LUNCH BUNCH - September 13, 2011




Did we have a good turnout on this beautiful day for lunch?  Yes!  Twenty-nine classmates were present today.  Did we have fun?  Yes!  Oodles of fun.  Did we have a good chat with everyone?  Yes!  That is until we left the Golden Corral at 2 PM and went to Tom's Ice Cream where we continued to chat and have fun.  The ice cream and decor has not changed at Tom's since the 1950's.   


Just asking....why is it that John Power and Roger McGlade are always present when Tom and Mary Ellen Hale, and Carl and Becky Factor are present?  Just it was wonderful to see them both.  Paul and Donna Swope drove four hours from their daughter's home in Michigan to have lunch with us.  We really enjoyed seeing all of the out of town classmates today.  Ruth Ann Gregg, from the class behind us, came with Barbara Williamson today for the first time.  She enjoyed seeing her classmates Maryanna Fenton, and Becky Factor as well as all of our class.  We hope she keeps having lunch with us.  Chuck and Sue Gause were present today.  Sue and Jerry Richardson were both looking good.  It has been a long while since we have seen Sue due to her medical problems from lung cancer, and the removal of a lobe.  They both said that Sue is doing much better.


Joann Patterson had a two year checkup last week for her lung cancer, and all is good!


Martha Pettry is having fun at Myrtle Beach this week.


David and Delores Roberts are on a fun trip.


Sondra Hickman reported people to keep in your thoughts and prayers:  Stanley Slack lost his wife, Wanda, on August 21.  Please remember the entire family.  Address for Stanley is 9594 Indigo Club Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC  29576 


Frank Harris passed away.  Please remember his entire family as well.  If you have his wife's address please send cards as well.


The Larry Crist family are watching over Larry.  He is in Hospice care.  Send cards to Larry and Donna at 3517 Pine Ct, St. Joseph, MI  49085.


We were sorry to hear Fannie Brill report that Kinsey Tanner had triple bypass surgery recently.  As we already know, his wife Marty, is back on chemo for her ovarian cancer.  We hope they are both doing well.  Please send cards to:  Kinsey and Marty Tanner at 6140 Pinecrest Drive, Zanesville, OH  43701.


Maryanna Fenton has very kindly agreed to get reservations for our Christmas lunch at Bryan's Place on Tuesday, December 13.


It was announced that the dedication of the new Zanesville High School will be on October 2 at 2 PM.  It is open to the public and their will be a tour of the building.


Bill Rushay and his wife, Marlene, were present from Columbus today.  Bill very kindly gave the blessing.


And then the fun began.


On a more somber note, 9/11 was remembered Sunday ten years after we were attacked.


In the exact footprints of the two towers was a stately memorial, two great weeping waterfalls, unveiled for the first time and, at least on the first day, open only to the relatives of the victims.  Around the square perimeter of each were bronze parapets, etched with names of each victim.


"Those past ten years tell a story of resilience."  "It will be said of us that we kept the faith, that we took the blow, and emerged stronger." ~ President Obama


"Hope must grow from tragedy."  ~Vice President Joe Biden


President George W. Bush stated, the moment America's democracy was under attack, our citizens defied their captors by holding a vote on flight 93.  The choice they made would cost them their lives, and they knew it.  Many passengers called their loved ones to say goodbye, then hung up to perform their final act.  One said, "They're getting ready to break into the cockpit.  I have to go.  I love you."  Another said, "It's up to us.  I think we can do it."


In one of the most stirring accounts, Todd Beamer, a father of two with a pregnant wife with a home in NJ, asked the air operator to join him in reciting the Lord's Prayer.  Then he helped lead the charge with the words "Let's roll."


With their selfless act, the men and women who stormed the cockpit lived out the words, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."


It is believed that this plane was going to attack the Capital and many lives were saved by the people on flight 93.


I hope to see all of you next month on Tuesday, October 11, at 11:30 AM at the Golden Corral.


As we were leaving, I noted that Nancy and Harold Fawcett were seated and eating.  Nancy said that Harold has kidney dialysis three times per week, and therapy twice a week.  Today the therapy was too late to make it to the lunch bunch.  It was good to see them both.

We have now learned that Larry Crist passed away on Tues., Sept. 13. Arrangement details will be posted when they become available.