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1935– Bob Gang works out regularly at the Skaneateles YMCA. When Bob turned 100 years old on June 6th, the staff at the Y gave him a special t-shirt which reads, “This is what an AWESOME 100 year old looks like.” This was among many celebrations conducted by family and friends. Reaching the century mark is a big deal!
1968– Thomas Grace was one of the students injured on May 4th, 1970 at Kent State University. In his book, Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, he details the day’s events from a firsthand perspective. Thomas writes about what the world was like in the late 60’s leading up to that fateful day and what it was like being a third-quarter sophomore majoring in history and political science during a time of war. For more information go to: http://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/kent-state
1972– Mike Fricano retired from active duty Air Force as a Colonel in 2006, when he became a civil servant with the Air Force. After nearly 12 years as a civilian employee, he retired again on March 31, 2018. From 2002 until retirement in 2018, he worked at HQ Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB (later, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam) in Hawaii. For the last 12 years, he and his wife, Debby, have lived in Aiea, Hi, and they plan on staying in Hawaii for the time being. Their twin sons attended college in Hawaii. His son Matt and his wife live in Las Vegas, NV, while his son Mike, a teacher in a private school in Honolulu, and his wife live nearby in Ewa Beach, HI. Their grandson, Mikey, is the joy of their lives, and occupies most of his time in retirement. Mike is proud of his 46 years in the Air Force, where he worked as an ICBM launch officer, C-130 navigator, personnel officer, scientific analyst, planner, and finally, as an international affairs specialist. He lived in many locations across the US, spent 3 years in Japan, where his sons were born, and travelled all over the world. CBA was the ‘spark that got him on that track.’ He fondly recalls his time with the Brothers on Randall Road, who prepared him for success at the Air Force Academy and the long career that followed.
1972– Terence Wynne has recently been accepted as a member of the National Cartoonists Society. After a 30 year career in corporate communications at various global advertising agencies, he has turned his energy into a life-long dream of being a professional cartoonist. His work has appeared in publications worldwide – “Feathertale,” “The Oldie”, “Brooklyn Newspapers,” “Independent Australia,” “Syracuse New Times,” “Level Renner” and many more. He resides with his wife, Noghma and daughter, Gabrielle in Camillus, NY. When not drawing, he loves to play golf, senior softball and volleyball.1997– Several members of the Leone family, classmates, alumni and friends threw a surprise 40th birthday party for Joe Leone and Lindsay (Leone) Corbett on Saturday, June 16th at Seneca St. Brew Pub in Manlius. A wonderful time was had by all.
1998–Erin Snyder has launched a new company, ALL THEIR STUFF, a family-friendly resource for worry-free and memorable travel. Long are the days of desiring a vacation from a vacation. The company wants families to make the most of their time away. ALL THEIR STUFF offers travel tips, free city guides, and travel packages that include detailed itineraries, discounts for around town adventures, and a customized welcoming crate. All travel packages are unique to a family. Visit http://www.alltheirstuff.com for more information or follow @alltheirstuff on FB, IG, and LinkedIn.
2001– Marianne (Oliva) Gerrard and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed Kayleigh Mackenzie on May 26th. Kayleigh was 7 lbs 10 oz and 21 1/4 inches. The happy family resides in Fairfax, VA.
2003– Marissa Mulder is a talented and successful cabaret singer, living in New York City. She just released her third album, “Two Tickets Left.” New York Times Music Critic, Stephen Holden writes, “Marissa Mulder is a natural; a rarity among cabaret singers. You never hear her struggling to tell a story or to make a point or to show off the range and beauty of her sparkling perfectly pitched soprano. Whatever she sings just seems to spill out of her without forethought or calculation.” Her new album is available for purchase on ITunes, Cdbaby and Amazon. Her website is Marissamulder.com.2010– Celeste Withers married Richard Kjeldsen on July 14th at Thousand Island Park Gazebo, that was built by her grandfather, John M. Withers, in 1988. The reception was held at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. Bridesmaids included 2010 classmates, Michele Damico and Mia Trasolini and her brothers, Henry ’02 and Jonah ’05 were groomsmen. The happy couple resides in Charlotte, NC and Celeste works for Brighthouse Financial as a life insurance underwriter.
2013– Sarah Harmatuk was accepted into a Master’s program at SUNY Cortland in Literacy Birth-6th grade and she is really excited to start classes in August.
2013– Since April, John Hillenbrand has been working at his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva NY. He has just completed training with his supervisors, and is now assigned to the midnight shift as a campus safety patrol officer.
2015– Reilly Rebhan recently received a Newman Civic Fellowship for her leadership in community service efforts at Manhattan College. Reilly is an accomplished scholar and Lasallian Leader on the Manhattan campus. She has worked in the community, including with Concourse House Shelter for Women and Children and at the Manhattan College rooftop garden at Marble Hill, as well as on campus with JustPeace, the Black Students Union, Sanctus Artem, and other organizations.