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MOMENTS TO REMEMBER …  AND MORE

The Class of 1960 annual gathering,  again held at RedHill, was attended by 28 classmates and spouses. Thirty three (33) responded with plans to attend but  unexpected events happen …..   Five (5) classmates who made plans to come were not able to attend. Sadly, Dot & Doc Rickerson could not attend because of the death of Doc’s mother; Personal business prevented Paul from attending. It’s only the 2nd reunion Paul has missed. 

The weather was perfect. Remember that rain storm in 2013 that nearly brought down the tent…. long and continuous torrents of rain fell but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd?  It takes more than rain to dampen the spirit of the Class of 60. The year 2014 delivered picture perfect weather and the same superb, comfortable weather graced the event this year, as well. 

There was a lot of conversation as usual, chairs were rocking on the porch, groups were huddled in the big room, in the kitchen, in the yard, and around tables under the big tent. 

Mealtime arrived, catered by Jeffersonville’s own Kountry Kitchen & Seafood.  Of course, there were deserts.    Scarlett brought her famous 2 foot long pound cake, and Arlene brought another honest to goodness, real homemade cream and egg custard banana pudding. If you want a sensational sugar-high experience, pile a spoon of Arlene’s banana pudding on top of Scarlett’s made-from-scratch butter rich pound cake.  Oh, my goodness! 

Have you ever wondered why deserts seem to become higher priority as you get older?  Some even eat their deserts first…… then finish of the meal with regular food.   I can’t swear to it, but I believe I overheard a conversation about having a mid year reunion featuring only deserts?  I won’t mention any names. 

With the meal behind us, Ann (Tucker-Fowler) began signaling everyone to gather for a group picture.No one paid attention to the signals……... They couldn’t quit talking long enough to gather in a huddle for a picture.  Have you ever tried to herd cats into position for a photo?  Someone started ringing the big dinner bell in yard and promised to  continue until the group was in a huddle. It worked. 

 

In the front room of the old cabin, Ann put a DVD in the video player, once again reviving   memories of the previous year's reunion gathering.  As familiar tunes from the 1950’s played, classmates gathered  to remember good times, smiling faces from the gathering of 2014 …. Ann also remembered, with a brief recognition,  those who are no longer are with us. 

Ann’s  video (narrated by Billy and Ann)  also highlighted may “first” for the class of 1960…….. Did you know that the Class of 1960 is setting records and making history?  Really!  The class of 60 came along at a unique time in the history of the school thereby creating a number of “first events”.  If you did not join this year’s gathering but would like  a copy of the video, call or email Ann and she will send you one. Or, better yet, join us in 2016 and pick up a copy. 

The Gathering continued until long after sunset, remembering those moments … and much more, too. 

 



Three Weeks In Argentina ...........

Be sure to travel along with Robert and Jeanie by reading their post on the Travel Log. 

Over 100 Years Ago ..... a statue was born

Over 100 years ago a Confederate statue was purchased by the Daughters of the Confederacy and was to be placed on the courthouse lawn in honor of the sons who fought and died for the states rights and preservation of the republic that was created by the founding fathers.  But,  the courthouse lawn was not to be it's home.

As soon as the statue  arrived on the train from St Louis, a spat quickly arouse about where it was to be placed. 

Eventually, the stature was placed, not on the courthouse square, but on an obscure corner next to a store on the south side of Highway 80 in what was then the edge of a pasture, well away from a position of honor on the courthouse lawn.  Yep, the war was still being fought in the early 1900's 

and it continued for almost a hundred years,  long after our class graduated in 1960.  But alas....... over 100 years have passed and a few funerals have occured, allowing the statue to be moved to the courthouse lawn. A more complete story will be provided after the dedication is held sometimes in early 2015.  In the meantime, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, the old marble confederate has been exhumed from it temporary resting place and now proudly stands in front of the courthouse to honor all our Twiggs County soilders who fought in Mr Lincoln's  War of Northern Aggression.


Compliments of Kinnie Russell
God Bless America
John Wayne 

 

The Macon Telegraph July 7, 2014 … Jenna Mink, reporter

Hawthorne Named Chairwoman

Sarah Hawthorne, president and founder of AlphaSkills -- a Georgia literacy organization -- and retired educator, was recently elected as chairwoman of the board of directors for Central Georgia Technical College.

Hawthorne, a resident of Twiggs County, has served as vice chair following the July 2013 merger of the former Central Georgia Tech and Middle Georgia Technical College. She will serve a one-year term that begins July 1.

Danny Carpenter, retired superintendent for the Houston County Board of Education, was elected vice chairman.


TRAVEL LOG:
     The new summer travel season is approaching....... Tell us the whole story or simply a picture and a short paragraph from your smartphone. We'll share it with classmates.

NEW.... Robert and Jeanie are back on the road again, this time in Argentina read about it in  the Travel Log.  
                       

WEBSITE INTERACTIVE FEATURES

Interactive features allow classmates to post content to our website - no webmaster needed. 


Message Forum  .... Click on the Message Forum, then "Post Response"  and enter your message.  When you finish posting your message,  click "submit".  It's that easy.  You can return and edit your message at any time.

Announcements .... appear on the Home Page.  An email email notifications is sent automatically when posting to either "Announcements" or the "Message Forum".

Discussion Forum  .... is particularly useful with large classes.  There's currently one open forum, soliciting suggestions for the class website.

Photo Albums   .... A photo gallery entitled "Community Gallery" has been setup that allows classmates to include an album of pictures without aid of the class webmaster. Give it a try with a few of your own pictures.  

Email Notifications  .....   Notify Me, a menu item under Member Functions , allows you to set your email notification preferences to instantly, daily or never.

 

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