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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.

03/28/19 02:17 PM #262    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates:
I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying this beautiful time of year, The re-birth of nature after a winter hibernation. It's time to get out and Spring clean all of the debris left over from a hard winter and make a clear path for springs blooming. I talked to Jay Negri recently and he came up with the idea of a Class of 1975 breakfast meeting on a regular basis. So here's an ask If any classmates would want to set up a regular monthly breakfast, no agendas just to have breakfast and talk. If interested, please respond with suggetions of time, day of the week and location. then we'll see where this goes. Thanks Jay for the idea. I attended a funeral service recently and it turned into a mini Class of 1975 reunion.........Patty Hancock, Debbie Hatch, Jeff Hancock, Louie Rago and myself........had a nice conversation, given the circumstance, but it was good to see classmates. Patty and Jeff promised to attend our next reunion in 2020 and agreed with our plans to have a Curve Night on Friday and a casual barbeque/cookout on Saturday. Debbie, Louie and I have attended in the past so no need to get commitments to attend the next one. Clarke Hammaker has agreed to help with the food planning for this event. While we havent nailed down a location or dates, we will be working on that. Ideas are always welcome and appreciated.....keep the coming. Until next time my friends, enjoy the Spring and make plans to attend OUR REUNION in 2020.

03/28/19 07:51 PM #263    

 

Gary Delozier

I am looking for a detailed list of names for all the Altoona Area school board members.

mailto:deloz@webtv.net

04/25/19 07:49 PM #264    

 

Rocco Alianiello

 

Greeting Classmates,

                  It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing the news of another classmates passing. Dave Langer passed away April 19. I knew Dave since the sixth grade and was shocked to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. Dave attended our reunion in 2010, he will be missed. Please check our Facebook page for the link to his obituary.  Until next time my friends.
 
 

04/26/19 04:02 PM #265    

Debra Harshberger (Saylor)

 Rocco - thank you for your tireless efforts to add a personal touch to our communications.  Dave Langer's passing was a bit of a punch to the gut...wasn't it just yesterday we were carefree kids?  Such a super intelligent guy, musician, and part of our "gang" in the Noble days and through Junior High.  We sure shared the laughs together, in addition to growing pains.  Never take a day for granted.  Each is a GIFT.

 


06/29/19 04:44 PM #266    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greeting Classmates:

        I hope this fnds everyone doing well and enjoying the leisure of summer. Isn't it ironic that the best meeting place these days for our "age group", notice i didn't say "oldtimers" or something rude like that, is the grocerey store!!!!!  Yep, pushing your cart down the aisle and not much caring how you're dressed or if you came right out of a dirt pile, it seems to be the place where you run into most people. Well, I had the wonderful experience of doing just that........as I was pushing my mini cart, I only buy small quantities, I ran into the best smile that Roosevelt Jr, High School ever produced.........Sue Dillen....and she immediately began to give me grief about getting lazy on my e-mail correspondence.  Well Sue, I have been a little slack, but as I mentioned, I have been posting some things on our FB page, Altoona Area High School Class of 1975.. But you shamed me into getting back on especially since our 45th High School Reunion is next year 2020....most likely in August with a Friday Night Curve game and a Saturday Barbeque. Most likely at the Swiss Rifle Club with soft background music by "Asbury Lane". More details to follow, but thats the venue we are looking to do. It should provide for a very casual atmosphere, which seems to work well for us......plenty of good food, which we all love and good easy listening music, not hard on the ears and allows for conversations. I would assume the price point will be VERY nice too, but give me some time to figure all that out. But now you have a pretty good idea of when it is, where it is and what it is........so lets get the word spreading early so we can get the biggest reunion yet. No EXCUSES this year, Steve Martynuska, Terry Adams, Al Abraham, Sue Rhoades, Karen Figard, Steve Nardella, Randy Bickel, Debbie Saylor, Marianne Grabowski, Barry Kumpf etc, etc, etc.........you know who you are..........lets make it happen. see you at the grocery store soon.  Until next time my friends

08/01/19 01:02 PM #267    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greeting Classmates:

       I hope this finds everyone doing well. Happy August 1st, 2019.  So why am I acknowledging a new month, you might be asking?  Well, since you are asking, in one year from this month, in August of 2020, we will be celebrating our graduation, TOGETHER, from AAHS........45 YEARS AGO.....holy #*@!%.........yep, thats right!!!   Our REUNION is upon us again and to make it the best it can be will take ALL of us making the committment to attend.........forget the excuses...forget the petty BS that you might be hanging on to (after 45 years????? come on).....forget that you might have aged a bit (haven't we all?).........get a babysitter, Al Abraham........get off the couch Terry Adams.........make a weekend trip Steve Nardella........book your plane ticket Chris Robertson.........don't book any patients Steve Fishbaine.........get out of the kitchen Sue Dillen.......don't tend your backyard paradise Randy Bickel..........get off your yacht Peggy Domenick...........don't grade any papers Harold Hayford..........don't book a gig Rick Wertz.......don't babysit your grankids Steve Martynuska........stop working so much Gregg Webster.........COME TO OUR REUNION!!!!! We plan to schedule our event on a weekend where there is a Friday night home Curve game. then schedule Saturdays event at the Swiss Rifle Club for a comfortable, casual cookout with some fantastic live music from Asbury Lane........more details to follow............But, PLEASE.....start to get the word out, socialize it, tweet it, share it, instagram it, any way you can......spread the word...........until next time my friends

08/02/19 11:32 AM #268    

 

Ronald Brian Servello (Servello)

Rocco, I will be there and
will drag Clark and Linda Hammaker
along. I have tried to get Bill Freed
and a couple others to attend. I'll
keep trying! Thanks for your
leadership!

Ron.

08/13/19 11:13 AM #269    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greeting Classmates,

       I hope this finds everyone doing well. Sad to pass on that another classmate leaves us.  There is a plan for all of us, it’s sad to see many of us from the 1975 AAHS graduating class had early dismissal.  Thoughts and prayers to Family and friends of Curtis Stump.  Thanks Charlie Moore for letting me know.  Until next time my friends.

 


08/13/19 03:02 PM #270    

Frank M. Ciccarella (Ciccarella)

I hope they have The Doobie Brothers music in the after life for Curtis


08/27/19 09:28 PM #271    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greeting Classmates:

            I hope this finds everyone doing well. If you happened to miss the subject line, here it is again....MARK THE DATE. I have a feeling you didn't have your readers on and might not have read the fine print, so put on your readers.........MARK THE DATE...................Hmmmmmmmmmm, it's been a proven fact that it takes three repetitions before the message sinks in so............MARK THE DATE. ok , now, I either got your attention, ticked you off or you deleted me already. For those of you that are still with me............MARK THE DATE.........AUGUST 28 and 29, 2020....the 45th High School Reunion of the AAHS Class of 1975.......hey, that's us!!!!!!!!  Wow, that's exactly one year from now, that's right in one year from now we will be getting together on Friday, August 28, 2020 at PNG Park to enjoy a Curve Game in the outfield bleacher seats then on Saturday August 29th, 2020 we will get together again at the Swiss Rifle Club in Altoona to enjoy a great BBQ cooked by our own classmate, Clark Hammaker. If your interested in helping Clark prepare our BBQ which takes 13 hrs....please respond accordingly. Cooking brisket and drinking beer at 3am with old friends sounds pretty cool.  More details to be filled in such as times and complete menu, but be sure that there will be plenty of food, drink, friends and great music from Asbury Lane, and maybe, just maybe our classmate and talented musician, Ken Earnest, might fly in from California to join in the fun. (no pressure, Ken).  So .....MARK THE DATE and make the plan to attend.....spread the word from rooftops, but don't fall off. We want the largest turnout ever for out reunion.........Deb Saylor....Marianne Grabowski........Sherry Stoner........Mike Harker........David Clapper.........Tina Bistline.........Jeff Hancock........Dave Warner........Dave Wendle........Dan Harpster............Roger Seemiller........Debbie Patillo..........Beth Reifsteck..........and on and on.......MARK THE DATE.    Until next time my friends dont forget........MARK THE DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

08/28/19 08:59 AM #272    

David R. Clapper (Clapper)

Looking forward to it!

08/28/19 03:39 PM #273    

 

Jennie K. R. Bardell (Demick)

I will be there and I am excited to see everyone! 


08/29/19 04:19 PM #274    

 

Ronald Brian Servello (Servello)

I look forward to being there and seeing everyone again. I will be helping Clark with the barbecue. I hope we have even more classmates attend!

10/04/19 02:26 PM #275    

 

Rocco Alianiello

Greetings Classmates,

            I hope this finds everyone doing well. October brings the sad news of another classmates passing. Richard Sinisi, AAHS Class of 1975 passed away this week. Obituary was in the Altoona Mirror Thursday. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends of Richard. Please also send prayers to our classmate, Terry Miller, for strength and faith during his fathers illness. Until next time my friends

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