Twin Town Diary

A record of visits and other events arising from the twinning of Oban and Laurinburg.

1996

March 96

More students apply for US senior years - Karlynn Silkowski and Martin Still

May 96

Mr and Mrs D Barret of Laurinburg visit Oban as part of UK tour.

The offer is made for two Oban students to spend a Senior Year in Scotland High School. Two Oban students give this serious consideration, and another researches St Andrews College prospectus..

June 96

A 21 strong party arrives. These are;

2 x teachers

11 x students

Beacham and Lynn MacDougald and their 2 children

Bill and Ann Caudill

2 x students on private visits but travelling with the others

In addition,

Bill Caudill's parents spend a weekend in Oban

Cindy Young and her husband visit Oban researching the Stewarts (Daniel Stewart of Lismore)

July 96

Once again, Oban is featured in the pages of the Scotland High School Yearbook.

Sarah Stewart returns, with husband John and 2 friends, researching the Stewart clan.

October 96

13 OHS students go to Laurinburg, accompanied by Mr T Laurenson and OHS Librarian Mrs P McKiernan. The students are;

Alasdair

Cook

James

Copland

Michael

Forbes

Gillian

Gibson

Ewan

Innes

Ross

MacAskill

Robin

MacQueen

Richard

Oxland

Niall

Preston

Barbara

Seaton

Karlynn

Silkowski

Martin

Still

David

McLean

1 additional student travels with the group, on a private visit

Apart from representing Oban by running a stand at the John Blue Cotton festival, where some are interviewed by Channel 13 TV, they - see cotton harvesting and processing,

- lunch with Laurinburg Rotary,

- visit local schools,

- go to the State Fair and to Myrtle Beach, etc.

Two presentations are made;

- the Veterans of Foreign Wars present a friendship plaque to Oban, to be placed where young people can see it. It is placed part of the time oin Oban High School, and part of the time in the 'Oban at War and Peace' museum.

- Representative Doug Yongue presents a drawing of the State Capitol in Raleigh. This picture is too large to be carried back on this trip and will be collected at Easter 97.

November 96

Karlynn Silkowski, having seen Laurinburg, turns down a placement elsewhere in the USA and applies to attend SHS as a senior in session 97/98

Copies of Aviemore Trade Fair catalogue dispatched to Laurinburg retailers.

Laurinburg Chamber of Commerce consider sending a delegate to the Glasgow Trade Fair in January

December 96

Oban Old Parish Church watchnight service is carried live on Oban FM, and in Old Laurel Hill Church, near Laurinbrug

Christmas programme from Oban FM is sent to WLNC Laurinburg

Part of Oban FM New Year prog was to be carried live by WLNC Laurinburg - approx 23.50 - 00.15.. In fact the lines are so busy by then that they can't get through!

Martin Still applies for a senior year at SHS and is accepted

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