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SPR-SUM 2017

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80 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 CLASS NOTES 1986 Leanne Jacques '86 writes, "2016 was a great year! Traveled to California to see friends and attend a Dixie Chicks concert. 20 years at Altria Corporation - love my job. I am truly living the dream. Living on Cape Cod!" Jane (Wittenberg) Basch '77 is living in Hallandale, FL. She and her husband own a jewelry design and manufacturing business. They have 3 children, ages 21, 23 and 34 as well as 2 beautiful grandchildren. 1977 Kathy Linskey '77 writes, "Hello to all my Pierce friends and fellow classmates! After fourteen years of living in Maine, I retired and moved back to the Monadnock Region. I am currently volunteering and doing genealogical research for people to keep me busy. I hope to move to Keene in the next six months or so. I'd love to hear from people!" 1978 Phuong and Thuy Nguyen '78 write, "We are proud grandparents of a third granddaughter. Baby Rose, born in January 2017, is cute and an abundance of joy for her parents and all relatives. In Decem- ber 2016, we, with another couple, made a trip to Vietnam. This is our native country which we have not been back to for 41 years. The vacation was wonderful, and we were bestowed with hospitality, as well as surprises from the beginning to the end. The airports and hotels are first class with lot of European tastes. We have been to many cities and tourist places like Saigon, Phu Quoc, Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Vung Tau, My Tho, Ben Tre and others. Ha Long Bay is the best preserved wonder of the world. We are glad to see everywhere construction is booming, and people are vivid with activities. It should be the first place to visit when you have a chance." 1980 Blaise Whittle '80 writes, "I have been working at Sweet Briar College going on 11 years now. I am the head golf coach and Director of Athletic Facilities. As head golf coach I am always looking for female golfers that would like to compete at the collegiate level. If anyone has 2017-2019 graduates that like this idea, let me know. I live in Monroe VA about 7 miles from campus with my 2 golden retrievers Finnegan (4) and Harper (3). Life is never dull in the positions I hold. Have not been back to the New Hampshire area in forever, maybe some day. I stay in touch with a few people from my class and would enjoy hearing from more people from that era. Looking forward to a great 2017 and best wishes to all." 1981 Becky (Jorn) Decker '81 writes, "Our family recently welcomed twin baby girls, Rosemma and Tess, who were born 12 weeks early on Cinco de Mayo. They are adorable, of course, and amazingly healthy babies, and we will now celebrate that famous holiday in a whole new way! My first grandchild, Precocious Miles, is now 5. I have lost my heart to all. I am teaching English at two community colleges with a focus on transition skills for the world of work. I also enjoy tutoring kids of all ages after school. My husband, Ken, and I still live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where he is the chief administrative officer for Caroline County. Looking ahead, I hope to see many of my dear FPC friends over the next year since we don't

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