Class of 1970 Winter 2022 Class Note

Amid the Covid pandemic, Gary Thorne’s 10-year career as the Baltimore Orioles’ play-by-play announcer came to an end. His voice is well known by many — and his accomplishments impressive. Gary started off by being the “voice” for UMaine hockey — moving on to “play-by-play gigs with the NHL’s (National Hockey League) New Jersey Devils and Major League Baseball’s New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Orioles.” It doesn’t stop there — we can include both College and Little League World Series, college football and basketball, and even the Olympics. So — I’m having a hard time imagining Gary Thorne retiring and kicking back in a recliner! Guess we’ll have to wait and see (Gary, — that’s a hint to give me a call!).

With absolutely no regrets whatsoever, Linda Nixon Lutes and her husband moved from the DC area to Richmond, VA, where most of their children and grandchildren live. She and Frank discovered a lot of perks. Linda writes, “Contrary to DC, almost everything in Richmond is only 20 minutes away even if it’s 25 miles! Plus, there’s art, universities, baseball, parks, hiking, history, breweries, wineries, cideries. What more could we want?” Ya think these two might be enjoying their retirement?!

Back in May, 10 sports and educational persons from around the state were selected to comprise the eighth class of the Maine Principals’ Association Hall of Excellence (wow — that was a mouthful!). Dennis B. Kiah ’93G was one of the recipients. Before moving into administration Dennis taught for 19 years, coached, and was an assistant principal. He has had a positive influence on students and has served on the MPA athletic administrators advisory committee and the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s mentoring committee.

That’s it for this time. Please let me know how you all are doing, and I’ll be back in touch next summer! Have a healthy and happy winter!