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Where Have We Been. And what have we been doing?. The information that follows is a semi- anonymous hodgepodge of the responses we received from the questionairre . More School?. Hampshire College OCCC OCCC Northeastern University, SUNY New Paltz BS and MS OCCC 1 year- took up space

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where have we been

Where Have We Been

And what have we been doing?


The information that follows is asemi- anonymous hodgepodge of the responses we received from the questionairre.

more school
More School?
  • Hampshire College
  • OCCC
  • OCCC
  • Northeastern University, SUNY New Paltz BS and MS
  • OCCC
  • 1 year- took up space
  • OCCC,  71 to 74, Electrical Technology; New Paltz, 83 to 93, Software Engineering
  • S.U.N.Y. at Albany, Bachelors in Biology and Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, and University of Maryland, College Park, and George Washington University for graduate studies and work)
more school1
More School?
  • O.C.C.C, Mt. Saint Mary
  • Rollins in Orlando, FL
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • OCCC/St Peters Hospital, Albany Internship, Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Nasson College - BA Humanities; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - MS Science and Technology Studies; Cambridge University/Royal Society of Arts – CTEFLA
  • Cornell, OCCC
  • OCCC
  • Empire State College, Associates in Fine Arts
  • OCCC
some of the places you ve lived
Some of the places you’ve lived

Maine, Canada, New York

Marquette Michigan, Newburgh NY and Walden NY


Greenwood Lake from 1974-1979, Cortland, NY from 1979 to the present.

Texas, Florida and New Mexico

Grahamsville, NY

Eugene, Oregon for a few years, the Boston area since. Currently live in Cambridge, MA.

Thomasville, NC, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Michigan and Annapolis, Maryland

some of the places you ve lived1
Some of the places you’ve lived

Kansas City, Ks.; Brockport, NY; Middletown, NY; New Hampton, NY

Thomasville, NC

All over, last place was Houston Tx, now Middletown, NY

Pine Bush

Goshen NY, Hillside Lake NY, Fair Oaks NY,

Middletown, NY

Bloomingburg, USA

Milford, PA

Built a house on the family farm and never moved. My roots are way to long.

where are you now
Where are you now?

J Joly

D Williams

J Decker

M Read

T Novak

P Simmons

D. VanHouten

B Chantrell

G Brola

S Fuller

C Dickinson

J Parr

J Thompson

L Manscheffer

Ken Zwickel

G Arthur

J Bernard

H Takashige

B Banks

Cathy Jenks

L Neumann


N Russo L Pirog

C VanDerMeulen

M Kellner D Diaz

D Baxter

G Sasfai

J Padavano

J Czerniawski


B Doyle

C Cunningham

J Dubois

C Shaw

V Bubulo

P Pitt

B Whaley

D Van Orden

B Jones

The rest of our class still find their home in New York State


Getting Divorced

I was, once

Michael, 24 Yrs

Walter, 20 Years

John, 35 yrs Definitely a good guy

Patty Dudek, 35years from Washingtonville. Met her through mutual friend, Middletown Bowling lanes.

Ted, 37 years, Met in Middletown, through Celeste Zanelli, who went to OCCC with him.   The best years of my life


Susan, 31 years

Kenneth, 35 years

James, 34 years, met in church, a musician and the DJ tonight!

Marlene, 33 years, met her at Wehran Engineering. Great friend, wife and mother

David, 24 years, met at work

Richard, 27 years, met on Ferry Crossing the Inside Passage of Alaska) 


Widowed, Mark, married18 years: He was the greatest husband anyone could ask for, caring, fun to be with and a great father. We had a lot of good times together.

Linda, 39 years, met in High School

Ricardo, 24 years, a family man who loves to talk,watch movies, play with the pets. Is excellent grandfather material. Was a Machinist 30+ years, & recently retired from United Airlines, (LOVE those flight benefits!)

Widowed, Mark, married 34 years. Mark bravely battled illness for over 20 years- he was an incredible cook, great father and husband and made me laugh. He has been gone for 2 years and I miss the laughter the most


Nick-23 (living at home) & Jamie-21 (living in South Lake Tahoe, Ca). They are both amazing kids who have turned into even more amazing adults.

Amanda and Claire

Miles, 22, and Jonah,18

Rachael, Sarah, and David

Two Sons: Joshua and Matthew, 34 & 32. Josh is a wonderful artist, Matt is in Marketing & Advertising in NYC, and married to a beautiful woman from Finland.


Keith and Stacey, 31 and 28, both married, very independent they takes after their mother.

James 33, artist, musician; Christopher, 31, vo-tech teacher; Stephanie, 29 elementary school teacher

From previous marriages, Ricardo has 2 daughters, I have one son. Brad is a chef (CIA, Hyde Park), Wanda, stay at home mom and volunteer extraordinaire, and Sandra, mom, massage therapist and instructor, wellness coach

Brian born July 1984 and a son, Jeffrey born October 1987.  They each have a Bachelors degree.  Brian currently works at  Cleanchannel on real estate leasing and advertising,  and Jeffrey currently works at Johns Hopkins Medical School on cancer research


Two feisty sons, complete with remarkable wives.

One daughter, Shawna. She's 25, beautiful, inside and out, and a hard worker whose promotions at work show how much she is appreciated and respected. She has many friends and is always there when they need someone to talk to or just be there and listen. She's also my best friend.

Nicholas IV, 36, married to Kara, and Melinda, 33 married to Lee Hedrick

Luke and Ellie, 21 (Twins) Adventurous, smart, talented.

Dylan Harris 31, Jonathyn Joseph 26, KaitlynJune 24.

Gabe, Veronica, Kim and Kathleen

Jared, Ashley, and Sage


I have a son, Greg and a daughter Meghan. Greg graduated from SUNY Albany, where he played football. He manages a development company. Meghan graduated from Cornell University, where she was the valedictorian of the college of human ecology. She has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and is a professor at Drexel University. Both of my children are honest , hard- working, caring, and family oriented.

Our 18 year old just graduated HS and is going to PA College of Tech Next moth to be a surveyor. 39 yr old stepson graduated from the same school and is now executive chef at the Wynn and Encore hotels in Las Vegas, His wife is a pastry chef at the same hotels. They have a 19 month old daughter; 35 yr old stepson, his wife and 2 boys live in Port St. Lucie, FL, He travels a lot with his job and his wife is a stock broker.


Not Yet!

Kelsie, Ashley and Amber

Tristen and Te’a


Devis, Tyler and Kayla

One brilliant baby granddaughter with whom I am slavishly in love!

Dane (5), Ethan (2)


2 Boys in Nashville, and boy and girl in Orlando, All with unique talents that make them incredibly loveable.

I have 2 grandsons, Owen is 7 and Colin is 4, I have 1 granddaughter, Mary who is 8 months old.

One brilliant baby granddaughter with whom I am slavishly in love!

Dane 5, Ethan 2, Rod 7 and Garrett 5

Not yet, but 2 of my kids are engaged

Yes! The Loves of my life!!


2 Dogs: Meiko and Jeffrey and 2 cats: Ricky and Lionel

Mr. Gatsby, Allie cat and Fig cat

I had joint custody of 3 Gerbils until recently

Cats, dog, goat, sheep, chickens

Dogs: Peter and Chloe

Too many to count, equipped with hooves, paws and claws.

Oh yes! A chihuahua, 2 siamese cats, a balkanize cat, and two black stray kittens my daughter brought home. Chub the male stray, almost died from kidney failure, now he's the biggest and strongest of all of them.

Abby, a chocolate lab


Lucky, a Pekingese, and Kitty, a fat cat.

One cat, Chloe

Pets? I used to have 2 labradors but am dogless right now

3 cats (2 Himalayans, 1 American Shorthair: Asarowa,9, Nepata 9, Natasha 3.

Dutch, Sam (Dogs)

Muffin, a shipoo

Lucy, rescue dog with an embedded collar, now she plays with my little granddaughter Lilly


Technical consultant for Medco

Stay at home Mom, Air Force

Office Manager

Retired NYS Corrections Officer

Health care quality improvement

Medical Lab technologist Shift Supervisor

Documentary writer/producer. Photographer.

I am now retired. Writing code for IBM on the supercomputers. This project was for the government. The government  recently retired this project. I was nervous every time this thing took off. 


Maintenance Technician at Piedmont Retirement Homes

Owner of Natural Transformations, LLC, helping people improve their health with hi-tech energy medicine tools. Most interesting: worked in a medical mfr facility outside Washington, DC that employed about 100 people from over 20 nationalities who spoke 17 languages. Always something to learn when communication cross-culturally.

I am the Senior Democratic Clerk for the Cortland Board of Elections. The best job I've had...I was a Realtor from 1987-1997; owned my own firm: Sudol Realty as Broker. I am a published Poet, and taught Creative Writing Workshops at Ithaca College, Wells College and Tompkins Cortland Community College from 1983-1987.


I am retired from teaching after 33 years . I also coached Varsity cheerleading for 15 years.  One summer while going to college I was a spot welder

Managing partner of Custom Drapery Workroom, Middletown NY, since 1979. I could write a book abaout the interesting people, places and designs

Electrician, currently,

Secretary, 40 years same job

Retired from The Bank of New York/Mellon after 30 years in the Corporate office in Westchester. Now I'm working at a Family Doctor's office in New Paltz and part time as a caregiver to the elderly.

Marketing, sales, and placement counselor at staffing agency

my Federal career is with the Environmental  Protection Agency in Washington, D.C, as an Environmental Protection Specialist

most interesting job
Most interesting job

Working at veterinary hospital

Doing Paste-up ads for the Catskill Shopper in high school and being Union Delegate for 1199 Hospital & HealthCare Workers, Organized Strike in 1980.

Lots! In no particular order: Shepherdess. Sound engineer/designer for theater and museums. Journalist. Construction worker. Trauma counselor. Professor of Communications (documentary/multimedia production). Fiction writer. Acting/ stage managing. Producer of Capital District Progressive Radio/Talking History. Itinerant ESL teacher.

working at the Valley Supreme in Pine Bush

most interesting job1
Most interesting job

Limo Driver, right now I’m with Hudson Valley Limo, was a chef for 12 years

30 years Banking

One summer while going to college I was a spot welder

Worked in a medical mfr facility outside Washington, DC that employed about 100 people from over 20 nationalities who spoke 17 languages. Always something to learn when communicating cross-culturally.



JAG office during Gulf War

Board of a national preschool preparedness literacy organization based in Little Rock, AK called HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-school Youngsters).

Master Gardener Cornell Cooperative Extension

Odyssey of the Mind coach, Rape Crisis Advocate, Wilderness First Responder, restoration of local opera house.

I am a Sunday School teacher for the adult developmentally disabled class at our church


The Cortland County Democratic Party as a Committeeperson, with my husband, Ted

I do some volunteer tutoring

Orange County Chamber of Commerce and industry memberships

NRA, SCCA, Walden Sportsmens Club

For years I was on the BOD for a local developmental Center for handicapped adults

4H photographer during the Fair, member of the brain injury Association of New York State where we set up support groups. We are in the process of setting one up for our veterans. The military is a hard nut to crack.

hobbies books interests
Hobbies/ Books/Interests

Theatre, Reading, Music, Gardening

Ancient archeology and civilizations and their mysteries yet unknown. Anything involving UFOs!

Happy member of The Dark Side Book Club (think: mass murder, sinking ships, and the Donner Party.) Talking! Knitting. Traveling. Cooking. Eating. Currently enjoying books by Jennifer Worth, Rick Bragg, Per Petterson, Annie Proulx. Other: History. Environmental politics. Intelligent dogs. Kind horses.

Music, reading non-fiction, embroidery, cooking, crafts, theatre, concerts, movies.

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Hobbies/ Books/Interests

Like to do yard work, love nature. I don't really have much time to read books but I do surf the internet. Love to cook and bake. Other: Shopping, having lunch with friends, going on vacations. I enjoy taking the train to the city and spending the day there. I also love the ocean and taking long walks along the shore.

Hunting and fishing

Reading, snorkeling, beaching, Movie going

Writing, treasure-hunting at Flea Markets & Antique shops. I love Sylvia Plath and Maxine Kumin (both Poets).

Skiing, Biking, Swimming and Hula)/(just read The Paris Wife – a good book,  have been re-reading Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. CartwellEsselstyn  with 150 recipes for vegan no oils or nuts diet

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Hobbies/ Books/Interests

I like to garden, am addicted to zumba

Golf, hunting and fishing


Cars, Motorcycles, Guns, Auto Racing, spectator

Advocating for a better government.

Lap swimming and walking

Stained Glass, reading, jewelry making, meditation, Reiki

Love Ann Patchett, Chris Bohjalian, Anita Shrieve

brag time
Brag time


My kids, family and military service

My family

Started and finished a dozen marathons including 8 Boston’s

Staying sane and enjoying life on my terms, and of course helping others.

Building our own home, one piece at a time.

Staying alive, raising my kids

Being part of the Pine Bush class of 71  reunion  

brag time1
Brag time

Raising 2 kind and competent young men.

Becoming a mother to my beautiful daughter. Also, my career at the bank.

I never stop learning

My writing, Poetry Readings, and teaching. I'm also proud of my work with the Democratic Party and how far I've made it.

Raising my children

Making MONEY$$$

My family- raising our children; and 2011 graduate of Leadership Orange

My business received Chamber of Commerce Entrepeneur of the Year Award at a 500+people black tie dinner dance

My Family

where ya been
Where ya been?

San Francisco, Lake Tahoe

Germany and Switerland, Cocoa Beach FL, Durango Co

Ireland, NZ, France, Germany, England, Canada, Mexico, much of U.S. including Hawaii and Alaska

Ruins of Tulum, Mexico, Cruising

Two mission trips to San Paulo Brazil, One Missions trip to Wyoming

London, England

Bermuda, many times! most interesting: Newly discovered Mayan ruins

we do house exchanges with European families, Hawaii, Italy

where ya been1
Where ya been?

Edinborough, Copenhagen, Prague, Budapest, Spain, Antigua, Aruba .. had a trip planned but cancelled to Sydney and Tahiti in the days following the 9/11 attack. Damn! Love San Francisco, Cape Cod and many places in New England.

Extensively in the USA, Favorite: Alaska

I travel as much as I can.   Iceland, Scotland, England, Wales, Luxemburg, Germany, Vienna, Italy, Poland, Czechoslovakia. Most Interesting: Dead towns in vastly polluted Ohio River Valley; burning towns in Pennsylvania. Favorite: Home-schooled my kids (10 and 13) while backpacking through Northern and Eastern Europe for 3 months, researching family history. (Okay, maybe that doesn’t count as a VACATION...)

Does Walden count?

where ya been2
Where ya been?

Spain, Favorite: Beaching on Grand Cayman Island and in Cancun

We own several Timeshares in Florida: Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee, Ormond Beach & Miami Beach. We go for 2 weeks each February; will go for 2 months each year after we retire :)

Acapulco about 25 years ago

Cross-country trips USA

Hawaii, Las Vegas and Florida: visiting grandchildren

The Bahamas, with my husband, daughter, and sister-in-law. We had such a good time. Most Interesting: St. Maarten

current favorite music
Current favorite Music

All Kinds . My Ipod has a very eclectic selection from all my CDs.

Getting fond of the Indie music my kids listen to

Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks, moe, Little Feat, Dylan, Dark Star Orchestra, blues, jazz, and many local musicians in the Boston area

Folk, World, Klezmer, Classical…anything with fiddles.

I enjoy a huge variety of music. Anywhere from Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Prince, to Maynard Ferguson and Grover Washington Jr. And there's Carly Simon, Heart, Frank Zappa, etc. I could go on and on.

current favorite music1
Current favorite Music

60-70’s, light jazz, some classic, easy listening, zen

Steely Dan, Stephen Bishop, The Dixie Chicks, Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, Carole King, Carly Simon...Old stuff :)

Top 40

All- my husband is a musician and a dee-jay

Everything except strict country, and hard core rap. The Rolling Stones, Warren Zevon, Don McLean, rob Thomas

Dylan, Springsteen, Mellencamp, Beatles, Doors

Katy Perry and also Hawaiian music)

favorite subject
Favorite subject

Music and English



Art and Band


That's hard to say. I really liked the business courses, except shorthand. I could not stand that subject. Nothing against MrVanDuser, just did not like the course.

Algebra,  it got me thinking, there is more in the world than milking cows

favorite subject1
Favorite subject

Biz, secretarial

English Literature and History

Phys Ed

History, Social Studies



Business classes

English and Business classes


favorite teacher
Favorite Teacher

Mr. McIntyre

Mr. Hazen, Mrs. Roebuck, Mr. Graham, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Rhoda, Mr. Peay

Mr. Amelio, Miss Hart

The teacher who guided me the most was Mr. Amelio.  I worked for thim at the school store, and he helped me get a job after school at Kassel Brothers, he even drove me there after school.  I worked there full time after graduation.

Ken Keiser/Mr. Tavino: Brought out the best in me and showed great appreciation for my effort

Mr. McIntyre

There were a few: Mr. White, Miss Overhiser, and Mr. McIntyre.

Ms Overhiser, Mr. Mac., Mrs. Russell

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Favorite Teacher

Mrs. Roebuck

Mrs. Roebuck

Mr. White

B. White

Mr. Amelio, Mr. White

Mr. Peay- Excellent teacher, good listener, and we teased the crap out of him

Don Hauck

Miss Hart 5th and 6th

Mr. Hodges –  year-after-year, I enjoyed his math problems and solutions done on the overhead projector

best high school memory
Best High School Memory

Too many to choose

All the fun that Tina, Jeanie, Cheryl and I had. The trips, parties, hanging out and dancing at the discos

They’re all kind of blurry actually …

When the Senior Band did 1812 Overture and cut an album. Oh yeah, when our Jazz band won the battle of the bands at Valley Central High and Cousin Brucie gave us the award. When Cindy Dorey and I used to cut up and blow wrong notes on purpose. Sorry Mr. Keiser.

No one memory in particular. Just having a good time with my friends. I remember all of us (at the old High School) walking downtown for lunch and going to the PB Diner (greasy cheeseburgers and fries), the ice cream stand (creamy thick shakes) or The Pot Luck (fantastic meatball parmheros).

the senior class trip’s disco dancing where I lost the pants to my long pants suit and my scarf

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Best High School Memory

Distribution of Thanksgiving baskets, senior year

Senior Trip to the Poconos

Being on the football team that won the championship

Playing baseball; Played my heart out on the team and I never got a letter for it!

Jeanie, Cheryl, Jane and me at Cape Cod senior year

Graduation night

Hangin’ with my friends: Padavano, Grossi, Athur, Novak, Edmunds, Chantrel, McIntyre, Decker

Not having to play field hockey!

the can-canperformance that the French class put on

favorite band singer song
Favorite Band/Singer/Song

Simon and Garfunkel, CSN&Y, Judy Collins, Joanie Mitchell

Bee Gees

Probably dancing to the Young Rascals songs at school dances

Joan Baez

Beatles, Doors, Cream, CSN, S&G, Beach Boys (Little Surfer!)

Favorite well known group was the Stones, still love them. Two of my favorite songs were Ruby Tuesday and Paint It Black. Favorite group from the HS dances was the one Matt and Danny Straut were in, can't remember the name. No one memory, just good times at the dances.

"One Less Bell to Answer" by Brasil '66 (wore the record to death after a break-up).

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Favorite Band/Singer/Song

Maggie May- Cape Cod vacation after graduation with Tina, Jane and Cherie

Maggie May- Rod Stewart; Bee Gees

The Rolling Stones!!! I think I was Pine Bush’s 1st Stones fan (1964)

James Taylor, Beatles, Stones, Kinks

Favorite well known group was the Stones, still love them. Two of my favorite songs were Ruby Tuesday and Paint It Black. Favorite group from the HS dances was the one Matt and Danny Straut were in, can't remember the name. No one memory, just good times at the dances.

Chicago – I remember the drum solo

first love crush
First Love/Crush

We’ll leave that a secret

Ivan from Valley Central

Cheryl Dickinson, 9th grade

I had many high school crushes, nothing really worth mentioning. My first love would have to be divided between two people. My first husband, Jimmy, who I married at 19, he was more like my first 'lust'. I was 19 and he was 17. He was from Newburgh and we had a lot of good times. But my first true love was my husband Mark. We hit it off from the beginning. I remember our first date was the St Patrick's Day parade in New Paltz. We went to every single bar there was afterward and sampled all the beers.

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First Love/Crush

Ken Zwickel—Ted knows about him, he broke my heart!:) I’m ok now…hahaha

Linda Kiesling- I married her!

Sandy Irwin

John Huntoon

Angela Galazzo

Jim Ploof—Lots of memories, loved his family

this is simple every girl in school

My husband, Richard, he is the only one!

best party spot
Best Party (Spot)

Parties at Valley Central

Spin the bottle party at Mark Read’s house. What cool parents he had!


I didn't get to go out much at night except for school orientated events, dances, sports, etc. or to friends houses. During the summer I loved to hang out at the Grove swimming pool in Wallkill. Lots of great times there and I met a lot of new friends.


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Best Party (Spot)

Winter snow party at OC Park, then at my place after.

Never went to them

18th birthday party with Cherie and Barb

Dino’s, Golden Garter, Shack

Lake Minnewaska


Nancy Briggs had a great party that I went to.

Definitely have never been a party animal!


Dino’s and Tommy Kiernan’s in Walden

Bloomingburg Rolling Rink and Bridge

Too much time in Hermans!

Don Tirrell’s

Rode bicycle about 30 miles a day during summer taking long hikes. And Diane's house!

Can't remember any!

The woods! And Diane Schwarting’s house.

With friends, the Grove, Thornwood's Dairy Bar, downtown, etc.


I liked to hike up my road & in the woods around my house.

Pool Hall

Jane’s house, Jean’s house

Downtown, the Diner, or Dino’s in Middletown


parking lot of Dinos drinking Tab, and Herman’s

embarassing moment
Embarassing Moment

Not really

Fell down front steps of boyfriends house just after meeting parents.

The frozen turkey escapades .. a few of us Jopy Edmunds, Mark Spadola & me) sophomore year stole a few frozen turkeys from the school cafeteria and gifted one to our basketball coach (who’s name is escaping me) .. and then got busted a few days later and thrown off the team.

Ripping Gary Arthur’s shirt in the attempt to steal his ‘fairy loop”

Too many to count! Ask my kids – I think they have a special notebook.

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Embarassing Moment

Not that I can think of.

Um....No~~Can't share it! ;)

Getting caught skipping class

The time I passed out in 4th grade


Getting  caught by Libby or  Katie Andrews  staring at the legs, they look the same.

many – just ask in person!

wheels and memories
Wheels? (and memories)

¾ ton construction pick-up

1963 Rambler “Roseanne”

No…I hate cars! Prefer horses.

No, I was supposed to take my drivers test the week before my senior year started but ended up in the hospital having a spine fusion and was in a body cast for 9 months.    Any favorite car memories? When I did get my license after I graduated I bought a car that was a 4 speed, never drove standard before but learned real quick. I loved it.

I didn’t have one but remember Barb’s Marvin Mercury, Jim Padavano’s vet, and a green GTO that Jim Grossi had.

Learning to drive stick on Jane’s car, and burning out the clutch

A 67 Rambler- Going to party graduation night and then several of us sleeping in that car

Truck, goin’ fast