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Bisonalities Again

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past, present, and future of Waterford and Fort LeBoeuf High Schools

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January 22, 2018 - Present
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -10:00 p.m.

Received a change of address and telephone number for Nancy Ethridge Peters, FLBHS Class of 1956!

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Monday, March 19, 2018 -10:00 p.m.

Death of Justin Theodore Ethridge

FLBHS Class of 1998

Justin Ethridge

Justin Theodore Ethridge, age 37, resident of Washington Township, Edinboro, PA, died Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh after a hard fought battle with cancer. Born October 1, 1980 in Erie, PA, he was the son of Tracy L. Jankowiak Ethridge and the late Theodore C. Ethridge.

Justin was well-loved and will be sorely missed by his family, his friends and co-workers. A man of many talents, he was a school teacher by profession, a gifted musician, and owner/operator of J.T. Wood & Dirt. He taught music and chorus at Conneaut School District for the past 12 years after graduating from Mercyhurst College. His passion for teaching music and his personality made him a popular teacher among the students.

Since the age of 13, Justin regularly started playing piano and singing at his church, Mill Village Methodist, and later played at Cambridge Springs Methodist Church among others. Many will remember him playing at different occasions with his friends in their praise band.

Justin was a hard worker and had a true love of being outdoors in the woods, scouting for timber and logging trees. He owned heavy equipment and truly enjoyed excavating and logging for hire. He also built his own house, and enjoyed woodworking and cabinetry, making furniture and gifts for others.

Besides his father, Ted Ethridge, Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Gladys Ethridge, and James and Janet Jankowiak, and also his uncle and aunt and godparents, Carl and Caroljean Wolfrom.

His family includes his three sons, whom he dearly loved spending time with teaching them the value of hard work, Samuel, Toby, and Gabriel Ethridge; his mom, Tracy L. Ethridge of Cambridge Springs; his sister, Lindsay Grignol and her husband Joel of Waterford; his girlfriend, Jessica Johnson of Greenville; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held at the Mill Village Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 3rd at 11:00 a.m. and were officiated by Rev. Bryon Switala, pastor of Mill Village Methodist Church. Burial followed in Mill Village Cemetery.

The family will accept memorial donations to establish a music scholarship fund for Fort LeBoeuf High School.

Editors note: Thanks to Jan Dodd for bringing Justin's passing to my attention!

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Friday, March 16, 2018 -10:00 a.m.

Death of Robert Barry Urban

FLBHS Class of 1967

Barry Urban

Robert Barry Urban, age 68, of Millcreek, passed away on Sunday, March 11th, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital.

He was born in Erie, on June 20th, 1949, to Shirley Paschke Urban and the late Robert J. Urban

Barry was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School and went on to serve our Country in the United States Army Reserves. He worked for over 40 years at General Electric until his retirement. He was a member of The Church of the Covenant and a member of the Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed boating, and was a collector and true authority on Corvettes. Barry was a very compassionate person who cared for his tenants and all he encountered.

Barry was preceded in death by his father, who passed away on March 10th, 2018.

He is survived by his mother Shirley Pashke Urban of Kingman, Ariz., his brother Rick Urban and wife Lynn of Las Vegas, his nieces Alea and Italia, and his nephews Angelo and Arius. He is further survived by his special girlfriend Chris Pochatko.

Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th St., at Powell Ave., on Thursday, March 15th from 3:00 until the time of the service at 5:00. A private burial, at Phillips Cemetery, North East, Pa., will be held at a later date.

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Friday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

The following was received from a friend of mine and is repeated for your action/information:

Pass this on to your friends. Yes, we will get new Medicare cards but NO one from Medicare (I emphasize this strongly) NO one from Medicare will call you.

Pass it along . It might come in handy to know Medicare will never call you on the phone.

It is true that the new cards will be sent out from April 2018 to April 2019. Medicare has warned there will be scams. They emphasize they do not charge for cards or want your personal information over the phone.

This change is coming up. DO NOT give out information over the phone. Medicare Cards without Social Security Numbers Coming

Example of the new Medicare cards:

Medicare Card

This is pretty important to get out to people with Medicare, their families, and friends or adult kids who help parents with Medicare.

Texas Senior Medicare Patrol, a division within the Better Business Bureau has just gotten word about the newest Medicare scam.

Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends, throughout the US. Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year-long project to replace all current Medicare Cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number. This is starting to hit the media.

Scammers are opportunistic.

First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don't need to request it or do anything. It will show up.


Somebody saying they are from "MEDICARE" will call to tell you-you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. They will tell you there is a fee for the card of between 5 and 50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account information or credit card information so they can process your temporary card. DO NOT REPEAT NOT GIVE THIS INFORMATION OUT!


Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call. No one from Medicare will ever repeat ever call you saying they "I work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to".


First of all, spread the word. Feel free to share these notes. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer a number you don't recognize. If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don't feel bad or stupid) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 -11:00 a.m.

Funeral Arrangements for Dana Clarence Easter

Dana Easter

On February 5, 2018, Dana Clarence Easter was killed in a 50-car pileup in Ames, Iowa.

He leaves behind a wife, Sadie, and four sons, Daniel, Christopher, Jeremiah and Tray of Independence, Missouri. As well as his mother, Rosie Easter, and three siblings, Terry Lynn Easter, Dawnette Manus, and John Easter of Erie,

Dana was as graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1983.

To accommodate classmates, family, and friends, on February 20th at 6:00 p.m. there will be a celebration of his life to be held at Summit United Methodist Church. We invite you to come share your stories and celebrate Dana's life with us.

The celebration will be held at the Summit United Methodist Church, 1510 West Townhall Road, Erie, PA

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Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

The following people have been added to the "In Memory" page:

1. Delia Hunger Metzger, FLBHS Class of 1982 (date of death unknown)
2. Gerald "Gerry" Radomski, FLBHS Class of 1966 (Died december 30, 2017
3. Dana Easterm FLBHS Class of 1983 (Died January 5, 2018)

Thanks to both Marsha Brown and Cathy Rasmussen for furnishing this information!

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 9:00 p.m.

Douglas Edwards' contact information has been added to the FLBHS Class of 1977. Thanks for the information!

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Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.

Help make this the best Duran's Down Home Days, so far! Karen is donating the proceeds to a great charity, Make-a-Wish! If you do not wish to participate in the contests or events at least come out and see what's going on! A great, fun event for all ages!

2018 Duran's Down Home Days
WHERE:Waterford Community Fairgrounds
13012 Route 29 South
Waterford, PA 16441
WHY:Benefits Make-a-Wish
DETAILS:This annual event features:
* Our polular Cast Iron Chef Challenge. Teams compete for $2,000.00 in prize money
* Upcycle Contest. $500.00 is in prize money is awarded to five different age groups
* Local crafters, artists and vendors
* Music
* Food
DEADLINE:To participate the application must be receive by April 28, 2018
CONTACT:Duran's Farm Fresh Products
10532 Route 97 North
Waterford, PA 16441

All forms to participate may be obtained from Karen or downloaded from here!

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Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Jo Ann Rodgers Porfilio

Jo Ann Rodgers Porfilio

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1967

Jo Ann Porfilio, 69, of Leesburg, FL, passed away suddenly on January 31, 2018. Born June 30, 1948, in Erie, PA, she was the eldest of five children of the late James E. Rodgers and Bernice S. Mitchell Rodgers. She graduated in 1967 from Ft. LeBoeuf High School.

Jo Ann, or "Grandma Jo Po" was a generous, caring woman who loved to laugh. She was loved and adored greatly by family and friends, and the talks and chats will be greatly missed.

She married Anthony R. Porfilio on February 23, 1985 and lived in Waterford, PA. They owned and operated a Beauty/Barber Shop, which they sold after many years and moved to Leesburg, FL. She was proud of being a beautician and continued to have a current license.

Besides spending time with her family and friends, Jo Ann enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing cards, shopping and just chatting. She adored her little dog Sassy, they took great care of each other. She will be remembered fondly, for all the wonderful food she cooked, especially the Sauce.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter Stephanie E. Williams, a grandson Joshua B. Porfilio and two siblings, James E. Rodgers, Jr., and Peggy Lynn Orton.

Surviving family members include her three daughters - Lori A. Adamson of Hadley, PA, Colleen M. Lord of Baytown, TX, Amy J. McCracken of Leesburg, FL.; also four stepchildren - Cindy Sakuta and husband Kevin, of Jessup, GA, Mark Porfilio of Jessup, GA, Marty Porfilio of Bradenton, FL, Chris Porfilio and husband Eric Evans of Lakeside, CA.

Other family members include two brothers - Gerald and Stephen Rodgers, 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

A Viewing will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Beyers Funeral Home, 1123 W. Main St. Leesburg, FL from 5p.m. - 7p.m. Services will follow immediately after.

Arrangements are entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, FL. Condolences may be left at www.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 9:00 p.m.

Christine Cochran

Christran Cochran

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1970

Christine Cochran, age 66, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018. She was born in San Diego, Calif., on August 2, 1951, a daughter of the late James and Silvia (Blake) Cochran.

She enjoyed outdoors, camping and riding motorcycles, especially Harleys.

Christine is survived by her son, Robert Johnson, her daughter, Nikkia Johnson, as well as her siblings, Susan Sterling and Michael Cochran. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 W. 10th St., Erie, PA 16502, on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., until the prayer service at 5 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

The class of 1983 is looking for contract information for the below listed people. If you have any information please send to Marsha Crocker Brown at

Nanci Heater - Jim Johnson - Kathleen Seymour Orr - Jon Tidd - Allen Smith - Rich Vannucci - Lorie Kopec

Any and all help would be gratefully appreciated!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

Claire Russell

Claire Russell

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1969

Claire Russell of Erie, passed away Friday January 26, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her precious daughter, Jennifer, loyal brother John, great nephew Brandon, and her parents William and Claire Roman Russell.

Claire lived in Erie for more than 30 years. She was loved and will be missed tremendously by her grandson Eric Trefonoff and his beautiful sons Elijah David and Lyam Rayde, her brother Bill Russell, sisters Ann Marie Waite, Veronica Ferrara, Donna Grady and brother-in-law Brian Grady, and several friends. Claire was Godmother to KellyJo Brieg, and was an Aunt to many. They have a lifetime of memories of her kind, generous, and unique personality.

Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 West 10th Street on Saturday February 3rd from 11 am until the time of service at 1 pm.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.

I received word from Val Osterman that one of the members of his Waterford Academy class of 1947 is celebrating her 70th Wedding Anniversary on February 6th. Let's flood their mail box with congratulations cards. Hold off until February 3 to mail your cards, please! Their address is:

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Smith
9110 Shunpike Road
Waterford, PA 16441

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

Shasha Brown (FLBHS Class of 1983) furnished up-dates to the Class of 1983 Web page. Thanks for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.

I have added a picture of the FLBHS Class of 1971 at their 45th class reunion to the picture Gallery! Thanks to Marcia Amsler Shipley for furnishing the picture!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.

I have added pictures of the Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheerleaders from 1953 through 1956 to the picture Gallery!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 1:30 p.m.

The contracts, entry forms and the hold harmless agreement for Duran's Down Home Days 2018 are available here to download and print. The contracts, entry forms and the hold harmless agreement need to be completed by all for insurance reasons. Karen does not duplicate direct sales. Be sure you check with Karen before you submit the forms so she may assure their are no duplicates. Karen's contact information is on the forms.

All forms on this list are in Microsoft Word Format. If you do not have Microsoft Word, they are listed below in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format!

Microsoft Word Format

Hold Harmless AgreementA signed copy of this Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with all other forms!
Cast Iron Chef Challenge Rules and RegulationsDownload this form and read before you submit your Cast Iron Chef Challenge Application!
Cast Iron Chef Challenge Entry FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Upcycle Entry FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Vendor's Contract FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Volunteers, Demonstrators FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!

Adobe Acrobat PDF Format

Hold Harmless AgreementA signed copy of this Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with all other forms!
Cast Iron Chef Challenge Rules and RegulationsDownload this form and read before you submit your Cast Iron Chef Challenge Application!
Cast Iron Chef Challenge Entry FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Upcycle Entry FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Vendor's Contract FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Volunteers, Demonstrators Form A signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:25 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:20 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:15 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 9:45 a.m.

At this years Duran's Down Home Days you will see cheese making, soap making, black smith, beer and wine making, woodworking, metal working, gardening, glass blowing, leather crafts, all natural healthy and beauty products, kniting, crocheting, weaving, stained glass, preserving the harvest, raising animals . . . . and the list goes on and on. Intive those that YOU know to be on the schedule of events to showcase their skill/craft/talent. We would LOVE to have them join the fun! Karen is accepting applications for ALL who would like to share their skill, craft and talent. No fees! You may request a spot to set up and/or a time slot on the schedule of events for May 19th and 20th. DON'T MISS OUT! Contact Karen and get an application!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.

Karen is wondering who will be competing at the 2018 Duran's Down Home Days for the $2,000.00 in prize money and trophies! It can be you! Cast Iron Chef Challenge, at the event, May 19th and 20th, 2018! It is easy! Contact Karen, get a form, submit, and be there!

She is confirming local celebrity judges already! They loved the dishes so much last year, they don't want to lose their seat for this years event!cast iron challenge      cast iron challenge

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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.

Jim Lammers sent me a picture of his Mother's 1943 Waterford Academy graduating class.

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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.

It is getting close to that time of year; Duran's Down Home Days Annual Event. It is just a short three months away. Karen is hard at work making plans for the annual event.

  Duran's 7th Annual Down Home Days  

Duran's Farm Fresh Products

Make-A-Wish Greater PA and WV

Featuring our Cast Iron Chef Challenge, an Upcycle Contest, local crafters, games, food, music, DIY and Sustainable living exhibits and more. Participants must register before 4/28/18.

WHEREWaterford Community Fairgrounds
13012 Route 19
Waterford, Pa 16441
WHENSaturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018
From 9:00 am to 7:00 pm both days
WHYMake-A-Wish Greater PA and WV
DETAILSIf you wish to participate contact Karen at:
DEADLINE to participate is APRIL 30, 2014
CONTACTDuran's Farm Fresh Products
10532 Rt 97
Waterford, Pa 16441
(814) 490-2179
If you send Karen an e-mail and do not get a response within 24-hours call her. She is experience problems with not getting all her e-mail. Earthlink is working on the problem!