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11/24/22 08:17 AM #155    

Pamela Brown (Day)

Thanks, Doug, for your heartfelt message. It was a pleasure to spend time with you, Ron, Tom, and Mike. We did learn a lot about each other! Let's keep it rolling. Thaks for organizing these get-togethers. It means so much. Happy Thanksgiving  to all my Crossland classmates.

Pam Brown Day

11/24/22 11:49 AM #156    


David Fletcher

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

11/24/22 01:58 PM #157    


Kenneth (Ken) Polky

Thank you for all of your efforts to help us reconnect and share our life experiences, Doug.  I agree that there is a special bond even between those of us who hardly knew one another back in the late 60's and early 70's.  If for no other reason we have much in common through growing up and forging ahead with our lives during those  turbulent years.  Happy Thanksgiving!

12/03/22 04:37 PM #158    


David Fletcher

I just heard from Robert (Bobby) Goldenberg!! He's on facebook as Robert Goldenberg Dds.

I sent him the link to this site and told him we'd all love to see him next year at the reunion.

I am blown away. Can't wait to see him!


12/22/22 07:18 PM #159    

Douglas Silvern

Hello Classmates and Friends, It's dark and still raining in Middletown , Md. Unlike last month, I can't see the mountains. But there is hope as the days have started getting longer again, so Happy Winter Solstice.  

So many of the  classmates have bithdays in December, and I want to shout out to wish all of you a healthy and happy new anniversary.  

I just finished up a batch of Dougie's renowned  German Potato Pancakes (latkes) to celebrate the season.  Yes Rod, they are better than Hot Dog cassorole. Just ask the folks that worked at Tucker Road Rec Center in the Fall/winter of 1978.  

I am thrilled to announce  that I will be celebrating Joe's birthday on 12/24 with him, Pam S Brown and other friends that normally celebrate with him  at about 2pm. at Tunnicliff's Tavern, SE DC.  He has invited all of us that are available. Yes , I am sure most of you already have plans, because of traditional things you do with family and friends. Many of you have probably traved out of the DMV area.  But if you have an hour of unscheduled time, and can come down, I'll buy you the first round of hot cider, spiced rum, or whatever beverage you desire.  Heck, I'll even buy lunch or dinner for  anyone  that comes over and tells me what my favorite song by Queen is.  ( I'll bet Dave Fletcher knows)

Lastly, I've have been hearing faint rumors or rumblings about planning a get together in 2023.  That's very probable,​ because there is now a committee. wink I've made a list of classmates that told me they would help after our last gathering, and from  the post event survey.  I wiill be in touch.

I wish everyone a safe, healthy, happy and the merriest of holiday cheer with family and friends. Happy New Year ,  Continued Blessings to all in 2023.

Warmest regards,


12/23/22 12:00 PM #160    


Kenneth (Ken) Polky

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

12/23/22 01:08 PM #161    

Robert Williams (Williams)

Wow, Tucker Road (often referred to as Rucker Toad) haven't heard that name in a while! Listened to many a local band there back in the day. Happy holidays all and a good New Year too. 

12/25/22 09:06 PM #162    


David Fletcher

Tucker Road Community Center!

"Big Mac" Wilkerson was the man in charge there. He and I worked together doing bands there. Scott Wayhab, Nick Meman and I had our first gig there. (pig)

The Bouys played there as well (Timothy - the song about the mining disaster).

Had lots of fun there for sure.

Anyway, Merry Christmas to all!


12/25/22 09:16 PM #163    


David Fletcher

Big Mac also ran the Hilcrest Heights rec center. Took me a few to remember who the kid was over there.

Luther Vandross.

Yeah, him.


01/15/23 05:27 PM #164    

Douglas Silvern

Greetings Classmates, Spouses and Friends,

I hope everyone is easing into 2023 well.  For the majority of us, we are wrapping up our seventh decade, Congratulations!   

 Writing on the eve of our nations celebration of M.L.K. A few quick memories pop into my head. 55 years ago, this coming April, MLK was assasinated. I remember standing at the bus stop at Brinkley Road, on the morning of April 5th with Larry Barrett.  He was sharing the sad and devastating details in the moring newspaper with me.  Larry went off to R. B. Taney JHS, and I to John Hanson JHS.

I remember just a brief 60 years ago, this coming August, the same extraordinary leader led a march of demonstrators to Washington DC, of approx 220,000 people. That was just a 10 mile drive from most of our neighborhoods.  I remember at the age of 10, my father driving me down past the Tidal Basin towards the Lincoln Memorial on Independence Ave SE DC., and witnessing  the masses of people peacefully expressing their concerns of our nation. Our generation will also never forget where we were , in November that same year, having our school day interrupted with the announcemnent of the assasination of JFK.  I was sitting in the same classroom as Lucy Peterkin, and Linda Potts at Forrest Heights Elementary.  It is remarkable what we have experience in our 70 years, and many of the mysteries are still unsolved.

Moving on, it was this time last year the planning for our 51st get together was started. It was a long process.  From the post survey of that event, many of you expressed the planning for event #52  to continue.  I'm looking into my Romper Room Magic Mirror, inherited from Ms. Molly when I started teaching in 1975,  and I will be calling on you folks. So, lana, Susie, Davey, Kenny, Angie, Jan, Chris, Rita, Vikki, Mikey, Debbie get ready.  Ahhh, the fun begins!  If a  committee assembles, we  will be back in touch with you, with hopefully interesting and exciting news for all to start planning a visit to the DMV area,  or elsewhere , this coming September. 

Stay well with coninued blessings.

Please feel free to reach out with any comments or ideas. Love to hear from you





01/15/23 07:34 PM #165    


David Fletcher

I remember that well. It had been a bad year for me, as I had lost a friend - Larry Teacher - to what was a very preventable incident dureing the summer. Please, dear God, if you own guns, keep them unloaded with a trigger lock on them which only you have the key to and in a real gun safe. Larry had found his father's 45 caliber hand gun and in twirling it, it went off and he died as a result.

I had been looking for Larry when the first day of school started and he wasn't there. I already had a feeling of dred when the principal at Temple Hills Elementary came on the PA system. He told to us - while crying his eyes out - the story and emplored us to keep our hands off guns.

Years later I was one of the soundmen involved with - while working for National Sound - the Million Mom March. For those of you who didn't attend or know of this event, It was an event hoping to raise awareness of gun safety.

A teacher from Columbine High School was the first speaker. Her telling of the story of how she'd led the students into what she thoughtwas a room of relative safety, turned out to be a killing ground. She was the first person shot and had to lay there wounded on the floor while the perpetrators killed the kids under her protection in the room.

Needless to say, there wasn't a dry eye on the mall on any of the 750,000 or so participants. There was a "Wall of Rememberance and I left Larry's name on it in honor of our friendship and his loss to a hand gun.

Then, in November, the same crying voice came on the PA to tell us that JFK had been shot. He played the radio over the PA only stopping on the annoucement that JFK had died.

Now all of you who know me know that music is important to me. No that day. When the music teach Miss V. came I just put my head down on my desk and refused to participate. She sent me to the office.

I sat there on the bence with the heater under it running full bast baking until I was called into the office. The principal and I just sat there staring at each other until we simultaniously broke into tears and remained there crying until the busses were called.

Please be careful with your guns. someone's life coud depend on it.


01/15/23 07:36 PM #166    


David Fletcher

Now that I have gotten off  my soap box, I will be proud to be a part of planning the 52 reunion.





02/25/23 12:41 AM #167    


Linda Mott-Smith

Greetings Classmates, I will be returning to the DC area on Wednesday and staying at the Hotel Indigo in Old Town Alexandria until Sunday! Would love to reconnect with you, especially on Saturday evening. Please call me at 508-292-8432...hoping to see you!




02/25/23 01:20 PM #168    

Douglas Silvern

Linda is traveling @500 miles to Alexandria. I'm only about 120 miles round trip. Saturday 3/4 evening is open.  

The Hummingbird, Ada's on the River, The Wharf, even King and Rye all look like interesting places to hang out for a few hours.  I'll even be driving back down to Arlington Va on the 9th.

I'm in! Anyone else?

02/28/23 04:38 PM #169    

Ronald Roys

Linda ,Doug

Responding to the recent message about visiting Old Town Alexandria Va. I'm around this week. I'm available Wednesday evening, Thursday lunch or dinner or Friday lunch or Saturday lunch. I have previous engagements for dinner on Friday and Saturday. Then there's always coffee in the morning. Let me know if any of it works.

Ron Roys


03/01/23 01:13 PM #170    


Linda Mott-Smith

I could do tonite or Thursday night😀

03/01/23 05:50 PM #171    


Linda Mott-Smith

At Hotel Indigo, walking distance to the Torpedo Factory where Pam Brown has her studio. Anyone can call me at 508-292-8432...

03/01/23 05:52 PM #172    

Ronald Roys

Linda and all

How about tomorrow night at Ada's on the river in Alexandria. It's right down the street where you are staying Linda and it's right down the block from me where I live. Michele my wife will be joining us as well. Let me know as I'll need to make reservations.


Ron Roys


03/12/23 12:24 PM #173    

Douglas Silvern

Greeting Classmates, Friends, and Family members,

We are so thankful for the kindness many of you express towards each other. We see warmth, joy, and exuberance when we get together informally, or even communicate in some fashion.   Connection is vitally important to everyone, and not just family, especially as we age gracefully.  While you might not think it is appreciated, it really is.  Even as years pass between us, we are increasingly significant to each other.

This is the year of our individual Platinum celebrations. If we can be a part of yours, please reach out and let us know.

In the beginning of this landmark year a committee convened to plan an event in commemoration of our 52nd year since graduating from CHS.  The last two years we partied in Maryland. We felt this year a destination in nearby Virginia would be a good option for activities. We have selected a site also convenient for out-of-town travelers.


Please save the Date: September 26-28, 2023. Destination: Historic Leesburg, Virginia.  The land of rolling hills, parks, vineyards and horse farms.

We are planning Happy Hours, Dinners, golf, a winery visit for tasting and other pleasant gathering opportunities at some wonderful venues.  We are hoping many of you can join us for this celebration. More details to follow.


If you feel you can join us for at least one event during September 26-28, 2023

Please respond for planning purposes to:


Year 52 event planning committee: Pat (Hankins) Fink, Debbie Dougherty (Hannon), Angie Neel, Tom Urman, Dave Fletcher, Doug Silvern

03/13/23 09:52 AM #174    


Sharon Eanes (Pearce)

There is a great restaurant in Leesburg called Light Foot, it may be one word.  Ingrid, the chef and owner, began her career with baking pies.  Her mother worked at the law firm where I worked and she would sell her pies to us around Christmas and Thanksgiving.  They were the best!  Now she is a very accomplished Chef. Check it out!

03/26/23 01:06 PM #175    

Douglas Silvern

CHS classmates and friends, Happy March 26th,  Spring weather is coming in soon to the Mid Atlantic.

The CHS #52 event planning committee wants to send you our regards. We are busy making plans for the class activity in late September, and are hoping you are saving some time to come join us. Leesburg, Va. has a lot of interesting and fun  venues where we can  meet and share.  I know there is a lot to share because when Deb and Angie get together it is hard to keep them on task for planning.  But I enjoy every moment of it.  Please take two minutes to get in touch with Deb or Angie to say hello and tell them you are interested in coming to an activity.  We should have most of the details ready for your planning to join us by Mid April. We still need to confirm a Winery for tasting and a couple other evening venues.  Did you know 62 classmates live in Va?

Pat, Deb, Angie, Tom, Doug 

Angie Neel

Debbie Dougherty (Hannon)

PS: Mike Parvis is having a bowling party fundraiser in Crofton, Md April 2 @ 1:00 pm.

There are a few of us getting together to support the cause. If you are in the area get in touch with Mike 

301 789-7781 or 410 721 6977

04/03/23 05:40 PM #176    

Douglas Silvern

Just for  fund raising. Had a blast with these folks at Crofton Bowling Center on Palm Sunday . See if you recognize any of them. We had to numb the pain.  Mike P did it again. With the help of 125 of his friends  and aquaintances

he coordinated single handed   a huge contribution to the Bowie MD Food Bank.  Way to go Mike.


04/11/23 01:30 PM #177    

Douglas Silvern

Classmates, one possible venue. Your #52 planning committee (minus Pat Fink) hard at work at Clydes- Willow Creek, Ashburn VA.  Pat was not able to fly up from Ga this time. 

05/05/23 04:36 PM #178    

Rob Zidek

With deepest sadness, I am passing the news that my – and several of your – very close friend, John Sauer, passed away Tuesday morning, May 2nd. I just spoke with his wife, Carolyn, who told me he passed suddenly and quietly, presumably from a heart attack.

Services will be held at Raymond Funeral Services in La Plata on Thursday, May 11th at 11:00 am. Here is a link to the obituary:!/Obituary

Throughout every cherished moment of our 60+ years of friendship, I fondly remember John's kindness, his generosity, his great sense of humor, and his love of people.

I pray for Peace for Carolyn, John's childeren and grandchildren, and all of us who share their grief.

Rest in Peace my Friend!

05/06/23 03:38 PM #179    


David Fletcher

I knew John back in the day. He, Paul Thompson, Tim Collins, Fran Larson  and I ran together.

He was a good friend and I will miss him. Please pass my condolences on to everyone that was in his circle of family and friends and know that my life has been diminished by his loss.

Love tp all.

Dave Fletcher

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