Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~

Thursday, May 30, 2013

2013 ~ St. Al/St. Francis Alumni Banquet

  Click on program to enlarge.

The B.B. Club is really a beautiful place for an event such as a wedding reception, etc.  It is a historic building that dates back to 1915 and was originally the B'nai B'rith literary club (a sort of Jewish country club). There is even still a swimming pool in the basement!

Notice this dog across the street on the back of a motorcycle guarding and waiting for his master's return.  Don't see this everyday!

One of the serving tables

Old Photos

 Class of 1949 photos.

Patty Mekus, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, with her husband.

Two young ladies working as a receptionist.

Patty Mekus taking pictures while on the right, Alice McNamara Hebler making conversation with the bartenders.

Myself with Ina Lott Whittington relaxing and enjoying a drink.

Alice McNamara Hebler with Johnny "Mo" Nassour.

Ina Lott Whittington with Sandra Jabour Harvey and Alice McNamara Hebler.

Working the crowds.

Myrtle Loviza Curro with her husband Bobby Alvarado

Wanda and Louis "Sonny" Logue's grandson graduated also with several awards that's posted below.  My congrats to them and I know they are so proud of their grandson, Forrest Taylor Logue.  

Terri Matherne with her husband who had a son to graduate, Tyler Joseph Matherne.  I used to work with Terri at the Vicksburg Convention Center after I retired from my government job and we were also neighbors.  I remember their two sons when they were little tykes!  My how time flies!  A beautiful couple and family.

Mary Martha Hilbun with her cousin, John Louis Gargaro.

Sandra Jabour and Father Patrick Curley of St. Michael Catholic Church.

A beautiful building where a lot of weddings/functions are held.

A ceiling full of lights!

Listening to the guest speakers (Class of 1963) Anna Marie Franco and H. Fielding Hossley.

Lovely arrangements of roses on each table.

Hopefully, with the next Alumni Banquet our Class of 1959 will get together for our 55th class reunion.  It's hard to believe I started this blog about 6 years ago for our 50th Class it will soon be 55 years.  I hope we can all get together again.  It will be wonderful to see everyone.  It's sad to say that we have lost two of our classmates last year since we have met.  They were high school sweethearts, Roy and Katherine Turcotte.  May they both rest in peace!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Senior Awards ~ May 21, 2013

Sonny's grandson Forrest won the following awards this week at the St Al athletic ceremony:
   - Soccer, Defensive Player of Year(All County)
   - Football, Captain Leadership
   - Football, Frank Logue Scholarship Award
Vergadamo went to Elliott Bexley FB,LB
Most Valuable went to Sage Lewis LB
My congrats to you and Wanda on your grandson's awards!

Marian  :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Attention To Detail

In the Topic Section of Saturday's, The Vicksburg Post, there was a great article of our classmate, Louis "Sonny" Logue (SAHS) and his lovely wife, Wanda, at their beautiful home and garden in Lake Forest Subdivision.  A lot of hard work and sweat went into making their home what it is today.  I'm sure they are enjoying the fruits of their labor with family and friends.  Happy Gardening you two!
Wanda and Louis Logue sit on a swing in the backyard of their home in Lake Forest Subdivision.
Thoughtful landscaping can add to a home's value ~
Creating an attractive and functional landscape takes vision, a workable plan and the energy to do the job.  The lakeside lot on which Wanda and Louis Logue built their house on Lake Forest Drive was fairly shallow with a steep decline to the water.
They designed and built the house with lots of windows to enjoy a view of the lake and added a large tri-level deck around the back of the house.  They also hauled in loads of dirt to gentle the slope of the lot and create a relatively level backyard for gardening.
The Logues have three primary garden areas:  indoors, on the deck and in flower beds all around their house.
The angle of their house and several large trees in the backyard provide dappled shade for the house and the deck during much of the day.
Enough morning sun penetrates the tees to allow various plants to thrive indoors and on the deck.  A huge pot of variegated sanseveria, orchids and tiny bromeliads thrive in the den overlooking the deck.
Several asparagus ferns, which live inside during the colder months, have already been moved onto the deck for the summer.  They join pots of colorful inpatients, geraniums, Shasta daisies and lavender in a sunny spot on the deck.
The fragrant Confederate jasmine vines climb up metal trellises secured in other pots on the deck.
Wanda Logue said she will have to move some of these pots to a shady area on the deck later in the season when it gets too hot, but for now the plants are very happy and healthy.
The backyard is occupied by raised beds with gravel pathways between.  Louis Logue said he initially removed a significant amount of the dirt from the beds and created his own soil mixture using 25 percent sand and 75 percent shredded pine bark and peat moss.  He adds a pound of lime to every 50 square feet of garden area.
He got the mixture from Earl Watts, a successful day lily hybridizer in Hattiesburg.  Watts uses the mixture for all of his day lilies and ornamental beds that don't include acid-loving plants such as azaleas, gardenias and camellias.
Louis Logue talks about gardening techniques while his wife, Wanda, watches.
Five of Logue's raised beds are devoted to day lilies.  He bought several from Watts and is trying his hand at hybridizing.  The seedlings from his efforts occupy the beds in addition to more mature plants.
He anxiously waits to see the blooms on those he cross pollinated.  Another bed contains amaryllis and peonies.  Three other beds are planted with bearded and Louisiana irises.  Stargazer lilies are interplanted with some of the irises.
Other beds contain various plants including lantana hybrids, Mexican petunias, chrysanthemums, Trinity plants (they resemble bright fuchsia spider warts), Naked Lady lycoris, Dutch iris, paper whites and two lovely clematis vines, which are growing on trellises along the edge of the water.
Tomatoes and peppers are interplanted in one of the beds that gets a good bit of sun.  Hostas, mophead and lacecap hydrangeas, camellias, liriope, lire sage and holly fern grow in the shaded beds near the deck and side yard.
Pots of bright geraniums in various colors hang on shepherd hooks alongside several bird feeders, throughout the garden.
To deter yellow jackets from nesting in the area, the Logues use a trap constructed with a shallow plastic container of water infused with liquid dish detergent and a stick with a small piece of meat attached.
The stick is angled very close to water level.  Louis Logue said the yellow jacket queens try to eat the meat and get caught in the soapy water.
Yellow jackets queens are preparing to lay eggs at this time of year and are attracted to the meat.  Most queens lay 200 eggs and even one nest in a garden presents a problem for gardeners because they are quick to sting.
This is the only time of the year that you can use this type of trap.
Large rosemary bushes flourish near the gravel pathways as well as in tall urns at the front door.
Wanda Logue said she clipped off several small branches of a rosemary plant to add some greenery inside during the winter.  She stripped off the bottom leaves so they would not decay underwater and kept refreshing the water for several months.
She said they remained green and fresh the entire time, and she was surprised to see they had rooted when she took them out of the vase.  They planted them outside and they have done well.
Storage often is an issue for gardeners, so the Logues built an attractive wooden storage building that blends in well with their property.  It sits near the lower raised garden beds.
One side of the storage building has a screen porch which they use as a potting shed.
There is room inside to store the lawn mower, tools and other items.  Last winter Louis Logue added plastic sheeting over the screened porch area and used it as a small greenhouse.
The Logues' lot might have been a challenge to most of us, but their efforts have paid off.
Wanda Logue said they live in New Orleans before moving here.  They gardened there and their Realtor commented that their house sold quickly due to their landscaping.
Attractive, well-planned landscapes add value to any home, plus, they bring significant enjoyment to those who like to garden.
Miriam Jaboour, a Master Gardner and Master Flower Show Judge, has been active in the Openwood Plantation Garden Club for over 35 years.  Write to her at 1114 Windy Lake Drive, Vicksburg, MS  39183

Saturday, May 11, 2013

St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Banquet Tonight


Saturday, Mary 11, 2013
5:30 Mass - St. Paul Catholic Church
6:30 Social/7:30 Banquet - B'nai B'nai Literary Association Building (BB Club)

*Parking reserved in lower level of the Trustmark Bank parking garage across from BB Club.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Prep Gold - Flashes & Lady Flashes!

The St. Aloysius golf team celebrates with its Class 1A state golf championship trophy Thursday.  From left, are Sam Andrews, Gabriel Riveros, Elliott Bexley, Channing Curtis and Conner Smith.  It's the third straight title for St. Aloysius.

Flashes earn Class 1A crown

St. Aloysius didn't have the medalist, but it did get the medals.

The Flashes earned their third consecutive Class 1A team championship Thursday at Big Oaks Gold Course in Saltillo, finishing with a two-day team total of 649 for a 73-shot victory over Tupelo Christian Prep.

Tupelo's Parker Brooks shot a 139 for the tournament to earn medalist honors and end St. Al's two-year run of winning both the individual and team tournaments.  It wasn't nearly enough to derail the Flashes' run at their sixth state title in seven years, though.

Freshman Gabriel Riveros shot a 78 in Thursday's second round for a two-day total of 154 and a third-place individual finish.  St. Al's worst performance came from junior Sam Andrews, who shot 173 for the tournament - still good enough for 11th place out of 21 golfers.

Conner Smith totaled 161 and finished fifth, Channing Curtis (167) was seventh, and Elliott Bexley shot 170 to finish in a three-way tie for eighth.

Of St. Al's five golfers, only Bexley is a senior.

"The secret is we're fortunate to have kinds who start young and get better as they go along,"  St. Al coach Mike Jones said, "With all but one coming back next year, we just hope to compete and do what we've been doing."

St. Al did slip a bit from the first round to the second.  Only Andrews improved on his first round, and the team total was five strokes worse.  Tupelo Christian Prep, meanwhile, shaved 28 strokes off its first-day score while playing on its home course.

St. Al, however, had a big enough lead to weather that storm, as well as the rainy weather that led to a more conservative approach and slightly higher scores.

"Since it was such a rainy round, I just told them to keep it in the fairway." Jones said.

St. Aloysius golfers Sarah Ruth Andrews, Laura Phillips, (step-grandaughter) and Anna Fletcher pose with the trophy after winning the MHSAA Class I Championship this Tuesday in Canton, MS.

Lady Vikes finish second in Class III

St. Aloysius finished third at its first girls state golf tournament in 2011.  A year later it was second, a mere five shots away from winning.  Tuesday, it climbed the final rung of the championship ladder.

Laura Phillips (step-granddaughter) shot a second-round 81 to finish fourth in the individual standings, and the Lady Flashes finished with a two-day total of 353 to win the MHSAA Class I Tournament at the Country Club of Canton.

St. Al beat St. Patrick of Biloxi by 12 strokes to end the Lady Irish's five-year run as state champions.

"It's awesome.  We started this team when these girls were in eighth grade and they finished third.  The next year we came in second and got beaten by St. Patrick again," St. Al coach Liz Fletcher said.  "They came together.  It was great.  They were pumped."

Phillips finished with a two-day total of 173 and was fourth in the individual standings.  St. Al's Anna Fletcher was fifth with a 180 and Sarah Ruth Andrews came in ninth with a 192.

Ingomar's Molly Hale was the medalist after shooting a 78 for a two-day total of 154.  Our Lady Academy's Presley Baggett was three shots back at 157 and Hannah Mitchell of Pass Christian was third at 163.

Andres and Fletcher both shot in the mid-90's Tuesday.  Phillips shot 81 - the fourth-best round of the day and an 11-shot improvement from the first round - to pick up the slack.

St. Al led St. Patrick by six shots entering the final round.  Phillips was the only golfer from either team to break 90 on Tuesday.

"She shot a 42 on the front.  She had a great round," Liz Fletcher said.  "Her drive has always been key for her.  She was a little off on her drives today, but she was nailing her chipping and putting."

After ending St. Patrick's dynasty, the Lady Flashes are now eyeing one of their own.  All three golfers who played in the state tournament are sophomores.  Three team members didn't play in the tournament - sophomores Beth Newman and Caroline Webb, and freshman Katie Martin - will also return next season.

Newman played in last year's state tournament, but did not qualify this year.  Only a team's top three scorers at the division tournament advance to state.

"We are gunning for it.  It sets the pace for what we need to do the next couple of years," Liz Fletcher said.  "They're a young team.  They'll be around for a couple of years."  ~The Vicksburg Post

My congrats to Laura, my step-granddaughter!  We are so proud of her and her accomplishments!
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