THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2007-3 OF MARCH 1, 2007
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. GOATMAN ITEM STIRS MEMORIES.
I received this email from Liz Winfree (68) in reaction to the item in the
last e-Notice mentioning Clinton's own legendary Goatman: "Hi Henry: Until I
read this issue I hadn't thought about the Goatman in years. In 1967/8
my best girlfriend (BJ) and I decided to go see if the stories were true.
We drove down to where the Goatman was supposed to be, and sure enough,
after waiting a little bit, over on top of the hill in the field next to us
appeared the Goatman - we couldn't believe our eyes - at least not until we
heard an eerie sound that we attributed to him. We got spooked and
started to leave - the road was narrow and a good ol' 3-point turn was too
slow so we used the edge of someone's yard to expedite the get-a-way and
about then shots were heard. We were being shot at. We screamed
and laughed at the same time - but we got out of there quick and didn't go
back. We had seen what we came to see and didn't need to go back.
I can still hear the sound and see the scene like it happened last week.
And I received this email from Erin McMahon Luckeydoo (88): "Hi Henry:
Too funny about Goatman! The last time I was in Maryland with my family, I
told my children and husband the story about Goatman. Jake and Chris's eyes
were as wide as saucers. Erin"
2. CLASS OF 57 PLANS REUNION.
The Class of 1957 is having its 50th reunion the weekend of Sept 28, 2007 in
the Solomons Island area. Please contact Rick Pope by May 1st if you're
interested in participating, or if you have any information on members of
the Class of 57 or their family members. Rick's contact info is: Rick
& Alice Pope, 9 Hall Farm Drive, Heathsville VA 22473, 804-580-8144,
3. FORMER SURRATTS GARDENS RESIDENT
SEEKS INFO ON FORMER NEIGHBORS. I
received this nice email from Becky Hann Griffin (78): "Henry: My
family moved into a brand new house in Surratts Gardens in 1962. At
the time our house was at the dead end of Juliette Drive (7518 then, later
renumbered to 9509), which was later expanded as the neighborhood doubled in
size. In fact, because we were originally, with the Erricksons, the
end of the street, the annual Halloween costume contest was always in
front of our house. Many of our neighbors were sitters for us in those early
years and I remember them fondly and keep hoping to find some information on
them in your wonderful newsletter. Of course, over the years, my brothers
and I were also friends with many of the other kids in our neighborhood as
well as so many others at school. We moved from there to Upper
Marlboro in 1976, and I still drive past whenever I can. My older
brother is Russ Hann (75) and my younger brother Ray Hann graduated from
Northern HS in Calvert County in 1982. Isnt it interesting how old
memories are often our best and fondest? To be more proactive, let me
try to give you a listing of the names to the best of my ability in hopes
that someone out there might know more about some of these people or be able
to put us in contact. After missing so many of the Surrattsville
reunions I am already looking forward to next year in hopes of seeing many
of my fellow 1978 graduates! Sincerely, Becky
Roberta Sam Taylor
Nancy Davis (not sure that is the correct last name)
(Becky informs me that brother Russ is still in the area, and brother Ray is
in Bagdad. I'll bet one or more of our readers might have some contact
information on this group of former, and perhaps current, Surratts Garden
4. HORNET RECEIVES LAW ENFORCEMENT
HONOR. We're proud to report that Erin
McMahan Luckeydoo (88) recently was awarded a Medal of Merit by her law
enforcement agency for events that occurred in October 2002 and May 2006
resulting in the apprehension of a murder suspect and the apprehension of a
suspect in two armed robberies. Congratulations to Erin on this nice
5. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREE RECEIVES
ADDITIONAL STAR. I just learned that
2006 Foundation Achievement Award recipient Tom Travis (72) has been
promoted to Major General while serving as the Command Surgeon, Headquarters
Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.. Congratulations to
Tom on this wonderful additional accomplishment!
6. SEARCH THE WEB AND GENERATE
ADVERTISER DONATIONS TO THE FOUNDATION.
We recently learned of a Yahoo-powered search engine, goodsearch.com, that
generates donations to charitable organizations designated by its users.
This sounds like a painless way for each of us to increase the Foundation's
fund raising efforts by simply making a small change to the way we do
something many of us do each day web searching.
Here's how you can help out. Go to
http://www.goodsearch.com. In the
indicated box, designate The Surrattsville High School Foundation, Inc. as
the charity to receive donations from goodsearch's advertisers each time you
search the web. Then use goodsearch.com to do your web searching.
(To make this really easy, you can designate goodsearch.com as your homepage
on your computer by going to
Thanks for considering changing the way you search the web to generate
donations to the Foundation. (Goodsearch.com reports that if 1,000
Foundation supporters search the web twice a day, $7300 in donations will be
generated for the Foundation each year!)
7. HORNET WEATHERS CENTRAL FLORIDA
STORMS. Many of us took note when we
heard about the awful tornados that recently struck Central Florida, home of
Ann Weaver Pelle (71), who lives in The Villages, FL and often sends us
youthful stories about her Twirlers and Red Hat groups that always seem to
be on the go. Fortunately, we received this update email from Ann
after those storms: "Dear Henry: I am just getting time to send you
just a sample of tornado pictures that Mike and I took the other day here in
The Villages. There was also an area just behind The Villages that was
hit harder, that is where the fatalities were. Mike and I had a few
friends from Twirlers that were directly affected. There were so many
homes that this is just a tiny part of the big picture. So much to be
done and it's really sad to see everything lost for these older folks.
No loss of life here in The Villages though, thank God. We wound up
helping people that we didn't know in that particular neighborhood, who just
didn't know what to do. Well, you know me; hands on and just do it!
Happy to tell you that most of the girls on my team are the same "Type A"
sort! In the meantime, while just trying to cope with all of this, I
got our second invitation in less than a week from our "Big Cruise" return.
We have been asked back to do a repeat performance the same time next year
on "The Rockin' The Caribbean Volume 2"! Check this out: If you
go to this website,
scroll down a bit and look at the lineup for the next show! The
Villages Twirlers are right up there with some of the best Rock and Roll
acts in the business for all time! (OK---I am the girl on the hood of
the '53 Ford) I am now just getting into crunch time with a lot of
shows---different themes, costumes and numbers that will run me crazy until
Cinco de Mayo! Ann"
8. SEEKING LOST HORNET.
Mike Robertson (67) is trying to contact Mary Lee Nichols (67). Please
contact Mike at
you have any contact information for Mary Lee or her family members.
9. MUSICAL MEMORIES OF ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL. I received this great memory
from Cheryl Goddard Ragusa (75): "Hi Henry: I really enjoy receiving
the Surrattsville e-Notices and especially the memories described within.
I have one of my own I'd like to share. While looking at the
ice-covered trees and enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate during the recent
cold snap, I began thinking about the long, cold winters of my childhood and
reminisced about our winter activities while in elementary school. I
remembered many days of indoor PE and working out to a song called "Chicken
Fat". In these days of internet everything, I did a search for the
song and, lo and behold, I was able to locate the original song! When
I listened to it, it conjured up working out in the cafeteria at Walden
Woods Elementary School (I was in the first 6th grade class at that school
in 1968). I remember Mr. Allen, our PE teacher, playing this song I
loved it! I seem to remember Steve Tazelaar, Bruce Eddy and Ernie
McNab making the most of our workout time. If anyone would like to
take a trip down memory lane, go to this link:
10. CLASS OF 97 REUNION UPDATE.
I received this update on the Class of 97 Reunion planning from Monica Crown
(97): "Hi Henry: The February Reunion meeting went very well. We have
pin-pointed when/where we are going to have the events. The 10 Year 1997
Surrattsville High School Reunion will be on August 3rd & August 4th.
The 2day event is going to consist of the Friday night Getting
Reacquainted happy hour at a local bar/hotel banquet area. This event will
only last a few hours. Then on Saturday we are going to have a BBQ on the
grounds of Surrattsville High. (Why not take it back to where it all began!)
That BBQ will last about three or four. Lastly we will have an Adult Event
at the Jaspers in Crofton in a private upstairs exclusive area. We
are in the process of tallying up cost for all three events, so we should be
sending out the main invitation in the upcoming weeks. We are trying to keep
cost at a minimum, so any additional help that can be offered please let me
know. We are also in the process of sending our Class postcards to try to
get as many updated Class member's information as possible. Please make sure
you send your most updated info to
Surratts97Reunion@gmail.com, and pass this
along to any Class members you might run into. In total weve
contacted about 50 of the 216; let's try to get 100%! If you would
like any further information please contact me at Monica Crown,
11. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINEES SOUGHT.
As we do each year, we're asking you to help us identify nominees for the
Foundation's Annual Achievement Awards. Each year since its inception,
the Foundation has had the privilege to honor members of the Surrattsville
community who have distinguished themselves with great works in their
various fields of endeavor. Bios of past years' outstanding
Achievement Award recipients can be found on the Foundation's web site at
Please send me an email at
if you know of an accomplished Hornet who should be considered for this
Hope you're all managing to stay warm, and enjoying the winter season!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE FOUNDATION'S 2007 CAMPAIGN
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)