Alumni Word Puzzle

Okay, Alumni: How is your memory about things from many decades ago? Below is a story including numbered parentheses that can be filled in with things or names from several decades ago. Each correct answer is something that has disappeared completely or is rare. On a piece of paper, number each line up to 34 lines, then write your answer to each number. Make sure your answers are things from the 40s, 50s, or 60s. Then check your answers by clicking on the link at the end of the story. Answers…

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Beaver Bulletin Board Spring 2022

Achievements: Recognizing important milestones and achievements of our alumni. 1960s Joe Kovacs, Class of 1960: My wife and I will be celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary August 4th, 2022, Lord willing. We credit God for our 60 years together and my wife putting up with me. I married Addie Congos class of 1961 Riverside High School.   In Memory: Listed by last name, year of graduation from Riverside, and date of death. The obituary link is provided if available. Berry, Karen: faculty, RHSAA Hall of Fame 2021, 2022 Obituary Bjornholm…

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Studying at Wilmington College: Anya Demshar

Guest Author: Anya Demshar, RHSAA 2021 Alumni Scholarship Winner My name is Anya Demshar I am currently a student at Wilmington College. During my first semester at Wilmington, I have had many opportunities. Before my school year even started, I was selected to participate in the  Leadership Plunge which starts two weeks before the first semester. During the Leadership Plunge I learned new leadership skills as well as met instructors and future classmates. There are also many things to do outside of class, during my first semester I joined a…

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Studying at Baldwin-Wallace: Pavel Lindrose

Guest Author: Pavel Lindrose, RHSAA 2021 Alumni Scholarship winner My first semester at Baldwin-Wallace University was full of positive experiences. My dormmates all turned out to become some of my best friends. My professors are all some of the best in their field. Especially in classes that I struggle with, every professor makes extra time to help if needed. The conservatory, as well, is a huge part of my experience as a performance major. My favorite class of the first semester was probably my Tonal Harmony (written music theory) class.…

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Repaying the Impact of a Good Education

Preserving the legacy of Riverside High School – that is the motto of the Riverside High School Alumni Association. There are so many ways to do exactly that, and the Board of Trustees of the RHSAA is excited to support our existing activities and explore new ones. Come celebrate with us! I remember so fondly my time at Riverside, and that is part of the reason why I am so involved with the RHSAA today. Sure, there were the usual teen-age angst moments – who doesn’t have those memories? But…

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Gremlins

Very few people avoid being plagued with gremlins, whether the creatures’ presence is obvious or not.  Gremlins avoid super-organized, compulsively neat folks and wisely keep their distance but still wait for the pouncing moment. Gremlins’ only good quality is their loyalty; they never leave their assigned people. Their qualities range from the mildly contentious to the averagely malevolent, to the downright destructive, hateful S.O.B./Bitch types. Gremlins are always of the same sex as the host person as they emerge right there on the birthing table of about 80 percent of…

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Revisiting “The ’22 Winter of Our Discontent”

(with apologies to John Steinbeck) A recent comic strip, “B.C.” by Mastronianni & Hart, used extreme anachronisms to produce humor during the 2022 January “snow event” in the northeastern United States.  The strip’s only character was Grog, who is always portrayed as a ball of hair sitting on top of two skinny legs and having a large nose and rudimentary arms. Grog was looking at Wiley’s dictionary searching for the word “dusting.”  The definition was “What people in Buffalo call snowfall that everyone else would call a blizzard.” If this…

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Heroes of the Pandemic

For the past two winters, which coincide with the two worst COVID-19 surges in Ohio, I have comfortably lived inside my house. Here, I listened to the wind howl, the snow driven to the ground, and knew there was nowhere to go, people to talk to only over the phone or on Zoom, and thought about how I was warm, not hungry, had the internet and TV, and was safe here in my house. Not only safe from the storm, but safe from the virus. Living alone, keeping the house…

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Shellie Levin Graf: 2021 Hall of Fame Alumni

Compassion and hard work were the ideals that Shellie Levin Graf, Class of 1980, embodied when she founded Elegant Essentials in 1993. Specifically, her purpose has been to help women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. Her company now has locations in Medina and Mentor, where she and her nine employees have addressed the physical and emotional needs of tens of thousands of women. The financial success of Elegant Essentials has never been Shellie’s focus. She absorbed her late mother’s blue collar, Lake County lifestyle ethic and combined it with…

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One Photo, One Painting, Multiple Coincidences

For many years I had a photo of a pretty blonde young woman in an ornate frame in my attic: my paternal aunt. I also had an oil painting that had hung in my aunt’s home; my father and I retrieved it when he was executor of her estate. I moved the painting to various places around my house, but only recently did the photo and the painting become the center of a remarkable set of events that started when I was a child and have just recently surfaced through…

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