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Memory Lane

I want all my friends and family to watch this - in case I need you. I've watched it - in case you need me. Please watch - and then share. This short video illustrates the best demonstration and gives the simplest explanation of exactly what to do if someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack. You could very well save the life of a friend or loved one. Someone you share this video with might save your life!
- Lee Shake

Heart Attack Prevention

How many of you have seen this video? I would not be afraid to use an AED now. How about you?This is very good; I mean GREAT info so please send on.

Heart Rescue

Please watch this video and pass it to everyone you know. I've seen the AED's in public places, but never knew how easy it is to use one.
- Lee Shake
Special Scenes sent to me by my sister, Mary Ann Sullivan, '47:

Special Scenes Between Humans and Animals

-Lee Shake

I doubt you have ever seen anything like this!

Flying Over America - Simply Beautiful!

- Lee Shake


Do you have a painful burning sensation in the center area of your chest in the area of your breast bone (sternum)?

This is where your esophagus food pipe is, and it may be being burned with digestive acid that has refluxed up from your stomach.

Do you feel acid come up into your throat or wake up with a bitter taste in your mouth?

You probably have Acid Reflux and need to consult with your doctor.

Your stomach has pyramidal glands in its lining. They secrete and squirt out and hydrochloric acid into your stomach to aid in digesting food. This acid in your stomach is normal and necessary, but it should not regurgitate back up into your esophagus (food pipe.)

The acid normally stays in your stomach to aid in digestion, because there is a valve called the esophageal sphincter, at the top of the stomach leading to your esophagus which prevents the acid from going up there and causing damage.

However, sometimes the valve is loose or gets pressure on it, and the acid reverses and squirts up into your food pipe. This inflames the lining of your esophagus, and over time can cause ulcers, which can bleed, and scars to form.

These scars can cause narrowing of the esophagus and cause food to get stuck when you try to swallow.

Also, this kind of chronic acid irritation can cause the cells in the lining of the esophagus to change and mutate. This can cause a condition called Barrett’s esophagus where the mucosa is widely damaged, which raises the chances of cell mutation and the development of cancer of the esophagus.

Therefore it is important to maintain the integrity of your esophagus and stomach. Each one has to have a certain acid base pH level.

Some causes of Acid Reflux:

1-  Have your Physician check to see if you have a bacteria in your stomach called Helicobacter Pylori. If you do, this can be easily treated with an antibiotic.

2-  Sometimes we are born with a loose or faulty esophageal sphincter muscle between the bottom of the esophagus and the top of the stomach.

3-  The esophageal sphincter can be stretched or relaxed, making it inefficient.

4-  Having excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter at the top of the stomach and allow the acid to reflux back up into the esophagus where it doesn’t belong.

5-  Smoking stimulates acid release.

6-  Eating fatty meals.

7-  Eating big meals.

8-  Excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter and the acid refluxes back upward.

9-  Tight belts and clothing.

10- For some people, eating within 3 hours of lying down can push acid up.

11- Bending over or doing exercises that place the head in a downward position.

12- Aggravating, or trigger foods, cause the esophageal valve to stay open, or relax, allowing acid to reflux back up into the esophagus.

Common triggers of Acid Reflux:
(different for each person)

Know your triggers and avoid them.

a.    tomato sauce

b.    fatty foods

c.    smoking

d.    chocolate

e.    alcohol

f.     peppermint (relaxes the valve)

g.    soda, especially colas

h.    coffee, tea

i.      sausage, cold cuts, butter

j.      many more

All of the above can boost acid levels or keep the valve open and push acid up into esophagus.

What you can do:

1-    Avoid fatty foods

2-    Avoid all of your trigger foods like pepperoni pizza

3-    Lose weight

4-    Eat smaller meals of vegetables, lean meat, fish, certain fruit

5-    Avoid standing on your head or doing exercises where your head is down, especially shortly after eating

6-    Avoid abdominal crunches if they cause burning

7-    Sleep with upper body slightly elevated

8-    Lie on your left side when sleeping

Medications to decrease acid:

1-  Antacids, over the counter, will neutralize stomach acid instantly. If you have to take them all the time see your doctor.

2-   H2 blockers over the counter, like Pepcid and Zantac, will reduce acid production.

3-   Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and Nexium are very efficient in cutting the acid for longer periods of time and can be taken ahead of time to shut down some of the acid pumps in the lining of your stomach.

4-   See your doctor if you are using the bove medications frequently.

Good health to you!

Patricia Naeder Izzo, RN, BS, Medical Advisor

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Special Scenes sent to me by my sister, Mary Ann Sullivan, '47:

Special Scenes Between Humans and Animals

-Lee Shake

I doubt you have ever seen anything like this!

Flying Over America - Simply Beautiful!

- Lee Shake

How Wolves Change Rivers
This is worth a few minutes. Fascinating.

If you lived in or around Great Kills you may remember some of this.

Easter Egg Bunny

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Arrivals & Passings

By Pat Reischour

Arrivals and Passings

Watch for frequent updates.

Mary Maureen Donohue

An old SI name:

Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning

THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
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Present APRIL:

1) Arlene Spark THS '62
1) Roseann Udvary (Tedesco) '60
1) Robert Femenella '58
1) Ray Ellis '67
2) Mary Bang (Levitt) '68
2) Donna Emrich (Gioello) '68
4) David S. Bogaert '78
4) Carol Hauge (Burke) '60
4) Lois Arnesen (Altman) '60
4) Jack Tillet '55
6) Barbara Sizemore (Rolando) '60
7) Joseph Lucas '61
7) Kathleen Boyd (Conway) '65
7) Ron Benninghoff '57
13) Allan Keiser '57
13) Daniel Payne '60
13) Julio C. Zangroniz '66
13) Steven Fox '67
14) Walter Hansen '60
15) Bill Carsten '56
15) Susan Shulman '56
16) Linda Kish '65
16) Linda Auffredou (Clarke) '67
16) Sheryl Stone (Graham) '67
18) Arlene Benitez (Torocco) '56
18) Dori Page (Aspinwall) '65
19) Donna Dzubay (Jacobsen) '68
19) Janis Knieriem (Cerciello) '83
20) Tom Hyland '48
21) Billy Hough '56/'57
22) Carl Wehmann '61
23) Nancy Hart (Knieriem) '81
23) Paul Sharrott '64
24) Deanna Munoz (Quinlan) '67
25) William Baur NDHS '72
25) Ed Bowes '52
26) Diane L. Armstrong (Schaming) '67
26) Peter Mackerowski '67
27) Linda Nelson (Curry) '67
27) Kathleen Wilson (Ritchie) '67
27) Neal Frey '65
28) Mary Creagan (Silvestro) '60
29) John Stanton '60
30) Kristen Erickson (Valli) '60
30) Tom Barry '60
30) Richard Miller '60
30) Robert Gardner '60
FDNY NYPD Trumpet Taps By Fontaine Piper

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*Missing Classmates  Lists*

Note: This area is under reconstruction. Your patience is greatly appreciated.  Kathy Ritchie on 3/27/12

Old: Click on the year below to get to the appropriate list.

   1958 1959  

NewClick on the year below to get to that class directory, and concentrate on the "Unknown" status = Missing.

1956 1960 1961 1965 1966 1967


Class Reunion Information!!


Click on the Year (below) to get the latest info or see the pictures!


1956   1957 

1958   1959

1960   1961

1963  1965

1970  1980

Present     May
1) Kathy Holden(Gioglio) THS'58
2) Leonore Scrafton(Bujold)'60
2) Robert W. Robinson'60
2) Bob Memmen'60
2) Sue Kriesel'68
4) Teresa Downer (Fricke) St.John'sVilla  '63
5) Kerrie A. HickingTHS'67
6) Geraldline Fornal(Conmy)'59
6) George F. Tufte'57
6) Erlinda Mariiategui(Layman)'65
6) Susan Rober(Saurastri)'69
7) Lois Walker(Long)'59
7) Steve Weigel'67
8) Joanne Pistek(O'Brien)'63
8) Bill Cameron'63
9) Charlie Henry'57
9) Arne Mikkelsen'65
12) Dennis Maklari'68
13) Ellen Reid'81
13) Mark H. Haag'63
15) Bernard Long'56
15) William Staplefeldt'62
18) Joy Reed(Scherd)'55
18) Janis Pawlicki(Child)'67
19) Gail Van Wettering(Lund)'63
20) Beth Kirkwood(Stensrud)'58
21) Vincent Cositore'67
21) Jay Melon'63
21) Marilyn King'67
22) Charles VanTine'58
23) Ralph Manee'63
24) James Behary'57
24) Paul R. Lutter'67
25) David Rupp'67
26) Janet Nesti(Schubert)'60
29) Glenn RocleTHS'70
29) Barbara Ward(Radloff)'60
29) Marc Schwartz'76
30) Allan Nelson'58

Historic Buildings on Staten Island

The Graves of Arthur Kill

Hobby Bits

Great Day



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The Talking Centipede

        A single guy decided life would be more fun
        if he had a pet.

        So he went to the pet store
        and told the owner
        that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.

        After some discussion,
        he finally bought a talking centipede,
        (100-legged bug),
        which came in a little white box
        to use for his house.

        He took the box back home,
        found a good spot for the box,
        and decided he would start off
        by taking his new pet
        to church with him.

        So he asked the centipede in the box,
        "Would you like to go
        to church with me today?
        We will have a good time."

        But there was no answer
        from his new pet.

        This bothered him a bit,
        but he waited a few minutes
        and then asked again, 
        "How about going
        to church with me
        and receive blessings?"

        But again,
        there was no answer
        from his new friend and pet.
        So he waited
        a few minutes more,
        thinking about the situation.

        The guy decided
        to invite the centipede
        one last time.

        This time he
        put his face up against
        the centipede's house and shouted,
        "Hey, in there!
        Would you like to go
        church with me
        and learn about God?"


        This time,
        a little voice
        came out of the box,

"I heard you the first time!

I'm putting my shoes on!"

maxine cartoon

off the mark cartoon

Puns For Educated Minds

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!
A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .
I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.
I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
Jokes about German sausages are the wurst.
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time. 
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me. 
When chemists die, apparently they barium.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
Why were the Indians able to settle here first? They had reservations.
We're going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no 
pop quiz.
I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because
she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection you know urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pretty much pointless.
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

I dropped out of the Communism class because of lousy Marx.
All the toilets in New York 's police stations have been stolen. As of 
now, it appears the police have nothing to go on.
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
Velcro - what a rip off!

Subject: Lexiphile

NO moaning!!!!!!

Lexiphile is a word used to describe those who have a love for words,such as:"You can tune a piano, but you can¹t tuna fish."
To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, UCLA.
The batteries were given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
A will is a dead giveaway.
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
A boiled egg is hard to beat.
When you¹ve seen one shopping centre, you¹ve seen a mall.
Police were called to a day care where a three year old was resisting a rest.
Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He¹s all right now.
A bicycle can¹t stand alone, it¹s two tired.
When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she¹d dye.
Acupuncture - a jab well done.

Just a little walk down memory lane!

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