2010.08.18 Correspondence from Barbara Tadda

Written by David Green.

Fayette native Barbara Ford Tadda writes a President’s Message in the monthly newsletter for a hospital volunteer board in New Port Richey, Fla. Following is her most recent column.

My husband and I just flew to Northwest Ohio for my high school alumni reunion, staying with my best high school girlfriend and her husband for two weeks. We stood up at each other’s weddings, our husbands who are from two different worlds are exactly alike, and our kids have had and still have a great relationship.

If you think your friends from elementary school, high school and college are friends from the past and should stay friends of the past; think again!  A high school reunion or alumni reunion is an excellent opportunity to reminisce with friends and catch up with old acquaintances. If one is in the working field, it is a great place to network as the friendships and connections are priceless. Classmates stay connected today on Facebook, MySpace, e-mail and many other popular on-line sites.

When my mother and her class celebrated 50 years at an alumni high school reunion, I thought she was really old.  When I attended my 50th reunion a few years ago, I suddenly became my mother, of all things, and didn't feel that old. Also, the insecure plain Jane Wallflowers and total nerds are now on the same level as the band majorette, head cheerleader, class basketball/football stars, student council president, and in most cases, they really look better.  As you get older, the past fades and anyone hanging on to their “old glory days” looks the most pathetic.

 Having gone to previous class and alumni reunions, I was really excited about going this year as the town built a new school, K through 12, and the reunion was held during the day in the school.  Tours of the school were taken before the catered lunch and program.  With the alumni reunion during the day, individual classes were able to spend the evening together.

 The following weekend was the town’s annual festival which many of us out-of-towners stayed to enjoy.  Everyone attends the street parade, then a chicken barbecue in the park. There are games of all kinds, musical entertainment, hand-made crafts, food and drink vendors, and the end of the evening with a fireworks display.

 We happily return home to New Port Richey, looking forward to seeing many of my hometown alumni when they come down to Florida for the winter, and we annually all get together on the second Tuesday in March for lunch and a program.  Friends are precious!

 – Barbara Tadda

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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