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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  FOUNDATION YOUTUBE CHANNEL FEATURES MULTIPLE "PROGRAMS."  Thanks to the efforts of Foundation Board member Sandra Smith Simmons (70), the Foundation's new youtube channel has quite a bit of lively content you might not have seen.  The channel will continue to grow over time.  The challenge to viewers to sing along with the Hornet Fight Song continues to be the most watched program (with the Foundation overview coming in a close second), giving proof to Surrattsville's long musical history.  Please become a subscriber, and take a moment to view the "shows" on the channel at:

2.  MORE AMAZING DRAMA AND OTHER PHOTOS ADDED TO FACEBOOK GROUP COLLECTION.  Recently, members of the Foundation's Facebook Group, (called "Surrattsville Alumni" on Facebook) have posted a number of fascinating photos of Charlie Waddell-directed plays.  And thanks to the Foundation's tireless Archivist/Historian, Shelby Lee Oppermann (79), the large and absolutely fascinating collection of historical Surrattsville-themed photos found on the Facebook Group  continues to grow.  The collected photos date back over a century and capture numerous "eras" in the history of the School and various components of the greater Surrattsville community.  Many of the photos have generated interesting comments by visitors.  You can reach all of the photos by clicking on the Photos tab at the Surrattsville Alumni Group on Facebook, and then clicking on the Historical Photos tab.  Thanks to Shelby for all of her extraordinary efforts for the last 14 years to keep the School's history alive (much of which was literally saved from dumpsters)!

3.  SEEKING WEB SITE DESIGN ASSISTANCE.  The Foundation is seeking a member of the Surrattsville community with web site design skills to volunteer to assist with some changes being contemplated for our web site at   Please send me an email at if you'd consider donating your skills to this effort.

4.  ANNAPOLIS CHARITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS.  We received this information about Annapolis’ Hospice Cup charity from Darlene Monaco (71), who serves on its Board: “Hospice Cup is a charity sailing regatta, raising funds for hospice programs throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.  The race is held Saturday, September 21 in Annapolis and finishes with a shore party with catered faire, full bar, band, silent auction and awards ceremony.  

This year our funds are supporting Pediatric Hospice Programs, including Chesapeake Kids, Montgomery Kids, and other hospice members of the Pediatric Alliance.  Our programs not only help children suffering from terminal illness, but they provide counseling and support for grieving children and teens who suffer from a loss of a loved one.  We are seeking corporate sponsors and individuals interested in donating funds and services, guests to attend the Shore Party, as well as volunteers to help with Event Day activities.  Please help us raise Sails – Awareness – Funds for Hospice.  Check us out at or contact me if you want to join us!  Darlene    


5.  ABA MAGAZINE, AND NETLIX OFFERING, FEATURE MARY SURRATT AND MENTION SURRATT TAVERN.  Some of our readers may have seen the featured this-date-in-history article – along with the famous grisly photo of the gallows – by Allen Pusey in the July ABA Journal entitled "Lincoln Co-Conspirators Hanged."  The article reads as follows:  "July 7, 1865:  In the early morning hours of April 15, even as President Lincoln lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head, local police in Washington, D.C. arrived at a boardinghouse in the city's Northwest quadrant in search of John Wilkes Booth.  Booth and other Confederate sympathizers had been known to frequent the white painted-brick house, as well as a tavern just outside the city, both owned by widow Mary Surratt. … Teams of law enforcement officers … focused on the comings and goings at the Surratt House. … An abundance of circumstantial evidence was found, but a chance meeting helped seal the suspicion that Surratt was part of the plot.  As she was being led away, a man showed up seeking refuge, clearly in disguise.  Surratt said she didn't know him, but it turned out to be Lewis Powell – identified as the man who stabbed Secretary of State Seward.  By the time the roundup was done, nine co-conspirators were arrested, all of whom had some connection to Surratt. … When the trial proceedings were done and the sentences were handed down on June 30, four were sentenced to death: Surratt, Powell, Powell's accomplice, David Herold, and Vice President Johnson's would-be assassin, George Atzerodt.  Pleas for Surratt's life, including one by five of the sentencing judges, went unheeded by President Johnson.  … Though Surratt continued to profess her innocence, she and three others were led to a hastily constructed gallows on the grounds of the Washington Arsenal.  After a process that took barely 20 minutes, Surratt and her former boarders were dead."

[Ed. note:  Information about the Surratt House and museum – which at one time could be glimpsed through the bare winter trees from the history classes at SHS – can be found at

And several of our readers pointed out that Netflix now carries the Tom Hanks' narrated "Killing Lincoln."  Your editor recently watched it expecting lots of Mary Surratt/John Surratt mentions, but the rather short film only contains several, and no new information.  It does feature Clinton's Surratt House and Tavern, however.  Curiously, the documentary uses the unfamiliar "Sir – Ott" pronunciation we first encountered in Robert Redford's "The Conspirator."  (Might any of our readers know if this in fact was the way the name was pronounced in the 1860s, and the pronunciation somehow changed between then and the 20th century?)  And even more curiously, Netflix must be offering the "international version" of the DVD, because Southern Maryland distances are provided in kilometers, and Lincoln's height is given as 193 centimeters!)

6.  SEEKING TANGLEWOOD CLASS PHOTOS.  Suzanne Register Shaffer is seeking Class photos from Tanglewood Elementary from 1966-1974.  Please contact Suzanne at if you can scan and email any of those treasures to her.

7.  FOUNDATION CONTINUING WORK ON FALLEN HEROES PLAQUE FOR LEGACY HALL.  As reported previously, thanks to the efforts of Bob Jeter (64), the Foundation is preparing a Fallen Heroes plaque to hang in the Legacy Hall that will contain the names and Class years of Hornets who died while serving the country (or later from service-related injuries).  Please contact Bob at if you know of any Hornets who should be honored in this way.

[Ed note:  Photos of the Legacy Wall can be found on the Foundation's web site at]

8.  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."

9.  FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROWThe Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and is now approaching 1550 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 1979" and the like -- continue to grow.  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.

10.  ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN APRIL GOLF FUND RAISER.  The Prince George's County Christmas in April chapter, whose Executive Director is Achievement Award recipient Mary Kucharski (76), will hold its annual golf outing fund raiser on September 23 at the Andrews AFB course.  Information on this great event for a great cause is available at or by calling 301-868-0937.



Here's hoping you found an effective way to stay cool if you experienced those notable heat indexes last month!

All the best, Henry Smith (71)


  • Patricia Becker Oles (71)
  • Steve Profilet (71)
  • Vicki Forsht Williams (65 and former faculty), In memory of Eugene Colgan (former faculty) and Richard Mortimer (57, former faculty)
  • Nancy Miller (67)
  • Vicky Simontacchi Young (57), In memory of Richard C. Mortimer (57, former faculty)
  • Bob Marr (71)
  • Debbie Cox Marr (72)
  • Mark Scoville (74), In memory of Mike Helfrich (74) and Nancy Maddox (74)
  • Rick Torrecarion (74), In loving memory of Patsy Torrecarion (76)
  • Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
  • Nancy Lapin LoBianco (65), In memory of Tony Marchetti (65)
  • Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
  • Duke Coleman (53), In memory of Donald England (53)
  • Lois Barrett Hessberg (70)
  • Lee Hessberg (68)
  • Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70), In memory of Cliff Hersey (former faculty)
  • Henry Smith (71), In memory of Cliff Hersey (former faculty)
  • Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
  • Donald Knight (92)
  • David Cranford (90)
  • Vera Twigg
  • Paul Monaghan (59)
  • Melissa Gilcrest (69)
  • Deborah Caputo Rosen (71)
  • Nancy Oursler Maynard (65), In memory of Cliff Hersey (former faculty)
  • Judy Miller (70)
  • Mike Blair (71)