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A Pirate's View        January 2017

 As I write this message to you in December, winter’s about to begin. Mother Nature, however, already has made winter’s presence known with frigid temperatures and blustery winds—and a chance of some light snow.

   Yet, just as the weather’s cooling off, your alumni association activities are heating up as we welcome 2017.

   Before we look at what’s planned for the new year—including a special announcement about the return of an alumni event and a big change in your alumni dues—let’s look back on 2016.

   Sadly, I must note the passing one truly loyal and passionate Pirate—Polly Pleasant Pence, ‘31, who turned 103 last July. Polly passed Nov. 19. Thank you, Polly!

   On Oct. 14, the 33rd Annual Bean Dinner was held at the Mental Memorial Golf Course at Bolton Field. Around 60 Pirates and guests were in attendance, and they consumed a lot of hot dogs and beans, and I think had a good time.

    All Pirates, we need your help to boost attendance for the 34th Annual Bean Dinner Oct. 14. Invite family, friends, classmates and every Pirate you know—or come solo. We welcome suggestions for entertainment, door prizes or activities. Dig out your old Central photos and keepsakes to share. That would be a lot of fun.  

     On June 11, we’ll welcome the return of the Pirate Picnic. Stay tuned for its location and all the tasty details.

    On July 8, the 34th Annual Golf Outing will tee off at the Foxfire Country Club. We’ll follow the same casual format as the past three years. Ask your family, friends and fellow Pirates to form a foursome—or two or three—and join us on the links this summer.

Your alumni association needs a vice president. To volunteer for the position, contact me (; 614-274-0495) to find out what’s involved.

    Our 2017 alumni officer meeting dates at the Bob Evans Farms Restaurant at Georgesville Square will be Feb. 6, April 3, June 5, Aug. 7, Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, starting at 10:30 a.m. Attend the meeting, then join us for lunch or brunch.

   Ahoy all Pirates—we need your help for our Central High School Alumni Association to survive!

    We must keep repeating it, and we sincerely mean it—we need to increase our membership. We need to recruit new members—and to get former members to return—from all class years, especially the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. 

   We’ve suggested you visit to replace a yearbook. If we have the yearbook you need, we’ll give it to you for free. Contact Jeff Reed, our Outlook editor. If we don’t have it, Jeff will put your request in the newsletter.

   If you haven’t visited the Central/COSI area recently, there’s a lot going on with major road work and the construction of the new National Veterans Memorial & Museum on the site of the old Veterans Memorial, set to open in July 2018.

   On top of that, COSI’s going to build an underground parking garage. The underground garage will replace the old parking lot built on our alma mater’s beloved football field.

   Speaking of COSI, being a COSI volunteer is so very rewarding and lots of fun!

   There’s been a changing of the guard at COSI—CEO David Cheesebrough retired at the end of 2016. Frederick Bently is the new CEO. I’ve yet to meet him, but we saw a video of him. He seems very personable and well educated.

   If you’re planning a reunion or a special class gathering in 2017, and you’d like an alumni officer to be a guest speaker, just give us a holler.

   Keep sending me your interesting letters and e-mails. I always look forward to reading them.

   To all Pirates and their family and friends, your Central alumni officers wish you a very blessed 2017. Happy New Year!


                          Roberta Raines Driscoll, ‘55   

                           CHSAA President