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SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
May 17, 2007

I know many of you will remember the Hallimore family. John graduated in the 60's. He was a great basketball player. He wrote to me recently about his son Jericho and we have been praying for Jericho while he is serving an extended duty in Iraq. Great letter from dad(John) and son (Jericho). Al

I wrote to John and ask for permission to send our his email and this was John's response:
Sure Al, that would be fine.

Ironically, Jericho is the fourth consecutive generation of Hallimore to serve in combat and in war (WWI, WWII, Vietnam & Afghanistan/Iraq). How did we ever get so lucky, huh? I guess the world will never get it right.

Now to the original email
As many of you know, Jericho was stop lossed and deployed with his 82nd Airborne Infantry unit near Tikrit, Iraq in August of last year. Recently he received news that he would be extended while in Iraq and serve 15 months there instead of 12. He was supposed to be separated from the Army in September of 2006 after completing his three-year enlistment. You can probably imagine how being told that you are involuntarily being extended and deployed another year plays to a young man. We are hoping he comes home in November and returns to a well deserved civilian life. Prayers and email letters are all we have to offer as we try to monitor and encourage his well being. Surprisingly, and on most days when we are able to receive communication, he has maintained a pretty good attitude under some tough circumstances.

I am enclosing a short email that Jericho has written to be forwarded to various people who have prayed for and written him. It has such a powerful message, of which, I doubt that he realizes the impact it leaves. Of course I am very proud of him. I think back to my days as a young soldier in combat and live those memories again through him; but this time as a Dad. There is so much time and reason to contemplate your existence and your relationship with God when in a war zone. I am in awe of his clarity of perspective.


Thank you to all of those that have been praying for me in Iraq . I greatly appreciate your faith, support and encouragement. I am sorry that I am not always able to write each one of you back but your support means a lot. In a sometimes uncertain world, much of my comfort and strength comes from the prayers and support of my family, friends and of course God. Many aspects of my life at this point in time are out of my control and contrary to my desires, such as being away from my wife, not being in the US , not being able to go to school yet and still being in the Army. But if there is one thing I have learned from all of this, it is perspective. While many of my earthly desires lead me elsewhere, I think of Godís desire and his plan for me. By having a more heavenly perspective I see that vast opportunities that await. I can see opportunities to encourage others, show a positive attitude and demonstrate and share my faith with those I would have otherwise never met. If this is the place in which I can best grow as a Christian, if this is the best place that I can be a witness or encouragement then this is right where I was meant and want to be. So when I look at things that way, that is the perspective I have and I do my best to remember it. Your prayers and words encourage me and help keep me on that right track. Thank you for all of your support and prayers.

Jericho Hallimore

Halls are at it again!!!!

Did you see the recent article in Sports Illustrated about Ryan Hall competing in the London Marathon? He finished sixth and it may be the fastest time of any USA Marathoner. His mom and Dad were able to fly to London and observe the event and then fly home to be at work. Mickey, his father, is an outstanding teacher at Big Bear High School. Ryan felt comfortable in his first marathon and feels this may be his event in the future. His younger brother Ryan, this years CIF champion, has accepted a track scholarship to Oregon. Can you believe the publicity Big Bear has received because of the Hall family? Good job Mom and Dad Hall!!!!

Class of 1967 Reunion!!!!

LeRoy Smuskiewicz is seeking members of the class of 1967 to prepare for the reunion in September. Here is LeRoy's message:
Hi Steve (Foulkes)

I'm glad to hear that you are starting to put together a reunion. At the last reunion I took pictures and collected some money for a reunion book. I didn't get some information back from many of our classmates, after many requests for the info. I got discouraged and have put it in a small metal file box where it sits today. Now that we are in the computer age I can put together a DVD or composite Email to send out. So if you would like to ask everyone you contact to send me some current pictures or video and current family information I can put them together with the stuff I have collected from the last reunion. May be it will encourage participation and attendance.

Let me know what you want to do.

LeRoy Smuskiewicz

Ph# Home/Work 714-636-8416 Cel # 949-228-0286 ( I turn on and use mostly after 9:pm weekdays and weekends) My email address is

I just received a an email from Mike Hartwell:
I don't know if you heard, but Whitey Hartwell passed away on Tuesday. Mom is doing well and speaks so positively about how you helped her and dad. She is doing well and I am here in Colorado to help her get going back on task. Her email address is She did mention that she would like to get a copy of the Big High School newsletter.

Mike Hartwell
Hope all of you who knew the Hartwells will send an email to Irma. We will miss Whitey and I know that Irma is doing well in Colorado with family. Al
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