Life’s Reflections: Congratulations, graduates! May your futures shine bright

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Here is Jamie today holding up his senior picture. He graduated in 1994 from our alma mater, Ansonia High School.

I want to commend and congratulate all high school and college graduates this year.
It’s a life-changing event and hopefully will be a successful one for all.

Good luck goes to all in realizing their goals in the future. It’s a special time; that’s for sure.

Everyone will be heading off into various directions and may they be successful paths to all.
My son, Jamie, has been out of school for 30 years and is planning on attending the upcoming alumni banquet in Ansonia.

He will enjoy himself I’m sure. Remember! He’s a people person, and I’m sure he will not only mingle with his classmates but also with others he remembers from Ansonia High School.

I will probably hear about his experiences at the banquet for weeks to come. And, that’s all right.

It’s always great when you get together periodically with your classmates after graduation. These gatherings allow you to catch up on each other’s lives and, of course, reminisce about “the good old days.”

I am always sad to hear when a person says he/she didn’t enjoy their school days.

I hope each and every 2024 graduate continues on with a bountiful life with the careers or jobs of their choosing.

I still get to see a lot of my classmates at various functions or when I’m out and about.
It’s great to stay in touch.

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Elaine Holzapfel, Jenny Knight, Wanda Schroeder, Joan C. Collins and Damian Bruns.

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Please pray for these people: Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Mike Hopkins, DeWayne Yohey, Katrina Hoening, Kent Snyder, (cousin) Carol Byrd, Kinley Bernard, Kathy Burke, Gladys Neff, Kara Didier, Carl Francis, Craig “Cheese” Thompson, Bridget Brown, Don DeBord, Otis Stewart, Chris Clark, Kyle Kaiser, Tina Ruble Ullery, Cindy Lovejoy, Janet Kammer, Slug Midlam, Bob Peters, Phyllis Brumbaugh, Sonny Custer, Judy Collins, Linda Gasper, Carol Hemmerich, Stephanie Klingshirn, Brenda Schlechty, Betty Burnfield, Dan Lockhart, Roberta Hall, Pam Norman-Penticuff, Kelly Kelch, Mike Mayse, Larry Linder, Steve Waymire, Jamie Knick, Nikole Baldridge, Chester Bryant, Lester Beisner, Delores Beisner, Kermit Foureman, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy.
Also, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Ralph Byrd, Doug Winger, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Bruce Kaiser, Amanda Mote, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Judie Hathaway, Randy Garrison, Kathy Gragorace, Becky Everhart, Donna Bixler, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all others who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
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Happy birthday to:
May 23 to Mike Strange, Sue Schlechty,Tonya Hartrum Hines, Vi Klackner and Abigail Helmke.
May 24 to Carla Cothran.
May 25 to Josh Miniard, Bruce Schuette, Darrell Jones, Dylan Riffell, Doug Cothran, Brittany Leeper, Amy Schlarman, Jennie Bohman, Richard Wisner, Brian Phillips, Jana DeBord and Carol Littman.
May 26 to Jim Strange, Ben Studabaker, Judy K. Middleton, William Kammer, Carolyn Waymire, Don Waymire, Pam Pratt, Bobbi Verneman and Nancy Keiser.
May 27 to Penny Strawser, Marc Litten, Doug Whittington, Brenda Godwin and Joann Fowler.
May 28 to Saceia Rismiller Armstrong.
May 29 to Jane Kaiser, Don Hampshire and Matt Barnt.

Happy anniversary to: Randy and Sue Byrd on May 25; and John and Missy Widener and Rick and Nancy Moody, all on May 27.
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Think about it: “One of the sincerest compliments we can pay is attention.” — Author Unknown