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  1. skymama

    Nate Pond, D-69

    Nate in a Noreseman cockpit.
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    Nate Pond, D-69

    Nate in 1960's gear.
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    Steve Kalvelage

    Steve Kalvelage is presented with a statue by Dick Nazarro recognizing his selection as the 1980 Soldier of the Year for A/1/11th Special Forces Group, Fort Devens, Massachusetts"
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    Steve Kalvelage

    (Copied from another source) Steven Charles Kalvelage, 65, of Weeki Wachee, Florida died at home on October 31, 2019. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the second child of Alban and Lois (Beierwaltes) Kalvelage. Steven entered the Army at the age of 17, becoming a member of Special Forces. He served in Central and South America, Northern Europe and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom after 9/11. He retired in 2003 after thirty years proudly serving his country. He worked at Natick Labs in Massachusetts for the Department of Defense designing cold weather gear and parachutes for the U.S. army. He attended the University of Lowell for engineering and graduated from the FAA Academy in Oklahoma to become an air traffic controller in Boston and New Hampshire. Steven spent many years as a NRA instructor in NH and Florida. He built his home himself on Great Bay in Durham, NH where he enjoyed boating and flying his Cessna airplane. He is predeceased by his father, Alban Kalvelage. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Alison Kalvelage of Weeki Wachee, FL; mother, Lois Kalvelage of Spring Hill, FL; 3 siblings, James Kalvelage and his wife, Vicki of New Mexico; Karen Riesbeck and her husband, William of IL; Kathy Alvins and her husband, Mitch of Brooksville, FL; beloved niece, Molly Ciszewski of Massachusetts; and many other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends throughout the country. Steven will be greatly missed by all who knew him. ---------------- (Additional notes provided by one of Steve's friends): Steve served 30 years Special Forces A Team--Operational Detachment Alphas (ODA). He ran the student instruction program at Pepperell Skydiving Center with Rich Sentner in 1980's. He absolutely adored his wife, Alison, and constantly expressed his appreciation for her loving support through the many stages of his medical treatments the past couple of years.
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    Nate Pond, D-69

    Here is a link to an article about Nate. Sounds like a great guy!
  6. I have an update from Jimmy's daughter (October 19th). She said he is making great progress. He is eating solid food now and his trach is out. He is able to walk with the help of a walker. He is anxious to leave the hospital and go home but he still needs some rehab. They are hoping he can head to rehab next week!
  7. On October 7th, his friend, Brian, posted this on FB: Update on Jimmy T. I visited with him today , Monday , 10/7/2019. He was sitting up in bed and we were able to converse lightly through his device in his neck . It is challenging and frustrating for him. I've seen him happier , but it was good to see him in an improved state. He is pretty angry right now at his predicament , hopefully this will improve with time. As far as visitors are concerned , I quote, " I don't want to see NOBODY ". He is assuredly on the mend and he is ready to go home right now. ( we just need to find a three mile long feeding tube and I think we rig rig something up for him)
  8. Hey case you haven't heard, Jimmy Tavino needed emergency open heart surgery on September 15th, and had five stints put in. He's been in the ICU at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY ever since. They are hoping he can move to a regular room soon. As of now, he's still on a heart and lung machine. So, please do whatever you do to send out good juju to the universe to help him heal. If you know Jimmy, you know that he would be the first one to do it for you! He's one heck of a guy. If you have anything to say to him that you want him to read when he gets out, go ahead and post to this thread. I'll start... Him. Him...fuck him! (I hope you've been in the sport long enough to know that's an endearing comment to make to a skydiver!)
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    Jack Ceman (jceman)

    Oh no! This makes me very, very sad. I just saw him post to FB on July 14th that he was celebrating ten years since his bypass, and he felt great. You know how there are people who genuinely smile and seem happy to see you? That was Jack. He always had a corny joke and a smile on his face. I have so much love for him and Lynn, the love of his life. (Photo from a picture his granddaughter posted on FB.)
  10. skymama

    Where did my post go?

    After researching, the post you're referencing doesn't exist anywhere, not even in the Recycling Bin. But, sure, I'll ban you for your attack on the Moderators.
  11. You both are right, there is a grey area to some of the advertising rules. We've had situations come up like this in the past. If it was posted monthly frequently, it would certainly cross the line. But, since it is a just a weekend event and it involves helping people be safer, I will let it stay. Thanks for the help!
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    Blue skies Marianne (blueskyserenity)

    I cannot even handle this news today. One of our old school dz.commers who was such a shining and bright light in our community. It was always so great to see her at the Fitz boogie every year. She was such a sweet woman, and so, so smart. Her death is so not fair.
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    California in August

    At any Florida dropzone, August is a pretty miserable month to jump in, not gonna lie. You'll have a dry heat in CA, but a humid, wet heat in FL. If you like to sweat the toxins out of your body, Florida in August is the place for you! There will most likely be afternoon thunderstorms every day. They do tend to pass quickly, so that's a plus. Locals at FL dropzones tend to get on the first loads of the day, and stop jumping in the early afternoon and head indoors or go do water sports. So, if you're into the beach, kayaking, paddleboarding, etc., Sebastian could work for you if you plan your day accordingly.
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    What do you think of the new format?

    I was like, whoa...I can't figure out the new posts to moderate! But, I think I was able to fix that by doing to the "Mark all posts as read" link at the top of the forums, and the blue dots cleared out. So, try that if you're trying to clear the blue dots.