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Date Posted: 18:37:09 02/04/09 Wed
Author: Leslie Walton
Subject: Finding Classmates

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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