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    Alumni News – Fall 2014


    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!

  • Jim Lowe
    From the President's Desk


    Dear Alumni and Friends of SSVC:

    As we are approaching the fall season, we have a number of events planned for SSVC Alumni.  First, I MUST begin with our number 1 fundraising event – the Annual Alumni Golf Tournament!  Each year – and this is our 11th tournament – I must express how extremely thankful and grateful I am for your continued support to the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children Alumni Association.  And that is no different again this year!  It continues to be a joyous feeling knowing that each of you still care so deeply about the school that we hold close to our hearts.

    The Annual Alumni Golf Tournament is right around the corner…Saturday, October 4, 2014.  Please contact me if you would be interested in sponsorship opportunities, player registration and/or volunteering for this fun filled day or to donate a door prize.

    And I ask that each of you go one step further – help us surpass our goal by simply donating only $5.00 each!  The class with the most donations will be recognized at our annual alumni dinner.  Are you up for the challenge?!?

    Another event you may be interested in attending is our Annual Picnic at the Greene Township Municipal Park.  The date is Saturday, September 13, 2014, and there will be a special guest attending.  Many brothers and sisters have been asking about Mike Smith ’70.   You will have the opportunity to pass along your well wishes to Mike personally as he is planning to attend the picnic!  Mike is excited to see everyone and sends his heartfelt thanks for all the cards and prayers.

    Don’t forget to mark your calendars for another exciting event – our Homecoming Dinner/Dance.  This event is always one of my favorites!  The SSVC family will be able to share memories and reminisce on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the American Legion Post 46, Chambersburg.  You can enjoy the musical talent of the band, The Headliners!  Please be sure to complete the Homecoming Dinner/Dance Reservation included in this newsletter quickly so that we can plan another successful dance.

    Lastly, in each newsletter I will continue to thank Winebrenner Theological Seminary.  I do not want us to forget how kind and compassionate they have been to the Alumni Association and to allow our Museum to remain on campus.  I’m not sure they understand how SPECIAL this is to us.  Progress on the Museum continues – though maybe a little slower than we would like.  Improvements are being made due to your kind donations and volunteer help.  We are nearing the next stage that we will be making contact to those who signed up to help volunteer.  Hope you are ready!

    Please remember, by supporting any and all of these events, you are helping to keep Scotland’s heritage alive.


    James A. Lowe
    SSVC Alumni Association

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    Good to Know

    What’s Happening on Campus?

    Winebrenner Theological Seminary pur- chased the Scotland campus on Thursday, June 6, 2013, nearly four years after the School was closed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. David Newell, Vice Presi- dent, said alumni are welcome on campus and Winebrenner wants all alumni to return “home”. Contact number for Winebrenner is 717-552-2220.

    • About 140 Korean Students are on housed on cam- pus. More students are expected during the year. They also use Boozer Hall for all their meals. When school starts, they will attend Broadfording Christian Academy in Hagerstown, MD.
    • Wedding events are booked in the chapel and con- certs hosted in the auditorium.
    • The Institute for Caregivers Education is a nurses education company and operates in the hospital.
    • The library is open, with a coffee shop that is a available for Scotland Alums to visit. The old score- board from the gym is on display in the coffee shop.
    • The Superintendent’s home has been beautified with paint, plants and flowers as has the hospital.
    • Cottage 19 is a day care center.

    Nominations for Officers:

    Denny Hughes ’63 is chairing the nominations committee. If you are interest- ed in running for one of the offices of the Alumni Association, please get in touch with Denny or Vickie Portner Cook ’73. Jim Lowe ’70, President and Sally Sheaffer ’65, Secretary have both said they will not run again. Please give serious thought to how you may be able to contribute to moving our Association forward and contact Denny to be placed on the slate of officers for the 2015-2017 term of office.

    Thank you.


    Our alumni and friends of SSVC are some of the most generous people. We appreciate each and every gift. Your donations are needed to preserve the rich history and heritage of our beloved School. You cannot imagine how much your thoughtfulness means to all who have come to know SSVC. Thank you to those who donated in honor or and in memory of loved ones. Those you memorialized can be found on page 3. Thank you to all of you who have given to keep our Association able to stay in touch with you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.