Search and Rescue Dogs Serve Community, Part II

Guest Author: Debbie Sorber Rosch, ’80 (Hall of Fame 2019 In our previous episode, we ended with a cliffhanger. John Swaney and his search dog, Hogan, of Burning River K9 Search and Rescue, were in the final moments of their certification test search. They had already searched most of their 50-acre assignment at Gretchen Reed’s Pheasant Run Airport, with only a tiny area of the sector remaining to be searched and nine minutes to find their subject before time ran out. Despite both handler and K9 feeling fatigue and frustration,…

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Upcycling as a Lifestyle (With Emphasis on Style)

When most people subscribe to recycling and reusing as environmental goals, bins taken to a recycling center are part of their efforts. Bob and Tam (Walrath) Polzer have practiced thinking BIG about recycling during their renovation of two homes since their marriage in 1986. The ’78 graduates first purchased a rundown, unkempt house on Rockwood Drive in Painesville in ’86. Before any remodeling could begin, they unloaded enough trash to fill two 10-yard dumpsters. A most unpleasant task came with realizing the home had been inhabited by heavy smokers and…

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El Communicado Non Comprehendo, Part I

In a country with diverse nationalities and languages, it is hardly surprising that some difficulties arise in communications. However, listening to and understanding others often happens between people who speak the “universal” English language as well. For two examples about misunderstandings that can happen even when an American native knows another language well, retired RHS Spanish teacher Marietta Lipps knows how confusion can arise. She wonders sometimes about what happened when the Chevy Nova automobile was named because “no va” in Spanish means “It doesn’t run.” One can only hope…

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Wolf Family: Three Generations of RHS Grads

How often does a high school have three generations of one family, all remaining as loyal alumni, graduate from its halls? Robert (Bob) and Jacqueline (Jacquie) Wolf, who celebrated 64 years of marriage on August 2, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren whose successful careers and dedication to RHS make them stellar alumni as they follow in the values their mother and father have held dear. Although Bob graduated from North High School in Columbus, his loyalty and service to the Riverside community have paralleled his wife’s, especially…

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Remarks for the Riverside High School Hall of Fame Banquet

Guest Author: Dr. Peter A. Lillback ’70 Editor’s Note: Because Peter Lillback was unable to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony, the Log is providing his speech below. Since his family and friends might not have attended the ceremony, the Log editors, along with Hall of Fame Committee Chair Marijane Watson, feel people should have the opportunity to appreciate Peter’s thoughts. Fellow alumni, administrators and friends of Riverside High School: I am grateful and deeply honored by the opportunity to address you at this auspicious occasion. Congratulations to all as you…

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Observations: Burger Flipper for the World

Causing drivers to make sudden unsafe exits from freeways, eliciting excited screeches from children, making the family dog whine and yelp in anticipation, yanking old men with canes and walkers into snowstorms to meet their cohorts for coffee and other tempting things: Ah! It’s McDonald’s Golden Arches at work. The power this nearly universal trademark has on hungry people makes it seem as if the “M” of the arches should stand for “Magnet.” Possibly the most recognizable trademark in the world, it has been pulling humanity in for enough decades…

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To Pea Or Not To Pea; To Bean Or Not To Bean

Are dogs able to spit? Can they puff up their jowls and force air out like as human’s “p-tui” in response to something disliked? Our coonhound Brutus made me imagine strange possibilities one morning when I picked up his food bowl several months ago. Brutus has always had a hearty appetite, no doubt enhanced by my habit of adding something tasty to my dogs’ kibble meals: a scoop of canned dog food, some chicken skins, some gravy. The previous evening, I had part of a chicken pot pie left over…

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Search and Rescue Dogs Serve Community Part 1

Guest Author: Debbie Sorber Rosch ’80 (Hall of Fame 2019) On a glorious Sunday morning in May 2022, several members of Burning River K9 Search and Rescue met at Pheasant Run Airport in Leroy, Ohio, to train search dogs. One of our teams, John Swaney and K9 Hogan, were also attempting to earn certification from the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) in live find area search. Other team members would have different training objectives. Sheila Hullihen, RHS class of 1978, would be serving as Hogan’s search subject, hiding…

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Beaver Bulletin Board Summer 2022

In Memory: Listed by last name, year of graduation from Riverside, and date of death. The obituary link is provided if available. Bailey, Aiden Charles RHS 10th grade 2022 Obituary Bayles, Hank 2006 2022 Obituary Blankenship Bosworth, Rebecca 1964 2021 Obituary Brainard Ryan, Toni Marie 1965 2022 Obituary Frazier Hoover, Ila Joan 1951 2022 Obituary Hammel Smith, Sally 1949 2022 Obituary Hido Downing Carpenter, Jeanne 1965 2022 Obituary Kujala, Andrew Emil  1961 2022 Obituary Martin, John 1965 2022 Obituary Moore Brumbaugh, Donna 1983 2021 Obituary Miltner, Richard L. 1977 2022…

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Riverside Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner

The induction ceremony and dinner for the 2021 Hall of Fame honorees was finally held on June 18, 2022, at the Holiday Inn Mentor. The complete biographies of the honorees are found in the Winter 2022 Online Log here. Over  65 people gathered to celebrate. Each honoree received a plaque and an honorary lifetime membership in the association. A similar plaque for each honoree will be placed on the Hall of Fame wall within Riverside High School among the past Hall of Fame honorees. The official dessert cake for the…

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