BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL Alumni News
DECEMBER 15, 2004
Well it happened again!!! On Saturday night, November 20, it snowed over two feet in Big Bear. This matches the mid October snowstorm that Big Bear experienced. The slopes are covered and it will be a great winter for skiing and boarding in Big Bear. Fifty (50) cars were stuck in the snow on Arctic Circle and all roads leading into the Valley were closed for a few hours on November 20. The ski slopes are in great shape and ready for visitors and locals.
The Big Bear Hall boys are at it again!!! Chad Hall took first place in Division IV in the C.I.F. Cross Country race on November 20. Brother Ryan again led second ranked Stanford University to a first-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country West Regionals on Nov. 13th Fresno. Stanford was going for the national title on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Stanford Cardinals are the defending national champions. The Stanford Team did not do as well as expected on Saturday, Nov. 27. However, Ryan took a first at the state Fresno relays on November 27, for his division. Mickey Hall, (Dad) has been a teacher at Big Bear High since 1989 and is the Cross Country coach for Big Bear High. Way to go Hall family.
Trevor Hagerdorn, a Big Bear High graduate is a member of the Wichita State University bowling team which as achieved a combined 12 national championships.
Ed. Note: Please let me know of other students who are achieving in life or academics or sports. We all love to read about our graduates successes. Just reply to this e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Peavy Retirement Party donation finalized:
The final amount raised by Ron Peavys Retirement Party was $3000. This amount will be matched by Steve Mihaylo, class of 1961. Prior to the retirement party, Ron asked guests to contribute to the Steve G. Mihaylo/ Big Bear High Foundation instead of receiving a retirement gift. Neal Waner, president of the Foundation announced that Steve contributed $105,000 to the Foundation. We have paid out his years grant winners and all scholarships but a few have been paid for this year and we still have $560,760 in the endowment fund. In order to maintain our status as a public foundation, the foundation must raise one half the funds Steve contributes to the foundation, i.e. $50,000. The good news is that we already have contributions of approximately $30,000. We need to raise $20,000 by March 31, 2005 to meet our portion of Steves gift.
Good story: The SGHM/BBHS Foundation has a wonderful after school program headed by Debra Sarkisian. One of the programs is the strings program. One young girl attending Big Bear Elementary School wanted to continue to play the cello but her parents could not afford the rental of a cello.......soooo the Big Bear Elementary School booster club purchased a used cello for the school. Now the young musician can continue to learn to play the cello. Way to go Big Bear Elementary School Boosters!!!
2005 Annual Foundation Banquet: Next years banquet will be on Sunday, June 12. 2005. at the Northwoods Resort in Big Bear. This is a wonderful, inspirational, annual event. We award the scholarships for the year, and honor retiring district employees. Steve Mihaylo always makes it some how, whether by car or by plane. Set the date aside on your calendars.
E-mails to Al:
Itīs always good to hear news from Big Bear. I go back to the late 1920īs as a child with my parents building a home with their parents. A lot of history with school, working at the original Safeway in Pine Knott, setting pins at the old bowling alley, singing White Christmas at the FIRST Christmas tree lighting in front of Safeway with the Lions Club, singing at the OLD Catholic Church, Eastern Star meetings, on the first Christmas Parade of Boats singing White Christmas and oh so many other memories. I miss Big Bear and still receive the Grizzly to keep in touch.
(Ted and Geneva Duceyīs daughter. :0)
Happy Thanksgiving and we have so much to be Thankful for living in this Nation. Blessings, Geneva
It is always good to hear about the people and events of Big Bear. In October I was sent by the district to a week long Training ( Ruby Payne) in Palm Springs. If you arenīt familiar with her work "A Framework for Understanding Poverty" it is something every educator should read.
I asked my Mom, Marilyn Eidson, to join me in Palm Springs so that she could enjoy some warmer weather, and then join my brother, Jim Eidson (Jimmy) for his sonīs wedding in Las Vegas. Jimmy is a Police Officer with the Havasu City, Arizona Department.
While my mom and I were still in Palm Springs we contacted our long time family friends, Cheri (Cooper) and David Lovingfoss. We were able to join them and Cheriīs dad Spence for a wonderful dinner. Cheri and Dave were married by you (Al Waner). We had a great time and all talked about "the good old days".
After the Las Vegas trip and wedding, my husband and I then drove my Mom back to Colorado and picked up her travel trailer and drove her back to Havasu where she will spend the winter months. We just beat the snowstorms by one day. Who would have thought that there would be so much snow in the mountains this early.
Please pass on my best wishes and prayers to Ed Stalcup and his family for his speedy recovery.
Judith (EIdson) Bartlett
Ed. note: Judy, I too enjoyed Ruby Payne talking about effective schools and I agree that every current educator should hear her message. Yes, I performed the wedding ceremony for Cheri and David Lovingfoss many years ago. When I was in a study group preparing for my doctorate at USC, in the early 70s in Palm Springs, I had the privilege to eat dinner with Cheri and David in their home. Thirty years have gone by very quickly. Both their families were special friends to the Waner family in the 60s. Al
I attended the pre-school at what is now Spencer Realty. I remember crossing what seemed like a "long" bridge to get to the playground! I also remember the tricycles with "huge" wheels. But mostly, I remember the parents who were there for us and who made our time there so much fun!! It seems we forget to thank these very special people who took their time to make such a difference in our lives but maybe this is my chance. I do appreciate all they did in helping to form the early part of our lives and for taking the time to spend with us. A big thank you to the Stalcupīs for starting this pre-school and for allowing me to attend.
Ed. Note: Shelli, That bridge was the gateway to heaven (playground) for many of the students at the first site of the Co-Op nursery. Dee Forbes was one of the first full time teachers and was very special to our family. Keep up the good volunteer work as secretary to the SGM/BBHS Foundation.
Just received your update and would like to respond to the Co-Op Nursery School information. My sons Tony & Steve Underwood just loved Mrs. Stalcupīs Nursery school. They always talk about it and enjoy the great memories they both have. Tony, especially, always wanted to go to Mrs. Stalcupīs house and play football with her "big boys". As a Co-Op Mom, I have very special memories of those days. I met some of my closest friends, Barbara Willis, Lynda Klemroth, & Lynette Hutchinson at the Co-Op. I know there was a Co-Op reunion a few years ago, but, would sure like to know if another one is in the works.
Thank you for keeping us informed about the Alumni, I always enjoy reading about everyone.
Beverly (Ward/Underwood) Hedge
Ed. note: Bev, There is a Co-Op reunion every year in the spring so I will try to be sure you know the date. Perhaps some of the current Co-Op moms will let us know the date so we can publish the date in the alumni e-mailing in January. Al
Hi - Alumni Estelle Gough - Class of 1947 (YES 1947)
So pleased Big Bear got some snow, Here is Crestline we got nada. Just a note to say I visited Australia this year in June and July which is their winter, and I have never been so cold. The artic winds were really strong. Our snow is even warmer! Here is a picture of me and my husband in Hobart Tasmania. Regards Estelle.
Ed. Note: yes I received your picture but was unable to transfer the picture to this e-mail newsletter. Sorry!!! Al
Received this interesting e mail from Marie Wanke:
HERE IS A STORY THAT YOU WONīT BELIEVE
SHELLEY (Knott) CALLED FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON FRIDAY AND SAID SHE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A GUY WHO WAS TRYING TO FIND A GIRL NAMED FRANCES AND A BOY NAMED DEAN WHOM HE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH IN 1944.
GARY AND I WENT TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND GOT THE LETTER THINKING WE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET HIM IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE WHO GRADUATED BEFORE US. IT TURNED OUT WE WERE ABLE TO FIND THE INFORMATION HE WAS LOOKING FOR IN OUR OLD ANNUALS. HE WOULD HAVE GRADUATED IN 1955 A YEAR BEFORE GARY AND I. WE CALLED HIM FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND SPOKE TO HIM SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE WEEKEND. HE HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE GUY NAMED DEAN AND THEY HAVE SET A TIME TO MEET EACH OTHER AFTER 60 YEARS IN THE PALM SPRINGS ARE IN EARLY DECEMBER. THE GIRL NAMED FRANCES PASSED AWAY 3-4 YEARS AGO.
SO I DONīT KNOW IF WE KEEP STUFF AROUND A LONG TIME OR IF WE ARE REALLY THAT OLD OR IF WE STILL REMEMBER THINGS.
ANYWAY IT WAS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO HELP HIM AND HE OF COURSE IS THRILLED TO HAVE MADE THE CONTACT HE WAS LOOKING FOR.
HIS NAME IS WAYNE BOWLBY, email@example.com
SMALL WORLD HUH?
GARY AND MARIE WANKE
I attended the memorial service of Lila Wood at the Community Church on Saturday, November 20. Lila and Jerry (bus driver and mechanic for the school district) have been involved in the Victorville orchestra for the past 24 years. Lila was one of the organizers of the local Tennis Club. The Victorville Community Orchestra and Choir drove to Big Bear for the service. There were many Big Bear Alumni in attendance. The church was packed. It was a very meaningful and fitting tribute to Lila.
Ed. note: I am so impressed with the work of the Steven G. Mihaylo /Big Bear High Foundation. Many hours of volunteer time are spent each month by many members of the board. Can you believe we will exceed $600,000 in the endowment fund. The Foundation and we have given more than $150,000 in scholarships and grants in just six years. I can remember as the principal of Big Bear High in the 70s raising $5,000 a year for the Rosenberg Scholarships Program. We would spend it all on student scholarships and the start all over again the next year to raise $5000. We have come a long way thanks to Steve Mihaylo and the Foundation.
To enhance our alumni e mailing we are asking for students from various years to volunteer to help me collect information concerning our alumni for our monthly e-mail and send me their news to firstname.lastname@example.org
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!!! Al