Bill Guyer: Honorary Football Team Captain

Congratulations to our own Bill Guyer, President of the RHSAA, selected to represent the Riverside Beavers football team as their honorary captain at their August 28 home game. With his wife Donna and sons Tom and Steven (both Riverside graduates) in the stands, Bill took the field for the pre-game ceremony. Bill is a 1967 graduate of Riverside High School where he was a lettered member of the track team, played on the football team, was a member of Student Council, and vice president of the Key Club. Because Bill…

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RHSAA Board of Trustees Elect Two New Members

At the September 2021 board meeting, the trustees elected Beth Knezevich ’81 and Mike Nelson ’85 to fill two vacant trustee seats. The board also selected officers for the rest of 2021: Bill Guyer, president; Cathy Thompson Covill, vice president; Gretchen Reed, secretary; and Doris Moss, treasurer. Two other trustees were re-elected: Gretchen Reed and Loretta Vandervort. The other trustees who continue to serve are Marijane Watson and Eric Laika. Beth Knezevich has volunteered with the Alumni Association for several years.  She attended Melridge Elementary School, Auburn Road Junior High…

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The Essence of a Gentleman: Alumnus Donald Pomfrey Remembered

A phrase used most often about Donald Pomfrey was “a true gentleman.”  A member of the Class of ’54, he excelled in so many areas that honoring his memory adequately is a challenge. His service and dedication to the school and the alumni association were a major part of his legacy, but his unwavering strength of character is also worthy of praise and respect. Don died August 16, ‘21, at age 85. Three traits that Don was widely known for were loyalty, dedication and integrity. When the Pomfrey family moved…

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Remembering Don Pomfrey

It is a sad moment to realize that the time has come to remember our own Donald Pomfrey, who died August 16, only a year and two days after losing good friend Ron Balogh, former president of Harvey’s Alumni Association. Together the two men were the heart of the Riv-Har Duck Race and had worked together on the fundraiser for many years. It is almost fitting that we couldn’t hold the race this year because I don’t know how we could have done it without those two loyal alumni members.…

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Help Create Branches in the Online Log

Dear alumni and previous RHS staff, The two editors of YOUR on-line Log have a request we want to propose – that you READERS consider becoming WRITERS by contributing to the on-line Log. With thousands of RHS alumni and staff out there, we represent a wealth of experiences, wisdom, insight and thought that could be shared with others. We want the Log to become a format for all of you to express what you are thinking. Maybe you do not consider yourself a potential writer. Please re-think that idea. Over…

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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…

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Spring 2021 President’s Message

Hi Folks, It’s getting tougher to write these quarterly notices with so very little to report on and so many things in limbo. The board has not had a face-to-mask meeting in a year and I don’t even remember what Loretta Vandervort looks like. (Just kidding Loretta…you’re unforgettable). We are going to have our restart meeting at 7 p.m. on April 12 at Riverside High School in the Lecture room to make sure we have safe distancing. We will be discussing this year’s scholarship and commencement support. We will also…

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President’s Message for Winter 2021

Hello to All Riverside Alumni, Wait..What? It’s January already? During these last several months I even have trouble remembering what day of the week it is. If it’s garbage day it must be Wednesday. If the Browns are on it could be Sunday or Monday. Another easy trick for me is that my birthday is always on the same day of the week as Christmas and New Year’s so I’m good on Fridays this year. I hope all of you have been able to find good ways to pass the…

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A Painesville Legend Remembered

Ronald Balogh, 73, died August 14 following a two-month illness. He had been under hospice care near his snowbird home in Estero, Florida. Ron left behind a 50-year legacy of service to his hometown, especially to the Painesville City schools, that earned him the commonly used moniker of “Mr. Painesville.” Ron was a devoted teacher and administrator at Harvey High School, where he taught instrumental music and led the school’s band, then became a guidance counselor and served as assistant principal for several years before his retirement. Respected and loved…

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President’s Message

Hello Fellow Beavers, Well, things are starting to feel a little more real. School has started although necessarily modified because of the virus. The school buses are rolling (please respect their signs and be patient, especially with the special needs kids), and our sports teams are playing. Attendance at the events is limited to family members, but fortunately for sports nuts like me, some of the games are being streamed. Check the teams’ Twitter/Facebook pages for links on game days. Of course, our board hasn’t met since March, and all…

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