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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Paul "Deech" Deecher  12/9
•   Nancy End  12/9
•   Karen Crisp (McGough)  12/16
•   Charlie Salerno '69  12/23
•   Carl Vallee '69  12/27
•   Len Mortimore  1/5

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

JIM SPAIN: RIP

Classmates and friends, it is with great sadness that I send along the following letter from David Biggs re the passing of our beloved classmate and friend Jim Spain:

THS Class of 1968 and friends

In case you’ve not heard, I am so sad to say we lost another dear classmate.  Jim Spain passed away Dec 6, 2016.

We extend our sincere condolences to Cathy, Jim’s wife and best friend, his extended family, and also to our classmate and his twin sister Judy and her family. 

Many of you had a special relationship with Jim as I did.  My friendship with Jim actually became greater over the past few decades.  We discussed numerous issues related to the class and life in general.  

I credit Jim for single-handedly bringing the Class of 1968 into the digital age.  Previously, a dedicated group would assemble at Judy’s home and we’d make calls, address letters and make many attempts to locate all of you.  Jim developed and administered the class email chain that we now use. He also lent his expertise to other THS classes to start their own program.

Jim also jumped in with both feet and ran several of our reunions.  That then led him to start and administer our Class of 1968 awards program.  He enjoyed seeing you and helping the class and THS.  For those that were close to Jim, you know he quietly helped out others in times of their personal need.  He did this all and never asked or expected anything in return! What a kind soul and a man of faith.

He did so much.  I will miss Jim and our talks that always ended with him saying “Be good my friend!”   Jim, rest in peace my friend.

We’ll send details on the funeral once they are finalized.

David Biggs

Open Letter to the Troy High School Class of 1968

Holiday greetings to all!

In 2003, we began our THS awards program under the leadership of Jim Spain.  Jim conceived and implemented the program as a way to acknowledge the start we got from Troy High School.   What better way to says thanks than to give another a helping hand?

We have two awards that were first presented in 2004.  The first is our Memorial Award that honors our classmates who have passed.  The student must exhibit school spirit and good citizenship.  The second is our Achievement Award for a student who has overcome personal hardship.  Students in each category submit an essay for judging. 

With these awards, the Class of 68 has made an impact; your contributions have made an impact!!  So far in 13 years, 25 THS graduates have received a total of $20,300 from the Class of 1968!  Individual awards began at $400 and we now present two $1,000 awards each year. 

Our current account has just over $11,000, enough for nearly six more years.  That’s terrific, but I hope we can do more.  How about we target contributing at least another $12,000 total for 2016, 2017 and 2018 (our 50th anniversary)?  Combined with what we have, that would guarantee another 12 years of the award for a total of 25 years!  

So in the spirit of the holiday season, please consider making a contribution to the Class of 1968 awards fund.  Personally, I plan to contribute this year in honor of Jim Spain and Judy (Spain) Zimmie who have done so much for the Class of 1968.  Won’t you please join me?

I checked again with THS that donations are tax deductible.  The following response is from Sarah Conyers, Troy District Treasurer, “I would advise donors to consult their accountants but yes I believe these donations meet charitable criteria as they are scholarship accounts approved by the board of education.”

Checks should be made out to:  “Troy City School District” with “Class of 1968” on the memo line.

Send checks to David Biggs, 26F Congress St #305, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and I will pass them along.

 

Please have a happy and safe holiday season!

David Biggs

Troy High captures state football championship

 

2016 Class of 68 David Biggs Achievement Award Winner:  Davina Mayo-Dunham

2016 Class of 68 Donna Palitsch Award Winner:  Devin Blaisdell

 



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