Sunday, September 6, 2015

Reunion Pictures

These are a few of the photos taken at our August 24 reunion.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reunion Attendees List

Here's the latest - a total of about 100, but still changing slightly.

Beall, Gary
Biles, Carolyn and Charley
Brodjeski, Marvin
Buchanan, Betty (Cook)
Buti, Jana and Philip (wareham)
Ciolina, Mary Lou
Combs, Michael and Alice

Griffith, Hazel
Cooper, Sharron
Craig, Dennis and Sue
Craig, Gary and Dorothy
Earley, Robert and Barbara
Eastwood, Carol
Farnsworth, Claire
Ferguson, Rodmey and Judy
Franci, Cindy
Garrett, Ed and Alice

Girelli, Lawrence
Harris, Candy and Richard

Husman, Bob
Kerr, Patrick
Kilgore, Judith (Parnett)

Mason, Walter and Audrey

Nelson. Leighton and Alice
Nissen, Gary and Jeri
Oglesby, Sam
Ohleyer, Gary and Marie

Olsen, Clarice and Randi
Philps, Steven and Sandra (Disotelle)

Robbins, Donna (Richardson) & Dolores Williams
Robinson, Janet
Robinson, Joan and George
Scaramella, Richard and Cathy
Schuler, David and Lissa
Seymour, Roger and Judy
Simpson, Brenda, Deana & Heather
Sohn, Hilda and Tony
Solbeck, Stan and Angela
Sorensen, Gene
Sorensen (Bryan), Linda
Sorensen, Rita
Stiles, Martha
Stornetta, Walt and Donna
Tanis, Barbara

Thompson, Tharon (Bishop)
Walker, Tom and Leslie
Williams, Bernice and Paul
Wymer, Debbie
York, Chuck and Mickie

Friday, March 20, 2015

Reunion in 2015

Update: I just signed up a band, The Casuals, Point Arena, for our listening and dancing pleasure. They will play after dinner, 7 to 10.
Dinner update: at 6 PM, Chicken Marbella, with noodles, green beans with snap peas, salad, bread and butter, and cake. 
Please don't delay signing up and sending me your checks. The sooner, the better for entertainment, dinner, bar, setup, and cleanup. 

Our next Point Arena High School Reunion is scheduled for August 24, 2015 (Monday) in the Gualala Arts Center, $50 per person (please make checks to Mike Combs, and mail to PO Box 1639, Gualala, CA 95445), so please mark it on your calendar. Invited classes are 1972 back to the "beginning of time." I mailed invitations in my 2013 and 2014  Christmas cards, and in early March mailed almost 200 postcards to everyone for whom I still have addresses. All Pirates can help by contacting classmates and schoolmates about the reunion. 

Please email me your biographies and updates to the your biographies already posted, Photos are appreciated, too.

The notices I've sent out seemed a long time ahead of schedule, but here it is, almost Reunion time, and I already wish I had more time. Keep checking here for updates, and for the photos of our 2010 Reunion that Dale Mason generously provided.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Joyous Easter, and all other felicitous occasions!


Class of 1951

Class of 1952

Class of 1953

Class of 1954

Class of 1955

Class of 1956

                                                                  Class of 1957

Class of 1958

Class of 1959

Class of 1960

Class of 1961

Class of 1962

Class of 1963

Class of 1964

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Inns and Motels in the Gualala Area


The Gualala Hotel is open again!

Gualala Country Inn Very nice and only about a half-mille from our reunion.

Breakers Inn A very short drive to our reunion

Surf Motel Downtown Gualala, just a short drive

Sea Cliff Uptown Gualala, still only a short drive to our reunion

St Orres Only the best inn and restaurant on the coast, about two miles north of Gualala on Highway 1 (The King of Jordan dropped in on his Harley for lunch last year!)

Whale Watch Inn Five miles north of Gualala, just past Anchor Bay overlooking the beach.

Mar Vista Cottages A coast classic, five miles north of Gualala, just past Anchor Bay

North Coast Country Inn Five miles north of Gualala just past Anchor Bay, at the corner of Highway 1 and Fish Rock Road

Coast Guard House Inn At Arena Cove

Wharfmasters Inn At Arena Cove

Point Arena Lighthouse About 16 miles north, but well worth the drive!

VACATION HOMES (Very roomy and inexpensive for families and sharing with friends – Gualala and The Sea Ranch)

Serenisea Properties are primarily in the Gualala/Anchor Bay area

Coasting Home Gualala and The Sea Ranch

Vacation Rentals by Owner Great locations and prices

Sea Ranch Rentals Needs no explanation

Friday, January 9, 2015

Bernice Munton Williams, Class of 1950

Bio for Bernice Munton Williams 

After graduation in 1950, I got married to my wonderful husband, Henry (Hank) Williams; we had 2 children, Gail and Paul, and lived in Sacramento for 19 years.  During this time we went camping at the Lake Tahoe area very frequently to get away from the hot weather. Hank’s job then took us to Sierra Vista,Arizona where we have lived since 1970.  I received a teaching degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a major in education and art and a minor in music.  I taught 2nd and 4th grades, art in high school and loved it very much.
Because of a heart problem, I retired early and became active in the  local art association.  I painted mostly landscapes using oil paints, sculptured mostly Southwestern Indian figurines in clay. Hank and I made jewelry mostly using the “lost Wax” method of casting sterling silver jewelry. We’d also go rock hunting with the local gem and mineral club. Every October, I would sell the art pieces I made at “Art in the Park”, which was once a year. 

I  joined the local chorus (100 members)and have been a member for 12 years. I enjoy singing at the “rest homes” and also 4 major performance for the town with this chorus.  I also sing with a small group within this chorus – we call our group “The Souvenirs” – there are 7 small groups within the large chorus.  We have a great time. Hank and I bought a motorhome and always traveled during Arizona’s hot weather, all summer long.  We’d always go to the National Parks: going up through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and sometimes go into Canada (the Canadian Rockies), Washington, down Calif., (of course Lake Tahoe) and then  
home to  Az.  We did this for 18 years and loved every minute of it. 

We were married 63 ½  years, and then my husband passed away this year May 8th.   Our son lives in Washington and will be escorting me to the reunion. 
  Bernice Munton Williams

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sandy (Peterson) Langley, 1943-2015

1943 - 2015 | Obituary 
Sandra Loree (Petersen) Langley Obituary
Sandra Loree (Petersen) Langley of Lone Pine passed quietly on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 8 at Renown Hospital in Reno.
Sandy is survived by her husband, Christopher Langley; and by her brothers, Mark Petersen, of Fairfield and Steve Petersen of Malibu. She is also survived by her sons and their families, Simon Langley and wife Wendy of Chico and Matthew Langley and wife Juliana of Sebastopol; and three adoring granddaughters, Alexandra, Caroline and Scarlett.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Peter and Anita Petersen.
Born on April 7, 1943 in Healdsburg, Sandy grew up in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. She graduated from Point Arena High School in Point Arena in 1961, and she attended college at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. She received a degree in English from SSU as a member of the college's inaugural class.
Shortly upon graduating from college, Sandy enlisted in the Peace Corps and traveled to Austin, Texas for training. It was in Austin that she would meet her eventual husband of 46 years, Christopher Langley. The pair were both stationed in Iran during their Peace Corps service. Sandy reveled in telling stories of her adventures in Iran all of her life. The couple married in New York City on Aug. 8, 1968, shortly after returning to the United States. Christopher relocated from his native New York to join his new bride in California.
Lifelong educators, Sandy and Chris soon found themselves teaching elementary school in a remote northern California mining town called New Idria. Their tenure there was short-lived, however, as the mine closed and the town became deserted in 1972. This led them to seek out jobs with the Lone Pine Unified School District. Sandy taught the primary grades at Olancha School from 1972- 1977, and in various grade levels at Lo-Inyo Elementary from 1977-2001. In her retirement, she served as a member of the LPUSD Board of Trustees for several years. To say that Mrs. Langley had a significantly positive impact on the youth of Lone Pine and their families would be a gross understatement. Her influence went beyond the classroom, and many of her students remained lifelong friends.
Sandy had a passion for reading, collecting thousands of books over her lifetime and rereading hundreds of her most beloved novels time and time again. She also adored her beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, prompting her and Chris to make multiple visits to Spring Training in Arizona in recent years. Those who knew Sandy know she also had a flair for the dramatic, and the community was treated to many of her performances over the years as a member of the Southern Inyo Community Theater and in Lone Pine's fabled Jabberwocky productions. Perhaps her most notable role was as the voice of the man-eating plant, "Audrey Two" in the SICT production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Sandy imparted many pearls of wisdom to members of her family and her community over the years. She approached people with an open mind, an open, loving heart and a generous spirit that never stopped giving.
She will be memorialized at a service in Lone Pine at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Lone Pine reservation's tribal gymnasium.
Published in Inyo Register on Jan. 17, 2015
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Monday, September 20, 2010

A Good Time Was Had by All

The Golden Anniversary of the Point Arena High School Class of 1960 was a great success because alumni of classes 1950 through 1967 made it their reunion too. We filled the Gualala Community Center with about 100 attendees - the total of alumni, spouses, and family members. We began by milling around and talking while munching hors devours (and occassionally picking up a drink or two from the Point Arena Knights of Columbus bar) for the first two hours.

What a noisy bunch!

Just like the hallway at PAHS between classes.

Then we lined up and passed in a quick and orderly fashion through the buffet line, and filled up on Leslie Bate's scrumptious Chicken Marbella with flat noodles, salad, bread, and topped off with choice of dessert cake.

Not only was the buffet line more orderly and efficient than anything I saw in Air Force Basic Training - you can hold all your Air Force jokes - a teacher told me he always told his students that the Air Force was the best alternative to military service - but everyone quickly and neatly bussed their own dishes.

After dinner it was time for Foghorn Annual trivia. I gleaned a lot of information from annuals and photos from 1950 through 1962. Out of that exercise a quiz was produced - click on this link to go to it.

The quiz was a great success, if you discount the fact that no one remembered any of the things that had been written for Foghorn last wills and testaments.

Next we did class photos, aided greatly by the participation of Walter "Dale" Mason. In comparison with getting the class groups together for pictures, herding American short-hair cats is a lot easier.

Finally we danced to music provided by our DJ, William "Willie B" Brown.

The reunion started to wind down. Tired celebrants went out into the night, wending their ways to their very nearby motels, hotels, and guest houses.

A stalwart clean-up crew consisting of my brother Ron, Sam Oglesby, Walter Mason, Claire Farnsworth, and myself soon had all the chairs and tables put away, and all the linens bagged and decorations taken down and packed for next time.

About that time our Reunion Angel, Kristin Carnes - she planned and organized the decorating -  and her husband Steve came by to pick up the linens and table decorations and haul them back to the rental agency.

The next morning Alice and I hosted a most enjoyable post-reunion brunch at our house - egg and sausage casseroles provided by my sister-in-law Kathy, a variety of munchies and champagne provided by the Surf Super Market (and two bottles of champagne from our guests). Munchies were munched, mimosas were inbibed, and copious quantities of coffee and tea washed it all down.

And all the while everyone was chatting comfortably and enjoying the view of redwoods and coast.

At a moment of weakness during the reunion I committed to doing another one in five years. The acceptance of my offer was deafening, on the third try. The first time I offered to do it you could have heard a pin drop.

Anyway, after the success of the post-reunion brunch, I'll have a lot to think about the next five years. Somewhere between the two activities of this reunion is probably a really good idea for what should be done at the next one.

Everybody please stay in touch. I will be updating this website, primarily with more biographies as I plead and cajole alumni to provide them, and with pictures when Walter Mason and others email them to me.

Hail to the Pirates!