|NO, YOUR NEWSLETTER
DIDN'T GET LOST IN THE MAIL OR CYBERSPACE
We're just very late getting this newsletter out! Was it because of the continual cloudy weather and snowstorms, four to six foot snowbanks, constant cold temperatures, global warming, the advancing iceage, the tendency to want to hibernate, feelings ranging from sickness to just the blahs and Cabin Fever, who knows? It definitely was not because we lacked input from the guys and gals out there. SORRY IT'S LATE, BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! It's a long letter so settle back for the news -- good and bad.
LINUS J. STITHAM, M.D.
Dr. Linus J. Stitham
passed away December 17th, 2000. He was born in Mars
Hill, Maine, on March 31, 1917, and was married to Helen
Dillen Stitham for 58 years.
BEVERLY JEAN MIZDA
Beverly, wife of Reunion
Committee member Joe Mizda, died March 23, 2001, at a
local Bangor hospital. She was born in San Francisco,
California, February 24, 1942. Those who wish to remember
Beverly in a special way may make contributions in her
memory to the American Lung Assoc. of Maine, P.O. Box
2109, Augusta, Maine 04338-2109.
POLLY GERRISH REMEMBERED
Upon seeing a photo of Polly in the memorial column of the Bangor Daily News, we recall how very ill she was; however, her spirit and her willpower were also strong. She told her daughter Laura that she wanted very much to attend CAFS Reunion that July and would she go with her. Laura wasn't sure her mother was up to it but said of course she would go with her. Polly pulled herself together, looked simply great, met everyone with a big smile, and probably had the best time of anyone else there because she knew how important those longtime friendships are. Polly died September 25, 1994, just three days short of her 51st birthday.
CAFS FOLKS FOUND
CMSGT WILLIAM E. CHAPMAN
TERRY R. CALKINS
Wilfred "Bud" & Mary
TO DELIVER ...
Perhaps someone out there can come up with new addresses for these people who have recently moved or changed their address:
formerly in Bangor ME
These lost addresses may be traced back to the initiation of the "911" system. Please remember to include CAFS Reunion in your "Change of Address" notices!
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
ARN SHEIN FOUND US !!
e-mailing Woody Breedlove, Joe Mizda and Richard
Germarch, Arn Shein actually found us.
He has contacted Bill Larrabee who has been submitting
copies of Arn's 1950's column from the Piscataquis
Observer.Now we need his regular mailing address for the
non-internet folks out there. He says:
Newsletter expenses may be mailed to either Pauline or
Ted with checks made payable to CAFS REUNION FUND. In winter
months it is best to send them to Pauline who lives
nearer the credit union where your donations are
deposited. These funds may also be used when reunion
expenses are incurred.
Billy and Kathy
LETTER - NOTES - LETTERS
"Well I have recovered from
neck problems that ended our trip to Maine a week earlier
than we had planned. I had a pinched nerve between the
5th and 6th vertebrae. This thing comes and goes and I
had started on the right treatment before I left Maine
but not enough quantity. Then before I could go back for
my check up on my neck I had my gall bladder out the old
fashioned way, an incision. But, I am backup 100% now.
"Some time ago I
received a news packet from the Charleston Hill Group. I
remember that a newsletter subscription was mentioned. I
misplaced the packet, so enclosed you will find a
check.If that is not enough, please let me know. Thank
"Please change my address as
indicated (see address change section). Also, I'd like to
get a copy of the Dow Pines article. I went to Aurora in
1997 and it was spooky -- all the buildings were there,
but not a soul in sight. It would make a great resort, I
LETTERS - NOTES cont'd..
"Read the Oct 2000 Newsletter
and as usual enjoyed all the articles. I am especially
interested in the Special Orders Number 267 that Harry
Durrando has (Front Page). This is about the time I was
doing my thing at Dow and Charleston.I would be
interested in getting a copy of this order. Please send
me one. I would appreciate it. Also, attached is my check
for a donation for the cause. Hope to get there some time
-- especially for the next reunion."
"Just thought I would send you
another check for the newsletter costs. I sent a check in
June, but it has never been posted to my account so I
have to assume it got lost along the way. We enjoyed the
reunion very much. It was good to renew friendships and
make some new ones.
"I want to send this check in
memory of Frederick J. Bowers to help defray the cost of
newsletter postage. Had two eye operations and all is
fine.Just got back from California; my eldest son lives
"Thank you, Charleston Gang for
the October 2000 Newsletter. We both enjoyed all of the
news and contents in it. All is well w/us. My wife Kathy
is back to work as a Cataloguer (Library in
"MS"). I retired totally! My daughter has
survived all of surgery and treatments for breast cancer
(so far al OK). We are happy.
For health reason, we don't see Ted & Becky Robinson much in the winter months so we'll share part of a note received back in November:
"Yes, I'm still here casting a thin
shadow when the sun shines!! Have had some more problems
and have not been out except to go .... for tests and to
doctor for checks. Have bronchitis but feeling better
now. I will try to keep you more informed at more
frequent intervals. Becky is doing fairly good ... Thank
God for all the drugs!"
would like to receive the Charleston Radar Station
newsletter. I've enclosed a donation to cover the costs.
Please add our name and address ( see Newsletter
enclose a small check as an over-due updated contribution
to the the he cost of the Newsletter. Sorry I haven't
done this sooner. Also want to express my grateful thanks
to you and the others who have done so much to keep the
memories of our CAFS days together alive.
committee heard from Steven P. Kesselman who
was at Charleston AFS 1972 - 75. He recently retired as a
Lt Col from the US Air Force Reserve but still works for
the city of Albuquerque Police Fire Fleet Management
Division as parts Manager.
E-MAIL MESSAGES RECEIVED
"I was stationed at CAFS
from Nov 1961 until Apr 1964. I worked in the radar
maintenance section. Worked on the FPS-20 and FPS-6. I
was there during the installation of the FPS-27 , and
worked on it for about 3 months. I lived off base in
Dover Foxcroft with my wife. We rented an apartment from
Ray Bishop on 6 East Main St. The apartment caught fire
in January of 1962 and we, along with 2 other CAFS
families lost everything. Perhaps some of you will
remember the fire.
"Absolutely loved my
assignment there (at CAFS) from 1957 - 59. Lots of good
memories & good people."
William "Bill" Larrabee was written up in the Piscataquis Observer for an honor bestowed upon him by the National Weather Service. He received the John Campanius Holm Award, the weather service's highest volunteer honor. The award, named for the Lutheran minister who was the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American Colonies, is granted each year to only 25 of the more than 12,000 cooperative weather observers in the U.S. Bill was one of three observers to be selected this year from the National Weather Service's Eastern Region and the only one from Maine to be recognized.
In the near future, a bloodmobile will tour throughout the county. We of the 765th, along with you of Piscataquis County, have been asked to give of our blood now so that ..........
(editor's note - photocopy problems - remainder of this story will be in next newsletter.)
YOUR E-MAIL HELP WANTED
In the last newsletter we mentioned that Hank Sokolovich stationed at Dow AFB 1957 - 1965 had contacted Woody via the Internet. He gave his e-mail address as Milan1936@aol.com which was attempted by both Woody and Joe but their messages kept coming back. When you note that we've had problems, would you please take it upon yourself to see if your server will get a message through to these people? We hate to see interested people "hung out to dry" with no way for us to contact them.
CHECK THESE OUT!
903AC&W, Gettysburg AFS SD, 1955 - 68, second reunion 6 - 8 Jul 01, contact Bernie Webb, 605-765-9562
786AC&W, Minot AFS ND, tentative reunion 22 -24 Jun 01, contact Gene McManus, email@example.com.
YOUR NUMBER IS (NOT) UP ...
before the Oklahoma City Federal Building was bombed, I
was on a tour of the National Weather Service at the
Kansas City Federal Building. During the initial
investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing, it was
discovered that the perpetrators had come to the Kansas
City area to pick up the vehicles and materials to make
the explosives that they had used.
2002 REUNION COMMITTEE
Volunteers: Greg Hildreth, Margaret
McKinney, Becky Robinson, Chuck
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