Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Phil Qualey's Retirement

Unfortunately blogger is not working accordingly right now so I was unable to add the pictures.

Phil Qualey's Retirement from UPS

My father Phil Qualey's final day at UPS. He retired after 38 years of service. Here is a picture of his final trip to Mass. He also received a plaque from Mack for his 3 million miles driven over the course of his 38 years there. 3 million miles = 120 times around the world. Dad, Congrats on your retirement as we are so proud of you.

Michelle, Dave and family

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Rush Reunion Date has been set for Aug. 21, 2010

Heirloom from the MacDonald Family

Just one more interesting thing to add. I have a beautiful Christening gown that has been passed down through the family. It was made by Katie MacDonald (my grandmother's second youngest sister) in 1893. It is entirely handmade of muslim and Dad and his brothers and sisters were all christened in it, as well as my two children, and now my grandaughter. Picture attached.

Thanks Helen Hooser for allowing all of us to see the beautiful treasure that has been passed down through the years.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rush Reunion 2010

Just a note for all of you. I am coordinating with a group of area hotels/motels in the surrounding areas of Sherman, Houlton, Island Falls, Patten, Millinocket to set up group rates. We are about 8 months away from booking rooms as most only are allowing 50 weeks ahead of time. Once they have confirmed things I will post them for you. I am also working with the airlines to set up group discounts and as soon as that is confirmed I will post the information for everyone.

Michelle Qualey Andrews

Rush Reunion

First of all I would like to thank you all for the emails your particular lineages. It is truly appreciated. Please keep them coming so I can fill in the gaps as much as possible.

I also wanted to add these photos as I have been speaking to one of our relatives from Indiana for over a year now and this summer we had the chance to finally meet in person. Here are some photos for you all to see of Jade, Katie and myself.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Rush Reunion Update

To all those who can trace their roots back to Johann Dietrich Rush (Rasche) from Stelle Germany and whose final resting place is Benedicta Maine.

Mark your calendars for Saturday August 21 2010 as the date for the fifth Rush (Rasche) Family Reunion in Benedicta Maine.

The official web site for the Reunion is . This web site belongs to Michelle Qualey who has volunteered to run the web site for the next reunion. We will post all information here.

This as stated above will be our fifth reunion and with everyone’s help, it will be the best yet. I realize that there are still some that do not have email so we will send one mailing to all those families that we do not have an email address for letting them know the date and the web site and for better or for worse they will be on their own to stay abreast after that mailing. I am sorry to have to do that but it is just too timely and cost ineffective to have to do both.

Since we had so much success at our last reunion with a day for white water rafting, mountain climbing and we should not forget the longest golf game in history as well as a day for just smaller family reunions we will develop a similar format for this reunion as well. We may add a day on the river in either canoes or kayaks.

We will offer t-shirts again and if anyone has any ideas for the t-shirt for this reunion please send in your ideas.

Over the last few years, I have run into so many people who have told me that they look forward to this reunion and I thank you all for that. I hope that in 2010 we can finally get over a thousand people to join us in Benedicta. If we can get the Duffy family to join us along with the Fitzpatrick family form Houlton I am sure we will have no trouble making that number.

Rush Reunion Update

I wanted to open this opportunity up to all the family. If any of you have stories or pictures that you would like posted on the blog please email me at and I will be happy to post them for everyone to see.

Rush Reunion 2010
Aug. 21, 2010

Rush Reunion 2010 Update

The Rush Reunion 2010 has been set for Aug. 21, 2010. Updates about the week of the reunion will be posted as soon as they become available.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season.