Class of 1990 reunion 2005
Co-Class Secretaries: William Binan, Unit 8, 625 Ashbury St., San Francisco CA 94117,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Christine Johnson, 66 Payson St., Portland ME 04102, email@example.com
A former journalist who now captains the Friendship sloop Amity, Stephen O’Connell was profiled in the Belfast, Maine, Citizen recently. Once a reporter for the American-owned Phnom Penh Post, Stephen did a story uncovering the buying and selling of Cambodian children under the pretense of orphan adoption. Threatened and harassed after reporting on the widespread corruption, from rural villages to the Cambodian government, Stephen and his wife, Diane, chose to leave Cambodia. He also left behind his enthusiasm for journalism. The pair bought the Amity, which was built in 1901, and began offering day sails from Belfast in 2003. “She’s a darned good little boat,” he says…. Lane Bourn became the first-ever fourth selectman in Rowley, Mass., following an election in May, which he won by more than twice the votes of the second-place finisher. He followed up that victory by marrying his partner, Stuart Wells, on the first day same-sex marriages were recognized by the state. Lane and Stuart operate December Farm, www.decemberfarm.com, a Christmas tree farm…. Rochelle Johnson teaches American literature at Albertson College of Idaho. She also is the director of the environmental studies program…. Sarah Pralle joined the faculty of the Maxwell School of Syracuse Univ. as an assistant professor of political science. Her interests center on environmental politics and public policy processes. She’s especially interested in strategies of venue shopping, examining how advocacy groups choose or seek to change institutional venues…. The Oregonian newspaper profiled soldiers of the Oregon Guard’s 1st Battalion, 162nd Infantry, who came home last spring after 14 months in Iraq. The story noted how combat experiences followed the soldiers back home, and no amount of counseling could prepare them entirely for the jarring re-entry into normal life. Rushing back to work was one mistake some soldiers made, though not Maj. B.J. Prendergast, “one soldier who might have done it just right,” according to the article. The battalion’s operations officer, B.J. didn’t return to work at Nike until August. Even with the extra time, though, the hardest part of homecoming for Prendergast was getting back in the good graces of his children. But they have come around. These days, in part to make up for the long absence, he has found himself working around the house on what he calls a novel-length “honey-do” list.