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  • Margo Milling Foster & the Percheron Park

    Above is a photo of ’56 classmate Margo Milling Foster (Moorestown, NJ) atop a Percheron horse at a recent fund-raiser for Percheron Park in Moorestown, a site that was an original idea of Margo several years ago.

    Background - In 1839 when Moorestown native Edward Harris II (1799-1863) traveled to France, he was struck by the strength, stamina, speed, spirit, and calm temperament of the Percheron horses.  Harris, a gentleman, farmer, natural scientist, philanthropist, and ornithologist who accompanied John James Audubon on two of his birding expeditions, made the first importations of Percheron horses to America to his farm in Moorestown.

    Harris made several importations of these French horses with the intent of improving the work horses in America and began a breeding program.  Other men and horses followed, and by 1930, there were almost three times as many registered Percherons in the U.S. as all the other draft horse breeds combined.  The upgrading of the country’s work horses provided by the imported Percherons had made a monumental impact on the farming and hauling businesses nationwide before the use of gas-powered machines.

    To commemorate these significant contributions of Percherons and to celebrate its agricultural heritage, Moorestown is now planning to create a Percheron Park in an area of the the Town Center.

    For more information, go to: www.percheronpark.org. 


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  • CLASSMATES IN THE NEWS.

    Happy 101st Birthday Betty Strong, Class of 1932!
      HAPPY 101st  BIRTHDAY!  On FEB 24th, to our most senior HMHS
    graduate (we believe), class of 1932. Betty (Elizabeth) Strong. Upon
      graduation Betty went to work for a Camden bank, a profession she
      followed for 35 years. Betty attended classes at the Univ. of Penn and
      the Univ. of Washington. Retired affirmative action officer, 1st National
      Bank,Seattle, Wa., Business Professional Women's Club of Seattle,
     

    retired Military Officers Club Secretary for 17 years. volunteering for Air

       Force Village Retirement Village Retirement Center.  Betty lives in the
      warm California sun. She is still very active in her community. Send Betty
      a card, she'd love it ! 
     
      Betty's Address:
      BETTY KIRK
      17050 Arnold Dr. Apt. AL 3
      Air Force Village West
      Riverside, Ca  92518
       
       
     

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    AL HAWTHORNE'S CAPE MAY TRIP. (May 2009)
          All I did was spend a Month in Cape May...  but, they did have a GREAT 4th of July
      Parade.....the Colors were out & Proud..  First Coast Guard (picture), then the Colonials
      (picture) !!!!  The Kids Looked GREAT.....  then Sundown on the Bay (picture)....  have a
      GREAT weekend
       
     

    "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering

     

    if they made a difference in the world.

     

    But,

     

    Marines

     

    don't have that problem." R.R.

       
       
     

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    BAIRD AND MARGO (MILLING) FOSTER'S CANADIAN TRIP (June 21-26, 2009)
     

        Baird & Margo (Milling) Foster have returned from a 1,000+ mile round trip to

      Kingston, Ontario, Canada in their 1962 Austin-Healey.  There they participated in
      Conclave '09,he yearly meet of the Austin-Healey Club of America, June 21-26.
       
          A day of torrential rain both on the trip up and the return helped them find where the
      leaks are!  The weather was clear for the rest of the trip and the event.  Baird's
      Colorado Red Healey won first in its class (Mark II BJ7).  Attractions in the area
      included the Rideau Canal, Thousand Islands, and Fort Henry (a defense for the
      British at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario during the war of 1812). 
     
    Three Photos: (click on any picture title to view)
    1. Riding in the rain.
    2. Healeys at Fort Henry.
    3. The Fosters receive their first place award, which featured a figure of
      an inukshuk, an Inuit word meaning "image of man's spirit."  It will be a
      symbol for the 2010Winter Olympics in Canada.
       
       
     

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    BAIRD AND MARGO (MILLING) FOSTER (May 29-31, 2009)
        Classmates Baird and Margo Milling Foster and their 1962 Austin-Healey were
      invited to exhibit their British sports car at the Burn Prevention Foundation’s
     

    prestigious Concours d’ Elegance of the Eastern United States in Bethlehem, PA,

      May 29-31.  It was the 20th anniversary of the event.  About 130 exceptional vehicles
      from a 1903 Marr to a new 2009 supercharged Calloway Corvette were displayed.  A
      concours car is judged on the basis of the style, beauty, and elegance of the vehicle.
       
     

        Special guest Janet Guthrie, the first woman to earn a start at the Indy 500 in 1977,

    rode in the Fosters’ car as navigator on a 50-mile tour preceding the event, along with
      30 other vehicles-including a 1917 Stanley steam car and a 1917 Harley-Davidson
      motorcycle with sidecar.  Sports car racer Guthrie also drove in the Daytona 500, and
      her 9th place record finish in the 1978 Indy 500 remained the highest by a female
      driver until 2005.
       
     

        The Fosters’ Colorado Red Healey was one of the few cars that were driven to the

      concours event; most cars invited are automotive artworks transported in trailers.  The
      Healey was awarded a Bethlehem Star Award, given to cars worthy of recognition that
      are not the class-winning car in their category.
       
     

        The Fosters are very active in various Austin-Healey clubs here and in England. 

      Baird is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians and has written a number
      of articles for marque magazines.
       
      [caption]
          Janet Guthrie prepares to navigate for Baird.  Margo rode in the back seat-sideways
      (no room for legs!).  Click ( HERE ) to view.
       
       
     

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    OUR CAP & GOWN PHOTO FRAMING COST DONORS.
          A special thanks to the following 21 classmates who contributed to the cost of our
      Cap and Gown photo framing:
       
     
    Frank Bartolett Shirley Borrell Deal Tom Bottallico
    Janice Brown Sweeton Roger Capello Dave Cunningham
    Pat Duncan Joyce Finnie Guelich Baird Foster
    Bob Gavin Dick Hammond Al Hawthorne
    Nils Herdelin Joyce Jackson Nelson Florence Mears Thompson
    Dick Mitchell Ken Murray Pierce Pelouze
    Dick Regensburg Ed Schmauder Carolyn Tew Crimmins
       
          The donations exceeded the framing cost of $170; therefore, the excess proceeds
      will be deposited into our Class Reunion Fund.
       
       
     

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    OUR CAP & GOWN PHOTO.
     

        Our cap and gown photo is on the wall opposite the main office and is

      distinguishable from the others by our large "Class of 1956" title and the red and
      black school color ribbons in the corner.  On the back of the photo is an ID list of our
      entire graduating class. 
       
          Thanks to all those who contributed to the cost of the framing, and a special thanks
      to Pierce Pelouze for the photo. 
       
      Regards, Baird Foster
     

    Click ( HERE ) to view.

       
       
     

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    CLASSMATES MISSING / LOST
     
      1. Jim Gehring (Reunion mail returned - was in Indian Rocks Beach, FL.).
      2. Joe Kearney (in NJ or PA?).
      3. Eleanor Kissinger (Packer) (may be in MA- phone message left- no response).
      4. Pat Ramos (Mihalik) (Reunion mail returned- may be in Blackwood, NJ-
        unlisted phone- note sent on 10/9/06 via mail to new address, but returned-
        rumor she may have passed away- no confirmation).
      5. Bill Richman (in Haddon Township, NJ? phone message left- no response).
      6. Richard Scarle (may be in Illinois?)
      7. Barbara Stringer (Jones) (possibly passed away ? We've not found in any
        public records- does anyone know about Barbara ?).
      8. Paul Thomas (Reunion mail returned- was in Seattle, WA- may still be in WA)
      9. Marjorie Van Sciver  (in New York City? has unlisted phone?)
      10. Tom Wilkinson - has had e-mail, but we don't have his current e-mail- may be
        in Alaska? No response to messages).
      11. Gail Wilson (Rumored to be in the Pacific Northwest.
       
       

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    DICK AND ANN HAMMOND.
            Congratulations to Dick Hammond & his wife, Ann.  Ann, the former Ann Louise
      Purcell, is a member of H.M.H.S. Class of 1958.  Dick and Ann were married in
      Haddonfield on December 30th and will reside in Cherry Hill, N.J.  Walton Zelley,
      retired rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen, N.J., was a co-celebrant
      at the Grace Church in Haddonfield. Also attending from the Class of 1956 were
      Milbrey Turner Zelley and Nils & Pat McGlade Herdelin.
       
       
     

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    DAVE HARE (Pasco, WA).
          Dave, our Foreign Security & First Responder Personnel Trainer for the  U.S. State
      Department, is in Ankara, Turkey and the Republic of Georgia during the month of
      June.  Stay safe, Dave!
       
       
     

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    PAUL STURGIS (New Cumberland, PA).
          Paul is visiting Panama from January 7th thru to the 15th with his church work group,
      assisting local church projects there.
       
       
     

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    PIERCE PELOUZE (Gibbsboro, NJ)
          Pierce & his wife, Dolores, will be taking a long-in-planning extended trip on
      January 10th . They'll spend three days in San Francisco; then, they will be taking
      off to spend three weeks visiting the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. The places they'll be
      visiting in Hawaii are Maui, Kauai and Oahu. HAVE FUN!
       
       
     

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    DICK MITCHELL (Voorhees, NJ).
          Dick & other members of the Fall Line Ski Club from Cherry Hill, NJ, will be
      spending a week skiing in January (Steamboat, CO), in February (Jackson Hole, WY)
      and in March (Engleberg, Switzerland). In March he will also take his entire family
      (wife, Carole, his son, his daughter and his six grandchildren) to New Hampshire.
      Dick plans to take another ski trip with his Ski Club in April; however, this time it will
      be in Winter Park, CO.
       
     

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    DON FISHER (Mount Laurel, NJ).
          Don Fisher & his wife, Judy, were on a trip across the garden state, and they have
      challenged the class of '56 to try "The Amazing Race Across The Garden State" -
      picture. The following are the rules & a description of the trip as explained by Don:
       
          Here is some information regarding the "amazing race across the Garden State" 
      You were given a picture clue for each of the 21 counties - picture. You had to figure
      out where it was, go there and have your picture taken holding the Magazine (sample
      shown - picture). There were also 10 bonus clues, also in 10 counties, with no
      pictures.  You had to figure them out and follow the same drill-picture taken holding
      magazine. We did all 31 questions in three and a half days (290 miles) and had a ball.
      Judy said it was the most she has seen of the state ever. We turned our pictures in
      fairly early, but the contest runs to July 6th and results will not be known until August.
      (Hoboken was great, with 35 restaurants listed in Zagats, NJ restaurant review.) I
      throw it out as a challenge to any of the class of '56 to try.  Just pick up a copy of the
      May issue of New Jersey Monthly.
       
     

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    SERENA (COOK) WALKER (Mission Viejo, CA).
          On June 30 Serena and her husband, Bill, left for a few weeks vacation to Croatia &
      Slovenia.
       
       
     

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    JEANNE (LECATO) MYERS (Farmington Hills, MI).
          Jeanne has been elected Captain of the U.S. Women's World Amateur Golf Team
      which will compete against 50-75 other countries in the World Amateur Golf
      Championship to be held this year outside Capetown, South Africa. On May 21
      Jeanne was elected into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. She also has a new job at
      the Golf Association of Michigan! Busy lady!
       
       
     

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    TOM BAIRD (Haddonfield, NJ) (Sat., Nov. 26th)
          Tom Baird was honored by the Haddonfield Alumni Society (HAS) during their 
      Annual Meeting and Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony on Saturday,
      November 26th, as follows:
       
     
      Tom Baird,’56 – Graduate of the U.S.M.A. at West Point and a decorated
      Vietnam Veteran with 20 years of service to our country as an officer in the 
      United States Army.  Tom subsequently became a successful business man
      and a highly involved citizen.
       
      Click  ŕTom Bairdß  to peruse his biography.
       
       
     

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    KAREN (SHAPPELL) Hahn (Atco, NJ)
          Karen Shappell Hahn, our classmate, had the pleasure of taking a trip to Australia, 
      and the following is what Karen had to say in an e-mail to us, "We had a great trip to
      Australia in May. My highlight of the trip was holding Koalas. I will attach a picture of a
      Koala that was photographed at a sanctuary near Brisbane.".
      Click ( HERE ) to view the picture.
       
     

     

     

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    PAUL STURGIS, BILL MORMANN & ROGER CAPPELLO.
         The Southeast Chapter of the HMHS Reunion Committee held its annual meeting in
      Ft. Myers, Florida on the afternoon of January 30th , 2004. Attending the meeting at RJ
      Gator's was Paul and Joan Sturgis, Bill & Emily Mormann and Roger Cappello.
      Although nothing was accomplished, the meeting was a great success.
     
      Click ( HERE ) to see the pictures from the meeting.
       
       
     

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    BAIRD & MARGO (MILLING) FOSTER.
          It is with pleasure that we announce that Baird and Margo Milling Foster have
      joined the Reunion Committee.  Baird and Margo were instrumental in creating the
      truly wonderful 50th Class Reunion Yearbook.  Baird has also been our primary Class
      contact withHMHS on matters dealing with our Class of '56 Scholarship.  
       
       
     

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    MARTIN M. BEER, H.M.H.S. Teacher.
     

        Former teacher found! Through the efforts of Nancy Kirby (Bryn Mawr, PA), we

      have found one of our former HMHS teachers - Martin M. Beer (Mathematics).  In our
      50th Class Reunion Yearbook, Mr. Beer was noted in several classmate HMHS
      recollections. On March 12th Mr. Beer OK'd providing you with his contact information,
      including his e-mail: 
       
          Martin M. Beer- 124 Kendal Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348 - phone: (610) 388-
      6507 - e-mails: mmbeer@aol.com or martinbeer124@comcast.net. Drop him a line,
      call or e-mail! 
       
       
     

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  • CLASS OF 1956 SCHOLARSHIP NEWS.
     

    March Update - Since our original 50th Reunion Class Gift to HMHS of $5,600 made in October 2006, an additional $620 has been donated to our Scholarship. Thank you to those classmates who made these additional  contributions before the BIG NEWS below. Thanks to these classmates: Bill
    Bohlke, Dave Chew, Frank Covely, Dave Cunningham, Baird and Margo Milling Foster, Nils and Pat McGlade Herdelin, Jack McFeeley, Ruth Schreibstein Bogutz, Helen Sneathen Bennett.

        BIG NEWS Class Scholarship- All classmates should have received a mid-
    March letter that announced a very generous matching gift offer by a classmate
    (who wishes to remain anonymous.)

       
    This Class of '56 "Matching Gift Challenge" will last until June 1, 2007.  During March, April and May, any contribution you make to our Class of '56 Scholarship
    will be matched $ for $ by our generous classmate. 

        We have just been advised by HMHS that, since our mid-March letter, they have already received $1,775 from Class of '56 classmate donations, which will be matched at the end of the "Matching Gift" drive. Our thanks for a quick response to: Tom Baird, Dave Cunningham, Walt Faucett, Dick Hammond, Al Hawthorne, Fern Laudenslager Rainey, Terry Patton, Verna Phillips Price, and Ed Schmauder.

        Our goal is to raise a minimum of $7,000 from classmate contributions, and, therefore, we are at about 25% of our objective with $1,775. When we meet our $7,000 objective, this amount will be matched and this will result in over $20,000 in our Class Scholarship Fund and virtually assure that our Class of '56 Scholarship will last in perpetuity. 

    Special Note: Please take advantage of this great Class giving opportunity! Please remember the June 1 deadline.  

    - Click ( HERE ) for the list of recipients.



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