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Even though we had a terrific turnout for the 50th reunion, there were friends who were unable to make it due to distance, prior plans, family emergencies...  Many of them sent messages that they want us to share with our classmates:


Harry Abrams and John Anderson sent the photo (above) and this message on Facebook: A toast to all going the 50th from two in Woodstock, GA who sadly can't make it. Wishing everyone a great time!!!”  John: coljadds@gmail.com    Harry: habrams01@att.net
 
From John Haynie:  Hi Mary, we will be traveling during the reunion dates. Regrets on all events. Sorry I will miss it.  It looks to be a beautifully organized event, and I'm sure it will be most memorable. Thank you for all that you do for the Class of '67!”  johnhaynie@aol.com
 
From Melanie Shephard Coney:  "I am very sorry to have to tell you that due to unforeseen circumstances my husband, Frank, and I will not be able to attend the upcoming WPHS Class of 1967 50th Reunion.  Please donate the money we sent to pay for the tickets to the reunion fund in memory of all our high school friends who have passed away. Thank you so much for all the hard work you and your committee are doing to make the reunion an outstanding success!  It is truly a labor of love.  I'm sure it will be a very wonderful reunion that will be thoroughly enjoyed.”  melaniesc49@gmail.com

A Note from Sharon Langley Groves:  Thank you for the WPHS 50th reunion announcement.  We will most likely be in route to our boat in Canada at that time, but I wonder if your group has contact information for Jessica Hack and Mary Ann Rudloff?  If so please pass my email address on to them.  We had been living in the Eastern Mediterranean with limited and government censored internet so we are not on Facebook.” slgroves331@icloud.com

Hi, from Tommy Dumencich:  September 28, 2016Still own my home in PSL. It’s rented to a close friend of ours, but she is in the process of buying it from me. My fiancé and I live in Vero Beach; we've now been together a little over 4yrs, just got tired driving back and forth. Rorie is still working, Sr. Marketing Mgr. for Piper Aircraft here in Vero. So easier to live here closer to her work. Really wanted to get there for reunion but we are building a new house in Pawleys Island, SC, supposed to close and be moving around that time. We are moving to be close to our kids and grandchildren. My 2 daughters and 5 grandkids are in NC and Rors are in the Charleston SC area so off we go. Take care and give my best to all.....Tommy.April 18, 2017 -- "Hi, hope all is well with you, know you're being run ragged for the reunion planning. Really wanted to be there but our house is ready and we are up to our limits with moving. Rorie retired a week ago so we are ready to be closer to children and especially the grandkids (I have 5 and Ror has 2, 6 boys and 1 girl). Please wish all well for me, I'll truly be thinking of old times.”   tdumencich@yahoo.com

From Day Werts:  Ratso…Wish I could join you this year but I will be in Nashville for my wife’s 50th that same weekend… Peg and I came to the 40th and really enjoyed seeing folks.”
E. Day Werts, PhD, Professor, Temple University School of Medicine / Associate Program Director / Division of Radiation Oncology / Allegheny Cancer Institute / Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 -- Day.Werts@ahn.org
 
A Note from Phil Robertson:  “Debbie & I almost; repeat almost decided at this last moment to come on down for the 50th reunion.  However, knowing that I'll have only one 50th HS reunion in a lifetime, we have a couple of other pretty expensive trips already planned this Summer and I have a finite number of vacation days so we sadly realize that we just can't fit this in too. There are some old friends on the list this year that I'd have loved to connect with again, alas, maybe the 51st or 52nd.  .  .  So my wish is for everybody to have a great time!  If you see Bruce Barber, Jim Cloud, or my old flame Carolyn (Aldrich) Clarke, please pass on my greetings and love; thanks." phil_robertson@wycliffe.org
 
Charles Rex Sent the Following Note: "I'm afraid I have some bad news. I was so hoping to make it down for the reunion, but I'm afraid it is not going to happen. Back in 2012, I had to have two rotator cuff surgeries on both shoulders. The stress placed on the joints of violinists who play under high stress conditions is similar to what a major league pitcher goes through, but it takes longer to show up. I am one of the unfortunate few in which problems started to show up, and I was in pain when I played. I had to have operations to saw off congenital bone spurs that were gnawing into the muscle. Unfortunately the operations were only partially successful, and I have had to perform in a certain amount of pain ever since. Last February, pain started getting particularly bad and was running down my arm into my left hand. One concert got so bad that I could not lift my fingers off the violin. I have had to take a medical leave from the orchestra, and I have been to many doctors to see what can be done. So far, no definitive diagnosis has become apparent. I have another test scheduled for an MRI on my left hand itself. Tests on my shoulder and elbow have been inconclusive. If an answer cannot be found, I will be retiring from the orchestra at the end of the season in August. Luckily there is a college in Connecticut that wants me as a music professor to teach classes in music and give lessons, so the family will be relocating. In any event, as much as I wanted to see my dear classmates, I will not be able to make it down for the reunion. Please give my love to all, and I hope there will lots of pictures posted. Love, Charlie"  cgrex@aol.com  We were so fortunate to receive two DVD copies of the new movie-length documentary about Charlie and his brother, Christopher, compliments of WPHS's own Cristina Cassidy, creator/director of the film.  We awarded the DVDs to two lucky door prize winners!

Tommy Talton sent us three of his new CDs to give as door prizes along with the following message:  "Sorry to say, April 22 I am doing a CD Release Party in Atlanta. Working on the 15th, 22nd, 28th and 29th in April. Would love to be there, please give my regards to those who care!! Have fun!"  tommytalton@hotmail.com
 
Jamie Murphy sent a greeting from Perth, Australia and surely wished he could be here:  "You guys and girls have a blast at the 50th! Cheers!" jamie.perth@gmail.com