JUST  IN!

WELL, NOT REALLY.  AS USUAL THE LAST NEWSLETTER STIMULATED SOME MORE INPUTS, AND I'M JUST NOW GETTING AROUND TO POSTING THE UPDATES THAT HAVE BEEN TRICKLING IN.

I'D LIKE TO START BY MENTIONING THAT OUR FACEBOOK GROUP, TITLED "GREELEY CLASS OF '60"  (CLEVER AND ORIGINAL) IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL.  IF YOU ARE ON FB BUT NOT YET A GROUP MEMBER, JUST GO TO THE GROUP AND SEND A "JOIN" REQUEST, AND ONE OF US IN THE GROUP ALREADY CAN CONFIRM YOU.  IF YOU ARE MEMBER, YOU CAN POST DIRECTLY TO THE GROUP. PICTURES, MESSAGES, LINKS, WHATEVER YOU WANT.

IT'S REALLY A GOOD WAY TO POST STUFF FOR CLASSMATES.

 EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE GROUP PAGE.  IT MAY TAKE YOU TO THE FB LOGIN PAGE FIRST.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1390533694605481/

 

DOUG WEISS CONTINUES TO TRAVEL AND AS ALWAYS IS ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER.  NICE INPUT, DOUG!

As always, any day my feet hit the floor in the morning is a good day..but it’s getting harder;  I recently changed my personal trainer and I think my wife has bribed him to cripple me. We just returned from our annual Caribbean cruise with friends…and apparently this was the year to support each island’s economy…as they say, shop until you drop or is it “happy wife, happy life”?   Liquor in St Maartin continues to be a great buy…and I am apparently one of very few our age who hasn’t been told that their prescriptions mean they shouldn’t drink.  Stoli Elit, Blanton’s and Lavagulin are my friends.  I think I wrote about our Iceland cruise….great country to visit if you haven’t been there.  Next year it’s the coast of Norway past the Arctic Circle, and in 2018 we will either do Valparaiso to Ft Lauderdale or B2B2B Australia/New Zealand cruises which unfortunately are at the same time.  So much for travel.

 

I continue to volunteer at Selby Gardens as Koi keeper, cashier, handyman…whatever.  Three grandkids all healthy, two kids and spouses all employed…all is good in SW Florida.  Sorry to have missed the reunion but family events took precedence. 

DAN GILDESGAME SENT US NEWS OF HIS RECENT MARRIAGE IN THE LAST NEWSLETTER.  NOW HE REPORTS THE BIRTH OF HIS FIRST GRANDCHILD, JOSEPH.  (THAT WAS FAST!)

HIS DAUGHTER JULIANA GAVE BIRTH A COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS.  HE WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO SEND A COUPLE OF NICE PICTURES.

MIMI HOFFARTH KOCHIESKI HAD A BIRTHDAY RECENTLY AND POSTED A COUPLE OF PICTURES ON FACEBOOK, AND WAS OKAY WITH ME PUTTING ONE HERE IN THE NEWSLETTER. HERE IT IS - FROM HIGH SCHOOL.  I THINK HER 16TH BIRTHDAY.

HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM SUE MCKINLEY CARPENTERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS LETTER.  AS USUAL, SHE AND CHARLIE REMAIN BUSY AND IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HEAR FROM THEM.

 

Carpenter Christmas 2016
Charlie… He began his work on producing maple syrup in January. It was not his best production year. In fact, this is the first year our maple syrup shelves are empty. But the good news is that his friends, Gary and Tom, have been helping replace all of the gathering lines and, in the process, they have included over 90 new trees… for a total of 
over 250 taps. He is keeping up with his swimming with the BUMS (Binghamton University Masters Swim Team), but he is not competing in meets as much. His total knees have improved so that he is tromping through the snow more easily this year. All summer at the lake, he and Mary Everett are seen in their kayaks at 8am… rain or shine! One highlight in Aug was going to the Anderson Ranch, an arts center, in SnowMass, CO. He went with his nephew, Dave Everett, and his friend Gary Johnson. They spent a week with David Ellsworth  learning more wood turning. Can you believe that week resulted in Charlie purchasing an upgrade to his lathe? The delivery was made possible with the help of our neighbor, and the lift on his tractor. 
It’s not “beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, it IS Christmas and, sharing our family events of the year is part of a tradition we love, because it means keeping in touch with family and friends… We have enjoyed hearing from you and here is a bit of our 2016…. 
David Everett and David Ellsworth
Carpenter Christmas 2016 Sue continues to be the best in her quilting group… the best at drinking coffee and chit chatting while her friends quilt, knit, and braid rugs. She and Mary saw the quilt show of quilts depicting the flora and fauna of the National Parks. Ann, Charlie’s sister, had two of her quilts chosen for the traveling exhibition and they were in a book celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks.

Sue looking at Ann’s Alaskan Fireweed, Mary at Ann’s forget-me-nots.
Sue and Charlie had a wonderful trip with their friends from residency… this year it was to Big Cedar Lodge outside of Bronson, MO. We returned to MI for Charlie to join his boat building buddies to continue work on a canoe… heaven forbid they ever finish the boat, as this is one of our favorite trips to stay with Cliff and Carolyn at their lake house on Higgens Lake.
Bonnie, Sue, Reid and Ann… at their 56th high school reunion in Estes Park, CO…. a destination reunion…. fantastic!
She played way too little golf, but, thanks to Mary, she got out a few times and it felt good. Sue really enjoys her service on two boards, the SUNY Broome Foundation (our local community college) and The Decker Foundation, which provides funding to education and health related projects in our community. She was able to attend a conference in Chicago to learn about small foundations

AND THIS SAD NEWS JUST IN FROM GAY MAYER.  ARCHIE ALLEN PASSED AWAY ON FEB. 9TH AFTER A LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER.

ONE OF OUR LEADERS, AND, AS I RECALL, THE CLASS VALEDICTORIAN.  MARRIED TO ANOTHER CLASSMATE, BETTY ROWLAND.  TALKED WITH BETTY AND SHE WAS VERY GRACIOUS, SEEMS TO BE DOING WELL, AND HAS FAMILY IN THE AREA.

ARCHIE HAD AN IMPRESSIVE RESUME AND YOU CAN VIEW HIS OBIT HERE

RIP.

WELL, THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR NOW.  OF COURSE IF ANYONE SENDS ME SOME MORE NEWS AND PICTURES, WHY THEN I'LL JUST PUT 'EM RIGHT IN HERE.  SPACE HERE IS UNLIMITED, JUST AWAITING YOUR INPUTS.  

I HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT 2017!

DAVE WILLIAMS

RACCOON1942@COMCAST.NET

14801 110TH AVE E

PUYALLUP, WA 98374

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