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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  FOUNDATION FUNDS STUDENT OF THE MONTH AWARDS.  The Foundation has proudly provided the funding for the 2012-2013 Surrattsville Student of the Month awards.  These awards, granted to four students each month, are used to recognize achievement and to motivate continued success.  Congratulations to these outstanding Hornets!

2.  2012 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN ENTERS FINAL MONTH.  The Foundation's 2012 annual campaign will continue for one more month.  We're hoping that many of our readers who might have been inspired to contribute in the past, but have not done so, might consider making a contribution to this year's campaign in order to help us reach a new fundraising milestone.  The Foundation Board is working on several new funding requests for exciting programs at the School, so this year's donors will be making an immediate and significant impact on the lives of the great kids at Surratts.

Contributions can be made on-line at the Foundation' web site at, using paypal or a credit card.  Just look for the "Donate" button at the bottom right of the home page.  And of course contributions are welcome by mail, and a donor form is pasted below.

Remember:  the Foundation has no overhead, so every contribution dollar goes directly to supporting the great kids at Surratts.  And no contribution is too small (or too large) to make a difference.

(Of course, the Foundation does not share any information about its donors -- or its e-Notice subscribers -- with anyone for any purpose, nor does the Foundation do any solicitations of any kind other than these e-Notice announcements about these annual campaigns.)

Many thanks to those very generous 2012 annual campaign donors listed below, and thanks to all of our readers for considering participating in this year's campaign!

3.  REPORTS FROM THE HURRICANE ZONEWe received this report from the hurricane zone from Melissa Copeland Rehl (68), just after Sandy moved away from the area:  "I live in NJ and am safe after Hurricane Sandy.  NJ really got knocked to the ground this time, but we are up and fighting!  I am at work.  I work for USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Veterinary Services in the field office in Robbinsville, NJ.  This office is up and running, but many businesses are not.  You cannot believe the incredible people helping people here. Unfortunately we do not have TV, yet. 

I am so proud of New Jerseyans and Governor Chris Christy.  Verizon and Team Mobile have now merged together to help get the cell communication up to normal.  Trying to contact our emergency personnel has been at the last, tricky.  The cell phones are jammed.  The NJ Shore has been devastated and they are still rescuing people from Hoboken.  NJ 101.5 radio station is acting as a go-between for people who are hungry, need all kinds of help, and people who are volunteering their time with chainsaws, food, water, taking pets to a dedicated shelter, rescuing people at the shore by boat, etc.  Then there is the dark side, too; we have some looting going on at the shore.  The contents of people’s homes are all over and looters are helping themselves.  The National Guard is there now.  But the majority of our people are helping each other.  We have volunteers who have driven from Alabama, and electrical workers from Illinois.  Melissa"

4.  SEEKING 76 AND 77 JUNIOR HIGH YEARBOOKS.  Stan Radzilowski (77) is seeking copies of the eighth and ninth grade yearbooks for his Class from Surrattsville Junior High.  Please contact Stan at if you have any info that might be helpful.

5.  CLASS OF 64 50 YEAR REUNION.   We received this announcement about the Class of 64's upcoming golden event:  "The Class of 1964 is planning a 50th reunion in Ocean City for late September 2014.  It might seem a long way off, but we all know how fast time goes by.  We need to firm up a place, reserve a block of rooms to set aside, and determine how much space we will need.   Please email Ginger Trapanotto, or Phil Foster, if you (alone or with a guest) are interested in attending.   Also, if you know the whereabouts of any former classmate, please ask him/her to email one of us or you can forward the information to us.  We appreciate any help you can provide and the "committee" is looking forward to re-visiting the 60s with everyone."

[Ed. note:  This gives new meaning to the term "Senior Week at Ocean City!"] 

6.  "CLASS OF 71 TURNS 60" EVENT.  The Class of 71 is planning a "Class of 71 Turns 60" gathering for July 25-July 29, 2013.  If you are a Class of 71 member and would like to be placed on the list for information about this gathering, please send me an email at  (If you believe you are on the list, and have not received each of the first three updates, please send me an email so we can check on any transmission problems.)

7.  FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and now has over 1420 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" (which now has 127 members) and the like -- continue to grow.  I've noticed that these Facebook Groups are becoming an increasingly active way for folks to share memories and news updates of interest to the Surrattsville community.  Please consider joining the Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group.


Here's hoping your holiday season is off to a great start!  Henry Smith (71)

In Memoriam:

WILLIAM (“Bill”) R. GANN (66) of Gleneden Beach, Oregon died on Friday, September 28, 2012 from acute myeloid leukemia.  After attending a family reunion on the East Coast in July, he returned home and became ill a week or so later and received the diagnosis and was treated for seven weeks at OHSU in Portland, Oregon.  He passed away at home surrounded by his family.  Bill had retired in 2009 from the Nevada Irrigation District where he had worked for 23 years.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Melissa, and a son, Seth, and two stepchildren, Paul and Sandy, and two granddaughters, Gracie and Natasha.  He is also survived by his mother, Marie Gann, and two sisters, Mary Gann Corder (84), Patricia Gann Barkley (67), and 3 brothers: James Gann (70), John Gann (73), and Robert Gann (75).  Around Surrattsville, Bill was known as the red-headed guy who loved to play guitar.  He carried that love with him through his entire life and was playing guitar and mandolin with a small band right up until his diagnosis.  His family and friends will miss him and his quick wit, his quirky sense of humor and his beautiful music.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.


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)
Kurt Aktug (88)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Coach Lew Jenkins (former faculty)
Lawrence Romjue, In memory of Lois Marie Osgood (57), "Rubber ball," "bouncy-bouncy, "bouncy-bouncy," "Bobby Vee"
Tom and Sally Travis (72)
Valerie Mercier (73)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Vera Twigg
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
Judy Gordon (65), On the occasion of the 65 Hornets turning 65!
Judy Gordon (65), In memory of Linda Soper Mayes (65), Tom Saylor (65), Bill Talbert (65) and Vern Kennedy (64)
Stu Young (77), in honor of his son Patrick on his graduation from Calvert High School
J. Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54), in memory of Myra Rigor Selvadurai (54)
Philip Holmes (65)
Richard Grace (81), In memory of Dr. Rony Rafael C. Lee
Lois Barrett Hessberg (70)
Lee Hessberg (68)
Valerie Parker Allard (73)
Anne Noyes (former faculty)
Russ Barkley (67), In memory of Bill Gann (66)
Pat Gann Barkley (67), In memory of Bill Gann (66)

Dan Bayne (71)
Leslie St. Clair (70), in honor of my grandson Kameron Smith's graduation from Huntingtown High School, Class of 2012
Lynn Powers Yates (65), in memory of George Harrison
David Kraus (65)
Rick Torrecarion (74), in loving memory of Patsy Torrecarion (76)
Lynn Harris Eggleston (64), in loving memory of Paul Cleveland Schwesig (64)
David Coffield (65), in honor of the Class of 65 turning 65
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61), former faculty and administrator, In loving memory of my brother, Bill Talbert (65)