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Kathy MacDonald

A year ago May I received an e-mail from Larry Wahlstrom asking a group of us if we thought there would be any interest in a New England Osco Drug Reunion. My exact response was, “Personally, I think that would be an awesome idea!!” His original thought was maybe 50 people would attend. I told him I thought his estimate was low and that was an understatement. In June 2014 we had our reunion at the Hilton in Woburn. There were over 215 people there from store personnel, pharmacists, management, office staff and regional management. People came from 15 different states. It was absolutely fabulous to see everyone and reminisce about the good old days. There were tears of joy and happiness, lots of laughter, many hugs and kisses shared and just truly a very comfortable “home” feeling shared by everyone. Gary Hunstiger said it best, “This says a lot for a company that doesn’t even exist anymore.” I will never forget my 27 years working for Osco Drug. They were the BEST! As much as I loved working at Osco, I do love my job that I left Brooks Pharmacy for.

I am a Customer Service Representative for Cummings Printing in Hooksett, NH. We are a mid-size magazine printer and I am the liaison between our clients and our production people. My #1 priority is communication with my clients and to see that their job comes in and goes through production smoothly, accurately, in a timely fashion and that the finished product is something they are very proud of. I pay close attention to detail and pride myself on customer service. It’s already been 12 years and if all goes well, I’ll be here until I retire :) I still enjoy bowling with my sister and good friends on Monday nights. Ray and I recently celebrated our 31st anniversary. Where does the time go? He is in his 40th year with Rite Aid Pharmacy. He opened the new store in Derry, NH just south of Parkland Hospital and the store is very busy and doing great. We love to vacation with our friends at villa’s down in the islands when we can, with St. Maarten being our favorite so far. He still loves to garden and read.

However, our biggest pride and joy remains our 2 boys. Our oldest son Sean turned 21 this year and is a senior at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. He is a tremendous soccer player and will have the opportunity in March to play overseas in England. He is majoring in business management with a minor is sports management. He is seriously considering moving to upper state NY after graduation to work at his uncle’s farm and learn how to run the farm and business. They raise sheep and bale lots of hay. He’s loved it ever since he was a little boy. He is also hoping to coach soccer for the local high school team. We are very proud of him and will support him in whatever decision he makes. Our younger son Evan is a junior in high school this year and is also a tremendous soccer player and a pretty good basketball player. His basketball team won the state championship last year. He may be young and only 17 but Evan is taking after his father, he is already 6’3”. He wears a size 14 shoe and hoping he stops there. It’s not easy finding shoes that size. Evan works in the locker room for our local AA hockey team, The Manchester Monarchs. We will be starting the college search with him very soon. He is leaning towards playing soccer in college as well.

About 2 and a half year ago, we put an addition on our home for my mother who has Alzheimer’s. It’s been both a blessing and a challenge at times but I’m very lucky to be able to take care of her and have her so close. The day she and I drove in the driveway from Florida Ray met us in the driveway and said “Hello RFL-Roommate for Life.” Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and Very Happy and Healthy 2015.

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