Well, a big weekend is coming up.
Myself and my much older classmates will be celebrating our 50th class reunion.
Gail McKnight once again will be hosting our own personal gathering at his place on Friday night of Memorial Day weekend. The next night is the 138th annual Ansonia High school Alumni banquet and dance for those who want to attend. Then, graduation is on Sunday.
I’m excited to see everybody but hope my body holds out for all of this activity.
We had 78 graduates in our class, and I’m hoping the majority of them will be there. It’s a fun time, especially when we start talking about the “old days.”
It’s been said that ours was the biggest graduating class for 10 years when my sister Brenda’s class came along. They had a few more and they will be celebrating their 40th this year.
Most of my classmates attended school at Ansonia the whole 12 years. We graduated on May 28, 1966, if my memory serves me.
Classmates, I’m sure, gathered every five years after that, but I could be mistaken, since I’ve slept since then.
The only regret I have is that 16 of our classmates are gone and won’t be able to enjoy this reunion. No longer with us are Jerome Rosenbeck and Anita Whittington, who died in car accidents; Gerald Subler, who died in Vietnam; Jim Lewis, Pauline Borger, Nick Cox, Keith Cottrell, Dan Brewer, Luis Macias, Edwin Lambert, Gary Gibson, Ron Thompson, Pat Nunley, Linda Doyle, Steve Shaw and Jay Morrow, all from health-related issues. Until this year, some of us did not know that Jay had passed. His wife told Gail that he died in 2014.
However, it was noted that some students who went to school with us but did not graduate could possibly be at the reunion on Friday night. That, too, will be lots of fun.
• The Treaty City Seniors Dances continue every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge on East Third Street in Greenville. Tom Everhart will entertain with his rock and roll music of the past. There will be food to purchase, soft drinks only, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
•The Ansonia Community Garage Sales will be June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To have your sale listed on the map, a $3 fee is required. Your registration fee can be mailed to Betty Burnfield, PO Box 758, Ansonia, OH 45303 or may be dropped in the water department drop box, but they must be in an envelope marked Community Garage Sale. You may list three items only. Deadline to have a sale listed is May 27. Maps will be available at most area business and city building by June 8.
• May 25 to Jana DeBord, Brian Phillips, Carol Littman, Doug Cothran, Josh Miniard, Bruce Schuette, Darrell Jones, Connie Brumbugh, Bob Hartzell, Dylan Riffell, Brittany Leeper, Amy Schlarman and Martha Lumpkin.
• May 26 to Carolyn Hartzell-Waymire, Donna Harter, Ben Studabaker, Judy K. Middleton, William Kammer (11), Carolyn Waymire and Pam Pratt.
• May 27 to Joann Fowler, Rick Gibbons, Penny Strawser, Marc Litten and Doug Whittington.
• May 28 to Dick Michael, Linda Cochran Maier, Zak Niekamp and Ron Kremer.
• May 29 to Don Hampshire, Ruby Walls, Matt Barnt and Delbert Braund.
• May 30 to Pete Grillot, Phyllis Gibbons, Colleen McKnight, Bob Seale, Kathy Swabb, Pat Hufford, Glen Hufford, Josh Hines and Kendrick “Taco” Bell (7).
• May 31 to Jayna Johnson, Toni Elliott-Howell, John Burkett, Randy Rodeheffer, Bruce Knick, Marcella Ryder and Ashley Hoggatt.
Happy belated birthday to:
Happy anniversary to Alan and Barbara Greiner (50) on May 21; Randy and Sue Byrd and Gary and Carol Hemmerich, all on May 25; Rick and Nancy Moody and John and Missy Widener, all on May 27; and Tom and Kathy Ording on May 30.
Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Dick Michael, Alishia Clark Funk, Shannon Peters Hall, Tom Hawkins, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Rosemary Wetzel, Greg Whittington, George Fanning, Kenny Borger, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Judy York, Treva Hamilton, Sue Miller, Gary Reier, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Dave Sloan, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Maxine Weimer, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Tim Ridenour, Shelly Hoffman, Keith Howard, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Dick Neff, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Jim Marker, Terry Longfellow, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Lee and Bea Moody (our parents), Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Rick Jones, Delores Duncan, Frank Shapiro, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Lowell Arnold, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.
Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Jim Crotcher, Tina Kiser Deaton, Alvera Schmitz, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Tracy Bailey, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases.
And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.
Son Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Paul Rhynard, Carl Trittschuh, Mary Catherine Cameron, Dana Yundt, Ruth Hoggatt, Phil Fetters, Richard Kasunic and Rebecca Powell.
Think about it: “I want to know how the heck I got this darned old. Wasn’t I in high school only a few years ago?” — Author unknown (but it’s sure hitting home this week)