The first Cougar Tracks Alumni newsletter was issued in May of 1995, and was quite an accomplishment considering that most of the volunteers didn't have computers at home back then. Many of us were still using electric typewriters, and we didn't have access to clip-art on the internet, so graphic images were hand-drawn or cut and paste. The Association publishes two issues each year. The most recent four issues are reserved for our members and are kept on a password protected page called Recent Newsletters. Issues are made available to the public two years after their original publication. See the column to the right for the publicly available issues. To open an issue, double-click on the blue cougar tracks icon. If you want to join so you receive recent newsletters, go to the Membership page.
DECEMBER 2022, Volume 28, Issue 2
Feature Story: Recollections of a BHS Centenarian
Edith Andersen Gossan, BHS class of 1939, was born November 12, 1920, to Christian and Elise Marie Nielsen Andersen in Manson Iowa. Yes, that is right she is 102 and one of our oldest Association members. By no means “old,” this lady is a true delight and with a twinkle in her eye, she tells me her story. She is the youngest of four, Helen Andersen McMahon, ’36 (dec.); Edwin, ’38, and Harold ’43; all graduating from BHS. She arrived here on a train with her family at the age of three. They were relocating due to her father’s health. Edith remembers the train ride; she had a coloring book and crayons that kept her busy through it all. Soon after arriving here, her father found their property and built their first home. It was just past the Hollywood Poultry Farm on Hollywood Hills. The house, barn and outbuildings are still standing today. The property remained in the family until 2020, when it was sold after Helen Andersen McMahon and then her son Jeff, passed away. (If you are a member, read more of this article by clicking on the 'RECENT ISSUES' button at the bottom of the page. If you are not member you can join by clicking the Membership tab at the top of the page.)
JUNE 2022, Volume 28, Issue 1
BHS Ladies Who Lunch: The feature story for the spring issue is about ladies from two BHS classes who keep in touch by meeting for lunch throughout the year. Ladies from the class of 1967 starting meeting for lunch in 2014, and ladies from the class of 1966 started holding their luncheons following their 50th Reunion in 2016. Both groups meet two or three times a year, sometimes at a restaurant, or sometimes for a potluck at a class member's home.
Class of 1966 lunch at a class member's home.
Class of 1967 lunch at a cabin on the Skykomish River.
DECEMBER 2021, Volume 27, Issue 2
Reflect - a sculpture in Rosemead California.
The winter issue remembers the tragedy of 9/11 by featuring memorial sites and monuments that have been erected around the country to honor first responders and those who lost their lives twenty years ago when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked by terrorists using hijacked commercial aircraft. Another plane, Flight 93, is memorialized in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where the crew and passengers bravely banded together to thwart the terrorists from reaching their target in Washington D.C. but all aboard lost their lives in the crash.
The December issue also covers the annual picnic that took place on August 15th in Blyth Park. Turn-out was smaller than in previous years probably due to concerns about the pandemic. Several classes who missed their reunions in 2020 held their celebrations at the picnic. The class of 1971 was well-represented with 19 alumni in attendance. Another August event covered in this issue was the annual Wall of Honor ceremony held on August 12th. Due to the pandemic, awards were handed out to the eleven honorees from both 2020 and 2021.
JUNE 2021 Volume 27, Issue 1
Cougars Giving Back! is the title of the feature story about BHSAA board secretary Lynn McLaughlin, Class of 1982, who has participated in numerous missions around the world. Although Lynn has a medical background, her work on the missions covers many charitable activities from building houses to physical therapy. There are also articles about other alumni who volunteer on charitable missions both in the community and in other countries. We applaud the efforts of these heroes in our midst. They need to be recognized for helping make our world a better place.
Cougar Tracks 2014-2020
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DECEMBER 2020, Vol. 26 Issue 2
Yakima Fruit Market Takes a Stand and WINS!
JUNE 2020 Vol. 26 Issue 1
Feature Story "Oh, the Places You'll Go."
DECEMBER 2019 Vol. 25 Issue 2
Feature story "Alumni Volunteers Rescue Association."
JUNE 2019 Vol. 25 Issue 1
DECEMBER 2018 Vol. 24 Issue 2
Feature story "Without New Blood, BHSAA May Become "History"
JUNE 2018 Vol. 24 Issue 1
Feature story - Annette "Ross" Eaton honored with McMaster Heritage Award.
DECEMBER 2017 Vol.23 Issue 2
Feature story - BHS Alumnus Inducted into the WIAA Hall of Fame.
JUNE 2017 Vol. 23 Issue 1
Feature story - "Large Family" Takes on New Meaning.
DECEMBER 2016 Vol. 22 Issue 2
Feature story- Bothell Fire Unites Community.
JUNE 2016 Vol. 22 Issue 1
Feature story - The Rescue of Bobbin 5 * Major Arnie Clark
DECEMBER 2015 Vol. 21 Issue 2
Feature Story - Remembering Sara Simonds Green
JUNE 2015 Vol. 21 Issue 1
Feature story - The last Policewoman
DECEMBER 2014 Vol. 20 Issue 2
Feature story - "These Sticks are Made for Walking"
JUNE 2014 Vol. 20 Issue 1
Feature story - Following a Mission of Music
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