went
June Stevenson inland camping/visiting with Joe and
Sue Eytalis and after that will drive their
camper to Eustis, Fla., to help Pennye McCarragher Rose
celebrate her 60th birthday. Her children are throwing her the
party and there will be lots of her Canal Zone friends in atten-
dance. They will spend a week there visiting, then maybe
spend another week zigzagging home. Sounds like they are
enjoying their new RV.
Bill Arnold wrote that in December 2009 his mother
Frances Enyart had her 90th birthday party in Panama, with
about 50 people in attendance. Everyone sang and danced the
night away, including his Mom. Bill says his Mom is in good
health and he hopes he can follow in her footsteps. And on the
subject of birthdays, Carole Arnold's mom, who lives in
Cumming, Ga., is 92 years old. Carole spends several days a
week visiting her mother. Bill has also been playing golf
since April 2009 and says it is one of the hardest things he has
ever done, even with the help of a year's worth of lessons
from a PGA professional.
My brother Skip Rowley and his wife Beverly, daughter
Adriane and her fiance Ron Bolen came to visit us in
February. Besides visiting with us, they all wanted to see our
granddaughter Sara Snow dance at her recital. Sara, as usual,
was lovely with the prettiest smile on stage.


Sponsored by BHS Class of '75

Come and rock the night away at the "Thursday Night at the Yacht Club" dance.

Skip and Bev Rowley, Ron Bolen, and Adriane

Lori Stevenson Snow and her husband Virgil spent ten
days in Panama in January. It could not have come at a better
time with the hard winter we had in Georgia. They spent time
at the beach, mountains, and in the city, just enjoying
Panama. Lori took the opportunity to go to Chepo and do
some caving and also stayed at the new Buena Ventura Resort
up by Rio Hato, which was lovely. She enjoys her trips back
to Panama, and even went again in late February to go on a
six-day Southern Caribbean Cruise out of Colon on Royal
Caribbean which she had put together with other Zonians.
Lori says she is counting the days until her next trip to
I was so ready for warm weather that my husband and I Davis Stevenson and John Nolan (37 years later)
could hardly wait for the Surf 'n Turf Royal Caribbean Cruise
that Lori put together for friends and Zonians in late ,
February. The cruise went to some new places for me so it
was a real treat to see these nice warm spots in the Caribbean.
My favorite was Curacao, with the beautiful buildings paint-
ed different colors. One of the highlights for my husband on
this cruise was to unexpectedly meet up with a wonderful
dear friend he had not seen in many years. John Nolan, who
used to live in Amador and was Davis' chief aide in Shrine,
was on the cruise with his family. To top off our trip to
Panama, my husband and I, Lori Stevenson Snow, and
friends, Jan and Don Ponder, went to El Ranchito (L-R): Jan Ponder, Don Ponder, Lori Stevenson Snow,
Restaurant on the Causeway in Amador. And, yes, the food Davis Stevenson, and June Stevenson, El Ranchito
was excellent! In fact, we ate there twice on our Panama trip. Restaurant, Amador.

June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537
email: panamajune(&


This reporter went on a cruise on
Back (L-R): Wendy Cotton Heim, Dennis Corrigan, the Norwegian Cruise Line Spirit which
Dennis Webb, Claire Swetland, Davis Stevenson, Phyllis was an amazing experience. My first
Edmundson, Pat Clark, Virginia and Tom Machak. Front NIsince the old Panama Line, if you could
(L-R): Lori Stevenson Snow, Sheila Snyder Hall, June Patt Roberson call that a cruise. We had 2,000+ passen-
Rowley Stevenson, Jan and Don Ponder, Louise and Jim gers and 950 crew, 16 floors, nine eleva-
"Murph" Murphy, on the Enchantment of the Seas cruise. tors, 11 restaurants (some open 24 hours), nine bars, four hot

tubs, swimming pool, spa, fitness center, hair & beauty salon,
video arcade, child care, library, casino. Live entertainment at
several sites every night.
Our stateroom had two room stewards, one from Jamaica
and the other from Thailand. They contract to work 12-hour
days every day for nine months, then have three months off. \ .
Our two handled 34 staterooms twice a day.
We went ashore at four ports. At Costa Maya, Mexico, I '
went on the canopy zip line over the jungle. Santo Tomas de
Castilla, Guatemala, shopping. I almost bought a hammock,
but can't think of where to hang it. Everyone down there
sleeps in hammocks, so of course I'd like to try it. Maybe I
could hang it over my bed in case I fall out.

Pairaailing in Cozumel (iPart Foster Roberson on let)

The biggest surprise was to run into Linda and Bob
Morris from BHS and CZJC days awhile ago. They cruise a
whole lot and have VIP status, meaning special gifts and par-

Ziplining over the jungle at Costa Maya, Mexico

Belize was for cave tubing and I parasailed at Cozumel.
Shore leave was a thrill!!

Linda Morris, Patt Foster Roberson, and Bob Morris

Cruising is a whole different world and highly recom-
mended at least once, but I was glad to get back into my reg-
ular routine, make my own bed, cook my own meals and I
missed the critters (a Schnauzer and a Persian).

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Your ballot needs to be received by the
Panama Canal Society office by June 22th.
See March 2010 Canal Record.

Patt Foster Roberson cave tubing in Belize


Maryland news from your friendly
S' reporter. First off, we have had a really
S'. strange Spring. Lots of cold weather
Robin Baker and snow. Now, however, things have
mellowed out for Easter.
I have located new doctors in this new wonderful area of
Westminster, Md. My husband Buddy has been in and out of
the hospital numerous times. He is now residing in Carroll
Lutheran Village for an indeterminate time. We need to get
treatment for hydrocephalus condition which requires a win-
dow of time without infection in his body. This has been a
treacherous balancing act with numerous and frequent hospi-
talizations for CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia). A new
procedure (new to my knowledge) determined he has adult-
onset hydrocephalus. The insertion of a shunt and draining of
fluids will (hopefully) return his ability to walk, balance, and
think clearly. If this works I will have my husband again. If
not, well, let's not think on that. At least his foot is healed and
the diabetes is quieting down.
Living in a retirement community isn't what I consider
fun but it is interesting. People from all past occupations,
things to do and encounter. I have no further Maryland news.
Please remember that once a Zonian, always a Zonian. Keep
in touch, y'all.

Robin Harrison Baker, Reporter
(443) 293-7907


Maxine Adams of Meridian is hop-
ing to make the Gulf Coast picnic this
year with pictures and stories about her
late father-in-law, James Horace Patt Roberso
Adams, one of the builders of the PattRoberson
Panama Canal. The family may be entitled to a coveted
Roosevelt Medal.
Ronald Hughes of Picayune would like to connect with a
license-plate collector who may have an extra Canal Zone
license plate. Please let me know if you have that plate.
Ronald also sent a photo of a historical marker erected in
2006 by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
It is located near where Graveline Road crosses the railroad
tracks in West Pascagoula. The Hammond Lumber Co. and
the Lake Superior Piling Co. furnished many of the pilings
used in the construction of the Panama Canal. Some were 120
feet in length.


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Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761



By the time you are reading this
Pat Hunt article half the year will have flown
Pat Hunt by and many Zonians will soon be
heading to the reunion. Time passes much too quickly so
enjoy each day to the fullest--my little bit of philosophical
wisdom for this issue. Now on to the news.
The traveling Bradleys, Jim and Diane joined the
Museum group for their annual cruise visiting Grand
Cayman, Aruba, Costa Rica and Panama. They were bussed
across the isthmus to Miraflores Locks where they had lunch
with Ruth and Charlie Leves and Jim's brother Kevin
Bradley. After an enjoyable visit and some sightseeing the
group returned to the Atlantic side and sailed off into the sun-
set. The only reason I mention that is because when they
arrived back home they had to shovel much snow off the
driveway to get into their house! In April they planned to
cruise through the Panama Canal to San Francisco where they
were to meet up with Jim's stepbrother Roger Kat. They had
not seen him in over twenty years. Hopefully all worked out
Willy and Wilma Nowotny also did a little cruising to get
away from the cold weather and snow. On their return to
Florida they stopped to visit with Tony and Sigi Espino in
Sun City. Part of that visit was great and part of it was not so
great, as Willy had to spend several days in the hospital.
Thanks to the support of several good friends and both of his
sons, Willy and Gerald, who happened to be in the area at the
time, all ended well and he returned home to prepare for their
next trip--either that or to start planning the next Octoberfest.
Gerald and Adrienne and daughter Katie visited from Avon,
Conn., in March to make sure he was following doctor's

orders. Malcolm and Jean Stone and Sam and Norma Irvin
joined them for dinner one evening just before the Stones
headed off for a 45-day cruise, more on that when they return.
Norma and Sam recently sold their house and moved to an
apartment in Carolina Village and are very happy with the
move. Norma says one of the perks is that she doesn't have to
cook now!! Well, maybe a little.

brother) in Rogers, Ark. We had a wonderful evening at Pat's
along with Cherry Sue Stahlman, talking about old times
and everything else we could get in--just like every other ex-
Zonian when they get together.

Pat Hunt, Art and Margie Sherry

Willy and Wilma Nowotny

Nicki and Ty Erickson spent a week in Branson, Mo., in
January with a friend from their Germany days. Even though
it was off season they had a very relaxing and enjoyable visit.
They toured a wonderful museum dedicated to the Titanic,
which they highly recommend if you are ever in Branson. A
similar museum is under construction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.,
at the present time. Nicki is still very involved with the
Health Adventure in Asheville which provides many hands-
on activities for children.
My son Jon and his wife Julie planned a two-week vaca-
tion to Panama in January. It was his first trip back in 22
years. They left on New Year's Day and spent the first two
days in the city seeing as much as they could before heading
to Punta Chame where they had rented a cottage. They
enjoyed the ocean, the beach, and especially the corvina. Jon
was bitten by a stingray though--which wasn't enjoyable.
One evening they walked up to the Chame Villas Hotel and
Restaurant for dinner and a young man came over to say hello
and welcome them. His name was Owen Smith and he was
the chef. His parents are Sheila and Rusty Smith, whom Jon
knew while growing up in Diablo. Such a small world!! The
next morning they received a call from the states telling them
that there was a baby boy waiting for them back home (see
Births). Thanks to the helpfulness of the hotel's owner,
George Hepburn, they were able to get their reservations
changed and get back to the city to fly home. The day after
arriving they met their new son in the neonatal unit of the
hospital. His name--Owen River Hunt! They lost a week of
their Panama vacation and Jon didn't get to bring back Napoli
pizzas for his sisters but they all said it was worth it! Lisa,
Terri, Laurie and I went to Virginia in February to welcome
him into the family. He is absolutely beautiful, which is a
completely unbiased opinion.
Art and Margie Sherry stopped in Hendersonville to
visit with Pat Fraser in late March. They were on their way
back to Florida after visiting some of Art's classmates in
Oklahoma and visiting with Betty and Bill Dunning (my

Cherry Stahlman, Pat Fraser, Margie and Art Sherry

Well, I guess that's all the news from NC for this issue so
keep it coming. Call or email me at any time. Next deadline
is July 30th.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995
email: pathunt01(


Spring, though just started on
the calendar, has really sprung in the
Northwest! All the flowering trees
have bloomed and the tulips are in
bloom in Washington's Skagit
Valley. A sure sign that spring has
Barbara Litchford arrived! Spring also signals the end
of dry season trips to Panama...
Mary and Jim Young from Camano Island, Wash., visit-
ed their son Jim Young in Los Rios, Panama, in January and
February. While they were there they were joined by their
sons Frank from Seattle, Wash., and Tom from Fort
Lauderdale, Fla. Mary's sister Nancy Schorsch and her hus-
band Carl from Ventura, Calif., were visiting at La Estancia,

a bed-and-breakfast at Quarry Heights. Her brother Jim
Sullivan and wife Carol from San Mateo, Calif., were also
visiting there. In addition to all the family get-togethers they
saw many old friends who were visiting Panama and enjoy-
ing the great dry season weather. Among those that they saw
were Bill Wichmann from Florida, Darryl Barnes from the
Virgin Islands, Stover Jenkins from New York, Dr. Mike
Szczukowski and Lil from Chattanooga, Tenn., Pat and Dan
Nellis from Sequim, Wash. They also had a nice visit and
lunch with Joanne Flynn Farley and husband Charles from
Missouri who were on a cruise ship and were able to get off
at Amador. During their stay in Panama they spent time with
their son David and family--Nathalie, Luis and Brian. They
also had lunch with Mary's Gorgas nurse friends, Jeanine
Eggleston and Dorothy Sousa. They also saw many old
friends who live in Panama including Dr. Juan Arosemena
and son Juan; Lori, Mark and Megan Goodrich; Rick
Dubek, Nina Kosik, George Lopp, Brenda and Joe
Hummer, Lori Gibson, Kim Homa, Debbie Weiss, Gary
Riley, and many more.

Nancy Sullivan Schorsch, James P. Sullivan, and Mary
Sullivan Young, Los Rios.

Tom Young (TY), Darryl Barnes, David Young, Stover
Jenkins, and Frank Young, Pedasi.

Ginny Rankin was surprised by her family with a party
for her 70th birthday. Her brother and his wife, Walter and
Suzanne Kleefkens, drove up from The Dalles, Ore., for the
weekend and her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Gayle
Rankin, came down from Sequim, Wash., for the day.
Daughters Nancy Ivory and Sandi McClanahan and fami-
lies were also part of the surprise. Ginny's son-in-law Autie


McClanahan made his barbeque ribs to go along with all the
other goodies that were served. Son-in-law Jake Saunders
prepared a slide show with lots of old photos to say happy
birthday. The biggest and best part of the whole party was a
booklet Ginny's five grandchildren made for her. Each grand-
child wrote a special birthday message and had their photo
included. What sweet messages Ginny received from them,
misspelled words and all. Ginny also was able to witness with
daughter Nancy, as a celebration of George Washington's
birthday, the Massing of the Colors at Joint Base Lewis-
McChord (formerly Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB) to cele-
brate past and future warriors in our country's history. There
were 76 different organizations, including grandson
Mitchel's cub pack, represented and more than 100 flags. The
Army's I Corps band provided the music for the event.
Ginny's daughter Karen Blennerhassett, husband John and
kids were up from Panama for a two-week visit during the
winter and they had a ball playing in the mountain snow.
What a difference from the tropical weather in Panama.
Ginny always has fun when they come to visit; she only wish-
es they lived closer. Oldest grandson Seth McClanahan is on
the YMCA gymnastic team and participated in several com-
petitions throughout the area ending the season in state com-
petition. This was his first year and he has done exceptional-
ly well and made his grandma proud. Ginny is looking for-
ward to seeing lots of familiar faces at the reunion this sum-
Jim Shobe, our host for the 2010 Pacific Northwest sum-
mer picnic is working on finalizing plans. The picnic will be
held at Belfair State Park, Belfair, Wash., on Saturday, July
31st. Jim writes: "We are happy to announce that the 2010
Pan Canal Picnic will be held Saturday July 31 at the Belfair
State Palialark (Park). Please bring a picnic lunch. A number
of bar-b-ques are available. Our traditional 'Loteria Y
Alegria' will be held as well. This is a great opportunity for
you to acquire some PCC memorabilia or clear your house or
wall for a new look. Remember what might be old to you
might be someone else's treasure. More news on a Friday
night potluck will come with the next reminder" (Suzette
Connolly will be sending out the information for Jim). There
are several lodging options available; ranging from camping
at Belfair State Park to several local hotels. If you would like
additional information, please contact me and I will put you
in touch with Jim.
John and Evelyn Kotalik aren't planning on doing too
much this year; however, they are looking forward to the
annual picnic. Then shortly after the picnic, the Kotalik,
Morse, and Carrion clans will be gathering aboard a ship
bound for Alaska to celebrate younger brother John Paul's
birthday, which will be the big 4-0. They will be sailing from
Seattle August 10 on a Carnival ship. It will be the first time
they have all gathered outside of Panama. John's three
cousins from the Carrion clan will arrive a couple of days
early so he will get to show off some of the beauty of the
Northwest. John and Evelyn are looking forward to eating
their way through Alaska and parts of Canada and will take
lots of pictures for a future report.
Anne Grimm is staying close to home these days; she's
working on a couple more manuscripts. Books nine and ten
(both science fiction) will be out in June.

Bob and Mary Blake, since moving into their new retire-
ment community in November, have been enjoying life in
downtown Seattle, including views of the Cascade Mountains
and Mt. Rainier from their 17th floor apartment. During their
first month in residence, they celebrated their fifth wedding
anniversary with dinner at the Sorrento Hotel, which is just
down the street from their new home, and was also the site of
their wedding reception in 2004. At Thanksgiving, Mary
baked pumpkin pies to take to their grandson's dinner. At
Christmas, they joined 19 family members for dinner at their
youngest son's home on Lake Washington. New Year's Eve,
following a celebration at their retirement community, found
Bob and Mary at St. James Cathedral attending a magnificent
choral program of music by Handel and others that lasted into
the New Year. They have already attended two evenings at the
Seattle Opera this year--January found them attending II
Trovatore and they attended Falstaffin March. Bob was invit-
ed, in February, to join three other Clipper Pioneers at a
Museum of Flight program celebrating the flying boat era of
Pan American Airways, where he enjoyed reminiscing of
those days and answering questions from the audience.
By the time this issue hits the streets, my oldest son and
his wife, Sean and Amanda Litchford, will be getting set-
tled in at their new Army assignment. Sean will either be
going to Fort Bragg, N.C., or Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
(can you guess which I am rooting for?). Of course, that is
always subject to change and he could end up in Timbuktu.
Ian, my youngest, and I will be taking our annual mother-son
mini-cruise in May. We will take the train to Vancouver,
British Columbia, and will take a Holland America ship back
to Seattle. I hope to see lots of Northwesterners at the reunion
this year.
Don't forget to send your news/bochinche. Without you,
there would be no news.

Barbara Greene Litchford, Reporter
(206) 334-3359


Saludos de Panama! Dry season is
still hanging around Panama with
miserably high temperatures and
unbearable humidity, out of the ordi-
Ana Opel nary and makes me run for any place
air conditioned. Experts predict that
we can expect more of this through the end of April.
Hopefully, maybe, rainy season will start then and El Nino
will come another year.
This quarter passed by so fast I almost didn't get my
reminder out to the Panama folks to send in their input. It was
a last minute plea... My sister Dottie Meissner and John
MacKenzie came from Clearwater to visit for a few weeks.
Just in time for my granddaughter Sophia's third birthday
and the first one celebrated in Panama. Dottie was a life saver
and brought the Little Mermaid party decorations which were

key to the success of the party! The pool party, held at the
social area of her Tia Patti Szymanski's condo in Punta
Pacifica, included a magician to entertain the children and a
BBQ which was fired up by her Abuelo Carl Opel.
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Sophia, Anna Opel and Jenilee Szymanski

Guests included her "otro abuelo" Fred Szymanski Jr.
and great-grandfather Fred Szymanski, Sr., Dottie and John,
Frank and Blanca Mitchell along with their grandchildren
Ian, Lucia, and David Jr. Roquebert, Fernando Barbero
with sons Gabriel and Isaac, Kimberley (Holmes) Coffey
and daughter Charlotte, Juan Raul Castrellon (BHS'93)
and his two sons, Pepe Castaneda (BHS'93), and many oth-
ers. It was a lot of work especially since we were leaving the
next day on a seven-day cruise from Colon to the ABC
islands with the Elks Club Group. We had a great time and
during the cruise celebrated Dottie's 39th birthday (again) at
the Chons Grill onboard.

Front left to right around table: Maritza Dean, Emily
Daniels, Frank and Ellen Attenbury, John MacKenzie,
Dottie Meissner, Anna and Carl Opel, Ernie Dean, Frank
and Blancha Mitchell (Dottie's 39th birthday).

Group photo of friends in The Schooner Bar for Happy Hour
before the Captain's Reception, Elks #1414 and Friends

We enjoyed ourselves so much that Carl and I already
reserved our Junior Suite for the next Elks Club Group in
March 2011 which will take a different route. See Vicki
Sizemore's update further down the Panama news.
Dottie's remainder of the trip in Panama included trips to
Taboga, El Valle, Coronado and some golfing. Their last few
days here they stayed at La Estancia in Quarry Heights to get ,
out of the city's traffic, which they thought was horren-
dous...and I thought Miami was worse.
The Elks Club hosted a great St. Patrick's Day dinner on
the 17th, and participants included Nancy Niemi, Maria .-
Efthimiadis, Woody and Janice DeJernette, Gordy and
Teddy Will, Doug Allen, Tom Duncan, Art Mokray, .
Sophie and Leo Critides, Thad Chamberlain, Ruth Becky Bates, Katya DeLaMater, Paul Bates, Sonia Valley
Martinez, Frank and Ellen Attenbury, Sonia Valley, Larry and Thad Chamberlain.
and Linda Layman, Donnel Rayhill, Richard Bailey, Mike
Andrews, Pablo Eastham and Mimi, Frank and Blanca
Mitchell, Roy Roy Sr., Kathy (Wainio) Roy, Bruce and
Chris Homa, Tim and Peggy Kirkby, Bill Huff, Vince
Canamas, Peter and Lesley Tassel, Bill Hanna, John and
Vera Hanna, Patti Flynn, HB Twohy, Chaco and Bo Smail,
Ed and Bonnie Beasley, Olga Lincoln, Katya DeLaMater,
Paul and Becky Bates, and others. The Irish cuisine was pre-
pared by Chefs Tim and Peggy Kirkby and other Elks mem-
bers and guests provided additional Irish trimmings to
accompany the main dish. I, myself, took a Chocolate Irish
Whisky Tipsy Cake which had instructions not to feed to
minors! John and Vera Hanna

Tom Duncan, Bo Smail, and Art Mokray

My husband Carl returned again to Iraq, hopefully for the
Rob Roy Sr., and Kathy (Wainio) Roy last time, to close up the company's contracts. Who would
have thought that his employment with them would have last-
ed almost six years. It'll be a long six months before he
comes home.
Well on the bright side of things...after losing contact with
a high school friend for 40 years, I was finally able to track
down Ray Inhofe (BHS'64). I tried many, many years ago on
the internet before Google, Facebook, and Classmates, with
no success and it only took a few hours in today's technolo-
gy. Ray is doing well, retired from the Army and the police
force and living in Kentucky. I, of course, passed on his num-
ber to his group of friends and many of them have already
contacted him. Ray is seriously considering a visit to Panama
soon and glad to reconnect with his friends.
John Thompson (BHS'94) surprised my daughter
Jenilee and I with a visit recently to our house in Ancon. He
was visiting in Panama for a few days with his cousin
Katya DeLaMater, Sonia Valley and Olga Lincoln Christina Thompson (BHS'93) and some friends.

Shown here are Dr. Ron Riefkohl (CHS'65), Elsie
Garcia, Nancy Riefkohl, Peter Menachen, and Kristen
Riefkohl. Kristen looks very much like her grandmother,
Stella Riefkohl, whom we all knew as a teacher at CHS. The
picture was taken while visiting with Elsie and Charly Garcia
at Casa de Lourdes Restaurant in El Valle de Anton the week-
end of March 20. They all came to Panama to participate in
LE MAS D ioll the Cayuco race and although they had never practiced or
J ad O' gotten into a cayuco they did not come in last!!

John Thompson, Jenilee Simanski, Anna Opel, and
Christina Thompson.

Now on to other news:
Sarah Ann (Wagner) (BHS'62) Gates visited with Elsie
and Charly Garcia at their El Valle home in February.

Dr. Ron Riefkohl (CHS'65), Elsie Garcia, Nancy Riefkohl,
Peter Menachen, and Kristen Riefkohl.

In a recent visit to Panama, Hilda (Riefkohl) (CHS'62)
Villareal visited with Amy (Garcia) (CHS'65) Fisher at
Restaurant Los Afios Locos in Panama City with her hus-
band Dr. Herman Villareal, a Nephrologist from San
Antonio, Texas.

Sarah Wagner Gates, Elsie Garcia, and Charly Garcia

A group of CHS graduates visited Elsie Garcia in her El
Valle de Anton residence on March 14th. They were joined by
Eric Ernest and Noreen (Will) Ernest who also reside in El Hilda (Riefkohl) Villareal and Amy (Garcia) Fisher
.. ... ." ... Vicki Sizemore in an email writes that: "Dry Season
.. .. .brought lots of visitors to Panama this year. Ed Wardlow and
I had dinner with Lou and Donella Vogel while they were in
town for a visit with Lou's mother. Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, her
husband Randy and sister Amy were here for awhile and we
enjoyed many fun times with them. I saw Donna McClain at
the Elks. I had not seen Donna for many years and enjoyed
our visit. At the end of February we joined other members of
the Elks #1414 & Friends and took the "Cruise from Colon"
aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Enchantment of the Seas.
i Lori Snow brought a group from the states. I got to see
Louise Russon Murphy and husband Jim whom I had not
seen since my Atlantic-side days. We had a great time and
Standing (L-R): Joan (McCullough) Ohman, Charly visited Cartagena, St. Marta, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
Garcia, Sissy (Louise) Hixon, Eric Ernest, Beth (Lewis) We had so much fun we plan to do it again next year when the
Brandenburg, Nick Jackson, Carol (Beall) Fritz, Noreen ship will take a new itinerary to Jamaica, Grand Cayman,
Ernest. Seated: The Queen, Elsie Garcia. Cartagena and Roatan, Honduras.

"March was CHS month in the Homeland. CHS 1970
enjoyed a fantastic class reunion thanks to the many efforts of
Jane Huff and Penny Canamas. They enjoyed dinner at
Penny and Vince's home in Ancon, a trip to Gatun Yacht Club
for a barbecue, a trip to the Reprosa factory and a fine party
at the Elks with music by the favorite hometown band,
Shorty&Slim, along with much dancing and liquid refresh-
ment. In addition, Carol Beall, Beth Lewis, Sue Hierons and
Sissy Hixon were in Panama to celebrate their joint 60th
"Work continues on the Canal Expansion and is especial-
Iv visible in Gatun.

"Ed and I will not be travelling to the U.S. this summer.
We have decided to do our annual "Tour of Panama" instead
with trips to Isla Grande, the Volcan and the beach. Members
of my class (BHS'70) will be gathering in Panama and
Orlando in June to celebrate our 40th Class Reunion. I hope
we have as much fun as CHS'70!"
Captain Peter and Aimee Christian recently visited
Panama for a few days. Anita (Seifert) Townsend and her
husband Jack were able to meet them and do a day of sight-
seeing all over the Canal area. In the afternoon they met
Captain Peter Podest, head of the new ACP pilot training
center, who proudly showed them the simulators used to train
new pilots. Very cool!

Captain Peter Christian, Captain Peter Podest, and Aimee

In February Anita and Jack met Ingrid and Charles
Niemann for dinner at The Wine Bar in Panama City. They
hadn't seen each other for over 20 years so had lots of fun
"catching up". Ingrid and Anita taught together at Howard
AFB Elementary School many years ago. Charles was the
director of CARE here in Panama. After spending a few days
in Panama City, Charles and Ingrid spent the rest of their
vacation "cooling off" in Boquete. Anita and Jack were plan-
ning to visit them, but wanted to finish working on their deck
in Portobelo before leaving Panama for a few months.
The Panazonian community was again saddened by the
passing of another of its members: Carlos Antonio
Gallardo, the father of Freddie Ann Matheney, on March
20; and Ray Aldridge.
Well, so ends another report on Panama's happenings. I
encourage all members in Panama and those visiting to give
me your news to share with the rest of the Record members.
Your input is what makes my article shine! Remember, I am
only a phone call and/or email away and will always answer
the mail. Till next time, hasta la vista!!

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001



Greetings from North Texas. Dallas
had its "First White Christmas" in
eighty-four years with a snowfall of
twelve-and-a-half inches. It remained on
the ground untouched and pristine for Linda Morris
days 'cuz' Texans did not venture out in the weather--they
don't know how to drive in the snow. Really!! After a too-
long, cold season, we all welcome Spring--sniffles, sneezing
and all.
Jack and Jo Ann Morton spent their Fiftieth Wedding
Anniversary cruising on the Carnival Ecstasy out of
Galveston. Son Paul (BHS'79) and his three children, Paul
Jr., Dustin, and Amanda, and son Lee (BHS'81) and wife
Annette completed the Morton party. It was a grand celebra-
tion planned by Paul for the family of eight. Everyone
enjoyed the fun in the sun--swimming with the dolphins in
Cozumel, paddle boats, kayaking, and lotsa relaxing. A spe-
cial touch to the anniversary celebrants' celebration was the
daily cabin decoration always with a different theme--cham-
pagne, chocolates, hearts, etc., by thoughtful daughter-in-law

The Panama Canal Society office will be closed from
Saturday, June 26, 2010 Monday, July 5, 2010.

The office will reopen for business
on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

Back (L-R). Jack Morton, Paul Morton Jr., Lee Morton.
Middle (L-R): Paul Morton, Dustin Morton, Annette
Morton. Front: Jo Ann Morton and Amanda Morton.

Bob and Flois Carlin just returned from a seven-day
Western Caribbean cruise on RC Voyager of the Seas sailing
out of Galveston. The Carlins had visited the ports before so
spent their time enjoying the food and shows. No new sou-
venir shirts were added to Bob's collection this trip. They've
run out of closet space!
Colin Creel (BHS'75) and his co-workers from the
Dallas area made their third annual trip to Panama in
February. They stayed at the Panama Vacation Quarters in
Quarry Heights. Colin (Tour guide extraordinaire) took his
charges to the Panama Fishing Lodge at Punta Burica,
stopped in David, El Valle, Casco Viejo and any and all
tourist spots. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Sue Lopez and Candace Lopez at Los Captones, El Valle

Colin Creel \nith bus and beer at El \alle market

(L-R): Colin Creel, Sue Lopez, Candace Lopez, Janis and
Rick Doubeck at Le Bistrot.

Francis "Duke" Boyd (BHS'53) has recently released
his new book Legends of Surfing. It is an exquisite book with
fantastic photos of world's greatest surfers. It is partly biog-
raphical and a great record and reference book. Duke himself
is an accomplished surfer but better known as the co-founder
of Hang Ten Surfwear in 1962. Duke was recently inducted
into the Huntington Beach Surfers Hall of Fame. He makes
his home in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife Elizabeth.


"Duke" Boyd with the cover of Legends of Surfing.

Elizabeth writes that Duke also celebrated his 75th birth-
day and it was so much fun. Yana and Joey Cabell hosted
Duke's party at their home and the Chart House catered the
prime rib dinner. It was delicious! Debbee and Steve Pezman
flew in from the mainland, Rory Russell flew in from the Big
Island, and Cecilio sang Duke's favorite song. Elizabeth
wants to thank everyone for making Duke's birthday so spe-
cial by sending cards and emails.
Lou and Suzette Seldon hosted a Carib-Latino gathering
at their home in Keller in March. All invitees were asked to
bring a bottle of their favorite "vino" to share with the "comi-
da tipico" prepared by hostess Suzette. The Seldons recently
visited the Zambrano Wine Cellar in Fort Worth for a night
out and highly recommend it. Cef Zambrano the owner is a
Panamanian resettled in Texas. The Seldons will spend a
month visiting in Panama beginning the first week in April.

Captain Robert, Angie, and son Donald Bloemer sailed
on the Celebrity Equinox from Fort Lauderdale on February
27th. The Equinox was in port next to the super-sized liner
The Oasis of the Seas and Angie commented that their ship
looked like a toy next to it

Captain Bob Bloemer, Angie Bloemer,

and Donald

The Bloomers will vacation at the new Breezes Resort in
Panama for a week in April and later spend five days with
longtime friend Peter Tassell and wife in their condo on
Puerto Amador.
This reporter finally found another person who does not
own a cell phone, does not surf Facebook, or prowl U Tube,
text or even own a Blackberry, iPod, or iPad. I met this
"uncommon person" on a recent seven-day Western
Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Spirit sailing from New
Orleans. Talk about a small world--encountering Patt Foster
Roberson, a former classmate from CZJC, Balboa, proves it.
Part admits to being a "tech-less dinosaur" like me. It was an
amazing meet--we both recognized one another after so long
and had a lot of time to talk and laugh.
Adventurous Patt's excursions on the cruise included the
Biomaya Canopy experience in Costa Maya zip-lining over
jungle treetops; cave tubing in Belize and a Jungle Adventure
in Guatemala. She loved them all. Those of you familiar with
Carlos N Charlie's know where BobbyMo and Linda spent
shore time in Mexico.
Many following the long hospitalization of Chipi
Azcarraga were pleased to hear that he is now home and
recuperating. Thanks to the daily updates from Betty
LeDoux-Morris we rallied with every day's improvement.
Still would love to hear from more of y'all--emails, let-
ters, postcards, and phone calls welcome--and photos too!!
Hasta next time!!

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-9744

San Antonio

Well, it is good to be home! We
spent almost a month in Panama enjoy-
ing the breezy, sunny, dry season
weather, only to come home to 41 Paula
degrees and howling winds. I laughed Kuyoth-Ayers
and asked Randy if maybe we should
have stayed a few more days! It was a wonderful trip, as
always, and this time we rented an apartment at Albrook
Park. We truly appreciate Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore
finding us a place to stay.
One evening Ed Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore, Randy and I
visited Kathy Wainio and Rob Roy's lovely home in
Cardenas, and had a "going away dinner" for those going on
the Elks Club sponsored Caribbean cruise. Kathy's friend
Sara had prepared Cuban arroz con polio and I brought ropa
vieja and coconut rice. Billy Hannah and his son Jon
Hannah joined us for a wonderful send-off for Sara, Kathy,
Ed and Vicki. After their return from the cruise, they said that
everyone had a wonderful trip and are already planning on
going again next year. As a matter of fact, the trip has already
been scheduled for March of 2011 and, if interested, you
might want to contact Vicki.
My sister Amy Kuyoth-Rote came down to spend a week
with us. It was fun as always! One afternoon Amy and I head-
ed down to Napoli for a pizza and to check out Reprosa for
an item or two or three, and ended up stuck in a traffic jam on
Via Espana for an hour and a half. We saw an ambulance and
a couple of Guardia trucks, but nothing that explained the
traffic jam. We found out later that there was a construction
workers demonstration where they had been throwing con-
struction materials off the tops of the buildings, causing the
closure of the streets and the subsequent traffic jams. We had
plans to go to Jimmy's Restaurant for dinner with Ana and
Bob Boyer that evening and I asked him if we should still go.
His gentle reminder put us all at ease: "Remember that
demonstrations only last until 4 p.m. as everyone plans on
being home for dinner; demonstrations are not held on
Friday, Saturdays, or Sundays; and if it rains, everyone goes
home." Words of Wisdom!! So, of course, we went to
Jimmy's and as always had the best corvina in town!

Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, Randy Ayers, Amy Kuyoth-Rote,
Bob and Ana Boyer, Jimmy's Restaurant.

FOR 2011

Cristobal High School Class of 1970 had their reunion in
Panama. Two of their events were an evening at Amador
Yacht Club and Slim&Shorty at the Elks Club. Jane Huff
was the organizer and graciously invited us to come to their
activities. We enjoyed talking to everyone and saw familiar
faces from a variety of BHS and CHS classes: Gary Melant,
Doug Allen, Jane Huff, Bill Huff, Vicki Sizemore, Ed
Wardlow, Billy Weigle, Bob Cruz, Pablo Prieto, Donna
McClain, Teddy Henter, Chaco Will, Everett White,
Katya DeLaMater, Jennifer Jones, Lynn Kuyoth-Lynch,
Randy "Bo" Lane, Doug Hale, just to name a few. We had
a great time!
On the second Saturday of each month, the "ladies" meet
for lunch at a pre-selected restaurant in the Panama City area.
In November 2009 the "ladies" had lunch at the Market
where they are supposed to make the best hamburgers in
town. Amy and I were invited to the March 2010 meeting at
Lenos y Carbon on the causeway for lunch. About 20 ladies
attended and, of course, it was fun to catch up with each
other, meet new friends and have a great lunch. The day was
beautiful and perfect for eating outside with the dry season
breezes and sunshine. No one was in any hurry to leave and
it made for a delightful afternoon. A few of the "ladies" were
Anna Opel and her sister Dottie Meissner, Vicki Sizemore,
Dee Hanna, Debbie Vasquez, Maria Efthimiadis, Amy
Kuyoth-Rote, and Paula Kuyoth-Ayers. We all had a great

Debbie Vasquez, Liz Johnson, Dee Hanna, and Maria
Efthimiadis, Lenos y Carbon.

Vicki Sizemore called one morning and said that she and
Ed Wardlow were going to Chinese breakfast at Lung Fung
and wanted to know if we would like to go. Having been once
before, I naturally said "yes" and told Amy to get ready as we
were going to go downtown to have "itchy cow" and other
Chinese culinary delights. We met Wendy Corrigan and her
husband, and Wendy's cousin (who was visiting from Maine)
for breakfast. I am not sure what was ordered and didn't want
to know, but I can assure you that it was all good. Needless to
say, no one left there hungry.

[sunuirg kL-K): c-u n' arulo, I I'hi .r31tIImIUI, .-Ann
Kuyoth-Rote. Seated (L-R): Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, Wendy's
cousin, Wendy and Dennis Corrigan, Lung Fung's.

One Sunday Amy, Randy and I went fishing at Arenosa.
We rented a pontoon boat and guide from Dennis Melton and
had a great day of fishing and enjoying the lake. I've includ-
ed a picture of Amy's big catch! She caught the biggest pea-
cock bass of the day. Randy and I won the contest for the
"smallest" peacock bass. Anyway, it was a great trip that we
will repeat the next time we go down.

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Amy Kuyoth-Rote with her 5 lb. peacock bass, Arenosa

On the local front, May 22nd is the 3rd Annual Zonie
Gathering hosted by Bobby Medinger in New Braunfels,
Texas. We are all looking forward to getting together again
and reconnecting with old friends and classmates. Let's see if
we can break the previous records for attendance this year.
Hope to see you there!
It was sad to get on the plane to come back to Texas, but
we know that we will be back soon as Panama is always

Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, Reporter
(830) 632-9498
email: pkavers(&



To celebrate Judi McCullough's birthday and Thelma
Daida's art show on January 25th, Joan Ohman, Beth
Brandenburg, Lynn Pridgen, Camille Robertson, and
Cheryl Russell got together in Punta Gorda. The group is
pictured here in front of one of Thelma's paintings featured in
the art show at the SeaGrapes Art Gallery. Following her
retirement as an OR nurse at Gorgas Hospital, Thelma (TD)
has enjoyed rediscovering her artistic talent.
The group had lunch at a local tea room and then were
treated to a magnificent view of a Bald Eagle nesting at the
top of a tree at the Historic Park. Fortunately, Joan Ohman
had her camera ready to snap these pictures of the happy
birthday girl, talented artist, and magnificent Bald Eagle. By
the way, the town of Punta Gorda offers a delightful assort-
ment of art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants--and they
are already planning a return trip.

(L-R): Joan Ohman, Cheryl Russell, Lynn Pridgen,
Thelma Daida, Thelma's artwork, Beth Brandenburg, Judi
McCullough, and Camille Robertson.


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Captain Robert and Mrs. Frances L. Morrissey are
pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Captain
Sean E. Morrissey, to Miss Angelica DeLuccia. Angelica is
the daughter of Mr. Nick and Mrs. Lynette DeLuccia of
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Sean graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 2002
with a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Nautical Science and
sailed in the Merchant Marine obtaining his Master's
License. He is currently working as a Maritime Safety and
Security Consultant; most recently on projects in the United
Arab Emirates and Charleston, S.C.
Angelica will graduate from the Fashion Institute of New
York with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Advertising
Communications in the spring. The couple currently lives in
Brooklyn, N.Y., and plan to wed in the early spring of 2011.

Angelica DeLuccia and Sean Morrissey


Lindsay Willingham, daughter of Janet Stuart
(BHS'67) and Dwayne Willingham (BHS'62), graduated
from Daytona State College in December 2009. She will now
be attending Florida State University to work on her Master's
degree in psychology.

Linmsay Willingiam


Jack and Jo Ann (Harte) Morton of McKinney, Texas,
were married June 4, 1960, in Tulsa, Okla., where Jack
attended the University of Tulsa. Jack and Jo Ann returned to
the Canal Zone/Panama in 1961, and continued to live there
until Jack's retirement in 1983.
They have two sons, Paul (BHS'79) and Lee (BHS'81),
daughter-in-law Annette (Lee's wife), and three grandchil-
dren, Paul Jr., Dustin and Amanda (Paul's children). In
February Paul organized a wonderful anniversary cruise for
the entire family and Lee and Annette decorated Jack and Jo
Ann's cabin each day with hearts, champagne, chocolates,
teddy bears, etc. It was a memorable celebration!

Jo Ann and Jack Mo
June 4, 1960

Sara's acceptance in the Brokus Conservatory comes as a
result of a recent audition she had in Miami and only 30
dancers are selected within the United States. She will be
traveling to Los Angeles in July for two weeks. From there
she will go on to New York where she has been accepted into
a summer intensive program for one week with the Broadway
Artist Alliance.


A group of about 30 friends and relations gathered on
March 7, 2010, in Lakewood, N.J., to help Jerry Schear cel-
ebrate his 90th birthday. Almost every remaining family
member attended which was very nice. Son John and grand-
daughters Courtney and Corinne made the trip from Tampa,
Fla., to give him their loving greetings. Courtney's birthday
comes just two days after Jerry's but she was only 12.
Jerry is not in the best of health at this time but he said
that the party was "Good medicine. How long do I have to
hang around until the next party?" He has been retired since
1975 from his job in Administrative Services at the
Administration Building in Balboa Heights.

Jack and Jo Ann Morton
50th Anniversary, 2010


Sara Ann Snow, daughter of Lori Stevenson (BHS'77)
Snow and Virgil Snow, has been accepted into the Brokus
Conservatory summer program in Los Angeles, Calif., for
Musical Theater. Sara has been dancing since she was three
and has been part of a pre-professional dance company in
Atlanta called the Susan Chambers Dance Company. Her
training is strong in the areas of Musical Theater, Tap, Ballet,
and Jazz. She recently began taking private voice lessons
with Richard Lissemore, a voice teacher from New York, who
has worked with Broadway performers and American Idol

sara Ann snow

Frank Schear, Gerard K. Schear, and John Schear

Jerry Schear's 90th birthday party


See page 2 for information.


Ed and Gloria Malin will celebrate their 60th wedding
anniversary on July 1st at the Panama Canal Society Reunion
in Orlando. Their four children, two grandkids and one great-
grandchild will help them celebrate with some friends and
neighbors from the Canal Zone. Ed and Gloria live in
Jacksonville, Fla., where they were married 60 years ago.
Last April 2009, Ed and Gloria were able to return to
Panama for the first time in over twenty years. Their tour
guides were Ed and Dottie Coleman Malin (BHS'72) who
took them from Panama City to the beaches to El Volcan and
Bocas del Toro. For Christmas 2009, their grandson Shane
and great-granddaughter Hali drove them up to Western
Virginia where they met their older daughters, Kathy Malin
(BHS'74) and Bob Mclnturff, Helen (BHS'76) and Amy
Christiansen, and Donna Malin (BHS'80) and Adam
Meyerson and their sons, Sam and Ben, for a winter ski trip.
Ed and Gloria still enjoy traveling and playing bridge.


Nicki (Harper) Dawson announces the engagement of
Andrew Harper to Valentina Ramos on January 14, 2010.
The engagement took place at the Randazzo Restaurant in
Coral Gables, Fla.
The occasion was very romantic, and Andrew proposed
on Valentina's birthday which was on the 14th and she
thought the cake was a birthday cake--was she ever sur-

Proposal Cake

Gloria and Ed Malin, 1950

Valentina Ramos and Andrew Harper

Gloria and Ed Malin, 2010

She is the daughter of Manuel and Maria Ramos of
Venezuela. Her parents were visiting her at the time and
Andrew asked their permission in advance to marry their
daughter. It was such an exciting evening. They plan to marry
in the not too distant future.
Andrew is the son of Nicki Dawson, who worked at CHS,
and David Harper, Panama Agencies Co., Colon.


Charlie and Marilyn Chase will celebrate 45 years of mar-
riage on June 12, 2010. They were married at Sacred Heart
Church in Ancon on June 12, 1965. After leaving the Canal
Zone, Charlie moved to Arlington, Texas, where he worked
for American Airlines until his retirement.
Charlie and Marilyn have two daughters, Kristen and
Deanne, and two grandchildren, Chase and Charlie. Charlie
and Marilyn currently reside in Pecan Plantation outside of
Granbury, Texas.


On one of the coldest nights in Tampa, January 9, 2010,
friends celebrated Annette Bloise's birthday. Most stayed
inside and some were tough enough to hang around the fire
pits outside. It was a memorable night among Zonian friends
with good food and libations!! The following people braved
the cold to help Annette celebrate: George, Cynthia and
Angelina Ateek; Kelly (Morris) Fenton, friend Chuck, and
her daughter Rachel; Noreen Hanson; Lynn Heddaeus;
Michelle (Humphrey) Hutchings; Maritza Reyes; Roy
Reyes and his girlfriend Janet; Mark and Christy
(Goodwin) Sacco; Pat and Cherish Smith, and many other
friends and coworkers.

Lynn Heddaeus, Kelly (Morris) Fenton, Annette Bloise
and Maritza Reyes.

Panama Canal Society office
will be closed from

Saturday, June 26, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010.

The office will reopen
for business
on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

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Lynley Michelle Weade and Jason Fischbach were mar-
ried on July 12, 2009, at the Davis Islands Garden Club in
Tampa, Fla. They now share the same wedding anniversary
with Lynley's parents and grandparents!
Lynley is the daughter of Mike and Jan Weade and Jason
is the son of Ernest and Rhonda Fischbach. The maid of
honor was Megan Kat, cousin of the bride, and the best man
was Ernest Fischbach, father of the groom. Bridesmaids
included Tania Kat, Jasmin Harshman, Joye Lucas and
Anita Fischbach. Groomsmen, all brothers of the groom,
included Paul, Jon and Brian Fischbach. The ring bearer
was little Jose Alvarez, son of Johanna and Jose Alvarez.
The parents of the bride surprised the bride and groom at
the reception with Pollera dancers and musicians, a beautiful
addition to the special day! Following the wedding the new-
lyweds spent their honeymoon on a five-day cruise to Ocho
Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman.


Forest Harris and Lance Price were married in a lovely
ceremony in the park in Elberta, Ala., on November 14, 2009.
The bride was escorted by her father, and a large number of
friends and relatives of the bride and groom attended the cer-
emony. Forest is the daughter of James G Harris, and grand-
daughter of Forest Wise Robberson, formerly of the Canal
After the ceremony, the wedding party and guests gath-
ered for luncheon in the reception hall which was beautifully
decorated in white with red roses. Mr. and Mrs. Price cur-
rently reside in Elberta, Ala.

Forest and Lance Price

Lynley Michelle Weade and Jason Fischbach

Forest Wise Robberson, James G Harris, Devon Harris,
The bride and groom with Pollera dancers and musicians and Forest Price.


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Terry and Sue Deakins of Summerville, S.C., are pleased
to introduce their first grandchild, Chloe Noelle Blackstone.
Chloe was born September 20, 2009 in Portland, Maine, to
Tim and Allison (Deakins) Blackstone of Cape Elizabeth,
Maine. Uncle Marc and Aunt Amy Deakins, who live in
Okinawa, Japan, are looking forward to meeting Chloe this

Terrell Deakins, Chloe Noelle Blackstone, and Sue


Brian and Alisia Cicero welcomed their second son
Conner Lee Cicero born August 23, 2009. Conner joins his
big brother Blake James, who is two years old. Conner is the
grandson of Mark and Dena Cicero and the great-grandson
of Joe and Marcia Cicero.

Back: Brian and Alisia Cicero. Front: Blake and Conner


Jon and Julie Gurnee-Hunt of Leesburg, Va., announce
the arrival of their son Owen River, born on December 7,
2009, and weighing 3 lbs. 1 oz.
Grandparents are Becky and Dan Baker of Great Falls,
Va., and Rick Gurnee of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Patricia
Hunt and the late John Hunt of Hendersonville, N.C.

Jon Hunt, Owen River Hunt, and Julie Gurnee-Hunt


Daren and Jaime Dempsey of Rockledge, Fla., are very
proud to announce the birth of their first baby, Dylan
Douglas Dempsey, born August 25, 2009 at Cape Canaveral
Hospital, Merritt Island, Fla.
His paternal grandparents are Valerie (Mclntire)
Dempsey (BHS'67) and the late Herschel W. Dempsey
(BHS'63). Maternal erandnarents are Jim and Dee Carter.

Jaime Dempsey, Dylan Douglas Dempsey, and Daren


Brian Wood (BHS'91) and spouse Karina Wood of San
Antonio, Texas, proudly announce the arrival on November
18, 2009, of their third son, Asher Oliver. Asher weighed 8
lbs. 2 oz. and was 20V2 inches long. He joins his brothers,
Jordan Balboa (8) and Adrian Joseph (5).
Paternal grandparents are Joe (BHS'55) and Beverly
Bowman (BHS'61) Wood of Tallahassee, Fla., and great-
grandparent Audrey (Benoit) (BHS'41) Bowman. Maternal
grandparents are Adrian and Perla Olivares of San Antonio,


Jason and Tereza Harper are proud to announce the birth
of their daughter on April 3, 2009. She was named Stanislava
(after her Czech grandmother) Nicolene (after her paternal
grandmother) Harper, but she is called Stana. The family
live in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Jason is the son of Nicki Dawson of Bonita Springs, Fla.,
who worked at Cristobal High School, and David Harper,
Panama Aeencies Co.. Colon. R.P.

Back: Karina Wood and Brian Wood holding Asher Oliver
Wood. Front: Jordan Balboa Wood and Adrian Joseph Jason and Tereza Harper with Stanislava Nicolene Harper

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Beverly V. Baker was born in
Vancouver, Wash., to Paul and
Gertrude Van Horn in 1927. Being the
daughter of a minister, she and her sis-
ter Betty and brother Bill traveled
around the United States as her father
answered callings from different con-
gregations in the 1920s, '30s, and
'40s. Beverly graduated from the
College of Puget Sound in 1949 with
a BA in Sociology. At college she met Floyd W. Baker who
had the same lust for life and a flair for adventure. They mar-
ried in 1948 and over the next ten years, Floyd and Bev
brought four children Glen, Carol, Paul and Beth into the
In 1959, being compared to the Swiss Family Robinson,
Bev and Floyd took their four young children on an epic
adventure to the Galapagos Islands. From there they moved
to Panama. During the 21 years they lived in the Panama
Canal Zone, Beverly was an avid community volunteer. She
was active on the civic council; editor of the San Flea, the
Coco Solo newsletter; and director of the Teen Club. Bev and
Floyd were two of the Christmas Elves that organized the
annual Santa Claus Parade that handed out gifts to the kids on
the Atlantic Side each Christmas Eve. Some of you may
remember the Baker's little blue truck packed with gifts that
led the Parade!
As her children were growing up, Bev went back to
school receiving a Masters in Human Relations from the
University of Oklahoma in 1977. Working as a civilian for the
U.S. Army in Fort Gulick and Fort Davis, she specialized in
drug, alcohol and family counseling. After leaving the Canal
Zone in 1981, she continued her career serving military fam-
ilies with the Washington State National Guard in Tacoma.
In 1981 Bev and Floyd returned to Federal Way, Wash.,
and reunited with Wayside United Church of Christ where
they were charter members before leaving for the Galapagos.
Beverly served on many boards and in many roles at the
Wayside Church. She was moderator for two years and
served on two search committees for new ministers. She was
active as a volunteer in the domestic abuse community net-
work. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Their spirit of adventure and exploration continued to
play a major role in their lives. Bev and Floyd enjoyed trav-
eling around the country with their trailer and regular camp-
ing adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Her enthusiasm for
life showed in her love of swimming, camping, and socializ-
ing with her many friends. The annual Christmas party that
Bev and Floyd put on became "Legend." Twenty-nine years
later the Canal Zone community of the Northwest continues
the tradition in Bev and Floyd's name. The location has
changed but the party goes on.

Beverly passed away in her home surrounded by family
and loved ones on January 22, 2010, in Federal Way, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Floyd
W. Baker. She leaves behind her sister Betty Holben; brother
Bill Van Horn; children Glen (Diane) Baker, Carol Goodwin,
Paul (Suzette Connolly) Baker, and Beth (Clark Iverson)
Baker; four grandchildren; her companion, Mike Moran; and
many other loving family members and friends.

Samuel C. Beckley, 73, of Oakfield, N.Y., died March 10,
2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital. Mr. Beckley was born
October 31, 1936, in Brooklyn, and was raised in the Panama
Canal Zone, a son of the late Samuel C. and Anna (Lawson)
Beckley. He was a 1955 graduate of Balboa High School and
later graduated from Canal Zone Junior College. He then
graduated from The State University of New York at
Cobleskill in 1959, earning his degree in animal husbandry.
He also earned his bachelor's degree from Regents College.
Mr. Beckley was a train enthusiast and also enjoyed
spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed
gardening, taking summer vacations to the Outer Banks with
his family and traveling to Panama, where he would meet up
with his former classmates. He was a food technologist for
the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Seattle until his retire-
ment in 1999. A veteran, Mr. Beckley served with the U.S.
Army from 1960 to 1963.
He was a member of the Oakfield United Methodist
Church, Oakfield Rod and Gun Club, Oakfield Historical
Society and the Panama Canal Society. He was also a Village
of Oakfield Trustee, a Mason and past elder for the former
Oakland Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly (DeSmith) Beckley of
Oakfield, whom he married July 8, 1961; a son, Samuel Chris
Beckley of Roanoke, Va.; two daughters, Sarah (Sean)
Johnson of Caledonia and Sonja (Chad) Armbrewster of
Batavia; five grandchildren; a brother, Lawson (Anna)
Beckley of Richmond, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett, 71,
of Sunnyvale and Oceanside, Calif.,
passed away February 2, 2010 after a
lengthy and valiant battle with cancer.
Kathleen was bom on September 19,
1938 at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal
Zone and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1956. After graduation she
-. married Tony Dyer from the Atlantic
side and after many years in the Canal
Zone and a brief time in Puerto Rico, they eventually settled
in California.

Years later she met and married her second husband,
Court Bennett. Court was a United Airlines pilot who loved
boating and flying his own airplanes. Kathleen and Court had
a lovely home right on the water, very near a private airport
where they both were able to enjoy these two pastimes. Boat
trips to Catalina Island or down the coast were not uncom-
mon. Nor was an airplane flight to the mountains to visit
friends or just to get away from the city life.
Kathleen was a very compassionate woman with an over-
whelming sense of caring and true giving of self. She had a
wonderful way of reaching out and grasping the hearts of oth-
ers. This was her beauty, her "light"--the essence that encom-
passed everyone with whom she came in contact. Family was
her passion and it was always she that pulled all the family
together for special, and sometimes not-so-special, occasions.
She always looked for an occurrence to have a get-together.
She just loved to entertain.
Kathy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her
grandchildren were the pride of her life and they always
brought her abundant joy--even after she became ill. A true
friend, she was well known for her compassion, kindness and
generosity to others. She had a wonderful sense of humor and
was always a pleasure to be around. She was an active mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society, attending many reunions
and she was a member of the Panama Canal Museum which
she very generously supported.
She is survived by her husband, Court Bennett of
Sunnyvale, Calif.; daughter Teresa (Steve) Godfrey of Palo
Alto, Calif., and two grandchildren; son Tony (Anna Marie)
Dyer of Dana Point, Calif.; son Kurtis (Debra) Bennett of San
Diego, Calif. She is also survived by sisters Joanne Steiner
Robinson of Westlake, Calif.; Patricia Steiner Kearns of
Williamsburg, Va.; brothers Jerome Steiner of Panama; Allen
Steiner of Tallahassee, Fla., and John Steiner of Tallahassee,
Fla. Also to be included as direct survivors are Mitzi Siegel
Beers of Dorset, England, and Larry Siegel of Hoover, Ala.;
and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.

Marie Bierbaum, 83, of Enterprise, Ala., died February
5, 2010, at her residence. Mrs. Bierbaum was born September
30, 1926, in the Republic of Panama, the daughter of the late
Vincent Raymond and Anna Kamps Raymond. She was pre-
ceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer W. Bierbaum;
daughters, Theresa Kyser, Carolyn Bierbaum; and grandson,
Sgt. William Brown.
Survivors include her son, Raymond Bierbaum, Virginia;
son-in-law, Eugene (Mickey) Kyser, Enterprise; sister,
Theresa Bennett, N.Y.; two granddaughters; and six great-

Mrs. Martha Marie Browder,
102, of Potomac Falls, Va., died
January 30, 2010, at the Johnson
Center at Falcons Landing. Martha
was born on June 27, 1907 in New
Athens, Ohio. She was a daughter of
the late Samuel G Hughes and the
late Mary Dickerson Hughes. Her

husband, Col. Edward M. Browder, Jr.; brother, William
Hughes; and her son, Capt. Edward H. Browder, predeceased
Mrs. Browder moved to Hollywood, Calif., at the age of
five. She and her husband met and graduated from
Hollywood High School, Hollywood, Calif. Mrs. Browder
furthered her education at UCLA. She started her teaching
career in Brea, Calif., for a few years before her husband's
career as a Civil Engineer relocated them to the Panama
Canal Zone for over 37 years. Mrs. Browder taught school for
11 years in Panama and was an active volunteer with the Red
Cross. She lived in San Francisco for several years and then
San Diego before moving to Northern Virginia in 2000. She
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by a son, William Marion Browder and
his wife Linda of Leesburg, Va.; her daughter-in-law, Judith
Browder, of Avon, Ind. She is also survived by three grand-
sons, a granddaughter, and five great-grandchildren.

Jessee Wayne Crawford, 68, of Combs Addition, W.Va.,
died suddenly on April 2, 2010, at his home. He was born
July 30, 1941, in the Panama Canal Zone, a son of the late
Jessee and Helen Blake Crawford. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by one half-sister, Vera May
Jessee was a retired employee of the Department of
Higher Education who served as the JTPA councilor and was
an adjunct professor in the business department at
SWVC&TC for many years. Jessee administered the ACT
testing at SWVC&TC for over 20 years. He also worked as
an advisor for the Department of Higher Education in
Charleston. After retirement, he worked part time as a tutor at
the Day Report Center at Logan. He received a baccalaureate
degree in accounting from the University of Southern
California at Berkeley. Prior to attending the University, he
served in the U.S. Navy at Oakland as a hospital corpsman.
Jessee was of the Baptist faith. He loved to fish and travel. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Those left to carry on his legacy are his wife, Marlene
Mills Crawford of Combs Addition; a son, Jessee "Ryan" Lee
Crawford at home; one special baby girl, Brionna Rachelle
Crawford at home; three stepchildren, Marla (Chris) Johnson
of Claypool, Philip Nelson and Joseph Nelson, both of
Mineral City; one sister, Beverly McClellan of Wilmington,
N.C.; one brother, Jerry Lee (Marilyn) Crawford of Toronto,
Canada; three grandsons; one niece, two nephews, four great-
nieces, and two great-nephews.

Margaret "Maggie" Elizabeth Stapleton Dalton, 97,
died March 1, 2010, in Pinehurst, N.C., her home since 1974.
She was born in Hattiesburg, Miss., on October 29, 1912, to
Lackey and Naomi Turner Stapleton, and she grew up in the
Panama Canal Zone where her parents had moved several
years before the canal opened in 1914. She graduated from
Balboa High School in 1930, then studied for a year at what
is now Mississippi University for Women.
In 1932 she married Carl A. Posey, a young civil engineer
from Lawton, Okla. By the time the marriage ended in 1942,

she had begun what would be a long career as a civilian
employee of the U.S. Army. In December 1942, she and her
son, Carl Jr., moved to Guatemala City, Guatemala, where
she worked for the U.S. Army until returning to Panama in
1944. On a 1947 voyage from Panama to New York, she met
Gordon H. Dalton, then an assistant purser on the Panama
Line ship Cristobal. They were married on September 30,
1947, in Balboa, Canal Zone.
During the 1960s, while Margaret continued as a statisti-
cian with the Army, the Daltons opened their own travel
agency, which, with its menu of innovative tours, prospered,
and allowed the couple to travel widely. She retired from
Federal Government service in 1973. Both avid golfers, the
Daltons first visited Pinehurst in the 1960s. In the mid-1970s,
they sold their travel agency in Panama and moved to a home
in Pinehurst Village. In 1983, they built a new home on a
five-acre lot at the Country Club of North Carolina, where
they lived for almost two decades. Throughout her many
years in Pinehurst, Maggie was active in the Silver Foils, the
oldest women's recreational golfing group in the country, and
the Garden Club. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society. Continuing a Canal Zone tradition, she was a fine
swimmer, a sport she practiced regularly into her nineties. In
2004, the Daltons entered Carolina House, an assisted living
facility in Pinehurst. By then, Margaret had lost what little
remained of her vision. Gordon Dalton died in March of
Margaret Dalton is survived by her son, Carl A. Posey, Jr.,
and his wife, Ann Wadia, of Alexandria, Va., and four grand-

Stanley Eccles passed away peacefully at home in
Henderson, Nev., on February 20, 2010. He was born in
Mount Kisco, N.Y., on March 21, 1914, and would have been
96 years old on that date. He worked as a Towing Locomotive
(Mule) Operator for the Panama Canal and retired in Panama,
where he lived for many years before moving to Henderson.
Many will remember Stanley as "one of the guys" who would
gather at the Diablo Boatsheds to tell stories about their expe-
riences at the Canal. He will be sorely missed by his daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Priscilla and Ron Rodriquez, also from

Captain Edmund P. (Phil) Gabriel crossed the final bar
in Pensacola, Fla., on January 22, 2010, after a hard battle
with cancer. Phil had a long and distinguished career in the
U.S. Merchant Marine. He retired in 1987 from the Panama
Canal where he held several positions, including Panama
Canal Pilot, Assistant Port Captain, and Chairman of the
Board of Local Inspectors. In 1971 he was recognized for his
outstanding seamanship for preventing a serious collision in
the Canal between the S/S Horizon and the M/VSilvermain.
Before moving to Panama, Phil served as Master on Reynolds
Metals drybulk carriers and Esso tankers.
He was a sacristan, Eucharistic minister, and choir mem-
ber at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. He loved sailing and
tolerated powerboats. He was an avid woodworker, making
cradles for his great-grandchildren and toy cradles for their

dolls. He prayed for each of his children, grandchildren, and
great-grandchildren by name each night.
He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Gabriel
(nee Seaman), six children, 23 grandchildren, and 30 great-
grandchildren. His children include Philip (Kathleen) Gabriel
of Orofino, Idaho; Susan Compton of Lewiston, Idaho;
Stephen (Margaret) Gabriel of Falls Church, Va.; Jane
(William) Huff of Merritt Island, Fla.; Clifford (Karen Jones)
Gabriel of Gambrills, Md.; and Thomas Gabriel of Pensacola,

Anne Elizabeth Edwards Hale,
79, of Merritt Island, Fla., passed
away February 8, 2010 at her
granddaughter Diana Grimison's
home, where she had been lovingly
cared for the past two years. She
was born on May 25, 1930 in
Petersburg, Va. Anne moved to the
Panama Canal Zone at the age of
seven and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1948.
The following year, she and Hugh Douglas Hale were
married in Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone. They lived in commu-
nities on both sides of the Isthmus until 1975, when Hugh
retired from the Panama Canal Company. They moved to
Kerrville, Texas, and then to Tarpon Springs and Yalaha, Fla.
Anne was a descendant of Roosevelt medal holder William F.
She is survived by her sister, Helen Magan of Pueblo,
Colo.; three children, Peggy Huff (Dennis) of Merritt Island;
Douglas Hale (Luz) of Panama; and Glenora Cleary of
Merritt Island; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchil-
dren. She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh Douglas
Hale, in 1991. Hugh died in Panama while visiting his fami-

Jean de Garmo Imparato passed away February 6,
2010. She moved to Florida from Albrook Air Force Base,
Canal Zone, Panama, in 1961. She graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania, School of Education in
Philadelphia. She was employed in Philadelphia before her
marriage to Col. Edward T. Imparato.
She was a former Executive Director of Friends of the
Pinellas Court Animal Foundation, a member of the Carlouel
Yacht Club, Bellair Country Club, American University
Women, the Fine Arts Society, and the Episcopal Church of
She is survived by a stepson, Edward T. Imparato Jr. of
Los Angeles, Calif.; and by Marcelino Fernandez, a house-
hold employee of 50 years.

Edward John Kunkel was born July 24, 1913, in the
Panama Canal Zone and died at home in Kerrville, Texas, on
February 2, 2010. He was the firstborn of eight children to
Edward E. and Nora (Cullinane) Kunkel. He graduated from
Balboa High School and attended an apprentice program to


become a machinist for the Ordnance Department of the U.S.
Army where he retired in 1968.
He loved baseball and was popular as a pitcher for a team
in Panama. He later was noted for his years of coaching Little
League in the Canal Zone. He was a member of Elks Lodge
1414 of the Panama Canal working his way through the
chairs to Exalted Ruler and Past District Deputy. He was a
member of Notre Dame Catholic Church and volunteered for
various activities including field trips for the school children
and other needs.
Survivors include his wife Marjorie, of 50 years of mar-
riage. Also survived by his son, Thomas of Blanco, Texas;
stepson, Dan Roberts of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two stepgrand-
sons. He has one brother in Buffalo, N.Y., Robert Kunkel; a
sister, Margaret Herring of Lynn Haven, Fla.; and numerous
nieces and nephews.

Captain Paul Leffler of Lake Worth, Fla., passed away on
March 12, 2010. Paul was a Panama Canal pilot from 1964 to
1993 when he retired to South Florida. He was in the Navy
Reserve and was retired at the rank of Commander. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Shirley Blumberg
(BHS'64) Leffler, his daughter Johanna Leffler (BHS'89)
Kohler, his son Scott Leffler (BHS'93), two grandchildren,
his sister, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Kathleen (Kathy) Moffitt, 85, a longtime resident
of Berkeley, Calif., died February 1, 2010 in Los Altos, with
family at her side. Kathy was raised in Alliance, Ohio, and
still has many relatives there. Her family moved to Panama
when she was a teenager, where she graduated from Balboa
High School in 1942 and Canal Zone Junior College in 1944,
and met Frank her future husband, who was serving in the
Army Air Corps.
Kathy graduated from Ohio State University in 1946 with
a degree in elementary education. She and Frank married
shortly after her graduation, and moved to Syracuse, N.Y.
Kathy taught elementary school while Frank finished college.
They moved to Berkeley in 1951, and she devoted her life to
raising her family. Kathy was a devout Catholic, a member of
St. Mary Magdalen parish in Berkeley and a ten-year mem-
ber of the St. Elijah Community of the Order of Discalced
Carmelites, Secular. High points in her life included visiting
the Holy Land and personally meeting Pope John Paul II at
Castel Gandolfo. She was an inspiration to many, and will be
greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Her lively
spirit and beautiful smile will be remembered always.
She is survived by her children: Mary Elmstrom (Gary) of
Woodland; Eileen Frelier (Paul) of Bozeman, Mont.;
Kathleen Vinci of Richmond; Ann Zacharias of Newport,
Maine; Nick Moffitt (Nancy) of Gig Harbor, Wash., Tony
Moffitt (Silvana) of Flynt, Texas; Madeleine Gerdes (Chris)
of Los Altos; Margaret Goebel (Kai) of Mountain View; 16
grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-
grandchild. She is also survived by her sister Loreen Gorringe
of Burley, Idaho; brother Joe Boni of Chuluota, Fla.; many
nieces and nephews, and countless friends. She was prede-

ceased by Francis ("Frank"), her husband of 61 years; grand-
daughter Kathleen Marie Moffitt; parents August and
Angelina Boni; brother Daniel Boni; and sisters Mary Ellen
Boni and Loretta Briggs.

Louise Gloria Grote Munn, wife
of former Canal Zone Police Officer
George E. Munn, passed away
January 27, 2010, just a few days
after her 77th birthday after a coura-
geous 19-month struggle with pan-
creatic cancer. She lived an ordinary
life extraordinarily.
Born in Panama City, Panama, on
January 12, 1933, she graduated from Pan-American Institute
in 1952 and attended Canal Zone College as well as the
University of Panama. She began working for the U.S. Air
Force in 1954 in the Caribbean Air Command as an executive
secretary and continued her service at Albrook and Howard
Air Force base until 1982. She then transferred to Offutt Air
Force Base, Omaha, Neb., after her husband's retirement and
she retired in 1997 with 39 years of service. She was a joy to
all, with a quick smile and a mischievous nature she took care
of everyone in her life. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
She leaves behind her husband of 53 years, whom she met
when he followed her home from work one day. In his words:
"She was one in a million and there will never be another one
like her." Also missing her are her devoted son George Jr. of
Yankton, S.D.; her daughter Mary of Vero Beach, Fla.; son
Fritz of Gainesville, Fla.; and her youngest son, David of
Lincoln, Neb. Supporting them in this time of loss are their
spouses Mike, Sherri and Cheryl, and her seven grandchil-

Mary N. Overstreet, 77, of
Spring Hill, Tenn., passed away
February 23, 2010. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Edward C.
Overstreet, Jr., and her parents, John
and Bertha Vuillemenot Nevin.
Mary was a fixture on the Atlantic
side and at the Coco Solo Hospital
where she was employed as a nurse.
You could always find her attending
each of her children's sporting events and dance recitals. She
was an avid sewer and fashioned many Atlantic Side Little
League Cheerleader outfits. On Sundays after Mass at Holy
Family, you could find Mary at the Gatun Yacht Club sitting
on the bench next to the bohio reading a book and ensuring
her children were not causing injury to themselves or others,
drowning themselves or others, or starting some type of
ruckus, as Mary kept an eye on and looked after all the kids.
She has a special place in the heart of many. She was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by daughters, Terri Lawhon of Goose
Creek, S.C., and Katherine Overstreet of Scottsdale, Ariz.;
sons, Eddie Overstreet of Tallahassee, Fla., John Overstreet

of Nampa, Idaho, Paul Overstreet of California, Md., Thomas
Overstreet of Spring Hill, Tenn., and David Overstreet of
Tallahassee, Fla.; and 16 loving grandchildren.

Albert F. Pate, 85, passed away January 12, 2010, in San
Diego, Calif. He was born October 20, 1914, in Tifton, Ga.,
the son of James Forrest and Mildred Elizabeth Pate. He had
a younger sister Margarite who predeceased him. In 1933 he
was one of the 25 graduates of Vienna, Georgia High School
where he started on the basketball team which twice won the
Georgia state championship and finished second in a nation-
al tournament in Chicago. His team was proud to be selected
to play the Harlem Globetrotters on their tour of Georgia.
After graduation his family was reunited in Panama
where his father had found work on the canal. Al worked his
way up the ranks with the Locks Division at Gatun to finally
having the position as Operation Supervisor for the Atlantic
Locks. He retired the end of 1975 with 42 years service with
the Panama Canal Company.
On August 17, 1956 Al married Dorothy Emma Wolf
(Dot) in 1946. Dot was the daughter of Frank H. Wolf, a
Roosevelt Medal Holder, and Marie Wolf. The reception in
Colon's Hotel Washington was attended by hundreds since
the invitation was published in the local newspaper so as not
to leave anyone out. Al and Dot loved a party and continued
to host one most weeks throughout their time in Panama.
Al was an active member of many charitable and fraternal
organizations including the Sibert Masonic Lodge, he was a
33rd degree Mason, the Scottish Rite Bodies, Abou Saad
Shrine Temple, Jesters, and the B.P.O.E. Lodge 1542. He was
also active in St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Margarita,
as a lay reader and senior warden.
Dot and Al retired to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1976 and
were active members of the Panama Canal Society of which
he was President in 1982-83.
Al is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; daughter,
Deborah Marie and son-in-law Jack Forrest of San Diego,
Calif.; three nieces; and a nephew. The Pates also have three
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren from a prior mar-
riage of their son-in-law Jack who were a great joy to them.

Maxwell Sheldon Sanders, Jr.,
68, of Kosciusko, Miss., passed away
on January 31, 2010, after a three-
month battle with cancer. He was
born November 5, 1941, in Colon,
Sa Panama, and was a 1959 graduate of
Cristobal High School.
After completing a Master of
Science in Biology at Morehead State
University, Max joined the National
Park Service where he served the
public as a federal law enforcement officer for 33 years. He
was a ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, Blue Ridge
Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, and the Natchez Trace
The outdoors were the source of both his occupation and
his passion. He fervently pursued experiences in God's cre-

ation, and throughout his life enjoyed birdwatching (his life-
list includes 737 species), exploring, golfing, hiking, canoe-
ing, and hunting. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Society, the Mississippi Ornithological Society, and First
Baptist Church.
Max is survived by his wife, Willa Sanders, of Kosciusko;
daughters, Alicia Sanders Bouldin and husband Jason
Bouldin, of Oxford, Miss., and Shelley Sanders of North
Carolina; brother Gordon Sanders of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister
Carolyn Falasca of Wilmington, Del.; and a grandson. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Maxwell Sheldon Sanders,
Sr. and Jeanne Carolyn Crouch Sanders.

John Robert Smith, born in Culebra, Panama Canal
Zone, on July 2, 1914, died in Sarasota, Fla., on March 5,
2010. He was a graduate of Balboa High School in the Canal
Zone in 1932 and of Iowa State University. He worked as an
electrical engineer for the Panama Canal Company for over
thirty years. He and his wife, the former Elsie Bertha Neely,
retired from the Panama Canal to Sarasota, Fla., in 1969. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Elsie B Neely
Smith; his daughter, Patricia Robbin Larson of Bradenton,
Fla., and his grandson, Daniel Larson, also of Bradenton.
He is survived by his wife of eleven years, Evelyn
"Tommy" Roth Smith of Sarasota; a son, The Rt. Rev. John
H. Smith, of Brunswick, Maine; a stepdaughter, Marilyn Roth
Banks of Sarasota; two granddaughters; and eight great-

Edna (Marwood) Wertz, 101, passed away on January 2,
2010 in San Antonio, Texas. Edna was born in England and
moved to Pitman, N.J., with her family as a young girl. She
became friends with Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton, the grand-
daughter of a neighbor, who would visit during the summer.
Edna traveled to Panama a few years after completing
high school to visit Dorothy where she met George Wertz,
Dorothy's brother. They married two years later and made
their lives in the Canal Zone where George worked for the
Electrical Division. Edna worked for a short time at the
Margarita movie theater and was active in the Cristobal
Women's Club. George retired from PCC in 1970 and he and
Edna bought a small RV and spent a few years visiting friends
and sightseeing the U.S. before calling Ozona, Fla., home.
George passed away in 1972. Edna remained living in Ozona
where she had many Canal Zone friends. In 1995 she moved
to San Antonio, Texas, to be near her daughter, Marie.
Edna was predeceased by her husband George Wertz and
her son Lenny Wertz. Edna is survived by her daughter, Marie
(Wertz) Ayala and her husband Tony, of San Antonio, Texas;
daughter-in-law Renee Nellis; two grandchildren and three

Lorraine (Rae) H. Wilder passed away on February 27,
2010 in Brevard County, Fla. She was born Lorraine Helen
Carr on July 4, 1922 in Boston, Mass., and graduated from
Hyde Park High School in 1939.

She married Arthur T. Wilder on April 12, 1942. Rae
moved to Panama in 1951 where her husband Arthur was a
Panama Canal Pilot. In 1976 they moved to Long Beach,
N.C., and then to Ocala, Fla., in 1984. They moved to
Brevard County in 2006. Rae's hobbies were sewing and
cooking and she also enjoyed golf and bridge. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur; her two sons,
Lawrence T. (Ruth) and David A. (Jeannine); four grandchil-
dren; five great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Albert L.
(Aura) Wilder, and many nieces and nephews.

Bea Zeeck, journalist and former spokeswoman for Texas
Tech, died March 25, 2010, at her home after a brief illness.
She valued grammar and decorum, the First Amendment and
an educated citizenry, common sense and a sense of humor.
She loved flowers, cats, dogs, books, and any simple thing
that helped reveal truth. She was a woman of deep faith with
an appreciation of the beliefs of others.
She was born on July 31, 1921 in West Chicago, Ill., and
received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri,
and a master's in communications from Texas Tech. She was
a reporter and editor for newspapers in Columbia, Mo.,
Chico, Calif., Chicago, Ill., Des Moines, Iowa, and for The
Panama American in Panama. She also wrote as a freelancer
for various newspapers.

She met and married Jarvis R. Zeeck in Panama when she
worked there as a reporter. They were married at the Tivoli
Hotel in the Canal Zone. Then they returned to Texas where
he was a farmer, and later in his life operated a business sell-
ing airplanes and agricultural equipment in Mexico.
She was an advertising copywriter in Lubbock, Texas, and
worked as a writer and associate director of the Texas Tech
Office of Information Services. In 1980 she was named direc-
tor of news and publications for Tech, and served in that
capacity until her retirement in 1987.
She was active in civic affairs in Plainview and Lubbock,
including working for the United Way, the Girl Scouts, South
Plains Food Bank, Texas Tech Museum, Roots Historical Arts
Council, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Lubbock
Committee for Women, and Contact Lubbock Inc., a crisis
hotline. She was also a member of Friends of Lubbock City-
County Library and a local Great Books group and Lubbock's
Twentieth Century Club. She also was a longtime member of
the Lubbock chapter of Association for Women in
She was preceded in death by her husband Jarvis Zeeck in
1992. She leaves four children. Dr. Phillip R. Zeeck (Rev.
Ingrid) of Odessa, Katherine C. Zeeck of Sheridan, Wyo.,
David A. Zeeck (Valarie) of University Place, Wash., James
R. Zeeck (Paula McCabe) of Falls Church, Va.; five grand-
children; and five great-grandchildren.

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Mit Parsons and Mike Basham, submitted by Mit Parsons.


The attached photograph
was taken during the summer
of 1969 in South Vietnam. The
picture was published in the
Panama Canal Spillway short-
ly thereafter.
1st Lt. Mit Parsons
(BHS'62) was hooking a ride
out to Fire Base
Berchtesgarden in the A Shau
Valley when he jumped on a
Huey. Parsons noticed the
name CWO Basham on the
helmet. He tapped the pilot on
the shoulder and he turned out
to be Chief Warrant Officer
Mike Basham (BHS'64). The
two Zonians had a great

Mit Parsons
Pine, Colo.


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January 8, 1962: Front (L-R): Umpire Randy Gangle, Catcher McManus, Kiwis; Batter Doug Hale, Gibraltar Jrs. Behind
fence (L-R): Marshall Harris, Ed Frensley, Charley Myers. At dugout: Batter on deck Richard Key, Batboy Mickey
Harris, Manager Bud Risberg, Coach Bud Harris. Submitted by John Harris.


Opening Day Game, January 3, 196/. (L-R): Lt. (Jov. H. R. 'artitt; Pitcher Tlon Young,
Gibraltar Jrs.; Bud Harris; Pitcher Doug Law, Kiwis. Submitted by John Harris.


Reprinted with permission by Lee Nessel, FLORIDA TODAY

They call themselves "Zonians," and a community of
them now live in Brevard County. Perhaps you've seen them,
cascading across Merritt Island's Sykes Creek in an unfamil-
iar craft, training for a race that involves an annual pilgrim-
age back to their former home: The Panama Canal Zone.
The Central Florida Cayuco Paddlers, mostly in their 40s
now, grew up in the 553-square-mile Canal Zone where gen-
erations of Americans lived and worked on the canal. Even
after most Americans relocated back to the United States
(many to Florida) following the 1977 treaty that agreed to
give up exclusive American control of the territory, many of
them travel back every year to celebrate their history with
"It was a utopia, there was no crime, everyone had good
jobs, there was a good school system," Scott Roche said.
"My kids have never been down there but they hate me for
The annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco race is 50 miles over
three days, from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the
Panama Canal, in native cayuco boats.
No, these little boats do not interfere with canal opera-
tions, which sees up to 14,000 vessels pass through each year.
The racers skirt outside the buoy line of the channel.
The boats are made by the Indians of Panama, who dig
them out of native trees. Cayucos are 30 feet long and resem-
ble kayaks. The typical crew of four uses single-blade pad-
dles, similar to how a canoe is propelled.
"It's not easy, the boats are very tippy," Roche said. "It's
like being on a longboard out in the ocean with four people
sitting on it."
Formerly of Port St. John and now living in Orlando,
Roche, 48, is one team member traveling to this year's race.
His parents moved to the Canal Zone when he was 3, and the
family left in 1980 after he finished high school.
The Central Floridians who train in Sykes Creek meet
three times a week and have been paddling a 7-mile loop
from State Road 520 to SR 528. They use a boat modeled
after the Due Process, the winningest boat in the race's histo-
ry now on display at the Cocoa Beach Surf Company.
The Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race tradition began in
1954. Frank Townsend of the Panama Canal Company took
a group of Explorers from the Boy Scouts of America to meet
a native community on the Chagres River. A formal race was
born from the competition that developed between the natives
and the Americans.
Richard Grimison, 47, won a race when he was a scout
in 1980. He did four races as a scout, left to attend college in
the U.S., and then returned as an adult. This will be his 11th
"It's like a homecoming. My great grandparents went
down to dig the canal and my family stayed ever since," said
the current resident of Merritt Island. "It's still home for us."

It is typical for about 45 cayuco teams to participate with
about 190 participants, and spectators usually number 1,000,
according to the race Web site.
The three-day race begins on a Friday, at the Atlantic
entrance of the canal in Cristobal and ends at Gatun Locks--
about 7 miles. Saturday's second stretch crosses Gatun Lake
and ends in Gamboa, about 21 miles.
Sunday consists of several sprints and races that span 15
miles through more locks and end at the Pacific Ocean.
The race celebrates a mix of culture. It's Panamanians and
Americans, adults and youth, little boats next to some of the
world's largest. It could only happen in the Panama Canal.


It was a beautiful Spring/Dry Season Day in Panama
when the ZipNic76 team--Keith Allaun, Betty LeDoux-
Morris, Kathy Corrigan Barcia, and Steve Fetherston
(Captain)--arrived with nervous excitement in anticipation of
the coming week. The week ahead would mean waking up
before the birds at 4:30 a.m. to be ready to paddle by 5:30
down the Chagres River with the Howler Monkeys watching
and telling us that they were starting their day, and afternoon
walks up to the top of Ancon Hill.

Back (L-R): Steve Fetherston, Ted Kaufer, Keith Allaun,
Kathy (Corrigan) Barcia. Front (L-R): Sue (Hirons)
Fehrenbach, Betty LeDoux-Morris, Lew Stabler on top of
Ancon Hill.

senn Anaun, nteuy Leuoux
Barcia, and Steve Fetherston.

All in preparation for the trek across the Translsthmian
Highway to our old hometown on the Atlantic side where we
and 104 other Cayuco teams gathered. The day was finally
here when at the sound of 3 2 1, our paddles and adrena-
line hit the water and left the Cristobal pier enroute for Gatun
Locks. Recovering quickly from one swamp, ZipNic76 fin-
ished at a respectable position but being met by the 40+
ZipNic76 supporters in their ZipNic shirts was the greatest
motivation of all.

Kathy, Betty, Steve and Keith in Intrepid/ZipNic76, end of
Day 1.

So, the crew started to prepare for Day 2--THE LAKE.
While the start was good, we encountered extremely rough
waters and ended up with our bow under water. Not to give
up, we worked for about an hour to get the water out of the
boat and finally swam the boat to the nearby island, emptied
the water and set out again. Sadly, we encountered the same
challenges and after realizing we could not recover in time,
we called for assistance to be taken in to Gamboa. What was
an emotional experience was made a bit brighter when Ted
Henter was there to greet us on the launch--having encoun-
tered the same challenges we had.

Your ballot needs to be received by the
Panama Canal Society office by June 22th.
See March 2010 Canal Record.

As true Zonians would have it, the girls team of the NIC
took up where ZipNic76 left off and the team of Diana
Grimison, Karen Coffey, Cassie Corrigan and Trina
Herring continued on to Gamboa and ultimately finished 5th
overall. So, Zip Barriteau and his memory still placed in the
2010 Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race.
Keeping with the spirit of Zip Barriteau and the motto of
the ZipNic76 crew, Non Illegitimi Carborundum, we set out
on Day 3 to make it our best day ever. We managed to avoid
any swamping challenges and finished a very respectable
position and again were greeted by a support team that was
second to none.

Zip Barriteau in 1976

While this event was indeed emotional, one of the most
significant memories we will cherish will be that Zip's entire
family was there with us every step of the way in support of
our efforts. And as Zip would have wanted, while we were
attempting to get across that Lake, his family brought him
back home to the lake that he loved so much--Gatun.
We were fortunate to have stayed at the Panama Vacation
Quarters--along with a couple of other crews--that of the
MOAB (Richard Grimison, Scott Roche, Geoff Pletcher
and Guillermo Payne) and the NIC (Grimison, Coffey,
Herring and Corrigan). Bob and Nikki Medinger hosted a
BBQ at PVQ for the crews, which was enjoyed by all.

tacK (L-K).: Kenecca riercner, acou Kocne, eiten Anlaun,
Steve Fetherston. Front (L-R): Karen Coffey, Trina
Herring, Geoff Pletcher, Betty LeDoux-Morris, Kathy
Corrigan Barcia.

(L-R): Danielle (Barriteau) May, Paige (Barriteau) Nichol,
Hunter Nichol, Megan (Barriteau) Stevens, Brandon
Stevens, Lisa Barriteau, Matt Barriteau, and Buddy May.

Betty LeDoux-Morris, Keith Allaun and Sue Stabler

The SNAFU team of Tom Eckel, Alan Eckel, Wendell
Sasso and John McGee were incredible coaches and sup-
porters. Despite having their own race to "run" they kept a
watchful eye on our progress. They are all heroes in our
books and we will be forever grateful to the SNAFU team, the
Eckel family and all of our supporters.

SNAFU Team: Maurice (team manager), John McGee,
Wendell Sasso and Tom Eckel receiving their trophies (Alan
Eckel among the missing).

Your name badge is your passport to participate in reunion activities and to
receive special "negotiated" discounts. For example, you can get a 10% discount
on food at hotel restaurants by showing or wearing your name badge.
This discount does not apply for beverages.


Words cannot express the gratitude we feel toward the
ZipNic76 Crew (Keith Allaun, Betty LeDoux-Morris,
Kathy Corrigan, Steve Featherston and their supporters)
for tributing our brother, husband and father in this way. They
brought us together to experience something we'll never for-
get. For some of us, it had been more than 30 years since
being in Panama. For others, we had only heard the stories.
We cheered on ZipNic 76 in the cayuco race that meant so
much to Zip. And we saw where he grew up, we fed monkeys
and watched as ships passed through the amazing Panama
Canal. John "Zip" Barriteau is smiling from Heaven.

We are forever grateful,
The Barritean Family
Rear (L-R): Zach Allaun, Danielle May, Kathy Kredell,
Hunter Nichol, Paige Nichol, Brandon Stevens, Matt
Barriteau, Scott Parker. Middle (L-R): Ally Pascu, Franz DEEP SEA FISHING IN PANAMA
Kahler, standing are Sarah Allaun, Kathi Overstreet,
Glenda (Stronach) Allaun, Melinda Allaun, Lisa After our wonderful cruise in February, my husband and
Barriteau, Roderick Snyder. Front (L-R): Mary I, along with Jan and Don Ponder, rented a car and drove up
(Bedsworth) Chrysson (ZipNic76 Queen), Stacy (Parker) into the Interior of Panama, stopping off at a lovely B&B in
DeRaps (ZipNip76 Queen), Megan (Barriteau) Stevens, El Valle for two nights and then staying overnight at another
Eddie Overstreet. B&B in Pedasi. We then drove up to Puerto Armuelles to a
0., Ifishing lodge called: Aqua Adventures "Hooked on Fishing,"
where we spent two nights, either relaxing by their pool or
doing some serious fishing.
Don and Steve with Oliver, our boatman, caught a large
Rooster Fish. We did not keep that fish, and released it back
to the ocean after taking a photo. However, when Steve and
Don caught the Black Tooth Snapper and the Red Snapper in
the photo, we did keep those two and the cook at Aqua
Adventures fixed the Red Snapper for lunch and it was deli-
cious. This lodge was very comfortable. It is run by
Americans and each of the 12 cottages has air conditioning
and hot running water. Did I mention swimming pool???
Well, here's a photo of it!! It was great being able to swim in

Back (L-R): Lisa Barriteau, Danielle May, Brandon the warm weather of Panama once again.
Stevens, Steve Fetherston, Buddy May, Zach Allaun, q.
Keith Allaun, Matt Barriteau, Hunter Nichol, Paige V .
Nichol. Front (L-R): Megan Stevens, Stacy DeRaps, Kathy -" _.
Barcia, Betty LeDoux-Morris, Mary Chrysson, Kathi

It was an honor for the ZipNic76 team to paddle in the
2010 race and we plan to do it again next year. As noted in the
March issue of the Canal Record, we plan to have a scholar-
ship in place for the 2011 Cayuco Race season--details of that
will be forthcoming.

Betty LeDoux-Morris Don Ponder, Oliver, and Davis Stevenson with their Rooster
Tarpon Springs, Fla. Fish.


See page 2 for information.

help them welcome in the New Year at the Pensacola Elks
Lodge, Geri volunteered to make matching quilted pillow
shams and the following is the finished project.

LRavIs anu Julie ateVCelUfu JUu auu IUU
Black Tooth Snapper and a Red Snapper.

Vicki Boukalis' Mola Quilt

June Stevenson enjoying the swimming pool

June Rowley Stevenson
Lawrenceville, Ga


Don't know what to do with your surplus Molas? Vicki
(Hutchinson) and Bob Boukalis, Lillian, Ala., made them
into a quilt. Vicki had inherited ten Molas from her Mom
(Peggy Hutchison) plus she and Bob had a dozen so they
picked out twelve of their favorites with black backgrounds
to form the top of their quilt and thirteen smaller Molas for
sides. They took the Molas with them when they visited
Bob's parents, Julia and Jim Boukalis, because Julia is a
member of a quilting group at her Catholic church in
Weatherford, Texas.
Cynthia (Boukalis) Humphreys, Bob's sister, helped
Vicki and Julia choose green and black for the colors to be
used for the border and backing material plus they bought
thread and batting. Julia taught Vicki how to measure and cut
each Mola to make them all exactly the same size, while she
machine sewed them together using the green and black bor-
der material they had selected. Julia also hand stitched the
thirteen smaller Molas to the three side panels before she and
the church ladies hand quilted on the batting and backing
When Vicki and Bob showed the finished quilt to
Richard and Olga Phillips and Geri and Bill Foster, who
came all the way from Conyers, Ga., and Dunnellon, Fla., to

Vicki Boukalis
Lillian, Ala.


While on home leave, NARFE National President
Margaret Baptiste attended a joint Chapter meeting in
Summerville, S.C., with members from South Carolina
Chapters 72, 1013, and 1082. In the attached picture are:
Charleston President 1013--Mimi Scharf, S.C.; Federation
President--John Geiger; Summerville President 1082--
Barbara Bryan; National President Baptiste; 1st District
Field Officer Charles Giavelli, and North Charleston
President 72--Frank Stevens. Lunch was served after the

(L-R): Mimi Scharf, John Geiger, Barbara Bryan,
Margaret Baptiste, Charles Giavelli, and Frank Stevens.

Charles L. Giavelli
Summerville, S.C.


January 29, 2010 we buried Roger's Dad at Arlington
National Cemetery with Full Honors. This was a very mov-
ing day for us. Colonel Schwenke, USMC (Ret.), was put to
rest with a company of Marines, caisson, riderless horse with
boots reversed and sword, Honor Guard, 21-gun salute, Taps,
flowers from the Commandant. I was chosen by the family to
preside over the funeral and burial. The temperature was
about 17 degrees. We all were amazed at the discipline of the
Marines who could not even wipe their noses as they
marched from Fort Myer Old Post Chapel to the gravesite.
The next day our branch of the very large Schwenke clan
stayed in Washington, D.C., to do the tourist stuff. The
District got at least 4" of snow that day and as you can see we
had a great time visiting the Capitol, Library of Congress, and
the National Arboretum along with many snowballs thrown at
each other.


Zonies got together at Roy Reyes' house for an impromp-
tu BBQ (complete with ceviche and empanadas) to watch the
XLIV Super Bowl Party. Roger Rios happened to be in the
area, so he called some of his classmates and decided to
throw a party! As if we needed an excuse...
Attending were Annette Bloise, Susie Burk
(McCullough) and her friend Andy (the photographer),
Debbie Dekle, Deb Foster, Jeanine (Nellis) and Richard
Frensley, Kenny Gaul, Noreen Hanson, Brian Kennon,
Roy Reyes, Roger Rios, Randy Rios, and Sherry Williams

Back (L-R): Roger Rios, Jeanine Frensley, Kenny Gaul,
Richard Frensley. Middle (L-R): Sherry Williams, Susie
Burk, Deb Foster, Noreen Hanson, Annette Bloise, Roy
Reyes, Debbie Dekle, Randy Rios. Kneeling: Brian

Noreen Hanson
Tampa, Fla.


In March, Annette Bloise took a trip out to San Francisco
to visit her brother Alex and his children, Anastasia and
Nicolas. She had a wonderful time sightseeing and enjoying
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Matthew Schwenke, Carol Flenniken Schwenke,
Margaret Dickey, William Dickey, Tracy Wolf Dickey, and
Roger Schwenke.

Carol (Flenniken) Schwenke
Tampa, Fla.


Your ballot needs to be received by the
Panama Canal Society office by June 22th.
See March 2010 Canal Record.

(L-K): Alex iolise, Esiner iviorales, ratty iviurae s,
Annette Bloise, Anastasia Bloise, and Nicolas Bloise.

' i '


Dr. Mit Parsons, Board Chairman, Veterans Green Jobs

Robert Browning said it so well, "He, who did well in the
war, earns the right to begin doing well in peace."
I am a "Gamboa Boy" who graduated from BHS in 1962
and a veteran. I retired from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Forest Service as a Wildlife and Fisheries
Ecologist in 2005 after a 35-year career. My interest in natu-
ral resource management was influenced and nurtured by the
likes of my high school biology teacher Mr. Seaquist,
Professor Kenneth Vinton, Canal Zone Junior College, Red
Townsend, Elmer Stevens and Dr. Nate Gale. I also had the
privilege of returning to the Canal Zone twice before starting
my career with the forest service. I returned as a 2nd
Lieutenant in the Army with the Tropic Test Center and as a
biology and physiology teacher at Cristobal High School. My
dad traveled to Panama in 1935 to work for the Panama Canal
Company. My mom and dad were married at the military
chapel in Fort Davis in 1939 and the witnesses were the army
mules looking through the chapel window. My Canal Zone
roots run deep.
I served with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. I
served in combat in Vietnam with the 101st from May 1969
through June 1970 as a photojournalist and as a chemical offi-
cer. My memory of events of bravery, kindness, compassion,
and horror, death, and violence amid the thick jungle vegeta-
tion of the A Shau Valley and along the DMZ, and in the rice
paddies and hedgerows of Thau Thein province will always
be a part of me. Based on my own combat experience I know
how that experience can have lingering effects on your life.
As I started to deal with my combat experiences I prayed
that God would use my experiences of a second descent into
the "Underworld" to help other veterans. Little did I realize
that two months later God would answer my prayer. A former
forest service colleague asked me if I would meet with a
young man who had a vision to help returning veterans, so
my wife Mary Lou and I had dinner with Brett Ken Cairn,
who is now the CEO of VGJ. From that seminal conversation
in August 2007 we began to dream, and to plan and Veterans
Green Jobs became a reality.
Veterans Green Jobs is a national 501c3 non-profit organ-
ization providing successful transition pathways for military

veterans to become civilian leaders in the critical job sectors
that protect and restore our energy, environmental and eco-
nomic security. Veterans Green Jobs integrates a comprehen-
sive veteran support and leadership development program
with state-of-the-art education, training and placement pro-
grams in high opportunity green job fields--energy efficiency,
energy retrofitting, renewable energy, and environmental
conservation and restoration. In this way, VGJ and its exten-
sive network of growing partners are creating for the first
time successful warrior reintegration programs that counter-
act the damaging effects of war. These programs respect and
repurpose the extensive training and military experience of
our veterans into healing service of constructive work in
helping our nation achieve energy independence and energy
security, and in helping to restore the health and resilience of
our environment. We are dedicated to recruiting, training and
placing veterans in green industry jobs.
VGJ focuses our training in two core areas. In our first
core area we are training veterans in careers that directly
address the need for improving the energy and economic
security of local communities. In this way, our programs
enable veterans to bring the ethic of service they embodied in
their military enlistment back to the communities they went
to war to serve. Current education programs include residen-
tial energy auditing and weatherization, commercial/industri-
al energy efficiency, green building and retrofitting, and
renewable energies including wind and solar technologies.
The second core area of focus is environmental restora-
tion and sustainability. Through this focus area we are
empowering veterans to utilize their military experiences to
become leaders in a new mission that heals them as well as
helping to heal and restore the health and resilience of our
environment. Working in partnership with Durango, Colo.,
based Southwest Conservation Corps, VGJ has launched the
first Veterans Green Corps (VGC).
I am inviting you as a Panama Canal Society member and
my fellow veterans from the Canal Zone to become part of
our work. You can learn more about VGJ by visiting our web
site at

Mit Parsons
Pine, Colo.


Greetings from the Werleins in January 2010. We recent-
ly returned from a 12-day trip to Panama. Our last trip was in
2003. The changes in the past six years are many. We arrived
New Year's Day and Marjorie, my sister-in-law, picked us
up at Tocumen. The airport was fully staffed and efficient and
the security is very much in evidence. Our suitcase went
through an X-ray machine to enter the country.
On Saturday we went to Portobelo via the Corredor Norte
and the Autopista. A great improvement to the old two-lane
road of the past. It is now a four-lane 57 km toll road (B3.60).
It ends at what was Sabanitas. We spent the day at the "farm"
in Portobelo. More like a summer home with plenty of beach,
boats, and sunshine.

Sunday we went shopping in Panama City and went to
lunch on the Causeway at Mi Ranchito, a very popular restau-
rant. The food is great. Of course ceviche and corvina a la
plancha were in order. On the way home Marjorie drove us
through Amador and Albrook and we took the Corredor Sur
to Costa del Este, a very upscale housing area with huge
homes and lots of apartment buildings that did not exist six
years ago. The building going on in Panama City is phenom-
enal. There are new high rises going up everywhere.
Monday, January 4th, we went through Albrook and Los
Rios and on to Miraflores. We watched some ships transiting
and saw a show about the building of the canal and a diora-
ma of the new locks which are being built parallel to the
existing locks which will remain as they are and still be used
as well as the new ones. We returned through Curundu. The
afternoon was spent at the pool in the building where
Marjorie lives (sunny and 92 degrees).
Tuesday we went shopping at Sol de India for linens and
visited the new malls and in the evening went to the
Restaurant Napoli for dinner. Wednesday was a morning
walk on Avenida Argentina and the pool and afternoon at the
Albrook Mall for recuerdos for the grandkids. Thursday
Marjorie's sister Ella and her daughters, Maribel and hus-
band Jorge, Maria Cristina and children came to use the
pool and we spent the morning there. In the evening we went
to Cinep61is to see AVATAR in 3-D. It was spectacular.
Friday out to Puente del Centenario and back through
Ancon and saw the former Hospital which now houses The
Panama Courts. One part remains as a Cancer Center. From
there we went to Mi Pueblito off old 4th of July Avenue, now
Avenida Balboa. The restaurants were closed and although
the buildings remain there are few visitors and they cater to
group parties and catered meals. We had lunch at the
Restaurant El Prado.
Saturday was time at the pool and early lunch and in the
afternoon was the baptism of Nicolis, son of Maribel and
Jorge who live in Chile, but wanted him baptized in Panama
by Ella's brother (Maribel's uncle), Johnny. It was in the
Capilla of the Santuario Nacional. Many relatives attended
and afterwards we went to a reception at the Sheraton Hotel
and there were 110+ people there. It was great seeing friends
and people we hadn't seen in years.


Panama Canal Society office

will be closed from

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Monday, July 5, 2010.

The office will reopen

for business

on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.


Saturday, the 9th of January, was also a National Holiday,
Dia de los Mdrtires, so no work and most businesses were
closed. Sunday we went to the Gamboa Hotel for the Sunday
Buffet which was great and came back through Pedro Miguel
and Clayton.

Monday was pack, pool and prepare to leave on Tuesday.
We had our final lunch on the Causeway at Lefios y Carb6n
and the best brocheta mixta we had in Panama. On the way
home we went past the Balboa Yacht Club and the Balboa
Union Church. We flew back to Chicago on Tuesday, January
12th, and drove home on Wednesday.
This was a spectacular visit and we are grateful we got a
chance to spend time with family and friends and meet many
new friends as well. Seeing the changes being made we find
Panama to be a place of promise and, of course, will always
think of it as a very important part of our lives and with fond

Leroy and Joan Werlein
Manitowoc, Wis.


7985 113th Street, Suite 100 I Seminole, FL 33772 I Fax: 727-394-2737

Questions about the Partnership between
the Panama Canal Museum/University of Florida

Several questions have arisen about the new PCM/UF partnership and what the relationship means
to our museum members. Here are two of the most frequently asked:
Q: As members, why should we continue giving to the museum since UF is taking over?
A: Now, more than ever, the museum needs your support. In addition to needing funds to keep
our operation going for the next two years, we are spending money that is critical to the preservation
of our collection for the long term. This year alone we have targeted $15,000 to go to UF's George
A. Smathers Libraries to pay for the expenses of digitizing all CHS and BHS yearbooks; the Panama
Canal Reviews and Spillways; a number of old, rare photographs of the Canal's construction
period; and other documents and publications. In addition, we are working with UF's Center Latin
American Studies to identify sources of revenue that will support academic research scholarships
to study our history. Finally, we expect to spend over $7,500 this year for UF's Samuel Proctor Oral
History Program to take interviews from our members and others who may want to share their
stories about their lives and experiences in the Canal Zone and Panama.
In the next few years we will continue to need funds to support those and other similar preservation
efforts. We will also embark on a fund- raising campaign, along with UF and the Library of Congress,
to create a nationwide traveling exhibit in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
opening of the Panama Canal.

Q: Will we be able to continue to be museum members after UF takes over?
A: The short answer is yes. But first we need to point out that UF is not "taking over" the museum.
That institution, with its vast resources for conservation, preservation and digitization, will be our
partner in our joint efforts to preserve our history. We will still have a presence at UF in the form of
the Panama Canal Museum Collection and we will have a "Friends of the Museum" or similar-type
membership program where donors may continue to provide financial support to preserve the
collection and donate items to add to the collection. These contributions will qualify for tax deductions,
as they do now, and donors will continue to receive proper recognition for their donations.

High School Reunion this Year? Order a DVD of your Yearbook
If your BHS or CHS graduation year ends in process for this project offers a high-quality
a 0 or 5 and your class is having a reunion in resolution and special feature that allows the
Orlando this year, contact your reunion viewer to turn each page using a computer
coordinator or the museum about arranging to mouse. Call the museum at 727-394-9338 to
get a DVD of your yearbook. UF's digitization find out about it!

Website HOURS OF OPERATION Monday -Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Emai 727-394-9338

Come See Us at the Reunion in Orlando!!!

View a wide ranging display of PCM historical
photos and artifacts; special exhibits on famous
Panama Canal visitors, Canal Zone and Panama
health, and the Panama Canal pilots; the always
popular townsite maps; and a unique
UF exhibit featuring government
materials and maps, collections
highlighting the construction of the
canal and visual and photographic
materials from the history of the
American Era of the Panama Canal.
The Museum Store in the Vendors'
Room will feature many special new
items as well as old favorites. Check 2010 Pc Museum
out the 2010 museum collectible ornament and the
2011 museum calendar featuring artwork by Al
Sprague, Roosevelt Medal certificates, new Panama
Canal-related books, bateas and so much more!

1) Renew, join, and/or donate. You will receive
the members' newsletter, The Panama Canal
Museum Review, and keep up with all the
museum's activities and progress in preserv-
ing the history of the United States' participa-
tion in Panama's history.
2) Donate items for the silent auction. It's not
too late!
3) Donate old Balboa Union Church Calendars!
We need the photos! We are making binders
of donated Balboa Union Church calendar
photos -a prized collection to check out at
the Silent Auction.
4) Contact the Museum about lending items for
the reunion exhibits.
5) Offer to volunteer at the Museum or the
6) Come cruise with us!
Please join us ... we need you!
727-394-9338 or

Silent Auction
Starts Thursday-Ends Saturday @ 5pm
Bid on gift cards, books, Panama Canal memora-
bilia, UF memorabilia, jewelry, a montuno, a pollera,
and much more. Always fun to bid on the auction!
Cultural Seminars
In observance of the Smithsonian's
100 years in Panama, attend the two
cultural seminars where conservation-
ist Dr. Stanley Heckadon-Moreno of
the Smithsonian Tropical Research
Institute will present "The Smithsonian's
Castle in the Tropics" These seminars
are a rare opportunity to hear about
the history and work of the Smithsonian
flectible Ornament Tropical Research Institute and the
Galeta Marine Education Center and are not to be
Oral Histories
Contact us before the reunion if you'd like to
recount your Panama Canal memories for UF oral
history interviewers.
Get information about our two upcoming cruises-a
14-night cruise to Canada and New England on
September 26, 2010 (the height of the fall foliage
season!) and a 7-night cruise to the Eastern Carib-
bean on March 6. 2011.

2011 PC Museum Calendar featuring the art oJ.




Again it is time to mark your calendars for the Annual
Reunion in Orlando in June/July. We will have our tradi-
tional Hospitality Suite with all the goodies and treats. The
Suite will be open on Thursday July 1st and remain open
till Saturday night, July 3rd.
The Class of '50 has invited us to join them at their
60th reunion dinner on Friday, July 2nd, at the Hotel.
Remember, there is no place better than the Hospitality
Suite at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort to meet and enjoy
old friends. Come, relax and enjoy the festivities.
Any questions? Please contact Bill Carson (305-944-
0059) or George Downing (321-676-0660). Donations
always help defray the suite costs.

BHS '49 AND '50

The BHS Classes of '49 and '50 will host their annual
Hospitality Suite during the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. We will be
open Thursday, July 1, through Saturday, July 3. It is a
great opportunity to visit with old friends and enjoy the
open bar and refreshments.
For more information, contact:
George Downing ('49) Shirley O'Connor ('50)
321-676-0660 817-642-0569
pangolf(, panamaso(


We will have a reunion dinner on Friday, July 2, 2010,
at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort as part of the annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion, which will be held June
30-July 4, in Orlando.
For further information, contact Shirley O'Connor at
(817) 642-0569, or panamassof(


We will have our reunion during the period of June 30
to July 4, 2010, in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla. Our hospitality room will be open Thursday,
July 1, through Saturday, July 3, and will feature food and
beverages and time for recalling the good old days and
catching up on one another's current lives. A banquet will
be held on Friday, July 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
More detailed information will be forthcoming via
emails and mailings as complete plans are firmed up. To
give us your commitment to attend or to get more infor-
mation, please contact your school/class representative:

BHS Contacts:
Bob Zumbado
11416 Carabelee Circle
Orlando, FL 32825

CHS Contact:

Joan Toscar
905 Teaberry Lane
Port Orange, FL 32127

Joan Kozar-Murphy
11837 Washington Place
Trinity, FL 34655


Planning has begun for our 50th Class Reunion to be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Annual
Reunion at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in
Orlando, Fla., from June 30-July 4, 2010. Let's make this
one even better than the last one!!! Details to follow.

RSVP to: Carolyn Holmes Morris at
or give a call at 706-592-5705


If you are reading this now....get on line and RSVP Saturday Night, July 3
We can still fit you in, but it has to be NOW!! Updates are on Facebook
Come to your 45th Reunion held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society's Reunion June 30-July 4, 2010 Or send an email:
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla.
You will have a Hospitality Suite with food, drinks, sto- Tina
ries and remembrances, and the obligatory and innovative Kathleen
silly and fun activities and prizes. Phyllis


Our 50th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando, Fla., at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. The
dates for the 2010 reunion are June 30-July 4, 2010. It will
be here before you know it so please mark your calendars
and tell any classmates who you are in contact with!!
Your committee is hard at work on plans for a fun time
and will keep you updated as we go along. We are looking
for addresses/telephone numbers/email for John Petersen,
Brenda Murray (Clarke), Georgia Smith (Sumrall), and
Dee Pearce (Beckstrom).
Contacts are:

Joni (Page) Smith
(813) 996-7188

Mike Barfield
(478) 922-6302

Jim Will
(949) 361-8878


The time has flown...we all
have grown! And as we have sur-
vived...the spirit of our class is still
So now is the time to cele-
brate...for BHS Class of '68! As we
turn sixty--and still feel quite nifty...
We'll gather for some fun (and
I MAYBE some rum) reserve the
date...don't be's going to be great!!
Fellow classmates, CHS'68, and friends, join us in
Orlando at the Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion on
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010, for dinner in our class Suite,
birthday cake and the Society Ball where we will dance the
night away! More details to follow by email. Please email
Mike or Peggy to sign up.

Mike Chavez El Jefe
Peggy Hale Huff
Wayne Albritton Darleen Woodruff Hunt
John Disharoon Frances Stabler Meyer
Lee Harwell Grant Janet Hunt Watkins

Registration for the PCS Reunion ($7.00) and reserva-
tions for the PCS Reunion block hotel rooms may be made
online at Society mem-
bership must be current.


iVicki Sizemore is hosting the
"Party in Panama" from June 23-
27, 2010. At the last class reunion
in Panama, BHS'70 drank the
Balboa Yacht Club out of beer, I
have been assured this time they
will double their stock!! If you are interested in going to
Panama in 2010, contact Vicki.

Vicki Sizemore


Our famous Florida contingent have set up the stateside
class reunion in conjunction with the 2010 Panama Canal
Society Reunion. We will have a suite for classmates on
July 2 3, 2010. Contact Rudy, Jacque or Tina.

Rudy Crespo
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Tina (Vega) Cohen

We will be having a hospitality
room at the reunion.
Contact Jane (Gabriel) Huff
or call (321) 449-9665


Plans for our 35th class reunion
are well underway. Save the dates
of June 30-July 4, 2010, in con-
junction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion at the Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando,
Fla. We're planning a variety of fun events starting on
Thursday night and ending Sunday afternoon.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Walker at
Noreen Hanson at noreen.hanson(i&
Joanie Ridge Cameron at


Our 35th class reunion is planning
to be held during the Panama Canal
Society's 2010 Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Fla. Please contact either
David Evans or Scott Parker if you
plan to attend. We are also gathering contact information
on classmates if you have updated email addresses.

David Evans
devans7671 ,
(817) 915-5030

Scott Parker


The Balboa High School Class
of 1980 will be celebrating our
30th High School Reunion in con-
junction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion June 30-
July 4, 2010, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando,
Fla. For more information please visit the web site:, join the facebook group: Balboa
High School Class of 1980, or email:


The Balboa High School and Cristobal High School
classes of 1985 invite you to our 25 year reunion to be held
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. We will be having our get-togeth-
er at the hospitality suite of the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort so plan ahead!!
For more information visit our Facebook group at:
You can register for our 25 year Class Reunion at
Reunion coordinators are:
Pedro Vangas Darla Creek Patti Revello

BHS 1990

Our 20th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion
at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Fla., June 30
- July 4, 2010. A pool side Cabana has been reserved for
Friday, July 2, 2010.
For the latest reunion details e-mail Kevin Steil at or check out Facebook: Balboa
High School Class of 1990 event.








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