JAMESTOWN, New York - This just in from Randy Carlson. There will be a reunion of people from SWCS classes from the decade 1960 to 1970 this July 11. The notice below details it out. But basically this party will be at the American Legion Lakewood Memorial Post located at 179 Chautauqua Avenue in Lakewood. Cocktails at 6, buffet dinner at 7, dancing until you can't stand up. The cost is $20 per person. If this sounds like a go, send a check AND what class you graduated in to: SWCS 60s Class Reunion 35 Gifford Avenue Lakewood, NY 14750 For more information, contact Ronald Ducat at 716-763-8142, or Brad Zimmer at 716-488-9396.
WATKINS GLEN, New York - The last five postings on this website have been to chronicle the passing of either a classmate or teacher. Damn depressing. And so it seemed like an entry that was, well, more upbeat, was in order. It sounded good in concept until the gray clouds over Seneca Lake started shoving down on my head, reminding me of growing up in Lakewood and how January and February were intolerably long months. Intolerably.
When I left of California, Aug. 6, 1970, I traveled around the U.S. for two months and landed in Napa, Calif. That was before Napa got discovered and turned into its current incarnation of wine-snobbery and outrageously expensive living. I stumbled on a chart that showed how many sunny days Napa has per year and compared it to how many sunny days Jamestown has. You guessed it, Napa has as many sunny days as Jamestown has rain, snow, or simply that gray wall of clouds we used to watch coast by outside the SWCS classrooms. And that first California winter, as I barbecued steaks for New's Years day and sunburned my nose on a Valentine's Day boating trip, I also discovered that I had something called seasonal affective disorder. No wonder the gray of upstate New York winters was so depressing to me. Of course, that's what prompted this brief blog. Here I am, 44 years later, looking out today on a snowy, gray landscape, a landscape that seems even more grim after Saturday's brilliant sunshine that was as fabulous as it was damn-near blinding as it reflected off the snow. The weather forecast looks good for clear weather in a few days (after at least a few inches of snow accumulates), so I can be patient, a personal quality in short supply for me when we were banging around the halls of high school.
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Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.