Lunch Bunch September 9, 2014



We had twenty classmates and friends today at lunch.  It was a sunny 64 degrees on the way to Zanesville, and 81 on the way home.  It does not get any better than that!


Gwen very kindly gave the blessing.


Then we ate and enjoyed chatting with each other.  The stories flowed.


Bill Factor shared with us that he and his wife, his daughter and son-in-law, and eight grandchildren are going to Jamaica on a mission the end of this month.  They will be doing street ministry, and construction work while there.  We wish them the best on this trip.


Gwen said she talked with Bill Ferguson yesterday, and he is going to try and be at the next lunch bunch!  He wants to wean himself off the oxygen.  At his fourth chemo yesterday, he and Cornelia got good news. The blood markers for the pancreas has been cut in half!  This is especially good news.  The cancer cells in the lungs should also be smaller.  Please keep the entire family in your prayers.  Bill is at their home in Columbus at 120 E. Northwood, Columbus, OH 43201.   They are both keeping an optimistic attitude, and taking it one day at a time after getting the devastating news of his pancreatic cancer with metastasis to the lung.


Gwen had exciting news to share with us.  When we see her next month at the lunch she will be Mrs. Jack Downing!  Jack and she will be married the end of the month.  Congratulations and best wishes to both of them.  They both are planning on coming to the lunch next month!


We discussed the upcoming 2015 class reunion which will be held on October 2, 3, and 4.  Bill has reservations for all three days at the Zanesville Country Club, at the Vista View Golf Club, and one day (Friday evening) at the Zanesville High School Cafetorium.  None have been firmly approved by the committee.  On October 2 there is a football game, I believe with Dover.


Bill did bring up that Zanesville is having a new celebration this fall, and if it goes well they will have it every year from September 26 through October 12.  This could tie up a lot of the motel rooms.  It is an art show for ceramics and the first prize is $20,000.  There are 1400 entries for this years show, and they will work this down to the best 100 ceramic artists.  The Zanesville people will check with motels during this time to see how booked they are.  Depending on this, we may need to change the date for our 2015 reunion.


Fourteen of us went to the Vista View Golf Course and the owner, Ryan Smith, answered all of our questions.  This place looks much better than when I last saw it two months ago, and many of our classmates thought it would be a great place to have our reunion.  He had a wedding reception there two weeks ago for 350 people.  For our 55th reunion, we had about 165 present at the country club.  So this place has plenty of room, and the improvements are only going to get better.  He recommended that he do the pizza for Friday night, and he says his pizza is really good.  Saturday evening he recommended Bill's Real Pit BBQ do the catering.  He will fix whatever we want whether it is on his menu or not.  For the Sunday Brunch he recommended Tumbleweed as they do a great breakfast catering service.


Ryan is going to check on motels, and bed and breakfasts in Dresden for out of town people since it is only ten minutes away from Vista View.


Stay well and I will plan on seeing all of you next month at the Golden Corral at 11:30 on October 14.


Martha K. Cannon