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with her handsome son in his blue blazer. Nancy Barbarino Pendleton endured one of the hottest summers in Virginia his- tory. With way too many hours to think, she decided to run in the Rock-n-Roll half- marathon in Virginia Beach in September. “I had never run more than a block in my life,” she admits, “but I am in pretty good shape/health, and I thought it would be a good way to define the summer I turn 50 as well as the 10th anniversary of the ter- rorist attack that changed my life. My hus- band seems to think dementia may also be a factor!” Nancy is in her third year of home-schooling and serves as committee chair of a Cub Scout pack. Fabric artist Brece Honeycutt spent the


summer teaching a course in knitted struc- tures at Camp Pocket U in Rouses Point, NY. Her own work was shown at Norte Maar and Storefront in Brooklyn, NY. I spent a lot of time last summer with


daughter Danielle, 20, at competitions with her horse Bella. Son Jason, 19, was home after his freshman year at New York University. I loved having him home! Ryan, 13, is an eighth-grader in the thick of teenagerdom. My husband and I are enjoying having a little more time to our- selves now that the kids are older. Anyone who would like another avenue for sharing their news can find me on Facebook. LILLY JARAY OSTROVE 2129 ANGUS DRIVE WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598-3305 DANJASRY@YAHOO.COM


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Class Participation 27% Legacy Society 6 / FOP Donors 5


Annette DeCresce-Lawson loves living in Saratoga Springs, although it has changed dramatically since her Skidmore days. Her husband, Mark, has a successful antiques business there, and she enjoys being a stay- at-home parent to Alexander, 14, Adriana, 9, and Gabriel, 4. She also enjoys regular visits from good friend Diane Rollo during the track season. ROBYN TARALLO DRAINVILLE 103A KIM TERRACE STOUGHTON, MA 02072-1368 508-876-9007 ROBYND@WEAREWCI.ORG


’85


Class Participation 33% Legacy Society 7 / FOP Donors 12


Glenn Lois and Wendy Harper Lois ’86 find it hard to believe they are already looking at colleges for their oldest child, a high school sophomore. They are happy she will consider Skidmore. They shall see about their two boys, who will be fishing in the campus pond for sure!


After taking some time off following the birth of her baby, Meg Tally Hunt is doing part-time consulting work. She does a lot of volunteering at her children’s schools. Lisa Bogart received a master’s in library and information science from Drexel Uni - ver sity. She says, “Now I just need a job!” At Reunion in June Carrie Grady en - joyed visiting with old and new friends both on campus and downtown and see- ing all the wonderful changes that have taken place at the college. She is delighted to be class co-president, sharing the role with Lisa Bogart. Both welcome any ideas or assistance for planning our 30th. Joan Verducci-Seery celebrated two 25th-year milestones last year: our Skid - more reunion and the 25th anniversary of her wedding to husband Chris. Two of their children, Mary Lynn, 21, and Chris, 19, attend college; Kevin, 17, is busy with the college application process. Joan and Chris look forward to being empty-nesters. Tara Swinchatt made an appearance at Reunion in between working and training for the Patriot Half Ironman (or woman, in this case). She placed 14th out of 33 en - trants in our age group, and had so much fun that her coach urged her to do a full ironman. Tara discovered a beautiful trail to run in Cambridge, MD. Her training also included a 550-mile bike tour, a fund - raiser for diabetes, through New England. She completed the ChesapeakeMan in late September, winning the 45-49 age group, and placing second in the female masters competition. Martha Christy Shimeall has been mar- ried for 13 years and has two boys, ages 11 and 5. She is a manager in a psychiatric residential treatment facility, where she is accompanied by her certified therapy dog and loyal companion, a black lab named Rio. She and her family love living in Ore - gon and spend as much time outdoors in the rivers and mountains as they can. During Reunion weekend Karen Mernin (kdmerin@me.com) was moving from Cam bridge, MA, to Philadelphia, PA, with her husband, Tim O’Rourke, and son Riley, 6. The relocation was prompted by Tim’s company Healogix, a small pharma-bio - tech market research firm headquartered in Horsham. The family has settled in West Mt. Airy. Riley attends Friends Select School, and KD has a new studio at the 915 Spring Garden Street artists’ studio building in Philadelphia. The family also has a new dog, Fenway. Three years ago Angela Nevard left NYC and the acting world to study law in Que - bec. She says, “Guess I still love studying.” In the final year of her JD program, she is


taking it slowly in order to enjoy time with her 9-year-old son.


In Florida, police detective David Rosen -


thal was transferred from the State Attor - ney’s Office Palm Beach County Sexual Predator Enforcement Unit and is now lead investigator of the West Palm Beach School District Detective Unit, handling major crimes such as grand theft, check fraud, sexual battery and cyber-crime cases. Son Mike is a high school senior, busy filling out college applications. He is taking ad - vanced-placement courses and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Daughter Sydney is en - rolled in a bio-tech program at her high school. David notes, “They both got the brains and good looks from my wife!” He ran into Lou Havranek in Titusville, FL, over the summer; they hung out at NASA hoping to catch a shuttle launch, which was, sadly, delayed. Lou’s youngest child was there participating in Space Camp. His oldest is looking at colleges. CINDY PENDLETON 81 SMITH ROAD CHARLTON, MA 01507 CINDYP1@CHARTER.NET


’86


Class Participation 28% Legacy Society 4 / FOP Donors 9


Our 25th reunion fast approaches! Read the lat- est developments from re union chair Cliff Nelson later in this col- umn, and keep checking your inboxes and our class Web page—at www. skidmoreconnect.org, click on “class pages,” then “1986.” Many classmates have al ready committed to attend. I’ll be there! Will you? In Saratoga last July I had dinner with Mark Ventra ’83, Gabe Fath Ventra ’85, and Craig Poler ’84, capped by a visit to DA’s and the appearance of Paul Hock - enos ’85, in from Germany. Marc Travis was the ever-gracious host, and is now bracing himself for the Reunion onslaught of guests.


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During my family’s annual Adirondacks vacation in August, my husband, Ken, was “schooled” in fly-fishing on the AuSable River by super guide Rachel Finn ’84 and I saw Sallie Smith Schneider, who lives in Longmeadow, MA, and also reconnected with Anne Babington Randolph ’84, from Independence, MN. Julia Jacquette has been an assistant pro- fessor in the fine arts department at NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology since 2008. She says teaching is exciting and a good complement to her life as an artist.


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