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From left, front row: Anita Shrive, Joann Lia, Maria Doyle and Martha Tumavitch. Second row: Kathy Sallavanti, Genevieve Kreseskie, Daria McLane, Phylilis Marquis, Patty Zajaczkowski and Mary Taroli. View more photos online at

Fond Memories

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

There's a lot to be said about teachers, especially the 16 who are retiring from the Old Forge School District this year.

So much of their wisdom, their influence, still guides this Blue Devil.

I can remember transferring to Old Forge from Riverside in the fourth grade. It was a move that I dreaded until meeting my teacher, Ms. Shrive. I'll never forget the day a classmate broke something on her desk and she had us convinced the FBI would be investigating!

And who could forget the eraser games in Ms. Kreseskie's classroom on the days recess was rained out?

I smile thinking back to art classes guided by Mr. Dolgash as Three Dog Night played in the background. I laugh at how poorly I did on Mr. Nageli's tests.

I think back with fondness to both Mr. Long and Mr. Wisowaty's classes (I think I fared well in both). I also remember Spanish classes with Ms. Gilotti and hating that I couldn't quite grasp the language.

I didn't have some teachers, such as Ms. Taroli and Ms. Sallavanti, while a student at Old Forge. But my younger sister did and would rave on and on.

I had the opportunity to work with the retirees during my time as the coordinator of the elementary school's daily broadcasts. During that time, I witnessed firsthand the dedication and impact this group (and their peers) had on the district's children. And, in many cases, those same individuals who helped shape me into who I am have become treasured friends.

Kudos and congratulations to retirees John Armillay, Greg Dolgash, Maria Doyle, Barbara Gilotti, Genevieve Kreseskie, Joann Lia, Barry Long, Phyllis Marquis, Daria McLane, John Nageli, Kathy Sallavanti, Anita Shrive, Mary Taroli, Martha Tumavitch, Paul Wisowaty and Patty Zajaczkowski.

May you look back at your time teaching and know that you were all important to so many children (and even this "grown-up").

With that, I thank you all.