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OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE FOR 2010-2012
Mr. Tom Wilder
Mr. Tom Spence
1st Vice President
Mr. Mike Coffey
2nd Vice President
Ms. Shirley Avery
Ms. Noreen Hanson
Mr. Chris Wilder
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Mike Young
Mr. Jim Parthenais
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
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
Mr. Chris Wilder
President's M essage........................................................................ .....................
Office M anager/Secretary's M essage.......................................................................
E ditor's C om er................................... .............................................................. . 2
Marje Foster. Past President.......................... ....... ..... ....................2
2011 Annual Reunion Coordinator Report..................................... ....................3
R union C cultural Sem inar................................. ................................. ............... 4
M em bership N ew s................................................................................ ............. 5
Troyers PCS Membership Meeting................ ....... ...................6
Space C oast Picnic Pictures........................................................... ....................7
D ecem ber Luncheon Pictures........................ ..................................... ...................10
Synopsis o:fl Minute, Executive Board and General Membership Meetings..............13
Legislative R eport.......................................................................... .................. 13
Your Reporter Says:
A rkansas......................... 14
California............ 1 5
DC Metro Area.................18
FL Central Florida.............20
FL North Central..............21
FL Pensacola..................... 23
FL South Florida............ 25
FL Space Coast.................. 27
FL Tallahassee................ 29
FL Tampa........................... 32
TX Kerrville................... 46
TX San Antonio...............46
Looking Back....................... ................ ................48, 57. 66
C ongratulations.............................. ........................................................... 49
W edd ings..... .... ............. ............................ ........ .. ... ....... ......... 53
Births. ............... ..................................58
W ith D eep Sorro ............................................................. ............................. 59
L letters to the E ditor........................................................................ ............... . 6 7
Panam a Canal M useum .................................................... ....... .................. 79
A nnouncem ents.......................................................... ................ ................ 81
A dvertisem ents................................ ...................................... ......... 85
M em bership A application Form ........................................... ........................... 91
Panama Canal Society M merchandise Form .................................... .....................92
Cover: Marjorie (Harrington) Foster. Past President 1994 1995.
DATES TO REMEMBER
March 19 PCS West Coast Annual Picnic and General Meeting. Anderson
Park. Shelter =3 at Tarpon Springs. Fla. Bring a covered dish to
share and your own soft drinks. Contact Tom Spence (352)
684-7771. Picnic begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:00 noon.
April 2 Bi-annual Ditchdiggers' Luncheon. Olive Garden in Ocala. Fla.
11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact Grace Shadeck at (352) 347-4141.
May 14 Spring Luncheon. Trover's Dutch Heritage Restaurant. 3713 Bahia
Vista St.. Sarasota. Fla. For more information call Bob and Cheryl
Russell at (813) 633-8916. See page 6.
May 21 Never Quit Event. Jacksonville. Fla. See page 84 for more infor-
July 6-10 Panama Canal Annual Reunion. Orlando World Center
Marriott. Orlando. Fla. Visit http://i w-.pancanalsociety.org/ to
view yellow pages and register online or see the December 2010
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.
Ec ESS A F
This month we are dedicating our
cover to Mrs. Marje Foster, Past
President and someone who exemplified
Tom Wilder being a member of the Panama Canal
Society. We will miss her presence at the
This year the Membership Committee launched a new
membership renewal program called the "Governor's Club."
I am happy to say this has been very successful! We hope that
more members will consider joining this elite group and help
sustain memberships for years to come. Your new member-
ship decal is enclosed and we hope you will display it proud-
Preparations are well under way for our Annual Reunion!
We are looking forward to the change in venue back to the
Orlando World Center Marriott. Be sure to make your reser-
vations so you won't miss all the fun. Please note that the
reunion dates for this year are July 6th through July 10th, a
change from the traditional Fourth of July weekend.
Hope to see you at one of the upcoming membership
meetings and the annual reunion!
Tom Wilder, President
Happy New Year to all our mem-
bers and their families! I would also
like to thank all the members who sent
notes and cards with their dues thank-
ing the office staff and board for
everything we do during the year.
Each January is always a busy time
for the Society office and this year it is Nancy Van Siclen
a little different since I will finally be visiting Panama. I was
out of the office from January 13, 2011 and returned back to
the office on January 18, 2011.
I still believe that our notices in the October and
December issues each year are working since many members
are paying their dues before January. Please remember that
your membership dues keep your Society going.
As always, if you have any questions regarding your
Society membership status or upcoming Society events
please call or email the Society office and we will be happy
to help you.
Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
Panama Canal Society, Inc. ..-i'"
o (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
7985 113th Street. Suite 334. Seminole. Florida 33772-4787
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December
4 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 S40.00 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: office(apancanalsociety.org Web site: http:'.'% w.pancan-alociety.org'
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
Due to the increasing number of onsite registrations at the Annual Reunion, we ask that you reg-
ister with the office at your earliest convenience. The number of onsite registrations has tripled
in the last three years, and has resulted in increased costs for supplies. As a result, your board
recently increased the onsite registration fee from $7.00 to $10.00.
I would like to introduce the newest person to join our
reporter family, Kathy Malin! Kathy will be our area reporter
for the DC Metro Area. You can reach her at (904) 923-6039.
Welcome aboard Kathy! I am sad to let the membership know
Lars Morales, our Colorado reporter is leaving the Canal
Record family. Lars is making the transition to retirement and
will be living in the States and in Panama. Thanks Lars for
your articles and pictures! If anyone in Colorado wants to
step in, contact me.
You will notice that Ocala no longer is listed on the "Your
Reporter Says" box. Grace Shadeck called and asked for a
name change as she also receives news from members out-
side the Ocala area. Grace's area has been renamed North
Don't forget to register for the Panama Canal Society
2011 Annual Reunion and purchase your tickets for the
reunion activities early. I can't wait to get back to the
Orlando World Center Marriott. This reunion promises to be
outstanding!! Please note the Cultural Seminar will be held
on Saturday, July 9th. Edith (Barkowitz) Crouch will give a
presentation on Mola Art.
As always, if you need help sending articles and pictures
for the Canal Record, I am only a phone call or email away.
Please remember to send your news to your area reporter.
They would love to hear from members!
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
(386) 451- 4779, evenings
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.
REUNION 2011 DREAM TEAM
On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, Marjorie (Harrington)
Foster was called home to be with the Lord. With her fami-
ly by her side, her struggle with cancer ended and her life in
Marje was bor on March 4, 1929 in Akron, Ohio to
Jennie and Robert Harrington. In December of 1941, she
arrived in the Canal Zone along with her family where her
father was employed by the Mechanical Division. Marje
attended Canal Zone schools, graduating in 1947 from
Cristobal High School where she met and fell in love with
Pete Foster and they became engaged on Graduation night
and married the same year. They were blessed with two
daughters June (Foster) Boeckel and Colette (Foster) Carlisle.
She retired from the Panama Canal Commission after 23
years of service having held the position of Chief, Civil
Service Testing with the Central Employment office and
Supervisory Payroll Clerk, Payroll Branch. Later in life,
Marje volunteered and chaired various committees for the
Panama Canal Society. She served as Secretary of the Panama
Canal Society, Inc. from 1987 to 1991, served on the board,
as Reunion Coordinator and as President from 1994 1995.
Marje is survived by Peter Foster, her beloved husband of
63 years, and her daughters, June (Foster) Boeckel, Colette
(Foster) Carlisle and son-in-law Drake Carlisle, and grand-
children, Beth Gailey and husband Bryan, John Trim, Wade
Carlisle and wife Jenny, Jacquie Trim, and great-grandchil-
dren, Patrick and Megan Gailey, Jaxon Trim, Penelope
Carlisle. She is also survived by her sisters Shirley Boswell,
Peggy Currier and husband Norman, brother Robert
Harrington and many nieces and nephews, as well as Yvette
Morgan and Ceci Marceau who were like daughters to her.
She was loved and admired by her entire family.
Marje lived a great life, full of love, laughter, and deli-
cious food. She will be greatly missed by her friends and
family, yet will be a beautiful addition to heaven.
Bill McLaughlin (Past President/Reunion Coordinator);
Betty LeDoux-Morris (Past President/Lodging): Tom
Wilder (President); Nancy Van Siclen (Office Manager);
Mike Coffey (2nd VP/Co-Reunion Coordinator).
REUNION COORDINATORS MARCH UPDATE
CALLE ARIBA Y CALLE ABAJO REUNION
Here we are in March with only a few months to go rri .
before our 2011 Reunion. We are all getting very excit- -( J. e, a 1 i I J
ed about going back to the Orlando World Center .
Marriott. Registration applications are steadily coming
in to the office from our members. It looks like we will .-
have another great reunion. If you have not registered
yet, we encourage you to do so early. Remember, you "
have to be a current member of the Society to register '
for the reunion. .-
Reunion registration forms (Yellow Pages) were in
your December Canal Record and as a cost savings will -
not be published in the March, April or June books. You
can however get a hard copy of the Yellow Pages by
contacting the Society office or go on-line at the Society
web site to register. II :,j 1 7 -j "
We are in the planning stages for a great program
and good eats at the ANNUAL LUNCHEON this year. We are looking for a guest speaker to give a presentation about
the massive project of the Panama Canal expansion and third locks construction now in progress in Panama.
The Panama Canal Society and Panama Canal Museum are pleased to announce that Edith (Barkowitz) Crouch, a
1973 graduate of Balboa High School. will be the guest speaker at the Panama Canal Society Reunion Cultural Seminar,
Saturday afternoon, July 9, 2011, from 2:00 3:30 pm in the Denver & Chicago Conference Rooms (Hall of Cities) at the
Orlando World Center Marriott. "1MOL.A ART" is the topic of this year's Cultural Seminar and will center around the
focus of her new book on mola art -- the history, the Kuna culture, the design references in molas, the aesthetics of mola
art, etc. Read more about the seminar in this issue of the Canal Record.
This year the PanaZonian (PZ) Dance and After Hours Night Club Dance will be combined in the Crystal
Ballroom. We are trying something new this year by starting the PZ Dance at 7:00 with Tito Mouynes y su Conjunto till
11:30. The night will then transition with the After Hours Night Club Dance beginning at 11:30. If you plan on attend-
ing both dances, you can take advantage of the combo ticket for $20.00, which will allow you to attend both. Individual
tickets are available if you only want to attend the PZ or only the After Hours Dance. Attendees will be stamped accord-
ing to what ticket they purchase. The Saturday Night Ball and Saturday After Hours Night Club Dance will be the
same as in the past with two separate ballrooms.
Because of its popularity last year, we will once again offer the Friday Family Night Dance at the beginning of the
PZ Dance from 7:00 8:30 when children under 12 will be allowed into the PanaZonian dance for free, but must be accom-
panied 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 8:30 we go back to the no children 12 or under and those that entered must
On Saturday afternoon, we will be having our 3rd ANNUAL POOL PARTY poolside at the Marriott's Spa Pool. We
are very excited as the Spa Pool is very nice and much more private than in the past. Everyone had such a great time the
last two years we decided to keep on splashing. Remember, you must be a member in good standing and registered for
the reunion to participate.
We encourage members to register for the reunion at your earliest convenience. The increasing number of onsite reg-
istrations at the Annual Reunions has resulted in increased costs for supplies. As a result, the onsite registration fee has
increased to $10.00.
Also, we welcome back those of you who arefive-year members members who renew their membership to attend
class reunions. We hope that you enjoy this year's reunion activities and your class reunion. That's what our reunions are
all about because they help us perpetuate lasting friendships and our isthmian traditions. We encourage each of you in this
category to consider maintaining your membership on a continuous annual basis rather than just every five years. Your
continued support and participation are vital to the Society, as they will ensure its continued existence for years to come.
Volunteers are needed to help during the 2011 Reunion. If you would like to volunteer, contact one
or more of the volunteer chairpersons listed on Page A of the Yellow Pages (registration package).
Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey
REUNION CULTURAL SEMINAR
2011 CULTURAL SEMINAR
THE SEMINAR TOPIC WILL BE
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011
2:00 3:30 P.M
Edith (Barkowitz) Crouch
The Panama Canal Society and Panama Canal Museum are pleased to announce that
Edith (Barkowitz) Crouch, a 1973 graduate of Balboa High School, will be the guest
speaker at the Panama Canal Society Reunion Cultural Seminar in Orlando, Fla. Edith is
an author, glass artist, and teacher. She lives and works in Charlotte, N. C., with her hus-
band who works in information technology management at Duke Energy. Their son is a
Although born in Charleston, S. C., Edith spent her childhood in the Canal Zone. Her
father, Seymour Barkowitz, was the Principal of Curundu Junior High School and their
family lived in Balboa from 1955 to 1985. Edith earned an undergraduate degree in Art
Education from Florida State University and subsequently worked in corporate communi-
cations management for 15 years. Edith's first book, The Mosaics ofLouis Comforn t Tiffany,
was published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., in 2008. Her second book, Tifjanv Studios'
Techniques, was published in December 2010. Edith's third book, Mola Textile Art, is at the
publishers with plans for publication by late Spring/early Summer 2011.
This year's seminar topic will center around the focus of her new book on mola art -- the
history, the Kuna culture, the design references in molas, the aesthetics of mola art, etc. The
seminar will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 2:00 3:30 pm in the Denver &
Chicago Conference Rooms (Hall of Cities) at the Orlando World Center Marriott in
Be sure to mark your reunion calendar so that you won't miss out on this seminar. Also,
please note that Saturday will be the only seminar presentation. For further information,
contact Bob and Cheryl Russell at 813-633-8916.
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I hope your 2011 is off to a great start and that you have scheduled to attend at least a few of the many
Panama Canal Society sponsored events scheduled for this year. I'm looking forward to attending my
first Carnavalito and I'm sure there will be plenty of great photos included in the next Canal Record,
the Panama Canal Society website and Facebook. If you're looking for an event to attend, want to post
an event, or need any information on the Society, these websites offer a lot of information. If you don't
find what you're looking for you can always email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Governors Club! I want to thank the many members choosing to join our newly-established
Governors Club. We appreciate all of our members for renewing each year and this 5-year member-
ship conveys a long-term commitment to the Society and allows us to plan financially for the years
ahead. Members receive a special gift package from the Society and will receive special recognition
and benefits at each reunion. If you want to upgrade your membership to a Governors Club member-
ship, please contact the Society office or complete the online form on our website. Any dues already
paid will be credited to your account by extending your next membership renewal. Again, thank you
to our new Governors Club members!
I recently had the opportunity to attend a Panama Canal Museum Board Meeting. As a PCS Board
Member, I was invited to attend for the purpose of identifying potential items of interest the Society
might retain for display. As I'm sure you know, the museum is in the process of transitioning its
archives and collections through a collaborative effort to the University of Florida. Through this col-
laboration UF will digitize the many documents and artifacts collected by the museum staff to create
a virtual museum. This effort will forever preserve the history of the Panama Canal and establish a
home for this valuable collection.
I cannot overstate the amount of time, effort and funding that is going into this preservation effort. The
Museum Board, its membership, the museum staff, and a dedicated UF staff deserve a great deal of
thanks and support for their hard work and this ongoing effort. There is still a lot to be done and they
need our financial support to complete this monumental project. The Panama Canal Museum is whol-
ly supported by Society members, yet only a fraction of Society members support the museum. I
strongly encourage every PCS member to become a member of the museum. It only costs $26 per
year and your membership will help preserve our heritage, the history of the United States in Panama,
and the Panama Canal Zone. To join online please visit: http://panamacanalmuseum.org/. Your
membership will make a difference.
Are you or your High School Class interested in creating a legacy? I was very impressed with the
"Museum in a Trunk" program offered by the museum. I was more impressed with the number of
Classes that have gathered or are gathering funds to donate these trunks to school districts. These
trunks offer teachers guided lesson plans and teaching tools to make an in-depth study of the Panama
Canal. They're amazing! And, they're customized for all grade levels. For more information visit the
museum website and select the link for "Museum in a Trunk."
Thank you for your membership and I look forward to seeing you at our reunion in July!
Mike Coffey, Chairperson
Join the Panama Canal Society on FACEBOOK and LinkedlN!
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
May 14, 2011
The Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on May 14, 2011, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. The food is excellent so come on out and join
us. Our menu will be: Two meats (chicken and roast beef), homemade bread, dressing, gravy, real
mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, tossed salad, slice of pie and beverage. This will be a sit-down
served meal and reservations are required. Cost for the lunch is $19.00 per person, which includes
tax and gratuity. Pre-meeting at 11:45 a.m., lunch served at 12:00 noon followed by our May General
Membership Meeting. The deadline for reservations is Thursday, May 6, 2011. For more information
contact our hosts: Bob and Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916.
L Troyer's Dutch Heritage (the new Der Dutchman of
S.Sarasota) is located at 3713 Bahia Vista, Sarasota,
S. Florida 34232. Telephone: 941-955-8007.
j >, < Directions: Take 1-75 to Exit 210 (old 39),
c, Fruitville Road. Go right at the exit and stay on
- .' Fruitville Road until the traffic light at Mclntosh
3713 Bahia Vt St Road, go left (South). Stay on Mclntosh until the
..' next traffic light. Go right on Bahia Vista Street.
S..., Right after the railroad tracks the restaurant will
Sbe on the right (North). The restaurant is located
close to the intersection of Bahia Vista Street and
S...- Beneva Road.
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Please Print Clearly
Names of guests:
reservations at $19.00 each.
Total Enclosed $
RESERVATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY. MAY 6. 2011
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal Society. Inc.
1 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772- 4787
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Alice and Robert Forsvthe
-ittney Wilder, Haley Garretson and Danny Garretson
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Bonnie (Nehring) Tudor, Pam Crowell and
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Debbie Saldana. Chris Wilder. Kathv and Tom Wilder
Nancy Van Siclen and Betty LeDoux-Morris
Redington Beach, Fla.
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Rick NePlnnn andi CGrtrnuid Clarke
Nick Dowell and Cristal Pearson
Michelle Pearson, Diane Pearson, and Tinm
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Redington Beach, Fla.
Laura Kosik. Randall Rios. and Barbara Green
erriera and Jacque
Skeeter Camby, Jodi and John Marcum
Barbara Peterson, Bobbie and George Egolf, Lnd Debra
Christmas Luncheon winners: Jim O'Donnell, Stephanie Coffey, President Tom
Wilder, Shawn Coffey, Norbert Quebbeman (floral arrangement), and Margaret
FOR THE 2011 REUNION
Due to the ini ri.lii- number of onsite registrations at the
Annual Reunion, we ask that you register with the office
at your earliest convenience. The number of onsite regis-
trations has tripled in the last three years, and has resulted
in increased costs for supplies. As a result, your board
recently increased the onsite registration fee to $10.00.
You can register online.
ARE NEEDED FOR THE
If you would like to volunteer, contact
one or more of the volunteer chairper-
sons listed on Page A of the Yellow Pages
FEDS REDL ACTION PLAN:
The Republican Study Committee's
"Spending Reduction Act of 2011" seeks
Jim O'Donnel to eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over
a 10-year period. While exempting
defense spending from the cuts, the REPUBLICAN STUDY
COMMITTEE'S plan would extend President Obama's pay
freeze on federal employees from two years to five, cut the
civil service workforce by 15 percent hlirou'li attrition over a
decade, and prohibit federal workers from serving as union
officials on government time.
POINTS OF PAY FREEZE
The administration has issued several memos explaining how
the 2011 pay freeze for federal employees will work under
the various laws and rules governing salary setting. For
example, they say that OPM will only approve higher special
rate pay under 'extraordinary circumstances' and appear to
leave room for paying raises in certain performance-based
systems and where pay is subject to union bargaining (prima-
rily involving air traffic controllers).
The memos also address some special considerations for blue
collar employees and for certain employees in non-foreign
areas, where a special COLA is being phased out in favor of
locality pay under a prior law. For a closer look, go to
http://www.fedweek.com in the hot free info section of our
PENNY ADDED TO CAR MILEAGE RATE
Federal employees who use personal vehicles on official
business are eligible for reimbursement at 51 cents per mile
effective January 1, GSA has announced. That's a penny more
than the prior rate but still below the peak of 58.5 cents in late
The rate for using a motorcycle also increased by a cent to 48
cents per mile, while the rate for using a personal airplane
held steady at S1.29 per mile.
COLA COUN I NEGATIVE
Through the first three months of the count toward a January
2012 federal retirement COLA, the count stands at -0.1 per-
cent, following an increase in December of 0.2 percentage
points in the inflation index used to set the COLA. The count
started negative because under law, following a year in which
no COLA was paid, the count starts at the same starting point
as the count for which the previous adjustment was paid.
That is the third quarter of 2008, a period of a price spike just
before the worst of the financial crisis hit, causing a period of
deflation that caused no COLA to be paid in January 2010 or
THERE MAY BE A CHANGE IN 2012
While active employees received general raises the last two
years and retirees didn't get COLAs, for 2010 the situation
could be reversed. The law granting no raise in 2011 also
covers 2012 but it does not affect the COLA, and the infla-
tion index has moved up each month so far in the current
count. Raises and COLAs go to different populations-raises
are for active employees and COLAs are for retirees-and they
are set differently.
Retiree COLAs are automatic unless denied or delayed,
based on a consumer price index measure over a 12-month
counting period, while raises for active employees are set in
the congressional budget-making process. Typically a raise is
determined each year for the following year, with last year's
law imposing a two-year freeze an anomaly, not only for
imposing a freeze but for covering two years (a proposal is
pending in Congress to extend the freeze to a third year).
Raise amounts usually are based on a measure of private sec-
tor wage growth, the employment cost index, using a differ-
ent measuring period. However, misconceptions about the
two forms of increase are common, in part because raises
commonly are called COLAs by some employees and some
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Alien Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
CO Lars Morales
DC Metro Kathy Malin
Europe Mary Lou Pascavage
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster
North Central Grace Shadeck
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Janice Scott
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
Tampa Laura Kosik (813) 584-9433
GA June A. Stevenson (770) 995-7537
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 Kathleen Sheridan (434) 295 6648
Younger Generation Britton & Ruth Coffman (281) 752-8446
Our fall reunion in Arizona was a fun time
S for everyone who came. We had our meet-
ing at a restaurant in Sun City, Ariz. We had
a lot of new people who came to our meet-
Diane French ing, and it was wonderful to see all the new
faces. Everyone who came to the meeting was able to tell the
group why they lived in the Canal Zone or Panama City. It
was interesting to learn about the lives of everyone.
Chester Oakes, President of our club, gave a talk and
slide show about the third Canal that is being built in the
Canal Zone. What an interesting talk he gave about the whole
operation of the new canal. Thanks go to him for a very inter-
esting program he gave at our meeting. Hoping other people
will also be able to help Chester with our programs for the
Our lunch was outstanding having a large room for our
meeting. It was nice having our meeting in Sun City. The peo-
ple who came to our meeting were Chester and Mary Grace
Oaks, Anne Parks, Lisa Boatwright, Jim and Carolyn
Forbis, Dick and Ginger Zornes, Dora and Warren
LeGrys Jr., Clark and Beth (Speir) Coldiron, Adele and
Robbie Adams, Carl Berg, Miriam Hirschl, John and Jan
Alley, Jay and Diane French, Fulvia Johnson, Karen
Duncan. We had twenty-two people attending our Panama
Canal mini-reunion. It was great seeing our friends who trav-
eled from Prescott, Ariz.
Dick Zornes, Ginger Zornes, and Beth (Speir) Coldiron
Our next meeting in the Spring will be at Miriam
Hirschl's home in Sun City West. Members will bring a
Panama dish to share with the other people who attend our
meeting. This is a fun social enjoying the different
Panamanian food. We want everyone to enjoy the meetings,
and make lasting friendships. If you haven't been to one of
our meetings, and live in Arizona, please come to our next
meeting. You will enjoy being with your friends from Panama
and the Canal Zone. You can call Diane (Sparks) French
(BHS'63) at (623) 546-8624, or any other member in Arizona
who attends our meetings. Hope to see all of you at the spring
meeting in Sun City West.
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
S~ Our first news comes from the
Stohrer/Grench connection, wish it
had included me.
Carol Stohrer Grench and her
Betty Dunning and
Family (Paul and Eileen) took
Lynn Harp Carol's mom, Freda Flenniken
Stohrer, to Panama for two weeks this past November. Carol
picked up her Panamanian cedula while they were there and
Eileen, who fences competitively for Panama, took care of
fencing business with the Panama Olympic Committee.
Freda spent her time soaking up the sun and balmy breezes,
watching birds, and drinking Caf6 Duran. They visited
Boquete, Volcan, Bocas del Toro, as well as Panama City and
Colon. Carol and Freda spent two days at Santa Clara,
remembering many vacations at the beach while Eileen and
Paul enjoyed ecotourism in El Valle--they say it is wonderful-
-food, birds, and hiking. What a wonderful trip! And they
loved every minute except while they were stuck in one of the
famous Panama City traffic jams!
Freda Stohrer and Carol Grench at Gatun Locks
Bill and I had a pleasant surprise one day when our neigh-
bor from across the street brought her friend. Martha Gates
Roux, over to visit. Martha had been born in Panama and
lived there for a long time until her family returned to the
States. Martha lived on both the Atlantic side in New
Cristobal and on the Pacific side in Ancon.
I hauled out my yearbooks and some of the Canal
Records which she went through and kept saying oh, did you
know so-and-so and that went on for maybe an hour. \. had
a good time reminiscing and if I didn't know the people. Bill
would. She hopes to come back and borrow more books to go
through on her next trip to Rogers.
Our daughter Cheryl Dunning Lowery and husband
Mark Lowery took their Christmas vacation back in
Germany where they had lived for 18 years before being
transferred to Japan. They had a great time visiting with all
their old friends and being in their old town where they used
to live. There was lots of snow for them this year, bet they
won't miss that part. The snow didn't seem to keep them from
going places, there was always the train.
Ali Vowell (BHS'92) writes that she went with her mom
Gretta and her boys, Liam and Milo, to the Oklahoma
Aquarium near Tulsa for Liam's third birthday. There they
met up with Allison Huff MacPhereson (BHS'92), her three
boys Gabriel, Ethan and Koby, and Allison's parents Jane
and Bill Huff, who were all in Tulsa visiting family. It was a
fun mini-reunion amongst the electric eels and piranhas. The
kids had a blast watching the shark feeding and touching all
sorts of marine life. You know your kid wasn't raised in
Panama when he gets excited "petting" the shrimp. It was a
great way to spend Liam's birthday, and a great excuse to see
old Zonie friends.
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Betty Dunning, Reporter
Hello all you friends out
there! We're still thawing out
from another rainy Northern
California winter. Everyone's
still talking about what a superb
---. Orlando reunion we missed. We
Isaac Hay and did enjoy our own share of a
Helen Aanstoos-Hay couple mini-reunions out west.
Every year Roger Kat hosts his annual Garden Party. He
lives in downtown San Francisco, a block from Haight and
Ashbury Streets. This past year Isaac and I were finally able
to attend. Roger's cozy apartment is in the lower story of a
10-floor apartment building. To enter you go down steep
cement stairs, below the level of the sidewalk and street.
Wandering to the end of a narrow corridor we finally reached
Roger's front door and then to a garden of Eden backyard.
What a surprise! A tall redwood fence insures total privacy:
flowers were blooming, an inviting green lawn, and fruit trees
heavy with apples and citrus. It was a potluck and Roger and
his eclectic bunch of friends grilled up hot dogs and ham-
burgers. We met a lovely assortment of folks who were drop-
ping in and out, enjoying lively discussions under sunny
skies. Next thing we knew, our parking meter was ready to
expire and we had to rush off lest we get a parking ticket. Just
as we were leaving an instrument-toting musician friend
arrived bringing live entertainment. It was an eye-opener for
us, coming to the city from rural Sonoma County and meet-
ing so many interesting and warm city folk and seeing what a
sweet life Roger has made for himself in our beautiful City by
the Bay. It was most pleasurable.
recently celebrated his 88th birthday. He was surrounded by
family and friends with his wife Edna in their home in Santa
Maria. He is flanked by daughters Lisa and Anna, son Ross
and four grandchildren: Cody, Rio, Kiefer, John and
Sunday (photo taken by Steve Bissell).
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Roger Kat's annual San trancisco Ciarden Party
A couple months back I ran into Jim and Jane
Cochrane's daughter, Kathleen, who had moved from
Bodega Bay up to Stewart's Point. Kathleen is a teacher and
the only teacher on the Kashia Indian Reservation, south of
Gualala. She taught 12 students, K-8th grades, in a one-room
schoolhouse overlooking the ocean. Imagine the lesson plans
to prep for each day! After the beauty of the place wore off,
the stark realities and insurmountable challenges set in. We
saw her again at a neighbor's Christmas party and she told us
she's now back in civilization (Santa Rosa), bittersweet and
wiser. Kathleen is such a positive, energetic and happy soul,
it must have been disappointing.
And speaking of teachers, if any of you were lucky
enough to have had Bill Andrews teaching you at Gamboa or
Balboa Elementary ('63-'79), you'll be happy to hear he
Bill Andrews' 88th birthday
Anna Andrews Bissell is still an R.N.-Nurse manager of
a busy oncology floor in Santa Barbara. Steve's photography
business keeps his talents busy and they are the loving "par-
ents" of five chihuahuas and one min-pin. I somewhat embar-
rassingly admitted we now have nine chis. We call them our
herd. They love camping as much as we do. They are small
and travel well.
October brought our annual Panama picnic at Ragle
Ranch Park in Sebastopol. How grand seeing so many
friends, sharing good food and memories, and meeting new
Panamanians who now have made the U.S.A. home. I hope
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not to sound too sentimental, but the sense of kinship is pal-
pable. The food is usually Panamanian but this year we filled
up on shrimp and salmon (Lorraine Juvet's). However,
Annie Montoya's (CHS'69) yucca was reminiscent and dis-
appeared faster than fresh empanadas at the Rodman PX
cafeteria. Annie had just returned from visiting her mom in
Panama, her second visit in less than a year. Lance Hughes
was still in Panama visiting his mom Marina and fishing and
surfing. Lance has the best of both worlds, splitting his time
between the tropics and enjoying the vibrant San Francisco
city life, especially the live music scene and following the
jubilant success of the Giants baseball team.
Keith Olsen is close to retirement from teaching and will
be pulling up his California stakes to live full time in his
home in Hawaii. That's all for this report.
I do have a new email: hi lcn.i.i,-.r, '. I, hl(m.jil .iii
and I can always be reached by phone at (707) 887-1015 or
good old snail mail: 9229 Rio Vista Rd., Forestville, CA
95436. I love hearing from each and every one of you.
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
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Hola desde the Square State. We are going through a dry
windy winter, but just got our first big snow as I scribe this.
Colorado is not completely dry: however, the mountains are
getting a good dumping of fresh powder while we enjoy
balmy 50s in the Front Range...usually on the same day!
I've missed several issues which brings me to the point
that Colorado is looking for a good reporter. Please contact
the Editor if you can take over. The last missive I put togeth-
er asked our great PanaZonians in Colorado to give me a
shout, email or whatever but I haven't heard a peep...hence
this will be mostly happenings involving the extended
In late July I flew out to California, Mo.. to visit my papa.
John A. Morales, for a pre-97th birthday celebration. He is
in good health, sound mind and still living independently in
his 19th century farmhouse on one acre at the edge of town.
Pop hit the big 97 on August 28, 2010 and checks his email
daily. Please let me know if you want to contact John Sr. I vis-
ited with my brother Roy, now living in Moberly, Mo., while
at Pop's house for a week.
Early September Marcela and I did a road trip to New
Mexico where we visited Santa Fe. the shrine of Chimayo
and Taos for some turismo interno. Several days on the road
convinced us that New Mexico is one of the most blessed
states in both beauty and people.
Our Christmas Day hike into the Rocky Mountains ended
at the trailhead that was closed for hunting so we went to plan
B (shots of Baileys). We headed back down the mountains to
Red Rocks Amphitheater, one of the crown jewels of the pub-
lic works from the 1930s that helped pull the U.S. out of the
Great Depression. Every great rock-and-roll band has played
a gig there since. Nice hiking trails surround Red Rocks, so
we got our exercise for the day. We broke for our picnic lunch
on the stands of the amphitheater and enjoyed the panorama
of Denver to the east.
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(L-R): Randy Kuzniakowski, Lars Morales, Marcela
Morales, lan, Eve, Mina Martin, Renee Hawk, Mahlon
Hawk, and Adrienne Oliver Kuzniakowski.
Mahlon and Renee Hawk left Phoenix for good and
moved to Broomfield, Colo., arriving in September. They are
about 10 minutes away from us, and happen to be in third best
housing market in the U.S. Since their arrival we've had
many activities and meet and greets with old and new friends.
Marcela's best friend from BHS, Cookie Jackson Cairnes,
was in Denver for a convention last September and her sister
Susilyn Jackson 1Mancon flew in to meet her. We held a
BBQ on the patio of finca Morales in Superior, Colo., to wel-
come them and share good times. Note the ubiquitous
DeLidas hot sauce in the photo.
lan, Randy, Daren, Mahlon, Renee, Kristine Thrush,
Susilyn Jackson, Charlie Thrush, Marcela, Cookie
Jackson, Adrienne, and Eve.
I've been on the Parks Recreation Open Space and Trails
Advisory Committee for Town of Superior and we have been
rewarded for more than two years of work and planning of the
"Three Parks". It's a combination of dog park, Frisbee golf
course and a mountain bike skills park in a 30-acre parcel of
town land. Three Parks will be finished by this spring. Add to
that, the completion of a 17-mile mountain bike single-track
and utility road loop on the western side of town with fantas-
tic views of the Front Range, our community is really hitting
stride. If you don't ride bikes, you can hike, run or ride hors-
es on the trail. Since editorial rules bar commercials, please
call or write if you need info on relocating here.
Charlie and Kristine Thrush proudly announced the
marriage of her daughter Kristie to Tommy Weaver at a his-
toric, renowned wedding chapel in Denver on January 1,
2011. Charlie's mother Norma Thrush of El Cangrejo,
Panama was in town as well as Kristine's son Michael and
his wife Sabrina who flew in from Brazil. Kristine's son
Aaron and wife came from the D.C. area for the nuptials. At
press time there were no photos available.
Upcoming events for Colorado should include a picnic
get-together. There are plenty of venues including such
notable places like Denver City Park, Wash Park, Red Rocks,
or anywhere in the Rocky Mountains. Would the event coor-
dinator/volunteer please step up and let us far-flung
PanaZonians know the plans?
Lars Morales, Reporter
DC METRO AREA
This summer Jeannette Simon (BHS'79) and Mike
Perry (BHS'70) moved back to the Metro DC area when
Jeannette began working at the National Institutes of Health.
They have settled in Kensington, Md.
This year Rae Donaldson (BHS'68) retired from the
Federal Government with 35 years' service. Since retiring she
has traveled to Croatia, California, and Maine to visit her par-
ents, Bob and Elaine Donaldson.
Vikki Borell Edwards (BHS'74) visited Maryland's
Eastern Shore in early November and four class of '74 class-
mates met her for an afternoon of girl talk, guacamole, and
rum balls. Vikki was in great spirits and excited to see her
girlfriends. Vikki's future plans are to swim with dolphins,
attend the upcoming reunion and hopefully visit Hawaii.
In October Rae Donaldson, Jessica Smith and Kathy
Malin-McInturff (BHS'74) met at Claude Moore Colonial
Farm in McLean, Va. They toured the 1770 farm operated by
the National Park Service then enjoyed the Farmer's Market
where they met Kathy's co-worker, Kerry. Kerry was dressed
in period costume from the 1770s and she works at historical
events in Williamsburg, Va., also. They enjoyed the booths,
food, music, pigs, and learning about our history.
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Lillian Meyer Bristol (BHS'74) drove to the District of
Columbia area from Utah to attend Glenn Beck's Rally in
August. She visited the Mormon National Cathedral then
squeezed into the Metro to head down to the Lincoln
Memorial for the rally. Lillian left the DC area and headed to
the south then back west visiting CZ classmates and friends
along the way back home.
Maryland residents Gloria Dahlstrom Potocek, Glenda
Snavely, and Kathy Malin-Mclnturff along with Jessica
Smith (daughter of bride) from Arlington, Va., attended
Sheila Webb's (BHS'74) wedding near Chicago. Sheila mar-
ried Richard Tucker on July 10th. Everyone had a great time
during the luncheon at the Key Wester where they enjoyed a
great lunch, drinks and friendship. Others attending Sheila
and Rick's wedding from BHS were Ingrid Errhalt Bryan,
Helen Calvit, and Evelyn White (BHS'74), Denise
Bullinger Will and Nancy Spiros Brady (BHS'73) and
Regan Will, and a friend, Rhonda Wardlow. Prior to the
wedding in Chicago, the girls enjoyed a segway tour of
Chicago's lakefront. They stopped numerous times for
Denise to get acclimated to her segway. One evening they
enjoyed a boat cruise on Chicago's river and lake that includ-
ed drinks--the cruise almost ran out of alcohol with the girls
(L-R): Sheila Webb Tucker, Kathy Malin-Mclnturff,
Glenda Snavely, Corky, Vikki Borell Edwards, Jessica
Smith, and Gloria Dahlstrom Potocek.
Kathy Malin-Mclnturff, Reporter
Looking out the window today
and I can finally see the ground. This
winter in Germany has brought a LOT
of snow. The most snow in about 40
Nlar% Lou years. We spent a week in Italy for
Pascavage-Croft Thanksgiving and returned to snow-
covered Germany. It has snowed almost every day since and
everything has been a white blanket. Yesterday brought a heat
wave of 50 degrees and enough rain to finally melt it all. I am
sure we have not seen the last of it.
Garcia, Maureen Husum, Margaret Bivin-Coffin, and
Elizabeth Burgoon Lyle. One of the newcomers commented
it was nice to attend a "real" party--Panamanian style!
Ken Croft and Joanne Patton-McCauley at Panama Party
Eileen Bradley-Petzold and Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft
Robert Careless hosted the annual Panama Party at his
home again in November. It was good times dancing, telling
stories and as always plenty of Panamanian food--que rico!
This year three people brought empanadas, which made for a
little fun competition. Everyone won! There were plenty to
go around and hey--have you ever tasted a bad empanada?
We welcomed some new amigos from Stuttgart. Thank you to
Peggy Huff for introducing me to Lorena Eva who worked
at USARSO with her back in 1995. Through her connections
we met Joanne Patton-McCauley (BHS'81) who recog-
nized Ken Croft but soon realized it was Kevin Croft who
graduated with her. Olga Abadia has been in Stuttgart for
three years and used to work at USARSO back in 1999.
Rosemary Silvera-Buckley and her husband Mark were sta-
tioned at Fort Kobbe back in 1990-93. Rosemary is from
Panama and really she enjoyed Robert's Panamanian art col-
lection. At some point Bill McGann realized he was the
clown at their son Jack's two-year birthday party! Courtney
Lindo arrived at Stuttgart just one month ago. He was sta-
tioned at Fort Clayton in 1999. His family is from Porto
Lindo and his Grandfather drove the nitro wagons back in
1904. Others in attendance: Lori Noyes (teacher-Curundu
and Balboa Elementaries), Melanie O'Brien and Gary
Johnson, Maxine Reed (teacher-Balboa Elementary), Tara
King, Bernice Roseberry Parkhill, Randy and Donna
Barlow (teacher-Balboa High School), Dan Riley (Fort
Davis), Karen Timko, Sadith Aquilera-De La Guardia,
Robert and Pat Sprague, Barbara Croft, Berta and Tony
Good friends and music at Panama Party
During the Christmas break Rick, Katy and Emily
Dahlstrom travelled to the mountains just north of Aviano,
Italy for a ski trip. They went sledding, skiing, sleigh riding
and, of course, to the spa!! Katy's mom Diane McNeal visit-
ed from Flagstaff, Ariz., during the holidays as well.
Katy, Rick and Emily Dahlstrom
Anthony and Berta (Medina) Garcia of Vilseck, Germany
traveled to Dallas, Texas over the Christmas holidays to meet
their first grandson, Gavin Anthony Davis. Gavin was born
to Angie (Garcia) Davis (BHS'90) and Craig Davis on
September 20th in Dallas. Big sisters Alaina, Kylie and
Maddie are excited to have a new baby brother.
rroua Uranopa Antnony uarcia, Gavin Antnony Uavis,
and Angie (Garcia) Davis.
While Jay Gibson was visiting with the Seitz family in
the Netherlands, they discussed the possibility of ~ihI-I' an
all-girl crew in the 2011 cayuco race. The crew consists of
Stephanie Seitz, Trudy Kolstra, Taylor and Hope
Bonenclark, and Sarah Seitz as an alternate. Jay Gibson and
David Seitz made the paddles and taught the girls how to
stroke, switch, bail, and all those fun things. Jay is holding a
boat for them, so they are taking their training seriously!
They are well on their way, they lift weights for 45 minutes
and then with the paddles hooked up to weights they paddle
for 1500 strokes. We wish them well in the competition. If
you would like to send an encouraging word or sponsor them,
you can contact Stephanie or David.
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David Seitz and Jay Gibson making paddles
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Practicing for the cayuco race
M;1ar Lou Pascavage-Croft, Reporter
Hi to all!! Hope your Holiday season
was wonderful! Mine was so great with
family and friends. Also, this reporter
and her boyfriend Mel took a seven-day
cruise to the Virgin Islands in early Dawn Gressang
December and it was wonderful. I love to cruise to anywhere!
We docked in St. Thomas and were able to spend some time
with Charlie Vowell. We also "ran away from home" for
Christmas and took a road trip to Biloxi, Miss. We stayed at
the Beau Rivage for three days. The hotel/casino was so
beautifully decorated for the holidays, and we broke even on
October found Mel and I in Blairsville, Ga., visiting my
brother Rick Crowell and his wife Linda. The foliage was at
its peak and so wonderful! Rick and Linda took us to the
highest mountaintop in Georgia and we could see three states
from there. Rick took me for a ride on his Harley motorcycle,
up and down the mountain roads and I loved it!! We hope to
go back in the spring when all the flowers are in bloom.
An Orvis family gathering was held at the home of Bob
and Lotty Orvis in Port Orange, Fla., to celebrate Lotty's
77th birthday. In attendance were Bob and \.lh Orvis,
Carl Orvis and sons Ty, Kyle, and Colton, Nita Orvis,
nephew Andy Orvis and wife Linda and niece Kathy Orvis
Lemonds. Other friends of the family were also there. Arroz
con polo, fried yucca, patacones and much more were served
and the liquid libations were flowing. It was the closest thing
to an Orvis family reunion in years. They had such a great
time; the family is already planning the next one!
Family gathering at home of Bob and Lotty Orvis
In November Pam Crowell, Jacque Vowell and Janet
Stuart spent a girl's weekend at the Oceania Beach Club in
New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Friday night was reserved for the
Flagler Avenue Crawl...Jacque says it was a good thing the
condo was only a block away. On Saturday they strolled the
annual Flamingo Follies Art Show on Flagler Ave. There
were over 100 artists and vendors selling their art and crafts.
The ladies will be heading to Carnavalito for their next Girls
Weekend. Thanksgiving found Jacque and son Kye in
Asheville, N.C., visiting daughter Casey.
New Year's Eve found Mel and I on Main Street in
Daytona Beach at a huge block party. I danced up and down
the street on the street that was closed to traffic. It was a warm
night and we had a ball!
Mark Riesz and Tammy Worthington ..c.Juiin.l mar-
riage vows on October 16, 2010 (see Weddings).
Please send all your news to me--I love to hear from you!
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
Sincerely hope 2011 will continue
to be a Happy, Healthy, and Successful
year for all of you.
As the deadline was fast approach-
ing for submitting the article for the
March Canal Record, I mailed and Grace Shadeck
called several of the Ditchdiggers asking if they would like to
share any news about what they had done for the past few
months. I was very happy that some of you wonderful folks
responded and helped in this endeavor. I thank you very, very
much. Also, I sincerely want to thank all of you who have
graciously volunteered to be the feature person of the Canal
Record and who have submitted news in the past years since
I have been the reporter.
First of all, a very belated Happy 70th birthday to Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox. Her birthday was the same day as
Mother's Day. Her son Wally and her husband Jerry took her
to Tijuana Flats for the celebration. Dianne said that the
restaurant has many types of sauces and the one Wally select-
ed was so hot, his face turned bright red. When Jerry asked
her what she wanted for her birthday, Dianne jokingly told
him she would like a Mercedes. Guess what!! Jerry bought
her a beautiful, white hard/soft top convertible 1985 350SL
Mercedes! It was a one-owner car that belonged to a woman
who bought it when she was 61 years old and sold it when she
was 87 years of age. Would you believe in all those 26 years,
she only drove the car 67,000 miles!! What a fantastic birth-
day and Mother's Day gift!
Jerry Cox, Dianne Cox and her son Wally
Dianne's 1985 Mercedes 350SL
It was wonderful to hear from Fran (Thompson) and
Dick Clinton. Fran said that they took 2 2 months off and
drove to and from Alaska last summer. This was their second
trip there. She said they had close encounters with grizzlies,
eagles, and porcupines and sent in some pictures: one wasn't
with the grizzly that had them quaking in their boots but the
other photo was. Fran also mentioned that they had a rip-roar-
ing big family Christmas at their youngest daughter's house
in South Carolina.
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The weekend before Thanksgiving, Betty Blanchette's
oldest grandson Jan Michael Blanchette, his wife Lizzi, and
their two sons, Jean Paul and Michael Joseph, flew up from
Panama for a short visit with family members living in
Dunnellon and Ocala. They stayed with their aunt and uncle,
Geri (Blanchette) and Bill Foster. They had a wonderful
time visiting their grandfather, Robert Blanchette and his
wife Donna, aunt and uncle Paula (Blanchette) and Greg
DaCosta and their two little girls, Hannah and Gabriella,
and cousin Russell Hummer. The day before Thanksgiving,
Jan Michael and family flew to Washington, D.C., to visit his
brother Christian Blanchette, his wife Dawn, and their two
sons, Jonathan and David.
Tom Wilder wrote that he, Kathy, and Chris traveled to
Panama during the Thanksgiving holiday. He said that they
had a wonderful time visiting with his sisters, Joanne
(Wilder) Anderson and Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan. His
other sister Penny (Wilder) Canamas was in the States vis-
iting her family and let them use her car while they were in
Panama. It was the first visit for his son, Chris; second trip for
Kathy; and had been 20 years since his last visit. Tom con-
tinued to say that it was nice to see home again; they all had
a marvelous time; and hope to visit again soon.
Syd (Townsend) and Ronald Corbett were in
Gainesville, Fla., for Thanksgiving dinner with her brother
Frank Townsend, his wife Marvel (Davison), and her moth-
er Vera Davison. Am r. in.i the group were his daughter Joyce,
her husband Karl, and sons Erik and Kirk, and Ron's broth-
er Ken Corbett, who is from Utah.
Early part of December Leo and I were invited to a baby
shower for our goddaughter Linda (Dame) Sprugeon, given
by her sister-in-law Rose (M\itchell) Dame and soon-to-be
sister-in-law Sue Cheung. The function was held at Earl
John and Rose (Mitchell) Dame's home in Apollo Beach
which is in the process of being renovated. This was the first
baby shower I have been to where men were invited. I have
to say they were enjoying themselves--especially the bever-
ages and the delicious appetizers. After everyone's bellies
were rejoicing, the usual baby shower games began.
However, the one game all the women found interesting and
hilarious was the contest for the men.
On top of a table there were disposable wipes, disposable
diapers, and a baby doll whose diaper was soiled with choco-
late syrup. Each man was timed as to how fast he could clean
the baby doll and change the diaper. Well, all I can say is that
you had to be there to witness the quizzical look on their faces
when they first started--like, "what am I supposed to do
next?"; their strange technique in handling the doll; and how
the diaper was put on and fastened. David Spurgeon, Linda's
husband, came in first place and not too far from last place
was Richard Dame. Everyone had a very enjoyable time.
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Back (L-R): Greg DaCosta, Paula DaCosta, Russell
Hummer, Bill Foster, Jan Michael and Lizzi Blanchette.
Front (Seated): Betty Blanchette holding Hannah DaCosta,
Geri Foster holding Gabriella DaCosta. Front (standing):
Jean Paul Blanchette and Michael Blanchette.
Ruth (Rose) Foster emailed me a brief message that she
and Woody were supposed to be in Panama on December
31st to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary, but the trip
was postponed until the first weekend in January. All of us
wish them the hugest, biggest congratulations for their 61
marvelous years of wedded bliss.
Bill and Geri Foster went to Alabama and helped bring in
the new year of 2011 with Bob and Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis, Richard and Olga Phillips, Jaye and Nikki Deitz,
and Ray and Forest Robberson. What a wonderful time they
had just being with dear friends, reminiscing about the good
days, and hoping as we all are hoping that 2011 will be a
prosperous and healthy year.
Bill Foster, Geri Foster, Bob Boukalis, Vicki
Richard Phillips, and Olga Phillips.
The next bi-annual Ditchdigger's luncheon will be held
on Saturday, April 2nd, at the Olive Garden in Ocala, Fla.,
from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hope to see you there.
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
Sonya (Dedeaux) Sigmond's baby
shower in October was awesome! The
decorations, food, games, gifts, etc., were I -.
all done to perfection. Deb Dedeaux pre-
sented a delicious luncheon and her mom
Lila Hepler (Sonya's maternal grand- Barbara
mother) made an adorable baby cake. Vose-Kulig
Lots of family and friends attended, including out-of-town
guests: Lila Hepler, grandmother; Elaine Sigmond, mother-
in-law; Mary (Clement) Vaughn and Katherine Egolf,
cousins; Bobbi (Williams) Egolf, aunt; Virginia and
Shannon Blount and Lucy (Blount) Rhyne, friends. Sonya
was totally excited with the shower and her guests were more
excited at the end of the festivities when she announced the
baby was "a boy"--up until that moment, we didn't know
what she was expecting!! I really enjoyed creating things to
help Deb make the shower a special event for Sonya. As I
write this article, Deb is in Texas anxiously awaiting the birth
of her first grandchild and Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux's first
great-grandchild. Excitement is totally in the air!! The next
issue will definitely have an announcement of the newest
member of the family.
(L-R): Bobby (Williams) Egolf, Katherine Egolf, Mary
(Clement) Vaughn, Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig, and Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux (paternal grandmother) at baby shower.
Thanksgiving was, as usual, a delicious get-together at
Bob and Dawn's. We all brought something, while Bob
roasted the "bird" and Dawn baked all the delicious pies
(pumpkin, cranberry apple, and apple). Kevin, Brent, and
Crystal were not able to make it this year.
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Vose, Kulig, Berg Clan, Thanksgiving
In November we all (Keith, myself, Darla, Bob, Kevin
and his girlfriend Diane) were so very proud and honored to
attend the wedding ofAdriane (Rowley) Bolen (my adopted
other daughter) in Huntsville, Ala. What a spectacular wed-
ding and what a great time we had. Everyone from out of
town stayed at the same hotel--very plush! We had lots of
time before and after the wedding to spend with Bev, Skip,
Renee, Adriane and family, especially in the morning at
breakfast. It was so nostalgic, reliving those great times in the
CZ (we lived across the street from each other in Corozal for
many years). Bev's mom was there--what a trip, she's so
sweet! Skip's family were there too (of course, we knew all
The night of the wedding the weather was so cold but we
were dancing so much, we didn't even notice. It was great to
see one of my old CHS classmates Bev George and her hus-
band Don Keller--I hadn't seen them in many years. We all
had not seen Kevin in quite some time (he lives in Georgia)
and he looked amazing. His girlfriend Diane I met for the
first time--such a sweetheart. Adriane looked stunning and
made such a beautiful bride. She and Ron make such a cute
couple and you can surely see there is lots of love between
them. Skip will be writing about the wedding in this issue, but
he told me to write my version. Bev and Skip surely did put
on a spectacular wedding and we all really enjoyed ourselves.
In December Keith gave Dawn (for her birthday) and I
(just because he loves me) an extraordinary gift. He took us
to the John Tesh Live Christmas Concert held here in
Pensacola. We sat the fourth row from the front--it seemed
like we could almost touch him. They "threw" T-shirts signed
by John and his band--I got one--so excited about that. It was
2V2 hours long and so awesome!! What an entertainer!! After
the concert, Keith surprised us with dinner--what a beautiful
evening and such a generous gift!
Granddaughter Isabella Vose is having a great time in the
"Daisy" scouts (surely brings back fond memories of the CZ
for me). Her mom, Dawn, is the troop leader and I really and
truly believe she's having more fun than the six young ladies
she's in charge of! In December all the scouts (over 200 of
them in this area) marched in the Pensacola Christmas Parade
and, along with their float, won overall second place--what an
achievement for these young ladies!
Bob Vose and Darla (Vose) Creek at Rowley-Bolen "Daisy Scouts" along with leader Dawn Vose at Pensacola
Wedding. Christmas Parade.
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Loman oang at Kowley-tiolen wedding
Diane Barrett and Kevin Vose at Rowley-Bowen Wedding
Christmas was so wonderful as usual--my favorite time of
the year. Our son Brent and granddaughter Crystal came from
Houston and spent ten days with all of us. We hadn't seen
Crystal since last year and she is so grown up--what a differ-
ence a year makes. We all got up early with her on Christmas
morning to see what Santa brought. She was so excited and
said--"Santa brought me everything I ordered"--so cute, out
of the mouth of babes! I spent so much time decorating
(Keith did all the lights) and baking that I didn't have much
time for actual cooking. I did manage to cook one meal plus
some empanadas and arroz con polio. Keith and Brent were
fantastic and provided all the meals we had to eat--I felt like
a queen. But my decorations were beautiful and I managed to
deliver no less than 21 cookie and cake trays/baskets to
friends and family--whew! Time to rest.
Crystal Kulig, Grandma Barb Vose-Kulig, Isabella Vose
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We went to mass on Christmas Eve (Barb and Lou
Dedeaux sat with us), opened stockings, and had dinner at
our house. On Christmas day we had brunch and exchanged
gifts at Darla's and that evening had dinner and exchanged
gifts at Bob and Dawn's. The children had a great time--in
fact, I think Crystal spent more time "sleeping over" with
Isabella than she did here--they get along so well together.
Another great holiday gone by and already looking forward
to next year.
New Year's was quiet--everyone stayed at their respective
homes and brought in the New Year--it's usually safer to stay
I'm sure by now everyone has read in the newspapers
about the Escambia Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Cassady who
was shot in the line of duty on October 29th. What a tragedy
to have happened and even though he was wearing a bullet-
proof vest, he sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the
abdomen. He has already had multiple surgeries and miracu-
lously survived his injuries, but faces further treatment and
surgeries in the future. Jeremy is a four-year veteran of the
Escambia County Sheriff's Office and celebrated his 36th
birthday one day prior to the shooting. Because of this our
son Bob (who is in law enforcement himself and amazing as
he is) is hosting a Benefit Golf Tournament at the Scenic
Hills Golf and Country Club on January 9th. It will be an all-
day event with golf (so many participants. they had to turn
people away), breakfast, lunch, dinner and a live band for
dancing in the evening and also special guest appearances--
there are approximately 300 people signed up for all the
events--golfers and law enforcement persons from all over
the country are coming to see Jeremy and support their
wounded brother officer--it will be spectacular, I'm sure. Lots
of local Zonians will be attending also. An article by Bob,
with photos, will be featured in the next issue of the Canal
The winter weather is just beautiful, nice and cold (in the
20s some nights with just a little bit of rain here and there--
just love it--it can never get too cold for me!).
So sorry to hear of the passing away of Marje Foster--
she will surely be missed by family and many, many friends-
-she was a gem!
If you have any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please call or send it to me. Hasta luego!
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Coach Louie Dedeaux (CHS) and Coach Doug Litton
(CHS) enjoying golf at Champion Golf Club, Pensacola.
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
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New Year's Eve of 1960
must've been one crazy party..I'm
not sure, but I imagine that Lucho
Azcarraga played somewhere in
Panama..maybe the Panama
Hilton or the Continental. There
would've been a dinner and Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
champagne, cold beers and
maybe even a Manhattan or two..everybody heading home
early in the morning..feet hurting, humming the Mexican Hat
Dance and other favorites from the highly-perfected reper-
toire of Lucho, Chipi and their merry band of trouble mak-
ers. And boy did they start some trouble, because what I do
know is that 9 months and 8 days later, I was introduced to
my new baby brother Jimmy. A red-headed rascal whose first
order of business was to change my standing from the "one
and only" to merely "number one son." Yes he was cute and
precious but he didn't stay that way for long. Where, as a
child, I was known for being calm, quiet and mellow, Red
was anything but. He managed to destroy in a matter of one
or two years, toys that I had painstakingly cared for since I
was a child. I mean, how do you break a metal Tonka truck?
With a miniature saws-all? He has been mostly forgiven by
the way. He started out afraid of the water but became a life-
guard. When he was in his teens, he tagged along with me to
the beach, gigs and parties until he was on an equal footing
with my friends. He even one-upped me in the tattoo and kids
department (one and two to nothing). But. I'm OK with all
that. In fact, I wouldn't have it any other way..so when I real-
ized that it had been fifty years since that day in September
of 1960, I knew it called for something special.
Surprise party! First we posted an event on Facebook.
Because Red agrees with Betty White that FB is a complete
waste of time. there was no chance of him finding out.
However, I had forgotten that his wife Kat is a huge security
risk. One glass of red and no secret is sacred. Two glasses and
she'll start to make things up. We managed to keep most of it
quiet for months, but little by little I kept seeing more and
more on WikiLeaks. We realized that we had to tell him we
were having a party (the guests would hopefully remain a
mystery) and cast our collective fate to the whim of the wine.
In all we managed to surprise him with five out-of-town
friends. We also had more than the usual gang of Tex-Zonians
show up for a huge compleaios with all the trimmings. Here
is the Gran listing: Bob and Mindy Dollar, Frank
Anderson, Noreen Hanson, Cassandra (Lane) Zupanic,
Robin Lane, Roberta "Bird", Billy Bell, Jimmy and Lina
(Rhoades) Norris, Steve Gilbert, Mlike and Leesa Gilbert,
Albert and Sue (Hirons) Fehrenbach, Dave Fehrenbach,
Leo Eastham, Billy Gough, Greg Norton and Greg Jr.,
Gary Melant, Pat, Lisa and Sydney Fallon, Jaco and
Sheryl Petitone along with Daniele and her daughter Ruby,
Val and Sara Krueger, Buck and Barbara Krueger, Mary
Fehrenbach, Dave and Julie Jones, Dave and Jules
Melendrez, Beth (Wright) McDowell, Bo and Leslie
(Landreth) Lane, Trevor Landreth, Debbie (Horton)
Watson, John Husum and family, Rosanna Price, Michael
Powers, Lynn Saarinen and husband Herb. We fried fish
and hushpuppies, fried more fish, mixed 'ritas, and floated in
the pool. We talked and told tall tales. We listened to salsa and
had more 'ritas. We pitched in to buy Red a new BBQ which
has been dubbed "kitchen stadium" because of its size. I hear
the next party is for Albert's 60th! Time to fire up the Kitchen
We took in a football game between the Dolphins and
Steelers for the second time this year. Linda wore a wig and
my Palumalu jersey, while my buddy Bob and I went as Jack
Lambert and Terry Bradshaw. Once again the parking lot was
a sea of Black&Gold and the Steelers emerged victorious
(with a little help from the refs). But a win is a win and we
didn't look back. We threw Tom "TY" Young's girlfriend
Karin a going-away party before they took a trip to Brazil.
TY accompanied her for a two-week vacation in her home-
land traveling the country and eating lots of seafood. Good
news is that Karin has a new job with PADI and should be
back here by the time you read this. I know TY's excited as
they have certainly had their share of the long-distance thing.
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Tom "TY" Young and Karin Boss at Iguacu Falls, Brazil
We also had our annual Panamaniac Picnic in early
December coinciding with another visit by Greg and Alison
Norton. MCP and husband Chris came down from up the
coast in addition to many new faces (the year of the Facebook
Invite). Among those that were new to the party were Neil
Lohr, Lili Ruelas, Joe Harris, Raul and Amparo Quintero,
and Julia Maganini. Jaime and Amy Niedda and family,
Kim Hetrick, Patti Rice, Debbie Pollack, TY, and Anne
Hoag rounded out the gang that descended upon Fairwinds
Park for an afternoon of food, "war stories", and such. Scott
Parker was back to his usual self frying up all kinds of good-
ies for the picking (wontons, eggrolls, yucca and patacones).
Dave Hannigan was in charge of the BBQ and the weather
was beautiful. Some of us enjoyed a late night after party at
our house in Pembroke Pines with much goofiness and hat
wearing. Thankfully no one ended up in the pool.
Barely a week later we were in Dunnellon for Bill and
Margaret (Lowery) McLaughlin's daughter's wedding.
I've know Allison her whole life and being there for her spe-
cial day was great. Bob and Mindy Dollar are her
Godparents and they flew down from Annapolis for the big
day. Bob told her that he'd cut his hair when she got married
and I think he clipped off one or two. My brother Red and
wife Kat flew in from Austin and we all stayed at or near Bill
and Geri (Blanchette) Foster's guest house on the Rainbow
River. Doug and Zori Larrabee drove down from
Tallahassee and Mike Young and Noreen Hanson each drove
up from Tampa. While Bill and Margaret had tons of family
over at their place in Floral City we spent the time between
events trying to stay warm and well fed. It helps that Bill and
Geri have a fire pit down by the river and we spent a couple
of nights down there playing guitar and singing. When we
forgot words to songs we just made up new ones. Three
ended up sounding a lot like "Down by the river" (imagine
that) but we didn't care. Word to the wise, most cameras also
record video these days and that's all I have to say about that.
The wedding was beautiful despite the cold front that blew in
at the exact moment they were to say their vows. Allison had
picked out a black and silver (white wonderland) theme for
the wedding and we almost didn't need any props! There was
a great reception at the Black Diamond and everybody bust-
ed out the old dance moves..you know what I'm talking
Linda and I ended the year in Ormond Beach at my cousin
Karen (Davis) Andrews' house. Along with her husband
Steve we were joined by my sister Molly (Journey) and her
husband Rick Ridder. Karen is quite the hostess and we
started the feasting as soon as we arrived. A typical breakfast
consisted of fruit, French toast, banana bread, quiche. bacon,
sausage, toast, coffee and mimosas. We cooked a standing rib
roast for New Year's Eve along with many gourmet sides and
plenty of red wine. Karen also makes a fantastic limoncello
(she actually makes it from fresh lemons) for a nightcap and
then it's wake, rinse and repeat!
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
In September Marcia and Dick
Barrere of Cocoa, Fla., were in Hull,
Mass., where they visited with Ann
Kelleher and celebrated Dick's 80th
birthday. Ann Kelleher, married to the -
late Bernie Kelleher, a CZ policeman. Jane Scott
had also been Dick's secretary when he
was Commander, Tropic Test Center, in 1979.
(L-R): Ann Kelleher, Kathy Barrere, Ruth (Ann's sister).
Dick Barrere, and Marcia Barrere celebrating his birthday.
Dick also celebrated his birthday in Las Vegas, Nev.,
where their son Willie (BHS'79), daughter Kathy (BHS'82),
Dick's sister and her children enjoyed the festivities. Willie is
Captain of the Maersk Missouri, and was home from sea.
Willie also joined them in Boston, where they visited New
Hampshire to enjoy the fall foliage on Squam Lake (famous
for the movie On Golden Pond) where Marcia grew up.
In November Janice Scott attended the Joint Military
Attache School's 100th Dragon Warrior Exercise in Cocoa
Beach, Fla. I was first introduced to JMAS as an elected offi-
cial, and it's still an honor and extremely interesting to meet
the military attaches training here prior to leaving for their
overseas assignments. Zonians are more familiar than the
average American citizen with life overseas and military
agencies and know that the military attaches are the military's
diplomats assigned to our embassies around the world. In fact
I was very happy to know the one assigned to Kenya when I
felt stranded there on 9/11.
These young military officers have increasingly diverse
backgrounds representing all branches of the military, with
very impressive language skills. Many are former jet pilots
being assigned to embassies in major European cities. Others
are just as enthusiastic about being sent to dangerous and
more isolated places like Mongolia, although there's proba-
bly no worries about a Congressional entourage arriving on
short notice, or to one of the -stans like Turkmenistan,
Kazakstan, Tajikistan, or Uzbekistan where the weather
rarely mimics Bermuda. I never realized there were so many
-stans. Did you?
If you ever have difficulty in a foreign country and can't
find the ambassador, before asking the military attache there
if they can help you, first mention that you hope they enjoyed
their time in Cocoa Beach, Fla. These military attaches are a
very select group, and we should all be very proud of how
well they represent the best of America.
Peggy Huff of Merritt Island, Fla., hosted her annual
Girls Night Out--Toys for Tots 2010 in early December.
Guests' toy donations, including those from Nancy
Grimison, Melinda Niemeyer, Fran and Nikki Me er.
Connie Stoakley, Trina Herring, and Pattie Benny, who
were unable to attend, provided thirty-six gifts donated to the
U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots holiday gift program.
(L-R): Mary Ann O'Shea, Cristina Gattorna, Sharon
Nace, Rebecca Pletcher, Nancy Scott, Pat Amadee, Maria
Felgar, Janice Scott, Kathie McConaughey, Diana
Grimison, Pam Reid, and Peggy Huff.
Willie Rogers (BHS'73), a ten-year resident of
Melbourne Beach, Fla., his wife Angie and daughters Olivia
and Anna, won First Place for the sixth time in the
Melbourne Beach Christmas Parade with their float. Willie is
a Boston Whaler sales rep, UCF graduate, who loved to surf
at El Palmar, Panama, where his mother Edna Rogers,
Melbourne, Fla., and his late father Bill Rogers, had a beach
Willie Rogers with 1st Place Prize for his float, A Disco -
Not knowing what was to follow in the Orange Bowl at
Miami, Fla., January 3, 2011 between the Virginia Tech
Hokies and the Stanford Cardinals, Trina Herring (BHS'81)
of Cocoa Beach, Fla., joined in the pre-game excitement
placing 3rd in the women's football throw at 29 mph. Game
results were Stanford bottled up Virginia Tech's entire
offense except for QB Tyrod Taylor, whose final game as
ACC Player of the Year accounted for all but 45 of the
Hokies' yards and made one of the wildest plays of bowl sea-
Trina Herring places 3rd in women's football throw
The Space Coast Annual Tree Burn IV held at Cocoa
Beach, Fla., in early January was another overwhelming suc-
cess in spite of high winds that cancelled the potluck but rev-
elers spent two hours burning an estimated 100 trees. Many
thanks to organizer Rebecca Pletcher, who gets the neces-
sary permisos and coordinates tree collection with the help of
her children; Peggy Huff, who sends out email notices and
updates; Richard Grimison, fire coordinator; and Mary and
Paul Sharpe, honorary Zonians, who enthusiastically col-
lected at least 25 trees. It's guesstimated that over 100 attend-
ed, also coming from North and South Florida, who just
wanted to see their children have a chance to throw trees into
the bonfire as they fondly remember doing as kids.
Grimison; Pat and Lisa Robinson; Karen Coffey;
Christina and Ed Volonnino; Richard and Diana Grimison
and family; Rebecca and Geoff Pletcher and family;
Melinda and Tom Niemeyer and family; Kathy Barrere;
Jaqui Bongers and family; Kathy Kessel and son; Janet
Watkins; Sue and Jon Fisher and daughter; Bill and Jane
Huff; Brandy and Bill Cofer; Scott Roche; Janet and
Norman Watkins and daughter-in-law Dawn. Thanks to all,
including those not specifically mentioned here, who by their
attendance contributed to making this year's tree burn a la
Canal Zone-style on the beach another memorable event.
The Disney Dream, Disney's newest ocean liner arrived at
Port Canaveral, Fla., amid early morning fireworks and cir-
cling helicopters taking pictures, after making an 18-day
Atlantic crossing from Bremerhaven, Germany; and will be
officially christened and make its inaugural sailing the end of
January 2011. It was a difficult decision for me to choose
between the Disney Wonder's 15-day repositioning cruise via
the Panama Canal to its new home port at Los Angeles,
Calif., or sailing on the new Disner Dream with 14 decks
above sea level of cabins, restaurants, entertainment (for
adults too), and spas. The Disney Dream prevailed and it was
the right decision. My recommendation is "grandparents, get
out that checkbook." It is well worth it, and the quality of
food is exceptional! Thanks to my daughter Trina Herring
and granddaughters, Catherine and Sofia, for including me
in their adventures. What are grandmothers for anyway? If it
hadn't been for me, who would have tried out that Aqua
Duck, which is the first-ever 765-foot watercoaster at sea that
goes out over the water off the side of the ship? Catherine had
been waiting for such an opportunity to get me since I enticed
her onto the Tower of Terror many years ago!!
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Ali Cassidy prepares to throw tree into fire
Former Zonians accounted for at least half of the crowd
including: Julie Smith McCullough and family; Brian
Robinson and family; Angie Vinton Summerfield and fam-
ily; Steve Malia; Mary Toston; Sandra Lovelady and son;
and Donna Date. Local Zonians included: Tom and Nancy
Catherine Herring behind grandmother Janice Scott ride in
Disney Dream's Aqua Duck.
extra "G" note to take his time and be sure to show them the
sights. Later reports stated that they had such a good time,
that they could hardly remember it all. We made sure there
were enough libations for them all, and then kissed my
daughter goodbye. Ahh, but what the heck, I didn't just lose
my second daughter, but rather just gained another son.
Janice Scott .n31d *.raniddiJLlJhier Catherine Herring li.i.ik
hands after their freezing ride on the Aqua Duck.
Janice G Scott, Reporter
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Happy New Year from Florida's ".
Big Bend Paradise. It's that time
again when we start gathering up all
the used Christmas trees, and prepare
for our annual tree bum at Tom
Robertson's home. Tom has been Skip Rowley
very generous by opening up his home and hosting a place for
us to continue to have our post Pan Canal tradition of the
burning of the trees. Last week Tom called me up and asked
me if I would help him gather some trees around Tallahassee,
and of course I said yes, which by the end of the day. I was
rather sorry I did. Since it had rained all night and into the
day, a tree weighing in at between 30 to 50 lbs. now weighed
double that. After collecting around the north side of TLH.
we got a full load, delivered them to Tom's place, then decid-
ed to give Home Depot a call and see if they had any trees left
over, and was told "yes, come get them." That took three trips
and the rest of the day dragging and stuffing wet trees in and
out of the trailer, so the 100 or so trees that we picked up
about killed our backs, knees and hips. I don't know about
Tom, but I had to come home, and take a long hot bath and
have several strong toddies for my body, against Dr.'s wish-
es, just to stop hurting. I went out today and collected many
more (dry) by myself, so we will be having a great party this
Saturday night. The weather report says it will be "COLD"
and dry. Looks like it will be a great night for a tree burn. Fess
up now, this is what all you out of owners miss.
This past November 13th, Bev and I along with the entire
Rowley, Stevenson, Snow, Gerhart, George, and Friedel
families along with scads of other Zonian friends all gathered
in Huntsville, Ala., to witness the marriage of our daughter
Adriane Michelle Rowley to Lt. Cdr. Ronald Lee Bolen Jr.
(see Weddings). Right after the rehearsal dinner at Ron's par-
ents' home, Ron surprised Adriane and all the girls in atten-
dance with an extra long limousine, which was to take all the
gals out for a sort of bachelorette party. I slipped the driver an
(L-R): Miranda, Tami Bolen Arnold, Miranda Friedel,
Lisa Sasso Eckel, Suzanne Gerhart George, a friend,
Susanna Stephens, Stephanie Helen Bacot, Kristy
Brayton Anderson, Adriane Rowley, and Rene Rowley
Friedel ready to go on their Limo ride.
walking Adriane \1. Rowley to her wedding
See page 4 for information.
the presence of his newest great-grandson Hunter Ryan, son
of his step-grandson Sean Ryan and his lovely wife
Jeanette. He says he enjoyed meeting with old Air Force
buddies from the '60s while stationed at the Air Force
Academy and Vietnam...ate lots of wonderful cooking by
Kathleen, did lots of shopping and as always enjoyed the
mountains and the snow. He is now back home at
Westminster Oaks retirement community and looking for-
ward to 2011.
Sarah Mcllvaine and her fiance Andrew Proctor visited
Sarah's parents, Ed and Kari, in Tallahassee in October.
Upon their arrival, they went to the St. Marks Stone Crab
Festival and had their fill of stone crabs and oysters. During
their visit, Sarah and Kari McIlvaine along with Catherine
(Husum) Taylor hosted a baby shower for Geoff and sister
Rebekah (Husum) Weldon. Geoff and Rebekah's baby
Isabella Jane was due December 29, 2010, but arrived on the
Matthew Friedel escorting his Grandmother Beverly
Rowley to her seat for Adriane's wedding.
Thanksgiving found us in warm Orlando with our daugh-
ter Renee Friedel and her family, Brian, Miranda,
Matthew, Brenden and Bradley. It was still warm enough
for the kids to use the pool and they had a ball.
Doug Larrabee reported that "this past Thanksgiving my
sister Joyce and boyfriend Jim came to Tallahassee from
New Jersey to visit us and our mother, LaVerne Larrabee,
who had moved here from Tampa in June. We had a wonder-
ful time together, except for when we were stuck in traffic
because of an attempted bank robbery/hostage situation
which shut down streets all over the Northeast side of town
John Schmidt traveled to Kerrville, Texas, to share in the
grief and sorrow of the death of his brother-in-law Arch
"Dale" Bishop who passed away on December 6th (see With
Deep Sorrow). Dale was 92 and had lived a long and good
life as a former Marine who had gone ashore at Okinawa dur-
ing the closing days of the war, served in the occupation
forces in Tokyo, and came back to the Canal and worked for
the Company until his retirement in 1973. John was asked by
his sister Jackie to do the eulogy and focused on Dale's life
and times as a Marine during the years in 1937-37 and again
in 1943-46 as well as his early days on the Canal Zone Police
forces. "It was a matter of pride to be called upon to speak of
Dale's service as a Marine."
John then flew up to Colorado Springs, Colo., to spend
the balance of the year with his daughter Kathleen (Gorgas-
1954) and her family. During Christmas, he was graced with
Sarah Mcllvaine and fiance Andrew Proctor at St. Marks
Stone Crab Festival.
Geoff and Rebekah Husum Weldon's baby shower
Received an email from the Husums: They write that it's
been a wonderful fall in Tallahassee--many visitors to the
Aliens' (Lorrie Husum and Tod Allen) casita. Over the
Labor Day weekend, Karen (Husum), husband Jim, and
daughters Darien and Anne Clary visited from Austin,
Texas, as did Janet (Husum) Herrington from Atlanta. It
was great to get together again after having spent a special
time in August at the Cronan-Field-Husum-Foley Reunion in
Panama. The gang also had a lovely visit with Ellie Foley
Foley. joined us for a lovely Christmas Eve and day. On
Christmas afternoon, Ellie Husum hosted a family get-togeth-
er and was surrounded by many of her children and in-laws,
including son Ed and wife Ruth and his son John, Raymond
and Loreen (Ridge) Husum, and Janet, Lorrie and daughters
Caitlin and Kelsey, and Mary and Bill.
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Lori Husum and Tod Allen
In October John Husum (Houston, Texas) and Mary
Husum Toston celebrated their birthdays with us in
Tallahassee. Others sharing in the merry occasion were Bill
Toston, Janet Herrington, John's daughters Rebekah and
Catherine and their husbands Geoff Weldon and Terry
Taylor, and George and Barb Husum and son Kevin (and
girlfriend Dezy Bacon), from Panama City, Fla. For most, no
visit is complete without going to an FSU game when you are
in town; so we did, cheering the Seminoles on to a victory
against Boston College.
Husums at the -SU game
In November the FSU/University of Florida game was in
Tallahassee this year, bringing many die-hard FSU fans to our
home. Daughter Caitlin Allen came up from St. Pete and
joined Janet Herrington and dog Pebbles, Mary and Bill
Toston, and George and Barb Husum and sons Patrick (and
girlfriend Katie Stewart), Daniel, and Kevin. The atmos-
phere of the game was electrifying and the Seminole Nation
and fans were not disappointed as the Seminoles handily beat
the Gators 31 to 7, in front of a very lively home crowd.
The Christmas holidays were full of family and cheer as
Caitlin, Janet, Pebbles, Mary and Bill. and Ellie Husum
.nnrstmas at me nusum s
Many of us then travelled over to see George and Barb
and family in Panama City, Fla. Karen, Jim, and Darien
Clary, flew over from Austin, Texas, as well as our cousin
Janie Husum (daughter of the late Chuck Husum, BHS'46).
They cni','. 1'd the beautiful white sands of the Florida Gulf.
The Clarys and Janet travelled on to Tallahassee and spent
quality time with Ellie Foley Husum and us. Their visit ended
on a fantastic note as our niece Rebekah Husum Weldon gave
birth to Isabella Jane Weldon.
For New Year's Eve weekend, we travelled to Atlanta and
stayed with Janet and Keith Herrington. Janet was a won-
derful hostess, spoiling us with her homemade empanadas
and wonderful turkey dinner. The atmosphere was very fes-
tive, with her home beautifully decorated for the holidays. We
took a side trip up to Tennessee to see Lookout Mountain and
Ruby Falls. We never made it to the top of the mountain, but
stopped in St. Elmo (very quaint town) in Tennessee where
the Incline Railroad to the mountaintop was out of service.
We vowed that we would return.
We (Janet and Keith and Tod, Caitlin, Kelsey and I) fin-
ished the year at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, cheering the
Seminoles on to a very satisfying victory over the USC
Gamecocks and their Coach, Steve Spurrier. All in all, it has
been a wonderful fall.
Also received an email from Clarence and Rosita Payne.
He writes "that we went to Panama..once again. You may
remember that we were there back in August for the purpose
of participating in the baptism for the child of Edgar and
S\>,., we went back this time to serve as pastor for the
wedding of Rocky Robbins who had a storybook romance
with a beautiful young woman from Russia. Both the bride
and we arrived at the Robbins' home about ten days before
the wedding, and that gave us a chance to know her (she
speaks perfect English). We have found her to be a sweet and
lovely young woman; we like her a lot. It was an exuberant
wedding; anyone who knows the Robbins family will under-
stand. Alegre is the only word I can think of to express their
fun-loving spirit. The wedding was held on Thanksgiving
Day in a lovely resort in El Valle in the mountains of Panama.
We enjoyed the wedding immensely and were able to keep up
with the best of these young people, dancing late into the
"A good friend Peter Reitz, recently died of cancer at age
55. At the request of his mother, Millie Reitz, I conducted a
memorial service out on a pier of the Balboa Yacht Club on a
Saturday morning (Noi. member 27). A few of us then went out
in a small boat to spread his ashes on the bay of Panama. This
spreading of the ashes is always a moving experience, and the
mother was very grateful that I was there and able to help
them in this service. Rosita and I had been good friends with
the whole Reitz family during our 28 years in Panama (1962
"It was a delightful three weeks here in Panama. We flew
back to Orlando on November 29 and returned to our home in
Tallahassee on the following day.
"Attached is a photo of us at the Miraflores Locks with an
immense container ship in the background. Regarding statis-
tical data, that ship is 965 feet long, more than three football
fields, and 106 feet wide. The locks are 1,000 by 110 feet,
leaving only two feet on either side of the vessel. The two
persons standing in front of the ship in the photo--the woman
is a bare 98 pounds and the man about 195, after the three or
four days of wining and dining at this delightful wedding. If
I officiate at more weddings like this, I am going to have to
buy a new wardrobe."
Wow, the weather in the month of December was very
interesting in the Tampa Bay area. I never knew what to wear
for the day until I stepped outside to feel the weather. What a
great feeling! I hope everyone had a great holiday season, and
am certainly looking forward to wonderful 2011! I want to
thank everyone that sent in their pictures with their adven-
tures, great job!
Paul Smith took his wife Susie and stepdaughter Annette
down to Panama for their first time in March 2010. He sur-
prised his wife when he wanted to renew his vows with her,
performed a blending of the family ceremony all in tradition-
al Panama dress. They would like to thank Panama Folk
Dress (the Delgado family) for their wonderful photos, tradi-
tional dress, and experience! They had such a memorable
time. They spent the day fishing off Contadora and overnight
on the island, swam in the Gamboa Lake and fed the mon-
keys, enjoyed dinner at sunset at Miraflores Locks, zip lined
in El Valle, dipped in El Macho Falls, ate at Napoli's a half
dozen times, visited all the old Canal Zone spots, dinner at
Los Camisones and relaxed at Coronado Beach & Resort.
They can't thank Captain Andrew Efthimiadis and Julie
Dekle enough for their hospitality. They can't wait to go back
for more food and adventure!
Rosita and Clarence Payne
Skip Rowley, Reporter
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Susie Smith being proposed to by Paul Smith for the second
time in traditional Panamanian dress.
She was a very, very "happy camper!" Jose and Laura Payne
(with Joseph and Katheryn) flew in from Cupertino, Calif.
Guillermo, Luis. Victor. and Patty already live in Orlando,
Fla. Guillermo had his daughters Ashley and Victoria there
as well. Victor brought his wife Amanda with Logan and
Carlyn. Patty is married to Steve Jones with Geanna,
Collin, and Alyssa.
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During the Christmas holidays, I was invited to a won-
derful party at the Nieves' home in Brandon! Robert (Coco)
and Kellie (Harmon) Nieves had a group of Zonians along
with their stateside friends over for a holiday party. There
were adults, kids and even Santa stopped by! Jim and Sandra
(Gordon) Foley with their kids, Michael Keister, Mainor
and Michelle Yocum with their kids, Pat Lincoln, Jose and
Johanna (Cantu) Alvarez, Mercy Cantu, Jerry Cantu
(with their kids), Ken and Mirna Parsons, Robert and Julia
Nieves, Luke Anderson with his family, Ralph and Brenda
Furlong, Jason and Stephanie (Helin) Bacot, Gilbert
Marerro, Eugene Monaohan. and Randy Rios. Santa was
the highlight of the party as kids got to sit on his lap and give
him a wish list!
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Hubert and Margot Jordan celebrated their 25th
anniversary by going on a 14-day transatlantic cruise enjoy-
ing stops in England, France. Ireland, Iceland, and Nova
Scotia. Their traveling mates were Jack and JoAnn Morton
and Diane Morris. In France Jack and Hubert took a special
trip to the region of Normandy (Omaha Beach) where allied
forces landed for the famous D-Day invasion. A sight not
santa Claus at the Nieves' holiday party
Jack Morton and Hubert Jordan
Judy (Coulthard) Curtis (BHS'52) is reaching out to the
classes of the '50s. Apparently, a group from class of 1951
and 1952 are talking about a reunion, but the West Coasters
don't want to come East and vice versa. If there are any of
you who are interested in a cruise, either during the Panama
Canal Society Reunion or after, please contact Judy. She
would love to hear from you!!
The first time in six years. Elda Payne had ALL five of
her children (Jose, Guillermo, Luis, Victor, and Patty) and
ALL of her nine grandkids in her home for the Christmas hol-
idays! What a wonderful Christmas present for Mama Payne!
After they crossed the Arctic Circle, Hubert became a
member of the Ancient and Honorable registry of Blue Noses
which consisted of having ice water poured down his back,
tossing down a shot of liquor and his nose painted blue. I am
sure he had fun in the initiation! They also visited a castle in
Ireland where Diane and Hubert were able to kiss the Blarney
Stone. In Nova Scotia they stopped at the Governor's Pub &
Eatery where they were served by a good-looking bartender
wearing a kilt.
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Morton, and JoAnn Morton.
Lynnette "Leni" (Stokes) Cansler (CHS'79) says that
she has been working at the United States Central Command
at MacDill AFB for over 13 years, and 10 of those as a
Defense Contractor for General Dynamic Information
Technology. But she just recently got "promoted" to a
Department of Defense Civilian, with the new title of Official
Mail Manager, Official Mail Center, United States Central
Command. She is now the "patrona" of all of the official mail
coming and going out of USCENTCOM, to include Iraq,
Afghanistan, Qatar, and other Middle Eastern countries.. So
now she is responsible that all of the official mail is properly
prepared, metered, distributed and mailed by the governing
Lynnette (Stokes) Cansler in her new job environment
The first quarter of 2011 was an active one for Ted and
Mel Henter and their daughter Amber. In January Ted went
down to Palmetto, Fla., where he got his first guide dog in
nine years. He was given a yellow female lab named Tapper
with whom he spent three weeks in training. During the first
week of January, Mel and Amber drove up to Columbia, S.C.,
where Amber is starting school at the University of South
Carolina on an Equestrian scholarship. In February Ted and
Russ Bowen (BHS'69) will have headed for and been to
Panama for the Cayuco Regatta at Vernado Beach. In March
Ted and Mel will take a seven-day cruise from Colon to
Cartegena, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Honduras with
the class of BHS'69 and some Elks members. Most 69ers are
turning 60 this year so it is a class 60th birthday party on a
small scale. They are having a large party that has been in the
planning for some time. After that, Ted will be training for
and participating in the annual Cayuco race in April while
Mel and friends relax by the pool at their home in Majaqual.
I have always said that Zonians are a dying breed. I am so
grateful for the Canal Recordas a forum for our breed to keep
in touch and locate old friends. If you want to let everyone
know what you did or where you are, or an event you attend-
ed for your family and/or friends, email me!
Laura Kosik, Reporter
In October Camille Hendricks
Herrington had a get-together in Lake
Spivey, Ga., where everyone brought a
covered dish and, as you can see from the
photo, there was plenty of food, and
everything was delicious. Getting togeth-
er with Zonians is always fun, and this
time was no exception. June Stevenson
(L-R): June Rowley Stevenson, Ray Burda, Maggie
Knapp, Patty Burda, Pat Albritton Henson, Camille
Herrington, Helen and Ray Underwood, and Janet
Received an email from Carolyn Morris in which she
wrote that she and Ray Amato had a visit from two of their
BHS'60 classmates. Eileen Ruess Zilvetti and Lilia
Sibauste Buziak came and spent the night with them. They
wanted some "Southern" food so we went to Sconyers Bar-b-
q for lunch. Back when Jimmy Carter was in office, he had a
dinner catered by Larry Sconyers (Larry was at one time also
Mayor of Augusta). Little bit of trivia there! We came back to
the house and got the old yearbook and pictures out. Eileen
had made it to our 50th class reunion but Lilia has never been
and Ray and I had not seen her since we graduated from high
school. We had a great time and lots of laughs remembering
or jogging our memories. For dinner we went back to the latin
fare! I made ceviche, empanadas, paella, plantain, sliced avo-
cado, and flan for dessert. And a little sangria to wash it
down. Breakfast was empanadas and coffee!! Late morning
and Eileen headed back down to Tampa and Lilia up to north
Georgia. We enjoyed their visit and so glad we were able to
coordinate everyone's schedules!!
Eileen Ruess Zilvetti, Carolyn \lorris, and Lilia Sibauste
November was a busy month for me, in that I flew to
Naples, Fla., to spend a week with my good friends, Sidney
George and Sigi Espino. Sidney met me at the airport in
Naples and we drove to Sanibel Island for a few days of R&R
at the Sundial Beach and Golf Resort. Since the weather was
still too chilly to swim, we wrapped up and went for walks on
the beach and just enjoyed getting together once again. We
were sorry that Tillie McTaggart and Norita Scott from
Panama and Judy Baerg from Arizona could not be with us
this time, but we are hoping to get together later on this year.
While at Sanibel, the three of us drove around to check out
the different restaurants and shops, where we, of course,
found a "few" things to buy. It was a wonderful few days just
being with friends! After leaving Sanibel, I drove with Sidney
back to her home where I spent a few more days of ". iin~ng",
and then flew back home.
REUNION CULTURAL SEMINAR
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2 P.M.-3:30 P.M
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Sanibel Island Resort.
My husband and I also drove to Huntsville, Ala., in
November for the wedding of our niece (and goddaughter)
Adriane Rowley to Ron Bolen. The wedding was an outdoor
wedding at a lovely plantation home on November 13th,
which turned out to be a beautiful and warm night, so every-
thing was perfect. Lori Stevenson Snow and her son
Nicholas Snow also traveled to Huntsville for the wedding.
They gathered with many other family members to watch
Adriane and Ron exchange their wedding vows. While in
Huntsville, we also were able to see the Space Museum there,
and if you ever go to Huntsville, you should put that on your
"must see" places. The whole place was awesome! And the
IMAX theater showing a movie of outer space from photos
taken by the Hubble Camera are beyond awesome!!
Lori Stevenson Snow and son
In December Camille and her husband Larry
Harrington had us all over once again for a Spaghetti dinner
night, similar to the spaghetti dinners at the Officer's Club in
the former Canal Zone. This time Camille prepared every-
thing, and again it was all delicious. It was a night of fun,
conversation and lots of spaghetti. There are plans to make
this an annual event for the Atlanta area Zonians.
Also, on December 5th, Maggie Knapp reserved a large
room at a well-known restaurant called Coco Loco in
Buckhead where we all once again enjoyed being together
and eating foods that were familiar to us from Panama.
Afterwards, we gathered outside for a photo. As you can see
by the way we are dressed, that the weather was still on the
cool side. Even though the lunch was planned by Maggie she
was not able to attend.
Back (L-R): Ray Burda and wife Patti, Lester Smith,
Andrea Byrd Smith, Diane Hindman Wallace, Dick
Wallace. Front (L-R): June Stevenson, Pat Albritton
Henson, and Camille Hendricks Harrington, Lake Spivey.
Barbara Sanders and George Garcia, Hendersonville, N.C.
Back (L-R): Pat Albritton Henson, Lester Smith, Mary
Scigliani Leach, Ray and Patti Burda, Camille Hendricks
Harrington, and Davis Stevenson. Front (L-R): Donna and
Pete Richard, Andrea Byrd Smith, Billy and Carol Arnold,
Ray and Helen Underwood, June Stevenson, Atlanta, Ga.
Photo taken by Larry Harrington.
Later that month, my husband and I drove to
Hendersonville, N.C., for their annual Panama Canal
Christmas luncheon that Pat Hunt puts together every year,
and again enjoyed being with the North Carolina "zonians."
We spent the night with our very good friends, Jan and Don
Ponder, in Columbus, N.C., before driving back to Atlanta.
We have been good friends of the Ponders for many, many
years, so it is always good to see them, even for short visits.
Volunteers are needed for the 2011 Reunion.
If you would like to volunteer, contact one or more of
the volunteer chairpersons listed on Page A of the
Yellow Pages (registration package).
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It seems there has not been much in the way of "news"
from our other Zonians living in Georgia, so I will close by
wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2011!!
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
Wow! This January deadline got
here much too quickly--I just barely fin-
'ished reading the December issue and I
Pat Hunt am down to the wire. So, Happy New
Year to everyone and I'll get on with the news.
I don't really like to start with me but in this case I will.
In October 1 flew to Florida to attend the wedding of my
niece Leanne Watkins. Suffice it to say, the wedding was
absolutely beautiful and I got to see the entire Hunt side of
my family--something that hadn't happened in a long time.
I'm sure the wedding will be covered by the Florida people
so I will leave the details to them; however, I did get to see
many people at the reception that I had not seen in years,
including Marcia and Keith Bullinger and sons Jason and
Adam, Michelle Ponce, Dennis and Jeff Watkins. I spent
the week with my sister-in-law Louise Hunt at her beautiful
home in Merritt Island along with Marge and Jack Ruoff, or
as my kids call them, Aunt Marge and Uncle Jack. We had a
great time together, touring Merritt Island and surrounding
areas, eating delicious meals and taking part in all the pre-
and post-wedding activities. Ginger and Bill Young and their
son Steve drove down from Ormond Beach one afternoon for
lunch and I think between the seven of us we covered just
about every topic imaginable--past, present, and future!
Marge and Jack drove down to Melbourne Beach for a cou-
ple of days to visit with daughter Cheryl and family and
George and Ann Downing before heading back to Texas. I
tried to get them to come through North Carolina but to no
Willy and Wilma Nowotny toured Ireland for two weeks
in the fall and had a wonderful time visiting all the usual
tourist areas--seeing the beautiful countryside, the castles and
churches, etc. They took lots of pictures including one of a
gentleman working in one of the tourist information centers
which Willy swears looked and sounded like my late husband
Jack. The looks may be a bit of a stretch but I'm sure the
talking part was accurate since it's hard to keep an Irishman
quiet in the best of circumstances! Ah, but they are so lov-
Our Christmas gathering here in Hendersonville on
December 11th was a huge success with our largest turnout
ever. There were 37 people in attendance and several of those
were "first timers." Jim and Ann Hicks drove over the
mountain from Erwin, Tenn.. where he is chief of police. Jim
was born at Gorgas, grew up in Curundu and graduated from
BHS in 1964. He surprised friends Ed Suarez and George
Garcia, whom he hadn't seen in about 40 years. Luckily the
weather cooperated and he and Ann did not get stranded at
Sam's Gap, notorious for bad weather problems! Archie
McDaniel (BHS'74) and his mother Rose drove up from
Matthews, N.C., just on the other side of Charlotte. His
father, Capt. Joseph McDaniel (deceased) was a PanCanal
Pilot. They hope to attend our -athering as often as possible.
We are delighted to have them.
Archie and Rose McDaniel, Sam and Norma Irvin
Barbara (Dombrowsky) Sanders (BHS'63) and Dave
McKenna (BHS'52) attended for the first time as they were
visiting in Connestee Falls with Peggy (Flynn) (BHS'63)
and Jim Matte%, first timers also. Actually I think Barb said
she has or is building a house there so hopefully we will see
more of them. Barbara's mom Jean retired here and was our
secretary here for many years before her death. I used to
babysit Barb and her brother Dale when we lived in Pedro
Miguel. I must have been very young at the time--probably 3
or 4!! Peggy and Jim were married in 1967 when Jim was an
Air Force Lt. and they have two sons and five grandchildren;
both are retired. They moved to Connestee in 2008--so it has
taken them two years to get to one of our parties! Peggy's
parents, Joe and Helen Flynn, were Diablo residents.
Walker Pruitt, another first timer who lives here in
Hendersonville, came with Tom Hanna who was in town on
his monthly "working on the house' visit from Florida.
Hopefully we will see him at future gatherings. Jeff and
Mary Hare drove up from Simpsonville, S.C., to join the
festivities. I think they both won a door prize so surely they
will come again. It was great having them here for the festiv-
Others attending the party were Malcolm and Jean
Stone, Sam and Norma Irvin, June and Dave Stevenson,
Don and Jan Ponder, '\ ll, and Wilma Nowotny, Dr. Henry
and Hannah Stockwell, Priscilla, Katrina and Xavier
Dunn and Bertha Allen (Priscilla's mom), George Garcia
and Miriam Owen from South Carolina, Ron Angermuller,
Ed Suarez, Vicki (Dunning) Howe, Jim and Shirley
Crafton, Ruth Tillman, who just might be our Matriarch,
unless Carmen Howe or Gene Clary try to claim that title.
They were not there to dispute it though, so it's Ruth's. Last,
but by no means least, were our esteemed treasurer Ty and
wife \ick\ Erickson and my daughters, Teresa Rhodes and
Laurie Trinca, and my granddaughter Jennifer (Watkins)
Due to the increasing number of onsite registrations
at the Annual Reunion, we ask that you register with
the office at your earliest convenience. The number
of onsite registrations has tripled in the last three
years, and has resulted in increased costs for sup-
plies. As a result, your board recently increased the
onsite registration fee from $7.00 to $10.00.
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Laurie Trinca, Terri Rhodes, and Jennifer Watkins
Dave McKenna and Barbara Dombrowsky at annual
Unfortunately we missed some of our regulars for various
reasons. Jim and Diane Bradley were in Germany for the
holidays, visiting daughter Eileen and family. Drs. Dick and
Lila Cheville were visiting daughter Andrea in Minnesota.
Guess they don't get enough snow here in North Carolina.
They may not get back here until April! "K" and Bob
Rodgers were frozen in Bakersville--they probably won't be
thawed out by May. Ron and Pat Nessler had to cancel at the
last minute as Pat was not feeling well. We hope by now she
is on the mend.
Lola and Al Jones couldn't make it as Al had a slight
altercation with his dog while out walking and ended up with
a broken hip. I really hate mentioning his illness or accident,
but I am happy to hear that he is up and walking about again,
recovering well. Actually they were able to spend two weeks
over the Christmas and New Year's holiday in Atlantic
Beach, Fla., with daughter Tara, her husband Dave Sellers,
and their two grandchildren. Their other daughter Lisa and
husband Mark Hall and three grandkids were visiting in
Charlotte, N.C., for the holidays. The children especially
were delighted with the Christmas snowfall in this area. They
don't get much in Atlantic Beach I'm sure.
My entire family was together for Christmas this year in
Burlington at Laurie and Sam Trinca's--the first in a very
long time. My grandsons Zach and Justin Trinca and grand-
daughter Jennifer (Watkins) Surface, her husband Jason, and
daughter Brinley all came up from Charlotte, daughter Terri
Rhodes, Bryan Zweifel, and grandson Michael Watkins
from Atlanta, my son John, his wife Julie and my one-year-
old grandson River from Leesburg, Va., and daughter Lisa
Johnson and I rounded out the group. We celebrated
Christmas, being together, the newest grandchild, and
Jennifer getting her first job as a nurse at a Charlotte hospital.
Congratulations to Jen as all that hard work paid off. I'm so
proud of her! Jen and Michael's Dad, Fred Watkins, had
hoped to spend Christmas with the family also but had to
leave for Afghanistan a few days before Christmas where he
will be working as a customs trainer for the next three years.
I just learned recently that my boss's (that is Jacque
Vowell) daughter Casey lives in Asheville and that Jacque
was in town for a visit. Hmm--you could have checked in. I
actually tried to contact her for the party, not knowing who
she was, but the email address in the book was not valid. I did
try to contact several other people listed in the Directory but
was not successful.
I did have an email from Suzy Hele Carlton (BHS'60).
She and her husband Charlie live in Pinehurst. They could-
n't make the party but hope sometime to attend one of our
get-togethers. Their daughters in the 1970s and now their
granddaughters have come to Camp Ton-a-Wandah in this
area. Suzy's father Al worked for both Pan Canal and the
Army and her mother Kathleen worked for the Armed Forces
Pictures Service. She is the niece of Bill and Birdie Hele and
the family dates back to construction days.
Another item of interest I just learned--I had a call from
Dan Winklosky in Greensboro after the December Canal
Record came out and I had written about the picnic at Jackson
Park. Dan actually designed Jackson Park as one of his first
projects. Talk about a small world and another Zonie accom-
plishment. I think that's super. Congratulations to Dan; a lit-
tle late but well deserved. It's a great park.
I am ending my article on a sad note this time. I learned
recently that my very dear friend Jerry Sullivan died well
over a year ago. She and her husband Frank were godparents
to my daughter Lisa. 1 wore her wedding dress when Jack and
I got married. Jerry was a remarkable woman and will be
sorely missed by all who knew her.
I guess that is it for this issue. Keep sending me your news
and for those in the area who haven't ever contacted me,
please get in touch--I would love to hear from all of you. I
know you get the Canal Record so you know how to reach
me. Till next time.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
( .) 696-3995
email: pathuntOl (bellsouth.net
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iBebe Nehring DeNike had anoth-
er foot surgery that kept her ".,i.,lini"
around this fall, but by Christmas she
Barbara Litchford was finally walking without a boot!
After almost two years of boots and
scooters, she's hopeful that the problem is now solved and
can, once again, plan to pack a "shoe suitcase" for this year's
Reunion. Thanksgiving saw son Justin DeNike at home after
completing his active duty with the U.S. Navy. He was home
for a visit before moving to Pontiac, Ill., where he will be
working, going to school and starting his Reserve duty. Son
Jason DeNike spent the holidays in Afghanistan with Navy
Mobile Construction Battalion 18. Jason is missed and we
worry about his safety, but are happy to know he will be
home soon. Christmas Day at the DeNikes was fun filled with
Billy's brothers and Bebe's niece Marissa Hannan (sister
Janice's daughter) visiting. Bebe's daughter Kathryn
Nehring and grandsons, Aaron and Devon, flew off the day
after Christmas to Merritt Island, Fla., to visit with aunts (and
uncle) Bonnie Tudor, Annette Nehring, and Kathie and
Bob McConaughey. They did the requisite adventures to
Disney World and Sea World, and found out firsthand why
Bebe loves Cocoa Beach Pier so much. The weather was not
very Florida-like but fortunately Aunt Bonnie's pool is heat-
ed and the hot tub was well used too!!
Aaron, Devon and Kathryn Nehring at Disney World
Bob Blake writes that he recognized the military unit
patch LTC Michael Lawrence was wearing in the December
2010 issue, as the 2nd Division Army Star-and-Indianhead
patch. Bob's father served in the Marine Brigade of the Army
2nd Division in France during WWI, when that patch was
invented. The patch is also featured on the cover of one of
Bob's books. Bob and Mary also celebrated two milestones
this fall--Mary's 90th birthday in October and their 6th wed-
ding anniversary in November. Thanksgiving found the
Blakes celebrating at the home of their youngest son Jerry
Sanford and Christmas found them surrounded by 15 chil-
dren and spouses, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, and
friends at the home of daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lynne
and Jeff Fin.
Mary and Jim Young, Camano Island, Wash., celebrated
Christmas at home with their daughter Ellie and her husband
Al Henon who were visiting from California, their son
Frank from Seattle, Wash., and Mike Jablonski, from Yelm,
Ellie Young and Mary Young, Christmas 2011, Camano
Virginia Sanders Kleefkens celebrated her 93rd birthday
in November. The following week, Ginny (Kleefkens)
Rankin had the gang at her house for Thanksgiving dinner.
This year Ginny's brother Walter Kleefkens and wife
Suzanne (Urey) brought their granddaughter, her husband
and their cute five-month-old baby girl with them when they
visited. Because of the snow and ice we had, Ginny's broth-
er-in-law Robert Rankin and wife Gayle (Fettler) didn't
make it down for Thanksgiving. Ginny's daughters, Sandi
McClanahan and Nancy Ivory, and their families spent
Christmas day at her house where they opened gifts and cel-
ebrated another year together. New Year's Day found Ginny
in Seattle with her daughter Sandi McClanahan and her fam-
ily to watch her Sandi's son Seth participate in his gymnas-
tics competition at the Washington Open. Seth won first place
in the 12-and-under age group at the Level 5 competition.
Ginny's youngest daughter Karen Blennerhassett spent the
last several weeks of the year bracing herself and her family
from all the La Nifia flooding and rains in Panama. The pho-
tos of all this disaster have been all over the Internet. Karen,
her husband John, and their children will be visiting later this
Save the date for our Northwest Summer Picnic to be
hosted by Jim and Joan Huffman.
NW Pan Canal Society Picnic
Fort Ebey State Park (on Whidbey Island) S-3 Gun Battery
Friday August 5: Potluck Dinner (starts approx. 5 p.m.)
Saturday. August 6: Picnic 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
For the campers there is a campsite within walking dis-
tance to the picnic area. Friday and Saturday activities are in
the same location. The closest hotels are in Oak Harbor (Best
Western, Coachman Inn, and Candlewood Suites).
There are three ways to get on the island...From the south
end on the Mulkiteo Clinton ferry; from the north end cross-
ing over the Deception Pass bridge, and on the Port
Townsend to Coupeville (Keystone) ferry (it runs every hour
and a half). If taking the Port Townsend ferry, it is suggested
to have reservations. The Washington State Ferry website is
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ and you can find the sail-
ing schedules there. More info forthcoming as the picnic gets
Thanks for sharing your news. Please email, snail mail or
give me a call with your news. June 2011 will be "due" April
Barbara Greene Litchford, Reporter
Hello from Oklahoma! The Oklahoma Chapter held its Fall picnic and business meeting on October 2, 2010, at Julia and
Paulino Allande's home in Tulsa. Turnout was great, and everyone enjoyed a beautiful day. Julia and Paulino are always so
gracious to open up their home for the Fall meetings. The next gathering is planned for May 14, 2011, at Andrews Park in
Norman, Okla. Please call this reporter for more information.
Oklahoma Chapter, Tulsa, Okla., October 2, 2010 Group
Jimmie Wickham reports that she decided to become a
snowbird for the 2010-2011 winter. After being snowbound
in her home in Tulsa for five days during the December 2009
blizzard, she decided to escape to New Orleans. New Orleans
is not exactly the Florida Keys, but is driving distance from
Jimmie's home. She left Tulsa in mid-November and stopped
overnight to renew acquaintances with Blake and Peggy
Starkey in Palestine, Texas. She originally met the Starkeys
when they all lived on the Atlantic side back in the '70s. Then
Jimmie continued on to New Orleans to take part in "Nuns
Build," along with 85 nuns and friends from all over the U.S.,
which involved repairing houses damaged in Hurricane
Katrina. This event was sponsored by the St. Bernard Project,
a group that has been repairing houses since 2006, following
the hurricane. Jimmie celebrated Thanksgiving with friends
Betty Spragg (Columbus, Ga.) and Frances Parks
(Chicago, Ill.) who came to New Orleans to join her. Jimmie
is enjoying the New Year in her apartment until she migrates
with the birds back to Tulsa in May. Jimmie wants anyone in
the area to say hello, and you can call this reporter for
Jimmie's phone number.
Reminiscent of days gone by for former Isthmian golfers
Paul Boostrom, Ray Bierbaum, Jeff Riley, and George
Dany, the group got together to play a few rounds of golf on
the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail last October in Alabama.
The Boostroms provided the lodging and great food for the
event. Paul's wife Linda was the real trooper for the event,
for so graciously listening to all the golf rhetoric that domi-
nated the dining table and fireplace chats!
Paul Boostrom, Ray Bierbaum, Jeff Riley, and George
Dany, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Alabama.
Doris Burns enjoyed the visits of Bob and Vicki
Boukalis during Thanksgiving time and Mike and Sharon
Bates after Christmas. Mike and Sharon lived beside Jean
and Doris (in the same house) in Ancon. Doris enjoyed every-
one's company and especially jii,.:.iJ reminiscing about
Jean. Jean (this reporter's father) sadly passed away
November 10, 2010, after battling dementia for more than
two years. As Jean's son Scott Burns stated, "Santa has left
the building," and we all did feel pretty lost during the holi-
day season. On a positive side, my dad had a great and adven-
turous life. He will be very much missed!
Jean D. Burns, aka Santa Claus, in the Canal Zone in the
Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
Well it is still raining here in
Panama, which in January is supposed to
be the dry season. La Nina has brought
unprecedented rainfall and in early
December flooding and landslides
Anna Opel throughout the country. The rains of
December 7th and 9th were of such intensity that meteorolo-
gists were calling it the 200-year storm. The rains, concen-
trated in the area of Alajuela Lake (formerly known as
Madden Lake) affected the turbidity of the water and result-
ed in severe problems at the Chilibre Water Plant. Some areas
of Panama City had been without water for over 30 days.
Bottled water was in short supply, rationed by stores, and the
Panamanian Government sent water trailers to various areas
to get water to the population. The rains also caused the
Centennial Bridge Approach to fail, closing one half of the
bridge to daily traffic and all heavy trucks and equipment,
causing serious traffic jams on all roads leading to the Bridge
of the Americas during Christmas and New Year's. The
garbage situation is finally clearing up with regular pick ups
of trash in most neighborhoods. What a relief. We had not had
a g..rba -2c pick up in as long as two weeks in December, not
as bad as some other areas. Well, on to other news....
My husband Carl and I made another stateside trip in
October, stopping at Fort Myers on a business trip. My sister
Dottie (Miller) Meissner and John McKinsey drove down
from Clearwater and spent a few days with us. We stayed in
a hotel on the beach and got the last bit of warm Florida
weather and sunshine.
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Dottie Meissner and John McKinsey
Our next stop was Denver to spend the weekend with our
son Rick Szymanski, wife Terri, and grandchildren Brian
Deleon, Marianna, Elysia and the baby, Araceli. It was
Carl's first meeting with Araceli. He took the girls three dif-
ferent-sized camels (based on their ages) as gifts from Abu
Dhabi. He had carried them around in his suitcase on two dif-
ferent trios to the United States.
Marianna, Grandpop Carl holding Araceli, and Elysia
We were there for Halloween so when Terri took the little
ones Trick-or-Treating, I was responsible for handing out the
goodies to all the costumed children. I hadn't done this since
the bases closed in Panama, a real treat. The winter coat and
sweaters/long-sleeve shirts came out of the suitcases on this
leg of the trip!
Our next stop was Philadelphia, another first for me.
Carl's business was rescheduled so we spent a few days vis-
iting the tourist attractions in the downtown area. We walked
around Independence Hall, which was under renovation, saw
the Liberty Bell, toured the U.S. Mint and the National
Constitution Center where we really enjoyed the exhibit "Art
of the American Soldier". It was really cold there!!
We returned home in time to celebrate our daughter
Jennilee Szymanski's birthday on November 6th at the
Patagonia Grill in the San Francisco area of Panama.
After a few days, Jack was finally able to bag the biggest
of the Big 5, a cape buffalo! At the end of their stay at
Mafigeni, they spent a day at Kruger National Park where
they saw elephants, giraffes, impalas, rhinos, lions, leopards,
etc. After the safari they flew to Johannesburg to relax and
then on to Cape Town for some sightseeing. Zebra photo
shows Anita feeding a zebra rescued by Brian Jones, manag-
er of the Moholoholo Wildlife Center. This beautiful zebra
was injured, but after months of care at the station, became
domesticated and could not be let out "in the wild again on
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Anita Seifert feeding the domesticated zebra
Sophia and Jenilee Szymanski
It was a dream of a lifetime that came true for Jack
Townsend, an avid hunter all of his life, who recently com-
pleted a 10-day safari to South Africa. Plans for the trip and
all the paperwork involved took almost a year. Anita Seifert
(armed with her new Nikon D-90 SLR) and Jack flew to
Johannesburg in November and then on to a private game
reserve, Mafigeni Lodge, located in the Limpopo Province
Lowveld at the base of the Drakensberg Escarpment.
Jack Townsend and Anita Seifert, Kruger National Park
On a recent visit to their home in Sun Lakes, Ariz., Anita
and Jack were greeted by her great-nephew Ryder, son of
David and Kim (Leckey) (BHS'90) Green. Ryder turned
two in October. Kim, who lives in Awatukee, a suburb of
Phoenix, is an ultrasound technician at the Banner Baywood
Hospital in Mesa, Ariz.
Stanley Leon (CHS) sent me this Christmas photo of his
family. His granddaughters Sofia, Alessa, Valeria, and
Natasha live in Argentina with their mother and stepfather
and visit Panama each year at Christmas. They have been
spending time up in Chiriqui and La Guaira. Stan, Maureen,
and Christopher Leon opened gifts with them on Christmas
Lew and Sue (Lessiack) Stabler are enjoying having
Sue's mom, Katherine (Adams) Lessiack, living with them
in Cardenas. At age 90, Kitty, as she's often called by her
friends, finally decided to give up living alone in her home in
Kerrville, Texas, but it took a broken arm to fully convince
her to make the move. Now, instead of sitting in front of the
TV all day in Texas, she spends her time on Sue's and Lew's
patio watching the tropical birds that flock to the bird feeder
in their backyard. To date, she's got 24 species on her bird
list, and there are surely more to come!
Stanley Leon and his family
Mel Oiler sends New Year's greetings to all his amigos.
He also included this photo of his daughter Itzel (Oiler), her
husband Giovanni Bruno, and daughter Graciela. Itzel. a
graduate of BHS Class of 1988, resides in Belmont, Calif.,
with her family.
Katherine (Adams) Lessiack
Mary Morland Coffey sent me the enclosed picture of
Robin Morland taken in his backyard in Pinehurst, N.C., in
December. Robin lives across the road from a "-
Championship Golf Course.
Giovanni Bruno, Graciela, and Itzel (Oiler) Bruno
Inez and Fred Clark received a visit on January 2nd from
some old Curundu neighbors, Robert and Cris McElroy.
Robert, Warrant Officer (Ret.), was a Master Dive Trainer at
CRD in Rodman. Cris was a former nurse at Gorgas Army
Hospital. They currently live in Louisiana but visit Panama
almost every year as they want to have their "second" home
Fred Clark and Robert McElroy
Robin Morland in his backyard, Pinehurst, N.C.
Art Mokray wrote in about visitors he has seen in town:
Georges Bouche and his daughter Michell arrived in Panama
about the 24th of December and stayed until December 31st.
They said one week was not enough to see everything they
wanted to see. Georges left Panama about 1988 and they were
amazed at the changes. They visited El Valle, the beach,
Taboga, Gamboa, the Causeway, and as many points in
between. Paul and Debbie Arsenault spent two weeks in
Panama, at the beaches, El Valle, the Atlantic side and with
old friends. Stanley Wright, Lance Hughes, Vera and John
Hanna, Fred Toothman, and Richard Burchett were also
down for Christmas, or have arrived since New Year's.
Joseph Fallas (BHS'80) wrote in that on January 22nd,
Jody de St. Germain will be hosting a mini-Zonian reunion
at his home in Frisco, Texas. There will be many Zonians
attending who have not seen each other in over 30 years. He
promises to send more info and photos for the next Canal
Our Panama community was saddened by the loss of
more of its members: Abilio Mosquera, November 20; Doug
Phillips, December 18: and Glenn Farrell, December 28.
Well, so ends another report of Panama's happenings. Till
next time, hasta la vista!!
Anna Opel, Reporter
The Christmas Season in North
Texas is incredible! There is some-
thing for everyone. Carriage rides
around the town square while listen-
ing to carolers pealing out well-loved
songs; a "Charles Dickens" village,
"Santa's Wonderland"; spectacular
light displays; countless performances Linda Morris
of the Nutcracker and the "Messiah" chorus, and the beauti-
ful services in the churches. It is my favorite time of the year.
This year BobbyMo and I joined a Posada, the tradition-
al procession celebrating the Christmas story. Participants
sing traditional Latin American carols to commemorate the
journey Mary and Joseph took on their way to Bethlehem.
The procession began in a park near downtown Dallas and
ended at the Latino Cultural Center. It was a moving experi-
ence, culminating in lively mariachi music and matachines
(religious dances) and a busy bodega serving Christmas
The Posadas that we have experienced at my parents'
home in Las Cumbres, Panama, had the journey begin with
Mary on a burro followed by the faithful stopping at desig-
nated neighbors' homes asking for shelter. It too, was mov-
ing, and also ended with "Ron Ponche" and empanadas. It's
Ed and Judy Colvin retired from the Panama Canal
Company in 1989. Ed was employed by the Locks Division
in Gatun and Balboa and Judy worked for USSC. They set-
tled in Trinidad, Texas (near Cedar Lake) and have worked as
"catastrophe adjurs, for the last twenty years. During this
time they have spoiled the children of their son Kurt
(BHS'89) and daughter Kerri (BHS'81). Reconnecting with
Zone friend, Louise (Russon) Murphy, they learned about
the Panama Canal Society. They plan to attend their first
reunion in July 2011.
A surprise visit from Dennis Streeter (BHS'80) and son
Kody to classmate Bliss Connerton's home in Frisco was
refreshing. Lots of time for resurrecting old stories and
adventures. Dennis lives in Cape Coral, Fla., with wife Dawn
and Kody. He was enroute to Seattle to drop off a car to his
son Kristian and to return to his job in Alaska.
Robert O'Conner celebrated his seventieth birthday with
family and friends in his home in Frisco, Texas. A visit from
son Edward and family from Florida coincided with the big
day--reason enough for a "fiesta" right? Son Robb and fami-
ly, who live in Celina, helped with the hosting. The buffet
table was laden with all of Gladys' specialties and they were
delicious. The bar was open and kept very busy. New folks at
the party were Susan Thompson (BHS'81) and classmate
Kerri Colvin, and Ricardo Henry, who played for the Rams
football team with the O'Connor boys.
Birthday Party at Casa O'Conner, Frisco, Texas
A Happy New Year to All from Glen and Cristina Seeley,
who claim to be working too hard while their offspring
enjoyed the holidays in faraway places. Evan visited the
Efthimiadis family in Panama--they sent a photo of the for-
mer Seeley home on Carr St. and it looked fantastic!
Nicholas and Holly enjoying a ski vacation in Tahoe and
daughter Stephanie and boyfriend enjoying the sun in
Annette Morton maintained her "Hostess with the
Mostest" title at the Mortons' Annual Christmas Party. The
house glowed with Christmas cheer. Paul Morton seated in
the front row is a new grandfather and JoAnn Morton--
would you believe--a great-grandmom. New faces at the
party this year were Curtis Sanders and John Sousa. Can I
say--I will say, "A good time was had by all!!"
Back (L-R): Carlton Morris, Mark Cicero, Terri Corbit,
Jim Cicero, Jack Morton, Victoria Hall, Lee and Annette
Morton (hosts), Curtis Sanders, John Sousa. Front (L-R):
Susan Thompson, JoAnn Morton, Charlie Reiss, Paul
Morton, and Bliss Connerton.
The response for a current address for Abilio Mosquera
has been surprising. I received many emails and calls. Seems
he was a friend to all. This update was received from
"Zonian" friends in Panama.
"Abilio was a Canal Zone legend for at least 60 years.
Many of us met him at the Balboa Gym, where he spent time
reliving his youth--he had been a track champion for Panama
in his younger day. You could usually see him walking in the
Zone or city holding a folded newspaper over his head as an
"He retired as a bank teller on $400 pension, on which he
supported his brother Joaquin and sister in Chorrera. For
awhile, he was not seen anywhere. He was missed and after
making a few inquiries we heard he was ill and living in an
assisted-living facility in Juan Diaz (near Tocumen). A group
of us visited him and found him very fragile and weak. Two
weeks later the same friends went to the home, with a wheel-
chair as a gift, and found that he had died just days before.
The wheelchair was left at the home as a 'gift from Abilio.'
"Zone friends Don DeStaffino, Henry Twohy, \\ ane
Bryant, Tom Ford, and Larry and David Niedzialek com-
mented that Mosquera joined them often at Niko's in later
years and was always part of the going conversations."
Bob and Linda Morris spent November in the
Mediterranean--first with a revisit to Venice, after a long 20+
years. The trick, we discovered to have lots of "pigeons'
action" in St. Mark's Square, is to have a pocketful of bread
crumbs. Then getting rid of them is the problem! They then
cruised two back-to-back cruises visiting two cities in
Croatia, and five Greek Isles and Turkey. Favorite island had
to be Santorini, the whitewashed cliff-top capital village of
Fira, 890 feet straight up. To reach Fira the choices were to
climb 600 steps, ride a small donkey up a very steep path, or
take a cable car up. Guess how we reached the top!! The view
from the top was spectacular--a bird's-eye view of the stun-
ning caldera, thought to be the spot that Atlantis disappeared.
Bob Morris helping the Captain maneuver through the
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Linda Morris taming the pigeons, St. Mark's Square, Venice
The Bloemers, Capt. Bob, Angie, and Donald, enjoyed
the Eastern Caribbean on the new Holland America ship
Nieuw Amsterdam. The food was wonderful and the port
stops interesting. Favorite day was on Holland America's pri-
vate island where the ship's chefs prepared a sumptuous pic-
nic--four other Holland America ships were in port and joined
Ken Pierce (BHS'79) and Diane (Baker) (BHS'80)
Pierce and family have moved to Haiti to serve in the mis-
sions there. Doctor Ken and family are working with the
orphaned, displaced and maimed. Another Canal Zone hero!
Dr. Kenneth Pierce in Haiti
A late but sincere wish for a Happy and Healthy New
Year. Continue sending your news and photos. Hasta next
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
On July 14, 2010, the Fred Wells family celebrated Fred
E. Wells Sr.'s 90th birthday in Kerrville, Texas. Marion
(Orr) Wells and their three "kids," Fred, Alan and Mary
Linda Fealey, were joined by spouses Guy Fealey and
Kathy Jane (Melanson) Wells, and friends for a barbecue
lunch in their backyard. Joe (nephew) and Sonia Orr and
daughters Ashley and Shannon came from San Antonio. Bob
(nephew) and Mary Orr came from Corpus Christi. Also
attending were Honey Fealey, Lois Carpenter, and Jo-Anne
Fields, ex-Zonians, and neighbor Rose Burton. No need to
tell you the Texas brisket was great and the family memories
even better. Fred was Secretary/Treasurer to the Balboa Gun
Club for many years and he is still shooting.
(L-R): Mary Wells Fealey, Guy Fealey, Kathy Jane
Melanson Wells, Fred Wells Jr., Marion Wells, and Fred
Bea Rhine, Mlarge Kunkel, inid Elsi 1.arson
I enjoyed going to the Reunion in July, most especially
because it was also my 50th class reunion from BHS and
there were classmates that I hadn't seen in 50 years. It was
especially great to share the week with my sister Janet Fields
Himes of Delair, N.J. After the reunion we spent a couple of
days with Kitty Patterson Neff and her husband John.
The Canal Zone Canasta group gathered at Queen B's
Tearoom to say farewell to Elsie Larson as she was getting
ready to move to the great Northwest to be near family.
Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
email: joanne fields(aihotmail.com
It has been a while since reporting
on what is going on in the San Antonio
area and here are a few things that have
taken place since my last report. In May
of 2010, the 3rd annual Medinger/Fish P
Zonian Mini-reunion was held. The Pu
gathering was at Rockin R Tubing on K th-Ayers
the Comal River in Gruene, Texas. outside of New Braunfels.
It was a wonderful place with tubing, swimming, grilling, and
plenty of zonies, families, and friends getting together to
catch up on what has happened since the last get-together.
Over a hundred people were in attendance, and everyone had
a great time and per usual, were not in any hurry to leave. It
was great to reconnect with a couple of classmates and old
friends: Xenia Wood, Pat Fallon, Valerie Krueger, John
and Vera Hanna, Faye Weisser and her daughter Sara,
along with my sister Amy Kuyoth-Rote and her husband
Scott. The best part is that the 4th annual Medinger/Fish
Zonian Mini-Reunion is already in the planning stages for
May of 2011. The date and place have not yet been deter-
mined, so please contact Bobby Medinger or Jim Fish for
further information and plan on attending.
The following week Linda and Paul Boostrom came for
a visit. As always. we were delighted they were here. We
explored the hill country. New Braunfels. quilt shops, book
stores, visited friends, and had a party to introduce them to
our neighbors. Randy, my husband, and Paul spent a day on
Canyon Lake "trying" to catch fish. I am not sure that they
came back with anything, but they had a great day trying out
Randy's new pontoon fishing boat. We also drove up to
Bastrop. Texas, just a few miles down the road in Texas time,
and spent the day with George and Gisela Smith. We had a
great time and went out to lunch at a Mediterranean restau-
rant. Who would have thought that in the middle of nowhere
there would be this fabulous restaurant? We all decided that
it would definitely be the basis for another trip. You know
me; if I don't have to cook or do dishes, sign me up!!
Gisela and George Smith
Just a few days after Linda and Paul Boostrom arrived,
New Braunfels had 10 inches of rain in about four hours.
Needless to say, the Rockin R Tubing complex along with
many others was washed downstream and the New
Braunfels/Gruene area suffered major damage. We were for-
tunate that Bobby Medinger and Jim Fish had the foresight
to plan the reunion when they did, as the pavilion no longer
exists. As they say when looking for a home: location, loca-
tion, location. I think the key word should be: "hill, hill, hill!"
We are fortunate that we live on a hill overlooking New
Braunfels, but still were unable to get out of our area due to
the flooding in the low water crossings.
c Group, 2010
In September Scott and Amy Kuyoth-Rote, Randy, and
myself headed off to three weeks in Spain. We enjoyed a two-
week "Grand Tour" of Spain starting in Madrid and enjoying
the sights. From there a train trip to the coast where we toured
the Rock of Gibraltar and took a ferry to Morocco where we
spent the day shopping. It was an experience! Up the Costa
del Sol and ended our tour in Barcelona. Of course, Amy and
I had to visit the Lladro store and do some shopping. The
guys were not too excited about that! Scott headed home, as
he had to work. After spending two additional days enjoying
the Mediterranean beaches, the three of us continued on to
the 13th century town of Rupit in the mountains near the
French border. We had rented a mountain home in the
Pyrenees Mountains and the view was exquisite. We had a
great time driving the countryside, meeting the town's peo-
ple, and the wonderful Spanish food. One day Amy and I left
Randy behind and drove to France, on to Andorra where we
had lunch, and repeated the drive back to the villa. In our
travels, we decided to visit the town of Ripol to see the beau-
tiful churches. Being late in the afternoon, Amy suggested
that I ask someone for a suggestion of a place to eat.
Fortunately, my Spanish is okay and there was a man and
wife unloading their groceries from a car parked in the street,
blocking the road. I got out and asked him if he could suggest
somewhere to eat. He suggested e follow him and he would
take us to a restaurant that would be open at that hour 2 p.m.
If he had given us directions on how to get there, we would
never have made it. Anyway, it turned out to be a lovely, lit-
tle restaurant owned by his brother. He talked to them and
asked us if we would mind waiting about 15 minutes for a
table as the little restaurant was packed with local residents.
Not a problem! As it turned out, the man "loved Americans."
His son lives in New York City, whom he is able to visit occa-
sionally, and he loved "Texas." Well, to say the least the wait
was worth it. After a three-hour, absolutely fabulous meal, we
headed home in the cold, rainy October weather with warm,
full bellies. For me, one of the highlights was Monserrat, out-
side Barcelona. It is a beautiful mountaintop Monastery and
home of the Black Madonna. If you ever head that way, you
should make that part of your trip.
YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE
2011 ANNUAL REUNION ONLINE.
GO TO: HTTP://WWW.PANCANALSOCIETY.ORG/
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Well, in a couple of weeks, Amy, Scott, Randy and I will
be heading off to the warm sunshine and beaches of Panama.
Can hardly wait! I know that rains, flooding, roads and
bridges being washed away have been a problem since
December. Yet, it can't deter us! We are going anyway!
Looking forward to visiting friends, eating ceviche, Jimmy's
for corvina, Napoli pizza, and Panama beer.
Hope that you all are doing well and may 2011 be the year
that your wishes are fulfilled. If you have anything you would
like to share, please call or e-mail.
Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, Reporter
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8TH GRADE CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL
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Marie Fraser, Mercedes Peterson, Carmen Gagan. Front Row: Dawn Preston, Sheila McNamee, Joan Holgerson.
ELYSE GABRIELLE ADAMS
GRADUATES MAGNA CUM LAUDE
On May 15, 2010, Elyse Gabrielle Adams, daughter of
Adele (Farbman) and Robbie Adams, granddaughter of the
late Evelyn and Sol Farbman, and Nettie and Alvin Adams
of New Orleans, La., graduated Magna Cum Laude with a
BA in Education with an emphasis in Spanish and minors in
Bilingual/Bicultural Education and Sociology from the
University of Arizona in Tucson. She is currently teaching 1st
and 2nd year Spanish at Flowing Wells High School in
Her graduation ceremonies were attended by her parents.
her sister Yvette, and her Aunt Sheila (Farbman) La Bella
who came in from Deerfield Beach, Fla., to help celebrate at
Jim and Janet Reece, 1960
Janet and Jim Reece, 2010
Elyse Gabrielle Adams
REECE'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Jim and Janet (Stockham) Reece of Charlotte, N.C., cel-
ebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 24,
2010. Both were born in the Canal Zone/Panama and gradu-
ated from Balboa High School in 1956. They were married in
Norfolk, Va., at the U.S. Naval Station Chapel.
Jim is a Dartmouth College and Indiana University grad-
uate and retired from the DuPont Company as a product man-
ager in 1992. Janet graduated from Bucknell University and
Indiana University and retired in 1995 after having served as
Math Department Chair at a local private school. They raised
two children, Karen (deceased) and Doug (Laura), and now
cherish two precious grandchildren, Will and Betsy.
MEGAN FISCHER GRADUATES
Megan Fischer of Highland, Calif., graduated on
December 16, 2010 from College of the Desert in Palm
Desert, Calif, with her Associate Degree in Nursing. Pictured
are Nancy Fischer (mother), Megan Fischer, and Florence
Davis Strawn (grandmother). Megan is the great-grand-
daughter of Thelma Davis of Garland, Texas, and the late
Nancy Fischer, Megan Fischer, and Florence Davis Strawn
50 YEARS FOR COTTON-CORRIGAN
Wendy (Cotton) (CHS'58) and Dennis Corrigan
(CHS'57) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with
family and friends on an Alaskan cruise aboard the
Norwegian Pearl from July 25, to August 1. 2010. Among the
cruisers were their children: daughter Denise and husband
Jerry Dolezal; son Casey and wife Rachel and grandson
Derek; son Sean; cousins Judi McCullough and daughter
Lynne Pridgen; Tom McCullough and daughter Krystel;
Pat Hatchett Clark and daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Peter
and Barbara (Carr) Navalonic; and friends, Christa and
John Kell, Doris Vail, and Phyllis Edmundson.
The Corrigans were married in the Fort Gulick Chapel,
Fort Gulick, in the former Canal Zone on August 20, 1960.
After their marriage they returned to Moscow, Idaho, where
Dennis graduated in 1961 from the University of Idaho. He
earned his MA from Wichita State University in 1964.
Since 1966, Dennis and Wendy have been living in
Glendale, Ariz., where Dennis, after receiving his degree
from Thunderbird, was a Professor of Spanish and
Portuguese at the Thunderbird School of Global
Management. He retired in 2000 but, as Professor Emeritus,
has continued to take students abroad to study Doing
Business in Mexico and Doing Business in Panama.
Wendy earned her BS in Mathematics from Arizona State
University in 1972 and spent the next 25 years enlightening
high school students to the beauty of mathematics. She
earned her M.Ed. in 1989, and retired in 1997. Since retire-
ment, Dennis and Wendy have enjoyed travel around the U.S.
and Canada in their 5th wheel RV. They also spend time each
year in Panama, where they own a condo in Albrook Park.
Dennis and Wendy Corrigan, 1960
indy and Dennis Corrigan, 2010
JOHN JOSEPH CONNERTON
John Joseph "Jake" Connerton was graduated from the
University of Texas, Dallas, on December 14, 2010 with a
BA in Business Management. He is the son of John and Bliss
Connerton of Frisco, Texas.
John Joseph Connerton
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.
SERGEANT KIMBERLY ANDREWS
Kay Stephenson Wilson (BHS'67) is so proud to
announce that her daughter Kimberly Andrews was recently
promoted to a Sergeant with the City of Miami Police
Department. Kimberly has been with the Police Department
for 9/2 years. She also has a Master's Degree in Criminal
SEMONS CELEBRATE 50TH
Calvin and Eileen Damerau Semon celebrated their 50th
Golden wedding anniversary on October 21, 2010. They
reside in Beaverton, Ore., where they have lived since they
were married in 1960. They were married in Opelousas, La.,
upon Eileen's graduation from the Canal Zone Junior
College, where they met. Calvin was attending the Junior
College while serving in the U.S. Air Force at Albrook Air
Force Base. They settled in Oregon where Calvin obtained
his college degree in accounting.
Calvin retired in 2005, and Eileen still teaches piano in
Beaverton. They have two daughters, Selina Ann Semon,
Kathleen Marie Ohl, a son-in-law Glenn Ohi, and two
granddaughters, Jessica and Roxanne. Their children threw
a big party for the occasion. Calvin and Eileen feel very
blessed to have been able to be together for 50 years.
Sergeant Kimberly Andrews
ROB ROY, SR. CELEBRATES 101st
Rob Roy, Sr., celebrated his 101st Birthday Party on
October 29, 2009, at the Elks Club during happy hour. Snacks
included empanadas, chips and dip, and cake and Pop Roy's
entertainment, a bellydancer!! He couldn't keep his eyes off
Some present (not all): John Wolfe (who dj'ed later for
the Halloween Party), Joanne Anderson, Penny and Vince
Canamas, Theodore Will, Leo and Sophie Critides, Woody
and Janice DeJernette, Linda and Larry Layman, Bert
Shelton, Roy Roy, Jr., Kathy Wainio, and the regular Elks
Happy Hour crowd. Vicki Sizemore (whose idea it was to
have the bellydancer) and Ed Wardlow were not present as
they were in Florida for the elections.
Roy Roy, Sr. and bellydancer
Rov Roy, Sr. and bellydancer
Eileen and Calvin Semon, 1960
BOWMANS CELEBRATE 40TH
John and Melva Bowman of Balboa, R.P., celebrated
their 40th wedding anniversary with their three children, two
granddaughters, and John's sister at the Palma Real all-inclu-
sive resort in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic. Melissa
(Bowman) VanLeeuwen (BHS'91), husband Andy, and
daughters Isabella and Maria traveled from Austin, Texas;
Chris Bowman (BHS'97) and wife Reanne from Orlando,
Fla.; Steve Bowman (BHS'99) from Sydney, Australia; and
Sue Bowman from Lebanon, Pa.
Perfect weather, great accommodations, excellent food
and an abundance of beverages made for an unforgettable six
days of "family together." John and Melva were married on
October 10, 1970, in Sacred Heart Church in Ancon by Father
George and Linda (Huff) Dany of Tulsa, Okla., are
pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jill
Dany to Jimmy Luttrell of Tulsa, Okla. Jimmy is a con-
struction superintendent with a local construction company,
and Jill supervises a day care center at a local athletic club.
The wedding date has not been set yet.
Jimmy Luttrell ana Jill vany
John Bowman, Melva Bowman, Chris Bowman, Steve
Bowman, and Melissa (Bowman) VanLeeuwen.
George and Linda (Huff) Dany of Tulsa, Okla., are
pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter
Danielle Dany to Chad Palm of Jay, Okla. Chad is an ortho-
pedic sales rep for Kelly Orthopedic and a graduate of
Oklahoma State University. Danielle is executive administra-
tor for the president and owner of the RibCrib Corporation in
Tulsa, Okla. A May wedding is planned.
Danielle Dany and Chad Palm
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KRISTIN HIBNER, MBA
Kristin Hibner received her MBA, with a major in
Marketing, and is now an Assistant Marketing Manager with
Frito-Lay at their headquarters in Dallas, Texas. She graduat-
ed from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. in
2005 with degrees in Business and Music, and then worked in
marketing and sales for three years before starting the two-
year, full-time program in 2008.
Brian Hibner graduated from the University of Illinois.
Champaign, Ill., in 2003, with a degree in Business and a
major in Management Information Systems. He has worked
for Deloitte & Touche in their Enterprise Risk Services area
since graduation, and is now a Manager in their Chicago
office. He is engaged to Elizabeth Smith and will be married
January 22, 2011.
Betty Gene Hibner, Geoff Hibner, Kristin
Hibner, and Elizabeth Smith.
On November 13th, Adriane Rowley (BHS'91) and
Ronald Lee Bolen Jr. (BHS'88) were united in matrimony at
the beautiful garden patio of Annabella at Ceder Glenn in
The bride is the daughter of Beverly and Skip Rowley of
Tallahassee, Fla., and the granddaughter of the late Capt.
Samuel and Sara Rowley, and Brown and Beverly
Shircliffe of St. Petersburg, Fla. The groom is the son of
Command Chief Master Sergeant Ronald L. and Mrs.
Darlene Bolen of Huntsville.
The wedding party consisted of Adriane's cousin Sara
Kate George (daughter of Suzanne Gerhart), flower girl;
Lisa (Sasso) Eckle and Renee (Rowley) Friedel, matrons of
honor; nephews Brenden and Bradley Friedel, ring bearers;
and Chief Henry Young (longtime and very close friend of
the groom), best man.
After the wedding, the happy couple spent a few days at
Lookout Mountain in Tennessee, where Ron had proposed to
Adriane. The couple makes their home in Murfreesboro,
Tenn.. where both Ron and Adriane work for Vanderbilt
CLARKS CELEBRATE 53 YEARS
Fred and Inez (Berg) Clark from Curundu, Panama, cel-
ebrated 53 years of marriage on November 9, 2010. They
were married at the Fort Kobbe Chapel, Canal Zone, in 1957.
Adriane Rowley and Ronald Lee Bolen Jr.
Fred and inez Clark, 1957
(L-R): Sara Kate George, Lisa (Sasso) Eckle, Renee
(Rowley) Friedel, Adriane Rowley Bolen, Ronald Lee
Bolen Jr., Brenden Friedel, Bradley Friedel, Chief Henry
Mark Riesz and Tammy Worthington exchanged mar-
riage vows on October 16 at the lovely Llambias House in St.
Augustine. Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Riesz of
Palm Coast. Tammy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
The newlyweds honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican
Republic, and have now settled in Orlando.
decked out in their Irish outfits and curly red wigs. They
melted our hearts.
After a honeymoon in Paris, the newlyweds returned to
Chicago, where Tim is employed by the architectural firm,
Doug Farr and Associates, and Samantha is a regional educa-
tor for Bumble & Bumble.
Dr. Kristin Kirkby, Tim and Samantha Kirkby, and Capt.
Mark Riesz and Tammy Worthington
Timothy Kirkby and Samantha Morreale were married
on November 6, 2010 in Chicago. Tim is the son of Capt.
Tim and Peggy Kirkby of Tavernier, Fla., and Sharon and
Michael Smith ofConover, N.C. Samantha is the daughter of
Charles and Susan Morreale of Chicago, Ill.
In addition to Tim's parents, other Zonians attending the
wedding included Tim's sister, Dr. Kristin Kirkby (a brides-
maid), great aunt Doris (Rusty) Folger, Wayne Folger,
Patrick Smith and Nancy Smith-Lincoln.
The ceremony took place in Chicago's magnificent Holy
Name Cathedral. The wedding party then toured the architec-
tural treasures of Chicago, with photos taken all along the
way. The reception was held at Pazzo's restaurant--a spectac-
ular venue, with elegant three-story columns, indoor water-
fall, and superb cuisine.
The highlight of the evening was the Irish dancing.
Samantha, along with three of the bridesmaids and three
guests--all former members of the professional, world cham-
pion Irish dance troupe, Trinity--dazzled us with their per-
fectly executed steps. Hiking their gowns to their knees and
shedding their shoes, they were captivating--especially when
Sammy, out in front, leaped across the dance floor. This
charming performance was preceded by "the wee ones"--
young members of the Trinity School of Irish Dance all
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On December 26, 2009, on a mountain top in Quartz Lake
Alaska, Meagan DeRaps and Erik Bachman were married.
After waiting almost a year to get them home, on the week-
end of November 20, 2010, family and friends of Meagan and
Erik came together to celebrate this marriage.
Auntie Betty LeDoux Morris (with minor suggestions
from Momma Stacy Parker DeRaps and Mary Bedsworth
Chrysson) organized a fabulous weekend celebration at
Innisbrook Resort. The celebration culminated with an ele-
gant poolside dinner. Champagne toasts to the beautiful cou-
ple were given by brother Derek DeRaps and sister Breanne
DeRaps, and finally, time to dance.
The happy couple reside in Fairbanks, Alaska. Our deep-
est thanks to all of you who took time out of your busy sched-
ules, traveled near and far, to be there for our Meagan.
Meagan is the daughter of Stacy and the late Brian DeRaps,
and the granddaughter of Gloria and the late Donald Parker.
Zonians in attendance included: Gloria (Nana) Parker,
Aunt Sherry (DeRaps) and Uncle John Zumbrun, Uncle
Scott Parker, Aunt Betty (LeDoux) and Kenny Morris,
Patti (Austin) Chiappini, Nancy Van Siclen, Tracy Scott
Herring, Richie (and Charlene) Murphy, Rod Snyder,
Marlene (Snyder) Peters, Vickie (Dowell) and Mike Green
(and their children), Mike (honorary Atlantic sider) and
Erik Bachman, lreagin DeRaps, Glor
Derek DeRaps, and Breanne DeRaps.
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Erik Bachman, Meagan DeRaps, Derek DeRaps, Breanne
DeRaps, close family friend Katie. Front: Stacy (Parker)
DeRaps and Gloria Parker.
Meagan DeRaps, Derek DeRaps, Stacy (Parker) DeRaps,
and Breanne DeRaps.
'ik Bachman and Meagan DeRaps
Back (L-R): Sherry (DeRaps) Zumbrun, Gloria Parker,
Mike Green, Mike Coffey, Betty LeDoux-Morris, Tracy
(Scott) Herring, Richard Murphy, Scott Parker. Front (L-
R): Stacy (Parker) DeRaps, Vickie (Dowell) Green, Shawn
Coffey, Roderick Snyder, Patti (Austin) Chiappini, and
Marlene (Snyder) Peters.
Allison McLaughlin and Matthew Perry were married
on the edge of the scenic Black Diamond Ranch Canyon in
Lecanto, Fla., on December 12, 2010. A beautiful and fun
reception followed at the Black Diamond Ranch Golf and
Country Club House where over 100 people attended.
The bride is the daughter of Bill and Margaret
McLaughlin of Floral City, Fla. The groom is the son of
Janice Edge of Inverness, Fla.
There were many people from the former Canal Zone and
Panama who traveled from near and far to attend (see
"Panama Group" photo enclosed).
The Bride's court included Maid of Honor Lindsay
Sykes, Matron of Honor Brandy Ballard, Bridesmaids
Kelsey McLaughlin and Athena Ross. The Best Man was
Mike Ross with Groomsmen being Scott Joiner, Isreal Istre
and Steven Shipley.
The bride and groom would like to thank everyone who
made their special day complete and most of all, thank you
Mom and Dad.
Allison McLaughlin and Matthew Perry
Back (L-R): Kenny Morris, Mike Young, Ed Ohman,
Nancy Van Siclen, Joan Ohman, Bob Russell, Tom "T-
Bird" Pattison, Bob Dollar, Mindy Dollar, Bill and Geri
Foster, Kathleen "Kat" and Jim Pattison, Zori and Doug
Larrabee, Margaret and Paul "PK" Karst, Jalen Moses,
Debbie and Eddie Sykes. Center (L-R): Matt Perry, Allison
McLaughlin-Perry, Margaret McLaughlin, Betty
LeDoux-Morris and Bill McLaughlin, Kim and Barry
McLaughlin. Front (L-R): Lanette Ferdinand, Cheryl
Russell, Noreen Hanson, Lindsay Sykes, Joy Moses,
Kelsey McLaughlin, Bob Lowery, and Jonathan
Bonnie (Gunn) and Arnold Abellera are pleased to
announce the wedding of their daughter Lillian Mazon
Abellera to William Randolf Walton on November 13,
2010. The wedding and reception were held at the
Southwood Plantation House in Tallahassee, Fla., on one of
the most beautiful days in November. Lillian and William
shared their day with family and friends from all over the
Relatives Lisa (Gunn) and Mark Chandler arrived from
Oregon; Eric and lan Gunn traveled from Arizona; Landen
and Jane Gunn drove up from Sarasota, Fla.; Lillian's broth-
er Robert traveled home from the University of West Florida
and other family members traveled from Alabama,
Mississippi, Virginia and Tennessee.
Lillian's grandmother Dorothy Lawing, now living in
Tallahassee, and brother Richmond enjoyed the local festiv-
ities. Grandparents on both sides enjoyed holding and look-
ing after Lokken Gunn Walton who was the youngest
attendee (14 months) at his parents' wedding. The young
Walton family lives in Tallahassee, Fla., and are regular
guests for special occasions at the Abellera home.
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This picture captures a part of history in the making way back
when Forest Waller, Ron Boyer, and Paul Elia from the
Electronics Division attempted to fly a non-stop model air-
plane from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean. The offi-
cial flight that was flown from a Camaro convertible never
made it as it went down 10-15 miles out of France Field in a
storm but for months it was successful in trials.
submitted by Forest Waller (son)
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SEBASTIAN PAUL FISCHBACH
Lynley (Weade) and Jason Fischbach welcomed with
love their first son Sebastian Paul Fischbach, who was born
December 1, 2010 at 5:26 p.m. Their healthy baby boy
weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19%/ long at birth.
Maternal grandparents are Mike and Jan (Crecilius)
Weade. Paternal grandparents are Ernest and Rhonda
Fischbach. Mother, father, and baby are all doing fine!
Sebastian with Mom and Dad immediately after birth
Mother Lynley Fischbach, Great Grandmother Mary Jane
(Ugarte) Weade holding Sebastian, and Grandmother Jan
ISLA JULIANNE SELLERS
Tom Sellers (BHS'59) and Ev (Menges) Sellers
(CHS'68) of Sun City Hilton Head, S.C., announce the birth
of their seventh grandchild, Isla Julianne Sellers, born to
Tom and Jennifer Sellers of Fairfax, Va. Maternal grandpar-
ents are Pete and Yawalak Ratanavanich of Laurel. Md.
Tom and Ev Sellers holding Isla Julianne Sellers
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Milo Richmond Alexander died August 13, 2010 at Yale
University Hospital, New Haven, Conn., after a long illness.
He was born in the Panama Canal Zone on December 17,
1926, the son of Melville and Ruth Steinhagen Alexander.
A U.S. Navy World War II veteran, Canal Zone Junior
College graduate, and University of Texas graduate, Milo's
work experience spanned two full careers. First as a Station
Manager with Pan Am Airways serving in Puerto Rico,
Jamaica, and Miami. Then as an Executive Officer with the
United States Information Agency serving in India. Zaire,
Austria, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, he trav-
eled extensively throughout the Far East, Central and Latin
America as an United States Information Agency Inspector of
U.S. Embassy posts while based in Washington, D.C. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Milo treasured his boyhood days in the Canal Zone of
which he spoke often and while he had friends from all over
the world, he kept a special place in his heart for his "mates"
of the Class of '44. He will be sorely missed by all those who
knew and loved him.
Besides his wife of 38 years, Georgia Halepas Alexander.
of Guilford, Conn., he is survived by his daughters, Catherine
Lynne (Alex Trachtenberg) of Elmwood Park, Ill.; Deborah
Margaret Ruth (Craig) Tillman, of Long Beach, Calif.; a son,
Melville R. Alexander of San Francisco, Calif.; and two
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, John
Gibson Alexander; a brother, Daniel Alexander; two sisters,
Jeanette Clement and most recently deceased, Reba
Higginbotham, of Jacksonville, Fla., as well as many beloved
nieces and nephews.
Rolf C. Arndt, 78, of Dunnellon, Fla., passed away
October 3, 2010 at the Life Care Center of Citrus County with
his wife at his side just days after determining that his 2'/
years of suffering had been due to bone cancer in his spine.
He was born in Meriden, Conn., son of Dorothy Graeber
Arndt and Gerhardt Carl Arndt, in 1931. He proudly enlisted
and served our country for six years in the U.S. Army 1949-
1955 in Fort Belvoir, Va.; Tokyo, Japan; and Fort Amador,
Panama Canal Zone. He met and married his wife Joan Dian
Powell while in Panama in 1955. He was honorably dis-
charged in 1955 and moved to Connecticut.
He worked 37 years for the American Cyanamid
Company starting in Wallingford, Conn., then Perrysburg,
Ohio, and Des Plaines, Ill., retiring in October of 1993 to
Dunnellon, Fla. He was an avid golfer and loved fishing and
his retirement passion was woodworking and giving away his
works of art. Rolf was a member of the American Legion and
the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Joan, son James Arndt, daugh-
ter Diana Carey, son Rolf B. Arndt, and four grandsons. He
was predeceased by his sister Norma Daignault and two
Robert Dodge Atwood, 90, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died
October 27, 2010. He was born June 20, 1920, to Howard and
Alice Atwood in Bocas del Toro. Panama, where his father
was a manager with the United Fruit Company. Shortly after
his birth, his parents moved back to the U.S. and settled in St.
Robert graduated from Dartmouth College in 1942, and
then served four years in the Army with the OSS in England
and France during WWII. Until his retirement in the mid-
1980s, Robert owned and operated the Public-Bonded
Warehouse and Transfer Company, Inc., a local and long dis-
tance moving and storage company started by his father in
1927. He was a longtime member of the St. Petersburg Rotary
Club, and was also a champion swimmer with the St.
Petersburg Masters Swim Team for over 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Carole L. Atwood; his daugh-
ter, Libby Watts; and a grandson, both of Atlanta, Ga.; three
stepchildren: five step-grandchildren; and four step-great-
Arch Dale Bishop, 92, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away
December 6, 2010. He was born June 10, 1918 in Roda, Va.,
to Arch Randolph Bishop and Katherine Barrett Bishop. On
February 25, 1961, he married Jacqueline Schmidt in Balboa,
After graduating from Trap Hill High School in Surveyor,
W.Va., he joined the U.S. Marines. He was honorably dis-
charged from the USMC in the Canal Zone where he was
employed as a police officer for the Panama Canal Company.
During World War II, he rejoined the Marines and served in
the South Pacific, specifically in the battle of Okinawa. He
later spent a year of duty with the occupation forces in Japan
and was there during the time of the Japanese surrender in
After the war, he returned to the Canal Zone and joined
the Internal Audit Staff of the Panama Canal Company from
which he retired in 1973. During his time in the Canal Zone,
he attended Canal Zone Junior College. He also attended
Wayne State University in Detroit and Florida State
University in the Canal Zone. He was an athlete, playing fast-
pitch softball during his high school years in West Virginia.
He was also an avid golfer and member of the Greenwood
Forest Golf Association from its inception in 1983. While in
the Marine Corps, he qualified as an Expert in rifle, pistol and
After moving to Kerrville in 1973, he worked as a driver
for the Dietert Claim and later as an office manager for Bob
Keith and Sons. He was a member of two square dance clubs
in Kerrville. He was an Elder in the First Christian Church in
Kerrville. He also served on the Ingram ISD school board. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Bishop, of
Kerrville; daughters, Jeanne Sheets and husband, David, of
Austin, and Edythe Bishop of North Bethesda, Md.; son,
Mark Bishop and wife, Alyson, of Dripping Springs; four
grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Douglas Schmidt and wife
Sharon of Kerrville, and John Schmidt of Tallahassee, Fla.,
and a niece.
John L. Brown, 70, passed away November 25, 2010,
after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in West Reading,
Pa., he was a son of the late Fred J. and Norma (Warner)
Brown. He was a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School
and Florida State University, Panama Canal Zone Extension.
He was a U.S. Army veteran stationed in the Panama
Canal Zone and subsequently a Canal Zone Police Officer.
While in the Canal Zone, he was recruited by the United
States Marshals Service, where he served as a Deputy United
States Marshal. He retired after 25 years of service and began
a new career as a School Police Officer with Owen J. Roberts
John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Diane
(Giardiello), Wyomissing, Pa.; and their daughter, Stacie,
wife of Joseph Riccio, Middleburg, Va.; and two sisters,
Elizabeth (Brown) Ribar, Mt. Penn; and Ruth E. Brown,
Jean D. Burns, 82. passed away
November 10, 2010, in Tulsa, Okla.
He passed away peacefully with his
wife Roberta "Doris" Burns by his
side, after a two-year battle with
dementia. Jean was born March 6,
1928, north of LaGrange, in Goshen
4 County, Wyo. He graduated from
'. .. Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, Okla.,
in 1951, with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
After Jean's graduation, he and Doris lived and worked in
Wichita, Kan.; Seattle, Wash.; Altus, Okla.; Tulsa, Okla.;
Karachi, Pakistan; Izmir, Turkey; Munich, Germany;
Livorno, Italy; Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and Balboa Heights, Canal
Zone, where he and Doris retired and returned to Tulsa in
1983. In those locations, Jean worked for Boeing, the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Army, and
the Panama Canal Company. He was a 50-year member of
the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite and a member of Red
Fork Lodge 505, Akdar Shrine, Elks Lodge 946, and Royal
Order of Jesters, including Panama Canal Court #18. He was
also a member of the Panama Canal Society and a volunteer
at the annual reunions.
Jean and family moved to the Canal Zone in 1969, where
Jean worked in Engineering until his retirement in 1979.
During a 1974 summer car trip from Oklahoma to Panama,
Jean stopped shaving his beard, and friend "l'incle Willie"
Hollowell, who played Santa for 20 years on the Atlantic and
Pacific sides, talked Jean into playing Santa. From that time
on, Jean thoroughly enjoyed his portrayal of Santa Claus for
10 years in the Canal Zone and Panama. He bought his own
candy from Pasqual and never charged for his appearances at
schools, hospitals, orphanages, Toyland, block parties, and
many other events. In 1979, he was awarded the Gold
Panama Canal Honorary Public Service Award by Governor
Parfitt, for Jean's voluntary work in his Santa suit as Santa to
the Isthmian community. The looks and waves Jean received,
while driving around in his Santa suit in his fire engine red
Trans Am, were priceless. He continued playing Santa on
occasion, after his return to Oklahoma.
Jean is survived and will be sorely missed by his wife of
60 years, Roberta "Doris" Burns; son Scott Burns; and
daughter Laura (Burns) Redemann with husband Mike; and
two granddaughters, all of Tulsa.
Sara Hammond Chavez, 58, died December 7, 2010.
Sara was born in Panama, grew up in the Canal Zone, and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1970. She worked for
the Panama Canal Company until 1983 and was working for
the Department of Defense at the time of her death. She was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Emma Louise Clarke, 85, passed away quietly in St.
Petersburg, Fla., on October 15, 2010. She had been suffering
from congestive pulmonary failure for several weeks and had
geriatric dementia as well. Her stepson, Howard Clarke III,
had been caring for her and her husband, Howard Linden
Clarke, for the past three years.
Emma Louise Rank was born in Newark, N.J. After her
first husband passed away, she married Howard Linden
Clarke on May 21, 1971 in Margarita, Canal Zone. When
Howard and Emma Louise retired in 1973 they moved to St.
Petersburg, Fla., where they lived a quiet and productive life
until her passing. She was a member of the Panama Canal
She is survived by her husband, Howard Clarke, her step-
son, Howard III; her stepdaughter, Patricia; her son, Rocky;
and her daughter, Ruth.
Norma Deaton, 80, passed away September 2, 2010 at
Southern Regional Hospital. She was born in the Panama
Canal Zone and was a resident of Fairburn, Ga., for 34 years.
She was a substitute teacher at Lakeshore and Westlake
High School for 11 years and was fondly known as "Mrs. D."
She was also the owner/operator/teacher of a Panama Canal
Zone Daycare and was employed for 11 years as a H&R
Block receptionist in Union City. Mrs. Deaton was also a
member of the Old Campbell County Historical Society and
the Panama Canal Society. She was preceded in death by her
parents, Theodore and Dorothy Englebright; and brother, Ted
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Louie F.
Deaton of Fairburn; her son, Hank Lee DeVoll of Pensacola,
Fla.; Michael A. Deaton of Alpharetta; Terri D. Leverett of
Augusta; sister, Dorothy Dunn of Forest Park, and four
William R. Dixon, 94, of the Masonic Home in St.
Petersburg, Fla., died November 26, 2010. William was the
son of John D. Dixon and Elizabeth Dixon ofToomsboro, Ga.
He was born August 22, 1916. He graduated from high school
William moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1941. He
retired as supervisor of the Atlantic side operations of the
Motor Transportation Division. For most of his adult life, he
was a very active Mason. He was a Past Master of Sojourners
Lodge in Cristobal, active in many other Masonic rites and
served as Potentate of Shriners on the Canal Zone.
He retired to Sarasota. Fla.. with his wife Maxine
Chambers Dixon who predeceased him. Both William and
Maxine were active members of the Panama Canal Society in
the Sarasota area for many years. When his health deteriorat-
ed, he moved to the Masonic Home in St. Petersburg, where
he truly enjoyed several months of companionship with his
William is survived by a sister, Hilda Dixon Harrold of
Clearwater, Fla.; nephew Philip Hadarits and wife Charlotte
Hooper Hadarits and a great-nephew, Toomsboro, Ga.: and a
nephew Mathew Chambers of Sarasota, Fla.
Glenn E. Farrell, Lt. Col., USAR, passed away
December 28, 2010. He was an Airborne Green Beret and
served in "Just Cause." Glenn was a life member of VFW
Post 3822 since 1992 and had many friends in Panama. He
was a retired Panama Canal Probation Officer. No further
information is available.
Frank Gonzalez of Alma, Ark., and Clearwater, Fla.,
died November 19, 2010 at home in Alma. He was born in
Tampa, Fla., on February 5, 1935. Frank was Vice President
of Cargill and headed the Plant in Tampa/Riverview.
However, four years of his life prior to that were spent in the
U.S. Navy as a Submariner on the USS Rasher
Frank was married to Sharon De Vore Gonzalez, and they
made many trips to Panama and the old Canal Zone and
attended most all of the Panama Canal Reunions in Orlando
during their 10 years of marriage. And went on several of the
Panama Canal Museum cruises also. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He was predeceased by his son Frankie, who died piloting
a small plane off the coast of Cedar Key, Fla., on June 7,
2008, four days before his 49th birthday.
Frank is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Sonya
Reed; stepdaughter, Tracy Glassburn-Slusarewicz: stepson,
Stephen Glassburn; two sisters, Julie Murdock and Gaba
Rodriquez; and seven grandchildren.
Eddie Blake Goodrich, 86, died April 20, 2010 of
Alzheimer's Disease while under hospice care in Sun City
Center, Fla. He was born in Roanoke, Va., on December 17,
1923, and spent most of his youth in Mansfield, Ga.
He was a WWII combat veteran in the Pacific Theater,
taking part in the battles of Peleliu and Iwo Jima. He attend-
ed Georgia Tech on the GI Bill, and after graduating with an
electrical engineering degree in 1950, went to work for the
Federal Power Commission in Atlanta, Ga. In 1953 Eddie
was hired by the Panama Canal Company to work on the 60-
cycle conversion project. He, his wife Catherine, and daugh-
ter Gail sailed out of New York City on the SS Ancon on
December 15, 1953. After the conversion, he worked for the
Special Projects Branch in the Engineering Division, became
chief of the branch in 1969, and retired on April 17, 1980.
One of the highlights of his career with Pan Canal included
the design and manufacturing of new locomotives for the
locks, which took him to Japan many times.
Eddie was very happy living and working in the Canal
Zone, where he enjoyed golf, volleyball, bridge, and boating.
After he retired he remained in the Canal Zone another seven
years, while his wife worked until her retirement. During that
time, he was happily involved in the lives of his children and
grandchildren who were in the Canal Zone. Many blissful
hours were spent at the "island" in Gatun Lake with family
and friends. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Catherine Watson
Goodrich; two daughters, Gail (BHS'69) and her husband
Jess K. Totten, Cathy (BHS'75) and her husband Sam
Scribner; two sons, Mark (BHS'73) and his wife Laurie, and
Paul (BHS'76) and his wife Beth. He was lovingly called
"Papa" by his eleven grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Thomas Benjamin Halliday, 93, passed away November
2, 2010, at Nurses Helping Hands, where he had been living
since June 4. 2009. He went to the Panama Canal Zone with
his parents when he was ten years old, and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1935. He enjoyed horseback riding,
baseball, swimming and many other activities. Thomas was a
Mason for 73 years, he also belonged to the Shriners, Elks,
Eastern Star, and the Panama Canal Society.
His father was accidentally blinded when Thomas was 17
and he gave up a medical scholarship to help raise his two
brothers and two sisters. He became an Electrician for the
Panama Canal Company and on one of his trips to the States
he met his soon-to-be bride. Marjorie. They became the proud
parents of Thomas, Jeffery, Margie and Lawrance. He also
had three grandsons and five granddaughters. There is also
Their one great love besides each other was for many
years ballroom dancing and they gave little showcases and
taught classes. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents,
Abraham Halliday and Margaret Mary Halliday, brothers
Bob, Bill, and sister Lil. His sister Peggie is the only living
Bessie Lee "Babe" Heilman died on August 13, 2010
after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone on December 4, 1921. She was given the nick-
name of "Babe" by her Uncle Vance as a child and it stuck
with her through life. She graduated from Balboa High
School in June 1939, and married her prince charming,
Dalvin, shortly after in a ceremony in Panama City. Five
months later they were again married in the Circuit Court in
Balboa on November 10, 1939. On November 10, 2009 Babe
and Dal Heilman celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Babe worked at Gorgas Hospital with various positions
beginning in the X-ray Department and finishing up in the
Army Liaison Office taking care of the hiring of doctors
seeking a position in a hospital in the exotic Panama Canal
Zone. When Dal retired from the Police Department with 30
years service, she resigned with her 20 years service. Then
they moved to Altamonte Springs, Fla., to enjoy their very
own home for the first time.
She is survived by her husband, Dalvin; two daughters,
Beth Heilman of Altamonte Springs, and Janice Pepper of
Lancaster, S.C.: four grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchil-
dren: and one great-great-grandson. Her two sisters of
Sanford, Fla., also survive Babe; Ethel J. Phillips Kabacy and
Phyllis A. Phillips Bertrand.
Jose Ramon "Joe" Hernandez, TSgt. USAF Ret., 76, of
Tampa, Fla., passed away November 27, 2010. He was born
and raised in Tampa and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force
for 20 years. He was an aircraft "grease monkey," aircraft
instructor for the Inter-American Air Force Academy for
Latin American Countries (Albrook AFB, Panama) and mis-
sileer. He also served in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air
Force, he was a postal carrier in Brandon, Fla., for 22 years.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ana Maria
Hernandez; children, Cristina Hernandez Mata and Ruben
Hernandez: daughter-in-law, Paula Murphy Hernandez; two
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, and
many nephews and nieces.
James (Jim) Paul Hunt, 84, of
St. Petersburg, Fla., passed away
November 29, 2010. Jim was a former
Attendance Officer for Curundu Junior
High School and Guidance Counselor at
Balboa High School in the Canal Zone.
He was born on January 27, 1926, in Bemidji, Minn. He
served in the Army in World War II in the European Theater.
He then pursued a career in education which brought him to
Panama. He was an avid golfer, card player and always had a
great sense of humor.
He is survived by his children, Beherrel, Richard, Anita,
Cathy, Becky and Stewart. and 16 grandchildren.
William M. Monsanto, 86. of Santa Ana, Calif., died
September 13, 2010. Born in the Panama Canal Zone, he
moved to Los Angeles to attend USC. He served in the U.S.
Army in Europe during WWII, when he was held as a POW
in Germany. After the war, he joined the Army Reserves and
remained active until he retired from his long career as an
accountant and auditor. He was also active in several com-
munity organizations, including Orange County Shriners
Club and the Santa Ana Elks Lodge 794.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty; sons, Bill
and Steve; daughters-in-law Rose and Dee Dee; four grand-
daughters; two great-grandchildren: and his sister Beatrice
Rhyne of Kerrville, Texas.
Grayce "Lydia" Nadeau, 91,
passed away November 15, 2010, at the
home of her daughter, Karen Price, in
S,- -- College Station, Texas, after a three-
month battle with ovarian cancer. Lydia
was born September 16, 1919 in
Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to the
Panama Canal Zone with her parents,
Grayce and Grover Gravatt, when she
was three years old. She graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1936.
On April 6, 1943, she married George F. Nadeau who was
a member of the Canal Zone Police Force until his death in a
traffic accident on October 31, 1957. Lydia worked for the
Panama Canal Company General Counsel's Office until her
retirement in 1978 when she moved to College Station,
Texas. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband George F.
Nadeau, her parents Grayce and Grover C. Gravatt, and her
brother Grover J. Gravatt. Survivors include her sons,
Randall Nadeau of College Station, Texas; George Nadeau
and wife Brenda of West Point, Va.; daughters, Lana Gagnon
of Jacksonville, Fla.; Karen Price and husband Lee of College
Station, Texas; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
one great-great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Mildred M. (Villanelli) Nehring, 90, of Hazleton, Pa.,
passed away December 13, 2010 at Mountain City Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Hazleton, she was the
daughter of the late Mary (Ingotti) DeStefano and was a
member of Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace
Mildred graduated from Hazleton High School and from
the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing as a reg-
istered nurse. She joined the Army Nurse Corps and served as
a surgical nurse in the Philippine Islands during World War II.
Mildred lived in the Panama Canal Zone with her hus-
band and children until he retired to the Hazleton area in
1974. Also preceding her in death were her husband, Capt.
William H. Nehring, two brothers, and four sisters.
Surviving are her sons, William H. "Skip" Nehring and
his wife, Cathy, Severn, Md.: Karl Nehring and his wife,
Lynn. of St. Petersburg, Fla.: Stephen Nehring, St.
Petersburg, Fla.; and Philip Nehring and his wife, Robbie,
New Market, Md.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchil-
dren; a brother, Maurice Dembrosi, Hazleton; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Constance Ella (Hayden) Norris
passed away May 18, 2010. She was born
SApril 28, 1920, in Baltimore, Md., and
went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1924
With her mother, Gladys Potts Hayden
and her father, Joseph Hayden. She
attended Cristobal High School until her
sophomore year when she transferred to
Balboa High School where she graduated in 1938. After grad-
uation she married Robert Lawler and had her two children,
Joan and Joey. In 1946 she divorced Bob Lawler and in 1947
married George Norris.
Connie became a recreation specialist with the Canal
Zone Schools Division in 1956 and worked at the Gamboa
Elementary School, Diablo Gym and Balboa Elementary
School. She retired in 1989 with 33 years of service. She will
always be remembered by the Canal Zone community for a
"pyramid" of over 100 of her students at a Jamboree at the
Balboa Sports Arena.
Connie loved Panama and spoke fluid Spanish. She loved
the Canal Zone, the beautiful beaches, the lottery, the people
and the animals. All of the street vendors, bums and beggars
in her neighborhood knew where they could always get a
handout. Her caring heart could not let a hungry animal go
un-fed and her house was always a shelter for several poor
The passing of Connie Norris broke the family's last liv-
ing thread to Panama. Her earthly remains have been placed
in the Santuario Church in Panama City. Connie is survived
by her daughter, Joan (Lawler) Harris, her brother Edward
Napoleon, a nephew, Howard Clarke III, a niece Patricia
(Clarke) Dunlap, six grandchildren, and numerous great-
Bruce Edward Orvis, 74, died January 15, 2011 in Tulsa,
Okla. He was born January 18, 1936 and died three days
before his 75th birthday. He moved to the Canal Zone in
1950, and he graduated from Balboa High School in 1954.
Bruce's father Joseph A. Orvis was a Panama Canal leader
electrician in the Balboa Field Office, and his mother
Margaret E. Orvis was an accounting clerk in the Panama
Canal Construction Division. Bruce graduated from the
University of Oklahoma with a civil engineering degree. and
he settled in Tulsa, Okla.
Along with his wife Janice, eight daughters, and numer-
ous grandchildren, he is also survived by his brother, Richard
Orvis, a 1964 BHS graduate.
Gertrude A. Paige, a longtime resident of the Panama
Canal Zone and member of the Panama Canal Society, died
peacefully on February 7, 2010 in Conyers, Ga.
Survived by her son Vernon, and two daughters, Frances
and Genie. She was 90 years old, and will be missed by her
After a valiant battle with cancer,
Douglas John Phillips, Senior, lost the
fight at the age of 69 on December 18,
2010 in Panama. He was born on October
13, 1941 in Panama City, Panama, to
Marion (BHS'33) and Noble A. Phillips
(BHS'33). Growing up on the Atlantic side
of the isthmus, he enjoyed fishing, hunting
and playing Little League and Pony League Baseball. He
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1960; the first class
to graduate from the new school in Coco Solo. He went to
Canal Zone College and continued his education in New
Jersey, where he attained his Electrical Contractor's License.
After living in New Jersey for eight years, he returned
with his family in 1972 to begin working for the Panama
Canal Commission. During his career, he worked at the Mt.
Hope Oil Plant and Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side and
moved to the Pacific side in 1982 to begin working for
Miraflores Locks. He retired in 1999 and stayed on working
for the Panama Canal Authority until he further retired in
While in the Canal Zone, he lived in most towns on the
Atlantic side, and while living on the Pacific side, he resided
in Balboa, Diablo and finally in Cardenas until he passed. An
avid fisherman, he loved being on the ocean and if he didn't
catch fish, he at least said he had a good boat ride. Many peo-
ple knew him for his fish frys, whether at the Tarpon Club in
Gatun, the Elks Club in Margarita, or the Elks Club in
He was a longtime member of the Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks on both sides of the Canal, and became a life-
time member in the last few years. He was a key voice for the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers chapter in
Panama and served proudly as Past President for many years.
Survivors include his wife. Seferina R. Phillips; daughter,
Tracy L. Grimberg (CH(S'1'I), son, Douglas J. Phillips, Jr.
(CHS'81); daughter, Kimberly (BHS'86) and Brad Collins;
daughter Emily R. Daniels; father, Noble A. Phillips; brother,
Richard N. Phillips (CHS'58); sister, Susan M. (CHS'67) and
Jon Fisher; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and many friends. He was
preceded in death by his mother, Marion Phillips.
Sam Porter, 73, of Wellington,
Fla., died November 15, 2010, at
Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach,
Fla. He was born in East Millsboro, Pa.,
to the late Uriah and Leona Porter. Sam
lived there until he joined the Army. He
was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone
and served as a Marine Diesel Engineer for General Gaither,
who was the Commanding General for Central and South
American military personnel.
He liked Panama so much he went to work in the Panama
Canal Zone and retired as a Police Lieutenant in 1981. During
this time he attended the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., for
a semester. He also received the Army Green Beret Military
Training and Jungle Warfare Training in the Canal Zone.
While in Panama, Sam got great pleasure from bottle and
treasure hunting. It was at this time that he began his spiritu-
al journey and spent many years doing biblical research.
"Pam Pam," as he was fondly called by his three grand-
children, will be remembered as a happy and loving husband,
father and grandfather. Despite his complicated illness, he
always displayed a positive attitude and constantly reminded
those he loved and those he newly met of God's blessings.
Sam is survived by his wife Norma of 53 years, his
daughter Gwen Burton and her husband Sam Burton, and
their three children. His sisters Winona DeBord and Aleta
Keating, along with his brother Roger Porter, are also sur-
vivors, as well as many other family members.
Kathryn J. Potter, 92, passed away December 14, 2010.
Kaye was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 6, 1918, to
William J. and Marion E. Kraetsch. Her father was a promi-
nent architect in Des Moines and her mother, as was the cus-
tom in 1918. a mother and housewife. She had two sisters
who preceded her in death; her younger sister. Susan, and her
older sister, Isabel.
In 1940, Kaye married her one true love, Richard R.
Potter, Dick to all who knew him. They met while he was in
college at the University of Iowa in Ames. After graduation,
Dick returned to the Canal Zone to pursue a career as an elec-
trical engineer. Kaye, accompanied by her mother, followed.
Kaye and Dick were married in the Panama Canal Zone on
January 24. 1940, and remained there for 33 years before
retiring. Kaye and Dick had two sons, their younger son,
Russell, who preceded her in death, and Jim who has survived
Kaye filled her life with family and friends. She enjoyed
golf, and bridge with Dick. Kaye especially enjoyed fishing
with Dick at their rustic cabin on White Earth Lake in
Minnesota. She was preceded in death by Dick after a long
and happy marriage of 66 years. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Kaye is survived by her daughters-in-law, Donna and
Arlette: two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Kathryn was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother,
great grandmother, and friend to all who knew her.
Peter N. Reitz, 55, died
.F September 19, 2010 after a short battle
with cancer. Born in David, Province
of Chiriqui, Panama, April 21, 1955,
Peter was the son of Methodist mis-
sionaries Walter and Mildred Reitz
who went to Panama in April 1952.
The family moved to Panama City in
1960 and in 1966 Peter was enrolled in
S the Canal Zone School system starting
with Ancon Elementary, Curundu JHS and graduating from
Balboa High School in 1974. He was very active in the com-
munity theater productions at the Surfside Theater in Amador
and the Theater Guild in Ancon.
After several years at Canal Zone Junior College he
moved to New York City where he became a member of
Local One, the International alliance of Theatrical Stage
Employees along with his good friend Bob Rendon. Among
his many accomplishments was traveling with the Miss
Universe Pageant, including the competition at ATLAPA
Convention Center in Panama City in 1986 and working
numerous Broadway shows in NYC.
Peter's father, Walter, became the minister of the Balboa
Union Church after the treaty was signed from 1979 until his
retirement in 1984. His mother, Mildred, was director of the
Pan American Institute in Panama City and would also serve
as minister on the Balboa Union Church from 2000 until
Peter is survived by his mother, Mildred Lyness Reitz,
who resides in Panama; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul
(BHS'69) and Trudy, Philip (BHS'70) and Beverly, and Perry
"Sam" (BHS'78) and Sherry; four nieces and a nephew.
Jolene Jones Smith, 66, died November 21, 2010 at
home in Nashville, Tenn., after a two-year battle with breast
cancer. Jolene was born in Kinston, N.C., on December 11,
1943, and lived in Gamboa, Canal Zone, from 1944 to 1948
and from 1960 until graduating from Balboa High School in
1962. She graduated from Baptist Hospital School of Nursing
in Nashville, Tenn., in 1965 and worked as a registered nurse
in many hospitals in middle Tennessee following her husband
to his appointments in the United Methodist Church. She
retired in 2002 from Bordeaux Hospital in Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and both
parents, Luther Frank and Essie Jones. She is survived by her
daughter, Hope; sons, Wesley (Tabithia), and John; three
grandchildren; brother, Luther F. Jones (BHS'70); three sis-
ters, Lynda Pollock (BHS'65), Frankie Bell (BHS'67), and
Becky Jones (BHS'72); sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law,
nieces, nephews, and many friends.
U Charles (Chuck) Raymond Soukup,
83, completed his journey on October 25,
2010. He was born on February 4, 1927 in
Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Loretta Eva
(Frick) and Charles Soukup. He was a
brother to Dorothy, Earl, Harry, and Sister Arlene Soukup.
Chuck graduated from Benedictine High School in 1944.
He joined the Seminary and studied Theology for a period of
five years. Deciding that his life would take another path,
Chuck joined the Air Force in 1950. He was stationed at
Albrook Air Force Base where he met a very young Veira
Helena Sole at Curundu Bowling Alley. Chuck did not speak
Spanish and Veira did not speak English. They used a San
Blas gentleman as their interpreter. Upon being honorably
discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Chuck returned to
Panama where he married Veira on November 27, 1954. He
began work as an U.S. Customs agent and continued to do so
until he retired on January 4, 1985. Chuck and Veira moved
to Ocala and then settled in Gainesville.
He received many accolades and service awards during
his employment with U.S. Customs. Chuck has been a mem-
ber of the Knights of Columbus, a Life Member of the Elks,
and a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Post 2811 in Gainesville, the Over Fifty Club, the Panama
Canal Society, and an active member of the Catholic Church.
He was a chef for different sororities and fraternities at the
University of Florida in Gainesville. His passion was being in
the kitchen and cooking for others. He and his wife lived for
the time they were able to spend with their children, grand-
children, and great-grandchildren. Their home was always
open to friends and family of all ages. They loved company
and the laughter and joy that came into their lives.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 56 years, Veira; his chil-
dren, Debbie, Chuck, Patricia, Robert, Doreen, Paul and their
spouses. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, and two
great-grandchildren. Harry, his twin brother, is the only
remaining member of his immediate family and resides in
Franklin Stewart -"'-\loone"
Stabler passed away November 21,
2010, in Orlando, Fla., following open-
4 4 M heart surgery. Frank was born in Colon,
Republic of Panama, on January 17,
1941. He fondly remembered his days
growing up in Curundu, Canal Zone
and considered himself a true Curundu
Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force. he returned
to the Canal Zone to work for the Panama Canal Company,
where he met his wife, Clarice Jeskey, a nurse at Coco Solo
Hospital. They moved to San Diego. Calif., where Frank
graduated from Southwestern College and began his career as
a U.S. Immigration officer. Additionally, while in California
he enjoyed his tenure as an active member of the U.S. Special
Forces Army Active Reserves. Following Clarice's death in
1990, Frank accepted an assignment in Germany and from
there, took on numerous unique immigration jobs in sensitive
and contested overseas locations. He loved to travel and
enjoyed working throughout Europe, Africa and China. He
retired in 1996 and made his home in Mims, Fla. Frank
enjoyed deep-sea and fresh water fishing as well as collecting
coins, stamps, firearms and working on his family genealogy.
However, after retirement he found he could not give up work
completely. He accepted temporary contracts with the
Immigration Service in Cuba. China, Guatemala and the
Philippines. Two years ago, he attended the Balboa High
School Class of 1959 50th Reunion in Orlando and had a
great time with old friends reminiscing about high school
days. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Frank is survived by his mother, Blanche Stabler,
Titusville, Fla.; his daughters, Marie Emery, Corinne, W.Va.,
Erika Booth and husband Steve, Winnabow, N.C., Monike
Gray and husband Dustin, Titusville, Fla.; his brothers, John
and wife Lilia, Venus, Fla., Lewis and wife Sue (Lessiack),
Cardenas, Republic of Panama; his sister Frances and hus-
band Ron Meyer, Merritt Island, Fla.: his six grandchildren:
and his many nieces and nephews. His wife Clarice, an attor-
ney-at-law, and his father, Joe Stabler, who retired from the
Canal Zone Fire Department, predeceased Frank.
Joseph V. Stagi, 79, of Tampa, Fla., passed away October
27, 2010. He was born December 9, 1930 in Monessen, Pa.,
where he started his professional career both as a piano play-
er and drummer at the age of 14. which became a passion that
lasted his lifetime.
He was very proud of being a member of the 71st Army
Band in the Panama Canal Zone during the early 1950s. The
army band members reunited in Tampa in 1998 and remained
in constant communication. After his military service, he
moved to Baltimore, Md., where he enjoyed great success in
insurance sales and retail management. While there, he
enjoyed being the featured pianist with the acclaimed Morgan
In 1964, he was transferred to Tampa to help open the first
Montgomery Ward department store in the Tampa Bay mar-
ket. Since music was his passion, he immediately began play-
ing with the Jack Golly Orchestra. In 1965 he began enter-
training dinner guests at the Tampa Yacht Club, whose mem-
bers and staff he called his second family. In 1969 he would
say his "day job" allowed him to be one of the founders of
Florida Credit Service Center. In 1981 he decided to leave the
corporate world and dedicate the rest of his life to his musi-
cal career as the Joe Stagi Band and Tempo Music Company.
He was the musical director of the Ye Mystic Krewe of
Gasparilla for many years. The accomplishments of his musi-
cal life are too many to mention; however, he was best
remembered in Tampa as Mlr Piano Man." Joseph proudly
served on the boards of the Hillsborough County Civil
Service Board and the Exchange Club of Tampa. He also
enjoyed his volunteer work with the Stephen Ministry and in
more recent years as a member of St. John's Episcopal
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mary Jane; a
daughter, Gloria and husband, Pat Coyle; daughter, Rosie
Stagi; son, Joe Stagi Jr. and wife, Marcy; two grandchildren;
mother-in-law, Hazel Clark; brother, William Stagi and wife
Gerry of Seattle, Wash., and many wonderful nieces and
nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Ruth (Schmidt) Tortorici died November 23, 2010 in
Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Fla. Ruth was born in
Baltimore, Md., on December 15. 1924, and returned to the
Canal Zone where her family lived shortly after her birth.
Ruth was part of the "Fishing Schmidt Family" on the
Ruth married Peter A. Tortorici in August of 1945. She
moved to the Atlantic side shortly after her marriage where
she resided until her retirement in 1974. During her years on
the Atlantic side, Ruth was elected president of the Civic
Council, was president of the PWGA as well as the PWBA.
Ruth was one of the top women golfers and bowlers in the
Canal Zone. Ruth was also an avid bridge player.
In her retirement years in Inverness. Fla., Ruth continued
to play golf and was the club champion of the Point of Woods
golf club for many years. She was president of the Gospel
Island Community council and during her time as president
was instrumental in procuring a section of Highway 470 in
Inverness under the Adopt-A-Highway program. This was
one of the first in Florida. Ruth was also president of the
Gospel Island Community Club multiple times. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
Ruth loved gardening, especially her rose garden and
would help Pete with his vegetable garden each year. She also
loved fishing for bass on Lake Tsala Opopka with her hus-
band. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Peter A.
Tortorici, her brothers Carl, John, Louis, and Theodore, her
sister Marie, and her mother and father, Louis and Matilda
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Tortorici)
Roscoe; sons, Frank Tortorici and John Tortorici. She is also
survived by her sister Iris (Schmidt) Waggoner, six grand-
children, and three great-grandchildren.
Jenny Gladys Turner, 95, passed away October 3, 2010,
at her Bentley Manor home in Dallas, Texas. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Turner; youngest
son, George M. Turner; and an infant baby boy. She was also
the last survivor of seven siblings.
Gladys is survived by her son, Robert T. "Robbie" Turner
and his partner, Jeff Davis; two grandchildren, and one great-
granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews, family members
and friends. Gladys was greatly loved and will always live on
in their hearts.
Helen "Marie" Westover, 84, of Pinellas Park. Fla.,
passed away November 23, 2010. She was born in the
Panama Canal Zone and moved to the area in 1973. Marie
was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, James, and
youngest son, Stephen "Poke." Marie loved playing bingo
and taking cruises.
She is survived by her son, James A. Westover, and
daughter, Bernice M. Westover; four grandchildren and ten
Janice Etta Junkin-Whitney, 92,
passed away at her home in Tallahassee,
Fla., on November 11, 2010. She was
born on her family's farm in Earlham,
Iowa, on March 26, 1918. She graduated
from Earlham High School in 1935 and
began teaching country school.
Jan attended Iowa State Teachers College and Rutgers
University. During her teaching career she taught in Iowa,
Maine, New Jersey, Florida, Venezuela, and the Panama
Canal Zone. After her retirement in 1981 from the Panama
Canal Schools, Jan moved to Tallahassee, Fla., and worked
part-time for Facilities and Planning Leon County Schools.
During her lifetime Jan traveled extensively throughout
the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America,
and Europe. She loved to play golf, do her art projects, tell
jokes and humorous stories about her life and travels. Jan had
an outgoing personality and a quick wit. She got along with
everybody, never met a stranger. Jan was also an avid camper
and spent many years camping along the coast in Franklin
County Florida. During the last four years of her life Jan was
able to return to her beloved Panama where she spent sum-
mers and Christmas holidays at the family home in
Mariato/Playa Reina Panama. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Jan is survived by her twin sister, Judith Binns-Johnson;
sister Sheryl Bobst; daughter Marcia Nita and son-in-law
John Nita; and two grandchildren. She will be fondly missed
and remembered by her many friends and relatives.
William A. Wichmann, 90, of Tamarac, Fla., passed
away peacefully in Hospice on July 28, 2010, after spending
his 90th birthday with his family at his side. Born in Jersey
City, N.J., he travelled to Panama as a young man where he
worked until retirement as a Systems Accountant for the
Panama Canal Company. He was a member of the Panama
After retirement he and his loving wife of 54 years,
Barbara, moved to Tamarac to be close to their only son,
William J. Wichmann (wife Catherine) and their two beloved
granddaughters. Beloved by his family and friends Grandpa
Bill will be greatly missed. It was his wish to have his ashes
scattered in the Gulf Stream.
Center back is Kathryn Argo. Front row left to right: Rosalie
Hallet. Ca. 1950.
Thrift, Andra Lee Nash, and Judy
Submitted by Andra English
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
CIRCLE OF LOVE
We sifted dirt and rocks from a wide mesh box into anoth-
er box with finer mesh. Next we sloshed that box up and
down and sideways in a water trough and after about five
minutes of that. whatever was left in the sieve was poured
onto a sorting table where we eagerly searched for diamonds.
The anticipation kept us dig ini. sloshing and searching for
six hours! By then we were wet, cold and hungry and decid-
ed to call it a day.
Phil Reitz, Perry (Sam) Reitz, Paul Reitz, John Butler and
Bob Rendon share stories and laughter with Peter Reitz.
ROBBERSONS' DIAMOND DIG
In early November, Forest and Ray Robberson went to
Murfreesboro, Ark., to dig for diamonds. The GPS took us
from Lillian, Ala., to Arkansas almost entirely on state roads
which gave us a wonderful opportunity to see the country-
side and small towns. A few memorable ones were:
Smackover (loved the name), Chidestyer, pop. 335 (had a
"Mercantile"), and Delight, pop. 311 (Glen Campbell's birth-
We arrived in Murfreesboro on a Sunday, checked into
the Queen of Diamonds motel and went over to see the dig
site. Our good friend, John Jenkins, had driven over from
Texas to join us so early Monday morning we set out to spend
the day at the crater. After watching a briefing on how to find
diamonds, we rented sieves, buckets, etc., for $8.00 and set
out across the four+ acres to find "the perfect dirt patch." Ray
and John dug bucketfuls of dirt and brought them back to the
sorting shed. Then the three of us went to work!
Forest Robberson, Ray Robberson, and John Jenkins
Forest Robberson with her mesh box
No, we didn't find any diamonds, but we had so much fun
trying, that we plan to go again next year.
JEAN BURNS, 1928-2010
Engineer on Panama Canal turned into
Santa each year
Instead of a sleigh, he rode in a cherry red Trans-Am that he
had shipped to Panama.
By TIM STANLEY
Tulsa World Staff Writer
BIXBY Although Christmases in the Panama Canal
Zone were too warm to be white, Jean Burns made sure one
yuletide tradition could always be counted on.
The U.S. government electrical engineer, who during his
13 years working on the canal dressed up as Santa Claus
annually for the locals, did depart from tradition in one way,
though. Instead of a sleigh, he went with a more climate-suit-
able stand-in: a cherry red 1970s Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am.
With his shiny sports car, his big, ringing handbell and a bag-
ful of candy, Bums became such a hit with Panama City
locals that he even attracted the attention of the Central
American country's top governing officials, who became
fans in their own right.
"It was a fun time," said Bums' wife, Doris Burns. "Jean
took vacation for the holidays every year, and I'm telling you,
he would just transform. He had five different Santa suits."
The Tulsa-area native "went to as many appointments as he
could fit in, for anyone who called," she said. "And he never
took any money for it."
Jean Darel Burs died Wednesday in Tulsa. He was 82. A
funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Riverview
Baptist Church under the direction of Leonard & Marker
Bums' son was with him when he bought the car. "It was
while we were home in the states on leave," Scott Burns
said. "He got it brand-spanking new and specifically for his
Santa Claus routine. He then had it shipped to Panama." To
christen the Trans-Am for its Christmasy mission, Scott
Bums presented his father with a license plate that read
-- .- --* ~
Jean turns enjoyed portraying banta Claus every year. He is
shown with the Pontiac Trans-Am that served as his "sleigh."
Bums and his wife, who worked for the government as a
secretary, lived in four states and five countries altogether,
but their longest stretch was in the then-U.S.-controlled
Panama Canal Zone.
It was at the encouragement of a friend that Bums first
dressed up as Santa. Bums, who was jolly enough and
weighed a stout 250 pounds, decided that he was perfect for
the part. Throwing himself into it with relish, even growing
out his beard, he would reprise it every year.
"He was very particular about everything but especially
that beard," Doris Burs said. "He'd bleach it white every
Christmas. And after he grew it out, he kept it for good."
Despite his many appearances, Jean Bums had a standing
appointment every Christmas Eve. "That was family time,'
Doris Bums said. "We were always together for that."
After 27 years with the federal government, which
included projects in Pakistan, Turkey, Germany and Italy,
Jean Bums retired in 1979. The couple soon returned to
The Burses, who were sweethearts at Bixby High
School, married in 1950. They celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary this year. Burs obtained his electrical engineer-
ing degree from Oklahoma A&M University.
Bums is survived by his wife, Doris Bums; one son, Scott
Bums; one daughter, Laura Redemann; and two grandchil-
Reprinted with permission of Tim Stanley, Tulsa World
Enclosed is a picture of this year's ladies Christmas
lunch. We meet every year after Christmas for lunch. This
year we were joined by Jan (Farnsworth) Thompson.
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Standing (L-R): Jan (Farnsworth) Thompson, Jean
(Medinger) McGuire, Patty Farnsworth. Seated: Camilla
Farnsworth and Edie Meeker.
Safety Harbor, Fla.
NANCY VAN SICLEN TRAVELS
TO PANAMA ......FINALLY
Who would have thought when Nancy Van Siclen drew
the number of 113 at the Annual Meeting on July 2, 2010, that
the meeting would end with her planning a trip to
When to go was the big question--the holidays would not
work and the reunion work starts at the first of the year.
However, it was decided to travel to Panama on January 13.
After all, that was the number of her ticket 113 and this num-
ber was not only significant as being a winning ticket: but it
was also the date of her late husband's (Past President) Bob's
birthday. So the decision was easy. Naturally, Nancy could
not travel to Panama alone and while there were many vol-
unteers, Betty LeDoux-Morris was the lucky one who
Nancy asked to accompany her. After much thought (about
two seconds), we were essentially on our way.
We traveled to Orlando on Wednesday night in order to be
up at 3:30 AM to meet our driver at 4:15 AM for our 7:00 AM
flight. We were tired but once we hit Panama soil, the excite-
ment and adrenaline kicked in and we were full of energy. We
were met at the airport by Agnes Santomeno who took us on
a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Reprosa factory and
treated us to a delicious lunch. From there we were off to the
hotel...beautiful brand-new Riu on Calle 50. Napoli was in
order for dinner on our first night in Panama. Chipi and
Petey Azcarraga joined Nancy and me as we shared a Napoli
pizza and listened to Chipi's many funny stories.
Friday we were off and running bright and early to meet
with the guide and driver provided by Condor Outfitters,
Connie--who was tremendous, to tour the Balboa area
including but not limited to the Balboa Union Church, Balboa
swimming pool, the YMCA, Tavemilla Street (where Bob
used to live), Panama Vacation Quarters, Ancon Hill, and
were fortunate to meet with one of Kenny's previous assis-
tants at the Administration Building and receive a behind-the-
scenes tour of the Admin Building.
We were then off to meet Rob Roy, Sr., and Rob Roy Jr.,
for lunch at the Elks Club. Mr. Roy was in his usual rare form
full of jokes and stories and doesn't look a day over 60. It was
an incredible treat to visit with him. While at the Elks Club
we also visited with Larry Layman, Art Mokray, and Jim
Nancy Van Siclen, Betty LeDonx-Morris (the youngest past
President), and Rob Roy, Sr. (101), the oldest past president,
at the Elks Club.
Friday evening we were off to the Amador Causeway
with Robin Morland and Mary Coffey for dinner at Lefios
& Carb6n. We had a delightful evening despite Robin having
to sit in traffic for almost two hours to get from Cardenas to
the hotel. The traffic was indeed horrific (new bridge still
only one way) and added to that it was a payday Friday. Can't
thank Robin and Mary enough for their hospitality and great
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Nancy Van Siclen and Betty LeDoux-Morris at the Napoli
Mary Coffey, Robin Morland, Nancy Van Siclen at Lefios
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Saturday. Skip Berger of Gold Coast Travels and
Expeditions met us at the hotel and took us to Gamboa. We
had a nice tour of the Resort and Gamboa area complete with
seeing lots of Cayucos already on the river practicing for the
upcoming race. The river remains very high and was very
muddy but was certainly much better than the videos we saw
prior to our trip.
Miraflores Locks was our next stop. We were also fortu-
nate to get a private tour (thanks to Kenny) across the gates
and to the center wall of Miraflores Locks while a ship was
going through. Unfortunately, Nancy did not bring tennis
shoes--but that was easily solved by letting Skip know of our
dilemma at midnight the night before...and sure enough he
showed up at 7:00 AM with brand-new shoes for Nancy to
wear on our venture across a Canal chamber. Nancy (being
afraid of heights) was a real trouper crossing the chamber and
then climbing a winding staircase to obtain one of the best
views possible of the ship coming through the locks. We also
enjoyed a quick visit with my dear friend Sue Stabler who
welcomed Nancy to Panama with a loving "Sue" abrazo.
Chipi and Petey were our hosts for dinner on Saturday night
with a true Panamanian dinner. It was truly a wonderful
evening and ending to a memorable day.
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Sunday we were off again with Mary Coffey. First stop
was Buenaventura Resort at Playa Blanca after which we had
a very brief stop at Decameron and then on to El Valle. Bill
and Margaret McLaughlin joined us for lunch at the beau-
tiful Casa de Lourdes. It was truly exciting to see Nancy
enjoy her friends in a land she has known and loved for years
but had never seen. Traffic made the trip home a long one--
so with a busy day ahead of us, it was an early night.
Nancy Van Siclen, Margaret McLaughlin, Bill
McLaughlin, and Betty LeDoux-Morris at Casa de Lourdes
in El Valle.
Monday we were off with a Gold Coast tour guide,
Claudio, who was incredible. We visited Old Panama,
Church of the Golden Altar, and all that was in between. With
the 101 -degree temperatures, it was soon time for us to head
back to the hotel and get ready to leave and head back to the
States. I think Nancy could have stayed for another two days
just watching the traffic, taking pictures of the Diablo Rojos
and listening to all the cars honk their way through the traf-
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Nancy Van Siclen at market in Old Panama
Imagine, since 1988 Nancy and Bob had been involved in
one form or another with the Panama Canal Society and with
the exception of a partial transit through Gatun Locks from
which we never got off the ship in the late 1980s, Nancy had
never been to Panama. It took all those years for Nancy to
win a grand prize at the Annual meeting and how appropriate
it was for her to win a trip to our "Home." Now when we talk
about Napoli pizza, Nancy will know what that tastes like,
she will be able to reflect on the beauty of El Valle and Playa
Blanca when we talk about the interior and recall up close
and personal the transiting of a ship. I'm certain the view
from Ancon Hill will be forever etched in her memory and
when talking about a stay at PVQ. she can tell you exactly
where that is and what it looks like. The Causeway is no
longer a mystery and the sleepy town of Gamboa is now a
beautiful resort and nature memory.
The trip was quick and eventful--certainly another trip to
Panama is in order for Nancy--especially now that she can
say Gracias, Buenos Dias, Buenos Tardes, Buenos Noches,
Mucho Gusto, and Lefios & Carb6n.
The country loved Nancy just as much as she loved it. I
think I can write on behalf of all the members of our beloved
Panama Canal Society how very thrilled we are that she final-
ly made it "Home" and I am personally grateful that I was
able to share such a memorable trip with her.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Jil^ NEWS FROM THE NISKANENS
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. Once
again we approach the winter solstice which brings us cool
weather at this latitude and more significantly that joyful sea-
son of Christmas and hope.
During the early months of this year we toured the world
on a 107-day cruise. No cooking or washing dishes was a
great treat. Our cruise took us liur.-ii.'l the Panama Canal,
where we once spent a great part of our lives, onward to the
South Pacific Ocean and lovely tropical islands. We contin-
ued on by Australia to Japan and Southeast Asia. Dubai hums
with construction as they dredge offshore sand into Palm
Islands. They also boast the tallest building in the world
which spires more than a half mile into the clouds. The Suez
Canal was a treat as it was the first passage of that area for us.
We Visited the hot desert sands where camels thrive and
Bedouins invite you to their desert camps for good Arabian
coffee. Too numerous to account we visited many
Mediterranean ports. The Amalfi Coast of Italy near Sorrento
was beautiful and the last stop before we arrived at our final
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On Friday evening, we all donned our festive, feathery
hats (provided by Celia) and put on some cheek tattoos (no
age requirement for having fun and being silly!!) and headed
to the Sand Dollar Restaurant right on the St. John's River
and had a most delicious seafood dinner.
Esther and Ed Niskanen on their world tour
During the summer we made our summer trek to New
England and Maine where we visited family and friends. We
experienced a wondrous milestone in our senior lives when
our granddaughter Natalie was married. She was a beautiful
bride and is blessed with a wonderful husband. Joe is a First
Lieutenant in the Air Force.
Esther travelled to Europe with a lady friend and took a
10-day riverboat cruise on the Danube River during the first
part of December. The snow and cold weather were not to her
This year has been good to us as we continue to enjoy rel-
atively good health and are blessed with wonderful children
and friends. Our wish for all of you is that you may enjoy
good health, prosperity and happiness.
Esther and Ed Niskanen
The Woodlands, Texas
YA-YA SISTERHOOD WEEKEND
During November 2010 the Ya-Ya Sisterhood weekend
was held once again in Jacksonville, Fla., at the home of
Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper. Those attending this fun time
this year were Diane (Roscoe) Murphy, Woodstock, Ga.;
Sue (Mitten) Corrigan, Tallahassee, Fla.; Lauray (Will)
Griffin, Jacksonville, Fla.; Celia (Cronan) Miller, San Jose,
Calif.; Liz (Hanna) Neal, Tampa, Fla.; Alberta (Wilder)
Corrigan, Panama City. Panama; and, of course, Tinker. We
very much missed having Patsy (Lee) Moore and Sheila
(Mitten) Stepp with us this year.
The girls began arriving on Wednesday the 10th and the
last left on Sunday the 14th and in between that time there
was lots of laughing, drinking, eating and talking--for some,
into the wee hours!! Upon arrival of the last person, the win-
ner of the annual competition was announced and this year's
winner was Celia. Again, "What happens in Jax, stays in
Jax!!" so the competition remains a secret amongst the Ya-
Back (L-R): Liz (Hanna) Neal, Sue (Mitten) Corrigan,
Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper, Lauray (Will) Griffin, Alberta
(Wilder) Corrigan. Front: Diane (Roscoe) Murphy and
Celia (Cronan) Miller.
On Saturday, Sue left for her daughter's and the rest of the
gang headed out all squished into Tinker's car to St.
Augustine where we went on a trolley tour, did some shop-
ping and then had a very nice lunch at the Columbia
Restaurant. So much history in that town--well worth the
tour. We stopped by Sheila and Mike Bell's house on the way
back to Jacksonville for a short visit with them and Cody
Hollowell, Tinker's brother. Sunday came much too soon
and, after a wonderful weekend, we departed with promises
of another Ya-Ya next year.
NEWS FROM PANAMA
Ed and I spent Thanksgiving at the Elks with friends;
about 65 people came for the festivities. Also in November
we attended the Veterans Day Ceremonies at the Corozal
Cemetery. The cemetery is an American Battlefield and
Monument Cemetery. It is a very peaceful and beautiful
place. Bruce Phelps, the Director for Corozal Cemetery,
does an exceptional job keeping it in great shape. The VFW
Panama, the Director of the Cemetery, and the U.S.Military
contingent from the U.S. Embassy puts the Veterans Day
Ceremony together and it is quite moving. There are wreaths
laid from the Elks, the Navy League, and the American
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Don Winner, Art Mokray, Boston Patterson, Larry
Layman, Woody DeJernette, Ed Wardlow, Nelson
Kraemer, Veterans Day.
In December we went to the Ancon Theater Guild for cel-
ebration of their 60th anniversary. The show was directed by
Bruce Quinn and was great as always. The Ancon Little
Theater Guild is alive and well and still going strong. They
still do some great shows.
The Elks Annual Christmas Party for the Blind Children
from the Helen Keller School was held in early December. Its
ongoing success is due to the tremendous commitment of its
volunteers. This year's volunteers included: Chris Homa,
Margaret Ender, Linda Layman, Janice DeJernette,
Patricia Garrison, Art Mokray, Jason "Santa Claus"
Critides, Sophie Critides, Vicki Sizemore, Ed Wardlow,
Jane Huff, Penny Canamas, and Bonnie Bishop.
Christmas presents for over 100 were bought, wrapped
and given out by Santa. In addition, lunch was served for all
those at the party. This year we were also blessed with vol-
unteers from the USS Jarrett. Every time the ship is in town
they contact the Elks to see what they can do for one of the
Elks' Charities. They are a very fine group of young men and
we always enjoy the chance to visit with them. The Elks'
Annual Members Christmas Dinner was held in mid-
December and was great fun as always. Margaret Ender did a
great job decorating for the dinner. The Club's festive
Christmas decorations were put up by Ed Wardlow. Linda
Layman, Larry Layman, Janet and Wayne Bremer, and
Katva Del aMater.
Our Ladies Lunch Group continues to grow. In December
we had our luncheon at Kathy Wainio's house in Cardenas.
We all brought gifts for the Girls Home in Las Cumbres. On
the second Saturday of each month we go to a different
restaurant in town. It's really an eclectic, fun 2roun of ladies.
On Christmas Eve we had a sit-down dinner for neighbors
and friends. We actually managed dinner for 14 in our little
apartment. Our very special guest was "Pop" "Santa" Rob
Roy who is 101 years old!
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Kathy Wainio and Rob Roy, Jr.
Rob Roy, Sr. and Judy Collins
A Helen Keller school student and Jason (Santa Claus)
Jeff Riley and Ray Bierbaum will be here for a month in
February for some serious golf and good times. Ed is looking
forward to playing with both of them and even has a new pair
of "lucky" golf shoes for the occasion.
We spent New Year's Eve at the Elks. Everyone enjoyed
a great dinner of lobster, shrimp and mussels provided by
Elks Victoria and Michael Butler. Nothing like shrimp, lob-
ster and a cold Panama to bring in the New Year!
In March we are looking forward to our next "Cruise from
Colon" with fellow Elks and members of BHS'69. This trip
will include stops in the Western Caribbean and has been
arranged by Penny Leeser (BHS'69) and a member of the
Panama Canal Lodge = 1414.
Attached are two pictures that were taken during our
recent Breezes trip to Panama that we won as a door prize at
the annual meeting at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in
July. They are the only pictures we have of the trip. and I
would appreciate it if you can use them.
The trip package that was put together by Condor Tours
& Travel and COPA Airlines was wonderful with no difficul-
ties. All connections were on time and trouble free. Trj clin-
COPA space available is an adventure by itself. We were well
taken care of with seating changes made by flight attendants
so Skeeter and I could always sit together.
Everything that Condor Tours promised was met beyond
our expectations. Breezes is really a very beautiful resort with
a terrific staff that will cater to your every need. This resort is
a paradise. I am looking forward to my class reunion in
February 2011 at Breezes, Panama.
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Skeeter Camby at the Breezes Resort, Panama
St. Petersburg, Fla.
HEIM FAMILY REUNION
Descendants of Roosevelt Medal Holder George and Carrie Heim visited the Panama Canal Museum in Seminole, Fla.,
when they gathered for a reunion at St. Pete Beach the first weekend of November 2010. The group that went to the Museum
enjoyed checking on other Roosevelt Medal holder relatives and seeing some historic reminders of their common heritage.
Ellery and Troy DeHart, Doug and Carolyn (Hennessey) Johnson, Mary (Hennessey) Charles, Susan (McCullough)
Burk, Jennifer (Kalander) DeHart, Kenny Jackson, Tom McCullough, Anne Jackson, Emily Sannella, Joan
(McCullough) Ohman, Gabby Sanella, Ed Ohman, Tracy (Cotton) Fleming, Judi McCullough, Russ Kalander, Joan
Cotton, Lynn Pridgen, Gary Cotton, Patrick Stewart, Wendy (Cotton) Corrigan, Dennis Corrigan, George Cotton,
Barbara Navolanic, Pat (Hatchett) Clark, Brian Casson, Pyper Casson, Lois (Kalander) Casson. Not pictured: Alec
Dehart, Maz Zahra, Ken Casson.
Six of the ten Heim children families were represented at the reunion: Mary Hatchett's, Louise Saum's, Lois Cotton's,
Snookie McCullough's, Jeanne Kalander's, and Francis Hennessey's. We missed our cousins from Anniel Bishop,
Charles Heim and William Heim. We had a total attendance of 83, including a few wannabees!!
Joan McCullough Ohman
OLD BUDDIES GATHER
AT WATERCOLOR RESORT
Old buddies met at Watercolor Resort in October 2010 to
celebrate lifelong friendships and relive their youth in their
cherished Canal Zone. Needless to say, there were endless
stories told and countless memories dredged up and rehashed,
mostly accompanied by raucous laughter and a good share of
adamant denials. There is i',rlhin;; quite like a childhood
remembered in good cheer and good fellowship.
Unfortunately missing were Bobby Fearon, Billy Hatchett,
Owen Sutherland, and Bobby Wills.
The featured moment of the four-day ilL rnl.- was when
each of the guys took the floor at the evening dinner table to
bring the buddies up to date on what could only be character-
ized as individual lifetimes of storied experiences and quite
Back (L-R): Ed Scott, Dorman Fulton, Jim Selby, Harold
Sorrell. Middle (L-R): Jeff Goodin, Charlie Morris, Kenny
Morris. Front (L-R): Abou Jones, Jock laucKaig, Larry
(L-R); Harold Sorrell, Jim Selby, Kenny Morris, and Ed
All agree that the next meeting of the group would be at
this year's Panama Canal Society Reunion, when the Class of
1956 celebrates its 55th anniversary, and that the next gather-
ing would be hosted by Charlie Morris in Panama in 2012.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
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Watercolor Resort in the Flor;da Panhandle played host for the second time for our annual golf outing and made for anoth-
er fantastic five-day stay as expected in a wonderful -ciinI'i in great accommodations, and playing on two premier golf cours-
es in fabulous conditions. We expanded to 31 players this year and not one complaint was heard from anyone--a remarkable
feat when you include Robert Will in the group.
L-R: Jim Hoverson, Babe Marquard, Rod Brayton, Jay Barrett, \a%) ne Brassey, Dick Koscoe, Reggie Hayden, Bill
Halvosa, Robin Morland, Ron Farnsworth, Keith Mead, Ken Morris, Sr., Collin Corrigan, Larry Corrigan, Dave
Wilder, Lou Vogel, Tim Corrigan, Windy Sasso, Hugh Thomas, Ed Bates, John Morris, Lloyd Spradlin, Garth Feeney,
Rick Williams, Jack Hern, Jeff Leon, John Cronan, Mickey Mcllhone. Missing: Robert Will, Joe Wood and Burt Mead.
Needless to say, the golf almost took a back seat to the
good times that the participants had both on and off the
course. This of course is a given when you consider the char-
acters that made up the group. Nothing like a bunch of thick-
skinned Zonies going after each other; and when you scan the
picture of the group, you will agree for sure that this was
quite a collection.
Overall 4-day Championship
1st Wayne Brassey
2nd Larry Corrigan
3rd Jim Hoverson
Tie Lou Vogel
5th Tim Corrigan
Tie Keith Mead
Ist Jeff Leon
2nd Collin Corrigan
3rd Dick Roscoe
4th Robin Morland
5th John Cronan
The golf results were interesting in that it appeared, with
very few exceptions, that the more one cried about their point
handicaps, the better they finished in the competitions.
Day 1 1st Wayne Brassey
2nd Larry Corrigan
3rd Jim Hoverson
4th Lou Vogel
5th Tim Corrigan
Tie Hugh Thomas
Tie Ed Bates
1st Dick Roscoe
2nd Robin Morland
Tie Jeff Leon
Tie John Cronan
Tie Jay Barrett
Medalist honors were won for the second consecutive
year by Jim Hoverson, barely edging out Wayne Brassey for
the honors by one point. Both played some great golf on
some rather testy courses.
The BHS vs CHS match was won by a large margin by
BHS; but due to a number of protests, the matter was referred
to the competition committee, consisting of Tim Corrigan,
Burt Mead and Rick Williams for their detailed review.
The Morris brothers took the tournament's worst honors,
but both shamedly vowed to not repeat next year.
Before closing out the festivities, the group voted unani-
mously to return again next year to Watercolor Resort for the
And speaking of next year's tournament, Larry Corrigan,
Collin Corrigan, Jeff Leon and Dick Roscoe are requested to
contact the handicap committee for their final adjustment to
their new higher point handicaps. Robin Morland and Roho
Cronan are too squeeky clean to fudge on their points, so they
will play with the points they declare upon arrival.
As a closing thought, it was interesting to note the travels
of certain winners, with money in hand. Wayne Brassey was
seen negotiating with the General Manager for the purchase
of one of the courses. Larry Corrigan was giddishly
ensconced in a corner recounting his winnings at least five
times, Tim and Collin Corrigan were seen in the gift shop
buying rather expensive bling for their lovely wives and Dick
Roscoe was booking a 21-day cruise to the Med for he and
his wife. Didi, you can forget any portion of Larry's sizeable
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Day 2 1st Lou Vogel Ist Jeff Leon
2nd Keith Mead 2nd John Cronan
3rd Jim Hoverson Tie Windy Sasso, Bill Halvosa
4th Wayne Brassey 5th Robin Morland, Rod Brayton
5th Ed Bates Collin Corrigan, Dave Wilder
Day 3 1st Tim Corrigan
2nd Wayne Brassey
3rd Hugh Thomas
4th Lou Vogel
Tie Larry Corrigan
Day 4 1st Wayne Brassey
2nd Joe Wood
3rd Keith Mead
4th Tim Corrigan
Tie Babe Marquard
1st Dick Roscoe
2nd Robin Morland
3rd John Cronan, Jeff Leon
and Jack Hern
1st Collin Corrigan
2nd Jeff Leon, Dick Roscoe
4th Robin Morland
5th John Cronan
An excerpt from Just a Coco Solo Boy by Brian Allen
Mom said I could go to the Breakers Club Lagoon to play.
There was a siren's call to the sea where I grew up. Home
was a former naval barracks in Coco Solo, surrounded by
water on three sides and a swamp on the other. Fishing, wad-
ing, and swimming were kid's play. I was the son of a tugboat
master and our Panama Canal Zone world existed for inter-
national shipping. My buddies and I were weaned in the town
swimming pool and cut our teeth in Lim6n Bay. We devel-
oped an exaggerated confidence in the water and arrogance to
One summer day in '64, my neighbors. brothers Matt and
Willet, were gifted with two small cayucos. They were not
the svelte hulls used for ocean-to-ocean racing. These were
roughly-hewn tree trunks better suited as planters. But to the
gang, they were the pride of the Caribbean. We painted them
red and yellow.
Me mates were as scurvy a crew of fifth-grade buccaneers
as ever sailed the seven seas. Matt wore braces, had a thick
shock of hair, and was game for anything. He would helm the
Red Rocket. His bowman, Rupert, wore horn-rimmed glass-
es and tended to stick his tongue out when he concentrated.
He was a redhead and the only one more prone to sunburn
than I. Willet and I would crew Old Yeller He was a grade
younger, thin but wiry, and quick to smile. I was bigger so I
would helm. I was the wise guy with freckles across a pug
We stacked the short, stout cayucos on a Radio Flyer
wagon to haul them to the Breakers Club L..'",ii Matt
pulled, I pushed, and Willet tried to balance the precarious
load. Rupert followed with an armful of paddles. a Boy Scout
canteen, and a Mary Jane bread bag full (ol' P'i I. When we
reached the shore, we were faced with a choice. To our left,
the club's lagoon; calm, green, and fetid from poor circula-
tion. It promised safety and a lingering odor. To our right, the
clear aqua blue waters of Lim6n Bay. It surged with life and
promised adventure. No contest. We heaved the cayucos onto
our shoulders and waded around a cluster of sea urchins to
launch them in the bay.
The cayuco wobbled as I climbed into Old Yeller and
asked. "Where we going?"
Matt looked across the bay and pointed. "The light tower.
There, at the bend of the breakwater."
It was a popular decision. Exploring the waters beyond
the Coco Solo shoreline had an adventurous appeal. Our
course would take us a mile northwest, across the old sea-
plane landing waters, to a navigational light where the Fort
Randolph breakwater angled out to sea. We would paddle
across a finger of Limon Bay labeled ".l...ii:rh., Bay" on
charts. Everyone in Coco Solo called it Mrlallii, Bay,"
without knowing why. Randolph's breakwater was a two-
mile barrier of quarried boulders and concrete blocks.
Mirrored by the Fort Sherman breakwater, they enclosed the
bay and tamed the Atlantic-inspired surf. On a windy day we
could look across the Mahongy and see white .' cri erupt
over the wall.
The cayucos were six feet long. With us in them. they
cleared three inches of freeboard. Any wave thicker than a
land crab would break over the gunnels. But we had bailing
scoops made out of bleach bottles and were ready for any-
thing. Matt and Willet had custom carved paddles. Rupert and
I had pl. ., ....... squares nailed to brown sticks.
Dressed in Zone finery--flip-flops, cutoffs and tee shirts--
we sat on the floor of the cayucos and pushed off. In our
bravado we never considered life jackets. We reasoned that
the cayucos were wood and thus unsinkable. Besides, we
were all proud owners of"B" for beginner swimming badges.
We gave drowning no more concern than the sharks that fed
in the bay.
The sunshine and sea breeze were welcoming and bade us
to have a glorious day. But the cruise lost its leisure guise
when we discovered that paddling through wind-whipped
chop was real work and there was no relief from the near-
equatorial sun. The effort only sweetened the adventure and
made our play more authentic. Everyone peeled off their
shirts except Rupert the Pink.
I cheered the lads, "Ramming speed, you galley slaves.
Put your backs into it!"
The bowmen had to pause and bail the errant splashes.
The thick cayucos were heavy enough without water ballast.
We found our rhythm and pulled together. Each stroke pulled
us farther from shore. My hair matted and sweat dripped off
the tip of my nose. Freckles multiplied across my shoulders.
We nodded to each other with tight-lipped smiles for encour-
agement. The water darkened as it deepened.
Willet raised his paddle over his head and shouted,
"Yeehaw," every time a rogue wave broke over the bow and
sprayed his face. Rupert sputtered, wiped his glasses, and
gave Matt an accusing look when he caught a snoot full.
We were well into the belly of the bay where nothing
blocked the onshore wind and the waves ran free. More water
splashed over the red and yellow gunnels. The wind pushed
the bows one way, then the other, making our course a zigzag.
As coxswains. Matt and I worked hard to keep the cayucos
together and harangued Willet and Rupert to paddle and bail,
bail and paddle. We were a half mile into the bay and com-
mitted. Our little armada was past the point of no return.
As I pulled ilir.ii-gh a large swell, the pl.. ...o.i blade
broke off my broomstick. A couple of strokes with the empty
stick proved useless so I tossed it into the hull with a sailor's
curse. 1 kneeled and began paddling with my hands.
Rupert pushed up his slipping, salt-speckled glasses and
spotted the wake of a large freighter rushing toward us. He
grabbed the gunnels of the cayuco and cried, "Wave! Wave!"
The four-foot crest was a head taller then we were and
closing rapidly. Matt and I tried to turn our cayucos into it.
We dipped low in the trough and our bows plunged into the
sheer face of the wave. The sea rolled over our dugouts with-
out a care. Rupert was washed over the side and Matt out the
stern. Willet was pushed back onto my lap. Both cayucos
filled with brine and the sterns settled below the surface. The
bows flashed red and yellow in a nod to the Titanic.
I spit water. Everyone was present and accounted for. We
were jazzed with adrenaline and talked at once. "Did you see
that?" "We could surfed it back to Coco Solo!" "Damn near
lost my glasses." "Did you save the sandwiches?"
Awash and wallowing under their own weight, the cayu-
cos rested deep in the water. "We got wooden submarines
now," I said.
"Let's turtle 'em," suggested Matt.
We rolled the hulls over as high as we could to trap air
under them. That made them hobby-horse buoys and we
mounted up. "Yeehaw," whooped Willet.
It was nice to rest my paddle-weary arms but sitting on
the hull was no break from the Panama sun. I rolled off,
ducked under and surfaced within the hollow of the cayuco.
It was cool and shady in my yellow submersible.
Our bay was no stranger to submarines. Coco Colo used
to host a squadron. One of its submariners, Torpedoman
Henry Breault won the Medal of Honor trying to save a
boatmate as their ship-rammed submarine sank to the bottom.
The crane Atlas hoisted them up in a dramatic Pan Canal
My buds popped into the air bubble and we played wolf
pack. It was a hoot to thump the cayuco hulls together; they
thundered like depth charges. Professor Rupert sobered us up,
"Ya know, if we breathe all the oxygen we could suffocate."
Invigorated, we set about re-floating the boats. We rocked
them fore and aft; slopping most of the water out, then bailed
the rest. While paddling the last league to the breakwater,
Rupert's improvised paddle wobbled apart. He started pad-
dling by hand as I did. Matt and Willet tried to make up the
loss in our efficiency with long, exaggerated strokes. We
passed the light tower and docked in the calm of the break-
water's lee side.
There was a concrete block the size of a VW Bug on top
of the wall. It had a panoramic view of the bay to the south
and Caribbean to the north. The four of us sat on it and
washed down soggy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with
tepid canteen water. It was a feast; nothing accents a meal
We talked over the whine of onshore wind and the boom-
ing percussion of waves on rock. The breakwater rose out of
six fathoms to stand as an irretractable guardian of the
Canal's safe harbor. With no tapered incline to shape the
ocean swells into thin curling beach surf, the brutes stacked
into flat walls that rose up and fell on the rock anvil with lit-
tle introduction. They were loud, big, dangerous, and
We were all thinking it but Willet called it, "Wet Red
Rover!" Regular Red Rover is played between two teams.
You link arms and challenge an opponent to charge your line.
If they break through, they claim one of your players.
I pulled on my shirt for cotton armor against barnacles
and scrambled down the sea side of the breakwater. There
was a row of stones bubbling in the aftermath of a wave and
we sat in line. Standard playground strategy dictated that
players form up in alternating size. I linked with Willet, he to
Matt, Matt to Rupert. We used the Roman wrist clasp to fuse
The approaching swell sucked the water away from our
feet exposing a jumbled ledge that fell away into the depths.
It rose in defiance and took a towering bully's stance. The
wave roared its intentions as it charged our line. I took a deep
breath and leaned into it. Reflex closed my eyes at the last
second. It delivered a full-body blow. The force of it ground
me back into the rock. I concentrated on my grip on Willet.
The engulfing mass broke over and around us. It held, hesi-
tated, and then began to withdraw.
Clawing water pulled at arms and legs. It pushed from
behind and nudged us toward the brink. It seeped under and
swept young Willet off his perch. He kicked his feet in the
foaming soup to break its grip. Matt and Rupert pulled on his
left arm. I planted my feet and pulled on his right. We hoist-
ed Willet back onto the rocks. Our line held.
"Yeehaw!" cried Willet.
It was our turn to Rover over. You can plunge into a wave
but you can't break it so we called it a draw. The gang backed
up a couple of boulders and let the high surge pull at our feet
before climbing into the cayucos for home. The wind was at
our back and the chop carried us toward Coco Solo.
Mom didn't look up from the potato she was peeling.
"How was the Breakers?"
"Okay," meaning great.
Brian Allen (CHS'72) is the son of Bud and Joanne Allen,
Tugboat Master and CHS secretary, and a member of the
Panama Canal Society. This is part of a memoir he is writing
about growing up in the Canal Zone.
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PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
7985 113th Street, Suite 100 Seminole, FL 33772 Fax: 727-394-2737
University of Florida Becomes a Center of Excellence for
Federal Documents Related to the Panama Canal
The George A. Smathers Libraries at the
University of Florida (UF) are in the process
of dJvel ,pi ng a Center of Excellence(COE)
focused on digiti/.ing Federal documents
related to the Panama Canal. As a Federal
Depository Library, the UF Libraries hold
approximately 1,500 items published by the
federal government relatiing to the planning i,
building, and ongoing operation of the
Panama Canal. These holdingJ include 33
linear feet of publications produced by the
Panama Canal Commission and its prede-
cessor agencies. the Panama Canal Company/
Canal Zone Government, the Panama
Cainl, and the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion. Congressional hI .ling,, committee
reports, maps, and igenei.il documents con-
cerning the Canal are included in this
collection, which is bting digiti/ed in its
entirety. MIaterials donated to UF by the
Panama Canal M.luiiuni are helping to
enrich UF's already extensive holdings
of these materials. A portal to the scanned
material can be found online at
h ttp://www.archive.org/details./ufpa ncan.
The libraries at UF are participating in an
Institute of NMustciim and Library Services
(IMlI ') funded project called the Coopera-
tive Federal Depository Program ((.Cl-[).
This pi'gri.imi, under the leadership of the
Association of Southeastern Research
Libraries (ASERL), seeks to provide work-
able solutions to address the inc rc.aisini cost
of managing, preserving, and making
accessible large collections of federal publi-
cations. A COE in this prngr.tm is defined
as the collection and related services
focused on a specific federal agency or sub-
For more information about the Panama Canal COE, contact Chelsea Dinsmore at
chelseaz-~ufl.edu For more inforinaiiii. visit http:!/www.utilib.utl.edu/. Information on
the CFDP program can be found on the ASERL website at http://www.aserl.org/.
Museum's Townsite Book Progressing Deadline May 15
The Panama Canal Museum book on the
Panama Canal townsites and hl 'uingt is being
assembled by a committee of hard working
museum volunteers and staff members.
Chairperson Cheryl Russell says, I ha nk , i
to all who contributed ph, t, ,graphs and anec-
dotes for the book. 1The v are personalizing and
enriching the interesting material we're
uncovering at the museum. We're h,,ping to
have the book ready for the Reunion. An
order form will be provided in the June issue
of the Canal Record and in the museum's
,plrigii nilin, tfor placing an order for the
\.la) 15 is the deadline to sponsor various
sections/townsites in the book. A nominal
fee enables you to list your name and/or your
family in the various towns where you lived,
worked, and/or played.
Contact the museum or use the museum's ad
in this issue to request sponsorships.
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
Website HOURS OF OPE RATION -- Monday -Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Em
www.panamacanalmuseum.org 727-394-9338 email@example.com
Have a Story to Tell About Your
Life in the Canal Zone?
LI will once again hold oral history interviews
at the Reunion. For more information and to
get on the schedule, please contact the museum
or Joe Wood at pccjoebev,-comnast.net or
850-6,s -,sI ,o by June 1.
Museum, UF, and Library of Congress
Plan 100th Anniversary Exhibit
The Museum's partnership with UF has opened
the door for a joint exhibit with the I ihrair of
Congress to commemorate the 100th anniver-
sary of the open in of the Panama Canal. Plan-
ners rcprcwentinl all three institutions are
excited by the possibilities this collaboration
offers for rconii,'ing the contributions of so
many to the construction of the Panama Canal.
Recently Pat Steiner Kearns (Vice Prti'ident.
PCM Board), Doug Jones (Director of the
Florida Natural History Museum, UF), Judy Rus-
sell (Dean, UF Libraries), Rachel Schipper
(Associate Dean, UF Libraries/Trustee, P( \I
Board), and Paul Losch (A,,.ciate Librarian,
Latin American Collection, UF Libraries) trav-
eled to Washington, D.C., to meet with mem-
bers of the Library of Congress to start plan-
ning the joint exhibition scheduled to open
August 2014 at the Library of Congress. Fund-
raising for this prestigious national event will
all, i the exhibit to be installed at the Library of
Congress, travel to the Florida Natural History
Museum at the Gainesville campus and continue
to be exhibited in a third additional location.
Themes will focus on Theodore Roosevelt, the
diversity of people and countries involved in
the construction, and health and cultural issues
particularly during the early years. If you have
information or items that you would like to
donate to be considered for inclusion in this
e\hibit. please contact the N1ui umn at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-394-9338.
Silent Auction Items Needed
The ever popular silent auction held by the
museum at the Panama Canal Society's annual
reunion in July in Orlando is once again in the
Bob and Marguerite Zumbado have donated a
mahogany telephone chair/tible, so save
room in your SUV, minivan, or truck for it!
Acitiding to Bob and Marguerite, "It is 101"',,
miahgr.imn and made by Cowes Furniture
C, 'mpain in Panama, where many Zonians had
items made if they couldn't get a CZ carpenter
shop or the high school wood shop to make
them s imetlhin on the cumshaw or midnight
How about the Gamboa Penitentiary? Does
anybody have any gems made there to d ,n.ite?
',mnc the museum welcomes donations for the
silent auction, please contact us if you have
items to donate so that we can include them in
March 6-13 PCM Cruise to the Eastern
Caribbean on Royal Caribbean's new Allure of
March 26 Space Coast Bunco VI PCM
Benefit at the Dog 'n Bone Pub in Cocoa Village.
Contact Peggy Huff at email@example.com or
321-455-1649 for information and reservations.
May 7-22 PCM Transatlantic Cruise to
Portugal, England, France, and Holland on
Celebrity's newly refurbished Constellation.
May 11-17 PCM's "Ladies Only" Retreat to
Until June 30 PCM Store's Spring Sale.
See form in the ad section of this issue.
July 6-10 Reunion in Orlando! Visit PC
Museum exhibits, silent auction, museum store
and attend our cultural seminar.
,I BHS CLASSES OF
T 1949 1953
S Are you ready for the
Classes of BHS 49 thru 53 would like to have a hospi-
tality suite in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion in July in Orlando, Fla.
Watch your mail, computer, and June Canal Record for
details. Be in touch with your classmates! See you in
BHS CLASS OF 1956
55th REI NI)N
The Balboa High School class of ..
1956 is planning their 55th r
reunion to be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World
Center Marriott July 6-10, 2011. All BHS'56 class mem-
bers are invited to participate in renewing old friendships.
More detailed information will be forthcoming via emails
and in the Canal Record. Please contact the below com-
mittee members for your commitment to attend and/or to
volunteer for one of the committees or to get more infor-
(225i 342-1242 (cell)
678 Alewa Place
Sue Knapp Light
or (256) 604-9774
29582 Thunderpaw Drive
Harvest, AL 35749
BHS CLASS OF '57
SThe class of 1957's 55th reunion
will be held in conjunction with the
annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Fla., held at
the Orlando World Center Marriott
from June -ih to July 1st, 2012.
Both BHS and CHS are invited to attend. The class reunion
will consist of traditional dinner, class photo, and hospital-
ity suite during the reunion with light lunch, and appetiz-
ers in .. .inin- open from 9 to 9. Please mark you calen-
dars and provide updated information on yourself and
other classmates. Please feel free to contact me.
Daniel G Winklosky
1362 Brookwood Drive
High Point, NC 27262
The BHS'61 Class will celebrate
their 50th Class Reunion with a
trip and dinner during 2011 as
follows to commemorate their
50th Class Reunion.
Dinner in Orlando, July 8, 2011. More details later.
George Garcia hh%0i1hL, li7 c.com
CHS Class of 1961
50th Class Reunion
Our 50th Class Reunion will be
S held in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. at the
Orlando World Center Mariott from July 6-10, 2011.
Please mark your calendars. For more information, please
contact any of the following:
George Cotton Bob Geddes
C /h~ua I\ hotlmail.com Chiefbob(fidalgo.net
thesandflea(d chs6 .mipanama.net
BHS CLASS OF 1966
45th Class Reunion
Bienvenidos Todos!! Plans for
our 45th class reunion are
underway and we want to hear
from YOU! Save the dates of
July 7-10, 2011, in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society
World Center Marriott.
Reunion at the Orlando
Let us know you are coming by contacting:
large Cohen Bridagier Connie Zemer Bumgarner
HAVING A REUNION?
CHS CLASS OF 1966
Our 45th class reunion will be -
held in conjunction with the -.
Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. at the
Orlando World Center Mariott.
Please mark July 6-10, 2011 on your calendar and tell all
BHS CLASS OF 1971
40TH CLASS RI L M ON
.\ Plans for our 40th class
reunion are underway and we
want to hear from you! Save the
dates of July 7-10. 2011 in con-
Sjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion at the Orlando
World Center Marriott. We had a
great planning meeting last sum-
mer and have some fun events planned to make this our
best reunion ever.
Let us know you're coming by contacting:
For more info and reunion details, visit our website at
CHS 1971 REUNION
CHS 1971 Reunion will be in con-
junction with the Annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion at the
Orlando World Center Marriott,
July 7th through 10th. We need
your input on if you would like to
do a trip to Panama in the dry sea-
Call or email us.
Jane Paulson/Martin Ton
twilightjm(a vahoo.com tonitr
Check Facebook page for updates:
Cristobal High School Reunion 1971
BHS 1976 REUNION
BHS 1976 Reunion will be
Z held in conjunction with the
1 Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World
Center Marriott, July 7th-10th.
We are in the planning stages and
would like all classmates to respond to us if they will be
attending as soon as possible.
Contact one of the following:
Liz Carteret Potts
Phone: t i 11i 529-0603
Joanna Rivera Van Oss
Phone: (786) 325-1532
Check Facebook page for updates:
Balboa High School Class of 1976.
Our 35th class reunion will be -
held in conjunction with the '
Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World
Center Marriott, July 6th 10th.
We are in the planning stages and would like your ideas!
Contact one of the following:
BHS CLASS OF 1986
The Balboa High School Class of
1986 will be celebrating our 25th
High School Reunion in conjunc-
tion with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion July 6-10, 2011,
at the Orlando World Center
Marriott, Orlando, Fla. For more information join the face-
book group: Balboa High School Panama Class of 1986, or
email any of the following reunion coordinators:
Melinda Grimison Niemeyer melniemever(aemail.com
Mitchie Hern Overstreet vmmitchie(a)aol.com
Debbie Erhart Sanders deboraherhart(@hotmail.com
Kimberly Phillips Collins firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVING A REUNION?
April 2, 2011
Olive Garden in Ocala, Fla.
11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Contact Grace Shadeck
SANTA ROSA AREA PICNIC
June 4, 2011 11:00 a.m.
Ragle Ranch Park
For more information call:
Helen Aanstoos 707-887-1015
Jane Cochrane 707-537-1924
November General Membership
Meeting and Space Coast Picnic
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership meet-
ing will be held on November 5. 2011, 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) 452-7281.
GULF COAST PICNIC
11 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2011
Pavilion 5 at the end of Boat Launch Road has been
reserved for the annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
at Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean
Gerda Smith and Patt Roberson will be tenting at the
campground Friday night to tidy up the pavilion on
Saturday morning and get the coffee started. Bring your
favorite dish and watch for the PanCanal Picnic signs.
For overnight RVing details, write the Assistant
Superintendent. Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road. Ocean Springs. MS 39564.
For any other information, contact:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY PICNIC
hosted by Jim and Joan Huffman.
Fort Ebey State Park
(on Whidbey Island) S-3 Gun Battery
FRIDAY AUGUST 5
Potluck Dinner (starts approx. 5 p.m.)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6:
Picnic 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
For the campers there is a campsite within walking dis-
tance to the picnic area. Friday and Saturday activities are
in the same location. The closest hotels are in Oak Harbor
(Best Western, Coachman Inn, and Candlewood Suites).
More info forthcoming as the picnic gets closer.
NEVER QUIT BEACH FEST JACKSONVILLE FLA.
MAY 21, 2011
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY MEMBERS ENTER AT A DISCOUNT.
What better way to spend the day, than with friends and family. The Never Quit Beach Fest,
inspired by our Panama Canal Pilot, the late Capt. Gerard Petroni, and society member
Erik Petroni, will be hosting a day running, swimming, paddling, surfing and fishing, all for
a great cause. Enjoy the Navy jets, Navy SEAL Leap Frog Paratroopers, helicopters, beach,
games and each other, all while learning about a healthy happy way to live! You can also
compete in the Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge and get a chance at being accepted to
become a Navy SEAL.
Participants can be a part of the one of a kind Trident Challenge and Relay, 5K run/walk, 1
Mile Kids Fun Run, Longboard surf contest, surf lessons and coaching, fishing clinic and
derby, free health screenings, free haircuts, family activities, healthy food, great bands,
amazing prizes and so much more! And... Shorty&Slim will be playing live.
Registering online will ensure the requested sizes for all items in your goodie bag. Male par-
ticipants registered for the 5K, Trident Challenge (Solo or Relay) or Surfing lessons receive
custom sandals, Never Quit Competitor shirt, custom bib, free pictures, food, beer and
Women receive the same as above except, instead of sandals, they receive a stunning
Sterling Silver Sea Turtle with a white sapphire on a silver necklace. Women will have the
pendant presented to them after they cross the finish line by Naval Officers in dress white
Shorty&Slim will play their amazing music before 8,000 people at the Jacksonville Beach
Sea Walk Pavilion Aloha After Party and Awards directly across from the finish line. Please
visit the Never Quit Never web site, look at what the event is about and let's make this a mini
reunion before the big July reunion. Get all your Zonian friends together, book your hotel
rooms with the special rates we have listed under the REGISTRATION tab. Let's support
Shorty&Slim, and "more importantly", let's get Zonians who are non-members to join the
Panama Canal Society and be a part of our great family of friends!
All Panama Canal Society members will receive a discount during online registration. When
you enter email address during online registration it will show if you are a member. If you
are not a member of the Panama Canal Society, this is just another great reason to join and
then save money at the Never Quit Beach Fest. Become a part of this mini-CZ reunion and
then let's reunite in July at the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion.
See you May 21.
2011 ADVERTISEMENT RATES
Advertising rates approved at the October 17. 2007. Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The increase in advertis-
ing rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which encompasses a charge for each ad shown
in the Canal Record. Commercial Rates are for those who are either non-members of The Panama Canal Society, Inc., or
those who are members but are placing an ad for an established business firm, who want to advertise in the Canal Record.
All ads are subject to Executive Board approval. All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record will not
compose, design or size any commercial ads submitted. All graphics must be submitted in JPG or TIF format at
300 DPI to editor pancanalsociety.org. All checks or money orders must be payable on U.S. banks to the Panama
Canal Society, Inc.
Send all ads and checks or money orders to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787
7" wide x 10" high
7" wide x 5" high
3 1/2" wide x 5" high
7" wide x 2" high
3 1/2" wide x 2" high
(Business Card Size)
3 1/2" wide x 1" high
(1/2 Business Card)
DEADLINE FOR SUBMl HITTING ADS, ARTICLES. NEWS OR PHOTOS FOR EACH CANAL RECORD:
JUNE 2011 Canal Record- April 8, 2011
OCTOBER 2011 Canal Record- August 5, 2011
DE( EF BE R 2011 Canal Record- October 7, 2011
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PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM STORE/MEMBERSHIP/DONATION/SPONSORSHIP FORM
MUSEUM STORE ITEMS Price Quantity Total
NEW! The Mahogany Tree, a bilingual illustrated paperback children's book by Al Sprague and Dagny Sprague $15.00
Special Spring Sale! 25% Off! Expires June 30, 2011!
Adveniurei in Naitu: Panama, bv Williiam Friar (Paperback) (Save S5.00) 513.00
Banjo Lessons. by Jack B. Hood (Paperback, Novel)(Save S5.00) S14.00
7he Bunau- Varilla Brothers and the Panama Canal, by Gabriel Loizillon (Paperback) (Save S5.00) S15.00
Global Passage, by Robert NMac.villan (Paperback)(Save 4.00) S11.00
7he Panama Afiir, by Barry Eveits (Paperback, Novel)(Save S5.00) 513.00
Panamai: A Novel, by Carlos Ledson .Millr i .i n., L S 13.00
Presidential Cookies, by Bev youngg (Paperback, Cookbook) (Save S6.00) S18.00
Whole el of 7 books available l or S5. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! S95.00
Panama Canal Townsite Book Sponsorships (Deadline May 15, 2011)
Be listed as a sponsor of one or more townsites by donating S5 for each townsite you would like to sponsor.
Show name(s) (up to 40 characters and spaces for each sponsorship) to be listed and townsite(s) on an attached sheet. 55.00
For more information see the website or contact the museum. Subtotal
NS1lwO1WU Shipping for Store Items (See Shipping Costs Chart below.)
Cristobal 7% Sales Tax (to Florida addresses only)
Panama Canal Museum 2011 Membership (S26.00) plus Donation $
tWun RED TANK GRAND TOTAL
Subtotal Amount US/Territories Canada Other/Foreign (in U.S. check or postal order made out to Panama Canal Museum)
Up to $ 15.00 $ 595 995 $11.95
$ 15 01- S 3000 $ 7.95 11 95 $1595 Mailto: PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
$ 3001 5 40.00 $ 8 95 S1295 $17.95 7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785
$ 40 01 S 5000. $10.50 $14.50 2050j Phone: 727-394-9338 Website: www.panamacanalmuseum.org
$ 50.01 S 7500 $12.50 $16.50 $23.50
$ 75.01 S10000 $13.50 $17.50 $25.50 Name
$100.01 S125.00 $14.50 $18.50 $27.50 Street
$125.01 150.00 $15.50 $1950 $29.50
$15001 $20 00 S1750 $2150 $3250 City---------StateZip
Over $200 00 $19.50 $23.50 $3550 Email Telephone
BOOK NOW FOR CARNIVAL,
THE CAYUCO RACE &
7 catio<^ SPRING BREAK 2011!
PVQ IS THE ONLY PLACE IN PANAMA THAT OFFERS ALL THIS:
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Swimming pool a Hammocks 0 Laundry for $5
Waterfall m Landline & cell phones Tipico meal service available
Central A/C m Cable TV I Arranged taxi & tour services
High-Speed wireless internet DVD player & movie library a Beautiful tropical garden surroundings
Book your stay directly with us to save money!
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Started as a non-profit organization in 1952, the Canal
Zone Study Group has 750 members worldwide. Check
out www.czsg.org for much more CZ stamp information.
I For a free digital copy of our color quarterly newsletter
send an email to David Zemer at SOSAHILLa HOT-
MAIL.COM and put "free CZP" in the subject field. Or,
to become a member send a check for only ',' ,.,ji to:
CZSG, PO Box 281, Bolton, MA 01740
Personal stories about JUST CAUSE
Before, during and after the event.
Publication of accounts depend on responses
Please send to: R. Cheville
P. O. Box 315, Webster, NC 28788
or email: just.cause.stories(.@gmail.com
Include your name, address, and phone number.
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Tom Ellis and Conan
Herring bring you
Howler Monkey Sauce,
an authentic Aji
perfected in our kitchen!
Order online told.I Se
you at Reunion 2011
Zonians and Sauce Arturo
Go together like fun and good food!
W case: 24 / 8oz cans
sold by the can or by the case
Thanks for inviting us!
Visit our brands website and
online store to sample some of
our other fine products
* Robb Ross Salad Dressings
Chicken 'N' Ribs BBQ Sauces
SKing, Bob White &
Maple Rich Syrups
Barr None Distribution
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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T Starting at $1050
7-days/6-nights May 11-17,2011
Ladies it is time to escape for a week of rest and relaxation to Panama.
Accommodations at thesuper inclusive Breezes resort as well as
Canal view rooms at Country Inn Amador
Indudes a El Valle Indian Market Tour
& Panama Canal and City tour
Indigenous People & ..
Ruins of Panama Tour .AA
Starting at $1,660
7 days/ 6 nights Panama Travel Package
Explore the nch history of Panama!
Accommodations include oceanside rooms
at the Country Inn Amador Day tours include
the Embera Indian Village &
Panama Canal and City Tour
Peacock Bass, Marlin, Tarpon, Wahoo.
Dolphin, Snook Sailfish, & Roosterfish fishing
Condor has provided "big fish" stones since 1991
with our expert captains & crews we can help
make it happen for you too.
STAY TUNED FOR
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TOURS &TRAVEL INC.
Serving Panama Canal
Society reunions and events since 2000.
YOUR ON-SITE FLORIST
at the Annual Panama Canal
Specializing in Weddings,
Class Reunions, Mini-Reunions
Anniversaries, and Birthdays.
We also do Ballroom Clusters,
Columns, and Towers.
Please give us two weeks notice
prior to the reunion of your floral
requirements and needs to assure
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year-round floral designs.
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7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
Questions? Call Toll Free 1-866-726-2262
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LI $ 40 Renewal Membership for CURRENT Members when PAID BEFORE January 31st of current year.
l $ 50 Renewal for Inactive Membership includes $10 admin fee if NOT paid before January 31st of current year.
L $ 50 1st time Applicant includes $10 admin fee (Member and/or Spouse & children under 8)
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC
7985 113th Street. Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359 1-866-726-2262
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Society License Plate: $5.00 (Tax & postage included)
Society Decal: $2.00 (Tax & postage included)
Canal Record: $5.00 (Postage included)
SMailing Address of Purchaser:
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
"To preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone
7985 113th Street, Suite 334 Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
9:00a.m.-12:00 noon, l:00p.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
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DECEMBER 2011 Canal Record Deadline October 7, 2011
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