Plainwell Class of 1968
Home of the Mighty Trojans
August brings so many things to mind
Like county fairs with fun foods and rides to mind.
Catfush scream louder than ever for our fishing poles,
Inviting us to joyous jaunts at our favorite watering holes.
The dog days of summer start drawing to a close,
But there's still time for a lake visit or just a sprinkler hose.
August, August, we thank you for your role in this summer.
Without you no doubt this season would be a real bummer.
- Gregory Huyette
"Hot town summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city."
"In August, the large masses of berries, which,
when in flower, had attracted many wild bees,
gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson
hue, and by their weight again bend down and broke
their tender limbs."
-Henry David Thoreau
SWEET SUMMER OF OUR YOUTH
When we were growing up, we didn't come inside until the street lights came on.
Or our mothers called.
And, really, no one wanted his or her mother to call because that meant you were
late and you know what that meant.
Be home early tomorrow night.
And no one wanted that.
We'd set out early in the morning, every kid on the block, with no particular
destination in mind. We'd ride our bikes, play cards on someone's picnic table,
eat lunch at home or at a friend's, get back on our bikes, plop down under a tree
and read for awhile or just lie back and watch the clouds go by. At 6 o'clock, we'd
go in for supper-sometimes at home, sometimes at a friend's-and head back outdoors
(after doing the dishes by hand, of course) for some kind of game.
We all played together, on teams that were as fluid as the summer skies.
Red Rover, Hide and Seek, Kick the Can, Marbles, and Baseball. Sometimes we just
ran down the street, trying out our new Red Ball Jets that promised we'd run
faster and jump higher.
My memories, no doubt are your memories, back in the day when families only had
one car, more Moms worked at home than in the office, and there were kids in
every house on the block.
All you had to do was go outside and something was going on.
Those were the days...
A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
Carole Sharrard Morley 8/01
Gisela Frochlich Mathias 8/02
Joyce Reed Golden 8/04
Steve Allen 8/13
Lois Brown Sanford 8/17
Sheila Gregory Howard 8/17
Kathy Keith Hughes 8/19
Daniel Holmes 8/28
Roger Pease 8/29
Important Days in August:
August 1st: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
August 2nd: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.
August 3rd: National Watermelon Day
August 10th: Lazy Day
Family Fun Month
National Golf Month
Donald Tungate is home and feeling well after having surgery on June 21st. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
8/16/14: Received word from Bill Robertson that Steve Locatis passed away Friday, Aug. 15th at his residence in Plainwell. Bill stated that Steve had bladder cancer for about 8-9 years. No final details yet. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
"When we are connected to others, we become better people."
-Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture
*We now have a facebook page: Plainwell Class of 1968. Come join us!
Just because you didn't ask...
August Ladies Get-together at Sheila's.
Cheryl, Linda, Kathy, Nancy, Sarah and Vickie
Sue and Laura
Laura, Jill and Sheila
Bonnie and Laura
July Ladies Night Out at Fricano's...
Lt: Nanette, Vickie, Jill, Sheila and Sue
Rt: Sharon, Kathy Peterson, Kathy Atkins, Jo, Cheryl and Sarah
June ladies night out at Pizza Hut...2014
Sharon, Suzie, Vickie, Sheila, Kathy Hughes, Kathy Atkins, Laura, Jo and Nannette.
Kathy Hughes, Laura, Kathy Atkins and Jo
A Fun Day in South Haven - May 28, 2014
Sheila, Bonnie, Kathy and Jo
Jo, Laura, Sheila, Bonnie and Kathy
Our ladies May gathering at the LYNX
Geri Keeney Clark and Sheila
Linda, Sue, Vickie, Jo, Karen, Cheryl, Kathy, Bonnie and Geri.
Our April gathering. Had a lot of fun and lots of laughs.
Love these Ladies! (2014)
L: Bonnie, Ann, Kathy Peteron, Jo, Sheila and Cheryl.
R: Nancy, Kathy Hughes, Vicie Case Reid, Kathy Atkins, Suzie and Sarah.
Sheila, Kathy and Cheryl.
Sarah Siva Chavez and Sue .
Jo, Sheila and Cheryl.
Sarah, Sue, Vickie, Kathy Hughes and Nancy.
Bonnie, Ann and Kathy Peterson.
Our March ladies afternoon out at the Old Mill Brew Pub (2014)
Here are some Pictures from the 45th Class Reunion:
Our Tribute to our Veterans
Honoring our deceased classmates
Getting ready to launch sky lanterns to honor our 10 classmates who have passed on.
Can you see the all 10 sky lanterns? We will never forget...
The Cooper Coolies:
Woody, Ken, Bruce, Bob and Laura
The Gilkey Kids (Eastside)
BR: Bruce, Paul, Joyce, Dean, Millard and Nanette
FR: Betsy, Sheila and Kathy
The Gilkey Kids (Westside)
BR: Dan, Gail, Nancy and Bob Wellington
MR: Cathy, Bonnie, Ann and Jill
FR: Steve Sanders
The Starr Kids
BR: Karen, Kathy, Ken, Bruce, Linda and Nancy
FR: Sue, Cheryl, Sharon and Murray
Millard receiving his long lost lunch bucket from long ago.
Sheila, Bruce, Kathy and Millard
Anne Hill, Karen Rocha and Linda Discher
Roger Pease and Karen
Bruce Snow who graciously donated this beautiful painting. What a fantastic Artist!
And....the lucky winner is: Linda Discher
Steve Sanders and his wonderful wife Edith
Steve Locatis and Kathy Keith Hughes standing in background
Jill and Laura
Bob Wellington and his lovely wife, April
Kathy with my husband, Earl
Roger, Bruce and Denny
Kathy, Laura, Jo, Bonnie, Karen and Betsy
Sheila and Paul
Nancy and Don Colgrove
Cheryl and Laura
Bonnie and her husband, Jim
Ken Madden and Cathy Motter
Laura, Bruce and Sue
Rick Hughes, Dan Holmes and Ken Madden have great singing voices!
Sue Nelson and Denny Norman
Kathy Peterson, Bob Wellington and Sue Bumpus
Kathy, Dean, Cathy and Nancy
We had an AWESOME Photo Booth! Bonnie and Kathy
I'm not sure at what age you realize what a gift it is when someone offers
you his or her friendship. Perhaps we know it intuitively as children, when we
enviously eye the cliques that form among our peers--but I doubt it.
I think then we want the companionship but we don't yet understand the gift and
obligations of a good friend. It is not until years later; when we've lost friends or
outgrown them or failed at the attempt to reconnect with an old friend, that we
realize just how valuable a commodity a friend is.
Friends are one of the great wonders of life. They are the gift you never expected,
rarely deserve and always treasure.
Although it is unfortunate that we have lost some of our classmates over the
years...We can help keep their spirit alive by posting a funny story or
a kind remembrance of them.
Visit "In Memory"
Plainwell High School Class of 1968 - Sweet Memories...
THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS
Barry Cunningham Navy Reserve
Bill Robertson Army
Bruce Snow Army
Craig Nelson Air Force (deceased)
Darwin Myland Army
David Thomas Army
Dennis Nelson Army
Jim Boyce Navy
John Greer Air Force
Larry Foster Air Force
Lee Gorton Seabees
Linda Mapes Glaz Air Force
Melvin Valkner Army
Phil Wilson Army (died 12/16/1970-Viet Nam)
Rick Hughes Army
Stephen Sanders Navy
Terry Kelly Army (deceased)
What made us friends so long ago when we first met?
Well, I think I know. The best in me and the best in you
found each other because they knew that always since
life began...our being friends was part of God's plan.
CLASS REUNION COMMITTEE 2014
Sheila, Kathy, Jo and Bonnie
Kathy (Brown) Atkins: Coordinator/Website Administrator
Bonnie (Mills) Hoffman: Treasurer
Jo (Reed) Golden: Secretary
Sheila (Gregory) Howard: Public Relations