Jerry Walsh "CakeEater Classic" Memorial Golf Tournament
"My Dad, Jerry Walsh, was a 1966 graduate of Ilion High School. Unfortunately, he passed away on August 13, 2008 after a 15 month battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Our family has decided to hold a golf tournament in his memory to benefit ALS of Utica for patient/family care and national research. We invite all Ilion alumni to join us on Sunday May 31 at Hidden Valley Golf Club in Whitesboro. For more information please call Carol Walsh at 894-9115 or email email@example.com or visit our website at www.cakeeaterclassic.com. We hope to see as many alumni as possible. It is our hope that we can save other families from experiencing such a painful loss due to this horrible disease." Chris Walsh (May 5, 2009)
2nd Annual Todd G. Wheelock Memorial Golf Tournament
The friends and family of Todd G. Wheelock (1996) are hosting the 2nd Annual Todd G. Wheelock Memorial Golf Tournament. This tournament is held in memory of our dear friend, Todd Wheelock who died in 2003 as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
The 1st annual Todd G. Wheelock Memorial Golf Tournament is being organized to fund a scholarship to be given to an Ilion High School senior who displays the many exemplary qualities that Todd did.
The tournament will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2007 at 10 am (shotgun start). The event will be held at Pine Hills Golf Course in Frankfort.
Price includes 18 holes of golf, cart, hamburgs and hotdogs on the course, steak dinner to follow, assorted beverages.
There will be raffles, skins, and a 50/50 raffle at the course. Contact phone is 733-1454 or 867-7282 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information. Checks need to be made payable to cash or call for information by 9/6/08.
Thank you!! We appreciate all the support we can get from the community in helping to fund this scholarship. (Aug 15, 2008)
From Bomber to Bombshell
Amy Williams recently graduated from Niagara University and began work in the Management and Training program at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Buffalo. She's also been dancing and cheering for the Buffalo Destroyers Arena Football Team's as a member of the "BUFFALO BOMBSHELLS". (July 20, 2000)
Bomber breaks Mohawk Valley Country Club Record
IHS 1996 graduate, Jeff Kowalczik, a member and employee at Mohawk Valley Country Club, broke the club record on July 21. Jeff shot 64, to break the record - 65, held by Wayne Levi. Jeff has been a member of the club for at least 10 years and has been an employee for the last six years. He's entering his senior year at LeMoyne College and will be a member of the LeMoyne golf team. Jeff is the son of John and Sharon Losier Kowalczik 1968. (July 30, 1999)
IHS Class of '96 Graduate on Winning Team ....
Cory McDowell is a member of the five-member Clarkson University Construction Management team and a member of the Clarkson University class of 2000. Clarkson's Construction Management team recently took top honors in the student construction management competition at the Associated Schools of Construction Region One Conference in Pleasantville, NJ. Region One extends from Maine to Virgina. (April 1, 1999)
Erin Blair, received a $1,000 scholarship from the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing for outstanding academic and clinical achievement. Erin has been on the Dean's list for the past three semesters at St. Elizabeth's and was recently placed on the National Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement. (August 22, 1998)
The Statler Foundation Scholarship ....
Robert E. Foster III 1996 age 28, of 141 West North St., Ilion, passed away on Wednesday morning, April 4, 2007, in Faxton/St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, following a long illness. At the time of his passing he was surrounded with the love and support of his family. Robbie was born on October 24, 1978 in Herkimer, son of Robert E. Foster, Jr., and Patricia (Rende) Foster, and graduated with Ilion High School, 'Class of 1996'. The most important part of Robbie's life was being surrounded by family and friends. His daughter Hayley was the light of his life and enjoyed and cherished every moment he spent with her. In his spare time he enjoyed playing video games and working on the computer. Survivors include his loving family; his parents: Robert and Patricia of the home address; his cherished daughter: Hayley Foster and her mother Jennifer Caleo who is Robbie's close friend; his maternal grandmother: Nellie Cline of Ilion; a close sister: Lori Poehler and her daughters who were very close with Robbie, Makayla Latour and Desarae Fiato; several aunts, uncles, cousins and close family friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather: Joseph Rende, his maternal step-grandfather: Raymond Cline; paternal grandfather: Robert Foster and his paternal grandmother: Dorothy Foster. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., (Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort), 894-8000, on Friday, April 6, 2007 from 5-7 p.m. His funeral will commence on Saturday morning, April 7, at 10 am from the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Ilion, officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where he will be laid to rest in the family plot. (April 13, 2007)
Todd. G 'Wheels' Wheelock IHS 1996, age 26, of W. Main St., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, October 4, 2003 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, following a motor vehicle accident. Todd was born December 18, 1976 in Ilion, son of Darryl and Florence (Jaquish) Wheelock. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, "Class of 96" and attended HCCC. Todd was currently employed by the House of the Good Shepherd, Utica, as a certified teaching assistant, primarily in the Physical Education Dept., he also enjoyed working part-time at Primo's Pizzeria in Ilion with is good friends, Shawn and Joey Cacciatore. Todd loved the outdoors and enjoyed the company of his many friends four-wheeling, hunting, fishing and camping. Survivors include his beloved parents, Darryl and Florence Wheelock of Ilion; his grandmothers, Doris Wheelock of Ilion, and Una Jaquish of Schuyler; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Todd leaves a multitude of friends including his special friends, Mike Paragi, Jeff Metz and his co-worker, Eric Hubbell. He also leaves his devoted canine companion Max. Todd was predeceased by his grandparents Gerald Jaquish in 1993 and Howard Wheelock in 2001. Todd's funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2003, commencing at 12 noon at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow. Family and friends are invited to visitation Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial contributions in Todd's name to the House of the Good Shepherd or the American Heart Association. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (October 5, 2003)
"A great kid with a heart of gold and always a smile on his face. Todd was one of the good guys and I am lucky to have known him. May you rest in peace Todd. God bless you and your family.." - Bill Trevor, email. (October 7, 2003)
"My sincere condolences go out to the Wheelock family after hearing about the death of my friend Todd "Wheels" Wheelock. I am saddened and wish I could be in Ilion to give my last good-byes. God bless Todd and my prayers go out to all who knew Todd." - Jeff Kowalczik, from Charlotte, NC, email. (October 6, 2003)
Bombers Buzz Website.....
Eric Gahan, Athletic Trainer, Boston, MS, email, sent news. (June 9, 2009)
"Moved to Boston last July. I am now a Senior Athletic Trainer at Boston University. So happy to be out of the south and back in the northeast! Hope everyone is doing well! " Eric
Adam Dorn, Associate Civil Engineer, email from Camillus, NY, re-registered. (Feb 22, 2009)
Vanessa Bunce, Disability Case Manager, email , from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 13, 2008)
Tommy Rogers, Pastor, email, from Boyertown, PA, registered. (Mar 6, 2008)
Aaron Clark, email, Irvine, CA, sent news. (Oct 26, 2007)
"On the chance you all might want to be kept in the loop, I'm now working in San Diego, California as a federal prosecutor. I've been married nearly 8 years and have two little ones, Jared (3.5) and Emily (16 months), to boast of. If any of you are ever in the San Diego area (or would just like to catch up), I'd love to hear from you."
Kelly Kerber Archer, email sent news. (April 20, 2007)
"On May 22, 2006 Kelly and her husband David became the proud parents of Emma Rose Archer. She joins her 5 older sisters at home."
Andrea Brenon, email, from Boston, MA, wrote..... (July 27, 2006)
"After a grueling, but rewarding, career of performing in Italy's finest venues, I find myself back in the Northeast port of Boston which has served as my foundation and home for most of the past decade. As much as I would love nothing more than spending a relaxing week in my penthouse suite with my pure-bred pooch, Landis (no relation to Floyd) whilst my celebrity chef pampers me with epicurian delights, alas, works calls. As if being an award-winning, international singing sensation isn't enough to keep me busy, I still find time to dabble in luxury commercial real estate. Of course it's a thrill to get a standing ovation from an audience of thousands, but it's also quite rewarding to say, "Yes, I own that Saks Fifth Avenue!" It's such a pity there are a mere twenty four hours to a day. And I haven't even touched on my charity work or latest political campaign!
But, really, as I won't be able to attend the 10 year reunion in person (I did try to coordinate a live, video feed, but, alas, it is too short of notice) I should take this opportunity to clear up the tabloid rumors. No, I did not win the Boston Marathon. I came in a respectable eighth place. I am not currently serving as the ambassador to France, I am merely a UN representative to Morocco. Yes, yes, my marriage into royalty did end rather badly, the tabloids mostly got that one right. But, as you can see, I certainly haven't let a little heart break slow me down.
Oh, but enough about me! Inspire me with your tales and journeys! The good and the bad, I want to know all. And, who knows, if that deal as replacing Oprah goes through, maybe I can share your stories with whole world! I can hardly wait to hear everything. Hugs and kisses to all! When in Boston, please do call my assistant to schedule a cappuccino with me. All the best!
Mark Mathy, email, from Mohawk, NY, wrote "Want to wish everyone happy holidays". (Jan 7, 2006)
Ray Charles, email, from Pompano Beach, FL, sent new. (November 14, 2005)
"Hey guys. Almost 10 years now. Wow, where does the time go? I've been seeing someone for the past 5 years now and we have 2 beautiful kids together. Right now I am doing freelance web/graphic design work. Feel free to send me an e-mail... I'd love to hear from you guys and see how you all are doing."
Nicole.. Niki Richards Olson, email, Phoenix, AZ, sent news. (Sept 10, 2005)
"I am now Married with 2 beautiful babies. Jack (2.5 years old) and Ella (8 months old) Can't wait to see you all at the 10 year reunion.... it's so soon! =0)~ Hope EVERYONE is doing great =0)~."
Dana Schell, MSW Student, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (August 3, 2005)
Patrick Brien, Commercial Underwriter, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (May 28, 2005)
Erin Ballantine, Sound Engineer, from Dallas, TX, registered. (May 28, 2005)
Dawn Fournier Coffin, Pharmacy Tech, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 28, 2005)
"Just wanted to say hi. I am now married (3 years as of June '02) and have a beautiful little boy, Kyle Bryce born September of 2003. My husband and I just recently bought a house outside of Ilion and are doing well. I have been working as a pharmacy tech since 2001 and hopefully will pass my certification in July. Hope all is well with everyone!!!"
Michael Henry, Consultant Pharmacist, email , Rochester, NY, sent news. (April 25, 2005)
"Class of 1996 10 year reunion is coming upon us soon. Looking to gather as many contacts as possible. For all that can help, thank you. Also looking for some people to help organize. People that live within the vicinity of Ilion would be greatly appreciated. Any comments, questions, or suggestions, please free to email me."
Brian Gregg, email, from Kissimmee, FL, re-registered. (April 25, 2005)
Matthew Lasher, U.S. Marine Corps, email, from San Diego, CA, registered. (April 3, 2005)
Michael Lennox, Illustrator, email, from Bradenton, FL, re-registered. (April 3, 2005)
Mark Mathy, warehouse employee, email, from Mohawk, NY, registered. (Feb 20, 2005)
Charles Danforth, email, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, re-registered. (Jan 30, 2005)
Amy Conklin Smith, from Chadwicks, NY, sent news.
"I just recently got married on September 25, 2004." Amy (Jan 8, 2005)
Daniel Laymon, email, from Fairmont, WV, sent news. (October 4, 2004)
"Here is a long overdue update about me. I just celebrated my 1st wedding anniversary. I was married on August 16th, 2003 to Jessica Brooke Sullivan of Fairmont, WV. I am still in the US Army. I have spent the last 7.5 years travelling the globe with the military. I did a 1 year tour in S. Korea, while there I spent a week in Japan. I then transferred back to the states, and was stationed at Ft. Lee, VA. While stationed in VA, I did a 2.5 month tour in Egypt. What a wonderful experience! I left active duty in May, 2000. I joined the WV National Guard. Now I am currently deployed to Iraq with my NG Unit. I have been here since Feb 2004. Not sure when I will be returning home yet. But, We figure it will be around Feb 2005. I hope everyone is doing well, and wish you all the best in your endeavors! GO BOMBERS!!!" - SGT. Laymon, Daniel C. III
Erin Blair Catanzarite, Pediatric RN, email , from Camillus, NY, sent news. (September 6, 2004)
"Just thought I would share my good news...I am the proud mom of a beautiful baby boy...Connor Christopher, born April 7, 2004. Hope all is well with all of you!!!
Timothy Conover, email , from Liverpool, NY, sent news. (July 11, 2004)
"Right now I am working for a financial firm here in Syracuse. I handle stocks, and bonds, and trade on the New York Stock Exchange, and I also responsible for many payroll deductions from the company. I am having a fun time here in the city, the weather's great, only in the summer, and the women are wonderful at the bars. Not married, yet although I am still playing the dating game, hopefullt I will find that special someone in the near future.. I hope everyone from the class of 1996 is doing great.. See ya........" - Timothy
Joseph Maneen, USAF, from Mount Laurel, NJ, email , sent news. (February 19, 2004)
"Just thought I would pass on that I am back in the states after spending the last 3 years in Germany. I am now stationed at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, about 30 minutes east of Philly. All is well on this end, hope everything is as well on yours. Feel free to send an e-mail if you'd like. Take care.." Joe
Alicea Wells, Teacher/Student, from Herkimer, NY, email, re-registered. (October 9, 2003)
Bill Trevor, Graduate Student, email, from Boston, MA, re-registered. (October 5, 2003)
Jeremy Stephens, capenter/paramedicine, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (September 29, 2003)
Josh Wildey, email, from Ilion, NY, sent news. (August 7, 2003)
"Hello fellow classmates, just checkin in. Currently I am driving truck for Moore's Tire Sales out of Utica and living in Ilion with my wife Jessica and baby Joursey. Feel free to e-mail us. It would be great to here from ya."
Edward Stanek, Auto Mechanic, email, from Utica, NY, registered. (August 7, 2003)
Chad Mergenthaler, Machinist, email, from Altmar, NY, registered. (July 19, 2003)
Bradley Watson, Communications Engineer, email, Fredericksburg, VA, registered. (May 29, 2003)
"I am completing my double BS in Information Technologies and Economics, with intent to matriculate to James Madison School of Business for an MBA in Contracts and Acquistions. I've completed 5 years active duty in the Marine Corps, and while in service, receiving an AA in Computer Information Systems. I am now a Communications Systems Engineer with Computer Sciences Corporation in Northern Virginia. I am engaged, intending on wedding in Fall '04."
Miranda Dove, email, Pattern Designer/CAD, Charlotte, NC, registered. (May 29, 2003)
Erin Richards, email , from Leesburg, VA, sent news. (October 19, 2002)
"Just want to drop a note and say Hi to classmates."
Michael Henry, Supervising Pharmacist, email , Rochester, NY, re-registered. (September 6, 2002)
"Just checking in. It's nice to hear what's going on with everyone else. An update on me - I am living in Rochester, working for Tops Pharmacy as a Supervising Pharmacist in Webster. Otherwise just enjoying what little time that I'm not working. I hope everyone else is doing well."
Sheri Prior, Ilion, NY, registered. (June 26, 2002)
Aaron Clark, Provo, UT, sent news. (June 5, 2002)
"I thought I might send an update on myself: I've been happily married for 2.5 years now to Michelle Arnett (now Clark) of St. David, AZ. Just last April, I graduated from BYU with a BA in Political Science. Now in late August, I'm heading to Harvard Law School for another three years. We're excited about it, and only lament not being able to keep closer contact with those we wish to. If you are in the Boston area during that time let me know."
Peter Keddell Jr., email , Ilion, NY, visited the web site. (April 11, 2002)
Joe Urtz, email , from Ilion, NY, submitted the survey. (March 13, 2002)
Peggy Murphy, 3rd Grade Teacher, email , Ilion, NY, re-registered. (February 25, 2002)
Christina Tyner, email , Severn, MD, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 18, 2002)
Amy Williams, from Niagara Falls, NY, email , sent news.
"Hello everyone! I have moved to Rochester and am working as a Catering Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport. I finished my second season with the Buffalo Destroyers and will be looking for my next dancing opportunity here in Rochester. I hope all is well for everyone." - Amy (Updated August 18, 2001)
Kelly March, email , Ilion, NY, registered. (April 18, 2001)
Brad Sweeney, email , from Newport, NY, registered. (Jan 8, 2001)
Jim Knowles, Salesman, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (August 13, 2000)
Amy Archer, email , from West Winfield, NY, sent news. (October 29, 2000)
"Hello, I know I didn't graduate with you all. I regret it everyday. Well, I did go receive my G.E.D. with a perfect score. Went to HCCC for two semesters for psychology. But was interupted by my bouncing baby boy Hunter. He was born August 22, 2000, at 8lbs. 8 ounces. I'm planning on finishing school through the internet. And hopefully will have my own practice. I'm looking forward to hearing from all of you. Take care of you and yours." - Amy
Amy Conklin, sales rep, from Ilion, NY, email
"I have recently started working for The Evening Telegram as an outside sales rep for the advertising department. I am really enjoying it so far. I have been with Brandon for almost two years now and we are very happy together. Best wishes to all my classmates.." Amy (modified December 16, 2000)
Mike LaPorte, email , Kingston - Ontario, Canada, signed the Guest Book. (March 26, 2000)
"Was just lookin at this sight. It's cool. Moved to Canada a few months ago. Living with my girlfriend Marci. Everything is good here. Looking to here from any classmates. Here is a tip for everyone if you want to move to another country, do all of your paper work first it takes forever. Hope all is well." - Mike
Heather Engelbrecht update, "I am going into to my block next semester." (December 18, 1999)
Jessica Fitch, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (November 26, 1999)
Bob Harrod, student, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (November 6, 1999)
Robert Pedersen, email , from Germany, registered. (October 31, 1999)
"So how is life on that side of the world? Well I joined the Army almost two years ago and I am currently in Germany, where I have been for the last year, and will be here for another year, before returning to the states somewhere. I ran into Tony Rende, who is stationed about 45 minutes away from me, and he showed me this neat little web page. Well it would be nice to here from you all, so if you get minute, drop me a line and let me know how you are doing." - Robert
Erin Blair, Registered Nurse, email , Ilion, NY, sent news. (October 30, 1999)
"Hi All... God, its been so long since I've seen or talked to many of you. Can you believe that it has been almost four years?? Right now I am working out in Syracuse at University Hospital. I am a Registered Nurse and I work on a unit with children who have Cancer and Blood Disorders and I absolutely love it! It can be quite a challenge working with children who have terminal illnesses, but the kids are great so it makes it well worth it. I am also enjoying living in Syracuse. Miranda and I have an apartment together and always seem to be getting ourselves in to some sort of trouble....So if you are ever in the Syracuse area look us up. Hope all is well with you guys. Take care and besafe!!" - Erin
Karry Nichols, dancer, email , from Herkimer, NY, registered. (July 2, 1999)
"Hello all. Just thought since I haven't seen anybody in 3 years, I would let everyone know how I was doing. Well, after graduation, I moved away from home for about 2 years. I got the chance to go on tour with Marilyn Manson - Had a Blast!! On April 1,1998 at 10:48am, I gave birth to a beautiful 5lb, 9oz, baby boy. His name is Rhett Thomas. I have been living with my boyfriend, Tim Moynihan, for almost a year now and have never been happier. I would love to hear from any of my old classmates and see how you all are doing." - Karry
Charles Anyango, Air Force, email , from CA, registered. (May 31, 1999)
"Yo - I'm alright out here to whoever cares someone write let me what the deal is." Charles
Jill Fitzer, email , from Ilion, NY, signed the Guest book. (March 12, 1999)
"Hey Guys! I just wanted to give everyone the lowdown on me. I graduated from HCCC in May 1998 and now am a business management major at SUNY Plattsburgh. Having alot of fun, and hope to see you all soon!!!!! :)" - Jill
Erin Richards, from Herndon, VA, sent news for her classmates. (December 27, 1998)
"Hello everyone! Well I thought that I would drop a quick note just to inform everyone how I am doing. Well right now I am living in Herndon, VA working at Washington Dulles International Airport, as customer service agent. I have my own apartment and am loving it. No more fighting with my sisters. I am hopefully looking into transfering to Vermont so I at least can get some snow to ski on. Well it's nice to see what everyone is up to and hope the best for you all. Keep in touch and be safe." - Erin
Roy Abeling, Student at Art Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, sent news. (modified March 21, 2000)
"I'm just updated this from last year. Same ole stuff here work,school,sleep. I'm sure everyone can agree with me on that one. But in 4 weeks I will be graduating form the art instititue with a degree of specialized technologies in computer animation. It's been but very time consuming and a lot of work involved, but enjoy most aspects out of it. Well I must get back to my school work so I can have a nice demo tape, but just saying hello to everyone I havn't seen in light years it seems. peace." - Roy
Keith Klein, email had the correct answers in the "Guess The Graduate" feature. (October 30, 1997)
Aaron Postiglione, email had the correct answers in the "Guess The Graduate" feature. (October 20, 1997)
Theodore Stubley, email
"I am currently atending Hobart college in Geneva NY. I am still playing football and starting right offensive tackle. I would really like to hear from any of my old classmates, it seems that it has been too long already." (October 14, 1997)
Mike Henry, from Albany, email , the second alumnus from the Class of 1996 to register in the alumni directory. Mike is a Pharmacy Student. Here's an update from Mike.....
"Well I thought I would drop a note telling everyone what pharmacy school is like. So far I have two semesters of 17 credit hours and one of 18 credit hours. Many of fellow "Ilion-ites" are still here. We are all gearing up for the last bit of the semester, finals. Stress headaches are very common amoung us all up here. Hope everyone else is enjoying their college experiences." (December 17, 1997)
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