Class News - 1950s
Herman Welch B.S. '56, mayor of the coastal city of Waldport, felt a special responsibility to the people of his community on December 2, 2007, as a powerful Pacific storm--rivaling the storied Columbus Day storm of 1962--headed for Oregon. While residents up and down the coast battened down, Welch met with key people to check on the readiness of road crews, of generators to keep water and sewer plants operating, and of the fire and ambulance teams. Via radio announcements, he urged the city's 2,000-plus residents to take the storm warnings seriously.
Waldport came through the large storm reasonably well, Welch reports, despite being without power for 30 hours. The town had no deaths or serious injuries and escaped major damage. He credits city work crews for keeping roads clear during the high windstorm (winds topped 100 miles per hour in parts of the coast), and first response teams for meeting the community's emergency needs. In addition, low ocean tides spared Waldport and other coastal cities from major flooding.
Constance Sykes B.A. retired in 2006 as director of music at Shoregate United Methodist Church, where she had directed the Chancel Choir since 1985. She had also directed the choir at First United Church in Eastlake from 1969 to 1975. Sykes lives in Willowick, Ohio.
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