Bisonalities Again


A quarterly Newsletter dedicated to the Alumni of Waterford and Fort LeBoeuf High Schools
July 2014 ----------------------------------------------- Summer Issue ------------------------ Volume 15 - Number 4

Welcome to the Bisonalities, Again, a newsletter dedicated to the alumni (students, teachers, and administrators) of Waterford and Fort LeBoeuf High Schools. This newsletter will be issued quarterly. New issues will be posted for viewing on the Web site on, or about January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

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Robert J. Catlin, Sr.
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I dialed a friend's number and got the following recording: "I am not available right now, but thank you
for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep.
If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes."
Bisonalities Blog

Ah, summer has finally arrived. We had a really rough winter than went right on into spring. I realize that some of you had it a LOT worse than we did with record snow falls and record cold, but we had it as bad as I ever want to see it.

Don't forget to check the Announcements of the web site for class reunion information.

This issue includes an article sent to me by Angie Tarr, Fort LeBoeuf High School Library Media Specialist, about Grants awarded by the Fort LeBoeuf School District Foundation.

I hope to see you at Waterford Days and Alumni night at the Fire Hall! Information about Waterford Days may be found at:

The witticisms used in this issue were furnished by Elizabeth Faulhaber Demmery-Potter, WHS '55.

This is a short (3 pages) issue because no one sent me any stories to publish! PLEASE help me to keep this Newsletter going, send me a story of your experiences in school, or since!

The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere.

The deaths shown below were published in the Erie Times and on the web site.

Joyce Post ShafferFLBHS1971
Tommy WarnerFLBHS1992
David KrankingFLBSD1974
Yvonne Fish BabcockFLBHS1959
Sue Bisbee WertzFLBHS1965
Jessica LynchFLBHS2006
Wilbur OsbornWHS1934
Roger AllenWHS1943
Bill SkiffWHS1954
Sam FaulhaberWHS1951
Kevin KukudaFLBSD1986
Kathleen Hanlon VolkFLBHS1969
Kyle WaidFLBHS2017
Nancy GreenleeFLBHSTeacher
Valerie Johnson KennedyFLBHS1975
Lesley Sherrod ProperFLBHS1982
God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.
FLB Foundation Awards Grants

The Fort LeBoeuf Foundation awarded several grants to teachers in all five buildings of the district. At Robison Elementary Ms. Paula McGinnis and Mrs. Brenda McGowan were awarded ten tablets for their second and third grade classrooms for a program called TABLET: Teaching All by Lessons Enhanced with Technology.

For working with fourth graders at Waterford Elementary, Mrs. Friedman and Mrs. Sullivan were given money towards a Walking Classroom. Students listen to podcasts of both fiction and nonfiction topics to learn while they walk; each student uses a player to listen to individually.

For students at Mill Village Elementary the Foundation will help fund Fuel Up to Play 60, a program that encourages young people to eat right and exercise at least 60 minutes each day.

At the middle school, the Foundation will once again help assure that students who need scholarships to attend the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip will get to go with the rest of the class.

At the high school the Foundation will contribute to Business Week, a week long program that helps students learn how the economy works and discover their individual skills in various careers. Ms. Jennifer Peters was also awarded a grant for enhancing the Performing Arts Gallery outside of the high school auditorium. New equipment will transform the area into a professional exhibit space for student artwork.

For any questions on the Fort LeBoeuf Foundation, go to

I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one (and that's no joke).
The Titanic Renamed
By Bob Catlin

Those of you who regularly read this Newsletter know I love to fish. It is a hobby that started long before I retired.

It started in the early 80's when I had a heart attack. My cardiologist suggested I find a hobby to help me relax from the pressures of my job.

At that time my boss was going to Canada fishing every year and asked me if I wanted to join him and his group. I had not been fishing since I was a child so thought, why not! I went to K-Mart and bought $30 worth of fishing gear and off I went for a week of fishing.

This trip hooked me on fishing!

My fishing season got off to a slow start this spring. Bad weather and then a problem with the boat were to blame. During last years fishing season I had to change the name of the boat from "The Girl Next Door" to the "Titanic" because it developed "leaky boat syndrome."

My boat is a 14 foot riveted, aluminum Jon boat. The rivets, after 19 years of a lot of use, were all coming loose. To say this caused the boat to leak would be an understatement. It was more like, it became a sieve! I undoubtedly had the only Jon boat on the local waterways that had to have a bilge pump in it to keep it afloat.

This spring I took two weeks to remove all the paint from the bottom of the boat. Seal all 184 rivets with J&B Weld and then painted it forest green with two heavy coats of marine paint.

The bilge pump is no longer needed. It stays as dry now as it did when it was new.

The boat name has been changed back to "The Girl Next Door."

Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.
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