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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/01/08 ~ MAY DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Steve Carson ('58) Judy Willox ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Rick Valentine ('68) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sylvia Plumb ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Reining ('71wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Alan Lobdell ('69) Alan, It does seem strange that the California Immigration would be checking for lawn furniture and BBQs... but there is a good reason for it. The famous Gypsy Moth and other pests that could harm the crops here, is the reason. They attach themselves to outdoor stuff and then spread havoc when they are here. We have moved in and out of California a few times, and the move from Connecticut to Fresno, brought a gypsy moth in our lawn furniture... so they are really serious about the issue. Loved the story of your travel with your son... I've also done that, and it was great. -Jim McKeown ('53 soon to celebrate our 55th reunion) ~ from very sunny Sacramento, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Gary Behymer ('64) I agree with you. Nothing like tilting at windmills with no real expectation that any minds would change and yet the aggravation scale just continues to rise. We can all make up our own minds and vote accordingly. I can't wait for the political season to end. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago, IL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) Re: The Gratitude Campaign Have you ever seen one of our military walking past you and wanted to convey to them your thanks, but weren't sure how or it felt awkward? Recently, a gentleman from Seattle created a gesture which could be used and has started a massive movement to get the word out. Please everybody take just a moment to watch The Gratitude Campaign and then forward it to your friends! The Gratitude - Web Site This is such a wonderful way to express our thanks and show them how much we do care about them. Take the time and show them how special they are to us. Bomber Cheers ~ -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland where it is another cool night. Is Spring EVER coming? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: "Get Together" sung by The Youngbloods "Get Together" was written by Chet Powers aka Dino Valente Re: Eddie Feigner on -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: missed it Rats... I missed a '65er birthday... one of my favorite people too... Steve Haggard ('65) has always been there Johnny on the spot when the '65ers (or any other Bombers) were in need or were throwing a shindig... I hope Steve knows how much I and all others he's touched appreciate him and his friendship... I told his brother this once privately and now I'm tellin' the world... Steve you are the best... Are we doing song lyrics now... Oh boy... I love to do lyrics... In fact... when I took typing, while the other kids were typing about brown dogs or foxes or whatever... ASDFJKL; I was typing "Robbin people with a six gun... I fought the Law and the Law won... " and "We were out on a date in my Daddy's car... we hadn't driven very far... " "A candy colored clown they call the sandman... tiptoes thru my room every knight... "... dang... now that's what typing class was all about... my chance to get written copies of the top ten... Hey... It's finger... pop poppin time... Luvnkisses -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: To Satellite Or Not.. To: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) I went to a Satellite Dish about 15 years ago (Dish Network). Dish Network VS Direct TV... My investigations showed, Dish basic programing to be cheaper. Also showed Direct TV has a much broader sports availability. I don't eat, sleep and breathe sports so I chose Dish to save a little money... I still have the same hardware I started with, no hardware problems. The only problem I have found is SNOW. With over 90" of snow in Spokane this winter, I did have to clean the dish off 4 times. A normal winter maybe once. (you know, ladder roof, the fun stuff) I did find if you spray the dish with PAM (cooking spray) it helps because the snow doesn't stick as much. I also found that snow doesn't clog your snow blower if you spray PAM in the discharge chute but that is a whole different topic, but it works great. -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA where the weather forecast tonight is for 'Rain Or Snow!' **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: insurance To: Donna Nelson ('63) As I got older I recall my dad did have insurance through his work at Hanford. He started out with GE and when they left went to work with Battelle. The only insurance I remember was Connecticut General and it was medical only as I remember. My mom through her work with the City of Richland also had Connecticut General. I don't know if each contractor had their own company they dealt with or not. I figure there must have been some that had dental as I had several classmates in braces. My folks may have had dental, too, but I don't think so. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where a little bit ago it was hailing (just tiny pieces but none the less annoying) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/02/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Mike Clowes ('54) Tony Duran ('55), Linda Reining ('64) Alan Lobdell ('69), Robert Avant ('69) Norm Rummel ('88) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene Richter ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Re: Large Garage Sale If anyone likes large yard sales, there will be a really big one at 1103 Catskill (corner of Catskill and Mahan) in Richland Friday, May 2nd from 8:00 to 2:00. About 15 people are going together and it should be a dandy! Maybe I'll see you there. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ Richland with its ever-changing weather! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) For those of you who absolutely can't wait for the DustStorm to come off the press, the Registration form for the 2008 Club 40 Reunion is now on the web page. To get there: will do the trick. Scroll down to "2008 Regis. Form" and follow the printing instructions to get your copy. Sorry we don't have the on-line method of filing it out (yet). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where it is currently partly cloudy/sunny. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) Re: May Day [5/1] Today is also Sylvia May Plumb Duran's ('56) birthday. Happy birthday to my dear wife of 51 years (Aug. 7th) -Tony Duran ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Judy Willox('61) re:gratitude campaign thank you so much for this site! my granddaughter is taking ASL at her small, Chrisian school and she is always using this "sign" when she wants to say "thank you". never even thought of using it for our servicemen and women, but what a wonderful idea. even had tears streaming down my cheeks, watching this short movie. thank you, again, for sending this site. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......temps cooled down a bit in Bakersfield, CA, but it is only the "calm before the storm", as we are due to "hit" 90's next week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Jim McKeown ('53) Thanks for the explanation for the Barbecue and lawn chairs. Having not gone in and out of California very much I had no idea. It did leave my son and I some great things to imagine about. We thought maybe aliens were sneaking into California with barbecues and lawn furniture and setting up camp in peoples back yards. Then of course there was the idea that maybe people were sneaking illegal barbecues and lawn furniture into the state. I'm sure the barbecue and lawn furniture union would object to that. Anyway, now I know. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Gary, I thought I would pass along the best song from the greatest song from the greatest album about HS boys and girls. ["Paradise by the Dashboard Light" -Meat Loaf] Parental guidance advised. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Norm Rummel ('88) Wednesday 04/30/2008 10:02:14am COMMENTS: The circle of life is beginning to show in my kids. Wow!! What happened? Seemed like yesterday we were walking the campus. -Norm Rummel ('88) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/03/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Joretta Garrison ('58) Cindy Ryan ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Ely ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Class of 1958 50th Reunion coming in September. A letter is nearly ready for distribution and will be sent to classmates by mid-May with all the details, including Registration form for Class of '58 (including Club 40) activities. Lots of news. Watch for the letter. -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cindy (Ann) Ryan ('62) The Gratitude Campaign What a wonderful Idea. Thank You! Judy -Cindy (Ann) Ryan ('62) ~ Cold in Colorado today. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/04/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Neil Goff ('50). Mike Mattingly ('77) Lori Lyso ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Neil Goff ('50) Re: A Double Bomber Coincidence What are the odds of running into one of your Bomber classmates in a foreign country seven years after graduation? Now, consider the odds of meeting that classmate by playing against him for the championship of the same flight in the golf tournament you've qualified for in that foreign country? Both of these happenings occurred by chance, as follows: In 1957, my stint in the United States Navy found me assigned to Utility Squadron Three at the Naval Air Station in Atsugi, Japan. My primary duty involved detachment to fly target drones for gunnery practice for the various Seventh Fleet ships out of Yokosuka, Japan. In my off-duty hours I took up the game of golf that year and this led to my entering a golf tournament to test my newly found skills. There were some 11 or 12 flights in the tournament and my established handicap placed me in the 6th flight. After winning the first four rounds of this flight, I approached the 1st tee of the championship round and imagine my surprise when my final opponent turned out to be my Bomber Classmate, Jack Smith ('50). Unknown to me at the time, Jack was also in the Navy and assigned to a different squadron at the Atsugi Naval Air Station. After the hard fought battle that ensued it was inevitable that Jack should win (after all, he was a three year letterman in boxing at Col-Hi and much better than me at "one-on-one" athletic contests). Ha! We carried our friendly competition on to the 19th hole. I'm sure that I won that final hole, but for some reason my memory of that part of our impromptu "Ban-Zai Bomber Reunion" is somewhat hazy to me. Regardless, much Bomber Pride was on display that day. -Neil Goff ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Mattingly ('77) Hello! Monday May 12th at 7:30 pm the Triple Door in Seattle is presenting the Craig Terrill Band featuring me (Mike) on guitar and Mark Mattingly ('77) on drums. Craig is a tackle for the Seattle Seahawks and a great singer/songwriter! He and I produced a CD this last year with twelve of his original songs and are now out performing during the off-season. Come out and see the show! You can get more info at: and at Thanks, -Mike Mattingly ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori Lyso Metz ('78) Re: Class of 1978 30th Reunion Updated Information I just wanted to get the news out there that the 1978 30th Reunion Updated information is now posted on (thank you Maren for getting us started!) with the complete list of activities, Registration Forms (Adobe and Word) you can download and mail in with payment for the dinner activities on Friday August 8th,,2008, hotel listings, contact information AND a link to a list of missing people (Adobe and Word formats). Please check it out and help us get the word out and round up ALL our classmates for the 30th Class Reunion August 7, 8, and 9, 2008. Thanks so much! -Lori Lyso Metz ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/05/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Linda Reining ('64), Kathy Thornton ('71) Janeen Thornton ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Cole ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Wise ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Neil Goff('50) re:Jack Smith your entry about meeting Jack in Japan brought up a memory of when I was in 8th grade(1959-1960 at Carmichael)and we were studying Japan. when I was a little girl on Rossell, we had lived across the street from Jack's family(his mom was known as "Grandma Smith" to some of us neighborhood kids), so when we were studying Japan, my mom had suggested that I call Jack and see if he had anything on Japan that I could use for a report. I don't remember all the stuff he lent me, but I do remember him letting me borrow some slides, they were of Geisha girls, along with other sights of Japan. I took those slides to school, without ever looking at them, beforehand, and showed them in class.....we had quite an interesting discussion, afterwards, as some of those slides showed a little too much of those Geisha's. *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).........nice and cool in Bakersfield, the 70's all week, even had a nice breeze blowing, soon climbing back into the 90's. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Thornton Burton ('71) & Janeen Thornton Dabling ('73) Re: Benefit dinner for Denise Heidelberg Rowe ('71) A big Bomber hug and THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Spaghetti dinner yesterday for Denise. We were able to raise over $2,000.00 to help Denise with medical and living expenses. We couldn't have done it without your support! -Kathy Thornton Burton ('71) -Janeen Thornton Dabling ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/06/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Stephanie Dawson ('60) Tom Verellen ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna Bolin ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo Bustad ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Pugh ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Meeting Bombers in Strange Places After finishing college (Go, Huskies!) and spending 100 days in Europe very cheaply with a girlfriend, I had this burning desire to go to Afghanistan (ah, youth). So I joined the Peace Corps, trained in Vermont, and arrived in Kabul in May, 1965. As I descended the steps of the plane (Ariana Afghan Airlines, but we called it Scariana--three frights a week [not a typo]), I heard my name. To my amazement, there was a gal on the balcony of the terminal jumping up and down and shouting my name. It turned out to be Rae Anne Lee (who had changed her name to Rae Anne Wright). She would have graduated in 1959 but moved to Utah sometime during or after Chief Jo days. She was in the Kabul, Afghanistan, Peace Corps group before mine and recognized my name on the list of new recruits. We rode to town together on the bus, talking a mile a minute. I couldn't believe that two acquaintances from little old Richland had met up in Kabul, Afghanistan. It gets even more bizarre. She told me about a guy she was dating who was there teaching engineering for the University of Notre Dame on a US Government program (not the Peace Corps). A few months later he (George Janicek) and I were dating and, following a fabulous wedding in the Italian Embassy chapel and reception in an Afghan former royal harem, he's been my husband for more than 42 years. The bizarre part is that he was the replacement for another engineering teacher in the program, Walter Pilkey ('54--RIP). He and Walter met at the Kabul Airport in 1964, Walter leaving and George arriving. Walter turned over his apartment keys to George, who was to take over Walter's apartment, bicycle, and classes at Kabul University. Now, what are the odds that a guy from Smithtown, New York, and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana would go to Kabul, Afghanistan, and meet three people from Richland -- Walter, Rae Anne, and me)? I tell everyone that it was pure fate; the 3rd time was the charm and he was fated to live out his life in Richland. It turns out that he'd always wanted to visit Washington, just I had always wanted to visit New York. Well, after living in Indiana for 12 years, we moved to Richland in 1978, our kids graduated as Bombers, and we've been here ever since. In another strange coincidence, we used to go through the Khyber Pass to Peshawar, Pakistan, for shopping and touristy things and then out to the US Air Force Base, where you could get real American hamburgers and beer. (On the way we were able to see U-2 spyplanes parked at the base, such as the one that Francis Gary Powers was famously shot down in over the Soviet Union.) The guy dispensing the beer on the base was from George's home town on Long Island, where he had been the bartender at one of George's favorite watering holes. SPOOKY! -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) ~ in (West) Richland, where the wind finally stopped blowing but it's so hazy outside I'm wondering if the summer fires have started already. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Is it just me or is anyone else suffering from this problem. There are a couple of cherry trees here in near Lacey, they appear healthy enough and there are plenty of flowers covering both trees (so I assume there is no frost damage, which is remarkable after this spring) just one thing missing. No honey bees, same thing last year and there were zero cherries. I am expecting the same this year. In years prior there have been bumper crops and some not so stellar but there was always something. There are two apple trees in close proximity. The Gala did ok producing fruit the Granny Smith produced a few apples. There are insects in the yard on the ground and in the air, hornets, yellow jackets, some other bee looking things but they only seem to hit and miss on the cherry trees. I am guessing that with the commercial interests close at hand in the Tri Cities there are bees that get around. Anyone with information or referrals I would appreciate any input. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ Beeless in near Lacey springnearsummer day today ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tom, I know some orchardists who bring in a beekeeper who brings bee hives into the orchards at the appropriate time and then takes the bees somewhere else when they are no longer needed. -Maren ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/07/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and Mark Ingham (NAB) sent stuff: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Jim Russell ('58), David Mansfield ('59) Mike Brady ('61), Ed Quigley ('62), David Hanthorn ('63) Larry Bowls ('64), Don Andrews ('67), Alan Lobdell ('69) Terry Hutson ('74), Mark Ingham (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Hartman ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laverne Vandenberg ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) First things first: I've lost the name of the woman who submitted the photo, but want to thank you so much for the beautiful picture of your grandson (?) among that wondrous field of Tulips. I've never been there and am delighted to have seen a small part of it via the Sandstorm. (Cute kid, too!) To: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) What a wonderful love story in yesterday's Sandstorm! Thank you for sharing these most improbable circumstances that prove not only that "it's a SMALL world" but also that: "You are where you are supposed to be"! To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Bees Interesting that you would put your bee problem in the Sandstorm yesterday. I've seen numerous news items about the mass dying of huge quantities of honey bees. Hundreds of thousands, country wide. As for me, I've made several calls and had no response to my problem of having a small swarm of bees in my back yard. I have no idea why they chose THIS location; my roses aren't blooming yet and I haven't seen them on the few flowers that are in bloom. I can't mow my grass (a choice made of fear!) because they've taken up lodging in a concrete "well" which houses something to do with the water and is located just under the faucet. Maybe the underground sprinkler system, I don't know. They go in and out of a hole in the lid by which the lid can be lifted. I have no idea how many there are. I don't even know if they are honey bees---seems to me like the bodies are a little too elongated, but they certainly aren't wasps or hornets. Life stays interesting, doesn't it! Re: My Shoulder On Monday, I will be seen by an orthopedic specialist for pain in my shoulder. I was surprised that my doctor referred me after seeing my MRI, but didn't tell me what might be going on. It can't be anything too serious---I do have good range of motion, although with pain, which sometimes radiates up my neck, over to my spine and down my arm to my hand. (I think my left shoulder is experiencing "sympathy pains" because it has now become very sensitive. Good grief!) Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms and Grand Moms (and Great- Grands) out there. Re: Addition to earlier entry One of the "bees" flew into the house and it IS a wasp. (Or hornet?) Now I REALLY don't know what to do. Maybe the fellow from Artistic Tree Works who's coming to give me an estimate on pruning my tree and trimming my shrubs, will have some ideas. Surely he would have dealt with this type of thing in his business experiences. -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in the north end of beautifully sunny Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: Tom Verellen (60) and disappearing honey bees Tom, I'm surprised that you haven't been reading about the disappearing honey bees, especially since you seem to be aware of the problem in your neighborhood. The media has jumped on the story. Here's an excellent source of information: The bottom line, as I interpret it, is that yes, some colonies of honey bees have been shrinking in significant numbers, but it's too early to tell if this is something to be truly concerned about or if it's a phenomenon that has occurred in the past (see 1890s) and will occur in the future as nature's cycle. I was alarmed, myself, until I read the above-referenced piece. Re: On another subject I was in Richland a week ago for the first time in way too many years and dropped in to the Spudnut Shop for a few of my favorites. They were delicious, but not so much as I had remembered. It's sad when childhood memories often bang up against reality. They (the Spudnuts) were good, though, and I won't skip them the next time I'm in town, either. -Jim Russell ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA where once again it is cloudy, misty, and dang, I'm getting really tired of waiting for the sun to shine. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Bees Last year's cherry crop was a complete failure here in Eugene, Oregon. I have seven cherry trees and maybe picked five cherries total. The problem was the weather. It was cold and rainy when the cherry trees were blooming, the bees stayed home and almost nothing got pollinized. We have lived here for twenty-two years and last year's crop failure was the first. I have a bee hive in the middle of our little orchard. So last year's crop failure wasn't for a lack of bees. They just did not want to venture outside. I suspect weather was your problem last year as well. Now keeping this all in a proper perspective, seven cherries and one bee hive makes me an irreproachable expert, right? This spring was considerably cooler than the norm. I was thinking we would have a repeat of last year. But then the clouds went away and it warmed up a bit. The bees covered my trees for about two days, so chances are we have pollination here in Eugene Towne. The weather has continued nice here in Eugene and the trees are still in full bloom. But for the last two days I have not seen a bee on any of the trees. My bees are flying right out of the hive, straight up and off of the property to some other destination. I suspect that the "scout bees" have found another tree or plant within a mile radius of the hive that is giving up more nectar. Or is it, "The grass is greener ... no wait, ... "Nectar is always sweeter on the other side of the fence." Here's hoping to a good cherry crop in '08, -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) I might have brought this up before in the Sandstorm. When I was in the first or second grade at Sacajawea, there was a boy in my class that had braces on his legs. I think his name was Jackie. On a Friday he was sitting at his desk as usual and on a Monday he was gone. He drowned in the Columbia River. Does anyone remember this boy? Over the years, his memory keeps popping up. I would love to talk to his brother, sister or friend to find out more about him. If no one comes forth, does anyone have any suggestions on how to research him? -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Honey bees. . . This has been a growing problem (no pun intended!) for the last 3-5 years, Tom; I think if you google "honey bees AND disease" you'll find a lot of links out there. I first heard about it on Art Bell's "Coast to Coast" a few years ago, and although he hits a lot of fringe subjects, he's been right on, on a whole lot of subjects, ranging from weather, to earthquakes, to scientific subjects such as this. Warning: what you find on this subject will not make you a happy camper. . . -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Honeybees It's been in the news lately that there is some strange bee disease going around that is killing lots of honeybees. This has lots of beekeepers and farmers very worried. Read more here: web page on bees web page on bees -David Hanthorn (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) Dear Beeless (Tom Verellen ('60)), I live in Redlands (southern) California. Your Sandstorm post is interesting because just last week I discussed with a local beekeeper how he was expanding his business to Washington State for the very reason you talked about... NO BEES. He explained that bees were in demand as there was a shortage all over. I don't recall what part of Washington he was going to. What seemed ironic about his story is that my parents (Lester and Annie) were long time good friends with Joe and Louis Holt of Richland. Joe was a beekeeper with large numbers of bees with warehouses outside of Pasco and one near Kettle Falls. As I recall, he would truck his bees south to the California central valleys to pollinate almond and citrus trees. Seems odd that California is now sending bees north. -Larry Bowls ('64) ~ Redlands, CA where just across the street the first harvest of citrus was recently completed, and the fragrance of the new blossoms is sweet in the cool mornings. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Andrews ('67) Ground breaking On May 5th our builder broke ground for our new home in Horn Rapids. We are on the 5th tee with a territorial view of Rattlesnake Mtn., Red Mtn., Flat Top, and Jump Off Joe's. Hopefully construction will be complete by late July or early August. This will be our vacation home until it is time to retire in 6 years at which time we will move from Vancouver, WA into our home back in Bomberville. There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home. Golf definitely is my number two passion, Jane being number one, so Horn Rapids is the perfect place to retire. Bomber Cheers -Don Andrews ('67) ~ Vancouver, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Tom Verellen ('60) I too have a nice cherry tree that has been full of flowers for the last three years without producing any cherries. Reason, no bees. Not a one anywhere around here. Plenty of other pests but no honey bees. I've given up on mine and just call it a flowering cherry. It use to be a Bing Cherry Tree. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terry Hutson Gunter ('74) Re: Happy Mother's Day Hi Maren, Thought this would be nice to add for all our Richland Bomber Moms (and Mr. Moms). -Terry Hutson Gunter ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mark Ingham (NAB) My name is Mark Ingham, I work for The City of Richland public information office. I'm currently working on a program that details the 1948 Richland Flood. I was hoping to post a blog on the sandstorm to hopefully get me in touch with residents that lived through the flood. I'm looking to interview residents on camera and/or hear there memories from that era. My contact information is: -Mark Ingham (NAB) 942-7707 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/08/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Brady ('61), Betty Neal ('62) Jim Armstrong ('63), Peg Sheeran ('63) Linda McKnight ('65), Jeri Collins ('68) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McKeown ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Barr ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete Overdahl ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Hogan ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Bees Now Tom, you're an expert on bees. Congratulations! Re: Ireland I'm leaving this Friday for a 10 day walking tour of Western Ireland. Does anyone have any "can't miss"? Send me an e-mail and I will also check the Sandstorm before I leave. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: bees Here in Canada we have been reading about the numbers of pollinating bees declining. My husband gets an e-zine daily about agriculture and it was reported in there that there is a mite that is getting into the bee colonies and killing them off. -Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Armstrong ('63) Does anyone remember a guy named Vernon Bennet? I often wonder about him. -Jim Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) So, if any of you Bombers are within the vicinity of Omak (200 miles - pretty much due north of Richland), and want to celebrate a special Mothers' Day WHEN: Sunday, May 11th WHAT: Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus (OVOC) TIME: 2 PM performance This which celebrates our valley's 30 years of musicals, (at least half a dozen of which I was been in)... COST: $12 - or if you come to eat at 12:30 PM before the 2pm performance - to the 4-course gourmet meal - for $20 - served at Omak's Performing Arts Center (same building) for tickets or menu details - which will have excerpts of our 30 years of musicals, including a solo by Peg from "Bye Bye Birdie" - which was attended by George "Pappy Swan ('59) a couple of years ago, while he was turkey hunting nearby... This is my "swan-song" - as my voice has "aged" and I can't - or shouldn't - sing anymore - which is a real loss to me personally, but it's sure fun to make people laugh, if I can. Love to All of You, -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon Looking forward to seeing our Bomber Friends again at our next luncheon... WHAT: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon WHEN: May 17, 2008 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Red Lion Inn at the Quay, Vancouver, WA (with a beautiful view of the Mighty Columbia) RSVP: Linda McKnight Hoban OR Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen Just a couple of thoughts as I haven't written in a while. Donna Fredette ('65) wrote about our trip to the beautiful Oregon Coast. She said it all so well, and we are going to make it an annual trek, hopefully, but next year we are going to plan on a whole week. One night is never enough, and we managed to have three nights there, and that went by like the blink of an eye. I even got depressed one day when I knew I had only one more night and day to stare at the ever changing ocean waves, and Donna snapped me right out of it by saying, "Don't think about tomorrow, live for the moment!!" We went to the beach and frolicked in the sand just like a couple of kids... well, I thought it was frolicking, and I did fill my pockets with rocks and shells... Re: About the bee saga We have 30+ fruit trees and it has been hit or miss about how much fruit we get. We thought it was because the rains came and blew the blossoms off before the bees could pollinate, and after reading up on it, my hubby, Denny, realized it could be lack of bees. So, we invested in some mason bee cocoons, or whatever you call them, and Denny built a little wood nesting place for the bees to make a home. Well, some critter got up the tree and feasted on the little straw like cylinders where the bees or larvae were hibernating or waiting to morph into bees, and now it is a wait and see for how much fruit we get this year. We have these cute little squirrels that like to help themselves to the apples. They don't seem to like the plums too much. I love the squirrels, but they sure can be a nuisance, especially when they get upside down in the bird feeder. We also have a raccoon who lives in our cedar tree in the front of the house. Sometimes he comes right down the tree and sits in the front yard, blinking his little bandit eyes at us, and rambles off. He doesn't seem to know the difference between night and day... Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeri Collins Sandberg ('68) Re: RHS Class of '68 40 year Reunion notice/please post The RHS class of 1968 will hold our 40-year reunion on Aug. 1-3, 2008. Brochures and questionnaires were mailed out in April. Please contact me if you have not received yours, or if you know of any missing classmates listed on the site below: Thank you, -Jeri Collins Sandberg ('68), chairman **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Wasps or Hornets To: Em De Vine ('52) If they are indeed wasps or hornets you have you'll probably need to hire someone who deals with them. Early last summer I noticed wasps going in and out of an area off my deck above the sliding door. I talked with the apartment manager and she didn't seem to think it was any big deal. I couldn't even go out on the deck with the fear of some of them getting inside. I found a wasp trap and set it out to no avail. Finally after complaining some more the manager came and looked at the situation. She still didn't think it was a problem and I complained one more time. The next day I was sitting watching TV while my lunch was in the microwave when my doorbell rang. It was the assistant manager with an exterminator to rid me of my wasps (I guess the manager had called him the day before). He went outside in his "bee suit" and sprayed the area. He told me they'd be around for a little bit longer and be quite agitated but by the end of the day they'd be gone for good (he sprayed the area where they were nesting). I kept an eye on them all afternoon and by nightfall I wasn't seeing them. I set out another trap just in case and he said it probably won't work because their vision isn't really good and they only go to one spot; their nest and he had sprayed that. Well, within a month my trap had caught a dozen or more. I changed the bait for the rest of the summer and caught at least another couple of dozen or more. I need to get out and empty the trap and if need be I'll put fresh bait in it again this summer. Good luck, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where I did see a bumblebee the other day on a dandelion ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/09/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Em De Vine ('52) Ed Wood ('62), George Barnett ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), David Rivers ('65) Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Lukins ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Stull ('62wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Mary Bailey ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Teeple ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val Trent ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) You are one of he few Sheerans I haven't met. Keep Singing girl, age means nothing. To: Jim McKeown ('53) Happy birthday. Gee, you must be getting old. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Many thanks to all who responded to my "little flying critter" problem. As it turns out, apparently they were yellow jackets. Bob Rector ('62 and neighbor about 3 blocks away), gave me a spray can of poison and a short list of instructions (i.e. "wait until late in the evening when they have come home for the night, remain very quiet, and after spraying the poison, place a plastic bag with something heavy on/in it, so they can't escape if they aren't killed right away.") So, I did as told and, although I couldn't wait too late because I don't see well in the dark, I got the job done with no problems (stings). The next morning I was in the back yard and here came another one... looking for its home. Poor thing, it buzzed around a bit, then flew off. I sure am glad the little bugger didn't know I was the one who buried its home and family! -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Ireland Be prepared to get wet. Ireland has a reputation for being green for a good reason it's fertile and there's lots of rain. You'll no doubt see the Ring of Kerry which is a wonderful throwback to the times of yore. Beautiful scenery. If you can get into the medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, that's also well worth doing. And about that rain, here's a little anonymous ditty I found in Northern Ireland: "It rained and it rained and rained and rained. The average fall was well maintained, And when the tracks were simply bogs, It started raining cats and dogs. After a drought of half an hour, We had a most refreshing shower, And then the most curious thing of all, A gentle rain began to fall. Next day was also fairly dry, Save for the deluge from the sky. Which wetted the party to the skin, And after that the rain set in." If you wonder why they sell 'brollys' in vending machines at the airport, wonder no more. But it is indeed a beautiful country. Enjoy! -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Da BEES We have a slightly different twist to the bee problem down here in Tucson, AZ. Mites do infest the bee hives and kill off entire colonies of bees, however, "Africanized" bees are more aggressive toward those little mites and clean themselves of the little pests much better than the European honey bees. Since ALMOST all the bees down here are now "Africanized" we just don't have the "mite" problem. Bee keepers down here are happy with the hybrid. They are slightly better at honey production, defend their hives more aggressively, don't have the mite problem and tend to multiply a bit faster. Every spring, (March and April) they tend to swarm around a queen and take off in search of new territory. Now THIS does create a small problem when they come into the city. Cost of bee removal is now about $350-$500 and home owner insurance will not cover it. (Not to mention their bad attitude towards hive disturbers, both people and pets) On the upside, they are very intolerant of COLD weather, and would not survive in areas where the temperature drops below freezing for any extended time. Most likely they won't get much further North than the middle of Arizona. (The mogollian Rim) Now regarding the "wasp" problem. Go to your friendly auto parts store, buy a can of Carburetor cleaner, and then have something ready to plug the hole they are coming in and out from (maybe a shot of industrial Styrofoam?) or a wad of paper? (also make sure they don't have an alternate passage to get out quickly). Spray a shot (about 5 seconds worth) of the "carb cleaner" into and around the access hole, then plug it. The fumes will do the rest inside, and any possible (doubtful) survivors will "MOVE ON". Also works on spiders like Black Widows. Good Luck, Bye Geo. From somewhere in the great desert southwest where one might think I even knew a little about the bees if not the birds. -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth '63 & '64 Re: It's a boy! Born 5/8/08 at 4:36pm 8 pounds, 4 ounces, 21" long Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth '63 & '64 ~ Gretna, LA - 74 at 3am **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh Lucy pulls the football away again!!!!!! I can't do anything right these days... missed two birthdays on the 8th... just too busy trying to do work work and be at the right place at the right time for the dinners and lunches and and and... but that does not take away from the kinship and love I have for the two kids I know so well and missed on their birthdays... back in the day, Pete Overdahl ('60) was one of those guys and names that I just shivered at... We little kids only knew him as "Overdahl" from whispered feats he would pull and accomplish in many a way... On the other hand Patty de la Bretonne ('65) was always right there in class with me over the years... with her great sense of humor and way cool attitude (not the kind they talk about today)... One of them '65er Bomber Babes Richland is famous for... Oh yeah... I always love to see Patty when I come home every year and always know I will see her somewhere at some time during my visit... For years I always ran into JoAnn Bushnell ('65) almost the minute I got in to town... now it seems when I stop in to see Peter Joe Carroll ('65), as one of my first stops (sometimes check in to the motel first)... I see Patty... what a treat... So I'm sorry for missing you two but for what it's worth... HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 8th! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) To: Tom Teeple ('64) Happy 62nd birthday (May 9th) brother Tom! You've never looked better and I am so proud of you for all your accomplishments. If anyone is available, please wish him a Happy Birthday at the Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. To: Em De Vine ('52) Re: wasps and hornets I think you said you saw the little "soldiers" entering a small hole into the side of your home, so I'll caution you with our experience. For some reason, we seem to have a lot of these around our yard & we often find nests being built. They build nests in the trees (hidden by leaves), under eaves, under the deck, under the deck benches, under the rims of the deck planters,and once, even in the upper corner of the aluminum non-sliding portion of the sliding doors. Anywhere. But, when you see them flying toward a certain part of your house, they may have found the tiniest hole into your house. They will build their nests between the framing 2 x 4s and the siding and the sheet rock, in spite of our insulation. (And if they can get into your house - they will). You can tackle this yourself with by spraying hornet/wasp killer into that little hole and then sealing it. We opted to hire a pro because he knew exactly how to find them, do the spraying and sealing, then searching the rest of the yard and knocking the nests off (wasps inside) and spraying to prevent them from building in certain areas. And his work was guaranteed. Now, we still get them in the yard and are vigilant to knock the tiny nests off. Our wasp/hornet traps don't fool them at all. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/10/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Karen Cole ('55), Alice Hanthorn ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Linda Reining ('64), Bill Wingfield ('67) Ken Staley ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Lollis ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Andrews ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne Christensen ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwayne Bussman ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Sorry we missed our brother-in-law's birthday yesterday. Bill Bailey ('64) is a great addition to our family, and we plan to keep him around a long time! Please watch the Mariner game Sunday. My father-in-law is celebrating his 100th birthday that day and will be throwing out the first pitch. The catcher will be John Carl Cole, son of John and Vicki Mosley Cole ('66), home on leave from Iraq. A special event made even more special by having John Carl home safely. Bomber cheers, -Karen Cole Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Hi Maren! Has any one sent this web site in? I'll send it for the "young" folk, who were still in high school at that time. -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Fireworks in Richland I have long since lost count of the number of times a Bomber has asked me, "When will you do a display in the Tri-Cities or better yet, Richland? Actually we do the Dust Devils and the Benton Franklin County Fair. They are nice but relatively small displays. As many of you know this is my 50th anniversary in shooting fireworks displays. Probably not any kind of record but certainly a milestone. My first display that I was in charge of was July 4, 1958 at the Bomber Bowl. That was the year Richland became a City. December 6, 2008 the City of Richland will celebrate it's 50th anniversary. Actually the celebration will cover several days. This will be just before the Christmas Boat Parade sometime around 7 PM. They will pause for a fireworks display fired over the river from Howard Amon park. After hearing of plans to call for bids by the city, I hot- footed it down there earlier this week. I met with Candace Andrews the City Public Information Manager, the Fire chief and the Fire Marshal, at the park. After much discussion a decision was reached and Entertainment Fireworks will do the show. And Of course I will be there. The R2K display I did was great fun and worth a lot of nice hugs afterwards. But we will make this a true 50th Anniversary Homecoming display for me. The goal will be to do a full pyro-musical display fired in perfect time to Christmas music. I have several albums by Manheim Steamroller and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra that are great Christmas music to shoot to. At this time the budget is not firm as the City does not have this blocked out for the kind of $ we would like to have. So here is what can happen. The City will discuss this and name a figure probably something around $5K to $7.5K. Question... can the Bomber Alumni find sponsorship from corporations they know, work for, do business with, or whatever, for a like amount? If sponsorship of around $7K or more is found and collected, Entertainment Fireworks will contribute a like amount and will stage the finest fireworks show in eastern WA in the last 50 years. I will personally choreograph it. The City is presently holding discussions with Windermere, please let them handle that one. We have done work for Windermere before and they like EFI. I am open to questions, suggestions, or comments. If a significant contributor is located and wants to speak with me or if I can help with an interested party please call our office they always know where I am and I will get in contact with you ASAP. 360-352-8911 Re: On another subject Some time back I told of a fine young man who did a great job for me in the re-fi of my house to get rid of an ARM. Several alumni have now completed loans with Matt and I have gotten some really nice Thank You notes and comments of how nice it was to work with Matt. I truly get nothing out of this except the satisfaction of helping fellow Bombers and their families and it is a way of thanking a really nice young man who did a great job for me. He is qualified to handle loans in 30 some states. Anybody wanting to contact him please drop me an e-mail and I will give you full info. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" Celebrating my 50th year in display fireworks in 2008. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office on a warm and sunny evening. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) What's great about the Sandstorm is that a we can throw a subject out there and there are plenty of people to fill in the blanks, i.e. bees. Thank you for sharing your expertise. I appreciate everyone that filled me in on their highlights of Ireland. I'm looking forward to a great trip. I'll send a picture or two to the Sandstorm when I return. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: grandson congrats on being Oma (grandma), again! isn't THAT word just the BEST word in the whole world???? -Linda Reining (Boomber Bomber class of '64) ~ Bakersfield, CA slight breezes blowing are keeping our temps in the mid 80s, so hasn't gotten too hot here, yet, thank goodness. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Happy 59th Birthday, Donny Andrews ('67) See you next week end. Hope you have a good one. We'll have to celebrate yours, Diamond Dave McDaniels ('67) and my brother Mike Wingfield's ('74wb) next week end. It will be fun. Say hi to your bride Jane for us, and congratulations on starting construction on your home in Richland. -Bill Wingfield (BRC'67) ~ Sunny Santa Fe, NM where I will be riding the Road King to Taos today [5/10], in celebration of Donny's birthday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Ireland Just one suggestion, Mike, for what it's worth. Several years ago I did a tour of duty in Germany. Many of the civilian workers in the office were young Irish girls. I mentioned that I'd love to go and "Kiss the Blarney Stone". The crowd of young Irish girls... started giggling... then laughed... into tears. It seems, according to them, that there is a local pub nearby. And local residents, when tottering home in their cups, stop by the Blarney Stone to, ah, off load their intake from the pub. I don't know if this is reality or urban legend... but fair warning! -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/11/08 ~ Mother's Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Karen Cole ('55) Colleen McDermott ('58), Sally Sheeran ('58) Frank Quinlan ('62), Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill McCue ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Doran ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Blarney Stone The story you tell about the blarney stone being used for a latrine is probably pure legend. When Mike Brady ('61) goes to the ruins of Blarney Castle, he will find that he has to climb 3 levels of a ruined castle... go to the edge of the 3rd level, and, with help, lay upside down with your head over the edge... and only then, will he kiss the Blarney Stone... for a small fee. It is a MUST for all Irish everywhere when visiting Ireland... but not easy to get to. Mike will love the Auld Sod, as I did when I took my parents there in the early '90s, and, for a real adventure, rent a car and drive the island... what a gas!! -Jim McKeown ('53 celebrating 55 years this September) ~ from very warm Sacramento, where, later this month a contingent of Bombers will swarm in to the City for a 3/4 day celebration of food, drink, golf and The Phantom. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Mary Bailey ('64) forgive me for not wishing you a belated birthday [on 5/9]. You too are part of our family! My brother-in-law Don Pierce, husband of Patti Cole Pierce ('52) is being inducted into the Central Washington Univ. Athletic Hall of Fame tonight. A much deserved honor. We are having a very exciting weekend! -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) To: Ken Staley ('68) Re: The Blarney Stone I think those Irish lasses were pulling your leg. The Blarney stone is at the top of Blarney Castle, what is left of it. You have to climb stairs to the top (we are guessing about 40 to 50 feet up). Then walk along what is left of a walkway to the other side of the castle. The walkway is all that is left - the interior of the castle is gone. Then locate the stone. If you are there to kiss the stone, you would lay on your back arch out to put your lips on it. When we were there the fellow who would stop anyone from falling was slight and older than Pat and I. So we watched a few kiss the stone and we went back down. If the locals were doing what the lasses suggested, I'll bet they have lost a few of them. -Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Congratulations, Grandma Maren! Hope you're fortunate enough to live near that precious grandson. We give you permission to take time away from your computer and just hold and enjoy him. -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sal, Living across the street helps. I can take turns holding him with big sisters, 5 year old Abby and 3 year old Maddie. And Maddie says "Yes, you can have a turn... when I'm done." -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Quinlan ('62) Re: Jim Armstrong's ('63) email, "I wonder about" Got me to wondering about an old friend, Bobby Jean Giuliani. Her dad was in the Air Force and died in a helicopter crash somewhere around 1958-'59. She was a friend of Linda Morgan ('62) around that time. I often wonder how things turned out for her. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who remembers her. -Frank Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) I know I am late... but I need to wish a really good birthday to one of the legendary class of '70 guys: Mike Hogan. We love ya Hogy... have Lori give ya a smacker for me and I will see ya this summer. -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/12/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Barbara Von Olnhausen ('62) Lyndy Wheeler ('62), Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) It has been brought to my attention that there is an error on the registration form for the Club 40 Reunion now posted on the Club 40 web page The cost for the Friday night gathering is $30.00 not the $35.00 as shown on the form. Hopefully a corrected form will be posted shortly. A correct form will be in your copy of the DustStorm if you are already a member of Club 40. By the way, the walk-in charge is $50.00 if you want to eat. If you just want to visit, please put $5.00 in the kitty. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where it might have been wet on Mother's Day, but the weather guessers promise near 90 by Friday next. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Kissing the Blarney stone... -Barbara Von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lyndy Wheeler Myers ('62) Greetings from South Africa! Wayne [Myers ('62)] and I are visiting Vivian Gericke Horak ('62 foreign Exchange Student) and her husband, Dave. We are having a super time.. what a wonderful country. I have a hard time realizing that we are in a foreign country because Vivian is with us. We will be here for five weeks. If anyone would like to email Viv her address is [deleted for Vivian's privacy - email Lyndy if you want it. -Maren] Wayne and I can be reached at her address, too... Wish you were here. -Lyndy Wheeler Myers ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I just wanted to remind Bombers everywhere that if you're looking for a reason to go to Las Vegas, I'll be with Johnny Mathis at The Las Vegas Hilton on June 13-14th (Father's Day Weekend). Rumor has it that some of the "local" Bombers may come out on the Saturday night. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/13/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Colleen McDermott ('58), Nancy Stull ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) Vicki Schrecengost ('67), Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) Re: Update Maren: We are doing OK. By the end of the day February 29th, we owned the clothes we had on, my purse and Pat's car. It is very strange to go from owning 40+ years of stuff to owning almost nothing. We are now living in the third house lent by friends. This one is next door to the vet clinic in Colton where they let me take dogs for walks anytime I want. We are working with the insurance company. The settlement for the buildings and vehicles won't take much longer, however itemizing everything we owned is another matter. We are finding that very difficult. I strongly urge everyone to take pictures or movies of every room. Open every door and drawer so you can see what is in it. Then put the pictures or movies in a safety deposit box. I sure wish we had movies or pictures. We own six acres outside town and think right now that we will probably build on our acreage. We also think we will live in Southern CA maybe from November to May. We have three grandsons there that we have not ever lived close to and this seems to be the perfect time. We haven't been so fortunate to live across the street from any of our grandchildren. Congratulations on being a new grandmother again. It is great isn't it? The community and our friends have been of great help in many ways and have restored our faith in humanity. Does your inquiring mind want to know anything else? *grin* -Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell ('59) Here's a late Happy 65th to my baby brother, Jim Stull ('62wb). -Nancy Stull Jewell ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: See a fireworks display For those of you who can get to Toppenish Thursday May 15. Entertainment Fireworks will present a large format display at the Legends Casino near the Yakima Tribal HQ just outside Toppenish. Follow the signs on Hwy 22 and 97. Show time is about 9pm. It can be a bit earlier or later as we fire when the Casino management says to. But it will be a nice display as there is lots of product and a great variety. I have had a number of alumni responses to my note last week about the City of Richland display. To clarify: There WILL be a display, at whatever budget level the City has. Entertainment Fireworks will "tip the box" and add material as is reasonable for the double anniversary. To the extent that there should be some corporate sponsorship, the size and character of the display will be increased. Bomber Alumni have no obligation to help raise funds. Both the City and myself are in hopes some of you will make some contacts, or even send me names and solid contact info and we will make the approach for funds. The more the City and any sponsors come up with, the more EFI will add and the better the show will be. I will be at Legends Tuesday (today as you read this) about noon through Friday about noon. If you go to the display please come out to the fireworks site and ask for me. We will all have radios and they can call me if you don't see me. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from my office computer as for the 2nd time I have lost the hard drive in my laptop. This time we did not put a Dell drive back in but replaced it with a larger and "ruggedized" drive. The Guru did recover most of the files but they are a mess and one lousy DLL is missing and needs to be created before things will be in any kind of working condition. We just have to figure out which one it is from the message we are getting. What a pain. One good thing is that I was able to get the Skype camera working so I have good face to face with our factory in China. Last night while I was in video contact (via internet at no charge) with a pyro friend in New Zealand, Skype showed 10,900,000 using Skype at that moment. The world is shrinking. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Stones Market? 'It's a Small World Category' from downtown Colfax, WA Stone's Market was located across the street from the Uptown District. I believe it was built in 1961? I was chatting with Port of Whitman director Robert Gronholz this afternoon & it turns out that he managed the store in 1961-1962. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Re: Blarney Stone Thanks to Barbara Von Olnhausen ('62) for that link to the history/picture of the Blarney Stone [in yesterday's Sandstorm]. It's been 30 years since my husband and I experienced that and I remember it like yesterday. I have a picture of my husband at the top of the castle which I took from the ground with a telephoto lens and he looks like an ant! Anyhow, the best experience of all with that trip to Ireland was not kissing the Blarney Stone, but hearing the customs agent say "Welcome Home Mr. Carney" when we got off the plane. Ireland is a wonderful country. -Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: CWU Hall of Fame I also attended the Central Washington University Hall of Fame banquet Saturday. It was nice to see that Don Pierce, who was inducted for his athletic prowess in the `50s, was married to a Bomber. One of the famous Cole sisters of the Sandstorm fame. I had to write in because my sister Kathy Alley Payne ('84) was inducted with her team, the 1987-88 women`s basketball team that won 31 games, the most in school history. They went to the NAIA tourney in Kansas City in 1988, and although they did not win that, they had quite a year. The CWU hall of fame is getting pretty full with a few noteworthy names, including Clint and Clyde Knox. Not sure of their Bomber status because I was told the family was originally from Prosser. I've been wrong before. Mike Davis ('74) attended Central at one time. He has been nominated for the Hall, but alas, intramural basketball still is not being recognized. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In somewhat spring like and windy Richland. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/14/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Kathy Rathvon ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claudia Stoffel ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randal Southam ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Last month During the last month or so, my time has been taken up with moving and then a two week trip to Mexico. I have fallen behind in many things including my contacts with Bombers. We have moved from beautiful but over-trafficked Camano Island, WA to Big Lake, WA (just East of Mt. Vernon) in a brand new house. We are on the lake, which at 3 miles long is not all that big but is great for boating, fishing and other water sports. We enjoy a great view of Mt. Cultus across the lake, which loses all its snow in the summer, but which still has a white cap. In fact, it got some fresh snow Monday. The sold the old College Club in Seattle for a zillion dollars so we closed its' doors and we moved down the street to the Tower Club, where we will remain till we get a new facility. At 900 feet we have a pretty fair view. Many Bombers belonged to the Club, but not many remain. Even Club 40 has a connection, having obtained its structure from the Lincoln High Fifties Club, which used to meet there. Fifty Years! Their Fifties Club translated to Forties Club then to Club 40. Finally, my old friend Johnny Frank ('46) died last month. John, Pat, Ida and I were very close. I knew John from the time he arrived from Denver. John and I bummed around a lot in our bachelor days. Later on after they lived a time in California, we renewed our friendship, and he became one of he founders of Club 40. He, Don Richey ('47-RIP), and I would meet on the Friday of the party and shop for the hospitality room goodies. He was also responsible for bringing in the fresh Spudnuts for the Saturday morning Coffee. Those early days of the Club were really fun and eagerly anticipated. Later, John -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) Re: Visit to the Tri-Cities So, I'm leaving Friday morning for the Tri-Cities with my husband who will be attending the District Rotary Convention in Kennewick. I will not be attending the sessions with him, so will have lots of free time. What are a couple of "must do's" in the area? Maybe there is even a planning committee meeting for the class of '63 reunion I could attend. Also, there used to be a great little restaurant right on the corner of GWWay and whatever the street in that goes down to Howard Amon park. Is it still there? -Kathy Rathvon ('63) ~ from Bellevue where winter never seems to end **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Kissing the Blarney stone... What's this 'stuff' about kissing the blarney stone? That in itself is a bunch of 'blarney'. I'm sure 'Nevertowed' ('65) was searching for the 'blarney stone' when he was in high school? Not! Gentlemen...remember those sweet faces of the young ladies you kissed in high school. Enjoy (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Greg Alley ('73) is, as usual right on... Clint and Clyde Knox are indeed from Prosser and attended WSU. Dr. Knox' wife Frankie also attended WSU and was a former Cougar Club president. As a matter of fact, her family (Todd) not only ran the newspaper there in Prosser but Todd Hall on the WSU campus was named for a family member. As far as the Central hall of Fame goes I am disappointed that Rich Sinclair ('69) was not inducted for his table dances at The Ranch Tavern. My favorite CWSC moment came in the early '70s. Several of us EWSC types were on a classic short road trip and I was sitting in a bar (I think Goofey's) in E-bugh. During a pleasant meandering conversation with a CW coed I just mentioned that I was from Richland. Upon hearing that, her face clouded over, she picked up her beer, declared "all Richland guys are _________!" and stomped off. Needless to say it was one of my proudest moments as a Bomber guy. I look forward to seeing many fellow Bombers during June and July A-City visits. Please remember it is customary for residents of Richland to buy beers for visiting Bombers during pilgrimages to Richland. -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/15/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Marguerite Groff ('54), Barbara Seslar ('60) Bill Scott ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67), Bruce Strand ('69) Amanda McDevitt ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Swan ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Molnaa & Shirley Pittman ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a reminder that the Richland Seniors Association's Third- Friday Dance will be this Friday, May 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Richland Community Center. The EASY SWING BAND will play great music as always, and the cost is only $4 at the door. Pre-packaged finger foods are always welcome but never required. Hope to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ Richland - where it was in the 60s on Tuesday and 90s by Friday (at least, according to the Tri-City Herald) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) To: Dick McCoy ('45) Welcome to Skagit County and we know well where Big Lake is. I didn't know there was much in the way of property for sale for a new house but it sounds like you have a great view. Maybe we can get together in Mt. Vernon some day for coffee. Anacortes is only less than 20 miles from MV. I belonged to the Arctic Club in Seattle a long time ago and when it closed we joined the College Club and shot a lot of pool there. I almost got the boot when they found out that I had been a Longshoreman and wanted to know if I was "still active or not?" I kind of lied in that I was not slugging cargo every day on the waterfront but have retained my union card for many years. Back in the gas shortage days there was a table of College Club regulars in the bar that sat at a big round table in the middle of the room and they ordered copious adult beverages during the lunch break. Most gas stations at the time had signs that said "5 Gallon Limit" so my buddy and I appropriated one and put it in the middle of their table. As luck would have it the Mayor and the Governor were having lunch at the Club and looked in the bar to see who was there that they knew. When the saw the "5 Gallon Limit" sign on the table, they did not want to be anywhere near in the event a picture or two would be taken. Re: Eugene, OR You got to love the place, the center of the known PC (Political Correctness) world. All of you have seen the signs for a bump in the road to slow traffic down, usually "Bump" or in Canada "Rumble Strips" but in Eugene they are "Traffic Calming Strips." That night on the local TV station they were talking about a guy and his live-in girl friend snatching his three kids from his ex. They named the guy but were still looking for his "domestic associate." I know there are good Bombers living there but I am always amazed at what pops up in the PC capital of the world. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where we are still waiting for Spring to break out. Actually we would take a day with a temp of 52 or higher and be happy with that. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) The Club 40 DustStorm soon will be arriving in your mail. I'm asking that you consider that not only as a reminder about Club 40's gathering this year, but a reminder that we will be having our 55th reunion next year. I decided it's never too early to start updating address; e-mail; and, any other changes. I keep the master list of our class. I know there must be lots of changes. Just trying to get a jump on next year. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland where winter is finally over. In the 80s. Yea!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) To:O Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) How awful to lose everything. Was it a fire? You may have said something more earlier on and I didn't see it. Thank you for the excellent suggestion about photographing your stuff. We have done that for a few things in case of theft but it never occurred to us to do it for everything. Working through it all sounds pretty overwhelming for you. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [3/7/08 Sandstorm: Gary Behymer ('64) submitted these pictures from the local paper of the fire at Pat and Colleen's home: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Stone's Not having read the last few Sandstorm entries, I don't know what prompted Behymer ('64) to mention Stone's Market, but for the record: It did open around '61, on a formerly vacant lot next to the LDS Church across from Uptown. It was called Stone's Low Cost Foods, and later became a Mayfair Market, the first of several changes of identity for the building. This is all burned in my mind since Stone's was the first real job I ever had, working there briefly as a boxboy. Horrible, horrible! -Bill Scott ('64) ~ beautiful downtown Nipomo, CA (also uptown, and the east, south, north and west borders, all rolled into one compact wide spot in the road), where our gorgeous hills have turned from emerald green to brown as the rains have gone. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Now remember, Gary, you're talking about a Soon To Be Judge! Be nice! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) Re: 5/14 Sandstorm entry from Mike Franco ('70) Mike, Did you age the Rich Sinclair ('69) we all know or is there another Rich Sinclair ('60) running around? Now that is a scary thought... -Bruce Strand ('69) ~ Cool Tempe, AZ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bruce, MY typo. I added Rich's class year and typed '60 instead of '69. OOPS! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Amanda McDevitt Peterson ('92) Re: Classic Richland Tee Hi Maren, I thought you might be interested in a picture of an old t-shirt I have. I've never seen another one like it and I think it would be appreciated by other Richlanders. Let me know if you'd like a higher quality image. Thanks & Bomber Cheers, -Amanda McDevitt Peterson ('92) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/16/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Dennis Hammer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Cathy Geier ('66) Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Jones ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave McDaniels ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Kleinpeter ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Nother great Grand Child Bryant Michael Topanek ~ 8 lbs 9 ozs ~ 20" long Parents are my grand daughter Adina and husband Bryant Topanek of Buffalo NY. Baby and mother doing fine and home the next day. That makes 5 Great Grand Children for me. Just have to figure out how to wangle a business trip to Buffalo so I can hold him. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from Toppenish WA, where tonight we will fire a 1000 shell show for the Yakima Tribal, Legends Casino. It is hot and we all have the first sunburn of the season. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Richland Theater project Carol Rose (NAB - wife of Glen Rose ('58)) and I dropped by to see how the project was going on Mother's Day. We had done this a few days before also. The same three have been working on the building, Burt Pierard ('59), Lorin St. John ('55) and Glen Rose ('58). Both times we have done a coffee run for them. They are very appreciative for what anyone does. So any Bombers out and about go by and see the building. They also appreciate lunches being brought to them. Lend a hand if you can. A few Bombers for a day would help finish the project more quickly. They also work Saturday and Sunday at times. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) has joined them a couple of times. She is working with them on the painting of the shakes. She says her muscles ached which is quite normal for doing something different she says but will keep going when she can. Good job Mary. I know the guys are loving every minute of a Bomber Babe helping out. On Sunday Burt and I talked about what has happened and what will come in the re-facing. The push right now is to get as much done before the next play begins next week. Any extra hands will be appreciated. When Burt has time he will do a Sandstorm Entry. Burt said "Standard Paint donated 20 gallons of paint". Yeah for them! Hope many who know they donated the paint will buy from them. I had not seen the remodeling job inside until Sunday. Amazing the difference. A group is working on the stage... building a round scene that can be changed to three different scenes. Great idea, who ever came up with it. Save materials in the future for building sets. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ spring temperatures are finally here. No one seems to have announced that winter is officially over **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Happy Birthday to my cousin, Bob Cross ('62) on this coming Monday [5/19]. Hope you have a great day and I do plan to make it to the reunion again at your place in August. I've been so busy since we returned from Turkey a week ago that I am really behind in my Sandstorms now. I've been driving around trying to get my CEUs to keep my two social work licenses that are due in June. And I've been catching up on some doctor visits, so I've driven twice between Cincinnati and our churches in Grandview and Rockport, and will be going 2 more times before June 1st. We are welcoming some friends here from Spokane later today. (Not Bombers, but Cougars, from WSU. Warren and Larry were in engineering classes back in the '60s together. Whoever said life speeds up as we get older was right, I do believe. We are off to Memphis for a few days... to be back for services on this Sunday. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Amanda McDevitt Peterson ('92) Re: Nukeyland Tee-shirt Those t-shirts were quite popular at Hanford, at least among the engineering personnel, in the early '80s. Some days you would see two or three people wearing them. I don't remember what colors were available, I only remember the yellow ones with the lettering in black. The person working at the drawing board just in front of mine told me they were being made by his neighbor who had the equipment and was making them at his home. However, it seems that one day he got a phone call from the Disney legal department and production of them came to a screeching halt. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ from Kennewick, a suburb of Nukeyland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: many birthdays I am actually leaving for a "vacation" in the morning... I normally only take weekends but I gotta get outa this place so heading for French Canada for a week or so... but that means I'm gonna miss some birthdays... You know the way I missed Marilyn Swan's ('63) on the 15th... duh... but I'm beating her big brother in saying something about it in the Sandstorm... on the 18th three of my goodest friends are also having birthdays... I'm running to a luncheon right now but don't want to miss the chance to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jack Keeney ('65), Lyman Powell ('65) and Caroline Stanfield ('66) on the 18th... as well as Marilyn yesterday (two days ago when you read this... ... -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) OK Everybody, Hello from Seattle where the temperature is changing from the 40s to the 90s in a couple days! The sun is really out and it's HOT!! Well, the school year is coming to a close and substitute teaching has been an experience! As I had to do in Richland.. wait and get known.. expect that secretaries have lists of people who come back regularly and know the kids and they get the jobs first. So I am getting jobs which are left over. It's the end of the year and major headache time. I am waiting to find out if I got hired for summer school, but the days are going by and so far no news. Do any of you own a restaurant where I can work this summer in north Seattle? I am a great waitress and I will be available on weekends. I am getting burned out filling out job applications. HELP! I don't want to work at Dicks! Mahalo Namaste -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: Rich Sinclair '69 Back in grade school (2nd or 3rd?), I remember that something big was going on in the boy's group on the playground. Since the girls didn't play with the boys, we kind of sidled up to their group to see what was happening. Rich came right over to our group, threw something to the ground from under his shirt and proceeded to retch... It was a colorful pile of fake (plastic) vomit. Unfortunately, the elderly (and hard of hearing) nun in charge of the playground, grabbed Rich by the shirt and hauled him off to the school nurse. Another younger nun arrived with paper towels and tried to wipe up. I'll never forget the look on her face, as she tried hard not to crack up. I don't recall what actually happened to Rich, but I do remember my admiration for the fact that Rich always had the ability and courage to be himself. As with any other ability or gift, it can be your greatest asset or worst failure depending on the situation. But, for a very long time, I considered Rich Sinclair the coolest guy in our class. Anyway, I agree with the country western song (Get right with the Man Van Zant) that goes "Cause it's better to be hated for who you are than be loved for who you're not." So, here's to Rich, who I am sure is being true to himself wherever he may be! -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ~ Austin, Texas - Thank heaven we got all of our vehicles under cover as we had golf-ball size hail last night! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/17/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Floyd Melton ('57), Tony Tellier ('57) Derrith Persons ('60), JD Evans ('62) Betti Avant ('69), Tami Lyons ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Brady ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betsy Fox ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: "N" Reactor Belt Buckle I have in my possession an N Reactor belt buckle that is like 3 1/2 inches wide 2 1/2 tall that has UNC NUCLEAR INDUSTRIES at the top then POWER with a big RED "N" in the middle then FUELS 1964 1984 Then TWENTY PRODUCTION YEARS and finally HANFORD. I understand that there were hundreds of these given out with a blue "N" but only a very few with the red "N". Does anyone have any facts about this belt buckle? I started my career with UNC and was with them until Westinghouse took over the Hanford contract and finished my career with them. I should know more about the history of the buckle but I don't and I do not even remember which VP gave it to me. Any help would be appreciated. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Tellier ('57) Re: Tours of the Areas -Tony Tellier ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) A big thank you!! I didn't know there was so much to a Fire works display... WOW! What a wonderful talent. It was good to see you and meet your crew. Going back stage to see everything was so interesting. Thank you also for letting me sit with you during the show... I had not been to see a display of Fire Works for many years, so this was a real treat for me... For those that missed the show... it was fabulous! The evening was a wonderful evening of lights, leaves, bees, rings and yes lights bursting in air!! If you want to know what I'm talking about... go see the show whenever its somewhere near you.... Thanks again Larry!! another Bomber, -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: JD Evans ('62) Re: Mattingly does it again Having just come from Larry Mattingly's ('60) fireworks show at Legends Casino I can attest to him putting on a great display. If you get the chance to see one of his shows do not miss it. 1000 shots in a little over 20 minutes with a finale much better than I have seen elsewhere. -JD Evans ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: job Cathy, You saying you didn't want to work at Dick's gave me a laugh. I was talking to my Periodontist when I went in for a post op check last month. Someone had given her a gift certificate to Eddie Bauer. She went in to use it and the clerk who waited on her was an attorney by profession but hadn't been able to find work. I've been looking for work for 2 1/2 years and am getting really frustrated with it. Good luck with the job search. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the temps. are up some **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Re: Tours of Hanford nuclear waste site draw interest In a cramped control room, a bright yellow sticker cautions workers about critical radiation alarms. Now a novelty stuck on a wall between dials that haven't spun in decades, the sign hints at the enormity of the plant's mission. Full story -Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/18/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45) Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Keeney ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyman Powell ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Stanfield ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of '45) Re: College Club To Jim Russell ('58) a frequent guest. I am glad you enjoyed the Club and I hope we have our own venue again soon. I have brought many Bombers into the Club as guests. To Cathy Geier ('66) who worked there in the 'late 70s. I do remember you. We had to lay off most of our staff, so I can't help. I hope you find something soon. My gosh, a substitute teach should be needed. To Bill Berlin ('56) what a small world! I too was an Arcticer, and moved up on the merger. There were about 180 of us. Three of us went on to become President of the CC. Alas, I am the last dues paying Arcticer. Sort of the Last Man. The Artctic Club was formed in 1909, and the College Club in 1910. I, too, played pool all afternoon on a work day. I'm pretty sure I remember you, and we will have to get together as you suggested. As I mentioned, there were many Bombers in our membership, including Dick Sears ('47-RIP), John Hughes ('47), Bill McQueen ('40), Mel Thompson ('48-RIP), Whitey Schell ('51), and plenty of others. Heck, we don't care who joins. -Dick McCoy (From the Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland - 5/10/08 For it being Mother's Day weekend we had a good sized group. The following were there at JD's for the fun: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60), Herman Livingston (spouse '60 - Finley, WA.). Herman is still healing and as you can see by the picture looking very good after his heart surgery. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) took a break from her beautiful yard that she and hubby work on continuously. The view from their home of the Yakima River is already breath taking. Add the flowers in the spring and it is an awesome sight. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Look for Marie around town in her new car. Fred Klute ('58) with his dedicated Bomber hat always brings a smile and comments when he enters the room. (See picture). Missy Keeney ('59) is helping her brother Gus ('57) get settled back in the Northwest. Leona Eckert ('65) who many of you fishermen and women met back in the early years parents and family, all ten kids, lived on Van Giesen and Marshall. Their claim to Richland fame was that they sold worms and night crawlers. Interesting listening to the stories she told about those days. Leona worked with the whole business. Her daughter and grand daughter were with us but decided to take a table to the side. Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Leona brought back a lot of memories of my fishing days with the family when she began talking about the family business. I fished with dad a lot but he had to bait the hooks. He always got a laugh out of my squeamishness. Now I walk around picking up the dead worms from the yard. Dona McCleary Belt ('54) breezed in the door looking like a Bomber in her neat green and gold summer outfit. Larry Belt ('57) left her for the day by going off to the Richland High School ball games. Burt Pierard ('59) and Glen Rose ('58) arrived around 1:30 p.m. from their morning of doings at the Richland Players. Burt did a talk about what was happening with the refacing job. Glen just kept smiling. They look like the work has been healthy for them. Wrap up talk in the parking lot as usual. No one ever seems to want to leave. We seem to have lost George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and his wife Jeanne. If anyone knows where they are besides Burbank, WA, please let us know? You are missed like anyone who attends the All Bomber Luncheon a lot. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ with the temperatures going up into the 90s the gorgeous spring/summer nights make it all worth while. The stars look like they go on forever. Memories of growing up here abound. Remembering so many nights sitting with neighbor kids out in the yard playing night games or watching the stars. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/19/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54), David Mansfield ('59) Jim House ('63), Louise Moyers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Frister ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Thornton ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Thornton ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Re: Model-Ts and Other Old Cars As I was spending yesterday polishing Model Ts at the Curlew Car & Truck Museum, I realized I should have written a couple of months ago when various Sandstorm readers were talking about their Model-Ts and other old cars. The museum opens for the season beginning next weekend and is regularly open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I can arrange a special tour on any day if you give me a call or an email. There are currently five Ts on display a dump truck, speedster, roadster, fire-chief car, and coupe plus the pickup mounted on our display sign. Three or four others come and go including a 1913 "brass" model, one with a rumble seat, and a nice little touring coupe names Little Vic. There are also Model As, old Dodges, Oldsmobiles, a Hudson Hornet, and other vintage models, plus corvettes, corvairs, mustang, charger, chevelle, camaro, Porsche, Daimler, all kinds of old trucks. I am the secretary for the museum group. Give me a call or just drop by on one of our "open" days. The museum is on Highway 21, between Republic and Curlew, WA. The weekend of June 28 and 29 is our annual open house with car show, swap meet and poker run. -Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: Floyd Melton ('57) Since no one else has responded to your question on the Douglas UNC "belt buckle", I thought it best that I try to clear this issue up for you. I think the significance of the "Red N" in your belt buckle is that it is still radioactive. It is quite possible at the time these commemorative buckles were made, that low level, i.e. short half-life, isotopes were used in the fabrication of the metal. There have been several efforts over the years to find more commercial uses for the low level isotopes produced at Hanford rather than pumping them over to the tank farms. It is also possible that one the clever engineers added a compound to the belt buckle alloy during production which would turn the subsequent alloy from red to blue once the half-life of the isotopes decayed to a safe level. It appears that your bucket with the "Red N" is still active. I have also noticed additional hair loss from my scalp since our twenty-six mile bike ride last Thursday up the Row River Trail just outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon. So just to be on the safe side, please don't wear your UNC "Red N" Buckle on our next bike ride. To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) George "Pappy" Swan, a.k.a. "Turkey George", and wife Jeanne are up in the pucker brush of Northeastern Washington. "Turkey George" is in hot pursuit of another spring gobbler. Or perhaps a spring gobbler is in hot pursuit of George depending on what message he intones on his turkey call. -David Mansfield ('59) ~ Here in Eugene Towne counting my bees to see how many left with the swarm yesterday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) It was great to see the Bomber baseball team win the regional tourney in Spokane against Central Valley and Microsoft. The team includes seven former members of the Richland National Little League team that went to Williamsport. Unfortunately I did not get to meet my two heroes that, as 12 year olds, told ESPN (1) his favorite athlete was Anna Kournakova and (2) that J. Lo was the person he most wanted to meet. Who were those guys? How many of you, when you were 12, would have named a Russian and an actress to answer those questions? -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Louise Moyers ('65) It's with a sad heart that I tell you we have lost another Bomber and my dear friend, Pat Krueger Edwards ('62) on Thursday [5/15/08]. Her daughter Shannon Cartier, will have an obit in the paper shortly, and a celebration of Pat's life will be on Friday, May 23rd. Times, places, etc. will follow. I will try to answer any questions, or refer you to one who can. -Louise Moyers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/20/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers & Don Sorenson sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Phil Belcher ('51), Floyd Melton ('57) Mike Brady ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) Alan Lobdell ('69), Cassidy Cook ('07) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Armstrong ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Barb Belcher Valinske's ('72) birthday I've been installing a small fish pond and starting a cobble stone patio during the past week. That has to be the reason that I neglected to write in and wish my daughter, Barbara Belcher Valinske ('72) a Happy Birthday. Its a poor excuse, but the only one I have. (Her age matches the year she was born!) -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ From sunny Pasco where its been really hot (at least for this area) the past several days, but due to cool off this week **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Red Buckle of Courage To: David Mansfield ('59) Thanks for the insight, I guess I can now call the red "N" Reactor commemorative belt buckle the Red Buckle of Courage and not wonder why I glow in the dark anymore. You are so helpful. It was a good bike ride and I really think it was the Subway Sandwich you ate that affected your hair, HA. Now on to the serious side, does anyone know if the Hanford Museum has a web site or email sight. They might be able to help me with my research of the Red N belt buckle. Thanks, -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Ireland I returned from western Ireland last night. I had a great time. I gained an admiration for the people of Ireland... both past and present. I brought back a resolve to appreciate my Irish heritage, become a better person and live each day to it's fullest. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Bomber Baseball...'Want to Meet' To: "Too Tall" House ('63).. My choice at age 12 would have been Ted Williams. Keith Welsch's would have been Stan Musial (;-) Thanks for the memories! To: Linnea Gates ('66)... Has the 'F' house next to your Mom sold yet? Congrats to Ray Stein ('64) who is finishing his teaching career at C.V. High School in Spokane, WA. Get busy building that 'covered bridge.' -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Wow! My 26 year old son talked me into doing a new workout and I stupidly agreed. You may have seen it on TV, its call P90X and it's a killer. They claim you will get in the best shape of your life if you follow it along with the diet plan for 90 days. Well, I'm trying to keep up with him and it. We are two weeks into it and every inch of my body other then what hair I have hurts! Eleven weeks to go. Has anyone else out there tried this? -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Cassidy Cook ('07) Entered: Monday 05/19/2008 10:50:46am COMMENTS: none. -Cassidy Cook ('07) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Hanford Health & Safety EXPO To: All Bombers, On Tuesday & Wednesday this week is Hanford's Health & Safety EXPO. Back in the corner is a plywood building with 120 new pictures of Hanford Camp along with a few new artifacts. Hope to see you there. Open at 7 a.m. and closes 7 p.m. -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Carolyn Fultz Schock ('52) ~ 10/30/33 - 4/24/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/21/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Verellen ('60), Rick Smolen ('62) Donna Bowers Rice ('63), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Graham ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Mike Brady ('61) Welcome home. Is that authentic "blarney" or tourist "blarney"? With the past few days of warm weather I have indeed spotted a few bees around the yard. Mostly oddly shaped different types but I did spot one that looks like a honey bee. Unfortunately all of the flowers on the cherry trees are gone but the apple trees are flowering. So it looks like the apple maggots will be thankful for that. I am also happy to report that the frogs are still here and have taken over the small pond. Normally the small pond has a few fish to control mosquitoes but they are still in "winter quarters" in the large pond where they will stay until the tadpoles become four legged and can move out. The parent frogs seem to be sticking close by I am wondering if they are just comfortable there or if they are tending their broods. Whatever, it is nice to listen to them "singing" throughout the day but especially at night. Hummingbirds and swallows have returned so it must be spring nearly summer. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Rick Smolen ('62) Entered: Tuesday 05/20/2008 8:50:27am COMMENTS: none. -Rick Smolen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Has anyone else seen "Jersey Boys"? Mike ('60) and I just saw them last Saturday and we just loved the singing. The music of the 4 Seasons alone was worth the price. I have a deeper respect for Frankie Valle, but if you want to go back in time and relive memories with some really great songs, this is a must. I felt like dancing in the aisles, but this is St. Louis and you just don't do that there. What about the rest of the country? Any dancing in the aisles??? -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ where we are probably going straight to summer and skip spring this year. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/22/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Karen Cole ('55) Mike Brady ('61), Donni Clark ('63) Linda Reining ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Donna, We saw Jersey Boys in San Francisco last Fall, and, as you described, it was great. It was 3 decades that the Four Seasons stayed on top of the music world, and after seeing the show and listening to the music, you know why. Frankie Valle's voice was a one-of-a-kind... he WAS the Four Seasons... and, Yes, some dancing in the aisles as the show ended. We have seen most of the popular Broadway musicals in the past 40 years, and it ranks up there with the top 4 or 5. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from Sunny Sacramento, where, at the end of the month, Bombers from all over the west from the classes of '53, '54 and '55 (18 of us) will arrive for a theatre party (The Phantom).... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Background for today's entry from Karen: from the 5/10/08 Sandstorm Karen said: Please watch the Mariner game Sunday [5/11]. My father-in- law is celebrating his 100th birthday that day and will be throwing out the first pitch. The catcher will be John Carl Cole, son of John and Vicki Mosley Cole ('66), home on leave from Iraq. A special event made even more special by having John Carl home safely. Re: More background for today's entry from Karen: from the 5/11 Sandstorm Karen said: My brother-in-law Don Pierce, husband of Patti Cole Pierce ('52) is being inducted into the Central Washington Univ. Athletic Hall of Fame tonight. A much deserved honor. We are having a very exciting weekend! [I asked Karen if Don was a Bomber, but didn't get a response. Now we know why... read on. -Maren] Re: Today's entry - Dad Correll's 100th Birthday Maren, Could you edit this and include a picture? I don't know how to do it. If It's too much trouble forget it. I couldn't answer your query about Don Pierce as we left from the Mariner game for a reunion in California. Don graduated from Roosevelt High in 1952. Between the Hall of Fame and the Mariner game we had a great weekend! Thanks for your help. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Blarney Hey Tom, It's natural blarney... don't you remember? -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! It has been a while since I have been on the Sandstorm. My husband and I just recently returned from a three week trip to Washington where we spent some time in the George area meeting with our future builder and just getting to know the area better. We did some hiking but look forward to so much more. I think it rained and snowed every day we were in Wash., just about, but we loved it. Saw a friend's son graduate as a State Trooper from the state Capitol and met with some old and dear Bomber friends in Seattle and Richland. I also picked up my Jason Lee Auditorium seats. Oh my! I had no idea they were adult size. What made me think they were kids size? This mother I didn't even know, from Jason Lee, saved seven of them for me for almost a year in her drive-way. Such Richland loyalty! Anyway I was only able to take three home, thanks to the back-breaking efforts of Dick Boehning ('63) (thank-you Dick!) and my husband and of course Linda Belliston Boehning ('63)! Three is all we could get into our RV, along with my bag of tree bark and antlers. (Don't ask! Another project to do that I will probably never finish!) Anyway the ends of the seats are made of cast- iron, made in the USA! Heavy! If we ever get our home built overlooking the Columbia, you can all visit me and sit in my chairs! One other thing, all of the Bombers feed you too well! Re: Mike Brady's ('61) trip to Ireland. Ireland is wonderful but changing. If any one of you has ever wanted to go I wouldn't put it off. It is still beautiful and green and quaint but it is facing many economical changes. There is much construction and a lot of European and American influences coming into the land. I am not saying this is bad, for the Irish people much of this is good. I am just saying much of Ireland is loosing it's quaint, Irish, authenticity and that is what most of us love so much. I base this on the difference between my first trip there which was almost 15 years ago and my last one which was last year. Ireland tugs at your heart. Both of my trips were wonderful and even though I have only a tiny bit of Irish in me, I would claim it for my roots! I did kiss the Blarney Stone 15 years ago and that is probably why I got to go back! My husband's relatives, some of which live down the road from Bunratty castle, say the best time to go is in the fall. Re: Our Honeybees! It always makes me shudder when anyone kills a bee because they are such wondrous little creatures and part of the divine plan! Martha Stewart's latest Magazine, the June issue of "Living", has a special edition on the Bee problem and has ideas to share on how we all can help the situation. For one thing, planting certain types of plants in or around your garden or yard can help them. You'll find all kinds of other ideas on line, check out the "North American Pollinator Protection Campaign" and/or other sources. Re: "Jersey Boys" Saw it when it first came out in L.A. Wonderful show, loved it, and I too felt like dancing! That's why I like to go to Trader Jo's too. I hate to shop but since I have to get groceries Trader Jo's is the place to go for great music and free coffee while you are singing and dancing (if no one is looking) in the aisles! The fun is, you turn the corner and there is someone singing the words and or doing a little dance step like you are and you have to laugh. Wow, we must be from the same generation! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ From Southern California where we had a week of hot, hot, hot days and now the sky is overcast again and they are predicting rain. My jasmine smells sooooooo good! Especially at night! And my Boysenberries are full of berries! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Donna Bowers Rice('63) re:dancing in the aisles not sure why you said, "this is St. Louis and you just don't do that there", but have been to the movies here in Bakersfield, CA and lots of people dance in the aisles---my grandkids among them! *grin* haven't seen "Jersey Boys", hadn't even heard of it, but am going to look for it. loved the 4 Seasons. have "Malt Shop Memories" on CD and it has a lot of the music from the 4 Seasons, along with lots of others that we grew up listening to. brings back all sorts of memories of junior high and high school and dancing in the gym, in our socks, on Friday afternoons. I play them LOUD in my van and my grandkids even "rock out" to the music right along with me! we get some looks, but we just laugh and keep on "rocking". *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....temps have finally cooled down in Bakersfield, CA----an off-shore wind arrived tonight(Tuesday)and is wrecking havoc with visibility, blowing dust all over, and stirring up valley fever spores---we are supposed to be back down into the 70's for the rest of the week, so maybe we will get a touch of Spring, before jumping right into Summer. we have been in triple digits since last week. that's just too early--we usually don't "hit" 100+ til July, so not at all ready for those temps in May. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/23/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Pat Hamrick, wife of Kent Hamrick ('53) Mary Rose ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terri Royce ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Matthews ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Felts ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Richardson (Bomber Mom) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Hamrick, wife of Kent Hamrick ('53) Maren, Hi... don't know how you want this worded. Would like his friends to know that David "Dave" Hamrick who would have been a Richland grad about 1950 was moving to the Richland Gardens Retirement Center. Any old co-workers might want to stop by and say hello. Thanks -Pat Hamrick, wife of Kent Hamrick ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Maren, I need to find the information that was sent into the Sandstorm about getting the records of individuals from Hanford regarding their working career there. I know it has been talked about a few times. If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it. If you need to put this in the Sandstorm, that is okay. To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) My oldest brother, Charles Rose ('50) - who is 75 years old - danced in the aisles at the Seattle production of "Mama Mia." I was so surprised when his wife told us this as he is quite reserved but is extremely young at heart!!! I was very proud of him!! -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, Utah where it is almost freezing cold and all of my plants for my garden and flower beds are in my kitchen waiting for warmer weather!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: JUNE All Bomber luncheon - Richland Because of a conflict of dates with Club 40, the All Bomber Luncheon - Richland has been changed for the month of June. The luncheon will be on June 7th. At JD Diner at 1:00 p.m. The usual announcements will appear the week before and the week of the luncheon in the Sandstorm. July will go back to the usual date of the second Saturday of the month. Re: Richland Theater refacing project Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA) and I made another "coffee run" for Burt Pierard ('59) and Glen Rose ('58) who were working at the Richland Theater yesterday. They are moving right along with the refacing. Theater will show their work when the play starts tonight. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ All the flowers are saying it is spring. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Mike Brady ('61) That's the best kind of blarney. I will be green with envy until I get to go there with myself, eh? Speaking of dancing in the aisles. Many years ago Jessie Colon Young appeared at St. Martins college, opened by Bonnie Raitt (the order should have been reversed in my humble opinion). Since this was sometime after an incident at a Who concert where some fans were injured (a few fatalities if I remember correctly) the city of Lacey Authorities were not going to let that happen here. So anyone that even stood up was threatened with mace and a pretty impressive police presence. Needless to say the aisle remain clear and nobody, "Smiled on their brother" and we all went home closer to death but still alive. I don't think Bonnie Raitt will ever come to Lacey again. The End. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ where spring color is abounding in near Lacey. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Karen, Thanks for sending the pictures of your father-in-law throwing out the first {Mariners] pitch. I had the game on TV and hoped to see it but they didn't cover it. I would have thought they would cover it because of the significance of it. I don't always watch their games on TV but the radio is on with it every game. During the car races I mute the TV and listen to the Mariners' game if it's on at the same time. I could tell your father-in-law was most happy and I'm glad he got to do it. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>James Gladfelder ('53) ~ 6/25/35 - 5/15/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/24/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff today: Norma Loescher ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Daniel Laybourn ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Re: Free Rose Show & Mini Rose Sale Looking for something to do that's free in Richland this weekend? The Tri-City Rose Society is hosting the Pacific Northwest District Convention and Rose Show at the Shilo Inn. Turn toward the river on Comstock Blvd. The show is on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. This is your chance to see roses that are less common in our area, especially the wonderfully scented Old Garden Roses. You'll have a chance to buy mini roses both Saturday and Sunday. These are named varieties that grow well and are hardy in our area. Profits help finance the show and keep our public garden at Lawrence Scott Park looking beautiful. Bomber Cheers, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/25/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Lenora Hughes ('55) Sharon Sasser ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Belcher ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Hello all!!! It is almost time for another Las Vegas Bomber luncheon!!!! DATE: Saturday, June 7th TIME: NOON PLACE: Marie Callender's located at 8175 W. Sahara I sure hope we have a good turn out. We do have a lot of fun and enjoy all the "remembering" from days past. I don't know of anyone who comes that doesn't have a terrific time, so if you are going to be in Vegas that day, please come and join us!!!!! Spouses and guests are most welcome!!!!! Bomber Cheers! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) Re: 8th of November 1965 A friend sent this to me and it is really very moving. On this Memorial Day, God bless those of you who chose to serve! -Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Pat Krueger Edwards ('62) ~ 1944 - 5/15/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/26/08 ~ MEMORIAL DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Converse ('64), Dennis Hammer ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Cathy Geier ('66), Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Millie Finch ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cecilia Bennett ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul McNeill ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) Re: 8th of November 1965 Thanks for sending that one into the Sandstorm. I have been thinking of all the ones that have given their lives and all those presently serving. God Bless them all! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we are STILL waiting for summer. I really do think it has forgotten us this year. A couple weeks ago, the temps hit records in the making, but we were up in WA that week watching our grandson play a couple baseball games in the 90s. I loved it!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) Re: 8th of November 1965 Just wanted to point out that the man in that video shown putting on a suit and ordering the "tall one" on the anniversary of November 8th is not an actor playing the Niles Harris talked about in the song. It really is Niles Harris!!! More information on how the song came to be can be found in the current "Deadwood" South Dakota Magazine. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) US Army Band and Chorus (Worth the listen!) 1964 classmates who served in the military 511th Military Intelligence Company U.S. Army Apr 1969 to Aug 1970 Salute! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) Re: 8th of November 1965 had seen this before on CMT(Country Music Television)---video and song are done by "Big and Rich"---cry everytime I hear it or see the video. want to say, to all our servicemen and women in the military, past and present, THANK YOU for serving and doing what you do to keep our country safe and secure and allowing me and mine to live in the BEST country in the world! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64), Bakersfield, CA. we have had snow(in Tehachapi and the Frasier Park/grapevine areas), hail, rain, and cold winds for the past two days! am loving the cool weather---supposed to stay in the 70's for another week. am a "happy camper"--in NO hurry for the heat that is right around the corner. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello Everyone from Sunny/Rainy Seattle Memorial day, I just spent 2 wonderful days at teh Folklife Celebration. I volunteered in the Hospitality area. It's lots of fun. You can see and visit with artists from all over the world and help them out as they offer their time and energy to this free festival. I brought coffee to a melodious Ecuadorian performing band, we spoke onlu Spanish. I danced with and clapped for many of my African dance friends wo are performers. The Brown Cow yogurt company has a booth giving away free sample of their yogurt. Blue berry is the best to me. I chatted with folks who run the booth, Horn of Africa. They come up from Portland to work inthis festival.We discusses intently which countries are considered to be part of the Horn of Africa. I bought a beautiful clock.. a present for my sister for Christmas! Hand made by an artist from Port Townsend. Food, friends, fun, dance, culture, good things to buy... and a free festival which has existed in Seattle for more than 20 years.. virtually all volunteer run. There are only 12 year round staff. There are 12 major stages with performances every hour or so. If you are in the area it's well worth your time. I took the bus... leave the drivign to us.. and no parking issues! Namaste Friends PS Tomorrow I tell you about my new yoga class and how it's coming. I need help bringing my possessions back from Richland to Seattle. takers? -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Re: 8th of November 1965 WOW, That song from Big and Rich was awesome. Touched my heart in so many ways. Lost my brother in '68 in Vietnam. Will never forget that day or Mother's day 6 months later when I lost my other brother to the day. Thank you Big and Rich for the song. I know it will go far with every American. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/27/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Julia Alexander ('65) Maggie Gilstrap ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Boyd ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: From the "Be vewry, vewry careful" Dept: I know, that's a very poor Elmer Fudd, so blame it on the Bossa Nova. At any rate, even as you read this the latest issue of the "DustStorm" is being rushed to the post office. Yes, soon it will appear in a mailbox near you (if you are a paid up member of Club 40, that is.) Good reading to one and all when you get it. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers promise sunshine and mid 70s by next weekend **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Julia Alexander ('65) Re: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) I saw Mrs. Boswell at the Rose show. Gosh! There are those who never age! What a beautiful Bomber! Oh, and I have to brag. Beth Alexander Wasemiller ('79), my sister, received a trophy for her first place, best rose in the David Austin category (old English type roses); a first and second for her Olympiad (a red Hybrid) and a second for her miniature yellow rose called Yellow Doll. (and I am not sure if this means anything.. J, but Beth had Mrs. Boswell for a teacher at Chief Jo} To: Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) Re: 8th of November 1965 Thank you, Sharon, for sharing! Thank you for all who served! -Julia Alexander ('65) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) Re: Memorial Day I have a list of military people I call or email and thank every Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I have done so for many, many years. This year was harder than most because I am unable to thank someone near and dear to my heart, my son. Jason has been a Marine for 14 years and was deployed to Iraq a little over a week ago and is unreachable at this time. His last words to me at the airport were "Mom this is what I do, I am well trained, and I am damn good at it. I will be OK." His only requests.... be there for his family if needed and when I can... send him a peanut butter cake. I know now he will be stationed at Camp Korean Village but do not know when he will be there so am on stand by with my baking. I have been thru hardships with my children but this most certainly tops my list. God bless all service men and women. God bless their families as well. -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) ~ Crooked Lake, Alaska where the ice is out and I have been able to ride my Harley!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/28/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Neil Goff ('50), "Em" De Vine ('52) Mike Clowes ('54), Patti Jones ('60) Jamie Worley ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Clowes ('54) [aka Bob Carlson] BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bob & Roberta Grout ('66wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Neil Goff ('50) Re: A LUCKY DUCKY DUCK'N BOMBER STORY It was extremely cold ~ that winter day of '49. Chunks of ice were floating down the Yakima River with us along side the rubber raft we were using to hunt ducks over our Christmas break. My hunting buddy, Stan Quackenbush ('51), & I had planned out this float trip for some time and had successfully bagged some 8 or 9 ducks with our "jump shooting" routine when DISASTER struck. We were at a bend in the Yakima River below the Benton City bridge in the process of retrieving a duck - we didn't see the submerged tree limb that caused our raft to ride up at the front end & fill quickly from the current at the rear. In a matter of seconds we were upside down in the icy cold, fast running river. (Later, we learned that the Yakima was running about 15 MPH and was 12' to 15' at our point of entry). Both Stan & I were weighted down with guns, gun jackets/winter clothing, shotgun shells, rubber waders, etc. We instantly found that our swimming skills were useless. Fortunately, survival instinct kicked in for both of us. We managed to catch separate over hanging tree limbs at the river bank and laboriously inched our way up & out of the river. It was also fortunate that we were both in top physical condition (Stan from running the 440 as a letterman in track and me from my recent varsity football activities). Turned out, neither of us caught so much as a cold as a result of this incident. We owed much to the Benton City lady, who took us in, supplied us with her husband's dry clothes & placed us in front of a wonderful hot pot bellied stove with hot soup for our innards. This same kind lady provided us with further evidence of our good fortune when she told us that a doctor and his son from Prosser had become victims of the river at the exact point where we had gone in, the year before. Neil Goff ('50) ~ Lewis & Clark, Jefferson and Col-Hi. ~ As a result of the above related incident, I no longer hunt ducks (or anything else, for that matter). I don't know if Stan lost his interest in hunting, but would be willing to bet he has too. Re: Class of ('50) at Col-Hi ~ Did all you Bombers know that the ('50) class was the 1st graduating class to go all four years at Col-Hi? (Chief Jo had not yet come into being). Hooyah! -Neil Goff ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Re: Richland (Einan's Sunset Gardens) Cemetery A picture of the cemetery with flags flying and storm clouds dumping their load on the Rattlesnake Mountain area. The attachments are other views of Einan's. Maren: these may be too dark to use. You decide. Thanks Re: Three photos of the flags and beautiful flowers at the Prosser Cemetery. -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) I forgot to mention [yesterday] in my warning about the coming DustStorm that a ballot is enclosed. The names appearing on this ballot are those who have volunteered their time and services to serve as Class Representative. When you receive your copy, you may vote for two persons from each class. The top vote getters will then consitute to new Board of Directors for Club 40. There is also a current and correct registration form included. All of this is now in the hands of the US Mule. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are now hedging their bets about a dry weekend **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland NOTE: The luncheon for the month of June has been changed to June 7, 2008. Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2008 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley Hills ('64) Dear Maren, I want to let you know that my dad, Ralph Worley, died on May 16th. He knew a lot of the gang from the class of '64 and/or worked with their fathers. I know he worked with Gary Webb, was a good friend to Larry Bowls, and worked with Ray Stein's dad as well. He was one of the last of the old-timers, coming to Richland in November of 1946 right out of the Navy. I had always known that dad had been a Navy pilot, however it wasn't until 2005 when he made a tape for my 59th birthday that I realized that he was a catapult pilot attached to the Navy Destroyer Astoria. He retired in 1982 as Senior Project Engineer on the "N" Reactor. He was 88, would have been 89 in August. He had a brief illness thankfully. I was fortunate to see him a few hours before he died. The funeral will be this Saturday, the 31st, in Kennewick. The obituary is at If there is anyone out there who knew dad or their folks knew him and would like to come to the service they are more than welcome. It is at 10:30 at Desert Lawn in Kennewick; a grave side service. Dad loved the Tri-Cities and even though he lived in Kennewick always considered himself a Richland Bomber. I will miss him so much. -Jamie Worley Hills ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Ya see it's like this I have absolutely no excuse for missing Cecilia Bennett's ('65) birthday on the 26th except my own incredible stupidity... How's that for an admission against interest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She gets the looks most like she did in high School award along with Simpson ('65), Diane Murphy ('65) and Kaye Johnston ('65).. So please know that if I woulda thunk I'da said HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) PS: Didja like the washing machine? Isn't it cool the way it goes Hum hum hum whirrrrrrrrrr and the clothes come out all clean... not like the old wringer machine that Laura Parker ('65) got her arm caught in... But be careful anyway...they have these little lock things that keep you from putting your hands in the machine while it's working so you should be ok! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/29/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Mary Evelyn Kingsley ('49) Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Burt Pierard ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Helen Cross '62) Carol Converse ('64), Larry Bowls ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), Alan Lobdell ('69) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jimmie Shipman ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Pierard ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Harrold ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Sherwood ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha Hopfinger ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Neill Hoff ('50) That was a scary thing on the Yakima. I didn't have much sense, but I knew enuf to stay away from that river in the winter. I remember auditing your shop when you were a manager of a savings ans and Loan. See you at Club 40. To: Jamie Worley ('64) Did your dad work as a surveyor for a while way back when? If so, I worked with him. See you at Club 40 [September 5, 6, & 7, 2008]. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) To: Neil Goff ('50) Re: '50 Graduating Class I graduated in '49 and attended Columbia High all 4 years. -Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) ~ A damp cool morning in Plano TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume('51) Neil Goff ('50) wrote on 28 May: "Re: Class of ('50) at Col-Hi "Did all you Bombers know that the ('50) class was the 1st graduating class to go all four years at Col-Hi? (Chief Jo had not yet come into being). Hooyah!" I've never thought before about when Col-Hi was built. The class of '51 was the last class to go all four years. There is a fine display of photos at I'm wondering about the location of the first there pictured labeled RHS 1911-1944. Can you really old-timers elucidate? -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51), Lewis & Clark ('48), Col-Hi('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Neil Goff ('50) Re: 1st four year class at Col-Hi Methinks you gloat too soon. That honor should go to the Class of 1948 (unless you give credit to the 1943 incoming Freshmen at old Richland High that moved to Col-Hi in April 1944 - they were the Class of 1947). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Great fireworks Just a quick note to say this Saturday night, May 31st, in Shelton, WA we will present one of the largest and finest displays in the state all year. Shoot time is 10pm. For Bomber Alums who want to see it, send me a note before 9 AM Friday and I will try to get you on the guest list for VIP seating. Seating is limited. They are expecting a very large crowd this year, as word on the display has gotten out. So it is recommended you get there by 7, or have trouble finding a parking place nearby. There are several places to eat just across the street from the site. To get to the site take the Wallace-Stedman exit off of highway 101. That is the last Shelton exit going North. You will see Wal*Mart on the left and we are in the school practice field next door. For those who get VIP listing, the gate is on the other side of the school. On the Richland 50th Anniversary display, we are waiting until after the 4th to do much about it. However my partner agreed we will do what it takes to make it what is should be. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Memorial Day While I was not able to attend any ceremonies in Richland, I did attend a local VFW ceremony in our little Grandview Cemetery to remember those who have sacrificed so much for us to keep our nation safe. It was indeed moving, and I do offer heartfelt thanks to all who have served our country in any capacity to keep us free. I saw one little town, Troy, IN where they had put out almost l00 flags for each marked grave of a fallen military man, starting with some in the Civil WAr and the Spanish-American war up to the present day. Re: Visitors Our friends from Spokane (not Bombers, but Cougars) came to visit us back here. We had a great time, we went to Memphis for some barbecue at their annual cook off (we know one of the cooks -- or chefs, I should say) and then Dorothy and I went to Graceland to marvel at Elvis once more... such a part of our youth culture... Then I took them to see the Lincoln memorial about 20 miles from here, and they got caught up on their Lincoln history, and then the Delta Queen made one of it's last scheduled stops at our riverboat dock, unless she gets saved again, we can hope and sign petitions to help out, and our church held another quilt show with over l00 quilts. So much talent and dedication is represented in those quilts. Several were Underground Railroad reproduction patterns and colors as part of our Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration which started here on MOther's Day with a wonderful program, even if it was outside and in pouring rain and wind. Even our governor spoke... Well, life here continues to be interesting. Right now I'm in Ohio attending some workshops to keep my social work licenses valid... why, I'm not sure, as I think I really am retired... well, it's interesting... Hello to Rick Smolen ('62), a voice from the past. What are you up to these days? -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ not on the river in Grandiview, IN but here in Wooster, OH where it was a beautiful 74 degree day with blue skies and sunshine all day long... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Jamie Worley ('64) I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I'm sure he and my Dad, George Dewey Converse, knew each other. Seems like all our folks knew each other back then. I especially remember your dad working with my late ex-father-in-law, Loren Cosens doing some surveying. Think it was something to do with the City of Richland. God Speed, -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA STILL waiting for summer **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) To: Jamie Worley ('64) Dear Jamie: If we are really lucky, we will have friends and special people in our lives WHO provide influence and encouragement that have life long impact. Such a person was your father to me. Even before high school graduation, your father's persuasion and encouragement began to influence my career choices. I can't imagine why he chose to be such a friend to me, except to say that this must be who your father was. This was his character. He cared deeply about youth and people in general and I was just one of many he must have influenced. We shouldn't be surprised to learn of so many others that he befriended and helped over the years. Men like your father don't boast. They just do, quietly and without fanfare. Jamie, you have my heart felt condolences. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. Your father was a special person to me and a good friend. His memory will always be with me. -Larry Bowls ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ Jamie's dad was on this 1947 Campbell's baseball team. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Back on Saturday, May 17th, the Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon group met at the Red Lion Inn at the Quay in Vancouver. I thought sure that it would be just hubby and me because it was such a beautiful sunny day and warm... The attendees were: Tom Hemphill ('62), Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60), Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), Alan Porter ('67), Ann Engel Schafer ('63), Len Rediske ('66) and Linda Rediske (spouse), Denny Hoban (my hubby) and yours truly. We had a wonderful time as usual. We talked about our Bomber Picnic which is August 16th at Tom and Linda Hemphill's place. Tom and I will be sending the flyer out via email (with the map) and also snail mail for those we know who don't read the Sandstorm on a regular basis, and also be posting it on the Sandstorm. We want to have the biggest turnout ever. There are so many reasons why it will be fun to have it at Tom and Linda's. For one thing, we don't have to share with any other picnic parties. Another is they are easier to get to than the park, no public lavatories to deal with, Tom doesn't have to haul his barbecue, and we can bring our favorite libations. Party on!!! Much more to follow about the picnic, but for now, although it is a ways in the future, be thinking of that special dish you would like to bring to share. Also, no Bomber Portland/Vancouver Luncheon until the picnic. Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ Tigard, OR where it has rained and rained and rained, knocked all the blossoms off the rhodies, and the darn heat keeps coming on. Where did Spring go???? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Maggie Gilstrap OHara ('74) Three cheers to you and many more to your son Jason. You have a son to be proud of and he along with many others will be in my prayers. May God protect him while he serves us all. God Bless -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Here are a few pictures of the state flower, the rhododendron. There are a lot more around my apartment complex that haven't even come out yet. I did see some bees on them, mostly bumble bees but an occasional honey bee as well. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we need moisture **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Linda Stump Verhulp ('66) ~ 1/23/48 - 5/23/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/30/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard ('59), Earl Bennett ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Jamie Worley ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri Schuchart ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Dick Pierard ('52) Sorry I missed your Birthday, Bro. Anyhow, a belated Happy Birthday and all the best!!!! To: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Last Col-Hi Class to go all four years The documented evidence here is a little sketchy and I have to rely somewhat on anecdotal evidence. For example, my esteemed brother Dick ('52), was an incoming Frosh the Fall of 1948 and went all four years at Col-Hi (confirmed). The problem results from the fact that Carmichael Jr. High. opened during the '48-'49 school year (February 28, 1949) and Maren has been told that approximately half the '52 Frosh at Col-Hi were transferred to 9th Grade at Carmichael. Thus it appears that the class of 1951, was indeed, the last FULL class to go all four years at Col-Hi. Re: As to your question about the location of the old Richland High School, it was located in the SW corner of the plot which also included the old Richland Grade School (closed with the Government takeover in the Spring of 1943 - re-modeled and re-opened January 16, 1944 as Lewis & Clark Elementary School). Contrary to popular belief, the old RHS was not condemned with the takeover (it was closed & diplomas distributed on the last day of classes, April 1943, without a Graduation Ceremony). It re-opened in September 1943, for High School students living in Richland Village and Hanford Camp students who were bussed in. They attended classes in the old building until moving to the newly opened Col-Hi in April 1944. The building was used for various purposes (the American Legion, for one) until it was demolished in March 1961. The address for the Demolition Permit was 500 Cullum (Demolition Contractor was Irvin Gier, father of Dale Gier ('48)). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett ('63) I'm in Richland until Tuesday, June 3. If anyone wishes to see me, my cell phone is 540-547-9723 and we can look for a workable time to get together while I'm catching up with Mom and sisters. Regards, -Earl Bennett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To:Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Location of High School labeled RHS 1911-1944 was next to Lewis & Clark Elem School. I remember it was really popular with the kids to sit on the steps during recess and lunch time. I believe it was condemned so we weren't allowed to go inside. I don't know when they tore it down. Was there the entire time I was going to L&C. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley ('64) Dear Maren, Please give my thanks to everyone who wrote such sweet notes about my father, especially Larry Bowls ('64). I am blown away at the beautiful remembrance he wrote about my dad. My dad was such a presence that I just never thought he would be gone. His mind was sharp right up to the end. He still had projects in his workshop. Thankfully he was not sick long as he would have been a horrible patient. To: Dick McCoy ('45) You worked for my grandfather Charlie Worley or C.T. Worley as the rest of the world knew him. We called him Pop. He owned Worley Surveying and Engineering, which exists today. Although my grandfather died in 1972 at age 88, the same as my dad, the name of the surveying company has never changed. Thank you again to everyone for their kindness. -Jamie Worley ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** **Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/31/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Conner ('52), Jim McKeown ('53) Bill Berlin ('56), Ray Loescher ('57) Pappy Swan ('59), Earl Bennett ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Bruntlett ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) (Maren --- I thought maybe some Bombers would like to take this in, or pass the word around. This is a GREAT event. I would appreciate your including it in the Sandstorm. Thanks. Betty Conner Sansom (1952)....) I am spreading the word of a wonderful weekend coming up. In this time of high-priced gasoline, distances are questionably practical for entertainment, but allow me tell you about a long- standing event that is happening in Bickleton and Cleveland. It used to be "The Bickleton Picnic." On June 13, at 3 PM-4 PM, and 7 PM -10 PM, there will be a wonderful show of talents from professional western singers and a cowboy poet. The musician is "Bodie". (For those who aren't familiar with him, see Another Country Western band will be playing for those who want to dance after the program. It will be free to everyone, and is a family program out under the pine trees, with the classical western music. This happens in the area every year, and each year there are somewhere between 2000 and 3000 faithful fans of the Old Bickleton Picnic showing up. That Friday night is a warm-up for the Rodeo on the 14th and 15th. There are lots of camping areas for RVs and tents. Dig out your boots, hats, chaps, or come with flip-flops and bareheaded, and skip the chaps. Just come!!! Cleveland is a small town with a big history. Located about 4 miles west from Bickleton, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was born here. The park there is beautiful and perfect for a dry campout, for only $10 for the entire weekend. The Friday night musical is a bonus, for the rodeo is on Saturday and Sunday. People have come for years, set up camp, and wandered around getting re-acquainted with each other. Now you can come and enjoy the ambience of good music and a program to entertain all. This is a NPRA rodeo, and there will be all kinds of booths, and a special feature is a 1908 Herschill-Spillman Carousel, still working - for rides. There are only 3 of these Carousels still in operation, and it will be running to add to the fun. Let me refer you to and click on Carousel History - and you can learn before you go what a special time this can be. Also click on PICNIC INFO 2008. Alert your friends - and make it a super-special weekend. It has grown a lot over the years, and is something you would want to do over and over again. Those not familiar with the area need to know that gas is NOT available, so fill up before you come. -Betty Conner Sansom ('52) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bickleton was a new one on me, so I clicked the "directions" link on the website. Looks to be almost due south of Toppenish. I didn't see Cleveland on the WA map I was looking at. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Carmichael/Col Hi Maren, The class of '53 was the first 9th graders to attend Carmichael Jr Hi... Both my brother, Tom ('53) and I were selected, and I haven't the foggiest idea what criteria they used to determine who enrolled. Jack Sinderson ('53) went to the High School for his 9th grade, as did about 1/2 of our graduating class of '53. We played on the first school athletic teams at the Jr Hi. It was great, because we were upper classmen, so to speak, for 1 year, and then reality settled in when we went to the Hi School for our Sophomore year and joined the rest of the '53ers. The Seniors made sure we understood the pecking order. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from sunny Sacramento, where the temps are about to get back up to normal. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Dust Storm/Club 40 Got my issue yesterday and really enjoyed it. I know what a lot of work it is just to organize the effort to fold and mail it let alone the writing, editing and setting that all up for printing. Great effort guys and gals. I am going to try to make Club 40 this year but the timing for me is not good. I am usually in China about that time and we have not one but two vessels launching about that time thus scheduling will be everything. Re: Col-Hi/RHS I enjoyed the pictures of Col-Hi emerging in the late 1940s. It was the only high school building that I knew since we moved to Richland in the spring of 1946. Lewis & Clark (L & C) was my Grade School but it was my understanding that it had once been the High School and that the old High School sat on the grounds of L & C, it then being the American Legion hall. I remember going there for the city wide School Boy Patrols (SBP) (yes ladies, that was the name then) school year end picnic. Lots of food, games and movies so you wanted to get your SBP merits up to get into that big bash. Re: Memorial Day Didn't do much but took in the local Memorial Day Parade and then just spent the rest of the day reflecting on things in our past that have us where we are today... free. Reflected times in my past too that were not so good and pretty scary at times. Since I fly the American and Coast Guard flags every day, that was just the "orders of the day" event but it did have special meaning that morning just the same. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we have not seen Spring yet and I missed fellow Bomber Larry Bowls ('64) last week at the TrawlerFest. Got our plans mixed up I guess but it would have been fun. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: K - 12 in Richland What was the first graduating class that could have had all their primary education ( K - 12) in Richland? 1955, '56 or '57 -Ray Loescher ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [All this time, I thought it was class of '62. Guess that's what I get for thinkin', huh? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: 2008 Club 40 Representative Ballot To: Club 40 Members From Class of '59 On the 2008 Club 40 Representative Ballot, included in your latest copy of "The Bomber DustStorm" you will find a list of volunteers to act as Class Representatives for the coming year. Class of '59 Candidates Listed include: George "Pappy" Swan, Leslie Swanson Holeman, Missy Keeney Baker, and Elsa DeLaPaunte. I wish to remove myself from that list as a candidate for Class of '59 Representative to Club 40. Please vote for any two of the other three volunteers. I am confident that any and all will do a fine job in representing you on the Club 40 Board of Directors. Club 40 and the Bomber Legacy are very important to me. However, when I agreed to become a Class of '59 Rep to Club 40, four-five years ago, it was primarily because, apparently, no one else could be found who was willing to serve in that capacity, other than Leslie and I. I accepted on the basis that I would serve until someone else was willing to step in and serve as a Class of '59 Rep. About a month ago, Connie Dean O'Neil, Club 40 VP, called and asked if I wished to serve another year. My response was again, "Yes, unless there are others from the Class of '59 who are willing to step in now." So, perhaps Missy and Elsa had not expressed their desires to be considered at that time. I am overwhelmed with numerous family concerns, attempting to catch up on home and yard work, and other commitments. I even missed the Dust Storm folding party and the last Club 40 meeting. Therefore, I believe it is time for me to step aside and allow others to represent you. And, I would welcome the opportunity to lighten my current involvements. Bomber Cheers, and I will see you at the Club 40 Reunion. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Close to the overgrown puddle in my driveway, near "Beautiful Downtown Burbank," WA. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett ('63) Maren: Please replace the "suremessenger" email address that your macro produces with the one above - "suremessenger" is just the webmail version of the real one. Since it was 2am in Virginia when I put in the note yesterday about being in Richland until Tuesday, my mind was fuzzy and I put in the wrong number for my cell phone - the right one is 540-497-2140. I hope we don't badly confuse my Sweetness at the other number. Regards, ecb3 -Earl Bennett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: '65er Alert June 20-22 Ok... with the price of a stamp approaching twice the cost of a gallon of gas when I was a kid, I may not be doing a mass mailing this year... so for all you '65ers out there please know that the yearly "Sorry 7" gathering will be held at the same time as the Cool Desert Nights event June 20-22. I will be arriving some time on Thursday the 19th, as usual, but a little later than I like to get there because the direct flight gets in later than the all day event on other airlines that go thru Seattle (from Vegas to get to Richland?????), Portland (makes more sense) or Salt Lake (driving ok... but flying?) FOR ALL YOU KIDS WHO KEEP SAYING THIS IS JUST THAT DAVID RIVERS/TERRY DAVIS GANG... it is NOT! Yes, Warford ('65), Heidlebaugh ('65), Keeney ('65), Simpson ('65), Harrah ('65), Davis ('65) and Rivers ('65) were in the original picture from which the event has taken it's name but that was only by chance and forgetfulness as we had planned to have all the kids from our class born in Richland have the picture taken in front of the Hospital in which we were all born (we were at a '65er 5 year reunion) before heading for Brian's ('65) (Thanks again Beej for the wonderful present you sent this week) for breakfast and B-ball... As happened when Number 32 ('63) and I had planned to have a picture of all Bomber Marines in the Bomber Bowl at R2K... we forgot until almost everyone was gone... so a few of us jumped into the back of Warford's pickup and Keeney met us along the way (we didn't have the heart to tell him it was just for Richland born... and besides... the Big Fat Liar had already tainted our purity)... and the result was the "Sorry 7" Picture that has endured in name and photographic history)... so please... '65ers and any and all others that would like to see our sorry mugs one more time, please join us! FRIDAY DAY I assume Werner ('65) will be taking the boat up the Reach... limited seating so get in touch with Terry if you plan to go... I'll be with Kenny Dame ('68) getting a Rat Fink Tattoo with the bomb on his chest... [take pictures! -Maren] FRIDAY NIGHT gathering at Ronna Jo's ('65)... RJ and Davis (Knox) hosting... I had hoped we would again meet at the 3 Margaritas or whatever place because so many kids from so many classes join us there on Friday night by design or accident, but Davis says with all the old man's hair growing out of his ears, he cannot keep track of the conversations in that big room... so all you who normally meet us there please take note we'll be at RJ's new digs... I'll get Maren addresses for this stuff when I get a minute... otherwise my cell is (702) 375-6961... call and I'll let you know... I'll also be at the Marriott with the Big Fat Liar SATURDAY DAY: Car show... just goof around check to see if my tattoo is alright and Keeney hasn't slapped it... . .. SATURDAY NIGHT: Party at Cecilia Bennett's ('65) new home off of GWWay... again I'll get the address to Maren or call... We'll make a Costco run in the morning for beer, wine, water and soda and try and get a couple of snack trays... but bringing more beer, wine etc. wouldn't hurt... hint hint (same for RJ's party Friday nite)... SUNDAY MORNING: group breakfast somewhere unless Beej wants to do that wonderful breakfast again... but I'll letcha know... fly, drive and walk out after that... booooooooo hooooo That's the Skinny for now... luvnkisses -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Charles Rahmig ('65) ~ 2/12/47 - 5/24/08***************************************** ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` April, 2008 ~ June, 2008