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Do you recognize the students in this picture? Gary Delligatti posted it on Facebook and informs me that "From my perspective one of two people took this shot. One was my father , Raymond Delligatti some time in the mid to late 40's, the other was my aunt, Mildred "Pucky" Delligatti who graduated in late 50's."
Photo credit to Aaron Naternicola: December 11, 2014 before home wrestling match
View from Outlook Road above the back drive.
1925 ON STEPS OF 5TH STREET GYM
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Congratulations to the FSHS Madrigals for a very successful feast.
Pictured above are members of Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1954 at their 60-year reunion. It was held at the Fairmont Elks Lodge. FRONT (from left) — Virginia Riggi, Lucy Ann Dickerson, Norma Pflock, Duane Carder, Ruth Perkins, Carolyn Romino, Patty Hawkins, Patty Day, Carol Conley, Patty Burke and Rex Hamilton. SECOND ROW — Laura Lobuts, Velva Anderson, Billie Flynn, Ann Lucas, Barbara Snider, Charlie Hirt, Patty West, Nancy Aultman, Thomasena Woodyard, Caleb Tarleton, Eddie Patterson, Kitty Lehman, Ted Craft and Betty Jo Price. BACK ROW — George Taylor, Antoinette Mezzanotte, Joe Jenkins, John Hess, Philomena Colasessano, Jim Weihe, John Orlando, Ken Alkire, Ed Davis, Charlie Russell, Tom Stanberry, Jay Early, Larry Amos, Fred DeChristopher, John Hibbs and David Maselli.
Scroll down to the announcements to read the Travelin' Trio Travelogue by Linda Orr Morgan, Fairmont Senior High School class of 1962; Mykie Wilson Reagan, FSHS class of 1963; and Diane Minsker who travel the world each summer. They share their current adventure with classmates, former students, colleagues, and other interested readers.
Following the Travelogue, please find a printable copy of the Foundation brochure.
Front row L-R
Karen Lennon, Eleanor Morgan, Marcie Cheslock, Janet Johnson, Peggy Corley, Sally Matthews, Joni Mazurek, Cecilia Raspa, Linda Alvaro, Terry Corwin, Nancy Edwards, Camille Alberico, Patty Bonasso
Middle row L-R
Donnie Metz, Joy Stewart, Elizabeth Deriggi, Mary Jane Curry, Melody Carpenter, Miriam Cimino, Patty Van Gilder, Debbie Adams, Pam Gaston, Patty Linn, Andrea Salvatore, Lettie Ezelle, Barbara Pasquale, Randy Carpenter, Mark Calabrase, Mike Resetar, Bob Elliott
Back row L-R
Frank Stingo, Steve Yerkovich, George Drennen, Richard O'Conner, Marty Utt, Bob Swiger, Rick Wade, Bill Mallamo. Mark Ornowski, Tom Cole, Jimmy Blankenship, Greg Lee, Steve Freeland, Eddie Snider, Cecil Corley, Tom Heck, Mike Lawson, Mark Mallamo, Pete Monell, Herbie Amato, Mike Devericks, Neal Hamilton, Bob Shingleton, John Paknik, Doug Laughlin, Marty VanGilder, Steve Murphy
Class of 1974
First row: Rick Suplita, Shirley Carder Boggess, Blaine "Ike" Robinson, Anthony Monell, Rick Spragg, Janet Marines Hass, Carol Olsen Clelland, Carl Crandall, Amanda Oakes Shabatura, Bob Rosier, Bonnie Zimmerman Lancaster, Phyllis Monell Branham, Wendy Watkins Betts, Judy DeFilippo Preston, Becky Langford Cross, Karen Costello McDougal, Frances Parrack Loar, David Conant, Kay Springer Mullenax, Michelle Cousins Moore, Jed Smith, Rodney McGinnis, and Bill Martin.
Second row: Bill Jones, Dianne Webner Wolfe, Sharon Christenburg Tucker.
Third row: David Manley, Ed Stalnaker, Carol Spencer Williams, and Linda Cox Gowers.
Fourth row: David Judy, Larry Ash, Linda Satterfield Arbuckle, Marie Whitehair Vandergrift, Sharon Lane Burrows.
Fifth row: Steve Soles, Edgar Jaynes, Diane Gracy Vester, Janet Lowther Conant, and Larry Rexrode.
Sixth row: Dan Tonkery, Blake Boggess, Bill Goodwin, Dave Clark.
Seventh row: Bill Haney, Laura Lee Harry Harki, Gary Gallucci, Paula Inghram Harr, and Andrea Reed Keener.
Back row: Randy Spragg, Rick Amos, Rick Harter, Jim Harki, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison Judy Criss Davisson , Bill Renner, Jim Varner, Inda Carr, George Michael, Harriet Bachman White, Tom Springer, Frank D'Amico, H. Scott Close.
Congratulations to the 2014 Foundation Scholars
NAMED Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship-- Logan Spicer Anthony Pizatella Scholarship--Sydney Woody Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship Jared Bartrug South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship--Ryder Skarzinski Davidson Family Scholarship--Tori Snyder Brogan Raddish Memorial Scholarship--Adrianna Constable
Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship
Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members
As a graduate of Fairmont State still living in the shadow of the College on the Hill, I proudly share this article from the Maroon and White about my son. Written by Duane Cochran, the article hallmarks the inaugural year of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference with my son, Commissioner Reid Amos, providing the leadership.
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Diane Hutchinson Parker, a novice published writer, has maintained her father's mine ledger filled with newspaper articles, (many from The Fairmont Times and The West Virginian as well as state and national publications), family photos, and journals. The 20" x 15" ledger provides a history of a family's entrepreneurship and the impact on an industry as revealed through meticulous documentation and a daughter's devotion to preserve the family history. The explosive growth of the coal boom is lead by "Coal Baron" extraordinaire and family patriarch C. E. Hutchinson.
Mesmerized by the massive book when she first revealed the contents of the ledger, I remain fascinated by the intertwining of the family and the city of Fairmont--inextricably bonded through the economy and community philanthropy. She writes her recollections as a collection of stories that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes shocking, but always providing insight to one of the premier families of Fairmont.
With the birth of Diane and her early years at the castle, the readers experience a glimpse of the golden era at Sonnencroft, an icon of the city on Morgantown Avenue in the Palatine district of the Friendly City designed. Built to replicate Inverness Castle in Scotland, the beautiful structure and gorgeous gardens, lost during the Great Depression, was razed in the 1960s with property donated to the Marion County Board of Education.
Through legend and lore, Mrs. Parker recounts the family traditions and experiences of Clyde E. and Mary Lyda Hutchinson, Papa and Mammam to the family.
Diane's engrossing stories captivate me; I am convinced they will do the same for her readers.
Fairmont does not claim to have nationalized or popularized Father's Day. Spokane Washington under Mrs. Sondra Dodd did. Fairmont is historically the site where the first Fathers Day Service was held on July 5, 1908, nearly two years before any other account. See the story board by D.D. Meighen on the school website or on Facebook.
Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade
Renovation of FSHS
Phase 1 (Current MIP and HVAC projects): Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
Window and exterior door replacement
Fire alarm replacement
Phase 2 (Bond funding): Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
Toilet room upgrades
Intercom upgrades (campus wide)
Phase 3 (Bond funding): Exterior and courtyard enclosure
Courtyard enclosure for media center
Brick masonry cleaning and restoration (both buildings)
Soffit/fascia on Freshman Building
Demo Polar Bear Building and concrete pads
Check Foundation for slideshows from March, June, and August as well as the Photo Gallery to the left for see the metamorphosis in the main building.
WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.
SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE
Seven schools in the county were named Schools of Excellence, which is the gold standard of educational achievement.
Those schools are Barrackville, East Dale, Fairview, Pleasant Valley and White Hall elementary schools; Fairview Middle School; and Fairmont Senior High School.
Fairmont Senior was also named as a National Blue Ribbon School. They were the only high school in the state to achieve the honor.
Seventy-one schools in the state were named Schools of Excellence, and seven of those were from Marion County.
Fairmont Senior has won the eighth consecutive Exemplary School status from the West Virginia Department of Education. http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1790/ Visit the WV Department of Education for details about the prestigious prize.
WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.
Fairmont Senior High School, home of the Polar Bears
A National Blue Ribbon School as awarded by the U.S. Department of Education
An Exemplary School and School of Excellence
Tyson Furgason, principal
Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia
1867 - 2013
FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS January, 2015
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Ted Dreisinger, class of 1963, writes a blog which I have read for as long as he has written. His most recent thoughts appear at http://whynot-ted.blogspot.com/ He begins...
Moments of reflection...
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.
Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
- Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
REUNION REQUEST I am curious as to whether there are any plans for a 60 year reunion for the class of 56. email@example.com
Linda Orr Morgan and I met again to continue our plans for an Alumni Association. We are looking for passionate people who love FSHS. I’ll continue to provide details through future newsletters. Initial brainstorming for ways to support the school:
• Celebration of the Arts to include a presentation of a framed Monet print created by the class of 1994 for the 1993 prom. If you served on the committee or were a class officer, please email if you want to be involved. If you are an author and would like to present your book to the library, we invite you to make us aware of your interest.
• Hall of History: requesting artifacts for loan or donation to depict the history of FSHS.
• LOM and I plan to write a book about the school we both love. Please send memories of a page or two. All vignettes will be considered for publication.
• Pictures of special school events.
• Auditorium project: all seats in the balcony still need sponsorship except front row center, which is named by Deacon Duvall (1934).
• Establish a speakers’ bureau. Would you be willing to speak to a class or an assembly?
• Offer tours to classes or new teachers.
• Explore grant-writing skills with Raymond Alvarez.
• Develop FB link to school website. Accomplished. Please visit the effort under construction. http://www.fairmontsenior.com
• Outreach group
• Quilt squares designed with significant event to school history.
Student Highlight: Dalton Okel has received several scholarships to WVU. He also was given the opportunity to intern this summer at NASA. He was interviewed on Decision Makers a week or so ago.
Student Council, Homeroom Rep., Lacrosse, Cross Country, Math Field Day, Youth Science Discovery Experience (YSDE at Canaan Valley), West Virginia Youth Science Camp (WVYSC at Cedar Lakes)
Student Council, Cross Country, Track, Madrigals, Broadcasting, All State Choir, Ski Club, Game Mascot
Key Club, Interact Club, MuAlpha Theta (Math Honorary), Cross Country, Madrigals, Science Bowl Team, Science Honorary, All State Choir, National Honor Society, Ski Club, Track, Real World Design Challenge (RWDC), Summer Intern at NASA IV & V facility in Fairmont
Cross Country, Track, National Honor Society (President), Key Club (President), Interact Club (President), MuAlpha Theta (President), Science Bowl Team(Captain), Math Field Day (Captain), Cross Country (Co-Captain), All State Choir, Science Honorary, NASA IV & V Rocketry Team, WVU Distinguished Honors Scholar, WVU Presidential Scholarship, EQT Scholarship, WVU Engineering Excellence Scholarship, West Virginia Promise Scholarship.
Fairmont Senior's boys' basketball The Polar Bears rank 3rd in the rankings which came out today remain undefeated with a record of 11-0.
Winter Classic West wins easily
Tavon Horton and Michael Holloway combined for 42 of No. 3 Fairmont Senior’s 85 points in an 85-39 victory over Webster County in the final game of Monday’s Polar Bear Winter Classic. Each scored 21, that being a new career-high for Holloway.
The Polar Bears, which improved to 12-0 with the victory, played suffocating defense in the second half and held Webster to just 18 total points, including just six in the fourth quarter when Fairmont’s second team was entrenched in the game.
Girl's basketball are also 3rd with a record as of today of 11-2 most recently beating Preston 49-25.
SwimmingClean sweep FSHS finishes 22-0 at county swim meet
FAIRMONT— Fairmont Senior’s swim teams flexed their muscles in the pool at the Fairmont State University Feaster Center Friday night and came away with a clean sweep in each event, finishing 22-0. The Polar Bears enjoyed another strong meet before what coach Dion Bright said is essentially make-or-break time for his teams.
Some of the races saw some new faces as this meet was the last one that coaches could allow swimmers who hadn’t had previous recorded times in certain events to race. This allowed swimmers to switch things up and participate in some new events while resting at different times during the meet. Fairmont Senior’s boys’ team was led once again by Taylor Campbell, who usually competes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Friday he took to the waters for the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. He won both. Later in the evening he helped the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay teams to a victory. The relay teams were comprised of the usual: Campbell, Jeremy Sheppard, Ben Stewart and Isaac Kinder on the 200 and Campbell, Sheppard, Kinder and Brandon Ralston on the 400.
On the girls’ side, Kelsie Drennen and Meredith Muller each had four wins.
WFHSTV acknowledges a continued association with the Times West-Virginian established in 1999.
United Way: The rivalry continues on the field, but East Fairmont High School and Fairmont Senior High School came together for the community by making a donation of nearly $1,500 to the United Way. Both high schools collected money at the annual end-of-season East-West football game to support a worthy cause. Schools were asked to provide additional help for the holiday season. Presenting the check to United Way as recently pictured in the Times West-Virginian are EFHS quarterback Jake Delaney, Student Body President Cassidy Toothman, United Way Campaign Chair Vera Sansalone, Executive Director Tiffany Samuels, Division Chair Earl McConnell, FSHS quarterback Dominic Smith and Student Body President Michael Shaw.
"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne
James R. Wise, student body president 1957-58, age 74, of Navarre, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. He was born on Jan. 9, 1940 in Fairmont, W.Va. and was the son of the late James Roy and Elizabeth (Robinson) Wise. He earned his Bachelor of Education degree from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va. In 1994, Jim retired from the Tuslaw School district following 30 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, the Ohio Education Association, National Education Association and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. He was a beloved grandfather and teacher. Jim always had a smile and a handshake; he never met a stranger. His favorite saying was, 'May the next time be the best time.' Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James Wise. He is survived by his wife, Sharon L. Wise, whom he married on Dec. 21, 1991; his children and their spouses, Steven and Anna Davis, and Tracy and William Christman, along with his grandchildren, Kailey, Karley, Collin, Kathryn and Brandon.?A private burial service will take place on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Paquelet & Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tuslaw High School Athletic Department, 1847 Manchester Avenue NW, Massillon, OH 44647.
Paquelet & Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home & Crematory 330-833-4839
Be well, Polar Bears!
We shall talk again soon.
Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired
"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot
“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” Virgil
Fairmont Senior High School--a National Blue Ribbon School
Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook
Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook
FSHS Foundation, Inc. expresses appreciation to our Fairmont neighbors and supporters of Fairmont Senior High School. The FSHS Foundation, established in 1992, continues to provide opportunities for Polar Bears through scholarships, teacher grants, and major improvements such as the $350,000.00 restoration of the auditorium. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, here’s how you can help improve our school.
DONATIONS TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO FAIRMONT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL MAY BE SENT TO:
Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.
Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26554-0091
Executive Board members: Virginia Davidson, Ed Cheslock, Tom Kliethermes, Jeff Carpenter, Darlene Boyles, Principal Tyson Furgason, Eddie Parker, Vera Sansalone, Rodney Stewart, Penny Cousins Roberts, Gina Ezelle, Leah Welty, Matt Delligatti, and Suellen Lemley. Vera, Rodney, Darlene, and Eddie have profiles on Facebook.
o Let's go, Polar Bears!
Partners in Education
DONATIONS TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS MAY BE SENT TO:
Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.
The Class of 1931 included 119 graduates – 64 women, and 55 men. These graduates faced a challenging world, to be sure. During their lifetimes, the “war to end all wars” had been fought in Europe – some lost fathers, uncles, grandfathers in service to their country. All too soon, these alumni would also be asked to serve.
As their junior year began, the Class of ’31 witnessed the stock market crash. Economic anxieties that would be known as the Great Depression had begun to take a toll. The country was rocked by bank failures, rising unemployment and loss of confidence in President Hoover.
Given these troubles, motion pictures were popular diversions. Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, entertained movie audiences that spring. Babe Ruth dominated the sports pages. The Star Spangled Banner became the country’s official National Anthem. Just before their Commencement, the Empire State Building was completed.
The lives of several 1931 alumni were cut tragically short. John Brandt died of illness in June, 1931; Hascall Thompson was killed in a car crash in November, 1932. Kenneth Connor died in May, 1933. Childbirth and the war took several classmates during the next decade; but most members of the Class of 1931 went on to pursue education, careers, homes and family.
These alumni served as coal miners, glass workers, bookkeepers and sales clerks. Quite a few class members continued their education – primarily at Fairmont State Teachers’ College and West Virginia University. They became accountants, engineers and teachers. George Randall joined the WV State Police. Mason Reger managed apple orchards, applying his graduate degree in horticulture. And the Class of 1931 boasts at least three physicians: Honor S. Forte, Seigle W. Parks and Bliss K. Shafer.
At least 85 members of the Class (72%) became married. The records show that in two cases, both the husband and wife were members of the Class of 1931. Jack Fear and Lucile Rice wed in 1936, in Fairmont; Floyd Patton and Sarah (Sally) Prickett also married.
At least 17 members of the Class of 1931 engaged in military service, responding to the call for enlistment during World War II. The service of First Lieutenant John Comuntzis ended in tragedy in the South Pacific; he was among prisoners killed by the Japanese upon the sinking of the Shinyo Maru in September, 1944. James Romano earned a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve. William Higinbotham retired as a Lieutenant Colonel at the end of his military career, and is interred at Arlington Cemetery.
Many 1931 graduates continued to live in Fairmont and other parts of West Virginia. Half a dozen each made their way to Florida, to Texas, to Virginia. A few relocated across the country: to the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, the Midwest – even to the West Coast.
In spite of the challenging circumstances that the Class of 1931 encountered as they graduated from FSHS – or perhaps, because of them – these alumni forged productive, engaging lives. You can read more about their stories through the Class Profile page on this site. Some alumni have been more difficult to track. We welcome your insights! If you have information to share about any alumnus of the Class of 1931, please contact Carol Amos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Researched and written by Anne Bomar
Travelin' Trio Travelogue
September 17, 2014 at 11:14pm
Linda Orr Morgan, Fairmont Senior High School class of 1962; Mykie Wilson Reagan, FSHS class of 1963; and Diane Minsker travel the world each summer. They share their current adventure with classmates, former students, colleagues, and other interested readers.
We are here in Istanbul! There are no terrorists dressed in black lurking behind the Blue Mosque or the Aya Sophia. Istanbul is very clean, not crowded, and full of history. Our guide, Tayfun, kept us walking and learning for 9 hours. Thank God we had no quiz!
Our walk began at 9:00 A.M. thru the park built over the Hippodrome, which is where the chariot races were held. Think Ben Hur. Then it was on to the Aya Sophia which is the greatest work of Byzantine architecture, built in 537 A.D. At the time, it was the largest church in the world, which eventually became a mosque.
Our next stop was Topkapi, the showplace of the Sultans. It was the residence of the Ottoman rulers from the 15th century to the 19th century. We were lucky enough to see the 86 carat Spoonmaker's Diamond, which was featured in the 1960s film, "Topkapi."
Another site in the film, "From Russia With Love," is the Basilica Cistern, which at one time provided water for all of Istanbul. Now as a museum, it is supported by 336 columns, all place geometrically with lights underwater providing drama.
Aside from the tourist attractions and the fascinating sights, we learned about the cultural aspects of Istanbul from our guide who corrected our misconceptions about Turkey.
Turkish women do not wear burkas and the women who we did see wearing them were from other countries, most likely Afghanistan. There is a stronger European influence in Istanbul than an Asian one, even tho the country of Turkey is in both continents, separated by the Bosphorus Sea, on which we are going to sail tomorrow.
Tomorrow, after our boat ride, we will visit the Grand Bazaar and see how proficient Mykie is at bargaining. We will also put on our scarves, and visit the Blue Mosque, again with Tayfun (pronounced typhoon.)
Our day will end with a performance by Whirling Dervishes, mystics who believe that ritual spinning will bring them closer to God. We definitely need to spin more!
We are impressed with the city, the culture, the architecture. Because it's been inhabited by so many cultures thru the centuries, the sites and people reveal numerous influences.
We are happy to be here and happy to share our experiences with you! We are going to bed now so that we will be ready at 4:30 when we will hear the call to prayer throughout the city.
Diane, Linda and Mykie
If you can picture New York City, day or night, then you know what it's like to be in Istanbul. Instead of seeing the Empire State Building, we are awed by the hundreds of minarets that rise to the sky. From the minarets, the call to prayer comes five times a day which is determined by the placement of the sun.
Our entire day was overwhelmed by people, tourists from cruise ships. Most all of the 2500 people from the ships were in line to see the Blue Mosque. We delayed our visit and headed straight to the Grand Bazaar with its 4,000 shops covering 65 streets. Then, we spent time and $$$$$ in the Spice Market. Together, Linda and I spent $300 on tea and spices, and Linda doesn't even like tea! It's a long story.
Our afternoon was spent under a bright blue sky aboard the Turyol ferry cruising the Bosphorus Sea. Since Turkey lies in both Europe and Asia, we saw two continents in one afternoon. Our guide Tayfun was with us again for the entire day sharing more about the people, the landmarks, and religion.
In a very personal way, he spoke about how he grew up a devout Muslim. He explained the history of the Shi'a and Sunni Muslims. In some key countries, the government is Shi'a and the population is Sunni which is a source of conflict. Turkey is now a democracy with a President and Prime Minister.
Instead of going dancing on the rooftops, we went to a Whirlig Dervish performance. Boooooring! We gave the music a 4 because we thought it was hard to dance to but the four male dervishes spun around and around and around for an hour and they didn't throw up. How is that possible?
On our WALK back to the hotel in the dark of night, we saw no men in black hoods carrying swords. In fact, we have LOVED Istanbul. The people are very kind, very helpful and everyone speaks English! Good thing for us because we have not learned one word of Turkish because it's too hard. Example: Thank You = Tesekkur ederim. (Try it: t-sugar-eh-dream)
Eiyigeceler (Good Night)
HEADLINES: THREE SHOELESS, SCARVED, AMERICAN WOMEN KICKED OUT OF THE BLUE MOSQUE IN ISTANBUL
A guard was called at 8:22 A.M . to the Blue Mosque to escort 3 women who pleaded not guilty to the accusation that they had entered the mosque prior the official opening at 8:30 A.M. Tho their cameras were not confiscated and their shoes were returned, they were thrown out for entering before the designated time. The smallest woman attempted to hide behind the 17' wide pillar as she was taking the 47th photo of the blue tiles. When questioned, the 3 ladies explained that they had sneaked in to avoid waiting in a 3 hour long line. They left peacefully.
Fortunately, our flight to Cappaddocia was less stressful than our Blue Mosque experience, but we reluctantly left Istanbul and its gracious people. After a one hour flight and a one hour drive we arrived at our oasis, the Esbelli Evi, a 15 suite hotel built into the caves formed long ago by volcanoes. Our 3 day home has 4 rooms and 2 BRs, a living room, a kitchen, 2 baths, and a fabulous view from the terrace.
We have spent a leisurely evening on the terrace chatting with Aussies and other Americans who were also impressed with the ambience. We will close now because we will be awakened at 5:00 A.M. and will be driven to the launch site for our hot air balloon ride. We will break no rules because we don't want to be thrown out of the balloon basket. (Please forward to any one who might enjoy traveling with us.)
Diane, Linda, and Mykie
Using calm and varied winds, Captain Mike lifted our wicker basket that held 16 passengers. We soared 3000 ft. in the air for one hour and 40 minutes over the Cappadoccia region along with 100 other balloons. We saw rock carved houses, fairy chimneys, and phallic looking monuments of soft volcanic ash which had been sculpted by nature: erosion, wind, and water. These eruptions ceased 200 years B.C. The early Christians used this environment for cave churches to escape persecution. This almost spiritual experience earned us a flight certificate, strawberries, and a glass of champagne.
The old city of Urgup is within walking distance of our hotel, the Esbelli Evi, which features luxurious cave bedrooms. (We don't do Holiday Inns.)
Don't worry folks, we're safe and sound and appreciating all your responses.
Gorusuruz, Insalah (We'll see each other again, God willing.)
Champagne toast after the balloon flight.
One of the best views of Cappadoccia (Cap-uh-dough-kee-uh) has been from our hot air balloon at 3,000 ft. The ride was smooth and tranquil, and when we landed, we toasted our accomplishments with champagne and strawberries.
100 balloons at 3000 feet
We found the balloons to be much more colorful than the rock formations that we toured for 8 hours today with our seasoned, perky guide, Gonje (Rose).
On our visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum in the Cappadoccia Region, we entered cave churches, monks cells, and family dwellings. Dating from the Hittites who lived in the region 4,000 years ago, these rock formations were used for protection from the elements and from warring tribes. The early Christian church made use of these early dwellings for their religious practices. Many of the walls featured frescoes that had been desecrated by later civilizations.
Dating from the Hittites who lived in the region 4,000 years ago, these rock formations were used for protection from the elements and from warring tribes
Our guide asked us to use our imaginations to name the formations, but we were both trying to protect LOM on some of the more obvious shapes. You can use your own imaginations to determine what you think the shapes resemble.
Over a hundred of you asked about how we like Turkish food. We have eaten lots of kababs either lamb, beef, or chicken. We also have enjoyed a dish called "Testi" (pronounced TESH-TE) which is beef or lamb or chicken cooked in a terracotta pot and delivered flaming to the table and served over rice. Turkish ice cream tastes gummy and flat.
LOM purchases ice cream.
We've also dined on "mezti" which is similar to Spanish tapas or American hors d'oeuvres. At least we have not resorted to eating pizza because we've liked the Turkish food that we've had.
Tomorrow is a travel day. We are off to Croatia via Istanbul, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik. It will be a long, boring, yet welcome day. We look forward to chatting with you on Friday from Dubrovnik.
(Sidebar: these travelogues are composed by all three of the travelers.)
Polis cagrin (Call the police!)
and Hosca Kalin (Good bye)
Wow, wow, and wow! Dubrovnik should be on everyone's bucket list. As a UNESCO Heritage Site, this 14th century walled city is probably the most magnificent single destination we have visited in our 32 years of traveling together.
After another tranquil breakfast on the Esbelli Evi terrace we flew from Cappadoccia to Istanbul (4 security checks at the airport) to Zagreb, Croatia and finally to Dubrovnik, arriving at 10:00 p.m. We are fortunate that our hotel is one of 3 within Stari Grad (Old Town), so yesterday, we were able to stroll the narrow cobblestone streets. This morning we walked the 1.5 mile wall that surrounds the city just before we toured with Marina, our private guide.
Last night we enjoyed sitting and drinking wine on the terrace at Buza, a bar which hangs on the cliffs beneath the wall. We were overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the daring swimmers who were diving from the rocks. We were awed by the sunset. Our day ended with a casual meal on the plaka as we people watched and anticipated today's adventure.
Tomorrow we will board a "gulet" (wooden sailboat) with 10 other passengers to visit the islands of Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, ending in Split. We may not be in touch since well be sailing on the Adriatic Sea. This trip has been a dream come true for all of us.
Bok! (Good bye)
Diane, Linda, Mykie
We are writing you from the small island of Sipan in the Adriatic Sea. Our small gulet (wooden boat) holds 9 passengers and 3 crew members which makes for some very close quarters. We are the only Americans and are joined by Aussies and Germans.
While sitting and having white wine and watching the fishing boats come in the harbor, we were forced to take cover in front of a computer in a hotel bibliotheque.
We are surrounded by pomegranate, lemon, and oleander trees. This must be a destination wedding island because we have been observing a wedding celebration of a lovely young lady and a husband with a rather large schnoz.
We have found Croatians to be very friendly, even the cats who gravitate toward Linda. No terrorists here!
Tonight we dine on the Gulet Andi, and tomorrow we set sail for Mjlet, another quaint Dalmatian island.
Do Videnja (Good bye)
Diane, Linda & Mykie
We have been held hostage by 3 handsome men who cook, clean, and captain a sailboat - the Gulet Andi.
No Croatian pirates, just smiling young men who aim to please. You have not heard from us because we have been sailing on the aqua blue waters of the Adriatic Sea with no internet connection.
It has not been all smooth sailing. Even tho we were moored at Kor?hula, we were awakened by a strong ''buro'' (a storm out of the southeast). We downed the Dramamine, but weathered the storm even tho the boat listed from side to side. The storm resulted in a leaky ceiling which forced us to bunk together. We have become even better friends!
After the storm lifted, we appreciated even more the beauty of the 29 mile long island of Kor?hula
where legend has it Marco Polo was born. We realized the beauty of the area after we climbed 60 pie - shaped steps that took us to the top of St. Mark Church where we enjoyed the panoramic view of the walled city.
Like Dubrovnik, we strolled and found narrow, quaint alleys, looking for jewelry, such as coral, finding the perfect ice cream cone, and finding an outdoor cafe to enjoy a glass of wine while we listened to a trio playing American music.
The only catastrophe occurred when Mykie tried on a ring of olive wood which she could not remove. Word spread in the market quickly with remedies offered, short of cutting off her finger. Although we had to buy the ring, we were able to return it when it finally came off, money refunded.
Das Vadonya! Diane, Linda, and Mykie
# 10 Travelin Trio Travelogue
We think that it is now appropriate to describe our accommodations. The Gulet Andi is home to 9 passengers and 3 crew members, all of whom we've grown very fond. With all of the time we've had together the past 6 days, we better understand the politics and culture from the German and Aussie viewpoints. We now realize our limited, small view of the world. They know more American history than we do! The more wine we drink, the smarter we feel, and the more laughs we have.
We can even laugh about the showering process. One must first go into a 4X3 ft. bathroom that has only a toilet and a sink. To shower, we hold the sink faucet which is attached to a metal hose, like our kitchen sink faucets. The generator has to be running or we don't have hot water. Try doing that while the boat is riding the angry waves! Consequently, we haven,t washed our hair in days, and we have serious bed heads.
Our lazy days are filled with delicious meals prepared by Chef Ivan, a 6'4'' twenty four year old, a culinary school graduate. We've given him A+ on every meal. First Mate Robert takes care of our every need from wine to toilet paper.
The highlight of our time on the gulet has been the daily briefings by Captain Ivi?a, a 33 year old flirt, who details the daily itinerary on a map laid out on a big table. We listen, but we don't always understand his broken English. The real problem is we are distracted by his good looks, charming smile, and mischievous wink.
Our boat docked in the sleepy Stari Grad (Old Town) of Hvar, one of the most visited islands of the Adriatic Sea. Thanks to Adam Reagan, the 3 of us decided, after a short visit in Stari Grad, to take a scenic taxi ride to the ''cool'' side of the island in Hvar Town, which has the feel of the French Riviera. Beautiful people, upscale restaurants, huge yachts, and lots of money.
Fortunately, when we visit these towns, we do not have to worry at ALL about the weather . . . or hooded terrorists. Why are we writing you right now? Because we are in another UNESCO town, Trogir, and we have tracked down an internet cafe. We may be missing some of the sights, but we don't want you to miss any of the details of our journey. Let us know if you receive this email.
Diane, Linda & Mykie
As our 19 day adventure ends, we have concluded that this has been a spectacular vacation. We hope you agree and recognize that there was no reason for us to fear traveling to Turkey and Croatia.
The smiles that you see on our 3 crew members are representative of the hospitality extended to us by the Turks and Croatians. (Due to numerous requests we have included a picture of Captain Ivi?a, Chef Ivan, and First Mate Robert, who was actually named after Robert Kennedy.)
Captain Ivi?a, Chef Ivan, and First Mate Robert, who was actually named after Robert Kennedy
The way to see Croatia is to travel by sea. We have observed row boats, motor boats, gulets, private yachts, ferries, and cruise ships. Row boats, motor boats, gulets, private yachts, ferries, and cruise ships.
We could have traveled the 135 miles from Dubrovnik to Split by car, but we recommend taking a week long water route from island to island which took us 6 days.
One of the jewels of the Dalmatian Coast is the walled town of Trogir. A world heritage site, Trogir boasts small alleyways and surprises around every corner, including large public areas and religious monuments. We climbed 122 steps of the bell tower of the St. Lawrence Cathedrale to be awed by the birds eye view of this fortified, seaside town. (Photo 3)
After saying goodbye to all of our new best friends abord boat, we disembarked the Gulet Andi, and traveled a short distance by car to Split, Croatia. It is the second largest city in Croatia and one of the best preserved cities left from the Roman Empire. Our hotel sits in the interior courtyard of the 7th century palace of Diocletian, the first Roman Emperor from Croatia.
The star of Split is Diocletian's Palace which fills the fortified city. We visited one of the 22 churches within the walls where we saw the tomb of St. Lawrence, a bishop from the 11th century. Tomorrow, we will climb the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Dominius before we say goodbye to Split.
Istanbul, Cappadoccia, Dubrovnik, Sipan, Mjlet, Kor?hula, Hvar, Trogir, and Split It's been a pleasure having you along with us as we visited these destinations thru Turkey and Croatia. (Photo 5) When we get home, we would love to show you our scrapbooks, slide shows, videos, and 1500 or more pictures. We will arrive home on Monday.
We appreciate the opportunity to experience the beauty of other cultures, other lands, and other people. Our travels, however, remind us just how proud we are to be Americans.
Ja sam yah sahm Amerikanac.
Diane, Linda, and Mykie
How proud we three are to be Americans.
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FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.
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US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia
FSHS awarded a Silver ranking by USNews http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia/districts/marion-county-schools/fairmont-senior-high-school-21382
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On a separate sheet of unlined paper with your name and address on the top, list school activities in which you have participated such as clubs, sports, student council, honor societies, or special projects and attach to the back of this application. Please include the years of involvement as well as the sponsor, advisor, or adult supervisor.
List community service activities in which you have participated such as church work, community centers, and youth groups. These activities may be included on the school activities resume additional page or on as many pages as necessary.
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Foundation scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 and are presented each year at the Senior Recognition Assembly. Scholarships may be used for tuition, room/board, books, and related educational expenses. Check will be written to student upon presentation of a receipt for paid tuition. Specific details will be included in the envelope presented to each awardee. Student applicant must list any financial aid, scholarships, or grants for which he/ she has been notified. Preference is given to students who have not received any financial assistance. Please keep this in mind when submitting an application for a Foundation Scholarship. This helps the Foundation reach a broader base of students who are in need of financial assistance for college.
To be eligible for consideration of a Foundation scholarship, general or named, the applicant must: Be a graduating senior from Fairmont Senior High. Attend the Senior Recognition Assembly unless excused for a school event or activity. Be accepted at an accredited two or four-year college or university or a two-year technical school and use the award in the school year immediately following graduation.
Submit 5 copies of the completed application form and include all of the following items. Applicant will not be considered if any part of the requirements are incomplete
1) A list of school activities: 2) A list of community service activities; 3) An essay on the topic "Leadership ad What It Means to Me"; 4)Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater; and 5)Two endorsement signatures from any two of the following 1)teacher or coach, and 2)community or church leader. A letter of recommendation would be helpful but not required. Parent or guardian must sign the application but is not considered as an appropriate endorser. Several of our scholarships are dedicated for specific purposes. Please indicate your declared major if you are applying for a named scholarship. The named scholarships are:
TENDERA MEFFE SCHOLARSHIP was established in 1993 by her friends broom the FSHS Class of 1970 for creativity. No longer available but recognized here as the first Foundation named award.
ROSS AND DOLORES MARUKA SCHOLARSHIP shall be given annually to a senior who has demonstrated leadership within our community through volunteer, charitable, public service, or athletic activities with the likelihood of being an agent of progress in our society. This student shall write an essay of no more than one page explaining such satisfying experiences that meet the criteria while they have been in high school. The essay shall outline an intended path of study and include professional goals beyond their higher education. Established in 1995, the Dolores Maruka Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Mrs. Maruka by her family, now designated as the Ross and Dolores Maruka Memorial Scholarship. Ross was a charter member of the FSHS Foundation, Inc.
SETH BURTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for leadership and/or a cross- country participant.
ANTHONY PIZATELLA SCHOLARSHIP for a career in social work, counseling or other related therapy field. This scholarship was funded in 2000 by family and friends of Anthony Pizatella, a member of the class of 1973.
REX STALNAKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for technology training was established in 2003 by his loving family for the 1998 FSHS graduate.
SOUTH FAIRMONT ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP for leadership.
BOB "BIG D" DeLORENZO SCHOLARSHIP for scholar athlete attending WVU. Application available through his family at www.bigdfoundation.com
DAVIDSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP shall be made available to seniors who have declared their intended college major to be a branch of engineering leading to a four year (or greater) bachelor of science degree in electrical, mechanical, industrial or computer engineering from an accredited college or school of engineering. Secondary consideration shall be given to seniors who have declared their intended college major to be in a business related field leading to a four year (or greater) bachelor of science degree in business administration, marketing, management, economics, accounting, or finance from an accredited college or school of business.
POSHADEL SCHOLARSHIP for an outstanding math student is no longer available but recognized here for former donation by Poshadel family.
FRANK DIMARIA SCHOLARSHIP is for a student studying English, foreign language, or guidance counseling.
RICK AND LINDA PARKER RIVESVILLE SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 award to selected Rivesville/Fairmont Senior student commencing 2011-2012 school year. Worthy student will be identified via criteria established (top grades, character, school involvement). Annual scholarship may not be awarded if there is no qualified recipient.
BROGAN RADDISH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, established 2013, which would have been her year of graduation, shall be awarded to an applicant majoring in a medical field.
FSU, FSHS partner for new initiative
Promise Beyond Scholarship funded
BY NICOLE LEMAL TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
FAIRMONT — Less than a mile apart, Fairmont State University and Fairmont Senior High School have formed a partnership toward a great cause, and guests at the North Marion and FSHS basketball game on Wednesday night had a sneak preview of what is to come.
A number of FSHS students attending FSU in the fall will be receiving funding toward their tuition costs through the Promise Beyond Scholarship initiative.
FSU will offer up to $100,000 in scholarships, and both institutions are encouraging parents to attend a special Financial Aid Information night at FSHS at 5:40 p.m. Monday. Information will also be posted on their Edline website, and phone calls will be made to every home with a FSHS student to inform them of the opportunity.
As a Fairmont State and FSHS graduate, principal Chad Norman is more than appreciative for this opportunity for his high school seniors.
“Nothing could please me more than to see this partnership, these two fine institutions, work together for the betterment of our local youth,” Norman said. “We have an opportunity. We have the greatest resource here in this county with a fine university, a National Blue Ribbon school, working together collectively.”
The Promise Beyond Scholarship initiative caters to those students who just missed the qualifications for the Promise Scholarship. Students must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA and scored an 18 on their ACT.
Candy Byerley and Denise Temple, both FSHS counselors, have been in the process of determining which students would fall into that category. Applications will be presented to those identified students. FSU plans to distribute these scholarships to those qualified students in the near future.
After seeing the enthusiasm from the FSHS staff, Dr. Quentin Johnson, senior vice president of enrollment and student services, was even more optimistic that this initiative would be a success. “It’s really a win-win situation,” he said. “We’re excited and very, very proud that FSHS is taking the lead to say, ‘Let’s do this.’ This one, I think, is going to make a difference and get people talking and get some synergy going up at Fairmont that we haven’t had in a while, so we’re excited.”
For Dr. Maria Rose, interim president, this is a great opportunity for FSHS students and one that she and her staff are anxious to eventually bring to other high schools throughout Marion, Harrison, and Monongalia counties.
“It means absolutely everything to us because we certainly recruit heavily from the local three-county region of Marion, Harrison and Monongalia counties,” she said. “We’re hoping this will make the difference, and will encourage them to come to our institution.”
With all of the hidden resources available for these students, including their instructors and average class size, FSU admissions counselor Michael Ross has confidence that these students will fare well.
“I think those are types of things that if we can show a student that we still are concerned about you and we still want you to be successful at our school by offering that scholarship to do that, I think it’s going to be a good way to help them see that the community and the schools around here, we care about them,” Ross said.
Giving them encouragement and reason to believe in their potential, FSU is proud of its local students.
“We’re just really proud of our local students,” Lori Schoonmaker, interim associate director of admissions and recruitment, said. “We want to work with them, and with the help of FSHS we’ve been able to provide some assistance to those students and I’m really excited about that.”
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