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Hello Hornets:
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1.  PLEASE SEND UPDATED DIRECTORY INFO ASAP.  Thanks to the efforts of Pat Becker Oles (71), we hope to have an updated Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory available for sale around the time of the June events.  If you would like to be listed in the 2010 Directory, please take a moment and send the following info to Pat at, or Pat Becker Oles, Surratts Alumni Directory Coordinator, 3702 Molona Drive, Orlando, FL 32837:
Graduation Year (or years on faculty/staff):
Full Name at Surratts:
Full Name Now:
Street Address:
City, State, Zip:
Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Email Address:
Update (30 words or less) as to what you are up to:
2.  ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF EVENTS RAPIDLY APPROACHING!   There are less than 60 days remaining until the June 2010 All Classes/Faculty/Staff events.   To assist the volunteers with their many logistical efforts, if you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets ASAP.
As previously reported, the events are: (a) the Golf Outing to be held Friday June 25, 2010 starting at 9 a.m. at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville; (b) Surrattstock III to be held Friday evening June 25, 2010, from 6 to 11 p.m., in the multi-purpose room of the School; and (c) the All Classes/Faculty/Staff School Open House and BYOP Picnic to be held at the School Saturday June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Golf Outing tickets, which include the outing itself, a subsequent free round of golf at Eisenhower, and food and drinks, are a very reasonable $67.  Tickets for Surrattstock III are a mere $5 (definitely cheaper than Teen Club after factoring in inflation!), and tickets to the Open House and Picnic are $10 (with guests under 18 free to Surrattstock III and the Open House/Picnic).
Unlike the Open Houses/Picnics held in 2000 and 2005, we won't be including food and drink in the $10 Open House and Picnic ticket price, so the 2010 Picnic will be BYOP.  However, a local food vendor, "Chuck's Wagon," will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, drinks and side dishes and desserts.  Also, we're delighted to report that once again we'll be running shuttle buses from the School to the "Old School" (the building at Brandywine and Surratts Road) which will be open for tours to those of us who have great memories from that old building.
There are two ways to buy your tickets.  First, you may send a check by mail using the form pasted below.  Second, you may purchase tickets on the Foundation's web site, at the "Events" button, at  Here's how you do that: 
a.  Go to
b.  Click on "Events"
c.  Find the event you wish to attend (i.e., "Golf Outing," "2010 All Class Reunion" or "Surrattstock III"), and click on that event.
d.  Click on "Pay Now"
f.  IMPORTANT:  On the "Review Your Payment" section, again for name badge purposes, in the box called "Add Special Instructions to Seller," please type in your graduation year, or you years on the faculty/staff.
g.  Click on the "Complete Purchase" button.
h.  Check your email,  where you will find a receipt for your purchase.  Please print this off and bring it to the event.  This receipt is your entry ticket.
(Note that you'll need to repeat the above for each event you wish to attend, and for each person from your group attending each event.)
3.  ... AND DON'T FORGET YOUR CLASS-SPECIFIC EVENTS.   In addition to the All Classes/Faculty/Staff events above, please don't forget to check in with your Class ORC to learn about any Class-specific event for your Class being held during the June 25 - June 27, 2010 weekend.  ORCs are listed on the "Classes" page on the web site at
4.  GOLF OUTING DETAILS.  Here are some details from our Golf Outing co-chairs about the June 25 Foundation Golf Outing:    Eisenhower Golf Course, Crownsville, MD.  There will be a 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start, Captain=s Choice (scramble).  $67 per person includes golf and cart, range balls, prizes and food and drinks at the awards reception immediately following the golf.  In addition, every golfer will receive free greens fees for a future round of golf at Eisenhower.  This event is open to Surrattsville alumni, family and friends.  Register your own foursome or sign up as an individual.  Payment can be made online on the Foundation's web site at or by mail using the ticket order form below.  Any questions can be emailed directly to Alan Johnson (72) ( or Lauren Foley (74) ( 
Many thanks to Alan and Lauren for all their hard work in putting together this great event!
5.  SURRATTSTOCK III DETAILS.  A number of our newer readers have asked for details about Surrattstock III.  As attendees of Surrattstock I and Surrattstock II can attest, Surrattstock is like Teen Club, but without chaperones and with old people.  It is a very casual, recurring event, held in the cafeteria at the School, and featuring some of the great bands from "the golden era of live music at Surrattsville" (roughly 1960 – 1980).  Surrattstock III will include performances by Maiden Voyage, The Clinton All Star Orchestra big band, the John Previti/Mark Schultz/David Hanbury Trio, and the truly legendary Butler's Orchard.
And if you're planning to attend Surrattstock III, and you'd be willing to donate a half-hour of your time to assist with the ticket table or the refreshment table, please send an email to the Surrattstock III coordinator, Stacey Fowler (87), at
6.  MORE MEMORIES OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND.  In light of the 90 degree temperatures today in D.C., and to get us in the mood for the All Classes events, and the other events of the coming warm weather season, here's another interesting article from the series in the St. Mary's County Times written by Foundation Historian and Archivist, Shelby Lee Oppermann (79):
ACarnival Nights,@ by Shelby Oppermann.  I love this time of year when the weather (fairly hot days and cool evenings) takes your mind back to evenings at the local carnival. I always think of it as carnival weather. That feeling of excitement when you are half a mile away and can see the bright glow in the sky and the top of the slowly turning Ferris wheel. The thrill of walking into a miniature city of brightly strung lights, screams of laughter, lines for the children=s rides, and amidst it all on a flawless Summer night, the pervading smells of cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, funnel cake, and carnival pizza. I love carnival pizza. 
Carnival nights seemed to last forever as a child or a teenager.  Some of you from up the road probably went to the Marlow Heights shopping center carnival, nestled just under the highway ramp. We usually ate at Steak in a Sack and then walked over to the carnival when I was very little.  I remember my Mother not letting me get caramel or candy apples ever again after the first carnival. The sticky candy and the apple got stuck in my long hair and they were forever banned. I=ve solved that problem when I found out about caramel-appletinis.
As a teenager, I think more of the Clinton carnival at our only big shopping center, also right next to Route 5.  Candy apples were not on the agenda at that time, other things occupy the teenage girl=s mind. The song Frankenstein by Edgar Winter always seemed to be playing at the Tilt-a-whirl.  I believe it comes with the ride and I know I=ve heard it at carnivals every year. Packs of teenagers made the rounds of the circle all night only stopping for food and soda occasionally.  Isn=t that still the case?
When my sons were small, they begged to go to carnivals and I took them to each carnival starting at Mechanicsville, then Hollywood, Leonardtown, and ending in Ridge. I vaguely remember one in Valley Lee, but I might be mistaken. It=s hard to believe how the Hollywood carnival has grown from their small firehouse and parking lot at the junction of Mervell Dean Rd and Rt. 235 to what they have built a mile up the road.  I still look over at the old low building in the back of the parking lot and visualize the games of chance all lit up with people waiting to pop water balloons or kids picking up their lucky duck.
Each carnival has so many memories for me. Who can=t think of Mechanicsville carnival without smiling and thinking of Mr. Younger, or Hollywood carnival and the AMayor of Hollywood@, Jenks Mattingly.  If you visited Ridge, then bless his soul it was Mr. Titus.  I still miss the Leonardtown carnival and have lots of pre-teen Camp Maria memories from there.
There came the time when my sons hit their teenage years and were not as interested in having Mom walk around with them at carnivals.  And I was happily content to play bingo, which I have always loved, and eat and visit with other moms.  Then it happened where carnivals weren=t as important to them as they still were to me. The tables turned and I had to beg my sons to take their Mother to the carnival.  AI just want to see the lights, play a little bingo, maybe have some pizza, a little funnel cakeYpleeeease?@ A I won=t ask to stay until it closes this time, I promise.@ ANo, I won=t have any candy apples or ask for money for pull tabs.@ Geez!!
Now it=s my husband and I that go to carnivals, and make the rounds of the circle, running into friends and eating carnival pizza. He waits while I play some bingo. We play our games of chance, and try our hand at some of the games. There is always the ever-present beer tent near the pull tabs and money wheels which, for all I know, may be exclusive to St. Mary=s County. Pull tabs, and popcorn litter the ground. Everyone is smiling and enjoying Summer evenings that at one time seemed to last forever and now don=t seem to last long enough. Treasure what we have while it is still here.

To each new night=s adventure, Shelby    (Please send comments or ideas to
7.  CLASS OF 60 TO HOLD FIFTIETH REUNION.  The class of 1960 will be holding their 50th Class Reunion at the Holiday Inn in Solomons, MD on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 6 pm to 10 pm.   Contacts are:  Dick Wildes, 301‑373‑5858,; Becky Moyle Hintze and Benson Perrie, 301‑475‑0132; and Diane Kirchmer Black, 301‑392‑0992.
8.  COMPUTERS NEEDED FOR SCHOOL.  As many of our readers will recall, when the Foundation was first established, our first big project was to arrange for the donation to the School of over $250,000 worth of computer equipment.  Ten years have passed, and that equipment is now obsolete or at the end of its useful life.  Therefore, we have started a second drive to acquire computers (and related peripherals) for the School.  If you have contacts at any employer or other organization that donates "gently used" computers to non-profits, please contact me at
Note to federal government employees:  many federal government agencies have little-known programs for the donation of "gently used" computers to 501(c)(3) entities like the Foundation.  If you are a federal government employee, please consider asking around at work to see if your agency could make a contribution toward this very important Foundation initiative.
9.  BOOMERANGS AVAILABLE.   The Foundation has a limited supply of yearbooks from 1991, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.  If you'd like one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15 including shipping and handling), please send me an email to
10.  POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION.  The Classes of 80 and 81 are planning a possible reunion for June 2011.  They need a contact person for the Class of 80.  Please contact Teresa Blandford Pepper at to provide contact info.
11.  CLASSES OF 69-74 REUNION.  The Classes of 69-74 are holding a multi-Class dinner dance event, at the Ft. Belvoir Officer's Club, on the Saturday evening of the All Classes/Faculty/Staff events (June 26, 2010).  Please contact Leslie St. Clair (70), TODAY, at if you would like to purchase tickets.
12.  COMBINED 60-65 EVENT.  We received this update from Class of 62 ORCs Len Owens and Jerry Spence: "The Classes of 60‑65 are working on a Combined Classes 60‑65 Reunion with events on Saturday evening (dinner) June 26, 2010 and Sunday afternoon (picnic) June 27, 2010.  Locations still to be determined.  Please contact your Official Reunion Contact (contact info is on the "Classes" page of the web site at for more information.  Best Wishes, Len and Jerry"
13.  SURRATTS FACEBOOK PRESENCE UPDATE.  The "Surrattsville Alumni" Group on Facebook has over 1300 members, and the various Class-specific Groups ("Surrattsville 1971," "Surrattsville 1973," etc.)  also are continuing to grow.  Please consider joining these free on-line communities as a way to keep in touch and to stay informed.
14.  CLASSES FROM 75-85 ERA PLAN JOINT REUNION EVENT.  We received this announcement from Evan Vutsinas, the Class of 76 ORC: "Hornets:  We hope ALL Hornets are planning to be in town for the All Classes Reunion in June. For those SHS classes that haven't already planned a Saturday evening, June 26th, event for their group, we have an exciting opportunity to offer. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball team is working with many of the ORC's from the classes of '75 ‑ '85 (but ALL uncommitted SHS classes are also WELCOME to join in!).  The entry fee of $20.00 per person for the Crabs' game vs. Somerset on Saturday 6/26 will pay for  parking, a general admission game ticket to the Picnic/Party area AND a 2 hour ‑ unlimited dinner buffet including soft drinks. The gates open at 5:35PM and the first pitch will be about 6:30PM.  Many of the Class ORC's listed below are also working together to include draft beer in the $20.00 per person fee. What a deal!!!
In addition, members of the SHS family will be throwing out the first pitch and other members will be singing the National Anthem. The SHS Class that sells the most tickets will also be invited to select a few members to take (throw?) batting practice with the Blue Crabs! If you are an ORC for your SHS class and would like your class to join in this fabulous opportunity, contact Cindy Shelton Ryan, '75; Evan Vutsinas, '76; or Debbie O'Clair MacKenzie, '84 for further details. The SHS Classes that have already committed to participate in this awesome event are listed by ORC below.  Join us!
Cindy Shelton Ryan, '75              
Evan Vutsinas, '76
Teri Pepper Dimsey, '77
Mike Anderson, '77
Jeanne Hoffman LaRoque, '78
Marilynda Orange Macquade, '79
Teresa Blandford Pepper, '80 & '81
Karen Keys LeValley, '81
(Still searching for '82)
Becky DelVillar Levin, '83
Gary Stallings, '84
Debbie O'Clair MacKenzie, '84
MaryBeth Klick, '85
Cyndi Baker Fraley, '85
Here's how to order and pay for YOUR tickets!
1. Go to the Blue Crabs website at
2. Click the AGroups Log In Here@ button, which is located on the left hand side of the homepage, about 2/3 of the way down in a big box by itself.
3. Enter your login code, which will be ASHS@ and the last two digits of your graduating year.
a. For example, the graduating class of 1976 would have a login code of: SHS76. (case sensitive)
4. Click ABUY@, enter the number of seats you wish to purchase, and then click the ABUY TICKETS@ button.
5. Click AConfirm Order@ and set up an online account when prompted to do so.
We have confirmed that Coach Lew Jenkins and Mike Cady will be on hand to throw out the first pitch and we have also offered to RC Green, Marie Grouby and Margaret Harris.  If you have any questions about your class joining in, send me an e-mail:  Evan, at"
15.  ORC GROUP ON FACEBOOK.  Thanks to 76 ORC Evan Vutsinas, a Facebook Group for the Official Reunion Contacts from each Class has been established.  Please send Evan an email at if you are an ORC and you haven't joined this Facebook Group.  Or, go to  "Surrattsville HS Class ORC's" on Facebook and enter a request to join.  Evan asks that, when you put in the request, be sure to tell him specifically what SHS Class year you represent.
Thanks to Evan for establishing this convenient means for the ORCs to compare notes and share ideas.
16.  SURRATTS COOKBOOK UPDATE.  Here's an update from Leslie St. Clair (70) who is putting together the Surratts Cookbook to be offered for sale at the All Classes events:  "Henry:  Regarding the cookbook, the deadline for submittals to June 15.  So, folks, please keep them coming. There will be a display set up at the All Classes/Faculty/Staff events and at the multi-class reunion for 69-74.  We will take orders the entire month of July and then can send the book out to the publisher.  Also, please send suggestions for a title for the cookbook to me at  Finally, there is a chapter the publisher puts in the book called "This and That," so I need folks to send me their kitchen short cuts.  It's like a Heloise type chapter.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far -- not a boring recipe in the bunch!  Leslie"
17.  HORNET ART FEATURED AT NATIONAL HARBOR CENTER.      We just learned that Foundation volunteer Laurie Martin Roberts (74) has some of her stained glass artwork featured at The Art League at the massive, new National Harbor project located at 120 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.  The Art League is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6:00pm.  Laurie's work will be on display until May 8, and one of her pieces won the "Best in Show" award – congratulations, Laurie!  Laurie's husband Glenn also has a piece on display at The Art League. 
18.  GET WELL ANN!  We recently learned that perpetually young Foundation supporter Ann Weaver Pelle (71) had a benign, golf ball-size tumor removed from her brain on March 30.  As we should have guessed, Ann has already returned to attending practices of the Village Twirlers, and still plans to attend the June 25 – June 27 events.  We all wish Ann a speedy conclusion to any remaining steps in her recovery!
19.  SEEKING BOOOMERANGS.  Dan Saporita (81) is looking for yearbooks from 1979-1981.  If you have any leads that might help out, please send Dan an email at
20.  TIP ON BOOMERANGS.  Apryl Yates sent along this tip that might be of interest to folks seeking yearbooks:  "Henry:  Please get this info out to alumni.  There may be someone interested in getting these 82 and 83 yearbooks:  Apryl."
21.  SEEKING LOST HORNET.   Juan Tauler is trying to contact Cheryl Kittredge (71).  Please email Juan at if you have any contact info that might be helpful.
22.  ANOTHER REPORT FROM ACCOKEEK.  We received this blast-from-the-past email from Larry Carter (70):  "Hey Henry: I had occasion to be in the Accokeek area recently and noticed that B&J’s Carryout is still there and still in operation. I decided to stop in for lunch and was amazed to find the place completely lost in time. It still looks exactly the same as it did in the late 60s. Even the bar-b-q sandwich and onion rings tasted pretty much like I remember them. I was also very pleasantly surprised that the menu signs behind and over the counter are still the same, though the prices on them sure aren’t.  B&J’s was the “Mel’s” drive in for a lot of the kids in that area and I thought you might like to pass that along to visiting Hornets in town for the upcoming all class reunion. Larry"
I hope this finds many of you finalizing your plans to attend the various events of June 25 – June 27!
All the best,  Henry Smith (71)
In Memoriam
DENNIS M. OVERSTREET (70) died on July 10, 2008 from injuries he received when a car hit him while he was on his motorcycle.  His survivors included his brother Terry (69), his sister Patsy, his brother Brian, his mother Mathilda, and his daughter, Mellissa Persil.   A Facebook Group, "Remembering Dennis Overstreet," has been started in Dennis' memory.  Friends and classmates are invited to join and post remembrances.
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Steve Profilet (71)
James Coffren (68)
Margaret Edmondson Loveless (39, and former School Nurse), In memory of Truman S. Klein
Dan Bayne (71)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and former faculty), In memory of Eugene Colgan and Mildred Biedenkapp)
Susan Curtis Sturgill (65), In memory of Greg White (65)
Vince Antonioli (69)
Terry Zinneman Antonioli (70)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54), In honor of Band Director John Mathena
Victor Negron (71)
Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (60)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)
J. Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Jean Hurley Wilhelm (39), In memory of members of the Class of 39
Carol Fite Mothershead (65)
Larry Mothershead (65)
Edward Webster (65)
Sharon Till Webster (66)
Jaquie Goss Leach (65), In memory of Fred Goss, brother, and Class of 70 valedictorian