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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR CAREER EXPO AT SCHOOL.  The School is hosting a Career Expo on Friday April 13, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Alumni in all career fields are encouraged to participate.  Please contact Eddie Tyson at the School, at or 301-599-2453 ext. 276, if you can lend your efforts to this very worthy cause.

2.  MEDIA COVERAGE OF MARY SURRATT HISTORY CONTINUES.  Duke Coleman (53) sent in this interesting report:  "A day or so ago, one of the questions on Jeopardy showed a likeness of Mary Surratt and asked who was this woman who was the first female executed in this country for the conspiracy to kill Lincoln!  Contestants were all college students.  None of them knew the answer."

And Steve Profilet (71) sent us our first review of the recent book "Killing Lincoln:"  I recently listened to "Killing of Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly.  It is very interesting. The tone suggests that Mary Surratt was guilty!  Also he pronounces "Surratt" wrong!   He says "Surrott".   The book also reports that it took Mary Surratt five minutes to die!"  [Ed. note:  Our readers who saw "The Conspirator" also will remember that "Surrott" pronunciation from the movie.]

3.  … AND SPEAKING OF HISTORYOur readers who grew up in the 50s and beyond might enjoy this little musical history lesson sent in by Fred Altiere (71):

And we received this fascinating email from Harry Revis (57):  "I attended classes at Surrattsville School starting in the first grade in 1945 and graduating in 1957.  In the most recent e-Notice, you speak of the origins of Surrattsville High School.  Surrattsville is the second oldest school in the State and was built on the current site of the Grace Brethren School.  The school was updated and enlarged several times during my 12 years as a student there.  There was a coal/wood-fired furnace located in the basement of the oldest portion of that building that I believe was built in 1906.  As a student volunteer I helped move shop supplies and materials one summer as part of an upgrade of the student shops.  The old boiler was removed and replaced as part of the upgrade.  Being curious as I was, I rummaged through old papers lying beside the old furnace before it was removed and discovered student attendance records dating back into the 1880s.  Reprints of those records adorned the inside front and back covers of the 1957 Boomerang Yearbook.  I don’t know just how old “Surrattsville School” is but I’m sure it goes back earlier than the 1880s.  Harry"

And we received this info from Bob Wilson (78):  "On the question of the name of Clinton, in order to celebrate the wonderful work done by Dewitt Clinton, and his work in completing the big ditch – okay, the Erie Canal -- many towns named themselves 'Clinton.'  I passed through Clinton Iowa, and others exist to this day.  Our beloved town of Clinton received its name about then.  Also, add Clinton, MA; my Aunt would write to us in Clinton MA, but the zip code kept it from going there.  Took many years for her to get it right (write?).  Bob"

4.  MORE SURRATTS SINGERS MEMORIES.  We received this lovely memory from Evan Vutsinas (76):  "I have some more details for 'The Prayer' Surratts Singers discussion in the e-Notices.  Before my wife Cindy's illness in 2009 and her death in 2010, she and I spent at least three years tracking down the music and lyrics for 'The Prayer'.  Cindy (76) was the accompanist for Charlie Waddell during all three years we were at SHS and could play the notes in her sleep, but the words to 'The Prayer' were more of a challenge.  After Cindy passed, I sent the music and lyrics to Jackie Toth McPeake (76) in Raleigh, NC.  I'm sure Jackie would be willing to share if there are those searching for the music and or lyrics.  Evan"

[Ed note:  Those lyrics crossed Evan's note in the email, and were included the January e-Notice.]

And speaking of the Surratts Singers, Jeff Bowman (71) posted on the Surrattsville Alumni Facebook Group page the link to this great video featuring long-time Surratts Singers leader, and revered Surratts teacher, Sandra Willetts:

5.  SEEKING 49-50 CLASS PHOTOS.  Tom Satterfield (52) is seeking Boomerang photos of the sophomore class from September 1949 to June 1950.  Please email Tom at if you might be able to help.

6.  70 GRAD STARTS INTERESTING NEW CAREER.  Proving that having five grandchildren is no impediment to starting a new, exciting and perhaps unconventional career, we received this email from Pat McArthur (70):  "Happy Mardi Gras from the MS Gulf Coast!  I have achieved a bit of fame/notoriety; I am a writer for an online hockey magazine, Pro Hockey News ( ) and have been doing this for about a month and a half. I cover our local SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) team, the Mississippi Surge. The media credentials I now proudly possess can get me access to the team, the coaching staff, and the front office personnel with very little difficulty, as long as I adhere to the team's media guidelines.  I have had two articles published since January of this year and submitted my third article this morning.  This is so much fun, but a lot of hard work at the same time.  (And one of the very coolest things is that I can, when permitted, get into the Surge locker room!)  The odd thing is that my background and training is in the medical field and not in journalism.  I cordially invite my fellow Hornets to go to and look for articles on the Surge.  The author of these articles would be me!  Pat McArthur/Grandma of Five (70)"

7.  CLASS OF 82 PLANS REUNION.  The Class of 82 is beginning work on its 30 Year Reunion.  Please contact Scott Gavel at if you have any contact information on members of the Class of 82 or on members of their families.

8.  CLASS OF 76 TAKES LEAD AGAIN ON "SURRATTSVILLE BLUE CRABS NIGHT."  We received the following from Class of 76 ORC Evan Vutsinas:  "Happy March Hornets!  Here are details for this years' 3rd Annual Surrattsville Night at Blue Crabs Stadium.  For the amazing price of $20.00 per person, attendees will receive parking, game admission into the left field party pavilion, and a two hour Texas Roadhouse all-you-care-to-eat buffet dinner including dessert and soft drinks.  Besides some pretty good baseball, don't miss the awesome fireworks display after the game as well!  This invitation is for Hornets from every era.  Last year the 50s through the 2010s were represented.

Here's the link to sign-up:  First, click on the link.  This will take you to a security page where you will be asked to type the letters that you see - this is case sensitive.  Once you pass that test, you'll be sent to the page where you will enter our secret code, which is SHS.  Again, this is case sensitive.  Finally you will be asked to enter the number of tickets you are purchasing and you'll be led through the traditional payment process.  We hope to see many of you at Regency Furniture Field in Waldorf on Saturday, June 23rd!  Evan,"

9.  ANNUAL MUSIC EVENT SUPPORTS CHARITY.  We received this email from Jackie Kaiser MacBryde (71):  "If we have any alumni interested in the blues, here is a great venue with a good line-up this year, 100% for charity.  The VIP package is the best deal!

'Bay Blues Festival Line-up Set, by E.B. Furgurson III, Staff Writer, Capital Gazette Communications, 02/23/12 -- The Tedeschi Trucks Band and Jonny Lang will top the bill of 14 bands at this year’s Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival at Sandy Point State Park.  The rest of the lineup had been signed for weeks, but yesterday’s announcement that the Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, both top blues artists in their own right, completed the list of artists who will perform at the charitable event on May 19 and 20.  Advance general admission and VIP tickets went on sale this month, even though Saturday’s closing act had not been disclosed.  Tedeschi Trucks landed the Grammy award for Best Blues Album last week and played at the White House last night, along with festival favorite Shemekia Copeland.  It took a few weeks to get the final deal done with Saturday’s headliner, who has been in great demand, especially in the national circuit of spring festivals.  “They are expensive and hard to schedule,” festival promoter Don Hooker said. “A lot of it is routing. They have 11 people in the band and a total of 22 people on the road. It takes a lot of coordination.”  And they are not cheap either. But Hooker hopes the lineup will bring in a larger crowd this year.  “I haven’t raised ticket prices, and I have more money tied up in artists this year. So if I don’t get more people to turn out, I am in trouble.”  Lang, Sunday’s headliner, will be making his fifth appearance at the bay blues bash. He last appeared in 2009.  With help from a cadre of volunteers, Hooker has been putting on the concerts at Sandy Point since 1998. Since then the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival has raised more than $900,000.  And this year a new charity is on board. End Hunger Calvert, headquartered in Calvert County, works to feed hungry families in Calvert, southern Anne Arundel County, and Charles and St. Mary’s counties.  “They also train people for jobs in the food service industry,” Hooker said.  Last year more than $50,000 went to the local causes.

Hooker reported that half of the available VIP tickets already have been sold and general admission sales are going at a fairly good pace, too. The lineup for the festival is:

Saturday, May 19:

  • The Chesapeake Bay Blues Band with Tom Principato, Patty Reese, Gaye Adegbalola and Ron Hollway
  • Honey Island Swamp Band
  • Janiva Magness
  • Delta Guitar Slingers with Michael Burks, Bernard Allison and Lurrie Bell
  • Ruthie Foster
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sunday, May 20:

  • Albert Cummings
  • Lydia Pense and Cold Blood
  • Michael Williams Band
  • Philipp Fankhauser
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • JJ Grey and Mofro
  • Jonny Lang

Advance tickets are on sale through March 15. One-day admission is $45, two-day admission is $75.  After March 15, tickets will be $55 for one day and $95 for both days.  Tickets purchased at the gate will cost $70 for one day and $120 for both.  VIP packages, available online only, are for two people for both days with meals, beverages and a parking pass. The cost is $500 before March 15 and $550 afterward. No VIP packages will be sold at the gate.  Tickets are available via E-Tix at 1-800-514-3849, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at'"

10.  PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY CHRISTMAS IN APRIL FUNDRAISER.  Prince George's County's Christmas in April chapter – whose Executive Director is Achievement Award recipient Mary Kucharski (76) – is planning a fundraising dance on March 3, from 6 – 11 p.m. at the Clinton Moose Lodge.  A $15 admission includes a ham dinner and the classic rock sounds of "Rt. 5 South."  (Love that band name!)  Information is available at 301-868-0937,, and  Best of luck to this fine charity on this upcoming event.

11.  REQUEST FOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS.  At this time each year, we ask our readers to consider nominating a worthy member of the Surrattsville community for one of the Foundation's Achievement Awards.  Bios and photos of the extraordinarily accomplished past recipients of these Awards may be viewed by clicking the Achievement Awards button on the Foundation's web site at (and they may be viewed collectively at  Please send any nominations to

12.  REQUEST FOR FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS.  The Foundation is seeking individuals willing to serve on the Foundation's Board.  If you might be willing to lend your talents to this very worthy cause, please send an email to

13.  CLASS OF 97 PLANS REUNION The Class of 97 is busy planning its 15 year reunion for mid-summer 2012.    The Class has a web page at  Please contact Monica Crown at if you would like information on the event or if you have any contact info for members of the Class of 97 or their families.

14.  CLASS OF 71 PLANS REUNION The Class of 71 is holding a reunion event near Annapolis on Saturday June 23, 2012.  For information, please visit the "Surrattsville 1971" Group on Facebook, or contact Darlene Monaco (71) at, cell: 443-831-1643 or home: 410-544-1471.

15.  CLASS OF 62 PLANS 50 YEAR REUNION The Class of 62 is planning its 50 Year Reunion.  Here are the details from the Reunion Committee: "Crystal City Marriott, Crystal City, VA, June 22, 23 and 24, 2012, Dinner on Saturday Night June 23.  Party like you're 18 again!  Party like it's 1962!  Reunion Committee: Terry Buckley Osman ( 410-320-2668 or 410-586-3911, Kathy Dorsey Larrabee ( 410-353-3432 or 410-897-0332, Jerry Spence ( 240-216-0189 or 240-419-2661, Len Owens ( 443-206-2567.  Please join us on Facebook if you are a member.

16.  NEW PHOTOS ON WEB SITE.  Thanks to our readers, there are a number of new historical, and recent, photos on the "Photos" page on the web site at that might be of interest to many of our readers.  If you have any photos that you think might be of interest to our readers and web site visitors please send them to me at

17.  SEARCH THE WEB AND SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION.  Some of our readers use the web search function to do their web searching, and by doing so generate automatic contributions by to the Foundation.  To use as your search engine and to designate the Foundation as the beneficiary of donations by, simply by going to and, at the "Choose Your Cause" button enter "Surrattsville Foundation" (and that will take you to a page that says "Surrattsville High School Foundation (Baltimore – MD)" (the mailing address for the Foundation.                                     

Thanks for considering this painless, and free, way to support the Foundation every time you search the web!

18.  REQUEST FOR PRINCIPALS' PHOTOS FOR LEGACY WALL.  As noted in the last e-Notice, the Foundation is seeking photos of all of Surrattsville's Principals (since 1907!) to include on the new, Foundation-sponsored "Legacy Hall" at the School.  If you have any paper copies of photos of Principals that you would be willing to snail mail to us for scanning and a prompt return to you, please mail them to Henry Smith, 1 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.  If you have the ability to scan a digital copy of a Principal's photo – perhaps from your yearbook – please send me an email at so I can tell you if we already have that particular photo.  If we don't, and you could kindly scan the photo and email it to us that would be great.  (Especially if the scan is "high resolution," which is better for enlarging to 8 x 10 size for framing.)

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide with this latest Foundation project.

19.  COLLECTED SCHOLARSHIP AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PHOTOS NOW ON WEB SITE.  As previously reported, we're delighted to note that the collected photos of all of the Foundation's Scholarship recipients and Achievement Award recipients (since 2000) are now accessible on one page on the web site by clicking the "Photos" button on the home page (at   Larger photos, and full bios, of those outstanding members of the Surrattsville community may be found by clicking the Scholarship and Achievement Award buttons on the web site.

20.  FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and is now approaching 1300 members.  This is a great, and free, way for folks to stay in touch.  Similarly, the Class-specific Facebook Groups – that have names like "Surrattsville 1971" and the like -- continue to grow.  Please consider joining the Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group, to get the latest news on alumni events.

21.  BOOMERANGS/ALUMNI-FACULTY-STAFF DIRECTORIES/AND WINDOW STICKERS 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 an email to

Thanks to the herculean work of Pat Becker Oles (71), the Foundation's 2000 Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory has been updated for 2010, and now includes fascinating "what I'm up to" paragraphs from those who submitted directory information.  If you would like a copy of the Directory, send a $20 check payable to the Foundation to:  Henry Smith, One W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.

Pat Becker Oles (71) also kindly handles the Foundation's "Surrattsville Alumni" window stickers project.  Pat notes that the stickers are not the "static cling type," that stick to the inside of a window.  Instead, they are the "stick to the outside type," that can stick on a window or bumper, and use "repositional adhesive" (meaning no sticky residue).  Information about purchasing the stickers can be found on the web site at


Here's hoping many of you are sensing the first hints of Spring!  Henry Smith (71)

In Memoriam

WILLIAM "BILL" DEWITT TALBERT (65), of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on January 27, 2012, at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born June 14, 1947, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Roy Edward and Ruby Belle Owens Talbert.

He was of the Protestant faith.  He graduated in 1965 from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1966 and served most of his service as an engineman third class on the USS Sea Poacher. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy after serving four years active duty and two years in the Naval Reserves.

In 1971, Bill joined the Montgomery County Police Department. As a decorated officer, Bill received numerous awards for meritorious service and valor in the line of duty. He received multiple lifesaving awards, including a Governor's Citation and a Commendation for Heroism by the Veterans Administration.  Bill received multiple awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Alabama State Militia, and was recognized in the State, House and Senate of Maryland, in Maryland Senate Resolution 71.  In 1978, he received the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Bronze Medal of Valor for heroic lifesaving measures. He retired in 1984 due to a service-connected disability.

Bill was injured in 1983 when he was struck by a drunk driver while on duty in Montgomery County.  His death almost 30 years later was considered "In the Line of Duty" and he was honored with a wonderful funeral in Berkeley Springs, WV with Montgomery County Police, MD State Police, Berkeley Springs police and fire units, bagpipers and motorcycle units paying their respects as well as maintaining an Honor Guard.

SUSAN ELIZABETH CORNELISON PETERS (66) died peacefully following a long and courageous battle with lung cancer on February 15, 2012 at her home in Ocean Isle, North Carolina. Susan was born in Washington, DC, the daughter of the late John "Steve" and Sally Cornelison. She was preceded in death by her brother, Steve Cornelison. Her former husband, James Peters, resides in Ocean Isle, North Carolina. Susan will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Jaime Lynn Beisler and husband Joe of Ocean Isle, NC, Katherine Sue Cooper and husband Toby of Pomfret, MD and four grandchildren, Dylan James Beisler, Alyssa Gales, Gabrielle Cooper and Kolbey Cooper.  Susan was a 1966 graduate of Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD. After high school she worked full time for the Federal Government in Washington, DC, retiring in April 2006 from the US Census Bureau in Suitland, MD. Since then she held several positions at the Rod N Reel Marina & Hotel and volunteered at voting polls in her North Beach community. Susan was a loyal member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary and VFW Posts. She loved volunteering her time and meeting new people. Susan's amazing life was blessed with love and friendships that have lasted and grown through the years. She loved to laugh and gossip and found pleasure in the simplest of things; sunrises, sunsets, the bay, the beach and rainy days that could never take away her smile. She will be remembered in so many ways and always being a true friend to those who knew her. Susan loyally demonstrated her passion for the Redskins, the Orioles, the Nationals and the Maryland Terrapins along with her tireless devotion and dedication to her family and grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers a Memorial Funds has been established.  The family plans a Memorial Bench in Susan's name on the North Beach Boardwalk' contributions envelopes are available at the Lee Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to





Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Nancy Miller (67)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Elizabeth Lee Gleisberg May (78), In memory of loving parents Ray and Dorothy Gleisberg
Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
Henry Smith (71), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
Tom Shultz (71), In memory of Earl and Charlotte Shultz
Duke Coleman (53), In memory of Donald England (53)



Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Valerie Parker Allard (73)
Bob Freitas (70)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Coach Lew Jenkins
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Susan Loweth Melton (63)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65), In memory of Gloria Grady (65), Linda Soper (65) and my 65 "brother," Richard Gordon (65)
Patti Williams Makielski (74), In memory of Kathy Williams Sheppard (76)
Judy Crawley Gibson (71), In memory of Debbie Bastek (71), "a tough cookie who is gone too soon"
Duke Coleman (53)
Carmen Gines Frotton (65), In memory of Richard Gordon (65)
Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Tom and Sally Travis (72)
Lawrence Romjue (57), In memory of Lois Marie Osgood (57), "26 miles – Santa Catalina"
Richard Grace (81), In memory of Rhonda Nairn (81)
Mike Blair (71)
Suzan Martz Holmquist (62)
Patrick McMenamin (71)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Lee Hessberg (68)
Lois Barrett Hessberg (70)
Carol Fite Mothershead (65)
Larry Mothershead (65)
Mike Boyle (69)
Jim Casswell
Bonnie Harris
Scott Sonntag (71)
John Shultz (80)
Kelly Shultz (83)
Paul Monaghan (59)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and former faculty), In memory of Eugene Colgan and Marie Grouby 
Marie O'Clair, In memory of Marie Grouby
Jean White Monroe (71)
Vera Twigg
Anne Noyes (former faculty)
Pamela Buckingham (68)
Leslie St. Clair (70)
Judy Miller (70)
Donna Mitroff (57), In memory of  Nancy Drevenak Dickinson (59)
David Kraus (65)
Debra Villari
Lee Pascasio
Nancy Lapin LoBianco (65), In memory of Sarah (Sally Lang) Knight (66)
Richard Duke (47), In memory of James Paul Duke, Jr. (40)
Dan Bayne (71)
Ron Cunningham, former faculty
David Miller (73)
Mike Miller (70)
Denise Hope (72), In memory of Robin Danielson (72)
Shawn Craw Blau (71)
Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
Sandra Hardesty Taylor (71)
Betty O'Clair (73), In memory of Francis R. O'Clair
Glenda Gillan Schornick (70)
Mara Seaforest (65)
David Crawley (65), To the Class of 65
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54), In memory of Glenn Evans (54)
David Coffield (65)
Brenda Karnes (former faculty), In memory of Dixie Vinciguerra, Vicki MacCoy, and Goldie Smith-Watson
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, former faculty and administrator), In memory of Goldie Smith-Watson