take a few minutes to tell us something about yourself: career,
family, travel, hobbies, favorite high school memory, etc.
Send your submission to Candi
(Noorlun) Ehrich. Married alums, please
send separate memory pages. Please note if you prefer we NOT
include your name, address, e-mail and phone information (or any part
thereof) at the BGHS Class of '74 site.
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Carol (Ackley) Smith
Patty (Adams) Rogers
Gina (Alvarado) Elliott
Joan (Ankenbauer) Sandgrist
I spent over 20 years in the Navy as
a cryptologist and electronic warfare specialist (Eric Wise, I was a Dirsup
'R' Brancher) on ships, subs, aircraft and shore stations. I lived in Florida
('74-75), Scotland ('75-80), Virginia ('80-84), Spain ('84-88), Florida
('88-89) and Virginia ('89-96). In 1994 I retired, took my VA Bill and got
myself a degree in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, 1996.
In 1996 my wife and I moved to North Carolina where we
renovated a 1920s 5,000 sq. ft. bungalow. In 2000 I moved to Upstate New
York for six months and ended up working there for three years ('00-03)
in a variety of restaurants in the U.S. and doing freelance work in Ontario,
Canada. I returned to North Carolina in '03 to my wife and will hopefully
finish the renovations of the house.
I have four children: one in Seattle, one in Georgia,
just north of Jacksonville, Florida, and two who returned to Scotland. I
also have five grandsons: two in Georgia, one in Seattle and two in Montrose,
Scotland; and my one granddaughter is also in Montrose, Scotland.
I've worked many restaurant positions in Miami, Virginia,
North Carolina and New York. Currently, besides being "retired," I own/operate
a personal chef service, have a full time day job and sell antiques on the
I may be in the area this summer and, if the planets
align, might be able to join the class for the dinner portion. My reason
to be in Washington at that time will be to help a family member move to
Let’s see, for my last
26 years . . .
finally joined the 90s and bought a computer. I held off as long
as possible. I was so glad to find out about ClassMates.com (which
is how Ann found the BGHS Class of ’74 Website).
am living in Ocean Park, Washington, about nine miles north of Long Beach.
I work in the office for Ferrellgas (propane company). I was married
last October to Jim Moore, so now I am Jeannene Ann Moore. We have
lived together for the last five years. We are buying a house up
here on the tip of the Penninsula. We can hear the ocean from the
deck of our little beach hut.
works for Safeway in Astoria. I waited tables at Mario’s in Ocean
Park and saw a few of my former classmates. But it was time to conform
and go to a 9-5 with weekends off as my daughter, Stevie Ann, is a teenager
now, and we all know what hell that is! I am now getting paid back
for every single party I lied to my parents about. My sons, Aaron and
Wesley Buck, are all grown up now. Aaron is a produce manager for Safeway,
is married and has a daughter. So, yes, I am a grandma now. Wesley
is in the Army Rangers stationed at Fort Lewis. He’s been my joy in life
along with my Schipperke dog, Trixy.
a great life I have: a wonderful husband and we are all healthy. We love
to fish and go clamming. Life is good. God has truly blessed me
even if I did come out of the 70s. It will always be a great time
to remember. Just think of all the great music and fun times of
our youth. I hope to be able to see everyone at the next reunion,
as my brother just bought a house not too far from Lewisville Park!
And I will have a place to stay.
you come to the Penninsula, give me a call! Stop in for coffee and
to visit anytime.
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Audrey (Baker) Courser
Susan (Barber) Stratton - 2004
A bit of inforamtion
about me: I have three children: Angela, 21; Myles, 20; Jana, 18; and two
adorably handsome grandsons: Daymian, 2 1/2 years and Kyrin 8 months. I
work as a Special Education Teacher. I've climbed Mt. St. Helens twice and
enjoy walking, quilting, reading and hanging out with my grandsons and,
of course, my family.
Louella (Barton) Bennett
went to work for the Federal Government during the summer of 74. I was
a regional fire fighter. I was stationed in Wind River of the Gifford
Pinchot National Forest. I traveled over most of the western states fighting
fires. I met my bride, Marion, while working in the woods during the summer
of 1977. She had been assigned to my crew. We were married August 7, 1982.
During my forest service days I went to school, graduating from Clark,
then Central Washington University in 1979 with a degree in Elementary
Ed. I later earned a Master's degree in the same field. Currently, I am
completing my 25th year of teaching at the primary level in Battle Ground.
I teach fifth grade at Captain Strong Elementary.
I have no children, but I do have a dog
named Rusty. He is a Wired Haired Pointing Griffon. Rusty's a versatile
hunting dog. We spend way too much time hunting birds.
My bride and I travel each summer. Usually
we head to Alaska. I think I have gone to Alaska at least once a year
since 1980. Other adventures have taken us to the usual places, Mexico
and Hawaii. A couple of years ago we visited Ireland. We purchased a travel
trailer in January and plan to follow the Oregon Trail this July. I hope
you all are healthy and happy and have a great reunion. I hope to be able
to attend one someday.
Beverly Becker - 1999
I have been involved in land use/environmental issues for over eight years
now. I started my own business about five years ago, BDK Development.
I handle all forms of permitting, which keeps expanding with every new
ordinance/regulation that comes about from the agencies in control.
Now with the listing of several fish species, my work will become even
more complicated, but I love it!
became a grandmother on Valentine's Day of 1998! A beautiful little
blue-eyed girl, Ashley Anne Becker. After raising two boys, I am
having a blast with Ashley. I plan on getting her a pony this fall
and, yes, just basically spoiling her rotten! The boys are doing
great. Danny, my 21-year-old and Ashley's dad, is a foreman for
a local underground commpany. My 19-year-old, Kasey, is still at
home. He works as an equipment operator for the same company his
as for travel, I did move to northern Idaho in '97, LOVED IT!!!
But, I could not stay away from that little grandbaby of mine, so back
I came. I do, however, plan to retire to that area someday.
my interests are to spend as much time with Ashley as I can. I do
also enjoy my garage sales, junk stores, pawn shops, and gardening.
are not a lot of high school memories left in this old head. I do
remember my woodshop and gymnastics classes; for obvious reasons, they
were my favorites! I also remember picking up Lori Musick, who was
always running late, and driving her to games. More often than not,
she was still taking curlers out of her hair in the parking lots.
do hope to see a lot of you at the reunion this year, but if I do not
show up, it is because I will be in Hawaii on one of my projects.
So, take care, and I hope life is treating you all well.
Patty (Beebee) Fjeldos
Becky (Belisle) Miller
- UPDATE! July
2011: Andy announced that he and Debbie had their first grandchild
on July 7, 2011. It's a boy! Jaxon Bradley Schuldt "checked in" at 7
lbs. 12 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Congratulations, Andy!
- Career: Licensed
Land Surveyor, Oregon and Washington.
- Wife: Debbie.
Medical Assistant, Vancouver Clinic.
Rebecca and Elizabeth.
- Travel: Oregon,
Utah, California, Idaho, Hawaii, British Columbia, Mexico.
- Hobbies: Basketball
coach (daughter), hunting, fishing, hiking, gardening, cooking.
- Favorite high school
memory: I don't know if it's my favorite, but who can forget Joe
Potts streaking through the cafeteria at lunch! Playing football.
Don Cyr's class. Senior marathon.
Paula (Bohannon) Wolfenbarger - 2004
just catching you up on my life over the last few years.
living in Vancouver again. I moved back almost three years ago, after taking
a disability retirement from the Army because I have progressive MS. The
days anymore are usually tolerable to almost intolerable. I am loving life,
though, just with more pain. Ha!
My son, Jeremy and his wife still live in Walker, Minnesota.
My daugther Jennifer and her husband and our precious grandson, Jacob, live
in Knoxville, Tennessee. Jacob is 2 and just the "absolute" light of my
My mom has been in failing health, so I spend as much
time as possible with her and my dad. Last year (2003), Mike and I took
a 6,894-mile car trip across the United States. We went (of course) to Knoxville,
Tennessee, then back through the Midwest, then north to Minnesota, then
home the northern route. We were gone exactly one month. A long trip for
me but knew if we didn't do it then we would never be able to drive it again
and Mike would miss out on seeing the U.S. I had seen it all several times,
but he had only been to Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Lots of memories
Well, 30 years have gone by—see
you all at our 40th.
- Career: I am still working at UPS- 25 years next
year! Only 7 more till retirement. I am not traveling anymore, which
is great. Based in Portland.
- Family: As you can see I finally got married last
year on Sept 19th to Trace Keesee. (Prairie High School Teacher and
retired Coach) I am a new Grandma as of Feb 23, 2004. Thomas Paul, he
is very cute, of course I will be bringing pictures. His Dad Ryan, is
working at UPS part-time and Olive Garden and his Mom, Jessica is going
to school at Clark. My oldest son Brent, is working for Axis Construction
and works out of town a lot. I also have two cute Granddaughters that
came with Trace, Claire and Grace who live in Spokane. Trace has two
grown daughters also.
- Hobbies: Traveling around in our new Motor Home and
golfing! Can't wait till retirement!
trying to cram 35-years worth of my life experiences in just a few lines,
and found that I couldn't.... so I'll just include the important ones: I
was married (1st time) 25 years, had two kids, Bryce, now 29 and Rachel,
now 25. Moved from Seattle to New Hampshire 1994, divorced 2001, remarried
2003, moved to Florida 2004. Then, thinking I was going to retire in Florida,
my dad had a stroke, June 2008. We sold our house and moved back to Battle
Ground, July 2008, to take care of Dad and Mom (before it was too late).
Dad is doing fine now.
I am a paralegal for a firm in Portland, and my husband
Tom is in construction. Neither of my kids are married, nor do I have any
grandchildren. Tom and I both ride Harleys and have traveled/toured all
over the United States.
It is strange coming back to Battle Ground after so many
years and am looking forward to attending our 35-year class reunion and
seeing my classmates who I grew up with all those years ago.
Fond memories?: Glee club music contest, Seattle, - Vicki
Pierce, Louella Barton, Debbie Camp, June Weber, Tammy Draper, and I can't
remember who else (I'm sorry), some of us got caught smoking ___ in our
hotel room. But we had a blast. And....all those keggers and hot cars.
Can't wait to see all of you.
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This is a photo of our grandsons:
Preston, age 2 (left), and Braydon, age 4 (right), with our daughter-in-law
Melissa. She is a brave soul and wonderful mother. Melissa brought the
boys home for the holidays all the way from Misawa, Japan, while our son
Michael was in Iraq. They are very active little guys, but it just melts
my heart to hear them say Grandma.
After serving five months on his
second tour flying F16s, we are glad to say Mike is back in Japan with
his lovely family. Thank goodness we are able to keep in touch with them
All four of our children are married
now so there is hope for more grandchildren.
Suzi Jo Canton
Dawn (Carner) Shinn
Hi, fellow classmates:
Nancy and I have been married 24
years now and have two children, Sarah and Emily. Emily will be a senior
this fall at La Center High School and is looking at attending Colorado
State next year for an Animal Science degree. Sarah will be a junior at
WSU and is working toward an Agriculture Teaching degree. Both girls enjoy
horses so we have a pair for them. Nancy worked at La Center School District
for 9 years until last June when she got a job with First Independent
Mortgage. I worked for 18 years for Interstate Wood Product maintaining
a fleet of trucks and trailers. While I was there I had the opportunity
to build the Joint Venture a Bonneville Salt Flat speed truck. In 1996
I took a job with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, where I maintain all of the
fire department's equipment.
Most of our travels have been here
in the Pacific Northwest. We have a travel trailer and enjoyed camping
in it. But now that the girls are older, we don't have much time to go.
I have had the opportunity to travel in Alaska on some jobs for a fire
department consulting firm. We have a nice secluded place and enjoy staying
home. Hope all is well.
Mark J. Casaw
Cindy (Casteel) Zitt
Sharon (Charlson) Lampien
Shelley (Claflin) Massie
Hope to see a lot of you
at the reunion in 2004 . . .
- Worked for the last
14 years at Jenkon International in Vancouver but was laid off in February
due to company downsizing.
- Am currently working
as a consultant and plan on attending WSU starting in September to become
a Web Developer.
- I have two boys,
22 and 21, who are graduates of Prairie and still live in Vancouver.
- I have been married
for 26 years this September.
- Hobbies include
horses, camping, computers and SCUBA diving. I am also a 4-H leader
and Clark County Fair 4-H Superintendent for the Horse Department.
- We have a website
that shows off some of our critters, it is http://www.geocities.com/nelsongc
Sylvia "Sib" Cryblskey
Laurel (Dahl) Miller - 1999
Hi, to All!
husband and I are still in Scio, Oregon, on our 10-acre farm. We
love it, and it's very peaceful and quiet out here. I work with
children as a child care specialist for South Albany High, and the teens
there learn about early childhood development and parenting skills.
I also help at St. Mary's, a private daycare, and hope to next fall be
working for Head Start with special needs children! My husband Kevin
works with Bechtel, one of the largest construction companies in the world,
as an operating engineer. Currently, he is working on lightrail
at the airport.
year we went to Cancun, Mexico, for our 15th anniversary and are going
again next year. The two years before that we traveled to Cobo San
Lucas, Mexico. We hope soon to go to Alaska on a cruise and in two years
go to Egypt to see the pyramids at the Gaza plateau. We both love
to travel and see new things and places a lot!
wait to see everyone! God bless.
I moved to Georgia two years ago in
March. I had been living in California for 11 years and decided
that I had had enough of the rat race. I wanted a better life for
my kids so we moved next door to the parents of my significant other.
After going through a rough divorce that took me over two years to get,
I met Bull, my significant other, and had two children late in life.
We have been together for over nine years now and the kids are Witney,
age 8, and Thomas, age 6. The kids love it out here and I have grown
fond of it too.
The town of Ocilla is very small.
We have a total of two stoplights. The school is very good and the
children enjoy it. Bull has lots of family here so the kids have
lots of family to spoil them. Bull's uncle just became a superior
court judge this year so we just mention his name and then people can
figure out who we are!
We are very active in our church.
I teach preschool Team Kids on Wednesday nights, the kids are active with
the children's choir and have fun night every 6 weeks with their Wednesday
night Team Kids class. Bull helps out with the youth group and is
looking forward to going to Super Wow with them this summer.
Bull stayed in California up until the
end of October of last year so it was a rough year and a half that we
were apart. He was a manager for a convenience store and didn't
want to leave before he could collect on his retirement benefits.
I worked for a big HMO insurance company for eight years. I went
from a claims assistant to a data entry specialist to a claims processor
to a coordinator (under supervisor and over processors), but I worked
my job on site and then came home and telecommuted with the same company
at night and on weekends for unlimited overtime. I finally said
I had had enough and wanted better for my kids so we moved. There
was just too much drugs and killings going on in California, and I didn't
want my kids to get involved.
I now work at the local day care facility
and take care of babies age 6 weeks to a year. I love it even though
they wear me out. I take care of anywhere from four to six babies
at a time by myself. I occasionally take care of the other age groups
but I don't like to. Babies are easier as they can't run away from
you and they can't talk back. They don't get into as much trouble
Bull works at the Pizza Hut in Fitzgerald
(14 miles away) part time as he needs to take two trips back to California
for graduation and weddings of two of his close friends and then a week
this summer with the church group. I hope to be in Washington this
summer for a well-deserved vacation and hopefully family reunion. I haven't
been there in five years. I was surprised to see the Web site on
grads as I found it through ClassMates.com. I wouldn't have recognized
hardly anyone!!!! I hope to be at the next reunion as I have missed
every one of them so far. Pretty sad on my part.
Keep in touch.
Joan (Dixon) Schmidt
Cindy (Delaney) Stacey
Tamara (Draper) Trenda
a quick update. Ken and I have been married 34 years. WOW!! We have 6
grandchildren: 3 boys and 3 girls. They all live in the area. They are
so fun. Ken works for Shaver Transportation. We still live in Venersborg.
We love to go camping and boating every summer. I am actually trying to
learn to play the guitar. I think I started 20 years too late. Ken still
plays his saxaphone in the community band. A favorite memory we were talking
about was when the marching band and majorettes went to the Seafare parade
in Seattle and hitched a ride with a taxi driver we named Fred. He drove
us all over Seattle for free. It was a fun weekend.
haven't been to a reunion and now it's 25 years later. I decided
I would attend the dinner and at least see how everyone else is fairing
through life. I'm currently employed with the Oregon Army National
Guard as a Training Officer. I finally made it to the rank of Major
and will retire from the service in February 2000 with 25 years under
I am a statistic. I'm divorced and have two children. My first
recently graduated from Squalicom High School in Bellingham, Washington,
and my son will be a junior at Evergreen High.
recently purchased a new home and spend most of my evenings pulling weeds
and transporting my son back and forth to his friend's house. Other
than that I'm doing great. It'll be nice to see everyone again.
2009 - After almost 30 years of marriage I am now "spouse-less." It was
a pretty intense time, but I have learned to embrace whatever circumstance
I am given and try to find wisdom through the experiences!
I have been a paraeducator at Alki Middle School teaching
behaviorally challenged 6-8th graders for nine years. I'm now looking
for a new career direction and that has been an interesting challenge.
I am just starting an online business selling handmade items.
Chad is now 29 and living in Tucson, Arizona.
Jon is 27 and is a high school teacher, but is trying
to become a firefighter. He and his wife, Mollie live in Renton, Washington,
with my first (and only) grandchild, Genesis. She is 10 months old and
makes my heart smile!
Nathanael (Nate) is almost 25 and is a part-time firefighter
with Clark County Fire and Rescue hoping to get hired full-time soon.
My daughter, Katelyn is almost 23 and lives with me.
Despite the challenges and painful journeys that have
come my way (and there have been many. . .), I am amazingly content. God
is incredibly good and has blessed me with children who love and serve
Him and are fiercely protective of me and bring me unspeakable joy.
Jan (Edwards) Mc Rae
is good here. My folks turned 80 this week (written June 6, 2009).
They are doing great. I have a wonderful job and work with great people.
I'm Director of Facilities, Design, and Construction. It keeps me busy and
I get to do and build lots of fun things.
boys are in college. One in grad school and one will be playing basketball
for San Diego University starting this fall. Not sure where his height came
from...the milk man, perhaps! He's quite the star. Averages about 28 points
per game. Played allstar throughout Europe last summer. Both kids are straight
A students. We're proud of them. I stayed away from the kid thing. Mine
are four legged.
I have about 4 acres on Puget Sound and have lived in
my place for a long time now. I sea kayak and whitewater raft every chance
I get and love being on the water. I love gardening and have lots of flowers,
veggies, and fruit trees. My dogs are my buddies. Two Australian shepherds
and one PekaPom who looks like a mini Husky. They are beautiful and are
great companions. I've been single for 6 years or so and it suits me fine
right now. I think it's the Saggitarius in me...independent and adventure
Ardith "Ardy" (Everson) Davidson
Rita (Fellows) Carlson
taken me 25 years to get around to attending my first reunion. Should
I've been a painter, landscaper, woodworker, professional musician (actually
made a living at this for seven years), and apartment manager.
Currently I have a home repair/handyman business. Been doing this
for about three years. I recently passed the exam to become a
California licensed contractor.
- Family: My
wife Valerie and I have been married for eleven years and have three
children: Bethany, 8; Andrea, 5; and Elizabeth, 2. I also
have two children from my first marriage. Christina is 19, a '98
graduate of Hudson's Bay. My son David is 15 and will be
a sophomore at Bay this year. For anyone who remembers my mom
as a grade school teacher or was in her third grade class, she is alive
and well and still living in B.G.
- Misc: Relocated
to the Bay Area in '87 while playing music. Met my wife in North
Lake Tahoe. We don't get to travel much, although we drive up to B.G.
every year for Christmas. We purchased our first home three years
ago. This year we sold that one and bought a larger home.
For a time, we considered moving to the Vancouver area. Home prices
are getting so ridiculous here. I guess my roots have grown pretty
deep though. That and perfect weather six months a year made it
hard to want to leave. I just have to face it. I've become
and interests include playing music, fixing up our house, computers, and
New in 2009: http://www.sixstringband.com
Judy (Fouts) Thompson
(Franklin) Taylor - 1999
been married to my husband, Donald, for twenty-two years. We have
four boys. Our oldest son, Bob, is 20 and is serving a mission for
our church in the Independence Missouri Mission. He has been serving
for 1 1/2 years and will be done with his mission in January and will be
returning home and going to school. Our second son, Brian, is 18 and
just graduated from LaCenter High School in June. He is working two
jobs to earn money to go on his mission this fall as he will be 19.
He earned his Eagle Scout Rank this last year. Brent, our next son,
is 16 and will be a junior in high school this next year. He keeps
real busy as he runs cross country and track and is a wrestler and also
is busy with Boy Scouts as he is trying to complete his Eagle Rank.
He is also in the high school band, which keeps him really busy. Brady,
our fourth son, is 13 and will be in 8th grade. He keeps busy with
Boy Scouts and is in band at school and is also a wrestler. Donald
still works for the city of Portland as a Maintenance Manager over the city
equipment, where he has worked for twenty years. He is also still
in the Navy Reserves and has about a year and a half to go before he retires
from the Navy. I keep really busy taking my boys to all the things
they are involved in. I am also busy working with the youth at church.
I do a lot of volunteer work at the high school, and I am president of the
Music Association and do a lot of volunteer work with the band and choir
at the high school. We still live on a 40-acre farm in LaCenter, where
we have about 15 to 20 cows. As a family we like to travel and go
camping, attend the boys' sporting events, keep busy with church functions,
and just have fun being together.
Ray Frohs - 2004
- Family: Cindy
and I have been married 25 years this September.
- Career: I'm
self-employed. I started Frohs Machine Service in 1999. I troubleshoot
and repair CNC and manual machine tools.
- Travel: Vegas,
Tahoe, and Hawaii.
Matt, 22, will get his degree through Eastern Washington University.
Brandon, 20, is going to Western Washington University. Lindsey, 18,
will be attending Washington State University this fall.
- Hobbies: I
still enjoy cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads.
- Favorite memory:
Road trips in the fastback to ball games and parties.
Lura (Gaylord) Taylor
Renee' (Gilcrease) Riggins
Linda (Glassett) Hadaller - 1999
- Family: I've
been married for 24 years to John Hadaller. We have four children
together: Shawn, 23; Michelle, 22; Jason, 20; and Zach, 16.
Also I have one daughter-in-law; her name is Jamaica. She's married
to my son Shawn.
- Career: I
work for the Kelso School District as an instructional assistant at
Kelso High School.
- Travel: Mexico,
Jamaica, Nassau, and Hawaii.
- Hobbies: Reading,
camping, traveling, and my family.
and Vickie's new home! See Vickie (Ward)
Hagedorn for the 2009 update. Randy submitted this update in 2004.)
My career with QWEST Communications
has now expanded beyond 25 years. My job has given me some great opportunities
to live in some wonderful places including MT, MN, CO and returning to West
Linn, Oregon, in 1999 where I have been the Vice President for QWEST overseeing
Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. I enjoy traveling with Vickie, fishing and golfing
(not necessarily in that order!). I took an exceptional trip to Alaska this
summer fishing for salmon on the Nushagak River with Larry Fisher and Loran
Cummings (both class of '73). We are in the process of beginning construction
on our log home in Montana in preparation for retirement. As our girls grow
older (22 and 19) it is more pleasant spending time with them.
Best HS memory . . . Meeting my wife and best friend
my sophomore year. (I had to say this because it was her best memory!)
Hi there, everyone!
Just a little update.
Craig and I are going on 35 years of marriage as of October.
Our son, Bill, is now working for the City of Woodland in the parks department.
Our daughter, Kimberly, will be celebrating her third year of marriage to Corey on the 30th. She is still at Barnes and Noble as the Café Manager now. But here is the exciting news—She is going to make us GRANDPARENTS for the first time around Halloween!!!! So looking forward to spoiling a little one!!
Craig is not working at WSDOT anymore. Got him to quit after 22 years, and he is a lot happier. He is driving truck when he wants to and works around the place fixing all the things that he has wanted to do but never had the time … so between the logging, cattle, fences and fields, he’s been pretty busy.
Me, I am now working full time at Woodland Auto Supply as their cashier since last August, so I’ve been pretty busy myself.
Hope everyone is doing great. Take care!
Karen (Hamal) Miele
Judy (Hamlin) Peden
Cleo (Handlos) Hill
Toni (Harlson) Purannen
Editor's note: We just recently heard from
Kathleen. She didn't intend for the message below to be added
to the site, but it was such a fun note (about the mini-reunion and all),
I had to include it. She promised an update in the near future.
I would love to attend the next planned
reunion. Please keep me posted. I understand that there was indeed
a 20th reunion. I had contacted BGHS for information and was told
that no reunion was planned. I forgot about the 25th but heard from
Loren Williams (after the fact) that it was held as well. Loren lives
about 100 miles from me, in Providence, R.I. He and I had a reunion
this summer with Bob Gaynor who lives in Japan. We had a great time
together and amazingly enough, shared so many common interests, it was
frightening. It was as if 27 years just melted away. We still
got along like we used to and felt very comfortable with each other.
I have been in e-chat communication with
Kim and Vivi. They have brought me up-to-date on their lives.
I just can't believe that Kim is a Grandmother!
I will update the BGHS website.
I have to think about how to condense 27 years into a couple of paragraphs....so
much water under the bridge. I had so much fun reading about fellow graduates.
I actually moved to Connecticut from San Francisco ten years ago to take
care of my parents. Turns out they are pretty darned independent
and moved last April back to Vancouver, WA. After graduating from
Lewis and Clark College in Portland, I worked in Portland and ended up
taking a job in Seattle, stayed in Seattle for 3 years, took a job in
San Francisco, stayed in SF for 10 years and ultimately ended up in Connecticut.
. . . It is great to be in touch with
Betty (Hausrath) Wilson
Daria (Hawkins) Stevens
Karen (Herri) Gillette
Debbie (Hogan) Reinhart
have I been doing in the last 30 years? An intimidating question!
the Navy as a surgical tech, met husband, Vic Borden and moved to his hometown,
Kansas City, Missouri.
1980-1984served in the Air Force Reserve as
an aeromedical tech, attended community college and had 2 babies. Vic becomes
a Baptist minister. Now the fun startslife in the fishbowl.
1985-2000got out of Air Force, had 2 MORE
babies, Vic became senior pastor at a Baptist church in Kansas City, I stayed
at home and homeschooled all the babies until they started jr. high school
( I told you it was fun) and then we sent them to high school in Peculiar,
Missouri. (yes, there is a town in Missouri named Peculiar.) I took a medical
coding course and got certified as a medical coder.
2001 to presentWe are still serving in the
same church, son Adam graduated from high school and joined the Navy. He
served in the Persian Gulf on the USS Constellation. Suzy graduated and
will be married in the near future. Betsy and Priscilla are still going
to high school in Peculiar. I work for a medical billing office as a radiology
coder. We had adventures, too, but there is not enough room here to tell
Nicki (Hooper) Shefchek
After High School I got married and had two wonderful
children, Marissa (now 31) and Eric Jr. (now 29) after only six years of
marriage we divorced and in 1983 I decided to try it again. This marriage
resulting in the birth of my last child (Charles) Curtis (now 25) and ended
in divorce after ten years. Through the years I moved from Amboy, to Battle
Ground, to Portland, to California and back to Portland. I have worked in
food service all those years, with most of it being a waitress at Jubitz
Truck Stop in Portland. In fact I have been with Jubitz for 26 of the last
32 years. In 1993 I met Raymond Kos and we have been together ever since.
We are still trying to decide on a wedding date, but I think it will be
in the near future.
About five years ago a friend at work suggested that
we start college together. Would you believe it: I graduated in June with
an Associate's Degree in Nursing, passed my State Boards in July and now
I am staring a new career as a Registered Nurse. I really am thankful for
such a supporting family that enabled me to achieve this goal.
The last few years has been so busy with work, studying
and clinical rotations there hasn't been a lot of time for fun, but we still
found time to do some camping, rafting and family get togethers.
I've kept in touch with a few fellow grads over the years
and even made it to a couple of the reunions. This last one just wasn't
possible, because that was right when I was graduating and studying for
After graduation, I immediately joined the Navy and actually
turned 18 in boot camp (August ‘74). After spending a couple of years bouncing
around Hawaii and the Far East on a US Navy Destroyer, I returned to Vancouver.
By that time I had married my high school sweetheart (Dianne Uskoski). That
ended in divorce after almost 5 years and one daughter (Lisa). I went to
work for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) as a Lineman, working
and/or living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. After 15 years of
climbing power poles and towers, I took a desk job in the safety department
and spent the remainder of my time there as an electrical safety specialist.
I met the love of my life (and my wife) Dawna shortly
after my divorce while living in Eugene, Oregon, and we have been married
for 26+ years now. We have three children: one girl and two boys – Amber,
25; Charley, 24; and Kelby, 12. Amber is married and living in Battle Ground.
Charley is also married, in the US Army and is currently deployed to Iraq.
He has recently been selected to enter the Warrant Officer Flight Training
program so will begin training as an Army helicopter pilot soon. Our 12-year-old
son, Kelby keeps us young and always on the move (parenting the second time
around is great and, YES, believe it or not, he was planned!). We have been
blessed with one grandchild and another on the way.
After many years with BPA, I was ready for a change,
so I took a safety job with the US Navy in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Now with
nearly 34 years of civil service under my belt, I’m not too far away from
retirement. We moved here four years ago and absolutely love living here.
The laidback lifestyle suits us very well, and the people here are great.
We have a house in north central Oahu and have no plans of ever leaving.
We are avid scuba divers, as our entire family dives. So between that and
riding my Harley around the island, life is good. We are very involved in
our local church and spend as much time in and around the water as we can.
My high school days were full of some great times and great friends. Thanks
to all of you that contributed to those memories. Aloha.
(Huffstutler) Noble - 2019
I am retired and spend time studying the Bible, swimming, quilting, embroidering and other crafty things.
I married David Noble in July 2018. We have 4 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
We like to spend a lot of time with the family.
We love God and love to travel—just around Oregon so far, but in the future, sky’s the limit.
We like camping, fishing, shooting, and David loves to fly.
Pat and I will celebrate our 32nd
anniversary in December. I still work at the PLU library and Pat teaches
science at Franklin Pierce High School. Naomi, 29, lives in Puerto Varas,
Chile, and is involved in international business and advertising. Robert,
27, lives just 2 miles away from us and is working at PLU and completing
a biology degree there. Brian, 24, will be moving back home from California
in August and is working towards a Masters in Fine Arts. Heidi, 21, will
be a senior at WSU in the fall and is majoring in nutrition. We are pleased
that all our children are happy and have found that special someone, but
no weddings and NO GRANDCHILDREN yet! Ah well, all in due time. In our spare
time we work on our rentals and camp at our favorite spot, Priest Lake,
Thelma (Jolma) Rosenlund
Linda (Jones) Boon
Dawn K. Julian-Boyd
- Married to Fred Boyd for 14 years.
- Two kids: Jaime, 16; and Wade, 12. We also
have two cats, two dogs, and two rabbits.
- Moved back to Vancouver 1997 to escape the rat race
- Working at SWMC part time. Fred works in Longview
at Bud Clary Chevrolet.
- Hobbies: Gardening, quilting, camping, skiing,
biking, and traveling. Fred enjoys collecting baseball memorabilia,
restoring old gas pumps, restoring old cars, and duck hunting.
- Travel: Western Caribbean Cruise in 1998 and
Las Vegas (twice a year at least). We lived on the East coast
in 1987 for about two years. We love amusement parks and have
been to a lot of them throughout the U.S.
- Most recent project: Building a new home in Ridgefield,
which should be complete by Christmas, I hope!!!
- Favorite high school memory: When the Hudson's
Bay football team stole our big Tiger mascot from the entry and our
football guys (and others too) went to get it back!! Also, in
the 9th grade, when Joe Taylor walked me to my bus and gave me my first
love note. I still have it.
Debra (Keitth) Fandrich
Jan A.K. (Kennedy) Conley
Kay (Kopman) Sattler
Editor's note: Debbie (Camp) Fisher received
a note from Ric Kraus in January 2006 with the following update:
I'm living in AZ at the moment finishing a Bachelor's
Degree in Social Work from ASU. I plan to attend Law School next
fall, possibly in Seattle or Spokane.
After high school and college at CWU, I spent several
years as an actor in various parts of the US including Seattle, New
York and Chicago. It was during my acting career that I dropped the "k"
from my first name. (It just looked so redundant next to the "K"
in my last name!!)
Ruth (Kulla) Seppala
Janet (Lane) Patterson
Chuck Le Count
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Mary (Manesco) Osgood
Shannon (Marler) Soder
Terry L. McClellan
Kim (McCoy) Fuger
I am currently living in Thailand, but in the
US for about six weeks for vacation and work. I was in Battle Ground two
weeks ago but am now on the road working. I don't think I am in a position
to assist with the reunion at this time and will not be able to attend
Sorry, maybe the next one.
I am still married to Cathy, my wife of 22 years.
We have two girls. Meri, who is 19, is majoring in Biology
at UC San Diego. She wants to pursue a career in the area of medicine.
Sheena is 17 and has one more year of high school to go. She doesn't
know where she will go to school, but it will be a place that is free
Cathy has been a full-time mother and
wife. We have been fortunate to have lived the lifestyle of our
parents. A career soccer mom—nothing wrong with this in our judgment.
I have worked for Dole Food Company in
the Quality Control area since graduating from college. My job has
allowed me to live in Hawaii, Thailand, Philippines, and California.
It has also allowed me to travel extensively throughout Asia, including
China and other parts of the world. I have become an expert in the
canning of pineapple and other fruit. I have been working extensively
the past three years on "Dole Fruit Bowls," one of our new products.
I hope you have had a chance to try it.
I am looking forward to seeing some very
old friends at the reunion. This will be my first.
Sharon (McRae) Tribe
Sue (Merriman) Nelson
Patsy (Miller) Syverson
Divorced with three girls. Sara works
for Homeland Security at Sea-Tac Airport, Andrea is attending college in
Walla Walla to become an R.N. and Julia is a sophmore at O.C. High School.
I work as an R.N. at the Clark County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center.
I am a business owner of PJC Properties, LLC. (own and manage properties),
and I also volunteer for a secured women's shelterWomen Against Domestic
I have a beach house near Long Beach, which I really
enjoy and get to as much as possible, and I've been to Florida and Mexico
recently for the warm, blue-water experience!
I take hikes in the Gorge, play poker, Scrabble, kayak,
and remodel on my house. Some of my favorite H.S. memories are of skipping
school and going fishing with Trudie Walker, Mr. Correy's Biology classes
(a great teacher), and a Psychology class with Dave Santos who was stoned
every day. :o) I remember some good parties...Andy Beseda's, Dean Patterson's,
or any open field to name a few...possibly why my G.P.A. wasn't the best!
It will be good to see everyone!
Arlene (Monette) Gardner
Dennis and Judy are both licensed
real estate agents at RE/MAX equity group. They have two grown sons who
are married (Mike and Shawn) and one college-age daughter (Jenny) who
is engaged and will be married this fall. They enjoy one grandson, Jake
Williams. Incidentally, they share Jake with another member of the class
of 1974Ken and Peggy Ritter are his other grandparents!
Hobbies include boating, water-skiing and camping.
They attend Living Hope Community Church near Prairie High School.Their
favorite place to travel to is Maui, Hawaii. To contact them you may e-mail
them at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
Dennis & Judy Williams
To view all properties for sale in Clark County including aerial photos,
go to my website at www.denniswilliams.com
If you know of anyone thinking about selling or buying
a house please let us know. We love your referrals!
Janeva (Moses) Rakos
PO Box 573
Black Diamond, WA
Laurie (Musick) Webb
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Julie (Nielson) Walters
Danna (Nelson) Freeman
’09: In a bit of transition but life’s good overall. My boys are great –
they keep me grounded. Connor, 15, and James, 13, are into skateboarding,
track, John Stewart and the Colbert Report. We relate to the same humor
which is a good thing. Their core group of friends are kids they met in
Kindergarten, and I’ve been lucky enough to develop a whole new group of
friends through them in their parents. Professionally, I’m still passionate
about the real estate business even with the challenges in today’s market.
My focus is on Portland’s east side although I love venturing into downtown
and NW. What a beautiful, livable city to have access to, and I’m lucky
enough to tour around the most awesome neighborhoods.
Here’s to yet another reunion. When I talk to friends
who don’t have the committed alumni it takes to make their reunions happen,
I’m reminded how fortunate we are. Thank you reunion committee!
didn't graduate from Battle Ground but went to elementary school with
many who graduated in 1974. (Editor's note: Heidi attended
grade school in Hockinson, so we encouraged her to join with other alums
listed. She has offered to share photos of our classmates during the "younger
years." Thanks, Heidi.)
(Noorlun) Ehrich - 2009
Craig and I celebrated our 35th
wedding anniversary in 2008. We took up ballroom dancing in 2000 and get
out every chance we can to spend some quality time together.
I am enjoying working as a paralegal in the Estate
Planning Department at the Landerholm Law Firm. Craig is still at Entrance
Controls, a company specializing in computerized card access for large
corporations and government facilities. He also keeps busy with Ted, our
27-year-old son, who started his own software company when he was still
in high school. Ted writes a variety of software programs that are used
mostly in security applications.
Our 30-year-old son, Ben, got married in November
2006. He and his wife, Kelly, are living in Vancouver. It's nice to have
them close so they can pop over on a regular basis.
Cruises continue to be our favorite means of escape
from the winter rains. We celebrated our recent anniversary on back-to-back
Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises in October/November 2008.
Gayle (Norman) Hinshaw - 1999
do I begin? I am single (still)! I have two very beautiful
daughters: Jessica is 22 and Melissa is 17. I manage the Thriftway
store in Camas. I have been employed for Danielson Thriftway for
far as interests, I love to snow ski, although I don't go as much as I'd
like to. Every other summer about ten girls get together and go
to Hawaii for a couple of weeks. I take both of my daughters, and
my sisters and some friends go as well.
of my family are still alive and well and living in Vancouver. My
best friend is Vickie (Pierce) Gaines. I have a new man in my life;
his name is Jay Altenhofen.
I became a Grandma on November 3, 2002. Alyvia
Hayden Embree is the daughter of my oldest daughter Jessica and her
husband Doug. Alyvia is my pride and joy and looks a lot like her Nana,
don't you think? Jessica just found out she is expecting again in January!
Check out the photo of Gayle and Alyvia on the Little
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Cindy (Oakes) Phillips
Leslie (Ott) Plummer
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Judy (Jorgensen) Palodichuk
Teresa (Parsons) Willmschen
wife Trudie and I are enjoying the empty nest years. Josh, our oldest,
graduated from UW and is gainfully employed in the Seattle area.
Ryan has recently joined the Marines in aviation. Last but not least,
Nick is working and going to Clark College. He is still at home
but only for refueling and recharging purposes.
a financial planning practice in Vancouver, and Trudie works in support
enforcement with the State. We have been fortunate to do quite a bit
of travel but our main avenue of escape has been camping and our place at
Andy and I have been married
for ten years. He is my best friend. Kryssi is a legal secretary for the
prosecutor's office and has two beautiful girls: Sierra, 7, and Kayli,
5. They are the light of my life. The girls and I took a trip to the Dominican
Republic to visit their dad and his family last year. It is a beautiful
country that we got to appreciate even more because we were locals. For
the cigar smokers, you will appreciate that I bought a box of Macanudos
and Arturo Fuentes for 25.00 per box.
Andy and I have made a yearly
trip to Mexico. We love the sunshine and for me it is the only way to
deal with our gray winters. This next year we will be going to Mexico,
St. Thomas and Ireland. The trip to Ireland will be made with my new sister.
We just found each other. She was given up at birth for adoption. Nina
is forty four and a lawyer in San Francisco. She was the miracle of my
bio dad and an affair he had. Nina and I will be taking our fathers ashes
home to rest.
My son Brett is married and working
for Leopold. He travels with his job and is so busy we communicate by
email. Brett and his wife have a new puppy, Gunner.
My hobbies stay the same reading,
boating and enjoying life.
I still work at Juvenile Court
and love my job as a Probation Officer. There are heartaches but enough
rewards to keep me going.
Hope to see all of you!
Check out a close-up of Kay's "grandma photo"
on the Little Tigers page.
A lot seems to have happened in the last five years.
Here are some of our highlights:
About four years ago Nick was involved in a very serious
accident. He was driving our mini-van at noon taking the ramp from
Ross Island Bridge onto I-5 when another car merged into his lane.
It had rained that day for the first time in a few weeks so when he swerved
and hit the gravel on the side of the road, he proceeded to skid.
If you know the ramp, it runs parallel to I-5 and is probably 50-feet
high at the place where the accident occurred. He wasn't wearing
his seatbelt, of course, and when he went off the road the van rolled,
caught in some blackberry bushes and was propelled thru the air to land
on its top blocking the two center lanes of I-5. He walked away
with bruised ribs. The policeman couldn't believe he walked away;
the cop told me that it was a miracle he was alive. And it was.
Of course, I was in Houston, at a board meeting. When I came back,
he wanted to sell our business and buy a farm. Oh my god!
I moved away from the farm for a reason and I'm not about to go back.
So, we started a journey. We hired a business coach
who was affiliated with a company in California that held a program called
the "Entrepreneurial Edge," a seven-month program. Nick and I did
that program for two years and I did one year of their "mastery" program.
It was kind of fun, traveling to CA every month, gave us the excuse to
do some site seeing and family quick trips to CA. But now we're
coaching with a woman who is in our community and it is working very well.
Our business has doubled in the last year. I have been moving away
from the day-to-day management and accounting end of our business into
the Sales and Marketing. My job now is to be on the phone or in
front of people every hour of every day. It's fun and what girl
doesn't love the opportunity to be on the phone all day. That's
where we are today. We still do photography (commercial only, no
portraits, please!) and have added graphic design, printing and website
development to our list of services. Check out our website at www.photo-design.com.
Maria was involved with a group called Amigos de las Americas
and traveled to Brazil for eight weeks one summer and Paraguay the next
year for eight weeks. I joined the board and served as their president
for a term and a half after she left the program. It was great.
Got to travel to Houston four to five times and meet some extraordinary
people from all over the country. It's a great program and I encourage
anyone who has a child 16 or older who has one or more years of Spanish
to look them up at amigoslink.org or to call me. I could talk about
it all day.
BJ is attending Benson High School. He's interested
in becoming an airline mechanic like his grandfather, and Benson has some
great programs to give him a head start. Of course, I'm in favor
of his working for an airline so his mom can fly for free............
He's on track to join the Navy next summer, has a job at UPS till then.
And then there's Sophie, our 7-year-old—the princess, the
light of her father's eye. It's great to have her now when we can
enjoy her so much. She learned how to ride a two-wheeler this summer
and joins us when we do our downtown jaunts over the Hawthorne Bridge
to the Riverplace Athletic Club where we are members.
Same old story, still having a happy ending every day.
Looking forward to the reunion, can't wait to see you all.
J. Pierce Gaines - 2009
to all my fellow Tigers! 35 years and we're all still cool! No one else
may think so, but that's okay. Only our opinion counts!
Anyway, I'm so sad to miss our 35th class reunion. There
are so many of you that I really enjoy seeing. I guess it will have to wait
another 5 years. EEK! We will be close to 60—that
I'm still married (19 years), finally have a granddaughter
(she's almost 2 years old) and my baby is 14 and heading to high school.
If you ever hear the name J-rod, that's him. He's a rowdy and fun guy (gee,
I wonder where he got that from?) that likes to hang out at the skate park
in Battle Ground. We live in Vancouver, but when he discovered BG he fell
in love with it, and it's his favorite place to hang.
I'm still with the Evergreen School District, working
with special needs middle schoolers. They rock. I love middle school! Don't
think I felt that way when I was there, though.
Blessings to you all! Everyone take care and enjoy each
Signe (Plunkett) Pierce
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Shari (Rea) Fenton
Betty (Reed) Dallman
Pam (Ridgeway) Age
Deena (Riggens) Weilund
a quick update. Peggy and I have been married 34 years. WOW!! We have 6
grandchildren: 3 boys and 3 girls. They all live in the area. They are so
fun. I work for Shaver Transportation. We still live in Venersborg. We love
to go camping and boating every summer. Peggy is actually trying to learn
to play the guitar. She says that she thinks she started 20 years too late.
I still play my saxaphone in the community band. A favorite memory we were
talking about was when the marching band and majorettes went to the Seafare
parade in Seattle and hitched a ride with a taxi driver we named Fred. He
drove us all over Seattle for free. It was a fun weekend.
Lori (Roberts) Oltmann
Patty (Romey) Wallway
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Naomi (Sarkela) Tapio
(Sarver) Hyde - 2004
I have been married
30 years to a great man and my three children are all grown. We have a 3-year-old
grandson that is the joy of our lives. I live in Redlands, CA, and work
for the University of Redlands. My husband is pastor, believe it or not,
and he pastors a mission church in San Bernardino, CA. We have purchased
a second home in the Tacoma area on the Puguet Sound and will return to
Washington to retire.
Great memories of school: friends, parties and basketball
Donna D. (Schaber) Ayers
9, Lindsey 7 (update?)
much changed since our last reunion. I did end my self-imposed retirement
and returned to work full-time last year, hated it, quit, and now work part-time
for Portland Youth Philharmonic—too
many hobbies and responsibilities to squeeze in full-time work. This
includes our beach house where we relax every month and party every summer,
golfing, my incessant crafting and decorating, the kids, computers, and
the Internet—me being a self-admitted
junkie. This summer we spent our vacation in lavish style in San Diego,
where we visited relatives and friends.
Amy (Siemer) Steinbock
Connie (Siemssen) Huse
Laury (Silva) Giffin
am still married to Bill but he is no longer in real estate. My son Clay
just graduated form the University of Washington and is going to continue
with school for two more years in Seattle. My son Reed is 16 and goes
to Ridgefield High School. I still have my little business doing cosmetic
tattooing and electrolysis; although, I am learning about investing on
I took both of my sons to the Portuguese Azores Islands
to see where all of my family came from. I have also traveled to New York,
Washington DC, and take yearly trips to California.
have been married to Gary Jones for 18 years. Our son Wyatt (14) loves
playing hockey (his position: goalie). Our daughter Morgan (9) has been
learning how to Irish dance. I have been working as a graphic artist for
a printer in Tustin, California, for the past 4 years, along with working
freelance for the past 15 years. I enjoy reading and scrapbooking. As
a family, we enjoy camping and participating in the local YMCA Parent/Child
Juanita (Smith) Stark
husband and I now are living in the Tri Cities. We have lived here before
and are thrilled to be back. We both work for Rockford Home Inc.: Chuck
as the project foreman, and I sell new homes. Rockford Homes is a home
builder out of Ridgefield, Washington. We will stay here until he decides
to move us to another area (be it Idaho, Arizona, Montana, etc.).
We have done a lot of traveling. Our next trip will be a cruise to Aruba
for our 29th anniversary. We have been into motorcycles. I am taking a
three-day class here so that I can get my endorsement and then my own
Both our sons were married last summer, and Shawna
was divorced. We have no grandkids, and it will be awhile yet. The boys
live in Vancouver, and Shawna has a place in the Tri Cities. She is going
to CBC for a degree in business management. Life is
Kim (Stith) Hixson
My life has changed a great deal in the
last ten years. Steve and I will celebrate our 35th anniversary this summer.
We now live north of Yakima on a small farm in a beautiful valley. We are
addicted to the beautiful weather here, but still make trips to the "west
side" to visit our only daughter, her husband, and grandchildren. We have
our first granddaughter who is a year old this spring - she is adorable,
of course. She joins our two beautiful step granddaughters who are 11 and
13 this year. It is so much fun to watch the teen age years through grandma
eyes! We still have our horses and ride and compete in dressage. We moved
to Yakima when I was recruited for the position of Finance Manager for Yakima
Valley Libraries. Last year, the Library Trustees appointed me Interim Director
of the Library District. I am on my way to complete my Masters in Library
Information Science and will continue on as the Director after that. If
you are in Yakima, don't hesitate to stop in and say hello. Thank you to
everyone who is working to put the reunion together, and to those who maintain
the connections through the website. Happy 35th to all.
Sheila (Studer) Sedlak
Vivian (Sutton) Witt
I can not believe it has been 30 years . . .
I am married to Vince Witt and have
been for over 28 years. I have worked for Battle Ground School District
for almost 18 years, currently as an administrative secretary. Vince works
for Tidewater Barge Lines. He enjoys fishing and hunting, while I like
to garage sale and refinish old furniture.
We have two sons. Casey is 27 years old
and is a Civil Engineer for Lawson Land Services. On the weekend, he works
for Wayne's Saw Shop in Amboy as a mechanic. Lucas is 25 years old and
volunteers in the Child Care area of the Orchards YMCA. This last year,
he has been learning to live in an apartment by himself and is really
doing quite well. I am very proud of both of my sons.
(Swanson) Morris - 1999
of my most recurring school memories is Mr. Peru in Choir. He taught
us to appreciate musicals and older movie themes, that Tom Jones wouldn't
last long singing because of how he used his vocal chords, and that we
could sound great as a choir if we would practice, practice, practice.
(1999) Left Saudi Arabia March 1998. Now live in Reno, NV. Spent
those eight years traveling the world. Have seen most of the world,
including Bali, Nepal, Russia, Australia, Tibet, India, Korea, Japan,
England, Germany, . . . Getting the bug to travel again. Have been
Now live in Reno, NV (Come on Down!). Will be married
to Kari Olson of Chippewa Falls, WI, by the time I see y'all.
connected with us through Classmates.com and is interested in possibly
joining us at the next reunion in 2004. Laurie spent most of her high
school years at BGHS before moving to Portland with her father late in
her junior year. She is very happily married to her hubby of 20 years,
and shares proudly about a "wonderful" son, who will celebrate
his 18th birthday in the near future.
My life is in a transition
period. I was married for almost 20 years, and my wife set me free May 24,
2004. I'm doing well spiritually and am looking forward to seeing all of
you '74 grads.
I am building kitchen cabinets for a couple of contractors
and would like to thank Pat Coughlin for helping me make the transition
from building furniture to cabinets.
I'm still friends with Jeff Ellertson, and we have
had a good time buying and selling mobile homes on the side.
I sponsor a basketball team and play City League
with my 24-year-old son. We also play on the same softball teama team
I've been on for 23 years.
My most memorable high school moments are many.
The ones I can talk abut are few. We were so fun.
Love you guys,
P.S. Dawn, I've changed my mind about spending the golden years with you.
Your husband didn't take it so well.
Margie (Thompson) Cummings
Peggy (Tribe) Zimmerman
Debbie (Turner) Mitchell
Sue (Turon) Powell
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VanBuskirk - 2019
Hard to believe it’s been five years since our last reunion already. Time flies!!!
In the past five years, not much has changed. Still working and living life one day at a time. Due to cutbacks in our workforce(s), I’ve changed jobs a couple of times. After going back to school and graduating in 2006, I went to work as a maintenance technician at a meat processing plant (B and D Foods) here in Boise, where we specialized in fully cooked, bite-sized chicken, beef and pork products (think chicken nuggets!). After nine years there, we had a new director of operations take over, who promptly got rid of all of the middle and lower management people, myself included. After about six months of unemployment (I was enjoying the time off), I landed another maintenance position at the Go-Go Squeeze apple sauce plant in Nampa, Idaho. Then, once again, we had a shake-up in our workforce, and again I was looking for work. The time off gave me a little taste of the retirement life, and I had a tough time talking myself into going back to work. But the bills still needed to be paid, so I went back to searching for work again. I had a short stint at another packaging facility as a maintenance man, which went nowhere fast, then I found a home at a place called RoofCo. in Caldwell, Idaho. We manufacture custom flashings and sheet metal roof trim. I’m the only maintenance man in this small “mom and pop” shop, and I keep quite busy keeping all of the equipment running. I love the work, and I have the opportunity to explore my creativity a little bit. I’m currently building a couple 55-ton hydraulic presses that I designed, engineered and built from scratch. I find great satisfaction in building things, and this job gives me lots of opportunity to do that. I plan to finish out my career there. The hours can get a little tiring at times (I’m usually up between 3:00 and 3:30 AM) in order to be to work by 5 AM, after a 35-minute commute. But I have afternoons to do what I want.
My wife, Phyllis, finished her career as an educator and librarian in September and decided to retire. She is loving retired life and spends her days working around home and doing volunteer work. We enjoy time together antiquing, going to estate sales, enjoying music, gardening and riding our motorcycle. Our kids are all busy with their lives, and we don’t get to see much of them but do enjoy the time we do get to spend with them and our 11 grandchildren. We volunteer regularly at the Idaho Botanical Garden, where we’ve seen quite a few concerts, including Neil Young, Santana, Crosby Still & Nash, Paul Simon and many others.
This past summer we attended the nationally famous Harmonica Festival in Yellow Pine, Idaho. What an adventure! We’ve also made trips around Idaho and Utah when we’ve had time.
With so many changes in employment, I haven’t been able to accumulate much vacation time. The last time we made it to Washington was five years ago when we came down for the 40-year reunion. But this year things are back on track and we are looking forward to being there and seeing everyone again.
Kathy (Van Meter) Nein
William Van Meter
Carolynn (Vassar) Lindeman - 2009
- Teacher in Vancouver
School District for 29 years. Currently at Skyview High School (Phys.
- Daughter Taylor
Lindeman started teaching at Hockinson High School this last year
(PE/Health) — following in Mom's footsteps coaching volleyball and
- Husband Denny
building yachts for Christensen Shipyards.
- White water rafting on the Deschutes.
- Getting ready for daughter's wedding, summer of 2010.
- Fun times when Sib and I TA'ed for Karen (Hill) Morgan.
(Veitenheimer) Le Count
Rachel (Veith) Gana
- Family: Married Terri Hust, BGHS Class of '76; two sons: Duane and Chris; five grandchildren
- Career: Started work in cedar wood mill, 14 years with Vanalco; currently, 14 years with Cemex as a concrete batchman
- Hobbies: Wheelin' in the sand and grandkids
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Cindy (Wallway) Leach
Hey, Class of 74! Randy and I won't be making it
to the reunion this year. Our summer is quite full and one more trip just
wasn't in the cards.
A lot has happened since we visited with some of
you five years ago. Our youngest daughter Erin married an United States
Marine (Bobby) and together they gave us the greatest gift of a beautiful
granddaughter. She is 19 months and just the love of our life (we
are now known as Nana and Papa)! In fact we will be visiting Erin and
Lacey at the end of August in North Carolina where our son-in-law is currently
stationed. He will be off in Yuma, AZ doing maneuvers.
Speaking of AZ our oldest daughter (Emily) is now
living in Phoenix and working for an independent claims adjuster. She loves
her life in the sun.
As for Randy and I, well, we built our dream home
two years ago in Thompson Falls, Montana on 20 acres. It is a large log
home and you can get details about it from Debbie (Camp) Fisher who recently
visited with her husband Larry or Margie (Thompson) Cummings who acted as
Randy was able to retire this past February after
30 years with QWEST Communications and promptly went to work for his Uncle
who owns the mill that manufactured the logs for our home. Between his new
job, fishing, hunting, and golfing he has little free time. However, we
do manage to sneak in some travel here and there (NC; AZ; Maui; Mayfield
Lake and Ocean Park, WA; OR and Whitefish, MT) and enjoy our time together.
I have kept busy with a book club, bowling league and landscaping our yard
these past couple of years.
I hope all of you have a great time at the big doings.
Hats off to the committee for all of their hard work. If you would like
to contact Randy or myself you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and if
you are ever in the NW corner of MT please look us up. We would love to
Jeff Weber - 1999
married to wife Sandy of 23 years. Three kids: Adam, 22; Jaime,
20; and Mandy, 17.
Patty (Weisenborn) Akerill - 1999
midst of building a house with two boys of my own and two step sons.
I lost my job after 16 years at Blue Bell Potato Chip. We closed down,
but I worked till the last day: June 5, 1995. Two weeks later
I took the flagger test, which I passed, and the next day I went to work
for Tapani Underground. I worked there till December of that year
(laid off). I was eligible for benefits to go back to college through
the Private Industry Council, so I did 18 months later. I graduated
with a 3.57 GPA. I was very proud of myself. This was in June
of 1997. Well, then the resumes went out. No job. No experience.
So I worked for a friend at the LC Video Store, where I met a member who
offered me a better paying job as a CNA (certified nurses assistant) in
a foster home. I worked nine months and my sister called with a job
offer at Family Medicine. We are the three-year residency program
for physicians who want to establish a family practice. I love it!
I started in medical records as the runner, and after ten months was offered
a promotion with a $2.39 raise as a scheduling coordinator. SWMC will
pay for me to go back to school and with this success now, I may not stop.
I want to be a massage therapist with an offer for my own shop in LaCenter.
This is my goal. Hopefully by the 30-year reunion. This will
be my greatest success.
- Husband: Ken.
Brandon James, 20; Nicholas Lee, 19; Steven William, 11; and Kenny James
Donald A. Wellman
- My wife Pam and
I have three boys. I'm still working in construction.
Loren's FutureWorld Blog
I was on my computer this morning and ran across the website for the Class
of 1974. Man, what a shock to my system—35-year reunion. Wow! I'm
still in shock.
I am employed nowadays at the Nutter Corporation as a heavy equipment
operator. My wife, JoJean, and I have no children; however, we do have
some very special nieces and nephews that we love very much. Our
two Dobermans (Boss & Jacoby), they are our babies :-) We love
camping, hunting, fishing, working on our property, and just being US.
a great day!
Hello to all,
Very busy these days. Been working my tail off, might
keep up with the tax man. Keeping up with what will make a new day better
than the last.
I will always be a Battle Ground Tiger.
Hope everything is fine and dandy with everyone. Might
not be at the 35th cause I’m scheduled to be out of town on that date,
Rebecca (Wisner) Fridrichsen
John F. Woodruff
a quiet place of remembering, these friends are a chapter in our lives.
A moment shared, or just a smile, makes them always a part of us.
We remember them with certain fondness and joy in having known them.
Pam (Holter) Borden
Doris (Jones) Lund
Doneta (McClellan) Christensen
Shari (Rea) Fenton
Patty (Romey) Wallway