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Becky Novarro on September 23, 2014 3:40 PM
Anyone remember being spanked in school, besides me?  I was paddled by Mrs. Cooke in 6th grade.  How humiliating.  BTW, it was Blake Calfees fault...I was too nice to cause such a thing.  (At least in 6th grade, maybe?)

Carl on September 24, 2014 12:57 PM
I know; I know.  Everyone reading the Blog has been thinking, I sure miss Carl's poems.  So this one's for y'all

No doubt a nip is in the air
As we approach this autumn.
I've found my woolen underwear.
I sure am glad I bought 'em.

Thomas Dillon on September 26, 2014 8:47 AM
I remember getting "spanked" at least 4 times by staff at Knob -- by the teacher on the 1st and again on the 2nd day of 5th grade, by the coach/teacher when Geehole and I were acting up and pushing one another while in line awaiting our turn to tumble in gym class, and then by the principal (no Pal) who had issued a prohibition against even making much less throwing snow balls (literally dozens of students were invited to the party in his office that morning after a significant snowfall).
Am not sure that I got paddled at Mercer, but teacher/coach Bob Bishop applied the paddle often. His sister-in-law came into our class periodically to teach the bible. We boys thought that this gave us license to act upand show off. Milfred Cordell was a very frequent receiver as well as Curly. Buddy Belcher? I want to say that a female student (Judy Burgess?) got paddled which resulted  in Carol Blevins, Sara Evans, and Becky towing the line.
We are at the beach in Seminole Country for the next few weeks. Cookie, I only brought one friend (Kay) thinking my chances of getting lucky might be better. 
Go Florida State!

Carl on September 27, 2014 4:35 PM
J. Fred, the comment that follows, follows your lead.
   Just returned from a wonderful overnight trip to Roanoke, VA (my birthplace), having driven down to attend a performance at the Jefferson Center, a performance arts, art exhibits and cultural education enterprise – and a beautiful restoration of Jefferson High School, a pre-WWII structure.  Took advantage of this rare occasion to see the Wood Brothers, a gifted group of wonderful musicianship, performance aplomb, and crowd engagement [if, of course, you like their stuff].  Fred, they probably haven’t appeared on KUSC; and possibly not on NPR.  But what a special experience: folks from (apparently) age 22 - 72, all seeming to enjoy the event in peaceful coexistence.
   Earlier had enjoyed a nice, simple dinner at Table 50, a restaurant in the Roanoke marketplace – always good to visit the old railroad neighborhood with its childhood memories (i.e., boarding the train before daybreak, as a 5-year-old, for the 4 hr. trip to Princeton – the “Eggleston” stop was my favorite because I liked the way the name glanced off my ear; I still do).
  Then, today, on the drive back, a quick diversion in Harrisonburg to Sam's Hot Dog Stand where I savored the best damn slaw dogs I’ve had in 40 years, washed down by a
Dr Pepper (Estd. 1885).  Weather was beautiful, traffic was light, and reds and golds had started to appear in the foliage.
   All of this was to celebrate my 72nd birthday [not counting my original birth day at age 0].  It was all worth the wait; life is good.                             
Fredrick Lucas on September 28, 2014 1:07 PM
Saturday, I drove to Madison Indiana for the annual Arts and Crafts Festival. There were 255 exibitors from around the nation.Some of them were potters. Others made beads especially designed for women. Still others made soap products.  There were photographers and oil and water color painters. A number were food vendors. There was even a band playing music from the swing era. I bought a jar of honey, a CD of American Indian flute music that is very relaxing and a woolen sweater made in Mexico. As I looked at the Ohio River, I thought of the many families who used the river as a gateway to the west. Going home, I watched the barge traffic . The whole experience was very enjoyable.

My final festival for the year will be an October Fest next weekend. The one in Munich is in its secone week. I plan to return to Princeton for an afternoon at the Smith Restaurant. The /Lord Willing and the creek don't rise. I've enjoyed life. Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on September 28, 2014 6:32 PM
Greetingd Tigers
Interesting article in todays Gazette Mail about some folks in Bluewell riding horses to Lindas Drive in. Wimmer was family name. Went to Glenwood with some Wimmers. Not sure where Lindas is located but they had to cross 52 to get there. Geno how about an investiative report? or anyone else in the know?

Keep the faith
Carl on September 29, 2014 1:41 PM
Murph, are you by chance referring to Lynn's Drive-In?
Googlemaps shows Lynn's just south of the Dollar General.
Mike Murphy on September 30, 2014 12:28 PM
Carl - as usual you are right, At least I got the first Letter of the name correct. How is senior living gowing? wish i was old enough to qualify. Patriots got creamed by Chiefs last eve, hopefully WVU will do better this wknd.
On ye Tigers
Carl on October 2, 2014 4:23 PM
Murph, I recall you asking a while back about my parging, but I don't recall answering.  Yep, I finished my "patching and parging" project and think it turned out fairly well . . . for a jackleg.  Maybe it emboldened me because today I set my first-ever fence post: dug the hole by hand, braced the post to ensure plumbness and proper positioning, cemented that sucker down and stood back and admired it.  I tell you, I've discovered at age 72 a way to generate a Chris Mathews-type leg tingle.  Who says that demeaning thing about teaching old dogs?  Life is good.                        MAGFAY
Mike Murphy on October 2, 2014 7:03 PM
A society that praises philosophy because it it held in high esteem and looks down on plumbers as lowely, will have both Philosophy and Pipes that will not hold water.
Please come to my house and I will give you many tasks to be proud oF?

Keep the faith
Carl on October 2, 2014 7:32 PM
Murph, knowing what sometimes went into those Job Corps training curricula guides [of which I was a participant], I decided just to keep the task close to my simple mind.  I reasoned thru it, took multiple measurements, and plodded forward.  Heck, I think I coulda been a caveman.  [Don't mean to brag.]                       MAGFAY
Cookie on October 2, 2014 8:11 PM
AHA!  Job Corps curricula.  Now it all makes sense.  
A Career Education Disciple
Carl on October 2, 2014 8:15 PM
Did Murph and I just commit indecent exposure . . . again?                                                    MAGFAY
Cookie on October 2, 2014 11:18 PM
Darn I miss everything!  Maybe it was just a cold day!
Tom Dillon on October 4, 2014 9:54 AM
Cold?, 68 degrees here now. Game time is at 3:30 PM ESDT. Temp projected to be 79 degrees at kick-off.
Hope my Seminoles have learned to tackle better. Guys, do you remember the one-on-one drills -- they were brutal. Fred, perhaps I do have some residual problems due to concussions. Is there any one or group with big bucks that we can sue? 
Mike Murphy on October 4, 2014 12:40 PM
Supposed to get down to 39 here tonight w possible snow in Randolph Co.

Tom - I suggest the Seirra Club for your suit!

Worries me that WVU is 27 point favorite over Iowa, but hope springs eternal.
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on October 5, 2014 4:16 PM

Soon we'll travel to the Smith Restaurant in the small city of Princeton where we can have an enjoyable meal. If you go online, her restaurant was reviewed  by the patrons who dined there. Most gave her rave reviews. However, a few gave negative comments. At the time, the restaurant was located on Straley Avenue. To find the web site go to restaurants in Princeton WV. There you will see the reviews.

I want to remind those who are coming to Princeton to be careful of the deer. This is mating season and bucks are driven to mate. Early in the morning and at sundown are times to watch. When I was a student at WVU a deer struck my right fender and I received a dent in my 64 VW beetle.

I probably won't attend the 2015 reunion. The Callaway Family Association is holding a reunion at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. That will occur in October and the gardens are beautiful. Fred Lucas

Carl on October 5, 2014 5:06 PM
Say it ain't so, Fredo.  I know how the Irish love a good family gathering and extended party, but they're not reuniting for the entire month of October, are they?  And Pipestem's practically on the way from Cincy to Georgia; a little detour would do us all good.
   A PHS60 5-year reunion ain't quite the same without you.  Who know's, we might add karaoke night to the festivities.  As Perry Como would say, "Sing along with me, . . ."
Thomas Dillon on October 12, 2014 10:54 AM
Another great week at the beach in Seminole country and my team has two more under their belts -- FSU plays Notre Dame next Saturday which should be a great game.
I am no longer a turtle virgin times 2. In all the years I had lived in Florida, I had never seen a turtle in the wild. A few years ago our family was at Hilton Head and our two sons were on the beach late at night when a turtle came in to lay her eggs -- they did not come back to the house to wake me. I protested loudly the next day and have been the recipient of numerous ceramic turtles for birthdays and Christmas's since then. Have seen my loggerhead twice now swimming in a canal.
Herr Lucas, we have had our reservation for Pipestem for the reunion next year for several weeks. I know you don't like to stay there/nor like the facilities in general, but you need to be in attendance at the reunion -- if not for yourself, for your classmates.
Mike Murphy on October 12, 2014 3:40 PM
Today's Gazette Mail Sports page Headlines - Palmer shines, Princeton thumps St Albans 67-32. Jay Palmer quarterback scored on 85 yd punt return and TD runs of 85, 60 and 47 yds plus a touchdown throw of 60 yds.Is this a relative of Arnold's? I bet it is!

WVU Beat Red Raiders by a Field Goal of 55 yds in last sweconds!
Keep the Faith
Carol Martin on October 13, 2014 9:43 PM
I didn't realize that a trip to the Ford dealership could be so refreshing. Recently, we received a letter that the transmission on my Focus needed to be checked. It would be covered by warranty. Neil had planned to take it, but something came up, so I took my newspaper and ipad and the morning turned out to be fun, not at all as I had anticipated. I thought I would have to listen to some loud person talking on her cell phone or some other unpleasant activity. There were four men and one woman in the waiting room, all were nicely dressed, clean and polite. Two of the men were elderly, the younger two men were probably in their 30's. One of the younger men was talking about coal mining and said that his dad had been a coal miner. I asked if he was from West Va and he said he was from Braxton County. He said that there was nothing for him there and he moved here to find employment. He works at the BMW plant. We talked awhile, he had married a local girl and has a son. The other young man with the "Gamecock" cap, said that he has three daughters and that he most important person in his life is Jesus Christ. The younger two men and I talked about family, faith and country. When the time came for me to be taken home, the lady was dropped off at work and I chatted with the driver who was very nice. He had played football in high school. I told him that my son used to play football with Anthony Simmons at recess in elementary school. (Anthony played for Clemson and later played for the NFL}. He said that Anthony busted his knee in practice and ended his hopes for a college scholarship. I have asked to be the designated one to take cars to the dealership now. Sometimes mundane things can be interesting.
Fredrick Lucas on October 14, 2014 8:25 PM

At this time, I don't know whether the reunion will be in October which I prefer because motel rates and gasoline prices tend to be less because the winter blend is in effect. Also, temperatures are lower than in August. 

The reason that I stay at the private sector motel is that it is cheaper than Pipestem and I get a breakfast as part of the motel fee. I will be staying at the Comfort Suite Inn when I come to the mini reunion. Since I am a member of the WVU Alumni Association, I get a 10%discount on the rate, 

I will probably come to the reunion but I will also go to Callaway Gardens in October 2015, Fred Lucas

Carl on October 16, 2014 9:37 PM
To ALL inquisitive bloggers (and blog viewers):
The 2015 PHS60 Reunion is SET for Oct. 2-3.
Sorry for any confusion that discussions, negotiations, and various preferences have caused.

Soooo, J. Fred (et. al.), plan to be there at a time of lodging and fuel savings . . . plus foliage coloration, moderate temperatures, and gentle, loving spirits.

Mike Murphy on October 17, 2014 10:12 AM
Good news on the timing. Thanks to those who made the changes.

Carol - Are you guys going to sac Harry Reed?

Look for ward to seeing everyone tomorrow at Pat's.

Keep the faith
Tom Dillon on October 17, 2014 10:36 AM
Carl, I had reservations for 10/14-10/16. What's up? Do I need to change to the weekend of 10/2-10/3?
Carl on October 17, 2014 10:27 PM
  Tom, methinks your jetset lifestyle had you on the road and out of touch when a summer groundswell for a move to October arose.  I suggest that you make a reservation for our Oct. 2-3 reunion -- so that you'll have a reliable audience for your oration -- but why not keep your August reservation also, and go down and spread around some of that Indiana wealth during the marvelous WV summer?  Then return in autumn to truly experience "four seasons country" with your loving classmates.
   To Tom and all:
2015 PHS60 reunion is Oct. 2-3 at Pipestem.
  "Be there or be, uh, elsewhere, I guess."


Carl on October 17, 2014 10:35 PM
Was looking forward to the 3rd annual mini-reunion at Pat Smith's tomorrow, but moving has me bound in Bethesda until the truck leaves on Monday.  Have a great get-together all who make it there. 
You're aces, every man jack (and jill)!!!
Thomas Dillon on October 18, 2014 4:52 PM
Just watched our Mountaineers knock off Baylor. If my Noles can do their thing tonight, then my football day will have been made.
Hope everyone had a great visit at Pat's today. Wish I could have been there. Carl, I have sent a request to Pipestem to change my reservations. If that doesn't work, then I am sure Fred will let us bunk with him.
Thirteen-year-old granddaughter arrives on Monday to spend another week at the beach with us. I hope I can keep up with her.

Mike Murphy on October 19, 2014 1:28 PM
Great get together at Pat's Italian Bakery & Resturant. Soft buttery flaky Crousants with wonderfully fresh Chicken Salad and Meat Balls extrodianare, excellent potato salad and a peanut butter fudge choclate cake to kill for.

Horray for Patty the most energetic 60's Tiger. Seriously the get together couldn't have been better. Great Fellowship including a great blessing by Tracy and a great atmosphere.

Thanks Patty
Keep the Faith
Carl on October 19, 2014 4:15 PM
Sounds great.  So how 'bout telling us unfortunates who attended?
Fredrick Lucas on October 19, 2014 9:47 PM
I went to the reunion and really enjoyed being there with "that old gang of mine". Pat did a great job preparing the food and I had a good time talking with everyone. Pat spent time giving us a synopsis of the renaissance project that is designed to transform Mercer Street.Many of the old buildings are now occupied by budding entrepreneurs. Paintings are being done on the sides of buildings.The old Community Bank Building is now the New River Community College. Mercer School has playground equipment. There is a new community garden on Mercer Street.

I went to Pipestem State Park and took the tram ride to the Lodge on the Bluestone River.The tram was made in Switzerland. I ate supper in the Bluestone restaurant and really enjoyed the autumn foliage and the rugged mountains.

Coming through the park, I saw about twenty deer almost all females grazing near the road. I used caution. Fortunately, no deer came toward my car.O dear.

The winter rates go into effect November 1-March 31. The low rare is $69 per night.

Tomorrow I will leave for home.
Carl on October 20, 2014 4:50 AM
J. Fred, you set a fine example of an involved, dedicated classmate.  Thanks for all of your efforts.  See you next Oct. at Pipestem for PHS60's 55-year reunion.
Pete stephenson on October 20, 2014 12:04 PM
Pete here,Ditto to all mike said about the get together.I really enjoyed getting together with all the mates from our class.Thanks Pat for the hospitality and the updates on the happenings around town.A good time was had by all.I think I heard Linda say there was 34 present,I have really enjoyed reconnecting with the local and visiting mates,since my return to the area.Good job to all involved.Faith"Hope and Love to all.
Fredrick Lucas on October 20, 2014 5:41 PM
At the meeting, I spoke with John Pitzer who recently had a case of the shingles. That was painful for himfor a long period of time. If any of you haven't received a shingles shot, please get one. You don't want to be miserable for six months or more. 

Pat also discussed the problem of drug dealers and prostitutes on Mercer Street.One idea was to publish the names of those who solicit prostitutes. On Sunday, I spoke with two ladies who are in their 80's who don't do anything on Mercer Street because they have concerns about their safety.I hope that the community will find solutions to these problems.

It was reported that our classmate Charles Keatley has dementia. I am now in Cincinnati am a bit tired. Fred Lucas
Pete stephenson on October 20, 2014 6:36 PM
Pete here....Speking of Charles Keatley, Linda & I had lunch with he and wife,Winnie, today.  Ended up behind them in line, ended up sitting together and thoroughly enjoyed catching up and reliving old times.  Happy to report that Charles was having a good day..he knew me immediately after not seeing each other for 50+ years.  Plan to stay in touch with them, hopefully Tommy Goins will join us and we can find out why Keat nicknamed him "Ghee Hole"!!!!!!   Faith, Hope and Love


Becky Novarro on October 21, 2014 12:25 PM
Hey Classmates, Sorry I didn't make the mini.  I just love being with my friends and was sorry I couldn't make it.
Jim and I are leaving for sunny Florida tomorrow.  I hope to see all of you in the spring.  Please take good care of yourselves.  Remember, we are all GOLDEN!
Love ya, Becky aka Queenie 

Thomas Dillon on October 21, 2014 5:16 PM
Come on down. It was over 80 degrees today.
Well, played Marco Polo and a made-up game of keepaway-takeaway swimming noodles in the pool with my granddaughter today and am I suffering big time. Don't want to tell Kay how bad I feel so as not to hear the"I told you so" response. 13 years old versus 49 years old will always win.
Queenie, Jim is feeling better? Does anyone ever hear from Brenda Mc? So sorry to hear about Charles.

As Sir Carl, would appreciate a listing of attendees at Pat's the other day.
Tom Dillon on October 24, 2014 11:36 AM
Thanks Darla for the e-mail with info on who attended mini.
Carl on October 24, 2014 2:21 PM
If anyone has photos from the mini-reunion that they're willing to share (, I'll happily post them to our website.  Thanks.          MAGFAY

Carl on October 25, 2014 7:03 PM
I'm red-faced, having overlooked the birthday yesterday of Wil Wilhelm.  Sorry Wil.  Sure hope it was a happy one.
facebook advises me that Johnny Pitzer celebrated his birthday on Oct. 20 (I think).  A belated Happy Birthday to you too, Johnny.


Ched on October 26, 2014 3:34 PM
I'm sorryI didn't make it  to the mini reunion. I saw Gene's pictures on Facebook  and it  seems  as though everyone  was enjoying  the affair. I'll not miss  the next one !!! 
On another  subject, (with Carl's help) I located Bob Lambert and had a nice long  phone "visit" with him.  He has  relocated  from northern Virginia  to a costal  resort  area in N. Carolina. ( Grandy, NC).

I'm  happy for  the  Mountaineers  football success and yes Tom the  Seminoles ( especially when they play ND. I'm not  at all happy  with my Hokies though. After a stunning performance ;winning at Ohio State  they seem to have  fallen appart!!!!!!  UGH !!!

Keep  the  faith All.....

Becky Novarro on October 26, 2014 4:57 PM
Tom, thanks for asking about Jim.  He sees his doctor this week and we will find out exactly how he is.  Thanks to all for caring about my Yankee.
I thought you were corresponding with Brenda Mc.  Never hear anything.
Ched, I talked to Bob Lambert the other day.  As usual, he has plans for the next reunion!  I have decided he has to have gotten fat and that is why he doesn't come!
I lived behind people with a pool and children and heard Marco Polo so much I forbade (sp?) anyone to play that game when I got a pool.  It is almost as annoying as the FSU chant!
For football fans...Concord is doing really well.  Actually rated.   AND, how about those clown costumes the Steelers have on today!  Good grief.  Halloween already.
When we left WV it was 43 degrees.  It's hot here!  Hey, that's why people come to sunny Florida.  Stay healthy my friends.  Good to see postings.
Mike Murphy on October 28, 2014 12:45 PM
It is great that WVU and Marshall are ranked in the top 25, would have been good if they played each other this year. Partial to both since I went to both and taught at Marshall, but lean toward WVU in sports. Geno got benched and Vick is slated to start next game.
Beckey - hope that Jim is feeling better - Missed you guys at the Mini - How about that Pat? Yea

Doug Neal said that Jay Palmer QB for PHS was indeed relative of Arnold.

Keep the faith

Carl on October 28, 2014 12:43 PM
Friends, our website ( of nearly 5 years is approaching the end of its subscription.  I would welcome your input re interest in continuing.  While our “Blog” page is far and away the most active element, the site also includes:
* our “Senior” photos and individual info from our 1960 Yearbook
* lots of other photos from the 1960 Yearbook
* profiles and contact info for classmates
* group photos for our 5-year reunions since 1970
* an assortment of photos from other events
* a “breaking news” page for announcing events
* a list of classmate birthdays
* an “In Memory of . . .” page with available obituaries
Since I have no way of knowing to what extent the website is visited and how much it is valued – aside from the comments posted on the Blog – I cannot assess its usefulness and worth, but would like to continue it if there is sufficient support.
A 5-year renewal with will cost $449.  While a cheaper replacement site could be an option, I lack the expertise to manage such a change (but would gladly assist a volunteer).  Of course, simply discontinuing the site is a 3rd option.
Please let me know your thoughts on this.  A decision will need to be made within the next 90 days.  Thanks.
Mike Murphy on October 28, 2014 12:53 PM
Carl- Would vote to continue web site and will contribute monetarilary if needed to do so.

Hopefully you can continue as webmaster as you have done a wounderful job both technically and as a moderator of this rowdy bunch. You are aces!!!!

Keep the Faith and WWW.PHS60
Thomas Dillon on October 28, 2014 2:20 PM
Ditto, I will support with continued verbal imput and bucks as needed. I don't do Facebook, so must participate in something within the new social environment to remain young.
Also, I think as we age over the next five years, we will be in greater need of the web site for emotional support and communication.
Thomas Dillon on October 28, 2014 5:57 PM
Verbal imput? Can you hear me now? Too much something has fried my brain.
Carl on October 29, 2014 11:25 AM
   Thanks to a number of classmates who promptly responded with interest in supporting the continuation of our current website, I think we have a plan.  [I feel like I'm heading a pledge drive for PBS.  Sorry that I have no CDs, coffee mugs or apparel to offer.]
   Anyway, I'm kicking off the "passing of the offerings plate" with a contribution of the oddball $49, leaving a remaining goal of $400.  Any amount that folks would care to contribute will be appreciated and carefully accounted for.  Should we exceed the $449 overall goal, I will provide pro-rated rebates to all.
   As a frame of reference, a $20 contribution works out to 1.1
¢ per day, over the 5-yr period.  Where else can you access such brilliant insight, commentary, anecdotal amusement, information sharing & political venting . . . plus the occasional, wide-ranging, down-home doggerel by Deeter?
   I'll keep folks posted of contributory progress on the Blog (and probably thru email).  Thank you for your support.
   My address is now  46 Battery Point Dr.
                          Fredericksburg, VA 22406.
Tracy French on October 30, 2014 12:08 AM
I gave at the office but it's a worthy cause and i will be happy to give again.
Check's in the mail...  or I'll bring your bottles back or something of that nature.

Have a good one, Tracy
Carl on October 30, 2014 9:03 AM

Them PHS60 webloggers,

both silent types and pettifoggers,

have rallied around

a cause as profound

as funding another half-decade of PHS60 website content and all the good things – and other things too sometimes – that it augers.

[Just this quickly, I’ve received pledges from 9 classmates; hoping for a total of 20. We’re approximately 46% of the way to our goal, and the sun ain’t set on Day 2. Thanks y’all.]

Mike Murphy on October 30, 2014 10:17 AM
$20 on the way
Keep the faith
Tom Dillon on October 30, 2014 10:48 AM
$20 here. Final week in Florida. 75 degrees here today, possible snow showers  at home tomorrow. It is actually cheaper to stay here during the off season rather than go home and turn the water and furnace on, and start the paper delivery and cable service again.
Carl on October 30, 2014 12:24 PM
Holy moly!!!  The wires are red-hot with pledges.  We appear to be at 49% of goal (after only 25 hours).  Darla's idea of twenty people contributing $20 each has taken off.  I'd say she has 20-20 foresight.
Fredrick Lucas on October 30, 2014 7:45 PM
Since I had a number of debates with Mike which I enjoyed. and since I laughed at the stories Cookie told and since I found Carl's laconic wit stimulating, I vote to keep the site going.

The beginning level is $20. I will donate $35 for the sustaining level.To whom do I send check, credit card number, or money order?

Fred Lucas
Carl on October 30, 2014 8:33 PM
   J. Fred, I applaud your support.  While I wish that I had higher level rewards for those of you "sustaining level" supporters, I regret to announce that "premium level" contributions garner the same absentee level rewards as all others.  And since an ole country boy like me has no infrastructure for Visa, MasterCard, Discovery, American Express, Diners Club, Deeter Dollars, or debit card processing, you may remit check or cash to me at:
   Carl Thomason
   46 Battery Point Dr.
   Fredericksburg, VA  22406.
Since I now reside in your namesake, I'll process any contribution in a respectful Lucasian fashion.
   Thanks for your ongoing support.
Cookie on October 30, 2014 8:46 PM
Check in the mail today!  Thanks Webmaster!
Thomas Dillon on November 1, 2014 11:38 AM
Watching pre-game ESPN coverage of WV-TCU game. It is forecasted to only be 61 degrees here today, so will probably just stay in and do football all day. What a way to spend a Saturday.
Finally have gotten over the weekly Seminole nail biter. Coming from behind every game is going to result in their getting bitten in the buttocks. Is that called alliteration, Sir Carl?

Carl on November 1, 2014 12:06 PM
Tom, I majored in math -- not English -- so I know little about such things as alliteration, but I strongly believe that a bite in the buttocks being barely better than a bee in your bonnet belies my belief that big boys should batten down and barricade against barometric bedevilment (e.g., a predicted high temp of only 61 degrees).  Buck up, bro!
Mike Murphy on November 1, 2014 12:44 PM
This is a critical and tough game for WVU. If they win they most likely will get in the playoffs. Go Mountaineers!!

Also next Tuesday is Vote day. WV will do the right thing and dethrown Harry Reed. Who needs a "hairy" reed. Everyone please vote and especially those in states that can exfoilate Hairy. 

Keep the faith
Monutani Semper Liberi

Mike Murphy on November 2, 2014 11:55 AM
WVU lost by one on the last play of the game!! But Tuesday is still a good day for dethrowning. Everyone VOTE!

Keep the Faith

Pete stephenson on November 2, 2014 12:43 PM
Pete here.Carl.count me in alsoCheck in the mail.You do a fine job on the site and we all appreciate you.Keep up the good work.Our eers lost a close game for sure yesterday.Some bad play calling at the end of the game.Faith,Hope and Love.

Becky Novarro on November 2, 2014 3:29 PM
Let's all say Thanks to Carl for keeping us together on this modern contraption called THE BLOG.
The game with WVU and TCU made me crazier than usual.  However, Karma isn't always kind.  Last week when WVU beat Baylor, the fans destroyed Morgantown.  Yesterday they were adding State Police and considering the National Guard to control the rioting that went on before.  Jerry and Sheila's son is a fireman who works undercover on weekends.  I will find out how bad it was but this time they will be celebrating a sad defeat.  Perhaps it won't be as crazy with the loss.
Tom, it was 45 this morning in Naples.   You and Kaye had to be freezing.  But, no snow!  Enjoy your last week and catch up on eating oysters and stone crabs.They beat eating Blue Gills.
Mike Murphy on November 5, 2014 12:37 PM
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine, could you be mine, won't you be my neighbor?

The Reed is gone!! Maybe now we can get this Jugernot turned in the right direction.

Carl for President in 2016??

Keep the faith

Becky Novarro on November 5, 2014 2:04 PM
I wanted to give you an update about Bob Lambert.  He didn't get fat!  He sent me an article showing his catching some huge fish and the fish was almost bigger than he is.  As far as I know, he is well but unable to join the reunion next year as he's off traveling again, plans were made before the reunion date was announced.
Also, it is now 84 in Naples so our a/c is back on.  Don't hate me because I am warm.   

Fredrick Lucas on November 5, 2014 4:30 PM
Carl don't forget about November Birthdays. When I was born on November 7, I had the winter ahead of me. Those with June birthdays had the beautiful summer that they could enjoy. 

Let's not forget our veterans who served their country. November 11 is Veterans Day.

Afterwards is Thanksgiving. There is so much for which we can be thankful. Our health, families, friends, I am also thankful for pumpkin pie and the charitable services that we give to those who are less fortunate.

Carl does our class have a scholarship fund to which we can donate? Mike wants the country to go right. I don't want any student from PHS to be left out of college because he/she can't afford it. Fred Lucas
Carl on November 5, 2014 5:09 PM
Thank you J. Fred!!!  And just in the nick of time.
Stan Hill - Nov. 5 [that's TODAY]
Fred Lucas - November 7
Gene Law - November 15
Raymond Kidwell - November 20
Delores "Cookie" Hill Brown - November 21
Patty Baker Anderson - November 24
Rick Swope - November 24

Ched on November 5, 2014 6:23 PM
Happy Birthday All....
I have  a  $20  Check in the  mail to you  Carl.  Thanks  for  what  you do !!!
 I had  a nice  telephone visit  with Bob Lambert. He  seems  to be  doing  well and has  relocated  from Northern VA to a  costal resort  area in NC.  Nice  to here  from him.

 I am a very happy camper  today as  the midterm election exceded my hopes  and  expectations: 7 Senate  seats gained  with probably  1or  2 more  to come, 12  house  seats gained and GOP  governors in  Mass., Ill, and MD. ( Cookie is happy  today).
  Also  we  get  to see  Harry Reid  go to the back of  the room !!!!
Maybe now we can get  the  country turned  around before  too much more  damage is  done !!!
 In Mikes  words " KEEP THE FAITH".
Carol on November 5, 2014 9:18 PM
Republicans are alive and well. Governor Chris Christie attended worship service at First Baptist Church in SC last Sunday with Governor Haley. Am I dreaming?
Cookie on November 5, 2014 11:17 PM
Happy! Happy! Happy!
Biggest upset in the country took place in the BLUEST of states, the State of Maryland where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 and control every aspect of government.  Larry Hogan, a non-politician (an Annapolis businessman and son of former Congressman Larry Hogan Senior) won by 7 points.  It was a long night at our local firehouse.  Even though our local candidates were out-spent by 7 figures, EVERYONE was a winner.  Not one Democrat won their race.  Our County Republicans carried all 5 seats on the County Commission, sheriff, House of Delegates and State Senate candidates all won.   In 30 years I've never seen the turnout we had at the local polls.  Larry is a man to keep an eye on!  What I witnessed in Southern Maryland over the past 6 months was mind-numbing.  It was dirty politics and race-baiting at its finest.  Larry didn't win this with the base of the Republican party.  They crossed party lines to get him elected.  He was on message from beginning to end.  Firstthings first--abolish the "rain tax."  You read that right.  The sleeping tiger has awaken.  
Carol on November 6, 2014 5:46 AM
Cookie, I hope the sleeping tiger doesn't doze off.  A road tax was defeated in Greenville Co.  Our roads are awful, but folks are tired of tax increases.

A note of clarification:   If isn't unusual for candidates to attend Baptist churches when they visit here.  Ted Cruz was at church recently.  I attended a meet and greet later in the day.  Mike Huckabee speaks at the same church that Cruz attended when in town.  But Christie??   According to the paper, he and our governor wanted to attend Trey Gowdy's church.
Mike Murphy on November 6, 2014 10:39 AM
Fred - I do want things to go well for all, esp West Virginians and having good job opportunities is more important than college. You must not be aware of the WV promise scolarship program which finances college for WV HS grads who have a B average and score at a certain level on SAT. However many college grads are having to work at service jobs and stay in parents basements especialy Liberal Arts Grads. Fortunately the Community College system in WV finally broke off from the 4 year and University system which was sucking them dry and they provide greater career opportunities.

Perhaps you and your socialist friends could lobby the EPA for more reasonable standards and the State Dept to approve the Keystone Pipe line and by the way don't go to McDowell County and let them know you belong to the Seirra Club.

Carol - It is great to know that the race card is not working any more, esp in NC.

Hopefully the Democrats and Republicans and the socialist independant can start creating an environment where all people can achieve their economic potential and not be sidetracked by a handout. 

Carl - how are we coming on the web financing, if needed I might be able to do another $20.

Keep the faith
Ched on November 6, 2014 11:20 AM
 I agree. We need  to teach marketable  skills to  the  young of  today. The Tennessee  comunity college  system includes highly  technical skills  training  which icombines mechanical as  well as  electronics/machine  control.  Upon completion they recieve an associates  degree  and  are prepared for high skilled industrial maintenance. A 4 year  degree is not  the only  way up !!!
Fredrick Lucas on November 6, 2014 7:01 PM

I've been a member of the Sierra Club for many years. We are like any other citizens groups. We brought lawsuits against companies operating coal fired plants. Several have been closed as a result of the lawsuits. This should help those with respiratory problems related to air pollution. I mentioned in the past that the club won a lawsuit in Cincinnati which was forced to upgrade the sewage system.

Mike you like anyone else are free to found or join any group and advocate your position.You can even file lawsuits.

Much of the pressure to curtail coal fired plants comes from international pressure.

Mike are you aware that a woman in Mercer County who wants the services of Planned Parenthood must go to Charleston . Fred Lucas

Ched on November 6, 2014 11:14 AM
 I saw on the news about  the remarkable  GOP  win in " Blue  MD".  Congratulations on the  change in your  state!!!  The congressional map  that I saw on Fox shows  a few streaks of blue in a  sea  of  red.  This  country is fed up  with  the liberal/socialist agenda of  the  Dems.
 WV elected by a large margin, a woman GOP  senator !!!!

Carl on November 6, 2014 2:55 PM
You say you saw something on Fox?  What's Fox?  Is that some Tenneessee tabloid from the Pigeon Forge area?

Carl on November 6, 2014 3:48 PM
I've had it up with you guys.

and I couldn't be happier, gratefuller, or prouder of my PHS60 cohort.
We've reached our website
funding goal.
DO NOT -- repeat do not -- send any more money.

Thank you, you kind and generous folks.  We're set for another 5 years.  [Be sure and put it on your 2019 calendar.  I'll be back asking again.]  Thanks again.

Deeter on November 6, 2014 9:47 PM
Carl, just what kinda nutcase are you anyway.  [No, No; don't tell me.]  What sorta person sends out word -- in screaming, large font format, no less -- telling people not to send him money?  You know, you just beat all.
Fredrick Lucas on November 7, 2014 6:52 AM

You called me a socialist. OK. I don't label anyone including you. The United States has been the only major industrialized nation in the world without a comprehensive health care plan. Like Senator Sanders and others, I have been interested in some of the European and Canadian plans. I have advocated that these plans be studied to determine what would work in our cultural matrix.

We got the Affordable Health Plan. It is not the greatest but its a start. You and the right have offered no alternative to this plan. Do you want people to continue to be ruined financially because they  have no health insurance?

Voters in Hamilton County Ohio approved a levy which helps the University of Cincinnati Hospital cope with the expense of providing health care to the uninsured and underinsured. I voted for the levy.

Fred Lucas

Ched on November 7, 2014 10:36 AM
One of  the  many problems with the HCA is  the  fact  that in most  cases everyones premiums increased  as  a  result and  a method  to pay for it. There is no free lunch!!!! Also as I understand it many who had health insurance were  forced off of it because  theirs did  not "qualify" under  the ACA. There  are some few good  components  to the ACA but it misses on many  fronts ie,  tort  reform, nation wide  competition between insurance  companies, etc.  Health insurance is a good  thing and  all  responsible people  should have it but  I dont see it mentioned in the  Constitution or  the Bill of Rights.
 I do not  want to be come  socialized  state like Europe or Canada

Ched on November 7, 2014 10:40 AM
One  final point is  that I can think of nothing  that  the  federal government does  efficiently. There is  absolutely no incentive  to do things  efficiently.  Why do we  think that  a  government  health care plan  could be  any differently
Carl on November 7, 2014 10:53 AM
Call me a niggler, a nitpicker, a contrarian if you will, but I think the federal gov't. certainly has the capacity for efficient operation, even if it rarely does so.  For example -- I really wanted to say "to wit" but that sounds too lawyerly -- my understanding is that the NSA has been marvelously efficient in tracking the communications of journalists and other American citizens.  Yes, I realize that Lois Lerner is the notable exception, but that doesn't disprove my basic point.  I'm confident that there are other examples (tho' none immediately come to mind).  I trust that this is a contribution to the general discussion.

P.S.  I think that my trust was misplaced.  Oh well.                     MAGFAY
Mike Murphy on November 7, 2014 1:37 PM
Fred - Are you playing the liberal war on women card with the planned parenthood comment? The "Affordable" care act should take care of her (his) needs and I thought PP was a NGO that was funded by contributions. Perhaps you can contribute.

Sorry I labeled you a Socialist, you just sound like one. And as far as you labeling me a Troglodite, I just attribitate that to liberal reactionism. 

You indicate (parroting liberal blogs) that the right has no plan for Health insurance. That couldn't be farther from the truth, at least 10 major plans have been proposed that include selling insurance across state lines, tort reform etc and include keeping your doctor and insurance policy and adressing pre existing conditions. As far as the poor is concerned, have you heard of Medicade, CHIPS and the fact that hospitals have to treat people even if they are illegal aliens?

Perhaps the Seirra club can help the lady or man from Princeton with their expenses to travel to Charleston, buy the way what is in Charleston medically or psychologically that is not available in Princeton? Also What about the 5000 WV Miners who are out of a good job because of your tree hugging?

I am definately a Fiscal Conservative and believe in the Constitution for Federal Government Guidance and it makes me just slightly irritated when Liberals imply that I (and other conservatives) do not care about the poor, minorities including women or the environment or call me racist when I dissagree with the President's policies.

I believe in equal opportunity for all including a good paying job for all who can and will work with the least amount of government interference. Roads, security and a safety net for needy citizens is the Fed Govs perview and otherwise stay out of the way.

Ched - you are right on about ACA, and just wait till the other shoe drops in 2015!

Cookie - Never thought Maryland, which I used to reside, could come to their senses? It is amazing, but don't let the libs "rain" on your parade. Congrats your dogged conservatism won out.

Keep the Faith
Cookie on November 7, 2014 8:17 PM
Would love to jump in with both feet on this ridiculous debate over (1) the ACA bullcrap, (2) so called war on women and (3) rampant race baiting of the last election but I'm too darn happy right now to allow anyone to get me ticked off.  I hope Sandra Fluke found her way from Princeton to Charleston.  

Ched on November 9, 2014 10:21 AM
Mike,  Right on target!!!
Mike Murphy on November 9, 2014 7:19 PM
Front page of Charleston Gazette Mail today showing layed off coal miner wife and six kids staying in shelters. Horray for the Libs and EPA!!
Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on November 10, 2014 6:34 PM

There was an article on the Internet. In Morgantown miners whose employment has been terminated, are taking retraining courses at no cost.In some instances, utilities have elected to use natural gas as their energy source.

Regarding college scholarships, I spoke with Lisa Moore, Director of the Concord Foundation.She explained that the State continues to offer some college scholarships. Concord serves students in Southern West Virginia. The economy isn't thriving in the area and a number of students cannot afford to come to Concord because their parents don't have the money to supplement Prll Grants and loans. Tuition for instate students is $7000 per year.When we went to college, the state provided 72%of the funds at Concord. Now, the state provides 20% of the funds.

The Foundation wants funds to help fund scholarships.Concord has 100 fewer students than last year.

I still think that we should provide PHS graduates with some financial assistance through scholarships. 

Ched on November 10, 2014 8:20 PM
College  scholarships  are normally offered  to students  who quallify by   accademic standards. Not every one is "college material"  at least from the  standpoint of  a 4  year  degree.  Also a  4 year  degree should equip  the  student  with a marketable  skill. A  history degree  is nice  and  interesting but no one  will pay  you  for it !!. There needs  also to be  a targeted junnior  college  system  which provides  2  year  associate degrees in  the medical fields, indusrtial maintenance, IT and other  areas of  demand. Tennessee provides  free  2 year  JC tuition to all qualified  HS graduates. 
Fredrick Lucas on November 10, 2014 9:12 PM

I don't think that Lisa Moore wants students who are not capable of doing college level work.Your state of Tennessee charges $14000 tuition for residents.Why so high? Why do you site History degrees? There is a book that students often study called the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Students can.  learn which occupations are growing and which are not. You should read it sometime. It is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Incidentally, several years ago our local billionare Carl Linder died at the age of 93. He was a high school graduate. Bill Gates didn't get a degree and neither did Steve Jobs. 

Fred Lucas 

Carl on November 10, 2014 11:23 PM
J. Fred, your latest reference borders on cruelty; Linder, Gates, & Jobs lack college degrees?  I knew I'd been educated beyond my intelligence.  And look what it got me.

Carl on November 10, 2014 11:34 PM
How 'bout them Mountain Lions?
  Concord University 
stands at 10-0 and is ranked 12th in the nation in Div. II football.  This Sat. they face 9-1, 21st-ranked Shepherd in Shepherdstown.  Concord is averaging 48 pts. per game.  Let's cheer 'em on to a national title.
"Fly's open!!!  GO LIONS!!!  [hmm, somehow it just ain't the same.]
Fredrick Lucas on November 11, 2014 7:36 AM
Hi Ched, 

I made a mistake. Lisa Moore who is from Tennessee told me that the University of Tennessee at Knoxville charges $14000 for resident tuition.The University of Cincinnati charges $10000 for resident tuition per year. Why does UT cost $4000 more than UC?

Cincinnati and Hamilton County have extensive vocational programs for high school and adult students. Cincinnati State offers associate degree programs in various vocational subjects. Unions have apprenticeship programs. Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on November 11, 2014 12:30 PM
Thanks for your service Vetrans, on this and all days where we live in freedom.  You are the greatest!!

Marshall is still undefeated although Lou Holtz's wife said they played High School teams?

Story of Randy Moss at Rand U tonight at 9:00 PM on ESPN.

Keep the Faith
Mike Murphy on November 11, 2014 4:00 PM
Fred - "Obama Care architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obama Care passed and that it was written in such a way as to take advantage of the stupidity of the American voter". See Fox News for a video of the event that Gruber spoke 2 yrs past.

Ched - As anyone who could do a little math in their head could see the ACA was a piece of crap from the begining to the end and the worst part is yet to come.

Fred - what is your point about the difference in tuition in Tennessee and Cincinatti? Again any WV student who graduates with a B average and a significant ACT score gets a scholarship to a WV College including Community College, Ched - hopefully they will chose engineering, math or science instead of Liberal Arts (History) if they want a Job.

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on November 11, 2014 6:15 PM
Like Cookie, I decided to quit the blog. I cite people who work in the fields and you give me your opinion. Oh well you have problems. Have a good year. Fred
Cookie on November 11, 2014 7:16 PM
I haven't quit the blog!  I have been holding my breath hoping your soapbox wasn't made of cardboard.  I can go on a rant at a moment's notice so don't twick my last nerve.  
I still love you! :-)

God bless all those who have served and especially those who have made the supreme sacrifice.  God bless the United States of America.  
Ched fred on November 11, 2014 7:27 PM
sorry to see you go. My only point about mentioning a BA in History is that it is a degree which probably leaves you without a marketable skill. There are others which have similar limitations. Higher education is expensive and the investment  must have a good ROI!! 
Ched on November 11, 2014 7:59 PM
According to the Internet, Tuition at the university of Tennessee is $9780 per year for in state students. Fees such as lab fees , athletic. etc vary depending on the major and generally take  the total to about $ 11K
Fredrick Lucas on November 11, 2014 8:45 PM
Ched and Cookie, 

I don't really have problems with you two. Mike is a source of concern.He told me that people can get the same medical care in Mercer County as they can get anywhere. When Becky Arney Navarro had her heart attack, she was sent to Roanoke Memorial. When Jean Beasley, wife of former Concord CEO Jerry Beasley had serious medical problems,she was flown to the University of Pittsburgh  medical center. When the wife of former Pipestem resident Don West developed cancer, she went to the Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. Once after Becky's stay in Roanoke, I met two EMT's from McDowell County. They had taken a heart patient to Roanoke Memorial. They couldn't stop in Mercer County for treatment.The physicians didn't have the expertise. If a woman in Mercer County wants the services of Planned Parenthood she will have to go to Charleston. 

If she wants an abortion, she will have to go to Charleston.

becky Novarro on November 11, 2014 8:39 PM
Oh Freddie, you can't abandon us.  I don't understand a thing (thang) most are talking about but I read it.  Try not to be defensive!  We are old farts with old farts opnions.  Stay with us, please.
Cookie on November 11, 2014 9:59 PM
The best definition of the "Affordable Healthcare Bill" I've seen:

When Nancy Pelosi said:  "We have to pass the bill to see whats in it"
a physician replied:

"Well thats the definition of a stool sample."

P.S.  You may have to fly to Roanoke to get your ticker fixed but everything I know I learned in Princeton.
Carl on November 12, 2014 10:59 AM
J. Fred, have you seen the GEICO commercial about "words really can hurt you"?  The lovely prairie lass implores Jesse not to go.  Now I'm darn sure no lovely prairie lass, nor even a homely one, but I implore you not to go.  Don't leave us.  You're too valuable.  You're often the straw that stirs the drink.  You're my main contrarian, and I mean that as a compliment.
   Yours is often the voice in the wildnerness.  That some may think it not always the voice of reason is part of what diversity is all about -- in its most vital form: diversity of thought and opinion
   Think of what your leaving the blog would produce.
1. I might have to carry the full load of calling out "Fly's open; let's go Peay." 
2. All bloggers might be left to see conservative views go unchallenged.  You're my Horatio At The Bridge; my Little Dutch Boy at the Dike; my lone wolf.  Please don't abandon me, J. Fred.  (You're, dare I say it, my one and only "J. Fred.")
3.  You're OHIO's only representation on the PHS60 blog.  We simply can't afford to lose our Cincinatus, who, as you no doubt know, was "a model of Roman virtue."  [Since you like to travel, I'll think of you as my model of roamin' virtue.]
4.  We'd have no one to call "Fredo," and I know that much enjoyment is derived from using that name.
5.  Recall that it's a pretty easy pot to stir and that you've proven yourself to be more than merely capable in stirring it.  Don't walk away from a true and useful talent.
   Fred, just read 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 repeatedly until you're convinced.  And remember that we're family.  If it helps, just regard some of us as nutty Uncle Walt.  Now family doesn't turn its back on Uncle Walt.
   Consider it a humanitarian sacrifice.  Stay where you're needed.  Please. 
Mike Murphy on November 12, 2014 1:13 PM
Fred - Sorry if I offended you with my comments, I would be disapponted if you left the Blog.

I think it would be good if you reread my comments. I did not state that people can get the same medical care in Mercer Co as they can get anywhere. I asked what they could not get and you clarified by saying an abortion. Certainly I would question the quality of care in Mercer Co and would go to Charleston, Roanoke or other nationaly aclaimed institutions if I were ill. Incidently got some of the best care I have had at the Frankfurt Germany 97th Military Hospital. Two major surgeries with excellent care. Pete - I held a party for 5th floor utilizing the class six store. At least 3 soldiers were in ward for broken jaws, where locals had hit them with rocks. They had their jaws wired shut and carried around wire cutters in case they threw up, but they loved the appleshaf and drank it through a straw. I digress,  Fred, you have to get your $35 worth out of the blog and although I disagree with you on most things, you are a worthy opponent.

Suggest everyone watch the man who shot Ben Laden on FNC second part tonight. It illustrates what our brave soldiers go through for our freedom.

Keep the Fred!
Thomas Dillon on November 12, 2014 1:27 PM
Back from Florida. Don't know why we left there last week or why we left in the first place 40 plus years ago -- in the 30's here today, in the 70's there.

Herr Fredo, both my brother and I had what was considered significant surgeries at the old Princeton hospital. I bet many classmates can ditto this. We had our tonsils and adenoids removed and as we were "easy pickins", had some teeth pulled. St. Clair can recall the Docs. but one was Dr. Paste (dentist or general practioner?). The date had to be in the late 40's or early 1950's as we were still attending Knob.

Someone please check on Geno.
Becky, how is Jimbo?
Cookie on November 12, 2014 4:07 PM
Mikey to Fredo:
"Fredo, Fredo,'re my big brother.  Get on the plane NOW, leave Havana and come home."
Fredrick Lucas on November 12, 2014 5:31 PM
I will stay on the blog from time to time. Right now I'm getting my auto fixed because on October 30 a man in a large Ford Truck backed into the rear passenger door of my Mazda in a restaurant paeking lot  doing $1682 in damages. The auto body shop has the car now. The name of the shop is Schmoes. Kitty the blind woman and her guide dog were in the back seat. Fortunately no one was injured.

kitty treated me to a birthday lunch at the Cancun restaurant. Five mexican waiters brought a bowl of ice cream and a sombreo which they put on my head. Then with a guitar they sang happy birthday in Spanish. I had a good laugh. 

Cookie on November 12, 2014 7:25 PM
You go Fredo...............A Party Animal!

Sorry about the Car!  Could have been worse.  
Mike Murphy on November 16, 2014 1:01 PM
Things could be worse?
We could veto Keystone Pipeline
We could give 4.5 M illegial aliens work permits and benefits
We could raise the minimum wage 50%
We could lie about the Lies we told to get the ACA passed
We could give 4 billion to climate change
Just to mention a few
Keep the faith 
Delores on November 16, 2014 4:39 PM
Could have been worse!  Referring only to a big Ford Truck  backing into the door of Fredo's car.  :-)  
Darla on November 16, 2014 2:58 PM
Tom...Dr. Pace was a General Doctor. He delivered me and my two sisters. Two at home and one in the hospital. He was our doctor for everything for many years and he was a good one.
Mike Murphy on November 16, 2014 3:32 PM
Tom - watched the FSU - Miama game last eve, quite a contest with good ending.

Marshall creamed the Rice Owls, still undefeated and Concord squeaked by Shepard. WVU had a Bye and needed it, Play Kansas state 7:00 pm thurs 20th at home. hope for the best!

Darla - I see that the Beavers made the playoffs but not the Tigers - whats the story?

Keep the faith
Tom Dillon on November 16, 2014 5:56 PM
Darla, who would have been the dentist or would Dr. Paste have pulled the teeth also?
Mike, I am embarrassed to share that I turn the game off early when Miami was up 16-0 and didn't check the score again until this morning. The Noles have done this all season and I couldn't take watching another come-significantly-behind show. I think we will be OK for the rest of the season -- Boston College and Florida, but think we may get killed by a Alabama, Oregon, or even Miss State if they get back in.
Snowing here -- 2-3 inches over night. 
Geno, where are you?
Ched on November 16, 2014 10:41 PM
I wathced  the  whole  MIA V  FSU  game.  Quite  a  contest.  Go ACC  !!!!
Darla on November 17, 2014 7:29 AM
Tom - Our Dentist was Dr. Lilly - father and son.   I don't know the names of other dentist.
Darla on November 17, 2014 7:32 AM
Mike - Sorry, I don't keep up with local football.  We only watch WVU.
Thomas Dillon on November 17, 2014 10:02 AM
Darla, it was Doc Lilly.

Mike Murphy on November 17, 2014 10:19 AM
Fred - I just received thru my email a msg from Fredrick Lucas w address w blank to:

It said you were depressed because you and family had been robbed while on vacation in Odessa, Ukraine. You were able to obtain air tickets but authorities were not going to let you leave unless you paid your hotel bills and you needed imediate help.

I feel sure this is Phishing, and I did not reply but am concerned that they had your email address correct. The Phishers probably got this off PHS WWW and Blog. Did anyone receive similar message? 

Carl - is there any way to stop this - I can forward you the message but not sure I should? Certainly I did not reply.

Fred are you OK?
Keep the faith 

Darla on November 17, 2014 10:36 AM
Mike - I got the same email.  I believe his email has been hacked.
Delores on November 17, 2014 10:38 AM
I received it as well and recognized it as Phishing due to the strange sentence structure.  
Fredrick Lucas on November 17, 2014 10:47 AM

My E-Mail was hacked. I didn't receive the message. I will try to fix it.

Fredrick Lucas on November 17, 2014 11:04 AM
I just changed the password on my E-Mail account. Thanks to all who caught the problem. It didn't display on my E-Mail. Fred
Ched on November 17, 2014 12:59 PM
I got  the  same  e-mail and promply deleated it. It was an obviois phishing  scam  attempt.

Carl on November 17, 2014 7:01 PM
J. Fred, is Kiev really as beautiful as I've heard? 
Funny Bone on November 17, 2014 10:33 PM
I have a new game for you.  You have to play to win!  
The game is playing on "some" television stations as we speak.  

In one word describe Jonathan Grubur.  I'll start........

Carl on November 18, 2014 10:32 AM
J. Fred, I'm shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that you would even use that s**t word.  And I'm not certain that the nom de plume "Funny Bone" suits you exactly.
54 on November 18, 2014 10:39 AM
Delores on November 18, 2014 10:56 AM
Fredo wouldn't do that besides he is in jail in the Ukraine.  Grubur------------------------------------------

There are no words!
54 on November 18, 2014 12:29 PM

Becky Novarro on November 18, 2014 2:13 PM
Is it time to talk about weather?  We are chilly in Naples and it's raining.  However, I saw that it is 23 in Princeton so I feel pretty darned lucky.  I hope all of you have heat and food.  What a day for a good pot of beans.  I made escarole and beans!  Let's face it, I am married to an Italian.  He does like cornbread!  Not all bad.  
Anyone want to talk about typing class?
Cookie on November 18, 2014 2:23 PM
As long as we can talk about that announcement on the P.A. system.  
FredrickThe Lucas on November 18, 2014 8:26 PM
Carl, I am not Funnybone and I didn't make a comment using poor words. In Cincinnati  it is 15. We have four inches of snow which fell on Monday. The temperature tomorrow is expected to rise to 36 degrees.

Sunday, I enjoyed the recital by my voice teacher Cecily Nall who teaches vocal music at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.She sang the following Appalachian folk songs:Shenandoah, Sourwood Mountain, Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, He's Gone Away, The Honest Miller. Do any of you recognize these tunes? Have a good week. Fred Lucas

Carl on November 18, 2014 8:48 PM
My mistake, J. Fred.  Yes, I recognize several of those songs.  Similarly, I HIGHLY recommend to you and others the Suzy Bogguss CD "American Folk Songbook."  She's a marvelous vocalist on a marvelous, simple, pure collection of traditional American folk tunes.  She also tours actively and is a not-to-be-missed performer if accessible to you.  I guaran-damn-tee-you that you will come away from her performance feeling better than when you went in.
   Again, forgive my mis-interpretation that you were "Funny Bone."  And welcome back.

Ched on November 18, 2014 9:38 PM
" Stay warm my  friends"
Cookie on November 19, 2014 5:46 PM
Would love to join the discussion today but I'm late for my "Spanish" class.  Would also love for you to join me but the class is full-------of 5th generation Europeans.  
Mike Murphy on November 20, 2014 9:27 AM
Cookie - Vamanous

Darla - The Beavers lost to Ravenswood in the first round 42-41 and now Ravenswood plays Westside HS. How did they get that name from consolidating Oceana and Baileysville HS?

WVU Tonight vs Kansas State.
Keep the faith

Carl on November 20, 2014 10:04 AM
Q.  What's 3-squared times 2-cubed?
A.  My dear, longtime friend Raymond Kidwell, turning 72 today.


Carl on November 20, 2014 9:15 PM
OK, so you didn't do so well on the last pop quiz.
Here's a chance at redemption:

Q.  What's 3-squared times 2-cubed?
A.  My dear, blog-treasure friend Cookie, turning 72 tomorrow.

Cookie on November 21, 2014 10:08 AM
Thank you Carl for the super cute E-card and a special thanks for your dedication to the website.  
72.  How in the world did that happen? 
Fredrick Lucas on November 21, 2014 4:13 PM
Carl Here's a joke. How many librarians does it take to change a lightbulb? The answer Look it up. What's a Cesarian Secition? A neighborhood in Rome. What is protein? One who favors teenagers.What is a GI Series? A baseball series between two army units.Benign, what you are after you be eight. Thanks to the Cincinnati Rotary Club for the unusual health definitions. Fred
Carl on November 22, 2014 10:16 AM
Fred, some years ago my sister gave birth to twins; a girl and a boy.  She asked me to suggest names.  I said, "I've always liked the name Deniece."  She said, "Yeah, I like that too.  But what would I name the boy?"  I replied, "Well, Denephew, of course."
Fredrick Lucas on November 22, 2014 10:49 AM
Since I raised the question about scholarships or financial aid I thought that I would give you my experience. I'm a member of the Greater Cincinnati Dayton Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association . For the past fourteen years, we have given fourteen $1000 Grants to students from southwest Ohio who are attending WVU. They need to be students who are at least sophomores. We require an essay about why I am attending WVU and an interview. We haven't wasted our money. The scholarships or grants are now endowed.

I am a member of the Clan Campbell Society. They give two scholarships or grants each year worth $1000 each.. Studemts write an essay about what my Scottish heriatge means to me.

Each year, the Elks Club Foundation awards scholarships or grants to students throughout the United States.They award a number of scholarships from $600,0000. I'm a member of the Elks.

Finally, The WVU Foundation gives five students. scholarships worth $80000 each. 

Ched when I mentioned college scholarships I didn't define the level. We could give grants in aid to students who want to attend a community college, or undergraduate college .

I went on the Internet to learn about $14,000 price in Tennessee. That is the amount that it costs the state to educate students in a community college program.

Fredrick Lucas on November 22, 2014 12:33 PM
I made a mistake the Elks Scholarship program is extensive . There are  3.74 million dollars available for students seeking scholarships. Any student can go online to Elks Scholarships to get information. Fred.
gene law on November 22, 2014 2:34 PM
Fred I made a mistake in 1979, I thought I was wrong, turned out I wasn't.
Cookie on November 22, 2014 3:36 PM
He is alivvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve!  Yea!

Carl on November 22, 2014 5:40 PM
J. Fred, after reading those loopy definitions, I've concluded that the Cincinnati Rotary Club engages in circular reasoning.
Fredrick Lucas on November 22, 2014 6:32 PM
I thought a bit more about a scholarship program. PHS already has several programs to which we can donate. If you have grandchildren don't forget to mention the Elks scholarship program Fred
Fredrick Lucas on November 23, 2014 11:32 AM
According to Patrick Miller writing in the Pantheon at Marshall University, West Virginia has the lowest percentage of people with a bachelors degree at 11.7 %. The percentage of people holding an associate degree is 6.8 % The percentage of people holding a graduate or professional degree is 7%. The percentage of people holding a high school diploma is 54.4 percent.

The percentage of people holding a bachelors degree in McDowell County is 10.3 percent. The data was from the 2010 Census.

Carl on November 23, 2014 12:43 PM
Football Update!
The undefeated Concord Univ. Mountain Lions will host the (11-1) West Chester Univ. Golden Rams this coming Sat. in the Div. II playoffs.  [Sadly, the Golden Rams eliminated Slippery Rock Univ. yesterday, depriving Concord fans the chance to witness live "The Rock," as its known.  "Go Peay on The Rock!"]  Anyway,
 "GO LIONS!!!".
Mike Murphy on November 23, 2014 1:07 PM
Marshall U defeated UAB to go 11-0 still only ranked 23rd?

Carl - How is Dell Webb Living?

Our Emperor has hissy fits?

Geno & Pete are you guys OK?

Happy Thanksgiving 

Keep the faith
Carl on November 23, 2014 5:43 PM
Mike, life at Del Webb is everything it's cracked up to be.  [Thanks for asking.]  It's chucked full of pathetic old coots like me who are thilled to find people of their ilk, trying to find a little pleasure in life outside of the rat race.  I call the community "Chippertown" because everyone is friendly, smiling, engaging and interested in each other.  It sure ain't Montgomery County, Maryland.
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2014 10:38 AM
I want to add some data about education. In Mercer County 13.8 % of the population have a bachelors degree. The national average is 30%. In Hamilton County Ohio where I live 33.4% have bachelors degrees.There are 24.6% of the population in Ohio who have a bachelors degree.

I want to wish all of our classmates a happy Thanksgiving.Twenty three percent of Mercer County residents fall below the poverty line. I hope that someone will help them  have a happy Thanksgiving. Source 2010 Census . Fred

Becky Novarro on November 24, 2014 2:25 PM
Yesterday my grandson showed me how to view places with Google Earth and I strolled down Mercer Street.  The view isn't current but it is interesting especially when you are telling others about where you are from.  It was fun! 
Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Our daughter from NJ and granddaughter are visiting.  Should be fun!  Remember to wear your "fat" pants,  
acie. Lucas on November 26, 2014 7:09 PM
Recently, I opened the Concord Magazine and saw an article about Pacie.He died in 1992 at the age of 54. His family set up a scholarship for those who want to study special education and help people like Pacie. At the time he was growing up there were no programs that could help him develop.

Suzie explained that he had the mind of a toddler.He liked dogs and they liked him. They would follow him wherever he walked. The adults in the neighborhood would include him in their activities. He especially liked to go to the Dairy Queen. He was able to recognize the brands of various automobiles. He had many people who enjoyed him including me. He would await George Seaver and ask him for the time.

Other people who had mental disabilities included Claude Long who walked along Mercer Street wearing two dirty coats. Julian Huffman and the Roney sisters. All of these people taught me compassion, patience and understanding. This is my Thanksgining message . Fred

Thomas Dillon on November 27, 2014 6:05 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families and loved ones. May God protect and keep all of you safe in the palms of his hands, You turkeys back away from the table today and all you sweet young things who left us behind, keep nagging -- we guys strut and voice "gobble, gobble", but we are as dumb as a lump of "take your choice".
Love you,
Tom & Kay
Fredrick. Lucas on November 27, 2014 5:09 PM
Hi Tom,
I never did explain about my health situation as a child. When I was born, I was a breech baby and Dr.Holoroyd injured me. I was unable to use my right hand. Mercer County physicians didn't have a clue about what to do. I was referred to the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia where surgeons from Temple operated and gave me partial use of my hand.With therapy and exercise I have much greater use of the hand.

When Terry St. Clair had cancer, he was treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center. 

Small towns do not have the same treatments as University Medical Centers as Mike would suggest. Fred

Ched on November 27, 2014 5:24 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. We have all been so blessed in many ways!
Mike Murphy on November 28, 2014 10:13 AM
Fred - I have never suggested that small towns have better quality or quantity of health care. In fact I would probably avoid Princeton Hospital even though they probably have some "good" doctors.

Hope all had a wounderful Thanksgiving, as usual I ate to much.

Keep the faith
Delores on November 28, 2014 3:14 PM
There have been a number of posts lately regarding the obligation of those who are blessed with abundance to share with those less fortunate.  At some point I would like to see a discussion of the role hard work and determination played in the "abundance" that has been heaped upon us.
With that said, I will not be making a chartible donation to a college scholarship.  It is not because I am greedy or do not feel a need to "give back."  Its quite simple.  My grand daughter is a junior in college and for three years I have been paying her ticket.  She maintains excellent grades, doesn't drink, do drugs and has never been arrested.  She also prays before every meal.  She strives to secure grants and other resources to supplement my contributions.  I am doing this to help her get a start in life debt free.  I don't want her to repeat my mistake and be taking comprehensive exams when she is 32 years old.  When she graduates her brother will begin school and I will do the same for him.  I have also helped each of them get an old clunker car provided they maintained a 3.0 grade average and worked a part time job to pay for gas and insurance.  Charity starts at home and I have a chartible heart but I need to know where my charity goes.  
With that said.  I received a notice from Social Security today telling me that based upon my 2013 tax return I am rich.  So "effing" rich in fact that I need to give them an additional $43 a month to cover Medicare.  Thank you "AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT."  I am calling my accountant on Monday.
Do I sound grumpy today!  I hope not.  Just stating the facts and "praying" that God will remove these 4-letter words that keep cropping up in my head ever since I went to the mailbox.  Happy Thanksgiving!
Fredrick Lucas on November 28, 2014 8:52 PM

You miss my point. Some people like yourself have family obligations and cannot donate. I have never judged you because you provide support for your family and don't donate to a scholarship fund.

I put information about the Elks Scholarship peogram because we give out more than three million dollars each year in scholarships.Perhaps a grandchild might benefit.

Perhaps a grandchild might want to apply for the Pace Scholarship.I highlighted Pacie's life story.It was a challenge for the Pace family to raise him. 

I am proud that the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association has given out $14000 in scholarship aid. Ken Kendricks gave five million dollars to the WVU Foundation.

Some people have time to help others outside the family. You dear heart have time to help your family.You provide your grandchildren with a safe and loving environment. There's an old saying when you get lemons, make lemonade. Fred
Delores on November 28, 2014 10:25 PM
Dearest Fredo
I don't think I missed your point or points at all.  But I'd be less than honest if I didn't say your points seem to un-nerve me at times, particularly when you get on the West Virginia rant.  However, I do sometimes think you are getting a good chuckle back in Ohio.   I've been making lemonade most of my life. I expect everyone else to make their own lemonade.  
Can't you just feel the love.
I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.   

Carl on November 29, 2014 5:26 PM
Just arrived home after celebrating Thanksgiving Day with my (formerly Pctn.) family in Blfd., VA.  Much to give thanks for, and much to enjoy, including the snow. 
   I'm elated to learn that the Concord Univ. Mountain Lions dispatched West Chester, 51-36.  I hope tht some of you were in Athens on today's beautiful football afternoon to enjoy it firsthand.  Two more steps [I think] to a national title.  Go
Mike Murphy on November 29, 2014 6:28 PM
Marshalls perfect season ruined by Western kentucky 67 to 66. Yes it was football. WK won in overtime with 2 point play after td.

Wvu beat Iowa State today 37 to 24 rumored to be heading to liberty bowl.

Cookie i am with you on hard work and self determination. I can assure you that anyone who grads WV HS with a B average can get scholarship, funded by the State. What we really need are good jobs. 1000 coal miners from Boone county layed off last week, mainly as a result of the tree huggers!

Keep the Faith

Cookie on November 29, 2014 9:04 PM
Dear Mike:
First I would like to dispel the rumor that you and I are siamese twins yet to be separated.  
Obviously if more people rode the big yellow bus they would understand and get their stuff together.
Peace Out Bro!

Carl on December 1, 2014 9:40 AM
Coming this month to a blog site near you:

Fran Rice Baker - December 2
Pat Smith - December 18
Harry Covey - December 19
Barbara Calfee Fields - December 22

Happy Birthday you blessed 4 (and other
PHS60 classmates with December birthdays).

Mike Murphy on December 1, 2014 4:36 PM
At the risk of being called racist, I am going to weigh in on Ferguson.
We had a strong armed robber attack a Police Officer and try to take his gun and he was subsequently shot in self defense (as ajudicated by a grand jury) by the Police Officer.

Today the President is holding meetings basically to trim down law enforcement for racism.

It appears that this is another in a series of not letting a crisis (although self made) go to waste to deflect from the many problems facing this nation and to pander to a liberal political base. 

Obamma, Holder and Sharpton have inflamed the Fergusion situation until it is national and international. Liberal Dems are now posturing as the "civil rights" movement of 2014.

I hoped that when the first black president was elected we would have better race relations, but his and this administrations actions have made things worse and all for political purposes, perhaps rooted in Black Liberation Theology?

Don't get me wrong I think there is still racism, but this is not it!

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on December 1, 2014 8:42 PM
Cookie, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Over time you saw me express a number of concerns about the health and well being of West Virginia residents. Mike I believe that West Virginia resident need jobs.There is a movement among coal companies to move coal mining jobs to Wyoming and Eastern Montana where mining can be done with fewer miners. I can only hope that the State Development Department will work with communities and companies throughout the world to attract jobs. When I go to Princeton, I notice the large warehouse built by Amazon in Huntington. The Huntington Mall is quite large and attracts shoppers from throughout the tri state area.Tamarak in Beckley is certainly a good place to buy West Virginia arts and crafts. The area off the Princeton Interchange has really built up providing jobs to hundreds of people. When I ate at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, the tables were full. Fred
Cookie on December 2, 2014 12:04 PM
Dearest Fredo
Just so you won't think I'm some right-wing nut job I'll share my philosophy of life:
"Every gay couple should have the right to carry a gun to protect their weed.
Carl on December 2, 2014 12:32 PM
Rail on sister, rail on.  ;-)
Cookie on December 2, 2014 1:39 PM
In my 72nd year I realize I am rapidly "circling" the drain so to speak so have decided to just let her rip!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Carl on December 2, 2014 1:51 PM
Uh, I think I meant to say "rave on."  [Which reminds me, I miss Buddy Holly.]  Anyway, hope you can forgive me since I'm now in my 73rd year.
Mike Murphy on December 3, 2014 12:43 PM
Tracy - Are you related to Jack French Jr. (RIP) He was the best teacher I ever had. He taught at Glenwood Jr High and later was a Professor at Bluefield State. He and my Brother Freeman (RIP) went to PHS together. He looked a lot like you with a tall handsome swagger! His Father gave me a pure bred beagle which unfortunately got distemper and had to be put down. 

Keep the Faith 
Carol on December 3, 2014 3:05 PM
As I caught up on comments on the blog, I thought about Fred's concerns for West Va. I can attest that South Carolina has been fortunate to benefit from some of West Virginia's finest. Our youngest son graduated from the second largest high school in SC in 2000, Dorman. The athletic director, the baseball coach, and the football coach at that time were all natives of WV. Two graduated from WVU and one from Fairmont State. I have heard nothing but praise for these three gentlemen. Sadly, the AD passed a few years ago. The baseball coach, Sobeski, has two sons at Clemson. One is the long snapper on Clemson's football team and a ME major.
Fredrick Lucas on December 3, 2014 5:37 PM
Cookie After reading your views about homosexuals and guns, I would like to nominate you for gadfly of the class of 60'.

Carol, one of the WVU graduates earned a law degree from Capital University and served two terms on Cincinnati City Council. Her name is Leslie Giz. She is now in private practice.Another graduate of WVU taught math at Princeton Ohio High School.He is retired. Our alumni association includes a civil engineer and two aeronautical engineers.. Take Care. Fred
Cookie on December 3, 2014 6:12 PM
My VERY dearest Fredo
 Provocative criticism?  Provocative-yes, criticism-no.  Point was I don't care what one does in their personal life just leave me out of social experimentation that deprives me of my rights.  
It never stops--drip!  drip!  drip!
Excuse me but I need to go finish making CHRISTMAS bows and drinking some highly suspect moonshine.  Its legal, it has the stamp on the jar.  
Ched on December 4, 2014 11:39 AM
Cookie,  I love  your  comments....  provacative  yet  so  true !!! And moonshine is good!!!!

Carl on December 5, 2014 12:49 PM
Just had a thought.  [Alert the media!]
Realizing the genuine affection that I've developed over the past 4+ years for the high-attending PHS60 bloggers -- including those who formerly were regulars but have disappeared -- I don't believe that any of the "regulars" is about to "inherit the earth."  Alas.
Cookie on December 5, 2014 4:22 PM
Now that the Webmaster's post has been explained to me I will just say, 
"Women who behave seldom make history."
Don't say it, I know, Lizzie Borden comes to mind.  


Carl on December 6, 2014 3:18 PM
Whew, that was close.

Concord earns hard-fought win over Bloomsburg, 32 - 26.
Will face Minnesota State - Mankato (probably in Mankato) next Saturday.

Mike Murphy on December 6, 2014 8:54 PM
Marshall wins CUSA title!

Heard joke today - WVU football team was coming out of bathroom at Louisville and Lou players asked them if they washed their hands, WVU replied that in WV they teach you not to P on your hands!

Keep the faith 
Carl on December 8, 2014 11:08 AM
It's set.  The 13-0 Concord Mountain Lions will travel to Mankato, MN -- I had a good pizza there in June 1974 -- to take on Minn. State - Mankato at 3:00 pm Eastern Time.  The Mavericks are also 13-0, and ranked #1 in the nation, so CU has a tough row to hoe.
If you can't find the game on TV, you might try the following link:
Mike Murphy on December 8, 2014 12:17 PM
WVU plays Texas A&M in Memphis at the Liberty Bowl Monday Dec 29th at 2 PM -TV ESPN!

Marshall U plays Northern Illinois NIU in Boca Raton Bowl at FAU stadium on Tuesday Dec 23  6PM -TV ESPN!

Let me be the first to wish you a Merry 

From one Taca Shaba to another 
Carol on December 9, 2014 2:46 PM
I hate to ruin the Christmas season, but I keep seeing gambling monkeys and mountain lions on treadmills.  It cost us taxpayers $856,000 to fund the  lion study.  We will miss Tom Coeburn and his Wastebook.  He is retiring.  Is everyone in Washington crazy?   Carl, I am glad you escaped!
Carl on December 9, 2014 3:34 PM
Carol, you're glad that I escaped Washington?  I'm confident that the denizons of DC are equally glad.
Mike Murphy on December 10, 2014 5:08 PM
Just when I thought democrat libs couldn't get any worse by using Ferguson and Staten Island for political race baiting, they release a nonsensical false report on the CIA for soley political reasons. They are putting many of my former foreign service collegues in jeporady and making it so I will not travel abroad with out very good reason. 

Yes I know John McCaine supports the release of the report, but he is dead wrong , just like when he hyped us into the Iraq war one of the worst mistakes we ever made. wrong war at the wrong time against a foe that was against AL Kida.

The president said he would fundamentally transform the US. But he is doing it in a terrible way, with the help of America hating liberals.

Thank God for those who will do what it takes to keep America safe and to think people like Rockefeller and Polosi who told the CIA to do what ever was necessary are now turning their back on the brave folks in the CIA and Military is disgusting. Anything for politics!!!

Keep the Faith
Delores on December 10, 2014 6:15 PM
Attack the CIA.  Attack the Secret Service.  Attack the Military.  Attack the Border Patrol.  Attack local law enforcement.

Do you by chance see a pattern here of institutional dismantling?   Hum! 

If someone is breaking in my house at 3 in the morning who should I call?  Department of Natural Resources?
Mike Murphy on December 10, 2014 9:29 PM
Cookie - the EPA could regulate them out of your house and relocate you so they could occupy your home - after all you didn't build that!  It is like my sister said when I said what would you do if a man attacked you. She said I would never have a gun so I would reason with him. I said call me and I will gladly shoot him if he is going to harm you! To which she said that just wouldn't be right. Saddly another Lib I have to live with, who thinks all the problems are being caused because white people are being racist. Drives me crazy!!

Keep the faith 
Ched on December 11, 2014 2:24 PM
I couldnt  agree more.  I just  hope  this new  congress will do  some  smart  things. An pray for  a Republican Conservative in the  white  house in 2016.  This  guy has  done  a lot of  damage in 6 years.  And  the national debt is projected  to be  $20 trillion bythe  time he leaves office.
Mike Murphy on December 12, 2014 12:36 PM
Gasoline $1.88 in Oklahoma City. Going to take all my cans and fill up! Road trip anyone?

Seriously if we could get tax reform and get the EPA to be sensible build the pipelines and other transport, we could revive our manufacturing base and have a thriving economy and maybe balance the fed budget in 5 - 10 Yrs. With equal opportunity for all!!!  Not worry so much about oil producing nations, control our enemies ie by all means necessary and take care of the "truly" needy!!

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on December 12, 2014 3:43 PM
Dorthy French Snider, class of '59 and sister of Tracy French died recently. A complete obituary is on the Mrmorial Funeral Home Web Site. 

I plan to offer condolences. As we enter the holiday season, I would like to remember classmates and their families facing health challenges:Diana George, Ted Kessinger, Scott Reid, Clara Skeens,

Fred Lucas 

Ched on December 12, 2014 5:22 PM
I knew of Tracy's sisters passing and  am very familiar  with Diana's situation but  do not know  about  Scotty or  Ted.   What are  they suffering  from ?  Pray for  healing for  all !!!

Carl on December 12, 2014 4:04 PM

"'Tis The Season"  [published Dec. 11, 2014]

‘Twas the night of sequester and all thru the House

Parried Dems & Republicans, minions and mouths.

The stock in their competence waxed, then it waned.

Ere long my scant confidence entirely drained.


Would country survive this long, contentious night?

Did anyone care who was wrong or who right?

Were our country’s finest a’split or uniting?

Would we see an end to their partisan fighting?


Then word from on high - just to help with the scorin' -

Sprang from the warm heart of Elizabeth Warren.

Consenting to guide or to chide or deride,

She seemed as forlorn as a church-jilted bride.


Then what to my wondering eyes should appear

But Obama and Boehner a’grin ear to ear.

I saw both exhausted but seeming alright.

I witnessed a true Christmas miracle tonight.


Such difference a day, or election day, makes.

Despite learning nothing from prior mistakes.

I take this plain lesson from such folderol:

I wish Peace on Earth, and Good Will to all.


May your days be merry and bright.    MAGFAY

Fredrick Lucas on December 12, 2014 8:42 PM
Ched, Scotty has had back surgery and has had to use a wheelchair to get around. He has been in pain. Ted is the Princeton Health Care Facility across from the old Mooney's Drive Inn. He's in a restricted area. It is possibly dementia. He has difficulty speaking and has trouble walking. Fred

Carl on December 13, 2014 12:12 PM
I just learned of an obituary on the Memorial Funeral Home website dated Dec. 9 for a Theodore "Ted" Kessinger.  It appears that this is our PHS60 classmate.  Please confirm or correct if you know for sure.  The obit follows:
Theodore “Ted” Kessinger, 73 of the Princeton Health Center, Princeton formerly of Washington & Florida died on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his residence. Born June 12, 1941 at Oakvale, he was the son of the late Pearl W. Kessinger & Minnie DeHart Kessinger. Ted was a graduate of Princeton High School. Had lived the majority of his life in Florida and Washington prior to moving back to Princeton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings; Boyd, James, Ervin, Jewell, Dorothy & Pearl. He is survived by a sister, Kathryn Showalter of Princeton and a host of nieces and nephews. Ted’s wishes have been honored by his family, his body was cremated. There will be no services or visitation. The Kessinger family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Fredrick Lucas on December 13, 2014 6:58 PM

I will confirm that Ted Kessinger is our departed classmate Fred

Carl on December 13, 2014 5:19 PM
Mankato Mavericks Mauling Mountain Lions:
44-7 after 3 qtrs and threatening to score again.

Fredrick Lucas on December 13, 2014 7:13 PM
Carl, I visited Ted three times.His was a long and difficult illness. His journey through life is over. Fred
Carl on December 13, 2014 8:19 PM
You're a good man, Fred.  Thanks for your commitment to the PHS60 family.
U Lucas on December 14, 2014 11:31 AM
Carl while political discussions are fun, I would like for each of us to relate what we are doing to stay in shape and fit.I went to a German Club to listen to live German music on Thursday evening. 

I spoke to a man who was 90 years old. Carl he was in the Luftwaffe in World War 2. He's a retired physician.Another man who fought with the German Army in WW2 on the Russian Front is 97. At the fitness center where I work out, there is a man who is 94 who fought with the US Army in WW2 and who graduated from the University of Missouri walks the walking track for an hour, five days per week.

Since a number of classmates have died "young" we should consider relating what we do to stay fit. Fred 
Carl on December 14, 2014 3:15 PM
J. Fred, I spend a lot of time every day walking . . . mostly between my recliner and the refrigerator.  So far, so good.
Fredrick Lucas on December 14, 2014 8:24 PM

I go to thev fitness center five days each week. I walk a mile each time I'm there. I get on the eliptical machine each time that I'm there. Three days I do weight work. Upper body onr day. Then one day I rest then lower body weights. One day each week, I walk in the Mall.

I follow the cancer diet plan. I eat three fruits and three vegetables each day. I limit meat consumption to fish and poultry. I also eat oat bran for breakfast and cover it with blueberries and almond milk. For lunch I have salads. Ronaine salads one day and Greek salads.
the next. I don't eat many processed or sweet foods or drinks and like Mayor Bloomberg, I don't drink sodas.

I now have a lovely lady in my life with whom I'm dating Fred
Carl on December 14, 2014 8:35 PM
Fred, just reading what you do tired me out.  I'm off again to the kitchen for Twinkies and sweet tea. 

Ched on December 14, 2014 10:23 PM
I possibly do not resonate  with Fred politically but, on the  fitness  side I  completely agree.  I started "going to the  gym"  years  ago and have  kept it up in retirement. In the  past I concentrated  mostly on  cardio  but in recent months  have increased  weight  training.  As  we  age, muscle mass and bone  density  can be lost. Weight  training  can reduce  that  and in many cases  reverse it.
 Besides  I am really happy  when "its over" !!!
Carl on December 15, 2014 9:11 AM
Holy moly, I believe I've just witnessed another Christmas miracle: Fred & Ched, together at last.  You guys set a good example . . . seriously.
Cookie on December 15, 2014 9:49 AM
Forget this exercise stuff!  I want to hear more about Fredo's love life.
gene on December 15, 2014 12:55 PM
AAAHHHH  Cookie, the only realist on the blog!!!!!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on December 15, 2014 4:26 PM

I met Connie at Temple. She's a native of Cincinnati. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin where she said that the weather was cold.After her graduation she went to Rhode Island where she worked a number of years before returning home.She was employed by an animal shelter. I must admit that there is no similarity between weather in Florida and Rhode Island.

This Friday, we'll be going to the annual Chanukah service and dinner. We're getting to know each other. She has a sweet smile and a caring disposition.

Cookie on December 15, 2014 4:57 PM
Well dang go boy!  I can see you smiling all the way from Cincinnati.  Think I'll go to church Sunday and take my fishing pole. Never know what one might catch.  Thats just super.  Blessings to you both.  :-) 

Carl on December 17, 2014 1:31 PM
Hooey on saving 15% or more.

Folks, our website is officially funded for another 5 years, and at 75% of my original figure.  Those who sent me money for the subscription renewal can expect a 25% rebate.  Now, I won't get to it until after the holidays, but keep checking those mailboxes for a real windfall.  And thanks again for your loyal support.
Cookie on December 17, 2014 1:58 PM
Maybe to save the Webmaster the trouble I vote to send it to the Class of 60 treasury.  Just a thought.  
geno on December 17, 2014 2:14 PM
Good Idea
Ched on December 18, 2014 2:09 PM
I also say put it in the  treasury

Carl on December 17, 2014 3:20 PM
  Help!  Friends, in these days of contentious politics and the seeming inability of gov't. to manage, much less fix, anything, I'm drawn again to a question that has troubled me for well over 50 years now.  Interestingly, it seems more pertinent today that it was way back then.  
  So here it is:
Why don't they help us, try and help us
before this
clay and granite planet falls apart?  Anyone know who might be able to answer this?

Mike Murphy on December 17, 2014 9:14 PM
I agree put the remainder in the treasury like Cookie and Geno suggested.

Perhaps we could use it to provide framed certificates of appreciation to reunion committee members and our magnificant webmaster etc! 

Carl on December 18, 2014 12:41 PM
    Pat Smith

mini-Hostess Extraordinaire
Carol on December 18, 2014 2:28 PM
Carl, is that a rhetorical question?   Who else can create problems and get re-elected to spend more of our money to "try" to fix the problems.  Is there anything that central government does well?  Some would say "the military."   Yes, but it isn't done efficiently.  Under Rumsfeld's watch, the Pentegon lost 2.3T.  Was it ever found?

I found this story interesting because it was on talk radio here.  Twins from Columbia SC named Darlene and Charlene owned a hardware store.  They somehow got a contract with the Pentegon and quite by accident learned that no matter how much they charged for shipping items, they were always paid for shipping without question.  They could ship a $3 order and charge $20,000 for shipping and get paid.  They finally got caught because they messed up and charged twice for something.  

So, my answer is it is all a shell game.  Only 16 House members voted against bringing the new spending bill to the Floor.  Then, 5 of SC's House members voted against it, two voted for it.  Of course, Sen. Lindsey Baby voted for it, while Scott voted against it.  My point is, why didn't Gowdy, Sanford etc. vote with the 16?

The $1.1T bill gives all federal employees a raise.  I guess the IRS deserves one for harrassing TP groups...  BTW, when I called Lindsey's office and asked why he voted for the spending bill, I was told to avoid a government shutdown and there were "goodies" for SC.  Maybe we have a few mountain lions to teach to use the treadmill.
Carl on December 18, 2014 2:57 PM
Carol, as well informed in such matters as government as you clearly are, I'm perplexed that you don't seem to understand that the federal government prints money.  And when they do it, it's legal.
Carol on December 18, 2014 3:15 PM
Carl, the Federal Government does not print money.  The Federal Reserve "prints" money out of thin air, then charges us interest.  Nevertheless, there is always easy access to unlimited supplies.  What keeps us from going bankrupt?   Many believe it is the petro dollar.  So many questions...
Cookie on December 18, 2014 5:24 PM
Correction!  We ARE bankrupt.  There are just more "takin" than there are "givin."  Just saying.  

Ched on December 18, 2014 6:15 PM
The  Federal Govt. does nothing  efficiently ! There is  absolutely no incentive to do so.  I also  think  that  many of  the  governmental agencies  should be  abolished on the basis  that those  functions are  best provided by the  states  ie  Dept of  Education, Labor, HHS, Energy, etc
Cookie on December 18, 2014 9:04 PM
Hey!  Hey!  Ho!  Ho!
Educations gotta go!

30 years in the field gives me the right to chant that!  Idiots!

All they've done is reduce everyone to the lowest common denominator.  
Ched on December 19, 2014 11:25 AM
Yep !!!  Education is  the  sole  responsibility of  the  states  !!!!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on December 19, 2014 10:34 PM
Hi Cookie, 

Connie and I went to services which was led by a klesmer ensemble. After services we went to the dinner and ate lodkas, briskets, carrots and doughnuts. There were eight of us at the table. After supper we sang songs of the season. One was Don't let the lights go out made famous by Peter Paul and Mary. I was very gentle with her. She had cataract surgery this past Monday and is scheduled for more surgery next week.I'm happy that we're together. Cookie, I gave her a hug and kiss goodnight.

Cookie on December 19, 2014 11:01 PM
I am so proud of you.  So few folks are gentle these days.  I have had cataract surgery on both eyes and highly recommend it.  It went very well and I am sure Connie will do well.  I am also sure her physicians told her, as they did me, don't pick up anything over 5 pounds for at least a week. I would tell you to take things slowly but at our age I would no longer recommend that.  Happy Holidays.
Fredrick Lucas on December 20, 2014 10:03 AM

You old moss back. You want to abolish the Labor Department and other agencies of government. The Ohio Job Services was funded by the Labor Department and from my perspective has several valuable programs. Since you're the so called expert, I won't define the programs for you. You owe it to your readers to explain the programs that in your view that have no merit and why you want to eliminate them. Fred 
Carl on December 20, 2014 10:32 AM
Ched, I think Fred just might have gotten that "mossback" part right.   :-)
Ched on December 20, 2014 10:51 AM
I just  think that some of  the agencies of  the  Federal Govt  are best left  to the  states. Not  that  the  services  themselves should be  abolished
Cookie on December 20, 2014 12:25 PM
WHAT does the Department of Energy do?
Ched on December 20, 2014 3:13 PM
I think  the  DOE function is mostly  directed  towards  Nuclear energy, reactors, nuclear  wast  disposal, etc.  "Energy Conservation"  also  falls under  their  umbrella.
Fredrick Lucas on December 20, 2014 8:32 PM

When Ulysses Grant was a teenager, he drove the stagecoach with a team of horses from Georgetown Ohio to Cincinnati, a distance of 48 miles. The trip took 12 hours. At that period in our history most governmental functions took place at the local level.

Now, I can catch a plane and be in San Francisco in about four hours. I can get television news from California as it happens. We still need street repairs, garbage collection, police and fire protection and K-16 education that are local and state functions.We also have state and local courts and prisons.

There are many functions that are interstate in origin. The Interstate Highway System is an example. I can drive from Cincinnati to Hattisburg MS. for example in eleven hours. What would Grant think? Air and train travel are interstate in nature. They are regulated by the national government. Passports are issued by the national government. Since air and water pollution tend to be interstate problems, the EPA tends to regulate these concerns. The Defense Department, FBI and CIA are part of the national government.

There are too many examples to mention. The southern states tried to form their own government in 1861. Grant and Sherman stopped that effort. Ched you're 150 years too late. Fred

Cookie on December 20, 2014 9:52 PM
My Very Dearest Fredo
I  read two books this fall (1) Grant, (2) Sherman.  My Smith Mountain readings of Lee over the summer prompted me to try for objectivity.   (I just finished a novel, Gray Mountain, regarding mining operations in South Western Virginia.-More about that when you haven't gotten my dander up.)
Sherman's march through Georgia to the sea was "interesting" especially in light of the fact that most of my ancesters had nothing but the clothes on their backs when he finished--when they weren't being raped or murdered that is.  Their homes and crops were burned, livestrock stolen and those bastardly rebels ran for the woods with nothing.  Old "Sher" might have been a good tactical warrior but his father-in-law ran his life like a buzz saw.  In fact, he became downright "kittenish" (insert word of choice) on the home front.  

My great grandfather and his brother spent a year at the Federal prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout, Maryland and they are still mad from their graves at Littlesburg.  

Grant probably doesn't remember riding from Ohio to Cincinnati because he was usually drunk.  

Southern states didn't particularly "want to form their own government."  And those of you who want to pounce on the slave argument just remember, it was over STATES RIGHTS so knock it off.  Damn if we aren't still debating it.

I always find it interesting how many folks move south these days.  They sure aren't flooding the northeast or the "rust belt."  Hum!  Maybe we won afterall.
Stick with romance!  It's more interesting and  I'll love you more!!!!!
Your jilted Mercer School Friend
Ched on December 23, 2014 12:50 AM
I never  said  ALL  federal  functions and  agencies  shoulsd be  remanded  to the  states.  Certainly  The  Dept of  Defense, FBI, CIA, DOT (to name  a  few) should be  federal  responsibility. I do think the  EPA has overreached in  several instances  and  needs  to have its powers  restricted.

Carl on December 21, 2014 1:52 PM
Deeter advised me to stay out of this; he's probably right.  But . . .
  Friends, I doubt that there's fundamental difference of opinion re all the good that a strong, effective, efficient, ethical federal government can do.  Our fabulous interstate highway system is but one glowing example.  The concern, however -- almost exclusively voiced by conservatives and some independents -- is federal over-reach into things that either 1) it can't do as well as state/local gov't. or 2) it shouldn't be doing at all. 
   The Constitution -- arguably the finest directive for national/state government ever created -- focuses on the "enumerated powers" of the federal government, recognizing the axiom that "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  Thus, the Constitution enumerates those powers which can be confidently entrusted to a central government, leaving all others to the States.
   Despite the inherent tension and need for occasional calibration, this has worked remarkably well for over two centuries.  Our governmental structure is the envy of most of the world.
   For the past half century, many Americans have adopted the thinking that America was largely unenlightened until the 1960s, and that morality and "common sense" require ever more federal intervention.  And if this requires a nose-thumbing at precedent and plain language in the Constitution, and a wanton disregard for the proper role and rights of the Legislative, Administrative and Judicial branches, then so be it [i.e., the ends justify the means].
   THIS, I believe, is the condition that has led to the mistrust and combative moods between the two parties.  It should also be noted that the news media in large part have shirked their responsibility as the nation's watchdog, becoming at times blatant and shameful enablers.
   So, while citing accomplishments and failures of local, state and federal governments adds fodder to the debate, I don't see that it advances the debate.  [I also fear that millions of us aren't truly interested in advancing the debate.]
   So that's my two cents worth.  I suspect that Deeter was right.
Cookie on December 21, 2014 2:29 PM
Now I know why he is the webmaster.  I swear, that guy is so smart he scares me sometimes--especially when I have to keep The American Heritage Dictionary (High School Edition) close at hand to figure what he just said.  He reminds me of a really smart man I knew one time.  He was an attorney and could tell you to go to hell and it would take you three days to figure out he had done so.  

Looking forward to more words of wisdom.

Going to church at 5.  Yes I do go to church and it has never fallen down but people do look at me kind of funny sometimes.
Cookie on December 21, 2014 2:31 PM
P.S.  I should clarify that last remark.  Its usually when I open up the basket of snakes.  
Mike Murphy on December 21, 2014 7:16 PM
Having worked for the Federal Government (FG) for 15 years, it is my opinion that it is getting to big for it's britches, especially in the last 6 yrs. Although FG has some g ood things such as Job Corps, Unemployment Insurance and other safety net programs, my obsevation is it could be cut 50% and not effect anything but make it more efficent.

Common Core is one area where I am unsure mainly because I have not looked into it in depth. Some of the things I see on TV make me think there are some stupid aspects mainly promoted by the Liberal Progressives. I think that establishing national educational standards is probably a good thing if done realisticly and logicaly. Also the development of national tests to asses achievement by contracts with groups like Princeton University similar to the SAT would be good. I frankly never understood why the WV DOE developed the WESTEST. States and local schools could use the National standards and tests and substract or supplement them. Therefore I support the Fed Dept of Education for research and leadership but not in a regulatory role.

The Fed goverment played a significant role in establishing Vocational and Career ed programs through the various Voc Ed Acts and especially the Applachin Reogional Commission ARC which funded construction of Sec and Post secondary schools up to 80% such as the Mercer County Tech Center. The ARC has almost dissapeared which is uncommon for Fed programs having served it origional objective. Thank you Jenning Randolph RIP.

The EPA and DOE and the DOJ are completly out of control under the Emporer in Chief!

Fred - your arguement that conservatives who want limited federal government are southerners who are racists flat earthers that want to take us back 150 years is teadious, insulting and boring at best.

Keep the faith
Carl on December 21, 2014 7:20 PM
Murph, are you related to Deeter?

Tracy French on December 21, 2014 6:39 PM
Amen to all of the above.   By the way, what's the PHS 1960 thoughts on Sony and North Korea?
Cookie on December 21, 2014 10:31 PM
I only have one thing to say about Sony.  I can't believe a midget with a bad haircut brought the worlds greatest power to its knees.  
Mike Murphy on December 22, 2014 12:53 PM
Tracy - not to worry our commander in chief has called it criminal mischief and will respond in kind when he makes up his mind? Strong memo to follow?

This is serious and borders on war and we need to respond strongly both publically and more importantly behind the scenes.

Tracy - is your Email working? - I got a damion message on a recent email to you? 

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanakha

Tracy French on December 22, 2014 5:31 PM
Mike:  My computer is back in service.  I have had more than my fair share of problems with internet lately but through the grape vine I hear that I am in for a new one for Christmas.

No internet service in North Korea today and that probably means we will soon be paying  a comparable $4.00 a gallon to surf the web.  Thank goodness I didn't turn in my land line!
Pete Stephenson on December 23, 2014 12:56 PM
Pete Here.Tracy,my take on Sony and North Korea is I think we should bomb them both.Tracy sorry About your sister.Didn't know until a couple days ago,I hope all of you here on the blog have a very Merry Christmas.Faith,Hope and Love to all,

Mike Murphy on December 23, 2014 3:24 PM
Best album ever Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Joe Cocker was the greatest even when he had to be tied to the Microphone stand to sing, RIP

Pitty the poor folks who never really enjoyed Rock & Roll, Great Balls of Fire!!

Keep the faith

Becky Novarro on December 24, 2014 2:25 PM
Mike, Jim booked Joe Cocker in Wildwood, NJ.  I thought he was stoned then found out he had a physical disability.  Although, most said he was probably embibing.  (sp?)  His show was terrific.  Sang the theme from an Officer and a Gentleman.  Can't remember what I had for dinner last night but I remember that well.  May he rest in peace.
Carl on December 24, 2014 3:40 PM
About 10 years ago, I saw Joe Cocker in concert.  He took the stage to an audience that filled barely one-forth of the auditorium.  I was embarrased for Joe that a performer of his talent and reputation would face such a skimpy turnout.  I needn't have been.  He sang from start to finish as though the room was packed full and that everyone in it loved him.  It was one of the best musical experiences of my life.  RIP you handsome devil.  [You are sooo beautiful . . . to me.]
Mike Murphy on December 24, 2014 5:47 PM
Merry Christmas
La Gatos Siteen
Mike Murphy on December 24, 2014 7:44 PM
Becky - You said Jim "Booked" Joe Cocker - Please elaborate

Becky Novarro on December 25, 2014 6:36 PM
Oh Mike, I thought everyone knew Jim was a bookie!  Just kidding.
He was the GM for a man who owned 13 nightclubs  and one thing he did was book entertainment.  He is quite an interesting person to talk to.  BTW, if you think he is like the Sopranos, I must emphasize that I would have much better jewelry.
Merry Christmas.
Cookie on December 25, 2014 10:13 PM
Fredrick Lucas on December 26, 2014 12:33 PM
This information is for those who have silver sneakers as part of the Medicare Advantage program. If you plan to visit the Princeton Fitness Center, you can show them your Medicare Advantage card and you can work out for free. 

Carl, the center has two pools, a walking track various aerobic machines and resistance equipment. There is even a handball court. Carl, there is a coffee area where you can sit and chat. Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on December 26, 2014 12:45 PM
Becky - Bada Bing?

Sounds like Jim had an interesting career. Did he have to take care of the ideocrencies (sp) in the stars contracts?

Happy New Year

Carl on December 26, 2014 7:58 PM
Sad News:
I just learned that our PHS60 classmate Kay Parsell Curry died today. 
I understand that there will be a memorial service in Pctn. next week. 
I expect an obit to appear in the Daily Telegraph in coming days.
Ched on December 28, 2014 12:52 PM
I am  extremely sorry to learn of  Kay's passing.  She was  a  sweet  and  friendly person.  My  condolences  to Sonny  and  the rest of  Kay's  family.
Fredrick Lucas on December 28, 2014 6:16 PM
I would like to offer condolences to Kay's family.Like Ted she had a long illness. Carl, I believe that you mentioned that Kay was a cousin. She was a kind lady. She will continue to live in our memories. 

Fred Lucas
Ched on December 29, 2014 11:18 AM
I never knew Kay was ill 
Carl on December 29, 2014 1:31 PM
Yes Fred, Kay was my 1st cousin, once removed.  [Her grandmother, Lessie (Thomason) Hylton, was my father's sister.]  Hope Kelly Duke (PHS61, I believe), Kay's first cousin, is also my 1st cousin, once removed. 
Mike Murphy on December 29, 2014 1:40 PM
WVU Liberty Bowl 2:00 PM today ESPN!

Go Mountaineers!
Carol on December 30, 2014 6:57 AM
Clemson 40, Oklahoma 6.    GO TIGERS!

I think Clemson could have defeated Alabama last night.   A near flawless game.  

Fredrick Lucas on December 30, 2014 8:58 PM
Hi Ched, 

I understand that Kay had dementia for a number of years Fred
Thomas Dillon on December 31, 2014 5:19 PM

Happy New Year to all. Be safe. So looking forward to the reunion.

Love you.


Mike Murphy on December 31, 2014 6:42 PM
Happy New Year
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on December 31, 2014 10:01 PM
Frohlich Neu Jahr. The translation from German is Happy New Year. I couldn't study this language at dear PHS. I have studied it in the Cincinnati area. 

I can't wait until Octoberfest comes again.Thanks to Youtube I can listen to my favorite German  songs.

Have a happy and peaceful year. auf Wiedersehen. Translation until we see you again. This is a liberal translation..Fredo

Ched on December 31, 2014 10:21 PM
Happy New Year and blessings for happiness and good health to all!!!

Carl on January 1, 2015 12:47 AM
Let me be the first to wish all a Happy New Year in the new year.  I never lose appreciation for what a wonderful group you are.                   MAGFAY
Darla on January 1, 2015 8:29 AM
Happy New Year!!!  Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy year!!!
Carol on January 1, 2015 9:17 AM
Happy New Year to all!  

 Fred, have you thought about moving to Upstate South Carolina?  We have many German born friends brought here by textile related companies years ago and in recent years by BMW.  Some were neighbors, most I know through tennis.  Our dear friend, Geli, moved back to Berlin about ten years ago, but comes back every spring to visit her friends.


Carl on January 2, 2015 11:07 AM
from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:

RICHMOND, Va. — Kay Parsell Curry, 72 of Richmond, Virginia formerly of the New Hope Road, Princeton died Friday, December 26, 2014 at her residence.
Born on February 28, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Tracy and Helen Hylton Parsell. Kay was the Matriarch to the family and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Prior to moving to Richmond, VA, Kay was very active in both community & civic affairs while living in Princeton. Kay was Past President of the local garden club, the Princeton Jaycee-ettes, the WV Junior Miss Scholarship Program and was a former Regional Supervisor for Mary Kay Cosmetics.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents who she loved dearly, Edgar and Lessie Hylton.
Survivors include her husband, Sonny Curry; Two sons, Steven L. Curry and Scott L. Curry; Grandson, Jess Curry.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 2, 2015 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may visit with the family Friday from Noon until the service hour at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via
Darla on January 2, 2015 2:19 PM
Just came from Kay's funeral.  She looked prettty and Sonny and their sons are doing o.k.  Keep them in your prayers.
Mike Murphy on January 2, 2015 3:29 PM
I remember riding the bus with Kay. She was beautiful with raven black hair. Also everyone liked her.

Condolenses to family.
Pete Stephenson on January 2, 2015 5:20 PM
Pete Here pray that each and everyone of you c mates have a very Happy Healthy and prosperous new year.Sorry to hearof the passing of Kay Parcell Curry.aay she rest in peace.
Fredrick Lucas on January 3, 2015 1:25 PM
I heard a report on NPR that Little Jimmy Dickens Grand Old Opery star and native West Virginian  died last week. 

Was he related to Hazel Dickens ? Fred Lucas
Ched on January 3, 2015 2:06 PM
Little  Jimmy  Dickens  was  from Bolt  in Raleigh  Co. and   went  to Trap Hill HS
Carl on January 3, 2015 8:09 PM
J. Fred, I have also wondered if Hazel Dickens was kin to Little Jimmy Dickens.  For those who may not be acquainted with her, here's a biography from Wikipedia:

Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1925 – April 22, 2011) was an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. Her music was characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs. Cultural blogger John Pietaro noted that "Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them and her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause." The New York Times extolled her as "a clarion-voiced advocate for coal miners and working people and a pioneer among women in bluegrass music." With Alice Gerrard, Dickens was one of the first women to record a bluegrass album.

Dickens was born in Montcalm,  Mercer County, West Virginia on June 1, 1925, the eighth of eleven siblings born to a mining family.

In the early 1950s she moved to Baltimore. She met Mike Seeger, younger half-brother of Pete Seeger and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers and became active in the Baltimore-Washington area bluegrass and folk music scene during the 1960s.

During this time she also established a collaborative relationship with Mike Seeger's wife, Alice Gerrard, and as "Hazel & Alice" recorded two albums for the Folkways label: Who's That Knocking (And Other Bluegrass Country Music) (1965) and Won't You Come & Sing for Me (1973). Dickens and Gerrard were bluegrass bandleaders at a time when the vast majority of bluegrass bands were led by men. Hazel & Alice broke up in 1976 and Dickens pursued a solo career where her music and songwriting became more political.

She appeared in the documentary Harlan County, USA and also contributed four songs to the soundtrack of the same film. She also appeared in the films Matewan and Songcatcher.

Dickens received the Merit Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1994 and was the first woman to do so. In 2001 she was presented with a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.

I had the pleasure of seeing her perform about 5-6 years ago (maybe longer; my memory of time frames is really spotty).

Delores on January 3, 2015 10:45 PM

Both Matewan and Songcatcher were great movies.  I particularly enjoyed Songcatcher.  Its been awhile.  My dad was a  little boy in Montcalm and McComas during that period.  His dad ran an auto repair garage in McComas.  He always said that was where he learned to be tough.    It was fight or die.  
Carl on January 4, 2015 10:50 AM
And where exactly did you learn to be so tough?
Cookie on January 4, 2015 12:00 PM
Ah!!!! But you misjudge her.  :-)
Mike Murphy on January 5, 2015 12:35 PM
Article in todays Charleston Dail Mail about little Jimmy Dickens, Interesting read. 

Keep the faith
geno on January 7, 2015 2:26 PM
whew just caught up on the blog, took lotsa reading, I've always said you ain't nuthin much without a ejucation, cookie tell me more about Delores, I thought she was tougher than cement coated nails, did any one know Angelus Gay "Gail"  Sanders, in the obits today, musta went to school in our class,  I can't recall her. It is 10 degrees in Green Valley with wind and snow blowing, "Brrrr cold".  Was not Hazel Dickens, and "Little Jimmie" cousins?   Well my wife just served me a hot chocolate with whipped cream covering the whole top of it. stay warm gotta go
Cookie on January 7, 2015 5:41 PM
She is a sweetheart!  A little slow but a sweetheart.

Carl on January 7, 2015 3:50 PM
Geno, she was Gay Demont at PHS.  Her photo was not in our 1960 Yearbook, so I can't point you to a pic.  I hardly knew her; perhaps other bloggers can add some info.

Here's the brief obit from today's Bluefield Daily Telegraph. 

BOWLING GREEN, Va. — Angelus Gay “Gail” Sanders, 72 of Bowling Green, Virginia passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, January 4, 2015 in Mary Washington Hospital.
Carl on January 7, 2015 3:52 PM
Here's the full obit:

Angelus Gay “Gail” Sanders, 72, of Bowling Green passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Gail was born in Princeton, W.Va., on Sept. 19, 1942, and attended Princeton High School. She was happily married to Douglas Sanders for 55 years. She was a military wife for 16 years, raising her children while Doug was away for more than a year at a time on assignments with the Navy. She was a member and deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Bowling Green. Gail was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was active in the Red Hat Society.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Sanders; three children, Ron Sanders (Patty), Larry Sanders (Lori) and Sharon Loftin (Steve); a brother, Billy Demont; five grandchildren, Jami, Isac, Allison, Michael and Dawn (Jody); two great-grandchildren, Sarah and Jacob; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Storke Funeral Home in Bowling Green. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Calvary Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk CT 06851; or Calvary Baptist Church, Box 294, Bowling Green, VA 22427. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Delores on January 7, 2015 5:39 PM
I found her in the 1959 yearbook pictured next to Tom Dillon.  

Becky Novarro on January 7, 2015 6:29 PM
I can't remember how I knew Gay so well but remember being with her at one of our reunions.  She had started to call herself Gail because of the stigma attached to Gay.  Very pleasant blond with a warm smile and friendly manner.  I hope we remember more about our passing classmates than.....good grief.
geno on January 8, 2015 2:30 PM
Bless my memory, I thought I should have known her , Demont, had I knew that last name, knowed  them well when we were kids, lived in Lilly Highway add. on the Athens rd. Time moves on and so we go. Cookie are you sure she's a sweetheart? is this a lucid day? you're not on delusional trip behind the garbage bins are you ? forget the twenty questions, searching my memory bank to see if I can remember a smile, maybe a wry one like Mona Lisa, oh well  memories are sometimes like the vapors of smoke we sometimes see fleeting pictures, any way we are having a heat wave in Green Valley, it's 10 degrees, I suppose global warming is passing through again, has any one heard from the Big B, she used to blog, I certainly hope she has not hermantized. I wonder if the politics has not ruined the blog. I still have a lot of wonders, come to think about it I still wonder where the yellow went. Not only the yellow but the Woman. Zipee dee doo dah.
Carl on January 8, 2015 3:04 PM
Geno, you ring in the blogging New Year with a reminder of what a precious commodity you are -- sadly, commodities are down in today's trading -- always with a fresh slant, and sometimes a fresh manner, and as you no doubt remember from the 50s, getting fresh can land you in trouble, but I certainly wish you a safe landing.  [See how you inspire my linguistic side?  Of course, I'd rather have a side of linguini with clam sauce, but life is limited in its offerings so I'll clam up after just one more comment.]  Speaking only for myself, I can assure you that the yellow hasn't gone anywhere.  I'm every bit the coward today that I was as a teenager.  I fear that my remarks may foment others' wrath.  (I hope my foment lasts only a moment.)  Do they still make Rath bacon?  Geno, I fear that only you can help me with this -- but others are encouraged to try.
Deeter on January 8, 2015 9:17 PM
Carl, did you make a new year's resolution to be even stupider than last year?  Do you even know what you're talking about?
geno on January 9, 2015 4:00 PM
Well I don't know why Carl but after reading your blog I am famished, very clever to try to make me break my resolution to have a revolution against over eating, but it is of no avail, today is the ninth day of the new year and as you probably didn't know, I lost the revolution of the resolutiion before midnight of the first day, so much for resolutions, but any way on the matter, by the way what was the matter? I know when I sat down to blog ,there was something, wasn't there, was there? oh well whatever it was I must have forgotten it because I can't remember it now, doggone there goes that detective mind of mine again, boy I just cannot look over a clue or is that look a clue over, now I've even forgotten what I didn't remember, it is just terrible not to remember what you forgot isn't it? Oh yeah what was your resolution again, something about knowing what you're talking about, shucks ,I can talk without knowing anything, I've done that for years , it's just second nature now, by the way what was the first nature? Well that is just another thing I won't have to strive to forget, by the way who is Rath Bacon? Catch ya later
Pete Stephenson on January 9, 2015 6:15 PM
Pete here.So sorry to hear the passing of Gay Demont Sanders.Remember her well from Thorn School.Very pretty blond with a marvelous warm smile.RIP old friend you will surely be missed.Faith Hope,and Love to all.
Carl on January 10, 2015 9:13 AM
Geno, remind me.  Just how closely related are you to Prof. Irwin Corey?  Are you also kin to Little Jimmy Dickens?
geno on January 10, 2015 2:55 PM
Pete, I knew you would remember Gay, boy I am ashamed it took me so long to figure out who she was, all the times we walked to school and back home across Trail's Hill. Do you remember Floyd Simpkins? "Pack Rat" they call him now, met him the other day, that rascal is busy as a bee rebuilding houses, I couldn't believe how active he is going strong as when he was 30. Goes to show how being active will keep you young. So Pete good to see you back on the blog. Carl refresh my memory on Prof. Irwin Corey, as for "little" JImmy Dickens we are no kin except as brothers of country music, cloggin' and fiddle playing, I count all those who proclaim ol' Americana through the eyes of "honest country" music. "Take a cold tater and wait" fit so many of my generation, don't guess many folks understand that, but many do. I also understood "May the bird of paradise fly up your nose may an elephant caress you with his toes" now that's giving a genuine country boy's blessing of hapiness for himself. All country music ain't crying the blues or dropping tears in your beers. Think I'll get the old guitar out and sing some of those old songs, feeling a mood of nostalgia comin' on.
Carl on January 10, 2015 3:31 PM
Geno, for you and your esteemd PHS60 colleagues, and the millions of anonymous viewers of our blog, here's a link to a 2-minute clip of Prof. Irwin Corey:

Carl on January 10, 2015 8:21 PM
   Dillon, Pete, Murph & football fans everywhere, an observation:
as a pathetically loyal Washington Redskins fan of some 50 years, I've become accustomed to mediocity, inconsistency, and downright ineptitude for 15+ years now during which I've devoted my attention almost exclusively to those beloved losers.
   Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a delicious encounter between two really good teams.  Watching the New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens reminded me of what a stunningly beautiful sport the game can be when played at a high level.  Whatta game!
   May I live to enjoy the Redskins return to prominence.
geno on January 10, 2015 9:27 PM
Bless my memory, how could I have forgotten Irwin Corey , Prof.elite, I thank you for the link of enlightenment I shall remember him for at least 5 minutes after this. That was a good football game this evening, the Seahawks and Panthers are now playing 3 downs and out, which is a version of football, but I cannot stay interested long enough to see who will win out, so I am bloggging. You know I used to be Redskins fan still got the championship buckle they put out when they were champs. But being fickle Ihave chosen other teams, but alas I could not remain faitful to them either, can't say I have a favorite pick right now, but I do enjoy watching millionaires knocking each other all over the field. I think the Redskins might have to change their name, some one said they could be the turncoats, after all their home is in D.C.
Ched on January 11, 2015 9:47 AM
I think it  was Rush who said  that  the  Redskins  dont ned  to  change their name ... only the mascot/logo to a POTATO !!!
Mike Murphy on January 11, 2015 10:10 AM
When I lived in the DC area, I was a Redskins fan and went to one game to watch the Hogs. Is it still almost impossible to get tickets for the games? People would will their season tickets much like parking spaces in the DOL building!

Geno it is good to hear your voice again, although it is like eating a stewed tomato sandwich - one must lift and eat quickly lest the tomatoes fall through the bread (brother Dave Garner)?

I can still wear my Patriots Jacket this morning and am looking forward to the Colts and Broncos today.

Always enjoy winning, would greatly enjoy more winning of the war on terror!

Keep the faith
geno on January 11, 2015 10:23 AM
Well brother Mike you can rest a little easier nato announced that Hamas is not a terroist group, so therefore when they kill people they are exercising their right to make a statement, therefore those people who get killed by them, their deaths do not count as terroism, so our great protector has cut terroism in half. Since I have enlightened you ,you can now enjoy the game of horses today, by the way who are you pulling for to get beaten by the Patriots? I remember it was more fun to ride horses than watch them play against one another. You know what they say in the old country? geno
Carl on January 11, 2015 12:00 PM
Murph, I too have great memories of the Redskins' wonder years of good teams and championships, when tickets were scarcer than hens' teeth.  These days they tell the following story:
Guy arrives at FedEx Field and makes his way to stadium.  Gets to gate to realize that he left his 2 game tickets on the dashboard of his car.  Hurrying back he spots his car with a window smashed.  Really upset that he's not only lost his tix but also has a repair issue, he gets to his car only to discover that . . . there are now 4 tickets on his dashboard.   :-)
Mike Murphy on January 12, 2015 10:35 AM
Geno - what do they say in the old country? I don't even know what they say in the new country?

All of the teams I wanted to win, won except Carolina.

Someone said to brother Dave = you should be a preacher, you would make a million dollars. Dave replied what would a preacher do with a million dollars?

Any golfers out?
Keep the faith
Cerl on January 12, 2015 2:07 PM
Mike, the things that I hear them say often in the old country are:
1. Oh, my _____ (legs, back, hands, feet) hurt.
2. Have you seen my glasses?
Your snoring kept me awake all night.
4. Damn kid driver nearly ran me off the road!
5. Don't we get Lawrence Welk any more?
And my personal most often uttered comment:
"Yes dear."
geno on January 12, 2015 9:40 PM
I always wondered what they said in the old country, never did know, and yes the golfers are out, not only the golfers but I noticed today, our local neighborhood junkie is out, I counted it up I can't get but 14 mos. out of that last 2yr. prison sentence, he didn't get his old apartment back he took the one on the other side, I wonder if he will sue the welfare dept. for not kicking the people out of his old apartment and moving him back in his home, oh well they got his old apartment back twice, two out of three is not bad. Carl you got to be careful with the "yes dear" comment got me in trouble, my wife is sneaky, she made a comment to me and I answered with my usual "yes dear", wrong answer, a 30 minute tirade ensued, and to this day I still don't know what I answered "yes dear" to.
Cookie on January 12, 2015 10:35 PM
"Do you think I'm stupid or something?"  "Yes dear!"  

One should pay attention from time to time!
geno on January 13, 2015 2:32 PM
Cookie I believe you you hit the head on the nail or is it the nail on the head, why would you do that, let me rephrase that I think you got it right, any way I'm glad you chimed in , that counds like a clock, that means you were right on time, boy the things you say , makes a feller think, don't ya know, so how are things in merry ol' MARY LAND, have you folks receded yet, no that's seceded, what was it we were talking about? oh yeah , "yes dear" I'm just gonna start saying" c'mere dear", until I can think of sumpin better.
Cookie on January 13, 2015 2:43 PM
LOL  You are a trip Geno!
"C'mere dear" always works.............eventually.  
Carl on January 13, 2015 6:16 PM
Cooks, you're right -- as usual -- about Geno being a trip.  But remember that not all trips end in happy places.
geno on January 13, 2015 10:06 PM
This is true, but any trip that doesn't end in a fall down go boom is a good one!!!!!!!  I rest my case, in fact I  am going to lie down and rest my-----something else,  notice what a tripper I am tripped right down the primrose path to a delightful conclusion. good night from your sweet Prince

Mike Murphy on January 15, 2015 5:56 PM
Tracy - I saw on the news that a Muslim training camp was located at Herndon. I didn't think that the folks from greater Wyoming county would put up with that? What is the story? Did you get that new computer for Christmas? Have you excorcised it?

Perhaps BHO could send some Gitmo Yeminis to Herndon. Is camp on Mullens side of mountain? 

Pure disdain for America? - Close Gitmo, amnistty for illegal aliens and Veto Keystone.

Keep the faith
Carl on January 16, 2015 12:34 PM
Oh Mike, I was soooo hopeful that you would have a HAPPY New Year.  [There are still 349 days left to get there.]               MAGFAY

Cookie on January 15, 2015 9:59 PM
Hum!  Time for the "good ole boys" to have a "Come to Jesus" meeting on the mountain.  

Carl on January 17, 2015 12:41 PM
Well, I did it again.  Overlooked two Jan. 8 birthdays:
Edward Tomchin   &   Elvis.  Hope yours was happy, Edward.
   Today, Jan. 17, Muhammed Ali turns 73.  He coulda been a PHS60'er.

Jan. 26 - Lee Tolliver
Feb. 2 - Mike Herring

Happy Birthday to both o'yous.
Mike Murphy on January 17, 2015 5:51 PM
Carl- I am Happy, Happy, Happy

Also Happy Birthday to Fish, Geno and Ed the traveler!!

Tracy - What is happening in Herndon?

Thank you, Thank you very much

Keep the faith
Carl on January 17, 2015 6:22 PM
Murph, if you're happy, then I'm plumb tickled to death.  Thanks for letting me know.

Carl on January 18, 2015 1:36 PM
Dear Classmates,
   Our one-of-a-kind classmate Kerby Smith lost his 2-year battle to cancer yesterday.  I'll try to locate and post his obit.  RIP old friend.
Fredrick Lucas on January 18, 2015 4:44 PM
I always enjoyed  Kerby and am sad that he lost the battle with cancer. Rest in Peace. Kerby is the fourth classmate to leave us since December 15. 

When we were born, our life expectancy was 62.9 years. 


Ched on January 19, 2015 10:36 AM
I am  sorry to learn of Kerby's passing  away.   He  and I  share  the  same birthday (Feb 25) only he  was one  year older. We used  to visit  and play together  as  small  children.
Pete Stephenson on January 19, 2015 12:13 PM
Pete Here,Sorry  to hear of my dear friend Kirby Smith Passing.He was one of the good guys of our class.first met him when I came to Princeton in 53.RIP my friend.
Mike Murphy on January 19, 2015 12:28 PM
Condolences to Kerby's family.

Happy MLK Day.

Carol - Article in today's Charleston Daily Mail about the future of WVU Tech. WVU recently purchased the defunct Mountain State U Facilities at Beckley and is some discussion about moving the main campus of Tech to Beckley. I have mixed feelings, what do you guys think?

Also 4000+ elegible WV HS Grads did not take advantage of Pell Grants Last yr. 

Patriots let the "air" out of the Colts and will hopefully clip the wings of the Sea Hawks.

Carl, Carl, Carl, Carl - What day is it?

Keep the Faith

Carl on January 19, 2015 1:21 PM
Murph, you just might need to take a break from those GEICO commercials.
(Between NFL football and Fox News, a guy can overdose before he realizes it.)
I tell you this because, like another of your favorites, "We're looking out for you." 

Edward Laufer on January 20, 2015 12:41 PM
My brother Jerry and I were in close contact with Kerby over the years even up until the day before he passed away.  We will always remember him as a sweet, happy-go-lucky person. We will miss him so very much.

Carl on January 21, 2015 11:55 AM
from today's Bluefield Daily Telegraph:
Kerby Clifton Smith, Jr., age 72, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away on January 17, 2015 at Acosta Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville, FL.  He was born in Princeton, West Virginia on February 25, 1942 to the late Kerby C. Smith, Sr. and Edna Booth Smith. Kerby earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and was a teacher in the Duval County School System. He retired in 1993 after many years of dedication and service to the young men and women he taught. Kerby is preceded in death by his parents, Kerby Sr. and Edna Smith; sister, Oma Morgan.
Kerby is survived by his lifelong companion, Becky Spires and many friends and loved ones.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Tracy French on January 21, 2015 9:14 PM
Murph:  I did not get the new computer but insstead I got an iphone which I have managed to lose before I learned to use.

I have been too busy the last couple weeks to get on the computer anyway.  Last week I had to go to St. Marys for a parole hearing for the boy who killed my son (he was denied parole for the 2nd year in a row).  Tomorrow I will take my youngest granddaughter to Morgantown  for a doctors appointment and she is scheduled for surgery on her eyes Friday if everything goes well.  She is 3 years old.

As far as Herndon is concerned, I don't know of anything going on there other than a murder that was commited at the top of the mountain by a father and son combo.  The father said it occurred in Wyoming County and the boy said it was Mercer County.  The trial was held in Mercer County.  As a general rule, people from Mercer County call the Mountain Arista and people from Wyoming call it Herndon.

Mike Murphy on January 22, 2015 10:28 AM
Hi Tracy
Good to hear from you. 

Sorry to hear about your Grandaughter. Hope and pray she will have sucessful operation!

I remember crossing Herndon Mountain when I worked in Mullens for about 2 weeks fixing their gas lines. Lines were leaking and actually lifting the streets. We jackhammered the concrete streets and replaced with new lines,
 Geno- we had to drill under the street and Fred Bolton (RIP) got his pant leg caught in the drilling rig. Fortunately his pants tore and we got the machine shut down in time. The machine was air operated and you could not stop it immediatly!

God Bless you and your family and all PHS 60ers
geno on January 24, 2015 12:04 PM
Brrrrr!!!!!! cold in Green Valley, went for my walk thought  I was gonna freeze afore I got back, shoulda knew it was too cold to walk today, oh well, Mike  a guy that worked with us back in the 80's got his jacket sleeve caught in a spreader box gear, wound him up tight, jus lucky someone was nearby and shut the machine off, still he was hung for about 30 minutes before they could get him loose, cut scratced and bruised, but it coulda been worse, moving parts loose clothing always been a problem waiting to happen. On a lighter note I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday, big ol' strapping man, had his hands in his pockets, a fellow walked up to us said Roger why you got your hands tucked in your pockets so tight"? Roger never cracked a smile, said "i got my permit for concealed carry, and I'm keeping both of 'em concealed" I thought that guy was gonna faint, not knowing Roger's dry sense of humor, doesn't seem funny writing it I guess you would have to be there, That guy that was murdered on Arista mountain was an old frien of mine Bo Butler, I used to hunt on his daddy's farm, me and him spent many a day chasing deer on that farm, he was just a boy then, I couldn"t believe what happened to him, growed up and shot down in his prime, sad ending for a man's life, I guess it only takes one that doesn't like you or wants something you've got to take ya outta here. I just remembered when Bo was 15 he and his dog was going across the pasture, some one shot his dog, which was right in front of Bo scared that boy out of his wits, still he gathered that dog up in his arms and ran all the way back to the house with it, a good three qurters of a mile, his daddy said he was white as a sheet. Well you folks stay warm and happy.

Ched on January 24, 2015 3:02 PM
Just  saw  American Sniper.. A very powerful movie which makes us all appreciate our brave military even more. This is  a must  see !!!
God bless Chris Kyle....
I wonder if BHO saw it????
Fredrick Lucas on January 25, 2015 7:50 AM
Recentl y, I was reading an article in the May 14, 2014 edition of the Charleston Daily Mail concerning food stamp reciepients in West Virginia. At that time there were 362,133 people receiving food stamps which is almost 19% of the population of the state. McDowell County had the highest percentage with 34% of the population receiving food assistance. In Mingo County 27% and Wyoming County 24%. ONE COULD SAY THAT A PROBLEM EXISTS IN WEST VIRGINIA. Fred
Cookie on January 25, 2015 8:07 AM
Stop voting for LIBERALS
Carl on January 25, 2015 10:24 AM
J. Fred, I just made a quick Google search on violent crime by State.  WV ranked 39th, that is, 12th least violent per capita.  Your state of long-time residence, Ohio, ranked 27th, significantly more violent that WV.  Do you think that a PROBLEM EXISTS IN OHIO?
Fredrick Lucas on January 25, 2015 5:08 PM
Carl, I would like to stay with apples to use a metaphor. I don't want to mix my finding with something that is not related. West Virginia has the second highest percentage of food stamp recipients in the nation. Has the Free State of McDowell become an economic basket case? These statistics are depression level statistics. I would like to know what percentage of the population in the Free State of McDowell suffers from mental depression.

As Mr Reagan wouls say, there  you go again. You like brother Mike need to  be more specific with your sources, Fred
Carl on January 25, 2015 6:08 PM
   Sorry Fredo, you caught me with my footnotes down.  How's this: The U.S. Census Bureau:
   Now help me understand: what is the purpose in your sharing your "findings" and your previously cited statistics re WV wealth/health/education?
Mike Murphy on January 25, 2015 6:25 PM
Fred - What is you fasination with the suffering of West Virginians? Talk about depression and sources, you were recently reading a 9 month old newspaper article and just had to share your uber liberal viewpoint?  If you had got your Doctorate you would know how to reference reliable sources. Huffington Post??? 

By the way I am greatly honored to to be called Carl's brother. I have worked with Carl and you couldn't carry his book bag. As an example you talked to someone who had an operation in France and that was a reliable source, I quess all Indians walk in a straignt line since you saw one group of them ?

Perhaps you are mad at West Virginians for not voting for BHO in the last election. All 55 counties voted for his oponent!  We may be poor but we are not dumb.

Have a happy day in your Crime riddled state.

Carls Proud Brother Mike 
Cookie on January 25, 2015 6:57 PM
There is an interesting article in the Washington Post (can't believe they ACTUALLY published it--that progressive rag) regarding the demise of the richest African American county in the United States--that would be Prince George's County, Maryland.  That's right next door and I spent a 30 year career in education there thus consider myself somewhat of an authority on all things P.G.  By 2000 it had received its "rich" designation and African Americans were flocking there from all over the country.  It became a county of professionals, mega-mansions and BMWs.  Now it seems as if their net worth has bottomed out and with balloon mortgages and declining purchasing power they are finding themselves a little disenchanted.  
What does this have to do with food stamps?  What happened to the commitment to "The Middle Class"  and who has been in charge since 2008?  I urge you to read it.  You can find it on line at the Drudge Report.  
My next Bullshit missive will be about the woman in front of me in the checkout line at the grocery store a few weeks ago who paid with food stamps.  She had the card in her Coach bag inside her Coach wallet which she withdrew with her professionally manicured nails just after she answered an incoming call on her I-Phone.  
Thank you for listening!
P.S.  Call James Taylor.  Maybe he can sing to us.  
Fredrick Lucas on January 25, 2015 7:15 PM
Mike the more recent statistics are about the same as those that I cited. Where is your data? Why do you want to distract me with no data as usual.Referring to Ohio as crime ridden. Prove it.

You are like the far right vague generalizations that make no sense.  

Cookie on January 25, 2015 7:29 PM
And your bridges fall down in Ohio too!
Fredrick Lucas on January 25, 2015 8:19 PM
The State of West Virginia has an excellent web site concerning the various public assistance programs. Don't I have a right show concern for people who have economic problems, health and educational problems. Mike, the state is my native state. I own property in Mercer County and pay property taxes there. I have every right to show concern for those less fortunate. Apparently, you take my part of the conversation personally Mike as though I have no right to show compassion towards the folk in the Free State of McDowell.Why do you want to limit the conversations that I raise Mike? Where do you get this sentiment? Fred

Becky Novarro on January 25, 2015 8:58 PM
Dear Fred, Why on earth would you write people from WV and talk about what an awful state it is.  It really brings out the mean of others as your words are so cutting.  Didn't you ever hear, "Say something nice or say nothing at all"?  It doesn't come as very much a shock to West Virginians to learn they live in poverty nor in a state of depression.
I haven't lived there permanently in over 50 years but I am still a proud Hillbilly.  Shame on you Fred for being so cruel.
Becky Arney Novarro....want to talk about people from NJ or Italians??  Go ahead!  Make my Day!

FredrickI have Lucas on January 25, 2015 9:42 PM
Becky, in order to show compassion, I need to determine what has gone on. But you seem to want to stop the conversation by being overly judgemental concerning what I've found.I have two elderly cousins who lived in Northfork. They let me know several years ago what they saw.

I have a friend who is a psychologist who worked in West Virginia for a number of years helping those who are struggling through personal depression and other problems. He still does some work in West Virginia but the majority of his time is spent in the Buckeye State.His take is that many industries have departed leaving many who remain with economic,  educational  psychological and other health problems..There  are mental health professionals who continue to help these folk.

CruelBecky? It was cruel to allow drinking water to be contaminated. It was cruel to allow men to die in mining disasters. It was cruel  strip mining. that allowed contamination of ground water. Enough said  Fred. 

Cookie on January 25, 2015 10:19 PM
I'm writing a book.  The title is "Every Good Thing I Know I Learned In West Virginia."
Carl on January 25, 2015 10:20 PM
Fredo, I accept your notion that your concerns for WV are serious, legitimate, and powerful.  However, I don't know what you expect to achieve by citing your "findings" to your classmates.  The powers that be who might improve matters probably reside in, or serve in, Charleston.  I'm sure that I speak for all of us in wishing you well in convincing them to make improvements.  Sadly, I'm not sure that you're addressing the right audience here.  In summary:

I know that I’m too narcissistic

And tend toward statements ballistic

But I’m reassured

By thoughts strong and pure

Supported by my own statistic.
May others find their own statistic.

Fredrick Lucas on January 26, 2015 10:06 AM

Thanks for your thoughts. I have supported several groups who are committed to making life better for all West Virginians.There is strength in numbers.I won't mention the groups because Mike is concerned about "their liberal orientation".,

I have also expressed my concerns about problems in Ohio with Congressman Steve Chabot who represents the district in which I live. I have contacted Senator Rob Portman about national concerns.

I did notice that Don Blankenship, that Republican coal mine owner has been charged and is being tried in the deaths of the miners in the Boone County disaster several years ago.The company that he owned was found negligent concerning mine safety issues.

I did notice that E.Gordon Gee wants WVU alumni to contact him if they have ideas about curbing violence . After the WVU Baylor football game, a number of WVU students set fires to dumpsters and matresses. The riot squad was called and tear gas and rubber bullets were used to clear the crowd. Three students were expelled.

I'm looking foreward to my trip to Callaway Gardens in October. Fred
Mike Murphy on January 26, 2015 10:18 AM
Fred - What is cruel is taking a family's job and putting them on assistance. Perhaps you and the Serria Club can bring back the coal mining and related manufacturing jobs they and the EPA ruined? 

Great news the WV Legislature is now majority Republicans, for the first time since the 20s. (source Charleston Gazette Mail)  Amoung the first legislation was to repeal a cap and trade bill passed by the Dems. 

You want to attack those you disagree with, by diverting and questionining their integrity or calling them names. Oh by the way you calling Cookie a Gadfly is Bizaro World (source Jerry Seinfield) and lecturing Ched to read the Occupational Outlook Handbook is Bizar (op cite).

Perhaps some mineral Oil would help your optical rectitus? 

Liberals enjoy being the victims and using other victims to shame their oponents (source MMM WV Ed D)

I look forward to an inflated super bowl if the media will just let them play!!

Keep the faith 
Cookie on January 26, 2015 10:42 AM
Never saw a liberal who wasn't UPSET about something.  Why are they always so darn MAD?
Carl on January 26, 2015 11:22 AM
J. Fred, thanks for again reminding me of the wonder that is participatory democracy in a free-speech society.  I commend you for your support of social programs -- putting your money where your mouth is, as the saying goes.  And as one who relishes a little "give and take," thanks for standing tough for your principles.  I may write a poem about you someday.  [Now if you could just . . .]                              MAGFAY
geno on January 26, 2015 1:24 PM
Wow what a great blog, no one here needs an analyst, just vent on the blog emotional problems solved!!!! IT amazes me all problems always come down to Democrat or Republican, maybe the problem is not with us but with politics, dadblame my detective mind I think I have stumbled upon the root cause of all our problems, I need a pipe to smoke while I figure out how to make Americans see this, oh perhaps we are not Americans any more, I haven'nt been keeping up on things lately just this blog, has anyone heard of us abandoning America and embracing something else?

Rebecca Novarro on January 26, 2015 1:14 PM
Fred, It just upsets me when people are always demeaning my home state.  Instead of pointing out the flaws, why not bring up some of the good points.  Let's face it, the state gave our class a good education (for the most part) and taught us a lot of humility.
When I moved away I heard and still do, Oh I know someone in Richmond.  Also, I have been told we hillbillies are a little slower and dumber than others.  So, my sensors go off when I hear so many people say so many cruel things.
I realize you are trying to enlighten all of us and I apologize for my not being openminded enough to accept your criticism.
Carl on January 26, 2015 2:05 PM
Becky darlin', how wonderfully revealing your comment is.  And I agree with every word.  However, I'm now puzzled about something: why do you suppose that none of our numerous classmates expose their humility thru blog comments?  [You're an exception, of course.]
Mike Murphy on January 26, 2015 3:48 PM
Fred - What is the deal with Callaway Gardens?

Becky - How is the weather there - Terrible here

Keep the Faith

Thomas Dillon on January 26, 2015 4:48 PM
Murp -- 60 degrees here in northern Florida. Forecast for Thursday is 65 degrees. Kay and I have been here since January 2nd, and will stay until April.
Methinks he doth protest too much -- Fredo, have you never partaken of a governmental assistance program? I will put money on the premise that you have and that your participation counted against the numbers for the state of West Virginia.
I participated, but had moved to Florida when my usage would have been recorded. 
Fredrick Lucas on January 26, 2015 7:24 PM
Mike my mother was a Callaway. I'm a member of the Callaway Family Association. We will hold our annual meeting there the third week in October. We arrive on Wednesdat leave on Sunday. The CFA has a web site for those who are interested.

Tom, when I mentioned the food stamp program in West Virginia, I was merely reporting a fact. Many coal mines in the Free State of McDowell have closed and the population there has declined. When employment declines those left behind often have economic challenges as well as educational problems. Perhaps they face mental depression. Some might have poor dietary habits. Smoking might be a problem as well. Twenty seven percent of West Virginians use tobacco products. Tom as you know there are a variety of public assistance programs that are available to help. There are several religious organizations that can help. Fred 
Carl on January 27, 2015 3:53 PM
J. Fred, your information bank and statistical reservoir are impressive.  Sadly, however, I must stop reading your postings.  You see, like a McDowell Countian, I'm beginning to experience mental depression.                    MAGFAY

Becky Novarro on January 27, 2015 1:10 PM
Mike, it is around 70 here.  The sun is shining, oh happy day.
Tom, good for you and Kaye for getting out of the cold.  

Has anyone heard from Tracy French?  I wonder about his WVU trip with his granddaughter.
My NJ daughter wants to build a snowman today.  She loves the snow.  Needless to say, she didn't move here with us.  I think snow is beautiful on TV.  Don't forget to make snow cream.  It's almost free.  Pick the white kind!!
Mike Murphy on January 27, 2015 3:16 PM
You snowbirds have it made! It finally got up to 33F here but is it still nasty outside.

Tom - did you move to FL?

Keep the faith
Thomas Dillon on January 27, 2015 4:30 PM
No Mike, we haven't moved to Florida. I would, but Kay still wants to be near children and grandchildren even though the youngest grand is a freshman in high school and her/our son is retiring this year. All the Fam would like us to move so that they could visit. The beauty of where we are renting is that it is off season until April 1st when Spring break begins; ergo, you can rent at a monthly rate for an amount that would be a weekly rate later -- up North, put your TV carrier on vacation hold, ditto with your newspaper, turn your thermostat to 55 degrees, turn your water off, and it almost pays you to rent down here. Wouldn't say the same thing for the Bradenton/Sarasota area or down where Jim & Becky live, because the winter is their main season and rentals are very expensive.

Ched on January 27, 2015 10:35 PM
I am proud of my WV heritage. And I echo the comments about  the wonderful education we recieved in the Mercer County  schools... teachers who cared  and were dedicated  to their PROFESSION!!! No teachers union or other PC  stuff to get in the  way.  In the  4th grade I recall saying the Pledge  and The Lord's Prayer each day. No one   complained not  even the ACLU.
This  country would be better off if  we  could  return to those values.
I am very politically  conservative and think  the  federal government is involved in way to many things such as  education ( a  responsibility of  the  states) and other  areas with too much overreach, waste, fraud  etc..
WV  with republican leadership will move  forward I think.  I look  forward  to legislating "right  to work".

Ched on January 27, 2015 11:04 PM
A few more  thoughts:
Yes  coal mining can be a dangerous profession but without  the benefit of  actual numbers, other professions and  activities  take  a higher  toll: Law  enforcement,  driving  an automobile, living on Chicago's  south side etc.
The  coal industry has long been  southern WV's lifeblood and its being  shut down by this  administration. Clean coal technology and eccologically responsible mining are possible.
Mike Murphy on January 28, 2015 1:30 PM
Recently read where the drop in the unemployment rate could be directly associated with the end of unemployment insurance. Necessity is the Mother? Also reminds me of the fact that the probability of the bread falling jelly side down is directly proportional the the cost of the carpet?

Ched - if the Libs could only see half of your vision for a viable society what a wounderful world it would be. Having a good job would cure many of the ills of society. Having worked in mining as a youth never underground but at the cleaning plants at Crumpler, Gary and several other locations in the free state of Mcdowell and Bloody Mingo and Tazwell co. These folk are next to Soldiers in keeping our country operating. For politicians and libs who do not understand that cheap energy is necessary for a manufacturing based economy to thrive should have to operate their own wind mill for lights. Mental and Physical Health is directly related to having a good job that can support ones family and provide pride in self sufficency. 

I envy you snow birds - was 17F here last eve.

Keep the faith


Tracy French on January 28, 2015 4:46 PM
Norfolk Southern announced they were going to close the general office building in Roanoke, VA later this year and move 500 jobs to Norfolk and Atllanta....   Guess there were no more jobs to cut in West Virginia.  The Virginian and Norfolk and Western were major employers during our time in school but tere is not much left anymore.
Mike Murphy on January 28, 2015 6:36 PM
Tracy - How is your grandaughter doing?

Speaking of the railroad - I remembered working at the Gary tipple - we were running a hydro test on their boiler and the Gary safety guys with the crosses on their white hard hats had us park our 51 chev truck w air compressor and hydro pump on one of about 6 tracks tracks by the tipple. My brother Mason who had worked on the railroad heard a train whistle blow and ran out to see which track the train was on, sure enough it was on the track where we had parked the truck and other equipment which was hooked up to air hoses and water hoses and could not be moved quickly. Mason signaled the train to stop and the engineer applied the brakes on the 2100 coming around the corner. It probably was not doing more than 10 mph but it just kept coming slowly they would not lock up the wheels because they didn't want to flatten. It hit the truck in the front with the big coupler and pushed it about 200 feet down the tracks. The front tire was up against the seat on the truck. It looked like it had rained safety guys with their white hard hats with the crosses after the crash. All were yelling at us but quickly shut up when we told them to talk to the safety guy that parked us there. The train looked like it was in slow motion it just keep creaping and creaping into the truck. for those who dont know locomotives a 2100 steam engine is huge. Great experience working on these kind of jobs, made me appreciate a good job when I got one. I have always said the first job a person has should be the dirtiest toughest job possible so they will appreciate a good job.

Keep the faith
Ched on January 28, 2015 9:40 PM
Well said Mike. I never  worked in the coal fields but did work for the Appalachian Power Co on a line  crew. Tough work which  will make  you "man up". I learned a lot on that one!!
 Having worked in industrial settings  for all of my career I am very famaliar  with hydro test  requirements on boilers as well as other pressure vessels.


Tracy French on January 28, 2015 8:26 PM
Mike, Becky:
Grandaughter is doing just fine.  Both eyes are still swollen a little and still bloodshot but they they are centered (or at least look that way) and she goes back to Morgantown tomorrow for a checkup.  Doc says she will still have to wear glasses which she has been doing since 6 months old.  The plan was to have her eyes straightened out by the time she starts school in 2017.

Becky Novarro on January 28, 2015 8:59 PM
Tracy, so happy to hear that your Granddaughter's surgery went well.  Let's hope she have good vision by 2017.
Yes Tom, it is a lot more expensive here to visit but a lot of people must have money as our highways look like a football game just got out.  Tonight it is supposed to go down to 47 so I imagine north FL is a lot colder than that...However, it sure isn't 17 and a foot of snow.
Aren't we lucky to have so many classmates who care enough to share their thoughts and troubles with us.  Anyone going to the Super Bowl?
Go Giants....ha!
Mike Murphy on January 29, 2015 12:31 PM
Ched - One of the trick we used to use on boilers was when they were leaking so bad that you couldn't keep steam pressure up was to put some mothers oats into the boiler and fire up oats would float to leakes and congeal from heat and seal temporarily. Would work for several weeks until business could get a down time for overhaul. I have heard that old timers used horse manure in truck and tractor radiators to seal temporarily. Another reason you didn't want to drink shine that was made in radiators in addition to the lead poisioning!!

Tracy - all the best to you and family esp grandaughter.

Becky - I do remember the Giants steeling a super bowl from Patriots with a catch on the helmet, I wanted to see Randy Moss get a superbowl ring but nooooo! Are you a Jersy Giants or Jets Fan?

Keep the Faith
Carol on January 29, 2015 3:33 PM
Fred, interesting that you said that your mom was a Callaway. About ten years ago Jerry (your cousin, I think) and Susan asked us to meet them at Callaway Gardens. They have keen interests in birds and butterflies. This surprised us as Jerry was a basketball player and avid golfer before meeting Susan. We did go and it is pretty there. Have you ever been to the Georgia Guidestones? We have not, but I have read about them -- quite a mystery. Some believe Ted Turner financed them. Mike, I read your comment about WVIT. We had not heard anything recently. Neil has not donated to the alumni association in a long time -- felt like a loss cause, I guess. So, We feel the move to Beckley would be wise. Montgomery never had much to offer, but when we were there the streets were full of people. We drove through there in 1999 and it looked like a ghost town. We lived there during the Baisi/Mike Barrett era. Mike went on to play on the Olympic team and received a gold metal. Are you aware that Jeff Shumaker also graduated from WVIT? Thanks for keeping us informed.
Thomas Dillon on January 29, 2015 3:50 PM

Becky, the cost, but more so the traffic last year in the Bradenton/Sarasota area last year is what convinced us not to return. I like your analogy to "our traffic looks like a football game just got out". I was reminded of the traffic in Atlanta and/or any other big city at rush hour. The other problem is that the people can't drive moving across several lanes without signaling. Also, there are some alcohol-related- issues prevalent. Kay's older sister (81) and her husband (90) live in Bradenton and go out twice a week with friends of their age for the "early bird specials". They meet at someone's home and have at least two drinks or glasses of wine before they get into their SUV's with walkers and wheelchairs to convoy to the eating establishment. They have a couple of drinks with dinner and then return to the host/hostesses home for a night of card or board games. They are scary!!!!

Carl on January 29, 2015 6:12 PM
So that's the secret to a long, active life.  Thanks for sharing Tom.
Becky Novarro on January 29, 2015 6:57 PM
Oh Tom. isn't it incredible what we see from us seniors?  They totter into doctor's offices, can't hear, then off they go in their cars.  The drinking isn't limited to the seniors.  Remember, my husband has been in the bar business for years.  In the night clubs, our floormen would take their car keys and they were sent home in a cab.  However, in the average sports bar, no one does anything.  Madd has curtained a lot of the drinking but they concentrate on teens.  It is scary.  In NJ the cost is prohibitive if you get a DUI, first time!  Here in FL, it doesn't seem that strict.

Ched, I am a NY Giant fan but they sure do play in NJ.  Also, the Statue of Liberty is in Jersey.  I watch and root for the Jets if they aren't playing the Giants because of Geno Smith from WVU.  I doubt he'll last there long.  Talk about tough, the stadium stopped serving beer right after half time long before any other agenda.  Gotta either love it or hate it.  There just isn't anyplace like it.  Oh what do I know...that's what I've heard.

Tracy French on January 29, 2015 6:48 PM
My granddaughter is back from Morgantown.  Doc says it's too early to tell if she will need more surgery but he is pleased with results.
Cookie on January 29, 2015 7:44 PM
Ched I noted you once worked on the AEP Line Crew.  We are in the midst of a small ice storm and dodged the bullet on the big snow storm which caused me to start thinking about the Line Crew. As you might recall my dad worked the AEP Sub-Station Crew under Morris Yost until he was promoted to the maintenance shop where they repaired transformers for the whole division.  For 20 years he worked in PCBs to his elbows. No HazMat for those guys.  They were all World War II veterans and tough as nails.  On those snowy WV nights when I was little my dad was always off somewhere deep in snow, climbing power poles with his "climbers" --no bucket trucks then,  restoring the power so everyone could stay warm and have electricy for the kitchen stove come morning.  His dedication to his job and the very difficult circumstances under which they worked never occurred to me then.  In 38 years he never took one day's sick leave.  That was just....."my daddy."  I marvel now at how tough and how strong those guys were and for the sacrifices they made.  Somewhere he is sitting in his easy chair, his cane over the chair arm, reading the Bluefield Daily Telegraph with one eye and watching the evening news with the other.  He lays down the paper, takes off his glasses and hollars to my mother at the kitchen sink and says, "Honey, come  here and look at that little @#$%@ sissy on TV, I'd just like to kick his #@$% ass."  
Nuf Said!  That was my daddy!
Ched on January 29, 2015 9:52 PM
 I worked out of th Princeton AEP shop in the summers(3). Our work was general maintenance and new services. 

The service guys such as what your dad did were the real deal. They got called out at all hours  for the toughest cases of trouble. You are correct : no bucket trucks ( all  poles climbed), no auger trucks...  We dug all pole holes by hand. !!!!!!!!!!!
Mike Murphy on January 29, 2015 9:56 PM
Cookie sounds like a great guy, bet you are proud!
Cookie on January 29, 2015 9:59 PM
I sure am proud of him.  He was an amazing person.  The stories I could tell you.  Some I can't.  HA!
Ched on January 30, 2015 10:31 AM
My Dad worked for the AEP also. Cookie my dad always spoke very fondly of your Dad!!!

Tracy French on January 30, 2015 1:55 PM
Cookie, Murph & Others...
The 1/5/15 edition of the BDT had an insert asking for help in writing a book about Southern West Virginia.  They want hometown memories from the "good old days" and has a maximum length of 3 pages or 2,000 words.  The story must be submitted by April 15, 2015.

Tracy French on January 30, 2015 2:01 PM
Well, so much for my writing skills, I clicked submit on the above when I meant to hit enter.

For more information about the hometown memories go to or email

I bet there are a couple good stories out there that we would like to know about. 
Thomas Dillon on February 1, 2015 11:41 AM
Article in this morning's Panama City newspaper reports on moonshine being legally produced in Gilbert, Mingo county, W.Va. The state has passed legislation allowing for regulated moonshine distilleries. The product "Drink of the Devil" is distilled and fermented  by the Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine Co. They sale between 1800 and 3000,  25-ounce bottles per month at $32.99.
Should we obtain a few bottles to spike our punch at the reunion? I think I have told the story before that my Dad drank heavily and was sick for a week after drinking moonshine out of "an old fruit jar". We thought he was going to literally lose a lung or his stomach.
Tony Manderville, Boozy Wyrick, and others used to mix 100% plus grain alcohol with grape juice -- immediate drunk, but again, a hang-over like no other.
Mike Murphy on February 1, 2015 1:19 PM
There is a modern "moonshine" disterillery at Fairplain exit off I 77 about 5 miles from my home that has been in operation for over 2 years. They are thriving and expanding w about 12 employees. I have not tried it, but one of their biggest sellers is Paw Paw flavored. 

About ten years past my nephew Lawrence's son got married and Lawrence a boilermaker made some moonshine for gifts. He gave me a pint mason jar and I still have about half of it. It has quite a bite. 

As I previously mentioned in the 50s and 60s you had to watch out for shine that was made in radiators because of the lead and sometimes a little kerosene was added to give it a kick if it was green. Many people went blind drinking it and wood acohol. I tried some "purple Jesus"  140 proof medicinal achocol mixed with grape juice in my youth and to say the least it was potent! I wounder how I survived especially with the way I drove!  Tracy - I guess the lord looks out for fools?

Are you ready for some football? Aretta gave me an NFL Partiots Jacket for Christmas, so I hope they win and I can keep wearing it.

Keep the faith
Thomas Dillon on February 1, 2015 5:52 PM
Mike, hope you can wear your jacket, but I am pulling for Seattle to repeat.
I was in a Subway the other day wearing a Florida State baseball hat and jacket. The man who was making my sandwich said that I should talk to Joe who was in line because he is a rabid Bama fan. I responded loudly that neither one of us probably wanted to talk football until next year as both our teams had been significantly embarrased in the playoffs. Joe said, "No, Alabama was not embarrassed; we just lost a football game". That hurt, but I still wear my garb.
Fredrick Lucas on February 1, 2015 9:40 PM

I would like to finish my discussion of McDowell County. I spoke with Tony Larkin a retired high school principal and his wife Vesta a retired teacher living in Welch. I asked for their perspectives. Vesta is Fred Kessinger's sister in law. First what challenges do they face. Athough Welch still has a hospital critical problems are air transported to Roanoke or Charleston.Second if they want clothing or household items, they must drive to the large shopping mall between Princeton and Bluefield.

There are only two high schools left in the county. One serves students from Welch east to the Mercer County line.The other serves students west to Ieager,The other high schools have closed.

Regarding coal mining, the dec;ine began when US Steel closed its mining operations in Gary terminating the employment of 1200 miners. Although coal is still mined in McDowell it is done with fewer workers. Still more coal has been mined in the Free State of McDowell than any other county in West Virginia.What is
 mined is metallurgical coal.

The population is now about 22,500 people.Vesta explained that the majority of welfare reciepients live outside of the Welch area. She also explained that there is a problem with illegal drugs in the county. I explained that the Cincinnati area also has a problem with illegal drugs.

Do any of you remember cinder bottom in Keystone? There was a brothel. The brothel is now closed.However, the snake handlers church in Jolo remains open even though a member lost his life when he refused treatment for a snake bite last year.

Finally, Tony and Wayne Hicks who were classmates at Concord, get together in Welch and play golf on a regular basis.You might want to take the drive from Bluefield to Welch on US 52 to see for yourself what has transpired. Fred Lucas

Mike Murphy on February 1, 2015 11:01 PM
Fred - you take the drive - you seem obsessed with it.
Did you know at one time Mcdowell co had more population than Florida? I do know that a lot of good people still live there and some are hoping that their jobs come back, perhaps you could help?

Seattle just ran out of luck - Heck of a game!

Keep the faith

Tom Dillon on February 2, 2015 8:22 AM
Mike Herring and I have an uncle who with his wife still live in Welch. Uncle Harry was a shift foreman for a large US Steel coal cleaning plant. He has a picture of himself with J.F. when Kennedy was campaining in WVa..We have other relatives who live in Elbert near the #7 mine. Guys, do you remember when we played Gary at home on their coal dust football field?
Brothers Jim & Bob and I plus our ladies rented a van when we were visiting them in Charlotte, N.C. several years ago and drove up to Welch and further up to Elbert. Extremely depressing.

Fred, another story about Wayne Hicks later.
Thomas Dillon on February 2, 2015 8:28 AM
Finding fault with font.
Ched on February 2, 2015 1:02 PM
The final play call was just plain bizarre!!!

Carl on February 2, 2015 1:06 PM
Fredo, I just had an idea.  I think you would have made a marvelous 16th-century town crier.  Do you know if there are any in your lineage?  I just leaned this:
In Goslar, Germany, a crier was employed to remind the local populace not to urinate in the river the day before water was drawn for brewing beer."  "Fly may be open, but DON'T go . . .!" 

Becky Novarro on February 2, 2015 6:55 PM
Still discussing Welch?!  They have a drive-in that has really good hot dogs.  Fred, if you take a drive there be sure to stop.  A few years ago a former Welch resident wrote the book "The Glass Castle" which had a section about Welch.  What shocked me was the dates she was writing about.  I knew Welch had problems but that book made you cringe.
All of our towns in West Virginia have changed and those of us from the outside find it hard to believe.  Like Princeton, they used to have downtowns with lots of stores.  Bluefield doesn't even have a Kroger's.  Imagine!  That's where we went to do "big" shopping.  There's little there now.  However, there are groups in Princeton trying to restore it.  Some have found fault but at least someone is trying.  Kudos to all involved.
Carl on February 3, 2015 11:16 AM
For all who wax nostalgic for, or merely have an interest in, southern WV history, I recommend books from the Images of America series.  This includes books on:
   Mercer County
   McDowell County
   Virginian Railroad
   N&W Railroad

They can be found at
I have several and enjoy them immensely.  They're full of photographs; narrative is sometimes limited, but nonetheless informative.  (Photo captions are sometimes spotty.)

Mike Murphy on February 3, 2015 12:48 PM
Just finished reading an article in Smithsonian about Siberian Tigers. I wounder which of the six species of tigers represents Princeton High School?

Keep the Faith
Carl on February 3, 2015 1:55 PM
Well Murph, it's funny that you'd ask.  According to my exhaustive research (roughly 4 minutes on Wikipedia), my findings lead me to conclude that the PHS tiger must be tigris corbetti, the Indochinese tiger also known as Corbett's tiger.  This species alone prefers mountainous or hilly habitats.  Moreover, my first wife's grandfather (of Giles County, VA) was named Corbett.  He couldn't have come by that name without indiginous connections.  Ergo . . .
[I trust that this is helpful.]                            
Mike Murphy on February 3, 2015 7:05 PM
About as scientific as global warming ?

Who and how did Tiger be chosen?

It might have been named after Corn Flakes?



Fredrick Lucas on February 4, 2015 6:26 PM
The official mascot of Princeton University is the Tiger.Do you think that our PHS forebearers plagiarized the mascot that Ptinceton University has had for many years? Fred 
Cookie on February 4, 2015 6:43 PM
Dearest Fredo
OH NO!  Now you are picking on the Tiger! You have gone too far.  

According to Hawaii is the healthest state in the union with a rank of #1 Mississippi is the most unhealthy with a rank of 50.
Ohio is #40 with (1) low immunization rates, (2) High rate of preventable hospital admissions and (3) High infant mortality rate.  
West V irginia is #45 (1) high smoking rate, (2) drug use and (3) obesity.
Just saying  Hum!!!!!!  Guess I'll smoke, take my valium and stay fat but I've had all my shots except rabies and its overdue.    
Carl on February 5, 2015 12:43 PM
Fredo, Cookie & all o'yall,
   An article in today's paper by an Associated Press Science Reporter.  The original outbreak of measles was in OHIO several months ago, with nearly 4 times as many cases as the Disneyland episode.  Because of its cases, California has proposed legislation requiring inoculation for measles.  Only 2 other states now require it.  GET THIS!!!  West Virginia & Mississippi.  Go figure.                    

Becky Novarro on February 5, 2015 11:37 AM
Seriously, don't you think once upon a time Tigers roamed the hills of WV.
Also Cookie, I love your stats.  You had better get the rabies shot before you come to South Florida....Jim is known to bite.
Let's all try to have a "nice" day and be grateful we are here.
Fredrick Lucas on February 6, 2015 8:35 AM
 Returning to those thrilling days of yesteryear, you probably remember the Douglas Sporting Goods Company. After Alton died his sons Paul and Marlon ran the store. Last week Paul died at age 86. He leaves his wife Jerry two daughters Marlon and his family.The funeral was 2,4,15 and the obituary is on the Seaver web site. I am a first cousin.Dad's sister was their mother. Fred

Ched on February 6, 2015 10:27 AM
I remember  Douglas  Sporting Goods  well. I purchase my baseball glove  there as well as other things. A great  store but now  gone  I think !!!
Mike Murphy on February 6, 2015 12:43 PM
Classmates Rodney and Roger Williams worked at Douglas Sporting Goods. Haven't heard from either in some time, are they still in Princeton? Went to Voc school with them. Both were great guys.

Ched - I used to buy shot shells and fishing equipment there, but later went to discount stores like Cheds? which were cheaper.

Keep the faith
Mike Murphy on February 8, 2015 12:30 PM
67F here and sunshine, quite a difference from 3 days past 8F. Almost Heaven!!

Keep the Faith
Ched on February 8, 2015 3:18 PM

I remember "Ched's". I often wondered where they came up with the name.
My monicker was a product of my mother's creativity. I was named after my grandfather (Charles EdwardYesrout). My mother didn't want to call me Charley and she didn't like Chuck so she made a contraction taking the CH  from Charles and the ED from Edward and came up with CHED. So now you know the rest of the story!!!

Becky Novarro on February 8, 2015 1:19 PM
Today's Naples Daily News sports section had a blurb about an NBA player being fined by the Director of Operations, Rod Thorn.  Boy has he done us Princetonians proud.  Can't believe he is still working but I would think his job includes a lot of fun.  Glad we now have the Rod Thorn Exchange on Rt. 77..  
Thomas Dillon on February 8, 2015 6:46 PM
Brother Bob has alerted me to a novel, circa 2014, written by John Grisham entitled "Grey Mountain". Supposedly, although non-fiction, it delves deeply into the world of coal mining and perhaps some of the issues resultant from mine closures, etc. Anyone familiar with this work? Available via Amazon.
T Dillon on February 8, 2015 8:03 PM
Sorry, novel is fiction. Grisham, however does a great deal of research for his books and there is probably a great deal of truth in the pages.
Thomas Dillon on February 10, 2015 5:10 PM
Dear friends, frequently after my having posted something, the blog shuts down for a few days. I have had the measles, so am not contagious. -- remember brother Jim and me having them at the same time when we were still attending Knob.  My Mother draped sheets over the windows to keep the light out.  I was  scared to death that one of the sores would permanently disfigure me if I didn't heed her warning not to scratch. Now, with old age, acne in my youth, and a couple of bouts with skin cancer, I should have scratched.
Becky Novarro on February 10, 2015 5:37 PM
Glad to know I am not the only one no one wants to talk about! or to! I remember measles well. Dr. Champion came to my house to check me, yes, a house call. At the time there was such a polio scare that anyone who got sick got scared. I remember being sick, not itching. Now, I have not had chickenpox. So, I haven't gotten the vaccine for (can't think, old age) what Darla's Johnny had....anyway, why if it is such a problem do people have to pay for the vaccine? And it ain't cheap. Remember getting your polio shot?? I went to the Memorial Bldg. and Jimmy George's mother gave it to me. Oh folks, I think I am really old. Hey, I remember....Shingles! Yeah!

CHED on February 10, 2015 5:53 PM
For  the life of me  cannot  remember if I  had  the chickenpox or not????  I remember measels and I know I never had mumps. Perhaps if I had  the  chickenpox I would  remember it so Ill not  get  the  shingles vaccine  and  just chance it!!!

Becky, I do remember  that  back then Drs did make housecalls and  payment  was  cheap and a  cash basis often.....
Mike Murphy on February 10, 2015 6:23 PM
I had all of the diseases except polio. 6 kids in family so didn't have a chance? Have scar on forehead from chicken pox. 50 yrs ago had my last flu shot mobile unit at prin court house. Paralyzed my arm for about an hour. Haven't had a flu shot since. All shots were given at the Glenwood school and if you didn't get them you didn't go to class.

I was the first from my family to be born in a hospital and was paid for with a load of hay!

Good old days? Maybe?
Keep the faith
Carl on February 10, 2015 8:48 PM
Murph, thanks for sharing that.  It made me recall a conversation I once had with Brian Williams.  He told me about his being born on a load of hay . . . in a manger . . . under a brilliantly bright star . . . not far from Afghanistan.
Fredrick Lucas on February 11, 2015 9:18 AM
Several years ago, I got the shingles vaccine. One of my co workers got shingles and was in constant pain for about six months. I did not need any motivation.

Procter and Gamble will build a manufacturing facility in Berkley County WV. It will open in 2017 and will employ 725 people. One thousand construction workers will construct the facility. Fred
Thomas Dillon on February 11, 2015 10:54 AM
Article in this mornings newspaper reports that only the states of Mississippi and West Virginia will not exempt children from being vaccinated based upon the religious and/or other positions of their parents. If the child has not had his/her mandatory shots, they cannot attend school.
We Hillbillies evidently do some things right.
Pow, Fredo.

Ched on February 11, 2015 2:23 PM
I kind of wish that P&G would build their facility in southern  WV.  Berkley Co. is already flush with economics. It is a bedroom area to DC
Mike Murphy on February 12, 2015 1:27 PM
McDowell has major problems for plant like PG. Poor roads both land and IT. We worked with Grace Hospital in Welch (state operated) in 99 to get them enough BW to send xrays etc to major hospitals for reading and consultation.

Also flat land is problem, fortunately through surface mining they have a new HS at Welch, which is wired for broad band but getting it there with Frontier and across LATAs (google it) is pain.

If we would embark on cheap energy and clean coal tech McDowell could prosper again! But Global warming is the biggest problem we face according to BHO and his liberal minions - what a crock of ----!

Keep the faith

Deeter on February 12, 2015 2:25 PM
Mike, google this!
   P.S.  keep the faith
Carl on February 12, 2015 2:55 PM
Murph, I want to apologize for Deeter's graceless remark.  As soon as I saw it, I rang him up and gave him what for.  [He'll be drinking his own PBR tonight.]  He knows that our blog has a pristine reputation for mannerliness, civility, and higher order thinking, and he should be ashamed.  Wish me luck in dealing with him; he can be as stubborn as a Rhode Island Republican.  Sometimes I sit in wonder at my putting up with him, but he's family so . . .               MAGFAY
Ched on February 12, 2015 3:27 PM
My "recommendation" re   southern WV aren't limited  to McDowell Co. There  other  areas in the  southern  region which have more  favorable topo and  transportation... Princeton ??????

Mike  I agree with you clean coal technology in the USA is favorable  to sending it  to  china  where it  will be  spewed into the   air un refined.
  Also  we can make  the  same argument  about  the XL Pipeline. I do not  see  how  anyone  could  argue  against it... That oil is going  somewhere.. if not  to  the  USA perhaps  China.  The most  'tree huggin"  way  do get  ti  to  the  gulf is  to pipe it. Truck or  rail will  contribute more  CO2.   So  there  ya  go  Obama  approve it !!!!

Carl on February 12, 2015 3:09 PM
On a more sublime note, here's a musical offering -- a blast from the far distant past.  My aunt had this on a 78 rpm when I was about 5 years old.  I thought it was the cat's pajamas; I still do. "That's What I Like about the South"
Fredrick Lucas on February 12, 2015 6:46 PM
The main reason that was given for the manufacturing jobs developed by P&G in Berkley County is that the facility is close to the distribution centers in the northeast and midwest.

Is anyone aware of the large distribution center built by Amazon in Huntington?

Carl one reason for measles in Ohio is that we have Amish populations in Holmes and Adams Counties. They normally don't participate in vaccines. Fred 

Fredrick Lucas on February 12, 2015 8:18 PM
Carl some Amish participate but the overall rate is about 63%. One community has about 8%. Fred

Tracy French on February 12, 2015 6:44 PM
What is a 78 rpm.  I used to have a 57 Chevrolet.
Mike Murphy on February 12, 2015 8:19 PM
Tracy - was it an Impala, you do know they named a deer after it? How is that Grand daughter doing?

BC saw a weird animal with a trunk eating ants and said I will call it an eat anter!

Carl - is Deter from Ohio?

Keep the faith
Carl on February 12, 2015 8:40 PM
Tracy, I'll bet you wish you still had that 57 Chevy.  I sure wish I had Aunt Edith's 78 rpm Victrola.  [You don't happen to have it, do you?]

Tracy French on February 13, 2015 1:39 PM
I wish I had that one and a few more I traded in over the years.  I still have the title to a 55 Thunderbird that was stolen from me in the 70's but the title uses a lot of gas and doesn't get me anywhere.

about the 78 Victrolia - I don't have the one your Aunt had but I did have a nice old hand crank that I let Winfrey Shrewsbury con me out of and after we made the deal he asked if it included the 203 old records that went with it, which I tossed in without giving it a second thought.  I did keep one of the records but I donated it to Princeton High School when my daughter was a Sophmore.  It was about 1/4 inch thick and had speeches on both sides by William Jennings Bryan.
Carl on February 13, 2015 2:17 PM
Mighty interesting Tracy.  Are you saying that William Jennings Bryan talked out of both sides . . .?  I think I remember hearing that. 
[You may be better off without that record.  Imagine anyone trying to get away with that today.]
Becky Novarro on February 13, 2015 5:03 PM
Carl, I have a CD of Phil Harris with "That's what I like about the South."  I ordered it for one of the jukeboxes in one of Jim's "joints."  No one played it!  I thought it was full of drinkin music.
Lot I know.  Want me to bring it to the reunion or are we not having music?  Remember "Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette?"  Your aunt must have been really cool.
Carl on February 14, 2015 10:26 AM
Becky darlin', I'm thrilled to report that Aunt Edith is still alive; age 94 (I believe).  She lives in an assisted living facility (Rock Hill, SC) and is a "star" resident because she still plays piano; still banging out those boogie-woogie tunes.
   I'm no authority on reunion "rules."  My basic philosophy is that "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission."  So I say just plow forward and live with the results.  Heck, with all of us over 70 years old, who's gonna stop you?  [Come to think of it, who ever stopped you?   :-) ]  Anyway, since a CD probably won't take up too much room, I say bring it on -- share the wealth.

Tracy French on February 14, 2015 1:05 PM
Carl:  Bryan is STILL speaking out of both sides.  ...from the grave!

Becky:  I have a 1954 Seeburg sitting in my garage.  It won't play a CD but it will play 1 tune for a nickel, 2 for a dime or 5 for a quarter.  I have some good tunes on it including "How About Them Eers" (Playing Championship Basketball Again).  Anybody remember that tune?

Tracy French on February 14, 2015 1:14 PM
Mike:  I somehow missed your comment on the blog, matter of fact I missed almost all of the 2/12/15 comments.  I think my computer is trying to outsmart me but i HAVE NEWS FOR IT.  i got this book called "Computer's for Idiots" sitting right on my desktop.

The 57 was a Two-ten but 52 years ago today I bought a 63 Impala from Walls Chevrolet and it was Red in color...  Wish I still had that one too!

Carl on February 14, 2015 1:54 PM
Tracy, I seem to recall Paul Strasko having that same Impala (red '63).  Am I right?
Thomas Dillon on February 14, 2015 6:00 PM
I would have sent each and everyone of you a Valentine's Day card, but my dog ate them. Evidently, the glue I used was made from horse products.
Do you remember when we gave cards to both male and female classmates in grade school? And teachers?
Thanks, Sir Carl for your remembering.
Really don't have a dog  -- just too cheap to pay the postage.

Mike Murphy on February 15, 2015 1:00 PM
Tracy - great car memories. I had a yellow 64 Olds Cutlass and occasionally raced with a guy named Cris (can't remember his last name he lived near court house) who had a 64 GTO on the way to night classes at Blfd State on Airport Road. Again Lord looks out for fools?

Carl - Are you playing golf at Webb?

Becky- do you have any night club stories?

Saw where Mercer co was 2nd in providing school breakfasts - like 75% - second to Mason co. WV was 1st in providing amoung states. Guess it is all relative - we didn't know the difference?

Tom - 5F here last night and projected to be 0 tonight, any room for interlopers? 

Pete - are you OK?

Keep the faith

Carl on February 15, 2015 5:28 PM
Murph, no golf at my Del Webb.  Just as well, since I never took up the game.  My time "on the green" is spent in the community pool room.  Not much like the Central Grill on Mercer St., but the company I keep here is every bit as good (except for Porterfield).  Of course, we lack the parking meters to lean on and ogle the "Beckys" as they drive by, but the beer is cheap -- since we provide our own -- and the "commute" is really easy [i.e., walking distance].  Lots of vets here, some like the guy who gave me a lift on April 22, 1964, in his Impala -- to our Army induction ceremony.  It seems like a lifetime ago, but the memory is clear.  Life is really good.  I still have no idea what I did to deserve it, but I ain't questioning or complaining.  Wait; hold on!  Yes I do.  It's called "dumb luck."  Boy, am I glad that I got lots more than my fair share.

Tracy French on February 15, 2015 2:51 PM
Carl:  I do recall Paul Strasko having a red 63 Impala.  And while my recall is working, I recall you taking a ride from Princeton to Bluefield in my red Impala on April 22, 1964.  How's that for recollection?  I bet your reccollection is as good as mine.

Murph:  Those were great years for automobiles.

Tracy French on February 15, 2015 2:56 PM
Tom:  It's the thought that counts.  Thanks for the valentine.  And I do remember when we passed out one to everbody.  I remember the first one I  bought that was really special, I paid 5 cents for it as Sands and Co. when I was in the 7th grade at Knob School
Becky on February 16, 2015 5:48 PM
Do you remember who you gave it to and do you still keep in touch with them?  I remember someone buying lots of heart necklaces and thinking no one would know. ha.
Mike, at our next reunion please talk to Jim about all the crazy stories about night clubs.  There's a lot.
I talked to Princeton today and felt guilty telling what our temperature is today....74. 
Thomas Dillon on February 17, 2015 10:31 AM
Don't you think Tracy and the other young knight should be commended for spending their few nickles and dimes on several 7th- grade princesses?

Tracy French on February 16, 2015 7:07 PM
Becky:  74?  Are you talking about golf or bowling. 

Carl on February 17, 2015 9:14 AM
We gotta rash of birthays approaching
(and this isn't a rash that you want to try to cure):

Peggy Charolene Fields Glenn - February 24
Joyce Lytton Mash - February 24
Ched Yearout - February 25
Pete Stephenson - February 27
Barbara Stepp Rumburg - February 27

Fredrick Lucas on February 18, 2015 6:37 PM

You mentioned that you think that Princeton needs more development. Over the years, Princeton has developed a hospitality group  of restaurants and motels. Winter Place near flat top has also developed as a recreation destination. During the winter season, the hotels and motels are full almost every night. The Mercer Mall was developed to fill a retail niche.

What else do you think should locate in the Princeton area? Perhaps the local residents have some thoughts about development. Fred Lucas
Thomas Dillon on February 19, 2015 9:22 AM
Sir Carl, methinks you missed the birthday notice for Herr Mike (Fish) Herring -- February 2nd, Groundhog's Day.
Anyone cold out there?
Mike Murphy on February 19, 2015 9:52 AM
0 last Night supposed to be -17 here tonight!!

Watched Birdman - terrible peice of crap. I like Michael Keaton in Batman and Night shift and Mr Mom, but no one could make this self indulgent narssistic psychotic episode interesting except for hollywood actors.

Buddy Belcher - I don't envy you breaking the ice on the watering troughs. Someone told me that a yearling is worth $1500 on foot. With Filet at $15/lb I will have to lick more food stamps!

Thanks again to our Vets on this auspicous day!

Keep the faith

Carl on February 19, 2015 11:00 AM
Indeed I did, Tom, and I'm truly sorry.  I rely solely on a porous memory and the "Birthdays" page here on our website.  I appreciate any birthday alerts -- prefereably before they occur -- allowing us to wish each other a happy one.               MAGFAY
ched on February 19, 2015 9:48 AM
I was merely  thinking that the Princeton area could be a viable candidate for additional economic growth,  Topo is not too bad and transportation/distribution is pretty good
mike murphy on February 20, 2015 12:02 PM
-10F last night at downtown Kenna

10 inches of snow and sun is shinning now 25

Keep the Faith
Becky Novarro on February 20, 2015 3:12 PM
I hope all of you are staying warm.  Sometimes life is cruel.  Last I looked it was 55 on my lanai.  Not bragging!  We have our heat on which is really rare.  Good day for soup.
Ched, I know a lot of people who want an Olive Garden.  
Fred, you need to see the empty stores at Mercer Mall.
Time to appreciate the artists who are trying to upgrade downtown.  Imagine going to the movie at the old Royal.

Ched on February 20, 2015 3:26 PM
 your  comments  about  the empty stores a Mercer Mall, brings into focus  recent printed information about covered malls  almost  everywhere. The rent  for retail space is so expensive that  the  stores cannot be  copetetitive.

 It  got  down to  3 F at our  cabin lat night!!!
Fredrick Lucas on February 21, 2015 9:29 AM
From my perspective there are several factors influencing store closings in enclosed malls. First strip malls especially in my area are popular. People don't need to walk far to shop.Second such old established stores  as Sears, Radio Shack, Penneys have struggled financially.Third, changing demographics have often resulted in store closings.Lower income residents often don't have the funds to buy the goods being sold. Walmart is very popular in a number of neighborhoods. Finally, a number of people now buy online.

Today, Hamilton County has a Level 2 snow emergency. We have 7 inches of snow on the ground with three more predicted. Fred
Fredrick Lucas on February 22, 2015 12:34 PM
Mike , the scholarship program that you have mentioned for West Virginia high school graduates is probably the Promise Scholarship.According to WVVA TV, the scholarship  is worth $4750 per year for four years and covers the cost of tuition and fees.To date 35000 West Virginia students have benefited.

Students need to have an overall 3.0 average. They need to score a 22 on the ACT or a 1020 combined on the SAT. Applications must be submitted by 3/1/15. They must have taken the ACT or SAT by June 15.Thus saith WVVA  today 2/22/15. Fred

Mike Murphy on February 22, 2015 6:13 PM
Fred - Yes I refered to the Promise Scolarship Program.

Carol - have you been following the Train wreck near Montgomery. Another great reason amoung many to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

The administration wants us to believe that Christian terrorists and Climate Change are our greatest threats. I guess they think we are to dumb to see through their deceptive (lies) nuiances?

Keep the Faith
Mike Murphy on February 25, 2015 1:11 PM
WV Legislature on the way to approve Charter Schools, finally, next will be challenge of BOE a constitutional body vs Legislature.

Can we stand another 20 months of incompetence and hate america policies  and  actions, or is it time for Impeachment?

Keep the Faith
Carl on February 25, 2015 4:53 PM
Murph, I truly hate to be the bearer of what I know you'll view as bad news, but I'm genetically compelled to work to set the record straight.  President Obama has nearly 23 more months in office.  Keep the faith.             MAGFAY
Cookie on February 25, 2015 7:29 PM
Oh Crap Carl!

Ched on February 25, 2015 7:50 PM
I just  saw on FB  that Pete Stephenson's wife (Linda)  broke her leg in multiple places.  Surgery  today ----went  well I think. Pins,plates rods  etc. Hopefully  a  speedy healing 

Carl on February 26, 2015 9:03 AM
Condolences to my Florida and other warm-winter classmates.  I awoke today to 4" of a most beautiful snowfall which continues.  Light, fluffy and as clean as my conscience.  What a pity that you're not here to witness and revel in Mother Nature's fabulous handiwork.     MAGFAY
gene on February 26, 2015 12:27 PM
Carl I have reveled in Momma natures handiwork for 2 wks. now I have ruined  4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 of those beautiful blankets and made ugly piles 6 and 7 or 8 feet high, I just love to pile snow the higher the better thanks momma  thanks a lot send some more just filled the John Deere up again this morning so bring it on, Pete sorry to hear about Linda; pray she will be o.k.
Carl on February 26, 2015 2:18 PM
Geno, hearing that you're still up to all that shoveling makes my heart soar like an eagle.  What a fine example you set.  And don't it make the hot chocolate taste even better?  And always remember, better a relationship with a John Deere than a Dear John.     MAGFAY
Thomas Dillon on February 26, 2015 5:24 PM
What is in the air you breath while sleeping? In your orange juice upon awakening? 70 degrees, Gulf waters, and sandy beaches beat any snowfall. The white stuff is pretty for so short a period of time. Then it is dirtied by mankind with our need to be on the roads to get to school, work, and Walmart. Where are the pristine days of old? Couldn't find enough clean snow to make ice cream.                           
Carl on February 26, 2015 6:05 PM
Oh Tommy, what became of that dear little boy in you?
Fredrick Lucas on February 26, 2015 8:13 PM

We have at least one and one half feet of snow on the ground in my area which makes the owners of the Perfect North Ski Slopes quite happy.Yes there are challenges for those of us who are city dwellers but for those on the slopes its great.Onr of the children a few blocks away built a snow man.

I was told that last week the Snowshoe Ski Slopes in West Virginia.. received two feet of snow. Route 219 was closed . That is a popular slope about fifty miles south of Elkins.

When I visited the area five years ago in the summer, I saw bears taking food from the dumpsters. Tom have you  lost that spirit of adventure? Fred Lucas  

Tracy French on February 28, 2015 10:11 AM
A few years ago while working for the railroad, my boss who was from and played football for Tennessee shared the following letter with me.  It seems like a good day to share it with you.

           65 above zero:
           Floridians turn on the heat.
           People in West Virginia plant gardens.

           60 above zero:
           Californians shiver uncontrollably.
           People in West Virginia sunbathe.
  50 above zero:
           Italian & English cars won't start.
           People in West Virginia drive with the windows down..

           40 above zero:
           Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
           People in West Virginia throw on a flannel shirt.

           35 above zero:
           New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
           People in West Virginia have the last cookout before it gets cold.
         20 above zero:
           People in Miami all die.
           West Virginians close the windows.
           Californians fly away to Mexico .
           People in West Virginia get out their winter coats.
10 below zero:
           Hollywood disintegrates.
           The Girl Scouts in West Virginia are selling cookies door to door.
20 below zero:
           Washington DC runs out of hot air.
           People in West Virginia let the dogs sleep indoors.
30 below zero:
           Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
           West Virginians get upset because they can't start the Snowmobile.
 40 below zero:
           ALL atomic motion stops.
           People in West Virginia start saying...'Cold enough fer ya?'
50 below zero:
           HELL freezes over..
           Mountaineers Win the National Championship!!!

Thomas Dillon on February 28, 2015 10:32 AM
Carl, Fred your happiness (actual euphoria) with the snow led me to order more for you this weekend. I am not sure that Geno or St.Clair will be as appreciative.
Go Sparta!

Tracy French on February 28, 2015 10:28 AM
Lessons from life since high school:

The Non-Conformist
We all know how some people just have to have everything their way.  No matter what you do they have a better…  or faster…  or more economical way to get it done.
This is the story of a little bird that was that way.  He was in Canada when winter arrived.  The rest of his flock departed a month earlier for Florida but he chose to stay because he didn’t have to compete as much for his food.  And besides, he kind of liked being alone most of the time.
One morning he woke up to find a heavy snow on the ground so he decided it was time to head to Florida.  He started out and the snow continued to fall.  Then the temperature fell dramatically and the further he flew the colder he got.
It got so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there he was thinking about how he wished he would have gone to Florida when the other birds left.  Out of nowhere a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to feel warm again. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:

(1) Not everyone who drops dung on you is your enemy.

(2) Not everyone who gets you out of dung is your friend.

(3) And when you're in deep dung it's best to keep your mouth shut!
Cookie on February 28, 2015 11:08 AM
Tracy's "dung" and temperature stories could not have been more timely.  I just returned from 16 days in Key West.  When the temperature dropped to 55 degrees the resident women took out their fur coats.  On day 10 I received a call from my next door neighbor that the 60 mile an hour wind storm 5 days prior that took out the power also gave us a power surge and my furnace was "fried." My house plants were frozen, it was 30 degrees in the house and -10 outside and there was ice in the toilets.  My good friends and neighbors back home got the furnace fixed, water and well were shut off as I always do when away and I waited.  On day 14 we all checked out of the rental house, went to the airport only to be told we were grounded until day 16 because of weather in D.C.  (Do you know airports do not answer phones, you have to drive there.)  There were literally no rooms in the inn.  For two days I slept on the floor in a friends house.  For two days I lay awake at night designing a new house, remodeling, bulldozing, hauling, etc as I was sure all the plumbing was shot.  I was going to have my new sunroom, columns, walls were going to come down because I was going to make lemonade from lemons.  Arrived home on day 16.  Plumber came out on day 17. 4 hours later he determined I didn't need the bulldozer or a building contractor, I wasn't going to get the new sunroom or the columns because the plumbing was fine but the dishwasher died a frozen death.  $1400 later I've paid the plumber and have a new dishwasher.  I have never been so happy to spend $1400. I guess the moral to the story is if you are knee deep in dung have good friends and neighbors and have a back up plan.  And about those fur coats in Key West......thats the least stupid thing they do. Thanks Tracy for sharing your story and best wishes to Pete and Linda.  Hope things are looking up. 
geno on February 28, 2015 12:02 PM
It is so nice to hear stories from city folks makes me feel there is gold in the city and not in the hills, I live in a house where the wind blows so hard it takes me and the wife to hold a blanket over the keyhole, just the other day I tried to blow the lantern out and couldn't, using my detective mind I realized the flame was frozen, so I just broke it off threw it out the window went to bed, alas the sun came out the nest morning thawed the flame out and it caught the woodpile on fire, but country living ain't that bad if you're tough. Love reading your stories write some more, brightened up this ol' man's day.
Cookie on February 28, 2015 1:07 PM
Ah!  But no Geno this was not a story of a city dweller.  I live on 3 acres in the woods with deer, racoons, squirrels and all things wild life.  In my mind's eye I am always along Brush Creek watching the season's change, my mom is in the kitchen and my daddy is busy building something with his hands. When I get bored I get on my bike and ride to the Green Tree and buy candy bars for 10 cents.   There is not enough money in Fort Knox nor enough tea in China to make me move to the city.  When I loose my perspective I get in my car and head south to 81 to 460, have a slaw dog on the Oakvale Road with my Aunt Janice and Uncle Donnie.  We catch up, I get grounded and am soon ready to head north and tackle it until next time. "A day in the country is worth a month in the city."  Stay warm and keep an eye on the Elk's Golf Course for daddy.
Ched on March 1, 2015 10:11 AM
Cookie. You're a jewel  !!!!
Carl on March 1, 2015 12:17 PM
   Ched, as the Geico commercials point out, "everybody knows that."  But thanks for reminding us.  :-)
   Cookie, everyone seems to agree with Ched, so there must be truth to what he said. 
   For me, the string of comments over the past 2 days reflects our blog at its best.  [Yes, even better than the sporadic poet's corner pieces.]  Thanks to all who share their humor, memories, good will, etc.
   It's turned treacherously icy here, turning my attitude more akin to Dillon's.  Alas.                    MAGFAY
geno on March 1, 2015 5:07 PM
AH Cookie, I see that I am not the only one who can take a trip down memory lane and get lost in the nostalgia of yesteryear, sometimes I actually feel as if I am in my teens again, that is until a pain in my back, or hip or leg or some other part I should not have bee-bopped, just this morning I was lost in a moment of time wit "CHANTILLY LACE A PRETTY FACE ,PONY TAIL HANGING DOWN' doesn't take much to send me back in time when things were more saner. Did you hear about the guy told the man he just met,"want to hear a joke about the White House?" "Sure" the man said "but remember I work in the White House" "O.K. I'll tell it real slow with simple words" he replied.
Cookie on March 1, 2015 5:17 PM
We were all just so darn lucky back in the day and didn't know it.  Growing up the simple life builds character and common sense.  Stay warm all!  Today its an ice storm.  I can't complain, counting blessings!
Thomas Dillon on March 1, 2015 8:01 PM
Carl, we are kin? How?
Carl on March 1, 2015 9:47 PM
Tom, maybe it's what we call "kindred spirits."  Take care; stay warm; laugh often.

Carl on March 2, 2015 11:36 AM
My, my.  Glorious Spring is just around the corner.  The temp has shot up to 46; the sky a brilliant blue; grass showing in spots; snow receding elsewhere but beautifully white, glistening under a radiant sun; the landscape is a thing of beauty that is a joy for now.  A gentle breeze adding just the right crispness to the air. The birds sound happier than at any time since we moved here 4 months ago.  Life is sweet; I hope that's true for all of you wherever you are -- even if it's Cincinnati . . . or Florida.                              MAGFAY
Becky Novarro on March 2, 2015 12:20 PM
Well Cuz Carl, it was 84 here in Naples yesterday. Our stores and roads are jammed with people who are trying to stay away from the snow. I also had a freeze problem in WV but my wonderful handiman, Jerry, took care of it as always. What would we do without our friends and kind neighbors? Be thankful for your day even though it is Monday. Geno, I play the Oldies Station on my television when Jim is I tried to gyrate to "Sugar, Sugar." Ain't as easy as it used to be.
Mike Murphy on March 2, 2015 1:18 PM
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine, could you be mine, won't you be my neighbor?

You guys reminising on the good ald days makes the weather seem mild even on a blue Monday!

Has my brush creek, yellow bus riding, Maryland neighbor
past) thawed out?

What is the news on Pete and Tracy how is Grand Daughter?

Keep the faith
geno on March 2, 2015 1:40 PM
Becky I know what you're saying, you might be kindA  like an ol' fella I know, when those oldies start playing you can't sit  down, gotta twist ,gyrate, jump, clap hands, move feet, sway back and forth, and get plumb happy all over, writing this and just thinking about it "I FEEL GOOD' , guess I'll always be addicted to that era of music, like I've always said we had the best music, best cars, best of times. Look up be happy, look back feel the joy, memories are good fruit to eat and enjoy.

Tracy French on March 2, 2015 2:04 PM

Granddaugher is still doing fine.  It's quite possible she will need more surgery but she is using both  eyes now although she has a near-sighted refraction of 6.0 in each eye.  As long as she wears her glasses her eyes to great but if she takes them off one will drift slightly off center.  Thanks for asking.

One of the great lessons in life I have learned over the years is:  "Never, ever turn down church cooking."  The Lashmeet Presbyterian Church has a men's fellowship dinner the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM so if any of you are in the area, come on down.  Also, although the food is not as good as church cooking, our class meets at Ryan's tomorrow night at 6:30.  And if that's not enough, Vietnam Veterans of America serve dinner at the Gilbert Center first Thursday of the month.
Cookie on March 2, 2015 2:39 PM
The Brush Creek, yellow bus riding Marylander survived another ice storm last night but is happy to see the sun out.  Another is on the way tomorrow.  New dish washer comes on Friday provided the drive is not iced over.  New load of fuel oil comes Monday but checks arrived on the frist.  Life is a blast and I'm making a big ole pot of my Mamaw Hypes' vegetable soup.
Mike Murphy on March 4, 2015 12:42 PM
Another big storm on the way to south downtown Kenna 7-12 inches.

You don't tug on Supermans' Cape you don't spit into the wind and you don't pull the mask of the Ol Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with people raised on Brush Creek!

Keep the Faith
Cookie on March 4, 2015 1:04 PM
geno on March 5, 2015 9:37 AM
News reporter Geno here, shots fired, one injured, in Roanoke hospital, welfare checks will have to be sent to Va., Man dealing drugs bought with welfare funds was robbed at gunpoint girfriend beaten with pistol, men on run Law chasing, my sleepy neighborhood is alive with gossip, speculation, and anstonishment, and fear, as ice  mixed with snow falls upon this serene (usually) neighborhood. Now they all know "I Knew he was gonna be trouble" , that after all ,they guessed right he was dealing drugs. Amazing how it all fell on deaf ears before, and now is an accepted fact. Amazes me. I am astonished how many people have seen the light so quickly, also how many who didn't believe before now say "I told you so"It is absolutely amazing  that in only a short 20 yrs. of welfare taking and drug dealing this man's lifestyle has come to light so quickly. That's all the news for now, have a good day, stay warm. Geno
Carl on March 5, 2015 10:13 AM
Wow Geno!  Sounds pretty exciting.  And to think that just a day or two ago Murph was saying: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine, could you be mine, won't you be my neighbor?"
geno on March 5, 2015 11:56 AM
YES!!YES!!!YES!!! snow storm cannot see neighbors house cannot see end of driveway cannot see driveway cannot see any way out send ST> Bernard with Hot Cocoa .
Cookie on March 5, 2015 2:59 PM
OMG  I'm beginning to think its Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania and I'm Bill Murray.  Will this winter ever end?????????????  
Ched on March 5, 2015 3:10 PM
Yeterday it was in the upper 60s  and sunny with no snow. This AM  it was 22 with 3" of  snow.  Just  think how  cold it  would be  without  global warming!!!!
Wee its only 16 days  until spring !!!
Becky Novarro on March 5, 2015 6:53 PM
Yesterday's temperature was a tease for all your up north.  Just heard the forecast for tonight and most of WV, MD & north will be about -21.  Don't envy you.
Okay Geno, we had a man shoot another in self-defense, supposedly.  Then put the dead man in the back of his truck and drove to his attorney's office.  It's so weird we think it may be on your news.  Crazy people out there.

geno on March 5, 2015 8:16 PM
Now that's a good idea, when you shoot someone take them to a lawyer. By the way why would you think I only have weird news? Aw shucks, everybody thinks I have weird news, but I have news for you that is not so weird, but they say no news is good news so this is your lucky day I have no news for you, so there.
Fredrick Lucas on March 5, 2015 8:54 PM
I was talking with a woman whose daughter and her husband live in Boston MA. Recently, they had to pay $1500 to have snow removed from their roof.

Yesterday, the Cincinnati area received 4.5 inches of additional snow. West Union had a foot of snow. In McDowell CountyWVVA TV reported that the Tug Fork was at flood stage. People were encouraged to stay off thr highway. Fred

Carl on March 6, 2015 6:51 AM
Ummm, a balmy 11 degrees outside with blue sky and sunshine breaking on 6-7" of heavenly new snow, reminding me of my favorite days of the year long ago when WLOH would announce "Mercer County schools closed today."  I'll be a happy boy again if the paper carrier made it to my house.  Gonna brew the coffee, light the [gas] fire, and settle in.  Wish you Floridians could be here to share it.  Alas.               MAGFAY
geno on March 6, 2015 10:56 AM
13 degrees in Green make that WHIT GLISTENING WHITE gREEN vALLEY, blue skies sun shining like summertime shades open sunshine coming in warming these ol' bones life is good looking out across the snow there are sparkles like diamonds millions of them makes an ol' man feel rich, that's all the news ,oops no that's not all until I say how grateful I am to be enjoying this immensely, now that's all the news I have, however, I do wish for all of you to have a good day with warmth and the love that only Jesus can bestow upon you.
Mike Murphy on March 6, 2015 11:38 AM
11 Inches of snow in Kenna, Finally got the the internet back. 5F last night & 39f today with sunshine. Power is still out. Have been running the generator for last 36 hours and still running. No mail no paper, no garbage pick up ,otherwise it is a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Victim of Global Warming?

Carl - do you have your own email server at home for the my event PHS 60 account? Her password was whatisis? What difference does it make? Incredible!!

Keep the faith
Cookie on March 6, 2015 10:37 PM
Can Iowa handle it?  First we have a Clinton, then we have a Bush and today we learn we got a Gore headed west.  What is this Groundhog Day?  Just send Bill Murray to round out the team.  
geno on March 7, 2015 8:12 AM
We need someone to sing "send in the clowns"
Cookie on March 7, 2015 9:21 AM
OK Geno!  Come up here and help me clean the coffee off my computer screen.  LOL  LOL  LOL
Carl on March 7, 2015 1:24 PM
Don't worry [Geno]; they're here.  Isn't it rich?
Mike Murphy on March 7, 2015 1:55 PM
Does anyone know what the WLOH achronym stood for? 

Geno  - did you know you can see Crumpecker Hill from your Casa?

Thawing out today 50F!

Keep the faith
geno on March 7, 2015 2:47 PM
WE LOOK OVER HELL, I reckon, I  can see Crumpecker from the top of my hill but I can only see the hill before crumpecker from front window. Saw field full of deer over there the other day, couldn't tell if they were playing golf or not, may have just been passing through, thank God for thawing. Saw a fellow on t.v. night before last talking about how global warming was causing this cold spell in northeast, I really hate being so dumb I couldn't understand what he was talking about, but from my country boy understanding you sure do have to look at the whole picture askewed and up twisted down, in a circle shaped like a rectangle balanced on a triangle with a horizontal bar going vertical through it, aw it's just over my head and under foot at the same time in another dimension. Good to hear you laugh Cookie.
geno on March 7, 2015 2:57 PM
Oh, by the way, I heard that Dougie sold  those people some muscle relaxants, passed it off as dope, Isn't there an old saying "he who steals from a thief is pardoned for a thousand years", so they got help and came back and robbed and shot him, anyway they are in custody and he is in a medically induced coma. That's all the news from the guy who loves no news.
Ched on March 7, 2015 3:25 PM
WLOH as I used  to hear meant  We Love Old Honeycutt
I also remember  We Love Our Hills
 take  your  choice
Mike Murphy on March 7, 2015 5:21 PM
Ched - You win 12 hrs of free broadcast from WLOH. I recall the we love old Hunnicutt, but also heard it was for Land Of Hills. Naturally the W stood for East of the Mississippi??

Fond memory Billy King (RIP) and I would stand on blocks at the window of H P (not sure what the HP stood for) Hunnicutt's Pepsi plant next to our houses and get the inspector to give us a Pepsi. Before vat vending bottling - the water with carbon dixoide which had to be cold so it wouldn't explode and the syrup was added to the bottles seperatly and inspected before being topped. ie to see if there were any mice etc.  The guy would pull bottles off the line and hand out the window and we would turn them upside down with thumb over hole and shake up. They were great with extra bubbles and cold. We used to buy cases (24, 16 oz bottles) for $1.00 . Keep the Faith
Cookie on March 7, 2015 5:42 PM
Mike & Geno do you know why its called Crumpecker Hill?  Chuck Lohr's grandparents lived up there.  His mom Sis Lohr was a Crumpecker.  The road was never banked properly and we used to lay bets on how many cars would slide out of the road when it snowed.  The sirens would come by the house and daddy would say, "Thats #1 going to Crumpecker Hill."  That was before they screwed up the valley, took my grandfather's bottom land and put in four lanes.  
Mike Murphy on March 8, 2015 11:16 AM
Around 10 yrs old and after, I used to get up at dawn and walk across Harmans hill which connected to Crumpecker Hill to the Golf Course. Geno - path would come out at the greenkeepers house (later Bobby Hawks (RIP) PHS 60 was greenskeeper). Rules were, first there, first out. Some would camp out to be first. Motor Carts and laziness ruined the caddy business. Also our woodland bordered on part of Crumpecker Hill. Used to hunt there in the good old days!

Cookie - Did you ever swim in Brush Creek. I learned there. Still can't swim with my head under water. It was affectionatly known as S--- Creek.

Carl - Hillary is looking for an IT man?

Keep the Faith
Cookie on March 8, 2015 12:40 PM
Mike:  Of course I swam in Brush Creek and lived to tell it.  It ran through my grandfather's property and every summer we would dam it up since most hot summers there was little water in it.  During floods it once got up to our fence line in back of the house.  Funny how people see things today regarding the safety of children.  I vividly remember the creek being flooded.  Frank Price would drive the school bus over the bridge on Willow Brook to drop off the kids up there and water would be over the wheels on the bus.  No railings on the bridge, just a wooden bridge.  We loved it!  Thanks for the memories.
Carl on March 8, 2015 12:54 PM
Thanks Murph for the Hillary IT opening note.  I may be just the guy for the job.  Don't mean to brag, but I'm among the best at not being able to find old emails.
Mike Murphy on March 8, 2015 2:04 PM
Ched - You were right about Love Our Hills and I was wrong. Sorry.

Fred - where were you letting me make such a gross error?

Geno - Now I am in the dark without my IPhone flashlight. Thank goodness I don't have enough money or info for theifs to be interested.

Carol - are there any decent candidates for President in 2016?

Keep the faith
Ched on March 8, 2015 3:41 PM
2016  Candidates:  ????
 I havent  come  to any strong  conclusion yet. My requirements are; 1)Constitutionally Conservative, 2) Strong leadership  skills, 3) Fiscally  conservative, 4) Ethical and honest.5) Can Win !!!
 I kind of like  Scott  Walker but  we will have  to see how  this plays out.
( I think  the  scandals will do HRC in . I cannt believe  she will get  a pass on  this one !)
geno on March 8, 2015 3:58 PM
WLOH really had a pet name, never knew that til' today, it's a good day when you lear something new, Cookie years ago when I was swapping horses and trading guns and such I recall a fellow named Thompson was telling me about Red Crumpecker, or so it seems, not sure, you know how my memory is, I seem to recall he was sheriff at one time(maybe) any how this fellow was telling me ,if I remember it right that, he was the one who owned the Crumpecker farm, at one time an incredible large farm according to what he was telling me, I don' remember his first name, but I do remember he was a Thompson, owned a farm some where on old blfd. princeton rd., do not know where. But as far as swimming in brush ck. all of the Northview, Lilly hgwy. and Athens rd. boys swam there, none died of that I know of, but Eddie Farley split a big gash in his head when he dived off of a fence post (showing off) for Ruth Wiley, and hit a cinder block someone had threw in our swimming hole called "knee high", boy writing this brings back a flood of memories, speaking of floods we used to ride Mrs. Farley's no.2 wash tub down brush creek when it flooded. Boy those were the days.
Cookie on March 8, 2015 6:01 PM
Geno -- Thompson doesn't ring a bell but if I'm not mistaken Red Crumpecker was indeed the sheriff and was Sis Lohr's (Chuck's Mom) brother.  Her Mom Mrs. Crumpecker lived many years and used to drive down daily to the Lohrs who lived across the road from us and she was  in the biggest car I ever saw.  Maybe if Chuck checks out this website he can help us out.  I know lots of people not just class of 60 read this.....they sneak on and sneak off in "The Still of the Night." 
Carol on March 8, 2015 11:59 PM
We survived the winter with a total of less than three inches of snow, but lots of cold weather.  I am a golf widow, so it must be spring.  It was 75 today.  

Wow!  My daughter-in-law is S.Baptist and she and I attend the church just down the road when Neil is out of town.  He doesn't like the "rock" band, high energy service.  My West Va friend across the street is a member there too.  (Mike, her brother graduated from West Va Tech around 1970.  She and I have been good friends for years.  She is a widow -- her four children graduated from Clemson.  We need to paint our street orange....

Anyway, Mike, we have tickets to a Presidential hopeful gathering in Greenville in May.  Jindal, Perry, Cruz, Santorum, and Lindsey will be there.  I am not even sure we will bother going....Walker will be in Greenville later this month.   The only three I could vote for would be Paul,   Cruz or Walker.     I am disgusted with the so-called leadership of those who call themselves republicans.   

Carl, sometimes my iPad ignores paragraphs!   Is this a conspiracy?  

Delores on March 9, 2015 9:17 AM
Carol:  I read with dismay that former Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley got a standing ovation  over the weekend at a Democratic function in South Carolina.  I almost choked upon reading it.  Under his leadership the State of Maryland became a petri dish for every left wing program pushed by the administration in Washington and he almost destroyed us.  People have been moving out of the state by the thousands.  He even taxed rain.  Look it up.  Don't let him fool you  
Ched on March 9, 2015 11:33 AM
 I couldnt  find any reference  to the "air tax" in MD but did  read  about  the laughable  "rain tax"  
Ched on March 9, 2015 11:31 AM
 I like Walker a lot ( at this point) and the conservative values of the GOP canditate are extremely important to me.  BUT,if the country is  to be kept  from its  slide into a  socialist quagmire, we MUST get an electible GOP candidate on the ballot. Lets  see how  the primary season plays out  and  get behind "our  candidate" !!!
Mike Murphy on March 9, 2015 12:28 PM
Carol - I agree with Ched, Walker looks like the best candidate at this point. I like Paul but he is to weak on national defense. He and Santorim need to cut down on their snark about other republicans. Also I am beginning to support somewhat Pauls position on drugs. I also like black doctor, but without name recognition and conservative blacks being lepors to liberals, he has no chance. 

Were you and Neil at Tech when the Irainian students were going to protest the school and President Nelson squashed it in its infancy?

Keep the faith

Carl on March 9, 2015 1:14 PM
Did anyone hear that?  What was it?  It was so faint yet clearly audible.  It sounded like, like, uh, well like just maybe the blog whisperings of a Progressive not named Lucas.  Could it possibly be true?  Dare I dream?  WAIT!!!  There it is again.  Didn't you hear . . .  oh, never mind.  It was just my stomach grumbling.  Alas.               MAGFAY
Delores on March 9, 2015 3:50 PM
Unfortunately poor Dr. Ben Carson "done went" and shot himself him the foot last week when he came out with his position on homosexuality.  
Carl on March 9, 2015 4:12 PM
Yeah Cookie, Dr. Ben seems to be a fine, decent, smart, accomplished and clear-speaking guy, but he ain't ready for prime time presidential politics, not having mastered Washington rhetoric,  spin and political correctness.
Carol on March 9, 2015 9:59 PM
Cookie, are you saying that you think you should get to decide how to spend your money--surely, the good governor of MD had your best interests when he taxed rain or whatever... 

The senior senator from South Carolina who has an "R" by his name and says he is considering running for president once stated that Hilary Clinton was "the most effective Sec.of State and the greatest ambassador for the American people that I have known in my lifetime."   He supports Obama's appointees, e.g., Kagan, Sotomayor, Loretta Lynch and it doesn't seem to matter.   Lindsey had millions to spend from the Chamber of Commerce etc. and got elected for six more years.  South Carolina is a red state with pockets of conservatives, but overall, it is not conservative.

Mike, I called my old friend, Nancy Giacomo, who worked with me at WVIT.  She is the only contact I have after 50 years and lives in Boomer.  I had been thinking about her since the derailment.  The only student from Iran that we recalled was Shane Z.........  He drove a white Corvette (I think) and we knew his family had oil money.  She thought you might have been referring to an incident during the Iran crisis.  She said Dr.Nelson is still alive, living in Charleston.

Neil used to play tennis with a man from Iran.   When he went back to visit, he would return with pictures of himself with Ahmadinejad.  His pretty wife subbed in our group and wore short skirts and dressed very stylishly.  The last I heard was they had divorced and he had moved back, she stayed here.  I haven't seen her in years though.

Warning:  the NSA is recording this communication as part of its unlawful, unconstitutional spying on Americans.

54 on March 10, 2015 10:13 AM
Carl on March 10, 2015 10:44 AM
Woohoo!!!  You might not believe this but I was reminded just yesterday that I miss seeing 54 on the blog, and BINGO, he/she reappears.  Welcome back whoever, whatever and wherever you are.          MAGFAY
Mike Murphy on March 10, 2015 12:31 PM
Carl - Do you miss being in the heartbeat of DC politics and flashing the DWOs on the beltway? I am still curious about your server? When are you going to answer questions?

Carol - I think Leonard Nelson handled the list of demands so efficiently that no one knew about it. he basically said if you don't like it here i will contact your parents to come get you.

Keep the faith
Carl on March 10, 2015 12:33 PM
Answer questions?  Murph, don't you realize that I'm the Sgt. Schultz of PHS60?  [I know nothink, NOTHINK.]
Carol on March 10, 2015 3:16 PM
Could 54 be Lindsey Graham??    Who else would defend Hillary?
Ched on March 10, 2015 3:58 PM
Just  saw  HRC on  TV  spewing out  excuses why  she chose  to use  exclusively  a private  E-mail account.  She said she  didnt want  to have  to carry  two phones ( devices). Thats lame. I have   multiple emai  accounts on my phone... no problem !!!
She said  ashe  will not  allow her  server  to be  examined !!!  We'll see !
Evita Peron on March 10, 2015 4:51 PM
"I only used my personal e-mail account for my daughter's wedding and my mother's funeral.  Besides which

I ain't no ways tired and 
Carl on March 10, 2015 9:19 PM
Ahhh, at long last another liberal.  Thanks Evita.  BTW: where you that cute, dark-haired, brown-eyed girl in PHS63 with the really nice shoes and outstanding social skills?
Evita's Partner on March 12, 2015 2:11 PM
Ahh the sweet smell of politics, failed at everything except dividing the people!!!!!!!    Evita's Partner
Fredrick Lucas on March 12, 2015 9:10 PM
Carl, Unlike you I don't label people. You are a man with a lovely lady who is retired and has various political interests.

Do you remember when polio shots were given to people throughout the world. Russia and Israel had 100% compliance. Everyone in both countries were ordered to take the Sabin vaccine.

Cookie, my girlfriend Connie had to get her 92 year old mother to Jewish hospital for hip surgery. She fell and broke her hip. Her bones were soft because she hasn't walked much in several years. Connie has been her mother's care giver. I am so proud of her. She also cares for me I am happy with Connie. Fred
Carl on March 12, 2015 9:28 PM
Fredo, I've never meant "liberal" as a pejorative when referring to you.  In fact, I've applauded your sticking up for your beliefs that appear to me to be liberal/ progressive.  Sorry if I wasn't clear.  And I won't take offense at your claim that my [truly] lovely wife has various political interests.  Fact is her political interests are neither very varied nor deep, and she often wishes that mine were more akin to hers.  Alas.
   Good to hear from you.                       
Delores on March 13, 2015 9:22 AM
Fredo is a lucky guy.  :-)
54 on March 13, 2015 1:23 PM

Carl on March 13, 2015 3:05 PM


Despite English teachers of stern disposition

I’ve erred and misused terms by my own volition.
Yet with careful attention
with grave apprehension,
I still end this limerick with a preposition.


NOTE (all rhyme aside): Limerick, of course, is a county in Ireland.

Ireland is home to St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint.
uesday, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

May yours be abundantly happy.               MAGFAY


Tracy French on March 13, 2015 10:31 PM
Beware The Ides of March!
Mike Murphy on March 14, 2015 10:07 AM
Happy Pi Day

Keep the Faith
Carl on March 14, 2015 11:10 AM
Murph, I'm returning your sentiment:

The radius, circumference and circular measure

Are deeply indebted to pi's blessed treasure.

So simple yet magical, this friend of mine:

Let’s celebrate 3.1415(9)

Thomas Dllon on March 14, 2015 10:20 AM
Tracy check out the key board on your new computer or else your finger placements. There is no date in March -- "Ides". All dates are numbers. Sir William made the same mistake years ago.
Back north in a couple of weeks. Sure have enjoyed Spring Break near Panama City Beach. Did we do such when we were young? One must carry an ID at all times when drinking on the beach. Don't know where some of the girls carry theirs. On-the-beach jails have been set up so that police officers are not out of the loop as long transporting kids into the main jail -- over 300 arrests in a week.
Carl on March 14, 2015 10:51 AM
Tom, could it be that the reason you don't know where some of the girls keep their IDs is that you haven't watched closely enough?  . . .  No, I didn't think so.
Thomas Dllon on March 14, 2015 2:48 PM
Carl, Kay gave me a pair of high-powered binoculars for Christmas. I  have enjoyed  identifying the various kinds of sea birds from the balcony of our rental.
Voice of Resistance on March 14, 2015 7:02 PM
Happy Pi Day!   3.1415

P.S.   Hillary lies.
Ched on March 14, 2015 8:44 PM
Yea  Tom !!!  You da man !!
Fredrick Lucas on March 15, 2015 10:57 AM
For those who are interested, Terry St. Clair's mother died this past week. If you want to send the family a message, go to the Memorial Funeral Home web site and sign the guest book. 

Tom, I'm happy that you enjoy birds who fly near the sea. I have enjoyed seeing flocks of Canadian geese flying in their V configuration. The Ohio River has been flooding. A number of streets in low lying areas have been closed.

Sweet Briar College near Lynchburg Virginia will close after the summer term.There is not enough money to keep it open.Its a college for women. Alas, the young ladies are going elsewhere. The bucolic environment isn't enough incentive to attract the ladies.  Fred

Thomas Dllon on March 15, 2015 4:03 PM
Returned from church and began to bird watch again after lunch. The day is overcast, but there are six young chicks who are in the middle of my view. Some are actually discarding their winter plumage on to the sand and playing some kind of game at water's edge. Kay pointed out one who had only had a hint of orange at the bottom and a black top -- I know that Baltimore Orioles have similar colors, but don't know if she flew in from Maryland. Older birds should wear their covering all the time. Speedos and pot bellies are not attractive. Diddo, elephant thighs and buttocks in bikinis.
Hey Men, didn't we google (verb) our female classmates in high school before it became the name (noun) of a search engine? 
Cookie on March 15, 2015 5:45 PM
Hum!  Well now Mr. President, it would appear that today's sermon was not about "sins of the flesh."  As my daddy used to say, "Well honey, when I stop looking I may as well be dead!"  Keep watching and report back!
Darla on March 16, 2015 1:31 PM
Hey Carl, are there any March birthdays?
Carl on March 16, 2015 2:11 PM
Darla darlin',
  I have but 2 on record, but they're quality ones (just like the other 48 "on record" and the 100+ that are unknown to me).

Pam Spangler Sullivan - March 25
Jim George - March 31

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both o' yous.
Thomas Dillon on March 16, 2015 3:12 PM
Ornithology Report --
My young chickadees were on the beach before 10:00 AM and have been sunnng most of the day. Temperature is near 80 degrees.  There is surely to be fried bird aplenty tonight.
Darla on March 16, 2015 6:08 PM
Thank you!!
Becky Novarro on March 16, 2015 8:33 PM
Yes Spring Break is here!  Tom I know you are having a great view of how the younger generation party today.  Panama City has been the destination spot for several years.  We thought "Where the Boys Are" was fun...Ft. Lauderdale had a lot of birds there too.  Also, it's hot here.  We are breaking records of 90.  If we were in Blfd we would be given lemonade.  BTW, because of the tourists who wear suits they shouldn't and think they look good, people retire here and feel great!

Mike Murphy on March 17, 2015 10:08 AM
Happy St Patricks Day

Perhaps he can run the snakes out of DC?

Keep The Faith
Michael Malone Murphy
Ched on March 17, 2015 6:53 PM
AMEN  Brother  Mike !!!!,  And  Happy  St Patty's Day.
Mike Murphy on March 18, 2015 9:35 AM
Yahoo Bibi !!

I used to Caddy for Bibi Efron.

Carl, Carl, Carl, Carl - What day is it?

Keep the faith
Pete Stephenson on March 18, 2015 9:54 AM
Pete here.Watch out Dillon those birds might attack you there on the beach.I've also wondered where those Id's were kept.MMM Me thinks there are to many snakes in DC for one saint to tackle.just heard last evening that classmate Ron Coleman is having health issues.He is in CAMC Chareston WV. Been there approx three weeks. We understand he had surgery (?) and then clotting issues.  He had a stroke day before yesterday, but latest report states he is doing better.  Thoughts and prayers to Ron, Tish and family.  If anyone has more info, please let us know.FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE TO ALL.
Ched on March 18, 2015 1:20 PM
Praying for Ron's recovery !!!!!
Ched on March 18, 2015 1:22 PM
Bibi Rocks  !!!  Did  anyone see  Cheny's  comments  re the  administration???
Mike Murphy on March 19, 2015 1:19 PM
Cheny is spot on - BHOs next move is reparations?

But why worry, climate change will get us all?

Ron - Get well soon

Pete - How is wife? and don't say compared to what?

Keep the faith


Carl on March 20, 2015 1:35 PM
My PHS60 pen pal advises me of two more March birthdays:
Emma Davis Johnston - March 7  [sorry we didn't know in time, Emma; hope you had a happy one]
Gail Wiggins Bowling - March 30 

Say Murph, since the European format for dates is day/month/year, will Pi day there be on April 31 [i.e., 3.1415]?

Mike Murphy on March 20, 2015 5:30 PM
Carl - You must ask someone like Raymond Kidwell about such matters. All I know is that Global Warming is going to end the world as we know it or already has according to Al Gore?
So What difference does it make!!

Keep your server
Cookie on March 20, 2015 7:23 PM
Maryland Senate voted 47-0 today to repeal the "Rain Tax."  Lets see what the House does?  

Thats right folks!  Here in the Socialist Republic we are taxed on the rain that falls on our property.  It has gotten so bad people are fleeing across the Potomac River Bridge to Fredericksburg.
By - the - By I see where the ex-governor of the Socialist Republic, one Martin O'Malley has his troops on the ground in Iowa.  Interesting photo of him on the web this week playing his banjo in his Irish Rock Band in an attire only an "Intern" could appreciate, a "wife beater" and flip flops.  If anyone decides to vote for him "Phone Home" or just wait for the opposition research, its J UI C Y.  Makes Arkansas look like a Christmas Pageant at the First Methodist Church.  
geno on March 21, 2015 3:14 PM
Wait Wait Wait!!!!! Cookie; Saints Preserve Us, are you leading us ,uh me , to believe or even assume  that O'malley is not an admirable character,  a banjo pickin' genuine dyed in the wool Irishman, may the shadows not fall on our blessed eyes til' we see the truth.
Cookie on March 21, 2015 3:38 PM
He is like all of them.  He becomes whatever he has to be to get elected then he drops the hammer.  
Carl on March 21, 2015 5:46 PM
Cookie, please, please correct me if I'm wrong.  [That's not an invitation for everyone.]  By "like all of them" you mean every politician except our guys, right?
Cookie on March 21, 2015 6:12 PM
All of them! From the local commissioners all the way up the ladder.  
Jury is still out on Governor Hogan.  He better not disappoint me! Going to a luncheon with his wife in a few weeks.  Interesting lady worth a "look up." 
Carl on March 21, 2015 11:16 PM
Did anyone ever tell you you're beautiful when you're cynical?
Cookie on March 22, 2015 5:01 AM
Does realistic = cynical?

Tracy French on March 22, 2015 5:46 PM
My wife coughed this past Monday and it caused her abdomen to split open about 3 inches in a horozontal direction and a portion of her bowels came out.  The area where the split occurred was in a 5 X 6 inch circular area of scar tisses that skin would not grow over and has been a concern for us since she had surgery in May 2013 which left the area exposed. She suffered a stroke the day following the surgery in 2013 (a Saturday) and was scheduled for surgery the following Monday to close the wound.  Surgeons were afraid to operate on her because of the stroke and we had been told that she would have to live with the condition the rest of her life.

Now for the good news.... Following the occurance, I called 911 and she was taken to Princeton Community Hospital where they immediately called for a helicopter and had her air-lifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she under went surgery for 7 1/2 hours and the doctors were able to remove all the scar tissue and close her up.  They also removed 3 sections of bowel and repaired a hernia during the surgery.  Yesterday she was taken off a ventilator and was able to breathe on her own and today she was moved from ICU and into a lower CU.  Doctor told me to be prepared for a long hospital stay but she will survive.  I came home today to pick up the mail and some fresh clothes before going back to Roanoke tomorrow.
Carl on March 22, 2015 5:53 PM
Oh my, Tracy.  I can't even imagine what going thru that must be like.  Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife. 
Mike Murphy on March 22, 2015 8:04 PM
Tracey - I am so sorry for you and your family. I am praying for you and your wife.

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back and until we meet agian may God hold you and yours in the palm of his hand.

Keep the Faith
Darla on March 23, 2015 8:13 AM
Tracy...praying for both of you.  She has suffered for so long.  Maybe this will help her to finally heal. 
Ched on March 23, 2015 11:04 AM
 You have  surley endured  a lot.  We  are praying  for complete  recovery  for  your  wife  and strength and preserverance  for  you
Becky Novarro on March 24, 2015 4:05 PM
Tracey, prayers for you and Carol and hope that she will be well soon and that you stay strong.  Enough is enough!
Fredrick Lucas on March 25, 2015 9:17 AM

I would like to offer prayers for your wife. This is a difficult time for both of you. I'm confident that she will improve. Fred Lucas
PETE Stephenson on March 25, 2015 11:05 AM
Pete here,Tracy,I pray that all goes well with Carol.You 2 have endured a lot this past year,Stay strong my friend,God has you under his wing.If you need me for anything at all just call,God bless you both.

Ched on March 25, 2015 11:58 AM
Pete.....Prayers  for  you and Linda  also !!!!!
Pete Stephenson on March 25, 2015 3:29 PM
Pete,Thanks Ched,I appreciate that.Hope all is well with your family.A beautiful day here in the ole Home Town.About 70.How is it down Tenn way?Big Mike you doing ok?All ther e in your hood doing ok.It was good to hear that Carol French is finally sewn back together.I pray that this will hold.She has had a time with her condition.God bless each and every one of you.Faith,Hope,love to all.


Becky Novarro on March 25, 2015 7:30 PM
Tracy, sorry I misspelled your name.  It's the fingers not the mind. ha.  Keep us posted about Carol.  Once again, it is incredible the troubles you have seen and yet you keep on smiling and praying for others.  God bless you.
Just need to tell our classmates that Miss Cookie, Jim and I went out to lunch and sat and watched all the tourboats going out and all the private jets coming in.  If any of you had burning ears......
Mike Murphy on March 26, 2015 9:35 AM
Pete - I am fine as frog hair except to fat and I ache all over, but could be worse. How is Linda, heard that she hurt her leg?

Any news on Tracy and wife? 

Becky - you are so right about Tracy, we are lucky (blessed) to have him as a classmate, friend and religous leader. 65f here this morning although it is supposed to get down to 27 Sat Night.

WVU vs UK tonight - UK 13 point favorite, but the Mountaineers are scrappy! Go EERS!

Any news on Ron?

I think we must be getting old?

Keep the faith
ched on March 26, 2015 11:38 AM
Life is  good in Tennessee.!!!!
Our youngest  daughter(Holly) is  completing her Masters  Deg in Music  at  Belmont Univ.  and had her  graduate recital on Monday. Nine pieces of religious opratic music  sung in German, Latin, French and  English.Her graduate  degree is in  church music.  Her next  challange is  to get a job!!!
Has  anyone  heard  any  update on Ron Coleman??
  Go EERS tonite !!!!

Carl on March 26, 2015 12:06 PM
". . . perchance to dream."  I say, perchance my foot.  I'm already dreaming.  13 point underdog or not, I figure that if any team can beat Kentucky -- and I'm not sure that any can -- it just could be the Mountaineers.  Huggie should have them ready; if history means anything you gotta like their chances.  Let's hope that the refs let 'em play [i.e., scrap].
Thomas Dillon on March 26, 2015 3:02 PM
Have been praying for Tracy & Carol. Understand from St.Clair that Coleman is home now, but may have some residual speech issues making it difficult to take phone calls -- no other info.
Laptop is not working well. A whole line of keys from #8 at the top to the comma key at the bottom do not type -- have to alternate wth the on-screen keyboard to pick up other letters. Have tried cleaning with aerosal air with no luck.
Leave next Thursday to be home for Easter.
Anyone hear from M. Farley? J.K -- will you educate us to your fellow Texan?
Cookie on March 26, 2015 3:30 PM
My very best to Tracy and his wife.  My she cntinue to heal.  Also I hope Ronald continues to mend.  
Did indeed have lunch with our Queen and her King in Naples this week.  It was such fun catching up and giggling.  
Carl on March 27, 2015 7:52 AM
perchance to dream?  Well, I was sorta in the ballpark, but way, WAY off base.  It was a friggin' NIGHTMARE!!!
Mike Murphy on March 27, 2015 9:38 AM
For sale WVU stuff - cheap!

It is ether feast or famon with WVU. It would have been at least a little more interesting if the refs had let them play mabey only by 20?

Mountani Semper Liberi
Ched on March 27, 2015 3:26 PM
Condolences to WVU fans and wannabes. I was hoping for at least  a  good  game. That may have been one of  the most lopsided  routs in NCAA  tournament history. I could not  tell if  WVU  was just having an "off" night or was KY just  that much better. Probably a little of  both.
Carl on March 27, 2015 4:32 PM
Ched, I'm almost certain that WVU had an off night . . . precisely because Kentucky is exactly that good.  This year's UK team has disproportionatly as much talent as John Wooden's UCLA teams of the 60s & 70s [i.e., 2nd team strength that could beat 90% of the country's 1st teams -- that might be a conservative estimate].  It will be a major upset if Kentucky doesn't emerge as nat'l champs.  GO DUKE!  GO MICHIGAN STATE!
Ched on March 28, 2015 10:14 AM
 I agree  KY is  talented but I am not  to sure just how much  they have been tested.  The  SE  conference is a  weak basketball conference. Other  than KY  Ark is  the only other  ranked  team.  They did  win  against Louisville  though.  Well see how  this plays out  as  the NCAA  becomes  tougher.  Go ACC!!!!
Carl on March 28, 2015 11:37 AM
Ched, you make a good point, but some say that the UK 1st team is tested every time it practices against its 2nd team.  Practice ain't the same as game play, but it seems to have worked for their first 37 outings.  I'm conflicted in my feelings.  I'm no UK fan, but some believe this may be the best NCAA team ever.  If that's so, a part of me hopes they win it all.  On the other hand, . . .
Mike Murphy on March 28, 2015 6:31 PM
I attended a two week seminar at UK summer of 69 so I will have to root for them, which is probably the kiss of death?

[Murph, a couple of guys in blue uniforms once treated me to three nights of bed and board in a semi-private room in Columbus, but it didn't make me an Ohio State fan.]

Any news on Tracy's wife?

Keep the faith
Carl on March 29, 2015 8:22 AM
Kentucky 68, Notre Dame 66.  What a terrific game; close throughout.  UK certainly didn't look like the best NCAA team ever.  It could be a lot more interesting the rest of the way than I thought.

Tracy French on March 30, 2015 11:31 AM
I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns.  We are back home now and Carol sit up for 5 hours yesterday.  We go back to Roanoke tomorrow to see if the doctors can remove 3 drain bulbs that she still has in her.  She has a total of 52 staples that are scheduled to be removed April 9th.  Overall she is recovering very well and we have home health coming in 3 times this week and a physical therapist twice.
Mike Murphy on March 30, 2015 12:14 PM
Tracy - Great to hearthat Carol is doing better, best wishes for continued health and happiness.

Carl - How are things in Frednecksberg? 

happy Early Easter
Darla on March 30, 2015 12:32 PM
That is great news Tracy.  Will keep praying for both of you.
Pete Stephenson on March 30, 2015 5:19 PM
Pete here,Tracy good to hear that Carol is improving,she has had a long strugle as have you.I'm praying and pulling for both of you.The care giver never has much time to reflect,but take it from me it is worthwhile in the long run.Stay strong my friend,if you need me just ring,God bless you both.Faith,Hope,@ Love to all of you.
Carl on March 30, 2015 5:42 PM
Murph, life here is fine as frog hair.  Joan got a new hip 2 weeks ago.  For the past 10 days women on our street have brought in dinner each evening.  [It's almost like they know my cooking limitations.]  The old folks in Celebrate by Del Webb sure learned how to cook good somewhere in the past.  Spring has arrived and I'm looking forward to actually getting to know and enjoy the area a bit.
Mike Murphy on March 30, 2015 7:19 PM
Happy Vietnam Vets Week. Thanks to all you Vets - Carl, Pete, Tracy et al for your service and keeping us safe!!!

We Salute you!

Becky Novarro on March 30, 2015 9:03 PM
Great news Tracy.  Let's hope all goes well and you both hold up, as they say in the South. 
Spring training here is ending.  We have the Red Sox, Twins, and the Rays.
See, Florida isn't just for the aged.
Enjoy your Spring.  And, Happy Easter to all.  Sure hope that Bunny brings you some eggs.
Fredrick Lucas on March 31, 2015 9:20 AM
Hi Becky, 

A mumber of retired people like to go to Colorado for winter events. I have visited the deep south, Savannah, San Antonio, Houston and I couldn'twait to return home. These areas were too hot and humid. I've also visited Denver, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, and Boston. Each time was the third week in October.The northern cities were very enjotable.

Tracy I thank God that your wife is doing much better. I suggested that she would improve. Fred
Carol on March 31, 2015 9:04 PM
Tracy, so thankful to hear your good news. I may have met a distant relative of yours recently. I have no reason to doubt this woman's story. Nevertheless, I asked our classmate and historian, Pat, about it and she said she would research it when she recovers from knee replacement. A woman here in SC told me that her ancestors came from Princeton, were given land in VA and SC by the King of England and donated land for a college and a state park in the Princeton area. One of the family names she gave me was French. Before we moved six months ago, our address was Moore. The Moore family received 3,000 plus acres from the King of England. I know folks who still own family land that was given to ancestors by the King. (Not sure how he took it from the Cherokee)
Cookie on March 31, 2015 10:40 PM
Carol:  I'm not very good at this sort of thing but wasn't that referred to as "Land Grant"  I was always told thats how my grandmother's ancester's obtained their dariy farm at Littlesburg (called The Hurricane) in the day. It survived a number of generations.   The Mercer County Airport is now located on a portion of it.  Hopefully Pat can enlighten me when she recovers.  It would be nice if our classmates could compile some family histories for publication before it is all lost.  
Tracy it sounds like things are improving.  I sure hope so.  My best to you and your family.
Carl on April 1, 2015 11:53 AM
Cookie, my father's mother, Florence Hager Thomason, later Florence Tanner (she married a Tanner after being widowed), lived on what I recall was called Hurricane Ridge, on property that became part of the airport.  I don't know when she/they settled there, but I think she still lived in her house until she died in Sept. 1964.  I have only a couple of vague memories of her house and land, but wonderful ones of her smoking her corncob pipe.  My dad died in 1949 and we had very limited contact with the Thomason side of the family afterwards, so I can add little more.
Ched on April 1, 2015 10:18 AM
 Prayers  answered!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on April 1, 2015 10:27 PM
Hello Everyone, 

I was listening to NPR today and learned that Hot Rod Hundley died last week at the age of 80.He played basketball for WVU and spent 36 years announcing the games for th Utah Jazz. He was fun to watch. I also learned from NPR that the oldest woman in the world died. She was 117. 


Mike Murphy on April 2, 2015 10:05 AM
Harry Reed has to be the most despical (sp) politician in DC followed by Nancy Pelosi and BHO. They will do or say anything for political gain and are proud of it!

How is kissing up to Iran working?

Beautiful day here in downtown Kenna.

Get well soon to all our ailing classmates and family!!
Keep the faith
Carl on April 2, 2015 11:52 AM
Murph, I'm always pleased to hear of beautiful days there because I know how it boosts your spirits.   :-)
Cookie on April 2, 2015 2:52 PM
Carl:  My great grandmother on the Hypes side was Virginia Mentoria Tanner who lived on the Hurricane.  Both my grandparents grew up there.  

Fred:  About that 117 year old woman..."Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated."

Carl on April 2, 2015 5:41 PM
Mentoria.  I've never heard that name before.  Is that a first (uh, middle) name or a family name?
Cookie on April 2, 2015 7:20 PM
Her middle name.  Where?  Not a clue.
Fredrick Lucas on April 3, 2015 8:23 AM
The new oldest person is Gertrude Weaver who is 116. She is active in the nursing home activities. Her secret to longevity is that she treats others well. The home is in Arkansas.
Carl on April 3, 2015 8:39 AM
J. Fred, if treating others well was really the key to longevity, I would have croaked decades ago.

Carl on April 3, 2015 8:43 AM
Becki Smith Canterberry - April 7
Carol Wyrick Martin - April 12
Darla Winfrey Pitzer - April 15
Brenda Martin Sword - April 25
Michael (NMN*) Farley - April 29

Happy Birthday one & all o'yall
     *No Maiden Name
Mike Murphy on April 5, 2015 12:00 PM
Happy Easter

Get well soon all of our ailing classmates and family!!!

The Easter Bunny

Carl on April 5, 2015 1:24 PM
For those who remember Jim Fariss -- and who wouldn't -- here's a recent post from his facebook page:
I'm back after spending 11 weeks in the Bloomington Hospital (I missed out on the entire winter). The hospitalization was owing to a downhill train wreck resulting from diverticulitis and a subsequent ruptured colon. Am back home now, relearning to walk (still using a walker), climb steps and generally doing for myself. Katie is home for a couple of months having decided to transfer from Kalamazoo College to IU and ultimately to the nursing program at IUPUI. She has been, and continues to be, a great help to me.
   Jim can be emailed at
Thomas Dillon on April 5, 2015 5:05 PM

Happy Easter to all. If one did not have friends, family, faith,
 and the promise of eternal life with our Lord and Savior, what a screwed up mess this whole world has become.
Returned to Indiana Friday skirting the storms north of Nashville and through Kentucky. Yearout, Nashville traffic is horrendous, north & south, without weather adding its complications. No more travel now until the reunion.

Cookie on April 6, 2015 9:34 PM
Dearest Fredo:
Sorry but the oldest living, Gertrude Weaver (116 ), just died.  Back to the drawing board.
Fredrick Lucas on April 6, 2015 10:10 PM
Yes Cookie she died.People have suggested that there are only three people in the world who were born in the 19th century.

For those who are interested. Jews around the world are celebrating Passover during this week. In a number of communities Christians are joining with Jews for Passover dinners.At my temple, children who are in confirmation classes with Presbyterian and Methodist churches visited our Shabbat worship service
Since Jesus was a Jew, a number of Christians want to experience a Shabbat service. Shabbat starts on Friday at subdown and ends Saturday at sundown.
Thomas Dillon on April 8, 2015 7:59 AM

Understand via Terry St.Clair that Gene Fields was rushed to the hospital in Charleston in the past few days. Update?

Ron Coleman is at home, but not up to having visitors and can not take phone calls.

M. Farley, Brenda Mc.,  -- Becky, Cookie, are you in touch with her? Would appreciate a short note.

Fredo, I thought you were going to be our main source of info about classmates who were under the weather.



Mike Murphy on April 8, 2015 8:34 PM
Just listened to Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential on Siris XM 50s - Did we have the greatest music or what???

Keep the Faith
Carl on April 8, 2015 10:32 PM
Murph, you're right as usual.  I still get a Chris-Mathews-style thrill up my leg every time I hear Connie Francis.
Ched on April 11, 2015 11:16 PM
Just learned  tha  Gene Fields had a major  heart  attack. Was rushed  to Charleston hospital where  two stints  were placed. I understand he is now home recovering but weak. Prayers please !!!
Cookie on April 12, 2015 5:25 PM
Why does "THIS" just feel like Groundhogs Day???
Cookie on April 12, 2015 5:26 PM
Can't that woman just go away??????  Gonna go wash my car and pretend its 1955.
Cookie on April 12, 2015 5:27 PM
Get well soon Gene.  Sorry you are under the weather.
54 on April 12, 2015 7:23 PM
H Rod all the way for the middle class!!!
Cookie on April 12, 2015 7:32 PM
The spineless troll is back!
Carl on April 12, 2015 9:39 PM
Cookie, I don't approve of your calling 54 a "spineless troll."
Cookie on April 12, 2015 11:28 PM
Well suck it up cupcake.  Spineless troll it shall be.  I could have said "lacking in testicular fortitude."
"At this point what difference does it make?"
Delores on April 13, 2015 8:54 AM
10 people I believe to be more truthful and in whom I would place my trust:
1.  Bill Clinton
2.  Henry VIII
3.  Casey Anthony
4.  O.J. Simpson
5.  Jeffrey Dahlmer
6.  Al Sharpton
7. Charles Manson
8.  Ted Bundy
9.  Jim Jones
10.  Joseph Stalin/Hitler (It's a tie)

Carl on April 13, 2015 10:12 AM
I love it when you say "in whom."
Cookie on April 13, 2015 10:24 AM
I know!  Sends a Chris Matthews "thrill up your leg" doesn't it.  

Carl on April 13, 2015 12:32 PM
Murph, Cookie, and all others,
   All joking aside, I do get Chris-Mathews-type thrills, enduring since my youth.  These days they're sparked by music, and I tingle from heart to head-top.  I must again thank Etta James who, while I just now listened to "At Last," made me feel the magic again.  Dear friends, may each of you continue to feel the magic.     
Darla on April 14, 2015 8:23 AM
I know what you mean "AT LAST".
54 on April 14, 2015 10:04 AM
At Last a Champion for all - HRC
Carl on April 15, 2015 11:41 AM
Cookie on April 15, 2015 1:01 PM
Happy Brithday Darla.  Thanks for everything you have done for the Class of 60 over the years.  
Ched on April 15, 2015 3:12 PM
Happy Birthday  Darla and many more  !!!! You are much appreciated by all !!!!!
Voice of Resistance on April 15, 2015 4:31 PM
Hillary destroyed subpoenaed evidence, therefore, may have to campaign from her prison cell. Unless there is one law for the Clintons and another for the rest of us.
Darla on April 16, 2015 6:23 AM
Thanks for the Birthday Wishes!!  It was a good day.  I feel very blessed to have my family, friends and health.
Mike Murphy on April 16, 2015 11:53 AM
Darla - Happy Belated Birthday

Voice of Resistance - BHO will pardon HRC on his way out, so not to worry? Can you imagine what he will do in his last days - give Cuba Guantanimo, Give Harry Reed Sainthood and pardon OJ?

Tracy - how are you and family doing?

Pete - need your new Email

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on April 16, 2015 8:06 PM

I want to wish you a very happy birthday. May you have many more.I am happy that Gene Fields has returned home from the hospital. One of my favorite musical groups is the Seekers, an Australian folk group who made the song Georgy Girl famous throughout the world. Judith Durham is the lead singer. They were quite popular in the '60's along with Peter Paul and Mary,  Fred
Fredrick Lucas on April 17, 2015 10:23 AM
Mike Harry spells his name Reid. He won't run in 2016. Ina fall while exercising, he injured his eye and several ribs. Reid is 75years old. Fred

Ched on April 17, 2015 10:45 AM
Harry Reid lied on the  Senate  floor with a  false  claim that Mitt  Romney paid no taxes for ten years. Because this  was on the  Senate  floor he was imuner  from slander. He has  refused  to apologize. Recently he  was  asked what he  thought about  the  current  GOP  candidates he  called  them losers!!!!
  How  about  this "class"   from a  former Senate  Majority Leader???  Good  ridence  !!!!!
Mike Murphy on April 17, 2015 12:40 PM
Fried - Thanks for correcting my spelling, I think it is mental - Harry makes me see REED! What a peice of work?

I saw your hero Vermont Socialist Senator last eve on the Factor - He actually made sense on some items, like what was Hillary running on? bad to end a sentence with?

Ched - Rubio and Walker sound like they might have what it takes.

Scoobie Doo
Chedi on April 17, 2015 10:44 PM
I like them both. Rubio has the oratory skills and the charisma to get the message out!!!
Carol on April 18, 2015 12:55 PM
Constitutional scholars have told me that neither Obama, Cruz, Rubio, nor Jindal are "natural born citizens" because their fathers were not citizens at the time of their birth.  Something to think about.  Sadly, most politicians ignore their oath to "defend the Constitution."

Carol on April 18, 2015 12:55 PM
Constitutional scholars have told me that neither Obama, Cruz, Rubio, nor Jindal are "natural born citizens" because their fathers were not citizens at the time of their birth.  Something to think about.  Sadly, most politicians ignore their oath to "defend the Constitution."

Thomas Dillon on April 18, 2015 3:54 PM
I don't remember when my family started the following nor why, but for several years now we have anticipated an upcoming pleasurable event by counting the "sleeps", i.e., the actual overnights before the 1st day of the event. We have done this for vacations, leaving for Florida, etc. Every once in a while we update the count.
For your information, I count that we have 118 sleeps until the Reunion. Sleep well and pleasant dreams.

Mike Murphy on April 19, 2015 12:43 PM
Interesting article in todays Charleston Gazette Mail on the B&O Museum also old growth timber near Thurmond.

Get well soon all ailing PHS 60ers!!

WVU football team is practicing at the Greenbriar. Are you ready for some football?

Keep the faith
MMM on April 19, 2015 12:47 PM
Should have added FAMILY to the get well soon.

Any news?

Pete Stephenson on April 20, 2015 10:09 AM
Pete here,Mike my new email is
I like Rubio and Walker.Just don't know if either one can pull the nomination,History says that a senator has problems pulling of the nomination.most folks prefer governors since they have the knowledge supposidely to run a government.Linda and I are in the process of moving into our new home.During the the time we might be out of contact with the blog.We hope all of you have a great summer and am looking forward to our 55 this fall.Faith,Hope @ love to all.

Ched on April 20, 2015 10:36 AM
 I am happy for  your  new "life  adventure" (new home).
Good luck on the move.
All the best  to you and Linda  !!!!!

Fredrick Lucas on April 21, 2015 9:28 AM

Some of you are football fans. In Cincinnati, I learned that a number of parents of students in Catholic elementary schools are not allowing their children to play football. Why? There can be serious physical problems for those playing the game. Professional players can have mental problems such as dementia. Others including college players have committed suicide.  A number of players at all levels become paralyzed each year. I watched in horror as the player from Rutgers became paralyzed after a tackle during the game with Army.  I don't attend nor do I watch football contests. I am a Cincinnati Reds fan . Fred
Ched on April 21, 2015 12:09 PM
There  are  risks in all sports  and life  activities . Head injuties are a possiility in football  as  well as  baseball ( line  drives  to the  pitchers mound has injured many). However  the risks and debilating injuries  are  statistically minimal as  compared  to, say , driving  !!! Football  teaches focus and comittment, discipline ,and teamwork..
Carl on April 21, 2015 12:47 PM
Yep Fredo, it's an area of concern.  Thankfully the equipment is constantly being improved and rules are changing to better protect the players.  If you think it's dangerous today, recall that [perhaps one of your favorite presidents] LBJ accused Gerald Ford of playing "too much football without a helmet," and Ford's playing days ended in 1934.  Still, he went on to become highly respected as a member of Congress and President.
Thomas Dillon on April 21, 2015 1:47 PM

Our grandson who graduates from high school in May had back-to-back concussions when he was a sophomore playing soccer -- the ball was the unsub, not contact with another player. He had to forego any video that might trigger a seizure for a couple of weeks, i.e., TV, computer, and even cell phone. Reading brought on headaches and dizziness, sometimes nausea. He finally gave up soccer at the recommendation of his physician and now runs track.
I agree with Ched & Carl that many sports and life activities have the potential to cause, permanent & debilitating injuries. My old bones still hurt from trying to do the "twist" and playing with a hula hoop.



Tracy French on April 21, 2015 2:44 PM
Hi Everybody:  I'm catching up on the blog after being off for a couple weeks.

Mike:  Family is doing OK.  Carol took her first unassisted steps this week, walking from the bedroom to the bathroom.  She needs a hip replacement but doctors say that cannot do surgery until she fully recovers from the last one, which is projected to be about a year.  Until then she will be on a walker.  Good news is her abdomen has been closed eliminating the risk of infection.  I saw your nephew Sam and his mother at Melrose Presbyterian Church this past Sunday.

Carl:  Happy ETS day!  49 and counting.

Pete:  Didn't know you were moving.  Where to?

Fred:  As you suggested, Carol is getting much better.  Thanks for your prayers and everyone else's too.  We couldn't have made it without them.  I have so many people to thank it would be impossible to remember them all.

Stanley Hill was in Princeton last week for his brother-in-laws funeral, it was good to see him and I would love to see more of all of you.
Carl on April 21, 2015 2:51 PM
Tracy, you old war horse, Happy ETS Day back atcha.  [NOTE: Tracy & I were inducted together into the U.S. Army on April 21, 1964 for 2-year hitches.]  I've always felt a special bond.   MAGFAY

Tracy French on April 21, 2015 9:02 PM
Carl:  Draft day - April 22, 1964, ETS day - April 21, 1966
Carl on April 21, 2015 10:02 PM
Right you are, Tracy.  In on the 22nd; out on the 21st. 
My mistake.  ["What a difference a day makes."]
Mike Murphy on April 22, 2015 12:21 PM
Tracy - good to hear you and family are doing better.

Footballers - Jim Braxton (RIP) circa 1980 told me that he blocked with his head. I think they have outlawed that today. Knees used to be the big injury, but with new surgeries and rehab, not so much today. I have always woundered why they didn't use soft material ie sponge, rubber, leather etc. on the exterior of the helmet as well as interior?

Anyway I love to watch football and the rougher the better. Are you ready for some football? even with soft balls?

Keep the faith
Carl on April 22, 2015 12:52 PM
A sports fan himself -- especially baseball and the Chicago Cubs -- George Will cut to the heart of things, as he usually does, with the following: "Football combines the two worst things about America.  It is violence punctuated by committee meetings."  All the same, I do love it
Thomas Dillon on April 23, 2015 1:37 PM
Kay read on Facebook that our classmate Harold Phillips has died. Any more info from some of you locals?

Tracy French on April 23, 2015 8:27 PM

David Eskew called me this afternoon and told me that Harold had gone to Roanoke, VA yesterday to have some studies done on his heart and died while an MRI was being performed.  Carol's sister, who knew the family, also called and told us about it.
Carl on April 23, 2015 10:32 PM
Oh my.  What sad news.  May Harold's family find comfort in knowing that we treasured his presence.  RIP Harold.  PHS60.
Pee Stephenson on April 24, 2015 11:05 AM
Pete here,Being a football freak of sorts I think most of the concussions don't necessary come from the hits but the conditioning of most players.Back when we were in school the players didn't have the bodies that all of the players have today.You take a look at a 350# defensive lineman that has little body fat and more muscles than you could imagine and try to run through this guy,good luck.I think it takes more than one hit in a game to bring on the concussions.You take a 350# lineman and a 245# fullback and hit them head on and you have a serious injury,Do the math and you can see the collision behind the injury.Tracy good to hear the news on Carol,Sorry to hear about Harold,Also moving here in Princeton to Morningside Sub division.Faith,Hope,and love,RIP HAROLD(BUBBY) PHILLIPS.

Carl on April 25, 2015 11:21 AM
Murph, I again concur with your April 8 post re the great music of the 50s & 60.  Coincidentally, yesterday I popped in "Bobby Vee's Golden Greats" to be treated to the following:
I punched my buddy in the nose after lunch.
Now I'm in trouble 'cause the Dean saw the punch.
He was sayin' things that were not true about her,
So I let him have it in the cafeteria.
   Now I'm stayin' in . . .
   Stayin' in . . .
   While my baby's walkin' home with him  . . .

Boy, they don't write 'em like that anymore.  [Not even Kanye.]

Mike Murphy on April 25, 2015 7:49 PM
Terrible news about Nepal. Contacted my college Hari Marhatta who worked with me in SA and now lives in NC. He was unable to contact some of his family. Some of the shrines they are showing destroyed we saw when we visited he and his family in Katmandu in 83. Several climbers have been killed on Everest.

Keep the faith
Ched on April 25, 2015 9:21 PM
A  real tragedy in Napal.  The  death toll is more  than 1000 and  expeted  to  go up!! I think I hard  that  the  quake  was  one of  the most  severe on record!!!
Fredrick Lucas on April 26, 2015 6:06 AM
I would like to offer condolences to the family of Harold Phillips.I saw the obituary on the Seaver web site.

Fredrick Lucas on April 26, 2015 10:46 AM
Recently, I saw a poll done by MSNBC in January 2015. Eight hundred people were selected at random. Thirty seven percent of the poll said that they would prefer that their child play a sport other than football. Fifty percent of women,college graduates Democrats and liberals don't want their child toplay football. Republicans and high school graduates don't want their child to play football. Fred
Carl on April 26, 2015 11:09 AM
And in some parts of America, parents are still allowed to control -- or at least influence -- their children's participation in such activities.  This may soon change if certain forces prevail.  Stay tuned.
Mike Murphy on April 26, 2015 1:03 PM
Watched WVU "win" scrimage game yesterday on TV. Defense was impressive, offense not so much. No liberals were hurt producing the game? 

Just read that bakery will be fined $138,000.00 for not baking wedding cake for same sex wedding?? Whether you agree with same same sex "marriage" or not this is ridiculous, especially when we allow Russia to buy 25% of our Uranium??  Apples vs Atoms??

Keep the faith
Ched on April 26, 2015 1:50 PM
Very well said !!!! The money trail "thickens!!!!  Uranium 1 ??,  GE?  Haiti?, etc  etc !!
Carl on April 27, 2015 10:32 AM
I dunno; I think I prefer the simplicity of bashing the Koch brothers for their ongoing sins and evils "supported" by far less evidence/argument.
Dumbo Dillon on April 27, 2015 2:29 PM
Since all of you were so trusting with my math in counting the sleeps until our reunion, I am happy/sad to inform you that my grade is an F minus. I must have been asleep when I counted.
Received the formal invite today with the dates of October 2-3. For what ever reason I had on my computer calendar the second weekend in August. This was my countdown date.
My mind is going -- I know I had made an earlier reservation at Pipestem several months ago and had already changed to the October date.
Fredo, it has nothing to do with football. More to come on that subject!!!!!!


Carl on April 28, 2015 1:15 PM
    REUNION  2015
Help spread the word.  The originally announced 2015 reunion dates were in August, but by popular demand for a foliage season weekend, they were changed to Oct. 2-3, and announced as such.  However, the word seems not to have reached everyone.  Therefore, the Oct. dates were included in the 2014 mini-reunion postcard, and again on last week's postcard.  Please help us clarify with all classmates that the dates are Oct. 2-3 to ensure max. attendance.  Thanks.
Fredrick Lucas on April 28, 2015 7:46 PM
I received the post with the proper dates.Sadly, some of our classmates that were living at the time have passed and will no longer be with us.
Tom Dillon on April 28, 2015 7:54 PM
Several of us in our class started playing organized football beginning in the 7th grade. Whereas the three grade schools fielded their own basketball, baseball, and track teams, there was only one city-wide football team. The various coaches from the three schools jointly coached, e.g., Dalton, Ayers, Whittaker, etc. We practiced on the hard, hard outfield of the baseball field at Knob – it was totally clay and cracked in the summer heat and was then pulverized into dust by our cleats. Water was thought to contribute to cramping so there was nothing offered to cool us.
Before school started our sophomore year, we had begun 2-a-day practices in the heat of mid-august again with no H20 and our practice field was the baseball field and/or the pasture land adjacent to our football field (we only practiced on the game field on Thursday nights without pads to protect the surface). One of the worst things about pre-season practices was having to don your pads and undergarments for the PM and/or early morning practices that were soaked from perspiration, grass stain, and occasional blood from earlier practices. Practice pants and jerseys were laundered only once a week and none of us had the financial resources at home for several pair of socks, towels, t-shirts, or jock straps.
We have already discussed the gauntlet mandated by the upperclassmen and condoned by the coaches wherein we stripped to only our tiny whities and socks and ran one at a time across the field, with belts popping our hindquarters. Scrimmages with upperclassmen on offense and we underclassmen on defense were also designed to “separate the men from the boys”. Larry Saunders and Don Wandell (Tenant) didn’t ever try to fake you, theirs was a bulldozer MO. I remember seeing one defender who simply stepped aside and  waved to Don rather than try to tackle him. I was stupid and tried to take down Saunders by myself. He literally uppercut me under my “face guard” and I bled for hours and had swollen lips the size of a rhino’s buttocks for days.
We were young, strong, but to ditto Pete’s comment, we weren’t that big like today’s athletes. Only Big John Smith approached 200 lbs. Geehole Goins was 135 pounds soaking wet. Most of us were in the 150 to 170 pound range  We had some broken limbs (M. Herring & B. Belcher), teeth knocked out (Geehole), swallowed chews (Milford Cordell)  strains, sprains, and cuts, but not any major injury.
I would like to sleep with a football in bed with me today (Kay would nix that) as was my habit during the football seasons of our youth. Those times ended after our last home against Bluefield circa 1959. We played our hearts out and left everything on the field.
I remember fondly all of the guys who played ball with me over those years from A to Y – Arnold P. to Ched Y and the times we had. Check your annuals – it is amazing how many guys actually were members of the teams over the years including J.K. George & Phil Selig.
Forgive my verbosity, but a nerve was hit. Ched, Pete, Terry – Other thoughts?
To plagiarize from Hearts in Atlantis
 “I wouldn’t have missed a single minute of it, Freddy. Not for the whole world”.
Carl on April 29, 2015 11:09 AM
As I've noted before, I really enjoy the reminiscences, anecdotes, and other personal stories.  Thanks Tom.  They're often warmth enducing and thought provoking, which leads me to a question: who, exactly, weighed Tommy Goings while he was soaking wet? 
Ched on April 29, 2015 5:38 PM
Your contribution to the blog brings back a LOT of fond memories ( some painful).  I do remember  the Knob  school practices ( brutal) and who could  forget  the  right of passage created by "running for  your pants"  !!!
 I member  to this day putting on cold  and  smelly practice  gear for the  hafternoon practice.  
 Who  can forget  "analgesic balm"  and "tuff  skin".

 But  we had  fun,  created great memories and brotherhood!!

I  confess  that occasionally I am back playing on that  team.
 I had  the pleasure of  visiting  with Coach Lambert shortly before his  cancer  took him.  A  great human being !!!

Carl on April 29, 2015 12:12 PM
Happy Birthday today to Mike Farley.
Upcoming in May:

Gene Fields - May 1
Wayne Alvis - May 7
Doug Neal - May 18
Alice Sue Worrell White - May 25
Sonja Saunders White - May 31
Mike Murphy on April 30, 2015 12:45 PM
What a mess in Baltimore! a result of ultra liberal big government!!

NFL draft this wknd. WVUs Kevin White projected to go 4th in 1st round?

Received by post the announcement of 55th PHS60 Reunion. How about presenting certificates of appreciation to those who have contributed significantly to promoting and conducting the Reunions? 

Keep the faith

Deeter on April 30, 2015 5:09 PM
Holy moly Mike!!!  What's come over you?  Don't you realize that if you give that reunion bunch certificates, next thing you know, they'll be expecting them every 55 years.
Fredrick Lucas on May 1, 2015 3:55 PM
I would like to reply to Tom Dillon about football programs.Tom while you had a good experience with football, not all high school players had that experience. In Cincinnati, there is Lasalle High School. The retired team physician told me that one of the players made the wrong tackle and is now a quadraplegic. His parents brought suit against the school, coach and equipment manufactures but lost because football is a dangerous game.Several years ago, I spoke with a player who had graduated from Pendleton County Kentucky High School. The quarterback is now paralyzed from the waist down. The player with whom I talked said that he wanted to play for Kentucky but his knees were to bad. One of the men who works out at the gym and is a high school principal  had to have knee replacement surgery after playing high school football. He mentioned that at a neighboring school, the players after the game were required to take their helmets off and beat their heads against a stone wall until they drew blood. Finally until high schools began requiring players to be hydrated on a regular basis, children would become quite ill from dehydration. I believe that several children died.

On the professional level, James Brooks who played for the Bengals. had played for Auburn. When he left he was illiterate. The Bengal management asked the Cincinnati Public Schools whether they could teach him to read. He was able to read at a third grade level after the staff worked with him. Dexter Manley who played for Oklahoma State was also illiterate when he left for the Washington Redskins. Eventually he earned a GED. To me this is a sad commentary on the school systems who did not teach these men to read.
Delores on May 1, 2015 5:48 PM
Dearest Fredo
As a retired teacher and public school administrator of a large urban school district I remind you that there are many reasons why people leave school unable to read.  There isn't much I didn't witness during my 30 years there and I can assure you that with the exception of handicapping conditions the problem usually started at home. School systems might do a better job if first they have parental support and secondly they can get the students attention.  Unless you have been there you have NO idea.  
Hope to see you at the reunion.
Love you anyway.   
Fredrick Lucas on May 2, 2015 9:56 PM
I checkrd the web site of the NCAA concerning academic requirements for student athletes at the Division 1 level. All athletes must be high school graduates with a 2.0 GPA. They also need to have a 400 overall score on thr SAT.

Times are changing. Fred
Carl on May 3, 2015 11:14 AM
J. Fred, no doubt you recall my athletic prowess at PHS.  [Nearly every acquaintance that I've made since leaving Princeton has heard of it; I know this for a fact.]  I was undoubtedly destined for fame and fortune, surely resulting in my induction into at least one sports Hall of Fame, IF ONLY I had been able to score 400 on the SAT.  Alas, fate dealt me a cruel hand. 
Thomas Dillon on May 5, 2015 12:53 PM

Didn't you declare for the draft after our freshman year? One of those Kentucky kind of moves?

Thomas Dillon on May 7, 2015 7:25 AM
I feel deflated. I am not sure that we had more than a half dozen footballs at a game at any one time. Three for each team.
Where is everyone?
Ched on May 7, 2015 12:56 PM
I'm right  here n Hendersonville  Tennessee !!!!

Carl on May 8, 2015 11:43 AM
Just learned that this is National Teacher Week/Teacher Appreciation Week.  PHS60 is well represented.  Here are classmates that I know to have taught, some with lengthy careers; others for various periods and in various capacities:

Patty Baker Anderson

Carol Blevins Stafford

Sarah Evans Allen

Eve Garland Bradford

Mike Herring

Cookie Hill Brown

Brenda Martin Sword

Brenda McDonel Persin

Mike Murphy

Fran Rice Baker

Ron Skeens

Kerby Smith  [R.I.P.]

Terry St. Clair

Carl Thomason

Norman Wall

Linda White Renzi

Wil Wilhelm

Carol Wyrick Martin

Thanks to all and to others who (whom, actually) I've missed.

Added thanks to classmate feedback:
Fred Lucas
Joe McKenzie
Mac Parks

Ched on May 8, 2015 3:48 PM
And let us remember, with appreciation, all of the  wonderful and  dedicated  teachers  we had growing up. they prepared us  well for life!!!!
Cookie on May 8, 2015 6:55 PM
Thank you Carl.  It was a labor of love and I miss it every time i see a yellow school bus.  
Mike Murphy on May 9, 2015 9:16 AM
Carl - Thanks for the call out. My first year was rough, I had one student from Park Central who was 6 months younger than me. Mercer County had integrated schools in 1963 but was still operating PCH.* All in all a great rewarding experience.
* Editorial Note: Mercer County integrated it's schools in 1956, but Park Central High remained in service into the '60s.  [Is that right, Mike?]
Speaking of PC, off with Brady's head for a non consequential probable general knowledge of a rule fudge? Tom what is your take on the situation?

Keep the faith
geno on May 9, 2015 2:11 PM
Hey bloggers, I want to share this with you; my friend of many years called me on the phone the other day and announced "I am walking" stunned I said "you are?" I am so excited, let me go back about a year ago when my friend was bed ridden, unable to walk, went to a total of 5 doctors all with the same prognosis, we cannot help yp you surgery is out of the question, she had a total of 5 fractures in one foot, due to osteoperous(spelling) weakness of the bones. To make a long story short, her nephew was preaching a rtevival at Linside and asked her to come hear him, so she and her husband went, he asked if there was any one who needed prayer, she raised her hand, her nephew and some of the men there prayed for her, after the meeting was over, she was trying to get her scooter walker turned around to leave, the preacher asker what she was doing, she replied I,m turning this thing around so I can leave, He said "we prayed for you,you are healed, just walk out." She said (her words not mine) "I put my foot on the floor, no pain, I kind of took a small step,no pain, I took another step, more normal this time, no pain I then bagan to walk more normal, then I just started walking, walked out of the church across the parking lot and got in the car." She came to see us parked the car in the driveway we watched her get out and walk up to the door. Talk about rejoicing we did, She told us , her husband and grand kids follow her through the house expecting to have to help her at any moment, but she said after many weeks they have decided she has been healed, I myself know she has had a miracalous healing, I believe this 78 year old lady could dance a jig if she took a mind to. I hope this blesses you, I just wanted to share with you.
Mike Murphy on May 9, 2015 5:40 PM
Carl - as usual you are correct!

Tracy French on May 9, 2015 8:52 PM
Geno:  Thanks for sharing!
Cookie on May 9, 2015 11:36 PM
Geno:  What a story!  All things are possible.  Thanks for sharing that with us.

Mike:  My first year teaching--junior high school--7 period day and I had 5 separate preparations.  Need I say more?????

I watched a fab show tonight, "The Willis Family" of Nashville.  What a wholesome, inspiring and talented family of 12 children.  If you missed it I urge you to watch.  Such refreshing television viewing for a change.  Their new song, "Momma" brought a tear to my eye on this--Mother's Day weekend.  I sure do miss mine.  
geno on May 11, 2015 10:30 AM
Yes I still miss my mom also, sense of humor you wouldn't believe, laughter and joy, there is no doubt in my mind she is laughing with the angels and Jesus now, and that's my comfort.
Mike Murphy on May 13, 2015 12:33 PM
Joe McKenzie was Principal of Princeton Jr High and had to have been a Teacher to Certify as a Principal.  Also Fred If I recal correctly you mentioned being a Teacher.

Great dinner meeting on Cinco DiMayo. From discussions it looks like we have a wounderful Reunion upcoming Oct 2 & 3.

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on May 13, 2015 8:02 PM
Mike, I was a teacher of  American Government and World History at Blacksburg High School 1967-68. I also did some substitute teaching for the Cincinnati Public Schools.

Yesterday, Yogi Berra, catcher for the New York Yankees celebrated birthday number 90. Fred
Mike Murphy on May 14, 2015 6:29 PM
Smarter than your average Bear!

It aint over till its over!
Mike Murphy on May 20, 2015 3:40 PM
Carl -Where are you?

Please check your email.

Carl on May 21, 2015 11:06 AM
Just became aware of a YouTube recording of "The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia" by the wonderful Emmylou Harris and Mary Black.  You just might like it:
Pete Stephenson on May 23, 2015 1:29 PM
Pete here,As we go into this Memorial day weekend lets not forget that some gave some and a lot gave all for our great nation.I believe that there were over 58,000 thousand that did not come home.Lets pray for the love ones that never returned from Nam and the other wars that we were involved in.For those classmates that served I wan't to give you my heart felt thanks for your sacrifices that you made for me and my family but for the nation as well.God bless you and your families.Pray for a Veteran this weekend and also for the young  men and women serving in our armed forces.Faith,Hope and love.
Mike Murphy on May 23, 2015 6:41 PM
Pete - Amen & Amen for our VETs
Delores on May 24, 2015 8:30 PM
Just Some Trivia from Back in the Day
As some of you know John Nash (of the movie A Brilliant Mind) was tragically killed today in an automobile accident in New Jersey along with his wife of 60+ years.
His father worked with my grandfather at the Appalachian Power Company and my dad attended Beaver High School with him.  His Chemistry and Math  teacher was out next door neighbor on the Old Bluefield Road, Vernon "Yank" Dunn, who eventually became the principal at Montcalm and Spanishburg High Schools.  "Yank" was one of the dearest and sweetest persons I ever knew.  For two years I rode to Princeton each morning with him to catch the Tri City Traction to Concord and he never took a dime from me.  Not that I had many dimes.  He would drive to Princeton and pick up his teachers who resided in town and they would carpool to Montcalm.  He told me once that no matter what he threw at John he would go to the front of the room and fill the board with formulas that no one including the teacher could understand.  He said he never knew exactly what he was supposed to do with John Nash.  
When John was in high school he heard his father come home often complaining because the power lines would always snap in high winds.  John developed the formula which still today tells power companies how much slack must be in the power line to give it sway and protect it from high winds during storms.  
This is the gospel according to Garlin.
God bless Garlin on this Memorial Day weekend and God bless each and everyone of you who served to protect freedom and liberty.
Fredrick Lucas on May 25, 2015 8:17 AM
I would like to remember all veterans on Veterans Day. For those who do not know, Clara Skeens wife of Ron Skeens has died. She was in a nursing home in Rich Creek. Her left frontal lobe malfunctioned. 

I certainly remember Mr, Nash who was killed in an auto crash.There is one more classmate who was a teacher. Mac Parks was employed by the Greenbriar Public Schools as a teacher and principal.

Fred Lucas


Ched on May 25, 2015 12:18 PM
A special thank you to ALL of our brave servicemen and especialluy those who sacrificed  their lives  for our freedoms>.  To the Vets  fro PHS  thank you !!!  My father in law  served in the Pacific theater in WW2 and my uncle Jim was in the Normandy invason. My dad's  brother Bob was lost !!!.
God bless them all!!!
Delores on May 26, 2015 10:01 AM
Oops!  John Nash had a "Brilliant Mind" but I have lost mine.  It wasn't my father who went to Beaver High School with John, it was his younger brother, my uncle.  Daddy was older than Nash.  My daughter reminded me over the holiday.

Ched:  I was recently gathering materials for a project my grandson had to prepare on World War II.  I was going through my mother's scrapbook from the war.  She had included all the wedding announcements, birth announcements and the death notices from the War.  I found your uncles obiturary in it and knew immediately who it was.  Take care out in Tennessee.  Hendersonville is a beautiful place. My cousin lives there.  
Ched on May 27, 2015 11:54 PM
Cookie,  who is  your  cousin ????
Cookie on May 28, 2015 7:14 AM
Ched:  Instant message me through FB or e-mail and I'll give you the info.  
Fredrick Lucas on May 28, 2015 6:52 PM
For those who don't live in the Princeton area, the Appalachian Power Company has indicated that it will close the power plant at Glen Lyn. 

The West Virginia Legislature is now regulating women's reproduction. All abortions must cease after twenty weeks. Some authorities in the medical field have indicated that sometimes abortions after 20 weeks are essential.
Carl on May 28, 2015 10:38 PM
J. Fred, the WV law provides some exemptions for women in medical emergencies.  It's unclear what you mean by abortions that are "essential."
Fredrick Lucas on May 29, 2015 9:05 AM
Carl According to the Charleston Gazette, all abortions must cease at 20 weeks. Governor Tomlin  gave a veto but the legislature overturned the veto.

I left essential rather vague because each situation is different and needs to be evaluated by a qualified physician. Fred
Fredrick Lucas on May 29, 2015 9:39 AM

The law does provide for medical emergencies but does not allow abortions for rape or incest. The courts have said that 24 weeks is the limit.

I think that this law interferes with the doctor patient relationship. Fred
Carl on May 29, 2015 1:00 PM
Are you saying that you don't think that 20 weeks is enough time to abort due to rape and incest?  Are you aware that 11 other states have enacted 20-week limits?  Are you aware of medical research indicating that fetuses may feel pain as early as 8 weeks?  While you're quite correct in respecting the doctor-patient relationship, where do you stand on the fetus-life relationship?
Deeter on May 29, 2015 1:02 PM
Carl, just shut up and leave it be.
Fredrick Lucas on May 29, 2015 7:48 PM

I spoke with several physicians in the area who agree with me. Lawmakers and others who aren't trained physicians should stay out of the patient doctor relationship.

Whenever I have had medical treatments, the state hasn't said anything. Leave it alone as Deeters suggested. Fred
Cookie on May 29, 2015 9:43 PM
My Very Dearest Fredo
Did your medical treatments involve the silencing of a heart?   Do you know what happens in partial birth abortions--a woman can't decide in 9 months? Geez.  Might add, I'm not anti or pro but an advocate for logical, well thought out decision making which includes up front personal responsibility.  Oops, I forgot, no one takes responsibility.....its someone else's fault.  Could someone tell the masses that the vaginas  were never meant to be clown cars.  

And about the closing of the Glen Lyn power plant.  Does that have anything to do with the war on coal fired plants?  Try going up the Ohio River from your stomping grounds to Pittsburg and count the number of closed power plants and its impact on overall industry in the valley.

Before its over we are all gonna be drinkiing out of Brush Creek, wearing deer skin coats and living off tree bark.  You got me all tied up in knots here and I'm not even enjoying it.  
Cookie on May 29, 2015 9:46 PM
And P.S. Fredo
"Lawmakers should stay out of the patient/doctor relationship."  So how do you stand on the Health Care Act now if thats your position???????

Carl on May 31, 2015 12:02 PM
Paraphrasing my old friends Rodgers & Hammerstein, June is about to be bustin' out all over.  So here are the PHS60 June birthdays of which I am aware:
Sarah Evans Allen - June 3
Edward Laufer - June 4
Kay Hendrick Gammon - June 14
Tom Dillon - June 21
Aloma Rose Ashworth - June 25

Happy Birthday y'all.

Fredrick Lucas on June 2, 2015 8:47 PM
In the Cincinnati area Elder High School  always has a golf tournament prior to the festivities of the evening.Perhaps the committee will consider such a tournament . Fred
Carol on June 3, 2015 8:07 AM
"It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day..." Why did Billy Joe McCallister jump off the Tallahatchie Bridge?
Mike Murphy on June 3, 2015 9:58 AM
Carol - could it be because we have another candidate trying to dethrone the "Champion"?

I see that Bill Cole and Jim Justice have declared for Governor. Two very good candidates in my opinion. 

Keep the faith
Carl on June 3, 2015 12:09 PM
J. Fred, at my age I consider a "pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey" tournament too risky.  About the only such game that might interest me is "Spin The Bottle," but who the hell would want to kiss -- or be kissed by -- a pathetic old coot like me?  I think this is why Bingo is so popular with the senior set.
Fredrick Lucas on June 4, 2015 7:57 PM
Cookie, to answer your first question about the closure ay Glen Lyn, don't forget,a number of power plants are now being fired by natural gas. Also over the years a number of mines were closed in Appalachia because mining coal is now cheaper in Wyoming. In Dublin Va., the Volvo truck assembly plant has a wind powered turbine. I think one might call this change a capitalist event. Incidentally, my grandfather Lucas was a blacksmith. When autos replaced horses, he had to change occupations.

You compared my concern about doctor patient relationships to changes when the Affordable Care Act was implemented. You are comparing apples to tomatoes. When I go to my physician for example, the state doesn't interfere with the doctor patient relationship. My friend a pretty lady who receives Medicaid had cataract surgery. There was no interference by the state.

Cookie on June 5, 2015 10:48 AM
Dearest Fredo:

"If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.  The Act will save you $2400 a year." 

Just Sayin'
Cookie on June 5, 2015 10:56 AM
And P.S.
Over the weekend my out of state houseguest became ill, nothing major.  Wanting to avoid the emergency room long wait we went to the CVS walk in clinic.  The patient was with the Nurse Practioneer for 45 minutes.  The diagnosis and prescription took 3 minutes.  The other 42 minutes was spent completing the REQUIRED on-line paperwork.  Now thats progress! 
geno on June 5, 2015 4:01 PM
If you have that kind of insurance , good for you, I can tell you first hand my insurance company cancelled my diabetic medicine, absolutely refused to pay for it any more, Been on that medicine for 4 yrs. 6 mos I appealed their decision, they wrote back that if I could prove that I needed that medication, they would pay part of it, so I took the letter to my doctor, he wrote them a letter, they approved another 3month supply, tyhen the same thing happened again, another visit with doctor, he informed me that the insurance companies were starting to prescribe to the doctors what medicines they could prescribe, controlling the issue with refusal to pay, for certain meds. Anybody out there experencied this? Iam now on their medicine of choice, my A1C has jumped up by almost 2 whole points. So much for their medical knowledge.
Carl on June 5, 2015 4:19 PM
Geno, maybe I'm just simple minded but that sounds like Fred is right.  There's real danger in gov't intruding in the doctor-patient relationship.
Cookie on June 5, 2015 7:48 PM
Who do you think helped write the AHC Act?  The Insurance companies and,  AARP was a major player in the process.  Watch carefully the legislation they have hidden in the basement on Capitol Hill that is supposed to be about TRADE.  Well, maybe TRADE and a whole bunch of other stuff. 
I suppose I'll just have to go off the grid.  
geno on June 6, 2015 4:35 PM
I know I'm slow, and it takes a while for things to dawn on me, I just found out a few months ago the bill that was written up for us to go under NATO, which failed by only a few votes, did you know it was written that, "no citizen could own property", the state owned it all. I think we have not seen anything yet. I had a nurse tell me that "all that junk about a death panel being in the health care plan was total nonsense", Even the educated of this country is duped. That poor reporter that wrote about all the facts of temperatures rising were pure lies, not only has his writings been terminated, I do not think he will be heard from again. He should have heeded the warning shown to Hank Williams jr.

Tracy French on June 6, 2015 9:43 PM
For health care, I suggest we all get better acquaianted with The Great Physician.

Carol and I were in Roanoke yesterday to see her doctor and he has her scheduled for surgery June 29th to replace her left hip.  Her blood count is presently low and she sees a blood doctor in Blacksburg next week to see if he can do something to raise the count before surgery.

While we were in Roanoke I also got some injections in both knees and they feel better today than they have for a couple years.  Doctor said the injections should last me about a year.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in October.
Mike Murphy on June 7, 2015 9:57 AM
Tracy- Praying for you and family. How is Grandaughter?

Can you kick booth feet over your head now?

Geno- I had to go back on Actos along with Metformin and Glimperide to get my ACL down. My doctor suggested insulin shots but I am resisting. Also I found that a high protein low carb dieght helped. I am sure losing 100 pounds would do wounders?

Thank goodness we (old Folks) don't have to fool directly with the ACA and other things the Libs want to hoist on us!! Oh bye the way did I hear that 30 million still don't have health insurance?? Never mind you can keep your Insurance and Doctor, according to the great prevaricator?

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on June 8, 2015 8:42 PM
Mike, I spoke with people here who have high blood sugar. In addition to losing weight, you might also consider long fast walks each day and if you have a fitness center nearby, join it. Do some weight work

Jo Seaver died this week. She was the wife of the late Tommie Seaver who owned and operated Seaver Funeral Home. His son Bill now owns the home.Our classmate Carol Blevins Stafford is a relative of Jo and Tommie Seaver.

Several years ago, I was at the funeral of George Santon. Jo told me that "I am the old lady now." She was a sweet lady.

Fred Lucas


Ched on June 7, 2015 12:25 PM
Yes Mike. I was able to keep my Dr. AND my insurance........Medicare !!!
Thomas Dillon on June 8, 2015 5:09 PM
Heard today that Becky had been admitted to the hospital last week. Don't know if she has gone home yet. An update would be appreciated, Queenie, if you are up to it. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ched on June 9, 2015 1:30 PM
Prayers  for Becky !!!!
Becky Novarro on June 9, 2015 6:48 PM
Tom, thank you for your prayers.  You also Ched.  I have a viral infection and will receive IV infusions for the next week.  I am thankful it is treatable.  Word still travels fast in good ole Princeton.
I do appreciate all the well wishes.  Our classmates are such good friends to us, aren't they?  We are just special, class of 60.
Mike Murphy on June 9, 2015 8:27 PM
God save the Queen

Seriously get well soon. Thoughts and prayers.
Pete Stephenson on June 10, 2015 12:43 PM
Pete here.Heard you were under the weather queenie.Sure hope all is well with you and you have a speedy recovery.yes we do have a good bunch of cmates.Faith,Hope and love to all.
Fredrick Lucas on June 10, 2015 8:54 PM
Hi Becky, 

I pray as I did when you had your cardio problem that you will get well soon. By the way, did you read Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm when you were a girl? Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on June 12, 2015 12:07 PM
Pete and Carl - Where are you going to locate BHO's Affordable Housing in your neighborhood?

Next - neuter and disarm Police?

Keep the Faith
Delores on June 12, 2015 1:04 PM
Where?  Probably in their house.  They probably have three bedrooms.....housing police says they only need one.  Bingo....two families move in.  
Carl on June 12, 2015 3:25 PM
I think that "Delores" posting is actually from Cookie.  Sooo, Cookie, is that you who's been peeking in our windows?  If so, you're mighty courageous.  As to how many BRs we have, I'm pleading the Fifth. What happens in my bedroom, stays in my bedroom. . . .
if it happens at all.
Cookie on June 12, 2015 7:30 PM
I have no idea who that senile, pathetic, fat old broad is.  She needs to get a life.

ched on June 13, 2015 1:50 PM
Just  saw HRC on TV ( It was  difficult  to watch)  so much "psycho-babble"!!!!  Free  everythig  for  all !!!
 She is  running  for POTUS and  has  accomplishd  absoulutely nothing  as  either  a  Senator or as Sec of  State
Mike Murphy on June 14, 2015 9:59 AM
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Ched - Don't you need a CHAMPION? Pretty bad when the only thing good you can say is that she couldn't be worse than BHO!

Keep the Faith and Flag
Carl on June 14, 2015 12:03 PM
Yo Mikey & Ched,
   Has anyone ever told you that you're beautiful when you're mad?
Cookie on June 14, 2015 12:44 PM
Ambassador Stevens could not be reached for comment.

Ched on June 14, 2015 3:00 PM
I am not  sure  what a "Champion" is ???? Gene  Autry's horse???
 at any rate  I dont need one.
Mike Murphy on June 18, 2015 7:34 PM
Carl- does the 1959 phs class have a web site? If so do you know the address. I would like to contact Eddie Mallory abd I anm not a face book user.

Mike Murphy on June 20, 2015 10:14 AM
Thanks to Darla I now have the info on Eddie.

As always she is most helpful in this instance and with promotion of events for PHS60.

God Bless
Fredrick Lucas on June 20, 2015 11:28 AM
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the WVU Zlumni Association held the Annual Spring Dinner at the Montgomery Inn. President Gee was the featured speaker.

The following scholarships are available to West Virginia residents.

Presidential Scholars.Full cost of attendance[less Promise] plus $4500 stipend for study abroad.

Bucklew $8000/year

University Merit. Minimum  3.5 cumulative high school GPA. Awarded to students named National Merit or Achievement finalist who select WVU as their choice. $6500

Presidential 3.8 GPA and ACT 30 SAT 1340 $4000

Rhododendron 3.65 GPA ACT 28 SAT1220 $3000

Mountaineer 3.5 GPA ACT 26 SAT 1190 $2500

Vandalia 3.25 GPA ACT 24 SAT 1100 $2000

Shenandoah 3.0 GPA ACT 22 SAT 1030 $1500 per year.

If you are a West Virginia resident and you have family who are West Virginia residents who want to apply for one of these scholarships, they can go to

Students can use either the ACT or SAT scores.


Mike, this information should clarify the scholarship situation at WVU.
Darla on June 24, 2015 6:25 AM
You are too kind!!!

Carl on June 20, 2015 3:24 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY West Virginia!!!
    152 years old today. 

Montani Semper Liberi

Tracy French on June 23, 2015 10:09 PM
Does anyone remember the day tht Clayton Delaney died?
Mike Murphy on June 25, 2015 9:51 AM

It must have been before 1971? Deeter should know, he is second only to one other Blogger in Knowledge?

Tracy - How is the family?, well I hope.

Keep the Faith
Carl on June 26, 2015 11:48 AM
Well Murph, while it's true that Deeter ain't near as dumb as he looks, he tends to steer away from morbid topics.

Tracy French on June 26, 2015 9:24 PM
Murph:  Family is hanging in there.  Carol is scheduled for surgery in Roanoke Monday morning.  It has been a tough past 2 weeks with her having to take treatments at the Blacksburg Cancer Research Center to build her blood count up and also having to undergo an EGD to see if she was losing blood through her stomach.  The pain in her legs is so severe now that she is unable to take any steps without assistance.  How's everything with you?  (The EGD was questionable for blood loss)
Darla on June 27, 2015 6:57 AM
So sorry to hear what Carol is still going through.  We will keep Carol and you is our prayers.
Mike Murphy on June 27, 2015 12:40 PM
Sad to hear of your families suffering. Here's hoping and praying that things get much better soon!  It seems that bad things do happen to good people to often?

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back and till we meet again may God hold you and yours in the palm of his hand.

Keep the Faith

Ched on June 28, 2015 1:54 PM
Janice and I will pray for  you and  Carol. We pray for healing  and peace for you
fredrick Lucas on June 29, 2015 7:29 AM
I. Would like to offer continued prayers  for Carol. Fred
Thomas Dillon on July 2, 2015 4:27 PM
Thinking of you and yours as this holiday weekend approaches. Please be safe and remain healthy. I count just over 91 sleeps until the big "R".
Carol on July 3, 2015 6:12 AM
I will bore you with the latest political update. Candidates have been swarming like vultures. We quickly narrowed our list to four. We have met Paul and Cruz and hope to meet Carson and Walker. Carson was in town this week and friends said he drew large crowds. For anyone who is considering Rubio, check his voting record. He was a member of the gang of eight (amnesty for lawbreakers) and voted for TPA. One of the big issues here is UN refugee resettlement. It sounds like a noble cause, but is it -- think Dearborn, MI and Minnesota where thousands of Somalians have been settled. Congressman Gowdy is trying to get answers from the State Department. Good luck with that! Our country takes in 100,000 legal immigrants each month, plus thousands of illegals. We have almost 50 million people on food stamps. How long can this continue? The country we knew and loved is gone. But, as Our classmate, Mike, says "keep the faith."
Carol on July 3, 2015 6:44 AM
P.S. I forgot to mention that Mike Huckabee was at the Baptist Church, within walking distance from us, jamming on a Friday night to help raise funds for an orphanage in Uganda. Sorry I miseed that!
Ched on July 3, 2015 10:12 AM
I like  Walker, Cruz  and  Carson also.  Rand Paul's "views on foreign affairs are a little  troubling to me.  There is no "perfect  candidate"  but  the best one is  the one  who  can WIN !!!!
 Rubio  has  a few  blemishes  as  you have  said but he is  a powerful orator  and can deliver  a key  state (FL).  All of our  candidates have  strengths.

HRC continues  to  slide  as more  and more of her  ethics, or lack ther of , emerge 
Carl on July 3, 2015 11:26 AM
Carol, are there no Democrats in South Carolina?
Mike Murphy on July 3, 2015 3:08 PM
As far as keeping the faith - We survived Jimmy Carter but doubt that we can survive 16 yrs of BHO and HRC. I am not sure what the valance of those compounds equal, but as a great singer Billy Preston said nothing from nothing leaves nothing. 

Surely 18 trillion in debt with the lowest workforce participation rate in 40+ years with entitlement growing faster than GDP and wages stagnant, will wake up the American Voter to act sensably.

Keep the Faith? and give them Hell Trump? 
Carl on July 3, 2015 3:24 PM
Murph, have you not been listening?  Hillary has the answers for all of your concerns.  [Another Reset button?]

At least you're right about that outstanding Billy Preston tune
["Don't you remember I told you, I'm a soldier in the War on Poverty."]
Mike Murphy on July 4, 2015 12:09 PM
Happy Fourth of July!!

Todays Saturday Charleston Gazatte Mail Opinion pages illustrate vividly the outlook of Dems and Reps - Dem side is entirely negative toward Reps and the USA and Reps Positive toward Country, people and the Flag. Quote from Lead Dem editorial "French analyst Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." 

Libs won't be satisified until they turn the USA into France - ie witness Obamakare!

And again thanks to our Vets who made our great country Free!

Stand proud with the USA Flag
PHS60s Proud
Carl on July 4, 2015 12:37 PM
And I too say "Happy American Independence Day to one and all."
   Murph, Alexis -- pardon my informality; I just like saying "Alexis" -- got it exactly right.  I believe that if there's one thing that characterizes American Democrats, Republicans and Independents, it's their focus on repairing America's faults, despite their often opposing views on what exactly those faults are, and differing so dramatically on what the proper "fix" is.  And the greatest quality of our great country may well be the ensurance that we can disagree, and debate both deliberately and heatedly -- as the Founders did -- without fear of reprisal by the government.  [OK, maybe an occasional exception for the IRS.] 
   And since you've introduced a quote from a Frenchman, I'll join in by citing Voltaire: "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."  Powerful words from my 2nd favorite French philosopher.  [Bardot, naturally, heads my list.]

Tracy French on July 4, 2015 1:31 PM
Thank all of you for your prayers.  Carol is still in the hospital in Roanoke.  We don't know what happend during/after the surgery Monday but she has stroke like symptoms (doctors have not yet ruled out a stroke) and is having seizures.  Her right leg is paralized but was that way before the surgery.  It is clear now that it was not the hip that was causing her problem.  Neurosurgeons suspect damage to spinal cord and are doing tests now to determine.

I came home this afternoon to get some fresh clothes and will go back tomorrow.
Carl on July 4, 2015 2:37 PM
Tracy, thanks ever so much for taking the time to keep us informed of Carol's condition.  Please know that you have many supportive friends who will be keeping you in our thoughts.  Take care of yourself too.
Fredrick Lucas on July 4, 2015 8:15 PM
Tracy, I continue to pray for you  and your wife Carol. Her situation is a challenge. When you pray and when she prays you can always ask that God's will be done. The body always has the ability to heal itself . Sometimes though it needs help. Fred Lucas
Thomas Dillon on July 5, 2015 7:25 AM

Tracy, Prayers will be going up from Lebanon, In.

Ched on July 5, 2015 11:09 AM
 We  will pray for  you and  Carol. You have bee  through so much. 

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