Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/07/18
4 Bombers sent stuff:
Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)
Bill SCOTT ('64), Carol CONVERSE ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie Dawson ('60)

BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '63, 11:30 (1st Wed.)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56)

To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60)

I had to laugh at the Cherry bomb in the ash can- already in
your youth you were preparing for a life with explosives. It
was foreseeable. Wish I had thought of it!

-Diane AVEDOVECH ('56)
>>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

Re: 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - Official Iditarod Site

It is said that the winner can be found among the first 15
teams into Nikolai... 11 of the 15 are on my "Watch List".
Here's what that list looked like:
	Ryan Redington/7 
	Nic Petit/46 
	Mitch Seavey/13 
	Joar Leifseth Ulsom/33 
	Ray Redington Jr/17 
	Wade Marrs/11 
	Linwood Fiedler/8 
	Jessie Royer/36
	Aliy Zirkle/31
	Richie Diehl/29 
	Hugh Neff/68
	Michelle Phillips/18 
	Mats Pettersson/3 
	Lars Monsen/61
	Peter Kaiser/30 

Looks like Mitch may try to just take the lead and keep it. I
believe he's now begun his mandatory 24 hour rest in Takotna
(mile 329).

Next Checkpoint:
OUT OF IDITAROD (55 miles to Shageluk)
  Iditarod Pop: 0 - This ghost town, once a community 
  of over 10,000 - the heart of the Iditarod Mining
  District - from whence the trail got its name. Dog 
  teams hauled supplies and mail into this area and were 
  then laden with gold for their return trip out. Between
  1908 and 1925, about $35 million in gold was taken from
  this area. At that time, gold was worth around $20 an 
  Ounce. Iditarod IS the official half-way point on the
  southern trail.
INTO IDITAROD (mile 432)

OUT OF OPHIR (80 miles to Iditarod)
  Ophir Pop: 0 - Checkpoint: Dick & Audra Forsgren's cabin
INTO OPHIR (mile 352)

OUT OF TAKOTNA (23 miles to Ophir)
  Takotna Pop: 51 - Town has a store and a restaurant. 
  One of the smallest towns with one of the biggest
  welcomes - famous for pies & homemade food for mushers
INTO TAKOTNA (mile 329)
1 Mitch Seavey/13 

OUT OF McGRATH (18 miles to Takotna)
  McGrath Pop: 479 - Two stores, a bar and a restaurant. 
  Last av gas (except Galena) till you get to Unalakleet
  Lodging is available with advance booking.
2 Ray Redington Jr/17 

INTO McGRATH (mile 311)
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom/33 
4 Nic Petit/46 
5 Wade Marrs/11 
6 Ryan Redington/7 
7 Aaron Burmeister/64 
8 Jessie Royer/36

OUT OF NIKOLAI (48 miles to McGrath)
9 Aliy Zirkle/31
10 Linwood Fiedler/8 
11 Richie Diehl/29 
12 Peter Kaiser/30 
13 Hugh Neff/68
14 Mats Pettersson/3 
15 Michelle Phillips/18 
16 Kelly Maixner/52
17 Robert Redington/34 
18 Rick Casillo/9 
20 Martin Buser/28	
21 Ramey Smyth/21 
23 Lars Monsen/61
28 Jeff King/40 
30 Matt Failor/55 
31 Anna Berington/4 

INTO NIKOLAI (mile 263)
  Nikolai Pop: 125 - Village store, an airstrip & limited 
  lodging w/advance booking. Checkpoint in Community Hall 
  It is said the winner is usually in the first 15 teams
  to arrive. Leaders due in at about 8am Tuesday. 
35 Scott Janssen/23 
36 Kristy Berington/20 
38 Charley Benja/38
41 Jim Lanier/32
42 Allen Moore/26
44 Brett Bruggeman/37 

OUT OF ROHN (75 miles to Nikolai
46 Monica Zappa/48 

INTO ROHN (mile 188)
66 Tara Cicatello/44

Two have scratched: Zoya DeNure and on 3/6/18 DeeDee Jonrowe
scratched at Rainy Pass. This is supposedly her last race.
She's 64 years old.

Stay tuned...

-Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 60 at 2:30am
>>From: Bill SCOTT ('64)

Re: Coal Bin

I have clear memories of the coal bin in the corner of our E-
house basement at 1407 Jadwin, and of the coal truck pulling
onto the front lawn and extending a chute through the basement
window to send coal flying down into the bin. Sometime in the
fifties, we converted the old gummint furnace to gas, and the
coal bin was taken out. In its place-ah, a thing of beauty. Dad
took two 4x8 sheets of plywood and placed them in the corner on
legs. On them he built an elaborate train layout for the Lionel
train I had gotten for Christmas not long before. Only later
did I realize the amazing amount of work he put into it. It had
a freight yard, an uphill grade with bridge across the back,
beveled pieces of insulating board for the tracks base, trees,
etc. I never used it much, imagination taking a young boy only
so far with a static layout that never changed. But now I
appreciate what he did. He didn't know how to say "I love you",
but he showed his affection with his hands. He was so very good
with his hands, especially working with wood. When I was in 
the Boy Scouts and ready to go on hikes, we couldn't afford a
store-bought backpack, so he built a frame for me out of slats
and furniture webbing, to which we attached a canvas ruck 
sack, and there it was. He built a rocking horse with plans he
ordered from a catalog. And he built a large fence across our
back yard with his beloved Shopsmith multipurpose tool he had
in the basement. I haven't inherited his skill with hand work.
Sure can appreciate it now though.

-Bill SCOTT ('64)
>>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64)

To: Rick MADDY ('67) 

Re: Pictures of Wenatchee Valley

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your daughter climbing the
hills around Wenatchee. My daughter and grandkids also live
there. My daughter and granddaughter climb all around there 
all the time. It's very pretty in the area.

-Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick  
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