Shakespeare’s Ghost is Alive and Well

The assassination of Julius Caesar, painted by William Holmes Sullivan, 1888. (CC-by-sa/2.0)

Anyone who has lived long enough to accumulate memories going back several decades probably can relate to feeling “haunted” by scenarios they wish would disappear out of their heads. Obvious examples would be horrors endured by military personnel, natural disasters one has survived, or something as simple as the memory of a crabby, long- deceased aunt whose picture still hangs on one’s wall (and has to stay there because she left a nice inheritance). My ghost, seemingly impervious to exorcism, is that of William Shakespeare. After many decades of exposure…

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The Posey in the Ghetto

Tennyson's Poem, "Posies in a Crannied Wall"

Teachers of junior high and high school students are likely to be familiar with the resistant mindsets their students may bring to the subjects being taught. Such attitudes are less prevalent in elective classes, such as music, art or photography, but teachers of REQUIRED classes tend to find out quickly that some of their kids expect to DESPISE certain subjects. If I may make a personal digression here, I understood the resistant mindset well based on my own reaction to being a ninth grader in algebra class years ago in…

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Ode to an Office Page

Discovering that one is a dinosaur is a common occurrence for most people who have lived seven or so decades, and I am one of those in today’s technological world.   Yes, I have a cell phone, a clam shell style.  And yes, I also have a desktop computer, on which I use email, Word, and the Internet.  However, there are many functions inside that screen that I will never explore. Likewise, at least so far, I refuse to invest in anything that has an “i” in front of its name;…

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16 Years of Quacking

Sixteen years of effort and over $90,000 raised in funds have established the Grand Riv-Har Duck Race as a respected annual tradition shared by the Riverside and Harvey alumni associations. Although known as long-time rivals in sports, the hatching of the Duck Race idea represents a classic example of how two neighboring school systems can achieve success by working toward the common good. Eventually hundreds of enthusiasts would become participants in the fund -raising efforts. The Duck Race history has had many twists and turns, just like the river that…

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Roll On Down The Floor

Around, ‘round, and ‘round the Riverside High School building: That’s where Phil Reed, who was a student in the late 1950s, traveled on his roller skates for one entire school day. Phil was one of seven brothers and two sisters in the Reed family of Grand River. Five of the brothers, Clifford, Bob, Tom, Phil and Larry frequented Walton’s Roller Rink in Mentor-on-the-Lake,  and when not skating there, worked for Mr. Walton making hot dogs and mopping floors. All the Reed children attended Merrick Hutchinson Elementary School, where skating was,…

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Senior Pranks – Memorial Fountain

Senior pranks have been a rite of passage in many high schools and have ranged from the annoying and mundane (setting off stink bombs and fire alarms) to the slightly more imaginative (turning dogs or wild animals loose in schools’ hallways or putting “For Sale” real estate signs in their front yards). One story has it that some RHS seniors many years ago cemented a toilet to the building’s front porch. (Publisher’s Note: It’s True: Class of 1980) However, one group of seniors in the early ‘80s outdid all others…

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2017 Hall of Fame Ceremony to Honor Five

Five new inductees will be welcomed into the Riverside Hall of Fame at a ceremony organized by the Riverside Alumni Association and held at Quail Hollow Resort on October 7. JOEL PERCIVAL, Class of 1980, will be formally inducted after being selected in the Alumni Category last year but being unable to attend the 2016 ceremony. After four years of working at various clinics, his inherent love of animals led him to establish Big Creek Veterinary Hospital in Concord and then purchase Kirtland Veterinary Hospital. These clinics have been rated…

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The Grand Riv-Har Duck Race

Often called the “Battle of Painesville,” the Riverside-Harvey football game has become a legend since the two high schools serving Painesville split into two districts more than 65 years ago. Rivalry between the two districts reaches a peak as the date of the game approaches each football season. Another event representing cooperation and community spirit, but no rivalry, has also become legendary: the annual  Grand Riv-Har Duck Race, now being organized by both schools’ alumni associations. The 16th Duck Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, between 11 a.m. and…

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The Fad of Streaking

Streaking became an occasional activity at the school during the late ‘70s, one that tended to increase in spring when senior pranks were common. For those unfamiliar with the term, it involved students charging through the corridors or across the lawn naked except for shoes and sometimes hats. One year after senior exams were over, a group of them entered the side door on the west end of the building and streaked through the downstairs hall. One of our longtime English teachers, a much beloved single lady nearing retirement, happened…

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