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New graduates leave trail Doing the Towns Together of memories behind them LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS Sarah Marie Trivits . 875-3672

First things first. Today is Flag Day. Surely you have the American flag proudly displayed in a highly visible place at your home, flying in the breeze, proclaiming your pride in being an American and showing your support of our troops that serve throughout the world, particularly in Iraq. The big news in every small town, village, community, city and state in our nation this past week has been the graduation from schools and colleges of those who have successfully completed a phase of their education and are moving on with their lives. The carefree days of living at home and having the support of their family, decisions made for a lot of situations, needs provided for, food prepared, clothing washed and ironed, financial needs taken care of, and all their basic wants at their fingertips has come to a close as the young graduates from high school face the real world. Some of the high school graduates will be entering college, living away from home, making new friends, facing situations they could not possibly have imagined. Others will be entering the field of employment, facing new daily challenges, making new friends, and facing challenges they could never have imagined. Some will be entering the military service of our nation. These young people will be facing regimentation they could never have imagined. Each will be facing the reality of the phrase, “brave, new world.” Each will face the challenge in his or her own way. Some will succeed and do well. Others will crumble under the pressure. Each will be forced to make decisions that will affect their future. This year, Laurel High has 86 members in the class of 2007. Forty of these young men and women will go on to college. That is a huge percentage no matter how one looks at it. The entire 86 make up the newest group of Laurel High alumni. Valedictorian for the class of 2007 at Laurel High was Kate Downes, daughter of John and Debbie Pressley Downes. It seems only yesterday that many of us attended the graduation of John (we called him Johnny in those days) and Debbie from Laurel High. John’s parents are the late Lester Downes, well-known insurance

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Moments with Mike Virginia ‘Mike’ Barton man of Laurel and strong Bulldog supporter, and Thelma Downes, who taught many of our children in the elementary schools here. As I flipped through the pictorial review of the class of 2007, I had great memories of many parents and grandparents of some of the class members. Caitlin Dolby, who was not only a good student but an outstanding athlete, is the daughter of David and Sharon Dolby. Sharon is in the education field as a teacher and David, son of Dot and Harvey Lee Dolby, is a postal service employee. We could write a book on some of the stories pertaining to this young man who took his girls softball team to national honors. Ethan Calloway is the grandson of Mary Beth (quilter friend) and her eversmiling husband (who now raises buffalo). Meghan Eudy is the daughter of Richard and Susan Culver Eudy and granddaughter of John T. and Geraldine Culver. Abby Kee is the daughter of David and Janice Culver Kee. Ginger Queen is the daughter of Galen and Jillian Queen; Josh Lewis is the son of Julie Lewis and Bob Lewis; Samantha Oliphant is the daughter of Robert and Tammy Purpur Oliphant. Her grandparents are George and Colleen Ralph Purpur and Bob and Mrs. Oliphant. An elementary teacher of one of our sons, Mrs. Oliphant was never known in our home as anything other than Mrs. Oliphant. No first name, just Mrs. Oliphant. Actually her name is Lib. Each of these students has in some way played a role or added to the joys and memories of our lives. Many of us can look over the list of graduates and make connections for our own memory books. This is a new day for the newest group of alumni of Laurel High School. Whatever the path they choose to take in the future, we wish them well, success, and most importantly, God’s blessing. Look out world. Here comes the Class of 2007!

The annual business meeting of the Friends of the Laurel Library will be held Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in the community room of the library. This is an open meeting and welcomes anyone who wishes to attend. It would be of interest to come and learn of the Friends’ projects, which benefit our children — now and in the future — and which take place during the year at the library, summer and winter. Public support is needed to continue with projects to fund these programs Alan and Janet “Petie” Holloway recently visited Ernie and Etta Marine in Stuart, Fla. They all celebrated with a “grand affair” dinner for the 65th wedding anniversary of the Marines. Very special happy birthday wishes to one of my very favorite young lady friends, Insley Fowler, who will undoubtedly celebrate, in some way, her 20th year on June 19. Things and events seem to be winding down as summer is fast approaching. The Laurel Garden Club members held their last hurrah for the season at the home of Charles and Moggie Moyer last Sunday. The feast resembled a gourmet’s dream as everything including appetizers, salads, casseroles, fried chicken and luscious desserts arrayed the tables. They said hello to summer and good-bye to business affairs ‘til September. They also welcomed new members and told the green-thumb diehards to keep in practice all season. Margaret Coladonato and her sister Hanna Miller have recently returned from a visit to West Virginia where they enjoyed quality time with another sister, Tillie Moore, and her two daughters, Carol and Paula. Members of one of the town’s Red Hat Group, the Lunch Bunch, enjoyed their monthly breakfast and fellowship hour at Laurel’s Dutch Inn on Saturday, June 9. On Friday, June 15, they will celebrate with a luau at the home of the “queen,” Karen Hitch. Birthday girls this month are Mary Ann Smulski and Sara Ellis. Very special happy birthday wishes to two of my pals with whom I shared many



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working hours at Phillips Men’s Shop during the good old times in downtown Laurel. To Melvin Cordrey on June 16, I just say “keep it documented, Mel,” and to Joanne Mitchell on June 20, “keep on truckin’.” We’re concluding the season of the Laurel Historical Society, so please, if you are a member or considering joining this group, an open meeting will be held on June 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Philip’s Parish Hall. This is the annual business meeting for all to attend. Following the business at hand the fun begins as several of the town’s “grand dames” who have roots firmly implanted in Laurel will join in a round table discussion about what it was like growing up here in years gone by, what we wore, where we shopped, school events and even the naughty (?) things in which we indulged. To conclude what we hope will be a most entertaining and interesting evening, there will be light refreshments after which you can go home and dream about the good old days. We wish a speedy recovery to Mrs. Jennings Williams-Ruby, who has returned home from a brief stay in the hospital and is recuperating at her home on County Seat Highway. We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jack Adkins, Robert Cecil Wilson Jr. and Steven Earl Richards. We continue with prayers for our service men and for those friends who are ill: Kathryn Russell, Derrick Henry, Martha Windsor, Ruby Williams, Jean Henry, Steve Trivits, Richard Cordrey, Hattie Puckham, Donald Layton Sr., Terry Layton, Jean Foskey and Blanche Elliott. Happy June birthday wishes to: Alvin Lutz and Paul Powell on June 15; George Church, June 16; Calvin Hearn, June 17; Catherine Boyce, Diane Hastings and Nancy Owens, June 18; Helen Whaley, June 19; and Kathleen Campbell, June 21. Happy Father’s Day to all you fellows out there who really deserve a special one. See you in the Stars.

In Loving Memory of

Helen A. Elliott Who passed away on June 16, 1996

Every road must have an ending, and from loved ones we must part. But the many cherished memories, will live forever in our hearts.

Sadly missed by

Daughters, Dolores Culver & Family Janet Kelley & Family

June 14, 2007  

ALUMNI OF ALL AGES - LHS class of 1957 celebrates 50-year reunion, page 18. And DHS holds commencement ceremony for brand new grads. Page 20...