Search and Rescue Dogs Serve Community, Part II

Guest Author: Debbie Sorber Rosch, ’80 (Hall of Fame 2019 In our previous episode, we ended with a cliffhanger. John Swaney and his search dog, Hogan, of Burning River K9 Search and Rescue, were in the final moments of their certification test search. They had already searched most of their 50-acre assignment at Gretchen Reed’s Pheasant Run Airport, with only a tiny area of the sector remaining to be searched and nine minutes to find their subject before time ran out. Despite both handler and K9 feeling fatigue and frustration,…

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Upcycling as a Lifestyle (With Emphasis on Style)

When most people subscribe to recycling and reusing as environmental goals, bins taken to a recycling center are part of their efforts. Bob and Tam (Walrath) Polzer have practiced thinking BIG about recycling during their renovation of two homes since their marriage in 1986. The ’78 graduates first purchased a rundown, unkempt house on Rockwood Drive in Painesville in ’86. Before any remodeling could begin, they unloaded enough trash to fill two 10-yard dumpsters. A most unpleasant task came with realizing the home had been inhabited by heavy smokers and…

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El Communicado Non Comprehendo, Part I

In a country with diverse nationalities and languages, it is hardly surprising that some difficulties arise in communications. However, listening to and understanding others often happens between people who speak the “universal” English language as well. For two examples about misunderstandings that can happen even when an American native knows another language well, retired RHS Spanish teacher Marietta Lipps knows how confusion can arise. She wonders sometimes about what happened when the Chevy Nova automobile was named because “no va” in Spanish means “It doesn’t run.” One can only hope…

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Wolf Family: Three Generations of RHS Grads

How often does a high school have three generations of one family, all remaining as loyal alumni, graduate from its halls? Robert (Bob) and Jacqueline (Jacquie) Wolf, who celebrated 64 years of marriage on August 2, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren whose successful careers and dedication to RHS make them stellar alumni as they follow in the values their mother and father have held dear. Although Bob graduated from North High School in Columbus, his loyalty and service to the Riverside community have paralleled his wife’s, especially…

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