We had such a beautiful day at 71 degrees that we only had 18 classmates and friends present for lunch today.  As Martin and I passed two golf courses on the way from Westerville to Zanesville, the courses were packed!  A small group is nice since we all got to talk with each other.  The men were more handsome today than last month, and the women were definitely prettier, but no one had a camera!


We were sorry to learn that Fred Hughes Archer passed away on November 4.  His obituary is under news on our WEB site.  Our sympathy goes out to his family at this time.  I am always surprised when I read obituaries about the lives of friends and classmates.  Fred is no different.  He has had a life of teaching and sharing.  Read his obit.  Fred (Bud) will be missed, but never forgotten.


David Roberts got along well with the placement of a new pacemaker/defibrillator.  Last January he had a knee replacement that is still not working correctly.  He goes to the hospital every month for platelets, and he worries a lot about his cirrhosis of the liver.  He has not had any alcohol for years, so this is non alcoholic cirrhosis.  Please keep David in your prayers.


We hope to see Cornelia and Bill Ferguson next month at the lunch.  If all works well they will be able to attend.  Tomorrow they should be at the Kelton House Museum Tea in Columbus.  The chemo seems to be helping.  Keep them in your prayers also.


Jerry Richardson very kindly gave the blessing today.


Then we chatted and visited along with eating a very good lunch until Bill Factor said, "Hark" in a loud booming voice.  He got our attention and said that he does not believe that the art and ceramic show which will be held on the same weekend as our 60th class reunion will have much impact on the motels.  So it is decided to keep the first weekend in October for our reunion...October 2, 3, and 4, 2015.  We have reservations at the Vista View Golf Course Green House.


Bill also shared with us that his mission in Jamaica for ten days with his wife, daughter and son-in-law and eight grandchildren went well.  They were housed in an orphanage.  They put in new water spouts and gutters on shacks and buildings.  They worked on the playgrounds as well as doing their street ministry.  He said the people basically live in shacks and make about $1200 per year.  Bill said that he and his family members went to church in shorts and tee shirts, but the Jamaica folks dressed up in their best clothing (some which were basically clean rags).  I love families who do random bits of kindness.  And this family is one of them.


Sondra Philip shared that we have Bryan's Place reserved on Tuesday, December 9, at 11:30 for our Christmas party.  Please remember if you are going we need your reservation, and if something happens and you can not make it, you need to cancel.  If you do not cancel, you still have to pay for your meal.   Please call Donna Iden at 740-452-8019 for reservations or to cancel.  The cost of the meal is $20.25, gratuity included and will consist of chicken, au gratin potatoes, carrots, and rolls.  Please bring canned food or non perishable food for the needy.  You may also write a check to Christ's Table if you prefer.  Thank you Maryanna Fenton for making the reservation, Sondra Philip for coordinating the party, and Donna Iden for taking reservations.


Martin and I stopped at Giacomo's on the way home and bought their pimento cheese spread and ham salad.  The pimento cheese is delicious.  The ham salad is good, but mine is better (or that is just what we are used to).


"My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place...police, fire fighters, and members of our armed forces."  ~Sydney Sheldon


As David Schneider said, There is always, always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for.  Remember that this Thanksgiving and enjoy your family!


See you at Bryan's Place whether it snows, sleets, rains, or hails at 11:30 on December 9, 2014 or unless you cancel.


Martha K. Cannon