Monday, June 23, 2008

from Sue Brockway Corwin '68

Martha - You don't have to ask a grandmother too many times to show off her beautiful grandchildren! I have three grandsons: Cade ( 6 years old), Peyton (3 1/2), and Morgon (2). They love to come to Higley in the summer to visit grandma and grandpa and of course to enjoy the river and the boat! Here are pictures of them last summer at Higley!
from Pam White Elliott '68

Hi Martha - it was so good of you and Marcia to put together our 40th, although that number gets caught in my brain as being impossible for people who are still just a little past 20yrs. old!

When Bob and his siblings set July 5th as his Mom's memorial service date in Potsdam in early Jan., I did hope then that it might work for timing of any reunion if one were to be planned, but realized that it probably wouldn't because the 4th is already such a busy time for families.

My family also set a reunion in Lake Placid the week before so we are taking our summer vacation for both these events and sadly, that means we won't be making the trek back at the end of July as much as we would like to reconnect with all the dear hearts of our school years.

I feel so very lucky to have been part of all your lives in that town and feel I have the very best of what is grown there in love, faith and generosity in the person of Bob. We often (thankfully between the 2 of us we get most of the details, and who knows to quibble anyway) bring up stories or incidents from our high school years - at heart we are just 2 kids still from upstate New York.

Love and hugs from Wisconsin, Pam

PS Our new address as of November: 4201 W. Stonefield Rd., Mequon, WI. 52092

Sunday, June 22, 2008

from Martha Hartle '68

I'd love to have more posts from all of you, so e-mail your news and pics to me and I'll put them on the blog.

My son Brad and my Dad came to visit over Memorial Day weekend. Of course, my grandson, Ben Hartle Varriale, now almost 8 months old, was the main focus of everyone's weekend!

That's my daughter Angela (Ben's Mom) and her husband Keith with Brad and Ben.

from Janie Martin Stokes '68

Dear Classmates,

I have enjoyed reading the updates from all of you. I have been in the Hot-ltanta area for the past 26 years and recently retired from a 35 year teaching career which started in Canton, NY, then Rochester, NY, on to Munising, Michigan (I was a Yooper for 5 years) and finally a big move to Woodstock, Georgia and suburb of Atlanta.

If you ever get to Marietta, Georgia, check out the Marietta Square as my handprints are there on the Cobb County walk of Teachers of the Year. It was the highlight of my career as the district is the second largest in Georgia and one of the largest in the US.

Who’d have thought that a poor country girl could have traveled so far? Call me at: 770-928-2088 or email us at: We are at home:
1042 Avery Creek Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188.

The pictures are of us in the Alaskan Wilderness, the Alaskan glaciers, White Water Rafting, and cross country skiing in NH.

Bruce Stokes, my best friend and husband of 35 years (the only thing older than our marriage is our canoe he bought that before we were married), and I have two beautiful adult children. Our oldest is Nathan Stokes, a computer engineer, who followed in his dad’s footsteps and went to Clarkson and is now living in Syracuse, NY working for Syracuse Research Corp. He gets to test equipment in Black Hawk helicopters. Our daughter, Heather Stokes Wurst, a chemical engineer from arch rival RPI, is working for Merck in Pennsylvania. It’s a bit ironical that both of our children now live in the north - a role reversal? Heather has been married for two years and sometime in the future I expect to be a grandmother. I understand that it is just fabulous. My daughter kids me about having substitute grandchildren, especially when I go to my friend’s house and play with her one year old twins.

I will not be able to attend the reunion, as much as I would like to. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March of 2006, and I am presently in my second round of chemotherapy trying to keep it at bay. It has been quite a journey for my family and I know that I am blessed.

Last summer, my daughter and her husband asked us to join them in a camping trip to Alaska. I had just finished my chemo and we met them in Anchorage and had an absolutely fabulous trip hiking, cycling, and camping. We stayed at Wonder Lake (a five hour ride on a school bus) and hunted for the elusive Denali. To our surprise, the clouds broke for a mere 10 minutes and we marveled at her size and beauty.

Over Labor Day, my very adventurous sister, invited us to go White Water rafting on the Ocoee River and we had a blast. We have reserved our spot for this year! This past Christmas, we stayed with Nathan in Syracuse and he drove us in a blinding snowstorm to the White Mountains where we met my daughter and son-in-law and his family. After an absence of 26 years without cross country skiing, I picked up the rhythm with ease. Only once did a tree and I have a falling out.

It’s hard trying to catch up for 40 years. What was even harder was the fact that my brother Robert, who still runs Martin’s Gas Station, called me one day and asked if I was going to attend the reunion. I said what reunion? He declared it was my 40th from high school, as someone stopped in the gas station and asked him. I accused him of begin crazy as I didn’t believe it had been 40 years until I did the math. Retirement is wonderful if you keep yourself busy with family, friends, reading, quilting, and traveling. Sometimes, I wonder where I found time to work!

I hope that everyone has a great time reminiscing (that’s another sign of our advancing years). I know that over the past 40 years, I have been blessed with a wonderful and caring family and group of friends. Remember, life is precious!

Janie Elizabeth Martin Stokes

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

From Sue Brockway '68

Hi everyone - looking forward to the reunion this summer. My husband and I have lived in WV for the past 32 years. I teach at a high school in the Northern Va area and am looking forward to retirement in 3 years!! We have 2 sons and three beautiful grandsons who all live close to us. We have a summer place at Higley Flow in Colton close to Marcia's (Hi Marcia) and my brother Terry. Love being in the North Country during the summer and can't wait until I can spend a couple more months there BUT not the winters!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Pictures and Notes from Classmates - Send Us Yours

from Diane Pask Taillon '68

Personally I think that anyone who has retired TWICE (ie Peter) should not be allowed to blog since most of us are still working and don't have time to read his comments, smile.

I have had huge changes in the last year, including being married to a wonderful man, Bob, last September. A few months later, we bought an old farm house and 35 acres of land, with river frontage on the Grasse River, in Madrid. A few days ago, we had Tim and Mary Beth over for dinner and to have Tim help us find our property lines. Bob and I are in the process of trying to sell 7 Grant St property and his former home in Madrid. We now know what the phrase "house poor" means.

We were married in our backyard with just a few friends as witnesses. We vowed to have a huge celebration in the summer so all our children and friends could attend. Unfortunately, we picked the same day as the reunion on July 26th. We'll be able to attend the Friday get together, hopefully. Of course, anyone who can't make the recepion at Segi's is more than welcome to come here. I'm not trying to kidnap any former classmates just want to let you know that you're always welcome. Thanks to Marcia and Martha (the 2 M's) for being so organized!!

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from Nan Sherburne Heath '68

Nan's grandchildren - Margaret and Nicholas - are five-year-old twins. Aren't they sweet?

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from Tom Barrington '68: Congrats to Bob and Peter on their retirements...every day will feel like Saturday! response to Sharlow's blog, I just have to say Bobby, I think you misread the senior yearbook ... you were voted most likely to 'rob' a bank not 'run' one!

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from Alfred Gotsch '68:

Hi Martha,Thank you for your work on our 40th reunion! ( hard to believe) I have plans to be in Baltimore and then off to NC that weekend. I will be following all the activity on line and wish everyone the very best. Hope there will be a group picture. Stay in touch. Al

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from Martha Hartle '68:

Don't miss this! It is the one of the best presentations of the sixties that I have seen online. Be sure your sound is on, click on the link, and sit back to enjoy the memories.
CLICK HERE: theSixties

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from Ceylon Foster '68
This is a picture of Muriel and me and the grandkids for the school blog. Their names are Kyle and he was born in Texas and Barbara was born in Germany, while our son was in the Army. Muriel still works at SUNY Potsdam and I drove truck for 21 years. I hurt my back and now I am on comp. If you need anything let us know. -- Ceylon and Muriel Foster

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from Bob Sharlow '68

Hi, Bob Sharlow here... Contact info: PO Box 675, Wellesley Island, NY 13640. Phone 482-9058 Email: Have been in Banking for 26 years - last 16 years as President/CEO of Redwood Bank in Watertown, NY. Have sold my Bank and will be completing the sale on June 13, 2008. Looking forward to retirement and spending time on the "river". Just built a new home on Wellesley Island on the St Lawrence River. Son Rob in Syracuse and Daughter Lisa in Parishville - 4 Grandsons. 40 Years and when these reunions happen all the wonderful memories come flashing back of PCS and 1968.They say it was one of the most influential years in American history. Can't wait to see all the young faces - Tell Hantz to get me on his golf team on Saturday!

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from Pete Murphy '68

Hi, Pete Murphy here... my contact info: PO Box 774 (238A Sylvan Falls Rd) Parishville, NY 13672. Phone: 315-265-3980. Email ''. I'm retired now (twice). First in '94, I retired as an Army Major after almost 21 yrs service on active duty. Second in '06 as a civil servant working for the Air Force, for 10 years. Out of these two careers I've spent about 18 years in Germany. Before my final retirement I reconnected with Charlotte (Norton) Owsley PCS Class of '69 and we have been together since then. Speaking for myself - it has been the best years of my life. We moved back to the north country a couple of years ago and we are loving it, although this winter is starting to get a little old! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion this summer.

Invitation Letter and Reservation Form

Marcia and I have prepared the following letter and reservation form. You should receive it in your mail soon. You can also print the form and return it to Marcia (along with your check) if you wish.

June 1, 2008

Dear Classmates,

Our Potsdam High School Class of 1968 40th reunion will be held the last weekend of July. Our activities will begin with an informal get together on Friday, July 25, and conclude with dinner and dancing on Saturday evening, the 26th. The cost for the dinner is $24 per person. Here are the details.

Friday (July 25) 7:00 p.m. Informal Get Together
Appetizers and Cash Bar
Shorelounge, Route 56 on the Raquette River in Hannawa Falls (We will be outside, weather permitting.)

Saturday (July 26) 8:00 a.m. Golf - $30.00 per person (see enclosed response form) Potsdam Country Club

2:00 p.m. Tour of Potsdam High School
Meet in the Gym area

6:00 p.m. Reception and Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Dinner Dance - $24.00 per person
Sergi’s Restaurant Market Street, Potsdam
Music provided by DJ Chris Coffey

Be sure to visit our Class Blog for photos and class notes. Add yours to make it complete or send photos to, and we will post them for you. It’s a fun and easy way to bring your friends up to date on where you are and what’s happening in your life. Just click on

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Clarkson Inn, One Main Street, Potsdam – $119 with one queen bed or $129 with two queen beds. All non-reserved rooms will be released back to the Inn on July 4. To make a reservation, phone the Inn at 315-265-3050. Be sure to mention the Class of 1968 Reunion.

See We want this to be our best Reunion yet, so call or e-mail us if you have any questions at all. We look forward to seeing you in July!

Marcia Stoddard Bradley * Martha E. Hartle
315-265-6724 * 860-965-2452 *


PCS Class of 1968 – 40th Reunion
July 25-26, 2008

___ YES, I plan to attend the Reunion

___ My spouse/guest will also attend

___ Sorry, I am UNABLE to attend ______________________________ PLEASE PRINT YOUR NAME
Print your first name/nickname and last name (to appear on the name tag)

Print your first name/nickname and last name (to appear on the name tag)

To ensure more accurate event planning, please check all appropriate boxes.
___ I will attend the Friday casual get together.
___ My spouse/guest will attend the Friday casual get together.
___ I will golf on Saturday.
___ My spouse/guest will golf on Saturday.
___ I will participate in the High School Tour on Saturday at 2p.m.
___ My spouse/guest will attend the High School Tour on Saturday at 2 p.m.
___ I will attend the Saturday reception and dinner dance.
___ My spouse/guest will attend the Saturday reception and dinner dance.

Golf Anyone?

Individuals will pay golf fees ($30 per golfer, includes a cart) at the course on Saturday, July 26. You are invited to form your own foursome in advance, or look forward to being part of an unplanned foursome at the course.

SATURDAY, July 26 8 a.m.
Potsdam Country Club

Your Name:

Others Members of Foursome:

Mail your response to:
Marcia Stoddard Bradley
520 County Route 59
Potsdam, NY 13676

Please include a check for $24/person if you are attending the reception and dinner dance on Saturday evening, made payable to Potsdam High School Class of 1968.