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Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that might be of interest:

HELP WITH CAPTIONS NEEDED!  Thanks to several of you, there are a number of new, and fascinating, photos on the Photos pages of the Foundation's web site at  If you can help identify some of the individuals in those photos, please send me an email at so we can add to the captions.

MORE REMINISCENCES FROM THOSE HALCYON DAYS.  The Foundation's unofficial memorist, John Curry (60),, has shared another interesting recollection of his formative years in Clinton.  Here's his email: "Hi Henry:  Thanks for the interesting Hornets update. Sounds like some Surrattsville alumni have found the public spotlight. I am including my thoughts about how I learned to deal with growing up and hopefully retaining my sanity.

"The Woods."  I imagine that everyone has some method of dealing with lifes pressures and mine was retreating to a secluded spot to recharge. Across the road from where we lived was a large expanse of trees where we spent many hours playing and exploring. One fine summer day events in my life seemed to press more than usual so I went for a walk in the woods. I went farther than before not really concerned about the way back. I climbed over fallen trees, crawled under dense brush and finally came to an enchanted place. There were large pine trees all around, which provided a soft cushion of fallen needles and a small stream of clear water meandering through this isolated spot. The trees were very tall, completely encircled by dense foliage and only small shafts of sunlight filtered down through the pine branches high above me. I stopped and stood watching and listening for some time before I realized that I was alone and there was complete silence. Nothing moved, there was a magical feeling that came over me to discover such a place in the middle of a noisy and seemingly disorganized world. I sat down on the soft pine needle carpet, leaned against a tree and stayed very still. After a short while the area came alive with activity. Apparently my intrusion had sent the locals scurrying off to safety. Once I fit into the scene the squirrels, birds and other flying things returned and went about their business. It was grand to sit there quietly observing nature illuminated by the small smoky-like shafts of sunlight. I remained there for some time not really conscious of the passage of time until I realized that it was getting cool and the sunlight was fading. Reluctantly I stood up but again the local inhabitants took off because of my noisy presence. I was now concerned about where I was and the direction that Id taken. Luckily there were enough disturbed leaves and brush to point my way home. I visited this special place many times in different seasons and I always came away with a renewed spirit.

As my wife and I arrived in town to attend the 2005 Surrattsville All Class Reunion we drove around the old neighborhood to check things out. We drove past this wooded area and to my surprise it is still there. I imagined that civilization would have mowed over most forested areas. I wanted in the worst way to stop and go exploring one more time but we were in a hurry and I was half afraid that it would prove to be only a youthful image and not the special place that I so fondly recall. Maybe it is better to keep my memory because I can still go back any time I care to."

[Ed Note: It's always awfully comforting and surprising! to hear that portions of our old hometown are still intact, and haven't been "paved over"!  However, in a drive down Woodyard Road last weekend from Route 4 to Cheltenham Road, I noticed seven or eight signs for forthcoming luxury housing developments where, for the past eons, only trees have stood, so I imagine that stretch of our old hometown is about to change radically.]

SEEKING INFO ABOUT PRINCIPAL BOND.  Ottis Young (48) is wondering if anyone has any information about what happened to Principal Bond after he left Surrattsville.  Please send Ottis an email at , if you have any information that might be of interest.
MORE RINGS STORIES.  Our item about the still-unclaimed Class of 71 ring found in an elementary school playground in Heidelberg, Germany prompted the following emails:

"Hey Henry: I had my class ring stolen in 1983 when we lived in Waldorf. I guess it could be anywhere or even melted down by some pawn shop. It had a cut green stone with the S under it, 73 on one side and the hornet on the other side. My initials CLM are carved inside. Thanks, Chris Carrano (McMahan)"

"Hey Henry:  Reading about all the lost rings made me think of mine, which I often do. I lost in at work in Langley VA - about 1962 - and it never turned up.  It has a green stone with a crest on top and 1961 is the year. Vicki Gifford DeLalla (61),"

"Hi Henry:  I realize this is a long shot, but I would like to add my lost class ring to the list.  I accidentally left it in a doctor's examining room at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC in 1987.  It has an aquamarine starburst stone and "SRM" inside the band.  When I called the hospital, I was told no one ever turned it in and it was very likely pawned.  Any information you can find out will be much appreciated!  Thanks, Stephanie (Merchant) Johnson (85),"

"Hello Henry: Here are the details on my missing ring.  It was stolen at U of M campus in my freshman year, the fall of 71.  My PE locker in Cole Field House was broken into (along with many others). My freshman PE class was "nude swimming" ... just the naked facts sir.  It had my aquamarine birth stone.  I know I'll never see the ring again, but stranger thinks have happened.  Thanks loads, Walt Frazier (71)"

"Hello Henry:  I did loose my 71 class ring during a snowball fight on the Surrattsville school grounds. It either had my name or my initials JLS inscribed, and had a blue stone. I lost it back in 71 so my memories of the details are somewhat foggy. If this matches any found rings please let me know.  Thanks, Jimi Simon"

"Hello Henry:  I found the article about the class rings in the most recent e-Notice of special interest.  While it was not from Surrattsville, I recovered a class ring that had been lost for over 10 years.  It belonged to my younger brother.  I got into relic hunting/treasure hunting using a metal detector.  He asked me to look for his ring that he had lost while climbing a tree.  After telling me the approximate location, I searched with my detector, and it was the second target that I dug up.  I returned it to him, looking as good as it did the day he lost it.  Lee Ringley (65)"

Wouldn't it be great if out network could turn-up one or more of these missing treasures, just like Lee located his brother's long-lost ring?!

SEEKING LOST HORNETS.  I received this email from Melissa Rehl (68): "Hi Henry.  I graduated in 1968 and am looking for some e-mails for June Andreade (or Andrade) (68) and for Anita Kolb (or Kole) (67). If you could help, I would appreciate it.  Thanks, Melissa."   If you have any information on these Hornets, or members of their families, please send Melissa an email at

CUMULATIVE REPORT OF FOUNDATION ACTIVITIES. Proving how time flies, the Foundation has now been in existence for over five years.  For those of you who may be new to these e-Notice reports about Foundation activities, here's a little overview of the high points of the history of the Foundation to date.  Of course, none of the Foundation's achievements would have been possible without the enormous amount of volunteer and financial support received from so many of you.  On behalf of the great kids at Surratts, many thanks!


1.  Incorporated March 17, 2000
2.  Found to be a tax-exempt charitable organization by the IRS on June 16, 2000

Fund Raising

1.  Golf Outing Fund Raisers in 2000, 2002 and 2005
2.  All Classes and Staff Reunion Fund Raisers in 2000 and 2005
3.  All Classes and Staff Sock-Hop Fund Raisers in 2000 and 2005
4.  Charter Donors Campaign in 2000
5.  Annual Campaigns in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
6.  All Classes and Staff "Surrattstock" Fund Raisers in 2002 and 2005
7.  Legacy Society (for gifts by will or trust) established 2003

Achievement Awards

1.  2000 - Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (60)
2.  2001 - Building Superintendent (1963 - 2005) Gerald Pickeral
3.  2001 - Foundation Visionary Charlie Cooper (52)
4.  2002 - Christmas in April Executive Director Mary Kucharski (76)
5.  2002 - International Opera Star Gordon Hawkins (76)
6.  2003 - Long-time Surratts Employee Roberta Padgett Taylor (53)
7.  2003 - Command Fighter Pilot Col. Robert Marr, Jr. (71)
8.  2003 - Internationally Acclaimed Painter Kevin Fitzgerald (71)
9.  2004 - University of GA Basketball Head Coach Dennis Felton (81)
10. 2005 - French Legion of Honor Recipient Nelson Duke (40)
11. 2005 - Clergy Member and Public Servant Susan Thomas Azud (73)
12. 2005 - Oscar Winner Marcia Gay Harden (76)
13. 2006 - Brig. General Tom Travis, M.D. (72)
14. 2006 - Assistant Chief Fred Keeney (73)


1.  2001 - $500 Scholarships to Christina Morse, LaToya Harris and Tricialand Hilliard
2.  2002 - $500 Scholarships to Joy Pemberton, Patrice Felton, Andreka Thomas, Samara Cook and Chantal Brown
3.  2003 - $500 Scholarships to Ricky Hammett and Janelle Jackson
4.  2004 - $500 Scholarships to Bonnie Chow, Melissa Hunter and Brinkley Hypes
5.  2005 - $500 Scholarships to Michelle Branch and Benjamin Ellis
6.  2006 - $500 Scholarships to Jenese Reed and Cordell Kennerly


1. $2,200 and $1,100 unrestricted gifts to the School in 2000 and 2005
2. Commercial grade popcorn machine and supplies in 2001
3. $200 to SGA for Homecoming decorations in 2001
4. Graphing calculator to student in need in 2001
5. $500 to Cheerleading Squad in 2002
6. Offer of $1,800 in scholarships to Global Young Leaders attendees in 2002
7. Three commercial grade supply carts to office in 2002 and 2003
8.  Over $250,000 of computer equipment in 2002 and 2003
9.  Courtyard renovation and benches/tables in 2002 and 2003
10.  Two electric typewriters to Media Center
11.  Cash stipend to dance student studying in Philadelphia
12.  $150 gift to student participating in Caribbean baseball tournament
13.  $300 gift to 2005 softball team for needed equipment
14.  $7,000 gift from Class of 52 to Band Department
15.  Offer of financial assistance to senior requiring night classes to graduate with Class of 2006
16.  Offer of financial assistance to senior requiring financial assistance to participate in 2006 graduation
17.  Provision of assistance to Boomerang yearbook staff with 50th edition of Boomerang
18. $1,100 unrestricted gift to the School in 2005


1.    Establishment of active web site at
2.    Publication of regular Surratts News "e-Notices"
3.    All Classes and Staff Sunday Rides in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
4.    Establishment of School Archives in 2000, and Oral History Project in 2005
5.    Publication of All Classes and Staff Directory in 2000
6.    Initiation of "Spruce-Up" Committee in 2002
7.    Offers to establish Sports Boosters Club, and preparation of documents, in 2002 and 2005
8.    Participation in 2001 - 2004 Graduation and Senior Awards events and 2002 Class Competition event
9.    Offer to provide panel of judges for Ms. and Mr. Surrattsville event in 2002
10.    Assisting with Coach Haigler's request to NIH for Medical Science course grant
11.    Working with student intern assigned to assist the Foundation
12.  Development of parent-driven Foundation projects for 2002-2004 and beyond.

VINTAGE CARS; CALLING ALL "OLD CAR" PHOTOS.  I received this interesting email from Lee Ringley (65): "Hello Henry: I found of interest the email in the recent e-Notice about aging and how to count it.  Why fool ourselves or pretend -- just admit it as a group of us (drag) racers do.  We attend a race/car show every year.  The informal title is "A Gathering of Geezers", one of the racing teams is "Codger Racing," and the event sells the "Geezer" t-shirts.  It's a very enjoyable and laid back/no rush event for old race cars and old(er) people.  The event is for the older race cars.  It's rare there is anything newer than early 70's and many of the racers and spectators are in their 70's.  At this year's event, I think there were more golf carts (for us geezers that can't walk the pits anymore) than there were race cars.  It's a great show if you like the old race cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  The spectator parking is full of street rods and street machines.  It's sort of like stepping back into the past, with the old cars and the old music, but we're missing the young babes I remember in those days, and we're no longer young men in t-shirts and  grease under our fingernails.  Just old men revisiting the past.  You might be surprised at the number of us geezers that have returned to racing (spending our kids inheritance on fast cars).  Many are racing the cars they grew up with or restoring and driving their first car or a street rod from the 30s and 40s.  In your email, you mentioned Tom "Smoker" Smith [famous drag racer and late father of a number of Hornets].  Yes, I remember Smoker Smith well.  I used to race at Aquasco, Capital and Buds Creek.  While I was never in Smoker's class nor did I enjoy his success, I did enjoy the drags.  One "old" man that I met there last year got back into racing when he retired, in what is called the Pro Nostalgic class (for old race cars).  He called his car "Fountain of Youth" -- a 66 Ford Fairlane with a much modified 427.  It is currently the quickest car in his class and he's the man to beat in Pro Nostalgic, running in the 8.8s this year.  If you remember the times Smoker was turning back in the 60's, this is quick.  I highly recommend the show for those that like the old cars.  Lee"

I corresponded with Lee, telling him that I own a 1960 Rambler American that I purchased five or six years ago because it is a virtual exact copy right down to the missing, rusted-out floor and the faded paint of the first car I bought, in 1969 while a junior at Surratts.  I mentioned to Lee that it might be fun to encourage our readers to send in photos of their new/old cars, and their old/old cars as well, for posting on the web site.  I received this email from Lee in response:

"Hello Henry:  By all means, take some pictures of you and your new/old ride and post them, along with a short story about the first car and the "new" replacement.  It would be even more interesting if you have a picture of you and the cars, then and now.  I can assure you, many of us will be envious.  Many of us wish we had our first car back.  It often was our "first love", regardless of what we told our girlfriends.  And, we all remember the good times with those cars and rarely ever remember how much effort we had to put into them to keep them running.  We usually let them slip away without a second thought about them until many years later.  Sort of like that high school romance that didn't last.  Enjoy the summer and cruise as often as possible your car.  Lee"

So, to respond to that challenge, please email us any photos you have of your new/old, or old/old cars, preferably with you in the photos, for posting on the web site so they can be enjoyed by our readers who are auto or history enthusiasts!

A NOTE ON PERPETUAL YOUTH.  I received this email expressing a very positive world-view from Kathy Mierke (57) in response to Norm Carmichael's (65) article reprinted in the last e-Notice: "Henry:  About age: this year I will celebrate my 39th anniversary of my 29th birthday.  Just remember: "old" = 20 years older than you are.  Therefore you can be young forever.  Kathy"

SEEKING 1989 and 1990 YEARBOOKS.  Donna Scales (92) is looking for a copies of 1989 and 1990 yearbooks.  Please contact Donna at if you have any ideas on how she might acquire one, or if you're willing to loan her one to review.

HORNET SEEKS HISTORICAL PHOTOS.  Hi received this email from Richard Wagner (64): "Henry:    I am looking for historic photos of Clinton from the 1950s and 1960s.    As a member of the Surrattsville Sr. High Class of 1964, I am now 60 and researching material for my Audio-Visual Autobiography.   I am interested in the immediate commercial center, from the Surratts House to and including Christ Episcopal Church on the east side of Old Branch Ave, Rt 5 and the old Post Office (the shingled one, not the brick one), and Mitchell's ESSO Station, and Schultz Grocery to the Ford Dealership on the west.  I would also like to see photos of both sides of Woodyard Road from the B. K. Miller's and the Clinton Bank to the Volunteer Fire Department's vacant lot.  As I recall there was very little on Piscataway Road at that time. These shots might also include Ripples Hardware, the Ben Franklin 5 and 10, the Old Post Office, the Clinton Bank, the original fire house, and the Clinton Restaurant.

I grew up in Clinton, and attended all of the Surrattsville Schools as well as Tanglewood Elementary.  I attended Christ Episcopal Church, and the annual VFD carnivals.  I delivered newspapers to one half of the residents in Clinton for five years.  I also grew hay on the site that is now occupied by the High School.

Responses and photos should be sent to and include a name and phone number along with the e-mail address. I don't have any specifications for the resolution of photos yet, but I plan to use them in a video which is normally 720 by 480 pixels. My intended purpose is to create a before and now element in my Audio-Visual Autobiography.  Thanks, Richard"

Does anybody know where Richard might find some of this photos of by-gone times in Clinton?

I hope you're all staying cool and well-hydrated, and enjoying a relaxing summer!

All the best, Henry Smith (71),


Steve Profilet (71)
Carol Tisdale Whitsell (64), In loving memory of her sister Jeanne Tisdale Burke
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Faculty, 1938-1942)
Robert Brewer (67)
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Smith (70)
Bill Harris (71)
Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Barbara Gene Misiewicz Bailey (63)
Richard Neilan (82), In Memory of Charlie Waddell


SUSAN BAUCIA (faculty) died on July 8, 2006.  Susan is survived by her husband Anthony Baucia and her son Christopher Baucia.   Susan taught at the junior high and the senior high.

WOODROW "BINGO" WHITE (74) died on Sunday, July 2, 2006.  Bingo is survived by his siblings, Joe (68), Kirk (69 or 70), Donna (71 or 72) and Mike (78) and three children, Bing, Jr, Lauren and Tracy.  Bingo kindly lent his musical talents to help make Surrattstock a successful Foundation event.

CAROL DIXON GANSKOW (61) died on July 20, 2006. She has been fighting breast cancer and then developed pneumonia, which took her life.




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