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Annual Pioneer HS Athletic Hall of Fame to honor Hills

AA's SUCCESSFUL & EXCEPTIONAL swimming husband-wife duo, DENNY & LIZ HILL, will be honored at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, Friday, March 27, 2015, 6 p.m., at Weber's Inn. Also, tributes to Michael Dempsey, Katie Evashevski and Amy VanAppledorn. $50 ($25 tax deductible) Join us! Memories will flow! Information & Registration - Mary Tobin, 734.994.2151 or at mary@bigbluelakecottages.com

posted March 12th, 2015

The Building of AA (Pioneer HS) in 1953

Despite one's age, it is interesting to watch the sequence of events leading to the building of the "new" Ann Arbor High School at 601 W. Stadium Boulevard with groundbreaking in 1953.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEnmoINbbzE

posted March 12th, 2015

YouTube site features AA (Pioneer) HS history

A program featuring archival footage of the building of Ann Arbor (Pioneer) HS in the 1950s and the highlights from the 50th Reunion of the Ann Arbor's 1962 State Football Champions are featured on www.YouTube.com/WatchmanOfTheTracks, assembled by alumnus Dale Leslie (Class of '66).

posted July 29th, 2014

Local Family Business Sold - AA Pioneer Grads

After 57 years, the Onderdonk family are no longer the on-site, founders and owners of A-1 Rental, 2285 W. Liberty, AA. Founding married partners, the late Adrian and Ann Onderdonk graduated from Ann Arbor (Pioneer) HS as did their siblings, who operated the business in later years, John, Bob and Linda Onderdonk Harvey. The business was purchased by Doug and Stephanie Schoch, Dexter residents, who opened Dexter Rent-All in March, 2012.

A tribute article appeared in the Sunday, July 27, 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor News which can be accessed at annarbor.com

posted July 29th, 2014

Deceased '66 Classmate Widower Passes in Auto Accident

Sadly, Chris Ripmaster, widower of Hillary Dobson Ripmaster died tragically in an automobile accident in Colorado this fall. I learned of this news over the weekend. Hillary is the daughter of Ann Arbor matriarch, Molly Dobson and sister-in-law to Judy Miller Dobson (AAHS, '66).

Their adult children are now parentless: Sarah, 38; Peter, 36; and Scott, 32.

Jamie Buhr would be a good source of further information: AAHS Jamie <boog5243@aol.com>

Dale R. Leslie www.YouTube.com/WatchmanOfTheTracks
"AAHS 1966: THE Class of the Boulevard."

posted January 5th, 2014

Class of 1967 Contact: Kent Kittel kkittel@provide.net

Ann Arbor High Class of 1967 Newsletter

Hello again Class of ’67 members,

Here is the latest class member news for April 5th, 2012 Issue #105 The last previous issue from me was November 10th , 2011 issue #104

I know it has been a long time since the last newsletter. As most of you know, several health issues have again kept me from putting together a newsletter. Things are improving and I plan on continuing to share class news with you again. This will be a shortened version this time and I will try to get back to putting out a more ‘normal’ newsletter in the future. Kent

In This issue:
ï‚· March & April Class Member Birthdates
ï‚· 45th Reunion this summer
ï‚· Scott Morgan Info
March & April Birthdates
ï‚· Bill Vlisides March 9 vlisides@umich.edu
ï‚· George Ralph March 11 GRalph2743@aol.com
ï‚· Bob Seyfried March 12 kaswifer921@yahoo.com
ï‚· Diane McMillan March 13 dianemcmillan@cox.net
ï‚· Rick Eisele March 13 han5l778@comcast.net
ï‚· Diane (Jedele) Amos March 18 dianeamos1@yahoo.com
ï‚· Les Baer March 21 les@gsharenet.com
ï‚· Roberta (Gage) Martin March 22 robertalmartin@san.rr.com
ï‚· Daniel Barwick March 22 No e-mail address available
ï‚· Phil Naylor March 27 mnaylor@hotmail.com
ï‚· Wendell Haight April 1 WendellHaight@aol.com
ï‚· Judy (Bradley) Burt April 6 judyburt2@comcast.net
ï‚· Bill Ely April 10 bill@ely.gccoxmail.com
ï‚· Rick Williams April 20 No e-mail address available
ï‚· Linda Levan April 21 llevan421@q.com

45th Class Reunion being planned
 A low key reunion celebration of the 45 years since our AAHS graduation is in the preliminary planning stages. We feel we should keep getting together at least every 5 years, but save the big blow out for celebrating our 50th in 5 years. We are planning for a one night reunion around the first weekend in August. When I say “low key” I mean we might not serve a meal but furnish appetizers, munchies a cake, coffee, tea, lemonade, iced tea decorations, music and decorations with a cash bar. We plan to have plenty of opportunities for us to catch up on what is going on with the members of the Class of 1967..

 We have had a few committee members become busy and who aren’t able to help with the planning and execution of the reunion as they have done in the past. We are looking for a few local class members with e-mail to join the committee and give us a hand and some new ideas fr the reuion. Any takers? Contact Kent Kittel at kkittel@provide.net

Scott (The Rationals) Morgan Info
 Class of ’67 member Scott Morgan needs your help. About three months ago, Scott was diagnosed with severe liver disease and ascites (no Hep C).
Reprinted from a posting on Scott Morgan’s website February 24, 2012 o “Dear Friends,
Scott is stable and living at home but we still don't know to what extent damage can be reversed. This healing is a very long and slow process and we simply have to wait to see how his body responds to treatment. Scott is firmly committed to getting well without surgery and is doing everything in his power to make that happen. Needless to say, he quit drinking at once.
Many of you have asked about his voice. It sounds very scratchy and weak at this point and he hasn't even attempted to sing! Once again, the extent to which it will come back remains to be seen. He needs to see a specialist for diagnosis. We'll keep you posted.
Financially, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital has an assistance program that covers part of his bills, (bless them), however, there is still the other part that Scott has to pay, which is significant, plus anything outside their health system such as prescriptions, etc. Although we have applied for Medicaid and other Social Services, these are difficult days for those funds and nothing has been approved as yet.
In order to show our support and help Scott through tough times, a group of his friends have gotten together to stage a benefit performance and to solicit funds. The plans for the benefit are just under way so there is little to report as yet, but stay tuned to this page for updates. If you can help Scott by sending a donation or buying merchandise, that would really help him a lot....”

 Film-maker Tony D'Annunzio is donating proceeds from the screening of his “Louder Than Love, The Grande Ballroom Story” documentary go to Scott. It' will be shown at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor 7PM.Monday April 9th, 2012 . Tickets at Ticketweb.com or 866-777-8932

ï‚· An additional benefit is planned for April 14 at 1477 Grill (formerly Mario's of Troy) to help Scott.
o Scheduled performers include Amy Gore and Nikki Corvette, Frijid Pink and a Howling Diablos celebrity jam that will feature many of Morgan's musician friends.
o Guest MC's are Doug Podell and Steve Kostan from WCSX-FM (94.7). Many rock and sports items will be up for auction, including stuff donated
by Ted Nugent, Dick Wagner, Ray Goodman, SRC, Alice Coope

posted April 10th, 2012

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