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09/14/17 09:49 AM #237    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,
                     I hope this finds everyone doing well and adjusting to the cooler weather and shorter days. The seasons seem to be changing at a faster pace as the years go by. A not so subtle reminder that we need to take every opportunity to enjoy life and do the things and be with the people that make you happy. September 23rd is one of those opportunities to have a great time with classmates that we haven't seen for a while or maybe never got to know. The registrations have been great, THANK YOU! we are almost at 80 registered.....the latest being Larry Everhart and his better half.....Thanks Larry, looking forward to seeing you and hoping you are enjoying retirement. there is only a short time left before our 60th Birthday Party at the Tavern 27, so PLEASE get you registration in....we would love to see you all there.......there are many good reasons why you may not be able to attend, then again you may be thinking "I will feel uncomfortable, that was so long ago, my hair is gray, I won't be able to read the name tags, it's past my bedtime, ...etc, etc." well, guess what, we are all there with you!!!!!! Come out and have some fun and share the joy of living.......we will sing Happy Birthday at 7:30..........cocktails at 5:00........food will be available at 5:30.........music (nothing loud) will be playing live.........and we wrap up the party at 9:00 (still time to get you beauty sleep). Please , if you are available and able to attend, register now and join your classmates for our CELEBRATION of LIVING 60 YEARS.  Until next time my friends.

09/17/17 01:45 PM #238    

Dorothy A. (Dotti) Clifford

I'm happy to be able to see everyone! Really looking forward to this! Hoping Key West Airport will be open for commercial flights by Thursday 🙏🤞😎


09/18/17 10:25 AM #239    

Patti Dubbs (Keith)

Oh, I didn't know that Dotti Clifford was gonna be there. That changes everything!  Just kidding, my work schedule changed.  Sign me up for two!  However, let's be very clear - I will NOT be 60 until 2018. 


09/18/17 02:21 PM #240    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Class of 1975,
          I hope this finds everyone doing well on this 18th day of September. The Steelers are 2-0, the Nittany Lions are 3-0, the Curve won the EL Championship, BG's winning streak is up to 50........some great accomplishments for our local teams..........OUR LOCAL TEAM, the CLASS OF 1975 is having a celebration of another great accomplishment......our 60th BIRTHDAY PARTY. The time is here......SEPTEMBER 23rd.......this coming weekend at the TAVERN 27 from 5-9, close to 90 registered classmates and guests will be gathering for a very casual evening of fellowship. You can still register, if you are still considering, please make the decision to attend.......for those of you who have decided not to attend our class events, I respect that and we will miss your presence. These events are a far shot from our high school days, 42 years to be exact, and we have all grown since then, some of our classmates have passed on, we have all been through good times and bad times, life is an evolution..........enjoy and embrace the changes, they are inevitable. come and share this special time together......it's another three years until our next reunion ........that will be our 45th......WOW......lets enjoy this one first. We sing Happy Birthday at 7:30.....Cocktails at 5:00, Delicious food stations at 5:30 and enjoy the rest of the evening to live music until 9:00. Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday. Until next time my friends.

09/19/17 11:10 AM #241    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,
        I hope this finds everyone doing well on a beautiful fall day. The forecast for this weekend is even better, plenty of laughs and great conversation, 100% chance of a good time........of course I'm talking about our 60th Birthday Party at the Tavern 27. The weather is going to be PERFECT. Our registrations are so very close to the magical number 100.........there is still time to register. I spoke to one of our classmates this morning, Bonnie Herschel, who decided to attend just this week. After talking with Bonnie, who I didn't know in high school, we had a lot in common, so we all have 42 years ago in common, and I'm sure 42 years of life after high school brings some common ground. Make the decision to support our class and have a great night talking about life. See you all at 5-9. Our musical entertainer, Bill Ferrell will start live music at 6. Until next time my friends.

09/19/17 08:46 PM #242    

Michael C. Nazaruk (Nazaruk)

Hi Rocco! I just registered for the 60th Birthday Party! See ya Saturday 9/23!

MIKE NAZARUK


09/20/17 12:21 AM #243    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Mike, 

     Thanks for registering. Looking forward to catching up with you on Saturday.


09/20/17 09:38 AM #244    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

          I hope this finds everyone doing well on a beautiful Wednesday, or is it Tuesday?.... Friday? you kind of lose track of the days when you're having so much fun. So be honest, how many of you are thinking "Another E-MAIL, take a break will ya?" , well one thing I've learned over these 60 years is that you never pull off the throttle.........keep the juice flowing by going 100%....you know the halftime speech kind of stuff, but it's true, there is so much to do with our time and wasting it just isn't an option..........just in case you've lost track of the days......our 60th Birthday Party is THIS SATURDAY, September 23rd at Tavern 27 from 5-9.....ok two of our party animal classmates, Barb and Tony Mainiello, wanted a clarification on this 5-9 timeframe.....so, when 9 o'clock rolls around on Saturday and Tony and Barb are just getting warmed up, no one has to leave Tavern 27.....you are welcome to stay as long as it is open......the 5-9 simply means that OUR music stops and the food is taken down. so PARTY HARD Barb ( sermon is over)!!!!!  Another piece of info, DRESS COMFORTABLE and CASUAL......come as you like.....this is a casual gathering, shorts, capris, tee shirts are all certainly acceptable.....come as comfortable as you like. Golfing is available on Saturday at a discounted rate for classmates....just tell the pro shop you are with the Class of 75 and you can golf a round for a discount. Thanks for all of who made the last minute choice to register....Jeff Kelley, Bonnie Herschell, Lynette Shields Mcgraw, Catherine Schnaubelt, Michael Nazurak, Bob Holland, Marty Warner Henry, Patti Dubbs Keith, Dottie Clifford, Vicky Ciccarella Albright, Susan Lucas Dunn...............great responses..There is still time to register, up until the day of the event. Until next time my friends

09/21/17 08:55 PM #245    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,
              I hope this finds everyone doing well. I couldn't let a day go by without sending out yet ANOTHER e-mail. I'm sure you were all just sitting and staring at your inbox waiting for the message "You've got Mail". Well here it is....I hate to disappoint. Today, I saw one of our classmates, Jim Miller. Unfortunately, it was at a funeral home for his little brother Woody Miller. Woody died unexpectedly at the young age of 57. Our sympathies go out to Jim and his family.......way too young. Makes me take a breathe and give thanks for life......even though the eyesight is going and the hair is turning 50 shades.....the aches and pains are part of the morning ritual, we are STILL alive and enjoying this wonderful life. Another reason to make the effort and share a milestone of 60 years of living..........some of our classmates are making a long trip to come back and support the class, yet others, living in Altoona, are deciding not to attend our 60th Birthday Party. I understand schedules conflict at times, but wouldn't it be great if everyone that has an opportunity to attend, makes a last minute decision, tomorrow, to register and show up to share our birthday party.  I couldn't help but think, while I was in the funeral home paying respects to Woody, of all of our classmates who never made it to 60 years old, and grateful that I did. If you're on the fence, please make the decision and register, it's easy......if you can't ......let me know and I will register you. If you've made a definite decision that you are not going to support our class events, I wish you well, and we all will miss you at our future reunions, etc., but never say never. Time has a way of changing things. We will have a professional photographer showing up at 6:45 for a class picture and they will be available to purchase. One final note....Tony Chwatek turns 60 tomorrow, September 22..........hmmmmmmmm, I didn't see his name on the registration list????? until next time my friends.

 
 
 
 
 
 

10/04/17 02:08 PM #246    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greeting Classmates;

        I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying this absolutely magnificent weather. Prayers to all those affected by the Las Vegas shooting. Unfortunately, there is evil in this world. No room for politics with these tragedies, just plenty of prayers. Well, our 60th Birthday celebration has been getting great reviews, thanks to all who attended. Without YOUR continued support of our class events, we would NOT be able to enjoy these evenings. To memorialize the occasion, our class photographer, Louise Cummings Runge, was busy taking pictures of everyone that she could. She recently posted these pictures on the the Photo Gallery on our website www.altoonaarea75.com and also on her FB page. Please get on the site or her FB page and relive the evening. or if you didn't attend, enjoy it through photos for the first time. If you took photos at this joyous celebration, please feel free to post yours as well on the PHOTO GALLERY on our website www.altoonaarea75.com. The more the merrier, just like attendence at the events. Imagine if those of us who attended, could convince one classmate who hasn't gone to any, to come to our 45th, what a great turnout we could have. I think that is a reasonable ask. We all know that our 45th will be in the year 2020 and most likely in the fall months, so, start know to connect with a classmate who does not attend and start to show them all the fun and fellowship that we have. One by one, we can bring them back. I have heard that some classmates didn't hear about our 60th, please tell them to update their profile details on our class website www.altoonaarea75,com, especially their current e-mail address its easy and they will be connected with all the information about our class events. Thank you again Louise Cummings Runge for taking the photos, they are perfect. And thanks again to all who attended......to those that didn't, please consider our 45th reunion in 2020, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Until next time my friends.

11/23/17 09:10 AM #247    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

             I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying this special day of gratitude and thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families and special friends. As we enjoy the day with loved ones, take the time to express your thanks and gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. I'm sure that some days the challenges that life brings can be overwhelming, but  sometimes, taking a step back and reflecting, clears the vision of all that we have to be thankful for. Please never take for granted the family and friends that surround your life or your health that still allows us to enjoy the beauty of living. When the material possesions are no longer the priority, your family, friends and health will be and should be now. Ok,ok, I'm preaching too much, but these are the truths we learn as we mature....and we all know how much we've matured as we just celebrated our 60th birthday party. My best wishes for health, happiness and love in all of your lives.....that is the measure of a good life. Remember those less fortunate and give back when you can, there are always those that could use a friend and some companionship. Be that person. Until next time, my friends.......I am thankful for the many friendships that we have made and continued to nurture over the years. It is well worth the effort to keep them

11/24/17 12:58 PM #248    

 

Ronald Brian Servello (Servello)

Rocco, Thanks! I wish you and all our classmates happy holidays! Ron.

12/26/17 10:05 AM #249    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

            Merry Christmas to all of you and those that are special to you. I hope this finds you all resting after the season of preparing for the much anticipated day. It seems as though Christmas comes and goes so fast that it becomes a memory even before the wrappings are gone. The memory of the joy on the faces, the sharing of time with friends and family, the giving, don't have to be memories made only at this time of year. Keep the spirit alive by doing these things year round, make it part of your day to bring a smile to someones face or share your time with a friend or family member. Pay forward when you can, even the smallest act of kindness can be the best thing to happen in someones life. The season brings out the giving spirit in all of us. Let's keep that spirit live in you all year. Wishing you all, all my best for peace and happiness. We will soon be entering another year, 2018. Which brings us closer to our reunion year of 2020, yes, thats 45 years for those that are in denial. Keep your calendar open in the fall of 2020 for another get together with our special class of 1975. Until next time my friends.

01/12/18 11:07 AM #250    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

                       I hope this finds everyone well and in the habit of writing 2018 instead of 2017. Habits....we are what we continually do. That can have both positive and negative results. Changing a habit is not as hard as you might convince yourself it to be. If you are seeking a different outcome from the ones you are getting, change your habits. SIMPLE in theory but it does take a firm RESOLVE to get the desired OUTCOMES. Whatever it is....Get Fit, Learn to play a musical instrument, get an advanced degree, find another line of work, RETIRE, mend a relationship, make a new relationship, stay in touch with friends and family, etc, etc, etc......ok, so now you have selected your GOAL or RESOLUTION to ACCOMPLISH something. Now you need a ROADMAP or BLUEPRINT to get you to your destination. The journey should be filled with building new habits and repeating these habits enough so they become part of your being......at times, it helps to have someone hold you ACCOUNTABLE to your goals.....in my case, I would love to help as many of our classmates who are seeking to live a better, healthier life through FITNESS. That would serve MY GOAL of HELPING more people in 2018.........I know, SHAMELESS, plugging my business to all of you, but I feel very passionate about what a healthy lifestyle can bring that I am offerering a "CLASS of 1975 ONLY" price of $15/month from now until our REUNION in 2020. REALLY??????? YEP.......I will set you up with a plan to reach your desired fitness goals (set by YOU). Just to be clear.......getting to your fitness goal of ??????????? will only cost you $15/month for the next 30 months. Do the math......better yet put a clear vision of your self at our 45th Reunion looking and feeling better than you have in a long time. I will set you up with a consult from our personal trainer or myself...develop a plan that FITS your schedule, monitor your nutrition intake and TRACK your RESULTS. All that is needed now is YOUR COMMITMENT. You all should know how to contact me......Progressive Martial Arts and Fitness (814) 312-7943......FB Progressive Martial Arts - Altoona........www.pmasaltoona.com , e-mail Rocco070157@gmail.com.........The ball is in your court...take firm control of it and SCORE.
                     Not to end on a sad note, but we lost another classmate this week, Lonnie Brogden passed through this life June 6, 1957 -  January 7, 2018.  Remember, the " - " represents your life. Live well, my friends. Until next time.

01/23/18 10:09 AM #251    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

              I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying this very mild winter in PA (I'm sure i just jinxed us). Unfortunately, more sad news of another classmate passing on. Paul Chambers passed away last week. Paul was a gifted musician and lived in Roanake, VA. His wife Gretchen Paisley, Class of 1976, passed away unexpectedly 17 years ago. They are joined again in eternity.. Paul will be missed by his children and grandchildren and all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all. Thanks to Jennifer Munn-Wright for notifying me of Pauls passing. Until next time my friends. If today was YOUR last day.........

01/24/18 08:54 PM #252    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

         I hope this finds everyone doing well. I know it has only been a short time since my last e-mail, but unfortunately, I have more sad news to pass along about the passing of another one of our classmates. Tom Williams, Class of 1975, passed away on Monday, January 22. His full obituary appears in the Altoona Mirror today, January 24. Tom was married to another one of our classmates, Robin Lonsinger. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to her and their large family. Prayers for strength, faith and healing to all. I had received numerous e-mails from classmates about Tom's passing before his obituary appeared. I thank all of you for reaching out so we can keep up to date with our class. Please continue to share information with me about any of our classmates, not just the passing, but also any happier news as well, grandchildren, marriages, retirements, etc. It would good to hear some good stories as well. Until next time my friends,

02/26/18 11:18 AM #253    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

                      I hope this finds everyone doing well and returning to regular programming after watching the Olympics.....yaawwwwwnnnnnn!!!!  Seems to lost the excitement of past games, or maybe curling isn't what it used to be. Well, this message sends some sad news of another one of our classmates passing. Matthew Schraff passed from this life on Friday, February 23rd after a brief illness. Our thoughtrs and prayers go out to his family. We are losing so many of our classmates at such a young age..........if today was your last day...........  For too many of our friends, they have seen their last day. Cherish each breath and every day. Until next time my friends.

06/14/18 09:19 AM #254    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

                     I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying the "summer".  Today is Flag Day.........proud to be living in this great country and so proud to honor OUR COUNTRY's flag. Don't want to make this a political forum so ............................. on to todays message. Remember saying the pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, every morning in school with our hands over our hearts...........a lot to be said about that and the values it taught us. Well, I must say, I've been lax in my messaging........I could say I've been busy working, but retirement isn't work, although there is so much to do and now I have the time to do it...........hoping all of you get to enjoy retirement soon as well. As we all know too well, life is short.........have fun, do what you always wanted to do, take that trip, read a book, call a friend, make amends where needed, show gratitude and appreciation and be thankful for what you have. This life isn't about being easy, it's about having the strength to endure the difficulties and challenges that come along. Happy Flag Day and Happy Birthday President Trump (be nice)............until next time my friends.

08/29/18 02:04 PM #255    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

             I hope this finds everyone doing well and staying cool in this heat wave. Summer has arrived a bit late this year. Back to school activities and schedules are once again in session. Remember the anticipation  (or dread) of returning to school after a seemingly endless summer vacation. The seasons don't seem as long as they once did 40 something years ago.........WOW.........is that right or is that a typo....wait, I just typed it........let me do the math (Harold check for accuracy) 2018-1975 = 43 yep, 40 something is correct. in two short years or approx 8 seasons ( 4x2), we will be celebrating our 45th class reunion.....check me again Harold 2020-1975 = 45........that is correct our 45th Class Reunion is in two years. Please begin to pass the idea around to our classmates.......we have had great attendance at our class events...35th and 40th reunions and our 60th Birthday Party..........but we can get more of our classmates attending by making everyone aware of the event. The best way to do that is to make sure all of our classmates get registered on the website www.altoonaarea75.com  Yes, the site is up and running again after an unexpected downtime. Please pass the word and get as many classmates to register on our website as possible........the 45th promises to be another great event, but only if we get our classmates attending. Until next time my friends.


09/25/18 12:10 PM #256    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates;

               I hope this finds everyone doing well and celebrating the Steelers first win of the season 1-1-1. It could be worse I suppose, Bill O'Brians Texans are 0-3, he should have stayed at PSU.....undefeated and headed into a showdown with Ohio State Buckeyes and Urban Liar (oooops) Meyer.  
               We were saddened to hear of the passing of another one of our classmates last week, Diane Frederick left us at the young age of 61. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I posted on our FB page of her passing and included a Third Grade class photo. Brings things into perspective.....................you never know when it's your time. Live every day like its your last.....enjoy family, friends and loved ones........make a positive difference. Until next time my friends.

11/27/18 12:42 PM #257    

 

Rocco Alianiello

 

Greetings Classmates,

              I hope this finds everyone doing well and back in the routine after a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. A perfect time to reflect on all the blessings that are in our lives and send thoughtful prayers to those in need. As this holiday passes, we are are preparing for the upcoming Christmas Season and all the festivities, gatherings, exchanges and rememberances that go with the "season". Keep things in perspective, maybe its our ageful experience that brings "wisdom" or it takes 61 years to finally "get it", but the season certainly brings a different perspective the older we get. Oh, it's still great to see the little ones excitement opening gifts and to share meals and visits to family and friends, but I'm sure its not just me that feels that the gifts, while appreciated, aren't necessary when surrounded by loved ones and friends. That is the true gift.....TIME spent with those you love. Ok Ok......maybe too much "wisdom" to start the season...........................our 45th High School Class Reunion is just a short time away 2020 and that will be a time to get together with old, good friends. Please make 2020 the year you decide to reconnect, take that step and go to OUR reunion, you will be pleasantly surprised to see how much "wisdom" is in that room. Until next time my friends.

12/27/18 10:43 AM #258    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates

         I hope this finds everyone doing well and taking pause between Christmas and New Years.I posted on our Class of 1975 FB page (Altoona Area High School Class of 1975) recently three things to consider going into the season 1. SLOW DOWN  2. BE PRESENT  3. BE GRATEFUL.  This pause between holidays should be time to reflect on what is important in your life. Upon thoughtful reflection, most would include these three points as a roadmap to making them priorities. Think about it.......it will make sense. I hear so often, that "I can't believe Christmas is here already".......Slow Down. "It's over so quickly, and back to work already, it's like a blur".........Be Present. Be grateful, not for the material things, but for the company of family, loved ones and friends........long after those material gifts are old or thrown away.......caring family, true friends and loved ones will always be there.......Be Grateful. Football is coming to it's climactic finish with College Bowl games and NFL playoffs and Super bowl.......to use that analogy, we are all in the 4th quarter.......don't sit on the ball and try to let the clock wind down.....play to the end, likes it's the last time you play this game. 2019 is a few days away with 2020 staring us down welcoming us to our 45th Reunion year. BE PRESENT!!!  Let's have a players only meeting and talk about the first three quarters and how we will play out the fourth. until next time my friends.

02/15/19 12:39 PM #259    

 

Rocco Alianiello

 

Greetings Classmates;

           I hope this finds everyone doing well and hoping that Punxsy Phil got it right this year..........that would mean only 4 more weeks of this winter weather. I don't know about the rest of you who still live in this area, but I'm not liking the cold, snowy days and nights. It is pretty to look at and a little is ok , but I'm done with it already. 
          Happy Valentines Day to all the ladies and I trust your men all treated you like the princesses that you are. Speaking of Princesses, I had a surprise meeting with one of our classmates, Debbie Harshberger, she is doing fine and promises to be at our 45th Class Reunion along with Marianne Sickles. OK ladies, i'm holding you to that commitment. It was great to see her and catch up..........just imagine if we can get many of our classmates to make the same commitment with the same energetic anticipation of reuniting after 45 years since graduating together.  Oh, I can hear the excuses coming already........but really......the class events over the last 10-15 years have been very well attended and everyone seemed to have a very good time. Not everything is perfect, but the company of many classmates always seems to make things perfect. It's right around the corner.....2020 is the year, so start to communicate to all of our classmates. I know we don't have the details yet, but at least we can start to socialize the event and commit to each other that we will make this another great event simply by our attendance. 
           Thank you all for playing a huge part in the success by your past attendance........let's make the 45th the biggest reunion of the class of 1975. Until next time my friends.

02/16/19 02:17 PM #260    

 

Ronald Brian Servello (Servello)

Rocco, thanks for you latest post! I wish that everyone who could attend would do so. There are many classmates that attend that I didn't really know in high school but have gotten to know from attending reunions, and I have gotten closer to those classmates that I did know in high school. I have been trying to contact classmates that I was close to that haven't attended but it's not been a fruitful effort. I will keep trying. I would like to see Steve Monahan, Tom Winslow and others. But I am very thankful to be able to spend time with all those classmates who do attend! God willing, all who were at the past reunions will be able to attend as well as a bunch of new ones! I really appreciate all that you and your fellow organizers do to make these reunions possible! Ron.

03/01/19 04:48 PM #261    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates;

          I hope this finds everyone doing well and getting their fill of winter. Only one more week until we "Spring Forward" and get an extra hour of dayllight. I read in the Altoona Mirror this week about the passing of another Classmate, Brett Hamilton passed at the early age of 61.  Our sypmathies to the family and friends of Brett. We have lost way too many classmates already, cherish the time we have, because......If Today was Your last day............ Until Next time my friends.

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