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November 16, 2021:  Smith Family Annual "Christmas" gathering, Spaghetti Factory, Verona Beach, NY

November 13, 2021  Twenty two family members made the trek to Verona Beach for an afternoon of great conversation, great food, and "good" weather. Pictures have been posted in the Photo Gallery, 2021 Family Reunions Album.  We will add more if more become available.

August 25, 2021:  Odds and Ends - News Update
Reunion 2022 at VBSP: Reservation of the South Pavilion at VBSP has been made for Saturday, July 9, 2022!  Additional information will be posted under the Reunion Info link as it becomes available.
Higham Homestead at 418 Floyd Avenue, Rome, NY.  The house built by Joseph Higham and completed in 1888 was lived in by the Higham family until about 1919.  The house was then owned continuously by the Walsworth/Eakin family until 2016 when it was sold.  We have established communications with the current owner and have visited the house for the first time!  It is magnificent!  More tours will be planned for the Fall for those who wish to see the interior.  An album of photos is being assembled and the location of which will be made known to family members when ready.
Smith Family Annual "Christmas" gathering, Saturday, November, 13, 2021.  Miriam Smith Parmelee has announced the scheduling of the gathering at the Spaghetti Factory, Verona Beach, NY, 2:30 P.M. until ~5:00 P.M..  Watch for emails to the larger Woods/Curtiss - Higham -Seubert - Smith list with details about notifying us of your intention to attend.

April 20, 2021:  Family Reunion for July 10, 2021 Cancelled.  After having expected to be able to hold a reunion in 2021 after the cancellation in 2020, we now find it will not be feasible or prudent to hold a reunion at VBSP in 2021.  We will see what happens for 2022.  We will reserve a pavilion for 2022 at the earliest possible time allowed by the Park.  We will keep you apprised of developments via Family Group email messages and an updated Reunion Info page.

As an alternative we will hold a Zoom Virtual Family Reunion on the same date and time as originally scheduled for the reunion this year, Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 12:00 Noon.  Announcement  of meeting sign-in details will be emailed to all on our email list.  Contact me if you have questions.

June 29, 2020Too much time has gone by since the last update of this page!  My Bad!!  However, since last August, periodic emails have been sent with new events that happened in the larger family.  Notifications of several passings and the cancellation of the 2020 VBSP Reunion due to the corona situation should already have been received.  If you did not receive any updates please contact me to make sure I have a current email address for you.

Recently several of our family members have been experimenting with video conferencing through Zoom.  This has been a successful venture and promises to provide us with a means of holding "Virtual Family Reunions" with a larger group from among the nearly 70 family members on my Curtiss/Higham/Seubert/Smith Family Reunion contact list.  Information will be sent via this list to members announcing a schedule of Zoom Meetings.  To assist in getting connected at first, I offer a one-on-one Zoom meeting with you to "talk" you through the connecting procedure.  Once you have connected the next times are pretty transparent.  Please contact me if you are interested now.

We will continue to add photos to the Photo Gallery for existing albums, such as the Ancestors Album, or any Family Album, and encourage you to send photos you want posted otherwise.

August 19, 2019:  60th Anniversary party held for Jan and Jack Higham, 8/10/19 (Anniversary 6/20/19)  Photos are posted from the recent fete arranged by our children.  About 37 attended.  See the Photo Gallery, 60th Anniversary album.  Don't forget to check out all of the albums.  And, if you have pics to add for your own family album, send them this way and I'll post them accordingly.  Many have access to Facebook, but to keep photos with captions for posterity send them along to me. 

July 14, 2019:  Afterglow:  26 attending.  Great weather.  Great Food.  Great company!  Stay tuned for the Fall gathering info and plans for 2010.  See details in Reunion Info.  Check for pictures in Photo Gallery.
July 7, 2019:  6 Days and Counting.  Check Reunion Info.
July 5, 2019:  Reunion attendance as of 6/30 deadline - 27
See Reunion Info link at left for details for numbers of people and food being brought.  Reunion, Saturday July 13, 2019
June 21, 2019: Happy Summer!
                    Three (3) weeks to the Reunion.
Deadline to register, June 30, 2019 (One week away!!)
Get the latest info at Reunion Info link at the left.
May, 8, 2019:  Reunion 2019, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Verona Beach State Park. 
A little more than 60 days until Reunion Time. 
An email will be sent shortly to all on the Reunion Mailing List with pertinent information, including a summary of the food discussion, and other particulars.  Visit the Reunion Info link at the left to keep up to date on registrations, regrets, food items to be brought, and more.

September 15, 2018:  Annual November Family Luncheon in Camden to be held Saturday November 17, 2018.    Send your intentions by November 10 to Miriam or to me.  Cost about the same as in previous years.
July 15, 2018:  Reunion Summary:  Final Attendance - 64  Full details at Reunion Info link at left.  An email message with important information will be sent to Family Group Heads shortly providing a summary of picnic details, and asking for your feedback on the "good and the less than good" of the 2018 Reunion.  We will begin the process of planning for 2019.  Pictures will soon be posted in the Photo Gallery.  Keep checking! 
July 6, 2018:  Tomorrow!
 Numbers at 69. The Reunion Info link page has the latest information on details.  Refer also to your Family Group Head attachments sent by email for who is coming, what they are bringing, celebrations to be noted and more.  Be sure to have your emergency contact list with you.
June 30, 2018:  7 Days to go. 
Numbers at 67. The Reunion Info page (see link at the left) will be updated as new information becomes available from you.
June 24, 2018:  13 Days until Family Reunion 
Registration is at 69 with no additional expected.  An important message was sent today to Family Group Heads with the latest information about Time Schedule Change, Attendance Numbers and Names, and Other Reunion Details.  The Reunion Info page (see link at the left) will be updated as new information becomes available from you.
June 20, 2018:  19 Days until Family Reunion! 
Registration is currently at 65!  I believe this is the largest turnout we have ever had, at least in my memory.  See Reunion Info link at left for details.  This file will be periodically updated as new info becomes available. Watch for emails sent to the Registration List for current information as the date approaches.May 7, 2018:  60 Days until Family Reunion 2018  An email was sent today to more than 60 family members with registration information.  Let me know if you don't receive it, so I can correct any mailing errors.  Follow progress at the Reunion Info link at the left.
April 8, 2018:  89 days until Family Reunion 2018! 
See the most recent Reunion Info in the link at the left.  An email will soon go to all on the reunion mailing list.  Mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend our return to Verona Beach State Park.
January 7, 2018 Looking ahead for this year.  We will return to Verona Beach State Park for the July 7, 2018 Family Reunion.  This change was caused by a doubling of the pavilion rate for2018 at GLSP.  Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend.  Send along ideas for activities and events.

December 2, 2017:  Fall Gathering at Nicole's, November 18.  The annual Smith Family Thanksgiving/Christmas gathering was attended by 21 members.  Pictures can viewed in Photo Gallery 2017 Family Reunions Album.  Link at the left.  Photo album displayed from Bruce Wolhuter of Miller/Wolhuter family, descendants of Charles Cheetham and Ella VanKleek Higham, their son, William Charles and Mary Harvey Higham, and their daughter, Ella Mae Higham and Paul Miller, and their children Alice Miller Wolhuter and George Wolhuter, and William Austin Miller and Eleanor Roberts Miller.  Most of the family were located in St. Louis, MO, in the early 1900s.  Wright Settlement Cemetery Association donation plea from Rome Sentinel article circulated.  Will be sent to all Higham Family descendants. 
October 13, 2017:  Verona Beach State Park for 2018! 
After encountering a doubling in the rental rate at GLSP we have made an "executive decision" to return to VBSP for the July 7, 2018 Family Reunion.  The rate at VBSP has not changed.  A revised Reunion Info page is posted in the link at the left and will be updated as we approach next Summer.  Emails to all family members will also help keep you informed.
July 23, 2017:  All pictures from the 2017 Reunion now posted with captions.  And pictures from 2016 have finally been posted with captions.  More on this in an email to participants!
July 8, 2017, posted 7/11/17:  Final Numbers: 44 
We lost a few and gained a few!  Great Weather!  Great Food!  Great Conversation!  No group photo taken, but captioned candid shots will be in the Photo GallerySee other details in Reunion Info link.
July 7, 2017:  Final Update.  Numbers at 46. 
Email sent to "Family Heads" with picnic attendance, etc. 
See Reunion Info for complete details.
July 4, 2017:  Numbers at 45!
July 2, 2017:  Numbers now at 44!
  Check menu list if you have not yet decided what to bring.  Let me know.  New Reunion Summary to be sent tomorrow.  See Reunion Info for complete details.
June 30, 2017:  Reunion Count at 29.  One week to go! 
All family registrants will receive summary update on attendance, food list and family cost by email
June 12, 2017: Family Reunion at Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, NY, Saturday July 8, 2017, only 26 Days Away.  A reminder email to register will be sent to everyone on the mailing list.  A list of those attending will be included.
June 6, 2017:  In Memoriam:  SAUERZOPF , ELIZABETH H. “BETTY” Age 79 of Horseheads, NY passed away on Tuesday June 6, 2017. Elizabeth was born on August 21, 1937 in Rome, NY, the daughter of the late Wilfred and Mildred Walker Higham of Camden, NY. She was also pre-deceased by her granddaughter Grace Sauerzopf. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s Degree from The State University of New York at Oswego in 1960. Elizabeth was married to Robert C. Sauerzopf on August 28, 1960. They would have celebrated their 57th Wedding Anniversary on August 28, 2017. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads. Mrs. Sauerzopf was a member of The Piecemaker Quilters of Elmira, a member of the Chemung Valley Audubon Society, and was associated with numerous Professional Affiliations. Elizabeth was a retired Teacher from SCT BOCES in Horseheads, NY. Mrs. Sauerzopf is survived by her husband Robert C. Sauerzopf; sons: John Sauerzopf of Apollo, PA and Rev. Dr. Richard C. Sauerzopf of Horseheads , NY; daughter and son-in-law: Katherine and Jay Yuelling of Lindley, NY; grandchildren: Jeffrey Yuelling, Tyler Yuelling, and Charles Knerien; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Jan Higham of Vestal, NY; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Barbara and Robert Snyder of Galax, VA; Aunt Charlotte Caldwell of Rome, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating Elizabeth’s Life at the First United Methodist Church 1034 West Broad Street Horseheads , NY on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 11 AM. Interment in Rural Home Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME, 318 WEST BROAD STREET, HORSEHEADS, NY. Words of Condolence and Memories may be left at The family will provide their own flowers. Those wishing may remember Betty through memorials to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA 2435 State Route 352 Elmira, NY 14903.  Obituary Notice to run in the Elmira Star Gazette on Sunday June 11, 2017, Wednesday June 21, 2017 and Thursday June 22, 2017. Corning Free Leader on Sunday June 11, 2017 and the Rome Daily Sentinel on Tuesday June 13, 2017, and Queen Central News in Camden, NY
May 23, 2017:  Family Reunion at Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, NY, Saturday July 8, 2017, only 45 Days Away!  Look for the registration form in your email, read it carefully, and respond quickly!

August 23, 2016:  A very belated summary of the July Reunion.  My apologies! 
(We have been very, very busy with construction on our home addition).  Final attendance count 40.  See details in Reunion Info at left.  A copy of the group photo with caption has been sent to all families as an attachment.  Reunion 2017 is planned for Green Lakes State Park, Saturday, July 8, 2017.  The park pavilion has been reserved. 
Photos will be soon added to the Photo Gallery.  If you took pix, please send copies to me for the gallery.
July 7, 2016:  Numbers Down to 36.  2 Days and counting.
  Check the latest food list to see what else you may want to bring.  If the family "tariff" is not sufficient to cover the anticipated picnic costs, we may need to up the rate from $3 to $4 per person.  We'll let you know at the picnic.
July 1, 2016:  41 Expected.  8 days and counting. 
The 2016 Reunion Info page has been updated, see link at the left.
June 25, 2016:  Registration Deadline! 
Will you be attending?  Have you sent in your info?  Two weeks and counting!!
April 23, 2016:  Family Reunion, Saturday, July 9, 2016. 
An email has been sent to 67 members of the Curtiss-Higham-Seubert-Smith families with registration information.  The 2016 Reunion Info page has been updated, see link at the left.

Dec. 6, 2015:  Fall (pre-Christmas) Family Reunion at Nicole's:  18 Family members gathered at Nicole's November 21 for the annual Fall Family Gathering.  Pictures are posted in the Photo Gallery under the 2015 Famly Reunions Album (prior Fall gatherings are under the Smith Album).  N.B. All future pictures will appear in the album for the given year.
October 16, 2015:  Pre-Christmas Family Reunion set for November 21, 2015 in Camden.  Mary Taglieri has made arrangements for the annual pre-Christmas gathering at Nicole's in Camden for Saturday, November, 21, 2015.  Let her know your intentions by November 6, 2015.  All inclusive fee of $23 per person, payable on site.  A separate email has been sent to all on the greater family mailing list withn the particulars.
July 18, 2015:  R-Day plus 7!  54 people attended.  See Reunion Infor for complete list.  Great weather! Great food!! Great people!!!  Click on the picture below for an enlarged version.  How many can you identify?  Visit the Photo Gallery link 2015 Family Reunion Album for many more pictures and complete captions.
July 10, 2015:  Tomorrow!!
One name to add (David Higham), and we have a Plan B Site in the event of dangerous weather.  Fresh info at the Reunion Info link.
July 9, 2015:  2 Days and Counting!  A final notice with latest list and an agenda has gone to "Family Heads.  You can see all of the latest info at the Reunion Info link at the left.
July 2, 2015:  9 Days and Counting! 
54 people planning to attend as of today.  A notice has gone out to "Family Heads" with emergency contact info, list of food being brought and lists of celebratory events.  You can see all of the latest info at the Reunion Info link at the left.
June 28, 2015: 13 Days and counting! 
Have you replied with your intentions?  Registration deadline, Today, June 28, 2015.  Look for email with a list of attendees and cell phone numbers contact info.  Check the Reunion Info link at the left for the latest in attendance, food being brought and any other news.
May 12, 2015: Approximately 60 days and counting!  Be sure to return your Reunion Registration to us so we will know about your attendance. (Whether or not you can attend.)  Check the Reunion Info link at the left for the latest in attendance, food being brought and any other news.
January 4, 2015: 2015 Family Reunion to be at Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, again... Date: July 11, 2015.  Mark your calendar now for our gathering in July.  Watch the Reunion Info page for more details as they emerge in coming months.  And keep in touch with Facebook.

August 23, 2014: New Album in Photo Gallery  A new album, Ancestors, has been added to the Photo Gallery which has also been streamlined.  Unused features of the Gallery have been removed, and a link back to this page has been added in the  Coppermine Menu.  Still no need to log in as stated at the left.  Enjoy the new additions and the streamlining.  Send photos to be added or help with IDs.
July 27, 2014:  Pictures Have Captions:  The photos in the Photo gallery (See link at left) are now captioned.  If you have any to add, send them along.
July 22, 2014:  Reunion - 10 Days after!  Final attendance 46.  See the final list and other details in the Reunion Info link at the left.
July 10, 2014:  One day left!  Attendance is at 49 +/-.  Weather looks to be great.  An emergency phone list has been emailed to all traveling families.  See Reunion Info link at the left for complete details.  See you there.
June 30, 2014:  Registration deadline has passed, but if you plan to attend, let us know.  Attendance currently at 45... A very nice turnout.  See Reunion Info link at the left for complete details.
June 9, 2014:  33 Days and counting!  See latest attendance and food list at Reunion Info link at the left.
June 1, 2014: 2014 Reunion Info:  July 12, 2014 Six Weeks minus 1 day and counting.  Have you signed up yet or sent your regrets?  Take time to do it now.
May 18, 2014:  2014 Reunion Info: The latest is posted on the Reunion Info page.  See link at the left.  Reminder:  The reunion this year has been moved to Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, since the Verona Beach site was unavailable.  Green Lakes offers a wider range of facilities, so check it out for more detail.
Get your Reunion registration in early with your plans for attending, or regrets if you can't attend.  Be sure to give us all events in your family that we can add to the celebration list.

November 8, 2013:  2014 Reunion Info:  A decision has been made to change the location for 2014 to Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, NY.  See reunion Info link at left for more.
July 8, 2013:  A Great Day, Great Food, Great Company!!! Final numbers under Reunion Info, and all the pix in the Photo Gallery, 2013 Family Album.  Captions to be added very soon.
July 3, 2013:  Some changes...  More attending, see latest list.  Numbers now at 47, with guests and friends.  Rain or Shine at VBSP.  But, we have your cell number, just in case.
July 1, 2013:  5 Days to go.  Numbers same. Any change in food?  Do we have your cell number in case of bad weather?
June 28, 2013:  One Week to go.  Numbers are at 35 and an email message has been sent to all "Family Heads" with latest info about the reunion.  Check the latest info on the Reunion Info page at left.
June 16, 2013:  3 Weeks to go (less a day!) until Reunion time.
Registration deadline date, today, Sunday, June 16.  Numbers now at 38.  Check the names on the Reunion Info page at left.
June 6, 2013:  4 Weeks to Go!  Have you replied with your intentions?  If coming send the registration form.  If not coming send regrets and a greeting to everyone. 
Registration Deadline June 16, 2013, Fathers Day!
May 19, 2013:  Seven weeks to reunion!  4 weeks to registration deadline, June 16, 2013.  Have you sent in your registration.  In answer to a question... There should be swimming, if the lake cooperates.
April 28, 2013:
An email has been sent to all Family Clan members, for whom we have a good email address, that contains the Family Reunion Registration Form for the 2013 Reunion.  The Reunion Info page has been updated for the 2013 Reunion.  Send your reply as soon as you can.  Keep checking this page for updates.
See link at the left.

July 12, 2012:  Pictures Posted.  See Photo Gallery at left.  More pictures needed.  Did you take any pix at the party?  Send them to Jack for the Gallery (See 2012 Reunion Album).
July 09, 2012:
  "And A Good Time Was Had By All,"  So said one attendee.  With a last minute change of venue to Camden, and some bad weather along the way, 49 intrepid souls managed to attend.  Lots of good food and camaraderie See the details in ReunionInfo at the left. 
A follow up email will be sent to the Reunion List.  Watch for it. 
Check out Reunion Photos in the Photo Gallery at the left.
July 6, 2012:
  Weather may become a factor tomorrow.  There is a good chance we may have thunderstorms at or near Noon.  If so, and a decision needs to be made to change the location of the Picnic for safety sake, we will call you by cell phone to let you know before Noon.  The alternate location will be at the United Church of Camden (Presbyterian) Church Social Hall in Camden, corner of Main and Church Sts., Routes 13 and 69.  Continue toward Verona Beach SP, unless you have heard that we have changed the location.  Call me tonight if you want more info (see below for number).
July 5, 2012:
  Regrets from Steve and Arlene.  Numbers at 49.
July 4, 2012:
  Happy Independence Day!!  Three days to go.
July 3, 2012:
  A couple of regrets received.  Numbers at 51.
July 1, 2012:  6 Days to Go!!
  If you received the message about any of the info needed on the Reunioninfo page, including names and addresses of people attending, and dish to pass, please let me know immediately what your answers are.
June 29, 2012:
One week to the EveNumbers at ~54.  Lots of good food planned.  Any ideas for entertainment?  Send them along.
June 28, 2012:
  Numbers approaching 50.  Largest reunion in several years.  4 generations of Seubert clan attending!  Check details under Reunioninfo at the left.
June 24, 2012: 
No recent contacts.  Numbers at about 40-ish with a few ??s.  Looking for good weather.  Long range says hot (89
°)and partly sunny.
June 18, 2012:  Time's awastin'
if you haven't sent your intentions for the reunion! 
   If not coming, let us know what you are up to...
   If attending, who is coming (name, address, phone, email); and
      what you will bring.
   Either way, let us know of celebrations or commemorations.
June 2, 2012:  2012 Reunion, July 7.  A little more than a month away. Have you replied yet with your intentions to attend, what you plan to bring, and ideas?  Or regrets, if unable to attend?  We expect to have a portable sound system available with a computer, so we are looking for ideas from the younger set for some entertainment.  Projection equipment also available, so CDs, DVDs, etc., needed.
May 8, 2012: The Reunion Info page has been updated.  If you note a celebration or commemoration missing from the list, let me know. Check the link at the left.
April 20, 2012: An email has been sent to all Family Clan members, for whom we have a good email address, that contains the Family Reunion Registration Form for the 2012 Reunion.  The Reunion Info page has been updated for the 2012 Reunion.  Send your reply as soon as you can.  Keep checking this page for updates.
See link at the left.
April 20, 2012: The Photo Gallery has been updated with pictures taken at the military funeral for John Higham Mack, who passed away on 02/13/2012.  His burial service was 04/13/2012 in Woodstock, NY.  We are continuing to rely on regular communication via Facebook.  Some of us are not connected with this resource, so send your family news to us anyway and we can relay it to those connected.

November, 20, 2011:  Reservations have been made for 2012 at Verona Beach State Park for Saturday July 7, 2012, Mary Taglieri confirms.  The Reunion this year will not include cooking on site.  This will save time and cost and allow everyone to participate more fully in conversation.  Keep watch for Reunion Details in early Spring.
November 26, 2011: Fall (Thanksgiving/Christmas) Gathering of Kinfolk at Katie & Karl's, Camden on Saturday for a buffet noonish meal.  Becca has made arrangements.  $14 per person.
Recipes Needed.  Jan Rung Abrams puts out a call for family recipes for possible Family Cookbook.  Bring to Saturday Lunch or send to Jan.
Abigail Needs Help: Miriam Smith Parmelee sends a request for financial help for Abigail for European travel.  See Smith Clan for details.
July 18, 2011: Picnic plus 9 days.  Great weather and plenty of wind, so the beach algae problem was not a concern.  However, no swimming.  Total attendance: 40.  See reunion Info for details.
Pictures are needed from the picnic.  Did you take pix?  If so, send copies (electronic or paper) to me so they can be added to the Photo Gallery.
A survey will be prepared and sent to clan heads to assess this event and to look for ideas for the future gatherings.
July 7, 2011:  2 days and holding.  Aunt Miriam Smith now unable to attend, so new total is at 40.
July 6, 2011:  Only 3 days!!
July 4, 2011:  Only 5 days!! 
The attendance numbers are at 41, and the weather prediction seems to be favorable.
See the Reunion Info for all the details.
June 27, 2011: Only 12 days until the reunion.  If you have not replied, call or email us immediately with your plans and updates.  See the Reunion Info link for the latest on the details.

July 13, 2010: Picnic seemed to be a success.  Great weather.  Great food.  Great People.  Attendance final count 48.  All pictures in the Photo Gallery (see link at the left below).
July 6, 2010:
  Attendance now at 49.  Will we break 50?  
July 5, 2010:
  Attendance steady.  A couple of menu changes for balance.
July 2, 2010: 
Attendance now at 47.
June 28, 2010:  Attendance steady as she goes!
June 26, 2010: 
Attendance at 43.
June 24, 2010:
Numbers of attending are up (39 as of today), but many still not heard from.  Planning to attend?  Let us know!! 
             Check out Reunion Info link at the left below.
June 16, 2010:
  Much news.  For now, all here.  After the Picnic Reunion we will flesh out the Clan Pages.
Get Well Wishes: Mary Lou Costello Maynard, recovering from recent surgery; Keith Watkin undergoing radiation treatment; Mary Taglieri, following hip replacement; Miriam Smith, following a short hospital stay with CHF; Richard Sauerzopf, following successful open heart surgery to correct valve problem;
Graduations, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.:  See Reunion Info Page
Reunion Info, 07/10/2010: 
See Reunion Info for Picnic Details;
January 13, 2010:
Updates added to the 2009 Summary.
January 4, 2010:
A Summary of 2009 (A little late!)

Please send corrections or additions to the info below. Check the Photo Gallery for latest Photos, and from the recent reunions. Send more pix!
: Ben & Ann Higham Hughes 15th Wedding Anniversary; Dan Higham completes term as National Vice-Chief, Order of the Arrow, having made 42 visits to about 20 states and covered nearly  74,000 miles; Katie Higham completes 5˝ year Nursing program at D'Youville College, and returns to begin work at Wilson Hospital in January; Mary Lou Costello Maynard has 2nd knee surgery on right knee (Left one done last year); great granddaughter, Olivia, born in Maryland to Laura, daughter of Julie; Birth: Clare Therese Lukaszewski born 12/16 to Luisa (Deanda) and Joe Lukaszewski;
November: 70th Birthday for Richard Taglieri; Fall Smith (and friends) Party at K&K's Camden; (See Photo gallery)
October: 70th Birthday for Steve Smith; 45th Wedding Anniversary for Roberta and Bernie Neu
September: Wedding of Doug and Donna Smith Brinkman.  Uncle Dave gives away the bride, Dr. Donna;
George W. Rung, Jr. passed away in Florida, 09/15.  Memorial held in October at Forest Park, Camden.
August:  Jane Higham completes internship at Syracuse VA Hospital; accepts full-time position as Clinical Psychologist;
: 2009 Family Reunion held at VBSP more than 50 attend (See Photo Gallery); 70th Birthday for Dave Smith (at Reunion) (See Photo Gallery);
June: Births: Jesse Smith to Merrit and Patty (Contreras) Smith on 06/10; Eli Glazer to Mary (Higham) and Mark Glazer, 06/11; 
High School Graduations: Grace Sauerzopf; Abigail Parmelee; 50th Wedding Anniversary for Jack & Jan Higham.  Party in July; (See Photo Gallery)
April: 40th Birthday for Mary Higham Glazer; 29th Wedding Anniversary for Keith and Jane Curtiss Watkin;
February: Wedding in Florida of Michael & Michelle Fitzgerald

July 9, 2009:
 2 days and counting!  Nice crowd expected.  Weather is predicted to be: "Windy with afternoon showers and thunderstorms likely. Hazy and humid with highs in the mid 80s.
"   So, warm, windy, and maybe wet in the afternoon.  As the Scouts say, "Be Prepared!" 
Check the food list if you haven't decided what to bring.  A nice selection indicated, but some old time favorites are missing, so far.
July 4, 2009:
Happy 4th of July everyone.  Number at attendees is at 54!  This is the largest reunion of recent memory.  One week from today.  See you there.  If you have questions, check out the Reunion Info for specifics, or contact me otherwise.

June 28, 2009: 
Two weeks, less a day, and counting!  Numbers attending are at about 48 with a couple of probablys included.  Still haven't heard from several.  Have you sent in your Registration Form?  See Form link below.  Waiting to get the latest news from correspondents to update the Clan Pages. 
June 11, 2009:
The Count Down Begins-- One month to Reunion July 11 at VBSP.  Have you sent in your Picnic Registration Form?  If not go to FormWe will update the Clan News as replies to the Picnic Form are received .  Be sure to send in your form whether or not you can attend the reunion.  All Archive material has been removed but has been saved.  In the event you want to retrieve something from the past contact me.
October 22, 2008:
Family gathering planned for Satuday December 20, 2008 at Katie & Karl's.  Buffet style.  Becca Smith has sent emails to most everyone about the event.  Let her know your plans.  As more details about price, etc. become available, check here.  Reservation has been made for the South Pavilion at Verona Beach S.P. for the 2009 Family Reunion, Saturday, July 11, 2009.  Put it on your calendar.

Curtiss Archives:
June 22, 2008:  Keith celebrated his 75th anniversary of graduation from Camden High School on June 14, along with Jane and three of his classmates, and 230 other Alums.  In a write up commemorating his life activities since high school,  Keith describes his early days in high school and college as a drummer.  Seems like he is still keeping up quite a beat!
An email from Stephen Curtiss:  "We here in California have just become aware of the family reunion and regret that, having visited in September of this past year, we will not be able to attend. I am the great grandson of Hiram Curtiss, grandson of Ward, and son of Richard who spent several summers in his youth in Camden on the farm. We live in the San Jouquin Valley in California in the same town as my father who is 88. I have two sons and three grandsons and would love to attend a reunion in the not too distant future." Steve Curtiss
June 16, 2007:  The Curtiss Clan was well represented at the Camden Alumni Banquet.  Attending were:  Keith and Jane Curtiss Watkin, Carol Curtiss (celebrating her 30th HS Anniversary Reunion); and Chris Curtiss Rivers, Class of 1979. 
January 25, 2007: Jane reported on December 31 that Keith was improving, following his earlier surgery.  Now he needs to gain some weight.

Higham Archives:
June 22, 2008:  John Mack contacted us with the information that Samuel Alexander (Zandy) McLeod, husband of Lois Mack McLeod, passed away on June 15, 2008, as a result of a recently diagnosed cancer.  The McLeod's home is in Durham, NC.
Richard Sauerzopf graduated from Bexley Hall Seminary, Columbus, OH, on May 24, 2008, and will be ordained in the Fall as an Episcopalian Priest in the Michigan Diocese in Detroit.  He has since been offered a position for the coming academic year at Michigan State University in Lansing for a Post Doctorate Fellowship.  Pictured at the left is Richard with another grad and Richard's mom, Betty, looking on.  For more pictures of the graduation in Ohio and of Richard's recent sermon in Columbus, visit the link that follows:
Katie Higham, daughter of Jim and Margaret Higham, graduated from D'Youville College, Buffalo, on May 17, 2008, in a ceremony at Kleinhans Music Hall. The family is pictured outside the Hall (Click on photo for larger view.).  During her college years she was coxswain on the rowing crew.  She will continue studies to earn her Masters Degree this coming year.
The funeral for Mildred W. Higham was held Saturday, April 26, 2008 in Camden.  Dr. Richard Sauerzopf officiated.  Delivering readings were:  Daniel Higham; David Higham; and Arik Foley.
Madeline Mack, wife of John Mack, died on April 14, 2008.  She had contracted a flu infection and seemed to be recovering, but developed pneumonia and was unable to survive it.  Her funeral was conducted in White Plains on April 24, 2008.
March 14, 2008 -  Grandma Mildred passed away peacefully February 29, 2008.  She had contracted pneumonia and just didn't have the strength to fight it off.  A preliminary obituary ran in the Elmira, Binghamton, Rome and Camden papers shortly afterward.  A complete obituary follows:

HIGHAM Mildred W
. Age 100, formerly of Horseheads, NY, Johnson City, NY and Camden, NY, passed away on Friday, February 29, 2008, at Chemung County Nursing Facility, Elmira, NY. Mildred was born March 11, 1907, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Arthur and Emma Newman Walker.
Mildred was raised and educated in Camden. She married Wilfred Joseph Higham, July 25, 1934 in Richland, NY. He pre-deceased her on January 1, 1983. She was also pre-deceased by brother, Elwin in 1987, and his wife, Rita; brother Elmer in 1988, and his wife Stella; and brothers in-law, Erwin Philpott, and Edward Caldwell.
Mildred was a long-time member of Camden United Methodist Church; was a retired telephone operator for NYNEX, and was a member of Telephone Pioneers. She volunteered numerous hours to several organizations for the betterment of her community. She loved her family and friends and treasured the time she spent with each and every one of them. Mildred was a true matriarch who was loved and respected by all. While she moved her home in 1989 from Camden to the Southern Tier of New York to be near her children, Mildred remained a loyal Camdenite, visiting her relatives and friends several times each year until she was no longer able to travel. Ever the telephone operator, she remained in telephone contact with these people until she was no longer able to converse on the phone.
Mrs. Higham is survived by: her son and daughter-in-law, Jack & Janet Higham, Vestal, NY; her daughter and son-in-law, Betty & Bob Sauerzopf, Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, their spouses (and children): Joseph and Linda Higham (Laurel), Patterson, NY; James and Margaret Higham (Catherine, Daniel, and David), Vestal, NY; John and Cathleen Higham (Rachel, Jacob, Nicholas, Thomas, Julia, and Madison), Cape Coral, FL; Edward and Susan Higham Foley (Andrew and Arik), Vestal, NY; Benjamin and Ann Higham Hughes (Riley, Joseph, and Samuel), Manlius, NY; Mark and Mary Higham Glazer, Vestal, NY; Jane Higham (Andrew and Timothy Awad), Delmar, NY; James and Joan Higham Entwistle (Tyler, Justin, and Cole), Rochester, NY; John Sauerzopf (Grace), Jeannette, PA; Richard Sauerzopf, Columbus, OH; Jay and Katherine Sauerzopf Yuelling (Jeffrey), Corning, NY; sisters: Ruth Philpott and Charlotte Caldwell, both of Rome, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends, including her care givers at Chemung County Nursing Facility. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Chemung County Nursing Facility and especially the 4th floor staff for their compassionate and loving care of their mother and grandmother, Mildred W. Higham. A private memorial service was held on March 8, 2008 at First United Methodist Church, Horseheads, NY, with the Rev. Dr. Robert O. Sherburne officiating.
The Funeral Service for Mildred will be held at LaRobardiere Funeral Home, 109 Main Street, Camden, NY, Saturday, April 26, 2008. Calling hours will be 11:00 A.M. followed by the service at Noon. Mildred’s grandson, Dr. Richard Sauerzopf, will officiate. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Camden, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camden United Methodist Church, or to a charitable organization of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad Street, Horseheads, NY.
January 29, 2008 -  In his Christmas note, John Mack indicates he is doing well following the kidney surgery.  He has now undergone cataract surgery in one eye and will have the other eye done subsequently.  He looks forward to the Reunion in July.
Grandma Mildred keeps amazing the CCNF Staff.  She is regularly eating in the Dining Room, feeds herself pretty well, and is certain to make known her wishes, if things aren't the way she wants them.
Richard Sauerzopf, home for the holiday break from Seminary in Columbus, OH, will complete his studies this semester, and will be ordained at some later date in Detroit.
August 22, 2007:  Grandma Mildred is still sleeping a lot, but has responded, has talked some, and seems to be making some improvements.  Her caregivers say she is "One tough cookie!"  Recently she announced to Betty that she needed to get out of there and get back to work.  Most of her eating is by straw, with some food taken by spoon.  She is particularly fond of a vanilla shake drink that is heavily fortified.
July 2, 2007:  Grandma Mildred has declined substantially in the past 2 weeks.  She has been sleeping a lot and is generally not talking and interacting.  She may have been suffering from an infection at first, and may also have been troubled by a medication reaction with her stomach.  She is resting comfortably, however, and taking some food, but has lost some weight.  The Nursing Facility Caregivers are doing an outstanding job with her.  She has probably suffered some mini-strokes.
Mark Glazer completed three more peaks in the Adirondacks this past weekend, closing in on the completion of the full 46.  He expects to be an Adirondack 46er by Summer's end.
June 23, 2007:  Vestal High Seniors Andy Foley and Dan Higham will receive their diplomas at the Vestal Commencement exercises to be held at the Binghamton University Events Center.  Andy will enter Broome Community College in the Fall.  Dan will enter SUNY Oswego in the Fall.  Rachel Higham, Cape Coral, FL, graduated recently from Home School.  She plans to enter college in the Fall.  When more plans are available for her, we'll let you know.  These three Higham offspring are separated in age by 11 days.  Andy is the son of Ted and Sue Foley Higham; Dan is the son of Jim and Margaret Bills Higham; and Rachel is the daughter of John and Cathy Foster Higham.
June 2007:  Dan Higham, son of Jim and Peg Higham, was one of 21 Seniors awarded a Student Community Service scholarship of $1000 by NYS Senator Tom Libous and WBNG-TV. 
May 22, 2007: 
Dr. Richard Sauerzopf, a Seminary Student at Bexley Hall, Columbus, OH,  wrote:  Dear friends, Here is a link to my Ascension Sunday sermon, which I had the honor of giving at Trinity Church, in downtown Columbus this last Sunday (May 20, 2007).  It is the first sermon I have ever delivered at a principal Sunday service.  It is not exactly a barn burner, but I am glad to think that it was at least well received.  Peace, Richard
May 5, 2007:  Joe Hughes, son of Ben and Ann Higham Hughes, celebrated his 1st Communion at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville.
April 28, 2007: The Carousel Harmony Chorus, Jan Higham's Barbershop group, won 1st place for small choruses at the Regional Competition in Syracuse.
Seubert Archives:
June 22, 2008: 
Mary Lou finally had back surgery to correct spinal stenosis, having suffered the discomfort long enough!  She reports she is gaining strength every day and hopes to attend the July Reunion. 
January 29, 2008 -  Doug Burch, Virginia's son, replied to Mildred's Christmas Letter, informing us that Virginia passed away November 15, 2007 in Queensbury, where she had been residing with Doug.
June 15, 2007:  Mary Lou was unable to attend the Camden Alumni Banquet, but sent her regrets.  She also indicated George had passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Beaumont, CA, on January 21, 2007.
Smith Archives:
June 29, 2008:  Ruthanne Smith Deanda Ruthanne Smith Deanda, 67, of Glendale, AZ, surrounded by her family, was called to her heavenly home June 25th, 2008, after battling ALS for 5 years. She joins her parents, Ralph & Jane Smith, grandparents Ray & Mary Higham and Leland & Louese Smith, father-in-law Victor Deanda, and son-in-law Jeff Shepple, in God's loving embrace. She was born in Westdale, NY in 1941. After college, she joined the Air Force where she met and married the love of her life, Antonio. As an Air Force wife, she moved her family around the world and back with a patriots heart. Always full of joy and laughter, she loved to share stories and tons of family pictures. Deeply loving, she gave her time to her family and church community. Faithfully, she devoted her time to the Lay Carmelite Order, Knights of Columbus, and enjoyed sharing her Rosary collection. She is survived by her adoring husband of almost 43 years, Antonio; her life's greatest gifts, her 4 children, Steven (Maria) Deanda, Catherine Shepple, Luisa (Joseph) Lukaszewski, and Elizabeth (Michael) Hudspeth; her 2 step-children, Victor Deanda and Debbie Deanda; her 10 Grandchildren who were her hearts delight; brother R. Steven (Arlene) Smith, sisters Roberta (Bernie) Neu, Mary (Richard) Taglieri, Miriam (Jim) Parmelee; her aunt, Miriam Smith, and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. All services will be at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 5525 W. Acoma Rd, Glendale. Visitation will be Friday June 27 from 5-7pm, with Prayer at 7 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday June 28 at 10 am, with Internment to follow at Phoenix Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in her memory be made to the Arizona Chapter of ALS at 4643 E. Thomas Rd., Suite 1 Phoenix AZ 85018-7740 or through her fund via this website: My Ruthie, Mom, Sis, Grandma D, Aunt Ruth, Dear Friend, you are our hero. You are dearly missed, but we are eternally grateful to have you watching over and guiding us from Heaven.
Published in The Arizona Republic on 6/28/2008.
June 25, 2008:  Mary T called this morning with the information that Ruthie passed away early this morning in AZ.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but anticipated for Saturday June 28.  She suggests people may wish to donate to ALS of Arizona in Ruthie's memory.  The link to the ALS web site can be found at Ruthie's web site, As soon as other information becomes available we will post it here.  The funeral will be held at St. Raphael's Church, Saturday at 10 A.M.
Mary indicated she, Steve, Roberta, and Miriam and their spouses plan to fly out for the funeral. 
June 22, 2008:  Word from Richard Sauerzopf from his mother that he was in Arizona, June 15-18, and had the opportunity to visit Ruthie and Tony.  He greatly enjoyed the visit.
January 30, 2008 -  A call today from Steve to report he had a "heart event" starting last Friday evening at work.  Aspirin and rest and symptoms subsided, but then returned.  More aspirin and a trip to the hospital in Watertown.  Quick assessment that he had suffered a "heart event" and would be transferred at his request to Crouse-Irving in Syracuse where he would see his cardiologist.  Ambulance ride to Syracuse, more assessment, then catheterization, then two stents placed removing the problem.  He returned home Tuesday with orders to rest for a while.  He says he feels good and will see the doctor in a couple of weeks for follow up.  In the meantime he is taking a closer look at retirement.
January 29, 2008 - 
Mary T. reports:
Many of you know that the web site for my sister, Ruthie, has been down for some time.  Due to some computer problems, Dr. Barry lost it for awhile.  He has worked very hard to get it back up and running and it now is available again!!  However, he no longer can use  The new web site is   -  check it out!  Some of the previous messages that were sent to Ruthie have been lost.  So, please, if you see your message is missing, send another one.  Or send a new one.  She will see it!! 
I can't tell you how much these messages mean to Ruthie.  This disease, ALS, is a horrible thing.  She now is only able to open and shut her eyes with some effort.  But she still can smile a little.  She is still clear of mind so anything that can keep her spirits up is a wonderful thing!
Ruthie's daughter, Cathy Shepple sends the following:  Hello family! Hello friends of Aunt Mary & Uncle Richard!!  Our family thanks you for your prayers for Mom. She can still nod and shake her head but the movements are sometimes very slight and that sometimes seems to take some effort depending on how tired she is. She has been sleeping a lot lately but perks up for us when we visit.
She told me yesterday that she feels that it is just the progression of the disease, but she is not going anywhere. I watch a televised Mass with her on Sunday mornings that is broadcast live from our cathedral here in Phoenix. She spells out what she needs with the use of an alphabet board.  I am not much of a comedian, but I try to crack jokes to get her to laugh. A big smile usually crosses her face when Dad comes in.
An answering machine is setup in her room so we can call her and she can hear us. She especially enjoys getting messages from the grandkids (HINT!!HINT!!).
Her number is 602-393-5745.
We have not been able to get on the internet in her room since the family doesn't have dial up anymore. I am working on wireless options but in the mean time, 
please send your messages and we'll print and share them with Mom. We'll also be having Dr. Barry put some updates on the website concerning happenings on the AZ ALS website. I am attaching a recent picture of Mom & Dad for you to enjoy! 
Aunt Miriam Smith has moved.  Now residing at a senior living community, St. Johns Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Drive West, Rochester, NY 14620.
August 22, 2007:  Bernie and Roberta are moving back to New York State, returning to Freedom Village, Lakemont, NY, where they will operate a Bed and Breakfast.  Bernie will retire, fully, in about 10 months.  Meanwhile he is recovering from shoulder surgery.  They are looking forward to being with their children and grandchildren and near relatives.
July 2, 2007:  Mary and Richard announced they are in the process of moving to their new home.  Mary says, "Our new address is 282 Penn Lane, Rochester, NY 14625.  We are actually in Penfield, but have a Rochester ZIP."
June 15-16, 2007:
   It is on a sad note that I wish to inform of the passing away of of our son-in-law Jeffrey Shepple, loving husband, of our daughter Catherine Shepple from injuries received in the crash of a "quad" vehicle on the outskirts of the town of Maricopa. Funeral arrangements are pending at St Timothy Church. Please keep the Shepple and Deanda Families in your thoughts, prayers, and for that we Thank You.   In Faith and Love for Our Lord Jesus,  Tony and Ruthanne

This is a request for prayers and thoughts for my family.  My niece Cathy (see above) lost her husband, Jeff Shepple, in an ATV accident on Thursday.  This is one of Ruthie's sons-in-law.  We are all very shocked and very sad about this.  Jeff was a great guy.  But as always, we have many, many blessings to hold on to.  Especially the love of each other and all of you.  Thank you all so much for that!  Ruthie has become much weaker lately.  Her ALS is taking its toll.  They did tell her about Jeff right away.  She is still clear of mind and must be kept informed of life outside of her hospital room.  Since I went to Arizona to see all of them in April, and since Richard and I are in the middle of moving, I can't go out right now.  But no doubt will go in the fall. 
Thanks to all of you for being with us through another tough time.
Love, Mary & Richard
May 4, 2007:  From Mary, dated 04/29/06: 
Yes, there is news from the Smith clan!
[Ed. Note:  See January 8, 2007 below for Mary's initial piece about Rita Anne.]On Jan. 6, 2007 Rita Anne Lukaszewski was born.  She is Luisa & Joe's 5th child and Ruthie & Tony's 9th grandchild!  She is beautiful (of course)! There is a picture of Ruthie & Rita on the web site . The Anne in her name is after Grandma Ruthanne.
Also - Dave & Evelyn Smith are now proud grandparents!  Merritt & Pat had a girl on Jan. 17, 2007.  Her name is Brianna Vincentia Smith.  We saw her when we were out in Arizona.  She is beautiful, too, and they are very happy! 
Next - Rob & Megan Neu had a boy on April 18, 2007.  His name is Brice Edward and all is well there, too!  This makes Roberta & Bernie's 5th grandchild.