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7/15/02
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PHS Alumni On-Line
Jul 15, 2002
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8 Bulldogs today:
Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers (`55)
Judy Luse Strong (`58)
Julie Hensley Blaswich (`60)
Jeff Jumper (`62)
Theresa "Nell" Fleming VanLear (`62)
JoAnn St.Pierre Donohue (`65)
Toren True (`74)
Ronda Schick Szlavich (`79)

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From: Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers (`55)

To Nancy Blevins Thorpe,
  Hey, ole friend. Remember those credit bureau years? I didn't realize you lived in Tacoma. We just took a camping trip this weekend to Sequim. We moved from Alaska (after 34 years) to Spokane(8 years) to Hoodsport just last year.
  Sequim must have been a great place for a reunion. The Class of 55 is taking a cruise to Alaska next month, but we have done that already so not going this trip.

  Nice to see you corresponding on line. Sallee Bower asked me to be praying for Jon. Have been doing that.

Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers (`55)
Hoodsport, WA
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From: Judy Luse Strong (`58)

  So good to hear of Ethel Boothe's 80th party. I can still remember her and the great PE classes and the noon intramural games. I'll bet she remembers me and Donna Walker (Schmeltzer), since we entered all of the noon games.

  After High School I went into the Air Force and was one of the top ten in the Strategic Air Commend Women's Basketball. Seems to be one of the only things I could brag about for years.....

  I'm married, for the third and last time, and just moved to Troy Montana. It is about 125 miles East of Spokane.

  I'm looking forward to the next 1958 reunion next Spring. This year I'll be able to drive to it since we are only 5 hours away.

  A big HI to Bob and Joyce Steele. Sooo glad to hear they are doing well.

  My brother, David Luse, still lives in Kennewick and is also retired.

  Keep up the good work on this PHS Alumni newsletter and I hope more of the 1958 Class will write in. My email is [contact PHS Alumni On-Line to get in touch with Judy] if anyone would like to keep in touch.

Judy Luse Strong (`58)
Troy, MT
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From: Julie Hensley Blaswich (`60)

  Thanks Irma, for mentioning Ana Harris. Didn't know she was an RN - I am too. When I received her direct email address from this site, I emailed her and anxiously waiting to hear back.

Julie Hensley Blaswich (`60)
Camano Island, WA
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From: Jeff Jumper (`62)

`62 PHS Classmates - Important Announcement

  The `62 Bulldogs 40th class reunion is set for August 16 - 18. This is a gentle reminder to our classmates who have not registered that the deadline to do so is July 15th.

  Since July 15th is upon us and the reunion committee is still asking folks to get their registrations mailed, I guess the "deadline" is not necessarily a "deadline" in the traditional, absolute, dictionary sense, but somewhat flexible. More like a "revivable, comatose line" over which one can pass with limited shame and no recriminations from classmates.

  So, for those `62 grads who've been procrastinating for the last 6 months - MAIL YOUR REGISTRATION TODAY!!!

  I will be making the 3,000-mile car/airplane/canoe/hiking pilgrimage from my little island in the middle of the Pacific to Pasco and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Jeff Jumper (`62)
Moloka'i, Hawai'I
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From: Theresa "Nell" Fleming VanLear (`62)

To Irma Zacher class of `60,
  Irma, your eyes didn't deceive you. Tom Sullivan is back. He retired and decided to come back to where he began. My husband, Tom and I ran into him at the Tri-Cities Laboratory one day and you know, you just had to know that was Tom Sullivan. He does look good, doesn't he. Maybe we should all go into the teaching profession, they seem to wear well. Right Irma!!!!

  I just love hearing from all the people who write.

Theresa "Nell" Fleming VanLear (`62)
Burbank, WA
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From: JoAnn St.Pierre Donohue (`65)

  I was originally born in International Falls, Minnesota. When I was five years old, my parents and I, drove via Pasco, to Southern California to visit my grandparents. My parents had good friends in Pasco, "Coffee" and Lucille Kaufman.  They lived on Arthur Street. For whatever reason or reasons, my five year old heart was captivated by the Tri-Cites. This would have been about 1953.

  In 1956 my father died. My Mother and I moved from Minnesota to Southern California where we stayed with my Grandfather for six months. My Mother decided we needed to find a new place to make a new start. I jumped up and down with delight after I talked her into moving to the Tri-Cities.

  We were on a very limited income. The first place we lived was in "Navy Homes." I attended Captain Gray Elementary School. By then I was in the third grade. I was so happy. We then moved to Seattle. I was not happy. My Mother remarried and I got the family to move back to Pasco. I was happy once again. But then my stepfather enlisted in the Army, and we moved to New Mexico. I liked it there very much. In l962, my father was discharged and we moved to Seattle again. I was not happy. But then, I talked them into moving to Pasco again. Now I was in the middle of the 9th grade. The following year, I attended Pasco High School. My folks started talking about moving again would you believe? I put my foot down. I told them if they moved, they moved without me and that I would find a family to live with because I was going to graduate from Pasco High School and I did in 1965. And in the summer of 1965, my parents left Pasco. But would you believe, they did move back one more time, but did not stay. They eventually ended up in the Seattle area.

  After graduation I joined VISTA and was sent to Philadelphia. I then moved to Seattle after Vista and lived there for 14 years before moving to California.

  Our class has a reunion every five years and I have attended all but one reunion. Here is my problem. After attending a reunion, I become very depressed, because I miss the Tri-Cities and would like to live there again. Since I was five, the area has called to me. Am I crazy? Some of my friends and relatives think I am, for this reason and others!

  I have now reached a point in my life, where I can basically move (within reason) anywhere I would like. Please help me. Am I crazy to want to move back to the Tri-Cities? I need input; food for thought, likes and dislikes, reasons I should, reasons I shouldn't. So please provide me with some feedback.

And . . .
Does anybody remember "fluming?"

Warmest Wishes to you all,

JoAnn St.Pierre Donohue (`65)
http://fleetdeals-4-you.com
San Jose, CA
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From: Toren True (`74)

  Just a note to show folks I'm still alive. How are things in the old Tri-Cities?

Toren True (`74)
WY
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From: Ronda Schick Szlavich (`79)

  I have noticed not too many of us from the class of "79" on here. What's up with that? Where is everyone at?
  I am over here in the midwest, State of Minnesota. I have been here a little over 2 and half years. I have 4 children and 5 step children. The 9 of them range from 33 - 16, and we have 5 grand kids. My oldest son, Tyrel, is in the Air Force and is overseas right now. My only daughter has graduated this year, that leaves 2 still in school. Logan is 17 and Carson is 16.

  I would also like to send my deepest sympathies to Jim and Lisa Lamb on their recent loss of their beloved son Zach. I am truly sorry for your loss. God Bless you both and the rest of your family.

Ronda Schick Szlavich (`79)
Wyoming, MN
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