Diane Ingalls Zito
I am writing this column as snow covers the ground here in New Hampshire, but you’ll be reading it in the warm weather. Let me take this opportunity to wish each of you a very happy and healthy summer.
I do hope that most of you had the pleasure of reading “A Season of Hope in Bucksport, Maine,” a feature article in the Nov/Dec issue of Yankee magazine. One entire section of that piece pays tribute to our own Pat Smith Ranzoni and the impact her book Still Mill had in helping the town transition after Bucksport lost its paper mill. Author Mel Allen captures the passion, determination, and love that Pat brought to her project and how important it has been to the people of her hometown. If you haven’t read this moving piece, I urge you to do so.
The first Monday of December found 18 “ladies of ’62“ at our annual Christmas luncheon in Freeport. We try to reach all those who live within driving distance of the mid-coast, but if we have missed you, please send your email address so that you may be notified next fall.
In December Dean Armstrong was inducted into the Orono High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Dean is known as “The winningest tennis coach in the school’s history.” He guided both the girls’ and the boys’ tennis teams from 1995-2008, during which time the girls’ team compiled four Eastern Maine Championships and the boys’ team won three.
From the Christmas mailbox: Kay Fraser shared the news that her son, David Covell, recently received the distinction of being named one of The Top Ten Children’s Book Illustrators of 2018 by the New York Times and the New York Public Library. David’s third book, Run Wild, was launched in June. Jeff and Pegs Boothby Lyon said that they are looking forward to downsizing. They are exploring condo options in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Maine. Wherever they decide to settle, however, summer travel to Maine will always be on their schedule. Eli Karter’s card was filled with a great deal of travel news. His 2018 started with a family gathering in the Dominican Republic. Later he traveled to Iceland, and last fall took a cruise through the Baltics. He still divides his time between winters in Osprey, FL, and summers in Phippsburg, assuring year-round golf and fly-fishing. Don Harnum is retired and living in Pinehurst, NC. Wife, Jane, and he get home to Maine in the summer for a few weeks in Christmas Cove.
Once again we can be proud that the ’62 Scholarship is helping to support the educational aspirations of our classmates’ grandchildren. Bryant Goodenough is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. He is from Eliot and the grandson of Marion Perkins Goodenough. Nicole Nolan, granddaughter of Ethelda Powers Eaton, is a sophomore from Stonington. She is majoring in studio art. And Sarah Santerre, a junior art education major from Bangor, is the granddaughter of Floyd Bolstridge G.
I end with some very sad news. While I was writing this column, I found out that our class president, Millie Simpson Stewart, lost her dear husband Al, this January. On behalf of all of us, we send Millie and her family our most sincere sympathy and support.