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


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

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VOL. 40

MARCH 2006

NO. 1

Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
(727) 391-4359 (PCS Office)
Mr. Steve Nehring
1st Vice President
(727) 528-6133

Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
2nd Vice President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. John R. Gough II
(727) 527-2955

Ms. Faith Brundage
(727) 527-6925
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
(727) 321-8566
Mrs. Joan Ohman
(813) 672-4823
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Past President
(352) 726-8804
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mrs. Mary Lou Lang
(727) 787-5519
Ms. Margaret McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 676-5140
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804

Your Reporter Says:
A laska....................... 15
Arkansas.......................... 15
FL Central ........................17
FL Pensacola....................18

FL Space Coast..................21
FL Tallahassee...................23
Georgia............................ 26
M ississippi.......................28
North Carolina...................28

Northwest......................3 1
TX Dallas........................35
TX Kerrville.....................37
V irginia..............................37

C ongratulations........................................................................ ........... .......... ........... 39
W eddings.......... ...................................................................................................................... 42
B irth s.............. ......... .. ...... .. .. .. .. .... .. ........ .... ... .. .. ...........................................4 2
W ith D eep S orrow ...................................................................................... ..........................4 5
Los Gatos Panama Reunion Picnic Picture................................................................. 51
L letters to the E ditor............................................................... ................................................52
"L cooking B ack".................................................................................. ................................... 62
M u seum N ew s.................................................................................. ...................................69
A nnouncem ents...... ......................................................................... .......................................7 1
M asons and O ES Luncheon....................................................................... ..................... 74
A dvertisem ents...................................................... ........................... ......... ............ 75
M em bership Application Form ................................................................ ...................... 79

Election Ballots for the Executive Board 2006-2008 are located in the center of this
issue. Please review the nominees information starting on page 3. The deadline for the
office to receive ballots is July 11, 2006. Remember your vote is important!

Front cover: The Pacific Sailfish Club, Balboa, Canal Zone, ca. 1940. Submitted by
John Gough.


May 6 PCS General Membership Meeting, Troyer's Dutch Heritage
Restaurant, Sarasota, Fla. Hosts are Bob and Cheryl Russell. Call
(813) 633-8916. See registration form on page 5.

May 13 Annual Gulf Coast No-Host Potluck Picnic, Saturday, May 13,
2006 at 11 a.m. at Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at
Ocean Springs, Miss. Contact Patt Roberson at (225) 774-7761.

Royale Resort, Orlando, Fla. See yellow pages for information.

P resident's M essage.................................................................................. ..............................
Secretary 's M essage.............................................................. ................................................. 2
E editor's C orner........................................................ .................................................. ..........2
Nomination Report and Nominee biographies........................ ........................3
May General Membership Meeting Information.......................................... 5
H honorary N om nation .................................................................................. ...........................6
Insurance U pdate...................................................................... .............................. ..........6
Annual Luncheon Information................................. ........................................................ 7
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes............................ ................8
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings......................... ..................... 9
L legislative R eport............................................................................ ..................................... 10
Castaway Thursday Night Dance................................................................ ..........................
December General Meeting Pictures.......................................................... .................... 12

Hola Everyone-

It's already March, time is flying
and the 2006 Reunion is rapidly
approaching! If you haven't made
your hotel reservations or ordered
\ your dance and Annual Luncheon
tickets, I suggest you do it soon!
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis We have a full schedule of events
(refer to the Yellow Pages in this issue) and want all of you to
join us in Orlando. The Guest Speaker for the Annual
Luncheon will be Mr. Rodolfo Sabonge. Mr. Sabonge is cur-
rently the Director of Corporate Planning and Marketing for
the Panama Canal Authority. The Panama Canal Authority
has been the organization responsible for the operation and
management of the Panama Canal since 1999. Mr. Sabonge
joined the Canal organization in 1986 when it was still the
Panama Canal Commission. He is a graduate of the
University of Notre Dame and has a degree in Mechanical
Engineering. When I invited him to be our guest speaker at
the Reunion, he was sincerely honored and promised to keep
us entertained as well as informed of the present and future
plans for the Panama Canal and its ever-changing role in
world commerce. Order your tickets for the Annual Luncheon
as soon as possible because they will not be sold at the door.
You won't want to miss this opportunity to enjoy some great
food with your friends and hear what he has to say.
In the March 2005 Canal Record (CR) I addressed the
marginal quality of the photos printed in our publication over
the last few years. At that time, we learned that one of the rea-
sons the photos appeared so "fuzzy" was because some mem-
bers were sending photocopies (of the photo) they wanted to
appear in the CR. We also discovered a shortcoming in the

process of converting color photos into black and white. We
asked our members to give us feedback on subsequent issues.
Well, you did, and the consensus of the folks who replied was
that the pictures were better, but still not the quality we hoped
to achieve. And, I agree completely! With all the technology
and talent available to us, the photos should be sharp, with the
right contrast and clarity so everyone in the photo can be rec-
ognized. That was our primary objective as we entered the
Reunion 2005. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed in
the "Reunion" photos that appeared in the September 2005
issue of the Canal Record. Although we were proactive in
trying to ensure all photos were up to our expectations, many
were not. Many of the photos we received from our photog-
rapher were not provided in 300 dpi and were such large files,
our Editor was unable to reduce them to an appropriate size
for use in the CR. As a result, many of the photos were pixi-
lated. We have since learned the correct process for this con-
version and the photos should be vastly improved in this issue
as well as future issues. Additionally, the photographer has
indicated that he will provide us with the type of photos we
require for printing in the CR. But, we still "can't make a silk
shirt out of a burlap bag"! So, we are going to have to require
that all electronically (emailed) photos sent to the Society for
publication in future issues of the Canal Record will have to
be in a very high resolution. We suggest that you get familiar
with your digital camera (before the reunion) and set it to take
pictures in the highest resolution so the pictures are clear and
sharp. If you send us a photo in less than 300 dpi, we regret
that we will not be able to use it in the CR. You can still send
us original photos that are of good quality and we can scan
them in 300 dpi. Please understand that we want your photos;
we need your photos, but if you expect better pictures in the
CR, you are going to have to send us better pictures. The


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

"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" i
Ss^ p 7985 113th Street, Suite 334. Seminole. Florida 33772-4787
o\ i The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
y March, June,October, and December
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March, June, October and December issues.

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record. 7985 113th Street. Suite 334. Seminole. Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society. Inc.. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising not in the
best interests of the Panama Canal Society. whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. will become the property of the Society and will be retained in
their files and archives. Panama Canal Society, Inc. assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.

(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: Web Site:
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Canal Record is a "work in progress". We welcome your con-
tributions and want your feedback. Please let us know your
thoughts and ideas.
There will be one more "President's Message" from me
before the Reunion. Watch for updates in the Canal Record
from your Reunion Chairpersons. If you're part of a class
reunion this year, be sure to encourage your class planners to
get in touch with our Mini-Reunion Chairperson at: minire- Vendors are also a huge part
of our event, and we appreciate their contribution and gen-
erosity. If you're planning to be a vendor, and haven't already
done so, submit your application and payment as soon as pos-
sible. You can contact the Vendor Chairperson at: reunion- Reunion 2006 is going to be
a truly great reunion. Visit our website at www.pancanalso- or call the Society office. Make your plans now and
we'll see you in July! In the meantime, be safe.

Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, President
Panama Canal Society 2004-2006


The Society office has been extreme-
ly busy since the New Year. We've been
updating membership records, inputting
dues for 2006, working on the upcoming
Nancy Van Siclen issue of the Canal Record and process-
ing volumes of reunion paperwork.
We have had several emails and phone calls from mem-
bers not knowing their membership number. For your infor-
mation, your membership number appears after your name on
the address label, on each issue of the Canal Record that you
receive in the mail.
Another reminder we would like to mention is that we
understand the trauma involved when relocating your resi-
dence (we all have gone thru it), but please remember when
you are notifying your phone company, your electrical
provider and credit card accounts, also remember to notify
the Society. We had over 75 issues of the September Canal
Record returned because members moved and didn't tell us.
Unfortunately, the post office does not forward 2nd class
mail, so unless you give us advance notification of your new
address, your issue of the Canal Record will be returned to
our office, with postage due.
We also mailed out over 2,000 "reminder" postcards on
January 3rd to members that had not paid their dues prior to
December 31, 2005. This mailing cost the Society approxi-
mately $500.00. We prefer that each member create their own
"reminder system" to pay their Society dues each year, just as
you do for your monthly bills because sending postcards
costs all members in the long run.
Every year, there are some very generous Society mem-
bers who send in their annual dues with a "little extra" (dona-
tion) to offset some of the cost of sending out the dues
"reminder" postcards. This is totally unexpected, but a very

welcomed gesture. We would like to thank those of you who
always remember that all our Society functions and our future
rely on membership dues.
We look forward to seeing you in July at the 2006
Reunion being held at the Caribe Royale Hotel. We are look-
ing forward to another great year in Orlando.
Remember that if you have any questions about your
membership status please call or email the Society and we
will be happy to help in any way we can.

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


I would like to take a moment to thank
the Area Reporters for their dedication
and hard work to the Canal Record.
Jacque Vowell There is a Canal Record Reporter for
almost every major geographic region of the states in addition
two reporters in Panama. If you aren't sure who the Area
Reporter is for your section of the country, please refer to the
list on page 14. All of our reporters are designated and we
encourage our members to contact them with news and pho-
tos for each issue of the Canal Record
Very recently, the Executive Board implemented a new
standard for submitting pictures to the Canal Record. The rea-
son for the new requirements is that many photos submitted
for publication have been of marginal or poor quality and our
readers have indicated that in many cases, the faces are not
recognizable. For photographs to be included in the Canal
Record, the following is a breakdown of the new guidelines.
We hope that all reporters and members understand and com-
ply accordingly.
SPhotos must be sent in a JPEG or TIF format and must
be 300 dpi resolution or higher. No longer will they be
accepted in 72 dpi.
SIf your digital pictures are at 72 dpi, you will need to take
them to a photo processing place and have prints made. Then
you can send the prints to the Canal Record.
SPhotocopied pictures will no longer be accepted. Please
send the actual photo or have a copy of the original picture
made at any local photo center.
SPlease do not print your pictures on regular paper. Use
high quality photo paper or as previously suggested, take
your pictures to your local photo outlet and have prints made.
SWhen you email a picture, please send it as an attachment
rather than embedded in the email.
Hopefully keeping these points in mind, we will all enjoy
better quality pictures when they appear in the Record. As
always, if you have any questions or news for the Canal
Record, I am only a phone call or email away. Thanks for
your support.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
home: 386-676-5140


The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society consisting of Bill McLaughlin, Chairperson, Steve Nehring,
Faith Brundage, Roberta Evans and Margot Jordan. The Committee searched the membership in an effort to select a slate of
candidates for each office.
The Nominating committee submitted the following slate of officers for the 2006-2008 term at the regularly scheduled
meeting and luncheon on December 3, 2005 at The Wine Cellar, 17307 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida.

President: Mr. Bob Russell
1st Vice President: Mr. Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President: Mr. John Gough
Director: Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Director: Ms. Margaret McLaughlin
Director: Mr. Dan Norman

No members were nominated from the floor.


You may only vote for one candidate for each of the offices of President, 1st Vice President, and 2nd Vice President; for the
offices of Directors, you may vote for three candidates. Please vote by placing an "X" on the line next to the candidate's name
that you have selected. "Write-in" nominations are permitted for all offices listed, provided the nominee gives consent in writ-
ing to the Nomination Committee not later than ten days prior to the Annual Business Meeting, which will be held on July 21,
2006. at the Caribe Royale. Each active member, life member or active member and spouse my individually submit a ballot.
Vote for your selection of officers indicated on the cutout BALLOT/BALLOT ENVELOPE. Fold the ballot to the inside of
the ballot envelope and fold the envelop over your ballot with the address of the Chairperson, Nominating Committee on the
outside, and seal the envelop with Scotch tape. Do not detach ballot from the envelope. Place your name and return address
in the upper-left hand corner. Each spouse must include his or her individual name and return address in the upper
left-hand corner of their ballot. Affix a 39-cent stamp and mail. The Panama Canal Society office must receive ballots
by July 11. 2006. Ballot envelopes will be opened at 8:00 a.m. at the Annual Business Meeting on July 21, 2006.


Robert T. Russell, Jr.

SI was born in Gorgas Hospital and
attended CZ schools through the ninth
grade. In 1965, I graduated from Castle
Heights Military Academy in Lebanon,
STenn. and in 1971, two years after my
Bob Russell graduation from Ouachita Baptist
University, I returned to the Canal Zone as a second lieu-
tenant with the US Army. Following my release from active
duty, I taught math at Curundu Junior High School until 1977
when I transferred to the Personnel Bureau, PCC. I served as
Assistant Adjutant/Adjutant of the 2790th USAR REGT
(RTU) from 1974 1993, and was an active member of Abou
Saad Shrine Temple, serving as Potentate in 1993. In 1998, I
retired as a Personnel Management Specialist with the
Panama Area Personnel Board. My wife, Cheryl (Peterson)
(BHS'65), and I currently reside in Sun City Center, Fla.
Over the past eight years, I have held the following PCS
offices: Sergeant of Arms; Legislative Officer; Director; 2nd
Vice-President; Co-Chairperson of Reunion Ticket Sales and

Reunion Registration, and Reunion Co-Coordinator. I have
enjoyed working with the PCS and look forward with your
support to serving as President in the coming term. If elected,
I pledge to continue to support our Society's great traditions
and to continue to promote programs that foster lasting
friendships and good memories among our membership.

Tom Wilder

I was born in Coco Solo Hospital and
graduated from Cristobal High School in
1976 and also attended Canal Zone
College. After spending just shy of 20
years in the Canal Zone I moved to the
states in 1979 to pursue a career while my Tom Wilder
three sisters, Alberta Corrigan, Joanne
Anderson and Penny Canamas stayed behind and still contin-
ue to reside in Panama. My dad, Albert Wilder and his twin
brother Arthur were both Panama Canal Pilots. I am current-


ly the Chief of Staff at the Marion County Sheriff's Office in
Ocala, Fla. and hold a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice
Administration from Saint Leo University. From 2000 2004
I served on the Panama Canal Society Board as By-Laws
Chairman, elected as Director and 2nd Vice-President. I've
also served as co-Reunion Coordinator in 2003 and 2004. I'm
looking forward, with your support, to returning to the Board
as your 1st Vice-President working to continue preserving the
ideals and friendships of the former Canal Zone and Panama
Canal Society.

John Gough

I was born in Panama, raised in
the Canal Zone, and graduated Balboa
High School in 1964. I went to work as
an Apprentice Machinist at Pedro
Miguel Locks, and finished my career
John Gough with the Panama Canal in 1988. I left
Panama and came to the Tampa Bay
area. I have worked for the Tampa Sports Authority at Rocky
Point Golf Course (9 yrs) and am currently working for a
small firm that sells advertising and specialty supplies to new
and used automobile stores.
I have been attending and enjoying society functions and
events for some time and feel that it is time to give a hand and
do my part to keep this organization viable. I was asked by
some of the officers of this society to help out and I am grate-
ful for the opportunity to be of service to them and my fellow
members. I wish to see what I can do to uphold the ideals of
this group by promoting friendships amongst the folks who
lived and worked at the Panama Canal. After my term as
Director, I wish to continue as 2nd Vice President.

Margaret McLaughlin

I was born, raised and lived in the
Panama Canal Zone until 1996, and
graduated from Balboa High School in
r 1972. My husband, Bill, our daughter,
Allison, and I then moved to Florida in
1996, and we became heavily involved
in supporting the Panama Canal Society
Margaret 4
Margaret as volunteers. I have served on many
luncheon committees and Annual
Reunions as the decorations chairperson since 1999. In the
past 10 years, I have been working as a special event planner,
floral designer, and am now a co-owner of Fabulous Flowers
in Citrus County, Florida. I am currently serving as the
Treasurer on the Executive Board. I have enjoyed the oppor-
tunity of working with the members of the Panama Canal
Society and look forward to the challenging position of

Daniel A. Norman P.E.

SI was born in the Canal Zone and
Spent most of my years in Panama liv-
AI N ing in Los Rios. I graduated from
Balboa High School in 1995 and then
attended the University of Notre
l Dame where I obtained a Bachelor of
Dan Norman Science Degree in Civil Engineering
in 2000. Following graduation from college, I moved to
Florida to work as an engineering consultant for Greeley and
Hansen LLC out of their Tampa office. I became active in the
Panama Canal Society in 2002 when I was appointed to the
position of Director. In 2005, 1 obtained my Professional
Engineering license in the State of Florida and am currently
working on a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Working with the Society has been a rewarding experience
and has helped me grow both in my personal and profession-
al life. I have truly enjoyed getting more involved in the
Society and with your support, look forward to staying active
well into the future.


Virgil "Skeeter" Camhv

S. I am a third-generation Zonian,
i. born on the Atlantic side and raised
on the Pacific side. My grandfather
Retired from the Canal Zone Locks
Division at Gatun, my father was a
police office on the Atlantic side
and on the Pacific side as a detective
in Balboa. My mother retired from
"Skeeter" Camby
"Skeeter" Camby U.S. Army in Ft. Clayton as a budg-
et analyst. I graduated from BHS in 1962, spent four years in
the U.S. Air Force, attended Los Angeles City College and
the University of South Carolina. I was President and CEO of
Aquatech of Florida, Inc. I am retired with a bright outlook
for the future of our Society.
I am married to Shirley Ann (Bonneau), a CHS graduate.
We have four sons and four grandchildren. I was your first
Member-at-Large 1989-1990, 2nd Vice President 1990-1991,
Sergeant-at-Arms 1992-1993 and Director for the 1993-1994,
1994-1995 and 2004-2006 terms. I was chairman of "The
Friends of Panama" which was very successful in providing
thousands of dollars in aid to Panama Social Security
Hospital. I have served on several internal committees, with
great pleasure and pride. If you elect me as one of your
Directors, I will happily serve you and the Panama Canal
Society to the best of my ability.

Don't forget to vote!

Ballots are located in the center of this issue.

DEADLINE for receiving Ballot is
July 11, 2006.

Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
May 6, 2006

Our Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on May 6, 2006 from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota. 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 preregistration is required. Cost for the lunch is $16.00 per person, which includes tax and
gratuity. Pre-meeting at 11:45 a.m., lunch served at 12:00 noon followed by our May Membership
Meeting. The deadline for reservations is Friday, May 1, 2005. Your hosts are Bob and Cheryl
Russell. For further information, call Bob or Cheryl at (813) 633-8916.

t i Directions: Troyer's Dutch Heritage (the new Der Dutchman of Sarasota) is
0?, located at 3713 Bahia Vista, Sarasota, Florida. Telephone: 941-955-8007.
"' Take 1-75 to Exit 210 (old 39), Fruitville Road. Go right after the next exit and
I stay on Fruitville Road until the stoplight at Mclntosh Road, go left (South).
Stay on Mclntosh until the next stoplight. Go right on Bahia Vista Street.
S Right after the railroad tracks the restaurant will be on the right (North). The
restaurant is located close to the intersection of Bahia Vista Street and
-_ Beneva Road.
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Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Registration Form
Please Print Clearly
Member Name Member No.__
Telephone Number Please make reservations at $16.00 each.

Names of guests:

(1) (3)___
(2) (4)___
STotal Enclosed $ RESERVATION DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2006
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal Society. Inc.
7985, 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772- 4787


SThe Panama Canal Society Executive Board is honored to recommend Jan and Lou Andino for Honorary |
Membership nomination. Jan and Lou have given the Panama Canal Society over 20 years of unselfish I
a devotion and inexhaustible creativity. They should be recognized for their outstanding and exceptional efforts E
with the Annual Luncheon.

Jan and Lou began their collaborations with the Panama Canal Society by creating centerpieces and deco- E
rations for the Annual Luncheon in 1983, when Jan's mother Betty Malone was chairperson for this event. A E
Sfew years later, Jan and Lou agreed to take over the duties as the chairpersons for the luncheon. Their |
Unique and creative handmade centerpieces, decorations, and programs have always captured the yearly E
Theme of each luncheon. Many members of the Panama Canal Society wait each year in anticipation to pos-
Ssess the next "Andino original".

Year after year, Jan and Lou have generously given their time and talent to create a festive luncheon atmos-
D phere for the members of the Panama Canal Society. Each year they travel several times to the reunion hotel
to meet and coordinate activities with the hotel staff. They spend endless hours of preparation time before
5 the Annual Reunion creating programs, perfecting the centerpieces and spend many hours during the
Reunion to ensure the Luncheon room is perfect for all to enjoy. Jan and Lou's dedication to the Panama
S Canal Society has been a testimony to their many years of devotion

The Andinos should be recognized by the Society for their outstanding and exceptional service performed
for the benefit of the Panama Canal Society. The Executive Board strongly recommends Jan and Lou Andino
for a Panama Canal Society Honorary Membership nomination.


Visit the Panama Canal Society website for
online services for membership applications and
membership renewals, general membership
meetings and minutes, and Canal Record area
reporter information.

http ://

Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current under-
writer of the former Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance Program,
has recently implemented a number of changes that are designed
to improve their ability to handle business in English and to expe-
dite the process of issuing new certificates to policyholders,
updating beneficiary designations, and adjudicating death benefit
claims. As a result, CIS is currently encouraging policyholders to
do their business directly with the Panama office, but will gladly
continue to accept and handle all business of those policyholders
who choose to act and process through the Panama Canal Society
office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to be the Society's point
of contact and may be reached on the last Wednesday afternoon
of the month at the Society's toll free number (1-866-726-2262)
for assistance or to obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary
Death Claim forms.
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS office in
Panama, the point of contact is: Mr. Miguel Gordon; and he can
be reached as follows:
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Apartado 0833-0084
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Fax: 011-507-210-1605

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

Panama Canal Authority
Topic for 2006 Annual Luncheon

Guest Speaker for the 2006 Annual Luncheon

Mr. Rodolfo Sabonge
Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing
Panama Canal Authority

Mr. Rodolfo R. Sabonge is the Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing of the Panama Canal
Authority. Prior to this appointment he served as Marketing Manager, responsible for market and eco-
nomic research, competitive intelligence, and customer relations. Mr. Sabonge has worked with the
Canal organization since 1986 holding several key management positions in various divisions of the

In the private sector, Mr. Sabonge worked in the electronics industry in the United States for four years.
After returning to Panama, he held the position of General Manager of the Panama Railroad. He later
worked as assistant to the president for Panama's largest cement and concrete products manufacturer.
Mr. Sabonge has also been a professor of post-graduate studies at two private universities in Panama.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame, did post-graduate stud-
ies in Business Administration at the University of Miami in Florida, and in 1996 he obtained a Master's
degree in Maritime Development from the School of Law at the University of Panama. He is also an
alumnus of the 1997 International Program for Port Planning and Management sponsored by the Port
of New Orleans together with the National Institute of Ports and Waterways of the George Washington
University, and in 1998 he participated in the National University of Singapore (NUS) Stanford
University Executive Program.

Mr. Sabonge has participated as speaker in numerous maritime related courses and conferences both
in the United States and abroad.

OCTOBER 8, 2005

Absent: Treasurer, Director, Legislative Representative and

Actions taken:
SApproved the minutes of the September 17, 2005
Executive Board Meeting.
SApproved expenditures for the period of September 17,
2005 thru October 3, 2005 in the amount of $6,788.10.
Approved 10 memberships for the month of October.
Approved purchase of 5,000 giveaways.
Approved purchase of 250 Easy Breezy tote bags.
Approved $500.00 for 2006 Golf Tournament prizes.
Approved September Profit & Loss Comparison.

Reports made:
SOctober 22nd Picnic and general membership meeting in
Titusville, Fla.
December Holiday Luncheon reservations.
4" Round Coasters
Tote Bags for Volunteers
*Ball Caps
*Table Cover
*T-Shirts with logo
Tito Mouynes
Mileage Analysis
September Canal Record has been mailed out.
Bylaw Change

SCastaways Contract Dain Blair has submitted a contract
to play at the reunion on Thursday, July 20, 2006 from 9:30
p.m. until 1:00 a.m.
Insurance/Bonding for Society.
OY Thomas Photography concerns about member
requests for photographs.
Yellow Pages updated
*Owl Show
Recuerdos de Panama
Wristbands VS self-stamping
Roberts Printing Bulk Mailing
Proxy vote
St. Luke's Church restoration
Life Insurance

NOVEMBER 19, 2005

Absent: 1st Vice President and Bylaws Chairman.

Actions taken:
Approved the October Executive Board minutes.
Approved the expenditures for the period of October 4,
2005 thru November 18, 2005 in the amount of $18,573.14.
Approved 31 memberships.
Approved October Profit and Loss Comparison.
Approved payment for reporters.
Approved Roberts Printing for mailing the December
issue of the Canal Record.
Approved Quark Upgrade
Approved Transfer Funds

Reports given:
SHoliday Luncheon 60 members and guests have sent in
T-Shirts update
STablecloths to be used at the table in the Vendor Room at
the Reunion and also during the year at general membership
STote Bags update
SCoasters Reunion Giveaway
Postcards Mailing of postcards was started on a trial
basis several years ago and it is costing over $100.00 each
time we hold a general membership meeting to mail post
cards. After discussion, a motion was made to indefinitely
suspend mailing postcards and re-evaluate the need for send-
ing them in 2006.
SRosen Shingle Creek -The new hotel and facility for the
2007, '08, '09 and 2010 reunions is scheduled to open in
September 2006.
SMears Transportation coupon to be placed in the yellow
pages in the March 2006 issue.
SCaribe Royale Tower III will not be renovated. The
mini-bars in Tower III do not keep medicine or food cold
enough. Anyone staying in Tower III who needs a refrigera-
tor for medical reasons will need to make that specific
Annual Luncheon Guest Speaker
*Nominating Committee Slate For 2006-2008 slate of offi-
cers for the 2006-2208 years is as follows:

President: Bob Russell
1st Vice President: Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President: John Gough
Director: Skeeter Camby
Director: Margaret McLaughlin
Director: Dan Norman

The slate would be announced at the December General
Membership Meeting and any member in good standing can
be nominated from the floor.
SFebruary Membership Meeting February 4th luncheon
at the Olive Garden.
SDecember Canal Record Editor advised the board to try
Roberts Printing for mailing the December issue instead of
the usual mailer we have used in the past. It was explained
that Roberts' has a new mailing service now and this might
provide us with an earlier delivery date in the homes.
Photographer Search
Pinellas Underwriters

SLegislative report

SMary Fehrenbach -concern about the quality of the recent
reunion photos appearing in the Canal Record.
Recuerdos de Panama
Hertz car rental discounts
*Owl Show
Budgeting Purposes consider putting a limit on the num-
ber of pages used for each Canal Record.
SBracelets versus Tickets: compare the cost of printing the
dance tickets for 2006 with the use of the bracelets/wrist

DECEMBER 3, 2005

Absent: 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Chaplain and

Actions taken:
SApproved minutes of the November Executive Board
SApproved expenditures for the period of November 19,
2005 thru December 2, 2005 in the amount of $7,988.90.
Approved 9 memberships.
Approved Pinellas Underwriters bond

Reports given:
SAnnual Luncheon Guest Speaker Update
OY Thomas Photographer Update
Steve Momot
STote Bags
Reunion Update on-line registration will activate around
December 15th.
February General Membership Luncheon Olive Garden
December Luncheon -96 members and guests attending
the luncheon.
Wristbands for Reunion Dances
Embroidered Ball Caps
Patty Lewis information regarding the Panama Canal
Area Benefit Plan.

AUGUST 6, 2005

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 52 mem-
bers and guests in attendance at the General Membership

Meeting held at Kally K's Restaurant, Dunedin, Fla.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain gave the invocation, followed
by a moment of silence for members who had recently passed
away. Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. At Arms led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis recognized the following past pres-
idents in attendance: Faith Brundage; Anna Collins; Robert
Johnson; Margot Jordan; Jim O'Donnell; Bill McLaughlin;
Bill Wheeler and Muriel Whitman.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the July
2005 Annual Business Meeting held at the Caribe Royale,
Orlando, Florida. Muriel Whitman made a motion to approve
the minutes as read; seconded by Joan Ohman. Motion
Margaret McLaughlin, Treasurer highlighted the June
Financial Statement, which stands for Audit.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis announced Bob and Kathie
McConaughey and Bob and Fran Morrissey would host the
next general membership meeting on October 22, 2005 at
Tom Statham Park in Titusville, Fla. in conjunction with the
Space Coast Picnic and the Holiday Luncheon is scheduled
for December 3, 2005 at the Wine Cellar in North Redington
Beach hosted by Skeeter and Shirley Camby.
The president also advised the membership that she is
aware some members were frustrated with the Caribe Royale
about not sending out confirmations this year but she
explained that the hotel had a serious problem with their com-
puter program. The board is also aware that some of the
members did not get the rooms they had originally requested
but this was beyond the control of the Society. Hotels usual-
ly reserve the rights to assign/not assign any room to a guest.
Elaine reported that on behalf of the Society Executive
Board, Bill McLaughlin the Reunion Consultant has written
a letter to the Caribe Royale concerning problems, which
occurred during the reunion, and we are awaiting a response
from the hotel. Many of our corporate sponsors donated sev-
eral noteworthy prizes including Davis Stevenson of
CondorOutfitters who donated over $15,000 worth of travel
and hotel accommodations; Caf6 Duran also donated the cof-
fee that everyone received with their registration packets;
Varela (Ron Abuelo) provided the mini bottles of rum that
were given out at registration; Panama Vacation Quarters
gave the Society some outstanding stays at Quarry Heights
and most of our vendors donated a prize to give away at the
Annual Business Meeting.
The president also reminded the membership that
Margaret McLaughlin is responsible for all the decorations at
the dances and works her fingers "to the bone" and each year
continues to do an outstanding job. The Battle of the Bands
was a huge success on Thursday night and David Smith, a
member of the Society, was contracted this year for the DJ
dances on Friday and Saturday night and all comments and
feedback were very positive.
Steve Nehring, Reunion Coordinator announced that we
had 2,704 members and guests registered for the reunion.
This is not reflective of the actual attendance since many
Zonians do not register or stay at the hotel. He also thanked
Bob and Cheryl Russell and Joan Ohman who chaired the
registration area, Darleen Hunt who was responsible for hotel
lodging this year. Steve also reminded the membership the

reunion dates for 2006 are July 19th thru July 23rd at the
Caribe Royale.
Bob Russell, Co-Chair of Registration thanked Cheryl
and Joan Ohman for all their help as well as the 94 volunteers
who worked registration during the reunion. Without our vol-
unteers we could not hold our reunions.
John Gough, Vendor Chairperson reported that we had a
total of 47 vendors in the vendor room this year and he also
thanked Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Tom Hanna for all their
help during the year. John also thanked the volunteers that
helped out in the Vendor Room, which included Roberta
Evans, Charles Douglas and Ellen Gough.
Skeeter Camby, Co-Chair of On-Site Ticket Sales report-
ed that this year ticket sales sold at the reunion totaled
$12,545 and thanked the 13 volunteers who helped out dur-
ing the reunion. He also encouraged members to purchase
tickets in advance since ticket prices are higher at the reunion.
Faith Brundage, Co-Chair of Lottery Ticket Sales along
with Mary Lou Lang reported that $777.00 in lottery tickets
was sold this year at the reunion, which is the highest amount
ever, sold since we have been selling lottery tickets.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative highlighted
the August Legislative Report.
Margaret McLaughlin announced that the theme for the
2006 reunion would be "Discover Panama" and thanked
everyone for their compliments and comments on the decora-
tions this year.
Kathy Egolf, Vice President of the Panama Canal
Museum thanked the Society membership for their support of
the Museum at the reunion and that the Mola and Railroad
exhibit was very well received this year. She also reported
that the 2006 calendars this year will be pictures of Molas; the
cookbook is in the second printing; the theme for the 2006
reunion will be the U.S. Military in the Panama Canal; in
June 2006 the museum will be taking another cruise and this
one will be to Alaska; the museum board meeting will be held
September 23-24 at the museum office. Kathy also
announced that the museum is in the process of looking for a
new location for new office space.
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Consultant highlighted some
of the areas where money was spent during the reunion
including the Clubhouse and bars at the Convention Center.
In all, he reported that the hotel was pleased this year with the
money they took in. Bill also reported that after all invoices
are paid, the Society should be left with about $10,000.00 in
income from the reunion.
Bill McLaughlin, Nominating Chairperson reported that
this meeting is where volunteers are asked to serve on the
Nominating Committee to elect new officers for the next term
(2006-2008). The bylaw requires that two members be from
the Executive Board to serve and two members from the
General Membership. Roberta Evans and Margot Jordan both
volunteered to serve on the committee. The entire committee
will consist of Bill McLaughlin, Chairperson and committee
members: Steve Nehring and Faith Brundage from the
Executive Board, Roberta Evans and Margot Jordan from the
general membership.
Darleen Hunt, Lodging Chairperson reported that she
enjoyed working with Todd Scott at the Caribe Royale and he
seemed very eager to accommodate our requests. A coding

system was used and worked well. Darleen reported that she
refers all special requests made by our members directly to
the hotel and we do our best to follow up and accommodate
each one.
Elaine recognized Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary who just
completed 5 years of service with the Panama Canal Society,
Inc. She presented a Certificate of Recognition to her for her
continuous loyal service to our organization.
The president thanked Mary Lou Lang for hosting the
luncheon today and for the lovely tropical table decorations.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m



S' SMedicare Part D is not of interest
Jim O'Donnell to most federal retirees. Through May
15, Medicare is conducting an open
enrollment period for its new prescription drug benefit, called
Part D. Enrollment is only voluntary, however, and there gen-
erally is little reason for anyone enrolled in both Medicare
and the Federal Employees Health Benefits program--the
large majority of federal retirees--to take out Medicare cov-
erage. That's because taking Part D would amount to paying
twice for prescription drug benefits already paid by FEHB; in
addition, with its monthly premiums averaging about $32,
deductibles and restrictions on which drugs are covered, the
Medicare drug benefit typically is inferior to what is available
through FEHB carriers. While some experts have advised
federal retirees to at least familiarize themselves with Part D,
others have said that there is no point in even that.
In general, those who are eligible for Medicare benefits
by next May 15 and who fail to sign up for Part D by then
must pay a penalty for delaying, about 1 percent per month of
delay. However, this policy does not apply to those who are
enrolled in a health plan deemed to have prescription drug
benefits at least equal to Part D benefits. All FEHB plans
have been so designated and the penalty thus wouldn't apply,
according to Medicare. Further, if you should lose your
FEHB coverage for some reason, and you want to join a
Medicare drug plan, in most cases you won't have to pay a
penalty as long as you join within 63 days of losing the cov-
erage, according to Medicare.


Meanwhile, Medicare has announced the new premium
and co-payment rates for 2006 for enrollees in Part A (hospi-
tal insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). The Part B pre-
mium will be $88.50 per month and the annual deductible
$124. Most people do not pay a monthly Part A premium
because they or a spouse has 40 or more quarters of
Medicare-covered employment. The Part A premium will be
$216 for people having 30-39 quarters of Medicare-covered
employment and $393 per month for people who are not

otherwise eligible for premium-free hospital insurance and
have less than 30 quarters of Medicare-covered employment.
For each benefit period Medicare pays all covered costs
except the Medicare Part A deductible, which in 2006 will be


The Office of Personnel Management has sent a contract
solicitation to the insurance industry for creating the vision
and dental benefits package for federal employees, retirees
and certain family members authorized by law last year. Bids
from vendors are due in January, and negotiations are to be
completed and a contract awarded in May. An open season is
to be conducted during next November and December, with
benefits effective next December 2006.


The vision and dental benefits program will be roughly
modeled after the Federal Long Term Care Insurance
Program, in that enrollees will pay the entire premium cost
and the government's role is limited to oversight of the pro-
gram. Unlike in the FLTCIP, which has one provider, though,
numerous providers are envisioned for the dental and vision
benefits, with a variety of benefit plan designs and coverage
levels. For a closer look at OPM's "solicitation of applica-
tions" go to in the hot free info
section of the website.
At 1:45 AM on Friday, November 18th, the House nar-
rowly (217-215) approved H.R. 4241, the fiscal year (FY)
2006 Budget Reconciliation bill, which included proposals
opposed by NARFE, and other aging organizations, that
would make it harder to qualify and receive Medicaid long

term care benefits. Fortunately, the bill contained no cuts to
federal retirement or health benefits.
H.R. 4241 would hurt seniors and disabled persons who
play by the rules while having little effect on those who delib-
erately try to "game" the system. For more information on
this issue, see "Medicaid Long Term Care Benefits Debated",
pages 10 and 12, in the October 2005 NARFE magazine or go
Unlike the House bill, S. 1932, the Senate version of
Budget Reconciliation legislation, passed on November 3rd,
makes modest adjustments to Medicaid asset test provisions.
The two bills went to a House-Senate conference committee
where differences between them will be reconciled into a
final bill, which is likely to be considered, by both chambers
in December.
Six weeks into the fiscal year 2006 the House and Senate
passed a second "Continuing Resolution" to keep govern-
ment programs and agencies operating. Once President Bush
signs the Continuing Resolution, H.J. Res. 72
there will be continuing funding for the many functions of
federal government whose annual appropriations are covered
by the five unfinished appropriation measures. This resolu-
tion provides funding through December 17, 2005.
November 16th provided some good news. On that date,
a Ways and Means Committee panel heard testimony from
Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) sponsor of Premium Conversion leg-
islation, H.R. 994, to allow federal retirees to pay for their
share of health insurance premiums with pre-tax annuities.
Davis' testimony marked the first time that a Ways and
Means subcommittee received testimony about this priority.
With 283 cosponsors, Premium Conversion legislation is
sixty shy of its historic high.
Jim O'Donnell
Legislative Representative

Everyone Welcome!

Thursday, July 20- 9 p.m.

Caribe Royale Convention Center

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Dance
Info & advance tickets: / 800-400-6767


Panama Canal Society
Executive Board 2004-2006

L-R: Pete and Mary Lou Lang, Austin Fletcher, Nathan
Crook, Shirley and Skeeter Camby.

L-R: Carol Masino, Mary Lynch, LaVerne Larr
Judy Hooper, Jo Attia, Blanche Browne.

L-R: Jean, Robert and Tom Hanna, Elaine Lewis, Mr.
Vestal, John and Ellen Gough, Roberta Evans, Arnold

L-R: Shirley Boswell, Sandy Ahlgrim, Debra Sanders, Dot
and Bob Herrington, Al and Joy Maale, Marje and Pete

L-R: John and Jody Marcum, Rupert Turner, Steve
Nehring, Henry Barker, Jobey Turner, John Kimball,
Jerry McKenna.

L-R: Faith Brundage, Muriel and John Whitman, Olga L-R: Betty Snow, Edith Meeker, Barbara Slover,
Disharoon, Anna Collins, John and Lori Disharoon. Boyer, Sean and Bev Williams, Bill and Fran Stock.




I q

L-R: Barbara and Tom Peterson, Kathy and Mary Egolf,
Sandra and Charles Hummer, Virginia and Bob Moriarty.

Tony and Sigi Espino, Ed and Joan Ohman,
Beth Brandenburg.

L-R: Darleen Hunt, Linda Weir, Elsie
Ryan, Amparo and Harold Paul.

L-R: Ping Soo, Jim Hall, Ed Malin, Eddie and Catherine
Goodrich, Gloria Malin, Helen Malin-Christiansen.

L-R: Stella DeMarr, Aura and Albert Wilder, Lori
Jim O'Donnell, Lori and Frank King, Rick Nelson.

L-R: Margaret and Bill McLaughlin, Hubert and Margot
Jordon, Milla Culbreth, Dan Norman, Nancy Van Siclen.

Lewis presenting Honorary Membership to

Carol Masino.


AL Edie (Smith) and Allen Cotton
AK Clay Wharry
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
Pinellas County Betty Snow
Space Coast Kathie (Nchi -. I McConaughey
South Florida Tom Pattison
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
Tampa Lynnette "Leni" Stokes Cansler
GA June A. Stevenson

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

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(757) 233-6767

Deadline for the June 2006 Canal Record is April 7, 2006.

Jason (BHS'88) and Monika
(Higginbotham) (BHS'92
would have been) Gragg
received visitors from Orlando
and Texas for Thanksgiving.
Kevin (BHS'88) and Hunter
Brandenburg drove up from
Allen and Edie Cotton Orlando and spent the
Thanksgiving holiday with the
Graggs in Tuscaloosa. To make it more like a BHS'88 mini-
reunion, Rick (BHS'88) and Kendra Larkin and family
from Texas also joined the party for a night. To recap, there
was Kevin, Monika and Jason, Kendra and Rick and all the
children: Hunter Brandenburg, Jacob and Evan Gragg, and
Bailey, Kristen and Katie Larkin to spend a night of fun.
We sure have come a long way from our days in Panama!

Kevin Brandenburg, Kendra and Rick Larkin, Monika
and Jason Gragg.

The first weekend of November, my daughter Christy
Cotton was married to her fiance Jeff Foster. The ceremony
was conducted in Prattville, Ala. at an antebellum home
called Buena Vista. My sister Wendy (Cotton) (CHS'58)
Corrigan flew in from Phoenix, Ariz. and my daughter and
son-in-law, Heather (Cotton) and Tracy Nichols, and my
granddaughter Chloe Nichols, drove in from Peoria, Ill. to

help Christy and Jeff celebrate.
Edie (Smith) (CHS'70) and Allen Cotton celebrated
Christmas this year spread over about two weeks. Allen's
daughter, Christy (Cotton) and son-in-law, Jeff Foster, came
to Prattville, Ala. from Tallahassee, Fla. to spend the week
before and Christmas Day with us. They had to return to
Tallahassee on the Monday after Christmas giving us time to
spruce up and reload the presents under the tree just in time
for Edie's son Daniel and daughter-in-law Amber Coulson
and grandchildren, Hayley and Hayden, to come in from
Houston, Texas. Edie's dad Jack Smith drove down from
Alexander City, Ala. to exchange presents and have lunch
with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and us. It was a
great time having everyone here but it was very tiring. Daniel
and Amber and the kids departed for Houston on the 30th to
give everyone a chance to recover before having to head back
to the old grind in 2006.
Maggie Knapp celebrated her "60th" birthday in Walnut
Creek, Calif. at the home of Jerry and Ann Keller Daykin.
Many friends from the Canal Zone attended to help her make
this a special day. Those attending were Jerry and Ann
Daykin, Harold Sorrell and Ann Suescum, Paul and Diane
Staples Backowski, Robert and Sue Knapp Light, Ann
Richardson, Pete (a classmate of Maggie's) and Stephanie
Young, Mark Winters, Jerry Dare (Ann and Jerry's son)
among others.

Back (L-R): Ann Keller Daykin, Ann Suescum, Harold
Sorrell, Diane Staples Backowski, Sue Knapp Light, Ann
Richardson. Front: Maggie Knapp and Pete Young.

2005 has been rough on Edie and me. We started with
colds that we kept swapping back and forth and then Edie's
chemo-infusion port decided it wanted to be recognized and
put Edie in the hospital for three weeks in June with a blood
infection. Almost a week of her hospitalization was in inten-
sive care on life support and Edie didn't recover in time to go
to the 35th class reunion of CHS'70. Canal Zone friends Jane
(Gabriel) (CHS'70) Huff and Vicki (Springer) (CHS'70)
Evans came to give support to Edie while she was hospital-
ized. At the end of August, Edie was again hit with a blood
infection that put her in the hospital for 48 days with another
two weeks in intensive care, eleven days of which were on
life support. She was so weak when she was returned to a reg-
ular room that she couldn't move or even open her hands
from the closed position. Right in the middle of Edie's hospi-
talization I was activated with the Alabama Army National
Guard to provide support to victims of the hurricanes.
Fortunately I got to spend my time in the Emergency
Operations Center on night shift so I could spend days at the
hospital where I slept in the waiting room between visiting
sessions in the intensive care ward. Edie spent a few weeks in
a rehabilitation hospital and has been recovering at home ever
since her discharge. She is much stronger now and gets a lit-
tle better every week. 2006 will be a better year we are both
sure! We hope everyone's Christmas was as wonderful as
ours and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!

Allen Cotton, Reporter
(334) 361-2373


The Alaska winter has returned
j and with it lots of holiday festivities
and visits. I was fortunate to have my
sister Irene visit me during the
Clay Wharry Christmas holiday. Irene came to visit
with me and had the opportunity to see what winter can truly
be, different from her current climate in Phoenix. I believe
this was her first white Christmas.

Irene and Clay Wharry

Her two-week visit was highlighted by a train trip to
Fairbanks on Christmas Eve and offered her the opportunity
to see Mt. McKinley during the brief winter day. A brief trip
to Seward was made and a chance to experience the Sealife
Center, and view marine animals she had never seen before.
The weather prevented her from seeing any glaciers close-up,
but something to plan on for another trip.
With the new year upon us already, hope that many of you
have the opportunity to visit our state and if you have any
questions on Alaska travel, please feel free to contact me. We
are still trying to gather enough interest with the locals for a
CZ party or meeting, but has yet to happen. Hope to have
more news by Spring.

Clay Wharry, Reporter
(907) 339-8067


Lynn (Dunning) Harp and her
three children, Samantha, Jess N.
and Cheryl, went to Anna Maria
Island, Fla. to the wedding of her
Lynn Harp cousin Montgomery Wolf to Tom
Hardy. Hurricane Wilma was threatening to ruin the wed-
ding, but held off for a couple of days and the beachfront
wedding was beautiful. The day we left they were evacuating
the island. Montgomery is the daughter of Carol (Flenniken)
Schwenke and Jim Wolf. Also in attendance were
Montgomery's sister Tracy and family, Freda (Flenniken)
Stohrer and her daughter Carol (Stohrer) Grench, Linda
Stohrer, and a few others.

Tom Hardy and Montgomery Wolf

Betty (Flenniken) Dunning was unable to attend the
wedding because she was just diagnosed with lung cancer.
She has had gallbladder surgery, lung surgery and is now
undergoing chemo therapy. She is doing well and is 1/4 way
through her treatment.
Cheryl (Dunning) and Mark Lowery were in town vis-
iting from Germany for the Christmas holiday. We made
Johnny Mazetti for New Years and saved some leftover meat
for empanadas. Lynn's husband Jess Harp renamed them

If anyone in Arkansas or the surrounding area has any
news, please email Lynn at

Lynn (Dunning) Harp, Reporter
(479) 271-8055


Hello from California. Hope every-
one is having a nice Spring or Dry
Season, depending on where you are.
Isaac and I are excited by our trip to
SAPanama in January for two weeks. We
Helen Aanstoos-Hay plan to meet up with Duncan Ballenger,
Bob Askew, Tom Slice, Everett White, Jane Cochrane and
her daughter Kathleen, and Billy DeLaMater. Duncan
Ballenger just helped his girlfriend move to the San Francisco
Bay area last month from Washington state, and is now in
Panama with her visiting his cousin Camilo and other fami-
ly members. Tom Slice headed to Michigan to visit his
daughter and then to San Antonio to see his brother and sis-
ter-in-law. From there he flies to Panama. Pablo Prieto found
us a house to rent in San Carlos where we will stay after a few
nights at Billy's place at the old Diablo Spinning Club on the
banks of the canal. Dampening the excitement of our trip to
Panama was the death of my mom, Virginia Aanstoos, on
December 27th. All six of us kids went to Georgia for her
services and it turned into a big reunion of siblings, our kids,
grandkids, friends and neighbors. Mom and Dad always used
to kid us that none of us would be here today had it not been
for a "chiva full of Bajuns". They met on a bus from the
Pacific Side heading to the Next Side and the rest is history.
We had a barbeque dinner at Dillon Beach in October
with Susan (Mitchell) (BHS'66) Conniry and her husband
Tom. They were enroute back to San Diego County after
spending the summer on their land on the Olympic Peninsula.
Susan said the small community up there was besieged with
meth labs and the cranksters had taken control of the place.
The law-abiding citizens were living in fear and felt helpless
to do anything about it. Do you recall that Joe Don Baker
movie \.ll 1l, Tall? Well, Susan's husband is a good six foot
six inches and he became known as "that crazy Californian
with a big stick". He erected a private gate to the community
and patrolled the area with his big stick, looking like he was
eager to use it. By the end of summer all the cranksters had
left and the locals welcomed Tom as their unofficial mayor
and deputy. They hope they don't have to start the process all
over again when they return next summer.
Heard from Joanie Ridge Cameron who sent this picture
of her and her husband Scottie on a trip to Lake Tahoe. Joanie
and Scottie both work for the City of Roseville. They came to
the Los Gatos Panama Picnic and Scottie did not feel like an
outsider since he has been to Panama with Joanie.

Carol Appin (BHS'69) of Las Vegas was in the Bay Area
visiting her sister Melissa and brother Ricky. Ricky drove
Carol up to Sebastopol in his jazzy little red sports car to the
Casa Carolina Bed and Breakfast to celebrate the 85th birth-
day of a lady named Lucia, visiting from Italy. Despite not
knowing Italian, Ricky was able to communicate well with
Lucia because he is fluent in French and Spanish. Since every
other word was "bella, bella..." they had the whole party in
tears of laughter. My sister Jan Aanstoos had invited them to
the party so she could see Carol. The last time Jan and Carol
saw each other was in the 6th grade, over 35 years ago. They
picked up right where they left off, squealing and laughing
and catching up on their lives. And since they both are cancer
survivors they had even more in common to talk about. Jan
just got a clean bill of health from her oncologist and is grow-
ing a nice new head of hair after losing it all during chemo
and radiation.

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Ricky spent most of December in Japan and New York
City with his job as an editor. He returned to Berkeley on
December 21 and threw his annual Christmas party on
December 23rd. We all feasted on a three-course Panamanian
dinner along with margaritas. Alex Bloise made his now
famous fried yucca. Everyone was so full that the cheesecake
and chocolate cake that Jan and I brought went untouched. As
the party wound down, everyone squeezed into the hallway
and ended up singing Christmas carols. Joy on the earth was
abundant in that hallway!

I.ance Hughis, Luik i -\lc i~ .ui' .\ja i le-l!.. *, dl.i i-
ter), and Jazz (Melissa's daughter).

Jan Aanstoos, Aja, Jazz, Alex, Karla, Ricky, and Isaac

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Alex, Keith Olsen, Jan Aanstoos

Alex Bloise updated us on his latest business venture in
Panama. His two cousins, Karla and Luis, are up here visit-
ing from Arraijan. They were a little shy, but spoke perfect
English and were a delight. We also met Lance Hughes'
cousin Mel and her husband Larry. Mel has been to Panama

enough that she is an "honorary Panamanian". We missed our
California nomad Monica Meyer. She has returned from her
extended European jaunt and is staying in Novato with her
daughter. We also met Ricky's other honorary Panamanian
friend of over 30 years, Angela Aquila-Tickler. Angela is
from Petaluma and will be going to Panama in March with
Ricky. They will visit parents, Judy Walton Davis, and
Terry Byrne (BHS'67) who used to ride horses 30 years ago
at the Curundu Stables.
Well, that winds up this report. I hope to hear from more
of you all out there in California so that everyone can catch
up on your lives! Please note my new e-mail address: Be safe, be happy. And KEEP

Helen Aanstoos-Hay, Reporter
(707) 887-1015
email: Haanstoos66 @


Central Florida

Happy New Year to all! I hope your
Holiday Season was wonderful. We had
Dan's son and family visit us for
Christmas from Maryland, and it was a Dawn Gressang
joyful time. We traveled to Clearwater, Fla. after Christmas
for three days to watch our fifteen-year-old grandson play in
a big soccer tournament. It was great to see him play, but
unfortunately his team did not win any games. On the way
home, Dan and I were involved in a three-car accident and
our van was totaled but no one was injured. Thank goodness,
Dan's son was a half hour behind us and was able to pile our
luggage and us in his van and took us home. We only had
some bruises and a couple of aches here and there. We were
very lucky!
Christmas found us at my sister Pam Crowell's home. We
had lots of wonderful food and great company with family
and friends. Janet Stuart, Jacque Crowell Vowell, and
Bonnie and Mike Morrison were also there enjoying the
The week before, Dan and I threw a Christmas party at
our home with Janet Stuart, Pam Crowell and her son
Thomas, Jacque Vowell and her son Kye, Bonnie Morrison,
daughter Cassie, grandson Zach, and Cassie's significant
other Dan attending, along with friends and neighbors.
Ginger Young writes: Marge and Jack Ruoff, Bette
and "Buckeye" Swearingen and Bill and I spent a week in
August at Pagosa Springs, Colo. Fairfield Resort. We made
several side trips, including the Durango/Silverton Train
Ride, which was great fun and the mountain scenery was
breathtaking. We also visited Mesa Verde to see the Indian
settlement and ruins of the cliff dwellers. Later we took a

short trip to an Indian Gambling Casino in which no one
came home a winner. Pagosa Springs is a lovely area offering
cooler weather to us who endure warm (hot) summers. The
mountains are awesome, some still snowcapped in August.
We had lots of laughs and it's always great to be with good
S -- n .-. .. *

Marge Ruoff, Bette Swearingen and "Buckeye"
Swearingen, Bill Young and Jack Ruoff, Mesa Verde
National Park.

Marge Ruoff, Bill Young, Bette Swearingen, Jack Ruoff,
"Buckeye" Swearingen, "Wiley Coyote" and Ginger
Young, Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Ginger and Bill were in Seattle, Wash. in August to cele-
brate granddaughter Ashely Marie's 3rd birthday.

Dean and Gael Young with Ryan and Ashley Marie in front.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell writes she picked up frequent
travel miles as she traveled back and forth to North Carolina
several times the past few months to visit her daughter Casey.
On one Delta flight, the head flight attendant's ears perked up
when Jacque was asked about the Cuna nose ring she wears
on her necklace. It turns out the head flight attendant was
Kelly Ballard, the daughter of Morgan Schoch (BHS'59).
Towards the end of the flight the two of them had a nice chat
about the Canal Zone and the Society annual reunions. What
a small world. Over the holidays Jacque drove to Orlando for
a fabulous Christmas dinner with Rudy Crespo, his parents
Rudolph (Big Rudy) and Doaty, Jerry and Caroline Hall,
Fred and Loly Bremer and Joe Wyatt. As always the food
was superb. Rudy is a fabulous chef.
On New Year's Eve, Jacque and sister Pam drove to
Tampa to attend the celebration of life for Dave Furlong.
Roberta Evens, Rupert Turner and Arnold Talbott (Cito)
were also there. They shared funny stories about Dave and
stories about growing up in the Canal Zone. Jacque says she
and Dave were active together in theater at the Canal Zone
College and at the Theater Guild in Ancon in the early '70s.
She remembers fondly the time Dave talked her into becom-
ing a "goddess" for the night. It seems a sorority was hosting
a dinner and wanted to have Zeus and other lesser gods and
goddesses as "living" decorations. Ken Millard was Zeus
and played the part perfectly as the goddesses throughout the
evening fed him grapes. See the "Looking Back" section of
this issue. Later Jacque and Dave worked together for
Clarence Payne who was the youth adviser to the Governor
in the Canal Zone. Dave was instrumental in getting the Pub
built and became the first Pub manager, while Jacque worked
as the Hotline coordinator. Dave was also a great photogra-
pher. My mother's favorite picture of Jacque was taken on the
Causeway by Dave. Many friends will miss him.
New Years Eve found me celebrating at Janet Stuart's
home with sisters Pam and Jacque and Debbie Beall. It was
good to spend time with Debbie. We had a great time and
Brother Bart (who ministers to the local prisons) was there
and blessed us all. It was a good way to start 2006.
Please let me know of your comings and goings, so I can
write about them in the next article.

Dawn Gressang, Reporter


Our Zonian world traveler Janet
(Martin) Slaughter has been out and -
about again. In November she flew from Barb Vose-Kulig
Pensacola to London, England where she
spent seven fabulous days shopping at Harrod's and sightsee-
ing at the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert (new ice-
skating rink) Museums. A whole day was spent at the Kew

Royal Botanical Garden (home of some of the most extraor-
dinary plants on the planet), the Garden of Glass in the
Temperate House where most of the famous Chihuly sculp-
tures are exhibited. To make the visit even more pleasant was
the weather, a little chilly but no rain!
At the Belhiem Palace, Janet enjoyed a guided tour
through the magnificent interior, admired the priceless works
of arts and had afternoon tea with scones and finger sand-
wiches. The Palace was decorated for Christmas with beauti-
ful china and crystal such elegance to behold. At Oxford,
she visited the chapel and shopped at a small mall with a pro-
duce and a meat market. Next was the village of Blandon in
Oxfordshire with the old church of St. Martin's (Sir Winston
Churchill is buried in the cemetery) where she was able to
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Ray Larson, Bill Graham, Lou Dedeaux. Front (L-R):
Marion (Orr) Wells, Kathy (Adams) Lessiack, Honey
Fealey, Jackie (Schmidt) Bishop, Elsie Larson, Sue
(Kotalik) Graham, Kerrville.

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Janet (Martin) Slaughter
Belheim Palace.

From London, she boarded the Queen Marn II for the six-
day cruise to New York. Pure luxury with so much to see and
do, lectures by four Oxford professors, and excellent food
and entertainment. Except for one rough day the sea was
smooth and just glided along. The ship docked in New York
where Janet flew home to Pensacola.
In April, Janet will be sailing on the MSC Lirica with her
sister Yvonne (Martin) Stetman for an I -day cruise which
will include Cristobal her old stomping ground. She prom-
ises to take lots of photos for the next issue.
Our daughter Darla started back to work this year after
being a stay-at-home mom and Mary Kay rep for some years.
She has been volunteering at the Cordova Park Elementary
School (our grandson Jonathan attends) and was recently
asked to join the faculty as a Parent Educator. She is basical-
ly doing the same type of work but is being compensated. It's
a step up and a foot in the door towards getting her degree and
teaching, something she's dreamed of for years. Recently, she
was also awarded "Volunteer of the Year for 2005/2006".
In October Louie and Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux drove to
Texas to visit their niece Maryruth (Clement) and her hus-
band Steve Vaughn and Louie's sister Iris (Dedeaux)
Hogan. While at the Vaughns in Houston, they visited the
Vaughns' daughter Megan in Galveston (she has been accept-
ed into the Physician's Assistant Program for 2007) and were
guests of their son Drew for dinner at Papadeaux's where he
is a manager. In Kerrville, visiting Iris, they dined with a
group of Zonians; visited Iris' daughter Mary (Richmond),
her husband Lee Chiles and their son Christopher. They also
spent an afternoon with Bob and Jackie (Dunn) Fearon.

Back: Louie Dedeaux, Lee Chiles. Front: Chris Chiles,
Mary (Richmond) Chiles, Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan,

Thanksgiving was great, as usual we delivered dinner to
the needy for the Salvation Army it always feels good to
help the needy and contributes to helping our grandchildren
become good citizens and caring human beings. We later had
a late brunch at the Bona Petite Restaurant in Gulf Breeze.
Once again, a thankful and blessed family get-together (no
mess to clean up and no dishes to wash)! After brunch, we
had dessert at our house cranberry/apple and pumpkin pies,
lemon cheesecake and bread pudding everyone had saved
room for dessert and what they didn't eat, they happily took
In November Russel, Leslie, Jenny and Aislyn Gillespie
hosted an Auburn and Alabama game party at their home, fol-
lowed by a Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends.
Barb and Louie said it was wonderful celebrating with
Leslie's parents, Ron Snyder and the families of Jon
Dedeaux, D LaPorta, Tom Gabriel, Tom Wilder, Ed
Blount, Randy Williams, Jim Parthenais and Dave

In December our grandson Shane (17), a member of the
Escambia County Youth Orchestra and a senior at
Washington High School, once again performed in their
Christmas Concert Angel Strings. It was so breathtaking that
sometimes it's hard to imagine that our grandson is up on
stage making such beautiful music with his cello. We are so
proud of him and hope he keeps up his music in college he'll
graduate in June.
Pensacola once again was proud to welcome back
Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese (CHS'58) the week before
Christmas to conduct the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra at
the Saenger Theater in the holiday ballet of Tchaikovsky's
Nutcracker. This year we were able to meet for late dinner
about three nights during the week--once at Giorgio's and
twice at Skopelos On The Bay--we really enjoyed great food
and good times reliving the "good old dJi, in the Zone.
Also, we attended the Sunday matinee performance (front
row seats) with our daughter, Darla; Hughey (Lee) and
Charles Clark (Panama City Beach); Linda (Shumate)
Doege (Elberta, Ala.); Irene Meehan (Fairhope, Ala.); Barb
(Egolf) Dedeaux and my brother Butch Hall (Plantation,
Fla.). Everyone met at our house, gave our great Zonian
"hello" hugs and drove together to the theater. Before the per-
formance, Butch presented all the ladies with a red rose how
sweet he was. We had perfect seats and were able to watch
Jim in action, he is truly a great Maestro. After the perform-
ance we had a deliciously late dinner at Skopelos. It was won-
derful seeing everyone again. None of us had seen Irene since
high school and it was such a surprise to get a response from
her to join us she looks great and is a financial consultant for
Merrill Lynch in Fairhope. She's only about 45 minutes away
so we hope she won't be a stranger and will come visit for
other get-togethers.


Linda (Shumate) Doege, Jim Brooks, Darla (Vose) Creek,
Butch Hall.

Hughei il.eei Clark, Charles Clark, BI
Kulig, Keith Kulig.

Irene Meehan, Jim Brooks, Barb and Louie Dedeaux

In December Barb and Louie had a special pre-Christmas
visit from their granddaughter Sonya and her fiance Dan.
Their Christmas was enjoyed at their son Jon and daughter-
in-law Deb's home along with their grandson J; nephew
Orrin and wife Carol Clement and their daughter Casey.
We attended the Children's Mass on Christmas Eve and
had Christmas brunch at Darla and Jeff's the next day It was
a beautiful Christmas day.
We were saddened to hear of the passing away of Clifford
Shumate. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Keith and I spent our first New Years together here in
Pensacola (we were always in Jacksonville)--it was very
quiet--we were both down with the typical seasonal cold!
We should know soon if Jim has signed another contract
to return in December for the Nutcracker Ballet. If anyone is
interested in joining us, please let me know by the first week
in November in order for us to get front row seats again for
If you have any news for my next article, please call or
send to me no matter how small! Hasta luego!

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

Don't forget to vote!

DEADLINE for receiving Ballot is July 11, 2006.


Volunteers are needed for Registration at the 2006
Annual Reunion. If you are interested in volunteering,
contact Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916 or Joan
Ohman at (813) 672-4823.

Space Coast

I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas and that the
new year will be good to all of us. Looking back over last
year we have been blessed with quite a few weddings and
births in our area. One of the weddings was Daren Dempsey
and Jaime Carter in Cocoa Beach on February 12th. Daren
is the son of Bud and Valerie (Mclntire) Dempsey. As
usual, lots of Zonians made for a fun reception especially
with out-of-town guests: Terry and Matt Webster, Glenda
Kochel, Alan and Charlie Steiner, and Joan Harris.

Randy and Joella Deakins have continued their travels
with a three-month-long trip all over the U. S. We miss them
when they are gone, but we are happy that they are thorough-
ly enjoying their retirement.

Doc Kayes, Louisa Landau, Joella and Randy Deakins,
Reno, Nev.

Zonians at Daren and Jaime Dempsey's wedding

In October, we managed to have our annual Space Coast
Picnic, in spite of Hurricane Wilma. Unfortunately, the threat-
ening hurricane prevented the Society from attending and we
missed them...but the weather turned out to be beautiful and
we had a great time. We especially want to thank Eugene
Monaghan and his family for donating some nice (and fla-
vorful) door prizes.
Don and Beth (Parmly) DeStaffino are sharing football
tickets to Florida State University home games with Beth's
high school (BHS'65) classmate Bill Egolf and his wife
Carol. On game days in Tallahassee, they tailgate with fellow
Zonians and FSU fans Lloyd and Margaret (Stevens)
Spradlin, Joe and Bev (Bowman) Wood, Burt and Carol
(Morland) Mead, Rich and Angie (Brennan) Linton, and
Mike and Mary (Chase) Gordon (who "commute" to
Tallahassee from the Space Coast).
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Suzanne and Walter Kleefkens, Joella and Randy Deakins,
Connie and Paul Ebdon, The Dalles, Ore.

In October, I traveled to Washington State for a one week
"sister reunion" with three of my sisters. We spent a week on
a husbands, kids, dogs, cats, etc. Had a great time
and are already planning our next get-together. I then went on
to San Francisco where Bob and I spent a week with our son
Cliff Livingston. While there we went to Reno for a couple
of days. Cliff won $400 on the slots...Bob and I contributed
to the financial welfare of the casinos! But, it was fun any-


Back (L-R): Beth DeStaffino, Mike Gordon, Rich Linton,
Burt Mead, Don DeStaffino. Middle (L-R): Joe Wood,
Mary Gordon, Lloyd Spradlin, Keith Mead. Seated (L-R):
SL v Woo, Mrgrt Sran, Crol Back: Kathie McConaughy, Bebe Denike. Front: Bonnie
Angie Linton, Bev Wood, Margaret Spradlin, CarolNehring, Lake Chelan, Wash.
dTudor, Janice Nehring, Lake Chelan, Wash.
Mead. Front: Chase Mead.

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In November, Edna and Bill Rogers helped celebrate the
baptism of Camille Rogers, daughter of Charles and
Annette Rogers from Mexico, at Ascension Catholic Church
in Melbourne, Fla. Also visiting the area for the festivities
were Don and Charlene Rogers from Panama (Camille's
grandparents), Sandi (Rogers) Graves (Camille's aunt) with
husband and children Jeff, Chris and Megan from North
Carolina. While everyone was here, they also celebrated Bill
Rnmer-' 9Rth hirthrnv

Gustavo and Noelle (Farnsworth) Marquez. Their annual
softball tournament during Thanksgiving weekend was a big
hit...especially with the newest members of Coach Louise
Hunt's team..."The Little Bits". New recruits are Dylan Rae
Armstrong, daughter of Kevin and Joanne (Hunt)
(BHS'93) Armstrong; DJ Arias, son of Donovan (BHS'94)
and Mary Arias; Kendall McClenahan, daughter of Ken and
Natalie (Watkins) (BHS'93) McClenahan; and Graycen and
Aniston Arias, daughters of Trey (BHS'92) and Brandy
(Pollard) (BHS'90) Arias. Coach Hunt has her hands full but
we are expecting great things from this young team. That is a
good thing since the older recruits had some physical prob-
lems...especially Trey Arias who broke his ankle during the
softball tournament...ouch!! But, we are hoping he will be
back in top shape for next year.

Charles Rogers (holding Camille), Annette Rogers (hold-
ing big sister Cailey), Deacon Mike.


Ken, Natalie, Kendall McClenahan with Father David

Another November christening celebration was when
Kendall Leigh McClenahan was baptized at St. Mary's
Church, Rockledge, Fla. Kendall is the daughter of Ken and
Natalie (Watkins) McClenahan. Godparents are Leanne
and Wayne Watkins. After the ceremony, family and friends
gathered at the home of grandparents Norman and Janet
(Hunt) Watkins. Jan and Norm also hosted Thanksgiving
dinner at their home in Merritt Island. Out-of-towners includ-
ed Jeff Watkins and daughter Joanie with her girlfriend
Rebecca; Trey, Brandy, Graycen and Aniston Arias;
Donovan, Mary and DJ Arias; Mac and Laura McDill; and

Coach Louise Hunt's "Little Bits" team: Kendall
McClenahan, Dylan Armstrong, DJ Arias, Aniston and
Graycen Arias.

Renee Ballou Krimminger (Charlotte, N.C.), Peggy
Hale Huff (Merritt Island, Fla.) and Margaret Will Ender
(Panama), three long-time friends and former classmates
(CHS'68), met in Savannah, Ga. in December for three days
of relaxing and reminiscing. During their driving tour of the
city and surrounding area, they visited Tybee Island, where
they strolled on the beach and enjoyed an enormous seafood
platter at the Crab Shack; spent lots of money at the local flea
market; and enjoyed a walking tour of the old city and harbor
area. They are looking forward to making the getaway an
annual event.

i Oviedo, so it's a short commute to the office. Working with
him is Chantal Thrift, wife of Rob Thrift (BHS'89) and
daughter-in-law of Bob and Pat (Chase) Thrift.

V r IF

Got an e-mail from Jane and Bill Huff who have been
doing a lot of traveling this year. Jane wrote: We had a very
nice Christmas in Merritt Island. Son William with his wife
and baby Michelle and Billy came down from Jacksonville
Beach; daughter Brandy (Huff) Cofer and her husband and
kids, Rick, Emma, Timothy and Ellie, also shared the fami-
ly festivities. Unfortunately, daughter Allison and her hus-
band and kids, Cecil, Gabriel, Ethan, and Koby, were not
able to come and they celebrated Christmas in Arizona. We
also had a nice New Year's Eve in Panama at the Elks Club.
The Shamrock's Restaurant did a great job with the food,
once again...especially the after midnight sancocho.

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William and Michelle (McClean) Huff with son Billy

Penny and Vincent Canamas hosted a very nice dinner
party at their home on December 29th in honor of their son
Darryl, who was down from Orlando for the holidays, and
for Ken and Mary (Redman) Combs who were also visiting
for the holidays from Indiana. We celebrated Bill's birthday
at the Tres'calini Restaurant in El Dorado on January 4th, and
celebrated Penny's birthday with a ladies luncheon at the
Palacio on January 5th.
Don and Beth DeStaffino are rightfully proud of son
Patrick DeStaffino who opened his own Allstate Insurance
agency in Oviedo, Fla. in December. Patrick, his wife Susan,
and daughters Sarah (age 13) and Emily (age 8) live in

Patrick DeStaffino in front of newly-opened office

John and Elizabeth (Flumach) Beers and their sons,
Matthew, Benjamin, and David, traveled from Melbourne
to Houston, Texas, over the winter holidays. They spent
Christmas with her dad Bob Flumach and his fiance, Velma
Williams, and then joyfully celebrated Bob and Velma's
wedding...after ten years of dating. The couple exchanged
wedding vows at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in
Houston on December 31st. Bob's brother John served as
best man, and Velma's maid of honor was Stephanie Garcia.
All grandchildren age five and older had a special part in the
wedding. Other family members who came for the wed-
ding/reunion were: sister-in-law Pamela (Holcomb)
Mowery from Wyoming; daughter Pamela Sink and her
three children, Bethany, Megan, and Matthew, from San
Antonio; son Robert and his wife Mary and daughters,
Soleil and Jolene, from Merkel, Texas. Adding to the cele-
brations was the fact that Robert had just returned safely from
a tour of duty in Iraq!! Other attendees included Zonians Don
and Joan McKeon and Ed and Eileen Wilson. Elizabeth said
that getting together for such a long-awaited event was a
wonderful way to say goodbye to the old year and to begin a
new one.
We are enjoying our cooler weather...wish we could save
some of it to use in July and August! I want to thank every-
one for their input for these articles...I can't do it without you.

Kathie McConaughey, Reporter



Let me be the last one to wish you-all
a belated Happy New Year for 2006. This
has been a very busy three-month period
here in Tallahassee. On the 29th of Skip Rowley
October, for the second year in a row, a fantastic Halloween

party was hosted by Henry and Sunny Mizrachi in their neat
backyard gazebo. The costumes were really something to see.
I would have to say that Woody and Armie Chase won the
prize by showing up all made up in green makeup as Fiona
and Shrek, right down to the tee. Armie made both costumes
from scratch. She is certainly talented. The party was well
attended by ten ex-Zonian couples. As usual (if you have ever
attended a Mizrachi party), there was loads of delicious food
and plenty of libations.

With all the many things that this reporter is involved in,
I still found time to sign up for and take a full one-day course
with the Tallahassee Police Dept. to become a volunteer citi-
zen Police. I can't tell you what I do, but I have an official
ticket book, and am certified to write certain citations. So,
when you drive around Tallahassee, be careful where you
Following Rev. Clarence Payne's retirement from PCC
in 1990, he served with a church in Washington, D.C. for sev-
eral years and then was transferred to Tallahassee to be clos-
er to their daughter Anita and her family. Rosita twisted his
arm to get him to fully retire in 2002, and they have since
enjoyed traveling and helping their daughter with her brood
of five children, ages 8 through 18.
Clarence and Rosita made two trips to Panama in 2005. In
January they joined Dr. and Mrs. David Wiebe and their
whole family of children and grandchildren. Dr. Wiebe had
served at Gorgas Hospital in the '60s. Then in the summer
they did the same thing all over again. This time with their
daughter, her husband and five kids, and other relatives for a
group of 17. Clarence and Rosita made a six-week trip to
Europe in the fall, visiting friends in Holland, Ireland and
Paris. They report that their health is good and retirement a
second time around is wonderful.

Armle and Woody Unase dressed up as -ona and Shrek

Top (L-R): Hugh Thomas, Ed Mcllvaine, Mark Heddaeus,
Tom Robertson, Terry Stepp, Doug Larrabee. Second Row
(L-R): Bev Rowley, Eileen Thomas, Kari Mcllvaine,
Henry Mizrachi. Third Row (L-R): Sheila Stepp with cigar.
Katherine Heddaeus, Jeannette Simons. Bottom (L-R):
Sunny Mizrachi, Zori Larrabee, Armie and Woody Chase,
Skip Rowley (el latino bandito).

Anita Payne Miller and family on the Taboga Launch

D LaPorta, Russell Gillespie, Eddie Overstreet and
David Overstreet attended the Citadel-FSU Football game
here on September 9th. D and Russell drove in from
Pensacola and met up with David and Eddie. The game was
real close till the second half. David and Eddie both reside

here in Tallahassee. David is the Executive Director for the
Children's Home Society, and Eddie works as an Aviation
Security Inspector for Department of Homeland Security at
the airport. Eddie also reports that his mother Mary
Overstreet, who resides here in Tallahassee. is currently vis-
iting with her daughter Terri Overstreet Lawhon in
Charleston. S.C.

Russell Gillespie, Eddie Overstreet, David Overstreet, D

The Mitten sisters (Sheila Stepp, Susanne Corrigan and
Christine Gibson) traveled to Westminster. Md. in October
to visit the grave of their father. Dr. Harry W. Mitten Jr.,
who passed away eleven years ago. The trip allowed the girls
to visit some of their favorite places such as Colonial
Williamsburg and the Biltmore Estate in the Carolinas. They
were also able to visit Baltimore and see Barbara Wesley
Taylor. a friend of Christine's from the Canal Zone. It was a
rewarding eight-day trip for the girls.
November found this reporter putting in for an usher's job
at the Tallahassee Civic Auditorium. The pay isn't the great-
est in the world, but the benefits of seeing Broadway shows
as well as other events for nothing helps. I have had to work
a few basketball games, where I managed to put myself right
in the middle of all the beautiful FSU Cheerleaders, as well
as Country Western events, and even got to see Dolly Parton
up close. So far, the worst thing I had to endure was a Rap
Concert which was an eye-opener to say the least. Thank
goodness I had my earplugs in.

Skip Rowley surrounded by FSU Cheerleaders

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, we spent a week at a
time-share in Orlando in order to be with our son-in-law
Brian and daughter Renee (Rowley) Friedel. and the four
grandkids, Miranda (14), Matthew (11), Brenden (3) and
Bradley (11 months). It was nice but hectic. Brian was able
to secure tickets to the International Car Show, so we enjoyed
the night out gawking at all the new and international dream
cars. Many of the cars on display are a one of a kind that
never gets built. Matt was interested in the climbing wall and
all the robots. When we went to the same event a few years
back, one of the robots talked to and shook hands with Matt
and followed him around, which made him real nervous. We
laughed at that.
In December. Ed and Kari McIlvaine hosted another
excellent Christmas party. They have such a beautiful home
and a lot of hard work goes into their decorations and refresh-
ments. Combined with the company that they invite (all ex-
Zonians). it is a tough combination to beat. Everyone looks
forward to the annual event. They will be selling their home
and downsizing due to their building a cabin up in the North
Carolina mountains, as well as still living in Tallahassee.
They are going to be our first "snowbirds".
On Christmas Day. Mark and Katherine Heddaeus host-
ed a Christmas party. Capt. Jeff and Sue Robbins were visit-
ing from Panama and Colorado. Jeff still works piloting ships
through the Canal, and Sue lives in Silverthorne. Colo. They
were on their way to Disney World to spend Christmas week
with their family, who were flying in from all parts. The
group also welcomed a new member. Katherine Heddaeus'
sister Jeannette Simons now lives in Tallahassee and works
as a Pathologist's Assistant.

Heddaeus Christmas Party: Front (L-R): Colin Thomas,
Jillian Heddaeus, Blake Thomas, Stephanie Chase, Sue
Robbins, Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus, Rosita Payne,
Jeannette Simons. Back (L-R): Mark Heddaeus, David
Chase, Nathan Mcllvaine, Kim Chase, Ed McIlvaine,
Michael Chase, Jeff Robbins, Elaine and Mike
Stephenson, Tom Robertson, Clarence Payne, Kari
McIlvaine, Bev and Joe Wood.

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DEADLINE for receiving Ballot is
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Sue and Jeff Robbins

Again, there were plenty of refreshments, and the diet was
forgotten once again. It seems to me that all great chefs come
out of hiding during the holidays. They need a reason to pre-
vail and "BAM", there goes the waistline. To see Mark metic-
ulously cutting the ham was a show in itself.
Also, as it was very cold that night, the fire did a major
job of keeping all those who chose to brave the elements
warm. There were lots of folks earlier, but the cold weather
drove them home early. Enclosed is a group picture.

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151


By the time you all read this article,
you will have enjoyed several months of
the new year 2006. I just hope by that
June Stevenson time I've remembered to write my check
with the correct date. Anyway, a belated Happy New Year to
each of you.
Cissy Collins sent me a note about their Florida vacation
in September 2005 with their daughter Jillian (BHS'84), her
husband Richard Walker, and their adorable little girl
McKenna (3 years old). Cissy says the weather was incredi-
ble while they were there at the Fairfield Majestic Sun in
Destin, Fla. with no hurricanes or bad weather. While there,
long-time friends Doug and Jean Litton (Atlantic Side),
drove over from Panama City for a visit with them. They had
a great time talking about the good old days in the Canal
Zone, and their friends and family in Mississippi. Lunch at
the Crab Trap was a great treat of seafood and little McKenna
thought her lunch was the best when it was served in a sand
pail with shovel. On their return to their home in Georgia,
Cissy and Gary stopped by to visit with John and Susan
Davis in Marianna, Fla. and toured their home, which Cissy
says was like going into the pages of a decorator's magazine.

Cissy wrote that John and Susan have made their home and
gardens beautiful, warm and welcoming, and they had a won-
derful time visiting with them.

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Back: Gary and Sissy Collins, Jean and Doug Litton. Front:
Jillian Walker, Richard Walker holding McKenna.

In October my daughter Lori and I flew to Panama for a
Ladies Retreat at the Decameron Beach Resort. Several of the
ladies had never been to Panama before, so it was a treat for
them to be there and to see the Panama Canal. Two ladies
were from the Canal Zone, Sheila Sheridan Bowen and
Sandra Roth-Roffy, so we had to have a special photo taken
of the four Zonians in Panama.

Ladies Retreat Group in Panama
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June Rowley Stevenson, Sheila Sheridan Bowen, Sandra
Roth-Roffy and Lori Stevenson Snow.

In December my husband Davis and I drove to
Hendersonville, N.C. for the annual Panama Canal Christmas
dinner put on by the Zonians living in that area and seeing so
many Zonians there was a real treat. We actually stayed two
nights with Pat Hunt in her beautiful home with Christmas
decorations everywhere you looked, including the shower
curtain. It was just wonderful visiting with Pat in her home
and seeing so many Zonian friends at the Christmas dinner.
I've decided if I ever move again, it will probably be to North
Carolina, a beautiful place with beautiful people. We even
visited with Kay and Dick Harger, who were neighbors of
mine when we lived in Panama City, and who now live in
Asheville, N.C. We met them for a late breakfast at the Grove
Park Inn on our way home from Hendersonville, and after
breakfast they showed us their lovely new home in Asheville.
Kay is an accomplished artist and had taken art classes from
the famous Ivan Delgado in Panama while they were living
there. As a result, their home was full of beautiful paintings
that she had done

Pat Hunt and June Stevenson

Pat Hunt and June Stevenson

Towards the end of December, we were invited to a "sur-
prise" birthday party for Lester Smith, given to him by his
wife Andrea and their two daughters, Christine and Kim. I
think that Lester was very surprised inasmuch as his birthday
was actually several months earlier, but had been unable to
celebrate it then due to returning to work with FEMA in
Mississippi after the hurricane Katrina hit. Some of the
Zonians who were at the surprise party were: Mary
(Scigliane) and Bill Leach, Billy and Carole Arnold, Carrie
Evers and Lester's parents, Robert and Terry Smith, as well
as other friends from Georgia. The beautiful cake with all the
candles was made by Ivy, a friend of the family. It was a
coconut cream cake and, I might add, delicious.

Carrie Evers, Mary (Scigliane), Lester Smith, Carole and
Billy Arnold and Bill Leach.

Dick and Kay Harger, June and Davis Stevenson

Our daughter, Lori Snow, and her family went on a seven-
day Caribbean Cruise aboard the Celebrity Cruise ship, The
Milleniiun, to celebrate Lori and her husband Virgil's 24th
wedding anniversary. They had a wonderful cruise, great
weather, and really enjoyed the ship.

Lester and daughter Kim Smith

Again, hope 2006 will be a good one for each one of you.
And I want to say a special thank you for those Zonians who
have contacted me to give me their news over the past year.
In 2006 I hope to hear from more of you, but for those who
have sent me news, keep it coming, as I love hearing from
you and know that others do also. We want to hear about your
special trips, special visits from former (or current) residents
of Panama, and any other special news about you and your
family. I think that some of you might not have contacted me
in the past since I had the wrong email address on my letters
(stating condor travel), but it has since been corrected.

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


After visiting friends in the French Alps and a special dear
old friend in Berlin, this reporter spent two weeks at a moat-
ed castle in southern Germany and toured villages along the
Romantic Road. Baron von Crailsheim reports that his
Schloss (Castle) Sommersdorf is to be featured on HGTV's
new Worlds Most Extreme Homes.
Barbara Barnickel of Leesville attended the National
Association of Secondary School Principals conference in
San Francisco last year. While there, she had a chance to visit
her dear friend Rudy Crespo from Panama. They went to a
Thai restaurant and Barbara received a first-class tour of the
city at night. A few weeks later Rudy relocated to Orlando.
Corrie, Barbara's daughter, was recently selected as the
outstanding senior in her department by the faculty and will
soon be featured on the Child Life Department web page at
Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Virginia (Selby) Entrekin in Hattiesburg reports com-
paratively little damage from Katrina. The new roof is on the
house. The wooden fence has been re-erected and lost ever-
greens, replaced. Power and cable were restored and life is
good again. She sends a message to friends: Work with joy,
live with love, dream from your heart, share what you have,
care deeply, be thankful always.
Adam and Lisa (Goodwin) (BHS'90) Stone of Madison,
Miss., enjoyed a Christmas visit from Lisa's parents, Jack
and Nancy (Askew) (BHS'62) Goodwin of Lenoir City,
Tenn. Jack and Nancy are pictured with their grandchildren.

Jack Goodwin, AJ Stone (6 years old), Nancy Goodwin,
Sara Stone (3 years old).

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761



Corrie and Barbara Barnickel

Heard from Larry Mohler in Fairfax, Va. and was happy
to pass along information on joining the Society. Larry is still
trying to find his old Canal Zone buddy Dick Burns, who
went in the Army at the Aberdeen (Md.) Proving Grounds in

By now 2005 is in the books. It is
Pat Hut absolutely amazing how the time
goes faster every year. Could it possi-
bly have anything to do with my age? Nah!! Anyway it was a
very good year here in North Carolina except for a major ice
storm that knocked out our power here in Hendersonville and

surrounding areas in mid-December.
In October our group had a small, but enjoyable get-
together at the Golden Corral, since our longstanding meeting
place, Ryan's, closed down. Those attending were Malcolm
and Jean Stone, Anne and Al Johnston, Gene Clary and
friend Margie Adams, Ruth and Terri Tillman, President
Ron Angermuller, and Dick, Lynn and Janet Cunningham.
The Cunninghams migrated south after the meeting thus
missing our spectacular Christmas party which was held on
December 3rd at O'Charley's restaurant. More on that in a
moment as I will back up to the Thanksgiving festivities.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny hosted Thanksgiving dinner
at their home for Jim and Diane Bradley and Wilma's son
Mike Densmore, who flew in from Missouri. Cherry Sue
Stahlman and Pat Fraser spent the holiday with Cherry
Sue's daughter Bonnie and family in Maryland. Jean and
Malcolm Stone drove to Ohio to visit son David and family
and my whole gang came here: John and girlfriend Julie
from snow-covered Wellsboro, Pa.; Lisa and the Trincas
from the Piedmont, N.C. area; Terri, Brian and Michael
from Atlanta and Jennifer Watkins from Charlotte. Also
present were my sister Vicki, aka "Garage Sale Sally", and
my nieces Brandi Howe, Nanette Reunion and daughter
Kaitlyn. It was wall-to-wall people and we had a grand time.
Our society annual Christmas party on December 3rd was
attended by 26 people. We had a private back room at
O'Grady's which we decorated with poinsettias and
Christmas candy. After an excellent dinner we had several
door prize giveaways of Mola Christmas pillows, donated by
Malcolm and Jean Stone, and several coffee mugs with pack-
ages of Caf6 Duran donated by Davis Stevenson. He and
June drove up from Atlanta for the party and spent the week-
end with me. We also drew names for the table flowers so
almost everyone took home a prize. I say almost because I
don't think Pat and Ron Nessler got one. Alice Latimer
brought a few copies of the Museum cookbook with her for
sale and they were snatched up quickly. Those attending,
along with those mentioned earlier, were Chuck Latimer and
daughter Mary, Don and Jan Ponder, Ron Angermuller,
Kay and Bob Rodgers, Willy and Wilma Nowotny, Sam and
Norma Irvin, Hannah and Dr. Henry Stockwell, Doug and
Irene Hinek, Ty and Nicki Erickson and Pat Hunt.

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North Carolina Christmas Party

Volunteers are needed for Registration at the 2006 Annual
Reunion. If you are interested in volunteering, contact
Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916 or Joan Ohman at (813)

I received a call last fall from Leyda Maynard, who lives
in Port St. Lucie, Fla. She lived in Gatun between 1965 and
1976 and would like to get in touch with a former Cristobal
High School Spanish teacher by the name of Thelma
Howard, who taught there for about 18 years. If any of you
Cristobalites have any idea where she is living, please contact
me. Also, if anyone knows the whereabouts of Eddie Blake,
a former Canal Zone policeman and customs employee, she
would like to get in touch with him also. Eddie worked on
both the Atlantic and Pacific sides.
Both Jim and Diane Bradley and Wilma and Willy
Nowotny went on cruises in December again; however, not
together this time. Jim and Diane drove to Jacksonville, Fla.
to pick up granddaughters, Candace and Lauren, children of
Jim and Sherry Bradley, and took them on a cruise to the
Caribbean. They were not, however, on the "Big Red Boat".
They cruised for a week on the Carnival Glory to the
Bahamas and had a marvelous time.

Candace, Diane, Lauren, Jim Bradley, on December

After returning to Jacksonville, Jim and Diane drove to
Tarpon Springs and spent a couple of days at Jim's sister
Marian's condo--sans kids. They were able to visit with Will
and Sally Nickisher and Fran and Jack Hern while there.
They returned home right after Christmas, just in time to
clean up the mess from the major ice storm we experienced
before Christmas. Jim and Diane had also spent about a
month in Germany in the fall, visiting daughter Eileen and
family, their first visit after becoming grandparents again to
the twin girls, Mia and Pia. They had a great time as usual
spoiling Karl Phillip, the "big brother", and the girls.

granddaughter Amanda Schmidt Breeden and husband
Dwayne, and great-granddaughter Abigail Breeden from
South Carolina. Sam's other sister Marty Irvin Tanner, her
daughter Amanda McGee and Amanda's husband Conway
and son Tanner from Palm City, Fla. were also there. Sam
and Norma's sons Tom and wife Kathleen and granddaugh-
ters Sara and Kathleen, Carrboro, N.C.; John and grand-
daughter Patricia and grandson John Irvin Jr. from Fallon,
Nev.; daughter-in-law Jenny, granddaughter Jessalyn and
grandson Samuel Irvin IV rounded out the company. Sam,
the Jr. or II or III, must have been out at sea!! What does
come before the IV?

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Martha Irvin Tanner, Elizabeth Quintero and granddaugh
ter Amanda Schmidt Breeden.

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Jim and Diane Bradley with twins Pia (front) and Mia
Petzold-Bradley (back), Berlin, Germany.
Willy and Wilma cruised the southern Caribbean in mid-
December visiting several islands. Their favorites were Aruba
and Curacao. They arrived home just before Christmas and
spent a quiet holiday at home. They should be home for a few
weeks before their next cruise. Must be nice.
Sam and Norma Irvin hosted a combination family
reunion and Christmas dinner on December 23rd, when 21
family members from four generations gathered at their
home. Present were Betty Irvin Brown Quintero of
Hendersonville, her daughter Beth Schmidt, Mims, Fla.,

Norma Irvin, daughter-in-law Jenny (Sam III's wife), and
Sam Irvin.

Dr. Chuck and Alice Latimer flew to Amsterdam in
November and from there traveled by train and car to
Mannheim and Munich, Germany, where they visited friends
for a week or so. From there they flew to Lisbon, and after a
week there, cruised back to Miami, and home to South
Carolina. They spent Christmas in California. And, better late
then never, congratulations to Alice and Chuck--they cele-
brated their 59th wedding anniversary in September.
After Christmas, my sister "Garage Sale Sally"--oops, I
mean Vicki--and her granddaughter Kaitlyn and I drove over
to see my daughters, Lisa and Laurie. While there we were
able to visit with Margaret (Bivin) Coffin and her husband
Mark and 3-year-old daughter Meg. They were visiting
Mark's mother nearby. It was a super Christmas for Margaret
and Meg, as Daddy was home for the holidays. Margaret's
mother Betsy spent Christmas in Panama with Bill and his
family. I had spent Christmas in Atlanta with Terri and fami-
Guess that's it from North Carolina. Hopefully I haven't

missed anyone's news. Keep it coming. My email is non- drove from Oregon to pick her up along the way. They stayed
existent at present so write or phone. Am just starting my with Jim and Connie Ebdon at their lovely home in Poulsbo,
Christmas cards as I am still recovering from shoulder and along with Jim's brother and his wife, Paul and Connie
hand surgery, so a belated Merry Christmas and a most Ebdon. The dinner after was a great opportunity to gather
Happy New Year to all. with old friends and party.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995


Hi there from us Northwest folks (even though this was
written from Florida in January)!!
Gerry Laatz was in Panama in October-November where
he spent much time quality (not quantity) fishing with Sid
Coffin on the Atlantic side. On a visit to the Pacific side to
attend the Elks-Shriners Halloween party, he stayed overnight
with my cousin Sue and Lew Stabler and two of their three
sons, Timmie and Robbie. (Tito is working in Florida). At Wal l t it ie
the party Gerry ran into Peggy (Wilder) and Vincett S Mla a
the party Gerry ran into Peggy (Wilder) and Vince Back: Walter Kleefkens in middle at back with nieces
Canamas, Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley, Ed and Vicky Karen Blennerhassett, Sandi McClanahan and Nancy
Canamas, Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley, Ed and Vicky
(Sizemore) Wardlow. Back on the Atlantic side, he spent Ivory.
some time at the La Guaira Beach next to Al and Hilda
Jova's place. He had a delicious Napoli Restaurant visit with
Norm and Marixenia Pedersen and Jaime and Virginia
Gutierrez. He also saw Art and Margie Sherry at their boat E
house at Diablo Point. Our son J Reiley and his wife
Sunshine (Ray) Laatz visited Panama while Gerry was
there. All three stayed a night at the Panama Canal Yacht Club
annex hotel in Garote and went to the restaurant where
Richard Keith runs the restaurant and bar. On the way back
from Garote, they went on a canopy tour in Maria Chiquita.
Gerry says that tour is the best he's been on. It was nine pass-
es, some of them 150 to 200 feet off the ground. J and
Sunshine had a great time on an eight-hour tug shift with Lew
Stabler. On a visit to Fort San Lorenzo, the three were treat-
ed to howler monkey roars and a very rare sighting of a white "
From Ginny Rankin: She and family had a great
Thanksgiving. Daughter Karen (Rankin) and John
Blennerhassett and their two kids came for the week from
their home in Panama. Ginny's brother Walter Kleetkens Front (L-R): Jennifer (Rankin) and John Lewis, Lewis
and his wife Suzanne (Urey) drove up from The Dalles, Ore. child, Robert Rankin, Gayle (Fettler) Rankin holding
for four days. Their daughter Jennifer McCleary and her Lewis child, Kindra (Rankin) and Dave Younce. Back:row:
husband and three kids made it up from Oregon for the Three Younce boys.
Thanksgiving dinner too. Nancy (Rankin) Ivory hosted this
year. It was a nice family gathering with lots of noise and
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quiet. After Karen and John flew back to Panama, Ginny's
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was held in Bremerton and Ginny went with Walter who

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Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, Connie (Balmas) Ebdon
(Paul's wife), Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin. Front: Jim and
Paul Ebdon.

Gerry Briem writes that she took time from moving and :-'
went to San Francisco for Christmas and visited with her son
Allen Smith, his wife Monica, and Gerry's two grandsons, i'
Alexander (2 and a half) and David (7 months), in Brisbane.
They all went over to Sam and Mary Lou Hartshorn's
house in Point Richmond and visited with them, their daugh- n
ter Hannah and Mary Lou's mother Maxine. Allen continues
to work in the computer industry, and they are preparing to
home school their boys. Sam and Mary Lou are busy as ever. -
Besides working, bicycling, skiing, hiking, windsurfing, etc.,
they are getting Hannah through her senior year and narrow-
ing her college choices.

Ray Laatz holding 4-1/2 month-old Lilli and Emese
Radvanszky holding 2-1/2 year-old Alex.

Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin feel blessed to be in
the northwest. They've been camping and fishing with their
daughters and their families and have enjoyed fun-filled vis-
its from many friends this past summer. They fished, crabbed
and shrimped out of their new 21-foot boat and spent many
,/ an idyllic hour casting on the pristine rivers. Gayle's mom
S?. Vera had one knee replaced to go with the hip replacement
last year and is doing well.

Monica, David and Allen Smith

Sam, Hannah, and Mary Lou Hartshorn

Gayle (Fettler) and Robert Rankin snowshoeing in the


Michelle Calvo, daughter of Fernando "Chico" and
Stella "Baby" Calvo, and Chris Sommers were married in
a small lovely ceremony in a Seattle church in early October.
Prior to the wedding Ed and Mellie (Turner) Kennedy and
Gerry and I went to Michelle's apartment and met up with
Chico and Baby and their daughter Maite, then went for a
dinner get-together at a darling little Italian bistro. Great
reunion with longtime friends! Michelle's sister Linette
couldn't make the wedding as she was tending to the Calvos'
two grandkids, one of whom came down with a breathing
problem so she had to cancel the flight from Louisiana.
Miriam (Calvo) Gonzalez also could not attend as she lives
in Spain with her husband and two kids, one a newborn.
Our nephew Robert Laatz, son of Charles "Chuck" and
Leslie Laatz, and his wife Kristen became the proud parents
of their firstborn, Gabriella Bellamy Laatz, on November
28 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Robert is adjusting quite well to the
new household manager and Kristen is enjoying being a first-
time mom.
Another of our nephews, David Laatz. Chuck and
Leslie's other son, and his wife Debbi brought into the world
their third child. Dylan David Laatz, in late December in
San Pedro, Calif. Dylan joins his sister Sara (5) and brother
Christopher (3). All are doing fine.
Gerry and I went to lunch in St. Petersburg, Fla. in
December with Bill and Fran Stock and their daughter
Cindy and learned that the Stocks' son Marc had retired from
his UPS job in Seattle and is now enjoying more time with his
two still-at-home kids, Trey and Maggie.
Our J Reiley and wife Sunshine of St. Pete had a great
New Year's party and among the guests were Jose and
Joanna (Canto) Alvarez and their little Joselito. It sure was
good to see them after so many years. Butch, Janis (Brogie),
Jennifer and Joann Eckel also were there. Great time! and
even us grandfolks managed to stay up for the magic hour.
During our Christmas-time visit to St. Petersburg, Gerry
visited John Gough and his wife Ellen (Douglas) at their
lovely home where John did the show-and-tell thing about his
motorcycles. J and Sunshine and Gerry and I also enjoyed a
fantastic New Year's day prime-rib roast and Yorkshire pud-
ding with all the trimmings at the Eckels' home in Odessa,
Fla., and Janis and Bruce Eckel had invited Jan's aunt, Anita
Oberholtzer, plus all their kids, and their wives and children,
including Tom and Lisa (Sasso) and their two daughters,
Haley and Courtney; Alan and Kristine (Stromberg) and
their two sons, Kyle and Kollin; Joann and her son
Christopher; Jennifer: and Wendell Sasso and his newly-
intended Inez Barres from Panama (exquisite ring). It was so
good to see all of them.
While we're here in Florida, we plan to drive to
Melbourne for a little visit to see Helen Purdy, mom of
Richard Keith and grandmom to Ricky, Michael, Bridgotte
and Denise Keith.
We also stayed with Cody Hollowell who had invited sis-
ter Tinker Cooper over to Orlando from her new home in
Jacksonville to cook her famous Tinker pot roast. Tinker
invited her grandson Jason too. At Pat Manning's home in
Little Hollywood, Fla. we enjoyed one of Pat's famous steak
cookouts with Pat's friend, Diane McCauley and her mom
Marguerite, and Beth (Brown) Schmidt and Cody.

Neil Lohr has a new job with Westport in Port Angeles,
Wash., where he immensely enjoys his work on engines in the
pleasure boatbuilding industry.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at our home in
Anacortes, Wash. with Ed, Mellie (Turner) and their kids
Robert and Joyce Kennedy; Guy, Mary (Wells) Fealey and
their kids Guy Ethan and Jamie; Jimmy Fealey and his
daughter Jessalyn; Neil Lohr and friend Terri Ray; Gerry's
aunt and cousin Raymona and John Vorbeck; and Joe and
Olga (Turner) Wallace.
Our best to all of you for a wonderful spring and hasta la

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


Anna reports:

Well, who could imagine that
another quarter of the year passed by
so quickly and it's that time again to
put all of our articles together. Along
with the quarter, came another visit Anna Opel
from my husband Carl Opel on a short
reprieve from Baghdad. We were able to enjoy Thanksgiving
dinner here at home with friends and visited the Barcello
Hotel Resort in Playa Blanca for a few days along with a few
days at the beach at La Guaira.
November in Panama is a month full of patriotic holidays
and parades and most government buildings and surrounding
areas are dressed in various displays of the Panamanian flag-
-the Administration Building and El Prado were no excep-
---- --

Administration Building

El Prado with flags lining both sides

Well, I racked up some more frequent flyer miles in late
November and visited my daughter Jenilee Szymanski in
Miami for a few weeks. I am still in awe over the damage
there from Hurricane Wilma in late October. I now utnder-
stand a lot more of the Blue Roof Program, just blue tarps on
roofs, but seeing entire neighborhoods with blue tarps on
their roofs was unreal. Poor New Orleans!
I returned to Panama in mid-December and to what I con-
sider a sure sign of Christmas on the Isthmus--the mahogany
trees in the former Canal area shedding their leaves for the
dry season. However, it's the first week of January 2006 and
the rains have not let tip as of this date. The only good thing
is that we don't have to pull out the hoses and sprinklers yet
to keep the yards green.
Christmas always brings many visitors back home and
this year Lisa Klasovsky from Germany visited with her par-
ents in Panama for a few weeks while her husband Ivan went
to Merritt Island in Florida to spend the time with his moth-
er. I was able to enjoy a fantastic dinner at Le Bistrot with
Lisa and other friends. Frank and Blanca Mitchell, Stan and
Maureen Leon, Bill and DeeDee Hanna, Sonia Valley,
Woody DeJernette, and Ernie and Maritza Dean visiting
from Texas.
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Lisa Klasovsky and Anna Opel at La Bistrot

Lisa and I were able to get together again before she left
and we went to brunch at the Miramar Bay View Restaurant
on New Years Day with Lou and Angelica Dominguez and
Jack Townsend who came in from Portobelo for a few days
of rest from constructing his house. Its no wonder, the
Thanksgiving/Christmas seasons are notorious for gaining
weight--every time you turn around, its another dinner with
friends and family.
Tragedy struck our barrio (neighborhood) when we
learned that our neighbor's son, Chief Warrant Officer Isaias
Santos Luzcando, was killed in a helicopter accident in
Baghdad on December 26th. Isaias was a childhood friend of
my daughter Jenilee and I talked with him on his last visit to
Panama in late October. He was excited about being a heli-
copter pilot and that his unit was heading out to Iraq in a few
weeks. Isaias was buried with full military honors at Corozal
Cemetery on January 6, 2006.
Wow, I received a lot of e-mails this time with submis-
sions so enjoy all the news:
From Dr. W. M. Snyder: "Conan Herring paid a visit to
Panama and celebrated the entry of New Years at the Elks
#1414. Doctor Snyder and Vilma Snyder were there, along
with several Zonian friends. There were many other former
Zonian Elks present and all had a great time. The weather was
wonderful for our indoor and outdoor party and the stars and
fireworks lit up the sky. A few Elks were also lit up. Sorry for
you guys in the Far North, but would you believe it, we had
a few very cool nights (I called them cold). Windows were
closed, covers used and fans turned off along the coastal
plains near the beaches."
Donald L. Nolan (CHS'57) and wife Gerlinde of El
Valle reported that it had been a very busy but joyful year for
them. "Our daughter Jennifer Nolan (BHS'87) married
Lawrence Villarroel of Atlanta. Ga. The wedding took place
April 6, 2005 in the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada with
family and friends attending the wedding party. In May we
were off to my wife's (Gerlinde) family reunion in Berlin,
Germany. We traveled to various parts of the country, espe-
cially Dresden and Leipzig. Both cities have not yet been dis-
covered by the American tourist. Then we were off again in
November, visiting daughter Jennifer and husband in Atlanta.
Ga. for a couple days. The Thanksgiving holidays were spent
in Lakeland. Fla. with our daughter Christina Nolan Hensel
(BHS'85), her husband, and our son Patrick Nolan
(BHS'91) and his wife Svjetlana who were expecting their
second child. "Heidi" was finally born on November 26th,
two days after Thanksgiving. Andrew, her little brother of
three, could hardly wait for Mommy to come home from the
hospital. On December 2nd, we finally flew home to prepare
for the holiday visit of our daughter Jennifer and husband
Collin and Alberta Corrigan received a very nice one
day late Christmas present. Their son Gerald and his wife
Alice welcomed into the world their third child, a boy. on
December 26th. Casey joins his big brother Jordan and sis-
ter Amber. Gerald and family still reside in Oahu, Hawaii.
Penny Canamas in her e-mail wrote "we had our son
Darrell down visiting for Christmas, he had not been back
for four years and saw a lot of changes. I also had a classmate
of mine, Mary (Redman) (CHS'70) Combs, and her hus-

band Ken visit. Everyone had a good time soaking in the
sun/rain and enjoying some dry season breeze. Attached is a
picture of Darrell and Vincent; Ken and Mary."

Darrell and Vincent Canamas


2,000 seats sold and we calculate nearly $200,000 was raised
for the humanitarian programs of The Casa Esperanza which
takes the kids off the street, those normally seen begging at
the traffic lights where they ask for money to support their
needy families...or, sadly, getting money for one of their par-
ents to buy drugs. The Casa Esperanza educates the kids at
their various centers throughout the country to learn the three
R's and keeps them off the street. True, that the Casa
Esperanza will assist the kids to earn money to help maintain
the families by asking for money, and making every effort to
educate them. The kids are taught and fed at their centers."

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Well, that's it for now!! Hope you enjoyed the latest tid-
ings and again thanks to all the members here in Panama who
shared their latest news with all of you. Till next Canal

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507)262-1001

Ken and Mary Combs

Marc Quinn wrote in that Scott Newland with wife
Patricia and children Yarrow and Noah of Albuquerque,
N.M., visited Panama during the year-end holidays, where
they were the guests of cousins Marc and Bruce Quinn in
Panama City and El Valle. Scott is the son of the late Ross
Newland and Elaine Lombard Newland of Bluffton, S.C.
Bruce Quinn's e-mail was on the recent show for The
Casa Esperanza on December 7, 2005, in Las Islas of Atlapa
here in Panama. "I baptized the show Suefios De Esperanza.
All of the songs had to do with hope, dreams, and wishes. The
final song was the number "Reach" by Gloria Estefan with all
the 28 artists and dancers on stage incredibly lit for the show
by Master Lighting Designer Rick Belzer, assisted by Ken
Davis from New York, both of whom did me the favor of
traveling to Panama to light the event. Earlier in the year Rick
did the lighting of Jesus Cristo Superstar with the presence of
Sir Tim Rice at the National Theater. The youngest per-
former, Juan Pablo Fabrega, age nine, is held up by the
dancers reaching for the stars in this last number. He opened
the show with "When You Wish Upon A Star" attired like
Jiminy Cricket. The musical director Nando Lopez is D.S.
directing an orchestra of 28 musicians. There were more than



"Feliz Afio Nuevo Y'awl" and
best wishes for a happy, healthy
Proud father Art Farrell
acknowledged daughter Kelly
(Farrell) Murphy's rank as Linda Morris
Lieutenant Commander in the
National Health Service on a recent visit to Richardson,
Texas. Kelly, a nurse stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, was on
a "Katrina duty assignment" in New Orleans.
Tom Ender, formerly of the Panama Canal Company
Procurement Office in New Orleans, lost his condo in
Diamondhead, Miss. to Katrina. He stayed with friends on
"dry land" for three months and is now the proud owner of a

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"new condo with a new mortgage" back in Diamondhead.
Gary Hooper, North Richland Hills, will travel to
Panama in January to visit family and friends.
Glenn and Christina (Efthimiadis) Seeley (CHS'75)
hosted the 13th Annual Balboa Invitational Golf Classic in
Dallas. Past tournaments have been held in San Antonio,
Houston, Colorado and New Mexico. Twenty golfers played
three-and-a-half rounds of golf in perfect October weather.
The 19th Hole gathering had all the BHS'75 classmates
recalling old times including Gary Tochterman, who flew in
from France, and Andrew Efthimiadis from Panama. The
traditional Saturday night party attracted non-golfing but
ready to party Zonians in the Dallas area--for a very crowded
and very loud evening. For the "tipico-loving foodies"
Murray McArthur and Colin Creel provided the masses
with freshly made seviche. and a good time was had by all.
Next year's Balboa Classic will be hosted by Charlie (Big
Smoke) Cantrell in Albuquerque.


Frank Berry, Glenn Seeley (BHS'72) and Ken Gerhart
(BHS'73) at Golf Classic.

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Colin Creel, unnamed guest, and Murray McArthui
Seeley party, Dallas.


Volunteers are needed for Registration at the 2006
Annual Reunion. If you are interested in volunteering,
contact Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916 or Joan
Ohman at (813) 672-4823.

Blake and Holly (Richardson) (BHS'79) Stock hosted a
fun Christmas party at their home in Piano. Their neighbor-
hood, Deerfield, is a popular area for Christmas light dis-
plays. The invitees were treated to "horse and carriage rides"
through the area. Some of the attending kiddos could have
ridden all night.

Holly Richardson Stock celebrates at Christmas party with
friend Kathy on left.

From the San Antonio area Jeanne (Flynn) Stough
(BHS'41) writes that "her Philatelic exhibit 'Canal Zone
Hereos The Last 20 Years' won First Prize at the American
Philatelic Society Show in Connecticut in October. Five
frames filled with Canal Zone envelopes, full of rare old CZ
stamps and postmarks on them was the winning entry. She
advises Zonians not to throw away any old envelopes with
good CZ stamps and postmarks on them." Jeanne is a descen-
dant of Roosevelt Medal Holder Richard Roberts who went
to Panama in 1906 and died of Black Water Fever in 1910.
Her siblings include the Flynn family members Marguerite
"Babe" Kessler, Marilyn "Sis" Flynn, Joanne Farley, and
the late Pete Flynn.
Bob and Maggie (Williams) Windle have moved back to
Cibola, Texas after nine months in Tallahassee. Now that Bob
has retired, they plan to do more traveling. During the holi-
days they enjoyed lots of family: sister Cathy White; broth-
er Mike Williams and niece Jackie. I am sure Maggie served
some of her near-famous empanadas.
Wil "Robb" Morris (BHS'78) has resettled in the San
Antonio area from Yorktown, Va. Since his move he has met
quite a few BHS alumnus in the area: Among them, Major
Gus Miskovsky (BHS'79) who is assigned to Army
Intelligence and his family of five, and Kaye "Boy" Richey
Sonia Canas Valley. Rep. of Panama, swept into town to
visit daughter Sandra Fulton for Thanksgiving but was
whisked away to Vegas with Sandy before her friends here
could entertain her.
Bob and Linda Morris spent the month of October cruis-
ing the Mediterranean. They docked in Houston and on a
flight to Dallas, Linda's 30-inch suitcase was lost by
Southwest. Not only the "treasures" bought in Europe were
lost but the only two updated address books in their home
also. Getting out Christmas cards this year was a BUMMER!

We're anxious to hear about "your happenings". Continue
to send your news and photos to the "Casa Morris".

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400


Best wishes for the New Year from all the Kerrville
Iris Hogan was visited by her brother and sister-in-law,
Louis and Barbara Dedeaux of Pensacola, Fla. They attend-
ed a play at the Caliloux Theater, got together with friends in
the area, and had a great visit.
Thanksgiving was cheerfully celebrated by Fred and
Marion Wells, Iris Hogan, Kathy Lessiack, Honey Fealey,
and Jo-Anne Fields at the Inn of the Hills -- no dishes to
wash and no week-long leftovers.
Annie Boggs of San Antonio, Texas, recently suffered a
heart attack. As part of her recuperation she came up to
Kerrville to visit with me and attend the Canasta luncheon.
Her husband Robert (Topper) was a captive visitor as their
truck broke down on the way here and he had to wait two
days for a new clutch to be installed.
About 45 of the Canal Zone ladies gathered for Honey
Fealey's annual Canasta and Bridge Luncheon which started
with lunch at the Inn of the Hills buffet and then the card
sharks moved to Honey's house to play and feast on her
scrumptious desserts while enjoying her lovely decorations.

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


Happy New Year from Virginia.
,r" Thanksgiving brought my siblings
together here in Virginia Beach. We
Karen Brandl were to spend Christmas and New
Years in Pittsburgh with Steve's family; however, life is full
of surprises and we stayed home. We also learned in late
November that Steve would be going to Iraq, short notice as
always! He left on January 2nd. He will be supporting the
Army for approximately four months, although he works for
the Navy DOD. My daughter Laura is playing volleyball on
a Junior Olympics team this year. We will be traveling this
winter and spring throughout Virginia. Hopefully, this will
lend me the opportunity to visit with Zonians outside the
Hampton Roads area. I'll let you guys know where tourna-
ments are and perhaps we can meet. Alex is away at school

and loving Johnson & Wales University. He cooked for us
during Thanksgiving weekend, nice treat!




Alex and Laura Brandl, Alex and Foster Peugnet enjoying
warm Virginia Beach weather. Thanksgiving Day.

Back (L-R): Bill Wilcox, Ernie Peugnet, Freddy Peugnet,
Steve Brandl, Alex Brandl. Middle (L-R): Alex Peugnet,
Laura Peugnet (abuelita), Foster Peugnet, Laura Brandl
holding Cody. Front (L-R): Ginny Peugnet, Rosanna
Peugnet Wilcox, Karen Peugnet Brandl.

Damien (BHS'88) and Tanya Oliver welcomed Chance
Evan Oliver to their family on December 6, 2005. Chance
joins siblings Victoria (age 12), Arman (age 9). and Maia
(age 3). The family resides in Hampton, Va., courtesy of the
United States Navy.

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300 dpi resolution or higher.

Lori Matros (BHS'79) Herrington reports that Ken and
Jo Matros' family held a surprise 50th Wedding Anniversary -" "
for them this past July in Colorado. They wish to thank all .' T I
who came to help celebrate this special occasion with them
and to those who sent cards. '

Mola quilt/wall hanging

Peggy Morgan (BHS'59) Brown and brother Buddy
J Morgan (BHS'62) and his wife Stacia Walsh (BHS-
CHS'63) Morgan just got back from Panama. They spent ten
days after a 36-year hiatus. "It was quite an eye-opener," she
said. She was able to find her old house as well as other
places in Balboa. The trip was fantastic, she reports. While in
Panama, she visited with Charly Garcia (BHS'62) in El
-.- Valle.

Back (L-R): Renee (Matros) (BHS'74) Fairchild, Bruce Karen (Peugnet) Brandl, Reporter
Fairchild, Shawn Matros with Jacob, Jo and Ken Matros, (757) 233-6767
Russ Herrington (BHS'67), Melanie Herrington, Joni email:
(lat11ri) (BHS'77) Van Eps, John Van Eps, Jeremy Van
Eps. Front (L-R): Kari Matros, Cassie Herrington, Lori
(Matros) Herrington, Nici Van Eps, Sarah Van Eps. PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
Dave Albanese (CHS'66) is the chairperson for the Class
of '66 The Castaways 40th class reunion this year. He has Volunteers are needed for Registration at the 2006 Annual
provided me with a website for other CHS'66 graduates to Reunion. If you are interested in volunteering, contact
check out. Please contact me for further information. Dave Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916 or Joan Ohman at
reminded us that CHS was undefeated in football in both (813) 672-4823.
1965 (last year's reunion) and in 1966. They had a football
celebration last year with 23 lettermen in attendance includ-
Bonita (Ensey) (BHS'64) Leavitt's mom, Mrs. Patricia ONLINE SERVICES
Ensey, has made and donated a full-size quilt/wall hanging
that will be auctioned off for the BHS class of 1964's 45th
reunion. You don't have to be a BHS'64 alumni to bid on it.
$500 is the minimum starting bid and it can be seen on the
BHS'64 website, or contact Sherry Hozack or Fred
Eversole, BHS class of 1964. The quilt is homage to Molas.
It is totally handmade and it is awesome, says Bonita. Pat
Ensey was a Library Technician for several years at Albrook
AFB, Ft. Clayton and at the Tropic Test Center while her hus-
band, CMSGT Wilbur F. Ensey (deceased 9/30/05), was sta-
tioned at the Inter American Air Force Academy at Albrook
AFB. The family was there for three tours of duty from 1957 Visit the Panama Canal Society website for online serv-
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Deadline for the
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is April 7, 2006.

renewals, general membership meetings and minutes,
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Alina Boyer (15), daughter of Nola Swain-Boyer, was
the 2005 English Pleasure Champion at Shandoni Ranch in
Sacramento, Calif. She was also Reserve Champion in
English Long-Stirrup at Shandoni Ranch with her Brazilian
thoroughbred Um Tesouro (Rio). This was their second year
of showing.
She looks forward to 2006 and more competition. She and
Rio placed 4th overall in the Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper


William A. "Billy" Epperson III graduated from the
University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. on December
13. 2005, earning a bachelor's degree in Business
Administration. Billy is the son of Bill and Sue (Halley)
Epperson (BHS'67) of Biloxi, Miss.
Attending Billy's graduation were his fiancee Zoee
Langeland, son Kaden Max Epperson, stepmother Sue
Epperson, mother Janice Epperson, brother Aaron, and Ken
and Mary Langeland. After graduation, a celebration lunch-
eon was held at the Cheesecake Factory in Winter Park, Fla.


Alina Boyer and Um Tesouro (Rio)


2005 Public Service Hispanic Woman of the Year Award
was given to Brenda Furlong of Tampa, Fla. for her dedica-
tion and endless contribution to the Tampa Bay Community.
This and other categories of awards were given during a
luncheon at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in downtown
Tampa. on October 28. 2005.

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Winners of different categories of awards including the
Amiga Award to city of Tampa Mayor Pam lorio.

Zoee Langeland holding Kaden Max Epperson, and grad
uate William A. Epperson.


On October 24, 2005, Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese was rec-
ognized at the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts for his lifelong work as a conductor and his dedication
to promoting classical music to youth as an educator. As part

of the celebration, Panamanian-born Dr. James Brooks-
Bruzzese commenced the award ceremony with a perform-
ance that included members of the Symphony of the
Americas and the National Symphony Orchestra, featuring
music of the Cuban composer, Ernesto Locuona. and
Argentine tangos by the famed Argentine composer, Astor
Piazzolla. Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese when receiving the
award at the podium, stated "This is one of the greatest hon-
ors I could possibly receive, as it celebrates my family, my
homeland of Panama and my immersion in the arts."
Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese was recognized for "reaching
the pinnacle of musical accomplishment while steadfastly
serving as a mentor to emerging musicians and opening doors
to other Hispanics in the field", said Jose Antonio Tijerino,
President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
Other recipients that evening included Soledad O'Brien.
co-anchor of CNN's American Morning, receiving the Vision
Award; and Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce,
receiving the Leadership Award.
After the concert and awards presentation, the gala
evening ended with a sit-down dinner and reception follow-
ing in the South Gallery Terrace Restaurant for the honored

H.iL I -Ri Niclihla, Pino. Rom Pino. Mlichael Pino.
Matthew Pino, Mario Pino, Christopher Pino, Stephanie
Pino and friend Alexandra, and Mario's wife Louise Pino.
Front: Captain Ron and Bianca Pino.


It was with great joy and thanksgiving that the Gangle
children gathered to celebrate their mother Marie Gangle's
90th birthday. The party was hosted in the home of Patti,
Hugh and Sam Harvey. Those attending the party were four
of her children and their families: Margaret and Jules
Damiani and two of their children, Jennifer and David
Damiani: Tom and Mary Lou Gangle and their children.
Tamara, Karl and Maddox Givens, and Lindsay and Adam
Crum; Patti and Hugh Harvey and their son Sam: and
Barbara and David Sherer and their children, Nicole and
Heather Sherer. Also present was Marie's grandson Jim
Gangle along with his daughter Ella.

Elvira Brooks, Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, Sharon
Brooks, and Mr. Valasquez (Hispanic Heritage Foundation).


April was a pleasant and hectic month for the Pino fami-
ly. Roy and his brother Mario were able to secretly prepare
for the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents, Ron and
Bianca Pino, at the Fellini Restaurant in Newtown Square,
Roy and Mario managed to have family and friends from
all over the country. Capt. Sam Irvin and his wife Norma
from Hendersonville. N.C., and Sarah Finkelstein from Isle
of Palms. S.C. were included in the group that attended the
party to celebrate and honor the 50th anniversary of their
Mom and Dad.

Rear (L-R): Tom Gangle, Margaret Damiani, Barbara
Sherer, Patti Harvey. Front: Marie Gangle.

Marie's cousins Jim and Joan Andrews and Pat Keenan
from Cleveland, Ohio were also able to come, along with sev-


The Caribe Royale is a fully suited property featuring King Suites or Double Queen suites at the rate of $121.00. The
Double Queen Suite measures 466 sq. ft. and has two queen size beds in the bedroom and one full size sofa bed in the liv-
ing room. Each suite is also equipped with two color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games, two telephones
with data ports, a refrigerator in Towers I and II, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), iron and
ironing board. The King Suite measures 500 sq. ft. and has one king size bed in the bedroom and one full size sofa bed in the
living room. Each King Suite is also equipped with two color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games, two tele-
phones with data ports, a refrigerator in Towers I and II, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), iron
and ironing board. In Tower III, the suites have a mini-bar; however, upon guest request, the contents of the mini-bar will be
removed at no charge and a small refrigerator will be provided if available. Guests in Tower III who wish to have the con-
tents of the mini-bar removed should contact the Guest Services desk immediately upon check-in and request removal. The
mini-bar cooler is only a cooler and not a refrigerator. It will not maintain temperatures sufficient to keep food, milk
or medicine cold.

Th.r.... al6 a limited number of Villas available at the rat of $241.00. Each villa moasuras 1,260 sq. ft and has .n.
king siza bed in the master bedroom, two queen size bods in the saeand bedroom and onf full siza sofa bed located in the liv
ng room. Each Villa is equipped with throo color televisions with pay per view mavias and videa games, two bathroams,
two telephone lines with data ports, a sar-anad in balcony, a whirlpoal bath, a full kithefn with dishwasher, washer/dryar,
CD/aassatta player, video cassette player, hair dry@r, in room safe (fee), full aizo iron and ironing board and coiling fans

Villas are no longer available. Please contact the Society office to be placed on a waiting list.

A diagram of the layouts of each room type is provided (see page L) in order to assist in the selection of room types.

Questions concerning the reunion should be directed to the Reunion Co-Coordinator, Bob Russell at (813) 633-8916 or
via email at Questions concerning the hotel reservations should be directed to
the Hotel Lodging Chairperson Darleen Hunt, at (727) 507-0132 or via e-mail at

In order to expedite the room check-in process, we have also asked that you provide us with an estimated time of your
arrival and whether you are driving or flying to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard would be appreciated. NOTE:
HOTEL CHECK-IN IS 3:00 P.M. Self-parking is free at the Caribe Royale. There is no valet parking.

If you require baby-sitting services, please make your own arrangements.

Free continental breakfast service will be provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to all those registered for the reunion.
Breakfast tickets for all REGISTERED MEMBERS will be included in the registration packet, which may be picked up dur-
ing Registration hours along with any tickets you may have purchased to the PanaZonian dance, Annual Ball, Annual
Luncheon or DJ Dances. The continental breakfast will be provided at designated locations and will include a hot breakfast
sandwich. You must have your breakfast ticket to participate in the breakfast program; those without tickets will not be served
the complimentary breakfast. For attendees wishing to have full breakfast, it will be available a la carte or buffet in the restau-

Transportation from the airport has been arranged through Mears Transportation. Mears will provide service from Orlando
International Airport to Caribe Royale for a discounted fee. Mears discount coupons will be printed in the March and June
issues of the Canal Record, or call the Society office and one will be mailed to you. See page P.

Special drink prices will be offered to our members throughout the resort as follows:

Sodas $1.50
Beer (bottle) Domestic $2.75
Wine $3.00
Mixed Drinks $3.75
Beer (12 oz. Draft) $2.00

2006 Reunion

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Vendor Setup: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean III, IV, and V (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Reunion Clubhouse and Video Arcade: 3:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Boca V VIII

Thursday, July 20, 2006

26th Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course and Clubhouse
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors and Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Caribbean I, III, IV, and V
Reunion Clubhouse and Video Arcade: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Boca V VIII
Thursday Night Dance with the "Castaways": 9:30 p.m. 1:00 a.m. Caribbean VI VII

Friday, July 21, 2006

Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Caribbean VI and VII
Reunion Clubhouse and Video Arcade: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Boca V VIII
Vendors and Panama Canal Museum: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean I, III, IV and V
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean II
Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Caribbean VII
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Caribbean VI and VII
Evening Dance Ticket Sales 8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. in front of the ballroom

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 5:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 5:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors and Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean III, IV and V
Reunion Clubhouse and Video Arcade: 10:00 a.m 2:00 a.m. Boca V VIII
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Grand Sierra Ballroom F-I
Bingo: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean II
Religious Services: Catholic 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Praise & Worship 4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean VI
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Caribbean VI and VII
Evening Dance Ticket Sales 8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. in front of the ballroom

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Vendors and Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Caribbean III, IV and V
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Performance at 10:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I

Despedida Lottery drawing to be held at Despedida. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

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

Complete both pages, and submit intact.







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

Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):

Credit Card Number:

Exp. Date

Member/Card Holder Signature:

Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)


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

R UNIONN REGISTRATION: List each name (including member's) AS YOU WANT IT PRINTED ON
THE NAME BADGES and provide age of each attendee. List name of each family member or guest being
registered by the member and include $5.00 for each person 18 years of age or older. Please make sure you list all reg-
istered names so they can receive complimentary breakfast tickets.
1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.
New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application.


List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Marinated Chicken (C) or Ropa Vieja (RV) by circling one.

CorRV 6.
CorRV 7.
CorRV 8.
CorRV 9.
C or RV 10.

Special seating requests:

GOLF TOUL RN\AM ENT REGISTRATION: Deadline is June 22, 2006 (See Page H for instructions)

Name (Please Print)

Name Age On Hdcp or Avg
7/1/06 18-hole score

Atl or Pac

or Pro

Circle category of competition: 1 2 3
1. Men's individual medal play. 2. Women's individual medal play.

3. 2-Person scramble (team prize)

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

Luncheon Guest Names

# Golfers Amount submitted:

# Luncheon Guests Amount submitted:

Number of golfers taking the bus to Shingle Creek Golf Course


Estimated Time of Arrival: P.M. /A.M. (Circle one)
Are you Flying or Driving ?

No Preference Non-Smoking room _
Standard King Smoking room
Queen Double Accessible Room_ (King Only)
Two bedroom Villa ($211.00 per night, plus tax)

Names of other room occupants: Please make sure you list all registered names SO THEY CAN RECEIVE COMPLI-



HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE/One Night's Deposit ($121.00 or $24.00)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to: Caribe Royale)
Credit Card Number:
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)
Member/Card Holder Signature:

C or RV
C or RV
C or RV
C or RV
C or RV

Exp. Date


SRefer to the map provided in these Yellow Pages for directions to the Caribe Royale.

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

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

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

If you are attending a class reunion, information regarding your class reunion event will be
posted at the Information/Secretary desk bulletin board. This is IF your class reunion chairperson
has furnished us with this information. In the event he/she has not, we will do all that we can to
assist you to locate your class reunion activities.

We will be providing you with more information in each Canal Record between now and the
2006 Reunion to assist you in making your reunion one to remember for all time.

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

The theme for the 2006 Reunion is "Panama Discovered". We selected this theme to keep
our attention on our beloved home back in Panama! While at the Friday and Saturday night
dances enjoy the decorations. Friday will be "School Spirit Night" and Saturday will be our
"Panama Discovered Night" with a nautical theme.


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Reunion Registration Cheryl Russell and Joan Ohman
Hotel Reservations Darleen Hunt
Information/Secretary Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Security Allison McLaughlin
Golf Tournament Margot Jordan
Vendors John Gough and Muriel Whitman
Transportation Bill McLaughlin
Bingo Jim O'Donnell
Dances Bob Russell, Bill and Margaret McLaughlin
DJ Dances Jacque Vowell
Annual Luncheon Lou and Jan Andino
Class and Mini-Reunions Jim Parthenais
Despedida Lottery Faith Brundage and Mary Lou Lang
Despedida Margaret McLaughlin
On-site Ticket Sales Steve Nehring and Skeeter Camby
Event Consultant Bill McLaughlin
Event Decorations Margaret McLaughlin


The 2006 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Caribe Royale from July 19 through July 23,
2006; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for reunion activities, it has
been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a pending file
and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees, are supplied by the applicant. When
put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date will be assigned when the application is finally
completed properly and the correct monies received. PLEASE ensure that all necessary data is supplied and is correctly
stated and that the correct money amount is remitted in order to avoid delays in the processing of your application and
in order not to affect your original receipt date for ticket and lodging priority purposes.


Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member before
May 15, 2006, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the reunion. The annual
membership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remitted with the membership appli-
cation form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only those members who have paid their 2006
annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the membership application form found in the back pages
of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be
contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those
within the local calling area. The Society's website at may also be visited for an application
and information.

The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon, Dance Tickets and the Golf Tournament is June 22, 2006. The
deadline for receipt of hotel room reservations is June 1, 2006, or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are
no longer available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms
and event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines. Note: All rooms and Vil4as are on a
first come first served basis. Once these Villas / Rooms are full, we cannot accept further reservations. We will have
a waiting list, but please plan accordingly.
Tickets purchased for the various reunion activities will not be mailed in advance, but instead will be held at the
Society's reunion registration area for pickup by the member during registration operating hours at the Reunion. Please make
it a point to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.


Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after June 22. 2006, unless there are compelling extenu-
ating circumstances that support doing so. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in order
not to lose the first night guarantee deposit. Contact the Lodging Chairperson or Society office to cancel your hotel
The Caribe Royale's smoking policy is in accordance with State Law smoking will not be permitted indoors except in
those sleeping rooms designated as smoking rooms. There are a limited number of smoking rooms, which will be assigned
in the order received.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property and at Society functions, to include dances is limited to bever-
ages purchased at the hotel bars, and the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the con-
fines of the guest's room, in accordance with State law. No bottled alcohol will be carried into Society functions.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by underaged individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated, and will be dealt with
in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance floors at any time.

All members and their family members or guests are required to register with the Society in order to attend the Reunion;
and a non-refundable $5.00 registration fee per member and registered guest 18 years of age or older must be paid.
For those choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the Society's website at the "On-Line Services" link.

All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday. July 21. 2006. Although
all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year for members. This
is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to Society business and partici-
pate in discussion. Please plan to attend this meeting! There are always really great door prizes donated by the Reunion
Vendors as a bonus.

ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Grand Sierra Ballroom F-I) Deadline to purchase tickets is June 22. 2006
Once again we plan to provide a very interesting agenda for all of you attending the annual luncheon. This year we are
honored to have Mr. Rodolfo R. Sabonge, Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing of the Panama Canal Authority. Prior
to this appointment he served as Marketing Manager, responsible for market and economic research, competitive intelligence,
and customer relations. Mr. Sabonge has worked with the Canal organization since 1986 holding several key management
positions in various divisions of the agency. It is our great pleasure to have Mr. Sabonge as our guest speaker this year. Come
join us for this informative talk about the Panama Canal today.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 22. 2006, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to limit-
ed seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating will be at tables
of 10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment preferences, as well as
special seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket order form and will be honored to
the extent possible.
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of Marinated Chicken Breast with Pineapple Papaya Salsa, Coconut
Rice with Red Beans and Sweet Plantains or Ropa Vieja with Coconut Rice with Red Beans and Sweet Plantains.. Both will
be served with Sierra Salad (Fresh mixed greens, Roma tomato, Cucumber, Red cabbage, Alfalfa sprouts, Ranch dressing),
fresh rolls and butter, Flan and Coffee, Tea, Decaf.
Luncheon tickets WILL NOT be sold at the reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be strictly
enforced. Entrance for the presentation only will not be allowed.
See more information about Mr. Rodolfo Sabonge in this issue of the Canal Record.

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


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

GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON (Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club)
Margot Jordan will be hosting the 26th Annual AMATEUR Golf Tournament on Thursday. July 20.2006, at the Shingle
Creek Golf Club. It is an 18-hole par 72 Championship (7228 yards) golf course that provides an unforgettable golf experi-
ence. **Collared shirts and soft cleats are required. NO denim pants, denim shorts, or coolers are permitted.**
This year we will have three categories of competition:
1. MI N'S medal play flighted by age. (compete for individual prizes)
2. WOMEN'S medal play flight. (compete for individual prizes)
3. 2-PERSON SCRAMBLE flight (compete for team prizes)
REMINDER: PROS are welcome to play but cannot compete for prizes.
When you REGISTER you must choose one of the above three categories. Two person scramble teams will be flighted by
one-half of their combined team handicap as determined by the golf committee. If you don't select anyone to play with in the
competitions the golf tournament chairperson will place you with a partner or in a group based on your age, handicap and
whether you lived on the Atlantic or Pacific Side.
ROUND-TRIP TRANSPORTATION between the Caribe Royale and Shingle Creek Golf Club will be provided and the
cost is included in the Golf Tournament Fee. Transportation will leave Caribe Royale Convention Center at 6:30 a.m.
and check in will be at 7:00 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. The awards luncheon (barbequed ribs, chicken and pulled
pork buffet) will be held in the Shingle Creek Golf Clubhouse and will start IMMEDIATELY after play ends.
ENTRY DEADLINE: June 22. 2006. The entry fee of $79.00 includes transportation, range balls, green fees, golf cart,
luncheon, awards, and lots of door prizes. The field will be limited to 120 players so send in your rcL'i:,ulitioi form early.
Unless advised by the committee, consider yourself registered, as no confirmation will be sent out. I.D. tI'-s. given to you
when you check in at the golf club are needed for admittance to the awards luncheon, so please display on your person. Players
are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon at a cost of $32.00 per guest. This includes favors
and door prizes. Regrettably transportation to and from the golf course cannot be provided for guests.
Player's Illhi..! tee assignments, and Thursday morning bus pickup schedule will be posted on Wednesday afternoon by
the Society information desk across the hall from the vendors.

BINGO (Caribbean Ballroom II)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of-charge bingo games on both Friday from 2:00 p.m. 5:00
p.m., and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. with lots of fun to be had and a new structure of prizes to be won.

DESPEDIDA (Grand Sierra Ballroom A I)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida, which will be held on Sunday, July 23. 2006. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m., and The Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on sale to members by the hotel. Come early
and get a good seat.
The Folkloric Dancers Recuerdos De Mi Panama will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance
group will be available afterwards for photographs. What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the
Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!

Despedida 2006 will also feature the drawing of the 5th Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful and
entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. The lottery is priced at $1 per ticket, and is available at the Despedida
Lottery tables located outside the Society Registration Room. ALL of the monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky

Members desiring to hold a class or mini-reunion while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and receive advance
approval from Class and Mini-Reunion Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or minireunions@pancanalsoci- THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PERSONNEL DISCUSS ANY
ing hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging Chairperson. Coordinators for class
and mini-reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the policies and procedures regarding the
payment of membership dues and re '-iislrjion fees required in order to attend Society reunion activities. Coordinators are also
responsible for scheduling their class or mini-reunion activities so as not to conflict with the Society's scheduled activities. In
order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion, class and mini-reunion schedules
of events or notices should be posted at the Society's Information desk and are, by hotel policy, not to be posted anywhere
else in the hotel.


REUNION VENDORS (Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2006 membership dues, (2) their $5.00
reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application approved by the Society.
Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are subject to space availability. The
Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any items that are deemed
objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harmless clause that denies any Society responsibility
or liability for items sold by reunion vendors. Deadline for Vendor Applications is June 22. 2006.
Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson John Gough by tele-
phone at (727) 527-2955, or by e-mail at Printable Vendor Applications are also avail-
able on the Society's website,

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


MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by June 22. 2006
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving about the
rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make available motorized scooters at a
special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Mobility at 1-888-726-6837. Free Delivery and Pick up. Scooters are $30.00 per
day. Members need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by June 22, 2006.


Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2006 membership dues and the reunion
registration fee.
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson. The
host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates. The
Society's special reunion rate of $121.00/$241.0 plus tax is available to registered members beginning July 17 through July
24, 2006.
Except in special circumstances, only one suite/vill4 reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's special
reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room.
Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation requests are received and approved, and will be done so until all
available suites are assigned.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose their pri-
ority; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is finally in order. The Society will make every effort possible
to expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging arrangements.


Reservations must be received by June 1, 2006 at the Society Office.
To reserve a suite er-ville, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D must be completed in
its entirety, either printed in black ink or typed, and accompanied by one night's deposit (payable to Caribe Royale), to be
submitted to Reunion Coordinator, and received in the Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, F1 33772-
4787 no later than June 1. 2006.
There are a limited number of "Accessible" suites available for assignment to persons having "special needs", which will
be assigned in the same order that reservation requests are received and approved. Requests should be noted in the space pro-
vided in the hotel reservation section of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.

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


Friday, July 21, 2006

Recuerdos de Mi Panama, the Panamanian dance group that per-
forms at our Despedida will once again be teaching unique dance steps
used in the "typical" dances from Panama during the reunion. You will
also learn the historical significance behind the different dances. You
don't need to be an accomplished dancer to participate. Beginners are
welcome! Join us to refresh your dancing skills or learn to dance
"Tipico" style for the first time. Cost for this class is $15.00 per person
or $25.00 per couple. Class will be held on Friday, July 21, 2006 from
3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Caribbean VI. Pre-registration is
necessary and a minimum of 6 participants is required to conduct the
class. In the event there are not enough participants to hold the class,
your fee will be promptly refunded to you. Complete your registration
now. You won't want to miss this opportunity.

DEADLINE is July 1, 2006.

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Registration deadline is July 1, 2006.

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Guest Speaker for the 2006 Annual Luncheon

Mr. Rodolfo Sabonge
Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing
Panama Canal Authority

Mr. Rodolfo R. Sabonge is the Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing of the Panama Canal
Authority. Prior to this appointment he served as Marketing Manager, responsible for market and eco-
nomic research, competitive intelligence, and customer relations. Mr. Sabonge has worked with the
Canal organization since 1986 holding several key management positions in various divisions of the

In the private sector, Mr. Sabonge worked in the electronics industry in the United States for four years.
After returning to Panama, he held the position of General Manager of the Panama Railroad. He later
worked as assistant to the president for Panama's largest cement and concrete products manufacturer.
Mr. Sabonge has also been a professor of post-graduate studies at two private universities in Panama.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame, did post-graduate stud-
ies in Business Administration at the University of Miami in Florida, and in 1996 he obtained a Master's
degree in Maritime Development from the School of Law at the University of Panama. He is also an
alumnus of the 1997 International Program for Port Planning and Management sponsored by the Port
of New Orleans together with the National Institute of Ports and Waterways of the George Washington
University, and in 1998 he participated in the National University of Singapore (NUS) Stanford
University Executive Program.

Mr. Sabonge has participated as speaker in numerous maritime related courses and conferences both
in the United States and abroad.


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Saturday Night Ball
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"

8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I

8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
Friday Night
Join us for the PanaZonian Dance with
"Tito Mouynes y Conjunto"

Featuring: Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz

Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinator

reunioncoordinator @

or call 1-813-633-8916

Driving from the Orlando Airport:

Take 417 (Greenbelt toll road)
to Exit 6, then 536 West.
Toll costs will be $2.00
Hotel will be on the right.

Driving in from Interstate 4:

Take Exit 67, then 536 East.

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* We are the official photographers for the Panama Canal Society.

* To schedule a Reunion Photograph Appointment, call the studio or see us at the

* We will be making Digital Photos Friday and Saturday at the reunion.

* We can restore Panama Canal Photos from over the years.

Just give us a call at the studio.


A convenient and affordable transfer between Orlando International Airport and your hotel.
Upon your arrival at Orlando International Airport, proceed to one of the Mears Motor Shuttle ticket counters and
present this coupon to the Mears Counter Attendant
After redeeming your coupon below for a round trip ticket, please present your ticket to the Mears "Starter" located on
level one at the curb.
The starter will then direct you to a designated shuttle servicing the hotel. Our shuttles run 24-hours a day. 7 days a
week, departing the curb approximately every 30 minutes providing shuttle service between the airport and your hotel.
SOne day prior to your departure, please make a return reservation by c 31 ing our reservation number printed on your
round trip ticket
Plan to allow three hours prior to ', :'Hur iCar.i time for your transfer to the airport.
You can now book online! To receive your online discount, please go to ; ,:*. .i: :**::' *.:' o '.*;*- ., and click on
"shuttle reservations" and enter your priority code number. 26306533 For questions

Panama Canal Society
Conference Dates:Jul 19-23,2006 Vad coupon rates: July 13-26,2006
$4.00 Discount Off Regular Round Trip Price Of: $30.00 per adult
Present this coupon to MEARS MOTOR SHUTTLE COUNTER at the airport for round trip transportation to or from the
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This coupon is valid for shared ride shuttle service via Mears Motor Shuttle.
SWait time may be incurred at the airport prior to departure.
A c Each vehicle may make additional hotel stops prior to your destination.

Copa Airlines = Panama

All members of the Panama Canal Society are eligible for a
10% discount on travel to Panama City

Copa Airlines is pleased to offer you a special discount for making us the preferred carrier of the
Panama Canal Society.

Eligible members will receive a 10% discount off published fares. Valid for roundtrip travel from *Miami,
Orlando, Los Angeles, and featuring our New non-stop daily service from New York City (JFK) to Panama
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Tickets must be issued at Copa Airlines CTO.
Discount not applicable to Clase Ejecutiva (Business Class).
Cannot be combined with any other discount.

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Do you remember those warm bright summer mornings in Panama,
when you woke up to the aroma and taste of the wonderfully rich, full
flavor of your own special cup of "Cafe Durin"?

You can experience those special moments again in your own home.
Cafe Duran is now available in the U.S.A.
We are proud to say that once again, "Cafe Durin" can be part of
your life no matter where you live. Access your cup of coffee at and enjoy the wide variety of delightful choices
"Cafe Duran" has to offer: Traditional Blend, Highland Blend and/or
Decaf, ground or whole bean. We've also added nine different
delightfully flavored coffees for everyone's unique preference.

Order your favorite Caf6 Duran and bring back great memories of
your wonderful life in Panama.
We are ready and waiting to roast your order!


I Spectacular Folkloric Show

Saturday, July 22, 2006

This year the Recuredos De Mi Panama Panamanian folkloric dance group who perform at our
Despedida will be hosting a spectacular Panama folkloric dance show. There will be nine
Panamanian folkloric groups, including one group directly from Panama, who will be giving a
spectacular performance with dances from all over Panama along with live music. This event
will take place at a local Orlando theater not too far from the Caribe Royale hotel. Come and
join the fun and feel the warmth of our Panamanian culture and traditions.

Price for this event is $20 per person. The event will be held Saturday afternoon after the
Annual Luncheon. Ticket price includes transportation to and from the Caribe Royale and the-
ater. Payment will be made at the event.

Buses will start boarding at 2:30 p.m. and depart the hotel promptly at 2:45 p.m. to the theater.
The show will begin at 3:00 p.m. Buses will return to the Caribe Royale at 6:00 p.m.

For more information call Bill McLaughlin 352-726-8804.


eral friends from North Alabama and South Carolina. The
priests of our parish, St. Columba, Fathers Gallagher and
Irwin, managed to pop in and enjoy an empanada or two.
We had a great time and everyone enjoyed the night. We
were especially thankful and grateful to all be together with
our mother. Marie is the widow of the late Rudy Gangle and
they lived in the Canal Zone from 1942 until Rudy's retire-
ment in 1975. Marie resides in Dothan and lives with the
Harvey family.

Barbara Sherer
Dothan, Ala.


Allison McLaughlin gets sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff
for Citrus County, Florida. Hard work and studying finally
paid off for Allison who graduated from Withlachoochee
Technical Institute's Criminal Justice Academy. The enclosed
photo was taken at the Citrus County Sheriff's Office during
Allison's swearing-in ceremony in December 2005.

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Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, proud mom Margaret
McLaughlin, Allison McLaughlin, and even prouder dad
Bill McLaughlin.


On July 2, 2005, Charlie and Carmen Howe (90 years
and 83 years young) enjoyed their 65th wedding anniversary
with the Howe five in Horse Shoe, N.C. Charlie graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1933 and Purdue University in
1937. He retired from the U.S. Army at Ft. Amador in 1965
and from the Panama Canal Company as Superintendent,
Gamboa Dredging Division in 1970. Charlie is the son of D.
P. and Stella Howe of Gatun Locks.
Carmen is the daughter of Colon import and exporter Gil

and Marina Joudrey. The Howe Five of Gamboa are
Marion, Shirley, Charles, Alice, and Dan Howe, all gradu-
ates of Balboa High School. Some of the four generations vis-
ited on the occasion.

Charlie and Carmen Howe

Marion Howe
Columbia, S.C.


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And the bracing trade-wind blows;
When the reef no stagnant waters
Or festering seaweed knows;
'Tis a crime to mope within doors
In an atmosphere impure -
Come out, and drink deep, eager draughts
Of God's sure fever cure!

Every breath is full of gladness,
Each inspiration joy!
Every sparkle of sunshine
A gem without alloy!
Every tumble of the billows
Maketh music far more sweet
Than great composer wrought
A world's applause to greet!

Not a cloud bedims the heavens,
That are smiling with delight;
Not a memory of sorrow
Aproaching blurs the sight!
Of all pleasures that life giveth,
None ever can compare
With the bliss dry weather bringeth
In its pure, health-giving air!

John S. Gilbert



Jack and Nancy (Askew) (BHS'62) Goodwin of
Chattanooga, Tenn. announce the wedding of their daughter
Linda Christine "Christy" to Mark Andrew Sacco, son of
Elaine Ellis of Sarasota, Fla. and Andrew Sacco of Ft.
Myers. Fla.
Christy is the granddaughter of the late Ethel and Eugene
Askew, previously from the Canal Zone, and the late Dr.
Carey and Christine Goodwin of Fayetteville, N.C. She is a
1985 graduate of Balboa High School and a 1990 graduate of
the University of South Florida. Mark is a 1988 graduate of
Ft. Myers High School and a 1994 graduate of the University
of South Florida as well as a certified public accountant.
The wedding took place November 11, 2005 at The
Fairmont Royal Pavilion, St. James, Barbados, W.I. Christy
and Mark reside in Tampa, Fla.

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Mark Sacco and Linda "Christy" Goodwin

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they are shown with their parents or grandparents.


Vincent and Penny Canamas are extremely proud to
announce the birth of their first grandchild, Timothy Wayne
Carr II. His parents are Dyonne (Canamas) and Tim Carr
who live in Virginia Beach.
Timothy was born on July 8, 2005 and weighed 7.9 lbs.
His "Nana" (Penny) along with his father (Tim) were allowed
to watch his entry into this world. Timothy is the great-grand-
son of Lilia Stroop and Albert and Aura Wilder, all three of
Ocala, Fla., and Anita Canamas of Panama.

Timothy and Dy Carr


Bill and Sue Halley Epperson (BHS'67) proudly
announce the birth of their grandson Kaden Max Epperson
on November 8, 2005, weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces and 21
inches long.
Kaden is the son of Billy Epperson and Zoee Langeland
of Winter Park, Fla. Maternal grandparents are Ken and
Mary Langeland of Gainesville, Fla.

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Dennis (BHS'88) and Dena Cowles of Haleiwa, Hawaii
proudly announce the birth of their daughter Kaylee Lynn,
born on March 13, 2005. Kaylee weighed 8 pounds 11
Maternal grandparents are Johnny and Judy DeLoach of
Baytown, Texas. Paternal grandparents are Bob and Ann
Best of Poulsbo, Wash.

Grant and Michele Miller of Pleasanton, Calif. proudly
announce the birth of their daughter Rebecca Anne born on
September 17. 2005. Rebecca weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces.
Maternal grandparents are Jackie and Ellen Osborne of
Baton Rouge, La. and Bob and Ann Best of Poulsbo, Wash.
Paternal grandparents are Randy and Cherie Miller of
Mount Vernon, Wash.




Dennis, Kaylee Lynn, and Dena Cowles

Back: Michele Miller. Front: Grant Miller holding Rebecca


Logan Alexander, 2&1/2-year-old son of Christina
(Sexton) and Jason Foster, welcomed his baby brother
Jacob lan Foster born April 6, 2005 weighing 6 lb. 9 oz.
Proud maternal grandparents are Wana (Hare) and
Dominick Minotti of Whittier, N.C. and Jeffrey Sexton of
Lake Wales, Fla. Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Edna
(Morales) (CHS'62) Foster of Clyde, N.C.
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Newborn Jacob Ian Foster held by Mom Christina
(Sexton) and Dad Jason Foster holding Logan Alexander.

Fern Morse welcomed two great-grandchildren in 2005.
She is pictured here with Kylie Ann Kribell born April 5.
2005. Kylie is the first granddaughter of Pat and Janelle
(Morse) (BHS'69) Kribell and the daughter of Brian
Kribell and Diane Lyngstad.

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Brian Kribell, Fern Morse holding Kylie Ann Kribe
Janelle (Morse) Kribell.


She is also pictured with Evan Patrick Whitehead born
October 2, 2005. Evan is the first grandson of Dave "Spider"
(BHS'68) and Adrienne (Morse) (BHS'73) Whitehead and
the son of Patrick Whitehead and Trina Berlin.
All are residents of South Dakota.

Adrienne (Morse) Whitehead, Fern Morse holding Evan
Patrick Whitehead, Patrick Whitehead.


Jennifer (Nehring) and Ed Makatura of Chesapeake,
Va. proudly announce the birth of their son Edward John
Makatura, born June 3, 2005. The proud maternal grandpar-
ents are Lynn (Little) (BHS'71) and Butch Nehring
(BHS'70) of St. Petersburg, Fla. Paternal grandparents are the
late John and Edith Makatura.

Jennifer Makatura, Ed Makatura holding Edward John


Welcome Baby to our world
how brave of you to come.
We are here to welcome you
as your journeys just begun.
Here's our opportunity
to help each other grow.
To experience all the things,
alone... we would not know.
You have been successful,
from your very start.
Just welcoming you, has made us all
release love from our hearts.
So remember little Baby
as you grow into your dreams.
Everything in this world
is not always what it seems.
Welcome others into your world
and it is there, that you will find.
All the love you ever knew
was never left behind.

Christine Michaels
Copyright 2003

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they are shown with their parents or grandparents.

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Virginia Martin Aanstoos, 82, of Fayetteville, Ga. died
of probable heart failure peacefully at home with her family
on December 28, 2005.
Born in Vermont, Virginia went to the Canal Zone as a
young girl with her parents. Her father Leonard Martin was
an electrician at Ft. Davis. At age 21 she boarded a chiva to
cross the isthmus and met Edward Aanstoos of Colon Beach.
Since "the bus was full of Bajuns" they sat together and start-
ed what would become a 50-year marriage. She and Edward
were married October 3, 1947 at St. Mary's Church in
Balboa, Canal Zone. She was an active member of St. Luke's
Episcopal Church in Ancon and stitched many hundreds of
needlework treasures which were sold at the annual Spring
Festival at Morgan Gardens. She worked at QuarTy Heights
as the secretary to the general for the Caribbean Command in
the 1950s until she decided to be a stay-at-home mom after
the birth of their fourth child.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edward in
1999. She is survived by her six children and their spouses:
Helen and Jan Aanstoos of California, Virginia Joan, Peter,
and Erich of Georgia, and Marty of South Carolina. She
leaves behind ten grandchildren and four great-grandchil-
dren. She also leaves her beloved caregiver. Patricia of
Colombia, now residing in Georgia.

Louis J. Barbier Sr., 90, of Largo, Fla. died January 4,
2006 at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater.
He was born in Convent, La. and came to Largo in 1993
from Pensacola. He served in the Army from 1935 to 1944
and later worked as a civilian in the Panama Canal Zone for
the Quartermaster Corps and the Navy, retiring in 1958. He
then took up farming in Missouri. He was a member of St.
Jerome Catholic Church, Largo, and the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 3835 in the Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. George H. and Louis J.,
both of Largo; and three grandchildren.

Lois De La Mater Bates, 87, died October 19, 2005 in
Honolulu, Hawaii.
Lois was born and raised in the former Panama Canal
Zone and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1935. She
was Carnival Queen of the Canal Zone in 1941. Lois worked
for the Panama Canal Company, the Department of Defense
in Panama, USA and the Pacific Theater where she served in
the Philippines, Saigon and Taiwan. Her last employment was
in Hawaii until 1977 where she retired after 30 years of serv-
ice. She then continued to work as a legal secretary in
Honolulu for another ten years.
Lois was the former reporter for Hawaii for many years
for the Canal Record, and a member of the Panama Canal
Society. She was also a member of the Waikiki Elks Club and

the Saigon Mission Association.
She is survived by her daughter and caregiver, Katya De
La Mater of Hawaii: a son, Paul Bates; and a brother, William
De La Mater of Panama, and an aunt Juanita Williams.

Edwin "Ed" Baumbach, 79, of Winter Haven, Fla.
passed away November 24, 2005 of heart failure due to com-
plications of diabetes and emphysema. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Aloha (Holcomb) Baumbach, and his par-
ents, Fred and Bess Baumbach.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and their family lived in
Newport, Ky. before moving to the Canal Zone when he was
12 years old. They lived in Cristobal and he attended
Cristobal High School for a short time prior to the family
moving to the Pacific side. He was a graduate of Balboa High
School class of 1947 but not before he spent a year serving in
the Navy. He was an usher at the Balboa Theater; ajob he was
often kidded about removing friends for making too much
noise. He worked at the Army commissary storage and sub-
sequently transferred to the Panama Canal Company cold
storage. He retired in 1979. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society and enjoyed attending Reunions with a grand-
He is survived by his sons, Fred Baumbach (Linda) of
Fort Myers, Fla. and Ray Baumbach (Teresa) of Winter
Haven, Fla.; and a daughter, Ruth Baumbach of Oviedo, Fla.;
and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters,
Ruth Lichti of Arizona, Lois Kocher of Pennsylvania and
Penny Messina of Maryland.

MaryJane Cole, 89, passed away on December 5, 2005
in Tempe. Ariz.
She was born in Scranton, Pa. but was raised on a farm in
upstate New York. MaryJane became a registered nurse and
went to work for the Panama Canal Government at Coco Solo
Hospital, where she was a Pediatric Nurse until her retirement
in 1977. After retiring, MaryJane moved to Zephyrhills, Fla.
for a few years, then on to Colorado, where she worked as a
house mother for disabled children. From there, she moved to
Tempe, Ariz. which she called home for the past 20 years.
She was active with her family and her church. MaryJane was
a wonderful mother and grandmother. She celebrated her 89
years of life and enjoyed being around people of all ages.
She is survived by a son, Fred Cole; daughter, Titi Diaz:
daughter-in-law Megan; son-in-law Rafael Diaz; and five

Margaret W. Diehl, 85, of Hendersonville, N.C. passed
away December 3, 2005, after a short battle with cancer.
She was born on January 31, 1920, in the Panama Canal

Zone to the late William and Elizabeth Diehl, where her
father was an engineer for the Canal Zone Project. She moved
to Hendersonville with her family in 1935 and was a member
of the West Hendersonville Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, John Turner
Diehl; three daughters, Barbara Rhodes and her husband,
Sherrell, Beverly Blake and her husband Richard, of
Hendersonville; Beth Hill and her husband, Chris. of Flat
Rock; one son, Bryant Diehl and his wife Betty, of Irmo,
S.C.: two brothers, Jack Wirtz, of Hendersonville and Bob
Wirtz, of Alexander, Va.: two sisters, Trudy "Buddy" Vavak,
of California and Geri Longshore, of Boone, N.C.

Edward Doolan passed away in his home at the Sarasota
Bay Club, Sarasota, Fla. on November 10, 2005.
He was born in Middletown, N.Y. on February 16, 1913.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from New
Paltz State Teachers College in New Paltz, N.Y. in 1940, and
received his Masters Degree from Cornell University in 1941.
He continued his work toward his PhD in Public
Administration at Cornell before moving to the Panama
Canal Zone where he was a member of the original Panama
Canal Company staff of bureau directors, being named
Director of Personnel in 1950. He married Mary P. Corcoran
from Cortland, N.Y. in Mexico City, Mexico in 1943. The
U.S. Army awarded him the Outstanding Civilian Service
Medal in 1967 in recognition of his contributions made in
personnel management of the large number of United States
and Panamanian citizens employed in the Panama Canal
Company and the Canal Zone Government.
Ed and Mary retired to their home in Bird Key, Sarasota
in 1973 and enjoyed their retirement years with travel
throughout the world. Ed Doolan was an active member of
the Bird Key Yacht Club, the Cornell Club, the Ivy League
Club of Sarasota and Manatee counties, Panama Canal
Society, and the Sarasota-Manatee Council, Navy League of
the United States, where he served on the Board of Directors.
Ed was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Mary, and his
nephew Robert J. Doolan, Jr. Survivors include his brother
Robert J. Doolan of Hadley, Mass.: nieces Sally Williams of
California and Barbara Heins of Amherst, Mass. and a
nephew Barry Doolan of Fletcher, Vt. He is also survived by
four nieces and a nephew of his wife Mary.

Michael Fanning passed away unexpectedly on October
28, 2005 in Cape Cod. Mass. Michael was a wonderful hus-
band, father, and friend. He was always quick with a laugh, a
joke, and his own unique philosophizing was, in a word,
He is survived by his wife Heidi and a stepdaughter,
Stephanie. No further information is available.

Naomi Figueroa, 73, of Clermont, Fla. passed away in
November 2005, after a five-year battle with cancer. She was
a member of the Panama Canal Society. She is survived by
her husband Herman Figueroa. No further information is

Ralph David "Dave" Furlong, 56. of the Canal Zone,
Panama, and Tampa, Fla. died December 24, 2005.
He was born April 15, 1949 in Portland, Maine and raised
in the Canal Zone. He served honorably in the U.S. Army
10 1st Airborne Division as a Specialist 4 during two tours of
duty in Vietnam. Dave was a gifted writer, talented webmas-
ter, skilled photographer and enthusiastic gourmet cook. His
leisure pursuits included skydiving, scuba diving and reading.
He had lived in several states and Guam as an adult. Dave
enjoyed a wide network of friends and acquaintances around
the world.
He is survived by his father, Ralph E. Furlong, and his
stepmother, Brenda Furlong of Tampa, Fla.: his mother
Lillian Griswold; six sisters, nine brothers; aunts, cousins.
nephews and nieces.

Warren "Pat" Gerhart died March 19, 2005, in Panama
City, Panama. He was born September 18. 1916. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society. He is survived by his
wife Maijorie Locke Tilley Gerhart of Panama City. No fur-
ther information is available.

Era L. Greene, 90, of Anniston, Ala. passed away
November 14, 2005. She was born June 29. 1915 in Randolph
County, Ala. She graduated from Randolph County High
School and Jacksonville State Teachers College, Jacksonville.
Ala. She married Cecil Lee in 1937 and they had four daugh-
ters. He preceded her in death in 1950.
Era married Clarence Greene, an employee of Gatun
Locks, in 1954 and she and her four daughters moved to the
Canal Zone at that time. They lived in Gatun, Margarita and
Coco Solo. She taught school in Cristobal and North
Margarita Elementary. Clarence retired in 1963 and they
returned to Randolph County. He preceded her in death in
1963. She taught Special Education at Noble Street
Elementary School in Anniston and retired in 1976. She was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Peggy
Lee and Bill Luke of Oxford, Ala.: Huey Lee and Charles
Clark of Panama City Beach, Fla.: Patsy Lee Moore of
Humble, Texas; seven grandchildren and eight great-grand-
children. She was also preceded in death by daughter Mary
Nell Lee Kulig and grandson. Mark Kulig.

Lawrence David Hedman, 52, of St. Petersburg. Fla.
died December 21, 2005 at home.
He was born in Colon. Panama, and came to Florida in
1980 from Memphis. He was a boat detailer and Lutheran.
Survivors include four daughters, Christina, Tiffany,
Monica and Brittany: and two sisters, Rita Matthews and
Rose Beyer.

Don Rue Hickman, Brig. Gen. USA (Ret.), 87, passed
away September 24, iir surrounded by members of his
family in Birmingham. Ala.
General Hickman served two tours of duty in the Panama

Canal Zone. He was the husband of LoRee Terry Hickman of
Spring City, Utah, whom he married on October 16, 1942,
and the father of four daughters.
He is survived by his wife LoRee: daughters DeAnn
Hickman Giles (John Jr.) of Birmingham. Ala.. Mary
Hickman Higbee (Glen) of Frederick. Md.. Pamela Hickman
Norris (Robert Jr.) of Birmingham, Ala., and Judy Hickman
Clark (Paul) of Centerville, Ohio: 25 grandchildren and 37

Alison C. Hightower born December 1. 1952 in San
Francisco, Calif. died November 28. 2005 in Seattle, Wash.
As a member of a military family, Alison grew up and
attended various schools in Newfoundland. Florida, Illinois,
Kansas. Texas, Washington and Panama. She graduated with
honors in 1970 from Balboa High School in the Canal Zone.
Alison attended the University of Washington where she was
a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and graduated with a BA
in Art. Alison used her creative skills in doing interior design
with the Bon Marche where she worked for 18 years. Alison's
passions included art, books, theater, her friends and travel to
She was preceded in death by her father. Col. Loyd
Hightower. She is survived by her mother, Marjorie
Hightower, sister Holly Nordal and spouse Michael Nordal
and two nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Russell E. Hoogland, 84, a resident of Pensacola, Fla.
since 1985 died December 6. 2005.
Mr. Hoogland was born in Beloit. Wis. on May 17. 1921.
He was a 1940 graduate of Beloit Senior High School and
attended Canal Zone College, Northern Illinois University,
and corresponded with the University of Wisconsin. He was
a Navy veteran of World War II serving as a signalman
aboard Attack Transport APA 165 in the South Pacific. He
saw action at Tarawa, Eneweetack, Pelau. Saipan. Pelilu. and
Iwo Jima.
He was a retired Yardmaster of the Milwaukee Railroad.
He was a former conductor for more than ten years on the
Panama Railroad. He later retired from Federal Civil Service
with the Department of Labor. Subsequent to that he retired
from civil service with the State of Florida and Escambia
County as a Senior Safety Analyst and Safety Manager.
Mr. Hoogland had always been active in fraternal and
community activities. He was Past Potentate of the Canal
Zone Abou Saad Shrine Temple. He was a Master Mason
since 1953. a member of Ferry Pass Lodge. Sojourner,
Scottish Rite of Pensacola, and Navy League. He was a past
Trustee of Warrington Elks Lodge 2108 in Pensacola and a
member of the Sr. Sand Crabs Golf Association, the Panama
Canal Society, and the Gas House Canal Zone Golfers &
Executive Club. He was an officer of the Twin Oaks
Residents Association. a member of Warrington Baptist
Church and a member of the choir. He was called upon on
occasion for solo pieces.
He is survived by his wife. Ethleen: son. Russell E.
Hoogland Jr. (Tina): stepdaughter, Tina Grimsley (Joe): step-
sons, Rhett Farrior (Mary) of Dadeville, Ala. and Craig

Farrior (Michele) of Pensacola. A daughter. Conson Nowack
(Tom) of Chicago Heights, Ill. is deceased. He is also sur-
vived by 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Josephine Victoria Johnson, 82, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
formerly of Gulfport, died January 17, 2006 at home under
the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
She came here in 1971 from her native Baltimore, Md.
She was a former ward clerk at Swanholm Nursing Home.
She worked as a riveter for Eastern Air Co. during World War
II. She was a member of Church of the Brethren, the St.
Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Panama Canal
Society and the Red Hat Club. She lived in Panama for many
years. She also lived in Japan and traveled extensively in the
Far East.
Survivors include two sons, Warren A. Gregory Jr., (aka
Woody Johnson) Baltimore, and Harry Leo Johnson,
Temecula, Calif.: two daughters, Linda Breitenstein, Venice
Beach, Calif., and Genevieve Holland, Baltimore: two sisters.
Theresa Appitito and Anna Zoppo, both of Baltimore: six
grandchildren: and two great-grandchildren.

Patricia Bathmann Jones, 83, died on October 28, 2005
of congestive heart failure. At the time of her death, she was
living near family at the Fallbrook Retirement Community,
Fallbrook, Calif.
She was a long-time resident of Corona del Mar, Calif.,
moving there from Princeton, N.J. in 1960. For many years
she taught in local schools and provided the voter polling
place at the family home. She was a graduate of Trenton State
Teachers College. N.J., receiving her degree in Physical
Education. In her younger years, she was an avid golfer.
Patricia married Robert O'Connell in 1945 while teaching
at Balboa High School. Robert rode horseback from New
Mexico to Panama, a year enroute, settling in Parque
LeFevre. R.P., where he started a riding academy. It was there
that Pat met Bob.
She is survived by four children: Kathleen O'Connell
Jones of Moss Landing, Calif.: Deborah Jones Stockdale of
County Donegal, Ireland: Malcolm Stephen Jones III, DVM,
of Fallbrook. Calif. and Captain Robert McDowell Jones of
Aptos. Calif.: seven grandchildren; her former husband,
retired Captain Malcolm S. Jones Jr. of Laguna Niguel,
Calif.: and her sister, Beatrice Sears McLaughlin of
Pensacola, Fla. Her late parents, Ruth and Herbert Bathmann,
resided in the Canal Zone from 1939 until 1960.

Lee Kariger, 93, of Sarasota. Fla. passed away December
27, 2005. He was born in Hawaii and went to Panama at the
age of two when the canal opened. He lived and worked there
until 1968: retiring from the Panama Canal Company as
Administrative Officer for the Locks Division. He was pre-
ceded in death by his first wife, Lilybel.
He was a member of Gatun Lodge A.F.&A.M., a 33rd-
Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of Abou Saad
Temple. He was a ham radio operator and ran a Masonic net-
work daily. He was a member of the Elks. He was an avid

fisherman and was often asked to take celebrities fishing. He
was an active member of the Panama Canal Society and
enjoyed the luncheons and reunions. After retiring, he learned
to fly and was head flight instructor in Fullerton, Calif. for a
few years.
Survivors include his wife, Marian; a son and daughter-
in-law, Robert and Lynelle Kariger of Long Beach, Calif.; a
daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Darrell Eide of Tucson,
Ariz; two sisters, Lea Berndt and Marian Lispcomb, one
brother, Ben Kariger; six grandchildren and seven great-

Mary H. Kelly, 89, of Liberty Township, Mich. passed
away at home October 2, 2005 under the loving care of her
family and Great Lakes Hospice.
She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert G. who
was an electrician for the Panama Canal Company from
She is survived by her son, Herbert C. Kelly of Tamarac,
Fla.; daughters, Jean Wells of Canyon Country, Calif.,
Patricia Richardson of Front Royal, Va., Mary Goode of
Houston, Texas, Ruth Kelly of Clarklake, Mich., Sharon
(Gerry) Zacharski of Niles, Mich. and Karen (Robert) Judd of
Oliver, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;
and special sister and friend, Marjorie Weeks of Clarklake,

Royce Barham Lewis, 87, passed away on October 11,
2005 in Las Cruces, N.M.
Royce was born in Nacogdoches, Texas but soon moved
to the Canal Zone where his father worked on the railroad. He
graduated from Balboa High School in 1935, and apprenticed
with the Panama Canal Electrical Division. In 1943, he mar-
ried Sue Ella Gray, a school teacher who came to the Canal
Zone to teach. When World War II broke out, he left the Canal
Zone to join the Navy. After the war he earned a bachelor's
degree at New Mexico State University and worked at White
Sands Missile Range in Las Cruces, N.M. He retired in 1976
and led an active retirement lifestyle. One of his proudest
accomplishments was driving his 1971 Volkswagen
Campmobile back to Panama in 1975. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by Sue, his wife of 62 years, and a son,
Ted, who is a speech pathologist in Las Cruces, N.M.

Beverly Anne Lippert, 63, of Williams, Ariz. died
December 30, 2005 of a cerebral hemorrhage after a fall from
a ladder.
She was born on October 31, 1942, in Ancon, Canal Zone,
and graduated from Balboa High School in 1960. She married
Harry Lippert in 1962 and moved to Murpheesboro, Tenn. to
work with the deaf and construction ministries. She was a
deaf interpreter and also taught the fifth grade for seven
years. In 1979, they became active as missionaries and went
to Brazil, Mexico and Canada. She taught fifth, sixth, seventh
and eighth grades in Brazil for a year.
In 1989, they moved to Flagstaff to work with a new min-

istry called West Branch. She was the pianist and taught sun-
day school until they moved to Williams in 1999 to a new
facility. They built many of the new camp buildings. They
were known as "Uncle" Harry and "Aunt Bev" to everybody
who worked at the facility. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society and attended the 2005 Panama Canal Reunion.
She is survived by her husband, Harry A. Lippert, of
Williams; sons, Andrew (iMenl.le i Lippert of Austin, Texas,
and Tim (Heather) Lippert of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; brothers,
Bob (Rene) Smith of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tom (Betsy) Smith
of North Carolina; 1 grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Warren D. "Mark" Marquard, 90. died July 17, 2005 in
Kingwood, Texas.
Mark was born September 21, 1914 in New York City and
lived in New York until 1933 when he moved to the Panama
Canal Zone, where he worked, raised his family, and during
World War II served his country in the U. S. Navy. While in
the Canal Zone, Mark worked in commissaries on both the
Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Isthmus. In 1970 when he
retired, he was Manager of the commissaries and clubhouses
on the Atlantic side.
After Mark retired, he spoke with great affection about
the people he worked with and met while working in the
Canal Zone. In 1970 he relocated to Sunnyvale, Calif. and in
1995 moved to Kingwood. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
Warren was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62
years, Josephine. He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie
Locke and her husband, Bill, of San Jose, Calif.; sons. Warren
Marquard Jr. and his wife, Leonor, of Kingwood, Texas, and
John Marquard of Kingwood, Texas.; five sisters, one broth-
er; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Joseph W. "Joe" Massengill, 67, of St.. Petersburg, Fla.
died October 25, 2005.
Born in Johnston County, N.C. he moved from North
Carolina in the early 1980s where he was a self-employed
sub-contractor and carpenter for more than 20 years. He
served in the Air Force and was a member of the American
Legion. He was also a member of the Panama Canal Society
through his marriage to Jo-Ann Bonk on April 5, 2003. He
enjoyed NASCAR, football, dancing, being with his family
and feeding the ducks that gathered in his yard.
Survivors include his wife of two years, Jo-Ann; a son,
Joey Martin, Hildebran, N.C.; a daughter, Courtney Phillips,
Jonesboro, Ark.; three stepsons, Leon Bonk, Tampa, and Pete
Bonk and Pat Bonk, both of Orlando; a stepdaughter, Lisa
Grey, Wesley Chapel; a brother; three sisters; and four grand-

James Martin "Jim" McNamara, 88, of Dothan. Ala.
died peacefully in his sleep on December 16, 2005, at his res-
James was born December 15, 1917 in Fitchburg, Mass.
to James Martin McNamara and Helen Smith McNamara. He

was educated in the Fitchburg public schools and at Brown
University. He worked in Fort Devins, in Puerto Rico and the
Panama Canal Zone. He met and married Marie Stevens, a
Panama Canal schoolteacher, at St. Mary's Catholic Church
in Balboa in 1953. In the Canal Zone he was active in the
Toastmasters International, Knights of Columbus, fourth
degree, Catholic Church Sunday school classes and working
with junior golfers. He received the United Way Gold Award
for outstanding service for people of the community.
He retired from the U. S. Southern Command, Quarry
Heights, and had made his home in Dothan since 1982. In
Dothan, James taught Sunday school classes to the youth at
St. Columba Catholic Church. He was a member of the
Knights of Columbus and also a Lector at Sunday Mass. For
many years, he was a member of the Hackers Golf Group at
the Dothan Country Club. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Stevens McNamara,
Dothan; his son, James McNamara III and his wife, Lana, two
granddaughters and a grandson, Key Biscayne, Fla. He is also
survived by his brother, David McNamara, and wife, Eleanor,
Fitchburg, Mass., and his sister, Margaret Fogarty of
Worcester, Mass.: and many other nieces, nephews, and

William B. Michaelsen, 91, who was raised in the Canal
Zone, died November 25, 2005 in Mystic, Conn.
Mr. Michaelsen was born in 1914 in Nicaragua where his
father was a telegrapher for the All America Cable Company.
He spent the first 20 years of his life in the Canal Zone where
he lived in Cable Heights, attended Balboa Grammar School
and graduated from Balboa High School in 1932. After grad-
uation he worked as a reporter for the Star and Herald writ-
ing "Balboa Notes". In 1935 he became a counter clerk and
junior operator at All America Cable Co. He used to ride
through the canal on the cruise ships sending telegrams for
the passengers. Later he moved to New York, where he mar-
ried the former Evelyn Mclntyre of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
He remained in Croton-on-Hudson for 60 years during
which time he served for 16 years on the Town Board and the
Planning Board of the Town of Cortlandt, and on the Vestry
of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. He was retired from the
faculty of Pace University, where he taught American
History, and was a businessman in New York.
When World War II began he was commissioned in the
U.S. Army, and because of his fluency in Spanish and his
knowledge of the Canal Zone, he was assigned to an anti-air-
craft unit guarding the Panama Canal. At the conclusion of
the war he returned to Croton-on-Hudson and went into the
import-export business in New York. He and Evelyn had two
children, Kent and Christine.
He served 20 years in the Army Reserves, retiring with
the rank of Major, and was a past Master of Collabergh
Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He was the author of three books, including a history of his
parent's marriage which includes many stories and anecdotes
of their life in the Canal Zone. Mr. Michaelsen also enjoyed
lecturing about the Canal and life in the Zone as well as
attending the Canal Zone reunions.

Widowed in 1969 after 25 years of marriage to Evelyn, he
married the former Mary Fennelly. After 35 years of mar-
riage, they became residents of Mystic, Conn. a year before
his death. He is also survived by his son, Kent of Hampstead,
N.H. and his daughter, Christine of Madrid, Spain, and their
spouses, and four grandchildren.

Walter M. Mikulich, 83. of Everett, Wash. died on
December 28, 2005, after a last bout with pneumonia.
Walter was born on August 7, 1912, in Tri-Mountain,
Mich. to Sofia and Anton Mikulich. They then moved to
Bessemer, Mich. He graduated from Bessemer High School,
Moorhead State Teacher's College, in Minnesota, with a
B.Ed., and Iowa State University with an M.A. in Physical
Education. He was a standout guard and captain of both the
Bessemer and Moorhead football teams.
Prior to World War II Walter coached and taught in
Breckenridge, Minn. Breckenridge won the State Tournament
in 1940 and Walter is a member of the Minnesota State
Coaches Hall of Fame. On July 7, 1943, he married Vivian
Murphy. He then served in the Mediterranean Theatre during
the war, was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and
was retired from the military in 1946 as a Major.
Walt had a wonderful career as a teacher and coach: the
Breckenridge years and 25 years in the former Panama Canal
Zone. He made a difference in the lives of many students and
athletes. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Vivian Murphy Mikulich; son
and his wife, Robert and Molly, and a grandson and a grand-
daughter: sisters, Mary Fudurich, and Sophie Maccani; broth-
er, Victor; and many nieces and nephews.

Ella F. Petersen, 80, of Deerfield Beach, Fla. passed
away on November 30. 2005.
She was the widow of the late Thomas W. Petersen,
Electrical Division, Balboa, Canal Zone. Ella worked with
many doctors providing medical help and assistance to the
needy in the San Blas Islands and Panama during her early
years of nursing, and had an important role in the OB-GYN
clinic at Gorgas Hospital, Ancon.
After leaving the Canal Zone, she worked with Planned
Parenthood in Arlington, Texas, and later provided her expert
services to Houston, Texas's M.D. Anderson Hospital until
her retirement.
She is survived by her sons and daughters, relatives and

Mary Patricia (Pat) Ridge, 83, of Columbus, Ohio,
passed away on July 13, 2005.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she met Robert L.
Ridge (Bob) from the Canal Zone on a blind date in New
York City. Bob was in the Navy while Pat was in New York
City as a Powers model. They married two weeks later in
August 1945. Pat and Bob returned to the Canal Zone where
they lived until Bob's retirement in 1973.
Pat is survived by their six children, Rosemaria, Regina,
Rebecca, Joanie, Jerry and Rachel, and seven grandchildren.

John C. Schmidt Jr., 68, of Arab, Ala. died suddenly on
November 7, 2005 of a heart attack.
John was born April 14, 1937 at Gorgas Hospital in
Ancon, Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1955. He graduated from Texas Western College (UTEP),
and served as an Army officer for 25 years. He was a man full
of wit and spirit, who loved to bring laughter to all. He was
an excellent handyman and his projects are a permanent
memorial to him at his home and in his community.
Fishing was also a way of life with him as he grew up on
the ocean off Panama. His 500-600 pound marlin or sawfish
made him a proud next-generation member of the famous
Schmidt fishing family. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
John was preceded in death by his father, John C. Schmidt
Sr. He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Arab, Ala.: his moth-
er, Ruth, of Tampa, Fla.: three children, Deanne, Tampa, Fla.,
Pamela, Milford, Kan.; Stephen, Bradenton, Fla.; and four

Clifford Kleen Shumate, 56, a well-known employee
with the Public Works Department of the City of Foley, Ala..
died October 20, 2005 from injuries sustained when the bicy-
cle he was riding was struck by a Foley police car. Clifford, a
senior employee of the city with 30 years service, was appar-
ently on his way to work when the accident occurred.
Clifford was born January 1. 1949 in Colon, Republic of
Panama to Charles and Lucille Shumate. Survivors include
three sisters, Linda (Shumate) Doege of Elberta, Ala., Bonnie
and Patsy Shumate of Foley, Ala.; and two brothers, Gene
Shumate of Elberta, Ala. and Dennis Shumate of Fairhope,

Kenneth S. Stone, 66, of Mission Hills, Calif. passed
away on November 15, 2005.
Kenny was born in the Canal Zone on March 20, 1939. He
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1957 and following
graduation he went on active duty with the Air Force. After
four years of military service, he settled in Southern
California and went to work in the movie industry.
He is survived by his wife, Celine: his son, Patrick Earl;
and his older brother, Malcolm (CHS'55).

Winifred Beeman Strider, 77, passed away on January
18, 2006, as a result of liver cancer. She was born March 5,
1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After spending her early years
there, she moved to San Antonio, Texas where she graduated
from high school and went on to earn her BA in Psychology
from the University of Texas Austin.
She married David Morris of Nederland, Texas in 1950
and raised four children. After moving to Minneapolis, Minn.
Winifred completed her MS in Clinical Audiology at the
University of Minnesota, and later moved to Houston, Texas
to work at the Houston Medical Center. It was in Houston that
she recognized the truth of the Baha'i teachings. The family
moved to Belize, Central America as volunteer Baha'i teach-
ers in 1966. A position was offered to Winifred with the

Public Health Department of the U.S. Virgin Islands to
where she and the children moved in 1968.
In 1970, Winifred Morris was offered the position of
Chief of the Audiology Clinic at Gorgas Memorial Hospital
in the Panama Canal Zone, where she worked for 20 years,
plus 5 years after her retirement to Playa Coronado, Panama.
During this time she met and married Thomas Prall Strider of
Meadville, Pa., a retired Army Lt. Colonel. Tom and "Sam",
as friends have known her, have been married 24 years and
reside in Viera. Fla. She was a member of the Panama Canal
She is survived by her husband, Tom: three sons. David,
Hilary, and Geoffrey and her daughter, Kimberly Stein; two
stepsons, Tom and James Strider; seven grandchildren: and
her sisters, Olive Gaskins and Margaret McGillivary.

Robert John Suisman, 77, died December 5, 2005 in his
Sun City Center, Fla. home.
He was born February 9, 1928, in Atlantic City, N.J. the
son of Benjamin and Alice Suisman. In 1940, at the age of 12,
he moved with his family to the Panama Canal Zone. where
his father was employed by the Panama Canal Co. A 1945
graduate of Balboa High School, he attended Canal Zone
College for a year. He then transferred to Niagara University,
Niagara, N.Y. graduating in 1949 with a BS degree.
Returning to the Canal Zone, he began a career in the
intelligence field, working for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air
Force and the Internal Security Office of the Panama Canal
Co. Upon his retirement in 1979, he moved to Sun City
Center where he pursued his lifelong passion for golf, play-
ing with old friends from the Canal Zone and new friends he
made in Florida. One of his proud achievements was to have
made five holes-in-one during his golfing career. He was a
member of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Sun
City Center, and of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his sister, Dolores Suisman, of Sun City

Roger H. Swain, 82, passed away August 5, 2005 at
home following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
He was born September 4. 1922 in Sacramento, Calif.,
graduating from Sacramento High School in 1940. He attend-
ed the California Maritime Academy, graduating in 1942
(accelerated program due to World War II). He served in the
U.S. Merchant Marine during the war as a deck officer in var-
ious theaters of the war. His ship was torpedoed and sunk in
the South Pacific in 1943. Following the war, he achieved the
rank of Master, one of the youngest to do so at 23. He
returned to teach math and navigation at California Maritime
Academy from 1947 to 1950. In 1950 he went on active duty
with the U.S. Coast Guard. On September 16, 1952, he
became a pilot in the Panama Canal Zone. He served as a
pilot for 27 years, retiring February 10, 1980.
Roger had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed sail-
ing, waterskiing. fishing, racquetball, bicycling, and hiking,
particularly the Sierra Nevada Mountains around Lake Tahoe.
In the Canal Zone, he was a member of Elks Lodge 1542, the
Gatun Yacht Club where he served as commodore and busi-

ness manager, and was an active member of the Panama
Canal Pilots' Association.
Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Antonia (Toni)
in 1990. He is survived by his sister Nola McCurdy of Bend,
Ore.: his sons, Boode of Carmichael, Calif., Peter of
Whangarei, New Zealand; a daughter, Nola Boyer of
Sacramento, Calif.: seven grandchildren; one great-grandson:
and five nieces and nephews.

Joan Norma Thurber, 74, died January 4, 2006. She is
survived by her devoted husband, John. Other survivors
include two children, Kathryn Voight (and husband Mark)
and John Shannon Thurber (and wife Dawn) and her favorite
granddog, Brac.

Hilda (Martens) Webber, 91, of Centerville, Mass. and
formerly of Largo, Fla. died November 26, 2005 in
She was born in St. Louis. She was a registered nurse and
graduated from Morton Plant Hospital School of Nursing in
Clearwater, and was a nurse in Chicago, New York City and
Los Angeles. During World War II, she worked as a civilian
nurse in Panama. She was active in Girl Scouts of America
and a member of Carter Memorial Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, William K., Holbrook, Mass. and
a daughter, Judith Oliver, Mashpee, Mass.; a sister, Nellie

Anderson, Glide, Ore.; seven grandchildren and three great-

Sally Morland Williams died on November 23, 2005 in
Southern Pines, N.C.
Sally was born and raised in the former Panama Canal
Zone, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Virginia Morland.
Following graduation with top honors from Cristobal High
School in 1956, Sally attended St. Lawrence University,
Canton, N.Y., graduating with a Bachelors Degree in
Education. She went on to receive her Masters Degree in
Special Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.
Sally taught exceptional and gifted children in the Frankfort
section of Philadelphia and later on in Lancaster, Pa., where
she became the Director of the Learning Disabilities Center.
Sally and her husband Tom moved to Southern Pines in
1970 where Sally taught at the Southern Pines Middle
School, retiring in 1997. Throughout her career she received
many awards, including "Teacher of the Year" for Moore
County for two consecutive years.
Sally is survived by her husband Thomas and son
Christopher of Pinehurst. N.C. She is also survived by sisters
Muriel Mizrachi (Enrique), Mary Coffey, and Carol Mead
(Burt): and brothers Robin and Peter Morland; brothers- and
sisters-in-law Shirley and Paul O'Callaghan, Doris and Dale
Hennon, Eugene Williams, and Robert and Marilyn Williams.

October 2005 Los Gatos Panama Reunion Picnic

October 2005 Los Gatos Panama Reunion Picnic. Semi-group shot with not-so-wide lenses. Sorry to those omitted on the side-
lines. Helen Aanstoos



On New Year's Day 2006 in El Valle while having lunch
at the new resort and restaurant, Casa de Lourdes, there was
a chance encounter and a mini-BHS'62 Class reunion.
At one table were Peggy Morgan (BHS'59), Stacia
Walsh Morgan (CHS/BHS'63), Paul (Buddy) Morgan
(BHS'62) and Charly Garcia (BHS/CHS'62). At the adja-
cent table with their respective families were Ralph Smith
(BHS'62), Clarita Thayer Smith (BHS'62), Mike
Cassaday (BHS'62) and Buford James Carter (BHS'62).

Charly Garcia, Paul Morgan, Buford Carter, Mike
Cassaday, Ralph Smith, and Clarita Thayer Smith.

Charly Garcia
El Valle, Panama


Longtime friends from the Canal Zone Joe Perantie
(BHS'67), Jeff Riley (BHS'66), Ray Bierbaum (BHS'67),
and Bill Thompson (BHS'67) met in October at Jeff's house
in Cleveland, Tenn. for a little R&R and to exchange stories
of their golfing days at the Fort Amador Golf Course in the

Joe Perantie, Jeff Riley, Ray Bierbaum, Bill Thompson

Jeff Riley
Cleveland, Tenn.


Joe and Penny (Catron) Lotterhos of Clinton, Miss.
report on a trip to Europe during October:
We had a great trip. It was a lot warmer than we had
packed for! Mississippi was much cooler than Germany. We
were able to visit several small towns that Joe's family had
been from. We met with the Mayor of Bobenthal. He gave us
his address and e-mail address as well. We will see if he can
help us with the Lotterhos Family genealogy.
The people in France were wonderful and helpful. We
went to Dijon, Beaune and Colmar. I have seen a week of
vineyards. We were in wine country in France as well as
Germany. Our trip on the C17 could not have been better. I
managed to sleep in my sleeping bag for seven hours on the
floor of the plane. I woke up and we were about there. Joe
slept almost as long as I did. He went into the cockpit for the
landing. My spinning instructor niece was the co-pilot.
We came back on a chartered military plane and flew to
BWI. From there we flew NWA to Memphis, where we rent-
ed a car and drove home.
While at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in
Landstuhl, Germany at Ramstein AFB we spoke with many
marines who had been wounded in Iraq. We shook their hands
and thanked them for their service to our country. They all
were anxious to return to a war they believe in. They were all
so positive and very supportive of President Bush. Several
made the comment that Iraq was not the only enemy that they
had to fight. They all are upset with the media and the report-
ing of the war. It was hard to watch the caskets being loaded
on the planes home. Everyone should write a thank you note
and let our young soldiers know we support them. What they
need to know is that someone cares about them and what they
are doing. They are protecting you and me. Please consider a
letter-writing campaign, or dropping them funny cards to
cheer them up.

Joe and Penny (Catron) Lotterhos
Clinton, Miss.


In October 2005, I accepted a job with the National
Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo.
Marcela is still working for DoD in Germany, soon to relo-
cate to Boulder.
This Thanksgiving brought me together with my niece
Adrienne Oliver, sister Jeanette, brother Ray and his daugh-
ter Elizabeth, at our parents, John and Margaret Morales,
home in California, Mo. We were accompanied by several
close family friends.

Jeanette, John Sr., Margaret, Lars Morales and Jeanette's
daughter Adrienne Oliver, California, Mo.
Marcela and I joined her brother Mahlon Hawk and his
wife Renee at their beautiful home in Mesa, Ariz. for a
Christmas reunion. Martha Hawk Vokey, husband Craig
and their two children flew in from Cape Cod. The Hawk's
aunt Colleen and uncle John and two cousins from the
Phoenix area rounded out the family get-together on the
Friday before Christmas.

Pamela Haas, Martha Hawk Vokey, Marcela Hawk
Morales, Mahlon Hawk, and Colleen Haas. Mesa, Ariz.

We spent an enjoyable New Year's in Boulder at the home
of Charlie and Kristine Thrush. Fellow pana-gringo
Richard McArthur had arrived from Dallas to help ring in
2006. The Thrush family lives five doors down in the same
Boulder suburb. I was introduced to Charlie by Stanley
Wright when he was working in Denver recently. Talk about
the "small world syndrome".

Charlie and Christine Thrush, Richard McArthur,
Marcela and Lars Morales.

Best wishes to everyone for a healthy and prosperous
New Year!

Lars K. Morales
Boulder, Colo.


Ted and Mel (Little) Henter entertained family and
friends for Thanksgiving. All the Little siblings were in atten-
dance. In addition to immediate family, Tom (BHS'71) and
Alice (BHS'72) Engelke with daughter Eileen and boyfriend
Shawn, Nancy (BHS'70) and Debbie Foster (BHS'73) with
her daughter, and Dan and Sara Moore were also guests.

Top Row (L-R): Joe Little, Butch and Kevin Nehring, Jeff,
Sue (Little) Johnson, Shawn, Mel (Little) and Ted Henter,
Norman Little, Dan Moore, Jason Johnson. Second Row
(L-R): Jesse Little, Tom Engelke, Kate Ryan, Nancy and
Debbie Foster, Emley Henter, Jennifer (Nehring)
Makatura, Sara Moore, Lynn (Little) Nehring. Third Row
(L-R): Debbie Foster's daughter, Alice and Eileen Engelke,
Christopher Little, Karl Nehring, Amber Henter, Ed
Makatura, Elizabeth Henter. Bottom (L-R): Sara Johnson,
Stephanie Little, Gage, Eddie Makatura on Ed's lap.


The Pabon family held a family reunion in July 2005 in
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. We had a great turnout and also are three
alumni from Cristobal High School.

ranon ramlly Keunon, lgeon rorge, ienn.

Ruby Pabon Robinson (CHS'53) came from Indiana
with her husband Frosty, children and great-grandchildren.
Johnny Pabon (CHS'54) came with his wife Janine from
Washington state. Eddie Pabon (CHS'58), his wife Janet,
two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren came from

Kentucky and North Carolina.
One sister Doris Pabon Perkins (CHS'56) was ill and
could not attend. She lives in Florida with her husband Ray.
Her son and grandson came from Florida and Georgia. A
brother Jerry who lives in Florida brought his wife Bonnie,
two sons and grandchildren.
It was a great time for everyone!!

Eddie Pabon
Taylorsville, Ky.


Charlie Norris took his extended family of 18 members
on a Caribbean Cruise aboard the Brilliance of the Seas over
Christmas and New Years to visit his former hometown of
Balboa, Canal Zone and see his father's grave and other local

Top Row: Cameron Hodes and Christopher Norris. Second
Row (L-R): Blake Espino, John Espino, Chris Norris,
Charles Norris Jr., Nathan Norris. Third Row (L-R):
Joanna Norris, Carole Norris Espino, Nicole Norris,
Cynthia Norris Hodes. Fourth Row (L-R): Vicki Norris,
Charlie Sr. (center), Charlotte Norris. Front (L-R): Clayton
Espino, Emmett Espino, Charlie Hodes, Helen Norris.

The 18 members included the Hodes, Norris, and Espino

Charlie claims that the good looks of his children and
grandchildren come from his late wife, Charlotte Dye
(BHS'47). The good looks led one tour director to ask Charlie
why he left the Canal Zone. Like all those before him that
walked or used the Panama Railroad, he likened himself to
the discovery of GOLD in California.

Charlie Norris
Fairfield. Calif.


Roy Thomas Morales (BHS'72) of Moberly. Mo. took
the enclosed photo at the partial family reunion of the
Morales clan for Thanksgiving 2005. Those attending were
Jeanette Morales Keepers (BHS'67) of Spartanburg, S.C.,
John A. Morales Sr. (BHS'31) and Margaret Kuhn
Morales (BHS'36) of California, Mo.: Lars Kieth Morales
(BHS'68) of Boulder, Colo.; and Adrienne M. Oliver

Jeanette Morales Keepers, John A. Morales Sr., Margaret
Kuhn Morales, Lars Kieth Morales, Adrienne M. Oliver.

Adrienne, with help from her mother, catered a delicious,
gourmet dinner for the occasion. Phoned messages for a
Happy Thanksgiving were received from Roseann Morales
(BHS'74), Indiatlantic. Fla. and John Jr. (BHS'66) and
Kenneth Reid Morales (BHS'69), Albrook, Panama.

John A. Morales Sr.
California, Mo.


My article about our previous trip to Panama in 2003 said
I hoped it would not be another 36 years before we returned.
And it wasn't! My husband Tom and I and good friend from
high school, Bobbie (Vach6) Buono and her husband John

traveled to Panama in November. We arrived on November
3rd. Panama's Independence Day. Once again, my brother
Jon "Sid" Coffin met us at the airport and drove us to the
Atlantic side. There was evidence all over the streets of
Panama of the celebration.
My brother has moved to Margarita to a duplex and we
were amazed at how lovely he has fixed it up. We spent four
days with Jon--the guys going fishing and Bobbie and I driv-
ing around looking at all our high school memories. We spent
a day on the Chagres on Jon's boat. Jon also had Gerry Laatz
from Washington visiting him.
On Monday, the 7th, Jon drove us back to the airport to
pick up our rental car. There had been a problem when we
arrived. President Bush had flown into Panama that day, so
we got to see Air Force One sitting on the runway. Later that
same week, Matt Lauer from the Today Show was also in
Panama. A very popular week to be there. Jon advised us to
take the car and get out of Panama City as they expected
demonstrations because of Bush's visit.
We drove out of Panama City over the new bridge and up
into the "interior" of the Pacific side. About an hour and a
half later we arrived at The Coronado resort. It is a beautiful
72-unit resort and very unique in that all of the employees are
shareholders in the resort. After staying at the Melia on the
Atlantic side two years ago, the staff of the Coronado was
delightful and continually went out of their way to help or
understand us. I would definitely give this resort a very high
rating. The food was excellent in the restaurant where we ate.
They did have several choices, but we chose the more infor-
mal one. And the best part is the road into the resort from the
highway is well maintained. Our suite (two bedrooms, two
baths, living room and small kitchen) looked out on the golf
course, with the mountains in the background. We played golf
twice while we were there and would also recommend the
golf course.
We had a "Balboa" day where we drove down, visited
Miraflores Locks which has an amazing Visitors Center. We
then drove into Balboa and walked around and then out to the
Causeway for lunch at Mi Ranchito. While we were sitting
there enjoying the Panama City skyline. Penny and Vince
Canamas walked in and we had a great visit with them.

Vinc al P Innl C(janmla, a.I d 1. nne ind] Tom
Cunningham, Amador Causeway.

Another day we drove up to check out the Decameron
Resort and could not believe the conditions of the road lead-
ing into it. The DeCameron has 1000 rooms and they are
adding 400 more, so we were very pleased with our choice of
the Coronado. That same day we drove into Santa Clara look-
ing for the little cottages that we stayed at when our families
vacationed there.
Our last full day at the resort we drove up to El Valle and
visited with Charly Garcia and his lovely mother Elsie in
their vacation home. I always remembered El Valle as a very
special place, and this visit just reconfirmed my memory. The
mist on the mountainside, the beautiful flowers and shrubs,
and the friendly people. Charly's home is beautiful and we
were so fortunate to have the chance to visit with them. We
then had lunch at Los Capitanes and this is a must if you visit
El Valle. Not only was the food delicious but the owner, a
German sea captain, adds much to the atmosphere of the

Bobbie Buono, Charly Garcia and Lynne Cunningham, El
John and Bobbie Buono and Lynne and Tom Cunningham, Valle.

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The following day we left the resort at 4:00 a.m. for the
airport only to find our American Airlines flight had been
cancelled. Tom and I were rescheduled out on Copa Airlines,
which we had never flown before. I would definitely give
them a very high rating and would use them on any Central
American flights if possible.
The whole trip was just wonderful and I feel so fortunate
to have been able to revisit Panama after just two years.

Lynne (Coffin) Cunningham
New Bern, N.C.


Enclosed is a tribute I read at the recent memorial service
here in Honolulu for your former reporter from Hawaii, Lois
De La Mater Bates. I thought that her many friends and
acquaintances here would enjoy knowing "the way we were"
as children and later as nostalgic adults brought up on the
"Yet even in this cauldron of pressure their creature habits
as Zonian children prevailed: they scrupulously avoided step-
ping through the pool of shallow, medicated water built at the
order of Uncle Sam's public health department, at the exit to
the pool area. Spider-like, they extended arms and legs
against the opposing walls at the sides and scrambled swiftly
above the three inches of water towards the sunlit door to the
outside. The footbath was intended to forestall the spread of

athlete's foot (the dreaded, infected 'spiggoty itch' you got
from living in certain countries). Why not walk through it?
Too many rules, too many orders, too many regulations, too
much surveillance. Was there to be no freedom? Where no
adults could see they savored sweet rebellion.
"In earlier teen years the young women had pulled up the
gelatinous, clear strings that lay along the bottom of the four-
foot pool. Their lengths were studded with the translucent,
shimmering pearl-like frog's eggs. The mermaids draped
themselves in these 'jewels of the poo-els'. On land they had
blown away the filaments of the gossamer heads of the
money-lender' weeds, and knelt sweeping their hands in
broad circles to see the instantaneous closing-up of the
'touch-me-not' groundcover, taken apart the hibiscus to get to
the sticky base of the pistil, breaking it off and sitting it on the
tip of their sunburned, peeling noses. They had raced to the
edge of the ever-encroaching rainforest to count the rings on
the stand-up-straight tails of the raccoon-like coati mundi,
stood thunderstruck at the echoing roar of the treetop howler
monkeys, felt in their pulse, even from within the womb, the
'jungle' drums throbbing in the night where Calypso bands
practiced for the madness of Carnival. Like all river and canal
children they knew the deep, shudder-in-the-belly bellow of
the seagoing vessel, the toot of the tug, the steady thumping
of dredge, the hissing passage of the barges hauling dirt in the
perpetual clearing of the channel of a canal passing between
restless mountains seeking to kiss once more. They had
seized fallen palm fronds for sledding down grassy slopes,
stood under gushing rain gutters during the nine months of
the wet season, felt the dry-season trades sweep their skin
clear of sweat, ruffle their sun-streaked hair. Years later they
would return to Panama, drawn by the irresistible smell of
plantain frying, of coconuts split open, of Balboa beer, of the
tangy feel and taste of mango juice dribbling down the chin.
"Daughters of empire, they were held captive to these
importunate, sensual calls to remembrance even as were their
age mates among the Latin Panamanians, the West Indians,
the mestizos, the 'chinos', the few tribes remaining of so-
called 'pure' indigenous blood. Their own transplanted white
parents answered to the siren call of a different clime.
"It was just as well, for beyond the now--at the end of
school days, or upon retirement--there was no place for this
isolated white cohort on the Zone. Only exile lay in their

Frances Farrell Viglielmo
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Suzanne (Schmidt) Goldstein and
Marjorie (Malone) Cancil having some 'gringita fun' at Sol
de La India on a recent trip to Panama.


"A Cut Above" beauty salon in Panama. Shown are the owner
(Nixa) and all her 'chicas'. The salon is located in Albrook
and they give the best manicures, pedicures and haircuts in

Standing (L-R): Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Meggs (Malone)
Cancil, Jayne Yocum, Suzanne (Schmidt) Goldstein and
Susan (Soyster) Valentine in the hammock (at Jayne's house
in Portobelo on the Gold Coast).


On Sept. 22 my daughter called me at 6 AM.
"Mom, there is a cat 5 hurricane (Rita) in the Gulf and we
are going to evacuate in an hour. Be ready."
"Where are we going?" I asked.
"We are going till we get there! There are no rooms to the
Oklahoma border per the computer. So we will just drive
I changed my sheets, threw in a load of wash and as I was
vacuuming, I thought ROSALIE!! My Gatun across-the-
street-neighbor forever! I placed a call and before I could ask
she said "Come on"" Her son and granddaughter were
already there. I told her there would be ten of us, "No prob-
And so began the ride from hell: Dad, Mom, a four year
old, a five year old, a Lab puppy named Elvis, Lilly the cat
and grandma, me, in the back seat. The first six hours we
went nine miles in 104-degree heat. Finally after 14 hours we
made the 200-mile trip arriving at 1 AM. And we had a five
star vacation. Bob and Rosalie (Radel) Meier have a gor-
geous four-bedroom manse on a lake with a boat and all the
requisite toys, water skis, jet skis, etc. What a place. We had
wonderful meals; biscuits from scratch, we swam, took boat
rides, played bridge, talked and talked and watched TV to see
what was happening at home.
We got quite some wind gusts and the four grandchildren
made like air planes out on the lawn, just like we did in dry
season. It was a wonderful mini-vacation. After four days we
drove to the small town of Palestine and stayed with all our
friends and neighbors in a motel for 18 days. We had a pool
and a Wal-Mart down the street so we all survived.
When we finally got home there was minimal damage but
no electricity for another week and no TV forever and ever.
Parts of the Mall still aren't open and some places are not
going to open at all.
Ro and I figured we had known each other for 63 years.
We went from kindergarten through high school (CHS'58)
together along with Spikey Lawrence and Linda
Cunningham. Gatun friends really are forever and ever.

Grace Argo Allen
Lumberton, Texas


Just thought I'd send a little news from the Gulf Coast, as
we had no news in the December issue. I realize that many of
us have been displaced from Katrina, you included perhaps,
but our story should be told.
Bill and I chose to ride out the storm based on Camille (big
mistake). At 7:30 Monday morning, we evacuated our house
with dog, two cats, and stepmother Anne Epperson to a
house up the street. The gentleman who welcomed us into his
home had just had hip surgery and couldn't drive, so he had
stayed. We watched the water and debris come up the bayou
from his back bedrooms until about 9:30 and when the water

started coming over his back porch, we all went to the next
highest house, where thankfully the water didn't totally flood.
That evacuation was more exciting trying to get Bob and his
walker up the hill, over a fallen tree and into the house. When
everything was finally over, we walked back down to our
home, around all the debris, to assess the damage. Fifteen
homes were totally gutted, cars destroyed, and all contents
tossed around like matchsticks. The back wall of our house
had lifted out, sending lots of stuff floating up the bayou.
Three entire walls of brick were bashed and were laying on
the ground.
We spent the next two weeks digging through everything
and we did manage to find quite a few things unbroken. We
have been staying with Anne since the 29th of August, whose
home, thankfully, only lost six shingles. We will be moving
into our FEMA trailer this coming week, as Anne has rela-
tives coming from Germany for several months and it would
be quite crowded. We will not be going back to the old home
on the bayou, as we don't want to worry with each hurricane
season if we will lose everything again. We have bought
almost seven acres of land north of the interstate in Ocean
Springs and are in the process of building a new home.
Jim Jenner (BHS'67) who also lives in Ocean Springs
only had tree damage in his yard. He was very fortunate, but
his work lost a lot of accounts due to Katrina. They were
working out of offices at USM in Hattiesburg until they could
get into Biloxi to see about their offices. Fortunately, the
offices were on the 2nd floor and are okay. The bottom floor
of the building was gutted, but they have continued on.
Zoe Bierman (BHS'67) McGraw's son Jason volunteered
to bring supplies to the coast from his home in Missouri.
They spent a week here in Ocean Springs delivering supplies
to the most devastated areas on the coast, clearing trees and
other debris in the city. All the people here are so thankful for
the wonderful volunteers for all the help they have given and
still giving. Some people would surely not have made it, if
not for these wonderful people.
Bill's oldest son Billy and his fiance Zoee Langeland pre-
sented us with a grandson on November 8, 2005. Kaden Max
Epperson weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 21 inch-
es long. Then on December 13th, Billy graduated from UCF
in Orlando, Fla. with a degree in Business Administration. He
and Zoee live in Winter Park, Fla.
I sincerely hope you did not sustain much damage from
Katrina or Rita! May 2006 bring us all a better year.

Sue Halley and Bill Epperson

Dear all,

We survived!
We decided to stay put for the storm so we could check
things out at Java Jean's after the storm. Although the storm
occurred during the day we pretty much couldn't bear to look
outside to witness the horrendous wind that was blowing out-
side. The house shook and vibrated during heavy gusts and
strange 'harmonica' noises came along with the gusts. We had

two large Pine trees fall on the house with some but not major
damage. A third tree landed on our fence and Jean, Doreen
and Lauren made a temporary patch to the fence good
enough to keep the dog in the yard.
Doreen's apartment sustained broken windows with water
damage and strangely enough none of her figurines were dis-
We knew two regulars of Java Jean's and invited them to
stay. Ironically they only carried with them their clothes on
their backs. Ramsey, who had a nice home 1/2 a block from
hwy 90 which runs parallel with the beach, and John and his
89-year-old mother, who lived in a rented house very close to
Jean's also didn't bring much. Needless to say Java Jean's
was wiped out and Ramsey's and John's home disappeared as
well from the surge. John, a Gulfport City employee, was
going to stick it out at his house until we convinced him to
stay with us. They probably would have perished if they
stayed at their home. John and his mother left yesterday to
relocate to Oklahoma, and Ramsey is still with us.
The day after the storm we went down to investigate Java
Jean's, and as we expected, was wiped out by the surge.
Every building and home that wasn't enforced by steel was
gone. I couldn't recognize the place; everything was so out of
place. Just debris all over, wood and other debris stacked high
where the surge finally ended and started its course back to
the sea. The building that Jean's place was located in was
built using steel so the second through top floor survived. It
looked like the building now had under building parking. We
found some Java Jean's cups a few feet away from where they
should have been, but some were as far as two blocks away.
Jean's heavy equipment; oven, cappuccino maker, mixer,
bagel maker, etc. remained close by but destroyed and some
tables, chairs, baking racks and even one of the stores glass
doors were in the gulf 300 to 400 yards away.
Art was so kind to bring us supplies to get us through. He
drove all the way from Jensen Beach with lumber, nails,
tarps, food, and a chainsaw that he used to clear the smaller
trees and brush littering the yard. A friend of ours lent us their
generator so we could have a fan to keep us cool and a tele-
vision to keep us informed of what was happening within the
area. We used a nearby lake for our baths and water for the
toilets. We had gas throughout our ordeal, so we had plenty
of warm meals and sandwiches. We have a good supply of
MRE's as well. We got our power and water back a few days
ago, so we are nearly back to normal.
Love and thank you for keeping us in your prayers,

Peter Baas (CHS'68)


Nancy (Askew) (BHS'62) Goodwin enjoyed a Christmas
visit with her grandchildren: A.J. Stone (6), Sara Stone (3),
Hannah Dugan (4), and Thomas Dugan (almost 2).
A.J. and Sara are the children of Adam and Lisa
(Goodwin) (BHS'80) Stone of Madison. Miss. Hannah and

Thomas are the children of Brian (BHS'92) and Katie
(Goodwin) (BHS'92) Dugan of Dacula. Ga.



Tom (CHS'59) and Ev (Menges) (CHS'68) Sellers
recently attended the wedding of their nephew Paul David
Menges in Virginia Beach, Va.
Ev submitted a picture of Tom and her with their grand-
children, whose parents are Charlotte (Sellers) Klimchock
and Ken Klimchock. She also submitted a picture with her
sister Judy (Menges) (CHS'73) Sigmon.

A.J. Stone, Sara Stone, Hannah Dugan, Nancy Goodwin,
and Thomas Dugan.


In October, the cookbook trio, Sarah Finkelstein and Sis
Medinger met with Cissy Collins in Douglasville, Ga. The
lively discussion centered on their project for 2006 submitted
to the Canal Zone Museum board in September.
And the GOOD NEWS from Panama Canal Museum
Executive VP Kathy Egolf is that the Museum cookbook
Opening the Gates to Canal Cuisine has been selected by
Morris Cookbook publishers as one of their top ten publica-
tions for 2005. Morris Cookbook representative Darin
Meseure called the museum with compliments for the out-
standing book cover, tab dividers and artwork.
Speaking of prizes, we have included a picture of Louise
Bauman receiving her raffle prize. Louise's ticket entitled
her to the top prize, a mini-grocery cart filled with the cook-
book, a variety of hard-to-find recipe ingredients and fun
items such as the tropical iquana and macaw Beanie Babies.

Sis Medinger, Louise Bauman, Cissy Collins, and Sarah

Rear: Tom and Ev Sellers. Front (L-R): Tim, Aaron and
Gina Klimchock.

Ev (Menges) Sellers and Judy (Menges) Sigmon


DEADLINE for receiving Ballot is
July 11, 2006.

Ballot is located in the center of this issue.


Zonians were able to get together to kick-off the New
Year at the January 1 Bucs/Saints football game......while we
were still missing some of the "Regular" Buc-Zonians from
the picture (Jack and Fran Hern and Gary and Ellen
Anderson, and Beth Brandenburg), it was nice to visit with
those who were there especially Harold Sorrell from
Sacramento, Calif., and Kenny Morris, Jr., from Memphis
Tenn. (but still a Saints fan).




Brianne Rupp, Joan Ohman, Ruth Hern, Be
Brandenburg, Jeanne Rupp and Cheryl Russell.


Harold Sorrell, Garth Feeney, Ken Morris, Dick and Ruth
Hern and Bob Engelke


The Valrico, Riverview, Sun City Center Buc Fan Club
shows its support for the Bucs at a recent fan party at Ruth
and Dick Hern's home in Valrico.

>bert and Mary Blake


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Hap Brandenburg, Ryan Rupp, Ed Ohman, Bob Russell,
Bob Rupp, Shawn Rupp, and Dick Hern.

Lifelong friends Warren Ashton and Lew French


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Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wade Boggs in
Cooperstown, NY July 2005.

Mary Condon, Marcia Jones, Bob Jones, Joe Vowell, Jr.
and Gretta Vowell, Fayetteville, Ark.



Donald and Nira (Reyes) Johnson (BHS'53)

Joanie Ridge Cameron (BHS'75) visiting cousin John
Ridge (CHS'77). While growing up in the Canal Zone, the
Pacific side Ridge cousins always had fun teasing with their
Atlantic side cousins over which SIDE was better. Both sides
always WON as they were both awesome places to grow up!


George Scribner recently had a joint art show in Panama
with Dick Heimbold (cousin of Bruce and Mark Quinn).
The show was held at the Mery Palma Galeria, in the Cesar
Park Hotel in Paitilla, Panama.


DEADLINE for receiving Ballot is July 11, 2006.

Ballot is located in the center of this issue.



Synchronized swim team members, ca. 1955-56

Front row: Jose Bettsak, Bill Hatchett, Bill Black, ? Reynolds, Larry Siegel, Jose Blackburn. 2nd Row: Ida Straus,
Judy Trapnell, Camille Ellis, ? ? Mary Frances Tucker, Gladys Miller. 3rd Row: ? Judy Sigl, ? Shirley Ransom,
? ? Judy Engelke, ? ? Coach Del Peters from Florida was the coach.

submitted by John Gifford


Sitting left to right: Joyce Engelke May, Connie Engelke. Standing (front row L-R): Monty Lowry, May
Hall, Louise Womack, Muriel Stewart, Millie Blair. Back row (L-R): Ruth Banton, Amy Fraser, Matt
White, ? Mary Driscoll, May Biava.


Lilli Meyer, Dave Furlong, Janice Nehring, Ken Millard, Jacque Crowell and Skip Maloney as "living" decorations for
a sorority party in Albrook in 1971.




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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
E-mail: president@

PCM Celebrates 2006 Year of the Museum
Kicking off the Panama Canal Museum's celebration of the
American Association of Museums' 2006 Year of the Museum is a
mini exhibit on Operation Just Cause. The exhibit tied in with the
January potluck lunch program, "Panama Canal Reminiscences of
Operation Just Cause: An Oral History", will continue through the end
of March at the museum; and will be a part of the exhibit on the United
States military and the Panama Canal at the Panama Canal Society's
Reunion beginning on July 20 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando.
Moderated by Museum President Joe Wood and Trustee Richard
Morgan, the Operation Just Cause program included gripping memo-
ries from a number of those who lived this part of Panama Canal his-
tory. Thank you to Marian Evans Blair and Dick Cunningham for
coordinating the potluck lunch and all the other participants in this
always popular activity of the museum.

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by Betty Brooks Stergion
These delightful calendar plates donated to the Panama Canal
Museum by Betty Brooks Stergion will probably form the nucleus of a
mini exhibit the museum will feature later in the year as part of the 2006
Year of the Museum celebration. Circulated in the United States in 1915
to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal, the plates are framed by
calendars depicting the twelve 1915 months, pictures of the United States
presidents, or designs highlighting construction/early canal scenes.

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Bob Zumbado presents a check for $570 to
is Chuck Hummer and Museum Treasurer Paul
heck was donated from the 50th class reunion sur-
three, and Museum President Joe Wood, Vice
ner Kearns and Trustee Reggie Hayden are mem-
of '55.

Military Artifacts Being Sought
Do you have any memories or mementoes concerning the United States mil-
itary and the Panama Canal that you would be willing to give or lend the
Panama Canal Museum for its 2006 exhibit at the Panama Canal Society
Reunion in July? Please contact the museum as soon as possible as we are now
in the process of developing the exhibit.

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Silent Auction Items Needed
Probably the most fun Panama Canal Museum activity
at the Annual Reunion is the Silent Auction. Some real
treasures are donated; and many generous, enthusiastic
bidders contribute both to the fun and the museum's oper-
ations through their participation. If you have items you'd
like to donate, please let the museum know at your earliest
Left, Museum Trustee Gerry DeTore displays some of
/ the exciting items donated for the auction and awaits your

New Board of Trustees Member
The Board of Trustees of the Museum is pleased to announce the addition of its newest member, Dr. Al Lombana, of
Jacksonville, Fla. Al graduated in 1954 from Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone and received a Ph.D. in Student
Personnel Administration in Education from Florida State University. With his extensive higher education experience, he will
be a valuable resource to the museum as it strives to enhance its educational outreach programs in the community.

New Member Added to Board of Advisors
Robert R. McMillan, former Chairman of the Board of the Panama Canal Commission in 1993 and 1994, has accepted
an invitation from the museum to serve on its prestigious Board of Advisors. This select group consists of individuals who
have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields and have some connection to the Panama Canal. The board is designed
to provide advice and guidance as needed to enhance the museum's goals and objectives. Current members of the Board
include Robert Dawson, former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works; William Gianelli, former Secretary of the
Army for Civil Works and Chairman of the Board, Panama Canal Commission; Lt. Gen. Walter Leber (USA, Ret.), former
Governor of the Canal Zone; Lt. Gen. D. P. McAuliffe (USA Ret.), former Commander in Chief, US Southern Command and
Administrator, Panama Canal Commission; and Thomas Goethals, Ph.D., grandson of George W. Goethals, former Chief
Engineer and Governor of the Canal Zone.

Call 1-888-652-1365.



JANUARY 24-29, 2007

Yes, we are planning another reunion of our class-
mates, but this time in PANAMA! Bruce Quinn and
Rolo Linares have kindly offered to orchestrate a great
time for all who come. Bruce and Rolo will make sure
you have a terrific time while in Panama. Since this
return to Panama is not until January 2007, you all have
plenty of time to save your pennies so you can join us in
a fun-packed four-day weekend. Details of the Panama
Reunion are in the planning stage and further details will
be given as soon as we have them in place.

Contact June Rowley Stevenson at 800-783-8847


Celebrating our 50th Class Reunion to be held in conjunction
with the 2006 Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion in
Orlando. Florida. Please spread the word and come join the fun.
We will have a hospitality suite available for informal gatherings
as well as a main event (cocktail party or dinner). We are pro-
ducing a CD to be shown during our get-together and copies may
be purchased. Please send a recent photo of yourself as well as
other interesting photos to Don Rentfrow. And, everyone wants
to know what you have been up to so please rush your 250 word
bios to Ida Straus Gifford. Submission must be received by
March Ist of'2006 to be included. You must be a member of the
society in order to stay at the hotel or to participate in society
functions/dances, etc. Membership is highly recommended.
Watch for our class website in the near future at

Bill Hatchett (Chairman)
678 Alewa Place
Diamondhead, MS 39525

Sue Knapp Light (Co-Chair)
109 Merge Avenue
Harvest, AL 35749

Ida Straus Gifford (Bios)
383 North 100 East
Orem, UT 84057-4751

Don Rentfrow (Photos for CD)
110 10th Street North
Naples, FL 34102

Bev Boyette Hayden (Main Event)
5915 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Ste 63
Miami, FL 33146


Celebration Fifty-Six Fifty, the Fiftieth Class
Reunion of the CHS class of 1956, will be held on July
22, 2006, in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The
celebration will be a three-hour luncheon cruise down the
St. Johns River on board the Rivership Romance.
Spouses, life partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, and friends
are invited to join in the celebration.
Our immediate challenge is to locate all of our class-
mates. Our networking efforts have produced remarkable
success for the short time we have been pursuing the
search; however, we still have some missing classmates.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of any member of the
CHS class of 1956, we would appreciate it if you would
send their e-mail and/or snail mail addresses to a member
of the committee.
If you can help or if you have any suggestions, please
contact one of the following committee members.

Lew Taber at

Susie Pincus Smith at

Margaret Leigh at

Peggy Roddy Pruett at Peggypruettl


Calling all classmates from BHS '61. We're gathering
names for our 45th class reunion and we want this to be a
memorable occasion for all. We have already heard from
classmates who are planning to attend who we have not
seen in a long time.
Put on your calendar the dates July 21 and 22. We
have planned a hospitality suite to be available for infor-
mal gatherings and our main event will be a cocktail/din-
ner get-together.
If you have not been contacted yet, please get in touch with any of
the following committee members:

Ralph Edmondson

Bill Thrift

Bev Bowman Wood

Didi Bremer Rogers

Mary Simpson Francis

Jackie Ashton Wagner

Lois Thompson Gibbs

Class of CHS 1961

We will be having our 45th Class Reunion next year
in conjunction with the Society Reunion in Orlando. A
committee was formed at this year's Society Reunion and
details are being finalized. It would be wonderful to have
the best Class Reunion ever please try to attend!

For more information, please contact:

Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig
(850) 474-6341


We are to hold our 40th Reunion for the year 2006 at
the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. during the annu-
al Panama Canal Society Reunion ( July 19 23, 2006).
This is a BIG one classmates! Planning early will
assure a memorable reunion so please send in your name,
address and email address to the committee members list-
ed below right away. REMEMBER.....YOU HAVE TO
BE A MEMBER OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCI- order to register for our 40th!
The Castaways will be jammin' for us all night on
Thursday, July 20, 2005. This may be the last time we get
to hear this GREAT band, so don't miss out!

For more information, contact:

Becky Brenner Neal
8665 Florin Road, #25
Sacramento, CA 95828

For email updates, contact

Rich Hull

Visit our class website for up-to-date information
regarding our 40th Reunion at




BHS Class of 1971

We'll be celebrating our 35th Class Reunion in conjunc-
tion with the 2006 PCS Reunion in Orlando. We're in the
final planning stages and want to hear from you! Send
your contact info and ideas to:

Katie (Olliver) Haas
719-592-0560 (h) or 719-388-4917 (w)

Debbie Dekle
ddekle @
813-985-1399 (h) or 813-974-4338 (w)

CHS Class of 1971

Cristobal High School Class of 1971 celebrates!

CHS 1971, 35th Class Reunion will be held at the
2006 Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion in Orlando,
Please contact the following to update your address:

Jane Paulson Martin

Toni Kalsovsky Treverton


It's that time again to get together and celebrate our grad-
uation from BHS 30 years ago! We are planning TWO

SEAS from Friday, July 14 to Monday July 17. Departing
from Port Canaveral sailing for three (3) nights to the
Bahamas. Cruise cost is $442.00 per person (includes
taxes and port charges). Contact our travel agent Carol
McKinney at 800-678-2782 at ARTA Travel. Make sure to
mention "BHS 30th Anniversary Reunion" for reference

PART TWO: After a few days to recuperate...we'll do it
all again at the Panama Canal Society annual reunion,
held this year in Orlando at the Caribe Royale. Remember
you need be a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Please contact the following to update your address:

Diana (Duncan) Bishop
curundudiana @


Cristobal High class of 1976 will hold its 30th Class
Reunion during the 2006 PCS Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Fla. We need to finalize our plans so please
contact either D LaPorta or Tom Wilder if you are
needing information and/or plan to attend.

D LaPorta
terry @

Tom Wilder

BHS CLASS of 1981

BHS class of 1981 will hold its 25th class reunion in
conjunction with the 2006 Panama Canal Society
reunion in Orlando, Fla.
We need to finalize our plans, so please contact us for

Jose Payne
jose.payne @

Maritza Reyes
MReves9632 @

BHS Class of 86

The BHS Class of 1986 will hold its 20th Class Reunion
July 19-23, 2006, in conjunction with the 2006 Panama
Canal Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida.

If you would like to help with organizing the class
reunion, or have any questions about the reunion, please
contact either person below.

Kimberly (Phillips) Collins
(352)281-0721 or (501)920-8341

Paul Wright
leviathan @

CHS Class of 1986

The CHS Class of 1986 will hold its 20th Class
reunion July 19-23, 2006, in conjunction with the 2006
Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando,
Florida. If you would like to help with organizing the
class reunion, please contact either person below.

Warren Bell (909)880-0747
bell.warren @

Kimberly A. (Phillips) Collins
(352)281-0721 or (501)920-8341



Saturday, May 13, 2006

Pavilion 5 at the end of Boat Launch Road has been
reserved for the annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Gulf
Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs,

Bring your favorite dish and watch for the PanCanal
Picnic signs. For overnight RVing details, contact the
Assistant Superintendent, Gulf Islands National
Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

For other information, contact:
Patt Roberson
(225) 774-7761





There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern
Star luncheon on Friday, July 21, 2006 at the Caribe
Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., immediately
following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The
cost of the luncheon is $25/meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars,
spouses and friends of the fraternity are invited. Dress
for the occasion is coat and tie or guayaberra.
Caribe Royale Resort
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821

Friday July 21, 2006
Luncheon:12:30 p.m. Cost:$25/meal

(A) Beef Burgandy
(B) Penne Pasta with Grilled Chicken

I Please make reservations and meal selection
of (A) or (B) below.

Total enclosed: $

Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to
IRobert Russell and mail to:

2327 Lyndhurst Drive
Sun City Center
Florida 33573

I List names of persons attending (and meal selection)
for name tags:

Name Meal Selection





SDeadline for reservations is June 23, 2006
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Your old glasses are of no value to you, but they could
be another person's most treasured possession. Somewhere
in a developing country you can make this happen. Do it

The Gonzalez Seafarers Center accepts used T-shirts,
clean, no holes, any size, for free distribution to foreign
seamen off ships in our harbors.

Please send your old eyeglasses and T-shirts to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253


FOR 2007

Now is the time to start gathering information
about your classmates and putting together
plans for your class reunion in 2007!

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Package Processing Log
4/3/2013 12:33:31 PM Error Log for AA00010871_00219 processed at: 4/3/2013 12:33:31 PM
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4/3/2013 12:33:31 PM Item title is required but not supplied!
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