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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Clyde C. Hadden – A Long Look in My Rearview Mirror : Skip Cohen

Guest Author: Skip Cohen ‘67 When I first contemplated, months ago, about contributing to the Online Log, the word “pandemic” was not in our vocabulary. Now, after nine months of hunkering down, I’ve found taking a look in my rearview mirror is therapeutic. “Throwback Thursday” is happening a little every day, with great memories going back just a few months, let alone years. But staying connected to my hometown, Painesville, Riverside, JRW, and digging back to Clyde C. Hadden maintains a particular place in my heart. There’s a smile on…

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Leroy Grade School: Fred Searles ’62

Guest Author: Fred Searles ’62. The year was 1955 and I was in the 5th grade at Leroy Grade School, as we called it.  Mrs. Ruth Rowley was our principal, which seemed to be unusual at the time to have a woman principal.  She was also our English teacher as I recall. At lunch time, if you were in the 6th grade, you could play in the gym after you finished your lunch.  If you were in the 5th grade, which I was, you first had to raise your hand.  …

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Memories of Leroy Elementary School: Sharon Dodd Rodgers ’66

Guest Author: Sharon Dodd Rodgers ‘66  I attended Leroy Elementary School in 1953 through 6th grade.  I repeated first grade; therefore I had Mrs. Peck and she remarried 2nd year and was Mrs. Henry. I remember Mrs. Nelson whom I believed lived at the corner of Proctor and Rt. 86. The old house is still there. I remember Mrs. Novak and principal Mrs. Raleigh, who also taught 6th grade.  Her office was in a classroom in the lower section which had been added on. We ate lunch in the basement…

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