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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

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!

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