Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/31/05
9 Bombers sent stuff: 
Jan Bollinger ('60), Judy Willox ('61)
Sue Elliott ('62), Donna Bowers ('63)
Donni Clark ('63), Jeanie Walsh ('63)
Rick Maddy ('67), Stu Osborn ('71)
Zorba Manolopoulos ('91)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tonya Day ('63)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Kolb ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Byrne Haskins ('65)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Haskins ('70)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)

Re: Hummers 2005
    You've all probably seen the hummer nest that was passed around in
2003. Here is a link to Hummer Nest '05. The camera used this year gives
lots more detail. And no mysterious disappearance of one chick! Enjoy!

-Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - Sunshine today, rain tomorrow, 
          sunshine Friday, rain Saturday, and so on. We keep reminding 
          ourselves that this region really needs the moisture
>>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class '61)

Re: RHS Journalism Class General FundRaiser Form (Printable form)
    Robin Morris of Richland High School Sandstorm and RHS Columbian fame
is asking for help to get her journalism students to the National High
School Journalism Convention in Seattle the first part of next month.
Robin and her students are so dedicated that they are giving up part of
their spring break to attend this convention and they need our help. This
would be a classic Bombers helping Bombers if we could each of us donate,
and sponsor a kid, to help with their expenses. Thanks in advance to you
out there who help them out. 

To: All Bombers
Re: Green & Gold, Red & White
    Taste the wines of renowned vintner Charlie Hoppes at Club 40's
Spring wine tasting event! Join us on Saturday, April 23 from 6-9pm at
the Hampton Inn, Richland. We'll be pouring wines from Fidelitas, Canon
de Sol, Gamache and Gooseridge wineries. Tickets are $25, and include
wine, light hors d'oeurves and a silent auction to benefit the Richland
High senior graduation party. Tickets are available at the Hampton Inn,
or by calling Maggie Shallman at 627-4295. Only a limited number are
available, so get yours today!
    If you are from out of town and want to attend, attached is a form to
send in to the address on the form.

Bomber Cheers,
-Judy Willox (Classic Class '61) ~ Richland - where the weather has been 
                       cool, breezy and rainy. But we do need that rain!
>>From: Sue Elliott Homan ('62)

To: Linda Barott Rodriguez ('71)
Re: Bethany Church
    I'm grateful (and saddened) to read about the recent history of
Flattop, Easter sunrise services, and Bethany Church in West Richland.
After my parents, Chuck and Zylda Elliott, retired, they moved their
church membership from CUP, which had gotten very large, to Bethany. They
were living in North Richland by then, and it was handy for them to pop
out to West Richland on Sunday mornings. As long at they could, they
helped plant flowers and tend the church garden. They loved their little
church, and eventually memorial services were held for both of them
there. When we kids (myself, Toby ('64), Ellen ('68), and Andy ('71) and 
our families visited, we usually attended worship services with them - 
got to at least one Flattop Easter sunrise service, which was bone 
chillingly cold, but beautiful and memorable.
    So I thank you, Linda, for bringing back some wonderful memories - 
it's sad to know Bethany has closed its doors, but for our family and, 
I'm sure for many others, it was indeed a very special place, with a 
unique ministry.

-Sue Elliott Homan ('62) 
>>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63)

Dear Sandstorm:

To: Bill Berlin ('56) and all you tulip lovers in Bomberland
    Last year we went to Holland, Michigan for tulip time and the sight
of over 1500 people dressed in authentic Dutch costumes dancing in wooden
shoes in the middle of the street is truly a sight to behold, but I was
surprised and amazed that though they had plenty of fields of varieties
of tulips and the only authentic wooden windmill from Holland, they did
not have the amount of tulip fields that the Skagit Valley has, let alone
the amazing setting Puget Sound and mountain setting. Neither are to be
missed on your list of things to do. The people of Holland, MI are all 
very friendly and quite proud of their celebration. Little children are 
dressed, even babies with wooden shoes, as well as the only high school 
marching band that marches in wooden shoes. And you are not far from 
little seaside villages similar to Puget Sound on lake Michigan - worth 
the trip!
    I have not been to Skagit valley in a long time. Do they do anything
similar there? Oh, yes, the Dutch in Holland, MI scrub the streets every 
morning of the celebration. LOVE SPRING!!! 

-Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ St. Louis, MO
>>From: Donni Clark Dunphy (Gold Medal Class of '63)

Hi Bombers,
    I haven't emailed since Jan. lst. but I have been enjoying all the 
travel logs, history and all the great news when I have a few minutes.
    Because of the Sandstorm an old, childhood friend and neighbor found
me several months ago and he (Kerry Forsythe ('64) and his lovely wife
Paula came and had dinner. We found out we didn't live too far apart.
Kerry was the one I found polliwogs with in the swamp, rode down the hill
with no hands and sometimes no feet too on our bikes, played cowboys and
Indians and pirates with, climbed trees, played on tire swings in the
back pastures, played Hide and Go Seek and Truth and Dare on those warm
summer nights, sledded down the hills and played snow games and many
other childhood pastimes. We had a great time reliving some of the old
memories and having our own little reunion.
    I have some wonderful news and some sad news. The wonderful news is
that my daughter and her husband as of last week received two new little
children into their home. They are the ones who lost the little baby
"Emmy" who went back to her birth mom. We still hurt over loosing Emmy
but now we have two dear new little ones to love. The little girl will be
three next week and the little boy turned one in December. Both parents 
have turned over their rights and this looks like it will turn out more
promising for adoption. Please pray all will turn out well and that they
will be able to adopt.
    The sad news is that my Dad has been put on Hospice and today they
told me he may only have 2 to 3 days to live.

Re: Bethany Church in West Richland
    I went to Bethany for about 4 years before my mom got her license and
could get the car to drive in town to the Lutheran Church. Bethany is
where I first heard about Jesus and asked him into my heart when I was 
a little girl. I still have my 4 Sunday School Pins from those years. I
have some wonderful memories of Bethany. I still remember the potluck
dinners in the basement, the weddings we attended there and my sister 
was baptized there. I remember the little stairway that went up from the
basement to the back of the altar and that is where we would always get
the giggles and have to whisper when we were waiting to go on as angels.
I remember the time Carol Logston ('63) and I were suppose to sing a duet 
and we got the giggles so hard that we just had to sit down. We couldn't 
finish our piece. Elvera and Red Stevens were a big part of my life. They 
lived just a few houses over from me and I started babysitting all their
kids when I was about l2. They were some of the most fun-loving and
kindest people I ever knew. And yes I remember the cross on the hill. I
even wrote a poem about it several years ago. Whenever anyone went out to
West Richland, they couldn't miss the cross on the hill.
    Gee, didn't anyone ever eat at the Mexican Inn?

-Donni Clark Dunphy (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ La Mirada, CA - where we 
              have had an unusually clear and cool spring.  Everything is 
              green and the flowers are all in bloom!
>>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63)

Happy Birthday Linda Belliston ('63)......
    It's been many many a year since we shared birthdays. Living next 
door to you in the "B" house on Hunt Street, walking to Chief Jo... wow 
how the years go by fast.. I hope they are good to you and Dick and that 
retirement is a "good thing"...
-Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley CA -
            Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the 
            Santa Ana's are a blowin' this morning
>>From: Rick Maddy ('67)

Re: The Cross on the hill
To: Linda Barott Rodriguez ('71)
    We talk of prayer and the Christian (I assume) God in the Sandstorm
and the benefits and manifestations of this power quite often. I have yet
seen a post that says it is offensive (Marenís prerogative whether it is
or isn't posted). The cross on West Richland's Flattop was certainly an
icon for many of us for many years. I'm not sure what the non-Christian
Bomber religious or non-religious sects (i.e., Muslim, Jew, agnostic,
atheist) think or feel about the cross on the hill. Never hear from them.
We now live in a different America from the one even as far back as a
quarter Century ago. A new generation of politics, thinkers, immigrants
and religious backgrounds. I believe the America we now live in is one
leaning more and more toward what our Founding Father's agreed on in our
Constitutional Amendments. At least the part on religion. Whether they
did it purposely or by folly I have not a clue, nevertheless... West
Richland most likely would have had to remove the cross anyway. The new
owner can do with the cross what he pleases on his private property... to
a point. I hope it stays for icon purposes alone because it was always a
welcome sight coming into town from that direction - I speak for myself.
The separation of Church and State. Although our Christian majority
America has a hard time swallowing what non-Christian American's perceive
as impious irreverence, a snub, a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, or
less than, to their religious icons while Christendom adorns government
property (i.e., Nativity scene in the park, Ten Commandments in granite
on/in government buildings, White House Christmas tree, a white cross on
city property, etc. etc.), the following generations will not have any
problem seeing that positive change is a good thing... at least some of
the time.
    For example, our first seventeen Christian presidents owned slaves
and government eventually removed this problem in the courts after the
mores of those times culminated into a long, bloody, five year war.
America, now more than ever, is a melting pot of Race, Creed, Color and
RELIGIONS (plural) coming from every corner on earth. Slavery is an
aberration most Americans consider abhorrent to the degree of disbelief
it ever happened in this country to begin with. At least in it's measure
of cruelty in comparison to what some think of as the American white
collar slavery of today. Christian services on city land under a
Christian cross without permit, if such permit exists, is just such an
instance of recent change in our troubled country. All religions in this
country are going to worship freely without persecution as they have in
the past, but on their tax exempt property... not on the property of the
government (a.k.a. United States of America, the State, Union, Federal,
state, city, we the people, us). At least not without that permit.
    I imagine it is a bitter pill to swallow for most. Tradition is
something we all cherish and sometimes does not go away peacefully.
Nevertheless, just like the immigrants coming to America today from 
all over the world as we did, by the third generation they will be as
American as the rest of us in our forever changing democratic society 
and they will speak English... articulation may be another matter,
particularly in Tennessee. And many of us will be long gone as will be
the crosses on the hills owned by the cities.

-Rick Maddy ('67)
>>From: Stu Osborn ('71)

Re: Hodaka Days in June - need bike trailer
    Fall to Spring transition! Ahhh...!!! Time to think about going 
motorcycle riding... Do any of the Bombers on this forum own a motorcycle 
trailer they would like to sell? A three-railer would be just fine.

    Hodaka Days in Athena, OR is coming up on June 24, 25 and 26. Would 
love to find one before then.

-Stu Osborn ('71)  - ('73 Wombat 125 - '71 Ace 100B+ - '67 Ace 90)
>>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91)

Re: RHS Alumni Tournament - Female Players
    I have been working with Katie Snowhite ('89) on trying to get more 
women to play in the tournament this summer. However, it has proved to 
be difficult to locate former female alumni since often they change their 
last name.
    If you know of some female alumni who would like to play basketball, 
please email me and let me know.

Tournament info at

If you have any questions, let me know. 

-Zorba Manolopoulos ('91)
That's it for today. Please send more.