How is this for a great set of photographs! Cianbro's Senior Project Engineer on the replacement middle (Sarah Mildred Long) bridge provided these outstanding views of Albacore in her new "home". Thanks to Board member Ken Herrick for sharing these photos.
Demolition of the middle bridge continues. The center span was lowered onto a barge and floated away for scrapping in mid -October. Removal of the two old towers is underway while construction of the new bridge and roadbed continues. The target opening date for the replacement bridge remains late 2017.
Reunion team leader John Gandiello wants everyone to start thinking about the 2018 reunion. To that end, he has provided the following Preliminary Plan information.
Drinks and snacks will be available at the park on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Considering a cookout at the park on Thursday afternoon - burgers and hotdogs. May even do it again on Friday afternoon.
Signup will begin in January 2018 or shortly afterwards. More information will be available at that time. The plan is to keep the cost comparable to that of the 2015 reunion.
John encourages all shipmates to attend this reunion, even if you never attended one in the past. If you would like to participate in the reunion planning effort, please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317 ) 441-8843.
Shipmate Norm Pressler has a new email of email@example.com. Dean Stratsma also has a new email of firstname.lastname@example.org. Austin "Butch" Jordan has relocated to 3335 Dodd Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23323. His cell phone is (860) 944-4739; his email of email@example.com is unchanged.
I regret to report that Richard Kraus, husband of Albacore's Maid of Honor Anneta Stanton Kraus, passed away on October 31st after a long illness. Anneta continues to be a good friend of Albacore.
Wreaths Across America will be stopping at the Park on Saturday, 17 December. Thresher Base of USSVI will be in charge of conducting the ceremony that tentatively will begin at 1100.
If you are receiving this newsletter via Uncle Sam’s postal service, it is because we do not have an e-mail address for you. In addition to the 190 copies sent out electronically, there are 40 more that go out as a hard copy. We would prefer to be totally GREEN and deliver the newsletters electronically to save on paper and stamps. So, if you have recently gotten on-line, or had a change of address, telephone number, e-mail provider or if you just have something you would like to submit for posting on the website, please pass that information along to Jack Hunter at one of the below addresses.
This is the final newsletter for 2016. Have a blessed holiday season.
Until next time, shipmate.
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