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The DHS girls soccer team has secured a spot in the upcoming FCIAC playoffs, thanks to a 1-0 win against Westhill High. The game, played under the lights in Darien, ups the team record to a stellar 10-2-2 record. Darien has scored an overall 38 goals while allowing only 8, setting the team up for a possible No. 1 seed.

 
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Wave Crush Staples For 30th Straight Win

In a Friday night game at Staples, the Darien offense dictated the tempo. Dominating the line of scrimmage, the Blue Wave quarterback Jack Joyce finished 18-of-31 and 243 yards, throwing for all five TDs as the Blue Wave rolled over the Wreckers 32-6. It moves Darien season record to 5-0 as the team heads toward a 3rd straight conference championship. 
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The 34th Wickham Park XC invitational was held Saturday, October 7, 2017. Over 3,500 high school runners from Connecticut and New England competed. Wickham Park hosts the Connecticut State Class Championships, the State Open Championships, and The Wickham Invitational Race every year.

Wickham was an industrialist who invented the window envelope, used in mailing and business. He donated 130 acres for the park. Another 67 acres were given by Myrtle Williams in 1967, who owned land adjacent to the original property. 
 
Darien high school runners know this tournament well. Alex Ostberg owns the 5K record at 14:58.

This year Glastonbury High School took the top 7 spots for the girls 5K, with the perfect team score of 15. The winner of the event posted a 20:13.
Xavier High School came in 1st for the boys. The boy’s winner, from Cheshire High School, posted a 15:58.

Darien High’s best time was an 18:30.
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Eric Sibelius found this picture. 

This old-time photo was taken in 1873 and shows a group of townspeople standing in the center of the main thoroughfare (today’s Post Road) after a heavy rainstorm.

The home pictured in the background is the former George Bell home adjacent to the old Darien Review building.
In the front row are Charles Tooker, Holly Bell of Prospect Ave., James Whitney, John Conley and Walter Whitney of Brookside Road. The man standing slightly back of the first row is Stephen Hoyt, a town clerk in Darien. The man holding a child in the back is James Birchard, who for many years had a furniture store and undertaking business in downtown Darien.

 
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The Blue Wave players were just padding their stats as the Darien team won in a laugher against Stamford, 53-7. Up 33-0 at the half, Darien was able to play their third-string to get some valuable game time experience. The victory brings the team to 4-0 with 29 straight wins. After an upcoming bye-week, Darien faces an undefeated Staples team. The New Canaan Rams, currently ranked 3rd in the state, have a 3-1 record.

 
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Members of the DHS baseball team along with the Darien Fire Department ran in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K on September 24 in NYC. The run is dedicated to NYC fireman Stephen Siller, who had just gotten off the late shift on Sept. 11 when he heard that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. He turned around to head back to help, but the Battery Tunnel was already closed to traffic. With 60 pounds of gear on his back, he ran through the tunnel, and headed to the towers where he later lost his life. Many first responders do the annual run in full gear as well. 
 
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Darien girls' soccer has scored 30 goals while allowing only 2. But surprisingly, the Blue Wave record stands at 5-2. That’s because both goals against Darien were 1-0 losses. First to Trumbull and then to McMahon. Another interesting fact is every game the girls have played this year has been a shut-out. The team won 5 of the shutouts, while losing the 2 mentioned before. Weird. The Wave play Wilton next. We hope it’s a win, shut-out or no. 

 
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Darien Park and Rec has proposed 4 new paddle courts for the old Hollow Tree School property. The old school had been used as the senior center, but the small bathrooms and outdated buildings proved too much for Darien seniors. 
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The Park and Rec also has proposed an outdoor pool, both at Cherry Lawn park and at Weed Beach. Also at Weed, the town was thinking of putting in badminton and bocce ball courts. Should be fun!

 
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Darien football played under the old-fashion light Saturday afternoon, and it was all good. The Wave came away 42-10 winners of St. Joseph, increasing their streak to 28, solidifying their No. 1 position in CT, and heading toward breaking into the top 100 HS football programs in the US.
 
St. Joes had defeat New Canaan in the Rams home opener, so Darien was paying close attention. And the Cadets did jump into a 3-0 lead on a Blue Wave fumble. But it was all Darien after that, going from a 21-10 half to a second-half shutout, finishing at 42-10. 
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The Darien field hockey team has already played four matches and their record stands at 3-0-1. Although their most recent game against Daniel Hand ended in a 0-0 tie, it was the 4th shutout by the Blue Wave while scoring 22 goals in their first 3 games. Next up is Trumbull.
 
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The Darien cross country team is struggling in their first 2 starts. First out of the blocks was the meet against Warde, Ludlow with both the Darien boys and girls coming in a distance third. The one bright spot was the race of Griffin Ott in the 5000m. He finished 17:07, just 17 seconds behind the winner. On the girls side, Emelia Callery finished 9th in the 5000m with a time of 22:06.

At the Wilton XC invitational Amity, Trumbull, and Fairfield Prep were the top 3 finishers. Darien’s best finishes consisted of 9th in the freshman 2500 m (8:13.21) and 5th in the JV girls 4000 m (17:54.19)
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The Darien Old-Timers Athletic Association will hold its 56th Annual Sports Awards Dinner on Monday, November 13, 2017 at The Waters Edge/Giovanni's in Darien.

We have it on good authority that our own Rick Poccia, class of 1969, will be an honoree. Rick's father, Fred, was honored by the Old-Timers in 1983 for his outstanding community work.

The purpose of the Old-Timers dinner is to recognize the accomplishments of Darien athletes, coaches, and other individuals who support the opportunity for athletics to be part of the educational and community experience in Darien.

This annual dinner funds scholarships for DHS seniors while also contributing to community organizations.
 
 
UPDATED 2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE


Friday  9/8              Ridgefield        Away      7:00 p.m.                            

Friday  9/15            McMahon         Home     6:00 p.m.            
       
Saturday  9/23       St. Joseph       Home      1:30 p.m.     HOMECOMING

Saturday  9/30       Stamford          Away      7:00 p.m.                            

Friday  10/13          Staples            Away      7:00 p.m.                            

Saturday 10/21      Warde              Home     1:30 p.m.
                           
Friday 10/27          Trumbull           Away      7:00 p.m.    
                        
Friday  11/3           Wilton               Home      6:00 p.m.                            

Friday 11/10          Bridgeport       Away       7:00 p.m.                            

Thursday 11/23    New Canaan     Home     10:30 a.m.          
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To our Texan classmates; Suzanne Ferree Kent, Marc Matier, Craig Metzgar, Greg Schroen & Spencer Stuart and with a special nod to Houston residents Stu Traver, Grace Joynt and Sharon Waggner.

Let us know if you guys are “OK”!

(Thanks Patti!)
DHS Class of 1967 Reunion
August 18-20, 2017
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Dick Adams and Lorraine Chevalier Rieck
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Sunday at Weed Beach
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'Diamond' Jim Etheridge, sister Judy and Jon Goodale, Mark Koelimer, Dallas Pulliam
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Logan Rogers
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Linda Jones
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Ready to Go Back to School

with Mrs. Oberg
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DHS To Require Substance Abuse Class 
 

Darien High School is now requiring an estimated 600 students and their parents to take and complete a substance-abuse education course.  The one-day course has been built with the collaboration of community agencies, police, and legal experts. Three 30-minute sessions will focus on the effect substance use has on the brain, a story of someone personally affected by substance use, and legal consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Completion of the course is required to participate in after-school activities.  

 
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Pear Tree Beach in the Morning
Photo by Mary (Falcioni) Zarrilli

 
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DHS Classmates Craig Metzgar, Susan Dickman Klein, and Paul Buckley
having dinner recently in Fairfield

 
Thanks for the Memories
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Dick Costello puts finishing touches on packing up 353 West Ave.

 
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Beth Shaw with a stein of Andechser Weissbier. Prost!

 
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Mary Bass Brown
On Facebook

Last Day of Work!
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Classmates George Farrington, Dick Costello, Steve Verses and Dave Lynch watch the 117th meeting of the Army-Navy Game in Baltimore. In a wild finish to an exciting game, Army came out on top 21-17, breaking a 14 game win streak by Navy.

 
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Next stop, Darien!
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Christy Rogers on the Camino de Santiago
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Pete White
Thanks for the Update!

 
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Joanne Schoepf Reisser

Thanks for the Update!
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Rick Poccia and Granddaughter Julia

 
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We Thank the DHS 1969 Classmates Who Served
 
 
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Skins and Terry Cummings
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Paul Hepp with grandkids


 
The 45th Reunion
The 45th Reunion
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Mike Lopriore and Paul Hepp get together in Jacksonville, FL.

Hey, where's the invite? It's freezing up here!


 

 
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Vandy Van Wagener - Good to hear from you!

Thanks for the Update.
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Anne Marie McGarry
 
Thanks for Your Update!
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Deb Ridabock preps for the end of summer
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
45th Reunion
At the Beach

 
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The morning began overcast, but the sun was shining at the start of the Sunday picnic.
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
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We missed many classmates, but those who came had a special time. A shout-out to our illustrious 45th committee, especially Steve and Patti Craig, and to Dennis Sullivan who took the majority of the pictures.
The 45th Reunion
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
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Baker School Alums
Baker School Alums
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45th Reunion - Saturday Night
Jenny Hosts Q and A -- Tinker Drops Trou

 
Under cloudy skies, the 45th Reunion Dinner-Dance kicked off at the tony Wee Burn CC at 6:30 sharp.  We mostly stayed inside and drank cocktails while greeting one another in the Red Room.
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Later, after repeated requests, our group headed to the dining room for an appetizing buffet of prime rib, salmon, and side dishes. Dessert was cheese and chocolate cakes, ice cream, toppings.
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Once the tables were cleared, Jenny Bates started the evening entertainment as host of a general Q and A. Questions were asked from the audience about our class and our years in the high school.

One question regarding the shape of a tattoo led Mark Tinker to drop his pants in front of the room to provide the answer. Dick Costello remained quiet when a question arose about a shamrock tattoo.

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It was good to have an opportunity to get back out on the dance floor. While some groaning was heard over bad hips and bum knees, a good time was had by all.

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Check Out More Pictures from Saturday Night
and Sunday at the Beach
in the Photo Albums section

 

Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row)  Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim
Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row) Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim Potts, Steve Verses, Mark Tinker

While many attended the 45th, many were missed. A number of folks attended for the first time or from much earlier reunions – Mary Bass, Mark Beckwith, Paul Buckley, Linda Castle, Pete Helweg, Diane Holland, Dave Jefferson, Anahid, Mike Lopriore, Tom Milek, JoAnn Schoepf, and Christy Rogers among others.

Pretty much 75% of the attendees made Friday night and it was a chance to reconnect with classmates and to thank many on the reunion committee for all their work.

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Thank you's are certainly in order for the group responsible for putting this reunion together:

STEVE AND PATTI CRAIG
JENNY BATES
SUE DICKMAN KLINE
DENNIS SULLIVAN
JIM AND CINDY VALENTE

Outstanding job.

(If we missed anyone, please let us know)
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Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
 
 
The Class of 1969 mourns the losses of  Peter Popov, Nancy Levering Rozzelle, Mark Freeman and Joan Anderson Christopoulos. Please turn to Memorials.
 
 
Back when smoking was cool
Back when smoking was cool
A Bevy of Beauties
 
 
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Hot Fun in the Summertime
 
The perils of missing class on senior 'Skip' Day
 
 
 
 
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George Wehmann's Pontiac Super Chief
 
 
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Mary Grace Joynt and Suzanne Ferree
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 Terry Cummings, Tim Maul, Cliff Powell

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Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
 
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker  Photo by George Wehmann
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker Photo by George Wehmann

 Shot of trip out west during summer of '69 when we hitchhiked to California. Mark Tinker's dad bought us the car to roam around California and back to CT. Thought I lost this. Great memories from that trip. Those were the days!  -George Wehmann
     

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The names just keep on coming in!

(starting bottom left): Chris Garr, Ellen Johnson, Martha Whelan, Jane Hindenlang
Sue Dickman, Kathy McIntyre, Pam Burkhart Melee, Co Koppert (Young LIfe)
Bobby Grant, Kathy Fricke, Jackie Fitzpatrick, MaryLou Sivos
Heidi Gerber
Carol Augustus Summers, Anna Lamberton, Louis Belfour, Sara Schyler
Man in hat- L. (Ron) Hubbard, the kid on far right with hood is Mardie Porter's brother, Clark Porter 
The guy near top row hat and glasses: Middlesex science teacher "Booger" Bates
Right Center back row: The man in the hat and woman next to him-
Mr and Mrs Hendrickson (Paul's parents)! 
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Reunion Quiz
What is the DHS Motto?

Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
Veritas vos liberabit
Reunion Poll
What should the theme be for the reunion ?

Disco
Country
Toga
Come as you are
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