Saving Memories: Skip Cohen ’67

Guest Author: Skip Cohen ‘67 “This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.”  Jodi Picoult I’ve been active in the photographic industry my entire adult life, which kind of makes me a one-trick pony when it comes to career paths. But there’s that old line about if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  Well, that describes my career and the incredible experiences I’ve had over the years in photography. When the pandemic hit, photographs…

Read More

RHSAA Newest Trustee: Cathy Thompson-Covill

Cathy Covill

Cathy Thompson Covill is a Riverside High School Class of ‘85 graduate. Her siblings are also RHS graduates: sister, Janice ‘83 and brother, Gordon ’89. Her mother was a school bus driver for Riverside schools and her father was fire chief in Painesville Township. Cathy attended Kent State University, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and her Masters in Education. She currently teaches fifth grade in the Willoughby-Eastlake City schools. She previously taught career technical education in Hospitality Management to high school juniors and seniors at the Northern…

Read More

Beaver Bulletin Board Spring 2021

Achievements: recognizing important milestones and achievements of our alumni. 1980s Cheryl Reed, ’83, graduated from Cleveland State University in ‘90 with a degree in Physical Therapy. In ’97 she joined Globe Volunteers and traveled to Ecuador, where she became enthralled with the country. In ‘02 she purchased a 24-acre farm (5,000’ elevation) and is raising coffee plants and operating a bed and breakfast. Cheryl spends six months in the U.S. working as a traveling therapist and the other six months on her farm. Cheryl’s parents, Tom and Gerry (Fox) Reed…

Read More

The Unanticipated Career of a Firefighter and K9 Handler Part I: Gordon Thompson ’89

Guest Author: Gordon Thompson ’89 I received a phone call at work from one of my favorite RHS teachers, Mrs. Gretchen Reed. Hearing her voice brought back many memories because of the times I spent with her and her family outside of school. How many teachers take you up in several of their airplanes…and let you jump out of them? I used to skydive with her brother-in-law and a few of her nephews. We were lucky enough to complete several jumps, out of some amazing airplanes, at her property in…

Read More

Clyde C. Hadden Elementary School Memories: Amy Evans Liikala ’73

Guest Author: Amy Evans Liikala ’73 As far back as I can remember, I loved going to school.  Stepping on the bus with my plaid lunch box, my neighbors and I travelled down Route 20 to Clyde C. Hadden Elementary School, which was actually close to home but felt far away from our small neighborhood.  Pulling into the arched driveway (in on the right, out on the left), Mr. Rippin would send us in the front doors, imploring us to have a smart day.  Even though the building opened in…

Read More

A Glimpse into David Burris: Skip Cohen ’67

Guest Author: Skip Cohen There’s one good thing the pandemic has given each of us…TIME! Even now, as things start to improve, I still have time to take those fun walks down Memory Lane. Writing for the Riverside Alumni Online Log has given me a chance to put into words what so many of us have felt over the years, as we look back on those teachers who helped us most. While many teachers made a difference in my life, only one stayed in touch, Dave Burris. A few months…

Read More

Tribute to Mr. Ralph Bunnell: Debra Filppi Colgrove ’72

Guest Author: Debra Filppi Colgrove ‘72 Growing up in Leroy was wonderful. We were a tight- knit community of caring, loving and warm people. Those days are engraved in my memory; and I find as I age, I daydream often about those lazy, hazy, crazy days of my youth. Being from Leroy, I always rode the bus to and from school. We lived on Leroy Center Road and from the dinette window of our kitchen, I could see the lights of the bus coming down Indian Point Road. I would…

Read More

Clyde C. Hadden Elementary: Linda Molnar McAdams ’70

Guest Author: Linda Molnar McAdams ‘70 Clyde C. Hadden started out as a little log cabin in 1859 and in 1900 became a two-room brick schoolhouse. In 1928 construction of a new five- classroom school began, which was called Mentor Avenue School.  In 1940, after undergoing changes, the gymnasium was added.  In 1952, seven new classrooms were added to hold 335 students.  Because of that many students, other schools like Melridge Elementary were being built.  In 1959 the school was renamed Clyde C. Hadden, for the man who served 30…

Read More