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Tom and Lydia Welsh
Jacksonville, Florida & Salisbury, Maryland
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2009 January 01, we watched the Tournament of Roses Parade on ABC. Lyd was baptized into the Forest Grove Church Monday, February 09, 2009 Audrey traveled from Jacksonville to Salisbury. February 13, Kate, Sal, Nico and Jack visited for the weekend. Mother has been moved from Genesis to Lakeside. March 13, we spent the weekend in Wyomissing. April 18, we acquired a new Beagle, Buddy. Friday, May 08, 2009 Margaretís birthday dinner for Victor. Kate, Sal, Nico and Jack are here for the weekend and Victorís 90th birthday party. The Texas Laws (sans Bryan) also visited. Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Mother has been refused return by Lakeside and is back at Genesis. Friday, June 05-07, 2009 Weekend in Wyomissing. Thursday, July 09-12, 2009 Kate, Sal, Nico and Jack came for a visit. Sunday, July 26, 2009 Bob and Chris Perry came for a visit. Tuesday, July 28, 2009 We took the ferry from Lewes to Cape May and back for a daytrip to the Jersey shore to the Ferrarello family. Friday, August 28, 2009 We have a new microwave and a new gas stove/oven, both from Lowes. Sunday, August 30, 2009 David Easton and AnotherFineMess arrived at 1400 to set up for Margaretís party at her house. Guests started arriving at 1600 and it was a wonderful party. Friday, September 04-06, 2009 Kate , Sal, Nico and Jack came for the weekend. Monday, September 14, 2009 Today, I removed all of Motherís antibiotics and all nutrition. She will be given comfort meds through the PEGG and, if she asks, comfort foods by mouth. Friday, September 18-20, 2009 We went to Wyomissing for the weekend, which included Nicoís family birthday party. Thursday, October 01, 2009 I had a two-hour MRI of my lower back and hips, in an effort to identify the source of my leg pain. Friday, October 16-18, 2009 Kate, Sal, Nico and Jack came for the weekend. Monday, October 19, 2009 I saw Dr. Maull, my urologist, in an inconsequential visit. I stopped at Radio Shack and upgraded my cellphone to a MYTouch phone. Wednesday, November 18, 2009 At 0330, Genesis called to report Motherís death. Tuesday, November 24, 2009 My left hip was replaced in a 1.5 hour surgery. Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Bill arrived from Denver. Saturday, December 26, 2009 We took Bill to the airport for his flights home. Monday, December 28, 2009 Sal, Kate and Nico arrived at 0949. Thursday, December 31, 2009 New Yearís Eve The kids got on the road at 0930, headed back to Wyomissing, arriving about 1320.
2008 We learned about Kristenís marriage. We resumed Brain Brawl, but in the 5th floor conference room, not on TV. We discussed the selling of the houses and decided Motherís will be listed first. January 10, we participated in our last Science Fair at JWJ where I judged for 17 years. The following weekend we visited Kate and Sal in Wyomissing In February 01, I saw Dr. Lewis and my PSA is 4.5, the same as last time. He says to see him in 6 months. Later in the week, I pronounced words for the city spelling bee, my last. I spoke to a public meeting at Blue Cross Blue Shield, hosted by Health and Human Services Secretary, Mike Leavitt. We enjoyed Spamelot at the Times-Union theatre. Thursday, February 28, we committed to buying the house at 224 N Clairmont Drive for $299K March 03, I did 5 back-to-back Brain Brawl episodes, my last, and Stanton swept both JV and Varsity. Kate informed us that we are to be grandparents in late September. March 10, I picked up Lyd at school and we filled out our retirement papers. March 29, Lyd and Kate went to 224 N Clairmont and spent 35 minutes in narration and Kate took 200+ pictures with our camera. Leak Detectors found and fixed a sub-slab leak in the bedroom closet. We had our Spring holiday and the 12th Commissionerís Academic Challenge. I completed SACS CASI QART for Columbia High School in Lake City. Lyd finished teaching and we went to the 11th Panasonic Academic Challenge Thursday, June 26, I left the office at 1500 for the last time --- retired. We took the Autotrain from Sanford, Florida to Lorton, Virginia The driveway extension was installed. We did a weekend in Wyomissing, and Bill visited from Colorado September 14, 0846, Dominic Santo Ferrarello was born. We did an overnight trip to Wyomissing to see Dominic. We had our 1st snow flurry. Kate, Sal, Nico and Jack visited in Salisbury from Wyomissing for Christmas.
2007 In January, We spent the Martin Luther King Weekend at Yacht Hotel at Walt Disney World. Lyd spent Spring Break in Salisbury with Margaret. In March, Sal and Kate came for a visit. In April, The 22nd Commissionerís Academic Challenge, my 11th, at Walt Disney World Kate arrived for her medical conference and Sal is resigning from teaching at the end of the year and wants to do something with computers. In May, Jackie Sullivan, from Watson Realty, came to have her initial visit with us for the eventual selling of our home. In June, Lyd was in Salisbury with Margaret I completed SACS-CASI chair training with Pat Carley. The 20th Panasonic Academic Challenge, my 10th, was at Walt Disney World, with Kate and Sal in attendance. Sunday, July 1, Mother fell and spent the night with us Kate and Sal were in town for Kateís 10-year high school reunion. Mother had back surgery and is in intensive care. Mother was moved from Beachís Hospital back to Life Care The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 33rd year of teaching and her 17th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Science to the 7th grade. This is her 26th year teaching Gifted and her 23rd in 7th grade Gifted Science. I am opening my 8th year as Director of Research Services in Instructional Research and Accountability, my 14th in research and my 34th in education. Kate will be starting her 3rd year as a Physician Assistant in the practice in Fleetwood/Oley, PA. Sal, having resigned from Wyomissing High School will be freelancing. In August, we brought Mother home from LifeCare, a month ahead of their recommendations. In October, I participated in the SACS CASI QAR review of St. Johns School District. In December, Tom attended the SACS-CASI convention in Orlando. Christmas was in Salisbury with Margaret, Bill, Kate, Sal, and Jack
2006 In January, We spent the weekend at WDW. The pool was refinished. February 13, I had a high profile auto acccident, In April, Commissionerís Academic Challenge at Walt Disney World In June, Panasonic Academic Challenge Kate, Sal, Tony and Sally are departing JFK for Rome. Theyíll be in Italy and Sicily for 16 days. In July, my colonoscopy went off easily with 3 polyps identified, excised and enroute to pathology. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 32nd year of teaching and her 16th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Science to the 7th grade. This is her 25th year teaching Gifted and her 22nd in 7th grade Gifted Science. I am opening my 7th year as Director of Research Services in Instructional Research and Accountability, my 13th in research and my 33rd in education. Kate will be starting her 2nd year as a Physician Assistant in a practice in Fleetwood, PA. Sal will be starting his 2nd year at Wyomissing Junior Senior High School, his 5th year teaching. In October, I participated in the Broward County SACS-CASI QRT. In November, I resigned as Treasurer and Board member from JSCA. Mother, Lyd and I spent Thanksgiving with Kate and Sal and Salís family. In December, I went to the SACS-CASI convention in Atlanta. We flew, uneventfully, into Salisbury. Bill joined us as did Kate and Sal (& Jack).
2005 In January, Lyd and I went to Disney World. We stayed in the concierge section of the Yacht Hotel and had a wonderful vacation of fun and food. Jacksonville hosted Super Bowl XXXIX. In April, Charlie was euthanased. Commissionerís Academic Challenge, Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World In May, Kate was inducted into the PA honorary society, Pi Alpha, one of 5 in a class of 40. They also presented her with an award of being the most exemplary PA student in the clinical rotations. Kate visited from Glenside. Kate returned to Glenside on the same flight with Lydia who went on to Salisbury. In June, Lyd, Kate, Sal and I are at my 8th Panasonic Academic Challenge at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. Lyd joined me at the office and we went to Risk Management and entered DROP. We will end our employment in three years. Kate has taken a job with a family practice in Fleetwood. In July, we constructed our Book Case Head Board. Five visitors from Port Elizabeth, South Africa arrived. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 31st year of teaching and her 15th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Science to the 7th grade. This is her 24th year teaching Gifted and her 21st in 7th grade Gifted Science. I am opening my 6th year as Director of Research Services in Research, Assessment and Evaluation, my 32nd in Education. Kate will be starting her 1st job as a Physician Assistant in a practice in Fleetwood, PA. Sal is looking for a teaching position near Reading. August 29, At daybreak, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In November, we had the 1st taped match at DASOTA for the 2005-2006 Brain Brawl Season. This is the 27th year of competition, my 13th consecutive year and 17th overall. Christmas in Salisbury:
2004 In January, I had a Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) done on my left eye to prevent damage from glaucoma. Lydís birthday weekend was at the Sea Turtle. In March, I had SLT to the right eye. In April, my 8th Commissionerís Academic Challenge. Two representatives from Port Elizabeth flew in to JAX and I was part of the delegation meeting them. In May, Kate flew in for 8 days Sal flew in for the weekend. Lyd flew to SBY to visit her mother. Kate flew to Las Vegas for the AAPA convention. In June, Panasonic Academic Challenge (my 7th), without Lyd. We spent our 30th anniversary weekend at the Sea Turtle. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 30th year of teaching and her 14th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Science to the 7th grade. This is her 23rd year teaching Gifted and her 20th in 7th grade Gifted Science. I am opening my 5th year as Director of Research Services in Research, Assessment and Evaluation, my 31st in Education. Kate is in her 2nd year of Physician Assistant training at Arcadia University. Sal begins his 3rd year at George Washington Carver High School. In August, Tropical storm Bonnie comes close to the west. Hurricane Charlie passes us by. Hurricane Frances produced closed schools on Friday. Ivan is not to be a factor, here, but is for the panhandle. We are home to avoid the effects of Hurricane Jeanne. Once again we have gotten the light end of a major hurricane -- Four in a row. In October, Mother took a cruise to Key West and the Bahamas. In November, Brain Brawl was in the 26th season; my 12th consecutive year and 16th, overall. We journeyed to Philadelphia for a weekend with Kate and Sal and Santo and Ann and most of the Ferarrello family. I went to Tampa for the Florida Educational Research Association convention In December, Mother came for dinner and while Lyd was walking Charlie she asked if she had died instead of Daddy, would we be abandoning him for 12 days. Florida Christmas at our house. We flew to SBY for Christmas.
2003 March 5, George Engle died with Margaret at his side, holding his hand. Lyd flew from JAX to SBY for her fatherís funeral and burial. We attended the wedding of Zach Osbeck and Shannon Thrasher. The reception was at HHCC. In April, I attended, alone, my 7th CAC at WDW Saturday, April 19, Kate and Sal were married at the Lakeside Inn in Limerick, PA. In May, we purchased a 2003 Volvo S40 and traded in the 1986 Volvo 244DL. The Osbecks experienced a tragic house fire. Kate started her Masterís Degree program in Physician Assistant. Lyd flew to SBY. In June, Panasonic Academic Challenge (my 6th) Lyd's hysterectomy was successful; laparoscopic with a small vaginal cut to extract the uterus, tubes and ovaries. We spent our 29th Anniversary at the Sea Turtle Hotel at the beach The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 29th year of teaching and her 13th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Science to the 7th grade. This is her 21st year teaching Gifted and her 19th in 7th grade Gifted Science. I am opening my 4th year as Director of Research Services in Research, Assessment and Evaluation. Kate is in her 1st year of Physician Assistant training at Arcadia University. Sal begins his 2nd year at George Washington Carver High School. Kate and Sal flew in for the Labor Day weekend. In November, Dawn, Linda Lawsí sister, lost her battle with cancer. Brain Brawl is the 25th season; my 11th consecutive year and 15th, overall. We flew from JAX to SBY for Christmas. Bill and Lisa arrived at 1900. Lisa reports that she has failed two classes this term and is a sophomore, not a junior. Kate & Sal headed onto Reno.
2002 In March, Lyd went to Maryland for Spring Break In April, the Commissionerís Academic Challenge (my 6th) was at the Contemporary resort at Walt Disney World. In May, we installed the new SunSetter awning above the pool deck. In June, The Panasonic Academic Challenge (my 5th) was at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World In August, Sal called and asked my permission to ask Kate to marry him. In November, the Superintendent's Academic Challenge resumes. It is the 24th season; my 10th consecutive year and 14th, overall. In December, Lyd and I flew to SBY, though our luggage didnít make the connection and was delivered to the house at 2000. The Denver family arrived. Lyd , Margaret and I drove up to Reading for Kateís surprise shower. Kate and Sal drove down from PA for Christmas
2001 In March, Bertina Bassons visited. Lyd went to Maryland In April, a needle biopsy by Dr. Lewis was negative and CAC (my 5th) at WDW. In May, Kateís college graduation from Ursinus In June, PAC (my 4th) at WDW w/ Linda Laws and family and Kate and Sal Dad suffered an apparent TIA and received a pacemaker. In July, Dad returned to the hospital following another sincopal episode. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 27th year of teaching and her 11th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Science to the 7th grade. This is her 19th year teaching Gifted and her 17th in 7th grade Gifted Science. I am opening my 2nd year in Research, Assessment and Evaluation. My title is Director of Research Services. September 11, we called Kate, in the aftermath of the Attack on America, just to hear her voice. Monday, October 15, Dad died at 0925. Cremation is ordered and heíll be interred in New Jersey. In November, The Superintendent's Academic Challenge resumed. It is the 23rd season; my 9th consecutive year and 13th, overall. Kate flew in for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Father and Sons Movers took Kateís stuff.
2000 In January, Kate and Sal visited. In February 24, we formalized the twinning between Port Elizabeth and Jacksonville in a live teleconference between the two cities. Spring Break was at Walt Disney World in Fort Wilderness In April, I attended the 15th annual Commissioner's Academic Challenge (my 4th). I met Bertina Basson from Lamberts Bay, South Africa, at the California Grill In June, was the Panasonic Academic Challenge (my 3rd) The Board appointed Principal on Special Assignment: Research, Assessment and Evaluation Lyd flew to Maryland for 4 weeks. In August, Nana and Papa moved into 4030 High Pine Road and gave Kate their RAV4 as an early graduation present. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 26th year of teaching and her 10th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This is her 18th year teaching Gifted and her 16th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I am opening my 13th year in the principalship and my 1st year in Research, Assessment and Evaluation. Kate and Sal departed for Philadelphia, her senior year, and her 22nd birthday. We attended Parent's Weekend at Ursinus, including dinner at Sal's parent's home In November, The Superintendent's Academic Challenge resumed with a Field Day at First Coast High School. It is the 22nd season; my 8th consecutive year and 12th, overall. Lydia went to Salisbury for Margaret's hip replacement We represented Ursinus College at the College Day program at the Prime Osborne. Thanksgiving was in Salisbury, with Margaret in Rehab and George in the Nursing Home. I was tapped as a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Kate was home for Christmas for 4 weeks.