September 2014 Picnic: The September picnic was well attended, over 100 alumni and friends of SSVC were able to come out and enjoy the day together. Many thanks to Hector Robinson ‘73 and the Alumni Association Officers for their support of the picnic. Everyone seemed to have a good time and it is a sure thing that nobody left the picnic hungry! Many of us are already looking forward to next year’s picnic!
11th Annual Golf Tournament, October 2014: We had a fabulous day (after it stopped raining). There was a full field of golfers and many volunteers. Without all people present and some involved in the preparation for this event, it would not have been the success it was. All told, there were about 30 alumni, family members and former employees who supported the tournament along with the dedicated golfers from Veteran Service Organizations and other friends of SSVC. We thank all them and the many donors who championed the golf tournament and helped the Association to continue the golf tournament and helped the Association to continue to honor veterans and preserve the rich history of SSVC.
Homecoming” Dinner, November 8th, 2014: To say that everyone had a good time is an understatement. The venue (American Legion) was warm and welcoming, the food simply delicious, the band rocked, and the fellowship was out of this world! Thanks to the “Door Prize Fairies” for making the evening more enjoyable for nearly everyone! During the banquet, Mary and Gran Waldt ‘41 announced they would sponsor a bowling fundraiser, the “Gran Waldt Bowling Fundraiser”, for the Museum Project at reunion in June 2015. Mary read a speech she and Gran prepared. Follows are excerpts from the speech: “… When you think of it, your Museum contains a little piece of each one of you. Many of you have donated items from your own collection to add to the museum. Put them all together and you have wonderful Scotland memories shared for posterity. It’s your heritage. It will be there for all Scotland kids to remember and for the public to see.
For many of you like Granville, you became a Scotland Kid because of your family circumstances. Scotland School became a lifeline of hope for the future. Granville attributes teachers and staff for encouraging and supporting him.
Gran says, “The Museum is the only thing they didn’t take away from us. It’s the only thing we have left. They can take Scotland from us but they can never take Scotland out of us!” Therefore, the Museum project means a lot to Gran, so much so that he wants to do something to help convert the SSVC laundry building into the SSVC Alumni Museum. Since he is an avid bowler, Gran is holding a bowling fundraiser at Nellie Fox Bowl in Chambersburg to raise money toward repairs and renovations of the building.
To help you understand the magnitude of this project, just one can of roofing paint costs a little over a hundred dollars! We need a lot of paint to coat the roof. The Association needs all the help it can get. And as Gran says, “It’s for all of us. ”Gran turned 92 and is still bowling. If he can do it, so can you! He says, “It’s not how good you are, but rather how much fun you can have with your Scotland brothers and sisters. …”
The bowling fundraiser is for SSVC Alumni and their spouses, family members of Scotland Alumni over 18 years of age, close friends of those bowling who want to help, and former staff. The entry fee is $20 per person. Mary added if you cannot join her and Gran for bowling, they are hopeful you will consider making a donation to the cause.
Student Records: Alumni and Students with graduating years of 1976-2009 need to contact the DMVA. The contact person at DMVA is Marie Thomas. Her number is 717-861-8656. Ms. Thomas has your records at Ft. Indiantown Gap in Annville, PA and is very helpful and quick to turn around requests. Alumni and Students with graduating years of 1895-1975 need to request records from the PA State Archives. You may ask the State Archives representative to copy everything in your record. To release copies of files to former students and alumni, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Archives will need a written request from the student/alumnus, signed by the student/alumnus. Send the student/alumnus’s full name, date of birth and Social Security number. Research and copy fees will apply to mail requests. The Research fee is $15.00 for requests from Pennsylvania residents; $25.00 for requests from out of state. The Copy fee for the first 10 pages is free; thereafter it is $0.50 per page plus shipping and handling for additional pages. Mail your request to State Archives, PA Historical & Museum Commission, 350 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090. If the student/alumnus visits in person, the State Archives representative will need to see current identification such as a driver’s license or passport. Copying fees will apply: $0.50 per page. For inquiries, the State Archives number is: (717) 783-3281.
SSVC Scholarships: When the Foundation of SSVC dissolved in 2012, Frank Frame, CEO and the members of the Board awarded the remaining monies to four educational institutions. They are University of Pittsburgh, Shippensburg University, Carson Long, and the Chambersburg Area Senior Hight School. A fifth organization, CORE, worked with the Foundation of SSVC. Its mission is to enhance residential education. These organizations continue the legacy of Scotland School through their scholarship recipients and assistance to other residential educational institutions. Thank you to Mr. Frame and the members of the Board of the former Foundation of SSVC!
John McCallister Scholarship: One of the schools awarded monies from the Foundation of SSVC after the school closed is the University of Pittsburgh. The scholarship, named for John McCallister, is valued at $5,000 and was awarded to Major John Collado, US Army. Frank Frame, former superintendent and CEO of the Foundation of SSVC, attended a luncheon with Alan Williamson, former member of the Foundation of SSVC, and Major Collado. We offer our congratulations to Major Collado! For more information on the McCallister Scholarship, please contact Ms. Jean M. Hale, Director of Alumni Relations and Development, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School and International Affairs, 3408 Wesley Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15230, Office: 412-624-6660; Mobile: 412-297-9509.
Edie Stauffer Mixell ‘41: Edie enjoyed her 93rd birthday on October 22, 2014, filled with cards and calls from family and friends. Edie also recalled on October 22, 1938 there was enough snow at SOS (SSVC) for the kids to be off for about a week!
Doris Deal Siler ‘46: Doris and her husband Harold celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on September 22, 2014. Doris enjoys fresh lobster, lives in Atascadero, CA and still keeps in touch with Martha “Marty” Donahue who lives in Clearwater, FL.
Class of 1965: Ken O’Brien, Rita Brown Cline, Pam Straley Reeder, Diane Walsh Freeman and Sally Sheaffer all invite you back for our 50th Reunion!!! We will have our dinner on Friday, June 12th, 2015 at the American Legion in Chambersburg. More details to follow with contact information. Get in touch with any one of the committee members for more information.
Wanda McKay Shoap ‘68: Wanda sends her thanks for the prayers of comfort and cards sent to her brother Robert McKay ‘66 for the loss of his wife, Elizabeth in January 2015.
Fred Robinson ‘70: Fred’s love of children and sports led him to his present position of executive director for Team Youth organization and Therapeutic Mentoring organization in Maryland, Fred has four adult children, ages 28-38 and five grandchildren. Fred keeps busy with his family and his work!
Mike Smith ‘70: Mike wants to send his thanks to everyone at the school and everyone else that had sent him get well cards and was praying for him. Mike has come a long, long way since his accident in February. Mike was able to attend the picnic in September and “Homecoming”. Hopefully he will be able to come to Reunion also!
Deb Shenk Yingling ‘71: Deb’s living in Johnstown, is married and has a son and a daughter and four beautiful granddaughters. Deb has had an interesting career including owning a video store for 10 years, working in a bank and is thinking about retiring. Sound like Deb wants more time with her granddaughters! Deb said she is also happy to reconnect with some of her classmates. Aren’t we all?!
John Douts ‘72: John lives in Anchorage, Alaska, has been there since 1977 thanks to Uncle Sam’s Air Force. John spent seven years in the Air Force and 32 years with Bureau of Land Management (BLM). His wife, Kristia Is from Nebraska. They have three children, six grand children and one great grandchild on the way. John retired on December 31, 2011 and is awaiting Kristia’s retirement. Hope that means John will have more time to visit his family and friends in the lower 48.
Jeff Shenk ‘73: Jeff Shenk is doing great. Jeff travels a lot and lives in Ft Lauderdale Fla. Jeff has two daughters and a beautiful little granddaughter. We’re happy for Jeff and his family.
Class of 1974 from Ken Beck: Ken is looking for all members of 1974 who are able to return for Reunion to come on back!
Bob Krieger ‘75: Just a reminder Class of 1975, this is our 40th Reunion. Help make it special by planning to come back for Reunion in June. Would love to see as many of us as possible! 40 is a very special number. Let’s try for 40 or more of our class members!
Dennis Ero ‘88 and Lisa Dawn Beers Ero ‘92: A big congratulations to Lisa and Dennis on their marriage on July 14, 2014. Dennis proposed to Lisa on campus, right in front of the chapel. They were high school sweethearts while at Scotland. Sounds like they have a “happily ever after” ending . They live in Somerset, PA. Again, congratulations, Dennis and Lisa!
Marcleave Mitchell ‘95: Marcleave has found a calling working at a Juvenile Justice Center in Philadelphia. He balances work with his family. Sounds like Marcleave’s got his life together!
Consuela Newhams ‘03: Consuela recently moved to North Carolina and has two sons, Tobias and Jerome. Hope all is going well for Consuela!
Melissa Flick Albaugh ‘97: Melissa recently earned a Masters of Science in Washington DC, graduating in July 2014. She continues to serve our country in uniform; 12 years and counting in the Army. Melissa wishes all her Scotland brothers and sisters well. Thank you for your service, Melissa!
Jesse Morit ‘04: Jesse has met the love of his life, Kristen Marie and has two beautiful children (boy 3 years old, girl 8 years old) Mason and Olivia. They make their home in Shenandoah, PA. Jesse has one more year in college (Welding Technology). When school is completed, Jesse and his family plan to buy a home in the country in western PA. Good luck, Jesse with all your goals. We are betting you will accomplish every one of them! Jesse’s sister, Erin Morit ‘04 lives in Shenandoah, PA also.
Eleanor Gryciez Miscavage ‘48 and Florence Gryciez Klucinski ‘49 are identical twins. No one knows who is who in the
picture above, not even Ell and Flo. Ell lives in Wilkes-Barre, PA and
Flo in Clifton, NJ. They celebrated a birthday on June 2nd. Happy
Belated Birthday Twins! (Thanks to Paul Kostenbauder ‘48 of Florida for sharing the picture).
Mary Rhoads Christ ‘58: Mary attended the breakfast at
Yoder’s in Lancaster County on April 19, 2014, in part thanks to Ron
Ford ‘58, who also came to the breakfast. It was great to see these
members of the class of 1958. Both Mary and Ron live in Lancaster, PA.
Class of 1965—Diane Walsh Freeman, Rita Brown Cline, Pam Straley Reeder, Sally Sheaffer and our illustrious president, Kenny O’Brien are working on the details of a dinner for our 50th Reunion on Friday, June 12, 2015 of Reunion. More information will follow. We are asking you to please make every effort to join us for our 50th! Thanks!
Evelyn Millhouse McElwain ‘68: Michael and Evelyn Millhouse
“68” McElwain will be celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary
on November 21st. They were married in the school chapel on November 21, 1976. Also, Evelyn did her internship at the infirmary when she lost her job in 1996 after 28 years. She went back to school and got a degree in the medical field. Congratulations to you, Evelyn!
Preston Jones ‘69: Congratulations are in order to Preston
Jones ‘69 for his retirement on April 1, 2014 as a bus operator
for SEPTA after 33 years of service. We are certain Preston will be missed by all who relied on his transportation service as well as the SEPTA management team. Good job, Preston. All the best to you and your family in your retirement!
James Bria ‘70 feels blessed to have been on an unbelievable journey for 35 years with his company, TSI. Jim retired on April 1, 2014. His wife, Bunnie, retired in 2013 after 39 years teaching elementary education. They will celebrate 40 years of married life this year. Jim and Bunnie are going to enjoy their time together with visits to their children who live all over the country and Jim’s siblings. We offer our congratulations to Jim on the occasion of his retirement and our heartfelt thanks for his support of the golf tournament.
Class of 1974 from Ken Beck: Wow. I cannot believe it has been 40
years (yes, I said 40) since the class of 1974 graduated. As some of
you know, I have been trying to put together a small reunion for our
class. I have done most of this on Facebook. This reunion will be
held at our Homecoming dinner on November 8th at the American Legion in Chambersburg. Information about the dinner is in this newsletter. As I have said before in previous newsletters, I am not going to beg you to come. What I would like is for my classmates of ‘74 to consider coming to this dinner if for no other reason to rekindle old friendships. If you know of anyone from the class of ‘74, please tell them to contact me. My email address is on the page with officers listed. I would also like to state that this reunion is “not”
just for those that graduated. This is for anyone that went to Scotland School and would have been in the class of ‘74. So please think about joining us on November 8th. We would love to see you. I know I would. Thanks for taking the time to read this and hope to see a lot of you there. Thanks, Ken Beck
Herbert M. Turner III ‘79: Herb’s older son, Herbie IV,
13 years old, was accepted as a top admit to the highly selective Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Out of 3,000 applicants, he was awarded the George HW Busch Scholarship for Outstanding Student Leadership. Herb says Herbie has been on a “Scotland schedule” since his youth-and he is incredibly disciplined which allows his talents to shine through! Congratulations to Herbie and we wish him all the best in his academic pursuits!
Rev. Jerry and Sharon Logan: Many thanks to Rev. Jerry and Sharon Logan for hosting the July 26th picnic and for their efforts to have the best site at Caledonia State Park, a great spread of food and paper essentials as well as door prizes. About 25 alumni, staff and friends of SSVC attended the picnic. If anyone left and didn’t have enough to eat, it was their own fault! Thanks again to the Logans for the special time together!