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50th Reunion -- Judi Grey Smith, 00:21:12 11/02/13 Sat [2]

Well, it's been a month since our amazing class reunion & I had to add some finality to the lapse in anything written here lately. After all, the idea was launched from this site 4 years ago!!
For all those that attended, what a fantastic response & a good time we had!! For all those that were unable to make it, we truly missed you! We talked of those we were unable to contact & those that wished not to be found but how much a part of this class all had been. I think the success of the reunion had to do with the 2 night event. The ice was broken when many of us met at the hotel on Fri night & got a chance to catch up before the "main event". We saw faces that had changed drastically & those that had only changed slightly in the color of their hair or lack of. There were smiles I would have known anywhere & laughs I recognized from long ago! I renewed friendships & hope to stay in touch ongoing!! We danced, drank, ate & laughed til tears ran down my legs (that was meant to be funny. I recently saw it on a card!)
I personally want to thank the rest of the committee for all they did individually & as a group! Especialy to those that traveled to many of the meetings from the Cape, NH or New York. John, Gordon, Don, Sue S., Pat, Sue W., & Karen.
And in the end of my rambling, I would especially like to thank Larry Broga for all his support & encouragement & initial push to get this party started. You inspired the committee with your enthusiasm. Thank you!!! We wanted it to be a good one because YOU wanted it so bad!!

My best to all til we meet again, Judi Grey Smith

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[> Re: 50th Reunion -- Larry Broga, 06:03:20 11/30/13 Sat [1]

A big thank-you to the whole committee who worked so hard to make this one the very best reunions ever. I have talked to many people over the years about their reunions, and none compare with ours.
I am not one to make a bucket list, having done most anything I wanted, but having a reunion and being able to reconnect with my classmates has been a wish of mine for some time now. Thank-you again for making this happen, it meant a great deal to me and I truly appreciated it.

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[> [> Re: 50th Reunion -- Phil Faherty, 11:26:40 12/01/13 Sun [1]

I too, wish to thank our commitee members for all of the hard work and planning that produced an outstanding 50th reunion celebration. Great Job!

To John, great job on WHS63. Thank you for all the postings and follow up to the reunion, it is appreciated!

To Ruth, thank you for inspiring our class to communicate and to produce a 50th reunion. You were missed physically at the reunion, but you were there in our hearts and minds.

I read your last paragraph of the home page on this site and sadly understand. Thanks again for your hard work and dedication.

Best regards to all, I hope the Holiday Season brings joy to your lives.

Phil

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September Info for WHS63 Reunion -- John Elberfeld, 16:15:03 09/09/13 Mon [1]

THE WHS 50TH REUNION

is fast approaching. Here is all the pertinent information you need. There is still time to sign up for all events.

The reunion will be held at the:

Doubletree Hotel Boston/Westborough
5400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA 01581


An informal reception will take place Friday night, September 27, 2013 starting around 6:00 at the Doubletree Lounge. The bus tour is Saturday, the 28th from 1:00 - 3:00, leaving from the Doubletree and includes a tour of "our" high school on Fisher St. That Saturday evening at 5:00 pm, cheese, crackers, veggies, and snacks will be available at the Doubletree. The main event starts at 7:00 in the ballroom.

Let us know if you have any food allergies. DoubleTree can accommodate most requests if they know ahead of time. Contact Karen Toney at kaaato@comcast.net

Most people will dress in "business casual." Basically, for guys, shoes, socks, long pants, shirts with a collar. For girls, something your mother would approve of. Nobody will be turned away, even if you are wearing a tux or a ball gown.

Please bring any WHS memorabilia you might have to the reunion. Pictures, clippings, anything of interest. You might not feel "historical" but if you are cleaning out your closets and want to downsize, we will put together a package of material related to our class and offer it to the Westborough Historical Society. To a teenager, 50 years ago is ancient history. OMG! U mathed with NO calcs! ROFL :-0

At the present, we are expecting 79 people to attend of which 46 are our classmates. We feel this is a pretty good percentage for our class and we are still hoping to have a few more that are on the fence. If you know of anyone still not sure about coming, please convince them we are doing our best to make this a fun and memorable 50th reunion.

The cost of the reunion in its entirety is $15.00 per classmate and $85.00 per guest. If you have submitted your $60.00 deposit and you are bringing a guest, you will owe us an additional $40.00 which you may submit to:

Gordon Rowe, 35 Hollywood Drive, N. Grafton, MA 01536.
Make the check payable to: WHS 63 Reunion
On the "Notes:" section of the check, please indicate if the money is for: 1) reunion balance; 2) bus tour; 3) reunion balance & bus tour.

Please email Gordon at gtkrowe@aol.com with any financial questions.

If you are a classmate coming alone and have paid your $60.00 deposit, then through a considerably generous donation towards your meal, we will owe you $45.00. If you have a need to have this monies returned, let us know the night of the reunion. However, we hope the monies already submitted by you will go to the scholarship fund set up for a worthy WHS student (class of 2014) from the class of 1963.

Starting with Friday night, for all those available whether staying at the hotel or nearby, many of us will be in the bar at the Doubletree from 6:00 on and hope you will join us for a coke, coffee or a cocktail. Nothing formal, just an opportunity to say “Hi”!

You are welcome to join those staying at the Doubletree for breakfast both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Breakfast is included for those staying at the hotel and available to visitors at a reasonable price.

If you need to make a reservation at the DoubleTree, we will try (no promises) to get you the special rate of $99 a night. Contact Karen Toney at kaaato@comcast.net

Also, we wanted to note that the interest in the football game and the golf outing was too low to justify making a reunion “event”. However, if you want to arrange something on your own or with friends, the phone number for the Westborough Country Club is 508-366-9947. We will post a football game schedule as soon as we are able to obtain one.

We are still planning on the town/school tour (our high school on Fisher St.) on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-3:00. For all those interested, it is a cost of $20.00 each which includes the driver’s tip. We have a 29 passenger bus and had about 20 folks sign up for it on the original survey. We hope to spark more interest as time gets closer. The school tour portion will be about an hour and will be led by a current teacher related to one of our classmates.

The cost of the tour will be $20 per person. The first 29 people who send in their money to Gordon Rowe will be on the bus. Send your check to:

Gordon Rowe, 35 Hollywood Drive, N. Grafton, MA 01536
Make the check payable to: WHS 63 Reunion
On the "Notes:" section of the check, please indicate if the money is for: 1) reunion balance; 2) bus tour; 3) reunion balance & bus tour.

as soon as possible. As of September 6, seats were still available.

Saturday evening’s festivities start at 5:00 PM with a reception in the hall just outside our “ballroom” where the official reunion proceedings will begin at 7:00. There will be cheese, crackers, fruits, veggies and dips provided for you to nibble on before your main meal and a cash bar set up with bartender. The meal will be a buffet with a choice of beef, chick, fish, and healthy veggies. You meal cost includes all tips and taxes. The bartender, however, hopes you will show appreciation for his skills with some folding money.

If you have any additional ideas for reunion related projects that you are willing to lead and be responsible for, let Judi Grey know. It is YOUR reunion and the more people who contribute, the more fun it will be.

We all look forward to seeing so many of our friends return to “our” town and the reunion. If you have any further questions, please let anyone on your reunion committee know and we will try to respond quickly!

See you in September!!!

Judi (Grey) Smith ( summerst26@hotmail.com ), John Elberfeld ( jelberfeld@aol.com ), Gordon Rowe, Don Hewey, Sue (Lund) West, Pat (Horne) Romkey, Sue (Sanford)McAndless, and Karen Toney

Keep the questions coming! Look for updates on both: http://www.WHS63.info

and http://www.foreverhomefriends.com/ - the forum on this site is a great way to openly communicate with classmates. Check out the pictures and biographies. This site is a wonderful place to jog your memory.

John Elberfeld
66 Beebe Road
Berne, NY 12023


(518) 872-2082
JElberfeld@aol.com

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[> Re: September Info for WHS63 Reunion -- Martha, 20:49:52 09/09/13 Mon [1]

John, Judi, Sue McA, Don, Pat, Sue West,Gordon and Karen,
Thank you, everyone, for all your hard work on the Reunion Committee. It sounds wonderful and I'm sure it will be a fun weekend. It isn't long now! I am really looking forward to it.
Thanks again and I'll see you in less than 2 weeks.
Cheers,
Martha

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Latest REUNION Information -- John Elberfeld, 18:14:51 06/08/13 Sat [1]

THE WHS 50TH REUNION

is fast approaching and we want to make sure we have given you all the pertinent information you need at this point in time.

At the present, we are expecting 73 people to attend of which 45 are our classmates. We feel this is a pretty good percentage for our class and we are still hoping to have a few more that are on the fence. If you know of anyone still not sure about coming, please convince them we are doing our best to make this a fun and memorable 50th reunion.


The cost of the reunion in its entirety is $15.00 per classmate and $85.00 per guest. If you have submitted your $60.00 deposit and you are bringing a guest, you will owe us an additional $40.00 which you may submit to:

Gordon Rowe, 35 Hollywood Drive, N. Grafton, MA 01536 by July 12th, 2013.
Make the check payable to: WHS 63 Reunion
On the "Notes:" section of the check, please indicate if the money is for: 1) reunion balance; 2) bus tour; 3) reunion balance & bus tour.

If you are a classmate coming alone and have paid your $60.00 deposit, then thru a considerably generous donation towards your meal, we will owe you $45.00. If you have a need to have this monies returned, it will be available the night of the reunion. However, we hope the monies already submitted by you will go to the scholarship fund set up for a worthy WHS student (class of 2014) from the class of 1963.

With the mailing of your balance (if applicable) we are requesting that you make it clear to us or directly to John ( JElberfeld@aol.com ), how you wish your name to appear on your name tag and that of your guest, if including. This needs to be submitted regardless so that John can make name tags appropriately spelled and nicknames intact, if noted.

Starting with Friday night, for all those available whether staying at the hotel or nearby, many of us will be in the bar at the Doubletree from 6:00 on and hope you will join us for a coke, coffee or a cocktail. Nothing formal, just an opportunity to say “Hi”!

You are welcome to join those staying at the Doubletree for breakfast both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Breakfast is included for those staying at the hotel and available to visitors at a reasonable price.

Also, we wanted to note that the interest in the football game and the golf outing was too low to justify making a reunion “event”. However, if you want to arrange something on your own or with friends, the phone number for the Westborough Country Club is 508-366-9947. We will post a football game schedule as soon as we are able to obtain one.

We are still planning on the town/school tour (our high school on Fisher St.) on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-3:00. For all those interested, it is a cost of $20.00 each which includes the driver’s tip. We have a 29 passenger bus and had about 20 folks sign up for it on the original survey. We hope to spark more interest as time gets closer. The school tour portion will be about an hour and will be led by a current teacher related to one of our classmates.

The cost of the tour will be $20 per person. The first 29 people who send in their money to Gordon Rowe will be on the bus. Send your check to:

Gordon Rowe, 35 Hollywood Drive, N. Grafton, MA 01536
Make the check payable to: WHS 63 Reunion
On the "Notes:" section of the check, please indicate if the money is for: 1) reunion balance; 2) bus tour; 3) reunion balance & bus tour.

as soon as possible to guarantee your seat.

Saturday evening’s festivities start at 5:00 PM with a reception in the hall just outside our “ballroom” where the official reunion proceedings will begin at 7:00. There will be cheese, crackers, fruits, veggies and dips provided for you to nibble on before your main meal and a cash bar set up with bartender. The meal will be a buffet with a choice of beef, chick, fish, and healthy veggies.

At this time, we are also looking for a volunteer(s) who is an experienced PowerPoint user to create a presentation with old photos of classmates during our elementary or high school years only, the town, and any photos you may have of our teachers or the school you think would be appropriate and enjoyed by the class during the reunion celebration. Once a volunteer is found, we will give contact info as to where to send your photos, etc. If you are interested in taking on this project, please contact John Elberfeld at jelberfeld@aol.com.


We are also looking for a leader who can select and direct a committee to create a collection of classmate biographies and stories. As a leader, you might ask, “What have you done (that you want to share with your classmates) in the 50 years since graduation?” The end result might be a printed booklet or the info could be posted on the web. You would need to let people know the format (or get permission to post the information) as many people are wary of placing too much personal info on the Internet. Again, you could let John Elberfeld know if you are interested so we do not have duplicate efforts.

If you have any additional ideas for reunion related projects that you are willing to lead and be responsible for, let John know. It is YOUR reunion and the more people who contribute, the more fun it will be.

We all look forward to seeing so many of our friends return to “our” town and the reunion. If you have any further questions, please let anyone on your reunion committee know and we will try to respond quickly!

See you in September!!!

Judi (Grey) Smith ( summerst26@hotmail.com ), John Elberfeld ( jelberfeld@aol.com. ), Gordon Rowe, Don Hewey, Sue (Lund) West, Pat (Horne) Romkey, Sue (Sanford)McAndless, and Karen Toney

Keep the questions coming! Look for updates on:
www.WHS63.info
(Contact John Elberfeld for User Name and Password)

The forum on this site (ForeverHomeFriends) is a great way to openly communicate with classmates. Check out the pictures and biographies. This site is a wonderful place to jog your memory.


John Elberfeld
66 Beebe Road
Berne, NY 12023

(518) 872-2082
JElberfeld@aol.com

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50TH REUNION SEPT 28, 2013 -- Judi Grey Smith, 08:26:27 03/08/13 Fri [1]

It has been awhile since there has been any activity about the reunion on this site so I wanted to post a reminder that the reunion is all set for the 28th of Sept in Westborough. If there is anyone out there on the fence about coming & does not regularly get the e-mails circulating, please decide to join us & let one of the committee know that you would like the pertinent info sent via US Post to be included. It should be a really good time with a few surprises as the result of your reunion committee's endeavors. Alot of folks working very hard to make this a fantastic 50th.
Please join us!

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Reunion Information -- John Elberfeld, 18:25:58 04/24/12 Tue [1]

50th Reunion Information

From Leigh Emery in Decempber, 2011:

The Doubletree is available on Sept 28, 2013 and I reserved it for us today. I will follow up on the time line for anything we have to do to keep that.

I met with Oliver Knight, the Director of Catering at DoubleTree, this morning regarding our inquiry for a reunion. He normally would charge $6,000 minimum for the ballroom but was willing to drop that to $4,000 for me. That would mean if we had 80 attendees each would have to spend at least $50 on drinks and the meal. Not bad I think. There is a 22% service charge on top of that. We would have a choice of buffet or sit down. The buffet (3 buffet menus) at $50 a person for > 50 people ($52 a head for under) and there are is a good selection and would be of better than average quality, they have a good chef and the events I have planned there before had high satisfaction on the food. There is a clam bake buffet option but that is seasonally priced and was $70 a person this year. It includes chowder, steamers, a maple glazed chicken and lobster, corn on the cob etc. Dance floor etc.

On the rooms he would give us a $99 a night rate, maybe $89 for a min of 10 rooms confirmed 30 days prior to the night at no risk. We could up the rooms if warranted. I don't recall how many friends we actually think would attend at this point. Do we have a number?

The Regatta bar is fairly roomy but we would not be able to reserve a portion, it would just be bar and bar menu or dinner as a regular group of friends meeting.

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New Password for WHS63.Info - email me for a new password to the reunion site.

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Another Jaime Brockett Concert - April 7, 2012 -- John Elberfeld, 09:18:17 03/14/12 Wed [1]

Hi Brockett Fans,

Tickets are online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/234410

Date: Saturday Apr 07, 2012 8:00 PM

Price: $10.00

Location
Desolation Road Studios
182 Main St
Altamont, NY 12009
United States

There is room for about 35 (thirty five) people at the concert, so my best advice is to buy your tickets early. You can't beat the price, the location is friendly and comfortable, and every seat is better than a front row seat at some big concert hall. Take a look at:
http://www.desolationroadstudios.com/jaime-brockett-live-in-concert-47-8-11pm

There is just no room to squeeze in more people if the show sells out and you show up with no ticket, so please plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

Contact Jim Miller at desolationroadphoto@live.com if you have questions.

John Elberfeld
66 Beebe Road
Berne, NY 12023

(518) 872-2082
JElberfeld@aol.com
www.J-Elberfeld.com
www.Hilltowns.org

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[> Re: Another Jaime Brockett Concert - April 7, 2012 -- Karen Toney, 14:56:56 09/07/12 Fri [1]

My Bad - this is very late but wanted to say how nice it was to see Jaime perform and to get to talk to him after the concert. We had a good time and shared some memories. Help him get well soon by sending him an email or a card.

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Jaime Brockett Concert April 20, 2012 - Somerville, MA -- John Elberfeld, 09:04:39 02/09/12 Thu [1]

Paul Geremia and Jaime Brockett

Friday, April 20 – 8:00pm

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street (corner College Ave, just north of Davis Square), Somerville

$20, $15 w/ advance reservation, $10 well-behaved children, $10 student rush (limit 50).

Paul Geremia - http://www.paulgeremia.org/

Jaime Brockett - http://www.mufc.dk/jaime/

Info/reservations - lordgeoffreypresents@gmail.com (cutoff 24 hours before showtime)

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Thanksgiving -- p.romkey, 13:39:55 11/22/11 Tue [1]

Hello everyone,
We are wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends as you gather together to give thanks. Let us not forget our loved ones who will not be with us but will be in prayer. May we be thankful for our troops and veterans
who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom to celebrate.
God Bless, Pat & Ralph

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Re-connect whenever you get the chance -- Larry, 05:47:55 11/14/11 Mon [1]

A couple of weeks ago I read in one of the class emails that Sue Sanford was going to be visiting her brother in the Tampa FL area. I replied to her that if she had the time, give me a call and we could get together. Guess what?, she did and we did! We met for lunch and had a wonderful time catching up on our lives and talking about the reunion. We hadn't seen each other since the 20th. reunion but it seemed like we had never lost touch. I've had the same experience over the past couple of years with Diana Whittemore and Phil Faherty. If any of you have the chance to visit with one of our classmates, take it, because I can assure you that it will enrich your life. Thanks Sue for a wonderful lunch and chat.

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SCAM EMAILS -- Ruth K, 18:41:00 10/12/11 Wed [4]

Many of you may have received an email from Bob P earlier today asking for help as he had been mugged in London by thugs. DON'T BELIEVE IT! It is a scam of some sort. Either his email account has been hacked or else he has a virus on his computer that emailed the message to all or most of his address book addresses. The same thing happened to Larry a couple years ago.

Be very careful about viruses that may infect your PC computers!!! Mac users--don't worry--you are safe!!! For the rest of you, be cautious so that you don't get it or spread it to others! If in doubt, get your computer checked by a professional.

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[> Re: SCAM EMAILS -- Bob Poskitt, 13:24:21 10/19/11 Wed [1]

Thank you, Ruth, for your timely alert to the class. Yes, I was hacked last week and my Address List, Inbox, Folders, and Sent Messages were all stolen and deleted from my account. They even knew we were planning a trip to London last week and sent that scam message about being mugged over there. In addition, the State Dept has been involved re fraud in the misuse of our passport information.

It has taken me a full week to recover my lost identity. Since I have no Address List or records, I have not been able to share this experience with anyone else.

My advice is to be sure you have passwords that are 100% secure. Do not use personal names, streets, cities, pets, cars, etc. as professionals can deduce them with the right illegal software.

I hope no one else was impacted. Ruth's advice is excellent in that you should never respond if you suspect a scam. If you reply with an email 'to help,' it will go directly to the person who is scamming and they could readily worm their way into your personal accounts.

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[> [> Re: SCAM EMAILS -- Ruth K, 12:59:08 10/20/11 Thu [1]

Gad!!! Bob, I had no idea it was that bad! Did you buy a new computer? If you're thinking about it, think hard about getting a Mac. Seriously, you would love it and be much safer. You also really need a backup hard drive, and need to use it every day. My Mac backs up automatically every few hours to an external hard drive. I learned my lesson once. Do you have the same or different email address? And are you still going to London or did this experience ruin those plans for you???

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[> [> [> Re: SCAM EMAILS -- Bob Poskitt, 13:20:31 10/20/11 Thu [1]

Yes, I have the same email address and would welcome messages so I can re-enter your email addresses into my address book. And, No, we are no longer planning a trip to London when so much excitement happens right here!

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[> Re: SCAM EMAILS -- patti, 20:00:52 11/04/11 Fri [1]

Ruth thanks so much for getting the e-mail to Bob P about the scam . I was having a problem with some of my addresses and figured the best way to let him know was thru you. I have now fixed the problem. When I received the distress e-mail from Bob in London I knew it had to be a scam. Again thanks for getting in touch with him for me. Hope all is well. Patti

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2013 Reunion -- Diana Whittemore Edwards, 19:03:41 10/11/11 Tue [1]

Hello All,
Many thanks to our reunion organizers/idea folks/planners. Kudos to each of you! The date is terrific, as is the idea of a barbeque to kick off the weekend. I'm with Martha on the t-shirt idea. I don't own a t-shirt and hope not to own one. I do love the idea of a wee history piece about Westborough! Something special to savor during a quiet time after we head home. Jane Johnson and I traded vm messages. It's my turn to try her again. That's all for now. I hope everyone is well and enjoying fall in their own little corner of the world. I certainly look forward to seeing each of you in 2013. Warm regards, Diana Whittemore

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Ideas for Reunion -- Martha Hooks Oleson, 13:09:37 09/12/11 Mon [2]

I think a supper barbeque on the Friday afternoon is a super idea. It would be an ice breaker as well as a casual event that people could show up at as they arrive in Westboro for the weekend.

Regarding ideas for a souvenir to take home, I'm not crazy about the T-shirt idea. T-shirts are NOT that attractive on the mature female figure so I rarely wear one unless it is from travel or a group I'm involved with now. I would NOT wear a high school T-shirt because high school was too long ago. What about a coffee mug with the Ranger and WHS 63? We all have coffee mugs with grandchildren on them, etc. and it would be another to add to the collection. Another idea is something on the idea of Boston's little ceramic pot full of baked beans (really choc. covered nuts) or Vermont's little bottles of maple syrup. An inexpensive ceramic dish with something that denotes Westboro---what, I don't know. What denotes Westboro besides the cotton gin? Or is there an inexpensive booklet with the history of the area? That would appeal to me. Having said all that, the best souvenir would be a 8 x 10 photograph of the class today. These are just some ideas to get us thinking!

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[> Re: Ideas for Reunion -- meredith wilson sumner, 13:38:46 09/14/11 Wed [1]

First, apologies for not participating in the planning event, but car engine and other systems went belly-up this summer - and spirits were as low as "infrastructure."
I'm with Martha - If it takes money - let's use it for present fun - food, music, and/or photo - I have so much "memorabilia" that just gets recycled. I, personally, have too many teeshirts, insulated coffee mugs, regular mugs, that takes up space. For one, I'm into less - but photos really recreate the event and don't take up much room. Blah blah blah. Meri

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[> Re: Ideas for Reunion -- Phil Faherty, 17:29:42 09/14/11 Wed [1]

Looks like the ball is rolling and there are alot of great ideas out there. My wife's class just had their 45th and it too, was a 2 night event held at a local Marriott. The hotel provided for a great atmosphere to mingle during the day, take off on different events, golf, shopping, gambling etc. First night was a cocktail party and the second night was dinner and dancing. As an outsider, I had a great time and we would want our spouses, partners attending our reunion to feel as welcome.

I'm sure we can come up with some kind of souvenior for the reunion that would last awhile and keep our memories alive. I use letter openers, mouse pads, freezer mugs etc for our business and they are well received...and get used. I still(as does Vicky K) use the ruler the First National Bank of Westboro gave us back in '63.

It's great to see the interest that has been generated over the past several months and a special thanks to Ruth, John and the 1st reunion committee.

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Date of Reunion -- Martha Hooks Oleson, 23:55:59 09/10/11 Sat [1]

I really like the idea of having the reunion on September 28, 2013. Those of us who have to fly in from a distance will want to combine the reunion trip with some sort of other excursion. The end of September and early October are the perfect times for a road trip around New England. I'm really looking forward to it!

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[> Re: Date of Reunion -- Ruth K, 13:24:53 09/11/11 Sun [1]

I agree! Autumn is my favorite time of year everywhere, but especially in New England. Air fares and accommodations are generally lower after Labor Day as well. Sookie's idea of a picnic-type event somewhere locally to get reacquainted prior to the Saturday night big dinner is a good thought--maybe on the Friday afternoon.

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reunion -- Sookie Stockwell Weymouth, 21:41:56 09/10/11 Sat [1]

My husband had his 50th high school reunion less than a month ago. The first event of the 2-day reunion was a picnic/barbecue from 11 a.m. till around 3 p.m. at the beautiful home of one of his classmates. The informal outdoor atmosphere gave people a chance to mingle and move from friend to friend much more easily than a restaurant or hall setting. There wasn't music playing that you had to talk above either. Later in the reunion they hosted several tours as well as drinks and dinner at a restaurant. These are fine activities, but the picnic/bbq was a great ice-breaker and chance to talk easily. Hope we can do someting similar.

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Ruth Darlow's brother Richard has passed away -- Judi Grey Smith, 17:10:23 07/04/11 Mon [1]

I read in Sunday's Telegram that Richard Darlow, 68 had passed away on Thursday, June 30th.
I remember him & thought there would probably be alot of others that remembered him as well.
The paper said Ruth is in Douglas, MA but I found no address.

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[> Re: Ruth Darlow's brother Richard has passed away -- martha oleson, 15:02:13 08/17/11 Wed [1]

I remember Ruth Darlow's brother as well. He was a very nice fellow, quiet and gentle. My condolences to Ruth and her family. Does anyone who reads this forum know Ruth or keep in touch with her in any way?

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Robert Kirby -- Michael K., 08:17:28 05/23/11 Mon [1]

The "Worcester Telegram" reported the death of Robert Kirby today. He was 82. Good math teacher.

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[> Re: Robert Kirby -- Jeff Barclay, 09:20:50 05/23/11 Mon [1]

Mr. Kirby was an excellent coach as well as a true gentleman.. May he rest in peace.

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Passing -- Michael K., 13:55:16 04/26/11 Tue [4]

A sad note to pass on for those of you who remember my sister Susan and her husband David - my brother-in-law, David Fecitt died on March 30, 2011. David was in a very bad automobile accident a little over five years ago. He was totally paralized and had 24 hr nursing care at their home in Cape Coral, FL, since then.

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[> Re: Passing -- Ruth K, 12:42:42 04/27/11 Wed [1]

Mike, I am so terribly sorry! I knew nothing about the accident 5 years ago. It must have been horrible. My sympathy to you and your family as well as to Sue and Fred and family.

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[> Re: Passing -- Judi G., 09:44:01 04/28/11 Thu [1]

I am sorry to hear of your family's as well as the Fecitt/Skog family's loss. What a tragedy!

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[> Re: David's Passing -- Martha, 12:50:40 04/28/11 Thu [1]

Mike,
I'm so sorry to hear of David's passing. You had told me about the accident a year or so ago in one of our previous email exchanges, and I've often wondered how he was doing. I often thought of Susan as well and how her life had changed with that accident. My heart-felt sympathies go out to your sister Susan, Susan Fecitt Skog and her family and your Mother and you.
Sincerely,
Martha

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[> Re: Passing -- Diana Edwards, 18:44:59 10/11/11 Tue [1]

Somehow I missed this note earlier. I'm so sorry.

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Greetings from Peter M -- Peter Mead, 15:31:54 04/17/11 Sun [1]

Hi friends, Just as I was in high school it seems like I am a little slow. Not surprising it has taken me a couple of years to get caught up with this web site. I have really enjoyed looking them over. I did get to visit Kathy when she was living in or near Dexter Maine.I also stayed in Contact with Peter C. I did some fabrication work on his 1st saw mill, got upsidedown in his vintage Stearman byplane and he was a co sponsor on a 1946 Piper Cub that we both enjoyed. Living in Maine I look forward to seeing you all at our next reunion.
P.S. I did get to visit with Ruth at Peter'a funeral.

See ya, Pete M....

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WHS 50th class reunion -- judi grey smith, 18:46:53 04/13/11 Wed [1]

My vote for our class reunion would be for 2013 & the idea of it on our actual graduation day would be lovely if it fell on a weekend in 2013. What was the date?



I also did a little research this week when I was able & did some comparisons on hotels, function rooms, menus, etc hoping I could convince all of you what an incredibly generous offer Larry has made to all of us for a function at the country club. The cc holds 100 comfortably & another 40 if we "take over" the lounge/bar in the back. I am sending this on both venues (e-mail as well as the forum) as I agree with Phil that the forum is not seen by all.



I went to the Doubletree (right next door to my part time job so not a long haul) & that is where we had the 30th (the adage: if you arrange it, they will come, well they didn't). The room was small but pleasant & there were not a lot of us so it was not a problem. The food was basic fare but in good quantity. We could probably get away with $45-50 a person if we kept it again to the basics (chicken or fish) which would include appetizer to dessert & coffee. This would be chicken picata for $30 or salmon for $33. Then add in the tax, bartender fee (for cash bar) & 20% tip on both & they throw in the function room. However, they are always trying to squeeze you in a smaller room than you need for mingling (standing & sitting).
The actual overnight rooms are now $89 without breakfast & $99 with a full breakfast. That is the discounted rate! You might like to know that when we did the 30th, 20 years ago, the rooms were $69. so they have gone up $20 in 20.



I also looked into the Grafton Inn & talked to Paula Skog, as well. They can do a buffet w/pasta & salad, etc up to sirloin tips, stuffed chicken, OR turkey with a salad,coffee, dessert. This would range from $16 to $24 per person & then add in $150. for the room & $40 for bartender (cash bar), tax & 20% tip for all. The overnights at the Grafton Inn are $85-$100 a night.

These prices are obviously subject to change in the next 2 years but probably not much. It just gives us a general comparison. There are also several motels in the area now: Marriot Courtyard, Motel 6, etc.



Neither of these quotes include a band OR a DJ but Paula & I decided that if someone had a really good Bose & some of the Time Life oldies cd's, that would be all you needed at either place. Paula's reunion had a DJ & it is expensive & an unnecessary expense although she said several folks were up & dancing. I can't personally imagine a reunion without Gordon & Cathy or Fred & Sue up their shaking their merry makers!! LOL! So the band/dj is entirely up to the voters when the time comes. I did not get pricing on that if someone wants to look into it.



I also looked into getting a van/bus per your request for a town tour. I found that if we rented a local "airport shuttle" mini-bus that accommodates 20 people, it would be less than $20 a piece for 1/2 a day. I am not sure but doubt that all will want the tour so I think 20 is an agreeable number. I DO plan on inquiring at the school bus dept at how we might rent a school bus & the cost. I also plan on inquiring into your requests for tours at both schools. I will try to get a feel for the possibilities of that happening, as well.



I also have some fun ideas if we can get someone electronically literate to volunteer to help out. Also, how about all those that are unable to attend having the option to Skype the reunion & we could say "hi" to them during the get together?? (right now Patti is laughing hysterically because I can't get my teeth around Skype & she knows it!!)



It is wonderful that some are jumping on the bandwagon from around the universe to "find" other classmates. The previous reunion committee have several phone numbers from the last reunion responses & although it is 20 years ago, I have not changed mine number in over 20 years so......

Also, isn't everyone on Facebook but me???? We should be able to find several more via Facebook.

I personally love the idea of anyone other than the class that is interested in coming, having an opportunity to join us. How do we let these folks know?



So, please can't we all just get along & we can accomplish a lot more if we work together. Looks like we do have a few folks ready to get something in play within close proximity. Then if others could spend some time finding different individuals not yet found & someone else putting together a questionnaire with some questions that you are all willing to answer & interested in other's answers, as well.



I apologize in advance if I have come across as a bit bold but I had the time to stop & inquire & I personally & sincerely think Larry Broga has made a wonderful effort to get us all together in a win-win situation & we should take advantage of that.

I hope to see Karen T., Susie S. & whomever is local sometime soon to get the ideas & the ball rolling. I know we can count on John & Mike L. to join us in warmer weather to brainstorm. Be well til then.



Judi Grey Smith

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50th -- Susan Lund West, 20:57:45 04/07/11 Thu [1]

Hi,
Sorry about the spelling of really !!!!!! on my just sent note. I just wanted to thank Larry again for his offer it sounds great and I will help with whatever we need to do. It will be so much fun.
Sue

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[> Re: 50th -- Patti, 23:49:51 04/07/11 Thu [1]

Hi to all, As I have stated Larry"s idea of the WCC would be a great place to have our 50th. I think the sooner we make a decision would be helpful to those classmates who have to travel a long distance. Finances are certainly a concern for those who have to make travel plans etc. Reading some of the reply's I get the feeling that the majority so far like the CC . Correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks Larry for your hard work. Patti

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50th -- Susan Lund West, 20:49:12 04/07/11 Thu [1]

Hi classmates,

I rally feel we should set a date and time so we can get going and reserve a place. We could go back and forth forever and never get anywhere. The 50th is so important to celebrate our lives. We have lost so many we really need to connect with our forever friends. Ruth you have done such a great job and getting this going so let just do it. Please everyone stay as healthy as you can and see you at the 5oth.
Sue

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Reunion -- Moby (Wile), 20:16:19 03/27/11 Sun [1]

Hi John, et al,
You SO remind me of your mother. The expressed sentiments are exactly what I would expect to have heard from her. If she had not stepped in and allowed me to spend the time I was forbidden to be in a classroom at her library, I probably would have never made it. Between your mom and Mrs. Butler, my life was probably saved.
That aside, I heartily concur! Something tasty and quiet and contemplative would be great. Carbone's does still exist, but it ain't for the "fixed income" crowd any more. Neither is Harry's, come to that. But we could probably find a good grinder somewhere and pizza for the masses and a decent boom box would really be great.
So, for what it's worth, I'm in if I can come up with the gelt for the ticket and the car. Thanks for the starter notes.
Moby (Wile)

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Our 50th Reunion -- John Elberfeld, 11:38:46 03/27/11 Sun [34]

I’ve been thinking about our up-coming 50th reunion. Last summer Mike LeClaire gathered a small group of us together, and we came up with a wide range of ideas. Since then I’ve had a year of experience living on a fixed retirement income, and that really changed my thinking. Here is my wish list for our reunion now.

My goal for a reunion is to have a chance to talk old friends. I’ll tell you how beautiful your grand kids are (any great grands yet?) if you listen to me babble about mine. We’ll remember the great times we had (even if they never really did happen) and mourn our classmates who have passed away. None of this requires an expensive location or fancy food – just a quiet place to sit and talk.

Because I’m getting older, I admit I need some help. I hope we can have name tags with BIG PRINT because I can’t remember names as well, and while I still enjoy staring at some chests, it would help if I could also read your name.

Background music from the 50s and 60s is fine, but the last thing I want is a loud-mouthed DJ yelling at me to get up and boogie. I want to be able to hear what people are saying across the table without straining my ears and mind. I don’t want to waste energy fighting distractions. (Is curmudgeon the right word?)

We should invite everyone who has a physical or emotional connection to our class. We should include older and younger siblings, students who moved away or transferred to other schools, friends from other classes – anyone who feels they would like to attend.

I’d be happy if we meet at the Fisher Street (our old High School) cafeteria, have Carbones (if it exists) deliver a ton of pizza and “tonic,” and have a boombox playing Everly Brothers or Percy Faith in the background. I understand it might be hard to justify the expense for some of you to fly in from distant locations for something this simple, so this is just a starting point for a discussion.

In addition to our formal reunion, maybe we could have tours of the town in the afternoon, or local classmates could open their homes for informal gatherings – what would YOU suggest?

We need somebody (or a team) in the area to step up and take the lead in pulling our 50th together. The way we supported Ruth proves that we can work together and do our share, but we need a local coordinator to tell us how we can help. I’ll do what I can from an isolated farm house in upstate New York. We have two years to prepare, but time flies.

Please share your ideas so we have a reunion we will all enjoy and remember.

John Elberfeld
JElberfeld@AOL.COM

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Sookie Stockwell Weymouth, 08:25:37 03/28/11 Mon [1]

I concur. One of the reasons I skipped the last reunion was money, and another was plans for music and dancing. I wouldn't mind getting together at our old H.S. with simple fare, background music, time and place to talk. I can do without booze, if that's an issue with the site we choose. Let's find a place and a date soon so we can all make our plans, which might include lowest cost travel and place to stay.

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Mike L., 14:58:55 03/28/11 Mon [1]

I'm available for planning meetings or whatever. I still have access to the clubhouse in Ludlow for that, if needed. It's free and has whatever. Let me know. MIke L.

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Martha (Hooks) Oleson, 18:07:06 03/28/11 Mon [1]

I totally agree with John, Moby and Sookie that we should keep the costs of the reunion down, but we want it to be lots of fun as well. This is a 50th reunion!!! We definitely want a venue that allows alcohol. The high school cafeteria idea might be fun (and nostalgic as well) as long as we can get a permit for alcohol. In many school districts, it is possible to get a 24 hour alcohol permit for adult dances or fund-raisers, etc. Another idea is that someone in the class might belong to a club in the Westboro area that has free rooms available for members, especially if you buy their food and drink. If we end up not having the reunion in the high school, we should definitely have a high school tour at some point.

I also agree that when we say "our class" we are referring to anyone who was part of our class even for a few weeks/days! However, I think that other folks who want to attend the reunion (brothers, sisters, friends) should be invited by a member of the class. Then that guest is accountable to the classmate who extended the invitation. Since we have been on-line, there have been lots of people who are not in the class following our class conversations, and there are probably many we don't even know about. For obvious reasons, the reunion probably should be by invitation only.

I really think we are ready for a Chairperson and a Team to work on this, preferably folks who are in the Massachusetts area. Are any of you who met with Mike last summer interested in doing this? I know you did a lot of brain storming! I'm sorry that I can't volunteer but I live the greatest distance away and I'm not even in the country. It would be too difficult for me. So that is my 2 cents worth! Thanks, Tiny, for getting the ball rolling with this. Also, Mega thanks to Ruth for making this communication possible!
Cheers,
Martha

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Ruth K, 02:28:31 03/29/11 Tue [1]

Hi All,

I think Tiny's ideas are good. Even though our old high school cafeteria isn't a fancy venue, we all have lots of fun memories of that place, including school lunches (where Peter Crowell always stole food off everyone else's tray while they went to get their milk), all kinds of fun dances, and so much more. I don't care whether there's alcohol or not, but keeping the costs down is good, as some of us will have high-fare plane tickets. I already emailed Tiny that I have virtually all of the old music we love on iTunes and can bring my laptop (or maybe iPad by then) to provide free music, so no DJ or live band necessary or even desirable. Oh, Carbone's -- talk about memories! We went there in everything from Halloween costumes and football uniforms to prom gowns and tuxes. What an awesome place and food! This makes me really want to do it!

Also, if anyone wants to get together in smaller localized groups (like the little get-together last summer), I think that's great. I hope maybe some of you can visit me in the summer or fall either this year or next, whenever. We just don't know anymore where or when or if any of us will see each other again, so we need to grab opportunities that present themselves.

I love you guys!

Ruth

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Phil Faherty, 17:05:45 03/30/11 Wed [1]

Wow....it sounds like you’re planning a wake, not a reunion. We’re not that old!!!! Let’s have some fun.

I can appreciate the quiet time to reflect and reconnect, that’s why a reunion should be hotel based to allow for more time than just a dinner and conversation. I would think quite a few classmates would be traveling from afar and would need accommodations anyway.

There most be a decent hotel in Westboro that would have reasonably priced rooms as well as other amenities. Planning an arrival on Friday with a dinner on Saturday would allow for reconnecting throughout the day on Saturday as well as time for other activities such as golf, a town tour or just visiting with classmates to name a few.

For the main event, I would think a cocktail hour followed by dinner, a couple short speeches and some light entertainment would be nice. In all probability there will be spouses in attendance and we should consider them, don’t want to bore them out of their minds.

Although I was a member of the class for only four years(1st, 2nd, 11th & 12th grades) and don’t have the long time roots that a lot of you have, it would still be nice to reconnect and catch up on the last 50 years.

Should we wait until 2013 for our 50th or have a 49th in 2012 instead? When the roses are blooming......smell ‘em!

As far as inviting non class members, let’s get a head count first and then see if we will need more people to make the numbers work. With my comments, we’ve heard from six classmates. Is anyone out there? Speak up(please).

Best regards to all,

Phil

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- charlie o., 18:32:02 03/30/11 Wed [1]

I hope more people can speak up about this special time in our lives for it is only going to happen once. I agree with Phil that this should be fun for ALL at this event and a school anything would not be very much fun. Heck going to the state forrest would be more fun for many of us. I totally agree with those who have money concerns and hope they could start to put a little aside as I will. Is there a easy way to email all who have signed on to the site and ask for there opions or choices?. John has started making this site to look alive again and I would hate to see all Ruth's hard work waisted. Speak up guys! I am in for anything so lets keep chatting. Chas

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Diana Whittemore Edwards, 21:55:28 03/30/11 Wed [1]

Hello All,
I like the idea of blending economy with a comfortable setting that lends itself to conversational gatherings, while offering amenities to those – like spouses – who want a break from all the catching up. Many small hotels offer meeting/function rooms that might meet our needs. With a hotel serving as our headquarters, as it were, those who have traveled a distance have the opportunity to rest and refresh with some convenience. While I would hope that something other than a school might be available for the 50th reunion, it could be that this is the best value as we strive to keep the overhead low. In my opinion, it's important to make this an event that doesn't strain anyone's wallet. I would hope that as many classmates as possible will join in the fun of getting together, reminiscing, and saying hello after all these years! It seems we need a local reunion team to explore the options. I’m in favor of planning the reunion for 2013. Warm regards, Diana

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Larry, 05:42:13 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Well, I guess it's time for me to speak up and I hope no one takes offense to what I have to say. Our 50th. reunion is a milestone and may well be the last time many of us will ever get together again. Do we really want to spend this time sitting on hard plastic chairs in a smelly school cafeteria while dining on pizza out of a box? Personally, I won't travel from Florida for that type of scenario. Maybe I haven't matured as much as many of you, because I am still very young at heart and enjoy having fun. So here is my suggestion. I think the gathering should be held in Westboro, but you will find that the hotels and their function rooms are among the most expensive in MA. The Westboro Country Club has three function rooms, one large and two smaller. I would like, as a gesture of friendship and thanks for still considering me a class member, provide these rooms and a basic buffet for up to 100 people (members & significant others). Non-members and guests could attend at a nominal cost. The three rooms would give us the ability to move some tables in the large room for music and dancing after dinner while the two smaller rooms could serve as breakout rooms for more intimate and quiet conversation. If this is agreeable to the masses and a date, preferably a Saturday in either June, July or August (I don't do cold) of 2013 could be picked, I will start to make the arangements. Maybe a committee of members who still live locally could begin to plan some peripheral activities such as school and city tours, golfing, tennis, etc. etc. This time frame would give everybody more than two years to save for travel expenses. This would also give us plenty of time to reach out to all the members.
Ruth, if you or somebody else could put this out in an email so as to get everyone's opinion, that would be great. I'm not sure my email list is up to date.
OK folks, the ball is in your court, what do you want to do?

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Ruth K, 07:14:40 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Larry, I like your idea. The Country Club sounds like an ideal venue with a combination of easy location, function rooms, and hopefully good food. But am I understanding this right? Are you offering to spring for the buffet yourself? That would be a huge expense that should probably be shared among participants. Getting the Country Club on a summer weekend might be a little tough as well, but we do have two years to plan.

This is exactly what this discussion forum is all about--to bash around ideas. The more, the merrier, so everyone, please add your 2 cents and we will come up with the best combination of plans.

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Larry, 12:37:50 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Yes, it is my intention to provide the rooms and buffet. I have been in contact with the country club and it will be no problem. I will take care of all those arrangements as soon as a date and alternate date are agreed upon.

The country club holds fond memories for me. I caddied there while in junior high then played there later on. And one can never forget tobogganing and sledding the course. My best memory, though, is when Patty Horne and I won a twist contest at some kind of a function we were attending at the club! My mother still has one of the little trophies we won.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Martha, 14:25:45 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Larry, I love your idea!! You are so right---the 50th Reunion should be a memorable. The country club holds a lot of memories for me as well. I think this is the Number 1 idea! Your very generous offer plus two years to save money should make the trip affordable to everyone. Cheers to you!

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[> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Diana W. Edwards, 19:01:06 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Yes! The Country Club would be tops! Thanks, Larry, for setting us straight. What were we thinking! 50 years is an event! We definitely need to do it up right! Best to all, Diana

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Pat Romkey, 23:52:25 04/06/11 Wed [1]

Larry, Great idea for having the 50th at the Country Club..Thanks for the offer of making the arrangements for the club. I myself think that the reunion should take place in 2013 and just hope and pray the one's that are here now will be able to attend. I wished I could remember the twist contest we won, but at this age I sometimes forget what I had for supper. Right now we (Ralph,Bob and Sue West and myself are in Carrabelle,Fl. We are taking a trip cross countrythat will take us to New Orleans,Tx,Santa Fe, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Ca, and on to Hawaii for a 1 wk cruise and 2 wks in Kauai. Then returning and doing northern Ca and home the nth route. Longest we have been away from our grandchildren, glad we are able to see them on skype. Modern tech, who would have thought. Well hope to see everyone in 2013. Again thanks

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Joanna Whittemore D'Andrea, 18:59:56 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Greetings!
Larry, thank you so much for this wonderful suggestion, and for your very gracious and generous offer! I think this would be an ideal venue - replete with all the amenities! This will be an occasion of a lifetime - a celebration to remember...let's make it top drawer!

In recent years, I've stayed in Westborough at both the Doubletree and another hotel nearby (I can't remember the name of it!), and found both of them reasonably priced and very agreeable. No doubt 'reunion group rates' could be arranged, which benefit all those coming from a distance.

It's great to see so many jumping in with ideas and suggestions and I, for one, am looking forward reconnecting after all these years! Let's keep the dialogue going.

Warm good wishes to everyone!

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- meredith wilson sumner - aka meri wilson, 15:16:50 05/04/11 Wed [1]

I'm with Larry - graciousness (no plastic chairs with a cafeteria smell) while thinking of economics. Maybe some classmates who live near Westboro with space might be be able to offer housing to classmates who want to come but have economic limitations and those of us who are single could double up in local lodging. There are creative ways to make this event affordable without abandoning comfort, fun, and graciousness (Larry, yes!) Maybe those with more resources would be willing to pay the higher contribution at WCC? I don't know how that gets sorted out - but it might just work without oversight? Just some thoughts for making it work. I also think that a date should be set soon so planning can begin so those who want to come have time to plan. Those for whom this event is a priority will make it so - and find ways to fit it into their schedule and make it work financially. If everything has to be perfect, nothing will happen. I for one am in a phase of "good enough" especially if we can be happy and laugh and maybe even dance. Music is key (for me) and I hope Ruth will reconsider her music offer - and dancing would work for me. My two cents.
I am really looking forward to the ultimate event as well as the planning process. But who is in charge??? Don't we need someone to set dates and meetings or whatever is needed? I'm a bit on the periphery - not having graduated with you all - and a bit far afield. Is there someone in MA, the most appropriate planning venue, who might be willing to start the process? I'm prepared to travel and do whatever I can and make attendance a priority.
thanks Larry - thanks Ruth -
looking forward to reconnecting sometime soon.
Meri Wilson Sumner

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Phil Faherty, 09:25:42 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Larry, thanks for your generous offer and I would be willing to share some of the expense with you. We can discuss at a later date. I'm with you and Charlie, would not be interested in traveling from Fl or PA for a chat and pizza in a high school cafeteria(no offense, John and others).

If the Westboro CC is available, that would be great. I did a quick search for hotels in Westboro and found the Doubletree is close to the Westboro Country Club and rooms for this June are $109.00 a night. They have a restaurant, bar/lounge and other amenities. That price is pretty reasonable. The Doubletree doesn't quote prices two years out, but I would think the 2013 rates would be in line with current rates. They would probably offer a group discount as well. It would be a short cab ride from the CC for those who may have had a cocktail or two.

Ruth, thanks for your efforts and getting the site back up and running. John, thanks for sparking interest in the reunion plans.

Charlie had suggested a e-mail blast to direct classmates to the forum, good idea.

Phil

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Judi Grey Smith, 08:19:16 04/01/11 Fri [1]

OKAY, I'm in! I'm hoping Gordon jumps on the bandwagon too.. I will get some local pricing for several options, lay them out & we can decide. With the several options we have for what folks want, I think we can have a great party while keeping costs "down".
Thank you, Larry for all your encouragement over the years for this to happen & now the CC offer. (I'll ship you a homemade chicken pot pie thank you! Ha! Ha!)
I agree with several folks though that one hotel locally could be the central location for the weekend & we can arrange tour pickups, etc from there. We have so many hotels/motels in Westborough now & each one trying to outdo the other, this may be to our advantage. By the way, the Doubletree is the "old" Marriot on the hill at 495 for those wondering WHERE it is located. I DO think we can get an "in the range of" pricing this far ahead as they do it for weddings.
I have always put together & printed (wherever I was working)"the booklet" with all the questionnaires with either Gordon or Charlie drawing the cover. In the past, it has always been a hit BUT now that all is electronic & I don't pretend to be a whiz at this stuff, do we still want to know how many kids, do you look like your dog, etc that we don't already get on the website?? We could probably put together a picture album (electronically) after the event.
A big question is, I don't remember who has the bank book but there is probably no money in "our" account as we have always kept the cost pretty close to the bone at previous reunions. I will let you know if there are deposits necessary that I can not cover & we can discuss how that's gonna' go.
So Sue, we can be in touch (you're not that far away) & I hope we hear from a few others close by to do some legwork, as I KNOW John, Larry & Charlie would be on it if they were closer as they have in the past. I'm pretty sure we can rely on Karen T. to help, as well.
So with a little support, I think you can consider the Westboro High School Class of 1963 50th Reunion at the very least "in process".
In all sincerity, this is NOT MY ballgame, but we need to start saying "we are doing this" instead of "we should do this". We ARE doing this, folks!!!
P.S. I'm going to start with an estimate of 35-40 people just so I have a figure to work with. Ruth, do you think this is a feasible? Don't forget, not all current enthusiasm is met with a commitment in the end.

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Ruth K, 14:10:09 04/01/11 Fri [1]

Judi, Thanks for jumping in with so many good ideas and, as always, volunteering for the hard work involved in planning. Right now I have 40 on the email list, but I hope this number goes up substantially as we make a big drive to rally the troops. And I do think we should invite friends from nearby classes at WHS, especially some who still live in Westboro or nearby and stay active, like Paula Haynes Skog (her class did a reunion recently, I read on Facebook). I'm hoping we get 75 or more people including spouses and guests. We can do this! And I want a chicken pot pie, too!

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Joanna Whittemore D'Andrea, 15:58:03 04/01/11 Fri [1]

Some wonderful ideas, Judy! Your suggestion of a booklet - photo (How else will we know eachother?!), brieF bio info - could include as little or as much as you choose-is a great one, and I like the suggestion of a photo page following the event!
Thanks to those who live close by for stepping up to volunteer. Yes, this IS underway!
Joanna

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion - Great Idea -- John Elberfeld, 10:01:10 04/01/11 Fri [1]

Hi everybody,

I like hamburger, but would never turn down a steak if it were offered.

I'd be happy to meet at the old high school, but we would be crazy not to embrace Larry's fantastic offer of the country club.

To show our appreciation for his contribution, we should do what we can to help. We all have different skills. I suggest we start by making sure as many classmates and friends as possible know about this web site and our plans. Some may choose not to participate, but at least we can be sure that is their decision. Let Ruth know how to contact people missing from her list, please.

Keep in mind that some of the most supportive people do not appear in our yearbook - I hope this reunion will bring all our old friends and acquaintances together again.

Thanks,
John

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion - Great Idea -- Larry, 06:13:12 04/02/11 Sat [1]

WOW !!! I'm sure glad I lit the fire, now let's keep the pot boiling !!!! I don't know about y'all (that's Florida talk), but I'm excited about this.

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[> Our 50th Reunion Planning Get-Together -- John Elberfeld, 17:21:27 04/03/11 Sun [1]

Hi,
If what is left of my memory is still accurate, often the work and planning parties before the big dance or prom were more fun than the actual event itself.

2011 is too soon for a full-fledged reunion, but an open planning party sounds great to me. All the fun without the hassle. As the flurry of emails confirms, getting together to plan the reunion this summer is a great idea. Driving in from Upstate NY to MA or VT or NH is worth the trouble.

Please keep EVERYONE informed so we can all participate and contribute to the best of our abilities. If you are not yet on Ruth's email list, send her your info!

John Elberfeld
66 Beebe Road
Berne, NY 12023

JElberfeld@AOL.COM
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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Phil Faherty, 08:48:49 04/05/11 Tue [1]

Bob, you are not alone in considering an earlier date for a reunion. I posted my thoughts in the Forum on 3/30, "Should we wait until 2013 for our 50th or have a 49th in 2012 instead? When the roses are blooming......smell ‘em!", before your e-mail. I guess no one paid any attention to it. Nevertheless, earlier posts suggested no one really cared if it was a "50th" or not, they just wanted to have a reunion.

2 1/2 years is a ways off and unfortunately, some of us reading this now may not be around in 2 1/2 years or may be in-capacitated in some way. We're all on time bombs and who knows who will be next. From my own personal experience, my wife of 42 years was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma in May of 2005, it was a real eye opener (she's in remission) for us. As I mentioned earlier, when the roses are blooming....smell 'em. It's a philosophy that everyone should embrace. The other is Q.T.R., Quality Time Remaining, let's not waste it.

Regarding the reunion, I would think the main focus would be to locate our lost classmates first, there is plenty of time to plan the event. Once more classmates are located, then we could take a survey from all and decide what date and events would be most desirable.

The volunteers to find classmates could work together through the website or e-mail to keep a record of efforts put forth.

I'm going to post these comments to the Forum, which I think was Ruth's intention. The Forum is an on-going dialogue and provides a "Paper Trail" of what has been expressed. E-mails on the other hand go away.

It's interesting to see the enthusiasm of our class, but it still seems there is an "In Crowd" and then all others. These barriers should be removed and a greater time shall be had by all.

A no reply to this entry re-inforces the "In Crowd" theory.

Enough said,


Phil

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Diana Whittemore, 09:13:13 04/05/11 Tue [1]

Hello All,
Thanks, Bob and Phil, for asking us consider and reconsider the options. While I think 2 1/2 years will pass in a wink, and am an optimist at heart, the future is an unknown for each of us. I would be willing to gather in 2012 if the majority deems that best. I'm a day's drive from Massachusetts so it's an easy decision for me, but I know that's not true for everyone. I'll help in any way possible and be happy to go with the flow. Warm regards, Diana

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Diana Whittemore, 10:01:36 04/05/11 Tue [1]

P.S. Phil, I'm sorry about your wife's Lymphoma and am glad to learn that it is in remission. Thanks for reminding us that QTR (quality time remaining) is an excellent philosophy for each of us, particularly at this time in our life. We just never know what life will deliver.

I agree, cliques are not in anyone's best interest.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Phil Faherty, 10:22:49 04/05/11 Tue [1]

Thanks Diana, It's been an interesting road to Jeri's recovery, she is one tough cookie! We have embraced the Q.T.R. philosophy and savoring each moment of breath we have. Life delivers many wake up calls.

Phil

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Phil Faherty, 10:16:07 04/05/11 Tue [1]

Hi Diana: You're right, it well pass in a wink. Looking forward does seems longer than looking back. Here we are looking at the passing of 50 years, a few winks. Back in 63, we could hardly fathom the turn of the century and now we're already 11 years into it. I too, am open to whatever the consenus is regarding a reunion date. We just have to understand that the clock is ticking and we should not assume that we'll be as healthy and alive in two years as we are today. I'm not a pessimist, I'm the eternal optimist, but reality certainly is big player.

Phil

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Ruth K, 15:28:52 04/05/11 Tue [1]

I am not going to make this decision alone, and neither is anyone else! We're talking about our 50th High School Reunion, which is a once in a lifetime event. I have received comments from a number of mates opting for the 2013 date, but they sent the email to me, not to the entire class. The only ones I know thus far opting for 2012 are Bob, Allyson, and Phil.

There is NO in-crowd and out-crowd, and I take offense at Phil's remarks. It was Tiny's email that suggested we post this discussion on the Forum because not everyone gets their email and less than half the class is on the email list. Not everyone looks at the Forum either, so both venues have merit in trying to reach a democratic decision. It would be nice if everyone would respond, but that won't happen. But let's NOT point fingers at those who do offer input for everyone else's consideration and accuse them of being the in-crowd!

Earlier discussion for a reunion in 2010 or 2011 at Leigh's farm was about an unnumbered class party, without eliminating a future 50th reunion. Due to Leigh's health issues, that party did not happen.

It's fine to have small committee meetings to make reunion plans, and those meetings are like mini-reunions of their own. But the decision about what year the 50th Reunion should be held needs to be decided by the class at large and NOT by a small committee. Why does this start to stink of Washington, DC?

Ruth

PS - This need not be a fast decision. We have lots of time. I think 60-90 days for input and trying to locate others is a reasonable timeframe for a vote.

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Martha, 16:00:02 04/05/11 Tue [1]

I'm very sorry that your wife had lymphoma, Phil, but happy to hear she is in remission. I'll keep her in my prayers. I think since we are all around 65 or 66, most of us have had wake-up calls in our families one way or another, and you are right that we should "smell the roses." We should also be nice to each other.

I don't understand why you are labeling people who responded to an invitation for input to the reunion as the "In Crowd," and then go on to set up a challenge that a "no-reply to this entry reinforces the "In Crowd" Theory. People have responded out of enthusiasm and most everyone said they would go along with the date chosen by the majority, anyway. I feel badly by your comments and puzzled by them, especially since you've done your share of responding. It is a definite downer.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion IT WILL HAPPEN -- Bob Poskitt, 20:26:47 04/05/11 Tue [1]

I want everyone to take a deep breath, hold it, now blow it out. Do it again. OK. Now I want each of us to take the baggage we are carrying on our shoulders and let it fall to the floor. The good news is that there was no sound because it really was not that significant, was it.

We are doing this to help clear the air and get back on track to planning one of the most exciting events that will happen to us in the next 1 to 2 years. And that is seeing all the people who helped us be who we are today. I can't speak for everyone, but for me it is really important that this does happen. What does not make sense is to get crosswise with each other as we try to reconnect in a more meaningful way.

I like Ruth's idea to take some time to reply to my initial question on the Reunion date........like until the end of May. At that time, the consensus will be used by the Reunion Committee to start the planning process. So that gives us the interim for the Committee to form its membership.......and for them to choose their leader (s).

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion IT WILL HAPPEN -- Ruth K, 21:22:45 04/05/11 Tue [1]

A ZEBRA IS A HORSE DESIGNED BY A COMMITTEE.

It's already April, and I think we should allow at least until the end of June or July for a decision about whether to have a 49th reunion in 2012 or a 50th reunion in 2013. And it should NOT be a committee decision but a CLASSMATE vote.

No wonder there is resentment! I heard a big crash when the baggage hit the ground, and there's still a lot of weight on my mind and shoulders and lots of other people's.

I have busted my chops to try to make this website and related emails OPEN to EVERYONE in our class, even and especially to those who did not actually graduate with us in 1963 but were a special part of our lives at some point along the way. I want to encourage EVERYONE to participate, to speak up, to help locate the missing, and to get back on track at looking at this grand party and reconnecting with each other as FUN instead of just a battle in yet another stupid war. If this continues, I won't be coming.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion IT WILL HAPPEN -- Joanna D'Andrea, 22:33:38 04/05/11 Tue [1]

Greetings One and All,
I was surprised by the suggestion that there was an "In Crowd". I was operating under the notion that we were expressing our various points of view relative to the date of our '50th Class Reunion", so here's mine. I prefer the 2013 date, since it, in fact, is the 50 year mark since our high-school graduation. Additionally, it allows adequate time for planning relative to the many factors which come into play ....work, family, and finances....elements which have been mentioned more than once. We want as many classmates as possible to be part of this wonderful celebration, and I for one, would not like to think that someone wasn't able to attend simply because notice was too short (for whatever reason). I hope and trust that we are all beyond the "in crowd" days, which may (or may not) have been part of our adolescence. This is a time for celebrating the Class of 1963 - All of Us, so let's keep the positive momentum going!

It's not snowing here just now...so, I'm happily yours,
Joanna

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Phil Faherty, 17:36:21 04/06/11 Wed [1]

Dear Classmates:

Please understand that when I posted my comments regarding the "In Crowd", that I, in no way intended to offend or insult anyone, I was simply offering an observation. If you were offended, please accept my apology. What I was referring to is that on many posts they go without any response or acknowledgement, giving a feeling of one’s correspondence falling on deaf ears or blind eyes as it may be. Others on the other hand, always get a response. My intention was to try and get more people involved, which it did and yes, many were in agreement with my observation. Thanks to all that have made responses.

I certainly am not trying to create any animosities or dampen the spirit of plans for a reunion. I totally understand that a lot of friendships go back many years and obviously there is a bond and tighter communication between those friendships.

In school we didn't all hang out with each other, but we did have a lot in common and we were all together at various functions and activities. We collectively had great times together and still think of those times as the good ole days. I see the Forum as one of those venues and feel everyone should participate, be heard, be recognized and work together as one to produce a great reunion. One that we will all remember as a great time together!

Regarding the 50th vs 49th, I agree the 50th is a greater milestone and has more of an impact. I have no issues with waiting, I just hope we don't loose anyone else in the meantime. It is sad to see the list of our departed classmates and all of the others that have gone before us.

To those including Karen, Meri, Mike and John who have volunteered to get the ball rolling, thank you. I’m sure there will be plenty of time for more brainstorming to find a way to locate and connect with our lost classmates.

Best regards,

Phil

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Diana Whittemore Edwards, 22:00:17 04/06/11 Wed [1]

Thanks for your note, Phil. I, too, appreciate everyone who has stepped up to help choreograph the multitude of details that reunions entail. It's no small undertaking, and I am grateful for their willingness. Best to all, Diana

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Where is everyone? -- JudiG, 09:09:40 02/03/11 Thu [1]

I was trying to get a couple of questions answered & I'm hoping there are still a few out there occassionally checking this site.
First of which is: what is happening with Ruth? Is she still in Montana & reasonably settled into the place she bought or moved on? Is she OKAY??? I understand she had a few issues when she first got there but have heard nothing since. I believe a few of us would like an update. I don't need to know all her business but need to know if she is all right! She spent all that time creating this beautiful website & now she is the one we hear from/about the least.

The other thing is: who would be posting pictures to this site now? I have two great photos from "back in the day" I would love to share. Fun photos! One of a Halloween probably 5th grade or so & the other, one given to me by Larry that includes many classmates. It appears to be some sort of meeting or committee that included Larry, Pete Mead, Sandy O, Meredith & several others. It is a great photo that I would love to share & obviously Larry wanted us all to see. He originally gave it to me to be included in the next reunion but I'd love to post it before then.

Anyway, I'd really love to hear some good news about Ruth & for all those in the southern states, I presently have 40-50 inches of snow accumulation this winter & have truly tired of it's beauty! My grandson comes over 2-3 days a week after school & all "snow days" & I love to watch HIM enjoy it but I am sooooo looking forward to spring!!!

Hope to hear from you! Take care!

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all quiet on the Westboro front? -- Meredith Wilson sumner, 17:27:29 09/09/10 Thu [1]

First a comment. It is nice that the mini-reunion in Ludlow happened....but it seems that a get together before 2013 would be a good idea, given our age and the increased likelihood that some of us may not make it to 2013 - the sooner the better. That's my first comment.
I had a lovely trip out west - visiting old friends in Boulder (from Worcester) - Golden CO where I had "tea" with Allyson Gottsman - with whom I had a wonderful, but too short, visit then onto Driggs, ID, to visit Kris Lorentzson Giger, followed by a drive to Jackson WY - and then MT to ride and fish with my guy, Bob. This was my second trip to Driggs; which may become an annual event. Kris and I have good times- kayaking, ATVing (only on allocated roadways) and just catching up. I love her guest room where I awake with the sun rising behind Grand Teton.
I tried to see Ruth, but Ruth wasn't settled enough to make plans - and my trip got scheduled up making a trip to St. Ignatius not possible. But Montana in Roscoe at Lazy-L ranch - riding while Bob fished and in Wolf Creek on the Missouri River for more fly fishing was wonderful. I love Montana.
I don't know how Ruth is doing, but I so hope that her circumstances have improved....and may even have evolved to being good.
Hope everyone is doing well and that some kind of get together can happen before 2013.....as I've mentioned before, I'm willing to be active in the planning and execution - but a critical mass of enthusiasm would be useful.
Best to everyone,
Meri Wilson

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Peter Crowell -- Diana Edwards, 08:46:39 04/25/10 Sun [1]

Ruth, Thanks for posting this tribute to Peter. It seems he was a well loved, energetic, and civic minded individual. I wish I'd known he was in Ocala when we were there. No doubt there are many missed connections when classmates lose touch with each other. I know his passing has been especially hard on you, Ruth. I am very sorry.

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[> Re: Peter Crowell -- Ruth K, 14:31:04 04/25/10 Sun [1]

Thanks, Diana. Peter was special to a lot of people and touched so many lives in so many ways. He loved life, and he lived it to the fullest extent of anyone I have ever known. I will miss him always, and there is barely a day that passes when I don't think of him at least once. I am grateful to have known and been such close friends with such a special person in my lifetime.

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PARTY THIS SUMMER -- Charlie O, 16:50:12 03/14/10 Sun [1]

Hey to all,
I live in PA.but will bring my cooking experience to a "barby" if needed. If some of you like Gordy or Judy that still live in town want help, I am in for you. Email me if you want to try getting something going.
Charlie

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Class Party This Summer or Reunion in 2013? -- Bob Poskitt, 16:38:39 03/13/10 Sat [1]

For more than a year now we have really enjoyed finding our classmates and hearing each others' stories. And we all have Ruth to thank for her untiring efforts to create and manage the website as she was relocating her home and business from the east to the west.

At the same time, however, we have been saddened by the untimely loss of some of our classmates as well as sensitized by some of the ongoing comments and responses of others. We all have grown (of course, not in the beltline!) and changed as should be expected over more than 45 years. In some ways, though, we want to reconnect with who we were in the '60's but in reality we are connecting with who we are today.............as it should be. As a result, we all need to be aware of that fact while having a lot of fun that can only be shared among classmates.

Last fall we started talking about a Class Party this summer. To me that sounds better than a Reunion especially when 2010 is not one of OUR big decade numbers. Of course, if we want a Reunion, then we should wait until 2013. Last year we also mentioned the chance of holding it at Leigh's but that was before her own personal health problems negated that. In either case (Class Party this summer or Reunion in 3 years), we need a committee that can be lead by those in or near Westboro who can find the right place/time/and venue. Since I am not one of those, we will need several classmates to step up now who can lead this effort.

Your thoughts on Class Party this summer or Reunion 2013 and committee leaders?

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Happy New Year! -- Joanna (Whittemore) D'Andrea, 13:27:11 01/16/10 Sat [1]

Happy New Year to all! I am grateful for family, friends and good health as 2010 gets underway. I'm also grateful to live in the age of this remarkable technology, which allows so many of us to reconnect and stay connected! I'm looking forward to our reunion next summer. Be well, be happy, be kind! Joanna

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wanting to say hi -- charlie o, 17:49:30 01/11/10 Mon [1]

THIS IS TO ALL YOU WILD DOGS I HAVEN'T SEEN FOREVER LETS SAY HI BEFORE REUNION. DONNY B, KAREN W, MULL, JAIME, ECT. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. LETS HAVE FUN THIS SUMMER! MIGHT EVEN BRING THE HARLEY. HIGH SCHOOL SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY FOR ME, HOW ABOUT YOU? THANKS, CHAS

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Finding Don B -- meredith - meri - wilson - Sumner, 11:43:14 12/09/09 Wed [1]

Hi everyone,
Just want to let you know than Don B is alive and seemingly well - living on the NH seashore. I left him a message on classmates months ago and he finally checked it and responded. I suspect, but won't assume that he is ok with having his email publicized - so I'll check.
I hope that Ruth and her equines arrived safely in their Montana home and before the snow flew - which it is doing like crazy today in Vermont.
Maybe you, Forever Home Friends, will start communicating again now that winter is settling in and we have more time to spend sitting on our butts in front of a computer!!
Love to everyone,
Meri

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Ruth K -- Diana Edwards, 21:12:10 11/29/09 Sun [1]

Hello Everyone,
Hope you all enjoyed a peaceful Thanksgiving.
Has anyone heard from Ruth? Is she safely settled in her new home?
Be well.
Diana

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Comparing the '60's to Today -- Bob Poskitt, 17:09:40 10/19/09 Mon [3]

Then: Long hair
Now: Longing for hair

Then: The perfact high
Now: The perfect high yield fund

Then: Keg
Now: EKG

Then: Acid Rock
Now: Acid reflux

Then: Moving to California because it's cool
Now: Moving to California because it's warm

Then: Growing pot
Now: Growing a pot belly

Then: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
Now: Trying not to look like Marlon Brandon or Liz Taylor

Then: Seeds and stems
Now: Roughage

Then: Popping pills, smoking joints
Now: Poppping joints

Then: Killer weed
Now: Weed Killer

Then: Getting a new, hip joint
Now: Getting a new hip joint

Then: Rolling Stones
Now: Kidney Stones

Then: Peace Sign
Now: Mercedes logo

Then: Take acid
Now: Take antacid

Then: Passing the driver's test
Now: Passing the vision test

Then: Whatever
Now: Depends

Then: Hoping for a BMW
Now: Hoping for a BM

Then: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
Now: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

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[> Re: Comparing the '60's to Today -- Diana, 17:30:08 10/19/09 Mon [1]

Thanks, Bob. This is very funny and it was really just what I needed!

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[> Re: Comparing the '60's to Today -- Michael K., 20:01:28 10/22/09 Thu [1]

Very good Bob. Life marches on!

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[> Re: Comparing the '60's to Today -- Joanna D'Andrea, 13:01:02 01/16/10 Sat [1]

Hi, Bob. Somehow I missed this...it's great! Hope you're well. Happy New Year! Joanna

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Peter Crowell -- Ruth K, 18:44:54 10/06/09 Tue [1]

It is with great pain and sorrow that I report the loss of another classmate and great friend of all, Peter Crowell, on Sunday, October 4th, 2009.

Peter was on a bicycle tour in Nova Scotia, doing what he loved to do, when he became ill. Two weeks prior to that he had spent a happy day at the wedding of his son Ben.

Peter was my very first friend, as we grew up across the street from each other and met when I was four and he was five years old. His loss is devastating to me.

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[> Re: Peter Crowell -- Judi, 07:39:20 10/07/09 Wed [1]

OMG! I am so sad to hear of Peter's passing. He was one of the funniest people I ever knew. I always seemed to run into Peter at the most peculiar places. I will miss that!
I was not close to Peter but I smile when I think of him & now with the sadness of his passing, I'll remember my visits with him very fondly. One time he showed up at my door (because I was on the reunion committee) & said "Come take a ride" & we went thru some old neighborhoods, showed up & knocked on Janie Johnson DeBoer's door & surprised the heck out her. We had a really nice visit with her.
He used to tell these wonderful stories years ago about his oxen & the saw mill & so many other tales he had to tell.
He was fun!!!
May he rest in peace!!

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Whazzzuuuuppp??? -- Moby Wile, 19:32:10 09/23/09 Wed [1]

Hey, what's up??? Noone on the e-mails and nothing new here. I'm feeling lonesome.
We're getting ready for winter here in Colorado. Getting the firewood stash in order, trying to extend the garden season just one more week, addressing chores that probably will not get actually done 'til next year, etc. New tires for the car were a special treat for me!
I had a nice talk with PG DeArmond last week. Great to hear from him and catch up a bit. I am ALWAYS interested in hearing from you folks. (970)221-3132 at home, and the cel is (970)488-9206. I have a prepaid cellphone and I have, like, 750 minutes to use before the end of the year. Call Me!!
Kathy and I recently celebrated our 29th anniversary. We had a nice evening at home with excellent wines and a delicious steak and shrimp. Not bad for a hippie mountain retreat that doubles as a resort for us at times. Nice to live at your own favorite destination.
Moby Wile

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Tornado of 1953 -- Diana W., 13:09:06 06/12/09 Fri [1]

Following are some links to the 1953 Tonado. Brings it all home again, for sure.

http://www.ci.worcester.ma.us/cco/history/tornado/slideshow.htm

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/papers/WorcesterTornado53_files/WorcesterTornado53.html

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[> Re: Tornado of 1953 -- Phil Faherty, 11:46:24 07/24/09 Fri [1]

Diana:

Thanks for the links. I too, remember the tornado as if it were yesterday, memories forever etched into my mind. We were living in Westboro at the time, but visiting a relative in Worcester when the tornado struck.

My sister and cousins were outside playing when the hail began pelting us. Our parents immediately summoned us to get inside and by the time we got to the front door, it took 3 adults to close it.

My adult cousin looked out back and noticed that the garage door to the un-attached gargage was open. She ran out the rear porch and closed the garage door, by the time she got back to the rear porch...the garage was gone! Just as she closed the rear porch door a giant tree crashed on to the porch. We didn't know about nano seconds back then, but I would say that's how close she came to being killed.

After the tornado had passed we went out to assess the damage and it was destruction everywhere. At the end of the street we could see what I believe was Assumption College in the distance...on fire.

We then saw a pickup truck pass us with a man in the back, he evidently had been in the tornado. He had no clothes on, was totally covered with dirt/mud and his eyes were wide open to the point they looked like ping pong balls.

We were all blessed on that day! It would be nice if we could remember everything the way we do the horrific things that have happened along our life's journey.

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PBS "History Detectives" -- Michael K., 19:43:46 06/11/09 Thu [3]

Hey Guys,

My fifteen minutes (probably only six at best) of fame will be on PBS' "History Detectives" airing on June 29. The whole story was really hyped up from my original inquiry to PBS. Take everything with a grain of salt. Also, that's not our house in Massachusetts - that's a "borrowed" house in Tennessee. I had to play dumb (something I can be good at) for the sake of the show. I could have explained the whole thing better, but then it would have been "Nova", not the "History Detectives."

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[> Re: PBS "History Detectives" -- Larry, 11:22:52 06/12/09 Fri [1]

Mike,
Isn't the media great. Many times during my law enforcement career I was involved in incidents that made the TV and/or newpaper and when I saw or read about them, I wondered if I had actually been there.
I'm looking forward to your TV debut, and already have it scheduled on the DVR.

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[> [> Re: PBS "History Detectives" -- Michael K., 19:27:20 06/30/09 Tue [1]

The hype in the actual segment wasn't as I had expected. The segment was very calm, honest, and flowed well. The ads prior to the airing on Facebook were a bit over the top.

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[> [> [> Re: PBS "History Detectives" -- Larry, 10:49:33 07/01/09 Wed [1]

Mike,
That segment was very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Tornado -- Diana W., 23:21:09 06/10/09 Wed [1]

Yes, Rich, there were at least two farms on Flanders Road that lost animals - cattle and horses, during the tornado of 1953 - the Zuretti farm(I'm not sure of the spelling any more) and the Walkup farm. I lived just beyond those farms and was home with my twin sister and another sister who was just two years older. We were playing Old Maid when the wind came up. Good thing we ran to the window to see what was happening because one chimney crashed into the bedroom where we were playing. We lost all the Elm and Chestnut trees on our property, and all five chimneys on the house, as well. We three decided to run to a neighbor's house (not such a smart decision, but what did we know!) and I was tossed through the air like super-girl - actually thrown back into the house. I remember looking out the front door (which I couldn't open for some reason) and seeing one sister clinging desperately to the grass. My older sister returned to help me get out of the house. We made our way over downed trees, debris and dancing, live (!) wires to the neighbor's house. My sister Sharon had said that very morning at breakfast that it was a good thing that we lived in Massachusetts because tornados didn't happen in New England!

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[> Re: Tornado -- Rich Boyd, 01:57:39 06/11/09 Thu [1]

The person killed on Flanders Road was "Mrs Timothy Cahill". Her son, James Cahill, age 12, was admitted to Framingham Union Hospital.

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Tuesday -- Michael K., 19:16:59 06/06/09 Sat [3]

Someone please check my dates, but I believe Tuesday is the 56th anniversay of the tornado. I remember it like it was yesterday - followed by the "summer of the chainsaws."

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[> Re: Tornado -- Leslie W, 12:48:40 06/07/09 Sun [1]

You are right about the date, Mike. it is 56 years ago that the tornado hit on June 9, 1953, my 8th birthday. Falling off my grandparents' front steps, I broke my left arm on June 10, Kathy DeLong's birthday.

I lived in Hopkinton then and was having a birthday party which was cut short. The tornado split in Shrewsbury and headed toward Grafton and Westboro. My grandparents who lived on West St., were spared from a huge tree that fell parallel to their house.

87 people perished in Worcester and Central Mass. I say a prayer for them on every June 9th.

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[> Re: Tornado -- Ruth K, 16:32:02 06/09/09 Tue [1]

I also remember the day well. We had 56 children at our house in the back yard, my entire class plus my sister Mary's and the teachers, for a picnic. The day was hot, steamy, very quiet, and the sky turned green. My father came home from work to tell the news of the approaching storm, and my mother started calling all the parents to come pick up the kids. Amazingly, everyone got home before the tornado hit. We lost 28 big trees in our yard, and the Aronson farm, where the new high school now stands, got flattened, as well as the Harvey house. I think 6 people in Westboro were killed that day. The rest of us are very lucky to be around to remember that horrible day.

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[> [> Re: Tornado -- rich boyd, 01:25:21 06/10/09 Wed [1]

Oh, thank you, Ruth. I was trying to think of the name of the Aronson family.
Two days before the tornado, Mrs. Aronson came to our house and, completely out of the blue, gave my mother some real sleigh bells. Two days later the Aronsons were gone. My mother always felt that Mrs. Aronson must have had a feeling that some thing would happen. The sleigh bells were hung on our door in Westboro very year at Christmas. I have them here now in Washington State and still put them out at Christmas and think of the Aronsons.
My parents worked so hard after that storm. Although I was four, my father had to take some of us along as he went out to treat people while my mother treated people at our house. I still remember walking around the Harvey's home, spread across the field. We also went to a farm on Flanders road where I seem to remember the dead cattle and trees without leaves and the men working to help round up the surviving cattle. Was that the Zerettis? (I am sure my spelling is off).
I have always felt that my career in medicine started when I went on my first house calls that day.

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(John) Bryan Robinson ? -- Fran Wile, 17:13:17 05/27/09 Wed [1]

Hey everybody! Not much jumpin'these days, I guess. We're up here on the mountain trying to recover from a very wet Spring. 50" of snow and then two 1"+ rainfalls. Finally have all the cool-weather stuff in the garden and it is doing great. Bumper crop of lilacs blooms about to reveal themselves! Can't wait...
So, has anyone been able to communicate with Bryan Robinson after his mom's funeral? I've left phone messages for him every few days with no reply. For quite a while we were inseparable. Lots of memories of ditching school to listen to music at his house and cruise around in his old Renault Dauphine. One time the District Nurse came looking for us because noone answered the phone. We hid in a back closet until she left. His parents were NOT amused.
Anyway, hello to all and Happy Springtime.
Fran Wile

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[> Re: (John) Bryan Robinson ? -- Marilyn (Mead) Leffler, 21:16:02 05/28/09 Thu [1]

Hi Fran, I went to Bryan's mother's funeral. He didn't know me which didn't surprise me at all due to my weight and just getting old. Once he did, he was glad to see me though. He invited me to sit with him at the restaurant where they held a little get-together after the funeral. We had a nice visit although it was a sad time for him. His dad died in 1991. His sister Anne has 18 grandchildren!! Bryan married again but only briefly. He isn't married at the moment. He lives in PA and is still working as a Chef on the tugboats.

Peter is enjoying being a grandfather to 3 year old Zak.

I guess I'll be seeing you soon at Betsy's wedding.I went to her bridal shower a couple of weeks ago.

Keep in touch.

Marilyn "Moe"

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Profiles -- Diana Whittemore, 20:14:22 04/22/09 Wed [1]

Without these profiles it would be very difficult to catch-up fully at a class gathering. This is such a wonderful experience! Each of us has a story to tell - where we went, what we did and where we are today. What a celebration of our class!

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Profiles -- Diana Whittemore, 18:46:31 04/06/09 Mon [1]

I agree with Larry. It was fun looking back over the years, but it is realy wonderful learning what others have been doing over time. So many paths to follow, so many rich experiences! It's interesting how it all turns out.

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Profiles !!! -- Larry, 06:15:37 04/04/09 Sat [1]

I really enjoyed writing my profile and sharing part of my life with y'all, but I am enjoying reading other's profiles even more. What a diverse group we have become, so many different interests and lifestyles. These profiles will make our class gathering next year so much more enjoyable. Hopefully, everyone will be able to get their's submitted by that time.

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Bob Baker's Profile -- Judi G, 13:57:59 03/30/09 Mon [1]

What a wonderful tribute to Bob Baker.
And to John, I am sad that you have lost such a dear friend.
We all went to school with Bob but I'll bet very few "knew" him. Thank you for your part in his profile.
Again, Ruth, nice job!!

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GRADE SCHOOL PICS -- Gordon Rowe, 22:50:26 03/18/09 Wed [2]

Looking at the top picture of Harvey School 1st grade, second row down on right labeled Phil Faherty? I believe that is a boy named Kenny Mayberger. He left Westboro around the fouth or fifth grade. Franny Wiles got him into some dogpoop on the way to school on West St. one day and the kid had to go home and change his clothes. Remember that at all Franny? I remember that. That pic though is labeled with a "?" and I don't think that is Phil but it sure could be a close choice.

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[> Re: GRADE SCHOOL PICS -- Phil, 15:44:45 03/19/09 Thu [1]

Gordon:

To the best of my recollection, the photo of "Phil Flaherty?", is indeed, yours truly...Phil Faherty.

I attended 1st and 2nd grade in Westboro and then was transplanted to Miami until returning to Westboro for 11th and 12th grades.

My sister, Caron, has been keeping me up to date on you and Cathy.

Phil

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[> [> Re: GRADE SCHOOL PICS -- Gordon Rowe, 13:51:38 04/01/09 Wed [1]

Hi Phil,
Well, I stand corrected. Good to see your pics in Classmates. That pic made me look long and hard and I just couldn't make up my mind it was you especially with the ? after the name. The boy I mentioned, Kenny Mayberger, looked something like that. Phil, this mind has had a lot diversions in time so I am glad you responded and now we all know fur-sur. You certainly have been able to carry through the great looks you were born with.
Do see your sister Caron from time to time and remember some rather bizaar (ahem-I mean great) times back in the late 60's and 70's with that group of friends.
I also remember your folks Tom & Hanna and the many laughs sitting in the kitchen on Spring St. I also see Paula some and she reports that she sees me or Kath & I both on rides that go through places she drives to and is so surprised to see someone she knows on a motorcycle, especially Kathy.
Thanks again and say hello to your lovely wife.
Gordo

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Larry's Profile -- Ruth K, 05:04:06 03/17/09 Tue [1]

Larry, I just want to say that I wanted to make your profile spectacular because I always thought you were a spectacular person. I remember when you first blasted onto the scene in Westboro, such an incredibly handsome kid with those sparkly eyes, and always looked so neat and clean, always dressed in beautiful, color-coordinated shirts, sweaters, and pants when everyone else looked so, well, average. I think we all thought you were born with a silver spoon. Little did we know or understand how hard your parents struggled to give you things they felt were important. Nor did we understand the pain you must have felt when you made some wrong turns in your life, and I feel the pain now for how you must have suffered emotionally then.

I have never been a parent, but I find it amazing how parents sacrificed everything so that their children could have a better life than they had. They glow with you in your successes and hurt very deeply in your pains, disappointments, and mistakes.

I am so happy for you that after having all those daughters, you finally have a grandson - a little cutie just like you - that you can build a soap box derby car with and enjoy all the things that you and your dad did together growing up.

No one could be happier than I am that you picked up the pieces time and again and turned your life into one amazing success story! I was your friend from day one and will remain so forever. I love you! Ruth

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[> Re: Larry's Profile -- Larry, 12:58:29 03/17/09 Tue [1]

Thank-you for the kind words and the wonderful job you did putting my profile together. I am sure as more submit their profiles we will discover that there is much we didn't know about each other. I am glad you gave me the opportunity to tell my story with all it's ups and downs and prove that things are not always as they seem. I am looking forward to our class gathering and the chance to renew old friendships and form new ones.

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Re: Thanks Ruth -- Donna B, 12:38:54 02/24/09 Tue [1]

Ruth just started reading the site. It sure is great reading. You have done a wonderful job. It is great to read what everyone is doing or has done.

Reading everyone's comments brings back alot of memories.

The pictures are great also.
Donna B

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THINKING OF HOME -- CHARLIE O, 13:58:34 02/20/09 Fri

HI TO ALL HERE AND I HOPE WE CAN FIND MORE OF OUR OLD FAMILY TO JOIN US AT THIS SITE RUTH CREATED. GOOD JOB RUTH!! ALL KINDS OF STORIES TO TELL BUT NOT ENOUGH SPACE HERE. I WILL WAIT FOR OUR REUNION. I AM RETIRED AS OF 99 AND JUST CAME BACK TO PA. AFTER 9 LONG YEARS IN FL. I MISSED MY WOODS, WINDING BACK ROADS AND BEAUTIFUL GREEN FIELDS BLOWING IN THE SUMMER BREEZE. FALL IS STILL THE BEST UP NORTH AND I WILL TAKE THAT OVER FL. MUGGY DAYS AND HIGH TEMPS. I STILL RIDE MY HARLEY, PLAY AND TEACH GOLF, FISH MOUNTAIN STREAMS AND DO LONG RANGE VARMINT HUNTING. I SPOKE WITH MIKE O, PETER C AND PHIL F THIS WEEK SO THINGS ARE LOOKING VERY GOOD FOR THIS SITE. I WILL MISS KATHY FOR SHE WAS A VERY VERY NICE PERSON TO ANYONE SHE KNEW, WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER. LANE ALSO WILL BE MISSED FOR HIS LAUGH AND GOOD NATURE WERE STRONG POINTS I WILL REMEMBER. WE WILL MISS ALL WHO PASS IN OUR OWN WAY, SO LETS GET TOGETHER ASAP. HEY TO ALL, CHARLIE O

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I remember...... -- Judi G., 10:21:04 02/17/09 Tue [6]

It's interesting what pops into folk's heads from chidhood but I guess because I stayed around & have watched the changes, I remember things soooooo differently when I drive by a spot on my way to work or I am at the new Bay State Commons where my dad worked @Bay State for 47 years.
Anyway, these are some of my most vivid memories. See if they jog yours:
Elementery age: Skating on West St. beside the now Episcopal Church & thinking it was big & having it really be a big puddle.
Tony's Hardware on Milk St where at Christmas time all the toys were in the windows & my brother & I would go there & pick out all the presents we wanted for Christmas.
Bay State's Christmas party every year at the Town Hall & the "book" of life savers we always got.
Penny candy @Bill Ford's.
I remember Donna Smith losing her two front teeth riding bikes down Summer St. when she went over the handlebars & we went back later looking for the teeth. Don't ask, I don't remember. LOL
At the Eli Whitney building, the dentist chair at the end of the hall.
The one day a week Mr Hero, the banker from Westboro Savings Bank (now defunct), would come in & set up his card table in the hall to take your savings & hand write it in your bank book.
Richard Moore singing for Miss Lassilade (forgive my spelling, I can not remember)in 5th grade. He DID have a beautiful voice. Whatever happened to him?
Little league field next to Colbert's house.
Colbert's carnival.
Girl Scout's skating across from Jane Johnson's house on Maynard St.

High School:
I remember the Teen Canteen
Light coffee & English muffins served by Nick @Bill Ford's coffee shop.
Paul's Pizza
Cunniff's Lodge on Lake Chauncey.
Hayward's in Woodville for onion rings & ice cream.
Garland & Pandora sweater sets bought at Hudson Dress Shop with my paycheck from Paige Jewelers. (Worked there for 8 years. One of the original Paigettes)
Circle pins & polishing white sneakers every night.
Does anyone remember Bruce Devlin, Mary Lou Merrow, Greg Stirk?
Carbone's after the games.
White City
Foss's Garage
The great sounds & smells from the Speedway. Never actually went til adulthood.
Sunshine Dairy in Northboro after catechism on Monday nights & I wasn't even Catholic.
Stealing apples at Carl Henry's orchard (oops, did I just really admit to that? P.S. I wasn't alone!)
How about Larry Broga's brand spanking new Corvette in the parking lot? It was a beauty!!

I still have my Girl Scout book, the sash with all my badges AND the book "becoming a young woman" or whatever that was called. I KNOW, I am sick!!
I have my dance card from the junior prom.
Those are some of my fondest memories. Not everyone will remember these places & people but those that do are hopefully smiling right now!
It was mostly a fun time for me. I have a few friends that do not have the pleasant memories I have. I hope we can all get together for a reunion of friends who spent most of 12 years together & although we went onto other things & for most of us, full, interesting lives, but have childhood memories from a simpler time. I wouldn't wish to have grown up anywhere else!!!

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[> Re: I remember...... -- Mike l, 08:04:27 02/18/09 Wed [1]

If it's any consolation, I still have all my Boy Scout badges and stuff (no uniforms, they were passed on to others). I also remember working for our band uniforms and the first parade we wore them in! Someone said something about Miss Marcy. I remember being in the orchestra and playing for Graduations (Pomp and Circumstance), and how sad she was when the new music program came to be and she was eased out of the picture.

I remember working for Fay's Dairy, both at the farm and the plant, making minimum wage and paying social security, and now I have to wait until 66 to get mine, it's tough being the baby of the class. At Fay's, I worked with Sue S's father, and remember him often.

How about making flowers at the get together? I remember making lots of those at all the Flower Power parties a lot of the girls held. Guess it wasn't a very Green event though.

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[> Re: I remember...... Too! -- John Elberfeld, 17:41:33 02/21/09 Sat [1]

Hi Judy,
Thanks for jogging my memory. I, too, remember Richard Moore singing - and the song I remember (or is part of my fantasy - hard to tell now) was "Rose of Tralie." I have a memory of you sitting on a piano bench singing "Pony Boy." Any reality to that?
I, too, spent 2 years in the Harvey School and 4 years at Eli Whitney. I remember playing marbles in the dirt before they paved over the front playground. Did we really have boys and girls entrances, or did the girls just play out front, and the boys in the side yard more?
Do you remember the "gym" we had in the basement of the Eli Whitney building? I remember we had to duck when we jumped over the bar so we didn't hit our heads, and the ropes we climbed couldn't have been more than 7 or 8 feet high.
How about when we finally went to Junior High at the OLD old high school, and asked the teachers if we could "go to the basement?" They would look at us as if we were crazy, until they realized what we needed.
Of the three people you mentioned, I only remember Bruce Devlin. I went out to his house several times.
Not all memories are good - as we all had Miss Mason for third grade. How the authorities let that woman teach is still beyond my comprehension. But Miss Gleason the next year made up for it.
I think the "Eli Whitney" crowd was especially close because our class was the only one at that grade level at that location. Most of us spent 6 years together - even though we lost some when the "New School" opened. It was a shock when we were split up in Junior High and had to deal with all the "New School" kids who were used to bells ringing between classes and fancy stuff like that.
Enough already - good to hear from you. And again, thanks for your work on the past reunions.
John Elberfeld JELberfeld@AOL.COM

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[> [> Re: I remember...... Too! -- Judi G., 09:44:08 03/09/09 Mon [1]

John, I just wanted to add one comment to your Miss Mason comment:
I remember Joseph Fitzgerald & he sat in the front row in Miss Mason's classroom. He used to bite his nails terribly & she would put mittens on him. I also remember when his hair got kinda' long, she put a bow in it!! Can you imagine what that did to an 8-9 year old's psyche? It was not his fault that his parents didn't get him a haircut. We were 3rd grade for God's sake. I hated her for the way she treated some kids in her class.
Do you remember the summer of (I think) 6th grade when the library had a contest of sorts going for the most books read over the summer? You won but I was a close second & I always remembered that.
Like I said, it is odd what you remember from childhood.

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[> [> [> Re: I remember...... Too! -- John Elberfeld, 17:44:34 03/16/09 Mon [1]

Hi:

Yes, I have a very clear memory of Joseph with a bow in his hair. I think one time she did it because he talked as much as a girl talked, so he should look like a girl. (Again - don't trust my memory to be accurate, but this is still up there for some reason!) I'm a teacher, still, and am always very careful about what I say and how I say it to my students. I think having some truly sadistic teachers of my own helped me realize how powerful teachers are, and how much damage they can do. (And also how much good we can do with the right words at the right time!)

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[> [> [> Re: I remember...... Too! - Reading Contest -- John Elberfeld, 10:23:32 03/20/09 Fri [1]

Hi:
With a librarian for a mother, do you think I had any choice but to read the most books in that contest? Growing up in a small town with a very demanding parent who worked at the school really cut down on my options. You are right, I didn't remember that you came in second, but I still remember the pressure on me to come in first.
Keep the memories coming - not all are good, but they all need to come out in the open. Thanks.
John "Tiny" Elberfeld

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[> Re: I remember...... -- Gorodn Rowe, 23:03:22 03/18/09 Wed [1]

Yup Judy, good memory!! White buck loafers, white buck instep clip shoes, 3-button collars and leave the back one un-buttoned.???!!! 7th grade lunch in the bleachers at Forbes School, the Merry M. Yikes, Friday night high shool basketball games at Forbes school with the chain link baskets.....50 kids on the corner of the First National Store or in front of the old Rexall's. Driving around th erotary in reverse. I gotta stop here. Thanks

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Hello from Fred S and Sue F (now S) -- Fred S and Sue F (S), 17:53:10 02/16/09 Mon [1]

Hello Everyone!
Thanks Ruth for this amazing and interesting web site. What a terrific idea for helping us to reconnect after all these years! We often wonder what many of our classmates are doing and where they live now. About 2 weeks ago, during one of our regular trips to Westboro, we drove by the Whittemore Farm, stopped and turned around in the driveway. We were surprised to see that the property was for sale. That started us talking about classmates, fun times and great memories. Shortly after that...to our surprise, we got the e-mail from Leigh E about this endeavor.

We are both retired now. We divide our time between Franklin and Falmouth. Soon we will be moving full-time to Falmouth as we both enjoy it so much there. Our oldest son lives in Franklin and has a seasonal site at Bay View Campground in Bourne. He has many friends at the campground from his childhood days and loves it. When our kids were growing up, we had a seasonal site there for about 12 years. We visit him at his campsite often during the summer as it is only a 15 minute drive from Falmouth. Our oldest daughter also lives in Franklin with her husband and 3 1/2 year old son. Our youngest daughter lives in Milford with her husband and 6 month old daughter. It is great having the kids and grand children so close! They are so cute. So...we are a little reluctant to leave Franklin but it is only an hour drive from Falmouth.

Our second son passed about 12 years ago because of a fatal crime and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery. He was 2 weeks away from his 24th birthday. The perpetrator is in jail for life. That was a very difficult time for our family and for his many friends. He was a special person and we miss him every day.

We have been reading the multiple entries in the site and are thoroughly enjoying hearing about so many of our old friends. Again, what a great idea and we apprecialte all the time that has been spent on this web site. Thanks again!

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[> Re: Hello from Fred S and Sue F (now S) -- Diana Whittemore (Edwards), 09:20:24 02/17/09 Tue [1]

How nice to read this posing from you and Fred. I've thought of you often over the years. I'm sorry to learn about loosing a son in the prime of his life; surely, that was a difficult time for you. I look forward to catching up with you at some time.
Diana

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Kathy -- Susan Lund West, 16:52:51 02/15/09 Sun [2]

To everyone who knew and loved Kathy.

I just thought I would update you a little about Kathy. I was with her and was blessed to be there to help her through a very difficult time. She had e-mailed Bob and I with her news while we were on a trip to Alaska and so when we got home we went up and spent time with her. I went up again and brought her home from the hospital and stayed with her until the end. She never really accepted her illness even at the end. She had it through her whole body and lived four months.
I have had a very hard time with all of this but she is at peace now. The family is suppose to have celebration of life sometime the week of her birthday (June 10th) I will keep you informed in case anyone wishes to come. The kids wanted to do a family and friends at her house with her garden in bloom. They had a local open house the week after she died.
The hospital staff where she worked had a memorial service in the hospital chapel.
You are right our lives are very short and we never know what is around the next corner. I will miss Kathy so much because she was just like a sister to me. I will always treasure my friendships more and more now never take anyone for granted. Patty also helped Kathy by being there for me.
Hope to hear from all of you and stay well.
Susie Lund West

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[> Re: Kathy -- Ruth K, 17:39:51 02/15/09 Sun [1]

Susan, thank you for sharing this sad story with us. We all feel terrible about the loss of Kathy. She was everyone's good friend and always had a big smile on her pretty face. I do hope that overall she had a very happy life, and it is comforting to know that you, as a special friend, were there with her to the very end.

Please know that it was the loss of Kathy that inspired us to reconnect with each other and get this website and related correspondence going. I'm just sad that it happened too late for her, as she would have loved it. She will always have a special place in our hearts.

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[> Re: Kathy -- Larry, 17:44:12 02/15/09 Sun [1]

Thank-you for the story about Kathy. Since I lived about a block from her, we often walked to school together and after I got my drivers license, she would ride to school with me every so often. Her passing was very sad news for me.

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Good Places in Town Back Then -- Leigh, 14:58:58 02/15/09 Sun [1]

Buying the first new sneakers of the year at Herman's. That always smelled of wool and leather gloves. Had to get my white Keds!

How about Lord's MENS Store. Only men's items and they were really good too. I always bought my father a bow tie for his birthday there. When I was away at nursing school I came home and wanted to buy some "wifebeater" white tee shirts in small mens to tie dye and wear myself. Well Mr Lord almost refused to sell them to me when he found out I was buying them for myself. How did he know that? Because he knew my father only word white short sleeve undershirts in medium!

Blois's drug store ice cream counter with the red cushioned stools and watching Mr Blois put my sundae togther!


My parents were in a supper club with the Bloises, Hooks, Delongs, Newells, Nasons, Bullards, Aldens, Wells, Kimballs, Haywards, and Boroughs, and many others over the years. When it was the Blois's turn to host they always supplied every ingredient you could imagine for sundaes. That was the entire meal and it was the only supper of the year all the kids were invited to. Oh man was that the best, all you could eat of any sundae(s) you wanted to make!!

Remember the winter Bobby Manchester broke his leg tobogganing down the short steep side of the Country Club in the moon light?

Ice skating on the res and hearing the great thunderous cracking across the entire lake which seems huge at the time.

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Future Reunion Ideas -- John Elberfeld, 16:31:43 02/14/09 Sat [4]

This website has created energy and established contacts I thought were lost forever. I think it would be great if some of this energy could be focussed on coordinating a 50th reunion. I'm not sure how you are doing, but my 401K has deteriorated to a 101K, my hearing isn't as good as it was, and I wear trifocals when I can remember where I left them. An ideal reunion for me would be a place I can afford, with light so I can see my classmates' faces, quiet enough so I can hear what they say, and everybody with name tags to help me remember who they are. Everyone who has any connection, real or imaginary, to the class of WHS 1963 would be welcome. I have really enjoyed our past reunions, and am willing to help as much as someone living outside of Albany, NY can. At this point in my life, I have nothing to show off, and nobody I care to impress - I'd just like to meet some old friends again. Pizza and coke in the Fisher Street (Old WHS) cafeteria would be fine with me. What do you think?
John "Tiny" Elberfeld JElberfeld@AOL.COM

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[> Re: Future Reunion Ideas -- Bob Poskitt, 19:36:02 02/14/09 Sat [1]

Here are my thoughts, John, re a Reunion.

I personally do not like the word 'reunion' especially when there is a number like 50 associated with it. That's what my parents and grandparents used to wait for and talk about. They would wait for X years for their 50th and then what.....wait for another 10? Fewer people showed up at every event. My mom wasn't there herself.

We are not Boomers, but we are on the cusp of being Boomers. As a result, we should and can think differently about a lot of things. This year, 2009, should be THE year that we find as many of our classmates as possible. The first 40 are easy compared to the last 37. It will take the rest of this year and maybe a little longer. How about holding a Class Party in the summer of 2010 in Westboro for everyone who has been found and wants to attend? Leigh has already offered her farm for the location. Perhaps we could meet on a Saturday afternoon that continues into the evening. An outside barbeque, low key, lots of one-on-one discussions, adult beveridges, lots of story telling, all very casual and inclusive. We could plan to stay overnight in the area and then take a tour of our schools which could be opened for us on that Sunday morning. Think of all the additional stories to be told once we get back in those buildings..........a great way to end a memorable Class Party that will never have a number associated with it.

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[> [> Perfect Solution to Reunion Question -- John Elberfeld, 09:27:55 02/15/09 Sun [1]

Leigh's place sounds great. Seeing it in print on an open forum, inviting all who are interested in attending, makes it an ideal response to the reunion question. You have my full support and I will do my best to be there. I hope we all reach out to all our classmates, and encourage everyone to attend. A perfect solution, IMHO!

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[> [> Re: Future Reunion Ideas -- Mike L, 10:35:01 02/15/09 Sun [1]

The summer get together sounds very good. I would like to attend. I'll be the guy riding a 2008 Victory Vision Weather permitting). I finally acheived my many years dream of riding motorcycles, and have jumped in all the way. In 2008, I joined the Melha Riders, a sub groiup of the Shriners. I also joined the Longriders, a motorcycle club, complete with tattoos and vests, never thought i'd get to do it.

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[> Re: Future Reunion Ideas -- Ruth K, 20:38:31 02/14/09 Sat [1]

Hey John, You must have lost your goggles for a week or so while some of us were discussing this reunion thing. Go dig those emails out of your trash folder -- and the potatoes out of your ears! :) I think a relaxed lazy hazy summer day no-number gathering in 2010 at Leigh's farm sounds just perfect! I really enjoyed your post!!!

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Downtown Changes -- Larry, 16:35:44 02/13/09 Fri [1]

For those of you who haven't been back to Westboro for a while, there has been one major change. Remember where Bay State Abrasives was?. That area is now a beautiful shopping mall, condos and apartments.

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Memories ... -- Diana W., 08:33:46 02/12/09 Thu [2]

Mother's Day gifts from the 5 & 10 cents store - Trushay™ hand lotion and cloth hankies! I still love cloth hankies! I still carry them.

I too admired Miss Kane. She was such a model of good grooming, poise and presence. Figures she liked Bob Poskitt’s dad.

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[> Re: Memories ... -- Larry, 16:31:23 02/13/09 Fri [1]

Wagner's Bakery, Don's Donuts, Danny's Rambler Dealership, Ted Ware Pontiac/Sunoco Station on the rotary, the volunteer fire department, sledding at the Westboro Country Club and the "beach" at Lake Chauncy.

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[> [> Re: Memories ... -- Judi, 08:32:15 02/16/09 Mon [1]

Eclairs from Wagners Bakery!!! I can smell them thru the screened door as you walked by now!! How easily we were drawn in!!

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More Memories -- Larry, 05:44:21 02/12/09 Thu [1]

Remember the A&P and how good it smelled when you first walked in by the coffee grinder, the bowling alley above the old Westboro Chronotype office, the soda fountains at the two drug stores (Black Cows?), the roasted peanut machine at the rear of Lowe's Variety store (the ony store open on Sunday back then), our one and only police cruiser usually parked around the corner from Angelo's, Hermann's Clothing store, the cafe in the basement of the Westboro Newsroom and last but not least, Fine Dining at Dacey's Diner.

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Miss Kane -- Bob Poskitt, 09:55:11 02/10/09 Tue [3]

I have seen a couple comments about Miss Kane, our very special Junior High Geography teacher. She also was one of my favorite teachers. Does anyone remember the two volcanos in Mexico she always talked about?

After years of being away from Westboro, my brothers and I held a 90th and 95th birthday party for my dad in town. To my surprise, Miss Kane came to them. She had been dating my dad (OMG!). That fact struck me in the same way it did when I first saw Mrs. Graham in the grocery store buying groceries.....that teachers are real people with real lives like everyone else.

Miss Kane was the hit of the party as she sang a solo. I did not know she had such a wonderful voice. She ended up spending her life taking care of her brother who had a number of personal problems. She was a very caring, smart, classy, and talented lady who was important in my life growing up in Westboro. My dad felt the same way.

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[> Re: Miss Kane -- Larry Broga, 05:16:36 02/11/09 Wed [1]

You're right Bob, she did have a lot of class. After I got drafted into the Army, she called my mother to find out where I was stationed. She sent me a package of baked goods and a very touching letter. I thought this was very special since I wasn't one of her better students and usually gave her a hard time.

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[> [> Re: Miss Kane -- Bob Poskitt, 19:12:59 02/12/09 Thu [1]

Thanks for your comments, Larry, about Miss Kane.

You and others probably never knew I had a third brother, David, many years older than either Tom or myself. Dave struggled terribly in school and never went beyond 8th grade. And the one teacher who was always, always supportive of him, even though he could really never do the school work, was Miss Kane. She knew his skills were high in areas other than school studies. Dave is an excellent musician, can play any song on almost any instrument, but never had a lesson and cannot read music. Miss Kane helped him find that gift in himself.

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[> [> [> Re: Miss Kane -- Diana W., 22:11:19 02/12/09 Thu [1]

A wonderful story, Bob; thanks for sharing this with us.

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Vinny's Mother Rita Lee -- Leigh E, 16:36:56 02/09/09 Mon [1]

Dear All, I will post an update of where I've been since high school but wanted to share this little story from Rita Lee as we have been remembering Vinnie... She was sitting in the Town Hall foyer volunteering guidance to visitors and in walked a tall guy about our age. She greeted him and they got to talking.. he was from Westborough and just coming through after a long time looking around at how much had changed. They both realized that each looked familiar to the other and asked, "Who are you?" Turned out it was Donald Bullard. When he found out it was Rita he pulled up his coat sleeve and said, "This is my Vinnie's Vietnam bracelet. I have never taken it off for 50 years" He took it off and gave it to Rita! I will ask Rita if he gave her his contact information or not.

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WHS Contacts -- Sue McAndless, 18:47:25 02/08/09 Sun [1]

Hi to old friends! I'm currently living in Oxford, MA - married to Don Parker ('64) who actually started before me but finished after me due to illnesses in grade school. We celebrate 15 years in March! Don is retired from the Post Office and the Fire Department after ~37 years' service to the town of Westborough and is doing a few spare-time jobs now that keep him busy. I'm part-time employed at Adesa Auto Auctions in Framingham (old General Motors). Don has 19-yr.-old grandson and a grandaughter on the way in April! I have two grandchildren via my bio kids and a few other steps along the way! I am enjoying hearing from everyone and seeing new names about every time I come to my 'puter! Thanks, Ruth!

By the way, Nicky Raisis is not Nikki - sounds like Nikki Stone - Olympic participant from class of '89. I will be glad to see Nicky's response on this forum as well as so many others. Later -

Sue S.

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Nikki Raisis -- Joanna Whittemore (D'Andrea), 11:04:27 02/08/09 Sun

I was in Massachusetts this weekend visiting Diana and her family in Northampton, as well as, my aunt Mavis Whittemore Crawford in Ashland. On my way to Ashland, I stopped in Westborough to buy some flowers. I started chatting with the clerk in Roche's who was wrapping the flowers and in the course of our conversation,I inquired whether she had grown up in Westborough. She hadn't, but when she learned that I had, she was quick to ask if I had heard of the Raisis.(sp?) Come to find out, her former sister-in-law was Louise Raisis, sister to Nikki (sp?). Of course I shared the news of the website and asked about Nikki. She thought he had moved to Florida, but didn't have any further information. How interesting to discover, that while was talking with this woman in Westborough, there was discussion in the forum about the whereabouts of Nikki!

I have such a tender spot in my heart for our town. I've had the opportunity during these past few years to have more frequent visits there and I am reminded of how lucky we were to have grown up in that community.

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Hello Everyone -- Larry Broga, 05:42:40 02/07/09 Sat [1]

Warmest greetings to everyone and a special thank-you to Ruth for making this happen. I really enjoy and am looking forward to reading the posts. I will pass the site address on to Judy Grey who stays in touch with Patty H and Daphne B. On a sad note, Lane Marks passed last year after a long battle with cancer.
I travel to Worcester frequently and always try and take a nostalgic ride through Westboro. It has changed a lot, some for the better, some not. Oh well, time marches on.
Once again, I am going to enjoy this and will be a regular poster.

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[> Re: Hello Everyone -- Joanna Whittemore (D'Andrea), 12:50:51 02/08/09 Sun [1]

Larry,
So nice to see a posting from you! Hope you're well. Your mention of Judy Grey jogged my memory. One time, several years ago (over 15, I believe) I was phoning Massachusetts (I don't even remember where I was calling!) and I found myself chatting with the person who was helping me on the other end of the call. One thing led to another - and when we discovered that we had gone to school together - it was Judy Grey! Small world!

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Hello from Joanna W. -- Joanna Whittemore (D'Andrea), 21:52:04 02/06/09 Fri [1]

In the middle of a math lesson this week, I heard my cell phone ringing in my coat pocket in the closet! Turns out, it was Diana eager to let me know about the WHS website and urging me to “get on line”! Easier said than done with 20 3rd and 4th graders wondering about the next step in multiplication! In any event, I’ve been just as excited as she was rediscovering our Westborough connections! On my “Getting to Know You “board at the start up of school each September, I have a birthday photo from my days in elementary school with a whole bevy of girls smiling arm-in-arm for the camera!
Many thanks to Ruth for all her effort in getting this set up!
Vinnie was the only boy I dated from Westborough because Diana and I had gone away to school. The summer after I graduated, Vinnie called the house and asked me out…I was so flattered that he had called after all that time! I went off to college in Boston and then my father died, and I don’t remember whether we stayed connected after that…that year was emotionally charged, to say the least. I was, however, very fond of him and terribly saddened when I learned of his death in Viet Nam. I had mentioned his name many times over the years as my own two sons asked about the sixties and the War. When my younger son went to Washington DC with his 8th grade class trip, he visited the Wall. He couldn’t remember the name of my friend from Westborough, but he knew the name was “something like Vivian Leigh” (the actress who played in Gone with the Wind) a book he remembered that his mother had liked as a teenager. This circuitous series of connections led to a couple of hours of searching with one of the guides at the Wall until he found Vinnie’s name on the Wall. His gift to me from his 8th grade trip to Washington, DC was a rubbing of Vinnie’s name from the Wall.

Looking forward to hearing from old friends and staying connected. More later.

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[> Re: Hello from Joanna W. -- Judi Grey Smith, 14:55:58 02/13/09 Fri [1]

This is the sweetest story about your son & Vinnie Lee's wall rubbing. Thank you for sharing it. It brought me to tears but alot of things bring me to tears these days.
I love being able to communicate with all of you. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Ruthie!!!!

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Mrs. Burnham and Her Daughter -- Bob Poskitt, 19:38:16 02/06/09 Fri [1]

Having read all the interesting class notes posted to date, I wanted to share with you a story about Mrs. Burnham and her daughter.

Some of you may recall being invited, on occasion, after school to her home on East Main St. Not sure what the reason was (does anyone else remember?), but it seemed good to talk with a teacher on a different level outside the school room setting. And do you remember her younger daughter? She was always hanging around on the kitchen stools. We tolerated her since she was Mrs. Burnham's kid!

Fast forward 28 years to 1990. My wife and I brought our son Doug to Bucknell for Freshman orientation. The final Parents Meeting was lead by the Dean of Students. The name was Professor Burnham. A little bell went off but I was sure it had no relation to our former math teacher.

To my surprise, out walked someone who looked exactly like Mrs. Burnham. With her dark hair up on her head, her daughter was the spitting image of her mother. After the meeting, I went up and introduced myself to her. She recalled those casual afternoon meetings with the 'upper classmen' from her mom's math classes. And being a good parent, I quickly found our son so he could meet her as well. During his years at Bucknell, she was always very helpful to him. In hind sight, I was very glad we tolerated her!

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[> Re: Mrs. Burnham and Her Daughter -- Larry, 16:25:37 02/13/09 Fri [1]

Hmmm, I was never invited to any teacher's home. I wonder why? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A big Hello to the Class of 63 -- Freedom "Freddie" Perkins Sr., 09:25:58 02/06/09 Fri

Many of you will remember me and my brothers. I was supposed to be part of the class of 63 as I started out school at the Bay State Building AKA "Odd Fellows Hall" and to others it was the Bay State bowling alley. Some of you may remember Mrs. Walker, she was my first grade teacher. It was at the completion of my first year of school at the Bay State Building that I became a member of the class of 64.

I have dyslexia and no one had ever heard of it in 1951, but things did get better and stayed that way until I decided that WHS and I didn't have enough going with each other (was I ever wrong) and left. I joined the US Army and spent 6 1/2 years and separated and then joined the US Air force for another 13 1/2 years and then retired.

While I was in the service I did graduate and got another 2 years of college. While in the Army I married a wonderful lady and was married to her for 42 1/2 years. She has joined our Lord and Savior June of 2008. We raised three children, a girl and two boys.

After retiring from the military I went to work for the US Postal Service, and stayed with them for another 17 1/2 years. (total Government time 37 1/2 years. I would have stayed longer but I was needed at home and felt that that was much more important to me. I was able to take care of my wife until the end.

Now I am retired and living in San Antonio TX. I have lived here off and on since 1963 but officially since 1971. For any of you that have a hard time placing me I was one of three brothers I have an older brother Ed and a younger brother Bob. I was the one in the middle, I had glasses and weighed about 130 lbs when I left school, if that doesn't help just think about all three of us,...OK you got it in your mind?........I was the good looking one.

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Hello from San Diego -- Mike O., 23:12:44 02/05/09 Thu [5]

Sure is nice to hear from old friends. So many happy memories. Ruth, thanks for getting this site up and Bob nice team on contacting us through classmates.com. I've been on there for a few years and check every once in a while just to see new names. They all bring a smile to my face!
Ruth...how is Mary? Give her my best.
I've been livin the good life in San Diego since 1995 with my wife/life partner, Bev (34yrs). Have 2 children (1 here 1 in MA) & 2 grandchildren (in MA). I look in the mirror and see my older brother Tiger...he passed away in 2002. Where has the time gone? Hard to believe Peter H., Alan W, & Kathy D. are gone.
Now a small world story about my good friend and fellow military officer Vinnie Lee.
About 12 yrs a go the VietNam Memorial 1/2 wall came to San Diego. As usual I went to pay my respect to Vinnie, at the foot of his panel was an envelope addressed to 'Vinnie Lee, Dad" I took the envelope and opened it. It was a letter from his son, living in San Diego. I called Vinnie's mother and told her the story and she gave me his telephone number. We meet...I almost couldn't talk when he came to my door, he was an exact clone of Vinnie! We had a great visit and I told him neat/unknown stuff about his father as we were boy scouts together.
That's my feel good story for the class of 1963!
Let's all keep in touch and get together before too long.
Thanks to the A team for getting us all together...again.

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[> Re: Hello from San Diego -- Ruth K, 01:10:56 02/06/09 Fri [1]

Hi Mike!

I was just about to contact you through Classmates.com, as I see you found me there and vice versa. Thank you so much for the update.

Your story about Vinnie brought tears to my eyes. The Vietnam Wall also came to Belfast, Maine, some years back, and I made a point of finding both Vinnie and Tommy Bonine and stood there for a very long time in tears. How wonderful that he has a son who looks just like him. Thank you for sharing this with us.

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Tiger. He was an awesome person. He was in the Navy stationed in Machias, Maine, at the time I was going to Colby so long ago and came to visit me quite often. I considered him a very good friend.

For those who do not know, my sister Mary passed away in 1999 after a very long battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease, also called ALS, the most devastating form of MS. She spent her last 8 years at the Westboro Nursing Home when her condition advanced beyond my mother's capability of taking care of her at home. By the time she died, she was totally paralyzed, could not talk, and could only turn her head from side to side. She never complained once in all those years and was always so happy to see visitors and recognized everyone, even from many years past.

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[> [> Re: Hello from San Diego -- Diana W, 09:15:45 02/06/09 Fri [1]

I am saddened to learn about Mary's battle with ALS. She has always held a special place in my heart - I can still see her moving about our classroom. Meri W and I were talking about her last night and how much we loved her, and how fortunate we all were that she was sharing the journey.

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[> [> [> Re: Hello from San Diego -- Ruth K, 11:32:22 02/06/09 Fri [1]

Thank you, Diana, for your kind words. I remember that you were always so nice to her, and she so appreciated kindness and friendship from people who took the time to get to know her.

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[> Re: Hello from San Diego -- Diana W, 08:55:33 02/06/09 Fri [1]

Hi Mike, Good to hear from you. I'm sorry about Tiger. I love the news about Vinnie's son. I always pass my hand over Vinnie's name when I visit the wall in DC. Joanna has a very moving story about Vinnie, the wall and a very special gift, but I will let her share that with others. When the travelling wall came to Essex Junction, Vt a few years ago, volunteers were asked to read aloud, over a mike, for an hour, the names of those who were lost; Vinnie was in my heart the entire time.

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[> Re: Hello from San Diego -- meri wilson, 11:30:38 02/06/09 Fri [1]

Hi Mike,
I too was a good friend of Vinnie's - he was like a brother to me - especially when I felt a bit "out of it" - and soon after the Vietnam Memorial was opened I too found his name (along with a couple of other friends whose names were etched there) and cried. He was a crazy and good hockey player. I used to bum rides with him to go skating at the Worcester Arena (I'm a girl, so wasn't playing hockey except on ponds with my brother and Dexter Newton and Forbes Farmer) and he had two concussions early on and was warned that another would be big trouble. He pressed on regardless and continued to play (in all venues) It would be such a trip to encounter his clone in CA - or anywhere....his death was a big loss...so long ago - and now three of our classmates who loomed large Peter, Allan and Cathy. We are lucky that it seems that there are still so many of us alive and functional. Just getting back into the "Westboro" state of mind. Funny, I couldn't wait to escape from Westboro - too small - and now I find myself happily living in a town that is so much like Westboro back then. Guess you gotta get a perspective to find out what you want. Looking forward to meeting up with the class of '63 soon. best, Meri Wilson (Sumner)

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Found another! -- Phil F, 17:37:29 02/05/09 Thu [1]

Hello Ruth:

Received an e-mail from Bob P through Classmates and am following up on it.

It is amazing after all these years to recognize the names from the past. As you know, I joined the class for our junior and senior years. After attending elementary school in Westboro for 1st and 2nd grade, my family moved to Florida. We moved back to Westboro in 1961.

After graduating WHS, I joined the Air Force and after that continued with college. I have lived in South Florida since the late 60's.

While living in Miami in the late 60's, I established contact with Peter C. He attended my wedding in 69. Lost contact after that.

I am currently living in Stuart, Florida where my wife and I own an Office Equipment Business. We've lived in Stuart since we started the business in 1985.

Jeri and I have been married since 1969 and have two grown sons. We have 5 grand children and an extended family of siblings, nieces, nephews and their children.

Small world it is. I was attending a breakfast meeting several years ago and we had a guest speaker. He was running for our county commission and mentioned his home town....Westboro, Ma. It was Doug Smith, younger than us, but we have been friends since our meeting. One of the Hero's lives here as well, don't know which one.

My sister, Caron, is also living in Stuart as well as John Farquar.

Keep up the great work and hopefully you will reach 77 found.

I'll add the website to my favorites and keep in touch.

Best regards,

Phil

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[> Re: Found another! -- Karen J Toney, 10:44:40 02/18/09 Wed [1]

Hi all,
I too was only with you for Junior and Senior years as my family moved from Medfield, MA to Westboro in 1961. I have been living in Waltham, MA for the past 36+ years. I too was looking to retire in a few years but my 401K and the economy has added a few years on to that.
Judi Gray called me last night and told me about this site - it is great! I don't have as many memmories as most of you have but it is fun reading about all of them. I am sad to hear of the passing of some of our classmates - another reason to try and reconnect as we never know when it will be our turn - I think we feel like we will live forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends.
I love the idea of a "Class Day" in the summer - I was dissapointed that we did not have a 45th reunion - I went to the 25th. Judi said you had a 30th but I did not receive any information about it so did not go.
I also will mark this site as a Favorite and visit it often - it is so important to keep up with old friends and classmates - and so much easier with email and websites - can contact a lot of people at once.
Glad to be aboard and hope to hear from and see a lot of you soon.
kjt

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Hello from Diana W. -- Diana Whittemore, 21:54:21 02/03/09 Tue [9]

Hello! Hello! Thank you Ruth and Bob for letting me know about this website. Kudos to Ruth for getting this website up and running; it is a wonderful idea. I, too, celebrate our early arm-in-arm friendships. Even though I lived way out of town and had rather reserved parents, most of the time I felt very connected to the class of 1963. I confess that I still have a small stack of our grade school photos! After our 20th reunion, the Chronotype published a brief piece that I wrote that sang the praises of class reunions; I still feel the same way after all this time.

I loved reading the news that has already been posted. Hi Martha! I believe it was around 1965 when I last saw you! It has been fun to read about your interesting life.

In 1007, my husband and I moved from northern Vermont to north central Florida. That, unfortunately, was a huge Oops! Newt was very disappointed that I was so unhappy in Florida, and I was sorry to have so under-estimated my Yankee roots and need for all things New England, so after much deliberation, we decided to return to the northeast – specifically western Massachusetts. I arrived in Northampton at the end of June 2008, just in time to spend a long, sad summer with my sister Sharon, whose struggle with breast cancer had taken its final turn. Newt came north at the end of August and I was grateful that he was here with me when we lost Sharon at the end of September. Now, it seems that we will move one more time – to Virginia. This time the job market is determining the move. In the meantime, I am working as an office administrator at the Unitarian Society in Northampton – working on a miscellany of Society tasks including scheduling building space and producing the Sunday Times – a weekly program of Society news and events. When I’m not in the office, I am subbing in the Northampton schools. I will be happy when this state of transition is behind us and we are once again settled. In the meantime, I love being near my grown son and daughter and their families, which include three adorable grandsons!

While we were in Florida, Newt and I met up with Larry Broga at a classic car show in Ocala. I posted a photo of us on my Classmates’ webpage. Last I knew Leslie Walton was teaching in Pittsfield, MA. I may still have an address for her; I will try to locate her. Sookee Stockwell and I went to the same church in Camden, Maine many years ago. Our kids were the same age and we used to get together from time to time. I think I can find her, too. I’ll do my best. I was so sorry to learn about Kathy DeLong’s passing.

If anyone comes to Northampton, let's get together.

Love to everyone,
Diana W

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[> Re: Hello from Diana W. -- Bob Poskitt, 13:41:34 02/04/09 Wed [1]


This is really great connecting with classmates. Diana, I am sorry Florida did not work out but MA and then VA aren't all that bad.

A number of years ago, like maybe 8 to 10, my dad told me that he had gone to a yard sale at your folks home on Flanders Rd. He spoke with either you or your sister and shared the conversation back with me. Was it you or Joanna?

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[> [> Re: Hello from Diana W. -- Diana Edwards, 17:56:57 02/04/09 Wed [1]

Hello Bob,
I remember speaking with your dad. I don't recall whether or not he bought anything at the yard sale, but I loved the fact that I was rather circuitously reconnected with the class of 1963. It was neat!
Good to hear from you.
Diana

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[> Re: Hello from Diana W. -- Ruth K, 19:15:54 02/04/09 Wed [1]

Welcome aboard, Diana! I was so excited when I found you and Joanna and some others on Classmates.com, and I haven't finished digging and leaving little messages for them.

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[> [> Re: Hello from Diana W. -- Diana W., 20:52:57 02/04/09 Wed [1]

So happy to be found!

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[> Re: Hello from Diana W. -- Kris Lorentzson Giger, 19:38:37 02/06/09 Fri [1]

Hi Diana,
The year Mom died, I travelled with Dad from Florida. On the nostalgia tour through Massachusetts, we stopped at Little Dorothy [the lake that served as the water/power source for his company, Buck Brothers, years ago] in Millbury, wondering if the dam was still operational. When visiting with a man who had also stopped to look at the dam, he mentioned that he was from Westboro - turns out it was your brother - small world.
later. . .kris : )
I enjoyed your and Joanna's pictures on Classmates.com

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[> [> Re: Hello from Diana W. -- Diana Whittemore, 10:21:06 02/07/09 Sat [1]

Hi Kris,
Small world indeed! What are the odds of the happening!
Looks like you are still in Big Sky country. One of my favorite states! Back in the 60s Joanna and I camped from New Hampshire to California, and we fell in love with Wyoming. The hot springs at Thermopolis were amazing! That trip was quite the adventure. We pitched our tent the wrong way from the NH to Michigan or there 'bouts. One evening a guy asked us how long we'd been pitching the tent like that. Of course, we initially thought that he was being a hot shot, but when he was kind enough to point out our error, we were grateful and somewhat abashed, to say the least.
Look forward to leaning more about life in the beautiful part of the country!
Best,
Diana

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[> [> [> Re: Hello from Diana W. -- Diana Whittemore, 10:52:40 02/07/09 Sat [1]

Hi Kris,
Maybe Wyoming is not 'big sky' county. Now I'm thinking it is Forever West. You would know better than I!
Again,
Diana

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[> [> [> [> Re: Big Sky Country -- Ruth K, 03:57:25 02/08/09 Sun [1]

Big Sky Country is MONTANA, my favorite place in the whole wide world! I hope to live there someday soon!

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[> [> Re: Hello from Diana W. -- Judi G., 15:48:45 02/13/09 Fri [1]

Hi Kris,
It is a small world as I now live on Dorothy Pond in Millbury across from Little Dorothy & it's funny that in Millbury they pronounce it "Little Daugherty".

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Finding Classmates -- Leslie Walton, 18:37:09 02/04/09 Wed [2]

Thank you so much, Ruth. This site is great. I am in Western Mass and am a high school guidance counselor.

Hello to all of my WHS classmates. Have you been in the new WHS? I got the tour. It is impressive but a cold feeling in the classroom areas.

I wish people would stop dissing Mr. Cogswell. I had to write the Gettysburg Address ten times as punishment for not knowing a part I was called on to recite. I practically had carpal tunnel that night. However, I can recite the address without error today, thanks to Mr. C. I guess I owe him a high five. A few of us on the girls' basketball team saw him at West Boyalston High as he peered into the gym. We chased him down; he was not happy.

I feel so sad to learn of Kathy's passing. I am a four year survivor of this disease. I periodically attend a group for newly diagnosed women to support them at the beginning of their journeys. I hope that this disease will be eradicated soon.

Do you all realize what a great education we had. Ms Wadleigh and Ms Conroy were really master teachers. My sister and I had a conversation about them; we are both grateful that they were our teachers. Jane has the grammar workbook. I covet it. Mrs Burnham was up there too. Bryan R. was wished many dishes of lumpy mashed potatoes. I wonder if the wishes have finally run out.

Bob P., did you know that your dad's chevy was originally owned by my grandparents. It was bought new and the only car they ever bought. I learned to drive in that car. They wouldn't give/sell it to a grandchild as three of us wanted the car. They sold it to Bill Cove who lived across the street from them. It certainly ended up with the right person... your dad.

My best wishes to my WHS classmates.

Leslie

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[> Re: Finding Classmates -- Ruth K, 19:10:28 02/04/09 Wed [1]

Hi Leslie! I'm so glad Diana connected with you, and I thank you for your interesting post.

I agree about some of the outstanding teachers we had at WHS, even if at the time they seemed oh so serious and so demanding of all of us. They made us learn all the stuff correctly. I can attest to the fact that many people in rural Maine never had such good teachers, as their grammar and spelling skills are unbelievably bad!

I hope you might be able to locate some more people. This is great, as more and more respond. I will keep updating the list of found people!

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[> Re: Finding Classmates -- Bob Poskitt, 08:45:40 02/06/09 Fri [1]

Leslie, thanks for sharing that story about your gandparents old Chevy. My dad loved that car for many years. After my mom died, it became one of his new loves. He had it fully restored and often drove it in the Westboro parades, together with one of his several new lady firends. He attended classic car shows throughout New England and brought all of his 50 trophies with him wherever he displayed the car. The other entries were always a little intimidated when he would open the trunk to show them. After having car trouble and being stranded in the mountains of New Hampshire following a show, my brothers and I had to take the car away (and his license) at 96. The car, however, is still in our family and my older brother David, has it. When I see him next, I will share your story with him.

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CLASSMATES.COM -- Ruth K, 04:35:06 02/02/09 Mon [1]

Hey everyone! I just joined Classmates.com and was amazed to see how many of our old friends from Westboro are already there. The basics are free, but I think I will sign up for the gold membership to get all the goodies after I poke around a little more.

I encourage all of you to sign up!

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THANKS RUTH! -- Bob Poskitt, 15:03:23 01/25/09 Sun


I hope all of you are as happy as I am to have this site up and available to us. A really big THANKS goes to Ruth for her inspiration for the site and all her time to create it.

Now is our chance, out time to reconnect after all these years. Let the fun begin.

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