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08/29/17 09:49 AM #232    

 

Rocco Alianiello

 

Greetings Classmates,

                  I hope this finds everyone doing great on this 29th day of August. There is less than one month to go before our 60th birthday party on SEPTEMBER 23rd at the Tavern 27 in Altoona. Thank you to all the classmates who have already registered and there's been a nice response so far. Here's a sampling of classmates that have registered:
  • Ron Servello
  • Pam and Morey Lawruk
  • Joe Angello
  • Cheryl Swires
  • Laurie Costello
  • Gregg Webster
  • Jay Negri
  • Susan Dougherty
  • Rami Norris
  • Jim Mattern
  • Tony and Barb Mainello
  • Joan Kempf
  • Tony Pacifico and Karen Rieger
  • Tommi Durkin Calabria
  • Kathy Niedenthal Tornatore
  • Alan Dilsaver
  • Jeff Chadney
  • The Edelblutes
  • Steve Maurey
  • The Adleman's
This is only a few of the registered classmates, if your name is not on the list and you registered, don't worry....... I have you.....I only randomly picked a few names. If your name is not on the list and you HAVE NOT registered............WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??????? (here's where I should call out names). It's one night to get together to celebrate 60 years of living with a common bond between all of us............I promise to make the name tags with LARGE FONTS so you don't have to squint to read the names. I can guarantee that you will enjoy the FOOD SELECTION, picked by our food specialist classmate, John Gallace. The MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT was suggested by one of our musically gifted classmates, Harold Hayford. The rest is up to us to attend and enjoy an evening together..........I get it that are other things going on, but you can still come for a short visit (Steve Martynuska!!!).....the PARTY STARTS at 5:00PM.....stop in and have a drink, sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY (still looking for a volunteer to jump out of the cake), have some great food, reconnect with some friends...........we are counting on all of you to make this event . PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get registered.  Until next time my friends.

09/01/17 08:41 AM #233    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

                   I hope this finds everyone doing well. It is with a heavy heart that this message comes to you today. As we prepare for our 60th birthday celebration of our continuing life , our classmate, Debra Kay Schoenig Drexler, passed this life into the next at 60 years old. Her family will be celebrating her life from a different perspective.Another stark reminder that we are all here for a very short time and our last day, could come at any time. Live your life, do the things you want to do, be kind, love, don't procrastinate...................."if today was your last day"............................. Let's be grateful for our life and celebrate together on September 23rd. Until next time my friends.

09/06/17 03:35 PM #234    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greeting Classmates:

                   I hope this finds everyone doing well. Penn State Football got off to an exciting start and this weekends match-up with Pitt is always a barnburner of a game because of the intense rivalry. Steelers start their regular season this Sunday when the Cleveland Browns visit Heinz field. Steelers gearing up for a Super Bowl run.......ok, I'm starting to sound like a sportscaster, enough of that. So today as John Gallace and I were finalizing the plans for our Class of 1975 60th Birthday Party, in walks Deb (Harshberger) Saylor. As coincidence would have have it we were just talking about classmates that did not register yet, and Deb was on our "list". After some guilt ridden talk, we "persuaded" her to come for a short period of time before she goes to a concert with her daughter that same night.....and guess what Marianne (Sickles) Grabowski, YOU'RE coming with her!!!!!!  A very productive meeting. So Deb and Marianne, I am registering you TODAY! All kidding aside, she was really looking forward to the party, but going to the concert with her daughter was special so she didn't think of just stopping at the party for a short period to see some friends and maybe meeting up with them afterwards..........even if you have other plans, if you can stop by to say hello, that would be great, we'd like to get as many classmates together as we can. Don't be the one who says..."I wish I would have gone to the party". Not to point anyone out, but Roger Rickard and Steve Fishbaine, you have not registered yet.......Steve Nardella and Joe Martino, still looking for your registration........Terry Adams.....I think I gave up on you. Over 70 registrations have come in so far, a very nice number.....thank you to all who are making the effort.........if you have any interest , Dave Wendle, PLEASE...register for the Party on September 23rd from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.........Cash bar opens at 5:00 food is available in stations at 5:30 and we are singing Happy Birthday to ourselves at 7:30.........Thanks Phyllis Sipes, Becky Singer, Kathy Sorge, Clark and Linda Hammaker, Deb Stevens, Linda Millin, Joan Kempf, to name a few of the classmates who have registered.......Until next time, my friends

09/06/17 05:09 PM #235    

 

Roger P. Rickard (Rickard)

Rocco and entire 60th Birthday Party Committee, I wish you and all our classmates a Happy 60th Birthday Party on the 23rd. While I appreciate that Rocco called me out for not registering, I simply cannot make it back to Altoona from Scottsdale, AZ for this gathering. I have enjoyed catching up with fellow classmates at other reunions and truly wish I could join everyone in a couple of weeks. Have fun, celebrate and raise a glass to those of us that cannot be there in person, but surely in spirit. I will raise a glass or two to those who can gather.

Roger Rickard

 

 

 

 


09/11/17 12:38 PM #236    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greeting Classmates,
          I hope this finds everyone reflecting on the events of 16 years ago. Hard to believe this much time has come between that tragic day and today. Time tends to fade memories or create a foggy recollection, but we can never forget the impact that had on the world......it literally changed the way we think and act. As Americans, we cannot forget that day. Until next time my friends.

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.

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