Kay Sawyer Hannah
88 Seawood Park Road
New Harbor, ME 04554-5003
Not too much news from here yet but it may take awhile for you to get used to my writing in place of our last regular correspondent, Gail Rae Carter—not that I could ever replace her and I certainly won’t last as many years. Bravo to Gail! And thanks to Ace Conro for filling in on the last issue. I’m taking my turn because I know a class president has enough to do without being our correspondent.
Ace had knee replacement surgery in June and this fall has resumed his officiating duties at numerous track and field meets in eastern Massachusetts and traveled to the Senior Alumni Reunion in Orono.
Regarding our next Reunion, Ace proposes that our class join in a three-class reunion of the classes of ’59, ’60, and ’61 by “piggy-backing” on the 2019 Senior Alumni Reunion in mid-September two years from this fall and one year before our anticipated 60th. This will also be the 60th for the Class of 1959, and the Class of 1961 wants to join us. Ace hopes this would entice more people to attend the reunion and restore a lot of memories and bonds. He requests that you please let him know your thoughts about this idea by contacting him at 3 Avenue B, Mattapoisett, MA 02739-2557, Tel. (508) 758-2897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also recovering from knee surgery in July is Bernie McKay. Bernie, retired after spending his entire career with DuPont, responded to an inquiry regarding fellow Bar Harbor classmate and our first class president, Sonny Mitchell. He informs us that after Sonny left Orono in 1957 he went to Hollywood, where he forged a career in film and TV as a bit actor, also doing some singing and play-acting. Sadly, Sonny died of cancer about a decade ago.
Terry Spurling was one of 19 former coaches and players inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in January. Terry had been a star player at Ellsworth High School. After playing for UMaine, he coached at Aroostook Central Institute of Mars Hill and Houlton High School.
As I write this, I’m looking forward to joining classmates and friends of the late Sandie Page on August 19 at her summer home on Marshall Pond in Hebron, ME, for an informal open house and potluck lunch in celebration of her life.
Tade Osier Cross spent the summer in New Harbor, ME, returning to her home in Winston-Salem, NC, in September. She, Midge Grispi ’71G, and I again attended a June luncheon held annually by Cynthia Rockwell Wright ’58 in Round Pond, ME, with about 20 UMaine women attending.
In May my husband, Pete Hannah ’59, and I, along with our Trudeau daughter and 11-year-old grandson, Jaydin, adventured in Scotland and northern England by following the Hannah ancestry trail and gathering information and photos from Glasgow to the Galloway region, Carlisle (England), and north to Edinburgh and Burghead.
Back in Maine, if classmates are in the Pemaquid region we’d welcome a call or visit in person, or just send me your news and activities occurring at home or away—we all treasure learning how our classmates are faring!