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Lessons on living life to the fullest
A tribute to educators Albert and Helen
tribute in PDF format.
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I was a high school sophomore when my parents moved their 10 children -- then
ranging in age from five to 19 -- from the outskirts of Albany, NY to the
foothills of the Adirondacks during the Thanksgiving school break in 1968.
Assured by my closest friends that we’d stay in touch, I embraced the transition
from a modest Eisenhower-era abode in a modern suburb just off the busy
Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham to a splendid Victorian-era residence on Church
Avenue in the historic Village of Ballston Spa.
How I welcomed the prospect of being able to walk to and from school rather than
riding buses as I had done all of my life! At last I’d be able to join clubs and
participate in extracurricular activities knowing that my own two feet could get
me there and back.
My excitement about starting classes at my new school only heightened after
learning that Al and Helen Eisenhauer, two of
associates at the Malta Avenue Elementary School
, had invited our family of 12
to dine with them at Ecobelli’s, a gourmet Italian-American restaurant
Told Mr. Eisenhauer knew just about every instructor in the district, I looked
forward to quizzing him over pasta about those educators I would surely soon
encounter at Ballston Spa High
. Mr. E’s anecdotes about my future art teacher,
Dick Sather, whom I was cautioned might remove his artificial eye and roll it
across a table in the classroom, are among those that remain seared in my
memory. The subsequent discovery that Mrs. Eisenhauer’s past had included
selling Girl Scout cookies to Thomas Edison also made a lasting impression.
A local history book to be published in 2018 to coincide with the 50th
anniversary of my family’s settlement in Ballston Spa, will showcase a special
section commemorating the long and purpose-filled lives of these extraordinary
educators for whom the whole world was a classroom.
to preview sample pages designed by Mary
Hauprich Reilly with sincere gratitude to Dagne Samuelson Sollid for sharing the
precious photos and captivating captions.
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