Saturday, September 27, 2008

50th Birthday Planning Meeting

Official Notice

The Bishop O'Reilly Class of 1977 will hold our official first "50th Birthday Party" planning meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2008. All class members and class member wannabe's (Mark Kopicki) are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Bakehouse on Wyoming Ave. in Kingston. The meeting will begin when we vote to start the meeting (probably a little after 6:30P.M.). We will start gathering there around 6:15. Chuck may be there earlier sampling the coffee for us.

First on the agenda, we will try to teach those who will still be in their 40's the words to "Happy Birthday" so they can sing to their older classmates! Second, we hope to hear from Tom Crossin in his attempts to have Stevie Nicks perform a concert that evening or the night before for us in Tom's backyard. I hear "rumors" Tom may pull this off! I understand Fleetwood Mac may not perform, only Stevie.

I'm trying to be serious, but if you never attended a class reunion meeting, you wouldn't understand. We have fun, tell stories and laugh a lot (usually don't decide anything)!

If you are interested in attending, just show up or email Lee or me fishfishr (at)

Just one more thing the 50th Birthday Party will held on July 18, 2009 at the Checkerboard Inn. Start planning your vacation to Pennsylvania for that weekend.

Michael Kinney and the Committee to celebrate 50

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Debbie (Cannon) Cramer

Last night Terri and I had dinner with Debbie Cramer and her husband, John, in Denver. It's funny how, after not seeing someone for 20 years, it all comes back like it was just yesterday. Debbie is very much the same as she was in high school, with the same red hair, warm smile, and youthful appearance. Debbie made it to our first reunion in 1988, but has not been able to make it to one since then and so it's been 20 years since I last saw her. Now that their three kids are grown, with the youngest, a boy, being 19 years old, we are hoping that she and John will be able to make the future reunions, including the one we are having next July 18, 2009 at the Checkerboard Inn. Their older children, both girls, have finished college and live in Ohio and Maryland.

John has a Society of Petroleum Engineers convention in Denver this week and so they came out a few days early and spent some time sightseeing up in the Rocky Mountains in and around Estes Park. Debbie let us know she'd be out here and so we were very eager to see her again and catch up with what's been going on in her life.

John and Debbie know each other through Rob Dougherty. Debbie and Rob started their freshman year at Penn State's main campus in University Park. Rob and John were roommates in the East Halls, and so Debbie met John shortly after arriving at Penn State when she was visiting Doc and they've been together ever since. After a number of moves around the country to live in places like Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, and then back to Ohio they now call Wooster, Ohio home.

I snapped a picture of Debbie and John with my iPhone which has no flash, so I apologize for the image quality, but hopefully you'll be able to see Debbie again for yourself in about 10 months.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Christian Jameson Tobias

I just got this from Jay Tobias. The little guy's name is Christian Jameson Tobias. He was born on Sept 14th at 5:49 PM. Wt: 9lbs, Hgt: 21.5" Lots of hair!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sabrina's dad

Mike Laton told me that Sabrina's dad passed away this past week. I've clipped the obituary from the Times Leader. The funeral services are tonight.


Leland (Lee) R. Baynes, 76, of Pringle, died Wednesday September 3, 2008 at the home of his daughter, Sabrina.

He was born in St. Peter, Minn, a son of the late, Matthew and Rose Tarpy Baynes. Lee served for and retired after 22 years from the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Air Force Alumni.
He is survived by his four children, Sabrina Baynes, Fairview Township, James Baynes, Wilkes-Barre, Ret. Major Leland R. Baynes Jr., Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Valerie Baynes, Scranton; six grandchildren, a great-grandchild, brothers, Jack Baynes, Springfield, Minn., Bob Baynes, Delta, Ala., Harry Baynes, Springfild, Minn.; and sisters, Betty Jean Thomas and Rosemary Trimbo, both of Henderson, Minn.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. from the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Avenue, Kingston. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Victory Pig Pizza on Ebay!

It appears that someone who works at the Victory Pig is testing the market for Victory Pig Pizza shipped overnight. You can join in on the bidding on Ebay if you've longed for that fried perfection that you could only find in Wyoming Valley ;-).

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Paul McAndrew's dad

I've posted the obituary for Paul McAndrew's dad.

John McAndrew
John F.P. “Frank” McAndrew, 84, of Dallas, passed away Monday morning at his home. Born in Scranton, he was a son of the late John and Harriet Walsh McAndrew. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, class of 1942, and the University of Scranton, class of 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Mac started his long distinguished military career when he entered World War II in January 1943. He served with the 480th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and General George S. Patton’s Third Army. He participated in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge and other European operations. He was honorably discharged in December 1947 and became a member of the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division. He served on active duty with the National Guard until retiring in 1984 where he was a personnel officer. He retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (5), which he was the first in the state to receive and possibly the nation. He was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, and the Daddow Isaac American Legion Post 672, Dallas. He was preceded in death by sister, Kathleen Rooney; and brother Joseph. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Jane Tuman McAndrew; children, Dr. Frank T. and wife Maryjo, Galesburg, Ill.; John J., Shickshinny; Rosemary Hozempa and husband Charles, Dallas; Christine Grieves and husband Robert, Dallas; Paul C. and wife Marianne, Downingtown; and 14 grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 672 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Gate of Heaven Church. Rev. Kevin P. Mulhern will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call today from 6 to 9 p.m. Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas.