Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 34


Carmen Johnson ’ 72 :

Bringing nations together



When Carmen ( Cassette ) Johnson ’ 72 moved up to Fort Fairfield in northern Maine a few years ago to be near her husband ’ s family she welcomed a quieter pace of life and rolling hillsides . However , having lived most of her life in southern Maine , on one day in 2015 she got lost while out driving and ended up crossing the border into Canada where she pulled into a gas station to ask for directions . It was there where she met , by chance , the honorable Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick , Jocelyne Roy Vienneau .
Carmen is an artist who uses ink and watercolors to capture beautiful landscapes , finding inspiration in Vincent van Gogh ’ s style and opting for bright colors . “ Art has always been a part of my life — it ’ s a talent that God gave me ,” she said . She sells prints , postcards , and magnets , and thought it would be a nice gesture to send Lieutenant Governor Vienneau some of her art , including magnets featuring Maine ’ s iconic Portland Headlight and a moose .
L to R : Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick Jocelyne Roy Vienneau , Carmen Johnson ’ 72 , and Ronald Vienneau , at the Government House in Canada . Below : Portland Headlight watercolor by Carmen Johnson ’ 72 .
“ She responded with a thank you note along with an invitation to visit the Capitol , in Fredericton , New Brunswick . I could not make it this past summer , so a surprise came right before Christmas — an invite to come to the Governor ’ s mansion to celebrate the New Year ’ s Day afternoon levee with them . I was just thrilled and excited . I brought her some of my artwork and my husband and I received a gracious tour of the estate . There was a four-piece jazz band , homemade chicken soup , apple cider , and an assortment of cookies .” Carmen has donated her artwork to several charitable organizations , including prints for the 2017 Thornton Fund Auction , which will be held on May 6 !
BY LINDSAY LAPRAD HUDNOR Washington D.C. Gathering With nearly 40 guests in attendance, the Washington D.C. reception held on November 24, 2016 at the Army and Navy Club was one of the largest alumni regional receptions to date. A great part of the event’s success can be attributed to Coordinating Host Joel Levesque’s ’85 passion for networking and bringing people together. He worked with the Development Office to plan the event. The venue was booked in May, long before the announcement of the National Tree Lighting, which coincidentally was planned for the same evening. Joel voiced how impressed he was with the alumni who “not only braved the traffic of the National Tree Lighting but also blew off a national level event to spend the evening with Thornton Academy alumni and shut down the Army Navy Club.” Alumni from the class of 2008 all the way to the class of 1965 came together to mingle and to hear more about the state of the school from Headmaster Rene M. Menard ’88. Since graduating from Thornton, Joel has always been thankful for his education and alumni network. “I’ve never felt unprepared or alone. I’m never far from friends and people I connect with,” he said. Joel is currently serving as President of the Maine State Society, a “home away from home” for Mainers living and working in the Washington D.C. metro area since 1884. There is a large Thornton Academy alumni contingency in the Maine State Society and the group is actively looking to recruit members. Joel shared, “We have an annual Lobstah Dinnah, a Bean Suppah, a Congressional Delegation Breakfast, Wreaths Across America at Arlington, and we host the Maine Cherry Blossom Princess every year. FRR7FFP66WGfVFF6v&G066'6767F6RFR7GVFVG0GFVFrfW"זV"R6VvW2@VfW'6FW2( ХFV&&R&WBFRR7FFP66WGV6Rf6Cwwrf6V&6U7FFU66WGखbR&RFW&W7FVB6W'fr26&FFr7Bf"DV搦WfVBW"6GV6R6F7BFPFWfVVBff6SFWfVVDF&F6FVג&r%$55$UT4TT%$DvRfR7V6fFFf"F&F6FVגV676W26VV'&Fp֖W7FR&WV2&V6V7BvFW"FW"BvFV6FW"FP&WV6VV'&FvfVGW&R6W2FW'266F&V6WFBFW"rvFƗfRW62g&&F&Wffg&FVǒ##pBF&F6FVאS3( 3676W2bcrs"sr"r"r#"#rB# V6RW2f"6W2FW'2$%CRW"W'6ƗfR&BB66&"%5e'VǒF&77F&F6FVג&r"#rc"CCcखFW&FV&WVW6֖r&WV&V6WF26V"V&WV672bcrf"672V'2cbbV&ƖW 6GW&FVǒ##rBF&F6FVא( C#%5eF&77F&F6FVג&r #rc"CCcF&F6FVמ( 2f'7BFW&FV&V6WFv2VvR7V66W727FVBFRvB&Vf&RF6vfr&RF#R7GVFVG2FRFRG&V&6F&V6V7BvFf&W"676FW2B7FfbG&VW76W"( bB&&( R&V6VfVBFRgW'FW7BG&fVVBv&B'&frg&7FGFVBFRWfVBf"f&F&WBW@V.( 2FW&F&V6WFV6R6F7B&77F&F6FVג&r6GW&F6WFV&W"b#rBF&F6FVא%5eF&77F&F6FVג&r #rc"CCc672bp3@6GW&FVǒ##p3FV6DB&f&RBƗ6֖2&V>( &&VFV&B66RCs f"&Rf&F6F7BF4V禖Pv&VBFF&6У3