Winter 2018

Besotted grandmother Beverly Francis is happy to report:  My husband and I have moved to Dublin, Ohio, from New Jersey to consolidate out family.  Our son is settled here with his wife, two sons and another baby on the way.  Within a few days of moving, I’ve organized myself into volunteering in my oldest grandson’s elementary school library (old librarians never die, they just turn the page).

Diane St. Cyr Francis writes:  My 4th grandchild Tommy was born a month prematurely on April 24, 2018 with a heart defect called Tetrology of Fallot.  Little Tommy has had a number of health issues since birth including a tear in the lining of his stomach which caused internal bleeding.  His open-heart surgery is tentatively scheduled for September 2018.  He is being cared for at the National Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Phoebe A. Haddon recently was named deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  She serves as chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, where her strategic vision is advancing that research university’s mission of access and civic leadership.

Kimberly Niles is: …enjoying quality time with my fully-retired husband. I’m involved in two local clubs, especially the Groton Garden Club, which has projects all around town. And I work hard every day in my own garden.  Our son, Ben, lives in Brighton, MA so we get to see him fairly often.  We travel around New England, visiting various family members, most of whom live near lovely golf courses.  To keep hubby happy. I keep up with the political scene, read, and stay in touch with close friends.  I’m also knitting little sweaters to use up my yarn stash. Very content, now that I know what to expect after my brain bleed from 6 years ago.

Stephanie B. Shafran is approaching her 68th birthday:

“I would say I am truly living life to its fullest more than ever before. Soon beginning my third year of retirement from a career as an educator, I continue to celebrate the anticipation of the month of August stress-free. During my thirty-four teaching and counseling career, each year as July faded to August I began to bid good-bye to the freedom from lesson planning and curriculum planning for the school year ahead.

Now partnered to a nurturing, principled and fun-loving man, I celebrate my romantic good fortune daily. As long as our health cooperates, we look forward to many years ahead of sharing time, mutual interests, travel adventures and our respective families with each other.

Two of my three daughters as well as their husbands and four children collectively live just five minutes from my new residence in Leeds.  The opportunity to offer sleepovers at Grandma’s, help their parents as needed with after-school pick-ups, attendance at field trips and performances is one of my weekly highlights throughout the year.

In an effort to use my bilingual skills in a volunteer capacity, I have joined local efforts to support the sanctuary movement of undocumented immigrants in Northampton via the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. Specifically, I have befriended a Guatemalan immigrant named Lucio and his family as they continue to endure his now 9-month sanctuary residence at the First Church in Amherst. I keep my fingers crossed that one day soon I will join in the celebration of his release back to his home, family and community in Springfield.

And finally, the chance to dedicate myself more seriously to my creative writing, as well as deepen my affiliation with the impressive community of writers in the Valley, expands year by year. Hopefully, one of these class-note entries will include an announcement of the completion of a creative work, be it a memoir or a novel or a collection of poems.”

Pat Younger Smith sent a quick note:  I am finally, successfully recovering from two bunion related surgeries on my right foot.  It’s good to be up, easily mobile, and able to drive.  It’s been a long process, what with the first operation having been at the end of October 2017.  This time my bones cooperated and successfully fused.

My husband retired as of Monday of this week.  I’ve been retired 3-1/2 years, so have taken the time to sort out the activities to which I want to commit time and energy.  He still has that process ahead of him, and I’m working to be patient. 

Mom and Dad are still alive and chugging along at 90 and 93.  I pause each time phone rings, but we are grateful for each day.

I am working with the 50th reunion class officers and committee, and look forward to seeing lots of classmates in ’22.

A note from Beth Taylor Sobiloff: Barbara (Bunny) Hanson and I hadn’t seen each other since our 40th reunion, and that was only a brief visit.  Bunny wasn’t able to stay for the entire weekend, but came up from Connecticut to see us. (There were only six members of our class in Tenney House, which holds a total of 16 students.)  Since then, she has moved to Las Vegas, and wasn’t able to get to the 45th reunion   So when she came back to New England for a visit with family and friends this July, I jumped at the chance to get together!  We met for lunch in Rhode Island and spent several hours reminiscing and catching up.  She promised that she would try her best to get to the 50th!

Cheryl Suchors Becomes A Talking Head: I’ve been interviewed about my book, 48 PEAKS, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains!  Beth Taylor Sobiloff has a show on Plymouth Access Cable and invited me to appear.  She’s a wonderful interviewer, as you’ll see. (See below)  Subscribe to Beth’s YouTube channel for other fun, informative videos. 

Also:

Kirkus reviewed 48 Peaks Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains!  They liked it!  This is about as excited as they get!

Claudia Vess is into multiple large art projects.  She explains:  There is a big retrospective exhibition this summer for the Washington Women’s Arts Center 1975-1986 at American University Museum with 92 artists that were part of this early artist-run center in DC, started at a time when no one would look at your artwork if they discovered you wore a skirt.  At it’s peak there were over 700 members.  I was on the board for a while and directed a couple of programs.  It was quite an amazing place where we changed what was allowed as art, including craft media, photography- which was still suspect at that time, and subject matter of interest to women.  There is a wonderful catalog and the work created during those years, appears fresh and very accomplished.  Meanwhile, I was lucky to be able to go with three other artists in April to Rome for a week for a DC Sister Cities grant to work at a printmaking studio at Laborintus, an ex-urban, kilometer-long, concrete 1970’s, controversial, architectural housing experiment.  I can report that the Colosseo and the Forum are still there.   

Sec. Stefanie Solnick Cargill, 1224 E. La Jolla Drive, Tempe, Arizona  85282, rhpt70@cox.net.